April Fools’ Day!

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! Even though I slept horrible last night — anybody else with awful allergies? — I am in a chipper mood with my soy iced chai latte. What is it about Starbucks that makes a so-so day turn into something cheerful? *holds chai while whispering “my precious”*

So let’s see how well I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: I started off the day with some Chobani greek yogurt. These flip ones are the best! I love the add-ins. I highly recommend the coconut flavored one too. It has almond slices and chocolate pieces to mix in =)

Snack time! Chobani greek yogurt Lunch: I ate my left over salmon and pineapple from the previous day’s dinner. Since it wasn’t very much I paired it with some more of the veggie pasta and cheese-less alfredo sauce.

As a pseudo snack/dinner, Daniel brought home a small portion of potato soup and some saltine crackers before I headed to my 5:30 night class.

Dinner: After my class got out at 8, I’m pretty sure I ate more pasta… can’t remember… but I know I’m always hungry afterwards so I’m sure I ate something. I’m blaming the allergies for fogging my memory.

And since I haven’t bought any dark chocolate Toblerone yet, I snacked on a handful of marshmallows and about a teaspoon of semi-sweet chocolate chips. They pair up quite nicely! I enjoyed them while watching the finale of How I Met Your Mother. OMG!!!! Who else was shocked by the ending?! That was not how I pictured it but I kind of liked it. I’m sad it’s over now. Time to find a new tv to obsess about. Any suggestions?

And since my Mondays are jam packed with work and school, I’ve decided Monday shall be my rest day.

So, anyone pulling sweet pranks today for April Fools’ Day? Apparently Obama resigned! 😛

Alfredo & Shrimp Mostaccioli

As I mentioned yesterday, Daniel made a delicious pasta dish using some shrimp we picked up from the store. We already had the mostaccioli so that’s what we used but any form of pasta would taste great with this! We also had the Classico Light Asiago Romano Alfredo sauce.

Here’s what he added to the sauce:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Black olives
  • Cucumber
  • Green pepper
  • Shrimp

Alfredo & Shrimp

It was a little shrimp heavy (there was some miscommunication on how much shrimp was unthawed). Whoops. But a little extra shrimp never hurt no body! It was tasty!

Here’s the rest of what I ate yesterday:

Meals

Finally staying under my calories! I’ve noticed I’m not snacking as much as I used to. That could be because I’m so busy every afternoon working on updating those chairs! It’s taking us over two weeks just to do two of them and we have 4 chairs total plus the table to get done. It’s definitely a workout in itself sanding outside in the heat. Sweat literally drips off of me. Sexy, right? The good news is we’re finally done staining and should be adding the polyurethane today. Can I get a hell yeah?! Maybe we’ll be able to put the chairs back together tomorrow. I’m so excited to see it with the new fabric!

Check out the pattern we reupholstered the seats with. Imagine some delicious chocolatey dark walnut wood surrounding that. Mmm…..

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 Ok, that’s enough for now. Stayed tuned for some before & afters in the future!

As for my workout yesterday, I just did Day 3 of the Five Day Workout Plan. Check it out here.

Pass Your Plate

Yesterday started off pretty good with my usual cereal, almond milk, and smoothie. For lunch I had a MorningStar burger with 2 slices of whole wheat bread. I’m not vegetarian but I’m not much of a carnivore. These burgers taste better to me than hamburgers and they’re healthier! Winning.

veggie burger

I enjoyed it with a side of leftover rice and stir fry veggies.

Then dinner went down hill.  Daniel and I met up with our friends Robert and Amy. We went to this bar that has endless $5 pasta on wednesday nights. They only had two options: red or white pasta. I went with the red first because it’s typically healthier than cream sauces. Well, I don’t know how you can screw up red sauce, but they did. It was spicy (which I’m ok with usually) but it was more like spicy salsa than a red sauce. Not pleasing. I didn’t eat much of it.

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Literally a few more bites after this photo and I was over it. I ordered the alfredo white sauce next. It was MUCH better. So much creamy buttery goodness. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good.

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So here’s that calorie break down:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 180
Veggie burger w/ bread ketchup + mustard 270
Lunch Rice stir fry 90
Dinner Alredo & red sauce pasta 660
2 6oz glasses of sangria 195
2 pieces of toast w/ apricot preserves 230
Total 1795

Shameful! Definitely should not have eaten that much pasta. I also could have done without the sangria for sure. It wasn’t even good sangria, but it was $1. I also have a problem when it comes to stopping when I’m full. I’m fine at home where I can easily put the food away so I don’t eat more, but in a restaurant I have to wait for the server to come take it or bring a t0-go box, so I’m just sitting there with food staring at me. So I ended up eating most of the alfredo, especially since I kept nibbling on it after I was full. I finally passed my plate over to Daniel to finish it for me when there was a few bites left.

But don’t Amy and I look cute? Our bellies are full of delicious pasta. Time for a food coma.

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Sure, I over ate a lot yesterday. But you can’t let one bad day get in the way of progress. I’m slowly learning that. I used to think “crap I just ate pizza, might as well have dessert and go all out.” And then the continuous infamous phrase “my diet starts tomorrow.” I was in this cycle, telling myself that I can have this one unhealthy thing now because tomorrow I’ll eat better. But of course that never happened. I kept filling my body with lots of sugars and carbs and less actual nutrients. Yeah, I was craving a donut after my pasta (who doesn’t?) but I knew I was over my calories by then. Indulging is fine, over indulging is not so fine. So today is a new start and a new chance to make better decisions!

Alright now on to my strength workout yesterday. I chose to use my 5 lb weights instead of the medicine ball to make movements easier. This workout I did a lot last summer when I joined a gym during my internship. They helped me formulate a 5 day/week strengthening plan. I did the first day of exercises yesterday. Each day had various exercises so that through the course of a week you target all the main muscles on your body (arms, backs, abs, legs, etc).

Health My Lifestyle's 5 Day Workout Plan Day 1

My arms and legs are sore today! If you want more of a challenge I recommend upping the weights. 5lbs is just all I have on hand. If you’re a gym goer, try using the 20 lb bar for the squat & press, 30 lb bar for the deadlift row, and 10 lbs for the lunges. You will definitely feel a burn! Enjoy =)

Swai Hello There

Yesterday I was finally able to get back on track.  And lots of cooking was involved! And by that I mean Daniel did lots of cooking! As it should be.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 220
3 sushi rolls 132
Lunch Whole Grain Elbows & Vodka Sauce 280
Dinner Breaded lemon pepper swai 276
Spinach salad 120
Rice & veggies 140
Total 1338

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For my protein I either use greek yogurt or I add Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake Mix. It’s a mouthful. I have the french vanilla flavor I believe. For 2 scoops it has 9g of protein. Not bad!

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I don’t know how it happened, but we have a lot of pasta.  Daniel decided we needed vodka sauce to go with it. We used the Superior Selections brand of Vodka sauce since it had less calories per serving. I wasn’t really sure what vodka sauce tasted like but it’s delicious! There is vodka listed in the ingredients but you can’t taste it (at least I couldn’t). It’s basically a creamier version of regular pasta sauce. If you haven’t tried it, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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It was so good I had to go back for a second bowl. Daniel added orange peppers, spinach, cucumber, and basil to it to round it out and make it more filling.

For dinner we started off with a nice fresh salad.  On top of a bed of spinach we added cucumber slices, strawberries, granola, feta, and drizzled a little light raspberry vinaigrette. It’s actually a recreation of the amazing salad I had with my friends the other day at a local bistro. So simple and tasty!

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For the main course we had bought a big pack of swai fillets that we needed to use up before we move at the end of the month. That’s right, I’m moving! But just down the street. My room mate recently moved to Las Vegas (jealous) so Daniel and I found a one bedroom. The building is only a year old and reasonably priced. And you can’t beat a close location to campus. So our meals are basically going to be random stuff in our fridge/pantry so we have less stuff when we move.

So for the swai, Daniel found this recipe to try. We altered it a bit to better suit our tastes. We also only used 2 swai fillets because, well, there’s only two of us. So we cut everything in half.

Here’s what we added:

  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 swai fillets
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • .5 cup Panko bread crumbs (makes it crispier)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Lemon juice

We followed the directions except we mixed in the lemon pepper with Panko bread crumbs. We probably added a tablespoon. I like a lot of lemon pepper. When the fish were done baking we drizzled the lemon juice on top.

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For the side dish, Daniel heated up some leftover brown rice we had previously cooked and added orange pepper and cucumber with a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce. Saweet!

This was all relatively simple assuming you already have these things on hand. I love making dishes from what we have. I don’t feel like I’m super skilled in the culinary arts (baking is more my thing, you know, with that whole Bakery Science degree) but I enjoy seeing (and tasting) what concoctions Daniel comes up with in the kitchen. It’s giving me more confidence to put different things together to make something delicious.

For my workout yesterday I ran 2.5 miles! Up hills! And it was HOT! That has to 300 calories burned. I was so hot and tired by the end that I thought I was going to pass out. I chugged so much water when I got home. I also made sure to stretch thoroughly afterwards. Today, I avoided the heat with a nice but challenging strengthening work out. I’ll give you the deets tomorrow!