Temporary Insanity

I only had legs for strength training yesterday – it was a rest cardio day.  So I slept in until 7:00!  I still had an hour before I had to leave for work – it was nice having a leisurely morning before work.

I had a Green Monster for breakfast.  It’s the last of the Good Belly that I bought at Whole Foods – I’ll have to see if they sell it in a regular grocery store.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the taste by itself, but its tasty in a smoothie.


Since my workout wasn’t very long, I had time to accessorize my taco salad that I brought from home.  As usual, by the end of the week the only veggies I had in the fridge at home was carrots.  My thought was that I would hit up the salad bar at Mariano’s to bulk up my salad.

Well, what I didn’t know is that it seems Friday afternoon is a big sample day.  As I was walking around I mindlessly helped myself to:

  • cheddar popcorn
  • CHEESE – a 2 year aged sharp cheddar was amazeballs
  • salami
  • pasta chips – these were amazing too
  • two flavors of gelato – apple crisp and pecan pie – YOLO!

It was after that second bite of gelato that I suddenly thought “what the fuck am I doing?”  It was such mindless eating that I haven’t done in a long time.  I quickly got my salad bar ingredients and got the hockey puck out of there!  I must have had temporary insanity!

Well, after I looked and drooled over the cheese!  Jacky, I am so happy you finally got to go to a Mariano’s – there is talk that they may take over some of the Dominick’s stores!  Maybe the Oak Park Dominick’s would become Marianos!

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And these carrots were gorgeous:

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And here’s something I haven’t seen before – Thai eggplant!

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I got back to my desk and had my taco salad – I used 1/2 a cup of the leftover beef and rice from the arancini I made the night before.  I got broccoli, green peppers and carrots from the salad bar for $1.24.  The dressing is 2 tablespoons of my tomatillo salsa mixed with 2 tablespoons light dressing.

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Since I knew that we were going to have Party Pizza Friday last night (much to Tony’s chagrin!) I made my pizza dough before work.  Took me all of about a minute?

  • 1.75 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the water and oil.  Mix until combined,  Put a kitchen towel over the top and let it rise all day.

When I got home, I saw bubbles!

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It will be quite stringy and sticky – just dump it out on your counter and add enough flour so you can roll the dough out – I probably added about 1/4 of a cup.

I set my oven to 475.  Baked the pizza for 7 minutes on the lower third of my stove, then finished it off under the broiler to melt the cheese.  I like adding the baby spinach after it comes out of the oven – it kind of wilts from the heat of the cheese.

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The verdict?  While this looks super crunchy, the dough was really soft and chewy.  Which we don’t mind, but we missed the crunchy crust.  I am thinking I should have taken the pizza off the pizza pan for the last few minutes.  I am going to heat up the leftovers later in the convection setting of our toaster oven and see if I can capture the crunch.

So I added my mindless eating to caloriecount – my guesstimate was that I ate 388 calories – which will take 60 minutes of walking to burn off – gah!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1886 calories, 206 carbs, 69 protein, 89 fat, 17 fiber
  • 41% of calories from fat, 14% from protein and 43% from carbs

My goal for next week is to lower the carbs and fat – I think I had at least four days last week where the majority of my calories came from fat – I’d like to bring that number down between 25-30%.

I have Monday off for my photo shoot for the magazine article I am involved in.  I spoke with the photographer and this is turning into a much bigger deal than I anticipated!  You can follow me on Instagram Monday to see what happens – biz319 is my name on Instagram.

I hope you have a great weekend!


20 thoughts on “Temporary Insanity

  1. I have yet to get to a Mariano’s. I’ve heard they are coming close to us as is Whole Foods. I’ve had those carrots before. They are gorgeous and delicious. I actually cooked them whole in a pot of water leaving the leaves on but not emerging them in the water. What a presentation!!


  2. owww! Excited to hear more about the shoot! Samples can be the devil, can’t they??? The pizza looks beautiful- hope its crunchier for you today

  3. Still haven’t been to a Mariano’s – I wish one was closer to me! If they took over Dominicks – well, that would be awesome….!

    have a great weekend!

  4. The photo shoot for the article sounds exciting! Have fun on Monday!

    • I know – I am getting a bit nervous! They are buying me clothes at H&M, there will be hair and makeup – locations shoots in Chicago and at The Chopping block – weee!!!

  5. I sure hope Mariano’s come to OP! Hope you have a great photo shoot, what a great excuse for a long weekend. I am the only one in our house that does not have the day off.

  6. I want a hair and makeup person:) It sounds so exciting and I know you will have fun. Can’t wait to see your instagram up dates

    • It was funny, because I was talking to my Mom yesterday and before she read that I was going to have someone do my hair and makeup, she was going to ask if I was going to wear makeup and my hair down. I simply said “I have people to do that for me.” Ha!

  7. Wow! You’re becoming quite the celebrity 🙂 I’ll be checking things out on Instagram!

  8. Well….you have yourself a fun-filled day on Monday….wow, clothes and make-up and a photo shoot. Yeppers I have to agree with Kim of Mo’Betta…you are becoming quite the celebrity 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the week end!!! Green Bay Mayor is talking about having plans to open a Whole Foods store…..I hope so…making plans to visit it already, it would be a 30 mile travel for us, we could make it a day trip!!! Gosh I wouldn’t have worried about the taste testing at your store….I would have considered it lunch!! HAHAHA

  9. That mindless munching at the store sure adds up! I can’t wait to read about the photo shoot. What are you going to wear?

  10. hey^^
    when i tried to lose weight i learned a lot that surprised me. actually it´s quite easy when you avoid addictive foods and of course i felt the need to write about it 😉 would mean a lot when you would read it, you will not be disappointed! 😀 thanks! http://thescienceofeverything.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/part-of-the-meal/

  11. Have fun with the photo shoot! I have done 2 and they are very fun, albeit tedious

  12. Those carrots are called rainbow carrots here. I never saw or had them till they showed up in my Beebox. One of the reasons I love my Beebox so much: old vegetables in new colors. And they tasted great too.

    Have fun at the photoshoot today.

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