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Guilt

I have been trying all day to think of what I would write about. I don’t feel particularly happy or in a good mood. Yesterday was Internet-free day in our house and I felt liberated by the fact that I hardly took any pictures all day . . . of food anyway. I did take plenty of pictures of me, Corey and Callie in the park.

But there is one thing that has been on my mind all day. Corey and I have plans for a date night tonight. Since both of us have the next couple of days off work, it’s kind of nice (and a little luxurious) to have a date night in the middle of the week. We are going to one of our favorite places, Farm Burger. The burgers are made of grass-fed beef and every single ingredient is local and organic. The burgers are the best burgers I have ever had. Ever. I can really tell the difference in taste by eating all natural and local ingredients.

The problem that I have is guilt. All day long I have been feeling guilty for the fact that I will be eating a hamburger and onion rings and I have no idea how many calories are in them. I can’t seem to shake off this guilt or the feeling that I will gain ten pounds from the meal. Logically, I know that’s not possible. I know that it’s still possible for me to lose weight this week despite eating this meal. But I keep thinking about all the ways this meal could hurt me and my efforts to lose weight. I even contemplated restricting my calories for the rest of the day. I won’t. I know that not eating enough will make me want to eat even more tonight.

I am letting my guilt ruin my excitement over eating a wonderful meal and spending time with my husband. How do I get rid of this guilt? I am trying to talk myself out of this guilt, but that is much easier said than done.

It’s probably because my weight loss is progressing so slowly. So slowly that I am afraid to eat anything I like because it may jeopardize my efforts. But I feel the effects of my workouts. I actually have a little bit of definition in my biceps now. I see muscle for the first time in a long time. My abs, triceps, quads and thighs are sore from yesterday’s Jillian Michaels workout. Those are good things. Regardless of what pants size I am currently wearing, I know that I am getting stronger.

I know this post has been a bit of a ramble. I appreciate you guys for hanging in there with me. I feel better just by venting. I love the support that the blogging community provides. :)

And now I am going to end this post on an upbeat note: some pictures of me and my little family at the park yesterday. I love this weather!

Playing Fetch!

Taking a break from playing for some petting time

Red Flag

Today was an incredibly long day at work so I am going to make this post brief. I’m exhausted!

I did want to share today’s health tip: know your “red flag” menu items. Avoid restaurant items such as battered, bottomless, breaded, cheesy, buttery, creamy, crispy, fried, etc.

menu from Farm Burger

I am torn about this one. While I do agree that those things can be bad for you, who doesn’t like something bottomless, cheesy and fried every once in a while? :)

I don’t eat those types of food all the time and that is not because of the amount of calories in them. It’s because if I eat too many fried foods, I feel like crap. I can feel the difference in my body when I eat something that is overly processed and greasy. I guess the moral is all things in moderation!

Tonight my husband and I had my FAVORITE healthy version of fast food.

Lean ground beef on a Farmer’s Market bun and fries that are baked and taste amazing. This is my favorite bun ever. It is baked fresh at the Farmer’s Market and only has about five ingredients. And it has a sweet, buttery taste that is out of this world. Yes, buttery is a red flag word and I just don’t care. This menu has less calories and grease than fast food, but it’s even more delicious.

I do have to admit something. After the health tip about making sure to eat breakfast, I did something I never do: I skipped breakfast.

I know . . . it’s a shock. But I had a good reason, I promise. I had a horrible migraine this morning (that I had to work through) and I was feeling extremely sick to my stomach. When I got to work, I took something for the nausea and eventually I started feeling better. But I did not eat anything until around 11:00 am, at which point I had some Peanut Butter Puffins (dry) and pineapple. It was tasty, but not super filling.

I definitely felt the difference in my body as a result of not eating breakfast. I was hungry all day and felt like I could have eaten off my own hand. It’s a good thing I didn’t bring more snacks to work because I would have eaten way too much. Remind me to never do that again. I don’t really need a reminder though. But today was seriously not normal for me. Even when I am not that hungry in the morning, I always eat something no later than 10:00 am. Live and learn. :)

What is your favorite healthy version of junk food?

He’s home!

Today was a good day. Yesterday I felt really crappy. I think it was a combination of lack of sleep, a long day at work, not enough food and of course . . . missing my husband. He has been on a business trip all week and he was due back today.

I had to work (unfortunately) and his flight didn’t get in until after I was already at work. So he stopped by my office for a second or two just because he couldn’t wait to see me. :) And he brought me a present!

Biscoff cookies from the airplane! I love these things. I should try the Biscoff spread that everyone keeps talking about.

To celebrate Corey’s return, we went to our new favorite burger place: Farm Burger.

The beef is 100% grassfed and all of their toppings are locally grown. They are so incredibly delicious. I got a burger with pickles, roasted garlic, arugula, and caramelized onions. Yummy!

Not only do they have the best burgers in Atlanta, but they have the best onion rings in Atlanta as well.

We haven’t been to this place in quite a while, so it was a nice treat.

After I gave my food some time to digest, I did manage to sneak in a quick workout. Since I actually own the Jackie Warner total body workout now (thanks Borders gift card!), I did the 15 minute total body circuit. This was the first time doing this workout because I always did the 40 minute total body workout that was On Demand. While I wouldn’t choose to do the shorter version every single time, this was a nice option for when I don’t have the time (or the inclination) to do a longer workout. And even with just 15 minutes, Jackie Warner still knows how to break a sweat! Now I’m just trying not to feel too guilty because I did 15 minutes instead of 40.

Now I am relaxing with my husband and enjoying some quality time. I’m having a craving for waffles, so I think I’m going to search for (or create) a new recipe. Corey’s home and he always makes me breakfast on Sundays! :)

Hope everyone else is having a great weekend.

Best Burger of My Life

Sorry I have been absent all weekend, but I have been in bed ALL weekend long with an excruciating migraine. I’ll get to that part in a minute, but first . . . I want to tell you about the BEST burger I have ever had in my life.  Seriously, I’m not exaggerating.

On Saturday night, Corey and I went to this little burger joint in Decatur called Farm Burger.

This place has gotten rave reviews for their burgers and was on AJC’s top 5 list for having the best onion rings in Atlanta. I have also been dying to try it because all of their beef is grass-fed and raised locally. Also, all of the veggies and ingredients you get to put on the burger are also gotten locally.

The place has a basic menu. Burgers, fries . . . and that’s it. They did have a veggie burger and I also saw sweet potato fries on the menu, which I may try next time I go. You can choose from a wide selection of veggies, cheeses, and other toppings. I went simple and got e basic burger with pickles, Farm Burger sauce, and arugula (have to get some veggies in somehow).

massive burger

Oh.My.God. Best burger ever . . . the bun was warm and toasty and the meat had this spice to it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was a very delicious burger. Almost orgasmic. :)

And of course, I could not overlook the onion rings. When I heard they were supposedly the best, I HAD to get them.

They were even better than the burger, if that was even possible. Crispy and greasy, without being overly so. There was only one complaint I had about the onion rings. They came with some paprika mayo for dipping. Now, I will be the first to admit that I love dipping my fries into mayonnaise (maybe it’s a Southern thing), so I was excited to try that dipping sauce. However, I thought the flavor was a bit strong and it would have been too much to dip all my onion rings in all that mayonnaise. So I just stuck with good ole’ ketchup. I was still happy with that. :)

Corey was very happy with his burger as well and he actually ordered a basket of Parmesan Garlic Fries.

Talk about addicting . . . . these things were awesome! You could tell that these were made with REAL Parmesan and REAL garlic, none of that powdered crap. And I’m sure you can see it in the photo. I think that’s why they tasted so good, because of the ingredients that were used.

All in all, an awesome meal and if I am ever craving a burger I know exactly where to go. It is a little pricey for a burger place, but I think it’s totally worth it especially when you are eating food that is free of preservatives and any hormones. Hands down, this is the best restaurant that I have eaten at in a while.

Of course, that was the highlight of my weekend. Earlier that day, I had taken Mucinex to help with my congestion (I had been dealing with a cold for several days). However, this was a Mucinex formula that I had never taken before and it contained pseudoephedrine, which (unbeknownst to me) can cause migraines).

Corey and I had dinner and then we went to the nearby Farmer’s Market that we love. As we were checking out, that’s when I started feeling ill. Usually, I can go home sleep all night and the migraine will be gone the next day. However, the migraine was STILL there when I woke up on Sunday, even after sleeping for 9-10 hours. So I spent the whole day curled up on the couch. My headache kind of ruined our plans to go to an apple orchard and pick apples too. :( Oh well, I guess there’s next weekend.

Today I am feeling a little bit more human. My migraine is gone and my cold seems to have cleared up (most of it anyway). Thank goodness.

I haven’t worked out in days, mostly due to my cold. And yesterday’s 2nd round of a migraine ruined my plans for working out then. My body is craving some kind of movement, so I hope to give it what it needs this evening. And since I ate junk food on Saturday and ate practically nothing yesterday, I need to get back on track with my eating as well!