Camera Disaster Averted

After a dip in the hot tub and several days drying out, my camera has survived.  I was really happy I didn’t have to spend the money on a new one right now, but kinda disappointed that I am not forced to upgrade right now.  Oh well, onward to my eats.  Here’s my dinner from the other night, pre hot tub swim:

Chimichurri steak with a lighter version of cheesy potatoes and broccoli.  It was great except I over did it on the chimichurri sauce.  A little goes a long way.  I lightened up the potatoes by using reduced fat cheese and milk.

Recipe is from Sept/Oct issue of Clean Eating magazine:

Chimichurri sauce:

-20 sprigs of parsley

-5 sprigs of cilantro

-4 cloves of garlic

-2 T red wine vinegar

-1 T vegetable broth

-1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

-1/4 tsp sea salt

Whirl it all up in a food processor.

Today’s breakfast was my usual:

I never used to like oatmeal until I discovered what peanut butter and bananas do to it.  Now I eat it like every day. (P.S. This is an old photo, as my camera was not working this morning).  And for lunch, no camera.  It was a low sodium ham sandwich on a bagel thin with low-fat swiss cheese, Smart Balance mayo, mustard and pickles with a side of carrots and hummus.

For dinner, I grilled up a cajun seasoned pork loin and served it with mango salsa and leftover cheesy taters, and a little broccoli.

For the mango salsa, I chopped a mango, tomato,avocado,  half a cucumber (no seeds), quarter of a red onion, 2 T of cilantro, and mixed it up with salt, pepper, the juice of a lime, and some diced jalapeno (from a jar cuz that’s what I had).

Events of the day:

Worked from 9:30-3:00.  Went to the gym and logged 3 miles on the treadmill.  Not the most eventful day I guess, but it was a good one.

After the gym, I snacked on 2 Wasa crackers with melted reduced fat swiss cheese.

Things I’m grateful for today:

My mom, my job, my family, my friends, feeling great, the ability to see possibilities.  What are you grateful for today??????

Not my day.

I should have stayed in bed today.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but today was one of those rare bad ones.  I started off missing my morning meeting.  No alarm means no meeting.  I finally did wake up and had some oatmeal:

With naner, cinnamon, flax seeds, and agave syrup.  I know I said I was going to the beach today, but it didn’t work out that way.  I figured the best way to clear the cobwebs from my head was to start with my house.  I started by deep cleaning the bathroom, then I dusted and started scrubbing the floors on hands and knees, it just gets cleaner that way.  That was when I heard the tornado coming from my toilet.  All the water got sucked out and stinky air was blowing in, then nasty water started squirting out all over my clean bathroom.  I ran out in the street, hair wild, in my jammies and slippers to yell at the city workers. I’m sure I was quite a sight.  Of course that did no good, so I came in and cleaned it again.  All that cleaning worked up an appetite:

Veggie burger with pepperjack cheese, Smart Balance mayo, ketchup, mustard, and lettuce on a whole wheat sandwich thin.  I did every last bit of laundry and even managed to squeak in a workout.  Yes, I moved up to level 2 in the Jillian Micheals 30 day shred dvd.  I was quite proud of myself, she’s one tough cookie. Then I showered and ran out to the store real quick to pick up a couple things for dinner.

Yummy fajitas with black beans.  You may ask how something that looks so delicious can be healthy.  Here’s how I did it.  I used lean organic round steak and marinated it in organic fajita seasoning.  I sautéed green and red peppers, and onions. I piled lots of peppers and onions, and a little beef onto whole wheat tortillas with a sprinkle of reduced fat mexican blend cheese and fat-free sour cream, then dosed it in Cholula hot sauce. For the black beans, I used low sodium beans , and seasoned them with hot sauce and a generous amount of cumin.  I looooove this meal.  So many traditional foods can be made healthy just by using low sodium, whole grain, low-fat versions of the traditional ingredients.  Mexican food is especially good to make healthy because of the strong flavors, you don’t miss the fat and salt at all.  I had a glass of red zin, which was much-needed after a day like today.  And my 2 squares of dark chocolate hit the spot.  See you all tomorrow!