Friday, August 28, 2009

The Last Hurrah

Happy Friday!  I am posting from the shore again;  the daughters insisted on coming one last time before school starts.  Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating :( 

This morning we woke up to cloudy skies…

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Then the rains came.  When it let up, I took the opportunity to go out for a bike ride…

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On the way back, the rain started up again :(  I made it back, mildly soggy, and started on some breakfast:  1/2 bagel with whipped cream cheese and a nectarine…

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And a cup of…………….

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Don’t worry!  I didn’t cave in to the coffee, although I have reeeaaally wanted to!  After doing some research, I found an alternative.  It’s called Teeccino and it’s touted as an herbal coffee…

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It’s actually not made from coffee beans at all.  It’s made from organic carob, organic barley, organic dates, organic chicory, almonds and organic figs.  Neat mix, right?  I actually found this at my local Giant supermarket in the natural foods section.  I was excited to try it;  so I brewed some up this morning.  It is brewed just like coffee which is also cool since it allows you to continue the “morning ritual”!  The verdict:  I really liked it!  It does resemble a mild roast coffee flavor.  I was only able to find the Hazelnut flavor in my market which was okay, but I think I’d really enjoy the Java flavor which may resemble coffee even more.  So far, I’m sold!

Breakfast didn’t hang around very long and I was feeling hungry by 11:00 am.  Too early for lunch, so I had a few almonds to tide me over…

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The rains cleared out a bit, so we planned on having a beach picnic for lunch.  I started packing up sandwiches.  Mine was avocado, tomato, baby arugula on whole wheat pane bread…

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As we were heading out the door, the skies turned gray again!  We decided against the beach and had our picnic by the pool instead.  I added some whole grain tortilla chips to my lunch, first a handful, then a few more…

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Thunder rudely interrupted lunch, so we went back home.  I finished lunch with a juicy nectarine…

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After playing some card games, we ventured out into the rain for an ice cream break.  I tried out No Sugar Added Moose Tracks…delish…

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More rain, more games.  Then, it was time for dinner.  We had a pizza and sushi night!  Those things don’t necessarily go together, but it was good!  I went with a few pieces of sushi (with wasabi – yum!), a small piece of pizza and salad…

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I tried another piece of sushi and noshed on more crust…

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I finished off the night with a small slice of chocolate cake…

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And 5 more games of Sequence of which I won NADA!

I definitely did a lot more eating than I really wanted to today.  I think being stuck in the house just left me like a bottomless pit!  I’m trying not to feel guilty and just move on.  It’s a hard habit to break…

I’m hoping for clear skies tomorrow and looking forward to a good long bike ride!!  I hope Mother Nature gets my memo :)

Have a great night, everyone!

12 comments:

Tasty Health Food said...

It's okay, sometimes we all have days like that. :D Just start fresh tomorrow! Maybe cut out the slice of cake at the end of the night, or go for more sushi and half a slice of pizza. Just try to eat healthier and you'll be fine.

THE ACTORS DIET said...

i love teccino! i used it when i was getting off coffee too and so did my friend. i don't drink either now....

Janetha said...

mmmm. moosetracks.. thank god i get to have ice cream tomorrow! glad you are not feeling guilty and moving on. great example :)

Heather said...

Loooove seeing an updated pic of you, M! You look so awesome and FIT and happy that you're at the beach. :)

Reen said...

Love the picture, Marisa! You look great! And the coffee replacement you found sounds great. Might have to try to myself.

jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That stinks that the weather was so icky!!

I love the sushi/pizza combo!

TJ said...

I need to get more fruit! We load up on Sundays at a local produce stand and by Friday we are OUT! I want that nectarine SO BAD! lol :) Everything looks yummy!

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

that teccino sounds really interesting! I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I have to confess that the pizza, ice cream, and chocolate cake look mighty good!

But you also made some really healthy choices too, and didn't exactly have huge portion sizes, so it wasn't all bad!

theskinnyplate said...

Hope the weather clears up for you. Food-wise, I don't think you did bad. You look fab in the photo.

I am such a coffee and tea addict, don't think I can give either one up. Good thing I like them both without sugar and cream.

operationmuffintop said...

Everything looks sooo good! Yum! Sounds like you're having the weather that we're having here lately.. today it looked like storms off and on all day too! I think overall you did great though! We all have those "bottomless pit" days.. lol!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Your coffee substitute sounds great! I'll have to look into it...