Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wawa Salads, Diet Coke

If you live in the mid Atlantic area, I'm sure you have been to a WaWa. I first encountered the WaWa/Sheetz concept when I moved from New England to Pennsylvania for school. At that time, I thought the idea of getting real food from a gas station was nasty (i.e. overcooked/old hot dogs). Wawa and Sheetz completely changed my perception! Wawa now has made to order salads. Since I was absent minded this morning and forgot to pack the biggest part of my lunch, I ran to Wawa and ordered up a salad. I must say, everything was so fresh and tasty it was awesome! I ordered romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sliced onions, dried cranberries, shredded colby jack cheese and sunflower seeds. I topped it all off with fat free honey Dijon dressing. If you have a Wawa near you, I recommend trying their salads!

Melissa has inspired me to post up one of my current "goals". I think it is great to set goals for yourself along the way, whether they be food, exercise, or anything else! I think writing this one down will definitely help me stick to it! Since I was young I have always loved diet coke! In fact in college, I drank a ridiculous amount of diet coke! Since college, I have buckled down and for the last year or so, I have had about 1 can of diet coke a day. I have decided to cut back even more and only allow myself to have diet coke when we eat out (which is about one time per week). I started this about a week and a half ago and so far so good! I have been drinking way more water and I have substituted crystal lite in place of diet coke at dinner time (when I'm most tempted to have a diet coke). I will keep you posted on my progress! Do you have any goals? How do you make sure you stay on track?


Anonymous said...

Aw, that's awesome!!!! I hear soda is one of the toughest things to give up (of course after cigarettes, alcohol, or whatever people's "go to" item are).....Back in high school I drank a ton of Mountain Dew - maybe 6 a day? For some reason I just stopped - I think because I didn't enjoy it as much. When I first started my weight loss journey I drank a ton of either Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke but stopped because I read about all the bad stuff. Now I have maybe 1 a month or so and don't even really enjoy actually gives me a tummy ache! I bet you'll find the same thing! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Erica said...

Good for you with the Mountain Dew! I can't believe how much bad stuff is tied to diet soda! I think everyone assumes that since it has no calories, it must be fine for you! I know my body will thank me for this change! Thanks for the well wishes :)!!

Sarah said...

Hi Erica,

I really like your blog too!!! Thanks for visiting mine this week, I'm glad you like it. Please let me know how the recipes turn out.
I too have quite the diet soda habit (diet Coke, Fresca, I'll try anything with fizz and no calories) but I know it's bad and am trying to cut down at least. :-)
How did you become a fitness instructor? That sounds really interesting, it's something I've considered too but never knew how to go about it.

I'm adding your blog to my Reading List, I hope you take a look my way again too. ~Sarah of Suite Apple Pie

Erica said...

Hey Sarah! I love teaching group fitness classes and you should def give it a try! I have been teaching for about a year and 4 months now! I have been taking group fitness classes since I was young. My parents went to a HUGE gym in California when we were younger and they had kid group fitness classes. Ever since then, I've been hooked. When I moved to MD to live with my now husband, I started at a new gym and they were looking for instructors. The head of group fitness asked me if I'd be interested and so I took the leap! I love, love, love it!

Erica said...

P.S. if you decide you want to teach, talk to the head group fitness instructor at your gym and see where they normally go for their trainings. A lot of the programs now are pre choreographed, and you will have to take a weekend full of classes to learn how to instruct the class. Other classes you will make up on your own. I started with a pre-choreographed class (Turbo Kick). Since that time, I have started teaching a class I mostly put together myself (hip hop) and another pre-choreographed class (Body Step). To instruct, you usually need to be CPR certified (some gyms also require you to be first aid certified), you may also need to get a primary group fitness instructor certification. You can read about group fitness certifications at the following sites:

You can read more about turbo kick and body step (and other great Les Mills programs) at: