Sunday is a day meant for relaxation. It’s a day meant for family dinners, quality nap time and. . . toolin’ around at the lake?!?!? Yep!! That’s exactly how we spent our day!

I woke up bright and early with one thing on my mind. Getting out on the lake!! We had made semi-formal plans with my family to get out on the boat on Sunday. When Sunday came, my parents couldn’t make it but we did meet my sister, brother-in-law and nephew at the first lake. My dad had suggested it but it was WAY to small for the boat so we hit up another lake nearby. It just so happens that the second lake is right by very good friends of ours so we called them up. He came out with their three kids but she was working.

We all had a really good time!! The weather was perfect as far as beach weather goes. I like it best when it’s SUNNY and HOT!! Not so hot you can’t breath but hot enough where you are forced into the water every so often. And I don’t like a breeze. When there’s a breeze and you’re wet, it tends to get a little chilly. Goosebumps and all are not what I want at the beach!

We spent most of the day swimming and playing around in the water. The kids kept yelling to the guys to “throw me!!!” which meant they wanted to be picked up and thrown as far as they could be into the air so they could splash into the water! Very funny!! There was tubing and deep water diving off the boat too. Chelsea taught the other kids how to wear a life jacket like a diaper which they thought was hilarious and the best thing ever.

When we left the lake we headed down to the bar and grill to visit our friend, the wife and mother of our beach buddies, where she works and to have dinner. I had pretty much the best Italian Panini I’ve had ever before in my life! It was delicious! My husband had a sandwich, I think it was called the Louisiana, that was FANTASTIC. Who knew a bar and grill in this little town would have such good food?!?! We also shared a plate of Potato Skins covered in cheese and bacon with the table.

I know, I know. You may be saying, “Italian Panini, cheese and bacon, umm. . .how is THAT healthy living OR making the right choice?” And that’s before I even tell you about the most amazing frozen, yet super soft, chocolate chunk cookies she gave us!!!

Here’s how. I cut the sandwich in half because it was huge. Then I cut it in half again to make it easier to pick up and less messy. By the time I got done eating 1/4 of the sandwich I knew I would not be eating the whole thing. I did eat half. I ate probably 3/4 of my fries. I ate two potato skins. And I ate my cookie. Now, I’m not going to pretend like that’s not a lot of food. It was. But here’s what: I didn’t eat it all. And sometimes that’s the best choice a gal can make.

Well, that is a close second to the choice to eat that cookie!!

Thanks to my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and friends for making it a GREAT Sunday!!

AND I will be sweatin’ out those potato skins today over lunch followed shortly by eating the other half of that sandwich, with a side of fruit and sans cookie this time!!

Question: What’s your favorite way to spend Sundays? I’m pretty sure this one takes the cake. The only thing I might have changed was to try to get a nap in. I LOVE naps!! No nap meant a great night of sleeping though so it worked out well!


Throw Them Bows

Last night’s Zumba whooped my butt!! I burned more calories in last night’s short class than I have burned in ANY of the full length classes since starting! 508 calories when normally I come in around 400-450!!

The gym was extra hot. The songs were extra fast. AND I made one key change about 2 songs in.

I PUSHED it!! When we were doing our single, single doubles, I was punching my arms. When we were doing our cumbia, there was an extra kick in my step. When we were doing our salsa, I was pumping my arms. And when we did “Lean Like a Cholo”, one of my personal favorites, my abs were tight and I was THROWIN’ my elbows!!

Getting to class was good but pushing it was even better!!

This or That Thursday

Sometimes I plan on going to a fast food joint specifically to get a fatty thing knowing full well that it’s not the best choice and that’s fine. . .  sometimes. But more often than not, if I end up getting fast food it is not something I sought out to do. It was because it was fast. Or because we’ve been out running errands all day. Or because the people I’m with want it. Or it’s the only place available. Or, or, or. . .

So, in October 2009 (shortly after I re-joined Spark People) I put together a fast food cheat sheet. The basic idea was that if I ended up at any of these places, I could look to my cheat sheet for two things. 

1) To figure out what I SHOULD NOT have. On the cheat sheet I included what I normally would get from each place and how many calories were in it. This was just a simple reminder. I could not ignore the fact that a Whopper Jr. with fries was going to be 850 calories (or worse, that an Original Chicken sandwich with fries is 1,100 calories) if it was looking me right in the face.

2) To help me remember what I SHOULD have. For all of the places I included, I came up with a better option. More times that I can remember I’ve gone places and thought I was ordering a healthy grilled chicken sandwich only to find out that it was worse than just getting a cheeseburger!! With the cheat sheet, I had a fall back in case I didn’t know what to get.

Now, if it is one of those times I have something in mind and it was planned out, I don’t consult the cheat sheet. And sometimes when it wasn’t planned I don’t either. . . these are the times when palm hits forehead. The other times though, the cheat sheet comes out and ta-da!! I’ve got a less damaging meal in front of me!!

The original cheat sheet itself, I made in Excel and formatted it to tri-fold so it would fit in the side pocket of my wallet. I included restaurants that are around me that I would typically end up at. Also, I only included calories because that was what I was counting on Spark. More recently I’ve started to pay attention to sodium. And my husband is a type 1 diabetic so carbs are on his radar.

You may be asking yourself, “So what exactly is This or That Thursday???”

While I was up the other night when one of our dog had an. . . accident. I couldn’t fall back asleep because I had an idea for This or That Thursday!! Bring the cheat sheet to life!! Now once a week on Thursdays, I will try to post a blog with something you can add to your own cheat sheet should you be so inclined!!! Let me know if you hate this and I will stop doing it. Until then. . . here it is!!!

We are a Domino’s family. Is there anything better than a Deep Dish Pepperoni pizza?? Not in my book! All that melty cheese that slides around when the delivery guy has driven too fast. That doughy delicious crust and crunchy sides of the yummy pepperoni!! Just thinking about it I can smell the butter and garlic!!

But THAT is not the best choice all that time. There are times when I do choose THAT, but usually it’s a big EN.OH.

Instead I usually end up with THIS: a slightly better for me version on thin crust!! I LOVE thin flaky crust! I may have even begun to prefer it if you can believe that!! (I’ll always have love for the deep dish though. . .) The crust is still garlicky. The cheese is still melting all over. The pepperoni still has those crunchy edges!! And more times than not, the thin crust kicks that pizza craving to the curb.

 Here’s the stats* for 1/8th of a medium pie directly from 





Total Calories:  




Total Fat (g):  




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Protein (g):  




If you’re anything like me, you aren’t stopping at 1/8th of a pie. You’re eating 2 or 3. . . or 4 times that much!! THIS means you’re saving anywhere between 190 and 380 calories at this meal!! THIS means that even if you eat HALF a pizza you’re only eating 660 calories. I know that’s still a LOT of calories but really. You’re eating delivery pizza. What do you expect?!?!?

Also, just so you know, and as a reminder to myself, if you’re thinking of order one of those Bread Bowl Pastas, think twice!! Chicken Alfredo Bread Bowl pasta comes in at a whopping 1,400 calories for the whole thing!!!

 *I think these are pretty typical stats people look at when trying to lose weight. If you’re interested in this and would like to see other stats, let me know and I’ll look into adding them.