Off to play!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Off to play!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sometimes people don't realize the victory we parents of kiddos with Autism feel..... I'm taking time right now to think about that....
This video by the beautiful and amazing Angela.
I've been so busy lately. I promise to get to your emails really soon. I am making jambalaya (not raw) for Kennedy's dad. I made a HUGE plate of pralines for his office for Kennedy to bring over yesterday. She was so excited. I will post all about her Christmas and what this season has meant to us.
Off to do that... go to the store (last minute things) and will be up all night wrapping and assembling gifts!!
Oh yea... I've not been eating the best (all raw though), but have been getting to the gym. My tummy is NOT happy right now, but I will get her back on track. She knows I love her very much. I'm chugging grapefruit juice right now.
p.s. Check out my amazing friend Kristen's EASY Raw Holidays ebook . Only $6.95 and downloadable NOW. You can run out and make ONE raw dish or hey ALL raw dishes this Christmas day or weekend. ... BBL (be back later)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Jayna' and the Raw Chocolate God D. Wolfe
Me and Brit
Raw Power Men having a moment
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Woke up all thru the nite to more and more snow. Rain... then ice.
Okay no school for DD so no gym for me right?? My 5 am wakeup didn't workout today. I got up but was so tired I couldn't brush my teeth straight. I went back to bed until 7:30 when DD got up. That is really sleeping late for her!
I set up my laptop in my bedroom and did a cardio DVD for 30 mins. She was whining and asking me to play with her and I am so proud of myself for finishing it. I said to myself, "When she's 16, she won't remember the 30 mins of crying she did when she was 4" That eased the guilt
Ive been cleaning for a playdate and mom just called to say she can't drive b/c of some medicine. Well, guess what????? It's all good. Her house is 8 mins from our gym!! We will go there, hang for a big, exchange gifts (my gosh I took all my money buying her son a gift!) it didnt cost a lot, I just didnt have any :-)
Then I will pack DDs dinner and eat there...run to the gym and get home. What a splendid plan. Today will be legs...ahhhh I miss them. Home in time to put her straight to bed and do my schoolwork.
All things work out for the good.
I typed that earlier before I left home. I'm back now. The playdate broke my heart. I was getting really upset when I was there, but I like to follow Kennedy's lead. When we got in the car she said, "Mommie don't ever bring me there again. He doesn't like me. He's a mean Gus". I assured her that I wouldn't and that wherever mommie is...it's safe and secure. sigh
Since I've been back from NYC my diet has been simple. I had bad diarrhea for one day after I got back. My stomach couldn't handle the pressure. It was all really good food, just too much too many times a day.
Now I'm back simple. Greens. Juices. Smoothies. Massive fat filled salads. Few raw chocolate bites while sipping yerba mate'. Life is good.
@ Gym I did...
WU: 10 mins on crosstrainer
Smith squats 70x2x1 90x1x12
Calf raises 20sx2x30 20sx1x45
Split squats 15sx1x10 15sx2x8 (each leg)
Ab Knee ups 20....30....25
Leg Press 90x3x15
Standing side kick 15sx1x10 (each side) 15sx2x15 (each side)
Ab Knee ups 20....15.....12
Bridges on ball 10, 10, 10 (held for 10 secs between sets)
Cardio 5 mins on treddy and i FELL OFF!! Geez it's Christmas time and no one stopped to help me. On one hand it's great that they were so focused...but they WERE laughing!!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I gave it my all today working out. It's like if you don't see a lover for weeks and then you're all over them. Well, that's me and my weights. I made a new playlist and got busy. Great great great workout. What I didn't count on was the blizzard that came blowing our way!! Oh my. I looked out the gym window and saw the blankets of snow and thought, "I could leave"... nah I'll do 10 more mins and then we can go. It was a fun ride home. Slow, but fun.
I will do a post about NYC later or tomorrow. I had a blast. I drove alone. Did a lot of meditating on the way there and had an enjoyable relaxing day before the party. It was so much fun to be around crazed raw cacao lovers and yes oh yes I DID meet David Wolfe. yes we chatted about raw chocolate for a second. yes we stared into each others' eyes for an eternity. oh my life long connection. He IS amazing.
more later. off to kiss Kennedy and find something fun to do in here since we are snowed in!
Warm fuzzy hugs,
There are chapters with titles like "How Raw Works", "Cravings", "Setting Yourself up to Win", "Where are you Today?", "Travel in the Raw" and "14-Day Sample Meal Plan". WoW. I couldn't put this one down. If I had this book when I first started out, it would have made a major difference in my ability to be successfully raw YEARS ago.
Go read about the lovely Kristen and see all of the ebooks and paper books that she offers Here at her cute website . And also check em out here at AMAZON .
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
At the gym, I kept it light and easy and didn't have much time, but hey it did the trick.
My box arrived from One Lucky Duck and I feel like one lucky duck! I ordered chocolate macaroons and the oatmeal raisin cookies. I'm GF (b/c my daughter has to be) so I don't really do oats so I didn't care for them as much, but the macaroons were consumed while drinking really warm tea with wild honey and watching Girlfriends- one of my favorite shows ever invented! Of course Kennedy was napping while all of this happened....what a great day.
I didn't get much schoolwork done today b/c I went out to dinner with Kay, her dad and a few of his friends. I'm on a different wavelength than they are so I mostly tuned into Kay with her radiant light and had a fun nite munching on celery sticks.
Tomorrow is a planned walk outside in the cold followed by at home yoga and grocery shopping before I have to get Kay from school. Perhaps on Thursday and Friday I can sneak back into the gym.
Hope that you are making the most of this holiday season and giving others before you give yourselves. Don't worry, I walk the walk . Those cookies and macaroons? My mom is getting 1/2 in the surprise "happy you're raw" package I mailed for her today.
Smile!! It'a a rawonderful life
Big warm fuzzies,
Monday, December 8, 2008
So with that in mind, this morning Kennedy got on the van for school. "I have 2 solid hours" I said to myself.... out the door I went. 21 degrees, windchill 18. I walked for 30 minutes graciously inhaling the crisp pre-winter air as I thought of wonderful it is that I am afforded the opportunity to walk...a safe neighborhood to walk in....comfortable walking shoes and a winter coat. Point is... I wouldn't have reached those feelings of gratitude going round on a treadmill like a hamster on the wheel.
My morning meditation brought me someplace beautiful and I was able to tap into an infinite amount of wisdom there. Images of green grasses, prayer beads and water gave me a great idea for my upcoming trip to CA. Yes I'm going to CA in January for 8 days....OH speaking of trips. I'm going to NYC this weekend for the crazy Raw Choc Party. I'll give the link tomorrow...I'm super busy and trying to post before heading back to my mountain of work.
My raw food has been simpler...as time doesn't allow for much else. Kale salads with lots of seeds, sprouts and avocados.... a few almond dream yumpots, juices, smoothies....simple raw love. I thrive on the diet best this way. I do however have plans tomorrow to make some buckwheat zucchini pizza crust, cashew seed cheese, marinara (pizza!) and a mango cheesecake. But hey it's cold out here!
Stay warm, stay healthy.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sometimes I wait to post if my pictures aren't uploaded (of my raw foods) or if I don't have time to hyperlink info for you all, but maybe it would be better if I put up a short post or one without links and pictures....it's better than nothing. (lesson learned)
New Orleans was an extremely moving experience for me this time around. I can't go into detail b/c there are people who read this blog who may not appreciate my candor and I have sensitives towards that. Suffice it to say, I am forever changed.
My diet in New Orleans was great. I ate a lot of gRAWnola (although the nuts were soaked, wasn't that great on my digestion). I had massive amounts of green juices, wonderful kale salads and tons of sprouts. I arrived in town and as usual went straight to my 2nd home... Whole Foods. I got a container of very fresh guacamole and added HUGE amounts of sprouts to it and ate it right out of the container. I also fell back in love with mangoes while there. I ate about 20 of them...yum yum. For Thanksgiving dinner, I had the biggest salad known to man with sprouts, kale, lemon juice, tomatoes, avocados, pine nuts and about 16 ozs of really green juice. Kennedy had an amazing time with family....running and jumping and just being herself. We made GF playdough from scratch, test cookies for Santa, tons of juices and raw burgers to leave with my mom.
I'm excited to note that my mom is embarking on a high raw diet. YES. She went veg, not vegan, years ago and is now serious about green juices, green smoothies and the like. She will be more conscious of the other food choices, but 100% raw isn't her deal , neither should it be. She should do what she is comfortable with and that way she will stick with it. I'm excited to see her progress!
My gym time has halted! The freezing winds, daylight savings time, piled up schoolwork...arg! Instead of griping about my desire to go, I am accepting it and changing my definition of exercise. I do a few things around the house....dance with Kay....rebound for short spurts of time, take walks and do standing abs. My muscle definition will be fine over the next couple of weeks. That will mean 4 weeks of a break from the gym by that time. OUCH! I miss her! Don't worry, I'll be back... I always am.
I've been doing something lately that I thought I'd never do...walking outside in the freezing cold! I'm a Southern Gyrl and anything below 50 is too cold to go out in. However, I've begun walking outside in the morning 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. I use the time to clear my mind and focus on my breath. I've even fallen in love with a bony, leave ridden tree. I named her Shanti. I stop and talk to her....listen to her every morning that I go out. I'm proud to say that I'm learning to dress better in this cold weather too!! I've been up her four years, you'd think I know by now ;-)
So much has transformed in my life on a spiritual level. I am open to the process and love and light are flowing in. My hands and heart are open to receiving them.
I have so much more I want to share with you, but it will have to wait until next time.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'm back in town from New Orleans....didn't really have internet access there and when I did, I was so super busy, I couldn't take a break!
I will fill you in on ALL the details later today AND the ephiphany I had while on my way back yesterday.
Hope your holiday was full of joy and gratitude
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- DB parallel butt squats
- DB calf raises
- Step ups on bench
- standing side kick with DBs
- Oblique hangovers
- Standing back butt kicks with DBs
- DB wide lunges (only 2 sets)
- Dead Lifts
- Plie Squats
- Jump rope b/t each set for 25-30 seconds
- few sets of roman chair abs
I warmed up on the rbike first and read a gossip magazine...did a bit of yoga at the end. I feel great. I realize the raw vegan hemp Cesar dressing I make is giving me heartburn when I work out...I think I"m overdoing the dulse and especially the ground mustard seed!- ouch. I forgot what heartburn feels like. Me no like-y!
On a spiritual side, I have been feeling connected and one with this universe- even more so than ever. My daughter is blossoming and blooming and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be her mom and guide her as she guides me in this world....lucky me.
So what are you doing right now to be aware and grateful for the small things. As we approach the warm, fuzzy holiday season ...isn't there something you can do to show your gratitude to those you love? To your body????? Think of somethings...leave a comment, send an email or just tell your: What can I do to show gratitude for my body and spirit this season? Make a plan and make it happen. I'd love to hear about it.
In light and love,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I decided that I could stay that way or realize how/why I got there. Well, I didn't juice, I didn't meditate...no excuse why I didn't do either ....just didn't. So, I got off my arse and made a change. I am a list person...so got my purple paper and pink pen and got busy. The list is personal so sorry I can't share :-(, but it was eye opening.
I decided that all wasn't lost.... I made a power cacao shake (recipe below) and went to the gym and rocked it out!!!!!!!
Power Cacao (Get off your ASS) Smoothie
1 tbsp cacao
2 tbsp lucuma
blend.... and feel the love
From one of my favorite books "Naked Chocolate" , David Wolfe and Shazzie say "Chocolate truly is a food for the heart - 'blood', due to its magnesium, antioxidants, love chemicals and esoteric properties. Cacao opens the heart center. It heals not only on the physical, chemical level, but also on emotional, spiritual and metaphysical levels."
- 30 mins rbike while reading
- upper body (below)
- 5 mins cybex...no way and it hit my shins on the way off...damn!
- 15 mins rbike while writing notes
Upper body circuit style
- isolated bicep curls
- tricep extensions
- arnold press
- tricep kickbacks
- oblique hang overs
- hammer curls
- each circuit was divided by 2 min runs on treddy at 5.9-6.0
Tomorrow is Thursday...Kay has therapy mid morning and a new preschool class at the library in the afternoon. If I can time it right, she and I can go to the gym afterwards (may be sensory overload) when the daycare opens....maybe we'll break up the time between, but I will get there for Lower Body...or I'll go at my new favorite time... NITE TIME!!! It is just an ingenious idea- now I can focus on my schoolwork when Kay is at school instead of getting my workout in.... hmmmm all last winter I went at 4:45 am, but this go round, I may enjoy it at nite. I will play with both ways....going at nite for the rest of this week until I go to New Orleans next Wednesday for Thank You Day , and then trying 5 am when I get back.. Okay let me get off of here. It's midnite and I'm just thinking out loud.
Peace and cacao filled bliss to you!!!,
P.S. for those who have read about people NOT agreeing with cacao....follow your body and your gut. I do whatever I want to...so cacao is alright with me!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- parallel squats
- ball roll ups
- ab knee ups on bench
- bicep curls
- arnold press
- tricep kickbacks
- standing side kicks
- calf raises
I felt great when I was done. Well, the snow is on the ground...yes first snow of the season ARG! and I can imagine getting out to the gym on some days when Kay is not in preschool will be difficult b/c driving in hard snow ain't my deal..... so I will be doing DVDs at home...it will so fun to see if Kennedy will "let me" get away with doing them or if I'll have to get up at 5:30 am to get em done like usual.
POA for the rest of this week....
Wednesday- Cardio + Upper Body + Yoga at the gym
Thursday- ? Either DVD + Lower Body @ home; or, Cardio+ Lower Body @ gym
Friday- Crazy Cardio Day (DVD at home...then Cardio Cinema at gym)
Saturday- Cardio + Upper Body
Sunday- Cardio + Lower Body
I am going to make some zuchinni bread wraps and eat them with the recipe for marinated veggies that go inside of the enchiladas I am also gonna make. Of course, I will blog it and give the recipes, the sources of the recipes, and the photos. I am waiting on pay day...I told y'all, I'm as real as real gets and raw food is expensive!!! I am looking to make the wraps so that I can have something to wrap up the enormous amount of veggies I'm trying to eat.
My menus are downstairs so I can't tell you exactly what I ate for those few days....alright alright....hold on let me go down and get em!
on November 15, 2008 I ate....
green juice (broc stalks, kale, lemon, apple, cuke)
green smoothie (1 c froz pineapple, 1/2 banana, spinach, e3live)
apple with cinnamon
salad, 4 oz guac, pico de gallo
strawberry, apple cobbler
2 c green juice with more cobbler
On November 16, 2008 I had...
green juice (broc stalks, celery, romaine, carrot, apple, lemon)
green smoothie (1 c froz cherries, 1/2 banana, spinach, e3live)
1 nori wrap (spinach, tomato, 1 avo, onion) straw cobbler
1/2 c brazil nuts
smoothie: cuke, spinach, straw, 1 whole lime, 1 avocado, shredded coconut on top
November 17, 2008 I had....
***this was a bad day (yesterday)...ate too late and too many nuts...ouch
green smoothie (cuke, spinach, 2 apples, lemon) + 1 banana
salad (1/4 c pumpkin seeds, 1.5 tomato, avocado, lemon); banana
1 c almonds, 2 bananas
smoothie (3 bananas, cacao, agave, ice)
*after a function*** tons of brazil nuts with a smoothie (1 c frozen cherries, 2 bananas, ice)
On November 18, 2008 I had....
1 avocado diced with tomatoes. smoothie (froz strawberries, 1 banana, spinach)
smoothie (cuke, 2 c frozen strawberries, spinach, lemon)
(about to go to the store and get a fruit salad)
AS you can see my stomach was so overwhelmed and bloated from yesterday that I could barely eat heavily today. For one of the first real times, I listened to my body instead of shoveling it with "feel good" raw foods.
Well, I'm off to do tons of stuff. I have some great stuff I wanna share with you all, but it will have to be in my next post. I hope you are staying positive....being gentle with yourself and staying true and authentic to who you truly are.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Yesterday was a busy day... Kay went to school and I had things to do around the house so decided to forgo the gym and workout at home. I had a blast! I did kickboxing for 45 minutes and then some random hip hop dance before showering and running to the library before meeting her therapist at school. I was so grateful for the 15 minutes that I had to read a magazine in total quiet....ahhhhh it is the small things in life. I found myself taking forever to decide which magazine to get! I told myself to enjoy the moment and just get one that appealed to me. I wrapped myself up in 15 straight minutes of bliss and then checked out.
I met Kennedy's therapist at school to discuss a few things. We are on the same team and they all just understand that MOMMIE BEAR runs the ship!! No one tells me what Kennedy can't do...no one tells me what's too much for her. I am her mother and I know her better than anyone else on this planet!
Today I made a celebration dessert for myself and realized that I could have done without the crust and the crumble topping (recipe below). For me as a nutlover that was big news to myself!! OH me oh my...greens are curing me of my terrible sweethtooth (unless you count the midnite Coconut/date/banana smoothie from the other day ;-)
Kay and I got to the gym later than expected today, but I knew I would push it out with all my might in my short time. A little time is better than no time peapods! I absolutely love my new gym. I just feel at home there. Everyone is doing their own thing. Unlike the other gym where everyone stares at you constantly. I dont' mind or care...I go about my business, but it is annoying and interrupts my flow. Today I did 35 mins on the elliptical (while watching 90210- the original), and went into the women's gym (am loving the quiet in there) and did a mish-mosh of fullbody stuff. In no order I did.
- tricep kickback
- ball roll ups
- oblique hangovers
- arnold press
- bicep curls
- ab knee ups
I think that's it. Tomorrow we are gonna try to get there a little earlier and it's a cardio + abs day so I'm excited.
I decided to make a dessert for myself tonite so I headed out in the nitetime rain to get the ingredients. I wanted something sweet and kinda heavy, but kinda light. This was a great choices. Here is my modified version of Cafe' Gratitude's "I am Lovely: Strawberry Apple Cobbler
4 1/2 c pecans (do not soak)
For the crust
3 tbsp well-packed dates
2 tbsps cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla
1/8 tsp sea salt
For the Filling:
8 c sliced apples
5 c sliced strawberries
1/4 c lemon
1 tbsps vanilla
pinch of salt
To make the crust: In the bowl of your food processor fitted with the "S" Blade, process for 1 minute 3 cups of the pecans with the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Continue to process while adding small amounts of the dates. Then place in a bowl and add remaining 1 1/2 c pecans. Press the crust into your pan, setting aside 1 1/2 cp of this crust mixture for the topping.To make the filling: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Evenly distribute the filling on top of the crust. Then crumble the remaining crust on the top.
Jayna's Substitutions: I took an extra cup of strawberries and put in the food processor until liquidy, I mixed in with the berries and apples.
I wish I wouldn't have added the extra pecans...it was just too much for me.
I can honestly say that I will make the "filling" part again without the crust or at least only 1/4 the crust and topping! yum yum
Tomorrow is a busy day ...duh... I have laundry to do that I put off today so that Kay and I could go to lunch together. We went to a Mexican restaurant where I had a plain salad with guacamole and pico de gallo...she had chips and salsa and a salad. She gets so excited when we go out to eat b/c she always eats at home!!! Well, today she ate some locally grown organic cabbage and a side of sweet potatoes (steamed with cinnamon and agave) ...she LOVED it!
I'll be back tomorrow with something uplifting and fun!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I had tons of great greens today. I am loving how alkaline my body is.... I'm not seeing the results from my strength training that I want to so I think it's time to rev things up. I know that it's 80% diet....so that will be my first focus.
Short thoughts...I'll leave you with this....
Today I am grateful and happy for my daughter Kennedy's smiles
Today I am grateful and happy for my 10 year old car that loves me and is covered in bumper stickers
Today I am grateful and happy for my education- studying all nite is a joy of mine
Today I am grateful and happy for warm herbal tea
Today I am grateful and happy for hot long detox baths
Today I am grateful and happy for dancing in the dark
Today I am grateful and happy for just enough money to pay my bills and buy groceries
Today I am grateful and happy for avocados
Today I am grateful and happy for green smoothies
What are you grateful for?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- 1 hr yoga
- standing side kicks with weights
- parallel butt squats
- step ups
- calf raises
- ab knee ups on bench
- oblique hangovers
Maybe I left one or two exercises out, but for some reason, I wasn't feeling my workout. I didn't do 3 sets, I did 2, but I made the second one really count. Whatever, I listen to my body. Training is privilege NOT a chore. So I only do and eat what feels good to me.
Tomorrow is therapy for Kay early in the morning so it's a mystery if I'll get to the gym. It was supposed to be a DOR, but b/c I missed Monday I was tryna get it in....no worries, I'll work it out.
Today I felt super lazy about kitchen stuff. I wanted to do tons of things, but didn't do em. Today on November 12, 2008 I ate....(no green juice today :(
- green smoothie (1/2 banana, 1 orange, e3live, spinach, ice) and 1/2 banana
- huge salad of spring mix, 1 avo, 1/4 c pumpk seeds, lemon juice, sea salt. And 2 savoy cabbage leaves with the salad wrapped in..yummm
- 1 banana and 2 dates (rarely if ever eat dates plain...it was hard to get down, but wanted something sweet and didn't wanna run the blender and wake up Kay)
- rawtastic green alkaline superdisco (recipe above)
- 2nd rawtastic green alkaline superdisco (except with romaine)
- 1 apple with cinnamon
- small salad...same as above except 3/4 avo instead of 1 whole
See what I mean? That's a ton of food!! I know it's really cold outside (low low 30s), but something's gotta give. At least I'm getting loads better and am craving greens and not nuts and dried fruits (banana chips= yum)
I will listen to what my body says but maybe it's time for a cleanse. Recent things have happened in my life which may financially allow me a tiny teeny bit of room to buy extra groceries and perhaps do a crazy alkaline superdisco 10 day detox, cleanse fest!! Oh my I'm getting excited. I will have to manifest that!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I couldn't blog yesterday b/c after I left the doctor, I had a terrible stomach ache= the cashew ice cream from the night before! I am so convinced that all nuts HAVE to be soaked and then dehydrated before I will consume them...even pecans, walnuts...all of em!! I felt like crap. Well, I wanted to workout before the doctor but had some stuff to straighten out at the library and it took forever!! So yesterday was a DOR so I just have to adjust this week's workout schedule accordingly.
I have been craving salads.....lots of em. That's weird b/c it's really cold outside, I thought I would want more dehydrated stuff, but my body gets tired of it after a while. I'm sure I'll be concocting something soon, but for now...I'm keeping it simple. Although I did just see a raw pizza recipe that I will most likely try this weekend when I get more free time.
Last nite I took off from schoolwork to rest my achy belly and do some recreational reading. I'm really enjoying poems by Mary Oliver right now.
- isolated bicep curls
- tricep kickbacks
- ball roll ups
- ab knee ups on bench
- tricep extensions
- oblique hangovers
- lateral raises
- bent arm row
I followed each full set (after all exercises were done) with a 2 minute hard run on the treddy to keep my heart rate up. Then finished the workout off with 20 mins on my best friend the Stairmaster. Got Kay and headed home. I had a yummy, simple salad for lunch. It was simple b/c I need to get to the store and didn't have more ingredients!! hahahahaha
Simple Tuesday Salad
- Spring Mix & Romaine
- 1 avocado diced
- 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- sea salt
Tomorrow Kay is off from school and she and I are hitting the gym for kickboxing and yoga and then going to the library. We are gonna make GF playdough from scratch and maybe bake a GF apple pie. I will see how she feels. I really want to get her eating more raw, but truth is being 4 and having Autism =not wanting to try new things. I will continue to go Gandhi with it and let my life be my message and as she grows she will continue to make better choices. She's already vegan (since conception), GF (for 2 years), soy free for a year...so she's doing great.
With my tummy ache I really wanted fruit. My body was asking for simple and easily digestible foods. Yesterday November 10, 2008 I had...
green juice (broc stalk, cuke, celery, apple, lemon, kale)
green smoothie (1 c froz straw, 1/2 banana, spinach, e3live)
huge salad (simple salad's recipe above) with 1 cup grapes
1 c grapes, 2 sliced bananas and 1 c sliced strawberries
blended fruit bowl of 2 oranges, 1 banana, 1 c froz straw with 1 sliced banana stirred in
Well, I'm off to do some schoolwork and then play with Kay. Hope you find a way to tap into your bliss today.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The past week (esp the past few days) have all been about making it happen. Everyone knows that I have a kiddo with Autism. Everyone knows I"m a full time grad student getting a PhD and that I live 1200 miles away from any family and friends and I'm a single mommie...so what??? I still have to get tons of stuff done everyday! Kennedy is a GF, soy free, vegan and I'm 100% raw= tons of stuff to make and clean daily. I am committed to my physical fitness...have to fit that in. Kay has part time preschool and tons of therapy/doctor appts. Point is...Instead of thinking of all the things I can't make time for in my day, I started becoming creative about how to make time for them in my day!
Example: When Kay has her breakfast and watches a show (about 10-12) minutes, I come upstairs, light my candle and inscence and meditate at my altar. CHECK! We go to the gym together and though she prefers the other gym, this one is cheaper and has more equipment for mommie so she's getting the hang of it. Workout...CHECK! I have tons of schoolwork to do daily, so that must wait until she's in bed, but if I can get her to help me out a bit while she's awake (putting on a dance contest in the kitchen while I wash the dishes...) then it gives me more time for schoolwork when she's asleep. No time for a long hot bath?? Get in the tub and commit to finish reading ONE article while I soak... bath and one article read... CHECK! Oh my...I'm awesome.
Couldn't post yesterday b/c I went with a friend to see Changeling with Angelina Jolie . OH me oh my... it was disturbing. Well acted, written and cast...but so disturbing. I left feeling a bit weird. But I do recommend you see it (hahaha)
Yesterday November 8, 2008 I had...
Friday, November 7, 2008
Okay. It's almost midnite I have to be brief. I was behind on my schoolwork this week campaigning for Barack and had to try to start catching it all up today...no easy feat. So I have to get some rest b/c my eyeballs are burning. (how great of a description was that?)
Well, today after Kennedy went to school I had 2.5 hours to do a ton of stuff. I meditated and some wonderfully revealing life changing revelations happens and then headed to the gym. I went as a guest to Kennedy's dad's gym....um...no. It was so big I got lost!!! I did however get a good workout. I worked upper body and did a small cardio warmup.
11 mins stairmaster
3 sets of each (this wasn't the order)
- bicep curls
- tricep dips
- seated shoulder press
- assisted pull ups
- one armed lat row
- bent over rows
- roman chair abs
I had a great smoothie today. I've been trying to find ways to cuts excess calories...I know a raw foodist who thinks about calories?? Well, food is food and it DOES have calories! I tried great smoothie that I think I remember reading from Kristen a while back. I will give it my own title, but I am sure she had one.
Applelicious Fall Green Smoothie
- 1 apple chopped
- two handfuls of spinach
- blend and enjoy!
I was so surprised that with no banana it was super delicious and a definite one for my Fall "apples are in season and cheaper" rotation!
On that note I've decided to make my own version of the raw diet. It's now officially called "High Green Raw Vegan". If someone steals my title, let me know! That's if it doesn't exist and I don't know about it. For me, I realize that the key to vibrant health, is green green green green. I am serious. It really resonates with me and I will giving myself a High Green Raw Vegan test run. I think I'm already on one, but I will still be more conscious of it and post my menus for you here.
Oh yea, last nite after my post, I decided to watch a good movie and make an ice cream. So much for my mindful calories. Well...I told you I don't' like restriction. Hahaha. It was so good
Late Nite "Get it Right" Banana/Cacao Cookies n Cream
(could that title be any longer?)
- 1/2 oz cashews
- 1/3 c cacao nibs
- 2 bananas
- tons of ice
- 2 dates (soft or soaked for a bit)
- blend and enjoy
- I added another 1/2 oz of cashews after I was done, but any other nut would do.
I know I know... but it was delicious. I woke up with that "not digested" belly feeling. I felt it at the gym too. I know better than to eat heavy that late at nite.
I've decided to try something out. I will keep a semi calorie count for a few days just to get a ball park of what I'm consuming. I have a few staples for my High Green conscious days coming up... I'll keep you posted about them
Foods/Drinks for my High Green Raw Vegan Diet Plan
- ice screams
- collard wraps
Tomorrow Kay and I are headed to the gym early (lower body!), cleaning and smudging. I will be catching up on more schoolwork and then going to the movies with my friend who I hardly get a chance to see.
Today, November 7, 2008 I had.....
1/2 quart green juice (broc stalks, lemon, apple, kale, cuke, celery)
green smoothie (1/2 banana, spinach, froz strawberries, e3live
collard wraps (onions, tomatoes, sprouts, spring mix, 1 avocado)
2 cups of grapes and 1/3 cantaloupe
strawberry swirl sorbet (2tbsps hempseeds blended with water to make hemp mylk, 2 c frozen straw, 1/2 banana...blend.. fold in 1 c fresh strawberries)
1/2 quart of green juice (broc stalk, lemon, apple, kale, cuke, celery
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- 20 mins stairmaster
- 15 mins elliptical
- 10 min rbike
- 5 mins stretching
I kept it semi short because I wasn't sure how Kay was doing in the daycare. I see now that she loves it so next time...I will crank it all out! Tomorrow's workout will be done while she's at school.
As it gets colder I will be working out a bit more at home...especially if it means going in the evenings. I will have to see how Kennedy lets that play out, but I will work on it!
Okay...EATING... OMGoddess ladies. I am in trouble. I have really been feeling lately that I'm eating too much food. Well, guess what? I AM.... today I decided to play around with the caloric intake of a few of my days of food from like last week. I'm averaging 4200 a day!! OMGoddess I almost flipped out. I have gained a few pounds...but I was cool with that until now. Oh no! Overeating is a sore topic for me anyway, but hell no...4200 is ridiculous. I noticed it's really from like too many hempseeds... too many avocados... little too much oil on my kale salads... it all ADDS UP big time. Adds up to pounds on my ass! Well, I won't start anything crazy like calorie counting, but I am definitely making smarter choices. I'm only 5'0" tall. 5 lbs looks like 15 on a tall skinny girl (in no way am I expressing a desire to be tall or skinny). So..with that in mind...I'm cooling it on the crazy heavy desserts and snacks until I get these 6lbs under control. How do I know it's six? Well, it started when a pair of my favorite jeans were a bit tight and then at the doctor's office for the biopsy... I saw the scale and said, "What the fudgeballs???"
I'm all about being proactive... time to move my ass..put down the hemp and nuts and make a change. I don't wait until the new year to do dittley squat..it happens NOW!
November 6, 2008 I ate....
- herbal tea
- green smoothie (hemp, spinach, frozen strawberries, 2 bananas)
- collard roll ups (1 avocado, onion, tomatoes, sprouts)
- green smoothie (1 banana, 1 c frozen berries, e3 live, spinach)
- ice cream/smoothie (frozen strawberries, hemp mylk, 1 banana with fresh straw folded in)
- 1/2 qrt green juice (broc stalks, celery, kale, cuke, lemon, apple)
Hope you are having a great day and thinking GREEN . I sure am!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Ok... started my "cleanse"....no no no. I can't afford to do a cleanse right now. By "afford" i mean... MONEY. That realistic thing people don't talk much about in the raw movement. It will cost me a small fortune to buy what I need so I am revamping a cleanse and will keep you posted. What I am doing is trying to consume CRAZY amounts of greens. I think I may have to invent a new phase of the raw diet and call it something cool like "Greenie RV"...green raw vegan... it's a working title. ;-) Anyway, today I got some beets and am excited about the juice I will make tomorrow...strawberry, beet, orange, carrot...yummy I can taste it already!
- Thursday- (cycle) gym rbike cardio 1 hr at nite (wait for babysitter)
- Friday- (cycle) gym rbike 1 hr (while reading school work) Upper body...going heavy weights, low reps
- Saturday- (cycle) warm up on rbike. lower body. cardio intervals on rbike
- Sunday- intervals on treddy, abs
(during my cycle...I take the "heavy" days (2) OFF totally, then do my cardio on the rbike normally or precor. Imma be trying a new made up lifting routine so I'll keep you posted to see how it goes. A random lady did tell me in the store that I had a nice butt. Gee go squats!!!!
I will talk to you about the cleanse update and the gym rants...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
"I've got two words for you... One Day! That's all we've got, one day. So here's a concept: let's vote... then volunteer. Contact your local organizers and see how you can help. Drive someone to the polling place who's in need, knock on doors, hand out fliers. And if you live in a swing state like Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, and Pennsylvania - hustle baby hustle!
Here are some voting basics:
1. Find your polling place by clicking here or calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
2. Voter ID laws vary by state, but always bring your ID!
3. Not on the list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot
.4. If voting by machine with paper record, verify the record is accurate.5. Know your rights when you go to vote: http://truth.voteforchange.com/
7. Your cell phone camera is a valuable tool for democracy. Record video of any problems and upload to watchdog sites. One of them is Video The Vote. You can also interview other voters who had problems outside the polling place - as long as you stay the legal distance.
Even Oprah had a hard time at the polls, gang. If you see something fishy, say something. Double, triple check that your vote was counted and that your choice was correct. Let's avoid the Gore debacle at all costs."
VOTE OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Today I took a crazy class at the gym. Normally classes aren't my thing and I just lift heavy on my own, but I love my new gym and the classes are super fun. (did I just say "super"?) Anyway, I have been having a sweet tooth lately so I made Kristen's Pecan Spice Delight Cookies and hemp banana ice cream. OMGoddess...I am full up to my eyeballs and it was so easy and I'm serious...so fast.
Pecan Spice Delight Cookies
(this is Kristen's photo. mine weren't nearly as "camera ready". I put mine on a powerpuff gyrl plate.)
Yield 3 cups cookie batter
1 1/2 cups pecans (soaked and dehydrated if possible)
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded dried coconut
1 tablespoon (or more!) lucuma powder
pinch Himalayan crystal salt 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
10 dates, pitted
Process all of the ingredients, except for the raisins and dates, in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until coarsely ground. Add the raisins and dates and continue processing until the mixture begins to stick together when pressed between your fingers. Roll and form into desired shapes and sizes
I'm serious. Check out some of her ebooks right HERE . it's hard to tell you how to pick just one, but seriously consider the Desserts ebook. I make something from her uncook ebooks at least 3-4 times a week...I'm so serious. She's the real deal. ;-)
Hemp Banana Ice Cream
1 cup hempseeds blended with 1 cup water until creamy
Add 2 frozen bananas
Blend and enjoy
I don't have a photo for it because quite frankly didn't wanna go upstairs and get it and I knew I'd be making it again!
The first week of the quarter is over and I did so well. It is crazy amounts of reading, writing, arithmetic (just kidding), but I love the work and it is so engaging. I find myself wanting to make 36 hours out of 24 sometimes. Kennedy asked me before bed (as she does every nite) "What are we gonna do tomorrow?" I told her we are trying a new gym and she is so excited. I am too about tomorrow. My chest and triceps are so sore from pushing it hard the other day.
What I like to do is lift in supersets or with 60 seconds of cardio between sets for 2 weeks out of the month and then lift heavy (heavy weights, low reps) for two weeks out of the month. Well, I am taking a small break from focusing on lifting and doing a bit more cardio which is usually not my thing. But I have been wanting lots of "heavy" and denser foods b/c of the freezing East Coast weather and I am just doing what feels natural to my body right now.
I'll be back tomorrow with news about the 7-10 day cleanse I'm about to embark upon. Nothing crazy..just digestion reload time. I never set specific days b/c it seems like too much of a way to fail to me. I do what I feel is right.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This man represents hope and change for our country. Join me in voting Nov 4th for CHANGE! I know some of you have already voted..oh yea...go democracy, oh yea...
A feminist doctor and stayed in the house dancing and playing the guitar.
It doesn't matter b/c we do a special halloween at a barn for our kiddos with Autism. It's a sensory festival complete with horses, pumpkins, GF candy,
and tons of acceptable meltdowns!
- 1.5 c choc hemp mylk (put 1 c hempseeds, 1 c water in blender and blend until creamy. add 1 tbsp cacao, 2 dates. blend again until smooth)
- add 2 frozen bananas..blend until creamy. SO Good!