Loved you guys’ reference to Forrest Gump in my post last night! I didn’t even make the connection as I was writing it, which is too funny, because I actually watched Forrest Gump on Saturday night! (I know, CRAZY times in the IGE household! Whatever, I was in a bacon coma…)

I love Forrest Gump with all of my heart – it’s actually one of my very favorite movies! I get so wrapped up in Forrest’s stories and Tom Hanks completely takes you away. My favorite part is when he’s in the army. How about you?

At any rate, I had a cookie for breakfast (I was packaging them up and had to make sure, one last time, that they still tasted good!) so I’m going light on the rest…


A Fat-Free Raspberry Yogurt. Creamy, cool and sweet.


A Peanut Butter Larabar which I’ve finally decided is my #1 fave flavah!


These babies were on sale 10/$10 at my grocery store this weekend, so I stocked.up.! I actually might save this for an afternoon snack…we shall see.


And a Pink Lady Apple. :D


Lunch is more Turkey Taco Salads!


It’s like a lunch-time fiesta, no?


Avocado is such a special treat. Do you like avocados?


More of that ranch + Graddy’s salsa for dressing. Truly delish.


Challenge Update!

Well, we’re over two weeks into the 40 Day/20 Minute Movement Challenge! Today is Day 16, and I’m still going strong.  

How are my other Challengers doing? Any bumps along the way? Are you finding it tough to exercise everyday?

One thing that has just really clicked for me during these past 16 days, is that exercise has become a non-negotiable. Before, if something came up or I was in a time crunch, exercising was usually the first thing to go. Trust me I love feeling good, getting in a great exercise session and having a healthy mind & body – but when push comes to shove, exercising is usually what gets put on the back burner.

Now, that exercise is non-negotiable (it least for 40 days) I’m finding that it’s NOT A BIG DEAL, at all. At all! I’ve still felt rushed and pressed for time during these past 16 days, but I’ve found a way to fit in it least 20 minutes of exercise. It is possible. Now matter how much you have to do – there is always 20 minutes to be found in your day somewhere, I promise.

Another thing is that, believe it or not, I do not naturally LOVE to work out. I’m not one of those people that wakes up totally jazzed to run 5 miles later that day. It’s just not me, and I’m not sure it ever will. Therefore, I sometimes dread an exercise session, (once I get to the gym and am working out, I’m always glad I went) but getting there is 3/4 of the battle. Now, though, I don’t have the mind games. It’s not a question of whether or not I’m going to work out, or dreading it, it’s now something that’s just part of my day. A non-negotiable. I don’t dread the 20 minutes, or more, of exercise. I don’t really give it a second thought. It’s just going to happen.

Does that make sense?

Sorry for the rambling. It’s just neat to see the change 16 days can have on oneself!

I’m off to start my day – come back tonight to see the cute cookies and my movie debut…kind of! ;)



Do you naturally love to exercise? Have you reached a point where exercising has become a non-negotiable part of your day?