Saturday, May 24, 2008

Off to a Great Start!

I'm going to apologize if my posts seems a bit sporadic this weekend. I plan on taking full advantage of the nice weather by being outdoors as much as possible. In fact, I'm blogging from my sunny deck right now. Yesterday I wore a sun dress and realized my legs were looking quite pale, so hopefully I get a little color this weekend. Of course, I'll be protected with sunscreen!

Yesterday, I had a lot of fun hanging out with my best friend. Since she is traveling for business this weekend, she had the day off from work yesterday. It was so nice to spend a relaxing day going out to lunch and shopping. Now that we are all graduated and working girls, it's hard to see each other as often as we'd like. (Next weekend will be a blast because we are all going to Chicago for a bachelorette party! ) Anyways, we just picked up sandwiches for lunch, ran a few errands around Woodbury and then headed to the mall. I picked up 2 pairs of sandals that were on sale from Express and a cute dress from Banana Republic that was nowhere near on sale. I had intended on trying it on just for fun. But it was so cute, so I splurged. I'll post a picture of the dress later.

After dropping my friend off at the airport, I had a relaxing evening at home. My dad and sister are in Denver for the weekend, and my mom was picking my brother up from school so Brody and I had the house to ourselves. I caught up on the season finale of Grey's and then made myself a quick dinner. I didn't feel like cooking anything fancy so I made a salad and a quesadilla. For the quesadilla, I just used 2 small corn tortillas, soy cheese, and salsa. After dinner, Chris came over and we watched a movie with my mom and brother once they were home. 

This morning I woke up feeling pretty hungry so I had a light, yet calorie dense breakfast, since I knew I wanted to run before it got too warm. I had a granola-yogurt parfait. I used my last container of honey greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of my homemade granola, 1/4 cup of pb granola, and fresh strawberry slices. 

This is exactly what I was craving and hit the spot. Breakfast was about 320 calories. 

About an hour later, I went for a run. I did a little over 5 miles. About half a mile away from home, I spotted a deer in the woods. She looked at me with big fearful eyes. I slowed down because I didn't want to scare her but she ran into the woods. I looked back and understood. A tiny little baby bambi walked out of the woods. The baby was tiny and so cute. It was a nice reward at the end of my run. 

I'm sorry if there are a lot of typos in this post. The glare of the sun makes it really hard to see my computer screen! I'm about to take a shower and pick my cousin up at the airport. Not sure what the rest of the day's plans are. Have a lovely day!


VeggieGirl said...

Sounds like you had a fun Friday with your friend and family!! Aww, the baby bambi sounds cute!

Enjoy your weekend, and don't worry about posting - take advantage of the nice weather! :0)

Ashley said...

That is a cute story about the baby deer :) I had a yogurt parfait for breakfast this morning too!

Katie said...

Did you have time to cook during college? How do you manage cleaning an apt., cooking, etc. I always end up eating something microwavable and feel so guilty about it. But it doesn't seem like I will have more time once working. It takes time to look at new products out there and cook.

Nadia said...

How did you make grilled cajun chicken? You had it on a salad one day, and I would love to give it a try. It sounds yummy!

Becca said...

What a great end to your run! I want to get back outside, but I'm scared I'm going to hurt myself again...stupid paved roads ;)

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Monica said...

Katie- I didn't always have time to cook. I relied on quick meals and some frozen entrees. The kitchen in my apartment during college was small, old, and had no dishwasher. It was a hassle to cook, so unfortunately I didn't get to cook as much as I would have liked. I always made sure to have staple items like pasta, frozen veggies, and tomato sauce so I could throw together a quick meal. Breakfast foods are quick and healthy ideas for dinner too.

Life is hectic but if you plan ahead it is a lot easier to cook healthy. Maybe on the weekends you can plan your meals for the week and prep and cook as much in advance as possible. During the week, you can just pull the prepped meals out of the freezer and pop it into the microwave.

Nadia- I think the cajun chicken you are referring to was leftovers from a chicken sandwich from chili's. I've never made cajun chicken but I imagine you can find a marinade or rub at the grocery store. I like adding grilled chicken to salads when I want a filling, yet light meal.