Warning: It’s long and it’s kind of ranty. Skip the picture-less text at the beginning and end for the more fun and vibrant food-related stuff.
First off, I apologize for the absence going on here. Being busy isn’t the best of excuses as I’m sure I could have managed to fit an entry in during all my reading, note taking etc but I’ve been really trying to catch up and eliminate a good chunk of the readings that I have needed to get done, so I’ve been focusing a lot on that over the past several days.
I also haven’t been in the best state lately. I think winter affects me pretty strongly as I’ve had troubles with this time of year for the past couple years now. The cold, the dark, the lonely… I just find it all too much and too long and I’ve been feeling like one big ball of emotions flying through the air, slamming into the ground, bouncing back up, only once again to fall back down. Plus the stress of school only serves to add to the emotional hoopla.
I know that it’s just the time of year and I need to keep reminding myself of that, but it’s hard sometimes. I’m tired of being forced into hibernation because it’s too bitterly cold to leave the house, because I have too much work to do, because I have no other options. I’m just tired of the right now.
That being said though, at least my mood isn’t consistently down. As I said, I do have my ups. Today the sun is shining. It helps, it really does.
And on that note, time for a recap of the last several days:
Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Oats – oats, 1% cottage cheese, banana and a sprinkling of brown sugar. I don’t usually add brown sugar but the banana wasn’t quite as ripe as I normally have them so it needed a pinch more of sweetness, which the brown sugar contributed perfectly.
Lunch: Spinach and Red pepper with tuna on top and on half an english muffin. The tune was mixed with fat free mayo, fat free sour cream and dijonnaise, my regular tuna combo.
Then of course I had to have some zucchini bread along with a cup of coffee.
Dinner: I made some soup! Butternut squash soup (out of a carton) with more squash and spinach pureed into it. Along with a side of raw veggies and squash with salsa and a splash of maple balsamic dressing.
Gotta love bright green soup.
Breakfast: Weetabix mixed with pumpkin and vanilla yogurt, frozen banana slices and cinnamon, and topped with some Fiber One Honey Clusters.
Lunch: Very greeny salad topped with honey mustard and a veggie egg white scramble.
Dinner: Sliver of frozen pizza, tuna sushi (the grocery store delicacy variety) stuffed with wasabi and pickled ginga! and a large salad.
I was going to have a veggie burger but I had already snacked on quite a few pieces of sushi when we got home from our grocery store trip just before dinner, so I kind of killed my appetie.
And then we bought this amazing yogurt. It’s basically the only greek-style yogurt I’ve come across in Canada. They have many flavours. I wanted just the plain variety but there was none in stock and this is the first time I’ve seen this yogurt on sale so I HAD to grab it. I had never tried it before but it’s darn expensive (not to mention insanely high in calories, fat etc) so it won’t be a regular thing. I have, however, wanted to try it for ages so getting it on sale is the ideal time for that.
All you need is a spoonful. This stuff is like pure thick, sweet whipping cream. It’s insanity.
Breakfast: Oat bran with pumpkin, gingerbread syrup and banana slices. I seriously think I love oat bran more and more with each bowl I eat.
Lunch: I had lunch at work. I brought a random and pretty messy looking salad with cottage cheese and the one last piece of grocery store tuna sushi.
I also had to pick up pizza for the rest of the people at work and it was ordered from a grocery store. I had never had to pick up the pizza from this particular grocery store before so it was my first time in there. WOW. I misjudged it from the outside because it seriously didn’t look like anything special but inside was awesome! I didn’t really have the chance to look around at all so all I got to look at was the very first things at the entrance, but luckily that included a hummus/dip section. I find this Cilantro Raita yogurt dip which sounded pretty darn good so I had to buy it.
The grocery store also had a sorbet bar. Excuse me? I’ve never seen a grocery store with a sorbet bar before! I seriously wanted to get some, more out of the novelty of it than anything. I didn’t.
Instead my sweet ending to lunch was some zucchini bread scraps. Not pretty, but pretty tasty.
Dinner: Saturday night was our annual work dinner. You know how work places usually have a holiday dinner? Yeah, we do that at the end of January. It works out better that way. By this time you’re not sick of all of the big meals anymore so it’s much more appreciated ;)
Every year we go to the Olde School Restaurant. I was starving by the time we got to there. We started off with appetizers of bruschetta and garlic bread. I had one piece of bruschetta and one piece of cheesy garlic bread. The bruschetta was topped with amazing feta and was the best bruschetta I’ve ever tried. I didn’t whip out the camera for those though.
Then the table was provided with a standard bread basket. I had two small pieces because I was still starving. This was the only part of the meal that was kind of blah. I’m just not impressed with their bread. But hunger won out there.
All meals come with a soup or salad, so I got the soup. It was some kind of creamy chicken and rice. Very good and most especially so since I was starving and freezing. This fixed two problems in one, at least temporarily.
My brother got the french onion soup. I had one (very tongue-scalding) bite. Check out that bubbly cheese.
Onto the Main Course: I ordered the Grilled Lemon Chicken Breast with Greek Salad. I got the same thing last year but I just had to get it again because it was so good. I ate nearly everything on my plate. I honestly think my favourite part of the meal though was the giant chunk of feta cheese on the salad. A good quality feta cheese is definitely one of my favourite foods and this was definitely one of the best feta cheese varieties I’ve ever tried.
Post dinner was of course the desserts. I didn’t order anything myself but I had a bite of my dad’s Black forest Cake. This thing was massive, the picture does not do it justice. I also ate his fruit (I work for my dad if you’re wondering why I’m mentioning family members as part of my work dinner ;) ), as well as one small piece of baklava and a bite of vanilla crepe. See, I didn’t even need to order my own dessert.
I was comfortably full but not stuffed after this meal, which was nice. I hate being full to the point of it debilitation.
That being said, at home a couple hours later I dug into a bag of chocolate chips and had a white chocolate wonderful pb stuffed date. I couldn’t even begin to try to explain that one.
Breakfast: I had the hardest time deciding what the heck I wanted to eat. I eventually went with a bowl of berry yogurt with banana, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. I also stirred in some Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls and Fiber One but I had to get a picture without the cereal first, just because it’s so much prettier that way.
Then I studied. And read. And took notes. Studied. Studied. Studied. What an exciting Sunday.
Lunch: A whole wheat wrap spread with edamame hummus and cilantro raita and stuffed with mushrooms and spinach pan fried with balsamic vinegar.
I was still kind of hungry after this though, so about an hour later I had some pumpkin mixed with cinnamon, unsweetened Almond Breeze and vanilla soy protein powder, all heated in the microwave. Delicious and hit the spot.
Dinner: We had spaghetti and meatballs, but I guess it’s technically not spaghetti since, well, spaghetti pasta was not used. But you get the idea. I had mine (mixture of whole wheat and regular pasta) on top of a bed of wilted spinach, along with a total of probably two small meatballs after picking at them, and tiny mound of cottage cheese and a small piece of bread with homemade sun dried tomato hummus. I ate quite a bit more pasta plain and straight from the pot. I tend to do that with pasta. Which is why I don’t like pasta. Stupid pasta. Stupid winter and carb cravings.
Okay, I’ll admit it, I actually love pasta. I think that’s pretty obvious.
Then some more non-wilted spinach with an oil and vinegar/balsamic/honey mustard dressing and raisins.
And for the first time in quite a long while… Iced Coffee. I missed it so much and for once I wasn’t completely freezing last night so I was able to make myself one. Usually I’m just too darn cold to even think about drinking an iced coffee.
Workout: I squeezed a 45 minute 5 mile treadmill run in yesterday, as well as about 10 minutes of various arm exercises with 10 lb weights.
It was a good workout, but I’ve been slacking a bit on my workout frequency lately, and most especially on my strength training. School work is playing a large part in that, as is my mood roller coaster and lack of motivation. I’m always too darn cold to want to get into workout clothes and go down into the cold, dark basement to exercise. I do it anyway, but it’s hard sometimes to make myself.
I really really don’t like winter.
I’ve also been slacking on my eating a bit. As in not paying as close attention as I should be to snacking habits and sweet indulgences (you may not see them here in the pictures but they exist, true me). Winter, cold, stress and bumminess make me crave sweets. And bumminess makes me not care if I eat them.
Which is why we made brownies last night and I ate some even when I no longer really even wanted them.
I’m sorry this is so blah and ranty and complaining. I promise it’ll get better. I’m actually in not too bad of a mood today, most especially compared to yesterday when I was completely miserable. I just need to get out of this winter funk. I’m working on it.