Just Say No To Quick Fixes!

13 04 2010

Hey there, you Whatchamacallits!!  (I’m not sure if this works, but Whatchamacallits are one of (if not the) most underrated candy bar in America and I needed to give a shout out.  I want one RIGHT now!)

And, speaking of shout outs, how about a big on to the (Wo)Man upstairs, who is actually gracing New England with a SPRING.  I’m not sure about other parts of the country, but we haven’t had a legit spring in a long time.  We’ve gone from winter coats to humidity like whoah.  While I enjoy slightly warmer temps, a true spring is all about 60 degree days and that’s exactly what we’re getting.  It’s just warm enough to get the flowers ready to bloom (which they are) and bring the trees back to life.  And, it’s enough to get all of the cooped up Bostonians excited for summer!

It also signifies the start of the baseball season, as well as NHL and NBA playoffs.  This might not mean much to you, but it means the world to me and I’m stoked for the coming weeks.  It’s so much easier to jump into these things when it’s not 30 and snowing out!!  Na’mean?  So, again, a huge “THANK YOU” from New England to the Heavens.

I have to get something off of my chest and, unfortunately, you’re going to feel the brunt of it.  This is my blog and while I want to make you happy, I also have to show a little love to the topics I NEED to bring up.  So, what is so serious to demand such attention?

Kim Kardashian’s endorsement of the Quick Trim weight loss products.

You guys know how much I love her.  In case you missed my post about running into her in the bathroom, you can read it here.  The basis of my admiration is founded on two very separate reasons, which are:

1.      After her “home movie”, she could have easily crumbled up into a serious disaster and turned into the butt (no pun intended) of everyone’s joke.  Instead, she took the high road and decided she would turn all of the attention into a positive and work her tail off for endorsement deals.  Thus, Keeping Up With the Kardashians was born and the rest is history.  I am NOT condoning the making of such films, but I think you can tell a lot about person by the way they handle adversity.  I know we all roll our eyes over these silver-spoon-in-the-mouth celebrities.  While she clearly has had a privileged life, that kind of publicity would embarrass and mortify anyone (except for maybe Jenna Jameson).  So, I’ve always given her props for making a name for herself.  I hear people talk about how she has “no talent”, but I disagree.  She’s smart and she knows that the world enjoys a beautiful woman.  If I were in her position and looked 1/100th of the way she did, I would be marketing my looks too.

2.      This is the most important reason.  Her body.  Plain and simple.  She is one of two (Beyoncé being the other. SO much love!) celebrities that showcase their gorgeous, womanly figures and the media ENJOYS it.  I think there are other curvy woman in Hollywood who are just as gorgeous, but the Paparazzi tend to put a negative spin on their curviness.  Every time you hear these other women mentioned, the word “curves” is more like an insult or back-handed compliment.  Kim, on the other hand, is always on every list that is supposedly counting down “the hottest bodies in Hollywood”.  I LOVE this.  Why?  My body is similar (no, it’s not nearly that nice..I’m talking shape-wise) and I’ve always hated it.  I have bigger legs and a SERIOUS butt.  I always hated my “lower half” during my “dieting” years.  I could become emaciated with jutting collarbones and still have a boot-ay.  It’s just the way I’m built.  Thankfully, I’ve come to not only accept this trait, but embrace it.  I think women come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re tall, long-legged and naturally thin, I think that’s beautiful too.  I’m just happy girls like me don’t have to stare at pictures of Cameron Diaz or Jessica Biel anymore and think we have to look like that to be beautiful.

So, do you now understand why I’m so disappointed in her latest venture?  The very thing I love her for is being marketed in a false way!  I’m not saying she doesn’t use Quick Trim.  She probably does and she’s definitely lost some weight.  She looks great (and always did), but she’s sending the wrong message.  Granted, the ingredients list on the products could be much worse.  They are comprised of mostly natural ingredients.  The system also comes with a meal plan, which is better than most.  From what I can tell, it’s low-fat and pretty low carb (except for the natural carbs found in veggies).  But, that’s not the point.  The point is that we need to get Americans away from the “quick fix” mentality.  This is SO frustrating to me!  Why are we in such a rush to achieve everything NOW?  Good things come to people who work hard.  At the risk of sounding 95, it appears as if we’ve lost this mentality in the internet age where you can make virtually anything happen in a moment’s notice. 

If you have a poor diet and want to lose weight, a stupid little pill is not the answer you need (and you know these are the people buying the product)!  Folks like this need emotional support as they start to maneuver around a healthy lifestyle (not something that has a “beginning” and “end”).  We need celebrities to talk about lean chicken, broccoli and OATMEAL (don’t even get me started on “no carbs”), so people can understand that food, in general, is not the enemy.  CRAPPY food and a sedentary lifestyle are!  At least I can give Kim props for putting out a workout video.

I guess the bottom line here is that certain things work for certain people.  I’ve mentioned this before.  I have no desire to be vegan, but understand that it works for some people.  I’m not here to judge.  And, while these different diets may include different types of food, they also contain just that: FOOD.  Not pills!!  Good, wholesome food.  No matter what food philosophy you believe in, I think it’s hard to argue with natural foods.  When people want to drop a few pounds, they simply have to listen to their bodies and turn to these foods.  There’s no need to take a pill on top of it to “speed” anything up.  The fact that people are still searching for quick weight-loss tips depresses me.  I thought, at the least, our society could have learned by now that the “quick” pounds come back.  Always have and always will.

Ah – if only I were famous and could preach this message.  I have to stop talking about this here or I’ll ruin my own night.

That would be a shame because today was SUCH a fabulous day!  Our morning was absolutely amazing.  I was in a FANTASTIC mood before even getting to work.

I had a phenomenal run on the treadmill this morning.  I cranked that incline up to 1% and left it there for a 3-2-1 workout.  I ran for 35 minutes and felt great.  I came home for a little somethin’ called Plyometrics!  I love, love, love this workout.  I’m that obnoxious workout partner that claps and yells “Whoo!” after every thigh-burning exercise.  I can’t help it.  I love to sweat and the harder the jumping squats feel, the happier I am.  It’s all about the way I’m going to feel after.  Right, folks?!?  Mr. KD tries to pretend he enjoys working out with me, but I think he not so secretly wants to hang me from the pull-up bar :shock:   I’m so stoked to do the shoulders and arms workout tomorrow with my new free weights! 

Then, as I was getting ready, I thought I heard “beeps” from a large truck backing up.  Turns out, it was the furniture delivery truck with our NEW KITCHEN TABLE!  They told us they’d be over between the hours of 7 – 11 and showed up at 7 on the dot!  I was so pumped to have a look before I went to work!  Remember that horribly empty space I showed you a few weeks back?

Now look at it!

Please also note: 1) The rug (Nice, right?) and 2) How far off the floor my feet actually are!!

What?  You don’t have photo shoots at 7 am with your kitchen table?  Oh. :???:

The table really brings the entire downstairs together.  Our dining room still needs serious work, but we’re getting there.  It’s finally starting to look like our house, as opposed to a place we’re simply renting.  Love it and love living with my best buddy.  It’s the greatest.  Oh, stop hating on my cheesiness.  It’s true! :grin:

My food intake today was all about the fruit, which is never a bad thing!

Breakfast today was pretty legendary.  It took extra time to put together, but was so well worth it!  I peeled and cored an apple last night to make a quick version of the cinnamon apples I use to top my whole wheat pancakes with.  I didn’t measure anything and simply added 1 apple, splash of water, drizzle of honey, pinch of brown sugar, pinch of salt, dash of vanilla and LOTS of cinnamon before heating the whole thing up in the microwave for 2 minutes (only the butter and whole wheat flour were missing from original recipe).  This morning when I got to work, I reheated it for another minute and topped it with ¼ cup of granola.  You guys – this granola isn’t even CRUNCHY.  I don’t think I can make it through the whole bag.  The apple was so good, however, that I was just happy to have the granola there for a different texture. 

I also warmed up some egg beaters in the microwave at work and drizzled them with some KETCHUP.

Super yummy, nutritious and filling.

I had a fruitified salad at lunch, which was nothing short of amazing!

In the mix:

·       Spinach
·       Arugula
·       Strawberries
·       Blueberries
·       Pineapple
·       Caramelized onions
·       Goat cheese

I whipped up some of the homemade balsamic I’ve been using to take with me.

On the side, I had half of a pb&j sammy. 

The “j” was Polaner’s fruit spread and the PB was Teddie’s.  As for the bread, oh la la!  I thought you’d never ask!  I’ve been on the prowl for a new bread.  Last week, I tried a kind that I hated.  This week, I scored the jackpot.  I purchased a loaf of Arnold’s Natural Flax and Fiber bread because it had a NuVal score of 48.  To give you a comparison, Pepperidge Farms 100% Whole Wheat Hearty Texture scores in at 29.  I wanted the most bang for my buck, but I ended up getting a huge bang for my taste buds as well!  It had a great texture, crunchy seeds on the crust and the flavor was hearty without overtaking the sandwich (I hate this about some wheat breads).  A total win in my opinion!  A big thanks to NuVal on this one!

At around 3, I shut my brain off for a quick snack of cottage cheese and dates. 

I just love dried dates.  The texture of them is great.   I love how thick they are.  Imagine if raisins were this thick?  I’d be in a raisin coma in NO time!

Please pause for a brief interruption of this post.

I often get asked “how” I can make my lunch every day.  These inquiring folks claim it’s too annoying and the last thing they want to do when they get home (or they have no time in the morning).  Guess what?  It’s the activity that I dread the most every day, but I know I’ll thank myself the following day when I have healthy food to eat all day long.  At the risk of sounding harsh, I simply have to say: Suck it up, people!  It’s annoying and I hate doing it too, but I’m worth knowing what I’m putting in my body.  I’d rather be in charge of it than expect the cafeteria to buy tuna packed in water as opposed to oil.  It’s a necessary evil and a huge money saver.  So, just do it!  I have all the tolerance in the world for folks that are trying to learn how to adapt to healthy choices, but there’s no room for laziness.  So, kick it to the curb and bust out the sandwich meat already!!  I know I’m talking to the wrong crowd right now, but I still feel better getting this out.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.

I had so much fun with dinner tonight!  We had a ton of pork leftover, so we knew we were going to work on it tonight.  Mr. KD made a quesadilla with his and it looked pretty tasty.  I decided to follow his Mexican lead and have some in a wrap.  Burrito style!  I smashed some baked beans onto the tortilla (La Tortilla Factory brand), added the pork, some lettuce, shredded 2% Mexican cheese and Greek yogurt.  All served with leftover green beans and some roasted asparagus.

(Yes, that is sour cream on the plate.  I needed both.  I think I need to give up this Greek yogurt fight)

Hello deliciousness!

All eaten in the company of one extremely handsome dinner companion :smile:

Loved eating on a table!

I just want to thank you guys again for letting me vent!  I apologize if I went a bit off topic.  I guess I’m getting more comfortable with you and letting my true colors show!  I pretty much have a strong opinion about everything, which can be slightly obnoxious.  But, I’d rather be like that than have no passion!  Hope you still love me :smile:

Question of the day:  Do you like fruit in your salads?

I used to think this was so weird and an absolute no-no.  Now, when a salad comes without fruit, it doesn’t feel complete!





Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork

11 04 2010

If you missed my guest post on Trading Up Downtown, you can read it here!

Tootsie Pops! 

Random fact: I only like chocolate tootsie pops, which most people tell me are the only ones they won’t eat.  More chocolate tootsies for me!

How are you?  How was your Sunday?

Mine was glorious and relaxing.  Just the way I like ‘em!   It felt so refreshing taking the whole day for me, as opposed to worrying about the blog.  The once-a-day post was definitely a good idea by me.  [Insert pat on the back]

It also felt so good to have a day off from P90.  My biceps are so sore from the Kenpo workout yesterday.  I’m talking sore.  It felt great to have a day for relaxation and I can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow!

I woke up early (obvi!) and got right down to business.  I started some laundry, cut a pineapple and put on a big pot o’ joe for myself.  Mr. KD doesn’t drink coffee.  Crazy, I tell you!  Crazy!

By the time 7 rolled around, I was ready for some eats.  I knew I wouldn’t be eating again until after church (at least 12:30ish), so I wanted to make a filling breakfast.  I got to work on a frittata with caramelized onions.  I started with one egg and one egg white, which I whisked with some hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and dried chives.  I placed it in a skillet and loaded it with the leftover onions from Friday night’s pizza.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: caramelized onions make EVERYTHING better!

Just before it was done, I added some goat cheese.  Sorry, Gracie, but I’m in love. 

To balance out the savory frittata, I had something sweet on the side: a whole wheat english muffin with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and half of a banana.

Together:

Ketchup and Frittata sitting in a tree…

Hazelnut butter is dessert like.  So different than other nut butters (in a good way).

As I was enjoying breakfast, I dabbled in a new guilty pleasure of mine: On the Case with Paula Zahn.  This can be found OnDemand under the ID channel.  Paula is a reporter, who interviews and investigates viscious crimes.  I find entertainment in anything that scares the life out of me.  I’m a freak.  What can I say?  I should have been a cop except I’m the least intimidating person on the planet and hate guns.  So, scratch that.  I should have been a police consultant.  Yeah.  Something like that.

Before I knew it, it was time for Mass.  When I left, the weather was rather ick.  It was cloudy and not very warm.  When I emerged an hour later, it was so sunny!  And, the temps had to have been in the high 60′s, low 70′s!  Due to the change in weather, I got home and told Mr. KD that we had to get out of the house immediately.  He was on board and suggested going out to lunch.  I asked him what he was in the mood for and as soon as I heard, “A big salad”, he had no further say in the matter.  In the blink of an eye, we were off to The Chateau, so that I could have the exact salad I had Friday at lunch!  So, so yummers.

Before the salads arrived, I snacked on a piece of bread.  And, yes, it is white bread.  There are two white breads that I can think of off the top of my head that are worth the empty calories: this one and the rolls from Bertucci’s (My favorite in the whole world.  I would survive on them alone if I could).  Generally, I’m able to pass up white bread, but I have a hard time resisting here (hearty, grainy bread is a whole ‘nother issue).  I can even pass on the breadsticks from the Olive Garden, which I know are a lot of people’s favorite.  They just don’t really do it for me anymore, but this bread does. 

The crust is covered in sesame seeds and the inside is just so fluffy.  I topped mine with half a butter packet, some parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper. 

I ordered my salad the same way I did on Friday: Balsamic vinaigrette with marinated turkey tips.

Bacon + Red Onions + Juicy Turkey + Gorgonzola Cheese + Dried Cranberries = SO MUCH LOVE!

This salad is so filling!  I ate every last bite this time. 

After lunch, I wanted to go on an “adventure”.  Yes, I am five years old.  Mr. KD was all ready to drive around with me to explore an area we live near.  Do you guys have any intersections where you always go one way and wonder what’s around if you go the other way?  Or is that just us?  There is one intersection in particular that we only go right at.  A left turn leads to the bordering town.  There could be a good restaurant there for all we know!  I must figure this out soon!

On our way to said adventure, I was stupid enough to remind Mr. KD that he needed fertilizer for the lawn.  He got all excited and proclaimed he needed to get it immediately.  Really?!?  Was that necessary?  To make matters worse, he told me we were going to Benny’s because they had the best prices.  Benny’s is a home, garden and outdoor center that sells items at discounted prices.  You can buy a sprinkler, patio set and bicycle all in one place. 

And, guess what?  I hate it.  I hate it even more than Home Depot.  Now that’s saying something.

I have distinct memories of being a kid and my dad dragging me in there after work to buy god-knows-what.  It still smells the same to this day, which is a mix between bicycle tires and bug spray.  I despise it and it makes me want to throw a tantrum.  Told you I was five.  I don’t care if the prices are reasonable.  I’d rather pay double the money to stay away!

This was Mr. KD’s reaction to the Benny’s trip:

And this was mine:

Total grumpypants.

How can you blame me?  Look at this place:

Ugh – just the look of it makes me shiver.  I somehow managed to survive and was never so happy to see my house again.  While Mr. KD took care of some business outside, I folded a little laundry and simply relaxed.  It was great.  I even started a new book, which I haven’t had time to do in ages.  It was so refreshing!

Before we knew it, dinner was calling our names.  I got started on dinner this morning and my crock pot worked hard on it all day.  As soon as I saw this recipe on Kristin’s blog, I knew I had to try it.  I love delicious simplicity and even though I’m trying hard to cut out diet soda (I total vice of mine), I didn’t think it would hurt to use a little for cooking purposes.

BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork shoulder, cut into chunks and trimmed of fat
  • Coke Zero (or you can use any cola)
  • ~ 1/2 – 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • 1/2 onion

Directions:

Dice onion and place in the bottom of the crock pot.  Add pork and season liberally with garlic salt.  Add enough Coke Zero to just cover the pork.  Stir in BBQ sauce.  Set on low for 8 hours.

SO EASY!

The pork was like buttah when we shredded it.  It was unbelievably delightful!  Loved it!

I decided to follow Kristin’s dinner exactly and serve with BBQ baked beans (Bush’s..the only kind I could find without HFCS) and green beans.  Ah-mazing.

Drizzled the pork with a tad more BBQ sauce.

The beans

You want to know the best part about this meal?  It would be just as delightful in the winter as it would in nice weather.  It also makes a ton, so I’m envisioning BBQ pulled pork quesadillas or pizza in my near future!  L-O-V-E.

To curb my sweet tooth, I plan to have a mini vegan cookie from my recipe page.  I decide to bake up a batch of these last night at 9 pm.  So random.  I made half a batch and STILL got 12 cookies out of it, so when I tell you they’re bite-sized, I’m not kidding.  These things are deliciously addicting, which is why I make them small. 

 

Didn’t I say something about less desserts while P90′ing? 

Ah, oh well.  You only live once and while I’m here, I’d like to eat chocolate thankyouverymuch. 

I’m going to rest up and get a good night’s sleep tonight.  I’m loving P90 and can’t wait to BRING IT  tomorrow morning!  Have a great Monday, everyone!

Question of the day:  Are you a coffee drinker?

Not only do I love coffee, but I thoroughly enjoy coffee flavored desserts.  They make my tummy and taste buds very happy.