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Lucky Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by quickly! I hope the weekend goes by slowly. Tomorrow, I must clean the house, go to Craig’s grandma’s b-day party, grocery shop and then relax and read my book. On Sunday, we have to devote the day to taxes and I plan to start by 10k training.

Breakfast was strawberry waffles and coffee.

coffee, waffles

At work, I needed a Friday pick me up, so I got an almond latte. I can’t get used to drinking those fancy drinks and I need to go back to my peppermint tea.

Lunch was applesauce and a pb&j sandwich. I had a cookie for dessert.

pb & j, applesauce

I always read blogs on my lunch break and was so excited to see that I won Food Snob STL’s “favorite things” giveaway! I won justin’s almond/chocolate butter packets (which I also love), KIND bars (love and eat all the time), a meal/grocery planner notepad (totally need this badly) and raw honey (will definitely use).

It was definitely a lucky day! I came home to find a lovely package in my front door! Vitalicious was kind enough to send me some of their products.

vita tops

Yum, can’t wait to try these! I put all but one in the freezer. I am saving that one for tomorrow morning!

vita tops


Vita Brownie

When I get home from work, I often just want a little snack. Today, I had a few cheese curds.

cheese curds wisconsin

My workout was 10 minutes of rowing, some weight machines and 25 minutes of biking while reading Health magazine.

I wasn’t too hungry for dinner, so I just had a mini bagel with an egg white and cheddar cheese and some red grapes on the side.

red grapes, egg, mini bagel

Now Craig and I are geeking out. He likes watching Shark Tank and we both are being geeky and watching a PBS show called “Electric Dreams” where a family goes back in time with the technology in their house and they see how things change from the 1970’s to current times. It’s the history nerd in me that loves this type of show! It’s so interesting to see how technology really does isolate the family members over time. I hate that it does that, but then again, here I am blogging away for the last hour on a Friday evening when I could be reading a book I have to finish by Wednesday. 🙂

Do you embrace technology or have you found it has isolated people at work and at home more over time? What is your favorite piece of technology? Mine definitely is my iPod touch. I don’t have a fancy phone, but I love playing with my iPod touch and surfing the web when I don’t feel like pulling out my laptop.

Movie night (Tuesday recap)

Despite feeling sick most of the day, I had a good Tuesday.

Breakfast was a mini bagel with strawberry cream cheese, a bowl of Dannon vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries and chia seeds.

yogurt, strawberries, chia seeds, mini bagel with strawberry cream cheese

I had peppermint tea as a snack around noon. My stomach was still full from breakfast and from a colitis side affect, so I ate lunch later in the day.

Lunch was a ham sandwich with spinach, a Greek style Stonyfield peach yogurt and two Oreo cookies.

oreos, stonyfield greek style yogurt, ham sandwich

After work, I ran home, meditated, jumped out of meditation and forced myself to get my fitness clothes on right away, headed to the gym and lifted weights and ran 1.27 miles or so on the treadmill. The first couple of minutes, my right knee did hurt, but I pushed through and did just fine.

Then I rushed home, showered, ate dinner and got ready to head to the movie. Craig and I got into it and had to sit close to the screen, but that was ok. Source Code was pretty good. I think it’s a good DVD rental, but I wouldn’t pay to go see it. That’s my advice. I am not a huge Jake Gylenhaal fan though. If it was Matt Damon in it, I probably would have said it was an excellent movie. 🙂

Dinner was a mini bagel with peanut butter and nutella on each half and then I snacked on a Pink Lady apple on the way to the movie. I still wasn’t that hungry at this point in the day.

mini bagel, nutella, peanut butter

source code, pink lady apple

Now I have to catch up on today’s post!

Fridays make me happy

Recap of my Friday…

Breakfast was Cheerios and coffee. I dreamt about having bags underneath my eyes and boy did I have them today.

cheerios, coffee

So, I headed over to Starbucks for a little Friday treat of a non-fat grande latte. I had half of a cherry pie larabar as a snack.

Starbucks non-fat latte, cherry pie larabar

Lunch was another wrap-this time with ham instead of turkey so I won’t have heavy eyelids after lunch. I also enjoyed lots of red and green grapes plus it was my first time trying Stonyfield’s cherry flavored Greek yogurt.

ham and cheese wrap, Stonyfield Greek style cherry yogurt, grapes

The verdict? Pretty darn good!

I came home from work early, did some loads of laundry, cleaned a bit, meditated and then headed to the gym. I ate the other half of that larabar before going there so I wouldn’t get too hungry, because I went around dinner time.

I did 20 minutes on the Cybex Arc Trainer, biked 10 minutes and lifted a full circuit of weights. Everytime I do the Cybex, I totally think I could keep going for a full hour. Maybe I’ll try that sometime because the machine always says I would burn about 760 calories in an hour. Sweet!

Dinner was at Cici’s pizza. It was a buffet. Not healthy, but something different (and a mere $4.99 per person) and we didn’t feel like cooking. I am not a big buffet person because I overeat and I did do that. I had some salads to get my greens in and tried various types of pizza and a few breadsticks. Dessert was a brownie and a really yummy dessert pizza thing.

Cici's pizza-salad, pizza, breadsticks

Then we just went to Home Depot, walked around and came home to relax.

My first meditation session

One week from today, my husband and I will attend a “guided meditation” class. Before going to this, my husband wanted me to experience meditation the way he practices it (non-guided, mantra based). He also encouraged me to start meditating today because I am in desperate need of it this week and know I’ll be in the same place next week.

So, after staying late at work, I came home, read about meditation and what to do during the practice, then practiced for twenty minutes with my husband also joining me. I have to say that the whole point of meditation is to clear your thoughts and humans have too many going through their head. Boy did that happen to me tonight during the practice. I’d be thinking about something and then have to say the mantra to get my mind off of that thought. It is tougher to do than it sounds!

Everywhere I look lately I read about how meditation is beneficial for all sorts of things. In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article from Sunday, February 20, 2011, it is noted that “yet another study released last month–this one in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging–reports that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in brain density in areas related to memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.” All I can say is that we all could use a bit more of these improvements in our brains and lives, don’t you agree?

Have you ever tried meditation? If so, any tips on how to maintain the practice?

I want to look as calm and happy as this little kitty every day. Don’t you just love how he snuggles on my husband’s shoulder..ok, back to meditation thoughts.

Craig and Karma

Ideally, I’d meditate for 20 minutes in the morning and then in the evening, before I eat dinner or go to the gym. Like I said to my husband–that is a lot of time to devote in my already busy schedule. But, once work settles down a bit and I will leave on time instead of late every night, this should be doable and it is worth it in the end.

Breakfast today was a pear (that I sliced up into odd pieces) and a Strawberry Banana Chobani yogurt with a side of coffee of course. I am still drinking the awful flavored vanilla stuff and can’t wait till it is gone.

coffee, Chobani, pear

Snack at work was a trail mix bar and an Almond Latte (my new favorite).

I actually stepped away from my desk and ate lunch in the cafe. I brought my own, but didn’t read blogs while I ate and read Bill Bryson’s At Home instead. Love that book so far and am learning all sorts of fun facts (I am a history geek and majored in history in college, so the facts he talks about are intriguing to me). There was even an early food blogger mentioned–well not really, but someone who wrote down what he ate every day in great detail. That made me smile.

Lunch was leftovers from dinner last night, an applesauce, an unpictured tangelo and two oreo mint cookies.

noodles, mushrooms, green pepper, applesauce, oreo mint cookies

After meditation, it was late and Craig offered to make the easy cheesy noodle dinner while I rested on the couch. I covered it in Frank’s Red Hot. Yes, I know today was a heavy carb day. I actually don’t eat pasta a lot and didn’t mind having pasta twice today.

cheesy noodles

Around 7:30, I went to the gym for a quick session. I hate going to the gym that late, but it’s better than not going at all. I read the Bryson book and biked for 22 minutes and then lifted weights and stretched.

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Good night readers!

Monday off

I had this Monday off because I work on Saturday. I am also hoping for this Wednesday off because of the snow!

Originally, I wanted to treat myself to a matinee movie of The King’s Speech. Those plans all changed as I ate the breakfast below (Stonyfield plain yogurt with Jessica’s almond cherry granola, fresh blueberries, chia seeds and a bit of almond milk; coffee; and a jalapeno cornbread muffin I had to save for a mid-morning snack because I was too full from my main meal).

yogurt with granola, chia seeds, blueberries; jalapeno cornbread muffin; coffee

You see, the last in the trilogy of the Stieg Larsson books was due back to the library today. I still had about 150 pages to read. Well, I stayed on the couch, snuggled with Karma and read the rest of the book. It moved fast at the end, but I think I read for about an hour and a half straight!

By the time I finished reading, I really felt like moving and going to the gym instead of showering and heading to a movie theater to sit for two hours. I sat enough (and napped) all weekend! The gym was calling me and I headed there for a good two hours.

Before the gym, I needed something to hold me over until the end of my workout. I snacked on half of a peanut butter cookie Larabar.

peanut butter cookie larabar

Walking into the gym, a cute little toddler girl was walking out way ahead of her mom and into the round driveway where cars pull up quite often. I looked at her mom’s face and immediately turned around to stop the little girl. It was a scary moment for her mom, who was tied up with a little boy in her arm. She was very grateful for what I did and then the guy who checked me into the Y said to me, “you saved that little girl.” It was my good deed for the day.

I worked out on the elliptical for 45 minutes. Blame HGTV and an American looking for a house in the French countryside. Aaah, they get me every time with International House Hunters. I also did a full circuit of weights and then called it quits, because it was a little after 1 p.m. at this point.

The snow was coming down pretty badly when I was driving back and I was glad to get off the slushy roads. Sadly, this is just the beginning of the snow for us this week!

For lunch, I made a buffalo tofu wrap for lunch with a whole wheat tortilla, spinach and swiss cheese.

buffalo tofu with spinach, swiss cheese, whole wheat tortilla

This meal filled me up! I probably will bring the same thing for lunch tomorrow too. Tofu is the perfect food for me because I normally don’t eat a lot of protein and subsequently, don’t feel full and want to snack a couple of hours after a meal. With tofu, I always feel full until my next meal.

After lunch, I got to work on dumping photographs from iPhoto onto my Lacie hard drive. I really need to make photo books out of each season or year. Otherwise, digital photos just sit on my hard drive. Blogging has also caused rows and rows of food pictures to sit in my iPhoto. I need to clear those off my computer, because really, what am I going to do with all of them?

I headed out in the snow again to return my book and dvd to the library. Then it was time to shovel some of the driveway until my hands were so freezing cold that I couldn’t stand it anymore.

Off to get ready to head out again with Craig! We’re going to look at one more eyeglass place and then hopefully order some new glasses for him tonight.

Hope you had a good Monday!