• Detoxxx Time – I found my friend!

    Yesssss! Talk about great morning – I love getting chats saying, “I’m going to try your detox again starting next week”. YESSSS. Looks like I’ve got a detox buddy and I won’t be miserable and alone…

    K and I will be starting on Monday, anyone else wanna try it out? If you want to know the rules again, here they are!

    Remove all of the following from diet for 4 weeks:
    •Fried Food
    •What
    •Refined Sugar
    •Dairy
    •Alcohol
    •Caffeine…

    To put it easy… all you should be eating is lean meats, fruits, veggies, and long grain brown rice and if you need a potato, you can have sweet potatoes….

    And ok ok ok I know no one can go 4 weeks without ALCOHOL… so if you NEEED to, just stick to vodka and water. That’s it, Vods and WADS. Nothing more… NO CHEATING.

    So since I’ll be back on this again, if you see me cheat, KICK MY ASS… Because I know I’m going to be kicking Kim’s ass.

    Sweet… can’t wait to start having proteins, fruits, veggies, humus and quinoa for the next 4 weeks straight… grrr… ok… enough bitching, TIME TO DROP SOME LBBBBB’S!!!!!

    XOXOX

  • I'm off to a good start…..

    So day 2 – I’m def not on the detox, YET, but slowly getting there… I don’t know how I am going to give up caffeine again, that is my lifeline. But I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. I ate a healthy breakfast this morning, and I’m planning on eating a healthy lunch as well! 🙂 Since it’s Joanna’s birthday, I’m skipping the workout because frankly there just isn’t enough time in this day, and I don’t want to wake up at 3:30am just to work out… I’m not there yet….

    My amazing cousin Amy, a while back sent me this great email with some awesome tips on working out and dieting… and I wanted to share them all with you!

    • Workouts – I’ve found that no matter how hard I push myself on an elliptical or any other machine, nothing gets me back in shape faster than running.  More so outside than on a treadmill.  Tones me up more than other cardio.  I have no explanation for this, just an observation!
    • Food – Fiber and Lean Protein!!!  You need fiber for obvious reasons – get everything out, lol.  They say fiber also makes you feel full, but I need a little protein to make me feel full too.
    • Always eat wheat pasta, bread, etc.  Once I started reading labels, I realized how nutrient-deficient white pasta is.  Truth is, I think the wheat tastes better anyway.
    • Fiber One yogurt – it’s actually delicious, and its an easy 50-calorie way to get 5g fiber in your system if you’ve been lacking that day.  Some cinnamon in the vanilla is awesome!
    • Healthy fats are good!  When I don’t eat enough fat I get super hungry.  Some fats are actually good for you – like stuff with low saturated fat.  I typically mix a little bit of olive oil (no more than 1tbsp) with balsamic vinegar for salad dressing.  Also, I always eat the yolk of the egg.  It might not be the healthiest fat, but I’ve read there’s good nutrients in there.  Also, if you eat eggs in moderation (2 a day at most) and don’t have a lot of other cholesterol it can’t be that bad.  I’m a fan of a simple hard boiled egg.
    • Salads – If I just eat veggies with dressing I get super hungry right after.  I try to always add something to a salad.  Olive oil dressing helps, but it’s not enough for me.  I also add a scoop of beans, usually chickpeas and black beans.  Tons of fiber and protein!  Sometimes I add low-fat shredded cheese.
    • Dinner should not be the biggest meal of the day, unless you work out late at night.  It’s silly – you need energy throughout the day so it doesn’t make sense to eat most of your food at night.  Too bad the concept of a big dinner has been shoved into everyone’s head forever now.
    • Because I don’t think dinner should be huge – Eat a good breakfast!  My favorite cereal is Special K Protein Plus – 100 cal and 10g protein!  Skim milk adds more protein.  Some people complain it tastes like cardboard, but I put cinnamon on it and that does the trick for me.
    • Speaking of breakfast, I love egg & cheese sandwiches.  I make a 260 cal version at home.  I’ve found light wheat bread that’s 70 cal for 2 slices.  Then I use 2 eggs.  I put one slice of Kraft 2% milk american cheese (50 cal).  Toast the bread and spray some of that 0 cal butter spray on it – makes it taste fattier than it is!  I also like to add chili powder to the eggs, and some hot sauce or cayenne pepper.  If you need meat on it, turkey bacon is a great lean option – I’ve found turkey bacon that’s only 25 cal/slice!
    • Burgers – I love veggie burgers, and instead of a bun, I use that light wheat bread I mentioned before.  I can usually have a whole sandwich for under 200 cal!  If you’re not wiling to do the veggie burger thing, make your own burgers with lean ground beef or turkey – awesome!!!
    • Herbs and spices – experiment with them a lot.  You can add a ton of flavor without extra calories or fat.  Definitely good for making veggies edible 🙂
    These are some things I’ve already started living by… I love cheese on my salads, I put that on instead of dressing because it adds flavor and makes it healthier!! Thanks Amy for all these awesome tips… I guess it’s time to work! SO i will chat with you all later! 🙂 

    Have a great day… xoxox FAT KID OUT!

  • ANOTHER Double-Fisted Diet Wreckers!!!!!!

    So, I had a LOT of views on my first Double-fisted diet wreckers post… so I am going to go ahead and post again… Thanks Web-MD for the information!!!! 🙂

    This one is all about apps! You know you love them, you know you can’t live with out them… just as my cousin Sam and how she feels about the Beef Lolly Pops at Wine30! HAHA…

    Welp, here’s the sad sad truth about what you should, and shouldn’t eat as an app!



    WORST: Onion Blossom – otherwise known as good old BLOOOOMIN Onion… yum.
    It may be your waistline that blossoms if you’re a fan of fried onions. “It’s good to start off with a vegetable,” says Joan Salge Blake, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “But once you fry it, you’re frying in calories.” The onion blossom at one popular restaurant has 1,949 calories, 161 g of fat, and 4,100 mg of sodium — more than double the daily sodium limit for healthy adults.

    BEST: Vegetable Kabobs – These are delish! 
    Grilled vegetable kabobs offer a nutritious, low-calorie alternative to fried onions. If this isn’t on the menu, ask for a side of grilled vegetables as your appetizer. Veggie kabobs are also easy to make — try skewering onions, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and zucchini. Brush with a lower-fat garlic and herb marinade. Two large kabobs will have about 75 calories.

    WORST: Spinach Artichoke Dip – Why isn’t it healthy? It’s got spinach! haha
    Don’t let the word “spinach” fool you. Traditional spinach artichoke dip is not a healthy starter. A typical order contains about 1,600 calories, 100 g of fat, and 2,500 mg of sodium. The trouble is the cream base, which is loaded with saturated fat. If you make this dip at home, try using a base of nonfat Greek yogurt instead.

    BEST: Spinach Salad
    The best appetizers are low in calories, but satisfying enough to curb how much you eat during the rest of your meal. Salads made with spinach or other leafy greens do this very well. Studies suggest you’ll eat about 10% less during a meal if you start off with salad. A cup of fresh spinach with a tablespoon of vinaigrette has about 80 calories.

    WORST: Cheese Fries – Outback’s Aussie fries… my. worst. enemy. 
    The worst appetizers can “take over the meal,” Blake warns. “Some of them have more calories than the main entrée.” One offender is cheese fries — French fries with melted cheese on top. Variations may include bacon bits or ranch dressing. A full order packs up to 2,000 calories, 134 g of fat, and 2,800 mg of sodium — more than you should eat in a whole day.
    BEST: Crab Cakes – delish. Love me some crabby cakes!
    Blake recommends using appetizers to work in healthy foods you might be eating too little of. Seared crab cakes offer an appealing way to get more seafood into your diet. Served with chili sauce, a typical crab cake has about 300 calories, 20 g of fat, and 960 mg sodium.
    WORST: Fried Calamari – why are all delish things bad for you? haha
    Like many forms of seafood, squid can be nutritious. But when you bread it and fry it in oil, you’re drenching it with calories and fat. A typical restaurant portion contains about 900 calories, 54 g of fat, and 2,300 mg of sodium — not including any sauce. 
    BEST: Shrimp Cocktail – not my favorite, but it will have to do! 
    Shrimp cocktail is very low in saturated fat and calories. It’s also a refreshing source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote healthy circulation. To keep the calorie count low, stick to tomato-based sauce. A serving of shrimp with cocktail sauce has about 140 calories. 
    WORST: Cheeseburger Sliders don’t be fooled – slider pack a punch! 
    Don’t be fooled by their size — “sliders” pack a lot of calories into a tiny sandwich. A typical restaurant order includes three mini-burgers with cheese and sauce, totaling 1,270 calories, 82 g of fat, and 2,310 mg of sodium. 
    BEST: Beef Skewers – YUM!
    When you’re craving a meaty appetizer, opt for beef skewers. In Asian restaurants, this may be listed as beef satay — skewers of beef with peanut sauce. At home, you can grill skewers of lean beef with onions, garlic, hoisin, soy, and barbecue sauce. A quarter-pound serving has about 130 calories, 5 g of fat, and 803 mg sodium. 
    WORST: Chicken Wings – Looks like I won’t be going to Juan’s families restaurant anymore! haha

    A typical appetizer portion of buffalo chicken wings has more than 700 calories and 40 g of fat. Ranch sauce adds another 200 calories and 20 g of fat. That’s 900 calories and 60 g of fat — not to mention more than 2,000 mg of sodium — before you even get to your main meal.

    BEST: Lettuce Wraps – bland, but will have to do! 
    If you’re craving spicy chicken, skip the wings and try lettuce wraps. You can make these at home by wrapping diced spicy chicken and vegetables in a lettuce leaf. Each wrap has 160 calories and 7 g of fat. If you order this appetizer at a restaurant, be sure to share. A plate of four wraps has a total of 640 calories, 28 g of fat, and 650 mg sodium.

    WORST: Mozzarella Sticks, ugh, my favorite. 
    There’s something about a stick of warm, gooey cheese that is irresistible — until you take a look at the nutritional facts. A typical order has 930 calories, 48 g of fat, and 2,640 mg of sodium. That puts mozzarella sticks pretty much on par with chicken wings.
    BEST: Edamame IS AMAZING – if you haven’t tried it yet… you need to. 
    Go out on a limb and try something entirely different. These green pods, known as edamame, are a popular appetizer in Asian restaurants. It’s fun to open the pods and pop the young soybeans into your mouth. One serving has 122 calories, and 5 g of fat.
    WORST: Chili Cheese Nachos – glad im too picky to like this! 
    They may be a festive way to start an evening out, but nachos and cheese dip are among the least healthy appetizer choices. Eat an entire order yourself, and you’ll take in 1,680 calories, 107 g of fat, and 4,270 mg of sodium — nearly twice the recommended daily limit for sodium. 
    BEST: Sliced Peppers with Salsa – Juan makes the BEST salsa! 
    For a homemade alternative to chips and dip, try sliced peppers or other veggie sticks with salsa. Cut up red and green bell peppers and use them as tortilla chips for dipping in salsa. This is a fun way to sneak more vegetables into your diet. You can dip a whole pepper’s worth of “chips” and stay under 50 calories.
    WORST: Loaded Potato Skins – booo, my favorite, they should be healthy! haha
    Potato skins filled with melted cheese, meats, and sour cream are as fattening as they are tempting. “You’re taking a potato and adding saturated fats,” Blake cautions. At more than 150 calories a pop, the trick to enjoying these is to have just one. Devour a whole plateful and you’ll take in about 1,340 calories, 94 g of fat, and 1,850 mg of sodium. 
    BEST: Stuffed Mushrooms – I need to start liking ‘shrooms! 
    Stuffing mushroo
    ms instead of potato skins helps keep the portion size down. Mushroom caps filled with cheese and breadcrumbs have less than 50 calories each. That means you can eat half a dozen and still keep your appetizer under 300 calories, along with 19 grams of fat, and 720 mg of sodium. 

    WORST: New England Clam Chowder 
    Clam chowder sounds like it should be healthy, especially as a way to take in some extra seafood. Unfortunately, the New England variety is made with a fattening cream base. A 12-ounce bowl contains about 630 calories, 54 g of fat, and 890 mg of sodium.

    BEST: Vegetable Soup 
    Like salad, having a bowl of soup can curb how much you eat during the rest of the meal. The key is choosing a low-calorie option, such as a tomato-based vegetable soup. A 12-ounce bowl has about 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 1,240 mg sodium. Stay away from cream-based vegetable soups, which are higher in calories and saturated fats. When buying canned soup, look for those marked “low in sodium.”

    xoxox-
    FAT KID OUT!

  • I'm back baby…. No. More. Slacking.

    Remember that video I posted saying that I would be blogging again right after the new year? BAHAHAHAHA… about that… Hi, June?!. Oh well, I’m here, and I might be late, but I made it to the party.

    Why am I back you say? Well, losing weight is a serious struggle, and as much as I don’t care about being over weight, I’m starting to be really down on myself and not liking being in front of the mirror anymore, and not liking being in summer clothes because either my legs are too fat or my freaking horribly chubby arms don’t look good in ANYTHING sleeveless… so I figured, yeah, summer’s here and I won’t lose enough to be happy for summer, but I can start. Maybe I’ll be good to go for winter? HAHA… Maybe I’ll have dropped enough LB’s to not be super fat for my cousin Sarah’s wedding in September… you’ve gotta start somewhere right? 
    That being said…. HAHA, I told Juan last night, ok going back on dieting tomorrow, working out, all that jazz… and he’s all like “ok, looks like we are going to outback for dinner” HAHA.. of course… steak and potato.. and wings? Clearly I need to not eat like that anymore, but DAMN it’s sooo freaking good. Outback does it right. After outback, I went home, packed my work out clothes and set my alarm for 4:45 to start my usual Monday routine (well Tuesday because of the holiday). But shitttttttt, the minute my alarm went off I was like fuck this I’m still sleeping. I don’t know what it was, but I had will power last night, but this morning, I was dead to the world. So instead of starting today… looks like I’ll be starting tomorrow… I mean minus eating healthy today (wellllllll, also minus the fact that I also caved this morning and had a hash brown at McDonalds… shit dudes, I am NOT off to a good start.) But for real. Lunch, healthy, dinner, healthy, and from here on out, fast food and pizza is NOT in my vocabulary.

    I have to also blame Pinterest for my getting back on the wagon. See, thanks to Pinterest, now I have sooo many cute outfits I want, that I clearly won’t be able to fit in till I drop the LBs.

    I can’t wait to buy all this awesome stuff I found. HAHA. SO yeah, thanks Pinterest for having such amazing outfits on there, that it makes me want to lose weight. GOSH! 
    Alright, this is enough talking for now, basically, I’m back, I’m going to need the motivation, the texts, the emails, the facebook comments, but time to drop those pesky LBs and be one hot skinny BITCH!
    xoxox- 
    Large and in Charge.