I could lie and tell you that I was testing out the theory that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I’d rather be honest about my recent hiatus.
I had an Oh Shit moment- pardon my French. And while we’re on that topic, why are 4 letter words referred to as French? I’m darn certain that the term I just used, is not French in origin and I happen to think there are many more positives that came out of this European country! French fries, French dressing, French bulldogs (how cute?!), French kisses (kids hide your eyes), but where was I? Oh! That moment when you realize that spring/summer/scantily clad times are right around the corner and you are everything but proud of your current physical state.
Exhibit A: Muffin Top
The solution was not to continue cooking and eating delicious things on a constant basis, but to cut WAY back and spend my extra time at the gym. This brings me to the task now at hand: how to merge the world of apple pie and pizza, with the world where I look somewhat similar to Kate Upton in a bikini (HA!). Since health and fitness are about the journey, not the destination, I might as well figure out how to combine the two now. Of course, life can’t come without splurges every now and again.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love hotdogs?
A glass (bottle) of wine? Sure
A large popcorn with extra you-bet-it’s-not-butter at the theater, because how often do you really go to the movies? Of course!
A piece of ice cream cake to be a good coworker and support someone at the office on their birthday? It would be rude to say no.
A piece of ice cream cake the next day because it’s another birthday and playing fair office politics is the only way to go? Obviously.
All jokes aside, life is always about finding the balance (I think someone wise once said). And while this may not have been a focus of mine when I started SPK, it’s going to be one moving forward. So who’s with me?
They say it’s 80% what you eat, and 20% what you work off in the gym. If that’s true, we’d be pretty silly to think we could continue to consume to our hearts content, and still look like Jessica Biel in that scene from Chuck & Larry where she gets down to her unmentionables.
Incase you haven’t seen it:
So, less bread, less whole fat dairy, less sugar, less oil and butter, less red meat.
More fresh fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, more lean proteins. And that means my recipes will need to reflect this change, but I do promise to never post anything I consider to be less than delicious.
Like, not this. Though I do enjoy broccoli, if not only because I know it’s good for me.
Believe it or not, I don’t have a recipe of my own to share at this time, but I do have one to share. I have mentioned my love for Allrecipes.com come in the past. For those of you who haven’t used it before, I highly advise it. However, be sure to make use of the recipe reviews. Just because a recipe is posted, doesn’t mean it’s good. The users do a great job of giving helpful hints and calling a crummy recipe, just that so you don’t waste your time.
I recently vowed to incorporate seafood into my diet at least once a week, as many different types of fish are a great source of protein without the added fat. Along these lines, I found a recipe for Grilled shrimp that was very easy and simply delicious:
If you’re like me, living the city life means a few different things. It means anything your heart desires is just a stones throw away, even at 2am on a Tuesday.. not that I’m EVER gallivanting around at that time. But unless you recently hit the mega-million jackpot, it likely means little to no storage space, difficult parking, that doing laundry is a very serious task that is postponed at all costs, and there is definitely, no yard. No yard means no Grill. It wasn’t long ago that we came up with the bright idea of putting a grill out on our fire escape until we realized how counter-intuitive that actually was. Though there is nothing in our lease that specifically addresses this so I’m still toying with the idea.
Anyway, luckily my good friend George Foreman came to the rescue (actually called the lean mean fat grilling machine.. who comes up with these names?). While I’ll say that it’s not quite as good as the real deal, it does the job even from my shoe box sized kitchen.
In conclusion, (my 8th grade English teacher told me never to use that phrase but I’m in a rebellious mood today) I leave you with two things. First, a little QOD (quote of the day), by someone I’ve never heard of but whom must have been wise, Jim Watkins said “A river cuts through a rock not because of it’s power, but it’s persistence”. Second, a picture of my kitten attempting to drink out of my water glass.