Hello everyone!

This week’s post about food and exercise won’t be perfect. But that’s life right? Everyone can’t eat right and exercise perfectly 100% of the time because life is super messy. And that’s what I try to help people with here- making fitness and health fit in to your messy, busy and not so perfect lives. Hah, as I’m typing this at midnight. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors in advance.

Ready? Here we go.

Geoff and I were in San Louis Obispo part of last week and over the weekend house shopping. We came back to Santa Barbara on Sunday to stay with his parents until our flight back to Central Washington on this upcoming Saturday. Buuut, we ended up making a quick trip back up to SLO on Tuesday, again on house related business.




One egg scrambled with a half cup of egg whites. Enjoyed with a slice of my whole what & flax beer bread (recipe soon to be on Bobs Red Mill blog).

It wasn’t enough to hold me over, so I ended up eating another piece of my bread with a spoonful of almond butter around 10am.


Lunch was, well, scattered. I drove up to SLO while Geoff worked in the car. Quite a site I’m sure for anyone driving by to see someone typing away on a laptop, but hey, we get things done around here.


I don’t always eat while driving, but when I do I chomp on broccoli like it’s nobody’s business.

I was also super hungry and couldn’t eat the slices of turkey I brought with me while driving and not make a mess. Was that a run-on sentence? Probably. I also didn’t take a picture of my glamorous four slices of Costco sliced turkey stuffed in to a sandwich bag. You didn’t want to see it anyways.



We were super hungry and anxious by the time we finished with our realtor and couldn’t wait for dinner. Geoff and I shared a glass of Firestone Double Barrel while we eagerly anticipated our food’s arrival.


Turkey on rye with avocado, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, and light pesto aioli with a green salad.

When I order sandwiches or burgers at a restaurant, I usually eat half of the carbs. This means that I eat half of the sandwich as-is and the innards of the other. Restaurants usually have big, thick slices of bread and I usually don’t need that many carbohydrates in a meal.

I also order dressing on the side for my salads (I get weird looks if I say that I don’t want ANY dressing) and usually don’t use it. Sometimes I dip my fork in it before stabbing my greens but it depends on my mood. You an also ask for a slice of lemon to squeeze over your salad if you’re not into the dry greens sort of thing.


Well, no picture. We arrived back in Santa Barbara around 8:30 or 9pm and it slipped my mind. But, I’m sure you can imagine it. After logging everything I ate today, I realized how low on calories I was (and hungry).

I brought several snack ziplock bags of my favorite casein protein powder with me. So I mixed one of those with some water, added a half cup of vanilla ice cream, a tablespoon of almond butter and a sliced banana. This bowl still put me under my normal calories, but it’s close enough for today.

Weekend Eats

I thought you might like to see a few pictures of this weekend’s indulgences. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen them already, but I thought it could be helpful to see how to balance a weekend of treats.


This is from Thursday’s Farmers Market. BBQ in SLO is a big deal, rightfully so since it’s delicious. I usually order pulled pork as a plate, since BBQ sauce has plenty of sugar in it. This one came on top of mashed potatoes. I was starving and needed the carbs so I ate them all, but you wouldn’t have to if you didn’t need it.


Yes, this is an ice cream sandwich. Between two cookies. Geoff and I were meeting friends for dinner at Chipotle, but were super hungry and had quite some time to wait. So we split an ice cream sandwich. It was amazing.

I ordered my usual mix at Chipotle but didn’t take a picture. I’m not super close with Geoff’s college friends and don’t want them to think I’m weird (yet).


Saturday, Geoff and I went on a nice 3.6ish mile hike in Irish Hills. Afterwards we picked up sandwiches from Ben Franklins. In this picture, it looks a bit like Subway minus the yoga mat chemical. And fresher ingredients.

Ok, so this one is heathy. But there’s plenty of ways to make sandwiches unhealthy.


Sunday after trying a new church, we stopped for lunch from our favorite SLO BBQ before heading back to Santa Barbara. I didn’t eat it all, though I wanted to it was so good! You can see Geoff’s sandwich in the background.

What you can learn from this

  1. It’s ok not to eat perfectly all the time.
  2. These are only pictures of my not so healthy meals. You don’t see my coffee with protein powder (super convenient travel breakfast BTW) with toast or the night we pulled together some random chicken and veggies from the grocery store.
  3. If you aren’t beating yourself up about it, it’s much easier to get back to eating healthy afterwards. In fact, I was looking forward to my daily salads and healthier dinners. I feel better (and don’t become an angry hungry bear) when I’m eating meals with more fiber and vegetables.

My post has gone on long enough, so I won’t add my exercise details for the week. You can bet it’ll be pretty random from my unanticipated rest day on Tuesday. Next week will definitely be normal, which I’m looking forward to.

I hope this is helpful for you. It IS possible to be relatively healthy on the go If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below! I love helping people and would be glad to offer any insights or advice.

Linking up with Peas and Crayons for WIAW.



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