playing things by ear & weekly goals

I was up at 3:15am, couldn’t fall back asleep, checked twitter, wrote a blog post at 4:30am, decided it was just a bit too personal to post, and went back to bed until 9am. I had every intention of going to the gym for a BodyFlow and RPM classes, maybe even Zumba. I was just emotionally exhausted and decided that exercise would come to me at some point during the day. And it did. I took an hour walk by the beach with the dog this afternoon. I mean it is Memorial Day, when I really should just relax and play things by ear. By doing this, I got a lot accomplished! Exercise, dishes, laundry, meal plan, grocery list plan, grocery shop, vacuum, prep meals, catch up on blogs in my Reader, and write a blog post. Oh, yes, I got my sh*t together today. And I think I’m ready to conquer the short week.

So, in order to conquer the new week, I must set some goals!


  • Mon.-1 hour workout YES!
  • Tues.-6:30am RPM  YES!
  • Weds.-12pm RPM -nope skipped it, just didn’t feel like it 😦
  • Sat.-1 hour workout
  • Sun.-8am RPM


  • Track food as best I can (Tues.-YES! Weds.-guess it’s not too late, but I lost count of the peppermint patties I ate!)
  • Eat no processed food (I need to figure out what is processed! Is frozen yogurt processed?)
  • Limit sugar intake while traveling


  • Make the best of the week
  • Communicate
  • Have a great business trip


  • Go to church on Sunday
  • Read Work in Progress by Kristin Armstrong Done!
  • Journal


  • post wine tasting girlfriend get together (I have to miss the actual wine tasting since I’ll be traveling back, but hope to get together with the girls for the evening.)

Phew, that’s a lot of goals! I hope these help me to keep my head on straight for the week.


carlsbad eats: canyons restaurant at the crossings

Last week, I met my friend Erin at the Crossings at Carlsbad’s restaurant, Canyons. The Crossings is a beautiful public golf course in Carlsbad, CA. It seriously cost like $80 million to build, but it is gorgeous, and a tough course. Anyways, I was here to eat! I had been here before for their Sunday Champagne brunch with my girlfriends. Super good, lots of variety, and reasonably priced. So we decided to go for lunch this time. I’m so glad we did!

First, the view…

view from the patio~gorgeous day!

We started to sit outside on the patio, but the sun wasn’t shining on it so it was a bit to chilly for us.

We stared at the menu for like 10 minutes! It’s a pretty big menu, at least for lunch, I thought. I couldn’t decide between the mac and cheese, a burger, salmon, or a salad. It’s been a long time since I’ve had mac and cheese and this sounded divine, it had andouille sausage, gouda cheese sauce, black truffles and crimini mushrooms.

big menu~i can't decide!

My friend had the Ginger Grilled Chicken with stir fry veggies and almond jasmine rice. It looked really good, but sadly no pictures (I will get the hang of restaurant blogging, eventaully!). I finally decided and went vegetarian with the Portabella Panini with waffle cut fries.

pretty darn good

My panini was pretty good, although the bread fell a bit flat. This seemed more like a hamburger bun. Inside was the grilled portabella (of course!), grilled red onions, basil, and goat cheese (!!). The basil was a bit off in this sandwich, I didn’t think it went real well with the rest of the ingredients. But basil, onion, and portabella, yum! As you can see I did without the lettuce, tomato, and pickles. The fries were nice and crisp, I think I pretty much ate them all!

Service was pretty slow. After we moved inside, we let the server know, and we ended up with another server. I swear we sat for at least 5 minutes before he acknowledged us. Having been a server, that is just unacceptable! We were on lunch, and expected speedy service. The food came out pretty timely, but then our server disappeared. I asked for ranch for my fries, and he forgot. I was 3/4 of the way done, and he brought it out. We asked for our check when he brought the ranch, and we didn’t get the check until after we were both done. I was fortunate that I can take a bit longer lunch, but my friend had to get back to work. So, the food was good, but the service was lacking!

Rating: 3 forks


catching up and i’ve got visitors!

So sorry, I’ve neglected my blog for a bit. I had to go out of town earlier this week for work and was busy, busy, busy! I had to travel on Saturday, and I hate having to travel/work on the weekends. But I survived and had a wonderful reunion with an old friend…more on that on another day! I had to fly back on Tuesday, amidst a bunch of storms and tornados. Luckily I made it to Dallas, and while my flight was delayed a bit, we made it out in time. The pilot said 15 minutes after we took off, the storms hit and the airport shut down. So I totally lucked out, and it was a good thing because my PARENTS were in town!

My parents made the trip out from Ohio on Tuesday, and we got together on Wednesday. I met them at their hotel, and we went to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. I had never been and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Both my parents are in their 70s, and their mobility is limited. But we made the best of it, and really enjoyed the beautiful gardens. I can’t wait to go back and explore even more! Some photos from the day…


where wine corks come from!

the cork oak tree, pretty cool!

lizards were everywhere!

cool plant

i love yellow!

weird looking bird artwork

beautiful rose


pretty in pink

ocean view

lizards chasing each other"

most unusual plant we saw

what a cute couple! my parents

Aren’t my parents so in love! In July, they will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.

After the botanic garden, I took them to my gym. They were really impressed. Now if only the weight would start coming off since I go 4-5 days a week and work hard! After the gym, we went to Tommy V’s in Carlsbad. They had gone there the night before and they liked it so much they said they’d go back for lunch. I was planning to take them there, until they said they had dinner, but I was glad they wanted to go back. It was really good! I will definitely be going back, it’s so close to my office.

After lunch I took them to the Carlsbad Farmer’s Market. The Wednesday market is far better than the Saturday market! There were so many more tents and a wide variety of farmers to choose from. I got a bunch of fruits and veggies, and how sweet is my mom, she bought them for me! The just picked that day strawberries were AWESOME!

I took them back to my newly cleaned apartment to settle in and watch Oprah’s final show. It was a wonderful way for Oprah to end her show. I will definitely rewatch it.

For dinner we went to Rimel’s Rotisserie in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. It was a small place, but had good food and wine. It was a nice ending to a long day. I really enjoyed the time with my parents. They headed to my sister’s today through next week. My niece and nephew are both “graduating” from elementary and middle school respectively. Plus they have ball games all weekend. I’ll be heading to the games this weekend, so I’ll get to spend more time with my folks.

I’m really looking forward to the long weekend and spending time with the family. Just like Memorial Day weekend’s of the days of growing up!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m going to try and post a few more things as I’m able!

can i really call it a breakthrough?

Yes, I am questioning whether I had a breakthrough or not. I hopped on the scale on Tuesday and was down 2.5 lbs. from last week. I had been stuck on the same number for weeks. And I know why, I binge eat, and obviously the scale is not going to move when that happens. The funny thing is, is that I blew it last week. Ice cream was my calling of course. Oh, and some chocolate chip cookies. So, that’s why the question mark after breakthrough. Can I really call a 2.5 lb. loss a breakthrough, when I know I still ate crap? Physically, maybe it was, but mentally and emotionally, haven’t reached that point. And I only got 2 spin classes and 1 easy walk in last week.

I was watching the Biggest Loser (love the contestants this season!) and they are down to the final 4, and each of them talked about that breakthrough moment. That moment that changed the way they thought and approached their time on the ranch, and they then consistently put up the numbers they needed to stay on the ranch. So I know, there is really now way I can have a breakthrough after just a one week loss. True, it was 2.5 lbs. and I had been stuck at the same weight for like 6 weeks. But I don’t know if I deserved it. Maybe it’s all water weight? So, we’ll see next week where I’m at. And hopefully I can focus and not eat when I’m bored, not turn to food when I am disappointed, and just focus on me and activity that I need, and the fuel that I need to reach my goals.

I have one piece of advice to offer this week…do not buy eggs from a farmer’s market! I bought a dozen last weekend, thinking they would be fresher than any from Costco, and the seller said they were organic. Sure they may be fresh, but they are doing a number on my GI system! I know, I’m oversharing, but I don’t know why I feel sick after eating them. I cook them fully (overcook actually, I hate runny) for my omelet and a few hours later I’m not feeling so hot. I don’t know if it’s food poisoning or not, it’s not that bad. I just have to make sure there’s a restroom nearby. Also, I usually make the omelets with 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg (large size). With these eggs I’m just going with 2 eggs since they are XL sizes and organic. Maybe that is upsetting my stomach, the 2 yolks? I have no clue, I guess I should just watch whatever I eat and see how my body reacts. Maybe if I move away from the eggs for a few days? I hate the feeling I get and rushing to the restroom (especially at work) so I hope I can get this “issue” resolved quickly!

So now that I’ve provided you with TMI, and because I read a blog that talked about how to p**p at work (sorry I just couldn’t put that word on my blog!) what do you do when you don’t feel so good while at work? Do you tough it out? Does your work have a first aid/sick room? Do you ask for the rest of the day off?

I usually tough it out, unless I really don’t have much on my plate at work and can afford to take the rest of the day off. My office doesn’t have an area to go to when you’re not feeling well (aside from the restroom!). It would be nice to have a room with a table to lay down on for a little bit. Oh well, I guess it’s not elementary school!

Have a great rest of the week!

Watching: The Voice (still awesome! the battle rounds are brutal, everyone is so good!)

last night’s dinner: stuffed chicken breasts with goat cheese, spring onions, & thyme

I was expecting a lot from this recipe, especially since I LOVE goat cheese! I wasn’t going to make this recipe but I was at the Vista Farmer’s Market and saw spring onions, and knew I had to try this out. I also LOVE onions, and have never had, much less seen a spring onion (I don’t count scallions or green onions as spring onions)! Thankfully, the cookbook, Cooking Light‘s Cooking Through the Seasons, had some tips and a picture of spring onions. (Well, the sign at the market helped too!) I  really thought I was in for a treat. Now don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it didn’t blow me away. And it was a lot of work. You have to carmelize the onions, which takes like 25 minutes, and then reduce the sauce at the end which takes about 9 minutes (plus cooking the chicken for 10-15). Will I make this again? Maybe. I give this recipe 2 out of 4 stars.

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Spring Onions, and Thyme (link)

  • YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 2 teaspoons sauce)
  • COURSE: Main Dishes


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced spring onions (about 1 pound)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 6 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth


  • 1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to pan
  • cook 12 minutes, stirring frequently. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  • Combine onion mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cheese, parsley, milk, and thyme in a small bowl, stirring with a fork.
  • 2. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket; stuff 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each pocket. Sprinkle chicken evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes; turn chicken over. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
  • Remove chicken from pan; let stand 10 minutes.
  • Add wine to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until reduced by half (about 2 minutes). Add broth, and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 9 minutes).
  • Serve with chicken.

    Stuffed Chicken with a Salad

carlsbad eats: a series

There are so many new restaurants that have opened in the Carlsbad Village area, that I want to try them all. So I figured once a week or every other week, I’m going to try out a place and blog about it, take pictures and review my eats. And it won’t be limited to just the village area, but all of Carlsbad. I’ve taken Carlsbad Magazine (the May/June issue) and will randomly select a place to eat from the list when I’m heading out to eat. Not sure where my first place will be, but I have lunch with some girlfriends scheduled for this week, so that will be my first. Looking forward to sharing the wonderful restaurants around my town!

Some of my favorites I’ve frequented and I look forward to seeing in a whole new light!

ten things I know for sure

1. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~ Romans 8:1 We studied Romans 8:1-4 in my small group this week and this phrase stands out. It is so simple, yet so powerful.

2. I made the right decision concerning a job opportunity. Sometimes, when you turn something down, a better opportunity is just waiting around the corner.

3. I can lose the excess weight. I’ve done it before and I can do it again!

4. Spin class does get easier, which means I have to work that much harder.

5. I am darn smart.

6. That I have 8 months before I have to go to Hawaii (Maui), and I am committed to losing weight before then so I can have the time of my life (well, aside from the work part!) and not be concerned with how much I weigh.

7. Target carries good, comfortable, cheap shoes. They also have some super cute dresses!

8. I do my job better than anyone else, and I can take it to the next level and create my own career path at a company I love. I can show my value and impact the company in a positive way.

9. I can pay off my mountain of debt. Snowballin’ all the way, thanks to Dave Ramsey.

10. Love her or hate her or just plain sick of her, the world is gonna miss The Oprah Winfrey Show. Thank goodness I still have 29 DVR’d episodes to get through (plus the 8 new ones still left)!