Grinding Gears

After last nights slurpee, I started thinking. I laid in bed with a pen and paper and jotted down all these ideas on how to create a Key Lime pie. The gears were grinding, and I think I’ve almost got it! Now to decide how I want to attack it!

Once again, laying in bed did nothing but prolong sleep. I laid there for hours, tossing and turning. Just like last time, my tummy began to rumble incessantly around 4am. I cut a small Fuji apple in half to shut the growling up and made another mug of decaf green tea.

The other half of the apple was finished mid-morning with some Chocolate PB2 and a cup of Blueberry and Acai Green Tea. From the second I opened the tea envelope, you get smacked in the face with an immense blueberry fragrance!

WP_003325Today, Barry and I took dad to the range and then made a quick stop at Wholefoods. (I may have finished off my Arctic Zero). With this sudden fascination with Key Lime Pie, I wanted to try it. I needed to try it. I took advantage of the bakery at Wholefoods to see if there was a mini one to get, just so I could have an idea of what flavor and consistency I should be aiming for.

Barry came over after our escapades and helped me prepare for tonight’s dinner with a nicely set table. Ever since my little cousin’s Communion party, I’ve wanted to try my hand at Chicken Marsala. Running my errands on Saturday, I bought a ton of mushrooms (this family loves the shrooms), chicken breast, and finally found Marsala wine. I was always taught never to cook with a wine I wouldn’t drink, but from my understanding, no one actually drinks Marsala wine…

I based the following off the Hungry-Girl recipe:

Chicken Marsala

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  • 3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3/4 of a pound)
  • salt and pepper
  • dried basil
  • 5 cups of fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2  cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp Brummel and Brown yogurt spread
  • 1 Tbsp reduced fat grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp, plus 1/8 tsp black pepper

WP_003326Fillet the chicken breast. Place the fillet between two pieces of saran wrap, or in a plastic bag, and, using a meat tenderizer, release your frustration out on some chicken breast, flattening to about 1/2 inch thickness. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place the flattened chicken in the  skillet over medium heat. Season the top side of the chicken with salt, pepper, and dried basil, to your liking, Only cook one side of the breast, and remove from the skillet.

While chicken is cooking, melt the low calorie buttery spread in in the microwave. In a bowl, combine the melted butter, wine, and chicken broth. Whisk in cornstarch until completely dissolve, and set aside.

Re spray the skillet and add sliced mushrooms and garlic. Toss until the mushrooms sweat down. Move the mushrooms to one side of the pan, and place the chicken breast back into skillet, uncooked side down. Re-whisk the wine mixture and pour into skillet. Continue to cook all the chicken, and plate. Combine grated cheese, salt, and pepper. Top the platter with grater Parm blend and serve.

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With amount of gravy this recipe makes, I stole some of it to steam the broccoli with and to re-moisten and steam some pilaf Frank threw together. Yay team effort. Dads contribution was “taste tester.”

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Following dinner, Barry and I sat down for a movie and dessert. Cookies and Cream Arctic Zero, for me, and a Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake for Barry.WP_003337

Refrain Running

Last night, dad and I watched another Redbox called Not Fade Away. I picked it because it was about music and it had James Gandolfini in it. I dug the music but the movie, itself, was so-so.

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Also making an appearance was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Arctic Zero with fat free whipped cream, jimmies, broken fat free pretzel sticks for a salty crunch, and a sprinkle of  Chocolate PB2. I love that I can eat this and not have an anxiety attack about it! Arctic Zero, you are a blessing to all those in eating disorder recovery!

After dropping Barry’s dinner off to him at work, I arrived home not being able to take my eyes off the last fuji apple. I sliced it up and enjoyed the slices with Be Well Nutella sandwiched between them.

Utter Frustration

Despite all my yawning and being in bed by 10, I did nothing all night, but lay there- completely awake! I tried counting sheep, deep breathing, stretching, and even massaging pressure points to relax. Nothing worked! I was too tired to study, too tired to talk or open my eyes… I was so frustrated I wanted to scream! But I was too tired for that too.

Eventually I gave in and whipped out a pad if paper and worked on a few new recipes. By 4 am, my belly was growling! I tried to ignore it but now I know what time my food is digested by and why I’m hungry in the morning.

I mosied into the kitchen. My immediate reaction was to head to the MagicBullet, but since it was 4am, I thought that might be a bit inconsiderate to others actually sleeping! I grabbed a granola bar, which I enjoyed. But suddenly, I was hit with eating disorder anxiety. Just peachy!

I hate laying down after eating, but I became overwhelmed with fatigue after eating my Kashi and passed out until being awoken 3 hours later by a serious of noises. First, Bunny was meowing incessantly, so I got up, made sure he had food and fell back asleep… briefly, that is, until I was awoke by a claw scratching at my foot…

Next came a wake up call… apparently my little brother over slept and Frank was yelling to his room  to get up! Well, I’m up!

I text dad to see if he wanted to take a shake to work so I threw half a banana in with a  scoop of almond butter and Be Well Nutella, and 2 scoops of Herbalife Cafe Latte. Very tasty!

Around 11am, I whipped up brunch for Frank and myself. Franks shake included Cafe Latte Shake mix, chocolate shake mix, Be Well Nutella, Almond Butter, and sugar free Torani coconut syrup to make a Pseudo-Almond Joy.

After Barry’s fascination with the Blueberry cheesecake shake from our Denny’s Breakfast menu, I was in the mood for a cheesecake shake, myself. Returning to the good ol’ shakes, I threw together a coffee and a Mixed Berry Cheesecake:WP_003304

  • 1 Tbsp sugar free fat free Cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 scoop vanilla shake mix
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Welch’s Antioxidant frozen Mixed Berry Blend

WP_003305I like to add fat free graham crackers to my cheesecake shakes, but this morning I added about 1/4 cup multigrain Cheerios on top to give me a crunchy aspect. It worked out great! I always feel so much more satiated when I eat my shakes with a spoon… its probably all in my head…

In an ultimate procrastination mood, I did a few things around the house. I finally decided to call work and see what the unit looked like and was told I would be on the desk. Well, after my mini anxiety about the granola bar, and the recent knowledge that I would be sitting for 8 hours, I decided I needed to feel somewhat accomplished.

Frank found an old picture of his dad and some family friends. The edges were starting to brown and get tattered-looking, so I grabbed the picture and took a little brisk walk, about 1 mile round trip, got a copy and enhancement made, and returned with it framed. He really liked it!

I’m always happy when I can make others smile:)

FYI: August 1st began National Sandwich Month. I’m kicking it off with a left over meatloaf sandwich! Holla! I grabbed the last slice of Honey Mustard Crusted Poultryloaf, threw it on a slice of multigrain with BBQ sauce, and headed to work with my NCLEX book in hand. I must say, the loaf was even better the next day!

As I arrived at work, I stopped by the caf to grab a drink, only to be greated my blueberry pies. Proud that I kept I walking, I came onto my unit to find a pile of temptation in the break room…

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Look away! While at the desk, I could only think of the mini blueberry scone… I cut a little piece off and walked away. Thank God! My plan was to drink lots of fluid and chew gum to keep my mind off the thought of a pastry! I ran to the caf to grab dinner for some busy nurses and grabbed some cucumbers and the like, along with a SF chocolate pudding. I love chocolate pudding with crumbled grahams! So far so good.

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One of the girls had brought peppers and cherry tomatoes in from her garden so I grabbed a few tomatoes to snack on. Finding some salsa, I decided to snack on the peppers. They looked like habeneros…

I guess I was feeling pretty ballsy or that the salsa what act as a coolant, because I bit into that thing like a champ. HOT PEPPER!!! I had to grab a drink and blow my nose… not ssuch a smart decision on my part.

With my good intake for the day, I cut a 1/4 of one of the Devils Food Crumb donuts as a chocolate treat. Damn it, Entenmanns! Why do the crumbs taste so good?!!?

I’m a really crumby person…

I have a problem with crumbs! Like I’ll be that weird person that eats thecrumbs left in the donut box, just so I can feel like I ate a donut…. Despite, still being 500 calories under what I alot myself, I still was having major calorie anxiety!

I wish I could figure out why? Is there something else manifesting itself as calorie anxiety? Am I nervous about the upcoming NCLEX? Is that why I’m not sleeping? What is going on with me?

Refrain Running

Not, refrain from running! Refrain Running. Music is very important to me. In fact, one of my first memories with my dad is him singing (he is a fantastic singer, by the way) and dancing with me. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a refrain is a part of a song, like the chorus… the part that gets repeated in between the verses…

On my brief, but most needed, run yesterday, I came up with the term “Refrain Running.” I know the right music sets the tone for my workouts. For instance, I have a difficult time running to slower songs, but some up beat songs have an off beat which throws off the sequence of my run. It sounds silly, but its true! Like Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.. Ilove that song, it pumps me up, but I have a hard time running to it because the beat makes me want to strut down the street like I’m cool or something. Haha!

Anyway, with this in mind, I noticed that I run during certain parts of songs, and power walk during other parts, creating a great interval routine! Here are some songs I realized work well with this concept:

  • Pitbulll- Hotel Room Service
  • Rooney- When Did Your Heart Go Missing
  • Adam Lambert- If I Had You
  • Ludacris ft. Pharrell– Money Maker

I’ll add to this list as I come across these songs, but its a great way to coordinate intervals into running without using a distance tracker or an app.

Lastly,

WP_003306I have noticed that my hair has gotten so much thicker! And with my new hair growth, new bangs, well, fuller bangs! My mom was a hairdresser so I’m relatively savy on trimming my bangs, so snip, snip, and viola! I Love it!

This lead me to this thought:

With new health, comes new hair!