I started off the morning with a green monster!
Mid morning I had two cups of tea and some nuts, which I almost forgot to take a picture of!
I mentioned on the blog earlier that I was hoping to cut back on coffee this week. Well, I have had NONE today so I guess that is progress?
I did have three cups of herbal tea and it was nice. I had no desire to drink coffee today and if I had done so, it would’ve just been out of habit, which is not how I want things to be.
I want to drink coffee when I really want it and not when I don’t.
For lunch, I tried a new frozen meal that I found at Meijer over the weekend.
Moo Moo’s “specializes in unique, healthy, flavorful vegetarian and vegan cuisine, providing the health conscious consumer unprocessed, well-balanced, palate-pleasing creations.”
The roasted cashew stir fry was pretty tasty! I will have to try some of their other meals soon. They aren’t cheap so it will be a once in a while kind of thing!
I also had an orange 🙂
Later in the afternoon, I had some more tea and yogurt with granola.
I loved this blueberry yogurt! Gosh, I wish it wasn’t so high in sugar. I could eat it every day otherwise.
For dinner, I decided to get a little creative with my tofu. I was inspired by Mama Pea’s slow cooker BBQ tofu dish she made recently.
I didn’t end up using the slow cooker, but I did go the BBQ route! I pressed my tofu and then put it in a baking dish and drizzled this hot stuff on top!
fire in my mouth tofu, I had some pita, a sweet potato with Smart Balance and cinnamon and some steamed broccoli with Smart Balance too.
I let my dinner settle for about an hour before I headed out for a 3 mile run! There were a few moments where the only thing that kept me going was repeating to myself: wine and strawberries, wine and strawberries…
Time to watch “24” with the hubby! I haven’t been too thrilled with it this season but it’s quality time with the man.
As I sit here at the close of this day, I feel so happy. It’s like a whole new me!
I have been so touched by your all’s comments over the past couple of days. To have this support system is truly amazing.
I also feel great and I have a sound mind about everything that I ate today. It feels good to get back to the basics.
I started the day off with a green monster, of course.
Mid-morning, I enjoyed some coffee with So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (French Vanilla) and some mixed nuts.
Plus a juicy apple!
For a snack, I had some Stonyfield O’Soy yogurt. I really like this brand but I would like it even more if it didn’t have 25 grams of sugar. I also had cup of coffee #2.
I ate half the bag and then saved the rest for a future snack emergency. I felt better immediately and had a pretty great run considering I’m rusty!
For dinner, I knew I wanted some tofu.
I enjoyed half the box of tofu (sprinkled with turmeric, chili powder and garlic powder) with some steamed asparagus and brown rice.
For a snack, I had a banana with a tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams 🙂
I’m going to have a cup of tea and go to bed. It’s been an amazing day, I’ll just leave it at that.
Happy Friday everyone!
It stands for The Vegan Month of Food. Basically, for an entire month (October), bloggers from all over the country will be doing a vegan challenge and writing about it! I’m excited to be participating and also to have so many vegan blogs to refer to.
Now onto what I ate today…
For breakfast, I had a tasty green monster. This has to help fight off a cold right?
So tasty. I’m so glad they are back in my life. I’m not sure why they went missing in the first place? 😉
On the way to work, Mom offered to buy me a coffee, so I got a soy latte. Aren’t moms the best? I forgot to take a picture though!
I snacked on half a PB sandwich mid morning too. I don’t know what it is but when I get sick with cold like symptoms, my appetite goes up not down. But I’m going with it.
Lunch was another Kashi meal I hadn’t ever tried. They actually have quite a few vegan options it’s just a matter of finding them in the store. Luckily, I stumbled upon this one last time.
It was way better than I expected. I think the white beans were what did it for me. Perhaps if I ever make myself pasta at home again (it’s been a while) I could add them.
I liked how it was lots of veggies and just a little sauce. Sometimes too much sauce can give me heartburn! I would definitely get this one again.
I got hungry a few hours later but had no interest in the snack I brought. I had been drinking hot tea all day (alternating with water) so I was looking for some crunch in my life.
This was good but I think I liked the apple one better. This totally hit the spot though.
Right as I was getting ready to leave work, I actually got hungry again! So I had the yogurt I had snubbed earlier.
I’m so glad I took a rest day. I am feeling a lot better than I did this morning so I’m hoping an early bed time will help even more.
For dinner, we went to Taco Bell. As I mentioned in my last post, Josh was surprised because I never want to go there. I ordered two of the vegan options off the menu that I’d read about earlier.
Fresco Bean Burrito (beans, pico de gallo-I think, wrapped in a tortilla) and cinnamon twists. This meal was pretty decent especially for fast food.
Josh ate some tacos and burritos and he was happy 🙂
I had one of my favorite snacks tonight too!
We are now watching “Saturday Night Live : The Best of Will Ferrel” which I had forgotten how funny that was. Once it’s over, I’m going to bed.
I’ve got an early wake up call to do a walk for the American Heart Association tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to get rained on but I’m still going to do my best to get down there.
Have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow!
I have been freezing old in my office all day long and now I’m at home feeling a little sniffly. I DO NOT WANT TO GET SICK.
Or should I say I WILL NOT GET SICK! There, now we’re good.
So, breakfast this morning was some 5 grain cereal with peanut butter and banana. Sorry I’m so repetitive this week, I’m certainly not tired of anything yet 😉
Snacked on some more nuts, surprise! Ha ha.
Lunch was something I hadn’t had in a while which is always fun! Sweet potato with black beans 🙂
It’s like Halloween on a plate!
This is so very plain and yet so very tasty. I do not need or want to put anything else on it. Yum.
Today, I did have some tea and chocolate! I’ve deemed it the perfect after lunch treat. Peppermint tea especially.
Afternoon snack was another regular this week:
Which provided the perfect fuel for my workout today!
We did 1 mile on the treadmill since it has been raining here ALL DAY LONG with no signs of stopping any time soon (so we’ll likely be on the TM tomorrow too, boo).
We did 1:1 walk/run intervals because it just seemed hard to run today. But I did 1 mile in 15 minutes and felt good about it.
Then we hit up the weight room and did some chest presses on the bench, which today hit a milestone for me – 20 LB DUMBBELLS BABY! So cool.
We also did squats, back extensions, flyes, seated rows, and lots o’ abs. Three sets of each exercise and we were spent.
Dinner was leftover falafel with veggies. Just one more serving to go – wish I had some more hummus though, that’s all it’s missing.
And I have to say, I was SO PROUD of Josh for trying something new himself. Josh is very much a meat man and when he made me a grocery list this week, it had both hamburgers and ground beef on it. Nuh uh, I said.
So I asked him to sub out one for turkey. Because really, no one needs to eat that much red meat. So he agreed to try TURKEY BURGERS!
He just ate one by the way – this is also an improvement. I am so proud of him!
After dinner, I was still a bit hungry so I had a piece of whole wheat toast dry. Who knew dry toast could be so perfect? I like keeping things simple these days.
I’d better get off here, blow my nose and go take some Vitamin C. I also believe I’ll hit the hay early tonight.
Take care of yourself, stay healthy!
Tuesday night, I mentioned that I wanted to go for a run in the morning, since I knew it was unlikely that I’d be able to “fit it in” later in the day with my schedule the way it was.
The night before, I laid out my clothes and packed my lunch so I would save time in the morning.
Like my Cartman tooth fairy in the background? Ha ha.
When I went to sleep that night, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to get up and do it. Or if I did get up, it would be raining. You know, excuses.
Well, I DID IT! I got out the door, warmed up, ran the course I had planned out in my head, and then cooled down for a total of 25 minutes (and around 2 miles total). All before breakfast!
Speaking of which, a green monster has never tasted so good…cheers!
It felt so good to start the day off that way. Might have to keep this up?
Mid-morning I snacked on some soy yogurt and Ezekiel cereal. Starting to become old news 😉
Lunch was leftover falafel and red potatoes. Finally zee red potatoes are finished 🙂
Mid-afternoon, I snacked on some carrots and hummus. I had some tea too but no chocolate today. See, not everything has to be everyday 🙂
Wednesday is usually the highlight of my week because it is when us girls get together for a girl’s night potluck dinner. This week, Courtney had the main dish and she made an amazing looking baked ziti!
And Aleta brought some amazing looking warm bread 🙂
And I brought broccoli, hehe. Figures.
Since I’m not really eating dairy these days (I haven’t really told anyone yet unless they happen to read this since I’m still experimenting), I peeled back the cheese a bit and scooped out some pasta.
It was delicious, as was the bread that I went back and got another piece of!
Lots of carbs stuffed me and made me a little bloated. I remember now why I don’t usually eat much pasta. But everything tasted great!
Dessert didn’t thrill me too much. First, this was a sour cream Angel food cake which tells me it is not vegan (which I knew already). And I think it would’ve been better with something on it?
I probably should’ve just passed on it but I gave it a try anyway for some reason. Oh well, hopefully dessert night next week will be better.
It was a really good night with the girls too. We watched the “Dancing with the Stars” results show and thank goodness, Chuck Liddell is going to be around another week!
We also watched that new show “Glee” which was pretty cute. But I’m trying not to pick up any new shows. I think I could actually live without television most of the time 😉
I have another long post coming up of today’s activities, so don’t go too far!
Good evening friends! Right now I should be watching the new 90210 but that channel decided to go all wonky here and they are showing “The Golden Age of Country” infomercial…what?!
Anyway, no big deal, perhaps it is God’s way of telling me not to waste time on television, ha ha. I hardly watch anything now, so why not just stop it all?
For breakfast this morning, I had a nice bowl of 5 grain cereal with peanut butter and a sliced banana. Perfection.
I’m so excited I figured out that close-up setting on my camera, I can tell a big difference in my pictures now 🙂
Mid-morning, I skipped my walk (busy and rainy out) but snacked on some more soy yogurt, just plain this time.
This was pretty good but I like the strawberry better. I still have four more to eat before September 29th so expect to see these a lot!
Before lunch, I hit the gym for another workout with my girl Farrah. First, we ran a mile outside (sweaty and humid) that was totally awesome…I told her “I must’ve eaten my Wheaties today” because it was the best one mile run I’d had in a while. I felt fast and it felt easy. I think I’m getting the hang of this again.
Afterwards, we came back in and did lots of weights, focusing mainly on triceps with a bunch of bicep, shoulder and lat exercises worked in. We also did a few ab moves too. I love how our workout is different almost every time!
I think I’ve died and gone to Heaven!
Lunch was definitely my favorite meal of the day…or was it?
Later in the afternoon I had some tea and some mixed nuts that totally escaped the camera, oops!
After work, I was supposed to meet my friend Candy for a walk but she had to cancel due to injury. I hope she heals soon, she said she should be good to go in a couple of days.
But it worked in our favor because right at about 7:00, when we would’ve been a mile from home, a huge rain/thunderstorm rolled through. Thank you Lord for lookin’ out 😉
For dinner, I decided to try something I’d never made at home before:
I picked up this box over the weekend for $2.99 at Kroger. It seemed a little high at first but it was totally worth it because I have three more servings in my fridge for the rest of the week!
I followed the instructions on the box for broiling instead of frying because that just made more sense to me. I’m not a fryer!
My plate with some leftover red potatoes from dinner last night. Would you believe there are still more left than this? I definitely bought too many at the store this weekend 🙂
Dipped the falafel in hummus and the potatoes in organic ketchup. It really doesn’t get much better than that. The falafel was good, just a bit dry, I think I could’ve added more water to the mix. But they were still delicious and I had to pack the leftovers away before I ate them all…just kidding.
I did some household chores in a jiff because I thought I had to hurry to watch 90210 at 8:00 but since it never came on, I’m free to just relax the rest of the night. Along with some tea and dark chocolate.
Here is the chocolate I eat. It’s vegan and pretty low in sugar. And this box has lasted me forever, totally worth it. One “coin” has 30 calories and one is usually enough for me…bonus!
I might hit the hay early and try to get in a run before work? We’ll see! Hoping it’s not raining at 6 a.m. tomorrow 🙂
Good night all!
Good evening everyone! Thank you for your comments on my previous post on how I got back on track. I appreciate all of you guys! 🙂
I hope this post finds you having a glorious day and in the best of health.
Over here in our household, we have a sick dude. Josh is coming down with a cold or something, his sinuses are a mess and he’s feeling icky and lethargic. I hope he feels better soon. But I’m kind of avoiding him so I don’t get the germs.
I haven’t had a cold or any illness since August 2008 and I don’t want to break that streak. I thought I was coming down with something about a month ago, but I fought it off.
In the spirit of cold and flu season, I got my flu shot today!
Complete with a Tweety bird band-aid. Ha ha! I look kind of scary though.
My work offers flu shots for free, so I jumped at the chance. I guess I have been getting flu shots every year for the last 5 or 6 years. I got the flu a couple times as a kid and once as a teenager and it was miserable enough to convince me I had to do it!
I am not sure yet if I will get the H1N1 shot, if it is even available to me. It’s just so new, I’m afraid of what could go wrong. Hmm…
Do you get a flu shot? Why or why not?
For breakfast this morning, I fueled up on something that has been missing from my diet for quite some time…THE GREEN MONSTER!
This GM contained: 1 cup of unsweetened original Almond Breeze, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 frozen & chopped banana, and 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Yum yum. Oh, how I had missed these 😉
Mid morning, I ate some nuts and then took a short walk (to get my shot).
Lunch was some delicious leftover chickpea curry, which might have been even better today!
After lunch, I had my usual tea and dark chocolate. Then I went to go take my first Exercise Science exam, eek. I think I did ok, but I could’ve done better. Oh well, something to improve on!
For my afternoon snack, I had some Stonyfield O’Soy yogurt (small package from the 6-pack) with some Ezekiel golden flax cereal on top.
I chose the small containers because I got 6 for $1.99! Plus this little bitty thing already has 13 grams of sugar, wow.
It was tasty though and I’m comfortable with including it in my diet for now 🙂
After work, I hit the gym hoping to get in a run but all the treadmills were taken! I guess that is a good problem though. At least people are using them.
I ended up doing 30 minutes on the elliptical and it definitely gave me a run for my money! Afterwards, I stretched for almost 15 minutes and it felt so good to take the time and really take care of my body.
When I got home, I was so hungry, so I snacked on some more nuts (no picture). Then I got to work on dinner.
Josh and I had some red potatoes at a cookout on Labor Day and ever since then I’ve been craving them and he was open to trying them at home 🙂
I drizzled 1 tbsp of canola oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on top of the potatoes.
I had a hard time figuring out the cooking part. I cooked them in the oven at 425 for nearly 30 minutes but they weren’t quite done so I ended up microwaving them for a few out of impatience.
But once they were done, they were good!
In typical Josh and Sarah fashion, he had chicken and I had tofu.
My plate when it was all finally finished!
Afterward, I had a piece of dark chocolate.
I’m off to watch “Dancing with the Stars” which is not a show I usually watch but I have to this season because Chuck Liddell is on! He is one of my favorite UFC fights. I just watched his first dance and it wasn’t too bad…I hope he can hang on a few more weeks 🙂
Aaron Carter looks good too, he was looking a bit rough there a couple years back, I’m glad he seems to have gotten himself together. It was cool to see the old Backstreet Boys in the crowd too!
I better get back to the tv. I also have a cup of peppermint tea in my future.
Good night all!
My run this morning was quite hot and sweaty even though we went at 9 o’clock to avoid the heat. Actually, the temperature didn’t rise too much throughout the day, but it was so humid! Sometimes that can be as bad if not worse.
But we got about 4.23 miles in around 46 minutes. We used the Fartlek technique for a while but had to take a couple of short walking breaks due to the major sweat fest.
My next 5K is on Saturday!!
After I got back, I snacked on some mixed nuts and raisins. I actually combined these two myself (1/4 cup nuts + 2 tbsp raisins) to make a sort of trail mix…the only thing it was missing is chocolate, ha ha.
These held me over so well, I waited and waited to eat lunch. Finally, around 12:30 I heated up some split pea soup (Health Valley brand, very good!) which I topped with the final two Ryvita crackers. I love using stuff up because it means I can go buy new stuff now 🙂
I also started drinking this…
I had never tried this drink before but I saw it when I stopped into the World Market over the weekend so I decided to give it a shot. The smell threw me…it smelled like vinegar! But the taste was pretty good. It is hard to describe but its definitely not sweet. I drank about a third of the bottle and will probably work on it the rest of the week.
I didn’t realize it comes in more than one flavor, I must’ve had original?
I ate this orange about an hour after lunch when a sweet craving came on. Fruit works for me almost all the time when this happens 🙂
Then for my afternoon snack, I tried a new yogurt from Stonyfield…Pomegranate Berry!
I tried a few bites plain first, just to see how it tasted.
It was so good! It was the same texture and consistency as the fat free French vanilla, which I really like for “regular” yogurt (as opposed to Greek, which is my preference). The flavor was excellent too, it tasted exactly like what it says it is and it wasn’t overly sweet like some flavored yogurts. I would definitely get this one again!
Topped with some See Sarah Eat granola…
We just finished dinner not too long ago. I made Barilla whole grain spaghetti (Josh had Smart Taste which at least has fiber added in I think?) and topped it with Classico sauce mixed with some spinach and Morningstar “meat” crumbles.
I can’t believe I seriously just mentioned four different companies in one paragraph!
I also had a side salad made of spinach, cucumbers, shredded mozzarella cheese and a tbsp of Newman’s Own southwest dressing (yum). Oh, and how could I forget garlic bread?!
I did not eat nearly all of this, some went into a container in the fridge 🙂 Hooray for intuitive eating again!
What’s for dessert?
Now that I don’t keep ice cream or other “sweet treats” in the house, its always a debate over dessert (in my head). But it’s good to make myself think hard about something instead of just mindlessly eating it!
So, we’ll just wait and see what I feel like later on. Definitely some chamomile tea in my future 😉
Hope you’ve had a great day, thanks for stopping by. You stay classy, blogworld, ha ha…
Somewhere along the way on my drive home, I got to thinking about dinner. I stopped at Fresh Market to get some yogurt because I haven’t had any in forever (like a week!) and I wanted to have some tomorrow most definitely, no exceptions!
I got to explain to a lady shopping there the benefits of Greek yogurt (she saw me pick it up and asked me about it) which made my day. She left with a container of strawberry and blueberry Chobani 😉 I left with plain and vanilla Chobani, plus a new Stonyfield that I can’t wait to try later.
Anyway, while I was there I saw orange juice, which made me think of breakfast, which made me think of eggs and I decided eggs, toast and orange juice would be great for dinner tonight!
My inner critic, voice, what have you, kept telling me no, I need to have a sweet potato with some beans and maybe another vegetable, but why? I’ve had plenty of veggies today, from my green smoothie this morning to my falafel burger, veggies and hummus at lunch. So I finally shut her up and went for it!
I topped my eggs (two, scrambled) with some shredded Mexican cheese and organic ketchup (which is the way to go to avoid HFCS) and my toast with some butter and grape fruit spread (whole fruit, not jelly). I had a cup of orange juice fortified with calcium 🙂
It was delicious and I’m so glad I honored my cravings and didn’t go by what I thought I had to eat for dinner. I’m very happy right now. My only dilemma…what’s for dessert? I will just have to see where the mood takes me.
I’m on Day 3 with no ice cream and sadly (?) I don’t really miss it. That just goes to show you, I was in a rut.
Off to play Guitar Hero Metallica with Josh. Have a good night everyone!
Happy Birthday Jenna!
Today it was much harder to listen to my body because I had quite a few distractions. I was busy at work and I keep thinking about all my upcoming plans this week for my birthday. And I seriously think I need a detox from Facebook (future challenge perhaps)!
This morning was easy. I knew I wanted yogurt + fruit, which usually doesn’t happen in the a.m. but I’ve been seeing everyone’s parfaits and I got jealous 😉 Plus it’s been warm here in KY and when I’m warm, I like to eat something cold.
Here’s what went in:
I am pleased that this fat free Stonyfield was thicker like the French vanilla. It must just be Stonyfield’s “lowfat” line that’s too runny to eat with a spoon!
Here’s what it looked like all together…like the glass?
The yogurt and granola were AMAZING! These flavors all went together so well and I was really pleased with my new breakfast even though it didn’t last me very long. I think making this with higher protein Greek yogurt would do the trick. But that granola kicks butt!
At work, I had my usual 1 cup of coffee and then I got pretty hungry for a mid-morning snack, just shy of mid-morning, haha. I’m listening to you body, okay?!
I broke into another new product Alex sent me all the way from California:
Mrs. May’s Naturals The Cube, Cranberry Crunch
These were so good, I loved the flavor, they were like granola bites, only more dense and nuttier. Plus they’re cute 😉
These held me for a while, but I got ravenous just before 11:00, so I went ahead and ate lunch early (still listening)!
I had a can of Bumblebee Tuna (anyone else thinking of Ace Ventura 2 right now?) in spicy thai chili (sorry no pic) on a whole wheat English muffin and the Green Giant digestive health blend of veggies (yellow carrots, spinach, white beans).
I went for a 50 minute walk outside with some co-workers, which was nice because it was a day off from running and the sun was out after raining for nearly 7 straight days!
When I got back I was already hungry again (hmm) so I had another Alex goodie, a Luna Sunrise Bar!
I’d had this one before but its been years. I was really in the mood for chocolate so I didn’t go into it with the best mind set.
I liked the bar ok and the nutritionals are great, but its not going to be a favorite. I think I prefer the chocolate-y Luna bars even if they all do start to taste alike after a while. I still love though how this bar is designed with women’s health in mind. But it didn’t really rock my socks this time.
Unfortunately, after this, I stopped listening for a while. Or maybe not. But I had a bag of peanut butter M&M’s, a small one, haha. Like I said, hormones probably. No negativity here though! They were good.
When I got home and started up the oven for my dinner recipes, I munched on two carrots and finished off the container of Just Hummus, there were only a couple tbsps left anyway. Yum. I am really into fresh veggies right now, especially carrots and cucumbers. I also bought some kale that I’m ready to try now since I never have!
Dinner was awesome! Check out my post on New Recipes to see what I had that was so delicious and filling.
I’m nowhere near wanting dessert yet, so we’ll just wait and see what happens the rest of the night.
What I’ve learned today:
- Its okay to eat lunch early if I’m really hungry, no one will know but me!
- Eating smaller portions every 2-4 hours works great for me
- My biggest culprits to keeping calories/portions in check are boredom and dissatisfaction (i.e. Luna Bar today)
- I can get through two days without counting calories!
This is definitely a learning experience and one that I hope sticks with me beyond this week. Not counting calories definitely takes the stress out of eating healthy, which should be fun and adventurous! I am somewhat worried about putting on weight, but I have to remember to listen to my body both with diet and exercise, and finding that balance which will result in weight balance as well.
Back to The Biggest Loser!