Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three Squares: I Cheated!

Finally a breakfast I wanted to eat! Egg and cheddar sandwich with spinach and red pepper, and an orange. My only complaint was that I was hungry rather quickly after this meal.

Let's get a close up of this bad boy!

Lunch was a mishmash of different things. PB&J, mac & cheese, radishes with cottage cheese and green onions, Tortilla chips with salsa, and applesauce. Applesauce is such an easy go to lunch item because it's so easy, and yummy!

After work, Marc and I went to his parents house for dinner. I just love them so much! I don't see them as often as I would like to, but am vowing to change that! Here Marc's getting some delicious eggplant.

Dinner was the eggplant casserole with tofu and mushrooms, bruschetta with basil we had just picked from the garden, and green bean salad that we brought to share. I added some pretzels and jam from the appetizers since I was saving them to put on my plate.... and then....

I cheated! I got a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie yum... the best kind of fourth plate

What a relaxing day spent with family. There is something to be said about spending time with those that love you, and treat you the best. I always feel that way with my hubby's parents, they are truly my parents, not just a legal hullabaloo. We went swimming, I did my nails, and I did my mom's eyebrows. I love catching up with them!  Kocham Cia Mamu!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Squares: Two Pounds Down!

Good Monday, y'all! I started the day with a two pound weight loss! Very encouraging, especially since Three Squares is probably the easiest "plan" I've ever done. Being active an hour a day hasn't hurt either! More on that later... Breakfast was slim pickins', I forgot my breakfast at home so I made the best of what I could at work. I ended up not eating the banana though. I really wanted some eggs for protein. I had cinnamon puffins with milk, and peanut butter toast with raspberries.

Lunch was yummy, but when I looked back on the picture it's pretty beige. I try to incorporate a fruit and veggie on each plate, but my applesauce is looking pretty beige too ha! That grilled cheese though, mmmmm. It's on rye, my favorite. I also had a package of chocolate pretzels, honey wheat pretzels, carrot, and a mini pizza that the kiddo I watch didn't want to eat. I hate food waste, do you?

Dinner was the winner of best meal of the day. Kale salad with grapes and tortillas and roasted veggie pizza that I threw baby spinach all over before cooking. The pizza was very good, I picked it up from Aldi. It had artichoke hearts, mushrooms, peppers, onions,  spinach and tons of rosemary!

So about exercise, I am happy to say I have been making every workout as scheduled just like an appointment. So I'm joining a blogger friends 100 days of exercise! I'll be updating my exercises daily now as well as uploading the blog. Today, Marc and I are heading to the Y for our exercise. He's planning on treadmilling it up, and I am going to be working on my elliptical fitness and the rowing machine.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Three Squares: Szechuan Sunday

Happy Sunday everybody! I have made it one week with my three squares meal plan, I'm so proud of myself! I've been feeling more emotionally stable and healthier too. Marc and I were busy bees today! Sundays are our laundry day, so we went to the Laundromat and finished that. We also followed up on our new Sunday tradition for Sunday breakfast. We would like to have had this outside but it was pretty cold out and we were cranky. It was still very good, and low pressure. I only felt slightly guilty for my breakfast but that's ok. I have worked hard and I deserve to treat myself. I had a classic egg and cheese with hash browns, black iced coffee and a delectable and worth-every-calorie Boston crème filled donut. I wanted a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles but they were all out. I'll have to wait two weeks, because next week we're going on a weekend getaway!

After dropping Marc off at work, I went grocery shopping. On the way there I spotted this tree. It's too early to have changed colors! I am not accepting this! Even though I love fall, it isn't even September yet.

I got a little ahead of myself here. Before I went shopping, I was cleaning the apartment and folding clothes, and half-watching Lilo and Stich when I got hungry again! It was later than my usual lunch time so I decided to have second breakfast. Yogurt, coconut, almonds, flax meal, and raisin bran crunch mmm mmmm!

Dinner was especially delicious, I was very happy to have vegetables back in the house after grocery shopping. We had Szechuan veggie protein with a beautiful array of vegetables and brown rice. I didn't make enough rice for both of us, so I happily added some honey wheat pretzels to my plate.

Gorgeous! Now I'm going to convince Marc to go on a walk with me to the beach and toss the football around! I hope your weekend was amazing!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Three Squares: Cauliflower Alfredo

Don't you just love Saturdays? I've even been off work the last couple days, but I can still feel the magic of a good Saturday. Tomorrow marks one week of Three Squares! I've learned a lot and I'm feeling very proud. Tomorrow morning Marc and I decided to celebrate by getting some Dunkin' Donuts for brunch and go to the beach, it might even become our Sunday morning "thing". There really isn't a better reward then your husband telling you he's proud of you though...which was so nice to hear last night after I spent an hour at the gym. Breakfast was very good. Greek yogurt, blueberries, oats, coconut and raisin bran crunch. Black coffee as normal.

I made lots of black bean burgers today to freeze and save for busier days, or meals for Marc when I'm not home. We ate some for lunch, he took one bite and said "I forgot this wasn't meat for a second", that my friends is deemed a success in my book! I quick pickled some radishes and roasted some sweet and white potato fries on the side. I indulged in a iced coffee with hazelnut for lunch too, I so rarely have creamer in my coffee that even a little made it taste like a delicious coffee milkshake!

For dinner, I made a Cauliflower Alfredo sauce to put on top of some whole wheat penne. I blended some cottage cheese, milk, garlic, nutritional yeast, nutmeg and S&P together and then blended it up with a head of cooked cauliflower! So delicious, and satisfying. I put muenster cheese on top to add some sumptuousness to it, and baked it all up. Kale berry salad on the side. Overall a great day for eats at my house! I saved about 3/4ths of the pasta on this plate to eat with Marc when he gets home. He's been working a lot of 12 to 13 hour days.

Saving some pasta is usually something I wouldn't do. I've thought about it, but even if it is on my plate and something I would have already eaten, I know I would start to obsess about it. You know that old saying about money burning a hole in your pocket? It's kind of like that with me when it comes to food. I decided to today because I'm full right now and I want to keep that mindfulness about how much I'm eating. Today seemed like a mindful day anyway, I did quite a bit of yoga and can't wait to gain a bit more balance and flexibility. Anyway, tomorrow is grocery shopping day (wish my sister was here to do it for me!), have a good night!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Three Squares: Chai and Sparrow

Today, breakfast was my favorite meal of the day. Banana bread, strawberries, and cottage cheese with agave, cinnamon, almonds and blueberries. I used to despise cottage cheese. Cottage cheese looks disgusting, and it's not at all appetizing, nut lately it's become appealing and more importantly it keeps me full. I had my morning coffee earlier and then enjoyed this chai tea, the spices are intriguing!

I was very productive today and redid the header of the blog (do you like it?), and I also made some "business cards" I'll be posting them around and giving them out at the farmers markets.

Lunch wasn't as great as I had hoped, but it filled me up. Eggs over baby kale and BBQ sauce, quinoa salad and applesauce.

It was breezy and cool here by the lake (my favorite weather!) so I made chili for the first time since early spring. It was very spicy and vegetal. I love veggie chili! Greek yogurt and tortilla chips on top.

Here's what I've been waiting this whole post to tell you! I walked outside and found this sparrow on my doormat! Poor thing, I thought he wasn't going to make it. I called the wildlife shelter and they took him. They said he had a head injury and they'll keep a close eye in him. They gave me an email address to write and see how he makes out. They were also hitting me up to volunteer there and I would really like to! I'm going to see if I can make some time and help out.

Off to the Y to work it out!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Three Squares: Mexi-Thai and Whiskey

This is really turning out to be one of my favorite breakfasts. Greek yogurt, oats, blueberries, and raisin bran crunch. I had my regular black iced coffee too. There is something very satisfying about the textures and the flavors. Plus the protein from the yogurt helps keep me full throughout the morning.

The best thing about lunch was a grilled cheese! Oh yum! I really savored it, those cucumbers were really crunchy too. Good lunch

Dinner was a picnic with my best friend after her spin class. It's the last one of the season, which makes me very sad because I'm not sure I'll be going when school starts. I know we will figure something out I love this time with her! We had Mexi-Thai food :) cabbage slaw, quinoa salad, banana bread, grapes, and la Croix. Now that I'm thinking about it, we should have split the salad for leftovers! I want more of that slaw Ashleigh!

Tonight was book club and we went out for a drink. I love spending this time with my best girlfriends. We discussed Gone Girl, Wild, and Fault In Our Stars among other things ;). I had a Rehorst Kinnikinnic Whiskey on the rocks, or should I say, rock. It was delicious, but the girl time was where it's at. We all had one drink. I'm proud of that!

what drink do you/ would you order at the bar?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Three Squares: Want Nachos?

Today happens to be my Friday! Throughout the summer I have been Nannying for three different families and today is my last day watching one for the week. I came in to the kiddos house smelling popcorn. Popcorn? At seven am? Come to find out one of the kids got strep throat and requested popcorn for breakfast, and the Dad made it for them! Interesting! I was going to eat a piece of toast with my veggie scrambled eggs but opted to join in on the popcorn fun!

Lunch was similar to yesterdays, PB&J on Rye, blueberry applesauce, cheese crackers, zucchini sticks and sweet potato fries

Do you remember a couple days ago when I talked about how I'm trying not to obsess  and overthink the foods I'm going to make? Today was a good lesson in this plan working! I didn't overthink dinner before I got hungry and then I wasn't really sure what I was going to make. I usually know what I am going to make for dinner before I've even finished breakfast! So today, Marc was looking in the fridge and said he had no idea what I was going to make because there was nothing in the fridge haha! I looked in and thought about it and then LIGHTBULB! Do you want nachos? WHO WOULDN'T WANT NACHOS?

Extra cilantro please!

Men always think there is nothing in the fridge ha! Guys three squares is working! Let's all knock on wood.