Ringing in more then just some resolutions!

Why wait until after New Year’s to have a game plan for the next year??

I got this year covered!
I got this year covered!

In the back of my mind I have some things I know I want to accomplish this year.  If you have read my Facebook page I am sure you know it’s to get in the best shape of my life for my wedding, not to mention the rest of my life.

The other is to learn to deal with stress better. Not just because I want to have the most stress free, fun and loving wedding possible. But to learn to deal with the stress around me better. Of course, this means I need to listen to my own advice and not stress over a bunch of stuff I cannot control. No matter how hard I try.

It also means not surrendering to that nagging and gnawing feeling that seems to “poop” on my entire day. That feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realize I am going (or to often have gone) from the sane and balanced person I walked in the door as, to the stress bundle who has totally forgotten that ultimately she’s got this. Of course sometimes this is compounded by the people around me and how I react to whatever form of crazy or passive aggressive they decide to share with me.

But seriously who wants to get wrapped up in ALL that drama. Let alone know you have become part of the problem and none of the solution by lunch time. Don’t you wish people would asked themselves that question more often “am I part of the problem or the solution?”.  Because we all know that it’s easier to think someone else is the problem. I certainly need to ask it of myself that MUCH more often.

So the main things I am going to accomplish this next year are some smoking hot arms and killer abs and the ability to deal with stress like Mike Tyson and bite it’s ear off.

Of course I have added to my list just in writing this post because we all know self improvement is a process and there are no shortcuts.

So here GOES . . .

1) Be comfortable and strong in my own 40+ skin.

2) Control the stress in my life.

3) Avoid people who bring me down.

4) Push my home workouts.

5) Enjoy life MORE.

See Yourself Six Months From Now. Don't stop it will be worth it.
See Yourself Six Months From Now. Don’t stop it will be worth it.

What are you going to put out there in the universe for 2014??

Getting my run back!

I got this!
I got this!

I used to run. Not a lot but enough but I could call myself a Runner and I had an outlet for my stress. But I always set a ridged running schedule for myself. Then I got Plantar Flantitus and my feet hurt ALL the time and the running ended.

While I do believe that what I eat is a of bigger part in being healthy then a ridged workout schedule. I have finally realized that for me, especially with my wedding approaching, the answer in somewhere in the middle.Me VS. Me

So after much procrastination I finally saw the Doctor about the pain in my feet. Turns out I also have Osteoarthritis in both my feet but mainly in my big toes. Talk about cool huh??

Don’t ya just know it but gluten aggravates both my Plantar Flatitus and the arthritis. To boot, I am not supposed to be wearing high heels either.

So $130 later and the shoes my Podiatrist recommended are here and I am building most of my outfits around flats and I have made my return to running. Nothing big but enough to remind me that being healthy is about the big picture. Not focusing on one aspect to the exclusion the whole picture like I have tunnel vision..

Wish me luck

My first step into Paleo Baking . . .

Image  Ok, so I am into my first week back at work and it has not been as bad as I thought. It’s still       not where I want to be but it is not crushing my soul right now. My boss even sincerely told me she missed me (I can be pretty funny) and someone noticed I had lost weight. I am sure they thought it was due to being hurt. Maybe some more weight and time later someone will ask and I can cite my Paleo, sans sugar, wheat approach to life.

I have to admit with all the increased activity I have been even hungrier so I had to bulk up my meals and add a snack in. 3/4 an avocado instead of a quater to half, more meat etc. Not wanting to overlaod my body at once, I decided to not add formal workouts beyond walking my dogs until after my first full week back. Although I expect my return to workouts to drive my hungry too.

I have NO intention to return to the grueling hour +, I used to feel were necessary for weight loss and fitness. Sometime in the next month I hope to try Crossfit and find another 5K race, keeping my workouts at about 30 minutes or so. Still sad that I missed the Glide Bridge to Bridge due to my run in with bacon, especially as they keep send emails with race results and all that post I’ve accomplished something race stuff.

OK, so I started to bake and cook more in part because I want COMPLETE control over what I am eating and in part because I want to show people you can eat great and have fun while improving your healthy. So if peeps in my family get healtheir too well then, woops!!

So here is my first recipe which I borrow from Carrots n’ Cake  originally but modified to fit the aging bananas at my house (a smell I detest), the fact that Flaxseed meal was CHEAPER, the ease of using ONE bowl. But the doubling of the recipe is due to me being overzealous.

 One Bowl Paleo Pumpkin-Banana-Walnut Muffins

Ingredients:

• 1 cup Flaxseed meal or finely ground flaxseeds*

• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

• 1/2 cup ripe, mashed banana

• 2 eggs

• 1/4 cup almond butter

• 1/4 cup agave nectar*

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 2 tsp cinnamon

• 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, with extra halves or bits to put on the top for sophisticated muffins ;o)

 Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350*F. 

2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well. Make sure to mix all the way to bottom as the flaxseed meal has a habit of clumping at bottom. 

3. Paper liners work best for these muffins. If not use a non-stick cooking spray or grease the tins if that is easier for you. 

4. Makes 6 muffins, although I usually double it to get 12 or 6 and a bunch of minis (see above pic).

5. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until muffins are cooked all the way through. Bake the minis about 17 minutes and check. 

6. Allow to cool before serving. 

* Almond meal can be used instead of Flax and honey can be used instead of agave. If you just want pumpkin then skip the bananas and use pumpkin. Next time I might try chopped up cranberries for a fun holiday feel ;o)

Serve with butter or ghee for some good fat amd more satiety. 

Rona