Weigh-in Wednesday on Thursday

I wasn’t super excited yesterday to post that I’d gone up a pound. But not facing the music doesn’t do my figure any favors, so here it is. I gained a pound. Wah wah wah. Perhaps it was all that Bodypumping making mucho muscles? Or maybe (most likely) it was the wine I drank three (four?) days in a row…. Regardless, I’ve been living well and feeling strong while maintaining a respectable amount of composure in the food department. And speaking of food, it’s been pretty great lately. Both the eating out and eating in have been colorful and flavorful and relatively healthy.

Bacon-Lettuce-Beet from Sweedeedee:

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Eli-made Mushroom bulgur burgers:

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Get the delicious recipe, stat! My main squeeze has been testing out vegetarian concoctions lately, much to my adoration. We don’t need bacon on EVERYTHING, do we?

And have I mentioned how beautiful it’s been here lately? Cheers to finding the loveliness wherever you are!

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Weigh-in Wednesday

Stayed the same, a birthday miracle!

I didn’t exactly practice moderation over the weekend. 🙂

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Thirty-two is my favorite age yet!

We have been getting back on track this week… Lots of gym and work time. And healthy eats – shrimp tacos last night:

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my final post as a 31 year old

Update on Weigh-in Wednesday: I stayed the same! Can I just tell you how much I LOVE maintaining in the 170’s?! I know it’s not my target weight, but I’ve completely done this without fad dieting or deprivation or guilt. Ideally I’ll spend the rest of the Spring working my way towards the 160’s, with a goal of 165 by harvest time.

And with THAT said, it’s birthday week, people! I’m one of those crazies who truly loves birthdays. What’s not to love? We get this yearly reminder that says “Hey, you’re still alive, don’t forget to live.” And you know me, I jump on any chance to celebrate (can we incorporate champagne into this?)… So yeah, I’m talking pie, pizza, risotto, chocolate mousse, tacos, wine, cake, happy hours and brunches with mimosas. A charmed life, indeed. Have a look at the peeps and some of the eats…

Fresh strawberry pie by Eli’s mama:imageWalking to Tasty and Sons for brunch:wpid-IMG_20130407_093445.jpgLeaving Tasty and Sons:imageThe Tannery happy hour:imageDinner at Anna’s, Stuffed Poblanos (recipe from Cooking Light):imageBirthday dinner with the fam at Cafe Allegro, complete with presents and dessert(s):imageI wish I had an ‘after’ picture of this table once John unleashed his monster fury. The kid has a way with food… it’s really something to see.

Yep, I’m one grateful gal. 🙂

homestyle takeout

I’ve had these Chinese takeout boxes in the pantry since my last Dinner Club, so I filled them with a new recipe yesterday. Perfectly portable to take to Eli’s for dinner! This was my first time cooking with soba noodles, and now I’m totally sold. They’re lower calorie than most noodles and higher protein.

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Cooking Light’s Peanut Chicken Soba Salad

*I made a few adjustments– I swapped the basil for a lot of cilantro. And I skipped the chopped nuts but stirred a tablespoon of peanut butter into the dressing. And then I added water chestnuts because they’re my favorite crunchy treat in Chinese food.*

We split the recipe into two servings, and Eli’s portion didn’t quite fill him up. Half was perfect for me though… Overall, this would make three reasonable lunches for a lady-style appetite. Make it, gals!

 

the post-mama blues

Phyllsy Whyllsy came and went. Just like that. 😦

We did so many wonderful things together, I don’t even know where to begin…

We visited Lucy!

We visited Lucy!

We hosted a family-style Spring dinner.

We hosted a family-style Spring dinner.

Food cart extravaganza on Alberta.

Food cart extravaganza on Alberta.

Eli hosted a grilled fish taco night.

Eli hosted a grilled fish taco night.

With Nicole at her Easter morning brunch.

With Nicole at her Easter morning brunch.

At the Peterson's ranch for Easter dinner.

At the Peterson’s ranch for Easter dinner.

I miss you, mama! Come back soon!

And thanks to Eli for obliging my healthy dinner request last night: Carne asada and grilled tomato salad with avocado, jicama and black beans.

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