Monthly Archives: October 2011
My life has been a little hectic trying to juggle everything. When I made this commitment to try and find a healthier and happier me, I said if things get difficult I would drop stuff. I am not dropping the blog! I just may not be as consistent till I get some reno stuff done, including purging! Yesterday I cleaned out some cupboards and got 3 boxes of kitchen stuff that I can donate to a local church rummage sale. Funny, now I have room in my cupboards 😉
The day before I tackled my HUGE stash of fitness magazines. All I can say is I should be smokin’ hot bouncing quarters off my A$$ from the amount I had sitting here. In the past I have subscribed to Shape, Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and now Oxygen.
I used to get the first two I swear for the I Did It! and Success Stories… and they were the reason I was keeping the magazines as well. So I did what any great home declutter’er would do, and I clipped those pages and got rid of the rest! now I have less than an inch of reading material that I will put in a binder when I get time, but for now they can cuddle my past issues of Oxygen that I am not ready to get rid of.
I have to say it was very depressing, to look at the old magazines. The models in Shape and Fitness are tiny… and un-muscular for the most part. Sticks compared to the nice tone, and shape of the Oxygen girls! The fashion pages were not why I bought the magazines, and thankfully! I saw many barely bones models on these pages, and it makes me think, what are we telling people what is FIT and normal when looking at them??
So I will stick with my Tosca Renos’ and Jamie Easons’, who’s daily diet and fitness is evident just by looking at them. There is no skinny fat on those pages, and I have to say, Thank you Robert Kennedy for that!
…Supper last night was Salmon Cakes and a Caesar Salad
- home-canned sockeye salmon
- left over mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving
- onion, garlic powder, dill, salt and pepper
Well it is another late weigh-in! I wonder if I should just do weigh-ins on Fridays?!? For now I am keeping it Thursdays, but I am flexible! 😉
Recap: last week I was up… as well as the previous week
Last week- 191.5lbs
Today- 190.5lbs – Down a pound! Whoot Woot! Thank God I am finally going down instead of up!
Yesterday I missed my weigh-in due to the fact I was off to Edmonton to pick up the tile order, and some used goalie gear I found on kijiji. I also bought some other stuff yesterday! Some new blog dishes, and a new placemat for a backdrop.
…a new Lululemon yoga mat that is supposed to be more indestructible. I hope so at $98 the Manduka Pro mat is supposed to be indestructible and comes with a lifetime warranty. I have been shredding my old mats when doing my Jillian Michaels videos as they do NOT like runners! I have went through 2 mats trying to find something that works… so as much as the price was hard to swallow, 2 mats at $40’ish each is adding up!
Breakfast this morning was to try a flavour I see on the Starbucks menu.. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
I decided to make a Salted Caramel Chocolate Green Smoothie
In the vitamix:
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 shot of sugar-free caramel syrup (Davinci)
- 1 scoop Promasil milk chocolate protein powder
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- pinch each of xanthan and guar gum
- 1-2 cups ice
- sprinkling of sea salt
Till my next post I will leave you with a picture game, of Can you Spot the Kitties?
Ahh… I had an epiphany last night. I am a casual exerciser… kind of like a casual christian… maybe not the best reference, but you know those who go to church at holidays, and you never see them the rest of the year?? Well, I spent most of the summer doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! …and guess what?! Last night at hockey practice schooled me good! My shins were burning, my back was aching… I was in BAD shape.
Why is that?? Well this September I did nothing… I sat on my A$$ nursing that crappy chest cold (Thanks again Dad!) Summer exercise was sporadic… my basement was embarrassingly unorganized and that is where my treadmill, reformer, weights and recumbent bike are…
I had another epiphany… when my life is unorganized I don’t feel like doing anything… nothing for ME! That is part of why I started this blog. To organize my thoughts, and processes of finding and picking the best life for me.
I am really hoping as my house gets more organized so will my life… If it doesn’t naturally, I will just have to make it!
- half a Granny Smith apple diced
- 1/3 cup cooked steel cut oats with chia seeds
- 1/4 pumpkin puree
- sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice
- few drops of vanilla stevia
Whoo Hoo!! It has been a long week of trying to get these steps from this horror! (this is after I pressure washed it many hours… It didn’t look like that always! It looked like a run down of the current new version…)
It had many steps to get to that point though…
From 3 days of pressure washing….and then etching it with acid
Taping the design, then cutting the tape to look a little more natural…
Troweling on the coating… 3 colours…
Two colour washes of Brown and black…
Well… now I just need to touch up the paint on the door that the acid removed, and a few spots on the siding…
and find a railing I like, and get it installed! No pressure!
Another part of today involved steps as well… steps in making a new pizza crust recipe! My family’s favourite pizza crust is from Panago, and knowing I was going to make pizza yesterday for my sons sleepovers I decided to look for a recipe that would be like this dough. Not only did I find a recipe, but I found a recipe from Panago itself! Being that I live an hour from the closest Panago I am hopeful that this recipe will be the as good as the original!
Recipe yields 2- 12″ pizza crusts
- 1 tbsp. dry yeast or small packet
- 1-1/4 cup warm water
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of warm water (don’t make it too hot or you’ll kill the yeast), honey + yeast until dissolved. Leave for 5-10 minutes until the yeast activates + the mixture develops a layer of froth on the surface.
After the olive oil is roughly mixed in then use your hands until the dough comes together. (This step can also be done in a mixer but it’s not nearly as much fun.)
Tip the loose dough onto a lightly floured surface, and then wash + dry your hands. Knead dough until smooth, shiny + elastic (it’ll take approximately 10 minutes).
If the dough is too sticky or soft, just add a little flour. If the dough seems too dry + crumbly, then just add a little more water. I had to add quite a bit of water, as I found the dough too dry… maybe due to altitude?
Punch down the dough to remove the air + then place it on a lightly floured work surface.
Now you can divide the dough into 2 pieces (remember, you’re making two 12″ pizzas).
Then top with your favourite toppings…
I didn’t photograph the actual topped pizzas as I had 4 boys here hungry, helping, and decorating their own… it was a gong show, but they all LOVED the crust! My family said it was better than my usual crust…even when I don’t health it up 😛 It’s a keeper! Now I just need to find a way to health it up without wrecking it!!
What is your Favourite Pizza Place? Is it a chain? or local?