Sick dogs

I can’t totally blame it all on Rose… part of the lack of posts is due to just plain laziness on my part. I know Gina understands! (Hope Bella is feeling better!)

Last night I tried to install Flickr manager and it doesn’t work, so I backed up the blog and upgraded WordPress. Still no dice. So I’ll stick with regular uploading. But I had to wait for the backup last night. And the night before… well… I think there was a struggle to get dinner cooked, get me showered, spend time with Hubster, and get to bed at least slightly early. Sorry! I’m back! I promise!

I’m back to pumpkin oats for breakfast. Same basic mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, canned pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract and oats (cooked per the instructions on the canister) plus granola on top.

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Granola is the key ingredient, I swear. And I bought two bags during a little foray to Trader Joe’s Sunday night 🙂 The concert was right across the street from my high school… which just happens to be right across the street from Trader Joes. How could I not pass through? Amazingly I forgot pumpkin butter though. Oh well, I’ll be back in Atlanta next Friday 😉

A coworker brought in Krispy Kreme donuts this morning and I succumbed when no one else seemed to be eating them. Didn’t want her to feel unappreciated or anything. Plus she brought in pumpkin spice donuts! We all know my pumpkin obsession around here. It actually was’t all that flavorful, but definitely left me nice and full.

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For lunch I took more leftover soup which looked like a mashup of these two soups (roasted vegetable lentil on the left, butternut squash with chicken sausage on the right):

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I made the second soup last night because a) I had half a butternut squash to use, b) I had half a box of veggie stock to use and c) Hubs didn’t like the lentils in the first soup, so I decided to try something we could both eat. He liked the butternut squash/sausage soup better but I didn’t. Next time I’ll make the squash/sweet potato soup again and just put lentils in half and maybe sausage in the other half. The sweet potato lends it a little hint of sweetness and I think creamy soups with no texture kind of weird me out in general. Also the sausage I picked has fennel seeds in it, which I didn’t realize and don’t care for.

But I combined the two for leftovers which worked out well today. I actually ate half during lunch and half after. Soups fill me up quickly but don’t hold me for long. I was rather surprised to find myself full so quickly but happy that I listened to my body. I’m trying to work on that. I also took a salad to eat and didn’t need it so its in the office fridge for tomorrow.

Dinner was eaten in two parts… I had an unpictured hardboiled egg (made some for Rose this morning and had a weird craving for one), a very small spinach salad with balsamic, parmesan, and almond slices.

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And two slices of thin crust pizza with sauce, onion, and a scattering of spinach. Hubby added cheese and chili peppers to his half.

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I received a coupon for a free 3 lb bag of honeycrisp apples from Earthfare when I next make a purchase. I currently have 5 on the counter and the coupon expires Sunday so I think y’all can expect to see some baked apples or maybe something inspired by this apple recipe soon. We’re having a Halloween get together (not a party, a football game watching session) so I might make a twist on a crumble inspired by Tina’s stuffed apples for dessert.

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A first… or two… or three

Hello! Does anyone else have gorgeous weather to enjoy? Because we certainly do 🙂

Here’s a better picture of my pumpkin oatmeal flavorings, starting at the left we have cinnamon, nutmeg (a new addition), ginger (too much, the oatmeal had a little too much of a bite for me), cloves, pumpkin pie mix, and brown sugar in the center.

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I realized sometime yesterday that my autumn harvest granola would make perfect pumpkin oat topping. So I added some this morning. I’d just just a tablespoon or two.

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I got smart last night and put together another little batch of trail mix to take to work. This had Cascadian farms cereal, cashews, and roasted almonds. It was really good! Definitely a mix you’ll see repeated.

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I hardboiled an egg last night for the first time! And look, no green ring around the yolk! It was a little weird to eat at first (I’ve never really eaten hard boiled eggs) but I think I like it. I’d say you can expect more soon. I decided my salad needed some protein and didn’t feel like cooking lentils or opening a can of beans. My coworker eats hard boiled eggs at work a couple of days a week so I decided to try it myself.

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This is the dressing I’ll be using for the next month or so. I bought this before labor day and didn’t get around to opening it before we brought home and already opened bottle from dinner in Atlanta. I finally used that up on Monday so this finally gets to be used up. It has all sorts of extracts and syrups that I wanted to try to avoid but it’s quite tasty and I feel like I should use it up first.

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I was hungry by the time I got off work, even though I ate extra food today. I guess I really have been depriving myself… :/ So I got home and walked straight to the kitchen to eat half an apple with peanut butter and cinnamon with an oatmeal cookie. Yum! Jif’s natural style peanut butter is really good on apples. Husband has made himself sick of apples so I have a couple to eat up. Expect to see more of this tasty little snack!

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I had planned on going to the gym for a pilates class today but the weather convinced me that I should be outside and I changed my mind to a run instead. It was tough, I won’t lie. My legs weren’t as ready as I’d thought and I felt very slow. I told myself that since I didn’t feel up to running the tempo run I had planned on, I could just run 25 minutes out and 25 back and still make a new PDR. But just as I was getting to the turn around point the rubbing started. I tried to keep running and did make it through about 35 minutes but ended up limping the remaining two miles home with blisters towards the front of both arches. I know I’ve worn those socks with my old pair of running shoes but I guess I hadn’t worn them with the newer pair. Well I won’t be making that mistake again, will I? I’ll probably be sore in all sorts of weird places from hobbling home on the outsides of my feet. My right glute is already rather painful. I hate feeling lopsided 🙂 I’ll be going upstairs to stretch out with some yoga momentarily and all will be good, assuming I can survive on bandaids and don’t need moleskin 🙂 Wish me luck.

I’d read in several places that chocolate milk can be the perfect poor-man’s recovery drink after exercise and felt rather bummed about the little lactose intolerance problem I have. Finally sometime last week I read that soy milk with a bit of protein powder can have the same affect for those of us who are anti-dairy. I had planned on trying it tonight and even though I was quite chilled by the time I got home in a tank top and shorts with the sun setting and the weather probably back in the 60s, I was still up for trying it.

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I used about half a scoop of powder in however much soy milk this would be considered, both vanilla flavored. It was quite tasty but sat a little funny in my stomach. Not upset, but not quite right either. I debated just having toast for dinner but Husband’s ex-coworker brought him chili last night, not realizing he can’t eat it, and I’d been thinking about it all day. I had maybe a cup and a half portion using tortilla chips as scoops. It was really good! Definitely flavored with taco seasoning, but still good. I’d guess beef with kidney and black beans at least, and onion. I asked Husband to get the recipe and I’ll share when I get it (and make some myself 🙂 )

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My stomach is now pleasantly satisfied and not too full. I’m glad I decided to only eat half the chili in the tupperware container. More for tomorrow and I don’t feel like a uncomfortable! Unfortunately the pain seems to be trying to make a move up my back, so I’m going to get to my yoga mat ASAP! Goodnight!

A confession

More pumpkin oats! I warned you 🙂 Here are my mix-ins (sorry, should have zoomed in further): brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pumpkin pie mix.

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All mixed together. It may take me awhile to learn to eat oatmeal without a ton of brown sugar. I ended up about doubling the amount in the picture above and still would have liked more. I won’t feel too bad about it though, since its the only sugar I add to my diet. I’l teach myself to really love oatmeal and then wean myself off 🙂

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Lunch was a salad of baby spinach and some of the lettuce I got at the farmer’s market. It was nice and light and fresh. I also had some fire roasted vegetables Kashi crackers. The flavor wasn’t as good as Ritz crackers of the same flavor, but they weren’t horrible. Still probably won’t buy them again.

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Since I basically had lettuce and crackers for lunch (poor planning!) I was quit hungry by the time I got home and had a mix of cashews and the Cascadian Farms cereal I bought as a snack.

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And a stale oatmeal cookie. I definitely recommend freezing these cookies instead of leaving them out in tupperware! So much better!

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Instead of going out for dinner we ordered pizza. I figured that ordering myself a thin crust mushroom, light on the cheese (supposedly) wouldn’t be too painful. The edges were a bit over done but otherwise I’m very happy. I ultimately ate 5 pieces. And finished off my Rieces Pieces. Which removes that temptation from my life at least…

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I’ve been trying to make my way through all the Shape magazines I’ve been neglecting since January because I don’t want to tear up my friend’s copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma carrying it back and forth from work every day. As inspirational as the book has been when it comes to changing my diet, the magazine has been making me feel kind of down on myself. My self-confidence has been really low these past few days. I should have run Friday, but the gang was hanging out. I was going to clean the apartment Sunday instead of running, but the gang was back so I don’t even have a clean apartment to show for my laziness. I was going to run today, even with a hurt heel I wanted to try to go, but I let plans change again, using the excuse of my heel. I know I’m being silly and I should cherish the time with friends while they are here but I keep telling myself that I’m going to exercise and then don’t do so and I’m getting rather frustrated with myself. I just wanted to get that off my chest. Typing it all out helps me feel a little bit better. Thanks for “listening”!