Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cardboard Box Diet v. 2

This is the second week of Lauren's feature, the Cardboard Box Diet. I guess things went okay. As usual my actual "diet" is the not so great part of my habits. Like Lauren, I'm having trouble already because I feel like I'm not "giving it my all." I feel like I should be doing a lot better, food wise. It seems when I try to eat better, I actually do worse, because I want everything I shouldn't have.

Weigh-in: 127. My weight tends to fluctuate a lb. or two depending on the time of day I weigh myself, and I did it at a different time this week than last. I need to pick a day, time, and stick with that for these posts at least. Anyway - all that to say, I'm not concerned about the change.

Exercise completed: Since last week -- 60 minute Barre Fire class on Thursday, 60 minute Barre Amped class on Saturday, 60 minute Barre Fire class on Tuesday, 60 minute Barre Amped class on Wednesday (am I a little obsessed? maybe). Also, more than 1 mile walk on several of those days, with the hubby and dogs :)
Splurge/Guilty Pleasure: I ordered two Lululemon tanks in some of the fun new colors. It is a style of tank I don't currently have, so hopefully I'll like it! Lululemon Cool Racerback

Success story:
Um...I don't know that I have one? Sad but true. Writing this post a second week and actually having exercise to post on it is one thing I suppose. OK, on the bright side, I didn't eat any of the tempting "downtown" 4th of July food yesterday...kettle corn, corndogs, bbq, beer. None of that's a plus, right?!

Recipe(s): I wanted to share a photo and "recipe" for one of my favorite summer salads. It is an adaptation of the Strawberry Salad from one of my favorite local restaurants, Saul Good. It is delicious, light, and refreshing. You'll need:
--Spring Mix Salad/Lettuce
--Strawberries, sliced in halves
--Red Grapes
--Green Onions (not many), chopped small
--Sliced Almonds (find these in the baking supply aisle)
--Baked or Grilled Chicken Breast seasoned w/light salt & pepper, cut into slices.
This is optional, but the salad is much more filling with the chicken, plus protein!
--Dressing of your choice (I prefer Poppy Seed, but TJ likes a Balsamic)
Mix everything together, refrigerate, and it is dee-lish. If you are like me and accidentally refrigerate your fork when you take your lunch to work the next day, you'll feel extra fancy and your salad will taste that much better. True story ;)

That's all I got for now, bloggies. Talk to ya soon!


  1. salad with strawberries has officially been added to my plan this week! i eat a salad every day for lunch (or i try to) - i'm going to post about it next week!

    i love that you take fitness classes! before chris and i got married i had a gym membership and i spent an hour there every day before work. i was fit as a fiddle! but it isn't in the budget nowadays so i have to find different ways to get my sweat on. :) keep it up girl! you have people behind you, pushing you along! xoxo

  2. Just the fact that you are aware and want to make a change is heads and tails above most people! Don't worry about what you can't do, focus on what you can - a positive attitude will always win out in the end. Plus, no one likes to constantly be thinking of things they can't have or can't do. Good luck and keep up the good work (:

  3. Your salad looks yummy. I have a habit of buying salad mix then tossing it after a few days once it's ruined because I haven't eaten it. :(

  4. I'm proud of your 4th of July food determination! I definitely went overboard on all of the food. I can't deny all the dips and desserts!

  5. Fabulous salad! That's what I need to be eating for lunch every single day. I LOVE Lululemon! 10 more pounds and I'm rewarding myself with some new cute gear from there! Have a great week!

  6. Love the tanks! And I can't believe you avoided all the yummy 4th of July hat goes off to you, girl. That salad looks great!

  7. I LOVE the lulu CRB's. What fun colors :) love Saul Good. That salad sounds good!!

  8. Those are TOTALLY successes! I managed to not buy a funnel cake or a corn dog and I think that's major victory :)

  9. LOL but you're moving and being active, that totally counts! I have been the same way. Summer is harder for me, and I was blazing out of the gate since March and then (you know, right in time for this public series where I put it all out there... oops) I just sort of.. burnt out. I have a sneeeeeaaaaaky suspicion that soooooomeone (me) won't see loss tomorrow. I need to get my head in the game - and my shopping cart. Doh! ;)

  10. One of my favorite sayings is, "Make one healthy decision. Now make another." It's those little changes we make that don't seem so big now but can add up to something incredible. I think you did really well this week! I know those classes you listed are tough so big congrats!! Lots of good, healthy decisions.

  11. You're salad sound really good!

    I see lots of successes in your post. :o)


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