Friday Food Prep + Weekend Indulgence + Packing!

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Friday Morning Mentions

Since I had a huge day ahead of me, I woke up bright and early:


Nothing like a hot cup of Butterscotch Toffee coffee to start a busy day. Spot the dog and cat!


It was a good thing we have a little bit of a run scheduled for today, because Bruno woke up full of energy – the cats’ dismay… Ha.

Collage - Bruno

Friday Morning Fitness

On today’s fitness agenda:

C25k W3.5 - Mod 2

Few thing about today’s run:

  1. Maybe it was that today’s temperatures were slightly warmer, but Bruno seemed more subdued. What I mean by subdued, by the way, is that he was actually running next to me versus me chasing him uphill. So this is what it’s like to run with my dog!
  2. My usual route this morning was populated by students that had just moved in to the local university. Of course when those young ladies with fabulous-looking six-packs, I had to run a little faster with my shoulders held up a little straighter. When they passed, it was such a relief to let my belleh hang out, shoulders sag a bit and stumble into the walk break. Ha!
  3. Bruno may have mastered this run, but I think I need another week. Just when I think my heart just about recovered when the walking bit is over, my heart gets a jumpstart when I start the run again. I really should rename this workout to “A Defibrillator Run”!


Post-workout, Bruno had a good time taking down his ice cubes:


Haha, silly dog.

Friday Breakfast

Today’s healthy breakfast tasted decadent:



Vans waffle topped with sweetened Greek Yogurt and topped with baked peaches. WOW!

It easy to put together: toast the waffle, stir plain Greek yogurt with sweetener of your choice + cinnamon + vanilla extract, slice peaces and cook in the microwave for one minute. Smear the yogurt on the waffle and then top with the cooked peaches.

Friday Fitness II

Two reasons why I worked out again:

  1. I skipped out on ST on Wednesday because I was so tired and sore, and
  2. Because I had a cheat meal in my plans, it seemed like a great idea. 😀

On today’s ST agenda: Nike app, Sweat + Shape

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Done-zo! I can’t believe how quickly I’m adapting to the program. I am definitely taking down those burpees and push ups!

Halfway through, Bruno decided to take a nap on the far end of my yoga mat:


It was so cute that he decided to visit me that I couldn’t turn him away. I found ways to workaround him. That’s what you do when your dog has you wrapped around his paw, ha!

Friday Food Prep – Part II

Since I ran out of time on Thursday, I had to finish prepping the rest of my haul today.

First thing to prep: boxed salads!

Collage - Prep Salad

I did things a little differently this time. First, I reversed the order of my salad: raisins on the very bottom, followed by tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, and then leafy greens (spinach for me) on top. I think this may help the leafy greens from getting too wilted too soon. To ensure this process, I topped it off with a paper towel before closing the lid to help take in the moisture. I’ll let you know how this goes!

Since I’ve been eating a lot frozen grapes lately, I had to replenish my supply and prepped those too:

Collage - Prep Grapes

Two 4-lb packages of grapes from Costco became 19 separate containers of grapes ready to be frozen for consumption later.

End result: check out my fridge now stocked to its brim with healthy noms!




Friday Lunch

After the workout and food prep, I was ready to EAT.



One of my boxed salads I put together today drizzled with balsamic vinegar, then topped with rotisserie chicken and a small serving of grapes.  Healthy and delish.

Friday Dinner

Ohh this is where the cheat meals came in.

With some family in from out of town going to the Dodger game with us, of course we had to take the to an LA tradition: Phillipe’s Original.

I had an entire Beef French dipped sandwich:

(Recycled photo)

I also added a side of pickled beets – fantastic!

Later at the game, my fiance and I shared an order of nachos (I didn’t eat it all myself – yes!!!) and ate half a bag of peanuts:


The hilarious part is that the game was over so fast – a quick 2 hours – that I had time to only eat half  the bag. I can’t believe how well it worked out, ha!

All in all, it wasn’t too bad of an indulgent night. It felt great to let loose yet I didn’t get so out of control that I felt sick afterwards. I think I am improving in this department. 🙂

Saturday Fitness

Apparently Bruno didn’t get the memo about us not doing a hike today, because he woke up really hyper!


Which of course means there was no way I could skip out on a workout without the dog running bat crazy around the house. So…

On the fitness agenda today: 40 minute walk


First of all, I don’t know how people can roll out of bed and workout right when they get up, because walking with Bruno this a.m. WITHOUT caffeine was like walking the continent underwater. Ugh. I think if next weekend I need to walk Bruno, I will make a small cup of joe before I go. 43 minutes felt like 10,000 years.


On the bright side, Bruno met and played with another dog today named Coleslaw! She was an adorable Jack white Russel-Beagle mix. So many people in my neighborhood are afraid of letting their dogs intermingle with others in the neighborhood, it was refreshing to meet finally meet someone who lets their dog socialize. Bruno may look kinda mean, but when you meet him, you will quickly discover that he’s friendly and a terrific flirt!

Saturday Breakfast

When we got home from our walk, there was a steaming cup of flavored drip from our favorite coffee shop waiting for me:


It’s a recycled photo because I forgot to take a pic. Oops.

After chugging my go-juice, my fiance and I left the dog at home and went to our favorite local diner, Pepy’s Galley.


Egg white omelette with spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms with a side of sliced tomatoes. I ended up taking my wheat toast home (Bruno LOVES toast!) and munched on the crusts of my fiance’s buttered toast.

Saturday Dinner

No, I didn’t forget lunch. I didn’t eat it because I was entirely too stressed out and worried to eat! Sometimes when I become overwhelmed with anxiety, my appetite is severely repressed. But I knew I had to eat, so I made sure I ate dinner at the very least.

My fiance and I’ve been craving shabu shabu soooo badly lately, so we jetted for a local place in the late afternoon:

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In case you’ve never heard of shabu shabu before, it’s a Japanese style of eating where you are served raw vegetables and very thin slices of meat, and you cook it yourself in boiling water or broth. After the food is cooked, you pick it out with your chopsticks and dip it in one of the two available dips: Ponzu sauce or peanut sauce. Not only is it super healthy because it’s cooked in water, but incredibly filling because cooking it yourself forces you to eat it slower. And at some restaurants such as this one, you can actually drink the soup afterwards – especially delicious!

We shared: two large orders of thinly sliced ribeye, and one large order of thinly sliced pork. I also had mine and my fiance’s servings of vegetables, about 1/2 cup of brown rice, pickled cucumbers and one egg. Mmm, totally hit the spot,

Post shabu, our evening was busy with what felt like hours upon hours of errands. When we finally got home, I plopped on the couch with a serving of grapes to end the night.

Or so I thought …

Because I was totally wired from worries and couldn’t sleep. I started working on my blog, but I had to shut it down when the Mister kindly mentioned that the tap-tap-tap of my keyboard was keeping him up. Whooops!

With that, I went to bed. What a day!

Sunday Morning Mentions

I started my morning with some kind of flavored drip from our local coffee shop:


Er … We were supposed to hike at Runyon Canyon this morning with the dog, but 1) I was exhausted! and 2) my ankles were complaining.

After hemming and hawing, we decided to skip the workout. Besides, we had too much to do today!

Poor Bruno. He is so fit now that he wakes up hyper no matter what kind of workout he had the day before, so me skipping out on a workout with him meant he couldn’t help but be a pest all day. I hate depriving him of a hike, but at least he is never really alone and besides, he can humiliate me during our run tomorrow! Ha.

Spot the cats AND dog! 🙂

Sunday Breakfast

We decided to stay close for breakfast today, so we dropped in at another favorite local joint: S&W Diner.


Egg white scramble with zucchini, bell pepper, and mushrooms with a side of sliced tomatoes. Again, I took my wheat toast home for my doggy and munched on the crusts of my fiance’s buttered white toast. I know I get this breakfast like EVERY weekend, but I swear some places make it taste different than others. Like this place for example! Their egg whites taste different from other places… and I have no idea why?

Sunday Packing

I’ve never mentioned this before, but here it is: we are selling our house. This is the very reason why I can’t sleep at night, I get pretty darn irritable and sometimes can’t eat. It’s such a stressful experience!

On the bright side, even though I skipped a workout today, I was super duper active today doing this:

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Packing! And moving. And cleaning… From around 11 am until 6 pm. Talk about strength training!

So now I sit in my empty-ish living room, a little misty about how much less personality the room now holds, but should help us be more successful in selling when our realtor comes over tomorrow to take pictures.

P.S. Bruno “helped.” If you have a dog, then you now what I mean, ha!

Sunday Lunch/Dinner

When 3 o’clock it, I was starving! We headed out to a local restaurant for a sammich: Roll n Rye.

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I started with a small green salad with some rye croutons and balsamic vinegar, the followed it up with a cheese-less turkey pastrami Reuben (minus Russian dressing) – YUM! I was soooo hungry that I ate the entire sandwich plus mine and my fiance’s coleslaw. I probably would have gone for dessert, but I reminded me only 10,000 time exactly what would happen if I indulged in some sugary dish. Win!

A few hours later, I followed it up with TWO servings of frozen grapes. Divine.

So that is my weekend! I hope you had a great one. See ya tomorrow!


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