Jess Finds Balance

My journey to finding a healthy balance with eating, exercise, and life in general

On the Up and Up October 6, 2010

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I’m feeling so much better about how I’m doing today. I felt sluggish and tired after bingeing last night and I had a hard time finding my hunger and satiety cues in all the ensuing stomach weirdness. Even still, I was committed to getting back on track and get back on track I did!


I ate my three main meals and two snacks, being careful to eat when hungry and to stop when satisfied. I also got my butt to the gym where I ran 5 miles and then did body pump. All in all, a great day!


Trying to make my way through the rest of the week so I can get to my long weekend! I can’t wait 🙂


Very Veggie Breakfast

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Good morning! I had a rough day yesterday and know that today is only going to be great. As they say, 90% of life is just showing up 🙂

I’ve been on a weird eating schedule the last couple days and haven’t eaten a real dinner, since I’ve been eating a large snack/mini meal around 4 PM, so I am vowing to get back on a normal schedule today!

I started off my day today with a veggie omelet.

First I sauteed onion, red pepper, tomatoes and mushrooms in a bit of canola oil:

Then added some spinach and covered the pan to let it wilt.

Once the spinach wilted, I added some egg whites

and cooked it on medium heat, covered, until both sides were cooked through. After that, I added some shredded 2% mozzarella and folded it to let the cheese melt.

Served with a piece of whole wheat toast and a Morningstar Farms vegetarian sausage link.I topped the omelet with some salsa.

Fresh-style salsa is my fave!

Have a good day!


Change of Heart… September 26, 2010

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Yes, I’m back! I’ve decided that instead of going cold turkey, I’m going to try to post every few days. Instead of posting every morsel of food I eat, I will check in every once in a while with an update on how I’m doing and recipes I think you’ll enjoy. Thanks for your understanding 🙂


Mini Break September 16, 2010

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Hi everyone! I am super stressed getting packed for the next few days, since it is Yom Kippur and I am going out of town. I am going to take a small break but will be back on Sunday. Catch you then!



Be Back Soon! September 9, 2010

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Hi everyone! I will be taking a bit if a break from blogging until Saturday morning. Everything is going great and I am spending time with my family for the holiday. I am excited to be back and at it in a couple days!


I Heart Chick Flicks August 22, 2010

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After my breakfast post, my stomach started to feel so much better. Dave and I did our grocery shopping (at no fewer than three different grocery stores!) and I came home hungry! I made myself a small bowl of cereal. I bought this new Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal.

It had a nice flavor without being too sweet. It’s amazing how my palate has changed now that I’ve been eating fewer sweets. Some foods just taste too sweet now.

I mixed it with a bit of Fiber One cereal and poured some Almond Breeze on top. I like to use this instead of milk for a lot of things, but the fact that it has no dairy in it was a huge bonus for me today!

After relaxing with Dave a bit, I headed over to meet my friend Rachel for lunch. I picked up lunch from Panera, knowing that I could find some healthy and cheap options there.

I decided to go with the You Pick Two option and chose soup and half a sandwich. (I was a bad blogger and forgot to take pictures! I found a couple on Google images and put the sites where I found them below each picture).

Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, with hummus, feta cheese, and veggies on whole grain bread…


…a cup of chicken noodle soup (mine was served in a small cup, not a big bowl like this),


…and a small Fuji apple for dessert.

Just what the doctor ordered!

After catching up with Rachel and hearing all about her honeymoon to Japan (!), I went to my sister’s for some quality sister time. Hilary (I call her Hilly, though) is so fun and vivacious. She brings out my inner kid and inner goof. I’ve been having a serious craving for one of our favorite movies, Center Stage, all week and she agreed to indulge me.

Center Stage is by no means a quality movie, but it holds a special place in my heart. I probably have watched this a dozen times in my life and plan to watch it several more. It’s a fun chick flick where the girl gets the guy in the end and it leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

While watching, I snacked on some cherries,

…my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar (very tasty!),

…and some Trader Joe’s Omega 3 trail mix with walnuts, pistachios, craisins, sunflower seeds, and raisins.

Now that I’m feeling better, my appetite is catching up with me and making up for my small meals yesterday and this morning. I’m glad that I’m back to normal! I’ll be back later tonight with dinner: We’re making Spicy Seafood Pasta All’arrabiata!


Happy iPhone Day! August 19, 2010

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Today was my first day with my new iPhone and I am liking it. I haven’t had enough time to sit down and play with it, but it is easy to use and fun! I’m wary of becoming one of those people who is always attached to my phone. I think it’s important to look around you and smell the roses! I know that I won’t find happiness in my iPhone or in constantly being connected to technology, so I’m going to make every effort to not make it an extension of my hands.

I didn’t end up eating the Larabar this morning. I was so busy at school setting up my classroom that I didn’t mind being a little hungry and putting off lunch until noon. I’m so glad that I went in to square everything away and that I didn’t leave it for next week. For the last two years, I was teaching 6th grade geography but was moved to 8th grade World History. It’ll be interesting to teach a new curriculum and work with some of the same kids I taught two years ago. I absolutely loved the geography curriculum and the teachers in the sixth grade, so I’m still sad about leaving them. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude about all the learning opportunities I’ll have. Who knows? Maybe I’ll enjoy it more than I think I will! Even still, it will be a lot of work creating a whole new year’s worth of lesson plans and I’m glad that I’ll have next week to really start thinking about how I want to start the year.

After running some errands on my way home from school, I was hungry for a mid-afternoon snack. I picked up some fresh figs at Russo’s yesterday and wanted to use them up since they go bad quickly. I decided on a Chobani honey greek yogurt topped with four of five chopped figs and then finished off with a sprinkling of walnuts.

A glass of Barnie’s decaf Cherry Chocolate Cordial iced coffee on the side is the perfect accompaniment!

I spent the afternoon doing things I’ve been trying to fit in the last few days but haven’t managed: playing a lot of piano, reading Women Food and God, meditating for the first time in a long time, and chatting with Dave. How is it that I’m so busy when I’m not even working? I am SO ready for retirement…

Dave was in charge of dinner while I was out of the house this evening. The menu included barbecued chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and green beans. My addition was making a sauce for the green beans. Going along with the southern theme, I mixed up about a tablespoon of Light Butter (50 calories per tablespoon) and some Frank’s Red Hot. I nuked it in the microwave for 20 seconds and then we tossed the steamed green beans in it. Lots of flavor without too many calories.

Little fork for me, big fork for him.

My plate:

It was all so delicious that I finished every bite and then the green beans still left in the serving bowl.

My best friend from high school, Syd, e-mailed me a recipe for peach blueberry crumble the other day and I’ve been meaning to do something with the very ripe peaches I have in my fridge. I’m not usually the baking type, since I am usually afraid to have baked goods in the house, but I figure that the only way to take it off of my “forbidden foods” list is to make it and eat it!

First I sliced up 3 peaches and threw in 2/3 of a pint of blueberries. I drizzled some maple syrup and mixed it all up. Next, I combined 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of dry rolled oats, ~1/4 cup of brown sugar splenda (it’s really a 50/50 mix of real brown sugar and splenda), and 2-3 tablespoons of light butter. It seemed a little too dry so I added more butter, which then made it too doughy. I added a little bit more flour and oats, but it still seemed too wet. It tasted good, so I said “What the heck” and spooned it on top. Into the oven preheated at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and here’s the finished product:

My serving in one of my favorite little bowls:

The verdict? Eh. I think that using the softened light butter was a mistake because it made the crumble part too wet. It probably didn’t help that I used too much, either. I also found the crumble to be a little too sweet. And I never thought I’d say anything was too sweet (except for pixie sticks). Next time I’ll try stick butter and less sugar.

I’ve decided that yesterday’s stomach ache was due to having dairy after the run. I had a similar reaction to dairy after a run a few weeks ago and am glad that I’ve discovered the cause of my stomach woes. I’ve learned my lesson: no more dairy after challenging runs! I’m going to try for another even longer run tomorrow and am optimistic about how my stomach will react. I’m planning on hitting the hay early tonight to make up for my last night’s poor sleep. See you bright and early tomorrow morning 🙂