Posted by Andie on February 26, 2010
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Posted by Andie on February 24, 2010
I would replace all of my meals with desserts if I could get away with it. In my opinion there are few things in this world that are better than a slice of delicious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, a home-made sugar cookie, or a piece of Dulce de leche cheese cake. There is only one genre of desserts that I pass on every time. PIE
Ever since I was a kid, I've never cared for any type of pie, ESPECIALLY the fruit kind. I always thought of pie as an old person dessert. Weird, or maybe true? Now, I just think that it's a waste of calories. As I was thinking about pie this morning 3 stories/thoughts came to mind.
1. College. Blind date. Painfully awful. This boy had baked a frozen Marie Calenders razzleberry pie for dessert (keep in mind there were a bunch of couples there... it's not like I was the only one he was cooking for). When I politely informed him that I wouldn't care for any of the pie, and that I'd just like a scoop of vanilla ice cream instead he got really offended. He was so mad that he literally ignored me for the rest of the night. Woops. We never went out again. Thank you, razzleberry pie.
2. Have you ever seen two girls eat an ENTIRE pie in less than 5 minutes, on accident? One time my roommate Stephanie had just made a banana cream pie. She and our friend Bonnie sat down at the table to try a slice while I was eating dinner. We had been eating, talking, and laughing for a few minutes when I noticed that the whole pie was gone. Just as I asked them where the rest of their pie went, they both came to the realization that they had pounded down the entire thing. They couldn't believe it, they were so mortified. As they were drowning in their sorrows I was rolling on the ground laughing so hard I couldn't breathe. Let's just say they were pretty sick for the next 24 hours.
3. Why is it tradition to eat pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? It's honestly my very favorite holiday, but I must say that when it's time for dessert, I am less than satisfied. I'm always wishing for something better than pumpkin pie to top off such an excellent meal. I've said it before and I'll say it again, when the day comes that I host Thanksgiving dinner at my house, there is going to be a new sheriff in town. I'll be serving chocolate cake in addition to pie.
For those of you that think I'm crazy, and enjoy pie, you'll love this promotion for our Private Event. Print off this blog post and come into any RC Willey location between now and this Saturday (Feb. 27th), and you'll receive a free 8" Fruit Pie!
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Posted by Andie on February 17, 2010
There is something so magical about the Olympic Games to me. As a kid, I constantly dreamed about competing as an ice skater in the Olympics and winning a gold medal for Team U.S.A. I had only been ice skating half a dozen times, but to my seven year old brain, nothing was impossible. Now that I'm an adult and my Olympic dream is no more, I'm simply inspired and awed. It wouldn't be an understatement to say that my husband and I have been addicted lately to the Vancouver Olympics. Every night after work we find ourselves hooked to the television until we fall asleep.
Some of the highlights for me this past week have been watching Hannah Kearney win the Gold Medal in Women's Moguls, Apollo Ohno and J.R. Celski take Silver and Bronze in the Men's 1500 Short Track, Lindsey Vonn earn Gold in the Women's Downhill, Shaun White blow away his competition in the Men's Halfpipe, and Evan Lysacek skate to win Gold last night in the Men's Figure Skating.
As much as I have enjoyed watching the athletes compete, I have encountered several moments of frustration in the past few days. Especially while watching Pairs and Men's Figure Skating. I have had to remind myself several times that I am not an Olympic judge, nor do I have the knowledge or experience to think that my calls are accurate and theirs are not. I just don't understand some of the scores that I've been seeing- some seem too high, and others very low. Is anyone else confused?
You see, to me, a triple axle is a triple axle. A cool looking lift is a cool looking lift. What's technique and form anyway? If an ice skater lands any of his tricks without falling and has a smile on his face, it's an A performance in my book.
I guess we can all be grateful that I'm just an avid spectator from my living room.
Posted by Andie on February 17, 2010
A few weeks ago we had a company wide health fair at RC Willey. Employees and their spouses were encouraged to attend a free screening to check out their blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level, and Body Mass index. My husband and I went together.
Side note: I am a little neurotic when it comes to doctors offices, hospitals, and needles. I've been this way since I was a kid, and as hard as I try, there is no changing me.
Anyway. I had convinced myself that this little screening wasn't a big deal. I wasn't going to embarrass myself in front of all my co-workers. Well, I made it through the blood drawing and cholesterol stations like a normal human. I stood up, feeling a little dizzy, and stepped in line to get my body fat measured. I thought I was in the clear by now, but that's when it started happening (like it always does)....Everything got really fuzzy. My vision became blurred, and my ears started ringing. Just then, I was called up to get my body fat measured. I made it to the table, told the nurse my height and weight, and seconds later I was on the ground. Yes, I FAINTED. Not in the privacy of a doctor's office, but in front of about 20 co-workers. And it wasn't because I had a needle in my arm or I had seen blood. That's how crazy I am when it comes to this kind of thing. Next thing I knew my husband was picking me up and a nurse was frantic trying to find a nearby clinic to take me to. "That won't be necessary" we told her,"this happens regularly." Busted. Now everyone at the office knows I'm a total pansy when it comes to anything medical.
I don't remember much more about the health screening. I got the heck out of there so fast that I missed out on all of the cool healthy lifestyle pamphlets they were handing out. I did manage to get my hands on some copies later on though and I thought I'd share. The article posted below suggests some simple changes you can make to lose weight- and you don't even have to live off carrot sticks and celery, give yourself HCG shots, or run 10 miles a day. Check it out. Here's to hoping that I make it through the whole health screening next year.
10 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting- by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD.
1. Eat Breakfast Every Day
"Many people think skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories, but they usually end up eating more throughout the day. Studies show people who eat breakfast have lower BMIs than breakfast-skippers and perform better, whether at school or in the boardroom" says Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. Try a bowl of whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and low-fat dairy for a quick and nutritious start to your day.
2. Close the Kitchen at Night
Establish a time when you will stop eating so you won't give in to the late-night munchies or mindless snacking while watching television. "Have a cup of tea, suck on a piece of hard candy or enjoy a small bowl of light ice cream or frozen yogurt if you want something sweet after dinner, but then brush your teeth so you wil be less likely to eat or drink anything else," suggests Elaine Magee, MPH, RD.
3. Choose Liquid Calories Wisely
Sweetened drinks pile on the calories, but don't reduce hunger like solid foods do. Satisfy your thirst with water, sparkling water with citrus, skim or low-fat milk, or small portions of 100% juice. Try a glass of nutritious and low-calorie vegetable juice to hold you over if you get hungry between meals. Be careful of alcohol calories, which add up quickly.
4. Eat More Produce
Eating lots of low-calorie, high-volume fruits and vegetables crowds out other foods that are higher in fat and calories. Move the meat off the center of your plate and pile on the vegetables. The U.S. government's 2005 Dietary Guidelines suggest that adults get 7-13 cups of produce daily. Barbara Rolls, PhD, claims it's not really so difficult to do: "Stock your kitchen with plenty of fruits and vegetables and at every meal and snack, include a few servings. Your diet will be enriched with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and if you fill up on super-nutritious produce, you won't be reaching for the cookie jar."
5. Go for the Grain
By substituting whole grains for refined grains like white bread, cakes, cookies, and pretzels, you add much needed fiber and will fill up faster so you're more likely to eat a reasonable portion. Choose whole-wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, bran flakes, popcorn, and whole-rye crackers.
6. Control Your Environments
Another simple strategy to help cut calories is to control your environment- everything from stocking your kitchen with lots of healthy options to choosing the right restaurants. That means avoiding the temptation by staying away from all-you-can eat restaurants. When it comes to parties, "eat a healthy snack before so you won't be starving, and be selective when you fill your plate at the buffet," suggests Elizabeth Ward. Before going back for more food, wait at least 15 minutes and have a big glass of water.
7. Add More Steps
Get yourself a pedometer and gradually add more steps until you reach 10,000 per day. Throughout the day, do whatever you can to be more active-- pace while you talk on the phone, take the dog out for an extra walk, and march in place during television commercials. Having a pedometer serves as a constant motivator and reminder.
8. Trim Portions
If you did nothing else but reduce your portions by 10%-20%, you would lose weight. Most of the portions served both in restaurants and at home are bigger than you need. Pull out the measuring cups to get a handle on your usual portion sizes, and work on paring them down. Get instant portion control by using small bowls, plates and cups, says Brian Wansink, PhD. You won't feel deprived because the food will look plentiful on dainty dishware.
9. Have Protein at Every Meal and Snack
Adding a source of lean or low-fat protein to each meal and snack will help keep you feeling full longer so you're less likely to overeat. Try low-fat yogurt, small portions of nuts, peanut butter, eggs, beans, or lean meats. Experts also recommend eating small, frequent meals and snacks (every 3-4 hours), to keep your blood sugar levels steady and to avoid overindulging.
10. Switch to Lighter Alternatives
Whenever you can, use the low-fat versions of salad dressings, mayonnaise, dairy products, and other products. "You can trim calories effortlessly if you use low-fat and lighter products, and if theproduct is mixed in with other ingredients, no one will ever notice," says Elaine Magee. More smart substitutions: Use salsa or hummus as a dip; spread sandwiches with mustard instead of mayo; eat plain roasted sweet potatoes instead of loaded white potatoes; use skim milk instead of cream in your coffee; hold the cheese on sandwiches; and use a little vinaigrette on your salad instead of piling on the creamy dressing.
Posted by Andie on February 15, 2010
CONFESSION: I have never once watched American Idol.
I know, I know, I'm basically Un-American.
Even though I might be "out of touch", I know that plenty of you out there have a date every Tuesday and Wednesday night with the television.
Whether you've been on the American Idol band wagon since Season 1, or you've just recently hopped on board, this promotion is for you.
The American Idol Lover.
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Four lucky contestants will win a trip for two to Los Angeles to go to the American Idol Finale this May!
All you need to do is go to the nearest RC Willey and take a "Serta Test Rest" in the bedding gallery. After you've tried out a mattress you'll be given a contest entry form, which you can complete online. How ridiculously easy is that folks?
Posted by Andie on February 10, 2010
As a kid, Valentine's Day was a pretty big deal. It meant having a party during the last hour of school, where we decorated pink sugar cookies, ate Conversation Hearts, and played Valentine Bingo. It meant spending hours and hours decorating the perfect Valentine's Box, and carefully addressing Princess Valentine's to everyone in my class, saving the BEST one of course for the boy I had a crush on. It meant doorbell ditching all of my friends after school with Valentine's, and squealing with my little brother when we found treats on our own doorstep.
Naturally, Valentine's Day isn't just enjoyed by kids and lovers, but it's great for retailers too. On average, 180 million red roses, 36 million boxes of heart-shaped candy, and 1 billion Valentine cards are purchased each year for February 14th in the United States alone. I found it surprising, however, that the day of love wasn't concocted by clever retailers (they bring in 14 billion dollars per year from V-day sales), but that the origins of Valentine's Day go way back to the 3rd Century A.D.....
via Sees Candy
It is believed that Valentine was a priest who served in Rome, under Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was a very ambitious leader, constantly building up his army and going to war. He decided after seeing so many lovesick soldiers that single men made better warriors than those with wives and families. In an effort to produce more-committed army men in the future, he banned any marriages from being performed. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine was caught, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. While waiting in prison, young couples he had wed in secret visited his cell, passing him flowers and notes through the bars as a sign of their gratitude. It is said that Valentine fell in love with his jailer's daughter, who visited him frequently during his confinement. Before he was beheaded, on February 14th, he wrote her a letter which he signed 'From Your Valentine'. Sound familiar?
A couple hundred years later in Rome, Pope Gelasius outlawed the ritualistic pagan Lupercian Festival, seeking to replace the holiday with something more "appropriate" and Christian. After much thought, he decided to set aside a day in February to honor the martyr St. Valentine.
There you have it. A tradition was born. Hundreds of years later, we're still grateful to be celebrating love, and grateful for the boost that Valentine's day is going to give the economy. Thank you, St. Valentine.
Posted by Andie on February 8, 2010
Who else loved the Super Bowl last night? I'm still stuffed from all of the good food I inhaled, and I even enjoyed watching the football game this year. Let's be honest though. I got my bachelors degree in Advertising, and so naturally I thought the best part of the evening was watching the commercials. In college, the day after the Super Bowl was one of the funnest days of the semester because we'd re-watch, critique, and rate the ads in most of my classes. Since I'm no longer in a classroom today discussing the best and worst commercials from last night, I decided I'd do it here.
The top 5 best commercials from last night (in no particular order):
1. Doritos Smack Down
This spot was just plain hilarious. Plus the little boy was so dang cute. And it made me wish we had Doritos at our Super Bowl party. That's all.
2. Google's Paris Romance
How could you not like Google after this commercial? I loved how simple, yet clever the concept was. The story was sweet, and compelling, and it helped position Google in the marketplace perfectly- the source that we go to for literally everything.
3. Audi Green Police
Totally over the top, but so funny. This spot is apparently stirring controversy for poking fun at environmentalists and the whole "Going Green" movement, but I thought that it was humorous, and very well done.
4. Career Builder.com
Oh goodness. I was crying from laughing so hard. Everyone has had a job at one point or another that they hated, but this would be the very worst.
5. Dodge Charger
While I think the whole "domineering, controlling women with their victimized, submissive men" theme is old, I still thought this commercial was pretty funny.
The top 5 worst commercials from last night (also, no particular order here):
1. Denny's- the screaming chickens got really old, really fast.
2. GoDaddy.com- anyone else think GoDaddy needs to Go Away? Totally tasteless.
3. Sketchers- Seriously? How did this make the cut? I won't be buying any Shape-Ups, I can tell you that much.
4. Universal Studios Orlando- BORING.
5. Census Commercial- I thought it had potential, but I was very disappointed.
What do YOU think the Best and Worst Commercials from the Super Bowl were??
Posted by Andie on February 5, 2010
Our lucky elliptical winner this week is Kimberly Newmyer, of Utah! Congrats!
Posted by Andie on February 2, 2010
Posted by Andie on February 1, 2010
10. Convenience. Convenience. Convenience. Who wants to drive to the gym anyway? You won't have to when you've got your own elliptical in the basement. You might even use it more than once a month!
9. Don't worry, with your elliptical you'll be able to trim off those unwanted Holiday lbs in a jiffy!
8. Can you say Endorphins? You'll definitely be 10 times happier when you are exercising on your elliptical. Guaranteed.
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6. Save money. Hold off on buying that new arm chair. You'll never even have a second to sit on anything else because you'll literally be on your elliptical 24/7.
5. You won't have to risk stepping onto a sweaty, stinky elliptical at the gym. Who wants to use a machine other people have been contaminating anyway? Gross.
4. You can teach your children at an early age that exercise is important. Or bribe them. Tell them they can ride the elliptical once they've cleaned up their room and done their homework. Works like a charm.
3. Improve your multi-tasking skills. You can ride your elliptical, watch your favorite TV show, AND eat Cheetos all at the same time.
2. You can use the excuse "I must have been on my elliptical", when your neighbor asks you why you didn't answer her phone calls all day.
1. Because it's absolutely FREE!!! And who doesn't like Free?
Congratulations to last week's Elliptical Winner, Shannon Smith, of Kaysville, Utah!
Shannon said, "I was ecstatic to learn I had won the elliptical!!! I can't wait to try it! My mom and sister have ellipticals of their own and use them all the time. I have no excuse now to not get my cholesterol numbers in check. It will be put to very, very good use. Thank you RC WILLEY!!"
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