Selfie (n.): a picture taken of a person by that person

So much to share!

It seems as though my blogging will be a weekly thing just because I only really have the time and energy to blog on the weekend. That makes for longer posts filled with everything from the week. I like having a theme, but it seems that my theme again this week is “a little bit of everything.” Boo. That’s boring. How about instead this weeks theme is “Selfies” because I have a lot of pictures to share and they’re mostly selfies.

So last week, I left off saying that I was about to go hike on Turkey mountain again with friends, which we did indeed go. We hiked for about 50 minutes and I think we went a couple miles. Of course, we took breaks along the way to drink some water and take pictures.

   
 

Again, I had such a great time hiking and even more fun hanging out with friends. After our hike, we went to Freebirds for delicious burritos for lunch.

I didn’t exercise again all week until Friday evening. My friend, Demi, has a gym membership to a gym where she can bring a buddy for free every time. Luckily, I’m her buddy and she takes me for free. This works perfectly for me because I’m cheap AND I need to save money for Mexico.

Demi is a great workout partner because we’re on the exact same level fitness wise. When we workout on the treadmills, we finish our miles at the exact same time. We do this partly because we’re motivating each other. I’ll start to run, and then she’ll run. Then she’ll start running and keep going, and then I’m motivated to run again. We’ve made it into a fun little game/competition and it really helps us go faster, harder, and longer.

Here we are on the treadmills.

   

After the walking/running on the treadmill, we usually do a lot of stretching. Then, we’ll use the weighted balls to do arm exercises. I really need to get rid of my “wings.” You know, the ones that show up when you lift your arms up and out to the side, yet don’t actually allow you to fly? Those wings.

Sometimes we’ll also ride the stationary bike or the elliptical as well. Most times, we’ve been staying over an hour at the gym. I’m really thankful I’m getting to go for free because when it starts getting really hot outside, I’m not going to want to be outside hiking and biking, so thank God for great friends with gym memberships!

More gym selfies!

   
   

That’s all of my exercise this week!

Let’s talk about the good stuff now. Food.

My eating was pretty terrible this week. I ordered pizza. Twice. One day, I even ate the entire pizza in 2 hours. This was me…

  
Literally.

Only mine was thin crust. That’s better though right? Right? Anyone…?

Eh, obviously not. But I’m glad to say I’m still at the same weight. Hopefully I’m back to being motivated.

I DID make lots of healthy choices this week too.

Breakfast was the same as last week, omelets with toast and milk OR bran cereal with scrambled eggs.

Lunch this week was tuna sandwiches with carrots or fat free refried beans tacos with lettuce, tomato, and cheese with carrots on the side.


I have discovered how easy, fast, and delicious tacos can be. You can put anything into a taco! And they’re literally the quickest vegetarian lunch ever. Throw any canned bean or refried bean in there and add your favorite toppings such as avocado, low fat cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, salsa, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Oh, I also brought a frozen Trader Joes meal one day for lunch when I was being lazy and didn’t want to cook. And by cook, I mean pack my lunch with things that were already cooked.

 
Butter chicken with basmati rice. Definitely buying this again! It was spicy and very flavorful and only 385 calories. Yum!

Dinner was pizza (twice), chicken tenders with zucchini fries and carrots, huevos rancheros, or a sandwich bought from Walmart with Pringles. Like I said, my eating wasn’t great this week.

 

  

The huevos rancheros was pretty tasty. It was 3 corn tortillas topped with 2 over easy eggs topped with black beans, tomatillo salsa, shredded lettuce, and crumbled cotija cheese.

I’m really hoping to get my healthy eating back on track this week. I have my nutritionist appointment in a week and I’d like to be able to show progress since I last saw her, almost 4 weeks ago.

I probably shouldn’t tell my nutritionist about the food truck festival I went to today. I had so much food: jerk chicken tacos with black bean and corn salsa with chipotle mayo, chips and black bean dip, fried mini donuts topped with fruity pebbles, and a hotdog topped with bacon, cheese, cream cheese (because one cheese isn’t enough), and ranch. The festival was so much fun though and worth it, especially since I got to hang out with the bestie.

Here we are right when we got to the festival. We were waiting in a really long line for tacos. I was “sad” because it was hot and I was hungry.

 

Overall, I’d still say this week was a great week. I remember before when I was at my heaviest, I didn’t enjoy being out or going places. My life was staying in at home almost all the time, in the comfort of my air conditioned home. While I was technically alive, I wasn’t living. Now, even though I’m still extremely overweight, I feel like I’m living my life. I’m getting out, going places, seeing sights, and not living life in front of the tv. It’s refreshing.

Also (a side note) I’m taking pictures again! I NEVER took pictures before because I was fat and felt gross. Now, I’m still fat, but I’m ok with the pictures. I want to be able to look back on my life and have photos of the great memories and events from my life. (Even if the photos are taken at an angle and taken from up high to reduce my double chin and have an added filter….)
This post would not be complete without one more selfie. Or 2 more.  🙂

   
 

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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!

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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Hope everyone’s week has been great!