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Cookie Monster

Well, our 3-day weekend is quickly coming to an end. It’s been fun, but now it’s time to get ready to get the work-week started.

We had a great day, though. After our yummy breakfast, Anthony and I went for a nice 40-minute or so walk on this great greenway by the lake…


Love the lake views!


And, then I did a bit of shopping – I found a great deal on a swimsuit for our upcoming anniversary vacation…


Lunch was not that photogenic, but it was definitely delicious! Leftover tofu and veggie pad thai + some barbeque pop-chips.


We spent our afternoon just doing some things around the house….laundry, cleaning, and I got the urge to make another batch of dark chocolate chip cookies- so good…we each had 2 as an “appetizer”. 🙂


For dinner, Anthony grilled this great mahi-mahi and we added a baked sweet potato and a Greek salad…simple and delicious. The fish was so good and such a huge piece- I ate about half and I’ll probably take the other half for lunch tomorrow.


I’m off to spend the last few minutes of the weekend relaxing- see you tomorrow!


Brixx Pizza

We tried a new place for dinner tonight…Brixx Pizza – I loved it!

We started with an order of bruschetta – it was very good. I’m a huge bruschetta fan, and I’ve definitely had better, but this was pretty good….plus a glass of Cabernet.


Brixx Salad to share – spring mix with pine nuts, goat cheese, croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette. Simple and delicious. This was my half…


And, chicken florentine pizza – mozzarella, spinach, tomato, crumbled bacon, and feta – very good also – I had two slices…


I definitely want to go back….several other pizzas on the menu sounded great…Artichoke, Rustica, Pesto Portabello….The atmosphere was fun and the service was great. I see more trips to Brixx in my future.

After dinner, we visited Anthony’s parents for a while, and now two dogs are getting a bath while I type….always fun at our house.

Have a great evening!

Un-Intuitive Eating

Hey everyone!! How are you?

Today has been non-stop….I started out with a payroll system training class at work, some paperwork catch-up, and then I had to drive about 30 minutes to do a lunchtime presentation at a local business. For the 2nd day in a row, I knew lunch would be late, so I grabbed a pre-lunch snack on my way….


I love Vivannos – they are so great for a quick snack!

My lunch presentation went well…it was for a wellness program for a small, local business. About 20 people showed up, which was a great turnout. The topic was Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Improve Cholesterol. We had a great, interactive discussion – fun time!

On my way back to work at nearly 2:00, I stopped by Moe’s and had a vegetarian burrito…the Art Vandalay- love it!! It was so good that I definitely overate. I ate nearly the entire burrito, + about half of the chips….I was satisfied after half the burrito…but, it was so good, I kept eating anyway. You can teach Intuitive Eating and totally believe in it and practice it well most of the time…but, nobody’s perfect! I was definitely over-full after lunch. Life is a learning process.


This afternoon, I met with my great co-workers, Heather and Chad, to put some finishing touches on the plans for our new session of weight loss classes that begins on September 14. We had a productive meeting and made some progress with the schedule/class agenda.

Tonight was our monthly girls’ night dinner. There were 4 of us tonight- we all happen to be dietitians…Sandy and Brenda, who work in pediatrics, and Heather (my co-worker and friend) and I. We ended up at Bonefish Grille….I had a delicious salmon and asparagus salad + an amazing glass of sangria – what a perfect meal.


Dinner was delicious and the company was great- always a fun night of discussion!

I’m so happy to be home now…Anthony just got home from a night of fishing- I can’t wait to go spend some time with him. See you tomorrow.


Back to School

I had so much fun going back to school this morning. I felt like a college student again walking across campus.

Since Starbucks is so close to campus, I “needed” a tall latte on my way to class 🙂


I had a great time talking to the dietetic interns about bariatric surgery…the discussion included…

  • United States Obesity Rates
  • Morbid Obesity and BMI
  • criteria to be considered for bariatric surgery
  • the 3 types of surgery that our surgeons perform….gastric banding, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve
  • Nutritional guidelines following surgery
  • long-term follow-up

It was a fun class and I really enjoyed being back on a college campus. And, I’ll look forward to seeing the interns again when they begin their rotations in January.

After the lecture was over, I had to hurry to the hospital to see a diabetes nutrition consult…it was already nearly noon and I hadn’t had time for lunch so I grabbed a smoothie to hold me over- a chocolate shredder + banana. This was so good and so filling – I wasn’t hungry again until 2:30.


After my diabetes consult, the rest of the afternoon was spent catching up on charting, paperwork, and preparing for tomorrow’s presentation, “Lifestyle Changes to Improve your Cholesterol”, that I’m doing for a local business’ wellness program. During all of that, I had a late lunch from the hospital cafe…grilled cheese sandwich + small salad.


Gotta run- laundry and dishes are calling my name….I’m looking forward to a quiet night at home and Anthony and I want to get a walk in later….still have to figure out what’s for dinner…Any easy, quick dinner suggestions?? For some reason, I don’t have any real inspiration for what to have tonight.

Have a great evening!

Deliciously Odd Dinner Combo

What a productive day – it has flown by- I guess that means it was busy!

After a morning at the wellness center and a weight loss nutrition consult, I had a Subway lunch at my desk – roast beef +provolone on honey oat with all the veggies, Sun Chips, and diet coke.


My afternoon patient canceled, which worked out well because I needed some time to update my presentation I’m doing tomorrow for our local university’s dietetic internship class. For the last 6 years or so, I have been a preceptor for the dietetic internship, which means each intern spends a week with me and my co-worker Heather, observing and helping with wellness and weight management projects. Since our hospital is the primary place they receive bariatric surgery experience, tomorrow I am going to do a lecture for the upcoming class on Bariatric Surgery Nutrition….again, speaking to groups is one of my favorite parts of my job and I love speaking to the students!

I also ended up teaching Boot Camp class today- man, was it a good workout. My co-worker Chad teaches the class most Mondays and I am the backup instructor – I used to teach all the time, but I found that I enjoy taking the class more than teaching. It was a great workout though and I had a lot of fun teaching today!

When I got home, I was starving…and I had two of these home-baked goodies…


Dinner was an odd combo- but delicious. Grilled chicken salad + roasted broccoli + Annie’s shells and white cheddar.


Yum- an unplanned dinner, but it came together perfectly!

Hope you’ve had a great Monday…I’m heading to bed early tonight…Goodnight!

Special Guest #1


Owen is here!!

He’s spending the weekend with Aunt Angie and Uncle Anthony! We are so excited to have him. I met my sister and Dave to pick him up and we hit Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Owen had chicken nuggets and fries…and I had a grilled chicken salad….man, was Chick-Fil-A packed with kids! I don’t go there a lot, but I do appreciate that their food is relatively healthy compared to most fast food places.


After Owen helped me with grocery shopping, we came home and he played Wii bowling with Anthony’s mom who had stopped to visit (she’s not Special Guest #2, but we were glad she stopped by)!


Now, Owen’s napping and we’re preparing for Special Guest #2 to arrive….should be a fun night tonight!

Have a great afternoon!

Snack Attack

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good Thursday so far!

My fruit breakfast was so delicious, but it left me hungry about 2 hours later…and, in my rush to get out of the house on time, I forgot my Fage yogurt snack! So, around 9:30, I found this peppermint patty to nibble on…


A couple of hours later, I was starving! I had seen a few diabetes nutrition consults but didn’t have time to stop for lunch, so I had this Glucerna bar from our stash of office samples.


After my two morning snacks…I wasn’t really hungry for lunch. I had a break for a couple of hours this afternoon. I got to come home and do some laundry and some cooking…Since I wasn’t really that hungry, over the course of the afternoon, I nibbled on some sweet potato chips…


And fruit….


Sort of an unusual day of eating for me, but I think it reinforces to me that I really need my protein with breakfast…starting out with fruit only, I just felt hungry all day.

This evening, I did a presentation on Eating Well for Optimum Health at our local National Kidney Foundation office….doing speaking engagements like this is one of the highlights of my job – I absolutely love it! There were probably about 15 people there, and we had a great discussion. This afternoon, on my break, I had time to throw together a lasagna- I hadn’t made one in a while…I made it with lean ground beef and whole-wheat pasta. Since I knew I’d be working late, I thought it would be nice to come home to a pre-made dinner. When I walked in the house after my presentation, my sweet husband had brought me these….


He is so good! I’ve been tired (and a bit grumpy) the last few days and I think this is his way of making me smile!

Dinner was homemade lasagna, garlic bread, and a yummy salad.


A couple of Questions and Answers from the last couple of days…

1. I can tell you don’t count calories, but what are your eating guidelines? For example, Cristin at Eat Like Me recomends and follows the Food Pyramid guide, which have been very helpful. Thanks.

I don’t really follow any specific guidelines. I don’t count calories, but my estimate is that I average around 2000 calories most days. I try to always eat lots of fruits and veggies. I try to have a lean protein, a healthy carbohydrate, and a fruit and/or vegetable at each meal. And, I really focus on eating mindfully and listening to my hunger and fullness cues…that has been huge for me personally….stopping eating when I’m “comfortably satisfied”, not “stuffed” or even “overly full”. Hope that helps a bit.

2. Hi – new reader – just wondering — do you make your own sweet potato fries or buy pre-made?

I do a little of both- with my burger last night, I made them homemade…just a sliced sweet potato drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper, and roasted at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. I also often use the frozen Alexia brand…love them and they are so easy.


3. I love mangoes but have no idea how to choose them. Any tips?!

I go by the texture. If the mango flesh gives slightly when you apply a little pressure- it is usually ripe. If it feels completely firm, I pass. I also usually smell it- don’t know if that really helps but I feel like I can smell the ripe mango smell when it is ripe.

Thanks as always for reading!