kombucha in the mix

Breakfast was the usual protein shake!

Lunch looked much like yesterday…

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With a little kombucha added in the mix!

 

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

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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

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…

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and peas!

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

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

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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!

 

hodgepodge for lunch

Quick post before I hop into bed!

Breakfast:

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Lunch:

 

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Dinner:

 

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Waaaay too few calories today, but the day just got away from me!  I guess it’s alright since I weigh in tomorrow!

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
  • lunch hodgepodge –> 3 oz + 1/3 of a Sabra guac container, leftover roasted vegetables, edamame/cranberry/goat cheese salad from The Fresh Market
  • dinner –> 1 Morningstar spicy black bean burger patty + 2 TBSP Publix medium salsa

leftovers for lunch

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

 

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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!

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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!

 

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

 

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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

PB2 powdered peanut butter

Weight this morning:  133.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none

Welp, I put in a good week of eats, and the scale shows a loss of 1.4 pounds.  I’ll take it!  I wish those vacation pounds would drop more quickly, but I know it will take a consistent pattern of healthy eating to lose it all.  Anyway, onto the events of today!

I started the day with a protein shake.  I picked up a NEW (to me) product the other day, and decided to finally test it out in my smoothie.  It’s a peanut butter replacement called PB2 that’s only 45 cals for 2 TBSP, as opposed to the normal 200 cals for normal peanut butter.

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I think it tasted alright, and it’s a fine replacement in some situations (maybe baking or when I want PB and don’t want all the cals/fat that go along with it), but I think after I’m done with this jar, I’ll just stick to the real stuff in the future.  There are some interesting articles out there comparing PB2 vs. the real stuff (here and there are others).  For the most part, they say that getting all the good fat/nutrients from real peanut (or, even better, almond) butter outweighs the saved calories and fat from subbing in the powder (which, btw, uses a process to remove over 90% of the fat in peanut butter).  Either way, I’m glad I tried it out!

The rest of the morning/early afternoon consisted of sitting at my computer for many hours, hammering out some work.  At some point, I got hungry, but I just wanted to grab something quickly and keep working.  So, I went for a spoonful of sunflower seed butter straight from the jar and a couple of Girl Scout cookies that I took from my mom’s stash.  🙂

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This evening the hubs and I went to a tapas place for some drinks and snacks and then to a Cuban place for a few some more food, and then we called it a night!  I didn’t take any pics, but the food details are listed below.  I’m so full right now, but it was sooo good!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP PB2, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1 spoonful of sunflower seed butter
  • 2 dos-i-dos Girl Scout cookies
  • Tapas place –> 1 glass of mango sangria, roasted pear + pecan flatbread, falafel + aioli dip
  • Cuban place –> 1/4 glass of red sangria (didn’t feel like the rest), 3 slices of Cuban bread, a few Yuca fries, 2 plantain chips with pineapple guacamole, one plantain, banana chocolate chip bread pudding

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:

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  • 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

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!

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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:

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

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

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

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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)

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broccoli for breakfast (Tuesday’s eats!)

Weight this morning:  131.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Step

Today I woke up with QUITE an appetite!  So I headed straight for the fridge and started munching on some broccoli and hummus.

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I know…it’s a strange choice for breakfast.  Sometimes, though, ya gotta go for what’s easy!

After my Body Step class, I had a protein smoothie and then headed to campus to teach my class.

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After class, I stuck around for a bit to do some other work, and I got REALLY hungry again.  I snacked on a granola bar that I had stashed in my work desk.

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Dinner tonight was my black bean burger patty + spinach + salsa mix.  It hit the spot!

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I also had some Green Giant veggies

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Dessert included a delicious berry shake–so good!

I also baked an easy peasy pineapple angel food cake (literally, just a boxed angel food cake mix + crushed pineapple) tonight that kind of crumbled when it came out of the pan and doesn’t look so pretty.  BUT it tasted great!  (I had to sample a slice hehe)

Food i 8 today:

  • 3 oz broccoli + 2 TBSP hummus
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • Sunbelt oats and honey granola bar
  • Lightlife black bean burger patty + 2C spinach + 3 TBSP salsa
  • Green Giant Healthy Vision mix (entire package)
  • dessert shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder, 1 C blueberries, 1/2 banana
  • slice of pineapple angel food cake

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out-of-town weekends

Weight this morning:  130.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: 1/2 hr cardio work, 1/2 hr Body Attack

Today I woke up with an appetite so I snacked on some cucumber slices and hummus before hitting the gym.

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After my workout, I downed a delicious Sun Warrior protein smoothie.

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Then I headed to campus to teach.  Afterward, I hit up Subway for an on-the-go snack for my drive out of town.

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Dinner tonight was hibachi at a Japanese Steakhouse!!!  (one of my faves)  I only ate about half my tofu + vegetable entree, since we hit up Chili’s before dinner for 2-4-1 drinks and chips & salsa.

As a side note…I have a lot of family that lives nearby (anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours driving distance).  I don’t have a lot of family in the city I live.  That being said, I make a lot of weekend trips to hang with family and friends nearby.  I find myself easily staying on track food-wise during the week when I’m home and slipping up when I’m with friends and family on weekends.  So, this weekend I am going to pay more attention to the food I’m inhaling.  I need to be more mindful on the weekends.  Eat when I’m hungry.  Stop when I’m full.  Here’s to a healthy weekend!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/3 cucumber + 1.5 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 6″ veggie sub from Subway
  • 2 glasses of red house wine
  • chips and salsa
  • 1/2 portion of vegetable and tofu hibachi
  • some nibbles of brownie brittle (whoopsie…SO GOOD!!!)

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!

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My post-workout, Sun Warrior protein shake

 

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bottle of gut-friendly Kombucha

 

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cucumber slices (dipped in guac)
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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

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