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weigh in monday {banana and egg pancakes?!}

finally! a good week for weight loss.  last week was spent purging my soul as well as some pounds.  total lost last week, four pounds!   i put in 280 mins {which averages out to 40 mins per day, 10 mins above my 2013 goal.}  in those minutes i burned 2024 calories.  officially patting myself on the back.  this week i was an emotional hot mess.  making healthy decisions is even more challenging being that i am the quintessential emotional binge eater.  i hit the bike or the rower when i got angry.  i made healthy food decisions.  i am pretty darn proud of myself.

one of my new favorite recipes is for pancakes.  i know, i know.  pancakes do not equal optimal health.  keep reading.

these babies have three ingredients.  1 banana, 1 egg, and a handful of blueberries.  no flour.  no sugar.  fruit and protein.  done.  i have made these twice and not taken the time to photograph my own.  i mean, hot pancakes are better than luke warm.

here is what you do:

mash your banana.  whisk in your egg.

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throw in some blueberries once your pancake is in the skillet.  once it starts to bubble, flip.

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and you are done.  three pancakes for 65 calories.  no guilt.  a really healthy and easy pancake.

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with the extra calories you saved, you can put a tablespoon or two of maple syrup.  i thought the blueberries gave enough sweetness and i opted for no syrup.  these are my new “go to” dish when i am craving some comfort food.  my brain is still wired to think that pancakes are a decadent treat.

weigh in monday {new in home gym!}

this week i lost another pound.  just one.  i am kinda disappointed but not terribly surprised.  this is the stage in my “cycle” that i can’t push myself like i can the first two weeks prior to ovulation.  yes.  everything revolves around the fertility calendar these days.  so i will happily take my pound lost, continue biking every morning at a low speed/incline and burn my calories {in twice the time}.

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i realized this morning that i hadn’t talked about our new fitness equipment in detail.  this may have been the best decision we made in 2012.  we had a frank conversation with each other about fitness enjoyment.  the husband hates going to the gym.  he would much rather be outdoors biking on trails, chopping wood, hiking.  you name, he would rather be do that than inside on a treadmill.  we both have a gym membership because i typically prefer the gym in all the above instances.  and, being the supportive husband that he is, he wanted to support me.  so we talked about what we enjoyed at the gym and how we could implement that at home.  we love the rowing machine.  at the gym there are two right beside each other and we would “race” each other.  seriously.  it was never a real race because i am 5’2″ and he is 6’4″.  but we would push each other and it was a great workout.  lately, i have enjoyed cycling at the gym.  this is music to my bike loving husbands ears.

we decided to take the plunge and by a rower and a bike.  our inspiration came from our good friends that cycle while watching television each night.

for the rower, we went with what we knew from the gym.  the concept 2.  we were able to order from amazon and because of our prime membership, not pay shipping.  the computer allows you to hook up to your wireless and race {live} with other rowers online.  you can also race against your previous times stored.  the rower is great because it is cardio and strength training in one.  it is a full body workout and get me sweating like no other.

for the bike, we went with this schwinn.  in the indoor bike world there are SO MANY to chose from.  because the husband loves outdoor biking {and i feel i will too} we wanted an indoor bike the mimicked and outdoor bike.  so unlike the indoor cyclers at the gym, this one has a chain.  it has a pretty smart computer that shows calories burned and watts used {along with other numbers that i haven’t learned too much about yet}.  what i love most, is that everything from the seat {up/down, forward/back} and handle bars is completely adjustable so both the husband and i can find the perfect fit.

i love the set up.  i have enjoyed watching the morning news while burning some morning calories and hoping on in the evenings for a show.  tuesday mornings i have been watching the bachelor {from the night before} with no guilt.  a couple people have asked what equipment i would suggest and the honest answer is the equipment that you will use.  we had an elliptical before and never used it.  we didn’t spend a whole lot of money on it and i just didn’t like it.  not compared to the ones at the gym.  so my best advice is to save money and buy the best equipment you can because it really does make a difference.

this past weekend, saturday morning the husband and i went for a walk. then sunday morning we didn’t have as much time so i biked while he rowed.  on our way to lunch with friends, he stated that we are different people.  exercising and out of the house by 10:30 on a sunday morning.  i have to admit, it feels good to be these people.

chocolate chia seed pudding {yum!}

oh chia seeds.  i have declared my love for these little seeds a while back but had gotten out of the habit of eating them.  this week, i found my bag and went to town. the husband picked on me at first but now he is a believer.  they are easier to digest than flax seeds and have more benefits.  they absorb 10 times their weight in water to help you feel fuller and reduce food cravings.  plus they are the richest plant source of omega-3s, even more than salmon!

i mix them in smoothies and in yogurt, everyday.  there isn’t any taste but a little crunch.  i love it!  it is fun to watch them grow and grow when i put them into my smoothies.  last night i wanted to make a little something special for the husband.  i personally, love the rainy, cloudy weather.  seattle and me would get along.  the husband, on the other hand, needs the sun.  since we haven’t seen the sun since sunday {and still no sight} he had been feeling a little down.  typically, i would go to the chocolate chip cookies.  but i really wanted to make a “treat” that had health benefits.  a quick search later, i found chocolate chia seed pudding.

the recipe:

2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk {or your favorite dairy alternative}
2 tbsp agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup or stevia to taste {i used maple syrup}
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

mix all the ingredients together. it may take a little time to incorporate the cocoa, but eventually it will. after everything is mixed, cover and leave on your counter for at least 20 minutes before enjoying. or you can leave it in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day. the chia seeds continue to absorb the liquid they are in, so you may need to water your pudding down with some more almond milk if you leave it till the next day. you can top your pudding with fresh fruit or just eat it plain.

the consistency was like tapioca pudding and it was super tasty.  success!

since counting calories, strictly, dinners have been a lot of “fend for yourself” nights.  i typically will make a green smoothie for the both of us and then the husband will eat something else on his own.  one meal that i found that is super easy to pull together and under 400 calories is a stir fry.  i chop up 1 onion, 2 bell peppers {the more colorful the better}, 4 sausage link {i keep the flavors of this dish different but switching up the sausage. last night this was bison with jalapeño and the last time it was chicken with apple and maple.  no matter the flavor, make sure you read the ingredients and buy sausage that has been minimally processed.  if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.}, a little garlic and thats it.  sometimes i add a can of white beans if i have calories to spare.

super healthy dinner that is super quick.  if i am cooking, this is mostly likely what i have made.

a smoothie and handmade washcloths {pinterest finds friday}

i am still adjusting to working full days on etsy orders and didn’t even remember my {pinterest finds friday} post until, well, this morning.  so no crafts but instead, a smoothie.  i have followed the undressed skeleton blog for a while now but haven’t really tried many of her recipes.  before the new year, she used a lot of artificial sweeteners and shortcuts to avoid calories.  as her new years resolution, she is trying to avoid the “chemical shit storm” {as i refer to anything that is artificially sweetened or flavored} products.

here is the pinterest inspiration:

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i made a couple of adjustments to the original recipe.  here is the original and my {adaptations}:

1/2 small banana {frozen}

5 large strawberries {frozen}

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk {1 cup}

1 packet of Truvia

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

{i added 1 tbsp of chia seeds}

and those beauties next to my morning smoothie, handmade washcloths.  i LOVE handmade gifts.  these were made by my former 8th grade language arts teacher and now good friend.  she gave these to me and i just love them.  i haven’t used them yet.  i just see them and they make me smile.

thank you so much kathy for the thoughtful gifts.  i love them.

breakfast with a book

why is it so difficult to make breakfast in the morning?  i wake up, hungry, and desperately want to start my day off with healthy decisions, but that box of cereal just looks so easy.  damn you gluten-free honey nut chex.  since tracking my food, i have noticed a trend.  when i eat a really small breakfast, i end up having a SUPER hard time staying within my calorie per day allotment.  when i eat a big breakfast, the rest of the day doesn’t seem that difficult.  this was my morning pep talk to myself today.

so i peeled a carrot.  washed and cut up an apple and an orange.  i whipped up a super green smoothie with both veggies and fruit.  {the vegs will keep me fuller, longer}  i took some photos because the newness of the light box is still there.  i sat down to a healthy, good for me 343 calorie breakfast.

here is a great beginner green smoothie {meaning, all you taste with sweet fruit}

1 cup grapes {recipe called for green, i only had red on hand}

1 medium orange, peeled & halved

1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks {i used frozen}

1 frozen banana

1 carrot, peeled and halved

2 cups fresh spinach

1 medium apple, quartered & seeded

i am trying different yogurts.  there are not a whole lot of options for full fat or at the least, 2% milk yogurts.  i really like the atlanta fresh co. but they are a bit expensive to eat every day.  i am kinda loving this dreaming cow.  it isn’t greek yogurt {for those of you that can’t stand the greek stuff} and has interesting flavors.  my favorite so far is the maple ginger.  at 141 calories and 5g of healthy dairy fat, i feel good about making this choice.

i am so excited to have met with my book club last night!  we set out books for the next 6 months and i am super excited about our list.  first up, gone girl by gillian flynn.


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thanks to the kindle, i was able to start this morning with my smoothie breakfast in hand.

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