Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cooking day with a friend

One of the supervisors at work is having the sleeve surgery this summer. We have become rather close while talking about the surgery. She is also a great mentor for my career as I plan to pursue a supervisory role at work in the future as well.

In preparation of her surgery, she has altered her eating and has implemented healthier choices and has been tracking her food. I can't stress the importance of anyone preparing for this surgery to begin by making small changes prior to surgery. Reading labels, tracking your intake (water, nutrients, protein), and cooking more at home can really open your eyes to how your life will change after the surgery. Yes, the sleeve helps with your eating choices, but ultimately it's up to us to make good decisions. It's up to me whether I want to have cake or not. The sleeve helps me not eat too much of anything, but it's up to me what I put in my body.

Anyway...we pulled a couple of recipes off from Pinterest, made a grocery list, and went shopping. We had to stop at a couple of different stores because the first one didn't have a spaghetti squash.

Here are the recipes we made:
Ricotta Bake 
Mashed potatoes and cauliflower (We didn't really follow a recipe for this. We boiled a few potatoes, threw the cauliflower in toward the end of the potatoes cooking, drained them, added a little Fairlife milk, a little butter, and a little garlic powder, and then blended with a hand mixer.)
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan, Spinach, and Mushrooms - I think this would be amazing with some grilled chicken or even tofu.
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins - The flavor of these was great, but they were very dry. I will make these again but with alterations. I will add more egg whites (maybe throw in a full egg as well) and something more for moisture (perhaps some worcestershire sauce as well). I may cut down on some of the oats as well or find a recipe that calls for quinoa instead. So many options!

Here is our food:

This was definitely a fun day and I look forward to doing another one in the future. Perhaps after her surgery would be better. Our schedules don't line up currently so we'll see what we can come up with.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Casually cute for the hockey game

I won tickets from work to a local hockey game this evening. I love live hockey! We (my boyfriend and I) got to sit in my work's suite which was super nice. Free drinks (water and soda) and time with people I work with. It was so much fun!
Before I left work, I sneaked a picture of my outfit:

Yes, this is picture of me in the bathroom at work. I don't have a full-length mirror at home so this is the next best place for me to get a picture.
This is the first time I've worn tennis shoes to work in a long time. I think I had on jeans that I finally didn't have to wear a belt with. The shirt was purchased at one of my local Goodwill stores. I don't shop there often, but occasionally I find something I just have to get. I love the print on it. The scattered triangles have a mix of white, pink, green, and light blue. It's just such a fun geometric print. I realized after wearing it tonight that I need to wear a tank top underneath it to make sure the "girls" don't pop out and say hello. I have just the light blue cami with lace on top to wear under it too!