Another mixed bag

I was all set to complain that today started out great and turned out awful — until it hit me that it wasn’t really so bad.

White stuff everywhere ... and this was in the afternoon.

You can see the depth on this picnic table.

Sure, it didn’t exactly make my day when snowpocalypse 2010 descended on Flagstaff.

You’ve heard me say it before, but I hate snow. Sure, it’s great when I can sit inside with a book and some hot chocolate, watching it fall. But how often does that happen? No, I’m usually stuck shoveling it and driving in it … and that sucks all the fun out of snow.

This storm, which is supposed to continue through Thursday, didn’t just send me home early from the Boyfriend’s house last night. It also necessitated a snow-shoveling session and a walk to the office. I wasn’t about to drive in that crap, so I left the car in the driveway and hoofed it the few blocks to work. (Yes, I walked home after work … late at night. In the cold, still darkness.)

Christmas lights in front of our house partially obscured by blowing snow

It was strangely beautiful — and I didn’t encounter another soul. It reminded me of that “Twilight Zone” episode where the guy wakes up completely alone … he runs around town and all the people are mannequins and the train runs him in a circle, back to the same depot he left … turns out he’s been abducted by aliens and is a giant child’s doll.

Or maybe I’m getting two different episodes mixed up. My memory’s fuzzy since I missed the last Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy. (I’m not even sure they ran one on Fourth of July, like they usually do.)

Anyway: Back to my not-so-bad day.

Overnight oats

Food-wise, it was a mixed bag. Breakfast was a bowl of Overnight Oats with a palmful of Craisins and some Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  This was a new product for me. I don’t even think I’ve read any blogs on the subject. I spotted a single-serve pouch of the maple almond butter at the store (next to a $13 jar of the stuff) and decided to try it. Yum! It was delicious.

I also tested out my new Ninja Master Prep for the first time. I used it to whip up a coffee drink that just might allow me to stick to the iced green tea when I hit the Bux. I whirred together frozen cubes of Starbucks Via cinnamon spice coffee, 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of International Delights Pumpkin Spice flavored creamer (probably could have used just 1 and been happy). Tasty!

Burger and fries

Lunch was a spicy black bean burger (Morningstar Farms) and some homemade Foreman fries. After reading what fast-food burgers are made of earlier today, I doubt I’ll be getting one again soon.

Knowing I wouldn’t be walking home on my dinner break, I packed a lunch before I left for work. I made a ham, spinach and Swiss sandwich on sourdough bread, pairing it with some rippled chips and dip made from plain Greek yogurt and ranch dressing powder. I also rounded up two Oreo Balls, some vanilla Greek yogurt and a banana.

I felt pretty good about those choices. I gave myself what I wanted … what my body seemed to be asking for. (Apparently, with all the yogurt, I need more dairy products.)

But when I got to the office, food filled the newsroom. (Everyone likes to make sure we have food when the day’s going to be long and busy.) I took in the rest of my Italian Seasoned Snack Mix and the mint chocolate chip cookies. They joined bagels and cream cheese, donuts, ham, cucumber slices, carrots, another minty-chocolate cookie, macaroni and cheese and homemade Almond Joy-type candies.

Needless to say, I snacked on pretty much all of it (including three of the coconut candies. I took three of the smaller pieces, but still …)

Vanilla Chobani, banana slices and 2 T Special K granola

I wasn’t all that hungry for my dinner, but I did end up eating the sandwich at about 6:30, and the chips and dip an hour or so later. The yogurt and fruit I held off on until I got back home after work. Then, I topped it with 2 T of granola. I can see why it’s a popular blogger breakfast choice — it was almost too filling for a late-night snack.

Perhaps most important is what I didn’t eat. Did you notice? I put the Oreo Balls back in the fridge. Yes, after eating all the junk at the office, I didn’t want any more sweets. More importantly, I recognized I was sugared out and didn’t eat the Oreo Balls.

I’ll take those small victories where I can get them. 😉


3 responses to “Another mixed bag

  1. I’m with you totally on the snow! Everyone was so excited that we had a white Christmas in TN this year, but personally, I was very thankful we were in FLorida and missed it!

    Hang in there, Arlene! I just know 2011 is going to be your year for achieving healthier eating and weight goals. I think you are on the verge of a break through. I am so glad I found your blog this year!

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