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lmp day 20

Today was day 20 of Les Mills pump. Day 19 was a rest day so I didn’t workout. Today’s workout was Pump and Burn. all in all I was pleased with today’s workout. During the ab track I was able to double my weight. Hoping that next time I can double it for the legs and back track.

Eating clean has been going really well. Having a terrible hard week as far as temptation goes. Not even thinking I walked by a pack of cookies this morning, grabbed one and took a bite. Immediately realized what I had done and threw the cookie out without taking another bite. a slip up yes, but I remedies the problem with a quick trip to the trash can. I am thinking I really need to make a batch of clean cookies!

 

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.

Day 7 of 120 & Going Shoeless

Today is Day 7 of 120. That means only 113 days to go. At the end of week 1 I really do not feel any different at all, honestly there was no expectation to.  Well there is soreness and exhaustion but should we really count that? Hoping my energy level goes up next week. Today is a rest day but more than likely I will end up in the Basement of Doom and do a little something that is low impact and that will help stretch and lengthen the muscles. Flexibility and I do not belong in the same sentence as of now.

After doing some reading and research working out barefooted sounds like something to try.  Many people swear by their shoes but I see many points of going shoeless. Granted anything outdoors I would always wear shoes. Being barefooted outdoors freaks me out. On the beach in the sand is the only place you will find me outside without shoes on.  Yoga is already done barefoot or in a pair of yoga socks so I have that down already.

Athletic shoes can change your center of gravity thus making your weight shift forward. Your body will compensate and in turn exaggerate your lumbar curve and overextend the back. I really think this would make lifting a bit more comfortable. Especially on days where my Fibromyalgia is acting like a jerk.  it is said that barefoot exercise helps strengthen the feet, improve balance, muscle alignment, reduce foot and ankle pain as well as reduce the chance of injury.

I don’t feel like there is any harm in trying. If I don’t like it I can always put my shoes on. Simple as that.

 

If Arnold did it can it really be that bad of a thing to try???

Working out without shoes is far from a new concept and may not appeal to everyone. By no means am I a doctor and all around orthopedic know it all. So you should do your research and talk to a doctor before starting a workout.

Complete!

I am back on track with my workouts. Had to dial down the weights a little but I still felt challenged, that is always a plus. Today I was supposed to do Flow (Les Mills Pump version of yoga) and yesterday Pump Extreme so I did extreme today to make up for missing yesterday, will do flow tomorrow it is a scheduled rest day and I will be fully caught up. Not to shabby. I lucked out on how the workouts were scheduled this week for sure!

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