Detox time

Told you I’d be back, just didn’t say how long! I had a pretty busy day at the dentist’s office. They gave me some sweet swag:

dentist swag

But it still doesn’t make up for the fact that I need fillings🙂

So, about that detox😉 The Crazy Sexy Diet detox is a vegan and green drink-based detox. I specifically chose it because it’s healthy, you’re not supposed to be starving and I love that it includes fasting, meditation, exercise and holistic tips like dry-brushing.

While I will NOT be getting enemas (TMI? But, really. No.), I do want to focus on the spirituality as well as diet portion. As a Christian, it’s pretty easy to tailor this to my lifestyle. Especially the fasting every Sunday. I did a Daniel fast maybe 2 years ago and really felt like I lost out on what the fast was about because I was so stressed about what I wasn’t supposed to be eating. A day I can handle.

I’m also going to come out and say this detox will be followed, um, loosely. I am the only person in the blogosphere that hates green juice. I don’t mind tossing some spinach or romaine in there, but 8 stalks of celery in my “green lemonade” makes me want to yak. I’ll work my way up to it, but expect a mixture of different juices. I’ll also avoid coffee and eschew dairy, but if a little gluten makes it’s way in here or there, I’m not going to stress about it. I have no gluten issues, so it won’t kill me anyway.

For exercise, expect a lot of yoga and TurboJam. I keeping it simple at home for the time being so I don’t have to worry about a workout schedule without my usual glut of protein. I’d rather just take it easy and honor my body.

I did spend the day looking through my cookbooks for some recipe ideas and will share those with you tomorrow.

Anybody fasted before? Or had a successful detox? Are you a green juice lover?

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I’m back again!

Whew, I took a big break there, didn’t I? Our move to Wyoming has been…a lesson. I thought after we’d relocated, we’d just pick up where we left off in life in a new town. Boy, was I wrong! Our routine has been irrevocably altered and I’m struggling with getting into a new groove.

HOWEVER! I’ve made some lofty goals for this year and I’m determined to get back in action, new action😉 I’ll share my progress with you, focusing on what Zucchini Bikini Martini has been about all along – eating healthy, working out and having a beverage or two.

Goals I’m starting on this month? Doing a healthy detox and practicing the entire Ashtanga Primary series. I’ll fill you in on more details later on today, but I’ve chosen The Crazy Sexy Diet detox for numerous reasons. If you have the book, have been thinking about doing a healthy cleanse and don’t know where to start or just got inspired, feel free to join me! I’m starting on Monday and I’m going to prep this week.

As for the Primary series, I LOVED my yoga practice in Hawaii. While it was expensive for me to go to my studio, I made time for it as much as possible because I loved it. Well, we don’t have a studio like that here. We DO have one called Wyoga (props for the cool name), but they don’t have Ashtanga classes listed. So, I’m practicing at home. If you’re new to yoga, I recommend getting your buns into a studio, because you should know how the poses feel and how to do them correctly, but if you can’t and can only watch videos, they do have a few great ones on YouTube. I’m using a book called Astanga Yoga & Meditation, which you may be able to get on Amazon or at your local library. It’s a great refresher and has helpful tips.

So, like I said, I’ll be back this afternoon with more info, but I’d really like for you guys to get involved!

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Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of days, I was feeling a little under the weather. But I’m too excited not to blog today, because my package finally came!!

Since I’ve been working on ways to save, I decided to kick my gym membership. It’s a little scary, to be honest. I love all the access to machines and weights, however, it’s smarter for me right now to workout at home.

I’ve chosen Chalean Extreme as my new workout! Call me a sucker, but I LOVE Beachbody products. I have Turbo Jam and RevAbs and find that you can get a pretty intense workout at home. Plus, I kinda love Chalene Johnson🙂

I also noticed that when I did a web search to get some info on this program, there was only one blogger review and it wasn’t super positive. I’m going to track my progress and give you weekly updates as well so you can see what’s going on and get an honest and in-depth review of the program.

So, what do you get?

  1. The disc set
  2. A Muscle Burns Fat guidebook
  3. A Fat Burning Food guide
  4. A thigh toning band
  5. A resistance band
  6. A caliper

What discs do you get?

  • Burns basics, band basics, healthy eats & kitchen makeover
  • Burn circuit 1, 2 & 3
  • Push circuit 1, 2 & 3
  • Lean circuit 1, 2 & 3
  • Burn it off!/Recharge
  • Burn intervals/Ab burner/Extreme abs
  • Extreme motivation (audio cd)

The Muscle Burns Fat guidebook isn’t really anything I didn’t know. Duh. Muscle burns fat. But it includes the calendar for your workouts, a spot for your pics and measurements, a fit test and a breakdown of all the workouts done in the program.

The Fat Burning food guide is exciting for me. I like to review the eating plans of all workouts that I do that include diet plans. I absolutely did NOT approve of the RevAbs diet plan. Brett Hoebel cuts your daily calories down to 1000 and that is so not healthy. You wouldn’t even have energy to workout! I approve of Chalene’s plan, way of eating (a LOT like mine) and calorie needs of 1400 a day for someone my weight. I also take into consideration that I’m very sedentary, so I can hang with this. I think your weight loss is mainly dependent on what you put in your mouth anyway, so I’m going to follow her eating plan as well, so that you guys can get a review of the workout as Chalene set it up.

I’ve watched all the discs and am so PUMPED to start! I love lifting and lifting heavy. Her yoga looks fun and relaxing and I love her attitude. I’m going to use a set of 5, 8, and 12 lb weights to start and will let you know if I have to jack them up the get a better workout. She has you working to failure, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have to go heavier pretty soon.

Have you done a Beachbody workout before? Did you like it? I’m NOT a coach – I’m not trying to take your money, I’m not affiliated with Beachbody in any way, I just love their workout programs. Let me know if you’re starting this program or have done it! I’d love to hear your reviews!

Tomorrow, I’ll show you what I’m doing to plan ahead and get set up! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail😉

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Treat of the Week: Maple Stout Quickbread

Hi guys! Late post tonight…sorry about that🙂 I was halfway through baking my treat when I opened my brand new sour cream and there was mold in it. I had to go all the way to the store to grab more!

Today was another day of vegging. I got to lay like vegetables with my guy and my pup and watch Pretty Woman. I promise, I actually do things, but you don’t want to hear about me doing dishes and cleaning my kitchen, do you? Boring.

Foodwise, we’ve been sticking tightly to our budget, utilizing leftovers and getting creative with all of the stuff jammed in our freezer:

Herbed Chicken with Feta Mint sauce, roasted asparagus and quinoa. When it comes to veggies, I think simple is the way to go. I LOVE roasted veggies and I get them in the oven while I’m cooking the meat and grains. I just set my oven to 425 degrees, prep the veggies and drizzle them with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Pop ’em in for about 10 minutes, mixing halfway through.

Our treat of the week was the Maple Stout Quickbread from the current Cooking Light magazine:

Love my drizzling technique? Ha! We can’t all be good at everything🙂 It is phenomenal. Just really really tasty. It was easy to make and, although it sunk in the middle, the actual flavor wasn’t affected. We may have had 2 slices apiece😉

We enjoyed ours with a hot cup of Zen green tea and an episode of Breaking Amish. Have you seen this? I’m sucked in. It’s pretty strange to see people tripping over things I take for granted every day, like a microwave. I never think about how many conveniences I have, but I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t nuke…everything.

What’s your favorite sweet treat for fall? I love anything pumpkin, but, after reading this month’s issue of Cooking Light, I’m enjoying the sweet quickbreads with fall flair, like maple and cranberry.

Have a wonderful night and see you tomorrow🙂

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Drugstore Steals and Duds…

Hey everybody! Hope you had a great day today. We enjoyed a nice relaxing Saturday, sticking to our budget with great leftover food  and a Redbox movie. We saw What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It was cute, sad and funny. And my man liked it too, so it was a double score.



One of my favorite meal budget tips, at least for couples, is to always make recipes for 4. That way, you’ll have planned leftovers for the next day. Lunch was leftover pork loin, rice and roasted green beans with parm and red pepper flakes. Dinner was Mama Pea’s Pad Thai (covered in Sriracha) from her cookbook “Peas and Thank You”. I DEFINITELY recommend it. I’ve never made a recipe that she’s created that turned out bad. Ever. She has angel hands🙂

I love designer products. I have Bvlgari’s Green Tea shower gel and love the way it smells. I also love Clinique products. Since dollars are tight and we have no malls here, I’ve been transitioning over to drugstore brands. Some are great and some…not so great. I’ll share products with you from time to time. Please understand that these companies do not know I exist and are not paying me🙂

This is definitely a steal! Wyoming, compared to Hawaii, is very dry. If I don’t drink enough water or use a great moisturizer, my skin and lips get flaky. But I HATE having greaseball skin. This lotion sinks in quick and doesn’t have an offensive smell. I’m now addicted.

This product was a mistake, and rightly so! DUD! I love St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub, and I grabbed this thinking it was it. I only realized later that it was their cleanser. I decided to try it out anyway, since I love new products. This facial cleanser made me break out BIG time. I gave it chance after chance and it’s going in the trash. Back to Cetaphil for the winter🙂

What drugstore skincare products do you swear by? I love Cetaphil, Purpose gentle cleanser for summertime and Dove soap for my body. I have oily skin and it makes me feel clean, but not all tight, dry and flaky.

I have such exciting stuff coming up in the workout department🙂 Check back in next week to see what I have planned! Also, tomorrow, I’ll post our Weekly Treat. Have a great night!

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Cocktail and Nibbles: Dirty Martinis and Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

***We have no bars here. At least, not like Hawaii. And there’s no hangout or place that everyone goes to. So, each Friday, I’ll provide you a drink recipe and a pupu pairing! It’s up to you to get your party started🙂 ***

Happy Aloha Friday, everyone!! I believe in celebrating the little things. Use that special perfume, wear that sexy underwear, use those little samples you get that you’re saving…you never know what tomorrow will hold!

Since my husband works so hard, I like a little party when he gets home on the weekends. Today, we had my favorite (and part of this blog’s namesake) – a dirty martini!

So, here’s what you’ll need:

Vodka (I’m a Stoli girl, but Absolut was on sale and I’m on a budget each week), vermouth, a shaker, ice, olives and martini glasses.

Long long ago, I was a bartender. Here’s a little trick for you – to chill your glasses, fill them with ice and water or club soda while you mix your drinks. Dump it before you fill your glasses, and there’s your chilled glass:

Fill your shaker with ice, pour in your vermouth and shake it like it owes you money. Then? Strain it out! The best tip I’ve ever gotten was to “walk your ice by your vermouth”. Don’t leave it in. I can taste it when you do and it’s not to fun.

Take your vermouth-y ice and pour in your vodka. I’m liberal with it, but that’s just me. Again, shake the crap out of it. You want it icy cold. Here’s my next trick. Pour your martinis into the glasses and THEN add the olive juice. Then, you can adjust it to taste. Stir it up, plop in your olives (I went with smoked gouda stuffed olives. Olive heaven) and you’re set!

For our pupu, I wanted something classy, classic and simple. To parallel the salty, I chose prosciutto wrapped melon wedges. I have very low blood pressure, so this was totally okay in my book. Simply cut your melon into wedges, take the rinds off and wrap each one in a slice of prosciutto:

This is heaven. Salty, fruity, briny heaven. To set the mood, I choose the Dean Martin channel on Pandora. I love love love Dino, Sinatra and other crooners and this has such a rat pack vibe to it. Wonderful.

What’s your go-to drink and pupu? In Hawaii, we used to go to a wonderful outdoor bar and get dirty stoli martinis and their steak pupu. I cannot even describe this sauce – maybe a garlicky caesar? But more peppery? They sliced in thin and served it with jasmine rice and chopsticks. GREAT ending to a long workday.

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Healthy eats on the cheap…

It’s easy to eat healthy when you have all the money  in the world at your disposal. I would eat organic fruits and veggies, grass-fed and -finished beef, free-range chicken and eggs and all KINDS of new and funky products.

Well…there’s a wrench in our plan🙂 Due to some issues up in la-la land, our pay has been seriously messed up. And will remain so until October 15th. Our budget is tight tight tight until then, so you’re going to see a lot of budget-friendly tips over the next month.

My first step was to take inventory. I pulled everything out of the cabinets, searched the fridge and freezer and made a list of what I had:


Then, I pulled out my laptop and cookbooks to find simple recipes using what I have. I also searched through my Cooking Light and Clean Eating magazines to get some inspiration. I really focused on vegetarian meals, since they’re usually cheaper.  I wrote my recipes onto individual post-its with a list of ingredients that I’d need and then arranged them from the least needed to the most:

Then, I hit the store! I picked up what I needed for the rest of this week and checked to see if there were any deals to be had. I scored!

This meat will create 4 meals for us, with some frozen veggies that I have in the freezer and some quinoa (I’ve accumulated 3 boxes!). I got over three pounds of seasoned meat for $12.00! Score. All I have to do is toss those babies in a saute pan and dinner will be on in 10 minutes.

Tonight, we dug into the Fiery Thai Noodle Bowl with Crispy Chicken Thighs from last month’s Cooking Light:

Cheap. Delicious. Perfect🙂 My next budget move is *collective gasp* ditching my gym membership!!! I’ll share my keep-in-shape tips with you soon.

How do you eat healthy on a budget? My biggest tips are:

  1. Use what you have. I dug through EVERYTHING and came up with a lot of food!
  2. Give up your brand loyalty. I find a lot of store brands are equal in quality to name brands, especially when you eat clean and you use rice, dried beans and pulses and whole wheat pastas.
  3. Go veg! Vegetarian items tend to be cheaper. Use frozen veggies, beans, tofu and tempeh. One of my favorite and most simple meals in cooked beans, cooked rice, salsa and sautéed zucchini all tossed together.
  4. I may ruffle some feathers with this one (even my little heart is breaking), but give up your need to have organic everything. I often find cheap organic milk (which I only use in my coffee), but all of those veggies? And meat? As long as I scrub those veggies and keep the meat down to a few times a week, I’m sure this short-term penny-pincher won’t kill me.

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