Life Update: Still Alive, Barely

Life Update: Still Alive, Barely

Whew!  I just got back to the land of the living from a TERRIBLE stomach bug.

Like, lost 10 pounds over 3 days stomach bug. (hey, it wasn’t all bad!)

Before that, I had a great week.

When I got back from Cleveland, I started my week off with a girls’ night at my friend Holly’s house.  She prepared a SPREAD for us and we talked, played games, ate, and enjoyed some wine (because girls’ night!).

On Wednesday after church, Tyler and I went to play tennis (please read that as Tyler suffered through my terrible athletic ability while trying to teach me how to play tennis and I try not to get frustrated at my lack of sportiness).

It was a beautiful night, and aside from my lack of ability, a great fun time.

Friday evening, I had a friend date with Rachel. We went to eat at Landry’s and then to see a murder mystery at the Little Theater.  Well, that fun got cut short when I got really sick at intermission.  Enter stomach bug. Ugh.  We have plans to go back this weekend to see how the play ends.  It was hilarious and wonderful and we have to know who the killer was!

So since the terrible bug hit me Friday night, I spent the rest of my weekend doing this…laying in bed, alternating sleeping and watching mindless television, covered in dogs.  They know when you don’t feel good, and they stick by your side.

The fever FINALLY went away Monday morning when I woke up.  I was glad to be feeling better, especially since we were celebrating Tyler’s birthday Monday night.  He hit 30 over the weekend, which was cause for celebration!  The whole family went out to eat at Bricktown Brewery, and he enjoyed this “29 and Holding” cookie cake!  Happy birthday, babe! 

I’m so glad to be over this sickness, and will be compulsively washing my hands until we return from our Las Vegas trip in a couple weeks because I sure don’t want another round of sickness before then!


How’s life been for you?

Halfway Through the Whole30- What I’ve Learned

Halfway Through the Whole30- What I’ve Learned

To be honest, I can’t believe I’ve stuck with the Whole30 this long.  It’s day 17.

It’s restrictive.  I’ve been saying “no” a lot. I think the determining factor in my success is staying accountable to my Whole30 buddy, Rachel.

I’m able to text her when there are treats at work – or when I’m feeling good.  It’s been the only reason I’m sticking with it.

I’m learning several things while on the Whole30 so far.

First, my body likes this.  I’ve lost weight.  My belly bloat is down.  I feel good.  I have energy in the mornings and the evenings (I’m usually out like a light at night!).  This is a good thing for me.

Also, there is crap food EVERYWHERE.  Until now, I didn’t fully realize that at just about every meal, I’m faced with choosing crap.  I could eat the healthy breakfast I packed or eat a donut that a coworker brought.  At lunch, I could eat the salmon and veggies or a burger.  At the pizza place, I could get a salad or pizza and ice cream.  I typically choose good stuff about 1/2 to 3/4 of the time…but it’s the crap the rest of the time that’s gotten me to where I was – overweight, unhappy, tired, and sad.  But it’s amazing how choosing good food at every meal for 17 days has turned that around.  I mean, I’m still overweight….but I’ve lost some.

I’ve also learned that food prep doesn’t have to be hard.  Yes, cooking protein requires some work.  Having good food on hand means I have to go to the grocery store.  But this morning, I took some of my precooked meatballs for breakfast, threw in some fruit, made a quick salad for lunch (because I had everything on hand), and spiraled a squash for my veggie.  I was done in 5 minutes because I had prepared. Thinking ahead is key.

I’m also learning that some people won’t understand. Friends will wonder why in the heck I’m doing this instead of eating my “usual.”  Coworkers will wonder why I won’t eat the healthy muffins they brought. It’s hard explaining yourself.  First off, the Whole30 is a bit complicated and restrictive….but it’s also a mindset about health instead of “diet.”  And I think that’s hard for most of us to really grasp.


So here I am.  Day 17.  Making good choices.  Being more active than usual (I did some weights at home this morning!).  Seeing some results.  Wondering what will happen on September 2 when I am not longer “Whole30.”  Here’s my plan….finish this round of Whole30.  Do the reintroduction phase to see what (if anything) is bothersome to my system.  I have 6 days to full do a reintroduction phase before a work trip to Cleveland.  I plan on making good choices on the trip (with a little wiggle room because of a visit to Lola- Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant!)….and returning for another round of Whole30 before Vegas.  I can do like 27 days between Cleveland and Vegas….and since my body is a fan of eating this way…I’m pretty certain I’m gonna do it.

And while I’m not gonna care AT ALL what I eat in Vegas, I will probably do another round when I get back before Thanksgiving.

I know those are pie in the sky goals…but I’m serious when I say I’m feeling good and want this feeling to continue.  Sure, the weight loss is GREAT (and this is the least I’ve had to actively think about weight loss/calorie counting/”eating to lose weight” and still lose weight)…but I’m loving the way I feel.

Ditch the Bottled Water

Ditch the Bottled Water

I got this product free from Influenster.

I drink a lot of water.  Like 100 ounces a day.  I don’t like buying water bottles.  They are expensive and damaging to the environment.  So I mostly drink tap water.  I’m not a water snob.  As long as it doesn’t smell funny (I’m looking at you Greenwood water!), I can drink it.

So when Influenster sent me the PUR MaxION pitcher, I was interested.  Would it make a difference?  Well, yes it did!

My water was so crisp! It tasted like high end bottled water! Right out of the tap!

I filmed the unboxing, set up and taste testing. My first vlog!


And this thing holds 11 cups of water- which is around 88 ounces – which is around what I would drink in a day.  So it’s perfect for me.  It looks online like they also have smaller pitchers, faucet filters, and even an 18 cup pitcher.

I’m loving it! Cheers to health!

Ridiculous Food Ads: Outback No Worries Wednesday

Ridiculous Food Ads: Outback No Worries Wednesday

This is a series where I break down those email advertisements I get for restaurants. In the vein of being healthy and avoiding these food traps, I’ll be outlining what you’re getting into with these deals.

Now, I believe in “everything in moderation” so if you want a splurge, go for it. But, if you think you’re ordering one of these specials just because it’s a good price, then beware!

This one is a little tricky.  It can be not too bad, or a train wreck, depending on what you order.

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So this one is a three course meal for $12.99. The good news is, this isn’t all bad.  You actually can make some good choices with this one.  But there are some caloric bombs as well.

Let’s start with the starters.  This promo says soup or salad, but when you click through, it only offers salads. Whatever.  Maybe you can get a soup.

Nutrition values are from Outback’s website unless otherwise noted.

  • The house salad is 110 calories. I’m not sure if this includes dressing or not, but your safest bets are their tangy tomato or vinaigrette options.
  • Caesar salad rings in at 258 calories.
  • A cup of clam chowder is 350 calories! Woah. That’s a lot before your meal even arrives.

Their entree options are:

  • 6 oz sirloin for 254 calories.
  • Mustard glazed pork chops for 365 calories.
  • Parmesan crusted chicken for 537 calories (! Chicken is not always the best option!).

And for dessert:

  • Carrot cake (site lists it as 2 servings!) for 320 calories each.  641 calories total!!
  • Cheesecake wasn’t listed on Outback’s site but it’s on MyFitnessPal for 334.

So let’s total a couple of meals.

  • Bread (half a loaf with butter): 156
  • House salad: 110
  • Pork chops: 365
  • Broccoli for a side: 137
  • Cheesecake: 334

Total:1102 calories.  Which yes, is a lot. But you could make it work for a special meal, or even take the dessert to go and eat it another time.

But you could drop some calorie bombs with different choices.

  • Bread: 156
  • Clam chowder: 350
  • Parmesan crusted chicken: 537
  • Loaded mashed potato for a side: 377
  • Carrot cake: 641

Total:2061 calories! Even if you DO split the dessert, that’s still 1741 calories.


So, enjoy your Outback, but make sure you only pick one splurge, not a whole meal of them!