Lame-o! That’s meee!

This year Ryan and I are taking a break from the typical New Year’s  party scene to enjoy a laid back night at the movies, followed by dinner. Is that what happens when you get engaged???

Neither of us are too intrigued by the plans that have surfaced or the madness of downtown and have opted to bring in 2010 with each other (and Sadie, of course).

Which movie should we see? Sherlock Holmes, The Blind Side or The Princess and the Frog? We can’t decide!

I’m actually really excited for our little date because I always feel like New Year’s Eve is built up so much… but is never really all that amazing. Debbie Downer, I know!  Eek.

As long as I have a good guy to kiss at midnight tonight, I’ll be a happy gal! 😀

What are your New Year’s Eve plans?

C’mon tell me. Make me feel like a huge loser. I can take it!


What wasn’t lame-o was my lunch today.

Veggie Pasta Bowl

Today I enjoyed roasted garlic Carba Nada pasta with lots of toppings:

  • Yellow squash
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce


I think I could eat pasta every single day and not get sick of it. Nom, nom, nom.

Out of Commission iPod

iPod complaints in a minute…First, breakfast!

Onion Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

2009 is going out with a bang! My last breakfast of the year was a yummy onion bagel sandwich (bagelwich?) with Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese, Canadian bacon and an egg white.

Open-Faced Bagelwich

Achin' for Some (Canadian) Bacon


Before breakfast I went on a nice lil’ walk with Ryan and Sadie. It’s not nearly as cold in Orlando today as it has been, so our walk was quite enjoyable.

The nice weather made Sadie extra chipper this morning. She was a sweetie pie and even gave me a hug before I left for my last day of work in ’09!

"Awww, Mom..."

Me & My Sadie Girl

An iPod Bites the Dust

I don’t know about you, but music is imperative for me to have a good cardio workout.

Since my iPod bit the dust on Tuesday, I’ve been struggling to get through my Tuesday/Thursday cardio days at the gym.

Today I heard one of the trainers say something as I was about 20 minutes into my workout:

“Enjoy your last workout of 2009!”

For some reason this simple statement really resonated with me and motivated me to log 50 quality minutes of cardio. My last workout of 2009. I started to think about just how many workouts I’ve completed throughout the year.

I felt proud that this year I’ve exercised with a new mindset: health. Before I, like so many women, was motivated to workout simply to keep my weight in check. While that is still important, I now workout for my overall health (gotta keep the heart happy!).

I love the way a good sweat session makes me feel all day long. It’s refreshing to workout for myself and not for how my body appears to others. This new mindset is probably my greatest personal accomplishment of 2009 (well, that and landing a pretty amazing fiance!).

I know it probably sounds trivial to many of you out there, but for others still running or lifting weights  only to look good, making a goal to adapt a mindset to exercise and eat well for you and your health might remove some of the pressure you feel to look perfect and change your thinking to a desire to look and be healthy.

Do you work out for your health, your appearance or both?

Another question for you iPod lovers out there… when I turn on my iPod all the music is blank. It’s as though there are no songs on it at all. Anyone know what’s up???

I hope all of you enjoy the last day of the year!

Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart

Tonight’s dinner was bean-tastic!

Since my fabulous fiance has the week off work, he helped prep the beans for tonight’s dinner: Tuscan bean soup.

Harry & David Soup Mix

We made the soup using a gourmet mix from Harry & David that Ryan gave me (and my mom and his mom) for Christmas. Apparently all the women in his life love a good meal!

This soup was chock-full of many different kinds of beans. We added our own chicken to beef it up a big.


Maybe we’re pansies, but this cold weather is getting to me! Hot soup made the apartment smell divine, warmed my tummy and my heart.

Tuscan Bean Soup

My Bowl

Tonight we’re enjoying our Christmas tree in all its glory since it will be put away this weekend. Is there anything more depressing than taking down holiday decorations???

Thank You Notes

In other news, today I finished sending out my holiday thank you cards! Woohoo!

Thank You Note

I attribute this to the gorgeous stationary my sister gave me for Christmas. It was fun to use such pretty thank you cards. Thanks, Les!

I also want to say a big thank you to all of you wonderful readers. I smile whenever I read your comments. Thanks for brightening my days! 😀

Flaxy Lunch

I didn’t want any of the traditional lunch fare when lunchtime rolled around today. Instead I wanted breakfast… again!

I enjoyed a big ol’ bowl of vanilla almond Flax-z-Snax hot cereal with a scoop of peanut butter and sliced strawberries.

Vanilla Almond Flax Hot Cereal with Peanut Butter

With Added Strawberries

I also enjoyed a chocolate chip and pecan cookie for dessert.

Cookie Monster

It was a goooood lunch! I loved the sliced strawberries.

Apparently I’m in a fruity mood because my mid-morning snack featured fruit as well. Last night I made cranberry sauce (using my microwave method) and stirred some into some Greek yogurt for a tasty snack around 11 a.m.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Pretty 'n' Pink

Gosh, this kind of looks like soft-serve strawberry ice cream, huh? If only… 😉

I feel like I frequently want my meals out of order. I love spaghetti for breakfast, pancakes and eggs for dinner and oatmeal for lunch.

Do you eat the typical foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Rethinking Resolutions

I don’t have any New Year’s Resolutions this year… at least I don’t have any yet.


Ryan and I were talking about resolutions this morning and we’re both drawing a bit of a blank.

Of course there’s the fall back “I’ll live a healthier life” blah, blah, blah, but I like to make my resolutions tangible and exciting. I’ll put some thought into my goals for the upcoming year and get back to ya. Right now I’m thinking my main goal is to plan a beautiful wedding without getting stressed out and caught up in the little things. (All you former brides are probably thinking “easier said than done…”)

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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It’s another cold day in Florida! Brrr.

After getting to the gym in time for my typical Wednesday 5:45 a.m. BodyPump class, I noticed the teacher’s weights and bench were not set up and she was nowhere to be seen. Not good! Unfortunately we learned her car broke down so no BodyPump for me this morning.

Instead I decided to jump around the gym, hopping from weights to cardio machines and back:

  • 10 min. stair master
  • Leg press
  • Leg extensions
  • 10 min. stair master
  • Bicep curls
  • Shoulder presses
  • Tricep dips
  • Deadlifts
  • 5 min. elliptical
  • Bridges (aka the most awkward exercise to do in the gym ever)
  • Ab work

After that I was hungry!

Canadian Bacon and Colby Jack Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast was a hot Canadian bacon and Colby jack cheese sandwich on an Arnold whole wheat sandwich thin.

Wednesday's Breakfast

Warm and tasty!


If you have a minute today, head on over to Ali’s awesome blog. She posted an interview with me  on Monday (amid her yummy-lookin’ holiday pictures). 🙂

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Shopping vs. Buying

After work today, I swung by the apartment to pick up Ryan and some Christmas goodies to exchange/return.

I figured a random Tuesday night at the stores would be less busy than this upcoming weekend, so we rounded up a bag of stuff to take back before dinner.

We were both lucky this year and don’t have too many things to return… most were simply exchanges for proper sizes (and the occasional return of a duplicate gift).

Normally when we go shopping Ryan will browse for about three minutes before he’s bored. Then he’ll follow me around until I’m done (Oh the pressure!). Ryan says he likes to go “buying” not “shopping.”

Do you prefer to go buying or shopping?

Ryan goes to a store with one particular thing in mind. I, on the other hand, love the shopping experience and could browse around certain stores (like Target or T.J. Maxx – they have everything!) for hours.

This does not sound like a good time to Ryan… unless we’re in one specific store: Sports Authority.

Sports Authority

This is the only place where Ryan and I can go and split up to do our shopping and I will typically be the first one done. I’ve been known to  sit in one of those tailgating chairs at the front of the store waiting for him to finish examining the tennis rackets, soccer balls or the gym shoes that just came in.

Sports Authority was on our hit list this evening since I received running tights (which I wore on our bike ride on Sunday) from both my family and Ryan for Christmas.

Ryan’s First Squash

Ryan’s first attempt at spaghetti squash was a success! He did everything perfectly and we had a delicious fast and easy dinner.

My Bowl

We topped our spaghetti squash with portobello mushrooms, sliced yellow squash, marinara, Italian sausage and Parmesan cheese. Deeeelish!

Sliced Squash

Close Up

All Stirred Up

 After dinner we shared a big mug of hot chocolate.

Sweet, Creamy, Good

Ryan’s mom gave us both a bag of this tasty hot cocoa and we’ve been enjoying it every night since Christmas!

Hot Chocolate with Mini Marshmallows

Hot chocolate is definitely my favorite beverage in the whole wide world.  (Do milkshakes count as a beverage because a creamy milkshake might give hot cocoa a run for its money…)

What’s your favorite beverage?

Tonight Ryan and I are watching Food Inc. Should be an interesting night!

Trusty Ol’ Salad

I haven’t had a salad in what feels like months. (Actually, it honestly might be months since I have had one! Yikes.)

Today the salad made a strong comeback in the form of an Asian veggie salad I gobbled up during lunch.

Asian Salad

My salad included:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Steamed broccoli and carrots (leftover from yesterday’s lunch)
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Celery
  • MorningStar Farms Asian veggie patty
  • Kraft light Asian toasted sesame dressing

So Many Veggies

After pouring on the yummy dressing, I shook up my salad to evenly disperse all the goodies.

All Shook Up

Salads can really bore me if there aren’t enough toppings to keep me interested. Fortunately this bad boy had a variety of flavors and made me feel quite satisfied.

What is your favorite salad topping?

I love the addition of fruit (such as apple slices or mandarin oranges) and toasted nuts to my salads. Yum!


Ryan is tackling his first spaghetti squash in preparation for our dinner tonight.

Spaghetti Squash

Since he has the week off from work, I left him detailed instructions as to how to bake a spaghetti squash and fork out the yummy strands so the squash will be ready to go when we want to eat this evening.

We have plans to do some Christmas returns/ exchanges tonight and I know we’ll want a quick and easy dinner after the shopping madness. When I asked him to prep the squash while I was at work he said “What!? But I’m the ‘meat guy!'” He seemed a little nervous but  I have faith in his squash abilities! You go guy! 😉