May 192015

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.

May 182015

Recently I was contacted by Buddha Teas asking if I wanted to try their product and give a review. I agreed immediately because I love tea! I was also happy to have the opportunity to use a wedding gift from a friend–an amazing tea set.


I liked that Buddha Teas uses only organic teas and that the tea bags are bleach-free.

Buddha Teas understands the importance of purity. While most consumer products today are processed and packaged beyond recognition, our goal is to get back to the natural. We offer 100% unaltered, organic and wildcraft teas made from the freshest herbs, carefully packaged in only bleach free tea bags. Our customers take comfort in knowing that they can enjoy a cup of tea without any harmful additives or toxins, and with our ever-growing collection of natural teas, each customer can choose a tea that perfectly matches their needs.

What kind of tea are you looking for? They have all kinds of tea, to satisfy any craving you might have. Here is the list:

Black Teas

Herbal Teas

Specialty Teas

Green Teas

Leaf Teas

Root Teas

Flower Teas

Berry Teas

Seed Teas

Bark Teas

Caffeine Free

I’m intrigued by their Lavender Tea and might try that flavor next. I’m DEFINITELY trying their Passion Flower Tea soon!

My preference in tea leans towards black tea, flower teas and berry teas. When we were in Hawaii for our honeymoon I exclusively drank the local Passionfruit tea and LOVED it. Some other flavors I always have in my house: Moroccan Mint, English Breakfast and Jasmine Pearl tea.

I was able to pick the tea I wanted to try and review and chose the “Skinny Buddha Tea.” Don’t worry, I’m not under any delusions that this tea is somehow magical and going to help me lose weight, but I was curious to try it and the ingredients sounded delicious.



  • Organic Green tea
  • Organic Hibiscus
  • Organic Bilberry Leaf
  • Organic Cranberry
  • Organic Lemongrass
  • Organic Triphala
  • Organic Chickweed

The ingredients that intrigued me were the hibiscus, cranberry and lemongrass. I didn’t know what Triphala was and had to google it. Apparently it’s used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s supposed to help with weight loss, boost immune system, and relieve gastrointestinal issues. I also didn’t know what Chickweed was. “People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain. (source)” I have to admit, I was intrigued by the psoriasis mention–I do have psoriasis and I was curious about whether the natural herb could help. It would be nice to go the homeopathic route someday instead of relying on medicine.


How was the tea?

I’m not a fan of green tea, unless it’s flavored. If it’s just straight green tea I can’t drink it–I’ve tried and just haven’t gotten used to it. The flavor in this was not overpowering and didn’t taste like green tea, which was a bonus for me. What I tasted most was the hibiscus, but it wasn’t a super strong flavor. It was nicely balanced.

I drank the tea mid-morning to stave off hunger. I liked that it helped with that and it made it easier to go a little bit longer in between breakfast and lunch. I had a big, steaming cup around 11am at work one day and it took me awhile to drink it, and that kept me from snacking on junk that’s around the office.


Now for the fun part!


Buddha Teas has offered to give one of my readers a sample of their tea! If you’d like to pick your own flavor and give it a try, enter the giveaway here. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which flavor you’d want to try and I will pick a winner randomly!

You have until this Wednesday morning to enter the giveaway. Good luck!