Late on Monday night, both Hans and I were feeling the munchies. After searching high and low, we decided to split a gala apple, which I added a few pretzels and about a teaspoon of your classic PB:
Unfortunately, I was having serious issues falling asleep, then more issues staying asleep last night. Around 2AM, my stomach started to GROWL at me like there was a lion in there – the bed time snack wasn’t enough.
It pains me to admit that I have had issues with middle of the night anxiety/emotional eating. I did make the healthy choice to have a serving of the Whole Food 365 Organic “Honey Bunches of Oats” – instead of giving in to the rest of that ice cream! While I wasn’t happy about the time that I was eating, I felt at the very least I was in control and aware of the amount of food I was consuming – something I consider to be a step in the right direction.
I hoped the cereal would get me to sleep soundly the rest of the night. Not so much. As I have a tendency to be a hot mess with little sleep, I made myself some raspberry oatmeal to hopefully sweeten my AM:
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/4 cup WF bulk bin granola
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- one splenda packet
…followed by the usual drive-into-work coffee with multivitamin. and this cookie chunk of goodness:
For lunch, I made one of my famous microwave creations:
In that crazy bowl, you’ll find:
- about two cups of broccoli
- around ten baby carrots
- and a 1/4 of a sugar squash filled with a “porcupine ball” (ground beef and white rice combo)
My mom is a goddess in the kitchen and hooked me up with some leftovers of her stuffed sugar squash. One half of a squash was still pretty large, so I cut my half in half, then added a ton of extra veggies to balance out the lunch. I was full well past the end of the work day, but I still needed. Around 4PM, I grabbed a mug of Lipton Blackberry tea, hoping the sugar fix would help me focus for the final hour of the day. Good news – it worked!
After work, I made a quick run thru the grocery store for some household staples (1% milk, spinach, bananas) then headed to my parents’ house to pick up this guy:
You see my golden, Grady, is a bit spoiled. He has two houses: his “normal” house and his “vacation” house – AKA my parents house. When my mom is in town, she likes to keep Grady around so that he doesn’t haven’t to spend the work day alone. Grady stayed to spend today with “Grandma”, so I stopped by to pick him up. Instead, I ended up staying for dinner.
My mom made a quick version of chicken alfredo with broccoli & mushrooms. In another microwave creation, I heated up two cups of frozen broccoli, two cups of raw spinach & one scoop of the leftovers (probably about 1 1/2 cup of the pasta mix my mom made):
You might be discovering one of my secrets to healthy eating happiness: eat a ridiculous amount of frozen broccoli!
As though I hadn’t gotten enough food from her already today, my mom tried out a pumpkin cheesecake recipe in celebration of the beginning of the Cavs opening their season. It’s as important as Christmas in my household!
I snagged three little bites of pie filling from Hans’ piece. He wasn’t too happy about that BTW – he kept telling me to get my own piece! But it is official – my mom has out done herself again! I enjoyed a cup of coffee instead of a piece of pie, sweetened with about 1/3 cup of vanilla flavored soymilk. As we don’t believe in decaf around these parts, I’m now thinking that the cup of coffee wasn’t the best choice for me to get a good night’s rest tonight. Here’s hoping it has a crash and burn effect instead!
Once getting home around 10PM, I split a bag of popcorn with Hans for a bed time snack:
And as a final note for today: TRAVEL SAVINGS ALERT!!!
As an extra bonus : there are some SERIOUS travel deals to be had this evening. I just booked a round trip flight to Chicago for less than $72 round trip all in! I clicked around on both Southwest Airlines & Continental Airlines websites tonight and found some amazing prices. You can do some traveling if you are flexible in the upcoming months!
Recession getaway number four for 2009: Christmas shopping in Chi-town in December!