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Today is brought to you by the letter b

IMG_0008For berries. Because breakfast (and my snack later) is littered with them. Not that that’s a bad thing at all. Breakfast I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired (and I was out of egg whites), so I went with cereal. I had some Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds (don’t knock the fiber cereals- they’re actually really good!), Nature’s Path Millet Puffs (really good if you want to IMG_0009bulk up whatever you’re making- they taste like air/styrofoam, but they add volume), strawberries, blueberries and almond milk. Everything’s kinda hidden by the picture on the left, but you can get an idea of the mix in the right picture. Somehow I managed to hit exactly 300 calories, which is my breakfast goal. So the day is off to a good start.

I even had enough time to hit up Starbucks on the way to work this morning- and got here 10 minutes early. Some Monday’s don’t suck. IMG_0007Actually I really love where I work, so none of them actually do. The afternoon will be a busy one, and I have class tonight so not too much time to get other stuff doneIMG_0010 today.

As promised, my cute snack is on the right. It feels quite Pinteresty haha. It’s strawberries, fat free cottage cheese and blueberries. I’m excited for it. I didn’t bring lunch today, but that means I have to actually remember to go get lunch before it turns into dinner, which is basically what happened the other day with my bagel.

The scale went up a bit today (not much, but I’m set back a few days), which sucks, but I can’t say I don’t know why. I didn’t work out over the weekend and didn’t plan (skipping menu research) so I’m not going to get the end result I want.I I know I’ve made better choices and planned today, so the future is all I can control.  It’s a hard balance between letting go sometimes and complacency, and that’s what I struggle with a lot at this point. A healthy lifestyle can become an obsession (orthorexia), to the point where it’s not really healthy anymore or you can become too comfortable and confident and fall back into the same patterns that made it necessary to lose weight in the first place.

All for now, but enjoy your Monday!

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I’m definitely not perfect- and I’m okay with that


I didn’t post at all yesterday because I did not stop all day. Unfortunately, that included not stopping to eat. I had a solid breakfast- a banana bake as BFF and I refer to it in shorthand. She found it sometime last year on Recipage (awesome for getting recipe inspiration).  I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually baked it. Usually it’s a quick go to recipe that you can doctor up however you like. I’ve added cocoa powder, switched out the banana for pumpkin, put berries(or other fruit) inside the mixture before microwaving. And I don’t sift. When I have 5 minutes to myself,  in the morning, to make breakfast I am not pulling out a sifter. Just stir vigorously and you’ll be fine.

But as I said, the day got away from me. I went to the New Jersey School Counselor Conference which is always really good. It’s a small conference, but they always have really good people presenting. I didn’t prep any food for the day because I knew there was a free lunch and then I had an event at school until at least 8pm.

Well I missed the free lunch because I offered to go to Costco with someone to get stuff for the evening event- and by the time I got back, lunch was over. So I was honestly fine during my afternoon session, but knew it’d be a long time until any sort of dinner. Fortunately there’s a Starbucks nearby, so I grabbed a coffee and a plain multigrain bagel and went to help prep more stuff for the evening. Well I caught caught up in that and didn’t eat the bagel until about 5pm as I was untangling balloons (I found 1/4 of it still in my bag when I was looking for something at 9pm).

I grabbed a few grapes during the event, but that was it. And here’s where my balance comes in. I never go out. And that is no exaggeration. I’ve always lacked self-confidence in social situations that I’d avoid putting myself in them. And I don’t mean to sound like this is in every area of my life, but when it comes to purely social spots- like bars- I would always feel out of place. Also I usually never got invited- which isn’t a self-pitying comment, more a realization that this was probably due to the fact that I never put myself out there and said I wanted to go. But I’ve gotten better with confidence overall, amongst other things- and especially with my grad school people- I feel really comfortable. So anyways, I went out after the event. We went to a Mexican place- still hadn’t eaten dinner- but no one else was eating real food, so I just snacked on tortilla chips and drank sangria. I didn’t go crazy or anything, it was just normal and fun.

IMG_4902-001I stayed out late (for having been at workshops and stuff since 8am), but it was such a good day. The event was a school thing, and I’m graduating, so I was terribly sappy and made all my professors take photos with me. I love them all and secretly (or perhaps not so secretly wish I was actually a part of the department). The chair of the department actually said to me a few times, with me it ‘s like having another faculty member around. Probably one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten.

While I’d feel like a bit of a creeper sharing those photos on here, I’ll post a picture of me because I really loved my outfit. Although I did realize yesterday, that I need a new belt that I can wear with high-waisted things because this belt (I guess fortunately) droops a bit too much for my liking.

I ate a bit when I came home (too many carbs) like a mini bagel, carrots and hummus and a bit of oatmeal at like 12am because I was actually starving, but I only ate about 1400 cals yesterday overall, which yeah is above my range- but manageable. And yesterday was not the ideal example of food planning and execution, but I didn’t eat the buffet of cake and cookies at the event nor did I scarf down ridiculous things when I got home. Alright they were a bit ridiculous, but controlled.

I even contemplated how to write about all of this, because it’s obviously so much easier to share what you’re proud of rather than share the times when you’re not perfect, but in thinking about what I’ve read from others that’s helped me- above all it’s honesty. So there we go.

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Food and busy days

I didn’t mention it this morning, but I totally stuck to my plan last night and did my food prep last night for today. Stick with me, it’s a bit eclectic.



In the morning, it gets all thick and amazing.

Before chilling out for the evening

Before chilling out for the evening

Overnight oats(1/3 cup rolled oats, 1t chia seeds, 4 oz plain Chobani, 4 oz almond milk, a few drops vanilla flavored stevia). Today’s bowl (well tupperware- I’m not super fancy) also had 50 blueberries (I count, what can I say?) and 5 strawberries, sliced. Stick it in the fridge overnight, then you get what’s on the right.

I love overnight oats mostly cause it’s a super dense food (I have a thing for densely textured food- it always seems so much more satisfying). It’s not overly sweet (cause I use plain Chobani- but flavored works well too) and adding in lots of fruit bulks it up. I like to stay around 300 calories for breakfast, but sometimes it’s closer to 400 depending on the day. I actually usually add in another splash of almond milk if it’s too thick in the morning, but it just depends. the chia helps thicken it, but if you’re not a chia lover, it’s totally optional.



I also added a bit of “spreadable fruit” on top- cherry blueberry. This stuff is pretty amazing. I found it in a

  King’s Supermarket (which I didn’t realize are super-local to New Jersey) and it was definitely more than $10, but I rationalized it by it’s size and that it’ll last awhile. It’s made by Sarabeth’s in New York City, which I admittedly hadn’t heard of before I googled that link about 10 seconds ago. And in doing so may have spent 10 minutes gawking at their menu (this is just brunch).  Maybe if I ever have a classy occasion to have brunch in the city, I’ll go there. Unlikely, but now I know where to go!

But you can spot the preserves (big chunks of fruit) and the additional milk in this photo on the right. Such a refreshing/filling breakfast.


IMG_3724Definitely have gotten some weird looks for the jars. Haha. I think I need to work on making it look cuter in the jar. That may make it more socially acceptable. Because it does look a bit weird. Not that that bothers me in the slightest, it just requires some explanation.

So in this jar was 3 oz broccoli slaw (this is such a good vegetable base for things- I use it like I would have used rice or pasta as a base before), .5 oz fat free feta and 2 crumbled Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lovers Burgers. These are good. Really good. They were on sale/special at Target last week and they were such a good find. I’m always sucked into the word “sale”.

I also had a Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar as part of lunch/snack. Probably the best bar ever, and amazing macros. You can bake them and microwave them and make them into cookies. So much better than real cookies and with 190 cals and 21 grams of protein it’s a really good option.



Today was a long day, between work and then tutoring. And I brought my gym clothes with me, but I knew

I was going to be too

exhausted to go to the gym at 8pm without having eaten, so I went for a quick run/walk after tutoring. There’s a really pretty small park along my route from tutoring to school, so it was incredibly convenient.IMG_3729


But note to self, don’t drink so much water in the afternoon before you tutor and then try to run. Definitely doesn’t make running easier when you have to pee. Only made a loop before I ran out of time (as in I had to run back to school for a meeting). Managed to burn 145 calories in 17 mins though.

After my meeting I finally came back home and threw together dinner.

My go-to dinner is either a stir-fry or an omelet. They’re both super simple and have lots of protein and veggies which I try to load up on. I had a fair bit of calories left, so I went for a really big veggie frittata (my uncle and I literally had the frittata/omelet debate last sunday). It had a whole green pepper, a small zucchini (grated) and 3 oz broccoli slaw.

I sauteed that all together and then added egg whites (from a carton- I’m easy), .25 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb.

On the side I had a sweet potato with 2T peanut butter (I may have used a spoon- but measured it in grams on my scale so all’s good), IMG_3735cinnamon and a bit of sugar free syrup. It was dessert and a side dish all in one.

And one of the ladies at work said I was  looking good and “slimming down nicely”. Admittedly I’veIMG_3737 lost a fair bit of weight since I started there, so I’m okay with people noticing. I used to not be, but that’s for another day. It’s late and I have a conference early in the morning, and an event till late. So long day ahead, requiring lots of coffee.

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