Sunday, March 30, 2014

Professional Inspiration from Skin Authority CEO Celeste Hilling

Whether by force or by choice, stories of career reinvention intrigue me.  It takes balls moxie for someone to leave a career that is comfortable and stable in pursuit of something unknown yet fulfilling.  To emerge on the other side with a new and successful venture is an accomplishment both inspiring and worthy of sharing. 
Celeste Hilling and her daughter, Kiki
Fifty-five year old Celeste Hilling's career is one such story.  It is a lesson in perseverance, research, diligent work and checking your ego at the door. 

"You get a plan, you get a game plan and you put that plan out there," Celeste told me from her home base in San Diego.  "It's trial and error with a lot of roadblocks along the way."

The Backstory
Celeste made a career change in her 40's.  I joke that while most people are looking for the exit sign, she was starting an entirely new endeavor in a new industry.  She was the President of Compaq's Consumer Software Business Unit and the VP of Compaq's Consumer Division where she managed 42 countries and 14,000 people. Hilling left the high-tech world to work in the luxury spa industry where she was the President and CEO of the Day Spa Group for Steiner Leisure Ltd.  

While working in the spa industry, she saw a need in the market for skincare products rooted in science that offer real health benefits.  Skin Authority was born.  The thing that I like about Skin Authority is that it's not just about products.  The company believes that healthy, beautiful skin isn't solely the result of topical treatments (which certainly help...look what they did for my neck).  Skin Authority embraces a multi-pronged approach to beauty, understanding the importance of a quality diet and an overall healthy lifestyle as it relates to beauty.  That's something I appreciate.
Skin Authority Wrinkle Reversing Serum
Skin Authority Wrinkle Reversing Serum
Doing Homework
"When I resigned from Compaq, I didn't jump right into a business," she said.

"It was really about doing homework, going out and talking to people in the industry, everyone from Dr. Murad to Dr. Perricone, people who ran spas, asking 'If you were starting your business today what would you do differently?"

Her advice to someone who is considering a career change? 

"Really do that homework to educate yourself to determine where the real opportunity is," she suggests.

Check that Ego at the Door
Don't be afraid to learn where that opportunity lies, even if it might lead to awkward moments.

"It was tough because you go from doing something like being one of the first female officers of a high tech company to working the front desk of a 1,900 square foot spa in La Jolla," she admits. 

"I actually had an ex-Compaq employee who came in and looked at me like, 'Oh what a fall from grace!'  I thought 'No, I'm building a multimillion dollar company' but nobody looks at it that way," she notes.  

"At the end of the day, those are things you need to do to be successful.  You have to be willing to take a few steps back to educate yourself so that you can be effective and be a leader that understands where the marketplace is." 

Don't Fear Failure
As with any new venture or experience there will be failure.  I am learning this myself and it was nice to hear Celeste reinforce what I believe: failure is an opportunity but be smart about it. 

"When you're building a new model some things work and some things don't," Celeste says pragmatically. 

"When a part of the plan fails it doesn't mean that the plan isn't worth it.  I think you just have to have that fuel, that passion and that self-belief.  But also, you don't want to be ignorant when you fail.  You want to reevaluate." 

"Yes, I cried with my husband 'What did we do?' because you feel responsible for your money and your family." 

"You have so many dynamics that go into a successful business.  One is your people.  That's always a challenge in that you have amazing people but they rely on you to keep them pumped up and fired up as you're building a business.  That's energy you have to have to not only fuel yourself when you hit those bumps but fuel everyone following."  

And what about when that inevitable self-doubt creeps up? 

"You have to know your own voice," she says.  "If it hadn't been done before people will tell you it can't be done.  You just have to step out and be bold and make it happen."

The Takeaway
In this era of women seemingly hating other women in the workplace (trust me...I can tell you ALL about that), I believe it's important to celebrate success stories.  I hope you can glean some inspiration from her story like I did.

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Catching Up With Cowboys Cornerback Morris Claiborne

Mo Claiborne knows what you're thinking.


"I’m that guy they traded up to get," the Cowboys cornerback told me one afternoon while unpacking furniture and boxes at his new home.

"I’m still that guy.  I plan on showing it this year."

If you're a Cowboys fan, you know Claiborne's story: Dallas traded up to select the LSU cornerback with the 6th pick in the 2012 draft.  He's had an injury plagued career, missing six games last season because of a hamstring injury before losing his starting job to Orlando Scandrick.

Through 25 NFL games, he has posted 81 tackles and two interceptions, far below the expectations of #6 pick. Perhaps more importantly, they're far below his.  When I asked him assessment of his first two NFL seasons, he didn't hesitate.

"Not good at all," he admitted.

"I don’t feel like I had the best two years when I thought I was gonna come in and tear it up.  You know that wasn’t the case.  The last two years haven’t been the best years for me."


Claiborne is vowing to change that.  The 24-year old hopes to put down roots in DFW for years to come and be a vital component of the Cowboys defense.  He recently bought a Dallas-area home, relatively close to both the Cowboys current Valley Ranch headquarters and as well as their future headquarters in Frisco.  He's currently spending his days rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder, arriving at the Cowboys training room at 9am five days a week.

Learn more about Morris Claiborne as he takes your questions in our Dallas Cowboys TwitterView.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Healthy Tex-Mex at Home

I'm on a mission to change the way we approach eating Tex-Mex food.  Sure, you can still enjoy quesadillas, nachos and chimichangas.  Occasionally.  If Tex-Mex is a staple of your diet, think 3-4 times per week, make it your goal to eat the healthier options that are available.


Don't believe that's possible?  You're wrong.  Try an all-natural margarita.  You won't go back to the fake, corn syrup-laden nuclear green garbage or skinny slop.

Eating out?  Enjoy these delicious appetizers.  What about your entree?  Here are multitude of options to satisfy your craving.

Don't want to deal with the hassle of going out?  Try some of these great at-home recipes.


Prepare Your Pico

Image via Hajor
Have a bowl pico de gallo on hand.  It's easy to make and a wonderful accompaniment to any Tex-Mex dish or as a topping for your salad.  The simpler the recipe the better.  This one is great.

Nacho Casserole

Recently I made a wonderful Nacho Casserole from Mind Over Munch.  I swapped lean ground turkey for the ground beef and baked blue corn tortillas for original.  It was awesome, impressing my hard-to-impress Tex-Mexpert of a brother.

Nachos
You can make a simple nacho recipe with baked chips, low-fat Mexican blend cheese, beans and jalapenos.  Add sliced grilled chicken.  Top with nonfat Greek yogurt and serve with salsa and guacamole or sliced avocado.

Enjoy Enchiladas
Craving enchiladas?  Cooking Light has a FABULOUS Cheesy Enchilada recipe.  I even blogged about how wonderful it was.

Image via CookingLight.com
Alas, I have lost my photos from the experiment.

A Healthier Quesadilla
I love quesadillas but not the calories and fat that accompany them.  You can make a wonderful version that is figure friendly.
La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla
Try La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla with either some low-fat Mexican blend cheese or shredded string cheese.  Add whatever veggies you like: broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, you get the idea.  Nuke it in the microwave for a minute.  Once it's done throw some spinach, avocado and salsa or pico de gallo on there.  Maybe some jalapenos.  It's better than you think.  Promise.

The Takeaway
From portion size to the stupidity of the menu items (bacon guacamole?) I am still trying to figure out how Tex-Mex got so out of control.  At it's core, Mexican food is comprised of wonderful produce and lean proteins.  Sure there are some starchy carbs in the form of corn tortillas and rice but think of those as complements to your meal, not the bulk of it.  Enjoy the cheese, too, but take the same approach with it as you do the starches: have it complement the the meal, not dominate it.

Once in a while blow it out.  Have those cheese enchiladas smothered in sauce, Bob Armstrong Dip or chile rellenos.  Enjoying those are a part of the Tex-Mex experience.  Don't make it a daily thing.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Healthy Options in Tex-Mex Restaurants: Entree Edition

Could you eat a jumbo chicken burrito slathered in queso every day?  How about cheese and spinach enchiladas with ranchero sauce?  Me?  Yes and yes.

But we know that eating that way on a consistent basis is not the foundation of a quality diet.  Given that we eat Tex-Mex so much in Texas, it is worth finding qualities staples at our favorite restaurants that keep our diets on track and don't have us eating 1000-calorie meals.

Image via FernandoMexicanCuisine.com
Monday we focused on margaritas.  Tuesday we tackled starters.  Now let's enjoy our entrees. You can eat relatively healthy entrees in Tex-Mex restaurants.  Order fajitas with light cheese and no sour cream or salads without cheese and fried tortilla strips are always a good choice.  Grilled fish tacos are also a nice option.

Always consider splitting an entree.  When you order a guacamole or other healthy appetizer, you have already enjoyed a fair amount of food.  The Tex-Mex portions are typically huge and big enough to share.

Let's dive a bit further with specific menu items at area restaurants:

Image via www.UncleJulios.com
  • Ensalada Grande - delicious with the grilled portobello mushroom and salsa for dressing. 
  • Soft Taco Plate - get black beans instead of refried.
  • Vegetable Fajitas - ask for no butter.
  • Mesquite Grilled Salmon 
Mi Cocina 
  • Rico Salad - comes with fajita chicken or steak.  Try the spicy blue cheese dressing on the side or just enjoy salsa with your salad.  
  • Tacos al Carbon - typically a good choice at any restaurant.
  • Pauley's - sub the beef with chicken and borracho beans in place of refried beans.  
  • Tilapia Vera Cruz or Salmon a la Parilla - both quality seafood dishes.
  • QuinceaƱera Salad 
Fernando's 
  • Tacos de Pescado - nix the cheese. 
  • Pechugo de Pollo - again, nix the cheese, enjoy it with their delicious green salsa.
  • Ensalada de Espinaca - enjoy with chicken or shrimp. 
  • Jorge - get it with chicken and corn tortillas.
  • Carne Asada - nix the sour cream.
Mattito's  - they make it easy with a ❤ next to their "healthier" items.
  • Lite Fajitas - these are served with broccoli and cauliflower.  Delicious!
  • De Marisco Salad - shrimp, salmon or scallops over a bed of greens.
  • Pollo con Salsa Maiz - chicken with a tasty black bean sauce and a healthy serving of veggies.
  • Enchiladas de Hongos - sauteed mushroom enchiladas served with a spicy Cascabel sauce, black beans and corn pepper salad.
Rafa's
  • Veggie Enchilada Plate - order it with black beans and veggies, top with green tomatillo sauce.
  • Pechuga Parilla - nix the cheese and substitute the refried beans for black or whole beans. 
  • Veggie-Jitas - ask for black or whole beans instead of refried beans.
  • Steve's Steak Tacos 
  • Snapper a la Feliz
Blue Goose - I might have tried my very first margarita here...when I was 15....might.
  • Chipotle Chicken - order with charra beans instead of refried. 
  • Chicken Toluca Salad - nix the jack cheese and bacon. 
  • Verde Enchiladas - this is big enough to split.
The Takeaway
Again, go ahead and enjoy quesadillas and nachos, once in a while.  If dining out in Tex-Mex restaurants is something you do a few times a week, make these healthier choices.  Your waistline will thank you.



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Monday, March 24, 2014

How to Find Healthy Options at Tex-Mex Restaurants: Appetizers

Patio season is here and in Dallas/Fort Worth that also means the season of Tex-Mex and margaritas has officially arrived.  But if you're not careful, you can blow your calorie wad on frozen margaritas and chips before you even order your food.

The buzz about "The Tequila Diet" got my little pea brain swirling: how did Tex-Mex get so fatteningly wrong?

Mexican food, at its core, is pretty healthy.  A Mexican diet is full of beautiful produce, seafood and quality meats. Sure there is corn and fried chips but you can forgo them.  I was married in Mexico and actually lost weight the week I was there while enjoying wonderful food from authentic Mexican chefs.  Here is a sampling of what we enjoyed:

Steak, halibut and vegetables

Grilled shrimp with mango salsa

Salad with parmesan crisp
Ceviche 
Tex-Mex takes some liberties with cheese and fried items but I am fully convinced that you CAN find healthy Tex-Mex options and avoid a 1200 calorie meal at MOST restaurants if you look and ask nicely.

Let's start with starters 
I get it.  The fried tortilla chips come on the table and before you even order a drink, you have eaten a basket. You don't even want to know how many calories and fat that are in a basket of chips.

Corn Tortillas
Order non-fried corn tortillas to go along with your salsa and use that as your "starter".  If you really MUST have chips, take five (it's a nice simple number - that's the only reason I picked it) and break the chips in half.  Dunk each one in the salsa and savor it.  Eat slowly and you will enjoy the experience even more.

Guacamole
I order guacamole just about every time I eat Tex-Mex.  It's a wonderful starter.  I usually have that along with tortilla soup or a salad at most restaurants.  With your guacamole, employ the same corn tortilla strategy but tear your warm corn tortillas into quarters.  Top each quarter with some guacamole and salsa.  It's a delicious starter.

Want something even more calorie friendly?  Ask for a sliced tomato and enjoy that with your guacamole.  It's better than you think.

Seafood
Try ceviche.   Fernando's and Mi Cocina both offer great these amazing appetizers.  Mi Cocina's ceviche is a fresh, delicious blend of citrus juices, shrimp, avocado, mango and jicama.  YUM!

Another great starter is the shrimp appetizer so many restaurants serve.  Pepe & Mito's has a nice shrimp cocktail while La Calle Doce makes a delicious shrimp campechana.

Soups
Don't like seafood?  Soups are an outstanding option.  A cup of tortilla soup WITHOUT the cheese and tortilla strips is a great starter.  Matt's Rancho Martinez has a veggie laden tortilla soup that has big chunks of carrots and cauliflower.

The Takeaway
There is no problem indulging in nachos, quesadillas and queso occasionally.  As often as we eat Tex-Mex in Dallas/Fort Worth, it's not smart to indulge that way meal after meal.  Making the produce, seafood and lean meats the bulk of your Tex-Mex diet will help keep your weight in check while enjoying the patio, margaritas and people watching.

Wednesday we'll focus on Tex-Mex entrees.

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The Tequila Diet? Really? Maybe.

Oh my.  This could be the diet that is custom made for patio-craving, Tex-Mex fans across the country, particularly in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Patron Silver
Patron Silver
A new study has found that agavins, the natural sugar found in the agave plant (the plant that produces tequila) can aid in weight loss and help fight diabetes.

Researchers fed mice a standard diet but added agavins to their water.  The mice that consumed the agavin-laden water ate less and had lower overall blood glucose levels.  The study suggests that regular consumption of agavins, say in a sweetener, could help people battling diabetes and assist in weight loss.
There's no agavin sweetener (these sugars are different from agave syrup), so we'll just have to stick with tequila for now which isn't a bad way to indulge in alcohol.  Why?  Because if you're not doing teenage-style tequila shots, you can't slam it.  Tequila is a sipping cocktail.

A Healthier Margarita
Margaritas can be a full-on fat pill when you drink the syrupy sweet sugar bombs.  Additionally, those pre-made low-cal margaritas, sorry SkinnyGirl fans, are just terrible.  Any time I drink them, I have the worst hangovers.

Make an all-natural margarita, using good tequila, and you will never drink from a pre-made mix again.  All you need is three ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 2 tsp agave nectar 
  • 1 oz lime juice (approx 1/2 of a lime) 
Mix the ingredients by swirling or stirring, to dissolve the agave nectar.  Add enough ice to your favorite margarita glass.  Serve with a salted rim, if desired, and a lime wedge. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Clothes That Work Both In AND Out of the Gym

You know my struggle to avoid looking like a sloth at the gym.  Designers are taking note.

Earlier this week, Lululemon announced it's "Function, Meet Fashion" line which offers fashion solutions for our busy lives.  It recognizes that we "don't have time for a wardrobe that keeps forcing you to change".  While I couldn't wear some of these clothes to work, they are perfect for running errands, lunch after a workout and cocktails.

The Here to There Tank top ($58.00) is particularly chic.  It's great for yoga, barre class or pilates and beyond.
Here to There Tank, front view
Here To There Tank, front view/image via Lululemon.com

Here to There Tank
Here To There Tank/image via Lululemon 
The tank top is paired with the Here To There Short in blue ($54.00).  It also comes in black.  Adorable. Interestingly, the size 4's in both the tank and shorts are already sold out on Lululemon.com.  Those Lulu lovers are tiny!

Here are a few more looks that offer style and function both in and out of the gym.

Athleta
Athleta is a fashion forward fitnesswear line with a tad higher price point but worth it.  Their clothes are definitely dual-purpose.  They offer free shipping over $50.


Athleta Mix and Mingle Skirt, $59.99
This Athleta skirt is a wonderful versatile option in a breathable "Teelicious" fabric.  It comes in a variety of colors ranging from basic black to an on-trend radiant orchid.  You can wear this on a powerwalk or over yoga shorts after a workout.

Athleta Orinda Top, $44.99
Athleta Orinda Top, $44.99
There are some incredibly stylish tops you can pair with the skirt, like this Orinda long sleeve top by Athleta in teaberry


Athleta Second Chance Cami, $24.99
Athleta Second Chance Cami, $24.99
If you're looking for something more revealing, how about Athleta's Second Chance Cami Support top in fuschia.  I love so much of what they do.  They design clothes with the modern, fit and busy woman in mind.

Target
Target is bringing it for Spring, too.  They also offer free shipping with a $50 minimum purchase.

C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank Top, $19.99
C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank Top, $19.99
How cute is this C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank Top?  It comes in a range of pretty Spring colors and is only $19.99!

C9 by Champion Long Sleeve Yoga T-Shirt, $24.99
C9 by Champion Long Sleeve Yoga T-Shirt, $24.99

You can throw this long sleeve yoga t-shirt over it for some warmth.

C9 by Champion Everyday Fitted Pant, $18.68
C9 by Champion Everyday Fitted Pant, $18.68
Wear the whole look with some sleek black fitted pants like these and I think you're in great shape for almost any casual setting.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Join Us for Mickey & Miller's Cowboys Hour, Thursday March 20th at 11am

Henry Melton broke the news he was joining the Cowboys before the team actually did.
He sent out that Tweet Tuesday evening while the Cowboys didn't send out the formal press release of his signing until Wednesday afternoon at about 3:25pm.  There is nothing out of the ordinary about this.  Players break their own news on social media quite a bit.

What does his signing mean for the Cowboys?  What's the next order of business for Dallas?


Mickey Spagnola and I will answer those questions and more during Mickey and Miller's Cowboys Hour on Thursday, March 20th from the Cowboys TV studios at Valley Ranch at 11am CDT.  It's a live Google+ Hangout, which means you can participate and ask questions as we go.

You can watch the broadcast by clicking this link OR you can simply pull up this exact post you're reading now on ThatSportsGirl.com and watch from here.  You will be able to view the entire broadcast from the screen below.


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As always, thanks for reading! We hope you can join us Thursday, 3/20 at 11am.

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Where to Find Stylish Dallas Mavericks Gear for Women

Dallas, we have a problem: there is a lack of attractive, fashionable Dallas Mavericks-branded gear for women.

Before you give me a killer eye roll, I realize that in the scheme of things this is about as important as deciding whether to visit the Chanel store at Highland Park Village or pop into the one at the downtown Neiman's for the latest Chanel 2.55 bag. But for many sports-loving gals, it's a sartorial dilemma.

Monday, I went hunting for something fun and green to wear to the Mavs/Celtics game on St. Patrick's Day.  I was looking for shirts for both my daughter and me.  I failed.
Touch Touch by Alyssa Milano Dallas Mavericks Ladies Shirt
Touch by Alyssa Milano Dallas Mavericks Shirt
You'll remember I blogged about what to wear to Monday's game where I found plenty of options online.  You would think that finding cute shirts in actual stores in DALLAS like the Dallas Mavericks V-Neck featured above would be easy.  Not so much.

The pickings are slimmer than a model strutting down a Paris runway.  In fact, I found more Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat AND Boston Celtics gear than I did Dallas Mavericks stuff to wear.

The "Investigation"

Forever Slutty at Forever 21
At Forever 21, I was surprised they actually had sports gear.  It's the cheesy, bordering on slutty kind of cheaply made stuff you would expect.  I didn't see any Mavs apparel at the Northpark store.

Celtics and Nets Gear at Forever 21

Heat and Clippers gear at Forever 21 
Knicks and Bulls pants at Forever 21
The Dearth at Dick's Sporting Goods
At Dick's Sporting Goods, there was one measly little Mavericks section with about 10 blue Mavs t-shirts for women.  Nothing in green.  Full disclosure: I didn't want to take a picture because it was right next to the checkout stand.  I feared being escorted out of the store.

Dick's did have a fully stocked Rangers section complete with jerseys for new players Shin Soo Choo, Prince Fielder and Seahawks quarterback/Ranger Russell Wilson.
Rangers gear at Dick's Sporting Goods
Oh No! at Old Navy 
I was really disappointed with Old Navy.  There was a ton of stylish options, just not any for Mavs fans.  In fact, I was perhaps most impressed with an adorable Spurs t-shirt, which would go over like a fart in church in Dallas.

Cute shirts...none for a Mavs fan at Old Navy

More t-shirt options at Old Navy
There was not a single Mavs t-shirt for women or girls.  There was one Mavs tee (in blue) for boys, which again, does a 5'11 mother and 2-year old baby girl no good.

Urban Outfitters
Both the Mockingbird Station and Northpark Center locations offered big bags of nothing.  I DID find this Texas Rangers t-shirt which made me giggle.

The "Dallas" Rangers t-shirt at Urban Outfitters
It has the Rangers "T" superimposed over the Dallas skyline.  Umm....Do you think the designers have any clue that the Rangers play in Arlington?  Then again, does Arlington have a skyline?

The Mavs Pro-Shop at Northpark Center
Again, not much luck.  The Mavs pro-shop offered the usual offerings of obnoxious pink t-shirts and jerseys.  I'm so out on the stereotypical cheesy pink t-shirt.  Remember on this night, I wanted something in green.  There was one cute gray shirt featuring the words "MAVS" in green.  The only sizes offered were small and large, which didn't work for me.

The double negative?  There was no dressing room.  The sales associate told me I could "try it on in the bathroom" which, oddly enough, smelled just as badly as the Mavs locker room does after a double overtime game. Not lovely.

What to Do and Where to Buy
Here's the thing: I realize many Mavs fans who are sportsgals are going to a game after work during the week. They likely won't be wearing a Dirk jersey to the office.  But on the chance that they need something stylish with a team logo on it, where do they find it?

Junk Food Dallas Mavericks Ladies T-Shirt
Online seems the best bet.  I found good stuff at Fanatics.com and FansEdge.com, the majority of which I wasn't able to find in stores.

Don't have time to browse online yourself?  Here is some decent logo apparel:

Dallas Mavericks Women's Look Book

DISCLAIMER: this is by NO means a thoroughly scientific investigation of the t-shirt offerings by area retailers. It's simply an account of one woman's mad dash to find something stylish yet not cheesy and slutty to wear to the game.

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The Dallas Cowboys TwitterView with Gavin Escobar and Jeff Heath


Like any rookies, Gavin Escobar and Jeff Heath had quite the learning curve their first season in the NFL with the Cowboys last year.  Find out what that was AND why Heath could have a future as a TV producer in our Dallas Cowboys TwitterView.


Have a question for a player you would like to see featured in an upcoming Cowboys TwitterView?  Leave a note in the comments section.

This particular story was shot at iFly in Frisco after our first-ever attempt at indoor skydiving.  Read my review of iFly here.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

What to Wear to a Mavs Game, St. Patrick's Day Edition

The Mavericks are fresh off a big win over Oklahoma City Sunday night.  YES, the Thunder was without three starters, including Russell Westbrook.  I don't care.  Dallas ended an 11-game losing streak to Kevin Durant and company but there's no time to revel in that victory.  The Mavs are back at the AAC Monday to host the Celtics which presents.....a fashion conundrum.

Dallas Mavericks Women's Solid Slim Fit V-Neck T-Shirt

Think about it: It's St. Patricks Day.  The day we are supposed to wear green.  The Celtics are THE team that was founded on the luck of the Irish!  When you think of them, you envision their green uniforms, the clover and leprechaun.

Boston Celtics T-Shirt

So what should the St. Patrick's Day-loving Mavs fan wear to a game like this one?  My daughter and I are actually going to the game.  I think this is a great night to break out a Mavericks t-shirt.  The good thing is that there are cute options for even the most sartorial Mavs fan.

Dallas Mavericks T-Shirt Options
Any of those t-shirts would pair well with skinny jeans like these from Rich and Skinny and a cute black blazer like this one from Asos (it's only $53!).

If all else fails and you can't find any colors that work, you can always wear Mavs jewelry.  Sure, some of it is cheesy but I found a cute pendant from Kohl's.

Dallas Mavericks Sterling Silver Pendant
Dallas Mavericks Pendant
It's on sale for $140, still pricey for sterling silver but it's the most stylish one I have seen.   Here's a more affordable version for $24.

What You Need to Know About the Mavs/Celtics Game

  • The Mavericks have won six of their last seven games against the Celtics, as well as the last three at the American Airlines Center.  
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays really well against Boston, averaging 26.5 points per game in 28 starts against the Celtics.  That is his highest scoring average against any opponent. 
  • Boston is terrible with a 22-45 record this season, 8-24 on the road.  The Celtics have lost four in a row, including an overtime loss to New Orleans on Sunday. 
  • Dallas is 40-27, 21-10 at home.  The Mavericks are currently 7th in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Memphis and just a game and a half ahead of 9th place Phoenix.  Meaning with 15 games left in the season, every game counts.  

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Friday, March 14, 2014

"New" Diet Tips That Work Better Than Old Ones

Okay, that headline is misleading because these tips aren't all that new.  They're simply a new approach to common sense thinking.

Thin Mints/Image via GirlScouts.com
Which got me thinking: how did we get so screwed up when it comes to eating?  Eat protein, don't eat fruit, eat every three hours, eat only bars, drink protein, don't drink protein, eat cookies to lose weight.  No wonder our relationships with food are so dysfunctional.

Okay, enough of a rant....back to the "new" weight loss tips:

Eat Less Often
This approach advocates eating fewer meals versus "six mini-meals" which was supposed to fire up our metabolism.  That never worked for me as I was always eating which caused a snowball effect and had me eating more food.  There's science behind this.  New research from the American Diabetes Association revealed that adults with type 2 diabetes who ate two meals a day lost more weight than those who grazed all day.

Here's the thing: they ate the same amount of calories.  The weight loss could be attributed to improved insulin sensitivity.

Don't Deprive Yourself
This is such smart advice.  There are certain foods on which I will binge because I haven't eaten them in two years.  (Thin Mints, anyone?)  Resisting foods all the time can backfire.  Eat what you enjoy.  Savor it.  Move on. Moderate indulgence is fine.  One cookie never hurt anyone.  25 does.

Walk After Meals 
I love this one as it reminds me when I'm on a European trip walking back to my hotel after a lavish lunch or dinner.  Interestingly, I always lose when I am in Europe.

Strolling after lunch (and shopping) in Paris
Walking after eating might be most effective.  Another diabetes-related study revealed that adults who walked for 15 minutes after each meal had better blood sugar levels than those who took a 45 minute morning walk.  Exercise helps muscles metabolize glucose more efficiently.  In turn, stable blood sugar means your metabolism works better.

Dine Out With Healthy Friends 
This works!  I'm not talking about calorie shaming but think of it as healthy peer pressure.  Friends who eat kale together, stay healthy together.  If your bestie decides to forgo the cheese fries, you're more likely to do the same.

Want More?  
Check out this article in from Yahoo.  It offers suggestions such as looking at pictures of your favorite foods while eating (not so sure about that one) as well as falling asleep and waking up at the same time of day.  I wish I could do that!

Have a new healthy living tip?  Please share it in the comments section!

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