Ship’s Log–September 4th


Today was the most magical day of the year for a work-at-home parent: The First Day of School! Thing 1 headed out to high school for the first time (when did I get old enough to have a high schooler?). Thing 2 started 6th grade. I started trying to relax in a quiet house.

Both Things are determined to pack healthy lunches this year, so our back to school shopping did not include any pre-packaged snacks. No chips, no cookies, no garbage. Lunches are going to include things like salad, wraps made with homemade hummus, and leftover soups and stews (once the weather cools and we get into Crock Pot season). Neither has the slightest interest in the crap the school cafeteria serves, which is wonderful to see.

For my part, I’m finding it hard to cut the crap completely out of my eating after a week of bingeing. I keep finding little bits of candy in the kitchen, and I don’t have the willpower to walk away. I just really like chocolate, folks. And cookies. And penuche fudge. I need to find a way to satisfy my sweet tooth that isn’t full of refined sugar and that is more enjoyable to eat than a gummy wad of date and coconut.

Distance to goal weight: 21.3 pounds. Still up from my pre-vacation weight. Ugh.


  • 1 hour BJJ class


  • Smoothie: Banana, frozen peaches (from an early summer Farmer’s Market visit), red leaf, romaine, kale, flax seed, Vega Protein vanilla powder, water
  • 1/2 grapefruit with strawberries, broiled
  • Blueberry whole grain corn muffin
  • Coffee with vanilla stevia and almond milk

Morning Snack:

  • Iced green, peppermint, ginger tea


  • Salad: red leaf lettuce, romaine, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, red onion, shiitake, chickpeas, and tempeh bacon dressed with miso, sriracha, and blackberry ginger balsamic
  • NatureBox Dutch Cocoa Sun-Crunch

Afternoon Snack:

  • Carrots and hummus
  • Blueberry whole grain corn muffin
  • Handful of nuts
  • Small piece of candy. Please, God, make there be no more candy in the kitchen for me to find.


  • Stir fried veggies and “chicken” strips with ginger soy sauce
  • Soba noodles with sesame oil and soy sauce
  • Red grapes
  • Small dish of spiced almonds and coconut chips

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