Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weekly Weigh In: Part One

Happy Tuesday! Today's post is part one of two. Robyn will be updating you tomorrow. Ok, let's weigh in/check in.

I take a lot of pictures. I tend to take and take until I’ve filled my phone to capacity and then dump them to a hard drive. Recently, I started trying to organize them and weed out what I don’t want. I admit I really don’t need 5 shots of Lola playing with her stuffed hamburger. In looking through the pictures, a few things jumped out at me. First, I’ve come a long way health wise. I had a LOT of hospital pics in 2011 and 2012 that reminded me of how blessed I am to be out here with the option of getting in shape. Second, I hold on to clothes for YEARS! Finally, my weight has been all over the place.

This speaks to my willingness to start the journey to fitness but never quite finish it (though arguably, it’s that journey is never quite finished).  I slim down then I get lazy and gain everything back. It feels different this time but I’m sure I’ve said that before. So, I’m getting proactive.  This weekend, I am taking those pictures and heading to my local Costco to actually pay for prints. I am going to hang them somewhere that I'll see them everyday for a little picspiration. The message: KEEP GOING!! You are strong and will get there!” Hopefully next week, my losing trend will be back on track. 

What tips and tricks do you use to stay on track? Do you use old photos of yourself as inspiration or do you look at celebs?

This week, I’m switching up the exercise corner a bit to focus on stretching. If you’ve ever decided to skip stretching after a killer workout, you’ve probably regretted it.  Stretching is key for flexibility and can also help improve circulation, range of motion and reduce stress.  That’s one of the reasons I started my yoga practice. Now, I will confess that I chose to highlight stretching today because I lazy stretched after a workout yesterday and I am limping today. Yay, me.  Here are two stretching routines:



Today’s recipe is semi-homemade and takes some (a little) of the guilt out of indulging. It all started with Ash having a brownie craving last week. I had brownie mix on hand so I agreed to whip up a batch. While I was whipping up the batter, he asked if I could add a protein boost. I put in a ½ scoop of double chocolate protein powder then added in some flax (2 tsp) and chia seeds (1 Tbsp) for the heck of it. Then, I adjusted the liquid so the batter wouldn’t be too dry (added about a ¼ cup of room temperature water).

R to L: Peanut Butter Fudge, Banana Peanut Butter Fudge w/ Chocolate Crumble
I used my donut maker to bake the brownies (Brownuts!). Finally, I melted a little peanut butter to use as a glaze for the donuts (we’re huge fans of chocolate and peanut butter). After I’d glazed half the brownuts, Ash had another good suggestion. “Why don’t we mix a little banana into the peanut butter?” He whipped up his concoction in the food processor and helped me glaze the rest of the brownuts. The end result was a batch of yummy, mini brownies that satisfied the sweet tooth but still packed a protein and fiber punch.  

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