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To wind up my slacker eating habits.. Sunday I kept the food intake to a minimum, knowing what I was going to embark on Monday.

After I missed massed this Sunday morning.. the three of us went into D.C. for some history and to enjoy the day. I walked down Pennsylvania Ave along the white house lawn and was taken aback by the traditional beauty there. Then walked across the street to check out Jackson’s statue in the park.

We headed over to Virginia to Tysons Mall to check out the new movie “Date Night”. It was a blast…. love those two actors, Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.

Then afterwards, we headed over to Olive Garden Restaurant for my usual Minestrone Soup and Salad. I had one serving of each and was fully satisfied with it.

Then for a little dessert Sunday night I made a

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana, Apple Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

6 Strawberries

1 Apple

Directions: Peel Banana and place into Vita-Mix. Wash and cut Strawberries and Apple… I peeled the  apple because that’s hot  I like to eat it. Mix all fruits and blend on Variable II, gradually moving power to 10 until desired consistancy.


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I think there has been a turning point for me this week….in the way I am approaching food.  In the last couple of months, I’ve been struggling with my eating, how much I’m eating, what I’m eating and how it’s affecting my body and weight. So I think I’ve been able to muster some self-control.

One thing that’s really been a great help… is the Pilates. Regularly, I’m attending classes in the morning and it’s definitely making a difference. I’ve noticed more definition in my arms, legs, and even in my stomach. Which is great, because I have a wedding to go to this weekend and that’s going to make a difference.

Today (Friday), as I’ve been doing since we’ve been here in Potomac, M.D., I juiced some carrot, celery, apple and this time through in some Spinach. I read yesterday, that you get a lot of protein from Spinach and thought I was neglecting the green leafy food, so I threw it in the mix.

I was dropped off at the mall, while Mike had some meetings. While I was there, I got really hungry and Mike didn’t pick me up until after 3pm.

Cinnamon Dolce Frapuccino

So, my defenses were compromised and I ordered a Starbucks Grande Cinnamon Dolce Frapuccino.   The only saving grace for that miscalculation was Mike drank half of it!!!Veggie Spring RollBuddha Rice Bowl

 Then since neither one of us had lunch; we stopped into P.F. Changes for a late lunch/early dinner. I had two Spring Rolls, Buddha Rice Bowl with Brown Rice and a Glass of Riesling.

NO ICE CREAM FOR DESSERT ALL WEEK!!!

Infact, I’ve been having some pretty healthy and substantial meals while eating out this week. Last night we went to Olive Garden and I had the Minestrone Soup and Salad.

Minestrone Soup I did devour one Bread Stick and drank a Glass of White Wine. Then we went to a place called Moby Dick where I had a great tasting Veggie Wrap with Mushrooms, Alfalfa Sprouts, Onions, and Tomatoes on White Flat Bread.Mody Dick Veggie Wrap

Then we went to a Restaurant called Wildfire in the Tyson’s Mall for drinks, which turned into dinner. I did order 2 Glasses of White Wine and a Greek Salad after which I had some of Mike’s Cod Fish, Baked Potato and Asparagus.

I HAVE NOTICED I’VE BEEN INDULGING IN WHITE WINE MORE THESE DAYS!!!!

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Apples & Bananas

Apples & Bananas

I couldn’t wait to wake up and go to Pilates this Monday morning… since I didn’t go all weekend and I ate Chocolate Dove Bars the night before!

 

 

It was a great work out at this morning’s Jump Board Pilates and my legs are definitely feeling the burn, even now.

After the workout, Mike and I got an early start on getting some errands done. We hit up the bank first and then it was off to the post office, where I check the P.O. Box. We drove all the way out to Virginia to drop off the dry cleaning and back tracked it to Tyson’s Mall area so we can get lunch. Mike likes to go to the Olive Garden Restaurant off Leesburg Pike in Tyson’s area.

I got my regular Minestrone Soup and Salad combination. I just love their Minestrone Soup, and today it was even better than the last time. Again, I indulged on two bread sticks during my fairly healthy meal. If only Olive Garden could switch to Whole Wheat Bread Sticks, that would be ideal for me!!!!

Robeks Smoothie

Berry Burst Smoothie

Later, I had a sweet tooth so we stopped off at Robeks for a smoothie. I got a Berry Burst Smoothie with an appetite suppressant boost. Yum Yum Yum!

We made it home just in time for Mike’s son to get home from school, and he had a little buddy with him. So I decided to cut up some Apples and Bananas and I made a side dish of Pita Chips and Hummus for the boys to snack on… and we’re still snacking on them. I’m not sure what’s for dinner.

Hummus & Pita Chips

Hummus & Pita Chips

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I forgot we ate Mexican Food on Saturday night! We went to Tyson’s Mall and ate at a place where I had not been in a long time. We went to LaSardie Mexican Restaurant and before anything, I ordered a Margarita. Yum Yum Yum !

After the Margarita I ordered a Guacamole side made fresh at tableside. It’s so yummy, with the Avocado, Tomato, Onion and Cilantro. We ate that with Tortilla Chips for a Starter. For the main course, Mike wanted Fajitas with Shrimp and I ordered a side of Roasted/Grilled Garden Vegetables.  I made sure to sneak a couple shrimp from Mike to make two Tortilla Wraps with my Vegetables.

After dinner, we walked around the mall a little when the food was started to talk back to me. We ended up taking in a movie; this one was the new release of “Leap Year”.  During the entire movie, I was unfortunately very uncomfortable and even through the evening. I didn’t eat much, but whatever it was, it was talking back to me something fierce.!

This time at the movies, no White Cherry Slush drink or Popcorn…. which is good because the last time we went to the movies that’s exactly what I had. It sure does seem like we see a lot of movies… I guess I’m grateful I get that!

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Sunday Vegetable Rice Soup

Sunday Vegetable Rice Soup

Mike’s wanted to see the movie “Everybody’s Fine” with Robert DeNiro since it came out the beginning of December. Well, last night he made me look up where the movie’s playing. I found out it’s only playing in Shirlington, a suburb next to Alexandria and Pentagon City. 

So after Ice Skating, we got in the car in our search for something to do indoors and agreed on the movie. By the time we got there, found out it was playing at 4:45pm. Well it was only 2:45pm, so went drove over to Tyson’s Mall to walk around and decided to take in “Up In The Air” with George Clooney. Good movie… funny, relevant, and just plain nice.

Sitting at home in the comfortable, warm shelter from the freezing cold outside, Mike’s waiting for 60 Minutes to come on and I’m going to head downstairs to eat some more of that Vegetable Soup. It’s just the thing to warm me up and energize me for Sunday Night line-up of shows. 60 Minutes, Home Makeover Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters. They’re all supposed to be new episodes tonight, and I can’t wait!!!!!  

But before that… it’s Sunday Vegetable Soup and some Whole Wheat Bread and afterwards some Vedge Juice.

BoltHouse Vedge Juice

Vedge Juice

 

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Bolthouse Carrot Juice

Carrot Juice

I can’t remember the last time I actually Juiced Carrots, Celery, Beets, Apples, etc.? We left for Colorado the week of November 15th… and it’s been since then. Almost a month since I’ve drank freshly juiced vegetables. I miss it!!!

But I am drinking the Bolthouse 100% Carrot Juice, when I remember.

Which is today… I’m on my second glass of the juice, which I’m not denying myself because it’s been a while. And it tops off a good day of going out to lunch and later to a movie.

We bared the cold and rain this afternoon to visit one of Mike’s sons friends family restaurant. It’s a pizza shop in the D.C. area called Angelica’s and they have some great dishes. I had a small Pizza with Wheat Bread, no Cheese, Portobello Mushrooms, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes and a Tossed Green Salad with Olive & Vinegar dressing.

Then we went to Tyson’s Mall in Virginia to see a movie…. we picked “Old Dogs” with Robin Williams and John Travolta. Never laughed so hard. I take that back, I did laugh that hard, if not harder at “There’s Something About Mary”!

Ya know they say, laughter burns calories. Well, I needed that theory to be actuality, because I over did it. I bought a White Cherry ICEE and when you buy two they give you a free Popcorn. Plus, Mike’s son wanted Peanut M&M’s… so as you can tell, I had the ICEE, Popcorn, and some M&M’s. Needless to say, I didn’t feel so hot after the movie. My stomach was in some serious pain.

Pain which subsided, because I did have my Pizza leftovers and drinking my Carrot Juice.
Tomorrow is a busy!!! Oil change on the car, phone calls, etc!!!

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