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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Light appetite after a heavy weekend

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack Express (45 min class) + Body Pump

Today I started with a Body Attack class followed by a protein shake.

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Then I was off to campus to teach!  After I got home from class, I munched on some veggies and hummus.

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…and some (unpictured) vegetable chips.

Dinner included these Green Giant brussels sprouts…

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…and some (unpictured) trail mix from The Fresh Market.

For dessert, I whipped up a blueberry shake.  Yum!

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So after a long weekend of not-so-great eats, I always like to really follow my hunger cues for a couple days to get back on track.  That meant today I only ate 939 calories worth of food, when I should be eating 1200.  I’m OK with that.  This weekend I likely had days where I ate 2500+ calories, so I’m not going to die from a couple of lower-calorie days.  And I’m honestly not hungry all day either.  Anyway, today (and maybe tomorrow) will be a couple of those lighter eating days after a few days of heavier eating!

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
  • 3 oz broccoli + 2 TBSP hummus
  • 1 oz vegetable chips
  • Green Giant brussels sprouts in butter sauce (entire package)
  • dessert shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 TBSP cocoa powder, 1 C blueberries

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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!!!)

pizza & red velvet cake

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

Workout:  Spinning

I can’t break out of this 131 (pounds) zone!  I don’t think tomorrow looks much better, either, since tonight I loaded up on some delicious pizza.

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and (unpictured) red velvet cake.

We had a lil party for the graduating “seniors” in the PhD program in the business school here, so of course I had to partake in the festivities!  One good thing is they had a vegan pizza pie, so I went for that, which was loaded with veggies, sans cheese.  Lots of leftovers for me to take home, too!

Other than that, the earlier part of my day was pretty standard…

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Yay for graduating this summer!!!

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
  • 3 oz Publix dip chip carrots + 1/4 package of Sabra guacamole
  • vegetable chips
  • 2 slices veggie pizza (no cheese)
  • 2 slices red velvet cake

Jimmy John’s sub

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Step

I’m slaving away over here trying to finish up my dissertation!  I need to email it out to the graduate school and my committee by Friday.  stressful!  But OK here’s a quick look at my eats from today:

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That’s all for today–gotta get back to the good ol’ diss’!

Food i 8 today:

  • 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 cucumber + Sabra hummus
  • 1 oz vegetable chips
  • Jimmy John’s #6 (veggie sub)
  • Lucy’s gluten-free brownie cake + 1 TBSP almond butter –> sounded much better than it tasted, boohoo.

great day of healthy eats

Weight this morning:  131.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning (took it easy b/c of my sore legs!)

Today started with an easy spin class followed by my delicious protein shake.

Afterward, I headed to campus to teach.  Then I snacked on the carrots and guac I brought along with me before heading to a meeting with a couple of my co-authors to discuss our paper.

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Once I got home from my meeting, I had a little snack before my veggie dinner.

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LOVE this combo!

I didn’t snap a picture of dinner, but I had another Green Giant frozen packet (this time of creamed spinach) and some cucumbers and sliced green bell pepper with hummus.

Once again, I ended the night with a tasty blueberry/banana/chocolate smoothie.  Great day of healthy eats!

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
  • 3 oz Publix dip chip carrots + 1/4 package of Sabra guacamole
  • medium red delicious apple + 2 TBSP MaraNatha creamy raw almond butter
  • Green Giant frozen spinach (entire package)
  • 1/2 cucumber and 1/2 green bell pepper with 2 TBSP Sabra roasted pine nut hummus
  • dessert shake –>1 C frozen blueberres, 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder, 1C spinach

Back to counting cals

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

Workout:  Body Pump

I was too scared to jump on the scale this morning.  :-/  But it’s ok, today was all about getting back on track!

I went to my first Body Pump class in what seems like FOREVER, I am back to counting calories for now, and I ate fairly clean, including the following:

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protein shake

 

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cucumbers and guac (camera phone had something on the lens, sorry)

 

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Kombucha drink

 

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Green Giant veggies, carrots, hummus

I was a little low on calories today, but my body is definitely not asking me for more after all the food I ate this past weekend!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1C spinach, 1C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • afternoon smoothie –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • one cucumber + 1/2 package of Sabra Classic guacamole
  • Reed’s Kombucha – lemon ginger rasberry
  • 3 oz. Publix dip chip carrots + 2TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • Green Giant frozen veggie mix (entire package)

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hunger cues

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

Workout:  none.

So lately I’ve been eating A LOT at night.  More than I usually do.  For example, last night between 5 and 7pm I ate 2 breadsticks, 2 slices of pizza, and a generous portion of ice cream, which was the bulk of my calories for the day.  When I gorge myself like that in the evening, I find that I’m not  hungry in the morning.  I’m actually not hungry for many hours.  So, what I often do when this is the case is just wait for hunger to hit me.  Yes, it may be strange to wait until noon, 1pm, or 2pm to eat my first bite of food for the day, but why should I force myself to eat before then if I’m still full from the food I ate last night?  (Note:  when I have a normal day of eating the day before, my stomach starts growling for food by at least 9am.)  I’m no expert, and I’m not sure if this is healthy/intuitive eating, but it does involve me listening to my body for the right cues.  There’s got to be something “right” about that, right??

On the agenda for me this morning was more research work at the computer!  I got hungry around 1pm and whipped up a smoothie.  I figured if I fall off the wagon later today, at least I STARTED the day with some spinach, banana, healthy fat, and protein!

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We went for an early dinner at a local BBQ joint.  I indulged in three of their delicious side items:  sweet potatoes, bread pudding, and fire roasted corn.

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I ate half of each side, as well as a few bites of my husband’s crinkle-cut fries.  I LOOOOOVE their bread pudding.  So bad for you, but so so good!

Afterward, the hubs and I hit up a local joint for happy hour.

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I couldn’t finish my beer, but I sure had room for a vegan cookie afterward.  🙂

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
  • BBQ side dishes –> 1/2 each of:  sweet potatoes, bread pudding, fire roasted corn, crinkle-cut fries
  • SweetWater 420 draft beer
  • vegan cookie

Back from the woods!

Weight this morning:  131.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

I’m baaaaack!  I had an AMAZING 5 days at the country music festival with my family.  Unfortunately, the weather was not ideal for camping (LOTS of rain), but we made the best of it.  My family got nice and cozy inside the RV with some movie watching, cooking, drinking, card playing, reading, and just hanging out chatting.  We still ended up having a very memorable vacation.

How were my eating habits while I was gone?  Not too shabby!  I had a couple drunken nights, which lead to way too many beers, cheese and wheat thins, fresh baked cookies, and ummm maybe some fried pickles and french fries during one of the shows.  So yes, I did indulge here and there.  I also balanced out the bad with lots of raw and cooked veggies, hummus, guacamole, eggplant, etc.  I returned from vacation at a weight of 131.2, and I’m ok with that.  I got back on track today!

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I started out with some roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, red potatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots) leftover from our camping adventure.

Shortly after, I had a craving for my delicious protein smoothie!

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We went out for dinner tonight at a place in downtown Orlando called Harry Buffalo.  We started with the server-recommended cheesy bread.

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It was SO GOOD!  And thank goodness because my meal was not so great…

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I had great hopes for this dish–a tofu bowl filled with brown rice, Asian veggies, cashews, tofu, and peanut sauce.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t that great.  The tofu tasted like it was straight out of the package, and the sauce was just ok.  I ate a little less than half.  boooooo

I ended the meal with far too many bites of my husband’s french fries!   🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, red potatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots) with olive oil and spices 
  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • cheesy bread
  • tofu bowl
  • french fries