Busy Busy – Frugal Novice

Busy Busy

Our week got off to a busy start by having to take our van in to get fixed – finally! In the meantime we’re driving a larger van – a Chrysler Town & Country. It’s not my style, but I have to admit I’m totally in love with the automated doors and hatch. The boys are too… when I picked them up they kept talking about “how cool” every aspect of it was.

J had another gymnastics class tonight and it’s been SO great to watch his progress! When he first started he was a little unsure about everything but now he’s confident and proud of what he’s accomplished. Tonight he came running up to brag about having done some flips in the suspended harness. I’m really glad he’s loving it so much! Tomorrow it’s C’s turn as he and I head to Mom & Tot class, where I get just as much exercise as he does!

I really liked all three of my meals from Freshology today, but I did have some hunger pangs and some serious chocolate cravings… those should go away in a few days, though. I know you ladies out there know what I’m talking about! I was able to resist and ended up with a pretty successful day.

Breakfast: Dark Chocolate Muffin with Turkey Maple Sausage and Fresh Fruit (400 calories)

I thought this muffin would be my favorite, but that spot is reserved for the lemon poppyseed one I had a while back. This was good, but a little drier than the other muffins I’d had. I spread the vanilla ricotta on it and then it was perfect! I just ate a little of the sausage – but I can definitely tell that having protein in the morning helps curb my hunger throughout the morning.

Lunch: Creamy Italian Chicken Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumber (310 calories)

This chicken salad tasted like one I’d order at my favorite little tea shop here in town – creamy and full of texture. I missed having grapes, which is my favorite chicken salad addition, but the dried fruit provided a nice pop of tart sweetness. This felt like a light lunch, but was pretty filling.

Dinner: Blackened Flat Iron Steak with Dirty Rice, Creole Alioli and Jambalaya Vegetables (380 calories)

The steak was SO SO SO good! The beef entrees have pretty consistently been my favorite. It had a slight cajun flavor to it and was incredibly tender. The rice was flavorful albeit slightly dry. I just picked at the veggies because, well, I’m picky like that! Brian said he thought they were good.

Dessert: Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake (150 calories)

So, I was a little eager to get to dessert. Obvs. This is such a nice, bright dessert with a great tartness to it countered by the sweet glaze. SO good!

And now, my friends, I’m going to CRASH. I’m getting up to go walking early in the morning so I’d better get some sleep while I have the chance. Hope you all have had a great start to your week!

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