Healthy and Sane

I am enough

December 17th, 2009 · 17 Comments · chicken, Ellie Krieger, Holiday bootie buster challenge

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 😉


Holey Donuts jumbo reduced fat cinnamon bun


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! :mrgreen:


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.

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17 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - MelissaNibbles

    Is that pizza from Pizzeria Regina? It looks good.

    I’m in the Pile On The Miles Challenge, but I don’t really feel anything about it because people run crazy amounts of miles and that’s just not me. I just wanted to see how many miles I ran in a month. It hasn’t affected me one way or another. I wish it did though. I thought it would be more motivating. Oh well :)

  • #2 - Tiffany

    I’m the exact opposite right now; I don’t have much of an appetite lately , and when I do I want to eat healthy. Unfortunately, I find myself saying screw it and eating all the bad foods I know I should avoid, despite NOT BEING HUNGRY. Then I wallow in self-loathing for a bit and hate myself for justifying my bad choices with “but it’s the holidays!”

    Ugh. I need a good gym session and I just have zero time to do it :/

  • #3 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Yay for guilt free eating! This is totally something I’m learning myself and it’s awesome to see you’re doing well with portioning and not giving in to weird ‘screw it’ attitudes.

    Work it sister!

  • #4 - sarah (ghost world)

    the challenges? it scares me how much some people run/work out, to be honest! i still think they can be fun motivators as long as i just use it to compete against ME :)

    i’m definitely enjoying what i want this holiday season. sometimes i think it’s good for the body to go through cycles of being more ‘free’. or at least that’s what i’m telling myself!

  • #5 - RunToTheFinish

    agreed food and exercise should not cause major stress!! Working out destresses me and so when I get to that oh now how do I fit it in point, I have to slow down and evaluate what matters to keep me mentally sound

  • #6 - Nobel4Lit

    Don’t worry about the HBBC; just be glad that you’re working out at all. Seriously, the gym is very empty lately, which I am loving, though I know it will end once the new year comes. *sigh*

  • #7 - kitchenbelle

    Welcome to Twitter! It is fun!

  • #8 - Chrysta

    You have such a great outlook on food and exercise. Splurges are great in moderation and I love how you indulge yet keep you portions in control. It think that’s a great way to approach the holiday season. And the fact you love to workout is awesome. Its all about healthy lifestyle and its awesome you are maintaining it. Be proud girl!! You rock!

  • #9 - Maria

    Just found your blog, love it! Food and exercise should help you relieve stress, not cause stress. Try to relax and enjoy the holiday season. I believe in having a healthy balance.

  • #10 - Caroline

    I like the idea of the challenges but I haven’t participated in any yet. I think I get overwhelmed by having to keep something up but I should probably just give in and try one! Good work on the pizza and cake front. 2 slices is a lot better than 4. I have to remember that reasoning too sometimes!

  • #11 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    what a yummy day of eats!!!

    I normally don’t get involved with the challenges, but I figure if they motivate some, why not?! different stokes for diff folks, right?! 😉

  • #12 - Kerstin

    Aww, what a cute blogging pic :) And the chicken looks fabulous!

  • #13 - maria

    The Screw It mentality can be tough to get around, so props on keeping a good attitude!

  • #14 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I am totally stalking you on twitter :)

    Love your balanced grazing…you did a great job!

    Not one for blog challenges. I have tried one or two, but I just feel too pressured by ruled and reporting back. I want to do them to support other bloggers, but it ends up stressing me out! :/

  • #15 - Nicci@NiftyEats

    I’m also participating in the HBBC and that is keeping me motivated along with Half Marathon training. Great job on the two slices, I can’t resist cake. Maple Chicken looks great.

  • #16 - Peggy

    You have great photos. I just made these chicken thighs tonight. Yes, I’m late. Happy holidays!

  • #17 - KellyB

    I made the chicken thighs this past weekend and they were super yummy. I think I’ll be making them again this weekend for when my inlaws come up, so easy. thanks for sharing.