kombucha in the mix

Breakfast was the usual protein shake!

Lunch looked much like yesterday…










With a little kombucha added in the mix!



Dinner was some leftover pizza, and that’s about it!


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 cashew cookie Larabar
  • 1/2 Synergy kombucha drink
  • 2 slices pineapple pizza

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



Weight this morning:  132.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump + 20 mins on the elliptical

Today was filled with plenty of this…



and this…



After loading up on tons of fluids today, I had this for dinner:



and this…



Phew…I needed a light food day after this past weekend of indulgence!

Food i 8 today:


  • Reed’s kombucha (entire bottle)
  • apple + almond butter
  • 1/4-lb each of edamame cranberry salad & edamame succotash from The Fresh Market

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

Fresh Market kick

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack express + 2.25-mile walk

Today started with a quick Body Attack workout.  I had a pretty crap-filled food weekend, so my appetite was fairly nonexistent today.

I sipped on half a kombucha drink from The Fresh Market while in the office.



After being on a campus for a bit, I stopped by The Fresh Market (again) to pick up some healthy eats.  I went with a vegetable spring roll (filled with lettuce, carrots, mango, and avocado) as well as 1/4 pound of the edamame, cranberry, and feta salad.  Good stuff!



I did some work from home for a bit and then decided to go on a walk around my neighborhood while listening to some Freakonomics podcasts.  They’re so entertaining to me!

When I got home I was craving fruit, so I had an apple with some almond butter.



And that’s about it for today!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 kombucha drink
  • The Fresh Market –> vegetable spring rolls + 1/4-pound of edamame cranberry salad
  • 1 apple + 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)


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


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)


kombucha “cleanse”

Weight this morning:  132.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: Body Pump

Ok, so I hopped on the scale this morning and was annoyed with the number I saw.  Damn scale!  I know the only person to blame is myself…

Anyway, I had a pizza night with friends scheduled for this evening, so I decided to do a mini half-day cleanse prior to dinner.  I drank TONS of water and had this bottle of kombucha.


I’ve discussed some of the benefits of this drink in a previous post (here).  This one was pretty tasty, too.

The rest of the evening consisted of two slices of pineapple pizza and a Publix M&M’s chocolate chip cookie.


I’m back on the road to Orlando tomorrow!  I’m going to try my best to keep healthy choices in mind.

Food i 8 today:

  • GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha – Blueberry
  • 2 slices pineapple pizza
  • Publix M&M chocolate chip cookie

Trying out Kombucha

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump

Since entering the healthy living blogworld last year, I’ve seen Kombucha mentioned on several different blogs and websites.  What is Kombucha?  Wikipedia says, “Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.  Sometimes referred to as a ‘mushroom’ or ‘mother’, the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.”

The other day when I was in EarthFare, I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try.  The taste is interesting.  It’s fizzy.  It’s a little bitter.  But you get used to it, and it’s pretty good.


Yes, that is an empty bottle.  No, Kombucha is not a magical, invisible drink.  Ahem…so the taste grew on me and was pretty good.  It’s not something you can chug in 5 minutes, which is why it took me a few days of slowly sipping on it to finish the bottle.

This drink has 40 calories per serving (there are 2 servings per bottle), 7g sugar, billions of probiotic organisms, and loads of antioxidants and organic acids.  In reading about Kombucha, I’ve found several websites list the benefits of the drink, including detoxification, joint care, digestive and gut health, as well as immune boosting, but the medical evidence is a bit lacking.  So, go ahead and Google “kombucha” and decide for yourself whether you believe in its benefits.  I’m simply here to report that I tried it, I liked it, I might have it again in the future.  🙂

Ok, back to my EATS!  Today I started out by munching on some carrots and hummus.  I was starving when I woke up, so I just grabbed the quickest thing from the fridge!  After Body Pump, I whipped up my Sun Warrior protein smoothie (lots of spinach in this one).


A little while later I had some more of my homemade chili.


Then I had some more veggies and hummus.


So yes, maybe I’m a little hummus-obsessed!  It’s been a fave snack around here lately.  I’ve found it’s one of the best ways for me to get in multiple servings of veggies!

My evening “treat” tonight was Fiber One Chocolate 80-calorie cereal.  I’m hooked!


I might have had 2 bowls of this stuff…whoopsie.  So good!

Food i 8 today:

  • 3 oz carrots + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • 1/2 cucumber + 100g celebry + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • afternoon shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • 2 bowls of Fiber One cereal + 1 C almond milk