Ashley and I are about to begin our workout. We both have on our Mac lipstick, work out gear, hair up and ready to rock and roll, but with a very sudden realization, we haven’t a cool theme song for our working out challenge. If any one could suggest a really great workout theme song for me and Ash, we would very much appreciate it. Alright, it is time to get a move on, lipstick and all.
I fell in love with this song not too long ago, whether it be the mood, the season, the weather, or the current circumstance I feel I am in, I ran to it with endurance tonight. Perhaps the sorrow or the moodiness brings forth a certain justification to be free in such a melancholic state, a state I find rather comforting. It has been almost two weeks of this challenge of eating properly and being disciplined in my physical activities. I am happy with the results. Sean has returned back from Ontario. His birth mom has passed away, and though there is pain, there is hope. Life continues and death remains. I pray questions to be answered and lives to be touched.
30 Day Challenge
When I tentatively sat down to write the first entry of my blog a couple of years ago, I really had no idea what to write or what to share, so I shared myself. It’s probably the safest thing to share, considering, with all the cover ups, concealers, fillers, and smoke mirrored expectations we place on ourselves( in a friendly joining of hands-type-circle way) in declaration with the mass majority, peculiar and non-peculiar alike, that would I would just like to be break free from the idol of the human self. I know freedom is not anything new. For we want freedom from hate. Freedom from shame. We want freedom from insecurity. We would love freedom from debt. How about freedom from sickness, mental illness, or even self-vanity? There are so many things I know I have been set free of and delivered from, however, there are still places in my heart that need healing and areas in my soul that need freeing.
This blog journal was very instrumental in my 30 pound challenge. I accomplished the goal I had set out to do…but then, Christmas came, followed by Valentines and then, eeps….Easter. After looking at the sparse Easter basket…(Hi, I have 3 kids…one Easter basket…? Seriously!) I realized my desensitization of over indulgence has spiralled out of control. I spent $40.00 on my kids Easter and they had 2 chocolates each hiding in the Easter grass? To top it off, was what is happening at the top of my jeans. Spandex? How about leggings, anyone? Being I live in BC, I can get away wearing Lulu’s but, I want to wear my other clothes, too. Tights are great, but they refuse to get tight, and this is no longer cool with me. The solution? My dear friend Ash and I are going to do a 30 day challenge and this is what it is:
1. 30 days
2. Cheat day is Saturday
3. 3/4-5 workouts a week
4. Daily ab workout (see below)
My cheat day will entail Purdy’s chocolate, or maybe even a Green Tea Frappé from Starbucks.
I will continue my normal work out regime, which entails three days of cardio and 2 days of weight training. Another rule for me will be no food after 7 pm. I will weigh myself on Saturdays. My goal: To zap the snap on my favorite jeans in thirty days.
This is day one.
Last week I weighed myself…I am currently 179. I have a goal to be 177 this week, we will see. I have been eating good and diligently going to spin class, the gym at 5:30am and running. It is the food I am struggling with. I just love to eat. My boost, my brain food, and my favorite go-to snack would be the coconut bites. They are my splurge and my treat. I have been eating a lot of hummus, as well. At spin class, I always aim to have the bike that is not super close to anyone, so I don’t offend them with the immense amount of garlic I consume in a day, poor Sean. He will sometimes ask, garlic? Ok, are you in need of a quick snack on the go? Perhaps you are a mom like me, or a busy guy like Sean, either way, this snack is a filler. It does take a bit of preparation, but it is a good bit of fun when you have a free night. Especially on those nice nights when the kitchen window can be open, breathing in the beautiful fresh spring air and listening your favorite beats. I love to cook and bake with Babbu Mann. He is super fun. I found this protein bar from the Slice cookbook. Like most of my snacks, I put these in the freezer and grab one when I am short on time and heading out the door. The kids love them too, but they are considered a once in a while treat, because as selfish as this may sound, they are mine!
Chocolate Coconut Powerbars
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup unpasteurized honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp tahini
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups nutmeal, leftover from making Nourishing Nut Milk (see below)
1 cup oat flakes or flakes of your choice, I also like Barley
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup whey protein isolate, unflavored, or Vega French Vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
How To Play:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, lightly grease a 9×12 inch dish. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine almond butter, honey, oil, tahini, and vanilla for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until smooth. In a bowl, combine nutmeal, oats, cocoa powder, whey protein, coconut and cinnamon. Stir almond butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to one month. * I bake these no longer than 18 minutes, because I prefer them to be under baked than over baked.
Nourishing Nut Milk
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup hazelnuts, skins removed
1/4 cup sesame seeds
4 cups filtered water
2 dates, pitted, or 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
How To Play:
Place nuts and seeds in a glass bowl. Cover with filtered water and soak for at least 4 hours, or over night. Drain and rinse nut mixture. In a blender, combine 1 cup of water, soaked nuts, dates and vanilla, and blend until smooth. Set blender to low, and slowly add 3 cups of water. Strain mixture through a fine strainer or cheese cloth. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 7 days. The remaining nutmeal can be saved and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Today I weighed myself and I am 186.5. That means, I have 20.5 more pounds to go. Whoo hoo! This is a familiar weight, I have been here 3 times now. Last night I made a vegetarian pizza meets the meat-eater. The great thing with home made pizza, is one can do whatever they want with whatever they have. This pizza worked out really well for the family. I was a bit sneaky and added chopped spinach quite finely, and no one seemed to notice. The joys of being in the kitchen preparing for the red meat lovers.
preferred dough, whether it be home-made or store-bought (I used TJ’s fresh dough)
3/4 cups preferred pasta sauce (I used TJ’s Tomato Basil Marinara)
hand-full of spinach, chopped finely
1/4 cup red onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped finely
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped finely
12 slices of salami, chopped finely
1 1/2 cups of cooked ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
How To Play:
Heat oven to 500 degrees. Grease a baking sheet sprinkled with organic cornmeal. Prepare dough accordingly. When dough is ready, stretch out onto the prepared cookie sheet. Place in the oven for about 5-8 minutes until it begins to cook. Take it out, let it cool for about 3 minutes. Spoon pasta sauce and smear generously onto the pizza base. Sprinkle a fair amount of parmesan cheese onto the pasta sauce. Evenly lay out the spinach, red onion, peppers, and meats. Sprinkle the cheeses all around. Turn the oven down to 475 degrees, cook pizza for 10-15 minutes or until cooked to perfection.
So, my 30 pound weight challenge continues. Since it is Friday, my weigh in day, I currently weigh 189.5. I am relieved that I am no longer in the 190’s, but still have more to go, 23.5 pounds more to go. I was speaking with a friend last night and shared with her that I am not eating differently from what I’m used to, it was just when I was pregnant, I was eating 3 bowls of President Choices Chocolate Crackle ice-cream every night. I haven’t had ice-cream since July. When 3 came out, I was done with not only pregnancy, but ice-cream, too. So, the consequences to my pregnant eating has now left me with a closet full of clothes that still don’t fit me the way they used to. This is ok. Spin class here I come, and no, I learned my lesson last time, I am not going to wear light color clothing again, black it is.