Change Will Do You Good

by Lauren on December 11, 2011

The holidays have officially begun.  Toly and I attended our first Christmas party of the season last night.

Every year, my work holds quite an extravagant holiday gala for its associates and their dates.  It’s a black tie event with good food, open bar and lots of dancing.  We look forward to it every year.

I was lucky enough to have a pampering treatment done beforehand.  A friend and co-worker of mine is a Mary Kay consultant and asked if I would like a makeover before the party.  Of course I would like someone to do all the work of getting ready for me!

I brought along my friend Audi to take part in the fun as well.

The finished product was beautiful and much more glamourous than I ever would have been able to achieve on my own.  I’m actually pretty mad that I forgot to take an close up of myself.

After we were all dolled up, my friends and co-workers started to arrive.  I put together a little pre-party party at my house beforehand.

Since we were all dressed up and looking fabulous, we decided to do some pictures, prom style.

The girls….

The boys…

The boys posing…

Oh goodness it was a good night.  We partied well into the evening and then all decided to hit up the casino afterwards.  Needless to say it was a late night.  We didn’t get home until 1:30am so I had no intentions of setting my alarm this morning.

Unfortunately, my second alarm clock didn’t get the message and started licking my face at 8am to pee.  (Not Toly, the other boy who shares my bed)

I took care of Sammy and then started cleaning up the mess that was left from last night.  Eventually, Toly woke and I started on Sunday morning breakfast.

No eggs in the house so pancakes it was.

I’m still on my pumpkin pancake kick.  I actually don’t see this kick going away any time soon.

I was thinking about going to yoga but I really didn’t have any motivation to go so I traded that idea for some cleaning around the house.

Later on, I met a good friend for lunch and did the grocery shopping for the week. By the time I got home, it was later into the evening so I started getting things ready for dinner.

Which leads me to some news.  I’m back on meat.

I go back and forth with this decision constantly but I’m still having trouble getting enough protein into my diet now.  Ever since I cut back on cardio and have added more structured strength training, I know my protein consumption has to come up in order to balance this out.  Fish is awesome but not enough and I’ve figured out a way that I can do meat without feeling weird about it.

I’ve started incorporating meat into veggie based main meals.  Soups, stir fries, salads…etc.

Tonight’s dinner for example….


Creamy White Chicken Chili


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken (I used organic grass fed)
  • 1 can cannelloni beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth) 
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup plain Chobani (creaminess)
  1.  Saute onion and next 4 ingredients in a large pot. Add turkey and brown. Next, add the beans, broth, and next 6 ingredients (broth through black pepper), and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the yogurt and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring frequently.
Dinner was complete with a side salad  (raspberries and goat cheese) and a small piece of cornbread.
I definitely didn’t mind the chicken in this.  Not that I wouldn’t mind trading it for another veggie, but that isn’t going to help me now. Too much of anything is not a good thing and if I’ve learned anything over my years of healthy living, it is that our bodies will not change unless we are willing to make  the changes.
Hope the weekend was wonderful!
Have you ever made a change for your health that brought you out of your comfort zone? 
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