Chocolate Cave In

This weekend I gave in to my chocolate craving. Well, actually it wasn’t because of a craving, but more as a favor. (Yes, chocolate consumption can be considered a favor to some people.) Anyway, Alex and I were at dinner and his favorite Heath Bar cheesecake was being offered for dessert. Of course we HAD to get a slice, which meant I’d be eating both chocolate AND candy. Normally I’d resist, but I couldn’t let him eat the entire piece by himself! The best part about the cake: the Heath Bar crust. Yummmm.

This is the closest picture I could find

Breaking my Lent promise aside, I have been keeping up with my running. Today I logged 3.2 miles, but did suffer some major shin splints. So tomorrow I plan to do some recovery stretches and hopefully can get back to a solid ab routine. I’m thinking of trying this set of ab workouts. Some of the exercises include The Teaser, which I find to be super hard, and The Wood Chopper, which I LOVE. Aside from that, I’m hoping to start packing more protein into my meals and less of the junky carbs I’ve been indulging in. I think the warm weather and Tuesday group runs is really motivating me!

Oh and it is super sad that I’ve started re-reading all of Julie’s posts on PBFingers?

My Healthy Tip of the Day Brought to You By the Mayo Clinic: Cut back on ketchup, mustard, sauces and pickles if you need to control sodium. Also, skip salted french fries, chips, ham, sausage, bacon and cheese.

Return From a 3-Day Weekend

This weekend was a three-day pig out fest for me. On Friday, I went to a birthday dinner of my friend Micah, hit another celebration for Alex’s dad on Saturday and met up with another friend, Danica, last night. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a pudge-bellied Bailee. Of course I had fun at each of these dinners (got to meet Micah’s pharmacy school friends and enjoyed visiting with her boyfriend/my family’s long-time friend), but it definitely made my decision to observe Lent an easy one.

We literally have a million photos like this.

I’ll first preface by saying that I’m not the name brand Catholic, but rather the off brand Episcopalian. I say this because the Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and I am much WASP-ier than Catholics. However, the Episcopalian church’s stance on certain social issues is far closer to mine than Catholicism. With this being said, in years past I’ve observed Lent and tried to remain in self-denial.  One year I gave up meat (which obviously stuck) and another year I stopped biting my nails. In all actuality, I’m very good at abstaining when necessary. (Hello, no soda for three years!) This year I’ve decided to give up two things I love dearly: chocolate and candy.

The guidelines I will be following are similar to those that Julie at PBFingers developed when she gave up sweets for Lent. Here is my list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

Not Allowed

  • Foods with little to no nutritional value that have a high sugar content (i.e. Sour Patch Kids)
  • Snickers or other chocolate candies
  • Foods contain chocolate or candy

Allowed (as long as it’s chocolate/candy free)

  • Luna and other brand snack bars
  • Frozen and Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Gum
  • My gummy vitamins 

I don’t actually anticipate this being harder than it sounds, but I do think I will have to be careful about what snacks I buy over the next few weeks.

Have you ever given anything up for Lent?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by The Mayo Clinic: Consider broiling as a healthy alternative to frying. Cook food by direct heat in the broiler section of an oven or an oven-type appliance.