Five Things Friday: Homeless Walk, Kashi, Wine & a Weigh In

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Happy Friday to my dear fans, friends and readers! I hope you all have the best weekend ever. I seriously just can’t thank you enough for all of your support, your love and your wonderful words of encouragement this week as I take such a huge leap of faith. It’s not going to be easy (I had a mental breakdown because of pie last night) but it’ll be worth it. And in that end, that’s what matters.

SO, let’s begin with Five Things!

1. Homeless Walk DC. DC folks, PLEASE COME. Support this incredible cause and see me, bright eyed and bushy tailed at 9 am on the National Mall!  There are so many heartbreaking stories with homelessness and it can happen to anyone, especially in this economy. Help the thousands of homeless who have lost everything and give them a chance to find their way again. If you can’t make it, you can still donate or sign up as a virtual walker! You can also follow along on Twitter tomorrow by following @hthdc and using the hashtag #homelesswalkdc!

2. Kashi.

I was sent a delicious box of goodies from Formula PR a few weeks ago and was asked to do some taste testing and reviews! I’m not one to turn down delicious goods, ESPECIALLY when they are Kashi. Kashi is my favorite brand for cereal [healthy with 7 whole grains!] and because of the hefty price tag, I don’t often get to eat it. I had a marvelous idea to make a kashi crusted salmon, but (surprise surprise) my husband ATE THE ENTIRE BOX of cereal I was going to use. I really can’t keep anything around him. So instead, I had a bowl of their Berry Blossoms for breakfast and am quickly working on my second. It’s seriously THAT good.

I’m actually thinking of crushing this up and having a berry crusted chicken. Thoughts?

3. Wine.

In addition to being sent Kashi, I also got two tetra paks of CalNaturale wine! If you aren’t familiar, this wine is made and farmed organically without the use of any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Plus, to make this wine even more sustainable, both brands of these wines are packaged in Tetra-Pak flexible packaging, which is better for the envionrment because they use less than half the greenhouse gasses, waste and energy in producing and transporting! Oh, and the wine is REALLY GOOD. Very crisp, very flavorful without any added “crap.” In addition to drinking it, I used the chardonnay to make this delicious green bean salad.


I drank the entire package of Cabernet. It was such a fresh, delicious wine. Fruity and not too dry.

4. Weigh in. GULP. So, in order to be more successful and accountable with my weight loss, I’m going to start sharing in my weekly weigh ins. Which, um, scares the sh*^ out of me. But, I want to be completely transparent and honest here so I have to do this. Plus, I’m so inspired when I read Gretchen, Kelly and Melissa’s weigh ins. It just makes me love them more! 

Today’s weight: 157.5. How am I feeling? CRAPPY. I seriously can not believe I’ve let myself get here agian. I promised I would never let myself get this close to 160 and I’m here again. So, that’s why I’m trying so hard to be accountable. I need to lose this to feel like me again, to feel comfortable, to feel confidant. I’m so happy in every other aspect of my life, it’s about time I take control of this rain cloud that’s been hovering over me and just kick it. Hard.

5. Edible Cornicopia.

Y’all, MAKE THIS for Thanksgiving. It’s so festive! Plus, it’s really good. I mean, you can’t go wrong with carbs right? Oh and you’ll save money on a centerpiece 🙂 Check out She Knows for the recipe!

HAPPY FRIDAY! What’s on your list today?

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  1. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    Don't let your weigh in get you down, you are on the right track and eat so well, you'll get where you want to be!! I think you're gorgeous anyway but that's just me. ;)
  2. Posted by Sean Rice on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    OMG that looks like the cornucopia of heaven!!! Nice work.
  3. Posted by Rachel on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    Don't worry about the number on the scale.  I, just like you, am carrying more weight then I want to.  I find that I have stopped weighing myself and just focused on how I feel and how I look in my clothes.
    You are gorgeous and a wonderful source of so much information...please don't let this get you down. 

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
  4. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    Happy Friday! This looks fantastic :D
  5. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    Wow, you're brave! While I lost over 100lbs, I shared my weigh-ins with my wife and with a small group of people I talked with daily, all also in the process of losing. But your forum is huge - I stand in awe of your "balls".
    One way or another, you can do this. I know how you feel, I had a slip-up over the holiday season last year and gained 17lbs back, but by April I was back to where I should be, thanks to some resolve and total, open accountability in front of my wife. :) You go girl, you'll feel awesome soon!
  6. Posted by Jill Fickling-Conyers on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    I've never tried a Kashi product I didn't like. The edible cornucopia looks so cool. Great idea for a holiday dinner.
  7. Friday, November 18th, 2011
    I am in love with Edible Cornicopia picture...sooooo pretty!!
  8. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Friday, November 18th, 2011
    That cereal sounds really yummy! Maybe I will get some this weekend! I love that cornucopia! It's so colorful and filled with yumminess! And I applaud you for the weight thing. I don't think I could ever be so brave. I bet this will be a great way to stay accountable though!
  9. Posted by Eliotseats on
    Saturday, November 19th, 2011
    I am searching out that cab today.
  10. Posted by The Dusty Baker on
    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
    That is a GORGEOUS picture! I want to eat it right now!!
  11. Posted by Meredith Turtletaub on
    Sunday, November 27th, 2011
    WOW your edible cornucopia is beautiful!  So creative