Hi there!! Good afternoon! Quick post today to show you a full day of eating from this past weekend. If you’re new to the blog, I live in Tampa, FL (I need to update my About Me section really badly….). Yes, the sunshine state!!!! And if you have ever been to Tampa, you may have heard of their annual festival, Gasparilla, which is basically a huge parade on land AND in the water (with thousands of boats!) to celebrate a Spanish pirate captain Jose Gaspar. What does that mean? Lots of alcohol, lots of beads, lots of people dressed as pirates (lots of people in general), lots of food, and some super fun times. Yes, I believe in moderation BUT I also believe in LIVING and lots of alcohol was consumed with friends. No lie. You can also see my ‘pirate’ costume below.
I also stepped out of my comfort zone and wore red lipstick. I mean, who am I?!
I attempted to eat pretty healthy leading up to Friday-Sunday as we had a friend coming into town and I knew it would mean meals out, wine, beer, festival food and lots of unhealthy food in general. I also took rest days all weekend instead of getting up early to workout. #BALANCE This is no way means I cut back to a set number of calories or cut foods out leading up to the weekend but instead of eating cookies and cereal and pizza during the week (um I still ate Oreo’s and Kashi though…), I attempted to eat fruit and veggie-heavy meals until the weekend This full day of eating is from Sunday when I ate out for 2 meals, ordered french fries, and took a rest day from training
Sunday morning, I made a huge greek yogurt pumpkin parfait with plain greek yogurt on the bottom, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and hot cream of wheat with Pumpkin Pie protein powder mixed in on top. I also topped it off with some Essentially Coconut honey pecan butter as seen here. If you love super-filling and delicious pumpkin recipes, you will also love THESE. I love making visitors healthy oatmeal or pancakes or waffles. I mean, I am pretty much KNOWN for them 😉 Our guy friend thought the oats were too ‘dry’ so he stuck to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Lunch was from my favorite local restaurant Fresh Kitchen (I have talked about before). We took our friend there to check it out and he LOVED it!! I got the kale slaw as the base, roasted brussels sprouts and roasted mushrooms as my veggies, and their amazing tuna as my protein with a side of Coconut Sriracha. THIS SAUCE IS TO DIE FOR!!!
In the afternoon, we drove over to St. Petersburg, FL. We walked around the marina area and checked out the super gorgeous and quaint downtown area. I also snacked on a Good2Go bar that I had stashed in my purse!
Dinner was in another area of Tampa called Ybor. It is a very cultural part of town with cigar shops, Spanish restaurants, and lots of bars. We went to the highly recommended Acropolis for Greek food!
We ordered the appetizer sampler which came with hummus, baba ghanoush, feta dip, tzaziki, and warm pita bread. As my entree, I ordered the salmon with pesto and roasted red peppers with a side of roasted vegetables and ‘Greek fries’ which was basically steak fries with feta cheese on top. I also had a glass of wine. All in all, we gave this place a B. The atmosphere was so much fun with belly dancers, greek music, and people dancing and smashing plates. However, some of the food was cold and the hummus wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped.
I have to say, the entire weekend was a such a treat and the memories will not be forgotten soon!! No room for food anxiety, body shaming, cutting out foods, or counting calories. I truly enjoyed every second and am so thankful at the place I am in my life, focusing on memories instead of macros. Because in 20 years, I will remember the feelings and friendships and relationships and moments I lived. What I probably won’t remember? My specific body weight or the way my abs looked.
Love you all xoxo