All hail, Wikipedia!

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

Today began with a 3.5 hour…drive home (no, not a marathon run).  I drove in my workout clothes and headed straight to the gym when I got into town.  I did 45 minutes of cardio (460 cals burned), consisting of a treadmill run, the elliptical machine, and the step machine.  And it felt good.

Then I finally went home, unloaded my car, got ready to teach, ate a little of this (wholly guac + salsa + carrots), and then headed to campus to teach.  I ended up running into some other grad students after class that I hadn’t seen in a while since we were all away for the holiday, and I left school a lot later than I expected.  I was super hungry!  I needed to do some grocery shopping, but I really hate to shop while I’m starving, so I picked up a little something at The Fresh Market while I was there buying almond butter.

mmmm, it’s a Heath cookie.  And it. was. divine.  Especially for this hungry gal!  I then proceeded to Publix where it was crazy busy and picked this up for dinner:

Now, I have a pretty packed week ahead of me, and I’m going back out of town on Friday, so I wasn’t really in the mood to make a large batch of some bean dish.  Instead, I went into Publix on a mission to find a black bean or garden veggie burger (frozen variety) since I’ve never tried one before.  But when I looked at the options (mostly Morningstar and Boca), the ingredients lists were a little too long and strange for my liking.  So, I stuck with a brand I know and love–Amy’s.  Although they don’t have any frozen burger patties (at my store), I did find some burrito options from them.  The ingredients list was short and understandable, it’s still an easy dinner, and I’m getting my bean protein!  The burrito was actually delish.

Yes, I added some Publix salsa on top, which made it that much more delightful.  I would highly recommend these little frozen burritos if you ever need a quick, cheap, frozen dinner that isn’t too terrible for you and is tasty, too.

Alright, here’s all the food i 8 today (along with the cals below):

  • wholly guacamole packet + 2TBSP salsa + dip chip carrots
  • 20 lightly salted almonds
  • Keurig chai tea latte
  • Heath cookie
  • Amy’s bean burrito + 2TBSP salsa
  • Green Giant creamed spinach (entire package)
  • Instant oats + 2TBSP almond butter + 1/2 a banana


OK, now onto the reason for the title of my post.  Today I was using Wikipedia (like I do almost daily), and they had a little banner at the top asking for donations.  I have seen these banners before, but this one roped me in!

Dear Wikipedia readers: We are non-profit, but also the #5 website in the world. With 450 million monthly users, we have costs like any top site: servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help. To protect our independence, we’ll never run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations averaging about $30. If everyone reading this gave $5, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, please take one minute to keep it online another year. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you, from the Wikimedia Foundation.

So, I decided to donate $5, and I’m glad I did.  It took 2 minutes–they link right up to your Amazon or Paypal account, if you have one.  I use this website so often, and I truly believe in how much good it’s doing for people all over the world to help everyone gain knowledge, that I had to support it.  The foundation sent a very nice email to me after I donated the measly 5 bucks.  I pasted it below.  It’s a little long, so I understand if you don’t have the time to read it, but it’s a pretty good cause.  It helps people stay informed on a wide variety of topics, and I’m sure we can all agree it’s been pretty useful in our lives.  If you have 5 bucks to spare, I think it’s money well-spent!

Dear xxx (me–it’s a secret!),

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It’s easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I’m really glad you didn’t. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills — people like you giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it’s not perfect, they know it’s written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody’s PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that’s not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don’t know Wikipedia’s run by a non-profit. Please consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage them to donate too. And if you’re interested, you should try adding some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add it. There are resources here that can help you get started. Don’t worry about making a mistake: that’s normal when people first start editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we’ll use your money well.



Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation


Nose to the grindstone

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

Alright, today wrapped up my week of trying to clear out the pantry/fridge before I go on my trip!  I have to say, I did fairly well.  This morning I finished off the last bit of almond milk with this fine treat:

Then I was able to wax off the last of my Sabra Roasted Pine Nut hummus.

I also ate the last of my leftover Texas caviar from the shower on Sunday.

And I ended the day with one of the sweet treats I had sitting in my freezer.

I actually enjoyed this flavor better than the cookies ‘n’ cream I had two nights ago.  I really liked the little brownie bits throughout–not too shabby!

So, did you notice a theme in these pictures?  Yes, I was sitting at my desk with my nose to the grindstone ALL DAY LONG!  I have this paper I’m working on and have spent the bulk of the day, including most of my meal-eating, at my desk.  Ugh, I hate these days, but I gotta do it every now and then.  It felt good to get quite a bit accomplished before I go out of town, though.

Ok, back to business.  I started today with a treadmill jog (150 cals burned) and a Body Pump class (250 cals burned) and then went to a step class this afternoon (470 cals burned).   Here’s all the food i 8 today:

  • Panera 1/2 Caesar salad (no croutons) –> had a lunch meeting and opted for something light to save room for all the stuff in my pantry at home!
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • dip chip carrots + hummus
  • leftover Texas caviar (recipe here), wholly guacamole packet, some dip chip carrots
  • oatmeal, freshly ground peanut butter, 1/2 a medium banana –> omg still soo so good, you must try!
  • Skinny cow lowfat ice cream – chocolate fudge brownie

And the associated calories are below.  Alrighty, I’m back on the road tomorrow.  This weekend I’m actually headed to my parents’ house!  It should be a good time.  I’ll keep you posted on all the food fun that goes down!

Cleanin’ out the pantry

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

I’m down again to a NEW low!  🙂  Good things come to those who eat mindfully.  ahem, ok, on to other happenings…

This week I’m making a conscious effort to make food choices that help clean out the pantry!  Every now and then I find myself accumulating too much food in my cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer and then continuing to purchase more items that I don’t really need.  As much as it dismays me to not visit Publix this week, I realize I need to take a break from visiting that lovely place where shopping is a pleasure and try to eat up the food that I already have on hand.  I’m also leaving for somewhat of a holiday vacation on Friday, so clearing out the bulk of this food before I leave would be ideal.

I actually slept terribly last night, so in an attempt to gain more sleep, I turned off my 5:30 alarm for 6am Body Pump.  Unfortunately, I didn’t fall back asleep.  Darn it!  I hate when that happens!  So I finally rolled out of bed around 7:30 and went to my little apartment gym for some treadmill and elliptical (325 cals burned).  It was a boring workout, but it got the job done.

As expected, most of the food i 8 today is pretty standard (stuff you’ve seen on here before), with one minor exception…THIS:

Yes, that would be a slice of good ol’ Publix cake!  Someone in another department at work retired today, and they had some leftover, so I figured, “Why not?”  If a girl can’t go into Publix, then Publix will find its way to the girl!  🙂  It was the perfect afternoon snack.

Ok, below are the lists for today.  On to watching American Horror Story–scaaAAaaarrRRRYyyyy!

  • dip chip carrots + 2TBSP hummus
  • Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • slice of Publix cake –> YUM!
  • Texas caviar (recipe here) and wholly guacamole on whole wheat bread
  • oatmeal, freshly ground peanut butter, half a banana (I have some frozen ones stashed away) –> this was an AWESOME mix, so good!
  • the last few bites I had left of my homemade applesauce (recipe here)

Back on track

Weight this morning:  132.4
Low weight:  129.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I wasn’t thrilled with the number on the scale this morning.  I thought I did better than that!  I know it will go down as I get back on track with my normal eating schedule this week, but I need to be sure to keep up with the mindful weekend eating.  OK, I started today with a treadmill run (250 cals burned) and a Body Pump class (270 cals burned).  Then I ate a bowl of my Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal and a sliced banana.

This combo is actually growing on me, and I find myself actually looking forward to it!  Ok, next I moved on to the 100-cal guac packets I picked up at Publix.  This time, I mixed it with Publix salsa and used a couple slices of 100% whole-wheat bread to dip into the mix. It was yum!

Overall, the food i 8 day looked a little like this:

  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • 100-cal guac, 2TBSP salsa, 2 Toufayan smart pockets for dipping
  • three bean chili (recipe here)
  • leftover Pei Wei meal (veggies, tofu, brown rice)
  • tablespoon of almond butter

hoooooly guacamole!

Weight this morning:  130.8
Low weight:  129.8
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Happy Halloween, to anyone out there who actually reads this!  🙂  Most of blogland is posting about exciting Halloween treats and how to avoid over-indulging on this holiday.  I have never been a huge Halloween person and did not go out of my way to make any plans, so today is just a normal day for me!  I also do not have children nor live in a neighborhood where trick-or-treaters will be stopping by (actually, ok…I live in an apartment complex where we don’t have that, hehe).

Alright, on to my food news.  Publix is known for their amazing BOGO (buy one, get one free) deals, which change weekly.  Yesterday, I found one that intrigued me, so I went for it:

Normally, I’m only a fresh guac type of gal, but someone brought some packaged guacamole to the tailgate last Saturday, I think from…Walmart?  And of course I was skeptical, but OMG it was delish!  Now, this probably sounds like a weird combo, but I didn’t want to combine the guac with anything too “carby”, so I mixed one of the spicy packets with some zucchini slices (I had some leftover…more on that later), 5 baby carrots, and 2TBSP Publix salsa.  My review of the guac:  AWESOME!  A bit too spicy for me, but still really good and an excellent alternative to freshly made guac!

Later in the day, I tried ANOTHER recipe from GreenLiteBites called Whole Grain Zucchini-Pineapple Bread.  (I had zucchini leftover, which is why I threw it in with the guac above).  😉  

Ok, so my review of the bread/muffins:  They are definitely not as sugary as a muffin you’ll buy from the store, or from a bakery, or from a box muffin mix, but they definitely satisfy the muffin craving, if you tend to have those often (like me!).  So, I would give them a thumbs up!  They are a healthier version of a sugary breakfast muffin (…or, as I like to call them, icing-less cupcakes), which I like, and the pineapple/zucchini blended with all the spices came together nicely.  Yay for baking, for REALZ this time! 🙂

Other stuff i 8 today:

  • cup of Keurig chai tea latte (no spills today!)
  • 3 bean chili I made last night (recipe here; it was actually quite tasty, so this one will definitely be going in the large-batch, bean-based meal rotation)
  • broccoli, carrots, and 2TBSP hummus
  • Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal, almond milk, a medium-sized banana
  • zucchini, guac, and salsa
  • English muffin pizzas (recipe here)
  • two pineapple zucchini bread muffins

I did a Spinning class this morning (440 cals burned) and a Body Attack class this evening (400 cals burned).  My overall calorie count looked like this:

Hope you enjoyed the holiday!