Challenge Day 2

Today it was much harder to listen to my body because I had quite a few distractions. I was busy at work and I keep thinking about all my upcoming plans this week for my birthday. And I seriously think I need a detox from Facebook (future challenge perhaps)!

This morning was easy. I knew I wanted yogurt + fruit, which usually doesn’t happen in the a.m. but I’ve been seeing everyone’s parfaits and I got jealous šŸ˜‰ Plus it’s been warm here in KY and when I’m warm, I like to eat something cold.

Here’s what went in:


The Kashi Summer Berry granola comes courtesy of my blog buddy Alex, who sent me a package of goodies in exchange for some PB & Co! Thanks again Alex. I’ll postĀ more from that stash soon!

I am pleased that this fat free Stonyfield was thicker like theĀ French vanilla. It must just be Stonyfield’s “lowfat” lineĀ that’s too runny to eat with a spoon!

Here’s what it looked like all together…like the glass?Ā 


Side view:


The yogurt and granola were AMAZING! These flavors all went together so well and I was really pleased with my new breakfast even though it didn’t last me very long. I think making this with higher protein Greek yogurt would do the trick. But that granola kicks butt!

At work, I had my usualĀ 1 cup of coffee and then I got pretty hungry for a mid-morning snack, just shy of mid-morning, haha. I’m listening to you body, okay?!

I broke into another new product Alex sent me all the way from California:


Mrs. May’s NaturalsĀ The Cube, Cranberry Crunch

These were so good, I loved the flavor, they were like granola bites, only more dense and nuttier. Plus they’re cute šŸ˜‰


These held me for a while, but I got ravenous just before 11:00, so I went ahead and ate lunch early (still listening)!

I had a can of Bumblebee Tuna (anyone else thinking of Ace Ventura 2 right now?) in spicy thaiĀ chili (sorry no pic) on a whole wheat English muffin andĀ the Green Giant digestive healthĀ blend of veggies (yellow carrots, spinach, white beans).

I went for a 50 minute walk outside with some co-workers, which was nice because it was a day off from running and the sun was out after raining for nearly 7 straight days!

When I got back I was already hungry again (hmm) so I had another Alex goodie, a Luna Sunrise Bar!


I’d had this one before but its been years. I was really in the mood for chocolate so I didn’t go into it with the best mind set.


I liked the bar ok and the nutritionals are great, but its not going to be a favorite. I think I prefer the chocolate-y Luna bars even if they all do start to taste alike after a while. I still love though how this bar is designed with women’s health in mind. But it didn’t really rock my socks this time.

Unfortunately, after this, I stopped listening for a while. Or maybe not. But I had a bag of peanut butter M&M’s, a small one, haha. Like I said, hormones probably. No negativity here though! They were good.

When I got home and started up the oven for my dinner recipes, I munched on two carrots and finished off the container of Just Hummus, there were only a couple tbsps left anyway. Yum. I am really into fresh veggies right now, especially carrots and cucumbers. I also bought some kale that I’m ready to try now since I never have!

Dinner was awesome! Check out my post on New Recipes to see what I had that was so delicious and filling.

I’m nowhere near wanting dessert yet, so we’ll just wait and see what happens the rest of the night.

What I’ve learned today:

  • Its okay to eat lunch early if I’m really hungry, no one will know but me!
  • Eating smaller portions every 2-4 hours works great for me
  • My biggest culprits to keeping calories/portions in check are boredom and dissatisfaction (i.e. Luna Bar today)
  • I can get through two days without counting calories!

This is definitely a learning experience and one that I hope sticks with me beyond this week. Not counting calories definitely takes the stress out of eating healthy, which should be fun and adventurous! I am somewhat worried about putting on weight, but I have to remember to listen to my body both with diet and exercise, and finding that balance which will result in weight balance as well.

Back to The Biggest Loser!


About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on May 5, 2009, in biggest loser, Breakfast, challenges, coffee, Dinner, exercise, Lunch, products, Snacks and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the shout out and I am glad you liked the granola! :D. As for the bar, I can get you other flavors of the sunrise bar and have you tried the chocolate peppermint stick luna bar. Have a great day.

    Ps. You are doing great in the week of no counting calories.

  2. Great Job on NOT counting calories. Ironically I just started counting them lol…

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