Wow time sure does fly! I always mean to get on here and update the blog, but then I get distracted by something else and months go by. Since I left off I competed in a Biggest Loser competition at work (and I won!). Managed to kick 10 pounds to the curb in the two months we did the challenge. Immediately following I started The Superhero Challenge. It was a mix of Paleo and crossfit. I loved it. Well most of the time. It took a minute to beat the sugar cravings and to stop having headaches, but once I got through the withdrawal symptoms I really enjoyed it. The challenge was 21 days. My friend/co-worker and I took it an additional week. I can definitely see myself sicking to something like Paleo. Once you start changing the way you eat you really don’t crave the things you once had to have.
This is what I’ve been doing, gym, sweat and Paleo!
I also started running…..well more walk/jogging. I have a 5k coming up in May, and I need to train. I haven’t ran since I lived in Hungary. I’m pretty sure I was dying after the first 30 seconds. It was awful. I hated every minute of it…..but now I’m up to alternating 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, and 3 minutes running. I couldn’t imagine not going out everyday and doing it. I have recruited some of my friends and we go running after work and on the weekends. I was surprised at first at the reaction I was getting from people, maybe I thought someone would say something offensive about someone my weight running. However the opposite has happened. A lot of runners (you know the in shape hella intimidating ones) say hello and wave and are encouraging. It makes in easier to push through with encouragement! I have a goal set in mind for the 5k, I want to finish. Finishing would be amazing. I’ve always talked a big game about 5ks I will do, but I never registered and never trained. Now I’m registered and have started to train….can’t wait to see if I finish!
My pre-run face
It’s that time of week again, another Taste Test Tuesday.
I found the Second Nature’s Celebration Medley trail mix on sale at Kroger and had to pick it up and give it a shot. I’m a sucker for a good trail mix, especially if it does not contain M&M’s. There is plenty of chocolate in the mix, it is a good when a chocolate craving hits. A little of this mix goes a long way! I would definitely recommend it!
From the source it contains:
A joyful blend of:
Dark and White Chocolate - packed with dozens of essential nutrients, including powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids.
Cranberries - another member of the superfruit family, containing antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
Almonds - a rich source of nutrients, including vitamin E, calcium, folic acid and protein.
Cashews - containing oleic acid, which is the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.
Brazil Nuts - These delicious nuts are not only a staple for many special occasions, but provide lots protein, healthy fats and other essential nutrients.
Peanuts - protein-rich legumes that provide 10% of the US RDI (recommended daily intake) of protein per 1 ounce serving.
Here is the Nutritional Facts.
What is your favorite trail mix?
This week while at the grocery store I picked up some PB2 for Taste Test Tuesday. I have heard good things about the peanut butter (and I love me some peanut butter) so I figured I would give it a try.
I was a little skeptical because it was powder.While I was a skeptic there is not doubt it is yummy. It tastes just like regular peanut butter except it is in healthier form. PB2 has 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. From the source:
“PB2 is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the oil. All natural with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no preservatives.”
I brought it to work with me and dipped my apples in it. At first it had a really runny consistency. I added a little more powder and stirred and like magic it turned into the normal peanut butter consistency. I think it will make a great addition to shakes! I can’t wait to try it out in one of my breakfast shakes!
Nutritional Information for 2 Tbsp:
Fat: 1.5 g
Total Carbs: 5g
For book club I needed a quick dessert dish to bring with us to the park. I thought about just going to the store and buying cookies, but decided to actually use a pin that I’ve got pinned on Pinterest. It led me to the Skinny Pumpkin Dip.
1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant cheesecake pudding
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp of cinnamon sugar
1. Carefully mix all the the Cool Whip, pudding mix, and pumpkin puree mix together.
2. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
I personally like to eat this amazingness with apples. However vanilla wafers and graham crackers work just as well.
This recipe is so simple to make and it produces a ton. I was able to enjoy this treat for awhile.
My plate from book club. I am obsessed with Redd’s Strawberry Ale! It is amazing and perfect for fall. The food was delish of course. We read Orange is the New Black. I like the show 10x’s more than I like the book. However the book was definitely worth the read. All in all it was another great book club meeting.
Sunday I went to brunch with Tarah from What I Gather. We have been planning to go to Ramsi’s for a year now. Luckily we finally made it. Ramsi’s is located in Louisville on Bardstown Road. They have a big menu, here is a blurb from their website.
Close to half of our huge menu (100 dishes and counting) is vegetarian. 30 percent is vegan. Many dishes are available Gluten free. And now, we are bringing you certified organic and local produce, eggs and chicken from our own farm, Raising Hope Organic Farm. You have choices when you eat here!
This is a great place to go, especially when going out with people with dietary restrictions. They had a lot of options for brunch, and even an omelet bar! There was plenty of food for everyone, and not the normal buffet kind where it looks like it has been left out for days. I would definitely recommend this one. I can’t wait to go back and try their actual menu!
I have decided to do Taste Test Tuesday’s. A blog post that will share new products I have found. I’ve definitely been venturing out with the products I have been using and figured why not share my opinions and give my readers some suggestions.
This week I went with Talenti Gelato.
I’ve always believed gelato is 100% better than regular ice cream. I’m not sure if I just believe this because I am a gelato junkie or because it reminds me of Italy. Either way this brand is the way to go! Talenti is as close to the real deal I have found stateside in years.
Here is a blurb from their blog:
Our gelato is made with fresh, hormone-free milk and only pure cane sugar. Not only is it delicious, but with 30% less fat than regular ice cream, it’s also a healthier alternative.
30% less fat? Yes please. Add in the hormone-free milk and great taste. I think I may have found my new favorite. They offer some amazing flavors. I picked up Caramel Cookie Crunch and Black Raspberry Chocolate. I can say I did not make a mistake with the flavors I picked. They have a variety of different flavors in the store, and even more on their website. I was a little disappointed to see flavors I would like to try online that are not in the store.
Where can you buy it? The have a lot of different locations from Kroger to Target to Whole Foods. They also have a store locator.