Staying on track

Nothing too special going on over here today.  Just trying to stay on track!  I started the day with a protein shake.





Next, I wolfed down the other half of my veggie Publix sub from last night.  SO much better the second day!  🙂





By the time cooking for dinner came around, I was already ravenous, so I munched on some cucumbers and guac while we cooked.





For dinner, we made the roasted veggies again.  They’re so darn good!





My husband also had a turkey and cheese sandwich, of course, but I was good just chowing down on tons of veggies.

I ended the evening with a bowl of oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter.  Good stuff!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> handful of kale, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP crunchy sunbutter, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, ice
  • 1/2 Publix veggie sub
  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 of a Sabra guac container
  • roasted vegetables
  • 1/3 C old fashioned oats, 2/3 C water, 1 TBSP peanut butter, 1/2 banana



3 days of 1200 calories

I indulged a bit this weekend.  🙂  After house shopping on Saturday (and proceeding to eat some leftovers AND David’s Cookies AFTER I’d already eaten dinner), we headed out of town on Sunday to clear out the remains of my apartment.

On the 4-hour drive, we stopped at Stevie B’s, a pizza buffet.  Doh!  It just sounded. so. good.  And they had s’more’s dessert pizza.  OMG!  After that, I proceeded to eat cookie cake at a friend’s bday gathering, 2 glasses of champagne at dinner, a veggie plate (woohoo for one good choice!), and an ice cream cone for dessert.

Moving day Monday consisted of a Chinese buffet (again…doh!), Olive Garden with my in-laws, and a burrito joint for a late-night snack.  Last night I was feeling sooo full and ugggggh.

Ok, onto this week!  I am going to do  3 days (today, tomorrow, Thursday) of 1200 calories to get back on track.  Today was a little low since I had a little less of an appetite from the long weekend, but it was under 1200 nonetheless.  I started out with a protein smoothie.


A little while later I sipped on some kombucha in attempt to get my gut back in check!


Soon after, I snacked on some carrots and hummus.


Dinner was a 1/2 of a Publix veggie sub–so good!  They ran out of wheat bread, though, so I had to go with white and definitely did not like the taste of that.  I’m used to my flavorful wheat bread now.


Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> handful of kale, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP crunchy sunbutter, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, ice
  • 1/2 of a Synergy Kombucha
  • 3 oz carrots + 2 TBSP hummus
  • serving of gluten-free ginger snaps
  • 1/2 Publix veggie sub
  • some of my husband’s veggie fried rice


checking out houses all day

Today we woke up, ran some errands, and fueled for an afternoon of house hunting.







Yep, we were at 4Rivers Smokehouse again!  I went with the banana bread pudding, sweet potatoes, and a biscuit.  True to form, I ate half of each.  🙂

After FIVE hours of looking at homes, we were so so ready for dinner.  We checked out a place called TooJay’s Deli.  It’s a  NY-style delicatessen, which I love.  We split a potato knish to start and then I dug into those huge roasted vegetable salad.





Later in the evening I munched on some David’s cookies, then called it a night!

Food i 8 today:

  • BBQ sides –> 1/2 of each:  biscuit, sweet potatoes, banana bread pudding
  • dinner –> 1/2 a potato knish, roasted vegetable salad, some of my husband’s sweet potato fries
  • David’s cookies!

Friday Weigh-In #1


I’m basically back to my pre-vacation weight, woohoo!   Now if I can only continue to stay on track…

I have a DVR’d Dateline episode calling my name, but here are today’s eats:












Food i 8 today:

  • Whole Foods hot bar –> (clockwise in pic) one piece of garlic tofu, vegan baked beans, lentils and zucchini, spicy vegan veggies, spinach salad with cranberries and goat cheese, added some chickpeas
  • Larabar
  • some of the David’s cookies my mom sent me 🙂
  • happy hour –> 1/2 of a wheat berry beer (yum!) + some tator tots to much on
  • dinner –> 1/2 of a fig + goat grilled cheese sandwich + some truffle fries (holy yum!  the sandwich was omg AMAZING and the fries were just as good)…from “Toasted” in Winter Park, FL–I highly recommend!

Life update!

I talk a lot about food on here.  Ok, I talk mostly about food.  That’s because I created this website mainly as a way to track the food I eat day in and day out, to keep me accountable when I stray from healthy eating, to try new food products and share them with you, to share healthy (and sometimes not-so-healthy) recipes with you, etc.  It’s not about my life so much, but sometimes I just feel the need to share, so…

(1) I got my PhD!

As I mentioned on here, I successfully defended my dissertation in June, and boy was that a huge achievement for me.  It meant I had taken all the necessary steps to complete my PhD in Business Administration–woohoo!  Yes, I have a concentration in a certain area that has to do with…debits and credits, hehe.

(2) I moved to Orlando!

This past year, while finishing up my PhD, I actually lived apart from my husband.  He has a great job that he loves in Orlando.  So, once that happened, my goal was to hopefully end up in Orlando for my job so we could all live happily ever after.

(3) I got a new job!

Well, I got what I wished for.  I secured a tenure-track, assistant professor position on the faculty at a major university in the area.  Woohoo!  I start teaching in mid-August.  I’ll be teaching two sections of a course on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The rest of the time will be spent doing research and trying to get that research published so that one day, I can earn tenure and have true job security!

(4) We’re looking to buy a home!

Now that I’m going to start earning a decent income, we can look to buy a home.  It’s a fun and exciting and time-consuming process.  I hope we find something that we love!

(5) What’s going on with my eating, fitness, weight loss?

My fitness routine has been pretty much nonexistent since the week I defended my dissertation in mid-June.  Following that date, I went on a two-week vacation to New Jersey, then babysat my nieces for two weeks at my parents place, and then proceeded to break my pinky toe, which has rendered me useless at the gym.  So, I’ve been just kind of “loosey goosey” with all that “diet/fitness/weight loss” jazz for now.  I’m attempting to eat mindfully, and oh, I am weighing in weekly now.  Every Friday morning is the plan.  As long as I’m around 130, I won’t be freaking out or doing any crazy adjustments to my eating.  I still have that “125” number in mind for me eventually, but with zero exercise while resting the foot, I don’t see that happening.  Maybe one day…le sigh.

Ok, that was a long update, so here’s a short list of the food i 8 today:








These tasty cookies were delivered to us today courtesy of my lovely mama!  It’s our 6-year wedding anniversary on Sunday, so it was a little anniversary treat.  Boy are these cookies deeeelicious!  I couldn’t even wait to take a picture before I dug into the macadamia nut one, hehe.  Thanks mom!

Food i 8 today:

  • leftover roasted vegetables + last slice of CPK pizza
  • protein shake –> handful of kale, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP crunchy sunbutter, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, ice
  • 1/2 sliced cucumber + hummus
  • David’s cookies!!!
  • one veggie taco from Moe’s

moving, house-hunting, work, oh my!

It was an adventure-filled day…I’m in the middle of moving, house-hunting, preparing for my new job, and nursing my poor broken toe.  I think I need a “life update” post soon?  Yes?  Yes!  That will be coming soon.

Before I rest my weary brain, here are some of today’s eats…







Food i 8 today:

  • BBQ lunch –> sides of corn, sweet potato, and bread pudding
  • sushi dinner –> 1 1/2 vegetable spring rolls + an avocado roll
  • split a small chocolate Chick-fil-a shake w/the hubs
  • slice of Publix cake with raspberry filling (yum!)

roasted vegetables & zevia soda

Today I started out again with my trusty protein shake!


I went to Panera Bread to do some work for a few hours.  I know it’s not polite to go to coffee shops, take up a table, use their internet, and not purchase anything, so I ordered a frozen lemonade to go when I was finished.  😉


Lunch today consisted of more leftovers–CPK pizza and the “insides” of a zucchini boat that were leftover from dinner Sunday night.


For dinner we attempted to make our own little version of roasted vegetables.  My mom has a recipe that we LOVE, and my aunt made another version for us while we were on our recent trip, so the hubs and I (ahem…I) decided we should try it out on our own.  We decided to not follow a recipe, which we never ever do.  But, it was fun.  So, we threw together:

  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 smallish butternut squash
  • 1 small container of mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 TBSP light soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • one heaping spoonful of minced garlic

Then we prayed.  Just kidding.  We put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, tossed the veggies around some, and then put them in for an additional 15 minutes.


While the veggies were in the oven (I was too hungry to wait), I munched on some carrots and hummus.


Also, I sipped on a fun drink I bought at Whole Foods–ZEVIA!  I went with the black cherry variety and was in LOVE with the taste.



There’s some debate over whether this stevia-flavored soda is indeed a “healthier” alternative to aspartame-ridden Diet Coke, so I’m not saying this is a healthy drink by any means, but some may argue that it is a good alternative.  In other words, I LIKE it!

Back to the roasted veggies.  Well, they turned out EXCELLENT actually.  So so tasty!


Food i 8 today:

  • protein smoothie –> 3/4 C almond milk, 1 C spinach, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1 TBSP crunchy sunbutter, 1/2 banana, ice!
  • the insides of 1 zucchini boat
  • 1 slice leftover pizza
  • carrots + hummus
  • roasted vegetables

leftovers for lunch

Today I woke up with an appetite, so I whipped up my go-to protein smoothie for breakfast.




I worked at the computer for most of the morning, ran out for some errands around noon, and stopped back home around 2pm for lunch.  It was a leftovers kind of day!



That would be the last zucchini boat from last night’s dinner (stuffed with chickpeas, mushrooms, onions, and other fun stuff) and a slice of California Pizza Kitchen veggie pizza from lunch yesterday.  Good stuff!

A little while later, I was jonesin’ for something sweet, and I had some fun treats from our Whole Foods haul yesterday that were calling my name.  But, I wanted to keep it healthy, so I opted for 1/2 banana + 1 TBSP natural peanut butter.  That did the trick!

We went to BurgerFi for dinner tonight.  I’m obsessed with their quinoa burger, so I was one happy camper!




Later in the evening, I finished off the other half of the vegan blueberry-lemon scone from Whole Foods.  It was omg-good!




Food i 8 today:

  • protein smoothie –> 3/4 C almond milk, 1 C spinach, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1 TBSP crunchy sunbutter, 1/2 banana, ice!
  • 1 zucchini boat
  • 1 slice leftover pizza
  • 1/2 banana + 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • quinoa burger with “lettuce bun” + 2 bites of a jumbo onion ring
  • 1/2 of a vegan blueberry-lemon scone from Whole Foods

CPK goodness

I slept in today and took it easy for a while before I headed to Publix with the hubs to knock out some grocery shopping.  We finished around 12pm and were more than ready for lunch at that point.  We got a coupon a while back for a free “small plate” from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), so we decided to go there.

My husband and I have quite different tastes (aaaand I’m vegetarian, he’s not), so the only small plate we could agree on were these mac & cheese bites!





They were great, but not great nutritionally.  They reminded me of grilled cheese, though.  Yum!

For my main entree I went with the veggie pizza, subbing the original crust for the whole wheat.  The whole wheat crust wasn’t bad by any means, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original.  I’d get it again, though, for the whole grain goodness.





Afterward, we stopped in at Whole Foods to pick up a few items.  While there, I just HAD to pick up a couple vegan bakery treats.  I dug into this one when I got home.





It’s a blueberry lemon scone of sorts.  I cut it in half, warmed it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, and it was perfecto.  The berry-lemon combo was spot-on!

For dinner, I tried out this recipe–basically zucchini boats filled with mushroom, chickpeas, onions, and zucchini.






It was ooook.  Actually, it was good.  It wasn’t great or amazing or out-of-this-world.  I would eat them again, but I wouldn’t go raving about it to anyone.  It was SUPER healthy, though.  Like, 107 calories per boat healthy.  That’s something!


Food i 8 today:

  • CPK –> 2 mac & cheese bites, 1/2 veggie pizza on whole-wheat crust
  • 1/2 Whole Foods vegan blueberry-lemon scone
  • 2 zucchini boats
  • a Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookie

BBQ goodness

This morning we slept in til about 10am–yay!  I was so full from all the food I ate last night that I didn’t even feel hungry until about 2pm.  We stopped in a delicious, local BBQ place.  They started out by bringing us these mini cornbread muffins.  I ate three!


For my meal, I ordered a side item sampler.  I chose a baked sweet potato, mac & cheese, and fried green tomatoes.  I really wanted to throw a good green veggie in there, but the only one I liked (green beans) actually had meat in it–booooo.


The portions were pretty big, so I just ate half of each item.  I also munched on a few of my husband’s fries and half of a piece of garlic toast.  It was a filling and delicious lunch!


Then we hung out, ran some errands, and went to see a movie in the early evening.  We finally saw the Great Gatsby in the cheap theater.   Good flick!  I managed to down 2 cups of kettle corn popcorn we snuck into the theater…ssshhhhhh!

After the movie, I just warmed up the other half of the sweet potato and was good to go.  That’s about it, folks!

Food i 8 today:

  • 3 mini cornbread muffins
  • 1/2 of each:  mac & cheese, baked sweet potato, fried green tomatoes, garlic toast
  • few bites of fries
  • 2 cups of kettle corn popcorn
  • 1/2 baked sweet potato