Yesterday, I have felt sluggish… like I was moving through jello all day… it seemed like I expended much more energy to get things done… no bounce in my step.. plus it was a bad day at work.. 

I did not want to go to the Box.. at all… but I did… and it was hard but a different kind of hard.. after the warmup we did a AMRAP (as many reps as possible) in 10 minutes.. but the movements were all unfamiliar and/or something I feared.. like the stupid “ring row” which is kind of like a very modified pull up… I lean back and support my weight with my arms in an angle with only my heels on the floor.. then situps and I mean ALL the way up.. then girl pushups… and finally kettlebell swings (which I like and felt comfortable with)… I was only through round two in the situps and I could tell I was going to hurt my back because as I got weak I tried to arch my back instead of rounding it and that was NO BUENO… so, no more situps after round two… I finished 4 rounds in 9:59.. but getting up and down off the floor was not pretty… and honestly was pretty embarrassing.. such an easy simple thing for most people.. but it’s a chore at my size. Plus, I kept getting dizzy.. sigh. I did finish though 

… and then I cried.. it was all just overwhelming.. how far I have to go. and my coach said “ya know, every workout can’t be a 10.. and sometimes the hardest part is just showing up and checking the box”.. this is going to be a long journey.. I know that.. I sat there getting my breath back and feeling sorry for myself.. but decided I needed to end this on a success of some kind so, after I rested a bit, I ran up two flights of stairs so I could break my stair record for the day. Then I left the gym. 

 
 

148 days til Africa 
60 lb goal with 47lbs to go

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March 22, 2013 · 12:52 am

Kringles – who knew?

There are lots of chip people.  Some like chips that pretend to be good for you like baked chips or Harvest Chips.  Some are purest and love their ridges so Ruffles are IT.  Some are flavor motivated and go for sour cream and onion or barbeque.  Others are about the texture, the crunchier the better and kettle chips are their answer.  Me?  I like organization and crunch – so I’m a pringles chick.

Yes, I crave pringles.  Okay, I USED to crave pringles.. since I’ve given up the bulk of processed foods in my diet, my cravings have almost completely been eliminated!  But pringles would be a treat.. and I love to combine pringles with something sweet (that way I make doubly sure it settles on my inner thigh!).  So, I was looking for something to meet that salty, crunch craving and kept reading about Kale Chips on several food blogs – Kale Chips.  Kale, you know, the stiff, green, curly stuff they put on your plate as decoration?  Yeah, you can eat it!  WHO KNEW!  I ran across the following video and decided to massage my way through a bunch of Kale…

Here is my review of what I am calling Kringles (Kale Chips):

  • Taste? a bit bitter with a slight aftertaste
  • Texture? crunchyyyyy yes buttttt a very thin, airy, light crunch.  Okay, lets say that the crunchiest of crunch is a 10 … celery would be a 10.. and a 1 would beeee.. uhhhh.. a 1 would be Kringles!  They crunch but there’s just not much there.. like crunchy air?.. no, no… a crunchy feather! Just not much substance
  • Smell? I did mention bitter right?  Well, the fragrance was the foreplay of the taste.
  • Presentation? They look.. green.. but fun.  Their looks didn’t turn me off in anyway.
  • Caloric or Nutritional comments? Well, they are a huge bang for your caloric buck.  You can eat the whole darn batch for about 100 calories!  Kale is a great source of vitamins A and C, super Potassium content and not too shabby on the Calcium either.
  • Overall Score?  I give this as is a 4.  Mainly because it’s such a nutritious snack.  I will be trying Averie’s recipe for Kringles to see if cashews, bell pepper and nooch(?) can counter some of the bitterness.  Stay tuned!

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Oatmeal Goodness

I have read a lot of stuff about grains being “bad” in that they cause inflammation in the body.  I’m still researching.  Sigh.  In the meantime, I hope they are wrong wrong wrong because I cannot, cannot give up my oats in the winter time!  This morning was fabulous.  Oat groats (bout 1/3 cup put through the vitamix with about a 1 1/2 cups of water and left to soak overnight)… I’ve been going a bit crazy with my spiralizer and decided to put an apple through it this morning…mmmmm… apple noodles went into my oats to cook for about the last 5 minutes.. added a pinch of salt… some cinnamon… topped with leftover apple noodles and almond sauce.. mmmm fantastico!

Oats, apples, cinnamon and almond sauce!

mmmmmmmm Merry Christmas!

Annie

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Raw Goodness

My first venture into rawness was Chocolate Covered Katie’s Fudge Babies which you can read about here.  They were so yummy I decided to try something else in the Raw World – enter Averie of Love Veggies and Yoga – and her Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles!  It was destiny because she and I have the same spiralizer… oh, I do so love gadgets…. uhhhhh and food.. I do love food.

Cukes, Orange and Yellow Bells

I followed her recipe almost exactly…

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper (I used a mini size)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (I used a mini size)
  • 1/2 cuke (again, I used a mini)

The spiralizer made quick work of turning the zucchini into noodles.

The Dressing was what drew me to this:

Zucchini Noodles

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (only had sugar free)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (didn’t have any, darn it!)
  • 1-2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (I used 1 tbsp of uhmm regular apple cider vinegar)

Peanut Sauce

I blended using my submersion blender – there just wasn’t enough there for my vita mix to handle (gots to get me a smaller wet container … maybe Christmas??)

Combined all this loveliness and it looked scrumptious!

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles

Averie mentioned she didn’t like onions and garlic.  Me?  I love me.. the more the merrier.  This was really good as is but next time I make it (and there will be a next time) I’ll add some chopped onion or maybe a chopped shallot instead.

I was curious about the nutrition of this little dandy… The serving size is HUGE and if you eat the entire thing it’s a bit more than 400 calories, 21.5 grams fat, 52.5 carbs, 9.2 fiber and 13.2 protein.  Not bad? It gets better… it’s got 1600mg of Potassium.. that is 2/3 of what you need for the day.. and wait for it.. waaaait for it… 1100mg of Vitamin C!!  Wow.  (Estimates courtesy of Sparkpeople.com)

Check out Averie’s site – She’s got a giveaway going on for The Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood Combo.  I’ve never tried it but am entering and if I win.. I promise to report back!

Merry Christmas!

Annie

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Coconutty!

Miss Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie is having a fantastic Artisana Coconut giveaway! In honor of this give away, I tried Miss Katie’s Almond Joy Oatmeal… yummmoooo.. It just sounded perfect for the holidays … so full of joy..

1 C water
1/2 C coconut milk (I don’t have coconut milk so I sub’d water)
1 C oats
pinch of salt
some chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate shavings instead)
some almonds, finely chopped (I toasted these first to bring out the flavor.. yummo)

I added some toasted organic coconut too.. double yummooooo

Bring the water, coconut milk, and salt to a boil. Add oatmeal, stir to mix. When the mixture returns to a boil, throw in the almonds and the chocolate chips Cover the pan and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for 6 to 10 minutes, then serve. [I didn't add the almonds or coconut until it was done.. I like a bit of crunch.]

Almond Joy Oatmeal - yummo!

Thanks for a yummo recipe Katie!

Merry Christmas!

Annie

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Breakfast Anytime

I’ve been loving The 40 Day Breakfast Challenge over at Corrine’s blog. She makes up some incredibly healthy and scrumptious looking breakfasts. So, this morning I thought I’d share what I had for breakfast… your basic ezekiel bread with a fried egg and a smidge of cheese… yummmmm

No Frills but yummy

Not bad for 220 calories…. now, let’s see how long I stay satisfied…

Last night I tried some of HEABs Protein Pancakes… I halved the recipe and added shaved dark chocolate and some ABU!

HEAB'S Protein Pancakes

I am now getting serious about getting healthy.  I say hello to the big FIVE-OH in 121 weeks… that’s 853 days.. I have some things to get done by that deadline.. and I’d better start now… today I will eat healthy, spend 15 minutes outside and come up with my plan for the next 30 days.

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.”  Tomorrow is disease.  ~V.L. Allineare

Annie

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Menopause Rap

Oh my stars! Quick go to the bathroom before viewing…

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