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Buying in

17 May

Now that my first #7daychip has been earned, I knew it would only get more challenging. After I faced down demons by myself last night, it was time for my boyfriend to return from his trip.

He picked me up at the Metro station on my way home and after the initial rush of excitement, I said ok, let’s go to Trader Joe’s – as we had discussed. He said, I want Chick-fil-a. Chick-fil-a is probably the one fast food place that I do not think I could walk into without absolutely having to order something. Just the scent of the restaurant is intoxicating. I expressed some hesitation, which surprised my boyfriend because normally I would be all about it – and I would value size it. But for right now, Chick-fil-a and I are not going to meet.

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We did go to Trader Joe’s, and on the drive over I was honest about my healthiness journey and I wanted his support, which he immediately gave. He wanted to opt in to making healthier choices too! He will not be going quite as hardcore as I already am, but I didn’t expect it. He really does not need to lose weight – that boy’s metabolism is insane.

I’m sure I’ll be mentioning some purchases as I go along, but I made sure to stock up on edamame – my go to chip/cracker replacement, as I am a intense salty snack craver. For some reason the extra effort needed to eat them is incredibly satisfying to me!

And of COURSE I stocked up on Trader Joe’s Raspberry Lime Sparkling Water – hands down the best fizzy water for the best price around!

We got home and he made 96% lean ground beef taco seasoned meat, and I heated up fat free refried beans to fill our new habanero lime tortillas. I had one tortilla filled with beans, spinach, onion, newly purchased fire roasted tomato salsa, and a sprinkling of beef. Boyfriend had 2 tortillas with mostly beef, cheddar cheese, salsa, crunched up tortilla chips and a sprinkling of spinach. He pulled out the tortilla chips to snack on and I was so happy with myself. I waited until I had eaten my burrito, and then I only had 1 chip! I never would have stopped there before. We can make this work.

Staying positive is half the battle!

Do you have to make compromises for eating with others? Any tips for meals that can work for both types of eaters (especially when one is a meat lover!)?

And a special shoutout to Skinny Emmie for answering my swimwear question!

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All by Myself

11 May

This weekend, my boyfriend is going to visit his family for an event. He leaves tomorrow night and doesn’t get back until Tuesday afternoon. This means I will have a lot of alone time at home.

There are glorious things about being alone at home:

  • Blasting the music that I like and he hates
  • Watching GLEE and singing along
  • When I get up early, taking time to peruse the closet for clothes instead of having to preplan
  • Going to sleep earlier without a night owl bad influence
  • Cooking and eating onion-filled foods
Of course, the downside is pretty intense. I’ve always been more prone to binges when I am by myself. All alone, I can eat half a bag of tortilla chips without someone to ask me when my next meal is. I can grab unhealthy choices like that candy bar and hide away any evidence of its existence. Over time, I’ve learned how to hide evidence of my binges effectively. I’ve blamed them on everything from spilling water on the offending food to it being stale.
Thinking through my binging habits, wondering about it earlier today, I stumbled upon the#7daychip group. I am committing to myself that I can get a 7 day chip, which would mean I make it through the weekend safe and sound, free from the dark desire to binge.
I am planning out weekend activities to get myself out of the apartment and entertained. I am planning outdoor workouts, including a long walk to Costco and back, weighed down with Costco purchases – they always build! Cheap Fage yogurt is impossible to resist.
Have you gotten a 7 day chip? Are there other good anti-binge motivators?

FMM: Two Famous Women

9 May

Before I ever made the decision to start a blog, I became an avid reader of blogs. My Google reader is overflowing with blogs, from healthy living and weight loss blogs to college football and wedding planning (for my BROTHER).

Blogging is really about a community. Bloggers feast on other blogs as inspiration, as an outlet, as fun. When you read the more publicized blogs in these realms, you constantly see references to other bloggers. The connections are real and enviable.

One of the most inspiring blogs I read is from Kenz, All the Weigh. Kenz has a fun feature called Friend Makin’ Mondays, where bloggers who read her fantastic blog answer a question and then comment on other blogs to connect bloggers with others.

Here are the ground rules from Kenz if you want to participate:

If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. By linking back here, everyone will have an opportunity to be equally heard.

FMM: If you could meet someone famous today, who would it be? And why?

This is a tough question for me. I would want to meet someone who is famous but who also could inspire me in my career and in my life. So I’ll split this two ways.

My professional desire would be to meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Ginsburg is a powerful and effective advocate for women and the poor in the United States. She has been on the Court for many years, and is one of the oldest Justices. Some are calling for her to retire while Obama is still President, but I think she should stay as long as she wants. She is sharp and always quick to defend her opinions. She can still reach across the aisle – she and Justice Scalia are great friends. I think learning from her would be an awesome opportunity.
My second, more mainstream choice for a famous person I want to meet would be Tina Fey.

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Tina Fey is hilarious. 30 Rock is one of my favorite shows. One thing that not everyone realizes about Tina, though, is that she used to weight more than she does today. She was working at SNL when she lost 30 pounds. All of a sudden, the decision was made for her to be on camera. She realizes the ridiculous standards that women are held to and speaks out about them in her humorous way. She became the first female head writer of SNL around that time too, in a world where female writers have trouble breaking in.  She now has 30 Rock under her watch. 30 Rock is consistently groundbreaking and a great comedic outlet in my life. Tina is pregnant for the second time, and just published a book.  What more can she do? I would love to meet her and learn from her, but also just to soak up her comedy.
Thanks again to Kenz for hosting Friend Makin’ Mondays!