A watched roll never toasts…

And yet if you leave said roll to do its business in private you come back to find it burnt. But at least I have pictures for you today!

Today I stirred my cinnamon into my oatmeal instead of just sprinkling it on top and boy what a difference it made! I got the perfect amount of cinnamon in every bite.

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • a drop of vanilla
  • 1 tbl cinnamon?
  • palmful of granola
  • however many loose raisins I could shake out of the bag
  • a little over a tbl of peanut butter

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I actually have flax that I’d love to mix in with this as well but the coffee grinder constantly has coffee grounds in it these days and I’ve been taking a fish oil supplement for my omega-3s anyway. It can wait in the freezer a little bit longer.

I’ve been using Smucker’s natural honey peanut butter lately and it has dried out and is always hard from the fridge unlike any other natural style nut butter that I’ve tried. I also can’t taste the honey at all.

I’ve been mildly hungry all day and I’m not really sure why, but I went with it. I had a clementine when I first started getting hungry at about 9. At about 10 I had about half of my almond/shredded wheat’n’bran mix (that’s a two ounce container)

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We bought roasted unsalted almonds from the bulk bins at Earthfare the other day and it’s taking me a little while to get used to them. I loved my salty Blue Diamond nuts! that’s what she said

Lunch was the usual…

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coated in Ken’s lite raspberry walnut dressing, courtesy of a coworker. I liked the pomegranate flavor I had, but the raspberry walnut is much less syrup like and I think I like that better.

Afternoon… I had another clementine and the rest of my nuts and cereal. I was hungry again by the time I left work but skipped another snack and headed straight out on a run. It’s been in the low 40s most of the day, but with winds at 13 mph the “feels like” (is that the wind chill?) hasn’t gotten above 37. My bedroom was nice and warm from the afternoon sun and I finally pulled out the nice fluffy comforter last night for the bed… Boy was it hard to convince myself to ignore it, I seriously considered just crawling into bed with my book instead changing and heading back out into the elements. Oh goodness that run was painful, but I picked up the pace a bit and averaged about 10:40s for my three miles. I knew I’d regret not going more, to quote one of my very favorite bloggers, “pain is temporary,  quitting is forever!” I could be uncomfortable for 45 minutes or so, or beat myself up for skipping it for a couple of days. I still hope not to have to repeat that any time soon though… wind, wind, go away….

Showered upon my return to thaw out! Brrr. Love my running tights but even with them my thighs were cold! I went from starting out feeling like I over dressed to finishing completely comfortable. Guess that’s good.

Dinner was random. I didn’t want to wait for rice to cook and didn’t want to interrupt Hub’s studying this morning to call and ask him to rinse, sort, and soak beans for me (no forethought, I’m telling you) so I ended up with a two egg fluff with nutritional yeast covered in salsa and corn chips.

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I’ve been thinking about a bag of frozen peas in the freezer for a few days, so I decided to finally indulge tonight (I seem to have an unhealthy obsession with peas), doused in Mrs Dash tomato basil garlic seasoning. LOVE this combination, even if I end up smelling of garlic all night

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I also had yet another HFCS laden Kroger buttermilk roll. Since I burnt the first and wasted it I told myself I couldn’t have another but the smell of a nice toasty roll was lingering in the kitchen and I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it, so I toasted another one and kept a close eye out. I consider it my dessert. It actually happens a lot (more when I lived with my parents and bread was served more often with a meal) that I have bread instead of a sweet dessert. I do love it so.

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Tomorrow night we’re having a couple’s Christmas tree event and then Hubs wants to go downtown with a friend to celebrate her being done with finals but hopefully Saturday I can get some cross training in either with a bike ride or a class at the gym, depending on the weather. I’ve definitely noticed a bit of weight gain that has become rather inconvenient since most of my sweaters are pretty form fitting. It’s more motivation that my bank account has been to get me back to the gym. Adding in strength training will help with weight loss and also, if done correctly, greatly help reduce my risk of injury from my running! It’s a win-win. Too bad I run on the only days that there are evening pilates classes. I’ll just have to find something new to try!

As tempting as it may be, I can’t blame the weight gain on hormone changes because I took most of a month off of exercise before the change was even made. I can blame my skin issues on it though. I was lucky in puberty and never really had an acne problem but I’ve definitely had more zits than ever in the past few weeks and I’m getting rather sick of them. Next time I go grocery shopping I’ll have to buys some creme to see if that helps. I’ll also ask the doc at my follow up in a week and a half if I can expect it to go away as my body continues to adjust. The bumps don’t even bother me all that much, I just wish it didn’t have to be painful!

So that’s what I’m struggling with these days. Goodnight!

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TGFHP

… or Thank God For Heating Pads. Since Rose is so weak and already has a bit of hip displasia she has trouble standing these days, so I’ve been carrying her up and down the stairs. Well this morning, well away from Rose, I made some move in my office chair and pulled something in my lower back. I’ve done this before but I think I can confidently say that this is the worst its been. If I don’t focus on supporting myself with my abs simply taking a step twerks it. Not to mention stepping down a step. That one really hurt. But after some quality time with ye olde heating pad and Dan’s recliner it’s feeling lovely. Yay and thank God.

Well Rose still isn’t eating, so she’s looking like this:

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Her belly bulges because she’s been spayed twice and we think they cut her abdominal muscles during the second attempt (don’t ask, the story incurs a lot of eye rolling). But she’s lost so much weight. I picked up a new medicine today, a ‘mild appetite stimulant.’ So far no good, but maybe later.

And here’s what Gypsy decided to do to our couch the other night:

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It’s a hand-me-down, but still extremely frustrating.

In other news most of today’s eats were pretty basic. Pumpkin oatmeal with pumpkin granola and part of a pumpkin muffin for breakie (wooo, if that doesn’t prove the obsession I don’t know what will). Camera at the picture.

Snack was basically last week’s combo of roasted almonds, cashews, and cereal. I ate half in the morning with a tangerine and the other half in the afternoon. This week’s cereal of choice is Post Shredded Wheat n Bran. It is very bland, but I don’t mind too much.

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Lunch a spinach salad with the last of a bag of almond slices and the best hard boiled egg I’ve had yet. As far as I can tell it was almost verging on soft-boiled, the yolk still nice and bright and soft. It’s seemed to have more flavor that way. Loved it! Boiled for 7.5 minutes then run under cold water to stop the cooking. It’s so tempting to grab another out of the fridge, but I’m still satisfied from my yummy dinner.

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I had been planning on making shrimp stirfry with cashew rice since I have a whole batch of rice that Rose won’t eat. After hurting my back I didn’t much want to be standing in the kitchen cooking so I took some of the brown rice, about a third of a can of light kidney beans (drained and rinsed), and some Mrs Dash tomato, basil and garlic seasoning. And then I added the most exciting ingredient… Kale! I was determined to get some at the farmer’s market this weekend and we got there as multiple stands started selling out. I nabbed a bag! I just massaged it with some olive oil and kosher salt for a few minutes until it was nice and bruised and doused it in lemon juice (too much salt and citrus, really, but that worked well with the rice and beans). Easy peasy. I didn’t realize just how big a bag that was, I don’t think I used quite half of it and there was a ton for Hubs and I! I’m thinking I’ll try my hand at kale chips tomorrow 🙂

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One of my best friends, who I haven’t seen in over two years, emailed me the other day asking me about the blog. She wanted to know how I started eating healthy while sticking with a budget and in a very, very long reply, I decided to also make it into a blog page! Check out the new My Healthy Journey page! I’ll be adding to it as I think of things and probably making things less convoluted as I go, for not its just copy and paste! Enjoy!