Monthly Archives: October 2011

I am still here…

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

In the Cakes:

  • home-canned sockeye salmon
  • left over mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving
  • chives
  • onion, garlic powder, dill, salt and pepper
  • egg
Mix well, and form into patties and place on a griddle or un-greased skillet.  You could use oil, but then they aren’t as healthy for you, and this works without it! Flip when edges are getting a little white’ish… try not to flip early or they will fall apart! :)
Put with your favourite salad, or in my case my kids’ and hubby’s favourite salad, and enjoy!
Tomorrow is weigh-in, and after a weekend of Thanksgiving supper, and sitting at the arena, wish me luck!
What are your feeling about the magazines I mentioned in this post?


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Weekly Weigh-in #5

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
It was really good but WAY too big!
Well I hope this week was good for all of you out there in blog world.  I have been busy and have not had much time to blog this week.  I have been doing pretty good, working, and have had a few appointments in the past week, today I even did Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, week one workout!!  I will keep you informed how the mat stacks up to my cross trainers!

Till my next post I will leave you with a picture game, of Can you Spot the Kitties?

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An Unorganized Life…


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!

Well enough of that… Breakfast

  • 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
I am trying to retrain myself… to EAT CLEAN!  I always feel the best, and have the most energy when I do…
Any other motivational tips for me??  This afternoon my October Goals post will go up… maybe I need some last minute additions?
What are your favourite Oatmeal Add-ins?
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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

Rolling on a primer coat…


Troweling on a first coat of flexrock mixture…

Taping the design, then cutting the tape to look a little more natural…

Troweling on the coating… 3 colours…

Troweling done…

Two colour washes of Brown and black…

and then, a top coat, and I was DONE!

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!

Panago Pizza Dough Recipe

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.

Next in a large bowl, mix together sea salt + flour, finishing with a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture + olive oil.

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?

Shape the dough into a round ball + then place in a large oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth for roughly 45 minutes, or until dough doubles in size.

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).

Shape each section into a well-rounded disk. Then place the dough balls onto a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with a light coating of olive oil + allow to rise again for about 20 minutes.

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? 

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