Monday, October 26, 2009


I know I have been M.I.A the past few weeks - funny how life just sort of happens around us. Tonight's post will be short because I am pooped. I started day 1 of what could possibly be a long term sub job - yay! However, long days and little sleep make me a sleepy girl. Will post more soon...I promise!

I actually had enough time this morning to eat at home before heading out to school. I toasted a Thomas Light Multi Grain English Muffin and topped it with some Blue Diamond Almond Butter. This was my first experience with almond butter, and I really liked it! I rounded out breakast with some reduced sugar orange juice.

I took my lunch to school like a good little girl! I had a Lean Cuisine and a banana.

I was so very busy at school and the day sort of slipped away from me with no real opportunity for a snack. Which of course meant I was starving when I got home. The hubs wasn't hungry so I fixed an Asian inspired meal for myself. I found some really yummy chicken dumplings in the fresh foods section at Costco this past weekend. I had 6 dumplings, 2 Trader Joe's veggie egg rolls, and a cup of the CP shrimp wonton soup. The meal was very satisfying and helped to curve the Chinese food cravings I was having!

I still have 3 WW points left today- I think I will wrap things up so I can head into the kitchen for a goodnight-glass of chocolate skim milk!

Night ya'll!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Real Number System

I was a sub for a math teacher today and I realized I was soooo much better at seventh grade math when I was actually in the seventh grade. However, I had a good time and I was glad to work another day! The hardest thing about subbing at this particular school is the time schedule - my first alarm went off at 5:00 am. I finally rolled out of bed at 5:19

Needless to say, it was a coffee morning.

Unfortunately, I only got to drink about a third of my cup before I got super busy running around school. :(

Breakfast on early mornings like this must meet two criteria:
1. Easy to prepare
2. Easily eaten in the car

The only thing in our house that meet both criteria right now are Jimmy Dean D'Light breakfast sandwiches.

I was hungry by the time lunch rolled around at 1 pm. I had packed a fairly healthy lunch of lean sliced turkey and fruit, but the smell of School Pizza was calling my name. I had missed School Pizza and School Salad, so I splurged on a treat. I had forgotten that School Pizza smelled so much better than it actually tasted PLUS they went up on the cost of School Pizza and School Salad. $3.50 was a bit much in my opinion. I do not believe I will fall victim to the smell of School Pizza any time in the near future. (I was not able to take a picture of School Pizza and School Salad....let's just say the mention of a food blog to some of my fellow (male) teachers would serve as fodder for personal humiliation for weeks to come.)

Once I got home, I shut my eyes for 10 minutes before running a few errands with the hubs. We were both hungry when we got home so I started making dinner. I totally relied on the pantry and freezer for tonight's meal.

Amy's Tom Kha soup was pretty good for a canned version of the Thai restaurant favorite. I, of course, would always prefer the restaurant version, but for an at-home Asian inspired meal, neither hubs nor I could really complain. Same goes for the Hamburger Asian Helper. I did try to "freshen up" my boxed meal by adding sauteed baby bella mushrooms and green onions. And of course, I LOVE the Trader Joe's stir fried vegetable egg rolls!!!

I think a glass of fat free chocolate milk is probably in my immediate future. Then, I do believe it is bed time. Another early morning tomorrow!!

Night ya'll!

Monday, October 12, 2009

this goal's for you...

She's so sweet....

Today was gross and rainy, but I was still positive and upbeat about the new week, new beginnings, and new goals. My plan this week is to write down everything I eat AND take pictures, workout at least 3 days, and blog every night. It may not sound like a lot to commit to, but I will be subbing 4 days this week, and as I've said before, middle school is exhausting. However, I am up to the challenge! Here's to a good week.....

Today's Food


egg white omelet (3 egg whites, sauteed spinach, tbsp bacon bits, tbsp parmesan cheese) DELISH!!!


Arnold sandwhich thin, Trader Joe's roasted red pepper hummus, and turkey

1 cup of radishes! Great crunch!


Grilled chicken sandwich and fries from Cheeseburger Bobby's.

Sleepy....night ya'll!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

middle school is so exhausting

We got back from our weekend trip to South Carolina on Sunday. The wedding was so much fun; my friend Becky was an absolute beautiful bride! I have decided after this weekend, however, that the entire state of South Carolina (my home!) is my dieting anti-Christ. Nothing good ever comes from my attempts to eat healthy while confined to the borders of my home state. Should I expect anything different? I mean, come on, we learned in the third grade that the easiest way to recognize our state on a map was to look for the state shaped like a PIECE OF PIE!

Since being back, I have been good about taking pictures of my meals, and I had every intention of blogging last night, but I was EXHAUSTED! I substitute taught a 7th grade class yesterday and had a BLAST, but I was pooped once I got home. I did, however, make it to the gym!!! I was on a two and a half week gym hiatus, so it felt good to get back in. I started myself back slow - only thirty minutes on the treadmill. I then took a quick trip to Costco and made it back home by 7:00ish. I ate dinner and passed out fell asleep by 8:30! Middle school is exhausting.

I had my yearly physical and flu shot today. I normally feel a little poopy after the flu shot so I decided on an afternoon cat nap instead of a trip to the gym. My nap gave me enough of a second wind to cook a new recipe for dinner that was yummy...see  a few pics below!

I have sub jobs lined up for the next two days and am waiting on confirmation of a job on Friday, so it looks like a busy week! Yay!! If substitute teaching won't get my foot in the door for a full time teaching position, I don't know what will.

Now, onto the food....

They made me fast for the blood work associated with my yearly physical so I was STARVING by the time I got out of the doctor's office. I mean, my stomach had starting eating my back I was so hungry. On my way home, I decided to try Goldberg's Deli.


The nice fella behind the counter talked me into their morning special. It was a bagel of my choice (I chose sesame wheat), egg, bacon, and cheese (I chose their house veggie cream cheese). NOT exactly figure friendly, but wholly cow, it was yummy!!

Eric and I were both home around lunch time, so we shared an asian wrap with rotisserie chicken from the Costco prepared foods department that I purchased last night. I wasn't starving because of my big breakfast so I didn't have anything on the side. Just the wrap and a little bit of the peanut dressing drizzled on top.

Tonight, I tried a new recipe from the September/ October 2009 issue of Weight Watchers magazine. I made the Turkey Milanese and found it to be really good. I have never cooked with turkey cutlets, but the recipe could not have been more easy. My only modification was that I placed the turkey on a bed of lettuce and sliced tomatoes as opposed to arugula and cherry tomatoes.

I rounded out the meal with leftover garlic toast (so good yet so bad!!) and whole grain rice blend from the folks at Rice-a-Roni. I also threw in two little Arancini Bites that I picked up at Trader Joe's today. They were apparently new and so very yummy. They are little rice balls filled with fontina cheese. They are a little heavy in the points (3 points for only 2 balls) but such a little yummy treat. Mr. Eric even liked them!!


'Tis past my bed time - have to get up super early to play teacher tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

Night ya'll!