Remotivation in 2014

•February 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello out there to anyone who is listening. I know I’ve been on a little break from blog world but now I’m back. After going through old photos and uncovering this gem from Danskin triathlon 2011, I’m getting re-motivated and re-energized to focus on myself. Once an inner athlete always an inner athlete. danskin 2011 As a challenge to myself and as a goal I’ve signed up for my second sprint triathlon. I did the Danskin Seattle in 2011 as part of my year of running. Now the Danskin is called Iron Girl and I’m doing it again this August. I have already started the journey. I bought brand new running shoes and have even broken them in twice so far. New Shoes My main squeeze Ben is helping me find a bike, and will ride with me on the weekends or once we have more daylight after work too. My goal last time was just to finish the race and give it my all. The run was easy as I’d been running all year. The swim was also easy but the bike was my biggest fear. Before the race I had only been on a bike three times post age 12. This past summer I rode 12 miles without training no problem, so now that my fear of the two wheels is done, my goal is to blow my previous time in the water. My previous race time was 2:26:16. With Ben’s help training and my co-worker Chas racing with me my goal is to be under 2 hours. I’m already running 2 miles (not as fast as I used to be, but I just re-started). I’ll be posting any fun rides we take, and my progress here so you can keep track of my motivation. Thank you for your support. If you want to join me on the race follow this link and sign up (women only – sorry guys).

irongirlIron Girl Seattle 2014

On a Soup Kick – Fajita Soup

•February 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Fajita SoupFajita Soup
Ingredients
4 medium Yellow Bell Peppers seeded and quartered
6-10 mini bell peppers (I used orange and yellow)
1 large sweet onion peeled and quartered
4-5 cloves of garlic peeled
½ a medium jalapeño seeded
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ cup water
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp green Tabasco (or 1 tsp green chilies)
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp chili pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of dried savina pepper (I went a little heavier and it’s really hot)
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cover and let cook on medium heat until veggies are soft. In my sauce pan it was full at the beginning and then reduced to about ¾ full. I put all ingredients in a blender and liquefied (if you prefer an immersion blender this works too but you’ll need to cook veggies a little longer). Poured soup back into pan and brought it up to a simmer on low heat for a few minutes and then soup was ready to serve. This will make 4-6 servings.

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.

•January 25, 2013 • 2 Comments

So I never finished blogging about my year of being a tourist in Seattle. I did infact see something new or tourisy every month for 2012. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Washington and i’m blessed to get to enjoy them.

I don’t know if anyone still is following me here but there have been a lot of changes in my life since I last posted.

After a year and a half (on and off) my relationship ended. It was really sad but it was for the best and we are still friends. I started a new job with a great company and I’m very lucky to get to work in an industry that I love. I am a Product Manager for a kitchen gadget company. I’m making some great friends in the office too which is something I was missing working for myself. My hyper-focused exercise motivation got a little derailed with unemployment, starting a new job, ending a relationship, etc but i’m happy to say that I am back on track.

I started walking on my lunch hour and have now gained a few walking buddies weather permitting. I also started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge on January 7th. My diet and exercise plan needed focus and this program has really done wonders. I am feeling better. I’m not having stomach issues anymore. I’m cooking fresh and healthy meals. And my portions are where they should be. Who knew eating healthy and taking the right vitamins and exercise could produce results 🙂

After two weeks on the program (1/21) I was already down 8lbs and 12 inches overall. My goal is to lose 30lbs but we’ll see how it goes (inches may mean less lbs). I was set to do the 24 days and have since switched to the 72 day program because I feel that this is now a lifestyle and I want to continue. Plus it gives me more time to come up with great new recipes for my Tasty Treats page. If you are interested in learning about the program i’m on with Advocare check out the website at http://www.advocarebydesign.com. Under the Nutritional Programs you’ll find videos about all the progams offered, and i’m happy to help you get started with a program if you find one that interests you.

I hope to update this blog more frequently now with recipes and tips and successes so keep tuned and thanks for reading.

I’ll leave you with my Day 1 Advocare photos.
day 1

My First Soup – 1/25/13

•January 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Soup

So last night I made my first homemade soup and wanted to share with you all because it turned out great and is super healthy.

Ingredients
6 on the vine tomatoes cored and seeded and cut in quarters
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes whole
1 cup bell peppers (I used a combo of red, yellow and orange)
3 cloves of garlic
6 larger basil leafs torn into pieces
1 cup sautéed diced sweet onion
2 small handfuls of baby kale
2 small handfuls of baby spinach
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup water
black pepper to taste
balsamic vinegar

Combine all veggies in sauce pan and cover with water. Cook until all veggies are soft. Add half the dry spices and mix well. Put in a blender or use an immersion blender until veggies liquefy. Then back on the stove to simmer. While simmering add the remaining spices and balsamic. Let simmer for a few minutes and then soup is done. Garnish with your choice of ground meat or grated mozzarella or finishing oil if you desire. Recipe makes 4-6 servings.

March 10th, 2012

•March 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

On March 5th I walked Greenlake with my boyfriends mom but my main tourist attraction took place a few days later on March 10th and 11th. For my March tourist attraction I headed to Mt Baker with my boyfriend and his friends for a weekend of skiing. The drive took about 2 and a half hours. When we got to the base of the mountain the snow was coming down like crazy. We had about two feet of fresh powder which was incredible to ski through. While up there it snowed probably another foot. After skiing all day we settle into a cabin for the night. I’ve never been to Mt Baker but it was the best skiing I’ve seen in Washington and I will definitely be back next season.

I am also taking another trip up to Birch Bay to take in the coast later in the month.

Next month I’ll be headed to La Conner to take in the Tulip Festival with my friend Stacy and maybe some local sights too as it will be her first visit to Seattle.

It’s strange to be a tourist in your own city but its amazing what treasures you find.

Home Made GF Bagels

•March 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So I decided to start baking with the mixes in my pantry before they expire. I found a bag of Pamela’s GF Bread Mix and on the side it had a recipe for bagels. I’ve never made homemade bagels but figured it was worth a shot. The recipe was really easy and while the waiting time is at least an hour for the dough to rise it goes by fast. I decided to boil and bake them even though the boil stage is optional. I sprinkled them with poppy seeds to dress them up too. After 30 min in the oven I had golden brown gluten-free bagels. I would definitely recommend these for anyone who loves bagels and is missing them. These tasted just like NY Bagels and totally better than any other GF bagels I’ve ever tried.

Also, I learned that Great Harvest is now making GF breads, cookies, cupcakes and other treats. I’ve tried a cupcake and two different breads and they were delicious.

Also for those who celebrate Passover…I hear there are a few options this year for us Gluten Free people out there.

February 20th, 2012

•February 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It has been a while since I’ve updated my blog so I guess I owe you all an update. In January I mentioned my 2012 resolution about being a tourist in my own town and that I went up to Birch Bay for a day trip. Well I also took the ferry over to Bainbridge for the day a few weeks ago. It is really quiet and peaceful  out there. The town was pretty calming too. I am pretty sure I could have been content to ride the ferry all day too. The water is very relaxing and the gentle hum of the motor on the ferry is soothing too. As for February, I haven’t done anything overly touristy but I did take a road trip down to Portland so I think that should count. We walked around downtown, and along the river and tried a few restaurants that have been on tv. I printed a list of all restaurants in Seattle and Portland that have been featured on a tv show and plan to try a few of our local spots now.

As for fitness, I’ve been going into Pilates twice a week and then trying to run or do some other form of exercise once or twice a week. I even tried Air-O-Bics at Skyhigh Sports in Bellevue. It was a fun workout and I was definitely sore for a few days after but not something I’d do all the time. I would try it again for sure though and recommend everyone try it once. You can burn as much as 1000 calories per hour just jumping on a trampoline so adding aerobic movements will only increase the burn.