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Alive and Well

Hello! Sorry I’ve disappeared yet again for a few days, but I promise I’m alive and well. This weekend was SO fun and incredible, celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette. What happens in AC stays in AC for the most part, but I thought I’d share a few pictures with you!

We all wore LBD (little black dresses) and some got the memo for neon shoes! 🙂 This was us about to get on the elevator to dinner. We went to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the Borgata, which was incredible. Here we all are at the dinner table:

Here’s me with the Bachelorette:

Me rocking my bachelorette pin:

And then at the end of the night at the club.

Photos stop there.

It was soooo much fun and really great to be reunited with all of my college friends. It had been over a year since we were all together… far too long! As far as trying to be healthy on the trip, I sort of let it go because I think it’s important to let go and have fun for certain special occasions, like a bachelorette party for one of your best friends. I ate healthy during the day on the way to Altantic City, having a Egg White flatbread from Dunkin Donuts and plenty of iced coffee. Lunch was a salad from the food court with spinach, mozzarella, avocado, and chickpeas, and then dinner was lots of bread and pasta to have a good base for a night of drinking and fun.

I got back pretty late on Sunday, and then yesterday was at an offsite event for work all day, so I wasn’t by a computer at all to blog and check in. I am back to normal now though, and recommitting myself to hardcore healthiness until the wedding so that I can look and feel my best in my bridesmaid dress. This morning was boring but much needed frozen berry oats:

These had:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (1 pt)

It’s funny how it can be so refreshing to go back to your normal routine once you have a crazy weekend of traveling and going out. Even though I have this breakfast quite frequently, I was so happy when I was putting it together this morning and even happier when I was eating it. I didn’t bring a lunch today so I’m going to have to run out and get something, but I plan to be back on track with eating, cooking, and exercise, starting today.

Have you ever been to a bachelorette/bachelor party or did you have one if you’re already married? What did you do?  If you’re not yet married, what do you think you’d want to do for it?

Chee-eeeese

I was trying to figure out what to call this post, so I tried on “Cheese” for size as the title. Whenever someone says “cheese,” I can’t help but say “Cheee-eeeese” and laugh to myself about that scene in Old School where the Dean comes in to kick Mitch out of his house…

Mitch: Wow. Cheese. Is that you?
Dean Pritchard: Hello, Mitch. Bernard. I see you guys haven’t changed much.
Beanie: Who’s this guy?
Mitch: Beanie, you remember Cheese, Rodney’s kid brother?
Dean Pritchard: Actually, my name’s not Cheese anymore. It’s Gordon Pritchard.
Beanie: Oh yeah. Cheeeeeese. Yeah, didn’t we lock you in a dumpster one time?
Dean Pritchard: Yea, I got out.
Beanie: Cool man. Good. Glad you did.

Hahaha. Random, I know. I am slightly obsessed with that movie. Anyways, that’s where this title came from.

The days have been flying by lately because of the conference and today was the last day (for me)! There’s still some things going on tomorrow at the hotel, but my job is done.  After I went back to the conference hotel today, we had a few sessions that I sat it on with high profile speakers. I can’t reveal too much about the content of their speeches, but it was really interesting! A lot of time these things just go over my head, but today I actually focused because the speakers intrigued me and it was really cool to sit in on. By the time the sessions were wrapping up and it was 6pm, my stomach was grumbling.

Luckily, we had a reception coming up with food and drinks right afterwards. I had a white wine spritzer (just white wine with ice and seltzer) to sip on.

There was a also a buffet with crudites and dip on one side:

And different kinds of cheese and bread on the other side:

The cheese had clearly been picked over by the time I got around to taking a picture. There were also some passed hors d’ouvres but I didn’t want to scare the servers and snap their pictures. 🙂 I made a little plate for myself:

With a bunch of veggies and some bread with two kinds of cheese. I’m not sure of the exact types of cheese, but one was a hard cheese similar to Parmesan, and the other was a soft cheese that was a little sweet and tasted like honey and walnuts. I went back for a few more pieces of cheese, and also had two mini crab cake balls that were passed hors d’oeuvres.

After the reception wrapped up, I headed to Whole Foods in search of some protein powder, since it is on the way to the metro. I’ve wanted to buy some to put into my smoothies and possibly into oatmeal to pack a little bit of a punch. I found this protein powder:

It was $9.99 full price at Whole Foods and had good looking stats. A scoop has just 80 calories and 16 grams of protein! I’ve always shied away from powders and things of that nature, but I’ve heard adding just 1/2 or 1 scoop can really keep you full longer and I eat a lot of things I can easily add it to. I figured it was worth a shot. I’m looking forward to experimenting with it, and I actually just used some to make a new-to-me breakfast for tomorrow, so stay tuned. 🙂

After I got home, I was a little hungry, so my boyfriend made me a small quesdilla with the last of the corn tortillas.

This is two corn tortillas with cheddar and mozzarella melted between, because clearly, I needed more cheese. I ate it with some of the leftover kiwi salsa and some of the pico de gallo… mmm.

A new Nurse Jackie is coming on soon and I am loving this season! I am exhausted so will probably crash immediately after. Goodnight!