Monday, January 16, 2012

Challenges Galore

This is Day 5 of the 10 days of Real Food Challenge and Day 2 of the Looking Hot for our Hunky Husbands Challenge with Jordan.

So far so good ladies and gents!

I can’t believe it’s been 5 days already.

Not that I really can’t believe that. It’s just that I can’t believe I’ve gone 5 solid days with no beer. Wow, that sounds little AA-ish, huh?
Moving on.

The food part has been soooo easy. Oatmeal or eggs for breakfast, salads for lunch, sautéed veggies and rice for dinner, with a little yogurt and fruit mixed in there…..nothing to it. But then again, I can eat the same shit day in and day out for weeks. 'Cause I’m cool like that.

This last weekend proved to be a little more of a challenge. First of all, my hubby was home, so I had to prepare meals that wouldn’t cause him to run screaming from the house.  Second, I had a baby shower and we went out to eat.

Dun, Dun, Dunnnnnnn

Oh, and said husband was popping the tops on beers all weekend! OK, well, not all weekend, but he had his usual few a night and Ohhhhhhh Mr. Foamy Temptation………did those frosty beverages look scrumdiddlyumptious!

But I persevered! Because I am a champion. In the making. Don't hate.

Friday night was tacos with ground beef; I made a taco salad with veggies and topped it with salsa. I also bought some organic whole wheat tortillas and had a little burrito too. Yummers. Leftovers are for tonight!!! Can. Not. Wait.

At the baby shower on Sat., the hosts, thank the good Lord, provided fruit, yogurt and granola, so that’s what I loaded up on. I don’t know if any of it was low fat or organic or whatevs, but I figured that was better than the chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting, cheese and crackers, and sugar loaded punch that occupied the rest of the table. Damn my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Saturday night we went to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. GO SEE THAT MOVIE!!! Now. Seriously, go. Soooo good. Even Ryan liked it having never read the books. I, however, have read almost all of them (I have a smidge left of the third) and loved it too. The books can start out very slow but if you stick with them you will not regret it!

We also went out to eat. I chose Chili’s vs. a Mexican food restaurant, figuring that I could get a better selection of sandwiches or salads. We typically get the bottomless chips and salsa, but since I love them and will mow them down instantly if I see them didn’t want to sabotage my diet, we opted not to partake. All my good nutrition choices are starting to rub off on the little hubby too. He has decided that he does want to participate in my clean eating…..provided he can keep his beloved potato chips…..which is fine by me! He went with ribs and corn on the cob, I went with the Southwest Chicken Wrap, with a side salad, no cheese, and low fat ranch and salsa for the dressing. Well, I just looked at the nutrition and it normally is 1350 calories. Christ!!! But I got the ‘healthy’ way, which the menu stated was under 750 cals, so I’m going with that number. Not the best choice, but I didn’t load up on French fries and a juicy burger, so I determine that as a WIN!

Sunday was the best day by far. I decided to make chicken lettuce wraps, sorta like PF Changs. So easy, just marinated chicken in Teriyaki (low sodium) Marinade, then sautéed the chicken with water chestnuts, carrots, and green onions and eat it with lettuce leaves, kinda like a taco. And for desert (because I forgot to make it as an appetizer, it’s the loss of beer in my system that I’m forgetting simple shit, I swear), I made some Edamame tossed with chili powder and salt. Not the healthiest sodium levels, but man was it good AND not high in cals, fat, carbs, or sugar, but protein spiked to the hilt!

All in all, this Real Food thang is going good. I’m already down almost 2 pounds. Bonus! I ‘feel’ better. I don’t know if it’s the good food or the lack of alcohol…..I’m going with the good food, because no way would beer betray my ‘feelings’. Bonus #2. And I just plain like the food I’m eating. I don’t feel bloated, or have stomach pain, headaches, or have the need to unbutton my pants at the dinner table after eating. Super Bonus #3 (for everyone)!

And for once, I’m not even thinking about the ‘end’ of this ‘diet’. I’m just convinced this is the way to eat and will probably continue after the 10 days. It’s not supposed to be a diet, it’s a lifestyle change after all!

Next up is exercise. I’ve been slacking waaayyyyy too much these last few weeks. I need to get back in the gym. I need to get running. Especially if I’m going to woop Jordan’s ass in our challenge. So that’s my goal this week is to get to the gym at least 3 times.

Tune in next time for some more scintillating news about me and my crazy challenges!!


  1. Great choices! You did very well this weekend!

  2. You are doing great, Laura. I'm impressed and envious of your progress. I'm low carbing but also trying to eat whole foods rather than processed. The only processed food I'm having are Atkins bars. Not the best but okay in a pinch. They satisfy my sweet tooth and keep me from binging. I think you are doing great and it is amazing to me that you are doing two challenges at once. I can only handle the one I'm in at the moment. There are other I would like to participate in but I just don't have the mental energy. I wish us both luck on getting back into an exercise routine. I have never really breached that hurdle for long. Hopefully, I am finally ready to change that. Hang in there, girlfriend.:)

  3. Well done - I've never had edamame beans or peas it sounds delish.

  4. you're kickin ARSE lady!!

    going out to eat is suchhh a bad thing for me. i am not as strong as you, it would of been SO HARD to not get those chili's fries!!!

  5. You are doing great. Keep it up!!

  6. Damn, Chili's is on my mind now. I love their fries, and chips... and everything. I gain 5 lbs every time I even drive past.

    I love the clean eating! You're doing great. :)


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