Sunday, March 25, 2012

Say YES to the dress!

I did it! Today I actually SAID YES TO THE DRESS!

This was the third time trying on wedding dresses. The first time was in Florida. Then I found a bridal shop here in Denver (Longmont, CO acutally). My friend, Sondra and I went last week where I tried on a bunch of different dresses. I ended up narrowing it down to two dresses, and I could not make up my mind. This had made me more stressed than EVER when it came to dress shopping. 

I spent all week going back in forth in my mind which dress I liked. Sondra had taken pictures of me in both dresses. Each time I looked back at the pictures, I became more and more torn. 

In retrospect, I also made the mistake of asking my Mom and the girls at work what they thought. This only confused things even worse. 

Now, up until today I had actually never seen the TLC show "Say yes to the dress".  I knew I was going back to the bridal shop today, and I was determined I was going to buy my dress today, so I figured I might as well do my homework. Let me just say, I have been missing out by not watching this show! Very entertaining, especially as bride-to-be myself. 



I learned a lot, but most importantly I learned that less opinions is more. I won't be able to please everyone, so the biggest factor needed to be for ME to love it (sitting in it was a big factor as well, lol)! Unfortunately, when I first tried on these dresses I didn't get that "This is the one" feeling. I was nervous going back today that I still wouldn't know which one was "the one." Armed with my lucky wedding shoes and Sondra by my side, we made the 43 mile trek back to Longmont. 


As soon as I tried both dresses on again, to my surprise I did in fact get that feeling of "This is the one!" I no longer cared about what other people said (everyone said they loved both anyway), or what I thought other people would say (good or bad).

 

Once I tried on "the one" I couldn't stop smiling...until I paid for it! haha : )

 (Me outside the Bridal Connection in Longmont, CO holding my receipt after I said YES to the dress!)







Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shirataki!

.::DISCLOSURE: I am not a cook. I do not pretended to be one. Also, this blog is to remain strictly judgement free. If you do not agree to these statements, please do not proceed::. 




So as I stated earlier, I'm not a big cook. If anything I'm a baker, I get that from my Mom. When it comes to a meal, I like to refer to myself as a "preparer". I put things together; boil, microwave, bake, crockpot...but that's about it. 

One food that I came across a few months ago has now become a daily staple in my diet...

SHIRATAKI NOODLES!

Wikipedia's definition of these noodles are as follows:
Shirataki (白滝?, often written with the hiragana しらたき) are very low carbohydrate, low calorie, thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from devil's tongue yam (elephant yam or the konjac yam).[1] The word "shirataki" means "white waterfall", describing the appearance of these noodles. Largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber, they have little flavor of their own.


Most people that I've introduced these noodles to (Phil, my Mom, Sondra) all agree that the unique, ok down right weird texture is too much to get used to. However, I personally don't mind the texture at all, in fact, I kinda like it! It may have something to do with that the whole bag contains only 
40 CALORIES!

The calorie content is definitely a major plus! Once over the texture, the only other real complaint with these noodles is the initial smell once you open them. It's kinda very fishy. BUT all you need to do is rinse them off with water and they become tasteless and smell-less. After rinsing I also suggest drying them out with paper towels or a a plain towel so when you cook with them they're not all watery.

Rinse....
 ...then dry.

 Once you've done all that, the great thing about these noodles are ready to go (no boiling need, might want to heat them up in the microwave though) and they are pretty much tasteless, so you can add them to ANYTHING! Sir fry, spaghetti sauce, Chinese food, mac & cheese...anything! 
Some of my favorite mix ins are Laughing Cow cheese wedges, assorted flavored cheese seasonings and just plain ole' soy sauce, depending on what you're having with it!

Tonight's dinner was accompanied by a Lean Cuisine...I just mixed the noodles with the pasta sauce in the Four Cheese Cannelloni, added a side of broccoli with some white cheddar seasoning and voila...dinner is served! 



This meal is very filling and will run ya only about 380-400 calories (depending on the amount of seasoning you use)!

If you're a pasta lover and looking for something to substitute every once in a while, or just open to new foods, I would definitely consider trying Shirataki noodles! Here in Denver I find them at Whole Foods and Sunflower market. When I was in Kissimmee, Florida I found them in Pubix in the produce section by the tofu.







 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Better late than never!

I'm baaack! After posting my first "post" I kinda got side tracked with a little thing called life and neglected to keep this thing up to date! Therefore let me fill you in on the past month!

Trip to Florida February 23 - March 6:
*Booked a wedding venue and finally decided on a wedding date!! (October 26th, 2012)
 (Photo curtsey MikeBriggsPhotography/Google Images)

*Got engagement photos taken (dogs included!)
 (Here's just a little sneak peak...)

*Ran the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon with my Mom and sister-in-law! (Finished 1:58:19....longest half marathon ever for me, but finished on a bum ankle was more that enough to be a victory for me!)


*Went to the dentist (No cavities, baby!)
*Tried on wedding dresses for the first time (haven't found the ONE yet)
*Got to see some good friends in Florida like Marlyn and Jennifer (both are bridesmaids in my wedding)

*Went shopping!
*Went to the beach!

*Spent some quality time with my family!








After getting back to Denver it was back to work...(and back to filming some awesome dance dares at work)
 
(Here's a clip of one of the many dance dares taken...hoping to get a little compilation together before possibly sending to Ellen!)


Since being back in Denver:
*Booked a photographer and harpist for the wedding, ordered save the date cards, and bought my wedding shoes!
(UhOh...somebody's FABULOUS)

*Most importantly, I finally went to see a sport medicine doctor, got an MRI of my ankle and a diagnosis....

MILD ACHILLES TENDINOSIS

This diagnosis is both good and bad. Bad because the problem has progressed from Tendonitis (inflammation of the Achilles) to Tendinosis (microtears in the tissue in and around the tendon caused by overuse). The good news is that he is very optimistic that conservative treatment (rest, stretches and a brace worn only at night) will help. I'm even allowed to start slowly returning to running in a week or so. . .
 (The night brace)

So that's about it. If you're reading this, I hope my neglectfulness hasn't deterred your interest in my blog! My goal is to write a new post about once a week. . .I promise to try and keep it interesting and share some pretty cool things with you! This is only the beginning!