Thursday, March 14, 2013

Random Ramblings.

Well, I don't know where my motivation went this week, but, if someone finds it, please return ASAP. Maybe it's the time change? maybe it's because secretly I wish I still had spring break? Maybe it's because my life has been so busy lately that the slower pace makes me lazy? Who knows? All I know is that I need it back!

Well, I kind of fell off WW last week (and a half) and ended up gaining a pound as showed by the scale during my Tuesday weigh in. So, what do you think I did about it on Tuesday? You would think that I would get my butt back in shape and eat right and healthy, right? Well, I did for the most part, but, then, Tuesday night took a turn for the worse and I ate like I hadn't eaten in days! But, alas, I am back on track.

Well, I don't think I am going to lose 15 pounds by the end of March. Hopefully, I will lose 10 though. Maybe my mom will give me a portion of the $500 shopping spree for losing 10 pounds...but, something tells me she won't. Oh well!

Well, the pollen is officially kickin' my butt - my sinuses are in an uproar and the right side of my face is swollen.  Also, there's some type of ick going around the office and I am just praying I don't get it.  Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes anyone?

Well, I think that's all the ramblings I have for today.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-in.

So, I didn't have the best WW week last week.  Actually, as far as WW goes, I wasn't too bad - I just didn't exercise AT ALL last week.  Honestly, I was just tired and had a hectic week - and this week is not shaping up to be any different! I had an event on Monday, Inn of Court dinner last night, I am seeing Les Mis with my mom tonight, and I have a Young Lawyers happy hour tomorrow night - for the love! So, essentially what that means is I won't be exercising until Friday.  Anyways, back to my weigh-in, I lost 1/2 pound last week :( So, 6.5 total.  I have got to get my butt in gear (literally) if I am going to lose 15 pounds by the end of the Month. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-in (on Thursday).

Friends, my life has been crazy - work is busy (I'm not complaining) and life is busy (too many events going on these days)...I honestly feel like I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off (such a gross visual).  And, March is not looking like it's going to be any slower! Family BBQ this weekend; Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party next weekend; and, a wedding the weekend after that....holy heck! 

Now back to the real purpose of this post - I weighed myself on Tuesday and I was down another 2 pounds, so 6 total.  I wish it was more, but, I guess I will just have to take it one pound at a time.  In order to lose 15 pounds by the end of March (to get my $500 shopping spree from my mom) I need to consistently lose 2 pounds a week by March 26th and then drop an extra pound by March 30th.  I think I can do it and I am up for the challenge. I just got to keep on keepin' on!

 One more day until the weekend, folks! Hall-e-lujah! Happy Thursday!

Monday, February 25, 2013

That Feeling.

That feeling is back.  The feeling that has me thinking "What else is out there?" "What was I put on this Earth to do?" "It's got to be more than this."  I get that feeling often - the yearning for more...the ability to do more....the want to do more for the greater good.  Last night I was on pinterest and came across the "Blessing Bag" concept.  It's a ziploc bag full of toiletries, non-perishables, and words of encouragement that you prepare for the homeless.  I couldn't get this idea out of my head - I went to bed thinking about what I could do to make sure every single homeless person in this area has access to a Blessing Bag.  There are so many homeless men and women in Bradenton.  I pass at least 2-3 everyday on my way to work.  Last week I served dinner at the Salvation Army and while I realize that not all of the men, women, and children (the children break my heart the most) that come to the Salvation Army are homeless, I saw quite a few familiar faces of those men that I see often enough to know that they are.  I wanted to go and talk to them, find out their story, and most of all, to let them know I care.  But, volunteers are not permitted to speak with those utilizing the services of the Salvation Army.  Yet, the images of people piling into the cafeteria for a meal, possibly their only meal for the day - stays with me...ignites me..makes me want to do more.  I couldn't help but thinking how fulfilling the life is of the Salvation Army Director who handles and prepares the food everyday because he is helping his community and providing food to the less fortunate.  He was so concerned about rationing the food and making sure that everyone received a piece of cake - he even gave out seconds.  I wonder if he knows what a hero I think he is? and how I wish I could be just like I envy him?  Wouldn't it be great if you could go home every single day and know that you helped someone survive, you gave someone hope, you fed a family?? It would be so amazing!! This is what that feeling makes me yearn for - it's like a calling...a call for action...God letting me know that there is so much more I can be doing...and letting me know that the reward will be more than I can ever imagine.  That feeling....that feeling is back...and I cannot wait to see, feel, and experience all that it has planned for me.

P.S. The Blessing Bag concept -

(photo sources can be found through my pinterest)

Friday, February 22, 2013

New Recipe - Must Try!

Happy Friday, friends! This has been a looooong week so I am VERY happy it's Friday!  So, last night I made the most amazing dinner - Justin said it was his all-time fave and he's even asked if we can have it again tonight.  I used this recipe from Skinny Taste (go ahead and bookmark this site) for Skinny Chicken Cordon Bleu, but made some changes:

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 2 pieces Old Pts: 8 pts Weight Watchers Points+: 8
Calories: 378 • Fat: 10 g • Protein: 55 g • Carbs: 8 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 813 mg (without salt)

  • cooking spray
  • 12 thin sliced (36 oz total) skinless boneless chicken breasts, 3 oz each
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 oz (6 slices) thinly sliced lean deli ham, sliced in half
  • 6 slices (4.4 oz) Sargento reduced fat Swiss cheese, cut in half
    Preheat oven to 450°. Spray a large non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.
    Wash and dry the chicken cutlets; lightly pound the chicken to make thinner and lightly season with salt and black pepper.
    Lay the chicken on a working surface and place a slice of ham on top of the chicken, then the cheese and roll, setting them aside seam side down.
    In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites along with water to make an egg wash.
    In another medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
    Dip the chicken into the egg wash, then into the breadcrumbs.
    Place chicken onto the baking sheet seem side down. Spray the top of the chicken with more cooking spray and bake about 25 minutes, or until until cooked. 

My changes:
  1. I don't use cooking spray - I use coconut oil.
  2. I used 2 chicken breast and fileted (is that even a word?) them into 3 cutlets each.
  3. I used panko breadcrumbs.
  4. I didn't have any ham - so I used bacon. Turkey bacon for me and regular bacon for Justin.
  5. I didn't have any swiss cheese - so I used a colby blend.  I also made some with feta for Justin.
One, I love this website because she provides WW point values - holla! Another website that I love is Eat Yourself Skinny - Kelly also provides WW point values for her recipes. Two, these things were amazing.  So flavorful and the panko breadcrumbs made them nice and crispy! I had 2 and Justin had 4 and we were both full! I was surprised that the point value for 2 was only 8 points - they tasted like they would be worth so much more! Three, the recipe was pretty simple, but, I will say that fileting the chicken breast was the most time consuming part.  Finally, here's a picture of one that I made for Justin (not the best picture, but, I forgot to take a picture right afer they came out of the oven):

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Last 5.

It's time for my weekly installment of "The Last 5." As of the date and time of this post, here are my last 5 pins:

Feta, cheddar & spinach muffins - these look and sound A-mazing!

10 casseroles under 300 calories - casseroles are my go-to dinners!

Check out these booties, yo! (swoon!) -

So stinkin' cute for Easter (and looks pretty easy too) -

Put fabric (or scrapbook paper) under glass of inexpensive picture frame to create a tray (this would be so cute for my bathroom!) -

(photo sources can be found through my pinterest)

Wednesday Weigh-in.

So, as you know, I started WW last Monday.  Yesterday was my first weigh-in day and I was down 4 pounds - yippee!!!  I must say I did pretty darn good staying within my daily allotments of points! Also, I power walked 4x's last week for a total of 9 miles.  So, even though I went over my daily points on Friday and Saturday, I was able to pull from my stock pile of activity points. 

The thing that I like the most about WW is that you do have the freedom to eat what you normally would (to a certain extent) so long as you pay attention to the serving size and stay within your points.  The reason that I went over on Friday is because I indulged a bit during our Valentine's Day dinner at Ocean Prime and also had two cocktails. The reason that I went over on Saturday is because I drank some beers at the festival.  I am someone that would have a glass or two of wine most nights - so, I've decided that while I am dedicating 3 months to WW, I will not buy any wine to have at the house.  That way I am limiting my wine intake to the rare occassions we eat out, or, when I am at a friend's house, or at my mom's or in-law's house.  Another thing I've started doing is preparing my lunch from the night before and, also, making sure I have lots of fruits and veggies on hand to grab on my way out the door.  This has really helped me to stay focused and keep myself within the daily points.  I've also been switching up my breakfast and snack options so that I don't get sick of eating the same thing every day.  WW has a free app for the Iphone called WW Scanner - you use it to scan the bar code on products and it tells you the point value.  This app has been a vital part of my grocery shopping - although I am pretty sure that I look like a crazy person scanning things in the aisle.  But skinny thoughts make me not care!  As for exercise, I've been mixing it up by walking on the treadmill some days and then outside other days.  I prefer to walk outside, so I've been taking advantage of the nice weather we've been having.  I want to start going to Pure Barre again to tone up - but, I want to get this weight off first. 

As far as motivation goes - my mom said that if I lost 15 pounds by the end of March, she would take me on a $500 shopping spree - holla! Also, I got the new Victoria's Secrets catalog yesterday and there are some CUTE swimsuits that I want to buy for summer.  Also, the fact that my clothes feel a little looser thereby making me feel better in my clothes helps... A LOT!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weekend via Pictures.

We had a great holiday weekend! Friday night we celebrated Valentine's Day at Ocean Prime - it was delish! We got the calamari appetizer and it was amazing - it had a sweet and spicy kick to it.  For dinner I got the 6 oz filet mignon with lump crab meet and a side of asparagus.  Justin got a NY strip and the black truffle mac and cheese.  I also got a glass of prosecco and a berry cocktail.  I knew that I was going to go over my daily WW points and have to pull from my activity points, but, I didn't go too crazy.  I wanted to get pictures of the food, but, the tables are really close and, honestly, I felt like a dork taking pictures.  But, I did manage to get this one of JWP and I (in the car and on our way home):

Saturday morning I got up and I was craving some SB.  There is a SB close to my house, so, I decided I would walk up there and get my fix.  I have 2 mile route that I do - so, I did that first and then trekked it up to SB and ordered my tall skinny vanilla latte (2 points!).  Enjoying my SB (notice the cat/dog fight that is about to happen) -

The Cortez fishing festival was this weekend, so JWP and I headed up there and had such a great time with amazing friends! I used a lot of my banked activity points for the beers that I consumed (whoops!) -

We then headed out to a local bar on the island and then hit up downtown for a bit.  JWP was all about giving his serious face all night -

Sunday we headed back to the festival to enjoy the food and look at the art.  We brought Bowden with us and my mom came with us too.  I didn't get any pictures because we were too busy keeping track of Bowden and a hold of our food. 

Sunday night I watched the season finale of Downtown Abbey - holy hell I wasn't expecting that ending! Also, I got in some quality snuggle time with Sophie -

All in all it was a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Happy Valentine's Day friends! I hope everyone has a day full of love and laughter (and lots of good food)!  I want to dedicate this post to my husband, Justin. He is my rock, soul mate, and best friend! There's not a day that goes by that he doesn't make me laugh.  He is the most supportive person I know and he loves me for me.  I am so honored that he chose me and that I get to spend the rest of my life with you, JWP!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Event stylin.

So, within the next 1.5 months I have 2 weddings and a very swanky luncheon to attend.  Therefore, I broke down and bought some new dresses...eek!  Ann Taylor Loft has some stinkin' cute dresses right now! I bought these 3:

I'm thinking Top One = swanky luncheon; Middle One = March wedding; Botton One = April wedding.

I have my eye on these as well .... maybe, a reward after I drop 15! (not all of them, of course):

Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Time.

So, I signed up for Weight Watchers this morning. I don't think it's any secret that I've been struggling with my weight and that I am so unhappy with my body right now. My "fat clothes" are tight and I am seeing a number on the scale that I never thought I would see! I'm breaking down and crying when I'm getting ready because NOTHING FITS, and, I just feel uncomfortable all day.  For the past week, I've been going back and forth about what I'm going to do to get this weight off- and, this morning I decided that I would give WW a try again. I was successful with it a couple of years ago (when I wanted to lose 10 pounds before going to Las Vegas) and I think it's what I need because it's not a crash diet. I've done HCG and prescription appetite suppressants, and, yes, the weight comes off, but it doesn't stay off. I started walking with my mom 2 weeks ago, we do a 2 mile walk twice a week. I'm hoping to get one more day in with her - but, I know that I need to be exercising 4-5 days a week to get this weight off. I have a treadmill and weights at, really there is no excuse why I can't meet this goal.  I have a couple of events coming up at which I want to look my best - so, it's a start to a new week and the perfect day to start getting healthy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Life in Pictures.

Friday night sleeping - clearly Bowden had a tough week.

I took Bowden to the office with me for an hour on Saturday -this was the aftermath.

Justin and I got dressed up and headed out to a fundraising event - good times!

Sunday morning snuggling with Dad - love them both!

Superbowl snuggling with Grandma - Go Ravens!

Tory Burch happiness - wish I could wear these to work everyday!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

And another one.

I took chicken out for dinner tonight and given Justin's disgruntled attitude when I told him we were having chicken, I knew I had to come up with something good! So, I visited one of my favorite food blogs, Eat Yourself Skinny, and perused Kelly's recipe section and found this recipe for Chicken Divan:

Here are your ingredients:

Recipe adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes

1 1/2 lbs broccoli (3 large heads) chopped
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. light butter
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. shallots, minced (onions would work too)
4 Tbsp. flour
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup white wine (or dry sherry)
6 oz. shredded reduced fat swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the broccoli and blanch for about 3 minutes.  Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  Drain well and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Using a grill pan, saute chicken on medium-low heat on both sides until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.  Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board.  When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces. 

Heat a medium skillet on medium heat.  Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots (or onions).  Sprinkle flour and whisk until smooth.  Stir in broth, milk and wine (or sherry) and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in half of the swiss cheese.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli.  Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle in remaining swiss cheese, grated parmesan cheese and top with bread crumbs.  Spray a little oil on top.  Bake 30 minutes, serve hot. 

I knew I had most of the ingredients on hand, so I decided I would whip this baby up ... and it was fabulous! So fabulous in fact, Justin said this is one of his favorites! Oh yeah, wife of the year right here, y'all!

I made the following changes:
  1. I used frozen veggies;
  2. I used both broccoli and cauliflower;
  3.  I didn't add shallots or onion;
  4. I used coconut oil instead of olive oil;
  5. I used 1/4 cup heavy cream because I didn't have any milk;
  6. I used an asiago/parmesan blend; and,
  7. I used panko breadcrumbs
Let me know if you give it a try and if you make any changes!