For me, blogging has been an outlet of sorts for a while. As someone born into the technological world of today, I grew up using Xanga, Myspace, Facebook and Tumblr. On most of these, I used the blogging options to express myself. As I’ve grown older, I kept my personal information to myself but still need a creative outlet. So, here it is.
I’m a twenty-something student teacher who was born and raised in the South. Living in the south is more than a geographical location, it’s a lifestyle. So, here are my struggles and triumphs as I begin this roller coaster of a career.
Welcome, I hope you enjoy.
So, this last week has literally been a whirl wind. We have a new addition to our family as I mentioned before. She’s so precious and SO full of energy. She is wearing me out keeping up with her. Between preparing to move and working on potty training/not chewing I’ve been doing poorly at keeping this updated - and staying motivated. I have still been watching what I eat (kind of – more watching calories more than content) and been working out other than playing with the pup. I can’t wait til she’s a little bigger and we can take long walks.
However, accountability partners – I’m back. I haven’t noticed an weight difference but my pants are a little bit looser and Ash says that I’ve lost weight. So, yay?
I feel off the no-cheese wagon and my phlegm came back so I’m off it again until I really do get this allergy butt kicked – plus they say cellulite is made worse by milk products and I do want to look great at the Bachelorette Party. Just like the shirt says, “I’m NOT tying the knot, buy me a shot!” Perfect and kind of true, right?
So, here is today’s log in so far.
Breakfast was my Starbucks non-dairy usual. It’s pretty limited here, but it IS a quick and cheap place to get a breakfast without cooking. We are working on our socialization skills, so Beej (yes, I do shorten names of everything and everyone) and I went through the Drive Thru and now we are sitting outside so she can make lots of new friends. She’s getting so used to all the attention that when someone doesn’t pet her she’s highly offended. This little girl knows how cute she is. She even capturing the attention of the drive thru lane. Here are the stats for breakfast: 285 calories and 7 grams of protein.
I’m going to have Red Robin To Go for lunch. My friends were headed there and are being nice enough to order me something to go when they head back to Starbucks. I have a usual burger but I do cycle out my sides depending on how indulgent I feel. I order the Keep it Simple Burger with a whole grain bun and a veggie patty. I just top it with mustard, ketchup, extra pickles and lettuce. The same way I eat my burgers at home. My burger itself is 401 calories and 9 grams of protein (the original weighs in at 561). For my side I’m having a double order of freckled fruit salad which is 97 calories a serving. So, my meal is under 50o calories and delicious!
Last night I decided to make something new with what I have on hand. We are in the process of moving so we are avoiding grocery shopping until we are settled in the new place so we aren’t lugging produce and whatnot. So, I am coming up with very interesting new recipes. Last night for dinner I made a Pho based Asian soup.
1 cup Pho Base Starter (I used Pacific Organic Brand)
1 cup Oriental Stir Fry mix (steamed)
1/4 cup cooked chickpeas
1 oz Brown Rice Noodles
I steamed the Oriental Stir Fry Veggies and saved the sauce that came with it for a later date. While the veggies were steaming, I cooked the brown rice noodles. Once the veggies and brown rice noodles were cooked, I added them to the Pho base and then added the chickpeas. (The chickpeas had been cooking in the crockpot while I was at work. Seriously, that thing is a lifesaver!) I did add dessert and I had one fortune cookie. My dinner was only 259 calories including the cookie which was good because my lunch was a little heavy.
Breakfast this morning was interesting. My original plan was to make a breakfast sandwich, eat breakfast and then head to Starbucks for an iced coffee so I could show off my Beetlejuice and get her used to riding in a car. I started my egg and then went to pull out my bread so that I could start my toast but my bread had gone bad. I decided to head to Starbucks and get a bagel as well as my iced coffee rather than go buy bread. Our bagels are high in calories (300 calories) so I decided to use half of a bagel and make an open face breakfast sandwich.
Open Face Bagel Sandwich
1/2 Multigrain Bagel (Starbucks)
1 slice of Avocado
Tajin Seasoning (to taste)
My bagel was already toasted so I was able to skip over the toasting step. I fried the egg on my non-stick pan so I was able to skip using any oil. While my egg was cooking I spread the avocado on my bagel like a paste and then sprinkled with the Tajin seasoning. After the egg was cooked I place in on top and then topped with fresh spinach. I had an iced coffee (black) with it. My best friend ended up coming over to meet my Beetlejuice so I made her a sandwich with the other half and she loved it. She might be as obsessed with the Tajin as I am now . The breakfast sandwich was only 251 calories, but that’s okay because I am planning pasta for dinner so I’m saving room
And here is baby Beetlejuice and her (fairy, because she’s magical) Godmother
Last night I made one of my favorite meals. I love, love, loves tacos and other southwestern flavors. I needed a few more calories in my day so I decided to add fiesta corn to my meal instead of adding cheese or my usual margarita. Generally when I make tacos I make them low calorie so that I can indulge in a skinny margarita. However, I’m giving up alcohol until the bachelorette party so corn it was. But corn makes whiskey, right?
Vegan Black Bean Tacos
1 cup cooked black beans (I just stick them in the crock pot to cook while I’m at work)
Taco seasoning and Tajin seasoning to taste
3 slices of avocado
3 corn tortillas (I use Aldi’s brand and they are 60 calories a person)
2/3 Cup frozen corn seasoned with taco seasoning.
My meal was 570 calories and 22 grams of protein.
For breakfast this morning I had the same as yesterday. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast while I’m at work because it’s easy and healthy plus who doesn’t love fresh blueberries. I took a 100 pack of almonds/walnuts for snack today while at work. (I keep a container of low calorie snacks on the counter so I can just grab one and go when I’m leaving for work.
Lunch was leftovers from last night’s dinner so that was easy-peasy. I actually tend to overcook at night so I have a lunch for the next day. Makes eating healthy at work much easier when I bring my own lunch. I am able to find healthy foods around work but they tend to go for around 8 dollars a lunch and that’s a bit steep for me. If I were to buy lunch 5 times a week that’s 40 dollars…which isn’t even what I make in tips.
When I came home I worked out using Nike Training Club and noticed that they added on approximately how many calories you are burning for each exercise. I did Fighter Fit and it was 418 Nike Fuel + (anyone know what that means/does) and 116 calories. Not bad, but it definitely felt like more! Now that I’ve been working out more, I’m starting to get sore so I know that I need some potassium to help with that. I’m not a huge fan of bananas unless they are frozen or made into chips (very much a texture thing…) so I decided to make a green drink. Usually, I opt for smoothies but I’m running low on my usual green smoothie produce and we decided to buy anymore until we move. So, I improvised. I used a scoop of my Green Super Food and 8 ounces of pure coconut water. I added ice and shook it up in a mason jar. Yum! Plus no blender cleaning My green drink was only 65 calories and super refreshing after a cardio workout.
My original dinner plans were last night was tacos but I ended up going to Which Wich some friends. I opted to get a Skinny Which on whole wheat bread with a black bean patty with lettuce, pickles and avocado. I skipped cheese but it does make it delicious. I was extra hungry so I also had a bag of Sour Cream and Onion Baked Lays. My meal ended up being 435 calories. Not bad!
This morning I had breakfast at work so I had oatmeal with agave, a nut medley and fresh blueberries (290 calories). I paired with an iced coffee with no cream and no syrup. I added cinnamon because it boosts your metabolism and makes it yummy (0 calories)! I worked a long shift so I also ate lunch at work – I was too tired to make my lunch last night so I took a can of lentil soup for lunch (240 calories) and took a pack of almonds for snack (100 calories).
After I came home I worked out. I did cardio from the NTC App and then did the Fitness Magazine Bridal Book camp exercise. I then decided on a snack to tide me over until dinner. I opted for an apple with a cup of blueberry green tea. My apple and tea combo is roughly 80 calories.
Today I have a weird schedule so I wanted to eat before I go to work but wanted something that didn’t take much prep or cleaning up. I chose to have a Don Lee Veggie patty with three cups of steamed green beans. I opted to add fresh squeezed lemon, rosemary and thyme to my green beans to help boost my metabolism and give it a flavor boost. I also prepared my snack to take to work. I need something that is filling and that I can eat in 10 minutes. My snack today is a serving of PB2 and a small sliced apple. I also did a cardio workout from The Nike Training Club, so it has been a good start to my day.
Lunch had 295 calories and 9 grams of protein.
Snack has 125 calories and 6 grams of protein.
I seriously love breakfast. I am a firm believer that it is in fact the most important meal of the day. I could never skip it – like ever. I don’t just get hungry, I get hangry. So here is my breakfast:
2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread (I used Aldi’s Brand)
1/8 cup fresh spinach
1 Avocado Slice
1/2 cup fruit salad
Iced coffee (black)
I simply fried the egg on a non-stick skillet so that I didn’t need to use any extra oil or anything. I spread the avocado on the one of the toast and seasoned with the Tajin seasoning. It doesn’t have any nutritional facts on it but the ingredients are chili peppers, salt and lime juice so it can’t be too high in calories. I added the fried egg and spinach. It was delicious! Sometimes all you need to kick up a meal is a little bit of the right seasoning.
260 calories for breakfast and 13 grams of protein!