Learning to be flexible.

I can tend to be somewhat of a control freak.  Especially with my time.  I usually have my whole day planned out, which doesn’t leave much room for spontaneity, or surprises.  So, if a work day runs a little long, what’s a girl to do?  Yep, leave out the gym and find a way not to feel bad about it.  And if my house buying hunt leads me back to square 1, I just have to re-strategize and keep going, not beat myself up that I didn’t cross everything off my to do list today, or put an offer in on a house I liked.  Flexibility is my lesson for the day apparently.

Breakfast was not flexible, however, just my old stand by of oatmeal with pb and bananas, and a hard-boiled egg.  But my lunch was fabulous and I was able to throw it together in about 2 minutes flat thanks to the prep work I did yesterday.  I took it to work:

Salad with romaine, ham, carrots, tomatoes, brown rice, and Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch on the side.  You gotta try this stuff.  I love creamy dressings, but stopped using it because of high fat and calories, this only has 70 calories and 6 grams of fat in 2 T, and nothing artificial. Yet, somehow tastes like the real thing.

After work, I did get the pharmacy and grocery store crossed of the list and headed home to treat myself to  an “almost 5 o’clock” treat.  Cheese, crackers and wine;

That’s a Wasa cracker with gouda cheese and a spotted glass of Foxhorn Merlot. Oh yeah.

I should probably mention lasts night’s dinner.  Here’s a new segment called “Leftovers+ Imagination=Tasty meals”

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Well I had an extra chicken breast left, so I chopped it up, cheese and all, and put it in what was left of the jar of sauce along with a can of artichoke hearts, and a handful of grated parmesan cheese.  Heated all that through and served it with some gourmet artichoke fettucine from Rossi Pasta:

The whole deal.

My serving, sprinkled with more parmesan cheese.  I find the refrigerator light works pretty good for pics in a dark kitchen.  Now I’m off to start dinner.  Stayed tuned for this evening’s fare.

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??????