Ahhh, it’s finally time to get real on this blog, and share my eats for the week. Last week, to be more precise. I have already shared the why in posting an online food diary (you can read more about that here), and now it’s time to share the eats.
The Plan: I’ll be 100% honest and tell you I am not strictly counting calories. I am trying to stay anywhere between 1500-1700 calories, on the days I work out. I’m trying to stay away from starches, and sugars (bread, pasta, sweets, etc) for the time being. This isn’t another Whole 30 (Nikki likes her cheese), and this isn’t paleo, or keto…but it is about me learning to strive for balance; not feeling guilty should I enjoy a slice of pizza, or a glass of wine, or a beer. But recognizing just because I had a slice of pizza, doesn’t mean I need two more, and an extra drink to go with it.
I will say when I eat food with a high amount of good fat (evoo, avocado, almond butter), and keep my starches down, I do feel at my best. I always have, and yet I veer away from this often.
*while I strive to take styled, ‘pretty’ photos when sharing recipes, these are my own personal real-life on the go meals, and sometimes a quick, blurry shot before my lunch break is over, in a plastic container or before the sun goes down at dinner, is what you’ll see. These posts are for my own accountability, as well as to motivate others. I hope you enjoy, and can understand why these photos may not be as nice to look at, as you’re used to!
My weekly food diary: week one
Monday: Last week, Jason grilled a plethora of meat, so all I had to worry about were sides. It was the perfect way to meal prep as a team. I did a Zumba dvd on my lunch break at home. <— affiliate link. I actually bought this set from Target, but it’s a few dollars less on Amazon.
Breakfast – Open-faced Chorizo, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Omelet (split with Jason) + cup of coffee with heavy cream, and (1) Splenda (I do try and stay away from artificial sweetener, but Nikki needs a little sweet in her Monday cup)
Lunch – 60z grilled chicken, with homemade coleslaw (1 bag coleslaw mix, 2 tbsp mayo, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, celery salt, garlic, and a drizzle of raw honey), and sliced tomatoes with salt.
Dinner – Low-carb cream cheese pancakes. I’m not proud of this, since I didn’t have any greens, but I was exhausted, and craving sugar, and bread sooo bad. These were really filling, and dangerously addictive. Served with 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, and a teensy bit of sugar-free syrup. Recipe can be found here.
Tuesday: Tropical Storm Colin was threatening rain all day, so I assumed Zumba in the park was cancelled, and decided to make dinner plans with a friend. In the end, it stopped raining in time for zumba, but by the time I knew it, it was too late.
Breakfast – Same open-faced chorizo omelet, coffee with heavy cream, and (1) Splenda.
Lunch – Grilled sirloin, with grilled veggies, and homemade chimichurri sauce. Like pesto, guac, or hummus, I love spreads like this I can use all week!
Dinner – Jason and I met our friend in St. Pete at the Burg Bar & Grill. I ordered the Mediterranean Plate with gyro, over salad…and water (guys had beer).
Wednesday: Crazy busy day, driving for work to different practices, so I ate a few bites of salad here and there, when I could. Skipped working out.
Breakfast – Low-carb pancakes, coffee with heavy cream, and (1) Splenda.
Lunch – Grilled chicken thighs over romaine mix, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan, Frank’s Red Hot, 1/2 avocado with salt.
Dinner – Jason and I went to Cody’s Roadhouse across the street. I forgot to take a photo, but ordered the 70z sirloin with a side of broccoli. All their entrees come with a bomb salad, and we declined their tasty, warm rolls with cinnamon butter. #sadface
Thursday: 5:45am Pure Barre with the bestie. I felt like this session, things were finally starting to click, and Lauren, our teacher, kicked my assssss. In a good way. It’s so rough waking up at 4:40am to get ready and there by 5:45am, but it’s nice to know it’s done for the day!
Breakfast – I was in a rush, so it was just two scrambled eggs, with 1 oz hand-shredded cheddar, and my go-to coffee.
Lunch – I worked in the office and forgot lunch, so I ordered a Caesar Salad from Panera. I asked for no bread, but guess what was in my bag? So I sent this snap to a few friends. Their baguettes are so good! I just smelled it like a crazy person, I promise.
Dinner – I hosted a girls dinner at home. The theme was Breakfast, since it was National Jelly Donut Day, and I thought that would be a fun idea. I made this Spinach and Artichoke Casserole, and it was tasty! I didn’t eat anyone else’s dish, or mimosas, which made me sad, but all my friends were super supportive, and that made me feel so much better.
Friday: 5:45am PB class – so shaky, but felt strong! Friday, we drove to Ft. Myers after work, to visit friends for the weekend!
Breakfast – Low-carb pancakes with a drizzle of SF syrup, and 1/2 tbsp butter. Coffee with heavy cream, and (1) Splenda
Lunch – Last of chicken thighs with 1/2 avocado and hot sauce (ran out of romaine)
Dinner – Our gracious hosts baked Jerk Chicken Wings for us – so tasty!
Breakfast – The couple we visited, she is Dominican, and super pregnant and wanted a breakfast similar to the Dominican Republic, so her husband made us eggs, with mashed potatoes, and grilled onions. I was not expecting to like it, but potatoes are potatoes in my book 😉
Lunch – The guys built a crib, while the girls went and got our nails did. We stopped after for a snack per preggo’s request, and ordered smoothies. Afterward, we met our husbands for a beer (well I did) at Fort Myers Brewing for a drink.
Dinner – After a long morning running around, we came back to hang/nap before going out for the night. We ended up at a very packed bowling alley, and decided to just grab dinner at their sports bar – nachos, and pizza. Clearly, Saturday was a tad gluttonous. Whoops.
Breakfast – French toast by our gracious hosts.
Lunch – Jason and I left around 11am, and headed home. Knowing we needed to go grocery shopping, and it was raining, and we had the pups with us, we picked up Chipotle for lunch.
Dinner – Still raining, binge watching the news over the horrific tragedy that happened in Orlando, we decided to order pizza because it was easy.
..and that was week one! I’m not super proud of my food choices over the weekend, but Monday I started back strong, and enjoyed time with good friends, and a lazy day with my husband, so that’s also a win in my book. Limiting starches, and sugars gave me more energy for the work week. I also have a tendency to get this pain in my left ankle, and that pain was gone…until Monday. So obvs something I am eating triggers it. P.S. My snug jeans felt much better!
How was your week? What kind of meals, did you eat?