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Balance

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday I left work early excited to make a new recipe, Banana No Bake Cookies. They are gluten, soy and dairy free and I have to say - DELICIOUS! They have oatmeal, chocolate, banana and peanut butter in them, YUM. I did tweak the recipe when I determined I didnít have enough time to form the cookies before Zumba class so I made them into bars instead. I was able to get 24 squares out of one batch.

Saturday I jumped out of bed and walked to the gym to attend Zumba class. On the way there I took in some of the classic cars at the Annual Classic Car Show. I saw some real beauties! Zumba was amazing. We currently have five Zumba instructors at the gym and two of them really get me pumped up. After class I hustled home so I would have enough time to buy a salad before heading to work for the afternoon.

I was jazzed about working because my Saturday boss had already told me he wouldnít be in the office but would leave me piles of things to do. My Saturday boss is also a close friend and sometime he isnít always that productive when we are together. Iím all for socializing but thereís also work to be done. HA! I arrived on schedule and found the piles. I knocked out some paperwork before I devoured my salad and iced tea. While doing the filing I danced to music and sang along too. When everything was ďnailedĒ down I packed it up and left for home.

I took a power nap when I got home and woke up refreshed and ready to tackle the balance of the afternoon and evening. After picking up the Mr from work I set out to clean the bathroom - my least favorite activity. Between my iPod and two fur balls the task was tolerable - I even giggled a bit too. My youngest fur ball, Irie, loves water and decided he needed to hangout with me while I cleaned. He supervised while sitting on my back while I cleaned the tub and then the other fur ball, Road, checked my work when he peaked over the side of the tub.

After that adventure I decided to try a new recipe, Zucchini Crust. I love pizza. Itís the ultimate comfort food for me and Iím determined to make it healthier. One of the non-SP blogs I follow on-line posted a Zucchini Crust recipe with pictures - looks great! When my first attempt failed the Mr encouraged me to try again so I did, and again it failed. I just moved on not understanding what I was doing wrong. Well today, I found out. The blogger posted an edit and apologized for leaving out an ingredient. *BIG SMILES* I will try this one again soon with the updated recipe. Iím also going to try Cauliflower Pizza Crust soon.

Sunday morning I took a sneak peak at the scale and was happy to see I hadnít reset to my high weight of my plateau and even happier when the scale flashed a 231.5 before settling on 233.

My Sunday was filled with more cleaning, laundry and playing with the fur balls. I also caught a few episodes of Chopped and went to visit a friend before the Mr had to go back to work. In the afternoon the weather was just too nice to stay inside so I pulled my bike off the rack and went for a ride. It was lovely! I explored different areas of town and stopped at a few stores. The sun on my face was awesome.
That night I attempted another new recipe, Veggie Minestrone Soup (gluten free). It was successful and yielded a huge amount. Iím having it for lunch today so Iíll see if those leftovers are just as tasty.

Although there wasnít much down time on Sunday I rather enjoyed my day. If left with an open schedule I flounder about and get distracted by my inner thoughts. I strive to find my balance on Sundayís.

Mondayís are my official weigh-in days so I woke the scale early. The numbers danced around a bit and then landed on 232.5 - Iíll take it! Iím gonna sneak past this plateau one way or the other and Iím gonna find the lighter side of 232 soon. Stay the course, just stay the course!

  
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JENJESS48 10/11/2011 2:22PM

    What a lovely weekend! My fur balls helped me clean the bathroom too, lol. They're about as helpful as yours!

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DESERTFLOWER8 10/11/2011 6:02AM

    You are on a roll! I wish I had half your energy!!!! Great job, KT...you are nailing this thing...

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MAGGIENCALI 10/10/2011 11:26PM

    Sounds like you had a busy, but rewarding weekend. Have a great week!

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ABB698 10/10/2011 10:51PM

    Glad you had a great weekend! :)


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TEDDYBABE 10/10/2011 9:40PM

    What a productive and relaxing day you had. Loved reading the blog. You were so happy and upbeat. Zuchinni Crust Pizza sounds heavenly. Please share when you get it ironed out! Hugs

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ENDUROVET 10/10/2011 3:26PM

    New recipes sound great - I have made the cauliflower-crust pizza which is GREAT! (but a fair amount of work so I haven't made any RECENTLY)

Also have a great recipe for healthy paleo cookies (based on coconut flour, bananas & walnuts) which sound fantastic, just haven't had any time (or energy) for cooking...

I was shocked when my own home scales showed a downwards dip for me (can't even remember what last Mon's weigh-in was, but it must have been discouraging bcz I didn't even write it down!) - but I'll take every hard-won ounce! Hang in there & we'll get there, babe!

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MANLEYSANDY 10/10/2011 3:17PM

    Sounds like a fun and action packed weekend!

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I set my abs were on fire!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Yesterday I fought the urge to run home and skip the gym. Me? Skip the gym for no real reason other than I don't wanna? Ya, crazy talk, especially when it's a boxing day!!

Zumba class was interesting. I felt off the whole time. It was weirdly cold and humid in the gym last night which made me uncomfortable during class. Plus, I felt like it was my first Zumba class ever. I was all over the place and found myself staring holes into the back of the instructor trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. Boo! I just kept moving.

I decided not to run last night or use the elliptical - again, craziness! Instead I used the bike for 30 minutes going no where. It felt good on my knee that had tightened up, so I considered it a victory. It felt good to do a different activity too. Bonus!

When boxing started I was still feeling off but I pushed through. The real workout beings here. It dawned on me during warmup (jumping rope & pushups) that I had skipped ST earlier - who is this woman?! It ended up being a blessing that ST never happened because our workout was T.O.U.G.H. There were only four of us attending class which meant there was no downtime. I was sucking wind, feeling nausea and had waves of darkness come over me but I fought through all of that.

It's really hard to describe the boxing workouts. Sure we use the heavy bags, gloves, pads and kicks but it goes deeper than that. The power and intensity is on another level. The drive and determination comes deep within and if you don't have it you won't last. When I have watched snippets of MMA fighting on television I see all the moves we are doing in class it'd just not to each other.

Near the end of class we were told to grab mats for plank work. I about crumbled on the floor but ended up in a fit of giggles when my sparing partner got all excited about mat work because she missed the part about plank work. Three minutes of plank work - it was brutal! I physically couldn't do the craziness he was asking us to do so I tried to hold the plank as long as I could, rested for a few seconds and then went back to the plank. B.R.U.T.A.L. I was a bit frustrated at my lack of strength but just kept telling myself that it will come in time. After planks came situps and I set my abs were on fire! I collapsed in a puddle of sweat at the end.

There's a bonus Zumba class at the gym tonight, I'll be there!

  
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ABB698 10/6/2011 10:35PM

    You are such a powerhouse KT! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/6/2011 6:28PM

    "I was all over the place and found myself staring holes into the back of the instructor trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. Boo! I just kept moving. "
* Zumba and step are the worst that way.

"It dawned on me during warmup (jumping rope & pushups) that I had skipped ST earlier - who is this woman?! It ended up being a blessing that ST never happened because our workout was T.O.U.G.H. "
* Depending on intensity, ST will either make you or break you in a boxing class.

I usually do the reverse. Do boxing moves to warm up the arms for ST


"I was a bit frustrated at my lack of strength but just kept telling myself that it will come in time. "
* And it will. :)

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KINSBAILE 10/4/2011 2:32PM

    CRAZY plank work. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself though!!! that rocks!

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This weekend I . . .

Monday, October 03, 2011

Saturday . . .

I attended my favorite Zumba class and giggled like a little girl.



I found out after class it was a no work Saturday and did another little dance on the sidewalk! It's gonna be hard going back after two weeks out of the Saturday office.

I took my time walking home and stopped in Daisyís to have a look at the fall/winter collections there.



I cooked so the Mrís tummy would be happy.



I thought Irie had a great idea so I napped too.



I shopped for workout gear.



Sunday . . .

I made breakfast fit for a queen that was gluten, dairy and soy free french toast with maple syrup and a strip of bacon. *NOM NOM NOM*



The Mr and I headed into the city with a friends to ride The Rocket Boat at Pier 39.



I dealt with a friend who dislikes passive-aggressive people but hasn't stopped to notice she's the biggest offender in the group. *SIGH*



We ate chowder. (I left the bread bowl alone *SAD FACE*)



We walked the streets like tourists.




The weekend was loaded with lots of fun, happiness and wellness!
What did you do to make your weekend fun?

  
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KINSBAILE 10/4/2011 2:31PM

    Sounds like you had a BLAST!

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ABB698 10/4/2011 11:42AM

    Looks and sounds like a FABULOUS weekend! So glad you had one, you work hard and deserve it! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 10/4/2011 9:07AM

    I wish I had more time to enjoy the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk - but believe it or not, sitting in lecture halls all day is TIRESOME! At least I made a couple of gym visits & did not go TOO far overboard nutritionally speaking...

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DESERTFLOWER8 10/4/2011 1:45AM

    Sounds like you had an AMAZING time!! And you so deserve it! :)

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JENJESS48 10/3/2011 5:13PM

    What a great weekend! I had a quiet weekend at home, which is really rare for me, so I loved it!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/3/2011 3:47PM

    Sounds like a great time, glad you had so much fun!

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MAGGIENCALI 10/3/2011 3:43PM

    Mmmm, the clam chowder in the Boudin bowl. Yum. Sounds like you had a fun weekend! emoticon

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Making Life Sweet with Chocolate

Saturday, October 01, 2011

In my quest to make life sweet I found the following recipe. I have a sweet tooth, although I'm finding that's changing as I walk down my wellness path, and I'm always looking for something sweet AND healthy. Today I decided I wanted to try a new recipe, and be adventurous too, so I made the following pudding. I'm super happy with my choice! It's sweet, nutrient-dense, filling and you'll also benefit from good-for-you fats.


Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Makes eight servings
Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk)
2/3 cup *real* maple syrup
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional thickener)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until completely smooth.
Refrigerate until cold. Top with berries, nuts or whipped cream.

YUMMY!!!


Are you adventurous with your foods?

  
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KINSBAILE 10/4/2011 2:41PM

    Sounds delish!

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ENDUROVET 10/4/2011 9:10AM

    Hmmm that looks intriguing - I'll have to try it! (although I may cut recipe in half - the last avocados I bought were $1.25 ea!)

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JENJESS48 10/2/2011 9:07AM

    That sounds great! My favorite healthified (I make my own words now) chocolate recipes is Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes, right here on SP. You use plain old boxed cake mix but pureed pumpkin instead of oil and add some cinnamon and chocolate chips. It adds up to about 180 calories of sheer chocolate bliss; you might want to think about adding it to your repertoire.

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ERIKO1908 10/1/2011 8:15PM

    that sounds interesting & yum!! i made pancakes using cottage cheese once just because I was curious...YUM!!

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I'm a sensitive little flower

Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm a sensitive little flower or rather, my system is sensitive. As I continue down my wellness path I try to stay awake and aware to what's happening to my body and inner bits.

It is a fact that I have more than a few foods that my body are sensitive too and I do my best to stay away from them. Out of my list Soy is the my biggest offender, I feel like my inner bits are being liquefied when I eat it. Gluten is next on my list and then there's dairy. I've tried to quit gluten a number of times but haven't found the key to success yet. Dairy became a bit easier when Doc told me I could eat goat and sheep milk cheeses.

In the past 3+ years I've found ways around my sensitivities and never go hungry! I also quickly learned that packaged foods is NOT the way to go, staying fresh is best. Just because the package says its gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free doesn't mean it's good for me so I choose carefully. Again, staying fresh is best.

I say all this to bring up my main point, I'm a sensitive little flower. After years of abuse to my inner bits they now revolt immediately. Maybe they did before and I just wasn't listening?

This week I've become more aware of my water retention. Sure in the past I've noticed it but the end result was me sulking around and being angry. It's time to take another approach!

Earlier this week I gained 5 pounds over night - it was all water and I fought back with more water. It quickly left. This morning when I woke up I knew immediately that I had retained water again. Yup, 3 pounds. I'm fighting back with more water. It too will quickly leave. Even though I know it leave quickly I'm tired of the battle!

Here are a few things that can cause water retention because it's not just sodium people.
*Eating too much salt and sugar
*Gravity
*Burns/Sunburn
*Nutritional deficiencies
*Food intolerance
*Lack of exercise
*Drug side effects

Four of these apply to me right now -
salt, I'll be watching this more closely
sugar, I'll be watching this more closely
gravity, I need to move around more when I'm at the office.
food intolerance, get it under control and say good-bye to that which hurts you

Play by the rules or suffer the consequences.

  
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ABB698 9/30/2011 11:04PM

    Wow, you've had a tough job identifying things that are triggers for you, but you've prevailed and are doing your body good. So proud of you! You're a beautiful little flower! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/30/2011 6:39PM

    What an EXCELLENT post, KT! Per usual, you identify a problem, you analyze it, and then proceed to solve it. You always do this with an enviable amount of positivity, and you have my admiration. Interesting information here..stuff I did not know until reading this. GREAT JOB! YOU ARE A WINNER!!!!

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