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Weekend of Firsts

So this weekend had its highs and its lows. I found out that my multivitamin I took (for the first time) had MSG in it. Seriously . . . that stuff is EVERYWHERE! I learned a valuable lesson: I MUST check the ingredients on everything that goes into my body. My body is very sensitive to MSG and I actually got a two day migraine because of it. I was sick all day Friday and all day Saturday. Not fun.

But I am feeling much better now and this weekend was a weekend of firsts.

Last night, I tried butternut squash for the first time.

leaving the dirty work of the cutting to my husband

Before . . .

After!

I really liked it. It wasn’t actually as hard to peel or cut that I thought it would be. Maybe that’s because I left that part for my husband. πŸ™‚

I do think that I overcooked it a little because it was kind of mushy. But I still liked the taste and I would try it again. How long should I roast butternut squash anyway?

Today I tried making homemade cinnamon rolls for the first time. I made Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls and they were so tasty!

Fresh out of the oven

I can post the recipe later. It’s one that my dietician emailed to me and it was adapted from Cooking Light. There were a few times that I wasn’t sure me and Corey were doing it right, but they came out so delicious and they actually looked like cinnamon rolls.

It was a great Sunday morning activity for me and Corey to do together. The couple who cooks together, stays together . . . that is, unless the couple kill each other over which room is best to leave the dough in to rise. πŸ˜‰

I also left my very first Operation Beautiful note!

I was in the fitting room at Kohl’s, trying on some new clothes for work. I was feeling really bad about myself and engaging in a lot of negative self-talk. At that point, I stopped myself and decided that I would post an encouraging note instead. I couldn’t think of a better location for positive encouragement than a fitting room! It made me feel so much better and it really put a smile on my face.

I also got my very first IPhone! Yay! My cell phone that I had was about five years old, so it was practically ancient. Our Verizon contract ended yesterday, so we switched to AT&T first chance we got. πŸ™‚

Love the pic of me and Corey as my wallpaper. So cute!

This evening, I tried spaghetti squash for the first time.

Mmm . . . very tasty. Corey and I made some simple sauce by combining 365 organic pasta sauce, some Jennie-O lean turkey sausage (hot), some garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper. The sauce was super tasty and the squash really didn’t have that much taste, which I didn’t mind. But I think we undercooked the squash just a little because it wasn’t as tender as I think it could have been. How tender does spaghetti squash get anyway? We bought half a squash that was already cut up and baked it in the oven for about 30 minutes. Did I undercook it? Again, I just need some advice. How long should I bake the spaghetti squash?

The highlight of today (for sure) was that I had my very first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!

this pic was taken on my new IPhone!

Totally yummy . . . I may have to look into making my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I have seen so many recipes on blogs lately and goodness knows, it would be cheaper than going to Starbucks all the time. I definitely see more of these in my future. πŸ™‚

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. Were there any firsts for you this weekend?

Happy Halloween!

Work Schedule

Most people are excited about the fact that today is Friday. Unfortunately, I am not. For me, the weekend does not start for me until tomorrow. I have kind of weird hours so I actually work on Saturdays. Usually, the days that I work are Tuesdays through Saturdays. I say usually because next week I will be working on Monday so technically, I won’t be having much of a weekend. Such is the life of a counselor. πŸ™‚

Honestly though, I have never been one of those people who spend all week waiting for the weekend. I feel like we should enjoy every day as it comes. When you think about it, the weekend only lasts for 2 days. If we spend our whole lives just waiting for the weekend, then we are basically wishing 75% of our lives away. How about any readers out there? Do you guys wish for the weekend all week or what?

So I started my ordinary next to the last day of work for the week with an awesome breakfast. Seriously . . . it was so good and filling!

I had two eggs and an egg white with hot sauce. With that, I had some toasted pita bread and almond butter and some fresh blueberry jelly. Yummy! It was the most filling breakfast I have eaten in a while. Guess it was the almond butter.

I didn’t have to be at work until later, so I was able to catch up on some blogs, watch some TV, clean our mess of a kitchen, and play with my dog for a bit. Once I got to work though, it was full steam ahead and I was busy, busy, busy!

I work five days a week and three of those days are days that I actually counsel patients. I have other duties the other days. But on the counseling days, things are so rushed that I usually have to bring something to eat for lunch that I can eat very quickly in between patients. I know it isn’t healthy, but I pretty much just eat as fast as I can. At least I eat as healthy as I can!

Lunch was the last of my leftover chili. 😦 I LOVE that this lasted me all week. I also had a little container of cottage cheese with it. Weird combo, I know, but I needed something a little extra to keep me full for longer. And it totally did the trick.

I had an afternoon snack of some purple grapes that I bought at Whole Foods recently. These are so darn good!

Interesting fact: I never even tried purple grapes until several years ago. Before that, I had just eaten green grapes. But when I tried purple, I fell in love. They are so much better than the green ones!

After work, Corey and I came home and went for a run before dinner. The weather was so nice! As I explained in a previous post, I am just now getting back into running and I am doing the C25K program. I think it is a great program for getting my “running legs” back.

The first week of the program involves 60 seconds of jogging, followed by 90 seconds of walking. There were times when I felt that I could have run longer than 60 seconds. But I am sticking to the 60 minute guideline because this is the first time I have run in almost two months. Plus, the last time I ran I had a bad knee. I don’t want to push myself.

The only thing that is tricky is that I have to remember to stretch! Seriously, I’m not lazy; I’m just forgetful. I didn’t remember that stretching was a priority until three hours later!

After our run, dinner was a simple meal of a hamburger patty with sweet potato fries. Yummy!

Now I am going to rest up. My legs are a bit sore from tonight’s run and I do have to wake up bright and early for work tomorrow. Hope everyone else enjoys their Saturday! πŸ™‚

Funny conversation with my husband:

Today, I discovered that I won something else from a blog giveaway. Of course, there was the time I won the nuts. And now, I found out I won The Granola cereal by Rude Health, thanks to Jemma at Celery and Cupcakes. Yay!

When I told my husband, he said, “When are you going to win something that I will eat . . . like Krispy Kreme donuts?”

“Umm . . . I don’t think that’s going to happen.” πŸ™‚

Yes, this is my husband. But if any bloggers out there learn of any donut giveaways, please let me know. My husband would be very happy. πŸ˜‰

Sunday Breakfast

I love Sunday mornings. My wonderful husband let me sleep in and I guess my body needed it because I ended up getting about nine hours of sleep. Yay.

The best part of Sunday mornings? Pancakes! My husband loves to make me breakfast and every Sunday, he does. Most of the time, Sundays scream pancakes for me.

Today, I wanted to break out one of my cans of pumpkin I managed to score at Publix . . . and I wanted to use my peanut flour. So I used them both in the same recipe. Mmm . . . tasty pumpkin goodness.

 

my husband cooking pancakes for me!

pancake goodness

These pancakes were so moist and I loved the pumpkin flavor. Couldn’t really taste the peanut flour that much, but it still gave me a healthy dose of protein. These were the best pancakes I have had in a very long time. So good! And I have leftovers for the rest of the week. πŸ™‚

Pumpkin Pancakes – as adapted from Taste of Home

 

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. peanut flour
2 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 c. fat free milk
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 egg
2 T. olive oil (you can also use canola oil)

In large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In small bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin, egg, and oil; stir into dry ingredients just into moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle coated with cooking spray; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until second side is golden brown.

 

I think there is someone who may want in on the pancake action too!

 

Now that I have had a hearty breakfast, I am going to work out and then Corey and I are going apple picking. I love this time of year! πŸ™‚

 

Breakfast

I really wish I liked oatmeal.

I read about a lot of bloggers who find that to be a filling breakfast. And there are multiple mix-ins for the oatmeal . . . nut butters, fruits, pumpkin, different spices. The choices are kind of endless so you can never get too bored but it still fills you up.

Unfortunately,Β  just the thought of eating oatmeal kind of makes me sick. I blame my daycare provider when I was young. I didn’t want to eat the oatmeal she provided so she did what any normal person would do. She forced me to sit at the table until I had eaten the oatmeal . . . and I was a very stubborn child. But she waited me out, which meant that inevitably I would be eating cold oatmeal. Have you ever eaten cold oatmeal? Gag me.

So now my memories of oatmeal are kind of tangled up in eating it cold. Weird, huh? And maybe it’s a texture thing too. I would prefer it if it were more creamy, but instead it’s just lumpy and . . . kind of disgusting.

So I have to try to keep my breakfasts interesting. Some days I have scrambled eggs and bacon.

favorite breakfast of all!

Other days, I may have cereal with fruit . . . .

some puffins and shredded wheat with strawberries

or a Green Monster Smoothie that is sure to fill me up

A wonderfully decadent breakfast that I adore is pancakes!Β Typically, those are reserved for Sunday mornings . . . and not every Sunday morning because they are considered to be a treat for me. I’m not sure why pancakes are considered a treat because they can certainly be healthy, but they just are.

The thing I love most about pancakes is that there are always enough leftovers to last most of the week, mainly because I am the only one who eats them in our house.

Today was one of those mornings in which I had leftover blueberry pancakes. And they were just as tasty as the first day they were made. Today, I put a little butter on them and I put peanut butter on them for the first time. How is it that I have never eaten this combo before. Sooo good . . . and it was really nice to get a healthy fat with my breakfast for once. πŸ˜‰

I may not like oatmeal, but I still manage to eat breakfasts that are pretty darn delicious (and filling too). πŸ™‚

Breakfast for Dinner

What a day. What a day. It’s been quite the busy day.

Corey has been out of town for the past few days and he gets home tonight. Yay!

The day started with breakfast.

some puffins and shredded wheat with strawberries

And at work, I was met with one crisis after another. There are some days at work where (unfortunately) I have to devour my lunch as quickly as possible. On those days, I always make sure and pack something that is quick and easy. Today was a yummy lunch of leftover pizza from last night. I ate it cold which is so tasty.

Isn't leftover pizza the best?? It's just as good cold as it is hot.

I did bring a spinach salad to eat with it, which I technically ate as a snack a couple of hours after my lunch. That was how busy work was.

gotta get in those veggies

A snack was a simple container of cottage cheese. Am I the only one who can eat this stuff plain?

Thank goodness for easy portability and built in portion control.

I was so glad when work was over. I picked up Callie from daycare and she was utterly exhausted. When I got home, I knew that I needed a good workout. I decided on some old-fashioned step aerobics. Believe it or not, I received a step and a DVD over a year ago and I have yet to use it. How crazy is that?

old school step workout!

I don’t know what took me so long to wipe the dust off the DVD or stepper, but I’m glad I did. I still don’t have all the moves down, but it was an awesome workout. I sweat a LOT in just thirty minutes. I guess I will add that to my cardio repertoire. It’s nice to mix things up a little bit. I can’t stand being bored in my workout routine.

After that strenuous workout, I was starving but not in the mood for anything super heavy. Actually, I was kind of in the mood for eggs. Mmm . . . breakfast for dinner. So I came up with a kind of breakfast pizza.

Yes, that's hot sauce on top. I put that stuff on everything!

And what breakfast would be complete without bacon?

crispy deliciousness

The breakfast pizza was so tasty with some pasta sauce, cheese, and the egg. The perfect light dinner.

Breakfast “Pizza”
English muffin or small pita split in half
several tablespoons pizza or pasta sauce
2 eggs
cheese of your choice (I used American here, but you can use Mozzarella, Parmesan, etc.)
seasonings to taste

Split English muffin or pita in half. Toast in toaster oven. Spread pizza sauce on English muffin and put spices (such as garlic powder, oregano, red pepper, etc.) on sauce. Place cheese on the sauce and heat in microwave or broil in oven until melted. Meanwhile, fry the two eggs in nonstick pan until desired doneness. Place one egg on each English muffin or pita half and enjoy! So yummy!

Back to the Grind

So I have been back from my trip since Monday . . . and I am still trying to adjust to the day to day. I had a great time over the weekend, very relaxing. But my eating habits were a little crazy. I had too much fried and heavy foods, didn’t eat as regularly as I should, and drank too little water. Of course, I was proud of myself for the fact that I still managed to stop eating when I was hungry. No major binges. And I actually managed to lose 1/2 a pound over the weekend. How did that even happen?

Now that I’m back, however, it is so hard to get back into the healthy eating/exercise mindset. I have done pretty well, but not as well as I should have. And for some reason, I am finding myself with little to no appetite for breakfast in the mornings. I am not getting hungry until close to 10:00 am. I know that I need to eat before that, but it’s hard if I’m not hungry. Does anyone have any tips for that? This morning, I did make myself a smoothie of frozen strawberries, a peach, some ice, and a little honey. So even though I wasn’t hungry, I still got some calories and a serving of fruits in my system.

I just find it hard to gather any appetite for healthy foods. Hopefully, it will get better. This is why you should really only eat heavy meals every once in a while, instead of days at a time. They are addictive and once you get started, it’s so hard to stop.