Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday Tuesday

I may have to start posting every other day. That's how my schedule's looking so far. How do full time plus people maintain blogs??

Before I complain too much- Monday was actually my day off. Matt and I spent most of Sunday and Monday restoring our humble abode to working order. Cleaning, grocery shopping, getting rid of old clothes, laundry, etc. 

We went to Ruby Tuesdays for lunch. They came out with a new Fit a Trim section of the menu which is awesome. It says entrees under 700 calories which I originally though was awful, but their petite portions section offered many options under 400 calories! I got the sirloin, potatoes, and veggies for 330ish calories.

Ruby Tuesday: Petite Bites Serloin 334 calories

 We also found some time to hit up the pool. Dinner was chick-fil-a. I had an 8 pc nugget and medium fry for 530 calories.

Breakfast Monday was a Hardees egg and cheese biscuit for 430 calories and 10 pts.

Lunch was pb&j for ~230 calories.

I didn't get off work until after 9pm. I was starving. We went to Mellow for dinner and had a lot of food.

2 Beers

2 Pretzels

2 slices of pizza

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday Weigh In

Down 3.6 lbs from last Monday. I haven't been as strict as I could have been. Its definitely been a getting situated week. I'm going to set some goals to go forward this week.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Eats

I've been having some computer troubles lately so I haven't been as good about posting as normal. Hopefully I'll get the issues sorted out this week!

Froze Banana Yogurt (pureed frozen nanner)

Drippy Egg Sandwich

Amy's Light and Lean Pasta and Veggies

Me before dinner at Mas Tapas

Cheese apple and bread as an ap

Pitcher of Sangria

Steak and flatbread

Porktopus wrap

Artichoke dip and bread

Chocolate flourless cake- (divine)


1/2 chicken bowl from Chipolte

Mai Thai at outback
We took a friend out for watching Bear while we were gone.

Loaded fries ap

Caesar Salad

I ate half of my plate of salmon, mashed potatoes, and veggies

Our friend Jamie, enjoying some prime rib
Leftover Chipolte

(not pictured) Leftover outback

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I've been getting off work an hour early lately which is soooo nice! Only working 10 hours a day!

For breakfast, I had a drippy egg Sandwich for 4pts and 198 calories.

I got around to lunch pretty late. It was a lean cuisine chicken something steamer for 270 calories and 5pts.

Dinner, Matt made which was so nice since I've been feeling under the weather since Monday with a sore throat and aches. He made us low fat burgers and baked fries for 10pts and 600 calorie estimate.

I made some Kale Chips as a snack later for 1pt and a couple of calories (40?).

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday Stats: 
Points:  20 / 23
Calories: 1,108
Weekly Points: 0 used today / 34 remaining
Exercise: none
Activity Points: 0 today / 0 week
Weekly Weight Loss: +7.4 lbs (since the end of Feb) / 33 lbs total 

Hope to see less of each other next time!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kaler Chips

That which does not Kale us makes us stronger (Nietzche)...I could keep going. Kale me now. OK I'm done.

Every time I jump back on the diet train, I end up unpacking my grocery bags with my husband staring at tons of unfamiliar foods with labels in different languages, or unlabeled produce that "I think is a cumquat, but the piles of cumquats and Ugli fruits were right next to each other at Whole foods, so I'm not really sure..."

Sometimes it ends in some really great discoveries (or rediscoveries)...and sometimes in disastrous substitutions for our staples. Its always an adventure.

One adventure I've been avoiding like the bubonic plague despite its cameos on some of my favorite blogs is Kale. I already pushed my experimentation limits when I put spinach in my once pretty and pink smoothies. Kale has just been too much to digest (literally?).

Until now. I broke. I made Kale chips.

And I remain broken. 

I am confused.

And a little worried.

I'm not really sure what happened during the 15 minutes this nasty green thing and I were separated by an oven door, but they weren't terrible. They were actually good enough for me to scarf down umm...all of them. 

Matt didn't hate them and said he'd eat a crispy salad with them which is a minor miracle considering his consistent diet of red meat and processed cheese. 

Anyway- Kale chips are a success. I added about 1 tsp of parm over them all which was not detectible in the finished product. I think garlic powder or chili powder would be best.

I followed this video to make my Kale chips at 350 F for 13 minutes.


I Kale myself for my body (Cher).

Tuesday Back to Work!

Tuesday was the second day of what is turning out to be a crazy work week. I had a drippy egg sandwich for 194 calories and 4pts for breakfast.

Followed by two cups of breakfast tea with ~Tbsp of half and half each for 1pt and 40 calories.

Lunch was a Garlic Chicken Lean Cuisine Steamer for 270 calories and 5pts.

For dinner, I threw together asian inspired noodles for 11pts and 450 calories.

And a snack of 1/2 a slice of bread with cheese for 3pts and 140 calories.

Tuesday Stats: 
Points:  24 / 23
Calories: 1,100
Weekly Points: 1 used today / 34 remaining
Exercise: none
Activity Points: 0 today / 0 week
Weekly Weight Loss: +7.4 lbs (since the end of Feb) / 33 lbs total 

Hope to see less of each other next time!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Start of Summer Weigh In

BAM- 165.4 lbs. Glad that's over with. Now to do something about it.

If you missed my recap from my trip to Scotland- check it out here!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Trip Overview and My Last Day "Off"

It has been quite a few weeks! I worked myself to death the two weeks leading up to our vacation abroad, hosted family, and graduated, then spent nearly two weeks wandering around on the other side of the globe. It has been perfect! BUT, I am so glad to be back to work, a schedule, not having to pack my bag every morning to catch a train to a new city...and my liver is happy for the break too.

We went to Scotland for my best friend's wedding to the Scotsman of her dreams, Jestein and Jonathan Gibson. I've known her since I was 2 or 3 years old. Matt and I decided to take the opportunity and made the trip a vacation around Scotland for ourselves.

We started out in Glasgow (I), the biggest city in Scotland for two nights for the hen party, some shopping, and meeting up with all of our international friends who came in for the wedding. We stayed in hotels with my sister (who was also in the wedding) and brother-in-law, Jamie and Chris. I don't think anything could have been better than traveling with them for our vacay. It was perfect. My other best friend from college and her husband, Andrea (also in the wedding) and Kyle, ran around with us the first few days too. Adding to the perfection.
Andrea, Jamie and I being tourists in a phone booth at Glasgow University
Matt and I outside Glasgow University
The hen party! (Bachelorette Party) Beth, me, Jes (bride), Andrea, Jamie singing some Karaoke
Lots of this stuff
Then we headed up to Ballachulish (pronounced Ballahoolish, B) and Glencoe (A), for the wedding in the Scottish highlands. I haven't seen a more beautiful place, although northern france and Cadiz, Spain do rival it.

The bride and bridesmaids at the rehearsal dinner: Jamie, me, Jes, Andrea, Chesney
Jes and I having some pillow talk the morning of her wedding
My favorite foreigners and US kids at the champagne reception. Of course we all wore fascinators!

The man of honor and I! Her twin brother, Aaron, was the king of the bridal party.

Blushing bride and I before the reception

My sister, Jamie, and I
Doing the bride's hair! What a beaut!
Matt wore a kilt for the event. He was so handsome!

After the wedding was over, sadly we all parted ways. Matt and I made our way up to the Isle of Skye and Portree (D) for some hiking on Old Man Storr (E), which is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.
Part of our hike on Skye
Overlooking the Water on Skye
I found a baby rabbit that was left by its mom. I moved it to a more sheltered place on the windy mountain. It was so sad.
We headed back south after that. We stopped for a lunch date in Inverness (F), and then went on to Edinburgh (G), the capitol. Unfortunately, I deleted our pictures from Edinburgh, where we toured the castle and the royal mile. :( I bought some recovery software which didn't work either! Foo. Here is one from the Scotch whiskey tasting we went to. I hate drinking whiskey straight. Matt loved it though.

After Edinburgh, we went to North Berwick to the beach (H). We stayed at the cutest B&B ever, although it was crazy hard to find. We had a local walk us there! :)
Did some fishing
And went on a boat ride to see the Puffin and Seals
We found a few rocks to climb with some wine and cheese and watched the sunset over the beach
Finally, we went back to Glasgow (I) for our last two nights to frolic around with some Scottish, Icelandic, and American friends who are never in the same place at once. We even met some new amigos from Glasgow and Malta!

Overall, it was a wonderful trip! I had such a great time. The past month has been one of the best ever! I graduated, went to my one best friends' weddings, traveled, and was offered a full time position at my company which I'm in the process of accepting now. (Check out the news story I was a part of last week at work.) It has certainly been event and celebration packed.

Now, however, I need to get back to dieting. I did such a great job last year getting myself healthy. Now, its time to get back on the horse and push myself further. I've put on a little weight back from all of the traveling and celebrating and not working out since the last few weeks of wrapping up my thesis, so I'm ready to get that off and then some. I'm excited to share the next few month's journey with you and see what I can do. 

Until tomorrow! I'll leave you with a Scottish blessing and toast:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.