Day of Shopping!

On Saturdays, I work. It kind of sucks, I know. But I’m off on Monday so my weekend officially began today!

The morning started with some pancakes. It was a recipe of peanut butter protein pancakes. They consisted of egg whites, oats, and peanut butter. I topped them with some strawberry jelly.

I would share this recipe, but they didn’t turn out quite right. They were actually a little too sweet. I will do some tweaking and then share the recipe when I have it where it needs to be.

Work was busy and the time flew. I didn’t take a picture of my lunch, but it was my new favorite: egg and cheese sandwich. We must get to the Farmer’s Market so I can get some new veggies for lunch and snack.

After work, my lovely husband and I immediately headed out for some shopping. We both had several gift cards from Christmas that were burning holes in our pockets. 🙂

First up: Borders!

I absolutely love that place and I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve browsed in a bookstore. I bought several items with my gift card that my boss gave me. First item was Operation Beautiful by fellow blogger Caitlin Boyle.

I have been dying to read this book and I actually bought the last copy. Woo-hoo!

I also bought a new workout DVD, Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack.

I have never done this workout, but I have heard good things. I can’t wait to try it out.

In addition to those items, I bought my husband a book . . . cause, you know, I’m that good of a wife. I also bought the other two books of the Hunger Games series: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

We went to the mall, where Corey bought some new sunglasses.

Glad that’s done. Now he can stop complaining about the fact that he lost his. 😉

But the best purchase of the night was this:

Yes, I got a new blender . . . FINALLY!!! I haven’t made a smoothie in forever, partly because of the weather and partly because my blender can’t handle it. Last time I made a smoothie, my blender started smoking. Literally, smoke was coming out of the base. Thought I was going to catch the house on fire. So I am excited to make green monster smoothies again. But better than that is the food processor that comes with it. I have never owned a food processor before. I am so excited about making my own nut butters and hummus. Does anyone have any good recipes?

Shopping does make us hungry, so we went to Carrabba’s for dinner. Corey’s boss had given him a gift card. The dinner was awesome. It started with some warm bread and olive oil.

I had a few small pieces. But I did tell my husband to take the bread away from me when I thought I had eaten enough. I didn’t trust myself, but I knew that I wanted to stop. So proud of myself for stopping!

I also had an Italian salad. It was delicious and refreshing.

In this salad, there were cherry tomatoes. Believe it or not, I have never, ever tried a cherry tomato. But I did tonight! And they were delicious. I don’t usually like tomatoes, but the cherry tomatoes had a different flavor that I really enjoyed. And maybe it was the combination of the tomato and the Italian salad dressing.

For dinner, I ordered the Chicken Bryan and green beans. Chicken Bryan was chicken topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and a lemon basil sauce.

This was the best dish I have eaten in a long time. I don’t know that I’ve ever had goat cheese before, but it had a really nice flavor and was super creamy. The chicken was very moist and the cheese really brought out the flavor of the sauce. I didn’t eat all of my food because I didn’t want to overstuff myself. I stopped at the right point. Another victory! And it was tough too. I knew I was full, but I was so tempted to eat more bread. But then I asked myself: do I really want to eat more food? Answer: no.

Before leaving Carrabba’s, I felt inspired to leave an Operation Beautiful post-it note on the bathroom mirror. What better place, right?

I always feel so great after leaving a note like that.

With all of this shopping, we had to get something for Callie too. Otherwise, she might have felt left out. 🙂 We bought her a big red doggy bed.

I think she liked it.

All of that shopping wore me out so I’m pretty sure I’m hitting the hay soon. But today was a great start to the weekend!



15 responses to “Day of Shopping!

  1. Do you know if ‘Operation Beautiful’ (the book) is only at Borders? or can you find it at Barnes and Noble too?

    Good job for stopping when you were full!!! Keep up the great work!

  2. Your pancakes look really good, I can’t wait for a recipe.
    I love operation beautiful. The messages are so inspiring

  3. I sometimes work Saturdays, too. Sunday is the first day of my weekend. Looks like you had a great night. I want to get the Operation Beautiful book. I think it’s great that you left a note for someone. I know it’ll make someone’s day.

  4. I hope you love Jillian’s 6-Week 6-Pack as much as I do–it’s one of my newest favorite workout DVDs!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

  5. I love shopping! That Blend-Tec looks so cool – food processor and blender in one!

  6. Crazy how much we have in common these days! I’ve been reading the Healthy Tipping Point blog and thinking about getting the Operation Beautiful book. I’ve also been seeing the 6 week 6 pack DVD on blogs and have been contemplating that as well…maybe this is I sign I should get them. Wish I could actually get a 6 pack in weeks! Ha!

    AND I just read the 2nd and 3rd books in the Hunger Games series in the last couple weeks. Crazy! Food processors are fabulous! That’s the best purchase!

    (And now I’m done blabbering.)

    • Laura, you should definitely get the Operation Beautiful book. I have started reading it and it is so inspirational! I will let you know how I like the 6 week 6 pack workout when I do it. I agree that it’s a little unrealistic to get a 6 pack in 6 weeks. Nice thought though. 🙂 Thanks for the comments. It’s great to find someone that I have so much in common with!

  7. I LOVE the Hunger Games series, I cannot wait for the film! And on the bright side, your weekend is starting when everyone elses is ending, I’m totally envious of you right now.

  8. Congrats on the new blender!! I read Caitlin’s book in one night, i loved it! Hope you enjoy!

  9. Chicken Bryan is my favorite thing to order there. I want to try something else but it is just so good I can’t imagine ordering anything else. I used to work Tues-Sat and miss having a week day off. It’s so nice being able to get stuff done without the weekend crowds.

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  11. You went to Borders? Did you get their hot chocolate? Soooo good.

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