Healthy and Sane

How can you choose failure when success is an option?

June 3rd, 2010 · 22 Comments · breakfast, salad, Uncategorized

The title of this post is something that Jillian Michaels said in the first episode of her new show “Losing it with Jillian.” Have you seen it yet? I just caught up on it tonight and I’m not sure if I like it yet (too over the top?) but this statement definitely spoke to me. I have to say, I’ve been struggling lately. It’s like 2 people/minds are inside my body. One is reasonable and passionate about life and fitness and quality foods and the other just wants to sit on the couch all day and eat. I’ve been giving in to both. I’ve been eating healthy all day and then you guessed it – plopping my butt on the couch at the end of the day and snacking away. Against my better judgment. Merely hours (maybe even less) after hearing such a powerful message (that I even wrote down!) from Jillian.

Good news: I have a wonderful weekend to look forward to. Adam and I are driving down to NY tomorrow to visit my sister and her boyfriend at their new place in Brooklyn. I am so excited. I love my sister and I can’t wait to spend a whole weekend together in one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s going to be glorious. Our schedule is already filling up with foodie, fitness and other fun events. I hope I am able to share it all with you upon our return. Nothing like a weekend away to recharge my batteries! :)

Let’s see what I ate today before the whole bingeing thing happened. Again.


Oikos with a crumbled banana zucchini walnut muffin, warm blueberries and walnuts

Gorgeous breakfast. Makes me happy just looking at it. :)


Giant salad: organic mixed greens, organic pea shots, grilled eggplant, asparagus & peppers + prosciutto crusted pork and goat cheese, dressed with 1T Annie’s goddess dressing

Let’s get closer…

Yeah, fantastic. I made one for Adam and he called to tell me mid-day how delicious it was. The man does not usually get excited for salads, so this was something special.


+ cherry & chocolate granola bar + watermelon


I went back to my old yoga class today (it’s been a few weeks since I was gearing up for the race) and it felt amazing. I actually think I hurt my shoulder somehow in the midst of it all though. When it hurt “so good”… I guess it really did get hurt. Oh well. My legs feel much more open. It was a better stretch than my massage on Tuesday. I need to make yoga a priority again.


This came together in minutes since I basically combined stuff I had in the fridge. Speedy does not mean boring, though.

TJ’s orzo mix with roasted broccoli, baby spinach, shrimp and roasted red pepper tomato sauce (I received the sauce through the Foodbuzz Taste Test program – I’ll do a separate review of the sauce in a different post. I liked it though!) + a bit of parmesan cheese to finish it off.

This was so satisfying. Orzo is such a fun change from regular old pasta sometimes. Loved this dinner!

So I thought being satisfied with my meals and keeping portions very generous would keep bingeing desires at bay but that’s all I want to do when I’m alone. Reflex I guess. I’m working on it.

I promise to be back soon with a much happier post. Have a fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

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22 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    I like that saying!! Very true.

    Your dinner looks delish.


  • #2 - Evelyn @ cheers2healthy

    I know what you mean! I still fight against my uber-lazy half. Not sure why it’s so prominent in some people. I guess it’s just the way our bodies work?

  • #3 - MelissaNibbles

    I like the show, but didn’t like that every other scene was either crying or screaming. They need to dial it down a notch. The wedding was beautiful wasn’t it?
    I don’t know why you think you “fail” You make healthy eating choices and are active almost everyday. You just ran a half marathon! Don’t be so hard on yourself girl. You’re an amazing, inspiring woman!!!

  • #4 - Molly

    I completely understand you! At college I will eat healthy all day and then because I usually stay up late doing work, I will get the uncontrollable munchies! It’s also at this time that I crave unhealthy foods such as processed cheese crackers and chips. It’s okay though, I think, as long as most of the time my diet is healthy.

  • #5 - Shannon

    I can relate so well to how you’re feeling. I go back and forth between making healthy choices, because I genuinely want those healthy foods, and wanting nothing but comfort food. There is a balance, but I do struggle with balance when it come to less healthy choices. I need to learn how to have a bowl of ice cream instead of half a carton! (For now, I’ll blame pregnancy, but that isn’t the only reason)

    Have a great weekend in NYC!

  • #6 - Sophie @ yumventures

    So jealous you are going to Brooklyn…my heart will always be there, even more than NYC! Your food looks amazing! Don’t be too hard on yourself, you cook good food and work out a lot, you are treating your body well! Enjoy your weekend :)

  • #7 - sister inna

    yaay i’m so psyched for this weekend :)
    i too have been neglecting my yoga practice and i think my eating “habits” have been suffering as a result. seems crazy, but that 90 minutes (even once) a week really changes my perspective on everything, including feeling happy with myself + honoring my eating ..ahem.. patterns. maybe we can schedule a yoga session in too? yaaaaay friday 😀

  • #8 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I can totally relate to what you said about feeling like you’re two different people. I definitely feel like that sometimes – and I can flip back and forth between them amazingly quickly!

  • #9 - Suzanne Lambert

    Hi Elina,

    I was totally inspired by what Jillian had said the other night too…”why choose failure when success is an option?”. I’ve heard that phrase said many other ways (i.e. “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?”, etc.) but the way she phrased it most definitely made a light bulb go off in my head. Why not succeed? It’s the other option…so simple.

    Some how when it is stated so simply it strips away all the reason why not to do it. Success is the other option well then I choose to suceed. And not just in my weight loss and fitness but in other areas too. I am going ot make that my credo for the summer and shed another 20 pounds and finish a licensing exam I am struggling with.

    Thanks for posting you blog. I found it super imformative and I want to try a few of your recipes too.


  • #10 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Okay, here’s what helped cure me of couch snackies…..well, we got rid of our cable. Still though, if we’re watching a movie that could be bad so I mash up bananas with raspberries and use it as a dip for peaches slices. SO good and it really makes you almost feel guilty til you realize it’s just fruit.

  • #11 - Carrie @ I See Monsters

    I’m not sure what I think about Jillian’s new show yet. I really like her from listening to her old podcasts when she had a weekly radio show in L.A. I just think the show has so little information about eating and exercising, and focuses all on the drama and emotions. Some drama and emotions are great (and are great TV) but for a show about inspiring people to change their lives I wanted a bit more content. I’m going to give it a few more episodes before I give up.

  • #12 - KellyB

    I feel like we are the same person. I’m going through the same thing. I think part of it is because I plan my meals for the day. I eat a proper breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and then I come home. Sometimes I just don’ t have the motivation to make dinner, or I’ve eaten so much junk from 5 – 6 that I decide to forgo dinner altogether.

    I did watch Losing it, and I actually liked it, it didn’t make me want to eat, which is what the biggest loser does. It also had realistic goals for the family they had 6 weeks to do better for there daughter’s wedding. I actually started tracking my food again after watching it. I think whenever I see people that huge I realize I don’t want to end up that way.

    I recently bought an elliptical, cause I just don’t have the time to get to a gym. That said, I maybe make it on there once a week and I feel so guilty about it. I need to make my health a priority and I just haven’t. I’m up about 10 pounds and I desperately need to drop the weight, since I given away all my bigger clothes.

    Have a great weekend.

  • #13 - Kelly

    It’s a great quote, if only it were that simple. :-)

  • #14 - Ashley @ thehungryscholar

    I know you feel, I do the same thing (esp when I am stressed). I hope you feel better.

    Have a great weekend :). You deserve it!

  • #15 - Jess

    Aw! I totally know what you mean – sometimes its SO hard to practice what you preach. I go through it too – I don’t think anyone can be perfectly healthy and clean ALL of the time, it’s just too difficult to maintain balance that way and, let’s be honest, it’s not that fun either. Yes – the majority of time we should “behave” but seriously, don’t beat yourself up for giving in to that cookie now and then. I honestly think you are being hard on yourself! Enjoy NY and recharge those batteries with your sis!

  • #16 - Heather

    I’m a total stress eater, so I understand where you’re coming from 100%.
    Have fun this weekend!

  • #17 -

    yup i just posted about it too, ironic! but i totally wrote that quote down and i actually have it posted beside my computer “why are you going to choose failire when success is an option” when i heard jillian say it i totally went “WOW!”

    PS. GOD I WANT THAT BREAKFAST!!! holy moleeeee

  • #18 - Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    I hate when you spend a whole day concentrating on making good food choices and then knowing your doing it and shouldn’t be doing it, over snack. It’s so tough sometimes! I don’t watch Jillian Michaels but that’s great quote!

  • #19 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    I constantly find it really hard to not somehow reward myself with food/wine/laziness after work. After being scheduled all day, it is such a nice release to give in to that. It’s really hard, so we try to go for a walk together after work even if we have worked out already. Gets us out and not eating/drinking!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  • #20 - Joanne

    I have felt the same way as you lately! I know I shouldn’t be mindlessly snacking/bingeing and I feel SO GUILTY afterward but I think that only fuels the cycle. I hate it so much. I don’t know what’s wrong with me – I never used to do that! I think I may start taking pictures of everything I eat…not to post them but just to have them there. To hold myself accountable. We shall see how that works.

    Have fun on your trip to NYC and don’t stress about this!

  • #21 - janetha

    that title of yours just SCREAMED at me. thank you.

  • #22 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I haven’t seen Jillian’s show yet, but it’s on my DVR waiting for me. What a powerful thought!
    Gah, we are so alike with the bi-polar relationships with health! I hope your time in NY did you some good :)