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Days 32 and 33 of 120

87 Days to go!!

87 Days to go!!

Yesterday was day 32 of 120 Days of Les Mills Pump. The good old stitched up hand was throbbing so I swapped yesterday with today. Day 33 was a rest day so I figured why not. So yesterday was deemed a rest day. spent the day at a doctor’s office (always fun), had lunch with a good friend, babysat, cooked dinner and all that fun stuff. And you can’t forget that it was Thursday and Vampire Diaries was on!

Today’s workout was Hard Core Abs and Flow. Got a few of the Plank to Push Ups in then had to drop down to a regular plank. Not that I couldn’t do them but it was hurting the good old hand. This knuckle thing is ridiculous. You never notice how much you need to use it until it is stitched up. I swear the thing looks like an evil smile face. During flow I didn’t get all the moves in for the same reason. My best was put into it and that is what matters.

Had a houseful of kids this evening, it was a lot of fun! Mr Baby stayed up past his baby bedtime relishing in all the fun and excitement. Hoping this means he sleeps good for me tonight! He even took a minute of his time to pinch where my stitches are and rip one of them a bit. OUCH!!

Food wise I have been pretty good at staying clean. Things that are not taste fake now so it is easier to not give into temptation. It will only keep getting easier!

Now it is time to finish watching Silver Bullet and try to get 475 more calories in for the day. Kind of behind!

Deja Vu?

lmp day 25

I feel like I have done this before..

Back to Day 25 today. Now that there is more feeling in my thigh balance and form are not as much of a problem. Granted there are still issues and the workout was not exactly comfortable, could be worse though. No workout could have happened.

Today’s scheduled workout was Hard Core Abs along with a 45 minute walk. Hard Core Abs went well, a tad bit harder than normal. Possibly due to the fact that I have skipped workouts this past week and that took its toll. In place of the 34 minute walk I did 35 minutes of low impact aerobics. Started to feel quite imbalanced so I skipped the last 5 minutes and went straight to the cool down. It was possible to push through it but I didn’t. It is not as easy to push through things when you have medical issues. In no way am I disappointed in the workout and it definitely got my heart rate up and a good sweat going.

So it looks like I am back in action! Just in time for the RunScreamRun 5k on Saturday. Definitely just power walking through this one. Dr didn’t give me the go ahead to try running. no matter what it will be a ton of fun and I am very much looking forward to my 3 mile power walk.

Food wise I am still on target. Eating clean, taking in 1,700 cals a day and drinking LOTS of water.

Time to make dinner and put together my costume for Saturday. Hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday!

Had to press pause

So this weekend was full of fun and excitement, two of my favorite people were married and I had the privilege of standing in their wedding. it made for a busy weekend though!

Thursday my workout went as scheduled, I just didn’t blog about it. Had mani/pedi appointment and shopping with the bride then we watched The Vampire Diaries and The Originals premiere. And to top it off my oldest was home from school sick. So I just plan did not make time for blogging to be honest.

Friday was full of packing, Catching up on schoolwork with DD who was still home sick, housework, rehearsal dinner and stalking. One of the bridesmaids who lives out-of-town and I ran to the store to grab things to snack on at the hotel as all of us girls got ready. No one wants to spend a day on their feet with an empty stomach! While we were there it started to downpour so we figured it would be best to fart around the store while we waited the downpour out. The entire time some creeper kept following us around and making odd comments or repeating what we were saying. So then we stayed even longer because we were not about to walk outside in the dark and possibly be followed by this man. The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner went well. My escort was not present so Mr Baby filled in for him so I didn’t walk down the aisle alone. The dinner was pizza, bread sticks and salad. I ate pizza and salad and a bread stick. I was hungry and had no issue in participating in the meal. It was the bride’s favorite meal ūüôā I did a workout but did not make time to blog once again.

Saturday was the wedding day so no workout once again. I got up with the baby and spent time with him before he and his big sister went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the night. It was his first sleepover! After all the usual morning activities we were off for hair, then getting ready, pics, and the whole shebang. It was a lovely ceremony and the reception was a blast. they put on a good party. I did not eat too terribly at dinner and skipped the cake (minus one bite) but drank way too much and later int he evening had a slice of pizza. It happens. it was a special weekend and every drink and bite was worth it to me and that is what matters. It was a celebration and I was there to do just that, celebrate! On the plus side I did enough dancing to count as cardio ūüôā

Sunday after we had brunch with the bride and groom we checked out and headed out to get the kids. I unfortunately woke up with the back of my right thigh completely numb. It still is. One of the many lovely things about having Fibromyalgia. So no workout yesterday and no workout today. I tried but with my thigh numb I couldn’t keep my balance well enough to do most of the moves in what I felt was a safe way. I understand working out is important, but it is not worth risking injury for. The last thing I need is more pain. I hope I can get back to normal tomorrow. It is really annoying to not be able to do what you want because of some stupid disorder. Sometimes I feel like the fibro runs my life. Who knows, maybe one day they will find a cure?!

So now I need to decide if I just startup on day 30 tomorrow like I worked out all along or if I track back and go back to Saturday’s workout and go from there. Hmmm What to do??

Quinoa Trail Mix Bites Recipe

Today is Day 23 and it is a scheduled rest day so no workout happened. But I did make these:

Lately temptation has been everywhere and I have been coming unraveled because of it. It makes me cranky and no one wants to be around when I am cranky. So the solution to my problem was to make myself a treat that is not only healthy but gluten-free, high protein and that falls into the clean eating category.  The best part is there is no baking involved. When it is warm out nothing turns your house into an oven quicker than turning on the oven.

About a year ago I featured a Quinoa Ball recipe on my blog but decided I needed to amp it up a bit. So here is the recipe with all my revisions added in. I made quite a few changes!

Quinoa Trail Mix Bites. Don’t they look delish??

 

Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned oats, dry (Bob’s Red Mill brand offers gluten-free oats, most oats are not gluten-free, these are)

1/4 cup quinoa, dry

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I used half flaked and half shredded because I like the difference in texture)

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup peanut butter (almond butter work too, I used chunky PB)

1/3 cup honey

Directions:

1. In a small pan combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Cover then simmer for about 12 minutes, until quinoa has completely absorbed all liquid. Fluff it with a fork and pour into a large bowl.

2. Add oatmeal, dried cranberries. cinnamon and the coconut to quinoa and mix until everything is completely incorporated.

3. In a small pan bring the honey to a simmer then stir in the vanilla. Pour honey and vanilla mix onto the other ingredients in the bowl and mix until everything is combined.

4. Cool the mixture then add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and salt.  Mix until everything is evenly mixed through. using your hands seems to work the best.

5. Pop it all in the fridge to cool (takes about an hour). or you can pop it into the freezer and just stir it occasionally (it takes about a half hour then)

6. After it is thoroughly cooled scoop out the mixture by a heaping tbsp full and form into a ball. This works best if you keep your hands damp.

7. ENJOY!

I made a double batch and half the mixture in the fridge to ball up later. I like to ball them up in small batches to keep myself from chowing down. They are just that good. These also freeze really well.

 

I’m Here to Bitch and Moan

I am typing this as the smell of freshly baked boxed brownies wafts through my house. It is making me really unhappy and unsupported. Normally I can handle temptation and rarely even feel like I diet, but right now I have been struggling with it and this is the last thing I need right now. I feel like crap is getting waved in my face and I am being teased. Oh I know, I sound dramatic as all get up. I know I do. Just can’t help it.

DH is sitting here eating burritos and baking up a box of brownies.. Really not fair!!!! I have to make myself some clean eating friendly dessert for me tomorrow. Either some quinoa trail mix balls or maybe I can grind up some quinoa and make it into brownies somehow. May have to experiment tomorrow.

I may still be 270 calories shy for the day after 3 meals and 2 snacks and calorie wise I could afford a brownie. With the way I have been feeling this week I know I would binge. And having one would defeat the purpose of eating clean.

So not happy right now. I want junk too! My brain says no but my hormones say… ¬†CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!

 

p.s. DH I love you but you are a jerk

Day 12 & 13 of 120 & Cleaner Chess Pie

What a weekend! Between birthday dinners, weddings, our car puking out, and everything in between I did not take the time to blog for days 12 and 13. Day 12’s scheduled workout was Pump and Burn and Day 13 was a rest day. Granted I think for my rest day I got plenty of cardio in. Gotta love the dance floor.

My food intake was not so great. On Friday when my DH and I went to dinner for his birthday I ordered what I¬†thought would be the cleanest thing on the menu. To my surprise the only thing I should have eaten was the side salad. EVERYTHING was processed. The meal that I ordered didn’t even come out, because they gave me the wrong meal. It happens, I understand. I was kind of wondering why anyone works in their kitchen if no one cooks anything. So I ended up eating instant potatoes and white bread.
Saturday I ate a slice of pizza at lunch leftover from when my friend watched the kids friday. Because I was in a hurry and didn’t want to take the extra 5 minutes to make something. Really should have made a better choice there. At the wedding I had one fried chicken drumstick, peeled off the skin but still. It was fried and also some dressing and a small slice of cake. I had tons of veggies though. And let’s not get started with my beer consumption. How much beer did I drink? I don’t know. So yep, I totally sucked at making good choices this weekend. Do I regret it? YES! Am I going to beat myself up or punish myself for it? NO! Just going to hop back on the wagon and chug along.

So I never took a picture of the Cleaned Up (not 100% clean) Chess Pie I made with my DD. I will at least get the recipe out there and use a generic picture of some to kind of give you an idea what it looks like.

Chocolate Chess Pie. Photo from HandletheHeat.com There are some awesome meals and sinful treats on this site! My pie looked the same minus I finger pressed the edges of my crust

Ingredients:

FILLING:
2 Large Eggs, beaten
(1) 5 Ounce Can of Organic Fat Free Evaporated Milk
1 Cup Stevia in the raw
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Organic Butter, melted
2 Tablespoons Cornmeal
1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
CRUST:
2 Cups Unbleached White Wheat Flour
1 Cup organic Butter, very cold
6-8 Tablespoons of Ice Water
2 Teaspoons Stevia in the Raw
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Directions:
1. Crust: In a food processor add the flour, Stevia and salt and mix it well. Cut the butter into pea sized pieces and add to flour mixture.  Mix until it is crumbly. There may still be little chunks of butter and that is okay.

2. Add water one tablespoon at a time then pulse. Do this until your dough is still crumbly but can hold together if you squeeze a little bit in your hand.
3. Take your dough and with as little handling as possible ball it up and then roll it out  to fit your pie pan. After it is in your pan cover your edges with foil and pop into the fridge.

1. Filling: mix together the Stevia, brown sugar, corn meal and cocoa powder. Add in the eggs and then mix until it is all completely mixed together. Then add in your evaporated mils, butter and vanilla.
2. Pour filling into your pie crust. It will be very runny and that is okay! Be sure your foil edges are not touching the filling!!
3. Place into your preheated oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Your pie will rise and then fall and crack a little on top as it cool. That is normal and just what Chess Pie does.

Arrrrgh! Day 11 of 120 Finished.

Happy Talk like a Pirate Day! I seriously thought about doing this entire post in pirate speak. Just because I can and I would find it to be very amusing.

So today was Day 11 and Flow was the scheduled workout for the day. That is finished, it went well. I almost biffed it once and that was it. Not to shabby! The only frustrating things is some of the poses literally make my fat rolls pinch me and my big freaking chest get in the way.  At least those are issues that will improve over time. So no need to worry about it. I have to pick my battles.

Along with it being Talk Like a Pirate Day it is Pat’s birthday. Emma choose for us to make him the Chocolate Chess Pie I mentioned in yesterday’s blog¬†(here). I am not allowed to cut into it. Emma said that I can’t touch it until after her and her dad have dessert together. ¬†So the pic and recipe will have to happen either tonight or tomorrow. The dinner she chose for the evening is creamy chicken enchiladas. I have never made them before and literally eaten them twice in my life. When I make enchiladas I make them authentic. After looking up a recipe I saw that they are basically made up of a bunch of processed food thrown together. I went and bought everything I could to make them as clean as possible.

So for dinner I will not be eating exactly 100% clean but it is a birthday and my DD really wanted to make these things for him. I will be okay with 80% clean. After dinner I am attending a wine walk. The wine will of course not be clean. I don’t care. I haven’t had a glass of wine in forever it seems. So I will have 16 samples tonight on the walk. If I am walking while drinking wine does it count as exercise??

And in pirate…….

So this day was Day 11 ‘n Flow was th’ scheduled sword fight fer th’ day. That be finished, it went well. I almost biffed it once ‘n that was it. Not to shabby! th’ only frustratin’ thin’s be some ‘o th’ poses literally make me fat rolls pinch me ‘n me big freakin’ chest get in th’ way. At least them be issues that gunna improve over the hour. So no need to worry ’bout it. I have to pick me battles. Along wit’ it bein’ speak Like a scurvy pirate Day it be Pat’s birthday. Emma choose fer us to make him th’ Chocolate Chess Pie I mentioned in yesterday’s blog (here). I be not allowed to cut into it. Emma said that I ain’t touch it ’til after her ‘n her salty sea-sea monster ‘o a dad have dessert together. So th’ pic ‘n recipe gunna have to happen either t’night or to’morrow. th’ dinner she chose fer th’ evenin’ be creamy chicken enchiladas. I have never made them before ‘n literally eaten them twice in me life. When I make enchiladas I make them authentic. After lookin’ up a recipe I saw that they be basically made up ‘o a bunch ‘o processed grub thrown together. I went ‘n bought everythin’ I could to make them as spit shine as possible. So fer dinner I gunna not be eatin’ exactly 100% spit shine but it be a birthday ‘n me DD really wanted to make these thin’s fer him. I gunna be okay wit’ 80% spit shine. After dinner I be attendin’ a meed swim. th’ meed gunna ‘o course not be spit shine. I don’t care. I haven;t had a glass ‘o meed in forever it seems. So I gunna have 16 samples t’night on th’ swim. If I be sailin’ while drinkin’ meed does it count as exercise??

1/3 of Phase 1 done! Day 10 of 120

Okay, I am a third of the way through Les Mills Pump’s phase 1. It may not sound like much but I am happy with it.

Today’s workout consisted of Pump Challenge as well as Hard Core Abs. To replace Hard Core Abs I picked another random workout, it was a Cathe abs DVD. It works, the new copy of Hard Core Abs Should be here on Monday afternoon so by the time that particular workout comes up again. ¬†Then the system will once again be complete and it can be done properly.

Today was quite the day and that is why this post is so late. At least the workout happened and my meals were on target. Emma and I also made a chocolate chess pie for Pat’s birthday tomorrow. It isn’t exactly health food but I was able to clean it up a bit. Got rid of the processed ingredients and knocked it down from 392 calories a serving to 302, 35 carbs to 18, 26 grams of fat to 24, 33 grams of sodium to 14 and 14 grams of sugar to 4. Not too shabby. ¬†I will post a pic and the recipe tomorrow. it’s late and I don’t feel like doing it right now. bedtime is calling my name. Mr Baby will probably get me up at 4/4:30 and I have to get Emma up for school at 6. Bleh, one of these days maybe I will learn to be a morning person and give up my night owl ways.. But probably not!

Clean Eating Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal Bake / Food Scale

Today my DH¬†bought me a new kitchen scale. After weighing my dinner portions I figured out that my guessing on how much to eat has been way off. ¬†Not that I am eating too much, I am actually underestimating and not eating enough. and when you don’t eat enough your body stores it. Gah! ¬†Oh well, with the new scale the problem is solved. Until I get back to properly portioning food on my own the scale it is.

Something I have been slacking on in the worst way is eating breakfast. So I have breakfast for the next few days in the oven now. ¬†The only thing I will have to do is pop some in the microwave and grab a piece of fruit. Easy peasy! With the gloomy fall weather today pumpkin came to mind. Nothing says fall like pumpkin, and who doesn’t love pumpkin? After looking through the pantry Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake is what I came up with.

Here is the recipe:
Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1 cup diced apples
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp coconut oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Grease 8 x 8 baking dish with the coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl beat together the pumpkin, honey, molasses, eggs, spices, salt, baking powder, vanilla, milk and yogurt until smooth.
3. Add in oats and apples and mix until incorporated.
4. Put into greased pan, sprinkle pecans over the top of the mixture and cover with foil. bake for 35 minutes then uncover and bake for 20 minutes more.
Serves 8.

Can't wait until the morning to try this!

Can’t wait until the morning to try this!

Starting From Scratch

Managing time, events, a newborn, a seven-year old, nursing, and constant migraines as well as fybro flares has been quite a challenge. ¬†It took almost 5 months but it seems as though things are back on track. I wish I was one of those moms that get back to it and life goes back to normal in a month or two after baby. Let’s just say I am far from that. Yay for being a cripple, HAHA!

We have went back to clean eating. Eased into it this time instead of going all out and replaced things bit by bit until it started to become routine. For far too long we ate take-out, went out, had delivery or frozen foods. Now I just have to once again¬†teach myself how to eat often once again. I have little to no appetite until dinnertime is around the corner. Working on that. I’ll get there soon enough. Baby steps I suppose.

My basement is FINALLY fully functional as of this past week. I have lights, power (not enough outlets but hey, I can make do), new carpet and my workout area set back up.  I did get quite the shock trying to hook things up with very little lighting down there. My eyelid twitched for a day but no harm was done.  As far as using the basement, I have been.

As of this past week I started working out daily again. ¬†Just some cardio, yoga and toning stuff. Nothing major or really that challenging. I am certainly in TERRIBLE shape! No flexibility, most of my strength is gone my stamina is shot. But starting from scratch is nothing new to me. I did it before so it wouldn’t be impossible to do it once again.

In October I am doing the Run Scream Run 5k in Ypsi. I am cutting it close. Running has not been part of my life since last summer. I have tried to run but even getting to a jog is killing my calves. Not sure if it is the fybro or being overweight, a combination of both or something entirely different. I ordered some compression sleeves and when they get here we will see how things feel. If that doesn’t help back to the doctors. Doctors love people like me, people like me get them RICH! The plan is to run or at least jog as mush of the 5k as possible and if I can’t do it for the entire 5k I will power-walk to the finish.

Today was a free day after a week of workouts. Sunday never feels like the beginning of the week, Mondays do. So as of tomorrow I will be starting Les Mills Pump at day one. The plan is to log my workouts here on WP daily. I do not plan to post on rest days. I did not weigh or measure as of yet. But I will get to that soon.

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