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The Diner [Norcross, GA]

20130217_134648I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant this past weekend with my boyfriend. I was totally pleased with the total experience.

I ordered a two-egg breakfast that was accompanied by my choice of hash browns or home fries, grits or gravy, and either a biscuit or toast. I chose hash browns, grits, and a biscuit. I was feeling pretty hungry, so I ordered a single pancake as well. The food was cooked to order, and made right in front of us. They have a setup very similar to the Waffle House. Although I had to add salt and pepper to my meal, it was still pretty good. It was definitely like having a home cooked meal. I am very specific when ordering, and everything came out perfectly. The serving sizes were good. The pancake was the size of the plate, and was light and fluffy. It was delicious! I drank coffee, and had no complaints there either.

20130217_125344The service was awesome. We were greeted as soon as we came in. The cooks and cashier were very nice and helpful. They cracked a few jokes, and made the dining experience excellent. We didn’t have to wait long for our orders to be taken or to receive our food. We were often checked on, and our glasses remained full.

The restaurant is set up like a typical diner with booths, tables and counter seats. The seating is limited. I like diners because they always seem to have a comfortable and inviting setting. This diner was no different.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience. The food was good, the service was great, and I loved the diner atmosphere. Not to mention, the prices were just right. I would most certainly recommend this restaurant.20130217_134639

Jonah’s Fish & Grits [Thomasville]

I was born and raised in Florida, so I think I am well-versed in my Southern cuisine. Some may argue that Florida shouldn’t really be considered Southern in nature, but I begs to differ.

Although, I was born in the South, I must say that I am a bit picky when it comes to certain foods that are of Southern decent, e.g. grits. I haven’t always liked grits, and that’s mainly because I am weird when it comes to different food textures. However, over time, I’ve become very fond of grits. And I absolutely love fish & grits and shrimp & grits. Whenever the opportunity presents itself for me to order this meal, I will rise to the occasion.

Needless to say, I just had to order the shrimp & grits at Jonah’s Fish & Grits. Although I haven’t eaten grits for an extremely long time, I am quite aware of when I get bad batch. That seems to happen a lot when dining out. Grits, like rice, is easy to prepare, but for many, it’s hard to master. I was skeptical, but after reading the description, I knew that is what I wanted.

This dish did not fail; it was so good! My Mom is an amazing cook, but I have to say that Jonah’s shrimp and grits was just about as good as hers. It pains me to say, but it’s the truth. The entrée was a mixture of sautéed shrimp, cheese grits, and vegetables, and it was served with a homemade hushpuppy, which was also really good. The serving size was perfect, and very filling.

Our server was nice, and helpful. I wasn’t asked if I wanted another coffee. That kind of erked me, but other than that the service was decent.

The restaurant is small, and set up like a cafe. It doesn’t really have a personal atmosphere. It’s perfect for lunch with the coworkers, or a quick meetup with a friend. I definitely recommend this restaurant, and the shrimp & grits!

Week 9 (Redo): Insanity & WW

9/16-9/23

Weight Loss/Gain: Loss 3.6

9/16: Insanity Day Off: I can’t express how much I really need this day off. It is extremely difficult to take a hiatus during the Insanity program and try to pick back up.

Breakfast: Pancakes, Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Chicken Deli Sandwich and White Cheddar Popcorn

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna  (Homemade)

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/17: Max Interval Circuit: This was hard, as usual. I pushed myself, but I can feel that I’ve lost a few steps due to my hiatus. It sucks, but I have to push myself to complete what I started.

Breakfast: Egg Whites, Turkey Sausage & 1 Slice of Toast

Lunch: Smart Ones Fettucine Alfredo

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/18: Max Interval Conditioning/Insane Abs: I did a lot better this time around. I was especially happy with my effort during the Insane Abs workout.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Progresso Santa Fe Chicken Soup (Lite) & Peanut Butter Crackers

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Dessert: Cookies Galore

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

***When over alloted points for the day.

9/19: Max Interval Sports Training: I love this workout! I definitely pushed myself through. This is the only workout that seems to go by quickly! I also made a mistake, this workout was supposed to be done tomorrow. I’ll just have to swap it out.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Progresso Santa Fe Chicken Soup (Lite) & Peanut Butter Crackers

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Dessert: 1 Serving of Mini Oreo Cookies

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/20: Max Interval Circuit: Knowing that this my last time doing this workout, I tried my best to push through and get it done. I wanted to accomplish as much and feel as I did before I took the time off, but was unsuccessful. However, I still got a good workout.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich & Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/20: Max Interval Plyo: I killed this workout. As I’ve mentioned before, I like this way better than Max Interval Circuit, so that in itself was motivation to do the best I could. During this workout, I felt like I had not taken any time off. It’s crazy what a day’s difference can do. I’m definitely looking forward to my last Insanity workout tomorrow!

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich & Salad

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Grapes & Apple Crisp Granola

Dessert: Mini Oreos

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

**Went over allotted amount of points. I made the mistake of thinking I had more points than I actually did. 🙂

9/20: Max Interval Conditioning/Insane Abs: As you all are aware, this was my last workout. So, you know I had to show out even if I was the only one in the room. I pushed through, and made sure I went out strong. I did. I feel great, and accomplished. 

Breakfast: Pancakes, Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich with Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

Please look out for my Insanity Reflection Post, coming soon!

Week 3: Insanity & WW

7/22-7/28

Note: I’m not sure what it is, but I think my metabolism is getting the best of me. I try my best to only snack on fruits or low point foods.

Weight loss/gain: 1 lb (loss)

Day 14 (Insanity Day off): Unfortunately, I was unable to move yesterday’s workout to today. My guests did not leave until late in the evening and I had errands I needed to run. I’m not sure what I should do next, so I will consult a beachbody coach.

Breakfast-Lunch: None

Dinner: Curry  Shrimp, Rice and Peas, Cabbage and dumplings (fried)

Beverages: Water

Day 15 (Fit Test): I consulted both a beachbody coach and the Insanity Facebook page about missing a workout. I was told to stay on schedule. I definitely improved. I’m happy that I am pushing myself! It’s so easy to lose motivation and give in to temptation.

Breakfast: Yogurt & Apple Crisp Granola Bar (2)

Lunch: Smart Ones Chicken Mesquite and Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Dinner: Southwestern-Style White Chicken Chili, grilled cheese and tortilla chips (3/4 serving)

Snacks: Apple Crisp Granola Bar (2) & banana

Beverages: Water and Tea

Day 16 (Plyo Cardio): Great workout. At first, I was not going to do it because of how tired I am. However, I realized I started this journey and I need to finish it. It turned out to be really good. I’m starting to take fewer breaks!

Breakfast: Oatmeal & Silk Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones Chicken Quesadilla

Dinner: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Cheetos and Baked Beans

Snacks: Apple Crisp Granola Bar & Bananas (2)

Beverages: Tea and water

Day 17 (Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs): I’ve noticed I’ve been able to get through the warm up without stopping or decreasing my pace. I pushed harder during Pure Cardio. This was my first time doing Cardio Abs and it was difficult. It’s another reminder of my lack of upper body strength, but I must say that I did enjoy the workout.

Breakfast: Oatmeal & Silk Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones fettuccine Alfredo

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Sandwich, Baked Beans & Corn

Snacks: Apple Crisp Granola Bar, Banana & Cherries

Beverages: Tea & Water

Day 18 (Cardio Recovery): I most certainly got a good stretch doing this exercise. I wasn’t struggling as much; I’m happy about that!

Breakfast: Oatmeal & Silk Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones Broccoli and Cheddar Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Sandwich, Baked Beans & Cheetos

Snacks: Apple Crisp Granola Bar, Banana & Cherries

Beverages: Tea & Water

Day 19 (Cardio Power & Resistance): This was an excellent workout. I was working my core and I had the sweat to prove it! I am improving with every workout and I am truly enjoying the results!

Breakfast: Oatmeal, 1/3 of my normal serving of Silk Soy Milk, 1/2 cheese omelet (Smart Ones)

Lunch: Smart Ones Chicken Quesadilla & Baked Cheetos

Dinner: Fruit Cup (Tangerines, apples, grapes, cherries & strawberries)

Snacks: Apple Crisp Granola Bar & Peanut M&Ms (Don’t judge me, it was a tough day.)

Beverages: Tea & Water

Day 20 (Plyo Cardio):  I can see the improvements! Your girl is definitely getting into those level one drills! I’m doing good push ups and all! Pat on my back!

Breakfast: Egg white cheese (reduced fat) omelet, 2 slices of wheat toast & turkey sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Sandwich & Cheetos

Dinner: Grilled Chicken Breast, Cabbage, Red Beans & small cheese (reduced fat) quesadilla.

Snacks: Banana

Beverages: Tea & Water

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