• I've got some awesome friends…

    Ever since I have started this blog I have found that my friends are AMAZING…. When I told them, or they read the blog, the texts, emails, facebooks started pouring in – and I know this sounds super lame, but I was so touched by the fact that my friends cared about me that much that I did this, and they helped out —- so for that, my amazing friends, I thank you – Now, time for some shout outs —-

    First and foremost – Juan has been my rock – even when he comes home with McDonalds, he at least warns me that he’s coming home with it, and I run and hide in our room haha… That right there, is love. HAHA.

    Sara – she’s the enforcer – she makes sure that I don’t go off track with her uber inspirational words like –

    And all the nights we go to get food and she orders the same thing I’m eating! (chicken and broccoli from TGIF’s people, only $4 if you want a cheap meal)…. And all the countless phone calls, I WANT A COOKIE and her response being SHUT UP! hahaha — without her, I don’t know what I would do.

    Sam – yeah, sure she was a pusher while I was in NYC, but still, one of my biggest fans – always telling me to blog, giving me healthy recipes, letting me know that I can dooooooo it haha – I love her and her pushing me!

    Nicki and Chris – when I walked into their door and they said, we know you are on a diet so we will help you, I mean come on, what’s better than that (except I totally ate like crap that weekend because I was stressed, but STILL)

    Amy – Her email to me, which will just have to be a whole other blog post, was amazing – the first thing she said was, “just wanted to let you know how happy and proud of you I am for starting this process” those words mean a lot! 🙂

    Mia – THIS DETOX – if she hadn’t had lunch with me on that Wednesday, I wouldn’t have ever felt as amazing as I am right now – and for that, and the continuous support, has been amazing…

    Betsy and Katie – coming out and working out with me and just being an amazing support system, has been the best thing ever. They came out, took TRX with me, and are constantly helping me improve myself — I don’t know what I would do without them! 🙂

    Cousin Sarah – for all the inspirational words and FABULOUS comments about how I can do it — I love you.

    Lisa – for encouraging me to keep blogging and to stick with it – she lost a good amount of weight for her wedding, and not because she needed to, but because she wanted to, and she wanted to feel better – and that is what I want, I just want to feel better, I love who I am, but you push me to want to better myself…

    I’m sure I’m missing people, but here is a compilation of comments from people that I just love! 🙂

    Really though, from the bottom of my heart, friends and family – YOU ARE THE REASON I KEEP DOING THIS… Thank you for all your support —- I LOVE YOU.


  • I CHEATEDDDDD!!!!!!!

    So last night, Jo and I went to our friend Tony’s birthday happy hour… Little did I know, while we were walking around the corner, that the party was on 14th and P – otherwise known as THE STREET SWEET GREEN IS ON!

    I need to take a quick break for Steph to let me know how I looked last night – simple, but I thought it was cute, I added brown high boots to complete the look – now take note, the layers, they made me feel skinny last night – haha –

    Now, one of my biggest weaknesses is sweet green… because it’s amazing – the good thing is that sweet green’s “philosophy” is: a place where you can get fun, fashionable food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. Simply stated…. food that fits. We source LOCAL and ORGANICE ingredients from farmers we know….. SOOOOOOOOO I guess if I had to cheat, sweetgreen is the place to cheat.

    After happy hour, I turned to Jo, and I said… “JO IT’S CHEATING TIME”. Thankfully, she had a few glasses of wine, so she didn’t hold back… we were off — 3 doors down and we were there… standing in the amazing sweetgreen…. ahhhh, there’s no turning back from here — Ordered, chicken caesar wrap – which, has not only wheat in the wrap, but dairy in the cheese and dressing – double cheat. OH WELL. Screw it – I had to do it… I was cheating, but I was cheating healthily! 🙂

    As we sat, and we both DEVOURED our wraps – I felt amazing – That was the first time I had dairy in over 15 days….. ahhhh if I could do it again I would – 
    I proceeded to text Mia, 
    I LOVED her response — she was right, chill out Andrea, I didn’t go to Five Guys and binge on fries and burgers, I simply got a nice healthy wrap….. I don’t feel so bad after all. 
    Ok time to go work out to work off this cheat! 
  • Skinny Kids Clothes…

    So I have been preparing my mind for being skinny… and online shopping – the sad thing is, I don’t even know where to buy cute clothes for skinny people —- But here are a few things I am TOTALLY going to buy the MINUTE I get down to size 12.

    I’m going to LOVE myself in this dress from BHLDN below, I will probably be the hottest chick at your wedding… don’t blame me… BUY IT HERE 

    I’ll most likely be the next PINK model for Victoria’s Secret – or I will be rocking some of these awesome PINK hoodies I’ve always wanted to rock but they were a little snug.


    You will probably see me rocking this super cute dress from LuLu next time we are in Vegas:


    But to be honest, this will probably be one of my signature looks – I LOVE JCREW


    Then, maybe ill head over to ATL to get some really cute casual clothes…


    THEN YOU KNOW, I’m getting these boots from Nine West for all of the cute winter outfits….


    Can someone help me go shopping when I drop the LB’s so I am super cute?!?! I need to make sure that all my new outfits show off how hot I will be! hahahaha

    Ok that’s it for now,

  • Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

    So when I was googling photos for my awesome food collage of stuff I would love to be eating right now, I came across this awesome recipe for a “Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip”.

    Try it out – because I CAN’T FOR THE NEXT 2 weeks. hahahaha

    *THANK YOU to Gina’s Skinny Recipe’s for this gem! 🙂

    All the flavor of buffalo wings without messy hands! Perfect for your Superbowl Party. I lightened this using low fat and fat free ingredients. Adjust the heat to your liking and serve this with celery, chips or crackers.

    Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip 
    Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1/2 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 

    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 (2 breasts) cooked shredded chicken

    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. Makes 5 1/2 cups.

    Let me know how it tastes… you know I’m a sucker for the REAL deal, my Aunt Annie’s Buffalo Chicken Dip (recipe below, if you want to be a fat kid)

    Buffalo Chicken Dip (fat kid style) 
     3 large cooked chicken breasts, shredded
    2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
    8 oz. pepper jack cheese, melted
    1 cup chopped celery
    16 oz. ranch dressing 6 to 8 oz. (depending on how hot you want the dip) Frank’s hot sauce

    Combine all ingredients and place in a 8×8 baking dish or 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

    Alright, YOU be the judge…. let me know how it is 🙂


    So I know that I just said that this detox was easy and I love it and all this shit —- well UGH, I do, but I’m craving some serious unhealthy food. Last night, these were the thoughts going through my head (i made a picture for you guys)

    From left to right, I was dying for some chocolate chip cookies, buffalo chicken pizza, apple pie, this amazing pumpkin pie that Juan’s sister makes, cheese fries from outback, ugh a spicy chicken sandwich from chick-fil-a, donuts donuts donuts, just BREAD in general, mac and cheese, then back to some pepperoni pizza, then go kill some chicken nuggets with honey from McDeeeez, buffalo chicken dip, A MILLION pumpkin spiced lattes, brownie sundae, fries from chick-fil-a because there the best, then go up to philly and get a cheese steak WIT WIZ, then kill a few bacon egg and cheeses on bagels, grab some bon chon wings, maybe throw in a healthy chicken caesar wrap from Sweet Green, and top it all off with some chicken parm……

    UGH – Kill me now, if I could kill at least ONE of those things right now I would be happy… but hey, NO PAIN NO GAIN. I want to be skinny and I can’t be skinny by eating all this SHIT.

    But, thinking of this food made me look up some healthified recipes for some of these things…  So in the next upcoming blog posts, you will see a plethora or awesome recipes for some of your most sinful treats.

    Ok, gotta go eat some GOD DAMN FRUIT.

  • 2 weeks down, 2 to go.

    So, it’s been TWO WHOLE WEEKS since I’ve been on this detox…. let me tell you – I feel amazing… I really do – This weekend I went on a serious drinking binge with my cousins in NYC and then at the Giants game, and I don’t know how I did it with only like 4 hours of sleep, but I made it, and I made it like a champ. I wasn’t tired at all – and I KNOW if I wasn’t on this diet, I would have felt like shit and probably wouldn’t have even made it to the Giants game on Sunday….

    I was so worried going into this weekend – I got to the city on Friday before Sam got out of work… I was like well shit, what am I going to do? I guess there isn’t anything to do but drink… so, that’s what I did. I went to the bar around the corner of their building (The Mason Jar) and started in on my Vodka and Waters (which will now be called, VODS AND WADS). Waiting for Sam, I only had 2, but as I sat there waiting for her, I thought, well shit…. what am I going to do all weekend about eating? I knew that Sam has basically told me that there was no way I was going to be able to stay on this detox while in NYC… with the bagels, the pizza, all the other delicious street treats… But thankfully, Sam was awesome and totally catered to my needs… For dinner on Friday night, along with the Vods and Wads that we were drinking, she made this amazing stir-fry dish with chicken, quinoa, and veggies… it was amazing, and it totally filled me up and was detox approved.. 🙂 Thankfully Friday night was chill, and all we did was sit on the couch, drink vods and wads and watch Jersey Shore! 🙂

    RECIPE FOR the dinner that Sam cooked on Friday night:

    1 cup quinoa
    2 chicken breasts diced

    Garlic powder to taste
    Pepper to taste
    1 small red onion, chopped
    2 carrots, thinly sliced
    2 cups steamed broccoli florets (I buy the ones that you can just steam in a bag)
    2 cups snow peas
    1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (the lower sodium kind)
    Bake chicken seasoned with garlic powder and pepper in oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cook quinoa as directed on the box. Meanwhile, spray a large pot with cooking spray and add carrots and onions. After about 5 minutes, add snow peas, broccoli and teriyaki sauce. Cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes. Dice chicken into bite size pieces and add to the veggie mix. You can either mix in the quinoa at this point (that’s how I did it for us) or take a scoop of quinoa and put it on a plate and then top with the veggie/chicken mixture. Add more garlic/pepper/teriyaki to taste.

    Saturday was the tough day…. Jon woke up and the first thing he did when he woke up was went and grabbed a dozen bagels… Now, anyone that has been to NYC knows that their bagels are the best…. THE BEST. (don’t event try to fight me on that, I will win). And do you know whats even better than NYC bagels? NYC bacon egg and cheese’s on bagels hahaha…. Anyways, Jon rolls in with bagels and cream cheese, Sam looks at me and says, your having one. There’s no way around it, you can’t NOT have one… and I thought back to when Mia said it was ok to have a cheat day once a week…. so I said fine, ONE bagel but with peanut butter (for protein) instead of cream cheese. LET ME TELL YOU, that bagel was amazing, and that my friends, was the only, yes the ONLY time I cheated these whole 14 days…. But, at the time, I didn’t think that was going to be a true statement. I thought to myself, there is no way I am going to go out tonight, not get drunk and not want a slice of NYC pizza… but whatever.

    So during the day we went around and shopped, got a Jamba Juice, love love love and got back to the apartment to get ready to go to dinner and go out. Thankfully Jon and Sam had picked this awesome spot called Wine 30 for dinner… I had chicken and roasted potatoes for dinner, detox approved, and we indulged in some amazing wine… Now this was 7pm – we probably had our first drink around 6. The night was filled with beer pong, shots, wine, everything you could think of, we had it. I was wasted….. and guess what? I had to be up at 7:30am the next morning to get my ass to Jersey to meet up with Val and Rog and crew for the Giants game…. When my head finally hit the pillow at 3am, I thought, I am sooo sooo SO FUCKED.

    7:30am on Sunday. Wake up, feel a little woozy, maybe a little drunk still, but I thought I would be much worse… Got in the car, ate one of my awesome already cooked chicken breasts that was sitting in Sams kitchen, and headed up to the game. 9:30am I cracked my first beer…. hahaha

    Now, one would think, omg she must be exhausted… How did she do it – she probably only had about one beer… nope, shit I probably had about 10 – I totally surprised myself… I didn’t even feel tired! In fact, I didn’t even go to bed till like 11pm that night! If you ask me how I did it, I will say this detox. HAHAHA…. Even at the tailgate – I stuck to my guns and only had chicken and a hamburger without the buns and some pop chips — even INSIDE the stadium when we went to get hot dogs – I just got peanuts… I was so proud of myself. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew that if I wasn’t on this detox, that Sunday would have sucked and I would have been miserable.

    I have honestly been living off of, chicken, veggies, fruits, smoothies, quinoa, and sweet potatoes and thats really it for the past 2 weeks…. I never thought I could do it – but I did! 🙂

    I have been up and down, but honestly, I feel 1,000,000 times better, and I don’t want to ever feel the way I did before…

    OH AND THE GIANTS WON. Yeah, we are awesome.

    Ok, that’s it for my weekend wrap-up –

  • Recipe Time!

    Well, I know I can’t eat them for the next 3 weeks – but I found this AH-MAHZING recipe for Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin…. I love me some potatoes, and I love them even more when there not as bad for you!

    Ok here we goooooo:

    What you’ll need:

    • 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 

    What’s NEXT:
    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.

    There you have it – then EAT… probably with steak 🙂

    Not to shabby for the amazing taste! Try it out!
  • I think they made this post for me….

    I’m starting a new thing… EAT THIS NOT THAT – have you guys seen those books? They tell you what is good and what’s not good to eat haha — they have a ton, Eat this, not that – Cook This, Not that – The Restaurant Survival Guide… there awesome…

    When I was on the website this morning I saw this one:

    10 Ways to Eat Healthily at the Steak House
    I swear they made this post for me… One because I am going to a steak house for dinner tonight with Steph (Mon Ami Gabi) and Second, because you can’t spell Steak without Andrea. hahahaha…..

    From the article I found this kind of awesome:
    “A plate of steak house fries or hash browns will likely add 500 calories to your beef entree, and a large baked potato has nearly 300 calories before factoring in toppings. That means mashed is the way to go, since even a huge scoop rarely tops the 250-calorie mark.”
    Awesome – see, mashed potatoes aren’t SOOOOO bad for you. haha

    “Sirloin: This is probably the leanest cut you’ll find on the menu, and aside from filet mignon, it’s the only one you can eat without blasting past 500 calories. Just be sure to cap your serving at 9 ounces.” 
    Perfect… I love a mean lean, sirloin or filet!

    So next time your out at a steak house —- pay for the sirlion or the filet because it helps out when trying to keep your hot figure – and then grab some smashed potatoes… better than baked! 🙂

    To read this article more in depth – visit it here:

    Time to go make some steak,

  • PS.

    Oh, I meant to write this – Why should bigger people be punished for being big??? I feel like we should be able to look just as cute as you skinny people — maybe ill start my own clothing line – hmmm maybe I’m on to something 🙂

  • Fat Kids Clothes.

    When you are a size 18 it’s really REALLY hard to find cute clothes to wear…. I honestly think I have so many clothes because I get something that I think is going to be cute, and then I wear it once, and I hate it. I just really hate what I look like – if I could look cute in hoodies and sweat pants, I would rock that all DAY every DAY. But I’m a girl, and I can’t do that to myself…

    Where do I shop then? And what do I look for? Well – take for example, clothes that are baggy — right now, thank god, at Old Navy big flowy tops are in style.. This is the current outfit I’m rocking: (don’t mind my messy room or my sports bra haha)

    I love these tops from Old Navy – They are cute and flowy and don’t hug my curves: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72302&vid=1&pid=864259&scid=864259032

    and this one –
    http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72302&vid=1&pid=885835&scid=885835002 but I’m rocking this in green –

    THEN, you will never guess, but my jeans are actually Jeggings from Target HAHAHA – talk about fat kid pants.. but I love them — they are super comfy and make me feel good about myself 🙂

    My friends always ask me why I wear like a million undershirts too – Listen, I know it looks corny, but dude, when you have fat, it jiggles, and the more undershirts, the less jiggle hahaha – i hope one day i will get to the point where I won’t need to wear spanx or undershirts, but for now, if I have 5 undershirts on, don’t judge, just know I’m trying to reduce the jiggle… HAHA.

    Ok, so as for more fat kid clothes – I usually rock anywhere that will sell size 18, xxl, or stretchy things! That means, Old Navy, Target, Gap, Dress Barn, or even Lane Bryant… I feel like Lane caters to older larger people – but sometimes they have some cute stuff –

    The biggest problem I have is trying to find high boots that fit over my awesome calf muscles… I mean I was blessed with muscles and I don’t feel like I should be punished for that, but unfortunately, going into DSW and trying to find some larger width boots isn’t working out — I usually go again, for stretchy boots like Uggs, but then again, I’m not going to rock Uggs out to a club in NYC.. I want some hot sexy boots that I can fit over my skinny jeans — SOMEONE HELP!!!!!

    I just want to one day, not have to limit myself to shopping in only a few stores.. I want to be able to go ANYWHERE and pick out something — I cannot wait till I’m at least a size 10 so I can do that… 🙂

    Ok, now I have to go shopping,