Welcoming Fall

Last night, I noticed something. Most of my calories are eaten after 5pm, but I can’t quite figure out why. Am I hungry? Am I anxious or nervous? Am I bored? I’m not quite sure. For instance, despite my delicious veggies, and a bowl of grapes, I found myself snacking on goldfish. Not that I ate anything terrible for me, but just the point. Why do I eat more at night?

Speaking of snacking… I have got to tell you about this new cereal I bought yesterday. It was super on sale and it took serious self control to not just sit on the couch with my hand in the box. Apparently, Raisin Bran has two new styles out: Omega 3 with Flaxseed, and Cinnamon Almond. The serving size was bigger in the Cinnamon Almond and I, technically, bought it for dad. Well, it didn’t make to dad’s house, yet. Heck, its lucky it made it home from the store. It was like Special K Vanilla Almond and Raisin Bran Crunch combined into a magical cereal!

I ended my night and began my morning trying to decide between a bowl of the new cereal or a shake for breakfast. I opted for the shake to ring in the first day of Fall.

WP_004011Before my shake, I threw a turnkey into the oven. After last weeks turkey sandwich-made-salad, and dad relentless requests, I threw a whole turkey into the oven. My secrets to a juicy, tender, and evenly cooked turkey? Use a turkey bag and bake the turkey up-side-down (as in breast facing the bottom of the pan). Another turkey trick is to always keep empty jars on hand. Don’t throw out those old salsa jars. Keep them for easy disposal of grease. It never ceases to amaze me how much fat comes off a turkey, even when I remove excess fat before baking!

Breakfast was a pumpkin pie shake! It was so yummy, and, surprisingly, the banana makes it. I made one for Frank and my dad! Thanks for the recipe, Julie. I followed it up with a Caramel Vanilla Cream K cup, spiked with SF white chocolate syrup.

WP_004003After breakfast and some bill paying, I welcomed the new season once more with a zip up and my  boots! Boot season is among us, people! I’m not a particular fan of cold weather, but I love boots! Frank and I headed out for a few errands, and I got two more things to welcome the sudden change of temperature: 2 new sport bras and a pair of fitted long workout pants!WP_004013

Arriving home was splendid! The smell of the roasting turkey hit us like a wall as we opened the door. Frank and I made ourselves some lunch and basked in the turkey aroma! I made a bowl of broccoli soup, topped with goldfish, and Frank heated up a Healthy Choice frozen meal.

WP_004007To kill some time, I prepared the ingredients for my dinner and future lunches. Cranberry sauce is not that popular of an item in this house, so when I do open a can, I freeze whats left, by the tablespoon. I took out 2 Tbsp of the jellied cranberry sauce out of the freezer and, when defrosted, mixed it with 1 Tbsp light mayo. As the flavors blended, I chopped up celery and scallions, and mixed it with mayo, black pepper, and a bit of garlic powder. All that was left was for the turkey to finish!

It finished just in time for dad to come over! Baked to perfection! The best part about being the one who cleans the turkey, is being the taste tester! After I cleaned and divided the turkey, I put some aside for dad, some aside for chili, and some in the celery, scallion, and mayo mix from earlier. Following dad’s departure, I chopped a bunch of iceberg lettuce, tore up turkey, and tore apart 1/2 slice of wheat bread. I drizzled half of my cranberry/mayo mix over top and dug in! Oh my gosh it was just like a Bobbie!

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Something came over me. I went into a frenzy! I ate a cucumber and grapes to chill out. I just had to get out of the house, before I ate any more. I had called dad to see how he was feeling (his knee had been bothering him), and told him about my salad. He exclaimed how awesome it sounded and I offered to come over and make one for him. I think he liked that idea.

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WP_004012I was beginning to feel to turkey’s tryptophan kicking in and debated not going to Zumba. After feeling so manic, I needed to go! I arrived at Zumba decked out in my new gear, ready to go. Wouldn’t you know the sound system was acting up! Come one, universe, really?! After talking, standing around, goofing off, and making phone calls, we were finally patched, and Alex, the instructor, lead half a class and gave us all a free class. Yay! I came home, feeling a bit better, and went to town on some cucumber and salsa to get my crunch and nervous energy out of my system.

After a shower, a few phone calls, and the season premier of “How I Met Your Mother,” I am ready for some chill time.

Black and Gold

I was hoping to get some sleep after work, but instead, I made a trip to Wholefoods, made some Garlic and Cauliflower soup, and took a quick 45 minute nap. This nap is what powered me for the remainder of the day.

Every year, my girlfriend’s sorority host a Black & Gold Party. Each girl brings two dates. Its a way for the new inductees to meet other people. I’m a date every year.

This year was different, though. It was like I was back! I drank a little, I celebrated my friends birthday with some cake and nachos (without a panic attack), I socialized and laughed and danced, and reunited with some old friends. (And I had my first Bobbie hoagie since recovering!)

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Birthday Boy!

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The Bobbie

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Birthday Shot

So much cheese!

So much cheese!

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My crew of friends make the same cake for everyone’s birthday. Why? Because its that good! Its called the “Better than Sex” cake. I’m trying to figure out a way to make it a little healthier, but heres the jist:

Bake a Devil’s Food cake according to package instructions. While still hot, remove from oven and poke holes in the top with a fork or chop stick. Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over top. Drizzle with caramel topping and cover with cool whip. Lastly, top the cake with chopped Heath Bars.

WP_001371I crashed at my girlfriend’s apartment and woke up early to head to campus, making a pit stop at 7-Eleven for some much needed coffee. I could feel some anxiety starting to set in as I thought about all the calories I had consumed last night. Immediately, as I arrived on campus, I headed toward the gym and had one of the best, and sweatiest workouts I’ve had in ages! I completes Julie’s Make Your Face Sweat Treadmill Workout . She was not kidding when she said “sweat.” I know I have a good workout when my shirt is wet from sweat! Minutes 32 to 40 really intimidated me but I pushed forward. I needed to adjust this just slightly. Every so often during those ten minutes or so, I dropped back down to 4.0 speed to catch my breath a bit (for about 30 seconds), but enough to still keep my heart rate up. Even with the modifications, I managed to run 3.88 miles an burn around 500 calories! SWEET!

After this, I asked the girl at the gym to make me a circuit, explaining that I just wanted to burn today! With a few modifications to her set-up, this is what was completed.

10 reps Chest Press 25lbs 2 sets
10 reps Lat Pull Down 40lbs 2 sets
10 reps Tricep Extensions 10lbs 2 sets
10 reps Row 40lb 2 sets
1 min High Plank
10 reps Weighted Squats 5lb in each hand 2 sets
8 each leg Lunges with Bicep Curls 5lb in each hand 1 set
10 and 10 reps Calf Raises (alternate 10 normal pace and 10 fast) 3 sets
1 min High Plank
15 each leg Bird Dog Crunch* 1 set
25 reps Double Crunch 1 set
25 reps Bicycle Crunch 1 set
1 min Modified Plank

* While returning to starting position touch elbow to knee to form a crunch

** I attached two links in case you were unsure about the form of these exercises

I finished with ten minutes on the elliptical. After a shower, I grabbed my laptop from the car, enjoyed a protein and fiber fix in the form of Chobani Flip Vanilla Golden Crunch topped with ground flax and hit the library to watch a lecture before class.

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