Ezekiel bread

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Pilates (240 cals burned), Body Step (570 cals burned), and Body Flow (270 cals burned)

I used to eat nothing before working out in the morning.  I would just wake up, get dressed, head to the gym.  Then someone tipped me off that it’s not so great to workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach after you’ve been “fasting” for 6-8 hours.  So, I started eating a spoonful of almond butter before working out.

Then I started wondering if that was the best pre-workout snack…I looked around online and realized it’s not the greatest!  (since it’s high in fat, it’s harder for the body to digest before or during the workout).   After much research, I decided that a piece of toast with some sort of spread would be best for me.  I decided to try a bread that I’ve seen in blogland for quite a while now–Ezekiel bread!

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Lots of bloggers SWEAR by this flourless bread and for many, it’s the only bread their family eats, so I figured I’d give it a try.  Now, it comes frozen, so I researched the best method to have it, and many suggest just sticking it right in the toaster, which is what I did.  I also spread some Sabra hummus on top, and it was the perfect pre-workout snack!  🙂  The bread tasted normal to me, nothing outstanding or disgusting, but I know that it has added benefits, which are discussed here.

As for my post-workout fuel, I went with old faithful–a Sun Warrior chocolate protein shake.

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Later in the afternoon I had some more of my homemade red and black bean soup…yum!

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Later in the afternoon, I had a spoonful of Justin’s almond butter.  For dinner, we went to a mongolian grill place.  I got a mix of veggies, tofu, teriyaki sauce, and brown rice.

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Late night snacks were two-fold:  (1) 1/2 banana, 1TBSP Justin’s almond butter, coconut, and (2) slice of cake from Publix…again!  I’ve definitely fallen off the “no-dessert” AND the “minimal-dessert” wagon.  I’ve been in SUCH a dessert mood lately!  At least the rest of each day I’ve been on track.

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1TBSP Sabra supremely spicy hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • bowl of homemade soup
  • 1 TBSP Justin’s maple almond butter
  • bowl of grilled veggies, tofu, and brown rice
  • 1/2 banana, 1TBSP Justin’s maple almond butter, 1 TBSP coconut
  • slice of Publix cake

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overnight oats in a jar

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning class + Body Pump in the morning (745 cals burned), then Body Flow in the afternoon (250 cals burned)

Today I woke up hungry, so I ate a spoonful of almond butter before hitting the gym.  Afterward, I had a special treat in store for myself, haha.  Instead of my normal protein shake, I tried something new (to me).  Ever since entering the healthy living blogworld, I’ve read SEVERAL posts about either:  (1) overnight oats, (2) oats in a jar, dubbed OIAJ, or (3) overnight oats in a jar, dubbed OOIAJ.  Well, I had a near-empty jar of sunbutter that was just begging to be used for this experiment!

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My recipe (pulled from various bloggers):  1/3 C quick oats, 1/2 C almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana, few sprinkles of cinnamon.  Now, this was just my first attempt.  From what I read, it takes several attempts to get the consistency perfectly to your liking.  My result:

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At first, I thought it was kind of runny.  I’m used to the consistency of oatmeal, and this was much more “liquidy”.  After  a few bites, though, I got used to the consistency.  Overall, it was DELICIOUS!  Next time I might just do 1/3 C almond milk.  I will definitely be making OOIAJ again, though!  …or just plain old overnight oats, hehe.

Ok, later in the day I had another spoonful of almond butter, but I finished my Trader Joe’s jar and moved onto another jar of Justin’s Maple almond butter!  I am reunited with my one true love.  ❤  This is all getting very dangerous.  I think I am on the verge of a nut butter obsession.

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Tonight’s dinner included a night out with the gals at a local Greek/Lebanese restaurant that we’ve been meaning to try, and finally found the time to do so.   Although I didn’t take pictures, I had a delicious falafel platter and a piece of baklava for dessert.  The falafel was awesome, but sadly the baklava was a waste of my dessert calories!  Oh well, you live and you learn.  I had to at least try it.

Food i 8 today:

  • 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s almond butter
  • overnight oats in a jar (explained above)
  • red and black bean soup (recipe here)
  • 1 TBSP Justin’s almond butter
  • falafel platter
  • baklava
  • 1/2 Ghiradelli caramel square bar

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Black and red bean soup

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (740 cals burned)

Today’s eating begain with a spoonful of almond butter before heading to the gym to get my sweat on!  Afterward, I dove into a delicious protein shake.

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Then I decided it was HIGH time I make a batch of something bean-based to get me through the week.  I went with a recipe from allrecipes.com called Heddy’s Black and Red Bean Soup, mainly because I had a lingering can of red beans I needed to use up.  The recipe was super simple, and the end result was quite tasty!

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I wouldn’t say it was TO DIE for good, but it was good, and it’s hearty.  I would make it again.  I added the calories from all the ingredients together, and it comes to 1135 calories.  I split it into 6 portions, so each serving is roughly 190 calories.  Not too shabby!

Later in the afternoon, I had the last Garden Lite souffle I had stashed in the freezer.

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Then for dinner we hit up ANOTHER burger joint in town (we also went for burgers Saturday afternoon).  This time I went with a veggie pita and sweet potato fries, although I only ate half of the pita and less than half of the fries.  Big portions!

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Next up, yes…once again…I ate dessert!  😦  So naughty!  We went to Publix to pick up a RedBox movie, and I just couldn’t resist.  Well, at least it was delish!

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Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • bowl of homemade soup
  • Garden Lites souffle
  • 1/2 veggie pita + 1/2 order of sweet potato fries
  • slice of chocolate cake from Publix

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Crepe time!

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning (400 cals burned) + Body Attack Express (380 cals burned)

Today was busy, busy!  It began with a 5:30am alarm, 6am spin class, and a Body Attack class.  After the gym, I downed a protein shake on my way to campus.  I attended a 2-hour workshop, downed a Naked Green Machine juice, attended a presentation, wolfed down a Lara bar, and then joined in on an after-work happy hour (h2O on the rocks with a twist of lemon, please!)  hehe.

I was STARVING when dinner time rolled around.  We went out for sushi, and I ordered two rolls–an avocado and an avocado + peanut roll.  Delish!

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I was still a little low on calories after dinner since I burned so many calories at the gym today, so what better way to boost my food calorie count than with something sweet?!

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My husband and I split this banana, strawberry, whipped cream, and nutella crepe.  Sooooo good!  Now it’s Bachelor time.  😉

Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana, water, ice cubes (ran out of almond milk!)
  • Naked Green Machine juice
  • peanut butter cookie Lara bar
  • avocado roll + peanut avocado roll
  • 1/2 a dessert crepe

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Scale, let’s just get along…

Weight this morning: 131.8
Low weight: 128.6
Goal weight: 125
Height: 5’6″

Workout: none–rest day

Since I got back from my vacation on Monday I haven’t seen the scale dropping like I’m used to.  😦  I’ve been working out like a crazy woman, keeping my calories in check, and still it hasn’t really wavered.  Although I’ve had a few bad food choices mixed in there (some white bread, dessert, and pizza), I haven’t gone crazy with the junk at all.  Le sigh…here’s to a better week and getting along with the scale!

Even though I didn’t work out this morning, I still started the day with my favorite protein shake!

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Later in the morning we drove a couple hours to my husband’s family’s for lunch followed by a family photo session. The lunch was simple–soup and sandwiches.  After the photo session, we took my brother-in-law to dinner at Outback Steakhouse for his big 3-0!  Then, we made the drive back home.  I was feeling a little hungry, so I whipped up a banana + almond butter snack.

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And now I’m calling it a night!  I have an early spin class scheduled, so I need to start winding down soon.  Gotta get a good night’s rest!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spring mix, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana
  • bowl of vegetable and bean soup
  • slice of Publix white mountain bread + butter
  • slice of Publix vanilla glazed cake
  • Outback –> side salad with tangy tomato dressing + cup of creamy onion soup
  • 1/2 banana + 1 TBSP almond butter

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Not the best food choices…

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Pump (720 cals burned)

This morning started out healthful with a great workout and a protein shake.

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Then, while out running errands, we stopped for lunch at a burger joint.  And while I only ate half of this tasty veggie burger…

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…I also ate nearly half an order of cheese fries.  eeek!  It was too shameful to post a pic of the greasy, cheesy, fatty fries on here, haha.

After that naughty meal, I actually did alright with dinner.  We hit up Boston Market, and I just got two veggie sides and a piece of cornbread.

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But after we went to see Zero Dark Thirty (AWESOME movie…must-see!), I was a tad hungry, so this happened:

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In sum, while today did entail a big ‘ol white bread hamburger bun, greasy cheesy fries, and an ice cream cone, I didn’t go too crazy on the calories.  I guess that’s one positive!  Onward!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spring mix, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana
  • nearly 1/2 a cheese fries appetizer 
  • 1/2 veggie burger
  • Boston Market –> squash casserole, fresh mixed vegetables, cornbread
  • Dairy Queen kid size vanilla cone w/rainbow sprinkles

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Welcome to Moe’s!

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning class (400 cals burned)

I slept TERRIBLY last night.  I think it’s because I had my alarm set for 5:30am for spin class.  For some reason, knowing that I have that early alarm gives me some sort of anxiety.  I start thinking too much about falling asleep because I know I’m getting up early.  So, after an extremely restless night, I almost said “F-it” this morning and snoozed through my gym sesh, but I FORCED myself to get moving.  Uggh…I was not happy, but of course I was happy afterward.  Then I proceeded to nap for three hours.  🙂

So, at about 10am I finally ate something.  My protein brownie for breakfast!  Now, don’t get confused.  They’re not great.  They’re actually not really even good.  I’d label them “ok” still.

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Lunch today was a work one at a local restaurant where I ordered a salad and sandwich combo.  No pics, sorry!  But the salad was a delicious mix of greens, goat cheese, and pecans.  The sandwich was a “gourmet” PB&J, which tasted like a normal PB&J to me.

On the menu for dinner tonight…Moe’s!

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I went back for the tofu taco salad–so good!  Really hit the spot!  We had a bowling night with friends this evening, so I downed a bowl of oatmeal before going so that I wouldn’t be tempted by french fries and pizza at the alley.  I just got home from a great night of fun, but I’m feeling a little snacky, so I had a bagel thin with some cheese spread.  Great day!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein brownie
  • salad + 1/2 PB&J sandwich
  • mini Publix cookie
  • Moe’s tofu taco salad
  • oatmeal, almond butter, 1/2 banana
  • Thomas bagel thin + Laughing Cow cheese wedge

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Brownie for breakfast

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Pilates (320 cals burned), Body Step (520 cals burned), and Spinning (300 cals burned)

Today I woke up for an early Pilates class.  I’ve never tried Pilates, and with good reason.  My core is not the strongest (damn you, planks!), and I have zero flexibility.  Thankfully, they turned down the lights during the class, since I am surely the weakest link in Pilates.  At least I tried something new!

For breakfast…protein with a side of protein!

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Yes, having a brownie for breakfast seems a bit strange, but it’s a protein brownie!  I contemplated throwing away the entire batch yesterday since it’s not something sweet that I would look forward to each night (which was the whole purpose of baking them), but then I thought I could suffer through them for breakfast at least.  Not too bad on day #2, actually.

For lunch I had some hearty oatmeal with almond butter and banana.

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I was absolutely starving after my evening workouts, so we picked up a Marco’s mushroom pizza–yum!

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It really hit the spot.  I needed some fuel after all those workouts.  Yes, I should have had something a tad bit healthier to round out my day of excellent fitness, but I caved.  And it was delicious.

Food i 8 today:

  • protein bar
  • protein shake –> 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1/2 C kale, 1/2 banana, 3/4 C almond milk
  • 1/3 C oatmeal, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 banana
  • Kind bar
  • 3 slices of Marco’s mushroom pizza

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BBQ and…fro-yo, yes fro-yo!

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning class + Body Pump class (690 cals burned)

Today I downed my spoonful of almond butter before hitting the gym.  When I returned home, I downed a modified version of my typical protein smoothie (just the protein powder, almond milk, and sunbutter)…definitely not as delicious as my usual mix that includes kale and 1/2 a banana.  I’ll be going back to that tomorrow!

Lunch today looked much the same as yesterday.  An Amy’s veggie burger, 1/2 avocado, and salsa.

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Since I’m trying to be “good” and follow my rules during the day, I’ve been craving something sweet at night…kind of like a reward for myself.  Something to look forward to all day long to keep me on track.  So, in the early evening I attempted to bake something.  That something, in particular, was a recipe from Carrots ‘n’ Cake called Chocolate Chip Protein Bars.  Well, the only differences between my ingredients and hers are that I used a vegan protein, and I used the chocolate (instead of vanilla) flavor.  So, mine turned out looking more like brownies than chocolate chip bars.

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Aaaaaand mine were not quite at all as fluffy as hers!  The taste was fine…but not exactly “good”.  They were super thin and kind of moist still actually.  I think using whey vs. vegan, vegetable-based protein makes a bit of a difference in baking.  I’ll have to keep this in mind for future baking adventures.  My husband took one bite of his brownie and threw the rest away.  Baking fail…

In other news, tonight we checked out a new BBQ place in town, and I got a delicious side sampler (and my husband’s house salad).

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Sadly, I did not have a delicious, sweet dessert to come home to, so I caved and got $2.68 worth of fro-yo tonight.  Diet fail…

Good thing I’m still going crazy at the gym!  I’ll burn it off tomorrow, right?!

Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of TJ’s almond butter
  • protein shake –> scoop of Sun Warrior chocolate protein, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter
  • some of the batter for and one of my protein brownies (I tried to like them…)
  • BBQ dinner –> side salad w/house vinaigrette, 1/2 mac & cheese side, 1/2 broccoli side, 1/2 green beans side, 2 cheese potato wedges
  • FRO-YO!

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Fitness freak!

Weight this morning:  132.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow classes (710 cals burned)…then I went back for Zumba at night! (380 cals burned)

So today I went to THREE group fitness classes.   A little excessive, I know, but I’m trying to get back on track weight-wise, and my stress level is not the highest right now, so I figured it’s a good time to kick the fitness up a notch.  Also, the fitness challenge at the gym (who can attend the most classes in 8 weeks) is in full swing, and I can’t get behind! 🙂

This morning I started in the usual way–with a spoonful of almond butter before hitting the gym.  For my post-workout meal, I had a protein smoothie filled with kale, almond milk, sunbutter, banana, and Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder.  Yum…I look forward to this shake each day!

For lunch I tried a garden burger from Amy’s.

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I had a ripe avocado laying around, too, so I used a fun, new tool I got for Christmas to slice it up.

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The end result was a tasty and satisfying lunch.

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A little while later I snacked on some raw carrots and hummus.

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After my final workout I ate some Green Giant veggies…

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Followed by a toasted bagel thin with cheese…and then yes, a 1/2 cup of ice cream!  I need to find something else sweet to look forward to at night!  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C kale, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 3/4 C almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana
  • Amy’s veggie burger patty, 1/2 avocado, 2 TBSP Publix medium salsa
  • 4.4 oz raw carrots + 2TBSP hummus
  • Green Giant healthy vision mix (entire package)
  • Thomas whole wheat bagel thin + wedge of Laughing Cow cheese
  • 1/2 C Publix lowfat Royal Fudge ice cream

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