Posts tagged ‘burger’

September 26, 2011

Weekend of Champions… and French Fries

Did anyone catch the Clemson game?  If you missed it, I’ll summarize by saying Clemson won!  Woohoo!  (I’m sorry to any FSU fans.  I’ll quit talking about football now.)

On Friday, Kevin and I stayed home and went to bed early.  We got up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to get a start on the day.  I went for a quick run before we hit the road for Tiger Town.  See how early we left???  It was still dark outside!

sweaty tiff

Sweaty 2 Squeaky Clean

I tried to keep the day somewhat healthy.  I had light beer and a wheat babaganoush pita for lunch.

Walking to the tailgate + Pita love

But after a couple more beers, Kevin thought chili cheese fries were a good idea.  Fail.  I had a veggie burger for dinner, and I kept from eating all of my fries.  Un-fail?  After a couple more beers, we got some incredibly delicious cheese pizza.  Hmmm… that’d be another fail.  At least it was good!

Cheese Fries n' Veggie Burger

Luckily, after all of these indulgences, I managed to keep my daily average calories at 1645.  Not too shabby.  [FYI, I am not listing all this food to encourage noshing on junk.  I’d feel awful telling you all how healthy my weekly meals are but hiding my shameful weekend treats.]

We even made it back Sunday in time for my friend’s baby shower.  I wrapped up the weekend with Kevin, the kitties, and Shrek.  Whew – now I think I need a weekend to relax from my weekend!

kitty pillow

Kev & Leia

Did you have a good weekend?  What was the best thing you did?

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August 12, 2011

The Great Debate

Helloooo Everyone!  Here’s a secret… I stayed out too late watching The Help last night, so I totally skipped my 5 a.m. workout.  Don’t worry, I packed my gym bag so that I can squeeze in a quickie tonight after work.

Today’s post isn’t particularly informative or enlightening.  Sorry.  Hopefully it’s at least provocative.  I should clarify.  It’s mentally provocative – like, stimulating or something.  It’s hard to get my brain working on Fridays, but this was my inspiration yesterday…

And I thought I was having a rough day.  I’m pretty sure those chickens had it much worse, and that brings us to today’s topic – to be, or not to be… vegetarian.

I’ve tried to learn more about how my food gets to my plate.  After seeing movies like Food Inc., reading books like The Kind Diet, and visiting websites, such as PETA (I know… I know… just roll with me here), I become increasingly aware of the mistreatment of farm animals.

I’m not talking about cute mom-n-pop farms, and I’m not going to discuss any gory details.  I won’t even get into the terrifying Super-Bug argument.  But let’s face it, being a Purdue chicken is bad.  Really bad.

What I haven’t learned from the media, I’ve learned from my two cats.  They are not people, but I still love them.  Their personalities (maybe that should be cat-alities?) are incredibly unique.  They even have favorite house guests!  Would I eat them?  Not a chance.

my family

So then why am I not vegetarian?  (Vegan actually, because I also despise the way factory farms treat the cows and chickens that provide dairy and eggs).  I love steak.  I love bacon.  I also love how healthy and unprocessed lean meats are.  Lastly, I love that I’m not a bother to the people around me.  (I’m not saying all vegetarians are bothersome, but we’ve all met 1 or 2 of “those” vegetarians.)

salami

Kev trying the salami in Florence

 I also like that there are mom-n-pop farms that produce sustainable and ethically raised animals.  Sure, the animals still die, but who doesn’t?  I can live with that.  Many organic farms still aren’t as cruelty-free as I’d wish, but the link below states the differences between organic and conventional that show how organic is clearly a step in the right direction:

***Organic vs. Conventional Livestock Production: A side-by-side comparison (Jan. 2010)***

Soooo, I guess I try to limit my meat consumption, and I buy organic animal products as much as possible.  However, I’m just not ready to give it up yet.  Maybe I never will.

 

Have you ever had the “to be, or not to be” vegetarian debate?  If you are vegan/vegetarian, did you do it all at once or gradually make the change?

May 14, 2011

Weeeeeekend

Get the title?  It’s supposed to be “weeee” like fun.  Weekends are fun, and this one is no exception.  Last night began right after work.  Kev and I went to Wet Willie’s (though no, I did not have one of their famous daiquiris) at a bar and restaurant complex that was hosting one of my top five favorite bands, Fuel.  We got dinner, a few beers, and waited for our friends to arrive.  (We got a great spot on the patio with a view of the stage.)  The band was great, and I was so happy to be there.  It’s like my summer of flashbacks – Eve 6 two weekends ago and now Fuel?!?!  Sweet!

My Burger, Kev with Band Behind Him, & Fuel Rockin the Stage

***By the way, though I think Yuengling was a perfect compliment to my American burger, it’s soooooo not review worthy.

I began the morning with a morning run at 7:30 a.m.  I completed 4.86 hilly miles in 41 minutes and 3 seconds.  Woot!  Who knew burgers and beer were such power foods?  I was totally jammin to Pandora too, which probably helped.

Garmin GPS Rocks My Socks

From the pic, you can see I’m both happy and sweaty.  Shower time!  Then it’s nails time, hair appointment time, shopping time, and girlie movie with my friends time.  See, weekends are fun times!  Stay tuned for pics tomorrow, maybe you’ll notice the changes to my hair that my husband *always* seems to miss!  (ha… sorry Kev… love you)

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