I Am Not A Complete Vegetarian. I Eat Only Animals That Have Died In Their Sleep.

No post for 2 weeks…

Can only mean one thing…

I’m bored and not exercising and I’m making poor food choices.

Luckily, I’m still weighing regularly and I’m still the same weight.

Bad news though, is that I can’t seem to get motivated. It’s hard to exercise when it’s raining EVERY single day. It’s tough to wanna get out and do something when again, it’s raining EVERY single day.

I feel so blah when I don’t eat great or when I’m not active. I feel like a blob. Or a slug. I’m so over this rainy weather and I hope it goes away soon so I can go back to enjoying my turkey mountain hikes and my bike riding along the river.

Some good new for you though is that work is going really great for me. My boss loves me and other people notice it too and have called me “her favorite” which is true. Cause I’m just so awesome at my job. Haha. I mean, it’s true, so I’m gonna own it. I’m getting to try new things such as joining committees we have at work and also doing some new hire training as well as mentoring my fellow coworkers. I think exciting things are coming my way! Stay tuned.

Anyways, back to the healthy eating. As I said last time, I took a quick trip to Dallas to celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday and of course I made a Trader Joes run. I stocked up with some of my favorites like their vegetable fried rice, honey pretzel sticks, chocolate jumbles, pub cheese, and macaroni and cheese. I also got lots of new products to try.

So far, my favorite new product is their frozen meatless sausage patties. They can be heated up in microwave for a super quick breakfast side.

  
Another great new product is their freeze dried mango. Yum. I truly love mango so much.

 
Another new product is their peanut butter and jelly Greek yogurt. I loved this. It really did taste just like peanut butter and jelly. Wish I would’ve got more!

 
A couple other products I bought, tried, and liked were their chicken hotdogs, their frozen chile relleno dinner, and their frozen silver dollar pancakes.

  

 

 
I’ve still got lots more to try, but I haven’t been cooking as much lately. Unfortunately (for my stomach and my wallet) I’ve been eating out more often for dinner. I’m trying really hard to work on that this week though.

I have 2 goals for myself this week. Monday-Friday, I’m trying to not eat out. This really pertains to dinner, just because I NEVER eat out for breakfast, lunch, or snacks. My second goal is to eat vegetarian Monday-Friday for every meal.

My menu for the week looks like this:

Breakfast-eggs, cereal, meatless sausage, milk, mini pancakes, omelets, toast

I’ll pick 2-3 of the above and mix and match them to give my breakfast variety throughout the week.

Lunch-undecided right now but I’m thinking tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwiches on ciabatta bread

Dinner-meatless Orange chicken over vegetable fried rice or cheese and veggie quesadillas with guacamole and salsa

Snack-V8, Quest bars, chex mix, pretzels and dip, dried fruit

Speaking of quest bars, I’ve found 2 more flavors I’m obsessed with. I love the banana nut muffin and the chocolate chip cookie dough. Seriously, the 2 best flavors so far!

 

No picture of the chocolate chip cookie dough. It never stood a chance. I devoured it before a picture ever crossed my mind.

Before I go, I just wanted to talk a bit about how I’ve been feeling since cutting out so much meat from my diet. On days where I truly haven’t been eating any meat, I’ve felt better. I don’t feel heavy or weighed down and my stomach has stopped hurting. The whole reason I started this change was due to the fact that I kept getting upset tummies every day around the same time in the afternoon. Gladly, I can say those have stopped.

Also, I feel like I spend less money on groceries weekly due to not buying meat or deli lunch meat. I used to spend like $9 on a pound of sliced deli meat for sandwiches. Beans and cheese are so much cheaper!

I have to say, I’m happy with the changes I’m making, and I seriously do hope that one day soon, I can call myself a vegetarian.

 
I’ll leave you with a couple of cuties! First is Ethan at his birthday party. Second is my doggy, Pudgy. They’re both the absolute best!

 
  
   
 

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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What I Ate Thursday

As promised, here is a full post over “What I Ate Thursday.” I think these are fun because like I’ve said before, I’m curious about what other people eat, especially curious to see what a normal food day looks like for other people. Well, here’s mine!

Breakfast

Jimmy Dean omelet-240 calories

Whole grain toast-130 calories

1 and 3/4 cup skim milk-140 calories

Breakfast total=510 calories

Snack

 

V8-70 calories

4 multigrain crackers-70 calories

1st snack total=140 calories

Lunch

 

French bread-160 calories

2.2 ounces deli turkey-68 calories

Mini brie wedge-70 calories

2 and 1/2 tbs wine jelly-75 calories

2 compari tomatoes-25 calories

Lunch total=398 calories

Snack

 

13 baked chips-110 calories

Individual guacamole cup-100 calories

2nd snack total=210 calories

Dinner

 

Small russet potato-220 calories

3oz cooked chicken-130 calories

1/8 cup lite shredded cheese-40 calories

3 tbs BBQ sauce-68 calories

2 tbs whipped lite butter-100 calories

3/4 cup green beans-35 calories

Dinner total=592 calories

Late evening snack

 

Tea bag-0 calories

1 tbs honey-60 calories

French vanilla creamer-25 calories

Late night snack total=85 calories

Total calories today-1935

My goal is to eat around 1900 calories a day. This is a very typical day for me. I ate pretty much the same thing all week except I had two breakfast options and two dinner options just so I don’t get bored.

My sandwich this week was absolutely phenonminal! I’d normally make my sandwiches on normal sandwich bread, but I wanted garlic toast for dinner with my Caesar salads (had that twice this week for dinner), and I didn’t want to buy two breads, so I made my lunch sandwiches on the same bread I bought for garlic bread.

On my sandwich was brie cheese, shaved deli turkey, and wine flavored jelly. It was sooooo yummy! I never got tired of it all week. I’ll be picking up some more of those mini Brie bites at Trader Joes this weekend for future sandwiches.

Speaking of Trader Joes, I’ll be going there this weekend! I’m so excited because when I go, I always stock up on my favorites from there. They have just so many easy go to meals which makes eating healthy for me just that much easier.

The main reason for the trip though is to go celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday in Dallas! He’s the absolute best thing ever and of course I’ll have lots of pics to show you when I get back.

I’ll be going to a couple of my other favorite places in Dallas this weekend too, so I’m excited to blog about my adventures when I get back!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

  

Mother’s Day 2015

Today is Mother’s Day! And luckily, I got to share the day with my mom. I always cherish the times I get to enjoy hanging out with my momma one on one. She’s so much fun to be around, she’s always positive, and she always has a warm smile on her face.

I know, I know, everyone always thinks THEIR mom is the best mom, just like everyone always thinks THEIR dog is the cutest dog. But, she really is the best. And my dog is the cutest.

So for Mother’s Day, I took my mom and stepdad out for brunch and mimosas at Palace Cafe. It’s a cute little restaurant on Cherry Street here in Tulsa that I really enjoy going to.

For brunch, I had the crab cakes Benedict, my mom had the biscuit of the day which was a biscuit topped with steak, poached eggs, and hallandaise sauce, and my stepdad had the salmon BLT with an Asian twist to it.

   
 

I didn’t get a picture of the salmon, but it looked great!

My gift to my mom was really brunch and spending time together, but I also got her a couple of small gifts.

 

I got her a box of 5 nice chocolates from my favorite local chocolate store here in town. I also got her a pair of socks. Yep. Socks. I never claimed to be the best gift giver. But my motto is, I buy what I like. I learned that from my sister. Anyways, they’re inspirational socks with sayings such as “I am confident” or “I am amazing” or “I am a great friend” or “I love you” which is the quote on the pair I got my mom.

After brunch, our plan was to go ride bikes on Riverside. It was supposed to rain, but thankfully it held off all day, so we did indeed get to go ride bikes!

   
 

Bike riding with my mom was a blast! We rode all around the cute town of Jenks and also up and down Riverside.

Here’s a couple pics of us on the pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas river.

   
 

Notice how the picture my mom took is half sky and no bike? ….lol. She’s never claimed to be an expert photographer, but I love her anyways.

After our 5 and 1/2 mile bike ride, we decided to go get coffee and dessert at Starbucks. Since the weather today was absolutely amazing (warm, breezy, and overcast) we sat outside and enjoyed our coffees and smores tart.

   
   

Yum! We shared the 310 calorie tart for the perfect afternoon dessert.

Right next door to Starbucks is a health store called Complete Nutrition. I’d never been there before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and to my surprise, they had Quest bars!

  
If you don’t know about Quest bars, you should! They have the best stats ever. Obviously the nutrition varies on each flavor, but the smores bar (my favorite so far) has 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, 20 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber. Seriously, the fiber part gets me! It’s the perfect snack. 

So yeah, there are other “health” bars out there that taste better, but these taste really decent considering their nutritional value. We each bought 4 bars and 2 bags of the Quest brand chips.

If you know me at all, then you know my weakness is chips. They’re salty. They’re crunchy. They’re delicious. They’re not great for you. These Quest chips are a GREAT alternative to regular potato chips.

  
The chips have 120 calories per bag with 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, and 21 grams of protein. They have a protein taste, yes, but these could easily pass for baked chips served along side a sandwich or with a dip. I would buy them way more often if they weren’t so expensive. Yum! I think I’ll take a bag with me next weekend to Dallas for a car ride snack.

For someone who is trying to go vegetarian or at least eliminate a lot of meat from their diet, these chips (and bars!) are a great way to make sure you’re hitting your protein goal.

After leaving the health store, I brought my momma home and headed to my own home to enjoy the evening with MY child, my doggy, Pudge.

  
She watched me eat dinner, listened to some Nicki Minaj songs with me, got some yummy treats (I assume they’re yummy, though I’ve never tried them), and we enjoyed a long walk outside in between the rain/thunderstorms.

Today was a perfect day! I love weekends. I love spending time with my mom. I love combing the two.

Hope all of you enjoyed your weekend!

I’m planning to do a “What I ate _______day” post this week, maybe Tuesday, maybe Wednesday, whatever day I feel like it really.

Until next time!

No funny meme today, but I’ll leave you with an inspirational quote. Couldn’t be more appropriate for my future Mexican vacation.

  

“I’m On That New Diet Where You Eat Everything And Pray For A Miracle”

First things first… I have a weight update! I went to the nutritionist Friday and I was down 3.6 pounds from the last time I saw her 4 weeks ago. That’s 30 pounds lost since I started going to my nutritionist. Currently I’m at 326.4 pounds.

My eating this week was the usual. Breakfast was great. Snacks were great. Lunches were great. Dinner was crap.

My food schedule is so structured during the day. I have perfected doing the healthy eating all day until dinner. Breakfast is always something quick, like a microwaved Jimmy Dean omelet with toast and milk or bran flakes cereal with microwaved scrambled eggs.

   
   

I pack two snacks and a lunch to take with me to work, so those three meals are always portioned out and easy for me to control. Snacks are usually low sodium V8’s, peanut butter and crackers (with frozen cherries), almond thins and dip, bananas, or bread and cheese, this week being roasted garlic focaccia with brie cheese.

   
 

Lunches this past week have been leftover steak and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes, tuna sandwiches, and fat free refried black bean tostadas.

  
   

The steak was leftover from grilling out with my dad last weekend. He bought 2 filet mignon steaks because he thought they were small and that it wouldn’t be enough. For someone who’s trying to reduce their meat intake, it was the perfect size. So, I got leftovers!

The Brussels sprouts were leftover from Sunday cooking with the BFF. We decided to workout and cook a healthy dinner. We made roasted Brussels sprouts with a light garlic aoili, a “risotto” using a mix of couscous, quinoa, lentils, and garbanzo beans with chicken broth and Parmesan cheese, and we bought a rotisserie chicken for our protein. As for the workout part, we did 20 minutes of turbo fire. I would say it’s a mix between jazzercise and tiebo. It was fun and I definitely was sweating my butt off. I even took a picture because I had sweat dripping down my face.

  
The refried black bean tostadas I made this week were amazing! I bought a Mexican brand of the canned beans and just layered them onto oven baked corn tortillas with guacamole, shredded low fat cheese, and diced Roma tomatoes. Sooo good! I’ll be making these again for sure!

I forgot that one day at work they had free sandwiches, so of course I’m cheap, so I took advantage of the free lunch. I had two sandwich pieces, one was italian and the other a ham and swiss.

  
I also had a lemon poppyseed muffin (not pictured).

For dinner this week, I ate out twice, and cooked at home 3 times. At home, I had baked fish with mashed potatoes and green beans, frozen macaroni and cheese from Trader Joes, and a random assortment of things in my freezer one night which included a scallion pancake, a chicken tender and the small pieces left at the bottom of the bag, crispy curry potstickers, and some asparagus.

   
 

The nights I ate out, I had a lot of food at Taco Bueno (it was cinco de mayo and Mexican food was calling my name) and I had Raising Canes chicken and fries. And I had Dr. Pepper with both meals. Speaking of Dr. Pepper….I love a good meme.

  

I wish Dr. Pepper wasn’t so similar to crack cocaine…

Anyways. I’m really going to work on my dinner choices this week. I bought EASY options for this week. Like, E.A.S.Y. Like, open up the bagged Caesar salad kit and open the dressing packet, easy. And open up the cooked grilled chicken strips and throw them on the salad, easy. Seriously, if I get lazy and eat out this week, then there’s seriously something wrong with me. I literally (I can’t say this word without giggling anymore. Thanks SNL!) could not be more prepared or set up for success this week.

Completely unrelated, but here’s a link to why I giggle at the word “literally” every time I say it. http://youtu.be/Ef_33wIEeds

I’m not a huge SNL fan, but I was cracking up during this skit. Ugh, love it!

There’s just one last thing I wanted to share with you guys.

As you know, I’ve been going to the gym with my friend Demi 2-3 times a week. Almost every time, we run/walk on the treadmill. Well, recently we’ve been adding in some running, before it was mostly walking. Anyways, I started at a 17 minute per mile pace, then brought that down to 15 and a half, and then today my pace was 14 minutes and a half for a mile. 14:36 to be exact.

It’s always exciting to keep shaving time off your pace, so I was excited about that!

Well, it’s late so I better get some sleep. It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I’m spending the day with my momma, yay! I think I’ll do a Mother’s Day post tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that tomorrow night some time.

Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!