Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

So I thought it would be fun to join in on the popular blogging series, "What I Ate Wednesday."  I get bored easily with blogs that show 3 meals a day, everyday, but I find it fascinating to see what others eat daily every now and then.  So here we go!

(I apologize in advance for blurry pictures... often when I am ready to eat I am READY TO EAT and have little patience to spend 5 minutes or more taking photos of the food that I want in my belly!  This is normal, right?  Probably not.  Whatever.)

French Press Coffee!  It's been so long since I've french pressed that I forgot how DELICIOUS it is!  So much better than drip brewed coffee, but takes just as little time!  Awesome!
(0 P+)

Breakfast (pre-workout)... whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of sunflower nut butter.  So delicious. 
(5 P+)

Second breakfast... smoothie with milk, dark chocolate dreams, frozen banana, spinach and vanilla whey protein.  Hubz loved it too!
(5 P+)

Lunch... Salad made with romaine, spinach, cabbage and carrots.  Topped with Skinny Taste's Egg Salad.  Never thought to put egg salad on top of a salad but it was delicious!  Next time though, I'll either cut down on the greens or add a little more egg salad (or maybe just some dijon mustard?).  It just needed a little more dressing.  Also, part-skim string cheese and a pluot, my new favorite fruit!
(6 P+)

Not pictured...  Arnie palmer from work, heavy on the tea, light on the lemonade.
(2 P+)


Supper... Fish tacos!  Obviously I was so hungry and excited to eat that I forgot to take a picture before chowing!  I used this recipe for the fish (we used tilapia) and topped it with cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and guacamole, all wrapped up in a low-carb, high-fiber whole wheat tortilla.  We both loved them!
(9 P+)


 I finished supper off with some edamame topped with sea salt... one of the best snacks ever!
(3 P+)
So that's what I ate today!  Overall satisfying, delicious and healthy, and that makes me happy and proud of myself!  And yes, if you didn't notice, I'm back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon and it feels oh so good.  I don't know why it can be so easy to forget how good eating well and working out makes me feel.  I felt on top of the world today!


time travel


I feel like I've been transported back to a different era... and I'm LOVING it.

What are you listening to lately?


Monday, August 8, 2011

the next step

I'm thinking it's time to take this relationship to the next level.  Afterall, I feel like we've been through a lot together so far this year.  We've baked, we've exercised, we've relaxed and we've even killed things.

Every day, I'm feeling more and more comfortable taking the next step.  Yes, friend, it's time for you to follow me on Twitter.

I have officially figured Twitter out.  Not only have I figured it out, but I've also linked it up with my Facebook page and I am now a tweeting machine.  I may or may not be slightly obsessed.

Likewise, it definitely wouldn't hurt this relationship if you followed me on Pinterest.  I mean, really... is there anything better than sitting and pinning things for four hours at a time while watching a season of "Parks and Recreation" and eating a bowl of summer fruit?  I didn't think so.

Now that we've taken the next step, it's about time we high-five... like these little munchkins.

I'm 98% sure that this little guy is a clone of my husband as a kid.  For real.  I guess that's what we have to look forward to with mini-Hubz.  Sigh...


Sunday, August 7, 2011

early bird.

I'm not a morning person.

I always really want to become a morning person, but when 6 AM rolls around, I kind of hate everything.  Just being honest.

Poor Hubz always tries to help me become a morning person.  He has tried just about every technique possible...

He used to wake me up by playing "Crank That" by Solja Boy.  I don't even know why, it just made me want to dance and it would actually get me out of bed.  That worked for a little while, until it got annoying.

He also used to try to be really really nice when waking me up by giving me kisses on the cheek, playing nice soothing music and saying sweet things.  That got annoying real fast too.

His latest technique is threatening to "baptize" me.  It hasn't quite gotten to that point yet, but I dread the day it does.

Yesterday morning, however, I was up and moving by 6:15 AM... voluntarily.  Turns out you can get a lot done in the morning when you wake up early!  Who knew?  Not this girl.

I did a lovely 20 minutes of yoga.

I made myself some tea.

Seriously, how pretty is this tea?  It's my favorite.  

Do you see what I see?

Those are my basil plants that have been alive for... 2 MONTHS!  Pretty pumped about that.

I took a shower and got ready for the day... and painted my nails!  I painted them pink.  I mean, as if waking up early weren't enough, I chose to paint my nails pink.  Seriously, who am I?

And with that, by 8:30, Hubz and I were ready to head out for breakfast and apartment shopping!  Amazing how easy it is to get things done in the morning!

Are you a morning person?  Do you exercise in the morning?


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Deliciousness in a Paper Bag

I love going grocery shopping.  Seriously, it's like my favorite thing in the world.  However, grocery shopping at our local grocery stores is no longer so fun for me.  I have become kind of picky about the food I buy and bring into my home.

After a couple bad seafood and beef experiences from the nearest grocery store, Hubz and I decided to start investing in higher quality meat either from my dad or from a local butcher.

With summer here, we do a lot of our produce shopping at local farmers markets.

We buy a lot of our grains, spices, etc. from a local health food store due to cost, variety and freshness of ingredients.

So aside from the occasional tortilla chips and salsa, we don't buy a lot of unhealthy, processed foods anymore, making trips to mega grocery stores somewhat a waste of time.

The one grocery store I don't mind buying nearly anything I want at is Trader Joe's.  I've never bought a product from there that I wasn't pleased with and I always am happy about the quality of food that they supply.

Even though we shop there at least once a month, it always feels like a treat.  To be quite honest I'd rather go there by myself than with someone else (sorry Hubz).  I like taking my sweet time to browse every single aisle and scope out the new foods that I've never tried.  Shopping at Trader Joe's is so much more fun for me than shopping for new shoes or a fun dress.  Is that weird?  Yeah, probably.  Whatever.  I think we've already established that average, run of the road girl... mainly because of my level of awesomeness, obviously.  Psh.

So because it makes me so excited, I though I'd share with you my TJ's purchases from today:

Chicken sausage that I'm SO pumped to use in a recipe that I'll share with you tomorrow.

Hubz loves these when we're short on time for supper.

These are all new products to me!  We love frozen edamame to have as snacks and appetizers, but I had never seen the chile and garlic kind.  So excited to try it.  Lime fruit popsicle type things... tastes like summer!  And chicken potstickers!  I love getting these when we go out to eat, turns out that they're healthier than I thought too!  Only 6 WW P+ for a serving.  Awesome!

Frozen fruit for smoothies!  We LOVE their frozen mango!

Some produce... So excited to find pre-cut kale in a bag!  Makes kale chips an even easier snack!

These are my favorite soup bases.  Like I've shown you, I like to add a whole bunch of crap delicious and nutritious ingredients to create an amazing meal.  And wonderfully delicious, chewy whole wheat English British muffins.  Love these for egg sandwiches in the morning!

A few canned goods.  Love the high quality (and cheap!) black beans from Trader Joe's, Light coconut milk for delicious Asian creations and red pepper spread.  Today was the first time I've ever seen this spread, and I was soooo pumped to try it!

I put this on one of those whole wheat English muffins with a fried egg, pepperjack cheese and sliced tomato.

OH.MY.GOSH.  Heaven.  On my plate.  For lunch.  Praise the Lord.  I foresee this making all of my sandwiches 100x more awesome.  Let's be honest, Trader Joe's makes everything more awesome.

So those are my food finds this week!  What are your favorite Trader Joe's finds?  I'd love to know what else I should look for next time!  Happy grocery shopping!


Monday, August 1, 2011

my hubz.

I am quite certain that I have the most amazing husband in the world.

Excuse me for the incredibly cheesy words that are about to grace this blog, but lately I can't help but be amazed at how truly wonderful the Hubz is.

God couldn't have crafted a person who is better for me than him.  He is gentle, kind, caring, romantic, fun, humble and grateful.

He encourages me daily; he is so intentional about improving our relationship; he makes me laugh when I'm stubborn and want to be mad; he is so proud to be my husband; and he loves me in an incredibly sacrificial, Biblical way.

Gregory Allen Krech, I am so grateful for you today, and everyday (and no, I'm not just saying this because you volunteered to do the dishes tonight... but it sure didn't hurt your case).