Challenge? What Challenge?!

We made it up to 40 degrees yesterday and actually had some sunshine!  And we may even reach 50 on Saturday – come on spring!!

For breakfast I had an egg sammie and some delicious blackberries – they were on sale for 2.00 a pint!

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I challenged myself on March 1st to do three things:

March Goals

  • walk/run/move 45 miles
  • get to the gym 2 times a week before work for a 4 mile walk
  • more veggies and fruits (I may do a smoothie a day!)

Why I think if I write something down on this blog that it’s going to force me to do it.  The gym 2 times a week before work?  Didn’t happen.  A smoothie a day?  That didn’t happen either.  I looked back though and discovered I still needed to MOVE 29 miles before the end of the month.  If nothing else, I will reach that 45 mile goal!

I ended up doing the bike on random hill climb.  I ended up going 8 miles in 34 minutes!  Then I did abs on the bosu and push ups on the bosu.

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I watched The Chew while I worked out – sadly they were making an onion and cherry tomato salad – ew!  Tony and I have deemed the purple onion to be the worst in the onion family. Crying face

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It’s really weird this week.  I am not cooking for anyone this week!  My two bosses are on spring break, so is my SIL, and our office is closed on Friday for Good Friday, so no Souper Friday.

It was the perfect opportunity though for me to make a Leftover Tasting Plate as I like to call it.  What it’s really called though is “throw shit in a bag and see what happens!”

I had a can of this that I bought a couple weeks ago.  I think I’ve mentioned this brand of hummos before – my store sells it for .99 a can and 2 tablespoons is only 35 calories, but the best part is that it’s delicious!  It has a nice lemon tang to it.

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So this is how my tasting plate turned out:

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A random grilled potato, leftover shrimp cocktail, a 100 calorie pita I toasted in the toaster, carrots, cucumber, apple, blackberries and hummos.  So good!  And this took me nearly an hour to eat while I was working at my desk!  I ended up splitting up my insulin, so I took half to start, and then half way through took the rest.

I posted on Facebook yesterday thanking Tony for making his amazeballs fried rice for dinner.  We plan on doing a tutorial video in the near future to show you how he makes it, since he rarely uses measurements.  Tony in action:

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The end result:

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I did add some sriracha to this after I took this picture, but it’s so delicious.  And I have leftovers for at least the next two days! Open-mouthed smile

I read a blog a while back, can’t remember whose it was, but it said that you should find different places in your house to take pictures and see where the best natural light is.  For the above picture?  I chose my back door on a piece of leftover wood!

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I plan on painting that board white on one side, and maybe another color on the back – I think black would be too dark – any thoughts??

So my goal for the remainder of March is to get that last 21 miles in.  But I really need to get my head in the game for the month of April. 

I have a few bloggers I wanted to give a shout out too that have started to turn my thinking to the positive side.

Aimee wrote a post about being Unapologetic for her eating over the weekend.  Aimee is a lifelong dieter/binger and has come a long way in how she views food – nothing is off limits and she routinely eats healthy to fuel her body to run.  She indulged in a few things over the weekend, and moved on.  Now that’s a non-scale victory if I’ve ever seen one!  Great job Aimee – you can read her post here.

Sam has been through a lot this last year.  She separated, then divorced last year.  She moved back home.  She’s now met someone new.  She had made herself a motivational wall to help keep her on track to meet her goals.  I liked the idea of having a piece of paper for every pound she needs to lose – to me it’s not to show how far you have to go, but to see how far you’ve come.  I am proud of you Sam and am happy that you are finally putting yourself first!  You can read her post here.

And Caron is an At Goal Weight Watcher.  She has an amazing leader at her WW meetings.  She dresses up for no reason and seems like a very motivating leader!

This is part of her post that her WW leader talked about, hope you don’t mind me sharing it Caron!

She was talking about how much the Easter buffet really costs if you go with the attitude of “I’m going to get my money’s worth.” How many times have I said that!
She chose a price of $30 for the buffet and then began to add in the cost of going to Weight Watchers. The first meeting after joining costs you $13 and you have lost 2.6 pounds which is great. The second meeting also costs $13 and after the Easter binge at the buffet, you are up 3 pounds. The next week you go back to weigh in and you are down .4 and you are delighted, do a little dance and say things like “I’m back baby!” and “Look at me go!”
Now for the math, and I hope I do this right. You paid $39 for three weeks of Weight Watchers and $30 for your fancy Easter buffet. At the end of three weeks you are right back where you started on the first weigh in and you are HAPPY. You paid $69 and you have lost NOTHING. It’s a great little exercise and I hope it helps people to have second thoughts about getting their money’s worth.

I hope you can find inspiration in these ladies as I have!  Who inspires you lately?

Only two more work days this week – gotta love a 3 day work week! Make it a great day!

29 thoughts on “Challenge? What Challenge?!

  1. Sometimes its nice to not really have to cook for anyone! I love tasting plates- my favorite kind of meal for sure. Get back at that goal!

    • I have to admit Erica, it is nice to have a break this week. Each week I think I have to “top” the food from the previous week, but in the end, they just want good home cooked meals. 😀

  2. I’m sure you will rock your 45 mile challenge this month.

    I have to work tomorrow but it’s going to be a tough one: taking notes on a day long meeting but I’m off Friday and Monday so nice long weekend. Now if only we could have some Spring weather, it would be perfect.

  3. I’m going to be all over the place today:
    ~ Blackberries – You always find such good deals!
    ~ You guys crack me up with your shared hatred of onions.
    ~ I don’t think I’ve ever seen hummus in a can. I probably wouldn’t buy it because that seems just weird to me… but now that you’ve recommended it…
    ~ I can that lunch you made at work “snacks for lunch”. Whenever I have a bunch of leftover stuff I’d have as sides or snacks, I put a bunch together and make a “snacks for lunch” meal.
    ~ That fried rice looks to die for!
    ~ Thanks for the natural light tip! So need to do that! Now that it’s lighter out before I get home from work, that’ll help, too.
    ~ Thanks as always for the inspiration. Have a great day!

  4. I can’t wait to see the video for Tony’s fried rice – it looks amazing!!!

    Wow-what a sobering thought (the excerpt about the ww meetings) – I can’t tell you how many times I would “get my money’s worth” at a buffet only to end up right where I started on the scale.

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Biz. My WW leader is an amazing woman.

    I must admit that hummus in a can just doesn’t seem right. I have made it two or three times, but am still looking for the perfect recipe. We love fried rice but ours always has onions. There aren’t too many things we don’t put onions in though. You would not be happy eating here. 😦

  6. Hey Biz,
    There is quote…
    “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right!”
    Maybe that will help you with your motivation 🙂

  7. Thanks for the shout out, Biz 🙂

    First off I can’t wait to see how Tony makes his fried rice–it looks straight up amazing! Second, I know you are going to rock that goal–you can do it!!

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    I think you should paint one side of the board white but leave the other side natural – it looks good in the close up.

    I have to admit, I’m laughing at your (paraphrased) “I posted my goals; why didn’t they happen?” line – yep. File that under “seemed like a good idea at the time” – reassess and move forward, I say. 🙂

  9. I know you can get those miles in!!! I love your tip about where to take pictures for the best light, I hate that flash spot that always shows up in my photos…I’m going to have to get creative now 🙂

  10. Ugh, posting my goals doesn’t necessarily make me get them done either. I’m confident you can get those last 21 miles in, though – get it done, girl!!

  11. Sometimes i think it’s best to take baby steps to reach a goal. Biting off a lot is tough though there is nothing wrong with lofty goals. The key is how to attain them which is always a battle for me!

  12. I’ve never seen that hummus before (never seen hummus in a can before!), although I’ve heard of that brand. I think I bought their tahini once. I think your tasting plate looks . . . tasty! 🙂

    A vlog of fried rice would be awesome! I’m trying to convince Bob we should do a vlog of him making my favorite margaritas. 🙂

    I’m still working on pictures/lighting for my blog. I’m better than when I first started, but when it comes down to it, I don’t have the patience to be super professional about the photos. I probably should work on that.

  13. What a fun platter for lunch. I never get excited about lunch and it is the meal I’m most likely to skip, but you inspire me to get creative with my lunches. Thanks for the mention Biz. It’s funny, I hesitated before hitting publish on that post. I’m always amazed at how many of us go through similar issues with food.

  14. I had to laugh at what you watched while working out because I am on Pinterest looking at recipes while on the treadmill! It just seems funny to me. Or I’ll do an exercise video and after I’ll be hooked on Food Network….lol! The video of how to make the fried rice would be awesome. I still have your recipe for it but, haven’t attempted it yet, a video would be great help! 🙂 I think the white on one side of the board would be great. As for the other side I would just do a nice stain. If you go dark use a lighter plate/bowl, if it’s a light stain you can use many different dishes…just my .02 🙂

  15. I have never seen hummus in a can, I will have to check for it at my international market. I wish I had Friday off, but no luck for me. What about a red color for the other side of your board?

  16. Looking forward to the tutorial video!

    Your blackberries look so good! The kid and I bought some the other day, and they were awful…

    Enjoy the rest of your short week!

  17. Oh enjoy your break and revel in tasting plates!

  18. I thought one spent all the money on weight watchers so one could have the pleasure of that one day at the buffet :). Actually quite honestly I will take a good meal over a buffet any day. Most buffets have really crappy food – bad for you and tastes bad. My one weakness is for Brazilian churascurias where all the food is usually really good; but luckily if one stays away from the desert bar there is no insulin release so theoretically little of it should be stored as fat. At least that is what I tell myself :).

  19. YOU, always inspire me. And you should know that by now. I talk about you so much here that some of my RL friends want to know when we are all going out for coffee and a [sugar free] doughnut. Open invitation. . .

    And I laughed at the board. Not inspiring at all, nor does it do your food justice – just glad I read further and saw that you were going to paint it.
    I understand green is a good color for that. But what do I know – you have seen my pictures. They all look like a herd of baboons got ahold of the settings button and decided low-light, blur, with red-eye was a great idea.


    Love ya! Skippy

  20. I love that perspective on “getting your money’s worth.” Wow! Also, I’d love to see Tony making his famous fried rice. 🙂

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