Today is a holiday from work, well not entirely. I have spent part of the day preparing for trial tomorrow and doing legal research. I spent the other part of the day shopping because my clothes are pretty beat up right now. I did not find any clothes to buy but I did purchase shoes (my constant downfall). Since I already have 100+ pairs of shoes, I am certain that was not helpful in the long run. I also worked out this morning. I am probably certifiable because I got up at 4 am (my normal workout time) and went to the apartment gym. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical, a 20 minute jog, five minutes of cool down, and my strength training work. Then I came back to the apartment and drank coffee and ate oatmeal. My standard weekday meal in other words. Clearly not normal but if I don't go to the gym super early I just will not workout. I had some very unexciting lean pockets for lunch somewhere along the way and yogurt with frozen blueberries.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I failed entirely again to photograph any food except for dinner. Then again it was all my standard fare, I am trying to change it up but I always fall back on spinach and veggie burgers. I did go to Starbucks this morning as you can see by exhibit A.
That would be a skinny cinnamon dolce latte which I drank while helping my friend study for the Bar Exam. I expect that will be a regular occurrence for the next month until she actually takes the exam. Fingers crossed that it goes well at the end of February. I will admit that I prefer non-skinny starbucks drinks but they are not really in the dietary plan so skinny it is for the foreseeable future (admittedly I go to Starbucks about once every three months at this point). So, I spent two hours at the coffee shop and came home and finished up my laundry. Then I took a nap, I do love weekends. This was followed by dinner which is below.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I made a random cake type thing for dinner tonight. Basically sweet potato puree, chia seeds, oats, almond meal, light soy milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup for sweetness. I topped it with greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. It was okay but could have used more cooking time. I also had some red bliss potatoes but I failed to photograph those, and a big glass of water.
I have been craving pizza for the last week and I decided to make it lunch today. I had a personal frozen pizza but I did doctor it up a little bit by adding a half cup of spinach on top so that I would get in some dark leafy greens for the day. It was extremely tasty and I think that I will not need any pizza for a long time now. I am trying to work things into my diet that I really want so I do not go crazy but I am balancing them with healthy food wherever possible. Hence the spinach and also the big glass of water that I had with lunch.
I love that pink glass, it was two bucks at Target and you put it in the freezer and get it icy cold which is great. I need a new one because it is beginning to fall apart. Oh, and here is your sleeping cat picture for the day.
This is my older cat, she is sleeping next to my computer which is where she stays whenever I am surfing the web or working on projects on my laptop.
Friday, January 15, 2010
This was dinner Thursday night. Sticky rice and low fat beef stir fry. This is the remains of the stir fry from the night before and it was extremely tasty and will probably make an appearance this coming week.
Dinner on Friday was beans, low fat cheese, onions, and small red potatoes. I am ridiculously addicted to black beans, I probably have 8-10 cans in my pantry right now. The potatoes are replacing bread for me at this point since I do not keep bread in my house. It was very filling and my version of a quick meal.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I was up later than I should have been last night and ended up being in no mood to workout today. However, I hauled myself out of bed at 4 am, and went to my apartment's gym. The walk in the freezing cold to the gym was not fun apparently it was like 20 something degrees at 4 am. Once I was there, I some how talked myself into 45 minutes on the elliptical machine and another 15 minutes on the bike. I also managed to get in all my strength training moves for the day once I got to work. I have not had 900 cups of coffee today (which is probably proof that exercise will wake you up more than coffee). I am making a simple dinner tonight, frozen stir fry with some extra broccoli in it.
I also had some yogurt as desert.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I had a short workout this morning, about 20 minutes and then went back to bed for around 30 minutes because I was tired. I got to bed late last night because I did not get home until around 8 pm and it always takes me awhile to unwind and relax. Today should be better because I get to go home right after work. Breakfast and lunch today were pretty standard (I did have two additional cups of coffee at work because I was both cold and tired). As for dinner, I am a little bit over broccoli given the amount I ate yesterday so I am having my old fall back, black beans with couscous. I prefer my couscous with raisins but there are none in my house so I settled for green bell peppers. I just warmed up the black beans and threw in some spinach because I have a ton of spinach which needs to be eaten before it goes bad, however I added too much pepper.
This is the cooking in process and below is the final result. I mixed in the couscous which was not really the best plan but overall it was tasty if a little bit peppery which was a problem.
I have to say that I am continuing to do a pretty decent job on eating my veggies and getting in a fair amount of green and leafy plants. So overall I am pleased with how my meals are going so far.
I had an excellent workout this morning, 40 minutes on the elliptical machine, 15 minutes running and 5 minutes of cool down walking. I even managed to do my strength training moves which I have been slacking on for months. The problem with not doing planks for awhile is that you end up being horrible at them. I am working late tonight and may not get around to dealing with food pictures as a result, I will post them when I get home if I feel up to it. Breakfast was my standard oatmeal with raspberries and hazelnut butter along with a splash of light soy milk. I have also had 3 cups of coffee today, a sure sign that it is a Monday. Lunch was my standard salad along with 3 mandarine oranges (I finally restocked on oranges this weekend. Dinner was leftover risotto and pureed broccoli with some butter, reduced fat cheese, onions, and a little bit of chicken stock. Desert was popcorn and a diet soda.
Clearly, the cats took an interest in my dinner.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Somehow it is already sunday evening and I have not accomplished much of anything today. Ah well, at least it was relaxing. My lunch today is below, a veggie burger, spinach, onions, light mayo, mustard, and reduced fat cheese. It is basically a deconstructed burger since I skip the bread. I had popcorn later as a snack but that was not photographed. My breakfast was the same as yesterday and also not photographed.
Then I cleaned for awhile and took a nap before I made dinner. Steamed broccoli with a sprinkling of reduced fat cheese, red potatoes with light sour cream and risotto from a mix which was actually remarkably tasty and easy to make in about 20 minutes flat. I have enough left over for tomorrow night which is important because I am probably not going to get home until around 8:30 pm since I have to go train police officers from 6-8 pm. Tomorrow night is all about fast food and I also have lots of left over broccoli which is a good thing (it is the ingredient of the week in case you were wondering).
After dinner, I made myself desert. Frozen bananas and chocolate hazelnut butter. I just froze the bananas and pureed them in my blender for about 5 minutes and topped with the hazelnut butter. Tasty and I got in my fruit and healthy fats for the day. I have also had a bunch of water today but that almost never gets photographed so you will just have to imagine its existence.
Tomorrow is a really long day so I am going to go get organized for it now and head to bed early so that I can run in the morning at the gym.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
This was dinner tonight. I also had yogurt and raspberries for desert. This was the remains of my leftovers from last night's dinner out. I have not had the most productive day but I am in the process of getting my laundry done and at least all of the grocery stopping is finished for the week. I took today off from working out but I am probably going to try and get in some sort of workout tomorrow morning. Anyway, I am off to fold laundry and put another load in the dryer.
This is lunch today. Green peppers, spinach. baked beans, a tomato, two black bean burgers, light sour cream, and a glass of water. I did not photograph breakfast but it was basically this:
It is my ordinary saturday breakfast. Food yesterday was not very exciting, well except for dinner which I did not photograph. I went out to dinner with my friends and had beef kabobs with a baked potato and bread. I brought about half the meal home and you will probably see it tonight incorporated into dinner. The beans in my meal for lunch are from last night. This morning I ran out to the store and did all my grocery shopping for the week, I think it is fair to say that you will see a lot of broccoli this week. I also got more black beans and spinach because I am kind of addicted to black beans and they were on sale for a dollar a can. Anyway, I am off to clean and do laundry (my apartment is a wreck). I will be back with dinner tonight.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
It is about 33 degrees today and running over to the gym was very cold. However, coming back from the gym with wet hair from sweating was much much worse. I did what I like to think of as a mini gym triathlon, 15 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the stationary bike, and 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. It was a good workout and I think it made up for wednesday when I only managed 30 minutes at the gym. I need to do some kind of stretching tonight because I am sore (probably because this is the first week in a while that I have been able to really workout). I did not photograph breakfast or lunch because they were the same as yesterday. I made my self a green smoothie for dinner.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I did not make it to bed until 10 pm last night because of how late I got home on Tuesday. So, I did a shorter workout this morning because I was really tired (about 40 minutes, 35 minutes elliptical and 5 minutes doing sit ups), I may try and fit some more working out in later on tonight. Breakfast was the same as yesterday, oatmeal with raspberries and coffee. I did not bother photographing it as a result. However I managed to photograph my lunch salad which is the same as yesterday, so in a way you have seen all of my meals for the last two days.
I do love popcorn and since it is better than the alternatives you will probably be seeing it a fair amount in my diet.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I knew today was going to be a longer than normal day because I had to work until at least 7 pm. So I decided to make sure my breakfast was a little more filling and I actually managed to take a picture of it. Two cups of coffee and oatmeal with hazelnut butter and raspberries. I even managed to photograph it this morning before I left for work. I am trying to finish the raspberries before they go bad because they usually only last for two or three days in my fridge before they become really moldy.
Once I got to work, I drank a ton of water to make up for the coffee and because I have been really lax about drinking my eight cups everyday. I had about two of the below giant cups over the course of the morning. In case you were wondering that is a giant cup of water and not mountain dew, it is just a mountain dew container that I got in an office competition about a year ago (I do not remember what the competition was for, just that I won the cup).
I did not photograph lunch because I had a conference call at lunch and worked through it. I had a banana, a tangerine, and a cranberry walnut salad. I did not have time to finish the salad because of the conference call. I had stuck the banana in my lunch bag because I wanted to make sure that I got an extra snack in since I knew that I would be working late and not eating until well after my normal dinner time.
Above is my dinner, well there was also some chocolate and popcorn but that did not get photographed. This is a deconstructed hamburger (i.e. no bun and no cheese). Two veggie burgers, arugula lettuce, onion, light mayo, and honey mustard. I inhaled this when I finally made it home at 8 o'clock. It had the benefit of only taking 5 minutes to make once I walked in the door. I was starving since I usually eat dinner no later than 6 pm. This is why I keep veggie burgers in my freezer, they are healthy and fast. This is also why I work out in the mornings so I do not have to deal with the gym at night when I am tired. I managed 15 minutes on the stationary bike and 45 minutes on the eliptical machine and I feel like I am slowly getting back to my routine after having been sick on and off for the month of December.
Monday, January 04, 2010