Breakfast to Breakfast.

Yesterday I thought it was Thursday, and today I keep thinking it’s Friday, so all in all I have had a disappointing two days. 😉 (Joking. Mostly.) I do feel though like my days left in DC are going fast. Like fast, fast! I have so much to do + so much left to enjoy, so everyday I try to incorporate at least one thing in that I’ve been meaning to do or have to do. I’ve mostly been only getting through the meaning to do (aka, hang out with friends I haven’t seen in a while and eat at good places) + not the have to dos (packing, planning, tossing + donating.) Even though I am super excited to be moving back West, DC is a great city, just one I think I’d prefer to visit in the future as oppose to live in – if that makes sense.

And actually, I must confess, yesterday I just plain didn’t do anything. Not a meaning to do or a have to. I just went home, made some dinner + chilled. Actually, maybe that was a meaning to do! I have been busy and needed some downtime.

Speaking of yesterday, let’s talk breakfast, because it was delicious. After a disappointing peach earlier this week, I knew that something else had to be done with the peaches I had bought because they alone were just not cutting it. Since I love baking banana right in with my oats, I thought I could probably do the same with a peach and that for some reason this would help. Well either I am a genius, or the cinnamon + dark chocolate pb I put on top helped, but it worked! And well.

Oats + flaxseed + chia seeds + cinnamon + one peach (cubed) + a healthy does of PB = Delicious. It was a pre-Fall-ish bowl of fun. Just what I wanted.

Yesterday’s lunch was simple, but also just what I wanted.

Turkey hummus sandwich on a thin with onions, cucumbers + lettuce. Plus grapes + carrots on the side. Perfectly simple, tasty + sweet.

My afternoon snack was simple too. Just my favorite Luna Bar, Blueberry Bliss, and a big cup of H20. I was thirsty!

Yesterday’s dinner was an oldie, but a goodie. Turkey taco salad night. It’s my go to meal when I am feeling lazy, which yesterday I was.

It didn’t hurt either that I had all the ingredients beside the ground turkey. Romaine + cucumbers + red onion + black beans + salsa + avocado (that I turned into guacamole)  + a sprinkling of reduced-fat Mexican cheese.

My roommate also decided to make funfetti cake so I had a little sliver of that too. It was gone before I thought to take a picture. Funfetti is a weakness I tell you 😉

And since lunch today was a special little treat (more on that later,) let’s complete this post with today’s workout + breakfast.

I woke up this morning NOT motivated at all. In fact that has been a trend this week. I blame the no AC, and therefore not sleeping well, as the culprit. But I made myself get up this AM and decided to change my workout up a bit since the gym too was super hot. Instead of my scheduled 25 minute run, I did a quick warm-up, ran a mile @ 5.7, quick cool down, and then did a full body strength workout. It felt great! I clearly need to do more strength, I think its safe to say I like it a lot, as I can work out my frustrations that way 😉

After the gym I had a quick breakfast – sandwich thin, DCPB + a banana. I forgot to put chia seeds on though! Whoops! I was in a rush.

(I think my breakfast looks like a monkey in this photo.)

That’s all for now. Be back later to talk lunch! (For realz this time!)

I’m Going Going, Back Back…

… To Cali, Cali!

I’m sure if you follow me on twitter, you have probably guessed by now that I decided to take the leap and move to San Francisco!

I am excited, scared, anxious, happy, overwhelmed but ready to take this head on.

Oh and by the way, I need to be out of my apartment by September 20th!!! While this is so soon, its okay because that means I will be home by my birthday (September 30th) and that means I am going to be started my 27th year off fresh and focused in the state I want to be it. And that has to be a good sign.

I have a lot to do in less than a month, but I know I can get it done. Probably the only thing I know for sure as of this moment is that I will be driving. Hopefully this is my last cross country road trip ever because it is definitely not my first.

I will keep you all in the loop as I go, but I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who had the nicest words of encouragement to say to me. I appreciated them all so much and they really did give me that extra push to make this decision.

So with all that being said, here goes nothing!! California here I come!

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It was so nice yesterday to be able to make lunch in my own kitchen. I think this is my new dream. Making lunch at home everyday. I am going to try to live as close to my new office as possible (you know when I get my dream job after I land in SF next month) so I can walk home for lunch.

I whipped up a pretty tasty salad complete with lettuce, onion, cucumber, feta (fat free,) hummus guacamole, a slice of turkey + a strip of turkey bacon. I also put a little Trader Joe’s Fat Free Balsamic on top. First time having this + I loved it!

A little while later I had a snack of banana + Dark Chocolate PB + chia seeds. Yum, yum + more yum.

A little while after my snack I headed to the gym for my 2 miles that I needed to make up for after missing it this weekend. And you know what? It felt so good. I think with all my news, I just needed to run! I warmed up and planned on running 1 mile, doing a breather and then doing the other, but at 1 mile I knew I could do more so I kept on running until I was at 2 miles. It felt pretty good! I cooled down, and did some upper body strength work (lat pull downs, rows, chest press + some ab work) and called it a workout.

I made a quick + easy dinner afterwards of whole wheat pasta, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic + chicken sausage with some olive oil on top. Oh + a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan. 🙂

I also had a I’m-moving-back-to-California-celebratory glass of wine, + I ended my night with one of these.

Have you ever driven cross country? Favorite route? I think I know which way I’m going but I probably won’t share until I get to CA! (Safety first!)

So much better.

Wow. I am so blown away by all the kindness and words of wisdom many of you left me yesterday. Sometimes exactly what you need to hear others can provide, and let me tell you all, your words helped! I am feeling so much better today (which could partly be due to the fact that I am going on vacation tomorrow,) and am back in planning mode, and back to being positive!

While I am out of town, I will have a few special guest posts, which just so happy to fit perfectly with where I am at in my journey to a better me. I have “previewed” these posts, if you will, and they have given me some great advice. I am going to set up some posts to go out as a follow on to their guests post, so even though I will be on the beach, I will get a few posts in, and I will have a great plan once I get back from Cape Cod.

While on vacation, I plan on getting in some exercise and I plan on making healthy choices, but I am definitely going to splurge and have some drinks and most importantly relax. Because I am listening to my mind and body and it is telling me relaxation is what I really need! I hope to come back from the Cape, refreshed, relaxed, and with a plan that I will and can stick to!

After ‘putting it out there‘ last night, I headed home from work and hit the gym. I did 1.5 miles of mostly running and a little walking on the treadmill for a warm up and then planned on doing NROLFW Stage 1 Workout A, but some guy was bogaarding the area. (The gym I use is in my apartment building, so its small. It’s equipped. But it’s small. That sounds dirty…)

I decided to head upstairs to my apartment and do some weights on my own. I have 10lb weights (I think, maybe I should weigh them,) so I did my own little strength routine:
* 2 x 15 Squats with weights
* 2 x 15 Lunges with weights
* 2 x 15 Chest flys
* 2 x 15 Seated Rows (which didn’t work out too well without a machine)
* 30 crunches
* 50 bicycle crunches

I think that was it. I didn’t write it down. Conclusion: following the plan is much better, and I need to do them in the AM so that no one has taken over the machines. Better than nothing though, so there is that! (And the chest flys definitely worked, my arms are a tad sore today!)

When I got back to my apartment I realized that I had literally nothing in the house that I could make for dinner, unless I defrosted chicken and ate it with maybe a can of beans. No veggies, no nothing! This is a good thing since I am about to go on vacation but a bad thing after a workout!

The roommate and I decided to order from Lost Dog Cafe, which as I have said before is my favorite pizza place in Arlington. I decided to order a personal size Catahoula, with whole wheat crust, and a garden salad.

It was very, very tasty. What I love about the pizza’s from Lost Dogs is that they feel homemade. Natural, fresh ingredients. Not too much cheese. A very balanced pizza!

I had two slices and a bunch of greens on the side. And a glass of Riesling. It’s been that kind of week, as I think you were all fully aware of!

I decided to end my day by setting myself up for a great morning. If you guessed I made Overnight OIAJ you were right. I woke up this morning already in a better mood knowing my breakfast was going to be awesome and healthy.

In the jar:
* Last bit of Vermont Peanut Butter Avalanche (White chocolate PB – holy yum best peanut butter I have ever had. Seriously.)
* 1/2 cup oats
* 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
* 1/2 tbsn flax seeds
* 1/2 banana
* 1/2 cup Almond milk
* 1/2 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Added on top:
* Sprinkle of TJ Low Fat Vanilla Almond Granola
* A couple of strawberries

Yum, yum yum. So good.  Work this morning has flown by and as I type this I am eating my lunch, which means on;y 4 more hours until vacation! Lunch was a tuna salad that I was given for free! The tuna was a bit mayo-y, but I made it work. Perhaps I should suggest they make it with plain Greek yogurt in the future? 😉

I am going to try to squeeze in one more post before I leave tomorrow! Happy Friday!

Oh what a weekend.

Well, I was a pretty bad blogger this weekend, wasn’t I? Let’s just say, I went on a staycation. On Friday night I headed out to my friend’s birthday party and I did not get back until Sunday. No, no nothing scandalous. Just spent the weekend hanging out with friends and instead of heading home just crashed at a friend’s house in the city. Sometimes its nice to just get out of the house and relax, especially after a crazy week at work. I will not bore you with a weekend of food posts, but just know it involved good ol’ fashion BBQs, sandwiches, and a big bowl of cereal on Sunday night. Oh and maybe a few of these.

I also watched a lot of movies and TV shows. Mad Men has become a real problem. There are four seasons on Netflix, and I have this small problem that once I start a TV show, I cannot stop watching it. Check it out. You will be hooked too. 😉

Overall I can honestly say that despite the ‘having more beers that I probably should have’ I didn’t eat too crazy this weekend. I tried to have small portions of all the good stuff, and big portions of veggies (grilled zucchini anyone?) and fruits (how good are mangoes right now?!)

Monday morning came hard and it came fast though. Luckily I had a 9am appointment at an office about 10 minutes from mi casa, so I got to sleep in a little later than normal. Every minute counts, especially on Mondays!

I woke up and started my day with something I knew would kick my week off to a good start. Two whole wheat waffles, two peanut butters (dark and white chocolate of course,) half a banana and chia seeds (my new secret weapon to hydration. Seriously, if I start the day of with chias, I feel more hydrated throughout the day. True story.) I had it with a nice glass of iced tea on the side.

I go through kicks where I like iced tea better than iced coffee, make that hot tea and hot coffee as well. I am definitely on an iced tea kick. Brewing it at home and adding a splash of Crystal Light lemonade to it. So refreshing.

Work was crazy as usual today. But I am beginning to feel more confident that the date in my head is going to happen and that gives me hope that I just finish up what I am doing and move on my merry way out West. I think the staycation helped my positive thinking, which is excellent news in my book.

Lunch came around and since I played hooky all weekend I decided to go to the grocery store and kill two birds with once stone: grab lunch and something for dinner. I picked up some supplies for grilled chicken salad for dinner and headed to the deli counter for a panini. When in doubt, grocery stores usually have great sandwiches, and this one did not fail me. I ended up ordering the Turkey Reuben Panini and a small Broccoli Salad.

Can you believe that is only half of both! I have lunch waiting for me in the fridge at work tomorrow. The broc salad was crunchy and delish. Just a light dressing on top. And the panini was great. Not too much dressing on this either.

Lunch left me feeling satisfied all afternoon until these two little guys showed up on my desk. It was a fun little treat, not going to lie.

Have I mentioned that I love dark chocolate? Even more than milk chocolate. True story.

I headed home from work around 5:30 and chatted with my sister while driving home. I am getting so excited about Cape Cod. We chatted about day trips, beach trips, and most importantly, food!

I got home and got on the treadmill. The doctor cleared me to begin running again as of yesterday, so I was excited to get a run in. I wanted to take it slow and easy since it was my first run in almost 3 weeks! I decided to do a half hour on the treadmill alternating between 2:30 of running (@5.5) and walking (@4.0.) The run/walk combo really worked up a sweat and was a great intro back (2.25 miles.).

I really need to figure out more of a game plan for my running. I think I have a plan, but want to do a little more research before putting anything out there. Any tips for newbie runners like myself? What makes me the most excited is that I was excited to get a run in today, and I am excited to make a plan and to take it day by day until I am (hopefully) running a marathon! Baby steps though baby steps 🙂

I also did Workout B of Stage 1 of NROLFW. This is now my forth time doing it and I am already feeling stronger… if that is even possible. Cardio + strength left me feeling 100% good.

Dinner was of course a grilled chicken salad. Quick, easy, but oh so good. Fresh red leaf romaine, grilled chicken (courtesy of my Mean Lean Grilling Machine,) cucumbers, strawberries (my new salad favorite,) red onion, carrots, a little feta and some low-fat Greek dressing. Perfect dinner after a good workout.

After dinner I turned on the Bachelorette (even though I hadn’t seen a single episode all season) and got hooked for approximately 2 hours and 7,000 awkward moments. I couldn’t stop watching, it sucked me!

I also caught up on blogs though (multi-tasker right here,) and am now in bed ready to turn on a Mad Men and go to sleep!

Hope you all had exactly the weekend you needed, and hope you all have a good week lined up!

Overnight OIAJ.

Yesterday’s breakfast was a first here at Broccolini + Cheese, yesterday I had my first, ever Overnight Oats! While I had OIAJ once before, this is the first time I let them sit overnight which, in my first timer’s opinion, really makes all the difference.

The night before I added:

  • 5 oz FF Honey Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup FF milk
  • (almost) 1/2 cup Oats
  • Blueberries
  • Half a banana
  • 1/2 tbsp Flax Seed
  • 1/2 tbsp Chia Seed
  • Last bit of (not-so-great) PB
Wow, was this good! I added a little TJ Low Fat Vanilla Almond Granola on top for a bit of a crunch since I didn’t really know what to expect or if I’d enjoy the cold oats, but it was so good. The flavors all mixed together and I was left full and satisfied all morning long. 
Around lunchtime I realized that the lunch I had brought in on Friday of last week that I was playing on eating was not looking smelling too good. My office doesn’t really have that many options that are super convenient to get to, park at, etc, so I ended up going to Subway. I felt like I was just there, but I suppose this was a lunch sandwich and last time I got a breakfast sandwich so its totally different… right? 😉
The last lady I had at Subway was quite stingy with her vegetables, so i was glad this lady packed them in there. I had turkey, pepper jack, and lots of veggies including a scoop of avocado with a little oil and vinegar on top.
As I have mentioned, and not to be a Debbie Downer, but work has been insane on so many levels lately. So when I got back from lunch and saw someone had made cupcakes, I figured why not.
There weren’t too big, but it definitely was a small little perk for my day. (As are my pink post-it notes that I was nice enough to share with the cupcake.) A little while later into the afternoon, my sweet tooth was back, as it always is after I have sweets, so I cut myself up some mango to battle my sweet too with fruit! This mango was awesome, in fact, dare I say better than the cupacke. I ate it before snapping up a photo, but have more so I’ll be sure to share what kind they are, because it was have been the best mango I’ve ever had. (Bold statement right there, people.)
I got home from work and headed down to the gym and hopped on the elliptical to see how my toe would handle it. It’s been almost 2 weeks since the surgery, and while the doc said no running until he cleared me, (possibly tomorrow,) I decided the elliptical would be okay.  Call me crazy, but I just do not like the elliptical. It is really boring in my book! I stayed on for just over 20 minutes until my toe started to burn. At this point, I think its more the sweat going into the wound the the toe itself, but I suppose I will know more tomorrow. I did some floor work, stretches and abs, before calling it quits for the night.
For dinner I made a new recipe by roommate found in Fitness Magazine: Corn and Quinoa Salad with Chicken Sausage.
It turned out really well. The salad consists of quinoa, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper and onion with a lemon, EVOO dressing. You are suppose to put cumin in it, but I didn’t have any so I just added a few extra spices in there (think oregano, thyme, etc) and it was delicious. Very summery and fresh tasting.
After a long day at work, I definitely need one two of these as well.
After dinner I watched some Sex & the City before headed to bed. I have been super tired lately, which may be due to the fact that I’ve unintentionally lowered my caffeine intake (iced coffee just hasn’t sounded that great lately! I know the insanity.)
This morning I woke up and had an oldie but goodie for breakfast. Two waffles, two PBs (dark chocolate on one, white chocolate on the other) plus banana and chia seeds on top, with an iced coffee on the side. Hopefully this gives me a little more energy throughout my day today!
At work now, so I must go! But I leave you with an important question:
What’s your favorite way to make Overnight OIAJ?