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Need Friday Night Date Ideas? Try Working Out Together!

20 May
If you live near the beach, jogging together should already be on your list of date ideas!

Live near the water? What could be better than a Friday evening jog on the beach?

I rarely workout on Fridays, which is ironic as it’s typically one of my “fatter” days of the week. Friday night is a fun time to relax with my husband and maybe some friends, so clearly I’m not too keen on welcoming the weekend by spending time at the gym by myself. One could argue that nothing is stopping me from getting up early and exercising before work, nothing that is besides my love of sleep and the desire not to be a cranky beast to everyone I come in contact with during the day. Thank me later people.

Living in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA doesn’t really offer much along the lines of scenic, fun outdoor activity. In fact, I would guess that the majority of our Friday evenings are either too cold to be doing anything outside or involve some sort of dreadful precipitation falling from the sky. Yuck. Luckily this is not always the case.

A few weeks ago we were “kicked out” of our house for an hour on a Friday evening. My first thought was to go get drinks somewhere, but then my husband, knowing my love for healthy date ideas, came up with this fantastic idea — going to the park for a jog! It was a nice day out and were planning to stuff ourselves with takeout from our favorite Thai place for dinner, so why not negate some of those calories beforehand? Brilliant!

We had so much fun with that jog (and felt so utterly superior) afterwards that we decided to do it again the next week. To switch our route up, we drove to a neighboring town, and my husband mapped a little route for us to jog using Map My Run.

Of course it’s pretty impossible to commit to Friday evening jogs every weekend. When the weather acts up or if we’re planning to meet up with friends or go out to dinner or something, it’s not always possible to fit it into the plan, and that’s okay. It’s just nice to have a fun little workout to add to our list of Friday night date ideas, when we don’t have anything else going on.

Trying to Lose Weight After a Wonderfully Fattening Honeymoon

4 Feb
If people give you honeymoon champagne, it's not polite to say "No thanks, it's only noon."

If people give you honeymoon champagne, it’s not polite to say “No thanks, it’s only noon.”

There are few times in life that I consider it acceptable to gain weight and my honeymoon is one of them! My husband and I just returned from eight glorious days in England. Don’t listen to any stupid rumors you hear about England being filled with bad food and unfriendly people — all lies! The food in England is ahh-mazing and the people are among the nicest group I’ve ever met.

We ate black pudding (I didn’t know what this was until we returned to the US. Yikes.) in the mornings, stuffed ourselves with afternoon tea sandwiches and biscuits in the afternoon, and spent the evenings plying ourselves with wine and one meaty dish after another. Besides the British goodness, they also have a superb representation of food from other ethnic cultures like Italian, Indian, and Mediterranean that we also dug our fat paws right into.

Yep, we couldn't even wait to take a picture before oinking this one down.

Yep, we couldn’t even wait to take a picture before oinking this one down.

Even though we did practice some self-restraint in the form of a few much-needed trips to the gym, it was no shocker that I came back to the US five pounds heavier than when we departed. Oh boy.

As one to never take gaining weight lightly, I resumed my normal diet of healthy eating the day we returned to Pittsburgh and practically jumped on the treadmill before getting off the plane.

Truth be told, I actually didn’t even weigh myself at all until about three days after our return when I didn’t feel like going to the gym and needed to shame myself into it. Well that plan worked.

I place a lot of blame on afternoon tea snacks for making me a fat American.

I place a lot of blame on afternoon tea snacks for making me a fat American.

I don’t regret eating my way through England with my husband, and I’m sure the same thing will happen the next time we go abroad, but I certainly can’t wait to lose weight! I know five extra pounds isn’t a lot, but it’s more than enough for me.

So how long do you think it will take me to lose my five extra honeymoon pounds?

How to Avoid the Relationship Fat Trap

14 Jan

As a lady, when you’re single, you typically don’t go out to eat very much. At least I didn’t when I was single. Sure, I hung out with my friends a lot, but we were usually doing womanly activities like shopping, seeing girly movies, and going out to the bars to man hunt. Sometimes these activities involved food, but even then we’d normally choose a restaurant that would be considered pretty healthy. Eating healthy was never not an option.

Then you start dating someone new and more than just your Facebook status changes — you immerse yourself in a love food coma.

Falling into the Fat Trap

One of the most popular (actually probably the most popular) couples outings is the dinner date. Whether you’re dining out at restaurant, eating takeout, or staying in to cook together, suddenly ladies you’re eating like a man. And it looks a whole lot better on him.

My husband is a studly 6’7 giant. He eats a lot (obviously). Even though he’s usually a pretty healthy eater, I would still look like Godzilla if I tried to match him bite-for-bite. It can be hard to resist temptation when he’s sitting on the couch eating his fifth snack of the evening, so most of the time I’ll have a bite or two when he offers. Then I remind myself that if I keep eating I’ll look like a big fat ape.

I’ll admit that sometimes I do let my inner fatty get the most of me, but we all know when we’ve gotten a little bit out of control, so it’s important to snap back out of it!

Avoiding the Love Gut

People find it odd that my husband and I don’t really share groceries, but we think it makes perfect sense. I want to have a salad and veggies for dinner every night, while he prefers man food. Some nights we eat together, cooking our respective dinner’s side-by-side in the kitchen, other times we don’t. I don’t have to get fat eating his man food and he doesn’t have to starve because his wife feeds him like a bird. This is our weeknight way of life and we totally love it!

We try not to really eat out too much for dinner on the weeknights, which helps to keep our wallets fat and our waistlines skinny, but we love going out to dinner on the weekends!

Salads are your friend.

Salads are your friend.

I won’t lie, I do truly love eating healthy, so even when we’re out to dinner I typically order a salad or something off the “lite menu.” This combats the fact that we pretty much always order an appetizer, wine, and tend to find dessert at some point in the evening.

Moderation is the key to avoid falling into the relationship fat trap ladies! You’re not a man, so if you think about it rationally, it should be pretty easy not to mimic the eating habits of the stud in your life. Don’t give up all your favorite indulgences, simply keep the number of diet splurges you allow yourself in check during the course of a week. You’ll be left with the feeling of satisfaction that you’re even hotter than the day you met him!