Practice for the Big Game

Good thing that my Lose the Dough challenge doesn’t “officially” start until next week. I’d be in some serious trouble, otherwise! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Later this week, I am attending THREE foodie events in just as many days!

I’m really looking forward to all of these events. And, they’ll be great practice for Lose the Dough and changing some of my eating habits for the better. My plan is to indulge a little and enjoy myself, but not over-do-it and leave stuffed to the gills.


One of my goals for Lose the Dough is to create well-balanced, satisfying meals. For awhile there, I got lazy with my meal planning– I’d just throw together a bunch of foods and hope for the best. So, not surprisingly, I’d end up starving just a couple of hours later.

Today, I tried to hit all of the major food groups with leftover pizza, a homemade salad, an apple, and some chocolate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leftover pizza from last night.


Salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, and sliced almonds.


A Jazz apple.

(Reminds me of Jazz Hands! ;-))


And some chocolate-covered Altoids to satisfy my sweet tooth.


I hit most of the bases, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰



After eating lunch at NuVal, I sipped on some coconut macadamia nut tea that my coworker gave me. Mmm!


And when I got home, I made myself an Arnold Sandwich Thin with peanut butter and banana slices on top to hold me over until dinnertime.


Squash and Spinach Soup

I received a recipe for Squash and Spinach Soup from Mary Ann Esposito’s PR folks the other day, and it sounded so delicious, I just had to pass it along. I might try to make it this weekend! I <3 soup! ๐Ÿ˜€

We’re having tacos for dinner tonight, so we’re killing two birds with one stone and taking Murphy for a 2-mile walk to the grocery store and back to buy taco seasoning. It’s good exercise for all of us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Better bundle up!


  1. I just re-dedicated myself to meal planning a few weeks ago – it makes trips to the grocery store so much easier and efficient!

    That soup looks amazing… I’ll have to add it to the meal plan sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. JAZZ APPLE! At my office, jazz apples may or may not be incorporated into a flagrant, jazz-hand-like display. (Grab the apple and, while still holding the apple, wave your hand like you’re waving goodbye. You know the drill. Choreography optional.) There is a reason I stick to Fuji apples now….

  3. I love events like the ones you are going to and they are very reasonably priced! For his birthday last year I got my boyfriend tickets to a sailing trip on the Hudson with NY state beer and cheese pairings. He countered it for my birthday and got us tickets to a Best of the Best Cheese Course at the infamous NYC cheese store, Murray’s Cheese. They really are great presents and always fun to go to. Have a great time!

  4. I love your attitude towards the upcoming foodie events and “lose the dough.” When I have special events coming up that involve eating, I tend to adopt an all-or-nothing attitude towards it. I’m either going to deprive myself completely or stuff my face ’til I can’t stuff no more! I’ll be honest – I’m still that way around the holidays for sure (hence a 4 pound weight gain, whoops!). But the thing is – I find that the times where I adopted an attitude like yours (eating everything in moderation) is when I’m at my happiest. Not only that, but those are also the times that I most easily maintain or LOSE weight…even more so than when I’m depriving myself. So good for you, girl. Enjoy those events! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. My hubs and I have both been feeling like we have a tapeworm or something lately we have been so hungry at night! And I realized it is because we have not been making “official” dinners but just grabbing whatever. I have plans to make a tasty and healthy sit down dinner tonight and hope that keeps us from snacking all night.
    Good luck with all those tasty beer/cheese events..will be a good challenge for sure!
    adventures in tri-ing

  6. Chocolate-covered Altoids? Hmm…

    This weekend is the annual Health & Fitness Expo in DC so I’m excited to attend for the first time — it’s free and there’s lots of swag and cool booths. Should be a fun event!

  7. Chocolate + Altoids, sounds like a winner!!! As does cheese, beer and fondue oh my! And the soup?? Well considering spinach and squash are possibly the top two loves of my life, and the fact that this Mary Ann chick spells her name like me (hehe, this is rare, I promise) I’ll bet that’s one tasty bowl o’ goodness!

  8. I often get anxiety at “food” events because I feel like I have no willpower sometimes. But it’s really nice to see how you aren’t putting your life on hold while you work to reach your goals…even if you’re not officially starting your challenge yet. It’s inspiring.

  9. Did you bring your own placemat to work? So cute! I used to work at a school where each child had their own placemat that they would use during lunch- it really set the tone for a nice atmosphere in the cafeteria.

  10. Your lunch looks very well balanced. My husband is dying to make pizza at home…I guess I’m going to have to let him now! So jealous that you can walk to your grocery store. We live in a very walker unfriendly city. Hoping to move in the next 2 years to ChiTown where walking is VERY easy to do. Keep up the good work…

  11. Great idea to walk (with your dog) to the grocery store…..although I would forego on the taco seasoning. Maybe it’s just me who doesn’t like that stuff? We have found that putting salsa in the blender to get it nice in smooth works great as a taco sauce. I just mix some of that in with the meat, and it makes it very flavorful!

  12. Man, I am not good at events like that! Moderation is not my middle name ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for the encouragement on doing my video for Nasoya. I think it came out pretty well ๐Ÿ˜€ (I posted it last night if you want to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    I’ll do my condo tour tonight!

  13. It’s good you recognized that you need to eat a variety of foods in your meal that contain enough protein and fat to satisfy your hunger. Proteins take the longest to digest, fiber slows down digestion, and fat takes the longest to empty from your stomach.
    Way to strike a balance and see what satisfies you the most!!

  14. I’m totally joining the lose the dough challenge! I’m starting today/ tomorrow and I hope my body looks half as good as yours did in those 2008 photos when i’m finished!

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