"Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -Michael Pollan

Saturday, November 3

Wonderful Saturday!!!

I had the most amazing Saturday!! It was filled with good food, exercise, friendship, shopping, and love. What more could I ask for!?!?

Started the day by sleeping for almost 9 hours - yikes!!

Breakfast:
Got up at 8 in time to make a quick (but light) breakfast before 9:15 cycle class.

Oatmeal pancake made with cranberry sauce and 4 strawberries. And hot pumpkin tea. Only about 200 calories. I liked the cranberry, but it didn't even compare to mashed banana.







Workout:
45 minute cycle class and 15 minutes elliptical for 426 calories. 45 minutes is the PERFECT cycle length for the brain but it was a little short for the body and calorie burn, so I had to add some cardio on.

Snack:
Had a banana after my workout before I went to lunch. I never eat bananas like this - it was GOOD! I LOVE bananas!! 86 calories.



Lunch:
I met a friend at EarthFare for lunch. Of course I got a salad (and did some grocery shopping!!)

Salad ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 4 baby carrots in ginger
  • Zucchini (raw and marinated/grilled)
  • Black bean and corn salad (1/5 cup)
  • Edamame in sesame oil (1/5 cup)
  • 5 asparagus spears
  • 1 falafel ball
  • 3 pineapple cubes
  • 2 cantaloupe cubes
  • 1 grape
  • 1/2 oz cubed turkey
  • Shredded carrots
  • Some baby spinach
  • Some raw mushrooms
  • 2-3 roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 a tsp dressing
I think that's it?!?!? This was quite a salad to log, but I think I did a great job of it! Appx. 380 calories!







After lunch I had some Thanksgiving samples

Orange-marmalade sweet potatoes:



Roasted vegetables



Cranberry-Apple Pie!



And a small piece of gouda.

Total lunch calories: ~475

Afternoon Exercise, Eating and Shopping:
Went for a 30-minute walk in our neighborhood after lunch. It was so beautiful out and the walk hit the spot!! Had a tiny sip of Pinot (about 1.5 oz?) while I sampled some with my friend and a bite of smoked salmon toast (the husband's) which I canceled out with "extra weekend moving."

I had an apple and peanut butter as an afternoon snack:



Snack calories: ~180

After the walk and snacks, the husband and I went shopping together. We hit up Williams-Sonoma with some of our wedding present giftcards. He got an All-Clad skillet that he's been craving for ages and I got the vanilla extract that Barefoot Contessa uses. OH MY GOSH is it good!! Worth all $20. So far our $20 balsamic vinegar and vanilla have been totally worth the triple-cost that they are in regular grocery stores. These are things you have to have quality of! I can't WAIT to try the vanilla in my oatmeal!! I also got a new WS candle, which I love b/c they really carry their scents. I had some pumpkin butter and bread samples at WS, which I canceled out with 1 hour of shopping walking (we did a lot of walking around the mall in 2 hours, so I logged one and canceled one out).



Then we went to Ann Taylor, where I got some jeans, 2 sweaters, and a buttondown, all on sale, after exchanging a pair of pants that I got for my birthday. I also had two coupons for Aveda and got two free samples!! Lastly, I had a $15 coupon at Banana Republic for my birthday month (Banana Rewards : ) and got a REALLY cool cashmere and silk sleep mask.

(Side Note: I have a black cheap sleeping mask that someone game me (from an airplane!?) that I use on occasion. Well I've noticed that when I use it I sleep deeper and better. Noticeably so! So I got a nice one so I wouldn't' feel so gross in my cheap black one and will look cuter for the husband, who thinks my mask is hilarious. You all should try sleeping in one. You feel a little strange going to bed, but I really think knocking out ANY light - whether from moonlight or an alarm clock - makes a HUGE difference in my sleep.)

So I ended up with a ton of new things for next to nothing since I started with all giftcards!

Dinner:
Husband and I came home to polish off the wine and make the most amazing dinner.

6 oz Pinot, which is now gone.





Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, and Portabella Sandwiches with Char-Grilled Marinated Acorn Squash



At a catering event the husband watched a chef make this squash and we copied it. It. was. amazing. SO delicious!! Especially if you like char.

Marinade:
  • 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 oz red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Lots of fresh tyme
Cut up acorn squash into pieces, leaving skin ON. Marinate for about 30 minutes and grill on high for 10-15 minutes, depending on how charred you like it. If less char, you might want to bake in the oven.

Some of the pieces melted in your mouth just like a marshmallow. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!



I ATE A POUND OF SQUASH!!!

..........Which meant that I really had no room for the other half of my sandwich, which was absolutely amazing too.



So I easily COULD have eaten the other half, but I decided I was full and it could be saved. GO ME!!!

Packed up in tupperware:



Speaking of intuitive eating, I'm reading this great book called "Fit From Within: 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life" by Victoria Moran. Basically she wrote the book I want to write. But she's maintained weight loss for over 18 years and has mastered eating for health. As I was snuggled under the covers reading last night there were 1,000 lightbulbs going off in my head. I bought the book for $2 on Amazon and paid another $2 in shipping - it's worth buying even only on chapter 16!

Total Saturday calories: 1479 (unbelievable!!) Although I was pretty hungry when we got home at 6 and tided my hunger with the wine (not the best choice, I know).

-640 calories through workout, walk and shopping (with some even canceled out from nibbling)

= net of 839. WHAT!?!? I have 400 calories left today. That dinner was so filling too! I'm not sure what I'll have, but probably another pumpkin dessert. Or something that involves the vanilla.....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay for your awesome Saturday! :-)-Meggers-

elle said...

Wow, that IS a lot of salad ingredients to log! That acorn squash looks sooooo good, I went out and bought some (well butternut) after reading the post today. And I'm DEFINITELY going to order Fit from Within with my next Amazon order; thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I think it's going to have to wait until winter break to get read :(.