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

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

pictures at last!

I slowed down some today and was able to take some pictures…breakfast was the usual shake.  For lunch…









And dinner was…






…followed by some gluten-free ginger snap cookies.

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 apple Larabar
  • side caesar salad
  • 1/2 of a personal pineapple pizza
  • 5 gluten-free ginger snap cookies

Friday weigh-in #4

This morning’s weight:  132.8

My other most recent weigh-ins:  134.2 (8/8), 132 (8/2), 131.8 (7/26), 133 (7/19),  134.4 (7/13)

Seeing this pattern leads me to believe that really, my weight is around 135.  With a “happy weight” of 130 and a goal weight of 125, I think I have 5 pounds to lose!  🙂

The good thing is that 4 weeks of rest for my broken pinky toe ended this week.  I’m going to TRY to get back in the gym.  I really hope the pinky toe is all good now!

Aaaaalrighty, onto the food!  I started today with a shake…



and peas!


Yes, very weird combo, haha.  For lunch, I hit up Pei-Wei with the hubs.



And tonight we stayed in, watched some TV, and ate pizza from Flippers!



Happy weekend!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice
  • 1 container Green Giant frozen peas
  • Pei Wei Mongolian tofu and vegetables + 1 veggie spring roll
  • 1/2 a medium pineapple pizza
  • ANZAC cookie from my fave vegan bakery!


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

leftovers for lunch

Today I woke up with an appetite, so I whipped up my go-to protein smoothie for breakfast.




I worked at the computer for most of the morning, ran out for some errands around noon, and stopped back home around 2pm for lunch.  It was a leftovers kind of day!



That would be the last zucchini boat from last night’s dinner (stuffed with chickpeas, mushrooms, onions, and other fun stuff) and a slice of California Pizza Kitchen veggie pizza from lunch yesterday.  Good stuff!

A little while later, I was jonesin’ for something sweet, and I had some fun treats from our Whole Foods haul yesterday that were calling my name.  But, I wanted to keep it healthy, so I opted for 1/2 banana + 1 TBSP natural peanut butter.  That did the trick!

We went to BurgerFi for dinner tonight.  I’m obsessed with their quinoa burger, so I was one happy camper!




Later in the evening, I finished off the other half of the vegan blueberry-lemon scone from Whole Foods.  It was omg-good!




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!
  • 1 zucchini boat
  • 1 slice leftover pizza
  • 1/2 banana + 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • quinoa burger with “lettuce bun” + 2 bites of a jumbo onion ring
  • 1/2 of a vegan blueberry-lemon scone from Whole Foods

CPK goodness

I slept in today and took it easy for a while before I headed to Publix with the hubs to knock out some grocery shopping.  We finished around 12pm and were more than ready for lunch at that point.  We got a coupon a while back for a free “small plate” from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), so we decided to go there.

My husband and I have quite different tastes (aaaand I’m vegetarian, he’s not), so the only small plate we could agree on were these mac & cheese bites!





They were great, but not great nutritionally.  They reminded me of grilled cheese, though.  Yum!

For my main entree I went with the veggie pizza, subbing the original crust for the whole wheat.  The whole wheat crust wasn’t bad by any means, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original.  I’d get it again, though, for the whole grain goodness.





Afterward, we stopped in at Whole Foods to pick up a few items.  While there, I just HAD to pick up a couple vegan bakery treats.  I dug into this one when I got home.





It’s a blueberry lemon scone of sorts.  I cut it in half, warmed it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, and it was perfecto.  The berry-lemon combo was spot-on!

For dinner, I tried out this recipe–basically zucchini boats filled with mushroom, chickpeas, onions, and zucchini.






It was ooook.  Actually, it was good.  It wasn’t great or amazing or out-of-this-world.  I would eat them again, but I wouldn’t go raving about it to anyone.  It was SUPER healthy, though.  Like, 107 calories per boat healthy.  That’s something!


Food i 8 today:

  • CPK –> 2 mac & cheese bites, 1/2 veggie pizza on whole-wheat crust
  • 1/2 Whole Foods vegan blueberry-lemon scone
  • 2 zucchini boats
  • a Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookie

3 weeks, 3 pounds, 3 updates

Weight this morning:  134.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

I’m back from a glorious 3 weeks of post-dissertation defense F-U-N!!!  Okie, here are my 3 updates:

(1) My Trip

…was amazing!  I RV’d up to NJ (stopped at my uncle’s in Georgia and our friend’s in Virgina along the way) with my parents and three nieces.  We stayed about a week and a half in NJ at my other uncle and grandfather’s.  While we were there, we visited family, spent quality time with my grandfather, went hiking, saw Monsters University, went swimming, played games, ate a whole lotta delicious food, took many walks, spent two days being “tourists” in NYC, got our nails done, etc. etc.  It was great for me to get away from work/school for a bit and just enjoy spending time with my family.  Great times!

(2) My Weight

While on vacation, I did not step on a scale, count a calorie, or worry too much about any of that.  My family is big on eating.  We planned our days around meals, and each dinner was followed by dessert–no exceptions.  Usually there were 2+ dessert options, too!  On the fitness side, I committed to at least one long walk each day.  Some days there were two walks, some days it was a full day of walking, and I did squeeze in a few bike rides as well.  The day I left for my trip, I weighed in at 131.6 pounds, and today I weighed in at 134.4.  So, I gained about one pound per week, for a total of 3 pounds.  I’m not exactly thrilled by this news, but it’s not exactly shocking either.  I ate waaaay out of my normal calorie range many days, but I sure did have fun doing it!

(3) My Toe

So last Wednesday I did something stupid.  I accidentally walked right into a rocking chair at my parents’ house, slammed my left pinky toe super hard, and subsequently got an xray and found out that I broke it.  (NOTE:  I did the same exact thing roughly one year ago to my other, right-side pinky toe–doh!!).  Anyway, this means I will NOT be getting right back into my fitness routine, like I had hoped.  I am walking around in a medical boot for at least three weeks, at which time I’ll assess whether I can go back to running/aerobics.  This is a bit depressing, considering I have those 3 vacation pounds I’d like to drop ASAP, but I will have to just work extra hard on the diet front.

I think my plan of action is to get my eating right this week and then weigh in again next weekend.  I hope to see a loss on the scale between now and next week!

Food i 8 today:









  • Pei Wei mongolian tofu and vegetables + veggie spring roll
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 side caesar salad
  • 1/2 8″ personal pineapple cheese pizza
  • tator tots

dissertation defended!

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

Workout: none.

Today was a big day!  4 years of hard work culminated.  I successfully defended my dissertation–woohoo!  Too excited to worry about food pics today!  🙂  Not my healthiest day of eats–I need a huge salad tomorrow or something!

Food i 8 today:

  • vegetable chips
  • glass of celebratory white wine!  + a few nibbles of fries
  • DQ vanilla soft serve cone with sprinkles
  • pizza! night out w/friends to celebrate
  • glass of Magic Hat draft beer
  • big ol’ oat and molasses cookie from a health food store