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i love cheese

31 Mar

Payday is on Friday and we can view our paychecks online two days ahead of time to see how much our check will be, see any errors if any,etc.

I looked at my paycheck and was looking over the fields I get paid for such as regular, holiday, sick, etc. and saw this

Well, smack me on the butt and call me The Situation!

What is GTL? And why am I getting paid for it? I don’t go to the gym anymore, don’t tan and do laundry on Sundays so that can’t be it but now I am curious…..

Today was quarter end which is normally madness but it was pretty quiet but the floodgates will open up tomorrow.

My breakfast was oatmeal with sliced peaches, half a baked yellow apple, unsweeted coconut and a dallop of Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt

I will never tire of the hot/cold combo of oats and greek yogurt. And I don’t know if I can ever eat regular yogurt again after being exposed to the thickness of the greek….man!!! LOL JK Greek Yogurt, just seeing if you’re reading.

 This morning was uneventful. I went to the Bucks and got a Venti Pike with soymilk and two pumps sugar free cinnamon dolce.

Now that I think about it, that’s the most interesting thing that happened.

The nice thing about quarter end is that our department caters lunch. We had Boston Market this time which was awesome since I haven’t had it in forev!!

My beautiful plate with chicken, slice of turkey, slice of brisket, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing and a cookie.

I wanted to run away with the pan of macaroni and cheese but thought that wouldn’t be a smart move with our site manager in the room 🙂

Cheesy goodness

 Even Lincoln will be eating good tonight!

I stopped at TJ’s after the bus ride home to pick up bread, salsa and these babies which I read about on Danica’s blog.

Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn Snack Bags!!!

These are the perfect size, only 110 calories per bag and have four ingredients—popcorn, sugar, sunflower oil and salt. The shorter the list the better!

I’m not feeling so hot and my throat has gotten worse as the day has progressed.

I needed something easy and hot for dinner and decided on Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

I broke out my Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I love this stuff! I think the regular tomato soup brands out there are too sodium ridden and I don’t need anything helping me with feeling bloated

I used Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Bread

The statement I love cheese may be an understatement! I used Kraft Singles and shredded cheese for the grilled cheese

Grilled for seven minutes while the tomato soup was heating up and behold, the beautiful outcome:

I don’t even want to admit that I was singing “Cheese-a-licious” to the tune of Fergalicious while diggin in

My version:

It’s Cheese-A-Licious

It’s melt-y

So delicious

I grill the cheese on whole grain

Cheese-A-Licious

I never claimed to be normal 🙂

I sprinkled some pepper on my soupn for extra flava

A perfect meal and I will be having dessert later!

If I want to go to Indiana, I need to get better by tomorrow. If not, no dice. I simply cannot go be all high energy and make an 18 hour trip by myself if I am sick. Boooooooo!

But then on the flip side, if I do get worse I will have to go see my hot doctor who is a younger and less white-haired version of this fella

I was reading.watching Kelly’s Blog and Vlog last night and she was talked about how it’s the end of the first quarter of the year, what have you accomplished? She made a terrific point of how we are evaluated at work on our performance by month.quarter.etc. but do ever evaluate our accomplishments, things we can work on, etc. when it comes to our health and fitness? I never thought of it that way and I think it is a totally valid point. I know I say I am going to eat healthier, work out more, etc. but how am I accountable for that? I am going to think about this further when I don’t have a horrible headache and feel like I can breathe and figure out what my goals for the second quarter are going to be health and fitness wise.

What I accomplished in the first quarter of 2010

*Bought a kettlebell

*Tried many new foods such as

-Brussel Sprouts

-Tempeh

-Baby Spinach and Green Monsters

-Incorporate more fish in my diet

-Spaghetti Squash

-Rolled Oats

*Ran my first 5K!!!

Things that I could have done a better job on

*Work out more with kettlebell

*Have a more structured running plan

*Snack less

*Not buy 75% off Valentine’s Day chocolate

*Track what I eat

*Listen to what my body wants not want my head wants

*Stop making excuss or justifications for what I eat

*Drink less beer

I encourage you to check out Kelly’s blog. She is so high energy, motivating and I don’t really think she’s human since she seems to do it all! And I would give up cheese if I could have her arms and shoulders in return. And her vlogs are hilarious.

Question: What have you done in the first quarter of 2010 and what are your goals for the second quarter?

L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty

23 Feb

 I got two compliments about my weight loss from co-workers today—which was totally unexpected! I have been feeling somewhat discouraged lately and trying not to go by the numbers on the scale and more of how my clothes fit, which have been getting looser and looser. However a good portion of my life has gone with the idea of paying attention to the scale and not to inches, how clothes fit, how I feel etc. it is a bit difficult to get used to.

Anyways, it was a nice way to start my morning and a reminder to myself to keep moving forward and not get stuck on the notion that I have to be a certain number. I will state this now-I am a big booty gal

Enter in one of my most favorite Nike ads

 I am happy to be living a healthier life style, incorporating healthy foods, habits and workouts in my life but sometimes wonder what would happen if my butt keeps shrinking? It’s the bane of my existence….yet the thing that defines me. I am little in the middle but got much back, cursed with an Italian butt, etc. I don’t want to be some normal girl with a normal figure but at the same time sometimes hate my booty and the attention it brings.

 Oh Sir Mix A lot-you sing to my heart. 

 I am a true LA Face with an Oakland booty but what happens if I keep losing weight and my booty goes bye bye? Fortunately, I don’t think it will ever go away not be a flat a**sed girl, it’s just not in my DNA.  In my perfect world, we would be able to decide where on our bodies we wanted fat to dissolve from (along with me donating my fat to the starving kids in Africa) Sigh.

On a random note– I totally want to buy this shirt!

 

Now onto protein I’ve noticed ever since giving up a majority of meats I have been light headed and had zero energy. I was looking at my food diary from the past wks and I can see a significant drop in my protein intake. Before Ash Wednesday, it ranged from 85 to 140 grams a day and this past wk most days have been in the 40’s and 50’s range. As much as I don’t want to, I am going to try meat again for a few days and see if I feel back to normal. It is important for me to stick with what I gave up for Lent however it is most important for me to feel healthy and normal

That being said, I made nachos with ground turkey and black beans for dinner.

My snacks this afternoon were a kiwi and a tangelo

Lunch was the same as yesterday–Morningstar veggie sausage link, broccoli with whole wheat thin spaghetti

Breakfast-Oatmeal, flax and frozen berries

Onto the good stuff—-The Bachelor!

That whole thing with Roslyn was ridiculous. I will her that she is a really good actress with all the acting she did last night with the she said vs. she said when it came to her fling with the producer

 

And then with the low blow she hit Chris Harrison with saying that he was hitting on the producers wife? Wow. I am looking forward to the finale and seeing the girls (love on the commercials they have “Will Jake choose sugar or spice?”) meet his parents. From what they are showing, it looks like his family loves Tenley and not showing so much for love for Vienna. At least the finale is set in Hawaii—so no more turtlenecks for Jakey Pooh.

Lady of Leisure

15 Feb

I heart sleeping in!!! I slept in until 8A today and had a relaxing morning. I made my coffee and watched the Today show.

I made oats with soy milk, banana, 1 tbsp of TJ’s Pumpkin Butter, flax and apple pie seasoning in my cool Chicago Bears bowl 🙂

While watching the Today show, they had a segment asking different Olympians who their Vancouver Olympic crush is. I now know who mine is—-Ted Ligety—rawr!!

I had nothing to do today. I could have clean, do laundry, look up jobs in DC but none of that sounded fun. I ended up going to Walmart to get half price V Day stuff (Reece’s Pieces for $1.75, the Gods of Moderation will hopefully come to my side!) and some bubble bath. After that, I ventured over to Salvation Army. I love thrifting and prefer Salvation over Goodwill since they have sales each day on different colored tags on their items.

I found these adorable salt and pepper shakers for $1!!

I got some cute hats for $.99 as well but no pics until I wash those!

It is rainy and cold out so I wanted something hot. I was coming home from Salvation and remembered that I have a free 12 inch sub at Harris Teeter due to me. While checking out, I ran into this:

Drama! I almost shelled out the 4 bones to buy this but decided not to. That girl is straight up trouble (and I wish she would dye her hair back to brown-blonde is not a good look on her) Then I was reading The Hollywood Gossip about this as well. I just love celebrity gossip! I cannot wait to watch this tonight!

Back to Harris Teeter…..

 I went with the meatball sub and got cut in two pieces. I usually have one half and put it in the oven and top with cheese for a hearty meal.

 And a big salad with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, honey mustard and balsamic vinegar.

 Suffice to say, I can’t move now. Too much food.

I could totally get used to this not working gig. But only for a day or two, I think after that I would go crazy! Happy President’s Day!

Tempeh? Meh.

4 Feb

 

Oi, Happy Thursday! Today went by so slowly and  I felt apprehensive about my day yesterday but tried not to let it bother me today since I really can’t change anything. There was tention in the air and I tried not to let it affect me.

I had oatmeal, strawberry and flax for breakfast

 

The snacks- a banana and Blue Diamond 100 Calorie pack Almonds

I didn’t even have the appetite for lunch but I met with a girl friend of mine for an afternoon pick me up at Caribou Coffee. It was nice to get out of the office for a little break. Apparently everyone else had this idea since Caribou was packed! What do these people do and how do I get their job?  Since I had two cups of coffee at home and a Venti House Coffee from Starbucks when I got to work, I decided  I shouldn’t have any more caffeine for the day. I decided on a Hot Apple Blast  only small with no whip or caramel on top for a nice 220 calories. Not too shabby for a delicious drink!

For dinner, I tried  Maple Grilled Tempeh from 101 Cookbooks  (well my take on it at least) with a side of butternut squash.  I did not have the rice vinegar it called for so I substituted balsamic vinegar instead.

The tempeh martinating (recipe called for a long marinate session but I didn’t have so I let it martinate for 30 mins.

I had some Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Tortilla Chips and Tabasco while this was cooking

 The final product

 The butternut squash (brushed evoo,pepper and all purpose seasoning -salt free- by McCormick) and baked at 375 degrees for 35 minutes


The tempeh

 

The verdict: Meh.

From UrbanDictionary.com Meh:

1. Meh  
 
Indifference; to be used when one simply does not care

I think it would have been better if I let it marinate overnight but I was also a little turned off by the texture. I think it would be interesting to try in a spicy marinade in a wrap or sandwich. The maple marinade was great thougj!

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day –remember to wear your red!

GTL

1 Feb

GTL GTL GTL. I have said this all day since I just got schooled in what exactly Jersey Shore is! I got an email saying “The Situation” (which I also learned this is a person, not a thing. Go figure!)

 I am kinda intrigued and a small part of me wants to go. Oh yeah, except I wake up at 545A most mornings and need to be on my A game when I am at work. Are his abs for real? Is this like a spin-off of Growing Up Gotti? And how much laundry do they do that they have to add a “L” for Laundry in their oh-so-cool acronymn?

I have spent the last two hours on the phone with HP as my computer was not wanting to start but it is finally up and running again!

I walked to the bus stop today instead of driving because the roads were still pretty icy. It was a happy Monday because of my cool new lunchbox (Thanks Target!) which holds 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 days of snacks!

Cmon, how cute is that??

I got into work and apparently missed the memo on coming in late today. I rolled in at 730A and my co-workers made it in from 930A-10A. Nice. Love that the girl from Florida can get in early but the Yankees and Charlotteans can’t. I wish there was a font for snark!

I decided to try something different from breakfast–oatmeal with flaxand blueberries. A purple mess (and it matches my lunchbox!)

I spent most of the day surfing the web (wow have not said that in forever) and getting schooled in the fineness of Jersey Shore.

Breakfast was left over sloppy joes and chicken noodle soup

with a crack snack pack that I haven’t enjoyed in forever!

 

This afternoon is a haze but I know I didn’t do a lot of work. I think I spent a good hour socializing, went to the library, Starbucks, met with my manager for a meeting we are having with a separate group tomorrow and that’s it.

Dinner was leftover split chicken with Ken’s Lite Honey Mustard sauce and a baked potato with a dab of ranch dressing and seasoning.

 

 Last season on the Bachelorette, I was on Team Jake.

 But now, I would really like to make a drinking game for the Bachelor. This is what I got so far:

*”This is like a fairytale!”

*” I don’t want to get hurt” take two drinks

*”I’m here to find a wife” take three drinks

If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

And Vienna is super annoying tonight, she reminds me of a beat up Haley Duff. Home girl slice better slow her roll with chomping on her acrylics or her french manicure is no longer going to be french. Meh. Jake, win my heart back and please vote her off!!