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!



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.


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




Chili’s celebration

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

Workout:  Spinning + Body Pump (740 cals burned) and Body Flow (280 cals burned)

This morning I went back to my Ezekiel bread + hummus pre-workout snack.  I FINALLY finished that Supremely Spicy Sabra hummus that I mistakenly bought a while back.  And now I’m back to the Roasted Pine Nut…muuuch better!


I had my post-workout protein shake when I got home, and a little while later I munched on some fruit.


For lunch, I had the other Lightlife frozen meal from the buy-one-get-one-free deal.  This one was a pasta with zucchini, squash, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and cheese.


The taste was of course delicious (I mean, it’s pasta + cheesy sauce), but I really think the amount of veggies was lacking.  A little too much pasta and not enough veggies!

Dinner tonight was a celebration of sorts at Chili’s.  My husband just passed a big test for work, so we needed to celebrate no more studying for him!  My husband also MADE me eat nearly half of a cheese fries appetizer.   😉  Then I ate 1/2 a black bean burger patty and 1/2 a side of broccoli.


And, of course, I ended the evening with my “overnight oats” mixture.

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
  • 5 oz of cantaloupe chunks
  • Lightlife penne pasta meal
  • Chili’s –> nearly 1/2 of a half order of Texas cheese fries, 1/2 a black bean burger patty, 1/2 a side order of broccoli
  • “overnight” oats –> 1/3 C quick oats, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana, dash of cinnamon


TGI Fridays on Saturday

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

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Pump (760 cals burned)

I started my morning off with my Ezekiel toast + hummus pre-workout snack.


After my gym session, I came home and made my fave protein smoothie.


We had a great Saturday afternoon just relaxing, doing laundry, getting other stuff done around the house, etc.  For lunch, we grabbed Moe’s, and I had a tofu and black bean salad.


For dinner, we met up with my cousin and her boyfriend at TGI Fridays.  I planned ahead to get the spinach Florentine flatbread.  On their website, they say it’s only 380 calories, which was perfect for me!  I also had a potato skin (picked off the bacon) for an appetizer.  It was a great Saturday evening at Fridays!

Afterward, we swung by Publix and picked up a decadent cookies ‘n’ cream cake slice for dessert.  So tasty!


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
  • Moe’s salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, tofu, pico, guac, salsa
  • TGI Fridays –> potato skin + 4/6 pieces of the spinach Florentine flatbread
  • slice of Publix cake


Pizza night!

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Step (565 cals burned)

This morning I had my new pre-workout snack–Ezekiel bread + hummus.


I had to hurry after my workout to head to campus for a meeting, so I grabbed a quick snack instead of making my normal protein shake.


The rest of the day went unpictured, sadly.  😦  I went to lunch with my advisor (had a delicious chickpea and lentil dish) and then had dinner with friends, which made picture-taking difficult.  I know I’m trying to be “good”, but I have not been so good lately at all.

Tonight I ate…PIZZA!  Granted, I ordered a small (10″) veggie pie with NO cheese (just the crust, veggies, and sauce), and only ate half of it, so I didn’t go crazy.  Then I went out for….FRO-YO!  So yeah the whole weight loss thing isn’t exactly happening right now.  I’m enjoying the fitness challenge at the gym, though, and I’m definitely enjoying my dessert kick!  😉

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra supremely spicy hummus
  • 100 calorie Clif bar
  • lentil and chickpea dish
  • celery + Justin’s almond butter
  • 2 slices of veggie (cheeseless) pizza
  • $1.76 worth of frozen yogurt + brownie topping


Black and red bean soup

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack + Body Flow (740 cals burned)

Today’s eating begain with a spoonful of almond butter before heading to the gym to get my sweat on!  Afterward, I dove into a delicious protein shake.


Then I decided it was HIGH time I make a batch of something bean-based to get me through the week.  I went with a recipe from allrecipes.com called Heddy’s Black and Red Bean Soup, mainly because I had a lingering can of red beans I needed to use up.  The recipe was super simple, and the end result was quite tasty!


I wouldn’t say it was TO DIE for good, but it was good, and it’s hearty.  I would make it again.  I added the calories from all the ingredients together, and it comes to 1135 calories.  I split it into 6 portions, so each serving is roughly 190 calories.  Not too shabby!

Later in the afternoon, I had the last Garden Lite souffle I had stashed in the freezer.



Then for dinner we hit up ANOTHER burger joint in town (we also went for burgers Saturday afternoon).  This time I went with a veggie pita and sweet potato fries, although I only ate half of the pita and less than half of the fries.  Big portions!



Next up, yes…once again…I ate dessert!  😦  So naughty!  We went to Publix to pick up a RedBox movie, and I just couldn’t resist.  Well, at least it was delish!


Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter
  • 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 soup
  • Garden Lites souffle
  • 1/2 veggie pita + 1/2 order of sweet potato fries
  • slice of chocolate cake from Publix


BBQ and…fro-yo, yes fro-yo!

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

Workout:  spinning class + Body Pump class (690 cals burned)

Today I downed my spoonful of almond butter before hitting the gym.  When I returned home, I downed a modified version of my typical protein smoothie (just the protein powder, almond milk, and sunbutter)…definitely not as delicious as my usual mix that includes kale and 1/2 a banana.  I’ll be going back to that tomorrow!

Lunch today looked much the same as yesterday.  An Amy’s veggie burger, 1/2 avocado, and salsa.


Since I’m trying to be “good” and follow my rules during the day, I’ve been craving something sweet at night…kind of like a reward for myself.  Something to look forward to all day long to keep me on track.  So, in the early evening I attempted to bake something.  That something, in particular, was a recipe from Carrots ‘n’ Cake called Chocolate Chip Protein Bars.  Well, the only differences between my ingredients and hers are that I used a vegan protein, and I used the chocolate (instead of vanilla) flavor.  So, mine turned out looking more like brownies than chocolate chip bars.


Aaaaaand mine were not quite at all as fluffy as hers!  The taste was fine…but not exactly “good”.  They were super thin and kind of moist still actually.  I think using whey vs. vegan, vegetable-based protein makes a bit of a difference in baking.  I’ll have to keep this in mind for future baking adventures.  My husband took one bite of his brownie and threw the rest away.  Baking fail…

In other news, tonight we checked out a new BBQ place in town, and I got a delicious side sampler (and my husband’s house salad).





Sadly, I did not have a delicious, sweet dessert to come home to, so I caved and got $2.68 worth of fro-yo tonight.  Diet fail…

Good thing I’m still going crazy at the gym!  I’ll burn it off tomorrow, right?!

Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of TJ’s almond butter
  • protein shake –> scoop of Sun Warrior chocolate protein, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter
  • some of the batter for and one of my protein brownies (I tried to like them…)
  • BBQ dinner –> side salad w/house vinaigrette, 1/2 mac & cheese side, 1/2 broccoli side, 1/2 green beans side, 2 cheese potato wedges
  • FRO-YO!


Refocusing post-vacation

I’m baaaaack from my fun weekend away!  So…remember my commitment to “two months of focus“?  Yep, it included focusing on the following items:

  1. no fried foods
  2. no soda
  3. no excessive drinking (2 possible exceptions–my and my husband’s bdays, whoop!)
  4. no white carbs (pasta, bread, rice, cereal, fried breading, etc.)
  5. no buffets
  6. minimal pizza (weakness #1)
  7. minimal desserts (weakness #2)
  8. eat something within 2 hours of waking to kickstart my metabolism
  9. water, water water!  at restaurants, at home, at the gym…drink it up
  10. focus on PLANNING
  11. no binge junk food eating for an entire day/weekend/week…get right back on track!

Welp, this weekend I definitely broke a handful most of these “rules”.  Fried mushrooms, onion rings, diet coke, binge drinking in the French Quarter, pizza, and of course a casino buffet!   Hehe…I was definitely out of my normal routine this weekend for my husband’s birthday celebration, but I refuse to get down on myself about it.  I had a blast!  Ok, onward!

We woke up today and had a bit of a drive to get back home.  We managed to spot a Moe’s along the highway, which I was excited about since they added tofu to their menu.  I also was happy to switch it up from Subway.  I went with a tofu taco salad.


A couple hours later I was hungry for a snack, so I snacked on a Lara bar.


Then I hit up the gym for a much-needed sweat session.  I went to a Body Step class followed by a Body Pump class for a total of 850 cals burned!  Afterward, we hit up Publix to pick up dinner.  I went with these avocado salad rolls.


They were pretty tasty, but not enough avocado for my liking.  🙂  I can never get enough!  I still wanted a little something more after these rolls, so I had a bowl of oatmeal, almond butter, and coconut.


And that’s the end of this back-on-track kind of day!

Food i 8 today:

  • Moe’s salad –> romaine lettuce, tofu, black beans, guac, corn pico, salsa
  • Lara bar
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C kale, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 3/4 C almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1.5 avocado salad rolls from Publix
  • 1/3 C oatmeal, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1 TBSP coconut flakes



Today I was not feeling 100%…ick!  I had a pretty nasty hangover from last night, so I continued to eat a lot of fun food in an attempt to feel better.  I started with breakfast at a placed called Mothers.  So so good!



We stayed in New Orleans for lunch, too, but had a totally non-New Orleans meal.



My husband and I split a small pizza and basket of onion rings while watching some football.  And I had a little something sweet to round out the meal.



We arrived in Biloxi around 5:30pm, relaxed and watched some more football for a bit, and then headed down for some casino play and a buffet dinner.



I did quite a sampling of different items, and now I am feeling fat and happy! 🙂  We are staying at the Hard Rock here, and I’m quite pleased with the hotel and casino so far.

Food i 8 today:

  • Breakfast –> one scrambled egg, about half a pancake, one biscuit
  • Lunch –> about 1/3 of a pizza, a few onion rings, a praline
  • Dinner –> ohhhh goodness, bites of:  veggie lo mein, mac & cheese, corn casserole, cucumber & tomato salad, green beans, hush puppy, ice cream & brownie, cookie, carrot cake, chocolate cake

I am sooooo so full now!  My body is not used to this many calories in a day!  Back on track tomorrow though.  I’m scared to see the damage on the scale.  I may wait a couple days to hop back on.  😉

I have a new toy!

Weight this morning:  130.8
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning followed by a Body Pump class (700 cals burned)

Helllloooo out there!  I hope everyone is getting through the week with a smile.  Ok, today I started out with a spoonful of TJ’s almond butter before the gym.  Afterward, I downed my protein smoothie.


This afternoon I had to go to campus for another meeting, then I ran some errands, then I came home to WORK so I don’t have to this weekend and PACK for this weekend!  (reminder:  taking my husband on a bday trip this weekend.)  So, when I got home, I needed a quick snack, so I used my newest kitchen gadget from my mom!


Since I’m a calorie-counter and chunks of cantaloupe are a little difficult to measure by the cup, the food scale is the perfect solution to make sure my portion is correct.  10 oz on the dot!  So, I’ll be using the scale to make sure some of the “harder-to-measure” portions are correct.  What?!  You can use this thing for measuring out ingredients for cooking and baking, too?!  haha, maybe one day…  Next on the food agenda was my garbanzo stir fry–the last of it!


Later I had the pasta leftovers from the Italian dinner with my cousin last night.


I planned to end the night with a toasted bagel thin with a Laughing Cow cheese spread.


But after I ate it, I got a sweet tooth, and ended up fulfilling it with 1/2C of Publix lowfat fudge royal ice cream.  I had forgotten it was in the fridge–perfecto!

Food i 8 today:

  • spoonful of TJ’s almond buter
  • protein shake –> 1/2C kale, scoop of Sun Warrior chocolate protein, 3/4C almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 TBSP sunbutter
  • 100g cantaloupe
  • garbanzo stir fry
  • last night’s pasta leftovers (whole wheat pasta, broccoli, and artichokes in olive oil sauce)
  • Thomas bagel thin + Laughing Cow cheese spread
  • 1/2 C Publix fudge royal ice cream


Tofu x 2

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

Workout:  Body Step class (490 cals burned)

This morning started out with a couple spoonfuls of Justin’s maple almond butter before heading to the gym.  Today I had a lunch date planned with some colleagues and a dinner date with some friends.  Although I couldn’t snap a picture of either, they were both excellent tofu dishes!  For lunch, I had a teriyaki tofu salad, and dinner was a tangerine tofu and broccoli dish.  My dinner also came with white rice (they didn’t have any brown), but I didn’t have a bite.  So hard to resist!

In between the meals I also had a work happy hour where I downed a glass of pinot noir and managed to AVOID the chips, salsa, spinach dip, cheese fries, and nachos that were also on the table.   It was tough…I wanted just a nibble.  I managed, though.  I never got around to my oatmeal breakfast this morning with the gym and then the rush to get out the door to lunch, so I had it as a snack before dinner.


Oh, and after dinner we all decided to head to Village Inn for a slice of pie, so I couldn’t be a downer and end the evening early!  I had a slice of pumpkin.  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • Justin’s maple almond butter
  • teriyaki tofu salad
  • glass of pinot noir
  • oatmeal, 1/2 banana, sunbutter combo
  • tangerine tofu + broccoli
  • slice of pumpkin pie