getting back to normal…

Helllllooooo!  I finished my deadline!!!!!!!!!  WooHoo!!!!!!!!  That means that I should be posting regularly again, until I go out of town this weekend…no promises then.  🙂  

THANK YOU ALL!!!! for the sweet comments on my blog yesterday!  Aww, you totally made my day and reinforced that I made the right decision for my body. I am constantly amazed at the support you all give and am truly appreciative of your thoughtful messages.  🙂  And you’re right, I made the decision for me and was totally secure with it before posting, I just love that you all recognized that and supported me fully.  So, THANK YOU!

Yesterday’s eats are not even worth mentioning.  I did have a lovely bowl of oatmeal as I was writing my tome about running, but it all went downhill (WAY downhill) from there.   My time in the office wound up being far longer than I anticipated (11 hours!  on Sunday!) so I found myself completely unprepared for meals.  I didn’t bother with pictures…you wouldn’t be interested.  Trust me.  I did manage to make it to my favorite Sunday YOGA class though (are you proud, Heather?!?!  🙂   ) so all was not lost.

I woke up early so that I could have extra time in the office before my submittal at 4pm.  Knowing that today was going to be extremely stressful I decided to treat myself with chocolate for breakfast…!   Well, healthy chocolate, in the form of PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams

Breakfast:  toasted Ezekiel muffin with 1-1/2 tbsp dark chocolate dreams PB and 1 cup of sliced strawberries…divine!

[336 cal]


This weekend, in the midst of my V-Day activities and crazy work schedule I found time to make a trip to the grocery store.   I was short on time so I decided to go to Harris Teeter instead of Whole Foods because it was closer, bigger, and had a better chance of being less crowded.  The trip was pretty exciting…I found two blog-famous items that I’ve never tried before, Arnold’s Sandwich Thins and Flat Out Wraps!!!  

Lunch:  veggie + hummus on a whole grain Flat Out Wrap

[176 cal]  I know this is really light, but I had intended on eating the snack below with lunch.  I just didn’t have time…


I was so busy today right at lunch, so I wolfed down the wrap and saved the rest of my lunch for a snack later.  The flat out wrap was REALLY good!  The shape is genius.  Seriously.  The texture was lighter than my typical whole wheat tortillas, and only 100 calories as compared to 130 calories.  So far, I’m impressed.  I’ve heard that the ingredients aren’t particularly thrilling, and I honestly don’t have the energy to get up and go to the kitchen to look at the back of the bag.  So I’ll report on that some other time.  🙂

Snack:  1 orange, 4 strawberries and 1/4 cup Fage 0%.

[156 cal]


Tonight I finally made it to another yoga class at the studio where I have an unlimited pass for the month. What timing.  I don’t think I could have picked a worse month to invest in an unlimited yoga pass!  My work schedule has just been way to crazy.  The class was awesome, I’m so impressed with both instructors that I’ve met at the studio.  It was a 90 minute Ashtanga class and I loved the pace and time taken to really get into poses.  We did lots of back bends and plank variations…I’m definitely going to feel it tomorrow.  There’s nothing like going to a class and having an instructor help you to improve your practice.  I feel like its worth the money not only for the class itself but for the added benefit I get when I practice on my own at home.  I’ve got lots of catch-up to do to make my pass purchase worth it, and I’m hoping that now that my deadline is over I will be able to make yoga a more regular part of my routine again.

Exercise:  90 minutes of Ashtanga

While I was at yoga my hubb started on dinner.  I picked out a recipe for Root Vegetable and Mushroom Pie with Rosemary Biscuit Topping out of this month’s issue of Bon Appetit.  When I walked in the door at our house I was hit by an aroma so amazing…a home cooked meal!  It had been way too long.  There was still a lot of work to do…this recipe is NOT a quick one, and I definitely don’t recommend it for week night cooking.  My hubb started when he got home at 6:45 and we didn’t eat until 9:15!  However, it was worth it.  SO worth it.  Just make it when you have LOTS of time and well before you anticipate getting hungry!

Dinner:  Root Veggie Pie with Rosemary Biscuit Topping

[446 cal]


We had to modify the recipe quite a bit because I was missing a few ingredients.  I have a terrible habit of not reading recipes thoroughly before going to the store…often missing ingredients and minor details such as the ridiculously long prep time.

Root Veggie Pie with Rosemary Biscuit Topping [modified from Bon Appetit, March 2009]

makes 6 servings

446 calories, 14.3g fat, 8.1g sat. fat, 65.2g carbs, 12.5g fiber, 15.2g protein



  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped to 1/2″ dice
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large parsnips, chopped to 1/2″ dice
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and cut to 1/2″ dice
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and cut to 1/2″ dice
  • 1/2oz dried shitake mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt + pepper


  • 2-1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk


  1. Bring broth to a boil over medium heat.  Add carrots, celery, parsnips, rutabega, turnip, mushrooms and onion.  Simmer until veggies are tender, about 7 minutes.  Drain, but reserve veggies and broth separately.
  2. Melt butter in same pot over medium heat.  Add garlic and rosemary and stir for 2 minutes.  Add flour, stir for 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in reserved broth, then soy milk and wine.  Cook until sauce is thick and reduced to 4 cups, whisking often, about 8 minutes.
  3. Mix in reserved vegetables and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer filling to a buttered 13x9x2-inch baking dish.  Preheat oven to 400* and bake until bubbling, about 60 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare biscuits by mixing flour, baking powder, rosemary and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add chilled butter and use fingertips to blend until mixture resembles course bread crumbs.  Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until dough is evenly moist.  Add more buttermilk if needed to make dough bind.
  6. Pull filling from oven when ready.  Drop biscuit dough onto hot filling by heaping tablespoonfuls.  Bake uncovered for an additional 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into biscuit comes out clean.


photo courtesy of my hubb



I also made my favorite drink using one of winter’s best fruits, the Meyer Lemon.  You know, in celebration of completing my deadline.  🙂


Bella Eats Lemon Drop Martini

makes 2 drinks, 300 calories each

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part limoncello
  • 1 part sour mix
  • 1/2 part simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Just shake it all up with ice and enjoy!


And…its bed time.  Or, at least, reading a good book in bed time.  🙂  I hope you all have a great Tuesday!


32 responses to “getting back to normal…

  1. Congratulations on meeting your deadline! I am so glad you celebrated with a delicious homemade meal and lemony drink. Delicious!

    I love and miss yoga class. I’ve been doing them for free online for so long now and I miss the environment of a studio and a class and the feeling that you’ve improved that you spoke of.

  2. I’m glad you met your deadline!
    Your husband takes amazing pictures!

  3. I would eat every single thing you posted and LOVE it. You should have invited me over for dinner 😉

    I see a FlatOut pizza in your future…

  4. Congrats on meeting your deadline! The drink you made looks amazing and so does your dinner!!

  5. Hahaha, I like how go to Harris Teeter for convenience and usually go to WF. By contrast, I went to “The Hairy Teet” pretty much for everything, and WF just to eat the samples when I was hungry and out with friends. Oh, student life!

    Glad that HT had good products though. I miss it SO MUCH!

    Good job finishing up your work deadline!

  6. Congrats on meeting your deadline! I’m sure you’re too relieved for words!

  7. WELCOME BACK!! Hell yes for finishing the deadline, and for delicious eats 🙂

  8. Yay! Congrats on meeting your deadline! I didn’t get a chance to comment yesterday but so glad you decided to do what was right for you and change your training. 🙂 YOU ROCK!

  9. Yah for your deadline being over!! and yay for yoga! Enjoy that pass!

  10. CONGRATS!! Love the strawberries – so glad they’re starting to come in 🙂

    That dinner and drink look perfect!

  11. My goodness – everything in this picture looks so good, I don’t even know what to comment on. Ok – I picked one – Love the pic the hubb took of the vegetables. That display is just beautiful!

    Hooray for kicking that deadline’s butt.

  12. I am really interested in trying Ashtanga!! I’m glad you enjoyed the class!

    Be sure to check out my blog today for this week’s BSI ingredient!

  13. Congrats on getting past your deadline!!! That has to feel good.

    I did some Yoga in my living room yesterday (about 40 mins of vinyasa from a DVD) and my arms are so sore this morning that it was hard to hold up the hair dryer this morning. lol!

    Have a wonderful tuesday.

  14. Hooray for your deadline being met…and being over! So glad you survived and got in your Sunday yoga. 🙂 I’m hoping you can fit in more yoga now as well. I love reading about your classes, and I really like it when the teacher adjusts me too. Even a slight adjustment while holding a pose can make such a huge difference. A lot of people say they don’t like to be touched in class, but sometimes, I just want to raise my hand and say, “Am I doing this right? Help me, please!”

    Love Flatout wraps. I gave up on reading the ingredient list…they’re just so good. 🙂

    Root Veggie Pie…beautiful. You’re amazing!

  15. you have totally inspired me to go pick up some vodka. 😉 I want to make a fun drink like that!

    and the root veggie pie with biscuit topping – wowzers.

  16. yay for meeting your deadline!!! now you can relax!!!

    and omg i want all your foods…

  17. YUM! That martini looks so refreshingly fab!

  18. Love the drink – and that root veggie recipe!! It’s going into my “to cook” springpad 🙂

  19. Yay for meeting your deadline! You deserved that drink!

  20. good job meeting the deadline!

    the dinner and drink look great

  21. The fage looks like cool whip! Mmmm!

  22. Congrats on your deadline! That root veg. recipe looks like it was worth the time/effort (espcially since the hubb did it…). I’ve so impressed with how it came out! I would have made a mess of it. Yum! 🙂

  23. Congrats on meeting the deadline! You definitely deserve a break now!

    Lucky you with hubbs cooking that amazing dinner! I’m totally jealous!

  24. Congratulations!!!

    Ooo, love the chocolate breakfast…I had some for breakfast too…and lunch 😉

    Mmm, fabulous dinner!

  25. Congrats on meeting your deadline!! 🙂 🙂

    Yuummy eats for sure!! Thank you for posting the recipe to that amazing dinnner too:)

  26. LOVE the martini!!

  27. that pie looks AMAZING. i am adding it to my list of recipes right now — thanks for sharing!

    i’m so glad you survived the deadline. way to go!

  28. Oooo that pie looks so good, and I LOVE pretty martinis. Glad you’re able to get back to normal for a while!

  29. Lovely eats! Chocolate & strawberries are a fantastic combination 🙂

  30. Pingback: just can’t get enough… « bella eats

  31. Pingback: Healthy and Sane » Blog Archive » Act, don’t react

  32. Andrea, I made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for warning us about the long cooking process. I’m really bad with stuff like that too and was happy that I was mentally prepared for it. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s