Calgon, take me away!

29 Jul

 

I’m thinking that maybe if I stare at this picture long enough I will somehow be transported there. Where the shrill sounds of little girls fighting nap time are replaced by the sounds of waves crashing on the shore. Where I can pull coconuts off of trees instead of toddlers off of kitchen tables over and over again all day long. My toes will curl into white sand instead of curling up in pain after being stubbed on some brightly colored toy that’s laying in the middle of the hallway even though it shouldn’t be. It has truly been one of those days. How many hours until backup arrives?

 

 

Okay, so my day hasn’t been horrible. Just a bit trying. 😀 There’s been a couple of definite high points, though. I started my morning with a Purple Monster, obviously a hybrid of Angela’s Green Monsters. It had almond milk, blueberries,blackberries, mango, banana, and ice. It was delish! 😀 The best part of my day so far has been Zumba which I did comfortably in my living room with my munchkins. This is our favorite video:

You should definitely go check out the rest of her videos because they are insanely fun. I’m so glad that I found this blog and discovered Zumba. It’s a blast! 🙂

 

Well, I hate to run but there are Grey’s Anatomy episodes to watch..and I am not one to miss Grey’s, re-run or not. I’ll be back later to blog on whether or not I survived this uhh..trying day. 8)

 

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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

28 Jul

You will need:

  • Whole wheat pasta, about 2 cups (I used penne and rotini because I had a bit of each)
  •  Sun dried tomatoes, about 5  (I don’t use the ones packed in oil, but I don’t see why you couldn’t.)
  •  Bunch of fresh basil
  •  Tbsp. of pine nuts
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • Milk/Rice milk/Cream..whatever works for you!
  •  Chopped green onions, if desired
  • Mushrooms, about 3

Recipe can easily feed at least 2 people!

Directions:

Put water for pasta on to boil and salt water according to your tastes. Add pasta when water comes to a boil.

 In a food processor combine basil, sun dried tomatoes, fresh garlic, and pine nuts. Process while slowly adding in olive oil. You don’t want this to be too loose, so stop processing when the mixture becomes a bit of a paste.

Slice your mushrooms thinly and heat olive oil in a pan on medium. Brown your mushrooms to your desired doneness, and then add the mixture from your food processor. Turn down your heat and sautee gently for about a minute. Add in the milk product of your choice slowly, stirring each time you add. You’ll notice that there is no set amount of milk. That’s because you  need to add as much or as little as you want to make the sauce the way you desire it. Some people like thin sauce, some people like thick. So whatever you like goes!

Simmer the sauce to your desired thickness and add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Drain your pasta and add to the sauce, tossing. Place your pasta in a bowl and sprinkle with chopped green onions. Devour. 🙂

28 Jul

 

 

This morning I finally got around to trying The Fitnessista’s Egg Puff.  It was insanely easy and insanely delicious. I topped mine with Yah’s Best Salsa, mainly because it is amazing and addictive and I’m constantly trying to find new ways to eat that do not involve me standing in front of the fridge chugging 😉

Happy Wednesday! Go find some fresh salsa and put it on something, stat. 😀

Goals.

27 Jul

I enjoy setting goals. It’s fun. The problem is, sometimes I don’t set goals that I’m going to particularly enjoy. For instance, I keep trying to complete the 30 day shred. Now, I want to complete the Shred and I love the idea of it..but I don’t love doing the Shred. I mean, it’s called SHRED. You don’t hear many positive sentences that include the word shred. “My tire blew up on the highway and it’s completely shredded”. “The doctor says you shredded your ligaments and they’ll never fully recover”. ‘Shred’ is not a good word, people!

That’s not to say that it’s not a good program. I’ve seen tons of reviews that point to the contrary. But for me? There is so much more exercise out there that I do enjoy, so why waste my time trying to force myself to Shred?

So that got me to thinking: What are some goals that I can set that I would enjoy?

 

Belly dancing! I ‘ve done plenty of belly dancing videos on YouTube, but I would really like to try actual classes. Who knows, I may not enjoy it in a class setting like I do at home..but I would like to try. Oh, and I want some of those jingly hip things too! 😀

 

Running. The last time I really ran on a regular basis was a long, long time ago. I would like to eventually be able to run an actual 5k (and maybe even longer in the future!) so I am thinking of starting the Couch to 5k plan. Have any of you tried it? How did it work out for you?

Insane yoga poses! This is the Scorpion pose. I love yoga. LOVE it.  But I have yet to try poses like this. You know, the ones that make you wonder how they did that without snapping a few vertebrae. (PS. Yogadownload.com has lots of free yoga videos, and lots of videos you can purchase. Check it out!)

So, those are three of my goals. I hope to accomplish them by the end of this year or the beginning of next. At least before I’m 23! 🙂

Do you have any fitness goals?

Baby steps.

27 Jul

Warning: This post contains content about disordered eating. May be triggering for some.

A few nights ago I was in the grocery store with my husband and babies. We were in the ice cream section, and as I passed the section that held the Edy’s ice cream I stopped cold. (heh, get it..cold?) At the time my husband was talking to me about what flavor of ice cream he should get, but I barely even heard him.

The brown and white striped Edy’s container had sparked a memory. In an instant I saw myself at 10 years old, bingeing on an entire container of Edy’s Java Chip ice cream and then promptly purgeing and hiding the container. As if no one would notice the huge brand new container of ice cream was missing. Of course they noticed. And thus began a habit of bingeing and purging that has plagued me ever since.

Don’t get me wrong: that wasn’t the begining. I hated myself long before that carton of ice cream entered my life. And isn’t that how these things all start? Self hatred. Such a sad, sad phrase.

I’m not 10 years old anymore. I’m 22, I have a sweet husband and two beautiful little girls that love me. But I am a long way from loving myself. Part of the issue has always been that I never thought I had a ‘problem’. Those dangerously skinny girls? They had a problem. The girls that binged and purged every single day? They had a problem. My once a week, every two weeks, maybe even once or twice a month ‘habit’  never seemed like a big deal to me. I was wrong. I have learned that no matter how often or how far in between it’s a problem.

I have spent so many years hating myself. Hating the way I looked, hating the way I felt. Bingeing, forcing myself to throw up, popping diet pills while starving myself. It seems like such a waste. Sometimes I think that if I could go back in time I would tell myself that all the energy I spent abusing my body could have gone to loving myself and becoming healthier. Alas, there is no going back. Time machines do not exist and time only moves forward..which is where I am today. Moving forward. Trying every day to be healthier and stop the cycle of hating myself. It’s a process. A wise person once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

So, I’m stepping. Somedays I step forward and some days I take a few back but I have faith in the process. I’ll get there. 😉

 

You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself,
and you will not find that person anywhere. ~ Buddhist saying

Mondays.

26 Jul

Mondays are hard.

Especially when the weekend is full of awesome things that you don’t want to let go of. Here’s how mine went down:

  • Dropped the littles off with the in-laws & went to dinner kid free with the hubs.
  • Ate Dungeness crab at Joe’s Crab Shack and just conversed and relaxed with my love.
  • Fun, fun fun! Yes. We went to Fun Fun Fun without our children. But in our defense, we traded our tickets in for little gifts for them. See? It all evens out. Besides, they’re too little to understand how to shoot zombies or play ski ball, okay?
  • Farmer’s Market. ‘Nuff said. I love that place. So do my babies. Lots of people, lots of fresh veggies and fruit, flowers, snacks, ect. How could you not love it?!
  • Grabbed some more Yah’s Best Salsa aka crack in a jar at said Market.
  • Replenished my supply of Naked’s Green Machine..aka crack in a bottle. 😉
  • Rented a movie & spent Sunday night cuddled against my husband watching The Fourth Kind. Lovelovelove cuddling with that man!

So, it is difficult to go to sleep on Sunday night high from all the fun and relaxation of the weekend and then wake up Monday. Though Mondays are not excruciating, they are filled with cleaning and putting the house back in order from the weekend. And the worst part of all is Hubs goes back to work and leaves me alone with these crazy children we miss him terribly.

Oh well. It’s all good. Bring it on, Monday!