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some basil from my garden! I told the husband this while walking out the door.  I love love love having a garden even if it is in pots. 

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I also picked another cucumber 🙂

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Tonight was penne pasta with tomato basil marinara sauce (I had to make alfredo for the husband since he doesn’t like “red sauce”).  I made salads with a lettuce mix, blue cheese and I had fat free balsamic vinaigrette, and the husband had ranch (picky much?).  Anyway…

3/4 uncooked penne (serving size)= 1 cup cooked penne

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Italian Chicken Sausage (5 links)/ 5 servings

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1/2 cup marinara sauce

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salad with ff dressing and blue cheese (40 calories)

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Calorie Count: 430

I also hard boiled 6 eggs for quick protein.  70 calories per egg.  Boiled like this: How to make the best hard boiled eggs

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I then went to Body Pump.  Surprisingly, my dinner didn’t feel like a rock in my stomach! The squat track was super hard tonight.  My quads are still burning!

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Before dinner, around 3, I had a cup of red pitted cherries.  Eating them like this is easy because you can put the stem and pit back in the cup.

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Calorie Count: about 84

I finished the night off with satisfying a killer chocolate craving!

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180 calories per 1/2 cup

Calorie Count: 180

Total Calories today: 1254

Notice that I do not subtract the amount of calories I burn during class from my calorie intake.  It just makes me aware of it.  It also makes me feel like I can have treats because I worked out.  Not because “I deserve it,” but because I burned calories and can eat more calories.  I hate when people get into the “I deserve it” mindset.  It gets you into trouble.  You shouldn’t eat like a pig because you think you “deserve it” after working out, but you can eat portioned treats and enjoy yourself without guilt.

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Check it out!!

Tomato plant

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Kale, Basil and Cilantro

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Cucumbers

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Yes, I started those plants with soil, seeds, a pot and water.  No, I did not buy plants from the store and transfer them into pots. That’s all seeds baby!

I really do have a green thumb!

The fruits of my labor

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We picked this guy later on tonight.

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A little tomato!!! 🙂

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Rinsed and laying out to dry.

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Hi little guy!

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Yes, that is my cat Zoey trying to climb the window.

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We went to Trader Joe’s today (haven’t been in months!) and got all of this for $43.

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I love TJ’s and could spend hours in there!

For breakfast this morning we went to Cracker Barrel.  I got the french toast (make it wheat!) and ate half.

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The Daily Plate.com said that this has 520 calories for the white bread.  I got wheat, so I know it is lower in calories.

We didn’t eat anything until dinner.  We went to mexican at La Cocina.

I got a bean burrito and a chicken soft taco that I only ate half because it had oil dripping from it-it grossed me out!

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Much better than what I would have gotten before!

I finished the night off with this:

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Calorie Count: 100

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Here is a recap of my day.  I am too sleepy to function so I’m going to make it short.

Breakfast

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Calorie Count: 185 breakfast

Lunch

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String cheese, doritos, grasshopper cookies, a fuze drink, and a bite of a veggie hot pocket from one of my students (super gross)

Calorie Count: 440

Dinner

Chicken Fajitas (makes 8 servings)

3 chicken breasts cooked and then cut with my awesome Pampered Chef salad choppers

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flour tortillas (Wally World doesn’t have wheat ugh!)

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one green bell pepper and one red bell pepper and 3/4 of one red onion

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fajita spices (a dash of each) cumin, paprika, seasalt, pepper, garlic powder, chili/onion powder

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Calorie Count: about 300 give or take a few

After Body Pump (-600 calories) Dessert

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Calorie Count: Probably 300 (about 3/4 a cup)

Total: 1225

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Today was a lot better.  This dreary weather still kills me, but I think I am over my bad mood.  Work was good today.  We went shopping after work to the school supplies store and took too long! Before I knew it, it was 6 and closing time for them.

My stomach knew it was time to go home.  It was growling like no one’s business.  So tonight was definitely take out night.  It’s usually Thursdays, but I go home so late I switched it this week.  I got gas on the way home and some Taco Bell. 

I got a Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft taco and a fresco crunchy taco.

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Calorie Count: 320

For breakfast, I had the usual: Chocolate PB on a sandwich thin. Heaven.  And coffee.  Lots of coffee.

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Calorie Count: 185

During snack time, I ate a top of a blueberry muffin (not pictured) and some blackberries.

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Calorie Count: 62 for the blackberries, N/A for the muffin top.  By the way, I can’t wait to lose my muffin top.  Just sayin!

For lunch, I had a 100 calorie pack of cookies, a 200 calorie lean Michelina’s and a Fuze.

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I never ate the Dorito’s.

Calorie Count: 300

For dessert I ate a Skinny Cow:

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Calorie Count: 100

Total: 905 + muffin top which was probably a million calories! I have been feeling pretty full lately and not eating a lot of calories.  I think it’s the weather and my congested chest.  I have got to eat more because I am working out so much! I am thinking of making a trip to the local farmer’s market this weekend.  Gotta stop eating so much junk and get some local veggies!

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Dude.  I was in a badddd mood today.  I swear this rainy weather has put me in a funk.  It has been raining since Friday on and off.  More on than off.  I am over it.  I am thankful that it is helping my plants, but geez. 

Back up to last night.  I had a chocolate covered strawberry from the husband’s grandma.  It had a lot of condensation from the refrigerator so I only had one.  It takes a lot for me not to eat more than one chocolate anything, so it had to be just meh for me to stop.  If you don’t like it, why eat it?  It’s a waste of calories!

So here is a picture from the strawberry container:

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On to today.  It was definitely a two cup of coffee kind of day.  It still didn’t pull me out of my funk. Hopefully I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.

For breakfast I had a 100 calorie sandwich thin with chocolate pb.

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Calorie Count: 185

Packed up my lunch this morning:

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The other half of my enchilada, sun chips…I didn’t eat the cheese-its…

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100 calorie pack of cheese cubes.  Love these!! Mozzarella, Garlic & Herb mmmmm!

Calorie Count: 765

I ate this fuji apple during snack time around 10:15am.  Lunch is at 12:25pm.

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Calories: 80

Like the nail color?  I painted them during the recap of LOST last night.  It’s OPI Cajun Shrimp.  Very summery.

This morning I woke up with a little chest congestion so I chugged some Amazing Grass before Body Pump.  Soymilk is a lot less heavy on your stomach than regular milk so I went for it.  Normally I wouldn’t have something like soymilk before a gym class, but Amazing Grass is best mixed with it.  It’s all for an immune system boost right?

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Shaken in my AG shaker! Love that the company sent me this 🙂

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Calorie Count: 105

Dinner was a whatever kind of night. The husband had a totino’s pizza and I made a sandwich.  My parents brought me this big tomato from a farmer’s market on their way to visit us. 

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I chose the biggest piece for my sandwich.

I toasted a sandwich thin.

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Add a little mayo.

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And some reduced fat blue cheese crumbles. MMMMM! Tomatoes and blue cheese is an awesome combination!

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Calorie Count: 150 total: 1285

I ate one of these chips with some homemade salsa.  The salsa was mushy after a few days and I threw it out.  Yuck. I only ate one chip.

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1285-600 calories.

I was still hungry so I ate a 100 cal.bag of popcorn while watching 24.

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I needed to get some water in so I put some Frank’s on it.

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And drank an entire bottle of water while eating it.

Calorie Count: 100

Total Calorie Count today: 1385 and subtract 600+ for Body Pump.  Looks like I need to eat more calories.  Usually, that is no problem!

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So tonight is going to be sad.  LOST is airing for the last time.  Brandon first introduced me to LOST when we were dating.  We watched all of the seasons together.  Every episode.  So tonight is the end of one of our favorite shows.  Hopefully it leaves me a little less confused.

Let’s rewind to today. Two words:  Carb overload.

This morning I had one of my Mamal’s famous rolls.  My parents brought them down on their way back from Ohio where my grandparents live. 

Here is a picture of my yummy breakfast:

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I only ate one of those rolls BTW. 

This is what dreams are made of…

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Oh yeah.  Found this at Kroger. Holy yum!

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Heated up for 10 seconds then the chocolate heaven was added.  Delish!

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Sidebar: Last night we went to the mall and I got this rug at Kirkland’s for $10!!! Love it! 🙂

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After the mall we ate at Mellow Mushroom.  Hands down the best pizza I have ever had.  I love that place.

I got a small mega veggie (hold the black olives) and the husband got the small hawaiian.

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It has onions, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers, cheese, tofu, and sauce.  Soooooooo good.

After breakfast I lounged around with these guys. 

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I read my “Health” magazine while eating pizza. Don’t judge 😉

We did some laundry and then I went to RPM (spinning class).

Total brain fart! Most of my gym classes start at a 30. As in 3:30, 4:30, 5:30…

Except on Sundays when class starts at 3! D’oh! So I went a half hour early.

I worked out on the elliptical and arc trainer (super tough, but burned way more calories than the elliptical). I did a mile in 12 minutes. Not too shabby for someone who never works out on an elliptical.

I then had my hour spinning class. It was pretty tough.  We had a lot of “climbing the mountain” moments in class today.  What’s awesome of that class is that a 120 pound woman burns at least 600 calories. I weigh more than that so that is some serious calorie burning! 🙂

We went to On the Border tonight for dinner with the in laws. I love mexican food. I got the avocado grilled enchilada.  It was super spicy which is great because I only could eat half of it! Awesome! I now have lunch for tomorrow.  I’m telling you, order spicy stuff.  It makes you eat a lot less.

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Calorie Count for half: 525

Sorry the phone pictures were blurry!

OTB is right near Barnes and Noble so we went there after.  I got a skinny vanilla latte from the cafe.  I saw on the menu that they have a soy strawberries and creme frap.  Oh, I will be getting that next time.

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Calorie Count: 130

I got this book on sale.  I was surprised because it just came out.  I wonder if it isn’t good.  We’ll see when I read it this summer.

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I love a good rags to riches story.  I am hoping it is good.

We are watching LOST until really late tonight.  I hope answers some questions.

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Steak and Blue Cheese Pizza

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Served with broccoli slaw and blue cheese dressing + blue cheese crumbles

And mini ice cream sandwiches

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Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Banana frozen yogurt mmm

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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