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Posted on Jan 3, 2012 in Food | 24 comments

The Return

…of Daily Eats!

Long overdue, I know, but what better time to bring back good ol’ Daily Eats posts than after my New Year’s re-resolution, eh? If you can recall from that long ago, you might remember that I usually post these on a separate page. Since this is almost like starting over, however, I figured that it deserved some homepage glory. Plus, since I didn’t have to work yesterday, I got to take almost all of the pictures in glorious natural light, so they’re a little more deserving of the spotlight. Huzzah!


Breakfast was a mixture of Kix and Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters cereals, with unsweetened almond milk along with it. Since I woke up at 11, this was the perfect mini-breakfast (I usually find that cereal alone isn’t enough to tide me over on normal mornings). ~150 calories.


Half of my lunch consisted of an awesome salad: mixed greens, onion, grape tomatoes, red grapes, craisins, blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. Love.


The other half was a bowl of homemade turkey chili. Heavy on the onions, just the way I like it. Both halves put together ended up being around ~400 calories.


Snacks included a couple of these fellas, at 42 calories each, so 84 total.


Dinner #1 was 3 pieces of cornmeal-crusted chicken tenders, mushrooms and spinach in a cream sauce, and roasted brussels sprouts. It equaled ~500 calories when you factor in…


…all the rest of the brussels sprouts. Yes, I ate them all. I couldn’t help it! They were so delicious. I love them so.

At this point I had only eaten around 1100 calories and was still hungry… but hadn’t planned on being hungry. Which brings us to dinner numero dos. I noshed on a few slices of thin crust pizza (~400 cal) and a few frosted animal crackers (140 cal). Ultimately that landed me at ~1,640 calories, which is actually pretty much on target! That said, obviously pizza and cookies aren’t generally the best way to get there, and my overall distribution of calories throughout the day wasn’t very even. Still, for my first day back fully counting calories, I’m pretty pleased with myself!

Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to a normal schedule, so hopefully I can keep it up more than, you know, the one day. I’m not promising I’ll really be posting DAILY daily eats, but I’m going to try since it does help me to have the visual aid in addition to the actual calorie counting on my iPhone app.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Ooo your brussels look good, how did you make them? I’ve got a bagful in the fridge all ready for a new recipe 🙂 I usually chop mine up and saute with a little olive oil, salt pepper and plenty of garlic. Nom!

    • I tossed them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and sprinkled a little sugar over them, then roasted in the oven at 400* for ~20 minutes. Heavenly!

  2. Now I am hungry for brussels sprouts! Last night for dinner, I made lemon garlic chicken and heated up a frozen veggie concoction from Trader Joe’s. It wasn’t too bad!

  3. I had brussels for dinner last night too! Mine were just the frozen individual bag that I warmed up. Very YUM!

  4. I’m proud of you for getting back into the calorie counting- it really is the best way to check yourself! Also the bowl holding your turkey chili looks nice!! 🙂

    • It’s the pain in my ass that helps shrink my ass. It’s a vicious cycle. 😛

  5. I LOVE brussles like that, though I have never added sugar. Bacon yes. NOM.

    I too am back on the calorie counting wagon, debating re-joining weight watchers, or just finding a better app. I use Noom for Android right now, but they changed the interface and I really don’t like it. It makes me angry and I feel like the little blinking don’t you want to record a workout thingy is judging me.

    I have to thank you for your blog. You are funny and you have lost weight. I mean what more could you have in a blog? More cake, maybe. And giant metal roosters. But I guess those two are pretty well covered in other places. You have the weight loss and schnauzer market cornered!

    • Haha, hey, everybody’s got their niche. I’ll leave human-sized metal roosters to The Bloggess, but I could probably finagle some more cake on here… although that might be counterproductive to the weight loss part of things, hahaha. 🙂

    • They are the BEST addition! I’ve found that I don’t really like a salad unless it has some kind of fruit on it — grapes, apples, mandarin oranges… nomnomnom. 🙂

  6. How do you know how many calories to consume everyday? I’m 5’2 and I’m 85 pounds from my goal weight. I have a desk job, 8 hours a day, five days a week. I exercise on an elliptical machine 40 minutes a day, everyday and different calorie counters only have me eating 1200 calories a day. Does that sound right? Can you send me in the direction of a good calorie counter?

    • Hi Amanda!

      Everything that I’ve read says that 1200 is essentially the lowest caloric intake that you should limit yourself to. In one of my Weight Loss 101 posts, I detail how I got started with calculating my goal caloric intake by use of a BMR calculator.

      Without knowing exactly how much you weigh I can’t help with calculations exactly, but for me, I’m 5’9″ and at 198 I’m burning a little over 1700 calories just by being alive, not including walking around or any additional activity I do. So even on non-exercise days (er, that’s most days for me, haha), I estimate that I burn over 2000 calories. My goal is to cut at least 500 calories a day for a weight loss of 1 – 2 lbs a week, so 1500 seems reasonable for me. How many calories you burn really just all depends on what your BMR is and how much you exercise. I hope this helps! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions! gretchen@honeyishrunkthegretchen.com 🙂

    • Oh, I should have actually answered your question probably, too, hehe. It does seem like 1200 is a little low considering your daily exercise and current weight loss goals anyway. Cutting calories too much won’t aid with weight loss, it can hinder it, I’ve found! If it were me, I would probably aim for 1500 – 1800 for right now, and then cut it down a little as more weight is lost. 🙂

      • Thanks. I actually sent you an e-mail to follow-up. 🙂

  7. I had a tasty bowl of cereal this morning because it was easy and it’s the first day back to work [aka no motivation] and I’m already hungry… Def not enough “staying power,” regardless of whatever Kashi [as much protein as an egg] 😛

    P.S. I want your lunch, like really, it looks like it’s from a restaurant… I’d dine at Gretchen’s Restaurant!

  8. Good job at getting back on track!

    A bowl of cereal can usually tide me over for 2 hours. After that comes the pre-peeled grapefruit. That’s my dynamite breakfast combo! Some people comment on how nice the colour of my grapefruit is. One person seriously asked me if I was eating brains. Ahaha!

  9. I am the same with Brussels! I can hardly ever leave leftovers. They are just divine.

  10. HI Gretchen. LOVE brussel sprouts. I could eat them every day. All the best for 2012….I’m glad I found your blog last year, and look forward to your posts this year.

  11. This reallllly makes me want kix for breakfast and our little candy bars are in foil not cutely dressed like yours.

  12. My AWESOME WW leader, Sharon, always says: “None of us got here [ww meeting] by overeating fruits/veggies”… Nbd on those Brussels is what I say!

  13. Hey, do you have the recipe for the mushroom and spinach with cream sauce? I saw that and it looks SO good! It must be simple, right?
    By the way, I broke my leg and am immobile for 6-8 weeks so I am a little worried about my health/fitness during this time, since i wont be running as usual and will pretty much be a couch potatoe, i need some healthy recipes!


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