Record Heat Wave – 102*

Morning Snack

Breakfast didn’t really seem to hold me over too well. By 9am, my belly was a-rumblin’.

I had fruit salad, from a few nights ago, topped with Yami Yogurt (again).

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That was the last of the fruit salad! May need to make another batch. It was delicious! I have plenty of fruit to do it, too!

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this…)

Lunch

Leftover Shrimp Gumbo from Sunday night.

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No rice hiding in there today. Just the gumbo.

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this too…)

Afternoon Snack

I didn’t really eat one at work like usual. It was actually off for me. But when I got home, I was hungry so I ate a string cheese.

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So lately, Angela and Tina have been talking about being in an exercise funk. I feel their pain. I haven’t exercised since Saturday. I think it has to do with the heat un-motivating me even though it shouldn’t be an excuse because the gym has plenty of fans and I think it is air conditioned. I haven’t even been doing yoga in the morning! Could be that it’s that time of the month too… I’m just very unmotivated. But today, I made it happen. I forced myself to do some kind of activity today.

The boy actually got home early so he was there when I got there and we decided to go for a jog. Outside. Recording breaking temperatures for Seattle and we are running outside. Possibly insane. I almost died. I really don’t know how all you Floridians do  it.  We went really slow. We took lots of walking/water breaks. We actually probably walked more than jogged but my feet were hurting (per usual) and it was hot and hilly.

The stats:

3.11 miles

48 minutes (I told you we went slow)

453 cal burned

40% from fat

Max HR 182

Ave HR 157

I felt really good that we accomplished it. As soon as I got home, I noticed I was rashy and getting an emerging breakout already. This made me think of Caitlin and her post yesterday about bacne. I’m pretty sure it’s heat related. I’ve been breaking out recently on my neck and chest which is odd. I’m going to blame the heat. And try and stay out of it.

Dinner

Tonight, I made up some Ground Turkey Taco/Fajita Salads.

These salads were MONDO!

I sautéed some onion and garlic in a skillet, added ground turkey to cook up.

Mixed in a pack of Simply Organic Taco Fajita Seasoning.

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The salad had a little bit of artisan lettuce and spinach.

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Slathered with Chalula Hot Sauce…

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Toppings include:

  • grape tomatoes
  • corn
  • black beans
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • crunched up Jalapeno FSTG chips
  • avocado slices
  • shredded cheese

And a small side of leftover guacamole and Jalapeno chips.

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Some parting words…

You may or may not (*ahem* Google Reader users) have seen my new layout and header. I want to give a huge thanks to Claudia, my dear friend for helping me with the header design. Any of you bloggers out there want to freshen up your header, give her a shout!

Also, I had a small (very small) breakdown today. A few months ago, my dear friend, Lis, introduced me to the world of the Julie/Julia Project. Today, I finally finished reading the blog. Every. Single. Entry. And. Comment. So bittersweet. I feel as though I have an immense void in my life. I immediately attempted to fill the void by purchasing the book on Amazon in  hopes that it would get here with enough time for me to power through it without coming up for air before the movie premiere next Friday. I’m sure I have pissed off someone by “running out” and buying it a mere week and a half before my birthday but I’m sorry. As I said, I needed to fill the void. My heart is heavy. Maybe more chocolate will do the trick until the book arrives? Hm. Maybe I should try to finish Under the Banner of Heaven this weekend then…

Off to watch another episode of The Wire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More of the same

Morning Snack

Same as yesterday, surprise surprise! Just flipped over!

 

Blueberry Lowfat Yogurt with a peach and 2 kiwi.

Lunch

Leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

We were out of the blue corn tortilla chips so I mixed it up by using FSTG Buffalo Tortilla Chips. Boy did that kick it up a notch! Yummers!

On my lunch break today, I hit up Plato’s Closet in hopes of finding a fabby new dress for a Russian Birthday Party I’m attending on Saturday! I think I have purchased maybe 3-4 party worthy dresses here before and always come out with a slammin’ good deal and get oodles of compliments on the goods! 😉

I came away with 3 dresses and 2 pairs of shoes for ~$100. Not too shabby considering one of the dresses was Simply Vera by Vera Wang and still had the tag on it! Another one was BCBG for only $35! I plan on wearing one this weekend, one for my birthday, and I’m not sure about the third. A nice date night, maybe?

Afternoon Snack

The standard, yet again. But such a good standard!

 

Veggies (mushroom, bell pepper, carrots) with Sabra Sun dried Tomato Hummus.

A little while later, I had a piece of pie.

Pecan Pie Larabar, that is! 😉 My first time! And oh so good! I think I might have a new fav! It was a little crumblier and so delicious. I heart nuts.

When I got home from work, I tried out a free trials from Yoga Download. As I’ve said before, I’m relatively new to yoga but love the idea of it so I’m giving these 20 minute sessions a try before I start ordering them like a crazy lady.

I tried Yoga For Weight Loss – Beg. It is a level 1-2 class. There was a lot of flow which I hadn’t really done before and it took me a little bit to get the hang of it. But I liked it! I might need to invest in a yoga mat. Hm… So I’m thinking about starting to do a 20 minute yoga every morning. If I got up when the boy’s alarm went off, I’d have plenty of time to fit it in then go downstairs and start on breakfast. I’ll give it a try tomorrow.

I downloaded this one (Yoga For Buns) to try! It’s a level 2-3 so we’ll see how I do. I may need to find some more level 1 and 2’s to learn some of the moves so I’m not stupidly flipping through pages to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to be doing. I like this so much better than the DVD’s I’ve tried though! I think yoga, coupled with cardio and strength training might be a good way to go!

Dinner

Direct from Cooking Light, tonight’s menu was BBQ Mustard Glazed Chicken with grilled asparagus and Confetti Couscous.

I fired up the grill and got to work on the Confetti Couscous. I prepped the veggies for the grill. Some slight modifications: I used 3 Japanese Eggplant, 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, 1 orange bell pepper.

I tossed them in oil, salt and pepper and threw them on the grill then started prepping the chicken.

I used 3 chicken breasts that were rather large so I filleted them into smaller pieces. The rub consisted of chili powder, sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder.

Flip the veggies.

Couscous – so nice, they named it twice! hehe… This was actually my first time using Israeli Couscous. Upon initial investigation, it’s just bigger and takes longer to cook.

After brief research, apparently it is a toasted wheat? Hm. Well, whatever. I cook it.

While the couscous is boiling, I got to work on the Mustard Glaze. I didn’t have smoked paprika, so regular old paprika will have to do just fine. I contemplated adding a drop of liquid smoke but opted not to; that stuff is potent. Light brown sugar will have to do as well. And a real grill instead of a grill pan which I do not own. It’ll do. (I’m feeling very Julie/Julia-esque in my dinner recap tonight!)

By now, the boy was home and took over the grill duties, as a man should. Not saying that women aren’t capable or anything. But men belong on the grill. With a beer in hand. Guess I’m a traditionalist like that. 😉

While he was working on the chicken, I trimmed and prepped some asparagus with a little bit of Goya.

We threw the asparagus on the grill towards the second half of the chicken being done, and then I enjoyed a nice mocktail!

 

Mint, Club Soda, Lime Juice, Ice. So yum!

I worked on finishing up the couscous.

The viniagrette:

Cooked Veggies

Plated Grub:

I spy….

…with my little eye…

A place mat!

Don’t worry, ya’ll. I’m not getting rich on you. These are the only place mats I own. They are double sided though! Maybe one day, I’ll feel daring and show you the other side!

The chicken turned out well. I really liked the flavor. I see this recipe going on baked tofu in the future. I’m iffy on the couscous salad. It wasn’t bad at all. It was just a lot of effort for what you get. And I tasted it along the way and I actually think it was better before adding the viniagrette to it. You could actually taste the grilled veggies and basil. After the viniagrette was added, all that was muted. It was tasty, yes. Would I make it again just like this? Probably not. Am I glad I tried it? Indeed.

 

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