Thinking Out Loud

Ok, so here goes. My very first Thinking Out Loud post.  Thank you Amanda for these amazing weekly totally-random-but-totally-up-my-alley posts.  Sometimes on Thursdays, all you can think about is Friday and your brain just needs a break. Hear me?!


1. Coming back from vacation is hard. Like really hard. I ended up talking this over with a good girlfriend.  Why do we always have to be in a sullen mood after coming back from a vacation?  I know I usually get into such a funk once I am back into my regular life.  Like, how can I be sitting on top of the Grand Canyon one day and then at my computer desk the next day?  Sometimes it just gets to me.  My fix: GRATITUDE.  Realizing how freakin’ amazing it was to even have the means to go on the vacation.  Being grateful for the amazing experience it was versus being mad or sad you are back.  Try it the next time you are in a funk after a long fun weekend or vacation!IMG_3555

2. I really wish I was excited for Halloween this year but I am just not. There, I said it.  I feel like a terrible person.  I used to be OBSESSED with dressing up with my friends (ie. Spice Girls, Barbies, Wizard of Oz, the list goes on and on) but this year I am just not. that. into. it.

3. Is it wrong to STILL be putting pumpkin in my oatmeal daily?  If it is, I don’t want to be right.  The key is not to add the pumpkin until after the oats are cooked.  I like my oats more on the crumbly, dry side (not too liquidy) and adding pumpkin in before cooking would just make it mushy.  You understand me right?!

4. They were giving out free Justin’s Maple Almond butter packets at my job yesterday and I literally hoarded them.  Like, I secretly went back to the stash approximately 5 times to get just ‘a couple more’ so that it looked like I only took 5 packets but I really took 5 x 5 packets….sorry about it!!  How perfect are these to take to work?  Because you know I usually bring a whole jar of nut butter to work to have on my rice cakes at lunch…YES I’m that addicted to peanut butter.


5. I have a current obsession with donuts. Yes, I said it.  Most people think donuts are appalling, yet for some reason I can’t get them out of my head. Maybe its because I haven’t eaten one in over a year and I just need to taste it and be done with it. Or maybe its because I like to do my grocery shopping AFTER the gym and they just always look so dang delicious.  I was THIS close to buying a box of pumpkin donuts at Walmart yesterday. Like who am I?! No donuts made the cut on my shopping excursion but 2 jars of peanut butter, hot sause, and orange flavored selzer water did make the cut.  But they sure are pretty…


Thanks for listening to my rambles on this beautiful Thursday.

Come back tomorrow for a Friday post covering “Why You Aren’t Losing Weight”…it’s gonna be a good one!!



Recovering from a Long Weekend


Happy Tuesday!  Well, technically Monday for me.  I took a long weekend away and visited Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon!  I swear I am in a post-vacation depression but realize I need to be more grateful about what I experienced than sad that the trip is over.

Now that I am back, I can see how most people easily get off track after a vacation or a busy weekend!  The last thing I want to do is give my all in the gym and prepare food to have healthy meals this week.  But, as I do like my routine, I have made the effort to get these things done.  And I want to help others jump back into a healthy lifestyle as well after a long weekend or vacation.  Here are my top tips!  And I swear I will post a recap of my trip as well.

1. Have frozen vegetables and lean proteins in your house before you leave.

Going to the grocery store is the LAST thing I want to do when I am driving home from the airport after a vacation.  The key?  I always make sure I have frozen broccoli and brussel sprouts (any vegetable) and tuna packets at my house.  That way, I don’t have an excuse when it comes to getting in a quick meal that’s high in fiber and protein.


Yes-I ate a cookies and cream Quest bar on my hike :)

2. Have a specific workout class or workout planned for when you get back.

Have this on your calendar and STICK TO IT.  I plan on starting a new strength training program now that I am back.  I really want to try out these killer workouts Kristine has posted: I also may hit up a cycling class at my gym to give my legs a nice break from hiking but still get some blood flow.


3. Don’t try to “cut back” on your food intake because you splurged while on vacation.

THIS WILL BACKFIRE.  This will lead to an overeating and undereating cycle that just ruins your metabolism.  Get right back to your normal eating patterns and your body will readjust!  A handful of days of eating off track does not mean all is lost.  Remember why you started this lifestyle (for me it makes me FEEL incredible in my own skin) and get right back to it.


Hope this helps some of those struggling to see the light after a few days away.  I am off to the gym now to sweat!

How do you get back on track after a long weekend vacation?

WIAW: Day in the Life of a Dietitian

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Thanks for the fun link-up Jenn!

Hi there!  This is officially my first What I Ate Wednesday post and I am sure excited to show you all how I eat according to my goals and still have fun with foods.  My goals currently are to reverse diet from my bikini competition and fuel my workouts.  I am still pretty lean even after 4 months of reverse dieting so I am continuing to add more food (mostly carbs and fats) every 2 weeks or so.


Breakfast was 1/2 cup oats mixed with 1/2 scoop Jay Robb vanilla whey protein and topped with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and low sugar blackberry jam.IMG_2971IMG_2975

Lunch was quick and easy as work got crazy.  I think I worked through lunch and I HATE doing that! I had meal prepped this Sriracha tilapia (responsibly farm raised) on Sunday and heated up some green beans as well.  On the side was a plain Quaker rice cake with 2 Tablespoons of this amazing honey-roasted almond butter that I found at Central Market.  It’s sweet and salty and doesn’t have added oils or sugar (just honey) so I absolutely approve!

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Meal 3 (pre-workout) was a Chocolate Brownie Quest bar warmed in the microwave and then I sandwiched 1 tablespon peanut butter in the middle.  I actually got to stop home before the gym so that was a lovely moment when I got to eat my Quest bar on a real plate! IMG_2988

I was starving after dinner and was SO ready for dinner!! Dinner is usually Meal 4 for me out of 5 meals each day.  I cooked up 1 egg and 3/4 cup egg white scrambled in coconut oil, kale and brussel sprout crunch salad mix from Trader Joe’s, and 4 oz sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon (unpictured-sorry!!).

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My final meal of the day was 1 banana with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and then a proyo bowl (protein frozen yogurt) that was a whipped protein smoothie.  This had 1/2 small banana, MTS cookies and cream whey, 6 ice cubes, and a pinch of xantham gum to make it extra thick.  I added one of my frozen double chocolate protein brownies crumbled on top.  This always fills me up SO much and makes me fall asleep with a happy belly :)

So there was my Wednesday! Yes, I am a day late but I am new to this thing ok?  I hope to talk more about my overall day next WIAW. I love my job and my workouts and want to highlight those as well.

What is your favorite nut butter? Brand? Type?