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Fresh Start to the Week

This weekend was really relaxing (except for the whole working on Saturday thing). After work on Saturday, I decided to head to my grandmother’s house (she lives an hour away) and spend some time with her. We are really close and every once in a while I will go spend some good quality time with her. I am glad our tradition of spending the weekend together did not end when I got married. :)

I have to say that I did not take one single picture the entire time I was there. It was just one of those nights where I wanted to take a break from my blogging duties and just relax.

I will say that grandmother’s house = comfort food. I had real butter (and lots of it), macaroni and cheese and lots of bites of some burnt pound cake (not all of it was ruined). And last night, my husband and I ordered take out. In addition to a Greek wrap with fries, I ordered a massive slice of red velvet cake from Marietta Diner, a local restaurant that is practically an institution and has amazing food.

I LOVE red velvet and I think it’s been years since I’ve tasted one of their cake slices. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the entire thing. ;) I probably ate almost half of it before a massive stomach ache hit. That’s what happens when you eat too much comfort food. I ended up throwing the rest of the cake away. As wonderful as that cake was (seriously delicious), I knew my body couldn’t take any more sugar.

Did anyone NOT watch the Superbowl last night? I think Corey and I were just about the only ones in the country not watching the game. Instead, we watched Social Network as part of my mission to see all of the Oscar nominees for best picture. It was an excellent movie. Even Justin Timberlake did a great job in it. I’m not sure if I’m rooting for it for Best Picture though. I think Black Swan was better. I know that King’s Speech is getting a lot of buzz and is expected to win, so I would like to see that one.

After all of the fattening food I ate this weekend, I wanted to start today right. I have never been one to promise that I will do better on Monday (at least, not anymore). I typically eat healthy even on the weekends, with the occasional splurge just like during the week. But after my eats this weekend, I knew what I needed to start my week off right: lots of fruits and veggies!

I started the day with a nice apple bowl for breakfast.

I microwaved an apple with some cinnamon and a little bit of maple syrup until it was soft. I topped the apples with some peanut butter granola, blueberries, Rice Krispies, and ricotta cheese. It was super tasty and filling! And the best part was that my breakfast snapped, crackled, and popped. :)

Lunch was a delicious noodle bowl.

It had spinach fettuccine, pasta sauce, grilled chicken, and some broccoli. It was a very red and green lunch . . . like Christmas in a bowl!

An afternoon snack was a couple of handfuls of honey roasted peanuts.

These things are so good! I am contemplating making some homemade honey roasted peanut butter with them.

Dinner was taco salad.

I had some beef seasoned with homemade taco seasoning, spinach, cheese, salsa and a special ingredient . .  . broccoli. I know that seems like a weird addition. The meat did make the broccoli a bit soggy, but it was still tasty. And of course I had some tortilla chips for dippin’. :)

I have to admit that I did not feel like working out at ALL. I felt lazy and out of sorts. But I kept telling myself to just do something and it would make me feel better. I planned on doing the elliptical for an hour, but I ended up doing fifteen minutes. That was all I could push myself to do at that moment. Ordinarily, I would feel guilty about not doing more, but I have learned that any activity is good activity.

All in all, it was a good beginning to the week. Hope everyone’s Monday went just as well. :)

Home Sweet Home

I’m back from Alabama!

While I had a great time, I am glad to be home.

There is just something about resting in my own bed and getting back to a routine. Over the past several days, I have eaten too many sweets.

I spent time with my family.

 

me, my dad, and my grandmother

My niece playing with Callie

 

We played games.

 

Playing Scrabble Slam with my husband and my sister. Awesome game!

 

I also ate small portions of all the fabulous food.

I ate veggies when they were an option.

 

Subway sandwich with lots of veggies

salad with broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, and raisins

 

I even took walks with my husband and my dog and admired some beautiful scenery.

Over the last few days, I have experienced very little food guilt. But now it is time for Operation: Get Back on Track. The holidays are over and the real world beckons. My waistline will be very happy.

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know Christmas was yesterday but I still wanted to get that out of the way.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! I am in Alabama with my husband, celebrating the holiday with his family. I will be back to my normal blogging schedule on Tuesday, when we get back.

Merry Christmas!

Sugar Coma

This weekend was fun . . . and also made me sick a little bit. But I will get to that part.

Last night, Corey and I drove to the middle of nowhere to see some Christmas lights. We went to Calloway Gardens’ Fantasy of Lights. These lights are awesome! Plus, they really got me in the Christmas spirit, as if I didn’t have plenty of that already.

At Calloway Gardens, there were lights (obviously).

We shopped a little . . .

And bought a new Christmas ornament.

We also ate. And by “we,” I mean me. :)

That, my friends, is a funnel cake with blueberry topping. Believe it or not, I ate the whole thing. :(

I don’t know what I was thinking because I felt so incredibly bad afterwards. Seriously, my husband says he wishes he had gotten me on video. I was freaking out a little. My chest got tight, my entire body was warm, and I felt as if I had swallowed a rock. I had not eaten that much sugar in a long, long time. And my body was punishing me for it.

Corey took an amusing picture of me on the ride home. This is what I looked like after I crashed from all that sugar.

I am pretty sure that I will never eat a funnel cake again. I thought I would never be hungry again . . . but today I was feeling much better and I lived to eat another meal. :)

Today, Corey and I were going to spend the day with my family. We were planning on making Mama Pea’s Christmas cookie dough balls. However, our oven broke. D’oh! We prepared the balls and took them to my parents’ house to cook them there. I don’t know what happened, but the cookies totally flattened out. They spread (maybe a little too much) and were a little too thin.

After last night, there was no way I was going to eat a lot of cookies. I did try a bite of one. Even though they didn’t look pretty, they tasted good. I just want to know why they spread like that. Maybe we added too much liquid? Or maybe the dough got too warm when we were transporting them from our place to my parents’ place.

We had a great time at my parents’ place. My niece and nephew are adorable and I loved playing with them!

Connor and Abigail - my adorable niece and nephew

On our way home, we stopped at Starbucks, where I got my new favorite coffee: Nonfat, no whip, decaf Gingerbread Latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I’m sure it’s shocking, but I love this flavor more than Pumpkin Spice!

I also saw that they were selling the Pumpkin Scone. After last night, I should have stayed away. But believe it or not, I had never, ever tried one before so I couldn’t resist.

It was sooo good. But once again, a lot of sugar. After this weekend, I feel like the unhealthiest healthy living blogger ever. I just ate way too much.

I made up for it a little bit at dinner. Since our oven was broke, we ordered some takeout. We got some chicken fajitas. Best fajitas ever.

The pumpkin scone had made me a little on the full side. I just had one fajita with some chicken, onions, salsa, and guacamole. I also kept my cool with the chips and I only ate a small handful of chips and salsa.

I feel like this is a small victory. Usually, I do not stop eating until I am so full I feel like throwing up. However, I recognized when I was full and stopped myself. Hence, only one fajita. I felt myself being pulled towards the tortilla chips, despite the fact that I knew I was full. So I asked my husband to take the tortilla chips out of my sight before I ate anymore. Success! It really is true that you need to take things one meal at a time. I feel like I will get myself back on track.

Okay, now that I am feeling super sluggish due to all the sugar, I need to rest. And my husband and I need to figure out the oven situation. What did you do this weekend?