Health + Fitness

No-Drink November

I may have made a mistake this morning. Or I may have had a revelation. Either way, it started on the scale. Sure, weighing yourself the day after a holiday is stupid, but maybe it’s the motivation I needed.

I’m a firm believer in looks over numbers, so when I saw a few unflattering shots pop up, it made me question the other.


I don’t admit my weight to many people (except the entire internet, I guess), but I’m disgusted with myself. Sure, I haven’t been working out a lot, and I haven’t really paid any attention to what I’m eating, but one of my goals with moving home was to LOSE weight, not gain it.

So, today, as blog as my witness, I will begin No Drink November.


  • No soda (diet included!)
  • No tea or coffee
  • No energy drinks
  • No alcohol (OK – I know Thanksgiving is at the end of the month. If you need a drink to survive your family, just wait until then!)
  • Flavored water is fine (I’ll be making Sassy Water!)

This is not going to be easy – I very rarely walk out of my house without a Gold Peak Green Tea in hand, and I’m just as guilty as everyone else with enjoying a glass of wine or few beers at happy hour. However, it’s what I need to do to feel better about myself.

In addition, I’m going to keep a food diary. Not a calorie count or carb count, but just a drill down of what I’ve ate throughout the day. Hopefully this will help me narrow in on what has changed.

I’ll post an update on Nov. 14, two weeks to the start day. Wish me luck!


Nom Nom Nom: Avocado & Queso Tuna Salad

Let’s be honest – I’m definitely the type who would rather eat nachos and cheese for lunch then something healthy, but since I’m doomed to be in a bikini in two weeks (hello Florida!), I’m trying to keep it together.

I borrowed “The Flat Belly Diet” from the library this weekend, and while I’m not following the plan exactly, I definitely learned some tips! Most importantly, to include a MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) in every meal. These include avocado, nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate. So I picked up avocados (easily my favorite on the list!), sunflower seeds (if you have a trick to eating these, PLEASE comment. I look like an idiot!) and peanuts to snack on.

Looking through some of the recipes, I noticed tuna stood out a LOT. Mind you, I like fish, but mostly the cooked kind. But I gave it a try. And guess what? I liked it!

Ashley’s Tuna Salad (what, you think I have a special name for it or something?

  • 1 pack Starkist tuna in sunflower oil
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 wedge, Laughing Cow Queso Fresco cheese
  • Two small tomatoes
  • 1 sandwich pita

Pour your tuna into a bowl (or tupperware container). Mix in avocado with a fork. Add cheese and mix in. (You’ll really have to mix it!) Spread on pita. Serve with tomatoes.

See? That’s easy!

Another recipe I’m loving (which is SO easy) is Sassy Water.

  • 2 liters of Water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
  • 12 mint leaves

Put everything in a pitcher, refrigerate overnight. It’s SO refreshing!

What are your favorite “flat-belly” recipes? I’m totally making my Funfetti Cookies for a sweet!