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A Good Day to be Me/What Whitney Ate Wednesday

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Look at me coming back to blog after only a week.  Allow me to pat myself on the back.

I am going to give you the option right now to not hear about my super ridiculously awesome Valentine’s Day.  If you would rather not, please scroll down to where the pictures of food begin.  If you wish to hear about my awesome day yesterday, feel free to stick around and read (or skim) the entirety of the post.  Your choice.

First off, let me say that I had my expectations super ridiculously low for Valentine’s Day.  Chris and I didn’t make any plans and he seemed pretty meh about the whole day anyway and I kind of almost forgot that there are other people in the world who might express affection for me on Valentine’s Day.  Yeah. Go me.  So imagine my surprise when I show up at work at eight am and the first thing I am greeted by is this:

And then imagine my even bigger surprise when I actually get around to the other side of my desk and see this:

Yes, those are tickets to two concerts.  He did good.  So very good.

So my day is already going mega-excellently when the bell rings I am greeted by two identical flower arrangements for me and my sister from our dad.  What a good dad!

Amazing.  And then. . . as if that weren’t good enough, I got a PR on my back squat at CrossFit that evening. 105 lbs!  Also, Chris made me a delicious mango/banana/raspberry smoothie with his fancy shmancy blender.

And then this morning I walked into work and one of my lilies had begun to bloom overnight.  It was like extra icing on my great-day cake.

I can’t wait to see what that looks like tomorrow.  So amazing.  Also, can I just mention that I did not retouch that photo at all other than to resize it? I am in love with this camera.

Alrighty, enough of that.  Now onto the food.

This breakfast likely looks a little weird, but I am super obsessed with this chili right now.  So I had to have some for breakfast.  It’s the chocolate chili in the Well Fed cookbook by Melissa Joulwan.  But you can also get the recipe listed as My Favorite Chili on her website here.  Along with the chili, I had a couple of scrambled eggs and half a sliced avocado.  I would probably eat this every day.

Not pictured: a mid-morning cup of loose leaf tea with no sugar or anything else added.  It didn’t look as good as it tasted.

Lunch was fish tacos/best slaw ever/chipotle dipping sauce from the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook.  I had been eating these with the coconut flour tortillas, but I ran out.  So I just ate them in some romaine leaves instead.  Also, I do have some slaw in the tacos and extra on the side because it is delicious.

And I rounded lunch out with a few sliced strawberries and some coconut manna.  What is the difference between coconut manna and coconut butter?  I have absolutely no idea.  The ingredients listed are: organic coconut.  So that’s good enough for me.  Also, it is really ridiculously delicious stuff.

And for dinner: more chili! And about a quarter of a sliced avocado because I wasn’t feeling hungry enough for the rest of the half.  You guys seriously must make this chili.  And take her advice about the simmer.

I also made some tuna salad for Chris because he kindly agreed to drive up to the Fashion Place Mall with me so I could spend way too much money at Sephora.  I am now going to go cuddle with my make-up.


What’s In Whitney’s Lunchbox?

Tuesdays are my busiest day of the week, so I have to be a bit more organized with the food I pack, or else I eat junk.  Or just go hungry.  So here’s a look at my day in food.  And also a look in my lunchbox.


2 eggs, 2 egg whites (scrambled), 1 cup spinach, sliced tomato


Chris (my rockstar boyfriend, for those of you who don’t know who that is) made salmon packets last night and gave me some of the leftovers.  This is the only way I will eat salmon.  I hate salmon, but Chris always tries to get me to eat it because it’s so good for you.  So for those of you who want to eat more salmon, check out this recipe from Giada here.

Lunch/afternoon snack pictures!

Lunch was a turkey burger (still working on that recipe. . . it wasn’t super great).  Also a salad that I like to call Karrah salad, because my baby sister usually makes it for me at home.  Only she makes it better.  Basically, it’s romaine, tomatoes, cucumber and whatever other vegetables you have on hand.  Then you add some avocado and rice wine vinegar, and kind of smash the avocado into the vinegar to make it dressing-like.  Then I finished it up with some raspberries for dessert.

My pre-class afternoon snack consisted of those two lovely hard-boiled eggs and 5 very large strawberries.  Then I ate a few raw cashews during my 2 1/2 hour long class.  That is a long class.

After I got home and threw a load of laundry in, I had another turkey burger and some broccoli for dinner.  I had bigger plans for dinner, but I had laundry to worry about and homework and now blogging.  So at least I had the leftovers in there.

I definitely have to plan ahead for days like this, but it’s worth it to not have the stress of feeling like I screwed up on my eating in addition to the fact that I have to be in class/work from 8:00 am till 6:30 pm.  Also, I love my lunchbox because it makes my food seem exciting and special, even when it really isn’t all that exciting.  It’s kind of silly, but the planning and the lunchbox are the way I do what I have to in order to get the job done.