Monthly Archives: August 2017

Barre Class


Tried a new workout today! I like to try new workouts with my friends because we can all laugh at how ridiculous I look trying to get the moves down 😆😆😆 It’s also a great way to make new friends!
We went to our first barre class today at Pure Barre in Centerville OH. Now walking in, as usually is the case, I was the biggest woman by at least 25 pounds. And also as usual, I didn’t let that deter me! Don’t get intimated by other people’s bodies and fitness levels- you do you!
Now this class is a kind of mix between Pilates, yoga, and ballet bar exercises. The whole class is really about using isometric exercises to improve core strength. My core is definitely my weakest area- if you slice me open you won’t find muscles but marshmallow fluff! So this class was really hard for me, to get the right form and then sustain the exercises was a lot of work!!! The class instructor was good about correcting form- but I definitely could have used more information on how to modify the exercises to suit me personally. I will definitely go back and do this again, and I will keep working at it till I can keep up with everyone else!

Bonus points for music including Kelly Clarkson’s version of It’s Quiet Uptown… definitely won me over with that cause you know I’m a Hamilton freak!!!

What is Even up With Women’s Clothing Sizes?

Can you guess the size of these dresses as we go along? Good luck!


I recently have had the fortune (or misfortune) of needing to buy new clothes and trying to figure out what size I need in the wake of an 83 pound ongoing weight loss. Well here’s the thing… good luck with that! What I have experienced while trying on and buying new clothes is that the discrepancies in women’s sizes are even worse than I thought.

This is not a unique problem to regularly sized women’s clothes… plus sizes are guilty of the same behavior. At my heaviest I may have been a size 18W dress from Eloquii, a size medium from City Chic, a size 24W in Democracy Jeans, a size 14W dress in Calvin Klein, and a size 18 regular dress from Loft or Land’s End.

So why the variability? There are no set standards or rules for clothing makers to use. As time has progressed and beauty standards have changed, so have the sizes on our tags. As the American populace had become heavier, “vanity sizing” has taken over the market.


From a merchant standpoint this obviously makes good sense- sell women the same size clothes with a smaller label, and they will be happier and come back to you again. The classic example of Marilyn Monroe still holds true today. A postulated size 12 in her time, she could be anywhere from a size 0-8 today.

When I was shopping just recently I bought dresses in sizes 12 (Calvin Klein), 10 (Calvin Klein), 16 (Adrianna Pappell), and even size 6 (Luxology and Ronni Nicole)! I am still roughly 40 pounds heavier than I was in high school, when size 10-12 was my average size, so the fact I can wear that same size now is baffling. It is confusing and frustrating to have no idea what size clothes you will need until you try on a specific brand. Now anyone who knows me knows I love my dresses, but right now shopping is feeling a little more like work than fun! Thank goodness for online shopping with free shipping and returns! 😉😉😉

A: 14w

B: 16w

C: 14

D: 12

E: 6

Chickpea Taco Mason Jar Salad


Once again, I started with a base of a Marley Spoon recipe and made it healthier and work for me!

This recipe makes 3 mason jar salad servings


1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 tomatoes, diced

1/2 white onion, diced

3/4 cup of drained and rinsed black beans

3/8 cup dry farrow, or any other grain cooked per directions

1 carrot sliced into thin ribbons with peeler

1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced

2 tsp of Mexican spice blend

One small bunch cilantro. Mince leaves and finely chop stems. Keep leaves and stems separate.


Juice of two limes. One clove garlic minced. 1 tablespoon olive oil. 1/2 tsp honey. All minced cilantro leaves. Pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk together.


Heat up 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook onion and cilantro stems for 5 minutes, until onions soft.

Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and Mexican spice blend. Cook 5 more minutes.


Build salad

In each jar, directions from bottom to top. Add 1/3 of each of the rest of ingredients, split evenly between jars.

2 tablespoons dressing

Bell pepper and carrots

Black beans

Farrow or other grain

Top with stewed chickpeas


Nutrition info (if using farrow)

391 calories

63 g carbs, 9 g fat, 15 g protein





Portions, Calories, and Nutrition

Let’s talk portions, calories, and nutrients!


Calorie counting and keeping track of my macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein) has been essential to my weight loss. Eating portions that are too big has always been a problem, but obviously the portion size depends on what type of food I am eating. I have also cut way back on eating restaurant food because the portions are often times 2-3 times the size recommended and there are often hidden calories in the way the food is prepared. At home, eating seconds is a issue that has had to be curtailed as well. I keep track of everything I eat with an app, so I can closely monitor my nutrition.
These photos are of are two meals I eat often, so let’s compare them. The one in the 7 inch wide yellow bowl is homemade cauliflower casserole. My husband Rob makes this for me and it is delicious! It has roasted cauliflower, leeks, spinach, a béchamel (hot yummy cheese) sauce, and is topped with bread crumbs. The meal on the 10.5 inch wide blue plates is my favorite in the world, fajita vegetables. I have given up the tortillas, and just eat the veggies with salsa and cheese. This allows me to cut back on unnecessary carbs as well as lower the total calories by 300. Being vegetarian, carbs are the main component of my diet, making up about 50-60% of my total daily intake, so I am working to try to increase my protein content and cut back on carbs where I can.
The cauliflower casserole has 600 calories per serving with 63 g carbs, 23 g fat, and 31 G protein. As you can see it is in a small bowl, because it is more calorie dense and so the serving size is smaller.
The fajita vegetables are on two large dinner plates. That is because I eat two full plates of these veggies, roughly 6 cups of vegetables, per serving. They have 400 calories for both plates with 58 g carbs, 10 g fat, and 16 g protein.
So this is why I eat so many vegetable fajitas! I can eat huge portions since they are so low calorie, and they are extremely filling. It is a wonderful hearty meal at the end of the day. The downside is that they are lower in protein content, so in my other meals for the day I need to try and compensate for that.

HIIT at The Studio Fitness

HIIT class



Today I went with my beautiful friend Milinda Zabramba to a HIIT class up in Vandalia at The Studio (Zumba) Fitness. I love HIIT because it is an amazing whole body very challenging workout. This was the first time for me going to this class and it was mainly all intervals with a tiny bit of dance like moves thrown in. It was really good! Again this is a high intensity workout, so it isn’t good for beginners.
It being my first time, it took me a bit to get the routine, and it was a little hard to hear the instructor at times, but she was very good at making the moves clear. The workout had a lot of arm toning exercises and planks mixed in also, which I sorely need for these wimpy arms. The last 15 minutes was full of some very challenging core workout- good stuff.i would definitely do this class again.
I did stick around and did part of my first ever true Zumba class as well. This was much more low-moderate in intensity. There were several adorable older ladies there as well, so good for all age groups. I would recommend this class to all levels. It was low impact, you can modify it to make it even less so if you need to. This class had pretty easy dance moves so it wasn’t that hard to follow along. I think I’m going to keep with more of the HIIT style workouts, dancing is absolutely not my thing. Two left feet

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