Thursday, 29 September 2016

National Coffee Day!

I didn't even know until after I had posted on Instagram and Facebook!


It's my cuppa protein coffee. 
Basically, I use my protein shake as my creamer.

And yesterday, I had on my Death Before Decaf shirt!

Showing all sorts of coffee love!


And in other news, I'm down 2 pounds since I came home from my trip.
Luckily, as I mentioned, I didn't gain any weight on that trip either.
So, here's to continued progress!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Back to Reality.

Hi Lovies!
I have been away.
I spent the week visiting friends.
I cannot express how much fun it was, how much love and laughs were shared.
Don't you love a girlfriend that you sit up with all night chatting, sharing all of your secrets?
Or just cuddling in bed while you laugh together nonstop?
Yes, yes, we do.

And of course, we being the women we are, we spoke a TON about our health and lifestyle. We spoke about how we become complacent, age creeping up on us. And yes, we self-deprecated, then boosted each other up because, more times than not, we see the beauty in our friends before ourselves, no? Anyway, we've agreed to do a challenge with each other, even though we're apart again.
I invite you to do it with us.
I will be sharing some of the recipes we will be trying and using.
Luckily, we have the adventure and activity part going for us.
We may eat like s%*t a ton of the time, but we love to move it, move it.
This challenge we're devising is helping us get back to the eating better part - the most important part.

She shot this one of my climbing up from exploring some caves and crevices.
I was surprised at how my arms are coming along.
I will leave out the part of me being chunky because we also shopped.
We went to the most awesome vintage store. My friend found a vintage Diane von Furstenberg dress and immediately coerced me to try it on. I looked at the size...2 and immediately poo-pooed the idea. My friend was adamant. It was only after the owner came up and warned, after looking me up and down, that the dress was "very, very tiny," and shook her head at me. That sparked something in me - to go behind that curtain. Guess who owns a 'tiny, tiny,' vintage Diane von Furstenberg now?
Goes to show, we don't always see ourselves for how we may actually be...and perhaps others don't either because that owner ate her words and then doted a little on me to try the other vintage designer fashions in her store.


Of course, there was a little fun had too.
This was me tasting a vino at a winery we visited.


And another day while visiting beautiful gardens.


We loved visiting gardens.


I swear we walked ten miles a day!

And here I am back home, and pooped, LOL.
But this morning, I got up and began writing documents, recipes, meal plans, instructions.
I am missing my friend dreadfully, but it's not like we don't talk daily anyway, heehee.
Would you like to join us on our journey to getting our sexy back? 




Tuesday, 13 September 2016

What to add on?

It has been super busy in my real life.
As many who have followed a while know, I have the convenience of working from home.
And believe me I know how lucky I am, especially during winter when I do not have to try and venture out on the snowy mountain roads and commute.
This has been an unusually busy year for me.

In a way, I am grateful.
It has kept me away from social media more.
Being away from FB, Twitter, and such, has made me realize how much it drains me, and my psyche - in some areas more than others.
I mean, I do enjoy some aspects of it, but others I most definitely can do without.
Even though, parts of real life stress me out, I'm much happier with extended periods away from social media, lol. 

I want to do more here though.
I have been debating more that I could add that would possibly be of more interest: besides selfies, lol. But I do have a fabulous array of workout wear that is begging to be recorded and posted!
Hopefully, I will always keep a log of my progressions (and inevitable setbacks).

I have been debating doing some form of a cooking challenge.
Transforming recipes?
Following some cookbooks?
Maybe testing out some vegan and vegetarian ones?
Playing with some meal prep ideas?
New workouts each week?
Or a newly discovered exercise to add or switch things up?

I want to liven this place up!





Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Protein Mug Cake

It looks weird, but it tasted great.



I think the light color is because of the color of my protein powder which was a chocolate.
I did not add unsweetened cocoa powder but, it probably would have darkened it and given it a richer flavor. The consistency and flavor was very much like an angel food cake.
And the best part? This was super easy to make and quick!

I mixed one scoop of my protein powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 packet Stevia in the Raw, 1 egg, and 3 tablespoons of water directly in my huge mug.
Then, I popped it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
*beepbeepbeep*
Done!
Let it cool a few seconds because it is hot!
Then, enjoy.



Wednesday, 31 August 2016

119.8

This morning, I stepped on the scale, and for the first time since December, my weight was below 120 pounds. So what if it's a mere 0.2 pounds below? You have no idea how ecstatic it made me to see numbers without 12 in front of them. 

Now granted, I still have a long way to go, but I took a flex photo after the gym this morning. I see teeny delineations. It's a start.

Happy Hump Day!
Perhaps this means I'm over my hump!
Now to work on my rump again.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

"Sushi" Bowl

In an effort to get back on track, I have been trying to eat better.
However, I don't want just plain old chicken and brown rice and broccoli or white fish and spinach salads. 
And gosh help me, I have been on a sugar binge, so I need to find some better ways to manage that and maybe make foods that aren't bad.

Anyway, this is a super simple bowl.
It's easy to throw together from items I usually always have on hand.



1/2 cup brown rice (at the bottom)
diced cucumber without the peel
1/2 avocado diced
some diced jalapeno
smoked salmon shredded
sprinkle of low sodium soy
drizzle of Sriracha

Monday, 29 August 2016

Here we are again. The ugly truth.

Yep. This is basically a post about what I've done to myself.
I have had no willpower or discipline, well as far as food is concerned. I have basically been trying to out exercise a poor diet. It doesn't work, and rationally I know this.
So, I am back to my chunky self, again.

I decided to post these selfies. Why? Because when I did this often, it kept me accountable, made me feel more responsibility for myself, actually made me see myself.
I have been completely embarrassed to do so this past year.

I think the realization hit me when I was doing a live video Q&A for my latest smut novel. They are fun, people enjoy them, AND they can only see me from chest up. However, the point is that I was asked if I would ever consider doing a book about health and fitness, like a legit book.
I couldn't lie, but I didn't say, "Well, I don't follow my own advice so how could I write one for others." In actuality, I don't think I have enough educational experience to do so, but I had often thought of adding Ripped Recipes to an updated edition to Ripped & Twisted.

I think it made me think, question myself even more than I have been. Slapped me in the face. People still think I'm fit and able to help them, but I'm not.
I mean, I was certified to teach Boot Camp classes. I've taken many anatomy & physiology classes, studied exercise and its effects on the cardio/pulmonary system. I'm not completely ignorant...but I have faltered in the lifestyle too. 
I am joke. I am a lie.
I have decided to come clean, and have been cleaning up my food this past week. 
(again)
In the past, showing my journey inspired me, motivated me, and helped me stay on track.
And though I am older now, maybe it can still help inspire a few others.

So here you have, my pudge, my cottage cheese, my thickness.