Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Quick and easy, no-cook Oatmeal Chia snack bars

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Chia seeds are my new obsession and rolled oats are a left-over obsession from my early fitness-fanatic days. I love Chia in my smoothies, desserts and now these awesome no-bake snack bars. I learned this recipe from my nanny and added a couple of things to it…while its calorie intense and not a food to gorge on if the goal is weight loss, the calories all come from very healthy and nutritious ingredients. And if you can go organic, nothing like it 🙂

So without further ado, here goes:

Ingredients:

1 cup organic peanut butter ( I prefer the no- stir crunchy variety)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup organic Agave nectar (or more if you have a sweet tooth. You can also replace with thin honey if you like. I prefer agave for the consistency)

1/3 cup shelled, chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp Chia seeds (I use the organic black chia)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread it out in a pan and refrigerate. Voila! Your healthy snack is ready :). I cut out bars to eat and spoon up the crumbs…YUM!

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FeFit workouts

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FeFit     This is a workout system which has been around a bit, but something I just found. I love workouts, buying them, trying them and completing rotations. So far, in the last 9 years, Ive tried my fair share – SI6, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, Chalene Xtreme, P90X, T25, Insanity, Slim Series, 21 Day Fix etc. Mostly BeachBody stuff. I even caved and bought myself PiYo when my son was born – kind of as a push present for myself!

Fast forward 16 months from the PiYo purchase, and the only workout I’ve done is the Align, the first workout you do to familiarize yourself with PiYo. I cant put a finger on it, but I have a mental block as far as PiYo is concerned. And the reviews Ive read arent encouraging. Time is at a steep premium here, and if the 45 min I spend everyday arent going to get me results, Id rather be catching up on other stuff during those precious minutes when my napping toddler will let me do stuff!

21 Day Fix was nice, but I was always hungry (I was breastfeeding so that might explain it), the low carbs hurt my milk supply, and I didnt see results. I was discouraged enough to quit, unfortunately. I tried to start working out again after a move across the country, and signed up for Beachbody on Demand, and tried Power half hour for a few weeks. I even doubled up to see results quicker. While I did get a good workout every morning, it was supremely boring, and after I pulled my hamstring doing one of the leg moves, I stopped PHH.

So……enter Fe Fit. So far, Im on Day 2 of the Summer Challenge. Ive pored over reviews and checkins for Fe Fit and havent found too much information online, Im not going to let that stop me though. So far so good, I did Total Body Toning 3 yesterday and Upper Body 2 today.Here is the rotation for the summer challenge if anyone’s interested. I’ll keep my progress updated here 🙂

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This challenge is no longer available on the fe fit website, so forgive the grainy quality- I got the schedule from someone on videofitness.

If you own Fe Fit and have tried it, or are thinking of trying it- do comment and let me know where you are in your fitness journey. If you’ve tried it – what do you think about it? 🙂

#fefit, #exercise, #fitmom

 

 

Warts and all…

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Yes, I promised to write about fun stuff like ice cream makers and dehydrators. And blogging about warts does sound a little gross. But trust me, its useful 😀

Blogging about warts, you say? Yes, I do refer to the real warts on the skin, not the metaphorical flaws of character that we should love when we love unconditionally…fortunately for you (or otherwise), I have no pictures to share.

OK, grinding down to serious stuff then. About 10 years ago, I developed a wart under my big toe. It was in a place I could conveniently ignore, and so I did until it got too painful to walk, and too embarrassing to contemplate pedicures. I tried Dr. Scholl’s Freeze off, didnt work. I read about garlic and coconut oil. I can still smell that concoction!! Obviously, it did not work, though I stuck with it faithfully for months. I also read about using apple cider vinegar. Not sure how well that worked on warts, but it ate up all the skin under my toe until it was so painful I had to give breaks between applications. I figured it wasnt worth it and almost decided to go under the knife and get it surgically removed.

Until, I googled one last time and someone suggested banana peel. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But the site was very specific. You had to use the peel of a banana that wasnt fully ripe. Or it would not work. Figuring I didnt have much to lose, I tried it out. I kid you not, the wart was gone in a week. And the process was totally pain free! Its been 3 years now, and it isnt back. There isnt a scar, and I happily got a pedicure for my birthday this year…proud of my nice toes 🙂

I wish I remembered what site I found this info on, so I could give them credit. But that was years ago, and I dont remember it. Either way, thanks to whoever came up with the idea!! (You have to put the banana peel on the wart and  keep it there with the help of tape or band-aid. I changed the peel every morning and night, but otherwise only took it off to take a shower. I ate a ton of bananas during that period!!)

So…why am I bothering to remember that now….a few months ago, I noticed a white growth on my face. It looked like a zit but it hung around for months until I finally researched it and found that it was a kind of wart (not again!!!)…Now, I pride myself on my pretty face, even though I had nothing to do with how it turned out. So I wasnt willing to risk scarring it…not having seen anything like this wart before. But I figured a banana peel was the simplest way to go and I stuck a piece of peel on my face with a band aid overnight. That was 4 days ago. I forgot to do that the day after and did it again last night.  So a total of two times. And today, my wart is gone!!! Miracle!!!

I know the post is kinda gross and not very interesting…but Im so psyched by the miraculous effects of banana peel that I had to share!!!

Enjoying my blemish free visage in the mirror now 😛

Cheers 🙂

Update and New Stuff!

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Time for an update! Its now week 2 of my Insanity (LOL, my insanity for sure!) My ankles creak when I rotate them, and I dont think I ever properly appreciated a rest day in my life before. Every minute of the rest day is precious. Just like every microsecond of the 30 second water breaks you get during the workouts is heaven. I very literally sound like Im having an asthma attack, my body is so starved for oxygen during these intense cardio sessions.

Here is what I did today:

I will admit, I havent been perfect. I did skip one workout and my diet has been way below par. As soon as I started Insanity, I started getting hungrier. Which is a known phenomenon. However, unfortunately, PMS struck and I ate truckloads of junk instead of the prescribed salads and fruits. I am now suitably humbled by my lack of drastic weight loss and I vow to stick with some form of healthy eating going forward.

So, the workout itself – all I have breath left for, and barely- is WOW! Who TH came up with this? Im so glad I was not  a couch potato when I started. It would have disheartened and scarred me for life. As it is, I take more breaks than my pride allows for and end the workout breathing in carpet fibers. Who would have thought a warm up could be this hard???

I love the workouts, dont get me wrong. The best thing about them is how quickly time passes when you are stretching, drinking water etc. And how slowly it moves when your body is screaming for mercy and your mind tells you to push through the last 10 seconds.

I am not here to review the workout really, just analyze my reaction to it. So my results? Ive lost a sum total of 2 lbs as of this morning, in about a week and half. My body hurts (could have something to do with the fall I took the other day, and that I havent slept well in a few days), and I think I have given up the idea of doing two workouts today to make up for the one I missed. I cant find any day on the calendar that I want to do two workouts on, and no, I am not missing my off day for anything! So….still thinking about the extra workout, and that makes me more determined to not miss any more, so I wont have to make up any more!!!

Onto funner stuff than WO make ups. I have been obsessing on and off for a while about getting a calorie tracker that tracks the calories you burn through the day. Mostly because I am curious to see how my metabolic rate burns the calories I eat (which I track on MyFitnessPal ) . So I spent a while hankering after the famous bodybugg and the slightly less famous but equally pricey bodymedia. Though these were very tempting, I realized that even if I could afford them, which I probably could with some stinginess on the side, they still charged monthly fees for the website and I would feel guilty spending that…..

Enter FitBit!! I read over 500 reviews of this, I was so obsessed that I even watched YouTube videos of people reviewing the FitBit!!! My better half calls me crazy, but thats me 🙂

My dad used to say that the best way to deal with temptation was to give in (within reasonable limits of course). So I, being the obedient daughter that I am ;P, finally gave in to the temptation and ordered a FitBit. Now, I am not the most reasonable person on the planet. Sometimes I do take things a little to the extreme. So when I saw a fitbit that was pink and black (plum, they call it) instead of the blue and black thats been around a while, I went ahead and got that. And yes, it was a whole 10 bucks more. Why did I do it? No idea. I love pink….Will it make a difference if something thats clipped to my clothes is pink or blue so long as it works? Maybe not. But I thought I would feel that much happier clipping on a pink fitbit than blue. Call me crazy…my dear family does. Now that I have twinges of guilt rearing their ugly heads, I hope its worth the extra money.

Come to think of it, I couldve gotten me a nice Thai lunch for that amount :(….Well, the milk is spilt, or in this case, Amazon has my money, so if the thing works, Im a happy girl!

I cant wait for it to get here-it will arrive the day after tomorrow. Im still reading about it so I am all ready to set it up soon as it arrives 🙂

Day 2 of Insanity

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I had decided on a week by week update, so I only subject the site to 6 torturous reads through my workout phase. However, I had to write about the beginning of this crazy new step in my life.

It is Day 2 of my Insanity challenge. I am sore in places I never expected (back????). Usually I am sore in all the good usual places with any new workout- arms, legs, abs. So, I was a little concerned that I might be doing something wrong. The whole workout (Plyometric Cardio Circuit) involved a lot of jumping and squatting, so naturally I presumed that the parts of my body that would be hurting would be my calves/quads/hamstrings.

Weirdly enough, I guess because the whole workout is insane, its my back that hurts. My ankles were killing me halfway through, but I have low arches and my ankles always hurt after any kind of running/jumping…another reason I was never an athlete.

That said, I did some research on why my back was hurting. If it was bad form, I sure as hell wanted to know so I dont end up with long term problems…turns out it might be that I have a weak core, so am not using my core as much as I should, i.e if you jump and lunge around a lot ad dont use your core, you will end up with back pain. Good to know.

Im excited about noticing these details and trying to better myself the next day!

Another thing that everyone (online) says is that a heart rate monitor is a great tool. So I got one from Walmart for cheap (29$), an S7 SportLine Heart Rate Monitor. I guess you get what you pay for. All through my workout, I tried at intervals to measure my heart rate, but had no luck. I will try a few more days and return it if this doesnt work. Probably my finger position was not right, not sure. Anyhow, how picky can something be if its supposed to measure your heart rate during exercise?? Ive tried a BodyTech heart rate monitor in the past, but Im not a huge fan of chest straps. The one I got was so big that the last hole was still too big and the strap would constantly slide down, which can be very distracting during a workout.

I have to drive two hours to work tomorrow, so I may not WO in the morning, but cant wait to take on the next workout in the evening! 🙂

Working out – Insanity??

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Spring is here already!! Shouldnt it have waited a week or two? Im not complaining, but this gives me less time than ever to work off the candy and cake pounds that were packed on well into February!

Im a pretty determined girl. If it comes to being disciplined and the rewards are worth it, I usually stick it out. Not being embarrassed to get in a swimsuit this summer is definitely worth it! So, given that I work all odd hours of day and night, gym is not an option. I have been an at-home exerciser for a few years now. I love the comfort of wearing whatever works and not being conscious about how fitter and leaner everyone else (at the gym) seems to be.

Now, a top seller of a variety of home workout stuff has been Beachbody, and Ive done a number of their workouts, Including Slim in 6, P90XTurbo Jam and Chalean Extreme. Ive got great results with most. The first time I did SI6, I lost around 20 lbs. But since then, it hasnt done much for me. Possibly because the music is so boring, and it is unbelievably tedious to do the same thing every single day for 6 weeks that I havent been super dedicated either.

So, I spoke with a friend who had tried Insanity. I will admit, I am intimidated by it…I have never been very athletic and jumping too much hurts my knees (wrong shoes??). Anyhow, she was convinced that nothing works as well as this, so I decided to give it a shot.

Insanity is a, well, insane program with Max Interval Cardio training (interval training turned upside down- with most of the training at your maximum and the “intervals” are your breaks) that pushes your limits. What pleases me so far is that it does not require any additional paraphernalia. So getting the videos and the guide is it. No weights, bands, pull up bars etc etc.

Now that I’ve gotten the videos, I am all set. And nervous. VERY nervous. I am starting with the Fit Test today….I will write here regularly about how its going, just to hold myself accountable that little bit more…..

Summer beaches, here I come!!