It’s Friday!

It’s Friday!!! Man, this week seemed like it flew by but today was soooooooo slooooooooow. I could not wait to get out of the office but the clock was just not moving. Despite not being very motivated, I still got a lot done though :)  

Food today was interesting. I got home kind of late after my hair appointment last night. By the time I made dinner, ate, and blogged it was time for bed. I always make my food the night before but it was already late so I decided to just make it in the morning. I also didn’t really know what I wanted which was another reason I didn’t make it right away. I was hoping I’d just wake up with a craving. Well, surprise surprise, the morning was super rushed and I kind of just threw a bunch of stuff together.

BREAKFAST

Breakfast this morning was an egg and cheese sandwich (with tomato). I cooked the egg in the microwave for a little under 2 minutes while the english muffin was toasting. Then I slapped on a piece of white american cheese, a few slices of tomato and wrapped it to go. Here it is:

It was just ok. The english muffin got slightly soggy and I think I’ve decided I don’t like tomatoes on my breakfast sandwiches. Also the past few times I’ve made these I threw some bacon in there, but this time we were out and I really missed it. Oh well, it was still good, just not great. And it did feel me up.

PRE-WORKOUT SNACK

This snack I thought of 2 nights ago after I already made my food. I couldn’t wait to make this and this was the first thing I threw together to make sure I don’t run out of time :)

In the container is about 1/2 cup of TJ’s European style nonfat yogurt, mixed with 1/2 cup of pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of TJ’s pumpkin butter (for sweetness), topped with some pecans and 2 honey graham crackers. I crushed the crackers before eating and topped the whole thing with them. Very delicious! I would love it even slightly sweeter with a bit more pumpkin butter but I think that’s enough sugar for a pre-workout snack. Good stuff!

WORKOUT

I took today the Journey to the Core class at the gym. There are 7 stations with 2 exercises at each station, and you do each exercise for 30 seconds, and the whole circuit 3 times. Then there is really nice stretching at the end. The time really flew by at this class, but I recommended to the instructor today to hold the exercises for 45 seconds and only do the circuits twice instead. I think this would make it burn more (I know I’m a masochist :D ). He said he’ll think about… some people were struggling with even just 30 seconds, but I say let them rest if they need to. I want to get a better workout. I mentioned this to another girl after class and she agreed… she said she’ll back me up next time if he asks :) The class took 45 minutes and I really fought the urge not to jump on the elliptical or do more lifting. I shouldn’t over-train since I do try to workout 6 times a week. 45 minutes should be enough… I need to remind this to myself sometimes.

LUNCH

Lunch was the meal that really suffered the most from my lack of time this morning. I really wanted to make a salad but I just couldn’t think of a good combo this morning and was getting overwhelmed. At first I was just going to buy something for lunch (I hardly ever do it and there are a few healthy options I can choose from) but then I remembered that I have a few leftovers frozen so I grabbed one of them, or to be exact I grabbed a container with the fritatta I made a few weeks ago. It was a solid ice block and I was definitely taking a chance on it.

It was still frozen when I was ready for lunch and I was definitely not excited about it. I figured if it tasted horrible I would throw it away and go back to plan A. It seemed ok when I got it out of the microwave… although it did take 3 tries to finally get it to the right temperature. I was also planning on having a small apple with it (but I ended up eating the apple for a late afternoon snack).

Because I really wasn’t excited about this lunch, despite the fact that it tasted fine I just really didn’t feel like it. I felt like I was punishing myself a little (I hate that I always try to be responsible!) so I finally left the last bite on the plate and instead of the apple grabbed a 100 calorie pack of cookies for dessert. A much better treat!

I got this little package of chocolate chip “buttons” in a Whole Foods promotional goodie bag. I was going through it a few days ago and found these so I brought them to the office. Good thing! Here they are… so pretty :)

Ok so the truth is they weren’t that great. I pretended like they were real chocolate chip cookies, but really they weren’t. I took my time eating them, trying to savor every button. I figured it was still more indulgent than an apple.

SNACK 2 + 3

x2… I ate a whole banana with a whole package of Barney Butter. I split it into 2 snacks, but the truth is I don’t think there was more than an hour in between those. I just couldn’t wait to have the other half! I absolutely love almond butter with bananas!!!!

So yeah, there was snack #4 (I was just hungry all day today, probably because I really didn’t want to work and preferred to eat instead) which was the apple pictured above.

DINNER

For dinner tonight I planned to make some chicken with brussel sprouts I bought at the farmers market on Tuesday. When I got home I was absolutely starving and the chicken was stil
l frozen :( I considered waiting, or defrosting it in the microwave, but at the end decided to go to another Plan B and made chipotle shrimp tacos from Cooking Light (I followed the recipe to the T). I love how shrimp can be defrosted in just minutes under cold water. We always have them on hand (in the freezer) and they are a great lean source of protein. Yum! 

Here are my tacos with shrimp, avocado, sliced tomatoes and TJ’s salsa verde on TJ’s low carb whole wheat tortillas.

They were a big mess to eat but were quite delicious :)

And yes I was still hungry after these, so I made dessert. One warm chocolate chip cookie with some decaf peppermint tea. Now my belly is satisfied :D

And as always, a quick recap of today’s “stats”

NYC STREAKING CHALLENGE- STREAK DAY 5

Calories (1200-1650)- DONE – 1630
Fitness – DONE- circuit training class
Water – DONE – 9 cups
F/V – DONE – tomato, pumpkin, beet greens, potatoes, mushrooms, banana, apple, avocado

I’m going to relax on the coach and watch a movie with my husband. I love weekends! :)

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