Inna Scribbles

Early Post (breakfast and lunch 05/08/09)
May 8, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Hello ladies and possibly gents. I actually have no idea if any guys read my blog because my only comments (except those of Ryan) have been from ladies…. Anyway I decided to do an early post today as I’m back from prison a little early and we have a while until we’re set to meet our friends for a dinner out. I don’t think I’m going to want to post later tonight seeing as it’s my last night with Ryan before he goes off to CA for 10 weeks starting tomorrow 😦 That’s really gonna suck. I mean we’re going to make a few trips out here and there to visit one another for the weekend, but still…I know we can handle it– we did 4 years of long distance (both across the country when he was in CA and across the Atlantic when I was in Scotland) before finally settling down in the same city– but it’s going to suck regardless. So be warned- you’ll be hearing me whine about how much I miss him for the next 2.5 months.

Ok, on to food because Ryan will be home soon and I want to be done posting by the time he’s back. For breakfast I wanted to have whole wheat sandwich thins with light laughing cow cheese and lox. Unfortunately I only had enough lox to cover 1/2 a thin…But I ate it anyway πŸ™‚


While driving back from prison I had a plum and an apple:


And lunch today was the most delicious thing EVER. I stuffed leftover garlicky roast veggies from last night into a whole wheat pita with some hummus. I can’t even begin to describe the deliciousness that this was. It kind of reminds me of a clam in this pic:


Hope you guys have a good start to the weekend!


Kind Words From Strangers (all meals 04/09/09)
April 9, 2009, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Hey guys! I’m really tired tonight and dying to get to sleep so I’m going to try to make this post quick but we all know how that usually works out. Marina left this afternoon and tomorrow morning we have friends from DC flying in and staying with us for a couple of days, followed by Ryan’s sister flying in a few hours after our friends fly out and then me going to Israel for a vacation. I’m looking forward to all of it, but I gotta say that last one is reallyyyy exciting.

I had a ton of really delicious food today. In fact, everything I put in my mouth was pretty fantastic. Love days like that. But let’s start at the beginning- for breakfast Marina made me a smoothie she’s been raving about. It’s made with soy milk, 100% orange juice, avocado, and honey. This combo was absolutely delicious and you’ll definitely be seeing me make this again!


I was a good worker bunny all through the morning. Before hitting up the gym during my lunch break, I fueled myself with an orange and 1/2 of a PB cookie larabar:


A really nice thing happened at the gym today- a girl who takes a lot of the same classes as I do (steps, bootcamp) came up to me in the locker room and said “Hey, I just want to tell you that you look really really great. You look just fantastic.” We’ve been taking the same classes for a while so I know she saw me when I was a bit heavier than I am now and I can only assume she was comparing the then to the now. Either way, that very simple comment completely made my day. I love kind words from strangers-something so effortless has such a big effect, and I wish I could tell her how grateful I am that she took the time to think to say that to me, I wish I could tell her how happy it made me. Unfortunately, I can’t take a compliment so I just turned beat red and mumbled thank you under my breath. I really need to work on that. Her comment really pumped me up and motivated me to work soooooo hard in steps class today- I can’t remember the last time I was so sweaty. I also worked on arms (biceps and triceps) and abs.

I came back to a fantastic lunch of dhal (indian lentils) that I made per the recipe that Sue and I learned when we took the vegetarian Indian cooking class. Actually it was leftover from last night’s dinner that I made which included both the palak paneer (Indian cheese in spinach) and green mung dhal (lentils). There are TONS of leftovers (I cooked for a small army for some reason) so you’ll be seeing a lot of them to come I’m sure. I’m more than happy to eat them though, because both dishes came out delicious. I was pretty darn proud of myself. Oh, be warned that this doesn’t photograph very pretty. But when it tastes this good, it’s worth the sacrafice:


I ate about half of this- lentils are so filling! Of course I always have room for a little somethin’ somethin’ sweet, so I finished of lunch was some super juicy pineapple:


I was a bit munchy when I got home from work and dinner wasn’t going to be until late-ish tonight so I snack on some bell pepper and hummus to tide me over:


For dinner I made a recipe from another class Sue and I took together, this time the low fat, low carb class we took. I finally found ground chicken at the supermarket, so I decided to give those delicious spicy chicken cakes a whirl. Can I just say what a great decision that was? These turned out fan-freakin-tastic. Sue (and anyone else in the Boston area that’s interested), we definitely need to sign up for more classes! I served my chicken cake along side a salad:


The chicken cake was pretty big, so I ate just a little less than half. And allllll of the salad πŸ™‚ What a wonderful dinner- Ryan gave it a big thumbs up too.

Oh, I’ve been meaning to mention this- for about the next week or so you’ll be seeing a very noticeable decline of whole grains in my food intake. This is because it is Passover so I can’t eat bread or bread products (i.e.- pasta, oatmeal, pita, etc). Therefore my whole grains are limited to things like rice, etc. Oh, and whole wheat matza which I need to buy more of ASAP. So just FYI, I’m not banning grains from my diet even though it may seem like it. I’ll have to find creative ways to keep getting in lots of fiber- fruits and veggies are a great start but I’ll try to think of other additions. Any ideas?

And with that I’m off to bed. Night guys, thanks for reading!

Heading Home (all meals 04/05/09)
April 5, 2009, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Hello from the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina airport! Yay for free wireless internet at airports- I think all airports should start adopting this practice. I had a little extra time so i figured I’d start writing this post, though I probably won’t be able to upload the pictures and post until we’re back home in Boston around 1 am- I’m definitely going to have a hard time staying awake at work tomorrow.

Before getting to the specifics of today’s food, I want to take just a minute to talk about the food in Myrtle Beach generally and how insanely difficult it has been to try to eat relatively healthy here. Now I’m not sure if it’s South Carolina in general or just Myrtle Beach but holy crap whole grains just DO NOT exist here. Everytime I asked if they could replace white bread with whole wheat I got a blank stare. Most of the food here is so greasy and fruits and vegetables, if you are able to find them, are always an afterthought as opposed to something you build your meal around as I’m used to doing. Finding salad is a feat and if you succeed it will probably be pretty wilty and gross (as mine was today). Don’t get me wrong- I had an AMAZING weekend, but the food was definitely not the highlight. I tried to do the best I could but holy crap am I looking forward to a whole lotta fresh produce in the week to come πŸ™‚

We slept in pretty late today and then rushed a bit to check out of our hotel room in time. By the time all was said and done it was around noon and although we hadn’t eaten breakfast we were ready for lunch. I tried to eat my leftover salad from yesterday but it was really pretty gross and I didn’t think it was fresh enough to eat- thinking back we did walk around with it for a good 6 hours before we got back to our hotel after dinner and put it in the fridge so that makes sense. Anyway we found a little cafe and I ordered a salad with grilled chicken, dressing on the side. It wasn’t good. I ate almost half:


Oh, I forgot to mention but before my salad came out I had some peanuts. That was the one kinda cool thing about this place- instead of bread they had a bucket of peanuts on the table to munch on:


I consoled myself with that disappointment of a lunch by getting a little kiddie cup of frozen yogurt (same as Friday’s):


We played miniature golf again and I got a hole in one! For those of you who are like me when it comes to golf knowledge, it means I hit it in the hole with just one putt!

For dinner I got a caprese panini- chicken, mozzarella, tomato, and basil. I asked for it on whole wheat bread but of course the guy didn’t know what I was talking about and said they didn’t have any.Β  I also asked for vegetables on the side instead of fries which apparently in Myrtle Beach means broccoli soaked in butter. I ate Β½ of the panini and avoided the broccoli and as soon as I discovered it was buttery.


Ryan ordered a chocolate milkshake with his meal- I stole a sip or two πŸ™‚


Dessert was one dark chocolate almond cluster:


At the airport I munched on a Gala apple I managed to find and buy earlier I the day. Mmmmmm fruit.


It’s super late now and I need to get to bed ASAP. I’ll try to work on uploading the rest of the pictures from our vacation tomorrow and then put up a link so you guys can see them. Thanks for all the comments so far- I’m glad you like the photos! Night!

Hello From South Carolina!! (all meals 04/03/09)
April 3, 2009, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Hi all! Ryan and I arrived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina super late last night and by the time we got my bag and got to the hotel I was wayyyyyyyy too tired to post. I crashed and slept really well on our king size bed! I have decided this is the only way to sleep and we HAVE to get a king ASAP- it was so wonderful having all that space to stretch out πŸ™‚

Our first day here has been wonderful, even though it started out kind of rough. We slept in super late, woke up nice and refreshed, took our time getting ready and out of the hotel room, and then wandered off in search of food. Unfortunately we wandered the wrong way and ended up along some highway with no food or taxis or anything remotely helpful in sight. Now anyone who knows me will be able to confirm that I am cranky when I’m hungry and Ryan experienced this firsthand today. Seriously my mom made fun of me for it all the time when I was growing up because she said it was typically men who were so dependent on food for happiness. Well, not me. I hate being hungry- I just feel weak and lightheaded and annoyed by everything. We walked around for like 2 hours (I am not exaggerating) before we FINALLY found food and by that point I was chewing off Ryan’s arm. We went into the first place we saw because honestly by that point I’d eat ANYTHING. The first place we saw ended up being Sr. Frog’s- I took this picture of the tablecloth:


As we were deciding what to get, our waiter brought a plate of nachos to our table. I told him we didn’t order nachos but he insisted it was on the house. Now normally I’m really grateful for free food but nachos aren’t exactly health food and with them sitting right in front of me and me being so hungry they were hard to resist. I tried and failed. Just to give you some perspective, it was almost 2 pm and it was the first thing I’d been able to put in my mouth all day. So I gave in and shared them with Ryan:


For my entree I ordered the taco salad but didn’t eat any of the taco shell. It also came with steak strips on top of it but I didn’t eat those either- just didn’t notice that the salad came with them when I ordered it and wasn’t in a meat mood so I pushed them to the side. The salad itself that I ate was pretty yummy but nothing mind blowing- mixed greens, carrots, pico de gallo salsa, and some cheese. I ate about half the salad and packed the other half to go:


After lunch Ryan and I walked around some more before heading back to our hotel to play in the pool and sunbathe. Tough life, right? Then we went up to our hotel room to relax for a bit. This is when I discovered that I got a bit sunburned on our walk this morning- oops!


So off we went to buy aloe vera/sunscreen and enjoy a walk along the beach. It was beautiful out! Here’s Ryan and his first experience with the Atlantic ocean:


Dinner was the other half of the salad that I had left over from lunch- again no steak or tortilla since I told the waiter I didn’t want those when I asked him to pack it up for me. I kind of wanted something different but I didn’t want to waste food or money so I sucked it up and ate it. But to console myself I also got some frozen yogurt πŸ™‚ Fair trade off, right?

This is vanilla chocolate fudge frozen yogurt and the little kiddie cup is only 90 calories and well worth every last one! I think I’ll definitely be having more of this tomorrow and the day after- the weather is BEAUTIFUL and what better way to celebrate than frozen yogurt?


Ryan and I mapped it and we walked around 7 miles or so today. Not bad for a vacation day! I know walking isn’t like an intense workout or anything, but I’m glad it’s vacation and we still did quite a bit of moving.

Tomorrow morning is our tigers escapade.Β  I’m going to bed soon so I can have plenty of energy to play with the little cubs! Night guys, thanks for reading!

Leaving Tomorrow! (all meals 04/01/09)
April 1, 2009, 4:37 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Meals, Snack

I am sooooooo excited right now because Ryan and I take off for South Carolina tomorrow! I kind of can’t believe it’s happening- we saw these tiger cubs at a fair in Boston and I told Ryan I REALLY wanted to go to South Carolina to play with them. He said ok, but I thought it would be one of those things that wouldn’t really ever happen, you know? I am a HUGE animal lover so I can’t even explain how happy this is going to make me. When we went to Hawaii a few summers ago and played/swam with dolphins I had the biggest smile on my face for the full 45 minutes- my face hurt for like the next week.

Ok, has all the animal talk bored you yet? On to the food then. For breakfast I toasted Arnold’s sandwich thins, spread a light laughing cow cheese wedge on each side, and then went into the fridge for some lox and saw that it was…dun dun dun….completely gone. SOMEBODY in the house finished all the lox with his friends when they were visiting and didn’t tell me! SOMEBODY owes me another massage because he ruined breakfast:


I also finished off the last two strawberries in the box- no worries because I have another one waiting for me!


After breakfast I drove out to the prison for a visit. I munched on some baby carrots before going in:


I was in the prison for a quite a while- I didn’t get out until almost 5 pm! Needless to say I missed lunch. I grabbed an apple out of my purse as soon as I got in my car and devoured it on the ride back- I was hungry!


Ryan wasn’t home when I got back and I knew dinner was going to be later than usual so I searched for something to hold me over but not ruin my appetite. I ended up grabbing 1/2 of a mini trader joe’s whole wheat pita and some sabra hummus:


For dinner I decided to make fish tacos. Except we didn’t have whole wheat tortillas on hand and I didn’t want to go to the store or eat white tortillas. So instead I just dumped what I would inside my tacos inside a bowl and ate it that way- spicy grilled tilapia, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, fat free greek yogurt “sour cream,” and some shredded japaeno jack cheese. I ate about 1/2 of what you see pictured:


And of course some dessert- a 100 calorie Slim-A-Bear ice cream:


And thats it! I gotta go pack because I haven’t started yet…Night guys!

Edit- my asshole friends in DC thought it would be a funny april fools joke to order me 2 large cheese dominos pizzas and breadsticks and have the pizza guy ring my doorbell and me not know what’s going on and have to pay for pizza i didnt order. i am not amused. especially since i tried to resist eating pizza and failed. grrrrrrrrrrrr.

Least Favorite Thing (all meals 03/31/09)
March 31, 2009, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Ugh, today sucked. I went bathing suit shopping after work which is like my least favorite thing to do ever. Ever. I went to like 20 stores and shopped for like 3 hours (not exaggerating here) and surprise surprise, found nothing I liked. Poor Ryan was nice enough to go with me and put up with all of it, including all of my whining. What a sport. Boo.

Today didn’t start on such a horrible note. I had a lovely breakfast of 1/2 cup of organic plain non-fat yogurt, 3 large strawberries, and about 3/4 of a small banana:


Then I had a great mid-morning snack of 1 serving of soy crisps (110 calories)- I loved these! I’ll definitely be buying more after I finish this bag:


For lunch I had good intentions of heating up a can of Amy’s vegan split pea soup. But then a coworker asked if I wanted to go eat lunch in the park since it was nice-ish weather out (aka not raining or snowing or below zero). So instead I headed to Subway because I didn’t have any Tupperware to carry the soup in…I got my new usual which makes me not feel guilty about eating out because I think it’s actually quite healthy- 9 grain honey oat bread, turkey, and a TON of veggies topped with vinegar- NO MAYO OR CHEESE. Yay me!


I also had an orange:


After work was over it was time for the dreaded bathing suit shopping trip. Ugh. I knew dinner would be late so I grabbed an apple and a cliff kids Z-bar to hold me over:



After bathing suit shopping, I weighed my options for dinner.Β  Given my horrible experience and lack of success I decided I need to either starve myself or go to McDonalds. After thinking further and deciding that neither of these were healthy or appropriate options I went for a light and healthy dinner- smaller than I would normally have given that I kind of had part 1 of dinner with the apple and cliff kids Z-bar…I made myself turkey lettuce “sandwiches”- rommaine lettuce, some roasted pepper hummus, and deli turkey on top. This was enjoyed with some baby carrots:


And that’s all folks. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Actually today wasn’t bad- just the last part that involved bathing suit shopping was. I’m going to bed- Ryan has promised me a nice long massage to make me feel better and I can’t refuse πŸ™‚ Night!

More Indian Food! (all meals 03/30/09)
March 30, 2009, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Snack

Happy Monday guys! Today went by pretty fast for me- I worked from home in the morning and then did a prison visit in the afternoon. This is going to be a short week too since Ryan and I are leaving for Myrtle Beach Thursday evening. While we’re there, we’ll be doing the T.I.G.E.R.S myrtle beach safari VIP tour = I get to cuddle tiger cubs and play with monkeys!!! I am soooooo looking forward to that trip- beach time + cuddling with cute animals is just what I need and it’s exciting to know it’s only a few days away!

I woke up feeling full this morning which is really odd…I’m often not hungry in the mornings but I can make myself eat because I know it’s necessary. But today I wasn’t just not hungry- I was flat out full. Not sure from what because it’s not like I had a huge dinner last night? Anywho I worked for a few hours and then grabbed a grapefruit for a very light breakfast:


I knew I had to eat before leaving for prison but as the day wore on I continued not wanting to eat at all. Finally it was 30 minutes until I had to leave and I forced myself to eat some lunch. For lunch I marinated some Asian-style tofu and then baked it in the oven and served it with a side of green beans. This was my first time cooking tofu and to be blunt it wasn’t very successful. Any tips? I ate maybe 2 or 3 tofu cubes before giving up and just eating the green beans:


I also had 2 large strawberries and an orange- now that was yummy!


The drive to prison was looooooong (like 1.5 hours) and I FINALLY got hungry as I was pulling up to the prison. Good thing I packed a Z-bar- loved this flavor!


After a long drive back I came home to make some Indian food for dinner. I mean, what’s the point of taking cooking classes if you don’t put them to use, right? And in case I have not made this clear enough, I LOVE Indian food πŸ™‚ Tonight I made the palak paneer (Indian cheese in spinach) and a variation on the mung dhal (lentils). I didn’t pre-soak and pre-cook the lentils and waiting three hours before eating was NOT an option, so I decided to substitute canned garbanzo beans for the lentils and spice/cook them the same way as I would the lentils in the recipe. Both dishes came out pretty delicious and wonderful, especially considering this was basically my first time trying to cook Indian food at home. The palak paneer was especially amazing, and I will so be making both of these again very soon (next time planning ahead and using lentils). Perhaps Sue and I can even make this for some interested Boston bloggers and share the cooking class knowledge we learned? Let me know if you’re interested!

Anywho here are the chickpeas cooking:


And the spinach being spiced before the cheese was added in:


And both dishes with some brown rice ready to be consumed. I ate most of this plate (sorry the steam coming off of the food doesn’t make for a great picture but I was too hungry to wait!):


I am currently fighing my sweet tooth and unsure of whether I’ll give in or not. I’m guessing probably yes πŸ™‚ But I’ll keep it in check- promise! Night guys, thanks for reading!