I missed my dad!

My dad is here! He’s currently asleep on the couch (he’s been up since 1am Pacific and currently it’s about 9pm Pacific – poor guy!).  But before I get to our day…

This morning I went on a short 2.5(ish) mile run.  I’m estimating here because I never did this exact route before and didn’t have time to drive it to see how long it actually was.  It ended up being about 22 minutes.  When I got back I did Buns and Thighs Yoga (Tom Morley is the instructor) again.  I like it a lot – not quite as much as Cardio Yoga, but I’ll take what I can get.  After last night’s trail mix overload I needed a good workout to get hungry, and this did the trick!

When I got to work I made breakfast (the usual):

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1.5 cups water,  1/2 banana, and 2/3 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • an apple

And (surprise, surprise) I snacked on a wrap mid-morning.  After my hour-long lunch walk I ate my lunch:

  • salad of romaine, turkey bacon, red pepper, onion, celery, carrot, and balsamic vinegar
  • apple
  • TJ’s choco-covered raisins
  • another wrap (this was the last one – I need to get more, stat)

And my snack this afternoon was just an apple.  I left work early and then Dad and I went to downtown Mountain View to walk around.  We walked for a while and then decided to go grocery shopping.  He insisted on buying some food for himself and refused to let me pay, so I’m not counting it towards the Thanksgiving Challenge.  He’d never been to Trader Joe’s and thought it was very cool.  I let him try our Buffalo Jerky and he loved it, so he bought himself some jerky from TJ’s as well.  I also took him to Milk Pail, this adorable semi-open air market with very low prices.  He bought me a pineapple for… $0.75!  And it was organic.  He was kind of in shock because pineapples are normally around $3-4.

When we got home I made dinner:

  • veggie plate with salsa/bbq sauce (carrots, red peppers, and olives)
  • stuffed acorn squash (mine had cabbage, chicken sausage, carrots, red peppers, and onion – topped with rice cheeze)

I made a rice stuffing for the boys and they got cheddar instead of rice cheeze.  I also ended up eating Bobby’s skin and Dad’s skin from their squash halves – silly boys not eating the skin!  I think it’s the best part.

For dessert I cut up the pineapple.  Dad had already fallen asleep but he woke up to have a few bites, and Bobby had some as well.  I had more than this bowl, so multiply by 3 or so.  It was so fresh and yummy.  Thanks Dad!

Tomorrow Dad and I are going for a run in the morning and I’m going to try to get him to do yoga with me (not a chance).  Then we’re heading up to San Francisco for the day for some sightseeing.  We’ll meet up with Bobby back in Mountain View for dinner.  Happy Friday!

Question – how far away from your parents do you live and how often do you get to see them? I live in California and my parents live in New Jersey – so that last time I saw mine was in May when I went back to visit Cornell for Bobby’s graduation.

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This morning I tried a new yoga video by my favorite guy (Tom Morley of Cardio Yoga) – Buns and Thighs Yoga!  It was a nice 20-minute workout.


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1.5 cups water, 1/2 banana, 2/3 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • an apple

Mid-morning I snacked on a wrap, then took my hour walk before lunch and talked to my parents.  I’m so excited to see my dad tomorrow!


  • 1 WW wrap with PB&J, topped with sliced apples
  • carrots and celery with salsa & bbq sauce
  • an apple
  • cashews (1/4 cup)


  • another wrap
  • an apple

Class was fun; I picked up our Tofurky for Thanksgiving on the way home.  I printed out a $0.75 coupon for it though!  I also got Bobby more of his pretzels.  He grabbed a 6-inch from Subway (tonight was his crazy night) for dinner, which counts toward our challenge total.

Total spent at Whole Foods (Tofurky and pretzels): $11.53

And at Subway: $2.99

Thanksgiving Challenge Total so far: $35.04

For dinner I made my Blogger Secret Ingredient recipe – Italian Eggplant Stirfry!  It’s “Italian” because I used spaghetti sauce and topped it with cheese (rice cheese that is).  I’m so glad Meghann from “The Inner Workings of a College Graduate” chose Eggplant!


  • 1/2 eggplant, sliced in 1 cm slices
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 thick slices of onion, chopped
  • spices: red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cilantro, cumin
  • 2/3-3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • shredded cheese (I used rice cheeze)


  1. Dip the eggplant in salted water and cook in a saute pan for 2-3 minutes on each side.  Sprinkle it with the spices while cooking.
  2. In another saute pan (or a wok; I used a wok), saute the rest of the veggies (carrot, cabbage, onion, pepper) for 3-4 minutes.  I like to add some water to make the cabbage cook better.
  3. Add the eggplant to the rest of the veggies.  Continue to cook until everything is tender.  I usually add some more water to keep things moist.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce and remove from heat.  Mix well.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!

I also had a veggie plate with TJ’s Sesame Soy Ginger Dressing:


  • honeydew with greek yogurt, applesacue, wheat germ, and cashews
  • a few bites of vanilla soy ice cream to finish it off
  • a few mindless cups of millet puffs (I didn’t really realize I was eating them as I watched TV…)
  • EDIT – to add trail mix

Changing topics – I am very happy with the election results.  Though I didn’t really support either candidate at first (I’m a libertarian), I think Obama will make a great president and I’m hopeful for the future.

My dad comes to visit tomorrow!  Have a great Thursday!

An historic Tuesday

This morning I woke up before my alarm so I decided to go for a nice run – 4.4 miles in about 40 minutes.  My new shoes and brace worked well – though my knee was a bit sore afterwards.  But not during!

At work I made breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 banana, 1.5 cups water, 2/3 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • an apple on the side

I snacked on a wrap again this morning (repeat of yesterday!).  Then I went for my hour-long walk.  My knee acted up a bit, but I think it’s going to be okay… When I got back I ate lunch (another semi-repeat):

  • 1 whole wheat wrap with apple slices and rice cheeze (I cut this into 8 pieces)
  • 1.5 carrots and celery with salsa/bbq sauce mix
  • an apple
  • some TJ’s chocolate covered raisins

Afternoon snack:

  • another 1.5 wraps
  • an apple!

Just so you all know (if you haven’t realized it yet) – I am an apple fiend.

For Election Night Dinner I made one of my favorites: sweet and sour stirfry!  This is a mix of egg whites (3), cabbage, carrots, celery, eggplant (the BSI, but this isn’t my entry), red and green peppers, onions, garlic, and sweet and sour sauce.  I also had the obligatory veggie plate with bbq sauce and salsa for dipping.


  • 1.5 apples with cinnamon, microwaved for a minute and topped with 3/4 cup green tea soy ice cream
  • another WW wrap with smart balance (this is a very good combination – especially if you heat up the smart balance a bit for smearing)

Bobby and I watched the election on TV tonight.  It was very exciting – and nice to have an outcome announced so early.  Last election I remember going to bed and still not knowing!  I hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday and your week is going well!

My dad is visiting me this Thursday so I have a short week at work – I took Friday off.  I can’t wait to show him the area and just spend time with him.  He’s never been to California so he’s excited too – I think we’re going to run together!  Maybe he can push me to go a li’l faster 😀

Enjoy your Wednesday!

A very busy day

This morning’s workout was Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred Level 1 followed by a 10 minutes of  yoga for a cooldown.  I missed Jillian’s workouts!  I haven’t done them in a week or so and this was fun.  I got to work early (class tonight) and made…


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 chopped banana, 1.5 cups water, 2/3 cup Fage 0%, 1 packet of splenda
  • an apple on the side

Mid-morning I got hungry and munched on an (unpictured) wrap.  It held me over until lunch, though I was quite hungry towards the end of my walk – I walked for 60 minutes.  Then I had…


  • english muffin with sliced apple & rice cheeze (yum!)
  • carrots and celery sticks with salsa/bbq sauce
  • an apple
  • Fage 0% Greek yogurt (I didn’t end up eating all of this; I was pretty full)


  • Spooky Smores zbar and an apple
  • half a wrap (unpictured)

After class I stopped by Sports Authority to check out knee braces and ended up getting not only a knee brace, but new sneakers!  I’m psyched – maybe this will fix my knee problems.  I didn’t end up getting home until after 8 and didn’t sit down to eat until close to 8:45.  I made a very yummy fall-ish mix of chicken sausage, apple, carrot, red pepper, and onion.  I even used some EVOO, which I don’t normally add – but it made this so good.  And I served it over cabbage.


  • boiled cabbage with some garlic and chili powder
  • a whole chicken-gouda sausage (I made 2.5 for both of us and I think I ate about 1 total), chopped apple, carrot, red pepper, onion, red pepper flakes, and cilantro, sauteed in some EVOO
  • veggie plate with bbq & salsa mix


  • honeydew with applesauce and wheat germ
  • another whole wheat wrap
  • and I went back for more honeydew
  • and about 1/2 cup of vanilla soy ice cream – it was a spur of the moment thing, no picture.

I am very tired and I plan on going to bed very soon 🙂  Maybe I can get a run in tomorrow morning with my new shoes.

Before I go to sleep I have to fill out my absentee ballot so that I can drop it off at one of the locations tomorrow (I like having time to fill out the ballot rather than going to the polls).  If you’re living in California, vote YES on prop 2!  That’s the only political thing I’ll mention on this blog.  It’s the proposition that gives farm animals better treatment.  And EVERYONE should get out tomorrow and vote – for whoever you believe will be best for our country.  Rock it!

First Thanksgiving Challenge Shopping Day

I did really well on my first shopping trip during the Great Thanksgiving Challenge.

Week 1 Total: $20.52.

I went to two stores: Milk Pail (local open air market, very cheap) and Whole Foods.  Here’s the loot:

And here are the breakdowns.  At Whole Foods:

  • 2 bags of pretzels for Bobby @ $2.29 each (without these we would have been at $15.94!  But he asked me to get them specifically, and I know he loves them, so I did 😀 )
  • 1 pasta sauce @ $2.39
  • Total: $6.97

At Milk Pail:

  • 1 honeydew – $1.69
  • carrots ($0.59/lb) – $1.52
  • 2 onions ($0.79/lb) – $1.44
  • 2 eggplants ($1.49/lb) – $2.52
  • 3 green peppers ($0.69/lb) – $0.72
  • cabbage ($0.69/lb) – $2.30
  • celery – $0.79
  • 3 red peppers ($0.79/lb) – $0.94
  • 3 gala apples ($0.59/lb) – $0.88
  • 1 herb ciabatta – $0.75
  • Total: $13.55

Next week’s trip will be much smaller since we will be in Miami for 4 days.  Off to a good start!

Onto the food

I got very hungry last night around 10 – and after eyeballing what I’d eaten for the day, I realized I probably hadn’t had enough.  So I had a veggie and bbq sauce plate:

As well as 2.5 cups of millet puffs (these are very voluminous for very few calories – only 50 per cup, and 2 grams of protein!):

This morning I went for a short run (2.2 miles) followed by a walk (2.2 miles as well) and cardio yoga.  When I got back I cleaned up the house and made breakfast:

  • 2 big pancakes
  • topped with 1/2 cup applesauce, some raspberry spread, and 1/2 banana
  • 1 slice of turkey bacon
  • an apple

I got hungry a few hours later and made lunch:

  • spicy eggplant parm (I didn’t realize I was out of spaghetti sauce and had to use salsa instead).  I also cooked a bunch of plum tomatoes with the eggplant – and topped it all with rice cheeze.
  • red pepper dipped in a mix of bbq sauce and salsa
  • and then I needed something sweet – a WW wrap and the other 1/2 of my banana from this morning

Bobby went to ping pong this afternoon while I went grocery shopping.  By the time he got back and we got caught up (barely 5:30) we were both starving!  So I made dinner early.  We ended up eating at around 6pm, which is crazy for us.  It’s not uncommon for us to sit down to dinner around 9pm on a weeknight.

  • tofu shirataki noodles & sauteed cabbage with pasta sauce, veggie ground meat, and onions (yes, I ate this out of a pie plate!)
  • veggie plate (carrot and red pepper) – with bbq sauce and salsa mix

For dessert I decided to cut up the huge honeydew melon.  I ate a whole bunch while I was cutting, but I also managed to put together this yummy treat – honeydew, applesauce, and wheat germ.  I added more wheat germ.  It was great.

Then I had more honeydew.  This melon is so ripe and juicy – definitely a good find.  I also had 2 whole wheat wraps (unpictured).

All in all, a very nice Sunday – but back to work tomorrow!  Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake posted a bunch of really good tips for beating the Sunday Blues this morning, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Check it out for yourself!  And I hope you all have a fabulous Monday.  Good night 🙂