Monday, August 26, 2013

I Bet It's Just Like Heaven...

Hello all.  School started last week so I’m crazy  busy but I am hoping to settle into a routine this week.  I had an amazing weekend with friends and family and this week is just as busy and should be just as fun.  I’m going to see the Backstreet Boys tomorrow night.  I can’t WAIT to feel like I’m in high school again…I know they may be cheesy but I’m so excited.  I am also headed to the beach this week with my friend Nish and it will definitely be nice to get away.  There won’t be a post next Monday because it’s Labor Day and I won’t be back from the beach yet.  So, happy Labor Day in advance! When I weighed on Friday, I had lost one of the New Orleans pounds I gained so that’s good.  I had a rough weekend but I’m back on today.  I’m hoping to come up with some sort of strategy for the beach so I don’t do too poorly but as always, it’s a challenge.

I wanted to share a new snack with you all today.  These are “Simply Cheetos Puffs” and they are White Cheddar flavored.  You can have 32 of these for 150 calories.  They are so yummy.  They are kind of addictive so make sure to count them out rather than just eating out of the bag.  I know these aren’t natural and probably don’t come highly recommended by nutritionist but you know I’m an advocate of having snacks around that make you feel like you are actually eating something you want.  These puffs make you feel like you’re getting a junk food fix and you aren’t consuming hundreds of calories.

I had a great time in Chattanooga this weekend.  My friends and I went to the Southern Brewers Festival in Chattanooga on Saturday (where we got to see St. Paul and the Broken Bones again), hung out with my family on Sunday and then got to see one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE singers, Sara Bareilles at a place called Track 29 in Chattanooga.  We got home late last night so I’m tired but it was totally worth it.  We had a blast! (The video isn’t the best quality.  If you can’t see, copy and paste the following link:

I hope you all have a wonderful week/Labor Day!

It’s GAME WEEK, TOO! ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!


“She said,
Come on, come on
Break me to pieces, I
I think you’re just like heaven

Come on, come on
Let’s see what a fire feels like
I bet it’s just like heaven” Cassiopeia-Sara Bareilles

Monday, August 19, 2013


Greetings y’all.  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was pretty good.  I was extremely productive but I also got to play a little.  I was a bit disappointed because when I weighed this weekend, I was up over a pound.  I know I went to New Orleans the prior week but I tried not to go crazy.  My hope was that I didn’t gain but it definitely goes to show that my body is at a zero tolerance level at this point.  It’s frustrating quite honestly.  I am in constant fear of gaining weight.  What I eat and drink, what I weigh, what activity I do for the day is streaming constantly in the forefront of my brain.  I never get a break.  It can be a bit overwhelming at times.  My goal is to live fearlessly and just do the best I can but I am certain a life without stress over my weight is an impossibility.  In terms of calorie intake and the rules I’ve set for myself, I was at 100% during the week last week and at about 70% this weekend so it wasn’t bad.  I am doing fine today. I’m currently training for a 10K so I’m running at least 3 times a week, walking at least twice and then doing either an exercise machine or an Insanity video once a week.  I still managed to gain weight last week so I hope that you can see why it’s all a bit discouraging.  Either way, I haven’t given up and I definitely don’t intend to.  I suppose this is my outlet to vent, however unfortunate it is for you all.  I will proceed as best I can.

I actually made a turkey burger this weekend that I didn’t screw up and it turned out delicious.  I am incredibly impatient.  If my food takes more than 3-5 minutes to make, I am certain to be cranky.  The problem is, there are various types of food that require patience.  I’ve burned a lot of eggs and rice in my day.  Turkey burgers are hard to make because they require patience.  If you overcook a turkey burger, it’s essentially inedible.  There are a couple tricks to cooking a turkey burger.  First, it should be of decent quality.  I recommend getting them uncooked.  Pre-cooked/packaged turkey burgers have no juices after they’ve been heated up.   I got these from Jennie-O.  Each individual patty comes in its own pouch.  They are 200 calories a piece but the patty is pretty large.  They are all white meat.  I keep them frozen and I defrosted this one in the microwave.  Be careful! The microwave is a dangerous place for turkey burgers.  I put it on the defrost setting and checked it every 30 seconds or so and as soon as it wasn’t frozen in the middle, I took it out.  Then I cooked it on a low-medium setting on the skillet.  I left it on one side for several minutes and THEN flipped it.  You don’t want to flip it too much or overcook it.  I got the idea from the Hungry Girl to make a taco flavored burger so I took taco seasoning and rubbed the patty with it.  Once it was done, I topped it with salsa and then some cheese.  I put it on my low calorie bun and it was delicious! I was so proud of myself for having the patience to make a juicy turkey burger.  It may never happen again so I wanted to share with you in order to cherish the moment. 

My life gets even busier this week.  School starts back so I’m going to be teaching in addition to my regular job.  I also got a third job tutoring two days a week so it’s going to be crazy.  Also, football season is about to start and that keeps me traveling and busy as well.  I am going to Chattanooga this weekend to see family and watch some live music at a festival.  I found out that Sara Bareilles was going to be playing in Chattanooga and she’s my favorite so I’m going to that on Sunday.  It should be an AWESOME weekend. I hope you all have a great week and I will catch you next Monday!

“Then that’s the way it is
We live with what we miss
We learn to build another wall
Till it falls

So go on go and break my heart
I’ll be okay
There’s nothing you can do to me
That’s ever going to burn me

So go on, go on and leave my love
Out on the street
I’m fearless
Better believe I’m fearless, fearless…” Fearless-Colbie Caillat

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back To Me

Hello everyone! I am completely exhausted today but I’m OK with that.  I had an awesome weekend so it was totally worth it.  When I weighed on Friday morning, I was down a couple more pounds.  That’s two weeks in a row that I showed a loss.  I was so relieved.  I know that I can do this and it was nice to show progress.  I went to New Orleans this weekend so I knew that I wouldn’t be eating great.  In the past, if I went out of town, I just had a free for all. I would get three different snacks at every gas station and I would eat horribly for every meal.  This time, I allotted myself a little freedom but I didn’t go crazy.  I set up explicit guidelines for myself that allowed me to eat cheat meals/snacks but only if I earned them.  I exercised all weekend, brought my own snacks and didn’t cheat every meal.  Of course I had some good food that is bad for you but I don’t think I’ve ever been so well behaved on an out of town trip.  I was so proud of myself.  I may not lose weight this week but so far in August, I’ve proved to myself that I can still do a fantastic job.  I haven’t been myself these past few months and it’s time to get back to the me that I know I can be.  I’m running at 100% today and have no excuses to cheat this weekend so I should make some nice progress.  Remember, it’s always going to be a struggle so never give up, even if you get discouraged.

I wanted to share a quick and yummy alternative to the greasy, fried chicken Buffalo sandwiches that you get in restaurants.  I actually have to give Cassandra credit for this because she makes these all of the time.  Tyson sells breaded chicken patties.  They are 200 calories which isn’t great but it’s certainly better than the alternative.  You can microwave them in a minute or so.  Take these, get you some low calorie bread or a low calorie bun and then add hot sauce and a light ranch style dressing or sauce to the chicken and you have a makeshift Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.  Making this at home could easily save you 300-400 calories and it’s delicious.

As I said, I had a busy weekend.  I didn’t take too many pictures in New Orleans but I did put one that I took on the balcony that had a photobomb from someone that went with us.  I think Cassandra had a great birthday and we all had a blast.  We came home from New Orleans on Saturday, I had time for a quick jog and then my friend Nish treated me to an AMAZING night.  We went to the Old Skool Summer Fest at the Amp in Tuscaloosa and we got to see Salt-N-Pepa (I didn’t take that picture. It came from  We danced the night away.  It was so much fun.  I went for a long swim yesterday, drove to Bessemer for lunch with Jordan and then had a delicious dinner at my parent’s house.  I know I’m always crazy busy.  In fact, it’s going to get worse when school starts and I have two classes.  I also just picked up a tutoring job on Tuesday and Thursday evenings that will add even more to my schedule but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love to stay busy and I never want to miss out on an opportunity to experience something.  I will always be willing to see a friend or family member, go out of town or do something I’ve never done.  Life is way too short!

I hope you all have a great week!

Good luck with any goals that you have and never stop starting over.

Roll Tide, y’all.


“I added rain to your ocean
What did it do, it meant nothing to you
You made grief my chief emotion
Why’d you have to do what you thought you had to do

I don’t know if I’ll be back again
Turns out they were right again
Get back to what you know
Get back to what you do
Gotta get back to me, ooooo
If it’s true home is where the heart is
I guess now I’m homeless
Get back to what you know
Get back to what you do
Gotta get back to me without you…” Back To Me Without You-The Band Perry

Monday, August 5, 2013

Push It!

Hi y’all.  I’m sorry I didn’t post last week. I’m sure you sat angrily next to your computer all day on Monday wondering why I didn’t put something up or you didn’t notice at all…either way, I apologize.  To be quite honest, I was angry and pouty.  When I weighed on the 27th of July, I was up another couple pounds and officially breached into the danger zone.  I was disappointed in myself and quite angry in general because it doesn’t seem fair that maintaining/losing weight is this hard.  I exercise all the time and for the most part, I don’t eat too much.  I realized quickly  though that I just need to get over it.  My mother reminded me that I know HOW to do it and she’s right…I do…it’s just a matter of sucking it up and doing it.  In terms of diet,  I was at 100% all week last week and at about 70% this weekend (I had one or two sketchy moments yesterday) so it was a great improvement.  When I weighed again on Friday, I was down a couple pounds and back under the really ugly, scary number.  I was happy about that but I know that I have to press forward.  I will say that in terms of weight and health, the most terrifying battle that someone who has lost a lot of weight faces is gaining weight back.  You are never “safe.”  Gaining weight is always in the back of your mind.  I have been doing this for years and I’ve never given up but over the past year, I’ve gotten far too comfortable and the weight creeps back slowly.  I have a bit of momentum from losing weight last week so I definitely plan to keep going.  I am going to New Orleans on Friday and I have to get out of the mindset that I can eat what I want when I leave the county.  I will set specific guidelines for myself that allow me a treat or two but not freedom to do what I want.  I have no choice at this point; I’ve worked too hard.

This week, I am sharing a new product that I found at Wal-Mart.  I know the images is a bit small but these are something called “Chicken Melts” and they are made by the Sandwich Bros.  They make smaller, pocket sandwiches that are quite tasty and not that high in calories.  They are small but they aren’t laughably small and they have that frozen snack effect that you miss out on when you are dieting.  They are 160 calories.  I paired one with a serving of fat free Pringles on Saturday for lunch and it was pretty filling.  It has a breaded chicken taste and also has cheese. I’m hoping to find additional variations at Wal-Mart soon.  I know frozen food has tons of artificial ingredients and for the most part, natural products are better but sometimes, it’s nice to return to your college years and quickly heat up something in the microwave.

My roomie, “wife” and bestie is celebrating a birthday on Friday and I wanted to give her a shout out.  I have a lot of awesome people in my life and I’m very fortunate.  Cassandra is one of those people.  She accepts me for who I am (and who I am is pretty difficult to put up with sometimes) and is always there for me.  She has been especially helpful in the past few months.  It’s rare that two people can live together as long as we have and remain friends.  She’s AMAZING and I am so lucky to have her in my life!!! I hope you have an awesome birthday and I can’t wait to get into trouble in NOLA on Friday!

Since I last posted, I saw St. Paul and the Broken Bones again.  I also got to see the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20.  I watched my friend’s dog, Coco last week.  I love this dog.  She has so much personality.  We went swimming and she just swam right up to her float and chilled for about 20 minutes as if it were perfectly natural for a dog to lounge/float in a pool.  The above pictures were all from those events. 

I’m excited about the upcoming weeks.  I’m going to New Orleans.  I’m seeing Salt-n-Pepa on Saturday. I’m going to Chattanooga in a few weeks and then the beach on Labor Day.  I’m a lucky, lucky girl.

Maybe the most exciting thing to look forward to is football season which is just around the corner.  ROLL TIDE!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!


“But some things in this world
Man, they don’t make sense
Some things you don’t leave until they leave you
And then the things that you miss, you say

Baby, baby, baby when all your love is gone
Who will save me from all I’m up against out in this world
And maybe, maybe, maybe
You’ll find something that’s enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don’t receive you
You should turn yourself around and come on home

Let that city take you in (come on home)
Let that city spit you out (come on home)
Let that city take you down, yeah
For God’s sake turn around…” Bright Lights-Matchbox 20