My friends made a wine run and brought back one of my favorites. A bottle of Original Sin from Wolf Creek Winery. So delish! Sweet, fruity with subtle apple notes and a crisp clean finish!
We busted out the game...
Snacked on pretzels, spelt pretzels and wasabi peas...
Played, chatted, nibbled and enjoyed wine until the wee hours of the morning. I think I got to bed at roughly 1:30. Good times!
Sadly, I didn't sleep very well. I woke up in the middle of the night to a SEVERE pain in my right calf. This is the second time in two weeks. What the heck!?! I tense up and start stretching while sleeping and stretch to the point of pain. There's nothing quite as soothing as waking up in agony. I woke Nick up with all of my moaning and vigorous leg rubbing. I think I freaked him out. Whoops. Of course I had a hard time falling back asleep. I gave up at 7:30 and came down to make some coffee (chocolate chip cookie espresso with cream and cinnamon). I also chugged a bottle of water. I was PARCHED from last night.
As you can see, I was already enjoying blogland. It's my favorite way to spend a weekend morning. ;)
BREAKFAST (meal #1) at 8:30am.
I also woke up hungry. Once again I blame the wine. Perhaps I indulged in just a bit more than I should have last night? I can't resist that delicious liquid candy! I was craving eggs so I made the most brilliant breakfast wrap in the world. The world you ask? YEP, THE WORLD! My world anyways and that's all that matters.
- 4 egg whites
- spinach leaves
- whole grain and flax FlatOut
- broiled acorn squash (from last night)
- guacamole (from last night)
- drizzle of Sriracha
FOODGASM! Seriously. This was AH-mazing! While I was enjoying breakfast, I was violently attacked by the hair nibbler. I kept hearing this strange noise. Then I realized it was coming from behind me. Oliver was freaking eating my hair. RIGHT off of my head. He's crazy.... I love him SO much!
After breakfast I played with laundry, dishes, a wild kitty and then decided to change for the gym. The leg felt better but still not 100%. The plan was to attempt the usual Saturday lower body workout and see how I handle it. If I have to stop because it hurts and move on to another body part then so be it. Going with the flow.
Outer Thigh Machine
75lb x 15 (3 sets)
Inner Thigh Machine
65lb x 15 (3 sets)
Seated leg Curl
90lb x 15 (3 sets)
90lb x 15 (3 sets)
At this point the leg was starting to feel funky. I think the hack squat, deadlifts and leg press would have killed me. I decided to do a few upper body moves instead before my cardio.
40lb x 12
35lb x 15 (2 sets)
Skull Crusher (with barbell)
20lb x 15 (3 sets)
Military Press (with barbell)
20lb x 15 (3 sets)
21's (with barbell)
20lb x 3 sets. (I didn't rest at all. Does that make this a single set of 63's? HA!)
Elliptical Cross Trainer, 30 minutes, 2.56 miles, 356 calories.
2 minute intervals of levels 6 & 8. I didn't go any higher due to funky leg.
SNACK (meal #2) at 12:00pm.
After the gym I followed Ann to her apartment. She whipped up two delicious smoothies made with Almond Breeze, 1/2 banana and chocolate whey protein powder. Sadly my drink went unphotographed. Apologies! I had a LOT on my mind!
We had two URGENT missions planned for today. Renew my drivers license and find Greek Yogurt. Both being equally important! I changed, made myself look human again (I was a red sweaty mess after the gym) and drove to the BMV.
It's at this point in my post that I must backtrack a bit and explain why I was so upset the other day. I was born in Hungary and moved here when I was 8 with a permanent green card. I've had the same exact card since and was never asked to renew it. For some magical reason, they refused it when I attempted to get my license last week and told me that I would need to contact immigration to have it renewed. Say what?? I immediately freaked out and visions of deportation started dancing in my head. I started calling everyone and their mama to try and sort it all out. Things were NOT looking good... At first... And then two days later a MIRACLE happened. Immigration confirmed that Ann and I have been citizens since 1991, when my parents became citizens. We were minors at the time and that's just how it works. It's just a matter of filling out a form, mailing it and waiting for our documents. I don't even need a green card. YEAH! However, I still had my current license dilemma! Getting the citizenship documents takes roughly 5 months. My birthday is in 3 weeks. I called another bureau and explained my "special" situation. They said they "may" accept it but would need to see the card in person to make sure. WELL.... Did they????
SUCCESS!!!!!!! Seriously people. I was SO stressed out about this. What a relief! I'M SO HAPPY! AND I'm a citizen. BRILLIANT!
After the BMV we hit up Super Walmart and loaded up on Oikos. I was actually going there for Dannon's Greek yogurt but they don't carry it yet. Naturally I didn't mind buying Oikos but it did cost me twice as much. I also picked up a new lazer toy for Oliver. Check it out, he's SO excited. (no volume and semi crappy quality, sorry...)
LUNCH (meal #3) at 4:00pm.
I was STARVING by the time I got home. I quickly whipped together a delicious salad.
- Sweet butter lettuce
- Sugar snap peas
- Acorn Squash
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sprouted sweet curry sunflower seeds
- Drizzle of spray butter
Oh my damn. This was amazing!
SNACK (meal #4) at 7:00pm.
I was craving something sweet a bit later so I came up with the following combo. It hit the spot and held me over until dinner.
- 100g fat free cottage cheese
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 packet splenda
- dash cinnamon
- drizzle of sugar free blueberry syrup (Smuckers)
I was reading over Tosca Reno's Eat Clean cookbook (again) while devouring my snack.
I received the book months ago to review and I haven't cooked a single thing out of it to date. I'm such an ass! The book is clearly brilliant. I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm such a procrastinator. SO, here is the plan (which I have named TACKLE TOSCA). I'll attempt one of her recipes every two weeks. I can't go wrong here. They all look delicious and we all know she eats clean. The recipes will easily fit into my lifestyle. I CAN DO THIS!
DINNER (meal #5) at 9:00pm.
I FINALLY found the Asian Morning Star Farms burgers at Walmart today. Of course I immediately had to have one for dinner tonight. Served on a toasted Ezekiel wheat bun with sweet butter lettuce and sweet Thai Chili paste.
I've also been hearing some serious buzz on parsnip fries. I just had to know what all the fuss was about so I picked some up to try. I pealed them just like a carrot and sliced them into strips.
I gave them a nice bath with Pam and spray butter and seasoned them with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I tossed them into a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes (flipped them 2x while baking) and they turned out amazing! NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE how good these were.... Enjoyed with ketchup of course.
I feel so chill right now. As if all the pressures of the world have left my body. I love it when you think your life is turning to &%$#! Then all of a sudden, things just work out a MILLION times better than even expected. Yep, life is good!
Tomorrow is Papa's Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. DASHING! I know you'll read this as soon as you wake up and I wanted to be the first one to wish you a HAPPY DAY.
(I look deranged and WILD in this picture)
I think this officially makes me the BETTER daughter. YOU LOSE ANN! HA!
XOXOXOX (to infinity)