Back to Basics

After all of the indulging over the week (and the last week/month/year!) I was more than ready to get back to the basics today.  I’m often torn – I know I’m probably leaving nyc in July and I want to experience as much as possible, but at the same time this is my life and I’m getting tired of feeling out of shape and out of sorts.  Two of my best friends are coming to visit in 10days and I know we’ll be doing lots of eating and drinking so this is a good time to get myself resettled.

A and I could not get out of bed this “Monday” morning – we stayed in bed past 7!  I woke up at 6 and then proceeded to have a terrible nightmare while I snoozed.  My dream was so upsetting I actually felt out of it my whole way to school.  My Boomi Bar did snap me out of it a little though 🙂


I tried the Macademia Paradise today, even though this is my least favorite flavor of the three I tried so far it is still good!

For lunch I prepped a museli last night,


Nonfat plain Oikos Greek yogurt, 1/4C oatmeal, 1small banana, and some Nuts Online dried blackberries.  My parents bought me these berries as a gift so I’ve been trying to enjoy them but I’ve decided that they are inedible; they were so sour I had to eat around the parts of the mix that they touched.  It was still delish though.


I also packed a blood orange but I was so busy helping kids that I never got a chance to eat it, it is on my desk for tomorrow.

I stayed after school for about an hour helping kids and when I got downstairs I got the fun news that final grades are now due on Thursday.  Yes, that is Thursday as in all of my final grades are due 2 days from now.  Yes, that is Thursday as in we will be having a month of school in which the students will not be graded.  Fun stuff.

I was super hungry when I got home so I made the mother of all “snacks,” this thing had courses!  1st course – the last scrapings of the Smuckers Natural Honey Peanut Butter jar, about 1.5T total.


2nd course – sliced pear with walnuts and blue cheese crumbles.


This was very tasty – the only improvement could have been a little drizzle of fresh honey but unfortunately I’ve been out of that for months.


3rd/dessert course – strawberry chocolates and my vitamens.  The candies kind of look like carrots, which makes me smile.  But the picture will not load, which makes me not smile.

I did some stuff for school applications (I am hitting all sorts of walls!) and then A and I headed to the gym.  I went to a 60minute Pilates Mat Class that kicked my patootie.  No matter how busy life is the last 5weeks of school I am making a commitment to fitness, I never want to be this out of shape again.

We took a long walk home to pick up Emily crack, a.k.a. diet soda, and then got started on dinner.  I based my meal around this More Than Tofu Spicy Thai Tofu.


I baked my tofu for 30minutes at 475*.  A chopped yam joined tofu in the sauna, along with some purple asparagus.  Meanwhile, we heated some frozen collard greens in a pan uptop.  I seasoned my greens with maple syrup and red pepper flakes, then topped them with yam and tofu.


My bowl had half the tofu package and half of the medium yam – so tasty! 


I ate the roasted purple asparagus as my side.


And a tall glass of skim milk.


All together.


It was a pretty great dinner if I do say so myself!

I can’t really start grades until tomorrow because kids still are handing things in and I know tomorrow night is going to suck so tonight I’m going to shower and watch Adult Swim!  I hope everyone else had a pleasant start back to the work week.

How do you balance fun foods with real life?


10 Responses to Back to Basics

  1. verbalriot says:

    I should drink more milk with dinner, it’s so comforting!

    I find it hard to balance but I feel like I indulge for a few days and then come back to my usual eats. That’s sort of balancing it out…

  2. Hangry Pants says:

    The bars kind of remind me of Bumble Bars – very seed based.

    Sorry about the sour berries!

    Good luck with the applications. 😀

  3. Alison says:

    I go through phases where I balance healthy and unhealthy foods well and phases where I don’t. Right now I’m having some difficulty with balancing and am really trying to focus on doing better.

  4. brandi says:

    that stinks about the dried berries! I hate when things are so tart that I can’t eat them.

    My hardest time finding balance is after a trip/indulgent weekend of some sort. It seems so easy to get into “vacation” eating and so hard to get back into normal, everyday balanced meals!

  5. carolinebee says:

    I try to balance healthy meals when I’m home or by myself- that way when I go out to a fun restaurant or friends visit..I don’t feel like I have to order the boring salad! Being busy/stressed always compromises my eating though, so I try to pack healthy ish snacks (hello chocolate golfishies!) or take a walk to preserve sanity.

  6. ellie says:

    I think a lot of people find it hard to balance fun + real life… 80/20 rule is a good one- if 80% of the time your diet is balanced and healthy, 20% is a reasonable amount for indulgences. Or another thing i know people do is have weekdays more focused on healthy moderation and weekends for letting loose…play around, find what works and don’t stress too much about a few days here and there where healthy eating goes out the window!

  7. sue says:

    oooh i really like the second course of your snack. i’ll have to try it! i don’t eat out very often, nor can i afford to…so i enjoy it and know that the healthy meals i have at home balance it out. good luck with the grading!

  8. Sarah says:

    a mid-snooze nightmare?! that sounds terrible — things must have happened so fast. glad you had the bar to come to the rescue.

    your dinner does look delicious and balanced! re: balancing fun foods with real life, i guess i’m in the lucky position of having people want to share their fun foods with me all the time so that i get lots of variety. but sometimes, i wish they would take a break — my body has been so overfed lately!

  9. Yeah my bf has that same situation where grades are due but he has to pretend to his kids like the last month actually counts so they don’t totally check out. Ridiculous! Cat’s gonna get out of the bag some day, I’m convinced.

    It is hard to balance indulgence with health – my most typical pattern is eating super well during the work week when I’m in a routine, but the weekends often go to pot. Mostly, I don’t mind that, but I have had some Monday mornings where I wake up feeling ilke it wasn’t worth it. I don’t like the whole fun/guilt cycle, but hey something to work on. I’m getting there!

    Good luck with apps – will look forward to hearing an update! I have updates of my own. 🙂

    • Emily says:

      Diana – yeah, the lies I’ve had to weave about why I need all there make up work NOW even though we are “grading another month” are pretty funny! I am excited to hear about your updates!

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