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

Out n about all weekend

Saturday and Sunday were filled with LOTS of errands and of course…eating!  We were furniture window shopping, grabbing a few things to spruce up my work office, had a couple trips to the supermarket, and we met with a mortgage broker somewhere in there.

We went to the Sweet Tomatoes buffet for lunch Saturday, and here’s a peek at just some of the many plates of food I consumed:






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I’m freakin obSESSED with Sweet Tomatoes.  Love love love it!

Later that night, we hit up happy hour at a local bar where I consumed two Bud Light drafts and 2 potato skins–yum!

Today we started out with lunch at Chipotle.



And dinner at Burger Fi.



And now I’m ready to unwind a bit before I have my FIRST day of teaching (ahem…going over the syllabus) tomorrow–woohoo!

Food i 8 today;

  • Chipotle salad bowl –> lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, guacamole
  • VegeFi burger –> quinoa burger patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and ketchup on a multigrain bun
  • feeling a little hungry…maybe a bowl of Vanilla gluten-free Chex cereal soon?

Finally some food pics

I finally took some food pics today!

Let’s start with my DELISH breakfast from Keke’s…



Followed by a yummy sushi lunch…

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And ending with a (pictureless) Jason’s Deli salad bar experience.

Gotta run…keepin’ busy…just wanted to check in!

Food i 8 today:

  • Breakfast –> 1/2 big ol’ banana chocolate chip pancake + 2 scrambled eggs
  • Lunch –> 1 veggie spring roll + 1 avocado cucumber roll
  • Dinner –> Jason’s Deli salad buffet

vegan lunch + junk food

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

Today I worked and worked at the computer and then realized I needed to break for some food!  I’ve been meaning to check out a local Orlando vegan joint, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, for lunch one of these days, so I went for it today.


I opted for the Polynesian Banana Fantasy which is a combo of bananas, carrots, celery, cucumber, walnuts, raisins, and coconut flakes that you can have wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla, mixed with quinoa in a bowl, or mixed with spring mix in a bowl.  I opted for the salad style.  They gave me sides of both a curry dressing and a guac of sorts that they call “whirled peas” guacamole because it’s made from pureed peas.  In a nutshell:  It. was. awesome!  Everything combined perfectly.   Yum!

An hour or two later I had a MAJOR craving for an indulgent, heavy, terrible-for-me dessert.  So I stopped at a local bakery called Sister Honey’s and went to town.


I ordered this four-layer coconut cake and my-oh-my was it sweet!  I could only manage to eat the cake part and the custard layers.  The icing was just tooooo rich for me to finish.


It sure did hit the spot!

Then, since I ruined my “good eating” with that dang slice of cake, I just continued with the junk food for dinner.  We went to a burrito joint and I just munched on these.



And of course, as if this wasn’t enough, I went ahead and got a vanilla ice cream cone from Chick Fil A on the way home.  SO bad today!

Ya know, I think not working out puts me in a funk where I just care less about eating right.  On top of that, I know that I am going back to my apartment this weekend and will start teaching a summer course on Monday.   I’ll get back into my routine with exercising regularly and eating clean, so I’m just “living it up” until then.

Food i 8 today:

  • bananas, carrots, celery, cucumber, walnuts, raisins, coconut flakes over spring mix with whirled peas dressing
  • big ol’ slice of coconut cake
  • chips and queso
  • vanilla ice cream cone

Dessert Trio

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

Workout:  none.

Today I woke up, did some work, then headed out to our fave Orlando BBQ joint (4 Rivers Smokehouse) for lunch with the hubs!


I went with my usual–a side of fire roasted corn and a side of bread pudding.  SO DARN GOOD!  I ate only half at the restaurant since we ate around 11am, and I wasn’t particularly hungry yet.  I ate the other half later in the afternoon.

On the way home from lunch, I stopped by my favorite Orlando spot for vegan and gluten-free desserts–Drunken Monkey.  I’ve been addicted to their Anzac biscuits for a while, but I decided I wanted to switch it up and try something new.  I could NOT decide on just one item, so naturally I went with three.


(1) a vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bar, (2) a small gluten-free double chocolate cookie, and (3) a small gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

After I ate the rest of my BBQ sides this afternoon, I decided to do a little taste test and commit myself to NOT polishing off all three, especially if they didn’t taste good.  The result:  the cookies were not so great, so I trashed both of them.  The cookie bar was delish, so I saved the rest for my after-dinner snack.  Perfecto!

Dinner was a Chipotle salad.


I really didn’t need to eat all of this, but I did!  My belly is FULL and happy now!

Food i 8 today:

  • side of fire roasted corn
  • side of bread pudding
  • bites of:  (1) a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie and (2) a gluten-free double chocolate cookie
  • entire vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie bar
  • Chipotle salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, guacamole

Disappointing Dessert

Weight this morning:  130.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  25-minute jog/walk

I did some work this morning and then went on a short jog/walk in the early afternoon.  My foot is sore from all the walking this weekend, which is frustrating!  I guess this means it’s not completely healed.  I think I’m going to rest it again…or at least try to not be on it as much.

First up on the food agenda was my go-to protein shake.


After this I had a snack of some vegetable chips, as well as cucumbers and hummus.


I ended up eating only half of those cucumbers…I thought I could do an entire one, but I didn’t make it.

Dinner was one of our Orlando faves–BurgerFi.  I went with my usual quinoa burger (no cheese) on lettuce wraps in lieu of a bun.



Dessert came in the form of a Publix strawberry cake with buttercream frosting.


It actually wasn’t as satisfying as I anticipated.  I shouldn’t have eaten it.  It wasn’t that great.  I’ll remember that for next time!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • vegetable chips
  • 1/2 cucumber + Publix jalapeno & cilantro hummus
  • quinoa burger on lettuce wraps with pickle, onions, and ketchup
  • 1/2 of a huge onion ring
  • slice of Publix cake

Wawa and a concert

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

Workout:  lots of walking around a theme park

Today I had my first EVER Wawa sub sandwich!  Wawa is a gas station/convenience store that has a HUGE following, particularly among east coasters.  Anyway, they are supposedly known for their awesome sandwiches, so I gave their veggie sub a try today.


This was a good sub, don’t get me wrong, but I would still choose my Publix veggie sub over this one any day!  I ❤ Publix.  My husband is pretty keen on Wawa sandwiches, though, so I’m sure we’ll be back for more Wawa goodness in the future!  🙂

We spent the rest of the day at Universal Studios in Orlando–woohoo!  We went to a concert there in the evening, which was awesome.  My brother has a hook-up with the band, so we got some free food backstage for dinner.  I had a plate of Mediterranean food (Greek salad, hummus, veggies….mmm) and THREE desserts, yes 3.  Two cookies and a serving of an apple cobbler.  Delish.

After the concert, we went out for some late night drinks and eats.  We split a plate of loaded cheese fries and a sampler with spinach dip, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and fried mushrooms among our group.  Good stuff, but blaaaah I didn’t need all that fried food!

Food i 8 today:

  • Wawa 6″ veggie sub
  • plate of Mediterranean food
  • 2 cookies + apple cobbler
  • loaded cheese fries
  • 1 mozzarella stick, 2 fried mushrooms, too much chips and spinach dip!

Not my healthiest day…

Weight this morning:  129.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

Today I was bad.  I was out with family and just let myself go.  A little too much.  We went out to three restaurants (lunch, snack/happy hour, dinner).

#1:  4 Rivers Smokehouse

I had half a side of some fire roasted corn,



a deeeelicious entire side of bread pudding,



and about 1/2 of this ginormous double chocolate cookie, which I nibbled on throughout the afternoon.



#2:  Wildside BBQ

I was still pretty full from lunch, so when we hit up this place mid-afternoon, I just sipped on some Diet Coke and ate some fried pickles.

#3:  Rocco’s Tacos

This is when I kind of just let the good times roll…

I started with a glass of red sangria.  Then we ordered some chips and salsa.  Then we got some tableside guac made.  (AWESOME!)  Then I had WAY too many chips…I can’t help myself with chips and dips.  Too yummy!  Then I ordered a small salad.  Then I came home and nibbled some more on my chocolate cookie.

And now I feel stuffed to the brim.  Back on track tomorrow…

Food i 8 today:

  • entire side of bread pudding
  • 1/2 side of fire roasted corn
  • 1/2 of a HUGE double chocolate cookie
  • maybe 5 fried pickles
  • one glass of red sangria
  • TOO MANY chips + salsa + guac
  • black bean salad
  • 1/4 of a HUGE couble chocolate cookie

local eats

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

I’m still resting my foot today!  I was going to do the upper body workout from yesterday again, but I’m actually a little sore, so I’ll do it again on Wednesday and Friday, giving myself rest days in between.  I worked at my computer for a while this morning, and when I got hungry, I still made my Sun Warrior protein shake since I love it so much!


Later I snacked on some carrots and hummus…


…and some vegetable chips.


We checked out a “new to us” restaurant here in Orlando called Spooky’s Black Cat Cafe.  It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall, local type joint (my fave!).  We started with the server-suggested beer bread and cheese.


Mmmmm…it was spot on.  Delicioso.  The hubs and I devoured it.

Next up, I went with a small salad filled with spinach, apples, tomatoes, feta, craisins, and maybe a few other goodies.


I just had to show my husband’s selection, too.  He went with the BBQ pulled pork and waffles with mac and cheese.  He was pretty impressed.


Sadly, dessert was the only disappointment.  I took a chocolate and peanut butter cake to go.


It was quite dry and just tasted like it had been in the glass case for a while.  I only ended up eating about 1/3 of it before stopping myself from wasting calories on something not-so-tasty!  I stole a few bites of my husband’s sweet plantains from Pollo Tropical, though.  😉

Overall, I would definitely recommend this local joint to anyone.  We LOVED everything we ordered (minus the dry cake slice).  I really like supporting local restaurants like this, so we’ll definitely be going back in the future!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP MaraNatha sunflower seed butter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • carrots and Publix jalapeno and cilantro hummus
  • vegetable chips
  • one slice of beer bread + cheese
  • small salad
  • a few bites of mac & cheese
  • 1/3 of a chocolate peanut butter cake slice
  • a few bites of sweet plantains

upper body pyramid workout

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

Workout:  upper body strength (see below)

So I hurt my foot a little while back.  I maybe just pulled something in the arch/ball area of my right foot.  I think it happened during the fitness challenge at my gym when I was attending LOTS of group fitness classes.  I kind of ignored it for a while, but now every time I do an intense cardio class or spend the bulk of a day walking (or moving an in-law), it starts to bother me again.  Anyway, in an attempt to let this minor foot injury heel, I’m giving it a rest this week.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t go crazy with an upper body workout!

All I have to work with here are two 10-pound weights.  I found a  workout from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers (this post).  It looked good enough for me, so I went with it.  It’s a pyramid workout that includes:

  • 10 pushups
  • 20 dips
  • 30 bicep curls
  • 40 second plank
  • 50 tummy tuck planks (I subbed for 50 bicycle crunches to minimize the pressure on my foot)
  • 40 second plank
  • 30 bicep curls
  • 20 dips
  • 10 pushups

I went through the pyramid twice and it took me about 20 minutes.  Quick and effective.  But, onto the important stuff…FOOD!

I brought my protein on this trip, so I whipped up a smoothie today.


We went to an Orlando favorite–BurgerFi–for a late lunch/early dinner.  I went with  a double-quinoa burger with lettuce leaves instead of a bun.  I topped it with ketchup, pickles, onions, and tomato.  SO GOOD!


The hubs ordered a boatload of onion rings, and I had the smallest one in the pile (which was still rather large).


I grabbed an Anzac cookie from the Drunken Monkey cafe for dessert.


It was a pretty good day of eats!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • quinoa burger @ BurgerFi
  • a smallish jumbo onion ring
  • Anzac cookie from Drunken Monkey
  • a few bites of Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter