Catch up

Sorry I was MIA this weekend…

I stayed pretty busy.

My 8.5 hour workday Saturday turned into 12 hours.  That’s one of the bad things about my job.  It’s open 24 hours a day, so if someone calls out for the following shift, someone has to stay and that someone was me.  By the time I got home I made my lunch for tomorrow and went to bed.

Sunday, I just had a day.  After working 12 hours on Saturday I had to turn and be there Sunday morning.  It wasn’t much of a weekend.

And here we are on Monday.  It’s really my Saturday.  I wasn’t feeling too great and spent most of the day on the couch.  Blah! 

I wasn’t too hungry, but was definitely thirsty and knew a green monster would do the trick.

A green monster makes everything better

As you can from my posts I have fallen in love with green monsters.  I have one everyday.  I haven’t really tried experimenting with different flavors, I’ve been thinking about what might be good in one.  I’ve pretty much stayed with the banana and peanut butter, but also use frozen mixed berries. 

I took about a 2 hour nap in the late morning, and it was just what I needed.  I love naps.

For lunch

Tuna sandwich and brown rice crisp chips

I don’t have tuna a lot, but it’s a very easy go to lunch.  I mixed 1/4 cup tuna with 1 tbs mayo, pepper relish, onions, mustard, and pepper.  Yum!  I had it on an english muffin.  My brown rice chips are running low as you can tell by the crumbs on my plate 😦

I was missing Justine while she was at school today.  She is such a good daughter.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t give her as much attention as I would like to.  She never complains when I have to work late, or when I need to do homework.  So for a little treat I decided I was going to get Domino’s pizza for dinner.  When I told her we were picking up pizza she asked me why.  I told her I just didn’t feel like cooking.  Why you don’t want any I asked.  She replied “Yes, I do. It’s just I’m usually the one who says it.”

Bacon and onion pizza with a breadstick... times this plate by 2

I didn’t really feel bad for having pizza today being that I didn’t eat too much throughout the day.  I also logged it onto my weight watchers log.

Straberry pretzel salad

My mom sent me home with this strawberry pretzel salad. It looks like a mess, but it is so good.  There is strawberry jello, strawberries, a cream cheese mixture, and pretzels with brown sugar on them.  The best part about this desert is that it gives you a reason to eat it all.  If you wait too long the pretzels get soggy, so it’s better to eat it all up soon after you get it.

And the best part of today is that I weighed myself this morning and I was down 1.6 pounds.  It doesn’t seem like all that much, but I’ll take anything right now, especially since I haven’t gotten my exercise mojo back just yet.

I’ll leave you with a funny story.  Saturday night my alarm went off and I jumped out of bed, cut my alarms off, and got in the shower.  I couldn’t believe how tired I was, but I slowly started to wake up.   I got out of the shower and looked at the clock and realized it was only 1248, I don’t have to get up until 4:30.  Justine had left her little timer in my room and it went off in the middle of the night.  I did get back to sleep, and the timer was thrown out of my room.

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Happy Blueberry Day!

This past week has taken a toll on me emotionally.  As much as I’d like to believe that I have everything under control, I know that sometimes I don’t.  I know sometimes I pile too many things on my plate (pun intended), and I have to take a step back and figure out the routine of my life again.  I’ve been going through a lot of changes, some I’ve shared with you.  Others I haven’t, and some things I’ll tell you when the time its right.  Now though becoming a supervisor at my job, taking on going back to school full-time, being a mother, being the care taker of my home, being a friend, a daughter, a sister, a blogger, and being on a weight loss journey… it’s sometimes so hard.  And sometimes I get so exhausted.  I’m slowly figuring it out.  Alright enough of my rant… let me take you on a journey of my food…

I woke up to a monster, a green monster.

A perfect start to my morning

Usually I have a snack in between breakfast and lunch, but with my filling green monster, and being distracted with work and homework I didn’t need a snack and just went straight to my lunch.

3 cups romaine, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, tomato, onion, 1/2 cup Trader Joe's cuban style black beans, 100 cal guacamole pack, and salsa

This was a perfect filling salad and oh so good.   I didn’t need much after that salad, but did have a little something sweet.

Peanut Butter Apple Snack Bar

Once at home I had to celebrate National Blueberry Day, and what better way than to have blueberry pancakes for dinner!  Ahhhhh…. it’s so what I needed for a Friday night dinner.

Oh, blueberries

It was a super easy dinner, after a long day.

Blueberry pancakes and turkey bacon

I threw a few white chocolate chips in to one of the blueberry pancakes.  I just couldn’t resist. 🙂

Blueberry mush

This has been one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time.  I just think it’s because I had breakfast for dinner. I had BLUEberry pancakes… I can’t even tell you when the last time I had pancakes was, and I had a little bacon.  Score!

One another note I don’t know if you can freeze already made cookies or not, but I decided to freeze the rest of my Chocolate Chip Oreo Sandwich cookies.  I thought the freezer was the best place for them.

Cookies!

Life gets in the way

Sometimes life gets in the way and all of those things I wanted to do in the day don’t get done.  Like last night, I had my post halfway written in my head.  I knew what I was going to say, but then my neighbor’s came over for an impromptu get together.  We ate some Trader Joe’s pizza and drank lots of wine.  Oops.  It was also the reason why at 9:00 I decided to try a new recipe. 

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Sandwich my reasoning of course was that I wanted to use up the few oreos that I had left and get them out of my pantry.  And, I wanted something sweet.  Something good.  Something fabulous.

Oh my goodness....

My weekend, which falls on weekdays… I know.  It’s a crazy schedule was spent doing some of this

I'm knitting a blanket

And a lot of this

Biology homework

And for me eats….

Sandwich Thin with Pumpkin Cream Cheese= 5 points

I had planned on having cereal with blueberries, but wanted something a little more .  I knew that I needed to finish up the cream cheese soon.  It would be a sin to let it go to waste.

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, banana, and glazed pecans= 6 points

That is the last of my glazed pecans until I get to the store.  It’s a sad situation.

Wahhhh!

Trader Joe's chicken, rice, and spinach= 8 points

I cooked the spinach in a tsp of coconut oil.  It was so good.  I’ve had the coconut oil for a while now, but have never cooked with it.  I’m glad I finally did.  I’ll be using coconut oil from now on.

I’ve stayed in the house all dy today, and I must say it’s been nice.  Now I’m sitting waiting to see what the weather brings.  It’s raining, but is supposed to snow sometime this evening.  I’m hoping that it misses us though since I have to be at work tomorrow.

If I could poke my eye out, I would

Sorry, for the unpleasant title…. but it’s just how I feel.

I woke up this morning with a headache… I’m guessing it’s a sinus headache.  It’s behind my eye, on the side of my face, in my teeth.  It’s one of those headaches where you just want to push on your eyeball just to relieve  a little bit of pain.

To celebrate national peanut butter day I decided to finish off a jar of peanut butter with oats in a jar.  Oh, how I’ve missed OIAJ.

1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup Almond Breeze, 1 tbs PB, 1 tbs chia seeds, and a splash of vanilla= 10 points

As much as I love my OIAJ I might have to put it on the back burner for now, 10 points is a lot to use first thing in the morning when you have 29 points for the days.

I had a few errands to run this morning after I dropped Justine off at school and brought an apple to snack on while I was in the car.

Apple= 0 points

I’m feeling a little exhausted today.  I’m not sure why, but I think I could go back to sleep right now if I could.

For lunch I’m going to have the last of my toratilla soup.

Tortilla soup minus the chips= 5 points

I have a few snacks planned out for the day…

Some tangerines for 0 points, carrots with hummus 1 point, banana 0 points, amd a green monster.

Green Monster: 2 cups spinach, frozen berries, and Almond Breeze= 4 points

And for dinner

1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup veggies, 1 cup Trader Joe's chicken= 9 points

All the leftovers are almost finished!  I feel like at times there will be days where I just eat the same thing over and over again, and when I get to the end I feel a little excitement to be able to plan a few different meals.

Does anyone else feel like sometimes that have to step back… step away from going out, step away from the outside world and reevaluate where they are in life?  I’ve been going through that a little lately.  All I want is to be in my home, to figure out how to get all that I need to get done in the day done without allowing it to stress me out. All I want is to be in the house with my daughter.  All I want is to not worrying about going out with the girl’s or the guy’s  and not worrying about how it’s going to throw me off track with my diet.  All I want is to be happy.  And you know what… that’s what I’m going to do.

A better start to the day

I decided not to hold a grudge against my green monster because of yesterday’s incident… so I tried again this morning.   I made sure the lid was on securely to the cup before I tried picking it up and was so glad I did.  My green monster was delicious.

I ❤ green monsters

A few reasons why I like green monsters are:

1) It keeps me full!  I’m usually hungry 2 hours after I eat breakfast, but when I drink a green monster I can tell that it keeps me fuller longer.

2) I get 2 1/2 servings of fruits and veggies.  2 cups spinach and 1/2 banana… without even trying.  Yesssss!

3) It’s tasty.  I never thought I would like spinach in my drink, but yes, yes I do.

4) It’s easy.  Within a few minutes I have a nutritious meal ready for my tummy.

5) I can take in anywhere.  If I need a breakfast to go… this will be perfect.

Now onto a recap of the week….

I exercised 4x this week.  Oh yea!!!  Three of the days was on the treadmill and one was a day at Curves, but finally I succeeded in my new year’s resolution.

I made a new recipe.  Jessica’s Apple Peanut Butter Snack Bars.  That recipe is a keeper.  Sooo good!

I can also say that I’ve been productive most of the weekend.  I’ve been getting things crossed off my to do list, getting some work done, exercising, and all before I have to go to work in the afternoon.

I’m going to try an experiment tonight…

I’m going to see if this

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix

will satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner.  My mouth is already watering.

How not to start your day

I had not even been up for an hour and this is how my Saturday morning started…

My green monster... WAAAHHHHHH!

I made a green monster yesterday and kept with the same recipe that I had gotten off of Laura’s blog, except this time I used 1 cup of Almond Breeze instead of 1/2 cup.  I also left it in the food processor a little longer.  And put it in a fancy cup.

Fabulous

I can now honestly say that I love some green monster.  So this morning as I was standing there making my breakfast, my mouth was watering.  I couldn’t wait to taste it, knowing this was going to be my best green monster yet.  Then splash… green monster all over the kitchen.  The only good thing I can say is that my kitchen floor needed a good scrubbing, and this morning it got it.

My food for the past few days have been kind of repetitive so I’ll sum it up in a few pictures, so I’m not boring you with the same thing over and over again 🙂  I’m nice like that.

Egg beater scramble with chicken, plain greek yogurt, salsa, and a sprinkle of cheese, 1 cup pineapple

Trader Joe's Mandarin Chicken, veggies, and brown rice

Tortilla Soup

Chobani plain greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, and 1/4 cup glazed walnuts

I also wanted to share with you my grocery visit from the other night

No sweets...yessss!

I wrote on my grocery note not to buy any sweets.  I don’t want any temptation in my house right now, so when I was shopping I stuck strictly to my grocery list buying mostly fruits and veggies. 

And I just wanted to share one more thing with you……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!

Today felt like a bagel morning.  I had planned on having the same kind of breakfast as yesterday, but egg beaters just wasn’t sounding that good too me.

Multigrain bagel with 1 tbs cream cheese= 7 points

I love Trader Joe’s Pumpkin cream cheese.  It is so good!  I don’t like seeing this…

See up top two GREEN spots...ewww.

I was looking in the fridge this afternoon and saw two little green spots staring back at me.  Ugh!  Mold.  So Gross.  Now all I can think is that I ate a moldy bagel this morning.  Waaaaahhhhhh!

Moving on…

I was doing the dishes this morning and saw a pleading sign from my apple.

Eat Me

My poor little apples were tired of sitting on the counter, and it just so happened that I saw a yummy apple recipe over at Jessica’s blog this morning.  Jessica my apples thank you!

This morning I saw a recipe for an Apple Peanut Butter Snack Bar.  It sounded like just what I needed today.

After dropping Justine off at school I ran home and started peeling my apples.

I mixed the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder into a big bowl.

I mixed some more cinnamon in with the apples and heated them for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds before mashing them up and adding them into my bowls of oats.

Next up peanut butter (I love peanut butter).  I heated up the peanute butter and poured in some vanilla extract.

I could have just eaten this and been content

But then I would have wasted that big bowl of oats, so I decided to pour in the peanut butter and mix.

Add the magic ingredient…

Okay, so maybe it’s not the magic ingredient , but it’s the last ingredient.  And now it was time to bake. 

I waited the 15 minutes to cut it, per the directions, and let me tell you it was hard.  This smelled so good!  I finally got totry a piece and the verdict…. DELICIOUS! 

I had leftover tortilla soup for lunch and brown rice chips to go with.

1 1/2 cups tortilla soup, 33 multigrain chips= 8 points

Tonight I’ll be having sushi for dinner.  I can’t wait.  Thursday is now my sushi day.  We have so much running around to do in the evening that it is easy to pick up some sushi for dinner, and Wegman’s has some really good sushi for being a grocery store.

I did get some homework done, some blogs read, and some house chores done… so I guess the day wasn’t a complete waste.

I guess last night Justine wanted to make sure we were extra safe in our house…

Hannah Montana stools were surely keep the bad guys away 🙂