costco. overnight oats. snacks.

The first thing I need to address: did you know that Costco’s brand of shampoo and conditioner are vegan? Seriously, best day of my life.

And yes, I did go to Costco again this week. I may be slightly obsessed.

The real reason I wanted to write a post (besides my endless want to get better at being regular about updating this blog) is to talk about my What I Ate Wednesday. Because it was really good. I ate a lot of really great stuff and I want to look back at this post as a reminder, a motivator, that eating healthy is awesome and delicious because I still need to remind myself of that when I stray and cave into cravings.

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I started out the day with some green tea with lemon and sugar. I used to drink this almost every morning, and for some reason when it gets hot out I gravitate to coffee. The mornings have been kind of cold, but cold enough that tea is wanted.

I also made a really awesome overnight oats jar.

It’s super simple:

  • 1/4cup of raw oats
  • ~1/8th of a cup of almond milk
  • 1 Silk Fruity and Creamy soy vanilla yogurt cup (my new love!)
  • strawberries
  • raspberries

Throw it all together and put it in the fridge for the night. The oats soak up all the liquids and it has a cake batter type taste to it. I like it much more than I like regular oatmeal.

I had some coffee with Silk creamer while I was at my desk Photoshopping. The guys leave the a/c on a ridiculous temp so when I sit at my desk for a while Photoshopping I get cold.

For our mid-day break, I had some of Trader Joe’s nut mix that I had per-portioned out into small Tupperware cups.

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Lunch was my new favorite. I had a mixed greens salad with avocado, grape tomatoes, and raspberry vinaigrette I got at Whole Foods which is probably one of the best dressings I’ve had and it’s only 45 calories a serving. I had a serving of the Earth Balance cheese puffs, an apple, and the only bad thing: Diet Dr Pepper. Please don’t judge, I know. I know.

Second break I had a banana. I met and exceeded my fruit quota for the day.

Dinner was roasted spaghetti squash. Super simple, I just halved the squash and put 1/2 tbsp of Earth Balance garlic and herb spread on both sides, added salt and pepper, and some minced garlic and roasted until soft. I mixed it up with some sauteed mushrooms.

It was a really good day.

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weigh-in #44. grocery haul.

So, today was my weigh-in. It wasn’t pretty. I knew it was going to be horrible, I have been eating horrendously. I have a habit of being perfect, and on point with calories and food decisions up until dinner and blow it all on high calorie binges. This showed in the scale with around a 4 pound gain.

Yep.

I’m not happy about it, I’m not excited. I am ashamed and saddened by it. But, life goes on and this is just a bump in the journey. I’m taking it one day at a time trying to turn it around, and I think that’s all I can do. I’ve also been doing things that I know motivate me. The one thing I can not let myself do is blame myself, to the point I worsen the damage. This is not the end of the world, it’s a gentle nudge to tell me to try harder.

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I went to Whole Foods to stock up on things for the fridge. I haven’t really done a proper shop since I’ve come back (I was out of peanut butter and I didn’t even know it) and this was a good start with lots of things that are not only healthy, but have helped keep me in check in the past. I figured a good old grocery haul in image form would be fun, and lighten up the mood in this post.

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  • Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk
  • Califia Farms vanilla almond milk <~ These were still on sale! So excited
  • Tofutti sour cream
  • Earth Balance

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  • Bulk popcorn kernels
  • 365 ketchup
  • 365 crunchy peanut butter
  • Mediterranean leek and onion crackers
  • Oasis roasted red pepper hummus
  • Field Roast meatloaf
  • Bulk nutritional yeast

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  • Grape tomatoes
  • Snap/sugar peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Gala apples
  • Cauliflower

I have a lot of pantry items to use and still have some kale and mushrooms from a previous trip, but this I know will help me start getting into a better routine and prepare better meals, along with healthier snacks.

Also, the splurge of the day goes to:

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Isn’t she pretty? I loooove glass water bottles (not the price…) and I couldn’t resist because of the size (a whole 22 ounces) and the top. I have a smaller one of the Life Factory bottles with just the screw on top. I love it. It’s durable, the glass is so much easier to clean (and doesn’t start to do that weird scratching/cloudiness that bugs me) and I use it at work all the time. My only problem was the top. I need a water bottle that is a covered top (for safety reasons in the shop), but sometimes I don’t have two free hands so the top was always a nuisance. I think this is going to be the winner in all of my issues with the added bonus of a strap and more ounces. One of the things I’m pushing towards is drinking my water. Now I can leave this one at work, and take my old one home.

green pepper chickpea pasta.

The last time I was at a summerstock where I had access to a full kitchen was when I was still just vegetarian. I got really good at quick boxed meals that I jazzed up, mainly mac and cheese. It was the Annie’s brand, so it was better than Kraft, and I added stuff like mushrooms and broccoli to not only add some taste, but to bulk it up and last longer. It was a great no fuss meal. Throw the water in the pot, cook the veggies in the water at the same time as the pasta. Stir, add some spice, voila! Done.

This time around it isn’t as easy. The whole being vegan thing put a damper on my really quick meals, so I’ve had to improvise. I still needed it to be quick, easy, and take up little space in the fridge/pantry (I live with three other girls, space is at a premium). I started off the summer making huge batches of pasta and marinara sauce and that got old really fast, so I started experimenting with pasta dishes. I came up with this which turned out fantastic. I didn’t write down any of the specifics, so some of these might be off but the beauty of this recipe is that it’s really hard to mess it up…just add things to taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of penne pasta
  • 1-2 green peppers, chopped (raw)
  • I can of chickpeas, drained
  • 3ish tbsp of Salad Booster Vegan Cheesy
  • 2-3 tbsp of vegan parmesan (I used the Go Veggie! kind, but be careful and look for the small container one that says vegan on it, they make one that isn’t vegan)
  • 2-3 tbsp of olive oil

Directions:

Cook pasta and drain. Rinse pasta to cool it down and add in the chickpeas and green peppers. Add the olive oil, mix, and then add the Salad Booster and vegan parmesan.

You can do a lot of different stuff to this recipe, sub Earth Balance for the oil, add nutritional yeast (I didn’t have any over the summer), add different spices. I used to make a tuna pasta salad that was almost dead on like this recipe (it had tuna, green peppers, parmesan, and mayo) and I think what I loved about this recipe was that it reminded me of that. The raw green peppers are key, and that Salad Booster stuff is just plain awesome.

 

weigh ins. waking up early. goal journals.

It is currently 6:57 am on a Monday.

I have already had coffee, eaten breakfast, working on finishing my first glass of water, and updated MyFitnessPal with not only breakfast but the lunch I have sitting in the fridge.

It is 6:57.

I can’t really believe it either.

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I wrote that on a Monday morning and I failed to post it. Or even finish what I was going to say in the post.

BECAUSE IT WAS 6:57 IN THE MORNING

I try so hard to be a morning person, and yet I fail so bad.

I’ve been thinking about the blog, cause I do that a lot. I love posting, but only if I have something to post about and usually I don’t have anything to post because I’m lame and live a boring life. So then I don’t. And then I forget to post when I actually do have something to post. It’s a vicious cycle, really. I am making steps to change that. To challenge myself, I’m starting a schedule of posts. I know, shocking. I like to think of it as a reoccurring writing prompt for me (much like livejournal did back in the day “Write about your funniest school experience”). If I have a schedule of things to post about, I will post about them. And then I’ll write more, because quite frankly that needs to happen. I was such a good writer in high school, where has that gone?

So, without further ado…a list! Because I love lists.

Sundays:

-Weigh In days. I always weigh in on a Sunday. If I forget to, I can’t bring myself to step on the scale till the next Sunday. It’s a crazy OCD habit, but at least I don’t get on the scale every day obsessively. So, Sundays, you get my weigh-ins

-On top of that, I will reflect on the past week and look on at the next. Or something like that. Or probably just talk about if I’m happy or sad about the weigh in

Wednesdays:

-What I Ate Wednesday <~ Yes this is happening STARTING TOMORROW. I know, I’m so clever and original and nobody has ever done a WIAW. I like them, and I don’t have the energy nor the want to keep up with a posting of all my food every day sort of thing. One day a week I can manage.

Fridays:

-Recipes/Food! I already semi started this one, I just haven’t continued it. The past couple of recipe blogs happened on a Friday. It was intentional and I figured, why not keep it up. I also love writing down awesome things I make because then I can make it again at the same awesomeness level and not just what my brain “thinks” was awesome before. It’s a win-win for both of us, really.

So that’s my schedule. I’ll post other random things in and around those days. I’ve been doing this first bite thing on my Youtube, so maybe I’ll incorporate that into reviews, but right now this is where it’s at.

And to finish up the content that the title of this post eludes to that I couldn’t bring myself to accomplish before 7am:

I weighed in 10 lbs less than when I left for the summer, and started one day of a goal journal that I have since given up on. Oh, my life.

road trips. updates. almond milk.

I’m alive! And back in Louisville!

I can’t even begin to express how awesome it is to be back home. I have my own bed, and my own things. Bathrooms and kitchens I don’t have to share. If there is a mess it’s because of me, not other people. It’s pretty fantastic. I have a couple of more days before I have to go back to work, so I’ve been enjoying the mini break. I’ve been able to sleep, which hands down is the best thing in the world. There were a couple of 8:00am-3:30am no breaks days towards the end of my contract…those were deadly. I was sick, and I hated everyone. I couldn’t think clearly and things just took longer. But not anymore!

I posted a video on my channel about what I ate on my journey back. I missed some things, and it definitely wasn’t healthy, but I figured someone might get at least something out of it. Maybe see a snack that could be a new find? I love those kinds of videos myself, so I figured I would do it. I also desperately missed making videos. I’ve already made a couple of more and have tons of ideas. I love the process and I love learning more about editing and different ways to create what I want.

I also love how making videos motivates me to keep on track. This summer really taught me that the two things I have to be consistent about on my journey are videos and tracking food. Without those I fail. And that’s what I did. Now, don’t get me wrong, during the summer I had a really great streak where I know I lost a ton of weight. I was happy, I could move more, I fit into clothes I never dreamed I would…and then not tracking and not keeping myself in check took a toll. I stopped eating well, or regularly (which is one of the top reasons I gain weight: skipping meals. I know it’s unbelievable that not eating will make you gain, but it does. Trust me.). I stopped drinking water as much as I should. I stopped being active, or sleeping well. And I gained. I don’t know how much because I am still as much OCD about Sunday weigh-ins as ever, but those clothes I once fit in didn’t.

That is changing. Already I’m in the right direction. I’m bringing back weigh-ins (and random videos), I’m sleeping more, I’m tracking. I’m doing everything right. I can’t let the setbacks hinder what I have already done, and that’s what I’m going to do.

Before the summer I had a couple of goals:

  • Track all food
  • Wear my FitBit every day

Did I do those? Absolutely not. The FitBit was a little out of my hands for the most part. I had to use my laptop in a show, this laptop being the only thing to sync or charge the FitBit and so that took an abrupt nose dive. Tracking I could have done, I had my phone and internet everywhere I went. I just got lazy and didn’t. Some parts of the summer were so stressful that the added MyFitnessPal update really wasn’t something I could do, but I knew not doing it would effect me. So goals this summer fell through, and it’s going to be ok.

I’m going to leave this semi-update with a picture of this glorious almond milk I have fallen in love with. I bought it on a whim at Whole Foods. It’s originally almost $4.50 a bottle but was on sale for the $3ish…the same as their store brand. I thought I would be smart and purchase it at the price because “What harm could it do?”

What harm? How about be the most amazing almond milk I have ever had and am probably going to be addicted. And will be spending all my money on this expensive almond milk. Deliciously expensive. Califia Farms, why did you do this to poor broke me?

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walks in the park. parties. gorgeous weather.

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I absolutely adore the weather outside right now. It’s been in the 50s/60s and I can’t get enough of being outside. It’s the perfect temp for watching the world go by on my porch and writing a blog post 🙂

It’s also great for walks. I went to Cherokee Park today. It’s such a gorgeous park, and is super close, but I tend not to go because it isn’t close enough for me to walk there and walk the park. I also don’t like driving to walk, mostly because I feel it’s a waste of gas and not good for the environment so I tend to just start my walks from my place. Don’t get me wrong, my walks are definitely pretty, but nothing compares to the park. I’m glad I went today. It was gorgeous and was a great walk to take. I might have to do it more often. One day, I hope to be able to walk there and do a route. But for now, making it a goal to at least go there once a week won’t hurt.

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During my walk I maintained a 19:33 pace. My last walk, only a week prior and one mile less was at 20:29. That’s a whole minute that I cut in one week. I’m amazed at my progress so far. I love the energy I have. When I started I didn’t think I could go a mile. Now I average 2.5-3 miles/40-hour min on normal walks. And it’s nothing. I stopped today when I did because it was a complete loop. The last bit had a little more elevation and I definitely felt it. I think tomorrow will be another trip. Especially if I can get there early. I would love to see the park early in the morning before most of the world is awake.

Weigh-in is tomorrow. I don’t know how it will be. The last post I talked about carbs, and Friday night didn’t help. It was the shop party and I drank 1200 calories in alcohol alone. I was surprised I didn’t do more. There were two kegs, and again I work in a shop, in Kentucky, so much bourbon was had. I’m not going to fret too much because I had a good time. I hung out and talked with people I hardly ever do, didn’t worry so much about things (but to the point I did try to limit the amount of tortilla chips I had). It was a great night and honestly I hardly ever drink. Once every couple of months is more than acceptable. Especially since I’ve been so good on plan so far, and had such an amazing night with some great people. I can’t believe next week is the last week of my contract season.

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carbs. carbs. bleh.

Carbs, carbs, carbs.

I absolutely 100% adore the Vegan Zombie boys, but they need to stop making such amazing food that is not only GOOD but easy to make. Especially the mac and cheese. Admittedly not exactly like the real thing, but still amazing. I tried making it yesterday with less calories and the whole nine yards (which I did drastically accomplish) but I still ended up eating the entire thing in the past two days. Mostly last night. I had like 1200 calories of the stuff in one sitting. I know, I know. Horrible. No good. Very bad. I now know that it is a huge trigger food and I need to be mindful of that. Or only make it when I can get others to eat the rest of it. But it’s so good.

My saving grace is that even with that excessiveness I still had calories left for the day yesterday because of the big Humana strike. But. Still. Not good. I feel all of my foods have been very off this week. I know I’m not making the right choices to keep me fueled, especially since my “exercise” was bumped up drastically. On Monday I had 8,000 steps by noon. And that was 8,000 steps of lifting and carrying heavy objects and furniture and then unloading them. The weather has also shifted back from freezing to 80’s so I have been dehydrated as well.

I’m really pushing hard to correct my eating back to whole foods, good sources of protein and WATER. Lots of water. Weightloss can’t be about just maintaining losing weight calories, it’s got to be about the quality of foods as well. I always feel better when I eat healthier foods. Remember this, Jessie.