The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

Change of Plans August 28, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 19:39
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The original plan to run 18 miles tonight and head MN for the State Fair tomorrow? Scrapped.

New plan? Save money by chillin’ in Madtown, cross thangs off my to-do list, peruse the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morn and run 18 miles in the 60 degree weather in the afternoon.

Perhaps, not overly exciting, but my wallet is bowing down to me in thanks.  He couldn’t take much more abuse.

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Sprouted spelt toast, mushed banana, AB + cinnamon and a glass o' skim milk

snackin' on strawbs

snackin' on strawbs

Friday also means “Fun Lunch Friday” a.k.a. we hummed and hawed before finally decided on a cute lil’ spot called Hawk’s on La Calle de Estado. Think yummy bar + grill food.

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Veggie Portabella Mushroom Sandwich + Spicy Chipotle Corn Chowder (with an uber-classy Saltine cracker garnish)

Then, we all decided we were still hungry.  Enter in one of my fave ice cream shops ever:

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they don't mess around.

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Coconut Almond Breeze (coconut ice cream, chocolate chunks, almonds)

Drool. How I managed to go back to the office after that dish of heaven is beyond me – I was even uber-productive.  And it’s Friday.  That’s not normal.

At 5pm, I skedaddled home, ate a small bowl of cereal to tide me over and went to Tarjay for the 2nd Friday night in a row.  My coolness factor is skyrocketing by the minute.  However, I stuck to my list (shocking, I know!) and had to grab some goods to make this:

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cottage cheese, garbanzos, Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (very important - MUST be Hidden Valley) + sunflower seeds

Ever since I saw this protein-loaded concoction on my gal Janetha’s blog, I’ve been meaning to try it!  Shooo…that girl knows what is up – it was delish!  I happen to ❤ ranch dressing with a yearning, burning passion so this was right up my alley.  Next time, I think I will throw some veg in.  Mad props Queen of Meals and Moves.  Mad props.

Topped off with some of Wisconsin’s finest…

...corn on the cob that is!

...corn on the cob that is!

My to-do list for this rockin’ Friday evening:

  • Paint bathroom mirror trim
  • Clean the oven
  • Wrap up the rest of the giveaway packages to send out
  • Bloggy thangs (let’s just say it involves technology, and me and technology don’t always get along)
  • Read “Time Traveler’s Wife”

Alright Holly, let’s try and actually be productive tonight…

P.S. It’s a sad day for all us Jim Halpert/John Krasinski lovers…he’s officially off the market.  I also now officially hate Emily Blunt.

 

Scatterbrained August 20, 2009

Guess what I did for the first time ever today?  Yeah, that’s right – Miss Scatterbrained forgot her camera at home. The horror!

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, so yours truly has some bangin’ breakfast and dinner eats that will surely make up for the lack of lunchie + snack pics.

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Strawberry Oikos + Strawbs alongside a AB+J on Sprouted Spelt Bread

My personal review of Strawberry Oikos?  AY-FREAKIN-MAZING!

Since I’ve joined the bandwagon on Sarah’s breakfast challenge, I had to make something new.  Although the combos are faves, I usually don’t have them for brekkie.  I need to shake it up like this more often!

 

Mid-morning snack: Banana Nut Cheerios + sunflower seeds

Lunch: Green salad (1 big handful mixed greens, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup green pepper, sunflower seeds + drizzle of ranch dressing), Musselman’s Raspberry Acai applesauce + Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar

Mid-afternoon snack: 1 1/2 servings honey wheat pretzel twists + Pomegranate Chobani Greek yogurt

 

The Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar + Pomegranate Chobani = two new faves.  Seriously, pick these suckers up.  Now.

For dindin, I headed over to my friend Amy’s house, who I have known since 9th grade.  That doesn’t seem like that long, and then I remember I am 24 years old, which means I’ve known her for 10 years.  Yowza…I am a g-ma! With the help of our fellow Midwesterner Kristin, we had seriously one of the best dinners I’ve had maybe ever…enter Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa!

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gorgeous plates courtesy of Amy + Target

up close and personal

up close and personal

with a glass of pinot grigio

with a glass of pinot grigio

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a VEGAN-licious dessert

That would be 1/2 Vegan Monster Chocolate cookie + 1/2 Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie over vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream each.  Perfect topper for a perfect dinner.

Plus, a side of new puppy…

this one if for you Janetha - me and Amy's new pup Charlie (seriously, soooo cute!)

this one is for you Janetha - me and Amy's new pup Charlie (seriously, soooo cute!)

Whoa…I don’t know if in fact I did eat too much today, but I am seriously stuffed!  Must be all that marathon training workin’ up a large appetite :).

After dinner, I raced back to the apartment because one of my best friends Megan made a rest stop here tonight before continuing on a loooonnng car journey tomorrow.  She showed up wearing a t-shirt that says “Polish Kitchen,” which she got at a Polish festival she recently attended – love that girl.

Now, I need to go and snuggle with my Polish gal.  Night y’all!

 

Don’t forget to enter for the chance to win all 3 new flavas of Larabars – you have until Sunday to put your rhyming skills to good use and take home this Lara-licious giveaway.  EVERYONE is welcome to enter!

 

Gettin’ Er Done July 14, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,lunch — Holly @ 19:38
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My 3-mile run this morning?  Done.

A delicious AND nutritious bowl of baby food breakfast…check.

1/4 cup oat bran
water
1 cup steamed kabocha squash
1/2 banana
lots o’ cinnamon
heaping tbsp. TJ’s raw AB

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Kabochanana AB Oat Bran

Before I forget, some of you asked how I prepped my new BFF, the kabocha.  Well, thanks to my new bloggy friend and kabocha queen Maggie, from The Salad Girl and newbie site Healthy Yum, my kabocha was sheer perfection!  Check out her “What is kabocha?” post with lots of fabulous tips.

Gettin’ my food art on?  See below.

Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)

AM Snack: Apple + PB Pipe (not that kind of pipe...)

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A (PB) flower a day keeps the doctor away...

My daily hit of yog/berry/gran goodness…yep.

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Vanillalicious Zoe Berry Parfait

Eradicating free radicals via antioxidant absorption from chocolate?  Check.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

A Chocolate Delight, courtesy of Zoe.

As a surprise for my sister (no worries – she’s on vacay and won’t read this :)), I am re-covering her yellowish ugly lampshade into a beautiful pretty green monster.  Over lunch, I ran to our friend JoAnn Fabrics (love JoAnn!) to see what I could find.  Fabulous fabric + adornments?  Check and check.

My fabric and adornment choices.

My fabric and adornment choices.

Afternoon pick-me-up…happily devoured.

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Raisin + AB + PB + J Sammie (in nut form)

Bumpin’ afternoon beats to Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?  You know it.

Quick & easy dinner using up leftovers?  Check.

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Tomater + spinach scramble, toasted Ezek w/ Earth Balance & brown sugar cinnamon kabocha.

Making the coolest customized lampshade ever for my sister’s new house?  I think I get a check on this one :).

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...

After an hour of working lampshade construction outside...

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...all lit up...

...and tested for durability.

...and tested for durability.

Reward for a hard day’s work of checking things off the to-do list?  One last CHECK!

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Slow-churned vanilla bean ice scream, strawberries & PB+AB+J trail mix sprinkle.

Ugh, still so much more to do:

– Clean kitchen
– Start packing for a weekend trip to CHICAGO!
– Fold laundry
– Short walk
– Bed for morning run #2 in the AM

 

And I’m meeting Miss Angharad of Eating for England for a lil’ bloggy meet-up for dinner tomorrow night!  Sooo excited…I’m bringing her to my favorite haunt: Good Earth Cafe!

What’s on your to-do list?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with a gajillion things to do!

 

P.S. If you use Blogger, I’ve been having trouble commenting on some of your blogs today :(.  Just wanted to let you know I am still reading even though it won’t let me comment!

 

Let Freedom Ring, Part 1 July 5, 2009

HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!

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Greetings from the state of cheese – Wisconsin!  Before I begin on the shenanigans of the day, it is only appropriate to start at the beginning!  Yesterday, I was a total cleaning machine.  Mid-afternoon, I broke for a lil’ snackie to keep me fueled as I whipped the house into tip-top shape.  Enter a hot mess…

1/4 cup Optimum Pumpkin Granola Cereal
1/4 cup Kashi GoLean
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1.5 tbsp of PB

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After putting in a hard days work (I sound like I’m living in like year 1890, BTW), I met up with these two lovebirds for some apps & drinks before hitting the road to Wisconsin:

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Ashley and Maxx got engaged exactly one week ago from today!  They are seriously too cute :).  Maxx’s sister was actually in town as well, so the four of us met up at MOTO-I, a Japanese restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis, for some yummy drinks and eats.  You could easily pass this restaurant if you weren’t looking for it, but it is the only place outside Japan that brews their own sake.  Pretty cool, no?

I started with a MN-brewed Summit Oatmeal Stout with some kaffir lime-spiced peanuts (shared amongst us all)…

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Then a sampler platter of assorted eats (l-r): a Tofu, Ponzu & Sweet Chilli Steamed Bun, sticky rice and a sweet potato pancake thingy (I don’t think that’s the technical term…).

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The restaurant was super yummy, and the best part?  They had SHUFFLEBOARD!  Oh yeah, us four definitely squeezed in a game before we had to part ways.  After lots of chatting, it was finally time to hit the road to head home to the fam.  Of course, when traveling, snacks & beverages are a MUST.  If I am going to be driving 3 hours dang it, I’m going to need some good tunes, good munchies and good caffeine – a pint of blueberries (I am a serious fruit fiend today) and a Almond Joy blondie (soooo good!):

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Finally I arrived to good ol’ home sweet home.  Then went straight to bed.  For real.

After a glorious night’s sleep in my own bed (aka best thing ever), I woke up and shocker of shockers! didn’t have coffee this morning.  Instead, I guzzled a big glass of water in preparation for today’s 10-mile run as well as a classic Holly breakfast – PB+B on toasted Ezekiel!

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A funny thing happened – at home, my parent’s buy Skippy Natural peanut butter, which was totally my old FAVORITE PB.  Seriously.  I used it for breakfast this morning however, and I couldn’t believe how kind of artificial and odd it tasted after only eating the good stuff (PB made only from peanuts + salt) for like a year now.  I didn’t like it at all – one of those little things that kind of show you where you’ve been and where you are now :).

Then it was time for the weekly long run – this time, the big 1-0 for mileage.  Luckily, Mama Everythingtarian (she’s totally one hot  fit mama) ran the first 7 miles with me, which made the time go by so fast.  Then the last 3 miles, I stepped my game up and hoofed it – completing the 10 miles in just about 100 minutes (10:00/mile).  I took her at an easy pace and felt really good!

When I got back, I guzzled water and stretched for a good 15 minutes.  After about another 1/2 hour, I was ready to eat and devoured a yummalicious lunch…Blueberry + Banana Smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 banana + 1 huge handful spinach) plus a Jumbo Salad (spinach, tomato, broccoli, cucumber, peppers + drizzle Newman’s Light Balsamic) and a Berry Oatmeal Almond Blondie!

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Then, it was POOL TIME!

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1, 2, 3 - JUMP!

Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

Two things: (1) My mom has awesome camera skills (ummm...where did my other sister go?), and (2) I did not purposely wear a 4th of July swimsuit - I swear it's the only suit I own.

The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

The unpictured sister (who, by the way, has never ever read a health magazine in her life).

A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

A poolside photo shoot...this is me in a totally natural "casual" laugh with a flower that just so happens to be randomly in my hair...

After the pool, it was totes time to whip up some dindin!  I helped Barbie in the kitchen and chopped veggies like I’ve never chopped them before.  I was totally getting snacky, so I had a Tahini Cookie (x2) and a string cheese to tide me over until chow time.

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Look at this lovely array of dinner eats – I love coming home for a plethora of reasons (I swear Mom & Dad!), but one of my favorites it getting spoiled with yummy eats I can’t afford myself (i.e. salmon).  On my plate:  1/2 garlic breadstick (from the fab Amish bakers at the farmer’s market), grilled salmon, roasted veggies & sweet potato fries!

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Seriously. So. Good.

Dessert was equally fab.  You’ve just got to love a holiday where you can celebrate your independence and chow down at the same time – thank you America!  Enter strawberry shortcake + Almond Joy Blondie + vanilla ice cream.  Seconds, anyone?

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That’s it for part one! I can tell you are just all on the edge of your seats for “Let Freedom Ring, Part 2” but don’t you worry kids – a full wrap-up of fireworks and family fun (including Mama & Daddy Everythingtarian!) is coming your way tomorrow!  

Hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July, relaxing with friends & family and taking time to enjoy life (including food, fun & flippin’ good times)!

 

Shopping is My Cardio June 27, 2009

This is perhaps my #1 reason why I love Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City + SJP so much :).

After work, I cruised home jai hoing and listening to the stellar beats of the “Slumdog Millionaire” CD.  Suddenly, I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner – INDIAN!

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I picked up my all-time fave Indian eats – Baingan Bhartha (eggplant mashed with tomatoes & spices) – and devoured this delicious dish along with a side of whole wheat tandoori roti on the glorious outside deck of my friend Megan’s house.  I ate all of the Baingan Bhartha & roti and none of the rice (it was nothing special).

After dindin, Meg & I went shopping at the mall squeezed in our cardio.  But not before we made a quick stop to enjoy a treat just because it tastes oh so good

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Dairy Queen Krunch Cone anyone?  It’s Mama Everythingtarian’s fave, and one of mine too!  Lots of nummy sprinkles, crunchy peanut bites and rice krispies on a vanilla cone.

The night also included a 2nd trip to Tarjay (oops!) where I picked up some much-needed bananas + yogurt, but seriously dudes, my fridge and pantry are bare bones.  Otherwise, I was a good girl and didn’t buy anything else at the mall.  Although, I was tempted by a new pair of running shoes :).  Meg & I got in some lovely friend bonding last night before she headed off for a weekend at the cabin – so jealous!

After sleeping 10 hours last night, I woke up this morning feeling well-rested (although my hair was another story…) and dug into a quick and simple brekkie (shoutout to my new British bloggy friend, Angharad!) of Target Heartsmart cereal, sliced banana + skim milk along with a cuppa joe + skim milk.

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Then it was time for 9-miler.

For the first 6 miles, the run was nothing special.  I kept it at a slow 10:00/mile pace and just enjoyed being outside, soaking in the fresh air.  However, the most mysterious thing happened.  At about mile 6, I started feeling mondo good.  The last three miles, I probably ran at an 8:00/mile pace and finished up feeling ah-may-zing!  I came home, chugged a whole Nalgene and indulged in more PB art…

Stonyfield Farms Organic Vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup Target Heartsmart cereal
1/2 sliced banana
1 tbsp. PB

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Peace, love and happiness.  We need them all.

Another shoutout to Miss K for her may-juh LOVEly morning breakfast art!

Plus an Apple Pie Larabar for extra replenishing energy:

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Now I am watching Barefoot Contessa – one of my faves – on the Food Network but need to go shower and get ready to enjoy whatever I want to do with the rest of the day!  Woowoo – this has not happened in a long time.

Do you have a favorite TV cook/chef?  Mine is definitely Ina Garten – that Barefoot Contessa may not always be healthy, but I love her classic, simple and use of whole ingredients.

 

Mondo-Filled Fun, Part 2 June 22, 2009

This post needs to start out appropriately…HAPPY (belated) FATHER’S DAY to my dad, as well as all you other dads out there!  Props for always being there when us daughters need it :).

Now, picking up where I left off…

After I finished volunteering at the Special Olympics, I met up with my mom and sisters (who came into town) for some bumming around and shopping.  Of course, we happened to pass up an old-time creamery and stopped in for some afternoon ‘scream.  I got a small cinnamon ice cream…if you haven’t tried cinnamon ice cream before, do it!  It is a glorious combo.

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Not the prettiest pic ever, but remember I was dancing my arse off for 5 hours previously in the raging heat :).

From family time to friend time…me and my ladies got together for a lil’ dindin/baseball game outing.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to change to I look like a cross between Britney Spears (during her darker days), a homeless person and a 70’s afro disco dancer.  Whatcha gonna do?  We grabbed dinner at The Loon Cafe in downtown Mpls. where I started things off with a lil’ Leinie’s Honeyweiss (instead of paying $10 a the game for a brew). 

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Dinner was delish too (almost as delish as the beer, haha): Kathryn’s Chicken Salad – coconut-crusted chicken over mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, avocado, tomato, artichoke hearts and dressed with a light honey mustard.  It was really good!

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Then, it was game time!

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We lost…ugh…but we still had some good times – of course, I couldn’t leave without a group shot of all the ladies!

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I went home and slept like I had never slept before.  It was glorious.  “I see Blue.  He looks glorious.”  Name that movie.

Breakfast in the morn was a quick bowl of cereal – my new Tarjay Heartsmart cereal, 1 sliced banana, sprinkle of slivered almonds and vanilla oat milk.  I LOVED the cereal!  It was organic, full of protein & fiber, still had a bit of sweetness to it and all around, delicious.

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Then it was off to the water park!  The lazy river at the waterpark near my aunt’s house is open almost every morning for people to walk against the current (aka killer resistance workout), so my aunt, cousin, mom, sister and I went for an hour-long water walk.  After the hour was up, my legs were done for.  Awesome morning change-it-up.

For lunch, Mommy Everythingtarian and I hit up the grocery store for some (free) groceries + some salad bar.  I mixed up a side salad of spinach, onion, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds, cucumber and balsamic + EVOO, along with a tuna avocado brown rice sushi roll.  Twas’ excellent.

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***Note my mom’s hand already grabbing the sushi before I could finish taking a picture…

After lunch, I got a few things done (including finally blogging Part 1!) and snacked on 1/2 Raw Organic Chocolate Coconut bar along with some mint tea, which is totally my new fave.

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Later, I finally got to see my daddy, wish him a Happy Father’s Day and present him with his gift – card + bottle of yummy red wine + Crunch Bar Blondies!!!  He LOVED the blondies – chalk it up to another VeggieGirl win :).  Everyone totally enjoyed them, including moi – I couldn’t resist one more taste!

Dindin was so-so.  I tried concocting some Thai tofu lettuce wraps in honor of my time teaching in Thailand, but it didn’t come out quite as I wanted.  So, I will leave you with a picture but no recipe until I perfect it!

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Since dinner wasn’t the most satisfying, I dug into the rest of my blackberries and my fave KIND bar (Walnut + Date) for an after-dinner treat…

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After dinner, I headed to my fave Sunday night Yoga/Pilates Fusion class with Yoga Diva Deb, and it felt ah-may-zing!  It was exactly what I needed!  After yoga, this tired gal went home, made herself another cup of mint tea, read a little then crashed like a lil’ baby.

Now, it is Monday morning already, and where does the time go?  What did everyone else do this weekend?  I guess I will find out later for some of you when I get to do some much-needed blog reading.

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

 

All Over the Place June 8, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,eating out,lunch — Holly @ 22:31
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It was one of those kind of days – my mind was in one place, my body in another, my thoughts over there and my emotions everywhere!  Somebody stop me please!

The day started out rather well this morning (for the Monday after a super busy weekend, of course!).  Unfortunately, I woke up to some chilly June weather – I don’t think we even hit 60 degrees today!  Come on Mother Nature, it’s June.  Send us some sun!  Fortunately, it was the perfect weather for a bowl of warm, yummy oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats + 1 tbsp. oat bran
water
1 sliced banana
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup pecans
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
drizzle o’ honey

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I swear the oatmeal is in there somewhere…

Work actually went pretty well today, especially since I had wrapped myself in one of my favorite scarves to keep me warm.  Seriously people, it was that cold out.  The morning flew by and around 11am, I was beyond excited to try my very first Cinnamon Roll Larabar!!!!

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Ummm…hello!  My new favorite without a doubt!

#1: Cinnamon Roll
#2: Coconut Cream Pie
#3: Cherry Pie

I still have a few left to try (including a Lemon Pie I finally got my hands on!), but this is what I got so far…what about y’all?  What’s your favorite Lara?

During my lunch hour, I snuck over to the gym (conveniently located about 200 feet away from our office – LUCKY, I know!) for a quick lunchtime workout.  I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes on an interval course and pedaled my little heart out.  I stretched for a good 15 minutes after since my calves and abs are STILL sore from the dance party of Saturday night :).  After the indulgent weekend I had, I know it’s time to get back down to business eating- and exercise-wise.  Unfortunately, I did NOT pick a good day to start that, but more on that later…

Lunch was delish – a garden salad (spinach, cucumber, tomato, carrots, sunflower seeds + Newman’s Sesame Ginger vinaigrette) along with some Stacy’s Pita Chips in Tuscan Herb flavor.

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The rest of the work day went pretty well – I snacked on a nice lemon yogurt, strawberry + muesli combo around 4pm to stave off hunger, knowing that I was going to be playing beach volleyball later. 

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You may be asking, “Well Holly, I thought Wednesdays are beach volleyball nights?” and you would be correct.  However, it is one of my best friend’s Megan’s birthday today, and she needed some subs for her Monday night league.  Holly and company to the rescue!  Unfortunately, the game was at 6:15pm, which means I had to haul buns from work, over to our friend’s apartment to meet and then drive another 1/2 hour or so to the courts.

Hence an unphotographed dinner of a veggie Chipotle burrito bowl (I almost wrote bowel, haha!) on the run…

1/2 cup cilantro rice
black beans
fajita veggies
lettuce
mild salsa (aka tomatoes)
guacamole

According to our friend, the Chipotle calculator, dinner came in at an estimated 500 calories (although I am thinking more – they were very generous with the guac :)).

Tonight was a very important night, not only was it Meggy Moo’s 25th birthday, but we won tonight!  We won 2 out of the 3 games – woowoo!  Give it up!  We celebrated with a couple beers (I only had a couple sips of a Miller Lite), and then 4 of us ladies split a basket of sweet potato fries.  Unfortunately, I’m not talking the baked healthy kind…

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The birthday gal with her celebration beer!

Naturally, we had to go out for ice cream afterwards.  I mean, what’s a birthday without ice cream?  We ended up chugging it through the McDonald’s drive thru for some sundaes and McFlurries.  I’m not going to lie, that Reese’s McFlurry had been calling my name all night, and dang, was it ever good!

However, this week has not been the best eating/exercising/healthy living week.  I of course had SO MUCH FUN celebrating weddings and birthdays, but it’s time for this girl to get her buns back on track.  I know we’ve all been there, so….

What do you all do when you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon a bit?  Please share with us your tips for getting back on track.

My first step is going to be to get to bed and get a good night’s sleep – studies show that when you get a good night’s sleep, you not only feel better but are much more likely to grab healthy options (instead of munchin’ on the treat stuff!).  Good night to all, and have a good one!