Finding a work-out partner

I tend to not be very successful when it comes to having a work-out partner.  With my random schedule, it’s hard to find someone who can match it.  Lately my desire to play tennis again has left me on a mission to find people to play with since I just can’t seem to do that alone.  I started on Facebook and ended up probably hurting my friend’s feelings when she eagerly volunteered to play but I said no because she’d have to take her one-year-old.   Sadly, I told her I was too worried about the baby getting hit by a tennis ball as she just started walking and exploring the world. I still feel guilty about it but my paranoia runs thick and last thing I would want to feel guilty about it pegging this gorgeous little blue eyed girlie in the head!

So I continued my quest.  I started to deeply ponder who I could play tennis with.  There’s still that 19 year old who hits on me that I met in tennis last semester…  hmmm….   I could play with my other young and hot friend but he’s just so much better than me that it’s a waste of time for him…  I could post an ad on craigslist but then I’ll probably end up with some crazy person who collects hundreds of those old glass McDonald’s cups and will invite me to come over to see them after we play or awkwardly stand around after making small talk…

Then out of the blue, my two good friends Megan and Eric said they would be down to play as I expressed my longing at a recent BBQ.  Yes!

I also discovered that two other separate friends are down to go ice skating with me during adult skate at the Snoopy Rink!  Thanks Nicole and Jake!  Yay!

It’s been two weeks of tennis on Wednesdays and I’m so happy to be playing again.  Megan, Eric, and I had a BALL as we played around, each taking turns being the lone person on the opposite court.  Now that was a good work-out, when two people team up on one side it results in the opposite person constantly running back and forth.  It was awesome!  I was SO sweaty.  That’s so rare.  🙂  About half an hour into our tennis playing, I heard the familiar sound of Brahm’s Lullaby, the soothing sound for sugar that many Petaluma people would recognize quickly with perked ears.  It was our local ice cream man, John, driving around the cul-de-sac about to take his break.  Feeling incredibly deserving, I instantly suggested we give up playing to get ice cream.  Megan seemed down for my suggestion while Eric protested that getting ice cream would wipe out the whole point of us playing tennis.   I argued that eating ice cream would not affect our skill level but Eric stuck by his point and I decided against the ice cream, knowing it would give me something to write about on here.  Hah!   I guess he’s a  pretty good work-out partner.  😉

When you all work out, do you choose to do so alone?  Are there any people you love working out with?  How did you find them!?

I hope you all have a glorious weekend and I’ll be back next week with another weekly update on my second week of being back on the wagon.

Ta-ta!

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Low Carb Snack Ideas, A Guest Post by Tara at Media Remedial!

Good morning, friends! Today we have a very special guest post by a friend of mine, Miss Tara from Media Remedial! I met Tara at my first FitBloggin’, and we were both shyly twirling our hair and looking around for a kindred spirit that was heavy on media criticism and also loved cats. (Ok, maybe we weren’t twirling our hair, but it sounds cute, so you know.) We found each other and now I’m proud to have Tara as a friend. Given that I’m a week in to my lower carb eating per my PCOS diet, I asked Tara to share her favorite low-carb snacks. She’s lost a ton of weight on a low carb plan, and after reading her post, I have to say… I’m hungry! Enjoy!

Tara and Alyssa bond over their crazy cat lady status at FitBloggin’ 12.

Hello, Double Chin Diary readers!

My name is Tara, and Alyssa asked me to write a guest post on one of my favorite topics: LOW CARB SNACKING! I’ve been a low carb dieter (sometimes the lifestyle; often the desperation) for awhile now, and snacking is one of the tougher things as a low carber. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I slip into full-on carb-eating if snacks aren’t handy when I need them. Oh, and I want to say in advance: I haven’t been paid in money or goods by any of the companies listed. These are really the things I consume.

Before we get started on the usual suspects, always be ready for hunger emergencies: I keep individual packs of peanuts around the house and in my car trunk. I’m allergic to tree nuts and seeds, but those would work, too–just make sure to eat them occasionally. You don’t want years-old peanuts. I usually have a chocolate chip cookie dough Atkins bar in my purse, too. It is usually smooshed, but it’s good when I need it!

Now, these are some of the snacks I eat on an occasional basis (most still have carbs, so too much of a good snack is simply too much):

  • The aforementioned peanuts
  • CarbMaster yogurts (made by Kroger, but look for similar items in other stores)
  • Kale chips (there’s a huge variety of brands)
  • Flax Snax (eat like a chip or use like a mini cracker or melba toast)
  • Cheese
  • Deli slices of meat (wrap up the cheese and deli meat together–with some dijon mustard)
  • Jerky (many varieties, but check the carbs; too much teriyaki can ruin a great snack)
  • Celery with peanut butter (Simply Jif seems to be on the lower carb end)
  • Cucumbers as chips or crackers–load ’em up with cheese, spinach dips, veggies, etc.
  • Low carb wraps/tortillas (I like Tumaro’s, but I’ve heard that some people like the Tortilla Factory) with peanut butter and sugar free jelly
  • Dill pickles
  • Sugar Free Oregon Chai with Hood Calorie Countdown (or some lower carb milk product like soy or almond)
  • Keep a bag of spinach around, and it’s easy to toss some spinach and a low carb dressing onto a plate for a quick salad with barely any prep. I also use pre-cut onions, mushrooms, and peppers when I make omelets, and those pre-cut things are easy to toss onto the spinach for that little salad, too!
  • Smoked salmon (you can even buy it wrapped up with cream cheese–check the fish area at your local grocery store
  • Breyers CarbSmart ice cream bars
  • Hard-boiled eggs – eat them plain with a good herb mix, deviled eggs, or the slacker approach: Pick up some ready-made guacamole from Chipotle, the produce section, etc. and put guacamole in the egg white section–the opposite of deviled eggs: Holy Guacamole eggs!
  • CRACKERS. Crackers made entirely of cheese! Pick up Kitchen Table Bakers crackers at Fresh Foods, or visit their website to find out more places where they’re sold (I see them often).

If there’s a sushi section at a grocery store near you, check their case or ask if there’s someone making it fresh: I recently found some spicy tuna rolls with no rice–just tuna and avocado–wrapped up with cucumber slices! It was pricey but for an occasional high-end treat, this can be awesome if you’re a sushi fan.

A snack of cheesy avocados reflects the amount of cooking I usually do, and the results are worth the effort:

  • Split and pit an avocado (I use the most awesome OXO tool), put it on a foil-wrapped tray of some sort, and spray (I use an olive oil cooking spray) or brush olive oil on both halves.
  • Generously sprinkle a great herb mixture over them. I use one I got at a farmer’s market. It contains lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano basil, sage, lemongrass, and sea salt. Look for a good mix like that. But watch the sodium! Most cheese is already fairly salty.
  • Heap the avocado hole with cheese cubes or crumbles (pick a cheese; any cheese). Maybe add some more herbs (or not), and pop them in the oven on broil.
  • Stick around, and in a few minutes, you’ll hear the cheese sizzling. Pull the tray out and take a cheese slice that you can tear to fit and layer it over the whole avocado. More herbs? Why not?
  • And back in the oven they go. Keep an eye and ear on them, but very shortly, after the cheese gets a little melty (but not runny), they’re done!
  • Pull them out, grab a fork and knife, and enjoy. You can cut to the avocado skin, and then you get a magical bite of avocado, herbs, and cheese. SO GOOD.

Something I’ve found helpful: I don’t always keep a log of my meals, which tend to be fairly consistent, but I always keep track of my snacks (and new meals) to see how they affect my weight loss. If I see the weight steady just as I’ve started with a new snack or more of a snack, I cut back.

One more emergency/on the road tip: If I’m desperate for a snack when I’m out and about, I go to McDonald’s. And it ain’t for salad (though that’s a fine meal option). I usually get a double cheeseburger or a McDouble (the former has two slices of cheese; the latter only has one) with no bun and no ketchup. Done. It’s about $1, and they get that special order all the time. Sometimes, I’ll just get a cheeseburger, but if I’m desperate enough for the drive-thru, extra protein/fat is probably a good idea. Usually, they’ll add lettuce to it so you can pick it up, and it comes in a handy bowl. I admit, sometimes I just use the lettuce as my bun. It happens.

Something I don’t recommend: I LOVE sugar free candy, but even if it doesn’t mess with my digestive system (the sweeteners often will) I find that it usually messes with the scale. I do much better, weight loss-wise, if I skip these entirely.

I hope these snack ideas have been helpful. I am such a slacker and don’t REALLY cook, but I admire the folks who do. If you want more snack ideas and recipes, a woman named Vicki seems to run a great Pinterest page. I found it after I wrote this piece, but it already has me drooling over these new ideas to try when I’m feeling a little ambitious. Happy snacking!

You can find me (Tara Scherner de la Fuente) over at Media Remedial. It’s my business website (I’m a freelancer with a few different hats), and if you click on my blogs link, you’ll have access to my Health blog, where I talk about weight loss, body stuff, and fitness. I also tweet: @MediaRemedial