Chillin’ with Mr. Bill

14 09 2009

Here we are at Monday again already!  And I’m up exceptionally early this morning.  As I begin this post it’s 4:32 a.m. so I’ll apologize now for any potential goofiness or typos!  (Or at least any goofiness BEYOND my normal level!)

My Sunday was so fun because it was nice and simple.  MSP and I wanted to just have a really nice ‘quality time’ kind of day together since I will be away from home for the next two weekends.  It was our planned ‘rest day’ for the week and a planned day to have a treat or two.  We visited a new outdoor mall area, admired a lot of architecture and landscaping, and soaked up some sunshine while strolling along.

First off, I had to use my Eudaemonic Starbucks mug because not only was I happy about our upcoming day together, but the scale gave me excellent feedback on this morning!  I have been aiming to maintain my weight, not necessarily lose.  But by making just a few subtle changes to my eating style, my body has really responded without any effort.  I can see the visual change in my body composition & in the way the clothes are fitting, so I decided to hop on the scale.   It was definitely an eudaemonic moment!   🙂  I’ll make a future FitFeature about my philosphy on weighing oneself.

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So naturally I had to thank my bod by giving it more of what it loves!  An ENORMOUS green smoothie.  This one started with the usual 8 oz of water, to which I added 1/2 a cantaloupe, 1/2 pear, 1/4 cucumber, big fist o’ spinach, the last of my sprouts, and a celery stalk.)  No protein powder in this one.  MMMMMMmmmmmm the cantaloupe was a nice touch…  

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When I was ready for something a bit more substantial, I made some oatmeal (about 1/3 cup dry) topped with some almond milk, raisins, a drizzle of raw honey and a few crumbles from a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar.  I can’t even tell you how GOOD that Larabar makes the oatmeal – you need to try it!  I break off about 1/4 to 1/3 of the bar.  This is seriously like dessert. 

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MSP and I went to a few home goods stores in search of something decorative to put on top of the living room project that is underway so at lunchtime we decided to hit up the brand new Whole Foods over in another part of town.  I had a ‘build your own Asian stirfry’ with shrimp, shitake mushrooms, snow peas, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, rice noodles, thai peppers, edamame, water chestnust and Thai Lime sauce.  It was fabulous and SO HUGE that I will probably be eating from this all week. 

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We then wandered through every aisle of this Whole Foods.  It is SO MUCH BIGGER than the one by our house!  I’m so jealous!  I was “oooing and ahhing” all over that store.  I picked up some Sunshine falafel ‘burgers’ while I was there because our store doesn’t carry that flavor.  I’ll definitely go out of my way to shop at this one more often. 

The bakery at this particular Whole Foods was amazing as well.  So we couldn’t resist picking out some treats to take home for a mid-afternoon snack/dessert.  This little guy reminded me of Mr. Bill!  He’s almost too cute to eat!

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See the resemblance? 

Mr Bill

 OHHHHH NOOOOOOO! 

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I also had this green mini-cutie.  I really think they should put some more frosting on their cupcakes.  😉

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The rest of the afternoon and evening were spent in a sugar-induced fog.  My tummy was a bit unhappy with me for the blast of sugar, so all I really wanted was something light to snack on.  I had some Baked Scoops while I watched some football and later polished off my manchego sheep’s cheese.  
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It was a great way to finish out the weekend! 

Today’s questions:  If you are one who is normally a healthy eater, do you eat occasional treats?  Or do you find it easier to just exclude them altogether?  Personally I like to treat myself to something sugary that I consider ‘fun’ every once in a while – in part because I usually feel not so great after and it reinforces why I choose to eat nutritious food the rest of the time.  Drop me a comment! 

Hope your week is off to a great start!  See you next time!

— Shari B. =)

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7 responses

14 09 2009
Alexandra

Hola! Sounds like you had a nice relaxing Sunday. I thought it was funny that you HAD to wander through WholeFoods! I do that too everytime I go there and “my” store isn’t even knew. I love that place but one can spend quite a bit o money there. Oh and those Sunshine Burgers are the best. I’ve tried all of them except for the BBQ because I’m not big on BBQ.

On to your question about treats – I do indulge on occasion if I’m craving something desserty-like but it’s not often that I crave. When I do indulge it’s usually some good real chocolate. Me loves chocolate. I’ll do Tres Leches cake which is popular in Mexico and some Latin American countries. It’s made with three different leches (milks) condensed, evaporated and regular. It’s so good but a nightmare nutritionally!

I thought it was funny yesterday in when you commented on MSP asking you if you hid some veggies in his lasagna; I will often “hide” veggies in my sons’ meals as well! I usually get a way with it but if the older one sees me doing it, forget it! It’s weird because even as a baby he didn’t like the vegetable baby food – not even peas and carrots which most will eat. Nothing! Fortunately, he does like fruit so he gets much needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from them!

I’m off to get ready for work. Enoy your Monday.

14 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Oh Alexandra, that Tres Leches sounds absoutely decadent! I’ll keep an eye out for it and maybe give it a shot when I’m feeling in need of something fabulous! 🙂

The BBQ burger didn’t look appetizing to me either. And I even like BBQ (maybe they need a better picture on the package!) But I think I perfer to add the BBQ myself & not have it cooked in. I can’t wait to try the Falafel flavor and see if it’s any better than the ‘baked falafel’ I make at home.

Have a great day!

14 09 2009
Cindy

Hi Shari
I found you via Mama’s Weeds….just wanted to say Hi

I will totally treat myself to a goodie on occassion…not like it used to be (ex-sugar-a – holic)

My diet has been on the evolutionary chopping block! Been a wild summer!

Nice to meet you!

15 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, nice to meet you too! I think occasional decadent goodies are necessary for a full life!! 😉 But when the occasion is right… I am an ex-sugar-holic myself. I am now a hummus-holic. 🙂 A definite improvement on the “-holic scale” 🙂

Hope to ‘see’ you back here… I see that you are on WordPress too, so I’ll have to go check out your blog!

14 09 2009
Beth

Hello Shari,
I have been enjoying reading your blog. I try to read it each day or every other day so I don’t have too much to catch up on 😉 As you know, I do have a sweet tooth and I love my treats. I do limit them though and if I eat something not so good for me, I make sure it is worth the calories.
I signed up for the Denver half! 🙂
Thanks for the great blog!

15 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey Beth! thanks so much, I’m so glad you like it and are reading regularly. It’s much more fun to write daily posts when you know people are looking at it!
Wahoo on the Denver Half! Love that course! Check you out with all the halves you’re doing! Way to keep the momentum going!

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