Lots of eats and a night out

Yesterday was such a great day!  It definitely involved a lot of eating (and drinking) but that’s what made it fun :P

BREAKFASTS

My work was having a pancake breakfast party at 9:30 am, but there is no way I could wait until then to eat.  So I started the morning with 1/2 bagel with some cream cheese and a “work coffee.”  It was hard not to go back for the second half but I knew I needed to save room for the official breakfast.

And for the pancake breakfast of course I had to have some pancakes :D  I got 1 banana and 1 chocolate chips, plus a bunch of fruit.  They went all out for this… there was sausage and bacon, mini muffins and all sorts of other goodies.  I tried to behave somewhat and had “only” this plate (still a million calories right there, I’m sure) and instead of having seconds of the pancakes topped with butter, maple syrup and whipped cream I just had another handful of the grapes (not pictured).

Free food like that is hard to resist, and seriously when everyone else was going back for more I had to really fight the urge to do the same.  I knew this was plenty of food though (especially since I already had 1/2 bagel beforehand) so I kept my NMSC in mind and didn’t eat more just because I could.  Honestly, even this plate of food was sitting like a rock in my stomach for a few hours.  No sweat, I felt much better after an awesome workout :)

WORKOUT

I took a 15 minute abs class at the gym followed by a 45 minute boot camp class.  While waiting for the instructor to start the classes I did a few quick jump rope intervals.  For a little extra something I also did 15 minutes on the elliptical.  The gym was still super hot… do you burn more calories when you work out in the heat?  Not sure about this, but all I know is that I was a sweaty mess once again, which at least made me feel like I had an extra hard workout!

Total HBBC points for the day: 4.5, running total: 20.45

LUNCH

Lunch was a bunch of leftovers, cleverly (if I say so myself) combined to create a perfect low calorie meal.  In the morning I chopped up some leftover cured ham that I bought for the quiche from a few days ago, I also had some chopped up broccoli from the same quiche dinner.  Those came in a little baggie to work with me.  At work I had some leftover Pacific Natural Foods cashew carrot ginger soup (1 cup’s worth) and a carrot (which I also chopped up before steaming in the microwave).  Veggies were microwaved with a tiny bit of water for a minute, then ham and soup were added and microwaved for another minute and a half, and voila… yummy lunch :)

The Pacific Natural Foods cashew carrot ginger soup was pretty intense on its own, but with all these veggies and meat it was absolutely perfect.  I haven’t found a Pacific Natural Foods’ soup that I didn’t like!  Their stuff is really great!!

And for dessert I had the tiny brownie I snagged from a meeting the day before.  I was so proud of myself for not eating it right away!  It waited for the perfect moment and I really REALLY enjoyed it.  I know in my previous post I said that a seven layer bar may be giving brownies a run for their money, but after eating this baby I may be taking it back :P  This was just so good!  Ok, maybe there is a place in my heart for both of these treats :D

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

Around 4:30 I was hungry again… I think my metabolism is crazy these days (I’m surprisingly not gaining weight).  I had the rest of my bagel with 1/2 of Barney Butter packet, some strawberry jelly and 1/2 banana.  Yum!!!!

DINNER

The snack above once again really stuck to my ribs… it almost sabotaged our dinner plans.  Not good!  Thankfully right before we were about to cancel our reservation (which my husband was not happy about), my stomach started growling and let me know it was ready for another meal again.  We were both happy!  Who wants to sit at home on a Friday night?  Not me! :D

Our dinner reservations were at Gaslight.  My husband had a rough work week and was really looking forward to going out for a nice meal and a few delicious drinks :)  Gaslight received great reviews across the board and we had high expectations for the place.  I’m happy to report we were not disappointed!  We got there a little after 7:30 and the place was packed!  We waited for a few minutes until being seated.  Our table was honestly in the worst location (my husband was sitting literally in the aisle) but we quickly forgot about it.  We started with a few cocktails… mine was Gaslight’s signature drink called Fleur De Lis made with Parfait Amour Violet Liqueur, gin, Mathilde Peach, white grape juice and a champagne float.  Here I am with my first beverage…  This thing was strong!!

For an appetizer my husband ordered the french onion soup (eww!!!!) and I went with the shaved beet root salade with with toasted walnuts, watercress, red onion, dijon, and creme fraiche (no onions for me of course).

This was quite yummy.  I love mustard but I’ve never had it with beets, a very unique combo in my opinion.  The walnut pieces were like a special treat… I definitely dug them all out right away :P  I only tasted the creme fraiche but this was so flavorful it really didn’t need it.

Oh when we got the food the waitress also brought a bag with a baguette fresh out of the oven.  I loved the presentation – made me feel like I was back in Paris :)

I had a hunk of it (no butter for this girl):

I was really in a fish mood, so I went with the Sautéed skate with haricots verts and caper beurre noisette.  Here is when a menu in French, as fancy as that is, was inconvenient.  For some reason I was expecting a grilled piece of fish (ok, I guess it said sauteed but it tasted kind of fried) with root vegetables and capers.  As you can see below I got some potatoes and green beans… and there were no capers in sight.  There was, however, plenty of butter!  So.much.butter!  It tasted delicious but I thought I was getting something a lot fresher (and healthier).  Oh well.  I tried to not dip in the butter sauce but I did end up eating everything on the plate (except for 2 bites of the fish I gave to my husband).  I guess I liked it :D

We also got 1/2 carafe of wine.  Here are all of my beverages.. martini, wine and water.  My husband helped me out with the alcoholic ones.  I’ve become a very slow drinker (which I’m definitely happy about!).

And of course I had to have dessert!  I wanted to order the molten chocolate cake, but the waitress was very excited about the Chocolate beignets with Creme Anglais.  I decided to go with something different, especially since she mentioned there was chocolate ganache inside those babies.  Ok, it didn’t take much convincing on her part :lol:

Here are the baby beignets (there were 5 of them in a serving):

These things were basically cocoa colored fried dough balls with chocolate ganache inside… and the creme anglais tasted like melted down vanilla ice cream.  I am not a big fan of fried food so these were pretty yummy but not my style.  I appreciated the idea of them, though.  I had 2 out of 5 (my husband happily had the rest – he loves fried food!).

All in all, this was a lot of fun and we’ll definitely be back!  Great place!

After dinner we headed to a bar at Rocca next door.  I’ll feature my drink in a separate post!  What a fun night!!!!

Oh, I am proud to say there was no mindless snacking at all.  I passed up on trail mix popcorn hanging around the office (and of course second/third helpings of the pancakes and other munchies)… and despite being a little tipsy when I got home, I did not hit up the container with chocolate covered edamame.  This is day 3 of my NMSC streak :)

So far it works

Today was another good day.  I indulged in a little something (details below) but I did it responsibly and I feel great!  I always say it’s about balance and that’s the kind of balance I’m talking about :D  So let’s go back in time…

BREAKFAST

I skipped another day of yogurt parfaits and had oats instead, but I still couldn’t stay away from my favorite trail mix.  Here is today’s bowl:

In this lovely bowl is 1/3 c of rolled oats made with 1/3 cup of skim milk, 1/3 cup of water and 1/2 banana (cut thinly).  I microwaved it for about 3 minutes on high and topped with my fave! :) And of course I had a cup of “work coffee”: coffee with a pod of half&half and a teaspoon of agave nectar.

PRE-WORKOUT SNACK

Simple- Ellie Krieger’s energy bar.  Yum!

This is when my little “No Mindless Snacking Challenge” (NMSC) helped out.  They had a meeting at my work this morning and had a bunch of leftover sweets.  This stuff is my absolute favorite – I really really love it and hardly ever can resist it.  I grabbed 2 little cookie bars on my way to the gym, but instead of eating them right away and skipping my workout because I was too full, I put them in my desk drawer, and hit the treadmill hard to burn some calories.  Much better!

WORKOUT

I never completed my planned 3 mile run yesterday so I had to make it up today.  Unfortunately, the gym was like a sauna again today.  What is going on?!!  I remembered what’s waiting for me back in the office and decided to push through… and I did it!  I ran 3 miles at a “random” setting at level 2 (incline was randomly switching from 0 to 2.0, I think) at 6.6-7.5 mph.  I was dripping sweat like crazy.  Seriously it was SO HOT!  I never run outside (well, I ran 3 times outside in the last few years of running) so I’m not used to weird temperatures.  In fact there are 2 reasons why I’m scared of running outside: hills and crazy temps.  Today I conquered both :D  I also walked for 0.25 miles and then jumped on the elliptical for 30 minutes.  So that’s 5.25 HBBC points, if I’m not mistaken… 15.95 total so far.

LUNCH

Lunch was leftover crustless ham, veggie & cheese ham from last night, this time 1/4 portion.  I was planning on also having a pear with it, but instead enjoyed my little office treat :)

This must be a good week, because I’ve had two seven layer bars two days in a row (from two different sources).  The first time I tried this bar (from this exact bakery last year) I fell in love with seven layer bars.  I always go for brownies when presented with different choices but seriously this guy is making me rethink that.  It was absolutely amazing and I slowly enjoyed it with a nice cup of tea.

Not sure if you noticed above, but I mentioned I grabbed two little cookie bars before going to the gym.  Yes, I also grabbed another 2-bite brownie and I did not eat it!  It is still in my desk drawer all wrapped up waiting for its fate tomorrow.  This was a huge step for me, but I knew that eating both would make me sick and that would kind of qualify for mindless snacking/eating and you know I wanted to call today “day 2″ of the NMSC! So far this challenge is working!! :razz:

DINNER

My lunch kept me full for many hours.  There was no need for an afternoon snack.  I did go out for a quick drink with some co-workers after work and had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (not pictured).

I wasn’t sure how late I was going to stay at the bar tonight so I didn’t plan anything for dinner.  No worries, though, because I was craving a salad with the yummy hummus I made last night.  Here is my plate:

It was kind of mediterranean inspired, since hummus was the main star.  My salad had 2 cups of spinach dressed in 1 tablespoon of Annie’s goddess dressing (it has tahini as one of the ingredients so it paired perfectly with the hummus), 3.5 oz of grilled chicken, 2 tablespoons of homemade hummus, some grape tomatoes and 1/2 oz of light feta cheese.  Simple and delicious.

And for “dessert” I had a nice big pear:

And a few hours later, I had real dessert – 1/2 serving of TJ’s chocolate covered edamame.  Who was I kidding with that pear for dessert?!  This girl needs chocolate! :lol:

Total calories for the day: 1644

Yay for healthy living!  Tomorrow is Friday… can’t wait!

I figured it out!!!

So I was tossing and turning last night when I was trying to fall asleep.  I just couldn’t figure out how to prevent “these types of days” from happening.  After a while I fell asleep and this morning I was ready to have a better day, but I was still upset about my silly snacking preventing me from reaching my weight loss goals.  Well, on my way to work (I walked there for the first time in a while and it was really nice to just have “me time” with no distractions), I got it!  I figured it out!!!  I do really well with streaking challenges, but the ones I’ve done in the past despite being very “effective,” were kind of restrictive so I ended up bingeing at some point and erasing all of my hard work.  So this time, I am starting a new streaking challenge that is exactly what I need: “No Mindless Snacking” Streaking Challenge.  The rules are simple, I began this today and successfully avoided all mindless eating.  So today counts as Day 1.  I’ll keep the countdown going – if I break it I have to start at day 1.  These types of mind games usually work for me… it’s just taking one extra step of thinking twice about what I’m about to do (or not do) and brings out the competitive side of me :)  It also means that as long as I am aware of what I’m doing, I get to have little indulges.  Today this challenge came in handy twice (I avoided unnecessary temptation for no reason and enjoyed a nice little treat without feeling guility about it!).  Perfect!

I’ll start fresh every month as to not have too much pressure on myself.  Sounds good?  Anyone wants to join me?  There are no prizes here, but your body may thank you for it!

Now let’s get on with food and fitness…

BREAKFAST

I absolutely love yogurt combos, but I may have been overdoing on them lately and I don’t want to bore you guys to death with the same old food.  So, I made another classic: 2 toasted waffles with 1/2 banana and 1T of nut butter.  I typically use a Barney Butter packet for this delicious breakfast “sandwich” but since I was home this morning, I figured I shouldn’t waste a portable packet and measured out a tablespoon ofpeanut butter instead.   Well it’s official bloggies, I am addicted to Barney Butter!!!  When I first tried it, I thought it was just ok, but liked how portable the little packets were so I stocked up.  I’ve been eating them for months (and enjoying them very much) but I never realized just how attached I got to this lovely goodness.  The peanut butter just wasn’t as good today.  I totally missed my BB!!!  I guess that means I need to order up some jars :razz:

Midway through eating, I added some cherry preserve to it to add a little more sweetness.  That made it more delicious!  And I also had a very large mug of chocolate coffee with skim milk and agave nectar.  Yum!

WORKOUT

I was itching to burn some calories since I never made it to the gym last night.  I am so used to working out that after an unplanned day off, I cannot wait to get back to it!  I’m so glad that I really love exercising!!!  At the gym, I took an abs class, a Group Power class (some serious lifting to the beat of the music!) + ran 1.5 miles (and a cool down 0.1 mile walk).  I was actually planning on running for 3 miles but the gym was ridiculously hot (it was 60* out today and I think they were heating it like it was in the teens).  I was dripping sweat and thought I was going to pass out so I stopped half-way.  I hate when random things like that happen!  Anyways, I still got a few points towards HBBC!  So let’s see how I did today…

- walk to work = 1.3 miles = 1.3 points

- 15 minutes abs = 0.5 points

- 30 minutes lifting = 2 points

- 1.6 miles run + walk = 1.6 points 

Total for today: 5.4, Running total: 10.7

LUNCH

I am seriously not hungry today.  I had my breakfast a little before 8am and finally made lunch at 3pm.  I wasn’t even very hungry then, but figured it was time to eat.  I guess I was using my stored energy…

For lunch I used some leftovers: last Arnold’s sandwich thin with 1/2 can of sardines and a laughing cow wedge + a spinach/grape tomato/cucumber salad with 1T Annie’s goddess dressing.  It

was quite nice.

And the best part… dessert!  My co-worker brought some 7-layer bars that his girlfriend, Katie (also my new friend and blog reader) made for his birthday last night.  She warned me they were coming so I saved some room for them today.  I absolutely love 7-layer bars – how can you not, it has all the best goodies all in one bar! :P  Here is the little guy.  It was super sweet and intense so I left a few tiny bites, just to be good.  I enjoyed this a lot!!!!

DINNER

Again, no snacking in between meals today.  I made dinner because my husband was hungry but I could have just gone without.  I made the Crustless Ham, Veggie & Cheese Quiche using this recipe from Anna of Cookie Madness.  Anna very rarely posts recipes that are not dessert, so I knew this was going to be a good one!  My husband was so excited about it, he was practically giddy :P

I doubled Anna’s recipe because it was very low calorie (and I already had a serving size mishap this week!) + I wanted leftovers.  I used a little bit more ham  than Anna (around 5oz for the doubled recipe) and of course I didn’t add onions, but otherwise I didn’t get creative here and just followed the recipe.  Here are a few pics of the process…

All the veggies and ham layered in the pan:

Egg & cheese mixture:

Combine the 2:

Add the other half of cheese after baking for about 35-38 minutes…

And here it is all ready :D

And my portion (only 1/6 of the recipe because I really wasn’t hungry):

I thought this was pretty good, but my husband looooved it!!!!  He ate 1/4 of the pan, then went back for more!  I would add more ham between the potato and veggie layer because I felt like the ham was just a little bit on the top and it was the best part.  I think next time I’ll also add some tomatoes and/or mushrooms.  My husband will definitely be requesting this again, so we’ll see if I can get a little more adventurous next time and add my own spin to it :D

RANDOM “COOKING”

I had a little bit of time on my hands tonight so I made some hummus.  I used this very simple (and healthy) recipe (*notice there is no olive oil involved here*).  It came out absolutely perfect and even my husband (who would never think about eating hummus) tried it and then got a few more crackers to sample the goods.  I only had a few licks of the spoon to make sure it tasted ok.  It was really really good and took about 5 minutes to make and made a huge batch.  I really prefer this to store-bought hummus and it’s so much cheaper!  Here is the whole batch (I sprinkles it with some more paprika just to make it pretty :D )

And that’s that for today!  I’m off to relax a little before bed time.  See you tomorrow!

Oh, total calories for the day: 1073 (I know it’s super low but I seriously cannot eat today; I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be back to normal :) )

*Edited to add* I just had a gala apple.  Yum!

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