• Another edition of, Double-Fisted Diet Wreckers!!!

    Thanks WebMD for another amazing email telling me this morning that the fast food breakfast meals that I know and LOVE are the worst things for you…. I travel A LOT and most of the trips I take start off with a stop at McDonalds, or Dunkin or Starbucks depending on my mood… NOW I know where I should and shouldn’t eat, and what I should be getting instead of my usual favorites…

    The article starts out with this statement…

    Breakfast on the Go?
    While high-fat, high-calorie breakfasts abound at the nation’s fast-food restaurants, most chains offer at least one or two healthier items — if you must fill up at a drive-through. Cruise our photo gallery of the worst offenders and better choices to fuel your day. WebMD doesn’t endorse these “better bets” for everyone, since some still may be too high in sodium or calories for your diet.

    Starbucks: Worst Choice (thank god I don’t like this shit. hahaha)
    The Cranberry Orange Scone is one of several high-fat, sugary treats at Starbucks that probably won’t keep you full until lunch, despite a hefty calorie count. Indulgences like this icing-topped scone vary in flavorings by restaurant, but any scone is a buttery affair. This one contains 490 calories, 18 g fat, 2 g fiber, and 8 g protein. Note that the saturated fat — 9 grams — is 45% of the daily limit.

    Starbucks: Better Choice (isn’t my first choice, I love the Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon sandwich, which is just as healthy as this wrap below)
    The Egg White, Spinach, and Feta Wrap caters nicely to health-conscious commuters in a hurry. It’s easy to eat out of hand and contains just 280 calories, 10 g fat, and 3.5 g of saturated fat. Ample protein (18 g) and fiber (6 g) help keep you full. Oatmeal with a Nut Medley Topping is another good choice at 240 calories. Or try the Greek Yogurt Honey Parfait with 290 calories.

    Dunkin’ Donuts: Worst Choices (I’m sure the Bacon Egg and Cheese is just as bad :(, is it better if it’s on a bagel?!?!) 

    Stay away from the high fat Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant (690 calories, 48 g fat, 19 g saturated fat, 1,340 mg sodium), as well as the Sausage Egg and Cheese Bagel (690 calories, 35 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, and 1,650 mg sodium). 
    Dunkin’ Donuts: Better Bets (skip the meat??? BOOOOO)
    The Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin  sandwich comes in at 320 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 14 g protein, 1 g fiber, and 820 mg of sodium. The protein will help will keep you going strong through the morning. Choose a wheat bagel to bump up the fiber to 5 grams.

    McDonald’s: Worst Choice (boo, I love myself a BIG BREAKFAST… I can do without the hot cakes, but still, this is seriously fattening) 
    Take a pass on McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hot Cakes. It’ll weigh you down with 1,090 calories, 56 g fat, and 19 g saturated fat — close to the daily limit for this unhealthy fat. Even the biscuit is loaded with saturated fat, topping even the sausage patty or eggs. The sodium hits 2,150 mg, nearly the daily limit.
    McDonald’s: Better Bet (I can deal.)
    The Egg McMuffin is a better choice under the golden arches at 300 calories, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, and 2 g fiber. Lean Canadian bacon offers protein and a meaty taste with very little fat. In any restaurant, ask for the nutrition information. Items with some fiber and protein will keep you satisfied for hours.  Sodium watchers take note: the Egg McMuffin has 820 mg.


    And last but not least, my serious guilty pleasure that makes me basically go into cardiac arrest every time I eat it, and not to mention I feel like a large blob of sludge and I don’t really move much the day I eat the thing…..

    Burger King: Worst Choice (my favorite, but ditch the sausage, add MORE BACON!)
    Skip the Double Croissan’wich with Double Sausage, which comes in at 700 calories, 49 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, and 1,510 mg sodium. Burger King stacks two sausage patties, double cheese, and fried eggs on a giant buttery croissant bun. This high-calorie, high-fat sandwich contains almost a day’s worth of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

    Burger King: Better Bet (again, no meat?? suck it.)
    The Egg and Cheese Croissan’wich offers fast-food taste at a nutritional cost that many people can afford: 320 calories, 16 g fat, and 7 g of saturated fat. The sodium content may be a tough fit for restricted diets at 690 mg. Eleven grams of protein will help keep you feeling full until lunch.

    Basically, IN CONCLUSION, if you want something for breakfast, you are better off eating this…. 
    One egg and one piece of wheat bread. KILL ME. 
    Happy Breakfast Hunting!
    FAT KID OUT (maybe to burger king for a Double Croissan’wich ;))
  • Instead of blogging I went out and drank beer and ate French fries on a Tuesday

    So, after over I don’t know what, almost 2 weeks of not blogging, and my friends actually telling me I need to keep it up, here we go, I am blogging. And guess what – I DON’T WANT TO BE BLOGGING RIGHT NOW. I just got home from drinking beers with my friends and eating french fries (I’ll explain later) and the last thing I want to do is blog. I want to lay my fat ass in bed and SLEEP! So guess what… that’s what I’m going to do… and this blog is dedicated to my cousin, who I love, Sam Kern… she told me she needs something to read on her way to work in the morning… so SAM, this is for you, read this and know I love you, I love you enough to tell you how much I don’t want to blog. XOXOX

    Sleep Tight –
    Fat Kid OUT!

  • It's FALL and it's PUMPKIN season!

    Ahhhhh, so. fall is here! I woke up this morning and I went outside to walk the dogs and shit, It was cold. AND I LOVE IT!!!! 🙂 This means time for all things pumpkin…. Pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecakes, you name it, it can have pumpkin in it – and luckily, I’ve found if you make your pumpkin items a little bit more tweaked, you could have some healthy pumpkin items!!!!

    (my favorite part of fall — pumpkin spiced latte’s!! holler)

    First up, this was actually in my newsletter from Skinny Taste this morning:

    Pumpkin Cupcakes (no frosting)
    Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
    Calories: 84.2 • Fat: 0.8 g • Protein: 0.6 g • Carb: 18.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Sugar: 9.9 g
    Sodium: 140.9 mg  

    Pumpkin Cupcakes with Frosting
    Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts
    Calories: 121.1 • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Carb: 23.2 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sugar:13.9 g
    Sodium: 142.3 mg  

    For the recipe, click here: 

    Now we’ve got some “Healthified” Pumpkin Bread!!!!
    Wooohooo  – 50% less fat • 29% fewer calories • 50% more fiber than the original recipe—see the comparison. We’ve scooped out some of the fat from this popular bread and spooned in whole wheat flour. Delicious! From eatbetteramerica. For the recipe, CLICK HERE.

    Ok I don’t feel like posting anymore, so FAT KID OUT – enjoy your pumpkin food. 

  • What's for lunch? Not looking like Chipotle :(

    So I’m sitting here at my desk, at 3:30pm pondering what to do for lunch (yeah, I know, it’s a little late)…. I thought, oh snaps – give me some Chipotle in my belly…. I love Chipotle! So, my first instinct was to go ahead and go to the nutirtion facts and see how bad it really is for you???

    Well – I posted the link to view the nutrition facts and also the picture below – I was kind of sad to find out that my simple, 3 chicken tacos with cheese and lettuce, aren’t the best choice for a quick lunch 🙁

    3 soft chicken tacos with lettuce and cheese: 
    560 calories, 22.5 grams of fat, 40 grams of cabs 🙁 
    Thanks Chipotle, for having “all natural, un-healthy food”!

    Looks like I’ll stick with lettuce and cucumbers for lunch.. what am I a rabbit? WTF.. Have a good rest of your day, I’ll let you know what I pick for lunch!

  • Double-Fisted Diet Wreckers

    So the other day I opened my inbox and saw that I had an email from WebMd — Best and Worst.. now I always open these type of emails because I love to see whats on there and what I’m eating and where it fares.. well. this time I was kind of pissed… haha – I found out (not that I really thought my favorite things were super healthy) that most of the stuff I liked to eat was totally on the worst list…. (go figure, right?)

    Here are some of the comparisons — (we’ll start with my favorite WORST BET) haha

    Wendy’s: Best Bet
    Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich boasts only 360 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, and 1,110 mg of sodium. This simple yet satisfying sandwich of grilled chicken, lettuce, and tomato is topped off with tangy honey mustard instead of slathered with high-fat mayo — for a dietitian’s delight.

    Wendy’s: Worst Bet (take away the tomato and it’s sex in your MOUTH!)
    The Asiago Ranch Chicken Club Sandwich can turn a quick lunch into a fatty affair that lingers on your hips.  Wendy’s tops their breaded, fried filet with 3 strips of bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo for  660 calories, 33 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, and 1,650 mg of sodium. If you swap the mayo for honey mustard and go grilled, you can slim down this club sandwich to about 510 calories.

    McDonald’s: Best Bet (good thing I actually like their snack wraps haha)
    The Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Wrap pleases the palate without plumping your waistline. Each flour tortilla contains grilled chicken, shredded cheese, and lettuce for 250 calories, 8 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 650 mg sodium. Ranch or chipotle versions have just a few more calories. Add a fruit and walnut salad, chock full of apples, for 210 calories and a meal under 500 calories.
    McDonald’s: Worst Bet
    The Crispy Chicken ClubSandwich is about what you’d expect from a restaurant better known for burgers and fries. Fried chicken, bacon, and mayo push this to 620 calories, 29 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, and 1,200 mg of sodium.  The honey wheat roll, lettuce, and tomato are healthful touches. Get grilled chicken, instead of fried; mustard instead of mayo, and this becomes a better choice from this fast-food giant.
    Subway: Best Bets
    Keep your personal calorie count low with the 6″ Black Forest Ham Sandwich or one of Subway’s many other 6-inch sandwiches with 6 grams of fat or less. The restaurant shines in low-calorie choices: roast chicken, roast beef, club, turkey breast, turkey breast and ham, veggie delight, or sweet onion chicken teriyaki.  Top them with lots of veggies to keep them in the range of 230 – 380 calories. 
    Subway: Worst Bet (this one makes me pooh anyways, so I don’t go near it hahaha)
    The 6″ Double Meatball Marinara with Cheese sandwich is a fatty choice at a restaurant better-known for its healthy choices and its weight-conscious spokesperson, Jared.  This 6-inch sub weighs in at an enormous 860 calories, 42 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, and 2,480 mg sodium.  And don’t let the occasional $5 foot-long special at Subway tempt you into overeating any of their sandwiches.
    Panera: Best Bet (I hate mayo, so this one totally is my favorite healthy choice)
    Smoked Turkey on Whole Grain Bread is a better choice at Panera. The restaurant uses 99% fat-free turkey and adds lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard for 560 calories, 17 g fat, 2.5 g sat.fat, and 1,960 mg sodium. Get this sandwich below 500 by holding the mayo.  Hats off to Panera for offering an apple or fruit salad as a side dish instead of bread or chips.

    Panera: Worst Bet (yum yum yummmmm this is totally one of my favorites, now I can’t have it anymore 🙁
    The Signature Chipotle Chicken on Artisan French Bread contains 830 calories, 37 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, and 2,180 mg of sodium.  That’s the daily sodium limit for healthy adults. The special sauce, bacon, and cheddar help turn chicken, a lean type of protein, into a calorie bomb. Unfortunately,  many of the hot panini, signature, and café sandwiches hit the 700-900 calorie range.

    So there you have it folks — what to eat, and what NOT to eat… hope this is helpful when you go to have lunch today, some of the things you think might be SEMI healthy, really aren’t.. now I need to go find a completely set of favorite things to eat…. FML! 
  • I'm BEHIND. I know….

    Hey everyone that actually looks for blog posts from me… which I found out today, I have a few fans! 🙂 Yay me.. right! 🙂

    Anyways, I have been super SUPER consumed by the flooding back home… Click this link to view some pics..  so I have really been slacking on letting you know how my progress is going. I’ve been living on my computer and drinking gallons of coffee working on trying to help everyone back in Owego…

    That being said, if you have ANYTHING to donate, please let me know – I have been sending this email out to my clients and friends to try and get people to help donate things:

    My hometown suffered a massive flood this past Thursday, and since then I have been working with my family to restore things to normal..  

    Read more on the flood here: 

    If you are interested in learning more, just go to www.pressconnects.com and there are photos, videos and everything you could need to see how devastating this is… 

    This has been the worst flood in ALL history of our area — and it’s just horrible…
    I have a favor to ask of you though – I am coordinating an effort to gather a ton of items to donate to the people of Owego/Binghamton… Clothes, food, water, cleaning supplies, appliances, pet supplies, anything you can name, they need it – I am working with a local moving company to use one of their trucks they are donating to gather everything and drive it up to NY. If you could ask around your office to see if anyone has anything they would like to donate that would really help…. 

    If you would like a flyer to hang up in your office, or anywhere, please let me know and I will get you one.

    You can also join this awesome group on facebook, for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/286360344714056/?id=287623271254430&notif_t=like 

    Here are some pics of my town… It’s horrible, and devastating…

  • F. my life. It's football season and I'm on a diet…

    So football started this weekend… That means 2 things… 1. I’m super super SUPER pumped to watch the Giants kill it on the field…. and 2. FATTENING FOOOOOOD. HOLLER…. but fucccck me. I’m on a diet… All the wings, the beers, the fries, the mozz sticks, pizza… I can’t eat that shit anymore. And as much as I want to cave.. I just can’t — I need help friends…. I’m DYING here… it’s only been the first week and I already want to house a whole pizza and 2 dozen wings from Wing It. What the hell am I going to do? OH, and don’t forget the TAILGATING when I go to games!! WHAT am I going to say? No, please don’t shove that amazing flank steak in my mouth, I’m on a diet, pass me the fat free crackers please????? Fuck.

    I totally read up on some “healthy football snacks” and yeah, I’m sure that I will try them out, but dudes, that’s still not going to replace the yummy goodness of grease filled food on Sundays… What to do, what to do — maybe I will just start sleeping through Sundays so that I won’t have to deal with sitting at a table at our local Buffalo Wing Factory watching all my friends sip their delish cold dollar beers and house wings and fries…. perhaps. But that would suck. hahahaha… Or do I work out super hard during the week so come Sunday, the only thing in my stomach is coors light and buffalo wing pizza? WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO. This is seriously such a dilema…

    In the meantime, I am going to use this week to figure out what to do come Sunday… Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, because I’m not exactly sure I can make it through this whole season without at least a few weekends of binge eating. Football, my friends, is NOT fat kid diet friendly.

    WHAT DO I DO????????
    Fat kid out.

    ps. I hope you realize from all my cursing that I am really passionate about this issue… HELP!

    me in my happy fat football days… in my hands, a foot long and a nice ice cold beer.

    beer bongs??? kiss them good-bye… 🙁

  • Twitter Workouts

    So, last night I saw a tweet from my friend Katie – and in 140 characters, I had one of the best workouts I have ever had…. Check it out, and do it – it’s worth it!

  • Wednesday Night's Dinner Recipes!

    So last night I decided to embark down the low-fat cooking journey… Normally I just throw whatever is in the fridge, on the grill, add a butter soaked potato and call it done. Oh, and I eat a lot of it. A LOT. This time, I decided to pull a few recipes off of the Cooking Light website and whipped up a nice, healthy-ish dinner? Let me tell you, it wasn’t super fattening, and it was delish!

    First it was some steak….

    Grilled marinated flank steak:
    Combine 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons honey, and 2 minced garlic cloves in a large zip-top plastic bag; add a 1 1/2-pound flank steak to bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning bag occasionally. Preheat grill; grill steak 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.


    Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin:
    1 1/2 pounds peeled Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    1 teaspoon salt, divided
    Cooking spray
    2 tablespoons minced shallots
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
    1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
    1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Drain. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside and keep warm.

    Heat a medium saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add shallots; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sprinkle flour over shallots. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat 9 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt, Asiago, chives, pepper, and bacon.
    Arrange half of potato slices in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour half of cheese sauce over potato slices. Top with remaining potato slices and cheese sauce; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

    and CORN! done. and done. best dinner yet. Recipe’s here. SteakPotato
  • All I want is a LARGE pepperoni pizza!

    Day 3…. yeah, only day 3. DAMNIT! I woke up this morning with the biggest craving for a Dunkin Donuts “Big n’ Toasty”, a large pepperoni pizza from Marios and a large iced coconut coffee with cream and sugar. If that doesn’t scream diet I don’t know what does…. Then I quickly went to google and looked up the awesome nutritional facts for all of these things:

    Big n’ Toasty:
    580 Calories
    35g of fat
    11g of Saturated Fat
    1370mg of Sodium
    41g of carbs

    Mario’s Sheet Pep Pizza (although I can’t get the exact number, I’m going to use Pizza Hut as a reference)
    3040 Calories
    152g of Fat
    6720mg of Sodium

    Ice Coffee
    240 Calories
    12g of Fat
    34g of Sugar

    Ahhh…. that would have been an amazing breakfast this morning, dontcha think??? Unfortunately it was all a dream… I woke up and quickly went down to the pantry, got out a wheat muffin, peanut butter and another one of those awesome Dole Shakers and went to town. This mornings breakfast looked a little like this:

    Much better… Day 3 is off to an ok start for my body.. but not for my brain. HAHA. I’ll check back with you all later to let you know if I actually make it through day 3 or not!

    Happy Thursday –