Scotland-bound!

Welp, I am headed out of the country first thing tomorrow morning for a TEN-DAY trip to Scotland!  I’ll be attending a conference and presenting a paper while over there, and I’m also bringing my husband along and doing a little touring of the country as well.

Unfortunately, I will not have internet access at every hotel along the way, so I’ll JUST have to take lots of foodie pictures while I’m there and report back when I return!  I’m super excited for the adventure.  We’ll be visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, and St. Andrews.  We have had ZERO time to plan/prepare for this trip with the house hunting and new job stuff, but it will still be a fun, spontaneous trip.

Alrighty, I’m leaving for the trip at a weight of 132.4.  I decided to weigh-in this morning to have a benchmark for when I get back.  We’ll be doing a ton of walking/exploring, which is good, but I’m sure we’ll also be indulging.  So, we’ll see!  My plan is to get a gym membership when I get back as well, so I can get myself  back on track!

Ok, enough about my trip, here’s what was on the menu today:

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Dinner tonight was our fave pizza joint!

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I ate half at the restaurant…and then the other half at home.  whoopsie!  It was SO good, and we can’t leave any leftovers behind since we’re leaving tomorrow.  😉  Any way I can rationalize it hehe.

Ok…I”m off…cheers!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice
  • Publix dip chip carrots + Sabra hummus
  • 1 serving of the healthy garden salad
  • a personal pineapple pizza
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asparagus and leftovers for dinner

My breakfast/lunch was the usual!  Started with a protein shake, then for lunch…

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And for dinner…

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I’ve had CRAZY busy days lately…so sorry for my lack of words in my posts!

 

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice
  • Publix dip chip carrots + Sabra hummus
  • 1 serving of the healthy garden salad
  • mini Larabar
  • roasted asparagus
  • leftover 1/2 veggie patty wrap

pictures at last!

I slowed down some today and was able to take some pictures…breakfast was the usual shake.  For lunch…

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And dinner was…

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…followed by some gluten-free ginger snap cookies.

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice
  • Publix dip chip carrots + cucumber slices + Sabra guacamole
  • 1 serving of the healthy garden salad
  • 1 mini apple Larabar
  • side caesar salad
  • 1/2 of a personal pineapple pizza
  • 5 gluten-free ginger snap cookies

Day #2 on the job, and it was much less crazy than yesterday, thank goodness.

I sipped on my regular protein shake on my commute in, then for lunch around noon I had Publix dip chip carrots + Sabra guacamole, along with a bean salad I made earlier this week.  I forgot to take a picture of it AGAIN, but it’s basically a mix of edamame, black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and some other stuff. (recipe here)

At about 2pm I was hungry for a little somethin’, so I ate one of these adorable little guys:

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When I got home, I was in a very “snacky” mood!  This happened:

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And for dinner, I had lots and lots of roasted veggies.

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Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice
  • Publix dip chip carrots + Sabra guacamole
  • 1 serving of the healthy garden salad
  • 1 mini cashew cookie Larabar
  • Publix dip chip carrots + Sabra hummus
  • 1 remaining tablespoon of Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter
  • 1 remaining ounce of sweet potato and carrot chips
  • lots of roasted vegetables

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.

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

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Soon after, I snacked on some carrots and hummus.

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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.

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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

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roasted vegetables & zevia soda

Today I started out again with my trusty protein shake!

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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.  😉

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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

I <3 Nashville

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

Workout: Body Pump

Nashville. Was. Awesome!  I love that town.  I’m obsessed with country music, and everywhere I turned someone was playing country music, so it was amazing.  Such a neat place!  Oh, and I had fun catching up with my high school besties, too!  We ate a lot of great food, but I managed to keep everything in check and return from the trip at the same exact weight.  I had a busy day, so here are the pics/details/cals for the food i 8 today.

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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
  • 4 oz Publix dip chip carrots + 1/3 of the Sabra guac
  • Lightlife frozen black bean burger patty + 2 cups spinach + 2 TBSP salsa
  • apple + 2TBSP almond butter
  • 5 gluten-free ginger snap cookies

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great day of healthy eats

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

Workout:  spinning (took it easy b/c of my sore legs!)

Today started with an easy spin class followed by my delicious protein shake.

Afterward, I headed to campus to teach.  Then I snacked on the carrots and guac I brought along with me before heading to a meeting with a couple of my co-authors to discuss our paper.

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Once I got home from my meeting, I had a little snack before my veggie dinner.

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LOVE this combo!

I didn’t snap a picture of dinner, but I had another Green Giant frozen packet (this time of creamed spinach) and some cucumbers and sliced green bell pepper with hummus.

Once again, I ended the night with a tasty blueberry/banana/chocolate smoothie.  Great day of healthy eats!

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
  • medium red delicious apple + 2 TBSP MaraNatha creamy raw almond butter
  • Green Giant frozen spinach (entire package)
  • 1/2 cucumber and 1/2 green bell pepper with 2 TBSP Sabra roasted pine nut hummus
  • dessert shake –>1 C frozen blueberres, 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder, 1C spinach

First day of teaching!

Weight this morning:  ??? (still too scared to check!)
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: Body Step

Oh goodness, my legs are SO SORE today.  Between Body Pump yesterday and then pushing it at Body Step today, my legs are on fire!  I have spinning on the agenda for tomorrow, but I’m not so sure that’s a smart idea!

Anyway, I had a busy day, but squeezed in some healthy eats throughout.  I started with my usual protein shake, which I drank on my way into campus today for my first official day of teaching!  (I just went over the syllabus yesterday.)  As I mentioned before, I will be teaching this class for the next 6 weeks, Monday through Friday for an hour and fifteen minutes each day.

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After teaching, office hours, and some chatting with my friends, I headed to my annual “lady doctor” appointment. 🙂  I snacked on a Larabar on the way.

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Afterward, I had a few more errands to run, and by the time I got home I was pretty hungry!  I had veggies for dinner again.

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And then around 8pm I had a little dessert smoothie (blueberries, banana, almond milk, spinach, and dark cocoa powder combo)

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Again, I was still pretty light on the cals today, but I did not wake up hungry AT ALL, and I’ve just been following my hunger cues all day.

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
  • Larabar
  • Green Giant frozen peas in butter sauce
  • 3 oz Publix dip chip carrots + 1/4 package of Sabra guacamole
  • dessert shake –>1 C frozen blueberres, 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder, 1C spinach

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Back to counting cals

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

Workout:  Body Pump

I was too scared to jump on the scale this morning.  :-/  But it’s ok, today was all about getting back on track!

I went to my first Body Pump class in what seems like FOREVER, I am back to counting calories for now, and I ate fairly clean, including the following:

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protein shake

 

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cucumbers and guac (camera phone had something on the lens, sorry)

 

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Kombucha drink

 

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Green Giant veggies, carrots, hummus

I was a little low on calories today, but my body is definitely not asking me for more after all the food I ate this past weekend!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1C spinach, 1C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • afternoon smoothie –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • one cucumber + 1/2 package of Sabra Classic guacamole
  • Reed’s Kombucha – lemon ginger rasberry
  • 3 oz. Publix dip chip carrots + 2TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • Green Giant frozen veggie mix (entire package)

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