We are week two into getting up to workout before work and it was absolutely no problem for me to get up.  Not knowing what my work day was ahead of me, I just wanted to make sure that I got at least one good workout before the day got in the way.

I made banana bread over the weekend for Tony to snack on during the week.  Um, it was just okay.  In fact, upon the first bite Tony said “it’s good, but it’s not my Mom’s.”  True dat.  My MIL makes a mean banana bread.   I think its because I used defrosted bananas? 

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I ended up having a 200 calorie slice of it as my pre-workout fuel.  I toasted it so that made it taste better.  The moon greeted me good morning!

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Traffic was backed up for some reason yesterday morning – took me 40 minutes to get to the gym – so glad it’s a 1 minute commute from the gym to my office though!  It was back and cardio yesterday – the back strength portion took me 25 minutes.  I decided to run for my Cardio – I was just going to run for 30 minutes, but when I saw I was close to a 5k, I just finished it up!

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Not too bad considering I haven’t run in a while! 

I ended up making a crustless cheeseless zucchini quiche over the weekend.  In one fell swoop I have four breakfasts – just need to round out with some Chobani and some fruit.

Crustless Cheeseless Zucchini Quiche

  • 4 servings: each one – 117 calories, 3.1 fat, 3.9 carbs, .8 fiber and 16.5 protein


  • 4 ounces chopped deli ham
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed dry
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters
  • 1/2 cup 2% skim milk
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper.

Spray a pie pan with Pam.  Place the chopped ham on the bottom of the pie pan.  Heat oven to 350.  Mix the zucchini, egg whites, egg beaters, skim milk and seasonings and mix well.  Pour into pie pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until set and slightly browned.

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My breakfast plate.  I was actually surprised at how well this plate kept me full!

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The morning went by really quick and before I knew it, it was time to swim!  I love this swim.  It’s only 30 minutes, I don’t go very fast, but it just loosens all my muscles up.  Best part?  The pool was empty!

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A quick swim and I was back at work.  I couldn’t wait to eat lunch.  I ended up making Tami’s African Peanut Quinoa Stew for lunch.  Slight changes – um, I thought I had quinoa and I didn’t.  She said that the quinoa thickened up her stew.  Well after I cooked the stew down, it was still kind of soupy, so I ended up pureeing it, and it got nice and thick.

While this isn’t the prettiest soup/stew to look at – the flavors are so complex.  I did end up adding 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper to mine too.  But the the garam masala, African curry powder, pinch of cinnamon – an explosion of flavor with just the slightest amount of heat.

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My pot made 8 cups – so I made it four servings of 2 cups:  403 calories, 19 fat, 46 carbs, 15 fiber and 14 protein.  It’s high in fiber (15 grams wow!) Vitamin A, B6 and C.  It’s high in fat even with the light coconut milk, but still gets a grade of A- on caloriecount.

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On the side I had a serving of leftover apple jicama salad, and an orange for dessert.

Later in the afternoon I had my first Skinny Café Mocha of the season.  25 calorie pack of Swiss Miss Diet, coffee and 2 tablespoons of whipped cream – a delicious 40 calorie afternoon snack.  It wasn’t until I put that on Instagram that blog reader Carol pointed out “what happened to the no dairy?”  Doh!  I completely forgot! 

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Don’t worry, this will be the first of A LOT of snowmen mugs – just want to get you mentally prepared and well, Tony to be prepared for the impending snowmanpalooza our house gets at Christmas time.

Alright, I did end up having a bit of white rice for dinner, but as of yet, I have not found a whole grain Arborio rice, and I actually don’t even know if it exists.  I ended up mixing 1/3 cup of rice with 2 cups baby spinach and the peas and carrots I cooked with the rice, along side a lightly breaded Pam fried chicken breast on the side.  I was HUNGRY by the time dinner rolled around – I cleaned my plate!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1779 calories, 261 carbs (ooh – too high!), 94 protein, 45 fiber and 44 fat
  • 22% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 57% from carbs
  • A- grade for the day on CalorieCount

So seriously, no joking aside, this has to be the longest streak of me not having cheese.  I didn’t even put any Parmesan cheese on the chicken breading, or in the risotto for my portion.   And every time I look in the fridge that porter cheese I bought at Whole Foods with my sister keeps giving me the stink eye!


But I can wait.  My final WI for my 10 day cleanse will be on Thursday morning.  It will be interesting to see if I’ve lost any weight by ditching the wine, dairy (almost Carol!) and sugar. 

Alright, time to head to the gym – today is chest/abs/cardio.  Make it a great day!