Home after the holidays

Weight this morning: 133.6 (eek!)
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  15-min jog + Body Pump (finally, back at it!  500 cals burned)

I was not too happy with the scale (or myself) this morning after last night’s “final supper” of pizza and ice cream.  But alas, today is a new day!  I had to make the 3.5 hour drive back to my apartment, and my stomach started to rumble (FEED ME!) along the way, so I stopped for my go-to veggie Subway sub.

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For lunch, I rekindled my love with Justin’s almond butter and my Garden Lites veggie souffles.

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Next, to help kick-start my 2013 weight loss journey, I dusted off the good ol’ Magic Bullet today and picked up some fruit and veggies for smoothies!

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Today’s concoction included:

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 sliced pear

I also purchased some Laughing Cow cheese wedges.  I’ve seen other bloggers buy these, but I have never tried them myself.  I ended up toasting a whole wheat bagel thin and then spreading one of the wedges on it.  Pretty tasty and low-cal!

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Later in the evening I visited my girlfriend who lives in my building that I haven’t seen in a while.  We munched on some snacks I picked up at Trader Joe’s over break.  Particularly, I’m LOVING the cats cookies and cookie butter.  DELISH!

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Seeing as I went to get back on track to 125 lbs (yes, this is STILL my goal!), I’m bringing these snacks to the office tomorrow to get them out of sight!  I enjoyed a good amount of them, but I have no business eating an entire jar of cookie butter on my own, haha.  Tomorrow I think I’m going to come up with a list of loose rules for me to get to 125.  I really want to get there!

Food i 8 today (with cals):

  • 6″ veggie Subway sub
  • 2 TBSP Justin’s maple almond butter
  • Garden Lites souffle
  • smoothie (recipe above)
  • whole wheat bagel thin + laughing cow wedge
  • cookie butter + cats cookies
  • small piece of fruitcake

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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

Cloud Atlas + Sweet Potato Fries

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  129.0
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Here’s to all the men and women who serve our country so that we can live the wonderful, safe, and free lives we live here in the U.S.   Thank you, thank you.

I started off my day with a visit to the gym–about 20 minutes on the treadmill (200 cals burned), followed by a Body Pump class (305 cals burned).  I had off from work today, so we proceeded to see a marathon-of-a-movie (roughly 3 hours long) –> Cloud Atlas!  I brought along the following:I had heard good things about the movie, so I was excited to check it out.  I would have to say it was pretty good, but not great.  The make-up was amazing (they use the same actors throughout various time periods), and the story was pretty cool, but nothing else really “wowed” me about the film.  I’m glad we saw it, though.  It was a very unique movie.  Next, was a late lunch/early dinner:

I immediately boxed up half the sweet potato fries and half the sandwich when it arrived.  Out of sight, out of mind!  The sweet potato fries were perfectly crisp and delicioso!  When I got home, I actually nibbled on a couple more fries and then tossed the rest.  They got soggy, so why waste calories on them??  Alright, here’s all the food i 8 today:

  • Spoonful of Publix freshly ground peanut butter, pre-workout
  • Kind bar
  • 1/2 veggie pita, 1/2 sweet potato fries serving
  • fun size Snickers bar
  • 1/2 veggie pita
  • some bites of my leftover homemade applesauce (recipe here)

And below is where I ended up calorie-wise.  Ok, so I’m really back to a more normal schedule tomorrow!  🙂

Debbie Downer

Weight this morning:  133.2 –> eek!
Low weight:  129.8
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I was NOT happy to see that number on the scale today.  😦  I have to stop this.  I’m SO GOOD Monday through Friday, and then I always try to reward myself on the weekend for being so good.  But, what I end up doing is just canceling out (maybe not completely , but to some extent) all the healthful choices I made during the week.  GAH!  Sorry to be such a downer, but it’s just one of those days…

I ended up taking a Body Pump class this afternoon (300 cals burned) and jogging for a bit on the treadmill (170 cals burned).  As for food, today I decided to just wait until I was actually hungry to eat.  That happened at around 3:30pm, and I wanted to finish up those hibachi leftovers from Thursday night, so that’s what I went with.  Later in the evening, a couple of my girlfriends asked if I wanted to grab dinner at one of my fave Italian/pizza places in town, and of course I said yes!  I had NONE of the free garlic bread, NO pasta, and NO pizza.  Phew!  I settled for the caprese salad appetizer as my meal and felt good about it.So, that about sums up what i 8 today, but here’s the official list:

  • leftover veggie hibachi
  • a spoonful of almond butter to hold me over til dinner
  • caprese salad

And here’s where I (think) I ended up with calories today…some guessing, of course: