“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.

A Little Bit Of Everything

This last week was a good week for me. Work went well, exercise happened, and my food was on point. Oh, and I finished reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. So, just wanted to tell you about my week!

Food

As I’ve said, I’ve been eating less meat recently and have been enjoying vegetarian lunches for the past month or so, as well as mostly vegetarian breakfasts and snacks. Here’s some of what I ate last week.

Breakfast was either bran flakes cereal with skim milk and egg whites with ketchup OR a frozen Jimmy Dean omelet with 2 slices of whole wheat toast and skim milk.

   

 

My vegetarian lunches last week were either tomato, basil, mozzarella salad with roasted garlic focaccia OR my new favorite sandwich, a mashed white bean sandwich with avocado, red onion, and leaf lettuce served with canned carrots or green beans.

   

 

This white bean sandwich is so simple. Here’s the recipe!

White Bean Avocado Sandwich

-1can great northern beans, drained, rinsed

-1 tbs olive oil

-1 or 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 small avocado, halved

-sliced red onion

-lettuce of choice (I used green leaf)

-sandwich bread (I used sliced focaccia)

Instructions: (Makes 2 Sandwiches)

Put the white beans in a bowl. Mash them so that half are mashed and half are still sorta whole. Add in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Serve on lightly toasted sandwich bread with 1/2 of an avocado scooped out, sliced red onion, and leaf lettuce. Eat and enjoy.

Dinners last week were either a basil, mozzarella naan bread pizza with turkey pepperoni and a side salad OR a frozen Indian dinner from Trader Joes OR mini chicken tacos with a side salad.

   

   

I loved the dinners this past week because they were all simple. Assembled and cooked within 10-15 minutes.

For snacks last week, I had my usual V8 with 1/2 of the almond coconut kind bar for my first snack and 2 1/2 tbs of Trader Joes Greek yogurt spinach dip with almond thin crackers for my second snack.

   

 

Exercise

This week, I exercised 4 1/2 times from last Sunday to today. Last Sunday, I walked around my moms neighborhood with her for almost 45 minutes. On Tuesday night after work, I walked 2.10 miles and it took about 30 minutes. The half comes from Wednesday, where I walked around my apartment complex for about 10 minutes with my dog. I was pretty tired because I was staying up late every night to read to finish 50 Shades.

I decided to not stay up too late Thursday so that I wouldn’t be too tired to exercise Friday night. Friday, I walked for almost 2 miles for about 30 minutes total. Friday felt like a good workout and I was sweating and exhausted after I was done, but felt great!

For today’s exercise, my best friend had the idea to go hiking. We have an area here called Turkey Mountain, so we decided to go and it was such a blast. We hiked about about 45 minutes, which didn’t even feel like 45 minutes. Halfway through the hike, we came upon a lake and thought it’d be the perfect exercise selfie.

  

Here are the stats from today’s hike.

   

 

The BFF and I are saving money to go to Mexico next year, so we’re trying to eat healthy and get in shape for our trip. We’ve decided that when we hang out, we’re going to do free/cheap things and also try to exercise instead of our usual eating out. Next week we plan to go rent bikes and bike around the city. Can’t wait!

Some of the advice I got from my nutritionist really helped me with my eating this week. I no longer am looking at meals as cheat meals. If I’m going to go out to eat, I’m going to budget it into my calorie goal. I had to do this twice this weekend. Once, I went out to lunch with my mom this weekend, so I cut back calories from breakfast so I could afford the meal calorie wise. And of course we made a healthy decision and went to Zoe’s Kitchen, so that made it easier. I had the grilled chicken pita with feta slaw and no mayo pasta salad.

  

The second time I ate out, it wasn’t as healthy. I had the chicken and waffles and ate about half of the chicken and half of the waffles. We also had an appetizer of sweet potato fries with spicy caramel and bacon. Super delicious! The restaurant doesn’t have their nutrition information displayed but I used my fitness pal and ended up saying the meal was about 1000 calories, which only put me over my calorie goal by 100 since I budgeted for it that day.

Yes, I felt guilty for the meal, but I also had exercised the night before and was planning to exercise Sunday, which I did, so I feel like I worked some of it off. Either way, I’m not going to let it get me down.

Overall, last week went great! I’m excited for this week also to be filled with healthy foods, fun exercise, and and weight loss! I’ll be weighing this week sometime, so I hope to have a new weight update soon.

Have a great week everybody!

~Why is Monday so far from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday?

It’s Called Diet Because All The Other 4-Letter Words Were Taken

Ok, it’s about time I started blogging again. I have found that blogging keeps me motivated, it keeps me honest with myself and those who read my blog, and it holds me accountable for my actions.

My actions as of late have been downright horrible. For the past 2 months, my diet has been back and forth. I’ll eat healthy for breakfast and lunch. Then when snack time rolls around, I’ll go buy 4 cupcakes and eat them all. Or I’ll go to this popcorn place near my work and I’ll buy a large bag of salty delicious popcorn and eat it all.

Dinner is even worse. I’ve been to Panda Express for dinner too many times to count, just this month! And I’ve eaten from Raising Canes almost as many times. Nothing good can come from Raising Canes… All they sell is fried chicken tenders, fries, and creamy coleslaw.

THIS HAS TO STOP! I’ve gained back a little weight (10 pounds), and I’m sitting at just under 300 pounds. I got down to 287 and just kind of quit. I quit exercising, I quit caring as much about what I ate, I quit blogging… I just got busy and lazy.

BUT, that all changes today! Today I’m back to my healthy lifestyle again!

-NO more sweets
-NO more pop or sweet tea (I probably had about 5 sugary drinks in the past couple months, so that hasn’t been too horrible)
-NO more fast food
-NO more popcorn (unless it’s healthy popcorn)
NO more food binges

I’m nearing my one year anniversary of the day I started this journey and I want to end the year on a high note. I started December 18th, 2012. I’d like to have lost 90 pounds by that date this year, so this is me officially setting that goal.

Wish me luck! I’m going to need lots of it! Oh and willpower, I need lots of that too. I can and will do this!

Since I’m trying to hold myself accountable, here’s what I ate today.

Breakfast- 1 and 1/2 cups of Cheerios with 1 and 1/4 cup skim milk.

Lunch- Ham and cheese sandwich on low calorie bread with fat free mayo, can of low sodium tomato juice, and a banana.

Snack- Homemade turkey meatballs and spaghetti soup, handful of cashews, and a small bowl of Kashi 7 grain puffs cereal with skim milk.

Dinner- Scrambled egg and egg whites, turkey bacon, toast, asparagus, sliced tomato, and 1 tablespoon of low calorie butter.

After dinner snack- Cherry cobbler fruit bar.

All together it was 1803 calories, just 3 calories over my goal.

Today was hard since I’ve gotten used to eating more calories, but I know from experience it gets easier after you get used to it. So I’m hoping to get past these next couple weeks quickly!

My Fit Foods: Product Reviews

Since I’ve started back to school, the only completely free days I have now are Sundays. On Sunday’s, I have to do my homework, clean my apartment, do the dishes, keep up my car maintenance, do my laundry, take my dog in to be groomed, see my family, grocery shop, prep my meals for the week, etc. Obviously I don’t do ALL of that EVERY Sunday, but I do most of it regularly.

On top of all of that, my work days somehow keep getting longer. It’s becoming regular to get home from work at 8 or after.

I knew I needed to come up with something to make things a bit easier for me for at least the next few weeks. So, I decided to buy my dinners and snacks from My Fit Foods instead of having to cook this week.

Another reason I decided to go to My Fit Foods (MFF) is because when I cook at home, I have to eat the same thing multiple times for dinner. I’m REALLY getting burnt out on the same foods by the end of the week, which is making it harder to stay on the healthy eating track. With the MFF meals, I can have variety and I’m very much so looking forward to that!

If you’re not familiar with My Fit Foods, let me tell you a little bit about it!

MFF is a store that sells fresh, healthy, prepared foods. They’re sold in little microwavable containers. They have breakfast options, lunch options, snack options, dinner options, and even dessert options. Their foods come in 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large) so that you can choose which one is right for you.

Our MFF opened in October of last year. I remember I tried it out shortly after they opened (2 months before my Drs. visit that changed everything) and I didn’t have the best of luck with it. I thought the food was boring and I found it hard to eat.

I decided to give it another chance because the person I am now is way different than the person I was then. I enjoy healthy food now, but back then I was still eating pizza and burgers everyday, so of course I wasn’t a fan of their foods.

I’m really glad I decided to go to MFF this week. It’s made my life just a little bit easier. No cooking and no dishes this week!

I went to MFF on Monday and got 5 dinners, 1 breakfast, 4 snacks, 1 dessert, and 1 individual bag of healthy egg white chips for the week, all for $78.

I tried my first meal Monday night. I had the Fit Nation Chicken Nuggets. It’s chicken breast meat cut into nugget size and breaded with almond four, flax meal, and spices. It’s served with broccoli, cinnamon carrots, and their version of “honey mustard” which is plain yellow mustard sweetened with agave nectar. This meal in the medium size has 390 calories.

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I would give this meal an 8/10. The “honey mustard” was delicious. I’m really glad it came with the meal because it made the chicken taste better than it did without the sauce. The carrots were surprisingly delicious! And the broccoli was good. Nothing special, just broccoli. I’ll buy this meal again for sure.

The next meal I tried was the H-Town Breakfast. I knew I’d love this one because it has chicken apple breakfast sausage links in it. It also has rosemary red potatoes and scrambled eggs. This meal in the small size has 290 calories.

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The great thing about their breakfasts is that they use a 5:1 ratio for the eggs, meaning they use 5 egg whites for every 1 yolk. I did have to salt my eggs and potatoes a little, but I’ll try not to next time. I’d give this meal a 9/10.

The next thing I tried was one of their snacks, the Healthy Hummus Bowl. It comes with a small cup of hummus, chopped grilled chicken breast, celery, carrots, and grape tomatoes. This meal only comes in one size and has 150 calories.

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There was more of everything but I was hungry and almost forgot to take a picture!

The hummus was fantastic! I really enjoyed it most with the carrots. The tomatoes and chicken made it a good snack. I definitely could have done without the celery though. I give this snack a 6.5/10.

My next meal was Cynthia’s BBQ Chicken. It had chopped BBQ chicken breast, cheddar mashed red potatoes, and green beans. This meal in a size medium has 390 calories.

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This meal was great, BUT, I did add my own BBQ sauce. There simply wasn’t enough on the chicken, so I added about 2 tablespoons of my own favorite BBQ sauce which only added 30 calories. The potatoes and green beans were good, but I did again add just a little bit of salt. What can I say, I love my salt.

I enjoyed this meal because it was simple and it was something I could eat more than once in a week. I give it a 7.5/10.

I’ve got more meals and snacks to review this week, so I’ll blog again soon with the results!

So, if you’re looking for convenience while still eating healthy, I suggest you try out My Fit Foods! Here’s a link to their website. Go check them out! Seriously!

Healthy (and only one pan required) Dinner

I love simple. And easy. When you get home from work at 7:30 or later every night like I do, you don’t really feel like cooking and making dinner. That’s why most of the time, I go ahead and cook my dinners before hand and reheat them.

One food I love to eat is chicken and unfortunately it doesn’t taste as great reheated. It’s not so bad if you’re reheating a chicken stir-fry, that’s actually pretty tasty. But a whole chicken breast? It just isn’t the same reheated.

So, I was really excited when I found a recipe for chicken foil packets. I’ve had fish foil packets before (my mom makes an amazing sea bass fish foil packet that I love) but I haven’t tried using chicken in the foil packets.

I took the basic recipe and tweaked it to my liking and I came up with this!

Lindsay’s BBQ Chicken Foil Packets

20 ounces of chicken breasts or tenders
BBQ sauce of choice
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
20 ounces small potatoes, diced small (I used small purple potatoes for the fun color!)
1 bunch of green onion, sliced into one inch slices
Shredded low fat cheese of choice (I used cheddar)
Salt and Pepper
Trader Joes coconut oil spray (or oil spray of choice)
5 sheets of foil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lay the sheets of foil out flat. In the center of the foil, add one tablespoon of BBQ sauce and spread it out. Top the spread out BBQ sauce with 4 ounces of chicken breast.

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Salt and pepper the chicken breast. Spread 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce over the chicken. Top the chicken with the sliced squash and diced bell peppers. This recipe makes 5 packets, so evenly distribute the vegetables.

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Place 4 ounces of diced potatoes next to the chicken. Top with the sliced green onion. Spray your oil spray all over the potatoes and vegetables and then salt and pepper both.

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Fold the foil packet so that it creates a square and it seals everything inside. Place the sealed foil packet onto a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. After the 35 minutes, take out of the oven, open the foil packet, and add shredded cheese. I added about 1/3 of a cup to each.

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Bake with the foil packet opened at 375 for another 5 minutes.

Take out of the oven and enjoy!

I served my BBQ foil packets with a side of boiled cabbage for a nutritiously delicious dinner!

The great thing about this recipe was that it was easy to put together when I’d get home late. I chopped my veggies on Sunday and just divided them up into ziplock baggies. All I had to do when I got home was turn on the oven, dice up the potatoes while it preheated, and then assemble the foil packet which took less than 5 minutes. It was a perfect weeknight meal and I loved that it wasn’t just reheated leftovers.

I’m already planning to add this to my recipe rotation. It was just too simple and great not to. I might even have them again next week, maybe with a different theme besides BBQ. Any suggestions??

Jazzercise + What I’ve Been Eating This Week

The first time I went to a jazzercise class, I was probably around age 13 or 14. I can’t really remember exactly how old I was. But I DO remember that I really enjoyed going. My mom used to take me with her and we’d go a few times a week (maybe?) after school for me and after work for her.

Jazzercise was a lot of fun because although it definitely was exercise, it didn’t feel like it. They played current and good music that we’d jazzercise to and the hour long class would fly by.

I recently decided to try out a jazzercise class again. You see, my schedule during the week makes it hard to get to ANY exercise classes because my work days are so long and so late. So when I got off early one weekday, I hopped on the opportunity to go try out a jazzercise class again for the first time in a looonnggg time.

I asked the BFF, Megan, if she wanted to go (because we both share a love for jazzercise) and she said yes, so we went!

The class was a lot of fun and definitely a good workout. It’s an hour long class with about 10 minutes of warm up, about 30 minutes of cardio, and about 20 minutes of toning and cool down. They played good music such as Rihanna, Michael Bublé, One Direction, Lady Gaga, etc.

By the end of the hour, I was exhausted and very sweaty, so I know I burned a lot of calories.

This past Monday I was off work, so I again jumped on the opportunity to go to another class. The second class was similar to the first, but the instructor was different and we did a lot of different moves, so it was great to see the variety.

After class, I told the ladies at the check-in desk that I’d probably only be able to come once a week. They let the owner know and she emailed me with a special rate that I could have since I wouldn’t be coming often.

With that said, I’ve decided to join jazzercise! I’ll be going every Saturday morning at 9:20. I’ll also get to go on holidays that I’m off work, so if they’re open on Memorial day Monday, I’ll be there!

I’m really excited to have found an exercise that I love and can do somewhat regularly. By having a set time I exercise every week, I think I’ll be more apt to actually exercise and the class will also hold me accountable. 🙂

Along with my exercising, I’ve been eating really great this week! Here’s what I’ve been eating.

For breakfast, I’m still having a bowl of Cheerios with skim milk every morning. I cut out the berries in my cereal because I just prefer it without.

Lunch this week is an avocado chicken salad sandwich on paleo bread. I got the bread from my sister this past weekend. She got it from a bakery in Dallas called Unrefined. The bread is great, tastes great, and only has 2 grams of carbs per slice!

I got the chicken avocado salad recipe here.

Basically, I cut about 3 ounces of rotisserie chicken into small cubes. I added 1 stalk of sliced green onion, 2 tablespoons of minced yellow onion, 1/2 of an avocado (mashed), the juice of half a lime, maybe a tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and a nice pinch of sea salt. I mixed everything together in a bowl while mashing the avocado into chicken. It turned out great! Tastes like guacamole with chicken in it. Yum!

With my sandwich, I had a pre-made Caesar side salad. It’s a great lunch combo and keeps me full until snack time.

Snack is a Siggi’s non-fat yogurt (I like the orange ginger flavor) and a package of pre-sliced apples. Depending on how the day is going, I might also have some almonds or green beans with my snack.

Dinner this week has been super delicious. I made individual turkey meat-loafs and served them with cauliflower purée, roasted acorn squash, and steamed snow peas.

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Putting this dinner together was incredibly simple. I like cooking everything ahead of time and then reheating it throughout the week for dinner.

This dinner comes in at about 420 calories total for one individual turkey loaf topped with reduced sugar ketchup, one cup steamed snow peas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/4 of an acorn squash, and 2 cups of frozen cauliflower that’s been roasted and puréed with skim milk. That’s a lot of filling food!

I’m still trying my best to cut out my evening snack choice of a bowl of Cheerios. Instead, last night, I had a couple tablespoons of some homemade chocolate chip cookie dough nut butter. Doesn’t that sound freaking delicious?! Well trust me, it is! And it’s healthy too because I don’t add any sugar to it (besides the chocolate chips which I don’t add that many). It’s crazy how you can make nuts taste like cookie dough!

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This brings up something I’ve been thinking about lately. I want to start a business making my own unique flavored nut butters! It’s something I really enjoy doing! When I’m bored, I just go into the kitchen and see what flavor I can come up with. Who knows, maybe this business will come to life soon. Megan and I talked a little bit about it recently, so I’ll just have to keep you updated on the potential business progress! 🙂

Weekends: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

I don’t know why weekends are so much harder to eat healthy. I guess it’s because I don’t have a set routine on the weekends. I sleep in later. Or I am out and about running errands. Or I’m hanging out with my family. I eat out more on weekends, and this weekend was no exception.

I had BBQ on Friday night. I got the beer can chicken with vinegar based slaw. I decided since those 2 items were pretty healthy, I could have one unhealthy side, and I chose the house made chips with peach ketchup.

Saturday, I took my mom out for lunch for mothers day after we enjoyed facials at the salon. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant where I had Pho. I had been wanting to try Pho for a while now. It’s a delicious broth filled with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. It comes with a plate of add ins such as bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalapeños. You can also add hoisin and sriracha. Pho is amazingly delicious! The broth is super flavorful and it’s definitely something I can’t wait to have again.

Since I felt like I’d eaten a lot on Friday and Saturday, I made myself a taco salad for dinner Saturday night, filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, a little cheese, salsa, and ground turkey taco meat.

Sunday, my step-dad made lunch for mothers day. We had ribs, green beans, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, small baked potatoes, and my Asian coleslaw. I felt like for the most part, this was not too bad of a meal choice.

For dinner on Sunday, I was tired and knew I had a long Monday ahead of me, so I picked up some pre made sushi to have for dinner.

Monday’s eating wasn’t good. I had a spicy turkey with cranberry crepe for lunch with a side salad. I also had a Thai flavored gelato. It was mango, pineapple, and coconut. It was delicious and tasted like I was on the beaches of Mexico.

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For dinner I had a pizza from Top That Pizza.

After all of this eating out over the weekend, I was dreading the scale this morning. Even though I spent about 6 hours cleaning my apartment yesterday (which I’d say was a good workout) I still gained weight. Not that I was expecting to lose weight or anything, it just showed me how easily the weight can go back on. And by easily, I mean EASILY. That was definitely a wake up call, one I desperately needed.