A Few Changes…

Hello, all!

Since a little before New Years, I have been following what I thought was a healthy diet that promoted weight loss. Boy, have I been wrong. I weigh myself fairly religiously. Every morning, before doing anything. I have lost 2 pounds. 2 pounds. What is that?

It started to dawn on me that, while I may be eating healthy foods, I am cheating way too often. I need something to keep me on track, that is NOT counting calories. Enter Weight Watchers.

I joined Weight Watchers a year ago before my wedding and lost about 10 pounds. At some point, I gave up. I let the stress of my job and wedding planning get to me, and eating healthy became a thing of the past. Sooo I gained it back (isn’t that how weight loss works anyway?).

My weigh in days are Sundays, and I am confident that I will be happy with the scale, every Sunday! I just need to throw in some more exercise, which leads me to another problem I discovered this past Friday.

I went to the doctor for my yearly check up. We discussed weight loss and exercise. I told my doctor that after about 10 minutes of walking, my heart rate jumps to 160 and I have difficult breathing. I shrugged it off, saying that my heart just wasn’t in great shape and that I just needed to keep at it. She asked some more questions, and I thought that was it.

Until she said “asthma.” Apparently, I have exercise-induced asthma that decided it wanted to flare up now. I have an inhaler and I take a couple hits before exercise. I used it earlier this week and the difference is incredible! So I can run now, right?

WRONG. I also have runner’s knees! Basically my knee caps are not centered. It is pretty easy to correct, though it does take time. Doc said not to run until my knees are straight. So walking and strength training it is for me! Hopefully, I can still stick with my resolution to run a 5K by the end of 2014!

A Fabulous Discovery!

Well, I’ve already failed at resolution number 9 (blog often)! My apologies.

Not like any excuse is a good excuse, but classes started back up a couple of weeks ago, and I have just been trying to get back into the groove!

I went perusin on Amazon Instant on the Xbox the other day. They have workout videos! Saweet. I’m always looking for new exercise videos for the days (the frequent days) when I do not feel like going to the gym. If I have tons of DVDs, or access to tons of workouts, then what the heck is my excuse?

That’s right, don’t have one.

Anyway, as you may or may not know, I was a dancer for the better part of my life. I started when I had just turned 3, and only stopped 2 years ago. I turn 24 in June. You do the math.

Up until college, dance kept me in great physical shape. This girl had a trace of a six pack. I had awesome, defined legs, and slim, feminine arms.

And then I went to college. I still danced there, but I was eating HORRIBLY. I was too busy in high school to have time to pig out daily. But in college, I had wayyyy more free time. High school graduation date to college graduation date saw a weight gain of 40 pounds. Yuck.

Anyway, I love dance. Love. It is the greatest workout for me. I can’t even call it a workout. It is a hobby and was a huge part of my life that I miss terribly.

Enter Mary Helen Bowers. She trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and dance with the NYC Ballet for 10 years. I fell in love with her after reading her credentials! Not to mention she is gorgeous, with legs for days. (I am insanely jealous of women with super long legs. My dreams of being a professional ballerina died the day my legs stopped and my chest started growing. Oh well).

She also created Ballet Beautiful, a workout designed to give you the lean, strong body of a ballet dancer. Uh, YES. And Amazon Instant totally has a couple of DVDs. DOUBLE YES.

Ballet DVD

 

I seriously think this woman’s legs are the length of my entire body.

AND she has written a book. And has a degree in English Literature. A woman after my own heart.

I did the 15 minute Body Blast Swan Arms. She used arms from Swan Lake for 15 minutes. 15 minutes does not seem long at all, but HOLY WOW my arms have not hurt that bad, like, ever.

 

Here is a link to her 15 Minute Ballet Beautiful Full Body Blast. Try to look away from her legs. Just try. Lord, are her workouts super difficult. They burn, you’ll cry. But I remember these exercises. And I KNOW they will work. I am going to embark on a journey of Ballet Beautiful and learning how to run (after all, it is my goal to run a 5K this year!)

 

Til next time, my loves! Thanks for stopping by, San Diego.

(Did you like that Anchorman reference?)

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! It snowed a foot here in Indy overnight, so my husband decided to work from home today. (By “decided,” I mean I told him he wasn’t allowed to leave the apartment). I’ve been doing some housework and having a fairly lazy Monday. Later, I’m going fit in some yoga. I really wanted to go to our apartment complex’s gym today…but…one foot of snow….and sub-zero temperatures…. I’m going to go with yoga today. I’ve got plenty of videos in my collection, but also Xfinity cable TV has tons of free exercise videos on demand! Way cool, right?

Yesterday, hubs and I had a very lazy day. We pretty much chilled out and hung out with each other all day. We watched our current favorite TV show, Bones, and watched the snow fall. Once we decided we had a decent amount, we headed outside!

IMAG0606       I am not kidding. Snowpocalypse. It was a blast. 🙂                                                                                At this point, we only had about 8 inches. Crrrazzyy.         IMAG0610

 

IMAG0611 As a girl from northern KY, I was amazed. I love snow! Can ya tell?

After some tackling and snow ball fighting outside, hubs and I built a snowman. Pretty sweet snowman, if you ask me.

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After we played around in the snow, my facial skin was TOAST. I slathered coconut oil all over my arms and legs to take care of dryness there, but I wanted something a little more substantial for my face. So, I made a moisturizing mask/face scrub.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. sugar

Microwave honey and coconut oil until melted, and mix well. IMAG0616

Add in baking soda and sugar. Mix to make a very thick paste. I’m saying this stuff should stick to your face. I had to add a little bit more sugar to make it thicker.

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Dampen face with warm water. Slather on mask/scrub. Sit tight for about 5 minutes.

Moving your fingertips in small circles, massage scrub into skin. Rinse with warm water, then splash face with cold water to close pores. There should be some excess oil still on your skin. Rub that in, and you’re good to go!

I’ve got a super light Veggie-Bean soup in the crockpot for dinner. Hopefully that’ll turn out and I will have the recipe up later!

 

Avocado Brownies

A couple of days ago, I came across a recipe for avocado brownies on one of my favorite blogs, Undressed Skeleton. The link is to the original recipe.

I decided to give them a try for myself. My parents came to visit us yesterday, so I thought it would be nice to have some brownies for them! I made a couple of changes because of my dietary preferences (one change because I didn’t have whole wheat flour on hand).

Because I am a new blogger, I failed to take any pictures. The one picture is the finished product (with a couple brownies missing). I plan on making these again, and when I do, I promise I will take more pics 🙂

Avocado Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour (I used regular all purpose because I didn’t have whole wheat on hand)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c. (+ more, if needed) hot water
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz plain vanilla yogurt
  • honey
  • 5 (ish) tbsp. sugar
  • Dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 in. square cake pan.

In a mixing bowl, beat the avo, eggs, and yogurt on high until well combined. It might be easier to beat the avo alone first, maybe in a food processor to smooth it out a bit more.

Add in vanilla and sugar. The original recipe uses Stevia, but I am so against the no calorie sweeteners it is insane. But, should you choose to use Stevia, Taralynn uses 5 packets.

In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder and water. The consistency should be somewhere between frosting and icing. Not too runny, not too thick. Add hot water by the tablespoon if needed. I ended up adding 2 tablespoons. Add this mixture to the avocado mixture. Mix well.

Add in flour. Mix until combined. I added about 3 tbsp of honey at this point. I like sweeter brownies, and I love honey. Like….love honey. I also added a palmful of dark chocolate chips because I could. 🙂

Pour evenly into cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The brownies should be firm. Let them set in the pan for another 10 minutes before you cut them. I think I got about 24 brownies. I wanted them on the smaller side so I wouldn’t go overboard.

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Nutrition: 70 calories, 4 carbs, 1 g fat, 1 g protein

 

Again, I am sorry I didn’t take more pictures! These are delicious warm with a dollop of fat free cool whip!

Later, I will post a cauliflower sauce recipe, and a couple of beauty recipes to combat dry skin/scalp!

 

Thanks and God bless,

Katie