late night protein shake

This morning I was hungry fairly early for some breakfast!  I didn’t plan ahead, so I ate a Fiber One bar from my stash of goodies at work.



I had another Qdoba salad bowl (unpictured) for lunch with my colleagues.

I needed  a little something in the afternoon, so I popped a bag of 100 calorie kettle corn popcorn that I also had stashed in my drawer at work.



My brain was SO fried when I got home from work, so I immediately laid down for a nap.  It was quite late when I finally woke up (hehe), and I didn’t have a huge appetite, so I just whipped up a protein shake.



Food i 8 today:

  • Fiber One bar
  • Qdoba salad –> lettuce, black beans, roasted veggies, pico de gallo, salsa verde, guacamole
  • bag of 100-calorie kettle corn popcorn
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1/2 banana, ice

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.


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


Soon after, I snacked on some carrots and hummus.


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.


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


PB2 powdered peanut butter

Weight this morning:  133.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none

Welp, I put in a good week of eats, and the scale shows a loss of 1.4 pounds.  I’ll take it!  I wish those vacation pounds would drop more quickly, but I know it will take a consistent pattern of healthy eating to lose it all.  Anyway, onto the events of today!

I started the day with a protein shake.  I picked up a NEW (to me) product the other day, and decided to finally test it out in my smoothie.  It’s a peanut butter replacement called PB2 that’s only 45 cals for 2 TBSP, as opposed to the normal 200 cals for normal peanut butter.


I think it tasted alright, and it’s a fine replacement in some situations (maybe baking or when I want PB and don’t want all the cals/fat that go along with it), but I think after I’m done with this jar, I’ll just stick to the real stuff in the future.  There are some interesting articles out there comparing PB2 vs. the real stuff (here and there are others).  For the most part, they say that getting all the good fat/nutrients from real peanut (or, even better, almond) butter outweighs the saved calories and fat from subbing in the powder (which, btw, uses a process to remove over 90% of the fat in peanut butter).  Either way, I’m glad I tried it out!

The rest of the morning/early afternoon consisted of sitting at my computer for many hours, hammering out some work.  At some point, I got hungry, but I just wanted to grab something quickly and keep working.  So, I went for a spoonful of sunflower seed butter straight from the jar and a couple of Girl Scout cookies that I took from my mom’s stash.  🙂



This evening the hubs and I went to a tapas place for some drinks and snacks and then to a Cuban place for a few some more food, and then we called it a night!  I didn’t take any pics, but the food details are listed below.  I’m so full right now, but it was sooo good!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP PB2, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • 1 spoonful of sunflower seed butter
  • 2 dos-i-dos Girl Scout cookies
  • Tapas place –> 1 glass of mango sangria, roasted pear + pecan flatbread, falafel + aioli dip
  • Cuban place –> 1/4 glass of red sangria (didn’t feel like the rest), 3 slices of Cuban bread, a few Yuca fries, 2 plantain chips with pineapple guacamole, one plantain, banana chocolate chip bread pudding

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.


After my workout, I downed a delicious Sun Warrior protein smoothie.


Then I headed to campus to teach.  Afterward, I hit up Subway for an on-the-go snack for my drive out of town.


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!!!)

the importance of a banana

Weight this morning:  131.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  35-minute jog/walk

I tested out how my foot was feeling with a short jog/walk this morning.  The result:  it’s not feeling 100% better, but it doesn’t exactly hurt.  I can just still sort of feel where the injury was.  We’ll see how things go from here and then I’ll reassess.

I had my post-workout shake, which always includes 5 key ingredients (spinach, almond milk, sunbutter, protein powder, and banana).  Today I didn’t have a banana.  I figured it shouldn’t taste thaaaat different, so I still made the shake.


How did it taste?  Let’s just say I learned an important lesson today–the banana is essential.  It didn’t taste AWFUL, but it definitely wasn’t good.  I never would’ve thought that just 1/2 a banana could add so much to the shake!  Lesson learned.

I was still a bit hungry after the shake, so I cut up 1/2 a cucumber and ate it with hummus.  Lovin’ this hummus flavor!


I kept it light during the day because I knew we were going to my FAVORITE buffet spot (Sweet Tomatoes) for an early dinner tonight.  Love this place!  I tried to “taste” more things, instead of eating all of everything.  I can never choose between all the delicious options, so this allowed me to try more items.  Alright, here are each of my plates:



Plate #1:  salad!



Plate #2:  I ate 1/2 a multigrain bread slice, 1/2 a lemon muffin, pizza bread slice, 1/2 bowl of tomato soup



Plate #3:  pizza bread slice, blueberry muffin, 1/2 a carrot raisin pineapple muffin

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Plate #4:  brownie + vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt

The weather outside was so beautiful, so on the way home we stopped for a beer at a nearby hole-in-the-wall type bar.  I went with a Shock Top Raspberry.  It was pretty tasty!


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 cucumber + Publix jalapeno & cilantro hummus
  • Sweet Tomatoes –>
  • plate of salad
  • 1/2 bowl of tomato soup
  • 1/2 multigrain bread slice
  • 2 small pizza breads
  • 1/2 lemon muffin
  • 1/2 carrot raisin pineapple muffin
  • 1 blueberry muffin
  • chocolate cake + vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt
  • bottle of Shock Top Raspberry beer

local eats

Weight this morning:  129.2
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  none.

I’m still resting my foot today!  I was going to do the upper body workout from yesterday again, but I’m actually a little sore, so I’ll do it again on Wednesday and Friday, giving myself rest days in between.  I worked at my computer for a while this morning, and when I got hungry, I still made my Sun Warrior protein shake since I love it so much!


Later I snacked on some carrots and hummus…


…and some vegetable chips.


We checked out a “new to us” restaurant here in Orlando called Spooky’s Black Cat Cafe.  It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall, local type joint (my fave!).  We started with the server-suggested beer bread and cheese.


Mmmmm…it was spot on.  Delicioso.  The hubs and I devoured it.

Next up, I went with a small salad filled with spinach, apples, tomatoes, feta, craisins, and maybe a few other goodies.


I just had to show my husband’s selection, too.  He went with the BBQ pulled pork and waffles with mac and cheese.  He was pretty impressed.


Sadly, dessert was the only disappointment.  I took a chocolate and peanut butter cake to go.


It was quite dry and just tasted like it had been in the glass case for a while.  I only ended up eating about 1/3 of it before stopping myself from wasting calories on something not-so-tasty!  I stole a few bites of my husband’s sweet plantains from Pollo Tropical, though.  😉

Overall, I would definitely recommend this local joint to anyone.  We LOVED everything we ordered (minus the dry cake slice).  I really like supporting local restaurants like this, so we’ll definitely be going back in the future!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP MaraNatha sunflower seed butter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • carrots and Publix jalapeno and cilantro hummus
  • vegetable chips
  • one slice of beer bread + cheese
  • small salad
  • a few bites of mac & cheese
  • 1/3 of a chocolate peanut butter cake slice
  • a few bites of sweet plantains

upper body pyramid workout

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  upper body strength (see below)

So I hurt my foot a little while back.  I maybe just pulled something in the arch/ball area of my right foot.  I think it happened during the fitness challenge at my gym when I was attending LOTS of group fitness classes.  I kind of ignored it for a while, but now every time I do an intense cardio class or spend the bulk of a day walking (or moving an in-law), it starts to bother me again.  Anyway, in an attempt to let this minor foot injury heel, I’m giving it a rest this week.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t go crazy with an upper body workout!

All I have to work with here are two 10-pound weights.  I found a  workout from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers (this post).  It looked good enough for me, so I went with it.  It’s a pyramid workout that includes:

  • 10 pushups
  • 20 dips
  • 30 bicep curls
  • 40 second plank
  • 50 tummy tuck planks (I subbed for 50 bicycle crunches to minimize the pressure on my foot)
  • 40 second plank
  • 30 bicep curls
  • 20 dips
  • 10 pushups

I went through the pyramid twice and it took me about 20 minutes.  Quick and effective.  But, onto the important stuff…FOOD!

I brought my protein on this trip, so I whipped up a smoothie today.


We went to an Orlando favorite–BurgerFi–for a late lunch/early dinner.  I went with  a double-quinoa burger with lettuce leaves instead of a bun.  I topped it with ketchup, pickles, onions, and tomato.  SO GOOD!


The hubs ordered a boatload of onion rings, and I had the smallest one in the pile (which was still rather large).


I grabbed an Anzac cookie from the Drunken Monkey cafe for dessert.


It was a pretty good day of eats!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • quinoa burger @ BurgerFi
  • a smallish jumbo onion ring
  • Anzac cookie from Drunken Monkey
  • a few bites of Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter

No calorie counting? (Friday’s eats)

Weight this morning:  128.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Attack

So you may (0r may not…who actually reads this besides my mom? hehe) have noticed that when I went on Spring Break, I stopped counting calories.  Aaaaand since I came back, I haven’t picked up on counting again.  The truth is, not having to track the calories of every single morsel that goes in my body was kind of liberating.  I kind of liked it.  I went a little crazy toward the end of my vacation, but for the most part, I ate mindfully (when I was hungry), and I maintained my weight.  I could get used to this.

Now, I still might enter a few things in MyFitnessPal to see about where I’m at calories-wise some days, but for the most part I’ve been just trying to eat mindfully.  Additionally, I’m not going crazy trying to get to 125 lbs…for now.  I’ve been holding steady at right above or right below 130, and I’m pretty happy here.  While 125 would be GREAT someday, those last 5 pounds aren’t going to make me some sort of supermodel or anything, so I’m not stressing it.  If it happens, it happens!  I’ll just keep striving to be healthy (80/20 people, I’m still eating cookies and pizza), and I’ll see how my body responds.  Ok, enough about that…onto the FOOD!

I woke up today, munched on some celery and hummus (dunno why I’m digging this combo first thing in the morning lately), took a Body Attack class, then made my protein smoothie.  I actually just finished my first container of protein this week!  So I had to run out to the Vitamin Shoppe to get a new one.  I’m sticking with the chocolate–still loving it and not sick of it yet.


Later I finished off the rest of my homemade chili.


Then I had to go to campus for a presentation, and then I was off to Jacksonville!  I’m headed there for the weekend to hang with some family.  I had a little snack during the ride.


The rest of the evening was pictureless, but included a Thai tempeh salad for an early dinner.  Around 10pm, we had a late night dinner with friends that included a fruity shot (we wanted to get the party started!), a glass of red wine, a side of veggies, and two small slices of French bread.  On the way home, I wanted a little something sweet, so we stopped at McDonald’s and I split a vanilla cone with the hubs.

Food i 8 today:

  • 100g celery + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> (ran out of all greens!), so just:  1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • peanut butter Lara bar
  • Thai tempeh with brown rice and romaine lettuce
  • fruity shot
  • glass of red wine
  • side of veggies
  • two French bread slices
  • McDonald’s soft serve vanilla cone

Et Tu, Tempeh?

Weight this morning:  129.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump

Today started with some more pre-workout veggies and hummus, followed by Body Pump (just like yesterday). and a protein shake.  I ran out of spinach, so I subbed in 1/2 a cucumber instead.  It definitely lost some of the green coloring…


As for the title of this post (Et Tu, Tempeh?)…that was the name of today’s special at our local vegan restaurant.  They post their specials on Facebook daily, and today’s sounded right up my alley:  Big salad with lettuce, sunflower sprouts, tomato, cucumber, red onion, carrot, croutons, & tempeh topped with house made ceasar dressing w/local garlic.  I ordered one to-go.


It was amaze-balls.  That homemade dressing had quite the garlic kick!  I only needed one of the side cups of it.  After taking the picture, I also decided to pick out all of the croutons.  Why would I skip out on such delicious empty carbs, you ask?  Why, to fill my belly with a different type of tasty, empty carb.


Yep…I had a big ol’ vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookie for dessert.  Just call me the cookie monster.  🙂

I filled the rest of the day with some more veggies and hummus, another shake, and some leftover chili.  Happy eating, people!

Food i 8 today:

  • 100g celery + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1/2 cucumber, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • vegan salad
  • 100g celery + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • vegan cookie

Trying out Kombucha

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump

Since entering the healthy living blogworld last year, I’ve seen Kombucha mentioned on several different blogs and websites.  What is Kombucha?  Wikipedia says, “Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.  Sometimes referred to as a ‘mushroom’ or ‘mother’, the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.”

The other day when I was in EarthFare, I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try.  The taste is interesting.  It’s fizzy.  It’s a little bitter.  But you get used to it, and it’s pretty good.


Yes, that is an empty bottle.  No, Kombucha is not a magical, invisible drink.  Ahem…so the taste grew on me and was pretty good.  It’s not something you can chug in 5 minutes, which is why it took me a few days of slowly sipping on it to finish the bottle.

This drink has 40 calories per serving (there are 2 servings per bottle), 7g sugar, billions of probiotic organisms, and loads of antioxidants and organic acids.  In reading about Kombucha, I’ve found several websites list the benefits of the drink, including detoxification, joint care, digestive and gut health, as well as immune boosting, but the medical evidence is a bit lacking.  So, go ahead and Google “kombucha” and decide for yourself whether you believe in its benefits.  I’m simply here to report that I tried it, I liked it, I might have it again in the future.  🙂

Ok, back to my EATS!  Today I started out by munching on some carrots and hummus.  I was starving when I woke up, so I just grabbed the quickest thing from the fridge!  After Body Pump, I whipped up my Sun Warrior protein smoothie (lots of spinach in this one).


A little while later I had some more of my homemade chili.


Then I had some more veggies and hummus.


So yes, maybe I’m a little hummus-obsessed!  It’s been a fave snack around here lately.  I’ve found it’s one of the best ways for me to get in multiple servings of veggies!

My evening “treat” tonight was Fiber One Chocolate 80-calorie cereal.  I’m hooked!


I might have had 2 bowls of this stuff…whoopsie.  So good!

Food i 8 today:

  • 3 oz carrots + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • 1/2 cucumber + 100g celebry + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • afternoon shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • 2 bowls of Fiber One cereal + 1 C almond milk