I forgot to mention this on my blog, I joined the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (HBBC) a little while back. I actually did it last year and found really fun ways to sneak in exercise to rack up those points. This year I wasn’t going to get crazy, trying to lose weight, so I decided to just have fun and aim for 25 points a week… a challenging yet doable goal. Well, it’s been over 3 weeks and I haven’t yet made this goal. It’s been stressing me out!! I feel like I’m not good enough, trying to achieve my own goals… not to mention compares to some of the other participants… Anyway, today I decided to just stop stressing out about it. I’m doing everything I can. I love exercise, and I do it because I love it (and of course because it’s good for me too). I love challenging myself and I AM doing that, even if I’m not at the gym for hours a day, running an obscene amount of miles a week (since I’m not training for a race right now) or even getting a workout every single day. I am enough, and that’s ok!
This little message refers to my eats too. We had a pizza party at work, so I had pizza… and cake! No need to worry about. I’m going with the flow, and I like it
I’ve been ordering a few boxes once in a while, when there is a free shipping promotion. It’s such a fun “treat” breakfast!
Pretty self-explanatory, I think
A little of this…
And a little of that…
I am proud to say that I had 2 slices of pizza and only 1 piece of cake. I could have had more, but I didn’t embrace the “screw it, I’m already being bad so might as well be really bad” mentality and consumed treat foods in reasonable portions. Yay me!
Dinner was SO delicious today! As part of CEiMB, I made Ellie Krieger’s recipe for maple mustard chicken thighs, which this week was hosted by Handle the Heat (Tessa has amazing pictures!!). Every review I read about this recipe said it was great, so I had high expectations. I’m happy to report they were more than met!
We very rarely eat chicken thighs since they are higher in fat than white meat in the chicken breasts, so this was a bit of a treat. I made sure to trim all visible fat and kept the portions at bay. The whole grain mustard added such a fun texture – the little grains just popped in your mouth! Some high quality maple syrup balanced the spiciness of the mustard perfectly. Delicious!
As a side dish, I made some haricots verts by following this recipe from Cooking Light. The mustard based vinaigrette tied the beans perfectly with the mustardy chicken (Btw, I used 1/2 balsamic vinegar and 1/2 red wine vinegar instead of sherry vinegar and subbed pepitas for sliced almonds). Awesome, awesome dinner!! Adam and I had a hard time not going for seconds and polishing everything off.
Uh-oh… caught red handed (kinda ). Enjoying some dark chocolate with almonds while blogging… I can’t go to bed without a little dessert!
So yeah, no exercise today. There was just not enough time in the day today, and I’m cool with it.
How do you feel about all the challenges going on in the blog world? Love them, hate them? Do they motivate you or discourage you? I keep flip-flopping on that one.