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Resisting Temptation

by Courtney on March 16, 2011

Okay, I deserve an A+ for resisting temptation today!

At school, I have a special homework incentive program that I do with my students, which allows them to work towards a fun reward at the end of each marking period. Well today, I had to go on my lunch break to pick up their rewards…

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Which left me with four Oreo McFlurry’s from McDonald’s staring me in the face. Can I just tell ya how badly I wanted to order one for myself? Disappointed smile

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I even debated just taking a small spoonful of one. I mean, who would have ever known, right…?

But then I thought better of it; because had the tables been turned, I’d have been pretty grossed out knowing a student took a spoonful of MY McFlurry!

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So today = Courtney – 1 / Temptation – 0  Take that, temptation! Winking smile

Luckily, I had a fairly decent lunch to come back to, considering I had thrown it together in about five minutes this morning.

I made up a simple salad base of mixed baby greens, cukes, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli, then topped it off with a big ‘ol serving of leftover tabouli. I seriously feel like this tabouli salad is never-ending!

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On the side, I had a small piece of healthified corn bread with a tiny shmear of butter,

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and I also threw in an apple, which was enjoyed as my 3:00pm snack. Simple and satisfying!

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Workout

Seeing as it’s Wednesday, I was hoping (and planning) on making it to BodyPump after work. Unfortunately, I had some extra work to take care of and missed class. Bummer. I was still really craving some strength training today, so I broke out the ‘ol workout binder!

Over the years, I’ve subscribed to my fair share of health and fitness magazines. Whenever I’ve come across a workout that I think I would do, I rip it out and put it in the workout binder.

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Obviously, the binder has been around a while! Winking smile

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I actually couldn’t remember the last time I consulted the binder, so I was excited to try something new. It’s always good to mix things up now and then, right?

So I got my gear set up…

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Which Cody immediately saw as an opportunity to play.

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Soooo, the workout had to wait another five minutes…

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Because how in the world could I pass up this face?? Smile

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Once the little guy was tuckered out, I got to work, using this workout. I did two sets of each move with no less than 30 seconds rest in between.

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I was totally surprised at the sweat I worked up with these moves! By the second set, I was really feelin’ the burn. Smile I finished up with some ab work on the ball and called it a day. Not the most intense workout, but it was just what I needed for today!

Dinner

Thank you, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, for providing me with a delicious dinner in only 20 minutes tonight.

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I cooked up a box of Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar just as the box instructed. Then, to jazz it up a bit, I added in half a can of early peas, salt & pepper, and some leftover chopped ham and onion from Saturday’s egg strata. It was perfect!

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On the side, I enjoyed my last remaining piece of healthified corn bread. It will be missed!

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This meal definitely hit the spot tonight, but since it was a little on the small side, I’m pretty sure I’ll be needing something later on this evening.

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I’m officially one week into my “no sweets after dinner” today and I must say, it’s easier than I expected. Already, I’ve noticed a few things:

  • I’m not craving them as badly as I was before.
  • I’m paying closer attention to my appetite and how my body feels after dinner.
  • I wake up much hungrier than I did before!

That’s not to say I’ll never have a sweet after dinner again. Oh I’m sure I will! But hopefully, this is already getting me into better habits. YAY!

On that note, I’m thinking a frozen mango Chobani may be in order this evening! Smile

Hope ya’ll are having a Wonderful Wednesday!

Questions for the Evening:

What’s the last big temptation you resisted…or gave in to?? Winking smile

Do you ever use workouts you find in magazines?

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1 kate@ahealthypassion March 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Going with out animal products and gluten during lent has been interesting especially when im working and surrounded by bread, crackers and cheese at the tastings. Im proud of you for not taking a bite of a students drink, I might have done it haha!
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2 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Our apartment building had a Girl Scouts cookie party last night – I had about two of each kind! :)

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3 Courtney March 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Oh wow…that sounds AMAZING!!!!!

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4 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

love your workout binder idea! i always tear things out but then never end up doing them…

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5 emma March 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Hey! Good for you resisting the temptation – twice in fact! Since meeting my boyfriend I’ve got into the bad habit of having something sweet after dinner – not good! I may take a leaf out of your book!
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6 Brenda @Year 25 March 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I resisted free Krispy Kreme donuts every month in high school. (which was a loooong time ago) I still pass them up when offered even though they are so good!
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7 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Great job on resisting temptation! I love hearing your reflections on the sweets thing too.
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8 Lauren @ Hungry Dancer March 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Good job resisting temptation!! Those McFlurry’s look amazing!!
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9 Melissa March 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I’ve done the SELF workouts in the past & usually use some of the Body by Glamour moves. Lately, I’ve been really into the Jackie Warner Power Circuit DVD. I love how complete it is! :)
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10 Courtney March 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

OMG, I looooooooove her workout! Unfortunately, they took it off of Exercise on Demand, so I think I’m going to have to just buy it. It’s incredible…talk about sore abs, right?!?

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11 Melissa March 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That’s exactly why I bought it! Best workout ever! I love that it’s not super duper tough, but I get really sore after. Holy abs!
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12 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Way to go for not taking a bite out of a student’s McFlurry – I would have thought the SAME thing :) Did you give up sweets totally or just after dinner?
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13 Courtney March 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Just after dinner…but I’m trying to resist as much as possible during the day, too! :)

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14 Karen March 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Good job resisting those McFlurry’s! I have a binder full of workouts from magazines too! I also have a pretty large stack of magazines containing workouts that I have ear-marked to try. I don’t do a good job of circling back to those workouts and actually try them. Thanks for the reminding me to change it up a little and try a new workout!
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15 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I always cut out workouts and have the best intentions to use them, but I never do!!
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16 Alexa @ SimpleEats March 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Cody is such a cutie! Go you for resisting temptation…I’m experiencing that right now, too!
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17 Tara @ The Game of Life March 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

What a great teacher!! What grade do you teach? I am going to be a teacher… I gotta remember this! ha It was recently my birthday and I ate wayyy to much cookie cake!
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18 Courtney March 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

I teach 5th grade :)

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19 Khushboo March 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I loveee mcflurrys so can imagine how hard resisting was! Great idea of a workout binder, I have a huge collection of old mags which I save to use for workout ideas in the future…never happens though!
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20 Jardan March 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

congrats on resisting that MASSIVE temptation!! :)

today I spent a few hours at the University library studying and watching video Lectures. at the library there is a vending machine filled with packets of chips & chocolate. i wanted a choc bar to munch on whilst studying but thought about my healthy dinner & upcoming gym session and thought better about that bar of fat & sugar … WIN! ;)

and yes I use some workouts form magazines! i actually started a binder just like you did, a few years ago :D except it included some fashion stuff and nutrition as well ^____^
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21 daigoumee May 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

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