REEWIND! Saturday morning I woke up so late — 10 AM. I told Julia I would wake her up around 9 but she just let me sleep since 10 AM is so unprecedented 🙂

Leaving our cars and bags at Newsroom on Friday night was a stroke of genius that meant we had to walk to the restaurant and have brunch. I know, genius. We both started off with nonfat lattes and shared the most amazing scone. This baby is multigrain, low fat, sugar free chocolate chip cherry banana with sugar free chocolate chips. It tasted fullY delicious!


We ended up ordering two dishes to share and eating everything but the bread. Too full for bread = second unprecedented thing of the day!

egg white with spinach & onions and well-done red rosemary potatoes

egg white with spinach & onions and well-done red rosemary potatoes

chicken sausage

chicken sausage

frittata-style egg whites broiled with basil and tomato, apple & banana slices

frittata-style egg whites broiled with basil and tomato, apple & banana slices

up close & personal

up close & personal

After this amazing meal, we went back home to get ready for our day of bbqs and party hopping.  We started at the house of one of Julia’s friends from acting; we thought we would know no one else but I ended up bumping into some friends from college (big city, small world stuff) and we buddied up with some of the cool kids from Julia’s classes.  I had a glass of sangria, some fruit, and a few chips with guacamole but otherwise stuck to the diet COKE. What can I say?? It was too HOT in the Valley to think about doing anything else.

At our second stop of the night, we went to visit our friend Brian and ended up with a fan club! Julia kicked ass at a game of washoes (like horseshoes, only with huge metal washers. Invented by the boys of course) and we noshed on random bites of hot dogs and hamburgers and cake. Most of the food was either shared between the two of us or, in the case of my burger, 3 boys “helped” by taking huge bites and I got to finish the rest. Lucky me!

We stayed well into the dance party and then finally called it a night. Thank goodness Bossa Nova is always open until 4 AM and we could grab a mushroom & onion pizza. I wish I had pictures of the whole second half of my day but since I hardly knew a soul I felt a little weird lining them all up for photos!  It was a fantastic 4th; I’m so glad Julia and I got to meet some new people and make some new friends! We missed the fireworks however, which sucked, but we did see the mini display of (illegal?) backyard fireworks at Brian’s.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling pretty refreshed. Still stuffed for sure, but not hung over thanks to my day full of diet soda and no booze. Breakfast came a little later and I made the most of our leftover Newsroom bread. Dipped in Egg Beaters and cinnamon, my slice of french toast was awesome!

topped with 1/2 banana & 1 tbsp maple syrup

topped with 1/2 banana & 1 tbsp maple syrup

Lunch was also more leftovers; pizza crust, some salted corn-on-the-cob, and an Amy’s veggie burger with ketchup.



I spent the whole day doing laundry, cleaning, reading, watching TV, and snuggling.


Late afternoon, I had an apple and WAY too much ice cream. I took this lovely picture of my bowl of Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip but ate much more than this little bit. Too much, since it kept me full until almost 10 PM!



My very late dinner was pretty light.  I made an Egg Beaters omelet with eggplant, mushroom and onions with 1/4 cup dry whole wheat pasta on the side. It was just what I needed to settle my stomach!


Cute little story about my post title; my two little sisters used to sing the first few lines of “You’re A Grand Old Flag” every single time we passed an American flag on the way to the beach during the summer. Yes, it was so annoying! But around the 4th of July, there would be tons more flags so they would have to sing so fast that the words would flow together and sound just like “You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high highing hag” instead. Cracked them up like nothing else. Ah, sisters, gotta love ’em!

Hope getting back to the grind hasn’t been too traumatic 🙂 Lucky me actually gets another long weekend since I arrive home in Jersey on Thursday…YAY!


I just love vacations! Friday morning I woke up early and went for another run like the one I did Thursday afternoon.  I came home feeling sweaty, refreshed and HUNGRY! I made up a quick batch of my multi-grain pancakes topped with a tbsp of maple syrup.


Some yogurt with banana made a great cooling side!


I ended up heading down to the beach with Steph and Josh to catch some rays and show of my magical tan. Sadly, the sun was totally hidden so we decided to grab drinks & food instead. Parking and Pacific Ave traffic was awful, and I felt myself getting CRABBY! Luckily I had a blueberry Z-bar in my bag to tide me over. We ended up at Cabo for chips, salsa, and margaritas. Stephanie and I shared one. For good reason!


How cute are these two??


I was set on seafood and ordered mahi mahi with onions, peppers and guacamole with fries on the side. I ate all the fish and a little less than half the fries. This was technically a sandwich but I say technically because I skipped the buns 🙂


After eating, the sun came out a bit and we walked down the block to Venice Beach for a lil nap. We only lasted an hour though with all the wind!!  Back at home, I got ready for a night out at Barney’s.

I stopped by Newsroom first to “help” Julia close down the restaurant.  She had the kitchen set aside a great snacking spread of hummus, veggies, flatbread, grilled chicken, artichokes & wine. I chilled at the bar munching with some of the staff as the last people trickled out.  Finally everyone left and just Jules and I were left waiting on one delivery guy.  So we locked the doors, turned down the lights, cranked up the music and had a dance party!!! If you’ve never sang at the top of your lungs while bopping between tables, I highly recommend it 🙂

Then Julia and I walked to meet the rest of the crew for some more wine and lots of chitchatting.  We made our way home right as the bar was closing and I ended the night with a yummy square of dark mint/rosemary chocolate that we snagged from Newsroom! Sweet dreams followed, of course!

The rest of the weekend was great — can’t believe it’s already over. I have to get to bed now but have some amazing brunch photos for you guys to drool over next time I post…bated breath, I know 🙂

One thing about good weather means I go totally MIA.  Don’t worry if I disappear into the sunshine! Saturday morning I woke up super early to take my car in for routine maintenance.  I made some coffee and grabbed a PB Fiber One bar for the road.


After hanging around the car dealership for a few hours, I left with my clean & healthy baby and headed straight to the beach. Driving down to the water made me SO HAPPY! I love the gorgeous sun. I grabbed breakfast part 2 from Noah’s Bagels. For some reason, food tastes so much better on the beach 🙂

I pulled up and scored a free parking space without any searching — sweet! I was greeted by this sight for sore eyes.


I trekked down to the water and found a great spot. The beach was pretty empty, which I love 🙂


I got a nice cold diet Pepsi to sip in the sun.


Along with a great bagel sandwich with light cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, lox and capers on a whole grain seedy bagel.


I ate both halves (duh), followed later in the day by a pickle and a few pieces of fruit.



After finishing The Alchemist and reading some health magazines, I realized that despite all my sunscreen, I was getting major sun. And burn! My splotchy red self and I headed back Weho. Look what I found on the way home…I used to LOVE this movie growing up!


Since I missed out on free Pinkberry Friday, I decided to grab some for a late lunch (??). My meals were so off schedule! I ended up with a medium coconut (YUM!) topped with mango, bing cherries, and chocolate chips. Of course, they only put about 5 pieces of fruit in the cup, so I brought it home and added some of my own 🙂


Plus frozen banana slices, kiwi, strawberries, and mini blueberries. Can you say amazing?!


I swear there was yogurt under there 🙂


I also threw some veggies on a plate topped with salsa. I had a late dinner planned with the girls and didn’t want to be starving by the time we got to the restaurant.


These snacks held me over until dinner at 9. The three Kates and Marissa hit up Julia’s restaurant where she was managing for the night. We started with champagne mixed with fresh pureed watermelon. So light and refreshing!


Julia sent over the infamous Newsroom grilled artichoke while we were deliberating over the menu. Actually, I was really the only one who didn’t know what to get; I’m so indecisive!!


Finally I ordered one of Julia’s favorites, jerk chicken on flatbread with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. I skipped the sauce on the side but ate all the salad and 3/4 of the sandwich. The chicken was delicious!


We drank cantaloupe martinis with dinner. All the Newsroom drinks have freshly juiced fruit which makes such a huge difference in taste!


The four of us chilled with our drinks and food while Julia closed down the restaurant. We made sure she got a few sips though 🙂


The bartender was trying his hand at inventing some shots, so he brought over two rounds to taste test with us!  Then Julia came across an open bottle of wine that she sent over to the table. Waste not! I only drank a sip or two though. We all swore up and down that we weren’t even a lil bit tipsy at this point, but for some reason I’m thinking we were wrong about that…


As if Julia/the bartender/the chefs hadn’t spoiled us enough, they sent over a flourless chocolate cake. No words!!!


Don’t ya know?? Girls love chocolate.


But we love Julia more!!!


Once the restaurant was closed down & locked up, the five of us hit the road. One of my coworkers was throwing a “Halfway to New Year’s” party at a Mexican-themed restaurant (creatively named “Mexico”). I skipped drinking at this bar in favor of dancing! The DJ played tons of MJ and other old school tunes, so we totally rocked out. We even got a cute (and sweaty) group shot.


Classic moves to follow…


…plus some stolen sombrero action!



Sadly, there are no existing photos of sketchy braces boy who was madly in love with Julia. You all can imagine!

My computer is being a huge creeper right now and going so slowly, so you guys will have to wait to see the rest of my exciting weekend and somewhat less exciting Monday. Hope y’all had a great kickoff!

Will the weather ever get summery?! I woke up Saturday morning to MORE CLOUDS and decided a batch of blueberry pancakes were in order. I used 1/2 cup whole wheat mix, 1/4 cup Maine bloobs, 1/4 cup egg beaters, some H2O and 1 tbsp maple syrup to make this plate. They were really thin but good!


Thanks to the icky day outside, I spent much of the day cleaning, reading, and watching TV. I took a break around 11 AM to hit the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical. My ankle has been bothering me the last few days, and this is the only way I can workout without really aggravating it! Followed by grocery shopping, I got home pretty hungry for lunch and pulled out some of my purchases to make a chile lime chicken burger topped with pickles and grilled onions and sweet potato fries.


Snacks throughout the rest of the afternoon included a mint Skinny Cow and a Red Delicious apple.



After lazing around all day, I was motivated to get out of the apt and met Kate W for a late dinner at Yatai.  She just moved back to LA and has never been to our favorite sushi spot, so I had to introduce her! I started with a berry beer and some shared edamame. For our main meal, we split some favorites. Sorry for the recycled pictures!

CA roll

CA roll

Crispy rice with spicy tuna

Crispy rice with spicy tuna

Popcorn shrimp

Popcorn shrimp

We shared these three dishes, plus seared salmon sashimi.  I was stuffed after!  Of course, there was still a little room for dessert 🙂


I half passed out awkwardly on the couch and roused myself at 2 AM to get into bed. Then today I woke up around 8 to more clouds.  Boo!  For breakfast I went back to basics with my regular yogurt mess. Lots of fresh and frozen fruit — it was delicious!

Topped with Oaty-Os and Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

Topped with Oaty-Os and Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

After more cloudy day activities (i.e. reading, watching tv, and cleaning again!!), I snacked on some Newsroom toast with Better N’ PB and cherry jelly.


Then the SUN came out late afternoon! I grabbed an apple to enjoy with the good change in weather.


Even thought it wasn’t hot, I decided to make the most of the blue skies and headed down to the beach to read on the sand. It was incredibly windy but I was so happy to finally be outside 🙂

I also got to swing by Panera, meaning bread and black bean soup on the beach…


…and Strawberry Lemon Poppy seed Chicken salad when I got back home.


Later I got a little snacky, so I made some sweet potato cheetahs and broccoli slaw with mushrooms and balsamic vinegar.


This weekend flew by in a minute!! I can’t believe it’s almost Monday already.  I think I have another crazy week coming up but hopefully I can squeeze some fun stuff in there too.  Right now I am just bumming around before going to the airport to pick up Julia. She has been in MN all week and I’m so glad she’s almost home!! Her flight gets in 11:30ish so I will probably try to get to bed after that 🙂

Thursday morning I woke up extra early to get to the doctor’s office.  Since it’s Friday night now and I am having a relaxing evening & don’t want to harp on it, let’s just say it was not a great morning. One big shot in the arm later, I headed off to work with 2 slices of Newsroom bread heels topped with Better N’ Peanut Butter and cherry jelly.

This lovely times 2!

This lovely slice times 2!

I grabbed another coffee on the way to work; I needed the caffeine!


I also chomped on a mango after getting to the office.


Lunch was the rest of my gorgeous Aroma tofu rice bowl leftovers. Still amazing!


With acorn squash on the side.


Thursday was a pretty rough day at work. Things have been a little intense lately. I need to figure out how to go there with an attitude adjustment so I’m not so stressed out!  Luckily I had a movie date with Katie Jo and India. Dinner was pretty random…I started with more acorn squash,


followed by an apple,


and then a box of Junior Mints!


Junior Mints are my favorite movie candy! I haven’t had a box of these in so long! We ended up seeing Angels & Demons, which wasn’t anything amazing but I love movie theaters in general, so I was happy 🙂

This morning I woke up early and got to work before the day officially started, giving me some time with breakfast and Reader.  The usual yogurt mess, with a whole banana today since I mostly had Kashi dust left in the box.


I kicked off lunch with some mango. So fresh and delicious!


Lunch was turkey on a La Tortilla Factory wrap…I tossed in a few of my BBQ pop chips. I love the crunch!


Plus some more chips, green pepper slices, and red cabbage on the side.


I have been insanely snacky the last two days! I was full the rest of the afternoon but wanted to munch and crunch anyway. Luckily I packed a cinnapple, which kept me from buying froyo or a chocolate bar!


Don’t worry, I was just saving my treats for after dinner! First, homemade veggie pizza on the dough I made last weekend.


Followed by some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a while — Ben & Jerry’s half baked froyo! Chocolate and vanilla low fat frozen yogurts with fudge brownies and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough…yes please!!!


I ate this while watching The Heartbreaker. Pretty hoaky but some funny parts too! Ah, it’s so nice having a relaxing night with nothing to worry about tomorrow. Still coming up with plans for Saturday night; anyone doing anything super exciting??

Happy weekend y’all 🙂

Staying up late watching True Blood on Saturday left me exhausted I guess because I slept until 10:30 AM on Sunday!!! People, this is a major accomplishment and basically unheard of…usually I wake up by 8:30 on the weekends and consider that an extra two hours, so 10:30 was great. Guess I needed it! I decided to whip up some pancakes again just because it was the weekend and I could! I used 1/2 cup of the whole wheat mixture and added in 1/4 cup of those baby Maine blueberries from Trader Joe’s.  Topped with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup, these were delicious! (Still think I liked Saturday’s chocolate pancakes best though!!)

On my cute new plate from Target…I get some type of dish every time I go there!




I basically did nothing Sunday and was insanely lazy. I always have a huge list of things to get done over the weekend but I am so busy during the week that my body and mind just craves relaxation! The kittens and I cuddled on the couch and watched more True Blood.


I decided to use some homemade whole wheat pizza dough to make my late lunch. I rolled the dough out pretty thin and topped it with tomato sauce, light cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, green peppers, vidalia onion and fresh basil. It was really delicious!


I also got into some unnecessary snacks…an un-pictured Skinny Cow and some Puffins. We are definitely breaking up again when I am through with this box. Willpower = out the window!! Meanwhile, the kitten babies moved on from me and snuggled together. How cute are they??


Courtney came over for dinner and to watch He’s Just Not That Into You with me and Jules. I took over in the kitchen and made whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil, chile lime chicken burgers and roasted eggplant and zucchini to eat while watching the movie. This meal was so quick and easy to make and tasted great!



I thought the movie was really cute and fun. I am such a sucker for any chick flick basically. Court brought over cocoa meringues and brownie bites from Whole Foods for dessert. The meringues were good but the brownie bites were amazing! Between the three of us, we ate almost the whole container. Too bad I didn’t check until AFTER eating them that the brownies are almost 100 calories each!!!!! No wonder my belly was stuffed beyond belief by the end of the movie.



Today I made the regular yogurt mess but added Puffins instead of Kashi. Don’t worry, I measured them out this time!!


I also broke into this banana around 11 AM. I bought this just for the Superfood sticker!


Lunch was somewhat boring but good, just a bowl of Progresso minestrone soup. I didn’t have anything packed when I was running out the door, but am glad that I grabbed this so I didn’t have to spend money or calories on ordering food.


Instead, I got the same sweet treat as Friday, my favorite no-sugar added light half mocha half vanilla ice blended from the Bean. MMM!

Enjoying my view!

Enjoying my view!

After work, I got an early start on dinner with a Newsroom 9 Grain bread heel topped with a schmear of Better N’ Peanut Butter and some cherry jelly. I was just too hungry to wait!


Even though the toast kept me full for another hour or so, I was still craving CARBS and debated mashed potatoes and pancakes but decided on continuing the breakfast theme with an omelet. I used 1/2 cup egg beaters, vidalia onion, basil and mushrooms, with red pepper slices on the side. The breakfast theme let me have another bread heel with jelly on the side 🙂


Then Julia and I headed out to a BBQ restaurant to meet some guys from her work for a drink.  I had a glass of Pinot while we chatted away. Knowing the bartender meant we got a nice free top off! I avoided eating any of the fries, but did steal Julia’s pickle! It was nice getting out and having some entertaining convo after a long day at the office. Jules is leaving tomorrow for MN and I just wanted to soak up my Julia time!!! I am going to miss her!!!

Long story, but around 11 PM we headed to Santa Monica to scope out parking spaces for Julia to leave her car for the week. We just walked back in the door (it’s 12:30 now) and I can tell that my blood sugar has seriously hit rock bottom because I am being a total crank yanker and am about to make a bowl of instant oatmeal. Instead of taking/uploading a boring picture of that, I leave you with this…

…the video Fight From Above debuted Friday night! Pretty awesome, right?! Don’t the boys sound great?? I am the one in the red plaid/sunglasses at the party and then the leather jacket/bangs at the end in case you couldn’t pick me out. Yes, lighting up…for artistic effect you guys!!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget 🙂

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Made sure to measure out portion sizes for everything I cooked for breakfast,
  2. lunch, and
  3. dinner.

Three Things for Monday

  1. Passed up the Sprinkles cupcakes in the office (my work enjoys torturing me)
  2. Brought lunch instead of buying
  3. Ate dinner before going out to the BBQ place

Friday morning, usual breakfast. Someone brought in a big box full of donuts but my yogurt mess was just so much more appealing. I can’t go without it!


I packed lots of veggies for the day, so I broke into my sugar snap peas at 11 to tide me over until lunch.


These greens held me over for an hour or two before I heated up a can of Progresso onion soup. At 100 calories, this is PERFECT for bulking up! I had a slightly stale piece of ciabatta bread that soaked up the soup wonderfully and tasted amazing.


I had more colors on the side; orange butternut squash…


…and yellow pepper slices!


I had a hankering for a sweet treat and since it was pay day, I swung by Coffee Bean on my way to the bank and grabbed a light half mocha half vanilla no-sugar added Ice Blended. When did coffee names get so LONG?! Anyway, it totally hit the spot 🙂


Friday at work was much less intense than the rest of the week, and we all got some catch-up work done. Right before I left the office, I had a cinnapple for workout fuel. Eating a small snack right at the end of the day is a great gym motivator because I always want to go burn it off and build up my appetite again for dinner!


I did 45 minutes of intervals on the elliptical before heading to Ulta for some glam accessories for the night. I needed eyeliner and ended up with a new mascara and some fake eyelashes too! Got to play up those baby blues! Anyone else try the false lashes before? Last night was my first time and they looked awesome and were so easy to wear, even though I was worried about them falling off all night LOL 🙂

I headed home for a dance party with the roommate while we got showered and ready. Kate J and Kate W came over for pizza and wine. (Yes, another Kate! Are you confused yet?!). I had two slices of the veggie pizza from Cheebo but skipped the booze.


Then we made our way over to the Viper Room to hear Katie Jo’s boyfriend’s band. The music video came out AWESOME! There are some really cool shots of yours truly in there! I will definitely put up the link after the guys post it online. I grabbed a Bud Light and we all danced the night away. The whole gang came out in full force, and it was great to see everyone. I also ran into my ex, who I haven’t seen in months. It was really weird talking to him…the girls reclaimed me though and we headed to another bar for more dancing. I did two rounds of girly watermelon shots before calling it a night. Best part about hosting dinner at your place before going out? Leftover pizza when you get home!

Saturday morning I woke up early and still totally full from my late night pizza snack. I watched TV for a while and made a batch of whole wheat pancakes around 10 AM. I gave these a sweet twist by adding 1 tbsp cocoa powder and the last 10 semi-sweet chocolate chips I found in a bag in my closet. These few choc chips were the perfect touch! Topped with 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup and 1/2 banana…


After breakfast, I bummed around for a bit and cleaned a little too. A little after noon, I decided to run a few errands and made a piece of toast with Better N’ Peanut Butter and cherry jelly to hold me over for the next few hours.


I headed over to the office since I left my camera cord there and couldn’t charge or upload photos. Can’t have that!!! The parking lot was oddly full…?! After Target and TJ, I went home and eagerly dug into my splurge purchase, PUFFINS!


This cereal and I had to break up for a bit because I couldn’t NOT finish the box in two days. I snacked on a few extra handfuls throughout the afternoon, but didn’t sit down with the box and mindless just eat it — that’s progress 🙂

Around 8, I headed over to Whole Foods where the nicest guy behind the meat counter helped me pick out a 4 ounce piece of organic beef. I had such a craving for red meat and mashed potatoes! This dinner was one of my very favorite meals growing up. I made the smash using 1 Russet potato boiled and mixed with a little less than a tablespoon of butter and a few splashes of milk and salt. I finished out the meal with some corn, sugar snap peas, and hickory BBQ sauce for dipping. I felt just like I was at the dinner table in Jersey again!!!


I had good intentions to go out but ended up relaxing at home instead. I’ve been looking for a new TV show to watch and decided to give True Blood a try. I ended up staying awake until 2 AM catching up on the first season — I really like it! I had a Skinny Cow and one more handful of Puffins while watching.


Three Things for Friday

  1. Avoided the donuts in the office
  2. Got a light Ice Blended to curb my sweet tooth
  3. Skipped the wine with dinner

Three Things for Saturday

  1. Used 1 potato to make my mashed potatoes for portion control
  2. Portioned my meat by having the butcher wrap up 4 ounces of meat (my eyes are usually bigger than my stomach!)
  3. Ate a Skinny Cow for dessert instead of going out to get ice cream