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Season’s Greetings

Fresh Produce from the Alemany Farmers’ Market in SF.

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Pretty tulips in Syracuse, NY

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Butterfly in the SkyMall

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There reaches a point in any transcontinental flight when even the most seasoned traveler will glance down at his watch or smartphone (on Airplane Mode, of course) and impatiently wonder “Are we there yet?”

After the first few chapters of that new Grisham novel have lost their appeal, you realize you royally messed up your sudoku puzzle (two 6’s in the third row – dammit!), and the second round of diet cokes and ginger ales has been dutifully served by the flight attendants (I swear – airlines, infirmaries, Jewish grandmothers, and 7×7 drinkers are the only reason the ginger ale industry is still afloat), there are always exactly 65 minutes of flying time left. Always.

In this instance, there’s only one thing left to do…

No, I’m not talking about joining the Mile High Club; I’m talking about cracking open the SkyMall!

Where would I be without you, SkyMall?

Where would I be without you, SkyMall?

Ah SkyMall – perhaps the craziest manifestation of American consumer culture, indulgence, and ingenuity. On my recent flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, I took a stroll through the SkyMall. Oh yes, I did. And while some of my favorites remained in the book tried-and-true (i.e. the Magic Wallet, Sumo coffee table, $200 inflatable iceberg for the pool, wide assortment of nose hair trimmers, and the ever-popular hot dog cooker/toaster), there were a few new gems that caught my eye:

1.) Marshmallow Shooter. Who knew mini-marshmallows could fly over 30′? Who knew anyone WANTED mini-marshmallows to fly over 30′? Well with this pump-action weapon you can guide your mini sugar clouds with LED guided precision accuracy. S’mores? GO LONG!

2.) Garden Yeti Sculpture. I mean, do I need to elaborate upon this? Looks more like Chewie than Big Foot IMO, but according to the 28 customer reviews on the SkyMall website, everyone seems to really enjoy this guy in their gardens. Check my bridal registry for this one!

3.) Chewy Edges Brownie Tray. Probably the most practical item in the entire magazine, this sucker would have prevented many a family argument in my household. A brownie tray featuring a labyrinthine layout which makes every brownie baked an “end piece.” Nom nom nom. You had me at $39.95!

Oh look – only 20 minutes left until landing. Just enough time to draft a quick blog post – pending use of certain approved electronic devices.

What will they think of NEXT!

What will they think of NEXT!

Diet & Travel & College Chicks Gone Wild!

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Go, lady bug, go!

Last weekend I went to Syracuse, NY to visit my sister who was graduating from the University. Eating healthy and exercising while traveling is hard enough. Eating healthy and exercising with a group of sorority chicks hell bent on partying it up for their college graduation is nearly impossible.

Suffice to say – beer bongs, endless games of Quarters (or my new fave spin-off drinking game Chandelier), flipcup, frat kegs, tequila shots, Fishbowls, late night snacking, and hangovers are not conducive to weight-loss. No matter how much dancing you do to accompany the empty calorie intake.

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To make sure I didn’t totally fall off the fitness wagon, I did manage to get a little exercise in by stealing my sis’ friend’s ID card and sneaking into the gym. I also did an early morning run in the crisp upstate NY air.

Food-wise I brought a number of Odwalla Super Protein bars with me as well as 1/4 cup bags of raw almonds for snacking.

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Needless to say, I still made quite a few missteps – like the 15 jumbo shrimp cocktail I ate at the graduation buffet. Baleen whale!

I was very scared to step on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in but knew I had to bite the bullet. To my delight I am down another 2 pounds from 2 weeks ago! Also, my thigh measurements have dropped 1 INCH. A whole inch! My bicep is down .25 in which I’m going to believe is fat loss, not muscle loss, as I’ve been hitting the weights.

Keep on trucking…

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Weight Loss Update

Well, things in the weight loss department have been pretty slow going for the past couple weeks. I’m down to 137.4. I started to take weekly body measurements to get a different sense of achievement and note progress in another way than just looking at the scale.

My exercise has been consistent:

Monday: 15 minutes cardio warm-up, 1 hour weight lifting
Tuesday: 90 minutes bikram yoga
Wednesday: 45 minutes cardio (morning), 90 minutes bikram yoga (night)
Thursday: 1 hour weight lifting or 1 hour cardio
Friday: 30 minutes cardio (lunchtime)
Saturday: 60 minutes cardio or 60 minutes weight lifting
Sunday: 90 minutes bikram yoga

I think the trick now is to switch up my workout routine, particularly going harder during cardio and weightlifting sessions, and dial down on my eating, particularly starchy carbs later in the day. Stay tuned.

Rations


Military rations around the world:

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My lunch rations:

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Eat This, Not That!: Best “Healthy” Burger

Earlier this week I was, shall we say, inspired by the Men’s Health article citing the 20 Worst Foods in America. There were some real doozies on the list:

The Worst Starter:
Chili’s Awesome Blossom (2,710 calories, 203g fat, 194g carbs)

The Worst Pasta:
Macaroni Grill’s Spaghetti and Meatballs with meat sauce (2,430 calories, 128g fat, 207g carbs)

The most shocking for me, however, was The Worst “Healthy” Burger: Ruby Tuesday’s Bella Turkey Burger. This puppy packed 1,145 calories, 71g fat, and 56g carbs. And that doesn’t even count the fries…or the extra ketchup that we inevitably dip it in!

Jaw-dropping.

It’s a freakin’ turkey burger! I eat turkey burgers all the time!

As someone who counts her calories (and fat and carbs and protein and sodium and…), I was floored.

THIS TURKEY BURGER STIGMA SHALL NOT STAND!

So last night, boyfriend and I set out to make a delicious homemade Best “Healthy” Turkey Burger. It contained:

– 1 Jennie-O seasoned lean turkey burger patty
– 2 slices Roma tomato
– sprinkle of arugula
– spoonful of grilled onions
– 1 slice Kraft singles fat-free cheese
– 0.5t Heinz ketchup
– 1 slice toasted Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted multi-grain bread

Let’s compare:

Mine: 305 calories, 6g fat, 23g carbs, 39g protein.
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Ruby Tuesday’s: 1,145 calories, 71g fat, and 56g carb
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Health for the win!