Healthy and Sane

Temptations at work, temptations at home

December 30th, 2009 · 14 Comments · baking, breakfast, chicken, dessert, Ellie Krieger, favorite recipes, salad, snacks, yogurt

Things I was tempted with at work, but stayed away from due to an unknown amount of calories…


Things I had a much harder time resisting at home…


Chocolate peppermint bark cookies I made for our New Years party tomorrow (recipe found here, originally discovered through CNC)




So I cut myself a piece. I had to know what they tasted like before serving them to my guests, no? 😉


[~177 calories]

I made half a batch topped with crushed candy canes and half with walnut pieces. The walnut pieces side is so me with my nut and chocolate addition. This is one buttery “cookie.” I think our guests will enjoy them.

I also made Ellie Krieger’s lemon icebox bars from her new cookbook So Easy, which my husband got me for Christmas (recipe can also be found here). They are this week’s CEiMB recipe hosted by Playing House. Unfortunately my bars did not set! They are delicious lemon cheesecake mush. I’m going to need to find a creative way to serve them tomorrow. No bueno as of right now :(


[150 calories]

Aside from sweet temptations, today went pretty well. It did feel different, counting calories and not grabbing a snack “just because.” I guess that means it’s “working.” I’m not going to celebrate just yet. It’s been 1 day, and I won’t be counting on New Year’s eve. I am excited about continuing this into 2010. Those holiday pounds will be gone in no time, and my self-esteem should come back with those lost pounds. *Fingers crossed!* Here is what the rest of my eats looked like…


Nonfat yogurt with 1/2 mango, 1/2 pear, 1/2 persimmon + a handful of Kashi GoLean cereal and pecan halves


So many gorgeous colors!


[308 calories]


Leftover risotto with cauliflower, tomatoes and walnuts


[~449 calories]

Still creamy and delicious! :)


During lunch hour today, I took a 40 minute boot camp class called SHRED, then jumped on the elliptical for 17 minutes. The entire time I felt pretty out of shape. Those extra pounds are really affecting my performance. I’m excited to change that! 😀


Power bran muffin + tea


And a sweet fresh apple



Dinner was kept on the lighter side because I knew I wanted to taste each of the sweet treats. It was a mish-mosh of things, all combined into a giant salad. The goat cheese tied them all together.

Chicken, mushrooms, olives and diced tomatoes (all from leftover chicken cacciatore), roasted brussels sprouts (from last night’s dinner) over mixed greens, topped with goat cheese and dressed with lemon juice


It was actually pretty awesome. I love warm salads like that! 😀


[~271 calories]

Approximate total for the day: 1646 calories (I’m trying to stay in the 1500-1650 range)

So that’s today for ya. Thank you all for you support on my previous post. It means a lot to me that my readers really care about me. Hopefully a thinner Elina is a lot happier and thus more inspirational. One more day left in 2009. Can you believe that?!!

Happy New Year to all of you! I’ll hope to see you back here in 2010!!!!!!! :mrgreen: 😎

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Happy New Year! Best wishes for a great year!
    By the way you seemed in great shape when we ran! It will come back

  • #2 - Lindsay C

    I am so glad that you decided to go back to what you know so that you can get back to your happy weight!! I know that you can do it and I am proud of you for telling about your struggles because I KNOW that I couldnt!!

  • #3 - chrysta

    Great job on everything today! Learning to “know” your body can be a tough thing and I think you are doing a fabulous job with it. You have a great attitude of moderation when it comes to food. Which is really key!! I wish you the best of luck and I know you can do it!! Great looking eats too today. Thats salad looks so good.

  • #4 - Kirsten

    I can’t believe it is almost 2010! gah!

  • #5 - Emily

    Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies?! MMMMM!

    Happy New Year!

  • #6 - Nobel4Lit

    Happy new year! Surprisingly I have been able to avoid weight gain until these last 2 weeks, finding myself up 1/2 lb but down from where I would expect to be. This is probably because I just ran a marathon in early December. I have no doubt that the new year will bring fewer temptations and more people who are sympathetic to your efforts, which should be motivating.

  • #7 - Courtney

    Happy New Year! And I know the temptations run rampant here, too!

  • #8 - Jena

    Happy new year!!
    I know you can do it :)

  • #9 - Shannon

    sorry i’ve been so mia!! so many comments… fun kitchen remodel, yummy cauliflower risotto ;), you should do a review of those two cookbooks–or at least let me know how you like them!

    good luck getting back on track, i might be trying something similar after completely overdoing it at home :/

  • #10 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Way to go! All that food looks amazing and you’re doing so well!

    Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

  • #11 - Crystle

    Your dinner looks amazing! I love the colours…so warm and homey.

    Happy New Year :)

  • #12 - Kerstin

    Mmm, those cookies look fabulous! I need to detox a bit too this month. Happy New Year!

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  • #14 - Elina

    Meghan – thank you but I really feel like I’m so out of shape lately. I’m going to change that, though. I want to do a long run with you some day! :)

    Lindsay – thanks so much for your support!! 😀

    Novel4Lit – yeah, I think running a marathon will do that. Talk about the ultimate calorie burn!

    Shannon – I plan to cook from then, and will definitely review recipes as I go. I’m thinking of making a cookie recipe from the Baking with Agave cookbook for your cookie swap. 😀

    Crystle – it was really yummy. I’m thinking of replicating it tonight. Yum!

    Kerstin – I think detox is the perfect word. Would it be horrible if I just drank green monsters for a week? That’s all I really want!