Berry Muddy

Based off of my Black and Muddy recipe, I started the day with a Berry Muddy Shake:

frozen mixed berries

1/2 pkt Nature’s Plus Spirutein Cappuccino protein powder

2 Tbsp Chocolate PB2

1 Tbsp sugar free Torani Raspberry

Franks consisted of both vanilla and chocolate protein powder, bananas, and blueberry preserves.

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That Berry Muddy is pretty dark, huh? And VERY peanut buttery!

The rest of that day, was once again, a lazy one. I randomly snacked on things like pickles, crackers, and cantaloupe until it was time to head to work. I couldn’t quite figure out if I was hungry or not today, but I kept the snacking in check and drank plenty of water!

I arrived to work to find I was assigned to work at the desk tonight. As the clerk, it was a relatively uneventful evening and I could not wait to curl back up in bed!

Since I was feeling quite bloated today, (I drank a TON of water), I opted for a guilt-free soup, although I’m sure the sodium content did not help with the bloating issue. I refer to it as guilt-free because I can eat the whole can of soup for a measly 100 calories! Thank you, Progresso French Onion!

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For a snack to hold me over, I brought half a large cucumber! I love cucumber! Especially during the summer. They are so crisp and refreshing,and oh so guilt-free! I tried an interesting combination, I will admit. I had a small pack of strawberry preserves, and dipped a slice of cucumber in it. I was surprised with the refreshing, moist, and mildly sweet treat. (I’ve warned you many times… I’m a weird one.)

To finish my night, a Special Dark Chocolate Hershey Miniture and some nutella and Suzies!

Another good eating day! Thank you blog world! You make my mind right!

I’ve always wanted to try making homemade French Onion soup! I love making soup! What are some of your favorite soups to make?

Silly

My belly was feeling much better after a rough night of tossing and turning.

I heard on the news that it was going to snow. (Fingers crossed schools would be closed.) No such like. But by the time I got to the hospital the snow was coming down! School wound up closing at 12 but clinical operate on a separate schedule. We didn’t get to leave until about 2:20pm. We didn’t get lunch so I was pretty hungry despite the graham crackers I snacked on mid-morning.

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view leaving the hospital

The roads were pretty dangerous, and yet people still insist on speeding and cutting people off. Silly drivers…

Since my brother had off from school today, mom made blueberry pancakes. When i got home, I finally got my pancake fix. I got a little cocky, being able to hold this and some apple down, and then split a can of Progresso Light Beef Pot Roast Soup with Mom.

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with some goldfish

Weird combo… pancakes and soup…

Now who’s the silly one? Ugh so full!

Speaking of being silly… Let me just mention how weird Bunny and Beauty are acting today. Since I’ve been home they have been in and out of the house and when they are in the house they following me around everywhere I go. According to mom, they’ve been doing this all day. Even when I was doing some stretches on the floor, I opened my ears to see Beauty’s nose in my eye! HAHA! Is it a full moon or does slushy snow fall do this to everyone?

I totally rocked my IV push medication today, which I was freaking out about! It was a great learning experience and I think I will be much more comfortable next time around!

I spent the night with this full tummy catching up on last weeks episode of Glee (one of my guilty pleasures). Ironically, this episode was called “Guilty Pleasures.”

 

Like Its My Job

One thing that drives me crazy about getting off work at 11pm is that I’m typically asleep at that time. By the time I get home, my belly is growling. Last night, I tapped into the Reduced Fat Cheez-Its like it was my job!

Ugh! I can’t win!

Since I went to sleep late, getting up early for clinical was not exactly easy. I hit that snooze alarm like it was my job! Today has been pretty good though! I started my new rotation and I love it! Its just like being at work, surround by all these little kiddos! I even got to suction a trach today!

Before I left for clinical, I popped an Apple Crumb VitaTop into the toaster oven, and topped it with some PB2.

I packed myself a roast beef and swiss sandwich with some baby carrots for work. The dijonaise really made the samwich! I started driving to school to use the gym, but just kept yawning. I decided against the gym today and I’d do a workout at home. WP_001218

When I got home I enjoyed some almond butter and apple. This is probably one of my favorite snacks!

Dinner was so simple! Left over soup. It was the Progresso High Fiber Chicken Tuscany. It was really filling!

I needed to pick up some staples for the kitchen, plus, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been slacking on the crock pot recipes and the end of the month is right around the corner.

Warning: Crock Pot recipes will be taking over this blog!

Anyway, dad and I headed to the grocery store and it gave me a brain break from studying.

The workout never did happen, by the way… You know what did happen? Cereal snacking… like it was my job! Since I have practice for a show I’m in tomorrow, I won’t be home all day, which means my butt is working out!!!

 

Bye-Bye Bars

Happy Fat Tuesday! My exciting plans, while girlfriends are enjoying wine and chocolate? Writing a paper and studying my butt off with some exercising thrown in there.
I took control of the clinical manager position in clinical today and I think I did pretty well. The gears were definitely turning as I examined the pathophysiology of my patients. I welcomed lunch times, which was pretty tasty for being a canned soup: Progresso’s High Fiber Chicken Tuscany Soup with some hospital grade saltine crackers.

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I started thinking this morning… What do I want to give up for Lent? For those of you who don’t know, Ash Wednesday starts the 40 days of Lent. Ideally, we, as Catholics, try to give something up during these days to better ourselves and to feel like, we, too, are sacrificing something.

Growing up, I always gave up things like chips or soda in an attempt to “be healthy.” But this year, I’m giving something up that is going to be a BIG challenge! I’m giving up the things I spend a ton of money on, and eat entirely too many of. Its one of the items that I binge the most on. Protein bars. I’m an addict. I get twitchy when I see one and impulsively buy it! I run to my car and scarf it down. I’m on the run all day long and by the time I get home an want to enjoy REAL food, I’ve already eaten my days calories in bars. These things truly are my weakness and I know this is going to be a challenge. I’m not giving up snack bars or fiber bars because they are so great for clinical mornings, but I know I need to do this. I need to prove to myself that I am in control of my life, my eating habits…

To say “see ya later” to the bars, I enjoyed 3 today: a Lemon Zest Luna bar, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Special K Protein bar, and a Fruit and Nut Delight KIND bar. Wow! This is going to be rough! I think the KIND bars are going to be the hardest to refrain from, especially the Peanut Butter & Strawberry (I review it here) and the Almond Cashew and Flax.

I forget my veggies for lunch today, so after clinical I stopped by Wawa and picked this up:  Veggies with Light Ranch Dip. I  added a handful of Dutch Cocoa Sumersault snacks for dessert (I love these things! Dutch Cocoa and Cinnamon are my favorite flavors.) WP_001142

What a great packaged snack! I was so surprised by how fresh and crisp the veggies were and the sugar snap peas were so sweat! My dad would have loved this!

Today, as sleepy as I was, I completed Day 3 of the Couch to 5K Challenge. My chest, but especially around my shoulders, were really sore today because of yesterday’s upper body weight training.

Dinner tonight was nothing spectacular. In fact, it was not that attractive, nor very impressive. I ate a Lean Cuisine: Fajita- style Chicken Spring Rolls. It definitely does not look anything like its picture.

It actually reminded me of the taquitos you buy from 7-Eleven when your drunk and have the munchies. I ate these with some chunky salsa to try to improve them a bit.

I plan on some hard core cramming tonight and tomorrow.

Wish me luck ( on both my exam and my Lenten Promise)!

Holy Receipts! (Jan 11, 2013)

So I spent this miserably rainy day trying to finish up a few things before I go back to work and school. Today’s task that took the longest was balancing my check book, which I had not done since before Thanksgiving…

I was really proud of my eating habits today. I ate like a normal person: not too much, not too little, and I didn’t over think it!

For lunch I made homemade granola, which I used to top this new greek yogurt that I picked up at Shop Rite by maia. The flavor “pomegrante-cherry” sounded really yummy! There wasn’t as much fruity flavor as I had hoped. I’d like to try the pineapple on my next shopping visit.

Since I had some leftover soup in the fridge and wanted something to warm my insides, Progresso’s Italian style meatball soup was the dinner winner. Not too shabby.

The rest of the night was topped with some muddy buddies by chex mix (love that stuff)!

I hit the RedBox to get “Ted” since my mom had never seen it, but they were out, so “Hope Springs” it was.

Hope you have a wonderful night and we’ll chat in the morning.

P.S. Did I mention, I can’t wait to begin the crock pot challenge? Ideas are just swarming my mind!!!