healthy and happy. one of these days.

27 February 2010


(Would you believe me if I told you I've never seen Rudy? Haven't seen it. What is your "How Can You Not Have Seen That?!" movie? I guess mine would be Rudy, and...wait for it, I'm not joking...A Christmas Story. I have literally never seen A Christmas Story.)

Today was moderately productive. Did the grocery shopping, as I wrote earlier. Did some laundry. Worked on a cover letter. Yes, that is my definition of moderately productive. There were about 8 other things that I should have done today to make life easier for myself. Instead, I’ll wait until about 6pm tomorrow night to do it all. Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator…but just later on.

Food was good considering it’s the weekend and I usually have a tough time with eating too much. But I did well today, I think. Thought not enough water consumption. I think I had maybe like 30oz. Yikes!


*garlic naan with 3 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus (can you tell I like this combo?)
*4 or 5 pineapple chunks


*½ cup cottage cheese


*hanful of baby carrots with sabra hummus, individual size
*sandwich: multi grain arnold’s thin, some of the sabra hummus, romaine lettuce, and 1 vegetable masala patty
*6 strawberries
*Steaz Zero Calorie Black Cherry Sparkling Green Tea (one of today’s Whole Foods purchases)


*cup and a half of edamame! (with the pods and everything, I don’t know what it works out to with just the beans)


*the falafel salad I had the other day: romaine lettuce, red pepper, alfalfa sprouts, 4 falafal balls crumbled, 2 or 3 tablespoons tzatziki sauce.

so, I'm totally bored, can you tell? Even I would skip reading this post. Unless you like talking about grocery stores.

You know what? I love grocery shopping. And grocery stores. It combines my love of food and things. (I know, I love things. It’s why I love gift shops and Target. THINGS as far as thee eye can see!) And I also love when people have the same little idiosyncrasies as I do when it comes to grocery stores and shopping. So let’s dive in, shall we?

Oh wait, for more uselessness, look at the outfit I wore out on my grocery errands today. I felt cute. Just don't worry about the Saturday Morning I Don't Give A Shit Hair.

Dress is from Old Navy, sweater is Target, earrings are NY&Co, and the scarf was a present from a friend.

I think my favorite grocery store is Harris Teeter (or Wegman’s but I’ll get to that later). I went to the HT today. I love that I can get specialty/health stuff there, but also just regular groceries. Because, really. So I got some cottage cheese, turkey, scallops (hello, impulse buy!) avocados, craisins, falafel, and for a special treat, some brie and goat cheese crumbles. I. LOVE. CHEESE. And I don’t really eat it that much, or as much as I should considering my love for the stuff.

Background! My very first job, when I was 16, was working for a German specialty deli/grocery store (in Falls Church for those from this area – ever been to German Gourmet?). I did cashier stuff and stocking and helping the customers. I took German in high school and studied abroad there for a month, so my German wasn’t half bad and a lot of our customers were super authentic. I also worked behind the deli. So yeah, I can use a meat slicer with the best of ‘em. But we had some of the BEST cheeses there and I’m spoiled by having champagne tastes on a PBR budget, at least cheese-wise. In every other sense I have pretty cheap tastes and I'm totally okay with that.

Anyway. So I got some goat cheese crumbles, probably to make a salad with some craisins, spinach…and who knows what else I’ll throw in there. The brie I got...just for eating. Brie is probably my favorite cheese. Whenever I hear someone mention brie, my initial reaction is always “Oh my god, I fucking love brie” haha, like it makes me a little angry. That’s so weird.

Trader Joe’s is quickly rising in the ranks due to my recent discovery of their Indian food. I went there today and literally everything I got from was Indian food. Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Masala, two kinds of naan, and their vegetable masala patties. Their Indian food is exceptionally good. And it’s decently priced too, at least the stuff I buy.

I went to Whole Foods today for the first time ever. It was okay. I didn’t get much but it still managed to be expensive :-P But I guess that’s how it goes. I mostly got things I’ve been wanting to try for a while, or stuff that looked like a fun special treat. Definitely not a store I plan on going into often. Cannot. Afford.

I didn’t go there today, but I also love Wegman’s. For the same reasons I love HT. In addition they also have a decent kitchen/housewares type section that’s fun to wander through. If it wasn’t for The Wegs I wouldn’t have my Bento Box! The Wegs also has a really good Indian food bar and salad bar apparently, and you can go and eat meals there like a restaurant, but I’ve yet to do that. Whenever I hear someone talk about Wegman’s, it’s usually with the same enthusiasm that I reserve for Brie. So people really like it. Me too.

And of course, each of these places has the certain items that I get – people do that, right? Go to certain stores for certain things, even of other stores might also sell them? It’s a matter of preference of brands I suppose. Or neuroses? I don’t know.

I'll leave this entirely useless post with a question to you - for those of you that enjoy the deliciousness that is Chobani, have you had the raspberry flavor yet?! If so, where on god's green earth did you get it!?!? Raspberry yogurt is my FAVORITE of all time, and I'm so excited Chobani makes it, but I can't find it anywhere. HALP!

26 February 2010

I meal it in my fingers, I meal it in my tooooeessss (what's up, Love Actually!)

Today I had a “moment”. You may have seen it if you follow me on Twitter (which I probably shouldn’t/can’t do at work anymore…people are on to me, for serious. All the more reason I need a Droid so I can do it on my phone all covert-like. No one can keep me from procrastinating! – sorry, did you say something about wondering why I can’t get a full time job? I don’t follow.)

ANYWAY, PARENTHETICAL THOUGHTS. So here’s my moment. I ordered two things on Amazon today (see: Work Morals, Dwindling) – chia seeds and some Green SuperFood drink powder. Less than a month ago, I had no idea these two things even existed, and now I’m ordering them because I want to make them a part of my life.

And come to think of it – before this blog, I had never heard of VitaTops. I had NO idea about the existence of greek yogurt much less its benefits. I mean, beyond eating terribly, there was so much I didn’t know.

So today, I am just really thankful. Thankful for whatever possessed me to start writing this blog last August. And to continue writing. It’s funny – if you look at the archives, I wrote one post in August, and didn’t write again until a week later. It was such an impulse thing to start this and I wasn’t sure, even after hitting publish, that I would follow through. I am so thankful I did.

I am so thankful for all of you. Thankful for how freaking smart all of you are. Like I said, all of the food I never tried and now love, or all of the exercise tips (intervals, eating protein after a workout, etc) I never would have known had it not been for you guys.

For finding your blogs and connecting with you and learning from you. I never dreamed how helpful it would be to talk to people (even just online) that really truly know what I’m going through, that know what it’s like to wear jean sizes in the 20s, and that want so badly to never experience it again, or are just working towards happiness. You all let me whine, and complain, and be myself when it’s good and when it’s bad, and you still offer support and suggestions and ideas and humor and I can’t thank you enough.

Okay enough mushy stuff. FART JOKE!

…that’s better.


*6 big strawberries
*1/2 cup cottage cheese
*half a WW bagel with 1 tbsp The Bees Knees PB&Co


*1 serving of peanut butter puffins
*Chobani peach yogurt! (I cannot get over how much protein these things have. LOVE.)


*11 baby carrots
*sandwich: garlic naan, tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus, half a LCL wedge, a little bit of baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts (this was SO GOOD)
*small/medium banana


*half a pink lady apple
*CranBran VitaTop

Dinner: (if you want to call it that)

*garlic naan folded in half with 1-2 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus spread
*serving of peanut butter puffins

Dinner was ridonk because I had to grab something in literally 20 seconds – between getting home and leaving to make the movie on time, I only had time to use the bathroom and throw something together so I wouldn’t come home and eat my foot. Or a cake. Or both. So I’m happy I had the sense to make sure I got some food, but not happy that I probably didn’t eat enough calories today, and not happy that what I ate for dinner I had already had during the day! I don’t like to repeat!

(Water intake was 110oz and then 3 cups of green tea, I believe)

25 February 2010

Meal Big Fish

Ate good stuff today. The only thing that wasn’t great was the Progresso Soup – it tasted great but the sodium for the particular kind I had was THROUGH THE ROOF insane. Like 41% in ONE serving. How can a can of soup have 82% of a person’s daily sodium intake!? It’s not right. Good thing I drank a lot of water today (116oz plus 5 cups of green tea)

Really looking forward to the weekend. Gonna see Shutter Island with a friend tomorrow, do absolutely nothing and love it on Saturday, and then I’ve got a EH date on Sunday. Should be good.

AAAAAAND I'm going to go to bed in 4 seconds. I'm so tired! I need a good night's sleep, homeslices.

Oh, before I go, can anyone give me their experience with/opinion on the iPod 160GB Classic? (the new one with the cover flow and all that...)


*3/4 cup egg subst. with 1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar, 1 diced slice of canadian bacon
*1/2 cup cottage cheese
*1/2 a banana


*one serving of peanut butter puffins (I took what was left of the box and portioned it out to make it easier on myself. I still resent this cereal for being so damned delicious)


*half a pink lady apple diced,half a banana sliced
*PB sandwich: honey wheat arnold's thin with 1 TBSP The Bees Knees PB&Co peanut butter. I heart PB&Co!
*1 serving of All-Bran Garlic & Herb crackers


*9 baby carrots
*100 calorie bag of 94%fat free kettle corn (Smart Pop stuff!)


*Progresso Manhattan Clam Chowder soup (left about ¼ a cup of broth in the bowl)
*garlic naan bread dipped in TJ’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

24 February 2010

You Make Me Meal So Young

…I don’t really have anything to write about other than what I ate and exercised. I’m boring. Ha, am I a better writer when I’m “tortured” and going completely off the rails with my eating? That’s not exactly incentive! I think I'm just tired - it's been a long day.

See: when I got home tonight I got out of the car and walked to go check to the mail (the boxes are all clustered together at the other end of the neighborhood). I still had my keys in my hand and when I got to the mailbox, I started to hit the "Unlock" button on my car's remote, like I was going to open the mailbox that way....YIKES.

Here, you can have some random pictures.

The two Luna bars I bought the other day but am saving until Lent is over...they are borderline sweets with those flavors!

I took this one two years ago at the SF Zoo. It still cracks me up. And yes, I've totally submitted it to Cute Overload.... :-)

Took this one on my phone during a particularly exhausting grad school study session.


Egg scramble: ½ cup egg subst. with 1 chorizo chicken sausage cut up and a couple dashes of hot sauce.


*Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala
*4 strawberries and 4 BIG pineapple chunks cut up

*1 100 calorie bag of Smart Pop Kettle Corn
*handful of baby carrots

*Another GreenSuperFood packet on the way home to the gym!

At the gym I did a 30 minute elliptical course, and then 5 minutes cool down, also on the elliptical. It was good times.


*1 Vegetable Masala patty (Trader Joe’s wins again!)
*Egg subst. “omlette” – egg subst. and a small handful of reduced fat sharp cheddar with a lil bit of ketchup on top.

Random but DELISH and totally hit the spot. Observe:

23 February 2010

We're Gonna Rock Down To Electric AveFood.

So, my arms were totally sore today, as were my inner thighs. Love it! Love it slash…ouch? But really it’s awesome because it means I did what I set out to do yesterday, which was totally rip my arms. Boom.

Green tea count: I had 5 cups today, and only because I left work early to meet with some old grad school people about potential job stuff (nothing to get excited about yet but I’m still gonna pursue every option!)


Open faced egg sandwich! – half an everything bagel, 1 tbsp of ketchup, 1 slice Canadian bacon, egg subst with a little sprinkling of garlic salt.
*half a banana
*glass/cup of milk


*tastybite madras lentils
*sandwich: same as yesterday, which I forgot to add, also had a sprinkling of feta cheese! So feta, roasted red pepper hummus, 1 LCL wedge, a few slices of turkey breast, alfalfa sprouts
*4 diced strawberries, half a banana sliced


*handful of baby carrots dipped in about half of a sabra individual size hummus thing (scooped into the dressing/dips container in my Bento!)

*on the way home I had another greensuperfood mix – this one was wheat grass, and I didn’t hate it! Totally getting hooked on these things, I think.


*the most amazing salad ever: romaine lettuce, big chunks of red pepper, alfalfa sprouts, sprinkling of feta cheese, 4 falafal balls crumbled, 2 or 3 tablespoons tzatziki sauce.

AH.MAH.GAH. So good. SO GOOD. I love greek flavors and this is just…insanely good. I love falafel. It’s one of those things if I see it on a menu somewhere, I end up ordering it like 95% of the time.

(PS – if you’re ever in DC and like falafel, go to Amsterdam Falafal in Adams Morgan. It is the best ever. For serious. I’d add some things in caps-lock right about now, all-shouty-like, but I feel I’ve internet-shouted enough in this post, no?)

And for a complete 180, in totally disgusting news, I think we have some critters living in our walls on our top floor. I can hear scratching in my walls and little squeaks. We've had mice before but, God help me, whatever these things are sound bigger. Squirrels maybe? I think we've had squirrels in attic before. It doesn't surprise me since it's been so cold the little guys are probably looking for some warmth. That doesn't bother me but...I'm afraid they're going to 1: chew through the wall (seriously I know nothing about this, I'm going on my girly-girl animal instincts which are severely lacking) and then climb on my face or 2: die and then stink to high heaven. And it's been warmer as of late, so they need to find a new home. Has anyone had any experience with this!? What do I do? Can I do anything about it?? UUGHHHH

**Okay I'll divert your attention to GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! Lent: Sweets 'n Jobs is still going strong!**

oooh, look over here! eat move love is having a luna bar giveaway! i'm a luna bar convert. so don't go an enter to give me better odds. whaaaaaat! just kidding :-) ...maybe.

22 February 2010

Can You Meal the Love Tonight

I feel like I have a lot in my food section. But most of those are cups of green tea...I drank SEVEN today. I have no idea why. I just kept going back and filling up over and over. Oh well. Antioxidants, here I come.

I actually had a pretty good day, I think. I managed to motivate myself to go to the gym, I ate really healthfully, and I got to use a new lunchbox!

I picked myself up a Bento Box the other day! (made by Laptop Lunches, which is basically for kids but who cares)

Look how cute! The fruit and the cracker ones have lids that go on them and to the right there's a space for utensils. Which I didn't use, because I'm classy.


*strawberry chobani
*half a pink lady apple

Between breakfast and lunch:

*cup of green tea
*half a lara bar
*another cup of green tea!
*aaand another cup of green tea
*and another cup of green tea


*baby carrots
*sandwich: roasted red pepper hummus, 1 LCL wedge, a few slices of turkey breast, alfalfa sprouts (this was SO GOOD) I had to stop and pace myself to keep from wolfing it down it 2 seconds. OMNOMNOM.
*mix of pineapple and strawberry chunks
*all-bran garlic & herb crackers
*can of V8

*another cup of green tea
*another cup of green tea (that makes 6!)
*another cup of green tea (7...yeesh)

*other half of the lara bar
*then I made the berry flavored greensuperfood packet to drink on the way home before the gym!

The gym!
 2 minutes walking, 8 minutes running at 5.0mph
4 weight machines
2.5 minutes on the stairmill
one more weight machine
3 minutes running at 5.5mph
3 minutes walking at 2.6mph

Dinner: (aka Breakfast for Dinner) proteintastic!

*cup of cottage cheese
*egg subst. with Canadian bacon with a little bit of ketchup

Post Script up in this bitch!

Jen @ Prior Fat Girl is doing a totally sweet giveaway. Check.Check.Check-a-Check it out!

Taking part of my lunch break to drop some knowledge

Okay Steve and Keri, you asked for it...don't say I didn't warn you.

PB Puffins, street code name Crack, are a delicious cereal.

Dish This says it best: "This puffin is like the dieter's version of Joe the Camel - sure he looks all cute and cuddly, but really he unlocks the door to something addictive and dangerous..."

I guess the stats aren't terrible, but only when you look at them from a 1-serving-size-perspective. 15 handfuls later, maybe not so much? OHBUTTHEY'RESOGOOD. I'm sorry, the addict inside of me crept out for a second there.  

I would tell you to go out and get some because they're amazing, but I don't want to contribute to anyone's Puffin Bender and inevitable downward spiral into this cereal addiction.

When I was getting ready for work this morning, I was literally carrying the box around with me. Like all over the house. Like a child carries his/her favorite blankie. I was carrying the Puffins but I didn't end up eating any because I ran out of time, but I WANTED THEM and COULDN'T PUT THEM DOWN. Yikes, friends.

PS - my lunch today is DELICIOUS and super healthy and adorably packaged. I took pictures. You'll see it later :-)

Any Weigh You Want It

This morning Taylor says:


Same as last week! To be honest with you, my initial reaction is frustration, but I think considering I ate my weight in peanut butter puffins this weekend, it’s okay. I’m going to accept my maintain.

(Sarah, re: your comment, I am NOT buying any more of these after this box is done...there's maybe 1/4 of the box left now and that's after having it for two days! Haha, it's not good. These are a total danger zone. I wonder if I could rig up a system like in greeting cards where everytime I open the pb puffins box it plays Highway To The Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins.)

In other news, my sad little giveaway ended, and KatDoesDiets is the winner! Hooray!

In other other news, I made it through all the stages with another EHarmony Guy. EHarmony Guy 2, I guess. EHarmony Guy: The Squeakuel. EHarmony Guy: The Empire Strikes Back. Anyway, he’s actually one of the guys I initiated contact with, so that’s cool I guess. We’re meeting next Sunday afternoon. We’ll see what happens!

*Speaking of Highway To The Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins, I had that as my ringtone for about a you know how many smiles and laughs and compliments I got on it?! Haha, seriously, if random people heard my phone ring they'd come up to me and be like "That's. Awesome." People love them some Top Gun.

21 February 2010

Man! I Meal Like a Woman!

Gotta make this one quick - it's time for me to get to bed (9pm, yes I am 26 and have the same sleep schedule as most 4 year olds...or 84 year olds for that matter) because I feel a long day comin' up tomorrow!


*scramble: egg subst., 1/3 red pepper diced, 1 spicy chorizo chicken sausage sliced, 1 tbsp ketchup
*cup of pb puffins with vanilla chobani


*garlic naan dipped with roasted red pepper hummus


*fruit salad – strawberries, pineapple, ½ a pink lady apple all chopped up
*sandwich: arnold’s thin, roasted red pepper hummus, alfalfa sprouts, feta cheese, turkey breast
*can of V8


*handful of pretzels
*handful of…guess…pb puffins! :-P


*Steamed carrots
*big hunk of bread with margarine
*diced baked potatoes
*chicken cordon bleu

(went over to my friend’s family’s house for dinner…they were having a big “family dinner” – grandparents, all the siblings and spouses, kids, and then they invited me! – and dinner was delish!)


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