Since I’ve been getting so hungry by lunchtime, I tried holding off eating breakfast but that didn’t work. I dug into my yogurt mess by 8:30, oh well!

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Lunch today was part of my “economy” efforts of the week — leftovers! Everything tasted just as good, especially once it was all mixed up. Best of all, it took such a long time to eat!

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After lunch I took a little walk outside with one of my co-workers in the gorgeous sun. It was hard going back to work after that! Luckily I had a PB Fiber One bar in my purse…it was totally smushed but came in very handy around 4 PM when I got slammed with some more projects and realized I wouldn’t be leaving the office anytime soon!

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I begged off around 7 and still made it over to the gym. I was itching to go home but the thought of portobellos and sweet potato fries (the store is next to the gym!) was enough to motivate me. I did a quick but sweaty 30 minutes on the elliptical. I NEED to get some new music!!

Dinner was an awesome plate chock full o’veggies and included a portobello mushroom, cheetahs, red onions, a dill pickle (times 2!), and fresh broccoli/cauliflower. Everything was delicious!

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Tomorrow I have a last minute work breakfast at Shutters on the Beach, which is possibly the cutest hotel of all time and located in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be eating until 10 AM, so I am going to have to eat a small breakfast in addition to ordering at the restaurant. Here’s the menu; any ideas on what I should eat first/order later??

Quick post tonight, it’s late and I want to get to sleep! Yogurt mess for breakfast, which I downed in 2 minutes.

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Lunch was a La Tortilla Factory wrap with broccoli slaw, cabbage, portobello mushroom, and some leftover cheetah slices.

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I ate the rest of the stuffing that wouldn’t fit in the wrap on the side!

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Afternoon pick-me-up! I was never allowed to have soda as a kid, but my mom always drank Diet Dr Pepper, so this reminds me of her 🙂

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I should have eaten a real snack though because I ended up going to happy hour with one of the girls from work.  A glass of white wine on a pretty empty belly turned into a small flour tortilla, a chicken skewer and WAY too many chips with guacamole. At least we didn’t get a second basket…that’s good, right?

Of course, the whole point of happy hour is ending the night early, which made it feel like I still had time to hit the gym.  I did 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical before my tummy started reminding me it hadn’t quite digested and said no thanks!  I left to grab some groceries for the rest of the week and came home find the kitten peed in my bed. Again.  So right now I am decompressing with The Office.

I am king of forwards. It’s how I like to do business. I am Chandler. And Joey. And Pam is Rachel. And Dwight is Kramer.

Ah Michael Scott, you are priceless.

Welcome back to the real world everyone! This morning I woke up and found out I left my portable coffee mug at work on Friday…oops. Think that might stop me?! Nope, Godiva coffee was getting drink. drank. drunk. no matter what! So I took a regular mug into the car and possibly spilled all over my pants. It was so worth it 🙂

Breakfast was a yogurt mess! Surprise, surprise.

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The whole team went out to lunch today at Breadbar. It’s hard to cut back on restaurant eating when you have to do it for work! I seriously never noticed how often we go out to eat, but I think I’m really getting a handle on this stuff!!! Today I ordered a bowl of the vegan white bean broth-based soup and half a grilled chicken/grilled veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread. When I looked around the table and saw the cheesy french onion soups & grilled cheese sandwiches, I gave myself a nice pat on the back 🙂

Today at work I got to read through some fun food magazines.  I had to stare down this little beauty in Women’s Health!!!

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The article was pretty interesting though. It was all about dealing with food temptations.  “Research shows that willpower is a kind of mental muscle, and like any muscle, it can get stronger.” Don’t you love that?? I am SO working out my willpower muscle!

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Lunch held me over all afternoon, but I got a little snacky around 4 so I had a cinnapple.

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I intended to hit up the gym after work but home was calling my name so I headed there instead.  Dinner tonight was more portobello…I had bought two and the other one was just staring up at me from the fridge!

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website:

Dietitian’s tip: The meaty-textured portobello mushroom is the perfect stand-in for a hamburger. One portobello mushroom has about 30 calories and no fat or cholesterol. By comparison, a 3-ounce hamburger patty has 235 calories, 16 grams of fat and 76 milligrams of cholesterol.

Sweet! Good thing I totally LOVE portobello mushrooms. I forget about these for a while but I’m sure you will be seeing them more often now that I’ve rekindled the love affair 🙂

I topped my bello with 1 tbsp soyaki sauce, then placed the whole thing under the broiler for 5 minutes on each side. How easy is that?! For the side, I baked some sweet potato fries, red peppers & red onions and heated up a bowl of lemon pepper sprinkled broccoli. Such a light, filling dinner!

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For dessert, I had another Skinny Cow of course. Sorry that you guys are stuck with the same picture every morning AND every night!!

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Three Things for Tuesday

  1. Ordered the vegan bean broth soup instead of french onion
  2. Got my sandwich dry, without the curry mayo
  3. Switched the egg bread/hamburger roll that came with my sandwich for whole wheat toast

Right now I am watching a bunch of new Lando episodes (Law & Order for anyone who doesn’t hear me call them that all the time haha) but am planning to put myself to bed somewhat early so I have more energy tomorrow.  Hope you all had a great day back after the mini-vaycay!!!