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What I Ate Wednesday: 2/20/13

Happy Hump Day everyone!!  Who is ready for a little sunshine and warm weather??  I know I am!!  It was just a ‘blah’ day outside today.  And it was much colder than expected.

This morning, we were in a bit of a hurry to get out the door.  So that meant we didn’t have time for our usual kale shakes.  😦

Instead, there was leftover scrambled eggs with spinach in the fridge.  So I heated it up, placed it atop some fresh spinach; dabbed some red pepper jelly on a Trader Joe’s British muffin, and called it breakfast.  Not too bad.

egg sandwich

Lunch was at my desk:  almonds, yogurt and a hard-boiled egg.

lunch collage

Yes, you read that correctly ….  coffee flavored almonds  !!!!  But wait.

I really had high hopes for them.  I mean, I love coffee. And I love almonds.  I especially love Blue Diamond!  So how could you go wrong?!?  But sadly, I was disappointed.

Read it again.  It’s roasted coffee.  Maybe that was the problem.  I’m not sure.  I think I’ll stick with the other Blue Diamond flavors I love so much (like wasabi, habanero BBQ, honey dijon, lime & chili, etc etc)

By the time I got home, I was exhausted.  Could not stop yawning.

I declared a no-cook night.  Thankfully there was a Newman’s Own pizza in the freezer for the kids.  (I tried a bite of Luke’s and it was pretty good)!

frozen pizza

And I made myself a big salad.  With sriracha, of course!!  No dinner is complete without sriracha!  🙂

big salad

I have to include a photo of the sunset.  You know I’m obsessed with sunsets.

sunset tonight

And finally, I will leave you with a funny story ……

I will occasionally leave notes in my son’s lunchbox or hubby’s lunch bag.  I just like the surprise of finding a little love note later.  So yesterday morning, I was sitting at my desk and I needed something from my purse.  I reached in, only to discover that Luke had left me a love note!!

How sweet, I thought.  Then I read the note …..  I couldn’t stop laughing all day …….

love note

“I hope you get the orange off” ….  he’s referring to the fact that my hands are a little orange after my spray tan.  I had gone after the kids were in bed.  So he didn’t even know I had gotten a spray tan.  The next morning I was fixing his breakfast when he noticed my hands.  Honestly, they aren’t THAT bad.  But I will say – it was my first ever spray tan.  Now I know to put a little more of the barrier cream on the hands and feet next time.  That is, if I go again.  I mean,  I like the look of the tan, but I did not like the experience.  The claustrophobic little capsule and the spraying in the face – it’s enough to traumatize a person.  Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.  All I could think about before walking in was that episode of ‘Friends’ where Ross forgets to turn.  Thankfully, I turned.  🙂

Question of the Day:  Have you done a spray tan before?   And what is your favorite flavor of almonds??

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What I Ate Wednesday – 1/9/13

Anyone else love hump day???  I don’t know what it is about Wednesdays, but I’ve always liked them.  And even more so now that there’s ‘What I Ate Wednesdays’.

So this morning I awoke rather early.  4:30 to be exact.  I heard Lucy crying in the other room so I got up to check on her.  (She was fine – I just covered her back up and told her to go back to sleep).  As I got back in bed, I realized I was awake and it was going to take a little bit of doing to get me back to sleep.  Well, at this point my alarm would go off in an hour.  So do I lay here for 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep, and then possibly sleep the hardest and deepest I have all night for 30 minutes and then not want to get up when the alarm goes off??  Or do I go ahead and get up and get things done??

So I opted for the latter.  I got up.  And let me say — it is amazing what you can get accomplished between the hours of 4:30 – 7:30am.

First of all, I went down in the basement to do my Tina Reale Best Body Bootcamp workout.  When I got down there, I realized that all of the Christmas decorations and boxes didn’t make it past the bottom of the steps.  And as I turned the corner I saw why – my mess of wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper was still all over the floor.  (Yes I realize Christmas was like 2 weeks ago but it’s the basement people, we never go down there.  Out of sight, out of mind).

So first I had to clean up my wrapping mess, then I moved all the Christmas tubs around the corner.  Then I did the fun circuit workout.  Then I cleaned off the Desktop, which my hubby had been asking me to do for a while.  (I typically just drop photos and everything and save it to the desktop.  After a while, it gets really cluttered.)  I also made my son’s lunch, my lunch, and I made omelettes for breakfast!!

in the pan

on the plate

Oh, and I got ready for work too!!  I’d say that is a lot do in 3 hours time.  🙂

sunrise

Knoxville was blessed with several mornings of beautiful sunrises this week.

lunch

Right before I doused it with Ranch dressing and Sriracha sauce

For lunch I had planned on running my usual 4.2 mile trail.  Unfortunately it rained all day.  😦  So I took my salad over to my Mom’s house where hubby is painting her bedroom.  I had lunch with hubby instead.

tacos

And finally, dinner was tacos.  Yum.  My son and I had just gotten back from the grocery store.  Tacos are quick and easy.  These were made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.  Once you mix in the taco seasoning, no one can tell!!  🙂

There may or may not have been a cookie or two that were consumed during the day that did not manage to get photographed.  But if I didn’t take a picture of it then it didn’t happen right???

🙂

Question of the Day:  What did YOU eat on Wednesday????  Check out Peas and Crayons for the link up.

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Mid-week Motivation – 1/9/13

Did anyone else happen to catch this brilliant post by The Lean Green Bean on Monday??  It really spoke to me and where I’m at in my life right now.  She’s absolutely right.  Time is going to pass regardless of what you do.  So many times in my life I’ve looked back and thought “If I’d started X then, I’d be done now.”  And so many times the reason I never got started was because of how long it would take or how hard it would be.  But if it’s important to you, it will be worth it!!

Motivation today

I love this quote.  Sometimes all it takes is baby steps.  A little every day to get where we need to be.  So where do you want to be tomorrow??  Are you doing something today to help get you there?? Pinned Image

Happy Hump Day everyone!!!  Now go out there and do something meaningful.

 

Question of the Day:  What will you do today that will get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow??

My Answer:  I’m going to go for a long run and I’m going to study tonight!!

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What I Ate Wednesday – 11/28/12

I love Wednesdays just becuase it’s What I Ate Wednesday day.  And it’s Hump Day.  🙂

Today was a crazy day.  I had to be at a client’s office at 6:30am to do open enrollment meetings.  The client is 45 minutes away from my house.  I had to leave my house at 5:45am, which meant I had to get in the shower at 4:30am.  Yikes!!  That is early.

So that meant I was having breakfast in my car.

It also meant I was STARVING by 10am and it felt like it should have been lunch time.

Leaving the house so early also meant I didn’t have time to make a real lunch.  So I grabbed some veggies and threw them in a baggie.

I also had a hard-boiled egg, but it escaped being photographed.

My new favorite snack.  Dark chocolate dove promise.  Thank you, Dove.  Yes, I belive I did enjoy about one minute of bliss while I was savoring my treat.  However, then it was back to work.  Bliss over.

For dinner, we took my Mom out for her birthday.  She chose a little place called Newk’s.  I’d never been there before, so I was happy to try it out.

A few of the salads sounded really good.  And since I had checked the Nutritional Information online before going, I chose the Black and Blue.

It was just okay.  A little too heavy on the bleu.  And it needed something …. not sure what, but it was missing a certain pizzaz.

We had fun, though.  And the 7-year old let me snap a quick pic in front of the pretty tree.  I wish this one was in my house.  I dread putting the tree up.

So that was my Wednesday.  And I was more than ready to get home, put pajamas on and fall into bed!!  Thankfully Thursday is a normal day and I don’t have to be up quite so early.

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