WIAW: Memories over Macros


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.

thumb_IMG_8092_1024I 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 :)

thumb_IMG_8232_1024Sunday 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.  thumb_IMG_8067_1024
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


18 thoughts on “WIAW: Memories over Macros

  1. Cora says:

    You could make me oatmeal or pancakes or waffles any day! That parfait is genius. Gahhh and now I need greek good! Warm pita… drool.

    • Dietitian Deanna says:

      THANKS CORA!!!! I love Greek food but hardly ever go to Greek restaurants because of others who like burgers/seafood/Italian more haha!!

  2. kim says:

    I have struggled with this mentality in the past – I have pushed past it for the most part:)
    I have been a bit restrictive this week because I have to go through my biometric screening for work tomorrow :(

  3. Aubrey @ clusterforked says:

    I’m all about the balance. This looks like a great day of eats but more importantly, it also looks like it fell in the midst of a weekend of fun and happiness which I totally agree is way more important than eating ‘healthy’. That breakfast though!

    • Dietitian Deanna says:

      Thank you for those super kind words Aubrey!!! Yes, to think I truly can listen to my body is so freeing!

  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy says:

    I love your point of view about choosing memories and social instances over food shaming and body weight numbers. So true. Preach! Also, I love that you have a new site with a recipes page. RD power lady, keep up the good work!

  5. Jayne says:

    I love your blog I have been looking through some of your posts this morning and it seems I am in a place you have been before. Just wondering how you overcame t really. I feel like my macro counting is somewhat driving my days and it’s hard to overcome. I love the control it gives me to be able to eat pretty much whatever and I feel it keeps me in reasonable spots instead of overeating. By at the same time I feel like I can’t ever really have a day when I don’t think about it.

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