weekday eating

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:   Body Step + Body Flow (600 cals burned)

I find that eating healthily during the week is SO simple for me.  Most of my weekends include family visits, restaurant dining, happy hours, cocktails, socializing, dessert opportunities, etc., and it’s just SO DIFFICULT to resist so many temptations.  During the week, I have a schedule, I plan what I’m going to eat, and healthy eating comes easily.  I need to just lock myself inside my apartment on Saturday and Sunday haha.  OK, enough babbling and time for the food i 8 today…

Today was more random eating to clean out all my food before spring break.  Before I headed to the gym this morning, I grabbed my Ezekiel toast + jam spread.


Right when I got home I used my favorite protein to whip up a protein shake.


Then it was time for some “lunch”–an almond butter apple + the other serving of the Trader Joe’s kale chips from yesterday + a coconut date roll.


Dinner, again, was some veggies I had laying around.


And I ended the day with a new favorite–my chocolate overnight oatmeal!


Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • medium apple + 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter
  • Trader Joe’s zesty nacho kale chips (one serving)
  • coconut date roll
  • Progresso light vegetable soup (entire can)
  • Green Giant antioxidant blend (entire container)
  • “overnight oats” –> 1/3 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 1/3 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana, less than 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder



a smorgasbord of food

Weight this morning:  130.2
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body attack + spinning (670 cals burned)

Today was a smorgasbord of food!  I’m leaving for an extended (two-week) spring break on Thursday, so I need to clean my food out the best I can.  So, here’s what I came up with today…


Ezekiel toast + Sabra roasted pine nut hummus


post-workout protein shake


carrots + 2 TBSP Yucatan guac


I have never tried kale chips, but I hear all about them on the blogs I follow, so last time I was at Trader Joe’s I decided to pick up a bag!  Upon the first bite, I was not really liking them.  After a couple bites, I was indifferent.  By the end, I was thinking, “I want more!”.  The taste is a little “different” at first, but it’s easy to get used to and definitely reminds me of snacking on chips.  I’d say I’m a fan of kale chips!


Dinner tonight was a double-dose of veggies!


Then I had a little something sweet…


And one more sweet treat…


Chocolatey overnight oats!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Sabra roasted pine nut hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 3 oz carrots + 2TBSP Yucatan guac
  • Trader Joe’s zesty nacho kale chips (one serving)
  • Progresso light vegetable soup (entire can)
  • Green Giant antioxidant blend (entire container)
  • coconut date roll
  • “overnight oats” –> 1/3 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 1/3 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana, less than 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder


Refocusing post-vacation

I’m baaaaack from my fun weekend away!  So…remember my commitment to “two months of focus“?  Yep, it included focusing on the following items:

  1. no fried foods
  2. no soda
  3. no excessive drinking (2 possible exceptions–my and my husband’s bdays, whoop!)
  4. no white carbs (pasta, bread, rice, cereal, fried breading, etc.)
  5. no buffets
  6. minimal pizza (weakness #1)
  7. minimal desserts (weakness #2)
  8. eat something within 2 hours of waking to kickstart my metabolism
  9. water, water water!  at restaurants, at home, at the gym…drink it up
  10. focus on PLANNING
  11. no binge junk food eating for an entire day/weekend/week…get right back on track!

Welp, this weekend I definitely broke a handful most of these “rules”.  Fried mushrooms, onion rings, diet coke, binge drinking in the French Quarter, pizza, and of course a casino buffet!   Hehe…I was definitely out of my normal routine this weekend for my husband’s birthday celebration, but I refuse to get down on myself about it.  I had a blast!  Ok, onward!

We woke up today and had a bit of a drive to get back home.  We managed to spot a Moe’s along the highway, which I was excited about since they added tofu to their menu.  I also was happy to switch it up from Subway.  I went with a tofu taco salad.


A couple hours later I was hungry for a snack, so I snacked on a Lara bar.


Then I hit up the gym for a much-needed sweat session.  I went to a Body Step class followed by a Body Pump class for a total of 850 cals burned!  Afterward, we hit up Publix to pick up dinner.  I went with these avocado salad rolls.


They were pretty tasty, but not enough avocado for my liking.  🙂  I can never get enough!  I still wanted a little something more after these rolls, so I had a bowl of oatmeal, almond butter, and coconut.


And that’s the end of this back-on-track kind of day!

Food i 8 today:

  • Moe’s salad –> romaine lettuce, tofu, black beans, guac, corn pico, salsa
  • Lara bar
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C kale, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 3/4 C almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1.5 avocado salad rolls from Publix
  • 1/3 C oatmeal, 1 TBSP almond butter, 1 TBSP coconut flakes


Nose to the grindstone

Weight this morning:  128.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Alright, today wrapped up my week of trying to clear out the pantry/fridge before I go on my trip!  I have to say, I did fairly well.  This morning I finished off the last bit of almond milk with this fine treat:

Then I was able to wax off the last of my Sabra Roasted Pine Nut hummus.

I also ate the last of my leftover Texas caviar from the shower on Sunday.

And I ended the day with one of the sweet treats I had sitting in my freezer.

I actually enjoyed this flavor better than the cookies ‘n’ cream I had two nights ago.  I really liked the little brownie bits throughout–not too shabby!

So, did you notice a theme in these pictures?  Yes, I was sitting at my desk with my nose to the grindstone ALL DAY LONG!  I have this paper I’m working on and have spent the bulk of the day, including most of my meal-eating, at my desk.  Ugh, I hate these days, but I gotta do it every now and then.  It felt good to get quite a bit accomplished before I go out of town, though.

Ok, back to business.  I started today with a treadmill jog (150 cals burned) and a Body Pump class (250 cals burned) and then went to a step class this afternoon (470 cals burned).   Here’s all the food i 8 today:

  • Panera 1/2 Caesar salad (no croutons) –> had a lunch meeting and opted for something light to save room for all the stuff in my pantry at home!
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • dip chip carrots + hummus
  • leftover Texas caviar (recipe here), wholly guacamole packet, some dip chip carrots
  • oatmeal, freshly ground peanut butter, 1/2 a medium banana –> omg still soo so good, you must try!
  • Skinny cow lowfat ice cream – chocolate fudge brownie

And the associated calories are below.  Alrighty, I’m back on the road tomorrow.  This weekend I’m actually headed to my parents’ house!  It should be a good time.  I’ll keep you posted on all the food fun that goes down!

Cleanin’ out the pantry

Weight this morning:  128.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I’m down again to a NEW low!  🙂  Good things come to those who eat mindfully.  ahem, ok, on to other happenings…

This week I’m making a conscious effort to make food choices that help clean out the pantry!  Every now and then I find myself accumulating too much food in my cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer and then continuing to purchase more items that I don’t really need.  As much as it dismays me to not visit Publix this week, I realize I need to take a break from visiting that lovely place where shopping is a pleasure and try to eat up the food that I already have on hand.  I’m also leaving for somewhat of a holiday vacation on Friday, so clearing out the bulk of this food before I leave would be ideal.

I actually slept terribly last night, so in an attempt to gain more sleep, I turned off my 5:30 alarm for 6am Body Pump.  Unfortunately, I didn’t fall back asleep.  Darn it!  I hate when that happens!  So I finally rolled out of bed around 7:30 and went to my little apartment gym for some treadmill and elliptical (325 cals burned).  It was a boring workout, but it got the job done.

As expected, most of the food i 8 today is pretty standard (stuff you’ve seen on here before), with one minor exception…THIS:

Yes, that would be a slice of good ol’ Publix cake!  Someone in another department at work retired today, and they had some leftover, so I figured, “Why not?”  If a girl can’t go into Publix, then Publix will find its way to the girl!  🙂  It was the perfect afternoon snack.

Ok, below are the lists for today.  On to watching American Horror Story–scaaAAaaarrRRRYyyyy!

  • dip chip carrots + 2TBSP hummus
  • Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • slice of Publix cake –> YUM!
  • Texas caviar (recipe here) and wholly guacamole on whole wheat bread
  • oatmeal, freshly ground peanut butter, half a banana (I have some frozen ones stashed away) –> this was an AWESOME mix, so good!
  • the last few bites I had left of my homemade applesauce (recipe here)

Measurements Matter

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  129.0
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I often measure what I eat.  It makes a world of difference to bust out a measuring cup and see exactly what 1 cup of cereal or 1 TBSP of almond butter looks like (both of which I could eat countless amounts).  I started today with a Body Attack class (measuring my 420 cals burned) and then had some cereal, which I also measured out……along with some almond milk, which of course I had to MEASURE!

In the evening, I went back to the gym for my usual Tuesday night Zumba, but the instructor had to cancel and they had someone teaching Body Attack instead!  Ah well, I did Body Attack for the second time today (425 cals burned).  At least it was a different release from the one I did this morning.  I had a couple of “leftover Texas caviar + wholly guacamole” sandwiches for dinner and, again, measured everything!

When it comes to dessert, portion control and exact measurements are also my friend, which is why I picked up these guys a while back:

I went with the cookies and cream variety tonight, and I have to say it really hit the spot!  I had to get over the “this should taste like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream” thoughts I had when I initially started eating it, though.  Actually, after the first bite, I thought it wasn’t great and I could probably be OK with just half the carton.  But, it really grew on me, so by the end I was left with:

Measuring things out and buying items that are already nicely packaged and portion-controlled make counting calories (or WW points) and losing weight much easier.  The only downfall to this method is that it leaves me constantly wanting to go to restaurants and buy foods where the calories or “measurements” are clearly available.  In reality, the mom ‘n pop type of places and the baked goods your friends make are often more desirable than chain restaurants and pre-packaged desserts.  It’s a trade-off, but it seems that the more days I measure, the more I feel ok about indulging in those foods where the calorie count may not be clear from time to time.

Ok, here’s a summary of all the food i 8 today along with the calorie count.  Happy measuring to you!

  • the LAST of the three-bean chili (recipe here)
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, + medium banana
  • carrot dip chips + 2TBSP hummus
  • a spoonful of freshly ground peanut better (pre-workout)
  • 2 Texas caviar (recipe here), wholly guacamole, and whole wheat bread sandwiches
  • a few bites of my homemade applesauce (recipe here)
  • Skinny cow low-fat ice cream – cookies ‘n cream

Smarter than the average bear

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  129.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Happy “who’s gonna be our president?” Day!!!  I kicked off today with 15 mins on the treadmill and 10 mins on the elliptical (250 cals burned) followed by about 40 mins of a Body Attack class (300 cals burned).  I had to leave the class early for my dentist appointment–every 6 months, like clockwork.  No cavities–woohoo!  Despite all my efforts (brushing twice daily, flossing EVERY night, ACT mouthwash nightly), I still manage to get more cavities than the average bear (yes, Yogi bear reference).  I think that cleaning up my diet over this past year *might* be one reason I have been cavity-free my last two visits!  This has left me feeling smarter than the average bear, at last.  😉

To celebrate, I stopped by TJ Maxx and picked up some holiday-scented Yankee and Village candles.  I LOVE candles, especially the holiday ones.  I came home, lit the most delicious-smelling candle, started doing some work and eating some food.  (yes, it’s totally normal to have a candle going in broad daylight)I started out the feeding side of today with another of the cans of Amy’s soup that I purchased a while back.  I loved this flavor, too!

Later in the day, I cut a rug with my gym buddies during a Zumba class (350 cals burned) and refueled with more of my three bean chili (can’t get enough of this stuff!)  Tonight I paired it with a slice of Toufayan whole wheat bread so I could soak up all the extra sauce at the bottom of the bowl!

So, here’s the list of the food i 8 today, along with the calorie count.  Overall, a good, solid food day!

  • 1/2 can of Amy’s Cream of Tomato soup
  • broccoli and 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • Green Giant cauliflower and cheese (entire package)
  • Three bean chili (recipe here) with slice of whole wheat bread
  • apple + 2TBSP almond butter

Back on track

Weight this morning:  132.4
Low weight:  129.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I wasn’t thrilled with the number on the scale this morning.  I thought I did better than that!  I know it will go down as I get back on track with my normal eating schedule this week, but I need to be sure to keep up with the mindful weekend eating.  OK, I started today with a treadmill run (250 cals burned) and a Body Pump class (270 cals burned).  Then I ate a bowl of my Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal and a sliced banana.

This combo is actually growing on me, and I find myself actually looking forward to it!  Ok, next I moved on to the 100-cal guac packets I picked up at Publix.  This time, I mixed it with Publix salsa and used a couple slices of 100% whole-wheat bread to dip into the mix. It was yum!

Overall, the food i 8 day looked a little like this:

  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • 100-cal guac, 2TBSP salsa, 2 Toufayan smart pockets for dipping
  • three bean chili (recipe here)
  • leftover Pei Wei meal (veggies, tofu, brown rice)
  • tablespoon of almond butter

Almond milk and…

Weight this morning:  132.2
Low weight:  129.8
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I never have milk in my fridge!  I’m not a cereal-for-breakfast type of person and I have been off my smoothie kick for a while, so other than that, I don’t really have need for it.  Last week, however, when baking my special pumpkin treats for the tailgate, the recipe (er, box mix) called for milk, so I had to go to the store and get some!  A little while back when I was flirting with the idea of going vegan, I gave up cow’s milk and switched to almond milk.  While cheese has entered back into my life with a vengeance since this flirtation with veganism, almond milk is actually something that stuck.  So, what am I to do with all this “leftover” almond milk from my baking???

After much research and contemplation, I selected a CEREAL to pair with my almond milk.  I read online that Quaker Puffed Wheat, while an excellent cereal choice, is difficult to find at most grocery stores.  I found a box right in my local Publix, woo hoo!  Anyway, at a mere 50 calories per 1.25 cup serving (a cereal phenom), I was doubtful I would enjoy puffed wheat.  So, I paired it with a sliced banana and my 1 cup of almond milk, and the final review?  It’s good…not great, but good!  It serves its purpose as a VERY low-cal cereal impersonator, but it doesn’t exactly offer the same punch as some of the other healthier cereal options.  Paired with some fruit, it’s fairly good.  Alone, it would probably be bad.

Ok, enough about cereal, tonight I made a couple little English muffin pizzas using another recipe from GreenLiteBites:

And then not much later in the evening, I re-heated a slice of this:

Did I eat a healthful version of pizza and a not-so-good-for-you-at-all version of pizza, both in the same night?  Why yes, yes I did.  Haha, and I really enjoyed/loved BOTH!  Hey, I could spare the calories, why not?

OK, here’s all that i 8 today:

  • chickpea and tomato salad (recipe here)
  • broccoli, carrots, and hummus
  • 28 lightly salted almonds
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, sliced banana
  • English muffin pizzas (recipe here)
  • slice of leftover Marco’s Pizza
  • spoonful of almond butter

And here’s how the calories worked out (below).  Oh, I went to a Body Pump class and did some jogging at the gym this morning (470 cals burned) and then went to a Spinning class this evening (400 cals burned).  Overall, it was a good fitness and food day!