Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lamb Meatballs

One of my best friends and former college roommate is from Azerbaijan. I, honestly, had never even heard of the country until I met her, but fell in love with all the ethnic food from that region of the world that she introduced me to.

This friend is, seriously, like a sister to me. I guess she actually is a sister... Since we were in the same sorority.... But I always think of her as a friend and roommate first before sorority sister because I didn't join the chapter until after she had graduated.

ANYWAYS... Because I think of her as a sister, her family is like extended family to me. Her mom used to visit us all the time while we were in school and I feel like she is in aunt to me. She is such an awesome, successful, and friendly person - and a great cook! She would always stock us up on Russian and/or Eastern European pastries, stock up our fridge with homemade food, and make us "family" dinners.

For one of our dinners, she made these amazing lamb meatballs with a yogurt dipping sauce. This was probably 3 years ago and I still remembered how delicious they were. I had asked her how she makes them a few weeks after our dinner and, until recently, had never made them! I don't know why!!! Because they are awesome and so easy.

Unfortunately, she doesn't use recipes, so she wasn't able to tell me exactly how she makes them. She said she mostly eyeballs the ingredients and she will also switch up some ingredients depending on what she has already. I'm OK with this because I don't use recipes either. It's more fun that way - you get to experiment and "play" with your food!

Putting this guy to work! He's obviously excited to help because we're cooking meat - a rare occasion.
Using her "recipe" as a guideline, I made my own! She also likes to make traditional food healthier, so it was easy to copy most of her "recipe" and make a few changes based on what I had.

I started by soaking some uncooked brown rice in a little bit of warm water with saffron threads - to try to infuse some of the saffron flavor in to the rice. I soaked for about 20 minutes.

I used half ground lamb and half ground beef, as she suggested. I went for grass-fed beef because the flavor is better and it is leaner than regular beef. Lamb is also pretty lean, so it sounds like a healthy, lean combo for red meats!

I mixed the beef and lamb with the soaked rice and the water it was soaking in. I also mixed in onion, garlic, cilantro, pomegranate seeds, and chopped dried tart cherries. Rolled them in to balls then boiled them in water with a few more saffron threads. Boiling the meatballs rather than frying them or baking them is healthier because you don't add any additional oils, the fat cooks out, and it makes a super moist meatball!

I copied my friend's mom by making a garlic yogurt to dip the meatballs - seriously this stuff is amazing and the perfect accompaniment to these meatballs. We had our meatballs with some roasted eggplant and zucchini and a salad with some baby kale, pomegranate vinegar, pistachio oil, and pomegranate seeds - some feta on this salad would have been perfect if we had some in the fridge!

Yummy dinner. Both Rommel and I are looking forward to making this again!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Post-workout snacks to-go

Fit in 60 has free classes for their anniversary weekend this weekend. I will be doing a review on their studio and barre classes soon!

I went to a barre class at Fit in 60 Carmel Valley with my mom this morning. I was expecting to go home immediately after and make some egg for some post-workout protein and my breakfast. Unfortunately, my mom decided she wanted to pop into work for a little bit immediately after class. So I dropped her off at her office and went on the hunt to find something to replenish my body after our good workout.

I stopped in Fresh & Easy and picked up some aloe juice, a Yoplait Light Vanilla Greek Yogurt, and had half of a ThinkThin Cookies n Cream protein bar. 

I've never seen this flavor of ThinkThin bars before! Not bad! Although my fav is still the crunchy peanut butter - can't resist chocolate and peanut butter at all.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sole Almondine with a twist

For dinner last night, I made sole almondine but with my own little twist. To make it healthier, I did not drench the sole fillet in flour and instead of lots of butter, I used lots of olive oil with the tiniest pat of butter for flavor (just because butter and sole fish are so perfect together). I had lots of fresh tarragon and a lemon tarragon vinaigrette I made the other day, so when making the sauce, I added fresh tarragon, a little vinaigrette, garlic, and fresh lemon zest in addition to the usual toasted almonds and lemon juice.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's a lemon and tarragon kind of day

I'm guessing it's lemon season right now.... Can anyone confirm?

In the last month, we have received a whole bag of lemons from my grandma, a whole bag of lemons from Rommel's parents, a few lemons from a friend, and my coworker also brought in a giant basket full of lemons. Before I'm even finished using the ones I already have, someone else gives us more lemons.

I was thinking of making a nice big batch of some sort of lemon vinaigrette. Lemon and tarragon go nicely together. But instead.... typical me.... I started with one idea and went lemon tarragon crazy.

For dinner we had....

Salmon seared on a cast iron with skin side down to create a nice crispy skin then finished off under a broiler then drizzled with some lemon tarragon vinaigrette.

Green beans with garlic, toasted almonds, lemon tarragon vinaigrette, and more fresh tarragon.

Simple salad with baby spring mix lettuce, cucumbers, and lemon tarragon vinaigrette.

Leftover brown rice quinoa pasta noodles with a red pesto sauce - SOMETHING had to have no lemon and tarragon, right?!

I have a nice little batch of lemon tarragon vinaigrette to use for salads for the rest of the week.... Hmmmmmm what else can I do with lemons besides the usual marinades, squeeze on cooked fish/chicken/veggies, and salad dressings?

Tropical pasta salad

My dad gave me this bottle of Matouk's hot sauce the other day. See link -> Matouk's Hot Calypso Hot Sauce. We learned about Matouk's sauce from our family that lives in the Carribean. My dad happened to find some in a store here in the U.S., so he had to pick some up. This hot sauce is seriously YUMMMM. It has an awesome amount of spiciness but still has good flavor behind the heat.

I used it to make a pasta salad for lunch today!
This pasta salad is made with pasta that is made from brown rice and quinoa instead of flour, so it's whole grain, gluten-free, and has protein! I dressed the pasta in citrus champagne vinegar, lemon juice, Matouk's hot suace, and olive oil. I added a bunch of things that I could find in my fridge that I thought would go well with the hot sauce - I really wanted the highlight of this simple lunch to be that yummy Matouk's hot sauce. I added shrimp, bell pepper, pineapple, mango, avocado, red onion, green onion, and cilantro.

Turned out pretty yummy! Fresh tasting and totally satisfied today's craving for spicy food.

Quick & simple soup & salad

I put together this meal when I got back late at night last week from Vegas. I was tired from traffic and the long drive so I didn't want to cook anything too complicated and I also wanted something light because of all the crap I had eaten that weekend.
I threw together spring mix lettuce, baby kale, bell pepper, celery, red onion,  already cooked mini shrimp, and raw tofu sprinkled with furikake and drizzled with soy sauce to flavor. I made a salad dressing out of sesame oil and rice vinegar that I let sit and infuse with garlic and ginger while I prepared the rest of the salad.

The Asian-inspired flavors of this salad worked well with this Trader Joe's Miso Ginger Broth that I had on the side.

I really just wanted something light, so I had this broth plain and it was pretty yummy on its own. But I could see this making an amazing simple soup with some tofu, mushrooms, and/or green onions added to it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pre-run breakfast oatmeal

A small bowl of oatmeal for a little pre-run breakfast food. Digesting while I'm at my computer now before I head out the door.
steel cut oats, almond milk, psyllium husks, ground flaxseed, dried apricots, dried cherries, almonds, bananas,
chia seeds, stevia, and a light drizzle of agave

Can't sleep... Ramblings

Exciting news!!!! I finally have my 24 hour fitness membership again!!!!!!!!

Rommel and I stopped by Costco after work to pick up their 24 hour fitness deal. It's 2 years for $370. Comes out to a little over $15 per month - a GREAT deal as long as you can pay up front.

24 Hour Fitness 2-year ALL-CLUB SPORT Membership Certificate

There is also a super sport level membership available through Costco for $650 which is a good deal if there is one close to you. We didn't go for that because my fav 24 hour fitness is half a mile away from where I live - it's only an active level gym but it has THE BEST and most high energy group classes compared to all of the 24 hour fitnesses in all of San Diego, in my opinion.

Anyways, we went home, changed, I made some iced green tea to give me a little energy boost to workout, we walked to 24 hour fitness, activated our membership, and got in a good workout to end the week on a good note!

By the way.... I've used this Costco 24 hour fitness deal before. Both Rommel and I have. Mine expired a year ago and Rommel's expired 2 weeks ago. When you purchase the Costco deal, the fine print says it's for new members only and you can't use it if you've used a Costco deal in the past. But we had no issues at all. I'm not sure if it was because we went in to activate kind of late on a Friday night or if the guy was just really cool or maybe he just thought we were awesome (we are lol).

Anyways.... I should've known not to drink any tea at 8pm.... I'm pretty sensitive to caffeine... That plus the late night workout now has me wide awake past 2am....

I have a busy day tomorrow, so I prepped some food for our lunch to throw in the slow cooker in the morning. We will be having a red coconut curry with salmon, kabocha squash, lentils, kale, peas, bell pepper, ginger, onion, garlic, and cilantro on top of brown rice.

Quick-cooking steel cut oats, almond milk, almonds, dried cherries, dried apricots, ground flax,
psyllium husk, chia seeds, and banana set out and ready to go for our oatmeal tomorrow morning.
I also set everything out to make a quick, yummy oatmeal as soon as I wake up. I want to wake up with up some energy and get a run in before I start the rest of my day.

I took a bath in attempt to relax me and get to sleep. I LOVE Bath & Body works eucalyptus spearmint stress relief aromatherapy scent, so I used their bubble bath. Now I'm at my computer with the matching scented candle and a cup of tea with lavender, chamomile, valerian root, and other calming herbs that I'm hoping will knock me out soon...

Random: this is another fav candle scent... from their holiday collection.... smells like
leather and smoke and sandalwood... mmmm.... pretty much smells like a man - in a good way

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Fried" chicken

Dinner last night: sautéed baby kale with crispy garlic and a drizzle of walnut oil and chicken breast marinated with lemon, dipped in egg, then dipped in ground flaxseed with spices, sprayed with olive oil, then baked in the oven!

Also, check out this GIGANTIC bag of organic baby kale I found at Costco! 1.5 lbs... Ohhhh man. IN LOVE.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Crunchy TV snack: roasted garbanzo beans

Last night there was FINALLY a new episode of How I Met Your Mother. Have to say it was a pretty awesome episode. I was cracking up.

I got home late yesterday and Rommel had homework he needed to finish up, so I'm so glad we have DVR. I would've hated to miss this episode. We have been waiting for a while for the next slapsgiving episode.

I made these crunchy roasted garbanzo beans for our TV-watching snack. Rommel loves to snack on salty, crunchy things, so these are perfect for him. Baked instead of fried and full of protein and nutrients.

I seasoned ours with chipotle chili powder, paprika, Trader Joe's South African Smoke Seasoning, and homemade bacon salt. YES, BACON SALT.

There are recipes all over the place online, but they all say different temperatures and different baking times. I'm still playing around with temperatures and times to figure out what, to me, makes the most perfect crispy roasted garbanzo bean.

One trick I've noticed is to make sure they are completely cooled before you start snacking on them. They will be a lot more crunchy cooled than if they are warm.

I'm pretty sure Rommel ate about a fourth of them to "check to make sure they were ok," before they were even ready to be eaten... haha... boys.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Avocado

A friend of mine found this awesome idea somewhere online: chicken salad stuffed into half of an avocado. Low-carb, high in healthy fats, high in protein, and sounds delicious.

I decided to make my own version. Packed up the chicken salad and half an avocado to bring to work for a yummy lunch.

I dug through my fridge and pantry and made a yummy chicken salad with things I could find.

I happened to find some canned chicken breast from Costco in my pantry. The thought of canned chicken breast used to kind of disgusts me, but if you think about it, it's kind of similar to canned tuna. And I sample the Kirkland version at Costco and it wasn't bad. Definitely easy to have on hand and perfect for a simple chicken salad!

I can't stand mayo so I used a few different things to add some moisture, creaminess, flavor, and kind of bind the chunks of chicken together. One thing was Bitchin' Sauce!!

This stuff is AMAZING.  It's a San Diego company that often sells their product at farmer's markets in San Diego. I have also seen it at Whole Foods in LA! It tastes creamy, cheesy, garlicy, and has some nice spices, but is vegan, gluten-free, and made of some pretty good stuff! I use it as a veggie dip, spread, dressing, WHATEVER.

Check out their website, for nutrition info, recipes, where to buy, or order online here: Bitchin' Sauce

I mixed some Bitchin' Sauce with a little part-skim ricotta, mustard, relish, and extra virgin olive oil for my creamy, flavorful, and mayo-free base to bind the chicken together.

For spice, I added a few dashes of one of my fav hot sauces.

I discovered this hot sauce when I was visiting my brother up at Humboldt State. It's from a local company up there and it is AMAZING. Had to bring some home. I'd never heard of Te Jas-Wini peppers until I tried this hot sauce, but it has some really nice heat and a different feel on your tongue than most hot sauces. LOVE IT. Weitchpec Humboldt Green Pepper Sauces

I also mixed in some red bell pepper, celery, red onion, green onion, chopped almonds, and sliced grapes to make one of the best chicken salads I've made in a long time.

This deliciousness was amazing when stuffed into the avocado half!

Perfect gifts

How perfect are these gifts for me?

I had been eyeing this Trader Joe's holiday gift set trio of roasted nut oils as soon as I saw it on the shelves. I really wanted it but wouldn't buy it. Good thing I didn't because my brother gave it to me for Christmas - along with a mandoline slicer that I also really wanted!!! Maybe I somehow subconsciously knew he was going to buy it for me, so I didn't already buy it for myself.

And I got this trio of champagne vinegars at a white elephant. At first, I felt kind of bad that I stole this gift from a toddler, but I think he was much happier with the transformer toy he ended up with instead.

Anyways, loving these holiday gifts! Perfect for all the salads I have been making!!!

Rommel is frustrated with me.... "Margo, do we really need to have 11 different kinds of oils and 8 different kinds of vinegars in our house???"  YES. :P

Filipino New Years & saving food

There is a tradition on New Years Eve in the Philippines where you have to have a basket with 12 different kinds of round fruits. I think circles and round things symbolize fortune. And there needs to be 12 for each month of the new year.

Rommel and I decided to do NYE in this year to save money and keep things chill after too much traveling and stress around Christmas. We invited his parents to come down and stay with us at our apartment and his mom is VERY in to all of the Filipino NYE traditions.

She brought the giant basket of fruit for us for good luck.

I definitely appreciated her thoughtfulness and celebrating NYE while following the many Filipino superstitions, but this giant basket did almost cause us some problems....

First, it's a HUGE basket of fruit - more than 12 actually and she even added some not round ones in there - there is no way the two of us could eat all of these before they go bad. Second, Rommel and I have cut back on fruit to reduce our sugar intake temporarily. We are still eating a little bit of fruit every now and then, but it has definitely cut down.

So what do we do with all of these fruit?

Freeze them!!! To add to our green smoothies when we incorporate those back in to our diet :) These will be perfect for cold smoothies and we won't even need to add ice because they are already frozen!

Sliced pineapple ready to freeze
We sliced up all of our fruit, laid them out in a single layer on a baking sheet, then popped them in the freezer. We let them freeze mostly through, then threw all the slices in a big ziploc bag. If you make the extra effort in the beginning to let them freeze with the chunks all separated on a baking sheet, it will make things much easier to use later. You wont' have one giant clump of fruit to thaw - all the juices already froze so you should be able to take out individual frozen chunks straight from your freezer bag later on.

We did the same with bananas, pomegranate seeds, pomelo, and some others.

We also had a lot of apples and pears. I felt like these would taste better cooked and spooned on top of yogurt.

I chopped them, sauteed them in coconut oil until soft, and added some stevia, nutmeg, and the tiniest pinch of salt to bring out the flavors. I put these in ziploc bags and popped them in the freezer for later as well.

Just making sure our food doesn't go to waste!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Anyone from San Diego knows what I'm singing in my head right now :)

Chargers beat the Bengals on Sunday and are advancing in the playoffs!

I usually only really enjoy live games and don't really keep up with sports on TV - I used to but I honestly just don't have the time anymore - but when the Chargers surprise you by making it into playoffs (a rare occasion), time set aside for football is necessary.

Rommel and I stayed home to watch the game with a veggie platter of cucumber, celery, bell peppers, and guacamole.

My fav guac is simple - just avocados, lime, salt, and a little bit of garlic grated on a microplane. It's perfect and really highlights the avocado. I hate when people add tomatoes, onions, cilantro, etc to guacamole - I feel like it completely takes away from the deliciousness that is avocado. In my opinion, the worst addition some people add? Sour cream... Barf. Why would you ruin avocado like that?

This weekend I will be in Vegas with family - this week I have been working out hard and eating well to make up in advance for the indulgences this weekend! My Sunday plan is run (if I can wake up early enough), indulge at an early champagne brunch at Bacchanal Buffet (seriously the best buffet), then spend the rest of the morning at a sports book. My brother plays college football and is a huge Chargers fan, so I'm pretty sure he is excited to sit and watch the game, drink, and gamble at an awesome Vegas sport sbook. I normally hate gambling, but maybe if I have enough mimosas I'll join in :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Night out: Mongolian Hot Pot

Rommel started getting sick yesterday and has been craving soup. I had a great workout tonight and didn't feel like cooking. So perfect occasion to go out for some Mongolian hot pot!

Rommel stayed in from work today to rest and cleared up his sinuses with delicious steamy and spicy soup. He said he's feeling a lot better tonight.

Our usual spot for hot pot is Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot.

They basically have a big pot of delicious broth on a hot plate at your table. You can order thin sliced meats, seafood, veggies, tofu, noodles, anything and they will bring it out on a tray to cook in the broth yourself. It's kind of fun. And makes you eat more slowly because you eat, cook, eat, cook, and repeat.

We got half spicy half regular broth. We both love spicy (even more so when we're sick!), but sometimes the spicy broth gets too spicy when the chilies have been simmering away the whole time you're eating. So I like to mix in the regular broth every once in a while.

They had a weeknight special: huge combo platter for only $15 each! We got one beef platter and one lamb platter. It also came with some meatballs, fishballs, shrimp balls, a few fish fillets, enoki mushrooms, tofu, lotus root, corn, kabocha squash, noodles, and a LOT of greens. They even added extra veggies for us when we asked. We also subbed the regular noodles for shirataki noodles for an extra buck.

This is just one of the two platters we ordered! Look how huge it is! It looks like a lot of meat but it's actually sliced very thin and rolled up so it's not too much.

It is so big. We honestly should've shared just one. We would have still been full and would have leftovers.

To keep it a little more on the healthy side I mostly just had lots of broth, veggies, seafood, shirataki noodles, and a tiny bit of meat.

They come around and keep filling your pot with more broth so it's easy to fill up on that and still have a lot of broth and extra fillings for leftovers.

We have three giant tubs filled with leftovers. There is way more than enough for us for lunch tomorrow and I even set aside a separate container of the regular not-spicy broth for my mom.

We didn't want the corn (high glycemic) or meatballs (usually has lots of starchy carbs to hold it together) so we put that in the container of leftover soup for my mom.

We stopped eating 4 hours ago and I am still so so full.

My tummy is happy. :)

Good workout and good food = good night. The only bad thing that happened tonight was I slurped up a noodle and it splashed chili oil right in my eyeball... OH MAN SOOOO PAINFUL. Food was so worth it though.


Sunday night half of me really wanted to go for a run. The other half really wanted to just stay inside where it was warm and snuggly.

Solution? Ran on the treadmill in my complex's gym. Even though I hate running on treadmills and would much rather run outside, running on a treadmill is better than nothing. It convinced me to get my ass of the couch!

I also promised myself that Rommel and I can share a frozen yogurt if we go :)

Fiji Yogurt is a quick walk from where I live and they have lots of options for low-fat and no-sugar-added frozen yogurts. Rommel and I split a small cheesecake frozen yogurt with fruit, nuts, and a tiny bit of yummy extra toppings to treat ourselves for working out

Last week's meal plan continued

The rest of last week's meal planning:

Thursday's crockpot lentil soup for dinner. All ready to go when I got
home and perfect for a night when I had 30 minutes at home to eat dinner.
Friday's lunch: marinated flank steak on salad

Friday dinner: spaghetti squash with homemade slow cooker tomato sauce
with leftover chicken and ham topped with arugula and parmesan
Saturday lunch: zucchini, yellow squash, and tofu topped with leftover
tomato sauce and parmesan with a salad of cucumber, tomato, arugula,
red onion, avocado, dill, lemon, and pistachio oil

My awesome week

I've had such an awesome week! I'm so proud of myself for finally pushing myself and having the energy to plan out all my meals and have a great workout every day. It's only been a week, but I feel like I'm finally getting back in to being the crazy-workout-Margo I was a few years ago. LOVE THIS FEELING.

It's weird. The last half a year or so I've felt like I didn't have the energy to workout. I would often skip workouts that I planned on doing because I was too tired. Or when I would workout, I wouldn't put as much energy into it as I used to.

But once you really get going, you have so much more energy to workout more often and push yourself more! Seriously LOVING this energy.

So proud of myself for all my workouts.

Last Thursday, I tried my very first CrossFit class. It was cool, I guess. I would definitely try it again. But I feel like I have to think too much about proper technique in order to not injure myself. Then I felt like I was spending most of my class thinking and not as much working out. I honestly get a lot more sore from barre classes and I'm never afraid of badly injuring myself in those. But! Maybe CrossFit just takes more getting used to and I need to slowly learn technique. I will definitely go back. :)

Friday Rommel and I just stayed in and had a movie night. Maybe it's the cold weather (OK, it's not that cold I'm just a wimp because I've grown up in San Diego), but I've been loving staying in and watching movies lately. Good news because it's preventing me from going out a lot and spending too much money.

Saturday did Cardio Barre

Sunday went for a run

Monday I had an awesome Bar Method class with one of my fav instructors. I pushed myself much more last night than I have in a long time! Really proud of myself! I also had an energetic taiko practice later that night.

And tonight I had a really great Barre3 class

Can you tell I love barre classes? :P I'm really prepping myself well for my my Barre Battle reviews

Tomorrow, I'm planning on a run

Thursday, I have tae kwon do class and taiko practice.

And Friday, we are planning on a quick run then yoga to end the week on a good note :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Meal Planning

Meal planning - seriously one of the best ways to make sure you stay on track.

I know when I don't plan, I tend to stray.... I end up eating out or I binge eat any unhealthy things I can find in my kitchen.

Make sure your kitchen is always stocked with ingredients to make your meals. Make sure you always have quick healthy snacks on hand that you can just grab and munch on. And most importantly (for me at least), make sure you have something to satisfy your serious chocolate cravings... haha. I like to keep a bar of dark chocolate hidden away for absolute emergencies.... If I have a bad chocolate craving and don't have any chocolate, I will end up eating everything in sight and never get full until I have some chocolate..... it's really a problem.

If you're like me and tend to be very busy all the time, plan out your meals in advance! It will help you to stay on track, so you don't have to stress about it when you're hungry. And always have healthy snacks on hand too!


I baked a big breakfast fritatta for Rommel and I to slice up and have for breakfast for the next few days.
Frittata (mostly egg whites) with broccoli, onion, jalapeno cheddar, and leftover ham from our NYE dinner

Last night while making dinner and our breakfast frittata, I marinated some chicken, grilled it, chopped it up, then saved it to throw on my salad for lunch today.
Chicken breast marinated in lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and dill
Salad with heirloom spinach, arugula, grilled chicken, dill, green onion, lemon juice, and pumpkin seed oil

For dinner tonight, we have  lentil soup cooking away in our slow cooker right now :) I prepped everything for the soup last night so it is quick to throw in the slow cooker this morning. All veggies chopped up in a bag with herbs and dried lentils. Tube of tomato paste sitting on top of the bag in the fridge, so I didn't have to search for it. Chicken broth and all seasonings sitting right next to the slow cooker.
All the ingredients ready to go!
Everything thrown in the slow cooker in 1 minute this morning!

Tonight, I will marinate some flank steak, grill it, and chop it up for our lunch salad tomorrow.

Tonight, I will also start to prep dinner for tomorrow night. I will bake a spaghetti squash and get ingredients ready to make make marinara sauce in our slow cooker tomorrow morning. I also saved a little bit of the grilled chicken to mix in there.

Happy New Year! Eat well, plan well, exercise, and meet your health goals!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I'm participating in the Blogilates DietBet to kick start getting back to losing weight and getting fit for 2014!

There are a bunch of different games available through DietBet, but the game hosted by Blogilates has a pretty nice pot going. Currently, it is over $78,000 and it doesn't even officially start for 2 more days.

Put in $30, lose at least 4% of your weight in 28 days, then split the pot with the other winners. Not too bad, right? And money is always a nice little extra motivation :P

Join in on the Blogilates January DietBet here!

Happy New Year!

2014 Goals:

- complete my first full marathon - 26 miles for 26 years old! woohoo!! what an awesome idea - thanks to my cousin!
- stop going out to eat / for drinks as much as I have been lately --> save money and stay healthy
- get back in to being the workout-like-crazy-Margo that I was in 2012