39 Thoughts I Had While Swimsuit Shopping

As I mentioned on Monday I recently found out that I need a new swimsuit because my old one has become far too large. YAY…..

It’s good news. It means I’m becoming healthier and my body is changing for the better. Still I wasn’t too excited.  I HATE swimsuit shopping, largely because long ago the boob fairy just wouldn’t let me be (don’t get it? watch the video for a good laugh!). I ventured over to the mall to try and find a swimsuit and it was interesting to say the least.

  1. I haven’t been to the mall in so long, I should come more often.
  2. Oh yeah, I’m poor, I’m not allowed to come more often.
  3. Okay! Elizabeth, we’re on a mission let’s find a swimsuit!
  4. Look at how cute this one is! I wonder if they have it in my size?
  5. Nope every size but mine, moving on!
  6. There is no way that this swimsuit will cover me I might as well use a postage stamp.
  7. Maybe if I go up a size the cup size will too.
  8. False, if anything this is smaller. How does that make any sense?
  9. This doesn’t look like something you can swim in…
  10. What’s the point in a SWIMsuit if you can’t SWIM in it?
  11. This is cute and in my size I’ll give it a shot.
  12. Wonder how much it costs?
  13. HOLY! Nevermind! Back on the rack
  14. Full Support! This is what I’m talking about!
  15. Ugly
  16. Ugly
  17. Ugly
  18. Why are all of these options ugly?
  19. Well this one is cute
  20. I like this one too.
  21. Okay I have some solid options time for the fitting room!
  22. Option 1. Let’s go!
  23. And HELLO Quadroboob….Didn’t know they could be squashed that way.
  24. NEXT!
  25. Well this one appears to fit. Let’s try the jump test
  26. Jump! Jump! Jump!
  27. Well if I wanted to give everyone on the beach a free show this is the perfect option!
  28. NEXT!
  29. Where do these straps go?
  30. Does it wrap around here?
  31. Or here?
  32. Wait is this for my leg
  33. Maybe my leg goes here?
  34. No…How long until I strangle myself with this swimsuit or hit my head on the bench from falling over?
  35. How long would it take them to find me if I died in here?
  36. I have a college degree and can’t figure out how to put on this swimsuit without injuring myself.
  37. NEXT!
  38. So I look like I have the body of an 80 year old in this suit…
  39. I GIVE UP!

 

As you can see my shopping expedition came up empty handed. I ended up purchasing a suit online from of all places Walmart!!!! Shocking I know! I found this cute number in red, it’s actually the same one I had before, and I loved the vintage quality and how flattering it is, plus $30 for a swimsuit?! Can’t beat that. Hopefully, it’ll still be just as flattering. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’d gotten while wearing my old one. I did really want to get a new style but I guess it just wasn’t in the cards this time, tried and true won out this time.

 

How I Found Out I Love Brussels Sprouts

I have a confession to make. Until two years ago I had never eaten a brussels sprout. My parents hated them and so they were never on the menu in our house. That situation was fine with me. Growing up my friends reminded me how lucky I was that my parents didn’t make me eat brussels sprouts, so I counted my blessings and never even gave the vegetable a chance.

That, is a tragedy! The fact that I dismissed an entire vegetable as something I won’t like because popular culture, and my parents said I won’t means I’ve missed out on deliciousness for years. Granted if I had eaten them earlier I would have probably been subjected to steamed or boiled brussels sprouts, which I hear makes them bitter and gross and the reason they get such a bad rap. I have never eaten them that way, and quite frankly unless someone convinces me otherwise I never will.

My introduction to brussels sprouts came when I visited Miami for a work conference and a coworker took me to a favorite restaurant of his insisting we try the brussels sprouts. I was hesitant, but the brussels sprouts were cooked with bacon, and who doesn’t like bacon? I’ll try anything once, and I was curious to finally find out why they got their negative reputation. Well I never found out because those sprouts were delicious!

Despite becoming a brussels sprout convert I still didn’t even attempt to start cooking them until a few months ago. After careful research I decided roasting or pan frying was the way to go. I tend to prefer pan frying, largely due to how much easier and quicker I think it is.

Recently, I’ve started throwing some bacon in with the sprouts for some added flavor, however, I’ve cooked them without it, gone heavy on the garlic and loved them just as much. I love both ways equally as well.

This recipe yields a lot, so if you want less just halve it. I love cooking large portions of food as it makes it easier for me to eat healthy throughout the week. This is my first recipe I’ve ever written so bare with me and definitely let me know if something doesn’t make sense.

First prep your brussels sprouts by rinsing them, removing the outer leaves, cutting off that icky stem, and quartering them. DON’T THROW AWAY THOSE LEAVES  save them and keep them in the refrigerator for brussels sprout chips, your stomach will thank you later!

Washed and all ready to go!
Washed and all ready to go!
Peeled and quartered.
Peeled and quartered.
Outer leaves. DO NOT THROW AWAY!
Outer leaves. SAVE THESE!

Chop up your bacon and throw it into a pan over medium to medium high heat to begin cooking (confession, I usually can’t help myself and throw in an extra strip or two of bacon)

Mmmm...Bacon!
Mmmm…Bacon!

Once your bacon has browned throw in your brussels sprouts, MIX IT ALL UP and watch the magic happen. If you are so inclined throw in some minced garlic right before you do this. Stir occasionally, BUT NOT TOO MUCH, you want the sprouts to brown, and the only way to do that is to be patient and let them sit.

All mixed up and ready to cook!
All mixed up and ready to cook!

Once they’re done scoop up and ENJOY! (I usually under cook mine a little so I can throw my leftovers in the microwave throughout the week and not end up with a soggy mess, as a result mine are never as brown as they should be.)

Yum! Let them brown even more than this if you're eating them right away.
Yum! Let them brown even more than this if you’re eating them right away.

Not Your Mother’s Brussels Sprouts

4 1/2 cups brussels sprouts cleaned and quartered
4-5 strips of bacon chopped (look for bacon with the least amount of additives, and if you can, no sugar)
2 garlic clove finely chopped (optional, I like it fine without it if I’m using bacon)

Cook bacon over medium high heat stirring often. Once browned put in the garlic and allow to cook for about 30 seconds (careful the garlic doesn’t burn!).

Throw in the brussels sprouts and mix together. Let sprouts sit so they can brown and stir occasionally to prevent burning. Sprouts will be done in about 10-15 minutes or until softer but still firm.

Serve and Enjoy!

 

Racing, Wine, and Fun in the Sun!

It was a busy weekend! Like I mentioned in my previous post I ran the Zooma Annapolis 10k This was my first year running this race and my second 10k overall. I was nervous but definitely excited. A friend of mine had recommended the race previously this year and it didn’t take much convincing. The sell? It has great swag and free wine! Two of my favorite things and it didn’t disappoint.

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Before Zooma selfie!
Zooma
It may be early for a Saturday, but I’m ready to run!

The race went through downtown Annapolis, right by the water. It was the perfect weather and such a great course. I had been slacking on my running in the weeks prior so I was most happy that I was able to complete the course without stopping to walk. My time wasn’t anything spectacular, but I didn’t run any slower than I normally do so I was more than happy with my results.

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Post-race wine and fun!

Once I finished I enjoyed my post-race wine with friends and then got ready for some water fun! My boyfriend and I had some friends join us for jet skiing and it was just what I needed after my race. It was the perfect way to spend time with friends and welcome the start of summer!

Along with all the fun activities, I also had some very encouraging realizations throughout the day. The first was finding out that I need to go swimsuit shopping. I had brought two options to go jet skiing in and since last year both have become too big! I made do for Saturday, but I’m going to have to make my way to the store for a new swimsuit in the near future. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to shopping for one though, swimsuit shopping is like torture for me. I can’t be the only person who feels this way…

I also tried my hand at water skiing for the second time on Saturday. Last year was my first attempt. and while I enjoyed it, I was barely able to get out of the water. While I still wasn’t able to do very much in the way of actually skiing, I was able to get out of the water and ride for a half a second before crashing straight into the water extremely graceful like. More importantly, it was considerably easier to do than it had been last year! My boyfriend thinks since I’ve been working out consistently I’ve gotten stronger, which makes it easier to do and I agree. Now it’s just a matter of finding my balance, which could be hard.  If there’s one thing I’m severely lacking in, it’s balance. I’ve been known to trip and fall while standing in place. Still it’s encouraging to see my progress in ways that don’t focus on the way I look.

As exhausting as Saturday was (I woke up at 5 am and didn’t fall asleep until 11!) it was the perfect way to usher in the summer months. I can’t wait to run in even more races and hopefully by August I’ll be water skiing like a pro!