Cupcakes and Pizza and Panda, Oh My!

Almond Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Buttercream.

Prep
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Cake = Love

So, maybe my makeshift piping needs work, haha. But these were the most delicious thing I’ve ever baked.

Cuppycake

Baked.

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Bitten.

Delicious & Done

Bye-bye.

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Viva la Pizza!
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Pizza time!

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Pizza made with Panda!

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TJ’s whole wheat dought, mini heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, chicken sausage, fresh basil. Nom.

PizzaPIzza

Panda enjoyed.

PANDA EAT.

‘Twas a good Friday evening, if I do say so myself! Just came back from the farmer’s market with Jenn, and Panda and I are off to see Mamma Mia @ Wolftrap this afternoon! Updates tomorrow. Don’t forget to enter my scale giveaway! Happy Weekend!

Beach Countdown: 1 Week (Giveaway!)

Oh yes. Yes, my friends. In one tortuously long (but really, due to the holiday weekend it will actually be short) week, I will be lounging on the sunny sands of Ocean City. I can’t wait. I’ve been looking forward to a beach trip for what feels like FOREVER, and I’m hoping that my new found kinda-sorta bikini confidence won’t fail me now!

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In an attempt to look more kick-ass and less lazy-assed, I’m switching into HIGH GEAR MODE for the next 7 days (barring a few celebratory and patriotic food indulgences this weekend. I mean, come on. It’s 4th of July weekend!) I know there isn’t really that much I can expect to have happen in a week (guess it kinda snuck up on me, eh?) but I’m going to do what I can. I’ve actually developed an ab workout plan (what?!) based on what I learned at the running clinic I attended at the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference in Boulder last weekend – namely, that you should be able to do as many reps as your age in years. I did it last night. It hurt.

Attention must be paid:

23 bicycle crunches
23-second plank (or in my case, modified plank. Heh.)
23 lower leg lifts (aka death.)
23 oblique crunches (on both sides).

Lather, rinse, repeat.

I intend on doing this every day (as long as I, you know, uh, can.) and working in my other daily activity as follows:

Friday: Run for 20+ minutes after work
Saturday: Walking to/in/from Farmer’s Market with Jenn (hey, better than nothing, right?)
Sunday: Run for 25+ minutes with my sister (I should probably tell her we’re doing that, eh?)
Monday: Family walk with, um, my family. (I should probably tell them we’re doing that, huh?)
Tuesday: Run for 30+ minutes after work
Wednesday: Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior DVD
Thursday: Strength/stretch/panic

And then Friday I head to the beeeeeeeeach!

UGH. I already regret having written up this plan. I think I’m going to need your help to come up with some serious motivation here. And to reward you guys for doing that, I have a sweet giveaway for you! Hooray!

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Back in May when I attended the Fitbloggin’ conference in Baltimore, one of the sponsors at the event was EatSmart Scales, and I even came home with their new Precision Plus bathroom scale (much to my brother’s delight, as I was actually using the scale I had purloined from him before!)

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I honestly really dig this scale. Obviously, you know that this is a weight loss blog. And in order to determine that I am actually, you know, losing weight (or to determine that I’m failing miserably, haha) I weigh myself every Monday. It’s nice that not only is this a really sharp-looking bathroom accessory (super thin!), but you can literally just step on it and it begins. No tapping on and waiting for the number to zero out like most scales I’m used to. It’s a small thing, but if you’re like me and you just want to get your weigh-in over and done with it does make a difference!

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So I think you guys know where this is going. The awesome people at EatSmart have agreed to give one lucky winner a Precision Plus scale of her (or his! Don’t want to be presumptuous, haha) very own!

Ways to Enter:

1. Like EatSmart on Facebook and/or follow EatSmart on Twitter.

2. Sign up for the Monthly EatSmart Newsletter on their website.

3. Tweet/Post about this giveaway! Just make sure to reference @shrinkinggretch, @eatsmartscales, and a link to this post in your message (here’s a sample shortlink: http://tinyurl.com/3w5npxp).

4. Leave a comment weighing in with your opinion on, well, weighing in! Do you weigh yourself to stay on track? Why or why not? Are you a daily weigh-er? Weekly? Monthly?

So there you have it: multiple ways to enter, and feel free to just do one or do ’em all! Just leave separate comments for each, and a winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, July 6th.

Also, for those of you who may be too impatient to wait for the giveaway to end, or are interested in buying a scale for someone else, you can purchase it through EatSmart’s affiliate link on Amazon. They also produce food and luggage scales, and EatSmart donates 100% of the profit they get from utilizing that link to charity!

Happy Fourth of July weekend, folks! See you on the flipside. 🙂

Daily Eats – 6/30/11

Breakfast

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Chai sample I received at the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference made with skim milk (60 cal + 40 cal = 100 cal)

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Mini Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar (100 cal)

Snack

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1 tbsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter (90 cal)

I am classy.

Lunch

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Bell pepper strips and TJ’s white bean & basil hummus (60 cal)

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2 flax-breaded chicken tenders (225 cal)
1 TJ’s jalapeno chicken sausage (100 cal)
Mustard (5 cal)

Snack

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~1/4 cup wasabi almonds (~160 cal)

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Mini Lemon Larabar (100 cal)

Dinner

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Hodge Podge Bowl (~400 cal)
– Brussels Sprouts & Kale (cooked in coconut oil)
– Mini heirloom tomatoes
– 3 mozzarella balls
– Pasta sauce
– Egg
– Coconut

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Dark chocolate Adora calcium disk (another sample from the conference) (30 cal)

An unpictured spoonful of coconut milk ice cream (~30 cal?)

Total: ~1,400 calories!

Deeeelicious. I also thought you’d appreciate seeing this super classy action behind-the-scenes shot of me doin’ my thang:

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Yep. Sprawled out. Food on the floor. Camera in tow. 🙂

Tongue-Tied Thursday

Wordless Wednesdays seem to be a “thing” in these parts of the blogosphere. But, you know, yesterday was Wednesday, and you probably noticed that yesterday’s post on weight loss myths was fully wordy (and fully awesome, according to you guys – thanks!) So, here we are on Thursday. And this is the end of me talking. 🙂

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Cracked.

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