Mini goal

Weight this morning:  130.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Morning – Body Pump + quick treadmill jog (330 cals burned)
Afternoon – Body Step (490 cals burned)

BLOG CHANGE!  I’m going to start listing my workouts at the top of the blog each day, right after the weight summary.  Ok?  Ok!  Small change, but it it makes is easier for me when I go back to look at my progress.

Now for a small goal I’m setting.  I went back over my posts and found that in my first month, I failed to count calories for 5 days.  In my second month of blogging, I’ve failed to count calories for 7 days already!  Why did I not count calories those 12 days?  2 tailgates, 3 wedding-related days, 1 baby shower, 2 days at my parents’, 2 Thanksgiving days, and 2 days just having fun w/the hubs, eating whatever and enjoying every minute.  As you can see, when it comes to fun events with friends and family, I go a little crazy on the food.  I’m really OK with having these days every now and then and with not being so strict on calories to enjoy these moments called LIFE.  But, I don’t want it to get out of control either.  So, my small goal is to count calories every day until my 2-month blogging anniversary on December 8th.  Done!

Alright, on to the FOOD!  I started today with my usual veggies and hummus, but was feeling hungry pretty early, so I dined with my new best friend–AMY!

Haha, I’m such a nerd.  Anyway, this is basically the “light and lean” version of the burrito I had from Amy’s on Monday.  Monday’s was better.  Hands down.  And only 10 calories more!  So, I’d stick with the smaller, plastic wrapped burritos by Amy’s, not these that come in the box.

Following my afternoon workout, I downed one of these:

Then had a little bit of this (yes, more Green Giant veggie love):

And a little bit of that:

And ended the night with this delicious “healthy dessert” I discovered last night and was so excited to eat again:

Mashed banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes–yum!  Here’s the list and cals (below).  The freakin’ weeken’ is almost here, woohoo!  It’s going to be a fun one for me!!!

  • scoop of almond butter pre-workout
  • broccoli, carrots, + hummus
  • Amy’s bean and cheese burrito + 2TBSP Publix medium salsa
  • Naked Green Machine juice
  • Green Giant Healthy Vision frozen veggies (entire package)
  • Publix whole wheat mountain bread + butter
  • banana, almond butter, coconut deliciousness


Green Giant, I love thee

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Today began with a treadmill jog and Body Pump class (455 cals burned).  Then, I dove into the leftovers from yesterday’s couscous.

Yum!  Still pretty tasty on day 2.  Now let’s talk a little about veggies.  Today I had two kinds.  First, my raw, “fresh” veggies with hummus–a staple in my diet:

Then, I had some Green Giant frozen veggies:

I really love several of the Green Giant frozen veggie varieties, and I often turn to them for a quick, easy, and delicious veggie serving (or two, since I eat the entire package myself!).  Anyway, it got me thinking about whether frozen veggies are truly as nutritional as fresh.  I conducted the only scientific research I knew how:  I googled it!  Turns out, fresh is better, but frozen is not a bad alternative at all.  At least this site agrees.  You can check it out of you want the details, but the bottom line is, especially during the colder months, frozen vegetables are as good an option as fresh.  Go Green Giant–woohoo!

Later in the evening I tried a DELICIOUS new snack.  I started with these ingredients:

I mashed the banana in the skin before opening, then peeled and placed it into a bowl, mashed it a little more, added 2 TBSP of almond butter, and then zapped it in the microwave for 20 seconds.   Then I added 2 TBSP of coconut flakes on top.

omg, it was YUM!  Like, surprisingly yum.  Like, this can satisfy any sweet craving yum.  To give credit where credit is due, the inspiration for this snack came from another blog (Carrots ‘n’ Cake) here.  (scroll to the very bottom to see the inspiration)  Anyway, this will continue to be a delicious snack option for me.  I ended the night with two slices of heaven:

Publix whole wheat mountain bread + butter!  Alright, here’s all the food i 8 today and the calorie count:

  • scoop of almond butter before the gym
  • broccoli, carrots, + hummus
  • couscous leftovers
  • 1/2 can Amy’s black bean soup
  • Green Giant Healthy Vision mix frozen vegetables (entire package)
  • banana, 2TBSP almond butter, 2TBSP coconut snack
  • 2 slices Publix whole wheat mountain bread + butter

carb cravings

Weight this morning:  131.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

The scale is going in the wrong direction…grrr!  Maybe it’s all that holiday food finally catching up with me.  Maybe it’s the fact that I ate somewhere around 80% of my calorie intake in the evening yesterday.  Maybe it’s this stupid new scale that refuses to go DOWN.  Maybe it’s just me!

I started this morning with a Body Attack class (380 cals burned) and a light treadmill jog (100 cals burned).  When I got home I snacked on some raw veggies and hummus.  I’m slightly obsessed w/Sabra’s Roasted Red Pepper hummus right now.  SO GOOD!

Later in the day I cooked up this little gem that I picked up at TJ Maxx for 3 bucks!

I was a little worried about all the spices being too much for me, but the flavor was actually very light and not too overwhelming at all.  I would definitely buy this again–yum!

I went back to the gym this afternoon for a little Zumba action (350 cals burned), and they actually had Papa Johns PIZZA they were giving away for free at the gym!  Ahhh the temptation!  I ended up saying no, but still having a carby-bread craving, so I swung by Publix on my way home and picked up a family favorite:Yep, it’s Publix 100% whole wheat mountain bread.  THE BOMB!  I ended up asking the bakery to slice up just 1/2 a loaf for me, and I’m glad I did because tonight I ended up eating half of this 1/2 loaf!  I couldn’t stop myself!  So, now of course I feel bloated and yucky, oy vey!  I also paired the bread with another of Amy’s soups.

That’s about all the action from today.  Here’s the official list and calories:

  • broccoli, carrots, and hummus
  • couscous mix (pictured above)
  • apple + 2TBSP  hummus
  • 1/2 a can of Amy’s black bean vegetable soup
  • toooo much Publix whole wheat mountain bread + butter
  • some scoops of almond butter

All hail, Wikipedia!

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Today began with a 3.5 hour…drive home (no, not a marathon run).  I drove in my workout clothes and headed straight to the gym when I got into town.  I did 45 minutes of cardio (460 cals burned), consisting of a treadmill run, the elliptical machine, and the step machine.  And it felt good.

Then I finally went home, unloaded my car, got ready to teach, ate a little of this (wholly guac + salsa + carrots), and then headed to campus to teach.  I ended up running into some other grad students after class that I hadn’t seen in a while since we were all away for the holiday, and I left school a lot later than I expected.  I was super hungry!  I needed to do some grocery shopping, but I really hate to shop while I’m starving, so I picked up a little something at The Fresh Market while I was there buying almond butter.

mmmm, it’s a Heath cookie.  And it. was. divine.  Especially for this hungry gal!  I then proceeded to Publix where it was crazy busy and picked this up for dinner:

Now, I have a pretty packed week ahead of me, and I’m going back out of town on Friday, so I wasn’t really in the mood to make a large batch of some bean dish.  Instead, I went into Publix on a mission to find a black bean or garden veggie burger (frozen variety) since I’ve never tried one before.  But when I looked at the options (mostly Morningstar and Boca), the ingredients lists were a little too long and strange for my liking.  So, I stuck with a brand I know and love–Amy’s.  Although they don’t have any frozen burger patties (at my store), I did find some burrito options from them.  The ingredients list was short and understandable, it’s still an easy dinner, and I’m getting my bean protein!  The burrito was actually delish.

Yes, I added some Publix salsa on top, which made it that much more delightful.  I would highly recommend these little frozen burritos if you ever need a quick, cheap, frozen dinner that isn’t too terrible for you and is tasty, too.

Alright, here’s all the food i 8 today (along with the cals below):

  • wholly guacamole packet + 2TBSP salsa + dip chip carrots
  • 20 lightly salted almonds
  • Keurig chai tea latte
  • Heath cookie
  • Amy’s bean burrito + 2TBSP salsa
  • Green Giant creamed spinach (entire package)
  • Instant oats + 2TBSP almond butter + 1/2 a banana


OK, now onto the reason for the title of my post.  Today I was using Wikipedia (like I do almost daily), and they had a little banner at the top asking for donations.  I have seen these banners before, but this one roped me in!

Dear Wikipedia readers: We are non-profit, but also the #5 website in the world. With 450 million monthly users, we have costs like any top site: servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help. To protect our independence, we’ll never run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations averaging about $30. If everyone reading this gave $5, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, please take one minute to keep it online another year. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you, from the Wikimedia Foundation.

So, I decided to donate $5, and I’m glad I did.  It took 2 minutes–they link right up to your Amazon or Paypal account, if you have one.  I use this website so often, and I truly believe in how much good it’s doing for people all over the world to help everyone gain knowledge, that I had to support it.  The foundation sent a very nice email to me after I donated the measly 5 bucks.  I pasted it below.  It’s a little long, so I understand if you don’t have the time to read it, but it’s a pretty good cause.  It helps people stay informed on a wide variety of topics, and I’m sure we can all agree it’s been pretty useful in our lives.  If you have 5 bucks to spare, I think it’s money well-spent!

Dear xxx (me–it’s a secret!),

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It’s easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I’m really glad you didn’t. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills — people like you giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it’s not perfect, they know it’s written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody’s PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that’s not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don’t know Wikipedia’s run by a non-profit. Please consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage them to donate too. And if you’re interested, you should try adding some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add it. There are resources here that can help you get started. Don’t worry about making a mistake: that’s normal when people first start editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we’ll use your money well.



Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation

o-m-g full

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

It’s been a while since I’ve felt incredibly, uncomfortable, oh-my-goodness full.  I was SO GOOD during the two Thanksgiving meals I ate.  I kept my eating mindful and stopped before I got any feeling of discomfort.  Today was a different story.

It started with some not-so-nutritious bar food.  My husband’s beloved NFL team’s game was not televised on our local channels today, so we headed to a bar to watch it.  Well, I was really doing a little football-watching, and a lot of work.  Yes, I was the nerd at the bar with a laptop!

We ate MORE pizza today while watching the game.  It was a nice, light thin-crust variety though.  Not too heavy at all.  Pretty good for bar food!  I also snagged some cheese fries off my husband’s plate (this is a theme of this past week–he’s ordered way too many fries, and I’ve eaten way too many off his plate!)

The rest of the day consisted of a Sam’s Club trip for some tire work, some more football-watching, a few Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix and packing up for my drive home in the morning!  Oh, and then I had the BRILLIANT idea to hit up one of my favorite soup, salad, and bread buffets in town.  Yes, I said BUFFET…eek!  This is where I lost control.  I started with this:

And ended with this:

And I had waaaaay too many plates of other delicious food in between.  So, all hopes of counting my calories went out the door (pretty much from the moment “buffet” popped into my head), but here’s the official list of the food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 a thin crust mushroom pizza + some cheese fries
  • BUFFET (the amount of bread i 8 is insane):
  • salad
  • vegetable soup
  • small slice of foccacia bread
  • 1/2 piece of cornbread
  • 2 slices of cheese bread
  • 2 mini pumpkin muffins
  • 1 mini blueberry muffin
  • small serving of mac & cheese
  • small serving of a garlic whole wheat pasta dish
  • molten lava chocolate cake + vanilla ice cream
  • more molten lava chocolate cake b/c it was THAT good

I’m uncomfortably full right now.  ugh.  I knew I would feel this way, but I just felt the urge to have one last hoorah before I start “being good” tomorrow.  Smart thinking, genius!  Anyway, I can’t even think about the calories, just gotta think about having a GOOD, CLEAN week.  Back atcha tomorrow!

It’s not delivery

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Today started out with a…pedicure.  🙂  No, not a workout, hehe.  Then we proceeded to have an early lunch at a BBQ place.  The sides at this place were not all that exciting,  sadly, so I ended up with a side salad w/lite ranch, green beans that ended up having meat in them, so I only ate a few, and quite a few nibbles of fries off my husband’s plate.

This afternoon consisted of some college football-watching and this:

Yes, we are slightly obsessed with this variety of DiGiorno.  Sooooo good!  I mean, if we have to go frozen (…and not delivery), we def go DiGiorno.  I’m not going to say this tops a fresh pie, but it’s pretty darn delicious!

Later in the evening we got some sushi.

And then we went to see the movie “Silver Lining”.  Yes, I dragged my husband along.  I loved it, and he “really liked it”–success!  It was a different kind of chick flick that I think a lot of men might appreciate.

Ok, here’s all the food i 8 today:

  • BBQ lunch –> side salad w/lite ranch dressing, green beans, french fries
  • 1/3 of the spinach and mushroom DiGiorno pizza
  • 12 pretzels
  • sushi –> most of the avocado roll + a few pieces of the sweet potato roll
  • M&M cookie (had to sneak this in for my movie snack!)

the feasting continues…

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

i 8 a LOT of food today.  🙂  and i didn’t take any pictures.   and i didn’t exercise.  😦

  • Mimi’s Cafe breakfast –> the fitness omelette, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1/2 of a pancake of my husband’s plate
  • Tropical Smoothie snack –> a few sips of my husband’s smoothie, two itty bitty cookies
  • 2nd Thanksgiving feast w/other side of the family –> sweet potato casserole (da BOMB…2 servings), green bean casserole (2 servings), mac & cheese, corn, one dinner roll
  •  toooooo much dessert –> one slice pudding pie, 2 slices pumpkin pie, fro-yo (WHAAAAT? did I really NEEEED fro-yo after all that?  no!)

So yes, I ate waaaay too much today–way more than my body needed, way more than my normal calorie intake–but I was on a roll.  I know I’ll tighten back up Monday when I’m back on schedule.  It’s been fun to let go and enjoy so much delicious food.  Here’s to livin’ it up–BIG FEAST style!

The FEAST: Then vs. Now

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

This morning we started the day off right with a 20-minute run/walk (200 cals burned) and then drove to my in-laws’ house.

Since the focus of this blog is…well, FOOD…I decided to look into what the original Thanksgiving feast looked like, way back in 1621 and compare it to what we eat today.  So, I gathered some information on what historians believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate during that first November feast.  My very scientific research (googling) lead me to the following conclusions…

Main dish
Then: rabbit, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, venison, mussels, lobster
Now: turkey, almost exclusively

Side items
Then:  beans, carrots, eggs, corn, cabbage, radishes, pumpkin, grapes
Now:  stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato (casserole), green bean (casserole), cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, cornbread/rolls

Then: ummm almost all of my “sources” agree that no sugar was left over from the Mayflower voyage, so there was not a SINGLE pie at the original feast
Now:  pumpkin pie, apple pie, cakes, cookies

Then:  only water
Now:  wine, beer, cocktails

It was pretty interesting to read all about the original Thanksgiving feast and how much our dishes have evolved through time.  Gosh, I love all this food talk!  Speaking of which, on to the food (drinks) i 8 (drank) today:

  • a Mich Ultra and 2 glasses of red wine
  • my vegetarian “side sampler” plate (didn’t stop to take a pic today, sorry), filled with a little bit of:
  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • watergate salad –> have you had this?  my sister-in-law made it, and I am OBSESSED!!!  It combines lots of things I love!
  • mac and cheese
  • green bean casserole
  • scalloped potatoes
  • iced pumpkin bread…maybe I had two big slices, so so good!
  • dessert –> very thin slice of apple pie and a helping of a pumpkin pie-type casserole

Sorry friends, no calorie-counting today.  Tomorrow we’re off to have another food-filled day (and zero exercise), but I deserve it dammit!  🙂  Yay for FEASTS!

Dinner show fun!

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!!  Today I headed back to the local YMCA for my “official” free day guest pass, and I checked out a spinning (cycling) class.  It. was. intense.  450 cals burned in 45 minutes.  It was awesome to feel that burn!  After the class, I walked/jogged on the treadmill for about 20 minutes (200 cals burned).  Food-wise, I started my day with 1/2 a jug of Naked’s Green Machine juice, followed by my sweet potato and corn leftovers from yesterday’s BBQ adventure.

Yes…the Sobe water addiction continues, even when I’m away from home!  🙂

This evening we went to a “dinner show” of sorts–a very touristy attraction.  We played around in the gift shop before the show began. 

I knew going in that they only had one vegetarian option, a veggie lasagna, which is pretty carb-heavy and the dinner started at 8:30pm, so I told myself beforehand that I was only going to eat about 3/4 of it (sorry for the dark photo).  There was also mention of cake for dessert, so I saved some cals to eat the entire piece.  Priorities!  Turns out, it wasn’t that great so we stopped at McDonald’s for ice cream after, hehe.

Okie, here’s all the food i 8 today, followed by the calorie count.

  • 1/2 bottle of Naked Green Machine juice
  • leftover sweet potatoes and corn
  • leftover eggplant parmigiana (thanks again, mom!)
  • vegetable lasagna
  • cake
  • McDonald’s vanilla ice cream cone

BBQ + Chipotle

Weight this morning:  129.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

This morning I went to a local YMCA for a free day guest pass.  Fortunately, the lady at the front desk was so busy that she started to ask for my drivers license and then whispered, “Just go ahead–I don’t really have time to do this right now.”  Score!  I was a couple minutes late, but decided to jump in on a “conditioning” class that involved lots of burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks with hand weights, and planks (415 cals burned).  I really enjoyed it!  Then I canceled out all that hard work with a BBQ lunch!

Even as a vegetarian, I actually love going to BBQ joints because they always have fun side options, so I usually just order a side sampler.  Today I went with the roasted corn, mashed sweet potatoes, and a big ol’ hunk of cornbread. I decided to just eat HALF of each thing I ordered.  Oh, and maybe I stole a couple (10) fries off my husband’s plate!  After lunch I went on a long, brisk walk around the neighborhood (200 more cals burned) and then did some work.

For dinner, I had a major Chipotle craving (OBSESSED w/their guac!), so we stopped in at a nearby Chipotle and got our food to-go so we could get back to the house to continue watching Breaking Bad on Netflix (kind of obsessed with this show right now, too).  Welp, when we got back to the house, my husband noticed the bag was all wet at the bottom, meaning my salad likely leaked.  When he tried to reach in to pull out our food, the bottom split open and my salad opened up and splattered all over the sidewalk!  I’m guessing I still ended up with over half of the meal, but it was equally funny and annoying.

Overall, I satisfied my Chipotle craving, even though the bag rip was not fun!  Ok, here’s the list of all the food i 8 today (calorie “guesses” pasted below):

  • 1/2 order of fire roasted corn
  • 1/2 order of mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 piece of cornbread
  • 10 fries + ketchup
  • leftover black bean burger (patty only, tossed the bread) from last night’s vegan restaurant
  • leftover eggplant parmigiana (delish–thanks MOM!)
  • Chipotle salad (lettuce, black beans, pico, verde salsa, guacamole)
  • a couple of pre-packaged cookies that were laying around the house

One more day of being good until the FEAST that is Thanksgiving!  Woohoo–get excited!!!