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A Summer Hello

It has been a while since I have posted. What can I say: when the sun is shining you can’t lure me to a computer screen. With a winter like we had I’ve been taking advantage of every sunny moment and I bribing me with baked goods wouldn’t even work. Ice cream outside…

Icecream

…while that is another story. I recently posted the above photo to my NEW instagram account. I jumped on the bandwagon a little late. If you have an account (which I am sure you do), then follow me (fine. only if you want to).

I did want to check in and I figured Wednesday was the perfect day to quickly post a few recent edibles.

Top left: breakfast bowl of cold cereal, frozen fruit, protein powder, and yogurt

Top right: lunch time picnic in the park of tuna pita and spinach salad

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Bottom left: afternoon snack at work of apple, crunchy corn cakes, bread, and yogurt

 Bottom right: evening snack of apple, strawberries, and a baking experiment.

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about dinner. That is the star of the show:


Pizza bites made on a homemade basic protein bread. I’ll be posting the recipe later this week.

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What trend were you late on the bandwagon for?  What are some of your recent favorite edibles? Do you like eating outside?

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Just Me-int

We all have our own preferences right? Our own opinions, enjoyments, and pet peeves?

Take for instance one of my food preferences: I don’t like the chocolate chips in mint ice cream. I just don’t, never have and I never will. Yet I worried that if I posted my recipe for Just Me-int ice cream I would be misunderstood for trying to make the recipe healthier. But that’s not the case it’s catered to Just Me!

Just Me-int

Based of Katie’s Icecream recipe}

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • stevia packet
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
Step 1: Mix all ingredients, pour into ice cube tray, and freeze.

Step 2: Pop out and blend in food processor, blender etc (I used magic bullet)
Step 3: Enjoy

It pains me to see others trying to mimic and imitate someone else. However isn’t that how we learn what we truly do love and hate? We see someone else doing it so we give it a try too then we can determine our own opinion. But how will our kids ever learn to form their own opinions if they look up to someone who can’t stand up for what they like? That is why I decided to come up with a few ME things. Which are all things that I can honestly say are my own opinion and not based off anyone elses

  • I don’t like raspberries…the seeds get stuck in my teeth
  • I like love math and school. I just hate the pressure of excelling
  • I would rather spend money on notebooks, pens/pencils, and books over food. (GASP)
  • I prefer running over lifting
  • I am a cat person not a dog person. Sure, I have a dog now, but only because my Dad and sister are allergic to cats. Growing up I asked my parents for a cat pretty much everyday for 5 years straight.

I still love Holly though!

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Your turn, I would love to hear some things that make you YOU! Things that you honestly enjoy from the bottom of your heart! If you made a Just-Me icecream what would the flavor be?

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So Close Yet Still so Far

Have you ever gotten that feeling during a workout when you are trying to target a specific muscle? You know where the muscle is located on your body, but no matter what strange position you contort yourself into you just can’t seem to reach it. So close yet still so far.
If you can’t relate to this perhaps you can relate to this true analogy: I almost made my own delicious ice cream. Instead it turned out to be a total flop.
The ingredients were blended silken tofu, cocoa powder, greek yogurt, almond breeze, and Xanthan Gum. I licked the blender (with the help of a finger) and it tasted great, so into the icecream maker it went.
Unfortunately as the mixture was starting to freeze I decided to add shredded rhubarb. Don’t ask me what possessed me add as much as I did though. Why didn’t I just leave it as it was before? Who knows, perhaps I wanted a bit more pizzaz. I  was so close yet still so far to having a recipe success.
Now back to the ‘hard-to-reach-muscle” with the similar “so-close-yet-still-so-far” situation. My solution to this is somewhat expensive but very effective: Reformer Pilates. There is a pilates studio close by which offers group reformer classes. If you haven’t heard of a reformer before, then let me inform you about what it is:
That is a reformer platform which you spend the class on. When I first realized the majority of the class you spent lying on the platform I was quite taken back. My opinion quickly changed by the end of the class when I could feel the burn in muscles that I have never felt burn. You may be wondering why reformer pilates is able to target so many hidden muscles. Here is what I dug up at this source:
“One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.”
Some other benefits that I discovered from the same source:
  • The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.
  • The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance.
I always find these classes very enjoyable and time seems to fly by. The only problem is trying to get into a class before its full. The class that works with my schedule and level always seems to have a high attendance, but it must be my lucky day because I just got into the class off a waiting list! You know where I will be this evening!
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Have you ever had a ‘so-close-yet-still-so-far” cooking experience? Have you ever tried reformer pilates or other pilates classes?
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