Moderating Moderation and Missing Home

Good morning, bloggy friends! I’m finally back home, and while I wish I were exploring yet another new island, it is nice to be back with my loved ones and pets. Besides, who has time to be depressed when Christmas is two weeks away?! Lots to do, lots to do. For example, I have to study, study, study for my ACE exam, I just found out last night that I would be hosting the annual girls’ night secret Santa party, and then there’s Christmas shopping in itself! Ay ay ay.

Enough about that. It is very nice to see the furbabies again. I seriously missed them throughout the cruise:

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REUINTED and it feeels so goood! Please disregard any note for how my four-hours-of-sleep-traveling-all-day-wearing-half-washed-off-makeup-from-the-night-before-with-a-slight-hangover look I’ve got going on here.

Even Clarabelle is happy to see us!

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I missed you Niko, and Clarabelle!!

And since it was technically still vacation last night, we broke out a little celebratory Kahlua and Baileys:

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And for some ungodly reason, I decided to unload our suitcases right when we got home to get started on laundry:

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   Ew, ew, ew. How I missed you, little pile o’ laundry.

And currently, I’m working on tackling that said laundry, while drinking a cup of very much so-missed French Press coffee:

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And dabbling in some of this deliciousness:

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Alongside of some juicy pear slices with cinnamon:

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There was much, much more that I missed about home (ahem, green monsters!!) but this is a great start.

Over the next couple days, I’ll be writing a post about my experience and my opinion on how to stay healthy when you have a long trip like this on the agenda – the befores, durings, and afters – while still being able to indulge. I have to admit, while I did manage to get in quite a few workouts, and I ate many a huge salads for lunch, this trip was extremely indulging, and moderation wasn’t practiced like it usually is in my life. And while it really is all about balance, for something like a cruise, I honestly do not regret letting myself have a drink (or three) during the day, or having dessert after dinner every night. This week it’s all about getting back on track; kind of jump starting my healthy body back into shape, if you will. I’ll explain more on this the aforementioned post, but wanted to let you all know, that in my opinion, it’s OK to let yourself indulge every once in a while for special occasions like this.

What are your thoughts about indulgence while on vacation or on a special occasion? Do you let yourself slack off a bit when it comes to eating healthy?

I’ll take that in moderation, please!


I was just about to leave the gym after a good sweat session, when something at the front desk caught my eye. My gym always has fliers with studies or fun factoids on them, and when I saw this one, I new I had to do a post on it.

It read, in big, bold letters across the top:

10 Foods You Should Never Eat!

Now, I ‘m all about moderation, so this headline kind of peeved me. Most of the foods on there, I agreed, were pretty bad, and most of them I don’t even want to eat. However, a couple surprised me. Especially #1

Ok, so here were their 10 Foods You Should Never Eat!

10. Contadina Alfredo Sauce – Basically they say this contains way too much butter

9. Rice-A-Roni Chicken & Vegetables – What’s bad about this one? You guessed it. Sodium galore.

8. Campbell’s red-and-white-label soups – Now this one surprised me. I know it has a butt-load of sodium, but listing it as a ixnayed food surprised me.

7. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream – This one surprised me, too. I wasn’t aware that it had 46 grams of fat – as much as 3 quarter pounders. I wonder how many fat grams the new 5 ingredient conatiners have in them….

6. Oscar Mayer Lunchables – This one doesn’t need an explanation, right?

5. Frito-Lay’s Wow Potato Chips – While they’re fat free, they’re fried in Olean, an indigestable fat substitute. Mmm mm mm! Who wouldn’t want something fried in an ingredient that can cause cramps or diarrhea!?

4. Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp – Pre-fried and salted and contain the bad oils

3. Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts – what? not on the good food list? 😛

2. Gwaltney Great Dog Frankfurters – This “healthy alternative” packs in 10 or 11 grams of fat each.

1. Quaker 100% Natural Oats & Honey Granola – Now, this one surprised me very much so. Ok, ok, so it has a lot of sugar and fat, but the #1 food you should never eat?? hmm..

I just thought I’d share this because again, in my personal opinion, no foods should absolutely off limits, and some of the foods on there surprised me! I sure could think of some to add/substitute. The actual study was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Do you think there are certain foods you should never eat?

Ok, now off to finish my green monster, which today contains:
a carrot
2 c. spinach
1 peach
1 nectarine
1 frzn banana
1c. organic skim milk
1/2 scoop of vanilla pp
1 tbs of ground flax

Mmmm mmm 😛
(I didn’t see this on the naughty list 😛 ) and head to work!

Happy Hump Day, Bloggers!