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?

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

6 months in…

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

Workout: none.

Ok, so before my usual food i 8 today, I’d like to acknowledge that t’s been six months since I started blogging–woohoo!  The day I started the blog (October 8th, 2012), I weighed in at 133.6 pounds.  Around that time I was always fluctuating at or around 135 pounds.  Today I’m at 128.4, so an “official” loss of 5.2 pounds over the past six months.  So, that’s pretty good.  I’m happy with it.  But I ALWAYS get stuck at this 129 plateau and can’t seem to get to 125.  I live my life pretty much 80/20, so that 20% of indulgence might have something to do with it.  Anyway, I’m not going to over-analyze or worry about it too much right now.  I feel good and that’s what matters.  Those 5 pounds won’t dictate my mood.

I’m entering 2 weeks of fun with family and friends, so I know I won’t be reaching the 125 goal anytime soon.  For these next two weeks, I’m going to let my body recover a bit.  I’ve been doing 2-a-day classes at the gym for the past 8 weeks, and the fitness challenge just ended (I’ll find out the results next week), so I think it’s a good time to let my body recuperate.  I will still do the occasional bike ride or walk to get in SOME movement, and I will try my best to count calories, but I’m basically giving myself a 2-week vacation from heart rate monitors, 2-a-day gym sessions, and stringent calorie-counting.  When I get back to school, I will reassess what I want to do about those last 5 pounds!

I will, however, still be weighing in daily (don’t want to COMPLETELY let myself go) and sharing with you the food i 8 each and every day.  🙂  So, onward!

I started today with a smashed banana and peanut butter bowl.


For lunch, I checked out a local place with tons of vegan and vegetarian options called the Drunken Monkey Cafe.  I went with a vegan quinoa burger, and they threw in a small side of potato salad, too.


I took the top off the ciabatta roll that the burger came on and dug right in.  It was very tasty!  There’s some pesto sauce in there that really made the burger.  I was only going to try a bite of the potato salad since I’m not a huge fan, but I actually loved it and ate the entire thing, haha.

Today we had friends (who are unaware of this blog) come into visit for the weekend, so I kind of stopped the food picture-taking, but I listed below everything else i 8 today.  Have a FABULOUS weekend!  I’ll be back tomorrow!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1 medium banana + 2TBSP Publix fresh peanut butter (warmed and smashed goodness!)
  • vegan quinoa burger
  • small side of vegan potato salad
  • carrots + guacamole + hummus dip
  • Mexican restaurant for dinner –> chips + salsa + cowboy caviar + frozen margarita

spring has sprung!

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

Workout:  Spinning (375 cals burned) + Pilates (140 cals burned)

Today officially begins my 2-week spring break!  woooohoooo, I’m excited for time with family and a bit of a break from school, although I will still be working over break.

I started it off at my gym with a couple of group fitness classes, then I hit the road with my protein smoothie in hand (new Tervis cup from my sister that I love, thank you!!).


About halfway through the ride, I got hungry for some lunch, so I stopped for the best fast food option I could find–Subway!


When I got to my destination (Orlando, FL, by the way), I was in the mood for a little snack, so I went with some green tea and one of the date rolls I brought on the trip with me.


Dinner was a delicious quinoa veggie burger from BurgerFi.  I “made it green” by subbing the bun for lettuce.  GOOD STUFF.


My husband INSISTED upon ordering these enormous onion rings…and I just couldn’t resist.  I had one!


What I skipped out on at dinner, I made up for with dessert!


Yep, it was another double-dessert night.  It’s too hard to choose just ONE!  🙂  A vegan pineapple cupcake and a vegan/gluten-free cookie.  Both were YUM, both from Dandelion Communitea Cafe.  The place is literally inside an old house.  It’s hipster, it’s divey.  It’s awesome!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter (pre-workout snack….couldn’t wait for the toaster)
  • protein shake –>  1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • coconut date roll
  • quinoa burger on lettuce (no bun)
  • 1 jumbo onion ring
  • vegan cookie + cupcake


A lil bday eve celebration

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning class (385 cals burned)

I woke up first thing (5:30am) for spinning this morning to get my day off to an early start.  My stomach was grumbling for some food before I went, so I downed a small spoonful of TJ’s almond butter before hitting the gym.  Afterward, I whipped up my protein smoothie.  A little while later, I ate a pear.  I was still pretty hungry after that, so I turned to old faithful.


This evening my husband and I had a little Birthday Eve (yes, there’s such a thing) celebration.  I’m really big into birthdays, so I think there’s cause to celebrate the day before as well!  We checked out a new burger joint in town, and they actually had a quinoa veggie burger–woohoo!


Yes, we ordered a side of those JUMBO onion rings and fries.  I had a few bites of an onion ring and about half the fries and ALL of my quinoa burger–I was hungry!  Later in the evening, we continued a bday tradition and ate my husband’s favorite dessert–ice cream cake.  Specifically, Carvel ice cream cake!


I nibbled on a slice of the cake while we watched the hilarious movie Ted.  The perfect end to the evening!

Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 TBSP TJ’s crunchy almond butter
  • protein smoothie –> 1/2C kale, scoop of Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  • a pear
  • Garden Lites roasted vegetable souffle
  • quinoa burger w/lettuce, tomato, and a cheese slice –> had to guess on the cals here
  • 1/2 a side of fries; a few bites of an onion ring
  • slice of Carvel ice cream cake