Archive | March, 2010

Thai Room, A Restaurant Review

31 Mar

Last night we took my mother-in-law to the Thai Room in Jacksonville Beach for her birthday, so I figured I’d do a little restaurant review.

We started off with some Crab Ragoons:

I didn’t eat any because A) I was saving all my calories for my entree and B) I don’t like crab!  Hubby and Mother-in-law swear up and down that its the best crab rangoons ever.  I guess I’ll just take their word for it!   I did indulge in a nice glass of Rodney Strong Chardonnay:

That? Impressed me.  It was so crisp, cool and not bitter at all.  Very smooth!  And I’m not even that big of a chardonnay fan.

I ordered Chicken Phad Thai:

Holy cow, it was delicious!  I wish it was just a hair spicier though.  Hubby got Chicken Fried Rice and it was excellent as well.

All in all, the food at Thai Room was great.   It just seemed a little overpriced in comparison to the other Thai restaurants I’ve visited.  Apparently, the pricing has gone up significantly in the past year, so who knows!

Slipper Day

30 Mar

Thankfully, I work in a pretty fun office. We’re a fairly silly group of people, and we declared this week “Make Work Fun!” week. Today was slipper day:

Seriously, how can you have a bad day when you’re wearing slippers at work? (Okay, you actually can, because I did, but that’s besides the point. I bounced back quickly though).

I realize I haven’t really been posting my eats lately, and I’m trying to get better about it. I did remember to take a picture of lunch today. Its my new favorite – a baked potato with broccoli and cheese on it:

So good and so filling!

Yesterday after work, we went to go see the house. The framing is up now! It’s crazy how fast its being built. Needless to say, it was also my rest day. On Sunday, I attempted speed work for the first time in months.

It went a little something like this:

  • .25m @ 13:10
  • .5m @ 10:39
  • .25m @ 12:55
  • .5m @ 10:43
  • .25m @ 12:55
  • .5m @ 10:55
  • .25m @ 13:15
  • Cooldown .49 @ 17:28

I was totally wiped out when I finished.  I had a great time though, and it was really nice to shake up my usual 3 mile route. Its amazing what mixing things up will do.  Here’s 5 reasons you should mix up your routines:

  1. It prevents boredom
  2. It helps you bust through plateaus
  3. It keeps your body guessing
  4. Help prevent overuse injuries
  5. It helps you improve your abilities!

Whats your favorite way to shake up your routine?

Winding Down

28 Mar

Morning, y’all!

Nothin’ like starting a Sunday with a nice iced coffee 🙂

I’ve been staring at paint samples all morning trying to figure out what colors to paint different rooms in the house we’re building:

Its a lot harder than it sounds. I can’t wait to see how the light is going to flow in the house. I hope that makes things easier. We have decided to paint the kitchen a light moss green. My biggest trouble spot is the master bathroom. I’m clueless on where to begin! I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually… I hope.  Any ideas for me?  We’ll be having tan tile in the shower and surrounding the tub.  Nutmeg cabinets, and ivory-ish silestone countertops.  Anyone?!

I had a pretty craptastic 3-mile run yesterday afternoon. I felt like I was going to spew the entire time, so it resulted in 13-min miles. Not too proud of that run. I’m hoping to make up for it this morning in my 4-miler. I’ve cut back my long runs because I’m really trying to kill this last 9lbs. I want to focus a bit more on strength and cross training as well. In Florida, running season is winding down, and I don’t have any races planned until Fall (3 half-marathons, what?!).  I may or may not do the Tour de Pain in August.  We’ll see 🙂

Have a great Sunday!

Insanity.

27 Mar

I cannot even begin to describe the insanity of yesterday afternoon.  I work in a relatively nice area with a lot of surrounding businesses.  Around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, police cars swarmed the intersection a block away and there were helicopters flying overhead.  A man had robbed a bank and there was a police-involved shooting.  The robber was killed, and a 2 year-old child was shot.

This is the second shooting within a few blocks of my office in a month.  I really just have no words.  I keep thinking, “This isn’t the ghetto!  This is a NICE area!”  What is this world coming to?!

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.

Sorry, Dove, “Real” Models Don’t Improve Anything

24 Mar

For years, society has blamed the media and the fashion industry”s obsession with stick-thin models for the downward spiral self-esteem in women.  Airbrushed pictures of celebrities in magazines and size-0 models walking the runaway have long been a scapegoat for the struggling female self-worth.  In an generation where eating disorders seem rampant, someone must take the blame.  But are we targeting the right cause or just picking a scapegoat?

In 2004, Dove launched the worldwide  Campaign for Real Beauty in an effort to promote body acceptance among women.  The campaign featured women of various shapes, sizes and races as a way to present beauty among all women.  Furthermore, the campaign featured ads and billboards with the models where viewers could vote “fat” or “fab”.  Sadly, the results were not in Dove’s favor.  Despite the efforts of Dove and their ad agency, Ogilvy, Bigger Models Make Women Feel Bad About Themselves Too:

Dove’s Real Beauty ad campaigns are heralded as groundbreaking forays into being a bit more realistic about how women look. Glamour‘s new habit of featuring regular-sized broads after the publicity deluge the first time they did it, too, is widely praised. But here’s the thing: According to a new study by the University of Arizona, ads featuring bigger models don’t actually make most women feel very good about themselves. Apparently, pretty much everything makes women feel like crap about how they look.

According to the researchers, larger women feel better about themselves when ads don’t include any models at all, average-sized ladies actually have lower self-esteem after looking at ads with plus-sized models rather than uber-skinny ones, and thin folk prefer the traditional tiny models. The study did, however, come up with one icky way bigger models can be used to actually influence product sales: ” … if a normal-size woman sees moderately heavy images in ads for weight-loss products, she might feel overweight and be more inclined to buy a diet plan or gym membership.” This is basically saying ads could use plus-sized models to make women feel bad enough about themselves that they want to spend more money on gym memberships and diet products. [The Cut]

I sent this article to a group of friends to gauge their reactions.  The ladies I questioned had varying heights, weights, ages, and body types, but the message across the board seems clear: larger models are still unrealistic, and do nothing to make self-image any better.

Kate:

Looking at “plus-sized” women who are supposed to be the same size/weight as me… but with zero flaws?  Yeah that doesn’t exactly make me feel like high-fiving my heavyweight sister.

Sarah:

Frankly I agree. I mean, who looks at Emmy or whoever the vogue plus size model is right now and says, “If I were that big, I would look that awesome.”? Nobody. I’m not that big and I still have cellulite, bulges, and stretch marks. It makes me feel worse to look at someone 50 pounds heavier than me who has amazing, glowing skin and perfect curves. Give me a break! What does she do, go commando so the weight is evenly distributed?

And pretty much everyone commented on the ridiculousness of how in today’s modeling world, a size 8/10/12 is considered plus sized.  Ashlee even went as far as to bring up:

There are articles about how today’s size 10 is what used to be a 14 or something. And yeah, the plus sized models must have a ridiculous amount of photoshopping going on… there’s no possible way they don’t have cellulite, stretch marks, sagging skin, etc.

Ashlee is absolutely correct.  During my fact-checking, I came across this chart that displays how sizes have changed over the past fifty years:

[Source]

In a world of vanity sizing, social media, Photoshop, airbrush makeup, plastic surgery, eating disorders, and unrealistic expectations, its not shocking that many women struggle with their own self-image.  Instead of focusing on what makes us feel bad about ourselves, we need to focus on what makes us feel good about ourselves.

So here we go, 10 things that make me feel good about myself:

  1. My husband – He’s my biggest fan
  2. High heels – they make my calves look great
  3. A great pair of jeans
  4. Running a half-marathon
  5. My hair – I think I have pretty great hair
  6. The lifestyle changes I’ve made over the past two years.  Being healthier makes me feel better about myself
  7. My new, clearer skin – Thank you Doxycycline & Differin!
  8. Push ups – I can do ’em.  Need I say more?
  9. My smile – Thanks for the orthodontics, Mom & Dad!
  10. My dogs – Seriously?  They make me feel so loved 🙂

There’s my 10 things.  Now gimme yours!

Flowers Two Days In A Row

23 Mar

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I was not pleased with 1-800-Flowers yesterday.

For our anniversary, Hubby ordered some flowers for me from their website.  They never showed up.  Being the awesome husband that he is, he stopped by the store on the way home and surprised me with these beauties:

He’s such a good man 🙂

We decided not to give gifts for our anniversary, since we’re trying to save money for the house.  Although I came up with this before we got married, I couldn’t resist giving him a “paper” gift:

Goofy? Yes, but he totally loved it!  We lounged around like lazy slugs last night and sipped on some red wine.

This morning, I made some scrambled egg whites and Morningstar Farms “sausage” for breakfast:

And around 10 am, I was surprised with the MIA flowers!

They’re GORGEOUS, but I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to them 😦 My nose has had that tickle feeling inside it since they arrived 😦

And I discovered these babies at Starbucks during lunch:

130 calorie cookies that actually taste good and are somewhat healthy? I’ll take ’em!

Tomorrow is my second weigh-in for Weight Watchers.  I’m anxious to see if/how much I’ve lost.  I definitely feel a difference in the way my clothes fit and its nice not to feel like as much of a cow.

Ruined For Life

21 Mar

I’m exhausted and still fighting this cold, so this is going to be quick.

Firstly, I’ve updated the Our Home page!

Yesterday, in an attempt to make myself snot out my cold, I went for a 4 mile run around the neighborhood.  I could tell that I was sick because my lung capacity was completely off.  And the heat didn’t help either.  I am not used to running in anything above 65* anymore!  I miss my 55* runs 😦

The run sucked, to say the least.  I did intervals of .5m run/.25m walk the entire way, and I completed the distance in about 55 minutes.  Way off my usual pace.

Last night the Hubby and I went to Ruth’s Christ Steak House last night for an early anniversary celebration.  The lighting was less than ideal for food photography, so the only think I got a picture of was dessert:

The service was excellent!  And honestly?  The filet mignon there is the single reason I could not be a vegetarian.  It melted in my mouth and was the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten.  Actually, the entire meal was scrumptious.  My caesar salad was to die for, and I had corn pudding as a side.  I LOVE CORN PUDDING!  I told Hubby that I am now ruined for life because I don’t want a steak unless it comes from Ruth’s Chris.  I can say with 100% certainty is was the best meal I’ve ever had.

After dinner, we headed down to Riverside/5 Points to The Casbah.

We split a pomegranate flavored hookah and some Turkish coffee.    I don’t smoke from a hookah very often, but I do really enjoy it.  Afterward, we came home and passed out.

I’m still fighting a bit of a cold, but I’m feeling much better today!  I don’t think I’ll need to take any Nyquil tonight in order to sleep.  I hate Nyquil hangovers!

So excited for our first anniversary tomorrow!  G’night!