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Working on it (all meals 05/28/09)
May 28, 2009, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals

Ryan comes tomorrow morning and we’re going to get started on the move that is sure to be the main event of the weekend. Eeeeek! I’m so excited to see him! It’s only been 3 weeks since he left but after living together all year, being apart that long has been really hard. At the same time though, I think in some ways it’s been good for me. I’ve been taking the time to work on individual issues I have needed to work on for quite some time, but would never have worked on if I wasn’t forced into it so I guess the time apart has it’s silver lining. I’m definitely not where I need to be with many things in my life, but I’m working on it! One of the main things I really need to work on is how anxious and stressed out I get over things that should be fun (like planning my wedding)- that one is coming along very very sloooooooooooowly. But hopefully it’s a comin’.

I didn’t get to bed as early as I hoped last night so this morning was another battle with my alarm clock. It kept telling me to wake up and I kept shouting obscenities at it. With no one there to kick me out of bed I rolled out 2 minutes before I had to leave the house. Naturally this meant breakfast was another grab and run affair. I assembled it (not that there was much to it) at my office- a container of fat free blueberry yogurt and an apple:

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I actually had a pretty bad workout at the gym today for the first time in a while. It was my favorite steps class, but for some reason I just wasn’t feeling it. I did it though, along with arm, shoulder, and ab exercises. Meh.

Lunch was perfect for today’s cold and dreary day: a warm roasted veggie tamale a la Amy’s.

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Plus a delicious grapefruit

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Later in the afternoon my boss came into my office tempting me with a cookie. I had half (un-photographed). It was damn good and well worth it.

Dinner tonight is a real toughie to guess. That’s right. Despite the risk of boring you to tears, I had the same delicious veggie wrap again. I decided my taste buds were more important than your entertainment. Sorry!

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And 2 kiwis + 2 strawberries for dessert

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Alright guys, I’m going to start winding down. I’m sure it’ll take me a while to fall asleep tonight but sleep can’t come fast enough- when I open my eyes I’ll get to see my fiance!

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Pooped (all meals 05/27/09)
May 27, 2009, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals

It’s only a little past 7 and I can barely keep my eyes open! I am so totally and completely pooped after today’s crazy hectic workday. I’m really lucky with my job being flexible so I rarely work many hours straight- there’s always little breaks here and there for tea and random chit-chats with coworkers. But today was go go go from 7:30 on. After eating breakfast, I drove 1.5 hours to prison #1 and did interview #1. Then I drove another 1.5 hours to prison #2 for interviews #2, #3, and #4 which took a grand total of 4 hours. And then it was another 1 hour drive back home. I am seriously considering going to bed at like 8.

I decided I needed a really filling breakfast to give me a good headstart on fueling me for the long day. So oats it was 🙂 Luckily it was gray and dreary out unlike the really warm weather we’ve been having lately so the oatmeal sounded really appealing. I decided on peanut butter and jelly oats, an idea I’ve seen on another blog but I can’t find the entry to it right now…I think it was Lauren’s blog? Either way, thanks to whoever it was for the genius creation- it was so yummy! For my bowl I used: 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 banana, 1 T Barney butter, 1 T strawberry jam.

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I ate about 3/4 of this, and even that took a lot of effort! It tasted delicious, but it’s also insanely filling. I think when I add mix-ins like nut butters I really can only handle 1/4 cup of oats…

I did the best I could with lunch. It had to be eaten on the drive from prison #1 to prison #2 so it needed to be easy to drive while eating. You know what? Not too many healthy foods (or at least foods you can put together into nutritionally balanced MEALS) are driving friendly. I did the best I could with a bag of soy crisps, a south beach diet bar, and an apple:

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So you know how I said dinner last night was amazing and you’d be seeing it again real soon? Here you go! It was my dinner again tonight…

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And with that I’m off kiddos. Hopefully I’ll be back much more well rested tomorrow!



Fingers Crossed! (all meals 05/26/09)
May 26, 2009, 6:37 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals

Hey everyone- hope your memorial day weekends were great!I had the perfect balance of a part relaxing, part productive 3 day weekend. I packed and moved some stuff to our new place, went to a pool part, hiked with an adorable toddler and puppy, and went out to eat lots of food with the wonderful Sue. Ok, maybe more relaxing than productive, but I still did some work! Today I hit the ground running hard, and had a super productive day at work. It’s so much easier to get stuff done knowing there is only 4 weekdays! I think this is something emplyers should seriously look into. Tomorrow is going to be crazy busy and productive as well- I have 2 separate prisons to go to for a total of 4 visits (1 at the first prison, 3 at the second). The catch is that the prisons are about 60 miles away from each other, and 70-75 miles away from my home, so there is a lot of driving and visiting to squeeze into one little workday! I have no doubt I’ll be working overtime tomorrow 🙂

Back to today, I woke up to what was a brilliantly filling breakfast: 1% cottage cheese and an apple-cranberry bran muffin (the TJ’s kind that’s only 100 calories but 13 grams of fiber!). My plate progression:

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Then of course I had to crumble the muffin:

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And then I thought the cottage cheese could be like frosting so I mixed it all up:

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I thought I would LOVE this combo, but to be honest it was a bit too dense for me. I really should have added fruit to lighten it up. Despite it being quite light calorie-wise, I could only finish about 3/4 tops and it held me over forever. I think grapes (or some other kind of juicy fruit) would have been the perfect addition to this to make it a really satisfying meal for my tastebuds- it felt a little too dry…

After lunch I headed over to do some jail visits and returned in time to gobble some subway for my lunch. I had my usual- turkey and every veggies (except olives) with vinegar- no cheese or mayo. I love how the vinegar makes this sandwich so moist while still keeping it healthy, but i think I’ve been enjoying it a little too often…my wallet and waistline both like me to cook more often.

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Dinner was freaking brilliantly good, and oh so simple. I found some wonderful whole wheat tortillas at Shaw’s that are only 70 calories but boast 6 grams of fiber! That was the base. For the innards (ew, what a gross word) I roasted up some garlicky veggies- eggplant, onion, squash, and bell pepper. While that was a cookin, I made some “mockamole” that I read about on Tina’s, Elina’s, Shannon’s, and Lauren’s blogs (the links to their posts are here, here, here, and here). This is a birlliant concept- mix guacamole with peas to cut down on fat and add nutrients. Plus, it lends an awesome texture and delicate sweetness to the guacamole, which I loved. Why has no one thought of this before?? After I finished making the mockamole, I melted a piece of fat free cheese onto one of the tortillas and spread it with the deliciousness:

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Pile with roast veggies on top and viola!

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Holy deliciousness. I piled too many veggies in to wrap it up, so a knife and fork it was. That and my hands 🙂 You will soooooo being seeing this again soon. Like, probably tomorrow.

Alright folks, I’m going to start winding down and prepping myself for the craziness that is sure to ensue tomorrow with all those visits. Keep your fingers crossed for me!



Quick Note
May 23, 2009, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hey guys- just a quick note to say I won’t be posting this weekend or next- I am running all over the place this weekend and next weekend we’re moving so I’m going to stick to posting during the weekdays and take the weekends off for a bit. Hope you’re all having an amazing memorial day weekend!



Oh Nyquil (all meals 05/21/09)
May 21, 2009, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

So after I finished my post last night I took some Nyquil and completely passed out. I woke up insanely well rested this morning- suspiciously well rested for my alarm clock not having gone off yet. I rolled over, picked up my phone, and saw that the time read 10:01 am. As in, I should have been at work an hour ago. And as I’m realizing this, my phone starts ringing and it’s my work. They’re not mad at all, just worried and want to know if I’m ok. My office is seriously the best place to work in the entire world thanks to my insanely wonderful coworkers. Anyway, somehow in my Nyquil stupor I must have turned off my alarm clock this morning. I have absolutely zero recollection of doing so.

I made a mad dash for the door, grabbing a quick bar on my way out. I gobbled this up on the subway on the way to work- the photo is from the inside of my purse 🙂

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At work I snacked on pineapple, grapes, and strawberries from the super yummy edible arrangements bouquet my secret admirer sent me 🙂

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For lunch I treated myself to my very first salad from Sebastian’s, a fairly big chain in Boston that does sandwiches and salads. The salads are monstrous sized so I only ate about 1/2 and was STUFFED. It was super duper yummy though- a big bed of various mixed lettuces, red onion, tomato, corn, pickles, jalapenos, and marinated artichokes ($1.25 extra for those but I decided to splurge) with low fat Italian dressing. What is it about buying salads that always makes them taste so much better than homemade ones?

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I did not end up going to the gym today. To be honest, it’s not because I learned my lesson. It’s because in my mad rush this morning I forgot to pack clean gym clothes. But it was a gorgeous day out, so I went out for a nice long walk during lunch.

Dinner was light. I’m feeling better than yesterday so my appetite is coming back, but I’m definitely not 100% yet so it’s not full force yet. I have been really craving tuna lately, so I made myself a tuna salad (with a little bit of light mayo) which I put on top of 1/2 of a whole wheat sandwich thin with spring mix lettuce. I also chopped up 1/2 a tomato to have on the side. I’ve been good about eating my veggies lately!

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For dessert I had some frozen mango and pineapple chunks, a perfectly refreshing way to end a warm day.

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Alright guys, I’m off to start getting ready for bed so that I don’t oversleep tomorrow! Night!



I Will Never Ever Learn. And By That I Mean Never (all meals 05/20/09)
May 20, 2009, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

So you know how I was all happy my maid of honor came to visit me last week and then I had an awesome time in NY with her and my cousin? I’m less happy now because she got me sick. Grrrrrr. I’m not sick enough not to go to work or anything, but I’m all clogged up and it’s giving me a huge headache and I never get headaches. I hate headaches. And I hate not being able to breathe. But apparently I like whining a lot.

I was NOT hungry when I woke up this morning (I never am when I’m sick) but I wanted to go to the gym so around 11:00 I made myself eat a light “breakfast” of 1% cottage cheese and 1/2 an apple.

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Around noon I went to spin class. Here’s the deal. I should not work out when I’m sick. It makes me sicker. I have learned this lesson many times, but apparently not enough times to make it really stick. I have heard some people say that working out when they’re sick helps them “sweat out their sickness” or whatever. I REALLY wish I could be one of those people whose body works like that but it doesn’t. I felt weak and horrible all through class and really wanted to vomit but instead of being smart and leaving I pushed through it all and came out of their feeling like crap. And you know what? I’m STILL thinking of going to steps tomorrow because it’s my favorite class of all and it only happens once a week so I really hate missing it. See how accurate the title of my post is? When I say I will never learn, I mean I will never ever learn, even given how crappy I feel right now. And it’s pretty crappy.

When I walked into my office building after the gym, the secretaries ran up to me and asked if I was hungry and did I want to eat a lot and was I in the mood for some fruit. Ignoring their strange behavior I told them that NO i was NOT hungry and NO I did NOT want to eat anything and in fact all I want to do is vomit. I promptly proceeded to walk into my office and found this:

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Aha, the secretaries” mysteriously strange behavior solved. I have ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to try an edible arrangements bouquet but have never gotten the chance. But my secret admirer surprised me with one today 🙂

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Ryan thinks he’s being tricky, but I got him all figured out. Isn’t he the best?  I’ve been telling him I want to try one of these for sooooooo long now, and I was so happy to come back to this lovely surprise on my desk, especially given how crappy I was feeling. Have I used “crappy” enough in this post yet? Shall I move on to “poopy?”

So that was lunch, a whole ton of delicious fruit and 2 chocolate covered strawberries. I shared with my coworkers and there’s still some leftover for tomorrow- I can’t wait! I know this is not the most nutritionally balanced meal, but when I’m sick I’m happy if I want to eat anything. Honestly I will be so much more flexible with what I allow myself to eat when I’m sick, hoping that something unhealthy might sound tempting but it never does. I contemplated pizza and hot dogs (my guilty pleasures) and all my favorite junk food I could think of just to get some real food in me, but the though of food made my stomach turn. So fruit it was. Delicious delicious fruit.

I have no pics of dinner tonight. Bad blogger, I know. I went out with an acquaintance I am just starting to get to know and couldn’t get up the nerve to tell her about the blog. We went to a Thai restaurant and I ordered a vegetarian tom yum soup and a salad- I ate the cup of soup but only managed about 1/5 of the salad tops before feeling too sick to eat anymore. Boo.

I am going to try to get to bed early in hopes of feeling better tomorrow. Night guys, thanks for reading!



Vegilicious (all meals 05/18/09)
May 19, 2009, 10:29 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hey all! Sorry I didn’t get to posting yesterday- I stayed up until around midnight addressing engagement announcements and taking care of other wedding stuff and by then it was time to crash. Here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s meals:

Breakfast was a cliff kids z-bar and an apple. Youll notice a theme lately with all my breakfasts being, um, portable. That’s because with Ryan not here to kick me out of bed I am sleeping in to the last minute and making a mad dash for the door, grabbing whatever I can within 2 seconds.

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Both lunch and dinner were vegelicious. Lunch was a simple salad of spring lettuce mix with a whole lotta baked cauliflower:

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And a grapefruit for dessert:

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And dinner was a mini whole wheat pita stuffed with hummus and roasted veggies (eggplant, onion, bell pepper, mushroom), a side of leftover baked cauliflower, and more roast veggies for another side for those that couldn’t fit into the pita.

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I’m going to a friend’s house for dinner tonight so we’ll see if I have time to post when I’m back- I might be totally wiped out. Between wedding planning, moving apartment, my job, blogging, and making time for every day lfie and seeing friends I’m going a little crazy nowadays! Thanks for bearing with me.