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A Good Tuesday

It was one of those days where I was just happy all around, which feels good. I am excited as I heard back from someone at a local gym and we’re going to meet on Friday morning (I am taking off of work, yay) to talk about becoming a personal trainer. I am still in the research phase, but that is one of the things I am considering doing if I change careers.

Color was the theme for yesterday’s photo a day for April. The brightest thing in my office was this picture of the beautiful campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from a calendar.


Mail was the photo of today and this is what we received in our mailbox and on our doorstep. I ordered some things from Alice (gotta support Wisconsin businesses) and then we got a magazine from our animal hospital. Love how it says “Top Ten Tips for Karma this spring.” Craig took Karma there when we initially learned about his lung problem.


So what did I order from Alice? Some rise bars I have never tried before, two Annie’s Naturals salad dressings, eco friendly dish soap, a deodorizer to place by the cats’ litter boxes and coffee. I think the prices were great for these items, especially for the bars. I had digital coupons from their site for each item, so my overall total was pretty low.


I am very excited to try this coffee because it’s low in acid. With having colitis, I seem to get acid reflux problems and coffee doesn’t always help that, especially any acidic kinds. I need my coffee, so I am not willing to give it up (yet).


I was in a rush after I got home from work tonight. I had to meditate, then started dinner right away because I knew I had to eat before I got to the 6:30 yoga class.

I made some Gardein fake chicken tenders and cut up a sweet potato for some fries.


I followed Tina from Carrots ‘N Cake’s instructions for making sweet potato wedges, which made it really easy to throw together in no time.


Dessert was a plum, which is one fruit I need to buy more often!


Yoga tonight felt wonderful. My muscles felt huge for some reason and looked that way in the mirror. Definitely have built up some decent arm muscles lately. 🙂

Time to get some dishes washed before bed! I also want to squeeze in some time to read The Violets of March because I am halfway through it and it’s getting really interesting.


I have a different work day tomorrow as I am promoting some programs at a local fair from mid afternoon into the evening, so I get the morning off to sleep in and hit the gym. I am just glad to get a change of scenery for a day!

Mamma Chia drinks and Cheese Spaetzle

How’s your week going? Mine has gotten progressively better…it started out really bad on Monday. So much so that I posted my favorite Steve Jobs quote as my computer background at work.

Steve Jobs quote about work on my work computer

Yesterday was ok despite having a tummy ache (I think the frozen yogurt did me in on Sunday), and today, I actually had a wonderful day. I even had my work review, which covered not only the last year of my job, but the last two, and it went very well. 🙂 Hooray for a raise!

This week, I’ve tried out a few new to me food products…Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium bean and cheese burrito, Mamma Chia drinks and Gardein Ultimate Beefless burgers.

Amy's Light in Sodium Burrito, Mamma Chia

I LOVED the Mamma Chia drink. I received some coupons from the company and they allowed me to get the drinks for free. The Milwaukee Whole Foods was charging was $2.69 per drink. I think the texture of the drink could freak some people out, but I loved it. I guess I am used to adding chia seeds to my smoothies, so I probably wasn’t too surprised by the texture because of that.

For lunch on Monday, I tried the Raspberry Passion flavor.

Mamma Chia Raspberry Passion

Here are the nutrition facts:

Mamma Chia nutriton facts

Mamma Chia info

I’ll probably do a full review of the drinks sometime in the near future.

I also tried one of the frozen bean and cheese burritos from Amy’s Organics. I love their products, but this one disappointed me. I don’t think it was the company’s fault, but it was just really plain and boring. I should have known it was something I could have easily put together the night before and could have added some more ingredients to make is tastier.

Last night, I finally made cheese spaetzle, as I wasn’t feeling so great on Sunday and never got around to it.

cooking spaetzle

I always use the cheese spaetzle recipe found on the Egg Noodles spaetzle bag from Aldi.

Cheese Spaetzle

Deutsche Kuche Spaetzle noodles Aldi


Have you tried spaetzle before? I kind of love it and it’s my comfort food. After having it in Berlin on our honeymoon, the taste reminds me of the cute restaurant we ate at by candlelight.

Cheese Spaetzle

And tonight, I tried the Gardein meatless burger. I have tried other Gardein products before and they’re always really good.

Gardein the ultimate beefless burger

Gardein burger comparison

Gardein meatless burger nutritional stats

I put it in a tortilla shell with spinach, swiss cheese, and a little bit of Frank’s Red Hot sauce. It was a delicious combination! If you are looking for a veggie burger that has a true meat flavor, then try the Gardein. I thought the flavor was really good overall and so did Craig.

My workouts have been ok this week–Monday, I biked at the gym and lifted weights; yesterday I counted cutting the grass as my workout because I was so tired after work and tonight I walked and ran on the treadmill and lifted weights. I definitely need to do yoga tomorrow night!

Time to go read on the kindle. I started a new book called The Hangman’s Daughter.


It’s set in 17th century Germany and I am finding the story really interesting so far.


A very active day

Wow, what an active day! I am spent. You’ll see why, but maybe this much activity is normal for most of you.

At 1 a.m., Karma the cat woke us up with his meows and from that point on, I tossed and turned. When I did fall asleep, I was dreaming that I slept through my alarm or that I went to the YMCA for Body Pump and the gym was closed again. At 5 a.m., my alarm went off and I realized I hadn’t experienced what I had been dreaming about. It was really time to get up and get dressed for the gym!

I quickly got dressed and grabbed some cereal plus half of a banana for some fuel.

I met my friend Laurie at the 5:30 a.m. Body Pump class. I was tired, but once class started, I woke up. It felt good to get a workout in by 6:30!

I fueled up some more with cereal and the other half of the banana plus a bit of coffee and coconut water. The TJ’s cereal was just ok–not mine or Craig’s favorite.

It was my first time trying coconut water and I liked it. I figured I needed something like that after Body Pump to get some electrolytes into my system.

cereal, coffee, coconut water

I am glad I got my clothes ready for the day & my yoga gear packed last night, because then I had to meditate for 25 minutes after I showered, dried my hair and put on makeup.

I didn’t get to work until 8:30 and right away, I hit up the free coffee upstairs and found an unexpected piece of cake made by a volunteer at work. She was so cute–she said “since you’re one of the first ones here, I’ll give you this too.” She put the flag in my cake for flag day!

coffee, cake and flag day flag

Lunch was a turkey and provolone sandwich, a peach chobani, and lots of red pepper and carrot slices.

chobani peach, carrots and red peppers, turkey sandwich

After lunch, it was time for my second exercise session of the day–yoga! However, we had a substitute teacher and she combined tai chi, yoga and pilates. Oh man this killed me. The pilates work got me sweating! I am sure the stretching helped my post body pump aches and pains.

I also foam rolled at work just to be safe.

foam rolling

And after work, I cut the grass for about 45 minutes. Luckily, this was my last activity of the day and now I am plopped on the couch and relaxing!

Dinner was a strawberry smoothie with soy protein powder, Chobani strawberry yogurt, frozen strawberries, and skim milk.

strawberry protein smoothie

That wasn’t enough for my very hungry tummy, so I cooked up something quick and made the gardein thai trio I got the other day.

Gardein Thai Trio

I liked it and would buy it again. I only ate half, so I’ll have the other half to look forward to for lunch tomorrow.

We’re watching Master Chef and I kind of have a crush on Max. 🙂 I hope he stays on the show for some eye candy!

After such an active day, I am definitely declaring tomorrow a rest day! Looking forward to reading and lounging on the couch.

Full moon craziness

Does anyone else believe that the full moon brings out the crazies? I didn’t know why today was so horrible and nuts until at the end of the day, a few people in another department had told me that they experienced the same craziness and it was a full moon tonight, so that explained everything. Let’s just leave it at this: I didn’t have a good day. I know that I need to change the way I react to issues and be more positive. I also know other things that I cannot say on here, but wish I could.

My day started off right…I made a glorious and filling bowl of stovetop oats for breakfast this morning.

stovetop oats

I added Libby’s pumpkin (about a 1/2 cup), all spice, cinnamon, a whole banana, frozen berries, vanilla extract, honey and a few raisins for some chewiness. It was very tasty and satisfying! Much better than my cereal and milk breakfasts. It did take more time to make, so it’s for those mornings when I have the time.

stovetop oats, coffee


Snack at work was another cup of coffee with some Newman’s Own Organics mini pretzels.

Lunch was gardein’s santa fe good stuff, a cinnamon applesauce and a lot of carrots. An unpictured dessert consisted of two strawberry laffy taffies.


When life hands you lemons, go home and bake chocolate chip cookies.


Dinner was frozen pizza. I was so tired that cooking was the last thing on my mind. I needed to bake comforting cookies, not cook.


Yoga was at home with Craig instead of at the Y. I left work late and then Craig said we could do yoga at home, so that settled that. I really missed my Y yoga class, but will do it this Thursday evening.

I guess on my really bad days, I just freeze and don’t want to do anything. Anyone else do this? Or any good tips to get out of a funk when you are in one?

Improving my sleep habits

I realize I haven’t been getting enough sleep during the work week. On the weekends, I sleep in until about 7 or 8 and go to bed around 10:45. That amount of sleep feels perfect. At work today, I wanted to eat sweets and was always hungry. To me, those two elements signal that I am not getting what I need in sleep. I currently go to bed around 10:30 and get up at 5:50, which doesn’t leave me with quite the rest my body needs. My goal for tonight is to try to get to bed by 9:30 or 9:45. Don’t know if that will happen Tuesday through Thursday nights of this week, as I am babysitting my nephews and working Wednesday/Thursday until 9 p.m. At least I will be able to sleep in on Wed/Thurs. Do you crave sweets when you are tired?

My breakfast included one of the new cereals I picked up at the grocery store on Saturday. Kellog’s Fiber Plus Antioxidants Berry Yogurt crunch cereal with fresh blueberries.

Kellog's Fiber Plus Antioxidants cereal, blueberries, coffee

It was ok. Didn’t have a ton of flavor, even with yogurt pieces thrown in.

Lunch was leftover Baked Stuffed Shells, a peach Chobani with canned peaches on top, & a string cheese.

peaches, Chobani peach yogurt, string cheese, Baked Stuffed Shells

As I mentioned, I was craving sweets today and for some reason, that lunch didn’t fill me up completely. After a meeting, I went to buy some peanut butter cookies out of the vending machine. I think I have only bought cookies of out the work vending machine one other time. Not bad for almost three years at my job!

After work, I picked up the third and final Stieg Larsson book from the library, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Maybe I will read two books in January and start my New Year’s goal off on the right foot. As for the other Larsson books–I plowed through the first one, went a bit more slowly through the second and who knows how fast I will read this third and final book by Larsson. He is an excellent writer and I wish he was still around to share more intriguing stories with the world.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

Can’t wait to log off of the computer, bake some chocolate chip cookies (so I don’t have to buy any from the vending machine) and dig into this book tonight! Besides Friday, it is truly my only relaxing night this week, so I am going to enjoy it.

Since it was snowing out before and when I left work, the drive home was slow going and I didn’t make it to Boot Camp in time. I just headed to the YMCA on my own and did 25 minutes on the recumbent bike while watching the HGTV dream home special–love watching all of the beautiful touches they add to those houses! I also did 10 minutes on the stair stepper, which I must say is a good workout because I was sweating after those 10 minutes! I also lifted some free weights for my arms.

I already knew what I wanted for dinner when I got home from the gym. My co-worker had some buffalo wings for lunch today and the smell made me want some myself. I had the third and final gardein product in my freezer to try out–meatless buffalo wings. I paired them with a side of baby carrots, broccoli and pepper jack cheese.

gardein classic style buffalo wings

gardein buffalo wings, fresh veggies, pepper jack cheese

They were pretty good! Nice and spicy. I added a little Frank’s Red Hot too, because I’m obsessed like that.

I blogged early tonight and it’s time to read a few blogs, log off, bake and read! Good night! Don’t know if I’ll be able to blog at all tomorrow, but if not, I’ll catch up on Wednesday morning before heading to work.

Paying for eating frozen pizza

So, I paid for what I ate today and yesterday. Frozen pizza is not the best food for a healthy living blogger to eat! Especially one with digestive troubles. I believe I paid for eating frozen pizza for dinner last night and lunch today with cramps in my tummy after lunch and for most of the afternoon at work. Not fun! Proof that I need to be eating whole foods and this blog does help me realize what my trigger foods are.

Meals for 1/4/11 (catching up because I was behind on posts)

Tuesday Breakfast was Kashi Autumn Wheat and coffee.

coffee and Kashi autumn wheat

Lunch was a Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger on an Arnold’s Thin with provolone cheese and a bit of mayo. I also had baby carrots, applesauce, a clementine and a chocolate chip cookie.

Morningstar black bean burger

morningstar black bean burger, applesauce, clementine, carrots

Dinner was the naughty, greasy frozen pizza.

frozen pizza

With a side salad topped with tofu.

salad with tofu

My father-in-law took away this picture. Doesn’t everyone agree, it’s so 70’s!? I was so happy to see this go so we can start fresh with some pretty pictures above our couch.

lighthouse picture brown

Wednesday’s meals:

Breakfast–the last of the plain non-fat Stonyfield Oikos. 😦

Oikos greek yogurt, almonds, chia seeds, honey and coffee

Snack–a banana and coffee.

coffee and banana at work

Lunch was the frozen pizza again, string cheese and a blueberry Chobani.

string cheese, applesauce, pizza

I didn’t end up going to see Country Strong because of how my stomach was feeling. We also got a dusting of slippery snow, so maybe it was meant to be that I didn’t travel far in the mess we had.

Dinner was the Santa Fe good stuff from gardein. I think I liked the Tuscan meal better.

gardein Santa Fe good stuff

Gardein Santa Fe

You know what I miss most when I feel sick? Going to the gym. I hate having a cold or this tummy trouble. I thought about going, but then I have EA Active to do here too. I may do that yet, even though it is getting late. Maybe yoga on Wii fit?

Wow, this week has flown by! I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday already!

Review of Gardein Tuscan Breasts

It was “Friday” for me today since we have a three day weekend with New Years Eve tomorrow. I thought it would be an easy day at the office, but I volunteered to step away from my peaceful desk and help out in the public arena. It’s funny because my job title has public in it, but I rarely work with the public face to face! For two straight hours, I helped answer questions, shuffle people from one line to the next, etc. It was fun and the time flew. My workplace has been busy all week, which is wonderful to see, so I wanted our guests to have a positive experience despite the crowds. Helping out was rewarding, but it also made me appreciate my quiet desk, more or less because I am not used to standing in one place like that anymore. My body ached at the end!

This is where yoga class tonight came in to save the day! I just got home from there and I feel so much more relaxed and less achy. We did a couple of new poses tonight and always like trying new things in fitness classes, so that was cool. We concentrated on lots of twists, which our teacher said was good for our backs and digestive systems. This was perfect for me and especially for the day I had.

At yoga, I also got to try out my new GAIAM yoga socks that Craig got me for Christmas!

GAIAM yoga socks

GAIAM yoga socks

They worked really well. The room wasn’t as cold tonight. Despite that, I loved that my feet were warm and the grippers on the bottom helped me stay more stable, especially in certain positions. When I put them on, it was hard to separate my toes, but then I sort of forced them into their spaces and it was fine.

Rewind to earlier today.


Coffee (in my “I Do” mug in honor of Jenny) and Kashi Go Crisp! cereal.

coffee and Kashi Go Crisp! cereal


I had an Arnold’s Thin sandwich with provolone cheese and sweet peppers on top. I added Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Chipolte mayo. Other lunch items included two clementines (I am trying to use them up), a strawberry Chobani yogurt, and baby carrots.

lunch 12-30-10

After work, I went to Whole Foods to use up a bunch of coupons for free or discounted items. It was packed there like it was at my work. Must be the New Years eve rush. Among other things, I picked up three different Gardein items, which I had never tried before this evening. I asked Gardein if I could sample some of their products and they graciously sent me some coupons.

Gardein tuscan breasts


Craig made the rice and microwaved the Tuscan Breasts from Gardein.

Here is the packaging it came in, which included the tomato basil sauce.

gardein packaging

We both enjoyed the meal, but I loved the flavor and texture more than Craig. I would definitely buy the Tuscan Breasts again.

Gardein tuscan breast, rice, milk

gardein tuscan breast back

I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and even though I like the flavor of chicken, I don’t necessarily like eating animals, nor does eating meat always agree with my stomach. I like that one of these tuscan breasts has 21 grams of protein because I definitely know that I need more protein in my diet.

tuscan breast gardein

After Craig left the table, Karma joined me. It seemed that he wanted some Gardein too!

Karma at dinner table

Dessert before yoga class was toffee Moser Roth chocolate.

Moser Roth toffee chocolate

Time to start a book I picked up at the library tonight, My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama. I’ll share more on this tomorrow, but one of my goals for life in general is to read more books. I love reading, but have been slacking lately on reading books. I got hooked on the Stieg Larsson books a couple of months ago, but since then, I haven’t been as “hooked” on reading. Maybe I should blame my addiction to reading healthy living blogs? 🙂

What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?