Isn’t the weather lovely today…. sigh.

On a brighter note, I did get out of class early this afternoon because of it. Of course, I have done none of the things I needed to with that time. On today’s to do list:

  • write lesson plans
  • create math centers
  • find a rug for the living room (I hate ours)
  • clean house
  • laundry

I’m sure I’ll get to at least 3 of those. I absolutely have to do laundry, write lesson plans, and make math centers in order to get through the day tomorrow, so I’ll have to motivate myself to do at least that much.

I have completely overhauled my eating this past few weeks, and I’m very surprised to find myself really enjoying the change. I have always been an all or none person, and it seems like leaving myself no room for crap, I’ve really delved wholeheartedly into much better eating patterns. That said, I have yet to reincorporate exercise. I had been very consistent about it for a while, but was starting to really slack at about the same time I had to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I haven’t made any attempt at working out since then- although, to be completely fair to myself, that was doctor’s orders for the first week, so I couldn’t officially start back until yesterday.

Still, I’m wondering if I should give it a few more days of eating like this before I start back to working out. I’m wondering if trying to take on the drastic change in both areas might be more than I can stick to, and might be part of what’s given me trouble before. I just don’t want to end up back on the slippery slope to giving up, and I’m not sure how to prevent it.

I’ve been tired today, but I think that has more to do with the weather than anything else. I’ll definitely sleep well tonight. I’ve also been pretty hungry, but at the same time, nothing sounds good. Here’s what I’ve ended up eating so far. I have no clue what I want to fix for dinner. Any suggestions?

This morning’s breakfast smoothie ingredients:


YUMMY as usual.

I had a midmorning snack of a banana

Then on the early drive home from class, I decided that my sandwich and baby carrots would be too hard to eat while driving, so instead, I had a larabar and some soymilk to hold me until I got home. One thing that I’m trying to work on is eating when I’m hungry but watching what and how much, instead of the regimented “breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner” schedule and trying to break it down into how many calories I’m going to allow myself for each meal.  I would probably do better to have smaller snacks to hold me until the next snack (or meal, whichever is more appropriate). So here is the 2nd snack:


A couple of hours later, it seemed like a good time for lunch, but rather than eat alone, I had a special guest for today’s lunch. Meet Rocky. He shared lunchtime with me today. I had a sandwich and salad, and he had some bird bread that I made last night.


You can put all kinds of different things in it, but last night, I used

  • 1 box jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 can veg-all
  • 1 egg

I also broke the eggshell up in it to give him a little bit of extra calcium.

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Rocky loves his bird bread.


Oh yeah, and I ate too. Here’s my lunch:


First, the sandwich. Same as yesterday:

  • wheatberry bread (which I am running out of… guess I should add that to the to do list)
  • hummus
  • spinach
  • worthington meatless chicken
  • tomato slices

And the salad:picture-123

  • spinach
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • olives
  • 3 spritzes of this stuff

And here it is altogether:


A little bit of motivation:

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.
~~Aldous Huxley


I am off to a great start this morning. Last night, I had to run to the store and get some starch for Nate on my way back from class. While I was there, I decided that since I’ve been packing my lunch every day and am planning to continue doing so very consistently, rather than continue using sandwich bags, which are just going into a landfill, I should invest in some containers for my lunch. Save the environment- RAH RAH! So in this morning’s pictures, my food will be sportin some new duds.

Anyway, I weighed myself this morning- down 3 lbs from a week ago, without counting calories and without being hungry! I am absolutely thrilled about this. I have not deprived myself. I have not had any real sweets cravings (usually my weakness) that I couldn’t fight. And, amazingly, it’s getting easier as the past couple of weeks have gone on to make better choices. A perfect example is today’s lunch.

Right… so now, on to today’s food.

This morning’s breakfast is another wonderful smoothie. These really are soooo filling, and very tasty. Here are the ingredients from this morning’s smoothie.

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  • spinach
  • peanut butter (about 2 tbsp)
  • banana
  • 2 small kale leaves
  • almond breeze (about 1 cup)

I forgot the ice cubes, so it’s not cold… well… maybe now. It’s been sitting in the freezer waiting for me to drink it. Also, a note about the peanut butter. I switched it on Nate just this week, but still bought the old kind just in case. I like that this one only has 4 ingredients, but still tastes AMAZING. Last night, I had to buy 2 more containers- apparently I’m not the only one that loves the stuff!

Lunch, all neatly packed. First the sandwich:


  • wheatberry bread
  • athenos original hummus
  • worthington meatless chicken
  • spinach
  • tomato slices

And lunch in its entirety:

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  • apples
  • apple pie larabar
  • banana
  • baby carrots
  • hummus

YUMMMMMM! And on that note, I’m off to class. Working on my masters degree is getting a little bit old. Thank goodness I’ve only got a few more months- COME ON APRIL!!!

After reading some other blogs (Oh She Glows and Simply Fabulous) I decided to give these green smoothies a try. Having seen the pictures, I expected it to be very green, and it did not disappoint in that department. Below is a before picture. At any rate, my recipe is below.


  • one banana
  • one apple
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • and a little bit of ice

Once “The Hulk” was staring me in the face, I had to gather my courage to take the first sip. I half expected Slimer to come floating by in the next few seconds, but finally I turned the cup up and took a drink.

It was shockingly drinkable. I will probably make a few changes to it (maybe a little bit less ice, less apple… possibly strawberry or orange instead) but it made a surprisingly tasty and very filling breakfast. I had it on my way to school at 7:00, and by 11:45 (when my class goes to lunch) I was just beginning to get hungry.

Lunch was exactly as posted yesterday, but in a different order…

  • 11:45 – peanut butter and banana sandwich, rest of the banana, and baked chips
  • 2:30 – apples and a little bit of peanut butter (2 tbsps?)
  • 4:30 – larabar

I’m thinking lentil soup and salad for dinner tonight.

Also, I will post pictures as I pack tomorrow’s lunch.

Eating has been difficult the past few days. I had a wisdom tooth removed on Friday, and even though everything seems to be healing up nicely, I haven’t been brave enough to risk eating many of my normal foods. There have been a lot of pastas and ice cream the past few days, and as much as I hate that, I didn’t have toooooo much choice. Tonight I made a first attempt at some slightly more normal foods, and since that seems to have gone fairly well, I’m going to pack a normal-ish lunch. I’m so excited to return to normal foods that I can’t wait to post exactly what I plan to have… I’m such a dork!

Tomorrow’s lunch:

  • peanut butter sandwich on light wheat bread
  • 1 banana (1/2 of it will most likely end up on the sandwich)
  • 1 apple
  • baked potato chips
  • a larabar (pecan pie, I believe… not my favorite, but it’s what I have left in the cabinet)

Tomorrow’s food will be spaced out as such (times are obviously estimated, but for the sake of getting it down):

  • 6:30 – smoothie
  • 11:45 – sandwich and banana, apple
  • 2:30 – potato chips (this is going to be risky, but I’m going to give it a shot… it should be ok if I keep it on the other side of my mouth, right?)
  • 5:00 – larabar
  • 7:00 – dinner… most likely soup and a salad, since I’ve been really craving some lentil soup, but was afraid that the lentils would get stuck in the hole in my mouth

I may allow myself some sort of dessert-y type of food, but most likely not, since I’m absolutely sick of sweets the past few days!

It’s good to be back to semi-normal food. Still, I won’t deny that I’m craving a veggie burger, but am still quite positive that my mouth can’t handle that yet.