Goodies Galore

Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

Beer + Baked Goods = VERY happy blogger.

Well, I’ve officially lost ten pounds since starting my weekly weigh-ins on the blog last October. If I was at a Weight Watchers meeting this morning I surely would have gotten a 10 pound pin or something…. maybe a key chain?  Now I know 10 pounds in 9 months isn’t a lot, but the cool thing about it is that I lost the weight from exercise only. I wish I could say that I’ve stopped bingeing and that my eating habits have gotten significantly better but the truth is they haven’t. At all. I can say that I’ve never felt so invested in exercising and most days I don’t even dread it anymore. Since I started weighing in on my blog, I’ve run in three half marathons and a 10 mile race. These events definitely encouraged me to workout pretty regularly but for the most part I was only running (with some booties camps mixed in here and there.) Signing up for the sprint triathlon is what has really helped jump-start my exercise routine and some weight loss. For the first time in my life I am mixing up my daily workouts and it’s actually fun because there are three different options to choose from on a daily basis. If I wake up and dread the idea of a run, I’ll hop on the bike. If the thought of biking and running make me want to delay getting out of bed, I’ll simply swim some laps. I DO need to be more consistent with Body Pump since it’s my only source of strength training but I’ll work on that soon.

Earlier in the week I made it my goal to hit the 10 pound mark but I’m shocked that last night’s Len and Lindsay Brew and Food Festival didn’t do me in. We had tickets for the Sox game but chose to hit a local bar instead. I started out with a Cherry Wheat beer. So SO good. That was followed by  a Black & Blue (Guinness and Blue Moon). Typically I love my Black & Blues but after the sweetness of the Cherry Wheat it didn’t taste as desirable. Back to the Cherry Wheat I went.

It was pouring on our walk home so we sought shelter at a bakery. How convenient. Athens sells everything from cookies, and cakes to gelato and pudding. As usual, it took  me 76 minutes to decide and I’m pretty sure to worker wanted to shove an eclair up my ass and send me packing. I went with the Jamaica, a dark chocolate cake with chocolate mouse and cherry things. At the checkout there was a tray of free goodies and we were told to help ourselves. Oh F! This was like a binge made in heaven. Clearly I couldn’t pass up that little bastard tray even if I tried. I took one of each and we went on our merry way.

Some puffy thing stuffed with chocolate, raisons and nuts. A scone. A chocolate croissant. Right to my ass ladies.

My Jamaica and Len's poop log.

This is was three beers and a sweet tooth looks like:

chocolate teeth! Ellie wants some too.

Oh the gluttony.

Going to bed feeling like a bloated slug is never fun but I’d say it was worth it.

July 17, 2010 Posted by | blog, Body Pump, Boot camp, dogs, Food, fun, goals, running, The Boyfriend, Weigh In, Workout | 11 Comments

hey hoochie mamas

It’s been quite some time since I’ve last posted and I have no real reason why besides wanting a break from everything. It still doesn’t feel like school is over because I had some things hanging over my head till last night. I imagine the feeling will start kicking in next week.

So…… yesterday was my last day of boot camp. I was definitely ready for it to be over but now I’m nervous about keeping my exercise habits up. As you know, I have a really hard time motivating to work out on my own. I checked out a new gym to see if that would help but it felt too corporate. I hope to attend more classes at my “old” gym and get a couple days of running in. How do you motivate to work out everyday?

I’m running a half marathon Memorial Day weekend with my friend Alison. We went for a six mile run last weekend (hung over, thank you)and she’s definitely in much better shape than I am. I really need to prepare a little bit for this race, meaning I need to get some running days in.

Last weekend I celebrated being finished with school by going bowling and eating/drinking way too much. It was a weekend of gluttony that consisted of pina coladas, orange dreams (made with ice cream), beer, waffle fries topped with blue cheese and buffalo sauce (holy heaven) and pad thai. Let’s just say I felt like a blimp with limbs. It felt good to let loose and have a great time though.

I like the above picture because I look like a rabid gofer. I should be chomping on a log or something.

Today is the first week I’ve worked a regular 9-5 Monday -Friday job in two years. I gotta say, I’ve really gotten used to Fridays off so it’s slightly bittersweet. Good news is that I can wear jeans to work today.

Something weird happened. My period was over two weeks late this month. Since going off the pill in October, I’ve been pretty regular so it was strange to be so late. Knowing I wasn’t pregnant, I’m thinking the lateness was due to stress and an increase in exercise? Strange.

Well guys, I’ve missed you.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, dogs, Food, Friends, fun, Graduate School, running, The Boyfriend, Workout | 17 Comments

Slowest week ever!

It feels like it should be next week already!

I can tell it’s going to be a processed food kind of day. After boot camp this morning I spotted my second and last Banana Bread Clif bar and knew I had to have it. It worked out perfectly with a cup of hot coffee.

Then I peered in the freezer to find a Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza calling my name. I packed that bad boy for lunch with a spinach and strawberry salad–try to even things out a bit. Since starting the blog, I realized that I don’t eat much fruit. I always pack it but almost never eat it…. Hopefully todays apple will be gobbled right up.

What are your favorite processed foods? Mine are desserts and bagels. Can’t quite narrow it down to only one.

Did anyone watch The Biggest Loser last night? They had to face a day of temptations (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) with the most amazing foods ever! I could feel the internal battle that each contestant faced as they decided to eat the calories or not. Food is some powerful shit.

Did I mention how awesome my heart rate monitor is? Too bad I only burned 400 calories at booty this morning. BOOOO!

Later Gators!

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Clif Bar, eating disorder, Food | 15 Comments

lil’ late

Hey Blogfaces! Long time not talk…..

No therapy update today because I didn’t go. FREEDOM!!!!!! Back to the couch next week.

As you may or may not know,  Len and I are leaving on Friday for Nashville, TN. We are meeting my sister and her hubby there to run the Country Music HALF marathon. Unfortunately Len and I forgot to train so we’re pretty much screwed. There will be a whole lot of walking during that 13.1 miles. I’m pretty disappointed that we didn’t put any effort into preparing for this race but it’s too late to worry about it now. Luckily I have been active over the last month so I’m not COMPLETELY out of shape. Just….. mostly of out of shape. As of now, the forecast for Saturday says 78 and possibility of thunderstorms. If it gets any hotter than that someone’s going to die– and it will probably be me on the course. This hookers doesn’t do well in

I’m psyched to visit Nashville (Music City) since I’m a huge fan of country music. I want to explore everything so hopefully our legs won’t be too tired. The Country Music Marathon is extra cool because there’s a post race concert that night. My bro-in-law scored us back stage passes so we’ll be VIP bitches! Score. The singers are kinda lame (John Rich and Cowboy Troy) but it will still be fun! I get SO nervous around famous people so I’ll probably just stand there like a donkey.

Something weird happened at booty this morning. A random van pulled up and started promoting their product, Mix 1. (Keep in mind it was 6 in the morning and the trainers weren’t expecting it.)  I had never heard of the brand but grabbed three and ran for the hills : blueberry vanilla, mango, and mixed berry. The sugar content in them is pretty high so I probably won’t drink them but Len will. You guys know I have issues drinking my calories away.

Olive oil??? Weird.

Speaking of sugar, I forgot how amazing Banana bread Clif Bars are. They have little chocolate bits in them and really do taste like dessert…. stiff competition with Carrot Cake.

I just boiled cauliflower and it smells like a bag of ass in here. The wretched smell is so worth the bowl of excitement below.

mashed cauliflower mixed with 1/4 cup mozz, 4 soy nuggets and ketchup. be jealous.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Clif Bar, Family, Food, fun, Marathon Training, running, The Boyfriend, therapy | 13 Comments

Thank you, bed head.

Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought, “Dang girl, you lookin’ good!”  I’m rocking some serious bed head and some how it’s working for me. Who needs a brush, flat-iron or blow dryer when every morning we wake to the magical creation of hair that’s flattened in some places, bushy in others, maybe a few kinks for good measure. Natures miracle, if you ask me.

Good news! I just signed up for another month of boot camp. I’ve been thinking seriously about it for the last few days and decided to go for it. It’s such a hard decision because booty is over 20o bucks per month but it makes me feel really good. To me, confidence is priceless. That and I’m expecting a small tax return so in my twisted brain it all makes sense.

These are some of the perks listed on the Ultimate Boot camp website.

Results-driven workouts with a major calorie burn (500-700 calories) —I’ve been wearing my heart rate monitor and it reads anywhere between 520 calories to 650. That’s freaking kick ass.

Tone and tighten with a wide variety of full-body muscle conditioning exercise –I didn’t take any measurements prior to starting so I’m unsure about any changes. Maybe after month two I’ll see a difference. I feel better though.

Motivating Trainers will push you to the next level –Part of the reason why I signed up is because the same trainers that taught us this month are teaching next class. I really enjoyed both of them. I’ve had some not so fabulous trainers at times but John and Craig are the shit.

Stay accountable with the non-intimidating group environment –When people hear boot camp they think hardcore, scream in your face workout. This is not at all the case. The trainers push us in a manner that’s helpful not hurtful.

Pretty cool, right? Gotta run and finish up some last-minute edits before class. Three more weeks of  graduate school and I am done FOREVER!!

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Graduate School | 12 Comments

warm and fuzzy

Thanks for such helpful and honest feedback and support. Despite my battle with the blog, I really do love posting, reading your comments, and following many of you on your own blogs. I think that over time I will figure out what direction I want this to go in but for now I want to focus less on food. Taking pictures of every meal is sort of a pain in the ass and let’s face it people, how many bowls of refried beans and hummus do you really want to see? I think I’ll just take each day as it comes and post whatever happens to be relevant that moment, some of which will be kick ass meals and treats. Hopefully, you’ll still be interested and keep reading. Thanks again for the support (as always!).

I busted out my stash of supplements yesterday in an attempt to start taking them. I am SO not good at doing so and end up wasting many bottles. The smell, the taste, the size, everything about them bug me out. What I dislike most about them is that they turn my pee yellow. I hate yellow pee and need to see a nice clear stream otherwise I know I’m dehydrated. Vitamins mess with my clear flow. Either way, I took them yesterday and will attempt to do so until I forget–which will probably be tonight.

What supplements do you take and why?

Tomorrow is my last day of booty and I’m totally bummed about it. I feel like a plan is needed, like asap. My half marathon is a week from Saturday. Girlfriend hasn’t ran more than 3 miles in the last month. What am I going to do??? They better have free bagels at the end of the race or someone’s going down.

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Food, Friends, running | 28 Comments

Food, food, blah, blah, blah.

First, let’s recap some eats from the past couple of days and get that out-of-the-way.

left over GB casserole and eggplant parm healthy style.

Kick ass wrap with spinach, peppers, avocado and soy meatballs in vinegar.

yogurt with raw oats

Fart Pellets

pb and banana bagel thin

Side note- you must boil Udon noodles, not just stick in wok.

light Cake Batter ice cream. Ridonk.

Good stuff.

Now onto the important stuff….

Seriously guys, I am truly sick of talking about food, thinking about food, eating too much of the stuff–you get the idea. I just want to be NORMAL! I was so not in the mood for therapy this morning. If guilt didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have shown up. Yes, I wrote in my damn food journal. Yes, I ate like shit a few days this week. No, I was not neglected as a kid.

I spoke with Len about my dilemma last night and about how I was questioning the content/life of my blog. He reminded me that I started goodies galore as a tool in my therapeutic process. The problem is, I’m just not sure if it’s helping the process or enabling me to be more obsessed. Hear me barking? When I’m not thinking about food, I’m writing or reading about it.

Is there anything that you guys would like to see more of? Less of? Lots to think about over here.

Moving on– I wore my awesome hr monitor to booty this morning and burned 516 calories. Wahoooo! I love the fact that I burned that many calories before seven am. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

How cute is my family.

Clearly Eleanor runs the house and makes herself comfortable wherever she sees fit.

Sleeping Beauties.

P.S. 50% off lots of Easter candy at Shaws. For real.

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, dogs, eating disorder, Food, Self Discovery, The Boyfriend, therapy | 15 Comments

Weights and I don’t jive.

Dudes, your comments from yesterdays post regarding passing gas were really funny. I will be sure to read those again next time I have a bad day. Thanks for being so open–majority of you do in fact fart in front of your partner. I’m sorry, but farts will NEVER get old. As a matter of fact, a little nine-year old totally ripped one yesterday in group when it was complete silence. I had to do everything possible NOT to laugh and I definitely didn’t pull it off. I must have been making a weird face in the process because one of the kids said, “It was you!!” as he pointed at me. I wanted to scream, ” No no! It was him!” and point at the real culprit but that wouldn’t be right.  Ahh, good times.

Last night I went out to dinner at Miracle of Science in Cambridge with a friend I used to work with. We made a date forever ago and I totally forgot till she sent me a text. I rushed out the door and forgot my camera which totally sucked because the place was so unique. They don’t even have menus! I ordered two veggie kabobs with tortillas, mint slaw and bean salad. Two beers were enjoyed.  I also had two mini scones from Starbucks and a chocolate egg. Yum, yum.

Thursdays are my long days so I packed some random foods to snack on throughout the day. I didn’t do my homework that’s due tonight which is a big bummer but how am I supposed to get things done when there are only 5 more weeks of school??? It’s an impossible task! Here are some of the goodies in my lunch bag.

veggies with hummus, pineapple, string cheese and nuts (which I should portion out

wrap with laughing cow, mustard and lettuce for lunch, pb&j on bagel thin for dinner, pineapple chobani.

Today completed the third week of boot camp so we only have one more week left. I’m totally bummed about it and want to do it again but it’s SO expensive.  We have a really small group so it’s been fun getting to know everyone. The weather this morning was absolutely perfect! Sunny and breezy.

Off to face the day!

I need some workout tips– How do you balance out cardio and strength training? I feel like strength training is so boring but I really need to start doing it on my own.

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Food, Friends, fun, Graduate School, Workout | 19 Comments

Bouncing boobs

Rise and Shine and give god your glory. Sorry, that song always comes to mind when anyone says, “Rise and Shine!” in their most cheerful and annoying voice. Booty this morning rocked though we mostly just focused on cardio. To my surprise, there really hasn’t been much abdominal work. Next week is our last week of booty and after that I really need to focus on strength training. I’ve never lifted or done anything of the sort so I don’t know where to begin. Naomi, I need your help!

I finally got new sneaks yesterday. I took everyone’s advice and went into an actual running store to get fitted properly. I sure wasn’t prepared for the exercises they had me doing, such as running down a Boston sidewalk with no sports bra. You guys may not know this but I have HUGE boobs–36DD boobs. Boobs that should not be let loose without a bra that resemble a chastity belt, otherwise they’re all over the place. Let’s just say that the neighborhood businesses got a little show. I tried some Asics, as everyone seemed to have positive things to say about that brand, but walked out with Saucony. They felt supportive and fluffy at the same time.

I managed to get back on track yesterday though I did sneak in some treats here and there. Included in the treats was a serving of fart pellets sugar-free jelly beans. Beware, they increase the  risk of blowing holes in your mattress and peeling the paint of the walls.Wow, all I have to say is poor Len.

The rest of the eats were pretty standard.

veggies/hummus/string cheese

veggie burg on bagel thin


How do you guys feel about farting in front of your partner. This is totally a TMI question but I quite like it. For me, I don’t LOVE ripping ass in front of Len and laugh hysterically every time it happens, but it happens.

I hate guys who think girls don’t fart. Get over it, donkey.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, Food, running, The Boyfriend | 19 Comments

Jump, Jump!

Hey, hoo, hey, hoo. I went to a Kriss Kross concert in 8th grade and wore my pants backwards. True Story.

So…. I hopped on the scale this morning and didn’t even lose a full one pound?! What the freak. I know I haven’t drastically cut back over the last two weeks but I haven’t binged on sweets or eaten any sweets for that matter. This HAS to have decreased my calorie intake. I’ve also been doing boot camp. I really expected to lose. Mimi advised me not to step on the scale so I wouldn’t get disappointed but  I’m stubborn. I’m not so disappointed that I want to stuff my face with 10 whoopee pies but I am left wondering what to do next.

Thanks for all the Easter eating tips. I still haven’t picked a strategy. I got a lot of advice about not letting the candy have power over me. The truth is, it does. One bite and I’m done. I definitely plan to remember how much better I feel without the sugar with hopes that it will inspire me to back away. “Back away, not today, Disco Lady.” Who knows what that’s from?

Last night I had a glorious dinner with a friend I met in grad school. She’s someone I felt instantly comfortable with so we had great conversation. Remember on Valentines Day when Len and I went to Bella Luna for an early dinner? Well Mikaela lives in the area and had never been so we hit it up. The place was packed and the atmosphere was so funky.

I started off with a Cherry Wheat beer. If you like cherry and you like beer, this is a great choice. I LOVED it and wanted to drink 17 more.

Although the intention was to order a black bean and portobello burger, I was swayed by the creamy tomato and basil soup. One cup please!

After  I took that picture the waitress arrived with garlic knots. Bitch. I had two.

Then came the Silver Moon Salad– dried cranberries, croutons, gorgonzola and field greens. So good. I ate every last bite.

Len and I are headed to CT around 2 today so I must get moving. Lots of errands/work to do. Who’s avoiding taxes till the last minute?  I am!!

Need advice for good running shoes for peeps with wide feet. My booty camp leader called me out on how old and ridiculous mine sneaks are.  I’ve been sticking with Nike only because of the Nike Plus thing.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Boot camp, eating disorder, Family, Food, Friends, fun, running, Self Discovery, The Boyfriend, therapy, Weigh In | 22 Comments