Monday

Two Freaking Months

IT JUST HIT ME...


Well no, it hit me last weekend when I treated myself to a helping of Nachos that could have served five... I am getting married in two freaking months. I am walking down an aisle with hundreds of eyes on me in two freaking months. I am becoming a wife in two freaking months. Summer is in two freaking months. I have been engaged since June of last year and it's only now that I am trying to kick start healthy eating habits and an exercise routine. Before I continue, let me tell you about my history with dieting and exercise...

I wonder what's on TV tonight? Ou, I should make a dip!

See what just happened there? I can't even write about exercise and dieting without getting distracted by thoughts of cream cheese. I never in my life committed to a healthy diet, I don't even consistently buy skimmed milk! This one time, SIL {sister in law} and I attempted a GNC cleanse that involved choking back 10 horse pills a day, drinking powdered crap and eating gluten free for seven days. I thought by doing this cleanse I would free my system of toxins and start eating healthy foods, but it only made me appreciate junk food more. I didn't care about the reward in the end, I just wanted to eat. SIL was dedicated and I'm pretty sure she completed the cleanse but I cheated with only 3 days left.
As for exercise, I admit that I feel great physically and mentally when I work out but that doesn't happen near as often as it should. The motivation is everywhere I look but my drive is nowhere to be found. You would think in the last year, knowing that my Wedding was a few months away I would be more committed to being fit and healthy, but no, here I am two freaking months away and stressed about the dress! 


At Saturdays fitting, the dress came up over my hips with a bit of a struggle but in the end, it did fit. I could use some muscle tone in my arms and back, but despite my poor eating habits and lack of exercise my body hasn't changed much since December. Does that mean I am going to continue down the path of Poutine, Nachos and Wine only to sit on the couch at the end? No, I am going to make changes! It's not about losing weight in fact, I don't want to lose weight. I want energy, I want to be confident in my Wedding dress when I wear it in two freaking months, I want to rock a bathing suit in two freaking months. I want to be a healthier and happier person over all. Who is with me!?


Update 

Last week, SIL and I had a light and nutritious lunch of eggs, fresh fruit, a smoothie and green tea. {Having a friend making the same positive changes as you is very encouraging!}
Since then I have been very aware of what I am eating and how much I am eating. I am doing a pretty good job of nixing cravings by eating healthy snacks and I'm drinking water more often than usual. I have not been able to cut out coffee and portion control at dinner is very difficult, but that's a start right!?

G and I picked up some groceries yesterday and for the first time EVER, I ignored the Devil on my shoulder reading me the bad food checklist and I packed our cart full fruit and veggies. {Kiwi, grapes, watermelon, oranges, apples, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, berries, celery, green beans, snap peas, carrots, lettuce, plums, peaches} I skipped the meat aisle and stocked up on fish instead, bought eggs, yogurt and healthy breakfast cereals and shakes. 

chips
pop
bacon
dips
cookies
cake
sauce
pasta
bread
artificial flavors
wine
donuts
cream cheese
sour cream

I felt pretty good going through the checkout and was prepared to say, "Oh yeah, we totally eat like this all the time!" if only the worker commented on our healthy choices.




PROGRESS

I had a nutrition packed breakfast this morning for the first time in months. It really made a difference in my day and my energy level. Why is something so easy, so hard? I don't get why I never allowed myself time in the morning to eat breakfast. Tonight I got through an entire workout with the NIKE TRAINING CLUB app on my iPod. If you are looking for a great, easy to follow work out that allows you to work at your pace, this is for you. The app gives you the option to watch a demonstration and then resume work out when you are ready, you can pause at anytime and listen to your own music during the whole routine. The only equipment you need is a medicine ball and one set of hand weights. The best part is having the instructor cut in at the perfect time to encourage you to keep it up, and count you down to the next exercise.Before you know it the 30 minutes are up and you feel so good.
Look for Nike Training Club in the App Store - It's free to install!


I think I'm on the right track considering I am already looking forward to tomorrow's workout! I will keep you apprised of the progress, and I am welcome to any suggestions you may have that will keep me focused with my eye on the prize!

Rachel Emmilee
 

Thursday

National Grilled Cheese Day

It's National Grilled Cheese Day and immediately I thought of this hunk and his killer grilled cheese and tomato soup recipe. You're welcome!


 

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions
(Serves 4)



Caramelized Onions:

Slice 3 large onions and fry in a pan with 2 tbsp of Olive Oil for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper.

Grilled Cheese:

  • 8 thick slices, loaf of bread
  • Butter                      
  • 2 cups of grated old cheddar cheese 
  • Salt and pepper
Generously butter both sides of each bread slice. In between two bread slices, pile caramelized onions in between two layers of cheese. Heat a pan on medium low heat. Grill the sandwiches until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with Chuck's Creamy Tomato Soup below!


Creamy Tomato Soup
(Serves 4)




    You Will Need:               

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • Parmesan rind (Optional)
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup of 35% cream 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • Salt and pepper                                  
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for 5 minutes until translucent. Add tomatoes and sugar and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add water, Parmesan rind and thyme. Cook for about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove the Parmesan rind and the thyme. Purée the soup in a food processor or with a hand blender. Pour purée through a strainer over a pot. Stir in the cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish:
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Chives, chopped