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Celebration Dinner!

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my mom this evening!

I love the goofy look my step-dad is making!  We went out to Bremerton Bar and Grill (Again!!! They’re gonna get sick of me!)

My grandma joined us as well!

My mom is amazing.  She is always there to support me, help fix my problems, or just to be someone to sit around and watch Mamma Mia! with for the dozenth time.  Her love is inifinite.  She has also majorly impressed me in the last couple years in her attempts to live a healthier life.  She cleaned up her diet, began walking/jogging, and recently even joined the YMCA with my step-dad and started doing cardio there, along with trying out various classes such as yoga and zumba!  Go girl!!  But yeah, basically, I totally love my mom. ❤

I started off my dinner with a house salad minus the feta.

Along with a Neighborhood Punch.

My mom, who is NOT a fan of alcoholic beverages, tasted it and said, “Tastes like alcoholic juice! Not bad!”  Neighborhood Punch for the win!  I do think my liver is starting to hate me though.  Not like college, but still.  Definitely time to take a break from the booze for a bit. 

My entree was the Treehugger Burger minus the cheese, with sweet potato fries.

I ordered the portobello mushroom, instead of a burger patty again, but when I tried it I realized that it was so charred that I couldn’t eat it.  I really hate to be a picky customer, especially since I’m already altering all my orders to be vegan, but I really had to send it back.  Turns out it was the last portobello, but I gladly welcomed the Gardenburger in exchange.  My burger came back and was absolutely delicious.  I was able to save half for later, since I had already devoured all of my fries by the time my burger came back.  They were also kind enough to offer me a free dessert for my inconvenience!  I split my free blackberry cobbler with my grandma, and my mom and step-dad ordered their own to split as well. 

Definitely another wonderful dining experience at Bremerton Bar and Grill.  (I’m also a fan, because it’s Keenan’s first week at work and they’ve already given him about three small pay raises from what he was initially offered him!)

After saying goodbye to my family, I came home to Arlo and caught up on some Family Guy while my food settled, then got my Jillian on.

Before Jillian.

After Jillian.

The frighteningly messy apartment is my next project for the night.

 As usual, I was feeling better about my workout after it was over, rather than before it started.  That’s how it works!  You never regret a workout after it’s over, it’s just about finding the motivation to get going!!!

Time for me to straighten up the apartment, and find some way to entertain myself until my boyfriend gets home from work around 1am!  Gahhh!  this schedule is gonna kill me!!

How do you feel about sending food back at a restaurant?  What is the line between “Oh well, I’ll just deal with it” and “I can’t eat this”?

I’m really usually more of an “I’ll just deal” sort of person, but if there’s something seriously wrong with my food (like a crispy charred portobello) or it it goes against my diet (like if they accidently forgot no cheese), then I’ll send it back as politely as possible.  I hate seeming over nit-picky or high maintenance.

Have a good one!

❤ Lindsay


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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Two

Good morning, my beauties! 🙂

I hope you’re all doing wonderfully.  I’m currently chugging back a soy chai from Starbucks, trying to wake myself up.  Although I went to bed at midnight last night, as usual, my body decided that it didn’t want to sleep past 5am.  I laid in bed for the next three hours tossing and turning.  It sucked, and I am tiiiired.  I guess I really can’t complain that much, because the bf was up sick all night.  Luckily, he gets to go home and take a nap now that I’m off to work.

Last night on my way home from work, I was browsing through blogs and found that Elise had been munching on some Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Julienne Fries with Chipotle Seasoning.  Since I had the exact same fries sitting in my freezer, I immediately decided that those just HAD to be my snack when I got home.  Easy clean-up trick: lay down a sheet of aluminum foil on your baking sheet.  No scrubbing necessary, just wad it in a ball and toss in the recycling.

I enjoy my sweet potato fries with BBQ sauce.  I have Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite.  AKA the only BBQ sauce at the grocery store without High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Oh yeah, be jealous.

Btw, I made enough for Keenan and I to share, but then he started feeling sick, so I did us both a favor and ate the whole batch.  No regrets.  The flavor is to die for.  Just the perfect amount of spice. 🙂

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Two

Last week, I discussed how to begin down the road to a healthier lifestyle by beginning to add and substitute healthier items into your current diet.

Now that you’ve had a chance to start playing around with new foods, this week I would like you to set a simple goal for yourself.  Something along the lines of “no soda this week”, “eat meat with only one meal a day”, “eliminate beef for the week”, or “exercise three times this week”.  Whatever goal you feel is most important to you right now.

You goal should be specific.  “Eat more healthily” is not specific.  It’s a great idea, but with a goal so broad, how do you know what it is that you’re actually trying to accomplish?

Your goal should also be measurable.  Again with the same example, how would you know that you have completed your goal?  Something like “eat sweets only on Saturday” is easily measurable, because either you abstained for sweets for six days of the week or you didn’t.  There is no middle ground.

Your personal goal should be attainable and realistic.  Don’t set a goal for yourself that you know won’t be possible for you to accomplish.  If your idea of exercise is losing the remote and having to walk over to the television to change the channel, then don’t make a goal to run everyday for the next week.  Start small.  You can always set bigger goals once you meet your first one.

Your goal should also be timely.  There should be a time frame within which your goal is set.  An ending date will give your goal a sense of urgency.  Otherwise, your goal can just happen “whenever”.  The time constraint for your goal will be this week.

Now that you have planned out your goal, get into action!  Share your goal with others who will be supportive, including me!  Once you tell people that you’re planning to do something, it can help you stick with it more easily since people are watching.

Starting small with one goal may be frustrating in a world where quick-fixes are what is popular, but have you ever noticed how those quick-fixes never seem to work?  There are hundreds of diet books out there, because none of them truly get permanent behavior change involved.  Building up to something bigger, using the steps of small goals, will be the easiest, most permanent way to make a healthy lifestyle yours for the rest of your awesome life.  I mean, come on, you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste when you gain back the 20 lbs that you lost by starving yourself, plus an extra 10 lbs on top of it.  No fun!

Making healthy changes can help you to lose weight, feel better, and be a healthier, happier you for the rest of your life!  🙂

What goal are you setting for the week?  How do you plan to implement it in your life??

❤ Lindsay


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