A Pumpkin-Themed Tuesday

No recap from Monday (lots of driving back to the city, lots of traffic), but I did have a lovely 6 mile run at 9:05/mile pace. Slower than I used to run, but I was super happy considering the circumstances. I finally feel like my IT band/hamstring problems (going on 9 months now…) might be starting to subside. Fingers crossed…

I’m not sure why I scheduled a dentist appointment for 8:30am on the day after a long weekend, but I did. Although I didn’t sleep that well last night (what is up with me lately?), a cup of coffee and a banana made me feel slightly more alert.

Quick breakfast

I subway-ed it downtown to my dentist’s office. An hour later, the dentist announced that my teeth and gums were in perfect health. Yay! When I was younger I always had this irrational fear of cavities. Whenever it was time to go to the dentist, I would convince myself that I was going to have to get my teeth drilled. I even remember a few crying fits. Oh 8-year-old Megan…Anyway, my fears always proved to be baseless. I guess I was just a weird kid.

Once I got to the office I was a pretty hungry lady. I devoured the remains of a Stonyfield Oikos greek yogurt tub and some delicious Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Granola. This granola is like crack. It’s nearly impossible to stick to a 3/4 cup serving size. Um, let’s double that.

yogurt

After a morning of work (why is it SO hard to go back after a long weekend?), I made a quick visit to my gym during the lunch hour. 30 minutes on the elliptical and a shower later, I was back at my desk and ready for lunch.

I was lucky enough to squirrel away the leftover grilled veggies and roasted ranch potatoes from the cookout my fam had on Sunday. I topped some mixed greens with the leftovers and then added feta, chopped egg, whole grain croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette from the cafe. This was the perfect way to use up leftovers AND get fun extras from the office salad bar. Yay! I’m not sure my tupperware does this pile ‘o veggies justice – this salad “bowl” probably weighed 2 lbs…

leftovers salad

All of that fiber filled me up, so I wasn’t super hungry for an afternoon snack. However, I knew I was going to be in the office late (~8pm), so I snagged a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks around 4:30pm. I ordered a tall, non-fat pumpkin spice latte with one less pump than usual. Two pumps of syrup (vs 3) is the perfect amount to me – just sweet enough!

pumpkin spice latte

After finishing up a long day, but productive day at work, I headed home. I was tired and wanted to watch my new Gossip Girl DVD ASAP, so dinner was a quick tasting plate: leftover guacamole, Kashi crackers, sliced apple, 2 Tbs peanut butter. The Kashi crackers reminded me of triscuits, but not as good. Bleh. I think they need more salt.

tasting plate

Finally, finally I settled down to enjoy some Gossip Girl season 2 (thank goodness for Netflix) and half a slice of dark chocolate-peanut butter cake. This yummy dessert was featured in the cafeteria today and since it’s so decadent I split it up into two pieces. Can’t wait to finish the rest tomorrow!

chocolate cake

Question: Do you have a can’t-miss TV show? I’m a HUGE Gossip Girl fan and I’m also excited to start watching Glee (season 1 begins tonight at 9pm!)

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  • When I was in college, Dawson’s Creek was my ‘do not miss’ show and I watched it religiously! Nowadays, I usually watch reruns of Friends, Jeopardy or Law & Order re-runs. Sad, but true.

    I totally agree that 3 pumps of syrup is a bit much at Starbucks. Yay for the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!! 🙂

  • You should try a Pumpkin Spice American – 1 pump of syrup, 1 Americano = ~ 50 calories for a Tall! And it’s delish!

  • I can’t miss Gossip Girl either. Or 24 (which isn’t back until January, bummer!) This post has me craving ANYTHING pumpkin!

  • Lizzy

    i wish i watched gossip girl so bad! i’m goig to start renting the dvd’s so i can catch up asap! 🙂

    Glad the dentist went well, i hate going too! haha but who doesnt

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  • Rinnie

    OMG I am so excited about Glee!!! I set my DVR to record the whole season!. I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fans as well as So You Think You Can Dance. I love pumpkin too! Though I prefer it in bread or pie form.

  • Love all your pumpkin foods! I have a fear of going to the dentist and them saying I need to be drilled too! But they are always perfect!
    LOVE Gossip Girl, can’t wait for this season to continue on!

  • Jen

    I’m so excited for Glee! Joe will be so proud of us!

  • Evan Thomas

    Pumpkin is a great theme for any day in my opinion

  • mmm pumpkin spice lattes. however, my fave is the gingerbread. i can’t for that and Glee to come out! woowoo! i will have to watch Glee on hulu however because i still don’t have a TV 🙁

    mmmm, lovin that huge salad!