Daily Grubb Diary #2

Dang — I swear I blinked and it was 2017. My first daily grub diary was well received and gave people some simple ideas that they can incorporate into their day.  So, here I go again, sharing me getting my grub on.

Gimme All The Food

Since November 1st I have been working toward being in a surplus on intake or “massing” phase (at least that is the cool way of saying it).  Really it is just a purpose-driven phase of weight gain, not an “eat all the Oreos you can” kind of weight gain. I am lifting much more and doing much less cardio to try and gain muscle in the process.

It has been awesome and perfect time around the holidays when life is a bit crazy for sure.  So far, I am up 7 pounds from my starting weight and working for another few, nice and controlled. I eat a lot and I love it. It won’t always be this way, but I look forward to what the pay off will be on the flip side. So here’s what I ate today for weight gain.

(Want to make healthier choices with your food? Check out my Feel Amazing Naked challenge by clicking here.)

What I Ate In A Day, Monday, January 2nd, 2017

5:00 Am Wakeup and Pre-Workout:

I was up early this morning to start my lifting before coaching so my normal routine was a bit interrupted. Usually, my breakfast serves as my pre-workout as well. I don’t typically train early so today I ate something small to top off my tank but not upset my belly.

Today it was leftover Krusteaz Gluten Free Pancakes. We have a Sunday morning tradition of a big family breakfast as my hubby is coming off shift and the start of our weekend begins. I lucked out with some leftover pancakes — yes! On top of them, I spread a current addiction of mine, the Wildfriends Pumpkin Peanut Butter that a friend introduced me to. So good! And both were perfect for a pre-workout carb up! And of course, I enjoyed my usual morning coffee. Before I left the house I put out chicken breasts to defrost to keep me on track for dinner time.




Post Workout Snack

After my lifting session, I took my normal whey protein shake and topped it off with a go-to of mine… baby food. I know, weird right? But it is so simple, great quality, and easy if I have to work or coach right after I lift. That morning I had one of my favorites, Happy Baby Spinach, Apples and Kale flavor.




Snack #2

I never leave home without snacks. It’s not just for my kids, but for me too. Ask my husband (and my parents), I go from zero to HANGRY real fast. A few hours into coaching I was starving and got in a quick snack, an Rx Bar. I love these bars. Simple ingredients like dates, some type of nut(s) and egg whites are all they’re made up of.  The Chocolate Sea Salt and Maple are my favorite.  (Click here to check out the awesome variety pack on Amazon).



Finally. It was lunchtime! I have been on a major sushi kick lately. I crave it all the time, so naturally, I can’t deprive my body. I just need the Omega 3s. I love a local sushi restaurant that offers some great lunch specials. I opted for the Bento Box on this day which included 2 pieces of tuna sashimi, 2 pieces of salmon sashimi, a 5 (huge) piece California Roll, 3 oz Teriyaki chicken, seaweed salad and cucumber salad. It was AMAZING!






Just as a note: You shouldn’t have to be a victim to the scale and you shouldn’t ignore your goals either. I eat out now and then and use my food awareness to help me make my food choices. I know both the consequence and the reward of eating out now and then…and I am content with accepting both at the right time.


I was in desperate need of doing some grocery shopping after the holidays, so I had to get creative with what I had at home. I opted for a new recipe I wanted to make after trying it a New Year’s Eve party. It was Gluten Free Girl’s Brussel Sprout Salad and I happened to have the sprouts and just got a few fresh pomegranates from a friend.

It was incredible, and so delicious. I dialed down some of the olive oil in the dressing and passed on the cheese this time and it was still super good. Along with the salad, I browned a few chicken breasts in a pan with garlic and spices and opted for some Earthbound Sweet Potatoes I had in my freezer.  The whole meal turned out so good and the kids and hubby loved it just as much as I did. I seriously love when I have to get creative with what’s at home and then they all love it!




So there it is. Just another day in the life of me, seeking balance and trying to fuel my body. It is never perfect but each day is mindful, consistent, and different than the next. Variety is the spice of life —literally!

What are your favorite healthy options when eating out?

Work Hard, Be Kind,


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  1. […] I began my Grub Diaries to share with people what I eat in order add a little diversity into their own diet and get out of a food rut.  You can visit diary 1 here and diary two here. […]

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