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??????

Run Forrest, Run!

I just felt like run-nang!  Today something unusual happened.  I went on my usual run, but normally, I run for .2 miles, then walk for .2 miles. (yes that’s 2/10ths of a mile), for a total of 2 miles plus a half mile warm up and a half mile cool down.  Well, today, I did a couple of walk/runs, but then, I just kept running.  I went a mile without stopping!  I know that may not sound like much to some of you, but for me it was a milestone.  I’ve mentioned before how I always get REALLY winded when I run (ever since I was a kid), but today was different, YAY!  I ran for a total of 2 miles and walked for 1.5 miles.

Maybe it was my breakfast:

Nope, the only unusual thing about my oatmeal is the banana slice standing straight up.  While I digested, I worked on Quickbooks, and filing my annual report, and laundry.  Then I went for my run.  When I got home, I went to work in the yard, mulching and raking.  I took a lunch break:

Salad with reduced sodium ham, tomatoes, and cucumber, and a Fiber One blueberry muffin.  Then I showered and gave myself a mani and pedi.  I had to run a couple of errands, so I grabbed a quick snack before heading out:

After the bank and the dreaded Wal-Mart, I came home and relaxed for a few minutes before starting dinner:

Pan seared tilapia, brown rice and quinoa, and broccoli with Uniekaas Reserve cheese.  describes this cheese as follows:

“There are lots of goudas out there, and this is something special. Royal Black Gouda is a premium aged Dutch Gouda, aged eighteen months. Almost but not quite as hard as Parmesan Reggiano, this cow’s milk cheese is firm, golden, and has a wonderful rich nutty flavor. It can be enjoyed with wine or beer, or grated onto pastas, gratins and other dishes.” 

It was very good.  Gave the broccoli a bite and added lots of flavor without adding salt and pepper.  To make the tilapia, I melted about 2 T. Smart Balance butter in a skillet on medium, and seared the tilapia a few minutes on each side until flaky.  To season the fish, I used Costco’s brand 21 spice blend (no salt, YAY!).

Very good meal.  Of to bed soon.  Another busy day tomorrow!