My Big Fat Excuse

I have an excuse for everything, mostly fitness related excuses.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this but sometimes I feel like I’m the worst.
I constantly see updates of how successful people are, what they’ve accomplished and just how wonderful they’re life is.
Of course – Who’s going to boast about they’re failures? What would that look like? Instead of a picture from the top of a mountain over-looking an amazing view you’ve got a picture of a frustrated and  depressed red face captioned ‘I didn’t make it’.
How many of these have you seen?

I have my great weeks and not so great weeks. To try and avoid the not so great weeks turning into months I’ve got these secret motivators. They’re so secret they don’t even know they exist.

I am very competitive, I don’t always have to win but I have to give it my all or else what am I doing with my life. I had a race to crack eggs the quickest the other day, I think the other person thought I was      joking. I won. Jokes on her – loser. 

Don't look backSo my secret motivators, these are usually people with similar interests/goals to me. If I hear they’ve just gone for a run I’ll get up off my butt and do something. When I’m not feeling so motivated I’ll give them a text and see how they’re doing. If they’ve fallen off the wagon – they’re dumped – temporarily and I find a new motivator. I don’t need to beat them but just the thought of them being out there sweating their fear away while I’m sitting on the forbidden couch feeling . . .  tired = excuse, it gets me going.

Turns out I was a secret motivator the other day. A friend said I had inspired her to get out and run in the snow. Little did she know that I hadn’t ran in a week. I felt so guilty, like I was living a lie. And the circle began again. I got my shoes on and got out there.

we_are_what_we-115964I find it’s all about good habits. Once I get into a routine I’m laughing. Excuses are like my kryptonite. It’s hard to figure out what is a genuine feeling and what’s just and excuse. I’ve become so good at creating excuses that I convince myself that they are true. I think I have a negative alien living in my brain, it says: “check yourself”, “ooh that’s too tough”, “ah your tired now have a little sit down and eat a mountain of chocolate.” Unfortunately  I usually listen to it.

Stepping out of my comfort zone is . . . well . . . uncomfortable. It’s a constant mental game I will continue to play. I know I will never beat it but I will come close.

I need to get rid of the excuses – they’re wasting my time.

This gets me going:

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Banana Pancakes

Banana PancakeI think pancakes are just the business. Crêpes are pretty good too but I’m all about the pancake. I’ve tried so many gluten free variations buckwheat, spelt, oat flour but in the end they’re all quite heavy.

Today I saw a link to a recipe that has just changed my life. 2 ingredients. No messing about. And it’s gluten and dairy free, but most importantly it tastes delish.

1 portion makes two medium pancakes:banana egg

1 egg
1 ripe banana

Mash the two together, if you prefer smooth pancakes then blend it up. I think the lumpier the better. Add any extras that you’d like, chocolate chips, honey, cinnamon. Heat a pan and slap on some coconut oil/butter. Pour in the pancake. Once you can lift it off easily turn over for 30 secs and voila.Image

This morning I had it with some blueberries. So yummy and filling. Set me up for the day.

Honestly this was the quickest and easiest pancake I’ve ever made.

Winning!

Why So Serious?

Lets think about this one.  Really, there are very few things in life that we need to take seriously. Or should I say that I need to take seriously.

Here’s a few examples for myself that if I ever find myself in this situation I will allow myself to take it seriously:

  1. I’m in a biker gang and I’ve gotten myself in a spot of bother and they are threatening to cut off my fingers.  Yep serious.
  2. I wake up and discover there is no food in the house at all, like nothing and I’m starving for my breaky. Pretty serious.
  3.  .  .  .  .  .

Ok being a little more on the serious side a terminal illness can be a little scary, or a fire/robbery. But this is the big stuff. I’ll allow myself to take the big stuff seriously.

Otherwise there’s nothing. If I get stranded on a desert island what’s stressing about it going to do. I’ll tell you what it’ll do, it’ll make me feel depressed which will make me want to eat – Chocolate specifically and I won’t have any of that so all of a sudden I’m stuck on a beautiful sandy, blue skies island with this absolute babe of a man (obviously it’s my bf – close one ) and I am having a terrible time. All because I decided I should be a little serious.

I come across these situations all the time. It could take an hour or a few days to realize that I need to shut it down. Shut my mind down, let it go and move on.

A day without laughter

Have you ever seen a really serious person laugh? It’s because they don’t.

I decided that my new years resolution was to play and laugh more. And you know what? It feels really good.

So enough of the  million lines going across my forehead and a slight twitch in my left eye.
I’ll take a powerful deep breath and let my heart smile.

My advice to you. If you haven’t had a real belly aching, hearty laugh in the last week where you nearly wet your pants, well then what’s the point in life?
Check yourself!

Say Hello to my Green Friend

Green smoothieOver a year ago I got a gift of a juicer – my first thought was why on earth  did I get one of these, I wanted a blender.  (sorry gift giver) My tune changed pretty quick. I’ve used that juicer at least 4 times a week since. Can’t imagine my life without it now.

Greens

Rarely I will make a really yummy juice with watermelon, blood orange etc etc. Mostly I take all of the veggies from my fridge that I think are pretty healthy and green and I whack them in. I have juice books that have some great tasty recipes but I’m too lazy for that and I want to maximize all that green goodness.

Green juiceI love the summer and the amount of great veggies it has to offer. Pity winter lasts so long where I live.  I juice kale, chard, lettuce, spinach, water cress (ugh extra gross) cilantro, parsley, peppers, carrots, apple, ginger, lime I could keep going. I don’t mix all of these together but whatever’s going. You can even use the stalks, like the stalks from broccoli. I’m at the stage where I think this blend tastes good. Others disagree. Maybe I’ve killed my taste buds. Either way I feel unreal after drinking it. I get such a kick from it, not as strong as a shot of coffee might give but close enough. 

When I need something a little more filling I’ll make a green smoothie. I usually use coconut water as a base, lettuce/spinach, broccoli, lime again whatever surprise jumps out at me from the fridge. Depending on what I put in, the texture from the smoothie is usually thick and sometimes chewy. I’ve stopped putting kale in there as that just has a nasty texture. I was so good having one of these for breakfast everyday, this was short lived (for like two days haha) as I just started downing them in order to get them in me. Maybe I need to work on the recipe but for now I feel amazing after drinking them so they’re staying. Maybe just not for breakfast. When I’m on a green buzz I have so much more energy and my skin looks clear and fresh .

I would add a recipe but I think this is one  you need to figure out what you like and what makes you gag.
Or just google it.

Lentil Nut Loaf

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This is a vegan, gluten free loaf, most importantly it’s super yummy.  High in protein. I’ve made it as a loaf and as muffins. Eat it on its own as a snack, as part of your din dins  or crumble it into a wrap with salad and hummus.  Hmm I think I know what I’m having for lunch.

Avoca cook bookThis recipe is from a family or unbelievably great recipes from Avoca Hand Weavers. I’ve eaten at their cafe. So good. Their cook books are one of the few out there that re-produces food exactly as it is in the cafe. It’s just delicious, homely,  comfort food.
Good job Avoca.

Ingredients:

50g Green Lentils
300g Orange lentils
50g butter
1 large onion
3 carrots
3 celery sticks
6 garlic cloves
1/2 fresh chilli2 heaped tsp ground cumin
75g breadcrumbs (oats for gluten free)
150g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
75g roasted chopped  nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts or peanuts)
6 eggs
(To make it vegan I leave out the cheese and use flax eggs instead – 1 flax egg = 3 tbs tepid water mixed with 1 tbs flax meal)

Method:

Avoca

Boil off your lentils. Melt butter in a pan and fry off the veggies, garlic, chili, and cumin. Cook on low for 5 mins. Don’t over cook as you’ll be popping them in the oven to finish cooking. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it up. (If trying the vegan version prepare the flax eggs and let sit for a few mins before adding.)  Add some salt and pepper to taste. Pop it in a a loaf tin or muffin tin sprayed with some oil. Cook at 170c/325f until golden brown or firm to touch.

I like to freeze what I don’t eat and enjoy for the rest of the week.

Bouncing bottoms

BumsThe best part to a 10k run or similar events is the ladies bottoms. Hands down no argument.  I need my ipod to keep me motivated but the entertainment is all in bootys.

Yes I realize I am sounding very perverted right now and am probably going on a few watch lists as we speak but we all love them right? mmmm apparently not all as much as me but you have a sneaky look!

Despite so many different shapes and sizes, they all have that little bounce as they run.  Men – nahhhh flat, muscly no bounce to it- Boring. Bring on the girls!

I have what is called a Dillon Arse. In my family we have our own breed of bum.  If you are related to the Dillons and didn’t know this about yourself, you are welcome, you now know the name for it! Bootilicious ; some would say.

So to keep our lovely tushes so lovely here’s a quick exercise I’m loving these days. It’s part of my 10 minute workout routine.  

This is for girls and guys. It works your legs and bum. With the ball it will work on your core too.

Ski JumpsNike Training Club

Now that you know what I’m really thinking you might want to run behind me next time. 🙂

Shakshuka

Shashouka A130731 Food & Wine Handbook Nov 2013

This dish is amazing for the cold wintery days. When you fancy something soupy but with a bit more substance – this is your man!

It looks kind of just like eggs, tomato sauce and a bit of greens but oh boy is it so much more.

You can switch the greens out for kale, spinach or anything you like really. It has a long ingredients list – don’t let this scare you. It’s so good.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/02/shakshuka-recipe-eggs/

Coffee – Why don’t you love me?

Have you ever been in a situation where you are infatuated by someone. You see them everyday and you can’t handle being without them. Maybe a work friend. All morning you can’t concentrate, you’re thinking about them, waiting for them to arrive just so you can see them. And when they do arrive well . . . the world changes. They smell irresistible, being around them makes you feel so good. Giddy even. And then they look at you with those come to bed eyes, (even though you’re probably just imagining it) that look that melts your heart. They’ve got you hooked.

But devastatingly you realize over time, you don’t even have to ask – you know it – they do not love you back.

This is how I feel about coffee.

Coffee

I work at an amazing bakery called Purebread in Whistler, Canada. And we do the best coffee around. A customer said it was the best in North America, I’m not going to argue with that. We use Stumptown. Roasted in Portland and Seattle. I could give you some pretentious coffee descriptions but all you need to know is that It is bloody good stuff!Coffee3

Another great love of mine is Red Rooster Coffee. Roasted in Galway and sold throughout Ireland. If you haven’t had it yet and you think you’re a coffee lover then get up and get some!Red rooster coffee

I love coffee, some people say that I don’t really love the taste I’m just addicted. Well I’ll tell you now, yes I’m addicted but that doesn’t change the fact that I Loooove coffee! I’m a one coffee a day kind of gal. Sometimes. When I’m having a long day, or a tiring day, or a great day, or a day where I’m eating a lot of cake and I just want more, then I become a two or three coffees a day kind of gal. It doesn’t take much to persuade me. Working in a bakery means that I’m standing beside ovens most of the day, sweating buckets. And then I go to a hot yoga class and I fill some more buckets. I drink a lot of water. Depending on the day anywhere from 3 – 6 liters a day. You would think that I should be good right? Wrong – very wrong.

Hot Coffee

Even just one cup of coffee can start me off to a very thirsty day. My skin then becomes unbelievable dry. Like wake up in the middle of the night scratching, it’s that dry. It’s not news to me that tea and coffee are diuretics. But this is a little far.

However, what was news to me is that the tannins in tea and coffee and wine can inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the body. A few months back I was struggling with iron levels and a Naturopath advised to get rid of tea and coffee out of my life. It’s getting in the way.

This random man that doesn’t even know me tells me I can’t be with the one I love. Well he can go get . . . ok maybe he knows a thing or two.

ImageGiving coffee up is rough. Luckily I don’t drink wine with my breakfast every morning. Every time I give it up I get headaches, nausea, I am a walking anti-christ. Life just becomes difficult. It took 2 weeks to get over these symptoms. By week three I thought I was in the clear so I should celebrate with a coffee. Dumbass!

In saying all of that when I’m not drinking coffee I feel wonderful. I don’t have highs and lows. I have more energy and I am a lot more hydrated. I can start absorbing vits and mins again. My mood is better also. I’m a lot more tolerable at every point in the day. Despite my love for the stuff feeling awesome trumps every time.

Right now I’m on day three of giving it up again. And it’s going ok.

Yumm . . . Food

I am obsessed with this site http://ohsheglows.comhttp://ohsheglows.com/

There’s some really yummy recipes on here and some are gluten free, vegan, nut free etc. They’re healthy too – depending on how much of it you eat. I told my brother about it and for a while there we were doing cook offs. Everyday each of us would cook a different meal from this website. We’d take pictures He took pictures and we commented on what worked, tasted great and what we’d change. It was a good bit of fun.

No Meat Athlete’s Buffalo Hummus

by Matt Frazier

Buffalo HummusIt was Superbowl Sunday last week and although the football sucked the snacks were awesome. I made this hummus with extra hot sauce. It went down a treat with some chips. I switched out the chickpeas for blackbeans. This gave it a great kick.

Now it goes on crackers, with veggie sticks, in my scrambled eggs. Really I can’t get enough of it.

Feeling Awesome