personal challenge - page 2

May 21, 2011

One-Month Challenge: No Fried Food, Week 3

For the first time in weeks, I don’t have any dreams about mozzarella sticks. I don’t wake up longing for the crunchy taste of hash browns in my mouth. I don’t even want a chicken wing....that much.

May 14, 2011

One-Month Challenge: No Fried Food, Week 2

I’ll admit it. I cheated. On Wednesday, I had 13 fries and two chicken nuggets from McDonald’s. I feel like Kanye the morning after he dissed Taylor Swift at the Grammys.

May 7, 2011

One-Month Challenge: No Fried Food, Week 1

I've lived in the South for a good portion of my life, which means that everything is deep fried - vegetables, candy, cookies and my absolute favorite - chicken. If it doesn’t have a crispy, golden brown finish then I usually stay away from it. From the bacon and hash browns I have in the morning to the French fries I eat with my dinner, I can honestly say that I don’t have the healthiest diet at all. And when my physician told me that I’m at risk for diabetes, it was obvious that something had to change.

One-Month Challenge: All Cooking, All The Time, The End

Well peeps, I did it. 30 days. 90 meals. Plenty of late night snacks. All cooked by yours truly. And no fires, burnt dishes or kitchen snafus to speak of!

Apr 23, 2011

One-Month Challenge: All Cooking, All The Time, Week 3

I’m generally a pretty positive person; not one to harp on the small potatoes problems in my life (like how sick I am of eating - and cooking - said small potatoes). And while I still stand by a lot of the fabulous benefits that led me to take on this challenge in the first place - I really am becoming a domesticated w-o-m-a-n (roar!) and I’m saving lots of cashola - this week brought up some obstacles in this “genius” idea of a four-week challenge.

Apr 16, 2011

One-Month Challenge: All Cooking, All the Time, Week 2

It's a brand spankin new me, people. A domesticated me. A Martha Stewart - but with more inflection in my voice while speaking - me!

Apr 9, 2011

Apr 2, 2011

One-Month Challenge: All Cooking, All the Time

Truth be told, after living in my apartment for over two years, a friend had to teach me how to use my dishwasher after a party I had. Yes, you just read that correctly. Two years. Never used my dishwasher. If only my mom (and world's best cook) could see me now; she'd be BEAMING with pride.

Mar 26, 2011

One-Month Challenge: Chocolate Free, The End

So the end is near for this challenge and chocolate goodies are ready to be eaten! (Nom nom nom.) As I am nearing the finish line on this challenge, I am constantly and increasingly questioning why I started it in the first place.

Mar 19, 2011

One-Month Challenge: Chocolate Free, Week 3

I guess I can honestly say I think this challenge has gotten harder and easier at the same time. With Lent starting, everyone is asking me what I'm giving up and they are totally confused when I say, "Well I'm giving up chocolate in March. Not really for Lent, but I guess it counts..."

Mar 12, 2011

One-Month Challenge: Chocolate-Free, Week 2

Before I began this tortuous challenge, I would usually finish my dinner then go through my cupboards and fridge to find something for dessert. And it always included chocolate: chocolate pudding, chocolate chip cookies, frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce, or just a plain chocolate bar. Now I detest the time after dinner!

Mar 5, 2011

One-Month Challenge: Chocolate-Free March, Week 1

Hi, my name is Lauren and I'm a chocaholic. I'm one of those girls that doesn't only crave chocolate around that "time of the month," but basically every day. I love me some chocolate and maybe a little too much.

Feb 26, 2011

One Month Challenge: No Eating After 10 p.m., The End

It's my third (and basically last) week at this, and I have come to a conclusion -- this challenge, in its perfect entirety, is impossible to complete. At least for someone like me who stays up way past 10 p.m. at night. However, I've still learned some very valuable lessons.

Feb 19, 2011

One-Month Challenge: No Eating After 10 p.m., Week Two

Make this challenge stop. PLEASE, make it stop! I'm failing at this challenge quite miserably, and it's just so discouraging.