Thank you all for your words of encouragement on my last post. It helps to know that I’m not the only one who freaks out in those situations, but also that in the grand scheme of things, it’s not going to matter too much.
I apologize for my unexplained absence yesterday. It has become clear to me that there is really no end in sight to the busy course and work load this quarter. You may remember that I had two papers to write last weekend. Well, this weekend I have a paper and a presentation, the weekend after I have THREE papers (one in each class), the weekend after that I have a paper and a midterm, and…well, I think you get the picture. Somehow I failed to realize that by taking classes that don’t have final exams, they are all bound to have work due on the exact same days. Not cool!
As a result, I want to give all of you the heads up that there will be days where I just can’t post or comment on blogs. I would much rather dedicate a few free days per week to writing quality posts than try to scramble to cram in quick posts every day and slack off on my school work in the process. I hope this decision won’t leave too many of you disgruntled with me. It’s just what I have to do for my sanity.
Now that the hard stuff is out of the way, today so happens to be one of those days where I have some time to spare, so let’s get to the food This morning I woke up extra early to get in a killer workout. I did some brief cardio (20 minutes of jumping jacks, run in place, etc.) and got busy on the Arm + Shoulder routine from P90X. It felt nice to get it all out of the way so I had the rest of the day ahead of me. It also put me in the mood for a protein + carb packed breakfast.
You may be wondering, “where is the protein in oatmeal?” Let me tell ya, this is not your average bowl of oats. It was going protein cuh-razy behind the scenes. Check it out:
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 sliced banana (aka whipped)
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
The egg whites made the consistency much more solid, so it felt less like I was eating thick soup and more like I was eating mashed potatoes, for lack of a better comparison! All part of this balanced breakfast with Coffee Cocoa.
It was nice to have a leisurely morning before work, instead of waking up 10 minutes after I was supposed to be there Live and learn! I’ve been going to bed earlier this week and I think it’s helping. Duh.
Work was cool and toward the end of my shift I snacked on this guy:
I think it’s definitely my favorite of all the Pure Protein bars.
After work, I rushed back to campus to help out my summer internship employer with an on-campus recruiting event. It was so much fun to catch up with some of my co-workers from the summer and also to sit on the panel and tell other students about my experience. I hope that someone else from my school will get an opportunity to experience what I did. It was truly nothing but positive! Once that was over, I came back and made myself a big lunch.
I say big because that sweet potato was not joking around! He was massive, and topped with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, he was delicious. This meal fills you up quickly!
On the side, I had 1 oz. of smoked gouda cheese. Soooooo GOUDA! 😉 Er…I mean good. I also had 2 oz. of herb chicken breast.
I spent the rest of the afternoon beginning my work on a presentation. Guess which one?! Ok, I’ll tell you: Whole Foods! I am already having a lot of fun coming up with a slide design template. I am such a geek, but I love it! I made the background look like a paper grocery bag and put the Whole Foods logo on top with a faded blue cut out from a grocery bag that says “Reusable, Recyclable” Now you know for a fact that I’m a geek. It’s official!
Eventually, it was time for dinner. I decided to feature a new sample I recently received from Rena of Arnold Bread.
These breads are from their new Bakery Light line. Here is some more information on the new product and lifestyle diet it is made for:
“It’s no surprise that weight is once again amongst the most popular of New Year’s resolutions, and Arnold is pleased to introduce the ‘I ♥ Bread Diet,’ a program designed to help people lower caloric intake without depriving themselves. The plan is easy….simply swap out your traditional bakery products in exchange for great-tasting Arnold Sandwich Thins and Arnold Bakery Light Breads, and you can cut up to 280 calories daily – almost 15% of your recommended calorie intake!* Visit http://www.arnoldiheartbread.com/menu.cfm to find two months worth of meal plans and recipe suggestions.
As an added bonus, consumers can go to www.ArnoldiHeartBread.com for the chance to win a year-long gym membership, consultations with an accredited nutritionist, high-end workout gear and a year’s supply of Arnold bread products by entering their favorite bread craving and a description of how they use Arnold Bakery Light and Sandwich Thins to achieve their wellness goals. A photograph capturing the essence of the essay should also be uploaded. The contest ends February 28, 2009 and geographic eligibility is noted below.”
They are meant to be low carb and come in at 40 calories per slice. I wasn’t sure how that would hold me over, but I made myself a sandwich with 2 slices of the whole wheat version with 2 tbsp. roasted red pepper hummus.
It was v. tasty. These breads are definitely not for those who are looking to make a sandwich the main part of their meal because I don’t think they will fill you up enough. But if you’re looking for an accompaniment at breakfast or a small snack, I think they’re pretty handy. Thanks, Rena!
For the rest of my dinner, I combined 1 cup Fage with 1/2 serving Kashi Go Lean and 1 tsp. maple syrup. A full cup of Greek yogurt as opposed to the smaller containers really goes a long way in keeping me full.
If you don’t look too closely, you might think it’s ice cream 😉 Yum!
I did some more work and then broke out a LightFull Satiety Smoothie.
This one was called Peachy Cream.
I’m sorry to all who may enjoy this, but I simply did not. There was something “off” about how it tasted (a little sour, even though the expiration date was fine?) and it did not remind me of yogurt or a smoothie. I had to get rid of it But I did like the strawberry version and hopefully I’ll like the rest of them!
Instead, I went with a little slice (or bar) of heaven:
I haven’t had a ZBaR in WAY too long!! Why not?! They are my all-time fave.
Ok, so I did not catch Lost tonight (I know, it’s a crime). Bobby and I still have 4 more episodes to watch in the fourth season! I don’t want to get ahead of myself, so we’re just DVR’ing them until the time is right. I’ll have to be careful when I read your blogs so that I don’t read a spoiler!
What does Whole Foods mean to you in 10 words or less?
Full disclosure: I may use your answers in my presentation for school! Don’t worry, your identities can remain anonymous if you so wish! To me, Whole Foods is a home away from home