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Happy Wednesday everybody! Every Wednesday I share a sample day of eats and link up with Jenn.
Well today is a special day for me. I am all giddy like a schoolgirl today! Because after months of research I have finally made a few technology upgrades. Like I mentioned last week, I am wanting to give my blog a more professional look and feel.
Recent Technology Upgrades
So upgrade #1: I got a new laptop! And today is my first post using said new laptop. Woo-hoo!
About six months into this whole blogging thing, it became pretty apparent that we were going to need a new laptop. After limping along for a year and a half, over-burdening our family laptop with all of my pictures and videos, and after several crashes…I finally was able to upgrade my laptop this week.
I knew I wanted something specifically for blogging. After asking a few trusted mentors for recommendations, I decided on the MacBook Pro Retina.
I am THRILLED with the sheer awesomeness of this fine piece of machinery. As a long-time PC user, dare I say I have been converted? #MacPerson
So the main reason I went with the Mac was because my number one goal for this blog is to improve my content. And a huge part of my content are images. I know my images need help, so I am making significant investments in time and technology to get things looking the way I want them to.
That brings me to upgrade #2: Photoshop.
In the past I have used PicMonkey to do all of the images for my blog. I would still recommend starting with PicMonkey if you are new to blogging and/or image editing. PicMonkey gets you used to the idea of manipulating images in a simple way. And they have lots of great options, even on the free version.
Photoshop kicks things up a few notches. It is pretty overwhelming, actually. I feel like a foreigner in a strange land, y’all. But Lindsay’s tutorial videos on Foodblogger Pro come to the rescue once again.
So forgive me if you may not see me posting quite as regularly for the next week or so. I will be spending much of my blogging time watching tutorials and trying to get up to speed and learning how to use all of this new technology.
What I Ate
So after a very long intro, I will get to the food. This is my first crack at using Photoshop. At this point, I have very little idea of what I am doing, y’all. But I am posting these pictures anyway.
Note: All photos were snapped using my Nikon D3100 with the kit lens.
My hope is (1) that they are not terrible and (2) that you will see the progression and my improvement along the way.
For breakfast I made a protein shake with chocolate protein powder (4pp), almond milk (1pp), ice and a banana. I am practicing my garnish technique as well with the sliced bananas and cocoa powder.
Not pictured: I also had two cups of coffee with half-and-half (1pp) and a little sugar (1pp).
During my lunch break is when I went to the Apple store to pick up my new MacBook Pro Retina, so I grabbed something quick while I was out – Zoe’s Greek salad with grilled chicken.
No styling in this photo, y’all! No time for that! I just set the to-go box next to my window and snapped the picture as is.
To calculate points, I went to the nutritional info on Zoe’s website, and my salad came out to 16pp.
The salad filled me up, and that was a good thing. Because the hectic afternoon and evening lead to no snack and a very late dinner. I did not snap a picture of dinner because I was sick (laryngitis…ugh!), tired and hungry…and just plain forgot. Plus, I am not sure I would have had time to muddle through Photoshop for one more photo.
Anyway! Our dinner was nothing fancy – just some tilapia (3pp) with Greek seasoning, baked sweet potato (4pp) with butter (1pp) and some steamed broccoli.
I did use 2pp of my weeklies for the day, FYI.
Questions for discussion:
Are you a Mac or a PC person?
Have you ever used Photoshop?
What is your favorite healthy grab-and-go option for fast food?
Let me know in the comments!