Monday, November 17, 2008

Back to the real world

It's so tough getting up in the morning after a really fun vacation... even though it was only a weekend in NY, it was so action packed that it definitely felt like a longer vacation. Well, it was back to reality this morning when my husband had to peel me out of bed. I so wanted to stay in!


We had no bananas in the house and I kind of get lost without bananas but I thought of a quick breakfast this morning that actually, to my surprise, ended up being very delicious. Here is the spread: apple cinnamon oats with apples and barney butter.

And my bowl up-close, with bb mixed in:

I cut up 1/2 a large apple into little chunks and microwaved them for 2 minutes. I then added to the bowl the Nature's Path cinnamon apple instant oatmeal and a little over 1/2 cup of water. Microwaved the whole thing for another 75 seconds, topped it with some bb and voila. De-licious! On the side I had the rest of the apple, sliced. It was super creamy and satisfying. I was surprised to like it as much as I did, since there was no banana. You'll see this combo again, I'm sure. It also kept me full for over 4 hours, although it could also be work stress. It's just crazy busy and it's not going to slow down until next year. Yikes!


Around noon or so I still wasn't really hungry but my mind started wondering. I definitely was in the mood for some chocolate. So despite bringing a different snack to work, I dug into my emergency 100 calorie chocolate bar. It's my last one... I need to get more of them asap!


Like I said before, work was crazy busy. I considered skipping my usual lunch workout but decided to just cut it short instead. I just feel so much better when I exercise and I didn't want to have to drag myself to the gym after a long day at work. I'm so glad I made that choice! I'm going to have to deal with the same dilemma on daily basis. *Sigh*

I felt like running today so running I did. On the running schedule for the day was 5x400 interval run. I warmed up by walking for about 2.5 minutes, and then got right to business... about 1/2 mile run at 6.3mph and then the intervals began. I did five 1/4 mile intervals at 7.5 mph, 8 mph, 8.3 mph, 8.7 mph and finally at 9 mph. In between the intervals I rested by jogging at 6.2 mph for about 0.15 to 0.25 miles. I ran for a little while longer at around 6.5 mph for a total of 30 minutes, then walked for a minute and jumped on the ET for another 14 minutes. Total workout time: 45 minutes. Not bad!

Back to work...


Lunch were some leftovers. I made some turkey lasagna about a month ago, and froze 1/6 of it for later. Last night I took it out of the fridge when I was searching for something to eat for dinner. As the previous post notes, we ended up going out so I brought it for lunch today :) Here it is with some baby carrots on the side. It may not look appetizing but it was actually very delicious! Good to know that this stuff freezes well..

And a close up:

Still looks gross? Sorry. I had an adora disk for dessert :D


I never got hungry for a second snack. Works for me! Dinner was a recipe I've wanted to make for a while. In fact, I bought the root veggies a few weeks ago and they've been waiting for me patiently in the fridge. I finally dug into the stash tonight! Here they are pre-shredding:

I don't know the name of all of these. I can recognize the carrots but that's about it. The recipe I made tonight was for the shredded root vegetable pancakes from Eating Well. They have a whole article on root vegetables in the December issue and I wanted to make every single one of them. I have a bunch more veggies left, so there will definitely be another appearance of these beauties :D At this point my camera died, so while recharging it I put everything together. No step by step pics, sorry, but here is the final product:

My dinner was 3 of the pancakes with 2 tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream and a salad with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, TJ's golden berry medley and sunflower seeds (tossed in a little less than a tablespoon of Annie's goddess dressing). Very veggiful!

Close-up of the pancakes...

And my salad:

I knew I was still low on calories for the day. I was planning on baking but it was getting late so I made a quicky healthy "dessert." I was kind of low on protein today so that's how I ended up with a yogurt base.

In the ramnican is some nonfat yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin butter and Erin Baker's double chunk granola. Pretty yummy, but I'm definitely making some real dessert tomorrow!

Btw, I find that counting calories really helps me with staying on track. I'm going to post my stats here to keep myself accountable. Today I ate about 1410 calories. It's a bit on the low side (still within my range) probably because I ate so much during the weekend that I'm still living off the weekend storage :)

K, gotta prep for tomorrow. I have no idea what I'm eating and it's getting late. Good night!


Anonymous said...

That lasagna looks really good :D I can't wait until I get my barney butter package!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tina said...

Yay, Barney Butter! It's my love! :)

Lara said...

I make a big batch of lasagna and freeze it, too! And it tastes just as good, even if it doesn't look as fancy! But yours looks delicious still so congrats ;)

Lara said...

P.S. I hope it's not a repeat but I thought you deserved a Scribbler award!! Check it out on my blog. Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

HangryPants said...


Where did you get the Barney Butter? Also, those little pancakes look delicious AND adora makes the best dessert.


Elina said...

Heather, I got the barney butter online at Unfortunately they won't sell them in stores in MA until January. Try ship4free code for free shipping if you want to order some, although I'm not sure if it still works.