January Challenge!

Well, one of many!  We’re doing burpees starting tomorrow!  Follow along at home or contact me here or via email if you’d like to be in a group on Facebook for daily reminders…or if you want info about any other challenges I have going on!

January Burpees

Expect more frequent posts in January!  I’ve got catching up to do 🙂

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Kale Sweet Potato Mash

I made this recipe from Clean Eating magazine the other day.  I like it a lot, but the baby LOVES it.  I put it in refillable pouches (I have these) and she sucks it down.  A great way to get in some extra greens!  The servings are adult servings though.  I think it would be 3 servings for each of us (so 3 adult, 3 13 month old servings) if we wanted to have it together.  I’ll probably have 2 since she’s loving it so much.  Food has been a bit of a struggle lately with most taking a trip to the floor, so if she likes it and it’s healthy, I’ll definitely take less!

Kale Sweet Potato Mash
serves 4 adults

Ingredients –
-2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
-8oz chopped kale (about 7 cups)
-1/4 cup almond milk
-1TBSP raw honey
-1/4tsp sea salt

Instructions –
-Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
-Add potatoes to boiling water.  Cover, reduce heat to medium high and cook for 10 min
-Add kale, cover and cook for 10 more min, until potatoes and kale are soft.  Drain and return to pot.
-Add milk, honey and salt.  Either roughly mash with a wooden spoon or, if you’re putting it in pouches, use an immersion blender to smooth it out (I didn’t fully puree it…there are still decent chunks but it has been soft enough to get out of the pouch so far).

Not the best picture, but it was super tasty!

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Breaking Up With Gym Pact

It had to be done 😦  I had gone back hoping for the best, and it was smooth sailing for a while.  But then came issues…needing to contact them because rewards weren’t showing.  Needing to contact them because they charged me when I completed my pact.  Friends having similar issues.  And little response from them.  Eventually, all my issues were fixed and I took my money and ditched.  It was more of a hassle than I wanted.

One thing I can’t understand is why they don’t have a way to see your history – like with each week’s workouts, showing how much you earned and what that made your balance.  If I didn’t keep track myself, I might not have realized that I was stiffed 4 of the past 6 weeks.  I have suggested this to them, but they haven’t implemented it.

So no more updates from me on that.  I did make almost $100 for working out since rejoining, never having to pay in.  But that wasn’t too worth it in the end.  Now I no longer have to worry that my workout didn’t count because the app froze or drain my battery first thing in the morning.

So, anyone else have motivational apps I can check out?  Leave them in the comments!

Warrior Mode!

In addition to my December Challenge, I’ve started doing Les Mills Combat.  It is so much fun!  Let me tell you a story…

I started working out at a gym.  I took a lot of classes, including some great kickboxing classes.  They were mostly combination based, not a lot of drills, some used light bags and all were fun.  When I left the gym to work out at home (like now, I had little time to workout and getting to/from the gym was time I could use elsewhere), I found Turbo Jam.  It was also a lot of fun, but different.  The classes had been more fight based and more technical – not that form wasn’t important in both, but the moves were more traditional.  Turbo Jam was dancey and happy.  I looked forward to my workouts and found something I loved.

Now years later, I am working out at home mostly again.  I moved on to Turbo Fire, became a certified Turbo Kick instructor and still adore the workouts.  But!  I tried Combat.  It’s terrific.  So much like the workouts I used to do.  They make me feel strong and like I can take on anything.  I still haven’t made it through all of the workouts (just finished week 2 – I’m doing the Ultimate Warrior schedule) but it’s been fun.  I’m so glad I tried it.  You never know how much you’ll like something until you try!  I didn’t even realize how much I missed my old workouts.

There is still plenty of room for my Turbo workouts.  They are different, not better or worse.  Sometimes, I have too many fun workouts to choose from!  This is one of the reasons I like to use a schedule – without one I wouldn’t be able to choose between all of my favorites!

So…do you want to see a workout by workout review of Combat like I did for T25?  Let me know!

Sometimes, we eat fudge!

Don’t think that it’s all perfect eats over here!  We have our indulgences but like to make them worth it!  So here is a recipe for fudge that isn’t only rich an delicious, but also has an alcohol kick.  Grown up deliciousness!

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Boozey S’mores Fudge

Ingredients –
-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
-3/4 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup marshmallow or whipped cream vodka
-3 to 4 Tbsp flax meal
-1 cup graham crackers coarsely crushed

Instructions –
-line an 8×8 pan with tinfoil
-in a small pot or saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate chips. almond milk and vodka
-stir stir stir until melted then stir in flax meal
-remove from heat for a few minutes
-stir in graham crackers
-pour into pan and refrigerate until firm-ish.  They wont firm totally – it will be a bit gooey (and perfect!)

Enjoy!!

 

Got 30 minutes?

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P90X3 releases on 12/10…9 days from now!  It is all 30 minute workouts.  Nice and quick!  You do not need to have done P90X or P90X2 prior to doing P90X3 – it is a standalone workout.

Here’s a video with more info…

Want to be alerted with the most updated P90X3 info or have questions already?  Let me know!