“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

Life has been kinda crazy lately and I’m sorry I haven’t really been posting as often as I have in the past.

I have several excuses (good ones!). I took a short trip to Dallas to visit my sister this past weekend and to watch baby Ethan. I brought along the BFF and we had a great trip. We ate some delicious food, drank some of my favorite matcha tea from White Rock Coffee, and just had a really great time.

Immediately when I got back to Tulsa, things began to fall apart. First, I got in a wreck on my way home from picking up my dog at my dads, then the nice police man (sarcasm!) gave me a ticket for inattentive driving, then I called to see how much the ticket would be and I was told it was mandatory court for that type of ticket.

It’s going to cost me $250 to fix my car (thank God for great insurance and a SMALL deductible). I’m not sure how much the ticket will be but I’m budgeting $250 for it just in case. Who knows, it could be more! And now I’m also sitting here worried about having to go to court, something I’ve never done before, and I’m just stressed.

Ah, stressed, the key word there. I have been stressed a lot recently because of my job. Some extremely unfair things have been going on, causing my paychecks to be affected and it just seems completely unnecessary that it’s even happening. Nevertheless, it’s been the root of a lot of my stress. Add in all the other car stuff, and you end up eating chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy on your day off and completely forgetting about doing anything healthy, all because of stress.

Don’t fear though because today things are MUCH better! Yeah, I still have all that other stuff to deal with, but I’m feeling positive and I’m out of that small rut I got into. I hate to use the phrase “fell off the wagon” but I did indeed “fall off the wagon” for a few short days (5 to be exact.)

Today though, is a new day. I may have gained 4 pounds back, but I’m still extremely focused on losing weight and I have even set a new goal for myself. I’d love to see myself under 250 pounds, so I need to lose almost 50 pounds to reach my new goal.

Even though this past weekend was full of unhealthy delicious food, I’m still going to tell you about it. Trust me, it’s worthy of sharing!

On Saturday night, my sister paid for dinner for Megan and I since I was watching Ethan over night for her. She didn’t have to do that, I would have done it for free, but it was so nice of her to do that for us. Since we’d be in Plano, my sister suggested a few places and Meg and I decided on a place called Zanata.






We both had a glass of red wine to start. Then, we shared the brussels sprouts hot appetizer which also had cauliflower, sweet potato, and bacon in it.


It came with a delicious sauce we both loved and couldn’t figure out what it was. We asked and the waitress told us it was caesar dressing. Sounds weird but it was great on the brussels sprouts!

I ordered the Happy Hour pizza for my entree which had tequila pineapple, spec ham, bourbon onion, mozzarella, arugula, and crushed black pepper.


I ate most of it (we shared) and this was all that remained.


Sad little pizza slice sitting all by himself. 😦

Megan ordered one of their specials. It was a beef tri-tip with some fancy named noodles and a spinach pesto with some kind of cream sauce. It was also very delicious.


Since we were treating ourselves, we also shared a dessert. We ordered the lemon basil cheesecake. It was sooooooo creamy and VERY yummy!


Look at that creamy filling! It was the PERFECT balance of lemon, herb, and sweet.

If you’re ever in downtown Plano, TX, I suggest you try this place out!

The next day was filled with even more great food. We decided to start the day off right with our iced matcha green teas from White Rock Coffee and then head to Klyde Warren Park for some lunch from the food trucks.

We shared the banh mi tacos (my absolute favorite!) and 3 of the sliders from The Butchers Son food truck.


We got the Mac-N Beefy, the Southern Hospitality, and the Dead Elvis sliders.


These were really great! My favorite was the Dead Elvis with bacon, melted peanut butter, and melted Nutella. Mmmmm!

After the park, we went to Sprinkles to get a cupcake and we went to Dude, Sweet to get some chocolate. I heart this chocolate place so much. This time, I got a sampler box.



Some of the chocolates tasted just like they said they would, and others fell kinda flat. Either way, it was fun trying all the cool flavors!

On our way out of town, we hit up The Container Store and drooled over all the different containers. It’s like they have containers for your containers! I could be so organized if I could afford to buy some of everything in that store. 🙂

Our last stop before leaving town was In-N-Out Burger.


I’d never been before because we don’t have those in Tulsa so I thought I’d like to try it before we leave. I haven’t eaten red meat or burgers very often since I started losing weight. So I’m not sure if the burger was extremely delicious or if I just loved it because I hadn’t had a burger in so long! Haha, either way, it was tasty and I ate the whole thing.

Sadly, Megan and I had to come back home to Tulsa and back to reality. We really did have a great trip though and we found out that we vacation well together so we plan on vacationing together again for sure.

We’re both so addicted to matcha tea that who knows, maybe we’ll drive back down to Dallas soon for more!


Lindsay’s Favorite Things

I kinda feel like Oprah when I say Lindsay’s Favorite Things, but without the giving away free stuff part. 🙂


I feel like its been a while since I’ve posted about some of my favorite products, so I thought I’d do just that. Most of these products I’m going to mention are staples in my everyday eating.

Ok, here are my top 6 favorite food products right now!

1. Sprouted Grain Tortillas


I use these for multiple things. I have gone back to eating wraps again for lunch, so I eat one everyday. I also use these tortillas to make my own tortilla chips. I just cut them into about 8 slices and bake them at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until crispy. They go great with salsa or guacamole. These tortillas are also great as pizza crusts because they get nice and crispy.

2. Trader Joes Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Soup


I actually just tried this for the first time today and I loved it. I had a cup for snack along with my zucchini pizza bites and it was the perfect snack because it was warm and filled my belly up. At 100 calories per cup, it’s a great snack and a good way to get in some extra veggies!

3. Wholly Guacamole


I’ve eaten this stuff pretty regularly since I started my weight loss journey. I love that it’s portioned out so I know I’m getting exactly 100 calories in each pouch. I use this guacamole on my sandwich wraps, or I eat it with my homemade chips, or I even have it for dinner when I make something Mexican. Since guacamole is a little high in fat, I never have more than one pouch a day, even if it is a good fat.

4. Chicken Sausages From Sprouts



I have always loved chicken sausages, but the ones from Sprouts’ meat counter are my absolute favorite. They have many different flavors such as spicy Parmesan chicken sausage, or green chile chicken sausage, or feta and spinach chicken sausage, or apple chicken sausage, just to name a few. Every one that I’ve tried is delicious, but so far the spicy Parmesan is my favorite. I like getting a few different flavors and cooking one up each night for dinner.

5. Cucina Antica Marinara Sauce


Ok, so I decided to buy some pre made marinara because I was seriously just not in the mood to simmer my own. This one looked promising so I picked it up at Sprouts and tried it for dinner tonight. It is THE best jarred pasta sauce I’ve ever had. It says homemade flavor on the label and it delivered! Two great things about this sauce is that it has spinach in it (always trying to get in more veggies!) and it has no added sugar. Here’s the nutritional info.


At just 35 calories for 1/2 cup, it’s the lowest calorie marinara sauce I’ve come across. I eat marinara sauce almost every week. It’s low in calories and full of vegetable. This brand has other flavors of pasta sauce, such as tuscany pumpkin, that I can’t wait to try next! Not all are low in calories, but I’m sure they’ll taste as great as this spinach marinara sauce.

6. Jessica Chocolate Bar From Dude, Sweet


Ok, so this one isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s extremely yummy! If you haven’t heard of Dude, Sweet, it’s a local Dallas chocolate shop. They’ve got some fantastic sounding chocolates such as a Szechuan and lime chocolate bar, or dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt fudge, or even olive oil infused with hickory smoked cocoa nibs. I went over the weekend and ended up getting the Jessica Bar for myself. It’s got caramelized rice, carrot, sea salt, and ancho chili in it. It’s spicy and oh so good! I had half of the chocolate bar for my after dinner snack tonight. Seriously, yum! I got the Crack In A Box for my BFF, Megan. They said it was by far their best seller and I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a name like that. I’m thinking I need to go back to Dude, Sweet soon! I wanna try more of their deliciousness!

Well, that’s all for this edition of My Favorite Things! Hope you’ll try one or some of these things for yourself!

Jazzercise + What I’ve Been Eating This Week

The first time I went to a jazzercise class, I was probably around age 13 or 14. I can’t really remember exactly how old I was. But I DO remember that I really enjoyed going. My mom used to take me with her and we’d go a few times a week (maybe?) after school for me and after work for her.

Jazzercise was a lot of fun because although it definitely was exercise, it didn’t feel like it. They played current and good music that we’d jazzercise to and the hour long class would fly by.

I recently decided to try out a jazzercise class again. You see, my schedule during the week makes it hard to get to ANY exercise classes because my work days are so long and so late. So when I got off early one weekday, I hopped on the opportunity to go try out a jazzercise class again for the first time in a looonnggg time.

I asked the BFF, Megan, if she wanted to go (because we both share a love for jazzercise) and she said yes, so we went!

The class was a lot of fun and definitely a good workout. It’s an hour long class with about 10 minutes of warm up, about 30 minutes of cardio, and about 20 minutes of toning and cool down. They played good music such as Rihanna, Michael Bublé, One Direction, Lady Gaga, etc.

By the end of the hour, I was exhausted and very sweaty, so I know I burned a lot of calories.

This past Monday I was off work, so I again jumped on the opportunity to go to another class. The second class was similar to the first, but the instructor was different and we did a lot of different moves, so it was great to see the variety.

After class, I told the ladies at the check-in desk that I’d probably only be able to come once a week. They let the owner know and she emailed me with a special rate that I could have since I wouldn’t be coming often.

With that said, I’ve decided to join jazzercise! I’ll be going every Saturday morning at 9:20. I’ll also get to go on holidays that I’m off work, so if they’re open on Memorial day Monday, I’ll be there!

I’m really excited to have found an exercise that I love and can do somewhat regularly. By having a set time I exercise every week, I think I’ll be more apt to actually exercise and the class will also hold me accountable. 🙂

Along with my exercising, I’ve been eating really great this week! Here’s what I’ve been eating.

For breakfast, I’m still having a bowl of Cheerios with skim milk every morning. I cut out the berries in my cereal because I just prefer it without.

Lunch this week is an avocado chicken salad sandwich on paleo bread. I got the bread from my sister this past weekend. She got it from a bakery in Dallas called Unrefined. The bread is great, tastes great, and only has 2 grams of carbs per slice!

I got the chicken avocado salad recipe here.

Basically, I cut about 3 ounces of rotisserie chicken into small cubes. I added 1 stalk of sliced green onion, 2 tablespoons of minced yellow onion, 1/2 of an avocado (mashed), the juice of half a lime, maybe a tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and a nice pinch of sea salt. I mixed everything together in a bowl while mashing the avocado into chicken. It turned out great! Tastes like guacamole with chicken in it. Yum!

With my sandwich, I had a pre-made Caesar side salad. It’s a great lunch combo and keeps me full until snack time.

Snack is a Siggi’s non-fat yogurt (I like the orange ginger flavor) and a package of pre-sliced apples. Depending on how the day is going, I might also have some almonds or green beans with my snack.

Dinner this week has been super delicious. I made individual turkey meat-loafs and served them with cauliflower purée, roasted acorn squash, and steamed snow peas.





Putting this dinner together was incredibly simple. I like cooking everything ahead of time and then reheating it throughout the week for dinner.

This dinner comes in at about 420 calories total for one individual turkey loaf topped with reduced sugar ketchup, one cup steamed snow peas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/4 of an acorn squash, and 2 cups of frozen cauliflower that’s been roasted and puréed with skim milk. That’s a lot of filling food!

I’m still trying my best to cut out my evening snack choice of a bowl of Cheerios. Instead, last night, I had a couple tablespoons of some homemade chocolate chip cookie dough nut butter. Doesn’t that sound freaking delicious?! Well trust me, it is! And it’s healthy too because I don’t add any sugar to it (besides the chocolate chips which I don’t add that many). It’s crazy how you can make nuts taste like cookie dough!


This brings up something I’ve been thinking about lately. I want to start a business making my own unique flavored nut butters! It’s something I really enjoy doing! When I’m bored, I just go into the kitchen and see what flavor I can come up with. Who knows, maybe this business will come to life soon. Megan and I talked a little bit about it recently, so I’ll just have to keep you updated on the potential business progress! 🙂

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

I’ve got a couple of super sweet things to share with you!

The first sweet thing is a brownie mug dessert. I have been craving chocolate lately, so last week, I decided to try out a healthy mug cake recipe. It turned out horrible, and that’s being nice…

I decided to tweak the recipe a little and see if it turned out any better. The answer? Nope. Still horrible.

I decided to scratch that recipe, and try another one out, because surely not all healthy mug cake recipes are terrible, right?

I came across this skinny mug-brownie recipe and I knew I had to try it out.

Here is the recipe I used.

Skinny Mug Brownie

1 Tbs Greek yogurt
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs coconut flour
1 egg white
1 Tbs chocolate chips
A little splash of vanilla
A generous pinch of salt
A small squirt of stevia

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a mug or small glass bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds. Check to see if it’s done. If not, heat again in increments of 10 seconds. DON’T OVERCOOK! It will become hard and dry if overcooked. It should still look wet in the center, but “done” on the outside.






This brownie was delicious! It tastes similar in texture to a normal brownie, but not exact of course because it’s made in the microwave and it doesn’t have oil in it. I ate my brownie with a glass of this coconut milk.



I’ll be making this mug brownie again, especially next time I have a chocolate craving.

The second sweet thing I have to share with you is this little guy!


This is my nephew Ethan Montgomery and I’m so excited that I got to finally meet him! He was born May 15th at 4:09 PM. I got to go down and visit my sister and brother- in-law in Dallas over the weekend, and I had the best time. I got to hold sweet baby Ethan and just enjoy some family time. It was perfect.

I know everyone always says this, but he IS the cutest baby ever. AND, he’s just so sweet and just a really good baby.

Here’s the happy family leaving the hospital.


I already love that little boy sooo much! I cannot wait to go visit him again soon! 🙂

So Close To The 200’s…I Can Smell It!

I haven’t given a weight update in a while I’m sure, so I thought I better do that today.

My weight loss hasn’t been the best the past couple of weeks due to my traveling and bad food choices. I weighed 311.9 pounds a few weekends ago before I left for Dallas the first time. When I got back, I gained a little weight. I think I got back up to 318.

My weight today is 310.6 pounds.

I realized I’ve been getting lazy. I’m not putting myself down, I just generally have been lazy with my healthy eating. I find that on weekends, I tend to be a little more lax on eating healthy. I’m not going out and eating fried foods and burgers, but I’ll have sauces on my foods or I’ll eat out at restaurants where I’m not sure how many calories are in my food, or I’ll eat less vegetables on the weekends, stuff like that.

I’ve also found that I’m not measuring foods out. I guesstimate. Guesstimating doesn’t always work, so to solve this, I went out and got some new measuring cups and spoons (mine slowly disappeared over time, I think the dishwasher ate them!).

I can’t get too too confident with my eating, because even though I’ve lost 61 pounds, I’ve still got a lot more to lose. I really want to get out of the 300’s, so it’s back to being strict with my eating!

Here’s my plan:

1. No more sushi on Friday nights. Sushi doesn’t have enough any vegetables.

2. When I eat out, I’m going to actually calculate the calories of the meal and not assume.

3. Drink less diet pop. This one’s going to be hard.

4. Measure out my foods so I know exactly how much I’m eating.

5. Keep up the exercising.

I think if I follow these steps, I’ll quickly reach my goal to be out of the 300’s.

Wish me luck!

I’ve Died And Gone To Food Truck Heaven

I have an obsession with food trucks. There’s something about serving delicious foods out of a tiny truck that excites me.

The whole food truck phenomenon has really caught on in some larger cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, etc. I had high hopes that Tulsa might eventually join the bandwagon of food trucks. You wouldn’t believe how surprised/excited I was to come across a Groupon one day for a food truck in Tulsa. Unfortunately, the gourmet food truck closed before I had the chance to use my Groupon. I was totally bummed out.

Luckily, last weekend, I was able to get my food truck fill!

While in Dallas this past weekend, my mom and I had Sunday morning/afternoon to do whatever we wanted to do in Dallas before we headed back to Tulsa. My sister had told us about this park called Klyde Warren Park and had mentioned how they had food trucks there. My response? “You had me at food trucks!”

My mom and I decided to go check out the park and eat at the food trucks for lunch. This park ended up being the best park I’ve ever been to! It wasn’t great just because of the food trucks, but also for the park itself. There was a dog park, lots of different play areas for kids, a really cool tree house, in-ground water fountains, a garden area, an area with books, toys, and a piano, a large open area for picnics or games, a small stage for events, etc. There was tons of seating in the form of benches and lots of tables and chairs. Here are some pictures I took of the park, although I don’t think these pictures do the park justice.







After we walked around the park, we scoped out the line of food trucks. There was a good variety of options to choose from. They had a sushi truck, a cupcake truck, a Vietnamese fusion truck, a New York deli sandwich truck, a grilled cheese truck, a make your own ice cream sandwich flavor truck, etc.






My mom and I both ended up choosing the Vietnamese fusion truck. Here’s their menu.


My mom got the banh mi with pork and I got the tacos, one with chicken and one with pork.

Not sure what a banh mi is? Here’s the breakdown for you!


I was excited she got the banh mi because I’ve always wanted to try one. We decided to share our meals, so I got 1/2 of a banh mi sandwich and one pork taco.


The taco and banh mi sandwich had the same toppings so its hard to tell them apart in that picture. I was actually afraid I wouldn’t like the pickled carrot and daikon on the banh mi so that’s why I didn’t order it. (Some things just aren’t meant to be pickled, ya know?) The tacos ended up coming with the same pickled vegetables, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like it.

I actually didn’t like it……..I loved it! The pickled carrot and daikon ended up being the best part! It was slightly sweet, still crunchy, and delicious. The pork on both were super flavorful, even though they were different flavors of pork (one was BBQ pork and the other was honey grilled pork).

If I’m being honest, I loved the taco more than the banh mi. I just prefer the corn tortilla instead of the baguette bread. My mom felt the same way, but they were still both incredibly delicious.

After we finished our Vietnamese food, I decided I HAD to try the ice cream from the food truck where you could make your own ice cream sandwich flavor combinations. They had some unique ice cream flavors and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try one.



Once I saw the fried chicken and waffles ice cream, I stopped reading the other flavors. It wasn’t until now that I realized they had beer and pretzels or mango with saffron or brown butter with candied bacon ice cream flavors.

Of course I had to try the fried chicken and waffles!


Doesn’t look like fried chicken and waffles…

And definitely didn’t taste like fried chicken and waffles…

Don’t get me wrong, it was great ice cream, but I guess my expectations were a little high. I was hoping to see chunks of fried chicken in there! It was more like a buttery ice cream with a nice caramel flavor to it. Eh, I think they should change the name though, it’s deceiving. 🙂

The last food truck I visited was the cupcake food truck. I saw that they had an Oreo cupcake and I knew I had to get one for the BFF. She recently made an Oreo cookie filling dip so I knew that the Oreo cupcake was meant for her. Since they were mini, I got her 3 different flavors. I forgot to take any pictures of the cupcakes but she said they were all yummy!

I had such a great time at the Klyde Warren Park and an even better time getting to FINALLY eat from a food truck! I can’t wait to visit other food trucks in the future. I think I’ll make it a goal to try out a new food truck in the next city I go to!

Completely unrelated, but I took a cute picture of myself in the hotel in Dallas so I thought I’d share!


Hope everyone’s week has been great!

My Weekend Adventure + Some Fantastic Foods

Back again from weekend number 2 in Dallas! This weekend was just as great as the last! I won’t be too detailed (that way this doesn’t end up being another loooooonnnggg post)!

Saturday started off with pedicures and blowouts, which were both great. I love it when people do things for me. 🙂

After that, we headed over to the baby shower. This shower was thrown by my sisters friends and they did a fantastic job! They had a mustache theme and it couldn’t have been cuter!






And here are the beautiful hosts of the baby shower.


And here’s my sister, my mom, and I. Aren’t we pretty?


After the baby shower, my mom and I entertained ourselves for a couple hours and then headed to the area of town where we were having dinner that night. We got there early, so we hit up a few of the nearby stores.

My favorite place we went to was called Bolsa Mercado. They sold sandwiches and pastries and pre-made dinners, but they also had a little “grocery store” area that I loved.







I ended up getting a few local Texas products from there. Here’s what I got!


I loved the chocolate bark. It’s called “I Am Healthy.” It has chia seeds, dried blueberries, dried goji berries, and hemp seeds in it. Yum!

I am super excited to try the yellow tomato sauce. When I did my internship in Dallas, we made a yellow tomato sauce for pizzas and it was delicious, so I’m looking forward to using this sauce somehow.

I had half of the energy bar today for my afternoon snack. I love trying raw products with simple wholesome ingredients and no added sugar. This bar was very tasty! An added bonus is that it says to reuse the bag, which has a ziplock on it, so it’s a two-fer! 🙂

I bought the granola because it also has simple wholesome ingredients and only has 137 calories for 1/3 cup and 2 grams of sugar. I like things that aren’t too sweet and I’m sure this granola will be a great addition to some yogurt or by itself as my afternoon snack.

Next door to Bolsa Mercado was Driftwood, our dinner destination.




I looked up the menu beforehand and was instantly excited to try this place out. Their menu was sorta funky and unusual, and unlike anything I’d find in Tulsa.


They’re known for their octopus, which is braised for 45 hours. Haha, just kidding, it’s only braised for 4-5 hours! My sister ending up getting the octopus, which I tried, and it was great!


I had their soup special for appetizer, and it was probably the best soup I’ve ever had.


It was cream of asparagus soup with sautéed white and green asparagus with pan roasted parsnips, turnips, and rutabagas. It also had laughing bird shrimp and rhubarb chili oil in it. Yummy! If we hadn’t been in a nice restaurant, I would have licked the bowl clean. Just kidding….kinda… 🙂

For my entrée, I had the Maryland fluke.


My entrée was fantastic. The fluke fish was served over a potato purée, with lobster sauce, truffled black garlic purée, and an asparagus salad with asparagus three ways (creamed, sautéed, and shaved into long slices), with chorizo and a charred green onion. There was a lot of depth in the dish and all of the unique flavors worked really well together.

After dinner, we said goodbye to my sister and got one last picture with her. The next time I see her, she won’t be pregnant anymore!