Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dinner Last Night & An Update

Dinner last night was an interesting recipe that I had seen popping up lots of places and wanted to try.

Cauliflower crust pizza. Basically, your crust is made from cauliflower and cheese, then you put tomato sauce and whatever toppings you want on top of it. I was skeptical at first, but it was actually incredible.

You might need to make two or double the crust for a bigger pie though because you'll want a second serving. The best part is you won't have to feel guilty since this recipe is healthier than traditional pizza, low-carb, and loaded with veggies. We just threw what we had in the fridge on it, but next time I'd add more veggies and fresh basil, which L. picked out at the Farmer's Market yesterday to plant in our garden.

Seriously, if I made this and didn't tell you the crust was mostly cauliflower, you'd never know. And you'd probably ask for the recipe ;)

As planned, L. met his little cousin for the first time last weekend and it was adorable. He has not stopped gushing about her since. Not that we have tried to stop him either. My sister and I are attempting to coordinate Easter outfits for the two of them. Lots of important plotting going on there!

Speaking of Easter, we took L. to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt yesterday. I wasn't sure we would be able to pry his attention from the firetrucks and equipment long enough for him to search for eggs, but as soon as the Easter bunny rolled up, he seemed to be one of the first kids to run over, and then he tried to tackle the bunny. It was rather funny. Then he got to open eggs with two of his favorite friends from down the street.

On a different note, I have been working on a special post for the D.C. news station WTOP that I am excited to share with you soon, so please, stay tuned to the blog for an update! I'm also working with a new sponsor who has a great giveaway to share with you, which I will be reviewing on the blog next month.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Great Sisters Get Promoted to Aunt

A little after 2am on Monday, my sister gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The photo above is of me holding her for the first time, moments after I became an aunt. Clearly I am smitten. 

Both Momma and baby are doing well and happy as can be. We are taking L. to meet his baby cousin tomorrow. I am so excited to see the two of them together!

Check out the family resemblance of the two as newborns...


 & baby cousin.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fitness Pals

My sister and I hiking a glacier in New Zealand.
Have you ever tried to lose weight without exercising? It feels impossible.

This past year, life has moved so fast that my weight loss goals were continually pushed to the bottom of my list. I know I'm not the first person to say that, it's something a lot of us struggle with.

We are so busy with life that we don't make the time to take care of ourselves. Take a minute now and read this great post by Guy Kawasaki about how we should stop glorifying "busy." He is so right, yet we all do it.

When I injured my ankle I knew I was in trouble. Not only because I wouldn't be losing weight while staying off my ankle, but because I genuinely enjoy exercise and get cranky when I don't get enough. I crave the sense of accomplishment and energy boost that comes from a sweat session. Without it, I just feel drained.

No amount of upper body work out or riding on the indoor bike has ever filled that void for me. And each day that passes, I feel the weight of it all adding up. It has been discouraging to say the least. 

There is an upside to taking the time I need to heal though. I have been working with an amazing physical therapist that specializes in feet/ankles and she has gotten me from an ankle so swollen it wouldn't fit in my shoe, to "bruiser", to being able to stand on a Bosu ball and not fall...

Although it will be awhile before I can go back to exercising full force, I'm grateful for my PT. She has taught me how to stretch in the opposite direction of my injury, because the muscles and ligaments are torn, and how to incorporate easy exercises into my everyday life, which is essential for any busy (ahem, see Guy's link above) working Mom. Plus, she gave me some great advice for buying new sneakers based on my feet and the extra stability I need for my healing ankle.

Segueing back to weight loss... My sister played college volleyball so knows a thing or two about recovering from injuries, and when she called me this week to check in, it turns out she was also planning to lose weight. She had a great idea to join forces and motivate each other over the next few months.

I must say that I have no idea how I'll lose weight without exercising (or at least with just minimal exercise that I hope to add in another month), but we're going to try it. She's committed to cutting sugar and carbs for 2 months, as she already exercises daily, does CrossFit, and hikes and bikes every weekend out in Colorado. I, on the other hand, have committed to all of the following: eat less than 1,600 calories a day and sleep more than 6 hours each night. Slacker ;)

We're going to track our progress daily, weigh in weekly, and use to hold each other accountable. The "loser" has to buy the winner a new pair of shorts for the summer!

Here we are, back in the day, when I played volleyball and she was playing soccer and volleyball...

And here's us this December, kayaking in the Florida Keys to work off the Christmas cookies we ate the night before...

Don't worry, my other sister, who is 9 months pregnant, will not be participating in this challenge with us. At least not until after the baby is born (any day now!).

Do you use tracking apps or gear like FitBit? Which ones are your favs? What do you think we should use?

Wish us luck on our weight loss adventure, and share your tips below!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Few Delights

The warm glow of being loved by an Aunt who adores you.

Hanging out with dear friends, socks optional.

The celebration of milestones with loved ones.

Playing ball inside the house every once in awhile.

The conviction that one is never too old to believe in superheros.

These are just a few of the delights that have made up my life the past few months. Cherishing each moment.