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WIAW #26 : New Year, New Job, Same Food

Unexpected blogging benefit: I take so many more photos now than I used to before starting this blog, I feel like I practically have a full record of the past year! Looking back through my photos, I realized that 2014 turned out to be a pretty big year:


  • Andrew and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. 


Looking forward to many, many more with this cutie:

10715 barts

  • I started this blog, and 4 months later switched servers so that I could self-host and have more control over aesthetics, ads, and functionality. I did like the original theme, though…

10715 early blog

  • I chopped off and donated 14″ of my hair. It was one of the scarier things I’ve done in a while, but I loved it immediately.

hair cut donation

Every once in a while, I do still miss my long hair.

long hair pre-cut

hairline wrist fracture

Luckily, it healed fully and properly. Andrew’s smashed more than one home run in softball since to prove it. 🙂

10715 work2

It’s funny how I can remember exactly where I was when I made the decision. And yes, the decision to quit that job definitely trumped the decision to cut my hair in terms of scary decisions. I’ve since gotten a part-time job doing some SEO evaluation work that provides an income while still allowing me the flexibility to work toward a NASM personal training certification (which I consider to be “step 1” of my career plan). I am so much happier now than I was just three months ago; I wish I’d had the guts to leave my old job sooner.

Reflecting on the major events of 2014 definitely makes me wonder what’s in store for 2015!

. . . . . .

Let’s start with food. What I Ate Wednesday is basically a reflection on everything I eat for one full day, whether it’s a meal, a snack, or anything in between. This is a fully unedited look, promise.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday #26

8:30am – Bulletproof coffee

bulletproof coffee

10:00am – 3 mile run. It’s hard to believe we were in the low 30’s last week. It was HOT yesterday, 81 degrees in Mar Vista, to be exact. Major red face during a run that was much harder than it should have been.

12:30pm – Toaster waffles with sunflower seed butter, banana, and chia seeds + red grapefruit

trader joes freezer waffles

You know when you have a fridge full of good food right after a big grocery shop and you just can’t decide what you want to eat? That’s exactly the predicament I was in yesterday, but it was the browning half eaten banana in there that ultimately made my decision. It was the item in the fridge, closest to getting thrown out, so I did the honorable thing and ate it. Sure, I could have blending it into a smoothie, but I would have ended up peeling another banana for a second half, and then I’d be right back where I started. All of this is my rationale for eating toaster waffles instead of something fresher and cleaner.

4:15pm – Date Shake (hemp coconut milk, dates, almond butter, maca, espresso bean, cardamom) from Moon Juice.

10715 moon juice date shake

Dani and I made a return trip to Moon Juice on Monday or green juices, but I also grabbed a couple of their moon milks for Andrew and I to try later. I had really high hopes for the Date Shake, but sadly it’s just okay. Andrew had the Deep Chocolate (almond milk, cacao, maca, cinnamon, coconut nectar), which was really good. It tasted like a natural chocolate milk.

5:00pm – Almond cranberry KIND bar. I knew at that point that if I didn’t eat a snack, I’d be hangry by the time dinner rolled around.

cranberry almond KIND bar

7:30pm – Apps! Chopped broccoli + homemade hummus and olives.

healthy appetizers

8:15pm – Chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce over rice, and a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

chicken and vegetables in tomato sauce

Is it just me, or does today’s What I Ate Wednesday post look an awfully lot like a 2014 day of eating?



Per usual, please feel free to click over to Peas & Crayons to see what others are eating on this particular Wednesday.

6 thoughts to “WIAW #26 : New Year, New Job, Same Food”

  1. I feel the same way. My phone always has funny interesting pictures now. And I’m so much better about documenting things in general.

    Your food looks amazing, and your year looks even better. I love that you took so many risks. Looks like a blast. Except for that hand, that hand does not look like a blast.

    1. Haha, no the hand incident was not a blast, but most of the rest of the year was. 🙂

      Cheers to another well-documented year ahead!

  2. Sounds like you had a heck of a great and transformative year. I know this next year for me will be very different and full of change. As one who finds it difficult to adjust to change…I’m nervous about it and yet ready for it at the same time! I wish I could pick your brain on how you switched over your blog to self hosting. I REALLY want and need to but…I’m so afraid I will screw it up and lose my information. Or not get all of my old blog information transferred over to my new blog! Like my past posts and pictures. If you have any advice, I would greatly appreciate it! I currently use a Weebly free blog host for my pages. And want to switch to wordpress. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Kaylin! Not gonna lie, switching over to self-hosting was tough, but Blue Host has really helpful customer service reps who really do make the process easier (them and youtube videos). I was also super worried about somehow losing all of my content, but managed to have a pretty smooth transition in the end. I definitely think it’s worth doing, I would just suggest devoting a day or two to focusing on that and nothing else. If you have any questions as you go, I am more than happy to do my best to help answer them while it’s all still fresh in my mind. Good luck and I hope you have a great year!

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