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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What am I... a Pretzel?

Well today marks a new episode in the hilarious adventures of weight loss, my first trip into the world of Yoga "like" activity.  I told my mom I would go with her to an "EASY" (ha) stretch and relax class this morning, why not I mean I did double water classes yesterday I could do something easy-ish this morning.  Well I was ready, I had put on my comfy workout clothes, grabbed my water bottle, laced up the sneakers, and headed out.  Now,  I was not really sure what to expect but I wasn't afraid for I had conquered (well I mean I had went to) the Body Sculpt class, the Gym, The Zumba Class, the Aqua Zumba Class, Deep Water Fitness, Ballroom Dancing, and one Body Combat class, THIS WOULD BE A BREEZE !   The first clue that this would be different should had been what was on people's feet...WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES PEOPLE???  (oh Dear) Lets just say NO ONE was wearing tennis shoes or ...ahem socks.  Wow that would mean we could be barefoot....woo hoo , sign me up!!!  Next you grab a mat (hey no problem, I'm familiar with those) and a ....BELT??? Are we strapping ourselves down?  We also grab Two purple foam blocks that look like bricks...OH MY word its like Pre- K gone wild, hahaha.  Now the lights are dimmed and soft music is playing, Nap time? I am getting sleepy!   The workout starts off with head rolls and arm stretches, oh yes I can do this...little did I know what lurked ahead.  I was keeping up until I heard the teacher say "Now thread the needle".  What needle??? Then it all becomes so clear, impossibly clear.  Take your right foot and put it up under your left arm while extending your left leg back, Am I supposed to move like that??? I don't MOVE LIKE THAT! Thankfully there were some first timer modifications...hehehe (now that I could handle).  Twisting, rotating, balancing and more of the like were causing me to "relax" so much the sweat was pouring down my face, hahahaha.  I did really enjoy the balancing and could do that quite well, yay.  OH right the belt and the blocks, the belt was another little beginner assistance tool,  for holding your positions...the blocks were for propping under those place where it was impossible to reach to correct positions (but hey I only had to use them once, score).  Of course the blocks were fun to stack as well...giant building block towers (no I didn't, I resisted the urge...lol).  I will admit the class was not too bad, though they do have some crazy names for the stretch positions you hold: cat, downward dog, tabletop, tree, cow, thread the needle, to name a few. (Someone created these while on the family farm I am sure).  Last but not least we got to the "relax" part.... relax every muscle in your body and head to your "happy" place. Well you all know where I went right??  THE BEACH, of course.  Well so much for my easy class hahaha, but  I will probably do this one again with a few personalizations,  such as my own mat (I can scent it with a smell other than sweat..ewwwy), definitely flip flops, and stretch band instead of belt. ( I will say I have developed a deeper admiration for a sweet friend of mine who does her Yoga (and hers being the "real" deal ) workouts while OVERCOMING cancer...She is amazing.)

Home I went to work on some more school planning for the year. This year I fully intend to (okay maybe partially) shed the nickname of Homeschool Nazi Mom, given to me by my best friend...I even ventured out an bought a FUN plan book (see the photo, its Dr. Suess).  I also have another driving teenager, my older son finished his "In Car" portion of drivers Ed with flying colors...YAY?  hahaha. I foresee a trip to the DMV very soon.

Oh I almost forgot: Remember my extract post, where I was making different food extracts?  The results are in. The  Vanilla extract turned out really well, So did the citrus ones (lemon and orange)...the coconut one...BLEH, FAIL .  The almond needs a bit of tweaking, but I predict that one will be a good one as well.    Today of course I obtained another large bottle of Vodka, for projects of course :).  More experimenting to do!!!

Happy Pre-Wednesday

EmBee

 

 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

IT FITS! Missing an X!

 

[caption id="attachment_185" align="alignleft" width="225"] Down to 228![/caption]

This is what I was running around yelling this morning as I was trying on clothes in my closets.  I am referring to the black skirt in my photo, a favorite of mine circa 2003 LOL  and one that I love and haven't been able to wear since before the birth of my almost 8 year old (and I refuse to let go of) .  The top why YES its new and its an XL, I am now missing and X or two...hahahaha.   I know I haven't updated in about a month because I hit a tiny bit of a stall and well life in the summer can get kind of busy. (OH yes I am typing in purple...My favorite color).  I have achieved a new low... a new decade and I am now closer to the the 200 side of the scale than the 300 side.  My new weight....228 (yep I am probably the only larger woman on the planet not afraid to announce her weight publicly LOL).    I had to tweak my plan just a bit because on hHCG you really shouldn't exercise heavily, but I am so addicted to it now.  I keep telling my Aqua Zumba teacher not to tell on me, she has to "officially" tell me to follow the plans orders.  Tina (the instructor) is awesome is so much fun, I just can miss it!     I did mix it up a bit,  just to see how well my muscle tone was so  I hit the weights this week.  I was AMAZED..NO LOSS in muscle tone...yes yes yes yes yes yesssssss!  I did add some healthy fats..chocolate delight candy (made with coconut oil and they are sugar free made with stevia) and my newest favorite...Peanut butter chocolate mousse...ummmmmmmmmmmmm.

Here is the recipe :)...Two cans of full fat coconut milk (put the fridge for several hours)..., 2 Tbsp Peanut butter, Teaspoon of vanilla, Tablespoon of Cocoa powder (more if you like a rich chocolate) and sweetner of choice : Stevia or Xylitol are my go to's ...its about 1/3 cup of xylitol. (I bet you could add a powdered coffee for a mocha flavored).  Anyway you open the can of coconut milk, scrape of the thick coconut richness off the top..leaving the water substance behind.  Whip the coconut milk, like a whipping cream with beater, mix the rest of ingredients and put in the fridge.. BE CAREFUL, this is easy to overeat :).

My other fun go to recipe the last couple weeks is the super easy Parmesan squash (zucchini) that I got from a friend off FB (Jean  you are going to be a celebrity) hehehe...on a cookie sheet lightly oiled (olive oil or coconut oil)  Place on layer of med sliced zucchini..

(thinner if you like crispy)..top with a nice layer of Parmesan cheese ..Bake at 500 for 15-20 minutes..ooooh yummmmmmmmm.  Now you can do several layers of this as well. Makes a wonderful side dish. I got addicted to this one when I had a super abundance of squash coming from the garden.  They were ginormous!!!!!  The photo here is the last of my squash from this season and a couple

peppers.  We had corn too, but my tomatoes hmmmm well lets just say the deer and I are NOT good friends.  Aren't the curly Q's cute..lol



Well I am off to enjoy my family for the day, with renewed energy  :)

Have a great day

EmBee