Archive | February, 2010

L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty

23 Feb

 I got two compliments about my weight loss from co-workers today—which was totally unexpected! I have been feeling somewhat discouraged lately and trying not to go by the numbers on the scale and more of how my clothes fit, which have been getting looser and looser. However a good portion of my life has gone with the idea of paying attention to the scale and not to inches, how clothes fit, how I feel etc. it is a bit difficult to get used to.

Anyways, it was a nice way to start my morning and a reminder to myself to keep moving forward and not get stuck on the notion that I have to be a certain number. I will state this now-I am a big booty gal

Enter in one of my most favorite Nike ads

 I am happy to be living a healthier life style, incorporating healthy foods, habits and workouts in my life but sometimes wonder what would happen if my butt keeps shrinking? It’s the bane of my existence….yet the thing that defines me. I am little in the middle but got much back, cursed with an Italian butt, etc. I don’t want to be some normal girl with a normal figure but at the same time sometimes hate my booty and the attention it brings.

 Oh Sir Mix A lot-you sing to my heart. 

 I am a true LA Face with an Oakland booty but what happens if I keep losing weight and my booty goes bye bye? Fortunately, I don’t think it will ever go away not be a flat a**sed girl, it’s just not in my DNA.  In my perfect world, we would be able to decide where on our bodies we wanted fat to dissolve from (along with me donating my fat to the starving kids in Africa) Sigh.

On a random note– I totally want to buy this shirt!


Now onto protein I’ve noticed ever since giving up a majority of meats I have been light headed and had zero energy. I was looking at my food diary from the past wks and I can see a significant drop in my protein intake. Before Ash Wednesday, it ranged from 85 to 140 grams a day and this past wk most days have been in the 40’s and 50’s range. As much as I don’t want to, I am going to try meat again for a few days and see if I feel back to normal. It is important for me to stick with what I gave up for Lent however it is most important for me to feel healthy and normal

That being said, I made nachos with ground turkey and black beans for dinner.

My snacks this afternoon were a kiwi and a tangelo

Lunch was the same as yesterday–Morningstar veggie sausage link, broccoli with whole wheat thin spaghetti

Breakfast-Oatmeal, flax and frozen berries

Onto the good stuff—-The Bachelor!

That whole thing with Roslyn was ridiculous. I will her that she is a really good actress with all the acting she did last night with the she said vs. she said when it came to her fling with the producer


And then with the low blow she hit Chris Harrison with saying that he was hitting on the producers wife? Wow. I am looking forward to the finale and seeing the girls (love on the commercials they have “Will Jake choose sugar or spice?”) meet his parents. From what they are showing, it looks like his family loves Tenley and not showing so much for love for Vienna. At least the finale is set in Hawaii—so no more turtlenecks for Jakey Pooh.

Riff Raff

22 Feb

I got to try out my new rainboots today! It was raining non stop this morning…..not a good way to kick off a new wk. I went into work early so I could catch up on anything that I may have missed by leaving early on Friday. When I got in, it was nice and quiet except Stinkalicious was giggling and very excited about the thunder today. This person is 50 something and they are making a remark every time we hear thunder. I appreciate the little things in life but cmon! Each time thunder hit, they made a remark about it “Ohhhhh….scary” (in a serious tone not a playful tone), “Haven’t heard that in awhile”…blahblah blah.
I go into work each day trying to be nice but mornings like this make it so hard.

Breakfast was Oikos Greek Yogurt with frozen berries, coconut granola and flax

Did anyone ever watch From G’s to Gents (Season 2)? Such a good show—not. It was on this time last year and when I first saw it, I thought it was a joke. It is probably one of the worst reality shoes ever but I was addicted to it…..until Riff Raff was kicked off.

Don’t know about Riff Raff? Well you’re about to get schooled.

From MTV:
1. Age: 26
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Occupation: Unemployed

– A freestyle rapper under the name “Texas Tornado,” Riff Raff has the MTV logo tattooed on his neck.
– Riff Raff says that he cheated his way through 11th grade and once started a fight in school because he was bored.
– Lives in an apartment decorated like a nightclub, complete with turntables, blacklights and a “Riff Raff” banner.

This cat was crazy yet so loveable.

And I guess he came out with his own cd? I am sad they airbrushed the Bart Simpson tattoo on his chest off……that just spells out gangsta to me.

Oh Riff Raff, you will always hold a special place in my heart.

I didn’t have too much time to work on meals last night so I made spaghetti with steamed broccoli and Morningstar Italian Sausage Link. I mixed with some evoo, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes.

The snacks were an apple, banana, kiwi and honeydew…, I was all about the fruit today.

I came home and indulged in some Baked Ruffles -Sour Cream and Cheddar

 RIP Marshall Fields

I’ve had a horrible headache all day and about to attempt a nap.

Fiesta Fiesta

21 Feb

Per my previous post title, I thought I would keep it in the spirit of R Kelly

I decided to get spicy for dinner.

I picked these up at Trader Joe’s the other day and wanted to see how they were

Not a huge fan of the flour but moderation is key.

In a bowl, I mashed up 1/2 cup of black beans, chopped onion, garlic and chile powder.

I went with quesadillas with a side of Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Tortilla Chips, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes

Habanero Lime flour Tortillas?

FABULOUS! Just enough spice and hint of lime to give it a nice flavor but not overpowering.

And the color is that of sweet potatoes!

Or an Oompa Loompa

Hmmmm. I can honestly say if they had a Oompa Loompa shaped cutter for sweet potatoes, I would buy it. How cool would that be??

I don’t know if I mentioned this or not but I got a call from my apartment complex office yesterday and someone found my work id badge that I lost the other day. I stopped by to pick it up and everything was in there—bus pass, Starbucks card (that I already canceled) and photo id. That just restored my faith in the kindness of strangers

It’s 945P and I am trying to make myself tired. I never sleep well on Sunday nights and have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a long day. However, it is supposed to be rain so that means sporting my new boots–woo hoo!

And who knows, depending on tomorrow my next post may be another R Kelly song!

A treat for the feet

21 Feb

I went out today for the sole purpose (haha pun intended) of pampering myself but it looks like my feet got the hookup today! But first I had to fuel before the shopping!

I had a wrap with Smart Deli Roasted Turkey, tomatoes,mushrooms, onion, lettuce and Ken’s Lite Honey Mustard and a kiwi

I was a bit reluctant to try the faux turkey but was pleasantly surprised. Plus it was only on sale for $2/package so yay for trying new and cheap things 🙂

And the day of me began!

First stop was SteinMart. Which I never really go to but my friend told me they were having a really good sale. I went online to their site first and signed up for their email notifications and got a 20% off coupon-holla!

Why don’t I shop at Steinmart? I don’t know but am going to start!

I almost bought one of these adorable aprons but passed (I especially love the Domestic Dive one)

And ran into these two cute pairs of rainboots. Decisions decisions.

I absolutely loved the ones but thought they would get dirty easily with mud and rain so went with polka dots (HUGE polka dot fan here!) After the 20% coupon these were only $20-score!

I then saw these cute Rampage blue heels…..75% off!!!

For $9.95 how could I not buy them?

All this shoe action made me think of this video:

Since I was on a roll bargain wise, I headed to the clearance rack and found this cute wallet for $8.85

I refueled with an iced coffee from Caribou

Then got a much needed pedicure. I love pedicures for not only how good they make me feel and how cute my piggies look after but also because the place I go to has the best gossip magazines and god knows I am not spending $4 on those!

The final product (sadly, I rarely stray from red)

For anyone who has a foot fetish-you’re welcome

I broke open one of the bags of Ghirardelli chocolates and tried the Caramel flavored

I don’t like Sundays in the first place but absolutely hate Sunday afternoons. All I want to do is take a nap but can’t because then I won’t be able to sleep tonight. It is gorgeous outside but still in pain from Friday’s tattoo removal session so I am trying to hold off on running on working out with kettlebell until tomorrow.

Just call me R Kelly b/c I got the Chocolate Factory

21 Feb

 Damn the Valentine’s Day Clearance Gods! I went to CVS yesterday where it was 75% off of V-Day candy. As a smart consumer, I would be an idiot not to partake and got the goodies below.   All of that for $4.34.Seriously. And the Dove Chocolate bags? $.99! Thankfully with sweets, I have portion control and willpower (just with salty stuff I don’t) so I can keep this in my house without any trouble.

Did I stop there? Oh no. Enter in three bags of Ghirardelli Chocolate Bags for $.84 each.

Thank you Target.

I forgot about this picture that I took on Friday when I was in the waiting room at the Dr.’s office.

When I saw the name of this magazine, I thought it was going to be about something totally different! Hehe

I took a much needed nap yesterday afternoon and woke up to a phone call from my friend Shalon. She was moving yesterday and near her home on the other side of the state. The cops here called her and told her that found her car. Long story short–her car, tv and laptop were stolen two wks ago so the chances of getting the car back were very slim. She turned around in her rental car to come back to the Charlotte area and everything was in tact! I was expecting her to say that it was ruined or completely stripped but they took her cd’s and some other random stuff in the car. She asked me if I could come out and drop the rental car off and crash for the night so of course I was happy to oblige.

We went to Hickory Tavern for dinner, which I don’t know if it was kids eat free night or something but it seemed like there were more kids in the bar area than the restaurant side.

I had a blackened fish sandwich with potato chips

After that, we got the rental car, dropped it off, headed to Target then rolled back to my place.

Shalon’s a cat person and was not used to Lincoln’s lovey side.

Luckily, I am.

We watched Run Fatboy Run

then called it a night. Such a long day and I felt like I had stopped in every part of Charlotte!

Woke up this morning around 830A….which is sleeping in for me and made coffee and oats for myself and guest. She isn’t used to a big breakfast so didn’t have too much of the oats but I scarfed mine down—full of banana, almond butter and chocolate covered almonds

I would love to just stay in my pj’s on the couch and lounge all day but unfortunately, not an option. I have to hit up Steinmart and Macy’s because word on the street is they are both having amazing sales! I am on the hunt for my rainboots and maybe some hats or earrings. Now that I think about it, I have not bought one piece of clothing (besides a t shirt at Salvation Army for $1) this yr. That is really really really good for me since I have a slight shopping problem.

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Walking On Sunshine

20 Feb

20 degrees and snowing last wk……60 degrees this wk? Hello global warming, it’s nice to meet you!

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Charlotte and I have been on the go all day and taking a break for now!

I had to wake up early to take Lincoln to get groomed then I came back made some french toast with baked apples on top and my first cuppa joe.

I thought this would be really good because I had pancakes with baked apples on top from Cracker Barrel but these disappinted me. It was edible and tasted good, just not as good as I thought it would. I nuked the apples for 2 minutes and topped with apple pie spice and splenda. Then poured over the french toast and topped with syrup. I’m sure it was better at Cracker Barrel because of all the sugar and stuff (plus they put whipped cream on their pancakes and you can’t go wrong with that) but it filled me up and prepared me for the busy day I was going to have.

First stop was the post office to ship out some clothes I sold on ebay this past wk. Then I drove a few miles to South Carolina to get gas. It’s about a ten minute drive to the border and gas is about $.20 cheaper to I fill up on the wknd and am good for two or three wks (I really don’t drive too much at all due to the bus and train during the work wk).

Next stop was onto my good deed for the day….Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control

They are no kill and in dire need of food. I saw this on the news the other night about how food donations for animals are at an all time low and knew I needed to help! Enter in the four unopened bags of dog food that I got for free but Lincoln didn’t like. They have been sitting in my kitchen for a good year .

I was so happy to help the poor doggies! Sometimes I think I like dogs more than people—they don’t talk back, aren’t selfish and just want to love. But that’s another rant for another time! Then I made a huge mistake, I asked to see the dogs. They pointed me over to where they keep the dogs up for adoption and I walked in. That’s when my heart sank. Thankfully, there were only 18 dogs but to me, that is 18 too many. They were all so happy to see people!  I kept getting licks from them and it was just so sweet to see all of them so happy. But then I started tearing up because you could tell they were good dogs who don’t have a home and there was nothing I could do ( I warned y’all I like dogs more than people sometimes). I would love to have more dogs (but not to the point I am crazy dog lady) if I had more room but I am in an apartment which is room enough for Lincoln and I. Plus if I brought some doggies home, I think that would break his heart.

Speaking of which-next stop was to pick up Lincoln from his morning of pampering! Now if his momma could only get a day of pampering…..

How adorable are we? hehe

Lunch was sushi from Harris Teeter-Spicy Salmon Roll

And a kiwi (which this package of six at Trader Joe’s was $2.20 but for one at Harris Teeter is $.69 each–dislike!!)

Lincoln hoping to blog

Bad news on the Shamrock Shake hunt—I stopped by two McDonalds’s today and none in the forecast.

I’m not going to completely give up on this though. I am gonna keep searching through McDonalds in the area ….and learn how to say Shamrock Shake en espanol or learn how to dance like a leprechaun so people who don’t understand what it is will know what I am talking about!


She’s just a smart girl with red boots

19 Feb

Lame Friday night here. I just woke up from a nap and still feeling groggy. I haven’t been sleeping well this week and think it finally caught up with me. I got to leave work early though so I could go to  my laser tattoo removal appointment. I got a tattoo when I was 16 years old (which was a huge mistake) and have been in the process of getting it lasered off for the past two years. It was a four-leaf clover and of course, green is the hardest color to get off so this is the eighth time I have gone and it is still not gone completely but it has faded alot.

Here are some comparison pictures

Before (2006ish I think?)

Before my session today:

Eek! So my resizing on my pics totally isn’t working but you get the point. It has faded a lot but a tad green left and it is raised a bit. After I am done with the laser removal process, I will have to get it micro-dermabrasioned down. In other words….why didn’t I listen to my mother?

I woke up at 5A today and started the day with a Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar for some much-needed energy

I took Lincoln out for a long walk, got ready and jetted to work. It was nice to actually drive to work for a change. I’m so accustomed to the bus that driving isn’t second nature to me anymore. It was great being able to jam, sing as loud as I want, cuss at bad drivers (I am not even going to mention the number of times I dropped the F bomb in a 20 minute drive)

I parked about a mile from work and walked over to get some exercise for the day since I knew after the tattoo removal I wouldn’t want to do anything (forward to me sitting on my couch in sweatpants typing this). Something unexpected happened–I got catcalled my construction workers!!

I remember watching movies in the 80’s and they always depict construction workers as catcaller but you really don’t see that anymore? Maybe the Construction Workers Association of America wanted to do away with the bad rapp? All I know is  I never see this happen anymore and it’s been awhile since I have been catcalled by a construction worker so bring it on. Must mean I was looking fiiiiine! I have a bad happen of walking with my iPod and sashaying to the music so maybe that’s what did it? Or they can’t resist me, who knows?? 🙂 

I love these tips for guys who like to catcall and definitely agree with #5

I rolled into work a little before 7A and situated myself with a beautiful bowl of Oikos Greek Yogurt, frozen strawberries, flax and coconut granola

Day from hell at work! Super duper busy but that helps the day go by quickly right?

Leftovers of tofu stir fry for lunch

By the way it tasted, I felt like I overloaded this portion with too much Sriracha. I downed a 32 oz bottle of water four bites into it!


After that, I went to the doctor, got my tattoo lasered, drove home without too bad of traffic and came home. I had these babies waiting in my mailbox

Yay for Barney Butter! I have heard great things about this product and got my free sample and can’t wait to try it!

The plan for dinner was black bean quesadillas but my can opener is caput and I didn’t feel like cooking so nachos it was!

Or chips and melted cheese with a few jalapeno sporadically placed on it…..not sure what the exact definition of nachos is but these are ghetto nachos in my opinion. Luckily, I am a ghetto-friendly girl so I enjoyed them.

Now I am watching All About Steve with Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock

Ummm, this is painfully bad. If I weren’t so lazy and in pain right now, I would turn it off but I am a bum. Seeing this though reminds me that I need a cute pair of rain boots. And if they turn out to be red (or black with cherries!!!) that would rock. I haven’t had rainboots since I was a little kid so maybe this will be a treat for myself this wknd.

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That’s it for now…..I feel like I am going to either pass out or be wired for the rest of the night. Lincoln is getting pretty tomorrow since his grandma will be in town next wknd! Happy wknd everyone 🙂