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Wedding Part 1: Day 18 Food Diary (6/26)

Get ready for 4 days of food diaries! I was a bridesmaid at my brother’s wedding, and when we weren’t running around like maniacs, we were surrounded by food. Everything went wonderfully wedding-wise, although all the brunches at fabulous french bakeries plus the huge chinese buffets for lunch/dinner weren’t exactly good for my waistline.

I can’t say I’m proud of my calorie counts the last few days, but I suppose it could have been worse considering the fact that it was a wedding weekend. I need to start making up for it this week–especially since 4th of July (yet another feast day) is in just a few days!

Not to mention, I felt bloated and just generally flabby in all the photos. It was a bit of a reality check–I need to get my eating-out habit under control, and fast.


I wasn’t sure how much healthy food would be available to me while staying at the brides house (they’re Vietnamese so they have all kinds of delicious meat dishes that I can’t eat), so I decided to dehydrate all our leftover fruit that would have been left behind to rot otherwise. I kept some of it as snacks, and included the rest in my own granola bar recipe!

Between the strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and pineapple, I was in dried fruit heaven for the duration of our flight. Unfortunately, we ended up going to a deliciously fattening place afterwards where I gorged myself, since I figured I wouldn’t be able to eat any of the Vietnamese dinner. (Boy was I wrong there.)

The fruit getting ready to dry!
The fruit getting ready to dry!

Day 18: Flying 


  • 2 small homemade granola bars: 220


  • Dried fruit: 50
  • Wheat thins: 45
  • Veggie burger & mozzarella sticks: 880 (oh my goodness)


  • Spring rolls with pineapple, ginger, noodles: 250
  • Vietnamese jello dessert of some kind: 110 (?)

Total: 1555   –   Burned 325 (7100 steps)

Net: 1230

  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbs: 150g
  • Water: 4L


Vietnamese make-your-own-springrolls feast!
Vietnamese make-your-own-springrolls feast!
The granola bars: half were strawberry-blueberry, half were banana-pineapple
The granola bars: half were strawberry-blueberry, half were banana-pineapple
The plain fruit for snacks
The plain fruit for snacks
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Day 17 Food Diary (6/25)

Since I’ve been having such insane chocolate cravings lately, I decided to do a semi “chocolate mono” in the morning. The night before, I mixed up some coconut oil, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and flax seed, and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, I ended up having the most delicious, melt-in-your mouth chocolate bars ever! They had such an interesting cooling sensation–not to mention they were really healthy compared to store-bought chocolate bars.

I was going to just have a dinner of avocados, but I ended up having a burrito with my boyfriend and his friends. The usual story…


  • Coconut oil chocolate bar: 175


  • Coconut oil chocolate bar: 175
  • Rice cakes with hummus and tomatoes: 120


  • Light veggie burrito: 625?

Total: 1090   –   Burned 110 (4400 steps)

Net: 980

  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 90g
  • Water: 3L
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Day 16 Food Diary (6/24)

Once again, the snacking-with-boyfriend effect got me. I was all set for a 600 calorie day–and was feeling good about it–until the chips made an appearance.

I need to learn to resist food put in front of me!


  • Dark chocolate: 100
  • Tea with soy: 30


  • Leftover banana steel cut oats: 190


  • Green smoothie (avocado, mango, flaxseed, coconut cream, spinach, protein powder): 320
  • Tortilla chips + guacamole at boyfriend’s house: 425 😦


  • Banana cake: 100

Total: 1160   –   Burned 105 (4200 steps)

Net: 1055

  • Protein: 38g
  • Carbs: 100g
  • Water: 4.25L
The green smoothie, pre-blending! It tasted much better than it looked, I promise.
The green smoothie, pre-blending! It tasted much better than it looked, I promise.
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Day 15 Food Diary (6/23)

I went to brunch with a friend, and naturally ended up gorging myself. Since I didn’t know the calorie count for sure, I tried my best to overestimate.

I would have been fine for the rest of the day without food, but I was surrounded by banana cake and chocolate 😦 Such a painful amount of junkfood… I’m ashamed to have to share this food diary with you all, but I have to own it.

Thankfully, today is going better so far. It seems like the only way to really cut down the calorie count is to avoid socializing, sadly.


  • Caprese sandwich + tomato soup: 770
  • Mexican mocha: 275


  • Coffee with soymilk: 50


  • Soup: 65
  • Boyfriend’s chips he shared: 50


  • Banana cake: 300
  • Chocolate truffles: 215

Total: 1760   –   Burned 275 (6400 steps)

Net: 1485

  • Protein: 49g
  • Carbs: 200g
  • Water: 4.25L
Caprese sandwich + soup
Caprese sandwich + soup  (Didn’t eat the whole plate, of course!)
Curse you, Godiva!
Curse you, Godiva!
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Week 2 Check in

Sorry for being MIA this past week–my brother’s wedding is this weekend, and as a bridesmaid, I’ve been really busy with last minute dress fittings and shoe shopping!

Unfortunately, I’ve also been pretty down this past week so I’ve been eating way too much. (Curse you, mood disorders!) I also managed to throw out my back somehow, so I’ve missed out on the gym. None of these were excuses for eating so much, though. I’m at the same weight as last Monday. 😦

I’m hoping this week will go a bit better. I may have done badly, but I won’t give up!

Net calories (6/15 – 6/22)

  • Day 8: 940
  • Day 9: 1300
  • Day 10: 2200 (ouch.)
  • Day 11: 630
  • Day 12: 1600
  • Day 13: 1230
  • Day 14: 1270

Hopefully I’ll be less busy this week, and can get back to posting daily food diaries.

Here’s yesterday’s Sunday brunch (our tradition): banana bread steel cut oats!

Vegan and low cal goodness
Vegan and low cal goodness
I also made coconut chai granola to top it with!
I also made coconut chai granola to top it with!
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Week 1 Weigh In! (+ nutrition)

My starting weight 1 week ago was 116.5-117 pounds.

My weight today is… *Drumroll, please*


That’s 1.5-2 pounds in a week—perfectly on track with my goals. I’m so looking forward to this month of dieting being over (and more importantly, to have shed all that fat!) and to be able to eat at maintenance again! Hopefully it’ll take me a good long while before I start taking 1500 calories a day for granted again.

Nutrition goals & outcome:

  • Calories: 700 average per day // Eaten: 950 average (baby steps!)
  • Protein: 280g  //  Eaten: 399g
  • Iron: 85%*  //  Eaten: 65%
  • Vitamin A: 100%* //  Eaten: 170%
  • Vitamin C: 100%* //  Eaten: 160%
  • Fiber: 140g  //  Eaten: 172g
  • Water: 4L average per day // Consumed: 4L

*Percents are relative to the goals that MFP sets.

That iron is always a thorn in my side–regardless of my calorie count–since I eat almost entirely vegan. Luckily I do have my vitamins to fall back on (and take them every day), but I’d rather get more dietary iron. Looks like I’ll have to start incorporating more protein powder… and maybe plan some more soy and bean-rich meals for this week.

In other news, I just did a bunch of weighted squats and now my legs are all trembly. I’m a wimp, but it feels good!


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Day 7 Food Diary (6/15)

In honor of Father’s Day, I whipped up a brunch of cherry blintzes for my parents: essentially European dumplings made with a crepe shell. The store didn’t have satisfactory pitted cherries, so I pitted about a pound of cherries by hand. That was a fun time. The intense cherry flavor that resulted was totally worth it, though.

I felt full and satisfied until a small dinner of rice cakes, tomatoes, and sourdough, and my calorie count was looking great! …until I had some of that leftover pazookie of mine at my boyfriend’s house. It may have kept me from my 400 cal goal, but it was delicious. That’s my only excuse.

Also, I discovered the joy of Silk french vanilla soy creamer! My salted caramel & hazelnut coffees just reached a whole new level of gourmet.

All in all, a pretty good day, because I actually felt in control of my eating. Can’t wait to share my weekly progress with you all later today!


  • Coffee with soy creamer & coconut oil: 80


  • Homemade cherry blintzes: 475


  • 2 rice cakes, grape tomatoes, and a piece of sourdough: 140


  • Pazookie + ice cream: 275

Total: 970   –   Burned 210 (5200 steps)

Net: 760

  • Protein: 36g
  • Carbs: 150g
  • Water: 3.75L

And now some obligatory brunch photos:

Their final form!
Their final form!
Before being topped with syrup
Before being topped with the cherry syrup
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The cherry-kirsch syrup!