Reducing My Calories – Part 2

I was able to do a ton of food prep in preparation for this week. I got some celery and sliced it up, then measured out 2 ounces of celery into snack-sized ziplock bags with some baby carrots. I made 5 bags for the workweek and I also picked up some pre-measured guacamole. I’m not usually a fan of this type of thing–I’d much rather have homemade (and nothing compares to Michael’s guacamole–it’s out of this world good) but I wanted something that was portion controlled and honestly, something with preservatives (gross) so it wouldn’t go bad too fast.



Here is week two of reducing my calories. Like last week, my goal isn’t necessary to hit “1300” or less calories. But my goal is to reduce my calories more than what I was doing before, including HOPEFULLY not eating back all the calories I burn at the gym.

Day One

Breakfast: Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries and some coconut flakes, half an English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, EmergenC drink, and coffee with creamer. Calories: 290


Snack: Apple and some tea. Calories: 70

Lunch: Lean Cuisine lasagna and a piece of chocolate. Calories: 365

Snack: Wholly Guacamole with celery and carrots. Pre-gym snack. Loving this combo lately! It’s tasty and filling! Calories: 110

Dinner: Salad with tomatoes, broccoli, Craisins, light Caesar dressing, pan-seared tilapia, some tortilla chips with spinach dip. Calories: 621


Dessert: Cantaloupe. Calories: 34



Day Two

Breakfast: This breakfast did not work well for me. I thought it would be enough food but it really wasn’t and I was hungry within 2 hours. 🙁 I had a grapefruit, the other half of the English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, coffee with creamer and unsweetened iced tea. Calories: 292

Snack: String cheese and hot tea. Calories: 80

Lunch: Salad with tomatoes and light raspberry vinaigrette dressing, half a blackened salmon fillet, small piece of chocolate. Calories: 285

Snack: Wholly Guacamole with celery and carrots and some crackers. Pre-gym snack. Calories: 210

Dinner: Boneless pork chop, steamed broccoli with Goddess dressing and Michael’s amazing red potatoes (boiled and then sauteed with onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme). Calories: 470


Dessert: Plain Greek yogurt with strawberries, dried coconut flakes and some chocolate chips. Calories: 187

Gym: Warmed up on the spin bike, did some weight lifting and my PT exercises, then the elliptical.


Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, leftover red potatoes from the previous night’s dinner, unsweetened iced tea, coffee with creamer. Calories: 272

Snack: Apple with tea. Calories: 70

Lunch: The rest of the blackened salmon (half a fillet), one serving of quinoa. No idea why the quinoa looks green in this photo, I assure you it’s not! LOL Calories: 337


Snack: String cheese. Calories: 80

Dinner: I saw a friend and then ran some errands and ending up getting home later than I was planning on. I needed something quick and easy! I had some chili with sour cream and tortilla chips, steamed broccoli with Goddess dressing on the side. Calories: 640

Dessert: Fun sized Snickers bar. Calories: 90

Exercise: It was a rest day but I did a lot of walking!



Breakfast: Trader Joe’s oatmeal with a little brown sugar, coconut flakes and some protein powder, unsweetened iced tea, coffee with creamer. Calories: 358

Snack: Apple. Calories: 70 

Lunch: Two turkey slices made into wraps with a little mayo, mustard, spinach and Craisins. Guacamole with celery and carrots. Calories: 259


Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with strawberry slices and coconut flakes. Pre-swim  snack. Calories: 129

Dinner: Papa Murphy’s DeLite pizza and two glasses of wine.  Calories: 694

Exercise: I went for a swim and burned roughly 300 calories. Plus I did a bunch of walking during the day. Day-5

Breakfast: Saturday morning I had a grapefruit and and English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, a small glass of milk and coffee with creamer. Calories: 392

Lunch: Chili with sour cream and some tortilla chips. Calories: 417

Snack: Had a few bites of Michael’s popcorn at the movies (we saw the Avengers!) and had to estimate on the calories. Calories: 190

Dinner: Quinoa with steamed broccoli and Goddess dressing, Michael’s amazing garlic butter shrimp, 1 glass of wine. Calories: 656


Dessert: Way too much chocolate. 🙁

Gym: I did some weight lifting and then the elliptical. Burned 577 calories. 


Not my best day this week… 🙁 The movie theatre popcorn and chocolate for dessert got me.

Breakfast: Bowl of Rice Krispies cereal, an English muffin and coffee with creamer. Calories: 389

Lunch: Turkey sandwich with cheese on gluten free bread. Calories: 491

Snack: Blueberries. Calories: 83

Dinner: Homemade burger with cheese on a sandwich thin, pickles and baby carrots and Laughing Cow cheese on the side. One glass of wine. Calories: 636


Fitness: Went for a 5.72 mile hike. Burned 542 calories.



Dessert: Some chocolate pudding. Calories: 162


Stay tuned for next week when I post about my thoughts and weigh-in.

Social Hour

With Michael in Seattle for work, I made a ton of plans with my friends. My solo weekend included a much needed pedicure with my cousin Anna, I bought tickets for the Fleetwood Mac concert coming this June, and I went out to dinner with my friend Erika on Saturday night. We went to Stickers Asian Cafe and I was able to successfully stay on the diet. I narrowed down the entrees I knew I could eat (they had rice or rice noodles and no dairy in it) and asked the waitress if the yakisoba noodles were made with wheat (according to the internet it could be gluten-free but sometimes the noodles were made with wheat). The waitress did one better: she brought me a list of their gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free items that were on the menu. That made it even easier picking something. Thankfully I was able to get some noodles that were gluten-free!


Erika and I ended up going across the street after dinner to Kay’s to continue the evening. Kay’s was a cute but divey bar in Sellwood with cheap drinks and your typical greasy bar food. I got a glass of wine at Kay’s and before I knew it, Erika and I had been talking and hanging out for hours. It was nearing midnight and we started to wind things down.


On Sunday I did a little baking. I wanted to share this recipe with you because it was so good! I don’t know what website I found it from, or I’d share the link here. The print outs usually include the source but this one did not.

Copycat Chocolate Crunch Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Servings: About 6

Adapted from 3 Ingredient Chocolate Bars


  • 1/4 cup rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • Sweetener to taste (I used agave)
  • Dash of salt


  1. Combine coconut oil and sweetener. Stir, and add cocoa powder and rice crispies. If needed, add 3 tablespoons water or milk if using stevia as sweetener. Stir until it gets thick.
  2. Pour into a flat container. Freeze until solid. Store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Copycat Chocolate Crunch Bars


Amount Per Serving
Calories About 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0
Saturated Fat 0
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 0
Total Carbohydrate 0
Dietary Fiber 0
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This dessert was really easy and fast to make. It only made about 6 servings so if you are making this for a party, you might want to double the recipe. While I was making this recipe I kept thinking, “This isn’t going to make very much…”


It doesn’t look very photogenic, I apologize, but I guarantee you it’s delicious. I put it in a little tupperware container lined with wax paper and put it in the freezer. It was in there for about an hour or two and then I sampled it. 🙂


Since it was frozen, I broke off a chunk and was so happy to see that it was ready to eat. IT WAS SO GOOD. I finally found a gluten and dairy free dessert that is absolutely fantastic and does not taste fake. It was definitely not unsatisfying like some of the other dairy/gluten-free desserts I’ve tried so far.


It tasted just like a Nestle Crunch bar made out of dark chocolate. Even if I don’t continue doing the dairy-free thing, I will most definitely make this dessert on a regular basis. I cannot express how rich and good it was!

After making the dessert, I cut up a ton of veggies for the week and also got things ready for my first book club meeting. I’ve never been in a book club before but I’ve wanted to for a long time. This was our first meeting. A bunch of friends came over to my house and we talked about “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.


The snacks I had were: homemade guacamole with carrots, celery and gluten-free crackers. I also put out some store bought hummus (I ran out of time and couldn’t make my own) and some grapes. It was kind of a weird time (4-6) so by the time the meeting was over and it was dinner time I’d pretty much eaten a dinner of crackers and guacamole. 🙂 I ended up having a bowl of cereal a few hours later and called it a night. Not the healthiest of meals but oh well!

The book club meeting was a lot of fun. It was my first time participating in one, as was it for most of my friends. Thankfully one friend, Debby, had been part of one before and she got the ball rolling. It was funny because the discussion was pretty thoughtful about the book but we ended up going into long discussions about The Walking Dead and other books and movies that had similar post-apocalyptic themes like “The Road” did.


My holiday weekend ended with another Body Pump class (I finally felt like I belonged in the class because I could keep up and anticipate the moves) and then acupuncture. What a fun weekend! All weekends should be like that.

QUESTION: Do you have any book recommendations for my next book club to read?