pictures at last!

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









And dinner was…






…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

Staying on track

Nothing too special going on over here today.  Just trying to stay on track!  I started the day with a protein shake.





Next, I wolfed down the other half of my veggie Publix sub from last night.  SO much better the second day!  🙂





By the time cooking for dinner came around, I was already ravenous, so I munched on some cucumbers and guac while we cooked.





For dinner, we made the roasted veggies again.  They’re so darn good!





My husband also had a turkey and cheese sandwich, of course, but I was good just chowing down on tons of veggies.

I ended the evening with a bowl of oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter.  Good stuff!

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 Publix veggie sub
  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 of a Sabra guac container
  • roasted vegetables
  • 1/3 C old fashioned oats, 2/3 C water, 1 TBSP peanut butter, 1/2 banana


Life update!

I talk a lot about food on here.  Ok, I talk mostly about food.  That’s because I created this website mainly as a way to track the food I eat day in and day out, to keep me accountable when I stray from healthy eating, to try new food products and share them with you, to share healthy (and sometimes not-so-healthy) recipes with you, etc.  It’s not about my life so much, but sometimes I just feel the need to share, so…

(1) I got my PhD!

As I mentioned on here, I successfully defended my dissertation in June, and boy was that a huge achievement for me.  It meant I had taken all the necessary steps to complete my PhD in Business Administration–woohoo!  Yes, I have a concentration in a certain area that has to do with…debits and credits, hehe.

(2) I moved to Orlando!

This past year, while finishing up my PhD, I actually lived apart from my husband.  He has a great job that he loves in Orlando.  So, once that happened, my goal was to hopefully end up in Orlando for my job so we could all live happily ever after.

(3) I got a new job!

Well, I got what I wished for.  I secured a tenure-track, assistant professor position on the faculty at a major university in the area.  Woohoo!  I start teaching in mid-August.  I’ll be teaching two sections of a course on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The rest of the time will be spent doing research and trying to get that research published so that one day, I can earn tenure and have true job security!

(4) We’re looking to buy a home!

Now that I’m going to start earning a decent income, we can look to buy a home.  It’s a fun and exciting and time-consuming process.  I hope we find something that we love!

(5) What’s going on with my eating, fitness, weight loss?

My fitness routine has been pretty much nonexistent since the week I defended my dissertation in mid-June.  Following that date, I went on a two-week vacation to New Jersey, then babysat my nieces for two weeks at my parents place, and then proceeded to break my pinky toe, which has rendered me useless at the gym.  So, I’ve been just kind of “loosey goosey” with all that “diet/fitness/weight loss” jazz for now.  I’m attempting to eat mindfully, and oh, I am weighing in weekly now.  Every Friday morning is the plan.  As long as I’m around 130, I won’t be freaking out or doing any crazy adjustments to my eating.  I still have that “125” number in mind for me eventually, but with zero exercise while resting the foot, I don’t see that happening.  Maybe one day…le sigh.

Ok, that was a long update, so here’s a short list of the food i 8 today:








These tasty cookies were delivered to us today courtesy of my lovely mama!  It’s our 6-year wedding anniversary on Sunday, so it was a little anniversary treat.  Boy are these cookies deeeelicious!  I couldn’t even wait to take a picture before I dug into the macadamia nut one, hehe.  Thanks mom!

Food i 8 today:

  • leftover roasted vegetables + last slice of CPK pizza
  • 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 sliced cucumber + hummus
  • David’s cookies!!!
  • one veggie taco from Moe’s

double-guac day

This morning I started out with some…guacamole?!  Yep, sliced cucumber and guac.



For lunch, I paired some of my mom’s roasted vegetables…



…with a bowl of oatmeal/banana/peanut butter.

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Dinner included another dose of guacamole, this time in a Chipotle salad!



For dessert, my husband actually saved me a cookie he received from a Double Tree hotel while at work.  Supposedly, the hotel is known for their “amaaaazing” cookies.  I warmed it up in the mic for about 10 seconds, and mmmm it was delish!


Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 Sabra classic guacamole container
  • roasted vegetables
  • oatmeal –> 1/3 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 2/3 C water, 1/2 mashed banana, less than 1 TBSP crunchy peanut butter
  • Chipotle salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, guacamole
  • chocolate chip walnut cookie from the Double Tree hotel

Hershey’s s’mores cupcakes

Today I got back on track with my eating…for the most part.  😉

I started out with 1/2 a cucumber and some guacamole.



I followed this up with a black bean burger from Morningstar, along with some salsa.



I’m babysitting my three nieces this week at my parents’ place, so we spent the afternoon at the park.  I snacked on some animal crackers while I was there, then we headed home for dinner.



The girls and I worked on a special dessert in the kitchen tonight…



Betty Crocker came out with a “s’mores cupcake ” mix.  It was AWESOME!  You start with a layer of graham cracker, followed by some cupcake batter, a little bit of marshmallow, and even more batter to top it off.  I decided to enjoy mine without the frosting, and it was still super decadent.  Delish!


Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 Sabra guacamole container
  • Morningstar black bean burger patty + salsa
  • animal crackers
  • dinner –> 1 C salad, 1 TBSP hummus, side of broccoli, and 4 slices of veggie stromboli bread
  • Hershey’s s’mores cupcake
  • few more animal crackers

veggie burger patty salad

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

Workout:  am Body Pump + pm Body Attack

Great day of staying on track over here!



My post-workout, Sun Warrior protein shake




bottle of gut-friendly Kombucha





cucumber slices (dipped in guac)



My latest favorite!  I start with a couple cups (roughly) of spinach, then heat and chop up a Lightlife black bean veggie burger, and top it off with a few tablespoons of Publix salsa.  It’s delish!  I’ve started to eat veggie burgers bun-less in general, even when I’m out.  Why? Because I’d rather forego a white bread bun in favor of a little dessert treat later!  A bun doesn’t do much for me, but a cookie sure does.  Balance people!

I’m a little low on cals again today, but I’ve seriously just been following hunger cues.  I stuffed myself silly many days last week, so I think my body is thanking me for taking it easier this week.

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
  • Kombucha drink
  • 1/3 cucumber + 1/4 of a Sabra guac container
  • 1 Lightlife black bean burger patty + 2C spinach + 3 TBSP salsa
  • 3 oz broccoli + 2 TBSP Sabra hummus


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


we went out last night…

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

Workout:  Body Pump

I had a fun night out last night and didn’t get around to posting!  Here’s a quick recap:








Food i 8 today:

  • Diet lemonade from Chick-fil-a
  • 1/3 cucumber + Sabra guac
  • spinach, a black bean burger patty, and salsa
  • ginger snaps
  • trail mix
  • leftover pizza
  • way too many drinks!

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:



protein shake




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




Kombucha drink




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)


dessert challenge

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

So my husband and I just finished up this AMAZING Netflix series called “House of Cards”, and in it is a character who’s an alcoholic.  As we were watching the actor in one of his drunk fests, I said to the hubs, “Gosh, I can’t imagine anything having that much control over me like that.  I’m not sure there’s anything that I could absolutely NOT give up.”  And he promptly said “Dessert.  For a week.”  I thought, “Challenge accepted!”

Granted, it’s only a week (I started on Wednesday).  That’s not even close to an alcoholic giving up alcohol for LIFE, but I figured since I’ve been way overdoing it on the dessert front (as evidenced by posts like dessert triodisappointing dessertsugar overload, and free ice cream!?), I’d say it’s also probably best for my health to lay off dessert for a week.

Okay, onto today’s eats!  I started with some cucumber slices and the rest of that Sabra guacamole.  Good stuff!


I had to go to campus for a presentation from about 2:30-4pm, and then I hit the road for Orlando again!  I have two weeks until I start teaching a 6-week summer class here at my university, so I’m taking advantage of some vacation time before that starts.  🙂  I had a little snack before the presentation.



And another little snack after the presentation.


I’ve been craving some Italian for about a week now, so we decided to check out a new to us place tonight for dinner in Orlando (Il Pescatore).  We started with salad (house dressing on the side), garlic bread, and a glass of house red wine for me.



The salad and bread were just “eh”, but my main dish was nothing to sneeze at.



It’s a gnocchi dish with vodka sauce.  omg!  The sauce made the dish.  LOVED it!  I ate half at the restaurant, and may eat the other half right now…

Food i 8 today:

  • 2/3 cucumber + Sabra guacamole
  • peanut butter Larabar
  • Tropical Smoothie Island Green Spinach and Kale smoothie (NO sweetener added)
  • glass of house red wine
  • side salad with house dressing on the side
  • garlic bread
  • gnocchi in vodka sauce