Wow, it’s been a crazy two days! Wednesday morning I had the usual yogurt mess, which was delicious as always.

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The day was taken up by some PR drama with a cap D! One of our clients got some unexpected uncontrolled unplanned (but not bad!!) coverage on Perez, MTV, Entertainment Tonight…so it was a busy morning. Lunch was a frozen Kashi meal I’ve been wanting to try — Lemongrass Coconut Chicken.ย  Not going to lie, it was the coconut flakes that caught my eye!

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I added some more veggies for extra color ๐Ÿ™‚

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Around 2, I ended up eating some fruit (mango, kiwi, cinnapple) while heading over the hill to help smooth over another sitch and found myself at Kendra’s bachelorette party (yes, from The Girls Next Door). Only in LA, huh?? All the girls were sweet and cute as buttons!

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Since I was already in the Valley, I headed over to Kate’s house for dinner. She and her boys had already eaten, so I snagged a few bites of her amazing pasta before eating myself.ย  Kate gave me a list of every food under the sun and then I got to customize my own meal. And she cooked it for me!! I love cooking, but it’s so amazing to kick back with a glass of wine while someone else makes you a plate of delicious food, right?! Now presenting dinner by KJ — here’s a face to match with the name…imagine THIS zen lady standing over the stove instead of coasting down an air slide and that’s the scene.

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Hi guys!ย  This is Katie Jo. ย Tonight dinner was on me because Tates was stressed and needed a girls night. ย We opened a bottle of red wine I’d been saving and watched trashy television. On the menu was pasta with tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and mushrooms all sauteed together. ย On the side we had baked chicken in a homemade marinade and a couple slices of fresh kalamata bread. ย It was a fun night of cooking and girl talk that we topped off with a quick stop at Pinkberry.

Kate’s boyfriend snapped the photos of my dinner.ย  Yup, literally didn’t have to do anything for this meal but eat it!

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We debated going to Aroma for dessert but I haven’t had the pink in so long! I got an original tart and pomegranate swirl topped with mini chocolate chips, blackberries and blueberries. I couldn’t get a good photo so I finally gave up to eat this goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

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I got home and passed out so hard! I woke up this morning still exhausted for whatever reason. My yogurt mess was good but didn’t do much to energize me. Too bad I don’t have any of that caffeine granola!!

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All the events from Wednesday carried over and the day was pretty crazy again. I managed to squeeze in a yummy veggie-overload Lean Cuisine ravioli bowl for lunch.

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I also was able to swing by the Farmers’ Market to get some fresh veggies.ย  My fridge is thanking me right now!!ย  Late afternoon, we celebrated my boss’s birthday with a big cake. I am not the hugest fan of white cake, but I do love icing so I had a few bites. After working late, I went home for an early-ish dinner.ย  I snacked on a few hummus dipped green beans while cooking.

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I used some of my FM veggies to make a bowl with red peppers, onions, eggplant, chicken, zucchini, and 4 mini potato pierogies.

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Dessert was the usual Skinny Cow. Imagine this one but dipped in rainbow sprinkles for some outer layer crunch! Genius.

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Right now I am going to have some tea and try to catch up on your gorgeous lives! Hope everyone has a kickass FRIDAY!!! Weekend rolls around again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ah Monday! Today I tried the “fake it to make it” trick and it really worked! I left work with a big smile on my face and ready for a fun night. Oh yeah, the other trick to a good Monday — making plans for a relaxing night ๐Ÿ™‚

The day started with an exceptionally good yogurt mess, packed with frozen blueberries, frozen mango, bananas, strawberries and cereal.

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We had our regular Monday morning meeting, which is never fun. It does move the day along pretty quickly though. For lunch I had a side salad of broccoli slaw and mushrooms topped with a lil balsamic vinaigrette.

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I also had a La Tortilla turkey wrap with Popchips on the side.ย  The turkey was on its last leg (ick) but it did the trick.ย  This meal holds me over like WHOA.

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After lunch I took a nice little walk to get some fresh air. It might be chillayy but at least that sun is shinin!!ย  I got snacky around 4 but decided to just save my appetite for dinner. It was a multi-course meal — my favorite kind!ย  I started with a little bit of Honey Moon.

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Followed by 1/2 cup salted edamame, nom nom!

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And a TJ veggie eggroll. I love how these are so easy to make AND low-calorie…could it be any better?!

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My roomie was inspired by her trip home to make some Hmong cuisine.ย  Apparently St. Paul has one of the largest (if not THE largest) urban Hmong populations in the WORLD so restaurants there are aplenty.ย  LA however doesn’t seem to have any Hmong restaurants (if you know otherwise, let me know, Julia will be so happy!) so she decided to whip up some on her own.ย  And graciously share with me of course! While she was cooking, I nibbled on a few carrots and broccoli florets dipped in spicy chipotle hummus.

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Julia’s dish contained lean pork, veggies, garlic, EVOO, lemongrass and lots of spice…jalapenos and chile paste! My mouth was on FIRE. It was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Right now we are watching Nurse Jackie and I am contemplating a Skinny Cow to finish off the night. Can you picture it? Probably — here’s a gratuitous shot anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

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On another good note, my girl Amy gave me the One Lovely Blog Award; isn’t she the sweetest?? I love the pretty roses. Thanks for the Monday pick-me-up girlie!!!

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I’m supposed to pass this along to another seven people; my bad if you already received it!

  1. Lara, with her fabulous food and adventures across the pond!
  2. Diana, with the best photography skills, hands down!
  3. Kaneil, with her bubbly personality and great advice!
  4. Kailey, with her undying love for PB!
  5. Jess, with her wicked photo recaps!
  6. Biz, with her fabulous meal plans and savory breakfasts!
  7. Coco, with her brilliant food — everything always sounds delicious!

Hope everyone had a great Monday.ย  See y’all tomorrow!

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!

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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.

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

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After lazing around all day, I was motivated to get out of the apt and met Kate W for a late dinner at Yatai.ย  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.ย  I was stuffed after!ย  Of course, there was still a little room for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.ย  Boo!ย  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.

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

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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

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This weekend flew by in a minute!! I can’t believe it’s almost Monday already.ย  I think I have another crazy week coming up but hopefully I can squeeze some fun stuff in there too.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished off the last of the PB Puffins in my yogurt mess today. Why are these so darn addictive??

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For lunch today, I made a turkey wrap on a La Tortilla Factory tortilla with some TJ tomato & basil hummus and red cabbage. A somewhat strange but very filling combo! Paired with a mango and a few pieces of fruit from the office spread, this meal held me over almost until the end of the day.

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Right before leaving for the day, I dug into my cinnapple from yesterday. You know how people suggest adding lemon to keep a cut apple fresh? It seems like cinnamon does the same thing! I diced this apple Tuesday early morning and ate it Wednesday afternoon and it was still crisp and not browned at all.

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After work I decided to go for a hike instead of going to the gym. The sun was FINALLY out, even though it wasn’t hot. The cool air is much better for the hike though! I did a light jog on the way back down the canyon…makes the trip downhill so fast ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner was inspired by Julia’s new plates. Aren’t these cute??

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I went Italian-style with a serving of TJ breaded eggplant topped with sauce and a little light cheese & a side of shirataki noodles with sauce, mushrooms, red onion and basil. The eggplant was SO GOOD as usual.ย  Pasta probably would have tasted better; I only really like these noodles in stir fry I think. But it left lots of room for dessert!

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Cookies & cream Skinny Cow while watching True Blood. Perfect combo!

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Three Things for Wednesday

  1. Brought chips to eat with lunch but skipped them
  2. Tacked on an extra bit to my hike
  3. Made shirataki noodles instead of pasta for dinner

Earlier I was talking to my girl over at What Do I Eat Now? about temptation at the office. I realized that today we were stocked with muffins, brownies, fruit, cheese & crackers, jellybeans, chocolate, tootsie rolls, laffy taffy, runts, swedish fish and sour patch kids. That kind of spread is pretty typical! For the most part, I just avoid it all because once I start, it can be hard to stop! Does anyone else have lots of food temptations at work? How do you keep from just snacking all day long?

Waking up without any yogurt in the fridge, I made a quick stop at Whole Foods on the way to the office and treated myself to a vanilla Oikos!

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We had a few meetings at the office today, which meant lots of muffins, brownies…and Sprinkles cupcakes from yesterday! I stuck to the fruit though; it was so fresh and delicious! The pineapple was bomb.

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For lunch I had a Lean Cuisine pizza and some mixed veggies on the side. Nothing that exciting but I was too tired last night to make something!

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Later in the afternoon, I snacked on more fruit and a piece of PB roll-up, which is basically a tortilla spread with PB and craisins/raisins and rolled up and diced into spirals. This was a perfect fuel for my workout.ย  These roll-ups are a favorite in our office ๐Ÿ™‚

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After dinner, I headed over the hill to pick up a Father’s Day present for my dad. For some reason, the Best Buy near my house AND the Best Buy near my office didn’t have it in stock. On the way out, I hit the gym in the Valley. The parking lot was a total zoo! I drove around for 15 minutes before deciding to call it quits and as I was leaving, a spot opened up. YAY! I did 50 minutes of intervals on the elliptical. After the gym, I made a quick stop at Aroma to get dinner to-go. I switched up my usual wild rice tofu salad for the tofu rice bowl. Big changes, I know ๐Ÿ™‚

I love this restaurant! I don’t get to go very often because it’s totally out of the way, but the place is so cute.ย  My dinner contained wild rice, marinated tofu, broccoli, scallions, serrano chilis, and roasted bell peppers. Look at this beaut!! IT WAS HUGE!

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As soon as I got back to the car, I dug in! I ate about 1/6, then another 1/6 after I went to Best Buy (side note, is it weird that I ate twice in parking lots? Hmm…). The last 1/6 I ate after I went grocery shopping and got home. Now I still have half for another meal. What a deal!

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My lunch is planned, the groceries are unpacked, True Blood is all cued up and I have a Skinny Cow in hand. I picked up more mint ones tonight, along with Cookies N’ Cream!!!

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Three Things for Tuesday

  1. Passed on Sprinkles cupcakes again
  2. Snacked on fruit and skipped the muffins
  3. Saved half my big dinner for another meal

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.ย  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!

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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.

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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!

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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??

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then Julia and I headed out to a BBQ restaurant to meet some guys from her work for a drink.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

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

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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.

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

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…and yellow pepper slices!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!!!

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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.

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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