Fashion Kuddos: Lupita Nyongo

12 Years A Slave actress, Lupita Nyongo, has been giving me life with these outfits!!! She slays in anything she wears!

Lupita Nyongo in Veronica Beard at the Toronto International film festival

In Veronica Beard at the Toronto International film festival

Best Dressed @ 2014 SAG Awards |  Lupita Nyong'o in a  turquoise Gucci column gown with floral-embroidered straps

In a turquoise Gucci column gown with floral-embroidered straps @ 2014 SAG Awards

Lupita Nyong'o from Best Dressed at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. In Ralph Lauren

2014 Golden Globe Awards in Ralph Lauren

Lupita Nyong’o

A bright orange Christian Dior sheath dress styled with Kwiat jewelry and optic white Sophia Webster pumps.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o wears white cut-out Calvin Klein Collection dress and clutch, and Kimberly McDonald Jewels. #CriticsChoiceAwards

lupita nyongo producers guild awards 2014 red carpet 04 Lupita Nyong'o looks gorgeous on the red carpet at the 2014 Producers Guild of America Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 19) in Beverly…

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Shrimp Scampi Skewers and Asparagus (Under 110 calories!)

I wanted a quick dinner the other night.

Preheat the oven to 400°

Put shrimp (raw, peeled) on skewers (or not lol) and put them in a shallow aluminum pan. Cover them in Campbell’s Scampi skillet sauce.

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Then tear off a sheet of aluminum foil. Break the tough ends off of asparagus. Lay the asparagus on the foil and pour A LITTLE olive oil on them. Roll the asparagus around in the oil and then season with a little salt and pepper. Cover the foil over asparagus and roll the ends of the foil to make something like a little pouch.

Put both the shrimp and asparagus in the oven for only 10 minutes. Then BOOM dinner is served!

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2 skewers of shrimp with sauce :
80 calories
1 cup of asparagus:
30 calories

This was delicious! Great for dinner for the family or quick food for entertaining guests!!

Dinner under 500 Calories: Pork Loin Over Feta and Spinach & Baked Apples

Hey ya’ll!

So I decided to get a little creative tonight with dinner….which is so hard for me with healthy only restrictions lol smh

Pork Loin
I left out the loin until it was room temperature. I’m an “as you go” kind of cooker so I’ll try to explain things. I covered then in olive oil and seasoned to my liking with garlic salt, onion powder, seasoning salt and italian seasoning (from Kroger). I browned one side with the oven on 6. Then flipped them over on the other side and turned the oven down to 4 and let them cook for about 3 Beyonce songs (LOL) so about 15 minutes. As they cooked I poured in chicken broth (just enough for the bottom of the pan) and then I poured a little Italian dressing over them. They were so tender and juicy.

Feta Spinach
This was super easy. Cut and put in a skillet on medium until the spinach wilt. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Remember to cut up double the amount you think you will need because they do shrivel down ALOT! Put on your plate and top with Sundried tomato and basil feta (from Kroger)

Baked Apples
Cut apple in slices and but in a small pan. Add a little apple juice just to cover the bottom of the pan.

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Top apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake @ 400° for 1 hour, covered. *Note: The peel is the most nutritious part of an apple…but I didn’t like the peel baked…I suggest taking the peel off before cooking

Pork Loin 211 calories
Spinach 7 calories
Feta 80 calories
Baked apples 160 calories

Total: 458 calories!!!
Awesome for dinner and I’m stuffed!
Compare that to a Whopper with cheese (no sides) at 760 calories!!!

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Bon appetit!!

Some Plus Size Fashion Inspiration #11 (New Orleans Edition)

Hey ya’ll!
It’s almost time for Mardi Gras!!!!
I’ve gotta get my New Orleans wardrobe up to par. I’ve got places to go! Everywhere from sleazy bars, to upscale elegant parties, to my boyfriend’s parents’ house. Here’s my inspiration (and possible buys) so far.

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Love this dress from Fashion to Figure! If I can just bring the bottom hem in a little oooo weee! I’ll be smokin hot!

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Oooooo chiiiild! This dress is hot! And this Russian model, Juliya, is workin it! This would be perfect for one of my fancy dinners!

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Love this color fiasco for lunch and shopping..but in New Orleans I’ll def be wearing flats!

Why I’ve failed at losing weight (and keeping it off)

Hey there!!

So this post is going to be filled with reasons and problems I have with losing weight lately. If you are one of those people who thinks valid reasons are actually excuses to not do something….this post ain’t for you! Because these aren’t excuses! These are real problems that I face on a daily basis. Anyway….

I was reading an article about food addiction and self control and it asked the reader questions…3 of which struck a nerve with me.

“1. Are you making poor food choices during moments when your willpower tank is low?”

This is often a problem for me. After working a 12 hour shift as a nurse on a trauma unit…my will power is pretty damn low when I get home. I don’t care about making good choices as much as I care about eating anything…RIGHT NOW! Lol The article suggests that at these times you should have your environment set up so that you have to make a good choice. If there are nothing but good healthy foods available in my kitchen when I get home…it lowers the chance of me picking something awful. My problem with this?? I’m not the only one in my household…so I can’t have only the foods I need to eat in my home. Good thought though…

“2. Did you binge because you got too hungry?”

Uh yeahhhhh! Everybody knows the shaky feeling of their sugar getting low because they waited to long to eat. When that happens to me…I go into panic/binge mode!

“3. Is having “forbidden foods” causing you to binge?”

This is my BIGGEST problem. Because when I’m dieting I don’t allow myself to have certain things. According to the article there are two types of restricting that lead to bingeing: physiological restricting (restricting calories) and psychological restruction (forbidding certain foods). For example: imagine that if you were only allowed to eat orange foods. You would soon develop intense cravings for foods that aren’t orange. Simply because you have told yourself you can’t have them. The article suggests eating the “can’t have” foods in moderation when you aren’t at risk of overeating. So have a little ice cream after your dinner…not when you are starving because if you are starving….you won’t eat JUST a little ice cream.

All of these suggestions from the article are nice…but it still takes some strength and motivation on your end. Encourage yourself!

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