Weekend Wrap-Up: Red, White, and Burnt

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend filled with BBQs, fireworks, and the whole sha-bang.


Started off my weekend with a patriotic Red White & Blue breakfast:


The Red: strawberries, The Blue: blueberries, the White: A little bit of white chocolate wonderful on the tip of my spoon that I thoroughly enjoyed before digging into my bowl. The cereal? 1/2 cup of Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon with unsweetened soy milk. It was a baby-sized breakfast because I had it an hour before Zumba! They had a special class for 4th of July where all the instructors took turns doing routines from their classes. It was amazing, and the room was packed with a bunch of people who were super into it. I can’t think of a more fun thing to do at 9:30am! 🙂

For lunch we had a little mini-BBQ, just me and the parents. I had a veggie burger on a toasted wheat bun with grilled red onion, a slice of tomato, and organic ketchup. On the side is a big pile of my mom’s famous roasted vegetables and some roasted potatoes.


After lunch my mom and I headed to the beach. It was a beautiful day, but a little windy (some serious sand to the face moments!). I finished my book, The Notebook. I liked it, but the ending was a little flat. :-/ I left the beach after two hours and then ended up hanging out with a kid I haven’t seen since high school (2 years ago). It was super random for him to text me and invite me to a bloc party, but I never do anything spontaneous so I thought, what the hell, I’ll go. I had fun but after a couple of hours I was exhausted and ready to go home. But not before I drank two beers during Beer Pong (that was when I first arrived) and eating a little cake.

I realized while I was there that I didn’t feel self-conscious at all. I was the only girl there (aside from his sisters), with him and four of his friends. It didn’t matter that I don’t have a “perfect body” or that I wasn’t at my “desired weight”. I am a fun person to be around, and getting hung up on my body just holds me back from letting my true self shine! I even jumped into the pool in my bikini without giving any thought to whether or not I looked “ok”. I could tell the guys were enjoying my company, and I was enjoying there’s and that’s all that matters. It makes me wonder, why do we focus all of our attention on our bodies? It takes such a toll on us that it can end up silencing us and keeping people from getting to know who we truly are! I’ve always been attracted to personalities before looks, so why should I think that all guys are only focused on looks? Yes, some care about looks, but those aren’t the ones I want to be with anyway. It’s time to throw away my body fears and unleash the gorgeous girl that’s hiding inside me. I won’t lie, hanging out with those guys was a little ego-boost!

When I got home I was feeling all sorts of burnt. I was PINK. Whoops! For dinner I had a super quick tempeh, pepper, and onion fajita with guacamole and salsa in a whole wheat tortilla.


But the highlight of the holiday? My second dessert at home:


Mango sorbet with Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Coconut Ice “Cream” and topped with slightly thawed frozen mixed berries. Oh wow, delicious. The last minute decision to get some coconut ice cream was the best idea. Positively perfect.

Not pictured: several cookies, some Stacy’s Pita Chips and some more peanut butter.

My munching face was on yesterday! But I didn’t freak out about my hands slipping into the cookie jar a few too many times. I just told myself that part of normal eating is having fun and occasionally you do eat extra calories. It’s a part of life. Not a big deal.

I went to bed at 11pm but had the hardest time sleeping because of my sunburn. In the middle of the night I had to grab an ice pack from the freezer and put it under my back!


I didn’t set my alarm last night because I knew that I wasn’t going to sleep well from my sunburn so I wanted to give myself a chance to get some sleep whenever I did eventually fall asleep. I was really surprised when I woke up and my sunburn was a lot better. It’ll still be a few days before I’m completely pain free, but it’s nothing like what I anticipated. I barely even feel it now!

I slept until 11am and didn’t get hungry until 1pm. I decided that the best thing to eat after all my sugar from the day before would be a salad. This was a new salad combination and it was scrumptious (and beautiful). Salad greens + lemon pepper tempeh + yellow bell pepper + red onion + salsa + avocado + vegan caesar dressing.

Salad Heaven

Salad Heaven


This afternoon I went to the gym and didn’t Zumba. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 5 minute cool down and 9 different strength training exercises for various body parts. I felt my sunburn a little while I was workin’ it on the elliptical, and I couldn’t do abs because of my pink back, but otherwise a fantastic gym trip. What was particularly great was my arm workout in front of the mirror. It was the same as always, but I didn’t cringe in the mirror! In fact I was looking in the mirror thinking, look at you go! Look at how good you’re doing! Look at what you’re doing for your body! It felt really great to feel some serious confidence come over me.

After the gym I just hung around the house with the family for the rest of the day. I had a post-workout “recovery snack” of 1/2 banana with peanut butter and 1/4 cup of roasted edamame. Didn’t take a photo because it wasn’t necessarily pretty or interesting, just tasted good 😛

At 7:30 I went to make dinner, but I had no idea what to eat! My stomach was feeling funky so I went for something simple and I actually ended up really enjoying it. Sometimes it’s the things that take the littlest effort that end up being great.


Toasted whole wheat pita with a layer of roasted garlic hummus, roasted vegetables, chopped tomato, and a little sun-dried tomato for garnish and some added flavor depth.

And there’s nothing like a sweet treat to end the weekend. Tonight I had a bowl of fruit salad (blueberries, grapes, pineapple, strawberries) and about 1/4 cup of raw cashews.

Yummy Rainbow

Yummy Rainbow

That’s it for my weekend! I survived a holiday without a binge and had some serious positive thinking going on. Can’t wait to start another week and see all the continued progress I can make!



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4 responses to “Weekend Wrap-Up: Red, White, and Burnt

  1. Really YUMMY eats over the weekend! I love the cereal bowl you kicked off with on the 4th 🙂

    You are right, when we get sooo caught up in the nonsense of ED and our bodies on the outside our inside never gets a chance to shine!

  2. I honestly am so inspired every time I read your blog. You always remind me that it is a process not only to weight loss but to loving thyself, you truly do provide my daily sense of hope! Your weekend eats looked so yummy and kudos on the being in a bikini without the arm-crossed hunch over attempt at hiding the stomach. Keep it up girl!

    p.s. I finally got the blog up and running. Only one day is up but I am making it a commitment cuz besides keeping me accountable for what I am eating, I think the blog will really help me mentally as it is kind of like an online pseudo therapy session ;)! Oh, and you’re on my blog roll!!

  3. I think you make a really good point about how our body image can keep us from reaching out socially and opening up to new people. I work at a place filled with beautiful people, and always felt like the major fatty in the group. It took months before I began to see that they don’t care about that, they hardly even notice, and that we can all have fun together. Body image is a killer.

    And that fajita LOOKS killer. My mouth is watering just looking at it!

  4. Samantha

    Glad you had such a great weekend! I loved hearing about you in the bikini feeling confident & just having fun being you and not stressing about your body. I’ve been stressing for the past 2 weeks because this Friday I’m going to the beach for an office beach day & I’ve been so worried about having to wear a bathing suit in front of co-workers. You give me hope that I can do it and have a good time & try to not focus on what I look like, but rather who I am.

    I love all the pictures you post too. Reading your blog each day really is helping me focus on controlling my own issues. Unfortunately I slipped up yesterday, but I’m not letting it get me down & am focusing on each day forward. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog and use your strength to inspire strength in myself as well. We can beat this!

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