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.


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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