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  • Jessica Simpson Ranting again.. and I pushed myself to hit another goal, and am proud of myself :)

    A long time ago…. (sorry about this Brianna, I know how much you love JSimp)… I talked, rather, got quite agressive about the way I feel about Jessica Simpson’s getting paid to lose weight for weight watchers and not being able to do it – read the full post here. In that post I basically talked about how I think it’s a cop out that you can’t even lose weight when you are getting a couple millie to do so… Shit, weight watchers, give me a call, you want me to lose weight fo a few million, I will do whatever you want, short of sticking a needle in my butt!

    So then…. after this article, a few months later we find out, oh Jessica, she’s PREGNANT again! Hahahaha how convenient right? First, couldn’t lose the weight quick enough to fulfill her contract with weight watchers (unlike missss jhud) so hey, I’m going to get knocked up again. It’s so absolutely hilarious to me that that happened…. I was watching some commercials maybe it was during the superbowl, but you’ve got JHud and JSimp walking down the street and JSimp has this black outfit where the waist area sticks out (i don’t know what that fashion is called haha), and you can tell, she’s hiding something… (probably her baby bump yes)…. Where am I going with all this? CELEBRITIES THAT GET PAID TO LOSE WEIGHT AND CAN’T DO IT AND THEN THERE ARE COVERS WRITTEN ABOUT THEM SHOULD GET KICKED! Oh hey, pay me a million dollars, how about give a normal person that money… how about that?

    Anyways, this blog came up in my feed the other day, where she goes “For the better part of a year now, since Weight Watchers decided to pay her millions of dollars to become their spokesperson, Jessica Simpson has been telling us that she doesn’t have that body. That she doesn’t look like a model. That she has curves. And, most importantly, that she’s not only ok with her meat, she also has no desire to mold her meat to fit someone else’s standard.” SO THEN WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BE A SPOKES PERSON FOR WEIGHT WATCHERS… JUST FREAKING BE HAPPY ABOUT YOUR BODY AND QUIT COMPLAINING WHEN PEOPLE SAY STUFF TO YOU ABOUT IT.. JUST BE YOU LADY, JUST BE YOU! The article was talking about how there were photos taken of here that was definitely misrepresented (aka photoshop killers) making her skinnier than she really is, and yeah of course, people want you to look your best, but don’t sell a clothing line for a size 0 when you are rocking size 16……. also in the photos you can tell her legs are like completely toned and perfect haha – it’s hilarious the link to the article is here.. the blogger continues to go on to say: “None of it is her own. Those legs are definitely not her own. Which means she’s telling us that her own legs are INFERIOR to the legs that you see in the ad. Because…they’re thicker? Thicker = Inferior? F-ck you. F-ck you to all the assholes who retouch that which is perfectly fine but an even bigger f-ck you to Jessica Simpson for suggesting that the kind of body that sells weight loss plans is not the kind of body that can sell clothing…” honestly, it’s true. Don’t make a statement saying you are ok with who you are and then get completely retouched and be ok with it! COME ON JESSICA, BE OK WITH THE JIGGLE! EMBRACE THE JIGGLE! I DO! (well for now… but I’m not taking photos pretending to be super skinny hahahaha).

    Well besides all this jessica simpson stuff, I have some exciting news… Yes, I might not have been losing a ton of weight recently, but you know what I have been gaining? MUSCLE??? MUSCLES!!!!!! WOOOHOOO.. Last night at crossfit, I deadlifted 300 pounds… now, you might not even think that this means anything… but when I lifted more weight than half of the guys in the gym that night, I was pretty excited… I might not be able to run a mile yet, or even do a pull up – but I’m growing, and I can deadlift….. My official weight was 255 in the 8 rounds, but then Brian just said, keep going, and I did 285 then I did 300… and BAM! I was just so excited I never thought in a MILLION YEARS i could ever be this strong.. I had my trainers there cheering me on, and I just felt great. For once I felt like I could do this, I can keep working hard, losing weight and getting strong… I was so excited!!! Check out the video HAHA of me doing it – I was kind of excited…. “SHIT BALLS” hahahaha… that’s apparently how I start to talk myself into lift that much weight… THE OTHER great thing, is I’m finally fitting into my hoodie from high school – I know it’s trivial, but I didn’t even notice the other day when I started wearing it again… hey, I fit into this from high school… I’m GETTING THERE…. Now if I can only get back to my birth weight HAHAHA 7lb’s 6ounces  HAHAHAHAH… Maybe I will be smaller by my wedding, I SURE AS HELL HOPE SO!!!!!

    photo (19)Alright, I need to really get some work done, I’m sorry I’ve been slacking lately, but working for myself now takes a lot of time and work and I feel like I don’t have time to blog anymore… but anyways…. I’m here, and I’m here for anyone that wants to chat about their struggles!

     

     

  • I'm going insane and letting people down!

    oprah-weight-loss-somewhat-topical-ecards-someecardsI know I’ve been slacking on my writing, and it sucks. But I’ve just been so busy since I quit my job, started working for myself and these shirts have been flying off the shelves! Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited that the shirts have been successful but I’m just having the hardest time keeping up and feeling bad about the fact that I’m letting people down by not getting the shirts to people. You’d be amazed at how many emails I have to write about how I’m sorry it’s  taken almost the full 2 week, I’m just still so new that I’m trying to get a handle on things. In not complaining, it’s a good thing to have, but I hate letting people down. Like for instance…..

    I feel like I’m letting myself, my trainers and my gym friends down. Everyone is rooting for me to be successful and here I am being my own road block. Like i said before, now going to the gym is like my 2nd job, I do it everyday and I love it. It works. But my diet is like my pesky annoying coworker that is always popping its head over the partition of the cubical asking what’s for lunch, or just always there to remind you that he’s better then you and you aren’t going to lose weight haha. The other problem I’m having is that FRENCH FRIES ARE NOT A FOOD GROUP, NOR ARE THEY PROTEIN NORRRRRR ARE THEY A CLEAN FOOD THAT’S GOOD FOR YOU. WHY CAN’T I JUST UNDERSTAND THAT! Why is it that I can’t just say, eat well every single damn day just like you work out. Why do I freaking love food so much. Why am I always HUNGRY! Why am I never satisfied. Why why why why whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. And the more I keep crappy food in my diet the more I’m letting myself and people helping me down! Sure I’m getting stronger but I’m not losing weight because I’m not being 100% amazing with my diet.

    I know I keep talking about it, but this blog is about how I’m feeling right? AND I’M FEELING LIKE IM FALLING APART RIGHT INFRONT OF MY OWN EYES AND THIS STUPID COMPUTER! hahaha… I just love food so much, I HATE IT I HATE IT I HATE IT!!!!! It’s like, no matter how much I work out or how strong I get it’s not going to matter if I don’t get this stupid diet right. I went to dinner last night with my friend/client and she ordered a hamburger, but ordered a hamburger from the kids meal saying she couldn’t finish a full adult hamburger… and i was just like, WHAT I CAN?!?!?! UGH, why can I?!??! WHYYYYYYYYYY. Ok complaining over. HAHA… I’m going away again this weekend to snowboard, but after that, come Monday, I will have EVERY single meal planned out for me, I won’t deviate from it, and I’m going to make this work… right… classic, yesterday you said tomorrow… why wait till Monday Andrea??? Welllllll because I’m a loser and I don’t have time this week because I’m busy trying to win contracts and make money… UGH I CAN’T JUGGLE IT ALL… Why am I not rich hahahaha… Anyways…. ok ok ok SERIOUSLY I’m done.

    I read this, this morning on Good Morning America… I found it, actually pretty good haha… I definitely liked the one “it’s hard to win against a cookie”

    13 Secrets the Weight Loss Pros Don’t Tell You

     1. Do not arrive at a training session in the following states: a. on an empty stomach, b. coming off a cold/stomach bug, or c. on four hours’ sleep. It wastes your time and a personal trainer’s when your body isn’t fueled, hydrated and ready to work.

    2. If you find your workouts are getting a little stale, a trainer is a great way to put some pep in your push-ups. If you can’t afford one, get some friends together for a small group session. They cost less per person – and working out with friends is proven to improve your commitment and overall weight loss.

    3. To kick start your metabolism, opt for intervals. In a recent study, women who did 20 minutes of cycling sprints lost three times as much fat as those who cycled slowly and steadily for 40 minutes.

    4. When you hit the point where you think you can’t go on, imagine you have a trainer right next to you, cheering for you. Studies show that actively encouraging yourself improves outcomes.

    5. You can do OK at the drive thru. There are now some reasonable options if you look for them. Stay away from anything with the word “crispy,” steer clear of all mayo-heavy sauces (use mustard instead) and stick to no-fat dressing.

    6. Nibble on the move. If you are shopping and fading from hunger, avoid settling in at the food court and, instead, nibble your way through a shopping marathon. Pick up a snack, such as a hot pretzel, a small bag of roasted nuts from a kiosk or even a chicken taco and nibble on the move. Portable meals can still weigh you down, so check calorie counts on your mobile phone before you go.

    7. Douse your afternoon slump or hunger pangs with water. The energy drop that hits in afternoon is likely a combination of perfectly natural factors – the results of a light lunch, mild dehydration, a momentarily lack of iron or a crash off that coffee you had at the late-morning meeting. Before wandering to the cafeteria or fridge, start your recovery with a tall glass of water, which boosts your blood flow and, as a side benefit, makes you feel full.

    8. It’s hard to win against a cookie. While food is not addictive the way cocaine or alcohol is, there are some uncanny similarities. When subjects at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia were shown the names of foods they liked, the parts of the brain that got excited were the same parts activated in drug addicts.

    9. Your bedroom, not the kitchen might be making you fat. Sleep deprivation upsets our hormone balance, triggering both a decrease in the hormone leptin (which helps you feel full) and an increase of the hormone ghrelin (which triggers hunger). As a result, we think we’re hungry even though we aren’t – and so we eat. Sleep may be the cheapest and easiest obesity treatment there is.

    10. Your weight really is genetic. When scientists first discovered a gene in certain chubby mice, they called it simply the fatso gene. Turns out, people with two copies of the gene were 40 percent more likely to have diabetes and 60 percent more likely to be obese than those without it. Those with only one copy of the gene weighed more too. But your “destiny” is no excuse.

    11. Ear infections can taint your taste buds. In one study of more than 6,000 people, researchers found that people over age 35 who had suffered several ear infections had almost double the chance of being obese. Why? These infections can damage a taste nerve running through the middle ear. When researchers found the at former ear-infection patients were a little more likely to love sweets and fatty foods, they theorized that the damaged nerve might cause them to have a higher threshold for sensing sweetness and fattiness.

    12. Fat might be your mom’s fault. A growing body of science suggests that sugary and fatty foods consumed even before you’re born can mess with your weight.

    13. At dinner, make yourself useful serving people and cleaning up. It gets you away from your plate, but still makes you a vital part of the meal.

    *Web Extra Tips: What Your Personal Trainer Won’t Tell You*

    If you concentrate on the exercise you are doing with the same intensity as talking about the latest gossip about your life, you would find it easier.

    Trainers know you are eating more than you tell them.

    It takes more than writing a check or showing up for training sessions to make you fit and healthy. It’s what you do before and after you meet with your trainer, including choices with food, alcohol and workouts, and a commitment to a new lifestyle.

    Ask you trainer what she or he does to keep educated in the field. An educated trainer will get better results and provide variety to keep you engaged and motivated in your workouts.

    When you are late, it is a waste of your money, a waste of my time and disrespectful.

    Trainers see through your stall tactics. “I think I need to fill my water bottle.” “Let me get a dry towel real quick.” “Oh, I need to go to the bathroom again.” Nice try. But you’re paying for the session, so make every minute count.

    There is a difference between pain and burn, and you need to be honest with your trainer about which you’re feeling. If you push so hard that you injure yourself, you both lose.

    Whatever the text or email says, it can wait until you’re done with your workout. And no, you cannot text and put forth 100 percent effort at the same time.

    The trainer does not have time to get sick. Cancel your session if you’re carrying germs.

    Gear matters. Don’t expect to get maximum performance and results by working out in the ratty gym shoes and shorts you dug out of that old box of college dorm clothes. Invest in a good pair of sneakers. Your feet and joints will thank you, and so will your trainer.

    Remember that a 30-minute session at max effort is better – and cheaper – than 60 minutes of dawdling and half-effort.

    Stop whining and push through those last few reps.

     

  • Instead of giving up, push through…. Happy VALENTINE'S DAY!

    notgiveupLast night at CrossFit I thought I was done…. It’s funny because I feel like every time I come across a new workout at CrossFit (almost daily) I think, oh my god, this is harder than the next how am I ever going to get through this… and the minute I am in the thick of it I’m just like, I can’t do this, I’m going to give up… but instead, I don’t know what happens, I don’t know if I just don’t want to look like an asshole in front of everyone, I don’t know if it’s that I’ll look like a failure, or that I can actually do it, I’m just giving up.. .I mean look,  i am ALWAYS Last in crossfit… ALWAYS… and yeah, it’s supposed to be a competition with yourself and not with others, but let’s be real here… sometimes being the last person to complete a WOD for time, or has the least amount of reps, SUCKS hahahaha.. and how about being the LAST PERSON ALL THE TIME.. It’s like I’m the kid that isn’t going to get picked first for dodge ball… but i think what’s worse is not being able to do the whole workout… so last night, when I thought I was done for it, when I thought, there is no WAY in hell that I’m going to be able to do all these box jumps and burpees, Jenny looked at me, Evie looked at me and basically I knew what they were saying… DONT GIVE UP YOU MUTHAAAA FUCKKAAAA! and I didn’t…. I literally just kept going.. now it sucks because my goal for the WOD was to at least get 1 round of 10 box jumps and 5 burpees for each of the 15 rounds, but that didn’t work out — while Steph and Brian are blowing out 2-3 reps per round, I’m over here huffing wind unable to get all my burpees in… the one thing I did do and I was proud of, was this was the first time I did all my box jumps… those things are hard… and I was just NOT going to give up. It’s funny because i always think that I’m going to not make it through a workout, but I end up making it through… and for me, that’s an accomplishment SO in lieu of that, the release of HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO NOT GIVE UP goes out today…. I’m not going to give up and neither should you….

    It’s really hard for me to think I can do it… it’s also really hard for me to not eat these valentine’s cupcakes that I made for Juan, but something’s gotta give right? I’m not going to lose weight but stuffing my beautiful face with cupcakes…. (DAMMIT WHY NOT?).

    So today.. is valentine’s day, and although we aren’t big on that here in our house, I just wanted to say thanks for being awesome and thanks for supporting me on this crazy ride we call life. Here are some yummy recipe’s that you can make today for that special someone in your life, that won’t add a bunch of extra pounds like chocolates and freaking CUPCAKES!
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    Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

    Skinnytaste.com Servings: 4 • Size: 3 oz cooked salmon • Old Pts: 7 • Weight Watchers Points+: 7 pts Calories: 266 • Fat: 9.3 g • Protein: 22.5 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 0.1 g • Sugar: 13 g
    Sodium: 502 mg

    Ingredients:

    3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
    3 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
    3 tbsp sake
    2 tbsp honey
    1 lb fresh wild salmon fillet, cut in 4 pieces
    2 tsp cooking oil

    Directions:

    Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and honey in a resealable bag. Add the salmon and mix to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

    Remove salmon, reserving the marinade. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Sear salmon, 2 minutes per side. Turnheat to low and pour in the reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through.

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    Red Velvet Cheesecake Protein Shake

    Dashing Dish:
    Ingredients
    1/2 cup Fat free cottage cheese 1
    1 Scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder 2
    1/2 tsp Butter extract
    1 tbs Cocoa powder 3
    3-5 drops Red food coloring
    2 tbs Fat free cream cheese OR 1-2 tbs Sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix
    5-10 Ice cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
    1/2-1 cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency)
    2-3 Stevia (or 1/4 tsp sweetener of choice)

    1 Cottage cheese may sound strange, but TRUST me… this is what makes the ‘MILKSHAKE’ consistency! Also, if you are sensitive to dairy, you can use tofu to get the same consistency!

    2 I use Designer Whey Protein powder. It has 100 calories per scoop. I buy the vanilla flavor because it’s a good base to add whatever flavors you want to make. It is also all natural.

    3 Or you could use 1-2 tbs sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix.

    4 You can get xanthan gum from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

    Nutrition Breakdown
    1 Serving
    230 Calories
    1 g Fat
    10 g Carbohydrate
    1 g Fiber
    4 g Sugar
    36 g Protein
    4 WWP+

    Method
    THE ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IS 1-5 MINUTES.
    1. Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with light whipped cream if desired, and Enjoy!

    Super-Moist-Skinny-Chocolate-CakeHomemade Skinny Chocolate Cake

    Skinnytaste.com
    Servings: 20 • Serving Size: 2.5 x 2.25 inch slice • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
    Calories: 163 • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Carb: 33.2 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Sugar: 19.7 g
    Sodium: 335 mg

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3 tbsp canola oil
    4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
    1 egg
    2 egg whites
    1 cup HOT coffee
    3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup fat free milk
    2 cups cake flour (not self rising)
    1 package instant chocolate pudding (not sugar free)
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
    spray oil

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly spray and flour your cake pan.

    In a large bowl combine flour, dry chocolate pudding mix, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. (dry ingredients)

    In a medium bowl, combine HOT coffee with the cocoa powder until it dissolves. Slowly add milk and vanilla extract. Set aside. (wet ingredients)

    In a stand mixer on low speed combine the sugar and oil; mix to combine well.

    Add the applesauce until mixed through. Then add eggs and egg whites until incorporated.

    Starting with the dry ingredients, slowly add a little of the dry, then a little of the wet ingredients, alternating between wet and dry until all the ingredients are mixed in.

    Last step is to add the Greek yogurt and just stir to combine.

    Pour into the cake pan and transfer to oven.

    Depending on the pan you use, (I used a 13 x 9-inch pan) bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cupcakes will be closer to 25-30 minutes.

  • Thank You. Again.

    If any of you know me, you know that I don’t like compliments, I don’t like it when people tell me that I’m doing a good job, or I’m inspiring them… I feel awkward. I feel like, how can I actually do something like that? But its funny because all I ever want to do is inspire people, help people, do good in the world HAHA.. but I don’t want to be recognized for it… Whenever anyone says, “you’re doing a great job” “you are such an inspiration” “i love what you’re doing keep it up” stuff like that, I’m like psssssssh LIES. You are lying, I’m not doing anything, I’m just sitting here writing this silly blog about how ANNOYING weight loss is and how I just wish I could WISH IT away instead of work for it… but for some reason, my stupid little rants are helping others…. And even though I won’t admit it, I am so happy and proud to be able to be doing things like that for people….  A) I don’t believe them, HAHAHA I’m just being me, how could I EVER inspire anyone… and then maybe B) It could inspire people even more to stick with it – because when people say these things to me, I really get inspired to keep working hard… Because not only is this stupid blog about how annoying weight loss is, but it’s also holding me accountable for the things I write… We all know I’m working hard on my diet, but I’m still going to the gym everyday, and trying my best to be healthy, if I were just writing this blog and sitting here on my ass all day, that would be a different story….. and honestly, to be 100% honest…. I don’t CARE what people think about what I write… I write horribly, I swear, but I’m just being real and a feel like a lot of people won’t do that these days….

    This one from one of my friends really stands out… it was a great feeling getting this message from her…

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    So, as much as I say I dont like it, it inspires me… so thank you, thank you for letting me know that this crazy blog helps you.. that the shirts help, that anything I can do for you, can help… Without you, and I know I have said this many times.. without you, I couldn’t do it

    ANYWAYS, one other thing… since I was being a little bitch yesterday about the whole photo shoot thing… my friend Chris told me, you know what, you can’t worry about it – the thing about you is that you are real, in your photo shoot you

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    used real people, and if you are trying to motivate people to buy these shirts to workout more or motivate others, you just have to show yourself in the photos….. sooooo because I’m trying to be real, here’s a picture of me from the shoot that I am just so embarrassed to have online.. but you know what, who cares. I’m working on it, I’m not perfect, and I’m still a good person even though I might not be a size 2…..

    Ok last thing for today…. I found this AMAZING butter type thing at Wegmans yesterday…. it’s a GREAT alternative to butter, it says “AT LAST GOOD FAT!” I love it… Its def better then butter!!!! SO get it, if you want it! haha

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  • Valentines Day….. Get it on…. anddddd I almost gave up, again.

    SORRY I HAVEN’T BEEN WRITING… It’s been a crazy week… I quit my job to work for myself again, so I was doing that, and then trying to get freelance under my belt because finding clients IS SO HARD…. and just trying to get through my day hahahaha —- ANYWAYS, I’M BACK!

    Photoshoot

    SO this weekend we had a photo shoot for the shirts… I know what people are going to think, hey – why are you investing money, or doing all this crap to sell more shirts if selling shirts isn’t what it’s all about? Well, my friend who is AMAZING, Christopher Robbins said he would shoot the shirts at Raise the Bar for me, so WHY THE HELL NOT TAKE UP HIS OFFER! So I did, and MAN the shirts look AMAZING…. I’ve got some pictures I will put up in the next few days, but check it out! I mean HOW COOL. I was crying… I was seriously crying because you know what, someone did such an amazing thing for me, and you just have to think, man, there are some seriously amazing people out there… people that you’re so lucky to have in your life and not because they offer to help, but because they believe in you and they WANT to help… Not only did Chris help but my friends modeled for me and it was just amazing… I literally was sitting there Sunday thinking, wow, is this really happening, what did I do to deserve having such great people in my life………

    Then I probably started crying because of this… hahaha… because I was in the photo shoot and DAMN did I ruin it… That night I was keeping track of my thoughts in evernote and I made this voice memo to talk about the next day… this is how I was feeling….

    “you know i look at these pictures and im just like ok, so when we took pictures the other day i look skinnier and i look happy and healthy and that was with an iphone, but then we get pictures that a professional takes, and you get all excited, you walk up there you have this new bode of confidence, you strut your stuff boooom booom boom, you’re not worried about it because you know you are going to look good, you’ve got confidence LETS GET EXCITED, and then, of COURSE you’re having fun, having confidence and the end of the photo shoot happens and you look at all the photos, and you are like…. WOW, really? Not only did I RUIN all the photos, but you know, I’m not looking at good as I thought I was and it’s like there’s this constant struggle and this like need to just want to lose weight and be smaller and you have this freaking battle that you just keep having to go on, and it’s like, it just doesn’t stop. You don’t find yourself skinny overnight, you don’t go to two weeks of working out and you are a completely different person, it’s so hard… it’s to the point where it’s like do you give up or do you keep going knowing that its just going to take so much more time, knowing that it might not happen.. like come October, the one thing I want, is to look good and feel great.. .because I want to be healthy and I don’t want to feel this way anymore.. i don’t want to feel like I have a 70lb keg on my belly, I don’t want to feel like I can’t wear tank tops or a bathing suit, I don’t want to feel like I’m left out because I’m not good enough looking… you know those are the hard things.. you look at these pictures and you are just like omg, I’ve been working out since August and I’m just like REALLY… This is it, and yeah, it’s my own fault, I could have done things differently.. but shit, it’s just so hard…. I still have so far to go and is this really going to get me up at 3:55am every morning? Yeah it motivates me but it also discourages me… it gets me thinking like WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING, WHY AM I DOING THIS, why is this so hard.”

    I still feel this way, it’s just so hard. AND I KNOW, no pity parties, and that’s not what I’m shooting for here, I’m just freaking venting hahaha – LOSING WEIGHT IS SUCH A BITCH! YOU SUCK!

    I’m not quitting, I’m in it for the long haul, but shit, things like this make me want to quit… I just have to win that mind game… WIN IT!!!

    For all of you that are gonna be enjoying Valentines day, here’s some fun stuff: Like how SEX is the BEST WORKOUT EVER!

    The Best Workout Ever: Have Your Own Coregasm

    And then for the people that might want to INDULGE for valentines day here are some tips:

    5 Healthy & Fit Valentine’s Day Indulgences

    There’s a lot more to love than you think! Indulge in a superb V-Day weekend without busting your health and fitness goals.

    Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it, it’s difficult to escape. So is the irony that this holiday, one symbolized by the human heart, is often filled with treats and customs designed pack on the pounds, skyrocket your blood sugar, and clog up your arteries.

    To be sure, some Valentine’s Day traditions can bust your diet and set back your progress. Like sitting in a fondue restaurant feeding “Pookie” chunks of bread dripping with cheese or marshmallows coated in coconut coated in white chocolate, or popping enough candy hearts that the last one should be stamped “Toxic Shock.”

    However, the following 5 indulgences are not only sexy and fun, but healthy too.

    1/ Dark Chocolate

    The mathematician who figured out the square root of attracting a woman is 1/4 the summation of chocolate squared clearly knew what he was doing … and was rumored to be a close relative to St. Valentine himself.

    Moreover, the above mathematician’s friend, the gal who came up with the simple equation chocolate + wine = delicious-in-a-sexy-way is probably the reason for all the November births in the United States.

    When it comes to chocolate, darker is better. That is because really dark chocolate, 80-90% cocoa, has less sugar and fat and more protein than lighter shades of the sweet stuff. That’s not all! A 2008 study found that moderate consumption of dark chocolate may exert protective effects against the development of cardiovascular disease.

    The same study found that dark chocolate consumption might have positive effects onmetabolism, blood pressure, endothelial function and inflammation – all of which would help keep your ticker ticking.

    Remember, cocoa, not chocolate, has flavonols, natural antioxidant compounds. So, the more diluted the cocoa becomes with sugar, milk, caramel and the like, the less cocoa your chocolate contains. Milk may also interfere with antioxidant absorption; so, milk chocolate doesn’t have nearly the health benefits of dark chocolate.

    2/ Red Wine

    How about these appl – er, grapes!

    A glass of Cabernet contains:

    • 127 Calories
    • 0g Fat
    • 5.5g Carbs
    • 0 Protein

    Wine contains have alcohol, and a fair amount of calories, but it also carries a list of accolades. It’s considered heart-healthy because, like chocolate, it contains antioxidants. The antioxidant resveratrol, found in grapes, is purported to be an anti-aging elixir that may help reduce blood clots, badcholesterol, and formation of malignant tumors.

    The compound flavanoid helps prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth (although it doesn’t seem to prevent red stains). The polyphenols also found in red wine may reduce inflammation associated with gum disease.

    Despite the seeming wonders of these foods, make sure you don’t drink an entire bottle, or eat four chocolate bars to yourself. Too much of a good thing, you know. Liver damage, high blood pressure, heart failure, and a big gut are just a few of the things you can look forward to if you drink and eat too much.

    3/ Sex

    Arnold talked about the pump mimicking sex, which is great…

    Then again, you could just have sex.

    Grant Stoddard, author of Great in Bed, says that sex, if performed responsibly, is just about the healthiest activity you can participate in. Sex actually mirrors exercise, in that the body produces endorphins much like those we get from exercise.

    Stoddard claims the key to optimizing calorie burn is taking your sweet time. That state of anticipation causes your heart to beat faster, and thus you’ll burn more calories. A 30-year-old 200-pound man can burn up to 300 calories in a steamy make-out session if his heart rate climbs to 120 bpm for 30 minutes.

    The calories you burn during actual intercourse depend on how (cough) vigorous and (um) enduring your experience is.

    4/ Rest

    A little cuddle-time on the couch is actually good for building muscles.

    It’s no secret that in order for your muscles to grow, they need to rest. When you lift hard, your muscles break down, and it takes nothing but rest & nutrition for them to recover and grow. More important, if you allow your muscles to recover, they’ll be even stronger the next time you go to the gym. Strong muscles are physically attractive to most people.

    So, take the holiday from the gym. Spend the extra time doing something fun with your valentine. Go to a movie, take a nap (who doesn’t want one one of those?), or just lounge in your pajamas (or lingerie).

    5/ Gifts

    A 2011 survey projected that Americans would spend a total of $3.4 billion on dinner, $3.5 billion on jewelry, $1.1 billion on greeting cards and $1.7 billion on flowers.

    While this might just seem like consumerism at its finest, there’s actually interesting evidence regarding the health benefits of gift-giving. Whether it be money, candy or blood, giving is proven to make people happier.

    As it turns out, there are more psychological benefits for the giver than the receiver. Giving, it seems, is good for you. Giving releases endorphins, which make people feel better physically and emotionally. Gift-giving has also been known to relieve stress and depression. By making someone else happy, you actually give your own health a boost!

    So bring on the flowers, chocolates, cards and kisses!

  • STOP MAKING EXCUSES ANDREA!

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    I’ve come so far, why stop now?

    Today…. today is a new day… today is the day where i stop making freaking excuses… Ok. STOP. This is the thing… the past few weeks have sucked.. I’ve been exhausted, I’ve had this stupid head problem again, and I just haven’t felt right, and yeah I have ate ok during the week, but on the weekends its just falling off the wagon. I can’t do that anymore. I can’t keep making excuses for why I can eat this cupcake, or why I can eat after 9pm, or why one day a week with bacon and potatoes is ok as long as i don’t do it all week…. I can’t. It’s just so hard. It’s so hard to control my hunger. It’s so hard to control the cravings for foods I love… but then I look at my progress and how far I’ve come, and granted it might not be a ton, but I just don’t want to regress. I had a meeting yesterday morning with a new partner of mine, and she was saying, that she’s so scared of cheating on her clean eating because she doesn’t want to regress… and it got me thinking. All this work I’m doing, it’s not going to mean SHIT unless I am eating right.

    So today… today. NOT TOMORROW, not yesterday… TODAY. I am making a promise to myself… to get my SHIT together and stop making the excuses and get back on the wagon. I know I can do it, I’ve done it before. I mean for fuck’s sake, as I sit here writing this I’m like, no, just be good, eat as healthy as possible, but it’s your last week at work, and you will probably have lunches and drinking, so don’t do it today, do it next week. But NOPE, sorry mind, I’m doing it. I just know the longer I wait, the longer I’m doing myself a disservice and probably regressing my body from the progress that I’ve already made and the hills I’ve already conquered. I JUST WISH FOOD WASN’T SO DAMN GOOD! hahaha…

    beforeafter1Starting March 1, I’m doing cut phase with the gym, and that’s hardcore, there’s no excuses there… not one… and you can’t have dairy, sugars, carbs, you can’t have any of that crap, so might as well start working on that now, and start getting things out of my daily routine that I know I won’t be able to even touch on cut phase…… but you know what.. I want this, I want this so bad, I need to lose more weight, I want to look great for my wedding, and if I keep up the shit, I’m going to keep looking the same… I’m going to keep being insecure about my body, and then what? What was all this hard work for if I’m not getting myself healthy in all aspects? DUH ANDREA.

    Its february… I can do it… 3 weeks straight of good eating. Starting today. I’ve got the working out down, now just get ON TRACK and get your shit together and fucking EAT RIGHT.

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    Here’s a great article I found on the

    6 ESSENTIAL FLAT-BELLY FOODS


    cheese6. Full-Fat Cheese:

    This dairy product is an excellent source of casein protein—one of the best muscle-building nutrients you can eat. What’s more, Danish researchers found that even when men ate 10 ounces of full-fat cheese daily for 3 weeks, their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol didn’t budge.

    porkchops5. Pork Chops:

    Per gram of protein, pork chops contain almost five times the selenium—an essential mineral that’s linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer—of beef, and twice that of chicken. And Purdue researchers found that a 6-ounce serving daily helped people preserve their muscle while losing weight.

    icedcoffee4. Iced Coffee:

    Coffee reduces your appetite, increases your metabolism, and gives you a shot of antioxidants. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found that the average metabolic rate of people who drink caffeinated coffee is 16 percent higher than that of those who drink decaf. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. Honestly, could there be a more perfect beverage? Plus, frequent mini servings of caffeine (8 ounces of coffee or less) keep you awake, alert, and focused for longer than a single jumbo one would, according to sleep experts. When you quickly drink a large coffee, the caffeine peaks in your bloodstream much sooner than if you spread it out over time. Start your day with an 8 ounce coffee (the “short” size is available by request at Starbucks). Or, ask for a large half caf. Then keep the caffeine lightly flowing with a lunchtime cappuccino (it’s got only 75 mg, which is about one quarter of what you’d get in a 16 ounce coffee).

    grapefruit_13. Grapefruit:

    In a recent study, Louisiana State University scientists discovered that people who ate half a grapefruit three times a day lost 4 pounds in 12 weeks, even though they hadn’t deliberately altered any other part of their diets. Although the mechanism isn’t clear, the researchers speculate that grapefruit’s acidity may slow your rate of digestion, helping keep you full longer.

    apple2. Apple:

    Turns out, an apple a day may also keep the extra weight away. Penn State researchers discovered that people who ate a large apple 15 minutes before lunch took in 187 fewer calories during lunch than those who didn’t snack beforehand. (The apples had around 128 calories.) What’s more, they reported feeling fuller afterward, too. Sure, the fruit is loaded with belly-filling fiber, but there’s another reason apples help you feel full: They require lots of chewing, which can make you think you’re eating more than you really are, says study author Julie Obbagy, Ph.D.

    eggs1. Eggs:

    Skip the cold cereal: Eating eggs and bacon in the morning can help you control your hunger later in the day. Indiana University scientists determined that dieters who consumed their biggest dose of daily protein at breakfast felt full longer than those who ate more of the nutrient at lunch or dinner. The upshot: “They were less likely to overeat the rest of the day,” says study author Heather Leidy, Ph.D. To fend off hunger, shoot for at least 20 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast.

  • I'm pretty sure I'm gaining weight…

    9135b82a808b0e6e80dd2e45ca81988bSo over the past few weeks I’ve been miserable. Miserable. First I was sick, then work got the best of me, and now I’ve got my head thing again (the thing where last time I had a concussion, but I never figured out what was going on with that. Well it’s back). So what happens when I am having bad weeks? I eat like crap. Of course I’ve been working out, but I haven’t been the best on making sure I’ve been eating right. Why is this such a struggle with me why can’t I just say, hey, stop eating like shit.

    When my head feels the way It does it always chalk it up to it being food related like maybe I didn’t have enough carbs or gluten or something and that’s why my head hurts. So what do I do to get my head to feel better because I can’t work with my head feeling like its going to explode? EAT!!!! That’s right. Ill have some bread, or a muffin, something to take the edge off. I feel like I’m in a drug rehab program and I need to snort some coke or something haha (don’t worry mom, I don’t do coke).

    Today I put on my jeans that are always too big and for some reason they didn’t seem tooooo big today. Whoops. Shit. And I know I can gain way faster then I can drop. Soooooo yeah. Fudge.

    I wish it was as simple as to just eat whatever as long as you workout you can lose weight. Why do we have to also be so on top of everything. It’s so annoying. It’s, calories this, calories that, Protein this, sugars that, or points this, points that. Why isn’t this easier. I guess nothing good is ever easy. I have to keep telling myself that. I need to quit saying that tomorrow ill start better on my diet because I never do. I rock the shit out of my shirt, because yesterday you said tomorrow, but now I have to finally listen.

    3311105047_265e8f51efOK listen… the big DAY is coming up – SUPERBOWL, and although, my amazing NEW YORK GIANTS are not in the game this year, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be eating healthy…. BUTTTTT MY PROBLEM IS I WANT BON CHON WINGS SO BAD… OMG OMG OMG OMG ILL HAVE TO RESIST. They are so yummy though… anyways, instead, I found this great article on Skinny Taste… Talking all about great alternatives for the big game… all the recipes are below, GO GO GO THEY ARE YUMMY!!!

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    Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Asian Flank Steak Skewers

    Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

    Avocado and Mango Salsa

    Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

    Bangin’ Grilled Shrimp Skewers

    Bangin’ Good Shrimp

    Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

    Broccoli and Cheddar Skinny Potato Skins

    Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

    Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw

    Chick Pean and Roasted Pepper Dip

    Chicken Parmigiana Burgers

    Creamy Cold Parmesan Spinach Dip

    Creamy Parmesan Spinach Dip

    Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chili

    Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

    Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe

    Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs

    Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

    Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

    Edamame Hummus

    Greek Turkey Meatballs

    Grilled Potatoes

    Guacamole

    Hot Spinach Dip

    Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Lighter Buffalo Wings

    Loaded Turkey Santa Fe Baked Potato Skins

    Mexican Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

    Shrimp Parmigiana Hero, Lightened Up

    Skinny Artichoke Dip

    Skinny Baked Jalapeno Poppers

    Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

    Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Skinny Coconut Shrimp

    Skinny Italian Spinach Meatballs

    Skinny Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese

    Skinny Queso Dip

    Skinny Ranch Dip

    Skinny Sloppy Joes

    Skinny Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

    Skinny Taco Dip
    Slow Cooked Sweet Barbacoa Pork

    Southwest Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce

    Southwestern Black Bean Salsa

    Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise

    Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

    Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

    Turkey Chili Taco Soup

    White Bean Crostini

    White Bean Turkey Chili

  • Today is Tuesday… Blah Blah BLAH

    To write or take a nap…. That is the question. I guess ill write till my eyes feel heavy and I fall asleep while writing haha. Am I the only one that falls asleep instantly in a moving vehicle? Haha

    Anyways…. I can’t believe it’s almost February. Why is it that when you have a goal of losing 50 pounds by October, the months fly by but the weight doesn’t fall off? Hahaha. I feel like my friends are getting pissed because all I talk about now, all I tweet about, all I Facebook about is working out, eating, and bitching about how hard all of this is hahaha. I mean seriously though, this has consumed me. This is now my life. Getting myself right and trying to hit this goal by October is now my freaking life. I don’t have time to go out, and I’ve been choosing the gym over free time. A lot of that though is due to my job and commute to work, but that’s going to be changed in a little while.

    You know I’ve really realized that losing weight is almost another full time job. You are ALWAYS thinking about what your eating, scheduling meetings with the gym haha, planning meals, prepping meals, all that crap. It’s a freaking full time job. How does anyone have time for this?!? Oh wait, just gotta be a millionaire and we are good to go…….. That’s all. Easy enough right?

    774468_249231958543711_1365733698_oI’m nervous about not hitting my goals too. I love food. And I’m working hard on making sure I’m not eating shit but at the end of the day my head just tells me as long as you got a workout in you are ok. But that’s not right. By the way, this dude got on the train and totally sat with me and stole the arm rest. Really dude?!? How rude! Maybe I should get close and smell him up with my gym stank and ill get my arm rest back!

    I will say though, this weekend when I was taking pics with my friends at the gyms bc they were wearing my shirts, I actually was happy about how I was looking and i wasn’t like, hey I need to crop out my chin, or put an Instagram filter on so I look better…. No I was actually like, hey, I’m gonna post this right now. And that was a great feeling, a feeling that made me want to not give up, to keep going on thru this misery hahaha.

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    UMM HAVE YOU SEEN THIS APP BY THE WAY? This website… It’s called Model My Diet… It’s neat, it’s clearly not accurate, because I LOOK WAY WORSE at my current weight, there are rolls, I would NEVER wear a 2 piece, and I am not flat around my belly HAHAHA… So clearly, that’s not what I look like, but def on the right is what I want to look like??? Could it happen??? Who knows, but go there and check it out!

    Also, I have been working on going completely gluten free – so I found this article,

    8 Slimming Gluten-Free Comfort Foods – Click on the photo to go to the recipe!

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  • I'M SO ANGRY – FAT SHAMING – YOU NEED TO READ THIS?!!!!!!!! UGHHHHHH

    SO GUESS WHAT… TODAY I’M PISSED….. Well, yesterday I was pissed to… but today I’m going to talk about it…

    Screen Shot 2013-01-25 at 10.07.48 AMSOME asshole, or I’m sorry, a “prominent bioethicist” (I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS BUT I HOPE IT MEANS JACK ASS) decided to come out and say that basically calling out obese people in the public will help people not be overweight anymore…. Daniell Callaham, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hasting Center, put out this paper where he “called for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people – what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this: “If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE, BECAUSE IM ABOUT TO FLIP OUT AND TELL YOU ALL HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS.

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Dude, guy, whoever the F’ you are with your fancy degree and smarty pants glasses… who the HELL do you think you are? Do you not realize that yeah, sure, this world might be a little obese, but we also have a fair amount of people who struggle with eating disorders BECAUSE of people telling them they aren’t good enough, or they are too fat, or they are being SHAMED by the way they look? Do you not GET THAT? Is your super smart brain UNABLE TO COMPREHEND THE FACT THAT REMINDING PEOPLE OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THEY MIGHT BE OVER WEIGHT WILL DO NOTHING BUT CAUSE DEPRESSION AND DRINKING PROBLEMS??? You are an asshole.

    Should we go ahead and take anorexic people and shame them then?!?!!? It’s the same exact thing… we’ve got people sitting in centers getting help because they aren’t eating, or they are throwing it up, because they don’t feel like they look good enough, so what? Are you going to put up some posters saying, “Are you sticking your finger down your throat because you aren’t happy with your body? Good FOR YOU” LIKE WTF is this guy even talking about… Does he not realize that some people gain weight for reasons that go beyond just eating like shit??? Does he not realize that people know how they look, they know how they feel, and they are the only ones who can tell themselves that they want to make a change… If I saw a poster like that I would probably jump off a bridge, because NOT ONLY do I NOT HAVE MY OWN SELF ESTEEM and I HAVE PEOPLE AROUND ME TELLING ME IM NOT GOOD ENOUGH, NOW SOCIETY IS DOING THE SAME THING??? Are you KIDDING ME AGAIN FOR THE 100th TIME!?!??! People struggle in their day to day life with things like weight, their life, depression, drugs… why would we sit there and put them on display and shame them instead of just helping them. Calling out their flaws for the world to see isn’t the right answer. COULD YOU IMAGINE… if you were on the subway, and there was a poster saying “if you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?” and you were a bigger person and you happened to be standing in front of  that poster and then you notice people staring at you… THATS NOT GOING TO MAKE ME GO HOME AND LOSE WEIGHT ITS GOING TO MAKE ME JUMP IN FRONT OF THAT TRAIN. PROBLEM SOLVED… RIGHT DANIEL??????

    CAN I GO PUNCH THIS GUY IN THE BALLS? LETS SEE HOW HE FEELS THEN MAKE A POSTER ABOUT THAT. SHALL WE?

    People are going to make their own decisions to lose weight… Maybe they can’t lose weight, maybe they don’t want to, MAYBE THE LOVE THEMSELVES FOR WHO THEY ARE AND AT WHATEVER SIZE THEY ARE AT. WHY IS THAT A BAD THING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    He goes on to make this statement in the article:

    “Zinging the chubby does not require a shift in our daily conversation,” he said. “Plenty of Americans are already more than willing to chide their fellow fatties about their weight.”

     Oh right, I forgot – I walk up to my “FELLOW FATTIE” and am like “hey buddy, you are looking SOOO FAT TODAY, good job for you” because that happens, ALL THE TIME. I’m always walking up to my “chubby” friends and let them know, “hey bro, you should probably lose about 100lbs or else you are going to be A TOTAL LOSER in life.” yep… all the time, I mean, I’m a fatty, you know, it’s normal for me and my fellow fatties to have these conversations… WE NEVER have conversations like, HEY let’s MOTIVATE each other, let’s PUSH each other, let’s do this together… instead we are just like knocking each other for being fatties…

    OMG Anyways… I just wanted to kick his ASS. WOW. Ok I’m just so on fire I want to really punch this guy in the face. He even talks about how we should do it because of how well the campaign to get people to quit smoking went… YOU DO REALIZE quitting smoking, and being chubby are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS RIGHT??? You can’t just QUIT being overweight….. you have no clue how that person got to where they are, it could be for medical reasons… Hey, here’s an idea, maybe you QUIT BEING SUCH A JACK ASS? I might start a campaign that just says “IF you are an asshole – are you pleased with the way you act?” and put DANIEL CALLAHAN’S FUCKING FACE RIGHT THERE FRONT AND CENTER.

    Screen Shot 2013-01-25 at 10.08.57 AMOk wow.. anyways…….. I’m done being heated… it’s funny because apparently some people actually think this is a good idea – there was a survey on the article, and some people think it will work – well those people that voted must be some seriously hot dudes that are shallow and don’t want to look at us chubbies on the subway anymore because we get in the way of them staring at the hot blonde with double D boobs… Sorry guys… our bads… (coming from all the chubbies out there).

    This is going to make me make a shirt… It’s going to say, DONT FORGET TO BE AWESOME. DONE AND DONE. UGH IM GOING TO KICK THIS GUY.

  • Will I be confident enough by my bachelorette party? HAHA

    Priorities, priorities right? I mean come on, let’s be real for a minute…. I’m working out to look good for my wedding, of course… to remember that day where I looked amazing in my photos, I felt amazing, and I was at the happiest healthiest level I could be…. but deep down.. I’m also thinking, hey, wouldn’t be bad to look good for my bachelorette party too! HAHAHA… I’ve been to tons of bach parties in the past where I was the biggest girl, the fattest, not hot… I remember specifically my friend Erin’s bach party down on the Jersey Shore… Love her to pieces, but I was DEF that girl… check out the photo where EVERYONE, is in a cute tank top for erin’s bach, and I’m sitting there in a sweater… REALLY??? A sweater??? in the middle of summer on the shore??? Do you see the people in bathing suits??? Yeah… I am that girl. Summer for me sucks because I hate my chicken arms, I mean who wants to see that? Who wants to see my big flappy fatty wings flapping around when they can be nicely covered and tucked away for no one to see! Same thing at my other BF’s wedding shower… everyone in a cute dress, no sleeves, because it was HOT AS BALLS up in Boston that weekend, but nope, there I am, again, the one in the sweater.. but hey, at least it was 3/4 sleeves right? HAHA6480_842191713979_7620563_n 314603_600700115512_2895324_n
    So yeah, maybe I do… maybe for me, for a reward for all this hard work, maybe I want to be able to look semi-slutty for my bach party? Is that so wrong???? I’m not going to do anything, I love Juan, but whats wrong with a little attention

    from some dudes on my “last night out”?? What’s wrong with that? NOTHING… (at least I don’t think) haha… I want to walk into atlantic city and just be like BITCHES I’M HERE – and be wearing like a tight, short short dress HAHAHAH… I mean that’s really all I want. At my wedding, I will look beautiful and elegant, with a long white dress on, and that’s great, but for my bach, give me a makeover because skankstress Andrea is coming out!

    It’s funny… because I never ever cared really about that stuff… Yeah I mean I always had issues when I would be the one ignored at the bar when a group of guys came up to me and my friends, and it really REALLY sucked… It sucked being the ugly one, it sucked being the one that guys told each other they would talk to me because I was the ugly one and they could use me to get to my hot friends HAHA.. I mean it sucks, but it’s true. You can’t tell me it’s not. And sure, should I have tried to get into the best shape of my life when I was single? Maybe… but I’m happy with what happened, I’m happy I found Juan and he loves me for me… just sayin’, to not be the ugly/big chick anymore would be awesome! 🙂

    This crossfit stuff is going really well, I love the workouts and I’m starting to get super obsessed, but that’s a good thing — this way, being obsessed with something like this, might give me the BOD I want for my confidence. I found this article about the 6 rules of good nutrition – it’s great… then I also found another easy, yummy recipe from Dashing Dish I want to share! Enjoy!!!!

    BLT Chicken Salad

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    THE ESTIMATED TIME TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IS 5-10 MINUTES.
    1 In a small bowl, combine chicken and all of the remaining ingredients. Serve as is, or on a lettuce wrap or low carb wrap of choice!
    Ingredients

    1/2 cup Chopped or shredded cooked chicken (about 2 oz cooked)
    1 tbs Plain low fat Greek yogurt
    1 tbs Low fat mayonaise (or an additional tbs Greek yogurt)
    1/4 cup Tomato, diced
    1 piece Center cut bacon (or turkey bacon), cooked and crumbled
    1/2 cup Shredded lettuce
    Pinch Salt, pepper and stevia to taste
    Optional: Low carb wrap, bread, or lettuce wrap to serve

    Nutrition:
    1 Serving
    130 Calories
    3 g Fat
    3 g Carbohydrate
    1 g Fiber
    4 g Sugar
    21 g Protein
    3 WWP+*
    *All calories are per serving

    6 Rules of Good Nutrition

    breakfast6. Never Skip Breakfast:
    Yes, mornings are crazy. But they’re also our best hope at regaining our nutritional sanity. A 2005 study synthesized the results of 47 other studies that examined the impact of starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Here’s what they found:

    People who skip breakfast are more likely to take up smoking or drinking, less likely to exercise, and more likely to follow fad diets or express concerns about body weight. Common reasons cited for skipping were lack of time, lack of hunger, or dieting.

    Bad news. Sure, it would seem to make sense that skipping breakfast means eating fewer calories, which means weighing less. But it doesn’t work that way. Consider:

    People who eat breakfast tend to have higher total calorie intakes throughout the day, but they also get significantly more fiber, calcium, and other micronutrients than skippers do. Breakfast eaters also tended to consume less soda and French fries and more fruits, vegetables, and milk.

    Breakfast eaters were approximately 30 percent less likely to be overweight or obese. (Think about that—people who eat breakfast eat more food, but weigh less!)

    snacks_05. Snack With Purpose:
    There’s a big difference between mindless munching and strategic snacking. Snacking with purpose means reinforcing good habits, keeping your metabolic rate high, and filling the gaps between meals with the nutrients your child’s body craves.

    Chew on this piece of trivia: In the 20 years leading up to the 21st century (1977 to 1996), salty snack portions increased by 93 calories, and soft drink portions increased by 49 calories.

    Combat portion distortion by eating healthy snacks: Triscuits and peanut butter; string cheese; a sandwich bag filled with homemade popcorn; or that classic of kid’s snacktime nourishment, ants on a log.

    servings4. Beware of Portion Distortion:
    Snack portions aren’t the only things that have increased wildly in size. Since 1977, hamburgers have increased by 97 calories, French fries by 68 calories, and Mexican foods by 133 calories, according to analysis of the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey.

    A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looked at 63,380 individuals’ drinking habits over a span of 19 years. The results show that for children ages 2 to 18, portions of sweetened beverages increased from 13.1 ounces in 1977 to 18.9 ounces in 1996.

    One easy way to short-circuit this growing trend? Buy smaller bowls and cups. A recent study at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas, shows that 5- and 6-year-old children will consume a third more calories when presented with a larger portion. The findings are based on a sample of 53 children who were served either 1- or 2-cup portions of macaroni and cheese.

    cups3. Drink Responsibly:
    Too many of us keep in mind the adage “watch what you eat,” and we forget another serious threat to our health: We don’t watch what we drink. In fact, according to research from the University of North Carolina, Americans now slurp up nearly 25 percent of their calories in liquid form—nearly double the rate we used to drink just 20 years ago. One study found that sweetened beverages constituted more than half (51 percent) of all beverages consumed by fourth- through sixth-grade students. The students who consumed the most sweetened beverages took in approximately 330 extra calories per day, and on average they ate less than half the amount of real fruit than did their peers who drank unsweetened or lightly sweetened beverages.

    One important strategy is to keep cold, filtered water in a pitcher in the fridge. You might even want to keep some cut-up limes, oranges, or lemons nearby for kids to flavor their own water with. A UK study showed that in classrooms with limited access to water, only 29 percent of students met their daily needs; free access to water led to higher intake.

    Another important strategy: Be extra careful about the juice you purchase. Too many “juices” are little more than sugar water masquerading as the real thing. Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry, for instance, has just 15 percent real fruit juice. The other 85 percent? High-fructose corn syrup and water. Make sure the juice you buy says “100 percent Fruit Juice” on the label, and try to choose one made from a single fruit, not a mix of high-sugar fruits like white grapes, which are commonly used in fruit juice blends.

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    veggies2. Eat More Whole Foods and Fewer Science Experiments:
    Here’s a rule of healthy eating that will serve you well when picking out foods for your family: The shorter the ingredients list, the healthier the food. (One of the worst foods we’ve ever found, the Baskin-Robbins Heath Shake, has 73 ingredients—and, by the way, a whopping 2,310 calories and more than 3 days’ worth of saturated fat! What happened to the idea that a milk shake was, um, milk and ice cream? Let’s be grateful that Baskin-Robbins finally pulled this monstrosity from their menus.) The FDA maintains a list of more than 3,000 ingredients that are considered safe to eat, but we’ve found reasons for concern for a number of the additives on that long list, and any one of them could wind up in your next box of mac ’n’ cheese.

    According to USDA reports, most of the sodium in the American diet comes from packaged and processed foods. Naturally occurring salt accounts for only 12 percent of total intake, while 77 percent is added by food manufacturers.

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    family1. Set the Table:
    Children in families with more structured mealtimes exhibit healthier eating habits. Among middle- and high-school girls, those whose families ate together only once or twice per week were more than twice as likely to exhibit weight control issues, compared with those who ate together three or four times per week.

    Of course, the notion of a 6 p.m. dinnertime and then everyone into their pj’s is a quaint one, but it’s hardly realistic in a society where our kids have such highly scheduled social lives that the delineation between “parent” and “chauffeur” is sometimes difficult to parse. While we can’t always bring the family together like Ozzie Nelson’s (or, heck, even like Ozzy Osbourne’s), we can make some positive steps in that direction. One busy family I know keeps Sunday night dinner sacred—no social plans, no school projects, no extra work brought home from the office. Even keeping the family ritual just once a week gives parents the opportunity to point out what is and isn’t healthy at the dinner table.