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!





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

asparagus and leftovers for dinner

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













And for dinner…









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

burger night out

Happy Monday peeps!  I started today with my usual protein shake, and lunch was…










And for dinner we met some of our friends that were passing through town.  We went to a popular downtown burger joint called Graffiti Junktion.  I had a veggie burger patty in a wrap form (no cheese or mayo), with a side of deliciously crispy tater tots.

Great day of yummy eats!

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
  • GNU peanut butter fiber bar
  • 1/2 veggie patty wrap
  • tater tots

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:



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











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



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.


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


Soon after, I snacked on some carrots and hummus.


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.


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


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

roasted vegetables & zevia soda

Today I started out again with my trusty protein shake!


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.  😉


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


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.


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


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.



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!


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


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

Workout:  Body Pump + 2.25-mile walk

I broke 130 lbs today!  woohoo!  Then I proceeded to eat everything in sight.  Well, not exactly.  But watching what I eat so much the past few days did make me quite ravenous today.

First up, I downed a Lara Bar before heading to the gym.



Then on my way to campus, I stopped at our local vegan joint and picked up a DELICIOUS tempeh and veggies salad.



I told myself I would eat half of it before class and the rest after…but I wolfed down the entire thing in one sitting.  Yep!

When I got home after being on campus, I ate some “beanito” chips (black bean chips) with hummus as well as a few bites of almond butter.

Then it was off to dinner with some friends at an Asian place.  I got a half order of vegetable brown fried rice and an avocado roll.  I ate almost all of that, too.

Then I came home and had a little more almond butter and called it a night!  I’m sure the scale will be back in the 130s tomorrow, but it was exciting to see 129 again, at least for one day!  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • peanut butter cookie Lara bar
  • vegan salad –> stir-fry of tempeh, carrots, squash, beets, cabbage, zucchini, onions, and ginger sauce served over a bed of lettuce
  • 7 beanito chips + 1 TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • few bites of almond butter
  • 1/2 order of vegetable brown fried rice + avocado roll
  • few more bites of almond butter

Mediterranean cuisine

Weight this morning:  130.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Step + 2.25 mile walk

Falafel, hummus, feta, oh my!  I love me some Mediterranean food.  Tonight I hate a veggie plate full of this goodness for dinner with a group of my friends.  I ate half of my meal at the restaurant and the rest a couple hours after I got home.  Delicioso!

Backing up to this morning, I started with a Body Step workout and then drank the rest of my kombucha from yesterday.



Then I actually just snacked on a Lara Bar.



And before I knew it, it was time for my Mediterranean feast!

I came home, went for a walk, and then finished my leftovers.

I also followed it up with some spoonfuls of almond butter as dessert.  🙂  Good day of eats!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 kombucha drink
  • Peanut butter cookie Lara Bar
  • veggie plate –> hummus, pita, falafel, tabbouleh, and salad
  • almond butter

blueberry overnight oats

Weight this morning:  130.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Spinning

Today I actually prepared myself for a morning appetite and made some blueberry overnight oats.  The recipe was pretty simple:

  • 1/4 C old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 of a banana, mashed
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 1/2 C blueberries (I used frozen…fresh works, too!)

I just mixed these ingredients together (no cooking necessary) and placed it in the refrigerator overnight.  This morning…voila!


It was a little more soupy than a thicker oatmeal texture, but it was still a delicious and light pre-morning workout breakfast.  Loved it!

I took a spin class from the gym, made my protein shake, and headed to campus to teach.  Afterward, I did some work in my office and sipped on this:


I drank about half of it before going back home and snacking on this:


Dinner tonight was an Amy’s burrito from the frozen food section at Publix, paired with some Publix salsa.


Good stuff!  I ended the night with a bowl of sweet green peas…trying to work in those veggies as much as possible!


Food i 8 today:

  • blueberry overnight oats –> 1/4C oats, 1/4 of a banana, 1/2C almond milk, 1/2C blueberries
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 bottle of kombucha
  • 3 oz broccoli + 2TBSP hummus
  • Amy’s burrito + 2TBSP salsa
  • 1 oz lightly salted almonds
  • Green Giant sweet baby peas (entire package)