Breakfast By Boy

Good morning and Happy Friday, my darlings! A good morning it is, indeed!

I started off the day right by doing a Morning Flow. I really need to invest in a mat if I am going to be keeping up with this. The carpet in the bedroom hurts my hands a little. Yesterday in Core Class, there was a woman that had this really pretty brown one with baby blue flowers on it. I’d like to find one maybe with orchids on it. Maybe I’ll look if I get bored at work today. Anyone know of good sites for yoga mats?

While I hopped in the shower, the boy made me breakfast! I like him having days off! Not only do I get to give him  Honey-Do List, I also get pampered in the morning!

Last night, I gave him a run down on options that he could make for breakfast with the limited amount of food that we have in the kitchen. Fridays and Saturdays are the days we restock so breakfast on Fridays can be challenging.

He decided on oatmeal! He’s even super cute and took a picture of the ingredients!

  • banana
  • oats
  • flax
  • vanilla whey
  • vanilla soy milk
  • walnuts

When I came down, he was struggling for toppings because of the lack of fresh fruit so we decided on almond butter and I added a square of 88% Cacao Endangered Species Chocolate, finely chopped to the top of my bowl.

It was so yummy! I think food tastes better when someone else prepares it for you!

He also made me an iced coffee with vanilla soy milk.


I don’t know about you guys, but this week flew right on by and I am so excited for our busy busy weekend we have planned!

Tomorrow, we are doing the gym, the farmer’s market, PCC, the Bite of Seattle, and Val’s birthday party!

Sunday will be filled with laundry, scrabble, and movies! Just the way I like my Sunday!

What are your plans for the weekend?


I am a Warrior

The boy gently nudged my cranky butt out of bed at 4:45 this morning to do some quick Yoga action before I started my day.

Honestly, it was tough to get out of bed but I don’t regret it. Once I got moving, I was fine. I did the Yoga For Buns #1 from Yoga Download. I broke a sweat, I was shaky, I couldn’t hold some of the poses the entire time. But it was good. I liked it! I’m already starting to get the hang of flows. This one had a similar flow as yesterday’s that I liked.

I know that this was only 20 minutes but it’s better than nothing and it wasn’t hard to fit in an extra 20 minutes. Susan actually talked about this yesterday. We have to choose to make the time and put in the effort to be healthy! I was actually running a little early this morning! I am really starting to dig this whole Yoga thing. I know I’m not burning a ton of calories or anything, but it’s more of the mental aspect of it. I feel like a lot of the time, when people are striving for a healthy lifestyle, they often forget that your mental health should also be incoporated. This is part of the reason I stopped calorie counting! It literally drove me up a wall! For my sanity, I’ve changed my approach to having a more holistic view on food and becoming more aware of my body and needs and the why and how to my eating. Health isn’t just about what you eat and your level of activity. It’s also about your stress, alertness, sleep, brushing your teeth, your skin, your digestion, everything! I have only been given this one body, and I intend to take care of it.

This morning, I decided to nourish it with a quick bowl of cereal.

Today I used Kashi Summer Wheat cereal with half a banana, some sliced up strawberries, topped with ground flax and vanilla soy milk.

Along side this bowl, I had an iced coffee made with vanilla soy milk (that I am still nursing at 9am) and my daily vitamins (multivitamin, vitamin c, and fish oil).

Writing this, a few hours later, it didn’t tie me over quite as nicely as other breakfasts have this week. Is it the breakfast or the fact that I did yoga first thing this morning? Hmm… I wonder. Either way, I’ll inevitably end up cracking into my morning snack a tad earlier than usual and it will have a domino effect for the rest of the day. le sigh.

More of the same

Morning Snack

Same as yesterday, surprise surprise! Just flipped over!


Blueberry Lowfat Yogurt with a peach and 2 kiwi.


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!


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.