Life

“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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Lindsay’s Favorite Things

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

Anyways…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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!