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Sunday Summary: The Green Smoothies continue…

Hello peeps! Short and sweet this week.

So I finished the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse last wednesday and dropped 10 lbs. in 10 days. Pretty sweet. I am following it up with 1-2 smoothies a day and low carb meals, and I am allowing myself three cheats per week.

Yesterday I went to the movies to watch Tomorrowland (fantastic by the way) and had a small popcorn and a diet coke (cheat #1). Today I had breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint (Le Peep) and had pancakes (cheat #2). YUM! But my other meals have been green smoothies and salads.

Today’s Awesome Smoothie was very yummy and included

  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach
  • 2/3 cup purified water
  • 1 orange
  • 2/3 cup mango
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

I can’t recommend this book enough. I love that JJ Smith keeps it real and I’ve discovered a world of smoothie options that I didn’t know existed. I already made two converts. 😀 This is the perfect time of the year (in the northern hemisphere) to do this. If you’ve been looking for a plan to jumpstart your weightloss journey or get back on it, I sincerely recommend you give this a shot.

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Sunday Summary: The Bib Collection begins

Hello peeps! Happy Sunday… I hope you’ve had a good week. Here’s a quick overview of mine:

I spent MLK day at home feeling kind of BLAH! while Aunt Flo did her thing. My treat was a Mocha at Books a Million (BAM) that I enjoyed while I tried to decide what to recommend for Book Club… I chose The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion. I’m looking forward to it.

On Tuesday, I had a fun but brief discussion about 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This over 1000-page book is insane. Only two people in my club finished it and I was 3/4 done so I was able to contribute some but not a lot. It is a really bizarre book but I have enjoyed it… mostly. I hope to finish tonight. Here’s my favorite quote… so far:

“Most people in the world don’t really use their brains to think. And people who don’t think are the ones who don’t listen to others.”

On Wednesday I finally made it back to the gym. I have been working my biceps with 15 lbs. dumbbells and it finally felt manageable. But then on Thursday I was really sore and took another rest day.

Friday was really really busy which are my favorite and I finished the day at the gym with a fantastic Blacklight Zumba class. I also tried a new recipe. Check out these super yummy Pistachio Pesto Chicken TerderloinsErin uses nutritional yeast instead of parmesan but I decided to stick with parmesan. That’s the only thing I changed. Delish.

On Saturday I woke up early and did my first official 5K of the year. YAY! My #3 Resolution this year is to run 150 miles and start a bib collection. Here’s my first one:

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Today I took it easy. I made another oatmeal-banana bread… with strawberries this time, did an hour of zumba at the gym, had a yummy cup of lentil soup for lunch, and ended the week the same way I started it: with another Mocha at BAM. 😀

Weekly Words of Wisdom

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Be good and be kind… and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday Summary: I don’t need wheat to bake

Hello peeps!

I just registered for a new Dietbet which will run from January 21st to July 20th. I also have been eating ALL THE FOOD… and skipping breakfast. I’ve been really bad. To top it off, aunt Flo decided to pay me a visit so I am also in all kinds of moods (and as you can read, without shame).

On better news I clocked 8 1/2 hours of exercise this week including a 2-mile run, had two fabulous friend dates, one with an old classmate I hadn’t seen in a while and one with a group of new friends, and I found a fantastic banana bread recipe that I have now modified and made it even healthier. I may never use whole wheat flour… ever… again.

My Healthy Berry Banana Bread:

Preheat oven at 325 F and prepare baking pan with cooking oil spray (I used an 8×4)

1. Mix all dry ingredients: 1 1/4 cup of oatmeal flour (I just put oats in a grinder) + 2 tbs. baking powder.
2. Mash one large banana – better if it is very ripe.
3. Mix all wet ingredients: 1 egg + 1 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp vanilla extract + 1/4 cup almond milk.
4. Mix banana and wet ingredients well
5. Mix everything with a spatula and then add a handfull of raspsberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
6. Pour into baking pan and cover with nuts (I used walnuts).

Bake for 35 min.or until toothpick comes out clean. Let sit for 10 min before serving.

As you can imagine it is not a very sweet bread but it is super healthy and great for breakfast. The lesson I learned is that you can make a perfectly moist and yummy banana bread with no wheat… for the win!

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get out there and try something new
and as always, thanks for stopping by 😀

Sunday Summary: Hello Winter

Hello peeps! It’s been another one of those weeks… just a regular week: on the downside, I lost this month’s round on Dietbet and aunt Flo came to visit wreaking havoc on my eating habits but, on the upside, aunt Flo did little damage to my exercise schedule and I was able to clock over eight hours of exercise this week. Also, I took an afternoon off to go to the movies and watch Interstellar… pretty sweet movie.

With the end of the fall, it is time to check on my fall bucket list. Here’s what I was able to accomplish:

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 5.12.22 PM#2 Have a fancy coffee drink – since the Gingerbread Latte resurfaced I have had plenty. This is my favorite coffee drink. And I have had quite a few already.

 

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 5.23.54 PM#3 Try a new pumpkin and/or apple recipe – Pumpkin is not really my thing and I am not very used to cooking with fruit so this was a challenge. I used this recipe for inspiration substituted the herbs for fresh parsley and used sliced instead of chopped apples. Came out nicely.

 

thegirlwithallthegifts#6 Read a scary/mystery book – I went with The girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey. This is a science fiction book about a dystopian future. The story takes place some 20-30 years after a pathogen turns people into at least two types of zombies and the surviving humans have also turned into two types: those who live in anarchy and others, the remaining scientists and military still looking for cure. (Read my and other’s review here)

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 6.22.29 PM#8 Run a 5K – I had a great time running a 5K in the evening throughout a beautiful neighborhood decorated with lots of lights. Also, I have made my first running buddy and that was also pretty awesome.

 

Screen shot 2014-12-20 at 6.27.20 PM#9 Take a nature walk – I have had so much fun this season at my local riverwalk park. Seeing the leaves turn week by week has been a Sunday delight.

 

 

IN PROGRESS: #5 Knit something cozy – this got started and I hope to finish soon. I’m knitting a grey buttoned wrap scarf that I am looking forward to wearing this season. (pattern here)

So I didn’t really complete it but I did have some pretty good times this Fall. I hope Winter is not too harsh and goes by fast. I have big plans for the Spring.

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TBT to November

workshop-button-1Hello peeps! It’s time for my weekly post in response to Kat at Mama’s Losin’ It Weekly Writing Prompts. This week I chose #5 Share something you learned, bought, read, and cooked in November. 

LEARNED IN NOVEMBER

I came across this video last month which taught me a lot of things about thanksgiving food that I didn’t know about. The most surprising thing I learned was #15 popcorn kernels never expire. WHAT! Check the video and prepare to be amazed. 😀

BOUGHT IN NOVEMBER

Screen shot 2014-12-04 at 3.18.29 PMI have realized that I am not a big buyer of things. Since starting this weight loss journey I rarely buy any clothes, I get my books from the library, and I spend my little disposable income on movie tickets and starbucks coffee. #truestory So I had to think about this. I am a JULEP Maven (their word for client I guess) and receive a monthly box with beautiful nail polish and other beauty products. In november I received Shari and Logan nail polish and a great black and brown eye glider with sharpener. I also added a gift box including three hand creams to be part of my White Elephant gift.

READ IN NOVEMBER

I read three books in November. I had wanted to read The Diary of Anne Frank for a long time and I know I will find myself reading it again someday. My book club assigned Beautiful Ruins for November and I read ahead and also read our December book The Glass Castle. So far I have loved all the books I have read (click on each image to read my review).

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COOKED IN NOVEMBER

WOW! I do a lot of cooking but I don’t change it up too much day to day. Lately as the weather cools I’ve been making chicken soup a lot. I found this recipe that tastes just like my grandma’s and it’s been a real hit at home. The trick is to first sort of sauté the chicken with herbs and spices (I use ground cumin and fresh parsley) and onion and garlic. That makes the base (no need for broth). Then add water and wait for it to boil. Then add all the starchy veggies. We do corn, yucca, potato, carrots, squash, green plantains or bananas, etc. We add lemon juice to each of our plates. Mmmmmm… the best!

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Well… I have to admit that November was a really good month. 😀
Anything you learned, bought, read, or cooked last month you wish to share?
Leave it in the comments section.

A few of my favorite things

workshop-button-1It’s that time of the week again 😀 and Kat from Mama’sLosin’It provided some really great prompts this week (as always). I’m doing #5 Share a list of some of your most recent favorite things.

As it starts to get cold in my neck of the woods I start to pick up some old habits that I forgot how much I enjoyed.

FALL FAVORITES
  1. Starbucks’ red cup: I love this time of year and sipping on hot yummy drinks. My favorite of the season is their Gingerbread Latte. I usually have a tall one with non-fat milk and no whipping cream. For 150 calories is a treat I can feel no guilt about.
  2. Colorful Nature Walks: This time of the year is simply beautiful. I love my weekly walks by the river. The colors, the air, everything is beautiful. Check out this picture from last week, and another one from the week before. Aren’t the colors great?
  3. Banana Bread: I’m not big on sweets (I know, I am weird like that) but during this time it just feels right to bake. I love the smell of something somewhat sweet baking in the evening and to have a treat with a cup of tea. This is my go-to recipe which I have tweaked (well… my mom did) so it’s even lower in calories and fat. I use almond milk instead of yogurt, brown sugar or sweetener instead of honey, and I sometimes add nuts and/or raisins. The last one has carrot. Not bad. 🙂
  4. Fuzzy Socks: Along with thermal jammies, my fuzzy socks are my favorite item during the cold months. Remember I am from Venezuela and I am used to tropical weather. Anything under 70 F starts to feel chilly. I love fuzzy socks because they are not only super warm but soft too. It’s like walking on pillows. These are my favorite.
  5. TV Shows Concluding: It’s always bittersweet to see your favorite shows go but everything must end, right? This week I started watching the final seasons of White Collar and The Newsroom and so far so good. I am looking forward to see how the writers and producers end these stories.

Thanks for letting me share

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Care to share some of yours?

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PS. No, I didn’t forget my homework… I just haven’t done it yet 😀 Today’s The Daily Post Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog! This is a great exercise which I will complete… perhaps… tomorrow or over the weekend.