Finishing strong

I’m trying to finish this year on a strong note.  2008 was a great year for me… I got married (!!!!), discovered my passion for cooking and started my own blog.  These are just a few things, but they will definitely mark this year as a memorable one (especially the getting married part :D )  This past month was full of indulgences (yeah, I know, ’tis the season) but I didn’t want to start 2009 feeling bloated and fat.  So on Christmas Day I decided to amp up my time at the gym (just a little bit) and restart cleaner eating.  It’s only been 3 days, but seriously I can feel the difference in my mood and even my body.  Lots of deliciousness was consumed so let’s get to it…

BREAKFASTS

TJ’s nonfat yogurt, banana, Bear Naked Hundred Mile Medley trail mix (cashews, dark chocolate chips, cherries, almonds and granola), some pb puffins and shredded coconut.  This trail mix is just ok (the granola part is kind of dry and the nuts are not roasted)…

Omelet with light feta, grape tomatoes and avocado (made with 1 egg and 1 egg white) + 1/2 pita:

Similar yogurt to the above (I was planning on using a different trail mix and only realized I used the same one after polishing off this bowl :P )… nonfat yogurt, 1/2 banana, Bear Naked hundred mile medley and some homemade cranberry sauce + a massive cup of coffee.

LUNCHES

This was a genius creation: ww pita with bbq chicken, avocado, laughing cow wedge and grape tomatoes.  Seriously, amazing!

I was stuck at home (nasty weather) with a limited food supply, so I reheated some frozen lentil soup.  Yum!

 

DINNERS

Turkey burger with cranberry sauce alla Meghann.  Sounds funky but it was really really good (I actually wish I added even more cranberry sauce!).  I added some laughing cow cheese for creaminess and used a ww english muffin instead of a bun + some sweet potato fries.  Perfect Friday night dinner!

Ww pasta shells with ground lean turkey, diced tomatoes and garlic.  Pretty delicious :)

SNACKS

There were many snacks, but none of them mindless!  That’s how I like ‘em :D

Two ak-mac crackers with a packet of Barney Butter and 2 prunes.   I really love this combo (and the sesame seeds on the crackers)!

I was only going to have 1/2…

But the other half was calling my name so I ate it too :oops: Honestly though, this was not the best brownie I’ve had, shocking given my love for everything peanut butter and Baked brownies’ reputation.

Something from my stocking… :D

I was able to only eat 1/2 of this guy (as planned)… at first it seemed a bit bitter, but once the sweet chocolate chip taste kicked in, it was quite tasty :)

A sweet sloop (sailboat shaped almond butter crunch, a mainsail and a jib of white chocolate floating in rich dark chocolate with pecan spindrift washing her sides):

I’ve been craving cheesecake lately so I bought a box of frozen 100 calorie cheesecakes the other day.  Man, these are tiny!  I topped this baby with some cherry preserve.  It did take care of my cheesecake craving! :razz:

And there were a few glasses of vino… a glass of Shiraz at Great Bay (that place is awesome!):

And a Cotes du Rhone something rather at Eastern Standard (that place was hopping!!!):

I didn’t finish either one of those glasses, but it was fun to “bar/restaurant hop” :D

WORKOUTS

I totally slacked off on exercise in the last week.  In fact, I did not work out for a whole 7 days, and I wasn’t even sick!!!  Just lazy… not a good excuse.  So starting on Christmas day, with my new HRM toy that my husband bought me, I’ve kicked it up a notch and it’s been awesome.  I already posted my stats from Thursday.  On Friday I did 55 minutes circuit training + 35 minutes ET (=6 HBBC points) and last night I did 4.5 miles on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike + 12.5 minutes on the ET (it was so freaking boring I had to get off after getting to a round number)… yesterday’s workout also totaled 6 HBBC points.  So to-date I’ve accumulated 58.8… can I get to 100 by January 4th??  Probably not, but I’ll keep trying :D

So yeah, 3 days of NMSC so far.  I’ve been able to stay away from office cookies on Friday and didn’t order any food in my slightly tipsy state last night (I knew I didn’t really need it!).  Tomorrow there will be more challenges at the office because more people will be back and I’m sure many of them will want to bring their cookies to the office so they stop eating them themselves.  I think I’m finally at the right mindset though… 2009 here I come, stronger (and leaner :) ) than ever!!

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9 comments to Finishing strong

  • Holly yummy. Everything looks oh-so scrumptious.
    Especially that peanut butter brownie, and I wish I could enjoy prunes. They are so good for you, but I guess it is an acquired taste for me. Oh well.

  • That is some great exercise! Sounds like we had similar big events occur in ’08 :) You have inspired me to enter the New Year strong. I am a bit down/disappointed with my eating lately and it is really affecting my mood and energy levels. But reading your post, it isn’t too late to get back on track and start 2009 off well. Thank you!
    If I don’t get a chance to say it later, Happy New Year to you!

  • I love your attitude for starting 2009! And you have so many good eats, its hard to single any of them out. I am glad you enjoyed my holiday turkey burger :)

  • Loved seeing all your food re-caps! I am feeling the same way…I need to get back on the healthy wagon, I love the feeling of just feeling healthier. I am also going to make some BBQ chicken this week so I can re-create that pita you had!!

  • I really do love the holidays, but I will be so glad to be back to my normal eating before long… I just know I feel better. Luckily like you’ve I’ve been amping up the workouts and I think I’ll escape with no pounds gained!

  • Kim

    Everything looks so good! Esp the pita w/ bbq chicken, avocado, tomato and laughing cow!!

  • Your omlet looks great! I love the tomatoes on top.

    Like you, I am definitely trying to get back to normal eating!

  • I’m glad you had such a good 2008. All the food looks scrumptious. (And for the record, I’ve never been able to have just 1/2 of anything!) Happy 2009!

  • [...] yum yum!  Seriously I am a little obsessed with bbq sauce ever since that bbq chicken/avocado pita sandwich I made last week.  I want to make everything bbq chicken and have little bbq chicken babies.  Ok, [...]

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