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  • 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 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: 

    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 –

  • All jokes aside…

    So ultimately, this blog for me was a way to be silly and get my thoughts out about this whole annoying as shit dieting thing… but then, as I shared with my friends what I was doing and had them read my blog, I had so many amazing responses from friends… they wanted to help. They were happy for me… they wanted to see me succeed. That really just made this blog that much more important to me. Yeah, I can joke all I want, but now, NOW, I want this blog to be funny, but useful – I want people to tell their stories about their trouble losing weight, I want to do this together… I want to post recipes, post workouts, places to eat out (that’s what she said) that have healthy options, awesome trainers and nutritionalist that can help… so along with me bitching and complaining, I actually want this blog to be useful.

    So I say this to you, blogger world… let’s take this journey together… let’s all try and get healthy the way we want to… even if it’s gaining weight, I’ve got some good secrets to doing that too!

    But for now, I’m going to bed – tomorrow’s a new day and we can start then.

    Good Night –

  • Wednesday… Day 2, TRX, TRX and more TRX

    Man, day 2 isn’t as hard as I thought it would be… I woke up, and got ready for TRX class this morning… I’m sure all of you have heard me talk about TRX many times, because it’s AHHH-MAZING. I take the TRX classes over at Balans on Mondays/Wed/Sat’s – with probably the best instructor ever. If you don’t know what TRX is, click the link above and check it out – it seriously is an awesome full-body workout. I’m addicted. I really hate working out, doing weight training, but this shit uses your whole body to work out – and it’s AWESOMEEEEEE! 🙂

    Today’s class we did some interval training using the TRX, kettle bells, and your basic weights. In an hour long class I usually burn about 600 calories. I’ll go back to the gym later today to do some cardio, but it’s a great way to start the day.

    It’s actually kind of funny, because I love LOVE Balans, but I go to the 9:30am classes, and it’s def filled with a bunch of stay-at-home moms. And good for them, but I’m def the black sheep… I’m again in another situation where everyone is a skinny little twig and I’m that fat chubby kid. Oh well, at least I’m at the gym right!

    Here’s a shot of how Balans has their studio set up, and the other is the lovely Evie trying to shake it as I take a pic. haha she’s probably going to kill me for this if she ever sees it! hahaha

    Oh, and GREAT FIND… Last night at Wegmans, I totally found this great little thing called a “Dole Shaker”. All you do is add juice and you’ve got yourself a smoothie…. I def had one before my workout and it held me over till after my workout where I could have breakfast. I totally recommend them!!!

    Tata for now – 
    Fat Kid OUT!
  • Gerard Butler.

    This is so true…. And the only way that I would break my diet. Sorry, Juan!

  • We're about to get deep….. (that's what she said?)

    Before I start this post, I want to say that these are my opinions and my opinions only… I never want to offend anyone in this blog, so please, no one take offense.

    That being said… I have this friend… hahaha.. she’s BEAUTIFUL and I love her to death… but, she just doesn’t get it. We will go out to a bar and she will get so much attention from guys – and yeah, I have a boyfriend so I’m not looking for that attention, but sometimes it would be nice. When I make a comment about it, or she asks if I’m having fun, my response is always like, “meh, it’s ok”.. because she’s the one getting the attention and I’m just sitting in the dust. Now, normally I don’t care, but recently after about 10 years of this being the case, I’m over it. Not only am I over the fact that no one will approach you if you don’t look like a twig, but I’m over her response of, “oh stop, you aren’t ugly” or “oh stop, we’re having a good time and it doesn’t matter what you look like, you’re beautiful”. F-THAT. It does matter… and I’m sorry, but skinny people, you just don’t get it.

    I understand that everyone has their issues, and just because you are skinny, that doesn’t mean you don’t have them. I get it, I know you do. But have you ever felt like you weren’t being talked to in a bar, or in a social setting because you were too big, or you weren’t attractive enough? Doubtful. Have you ever felt like yeah, you might be an amazing with lots of friends who can light up the room with your personality, but you know, at the end of the night, that guy you may have been eyeing all night long won’t ask for your number? Doubtful. Skinny/attractive people don’t get it. They don’t understand what it’s like to be harassed your whole life for being the fat kid, they don’t get why girls that might be overweight look upset at a bar or are less eager to go out….. They don’t get that if you are the one getting all the attention at the bar, that even though you think you are amazing on the inside, you still care what you look like on the outside.

    I hate to say it, but guys are shallow. And I don’t know if its society that has made them that way, but I am seriously a sucker for movies, or in real life, when I see a larger girl with a slim, attractive man. That man, he doesn’t care what the girl looks like on the outside, that man loves her for who she is. And unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of guys like that out there.

    Being, big, large, fat, (anyway you want to say it) isn’t a curse. We are beautiful that is for sure, and we can certainly be happy with who we are… but deep down I think a lot of us just scream to be skinny… to get that extra attention, to be able to feel, just for one day, what it’s like to walk in a skinny girls shoes. I know I certainly would. I know I would love to know what it feels like to be hit on at a bar because I’m looking good in my skinny jeans and boyfriend blazer. So hopefully, one day, I will be able to do just that.

    My last question to you is… if you are skinny, do you ever think to yourself, man I wish I was bigger?

    But for now, this song just replays on my iTunes, and I think, big girls, you are beautiful too!