WIAW is back


When I realized I forgot to snap any pictures of my eats last Monday or Tuesday, I took a hiatus from Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday party. But I’m back this week — with an on-track Tuesday to share.

Finally, rainBut before I get to the nitty-gritty, I need to deliver a weather report. I know, I know: Y’all are dying to know what the weather’s like in Flagstaff, right?

It’s noteworthy only because the monsoon is finally here. We had a good, old-fashioned gully-washer of a storm — and it was much-needed.

What I didn’t need? It started pouring just as it was time for me to head from Starbucks to work. I got soaked.

Ah well. I can’t complain too much, because we really do need the moisture. Even with the 1.74 inches of rain we got Tuesday (a new record), we’re almost 2 inches below where we should be at this time of year.

I hope they got some rain down in Prescott, too. Those firefighters need all the help they can get to beat the fire that claimed 19 of their firefighting brothers. Such a tragedy — my heart goes out to the victims’ families.

Another tragedy is the idiots from that church I refuse to name because I don’t want to give them the publicity. You know who they are. They’re saying the firefighters’ deaths were God’s punishment for the nation’s acceptance of homosexuality.

R-i-i-ght.

Because Arizona, with its gay marriage ban and conservative-leaning populace, is such a hotbed of acceptance and love.

Okay, enough politics. Let’s get to the good eats.

Chocolate-Strawberry Smoothie

A smoothie made with some of my Blend 2013 swag. I used a pouch of Vega One Chocolate, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 1/4 cups almond milk, 1/4 cup water and a handful of ice cubes. The end product had a rich, chocolatey flavor. I’d definitely make it again.

Noodle-less spaghetti

Lunch was a skinny caramel latte (unpictured), followed by Noodle-less Spaghetti. It doesn’t look like much, but it tastes fantastic. This time, I went more basic, with beef, onion, cabbage and spaghetti sauce. (It was the third thing I cooked Monday night in my “Sunday food prep,” so I was tired and didn’t feel like chopping up a bunch of extra veggies.)

I snacked on these beauties:

BBQ Macadamia nuts

Barbecued macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are one of the lower-carb nuts — and these were oh-s0-yummy. Not wanting to overdo it, I measured out half a serving (1/2 ounce). It was a whopping seven nuts. That was a bit disappointing, because I could have eaten at least that many more.

Aw, who am I kidding? I could have probably polished off the whole bag.

For dinner, I finally ate my last Diet-to-Go low-carb meal.

DTG Half Chicken

That’s right. I finally got around to devouring the half chicken with a side of cauliflower mash. Again, it wasn’t much to look at. If I have a complaint about Diet-to-Go, it’s that the mashed cauliflower doesn’t seem to hold up well. It seemed to be watery. It tasted fine — or better than fine, really. It was packed with flavor; it’s just not pretty. And  they, whoever THEY are, say we eat with our eyes.

Let it be known that, despite the trepidation I noted earlier, I had no trouble polishing off half a chicken.

After dinner, I had a dark chocolate-peanut butter Kind bar.

Chocolate PB Kind bar

As someone who’s only eaten a handful of Kind bars, the flavor was new to me. But it was so good — and only 14 net carbs. I’ll be getting some more of those.

Lose It breaks down the day’s eats like this:

  • 54.7 net carbs (74.9 carbs – 20.2 fiber) (18 percent)
  • 86.5 grams fat (47 percent)
  • 145 grams protein (35 percent)

I can live with that.

I think I’m going to dust off the mantra that my life coach, Jenn, and I created a couple of years ago.

I can have it all. I want energy and satisfaction.

That seems to be in alignment with my new diet philosophy, and with the clean eating principles I picked up in Amanda’s Clean and Lean Project.

Speaking of Clean and Lean, I didn’t put in the work I wanted to. You might say I was half-assing it — and I’m not sure why. I looked forward to opening/reading each email and the links included in it. But when it came time to apply what I’d read, I fell short. Almost every single time.

I saved all the emails, though, so I’m going to start with email 1 and go through them again, one day at a time. And this time, I’m really going to try to live the ideas.

What I’ve been doing isn’t really working for me, so why wouldn’t I try something else?

Be sure to pop on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else in blogland is eating.

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