Whole30: Day 5

So last night I thought it would be a good idea to make roasted veggies with our “pasta” dish. This was a fail. It didn’t really go well and some recent lethargy on my part made me waaay too tired to cook breakfast this morning. I. Just. Couldn’t.  Also the thought of eating this morning…

Whole30: Day 4

According to the Whole30 official timeline, day 4 is supposed to be the “Kill All of the Things” phase. I thought, no way – I’m not going to go through that because I had an anger fit on Tuesday. Turns out, I lost an SD card somewhere in my office and a spiral of f!@#$s…

Whole30: Day 3

Before Work: Day 3 and I’m feeling good! It’s still just the morning and we have a long way to go until the “deep couch city” starts, but I’m so happy I got everything I needed to get done, done yesterday. I ran off my frustrations and a gave myself a small accomplishment by FINALLY…

Whole30: Day 2

Today is hard. Tuesday is “Geeks Who Drink” Trivia night across the street with my friend from work and her husband. I was invited tonight and I’m not sure if it’s safe for me to go, it’s so easy to just drink a beer. Also, I’m angry today. Everything at work is making me upset…

Whole30: Day 1

Today the green flag dropped and Omar and I are finally at it. Day 1 consisted of already saying no to a Happy Hour invitation and me realizing just how often I go over to the candy dish at my job. Because it was MLK day, I walked home to find Omar had meal prepped SO MUCH…

Whole30: Meal Prep Sunday

We walked into Central Market like we’ve never been to a grocery store before – we usually shop at HEB – which typically is your average working class grocery store – but Central Market is the bees knees. Central Market is where you find giant kale monsters waiting to be eaten. So once we collected ourselves…

Zucchini Pizza Bites

It’s over! My family’s biggest loser competition has finally come to an end. 11 weeks flew by. I was not as strict as I’d like to have been with myself, but that’s what learning is all about, right? I’m not dieting either, I’m changing my lifestyle! And it’s undoubtedly in my nature to indulge and…

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Today was perfect. Benjamin Hoff wrote in his “Te of Piglet,” Unattractiveness, illness, and weakness have many valuable lessons to teach to those willing to learn from them.” The days I was having last week make me truly love a perfect day like today. This week is proving to be a week of firsts. First…

Brown Rice & Black Bean Casserole with Sauteed Shrimp

Usually when I cook a creative new meal my family will stroll in and out of the kitchen. Kevin, my stepfather will inhale deeply at whatever happens to be fuming off of the pan or dish or tray, “Ahhhh, you son of a bitch!” He’ll jokingly say. (Only because he’s on a strict high-protein, high-fat…

Baked Ham Cuppie with Roasted Cauliflower

I saw a quote the other day, “Life is a dollar and you can only spend it one way.” I think I saw it on twitter or some other irrelevant social network. The opportunities in life are overwhelming. If I had a nickel for every elder who has said “in my day, you didn’t have…

Spinach Stuffed Shells With Baked Zucchini Stix

Easter Sunday was bad. I went in fully prepared to be good and stick to my new healthy lifestyle. But as soon as I walked into my father’s house he had a tray of eggs waiting to be peeled. (Like I’m 6 again) “Here, you make the deviled eggs” he says. Perfect. My opportunity to…

Strawberry, Banana, & Mango Smoothie – a Low Calorie Dessert

Easter is tomorrow and I’m surrounded by cute chickie cake pops, three layered carrot cake, and a tray of brownies to boot. This is not how I foresaw my first week playing out. But I do not want to give in to temptations. Although around me was ample amount of high-calorie, high sugary, galore, I…