Archive for October, 2008

did i mention i’m free?

So, I think I forgot to mention that I am no longer on orientation…as of this week I am officially FREE. I now get all the credit when my patients make amazing recoveries. Woohoo!

Let’s just say, I am now thoroughly enjoying the fact that I don’t have anyone following my every step – for christ’s sake, I think I can dot my i’s and cross my t’s by now (it has been 6 months)!!
Ok, 5 am – Bruno’s coffee. 1 pm – lunch. Side note: I made a lunch, and didn’t even realize until I sat down to eat that I left it in the fridge. Soooo, I bought a (make-your-own) salad at Bruno’s with corn, carrots, cranberries, and a double serving of avo. Their salads are good, but muy $$$. Looks like I shall be having the lunch I packed for dinner.

Here’s the sando I had packed for my lunch. A street bread, hummus, ff greek yog, lettuce, and smart deli “turkey” (nothing too inovative). That wasn’t enough to fill me up though (duh!). So I had some stawberry lemonade and a vanilla silk soy yog (I don’t like this kind of soy yogurt, but it has been sitting in the back of the fridge forever…so I sucked it up and had it).

Needless to say, I will not be buying this brand of soy yogurt anymore.

At this point, I probably should have been full. But my mind is not as rational as it should be. In actuality here’s what was going on in the inside of my head “Oh, why not have some more food…I’m not full enough to pop yet, so I still have a ways to go…” And so away I went. I had the above pictured hummus with 5 pieces of bread. Yes, I ate the entire container of hummus. BTW, this is a NEW kind of hummus. After falling in love with Sabra, I was reluctant to try another brand, but at the same time, I was eager to experiment with healthier versions. I got this kind at our whole foods, it has less fat and was more grainy because of the veggies that are in it. I really do like it. Probably not quite as much as Sabra, but Sabra is an indulgence, I can’t really justify so much rich food.
Bed time, yes ANOTHER day of work tomorrow.

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Dude. Work is exhausting. Most of the patients on the unit are chronics, so they should really have 1:1 care (which of course they don’t). Post op day 57?! Oy vey! (yiddish words in honor of Beth Israel)

Anyways, the day began with coffee (Bruno’s) and the paper (Metro). About 11 am I had this odwalla bar that I brought in. Second only to the superfood flavor, this flavor (strawberry pomegranate) is my fave. It’s new. Actually, it may have just taken over the favorite spot.

For lunch I had a sando with hummus, mustard, smart deli, and broccoli slaw.

After work I had a decent work out. I ran outside because it was crisp and I just wanted to exercise at a medium intensity. It was nice, and I love using my PINK belkin ipod sport armband.
Today I felt like greens. Sometimes nothing sounds better than a big ol salad (which always reminds me of seinfeld).

Here’s the edamame tofu salad that I added to the lettuce/salad.

To make this!

Que delicioso! Too tired to elaborate on much else. Work again tomorrow, so time for the zzzz’s.

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Today’s highlights include: wearing my sweatpants all day, having 3 cups of coffee, and football (lots of football). The rest is just details.

All the way to the last drop. Not very much foam today, I guess? Still the same magic formula of skim plus and ff vanilla “creamer.”

I went to the gym to watch the Giants game. This year, having 2 fantasy football teams is really confusing. I can never remember who is on which team, and when to cheer and when to boo. Sometimes I go an entire game thinking one player is on my team, and then find out that after rooting for him for 2 hours, he is actually playing against us. Grrr…

Lunch=strawberries+chocolate o’soy yog
That didn’t hold me over too long, so next up was an apple (healthy!)
Dinner = Soup or salad? No, soup AND salad!

Looks like I kinda went overboard with all that corn in the salad, huh? Well, nothing wrong with corn…

This soup was a squash soup with TONS of veggies in it. Unfortunately, it was WAY too healthy and did not taste good at all. I dumped salt in it to try to salvage it, but it was a lost cause. After 4 spoonfuls, I dumped it. I should have known not to stray from my fave split pea.
Too tired to write more. I’m lazy and I have work tomorrow. Night!

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Initially, the plan for today was to be mellow in the AM, and party hard in the PM…BUT the rain would not let up!! Plans for celebrating my b-day got scrapped, and I opted for a pajama party instead 😉
My boyfriend was a real sweetheart and grabbed me a soy misto on his way home from the gym. I was definitely still in bed when he got home!

I was just sitting down to breakfast (ok, the starbucks and the vanilla silk soy milk) and Kyle was already practically out the door for tutoring…I’m such a bum on the weekends.

I went to the gym for a nice solid workout, alternating intensities of cardio. Yeeea!

I had a fully loaded open faced breakfast sando after I got home from the gym. First, I toasted Cali soy A street bread, then I put on a thin layer of blueberry rhubarb jam, followed by eggs fresh of the grill, and finally I slathered on some ff greek yog.

BOMB ass!
Saturday laziness…fill in the blanks…
Dinner was macro and vegan tofu and rice salads and vegan sushi.

It’s the same roll I always get with texturized protein, carrots, spinach, etc.

Here’s a zoomed in pic of the brown rice with tofu chunks. I have never seen this dish before, which is why I grabbed it. There was a nice contrast of crunchiness with the veggies (carrots, brocc, onions, etc.) with the mixture of brown rice and texturized protein and flavorful tofu chunks. I hope our whole foods starts carrying this more, because it is definitely in my fave 5.

Here’s my plate all loaded up with goodies.

I was so full from all this food I didn’t even have room for dessert. Now THAT’S rare.

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The day after my birthday I had to work, so it was back to reality. The C pod was super mega patient overload (to quote black rob, it was “like whoa”). Each patient was so heavy, there should have been 5 more nurses at least, but of course there were just two of us left to hold down the fort. The day started off with a nice starbucks soy misto, but since I was running around like a mad woman all morning, my stomach was growling by 9 and eating itself by 10. Thank the lord I had my vegan oatmeal raisin cookie from the night before (my BDAY cookie!!). It was awesome! Dense (but not in a heavy way), crumbly, oaty, so good. I may have to find out the recipe.
I didn’t get away for a lunch break until way late in the afternoon, so it’s a good thing I had the cookie to hold me over. I made a sando with california style A street bread (see pic below).

The picture of the sandwich is nowhere to be found. My camera is dying. Now in addition to crappy pictures, they are spontaneously deleting, apparently. Anyways, for the record, the sando had smart deli “turkey” with hummus, mustard and lettuce. I also had a baggie full of dried edamame and raisins (can’t beat salty and sweet).

I hit up the gym after work, but only for a mini run. I was done after 30 minutes. I was really in the mood for comfort food. The weather got COLD all of a sudden, and I seriously wanted something warm and hearty. (Shockingly) I had the self control and presence of mind to come up with a healthier alternative. I settled on “Boca” chik’n nuggets with lots and lots of dip (I love mixing BBQ sauce with honey mustard).

I don’t know why they consider one serving 3-4 nuggets. I don’t even know what that MEANS? How do you eat 3-4? How do you not eat all of them? Confusing.

Wow, my camera is barely hanging on…

I ate a few dates and soooo many yogurt covered raisins, but all I captured was this little bit. Makes me look like I have moderation – well, looks can be deceiving!

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Hooray, it’s my birthday!! I am going to do nothing all day, and not feel the least bit guilty about it. I grabbed a soy latte from starbucks and then curled up to watch the view…now that’s just my idea of heaven. Once I woke up a little bit more, I headed to the gym and got my endorphins going.

For lunch I had a GN veggie burger with hummus…lots and lots of hummus.

I LOVE sabra.
I then headed out to go shopping and brought a bag of edamame with me for snacking.
I didn’t end up buying anything, but window shopping is sometimes just as fun. I then walked down to midtown to meet Kyle at his work for our dinner reservation at Candle Cafe. I have been wanting to go here FOREVER, since it is one of the best rated vegan restaurants in the city. Kyle and I got edamame to start as well as vegan wine. For my entree I got the Tofu Club with grilled tofu, tempeh bacon, lettuce, & sprouts on mixed grain toast with coleslaw, pickles and vegan mayo. OMFG! Then I got a vegan oatmeal raisin cookie for the road, after stealing some bites of Kyle’s Chocolate Mousse Pie. I actually ended up being too full to eat my cookie, so now I’m saving it for tomorrow.

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The day flew by. My LAST day of 25 years old. I had a soy latte before work and an Iced Oatmeal Luna Bar in the morning.

For lunch I had a sando (packed from the night before). Bread with sabra classic hummus, mustard, and smart tenders “chik’n tenders” (lemon and herb flavor).
Normally I like some greens in my sando, but then it would have been so fat, I wouldn’t have been able to take a bite.

Way fat!

I also had raisins and an apple…then a coffee for the road (only 5 more hours left).
I took a break from the gym today…too tired.
Dinner was salad.

I made the BEST curry tuna for on top the salad, too!! Two cans of tuna, vegan mayo (ff veganaise), mustard, one apple, a handful of raisins, and a dash of curry powder.

Once mixed in with the lettuce…tuna is why I could never be a true vegan.

10 dates for dessert. I ate them too fast, so no photo!

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