Challenge 2, Day 1

The Ellie Krieger chicken was sort of a bust last night, so much that I didn’t even take a picture (but I have leftovers, so I will anyway). I think the problem came from not having a rolling pin to properly “smash” the cornflakes with. I think next time I will take a “shake & bake” approach and just place the chicken in the bag of smashed cornflakes, instead of rolling it in a dish. That being said, it tasted pretty good, I just couldn’t get enough cornflakes to stick to the chicken to give it that true faux fried look.

The husband said “Not bad” so I guess that’s good, right?

I’m definitely not giving up though! I went through some of my cookbooks, including two new ones I got for my birthday, and found a ton of recipes that I can try out for me and the husband to have for dinner. Okay, so I’m kind of tired of writing the husband, as many of us married food bloggers seem to do. From here on out, he is Josh 🙂

Josh did very well his first day of healthier eating, I’m so proud of him! We had a slight snafu in our “plan” when he called to say he’d have to eat Wendy’s for lunch (he got stuck at a work meeting and didn’t have enough time to come home). After my brief consultation, he decided on the Junior Bacon Cheeseburger (plain) and a small chili. He got the burger but ended up going to a grocery store and getting a banana and some cashews instead of chili. Strange, but just fine by me! This is amazing you guys, normally he would’ve gotten the double (or triple!) cheeseburger with fries and a regular Dr. Pepper.

About me…

I’m still not counting calories, yay! I think I am learning more and more each day how to balance things out. I eat when I’m hungry and I try to eat what I’m craving at the time, but within reason, and keeping portions in check. I’m noticing more and more how much I am craving fresh veggies! I don’t know where this is coming from but I think it might be your all’s blogs 😉

Real (whole) carrots are so much better than mini or baby carrots! That’s all I’m sayin…

Do you notice that you are influenced by what other bloggers are eating, trying, etc.?

I’m still maintaining my weight, which is a plus. But after reading Tina‘s post on Health.com about “Feel Great Weight”, I was reminded of my belief that I’m still not quite there yet. I am in what I would call my “comfort zone” and I’m certainly way better off than I used to be. But I think, I would feel my absolute 110% best if I could get just a few more pounds off. This is based on a few factors that may or may not be reasonable: my BMI is just a bit over 25 which is still considered overweight, although I know this is not the best number to judge by. After taking some measurements I realized I do have a “small frame” and I may be carrying a bit too much weight for my frame size. Just for the record, I am just shy of 5’5″ and hover around 150 pounds most of the time. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

That being said, I do not have a negative body image at all! I have learned to love my body, flaws and all, through treating it right and giving it what it needs instead of the many years of abuse it took from me with all the bad eating and not exercising. Even though I carry a lot of extra skin from a major weight loss, I carry it with a sense of pride and as a reminder of just how big I used to be (that and I’m 100% against surgery for it). I have learned to feel good with what I’ve got right now (having a friend buy you a new dress for your birthday helps!) and not focus so much on the future. I will take my relationship with my body one day at a time!

Since I would eventually like to be a little smaller than I am right now, I’m just going to try out some things (food choices, exercise routines, etc.) and not resort to past measures of weight loss (counting calories, overdoing exercise, etc.) because that’s just not the way to go, for me personally. Counting calories (through food journaling) helped me lose 70+ pounds but its something I’d grown very tired of doing and just not realistic for the rest of my life, especially with all the nutritional knowledge I have gained in the process.

The other day I saw that I actually own the book “Intuitive Eating” so I plan to read that soon. I have so many books I want to read this summer, so that may be a future challenge. I’m going to have to start a list, there’s many more weeks left!

Happy Tuesday!

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 12, 2009, in recipes, Weight, weight loss and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Way to go, Josh!! Good luck to the both of you as you continue with your challenges 🙂

  2. Kudos to your hubby! and I def think that I am influenced by other blogs; they make me want to try new things…

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