Happy Dance Thursday

Hey loves!

Welp, I survived my first week on the night shift!*
*happy dance for making it through and then another happy dance for having the energy to happy dance in the first place.

And I have a few other things I’m happy dancing over this week:

1. Cottage Cheese

Or more importantly, rediscovering my love for cottage cheese! Not really sure why, but I go through these phases where I totally forget all about it. There I am just loving on my Greek yogurt while poor CC sits in a cold dark (ok, so they’re not so dark…work with me, it’s all for the imagery) freezer in the grocery store. So sad.

Well, over the last couple of weeks, CC and I have been meeting up for breakfast*
*Seriously, what is it with me and dating my food?

With a cinnamon raisin English muffin topped with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon,  topped with blackberries and one of my favorite granolas, topped with raspberries, almonds, and coconut, and finally topped with a berry mix and something NEW!

I finally got around to trying the Uber Larabar from my Blend Retreat swag bag this morning…a little on the sticky side but not bad…I really can’t wait to try the Bananas Foster flavor next!

But back to CC…he and I haven’t only been starting our days together…

Last night, as I rummaged around the kitchen trying to think of what eats to pack for work, I had a stroke of genius:

Say hello to my gorgeous friend!

Let’s break down the layers: red quinoa, CC, chickpeas, diced zucchini and some of this:

Stumbled over this guy when I was shopping for my Foodie Pen Pal last week and I’m already halfway through the jar!

Topped with a little Italian seasoning, this 377 calorie bowl hit the spot and kept me full for hours!

And now you’re probably wondering where the whole calorie count plug came from. Well, allow me to explain:

2. My Fitness Pal 

Remember when I said in this post…a follow up to this post, that I was making some changes to help myself get back on track and feel in control again? Well, after hearing so many of my bloggy buddies using myfitnesspal.com for their Fitmixer Bootcamp, I decided to have a little look-see.

I’ve never had good luck in the past with calorie counting. I can’t help it, but I have a very OCD kind of personality (like I seriously would have have had a breakdown midway through a run when the treadmill or my Garmin stopped working). Once I realize I can know all the numbers, I HAVE to know all the numbers…know what I mean? Well, that flaw has brought on some pretty scary feelings in the past when I’ve tracked my diet. I become obsessed…like down to the last teaspoon of condiment on my *insert food here*…I have to know how many calories, how much fat, how many…*gasp* SUGARS!!!

That being said, I’m happy to say I’ve been using My Fitness Pal for two weeks now to track my diet and exercise and I haven’t once felt any freak out/weirdo moments and I think I know why…

I’m connected with friends who provide me endless motivation (if Lindsay can burn 389 calories doing 84 minutes of cardio, I can get up and do SOMETHING!), and the added bonus of stalker privileges…hey, sometimes I get bored at work at 3am!

And you can seriously count anything as exercise…the other day I saw that there’s an entry for ice fishing! Lol

Entering food is FUN with the easy barcode scanning option…you don’t even have to search the database for a food, just hit a button and scan the barcode with your phone…BAM instantly entered!

And lastly, I get to nurture the OCD a bit with colorful graphs…the 5 year old in me attributes it to getting a sticker after being good all day in school! 😉

I waiver a bit on the carbs and fats but man do I know how to get in my protein!

But I can’t just thank CC for that, because there is a third thing that elicited a happy dance this evening…

3. The return of PANCAKES!

But not just any pancakes…Lean Green POWERCAKES!

After drooling over Kasey’s delicious creations week after week on Instagram, I FINALLY got around to making my very first powercake today and it was sooooooo good!

Definitely take a look at her powercake recipes…I hear from a VERY GOOD source that the pumpkin roll is a must try!

But for now, how about one more look at this beauty?

Topped with thinned Razzle Dazzle PB, raspberries, and a dusting of cocoa powder!

Only 346 calories! 😉

 *happy dance*

 Any recent discoveries or RE discoveries have you dancing this week?

Have you ever used a calorie tracking program?

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