Currently: October

It’s that time of the month already!  Time for my monthly wrap up… I changed it up a little this month, sharing some new things I’ve never talked about in “currently.”  Enjoy!

Currently October | No Thanks to Cake
Current Netflix Binge:

I’ve broken down and joined Netflix.  Yes, the girl who barely watches any television has subscribed to Netflix, for one reason, two words:  GILMORE GIRLS.

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I never watched this show when it was on TV.  However, one extra wintry winter a few years back, I watched the entire series.  And, in watching it, I completely fell in love with Rory and Loralei.  My friend Erin said it well… If only we could be as witty as Loralei one day… 

Seriously, if you’ve never watched this series, it’s time… and the entire series is available on Netflix!  Let me know what you think of Stars Hollow, will ya?

Current Confession:

So, I haven’t really talked about it on social media… and I hate to talk about it with my friends because it’s a total downer, but my car accident last month kicked my arse.  I’ve been on the couch for a whole month… watching Gilmore Girls.  Rotating ice packs (aka bags of corn and edamame) with heat compresses… and planning to take over the world when this damn thing heals.

Now, I’m only sharing this with you now because I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER four weeks later!  Finally!!!

yay | No Thanks to CakeI’m not 100% and I’m still afraid to carry much… but gosh, not being miserable when I wake up is heavenly!!!  For all of you who have chronic back pain, I am SO SORRY!  For all of those who have listened to me whine, THANK YOU!!!!  I owe you REAL wine!

Current Craft:

I’ve had my eye on a little capelet from Ravelry forever… And, during my fabulous couchtime and while watching Rory’s first days at Chilton… I made it!  I totally want to make another!  Maybe in a charcoal or mustard color.  What do you think??  I’m in love!

Capelet | No Thanks to Cake

This makes me excited to knit additional wooly fall/winter things!

Current Book:

This month, I’m not pointing out a work of fiction… instead, the most beautiful cookbook I’ve laid eyes on in YEARS!

SkinnyTaste Cookbook | No Thanks to Cake

The Skinnytaste Cookbook was released in late September, and I was BEYOND excited to receive my copies.  Gina‘s cookbook is LOADED with calories that are “light on calories, big on flavor.”  I recently made her Skinny Chicken Parmesan and it was phenomenal…

Chicken Parmesan Skinnytaste | No Thanks to Cake

I am in LOVE with all of Gina’s recipes… both those on her blog and these new creations that are part of her cookbook.  Order yours here… it’s amazing, I promise!

Current Hairstyle:

I’m still pretty obsessed with how easy it is to curl my hair everyday for work… I mentioned it last month, but wow, it’s so easy!

How to Curl Long Hair | No Thanks to Cake

And, I have yet to burn myself… {Knocking on wood.}

Current Memorable Moment:

At the beginning of the month, I got to participate in my very first engagement!  My friends Alex and Tiffany made it official… and Alex wanted to have Tiff’s closest friends involved in the action.  I was honored to be a part of it, and had trouble keeping a dry eye during the actual proposal.

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And, of course, she said YES!!!  Congrats, Alex and Tiffany!

Current Outfit:

It’s not REALLY an outfit, but wow, it’s the cutest coat on the planet from New York and Company.  Half coat, half cape… yep, I BIG-PUFFY-HEART love it!

Cape New York and Company | No Thanks to Cake

Hooray for coupons!! For more detail, click here.

Current Flavor Inspiration:

As part of Tiffany’s engagement extravaganza, we had brunch at a little Denver restaurant called Jimmy’s Urban Bar & Grill.  I’m not huge on brunch,  but considering the special occasion, I decided to try something new that I had never had… and to just jump in.

Chicken and Waffles | No Thanks to Cake

Hello, Chicken and Waffles.  I can’t wait to come up with a healthier version of this.  There has to be one.  I’ll create it, and I’ll share it… I’m still having dreams about this stuff.  It was that good… must recreate.

Current Crazy Thing I’ve Done:

I been Christmas shopping all year long.  When I was in California at the wineries with Crystal, I picked up a few things.  I pre-ordered one of my favorite bloggers’ new books, and I even picked up a few fun things in Savannah during Fitbloggin!  All these items have been hanging out in my guest room, but it was time to get them on the road.

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I’m far from done Christmas shopping… I still need things for my niece and nephew, my brother, and my stepdad, but this first box is progress.  I did feel pretty nuts wrapping packages in October though…

Current Location:

I’m here (in paradise).  And, it’s my sister-in-law Beth’s 40th birthday tomorrow… Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

Montelucia | No Thanks to Cake

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4 Tips for Avoiding Boredom on Your Healthy Eating Plan

If I were a betting lady (which I can be), I’d guess that one of the main reasons that people get off track with their healthy eating plan is that they get bored.

I mean, how many broccoli florets can one girl eat, and for how many days in a row??

Now, I mean no offense to this cute little tree-shaped veggie, but in reality, repetition can get a little boring. I know I’ve experienced it before… and for that reason, I work really hard to make sure that I have variety in my menu.

While I maintain a few staples in my menu, I really try to mix up my weekly meal plans with a variety of foods to keep me both interested and satisfied.

Today, as part of the ProgressOH campaign from Progresso™ Soups, I’m sharing my “Top 4 Tips” to banish boredom while you’re trying to lose weight…

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1. Vary Your Snacks

There are so many fruits and veggies to choose from, that I never have trouble in this area. A great way to mix up your fruit and vegetable choices are to choose based upon seasons!

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For example: Choose cherries in the summer, apples in the fall, and roasted brussels sprouts in the winter. While most fresh produce is available year round, they are extra delicious during their special seasons (and often times, on SALE!)

2. Mix Up Your Main Dishes

I publish two new recipes every single week here on NTTC, and I probably could share even more than that! You see, I try about 2-3 new recipes every week… by design.

It started as a way for me to constantly have great recipe content for you guys here on the blog, but it’s become a creative outlet for this very busy girl and a great way to make sure my menus don’t stall out.

This summer, for example, I was crazy about peppers. Trying all the varieties…..

All the Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Pictured: Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Pan-Seared Shishito Peppers with Yogurt-Sriracha Dipping Sauce, and Lightened Up Jalapeno Poppers

People often ask where I get my ideas. Well, I find tons of new recipes on the internet (Hello, Pinterest), from my favorite bloggers, and from cookbooks like this one from Skinnytaste.

SkinnyTaste Cookbook | No Thanks to Cake

Get creative! Go International! Experiment with lentils! The sky’s the limit!

3. Keep a Variety of Ready-to-Eat Foods on Hand

On an ideal week, I have time to prepare a fresh meal every night, post lovely blog content, fold laundry, and bake healthy cookies… but in reality, that doesn’t happen that often (Especially the cookie part. Who has time to bake during the week??)

To make sure I’m inspired and creative even on nights when I don’t have time to cook, I make sure I have options in the cupboard and the freezer ready to go at a minute’s notice.

And, with that… I have to introduce you to my new favorite soups. Have you tried Progresso™’s Light soups???

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My favorite soup company offers FORTY different flavors of light soups, clocking in at 100 calories or less per serving.  My favorite flavors are the Light Beef Pot Roast, Light Italian Style Meatball, and Light Savory Beef Barley Vegetable – – Yum!!!

When my friends at Progresso™ reached out to share some of their favorite flavors with me, I couldn’t resist jumping in spoon first!

As part of this campaign, I’ve also fallen in love with the Savory Beef Barley Vegetable, and I’m keeping a spare can of this soup at my desk… for when I can’t leave the office, and I need something warm and filling for lunch. So good, and only 80 calories per serving. Yum-O!

4. Make Your Meals a Production

Regardless of what I’m eating, I always try to make sure that my food is plated up in a pretty way.

Plating Dishes Beautifully | No Thanks to Cake

Pictured: Baked Cauliflower Cakes (L) and Grilled Lime Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa (R)

Cooking is truly an art, whether something is coming out of the slow cooker or fresh from the microwave. And… when it’s more appetizing in appearance, I tend to enjoy it more!

Example: When I tried my new Progresso™ soup flavors this week, I made sure that I served them up in style with my pretty Fiestaware dishes. How gorgeous is the yummy Light Chicken Alfredo when it’s dressed up in Fiestaware with a sprinkle of parsley??

Progresso Light Chicken Alfredo Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Speaking of dressing up… My new friends at Progresso™ are hosting a special Progress-Oh! MAKEOVER contest this month! I’ve just finished entering moments ago!

ProgressOH Contest | No Thanks to Cake

Oh yes, you can enter for a chance to win a wardrobe makeover for you and three of your friends, courtesy of Progresso™! Enter the ProgressOh! wardrobe makeover contest at Progresso.com/ProgressOh. Four deserving Progresso fans and three of their friends will each win a $1,000 cash card and a year-long subscription to the POPSUGAR “Must Have Box”

I hope these tips can help you battle boredom every step of the way in your weight loss journey. Adopting them helped me, and can help you too!

What are your tips for avoiding boredom on your healthy eating plan? Share them below in the comments.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Progresso™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Progresso™, all opinions are my own.

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My Favorite Headbands + {GIVEAWAY}

It’s not often that I make the decision to affiliate with a brand… for an entire year.  When Bic Bands reached out earlier in the year, I knew they were a brand I wanted to work with.  And, it’s been such a year of stylish fun!!

Bic Bands Logo

To start with, I love what Bic Bands stand for.  They are the Because I Can Bands – – Get it?? BIC Bands?  Not only do they empower women with the most amazing flyaway control for any physical activity you can imagine, but they also DO NOT MOVE while you do! And, the company’s founder Sandy also gives back to charity every month via their BIC Giving program.  It’s nice to know that important causes are benefiting from my purchases!

Bic GIving

Here’s some of the great causes that have benefited from Bic Band purchases year-to-date:

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As though all of that greatness weren’t enough… I also have to mention, they’re ADORABLE!  I consider myself to be a bit of an accessory junkie.. and I love these so much!

They come in just about every color and pattern you can imagine…

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They can be sparkly…

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So many designs to choose from… and I always find myself BIC’ed out!

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Now it’s your turn!!

And… I have TWO special offers for you to enjoy as you try BIC BANDS for yourself.

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and… I’m hosting my first BIC BANDS giveaway!!!

NTTC Bic Band Giveaway

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I’ll announce a winner via the NTTC Facebook Page and Twitter on Friday, October 10th!  Good Luck, Folks!

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Meal Planning and Jenny News

Looking back at the past two weeks, I’m pretty proud for how I’ve been eating.  The planning has been HUGE for me… and while I made an awesome list of foods that I would be eating, I got a little distracted…. by pizza.

First this one…

Jenny Craig Pepperoni Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

And then this one…

Jenny Craig Margherita Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

While I had a perfectly detailed plan set forth, I got distracted by the tasty, cheesy goodness that was this pizza.

Here’s the part that just might blow your mind.  Both of those pizzas above… they’re Jenny Craig pizzas!  Cooked in the microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds, and topped with my new favorite pizza seasoning from William Sonoma.

Jenny Craig launched several new foods this month, and everything I’ve tasted has been incredible… like SERIOUSLY incredible.  While I know that these foods easily fit into my meal plan, the cheesy goodness of pizzas like this make me question myself and even take a second look at the box.

Pepperoni Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Truth be told, I ate these pizzas (the Pepperoni and the Margherita) for lunch and dinner for two days in a row…. until they were gone.  This weekend, I went back to Jenny to get more of these treats and to see what other choices had shown up!

Baja Style Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

The quesadilla… it’s REALLY good too.  The updated Jenny menu is rounded out with a new Breakfast Burrito, a Cherry Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Bar, and all the recurring Pumpkin treats that make their way back each fall:  Pumpkin Cakes and Pumpkin Cranberry Mini-Loaf.  My freezer is bursting with all the new products, and an overload of pizzas!!

New Jenny Craig Foods | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve written before MANY times about my experience on Jenny Craig:  How I got started, the volumizing recipes that kept me going, and why I still lean on the program heavily today.  In light of the new foods and how GOOD they are, I feel like it’s time again to write a little bit about this fantastic program that helped me to shed 60+ lbs over the past four years.

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I know that there are many of you out there who are THINKING ABOUT what your next step is going to be, many of you that are LOOKING to find a program that will help you finally lose the weight.  For me, Jenny was that program.

Before-After | No Thanks to Cake

I’d attempted to lose weight many, many times… and found myself falling back to my old habit.  Cheating on Weight Watchers, sneaking carbs while on the low carb diet, and ultimately… punishing myself for not getting with the program.

In an effort to end the madness, I decided to try something completely different… something that few of my friends had tried… something that would have me looking at my meal plan in a completely different way. So in November 2010, I began my Jenny journey.

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I leaned on my consultants for support, eliminated all the trigger foods from my kitchen, and started to re-introduce physical activity into my life.   It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened… and during the time when I lost the most, I was traveling 3 weeks a month, living out of hotels.  And, I still made it work.

And, if you’ve read my blog for any period of time…. you should know by now that I LOVE GOOD FOOD and have a very picky palate.  Again, I’ve totally made it work.

Before-After Rockstar | No Thanks to Cake

Every day, I’m thankful I made the choice to call Jenny.  Every day, I’m grateful for how far I’ve come.  It is for that reason, I’m sharing my story with you today.

Jenny Craig is actually running a “Pay It Forward” referral promotion right now through 12/31/14.  If you happened to get inspired by this post and by my journey and head to Jenny, tell them Kelly Guy sent you!  Getting referred to the program allows you to get $25 in free food, and telling them I sent you gets me $25 in food too!   We both win! :)

Jenny Craig Pay It Forward | No Thanks to Cake

Knowing how much my life has changed since joining, how much I love where I’m at today, I couldn’t resist once again sharing my story… and talking about how I got here.  With the introduction of the new foods I mention above, the program has gotten EVEN BETTER.  If you haven’t tried Jenny, I encourage you to give it a try…. she’ll take good care of you.

Progress Pictures | No Thanks to Cake

Note:  Jenny Craig did not compensate me in any way for this post.  Instead, I am wildly inspired by their tasty new menu items and wanted to share the news.  

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