Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My fitness journey

I've been thinking and praying about how I can best encourage you in your fitness journey, and I believe the best way is for me just to share my journey with you.

So, I plan to just kind of journal about my exercises, my food choices or whatever is speaking to me that day. I pray that you don't find it boastful or prideful, but instead are encouraged in your own life.

I want to encourage others no matter what their level of fitness. I have so much to learn and I want to share it all with you as I go.

I don't want to devote hours each day to being fit, instead I want to spend my time on what really works without taking tons of time.  While fitness is a passion of mine, it can't take up my whole day. I'm a wife and a mom first and those two jobs take up most of my time.

Today I want to share what I have been doing for upper body strength. I got this routine from several sources on the internet and put together which ones I would/could do consistently.

I know the quality of the photo is not great, but I hope you can read it anyway.

I keep this paper tacked up on the wall in my room where I work out and I use 3lb weights on the ones that require weights. I've been doing these three days a week, opposite of my run days. They really don't take long to get done, but they work! 

Here is a progress picture-

There is only 10 days between the two pictures and I know it isn't a huge difference, but it is enough to notice. Which makes me want to keep going!!

The other things I've been doing each day to help upper body strength are pushups and a plank. Each day I add a pushup and add time to my plank every other day. I am up to 17 pushups and a 95 second plank!

Working out doesn't have to be extra strenuous and it doesn't have to take hours. I'm usually done in 30 minutes.

Are you exercising regularly? It is so important to your overall health. I pray you find something you like and then stick with it.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Taco Seasoning

I thought I would share my taco seasoning recipe with you real quick-

Taco Seasoning:

1/2 c onion powder
1 tsp gluccomannan
2 Tbsp salt
2/3 c chili powder
2 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
2 Tbsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp paprika
I put all ingredients in a qt size canning jar, put the lid on and shake until well mixed.
To use: Add 2 Tbsp to 1 lb of meat, add 1/2 cup water and simmer until heated through or you are ready to eat.
Pretty simple and I love having a THM version on hand.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chocolate Layer Cheesecake Pie

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert! Ever!

I love it, but not if it has fruit on top. No, no fruit toppings. The only thing worthy of topping cheesecake is caramel sauce. 

Surprisingly, I haven't made many sweets lately, but tonight I was craving something yummy. 

I tried an almond flour pie crust awhile back that was deliciousness, so I knew I wanted to use that as the base and I thought what better to put on top than cheesecake. 

So I did. 

Well, I did after I put a layer of chocolate on it.

Yes, I then drizzled caramel sauce on top.

It definitely took care of my sweet craving.

I made this crust recipe from Elana and baked it in an 8x8 pan. 

After it cooled I topped it with a double batch of skinny chocolate. 

I put it in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to harden and in the meantime I made the cheesecake filling.

I whipped 1 pt of heavy whipping cream until soft peaks formed, then set it aside.

I took 2 pkg of cream cheese (softened) and mixed them with 1/2 c erythritol and 2 Tbsp of vanilla until well mixed.

Then I mixed in the whipped cream. You are supposed to fold it in, but I am no good at that and I just mixed it in with my mixer. It worked fine.
As soon as it was mixed I put it on top of the chocolate covered pie crust, spread it out and back into the fridge it went to set up, probably a 1-2 hours.

While it was setting up I made the most delicious healthy caramel sauce ever, 
you can find the recipe here. It is supposed to cool as well, so I put it in a jar and stuck it in the fridge.

While waiting for all my yumminess to set up I did my workout for the day.

I did a PrayFit workout, LOVE it, but oh my abs and thighs were hurting when I was done.

Then I had my protein shake and a big salad for dinner. 

FINALLY, I was ready for dessert.

And it was ready to be eaten.

As I'm typing this I have no idea what to call this dessert. 

Absolutely none.

How about Chocolate Layer Cheesecake Pie.

Not real original, but I'm telling you, I've got nothing.

I hope you enjoy! I did!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

20 GGMS Variations (and counting)

I love the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle and I really enjoy the refreshing drinks. There are many versions of the Good Girl Moonshine floating around on the web, but I don't always have time to go searching for them. So, I decided I would make a post that linked all the ones I could find for easy reference.