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Help Nathan Buy Firefly

25 Feb

Typically this blog is devoted to serious, important topics such as nutrition, health, and Theo the EO Botfish.  Today I’m going  slightly off topic to mention a movement currently sweeping across the nation.  No, it’s not Atkins Redux.  I’m talking about Help Nathan Buy Firefly.  If you’re not familiar with the show, it was easily one of the greatest of all time.  A space western with an Asian flair it captivated the imaginations of many.  But apparently not enough since it was canceled in 2002 by Fox after only half a season aired.  For years the resentment of diehard fans has simmered under the surface.  Recently, actor Nathan Fillion said that if he had the money, he would buy the rights to the show.  Fans took this as a call to action.  In only a week, 82,000 people joined the Help Nathan Buy Firefly page and said things like:

  • I’ll totally give $500!
  • If this works, I’m naming my first child Mal or Serenity.
  • Firefly was the only show I ever loved…
  • Print these fliers (which read Don’t Forget to Wash) and put them in bathroom stalls everywhere!
  • Let’s get Colbert involved!

The sum creative energy of these Browncoats, as the call themselves, have finally been unleashed and show no signs of slowing down.

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War of the Web Apps

23 Feb

Both Cheryl and Tony have mentioned My Fitness Pal as a web application for losing weight.  To be honest, it seems like the kind of perfectly nice website that you could take home to your mother.  I use which is smokin’ hot.  It is, without question, one of the most gorgeous and user friendly websites I have ever seen.  If it were a man, I would marry him.

The best part is that  everyone else trying to lose weight supports you no matter what happens.  When you spend days bingeing on cheesecake and Cocoa Pebbles and gain four pounds….ahem….they remind you that tomorrow is a new day and that the important thing is to be patient with yourself.  It’s like Facebook in that people share their everyday lives, their dreams, and their goals, but because you are all working towards the same purpose there is much more camaraderie and focus.

It transforms calorie counting from something on par with cleaning the bathroom with a toothbrush to an interactive fantasy game land where calories are numbers to be played with and you’re helped by a host of amazing people whom you’ve never met in person.  It’s like playing World of Warcraft except that at the end you look amazing.  I cannot recommend this app enough.

P.S.  I would love to be your friend if you join.

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The Cherpumple

22 Feb

Sam recently introduced me to the Cherpumple pie-cake.  Charles Phoenix describes it as the dessert version of the Turducken.  On the bottom layer you have an apple pie baked into a spice cake, in the middle layer you have a pumpkin pie baked into a yellow cake, and in top layer you have a cherry pie baked into a white cake.  Then you frost the whole thing with cream cheese icing.  Sam says it tastes as good as it looks!

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North Dakota is the Ugliest State

18 Feb

I recently stumbled onto maps which say what each state does best and worst.  Colorado remains the least fat state and Mississippi has been the fattest for some time.  According to Time, “Southerners have little access to healthy food and limited means with which to purchase it. It’s hard for them to exercise outdoors, and even when they do have the opportunity, it’s so hot, they don’t want to. ”

Here are the rest of the states:

Here’s the link to what each state does best:

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Truly Scary Obesity Info

17 Feb

If you watch the news fairly regularly, you’ll notice that they constantly throw out data about obesity.  “New research shows that Americans are fat… Chocolate may actually be good for you…New Jersey man loses 20 pounds following the Cheetos diet.”

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have become a bit jaded about the prevalence of obesity in America and all the “new and exciting research” that rolls out (no pun intended.)  Recently I stumbled across a website which listed the medical conditions associated with being overweight along with showing descriptive pictures.

The list is extensive.  I even double checked a couple of these because I didn’t believe it, but I was able to verify it with multiple sources.

  • Congestive Heart Failure (Okay, I’ve heard that one before.)
  • Chronic Renal Failure (That just sounds bad.)
  • Urinary Incontinence (Hmm…)
  • Stillbirth (I had no idea….)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Seriously???)

Here’s the full list:


Wow, It’s Been Winter for a Long time

07 Feb

During this time of year, people often start to get the winter blahs.

Good ways of coping:

  1. Building a snowman
  2. Getting a sunlamp
  3. Visiting a steam room
  4. Splitting a treat with friends
  5. Staying ridiculously hydrated
  6. Getting a dog (it forces to you go outside)
  7. Read/watch something hot.  Every February I read The Secret Life of Bees and watch the movie “Holes.” I can practically feel the sweat dripping off the characters.

Bad ways of coping:

  1. Eating your body weight in discount marshmallow hearts after Valentine’s Day
  2. Spending hours sniping on Ebay
  3. Drinking moonshine
  4. Having a Doctor Who marathon
  5. Engaging in petty crime/murdering someone with an icicle
  6. Sleeping like Rip Van Winkle
  7. Tanning until you look like a piece of fried chicken
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Whip It!

03 Feb

One great food trick is that if something is whip-able you should whip it.


Light Bread (more air, fewer carbs)

You can save a little money and potentially look better in a swimsuit. And isn’t that the
American dream?

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Two Truths and a Lie

01 Feb

True: Sugar Is Addictive Like Cocaine or Heroin

A 2008 Princeton study demonstrated sugar altered the brains of rats in much the same as cocaine and heroin.  When the scientists took the sugar away from the rats they became stressed, wanted to be alone, and refused to participate in usual activities.  If you’re trying to control your sugar addiction, avoiding eating it in the morning.   For some reason this makes it much more difficult to control cravings throughout the day.

True: You Should Limit the Amount of Fruit You Eat

All types of sugar, even the ones found naturally, raise insulin and stimulate hormone production which is rough on your poor liver.  While people have been eating fruit for centuries, it has never been available as often and in as many varieties as it is now.  Bananas are especially bad for people trying to lose weight.

False: Sugar Makes Kids Hyper

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that, contrary to popular belief, sugar may actually have a calming effect.  When kids get hyper at various events, it’s more likely that this is due to general excitement than the fact that they just ate their body weight in frosting.

How Much Do You Know About Sugar Quiz:

(Even with as much as I’ve read about sugar, I did really badly.)

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Ways Losing Weight Helps You Save Money

25 Jan

1.      Fit into clothes you’ve outgrown:  You don’t have to buy new clothes when suddenly your skinny jeans fit again.  (Assuming they aren’t acid wash.)
2.      Receive better insurance rates: If you weigh less, companies don’t see insuring you as a huge liability and will adjust your rates accordingly.
3.      Lower prescription costs:  Once you lose weight and lower your blood pressure, chances are good that you won’t need as many drugs to keep you going.
4.      Spend less on lotion, soap, and other personal products: When you have less surface area to cover, you don’t need as much product.
5.      Lower your food bill: Food prices have been steadily increasing over the years.  Counteract this by practicing moderation.
6.      Spend less on home ownership expenses: Not only do you get personal satisfaction from doing your own yard and housework, but over time those savings add up.
7.      Lower your transportation costs: Allow your car to use less gas and never have to worry about buying double airplanes seats.
8.      Lower your power bill: When you’re actually living life, you don’t spend as much time in front of the computer or TV.
9.      Spend less on doctor’s visits: By avoiding the multitude of diseases caused by being overweight, the number of visits you make to the doctor can be drastically reduced.
10. Increase your salary: If you are overweight it may be more difficult to get hired or promoted, especially if you are female.

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21 Jan

You don’t have to be Macgyver to appreciate that gum has a lot of interesting uses: everything from whitening your teeth to quitting smoking to getting crabs.

A couple months ago Cheryl introduced me to Extra Dessert Delights.  As someone who’s sweet tooth is sharp enough, dangerous enough, and practiced enough to take down a full size chocolate bunny with ease, I felt highly skeptical towards sugar-free gum claiming dessert status.  In fact, I  fully expected it to be trag-esty.

But when I bit into the mint chocolate chip, it was, in a word: delightful.  The flavor was surprisingly realistic and I was even more impressed by the key lime pie and strawberry shortcake.  Even better, this gum sticks together properly and so I can blow some seriously nice bubbles.  I haven’t blown one big enough to get gum stuck in my hair, but my goal is to do that by the end of next week.  Goal setting is immensely important.

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