Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mmmmmm... Cranberry Grilled Chicken Salad

I think I just ate my weight in Cranberry Grilled Chicken Salad.  I'm so full that I'm pretty sure I'll bust any minute.  I know that isn't really a good feeling, but The Bleu House is my absolute favorite lunch spot ever.  Their food is so eclectic and fabulous, and the house just has a fun atmosphere.  Let me tell you why I love the salad I had for lunch today so much:  it has the juiciest grilled chicken ever, sweet cranberries, uncooked ramen noodles that are broken up into itty bitty pieces, fresh greens, and the best cranberry vinaigrette salad dressing.  It makes my mouth water again just thinking about it.  The worst part about the salad is the dressing, which I have absolutely no clue how many calories it has in it; however, the salad is a great boost to my motivation since I haven't had it in about 2 years.

This morning's workout wasn't as intense as they usually are because my cramp was still there a little bit. Dang thing.  I went back to the 1-2 Cardio DVD instead of the 3-4 one, but I still burned 294 calories in about 40 minutes... and my dog helped me do my abs exercises.  She likes to stand on top of me while I'm doing crunches and just stare at my face.  I'm cool with it - it adds a little extra resistance to the workout!  I'll have to take a video of her doing that and upload it sometime soon.

So, yesterday I got my first set of weight loss compliments.  Three of my coworkers told me that I look great and that my changes are really starting to show, which definitely helped me gain some more confidence in this journey.  :)

The photo shoot went well, too.  I got some pretty awesome photos!  You can see a few of them on my website, Dolly Doodle Photography.  Go under Profile, click on People, and it's the girl who's in the second picture on the page.  Hopefully I'll get some good feedback from the competition... or at least, better feedback than I got last time I entered some photos.  One of my friends is letting me help him with a photo shoot tonight, so hopefully I can learn some additional techniques to help with my progression.

Oh, and PS - I lost another pound today!  The grand total is 12 pounds so far on the dot, so I'm excited!  Only 3 more pounds until my next tier has been accomplished!


  1. That salad sounds good. I like anything with cranberries in it. Awesome about the weight loss. I know I'm thankful for every pound I am no longer carrying around.

  2. First I'm totally trying this recipe at home! Sounds amazing. I'm decidedly not a salad girl, but this one sounds worth recreating!

    And thanks so much for the tip! I abstained from dessert and I did the 1-2 bite appetizer trick you suggested. I put it on my plate and just savored it. It worked great until my dish arrived. Thank you so much for stop by! I look forward to following your journey!

  3. Yeah, you both should try it! It's DELICIOUS! :)

    No problem, Crys! I'm glad that trick worked for ya. It's just enough to give you a taste, but not too much to make you feel guilty for eating it and take away from the rest of your day's caloric intake. I appreciate your support and look forward to reading all about your endeavors! :)