Bad Food, Bad.

I’m not going to lie. I spent most of yesterday (okay, all of yesterday) a bit teary-eyed and walking around trying to keep myself busy. But every time I had a moment of free time, I was shoveling anything I could get my hands on in my mouth. I’m fairly hushed about my love-life, but this is the most you will get on this blog:

  • Yes, we are in a long-distance relationship (and no, we aren’t crazy.)
  • We have been together for two years.
  • I love him very much.

That aside, I ate Mike  & Ike’s for dinner followed by a 20oz. of Diet Mountain Dew. This is probably the definition of having issues with how I eat and how I let my emotions control what I eat. I think sometimes women use emotions as an excuse to eat poorly. I knew exactly what I was doing as each little Mike & Ike hit my tongue and I enjoyed the sugary goodness. Except for the stomach ache I have now. That is not so much good. It sucks, actually. Oh, and my headache? Even worse.

So I admit it, I use whenever I leave he-who-shall-remain-nameless as an excuse to shovel toxic food into my mouth.

What is your excuse?

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well, I am writing this from the airplane on my phone.

Things I learned the past few days:

1. I can live without fried food.
2. When the beau and I stopped at Wendy’s NOTHING looked appetizing.
3. I love Tennessee.

I am getting dirty “turn off your phone” looks now.

I’ll be home sooner than I want.

Mm, Mexican Food!

On Sunday, I was in the grocery store, trying to find something easy to grab for dinner. I was in the frozen dinner section, when I saw this:

And let me tell you, I am an absolute sucker for any kind of hispanic cuisine. Not that Smart One’s really fall under the “cuisine” category, but you get my drift. I am pretty sure I have to be some % hispanic in my blood somewhere. Part of it has to do with having spent time in Costa Rica, Spain, and Mexico. Part of it has to do with the fact that it is just so delicious!

Two of the little rolls are just 4 Weight Watchers points. I paired mine with Green Giant’s Nibblets, which are just 80 calories per serving with 1.5 grams of fat! Really yummy. I usually always pick some up when I go grocery shopping.

It was actually the perfect dinner for me. Like I said before, it’s not the BEST meal I’ve ever had, but for something quick with not much preparation, it wasn’t bad at all.

Tomorrow, I leave for Tennessee for the rest of the week. I might get a chance to make a quick update, but chances are I won’t. I get to spend time with the other half of my family!

Marvelous Monday: Child Hunger Ends Here

I’ve had a pretty wild week. I only made it to the gym a couple of times. I was in a lot of muscular pain after my adventure in the wild. And besides that, I was just incredibly busy! I love being busy but am starting to realize how much being busy cuts in my healthy living. Or trying to be healthy anyway.

The other night, I went to Nye’s in Minneapolis and met up with some fabulous bloggers here in the Twin Cities to kick off the Multi-Family sale that happened on Saturday at Highland Park in St. Paul.

Yeah, I cut my face off, but you know what I look like. Hanging out with Jen from Prior Fat Girl and Mary from Fit This, Girl!

Lovely lady bloggers enjoying dinner.

After quite a bit of socializing, laughing, joking, taking photos and meeting new folks, Molly from The Snyder 5 said a few words.

She is in one word: Amazing. I am so excited to have finally met her!

The sale on Saturday was a huge hit. It was cold, and it rained and then it got even colder, but you know what? I had fun. I wish I hadn’t been so tired. I get pretty miserable once my feet get cold thanks to frost bite, but we all persevered and raised over $800 to donate to the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.

I’ve always thought that if one day, all the women I’ve met through Blogging were able to run a company, it’d be very successful. I love the connections I have made – these women are amazing and I feel absolutely blessed to know each and every one of them!

Oh, Temptations.

Today was the day of temptation. I started my day off just fine.

Until I had to fill up my gas tank:

(I clearly googled this image. We WISH gas was 2.29/gallon.)

So, I am at the gas station and it would take a bit to fill up my tank since it was basically empty. Not only am I at the gas station, but I am starving.

DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!

So what do I do? I do what any normal, sane, starving person would do. I went inside and started scanning the isles. First I thought I wanted something salty:

(Who knew there was Ketchup flavored chips? Again, a googled image.)

Once I convinced myself I did not need anything salty, I moved onto something that is quite possibly worse:

I kept checking the back of each package of candy for the nutrition facts and thought to myself, “They allow too many servings in one package of candy.” Seriously! Who has the will-power to sit and just eat ONE serving? I certainly do not.

Here I was, in the promise-land for anyone who wants to eat all the fatty foods they would like and then some. Because, don’t forget all the sandwiches, etc. that they sell in this place, too. Finally, I just decided to walk out. It felt SO good to save my few dollars and just go home. I didn’t buy candy and I didn’t buy any salty goodness. I came home, and I grabbed a package of 1oo-calorie cookies. Ironically, I got my chocolate and salt craving all in one and for less calories.

What was slightly ironic since I was having a bit of a breakdown inside the gas station was when I walked out, the car parked right near the door. The guy in the passenger seat of the car barely fit in the seat. It was clear that he was uncomfortable and was probably squished. It was a reminder of that was not who I wanted to let myself turn into and that I had made the right choice.

My advice for the day: Do not go inside gas stations hungry!

Subway Breakfast

Yesterday, when I first saw Jen’s giveaway over at her blog, PriorFatGirl, I instantly wanted to go check out the breakfast sandwiches at Subway. But first things first. Be sure to go check out the GIVEAWAY! There are several ways to win and Jen is giving away three (3) $10 gift cards to Subway. Delicious, right?

So, back to my story. I stopped at the Subway store right by work on my way in yesterday. It’s pretty convenient actually since I literally walk by it every day on my walk through the skyway to work. Yesterday I ordered a breakfast sandwich: wheat english muffin, egg white, black forest ham, tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers. It was delicious!! I was nervous because I didn’t have cheese, it wasn’t drowning in grease – how could it possible be good?!

After I took one bite. I always forget to take pictures pre-chowing down. I guess I get excited about food.

Inside my sandwich. You can’t really tell, but the egg white is on the other piece of the english muffin.

So here is the skinny: I think it is totally worth the two dollars to buy this little guy and enjoy a breakfast sandwich that won’t break the calorie bank. I will probably stop there this morning, too. It certainly beats ordering some piece of breakfast scone, bread or whatever floats my boat over at Starbucks or Caribou. They delicious, don’t get me wrong, but even the low-fat options at those places can’t even compare to the calorie break I am getting at Subway.

Help Fight Child Hunger

I eat every day. I eat three times a day usually. And sometimes I have a snack or two or sneak into my boss’s office for a chocolate (or two or three or, depending on the day way more than that.) I think most of us take being able to eat for granted. We shove food in our mouth without a second thought, usually. I mean, I guess sometimes there is a second thought of, “Should I have really eaten that?” Yeah, I do that a lot. But that is neither here nor there.

There are children everywhere who starve. Who struggle to eat. Children who would kill for that one piece of chocolate. Heck, they would kill for ____ (enter the food you hate most here.) It’s human nature to take for granted that which we already have. It might be a car for transportation, money to buy luxuries, the ability to walk, talk, see, or hear. We’re all guilty of it.

I was in a training for work a couple months ago and there was this story called “Cracks in the Sidwalk.” It was about this blind guy at a college who wrote a letter to complain to the school about the crack in the sidewalk. I can’t remember the story specifically without the material in front of me (it’s at work, of course and I couldn’t find it on google.) In any case, this guy writes a letter saying how important it is to repair cracks in the sidewalk because those who can see take for granted the ability to see the cracks in the sidewalk to avoid them. But this young man was unable to see the cracks in the sidewalk which was hazardous to him.

So, this being said. Bloggers around the Twin Cities are getting together to End Child Hunger in conjunction ConAgra Foods.

How are we going to do it?

It’s simple.

Minnesota Bloggers Rummage Sale

SATURDAY, MAY 22
8 AM-1 PM
1227 MONTREAL, ST. PAUL
HIGHLAND PARK SHELTER
For more information, check out Molly’s Blog.

All the proceeds from the rummage sale goes right back to the campaign. It’s a simple easy way to help us help children in need.

I hope see see many of you out there on Saturday at the big sale! Everything is going to be ridiculously cheap and awesome!