It Takes Two

two ingredient pancakes with agave

Forgive the photo, because 1. I’m not an artsy photo taker, and 2. I was so hungry after my rowing class this morning that I dove right in before I remembered to take a picture! That being said, I believe I have found my new favorite clean eating meal- the 2 ingredient pancake! And y’all, next to pizza, pancakes are one of my trigger foods… you know, the ones you have to avoid because you know you’ll eat every last bit no matter how much willpower you possess… so yeah, I’m pumped!

My mom told me about these yesterday, so when I got home from working out this morning, I googled it. The first link that came up was from http://theskinnyconfidential.com/2012/09/25/ummm-seriously-dying-ingredient-pancakes-flourless-full-protein/ and it looked amazing, so I decided to go with it. She makes some great recommendations on things to add to your pancakes (my list is below), as well as what to top your pancakes with. Remember, the no-sugar syrups do NOT mean they are good for you- usually it’s the opposite. I used raw agave nectar, and it was delicious! I didn’t have any berries on hand today, but I’ll definitely make sure I do next time! Anyway, feel free to click on the link above, or I reposted the recipe below with my adjustments. Enjoy!!

The Skinny, Skinny Pancake from The Skinny Confidential

1 mashed, super ripe banana

2 eggs

Oil for the pan (I used coconut oil, but you choose- I may use walnut oil next time)

My Additions

a dash of apple pie spice (two shakes)

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (this is supposed to be what helps hold the mixture together- I may try 2 tbsps next time)

nutmeg+cinnamon

**I’m thinking of adding chopped walnuts next time as well- let me know if you have any other suggestions or have tried something else that is good in it!

Directions

Mash your banana completely with a fork. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. Mix eggs & banana together thoroughly and add any additions to the mix. Put your choice of oil on a pan [ low-medium heat ]. Add a silver dollar-sized amount to the pan. Let the cake set for 30 seconds (or when the center bubbles) and flip! Enjoy with your choice of healthy toppings!

Reality Check

Ok, it’s time for a minute or two of real talk, y’all. And I literally mean a minute or two before I crash for the night…

TRUTH: I am a horrible blogger. It’s just not high on my priorities list right now, and I apologize. I know I’ve promised my “aha moment” and a few other stories recently, but I just don’t have the time between work and school- maybe one day soon! Oh, and the post with my old super cute, super cheap clothes is on it’s way too, I SWEAR!! Okay, now let’s move on to the big stuff…

Worse than being a crappy blogger is the fact that I also haven’t had the time to properly take care of my body lately. Or I haven’t made the time, one or the other… or both…

I realized tonight that it has officially been an entire week since I’ve put in any sort of quality workout. I’ve had every intention each morning of doing something, but suddenly I’m staring at 10:00p/11:00p/midnight or later and it just hasn’t happened yet. It AMAZES me how quickly you can fall out of a routine😦

And to top it off, I haven’t been taking my supplements properly, which just adds to the exhaustion/feeling overwhelmed issue (some of you may remember my little❤ deal last year- turns out it's a result of being MAJORLY iron deficient, so I take this awful baby iron stuff twice a day to help, which it SO does, amazingly enough) Well, I ran out two weeks ago and when I didn't find it at the store the first time I looked, I just kind of let that go too=BAD idea…

So to recap: I've let myself get run down by work and school and lack of sleep, and not taken care of my health or my body very well lately. That is so hard for me to admit, but it's the truth. I'm just thankful my food has been more good than bad or else I'd really be in a down state of mind… and while a funk every once in awhile is okay and to be expected even, I know I HAVE to get it together NOW before this gets out of hand…

So tonight, I'm choosing sleep. But tomorrow, I'm choosing me🙂 I hope you will too!

Hugs and Love,

A

PS: I wrote this on my phone while fighting sleep- please forgive any spelling or grammatical errors… I'll check it tomorrow🙂

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Nothing to Lose

I know I promised a blog about the Biggest Loser RunWalk 10k, but sometimes things happen and posts don’t get published… I do plan on putting it up though, but I figure now I’m just going to wait for the race photos to come in this weekend and then post it all at once. So have no fear, it will be up this weekend! Today I want to talk about something else though…

Do you ever feel like life just smacks you right in the face and then laughs at you? After an awesome start to 2013, I feel like that has been my world for the past week. I’ve felt awful (cedar fever is the worst), hurt my ankle+foot and thus have not been able to really work out, which has led to more stress than normal, been hurt by a friend, and gotten really bad news about a relative (if you are the praying type, please keep my family in your prayers- we lost my grandpa last year, so yesterday’s news has been doubly hard, I feel)… and to top it off, I got on my phone last night to update a couple of notes where I keep track of all my runs and weigh-ins only to discover that somehow in the last day or two, the note with EVERY. SINGLE. weigh-in since I started this journey in 2010 is gone. Deleted. Disappeared. Vanished. Lost into the great unknown of cyber space. Kidnapped forever by Apple.

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Aggghhhh…

I cried. I know it’s dumb, but I did. I guess it was just the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back”. I’ve tracked every weigh-in for almost 3 years in that note. I could look back and see exactly where I was at any given time along the way, and now it’s gone. I don’t know why I felt so devastated, but I did.

After a night of almost no sleep (not because of the missing note), I sat in the car this morning thinking about all that’s “gone wrong” in the last several days. Sure, it’s mostly minor stuff in the grand scheme of life, but when it happens all at once, it can be overwhelming… IF I choose to let it be.

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So I’m choosing to let it all go… my foot is already feeling much better than I expected- heck, I ran the 10k 22+ minutes faster than I thought I could!! I upped my allergy meds and feel slightly zombie-ish but not like I’m drowning in my own head. I’m taking the friend thing as yet another learning experience in life. The family thing is still there of course, but I’ll relying on Faith+God to handle that.

And I’m letting go off the lost iPhone note… I could probably go back into old fitness apps and at least recover some of the info, but why bother? I lost the weight and don’t want it back, so do I really need to know my exact weight from October 10, 2011 or March 26, 2012 or any other day along the way? I know how far I’ve come AND I know where I’m headed. It’s time to shake off the funk and keep moving forward!

Hugs and Love,

A

**Have you ever lost something to technology and just been crushed about it, or am I the only one?

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Put down the blanket, Linus!

As many of you have seen, I cut all my hair off yesterday! (Okay, not ALL of it, but you know what I mean…) As silly as it may seem, this was actually a big deal for me. I’ve talked about doing it for quite awhile now, but the follow-through never happened, and I’ll tell you why.

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I felt safe with my hair. I hoped I could keep people from seeing everything I thought was wrong with me and my body by distracting them with my Pantene commercial worthy hair (ok, it wasn’t that great, but I’m trying to make a point here). I could hide my arm fat with it. I thought it made my face look thinner. Honestly, it made me feel pretty… (I can keep going, but I’m trying to keep my blogs from becoming mini-novels every time I get around to posting!)

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But the point is that I was hiding! My hair was my security blanket in many ways. So when the question, “Have I lost enough weight to cut my hair?” actually came out of my mouth earlier this week, I knew it was time to say “buh-bye!” Because what I was really asking was, “Can I finally stop hiding?”

I wasn’t asking about my hair or my weight loss. The real question behind the words I spoke was about me and how I feel about myself. And let me tell you a few things I’ve realized recently- I may not be done losing weight yet. I may not be the size I want to be or as toned as I’d like. I may not be able to run as far or for as long as I think I should be capable of. I may not be a lot of things or have everything I thought I would have by the time I was 29.

But I feel good about myself! For the first time in my entire adult life, I like me. I am happy with who I am becoming. I may not love where I started, but it’s a part of me and I accept it as that. And that is a pretty amazing feeling!

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So yesterday I got rid of my security blanket- I don’t need it anymore🙂

Hugs and Love,

A

ps- What security blankets are you holding on to? How can I help you put them aside and move forward?

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**Tell me that’s not the funniest thing- the left is my pup, Kenji, and the right is obviously my hair, but boy do they look alike! haha😀

Aside

10 Things I Learned From My Accidental 10k

1. Make sure your GPS is working at all times! If not, you may end up going much further than you planned or wanted…

1b. My new phone isn’t going to fit into all the great little pockets on my running pants, so clearly I’m going to need to figure out a new way to GPS my runs in the next week- suggestions??

2. Always hydrate properly before a run, and be aware of the humidity. It WILL make a difference no matter how ‘cool’ it is outside.

2b. Starbucks will give you free water if you need it!

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**This was not free, but they did offer a “free venti iced water, triple filtered”… yes, those were her exact words…

3. Aleve and Epsom salt are my new best friends! After 17 miles this week (about 8 more than my average), my hips and ankles just ache…😦

*I realize several of you run more than that weekly, but I’m just starting to build up my weekly mileage- don’t judge!

4. Make sure you are wearing the proper running shoes- lightweight shoes for the trail will NOT be your friend on the road. See #3

5. I think I’m finally past the days when running would cause me to want to eat ALL. DAY. LONG. Yay!

6. I don’t think I am at all prepared for my first official 10k next month. I was DONE by the time I had hit 4.5 miles- I walked the rest and obviously finished (what option did I have? I needed to get home…), but I thought that I was more prepared than I really am😦

7. I love mud runs because they add a bit of excitement to running! On that note, I can’t wait for the Jailbreak in Dallas next weekend!! I’ll be sure to post pics and a recap.

8. I still really want to run a half marathon next year, but I’m going to have to find a way to zone out or I’ll never make it. I run because it works for me and reminds me that I can do more than I give myself credit for, but man I get BORED… hiking is so much better, in my opinion!

9. I also really, REALLY want a bike. There were tons of people out riding and it just seems like something I would enjoy. And I want to ride in a century race! (Yo soy loca!)

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10. I am looking forward to my rest day tomorrow more than usual. But since it’s still Saturday, I think I’ll go out and dance a little… I know my legs can handle it!😀

Vlog #1 09 09 12

I promise to work on the uhhs and that other weird noise I make in the future!!

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The Heart of the Matter

My❤ results came back this week and things look a-okay (not the doc’s exact words, but that’s basically what I heard)!! I’ve got one more test next week, but the cardiologist isn’t expecting to find anything, so it looks like my dizziness and blackout episodes are solely a result of having extremely low blood pressure! He has mentioned medications to help my body regulate itself better, but as long as I can kind of manage it on my own (coffee seems to help- crazy, I know, but I’m going with it!), I don’t plan on taking anything.

So that’s what I know as of today, and unless something crazy comes out in the echo next week, I am SO looking forward to putting this nagging fear behind me! Thank you for checking in on me and praying with me these last few weeks- love y’all!

 

Hugs and Love,

A

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