spring has sprung!

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

Workout:  Spinning (375 cals burned) + Pilates (140 cals burned)

Today officially begins my 2-week spring break!  woooohoooo, I’m excited for time with family and a bit of a break from school, although I will still be working over break.

I started it off at my gym with a couple of group fitness classes, then I hit the road with my protein smoothie in hand (new Tervis cup from my sister that I love, thank you!!).

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About halfway through the ride, I got hungry for some lunch, so I stopped for the best fast food option I could find–Subway!

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When I got to my destination (Orlando, FL, by the way), I was in the mood for a little snack, so I went with some green tea and one of the date rolls I brought on the trip with me.

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Dinner was a delicious quinoa veggie burger from BurgerFi.  I “made it green” by subbing the bun for lettuce.  GOOD STUFF.

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My husband INSISTED upon ordering these enormous onion rings…and I just couldn’t resist.  I had one!

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What I skipped out on at dinner, I made up for with dessert!

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Yep, it was another double-dessert night.  It’s too hard to choose just ONE!  🙂  A vegan pineapple cupcake and a vegan/gluten-free cookie.  Both were YUM, both from Dandelion Communitea Cafe.  The place is literally inside an old house.  It’s hipster, it’s divey.  It’s awesome!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter (pre-workout snack….couldn’t wait for the toaster)
  • protein shake –>  1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • coconut date roll
  • quinoa burger on lettuce (no bun)
  • 1 jumbo onion ring
  • vegan cookie + cupcake

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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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Hello sugar!

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

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Step (830 cals burned)

I started on the right foot today.

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I had an excellent workout and a healthy post-workout smoothie.

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But then I dove into some of my Trader Joe’s snacks…DOH!

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And I just. couldn’t. stop.  Later, when I went to New Leaf market for some non-sugary groceries today, I also ended up buying this:

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Granted…it’s gluten-free and vegan.  But it’s also the size of my HEAD and definitely full of sugar.  😦  BAD GIRL!  So much for cleaning things up today!  I then moved to another sugary snack…

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Yes, there’s “no sugar added”, and the sugar is from fruit juice, but it’s still a packaged product full of MORE sugar!

I ended the night with a bowl of my “overnight oats”.  I mean, I did OK calorie-wise today, but sheesh it was a weird food day with WAY more sugar than necessary!

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
  • TJ’s chocolatey cats cookies + cookie butter
  • giant gluten-free, vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie
  • “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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Food peer pressure

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

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

I started off this glorious Saturday with a slice of Ezekiel bread, toasted, with Bonnie’s raspberry jam spread on top.

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After my workout, I had a protein smoothie with my fave protein powder!

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Then I hit the road for a weekend trip to see my friend in a dressage show (it’s a competitive equestrian sport).  I had a black bean salad from Moe’s before going to the show, but I forgot to take a picture.  I also had a coconut date roll to hold me over until dinner.

For dinner (sorry, I also couldn’t take pictures), we went out to a local restaurant that had just about anything you could imagine on the menu…except good vegetarian options!  I opted for a side salad and two veggie sides (creamed spinach and a squash mix).  I was good with that, but warm bread with olive oil came to the table first.  Everyone at the table (there were 7 of us total) immediately reached for the bread, and then turned to me and asked, “You’re not having bread??!!!”  So of course, I felt the pressure of being the “weirdo who’s trying to eat healthy and doesn’t want to eat white bread”, so I quickly said, “of course I am!” and grabbed a piece.

Then we had tableside guacamole made as an appetizer, and of course I HAD to try this specialty of the restaurant’s.  I didn’t mind this too much since quac is mostly healthy (and I LOVE it), except for the few chips I had to pair with it.

After dinner, someone brought up dessert.  All the girls at the table were in, and as they turned to me, of course I had to say, “Count me in!”  I ended up splitting a carrot cake with someone.

Now, I know I didn’t HAVE to eat the bread, guac + chips, or dessert, but I really felt like such a…pooper, downer, non-adventurer…by just sticking to my salad and veggies.  The one thing I was able to avoid was ordering an alcoholic beverage, but all in all, I do find this “food peer pressure” difficult to overcome at times.  I don’t like being looked at like I’m some sort of fitness/health freak who can’t loosen up and have a good time.  So, I’ll probably go on giving into this peer pressure.  It’s a good thing I don’t go out to eat in big groups like this too often at all!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • coconut date roll
  • dinner out –> bread + olive oil, a few chips + guac, side salad, 1/2 creamed spinach, squash veggie mix, 1/2 carrot cake

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Black bean brownies

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body attack (560 cals burned)

I know, I know…black beans and brownies just don’t seem to go together, right?  WRONG!  I used a little trick from one of my fave recipe sites (Green Lite Bites) to make some black bean brownies.  How complicated is it?  Well…these are all the ingredients I used:

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All you do is puree the black beans in some sort of blender (I used my Magic Bullet), mix the pureed beans with the boxed brownie mix, bake for 30 mins at 350, and voila!

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The easiest, and yet still quite delicious, brownies ever!  By omitting the oil and eggs, you only save about 20 calories per serving, but you gain all the fiber and protein in those beans!  🙂  Anyway, I thought it was an easy and fun little twist on a typical dessert.  I brought these into school for a co-worker’s bday, and everyone loved them.  WIN!

This morning I had my pre-workout toast + Sabra hummus, but forgot to take a picture!  Afterward, I had a work lunch, where I had an egg-white only veggie omelette.  Good stuff!

Afterward, when I went to campus, I just HAD to have sugar…so I indulged in one of my homemade brownies, one Hershey’s Kiss, and a lemon macaroon cookie.  I don’t know what came over me!

Anyway, when I got home I could not keep my hands out of these cashews leftover from the Thai-inspired cucumber cashew salad.

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I have to get them out of my apartment STAT!  It’s like a bag of chips, only the amount of calories per handful is pretty high!

It was a rainy night tonight, so I just stayed in and had a warm bowl of oatmeal rather than braving the weather.

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Time for some Dateline with Keith Morrison now, wooohoo!

Food i 8 today:

  • Slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • egg-white only veggie omelette
  • black bean brownie
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss
  • a lemon macaroon cookie
  • too many cashews!
  • bowl of oatmeal (1/3 C oats, 2/3 C water, 1/2 mashed banana, heaping scoop of almond butter, dash of cinnamon)

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Green Tea-a day

Weight this morning:  129.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning (505 cals burned) + Body Flow (200 cals burned)

This morning I started with my pre-workout toast.

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And then I had my post-workout snack.

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I had another bowl of my homemade sweet potato and black bean chili (unpictured because it doesn’t photograph well!) and then a coconut date roll right after.

Then I went back to the gym for my tai-chi/yoga/pilates class and had a light “dinner”.

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About halfway through the cantaloupe, I realized it was a bit sour, so I stopped eating it rather than waste calories on something nasty.  I opted for another coconut date roll instead–love those things!

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I paired the date roll with a cup of green tea.  At the suggestion of one of my readers, I decided a week ago to implement an at least “one-cup-of-green-tea-a-day” rule.  I hear the drink will boost my metabolism, and it’s even on Dr. Oz’s list of 100 weight loss tips (here).  I don’t add anything to the green tea, so it’s not the sweetest/tastiest of drinks, but I’m fine with the light taste and willing to have a cup a day to see if it has any effects!

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
  • 1 coconut date roll
  • Green Giant creamed spinach (entire container)
  • another coconut date roll + cup of green tea
  • “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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a filling black bean taco salad

Weight this morning:  132.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Zumba (380 cals burned)

eeeek the scale didn’t move today–scary!  I must have done some serious damage this bday weekend!  I hope the pounds melt away as I get back on track with my exercise and food choices this week…

Today I had a black bean “taco” salad for lunch around 12:30pm.  And I wasn’t going to, but I ate the entire whole wheat shell that the salad was served in.  DOH!

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As a result of going crazy on the taco salad shell, I was literally full the rest of the day until about 7:30pm, when I whipped up a warm bowl of oatmeal/banana/almond butter.

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And that was it for the food i 8 today!  Yes, a little light on cals today, but the 5000 cals I likely had on Friday are still lingering somewhere in my body…  Up early tomorrow for a 6am Body Pump class.  G’nite!!

Food i 8 today:

  • taco salad –> lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, onions, guac, salsa, whole wheat tortilla shell
  • 1/3 C oatmeal, 1/2 mashed banana, 1 TBSP almond butter

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Light day, heavy night

Weight this morning:  129.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning (400 cals burned) + Pilates (175 cals burned)

Our spin instructor gave us a heads up earlier in the week that she would have treats for us today, and knowing she’s super fit and eats Paleo, I knew I could count on a healthy and satisfying snack.  She did not disappoint!  She made DELICIOUS brownies with chocolate protein powder, banana, almond butter, coconut, etc.  And she gave us juuust a little square, which was perfect!

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Oh, and yes I realized after the fact that you can totally see it’s 7:04am, I have half a tank of gas, my CD player is on track 3 (of the new Zac Brown Band CD–love it!), and my heat is set at 90 degrees…yes, I’m always cold!

Ok, so why did I have a “light day” eating today…today on the day of LOVE and indulgence and sweets?  Well, the reason is two-fold.  First, my husband had a work banquet tonight (so yes, our Vday plans were made for us), and I happened to want to look svelte in my business casual dress.  😉  But more importantly, because tomorrow is…

MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

So tomorrow I hope to indulge in plenty of carbs, birthday cake, jello shots, candy, etc.  hehehe.  Now, I’m not planning on going crazy in the food/drink department, but if I feel so inclined, I don’t want to feel guilty for having two terrible eating days in a row.  So, I tried my best to keep it light during the day.

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Lunch was last night’s leftovers from Chilis–1/2 a black bean burger patty with 1 TBSP salsa and 1/2 a side of broccoli.

And although it doesn’t look too appetizing, my afternoon snack was 1/2 a mashed banana mixed with 1 TBSP of freshly ground almond butter.

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Dinner was basically a side salad and a vegetable plate followed by a sampling of carrot cake and apple pie.  I HAD to have some chocolate in my life today, so after the banquet we proceeded to Publix to get a fun chocolate chip cookie dessert for me.  I definitely went a little crazy on the desserts tonight–sooo good!

Food i 8 today:

  • homemade chocolate protein brownie
  • Chili’s leftovers –> 1/2 black bean burger patty, 1 TBSP salsa, 1/2 side of broccoli
  • 1/2 mashed banana + 1 TBSP almond butter
  • banquet dinner –> side salad with house dressing, vegetable plate, small pieces of carrot cake and apple pie
  • Publix chocolate chip cookie sandwich

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