Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Challenge Update

So yesterday, I posted a quick picture of my guy holding a fish and told you it was a sneak peek of today's blog post. I'll explain what I meant by that in a minute, but first I wanted to share something YUMMY with all of you - my lunch today!

Start with all of this:



  • Romaine lettuce
  • Leftover quinoa from last night's dinner
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Wildtree Berry Dressing
Cut the lettuce, strawberries, and grapes, add quinoa and dressing, and end up with this:


Add walnuts, and you get:



Lunch! This was so good, and easy and quick to make. Not to mention thrifty, since I'm reusing some of last night's leftovers.

And that brings me to my progress report on the challenge. A few days ago, I decided to start filling my body with healthier things than I normally do, eating when I want to, stopping when I'm full, and replacing my sweet cravings with fruits and eating more veggies than normal. Well...I have been doing okay (and that's being nice) with the whole challenge so far, but I figure I'm only two days in and today has been MUCH better!

Yesterday started just fine (has anyone else noticed that I'm much more health conscious in the mornings?). I had an apple and almonds for breakfast because I HAD to run out the door; we're buying a house and had an appointment to meet with the Realtor. After signing some papers, we decided to check out the house again and head out. We stopped for lunch at a local pub, and I ordered a burger. Great. Normally, this is where my day starts to go downhill. I figure "Hell, if I'm going to be unhealthy, I might as well follow through!" and I order the burger with cheese, mayo, fries, and all of the not-so-great parts that go with them. This time, I opted to skip the fries and get a side salad instead, which I ate with croutons and chipotle ranch and raisins and don't regret a bit of it. It was delicious. My burger was amazing, and I skipped the cheese and mayo and only added lettuce, tomato, onion and ketchup. I didn't need all of that other stuff, this burger was AMAZING (if you're looking for a great place to eat locally, I really recommend Neighbors' Pub & Grub in the Soulsbyville area, food and owners are great).

So lunch wasn't a total bust, until Fred (the owner) casually mentioned that they had blueberry cobbler. I'm a sucker for a good cobbler (which it was) and I ordered one and split it with my little missy, Emma. We loved it! And I still didn't feel guilty! Then came dinner.

Kevin had been fishing on Sunday morning and caught a great big bass (hence the picture yesterday), so we had fried bass and quinoa with salad and green bean fries for dinner. YUM! All very good, and at this point I was feeling only slightly guilty. Then nighttime came, Kevin went to bed, and I ate a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats and a PB&J sandwich. At 10:00 PM. WHY DO I DO THESE THINGS?

I know these are wordy posts, but my point here is that I have been eating not-so-great things lately, but somewhat in moderation and most of them have either been made by me or by a local restaurant who knows the actual ingredients. Even my Wildtree dressing from lunch today has less than 10 ingredients in them, and guess what? I can read every single one.

So far, the challenge has been going so-so at best, but I'm not giving up! Today's breakfast was a healthy granola bar (made with beetsweet instead of sugar, so healthier) and water, with that yummy lunch and an apple with natural PB. Sounds pretty healthy so far, right? Currently looking for a healthy ground-turkey recipe that ISN'T spaghetti or meatloaf. Sigh.

In un-related events:


This might be our house at the end of October! More tomorrow :)





2 comments:

thebadhousewife said...

Hey Lexi, just wanted to let you know that you've inspired me. Official last night, my late-into-the-night snacking habit is over. <3 ya!

Lexi Stepps said...

Yay! I'm so excited to be able to help!!! :D

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