Healthy and Sane

Temptations everywhere

May 6th, 2009 · 13 Comments · 40 minute meals, dessert, shrimp, yogurt

So the title refers to this:

walnut brownie

[613 calories – I’m probably overestimating, but it doesn’t really matter since I ate it regardless, right? 😉 There was another small piece (unpictured)]

How could I resist this gorgeous walnut brownie?!! Our evil sweet secretary at work baked some brownies with walnuts for everyone as a little something before she goes on vacation for a week. The worst thing is that she emails all of us to tell us she brought brownies. Every time I get an email like that, I start a pep talk in my head that I never ever works. The brownies are amazing, though, so I’m going to say it was worth it 😀

Oh yeah, after work we went to our friends’ house to watch the Celtics game and although we had a light dinner beforehand, I still couldn’t resist this tempting slice of heaven from Cafe Nicholas. I was planning on just having a bite of Adam’s slice (who caved in first) but upon a taste I grabbed my own slice. It was amazing! Adam had a second slice and I took a few bites of that too. At least both of my indulgences for the day were well worth it. I love food and both the brownie and the pizza were beyond delicious! :mrgreen:

chicken fingers/bacon pizza

I blame the wine for letting my guard down (I had 2 glasses):

glass of merlot

So these two were pretty much the highlight of my eats today, but there were also other very delicious and much healthier eats. Let’s review those, shall we? :)


1/2 english muffin with Barney Butter and banana + TJ's european style yogurt, banana, kashi autumn wheat and 1/4 honest foods cran zest bar

yogurt closeup

[349 calories including coffee] Btw, I can eat Barney Butter again like a normal human being… in reasonable portions 😀 Small victories…

lentil soup + ww toast with light laughing cow wedge

[216 calories – I cut out a few extra lunch ingredients due to the ahem, the brownie binge indulgence]

adora disk

[30 calories] Delicious calcium boost!


[81 calories]

baked shrimp with feta, quinoa and broccoli

[240 calories – I used no onions, no oil, and light feta] The baked shrimp with feta was based on this Cooking Light recipe. It was yummy but I’d use more feta next time. :)

TJ's 100 calorie dark chocolate bar

[100 calories]

Total calories for the day: 1887 + pizza! Eek, that’s a bit much for one day.


Heather asked to see my new training schedule. Heather, this is for you :) I created this tentative schedule because I like to follow something. You can find it here. I just realized we made plans for one of the weekends in June to go to NYC so I may have to modify it slightly (any bloggers want to meet up on June 13th or 14?). Of course, life always happens and often interferes with my training, so this will surely be amended as I go along.

So yeah, today (as per the schedule) I took the abs + spinning classes. I haven’t taken spinning in weeks (since my cardio has been mostly running) so I was a bit nervous but today’s class rocked! The instructor is really good and he’s so funny that you forget about the fact that he’s kicking your ass. Awesome! I also did 18 minutes on the elliptical after the class and foam rolled for a few minutes. The foam roller is killer but I hope it keeps me injury free! I don’t have my HRM on me right now, but I burnt around 550 calories at the gym. It’s like the brownies never happened 😉

Can you believe tomorrow is Thursday already?!! I have a fun girl date planned for tomorrow night. I’ll be sure to share the details when I get home :)

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Alison

    Oh my…that brownie definitely looks worth it!

  • #2 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I’ve been trying to foam roll, too. It’s really helping my IT band and charley horses! Yikes! Matt calls it the torture device 😉
    Dinner looks so amazing. Anything with shrimp and I’m in!

  • #3 - not sister inna

    i know, office treats are so hard to resist! and our TWO secretaries both loving bringing them in a lot. I always give them shit for it :)

  • #4 - Lauren

    Does Cafe Nicholas make better pizza than Upper Crust? I’ll have to try it.

    The baked shrimp with feta and quinoa looks great – C.L. never lets me down.

    I can’t wait for tonight!

  • #5 - K

    Hope you have fun on your girl date tonight!! That lunch looks delicious!

  • #6 - Tiffany

    That pizza was yummy. Probably my favorite pizza in the city!

    And that brownie is spurring dangerous thoughts where baked goods are involved.

  • #7 - Elina

    Ooh, good question, Lauren. It’s been a while since I’ve had Upper Crust – I think I need to research this 😉

  • #8 - Kelly

    I think there is nothing wrong with a treat every now and then, especially if you really want it. And as others have said, that brownie looks super worth it.

  • #9 - Sara

    I have those same talks in my head whenever we get emails like that at work :) I’m glad you decided to have one, I’m sure it was worth it!

    I don’t think 1887 is too many cals, especially since you probably burned a lot during spinning and on the elliptical. Great job on the workouts!!

  • #10 - Bridget

    I just got all side tracked with my comment when I saw the other comment about the Upper Crust comparison! I’ve never had Cafe Nicolas but upper crust is AMAZING!
    Office treats are the HARDEST things for me to resist! Those brownies look like heaven!

  • #11 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    the shrimp looks awesome! 😉

  • #12 - RunToFinish

    so true that the goodies are always there. I figure though everything in moderation and you workout, so no worries!

  • #13 - Sharon

    WHOA, that walnut brownie looks amazing!