Dog Walk Fail.

I woke up this morning a little sore (thanks Jillian) and a little lazy. I poured myself a cup of coffee and let it slowly hit my bloodstream hoping the caffeine would give me a pick me up and some motivation to make something substantial for breakfast. The laziness won and a bowl of cereal was all I could muster up for breakfast. At least I added some fancy toppings?

Milk overload.

Maple + Brown Sugar Frosted Mini Wheats, banana, blueberries plus a sprinkle of chia seeds on top. Easy peasy. Good thing since I was still feeling lazy as I chomped away at my cereal.

I finally found motivation to get up and go on a walk. I’m taking it easy this week and just focusing on walking + stretching out my arch, so another 4 mile walk was on the agenda. When I told my mom yesterday I had gone on a walk without Oliver (the dog) she had assured me that he could keep up and walk that far. “For sure.”

Well, she was for wrong! We headed out the door and had barely hit a mile when this guy was huffing and puffing.

He wouldn't even look at me 😉

I decided to make a loop back (in attempt not to hurt the guy) and we ended up back where we start 2 miles short of 4. C’est la vie le chien. I got him a big bowl of water and gave him a treat. Guess I’ll have to do it a bit slower and steadier before entering him in any doggy 5Ks.

I sat down for a moment to drink some water myself and contemplated going back out myself for the rest of the 4 miles, but decided 2 was not shameful and popped in the 30 Day Shred DVD for day 2 with Jillian. I’ll take the dog out once more later for a little walk (if he manages to wake up!)

What I like about 30 Day Shred is that you are constantly moving and constantly switching it up. I get bored so easy, so with the different intervals, you don’t have time to want to stop. Hopefully I notice a different after 30 days doing it. We (my butt and myself) shall see.

Lunch was another easy peasy dish. The second Roasted Chicken Patty from TJs on a Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with jalapenos hummus, cucumber and spinach.

Strawberries + carrots on the side for good measure (and a little color.)

These TJ’s Roasted Chicken Patties are awesome. I recommend them if you want a quick lunch packed with lean protein! Great on both a salad or a bagel thin.

I spent the afternoon looking for more jobs being lazy and reading blogs while snacking on another Mojo Bar eventually. (It is my birthday week, so that makes the laziness somewhat okay, right?!)

 These Mojo bars are pretty tasty. And since I can’t seem to locate the stash of Laras + Lunas I packed, they will have to do for now.

I am off to shower (yes, I haven’t done that yet, blame the laziness!) and then get ready to go to the Giant’s game tonight!!! I am so excited because they are my team and I was bummed because I didn’t think I’d get to go until next season. But my mom’s coworker was nice enough to give her tickets so I am reaping the benefits. I guess there are some perks to living at home. 😉

Even though they won’t be heading to the playoffs this year, it will still be fun to see them and enjoy a game in my new city. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Who’s your baseball team?

Monday’s Eats + Sore Feet.

Okay, I know, the title probably doesn’t make you want to eat, after reading feet, but I couldn’t help myself. 🙂

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in the city. Sunny, sunny with more sunny. Waking up on a sunny day just makes you want to spend it outside. I had a cup of coffee, leftover Kodiak Blueberry Pancakes with a little Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, some banana, Agave Syrup + some Chia Seeds on top.

Perfect fuel for a long walk around the city to get a little exploring in/ figure out where everything is. 🙂

I ended up trekking over 4 miles around the city. It felt good to move my legs, take in the Pacific Ocean air, and to see the amazing new city I am living in!

The walk was also a good idea since my foot has had some serious arch cramping since driving across the country. I have extremely flat feet and really need to do something about finding some running shoes that have better arch support. I  mean, my foot cramping from using the gas pedal for 5 days (even if it was all day) clearly indicates I need something to help me out!

The walk definitely help. As did the random arch stretching I did while on the walk.

Any arch supporting shoe recommendations out there? Overall, it was a nice long walk that really help me get a little more familiar with my city. And I only had to look at my iPhone map once or twice.

After my walk, and since I do not have a gym to use currently, I came back home and threw in Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred into the DVD player and did Level 1.

I’ve started this DVD a few times, and never get past doing it a few times in a row. Since I have no gym, I think Jillian might have to be my trainer for the next few weeks. So I am hoping to actually do this thing at least 5 times a week. Have you ever tried it? Thoughts?

After my walk + Jillian I had worked up quite the appetite, and whipped together a big salad.

In the mix: romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, carrots, Trader Joe’s Roasted Chicken Patty, a sprinkle of cheddar + a little Light Champagne Vinaigrette from TJ’s as well. It hit the stop. I have missed homemade salads. Homemade everything for that matter, after all those Subway sandwiches last week! (Just writing Subway makes me go blah!)

After lunch I got to work getting things organized. While I have a very, very good lead on a job with an in person interview for it next week, I do not want to place all my eggs in one basket, so I spent the afternoon looking for jobs which I will apply for today! I also did a few other tasks that I needed to get done, and while typing away, eventually snacked on a Mojo Bar my mother bought a Costco pack of on Sunday.

This one was pretty tasty. Definitely good for someone with a sweet tooth, which for me is some days true, some days not.

Oh and I might have been doing all this work while watching the first season (not in its entirety…yet) of Sex and the City. The entire series is in this apartment. This could be a good or a bad thing, but as long as I am productive, then it can stay on… right?!

For dinner, I had a chicken that needed to be roasted, so I did a little research, and decided to make a Roast Chicken with Lemon + Thyme. I also decided to take a few more pictures while making it, in case you guys were interested. What I love about this recipe is its simple ingredients that create a delicious, fresh flavor. I have been all about fresh tasting food lately, haven’t I?

Roast Chicken with Lemon + Thyme
Adapted from Epicurious.com 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 7-pound roasting chicken
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix first 4 ingredients in bowl.

Rinse chicken; pat dry.

Place chicken in roasting pan. Rub all but 1 tablespoon garlic-thyme oil over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lemon in cavity of chicken.

Roast chicken 20 minutes at 450°F. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Roast chicken until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 180°F, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Let chicken sit for several minutes + enjoy.

I served the chicken with a little brown rice + roasted asparagus on the side. It was a perfectly fresh, delicious and simple meal. The only downside is the length of time it takes to cook the chicken, but it is well worth it. Trust me.

This was actually way too much chicken for me to eat, so I only ended up eating about half, but I am terrible at cutting chicken off a whole bird… this girl needs lessons stat! Overall, it was a great first Monday in San Francisco!

Have you ever roasted a chicken? What are some of your favorite recipes? And don’t forget, if you have any suggestions for running shoes with good arch support please let me know! 

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!)

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!

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?