Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week Two: Progress NOT Perfection

Good Sunday Morning!!!

Another week in the books.

I am going to try to do these weekly posts about the week prior. They hold me accountable as a weekly progress, PLUS It helps for me to be honest. Because lets face it, not every week is what Instagram and Facebook show us lol.

Have to say that last week was slightly better than the week prior. Slightly. I wasn't  perfect but I was on point.

Let's start with my eating. I only ate out once. James brought home tacos on Tuesday. I originally didn't plan to have tacos that night, but it came up in conversation at work and you know what happens then. IT was stuck in my head and all I could think about was tacos.

I might have also went a little bit overboard with the chips, but I tracked and moved on from it.

I made awesome Chicken Taco Soup in the crock pot this week.

Chicken breast (depends on how many you want to serve, I used 3 big ones)
can of reduced sodium black beans
can of dark red kidney beans
a bag of frozen corn ( could have used a little less there was a lot of corn lol)
can of diced tomatoes
Some frozen peppers and onions
a packet of low sodium taco seasonings
chicken broth ( at first I used only half of the of the container and then added more later on) I wanted it a bit more with broth to really give that soup feel

Put in a crock pot and cook for low for about 6-8 hours, depending on your crock pot. Then the last 30 minutes or so, take the chicken breast out and shred the chicken. Add back into the soup and mix and let cook for a bit more. Then serve up.

I served mine with some fat free shredded cheese and some tortilla strips.

It was so good. Had a perfect amount of spice and was filling. Plus between the chicken and the beans, it was PACKED with Protein and because I had so much of it, I ate it for 4 nights. And I did not care one bit.

My breakfast meals have not been great in the sense of getting like GOOD protein, fat and carbs. I have been eating more on the go and light. Such as Belvita items or a protein bar, a quick yogurt. But at least I am eating breakfast.

Now at work, I bring my lunch every day. I do not get a lunch break. We work single coverage all day long and we can not close the store to get anything to eat. So I have to bring my food. I stick a lot to turkey sandwiches and tuna packets. I LOVE to add tuna to the Steamfresh pasta sides they have or Smart Ones or Trader Joe's Reduced Fat Mac and Cheese. It is so easy and quick and packed with protein.

I have to go grocery shopping to get some more staples in our house of the upcoming week. I need some grapes, some lettuce, some more chopped veggies and some frozen products.

Okay so eating was good. Still was a bit snack monster here and there this week, which happens. But heck I am a work in progress for sure.

So my working out was good this week, way better than last week for sure.

Started on Sunday with a run. A quick two miles because the weather was amazing here in Florida. It was literally in the 30's and it felt great for a quick change. Then I was watching Sherman that day, so we end up going on tons of walks through out the day and we did so.

Monday was almost a day that didn't happen. I ran a quick errand after work and then when I had gotten home, James had some left over Chipotle. I ate it because well its Chipotle. I did some work I needed to finish up and then downed some Spark. I knew I had to get a work out it in, I wasn't giving up. I went over to the gym and it was packed. I live in a small apartment complex with a gym that has like 3 machines. It is hard to get in there sometime.

But I didn't want to give up. So I went back home and goggled some work outs on YouTube. Found one that seemed good. It was High Intensity work out for beginners and I did that one for 30 minutes. Holy hell was it tough but good for my soul. Because my main source of cardio is running and well I struggle with that a lot too but to switch it up and do moves I never do. Was humbling because I am not as fit as I think I am and it brought me down to reality in a good way.

Tuesday I used as a rest day. Which I had planned anyway. Wednesday was Sherman day and we are constantly moving when we are together. So right away we went downtown and got a great 3 mile walk in. It felt nice to just walk it out. Sure we stop and smell everything, have poop and pee breaks, chase squirrels and pull me along with it. But he is an awesome work out partner.

Thursday and Friday fell into those rest days. I am working really hard on those days I close to do something. But dang sleeping in feels so great knowing I don't have to open, I can be lazy a bit in the morning, enjoy my coffee, that I want to do literally nothing. But I am working on it, slowly but surely.

Saturday I knew I HAD to run. I wanted at lest 2 runs in this week. I had opened and got out at 5, I came home sat down for a bit, drank some Spark and then hit the pavement. I was a bit anxious and had a lot of things going through my mind. I need to run it all out because I wanted to breathe again. I am not a fast runner at all. But I know I need to work some speed work into my routine. So I decided to do sprints for a good portion 1.5 miles. And then ran my regular run/walk for the rest to close at 3 miles.

Man sprints are HARD. I was dying. Legit dying. Not really but it felt so good to feel it in my lungs and that push. I will be doing sprints more often. And it felt great to just get into a different running a bit. It kept it going faster and then slower and kept me more focused.

My week was pretty great. I am happy with the progress from the week prior. I did have a 1.8 loss too.

This weeks goal, 3 running days, more WATER, I drink a ton but its hard at work sometimes, and adding more veggies to each meal and a little bit less snacking.

How was your week? What are you focusing on this week???

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week One-I Had Motivation but lacked Discipline

As you know one of my favorite people in this world is Bobby Bones from the Bobby Bones Show. I have posted about Bobby Bones many times of how inspirational and influential he is, especially in his social media account and on air. He is probably one of my favorite people to follow on those accounts and every morning when I commute to work, the Bobby Bones Show is on play.

Last week, I was able to listen in as I was opening at work. If I am not opening, I try to catch it on I Heart Radio on replay on my closing shift. But this was last Tuesday and it was right after the New Year. They were talking about resolutions. Mainly how so many do not succeed with their resolutions because they set them too unattainable or too many, or just lack the drive to want to succeed in them.

Such as I am going to lose 100 pounds this year. Or I am going to save so and so. All these really great resolutions with no plans in place. The idea is to take it small right. So Bobby Bones brought up a great idea and it has stuck with me all week.

Start small. Start with attainable goals. You know that quote everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, it is how YOU use them that make it matter. He mentioned that saying I am going to exercise this year is a bit vague. Because once you say I am going to exercise or on the extreme, saying I am going to exercise EVERY DAY puts you kind of already at a failure.

Because guess what you aren't going to do it every day. Lets be real, especially if you are new to this. BUT what you can do is this week I am going to work out twice this week. Then each week increase it a little bit more. So this week work out twice, maybe next week do the same, then slowly increase and get up to that 4-5 times a week.

Here is my real...I love planning right. I have TWO planners and I am pretty damn organized if I say so myself. Sure life gets in the way and I have lists upon lists. But I would say I love to live a structured life. I am Motivated to be better and do better, but sometimes I like the discipline.

Yup that's the key. And the next thing out of Bobby Bones mouth had me right there. He said Don't Be Motivated, BE Disciplined. That is where it is at!!

Anyone can be Motivated, but it is the discipline that keeps you going. The discipline is what gets you those pounds off and to the finish line and that couldn't have rang more true. When I was marathon training, I was of course motivated, the finish line was my motivation, but Running 20 miles there was not much motivation there. BUT what I did have was discipline because I knew I had to do it.

When I first started Weight Watchers, anytime I went out to dinner, I passed on bread or really looked into the menu not because of motivation it was the discipline that I had to know what was going to work for me. I still have that discipline when it comes to eating. I always make better choices. Because I know what can happen when I don't.

But when it comes to working out and running, this week was not the best. I of course was motivated, it is fresh start right, but the discipline was not there. I worked out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then Thursday- Saturday came.

I had planned a rest day on Thursday anyway but my allergies started to really kick in and I just felt horrible all day. So I had planned on Friday and Saturday to make up for it. Well....

I am real and honest and after and before work, I just didn't want to do it. I knew I had to, but my discipline was not there.

So while I would love to sit here and say Yes, I took on the first week of the month head strong and did amazing. In my heart of hearts, I did not. I lacked the discipline because I let excuses creep in. It happens and I know it happens, but I won't let it derail me and give up. I just know this week I will be better.

I know what I have to do and how to get it done. Heck 3 days out of 7 is a good turn around. But I have to remember that even if I have a bad day, I have to pick myself up and start over, not keep it lingering into the new week.

SO Bobby Bones of course motivated me with that simple phrase...Discipline. I am taping back into discipline and I will succeed.

How was your first week of the new Year???

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Random, Maybe You Knew or Didn't Know Things About Me

Good Morning!!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year! I hope you had a great New Years Eve and Day and spent it with family and friends. I hope if you set some goals or resolutions this year, you are off to a great start!!!

Nanci and I are back with our Top Ten Tuesday love, but we are switching it up this year. We are only going to do it twice a month and our topics are going to be different, that way we get a little bit of everything and keep it fresh. Make sure you check out her blog every Tuesday too, to see what fun Top Ten List she has going on.



This week I am posting my first one of the New Year and giving you 10 Things About Myself you probably might not know!!!


10. I have never been out of the country, except to Canada. I love to travel and would love to travel out of the country, I have a bucket list all ready set up for it.

9. I am an only child. Even though I didn't have any brothers and sisters, I really didn't mind. I was never alone and always had cousins around or my grandparents and friends. I honestly never wanted any brothers and sisters either.

8. I worked as a bus girl into waitress at a summer resort. Working at that resort was probably one of my favorite jobs of all time. I made an amazing amount of money those summers too and worked with some of friends. I met a lot of awesome families that would come up for the week from the city, since I lived in Upstate New York, we had more of a country and small town living vibe, it was a nice escape for them.

7. I prefer flavored coffee over just plain coffee and I never drink it black. I LOVE coffee which I have definitely stated a ton of time, but I always have to flavored creamer or flavored coffee.

6. My favorite color seems to change from time to time lol. Growing up I loved orange, then I went to yellow, in college I had my whole room pink and green and then I went to pink and black, I also had it red and black. I am pretty certain now my favorite is pink and teal, but we will see in the next couple of years.

5. I tried out for chorus when I was in the second grade. Yes, this is before they let anyone and everyone get into activities and I was denied being in the chorus because I didn't sing well. Believe me until this day it still haunts me.

4. When I was in HomeEc, we took a quiz to determine what we should pursue later in life as a career. I had a couple of choices, like a vet, a librarian and a secretary. I did my whole project as a secretary. I seriously wanted that Mad Men vibe before I even saw Mad Men, thankfully that changed as I got older.

3. I applied to only 2 colleges, a college in Massachusetts and Keystone College in PA. I didn't get into the one in Mass and Keystone gave me a scholarship. I had no clue Keystone was a private college or the money I would shed out, but it was away from home, I got accepted and figured why the heck not. It was the best decision I ever made.

2. I am a pretty outgoing person but if I have to go to an event on my own, I get really nervous at first. I tend to stand off to myself until I finally open up a bit. I don't like new areas very well but I know it is outside of my comfort zone and just do it.

1. I can sing the whole song Whomp There It Is, word for word and I even would video tape myself doing it when I was younger and if I was given the chance at karaoke, that would be my song!!!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!!!!

Good 2017 Morning!!!!

Holy crap it is 2017. I mean wasn't it just 2016 yesterday!!!

Haha, I crack myself up and kicking off 2017 strong with the humor!

But seriously, I am I know it was coming, but dang it is crazy that 2017 and January 1 is now.

There are some things I LOVE to do on this day. One is wake up and not feel horribly hung over. I can check that off the list, we didn't do a damn thing yesterday. I had plans we were going to go out with friends and drink and all that stuff, but James really wanted to stay in and he wasn't feeling so hot, so we went to dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill, which by the way a hidden gem we always forget about.

I had a glass of sangria. Which turned into me getting a stuffy nose. For some odd reason when I drink, I get a stuffy nose all of a sudden. I looked it up online, of course, and I could have an allergic reaction to alcohol or I am dehyrated. Sucks either way. I was sooo stuffed from dinner, we went home and crashed on our couches. Seriously I had to set an alarm so we could see the ball drop.

Then we had our midnight kiss and off to bed we went. This is 31 people and I have to tell you, I am 100% okay with it. Because I slept in today, well I woke up super early and forced myself to go back to bed, it is a day off anyway for me. And I slept in because I wanted too, not because I was hungover and throwing up.

Plans for kicking off the New Year is as follows, watch hours of the Twilight Zone, work on my planners, by a new calendar, dragging James to the mall quickly to do so, nap, probably get at least a mile run in, just because and then watch the Redskins hopefully make the playoffs. Also maybe fitting in some time for starting a new book in there.

Okay so lets take a little bit about goals and resolutions. I prefer the term goals and we are sticking to it. I set a bunch last year and I am not sure I followed through 100 with any of them, BUT I didn't give up the year ended and I just didn't hit the goal. Such as set a goal to read 50 books and I only go through 42. Heck that still is a lot of reading and so much more than I did the year prior. I wanted to get a sub 30 minute 3 miler and well I think I have gotten a bit worse with my pace because of my hip BUT I did complete a 100 day running streak last year.

So while I didn't do great with weight loss, I did track every day on My Fitness Pal, did I track perfectly, NOPE. But I tracked. And I stayed roughly the same weight.

Okay so the past is in the past right and now today is a day to start fresh.

My goals for 2017 are...

1. Lose 15 pounds and tone up!! Yes I need to lose some more weight for sure, I am feeling fluffy. BUT also I need to not be so hard on myself. I work hard on this weight loss, I make really great decisions but sometimes I have to take a seat back and appreciate how I look and the qualities I have. I am going to continue to track on My Fitness Pal and do a little bit more into Macro counting. I am going to snack more with veggies and fruit and really try to nip that carb snacking in the butt. I love pretzels and crackers. And limit to just one sweet treat a day, it can be a healthy one too.

2. PR a half marathon this year! My current fastest half marathon was 2:29, right under 2:30 I am shooting for anything better, preferably 2:20. I am running the Rock and Roll Nashville Half Marathon in April and I would LOVE for it to be that one. I am still on the fence about the Safety Harbor one in February just because I did not have a great run with it last year. Probably one of my worst half marathons, feeling wise. But I will run something for SFBDR. The Nashville one is what I am planning for. I will stick to a routine, because you know how I LOVE structure!!

3. I am going to be realistic with my work outs and running this year to. I usually set 1000 miles in 2016, pay myself for every mile. That pressure throws me off sometimes. What my goal is to track in my fitness planner all my work outs. Running at least 2 times a week, and then working out the 2-3 days. That is real plan for me because I am going to be real, work is a pain in the ass sometimes and it  gets in the way for my life. I am on my feet all day long, running laps in that store and well I get tired. BUT I know I have to make a true effort to do better, by working out in the morning and after and I will.

4. MORE EXPERIENCES. I know that sounds super vague but sometimes I feel I live my life just going through the motions. I see so many younger people doing all these great adventures and James and I sit and do the same old, same old, which don't get me wrong, I love a night in with the rest of them. But I want to do more, FUN. More concerts this year, more plays, more night outs, more little things we can do together without breaking the budget. We actually bought some Groupon's to go to some breweries and a wine night out. We have plans for some concerts and well Nashville is our big trip. I am ready to just make some memories this year rather than gifts, if that makes sense.

5. Reading more. My goal again is 50 books. I am in love with the library and I love reading, this year I will hit 50 BOOKS. Also getting back in my book club and a blog post about the books too.

6. MORE BLOGGING. Yes, I have taken a back seat a bit. I do a lot on Snapchat, FaceBook and Insta but sitting down and coming up with a post, man that gets hard sometimes. And this is coming from a girl who loves to talk lol. So with the help of Tampa Bay Bloggers and my bestie Nanci, I will be more involved, more in depth and more fun.

7. Purging. Not the scary movie kind of purge but purging of crap and stuff in our apartment. This might be our last year in this apartment and on to a house we go and James and I have a lot of shit! Seriously probably more than we should, so Organization on the home front is in full effect this year.

8. Budgting is a big one for me. I love to shop, seriously I do. But sometimes I tend to go a bit overboard and not save and then the shit hits the fan and I am scrambling. Being honest I have a ton of debt too, thanks to college and well being careless in my early 20's with credit cards. So this year it is time to buckle down. I have pinned that 52 week challenge and we have Dave Ramsey set up. My savings account is ready to be filled up.

9. Filling my Love Tank. James and I have been together for well over 8 years. And we have had lots of ups and lots of downs and sometimes the downs seem to go one forever. So I need to Fill My Love Tank back up with him. And I understand it goes both ways. So this year really focusing on us.

10. And lastly being more positive, gracious and time to be with friends and Sparkle. Okay, I just added probably 3 things into this last one, I wanted to end on 10 because then I start to get a bit stir crazy lol. But continuing my healthy and positive outlook on life two years ago, really has changed me. It has made me a better manager, teammate, leader, friend, daughter, girlfriend, etc. I find the goodness in all and I remind myself of it. I started a journal last year of writing one positive thing a night and I did good and then I forgot, I mean who forgets that. So I am continuing that on.

So that is it. Those are my goals for 2017 and my word for 2017....

SPARKLE.

Seriously I know it seems silly, but Sparkle is defined as

spar·kle
ˈspärk(ə)l/
verb
verb: sparkle; 3rd person present: sparkles; past tense: sparkled; past participle: sparkled; gerund or present participle: sparkling
  1. 1
    shine brightly with flashes of light.
    "her earrings sparkled as she turned her head"
    synonyms:glitterglintglistentwinkleflashblinkwinkshimmershinegleamMore
  2. 2
    be vivacious and witty.
    "after a glass of wine, she began to sparkle"
    synonyms:be lively, be vivacious, be animated, be ebullient, be exuberant, be bubbly, be effervescent, be witty, be full of life More
    antonyms:dull
noun
noun: sparkle; plural noun: sparkles
  1. 1
    a glittering flash of light.
    "there was a sparkle in his eyes"
    synonyms:glitterglinttwinkleflickershimmerflashshinegleam
    literarycoruscation
    "the sparkle of the pool"
  2. 2
    vivacity and wit.
    "she's got a kind of sparkle"



    And that is what I plan on doing this year!!!! 

    Thank you for continuing on this journey with me. Cheers to a new year,  new beginnings, new miles, new foods, & new chapters!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Some Highlights from 2016

Well Hello!!!!!

I know it has been quite some time since I have posted anything. With work, life has been super crazy and FINALLY, finally I am able to sit down with some time for myself and relax and unwind. This holiday time frame has been truly cooko!! But we made it through and it was a good one actually, probably my best holiday with Things Remembered. So the long hours and craziness of the store made it worth it in the end.

Today is New Years Eve and I thought a perfect time frame to look back on some of the highlights I had from this year. Its funny, this year was a weird year for me. It was up and down and a little bit of everything in between, but for me it wasn't a horrible year, but it also wasn't the greatest of years. I was trying to think of some highlights from this year and I thought at first nothing really great happened to me BUT  A lot actually did.

It is those little moments that really make the impact. So here are a few of my favorite moments of the year...

My family came to Florida!!! Poppy, Uncle Kevin, Uncle Keith, and my cousin Savanna all came and spent a week with me Florida with James. We had the best time too. We did tons of touristy things and I got to spend lots of one on one time with my Poppy. It was great to show them where I lve and everything I do and spend time with them in a new environment then our typical format. Plus they got lots of one on one time with James too which was great.

I went to the St. Pete Pride parade with my Uncle Keith. My Uncle Keith is gay and while they were down on vacation the Pride parade was being held. This also was a week or so after the shooting in Orlando of the gay club, we were of course nervous to attend because being are crazy. But my Uncle Keith, my Uncle Kevin and cousin Abby all went. And it turned out to be the best night. The parade was super long but so much fun. We got so much free stuff and just had a blast. It was one of those moments I would never get back again BUT so happy I got to experience it.

I bought my car in January. After and unexpected turn of events with my old car, it literally just died one morning, I had to go and buy a new car. The moment was not that I was buying a car, it was I was doing it on my own and I had budgeted and saved enough to put down a good down payment and feel comfortable with it. This moment was also tough because I was giving up my old car and that car was my everything. My dad bought me that car. I had my white Ford Focus for almost 10 years and I ran it until it just had enough. I loved that car because my dad specifically went to the dealership and bought it for me. But times were moving on and I needed a new one and I got my white Chevy Cruze.
And I know my dad would have been proud.

I really became apart of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Nanci had recommended I join this community of awesomeness to grow my blog and my followers and honestly to meet new, exciting and super driven people. And it has been the best thing for me. While my blog this year hasn't always been exciting, sorry about that, that will change in 2017, being a part of this group and community has helped me in so many ways. I am trying new things, learning so much and having tons of fun along the way. The opportunities have been incredible and I can not wait to continue and grow in the new year.

James coming home to NY with me. James and I have been together for close to 8 years and neither of us have been to each others hometowns for a lengthy part of time. I have been to his for just a day or two and he had never been to where I am from. Well that changed in October when we went home for a wedding together and he came along, FINALLY. I was sooo excited to show James where I grew up, the memories I had and show him where this little girl started. It was so neat showing someone the beauty of where you lived, even if you never saw that beauty in the beginning. He loved where I was from and we had an absolute blast, it really was a special weekend and moment.

Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots concert. Boy was this a night to remember, even though I don't remember most of it. Nanci and I went to the concert and had an absolute blast, so much fun, mixed with a lot of drinks, but a great time none the less. I love Bobby Bones and the Bobby Bones show and the concert was the icing on the cake for me. The drinks we had before and during were a lot but it made for a girls night out like no other!!

My 100 day running Streak. Yup I forgot this year I did a lot of running. I really, really got back into my groove with running for just fun and I made it interesting starting on May 1. My friend Jen, was doing a run streak of her own, she started to do a year long one from Nov. until the following Nov. which by the way she ran 365 days, every single day for a full year and is still currently going, she is my running Goddess!!! I started May 1 to run at least 2 miles every day just to see if I could do it. Just to get out there a little bit out of my comfort zone and well I finished in May and figured, okay I'll go to my birthday and do at least One mile a day. Well then that came and I figured lets just go to 100 days of running. It was tough and it was hot and some days it was more of crawl then a run a but I completed it. I ran my final mile in PA when I was visiting Lea. It was bittersweet But one of the best things I did. I will do a run streak again, the discipline and determination lit a fire in me like no other.

Being there for Lea in her most time of need. My best friend, Lea, lost her husband this past August to cancer. Tony fought for so long and so hard and passed away too quick. While this is not a highlight or moment of happiness this year, it was a message to me that life is too short. I love my best friend with everything I have, seriously no one understands and gets my like Lea...and when she hurts I hurt, literally. So I changed my work schedule, with out even giving it a second thought and I flew to PA to be with her. There was nothing that was going to change or hold me back from that. I needed to be with her no matter what, even if I was just in the same room, it didn't matter. It hurt me to see my best friend, hurt so much, BUT God that girl is Strong. I couldn't imagine what she was feeling, but I held her hand and cried with her and I was there. And I will continue to be for the rest of my life.

And then there is Sherman. Sherman is the most loving, sweetest and happiest thing that has come into my life this year. Sherman is my best little buddy, our friends dog. James works with a guy who lives alone and has a dog. Well I feel in love with the dog when he brought him over one day. I have been begging and begging James to get us a dog. He isn't a fan of animals and constantly says NO, or tells me when we get a house some day. I am coming to believe that day is never coming. Well insert Sherman and it has been the best replacement. I dog sit Sherman, while Greg, his dad, is at work and I am off of work. The schedule works perfectly and it is a serious winning combination. I love  his dog like no other. He makes me insanely happy. We go for walks, snuggles, car rides and sleep and play all day long. He never wants to go home and I spoil him like crazy when he is here. This dog seriously has opened my heart even more and it could be the best highlight of my year. The best part is by  having Sherman over so much, James has broken down and loves on Sherman too and has agreed to get me a dog!!!! More to come on that one.

So all in all 2016 wasn't horrible. It had some great moments with friends. James and I did more. We went to a Dierks Bentley concert for my Birthday which was amazing. We made some new friend and kept the old. We actually went out for some nights too. My family and I had a lot of exciting things going on, as 3 of my cousins had babies this year. My Poppy's health was better this year than in the past. My running was great this year. I was able to go to a work trip and event and learned a ton. I did 2 half marathons, I ran a bunch of virtual races and got back to loving the pavement again. Even though I am suffering through some hip pain, it will be all okay.

I have some good goals set up for the New Year...but we will have to see that for tomorrow!!!

What was a highlight from 2016 for you???

Friday, December 16, 2016

McDonald's Newest MacFamily & A Giveaway!!!

Disclaimer: As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given a gift card for my participation with McDonald's but all opinions are my own.

If there is one sandwich that defines McDonald's for most people it is the Big Mac. As to my boyfriend James, it is the best hamburger you can order thru a drive thru. And here is a little secret of my own, I have never had a Big Mac.

Yup! I have never ordered one. Mainly because of oh you know the whole weight loss issue thing I have. Ughhh, why can't good things be less.

Well, my prayers were answered because McDonald's introduced for a limited time, in Florida, the Mac Jr. Yes, a littler version of the Big Mac with all the same taste, minus one burger.


The Mac Jr. has a single layer beef patty with out the middle bun. It gives all the same great taste of the Big Mac, it just a smaller size. I sampled this one and I was loving it!! I 100% get why the Big Mac is such a huge hit and I prefer this smaller size. The pickles and the special sauce, the right amount of lettuce. It was so good. James who prefers something bigger, even enjoyed it. 

Now for James his appetite is a little bit bigger than mine and McDonald's also introduced the Mac Daddy of all Big Mac, we are talking a BIGGER BIG MAC. And they call it the GRAND MAC.. This burger is just that, it is HUGE. 

The Grand Mac is all the same of the Big Mac but with one-third pound of Beef!! It is a monster. It has all the same taste and love of the Big Mac, with just more. The Grand Mac comes in a cardboard container and the weight of it gives you the sense this is going to be huge. James took a look and was stunned, we both were with just how big this sandwich really is.


It is practically bigger than my head. It tasted great. And I can say James ate that whole thing lol. He came hungry for sure. While that Grand Mac is a bit much for me, I will happily stay with the Mac Jr.

Grand Mac!!!

McDonald's has been really listening to their customers lately with changes to their food and introduction of newer products and it is awesome to see and taste. The Mac Family is through early 2017 in Florida. It has not been introduced to the rest of the chain just yet, which will launch next year. McDonald's is really hitting a home run with this one by taking something that is so good already with the Big Mac and getting people to try new and bigger.

When I was sitting at the tasting, the GM mentioned how much he enjoyed this introduction especially for those growing up now. Some kids do not even know the Big Mac and now is a chance to take on a new generation of Mac lovers with new choices. It is a great thing. I am sure I will be eating a Mac Jr. in the future again for sure.

Another fun promotion that McDonald's is doing is a jingle contest around your own personal rendition of their famous Big Mac jingle. Follow here to enter...
  • Upload YOUR rendition of our Big Mac Jingle - http://bit.ly/2gnTJie - for a chance to WIN $100 & Big Mac sandwiches! #MyMacJingle #Sweeps

BUT that isn't all, I am ALSO giving away a 20.00 Gift Card for McDonald's that way you can try the new Mac Family for yourself!!! To enter is easy, peasy, just head over to my Instagram Account,
@Runchewsparkle and simply like the picture showing the McDonald's gift card !!

Yup it is that easy and I will choose a winner on Sunday!!! Good Luck and if you have the pleasure of trying the Grand Mac, the Mac Jr. or the Big Mac, let me know!!





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Songs

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It's Tuesday, it's December and it is Christmas time!!!

This week I am listing my favorite Christmas Songs. Let me start off with saying there is something so magical and special about Christmas songs am I right!! Christmas songs just give me a sense of peace but also can change my day in an instant. Thanks to my bestie  Nanci, she found me the Christmas station on the radio and now on my drive home from work, after a stressful day, I can unwind a little bit more with the sweet holiday sounds. 

Okay so here we go...

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10. The 12 Days of Christmas the MUPPETS version!! Growing up my mom had the Muppets Christmas carols record and I listened to that over and over, I even tried to find it on CD later on and had some luck, but the version they sing of the 12 days of Christmas always makes me laugh.



9. The 12 Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers. So funny and so true. Especially the parking at the mall lol.



8. White Christmas- Bing Crosby. My little cousin, who is not so little anymore, would only fall asleep to this song and you had to sing it to him. It was the sweetest thing ever and I remember laying on the couch with his little head on my heart singing this too him, while it snowed outside. One of my favorite moments and memories.



7. Where Are You Christmas? Faith Hill. This song is from The Grinch, the newer one with Jim Carrey and I absolutely love it!!



6. Must Be Santa- Mitch Miller. Another one I was brought up on. I was blessed to be raised by my grandparents and they only had a record player, but the best records around, especially at Christmas and we would sit and play this over and over. I can still hear it now...



5. Christmas Without You- Kenny and Dolly 



4. Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon. This was my Dad's favorite Christmas song and I absolutely love it. "So this is Christmas and what have you done, another year over and a new one just begun."



3. Jingle Bell Rock- I love the beat and the rhythm and it reminds me of just being excited for Christmas as a kid.


2. Santa Claus is Coming To Town-Bruce Springsteen. His voice and the laugh he does in the middle of the song, well you will understand.


1. All I Want for Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey. Her whole Christmas Album is the best of all time, but this song of course tops them all.



I have plenty, plenty more, but what is your favorite???