Little Hiatus

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump

Hello again!  I can’t seem to wipe the smile off my face from officially completing all the steps necessary to get my PhD yesterday–wooohooooo!

Anyway, tomorrow I am headed home to go on a 2-week road trip with my family in my parents’ RV up the east coast to visit family in New Jersey.  I can’t wait to hit the road!

Now, as for the blog.  Let me get a few things off my chest…

(1) I started the blog to try to keep myself accountable and to stay on track with eating “right”/healthily.  Welp, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon.  While I haven’t gained some ridiculous amount of weight or anything, I have clearly been having days filled with unhealthy food choices (i.e., beer, pizza, chips, dessert…).  So, I’ve veered off course in my daily healthy eating habits (there were some good days mixed in there).

(2) Life has been filled with fun activities lately!  I’m moving this month as well and starting a new tenure-track assistant professor position in August, teaching at a big ol’ university.  While these have been exciting times, they’ve also been very much non-structured.  I’ve had so many going away events, dinners, lunches, drink-fests, BBQs.  My kitchen stuff has been packed up for weeks, so I’ve eaten out every meal.  I’ve been stressed with packing and getting ready to defend my dissertation.  I’ve been teaching every. single. day.  My foot injury has reduced the amount of intense cardio I can handle.   In sum, this has been the perfect environment for me to to eat like crap.  I’ve been excited about all the fun events and my life changes, but discouraged with how it has impacted my eating.

(3) That all being said, I will be out of town (and in an RV mostly) for the next couple of weeks, so blogging and weighing-in daily just isn’t realistic.  Once life settles down, I want to get back into a routine and make sure I clean up my eating.

Until then, I’ll be livin’ it up!!!!!  I want to enjoy this time while it’s here.  No scales or calorie counting for a little while.  I want to eat mindfully and indulge here and there.  I’ll be back at some point over the next month–promise!

I WILL hit that 125 goal eventually.  Just maybe not for a few more months. 😉

Food i 8 today:

  • Chipotle salad –> lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, pico, guac
  • red delicious apple + sunflower seed butter
  • ’bout to go out drinking to celebrate!!!  🙂  🙂  🙂

dissertation defended!

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

Today was a big day!  4 years of hard work culminated.  I successfully defended my dissertation–woohoo!  Too excited to worry about food pics today!  🙂  Not my healthiest day of eats–I need a huge salad tomorrow or something!

Food i 8 today:

  • vegetable chips
  • glass of celebratory white wine!  + a few nibbles of fries
  • DQ vanilla soft serve cone with sprinkles
  • pizza! night out w/friends to celebrate
  • glass of Magic Hat draft beer
  • big ol’ oat and molasses cookie from a health food store

Village Inn + Publix Deli

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: 30 mins on the elliptical

This morning I woke up, worked up a sweat on the elliptical for 30 mins, then headed out to pick up brunch and drive to campus.



Although the pic doesn’t make it look too appetizing, I thoroughly enjoyed this veggie omelette, fresh fruit, and english muffin–all for under 500 calories!

I taught my class, did some work on campus, ran a couple errands, then picked up dinner at the nearby Publix Deli,



The salad was delish.  I only had two bites of the black eyed pea mix before determining I just didn’t like it.  It had a trace of an “olive-y” taste, and I dislike olives, so the other salad served as my dinner!

Food i 8 today:

  • Village Inn –> veggie omelette, english muffin, fresh fruit
  • Publix Deli –> salad with lettuce, candied pecans, cranberries, apples, and bleu cheese (which I picked around); a couple bites of a black-eyed peas salad


Weight this morning:  132.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump + 20 mins on the elliptical

Today was filled with plenty of this…



and this…



After loading up on tons of fluids today, I had this for dinner:



and this…



Phew…I needed a light food day after this past weekend of indulgence!

Food i 8 today:


  • Reed’s kombucha (entire bottle)
  • apple + almond butter
  • 1/4-lb each of edamame cranberry salad & edamame succotash from The Fresh Market

a little disgusted…

Weight this morning:  132.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

…at how much I ate this weekend!  Uggggh today was bad, too.  I’m in this “good weekdays/bad weekend” cycle.  Must. STOP!  Alright, following hunger cues tomorrow for sure.  I hate feeling so gross on Sunday nights!

Food i 8 today:

  • a “skinny” (meaning they cut out a layer of the inside) blueberry bagel toasted with butter
  • 1/2 a sweet potato sushi roll + an avocado peanut roll
  • HUGE slice of cheese pizza
  • big ol’ chocolate chip cookie

diner brunch & Mexican dinner

Weight this morning:  130.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

Today I just ate too. much. food.  That’s the only way to sum it up!  You can see the details below.  Tomorrow I will NOT be going crazy on the food front!

Food i 8 today:

  • brunch @ a diner –> 1/2 an egg-white veggie omelette, 1/2 order of hash browns, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, too many bites of my husband’s waffle fries
  • dinner @ a Mexican joint –> way way waaaay too many chips and salsa, one small Mich Ultra, a veggie quesadilla with guacamole on the side
  • split a McDonald’s soft serve vanilla cone w/the hubs

pop tart throwback + fondue!

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack class

This morning I woke up hungry and ended up taking some almonds along on the car ride to the gym.  Perfect morning snack!


I took a Body Attack class, came home, got ready for teaching, and headed off to campus.

Now, I’ve had this special treat in my desk for many many months.  I picked it up when there was free food in our computer lab on campus one semester, and I’ve been saving it for the perfect moment.  That moment was this afternoon before class!


I figured I’d have just one pastry and toss the other to make this more of an indulgent “snack” than a full-on meal.  Well, I couldn’t stop at just one.  So, I ate both for a whopping 4o0 calories of sheer sugary goodness with little to no nutritional value.  That was my “lunch”.  Bad BAD!  It’s amazing to me how 400 calories adds up so quickly in something so small and devoid of nutrition.

Anyway, after school today I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor about my foot injury.  It started hurting way back in March, and I’ve just been working out through the pain since then.  I hoped it would just go away, but it has not.  So the doctor ordered an x-ray of my foot as the first step.  I’ll find out next week if they find anything.

After the doctor’s appointment and x-ray at another location, I was quite hungry and had some errands to run, so I picked up Jimmy John’s sub while I was out and about.  Perfect and satisfying!


I had a few bites of sunflower seed butter after finishing the sandwich for a little something more.

Afterward I worked from home on some stuff for my dissertation.

THEN the hubs surprised me with a trip to the MELTING POT for some fondue goodness!  We only ate the healthiest courses they had to offer…



cheese…followed by



our flaming cookies and cream fondue accompanied by these guys…



Phew…what a way to end the week.  My belly is fat and happy right about now!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1 oz lightly salted almonds
  • 2 pop tart pastries
  • Jimmy John’s #6 vegetarian sub –> lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado spread, EZ cheese, NO mayo
  • 1 TBSP sunflower seed butter
  • Melting Pot  fondue –> cheddar cheese, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, bread & cookies and cream chocolate, pound cake, brownies, marshmallows, and brownies.  SO GOOD!!!


Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump + 2.25-mile walk

I broke 130 lbs today!  woohoo!  Then I proceeded to eat everything in sight.  Well, not exactly.  But watching what I eat so much the past few days did make me quite ravenous today.

First up, I downed a Lara Bar before heading to the gym.



Then on my way to campus, I stopped at our local vegan joint and picked up a DELICIOUS tempeh and veggies salad.



I told myself I would eat half of it before class and the rest after…but I wolfed down the entire thing in one sitting.  Yep!

When I got home after being on campus, I ate some “beanito” chips (black bean chips) with hummus as well as a few bites of almond butter.

Then it was off to dinner with some friends at an Asian place.  I got a half order of vegetable brown fried rice and an avocado roll.  I ate almost all of that, too.

Then I came home and had a little more almond butter and called it a night!  I’m sure the scale will be back in the 130s tomorrow, but it was exciting to see 129 again, at least for one day!  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • peanut butter cookie Lara bar
  • vegan salad –> stir-fry of tempeh, carrots, squash, beets, cabbage, zucchini, onions, and ginger sauce served over a bed of lettuce
  • 7 beanito chips + 1 TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • few bites of almond butter
  • 1/2 order of vegetable brown fried rice + avocado roll
  • few more bites of almond butter

sweet potato cake

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: Spinning + 2.25-mile walk

I started today with an invigorating spin class.  Afterward, I came home, showered, wolfed down a Lara Bar, then headed to campus.


After teaching and a little bit of work I had a hankerin’ for some Chipotle.   I LOVE their salad bowl!



After a few more hours of work on campus, dinner was next on the agenda.  I stopped at Earth Fare (local health food supermarket) to see what their deli had to offer.   Here’s what I went with:



kale salad, sweet Korean tofu, brussels sprouts

I felt each dish was “eh”.  Maybe the seasoning on the tofu made it a little more desirable than the other two items I purchased.  Anyway, the food that REALLY stole the show was this delicious sweet potato caramelized onion cake!



I know it sounds a little weird, but boy was it tasty!  It was almost like a dessert, which means it probably wasn’t all that healthy, but I would definitely buy one of these again.

Last but not least, I had a few bites of some creamy almond butter.  That wraps up today’s eats!

Food i 8 today:

  • Blueberry muffin lara bar
  • Chipotle salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, fajita vegetables, pico, guacamole
  • 0.35 lb. of “live dark green salad” (vegan) –> kale, red pepper, yellow pepper, squash, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, carrot, celery, cider vinegar, sunflower seeds, EVOO, canola oil, agave nectar, salt, hemp seed
  • 0.13 lb. of roasted brussels sprouts with garlic
  • 0.17 lb 0f sweet Korean kim chi marinated tofu
  • sweet potato caramelized onion cake
  • few bites of MaraNatha creamy almond butter

Mediterranean cuisine

Weight this morning:  130.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Step + 2.25 mile walk

Falafel, hummus, feta, oh my!  I love me some Mediterranean food.  Tonight I hate a veggie plate full of this goodness for dinner with a group of my friends.  I ate half of my meal at the restaurant and the rest a couple hours after I got home.  Delicioso!

Backing up to this morning, I started with a Body Step workout and then drank the rest of my kombucha from yesterday.



Then I actually just snacked on a Lara Bar.



And before I knew it, it was time for my Mediterranean feast!

I came home, went for a walk, and then finished my leftovers.

I also followed it up with some spoonfuls of almond butter as dessert.  🙂  Good day of eats!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 kombucha drink
  • Peanut butter cookie Lara Bar
  • veggie plate –> hummus, pita, falafel, tabbouleh, and salad
  • almond butter