Sunday, December 20, 2009

Disappearing Act...

Hey All!

Sorry I've disappeared. The vacation was great but ever since we got back I've been feeling like I'm on my death bed. My cough hasn't gone away (my ribs are bruised and hurt!) and I think I have a cold on top of it! I have had no energy to make food, eat food or remember to take photos. Also, believe it or not, I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet! Yikes!

Real quick a summary of photos from the weekend before our trip. Dinner in the North End at Carmen. I had a glass of Italian white wine, salad and pumpkin and squash ravioli.

My friend had this delicious looking bowl of seafood. I'm going to have to try it the next time we go back!

Then there was our awesome vacation with our friends Julia and Chris! Of course I forgot to take pictures of most of our food but here is what I do have!

Breakfast at the airport

Our first drinks at the resort... Airborne... which apparently did nothing for me

First real drink at the pool, BBC

Day 1 buffet lunch on the resort

Day 2 first breakfast at the resort

Day 2 lunch, conch chowder yum!!

Day 2 lunch grilled mahi-mahi on a salad

Hummus appetizer at dinner

Scallop appetizer

Crab chowder

Matt's dessert, key lime pie

My dessert, grilled bananas with ice cream

This was the view from the gym. It made going to the gym more enjoyable. I actually went a couple of mornings before breakfast. Matt kicked my butt by going to the gym every day! Jerk! ;o)

Chris, Julia, Matt and me at the swim-up bar

Matt and I on the pier

All dressed up for our last dinner on the resort

Hope everyone is more prepared for the holidays than I am! I probably will return to the blog after Christmas. I haven't been going to the gym, trying to rest to get healthy again. I've now been sick for a month and it's so frustrating!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blogger MIA

The last week has been crazy! Between all the work that needs to be done before we leave for the Bahamas, still being sick, a crazy "after work" schedule and all the errands that need to be done for our trip I have only remembered to take food pictures occasionally and I have NOT found the time to write about anything!

Regarding my pre-vacation goals. I think I've failed at least one of the goals every day since last week. I haven't been able to sleep between the stress of life and my cough (which still isn't gone!). I have done pretty well with not drinking during the week, with one Corona light exception! Most of the days I have stayed within my allotted 1550 calories. However, the days that I have failed at this goal have been awful food days! (I haven't figured out how to plan for parties yet!) I have been able to succeed in drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day! However, all the water in the world doesn't make up for the lack of gym time. I haven't been going to the gym as much as I would like because I am still trying to get healthy again. I figured the gym depletes my energy which is counter-productive to beating this cough!

I can't wait for my work/life balance to return! Right now it's just end of the year push: work, work, work!

Hopefully the trip to the Bahamas will help me re-center so I can focus on this blog again. I have been missing my daily time with my food, pictures and computer!

I will be posting pictures when I return from my vacation next week. Until then...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Healthy Eating Articles

Good Morning!

I received an email with a link to a couple of good articles that I wanted to share. They're perfect for the holiday season cooking, baking and eating!

Cut the Fat in Baking
"Healthy" Cookies and Desserts
Baking with Sugar Alternatives
5 Easy Appetizers Under 250 Calories


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On the road again...

I'm hoping it's the road to recovery... today was my last day of medicine!

Let's rewind back to Monday. I woke up Monday morning and immediately realized I wasn't going to work. I think I accidentally made myself sick combining my antibiotics, a dose and a half of my narcotic cough medicine and two glasses of wine. Even though I drank the wine over four hours I woke up with what felt like the worst hangover ever! I went straight back to bed still half soapy and wet from my half shower that I managed to take. Matt was nice enough to put Bailey on the bed for cuddle time before he left for work. Little did he know that us lazy bones would be in bed until 1:30. I tried to get up before then but each time had to run back to bed!

I finally had breakfast (or brunch) at 2:00. I had a slice of whole wheat toast with some apple butter and peanut butter, a Yo Plus yogurt and a large glass of water to rehydrate.

A couple hours later I was still weak and tired but managed to eat a snack. More fluids, pomegranate white tea, and the last two sweet potato oatmeal raisin cookies.

We got our monthly delivery of coconut water today. Perfect timing! I needed to be all the fluids I could get into my body! Did you know that a cup of coconut water contains more potassium than a banana?! It's the best, natural drink for electrolytes and rehydration. Matt and I have recently gotten into a habit of drinking coconut water instead of a sports drink. Only downside is that they are pretty expensive!

Matt picked up a rotisserie chicken on his way home for dinner. I mashed up our last Boston Organic delicata squash with some yogurt spread, raisins and a little brown sugar and made a slice of whole wheat garlic bread. I've discovered the best way to make garlic bread is to cut a clove of garlic and rub it on a hot piece of bread. The oils from the garlic seep into the toast! I then put a little olive oil or yogurt spread on the toast and sprinkle it with Jane's Crazy Mixed-Up Salt. Yum!

Shortly after dinner, I was starting to feel whole again, and decided I wanted a snack. More tea and a packet of SunBest Currant Raisin Biscuits.

To finish the night Matt made a big smoothie! I forgot to take a picture of my little cup of smoothie.

I was feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning, at least compared to yesterday! When I got into the office I made myself breakfast. Oatmeal with a little pumpkin spice, flax seed and raisins. I rinsed down my last antibiotic with a big bottle of water and my coffee.

I am back into my routine. You can tell by my lunch. I had my typical lunch wrap, salad with chicken and herb blue cheese mustard. A side of Kettle Salt & Vinegar Chips and a yogurt. I really love my routine even though my sandwich may get boring every now and then!

I forgot to take pictures of my afternoon snacks. I had a big honey crisp apple (my favorite) before the gym. I completed my lower body, shoulders and tricep strength training session today. After the gym I had a kiwi and a cheese stick which was surprisingly enough to hold me over until dinner.

For dinner tonight I made this recipe that I've been dying to try, Turkey with Dumplings. Instead of turkey I used the rest of the rotisserie chicken from last night. I also halved the recipe. It came out delicious. Matt thought the sweet potato biscuit was a great substitute for his favorite drop biscuits. I call that a win! It looked pretty and with all the color from the veggies you know it's healthy! One serving fills you up and it's only 280 calories!

I'm now enjoying another cup of the pomegranate white tea and I'm about to go do another hour of work before I head to bed.

Back to the Goal Checklist!
Go to the gym -
Drink Water -
No Alcohol -
Get 7 hours of sleep -
Consume no more than 1550 calories -