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:



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











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



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

Staying on track

Nothing too special going on over here today.  Just trying to stay on track!  I started the day with a protein shake.





Next, I wolfed down the other half of my veggie Publix sub from last night.  SO much better the second day!  🙂





By the time cooking for dinner came around, I was already ravenous, so I munched on some cucumbers and guac while we cooked.





For dinner, we made the roasted veggies again.  They’re so darn good!





My husband also had a turkey and cheese sandwich, of course, but I was good just chowing down on tons of veggies.

I ended the evening with a bowl of oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter.  Good stuff!

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 Publix veggie sub
  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 of a Sabra guac container
  • roasted vegetables
  • 1/3 C old fashioned oats, 2/3 C water, 1 TBSP peanut butter, 1/2 banana


checking out houses all day

Today we woke up, ran some errands, and fueled for an afternoon of house hunting.







Yep, we were at 4Rivers Smokehouse again!  I went with the banana bread pudding, sweet potatoes, and a biscuit.  True to form, I ate half of each.  🙂

After FIVE hours of looking at homes, we were so so ready for dinner.  We checked out a place called TooJay’s Deli.  It’s a  NY-style delicatessen, which I love.  We split a potato knish to start and then I dug into those huge roasted vegetable salad.





Later in the evening I munched on some David’s cookies, then called it a night!

Food i 8 today:

  • BBQ sides –> 1/2 of each:  biscuit, sweet potatoes, banana bread pudding
  • dinner –> 1/2 a potato knish, roasted vegetable salad, some of my husband’s sweet potato fries
  • David’s cookies!

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

double-guac day

This morning I started out with some…guacamole?!  Yep, sliced cucumber and guac.



For lunch, I paired some of my mom’s roasted vegetables…



…with a bowl of oatmeal/banana/peanut butter.

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Dinner included another dose of guacamole, this time in a Chipotle salad!



For dessert, my husband actually saved me a cookie he received from a Double Tree hotel while at work.  Supposedly, the hotel is known for their “amaaaazing” cookies.  I warmed it up in the mic for about 10 seconds, and mmmm it was delish!


Food i 8 today:

  • 1/2 cucumber + 1/3 Sabra classic guacamole container
  • roasted vegetables
  • oatmeal –> 1/3 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 2/3 C water, 1/2 mashed banana, less than 1 TBSP crunchy peanut butter
  • Chipotle salad –> romaine lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, guacamole
  • chocolate chip walnut cookie from the Double Tree hotel

Outback fun!

Weight this morning:  129.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning + treadmill jog (510 cals burned)

Today I knew I was going to Outback Steakhouse for dinner with the hubby + friends, so I tried to pace myself earlier in the day.  I started with cooking the rest of my veggies from the veggie roasting experience on Monday.

20121219_veggiesI was sooo hungry while this was cooking, though, that I had to snack on my new OBSESSION:


Other than these treats, the only other thing I hate before Outback was my raw veggies + hummus.  I started a new hummus container today and realized I picked up the WRONG flavor!  I usually go for red roasted pepper, but I accidently picked up this spicy stuff.  It was actually ok and not too spicy for me, thank goodness.


My evening at Outback with friends was so much fun!  We had some good laughs, and it was nice to catch up with everyone before we head our separate ways for the holidays.  My husband and I went early for a cocktail and the delicious Outback bread.


And after dinner we swung by Panera Bread for something sweet!  Now, a LOT of the sweets at Panera are 400+ cals (I know because I looked up almost every option while standing in the bakery window trying to make a decision).  The pecan roll bread thingy they have, which looks amazing btw, is actually 700+ cals!  I opted for something a little lighter–the pumpkin muffie–so good!


Alright, here’s the official list of the food i 8 today and cals:

  • roasted zucchini, mushrooms, green bell pepper w/olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • about 2 spoonfuls of Justin’s maple almond butter (omg so into it!)
  • carrots, broccoli, + Sabra supremely spicy hummus
  • Outback –> martini, 1/2 bread loaf+butter, 1/2 kid grilled cheese, about 1/2 an asparagus serving, about 1/3 of my husband’s cheese fries
  • pumpkin muffie from Panera Bread