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Almost There

I am in the home stretch of my 21 day fix!  Saturday is my last day and I am pretty excited.  It really is perfect timing, especially with Easter being this Sunday.  Cheat meal for me?  You bet!  Anyway, I must say that I have been pretty impressed with the fix.  I haven’t felt hungry throughout the day, like I had originally anticipated, and I am seeing results.  I did not weigh myself this past week, but I did measure at 14 days.  I lost a half an inch off of both my waist and hips!  That is huge! I really did not expect that at all.  I am really incredibly happy that my hard work is paying off.

I know that some people are skeptical about “dieting,” but this really was not bad at all.  With all of the little snacks throughout the day, I really did feel satisfied.  The only time I was ever hungry was at around 10pm (I do not eat anything beyond this time anyway).  As previously stated, I usually have afternoon snacks such as yogurt so I will absolutely continue to do so.  But, instead of high calorie bars and other snacks, I made sure to snack on fruits, veggies, and healthy fats such as low calorie (part skim) cheeses and hummus.

Here are some examples of the yummy things I ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

 

I am actually going to try to keep some of this 21 day fix knowledge with me and I am even considering doing the fix again in May.  I really do want to continue choosing healthier options for snacks and maybe even continue on a lower carb diet.  Who knows if that will happen in April, but if not the fix in May will set me back on track.  I really do like the fact that I wasn’t hungry or cranky throughout the day and the food that I made was delicious.  The only downside was that buying all of the necessities was really expensive.  However, now that summer is coming up, the fruit should be much better in terms of selection and price.  This is a huge plus!

So, for those of you who are afraid of change or feel kinda bummed about being stuck in either eating healthier or your workout regimen remember even if you start small, starting anything at all is half the battle.  I am trying to push myself to be more positive in terms of my body image, but I know it is not easy.  I still have a long way to go,but my hard work and dedication is definitely paying off and knowing that it actually is making a difference makes me feel great!  Here is to summer and healthy eating!


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An Almost Disaster Date

Last night, my boyfriend and I had planned to go on a date at a fancy New York Restaurant.  He had to attend a wedding on Valentine’s day and then had to work Sunday night, which explains the Monday night date.  Why New York?  Well, from February 16th-March 6th it happens to be NYC Restaurant Week.  (I will include the link here in case anybody wants to give it a try!)  There are so many restaurants participating that it is actually slightly overwhelming.  However, the participating restaurants offer a 3 course lunch option for $25.00 or a 3 course dinner option for $38.00.  Can’t really beat that kind of deal for a dinner date in the city.  So, I put together a list of restaurants that I thought both my boyfriend and I would enjoy and then we picked one out of that list together.  It happened to be an Italian restaurant named Fino all the way in the financial district of Manhattan.  We made our reservations for Monday, Feb 16th at 7:15.  Here comes the craziness.

The night before I got a confirmation about my reservation for our party of two.  I was pretty excited.  I wanted to go to a fancy restaurant just as an excuse to have us both dress up for a few hours and this was the perfect opportunity.  Monday, I had everything ready before work, and we left pretty much immediately after I got home and drove to Journal Square to catch the train.  Heading into the city was easy, but because it was President’s Day the PATH was operating during weekend hours.  This was only slightly inconvenient, seeing as it was closer to WTC, but we decided to take a cab anyway.  We thought it best to not wander around in the cold.  So we take a $12 cab ride to the restaurant, pull on the doors to enter and they’re locked.  We go to the next set of doors, guess what… Yes, those were locked too.  So now what?  We call the restaurant… No answer.  I had printed out my reservations just in case and all of my info was correct, so what the actual hell?

We decided it was better not to wander around an area we weren’t completely familiar with, so we took a cab back up to the Christopher Street PATH station.  The restaurant we frequent is right around that area, so we were pretty happy to go there.  We get all the way there and guess what!?  They were closed too!  So now we both are in complete and utter disbelief at this point.  We just wanted dinner, and to not be cold.

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Luckily, there are quite a few restaurants in that particular area, so we entered the next one we saw.  The restaurant was named Gaetana’s and it was a small Italian place that we pass every time we go eat at our restaurant.  It was a little bit dark and cold and was not very full at all. But, we were both really hungry at this point, and cold.  We noticed that the food was a bit pricey, but again at this point who cared.  I ordered the penne with vodka sauce and grilled chicken, my boyfriend ordered fettucini Alfredo also with grilled chicken.  Let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious and the portions were large.

The food came out incredibly quick, probably because we were the only ones in the sit down area, and we both were happy.  We actually wound up tasting each other’s food and I was equally impressed with his dish.  Both were so yummy.  The waiter was attentive, but not overbearing.  He refilled our glasses without us having to ask and came to check on us while were were dining.  After our dinner, we decided to order a Ghiradelli chocolate cake to share for dessert.  Holy crap.  This cake was like air.  It was amazing!  It had a warm gooey center with chocolate chips, and powdered sugar, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce on top!  I need more of it.  We wound up getting it on the house, which was incredibly nice of the waiter and really only made me like the place even more.  I definitely want to return there in the warmer weather.

 

After being super full, we went back to the train station and couldn’t wait to get home.  Naturally, we had a 10 minute wait for our train.  As we are waiting, an announcement states that the train to Journal Square (where we parked) would not be running due to a “water condition”.  Great.  Okay Murphy’s Law we get it.  We decided we would call a life line as soon as we had service.

Needless to say, the train was jam packed.  We got off a few stops before our usual Journal Square and called a couple of people.  My boyfriend’s dad wound up being the lifesaver of the night and drove us to Journal Square so we could get his car and drive back home!

Clearly we had an adventure to say the least.  But, we laughed through most of it and I think we made the best of a pretty disastrous situation.  It also made us realize that we should definitely check out the other restaurants in that particular area.  We are 2 for 2 so far.  Why stop at that? What do you guys think?  Ever have a similar situation?


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Oatmeal Muffins

Last week, I had the pleasure of having a half day off from work due to the snow.  Usually, when these rare opportunities present themselves, I spend the majority of the day cooking or baking things that make me feel happy when it is so miserable outside.  Last year during the snowstorm, I made delicious low-cal tortellini soup and turkey chili.  This year I decided I really wanted to try to make oatmeal “cupcakes” or small oatmeal muffins.  I used a modified version of this recipe, that was naturally discovered after browsing Pinterest. These were delicious!  Plus, I did my own break down of ingredients to get a calorie count and they are only 180 cals each!  Can they BE any more amazing?!  Here is what I did with the recipe modifications.

Oatmeal Muffins 

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1 egg

1 egg white

1/4 cup (Slightly less than) canola oil

1 cup brown sugar

1 & 3/8 cups of 2% Milk

1/2 cup (1 single serving cup) apple cinnamon apple sauce

2 tspn vanilla

1 & 1/4 tspn cinnamon

3 cups of quick oats

2 tspn of baking powder

Then I followed the instructions from the link and they came out fabulous!

Note: For toppings, I used pomegranate craisins and walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, then a combo of chocolate and peanut butter chips.

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20 Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday Besides Watching the Super Bowl

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I love sports, but football is not my favorite. I understand and can follow the game, but I just don’t particularly care about it. If you are like me and are not going to a Super Bowl party this year, don’t care about football in general, or don’t care about the teams involved this year, here is a list of alternate Super Bowl Sunday activities:

  1. Watch the Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet) and the Kitten Bowl (Hallmark Channel).
  2. Gather all the pets you can find and have your own live Puppy and Kitten Bowl.
  3. Create your own Mary-Kate & Ashley movie marathon, like ABC Family used to do on Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. Have a chip and dip party. Alone, so no one can see your shame.
  5. Actually go outside and play football with friends instead of watching other people do it.
  6. Host a chili cook-off. All because you aren’t watching the game, doesn’t mean you can’t eat the food.
  7. Reenact your favorite Super Bowl commercials in your living room.
  8. Put on your own halftime show, also in your living room.
  9. Watch Chopped on The Food Network and yell at your TV like people do when they watch sports (THE PLAYERS CAN HEAR YOU.)
  10. Build a pillow and blanket fort and live inside it forever.
  11. Watch a The Little Giants and Remember the Titans double feature.
  12. Eat a super big bowl of ice cream.
  13. Place bets on the over/under of how many times you are going to have to pretend you care about football at work on Monday.
  14. Randomly yell things like “TOUCHDOWN” and “HIGH FIVE” so your neighbors think you are really watching the game.
  15. Watch old Super Bowl commercials on YouTube, so you don’t have to worry about the football interrupting the good stuff.
  16. Put eye black on your face and randomly tackle strangers on the street.
  17. Order food from all the places having Super Bowl specials.
  18. Pretend you don’t know what football is and randomly tweet things like “deep to left, it is high, it is far, that ball is GONE” or “GOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.”
  19. Watch the pregame coverage and pretend like you’re the Fashion Police before the Grammys or Oscars.
  20. Drink a lot of beer so you’re just as hungover as everyone else the next day.

 

Thanks to Rachel for helping me come up with this list.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m writing this post from my couch. Half of my family is passed out around me and the other half is trying to fit as many dishes as possible into the dishwasher. Why? Because we just finished eating Thanksgiving dinner, of course.

Our table, pre-dinner

Our table, pre-dinner

I’m currently stuffed to the brim with turkey and mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and zucchini pie and stuffing and roasted veggies and quinoa salad and biscuits and all the most delicious foods. I can’t breathe. It’s glorious.

In the process of cleaning

In the process of cleaning

Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday. I love the food, but most importantly, I love my family. I’m always happiest when I’m surrounded by my family.

I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday.


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Healthy Eating

So, I didn’t realize that I gave myself two things to write about today.  Today is obviously my turn on Honesty Time, but I didn’t realize Parfait day was today as well…whoops.  Sometimes I am a cotton headed ninny muggins.

I figured that now would be as good of a time as any to ask our fellow readers for some lovely advice on eating clean/eating better in general.  I do try to eat as best as I possibly can.  I keep a food diary and I am conscious of how many calories I eat daily.  I just feel as though I need to eat better overall and make better choices, especially since I work so hard at the gym each week.  I don’t want to feel as though I am being counterproductive to the work I am putting in 3 days a week.

I really am intrigued by this whole clean eating deal, so much so,  I actually did try clean eating for a week.  Here are some of the issues I had and why I stopped.

1. Reading labels is THE WORST

  • It seems like it is a necessary task for clean eating.  It is time consuming and the last thing I want to do is spend more time in the grocery store

2. Finding food is TOUGH

  • Is this clean? Maybe? I mean, it has to be right? What could be so bad about all of these natural sounding ingredients?  Maybe I should google it.  This was my internal struggle in the grocery store.

3. I only have one aisle in my local supermarket.

  • Where I live, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s, or a Whole Foods, or even a Kings.  It is extremely difficult to find food when you are restricted to one, maybe 1 1/2 aisles, especially when they don’t even restock it half of the time

4. A lot of the food I have tried tastes like I am eating cardboard

  • Does it have to be tasteless?  Like I said a lot of the “clean food” I have tried really takes forever to chew and it tastes awful, but some of it isn’t quite bad.  I really like apple cinnamon rice cakes, some of the kashi products are fantastic, and steel cut oatmeal is one of my favorite things.

5. I live at home…with my mom…who cooks every day.

  • How can you say no to an Italian mother’s dinner?  This is a trick question because you can’t and you don’t.

Maybe there is an alternative to eating clean that could work given my lack of grocery stores?  Is there just a way to slowly start eating better?  Anybody have any advice?


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Red Velvet S’mores Cupcakes

Ladies and gentlemen, I have done it. I have reached the pinnacle of baking and created my personal masterpiece: the red velvet s’mores cupcakes.

Let me explain how this cupcake came to be. A couple weeks ago, I made chocolate cupcakes and brought them into work for our other blog, Food365 (seamless self-promotion, ohhh yeah). My friend and coworker had just put in his two weeks notice that day, so I told him that, on his last day, I would have to make “some more cupcakes.” And he immediately said “s’mores cupcakes?” So I decided that it must be done. Then, my other friend and coworker also put in her notice (it was a sad week), and her favorite type of cupcake is red velvet. Since her last day was Friday and his last day was Monday, I decided to combine their cupcakes into one super cupcake.

And the results were glorious.

These were my ingredients (not pictured: butter). Yes, I used boxed cake. I mean, I love my coworkers, but not enough to make them cake from scratch. I’m not crazy.

For the graham cracker crust, I crushed up graham crackers and mixed it with melted butter, then put it in the bottom of the cupcake holder thingies (that’s a technical term).

Then I just poured the cake batter in like I would for normal cupcakes. Because of the graham cracker crust, there was a bunch of cake batter leftover. So I just made some regular red velvet cupcakes that I kept for myself.

My next steps, none of which I took pictures of for someone reason were as follows:

  • Bake cake according to the box.
  • Let cool.
  • Scoop out a little bit of cake from every cupcake.
  • Cut marshmallows in half (alternatively: buy smaller marshmallows or use fluff).
  • Shove half a marshmallow into each cupcake.
  • Ice with chocolate frosting.
  • Top with crumbled graham crackers and Teddy Grahams.

And they came out really, really good:

I cut one in half so you could see the inside, but it kind of fell apart:

These cupcakes were so good. A couple of my coworkers ate two or three of them. I was told these were the best cupcakes they’d ever had. I mean, I thought they would be good, but I was surprised by how much people actually liked them, seeing as how I totally just made up the recipe.

I’m really happy with these, and I think everyone should try them. And it doesn’t hurt that they are pretty damn cute too!