This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
I have a secret. This vegetarian misses meat sometimes. Well, maybe not the meat, but the full flavor those type of meals offer. Thanks to Litehouse Foods, I had the opportunity to find a no meat solution to a summer favorite that even my picky eater husband would enjoy. Even better, just four ingredients. How is this possible? By using Litehouse refrigerated Chunky Blue Cheese dressing, I am able to cut down on my prep time without compromising taste. More importantly, it is not filled with preservatives like other brands, which is why you will find it close to the veggies in your grocery store. Without further ado…
Servings 5You will need:1/2 cup LItehouse Foods Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing1 cup chopped celery1 package of mini cheese pierogis1/2 cup hot sauceWhat to do:Prepare pierogi’s per package instructions.Cool pierogis and add hot sauce, celery and chunky blue cheese dressing.Combine together and EnjoyEnjoy
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Just the other day my husband told some friends as we talked about TV shows, “Cissy has been doing a lot of exercising since she’d watching Sons of Anarchy.” It’s true. Since I discovered Jax and gang in April, I’ve been working my way through seven seasons! And it is anything but kid-friendly, so “me” time is necessary to catch up with the latest MC antics.
The elliptical is a win-win for me. My iPad, ear buds and Netflix are all I need to get at least 1/2 hour of SOA in nearly every day. Somehow, since Jax came into my life, I’ve been able to find more time to exercise!
But to get through seven seasons, 1/2 hour isn’t quite enough, so when the entire house goes to bed, it’s usually time to fire up the iPad once again. My husband and I watch some shows like Peaky Blinders, together, so the kids’ bedtime definitely becomes Netflix time in our house.
So where do you sneak in some “me” time to watch Netflix?
I have been a judgey bear this week. I find it comes into play with me after a few weeks of weight loss success. I might as well declare I have my PhD in knowing it all.
Let me tell you what happened.
Our media seems to send mixed messages regarding health and fitness. The goal always seems to be how fast can we become the smallest person we can be. Take up the less space. That in and of itself would be frustrating. Value and self worth equating to size. But what really gets me going is how in the same breath we encourage each other to eat our faces off.
This is my prime example:Nothing against Woman’s World. I actually like reading the mini mysteries and the short romances. And they normally have a few heart warming pieces. But can you see why I am frustrated. Every week, this magazine has the quick fix on how to lose a significant amount of weight right next to some indulgent decadent dessert. What the fudge.
Why do we always seem to be setting ourselves up for this self-loathing? OK, I am projecting a bit. I don’t speak for all women. But you have to admit, this is far from the only media that tempts us with calorie laden foods in the same breath of telling us we should lose weight and quickly.
Which gets me to my morally superior moment of the week. A women filled fitness group I am apart of on Facebook had a post where a member asked how she could lose 10 lbs quickly. Don’t give me a healthy way, she says. She will worry about that after she gets to her weight goal. Here question alone wasn’t the truly frustrating part. It was the answers. Cabbage soup. No carbs. No fat. A fast. The majority of the women had there lose weight quick schemes and were encouraging the behavior. Some acknowledged that she would probably gain the weight back. My few favorites joined me in sarcasm including illegal drug use or removing an organ.
But upon reflection, I felt mean. I don’t know where this woman is coming from. Haven’t I been this person multiple times in my life. I once only ate oatmeal, green beans and chicken for a summer. Part of the reason I currently want to lose weight is so I can go shopping at the mall and look attractive. Being a sanctimonious anonymous commenter is not winning me any points and odds are setting myself up to fail. Because, honestly, aren’t we all a few steps away from wanting to just lose the weight as fast as possible?
All I can do is focus on myself and be a supportive resource to those trying to get healthier. Raising each other up and all that jazz. In the world today it’s not easy to be a woman. We have to play so many roles in society and look hot too.
So, reader, know if you need a cheer leader. I am your person.
Previous Fitness Fridays:
Our weight loss journey starts with some friends.
Then we decided on the Lose It plan. How much we lost for the month of May. Trying to balance it all as a new mom. Being ok with going over calories some days.
I cannot express how I would love to say I could live on a diet with no excess sugar or high processed carbs. Those who know me in person are aware I am slightly hippy in my food philosophy. I have always been the adventurous eater in my family who loves to try different cuisine. I haven’t eaten beef, chicken or pork in over three years and am mostly vegetarian. I am also currently following a version of the baby lead weaning program for my son. The industrial world of food is not good for our health.
But, I haven’t struggled with a lifetime of obesity because I eat too many avocados or bananas. No, I have been known to overeat processed food. Can of processed cheese, yum. An entire pint of ice cream, sign me up. So, wouldn’t it be better to cut them out of my life and live in hipster harmony.
I don’t think it’s realistic for me. At previous attempts to lose weight, I have thrown out healthy eating plans because I was placed in a situation I couldn’t journal my food or there was really great cake. Then I keep going because I had already failed.
I like the yumminess of processed foods. A life without them is not going to happen. To take accountability, this time around on my weight loss journey, I have decided to indulge this week. Boy, was I scared. Going over calories for the first time since I have started seemed almost like a defeat. But, I wanted to have an in house date night with my husband since the kid was a sleep. I wanted sushi. I didn’t have the calories and I didn’t have the time to try to burn some off. Instead of saying F*ck it though, I tracked.
And you know what? I still lost a good portion of weight this week. But even if I didn’t, I still think its ok to indulge in the foods you like while trying to live a healthy life. Because if I ever do get to my goal weight, won’t I need to know how to enjoy my treats without regaining? Even though I am almost 2 months in, I think tracking is still the hardest skill. I don’t know why but it is.
Until next week, some “food” for thought.