Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eating Healthy on Vacay & Bikiniiiiis

So I really thought last week's ORB giveaway would be a big fail, considering that no one knew what was in it but me. Apparently though, ya'll like surprises. So many people entered to win, and the fabulous Kate at was the lucky winner! So now that it's in the mail, look for a post on what was in it as soon as it arrives on her doorstep!

Now, I've talked a lot about my beach trip lately because I am supa excited. I love a good beach trip and this one has a special meaning. Saturday will be our 1 year wedding anniversary! Hooray...what a crazy, busy, fun and incredibly fast year it's been. I am so looking forward to spending a long weekend away with my lover boy.

The last time I went to the beach I weighed 204 pounds. We got engaged on that trip. I am excited to go back to the beach, weighing a lot less, even if I'm not exactly where I want to be. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to gain 4+ pounds from liquor and bad food choices, though. I should say, I am not a big drinker at all. I drink maybe once a month, and it's a glass of wine or two. Beach trips are a little different though. I might drink a bottle of wine a day, (whoa nah!)... I am going to be realistic and say I won't be eating chicken breasts and vegetables for dinner. I'm going to allow myself to live a little and eat something good. This being said, I want my eating to be as healthy as possible all day long, so that my cheats at night don't ruin my hard work thus far and my Operation Red Bikini goal.

I asked ya'll on IG for some healthy beach snack ideas and boy did you deliver. I got so many suggestions! I needed all the help I could get because my past beach snacks have included Lunchables and chips and dip. For real. Here are the great ideas you had:

  • Fruit (cherries, pineapple, watermelon and a ton of you suggested frozen grapes)
  • Fresh salsa
  • Cheese (someone suggested pepperjack with fresh pineapple!...can you say yum!?)
  • Turkey pepperoni chips
  • Nuts
  • Edamame
  • Trail mix
  • Pretzel chips, carrots or celery with hummus
  • Popcorn 
  • String cheese
  • Boiled eggs
  • Spinach dip made with fat free Greek yogurt, using Knorr brand veggie dip mix

All of these sound so good! We are doing our shopping once we get to our destination so I have an ongoing list of things we'll need. So many of these made that list, thanks to all of you:) 
I feel prepared and I'm not gonna sweat it if I eat a cheeseburger and drink some wine. It's vacation! 

I'm getting in another session with my trainer tomorrow, since we're leaving right after work on Thursday. Today we worked legs so I'm pretty sure I won't be able to walk tomorrow. Any takers on pushing me in my wheelchair? 

In other vacation-related news...bathing suits. I am in fact bringing the red bikini but I won't be taking any photos in it. Sorry world (be glad I'm doing you all a favor...) I ordered two other bikinis to wear and decided I'd keep the one I liked the most. Problem is I can't decide! These are the two I have:

 (minimizes bust, which I love, and the print is more my style..will leave a hellish tan line, though; wearing with a solid black bottom)

 (not crazy about the print but the top fits really well)


You will eventually see me in one of these suits as part of my "before", after I make some more changes.  

Awwwwwww shit.


  1. Loving the first bikini! Have fun on your trip:)

  2. I love those swimsuits! I'm **GASP** considering purchasing my first bikini after losing my first 30 lbs (even though I'm not sure I can muster up the courage to wear it yet, as I still have 40-some more to go to reach my goal).

    It's IMPOSSIBLE to find good suits that also - ahem - support the ladies. Where are these from??

    Carolyn @ http://fitnastyforlife.blogspot.com

    1. Top is JC Penney and bottom bikini is Old Navy. Both offer alot of support for the ladies!

  3. Both are beautiful. The print on the first one has great colors and with black bottoms, you will look amazing and S will be drooling:). Have fun at the beach and enjoy. Prepare for what you can and let the rest go. Happy 1 year!

  4. LOVE the first one! You have an excellent attitude & plan to make better choices throughout the day so that you don't regret a few splurges at night. Have a great time at the beach! You deserve it! And Happy Anniversary!!

  5. I love that bottom bikini! It's so hard to find tops to minimize/ at least make it so you don't pop out!! Have fun on your trip!

  6. I like the first bikini top. Have a great trip!

  7. i like the first one, super pretty colors too and i like the way its made! Pepperjack and pineapple come to mama!!

  8. Hey I'm glad to see that you got the Old Navy one. It's really supportive huh? I love mine. I ended up getting some hot pink bottoms from Target to go with it, because the ones from Old Navy that I got (not the ones you pictured) were really uncomfortable.

  9. Hmmm I like the first better but the tan line would deter me as well. Have fun!

  10. I really hope we can meet up whenever you get into town! But this momma will NOT be sportin any kind of bathing suit! Haha

  11. Happy anniversary!! How exciting! Love the healthy eating ideas and that you are preparing ahead of time :) The bikinis are so cute! Have a great time this weekend!

  12. Aww happy early anniversary :) I love the one on top - the bust minimizing one - yeah I need it like now, where did you get it?

  13. Thanks for the healthy snack ideas. make sure to IG that stuff so we can drool and be jealous over the pohnes! I like the top bikini because it's different and not your average bikini, and when you lay down to tan, you can just undo the straps...especially since it's an anniversary trip, bow chicka ow ow! Have a great time!

  14. I'm so excited for you!!!! I could really use a destination vaca! I love the first top I have one just like it in black and it does make my small boobies look even smaller! and you're right it leaves a crazy tan line so if you do choose that one it's my pic just put sunblock on your chest so you won't get the crazy tan lines! I'm so exctied for you!!! You're gonna rock those bikini's!!!!

  15. Happy Anniversary!!! Have a great time!

  16. Both suits are fab!!! You will look amazing in whatever one you choose! Hell, get both!!

  17. awwww shiiiitt. both are super cute, I wish I could wear those! (i have huge boobs so it is a pain fitting into normal people tops!)
    and happy anniversary!

  18. I like the top one best!

    both are cute though!