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ready to chew my arm off

1) I was starving ALL freakin’ day long, why so hungry?? No idea.

2) My patients were making me craaaaaaaaazy!!

3) My subway train was stuck at the 50th street station (no express trains on weekends – BOO!!) because my car’s door wouldn’t close properly. It added an extra 30 minutes to my already horrible commute. Sweet. I was about to pass out because my stomach was eating itself.

ANYways…I was starving by 10 and I was out of odwalla bars (sad), so I stole some food from the extra hospital breakfast trays (even more sad). Not so hot. And yes, that is a Splenda (shh, don’t tell).

Total is kinda blah without something sweet (good thing Lactaid is also pretty darn sugary). I also added in some raisins from my pre-packed lunch.


Here’s my lunch. Same old same old.

It stopped snowing by the afternoon, so I braved the cold and darted across the street for a Bruno’s soup. I honestly, can’t for the life of me, remember what kind of soup it was!! I always order the vegan option, so I guess I kinda zoned out when I got to the counter…either way, it was delish as Bruno’s always is!!

Heart it.

Plus my yummy smart deli “turkey” sando (this time with an extra somethin’ somethin’). Yup, I added hummus to break out of the mold. Watch out.

By the time I got off work, I was about to eat the first thing I could get my hands on…this is dangerous overeating/binging territory for me. So, I tried to go to Whole Foods with a semi-game plan and be mindful while shopping.

No such luck. The second my eyes landed on this, I knew it was all over.

WW tandoori naan! Could there be a more perfect carb? (Answer=no!)

I started slow, but let’s be honest, there is no way I wasn’t going to finish the whole thing. I was starving after all…below is 1/3 of a piece of naan.

(So multiply that by 12 and there’s my carbo loading for the night) Yep, I finished the rest of the hummus AND all 4 massive naan pieces.

Last bite 🙁

And that was just the appetizer.

As if that weren’t enough…I got a huge container full of 4 different types of tofu (baked plain, sweet and sour, bbq, and lemon pepper). I was f-u-l-l after a few bites, but for some reason I forged ahead.

Don’t worry, I only managed to get through a quarter of the box (which is way deeper than it looks btw) before I called it quits.

Two cups of tea. So full. Bed time.

what the buck?

I can’t even believe how late I slept in today! It’s so embarassing, I don’t even want to write it. Let’s just say, I think I got all caught up for the week.

Since it was snowing BIG TIME outside, I decided to stay in bed (hehe). So, I made some coffee, frothed some milk, and viola(!) the best morning ever – warm and toasty, bundled up in my comforter 🙂


falling…and falling…

Eventually, I had to venture out of the bedroom, so (reluctantly) I grabbed some raspberry soy yogurt before getting ready for the gym.

It was snowing hard on the way to the gym, and even though I had on 5+ layers, I was still brrr…so I tried to make the most of the time while I was there. Elliptical for 60 mins, abs for 10, arms for 1 (oops) and stretching for another 15. Not too intense, but I was in a hurry once Kyle informed me our dinner date was canceled, and instead he got box tickets to the Knicks. WooHoo!!
The plan was to have dinner at the game, but since I anticipated not too many vegan options at Madison Square Garden, I thought I would eat beforehand. Since I L-O-V-E the GN veggie burgers, I thought I’d try the Santa Fe flavor. Holy, spicy, MF-er…I couldn’t even swallow the tiny bite I took. Dayam!
So I threw them away. Seriously, I have a pretty high tolerance for spicy cuisine, so I don’t know who could handle that!!
I was in SUCH a hurry, so instead I went with the ever-delish odwalla bar, and figured I’d hope for the best at the game.

I was seriously eating this while racing out the door.

At the game I was rather surprised at the variety of dining options. We were in a box seat, so we had AMAZING seats with a fully stocked bar, but the food was $$$ to order in the box, so we went down to where the “normal” people eat. Haha…one of our friends asked that to a staff member and ended up sounding SO pretentious, we were making fun of him the rest of the night. I got sushi at Benihana, while the boys grabbed burgers, fries, and beers. Their food smelled good, but mine made me happy (I like when I have good self control and feel healthy about my choices). I also managed to drink 2 bottles of water.

The game was pathetic. First of all, they were playing a team I had never heard of, the Bucks!?!? Ummm…I’m no NBA fanatic, but I atleast thought I knew all the teams? Well, anwways, this unknown team beat the crap out of the New York Knicks…the Knicks City Dancers and the half time acrobat were the most entertaining part of the night (okay, I wasn’t paying that much attention to the game, but still)! I left a bit early since I had to get to bed (working the whole weekend). On the way home, the train randomly stopped and didn’t budge for a good 15minutes, without a single word from the conductor. I was like what the f$^% is going on here?
On the way home I took a picture of a snow buried car outside our apartment. Glad that’s not me!

low expectations

Okay, so this is NOT the best approach to life. I hate starting the day with this kind of attitude, but I have to say…sometimes having low expectations leads to a surprisingly pleasant day. After the crapolla shift that was yesterday, I was really not thrilled to go to work today. I got no sleep last night, waking up 800 times, and I had massive bags under my eyes in the morning.

Here’s the lunch I packed for myself last night. I bought a small coffee in the morning, but I felt so yuck, that I waited until I finished a liter of water before felt like I could drink it. I was def big time crampy. Ew. Explains my lovely mood.

A few different people commented on how crappy I looked. I have never understood why people ask/tell you either (1) you look tired or (2) you look like you didn’t get too much sleep. Could this be anything other than insulting?

A co-worker even said to me today “what’s wrong with you, you aren’t your usual chipper self.” Normally, this would be a semi-thoughtful observation, but this guy is the person who single-handedly made yesterday a living hell for me, so I was in NO mood to even answer him, for fear that I would lash out and start screaming that it was because of his lazy work ethic and apathetic patient care that I was forced to step up and take on the patient load of 2 people so that nobody died. UGH! Does he have any concern for his patients’ lives? Ok, enough. Does PMSing count as an excuse for murder? (kidding!)

Anyways, I actually did have a good work day (thanks to my self preserving tactic of avoiding the aforementioned co-worker). A few of my fave nurses were there, and one of the cardiologists bought the unit a huge platter of Bruno’s sandwiches (no veggie options, but still a nice gesture), and one of my patient’s family members brought a big cookie basket. I had a decent patient load, and managed to get away for lunch at a normal time.

Smart deli “turkey” sando and my absolute favorite Bruno’s veggie soup, white bean escarole.

Holy yum!
This soup is SOOO good.

The rest of the day was fine. Nothing too exciting. I again forced myself to drink 2 liters of water. I didn’t have anything to snack on after lunch since I knew I was going out to dinner right after work.

For dinner, I met my girlies at Republic in Union Square. It is a noodle place (nothing too innovative) but it is in a great location and since it’s been 2 months since the 3 of us have gotten together for our (previously) monthly dinner dates, it was a BLAST. I heart these girls, and we are practically like sisters since we have known each other since kindergarten. We know every single thing about each other, and amazingly we all ended up in NYC, so it’s pretty great to see them. Since I had just gotten off work, I was in my scrubs, which was slightly embarrassing (this is the first time I went anywhere after work and didn’t have a change of clothes). So, I was rocking the green ensemble as I ordered a glass of cabernet sauvignon. For dinner I got the “curry vegetable broth” which was tofu, rice noodles, snow peas, straw mushrooms, carrots, fried shallots, cabbage, and broccoli, in a red curry broth. When it arrived, it looked like a wok full of soup (meaning it was a huge bowl). The curry flavor was delish and every once in a while I caught a fleck of something super spicy and coughed a bit. The noodles were extra fine and very good, as were the veggies. The tofu was just kinda blah. Not seasoned very well, and I only remember about 4 chunks. Still I enjoyed it and was full at the end of the meal. I also downed about 4 glasses of water. It was such a blast, we talked forever, and I totally lost track of time…I didn’t get home until nearly 11! I was so exhausted, I literally jumped into bed within minutes of getting home. Zzzzz.

beep beep

I felt like the f-ing road runner today. Actually, I felt more like the coyote, getting anvils dumped on me throughout the day 🙁
So today was a completely miserable day. Fortunately, writing this blog in hindsight helps me not vent to the extreme that I would have if I were writing it in the moment. Grrr

Anyways, I packed this lunch the day before.

I had a Bruno’s coffee first thing in the morning, as well as a huge bottle of water, then the odwalla Berries GoMega bar for my AM snack.
For lunch I had this Bruno’s tomato veggie soup. Not too exciting as far as Bruno’s soups go…but still well worth the $.

I also had my same sando: smart deli turkey, lettuce, chobani, mustard, on A street bread.

That held me over until I got off work. But then I headed to Whole Foods, and got this gem, that I couldn’t even wait til I got home to open. Vegan chocolate pudding (this is what I want heaven to be like)! I’m on the subway platform in this photo 🙂

I had a few bites on the train, but then I put it away so I didn’t ruin my appetite for dinner. Plus, this pudding is SOOO thick. It reminds me of Betty Crocker’s tubs of frosting (which I used to eat with a spoon in my younger years)…it is extremely rich and chocolate-y.

For din-din I polished off 2 rolls of veggie sushi, with texturized protein, carrots, cabbage, and brown rice. I drizzled soy sauce all over it, too. Love me some salt 🙂

And then back to the pudding. Since I am HORRIBLE when it comes to moderation, you KNOW this must be decadent, since every bite could have fit in a thimble and I had to down a glass of milk between each one.

Look and the fun shapes I was making with my spork (spoon-fork)!

Heavenly. No other word to describe it (I may be entering PMS-ville, btw). TMI? Either way, it explains a lot.

I was feeling a little sick at this point, so I decided to save the last few bites for tomorrow…but first, I wanted to show how cute this little spork is 🙂

Folded up in it’s slot (above) & open and ready for some grubbing (below).

Cool, no?

More milk…
and (a few) dates – I can’t help it!!

Date montage.

First day of snow!

I woke up to flurries, and the weather only picked up from there. It was nice to sip hot coffee inside, wrapped in blankets, while the snow fell outside. I only like snow when I don’t have to leave the house though, so I think I’ll be over it pretty quickly since I have work tomorrow.
With my AM coffee, I had a handful of dates, they were SUPER soft and chewy – the way I like them best.

Look at the snow! It’s hard to tell how much it was actually snowing from the pics, since I’m not a whiz with the camera. In fact it’s Kyle’s camera, so I was just glad I managed to figure out how to turn the flash off.

Maybe I’ll have my first white christmas this year?

Lunch. Veggie “chicken” spread.

I mixed it with some ff chobani…

Then I sliced up an apple to dip in the greek yog/”chicken” spread mixture.

It was good, in fact great, but it didn’t fill me up, so I had some more spread layered on a piece of A street bread. I looooove this spread.

Still hungry, so I made up another slice (this time finishing off the spread). Mmmm…

After lunch I was full and ready to brave the storm. As I walked to the gym, I practically turned into an icicle!! IT. WAS. FREEZING. Looks like my days of outdoor running are over!

At the gym, I was kinda in a lazy mood. I really wasn’t too motivated, so I turned on the t.v. and zoned out for a not-so-intense elliptical workout. Good thing ellen was on so the time flew by…I did do an above average (for me) arm work out, followed by a sub-par ab work out, and a lot of stretching. Ah well. No gym tomorrow, so at least I can rest and my muscles can get a break for a few days.

I was starving after the gym, so I heated up a bowl of creamy butternut squash soup, which I then spilled.

Since I was a klutz, I was left with only half the bowl (post spill), so I also snacked on some soy nuts. Man do I love salt.

For dinner I had “Health is Wealth” vegan nuggets. L-A-Z-Y!!

Here’s my full spread. Yes, that’s regular bbq sauce, HFCS and all. I’m pretty sure the carrots make up for it, though, right?

I didn’t wait long for dessert. This choc sorbet was an obvious choice. I had a third of the container and then got mad at myself for eating without designating a set portion (a BIG no-no).

So then I scooped the rest of my dessert into a glass. In total, I think I had half the carton? While I’m annoyed that I didn’t eat dessert very mindfully, I’m glad that I realized it and corrected the situation before it got out of hand (a problem I’m definitely not a stranger to).

Hello sugar high.