Monthly Archives: November 2012

My Fitness Challenge

“Do not settle for less than exactly what you want. Your heart’s desires are there for a reason. Chase them. Pursue them relentlessly. Do not lose sight of your goals. They are your very reason for being.”
— Franki Durbin

During one of last months Good Stuff Fridays, I mentioned that I was at the start of a new fitness project using Tracy Anderson’s 90 Day Metamorphosis. Well, I’m just over 4 weeks in now and so far the poster above has it right. I’m seeing subtle changes but it’s probably not enough for anyone else to take notice (yet!).

This whole journey has been really interesting. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been incredibly interested in health and fitness. I even remember “working out” to Mickey Mouse (Mousercise!) as a kid, not because weight was even on my radar, just because I was a little health junkie and thought it was fun! When I got into high school I started filling out and exercise went from “fun” to something I did obsessively because I wanted so badly to lose weight. I had countless exercise dvd’s, a gym membership and an intense running schedule that was aiming for half-marathon training status. If you’re familiar with the term “exercise bulimic”, that was me. I could hardly keep my appetite under control and bingeing was a near-daily thing. Fast forward to my early twenties when I found a way of eating that saved my life: No more crazy food cravings, no more feeling sad all the time AND I slowly lost weight without any intense exercise whatsoever. It’s not like I haven’t moved in the last few years but yoga and rebounding (on whatever schedule I’ve felt like) have been a piece of cake compared to the way I used to torture myself. So why did I jump back on the crazy fitness bandwagon? Well…this is embarrassing to admit but…I kinda just want to look good in a swimsuit. There, I said it. I’ve gone through a lot of mind shifts, learning to love my body no matter what and eating well to be happy, not just to look good. When I realized I could lose weight without pushing myself at the gym, I got a sort of “Well screw that!” attitude. Why would I put myself through that if I didn’t have to?? This time around feels completely different. I love my body. I do. I’m not doing this to punish myself anymore so it actually feels good (ok, Tracy is kicking my butt but I don’t feel resentful about it)! It feels like I have a choice which is so much more fun than feeling like I “have to” to feel good about myself. I already feel good about myself, I’m just pushing the envelope a little bit further. Feeling stronger every week is incredibly empowering and seeing slight changes in the mirror doesn’t hurt either. Living a detox lifestyle has taken me about as far as it’s going to in terms of how my clothes fit (I’ve been at a stand still for a couple of years) and while I wear a size 2, the extra weight I carry likes to sit on my belly area and face making it look like much more than it is. I’ve struggled with this. Can I be a feminist and still work hard to look good in a bikini? Should I be doing more important things with my life and time? Can I eat well (not restrict or diet) to look good as well as feel good? It doesn’t sound as noble but I’m getting over it. I know that society puts pressure on us to look a certain way and I’ve tried to pretend that it doesn’t affect me, that I’m free-spirited and mature enough to not care about those sorts of things. Ultimately, a month into this, I feel really proud of myself. I love knowing that I’m disciplined enough to commit to this and it’s helping me feel empowered in other areas of my life as well. That’s all I’ll say for today, I look forward to sharing more as I progress!



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Sugar-Free Nutella Green Smoothie


1 1/2 cups water or nut milk
2 Tbsp hazelnut butter
2 Tbsp cacao powder
NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia, to taste
2 big handfuls spinach or romaine

Blend until creamy.


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Spicy Curry Avocado Salad

I took a trip to our local Asian market and brought home several bags worth of goodies that I wouldn’t usually find on my standard Trader Joe’s run! This delicious salad was a result of that trip- It was eaten following a lunch of guava fruits (which I had for the first time!) and a dessert of durian custard!


1 clove garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup raw okra, sliced
1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 ripe avocado, diced
4 Tbsp hot curry powder
juice of 1-2 limes
salt, pepper and NuNaturals Orange Stevia to taste

Stir ingredients together until avocado and spices are creamed throughout.


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Good Stuff Friday

Treats I made and things I loved this week:

Thai Infused Chilled Butternut Soup from Emily Eats

Thai Grass Fed Steak Salad (My naturopath would like me to eat more meat, I’m not super sold on the idea but I’m trying it out.)

Brussel Sprouts with Maple Buttered Pecans (This was one of the many things that made it onto my holiday Pinterest board.)

Danielle LaPorte’s article “Strike “Overwhelmed” from your Vocabulary” came to my attention at the perfect time.

I’m a huge fan of Brian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes and I only just discovered his Youtube channel!

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What I Ate Wednesday

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I had many indulgences today as you will see…

Britney called this “salad juice”- I called it “whatever-I-have-left-in-my-fridge-juice”. Celery, carrots, garlic, escarole, and dill made a savory and wonderful juicy breakfast.

You may laugh at these…I called them “banana hot dogs”. I had a bunch (a BUNCH!) of bananas, wrapped them in romaine and topped them with pumpkin pie spice and vanilla stevia for lunch. I’ve been really into fruit lunches lately.

Dinner was made up of tasty cabbage wraps stuffed with goat cheddar, roasted onions, and fresh sauerkraut.

After dinner we went to a friends house and had delicious homemade cocktails (I hear that cranberries and agave were involved) and some very dark chocolate.

…and when we got home (I told you there were a lot of indulgences!) I made a treat from my latest cookbook obsession: Hot Maca. I’ts basically hot chocolate but with maca instead of cocoa. I made mine with unsweetened sunflower milk, vanilla stevia and maca powder.

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Holiday Spiced Cranberry Green Smoothie


1 cup water or coconut milk
2 big handfuls spinach or romaine
1 cup frozen cranberries
1/2 an avocado and/or 1 banana
1 big pinch cinnamon
a dash of nutmeg
NuNaturals Vanilla and/or Orange Stevia, to taste

Blend until creamy.


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Sweet Spiced Rhubarb with Goat Cheese


1 bag frozen rhubarb
NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
apple pie spice
sea salt
organic butter
your favorite goat cheese

Heat a pat of butter in a pan and add rhubarb. Saute until creamy, add plenty of stevia (rhubarb can be quite tart) along with a couple pinches apple pie spice and a dash of salt. Top with goat cheese, I used cheddar but chevre would have been great as well.


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