No calorie counting? (Friday’s eats)

Weight this morning:  128.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack

So you may (0r may not…who actually reads this besides my mom? hehe) have noticed that when I went on Spring Break, I stopped counting calories.  Aaaaand since I came back, I haven’t picked up on counting again.  The truth is, not having to track the calories of every single morsel that goes in my body was kind of liberating.  I kind of liked it.  I went a little crazy toward the end of my vacation, but for the most part, I ate mindfully (when I was hungry), and I maintained my weight.  I could get used to this.

Now, I still might enter a few things in MyFitnessPal to see about where I’m at calories-wise some days, but for the most part I’ve been just trying to eat mindfully.  Additionally, I’m not going crazy trying to get to 125 lbs…for now.  I’ve been holding steady at right above or right below 130, and I’m pretty happy here.  While 125 would be GREAT someday, those last 5 pounds aren’t going to make me some sort of supermodel or anything, so I’m not stressing it.  If it happens, it happens!  I’ll just keep striving to be healthy (80/20 people, I’m still eating cookies and pizza), and I’ll see how my body responds.  Ok, enough about that…onto the FOOD!

I woke up today, munched on some celery and hummus (dunno why I’m digging this combo first thing in the morning lately), took a Body Attack class, then made my protein smoothie.  I actually just finished my first container of protein this week!  So I had to run out to the Vitamin Shoppe to get a new one.  I’m sticking with the chocolate–still loving it and not sick of it yet.

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Later I finished off the rest of my homemade chili.

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Then I had to go to campus for a presentation, and then I was off to Jacksonville!  I’m headed there for the weekend to hang with some family.  I had a little snack during the ride.

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The rest of the evening was pictureless, but included a Thai tempeh salad for an early dinner.  Around 10pm, we had a late night dinner with friends that included a fruity shot (we wanted to get the party started!), a glass of red wine, a side of veggies, and two small slices of French bread.  On the way home, I wanted a little something sweet, so we stopped at McDonald’s and I split a vanilla cone with the hubs.

Food i 8 today:

  • 100g celery + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> (ran out of all greens!), so just:  1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • peanut butter Lara bar
  • Thai tempeh with brown rice and romaine lettuce
  • fruity shot
  • glass of red wine
  • side of veggies
  • two French bread slices
  • McDonald’s soft serve vanilla cone
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Take me out to the ball game

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

Workout:  Body Step

Today I started with a good sweat session at the gym.  I knew I was going to a baseball game tonight (where I might indulge in some stadium snacks), so I decided to just follow my hunger cues again today.

I started out with my go-to Sun Warrior protein shake.

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Then when I got hungry again, I had some carrots and hummus.

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And when hunger struck next, I dove into some chili that I made a huge batch of this past weekend.  The recipe is from Green Lite Bites, and I’ve made it before.  Delish, as always!

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I went to the baseball game this evening and something amazing happened–I didn’t have a single snack!  The chili really filled me up, and I increased my water intake today, so I was really fine throughout the game.  I was quite proud of myself for resisting the Cracker Jacks and nachos!

The rest of the evening consisted of another fulfilling smoothie and some more veggies and hummus.  I ended the day with my last vegan cookie (and then I cried because these things are the BOMB, and I’m going to miss them!)

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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 carrots + 2 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • homemade chili (recipe here)
  • afternoon shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • 100g celery + 2 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • vegan cookie

Yucatan Guacamole

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

(Note:  I originally published this post and forgot to even talk about the Yucatan guacamole…it’s been updated now.  Sheesh, I don’t know where my mind has been lately!)

Workout:  Spinning (480 cals burned) + Body Flow (215 cals burned)

This morning was typical…

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PLUS

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Lunch was the LAST portion of my homemade sweet potato and black bean chili.

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Then I dipped into my stash of coconut date rolls from The Fresh Market before my Body Flow class in the afternoon.

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Dinner was full of veggies and fruit!

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I had a craving for avocado tonight, but none of the ones at Publix were in the perfect condition for mashing, so I invested in this:

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It was pretty darn good for a packaged guac!  Definitely hit the spot for me.

And my evening snack was a bowl of “overnight” oats.  Yum!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra 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
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • coconut date roll
  • 3 oz carrots + 3 TBSP guacamole
  • Green Giant Healthy Vision mix (entire package)
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

(NOTE:  I forgot to hit “Publish” on this post last night…whoopsie!)

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (680 cals burned)

This morning I switched back to the raspberry Bonnie’s Jam spread on my Ezekiel toast…yum!

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After the gym, it was protein shake time!

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Lunch today was another recipe adventure, courtesy of Green Lite Bites, and it’s called a Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad (recipe here).  I got to whisk the dressing together with this adorable little whisk my mom got me for Christmas–thanks ma!

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And voila…a beautiful and quite tasty cucumber salad!

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I upped the cashews a bit since I’m nuts about nuts, so the calorie count is a bit higher than from the original recipe website, but here are the totals:

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After lunch, I headed to a coffee shop with a couple friends to do some work.  I brought along a coconut date roll for a mid-study session snack.

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I had another little snack after I got home from the coffee shop.

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And then for dinner I ate a bowl of the sweet potato and black bean chili that I made on Monday.  This time I spared you the ugly picture, though, hehe.

I ended the evening with a bowl of “overnight” oats.  It feels good to see that scale creeping back down.  I need to have more days of eating like today!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s Jams (raspberry)
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1 coconut date roll
  • bowl of homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • 5 oz of cantaloupe chunks
  • bowl of Thai inspired cucumber cashew salad
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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sweet potato and black bean chili

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump (255 cals burned) + Body Attack (345 cals burned)

I went back to my Ezekiel bread + hummus pre-workout snack this morning.

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I had a work lunch to attend today, so I hurried home from the gym and headed to campus to meet up with the group.  The place we wanted to go had some issues with their grill, so we decided to go to the on-campus cafeteria-type place, which is buffet style.  While I was tempted by pizza, pasta, cookies, and cakes, I stuck with a big salad with red kidney beans and veggies.

A little while later, I had 5 oz of cantaloupe chunks and another little afternoon snack.

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Dinner was a new recipe that I decided to try!  I got this one from one of my favorite blogs, Green Lite Bites.  The recipe is a sweet potato and black bean chili, which looked and sounded delicious.  Sadly, the picture of my chili is not quite as appetizing–sorry!

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It was actually quite delicious!  I added up all the calories in the recipe myself, which I’ve shown below:

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I then split the recipe into 5 portions, which came to roughly 175 calories per portion.  Not too shabby!

My evening snack was a bowl of “overnight” oats.

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I’m still in LOVE with this combo and look forward to it every evening.  That about does it for today!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP hummus
  • buffet lunch –> salad with tomatoes, green peppers, red kidney beans, and balsalmic vinaigrette
  • carrot cake Lara bar
  • 5 oz cantaloupe chunks
  • homemade sweet potato and black bean chili
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon

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Baby it’s cold outside

Weight this morning:  130.6
Low weight:  129.8
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Well, a cold front has officially hit the south, so I was in need of something warm today!  While working at home, I put my Keurig to use and made a cup of chai tea latte.Aaaand about halfway through drinking it, I spilled the rest–DOH!  Such an eeeediot!  Haha, oh well, only half the cals.  Later this evening, I whipped up a batch of an EASY vegetarian chili, also from Roni’s website GreenLiteBites.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t generally cook, but I CAN mix canned stuff together and warm it up, so this one was a winner for me!  That’s right, no chopping necessary.  I packaged it away into 8 portions (3 for Weds-Fri and 5 for next week.  Yes, I’m out of town again this weekend).  I’ll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!

The food i 8 today is pretty consistent with yesterday, so here it is:

  • broccoli, carrots, and 2TBSP hummus
  • red delicious apple + 2TBSP almond butter
  • 1/2 Keurig cup of chai tea latte (whoopsie!)
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, sliced banana
  • English muffin pizzas (recipe here)
  • slice of leftover Marco’s Pizza
  • pumpkin muffin (recipe here, teehehe)

I made it to the gym for my normal Tuesday Body Attack in the AM (415 cals burned) and Zumba in the PM (350 cals burned).  Total food calories ended up looking like this: