Currently: September

Another month has flown by and it’s time for one of my favorite posts of the month… let’s catch up on what’s happening “currently!”

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Current Music (on Repeat):

I’ve officially decided that my 11 year old niece and I have the same taste in music… and I’ve also decided we have the best taste ever.  I say this as I listen to these ditties on repeat…

There’s Taylor…

And this fun girl trio…

There’s more, of course… but you get the gist…

Current Pinterest Inspiration:

I’ve also had some fun recreating Pinterest looks this month…  Not bad, huh?

Pinterest | No Thanks to Cake

 Don’t mind my earrings, I tried it on at the end of a work day…

Current Craft:

I finally finished my latest baby knit (Check out the pattern here!).  While the gorgeous baby Reece was born in August, I just finished a little blanket to keep her warm LAST WEEKEND!  So glad that the blankie is out with Natalie and Reece now to keep her warm.

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Current Read:

How’s this for lame/real:  One late Saturday night when I was finishing up Baby Reece’s blanket, and I ended up having NOTHING on TV to watch… so I looked through my cable guide and found Oprah’s Life Class, and it was a show about dating.  Yep, I was home on Saturday night, watching an Oprah show about dating while knitting.  (It’s weird I’m single, right?)

It's Just a F***ing Date | No Thanks To Cake

The show had the authors of He’s Just Not That Into You on it… featuring their new book It’s Just an F***ing Date.  Yep, that’s what I’m reading.  So far, it’s a great read!

Current Beauty “Find”:

It’s not much of a beauty find, but I did something different with my hair this month…. I pretty much go with the same cut/color every time.  So, going with a bayalage color was kind of a big deal.

New Hair

Now, I think I need some new eye colors to wear… Something a little darker.  More fall-ish.  I’ll keep you posted…

Current Nail Color:

With Fall just around the corner, my polish has switched to a more “fall” color… and I’m back to Essie’s Power Clutch, a brownish-greenish-grey.  Love this!


Essie Power Clutch | No Thanks to Cake

Current Outfit(s):

I love this dress.  Found it on Jane.com (which I’ll talk about more)… only $22.99 and so stinkin cute.  When I ordered it, they didn’t have the black left, so I got the red bottomed one.  Super cute!  Debuted it this month!

Dress | Jane | No Thanks to Cake

Current Wireless Device:

I’ve traded in my iPhone and I’ve moved into the HTC One M8 for Windows… to say that I’m in love with it is an understatement.

HTC One M8 Windows | No Thanks to Cake

And, Cortana is JUST as fabulous as those clever commercials say she is… :)

Current Online Site:

I innocently found a new shopping site on Instagram.  My fellow BicChick, the fabulously stylish TheHayley (follow her, y’all) has mentioned a few times that she shops at a site called jane.com.

Jane | No Thanks to Cake

While they thankfully don’t have something I want every single day, I have had some fun shopping at their site and via their app.

Great prices and great items… check them out!

Current As-Seen-On-TV Purchase:

I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I love watching The Kitchen on Food Network on Sundays… somehow it’s always on when I’m folding laundry, uploading food pics, and doing those Sunday things that I love.

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Well, when I was watching a few weeks back, there was a commercial for the Spicy Shelf.  I had a spice cabinet overflow issue, so this shelf was the PERFECT solution!!!

Spicy Shelf | No Thanks to Cake

Current Words of Wisdom:

Stay True to Who You Are | No Thanks to Cake

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Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad

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I’ve fallen in love with a new kitchen utensil.  I recognize I’m a little late to the game… but completely enamored with this spiralizer.

Paderno Spiralizer | No Thanks to Cake

While I don’t enjoy zucchini or any of the super-trendy zoodle dishes that are out there, I still have found plenty of dishes to enjoy with this fun tool.

I’ve spiralized beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and mostly cucumbers.  I’ve made sweet potato fries, roasted beets, and this delicious Asian cucumber salad…

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad | No Thanks to Cake

 

There is something AWESOME about cucumbers… especially when they are in the form of noodles.  You can enjoy them as you would pasta… but with none of the guilt!  I definitely see more (and more!) cucumber salads like this in my future and here on NTTC.  Enjoy the first!

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad

Adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

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2 small scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 tsp. garlic, minced

1 tsp. fresh grated ginger

1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1/2 tsp. olive oil

3/4 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

a dash of crushed red pepper flakes

a pinch of sea salt

1 cucumber, spiralized

1 cup steamed broccoli

sesame seeds, as garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a small bowl whisk together the scallions, ginger, garlic, toasted sesame oil , olive oil, soy sauce, red pepper flakes.

2.  Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

3.  Steam broccoli in the microwave, and rinse with cold water to cool.

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4.  Toss the cucumber noodles with the ginger scallion sauce,  and toss gently again to combine.

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad | No Thanks to Cake

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Add steamed broccoli.  Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad | No Thanks to Cake

Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/2 recipe serving:

CAL 68; CARB 10g; FAT 3g; PROT 3g; FIB 2g; WW Points Plus: 2

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Super Simple Marinara Sauce

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On Saturday night, I couldn’t decide what I wanted for dinner.  What I knew is that I wanted comfort food.  Last Thursday, I got rear-ended on the way to work, and to be honest, I just haven’t felt the same since it happened.

My back is sore, my spirit is worn down, and I’m craving comfort food pretty consistently since the incident.  I’ve stayed within my calorie allotment for the most part, and have been tracking everything I’ve been eating… but it’s been more warm and carby than usual… which is I guess what happens when you get jolted unexpectedly.  Good news is my car only has slight damage and my back will heal….

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

My sister-in-law Beth tried this recipe a few weeks back and has been raving about it.  We both love a super simple sauce… and this one is perfect for pastas and to serve as a crockpot recipe base.  I was able to freeze 3 cups of the sauce for future use, and 2 cups are in my fridge for use this week.  So excited!

Super Simple Marinara Sauce

Adapted from Food.com

Makes 5 1/2 cups

INGREDIENTS

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56 oz. tomatoes with basil, whole and canned
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup onions, minced
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper, freshly ground
fresh basil leaves, sliced chiffonade-style
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Remove tomatoes from can and place in a large bowl, reserving juices. Crush tomatoes using your hands; remove and discard the hard core from stem end, and any skin and tough membrance, set aside.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Place oil in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, salt, and pepper and cook until soft and just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

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3.  Stir in garlic, and cook until softened, about 30 seconds.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Stir in tomatoes and reserved juices, increase heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 hour.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Stir in basil and oregano.  Continue cooking 1 minute more. Remove from heat and serve.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Serve over pasta, zoodles, and in place of your favorite pasta sauce.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Save the leftover sauce for later use.  Note:  I put 3 cups in the freezer for later use.

Super Simple Marinara Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/2 cup sauce:

CAL 41; CARB 7g; FAT 1g; PROT 1g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 1

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How to Be a Good Friend to Your Friend on a Diet

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I’ve been “on a diet” most of my adult life.  Heck, I remember when my mom put me on what I remember to be my first diet when I was maybe 8 years old, suggesting that “we” were on a diet… and “we” weren’t going to be eating the frozen brownie ice cream treats in the freezer.

As a result of being on so many programs for 30+ years, I’ve had a lot of folks try to give me outside advice on how I could be doing what I’m doing better/smarter/faster/with different ingredients/etc.  I’ve had great suggestions, great support, and well… I’ve had the other as well.

Inspired by this little life of mine and my lovely friends who supported me so well along the way, I’m going to share a few suggestions on how to offer great support to a friend/family member/co-worker who is watching their food intake.

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Understand that this is a BIG Lifestyle Shift

Your friend/sister/brother/wife is embarking upon one of the most difficult feats!  Consider this:  If weight loss were easy, obesity wouldn’t be the epidemic that it is in America!  Your loved one is in the process of trying to navigate this brand-new lifestyle that they have committed to and they likely have a range of emotions brewing about it.  They may be nervous, afraid, eager, and impatient.

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Change is not always as simple as flipping a switch.  Be patient and compassionate.  Know that they may implement trial-and-error along the way to create the best possible program for themselves, and that they may stumble 150 times along the way.  Be supportive of the change… and mostly of your loved one.  They’ll need it!

Do Not Play Diet Patrol

“Is that on your program?”

“Um… I thought you were eating healthy now?”

Danny Devito Friends | No Thanks to Cake

As someone on a journey to getting healthy, I’ll tell you right now… I don’t always do it right.  There are times that I want to eat everything in sight.  There are times when I just can’t resist driving through Chick-Fil-A (and getting the real-deal fried chicken sandwich.)  I don’t perfectly all the time… and, I even have the nerve to call myself a “healthy living / weight loss blogger.” :)

But… those decisions are mine.  I have to face My Fitness Pal at the end of the day to track my eats.  I have to look in the mirror and face the music… I’ll deal with me.  You deal with you.  Sound good?

Avoid the Urge to Fix Things

How many times in my life have I said this: I don’t want to get off the couch and go to the gym.  Um, many many times… my friends can attest to this.  Often times, I just don’t want to go and sometimes, I need to share that.  I don’t always need a rah-rah-ree, kick ‘em in the knee kind of response… sometimes, I just want a friend to listen.

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My friend Natalie is one of the best when it comes to offering support… I really don’t know how she does it, but she always says just the right thing.  Lots of “Get it, girl” text messages… or, “Maybe you need a break.  Go tomorrow!”  Regardless… she walks the line perfectly for me.  She listens to all my shenanigans… and offers support.  This is all I need…a sounding board to my thoughts.  I’m so lucky to have her!  Now, if only she lived closer… 

Consider Hosting Healthy Food Events

Eating out when you’re watching what you are eating can be a HUGE challenges.  Even visiting a friend’s house for dinner can be a challenge!

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My friend Deb does an amazing job at making sure that we’re all going to have a blast when we get together while taking into account everyone’s eating preferences.  For example:  Deb likes to make healthy choices too, so when I was in the beginning of my process.  She sensed my nervousness about gatherings, and always called me separately to assure me that she would have healthy options on hand that she wanted to enjoy too!  I never felt like I was putting everyone else by “needing” healthy options… and I always appreciated (and still do!) her kind approach to making sure I could stay on track.

Join in on the Fun

Early on in the process and when things were getting a little bit tough for me, my sister-in-law Beth jumped on board with Jenny Craig and signed up for the program.  This was amazing support for me.  I finally had someone to talk about the food with, to talk about the process, and someone who was participating with me.

Door Friends | No Thanks to Cake

Beth, while miles and miles away, was on board and also had some success with Jenny.  It made the process that much more fun!

Not Everything Has to Be Food-Related

Before I started on my healthy eating journey almost 4 years ago, everything we ever did was food related.  Wine night, dinners out, game night with snacks… with no regard to the calories we would be eating.

In the beginning, I just stopped joining my friends…. but over time, we’ve found other ways to have fun that include healthy activities!  We go on lots of walks… Denver has SO MANY beautiful spots to walk and hike that this has become a common outing.  My friend Tiffany and I do this quite often…

Friends Phoebe Running | No Thanks to Cake

Instead of meeting for lunch, maybe we meet for coffee instead.  My friend Kristin and I have worked this into our regular “catch-up” routine, and I love it!

Please Talk to Me about Other Topics

Just because I’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean I want to spend all my time talking about the do’s and don’ts of the latest fad diet on the market, what I had for breakfast, or how I’m spending my time at the gym.

Turkey Friends | No Thanks to Cake

I’m still your friend.  That fun-loving, shoe-shopping, wacky story-telling friend.  Let’s talk about all of those things… I love that you take an interest in my weight loss process… but even I need a break from it from time to time, and I get together with you to take that break.

Celebrate Success with Me

When the celebrations come… I’m going to want you to be there with me.

Cheesecake Friends | No Thanks to Cake

It could be to celebrate that I didn’t eat the free pizza at work… or that I hit my 10K steps for the day… or it could be that I reach my weight loss goal.  Let’s celebrate together, ok?  I love to share my life’s high points with you.

Ultimately, I’m going to win no matter what, I’m going to learn, and I’m going to change… but I’d like you there beside me along the way as my friend.  Thanks in advance for all your support, love, and encouragement.  xoxo

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