A Friday Five with food journal

With Friday being payday, I didn’t have a chance to work out. I did, however, do a lot of walking in three different grocery stores. (You have to go where the best deals are, right?)

Food-wise, it was a pretty good day.

First, let me show you what I didn’t eat:

It was lurking in the break room when I got to the office. There was a lot more of it at the time.

Chocolate cake with lots of lovely icing — one of my favorites. (The more icing, the better.)

Despite making numerous trips to the break room throughout my shift, I managed to successfully avoid the cake. At one time, that wouldn’t have been possible for me — I’d have eaten a piece (or two) and then dragged my finger through the left-behind frosting every time I saw it. So I was happy to be able to just say “no.”

Now for what I did eat:

Before I hit the stores, I whipped up a quick breakfast inspired by Nom Nom Paleo’s Sweet Potato Hash:

Two eggs over sweet potato “hash browns.”

Look at those gorgeous colors! The Whole30 brings new meaning to the phrase “eating the rainbow.” (And I’m not talking Skittles. I’ve never really liked those things.)

Two health food stores and a Safeway later, I was back home — and hungry! I snacked on a handful of pecans while I unpacked groceries and made a homemade lunch.

That’s new for me. Usually on payday, I pick up something somewhere — often a lettuce-wrapped burger from Five Guys. But ordering on autopilot there caused my first Whole30 reset. I didn’t want to chance that happening again. Besides, I had Five Guys once already this week.

I did want a burger, though — so I made one myself, using all the same toppings I’d have ordered out.

The result:

My homemade ode to Five Guys.

A burger served on a bed of spinach and butter lettuce, topped with grilled onions and mushrooms, plus olive oil mayo and spicy brown mustard. I added a handful of grape tomatoes on the side. Delicious!

One problem, though: My hamburger was flat when I put it in the pan, but it shrunk and almost turned into a ball. Anyone know how to keep it flat without pressing it down with the spatula (and losing all the juicy innards)?

When I got to work, I snacked on a lemon Larabar and 1/4 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, not pictured. Dinner was a Pizza-Stuffed Sweet Potato inspired by this recipe at health-bent.com. A little later, I ate a sliced banana topped with almond butter and coconut flakes.

And after work, I had a few (too many) more pecans (like two handfuls).

Too many nuts and a lot of sweet potato Friday. (I had a half in my hash and a whole small one for dinner.) I’ll make different choices today, even though these weren’t terrible ones.

My Saturday’s going to start with a nice, long walk/jog. I’d like to hit 3 miles in under 45 minutes, but we’ll see. I’ll be happy just to get out there.

Getting my sparkle on.

I’ll be wearing my new Sparkly Soul headband. Yes, I finally earned my reward and ordered it. I should have taken the photo outside so the sparkle could shine.

What the makers say is true: It really doesn’t slip. It’s the first headband of its kind I’ve been able to put on and leave on without constant adjustment.

I’m already counting the ways I can earn myself another one!

Five Ways I can Earn Myself Another
Sparkly Soul Headband

  1. Reward myself for entering/finishing a 5K.
  2. Get back to One-derland (below 200 pounds).
  3. Finish my Whole30 with no more slip-ups.
  4. Fulfill all the editor/agent requests I got at RWA Nationals in July. (This means finishing the edits on one MS and going back through another one.)
  5. Clean/declutter/reorganize my messy bedroom.

Note that cleaning is last on the list. It’s my least preferred way to earn a new headband. (That probably means it’s the one I need to do first, eh?)

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