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Day of my birth

Keep in mind this was supposed to go up yesterday, but I got distracted….

April 15 might mean one thing to most of you: TAX DAY.

But to me, April 15 always means…my birthday! Smile

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Keys to a successful birthday:

1. Cake flavor.  In any shape or form.  While Funfetti Pancakes seem to be popular around here for birthdays, I didn’t have much time to make pancakes this morning.  And I’m on such a god-awful cottage cheese kick. 

Cake Batter Cottage Cheese!!

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Don’t even knock it ‘till you’ve tried it.  It tasted like thick gooey cake batter.  Yummmmm.

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And I definitely went back for seconds.

2. A good gym sesh.  Too bad I skipped this and slept in instead Winking smile

3. Monster salad beast is a must for birthdays Open-mouthed smile

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I don’t even know what was in said Beast, but it consisted of normal salad fixins’ plus a scoop of Hawaiian Tempah, cashew chicken salad, and…..something else from the hot bar.

And it’s a good thing I didn’t buy a dessert because this arrived shortly after I got home:

4. More cake.  This time in heaven form:

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Seriously people.  A deep dish S’mores pie (from Costco – where else would my family shop?).  My daddy knows me well Open-mouthed smile

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5. Beautiful flowers.  Flowers are a tradition on our birthdays.  My dad would always come home from work every birthday with a bouquet (from…uh…Costco).  LOVE.

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Tonight is pretty low key.  Just grabbing some dinner, and then going out with friends! 

 

Foot/PT update: I stopped going to PT for the time being as it wasn’t drastically helping, it’s expensive, and I’m running out of appointments (due to insurance).  I caved last week and got The Boot.  Nothing is helping.  And I’m getting desperate here.  I know many people don’t recommend booting up, but I’m hoping it helps since I walk SO MUCH at work.  We will see. 

Which brings me to successful tip

6. Actually getting dressed in real clothes (and not the workout clothes I wear everyday).  Sexy boot isn’t it? Winking smile

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Ball-tastic

Yesterday I was supposed to cut back on sweets.

Oops.

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How could I turn down such delicious layers and a chocolatey crust?

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Today I was doing pretty well.  Until….

Wait – what is that?

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Oh, just some dough chillin’ in the fridge.

I’m stopping by my friend’s tacky Christmas party tonight, and wanted to bring a little something.  Such as Dough Balls!

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I followed this recipe, except I subbed in oil for the butter (I have no butter!  And I sure as hell wasn’t venturing out into the downpour for some.  No offense butter.)

Anyways, I use oil in many cookie recipes, and I actually like the result more.  However, these tasted….off.  Not much flavor.  Super oily.  They just tasted like….well….oil. 

It wasn’t until after they were baking that I realized I used double the amount of oil I was supposed to.  I thought I was using the 1/8 measuring cup, when really I was using the 1/4 cup (and even this I know is wrong, considering I was using dry measuring cups.  Sometimes I am quite the lazy baker). 

No wonder they tasted like oil.  Oh well – I’m not telling.

And I still ate too much dough.  Plus about 3 cookies.

Prior to ball forming, I couldn’t decide what to have for dinner.  I didn’t want to open up anything that I wouldn’t use in the next couple days (since I’m leaving).  And I didn’t have much to work with.

 

Ravioli?  Naww – I’m only home for 1-2 more meals before I leave and I won’t finish the package.

Soup?  Ehhh I’ve had soup a lot recently and feel bloated.  Soup doesn’t help that.

Cereal?  Had cereal for my afternoon snack.

Pancakes? Waffles? Oatmeal? Yogurt? All very acceptable dinners.  However I wanted something different than my go-to-lazy-girls-dinner.

Meatloaf or ground turkey? Frozen ground turkey.  Too bad.

Don’t know how it popped in my head, but I came up with a frittata!  I just mixed eggs, frozen veggies, chicken sausages, and garlic salt.  I didn’t have any cheese, so I opened some laughing cow wedges, chopped them up, and sprinkled them on the frittata.

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I had 2 squares – one square with Laughing Cow Blue Cheese and one square with the Sundried Tomato flavor.

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Yum!!  I felt super healthy.

And then proceeded to eat my weight in dough balls.

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Bonjour!

This morning, I took my own advice.

Given extra time in the morning, I made a delicious breakfast.

Pumpkin french toast!

I soaked 2 slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread in:

  • 3 egg whites
  • Splash of almond milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla and a bit of salt
  • Big ol’ scoop of pumpkin

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I then topped them off with a bit of homemade pumpkin cream cheese (a mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon & pumpkin butter).

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And some real delicious and sweet maple syrup.

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So so good.

I also may have had about half of this Mexican pumpkin brownie I got at work last night.

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It was staring at me from the counter as my breakfast cooked up.  Call it an appetizer.

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And then a See’s pumpkin spice lollipop as I researched internships.

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Obviously my no sweets thing is going quite well, don’t you agree?

 

Because I had such a filling and late breakfast, I just snacked during the afternoon on a handful of veggie booty

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and some pom-poms

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Before the mom at work offered to bring my home Chipotle for dinner.  I jumped at the chance – YES PLEASE.  And thank you very much.

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My Chipotle beasts usually contain:

  • Salad base
  • Fajita veggies
  • Black beans
  • (Extra) pico de gallo
  • Medium salsa
  • Corn salsa
  • Guac (obvs)
  • Sour cream (on the side so I can use a sparse amount)
  • Hot sauce

I added a bit of rotisserie chicken to the above beast.  Sometimes I get chicken at Chipotle, but I like how guac comes with the vegetarian option.

 

Injury news: Still hurts.  Still in pain.  Although today my right side was no longer hurting.  It was more of a sharp pain in the mid-left side.  Less muscular feeling, more sharp side stich feeling – all day.  Probably the sharpest pain I’ve felt.

Looking back, my previous ab injury disappeared within 2 1/2 weeks of rest.  And that was with me trying to do weights/hiking during the first week.  I’m hoping this one disappears a bit faster, although it’s already been a week.

I’ll keep you updated, but try not to bog you down with details Winking smile

 

As the french say – Bonne nuit!

 

What language did you take in high school or study during school? I took 2 years of French, and it was hard!  I would’ve continued, but I got stuck with an awful teacher my second year and learned nothing.  So I felt extremely unprepared to continue.  And I remember nothing.  Except “Je m’appelle  Taylor.”  Yup.  That’s pretty much it.

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Silver Lining

Happy Halloween!!  Ghost

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My whiteboard creation – that would be a witch, mummy, bat, pumpkin, ghost, grave (with hands sticking out from the ground), vampire, and warewolf.  Talent right there.

I’m currently running on 5 hours of sleep…5 hours for the past two nights combined. 

Friday we watched a movie and I didn’t get into bed until 2 am.

Last night we went out to the bars, and I didn’t get into bed until 3 am.

Don’t ask how I got up at 5 this morning.  I’m just thankful that I did.

The past few days have been full of tons of treats.  Such as obligatory candy

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Splurge cookies that I’ve had my eye on

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You know you secretly like those frosted sugar cookies.

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Now imagine them in pumpkin!

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Fun drinks (+ wayyyy too many other drinks last night Winking smile )

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I wanted to make these Candy Corn Martinis last year, but everywhere was sold out of candy corn!  They were okay.  I’m not a vodka person, and they were a bit strong.  But interesting to make!

The other night, we also went to dinner for a friend’s birthday where we literally devoured 3 bowls of chips amongst the 3 of us at our table.  Fast.  Plus a huge soda cup.

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I got a massive and amazingly delicious fajita chicken taco salad.  This picture actually makes it look small.  But it was huge.  I only managed half after all those chips Winking smile Leftovers!

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Last night was tons of fun.  I ended up dressing up as….

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The Tin Man!!  Unfortunately I didn’t get a single full body shot of my costume Sad smile I’m saddened.  Here’s the only front view (and I’m oddly sitting, so my tutu is sticking out at a weird angle).

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I was standing in the background of one picture, so it’s blurry and an odd picture, but you get the ideaWinking smile

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My sister made the tutu, and then I made the hat.  Although the hat ended up falling off halfway through the night, and I also lost my heart.  So by the end of the night I was just a silver ballerina.  Haha.

 

What were you for Halloween?  What did you do this weekend to celebrate?

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Long Lost Love

First – I’m so sorry for being MIA for days – my computer has had a few issues, and still doesn’t seem to be quite over it yet.  Roar.  Sometimes it turns on.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  I’m trying not to use it for too long, and I need to spend most of my computer time researching dietetic internships (which is stressing me out beyond belief), so I may be around randomly for now Sad smile

 

I’ve also been pretty under the weather.  I really don’t get seriously sick, besides a cold (knock on wood).  This time my whole body just ached and I just wanted to curl up.  I felt dizzy, lightheaded, about to faint at times, and all around awful all weekend. That part seems to be gone now, but now I’m stuck with a cough and some congestion. 

 

Anyways, enough complaining.  This week I had to say bye to 2 close people thing in my life. 

Mr. Maple

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And Mr. Chocolate

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Now, these 2 were very close.  So it was only fitting that they went within a week of each other.

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With swirls of goodness

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We left on good terms.

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Although I’m still sad to see them go.

And I’ve been surviving without nut butter in my pantry for a good week now.

Shocking.

 

I’m going to attempt to run today.  How long?  Well that depends on how I feel.  My two 3-mile runs in the past week have been sh*t, but that’s okay.

I’m at the point where I’m not training, and running should be done for fun, short cardio fitness, stress relief, etc.  And if I’m not up for a run – don’t run.

Today I want to run, and I hope it goes well.  My body is no longer achy, nor do I have a headache. 

I’m also starting to do strength training again.  With work, I barely had time to fit in my runs, let alone strength training.  But I know strength (especially ab strength) is very important in running and injury prevention. I also miss the way I felt from strength training.  Not to mention a little more muscle Winking smile.

I only wish I belonged to a gym at this point.  $$$!! Sad smile 

 

Okay, I’ve been on this computer long enough, and I should get off before it combusts.

Adios!!

PS: this is what happens when you try and transfer a pumpkin cupcake in the car.

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I tried.  And failed even more.

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The frosting ended up all over the container Sad smile

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But that didn’t stop me from licking it off Winking smile

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Sweet Tooth

I made the mini-goal to avoid sweets and dessert for the rest of the week.  Wellll…..

Question: How is it possible for me to turn down a pumpkin chocolate brownie with cinnamon whipped cream frosting?

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Answer: It’s not.

Sidenote: I kind of forgot the brownie was frosted when I stuck the container in my purse. And the brownie got tossed around. And frosting got stuck to the lid. And then I licked it off. You know.

You can also assume I had a fun sized 100 Grand at work (um. Can you say best candy bar ever? Thought so) and some ice cream while watching Gossip Girl.

Evidence of night-time snacky hunger:

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First I started with popcorn.

Then moved on to ice cream.

And finally a mug of hot chocolate almond milk.

Maybe it’s because dinner was small. But you’d think pizza would be filling. Bread + fats + protein….right??

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(That’s a tiny tiny plate by the way).

Rewinding to breakfast….it was something I’ve been waiting to make for a couple weeks.  Probably because I’ve had this empty jar taunting me for a while.

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I just hadn’t had time to make hot oats – how sad!

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Fini! (I took French in high school, by the way).  Oui…Oui.

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I actually felt slightly sick after this. Sometime my oats are just to sweet and rich for my taste. Shocker.

I’m so glad my healthiest eats of the day went unphotographed – think turkey & hummus sandwich, vegetable soup, and green beans.

Yup. Obviously healthy foods are scared of the camera.

Okay – I’m in need of a little clean eating here! I don’t care how controversial some people think it may be at this specific point in time – but I’m going to try and clean up my eating for the rest of the week.

Something quite special is coming up in less than 2 weeks(!!!), and I don’t need to be weighed down for it 🙂

Do you have a big sweet tooth? I’m definitely more of a sweet person than salty. Sure, I love salt on my food (yes, yes I do very much), but I can turn down chips & salsa anyday. Sweets on the other hand? I obviously have a problem 😉

Au revoir!

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4…

desserts I had.

Friday night’s cookies and ice cream (3 mini cookies total).

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Saturday’s mint patty.

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Sunday’s Mexican pumpkin spice brownie at lunch.

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And Sunday night’s remainder of the brownie with ice cream.

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I don’t think it’s so great that my room is downstairs. It makes it way too easy to go back for seconds of ice cream. Which I did.

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hills covered during my hill run.

2 gradually steep hils that were about 1/2 mile each. And 1 majory steep hill. The SF race has hills yo. I need to train for them.

Pre-run fuel was 1/2 the orange-mango bagel I picked up at Einstein’s the other day. Sounded too interesting to turn down.

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I liked the sweetness. But wasn’t a huge fan of the orange flavor.

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2…

messes my raspberries died red.

Yogurt mess:

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And cottage cheese.

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With PB of course because that’s how I do it.

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delicious new dressing I’m obsessed with.

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Salad with chicken, feta and said dressing at work.

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25…

hours worked total in 2 days. Phew. GOOD NIGHT.

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