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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Nothing says “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” quite like singing muppets! Since this is a blog that is mostly about food, I’d like to point out that the Swedish chef is part of the trio. I love him!! I remembered to wear something green to work this year, so I didn’t get pinched. I even put on some green workout clothes when I headed off to the gym this evening for some strength training and cardio. Better safe than sorry!

The other way I celebrated today was, yep, you guessed it: green foods! I started the morning off with a bowl of oat bran, but this was no typical bowl. I had 1/4 of an avocado in the fridge, and I decided that it was time to try Heather’s raw chocolate “frosting.”Sarah made some a couple of day’s ago, and I decided it was time to give it a try myself. I added 1 tsp of maple sugar, 1 tsp of cocoa powder and splash of water to the avocado and blended it up in the food processor. I think if it had been a bigger batch, it would have blended up better, but it worked out just fine!

Chocolate PuddingIt was interesting, and… good! I love avocado. I love chocolate. I love maple sugar. What’s not to love!? I put my little bit of yummy frosting on top of my oat bran along with some bright red berries.

Morning Oat BranIt was fun to start the day off with something new, and I had a bit o’ green in my morning oats! Yay!!! I had a bit o’ green with dinner too. I’ve been craving egg salad ever since I saw Junglefrog’s batch. Aren’t ideas contagious?! 

Egg SaladI made two servings so I can have more tomorrow. I’m glad, because it was good! I used 2 whole eggs, one egg white, 1 Tbsp. of sweet pickle relish, 1 Tbsp. of light mayo, 1 Tbsp. Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. of dijon, 2 tsp. of chopped walnuts and 1 Tbsp. of fresh dill. There are at least 2 green things in the green bowl. Do I get extra points? :-) Each serving is 3 unofficial ww points, and lots of official points of yummy. I had a bit more green on my plate this evening since I ate the last of my roasted broccoli along with my sandwich:

Yummy Greens!

The cottage cheese bread sliced up easily, and toasts up quite nicely. I froze about 12 slices, and we will see how it does after some time in the arctic. I’ve been using the freezer more these days, and I think the key is to remember what’s in there. I found some long forgotten muffins a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to waste them. Freezer burn adds an interesting flavor. I hope to avoid that particular enhancement with the bread. I had a piece with my bulgur chili today topped with a little peanut butter and a chopped up date. It made for a tasty little dessert!

My shoulders are really tight from my strength training workouts on Sunday night and tonight. I’m trying to get better about not shrugging when I lift, but it’s tough! I feel like I need to put on an iPod with a voice that repeats, “roll your shoulders back” ad infinitem. I try to remember to do it during the day when I’m sitting at my desk too. Years of having more weight in various places has thrown my posture a bit out of whack. It’s good to have mini projects in the scheme of bigger workouts, and that is definitely one of mine.

Now, I’m going to roll my shoulders back, eat a few chocolate chips and make a cup of tea. I’m getting wild and crazy here on St. Patty’s Day!! I’ll make sure to sleep in something green. :-) I hope you had a great day! Tomorrow is humpday. Hooray!!!

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Friday Weigh-in Stats and This Week’s Favorite Snack

It all started last week with a mix of Trader Joe’s fruity fiber cereal and some pumpkin seeds…

Desk Mix

This week, it picked up steam with a mix of Kashi Honey Sunshine and more pumpkin seeds….

Desk MixThis week’s favorite snack is something I like to call “desk mix.” I love trail mix. I love the mix of crunchy and chewy with sweet and salty. I love nibbling it a piece at a time, but I don’t love the amount of fat and calories some trail mixes contain. If I were on a trail getting some exercise, it might be completely appropriate. Sitting at my desk, however, doesn’t really merit such a hearty snack. As a way to avoid overdoing it on trail mix or getting sucked into the 100 empty calorie pack rut, while still getting a sweet and salty nibbly mix, I started tossing a little baggie of “desk mix” into my lunch bag in the mornings. I’m hooked.

Both of the cereals in the mixes above are 1 point per serving cereals. I add 1/2 a serving of pumpkin seeds, which adds up to a 1.5 point snack. Most 100 calorie packs come in around 2 points on weight watchers, and it seems that most of them offer little in the way of nutrition (although there are a few exceptions, of course). My desk mix has some whole grains, fiber and pumpkin seed goodness, and only takes a few seconds to toss into a baggie in the morning. The Trader Joe’s cereal is great because it has some dried fruit and nuts. The Kashi is awesome because… it reminds me of Cap’n Crunch for grown-ups! I plan to experiment with more mixes like this in the future. If I look a bit like a toddler with my baggie full of cereal– so be it. I think desk mix rocks!!

So– you’ve seen the snacks, now for the stats:

Points Stats

Daily Points Target: 22

Weekly Points Remaining: 0/35

Activity Points Remaining: 21.5/28.5

That’s about normal. I had an additional 21.5 points that I could have eaten, but I chose not too.

Workout Schedule

Friday: off

Saturday: 35 minutes of a cardio and core class with my trainer followed by 35 minutes of running outside in the lovely weather

Sunday: 45 minutes of strength training,35 minutes of cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching

Monday: off

Tuesday:  45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching

Wednesday:  65 minutes of cardio combo (elliptical, running and walking with incline on the treadmill, jump rope intervals and stairmaster) with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching

Thursday: 60 minutes of kickboxing

I’m happy with my workouts this week. I didn’t quite make it to 30 activity points, but I think it will be easier when warmer weather arrives for good. I’m much more likely to take extra unnecessary walks when I’m not “battling the elements.” The Saturday class was a make up class that my trainer offered in place of a canceled class. It involved a core exercise, followed by a one minute cardio interval, followed by another core exercise… lather, rinse and repeat for 30 minutes. It kicked my butt, but in a good way. I’m glad that I got to do something different on Saturday. The running outside was a bonus!

I feel good about my eating this week too. I ate well, did a better job of listening to what I really wanted rather than spending my points just because I had them, and I really enjoyed my food. What more could I ask for??

I had a good week! How was it reflected on the scale? Well, as I said last night, I had a good idea of how today was going to go. I seem to have been in an upward fluctuation all week long. I’m not sure what the scale is doing, but I don’t care. I’ll tell you why in a minute. My official number this week is 159.6… with a 2.6 pound gain. Why don’t I care? I don’t care because I put on a pair of pants from last summer, when my weight was only a couple of pounds more than what it is now, and they were too big. They were big enough, in fact, that I spent the day a little bit nervous. Unbuttoning was not necessary. I’ve concluded that there is an inches game going on, and, given that I typically wear pants and not my scale out in public, I’m happy with that. Muscle tone? I’ll take it!

I’m also just trying to relax and not stress about it. If you are checking out my blog expecting to see pounds drop like flies, your expectations aren’t the same as mine. I’m just happy trying to lose a few more, while enjoying where I am now and working on my eating skills. I’m trying to develop the mindset where the scale takes a backseat. Goodness knows, the things I can do now that I wasn’t able to do 180 pounds ago are much more rewarding than seeing a certain number between my feet. I know that logically, now I just need to adjust my attitude to match it. I’m working on it, and I know I’ll get there.

I’ll leave you this evening with a photo of my dinner. It was a quick and good one, and I think it deserves a mention!

Avocado Frittata

I sauteed some mushrooms (they are hiding underneath) in my small skillet and then topped it with some egg beaters. After the egg beaters started to set up, I topped it with some avocado, some Cabot 75% light cheddar and a little parmesan. I popped it under the broiler to brown, reheated the last of my roasted broccoli and got out my favorite chipotle salsa. This frittata was inspired by Heather’s awesome avocado eggs. Oh how I love blogspiration!! I also love frittatas. I think they are like little protein pizzas, and I treat them that way with my random choices of toppings. 

Well, I’m off to a club for a friend’s birthday. I think I may be getting too old for the club scene. I’m probably going to spend the next hour trying to figure out what to wear. At least I can eliminate the previously mentioned pants!! 

Question of the night: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever put in/on your eggs?

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! :-)

 

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