I am beyond excited that Darcie flew down to Scottsdale! I’m sure the cold Nebraska weather made her decision easier. I was in much need of a girl’s day. I love my boyfriend, but come on! Who wants to hang out with a dude all the time? Not this girl.
She got here around eleven and we headed straight to the mall. Lunch was our first stop. I picked up a salad in the food court. It had some guacamole, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, tortilla strips, hot salsa, and fajita vegetables. I can’t believe I don’t remember the place. But it’s right next to Pita Jungle in the Fashion Square food court if that helps.
(I’m supposed to be getting ready for a night out right now, so this post is going to be super quick and most likely contain too many errors to count)
I was a smart traveler and brought an extra empty suitcase. Gotta love Southwest! I have been buying a ton of items that I wouldn’t normally wear. I have to keep telling myself to stop dressing like I’m 17. It’s hard!
Darcie is the fashion expert. So she helped me pick out some awesome pieces. And she was so patient with my incapability to make up my mind.
Caffeine was a must. I had a cappuccino with skim and an extra shot of espresso.
Then we treated ourselves to a manicure and pedicure. Today has been amazing and I can’t wait to go out all dolled up tonight!
What is your favorite thing to do with your girlfriends?
It’s Monday! Time to recover from a Sunday full of football with a Monday full of football! Yesterday, Jeremy and I went to the Lions vs. Bears game in Detroit! We walked around Greek Town for a bit and then met some friends at Fishbones. Fishbones is amazing. I will be back again…even if the waitress accidentally dumped a tray of sushi on me. It was all worth it ;)
Our group ordered a couple appetizers; one being the jalapeno mozzarella sticks. These are basically death sticks. Not because they are fried, fatty, and full of cholesterol, but because they are dangerously addicting and taste awesome. Luckily, I have good will power and stopped at one.
I had a side salad with dressing on the side. Some of you were asking on my instagram if I eat Ranch? And the answer is…yes. I know what you are thinking…”ranch is awful for you” and you are right! But, I sometimes have ranch cravings and rather than ignoring them, I treat them the right way. I order the ranch on the side and dip my fork into the dressing and then grab the lettuce. You use 80% less that way and cut out a lot of the unhealthy saturated and trans fats. If you stop pouring the dressing on the salad, you’ll save a lot of unhealthy calories.
Fishbones had a large menu! Sushi, burgers, gumbo, etc. I went with the spicy tuna rolls because I am on a huge sushi kick!
After lunch, we walked over to Ford Field to watch the game. The stadium was full of crazy fans! Whoa was that an experience!
After the game we all walked over to the Casino to kill some time. I got hungry and picked up some………more sushi:) I told you I was on a Sushi kick!
Tonight for Monday night football, Jeremy and Brian have requested whiskey cupcakes and Teriyaki chicken! I have the the Teriyaki chicken in the crock pot and I’m about to get hot on the cupcakes! I’ll be posting that recipe tomorrow!
Have a greattttttttttttttt Monday!
Doing the same thing all the time gets flat and boring fast. Not every night you get to drink wine, paint, and eat cheese and crackers like a boss. I prefer this over the usual bar hopping ritual. It’s a great way to socialize and relax at the same time. You don’t have to scream at the top of your lungs so the other person can hear you. This class was how I’d like to spend every Friday night! READ MORE….
Had an AMAZING time salmon fishing yesterday. We had to wake up at 1:45am to be there! It was freeeeeezing out so thank goodness for the jacket. I eat salmon all the time but I never realized how hard it was to real those suckers in! They put up quite the fight and they are extremely smart so when they come to the surface they fight even harder! Fortunately I caught the biggest one yesterday, I’m definitely feeling the pain in my arms today. It took me 7 minutes to real my third fish in and I felt like I was dragging a sumo wrestler it was so hard! The view was so pretty and I can’t wait to go back! After our long day of fishing it started to warm up so Jeremy and I went to a cute little waterfront shop, I had a double shot latte with skim and he had a chocolate ice cream cone. We snacked on : blueberries, watermelon, veggies and spinach dip all day.
Always keep fruits and vegetables around when you are baking to prevent you from eating everything you cook. I like to sip on tea or coffee and snack on cherries. Cherries are sweet and filling just like the stuff I bake. When you are done baking put everything away then sit down and enjoy a portion. Instead of taking a huge spoonful to taste test everything keep a 1/2 tbsp around to use as your tester.
We finally got a break from the 100 degree weather and blessed with 80 degree day! I stopped at Whole Foods and picked up a salad to eat at the park so I could enjoy the amazing weather with Grumples. I love their salad buffet. In my salad I put romaine, kale, broccoli, croutons, onions, craisins, peas, roasted carrots, boiled egg, and almond vinaigrette.
During the School year AND during the summer there will be lots of barbecues, parties and meetings you will be attending! These can be hard when the only options are unhealthy. So here are some safe tips for the upcoming events.
Bring it all
BRING a salad, fruit tray or veggie tray. Bringing something healthy for the bbq ensures that you have something healthy to choose from.
REMEMBER that it’s all about moderation. There really isn’t anything you CAN’T have as long as you don’t overdue it.
CHOOSE the leanest meat portions available. Skip the sausage, hot dogs or ribs and opt for grilled fish or chicken.
Pass on the Potato Salad!
PASS on the potato & macaroni salads since they are loaded with mayo and lots of calories! Choose a green salad or some grilled vegetables if they are available.
Skip the Alcohol.
Water is your best choice. Diet beverages or iced tea would be good alternatives as well.
Stay Actively Busy
to avoid over eating. Join in a game of Frisbee or swim in the pool. Keeping active keeps you away from the food and you will be less likely to overeat!
Take me out to the ballgame
Hot dogs and sausages are favorite summer treats for many of us, but you might want to save them for baseball games. It’s not just about fat or calories (after all, you can choose lower fat varieties) but hot dogs, bratwursts, sausages and most dogs are high in sodium. A typical hot dog has 280 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 1,250 mg of sodium, while a 6-ounce kielbasa has 330 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 1,590 mg sodium.
Staying hydrated is essential in summer, but those cold drinks can wreak havoc with your waistline. Be careful what you choose — if you’re drinking 12-ounce containers of sweet tea, sweetened soda, energy drinks, juice drinks, or beer, you’re probably taking in about 150 calories a pop. Smoothies, milkshakes and cold coffee concoctions can go much higher. Keep liquids in check and drink water or light versions of your favorite quenchers.
Refreshing Frozen Treats!
A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Make it a Dairy Queen chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard and the calories soar to 720, with 28 grams of fat! You don’t need to give up frozen treats, just pass on the giant portions or high fat toppings. Look for frozen desserts like sherbet, fudge bars, fruit bars, or other treats under 150 calories per serving or fruit desserts like strawberry shortcake.
Salads can be the perfect summer dinner: light, refreshing, and a perfect way to get your produce and lean protein. If you top your salad with high-calorie items, it can go from lean to fattening in a hurry. High-calorie dressings, fried chicken strips, bacon, cheese, and croutons are among the biggest offenders. Instead, top your greens with grilled chicken, strips of lean meat, or eggs, then pile on the veggies and top with a light dressing.
Finger Lickin Fried Chicken!
A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline (and arteries), especially when you eat more than one. So forgo fried and toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill. A 3.5 oz. skinned chicken breast has only 167 calories and 7 grams of fat, compared to a KFC fried chicken breast with 360 calories and 21 g fat. Add flavor with marinades, spice rubs, or top it with fresh salsa.
October Fest Feast
Oktoberfest brings calorie-laden beer, potato salads, and sausages. Bratwurst, one typical sausage, has about 95 calories per ounce, most from unhealthy animal fat. Three tips may help with fattening festival fare:
- Eat smaller portions.
- Set a drink limit for yourself, and alternate with lower-calorie, non-alcoholic drinks.
- Choose light beer over regular (110 calories vs. 150 calories in 12 ounces).
Halloween is Frightening!
October brings bowls of candy bars at the office – and tempting bags of candy at home awaiting trick-or-treaters. It’s easy to get enticed by those bite-size candies. But few of us can have just one. Tips:
- Stash sweets out of sight.
- Satisfy your midday hunger pangs with something nutritious, like fruit.
- If you crave something sweet, chew a piece of sugarless gum.
Moderation to be Stressed.
All it takes is an extra 100 calories per day to pack on 10 pounds a year. The best strategy for your health is to avoid weight creep altogether. You can do so by enjoying fall comfort foods in moderation.
- Check your portion sizes.
- Limit alcohol.
- Eat plenty of veggies prepared without added fat and sugar.
- Use low-fat cooking techniques and substitutions.
- Put candy bowls out of sight.
Just avoid the naughty foods.
Knowing which foods are naughty is only half the battle. Help yourself resist temptation with these tips:
- Engage in conversation to slow the pace of eating
- At parties, sit far from the buffet table
- Excuse yourself from the dinner table once you’ve had enough to eat
- Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to reduce the desire to nibble
Dating and Gaining
How to Avoid Gaining weight while dating— Being in a relationship is so exciting, but when you spend so much time together,your healthy lifestyle can fly out the window. You may even adopt some of your partner’s unhealthy habits. That can add up to some extra pounds on the scale, so here are some guidelines to help prevent weight gain while dating.
Go Cycling and Sightseeing
If you don’t own bikes, rent a pair for the day and check out the town you live or the place you’re visiting. Ride along the water, over a bridge, through cute towns, or protected nature conservatories. It’s a lot more fun than just driving through, and it’s better for your health and the environment too. If you plan on dinner later, this might save some calorie overload!
Have a Gym Date
Invite your guy to your gym and enjoy working out together. Chat while on the treadmill, share strength training tips and exercises, race each other in the pool, or take a class together. Then afterward, you can enjoy a post-workout snack at a local cafe.
Hit Some Balls
Here’s something different and active you can do with your honey — visit your local batting cages. Even if you were the kid picking grass in right field during middle school during baseball games, I promise you’ll have a blast when you’re hitting balls in the sunshine. If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor swinging sessions, there are places that have indoor set-ups, so call around.
If hiking through nature or hitting the gym don’t sound like fun, get yourselves to the nearest club for a night of dancing. You’ll burn 355 calories in an hour; just make sure you don’t indulge in too many drinks.
Since chilly weather may limit what you can do outside, visiting an indoor rock climbing gym is the perfect date. You’ll both be challenged, get a lesson in trusting your partner, and it could become your new favorite thing.
Go Ice Skating
This time of year, many towns set up outdoor skating rinks, or if it’s cold enough, you can skate on a nearby frozen pond. Renting skates is pretty inexpensive, and you can hold hands and chat while trying to stay balanced on the slippery surface.*Roller skating is also a fun alternative.
Take a Hike
This is a beautiful time of year to hit the trails and go for a hike with your favorite person. For many of us, it’s chilly enough that we won’t overheat as we trudge up the mountain, but there’s no snow or ice, so it’s much easier to navigate through the rugged terrain. You’ll strengthen your legs and get a great workout for your lungs and heart, all in a peaceful setting at little or no cost.
Ignore the Cold. Go Outside!
Yes, baby, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you should hide indoors (or under the covers) all season. Venture outside with ample layers and walk, jog, run, or skip to stay toasty and keep your heart rate up. Hike to a gorgeous spot. Put on your parka, pack a healthy picnic, and head out to the very end of the beach. Canoodling for extra body heat while engaging on an outdoor adventure is just a bonus.
Cook up a healthy dinner!
Love makes the world go round, but it also has a tendency to make us a little rounder too. Create a cozy and comforting meal together at home and avoid calorie laden restaurant recipes and sauces.
Boogie on Down at a Concert
Going to a concert? Make it your business to have fun and shake your groove thing the whole time. Two hours of dancing will burn 532 calories — this one is fun, healthy, and sexy at its best (so long as you don’t do the robot. Never do the robot.).
Don’t Order More Than You Can Eat
If you order takeout try to only order the portions you need for dinner. If you over-order, pack away leftovers into your to go box when you’re full so you don’t graze later.
Ignore “I love It When a Girl Can Eat”
I find it completely frustrating when men say I love it when a girl can eat, because they also say “I would never date a bigger woman”. So they want the best of both worlds…and we all know thats difficult to maintain! If a guy doesn’t like you because you chose to eat healthy, then is it worth it. Dont over eat to please someone else.
Hey Baby! Wanna see a movie?
After spending long hours at school its nice to get out and go see a movie! Dont let the movie sabotage your healthy lifestyle!!
Be afraid be VERY afraid!
I’m more terrified of the movie theaters popcorn than the scariest movie playing.
Ready for some staggering stats? According to CalorieKing.com, a large tub of movie theater popcorn (20 cups) packs in 76 fat grams … The equivalent of five full size Snickers bars … or more than six McDonald’s cheeseburgers.
As for counting calories, that same bucket of kernels holds about 1,100, shockingly close to most weight loss diet’s caloric limit for the entire day (about 1,200 to 1,500).
So, how can you enjoy a flick and still fight fat? After all, the movies aren’t nearly as fun without snacks … especially when everyone else is noshing away.
Eat a healthy snack
The movie theater smells DELICIOUS. The popcorn almost screams your name with the aroma of butter in the air. If you go to the theater on an empty stomach you will be more likely to cave and over indulge. Eat something extra healthy before heading out to the theater!
Pop and Smug.
Pop your own popcorn or bring your own trail mix or sugar free candy to the theater with you. (well not that big or you will be purchasing two tickets haha)
Watching your fat intake is a real challenge at the theater. Bringing air popped popcorn prepared at home is the perfect alternative. There are lots of ways you can flavor it and keep it low fat! While your at it stuff some water bottles , sugar free candy or some fruits and veggies!!
This will also save you tons of cash!!!
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend my friends and I spent the whole day out on the town. We stopped on the bridge on our way to see the river dyed green and I couldn’t believe how vibrant the green was. The city was crazy and the St. Patrick’s Day spirit everyone had was so fun and such a joy to be apart of.
I had diet seven up and energy Mio to make my drink green for St. Patty’s Day! It was 80 degrees and WAY too hot for coffee!!
We started to get very hungry and every restaurant was crazy busy with about 2 hour waits! We walked 4 miles to the Big Bowl to have lunch. For our starters we had Vetetable pot stickers which were so delicious. I only had one which was around 48 calories.
I ordered the Teriyaki salmon with fresh vegetables. My meal came with rice but I asked for it on the side because one serving was 400 calories which was a little high for lunch. I had a little portion and shared the rest. I ordered a small house salad that way i could sprinkle salmon over the top and keep my meal light. I saved the rest of the salmon for dinner.
On top of the salmon they added sauteed onions and peppers with a Teriyaki glaze. It was very sweet and I can honestly say the best salmon I have ever eaten in my entire life. The salmon came to about 400 calories but I only ate half for lunch and the other half on top of salad for dinner.
The green beans were so fresh and crunchy. They cooked them in olive oil and sesame seeds. I dipped them into my Teriyaki sauce for extra flavor.
After we walk 4 miles back to our place, we walked another 2 miles to the stadium to watch the bulls play. This was when our night got a little rocky! We had friends visiting that were huge Bulls fans so our first goal was to get them in first. We weren’t planning on going to the game until about an hour before. We got them into the game and then Jeremy and I went to find some tickets. We bought 2 very expensive tickets off of a guy that a cop recommended us to and that ended up being a huge mistake. The cop was a complete scammer and we purchased already used tickets. I guess the best thing we got out of the situation was a lesson. We ended up walking 2 miles back to our place to wait for our friends to leave the game so we could go out. We were bummed but it was St. Patrick’s Day night so we had to make the best of it.
Jeremy and I put the couch out on our balcony and watched the hilarious drunk people live up St. Patrick’s Day. Grumples joined us on our fun too. (BTW he is feeling much better :) A couple hours later around 11pm our friends made it back. We were all going to go out but the boys pasted out and it was only Niki and I. We went to a little pub to watch a blues band play and had a blast. We ended up making about 20 new friends off the street and shared our St. Patrick’s Day with them. We met Frank, who was an aspiring rapper, Ryan, who was an aspiring artist who had just got his heart broken, Brett, a guy from England who was lost in Chicago experiencing the Hangover part III, George, who only needed 15 dollars to sleep inside, Rob, a Long Island bus driver, Frank, the Greek bouncer who doesn’t kid around, and what’s his face, the guy that needed to get on our level! We even saw a man fly off his motorcycle, but he was okay in the end! A guy from England handed me a pot of tulips on my way home which definitely made my night because I love souvenirs!
This morning Niki and I woke up and went to get breakfast. I ordered the egg white omelet with spinach, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and sugar free syrup. I had a little side of hash browns as well. We reminisced over our night and agreed to make it a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Our bodies are so sore from all the walking and our feet are going to be iced for the next couple days but we lived it up and had a great time, Chicago is a great place to find adventure.