• My best friends wedding….

    WELL, I know it’s been a while since I’ve wrote, but I had a longggg weekend this weekend which did NOT include being on the computer! 🙂

    I am very lucky to not only have an amazing cousin, but a best friend as well. My cousin Sarah got married this weekend, and it was probably one of the best weddings and weekends I’ve had! Sarah is such an amazing person, and Brendan, her new husband (and my amazing new cousin) couldn’t be a better fit for her, or for our family! 🙂 (he’s also an amazing writer with his blog, doublecoverage.com thats been picked up by FOX sports. ((one day I’ll be like him and thousands will be reading my amazingly lame stories on this blog HAHAHAA)). Anyways…. I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of their day, weekend, and be a part of the rest of their lives together!

    Going into this weekend I was kind of freaking out. If you ask Jenny at the gym, I was soooooo worried about the fact that this weekend I a) wasn’t going to be working out, and b) wasn’t going to be watching what I was eating or drinking. It’s kind of hilarious, because in the past, I couldn’t have given two shits about either of those things. I would have just been like… YESSSS let’s get wasted, and who the hell works out? But now, I’m like really conscious about making sure that I’m putting the right things in my body and working out hard core. I think it’s because I’m finally seeing results, and I know, I KNOW, finally, I can do this, and I love doing it. For example, (seeing results), this asshole, didn’t think too much about my bridesmaids dress for the wedding. I probably got it back from the tailor 2- 2 1/2 weeks ago, maybe 3, and I’m sitting there, we are all getting dressed and Sam goes to zip me up and she’s like, “Andrea, this is big”, and I’m like shut up, this is perfect, (or at least it was when I tried it on a few weeks ago)…. NOPE, that dress was huge. I didn’t fill it out anymore. MY ta-ta’s were FALLING OUT! So yeah, I mean, it was awesome, I was like, YESSSSS I’m dropping inches and lbs like I should, but we had a bigger problem, unless we got this under control, everyone at this wedding was going to see a show when I was cutting a rug out on the dance floor later that night, or worse, at CHURCH! Hahahahha… so I feel like we had a double edged sword here. On one hand, I was excited to be losing, but on the other, I looked like a mess HAHA. And I’m pretty sure, even if I ate a whole pizza hut pizza in that hour we had to kill, I still wasn’t going to fill out my dress. HAHAHAHA… Thank god for Sarah’s new sister-in-law, and our new cousin, Meghan, we found a solution, and I stuffed about a million safety pins into my purse just in case I popped a few with my amazing dance moves later that night. Crisis averted, phew. It was funny though, I remember running over to Meghan a few times that night with my arm up, safety pin in hand, saying PLEASE HELP… hahaha, I don’t know how I would have gotten through that night without you, and for that, I thank you Meghan McKinnon~!!!!! XOXOX. But watching Sarah, walk down the aisle, so amazing in her GORGEOUS dress, and me not being able to fit in mine, just made me think, this is a marathon, not a sprint, and in a year, I am going to look just as amazing as her, and I couldn’t be happier.

    So, onto my 2nd worry of the weekend, my eating and drinking. Now, I have been doing pretty well. I am super strict during the week, only doing my shakes and a protein at lunch, and I’m fine, it’s great. But what am I going to do when theres all of my favorite foods around, like bagels with cream cheese, and french fries, and mashed potatoes, and to top it all off, ALCOHOL! hahaha… I mean let’s be real here… I’m not going to NOT drink this weekend. hahaha… Again, the funny thing is, before this whole diet, if I drank all day, if I mixed different types of alcohol, I felt like shit by like 9pm, like hungover shit, it was crazy too me. But now, I can drink all day, drink CHAMPS, BEERS, VODS AND WADS, anything, and I’m amazing… I drank so much this weekend (sorry gym people), but thankfully it was mostly Vods and Wads with a few beers, and probably a few bottles of champs HAHA… but man, I did NOT feel like shit at all… it was great, it honestly makes me want to workout and eat healthy all the time because it totally makes drinking that much better! hahahaha…. as far as eating went this weekend, I think I did ok. I still had a Isagenix shake a day, and instead of having 10 bagels while we were getting our hair done I only had 1, and over the weekend I kept the junk food to a minimum. Sarah and Brendan did an amazing thing and got a large group together and took us all to the Phillies/Braves game and had an open bar, and burgers and dogs, and I clearly had all of that, but other then that (oh, and the baked potato soup I made on Sunday, WOOOPS), I was actually pretty good.

    Sarah is one of my biggest supporters, making sure I stick with it, listening to me complain, and reading this horrible blog, and I love her for that. I am so glad that this weekend went over so well, and it’s Monday morning and I’m back on track. I was so worried that I would go back to the way things were after not being in the gym the whole weekend or eating perfect, but no, I’m fine, and cheating on your diet once and a while, isn’t the end of the world.

    (as I mentioned, I made baked potato soup last night, I didn’t make it the super healthy way, so I will give you 2 recipes, one healthy, one, meh. hahaha

    HEALTHY:


    Baked Potato Soup from SkinnyTaste!
    Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
    Servings: 5  Size: 1 cup  Old Points: 4 pts  Points+: 5 pts
    Calories: 207.6 • Fat: 7.8 g • Carb: 22.5 g • Fiber: 2.4 g  • Protein: 11.9 g

    • 2 russet potatoes, washed and dried
    • 1 small head of cauliflower, stem removed cut into florets
    • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
    • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
    • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1/2 cup light sour cream
    • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
    • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)


    Pierce potatoes with a fork; microwave on high for 5 minutes turn over and microwave another 3 – 5 minutes, until tender. Or if you prefer to use your oven, bakeat 400° for 1 hour or until tender. CoolPeel potatoes.

    Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender. Drain and return to pot. On medium heat, add chicken broth, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add sour cream, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Remove from heat. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Top each serving with 2 tbsp cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.


    NOT SO HEALTHY BUT AMAZING:

    • baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds) 
    • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 ounces) 
    • 6 cups 2% reduced-fat milk 
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded extrasharp cheddar cheese, divided 
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream 
    • 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
    • bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 
    • Cracked black pepper (optional)

    • Preparation
    • Preheat oven to 400°.
    • Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes; coarsely mash.
    • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour in a large Dutch oven; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly (about 8 minutes). Add mashed potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
    • Stir in sour cream and 1/2 cup onions. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons onions, and about 1 tablespoon bacon. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.














    OK THATS IT FOR NOW, 
    XOXOXOXOXOX  (me and my amazing family below!)

  • HAHAHA Today's Funnies.

  • A tad bit emotional this morning.

    Do you ever wake up thinking, life would be so much better if….. Well I do… my if, is if I was skinnier. Do you know how much easier life would be? Clothes would fit better, I would feel better about myself, I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable walking around in life looking the way I do… I know, I know, I preach about everyone is beautiful, of course, and I know I am, but man, do you know how much easier it would be if I was a size 10 instead of a size 18? Do you know how much better I would feel being able to go into a clothing store saying, ahhh, I will find something today, instead of, I hope this stores largest size fits me? Do you know how HARD it is to lose weight?

    I get so down on myself because I see Juan, and all he has to do is only eat a sandwich a day for a month and he’s lost 30lbs. I mean, A) That’s not healthy, B) I love food and I get hungry even talking about food so that would never work and C) I’m jealous. I am so jealous that that’s all he has to do. For me, I have to wake up at 4am, get ready for work, have a meal replacement shake, work till 3, get home at 5, have another shake, workout for 2 hours, and then get home just to come to bed. So basically, for me to lose weight, I have to not have a life. Now, I feel like I’m being a big whiner right now, maybe I am, but at the same time, I like working out now so I don’t mind doing this, but when I have no friends left because I can never hang out because I’m at the gym, then I’m going to care.

    This whole wedding thing has me down too – you know, you look at stylemepretty. com all day long and you never really see brides that are overweight. I don’t want to be an overweight bride. My biggest fear is walking down that aisle with all the eyes on me, knowing that I’ve been on a strict diet and workout regiment for the past year, and then BAM, I’m still rocking my size 18 dress. It’s not all about appearances, I know, it’s about marrying my best friend, but at the same time, I can’t help but think in the back of my head, ugh, I’m the biggest one here.

    My guilty pleasure is reality TV and my guiltiest pleasure is probably all the different Real Housewives shows. On RHONJ, Lauren Manzo, has a difficult time losing weight. She’s always talking about the same things I talk about, she doesn’t want to be bigger and her brothers can eat anything in the world and still be skinny… well, I used to feel for her, and I was like, just work out and stick with it – you will find it will work for you… Well instead of that, I guess she got the lapband surgery. And she looks great now. I am so jealous, but at the same time pissed. Just like all these celebrities, they have the time and money to either work out with a personal trainer 9 hours a day to stay skinny or have a surgery like that. I’m jealous in that I don’t have that time or money, but I’m also kind of pissed that someone I could relate to on TV just took the easy way out. You should be in the gym Lauren, you could have done it. I eat a lot and love food too…. Anyways, yeah, annoying….

    Honestly, I don’t know what the point of this blog today even was? TO bitch and complain about the fact that I hate that I’m overweight? And that it’s taking a long time to drop it? I guess… But I can tell you one thing, I think the thing that has been getting me to get up and go to classes everyday to workout has been the people over at RTB, they really are great, they are motivating, and they really like doing what they do, and it makes me like what I do… Also, I’m strong. Under all these rolls, I actually have some big muscles under there… and going to class and feeling like I’m really kicking some ass, makes me feel good. I know I just need to keep telling myself that it will take time, and I will get there eventually, I’m impatient, and I want to be skinny tomorrow. By December, I want to be a size 12/14 so  when I’m trying on dresses, they aren’t like, well, there really aren’t a lot for you to try on because you are HUGE. I will be skinny. One day.

    Anyways, life is what you make of it, and just be happy… you will get there.. (Yeah, I’m really talking to myself)

  • I'm not going to lie. I was bad last night.

    Ok. Can I just say, since the start of all of this, besides the weekends (and not even all of them), I really haven’t gone out, or even seen my friends. So last night, when we had happy hour with our old drinking crew, I clearly….. CLEARLY, TRIED… with all my HEART to stay good. Was drinking the VODS AND WADS all night, no beers, no girly drinks, none of that shit. VODKA and WATER… with lime ;), and shit, I was like ok I’ve got this… yeah the booze isn’t good to have, sure, butttttt one night isn’t going to be the end of the world.

    WELLLLLLLLLLL, then…. we got HUNGRY. And I didn’t have my shakes 🙁 What is a girl to do when she is out drinking, with a bunch of people who aren’t on diets and can drink and eat their little hearts out… :(, and then WHAT is a girl to do when there is a basket of TATER TOTS on the table?!?! OH heavens to betsy…. IT ALL WENT DOWN HILL FROM THERE!

    There I was… drink in hand, empty stomach reminding me that IT NEEDS TO BE FED, and all I could do was have a stare down with these TOTS. I was looking at them, they were looking at me, and I KNOW they were just saying, “come on Andrea, we are so delicious, we just want to be in your belly… one won’t hurt, two won’t hurt, you can work it off at the gym tomorrow… just doooooooo it” thats what they were totally saying IF TOTS COULD TALK!… and you know what, I couldn’t help but to give in to their amazing smell, their perfectly fried exterior… I just had to, I just had to have like 20. YEP I HAD 20 FREAKING TATER TOTS LAST NIGHT… and humus, and a chicken sandwich with, wait for it… a BUN! OMG A BUN AND NOT A WHEAT BUN BUT A WHITE BUN?!?!?!!?!?!?!??

    Gosh, I could not believe how upset I was after I left, knowing I just indulged like that. But damn, DAMN were those TOTS DELISH!…. I felt like me and Napoleon Dynamite were chillin in class yelling at people to not steal our TOTS….. And its funny, because honestly, now that I’m eating the way I’m eating, I dont crave the shitty food. But shit, when you eat that shit, YUM. YUM YUM YUM…

    So today, this morning, yeah – back to the shakes, which is totes fine, but I need to remember, that I need to have a little more self control when it comes to having some VODS and WADS with friends – if you get hungry, have a GD salad or something… jesus, control yourself. HAHAHAHA…. So don’t judge me friends, sometimes you just have to have some TOTS in your mouth.

    HAHAHA.
    PS. I hope you all want TOTS today. MMMMK!
    XOXO

  • I LOVE CUPCAKES!!!!!

    I love cupcakes, and it just kills me that they are so bad for you. HAHA… so I went on SkinnyTaste’s pinterest and found all these amazing low-fat cupcake recipes – DUDES MAKE THEM! The pumpkins are my favorite (you’ve seen me blog about them before) and I will probably make some tonight!!!!!

    Pumpkin Cupcakes (no frosting) 
    Skinnytaste.com
    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

    Ingredients:

    • 18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix*
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
    • 1 cup water

    For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
    • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 5 tbsp packed brown sugar

    Directions:Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.
    Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.
    For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar until smooth. You can use a spatula to ice the cupcakes or pipe them which may require making more frosting. Makes 24
    *Betty Crocker has reduced their cake mixes, so read the labels on your box. Dunkin Hines still carries 18.25 oz boxes.



    Skinny Red Velvet Cupcakes
    Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
    Servings: 26 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Calories: 141  Points: 3 pts  Points+: 4 pts
    Ingredients:

      • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
      • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 tbsp unsweetened dutch-process cocoa
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp white vinegar
      • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
      • 1/4 cup butter, softened
      • 1 egg
      • 2 egg whites
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 1 1/3 cup light buttermilk
      • 1 tbsp red food coloring


      Directions:

      Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tins with liners. In a large mixing bowl, stirtogether flours, salt, cocoa, and baking powder. In another large bowl beat sugar, applesauce and butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix baking soda and vinegar. Add half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, mix well. Addbuttermilk, red food coloring and mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and foldin vinegar and baking soda. Pour in prepared cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool, then frost with low fat cream cheese frosting. Makes 26 cupcakes.

      Low Fat Cream Cheese Frosting

      • 8 oz 1/3 fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
      • 1 cup powdered sugar
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract

      Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.




      Pink Lemonade Confetti Cupcakes
      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
      Servings: 24 • Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
      Calories: 97.4 • Fat: 2.3 g • Carbs: 17.3 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.0 g • Sugar: 9.8
      Sodium: 103.7 (without salt) 

      Ingredients:

      • 18.25 oz box confetti cake mix, I used Duncan Hines
      • 2 1/2 tsp powdered sugar-free pink lemonade mix
      • 1 cup water
      • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
      • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
      • lemon zest from half of a lemon
      • 2 drops pink food coloring (optional)
      • confetti sprinkles, optional


      Directions:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake tins with 24 paper liners.
      Stir together the water and pink lemonade powder.  Combine the cake mix, pink lemonade mixture, applesauce, lemon zest, food coloring and oil in a large bowl and with an electric mixer, mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pans.  Add sprinkles if using and bake in the oven for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before serving.



      Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate Cupcakes (without Chocolate Glaze)
      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes 
      Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
      Calories: 93.8 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 17.5 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar: 9.9
      Sodium: 281.8

      Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate Cupcakes (with Chocolate Glaze)
      Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
      Calories: 104.6 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 1.2 g • Carb: 20.2 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar:12.3
      Sodium: 288.5


      Ingredients:

      • 18.25 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
      • 1.4 oz sugar free, fat free, instant chocolate pudding
      • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
      • 1 1/3 cups water

      For the chocolate glaze:

      • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
      • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
      • 1/2-1 tbsp 1% milk
      • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
      • pinch of salt



      Directions:


      Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Combine pumpkin puree and water in a large bowl; mix to combine. Add chocolate pudding mix and mix well. Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 25 – 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.


      For the glaze: combine all dry ingredients, add vanilla and 1/2 tbsp milk, adding more 1/4 tsp at a time if needed until smooth. Add to a piping bag or use a zip lock bag and cut the corner off, drizzle onto cooled cupcakes.



      Skinny Coconut Cupcakes
      Skinnytaste.com 
      Servings: 
      24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 4 pt • Points+: 5 pt
      Calories: 
      196.1 • Fat: 6.4 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Carb: 31.2 g • Fiber: 0.8 g • Sugar:11.5 g
      Sodium: 
      150 mg 

      Skinny Coconut Cupcakes (without Chocolate Eggs)
      Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 3 pt • Points+: 4 pt
      Calories: 
      148.6 • Fat: 4.4 g • Protein: 2 g • Carb: 24.2 g • Fiber: 0.8 g • Sugar: 4.7 g
      Sodium: 
      142.6 mg


      Ingredients:
      For the Frosting:

      • 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese (not fat free)
      • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
      • 2 tsp natural coconut extract


      For the Cupcakes:

      • 2 egg whites
      • 1 cup canned light coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)
      • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
      • 2 tsp natural coconut extract
      • 18.25 oz white box cake mix (Duncan Hines)
      • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes


      Directions:
      In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and coconut extract with a mixer. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 cupcake tins with liners. 
      In a large bowl combine egg whites, coconut milk, apple sauce and remaining coconut extract. Mix well, then add cake mix and mix until combined. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins about halfway and bake 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool to room temperature. Top each cupcake with 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese, then top each with 1 tsp coconut flakes.

    • Gangnam Style… is my new favorite.

      And to top it all off omg this VIDEO below of a wedding – Can we do this at our wedding?!?!?! PLEASE?!?!?!?! hahahaha – I’m going to get skinny AND have this song at my wedding!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201998/Gangnam-style-Couple-create-hilarious-wedding-video-based-YouTubes-biggest-K-pop-hit.html?openGraphAuthor=%2Fhome%2Fsearch.html%3Fs%3D%26authornamef%3DEmma%2BReynolds&videoPlayerURL=http%3A%2F%2Fc.brightcove.com%2Fservices%2Fviewer%2Ffederated_f9%3FisVid%3D1%26isUI%3D1%26publisherID%3D1418450360%26playerID%3D72484359001%26domain%3Dembed%26videoId%3D&hasBCVideo=true&BCVideoID=1783230339001

    • Half-way home…. Crank is almost done.

      First of all, I never thought I would even make it past 2 weeks. If you know me, you know that my dedication to working out is slim-to-none. Actually getting into a routine and going to the gym everyday and getting on a good diet, just isn’t for me. But it’s been half way through our crank program at Raise the Bar in Manassas with Evie, and I’m happy to say, I am seeing some results!!! Not only am I getting stronger, building up my endurance and becoming more flexible, I’ve also lost 8lbs and 8 1/2 inches!!!! (let me explain the inches, that’s in my waist, arms and legs for a grand total of 8 1/2) and I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but for me it is, considering I GAIN 10LBS EVERYTIME I WATCH A PIZZA HUT COMMERCIAL…. but damn THAT’S PRETTY GOOD FOR ME!

      I was really surprised to actually see that. I mean honestly, I am doing the best I can. I can’t just wake up one day at the beginning of this and go ok, I’m changing my WHOLE LIFE. I’m not ever going to eat any junk food, I’m not going to drink (HAHAHAHAHHAH REALLY?), and I’m going to work out 7 days a week. A shock like that to my body would probably kill me HAHA. But I am, getting dedicated. Working out 5 times a week with a day of cardio for 6 times a week, eating WAY healthier than I have in a long time, and drinking a gallon of water a day (the evidence is in the gallon jug on my desk haha). I feel so much better, I have more energy, and although I haven’t lost a ton of weight yet, I am building so much muscle and I’m doing it the right way so that I don’t just gain it all back.

      I think another thing that is really helping me along is my isagenix shakes. I love that shit. Vanilla with the power boost makes it taste like a creamsicle and shittttttt, having that for breakfast or dinner everyday makes a HUGE difference. I can honestly say I have tried EVERY FREAKING weight loss shake, diet, program on the market, and this just tops them all because it TASTES good!!!!! I love it because I don’t have to get up in the morning and think about preparing a full meal, I can just throw a shake together, drink, and I’m full till my mid-morning snack! Same for dinner.. I’m finding it’s hard get home, cook dinner, and then go work out, so instead, I’m just having a shake. Isagenix is my new favorite thing. I think I’m going to do the 30 day program next, just to see how it works for me – and clearly I will let you know how it goes along the way. But I really just want to take my time, drop the weight and do it in a healthy way so that it doesn’t come back!

      Besides that, I really love the support my friends are giving me. They really are pushing me and talking to me about this whole diet thing and giving me advice – I honestly can say I couldn’t do this without them!

      But wait, here’s another take away from my blog today – did you know that pandora has some kick ass workout stations???? CHECK IT OUT BITCHESSSS: I love it, and I get pumped the F up! hahahaha

      http://www.pandora.com/music/workout

      And plus, I didn’t know this, but my whole family is doing Isagenix! hahaha – anyways… here’s a few fun shake recipe’s if you are doing Isagenix!!

      Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

      • 1 scoop IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Chocolate
      • 1 scoop IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Vanilla
      • 1 square IsaDelight Plus™ Milk or Dark Chocolate
      • 1 tsp. Natural Peanut Butter
      • 8 oz. of water
      • Blend with ice
      Submitted by Kimberly C.

      Piña Colada Shake

      • 2 scoops IsaLean® Shake in French Vanilla
      • ¼ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
      • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
      • 8 oz purified water
      Blend well and serve cold.
      Try it with an IsaBlender™!
      Did you know you are supposed to drink this much water a day????????

      happy shaking! haha

      Andrea


    • ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!

      To turn that frown I just put on my face, upside DOWN, I just listen to my favorite song…

      BIG SEAN – DANCE… what a GREAT workout song, and damn, these are my favorite lyrics…

      Woah, white girls, black girls, tall girls, fat girls 
      Shake that ass shake that ass, shake that ass 
      Shake that ass, shake that ass, shake that ass 

      Go, go Short girls, smart girls, skinny girls, all girls 
      Shake that ass shake that ass, shake that ass 
      Shake that ass, shake that ass, shake that ass

      Damn straight… all girls, shake that ass!!!!! Love it… just makes me want to work out hahaha..

      Well anyways, GUESS WHATS TONIGHT??!?! ohhhhhh YEAH baby… GIANTS vs COWBOYS in the SEASON OPENER!!! Could I be that much happier??!?! The sad part is that I have class from 7:45-8:45 and I mean I guess if I just posted about being pissed at my friends for not being happy for me, then I shouldn’t skip class for the game HAHA… Maybe they will put it on at the gym for me?!??!

      Could I just say, that Raise the Bar in Manassas is probably the awesomest gym I have ever EVER been to? You should all go – not only are the TRX classes with Evie awesome, but the boot camps are great too – they aren’t judgmental, rude, ANYTHING, they just want you to be the best you can be and it’s really rubbing off on me!

      Well, for football season, since I can’t freaking eat probably any of the shit we normally eat, here are a few recipes you should try (courtesy of SkinnyTaste) to make for SUNDAY FOOTBALL FUNDAYS!!!! ANd yeah,

      GOOOOOOOO GIANTS!!!!

      1) Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chili 

      Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 10.8 oz • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts Calories: 206.3 • Fat: 1.4 g • Protein: 16.8 g • Carb: 31.8 g • Fiber: 9.0 g

      1.3 lb (20 oz) fat free ground turkey breast
      1 small onion, chopped
      1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
      1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
      1 (4.5 oz) can chopped chilies, drained
      1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, undrained
      1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, undrained
      1 (15.5 oz) can small red beans, undrained
      2 tbsp chili powder

      Topping:
      1/2 cup chopped red onion
      1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

      For topping shredded cheddar to top (extra pts) Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium high heat until cooked through. Drain any fat remaining and transfer to crock pot. Add the beans, chilies, chickpeas tomatoes, tomato sauce and chili powder mixing well. Cook on high 6-8 hours. Garnish with onions, cilantro and cheese and enjoy!

      2) Hot Spinach Dip

      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes  
      Servings: 10 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup  Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
      Calories: 92.2 • Fat: 6.8 g  Carb: 3.0 g  Fiber: 0.7 g  Protein: 5.3 g 


      • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess liquid squeezed out
      • 1/2 cup light sour cream
      • 5 tbsp light mayonnaise
      • 1/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
      • 1/4 cup scallion, chopped
      • 1 clove garlic, crushed
      • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
      • fresh pepper to taste

      Preheat oven to 375°.

      Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place in an oven-proof dish and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve right away.

      Can be made one day in advance and stored in the refrigerator before baking. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


      3) Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip
      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

      Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1/3 cup  Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts
      Calories: 107.9 • Fat: 4.9 g • Carbs: 5.4 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 10.3 g

      Ingredients:

      • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
      • 1 cup fat free sour cream
      • 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you like)
      • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
      • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
      • 2 cups (14 oz  raw) cooked shredded chicken


      Directions:
      Mix the first 5 ingredients together until smooth. Add the chicken and put this in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours. Serve warm.



      4) Asian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

      Servings: 4 • Size: 3 meatballs • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
      Calories: 229.1 • Fat: 11.1 g • Carbs: 8.5 g • Protein: 24.3 g
      • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
      • 1-1/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
      • 1 egg
      • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
      • 1 clove garlic, minced
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
      • 3 scallions, chopped
      • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
      • 2 tsp sesame oil

      Dipping Sauce

      • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
      • 2 tsp sesame oil
      • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
      • 2 tbsp water
      • 1 tbsp chopped fresh scallion

      Preheat oven to 500°F.

      Mix ground turkey, panko, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 1/4 cup meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a baking dish. Repeat with remaining mixture. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

      For the dipping sauce mix together lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a bowl. Add scallions.

      Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce.

      Serve meatballs with remaining sauce, about 1 tbsp per person. Chances are you won’t use all the dipping sauce.

      Makes 12 meatballs.


      5) Lighter Buffalo Wings


      Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

      Servings: 9  Serving Size: 2 chicken wings  Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pts
      Calories: 204 • Fat: 5.4 g  Carbs: 2.3 g • Fiber: 0.6 g

      • 3 lbs (about 18) chicken wings
      • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Franks hot sauce
      • 1/4 cup white vinegar
      • 2 tbsp oregano
      • 4 tsp paprika
      • 1 tbsp garlic powder
      • 1 tbsp chili powder
      • salt and fresh pepper
      • 2 celery stalks, sliced into strips
      • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into strips
      • low fat blue cheese dressing (extra pts)


      In a large bowl combine chicken, 2 tbsp hot sauce, vinegar, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder salt and pepper. Mix well and let marinate for 30 minutes.

      Place wings on a broiler rack and broil on low, about 8 inches from the flame for about 10-12 minutes on each side. (All ovens are different so be careful not to burn and make sure it is cooked before removing)

      While chicken cooks, heat the remaining hot sauce until warm. Toss the hot sauce with the chicken and arrange on a platter. Serve with celery and carrot strips and blue cheese dressing or dipping.



      ALRIGHT, ENJOY!!!!


    • Frankly… starting to get annoyed.

      Ok so, there comes a time where people change. And right now, I am changing. My focus on life is getting in shape and dropping lb’s, not going out and drinking and being social. If you know me, you know that I am up every morning at 4:30am, heading to work by 5, working from 6:30-3, back home by 4:30pm, grab a quick dinner, maybe do an hour or so of freelance (to pay for this wedding), then am at the gym from basically 7pm-9pm, get home, and repeat. I don’t even get to spend time with Juan, let alone go out and be social with people… so IF you know my schedule, and IF you know me, you would be happy for me, and happy that I’m finally getting into a routine where I am working out. But no. Apparently, I’m still the bad guy.

      AND THE FUNNY THING IS IM ACTUALLY LOSING WEIGHT AND I CAN’T EVEN BE EXCITED BECAUSE MY FRIENDS ARE ALL MAD AT ME!!!!!!!

      Listen…. I don’t live in Arlington, so I can’t just go to work at 8:30, come home, go to bocce, work out, blah blah blah, I can’t. The fact of the matter is that I live in the middle of F’ing NOWHERE (that being so we could purchase a home) and driving in and out of DC takes time, and unfortunately, it takes too much time for me that I can’t get a workout in if I decide to go out and drink… which, I’m sorry, is not on my main priorities right now. It’s starting to get really annoying when people are getting pissed at me because I don’t have time to hang out anymore because I’M TRYING TO GET SKINNY. As my friend, you should support this.

      Just because I’m working out, doesn’t mean I’m not friends with people anymore, it just means my priorities have changed and not only do I not have time to hang out with my friends, I don’t even have time for Juan, and he has to be the priority.

      BLAH – ANYWAYS, I’m OVER people giving me shit for all of this, I am a good friend to A LOT OF PEOPLE, and I’m just asking you to not be pissed at me please. Now, if you need me, I will be working out. HAHA.

      PS- PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES ARE BACK BABY, SO MAYBE WE CAN GO GET A COFFEE TOGETHER (and then work out 😉

      OH, and get the damn LivingSocial deal so we can get coffee on the cheap 😉

      XOXOX

    • Big girls you are beautiful!!! BUT, you cannot buy a wedding dress from J.CREW! haha

      So, I found my first road block with this whole being bigger thing, this weekend. The wedding dress I have been obsessing over for like 2 years… only goes up to size 12. I know I KNOW. Sam (if you are reading this, you warned me about J.Crew). I’m sorry J.Crew, but how can you only offer dresses up to a size 12. You are a HUGE retailer and not even going up to a size 16, that is just STUPID.

      So here’s the dress:  And here’s my big sad face 🙁 I’m just so sad. BUT here’s the other thing, and where I think JCREW is F’ing up. So I call the bridal store, and I say, hi, do you have this dress in yours stores? “Well of course ma’am that is one of the dresses we do carry in our bridal store” (that gets me thinking, you only have what, maybe 20 dresses anyways, and 3 stores that carry them in the WHOLE US and you only carry a selection? DUH!) Anyways, moving on. So I say “Oh great, what size do you have to try on.” “2”……. 2?!?!?! 2???? TWO? Are you kidding me?!!?!? I mean great, great for the brides that are size 0-2, but I’m pretty sure that’s about 10% of people. So we continue… “ok well, what if I love this dress but want to try it on first” “Well, you would need to buy the dress, have it come to the store and try it on. At that time, if you don’t like the dress then you can return it”. So again you are telling me that I have to spend $3,000 just to try the dress on?… Jcrew… you aren’t making this easy for me, you are dropping off my radar fast. So I politely go to the girl, well, can I get this dress in a 16? This is the response I get…. “HAHAHA A 16, NO.” REALLY? hahahahaa way to be a dick. “This dress only comes up to size 12″…. Alright, playing hardball.. I go, “and what if I am trying to drop a few sizes and don’t think that I will be a size 12 for a few more months?” her response…. “well I’m sorry, I guess Jcrew isn’t the store for you.”

      Jcrew. AWESOME. You know, I really do love you, but I think you really need to check yourself before you start selling wedding dresses. Why would you sell dresses if you aren’t going to sell them to larger girls and be rude about it?…. I guess it’s time to move on, and get over the fact that I won’t be having a jCrew wedding dress, but frankly, I’m ok with that.

      Other than this, the work out shit is going GREAT. I love it. I’m in the gym 4 times a week and then cardio on the weekends. It’s awesome, my team is awesome, my trainer is awesome, and it makes me like working out. PLUS, OMG, the BEST PART… I don’t feel like SHIT when I drink anymore! HAHAHAHAHA. Yes, people, that is what I care about in life. No but for real, when I drank before I was on this diet and working out, half way through my drink-sesh, I would feel like BALLS, hangover and all – but NOW, omg NOW, I’m a champ. I can drink the biggest drinker under the table and feel AMAZING the day after. I went on a wine tour this weekend with some of my awesomest friends, and shit, I felt awesome!

      Ok anyways… HAHAHA… I think our keurig at work is broken, so I am going to go buy a coffee (and maybe take it to the jcrew wedding dress store and throw it all over the wedding dresses hahaha)
      HAVE A GREAT DAY!