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



pizza & red velvet cake

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

Workout:  Spinning

I can’t break out of this 131 (pounds) zone!  I don’t think tomorrow looks much better, either, since tonight I loaded up on some delicious pizza.



and (unpictured) red velvet cake.

We had a lil party for the graduating “seniors” in the PhD program in the business school here, so of course I had to partake in the festivities!  One good thing is they had a vegan pizza pie, so I went for that, which was loaded with veggies, sans cheese.  Lots of leftovers for me to take home, too!

Other than that, the earlier part of my day was pretty standard…







Yay for graduating this summer!!!

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
  • 3 oz Publix dip chip carrots + 1/4 package of Sabra guacamole
  • vegetable chips
  • 2 slices veggie pizza (no cheese)
  • 2 slices red velvet cake

vegan lunch + junk food

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

Workout:  none.

Today I worked and worked at the computer and then realized I needed to break for some food!  I’ve been meaning to check out a local Orlando vegan joint, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, for lunch one of these days, so I went for it today.


I opted for the Polynesian Banana Fantasy which is a combo of bananas, carrots, celery, cucumber, walnuts, raisins, and coconut flakes that you can have wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla, mixed with quinoa in a bowl, or mixed with spring mix in a bowl.  I opted for the salad style.  They gave me sides of both a curry dressing and a guac of sorts that they call “whirled peas” guacamole because it’s made from pureed peas.  In a nutshell:  It. was. awesome!  Everything combined perfectly.   Yum!

An hour or two later I had a MAJOR craving for an indulgent, heavy, terrible-for-me dessert.  So I stopped at a local bakery called Sister Honey’s and went to town.


I ordered this four-layer coconut cake and my-oh-my was it sweet!  I could only manage to eat the cake part and the custard layers.  The icing was just tooooo rich for me to finish.


It sure did hit the spot!

Then, since I ruined my “good eating” with that dang slice of cake, I just continued with the junk food for dinner.  We went to a burrito joint and I just munched on these.



And of course, as if this wasn’t enough, I went ahead and got a vanilla ice cream cone from Chick Fil A on the way home.  SO bad today!

Ya know, I think not working out puts me in a funk where I just care less about eating right.  On top of that, I know that I am going back to my apartment this weekend and will start teaching a summer course on Monday.   I’ll get back into my routine with exercising regularly and eating clean, so I’m just “living it up” until then.

Food i 8 today:

  • bananas, carrots, celery, cucumber, walnuts, raisins, coconut flakes over spring mix with whirled peas dressing
  • big ol’ slice of coconut cake
  • chips and queso
  • vanilla ice cream cone

Disappointing Dessert

Weight this morning:  130.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  25-minute jog/walk

I did some work this morning and then went on a short jog/walk in the early afternoon.  My foot is sore from all the walking this weekend, which is frustrating!  I guess this means it’s not completely healed.  I think I’m going to rest it again…or at least try to not be on it as much.

First up on the food agenda was my go-to protein shake.


After this I had a snack of some vegetable chips, as well as cucumbers and hummus.


I ended up eating only half of those cucumbers…I thought I could do an entire one, but I didn’t make it.

Dinner was one of our Orlando faves–BurgerFi.  I went with my usual quinoa burger (no cheese) on lettuce wraps in lieu of a bun.



Dessert came in the form of a Publix strawberry cake with buttercream frosting.


It actually wasn’t as satisfying as I anticipated.  I shouldn’t have eaten it.  It wasn’t that great.  I’ll remember that for next time!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • vegetable chips
  • 1/2 cucumber + Publix jalapeno & cilantro hummus
  • quinoa burger on lettuce wraps with pickle, onions, and ketchup
  • 1/2 of a huge onion ring
  • slice of Publix cake

sugar overload!

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

Workout: none.

omg I was still suffering today from all that party food yesterday!  :-/  So, I really waited for hunger to hit me before eating anything today.  I started with a banana and peanut butter (ol’ faithful).


A little while later, I had an apple for a pre-dinner snack.


My parents made a big steak and potatoes dinner tonight, but I just loaded up on the greens!


All was going good and well until the desserts came out.  I just. can’t. resist.


I had this slice of cake, a couple homemade cookies, the rest of my niece’s coconut cupcake, and an oatmeal cookie.  Bleh.  I shouldn’t have done all that.   So much good food here!  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • banana + peanut butter
  • apple
  • salad, green beans, and peas
  • too much dessert!

free ice cream?!

Weight this morning: 129.2
Low weight: 128.4
Goal weight: 125
Height: 5’6″

Workout: upper body workout

I started today with the upper body pyramid workout that I did on Monday.  Good stuff–I was feeling the burn!

For lunch, I met up with my husband and some of his friends at Jason’s Deli.  They have quite a few vegetarian options–woohoo!  I went with a spinach veggie wrap (an organic wheat wrap with mushrooms, organic spinach, asiago, guac, pico, and salsa).  It came with a side of steamed veggies (broccoli, zucchini, and organic carrots).  It was definitely filling, healthy, and good, but it was lacking flavor to some extent.  I guess that’s what I get for ordering veggies with a side of veggies!  🙂

Anyway, the real kicker was that, unbeknownst to me or the hubs, Jason’s Deli has a soft serve machine that is FREE for all customers!  I NEVER knew this.  I thought our friends were playing a joke on us at first, but low and behold, ’tis true.  Jason’s Deli gives away free ice cream.  I went with a small cone, filled with a swirl of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.  Perfecto!

A few hours later, I munched on some vegetable chips to hold me over ’til dinner.


Dinner was one of my faves–Chipotle!  I went with this jumbo veggie and black bean salad.



We had to stop at Publix on the way home, so of course I picked up a little something sweet.



They call this a “derby” cake, but it’s basically two layers of chocolate cake with a fruit spread in between with peaches, bananas, and strawberries, topped with buttercream frosting.  Yum!

Food i 8 today:

  • Jason’s Deli spinach wrap + 1/2 side of mixed veggies
  • Jason’s Deli small soft serve cone
  •  vegetable chips
  • Chipotle salad (lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, tomatoes, and guacamole)
  • slice of Publix chocolate derby cake

local eats

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

I’m still resting my foot today!  I was going to do the upper body workout from yesterday again, but I’m actually a little sore, so I’ll do it again on Wednesday and Friday, giving myself rest days in between.  I worked at my computer for a while this morning, and when I got hungry, I still made my Sun Warrior protein shake since I love it so much!


Later I snacked on some carrots and hummus…


…and some vegetable chips.


We checked out a “new to us” restaurant here in Orlando called Spooky’s Black Cat Cafe.  It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall, local type joint (my fave!).  We started with the server-suggested beer bread and cheese.


Mmmmm…it was spot on.  Delicioso.  The hubs and I devoured it.

Next up, I went with a small salad filled with spinach, apples, tomatoes, feta, craisins, and maybe a few other goodies.


I just had to show my husband’s selection, too.  He went with the BBQ pulled pork and waffles with mac and cheese.  He was pretty impressed.


Sadly, dessert was the only disappointment.  I took a chocolate and peanut butter cake to go.


It was quite dry and just tasted like it had been in the glass case for a while.  I only ended up eating about 1/3 of it before stopping myself from wasting calories on something not-so-tasty!  I stole a few bites of my husband’s sweet plantains from Pollo Tropical, though.  😉

Overall, I would definitely recommend this local joint to anyone.  We LOVED everything we ordered (minus the dry cake slice).  I really like supporting local restaurants like this, so we’ll definitely be going back in the future!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP MaraNatha sunflower seed butter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • carrots and Publix jalapeno and cilantro hummus
  • vegetable chips
  • one slice of beer bread + cheese
  • small salad
  • a few bites of mac & cheese
  • 1/3 of a chocolate peanut butter cake slice
  • a few bites of sweet plantains

Fiber One 80 calories cereal

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

Workout:  walk with my mom (not sure how far or how long, but not too far!)

This morning I started with a bowl of TJ’s almond butter and one small smashed banana.  It’s my go-to meal when I travel because peanut or almond butter and banana are usually in everyone’s kitchen.  I love this stuff!


I followed this up with some Fiber One chocolate cereal that I discovered in my mom’s pantry.


omg, this stuff is SO GOOD!  It totally tastes like Cocoa Puffs, but it has much more fiber and less sugar.  So I looked up the nutrition info to compare, and Cocoa Puffs has 100 calories, 10g of sugar, and 2g of fiber, while Fiber One has 80 calories, 5g of sugar, and 9g of fiber–both for the same 3/4 cup serving.  Yes, Fiber One cereal is processed and not considered a “clean” food, but I’d say it’s one of the lesser evils of the cereals.  I helped myself to a delicious and filling one-cup serving. 🙂

Later I munched on some cantaloupe for an afternoon snack.


Last night my mom and I watched the Celebrity Apprentice together, and they featured a product by Crystal Light that I really wanted to check out, so I ran out to Publix today and picked it up!


Well, it was zero-cal, which I like, but the flavor that it added to my water was just alright.  It was kind of faint and not totally worth the chemicals that it added to my drink.

For dinner tonight we had a mix of leftovers from the weekend.  I had eggplant parmesean, eggplant stromboli bread, and green beans.

I ended the day with a slice of Publix cake (recycled picture) when I got home.  Yum!


Food i 8 today:

  • TJ’s creamy almond butter + a smashed banana
  • Fiber One chocolate bowl of cereal
  • cantaloupe
  • eggplant parmesean
  • eggplant stromboli
  • green beans
  • slice (or 2) of Publix cake, hehe

blah feeling

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

Workout:  none.

So I felt a little bloated today from all the eating and drinking I did yesterday.  Once I get a little buzz, I get some serious munchies going, and I just snack on everything in sight!  I definitely felt the repercussions today, and so I steered clear of the scale this morning to keep from getting too depressed, haha.  I KNOW it was at least a couple pounds up.

Since I was feeling kind of blah from yesterday, I tried to just follow hunger cues today.  I started with some of my mom’s homemade salad.



We celebrated my niece’s birthday tonight, so we ordered some pizza and picked up an ice cream cake.  I had some bites of my husband’s and niece’s slices and then half a slice of cheese on my own.



I had a piece of cake as well (unpictured), and then later in the evening I snacked on some TJ’s almond butter and half a smashed banana.


I tried to keep it fairly light, so hopefully I feel back to normal tomorrow!

Food i 8 today:

  • my mom’s homemade salad
  • bits and pieces of pizza
  • slice of Dairy Queen ice cream cake
  • TJ’s almond butter + 1/2 smashed banana

country tailgate

Weight this morning:  130.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: dancin’ the night away at the concert!

Today we woke up and got ready for a big day.  We left my parents’ house around noon and headed to Tampa in their RV.  The pre-concert tailgate officially kicked off around 2:3opm.  Here are a few pics of the food at the tailgate.


Some fruit salsa and cinnamon chips


Veggie pizza, vodka-infused pineapple, pulled pork, and a veggie platter with ranch dip and guac hummus


…and some cheese and crackers, spinach dip, and potato salad.

And of course we had dessert!


The concert was AMAZING (Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney), and we just got home (around 2am), so it’s been a pretty long day.  Sorry for the short post!

Food i 8 today:

  • veggie pizza
  • cheese and crackers
  • carrots and broccoli with TJ’s guacamole hummus dip and ranch dip
  • Publix cake
  • cinnamon honey hazelnuts
  • TJ’s lemon cookies
  • drinks –> vodka-infused pineapple, Bud Light, vodka + Fresca, one fruity shot
  • a couple bites of a soft pretzel (while at the concert)
  • a late-night bowl of Lucky Charms (Happy St. Patty’s Day!!)