Scotland-bound!

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!

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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
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asparagus and leftovers for dinner

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

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And for dinner…

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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

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

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:

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

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

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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 + 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

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

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.

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

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Soon after, I snacked on some carrots and hummus.

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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.

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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

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Village Inn + Publix Deli

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

Workout: 30 mins on the elliptical

This morning I woke up, worked up a sweat on the elliptical for 30 mins, then headed out to pick up brunch and drive to campus.

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Although the pic doesn’t make it look too appetizing, I thoroughly enjoyed this veggie omelette, fresh fruit, and english muffin–all for under 500 calories!

I taught my class, did some work on campus, ran a couple errands, then picked up dinner at the nearby Publix Deli,

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The salad was delish.  I only had two bites of the black eyed pea mix before determining I just didn’t like it.  It had a trace of an “olive-y” taste, and I dislike olives, so the other salad served as my dinner!

Food i 8 today:

  • Village Inn –> veggie omelette, english muffin, fresh fruit
  • Publix Deli –> salad with lettuce, candied pecans, cranberries, apples, and bleu cheese (which I picked around); a couple bites of a black-eyed peas salad

eating at the computer

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

Workout:  Body Pump

Today I started with a great Body Pump class.  My eats were pretty similar to yesterday’s!  I drank a protein shake on the way to campus.

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Then I ate my blueberry overnight oats a little while later.

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Next, I sipped on the rest of the kombucha I started on yesterday.

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When I got home around 5pm, I was STARVING, so I went ahead and ate another Amy’s burrito with a side of salsa.

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I still wanted a little something after I finished the burrito, so I had a 1/4 cup portion of some Women’s Vitality trail mix I picked up at The Fresh Market a while ago.  It hit the spot!

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So most of my food pictures are taken on my work desk or home desk because…I eat most of my meals in front of the computer!  I have heard you should detach yourself from all media when eating to truly enjoy and savor the food you’re eating.  For some reason, I enjoy the combo of food + computer and/or TV.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, long, unplugged dinner with great conversation and whatnot, but many times I eat my meals alone, so having the trusty ol’ computer as a companion just warms my heart.

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –>  1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/4 banana
  • blueberry overnight oats –> 1/4 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 mashed banana, 1/2 C frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 kombucha drink
  • Amy’s burrito + 2TBSP salsa
  • 1/4 C Women’s Vitality trail mix from The Fresh Market
  • blueberry shake!

(ate too many ingredients from too many things to fit MyFitnessPal into one snapshot today!)

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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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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