Hello Summer

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. The weather is supposed to be warm, pools open, and everyone has a bbq party to attend.  But I was looking forward to something more important....the sales.  See, I had not really gone shopping for new clothes in bulk since around November.  I was squeezing into a size 18w.  It fit, but it was not loose at all and I felt like I was barely in them.  So this weekend I decided I would take a bit of money and go shopping for some new clothes.  All of my work pants are way too big in the I can take them on and off without unbuttoning them kind of way and if I don't wear a belt you might see the undies.  Same with one of my 2 pair of jeans that was also an 18w.  I figured this weekend would be a good way to cost effectively shop for essentially most of a new wardrobe.  And it was!  I found some goodies on sale for sure and my most FAVORITE thing is this top!


This top is a size MEDIUM from Express.  I can tell you that me, this girl who has never shopped at Express in her whole life felt like Miss America.  I honestly cannot remember the last time a medium anything fit me...or if it ever did before.  My eyes were opened like my friend Lauren suggested they would be on this trip.  I ended up buying 5 pairs of new work pants to replace my current pants (all size 16 regular, not womens), a few new tops (size L mostly but a few M), a new pair of jeans (size 16), a new belt, 8 new bras (two band sizes smaller than the too big ones I had been wearing), new workout shoes (with all the pounding of insanity, you wear out shoes fast!), and some new shorts (size L - mostly for hot yoga, but I will use them for workouts too).  I was pretty impressed with my haul since I shop at an outlet mall that had huge sales, I didn't spend nearly as much as I thought I would.  If you took the bras out, I didn't spend much at all (you boys are lucky!!!).  As things went into my drawers the too big stuff was taken out and trashed or put in the donation pile because I really was on a mission to replace with things in the right size this trip :)

Since it's the start of the BBQ season, I'll leave you with a few of my BBQ tips for having a healthy meal without any pain.  Let me say - a BBQ is the easiest type of challenge for a healthy eater.  For one - people are usually perfectly fine with you offering to bring a side to share.  And for two - bringing your own thing to throw on the grill is painless for the host, so it's less intrusive than say bringing your own food to a dinner party.


This was most of my prep for today.  I made the following:

  • Veggie Kebabs - so easy and usually appreciated by all attendees, even the meat lovers.  Chop up your favorite produce (I did mushrooms, peppers, onions together and pineapple and tomato together) and marinate.  Marinate in your oil of choice and your favorite seasonings or in your favorite salad dressing and throw on the grill
  • Corn - another easy one.  Place the corn on a piece of foil shucked and cleaned.  Brush with EVOO and sprinkle on salt and spike seasoning.  Wrap up foil and throw on the grill.
  • Raw Zucchini Salad - today I made a real simple recipe.  I'm not sharing because it needs work, LOL.  It was a great base but I want to play with it a little more to get it right.  Today's was okay and since there was so much flavor in the other food it worked out.

These are just a few ideas and they can be modified for your diet.  Want meat that's clean?  Just add chicken breasts to your kebabs.  Kebabs are a great share and eat type of food that everyone pretty much loves.

Okay that's enough from me tonight.  I'm going to get to bed - week 2 of insanity starts BRIGHT and early tomorrow.  Well it's a holiday - so not too early...but early enough since we have a brunch to attend!