James Friday!

Hello all and happy Friday to all!! I forgot to mention I’ll be away this weekend at home with my family. Hope everyone has a good weekend. I get to see lots of friends and I’m babysitting this guy today!!


WBWW: Man Version :-)

Jill and I were considering some ideas for a Way Back When Wednesday post, and she came up with this crazy idea of letting me do a post. How exciting!

So first I was thinking back to toys, and Stretch Armstrong came to mind. I remember three things about my Stretch Armstrong: I was beyond excited to get it, it was fun for about an hour, and when it ripped the stuff inside was really, really sticky (especially when it ended up on the carpet of my closet).

Now music… I’m no pop music expert like Jill, so I had to do some extra thinking on this one so that I could come up with something that most of you would remember. Finally, I remembered ‘Waterfalls’ by TLC. Despite having never really been a fan of R&B, I’m pretty sure I still know all the lyrics to that song. I also remember my cousin telling me a story about it. Her grade school teacher asked the class what kind of music they would like to listen to during class, and they decided on ‘Waterfalls.’ The teacher proceeded to bring in a nature soundtrack of actual waterfalls. I can’t imagine what would lead a grade school teacher to think that his class would want to listen to the sound of waterfalls crashing, but at least he was trying!

Now, celebrity crush would have to be Alicia Silverstone. I distinctly remember my baseball friends and me considering watching Clueless just because she was in it. Fortunately we decided it wasn’t worth the effort and went back to either playing sports outside or playing Goldeneye for N64 (is a video game category needed for WBWW?). Anyway, I’m proud to say I’ve never seen Clueless and I don’t think I will ever have to (sorry, Jill).

Movies! A lot of movies came to mind, but Mrs. Doubtfire really stuck out. I loved it when I was a kid, and I remember my favorite part was when Mrs. Doubtfire threw the orange at Pierce Brosnan and called it “a drive-by fruiting.”

And last, but certainly not least, food! Most of my favorite childhood meals were Italian food made by my Great Grandma, my Grandma, or my Mom. When I went to LSU for undergrad I didn’t have anybody who could make those meals for me anymore, so I decided I had better learn how to cook (I still haven’t mastered my Mom’s meatball recipe). Anyway, like every kid I also loved candy. One of my favorites to get at the baseball park’s concession stand was warheads. I also remember having challenges to see who could eat the most lemon warheads at one time, but then we stopped when we realized we couldn’t taste anything for a few hours afterwards.

Well, I guess that’s it for me. It’s been fun reminiscing! I suddenly feel the urge to watch Mrs. Doubtfire with Alicia Silverstone while eating warheads, listening to TLC and playing with a Stretch Armstong doll…

*This requires a throwback pic, courtesy of Jill 🙂

Little Joey & his sissy

Happy Meal Toys are Making Kids FAT!!

Good morning to all and Happy Wednesday! (Next time I hear someone say “hump” day I’m going to pretend I have never heard anyone say it before, ha).

This morning I came across an article in New York Time Health that says Santa Clara County in CA has ruled to ban Happy Meal Toys from fast food restaurants. The direct quote is “What we’re trying to do is de-link the connection between unhealthy food and toys, why would a kid say ‘I want a burger with fries’? It’s the toys that they want.”

I could not agree with this decision LESS, as a matter of fact I find this idea just silly. I agree with Joey who was quoted this morning as saying “oh good, let’s not deal with the real issue here, the food.”

I mean I get the concept of this idea, but the sad thing is kids, especially heavier children who have been indoctrinated to this type of food, DO want the burgers and fries. I ate fast food growing up (on occasions, my parents didn’t let us have it all the time) but we led healthy lifestyles that consisted of a lot of PLAY.  The food and the activity levels of children is the issue, NOT the advertising/toys.

What do you guys think? Will this help at all??

4 Questions

Good evening to all! Hope everyone had a happy and successful Tuesday! I had class, worked out, and read a BUNCH in my Twenties Girl book (I’ll prolly finish tomorrow or the next day and it’s 430 pages!) Even when I’m not that busy, which I’m not now since I finished my paper and presentations, I like to have a set schedule of things for my day. I REALLY hate just sitting around all day, it drives me crazy. So, I set small goals like “read this many pages today” I’m a nerd I know 😉

At the gym today I did 60 min on the treadmill. I have been trying to incorporate a little bit of interval back into my life.

First 30 (running):

Minutes Speed
0-5 6
5-10 6.2
10-15 6.4
15-20 6
20-25 6.2
25-30 6.4

Second 30 (walking, all at speed 4):

Minutes Incline
0-2.5 0
2.5-5 2
5-7.5 4
7.5-10 6
10-12.5 8
12.5-15 10
15-17.5 10
17.5-20 8
20-22.5 6
22.5-25 4
25-27.5 2
27.5-30 0

When I was at the gym I was watching The Doctors. I honestly don’t like this show, I find it a little slow and boring, but there was seriously NOTHING on. I was lucky I watched it today though, because Dr. Stork (who I found out was on the Bachelor when I googled him) was hawking his new book “The Doctor is In” can you say cheesy?? Ha. Well he did talk about something I thought was REALLY cool. When you are preparing/about to eat a meal ask yourself 4 questions:

  1. Is it delicious?
  2. Is it healthy?
  3. How will I feel 30 minutes after I eat this?
  4. If I ate these types meals for 10 years, what would I be like?

I LOVE how he incorporates healthy and delicious together! Unfortunately, a lot of people think eating “healthy” is not going to be fun, when, in fact, since eating better I have eaten the best foods of my life!! And I cooked a lot of them!! I just thought this was a really cool message and a neat way to think about how you eat.

It's a shame he's not very good looking....... 😉

Watching an ESPN documentary tonight called Run Ricky Run and checking out Idol on the commercials! Are you guys watching the Hills tonight? That show is too much for me, I wanna watch high school kids, bring back Laguna Beach! hahaha.

Yolks Have Feelings Too!

Morning everyone! Hope everyone’s Tuesday is starting out well.  Mine is going pretty well so far! Just wanted to do a quick blog about my breakfast.  I have been pretty consistently eating oats for months now, and not that I don’t love my oats, but I hate getting into eating ruts. I am putting forth the effort to have different foods for different meals, I can tell my body just likes when I do this, keeps my body on it’s toes! 🙂

I saw a variation of this recipe in the current issue of Fitness (I get this magazine for free somehow) and don’t get me started on how photoshopped their covers usually are.I mean HELLO I watch Sex & the City and Miss Davis has a rockin body, but her hips are NOT this size.

Anyways here’s the recipe rundown.

Broccoli Egg Scramble

Ingredients: 2 eggs & 1 cup broccoli

Heat broccoli in a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray for about 2-3 minutes

Mix 2 eggs in a bowl (leave in the yolks ;-), jk only if you want!)

Pour eggs into pan and mix with broccoli

Completed meal: I added 1 nanner and 1 plain Nature's Path organic waffle with fig. Had some iced coffee too!

This recipe got me thinking about eggs and how most bloggers I feel try to eat eggs whites and are really hurting the yolks feelings! I did a little research and found out that although there is elevated cholesterol in the yolks, that is where most of the protein and nutrients in the eggs are! Also HERE is a link to a little info about egg whites from Trading up Downtown, a site Carrots N Cake writes on.  Overall, I think unless you have cholesterol issues or are eating a large amount of eggs in your diet, eating the yolks isn’t gonna hurt ya!

Also, I got like I said I got this recipe from Fitness. It was in this section about Breakfasts under 300 calories. OF COURSE I had to add other foods to my egg scramble because if I ate under 300 cals for my whole meal I would be hungry by 10! I try to keep my breakfasts between 400-500 cals (guesstimate here).  I typically try to have all meals around that size, eating any meals that are exceptionally larger than the others just doesn’t work for me.

Do you guys like big or small breakfasts? And have you been hurting the yolks feelings lately?

I’m the Rhymenocerous

I give up on coming up with post names that have anything to do with anything. This is a lyric of an AWESOME Flight of the Conchords song. Heres a YouTube link. Click if you like to laugh.

What's that?!? You don't like laughing?!

You should check out this site then. Ok, I’m done being weird now 🙂

Just wanted to share some eats from the past day.

For sunday dinner Joey got some MorningStar Mushroom Lovers Burgers and whipped up some SP fries.


Then, I saw a polenta pizza recipe on NewlyWedNewlyVeg and KNEW I had to try it. Not only did it look good, but I have been trying to think of a way to use my polenta. I also wanted to get something together on Sunday night that I could have ready for lunches this week.

Love you Bob

I changed the recipe only slightly, actually on accident.  I think that Anna used premade polenta and I didn’t realize that till after. Also, I don’t like olives so I took that part off. I think because I cooked up the polenta that I actually made too much, so it took a long time to cook and was still a little mushy.  That being said, the flavor was really good so I will be trying this again in the future for sure!


1 & 1/2 cups dry polenta (cook as instructed on package)

2 eggs

Pizza sauce & toppings of your choice

I whipped up 1 & 1/2 cups of dry grits with 3 & 1/2 cups water. You have to pour it into the boiling water slow and stir a lot or it will get clumpy

Put cooked grits in the food processor with 2 eggs

After mixing

Poured into the oiled pan

After 20 minutes at 375

Add toppings (clearly I was low on sauce, and I used mushrooms and artichokes) and do 35 more minutes at 375

I cut it into 8 pieces and although I don’t count calories a did a little math and each piece is only about 175 cals; pretty good if you ask me! (And it will be less when I use less polenta next time)

I am trying to spice up my mornings a little so I wanted to shift gears on breakfast this morn.

New ingredients!

1 cup fiber one, 29 biscuits of autumn wheat (that's 1 serving I didn't just pick a random number), 1 cup almond milk, 1 sliced nanner, and cinnamon

I was VERY happy with breakfast and it kept me satisfied all morning and through my workout!

Tonight for dinner I wanted a little Asian meal. I am actually trying to use up food I have in my house, it’s forcing me to get creative and I like it!

Ingredients: 1 eggplant, organic soba noodles, tempeh, and low sodium soy sauce

Cube eggplant, toss in 1.5 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper, and cook at 400 for 23 min


Add 1.5 tbsp soy sauce to pan and heat up cubed tempeh

Add roasted eggplant

Add cooked noodles


It was quite delish!!

Well that’s it for me tonight. Off to watch the end of Tough Love Couples (more crap TV I’m admitting to and saying my best friend is KELLI!! haha) Here is the cutest pic of Noodle and me while I was making dinner

Don't mind my neck strain, concentrate on Noodle sitting like a teddybear 🙂

Sometimes I’m a Poser

Hello and happy Monday to all! Hope everyone had a great day. Mine was pretty low key, but I did get my final paper back from my second reader with only a few grammatical errors!!! HOLLA!! That means I just have to change a few things, have it print and bound, and turn this sucka in!! Yippee skippee!!

I will post some eats later tonight during tv time, but I wanted to post a little something to think about.

I have been noticing lately that I have had a lot of negative self talk and I am not sure why, but anyways, it got me thinking, why is it ok, and so normal for women to find things to dislike about themselves?! (Also, I know men do this to). With the majority of women, there is no happy ending in self esteem.  What I mean is that some people concentrate on weight and think “I’ll be happy when I weigh this much” or others think of dress size “If I was just a size ___ I would be happy.”  The bad thing happens when you achieve those goals it seems that either you are still unhappy or you find something else to be negative about.  For instance, I overheard a woman at the gym the other day.  She was watching The View and said “omg, IF ONLY I could look like Elizabeth Hasslebeck.” The main problem came in my mind when I heard later that she has lost 200 pounds!! That is so INSANELY AWESOME, but it was sad to hear her saying things insinuating that it just wasn’t enough.

And HOLY CRAP this woman on Tyra just said that she has an outdoor pool and in the summer (she’s a teacher) she will lay out in a swimsuit and swim, but when she hears her husbands truck she will run inside and cover up. She will not let him see her in a swimsuit. He has NEVER seen her in a swimsuit. How horrible?!?!

Why would anyone want to live like that if they can help it (which we all can).  So I REALLY am making a change. I have been eating to be healthy but a positive side effect has been maintaining a lower weight than I used to be. Well I can tell that I have been concentrating more on weight lately because over the past few months I’ve gained some poundage, and I’m TIRED of it. Also, I see pics of women who might weigh more than me and think “her body rocks!!!” yet I’m unhappy with my own body still?!? It makes zero sense.  So, I’m not doing it anymore. No more weighing, no more scales, no more beating myself up because I “feel fat” today. I’m over it. I’m eating healthy food because I like it and it makes me feel good, and when I eat something “bad” I’m not going to feel bad anymore (I apologize I have been kind of a poser, because sometimes I pretend like I don’t care when I ate a bunch of snacks when I really do!!) I really feel like I am taking a step in the right direction because 2 weeks ago I cut my workouts down to 5 a week because thats NORMAL!! I don’t like feeling bad when I miss a day, and I don’t deserve it.

I’m saying that today, I think I’m pretty f*cking great, and I think every single one of you are too. And I will rock a swimsuit this summer and OF COURSE let Joey see it 🙂 HA!

Few years back at my heaviest in a swimsuit!! Ahhh!!! Putting all the cards on the table here!!

Please share any thoughts, techniques, or times when you have been a poser and how you are not gonna do it anymore!!

*And a side note, I am NOT saying I was fat or anything in this picture, but it was at my unHEALTHiest and unHAPPYest (yes I know I spelled that wrong, but it looks better like this, hahaha)