Monthly Archives: January 2010

Eat to Live

Have you ever found yourself up in the middle of the night watching a P90X infomercial? No?

Ok, let me give you an idea of what it’s like:

Tony Horton shows you how easy it is to look like a beach God/Goddess while about 1,000 buff, gorgeous people give testimonials about how they went from flabby, couch sitting, beer drinking fatties into gorgeous, toned, muscle-covered beauties. They even have before and after photos of themselves…in bathing suits.

I get sucked into this infomercial just about every time it comes on and it always peeks my interest. Considering that our wedding is a little over 5 months away I really wanted to start getting into better shape so I reached out to one of my old high school friends who had done P90x after having her third baby (yes, her third baby and she still looks as gorgeous as she did in high school!).

My goal was to find out if  P90x was really realistic for someone who hasn’t been to the gym since oh, I don’t know, October, could do P90x and not die. She shared that P90x is challenging and requires a lot of dedication – you work out six days a week for an hour or more.

But, this post isn’t about P90X. In the course of telling me about P90X my friend (shout out Diana!) mentioned that she had read a book called Eat to Live and that it had changed her perspective on food and helped her lose weight after that third baby. Being a glutton for any sort of diet/nutrition book, I looked it up on line, found out it wasn’t another fad diet, and went to Barnes and Noble that night to pick it up.

Read Eat to Live for more info on a nutrient dense diet

The Eat to Live plan is based on eating a diet that is primarily cooked and raw vegetables and unlimited amounts of fruit, with limited animal fats, oils and processed foods. The book is full of studies and numbers on the effect of eating a mostly vegetarian diet. There were some really positive studies about this diet’s effect on cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases. Some people have even reversed heart disease and auto-immune diseases. Being someone who suffers from an auto-immune disease, I am delighted by the idea of getting back to being really healthy, having to take less medication, and the idea that weight loss is a possibility.

Eat to Live has a strict six week plan that requires you to eat no dairy, limited amounts of meat, hardly any oil, and tons and tons of fruits and veggies. After the six weeks, you can slowly add things back into your diet while watching how they affect your body and weight. It’s a lot like an elimination diet.

First Week’s Results

After a week on Eat to Live, I can honestly say that I noticed differences in my body right away. I didn’t feel as much anxiety, I slept better and I didn’t have any stomach issues (ahem, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea – thanks Pepto Bismol for that nifty jingle that I can’t get out of my head).

I lost 2.4 lbs. and Travis lost about 4 lbs. We did cheat – having steak one night and going out for a weekend breakfast. The funny thing is that after eating the heavy breakfast we felt kind of gross immediately after. It wasn’t a good feeling so while we enjoyed the breakfast we were glad to have cheated and felt the difference in our bodies.


I found that cooking more vegetarian meals is a new challenge. I’ll post some recipes later, but here’s a quick list of what I made last week:

  • Vegetable Soup (made with eggplant, cilantro, brown rice, kidney beans, and a whole lot of veggies)
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Vegetarian Chilli (made with butternut squash, black, kidney and pinto beans, celery, mushrooms, and carrots)
  • Spiced apples in the Crockpot
  • A whole lot of salads

The Challenges

A week without refined carbs, sugar and dairy left me craving one thing and one thing only. Cheese. Probably didn’t help that we watched an episode of the Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network and the topic was cheese. Other than that, I didn’t find eating this way difficult. I like fruits and veggies.  I was never hungry and watching the scale go down was great motivation. More to come on this as we tackle the next five weeks Eating to Live.

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Davids Bridal Reno (A Post for Lexie)

As requested by Alexia….more posts about the bridesmaids (well, just one bridesmaid this time).

Last weekend Lexie and I headed out to look for bridesmaid dresses. I’d like to mention that I was actually really hungover that day because of some birthday festivities the night before. That has no relevance to the rest of the story, except that part of me is proud for being hungover since most of the time I am in bed before ten.

Enough about me though.

First, we went to the Reno Alfred Angelo. The customer service was awesome and we were assisted by Jesse who grabbed a catalog and had us select the dresses that we were interested in. Then Jesse swept Lexie back to the dressing room, got a chair for me, and gathered all of our selections. She stood by while Lexie tried on the dresses and gave us some good tips. I’d like to mention how envious I am of Lexie’s bridesmaid dress prowess. That girl looked good in every single dress she tried on. I mean, every single one. What a bitch. I joke, I joke.

We narrowed the dress choices down to our top 5.

It’s important to me that the girls are comfortable on the day of the wedding. I think most women know what it’s like to suffer a bad bridesmaid dress. I also am trying to keep the cost in mind because while the J. Crew bridesmaids dresses are still number one in my heart, I think they are overpriced. Since I am asking my friends to travel to the Caribbean I don’t want to ask them to buy an expensive dress too. I’m also trying to keep the heat in mind because it is going to be hot, hot, hot.

After Alfred Angelo we headed to the Reno Davids Bridal. Completely_Different_Experience.

We walk in and it feels like madness. A fourteen year old (is that legal?) wearing too much eye makeup greets us and asks what we are there for. I tell her we are looking for navy bridesmaid dresses. She brings out a catalog, flips through it to show me the different dresses and then tells Lexie and I that we can go search through the many, many aisles of chiffon, taffeta, satin, and silk.

So that’s what we did. There was no assistance from the Davids Bridal staff and we waded through the aisles choosing dresses. When we had a few dresses we made our way back to the dressing rooms. Looking like lost puppies, an older lady pointed us in the right direction. She apologized that no one was helping us, which was nice, but we still did not result in any assistance.

I guess there’s a reason they call it the Walmart of wedding dress shopping.

So Lexie finds a dressing room, I sit on the floor, and she tries more dresses on. Thanks for your patience Lex!

She looked good in all of these dresses too (damn you Lexie!).

I love the idea of giving the girls a choice in what dress they wear. Different necklines for different strokes, isn’t that the saying?

Here are the top picks:

A big thank you to Lexie for being a great sport and the guinea pig in bridesmaid dress shopping. I’ll let you know when we make the final decision.


A Little Shopping Therapy

Not a lot of wedding news this week. I have a call with our wedding planner today. We have lots to discuss and I know my to-do list is going to grow exponentially after our call. More to come…

In other news, STRESS has been the name of the game over the past few months so this week, in between doctors visits and getting blood work (I’m fine parents, just routine thyroid business), I took myself down to Target and bought these beauties:

A Complete Steal - Target Purse and Wallet

Don’t worry Trav – they were 50% off. The purse and wallet were about $13 bucks each. I know it’s a girl thing, but having a new purse always makes me feel good. It forces me to clean out the old purse; purging the club cards, receipts, and random pieces of paper that collect over time. This was just the treat I needed to lift my spirits.

Happy Thursday! More to come next week – Wedding Business, a new eating plan, and of course more complete randomness from my completely random life!

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Table Linens and Settings

I’ve been trying to picture our reception decor. I was looking for a place that rents table linens when I came across this site. BBj Linens has an interactive Design Your Event Table feature that allows you to try out different types of tablecloths, runners, napkins and chairs. It’s a lot of fun!

BBj Linens Design Your Event Table

Use the Design Your Event Table to Visualize Your Reception

This is pretty close to what I had in mind, but it may be a bit much for the Caribbean. Also, table linens are ridiculously expensive to rent – like $35/tablecloth so I’m not so sure that this is something I absolutely have to have. It is fun to play with though and imagine a room full of gorgeous tables.

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Creating a Private Group on Facebook

The Durtty Wedding Facebook Group

The Durtty Wedding Facebook Group

The closer we get to the wedding the more questions we are getting about where to stay, how to get there, how long to stay, etc. We’ve been posting to our wedding website, but I realized that checking that website is not top of mind for our guests. To remedy this, I created a Private Facebook Group today so my family and friends can ask questions. Lets face it, people are practically living on Facebook. I don’t want to admit how many times a day I check my page. It’s kind of sick really…

Since Facebook makes it nearly impossible to learn how to do anything I turned to Read, Write, Web for instructions on how to set this group up. It was really easy!

Courtesy of Read,Write,Web

I’m hopeful that this Group will make our guests more comfortable in asking questions about the wedding and maybe even getting to know one another before the wedding.

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