I kinda hate oversleeping.  I can’t really remember the last time I did it!  Since I was starting this team beach body diet this week, and since I went out last night, I didn’t have time to prep my food last night, so it had to get done this morning.

I adjusted my food yesterday because for one, I was only doing Insanity at lunch and two – I didn’t know exactly what I was eating for dinner.  Breakfast was a team beach body Denver omelet – I am showing their version, and will show my changes.

Beach Body Denver Omelet – Serves One

  • 343 calories, 14 fat, 8.3 carbs, .9 fiber and 41 grams of protein!


  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion – NOPE!
  • 3 tablespoons each red and green pepper
  • 4 ounces of deli ham (I reduced to 3 ounces – still a ton!)
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of egg beaters
  • 1/2 ounce of reduced fat cheddar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach (I added this)
  • salt and pepper
  • I also added crushed red pepper

Heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the peppers and saute until desired doneness, I still like them a bit crunchy, so I only did that a few minutes.  Add the egg whites and egg beaters, mix up a bit.  Once the bottom is set, add the ham and cheese in the middle, salt, pepper and crush red pepper to taste.  Flip to one side and put a lid on until cooked through.

With a cup of raspberries and 8 ounces of plain unsweetened almond milk.

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Only one tiny problem.  Um, unsweetened almond milk, all by itself?  Kinda tastes like ass.  My co-worker Cassie came to the rescue though – she had some chocolate protein powder stashed in her desk for emergencies.  When she asked what the hell I was drinking and told her she said “this is such an emergency!”

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Luckily this wasn’t a meal replacement size – only 95 added calories, and with the almond milk being only 30 calories, this became my mid-morning snack.  Not sure why I need 1667% of thiamin though!

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Since I am back to the first round of Insanity – the workouts for the next 30 days are between 40-45 minutes.  Yesterday’s cardio power and resistance was only 40 minutes, so I was able to borrow my office’s lap top and use the gym that has group exercise classes.  They don’t have any during the day usually so it was wide open.

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Here I am finishing up the stretches at the end, even though it looks like I am trying to do the Stayin Alive pose!

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I went over to show you the view from the gym – the outdoor pool – it was on the chilly side yesterday but there were still a few kids out there.

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When I was walking out the door – I saw this ball though.  Huh.  Not exactly what it’s used for?  I texted it to Tony asking “wonder what this is for??”  His reply?  “Sit on it and find out.”  Any of you exercise guru’s out there know what this is used for?

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So lunch was another beach body recipe – Greek Style Shrimp salad.  Can you believe the original recipe called for 8 ounces of shrimp for one person?  I reduced it to 5 ounces.

Greek Style Shrimp Salad

  • one serving: 409 calories, 7 fat, 52 carbs, 6.6 fiber and 35 protein


  • 1.75 ounces dry orzo
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Greek seasoning (I added that)
  • 2 tablespoons green onion – NOPE!
  • 1/2 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers (I subbed this for the nasty grape tomatoes called for in the recipe)
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced (my addition)
  • 5 ounces of shrimp
  • 5 black olives (left out)
  • 1/2 ounce feta cheese (subbed in 1/2 ounce of cheddar cheese)
  • 1 cup chopped Romaine lettuce
  • big pinch of crushed red peppers


Heat half a teaspoon of oil in a pan.  Add shrimp and zucchini and saute until the shrimp is cooked.  The zucchini will still be crisp tender.  Set aside to cool.  Cook the orzo for 5 minutes in boiling water – drain and let cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil.  Wash and chop the cucumber and romaine.  Chop up roasted red pepper.

In a large bowl, toss everything together.  I didn’t add the romaine until it was lunch time because I thought it might get too wilty.

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I have to admit – I was a bit nervous because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a cold shrimp salad.  I like shrimp cocktail, and cooked hot shrimp, but I actually really loved this dish.  The crushed red pepper kicked it up and I loved the vinegary tang.  It made a lot too!

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Then it was a race until 5:00 until it was time to meet my twin sister Jennifer, Sophia and Christina for dinner at Maya del Sol in Oak Park.  Sadly, it was getting dark by the time we met and gathered in their outdoor seating area.  We were so busy talking that none of my pictures turned out that great of the girls – rats!

My sister and I got there first – Sophia and Christina weren’t far behind though.

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Since I don’t drink during the week, I envied my sisters beer!

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Since my the Architectural firm my sister works at did the remodel of this restaurant, we were presented with two free appetizers:

avocado relleno avocado · blue crab · red pepper ·
red onion · avocado-tomatillo sauce

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mussels p.e.i. mussels · white wine · garlic · cilantro ·

leeks · tomato · toast

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I am actually very proud of my sister for trying the mussels.  OMG, these were amazing – they were swimming in a cilantro wine garlic sauce that was to die for.  If I would have had a spoon I would have eaten spoonfuls of it!  When the plates were cleared, it was a tie between me and Sophia who ate the most – my sister?  Just one!

Of course, they offered delicious tortilla chips and salsas – I tried a few – they had a dark green salsa that reminded me of my baja fresh salsa that was really spicy and good.

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We also got a side of their homemade guacamole – tiny chunks of onion, but I was able to see my way clear of them. 😀

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I ended up ordering the carne asada tacos – no onions.  It also had a creme fresh cilantro sauce on the bottom that was delicious!  I ate about 1 1/2 tacos – I wished I had room for more!  I gave the third taco to my sister to take home.

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Yum and yum.  I ended up adding a bit of the green salsa leftover from the tortilla chips over the top.  The meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

While no one had room for dessert, I did have coffee to round out the meal – nothing like a great cup of coffee to finish of a great dinner!



While I’ve met Christina a couple of times and know that she is crazy as ever, which I love – my sister and had never met Sophia, but it was like meeting an old friend.  We’ve “known” her since 2008 when she was a freshman in college recovering from anorexia.  I was just so happy at how healthy she looked – she looks nothing like her former self and I am so happy for her recovery.

She leaves Chicago at the end of this month back to Los Angeles.  She’s been loving Chicago although has learned her lesson on being on the L in the wee hours when it becomes a drunk train!

Thank you ladies for such a great dinner of great food and conversation.  I love that our little blogs found each other and we’ve gotten a chance to get to know one another!

So here are my stats for the day – a bit high on the calories from my 2100 calorie goal – my guestimate of dinner was around 831 calories, 37 fat, 91 carbs, 10 fiber and 40 protein.

  • 40 minute Insanity
  • 2209 calories, 84 fat, 216 carbs, 37 fiber and 148 protein
  • 39% of calories from carbs, 35% from fat and 26% from protein

Question of the Day:  Have you met other bloggers out for a dinner or event before?  While Tony doesn’t think you guys are my friends because I haven’t met 98% of you – you already know that I do consider you my friends, and my life is richer for it!