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Another early morning at the Pilates Studio, which I almost slept right through. I went to bed really early last night (10pm) and I still managed to not sleep through the night. I need help sleeping>@?!?!!?!?!?

I the way home, I faught the urge to have a Chai Latte.. and turned left instead of crossing the intersection into the Potomac Village Shopping Center where Starbucks is located.

As I was driving home, I concentrated on my Breakfast of 1Tsp Barley Max Mix with Distilled Water.

Then, I started making my Mid Morning Juice of 8oz Carrot, Celery, Cabbage.

30Minutes before lunch 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with Distilled Water

Lunch: Pineapples until satisfied

Mid Afternoon Juice is 8oz Tomato Juice Cocktail. I can’t wait to make this!!!!

Ingredients:

1Large Tomato

1/2Medium Cucumber

1Celery Stalk

3Carrots

1Handfull Greens(Spinach, etc)

1Green Onion

1Small Beet

1/2Red Bell Pepper

30 Minutes before Dinner 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with Distilled Water

Dinner: Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad, Vegetarian Spaghetti, Whole Grain Bread

The Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad has been on the menu before… but it’s still good.

 

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

Start with Green Salad, Spinach

Small Broccoli Florets

Small Cauliflower Florets

Finely Diced Celery

Finely Chopped Green Onion

Finely Diced Red or Yellow Pepper

Peel and Chop 1/2 Avocado

Top with Grated Carrots

Directions: Mix together and top with a fresh lime, and olive oil dressing with seasonings. Or great plain!!!

 

Thursday Menu Vegetarian Spaghetti

Thursday Menu Vegetarian Spaghetti

Vegetarian Spaghetti:

Ingredients:

2Cups Chopped Onions

2Cups Chopped Celery

1Cup Chopped Bell Pepper

1Cup Grated Carrot

Add these Chopped and Steam Sauted ingredients to the Spaghetti Sauce:

1Quart Tomato Sauce

1Celery Stalk with Leaves

1/2Cup Green Pepper

1Large Garlic Clove

1Cup Onion

1Small Carrot

1Tsp Garlic Powder

1Tsp Oregano, Marjoram

2Tsp Vegetarian Worschestershire Sauce

1Cup Tomato Paste

3Large Tomatoes

1Bay Leaf

2Tsp Basil

1/2Tsp Italian Seasoning

1/4Cup Parsley

2Tbsp Raw Unfiltered Honey

Directions: Peel and cube tomatoes, mince garlic cloves, dice onions, celery and green pepper and grate carrot.

FRESH SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Place ingredients in large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, cover and allow to sit for flavors to mingle. Remove bay leaves. Serve at room temperature or heat slightly but do not boil.

COOKED SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Place in a large stainless steel kettle, cover and bring to boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook without a cover until the amount has decreased to one third to one half. Remove bay leaves. Transfer about 1/3 of the mixture, cool and blend  in blender/food processor until smooth. Return to kettle and mix with the rest of sauce.

Combine ingredients from Spaghetti Sauce and Vegetarian Spaghetti and serve over Spinach, Spaghetti Squash, Artichoke or any other Whole Grain Spaghetti Noodles.

I was so excited to make this… and it tasted to great!!! Worth the wait.

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On our way back from Key West… we decided to stop in to The Breaker Hotel in West Palm Beach and have some lunch. It was a perfect idea, because we got there around 2pm (even with the time change!)

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

The Breaker Hotel Event Room

We toured the historic hotel and really enjoyed the ceilings in the event rooms. Each room had a different theme and eccentric design. It’s amazing these works of art were done in the early 1900’s. 

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

View of Atlantic-Breaker Hotel

Of course while we were touring we took some pictures of the ocean front view as boats crossed the landscape. To continue the ocean front theme, we had a window view during our lunch.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Green Salad W/Oil & Vinegar

Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

They had something new, raspberry lemonade, which I thought was really good. I’m sure it had more sugar in it than I would have liked.

Lunch included a Green Salad and some Fried Zucchini… when I saw that on the menu it reminded me of the Fried Zucchini I had at Carrabba’s and wanted to taste the difference. It was just as good.

Just after 8pm tonight we made it home to a breezy night in Palm Coast. I still had my shorts on from Key West and was freezing while we were unloading the car.  I warmed up and managed to make a quick dinner of Fresh Vegetable Salad while we watched 2 & a Half Men.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

3Green Onions

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion

Garlic Powder

Directions: Wash and chop up the vegetables in a bowl. Mix Olive Oil, Vinegar and seasonings in with vegetables and serve. 

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I was on a mission Sunday afternoon to find Turtle Kraal Restaurant. I saw on the Food Network sometime ago a restaurant in the Keys or the Caribbean that served world famous Turtle Soup. And since we were in the Keys I was on a quest. Well everyone I asked directed me to Turtle Kraal and laughed doing so. Well I thought they were just happy go lucky people, little did I know that since 1972 it’s been outlawed to eat Turtle meat. So the restaurant I was looking for was not in Key West.!! 

Turtle Kraal Nachos

Turtle Kraal Nachos

BUT we found Turtle Kraal Restaurant and enjoyed lunch on the deck overlooking all the boats and Pelicans in the water before us. I had some Nachos without Cheese and Cream Cheese and a couple glasses of white wine. Plus I ate Mike’s Carrots and Celery from his Chicken Wings order.

Mikes Carrots & Celery

Mikes Carrots & Celery

While we were there.. I spent my time trying to take pictures of Pelicans, because along the way I’ve developed somewhat of a fetish for taking pictures of Pelicans. They are such an intriguing bird… they are interesting to me.

Pelicans in Front of Turtle Kraal

Pelicans in Front of Turtle Kraal

Then we decided to take the Conch Train Tour around town…. and saw some familiar places like the Hemmingway House, Sloppy Joes, and saw some new sights of Key West we had never seen before.

Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

Zero Mile Marker

Zero Mile Marker

Before we made it to launch at Turtle Kraal’s we stopped in at the Westin to inquire about the Sunset Dinner on Sunset Key. It’s an Island off the Keys and requires a boat ride, so we scheduled a 6:45pm dinner reservation, which meant we needed to be at the Pier by 6pm. Sunset Key, is an exclusive Island occupied by Westin Hotel guests and dinner guests at Latitudes Restaurant.

Sunset From Latitudes Restaurant

Sunset From Latitudes Restaurant

View From Latitudes Restaurant

View From Latitudes Restaurant

Being shuttled from the pier to the island, and then being sat at our table outside on the beach was a dreamlike experience. Such a pleasant view of the boats all around us and the sunset on the horizon. Our meal was fabulous as well; I had an Onion Soup (took the bread and cheese out of the cup) and Green Salad. I accompanied my food with a couple of glasses of white wine and then after we got back to Key West Island… Mike headed straight into an Ice Cream shop where he ordered me an Ice Cream Cone 😦

It’s so hard to stay strong and not eat bad, when everywhere you look people are eating Ice Cream Cones, and other not good for the diet foods!

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We decide to leave Saturday for a weekend getaway to the Keys.. not realizing it was the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. But Key West wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be.

Regardless, we made our way south on I-95. Me sleeping for the first leg of the trip until we stopped in Palm Bay for lunch at Wendy’s. I had the Southwest Salad without the Chili or Cheese(I had to pick the cheese off myself!) 

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Wendy's Southwest Salad

Then it was back to the roadtrip south. I made sure to pack some trailmix, which I made myself because I knew I would get the munchies. So I mixed up some Dried Cranberries, Raisins, Almonds and Pecans to munch on the drive to Key West.  

Bridge To Key Largo

Bridge To Key Largo

Heading to Islamorada

Heading to Islamorada

While we were driving, we reserved a hotel room at the Marriott Courtyard. It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but it was nice anyway! We got settled and freshened up and left for downtown Key West for some dinner. We found a place on Duval Street called the Borttegga, which was on the quiet end of Duval. I had a Glass of White Wine and a Green Salad. I really enjoy eating salads these days… and they’re quite fullfilling.!!! After dinner, we decided to walk around Duval Street and I found an Ice Cream place. Jokingly, I dragged Mike into to pressure him into buying something and it turns out, I was the one getting pressured. He didn’t even budge. So I was the one walking around with Two Scoops of Ice Cream.

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I begged Mike for a warm weather weekend excursion… and I got a trip to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, only to find out it wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

We had enough of the cold and snow from up north and when we drove back down to Florida, it was still cold. So I thought, a trip south would warm us up. But temps in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale were only 10 degrees warmer putting them in the 60’s 😦
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Regardless, we hit the road Saturday morning and I packed the left over Hibachi Vegetables for lunch which I ate as soon as I got in the car. I did manage to juice two Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Apple drinks with the new VitaMix Juicer, and I made a Fruit Smoothie too!

Dinner was the usual Pier 66 culinary excursion. The food, atmosphere, and service are so amazing, it’s always a treat to go there. Each time I go there, I get the same Green Salad with out any Feta Cheese and this weekend Oil and Vinegar instead of their creamy dressing.  To spice things up I added a Baked Potato too in addition to a couple of Glasses of White Wine.

Sunday we got up to head down to Miami and found out the Food Networks Wine & Food Festival was taking place on the beach in South Beach. We decided to have lunch on Lincoln Street at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant we visited in November with my cousins when they came in town for the cruise. Mike and I split a 16″ medium pizza.

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

My half was the Vegetable side with no Cheese on a Wheat crust and Mike’s side was the Mushroom Pizza with Cheese.  

Then we continued walking toward the Ocean, where we scoped out the Wine & Food Festival. It turns out, in order to get on the beach to walk around and sample wines, foods, etc. we had to pay $230 per person. A price a little to steep for a couple of hours of testing.! So we went across the street and sat at The Carlyle and had Daquiries and an appetizer dish of Chips and Calamari.

Sunday Morning was a tough ride home….. tooo many Daquiries last night and a bad diet all around. We stopped at Einstein Bros. Bagels for a Whole Grain Bagel with Butter and the middle scooped out and to drink I got a Frozen Mocha Latte.  As we were driving north, I begged Mike to stop in Palm Beach, to see how the other half lives.

Palm Beach Ocean View

Palm Beach Ocean View

We drove up along Ocean Ave (A1A) and saw the mansions facing the ocean and then we stopped at the Breakers Hotel. It’s where some of the “Heartbreakers” movie was filmed. And the hotel is also supposed to be a famous, historic resort as well. 

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

Further north we stopped outside of Titusville for lunch, which turned out to be Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries Combo with a couple of Hush Puppies. I’m still having feedback from all that grease I ate earlier.

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

But hopefully all my bad choices were canceled out with this evenings Vegetable Salad I made

with a Oil and Lemon Dressing.

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Cup of Green Beans

1/2Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

3Celery Sticks

1/2Can White Beans

1Avocado

1Bunch Cauliflower

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

1Tsp. Basil

1Tsp. Paprika

1/2Tsp. Crushed Peppers

1/2Tsp.Cumin

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut up vegetables. For the Beans, I took the left overs I put in the Refrigerator or you can crack open a new can. Add Oil, Lemon and other seasonings to the salad and mix.

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I’m really lovin’ this walking every morning. It’s very invigorating. I’m noticing muscles forming and my body getting tighter. It’s not even hard anymore to wake up at 6:30 am or 7:30am to get dressed and hit the road, even with temps in the lower 40’s and 30’s.

The walking is great cardiovascular and it also helps clear my mind to remind me of what I need to do that day.  And Wednesday, I had a Dental Appointment to get my teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I decided to do a little grocery shopping to pick up some odds and ends to last me until Friday before we hit the road for D.C.

I stopped into a couple of little boutiques and bought some things for the house… and headed home for a Green Salad and Minestrone Soup Lunch. I finally finished off the Salad I made earlier in the week (because Mike doesn’t eat the salads I make!) and ate a bowl of My Minestrone Soup with Whole Wheat Bread Slices.

While I was eating, I had the chance to sit down and watch another Old movie on TMC Wednesday Afternoon. This one was a movie with Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez. Right now, I can’t remember the name of it, but it also had James Mason in it. Cute movie.!!!

For dinner, I had the chance to make this White Bean Soup I had my eye on since the beginning of the week. I’ve wanted to make a soup with some beans in it, and the White Bean Soup sounded really good. I ended up using the White Beans in the Minestrone Soup and again for the White Bean Soup. Another bonus for this recipe was, that I realized I had frozen some Vegetable Soup Stock and needed to use it.

I warmed up the remaining slices of the Whole Wheat Bread and waited until Mike made his Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Cucumber Tomato w/Lemon Dressing

Cucumber Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing

Mike’s Cucumber, Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing:

Ingredients:

4Small Cucumbers

4Tomatoes

1/2Lemon

4Garlic Cloves

Celtic Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash, Peel and chop the Cucumbers and Tomatoes into a bowl. Cut half of a Lemon and squeeze onto the Salad. Mince Garlic Cloves and add Celtic Sea Salt to taste. Mix and Serve. 

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup:

Ingredients:

2Cups White Beans

2Cups Onions

1Cup Broccoli

1Cup Red Bell Pepper

1Cup Yellow Squash

2Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

Celtic Sea Salt

Basil, Oregano, Rosemary

Directions:

Soak beans overnight and drain. Or drain beans from can, place in pot with soup stock and cook for 1 1/2hours if they are uncooked adding more soup stock or distilled water if needed. While beans are cooking, chop Onions, Broccoli, Squash, and Pepper. Add these vegetables, seasonings and Celtic Sea Salt to the beans and cook an additional hour.

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It seems as if I’m on a self-destructive path to destroy what I’ve been doing for the last 5 months. I obsess about foods I know I shouldn’t be eating, like Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, Cheese Pizzas, and Ice Cream. And every piece of food I look at, regardless of the nutritional value, I have this overwhelming desire to eat it!

I know that I have a goal to lose weight and become a healthier person, but my alter ego steps in and just wants to eat everything in sight. The worst part, I don’t know why I’m being so ravenous about food now, whereas before, I couldn’t care less! 

I’ve been walking 30 to 45 minutes every morning for about a week… and doing piloxing too. Maybe I’m working my body and this urge is my body’s way of getting food. I think now I need to learn to eat better foods, and not the sugars and other BAD foods in front of me.

I did pretty well for lunch today; I ate my Green Salad I made the other day with some Whole Wheat Bread.  I had a late start to drinking my Carrot, Beet, Celery and Apple Juice and after I did so, I snacked on Organic Flax Maple Pecan Crunch.

Then for dinner, Mike and I went to Carraba’s Italian Restaurant where I had a Mediterranean Salad with Oil and Vinegar and Riggotti Martino with Tomato Red Sauce. Plus I had a glass and a half of White Wine. 

Now I’m drinking my second Carrot, Celery, Beet and Apple Juice….

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Since my girlfriend left on Sunday afternoon, it’s been a leftover eating frenzy. I was eating the Better Than Tuna with a slice of Whole Wheat bread and a side of the Almond Cheese for my meals.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese Spread

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna Bread Slice

PLUS…. as a gift my girlfriend brought some chocolates with her. And guess who’s been eating them!!!

Tuesday we hit the road at 7:30am and got to FLA. At 7:30pm. I think I did really well at the beginning. I poured the remaining Carrot Juice into a travel tumbler and drank that and didn’t even want a Starbuck’s. YEAH! I also packed a zip lock bag full of Almonds and a couple of flat bread pieces made with White Flour.  

Then for lunch we stopped at an Arby’s in South Carolina. We just crossed the state line and we were hungry, so I got a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese and ate some Curly Fries. To go along with the Turkey eating, I had Mike stop at McDonald’s about 80 miles later to get an Oreo McFlurry. As soon as I ate it, I knew there would be serious backlash.!!!! When we finally got home, unloaded, unpacked and relaxed, I made myself a plate of Better Than Tuna, Almond Cheese and a couple of pieces of Whole Wheat Bread. Just enough to fill me up and not too much to lie in my stomach.Wednesday, I Juiced some Carrots and Apples because that’s all we had, and rushed out of the house for an appointment and then to meet a girlfriend for lunch. She took me to a small little sandwich shop in Daytona Beach. A place we’ve eaten before, so I knew there would be a lot of meat sandwiches available. I didn’t really trust the Salad making skills of the place, so I ordered a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese, Mayonnaise on Wheat Bread. I did get an order of Sweet Potato Fries and an Orange Soda Pop!

Dinner was at the Outback Steakhouse, where I seriously indulged with a Margarita and since it was happy hour, I got one & the Second One was Free. We ordered for an appetizer Shrimp on the Barbie of which I had 2 pieces and a couple pinches of the Dark Rye Bread.  And here’s the worst part… once we got home from the restaurant I started eating the Cherry Filled Chocolates my girlfriend gifted us in Washington.

Knowing I ate more Chocolates than I should have, Thursday morning I woke up early and took to the streets for a brisk 45 minute walk around the neighborhood. After I got back, Mike poked his head into the Chocolate box and shouted who ate all the Chocolates? Apparently it was obvious I had a few. And he said the box is almost empty?? I fessed up and said I ate more than I should have last night!

I was able to properly Juice Carrots, Celery I bought from the store yesterday and some Apples. I finished the first 8oz Juice this mid morning and am rushing up to drink my second one now.

Potato & Carrots

Potato & Carrots

 

Green Salad

Green Salad w/ Kidney Beans

But before that we stopped at Golden Coral for lunch. It’s a place I hate to go to, but Mike likes it! So I said what the heck. I ate a great Green Salad with Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Red Onions, and an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. I also added a Baked Potato, some Boiled Carrots and Salsa to put on my Baked Potato.

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We went up to Philadelphia Tuesday… got an early start… and spent the entire day on the road.  But that didn’t mean the Raw Eating went out the door… I did start with Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte with Soy, which I didn’t finish. And I had a couple morsels of the Apple Bran Muffin I bought for Mike.

But, I turned all that morning calories into something healthier for lunch. We did manage to find a Whole Foods Grocery Store, where both Mike and I indulged on a great green lunch. I had a Green Salad loaded up with Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Raisins and Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Plus, I saw an Asparagus and Sun dried Tomatoes Salad and a Cucumber and Tomato Salad, which I loaded into a small Togo box.  Both of my boxes came up to a pound at the register, because I paid less then the $7.99/lb. price for the Salad Bar.

Too tired to go home and make something for dinner…. Mike suggested we go out. So I picked the restaurant Wildfire in the Tyson’s Two Shopping Center. Where, I did have two Glasses of Kendall Jackson Riesling. For dinner, I had a Waldorf salad with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing and a Baked Potato. I did munch on a couple bites of Onion Bread. But I kept my restraint for the Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream that Mike ordered for dessert. I was so proud of myself for not even taking a bite; I had my glass of wine to keep me company. 🙂

For the most part, I think I did really good and I felt good afterwards.

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My back is feeling better. But I don’t want to take any chances this time. We’ve got tickets to go the Kennedy Center for New Year’s Eve. I’m very excited about that. So, I’m not moving around much today and staying on the heating pad.

I took my vitamins and am drinking Carrot Juice already… I’m a bit hungry and grabbed a piece of Whole Wheat Bread to nibble on with some Hummus. In a while I’ll go back down stairs to fix lunch…

Sabra Hummas

Hummas Snack

Last night, I was feeling better and Mike wanted to go do some running around, so I geared up and got in the car. But what he wanted to do is go to Costco and shop and walk around. Well, my back was throbbing and I kind of let him know it! So we ended up fast forwarding through the Costco Experience and went straight home. Too much…. too soon!!

For dinner, I was in the kitchen unloading dishes from the dishwasher (another bright idea!) And Mike’s son wanted to make his own dinner… Pasta Alfredo! We bought some white sauce previously from Costco and already had the red sauce, so he mixed the two together to make a Tequila Sauce. I suggested he cut up some mushrooms and blanche them in the Pasta water… and there was his meal.

I made a bowl of the Green Salad and I wanted to bake a Sweet Potato but Mike wanted to grill the Potatoes with Onions. So I chopped up the Sweet Potatoes and Onions. Added Paprika, Garlic Powder and some Olive Oil and Mike took it to grill.

After I finished my salad, Mike wanted some and I asked him to serve himself. And after he ate his salad… he checked on the Potatoes and I made myself a bowl of them to eat. And straight up to the heating pad I went…. amazingly enough today my back doesn’t hurt as bad. Yeah!!!

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