Monday I had a great lunch at Clementine, but since I was with a coworker, I don’t have any pictures! I DID have an amazing sandwich that I can’t wait to eat again or try to replicate on my own: roasted sweet peppers with mashed chickpeas, organic heirloom tomatoes, salsa verde and arugula, served open-faced on toasted whole grain bread. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?! It was!

The day passed relatively quickly, and I made it to the gym for some interval action on the elliptical. I picked up dessert on my way back from the gym and didn’t even want dinner! I compromised by eating a yam first (hey, that’s a compromise in my mind!!) before digging into my Yogurtland.

Chocolate, coconut, strawberry and PB froyo with fruit and candies!

Chocolate, coconut, strawberry and PB froyo with fruit and candies!

Breakfast this morning was a yogurt mess, without too much fun fruit. I’m out of mango and strawberries sadly!


I got SO hungry around 11:30 and dug into a white nectarine. It was a little crunchy but I like it that way!


The fruit held me over a wee bit longer until I reached the “official” office lunchtime of noon. Today I had whole wheat pasta shells with veggies and corn on the cob that was leftover from Sunday night. It was delicious but a tiny bit awkward eating corn at my desk! I was trying so hard not to obnoxiously crunch ๐Ÿ™‚


The day went sooooooooooo sloooooooooooooowly and I almost didn’t make it to the gym but convinced myself to go and ended up banging out a great hour on the elliptical. I had a super healthy meal in mind but a wicked craving for pizza that won over, so it’s a good thing I hit the gym! I whipped up my quick homemade dough, divided it into three, and used one piece to make a personal pizza.ย  I was in the mood for a few different tastes, so I ended up doing half tomato sauce/cheese/peppers/red onion/basil, one quarter cheese-less with peppers/red onion/hot pepper flakes, and one quarter acorn squash with pear. Yup, you read that right!!


Today I saw a great savory grilled cheese and pear sandwich featured on The Biggest Diabetic Loser that stuck in my mind all day! This sammie was my inspiration to make a sweet/savory section with squash and pear that tasted FABULOUS!!!


The other slices were pretty good too ๐Ÿ™‚



For whatever reason, pizza always prompts my sweet tooth, so I had a Skinny Cow fudge pop and a handful of M&Ms. Seriously good thing I made it to the gym, right?!



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!


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!



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!


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!


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??

I can’t believe I leave tonight for my four day weekend! I’m so excited! Monday morning it felt weird getting back to the grind. I was tired and cranky and even my Tupperware of glorious messy yogurt couldn’t cheer me up.


After a somewhat stinky morning, I dug into a bowl of “leftovers.” Doesn’t look familiar? When I made my omelet Sunday night, I cooked extra eggplant, mushrooms and onions and put them to the side.ย  I also made a serving of pasta with my little 1/4 cup.ย  Plus the addition of an Amy’s veggie burger nuked at the office and voila! “Leftovers.” It was actually really good!


I also brought some mixed veggies which worked great as an afternoon snack.


After a somewhat long and uneventful day, I headed home to eat an early dinner before meeting Courtney at the movies! Not in the mood for anything in particular, I started with 1/2 cup of salted edamame.


Followed by one of the TJ veggie eggrolls.


And finished off with a little dessert — ice cream! My bowl actually was this size this time ๐Ÿ™‚


After dinner, Courtney and I met at the Grove to see My Sister’s Keeper. Thank goodness I brought us some tissues because I cried like a baby throughout the movie. I think my contacts were crusty with salt when we left. Gross, but true. Courtsie had never read the book before so I got to tell her about the real ending.ย  We both agreed that the screenplay probably worked better in this case because the book’s ending probably would have felt like WTF since they can only set up the plot so much in the limited amount of time!

After the movies, we chilled outside on the fountain and talked all about Court’s amazing trip to Italy, boys, acting, moving to Santa Monica, summer plans, and boys again.ย  It was so great catching up! My dinner/dessert left me pretty full the rest of the night, although I did snack on a few pieces of fresh pineapple when I got home.

Tuesday morning was yogurt. Again. My fun toppings are dwindling down but I don’t want to buy any more right before going out of town!


Around 11 AM I snacked on some more fruit. I’ve never bought a whole pineapple before — it tastes so fresh!


Since work was dragging, Julia suggested treating myself to something special to make the day more exciting. As soon as she said that, Poquito Mas came to mind! I got the usual Nature’s Grill Burrito with eggplant, black beans, zucchini, peppers, and onions — sans cheese or sour cream.ย  You don’t need it, I swear! I had these chips (plus another few handfuls) on the side. Then I was a good girl and gave the rest away to my fellow co-workers who were eyeing my meal with very jealous stares.


I finished off the day pretty strong and headed home.ย  I wanted to go for a run but just REALLY wasn’t in the mood. I convinced myself using the old “you won’t regret it” mentality and hit the streets.ย  I cut the run a little short (maybe 2.5 miles this time?) because every single step was torture. My calves are totally killing me today too. It’s crazy how some days it can feel so amazing and empowering to get outside and exercise and others it just drags! You know?

I got home feeling hungry but not quite ready to sit down to dinner. I hate eating before 7 PM if I can avoid it because I stay up so late and then there are too many hours between dinner and bedtime. Ding! Smoothie time! I worked at a Smoothie King in high school and pretty much considered myself the queen of smoothies. I even brought a blender to college so I could make them at a moment’s notice (everyone eyed me jealously that my mom let me bring a blender to make mixed drinks. Um, no, this baby is for my refreshing pineapple banana protein shakes people!!).ย  So I used half this 100 calorie protein drink, 1/2 banana and a whole lot of ice to make this pretty, frosty glass of deliciousness!


See that fuzzy white light around the glass that looks like a halo? Yes, angels were singing.

This smoothie turned out to be the PERFECT thing to hold me over until a later, 9 PM dinner, which means I had plenty of time to shower, clean, blog and do some errands before eating. Dinner was more pure randomness and an attempt to eat a lot of veggies.ย  I cooked some edamame and chicken but needed to bulk up the dish.ย  I ended up tossing eggplant, onions, red cabbage, pineapple salsa and chile paste into a pan and cooking it all up together til everything was warm and tender.ย  This was one of those meals where I had NO clue how it would all taste but I was v. happy with the results! Normally I would make some grains/carbs on the side but all the veggies & protein & spice left me stuffed!


Not too stuffed to eat a Skinny Cow, of course ๐Ÿ™‚


Today I skipped the yogurt and had a slice of 9 grain Newsroom bread topped with Better N’ Peanut Butter and some cherry jelly.


This tasted really good but made me feel immediately sick to my stomach which was weird. Luckily the feeling went away in an hour or so and I was good to go! I had a snack around noon — just some of the delicious pineapple.


I took a little break to meet up with India for lunch.ย  She’s been filming in North Carolina and I haven’t seen her sweet face in weeks!! We hit up Century City’s awesome food court and I got my regular mayo-free tuna salad from Coral Tree. Repeat photo, original taste!

coral tree salad

After lunch I was crazy busy trying to finish all my work for Thursday and Friday too.ย  It was rushed but SO worth it!! Now I am at home, sipping another smoothie and getting ready to pack. I think dinner will probably be a repeat of last night — I really enjoyed it!


My flight leaves at 11:40 PM and I get into NJ bright and early at 8 AM! I am beyond excited to be home and to see my family.ย  I will try to recap a bit while I’m there if I can but I’m hoping to be so busy that I hardly have the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

I always have this O.A.R. song running through my head whenever I go home!

There are few things pure in this world anymore,
and home is one of the few.
We’d have a drink outside,
maybe run and hide if we saw a couple men in blue.
To me it’s so damn easy to see
that true people are the people at home.
Well, I’ve been away but now I’m back today,
and there ain’t a place I’d rather go.
I feel home,
when I see the faces that remember my own.
I feel home,
when I’m chilling outside with the people I know.
I feel home,
and that’s just what I feel.
Home to me is reality,
and all I need is something real.

Thursday morning I woke up so happy to get the long weekend started. WHOOHOO!


I had one more last minute thing to finish for the client whose project I’ve been working on the last week, so the day flew by pretty quickly.ย  I didn’t even have a minute to leave for lunch! But I did manage to squeeze in some fruit and a Lean Cuisine.


Look at those blackberries!!


I was working down to the wire since we were leaving early but at 3 PM my boss told me send the last email and PEACE OUT.ย  Love that. I came home and settled down with one of my girly books (Jemima J, always re-read this one!) and some TJ pita chips. Reduced guilt? Sea salt? Sign me up!


After the snacking, I decided to go for a little run.ย  I haven’t been in the mood to exercise lately but I think a lot of that is because it’s late and I am tired by the time I get home from work.ย  Getting home earlier today meant I had an extra two hours, and with the sun still out, I was super motivated to get outdoors!ย  I ended up doing a 2.7 run (okay, okay, jog) around my neighborhood and didn’t stop to walk once!! This might not sound like much but it felt huge to me, even though I was jogging along pretty slowly at the end, I kept going! I was a red sweaty mess afterward. Sexy, I know.

I showered, shaved and exfoliated like whoa so I could hit up the tanning salon next door for a spray tan.ย  I’ve never tried one of these before but I figured with the next few days of beach/pools/bbqs it would be nice to have some color rather than be a white/red splotchy mess. I felt like an idiot doing the “poses” in the Magic Tan booth, but I love the look! I might possibly be hooked…then I swung by Whole Foods to grab the Amy’s burgers that Jess recommended.ย  My summer meal was made complete with some SP fries, pickles and corn on the cob.


Yum! Loved the burgers!

After my late dinner, Julia came home for some serious girl chat time. What would I do without her?! Then of course we had to race to Yogurtland before closing time…yes, it closes at midnight and yes, we needed to get froyo even though it was so late.


Summer Lovin!

Happy almost 4th!!!

Finally, I am BACK in bloggie world! At least for the morning until I return to fun summer vacation land. I am catching up with my posts and your lives…I started to get stressed by my lack of posting and commenting but it seems like a lot of you are going through the same thing! Between work and friends and having FUN, there just aren’t always enough hours in the day.ย  And besides, if I skimp on enjoying myself to blog, you guys will be treated to many boring, cranky posts and nobody wants that ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday morning I finally got my act together with fresh fruits and made a v. satisfying yogurt mess. Perfect summer food!


I ended up getting major props from my bosses in a staff meeting for all the work I’ve been doing the last few days, which is always nice. I’ve been getting hungry early for lunch so right at 12 I nibbled on some veggies.


Then I had another pricey frozen meal…I couldn’t resist this one! I’ve been dying to try the Kashi pesto pasta and I FINALLY found it. I have been looking every time I go into the grocery store and never see it! The promise of a good meal…


…totally worth it!!! This stuff was awesome for just under 300 calories!


I have been less snacky the last few days at work because I’ve been too busy to think about food! I did bring a cinnapple though that I crunched on later in the afternoon.


After work I headed over to see Stephanie’s new place.ย  She and Josh just moved to a cute neighborhood and a big apartment.ย  Josh had me do a walk through and give decorating ideas, which of course I loved.ย  Steph made great salads topped with hummus.ย  I couldn’t even finish this though because I was stuffed from the gorgeous turkey burgers she made!



After dinner and lots of catching up, Steph and I walked down to Penguins to get some delicious froyo. No skimping on the sprinkles here!!!


Wednesday morning I had another regular ๐Ÿ™‚


Work was more of the busy bee season.ย  At noon I heated up Progresso Minestrone soup, one of my old school favorites.


With corn cut from the cob and one of Steph’s homemade oatmeal muffins on the side!


I have never been the biggest fan of spicy food, but after having Julia’s firey pork dish the other night, I am loving things HOT! I bought this Tabasco to keep at work and added a little to my soup. Loved it!


My boss gave me props again!ย  He usually tells us our writing sucks (1. SO supportive and 2. it doesn’t) but he told me this time that I was great at understanding a complex situation and writing under pressure and a huge help putting together the urgent materials we needed this week. That helps make it all worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

Cinnapple made an appearance later in the afternoon.


After work I had a crazy random craving for TJ Pineapple salsa. BEST salsa ever! If you haven’t tried this yet, you must!


I used it to dip some salted zucchini.


For dinner I made a serving of TJ eggplant with a serving of whole wheat pasta on the side. I’ve NEVER seen WW shells before. I get so bored of the rotini and spaghetti and loved eating a new shape ๐Ÿ™‚


After dinner, Miss Master of All Trades colored my hair a gorgeous honey blonde. The roots were getting dark! Actually, someone called me brunette so I just wanted to clear up that little situation. Julia did an AMAZING job!!! We are thinking about adding in some highlights too.ย  I had half of this TJ beer while she was working away.


Plus a Skinny Cow for dessert after Jules styled and blew out my hair for me ๐Ÿ™‚


All right lovies that’s it from me for now. I am off to the beach!!! Happy 3 day weekend!!

Hump day already?! This week is flying by! I am getting so excited for the 4th. I just love when everyone is in the holiday spirit! Okay, rewinding to SUNDAY…I woke up early to more blue skies and made a yogurt mess with one of my strawberry shortcake biscuits. Yum!


I wanted to go to the beach again but was just too burned in a couple spots (bikini line and knees…how do I always miss those places?!) to get more sun so I skipped it and lazed around instead. Lunch was pretty light because I knew I’d be snacking/drinking later at the bbq. I started with some corn on the cob, one of my favorite summer foodsย (this piece x 2!).


Followed by a bowl of broccoli and chicken!ย  I made a homemade sauce with some Better N’ PB, soy sauce and chili paste that tasted heavy on the soy and not very peanuty at all. I will definitely have to fool around with that recipe but it tasted good in a pinch.


After lunch, I headed over to the bbq. Three of us swung by a cute little market to grab salt & vinegar chips, corn on the cob, filets, macaroni salad and Coronas. We all dug into the chips and Coronas as soon as we got back.ย  We chilled on the rooftop patio for a while just sipping our beers and chatting before rousing ourselves for a game of beer pong. Actually, make that two games. Kate W and I dominated and won both!!! After BP I switched over to diet Sunkist and stuck to that for the rest of the night. I haven’t had orange soda in AGES…it definitely reminded me of being a kid ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, more people started trickling in and we got HUNGRY all at once. We cooked the corn first — it was delicious!! I can’t wait to get some sweet NJ corn though next week when I am home. That’s one cob that can’t be beat!


We also bought $50 worth of steak for the 7 of us ๐Ÿ™‚


My piece was awesome!!! I love a good grilled piece of meat, but usually don’t have it unless someone else is cooking it for me, so this was a nice treat. Plus a small scoop of the mac salad on the side. Sorry, no picture! It was around 9PM and we were HANGRY!!!!ย Kate Cubed did pose for one shot during the grilling though ๐Ÿ™‚


Julia and I got home around midnight and I crashed HARD. So tired! I was still sleepy Monday morning (no big surprise there) but my yogurt mess made me happy as always.


The day was busy, busy, busy! I took a break to grab a frozen meal from Gelson’s. I was craving the tofu rice bowl from Aroma but settled for the Amy’s version.ย  It wasn’t nearly as good, but still pretty tasty. It held me over for a long time and I would probably buy it again but not too often because of the hefty price tag! Still, it was cheaper than going out for lunch and I knew exactly what I was getting ๐Ÿ™‚


I also snagged a Pink Lady apple while at the grocery store which came in very handy when I stayed an extra 2 hours at the office getting work done and needed to MUNCH!


By the time I got home, I was hungry and tired so I pulled out the last piece of dough from the fridge and made a quick veggie pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, basil, red onion, red pepper, and lots of spicy red pepper flakes. I rolled out the crust SO thin that it stuck to the pizza stone and I had to scrape it off there.ย  On the plus side, the paper crust made for a ton of slices and I ended up with this plate times 2!!


After pizza can you guess what I did? If you say crawl into bed and pass out, you would be correct!!! Tonight I should have some downtime though so I will catch you up and finally get through my Reader. That thing is both a blessing and a curse, right??

Hope you are all having a great SHORT week!!

Happy weekend everyone! The sun is finally shining, which makes me SO HAPPY! Friday morning I enjoyed the usual, except with blueberry yogurt since the store was out of my favorite vanilla.


Since both my bosses were gone for the day, I made sure to take a long and leisurely lunch. I started with some mango and kiwi.


Followed by Thursday dinner leftovers on a La Tortilla Factory wrap.


All rolled up!


Then I headed outside with The Alchemist and read for a bit in the sunshine. I even treated myself to a chocolate/vanilla swirl froyo with chocolate sprinkles. The place right near my office has a size called “Baby” that’s perfect when you are looking for a just a little taste!


The rest of the day was pretty busy — I even had to stay late! I know, on a Friday, what’s up with that?! I think my long relaxing lunch was definitely worth it though. On the way to the gym, I munched on some cinnapple cubes. I had half before doing some light elliptical for 40 minutes and the rest on the way to the grocery store where I picked up some ingredients for a special dessert ๐Ÿ™‚


Back home, I whipped up some half whole wheat/half white flour dough for pizza! As usual, I used 1/3 to make a thin crust veggie pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, basil, red onion, red pepper, and mushroom. It was delicious, no big surprise!


After some lounging and TV watching, I made dessert! Inspired by the great strawberries I picked up at the Farmer’s Market, I started with some biscuits…


…which turned into strawberry shortcake! Bisquick single packets make these a breeze. You just add water and 10 minutes later you have 150 cal biscuits that are perfect for shortcakes!


The rest of the weekend is coming!! For some reason my computer isn’t liking these long posts andย  I have lots of good pictures for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚