Back on Track Thanks to Vinegar!

by agirlandhermutt on September 7, 2012

Folks, 2 day work weeks are where it is at. At the end of the day on Thursday I was so excited that it was Friday and was thinking the week went by so fast. Then I realized that I had only been at work for 1 day. Nice Erin.

When I got home on Wednesday from traveling all day it wasn’t horribly late so I decided that rather than be a complete slacker and totally just lay on my couch, I would hit up the grocery store. I didn’t want to get stuck in the rut of eating out for every meal (which could EASILY happen) and just totally stay off track for the next week or so.

Lunch for Thursday & Friday
-bibb lettuce
-grape tomatoes (thank you CSA!)
-yellow & red peppers
-2 turkey & hummus roll-ups
-2 plums

I recently picked up this cute little divided tupperware container. It comes with a nice snap-on lid that makes it easy to take to work.

For salad dressing I usually just mix everything in a little baggie and pack it with my salad.

The baggie seemed wasteful so I finally found a cute little dressing container to match my new plate that is reusable.

My dressing is always the same. A drizzle of olive oil with about 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and sald & pepper. I’m all into the infused balsamic vinegars these days. Boston has a great store that carries a variety of flavors and while visiting my parents we hit up The Bodacious Olive to check out what they had in stock.

This downtown Pensacola shop was so lovely! It was spacious, tons of options, and all kinds of friendly staff to help with recommendations.


I tasted quite a few until my stomach started to yell a little at me for eating so much vinegar on an empty stomach. I would have killed to take home a lovely truffle olive oil, but I thought better of it and opted for two white balsamic vinegars instead.

Apricot and Jalapeno. Both are white and tend to be a little milder in flavor than the dark balsamic. Both are just delicious.


For both of my pre-packed Thursday and Friday salads I made my olive oil & vinegar dressing with the jalapeno white balsamic vinegar. It gave the salad a nice little zing and isn’t nearly as spicy as one might think. It was perfect!

I was so pleased with myself Thursday morning as I woke up to a breakfast ready to go, my lunch all packed up, my suitcase unpacked and my clothes laid out. Being so organized made going back to work so much less stressful. Who knew?!


Before I say my good-byes I want to let you know how the Tone It Up #5dsd finished up! Drumroll please….I lost 5 lbs and was feeling great when I left for vacation! I was hydrated, my skin was clear, and I felt amazing. I’m so glad that I participated in Beach Week! I can’t keep up with the 2-a-day workouts, but it was the right kick in the butt to get me back into more scheduled working out.

This weekend is dedicated to spending time with the Mutt and doing some home organization. It is time to say good-bye to a few things I just don’t need any longer. I am on a quest to not be a hoarder! 😉

I also have big plans to try out a kettleball class. I’ve never taken one before so fingers crossed I don’t hate it. Heh. How is that for a positive attitude?!

See you guys Monday!

Are you a vinegar fan? Do you have an oil and vinegar store in your neighborhood?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim September 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hey Erin, Just stumbled across this company that does tastings here on the Cape and they’re also now in Wellseley…might be worth a peek. Hope all is well! Kim


agirlandhermutt September 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thanks for the heads up! Definitely worth a visit!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

We have an AMAZING oil and vinegar shop in my town. It’s easy to rack up so much money there. They have this chocolate balsamic that is just to die for- I even put it on ice cream!


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