Monday, January 17, 2011

A few super simple healthy recipes

Okay, actually 4 super healthy (and simple!) recipes I made tonight

Because I have a touch of insomnia... 

Muffaletta Hummus 

1/2 c. olive salad
1 c. chickpeas w/ juice (1/2 can)
2 T. tahini
1/2 c. artichoke hearts, quartered
3-4 cloves roasted garlic

Puree.  Serve.  Yum.

Pesto Hummus

1/2 c. prepared hummus
1/4 c. pesto
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1 c. chickpeas w/ juice (1/2 can)
2-3 cloves roasted garlic

Puree. Serve. Yum.

Passionfruit Green Tea

1 1/2 quarts hot water
4 Passionfruit Green Tea bags (Hong Kong market!)
1/2-3/4 c. honey
1/2 c. lemon (or lime juice)

Hot Granola Cereal

1 c. Kashi granola
2 T. dried fruit and/or 1/2 c. fresh pear or apple
1/4 c. nuts (almonds, cashews or pecans)
1/2 c. orange juice
2 T. honey
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. coconut milk, almond milk, or rice milk
1/8 t. nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, or allspice (to taste)

Heat all liquid ingredients on medium heat in a small sauce pan.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium low for 5-7 minutes.  Serve alone or with greek yogurt

Sunday, January 16, 2011

At Goal...

I've been using my blog at since having weight loss surgery on this day two years ago. I'm working to combine all of these places I've collected my experience at I'm totally overhauling the site. I want people to be able to find me and my progress here on Sparkpeople as well as my "Branded" weight loss successes. 

It has been a difficult road a times. I've learned so much and I feel that I have to share the preciseness I've learned when it comes to losing the weight. It's about always making the best choices. That became harder when I had surgery, but I learned my lessons quickly. I had to find the best nutrient rich alternatives to my favorite things or give them up. While I can't give them up entirely, always, I have learned when to treat myself or when I "binge bake" how to give away what I've made if it isn't something I can or should eat! 

This is a huge challenge, because my hobby is cooking. However, the lesson has become how to find a way to make it healthy, edible, and able to energize my life. You have to find a way to still be passionate about food without using the bad stuff! I'll share recipes as well, but this is the turning of a new leaf for Hopefully, you'll follow me on the journey of fitness.

Sticking to it...

I thought giving up sugar would be a piece of cake...  I talked about it before Christmas.  What a novel idea... but now, it's time for action.  I binge bake.  Yes, you all know this.  I write about it all the time.  Well, it's got to stop.  Some of my current eating problems have to do with me eating the wrong damn thing half the time.  

Truth be told, my stomach is usually a wreck in the morning.  Most morning, if I take in any nutrients its in the form of a smoothie, yogurt or protein shake.  I'm trying to find other things that work well for me in the morning.  Eggs are out.  I tried to eat soft egg whites and cinnamon with a little agave nectar and that was a bust.  

Tonight though, I had the Most Amazing Beef and Vegetable soup for dinner. As I was doing laundry and prepping for what's going to be a very busy week of travel and meetings all over, I had a thought.  I haven't really tried hot cereals.  Angela gave me two bags of Kashi cereal and I haven't touched it.  So, I decided to try a little experiment.  1/4 cup of nuts (I chose almonds), 1 cup of Kashi granola cereal, 2 T dried fruit (I had cranberries, but apricots or even a fresh apple cored and diced would work) 1/2 c. water, 1/4 c. juice (orange but apple would do fine), 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut milk, 2 T. Agave nectar.  In a small pot, bring last four ingredients to a boil.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 5-7 minutes.  It was really yummy and I had about 1/2 c. of it and packed the rest up for breakfast tomorrow.  

The revelation though.... within 10 minutes, I felt a HUGE burst of energy.  Suddenly, folding all those socks wasn't such a PITA.  Suddenly, I was planning the rest of my evening, I was focused on my objectives, and had swept, emptied the garbage, watched the last three episodes of Parenthood, and now, I'm ready for sleep.  

So, this eliminating sugar thing isn't going to be so bad.  I'm working on not using Splenda too.  I've used Stevia successfully before, and I'd like to try Truvia.  So, I guess this title shouldn't be sticking to it, but getting back on it.  Whatever "it" is, your resolution, your project, your issue you need to solve.  Find a new solution.  A better alternative.  A good starting point... and move toward the goal.  

I think I may allow chocolate on Sundays.  I've got all these hazelnuts somebody gave me with a whole lotta chocolate to make some Nutella.  Sundays can be sugar days, right?  Not this Sunday though.  Maybe next.  Homemade Nutella... how can one make that Sugar Free?!  I will find a way.  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Official Day 1 of the Nanfit Challenge

Clad in my Spanx On Top and Uptown Black and Gold tights, the challenge begins!  I've decided this year is going to be the year of Nanette.  Yes, the YEAR OF NANETTE.  

Here's the bullets

  • Quit the sugar!  Honey for sweetener only, Splenda occasionally (because I don't trust that stuff either!)
  •  Yoga, Pilates and Strength training - I want to get certified to teach at least one of the first two this year and work on ACE certification.  
  • Measurements, food and body, once a month.  1st day of the month. With and without Spanx.  I wear a size C or M/L in Spanx, I'd like to get into a S by the end of the year (and 6/8/10 range rather than the 10/12/14 range)
  • Redesign Nanfit, Brand it.  Pay for the LLC and be self employed
  • Work out at least 1 hour, each day, 60 "minutes of loving movement," as the FlyLady would say, though she only ever commits to 15
  • Really train for the Crescent City Classic, like, really, at the gym and everything. 
  • Find my iPod... it's been lost for three weeks now
  • Get to it! 
I'm off to a good start this year, though slow. I did, after 4 years of procrastinating, send my LPC paperwork. This has mostly been due lack of $$$ when it comes to my recent procrastination. I've applied for several counseling jobs, one is a Counselor Intern position for a substance abuse program.  I've given up drinking, unless on the weekends and I even keep it light then, and I've pretty much stopped smoking entirely because it aggravates my acid reflux at night.  I'm trying to eat more healthy.  I'm not making sweets nearly as much as I used to.  I am getting up at a reasonable hour, giving a good lick at finding jobs every day, following up and returning calls, and trying to pull myself out of this rut. 

I did my first workout of the year on Sunday.  Yeah, it took me that long to get it together.  I did go to the gym on January 1st, but it was just a cardio workout.  Today is yoga and pilates and probably more strength training. I can really feel my workout from Sunday.  I got in deep with the strength training and my thighs and shoulders are feeling it, but it's a good feeling because I know I didn't overdo it.  

Now to today's workout.  I'm going to check out the WiiFit Plus Yoga moves and do one of the Pilates DVD's on Netflix.  I'll report back which ones later.  I'll be babysitting Charlie this afternoon and I should have some time while he naps.  

What are you doing in 2011 to get fit?  I'm really curious to see if the Spanx during my workouts helps to straighten and suck me in!  

Update:  Yoga balance has improved dramatically!  98% of most moves!  Need to check out more Wii Fit Balance board yoga games.  I totally wish I had a Kinect!