Confessions of a Chocaholic

I have a problem, two actually, and neither include that supposed apocalypse that was hyped. Well, so far, we’re safe.

First problem, my sweet tooth is out of control. Sugar is addictive and I am not strong against it. We’ve discussed my want for ice cream at length. I don’t just mean during the warm summer months. The need is hard even during the frigid winter. A day without ice cream is a wasted day, not worth living something in which I have to grow accustomed.

When it comes to sweets, I’m not big on the fruity candy or fancy desserts. I love ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate. On occasion, I’ll enjoy some cake so long as there’s ice cream on the side (don’t even think about putting it on top!).

Here’s what I have become.

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Yes, that is a candy wrapper (one of the Hershey miniatures) stuck in my STEERING WHEEL. In my defense, except there is no defense, the wind picked it up from one of my cup dispensers when I was driving with my windows down and it must have lodged into the wheel. I had to snap a pic and share in the embarrassment. If we can’t laugh, then I’m just a little bit pathetic.

I think we’ve all learned to pick up after ourselves and maybe to better combat cravings.

That second problem I mentioned: flies! I am being hunted down by what I’m pretty sure is the same pack of flies, whether I’m at work, running, sitting in my backyard, and even in my bedroom! Okay, that last one was an exaggeration as they were not in my bedroom, but the others were true. Usually it’s mosquitoes that are all up in my business, but they’ve been blessedly absent this summer. Back off, bugs!

Maybe if I stopped eating so much sugar, I wouldn’t seem as sweet…

Let’s move onto food. Last night’s dinner was veggie heavy. I enjoyed a piece of grilled swordfish with brown spinach rice, squash, broccoli, zucchini, and red pepper. Yum!

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This morning’s breakfast included an egg, chicken sausage, and pepper jack cheese sandwich with a banana and scoop of chocolate peanut butter.

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The goodness fueled me through my morning run before work. I ran two miles and ended with a couple of sprints that left me breathless in the best way! I need to be better about including intervals into my training, but they knock you out! I have some Yoga on the menu for later to top things off.

After work, I had lunch with a friend at Whole Foods. I was good and stacked my plate with lots of yummy vegetables, like fresh bell peppers, grilled artichokes and zucchini, and marinated mushrooms. I then added a scoop of macaroni and cheese and a chicken finger, but we all need our indulgences once in awhile.

Now’s the time for studying in my backyard with the beautiful breeze and warm sun shining down. God, do I love fall!

Christmas Week, Calories Shouldn’t Count

The days leading up to Christmas seem a lifetime ago, but Christmas, and the restful days after, passed by in a blur. As you can probably tell, I love everything that has to do with Christmas and I’m sad to see it is over. There is just something wonderful about the entire holiday season and now we all have a long, cold winter ahead of us. I can’t complain though because I have many exciting things ahead this year.

As much as I’m sad to see it go, and at least there’s New Years to ease back into a regular routine, I’m also ready to kick my healthy eating plan into gear. Here’s a look back at what I ate- meals wise at least- this week.

Pre- and post- workout meals were very similar on Monday. While it kept me energized beforehand, it wasn’t quite enough to fill me up after, so I was looking forward to an early lunch.

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First thing Tuesday morning, I had an egg and a cheesestick. In my rush, I didn’t get a picture since I was meeting my friend at the gym a bit earlier than usual. After getting ready for the day, I sat down with a bowl of overnight oats stuffed with raisins, dates, banana, and walnuts and a combination of sweet strawberries and blueberries.

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Christmas Eve morning, I got up to get to the gym, anticipating quite a bit of eating later on in the day. Both my brother and sister came with me, my brother did his own thing, while I led my sister through a strength workout- more on workouts later this week as usual. In order to fuel our workouts, my mom made us some poached eggs over toast. Always so tasty!

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Christmas morning, after opening presents, my family sat down for a breakfast full of eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee, and mimosas. I was certain I had gotten a picture, but in my enthusiasm, I forgot. It was delicious and quite lovely.

Having consumed a large number of eggs in the past few days, I was up for my peanut butter pancakes on Friday. I hadn’t had them in awhile, so I was very excited to labor over them, taking my time, and enjoying every bite.

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I took full advantage of not having to be anywhere in the mornings these past few days and grilled up some French toast. Adding pumpkin into the batter sweetens things up without sugar and lends a nice thickness to the finished product. Of course, the peanut butter, jelly, and toasted coconut also livened up the flavor.

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I finished off my week of breakfasts with more poached eggs over toast. One of the yolks fell out into the pan, but it still tasted delicious. And that fruit was so juicy.

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For my first lunch, I made a big salad with tons of veggies, feta, and grilled chicken. Full of vibrant flavor.

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I had a salad packed for Tuesday, which I ate to fit in my veggies, but at work, we had a little buffet of sorts with some soup, Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and chicken. I ate my share and was quite stuffed!

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For Christmas Eve lunch, we start our celebrations with a meal out at a local restaurant. It’s so nice to sit together and reminisce in some peaceful moments before the rush at Christmas Eve night- which is also magical. I chose the surf and turf with a salad to start. My steak was not entirely cooked, but I ate half and really enjoyed the stuffed shrimp and baked potato!

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After a breakfast feast, and anticipating another at dinner, I settled for a piece of toast with peanut butter and a bowl of cereal at lunch to tide me over. Sorry no pictures!

Before meeting my sister to see a movie on Friday, I chopped up a big salad with veggies and chicken. I had a piece of buttered toast and a small cup of cheesy potatoes on the side.

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After a run in the beautiful, odd December weather, I fixed myself an odd assortment of foods for lunch. Pictured is another serving of cheesy potatoes, celery with a tablespoon of almond butter and raisins, and after I remembered it was in there, a spoonful of the buffalo chicken dip I concocted for Christmas Eve on a piece of toast. Hit the spot!

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That steak that wasn’t fully cooked faired much better in my lunch stir fry on Sunday. I threw that into a pan with some zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms, tossed it all in a Thai peanut sauce, and served with rice. So good and filling for my afternoon workout!

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For the first dinner of the week, we had grilled tilapia with broccoli and pasta. I sprinkled hot sauce on the veggies and fish and kept my pasta simple with butter and Parmesan.

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One of my family’s favorite meals is this spinach salad. We marinate chicken breast in Italian dressing, grill it, then toss it in with spinach, walnuts, dried craisins, and poppyseed dressing. I try to add a few more veggies like peppers and cucumbers to make it even fuller.

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Christmas Eve, there was an assortment of food, including a buffalo chicken dip I made, that was basically different kinds of cheese with a side of chicken. For my meal, I went with my mom’s homemade stuffed shells, a meatball, a big serving of salad, a slurp of my sister’s chili, and a small piece of chicken.

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Christmas dinner is really all about the cheesy potatoes. We start with appetizers my mom makes, including spinach and artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms, and crabbies. For dinner, I went with a small piece of roast beef, Brussels sprouts and squash, some green bean casserole, a roll, and two heaping servings of cheesy potatoes. Listen, I get them once a year, so of course I’m going to stuff my face. Thanks Auntie Bea!

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After a workout the next night, I was looking for something warm for dinner. I went with a grilled cheese with a slice of ham and some veggie sticks on the side.

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After some shopping on Saturday night- I got a fitbit!- I got dinner with my parents. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant because they have the best chips and salsa. For my entree, I got the blackened salmon salad with a black bean, pepper, and corn salsa and lime vinegarette. So good! It’s my absolute favorite salmon dish.

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To end the week, we had roasted chicken stuffed with stuffing and a cranberry glaze, with a side of roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and squash.

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I know my meals look fairly healthy, which is key to maintaining healthy habits during the holiday season, but I didn’t document the my mount of cookies I have consumed the past week. When there’s sweets in my house, they somehow find their way to my mouth!