Notable Margaritas and February Goals

So I just have to say first, I LOVE San Antonio. Since I was there for work, I didn’t get to do too too much, but I managed to eat a ton of tex-mex food and walk along the riverwalk quite a bit. There were two major margarita highlights worth mentioning, and I am not normally a big margarita drinker so you know they had to be good.

The drink that blew my mind the most was an avocado margarita.

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I couldn’t really get my head around it but I love avocado, and though I don’t have them often, love margaritas too. The avocado was really subtle and just added a smoothness to the drink that is so hard to articulate. When I asked the server about it, he said each (huge) margarita only had about 1/10 of an avocado in it, so it was definitely more background flavor and texture than anything. So good.

A close second was a prickly pear margarita.

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How pretty is that!? It had cactus juice (the pink part) throughout the margarita and after the picture I ended up mixing it all together so the drink was nauseatingly pink, but it was completely delicious. The one good part was that I limited myself to one margarita max anywhere we went, since they are so sugary and do not make for the most productive morning after for my body…

Now that I am back from my San Antonio induced food and drink coma, I am ready to get to it and really focus for the month of February. Without further ado, here’s what I need to do:

February Goals:

1.) Get back into the 160’s.

I lost 1.6lbs my first week back following WW to a T (yay!!!) so I have 6.8 more pounds to lose until I’m off probation (and back within 2 lbs of my goal weight). I want to stay focused and lose about 1 lb/week for the month, which will put me back into the 160s.

2.) Track Consistently Monday through Friday.

This will help with goal #1 tremendously and I know it’s what I need to do to get myself to where I need to be. Ideally I’d track on the weekends too, but I want to be realistic and make the weekdays mandatory for tracking.

3.) Stretch after every run.

I have been really bad about this, though last night I did do the entire Yoga for Runners: Intermediate DVD (which was an intense 80 minutes!) and it involved a lot of stretching and strengthening postures. Even if I just stretch for 5 minutes, I want to make this a priority.

4.) Build up my long runs from 8 to 10 miles.

The long runs are always the most intimidating for me of my training plan, and I haven’t done a double digit run since I was training for (and consequently dropped out of) the marathon back in September. I want to focus on these and make them a priority, and am thinking about implementing a Friday night Movie Night so I do something, but it doesn’t involve alcohol and still has me in bed early.

5.) Limit Drinking Alcohol.

Being single and social is a tough balance if you’re trying to be healthy, and as I’ve watched the pounds creep back on, I know a good amount of that has to do with drinking too much and the careless eating that often follows. My goal is to go out only one night of the weekend for the month (Friday movie night should help!), and do at most one happy hour per week, hopefully less.

6.) Post at least 4 step-by-step recipes on here.

I haven’t been consistent about posting recipes, and I know that it’s one of people’s favorite parts about this blog, so I want to deliver! One recipe per week seems reasonable to me!

Six seems like a good number… here’s to a great February!

Are you a margarita fan? What kind is your favorite – flavor, frozen, on the rocks? Or, share your biggest goal for the month!

23 Comments on Notable Margaritas and February Goals

  1. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 2, 2012 at 8:42 am (8 years ago)

    Those sound like great goals for the month!

    Margaritas are one of the very few alcoholic drinks I can tolerate (but only one). I like it on the rocks, no salt. My goals for the month are to hopefully get out of the 90’s for good!

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  2. Jennifer
    February 2, 2012 at 8:56 am (8 years ago)

    I used to hate them, but now I love them (but you are right about the sugar – yikes!). I love them on the rocks with salt, but don’t mind a mango margarita once in a blue moon.

    Goal for Feb is to lose 1 lb per week. I’ve been in stuck mode for awhile and need to get ON IT!

    Good luck with your goals.

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  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    February 2, 2012 at 9:08 am (8 years ago)

    I’m tracking my intake much closer. Mostly to rid myself of the last pound of holiday weight I tacked on and to make sure I don’t get out of control with over or under fueling as I’m training. This is the first time I’ve watched it this closely in a long time. So far so good…

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  4. Ashleysh22
    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 am (8 years ago)

    I prefer frozen and pomegranate margaritas are my favorite! I love anything made with pomegranates 🙂

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  5. Kimberly
    February 2, 2012 at 10:18 am (8 years ago)

    Definitely strawberry frozen marg.

    Quick question…you inspired me to try spin class and I have been extremely sore (top of thighs) ever since and that was a week ago. Are you that sore after your spin classes and what did you do to help with soreness?
    Thanks for any advice. Enjoy your blog.

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    • Beth
      February 2, 2012 at 11:22 am (8 years ago)

      Hmmm I don’t know why you’re feeling so sore… maybe just because its a new-to-you exercise? I am obviously not a doctor or medical professional, but for muscle soreness I’ve always heard that stretching and drinking a ton of water can help. I also use a foam roller if I get really sore from running, and that helps loosen things up a lot.

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      • Kimberly
        February 2, 2012 at 11:31 am (8 years ago)

        I will try that, thanks Beth!

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  6. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 2, 2012 at 10:22 am (8 years ago)

    The avocado margarita sounds unreal! Truth be told, I find most margaritas too sweet. I really LOVE the bottle Skinnygirl margaritas though- over a bunch of ice!
    As for drinking socially, I know this sounds really silly- but it works for me. I order a club soda with lime in a fancy glass. I don’t miss alcohol at all with that in my hand (and no one pressures you to drink, because they assume it’s a vodka tonic).
    You’ll get back to your goal weight- you know what to do and slow and steady wins the race!
    My goal is to find some sort of tracking/accountability that works. Unfortunately, I gave WW a go for 3 months and didn’t lose weight, so I’m exploring other accountability options. That’s like, my life-long goal (I could post it EVERY month).

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  7. Laura
    February 2, 2012 at 10:43 am (8 years ago)

    Hey Beth!

    How is that Yoga for Runners DVD? I have it on my amazon wishlist but I haven’t bought it yet.

    I do yoga sporadically, but feel like I know enough to know when a class is crappy or good.

    Have a great Thursday!

    Laura

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    • Beth
      February 2, 2012 at 11:24 am (8 years ago)

      Hey Lauren! I realllllly liked it. It was definitely long (86 minutes I think in total), but there’s a quicker version at the end you can do if you’re crunched for time. There were a lot of stretches for the hips and groin and the instructor talks through why the postures are good for runners in particular. I feel a lot looser today, and she said during the DVD that a lot of times runners will feel really good running after trying the yoga because everything is stretched out. I am a little sore today, mostly in my upper body, because there were TONS of planks, which I’m not that used to. But, overall I’d definitely recommend giving it a go!

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  8. Sarah
    February 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I love frozen margaritas with salt. I actually don’t mind them on the rocks either but find I drink them waaay too fast, hence frozen being necessary.

    Great goals!! My hardest goal this month is cutting sweets back to one a day.

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  9. Sara
    February 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I LOVE margaritas – they are a definite temptation/downfall for me! I wish I could try that avocado one that you had, but my favorite is just a basic “house” margarita (though, I prefer mine made with something good like Patron) on the rocks with salt.

    PS. I also track religiously Monday-Friday and then not so much on the weekends…but as I get closer to my goal weight (and it gets harder to lose the pounds), I’m thinking I’ll have to be better about this.

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  10. Life's a Bowl
    February 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I need to join you with the stretching goal… I hardly do any but every time I do I feel so much better the next day! P.S. Look forward to your recipes!

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  11. Hilary
    February 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m not really a margarita person either, but both of the ones you showed look pretty mind-blowing. I hear you about stretching after running..I suck at it too!

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  12. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    February 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Margaritas are totally my downfall in life…I could drink them non-stop every day they are so good! I had an avocado margarita in Disney World back in October and thought it was fantastic! I can’t wait to go back so I can get another one…I haven’t seen them on the menu anywhere here in DC, unfortunately. One of my favorite ones in the city is Ceiba’s…I always go on Friday’s or during happy hour so I can get them at $5. I definitely prefer to drink them on the rocks (like theirs), but I get them blended if I need to pace myself (ie, if I’m out at Lauriol Plaza :)).

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  13. Jenny
    February 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Love margaritas, but I don’t have them too often, they are SUPER pointy, and usually a lot more expensive than what I like to pay. But, my favorite is Mango margaritas frozen or blue margaritas – also frozen (can’t remember if there’s a fancier name for these or not, and the Mexican restaurant I go to doesn’t have the flavors listed online).

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  14. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic
    February 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Sound like great goals! Great job on your weight loss your first week. I’m sure it’ll feel great to get back into the 160’s. I like reading recipes – it’s fun to get new ideas. I’ve tried about 5 new recipes in the past week or so that are all just waiting to be typed up into a post.

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  15. Liz @ learningwithliz
    February 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm (8 years ago)

    I love margaritas — I like the original ones on the rocks with salt — yum!! My biggest goal for this month is to study for the blasted GRE!

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  16. Lindsay
    February 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm (8 years ago)

    This might sound like a STUPID question, but why are you on probabtion? I dont understand why Weight Watchers would make you feel like you are going to get “CUT” from being a leader if you gain a little weight? Isnt maintenance all about your weight fluctuating a little up and down??

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  17. Katie
    February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (8 years ago)

    I love San Antonio!! When we lived in Texas my husband I would always go to Margarita’s on the Riverwalk. Needless to say they had awesome TEXAS-SIZED margaritas and amazing enchiladas. And I don’t think I have a favorite margarita–I just love them all! I have also tried the skinny margaritas at some places and think they are pretty good, especially for having way less sugar!

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  18. Joanna
    February 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Curious if you remember the names of where you had those margs? 🙂

    I’m heading to San Antonio (also for the first time) for work this week and would love to try at least one!

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  19. Jordan @ Buy Rapid Loss
    February 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Im not really a margarita person. I do however like trying new things will def hit up the avocado margarita one day!!!
    My biggest goal for Feburary was to cut back on the beer mid week so far so good.
    i used to drive home from work looking forwarding to drinking a beer when i get home. Now i look forward to going for a run.
    Win Win!!

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