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Monday, we meet again….boo. Hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did and wanted to share the events with you all and show how aside from the alcohol consumption, it wasn’t hard to “stay healthy”.

Saturday, Nick, myself, and 2 of our friends Darin and Melissa, went to an awesome Vineyard in Wallingford, CT – Gouveia Vineyards. We had a great time, consumed a bit too much wine, but brought some healthy snacks with us to enjoy while there. I would definitely say it was a success.

Train heading to the Vineyard

Wine Tasting at Gouveia – Highly recommend the Sevyl Blanc and the Chardonnay (& all their red’s since at heart I am a red wine girl)

Melissa and I teamed up and she brought some cheese and triscut crackers along with some blueberries and peaches, and I brought strawberries, hummus, and 2 veggie trays from Trader Joe’s. We of course devoured this in no time, but I was glad we kept it “Eva-Friendly”.

Gone in about .2 seconds. Hummus, fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers.

The hummus I got was Trader Joe’s 3 layer hummus. It regular flavored, red pepper, and cilantro. Highly recommend! It was delicious and totally hit the spot.

The rest of the details from the day/night are totally unnecessary to blog about, but involved more drinks and some bar food at Casey’s….my favorite bar that is literally down the street from my apartment (they serve the best Guinness in my opinion). We all had just a little too-much-fun. You only live once, right?!

Sunday Darin and Melissa also had awesome tickets to the Yankees game that we just couldn’t pass up – I am a huge Yankees fan. They were 18 rows back from the guest dug-out. It was SO FREAKIN’ HOT and we were sweating like mad, but what a view!

My new Yanks tank top – thanks, Nick 🙂

What a view

Love me some Derek Jeter!

Despite the heat, having these seats were totaly worth it! I won’t lie, a few more beers were consumed, but whatever, it’s a baseball game and we don’t do this often. Yankees Stadium is great because they definitely offer a lot of “healthy” options – salad stands, sushi, chicken sandwiches, and veggie burgers, all with calorie counts on the menu’s. As soon as I saw this I knew a picture was in order for the blog 🙂 Do you all find that when you actually see the calorie information, you make a better decision?

Notice the top item, Dr. Praegers Veggie Burger!

Part of me almost ordered the veggie burger, but I decided I really wanted something more substantial and something with more protein. So we started with a measly chicken sandwich that I added a ton of hot sauce to (surprised?) and then indulged in some chicken fingers. The little grilled chicken sandwich just wasn’t cutting it for me and Nick. I absolutely do give in to fried food every now and then. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love chicken fingers with some BBQ sauce & honey mustard? I think moderation is key and as long as you don’t over do it, one day won’t kill you. I enjoyed them! I had probably 2 big ones and Nick ate the rest 😉 If I didn’t eat stuff like this every now and then, I seriously think I’d lose my mind. I love wine and the occasional fried food (fried calamari is my weakness..OH and so are chips, ah!) too much to ever not drink/eat it. I wanted to particularly address this because being so open on a “healthy living blog”, you only see what I choose to post. I could have left this out and you all think I eat well ALL of the time, but part of this blog is to also document how eating things like fried chicken fingers at a baseball game is OKAY and won’t kill me or derail my health & fitness goals. I have come a long way with this, as this is something I probably would have restricted in the past and then it would back fire on me and I’d eat my whole kitchen. By taking the “good” or “bad” labels off of things eases everything else and I don’t feel the need to over do-it (tortilla chips on the other hand are a totally different story… no self-control there, haha). This thinking didn’t just change over night but it’s something I have worked on for the past few years. I finally feel like I have achieved a good balance. Anyone else stuck on labeling foods? How did you overcome it? Or how are you dealing with it?

yum 🙂 and almost done

What is missing from these pics are yummy beers we enjoyed. Corona Light’s with a lime and some bud lights 🙂 Sunday Funday at it’s finest! What a great weekend.

So there you have it. I hope this post gives you all some kind of perspective about moderation and balance. Was too much alcohol consumed? No doubt, yes. Was everything so much fun and we all had a great time? YES! So that’s why I don’t feel bad one bit. These are the memories to cherish, friends. I won’t look back and think about what I ate, I will look back and think about the great time spent with friends – that’s the key here. Today is Monday and it’s business on usual – back to the meals I DO LOVE eating and all that jazz. I actually woke up and couldn’t wait to make a shake and get to work and make my oat bran concoction. Now that’s what I call moderation 🙂

A goal this week is to drink more water. I suck at it.

How was everyone’s weekend?