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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Walking (without crutches OR a leg brace!!) on sunshine :)

Hello all! This is a super-quick-y post...just wanted to inform you all that I am skating again! :D I got my brace off last Monday and have been skating my heart out ;) Im not allowed to jump quite yet...still 11/2 -2 more weeks on that one...but I will be able to do our annual Christmas show at the rink!!! Im so thrilled. This was a huge surprise because of the seriousness of my injury. But all is well!!
Happy TUesday. Fooodie post tomorrow :)
:D Stay healthy!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let Winter Begin!!! :)

Hello to all my fellow foodies out there :) Sorry I have been bad about posting is taking more time than usual these days that are approaching holiday break!

~Eats~'s some random eats from the past week!

  Dinner from a few nights ago...Quinoa, broccoli, yellow squash, and corn. Quinoa=deliciousness!

Old-fashioned oats, a banana, 1/2 fresh peach, fresh fig, almond butter, cinnamon. SO good.

Oats, 1/2 a fresh pomegranate (seeded), a fresh fig, a banana, almonds...pomegranate oats are a lot of work to prepare, but SOOOO worth the effort!!!

Sesame Ezekiel bread, garlic hummus, romaine lettuce, and an egg, with a side of a yummy gala apple. Egg and hummus has to be my favorite sammie combo....absolutely amazing. A MUST try IMMEDIATELY!

OATMEAL PANCAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O. My. Gosh. Amazingness!!! I used 3/4 c Organic Irish Oats (first time trying these--soo good!!), 2 eggs, beaten...that's it!! Beat eggs, stir in oats, cook like normal pancakes until cooked through (time varies). SO many ways to serve these babies! I topped with all-natural peanut butter and some raspberries...MMMM!!!

On-the-go snackage: Greek yogurt with Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus cereal

~Pearberry Oats~ 1/2 c Irish Oats, 1/2 fresh pear, almond butter, all natural no-sugar added raspberry jelly, wheat germ cooked in. This combo (minus the wheat germ and oats) is also super yummy on ezekiel as a sammie!

Justin's Maple Almond Butter-had it on a sammie this afternoon with a slice of natural swiss cheese on ezekiel bread with an apple!

~Fitness Is Fun!~
Lunges: Great for you legs, butt, hip flexors, and even abs. Stand with your feet just slightly wider than your hips. Make sure your toes are pointing forward. Bend one knee as you lean into the side of the leg you are bending, keeping the opposite leg straight. I did some of these today at physical therapy!

So I have to have an MRI this week for a weird lump that my physical therapist found on my calf...the ordeal never ends! Going to the doctor tomorrow for him to check it out before I have the MRI...
Today at PT I made a lot of progress. I actually put on my skates and walked around in them...I even did some basic knee exercises with them on! It felt fantastic just to be back IN my felt RIGHT. My therapist said I have a much better chance of getting back on the ice sooner after today and after she saw how much progress I had made since Monday.  My knee actually didn't even hurt when I was in my skates. My therapist was so surprised! I have a little bit more hope after today's session...I hope tomorrow goes just as well!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day and remember that no matter what bad things happen, they will always get better. I have had to keep telling myself that throughout this injury, and though I have to admit it doesn't ALWAYS make me feel better, 75% of the time it does...along with great friends :)

Stay happy and of course, stay healthy :) more thing...I recently bought some edamame....any ideas on what to use it for? I'm VERY open to suggestions on this one! ;)


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The good, the bad, and the ugly...foodie style :)

Hey there chicas!! Hope this post is finding everyone well...had my first Physical Therapy appointment yesterday and going back for my second tomorrow therapist is great. Super nice and really knows her stuff. Anyway...sorry I've been MIA lately...super busy and crazy life right about now...but not to prolong the process...

~Random Eats~
Alrighty'm just gonna post some random eats from the past goes...

whole wheat bagel, hummus, turkey, arugala, provolone cheese.

Okay people...these things are amazingly ridiculous. No sugar added applesauce and ground cinnamon. THAT'S IT!! No preservatives, sugar, sugar substitutes, additives, artificial flavoring, just NATURAL INGREDIENTS. YA BABY!! :)

Yes, my dears. You see correctly. Fresh. Figs. YESS!!!! So good. This was my very first fresh one ever and I can gladly say I am officially addicted. I think some major fig recipes (fig oats!!!) are in my on the lookout ;)

Eggplant Boats. Amazing. A fresh eggplant, stems cut off and sliced in half lengthwise. Scoop out inside and seeds and drizzle with olive oil and spices. Bake until slightly tender, about 5 minutes.  Pour tomato sauce into the "boat" inside scoops of both sides of the egglpant. Slice up some ham and toss into the sauce. Mix together lightly. Place back in the oven and bake for about 3-6 more minutes (time varies according to oven). And Voila! Eggplant deliciousness :)

This mornings breakie:

O.My.Holy.Delicious. This was so good. MUST TRY NOW! Fat-free plain stoneyfield organic yogurt with oats, 1/2 a fresh peach (mmmmmm) a fresh fig (more mmmmmm) frozen raspberries, and almonds. Perfest way to start off the day. TOTALLY loving yogurt oatmeal messes lately!! ;)

 ~Fitness Is Fun!~

Well....since the weather is quickly turning to winter (where did fall run off to?!) we should all get in the holiday spirit by engaging in cold-weather sports and activities. No snow on the ground yet, but when there is, shoveling snow is a suprising way to get that most-wanted flat belly. Great shoulder toner as a bonus, too!! I ADORE running in the snow. It's a bit difficult but a great leg workout. And seeing the fresh winter scenery is always uplifting! ICE SKATING!!!!!!! This is my favorite (all year round) pastime, obviously :) And I hope all of you will slip on some skated and take to the ice this holiday season...I guarantee you will LOVE it!!

I got some strengthening exercises from my therapist (I am sure I will be SO out of shape when I get back on the ice!!!:/  ) And they are helping SO much already, though I have only done them a couple of times. My knee is feeling so much stronger and my sprained ankle is looking less swollen all the time :) I was glad this past week when I could wear pants that weren't sweats!! YAY!! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE me my sweat pants, but I was pretty happy when my knee had decreased swelling enough for me to wear my new jeggings!! <3 Getting oh so anxious about skating again...but I just have to keep my chin up and think it's less time every minute. :) Oh ya....I almost forgot..silly me!! If my knee is 100% better by then, I will be running a half-marathon (13.1 miles baby!!!!) at the end of March!! I am SO excited!! My bestie will be training me for this--she is the absoluely amazing one who just ran 50 miles on saturday!!! She is so inspiring to me. I hope to be able to run like her one day!! So, glad that I have another thing to look forward to once I'm back, I'm signing off for the day. Hope everyone has a wonderful, wacky, Wednesday. Stay healthy and happy.


Friday, November 5, 2010


Hey peoples!! So my doc appt was ok I guess...coul have been better, could  have been worse. 3 more weeks off. But get to stat Physical Therapy this week and go 2-3 times/week. O boy...

Just randoss...

Breakie started out delish...and it looked pretty good, there, if I may say so myself!! ;)
"Himalayan Muesli". A recipe from a natural helaing cookbook--helps speed up recovery time...just what I need right now!!--old-fashioned organic oats, an apple chopped (red delicious), banana, raisins, 1/2 c. organic fat free plain yogurt, topped with some almonds--stick the almonds into the mis to look like the himalayas...too cute!!

Lunch was 2 slices of cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread with almond butter and honey. With some pear and an apple on the side. YUM!!

Some snacks throughout the day included: an apple, zucchini bread slice, 3 prunes, some organic bran flakes-dry and a pb cookie larabar (my fav flavor!!).

~Fitness Is Fun!~

Most of you all have probably heard of a move called a "superman". If so, up the strength training by adding weights to your upper back/lower neck area. Ankle weights will work, just make sure they aren't too hard and won't dig into your back! :D Happy exercising!!

So my bestie is running a 50 MILER tomorrow!!! I'm so excited for her. It's her first 50, but she's done tons of marathons and ultras before. I know she'll be great!!
SUPER early morning again tomorrow...:/ Outta the house by 5:50....AHHHHH YUCK!!!!!!!! Until then....Hope you all are staying warm in this bitter fall wind! It turned cold almost OVERNIGHT! :/

Talk tomorrow hopefullt. Happy healthy living!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Catch Up post!!

Hey Guys! Sorry I've been so bad about posting lately :/ I've been SO busy...ahhh!! Anyway...Here's some random eats that I didn't post...can't quite remember the exact days they were from...but...when so much is going on, there's so little time to get everything done!!

~Weekly/Daily Eats Recap~

So...I'll start off with a breakie from a couple of days ago...
Old-fashioned Oats cooked in skim milk with almonds, a banana, frozen raspberries (I much prefer fresh, but I can't fathom paying 7$$ for a carton of fresh in the fall and winter!!). A great breakfast for that LAST warm day of on to the bone chilling times...:/

Dinner from a few nights ago...absolutely delish!! :)
Indian Style Vegetable Korma with chicken and brown rice. YUM! This was a super-quick "throw-together" dinner but it came out suprisingly good!

I had a FABULOUS bowl of pumpkin oats for breakie on halloween a.m. consisting of old-fashioned oats, pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds and 3 chopped dries figs!

My family had a party on halloween night, and I made "greek yogurt ghosts" and "termites smiles"!

One banana, halved in the middle: smothered with Oikos 0% Greek yogurt (favorite!) and two raisins as eyes and one as a mouth! Too cute! And TOO GOOD! Apple slices with greek yogurt and raisins. :D

Now for far ;)

Raw old-fashioned oats, ezekiel cinnamon raisin cereal (SOO good-must try), whole almonds, all with skim milk poured over top! This was absoluelty FABULOUS! Perfect for early mornings when in need of a uick breakie but still want those oats!! :)

I bought some arugala the other day and have been DEVOURING it! I had it on a sammie today for lunch!

7 Sprouted Grains Ezekiel Bread (I had never tried this kind before, but I really like it--it has oats on top!! ;) Only thing I DON'T like about it is it falls apart WAY more than any of the other kinds!! hmmm...) With turkey, swiss cheese, and arugala! With a delish red delicious apple! :D

That's all so far...but I will post the other half of my day tonight.

~Fitness Is Fun!~
I know it's turning cold outside, but if you have one available to you, hop into the swimming pool! Swimming is one of the number one forms of cardio out there and SUPER fun! And while it pumps up your heart rate, it relaxes your muscles and rids them of unwanted tension! How cool is that?!

Now I don't know about you guys, but my yard out in front of my house is absolutely SMOTHERED in a way to get outside and get your Vitamin D...rake them! And jumping in the piles is allowed, too, I suppose! ;)

Getting ready to leave for my follow-up doctor appointment for my knee...pretty worried about the news I am going to here. It's been doing great lately, actually...I just don't know if I'm making myself think it's so  uch better because I am DYING to get back on the ice. Well, whatever is going on, I'll find out in a few...:/
I will be incorporating "super meals" into my posts...meaning certain meals and sides/snacks that have certain, promotes quick recovery (the main one I will be focusing on), anti-cancer, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, etc. These are fun to learn about and even more fun to make and enjoy. They are super yummy and can be enjoyed even more with knowing all the EXTRA benefits that go along with them!

Scooting out for now. Be back with more later.

Stay healthy and be happy!