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Skinny Jeans and Pasta

After I posted this morning we left for the surprise birthday party we were attending and ate pizza! Thank goodness they had salad as a filler too.

I topped my salad with the Italian dressing instead of the ranch that was staring me in the face. You know a southern girl loves her some ranch!!

Only two small pieces of pepperoni for me.

All together. The pizza was hot and tasty!

After the party we went jean shopping!! I have lost close to 15 pounds since the first of the year between eating healthier and marathon training. My skinny jeans that I had bought just over a year ago were seriously hanging off of me and didn’t even look like skinny jeans anymore. So after procrastinating (because I hate getting in the shopping mood and I’m pretty cheap), the hubs said that we finally needed to go because I definitely needed new jeans and couldn’t put it off any longer. So off we went.

I was so excited to walk into the GAP and see they were having 30% jeans if you donated a pair of your old GAP jeans. Lucky for me I had worn my skinny not so skinny anymore jeans to the mall since I wanted to have a reference on what exact skinny style they were so I was determined to find some jeans I loved. Right off the bat, the first pair I tried on were perfect and I ended up donating my older ones to be recycled and getting 30% off the new ones. It was a win/win!!

Can we say love?!

Extremely glad that I have a pair of skinnies that actually look like skinny jeans again! Not only did I hit the jackpot with the jeans but I found 7 other super cute shirts and cardigans that I snatched those up too. I only shop about twice a year for clothes. Once each season and get some staple pieces and wear them all season with past clothes that I own. I’m in scrubs most of the time so it’s not like I need “work” clothes. I just need classic staple pieces for each season for when I go out and about. Love what I bought! And super glad that most of the pieces were on sale!!

After our super quick shopping trip we headed to church and then it was home for another Italian dinner. Today has been an all day Italian fare food day! First pizza and then whole wheat cheese tortellini for dinner!

Dinner was so yummy! I’m glad we didn’t have a huge batch of this because I totally would’ve kept eating it!

Fresh grated parmesan? Sure.

Italian style bread on the side to dip in the marinara? Of course.

With maybe a couple more pieces of bread. Hey! I love bread, what can I say?!

I have a little bit of the cheese tortellini leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch at work. No bread. Just pasta.

I had a mandarin for after dinner. I think I’m officially addicted to these.

And we thought it’d be a good idea to cut up the pineapple we bought on our grocery shopping trip last week and it ended up being rotten!!!

I was so upset! I was so looking forward to that goodness of sweetness!!

Instead to fill my disappointment, I ate a ramekin full of red grapes.

Alright, time to get ready for bed by showering and watching our Sunday night shows! I keep forgetting that my body is going to feel a little off with the time change so I’m hoping I’ll be asleep by 10 p.m. so I can be up and ready for work in the morning!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

What’s your favorite Italian meal?


5 Responses

  1. Girl, I didn’t think you even had 5 pounds to lose! But I guess that’s what marathon training will do to you!

    Hope all is well with you guys. We miss you and Chad!

  2. Wow you look so beautiful in your new jeans!! Good for you my dear!!
    And I love your dinner- so delicious. My favorite Italian meal is probably pizza. I know, you were probably hoping for something nicer and more authentic. But I just love getting pizza at nice Italian restaurants. It’s the closest to what I ate when I lived in Rome.

  3. Pasta, pasta, pasta!!!!!! Italian food is amazing!

  4. Oh that totally sucks about the pineapple! Awesome with the weight loss and new skinny jeans.

  5. I’m an equal opportunity Italian dish lover. It doesn’t matter what it is. If it’s pasta, I’m eating it. 🙂

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