Friday weigh-in #5

I was at 131.2 Friday morning.  Not too shabby.

Today I went antiquing with my mom and her friend all morning.  It was actually kind of neat to check out all the goodies that were out there!  We ate lunch at a cute sandwich shop while we were out.

From there, my mom and I continued to run errands and shop around for my sister’s upcoming baby shower.  But enough about me, onto the FOOD!

Happenings from Friday and Saturday…



BBQ sides for lunch on Friday



Chinese for dinner tonight

20130824_cakeBoston Creme cake for dessert tonight!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 grilled cheese sandwich + 1/2 oriental salad
  • 1 small molasses cookie
  • 3 twizzlers
  • tofu + mixed vegetables
  • baby carrots + hummus
  • Boston creme cake



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!

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!)

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

fun BBQ + TOO much food :(

Weight this morning:  131.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

Bah…today I was bad.  We are packing up my apartment (BIG move soon), so I was moving about all day, but I just ate way too much!  Don’t even want to think about all the cals I ate.  😦

I started with an egg white delight McMuffin (no Canadian bacon) from Mickey D’s.



Later in the afternoon we took a break from packing and went to our friend’s place for a BBQ.  A lot of people came out and a lot of delicious food was served.  I ate too much (see below for a full list).

We wrapped up packing around 9pm and were pretty hungry, so we went for subs at Firehouse.



Then I had a Dunkin Donut because I knew the day was shot anyway.  I know, terrible thinking.  Just not a good day of eats!  Ugh…

Food i 8 today:

  • McDonald’s egg white delight (no meat)
  • BBQ eats –> chips & hummus, cucumbers & guacamole, cornbread, mac & cheese, macaroni salad, watermelon, 2 peanut butter cookies, 1/2 a chocolate chip cookie
  • medium veggie Firehouse sub (no cheese, no mayo)
  • blueberry cake Dunkin Donut

nothing too exciting over here!

Weight this morning:  131.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: Body Step

Whoopsie–forgot to post this last night!  …probably because not much was happenin’ on the eating front.  I wasn’t too hungry all day, and then went to a BBQ dinner with my cousin in the evening.

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 cucumber + Sabra guacamole
  • side of sweet potato casserole
  • side of broccoli casserole
  • side of mixed vegetables


hunger cues

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

Workout:  none.

So lately I’ve been eating A LOT at night.  More than I usually do.  For example, last night between 5 and 7pm I ate 2 breadsticks, 2 slices of pizza, and a generous portion of ice cream, which was the bulk of my calories for the day.  When I gorge myself like that in the evening, I find that I’m not  hungry in the morning.  I’m actually not hungry for many hours.  So, what I often do when this is the case is just wait for hunger to hit me.  Yes, it may be strange to wait until noon, 1pm, or 2pm to eat my first bite of food for the day, but why should I force myself to eat before then if I’m still full from the food I ate last night?  (Note:  when I have a normal day of eating the day before, my stomach starts growling for food by at least 9am.)  I’m no expert, and I’m not sure if this is healthy/intuitive eating, but it does involve me listening to my body for the right cues.  There’s got to be something “right” about that, right??

On the agenda for me this morning was more research work at the computer!  I got hungry around 1pm and whipped up a smoothie.  I figured if I fall off the wagon later today, at least I STARTED the day with some spinach, banana, healthy fat, and protein!



We went for an early dinner at a local BBQ joint.  I indulged in three of their delicious side items:  sweet potatoes, bread pudding, and fire roasted corn.



I ate half of each side, as well as a few bites of my husband’s crinkle-cut fries.  I LOOOOOVE their bread pudding.  So bad for you, but so so good!

Afterward, the hubs and I hit up a local joint for happy hour.



I couldn’t finish my beer, but I sure had room for a vegan cookie afterward.  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • BBQ side dishes –> 1/2 each of:  sweet potatoes, bread pudding, fire roasted corn, crinkle-cut fries
  • SweetWater 420 draft beer
  • vegan cookie

Dessert Trio

Weight this morning:  131.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

Today I woke up, did some work, then headed out to our fave Orlando BBQ joint (4 Rivers Smokehouse) for lunch with the hubs!


I went with my usual–a side of fire roasted corn and a side of bread pudding.  SO DARN GOOD!  I ate only half at the restaurant since we ate around 11am, and I wasn’t particularly hungry yet.  I ate the other half later in the afternoon.

On the way home from lunch, I stopped by my favorite Orlando spot for vegan and gluten-free desserts–Drunken Monkey.  I’ve been addicted to their Anzac biscuits for a while, but I decided I wanted to switch it up and try something new.  I could NOT decide on just one item, so naturally I went with three.


(1) a vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bar, (2) a small gluten-free double chocolate cookie, and (3) a small gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

After I ate the rest of my BBQ sides this afternoon, I decided to do a little taste test and commit myself to NOT polishing off all three, especially if they didn’t taste good.  The result:  the cookies were not so great, so I trashed both of them.  The cookie bar was delish, so I saved the rest for my after-dinner snack.  Perfecto!

Dinner was a Chipotle salad.


I really didn’t need to eat all of this, but I did!  My belly is FULL and happy now!

Food i 8 today:

  • side of fire roasted corn
  • side of bread pudding
  • bites of:  (1) a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie and (2) a gluten-free double chocolate cookie
  • entire vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bar
  • Chipotle salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, guacamole

Lightlife frozen meal

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

Workout:  Spinning (320 cals burned) + Zumba (435 cals burned)

This morning I was late getting out the door for my spin class, so I skipped my pre-workout snack.  I was so ready for my protein smoothie once I got home.  I had to take it to-go to get to a meeting on campus.


A few hours later I had a mid-morning snack.


Yep, I got to use my new toy from Christmas–the food scale.  I used the nifty “tare” function to measure out 5 oz portions of cantaloupe.  Good stuff!

So, I’m not a huge fan of frozen meals because it’s not fresh, and quite frankly it’s tough to find a short ingredient list with frozen meals.  But, in a pinch, I think they work well.  Maybe one day I’ll completely eliminate them from my life, but for now I’m ok with turning to frozen meals/burger patties here and there.  The other day at Publix they had a buy-one-get-one-free deal on these vegetarian frozen meals.


I decided to give a couple of them a try, and this is my first one so far.  I have to say, not bad at all!  It wasn’t the most amazing dish I’ve ever had (I mean, come on, it’s still a frozen meal), but it was satisfying, not too mushy, and there are zero preservatives, which makes me happy.  I’d give Lightlife frozen meals a thumbs up!

We went back to the same BBQ place we went to last Tuesday for dinner, and I got the same two sides.


This time I ate about 3/4 of each scoop.   Good stuff, but not so good for you!  I ended the night with my tasty overnight oats mixture.

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 5 oz cantaloupe chunks
  • Lightlife Tuscan Chick’n frozen meal
  • slice of leftover Friday’s Florentine spinach flatbread
  • 3/4 portion of corn casserole + 3/4 portion of sweet potato casserole
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon


Pushing through

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

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (625 cals burned)

My stomach was a little upset this morning for some reason, it was raining out, and all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed.  But, I pushed through.  I made myself eat my pre-workout snack, even though I wasn’t feeling it, because I knew I’d be starving during my workout if I didn’t.  And I went to the gym for two classes.  I didn’t push myself as hard as I usually do at the gym, but I was happy I went and got in a workout.  Afterward, I came home and made my protein shake.


A couple hours later I was ready for lunch!  Today I had an Amy’s veggie burger with salsa and avocado.


I worked all day and then it was time for dinner!  We went to a local BBQ joint that makes some really delicious side items.  I opted for two not-so-healthy sides, but only ate half of each.  Sweet potato casserole and corn casserole–love me some casserole!


Then I had the same snack as last night–overnight oats (made during the day, hehe)!


Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 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
  • Amy’s veggie burger, 2TBSP Publix medium salsa, 1/2 avocado
  • BBQ side items –> 1/2 sweet potato casserole, 1/2 corn casserole
  • overnight oats –> 1/3 C oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP Justin’s maple almond butter, dash of cinnamon, 1/2 mashed banana