Disappointing Dessert

Weight this morning:  130.4
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  25-minute jog/walk

I did some work this morning and then went on a short jog/walk in the early afternoon.  My foot is sore from all the walking this weekend, which is frustrating!  I guess this means it’s not completely healed.  I think I’m going to rest it again…or at least try to not be on it as much.

First up on the food agenda was my go-to protein shake.

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After this I had a snack of some vegetable chips, as well as cucumbers and hummus.

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I ended up eating only half of those cucumbers…I thought I could do an entire one, but I didn’t make it.

Dinner was one of our Orlando faves–BurgerFi.  I went with my usual quinoa burger (no cheese) on lettuce wraps in lieu of a bun.

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Dessert came in the form of a Publix strawberry cake with buttercream frosting.

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It actually wasn’t as satisfying as I anticipated.  I shouldn’t have eaten it.  It wasn’t that great.  I’ll remember that for next time!

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 3/4 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • vegetable chips
  • 1/2 cucumber + Publix jalapeno & cilantro hummus
  • quinoa burger on lettuce wraps with pickle, onions, and ketchup
  • 1/2 of a huge onion ring
  • slice of Publix cake
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Party Time!!!

Weight this morning:  130.6
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

Today I was up bright and early to head to my little niece’s volleyball tournament.  She’s on an 11 and under team, and they are SO adorable to watch!  But alright, how’d I do in the food department on this celebratory day??  I started with a Subway veggie sandwich while at the tournament.

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The rest of the day consisted of…unpictured party food!  And too much of it!  We had a post-volleyball tournament party for all the volleyball girls and then my sister’s 31st bday party afterward.  I will NOT be weighing in tomorrow…or Monday.  Will probably venture back on the scale on Tuesday?  We’ll see.  Did some serious damage today, but had a lot of fun in the meantime!

Food i 8 today:

  • Subway veggie sandwich
  • some veggie stromboli bread
  • a fruit skewer
  • some veggie pizza
  • baked ziti
  • a lil Easter candy
  • TOO MANY cookies
  • small slice of birthday cake

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.

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Later I finished off the rest of my homemade chili.

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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.

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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

Take me out to the ball game

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

Workout:  Body Step

Today I started with a good sweat session at the gym.  I knew I was going to a baseball game tonight (where I might indulge in some stadium snacks), so I decided to just follow my hunger cues again today.

I started out with my go-to Sun Warrior protein shake.

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Then when I got hungry again, I had some carrots and hummus.

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And when hunger struck next, I dove into some chili that I made a huge batch of this past weekend.  The recipe is from Green Lite Bites, and I’ve made it before.  Delish, as always!

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I went to the baseball game this evening and something amazing happened–I didn’t have a single snack!  The chili really filled me up, and I increased my water intake today, so I was really fine throughout the game.  I was quite proud of myself for resisting the Cracker Jacks and nachos!

The rest of the evening consisted of another fulfilling smoothie and some more veggies and hummus.  I ended the day with my last vegan cookie (and then I cried because these things are the BOMB, and I’m going to miss them!)

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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 carrots + 2 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • homemade chili (recipe here)
  • afternoon shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • 100g celery + 2 TBSP Sabra hummus
  • vegan cookie

pizza and a cookie

Weight this morning:  132.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  spinning

I was soooo full today that I didn’t hungry til about 4pm.  Yep, that’s right.  I seriously felt zero hunger until that time!  We planned on grabbing pizza for dinner, and I was really in the mood for it, so even though we ate so “crappily” yesterday, we still went for pizza.  🙂

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I had two slices at the restaurant and another a couple hours later at home.  I had a vegan cookie for dessert and called it a day.  Believe me, my stomach was still feeling overloaded.

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Food i 8 today:

  • 3 slices of mushroom and pineapple pizza
  • one vegan cookie

Easter Feaster

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

Workout:  none.

Sometimes my husband and I get together and we’re bad.  Real bad.  Meaning, we throw all caution to the wind and just eat our hearts out.  Today was one of those days.  We were major “Easter Feasters”.  Here’s a recap:

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A delicious vegan brunch (my plate + my husband’s).  Mine was scrambled tofu, beans, salsa, corn tortillas, brown rice.  Yum!

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I had ONE of these vegan “everything” cookies.

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We had an early dinner at an Asian joint.  I had a 1/2 order of brown vegetable fried rice and half of a mushroom veggie sushi roll.  

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We had a late night food craving, so we stopped at Steak and Shake, and I ate the above dessert.  By myself.  I pushed the whipped cream and cherry and fudge to the side, but I definitely ate BOTH cookies and the ice cream.  It gets better…

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…then we went to Walmart and THEN we went to Applebee’s for some late late night eats.  I had about 1/2 a basket of fries.

And then I called it quits.  So, we didn’t exactly have a big family feast today, but we still managed to stuff ourselves silly.

Food i 8 today:

  • brunch –> 2 corn tortillas, scrambled tofu, brown rice, beans, and salsa
  • vegan cookie
  • 1/2 order of vegetable fried rice (with brown rice)
  • 1/2 a mushroom veggie sushi roll
  • some popcorn at the movies
  • a cookie and ice cream dessert
  • french fries

canoeing and a movie

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

Workout:  does canoeing count?

Happy weekend!!!  Today I slept in and it felt oh-so-good.  It’s starting to get warm around here, so the hubs and I decided to head to a nearby lake for a little canoe action.  I whipped up a protein shake and drank it on the way to the lake to hold me over until lunch.

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After a lovely 2-hour canoe ride, we headed to a local burger joint for lunch.  I went with a bunless garden burger with pineapple, mushrooms, and pesto and a side of delicious sweet potato fries.

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I ate about 2/3 of the burger and maybe 3/4 of the fries.  Then it was time for soaking in more sunshine poolside at our apartment complex.  Afterward, I had a bowl of Fiber One chocolate cereal.

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I had this little treat since we were headed to a 7:30pm movie, but we had a late lunch, so I wasn’t quite ready for dinner yet.  Instead, I had the above cereal and snuck in a couple of my berry cups into the movies.

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Yum!  Then I had ONE more after I got home from the movie, and that’s it for the day!  (oh, and we went to see Django Unchained at the cheap theater…it was awesome!!)

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • veggie burger + sweet potato fries
  • Fiber One chocolate cereal
  • 3 berry oatmeal cups

Good Friday fish fry

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

Workout:  Body Attack

Although I’m not exactly religious myself, I do have a few fairly devout Catholic friends here in town.  And they’re from Louisiana.  So what do they do on Good Friday?  A fish fry!  They invited a group of us over to join in on the fun of fried fish, pickles, jalapenos, fries, hushpuppies, dessert, etc.  All the things that good diets are made of.  😉

So, I was left with a conundrum.  I had six days of good, I mean really good, nutritious eats.  I stuck to my plan.  The scale didn’t move much, but I put in a good faith effort.  And how often will I get an opportunity to have a Good Friday fish fry with these Louisiana folks?  OK, so they didn’t really have to twist my arm–I’m in!

I did a big no-no in the diet world and ate basically nothing all day prior to the event.  I did want some energy for my morning workout, so I grabbed an oatmeal cup early this morning.

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I baked a dessert for my co-workers today and then a second dessert for the fish fry tonight, so I definitely helped myself to some tastes and spoon/bowl-licking, which held me over until dinner.  (Note–the desserts were both totally indulgent and NOT healthy, so no need to get into that detail here!)  I also brought a summer salad to the dinner and started with that to fill me up some.  While I wouldn’t say I went crazy or binge ate at the dinner, I had my fill of fries, hushpuppies, and dessert.

So, it wasn’t a very nutritious day, but it was worth it–fun times were had tonight!  🙂

Food i 8 today:

  • one berry oatmeal cup
  • many tastes and bowl/spatula-licking while making two naughty desserts
  • @ the fish fry –> 2 Mich Ultras, summer salad, hushpuppies, fries, Oreo cake, chocolate chip cookies

Berry oatmeal cups

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

Workout: Body Pump

I’m holding steady at 131 pounds even.  Grrrrr.  I guess it takes more than a week of being very good with my food intake to undo two days (last Friday and Saturday) of being pretty darn bad!  One day at a time…just keep going…consistency is key…

One way I try to get through each day of making the right food choices is by having something somewhat exciting and tasty to look forward to in the evening.  A little pat on the back, if you will, for a good effort during the day.  You might have noticed that my go-to healthy evening treat is overnight oats, but recently I was inspired by a post that gave a recipe for basically oatmeal muffins, so I decided to give them a try.  The ingredients are simple:

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or any milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP Baking powder
  • 3 cups quick oats (0ld fashioned works, too)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries or mixed berries [still frozen] or even chocolate chips

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Welp, I forgot the baking powder, so mine didn’t exactly “rise” too much.  I am notorious for leaving out one or two ingredients when baking–dangit!!

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The recipe called for 15 cups, but I was able to easily stretch it to 19.  I listed out the calories for each ingredient below.

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When I divide the total by 19 cups, I get 80 calories per serving!  These are a tasty, healthy, and all-natural way to eat muffins!  They’re basically just a cup of blueberry oatmeal that’s baked, hence the name “berry oatmeal cups” instead of blueberry muffins.

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A couple of final words before you get too excited:

#1:  These are flourless, so they do stick to the cupcake liners quite a bit–some worse than others.  Peel with caution, people!

#2:  These are sugarless, so the flavor is what you’d expect–oats, banana, blueberries.  Note that the original recipe does call for some artificial sweetener, which I omitted since I’m trying to go as el naturale as possible this week.  This is not a 400-calorie Panera muffin–it’s a healthy cup of oatmeal.  Keep that in mind. 😉

Alright, I’ve talked your ear off enough for now.  The rest of the day went along as planned.  Not much else new!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • 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 + 2TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • afternoon smoothie –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • Green Giant frozen veggie mix (entire package)
  • one sliced green bell pepper + 2 TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 homemade berry oatmeal cups

A little spring cleaning

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

Workout:  Spinning

Today I was all about some good ol’ spring cleaning.  I desperately needed to go through my closet to “purge” (remove any clothes I haven’t worn in the past year, and thus will never likely wear again).  From there, I was inspired to do the same with all of my costume jewelry and the clothes in my dresser.  I ended up with a huge garbage bag full-o-stuff for Goodwill.  It felt good to de-clutter my life a bit!  🙂  Then, it was time to sit and do some work at the computer…

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…with my delicious Sun Warrior protein shake!  Followed by some carrots and hummus.

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I kept the veggie train going with a delicious Green Giant mix this evening.

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Overall, I stuck to my plan yet again today, but I did swap out the evening chocolatey overnight oats for my old recipe (oats, almond butter, banana, almond milk).  I think having the blueberry/chocolate smoothie in the afternoon and then the chocolate overnight oats was making me a little tired of my Hershey’s powdered dark chocolate, so it was a good switch-up.

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Feelin’ good!

Food i 8 today:

  • slice of Ezekiel bread + 1 TBSP Bonnie’s raspberry jam
  • 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 + 2TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • afternoon smoothie –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • Green Giant frozen veggie mix (entire package)
  • one sliced green bell pepper + 2 TBSP Sabra red roasted pepper hummus
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • “overnight oats” –> 1/3 C Quaker old fashioned oats, 1/3 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana, 1 TBSP almond butter