Happy Monday guys! I feel like I have so much catching up to do! I'm sorry for my lack of posts, Saturday-now was pretty much non-stop action for me. Here goes...
I got to Brian's Saturday afternoon and he wanted to go for a run! Now, this is awesome and amazing because Brian really seriously broke his leg playing ultimate frisbee in June (he needed surgery to place a plate and two screws). Brian is an amazing marathon runner who was just really getting into an awesome groove so it was quite a blow. But, anywho, I was sooo excited to go with him for his first run back at it. We went out and did a mile! He felt ok, still kind of stiff and a bit sore after, but it was awesome to be out there with him and he's planning on trying to go running a couple times a week and mix that in with his usual biking and elliptical stuff. It was also great for me because I ended the day with 6 miles in (which somehow seem so much better than 5). :) Yay!
Once we got back, we got changed and had a snack. I had a small piece of homemade banana bread with crunchy pb. Yummers...
One of Brian's friend is a musician and was hosting a cd release party in Cambridge so we hung out for a bit and then headed out to grab dinner at an Italian restaurant near by called Cinderella's. The minute we got inside I knew it was going to be good. Everyone who worked there was speaking italian and the tiny (extremely clean) restaurant was packed to the brim! We split a garden salad with italian dressing and I ordered fettucini with sauce and fresh cheese while Brian ordered the vegetarian lasagna. Our meal came with AWESOME garlic bread - it was absolutely covered in garlic! :) We will definitely be going back - we didn't really have an Italian restaurant but I'm so glad that we do now!
The cd release party was awesome - great music and fun. I was hungry again by the time we got back and so I had a bowl of instant cinnamon roll oats before bed. It definitely hit the spot!
After our late night, we didn't end up getting up until close to 11, which is pretty late for us! We got to making breakfast which consisted of scrambled eggs, some provolone cheese, sauce pan veg-head beans, and some toast. We also had some french press coffee. It definitely hit the spot.
It was a rainy day and we were both feeling antsy and needed to do some shopping so we decided to go to the mall. We spent a good amount of time looking around and I ended up getting some new work pants and some stuff from Aerie. Brian got some board shorts for our Costa Rica trip which is so close (we leave March 6th!).
We were both hungry by the time our shopping finished up so we stopped at Au Bon Pain in the food court. We both had the corn and green chili bisque with multi-grain bread and it was amazing! It was my first time eating at Au Bon Pain and it certainly didn't disappoint.
We did some grocery shopping for our Sunday Night Dinner and then got home just in time to get a workout in before having to start cooking. I did the strength/fitness yoga session on my yoga for athletes dvd. It was 50 minutes of intense moves. Phew! I was definitely beat.
I knew I would be starving for dinner and would probably overreat if I didn't have a snack, so I grabbed a plain chobani with a banana to hold me over.
Our theme for dinner was Indian. Brian's roommate Andrew decided to make homemade vegetable curry (he bought whole mustard, cumin, chili peppers, etc) so Brian and I made chana masala (chick peas in a tomato sauce), white rice, and bought whole wheat Naan. The curry consisted of a huge amount of fresh spices that were cooked in some olive oil, a ton of frozen veggies, and a mixture of corn starch and nonfat plain yogurt tossed in at the end. It was really really good and looked just like a "real" curry. :) Our chana masala was super easy because we bought pre-made masala sauce. We first sauteed some white onion and garlic, then added two cans of chick peas, diced tomatoes and the masala. We also added some extra cumin and curry powder. Everything was quite tasty. Our friend Roy who's moving to Israel LOVES orange juice, so we all had mimosas in his honor.
Dessert was mango and raspberry sorbet which tasted so good after our spicy meal!
And now Monday!
Today I started the day with a new product - Peanut Butter Co "Dark Chocolate Dreams" peanut butter. Yay! :) I've seen Jenna eating her chocolate peanut butter oats in the morning and couldn't resist buying this when I saw it at the store.
I made a bowl of oats with low fat milk, banana, and a spoon of my new treat, of course, and boy was it good! I can't wait to have more of it. I also had an earl grey tea with low fat milk.
I completely forgot that today was a three hour meeting day - one hour during lunch and 2 hours during the afternoon (yikes!). I really wanted to be able to head home after work because my roommate has been sick and I wanted to spend time with her so I did what would have been a lunch workout a bit early.
I went down to the gym at 10:45 and was back, showered and presentable at my desk just in time for our 12:00 lunch meeting. I did 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer (weight loss routine level 6) followed by 20 on the stairclimber (aerobic fitness routine, level 9). This is definitely my "go to" workout when I don't have that much time and am staying away from the treadmill.
There was pizza and salad there which was nice. I had a slice of tomato basil pizza - it was very light on the cheese (you can see the one spot) and heavy on the sauce, just like I like it! I also had a good amount of salad with a tiny bit of peppercorn dressing.
I knew I would be super hungry if I went to the 2-4 meeting without eating anything so I had a plain chobani with some go lean crunch right before leaving. I also brought another earl grey tea with me to keep me going.
I made it through the meeting without dozing off so my tea and yogurt definitely worked! I was pretty hungry around 4:45 so I broke out an apple cinnamon z bar. So yummy!
I'm glad I had it because I ended up staying a little longer visiting my roommate (she's staying with her parents until she feels better) and was trying to cover up my grumbling tummy by the time I left!
I came home and made myself scrambled eggs with spinach, two veggie sausage links, a piece of reduced fat cabot cheddar, red pepper flake, garlic powder, and dried onion flakes topped with some ketchup. I also made some 9grain toast with a tiny bit of butter. It was so good!
Now, I'm going to get to some school work and eventually to an amazing looking cupcake that my co-worker made and brought in for me - its vanilla cake filled with raspberry jam. Yum! I'll be back with pictures, don't you worry!
Hope you have a great night!
Added: So, the cupcake didn't have an frosting or anything and so I got to thinking what I could do to spiff it up. Since it has jam in the center, I thought, What if I heated up some teddy pb for a bit and spread it on top? Well, I think I found something... SO GOOD! :) Thanks for the delicious cupcake Nan! Yay! :) Now to enjoy some sugar cookie tea and get to work! Oh yeah, I had a hershey's kiss while heating the pb. Total snack alert!