NFL dog fighting.. Michael Vick, please sign!

Please help by signing and sending one of the emails to help get Michael Vick off the NFL for his horrific crimes against these dogs. He has personally tortured them, trained them, and fought them to make money.. as IF the NFL hasnt paid him enough. He shouldn’t be only suspended, he should be imprisoned!

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Spearmint Cookie Ice Cream (Vegan)

Vegan Spearmint Cookie Ice Cream

 

My Vegan transitioning phase is officially over. We took a trip to our local health foods this weekend and I picked up my new sweeteners, some new cheese, and some stuff to make this kick ass ice cream! I spent a lot of time googling for ways to make my favorite non-Vegan foods Vegan so that I could still enjoy them.. Cheese and ice cream have always been BIG parts of my life and while I do want to give up all of the animal products, I didn’t want to miss out on all of the fun!

 

So, I found this blog that has this kick ass recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream.. I changed the mint to spearmint, added some Vegan mint cookies, & some Vegan food coloring (did you guys know some of that contains animal bits!?) and viola! The most delicious spearmint cookie ice cream EVER! The color turned out to be a little more green than I had expected since the sugar I am using is unbleached and unrefined.. so its natural color is kind of like light brown sugar and I think that had a bit to do with it.. but it is awesome! I can’t wait to make it again! I’m itching to try making some other kinds.. I got an ice cream maker from my hubby for Christmas because I was dying to try making ice cream with tofu.. I loved it, he hated it.. I think he would like this if he would actually try it…..

 

As always.. check your labels.. you’d be surprised how many soy products contain milk fat and butter! Oh! I almost forgot! The cheese I bought was Vegan-rella cheddar and Vegan (something) Parm (its in a little purple bottle and says VEGAN cheese alternative in white letters..). I picked up some nutritional yest and some Earth Balance butter too. I no longer have to “transition” my way through this Vegan thing any longer! and I like the Vegan-rella as long as I am not eating it by itself.. and it melts to a pretty runny texture so a little goes a long way! The Vegan Parm is AMAZING!

 

2 c. Silk soy creamer
1 1/4 c. rice dream milk
3/4 c. sugar
aprox. 2 T. arrowroot
1 1/2 t. spearmint extract
1/2 t. vanilla extract
a few drops green food coloring (optional)
aprox 5 vegan mint chocolate cookies

 

Mix ¼ cup of soy milk with the 2 tablespoons of arrowroot and set aside.

 

Mix the soy creamer, remaining soy milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. When the mixture has just started to boil, take off the heat and immediately stir in the arrowroot slurry. This should immediately cause the liquid to thicken (not a lot, but a noticeable amount; it will be thicker when it cools).

 

Stir in the peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and food coloring (if desired).

 

Set the ice cream mixture aside to cool. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Add crushed cookies during the last 5 minutes of freezing.

 

Note: The Rice Dream milk is a bit watery but its what I prefer taste wise.. if using Rice milk, you may need to add a bit more arrowroot to thicken. It will be like a cream or buttermilk type consistency.

 

Makes 8 servings. POINTS® value per serving: 4

 

Makes aprox. 1 quart.. so the servings are pretty generous.

 

Note: You could lower the point value by using reduced fat creamer and low fat soy milk, but this will also change the texture of the ice cream.

4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! A lot of you might have noticed my food habits have changed quite a bit over the last month or so.. this is due to the fact that I am transitioning into Veganism. I no longer use regular sources of dairy or sweeteners. I am trying to keep this as natural and healthy as I possibly can.

 

I have since found a new love! Soy Delicious - Dairy Free Ice Cream! The Peanut Butter Zig Zag is amazing!! I am still in the process of transitioning, so I may at times be Vegetarian and not Vegan, I am trying to use whats in my pantry before replacing with 100% Vegan ingredients… so bare with me! :)

Daddy’s in Heaven. March 13, 1954 - June 9, 2007

Some of you may have noticed a lack of updates on my website through the month of June. It’s with my deepest regret that I must say my absence is due to the loss of my father. He passed away on June 9th and the long difficult month of June has had its highs and lows and has sent my life into an emotional tailspin. I have some how managed to keep my weight the same, my exercise routines are fluctuating but still consistently 3-5 days per week depending upon my stress level.

 

I will not use my suffering to let myself eat my way into oblivion.. I am trying to keep a strict eating routine of fresh greens, fruits, and limited dairy and natural sugars. This combined with the water and exercise, I should find myself feeling back to ‘normal’ soon.. or at least this is my plan.

 

It is my hope you all will still find the comfort, support, and encouragement you seek within my website during the difficult months ahead for me.. please bare with me if the updates are few and far between.

exercise motivation.. just DO IT!

Can you believe it’s MAY already!? Looking through my FIRM photos section I see it’s been quite a while since I updated (since Nov. 2006!) so I have plans to take some new FIRM photos very soon! I am training 5 days a week now with the weekends off. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to this summer! Last year I didn’t swim because I just didn’t feel comfortable, but this summer I plan to get out there and swim with every one else!

 

I set a mini personal goal to get to a size 14 dress by my wedding anniversary (September 2), I wanted to fit into a pair of 16s by the end of May.. I tried them on about a week ago and they lack a good 2″ at least from meeting. I wish I could lose a little faster but I also know it isn’t healthy and since I am trying to avoid the loose skin factor, I know I should be happy that I am losing at all.

 

I bought the new Firm Bootcamp: Maximum Calorie Burn w/ Alison.. I can’t even begin to tell you how much that video kicked my butt! It’s really fast paced so its over just as soon as you begin (or at least thats how it felt to me!), and for a girl who never sweats, I was sweating like a man!! I was able to do the advanced jumps and hops, which thrilled me! My knee has NEVER let me do that before!! The newer Firm videos do not use the TransFIRMer, so if you don’t have the system and want to try it, this is a great work out to begin with! I am also noticing I can get deeper in dips and lunges and my form looks much better on the tall box and soon I might be able to swap out for medium weights on the climbs. My lower body isn’t feeling much resistance from the 15lb weights anymore, so I might need to up those soon also.

 

I hope you all are having as much fun this spring as I am!! Get out there and go for a walk with your loved ones!! We get far too little time to spend with them… take 15mins out of your busy day for some quality time. Its healthy for you and for them!

what’s on my iPod?

I am asked quite often what I play on my iPod while I am working out.. well, I usually pick what to play there on the spot.. but it is usually any song with a pumping beat. I decided to track my iPod workout play list last night and I had the most amazing run ever on the elliptical! I burned 900 calories in 60mins. Here is what I listened two.. in no particular order.

Black Eyed Peas - My Humps
Buck Cherry - Crazy Bitch
Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Christina, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya - Lady Marmalade
Fergie - Fergalicious
Fergie - London Bridge
Juvenile - Back That Ass Up
Kelis - Milkshake
Kelly Clarkston - Walk Away
Monifah - Touch It
Nelly - Hot In Herre
Pussycat Dolls - Don’tcha
Shakira - My Hips Don’t Lie

the Bunny challenge

Now that the Bunny Challenge has officially began, I find myself wondering.. what the hell was I thinking?! I made a HUGE change in my exercise routine swapping out my Wednesday rest day for a straight 5 day work out week! Let me tell ya honey, there isn’t a place on my body that isn’t screaming in agony! However, I was able to fit into a pair of size 18 jeans! and they aren’t stretch! Challenge or not, I am determined to make my 100lb loss by April 8th. I am pretty tired this week.. every night I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow and I wake up still feeling tired.. I think it’s my body begging for a rest day…. 2 more work out days left and then a weekend of rest! You have NO idea how much I am looking forward to that!! I’m not afraid I am taking on too much because I have firmed for awhile, I have ran 4 days on the elliptical totaling an hour each time… but the added day of exercise sure makes a difference in how I feel!

 

I had to lower my weights today for the first time while firming :( I think it’s probably not a good idea to use 15lb weights when my muscles are already hurting. I used the 10 for my heavy and 5lb for my light/medium.. I still got in a great work out. I am really trying to watch my form these days.. I noticed my knee was taking some new strain and I think its how I climb the tall box so, I am really cautious about climbing with weights now… I think the challenge has given me new momentum to work out! Watch out Liz!! ;) I am really looking forward to weighing in this week!

holiday gains..

Well.. that wasn’t such a hot idea! After facing the gain from Christmas, I think I have gotten myself back on track. Liz and I start a new challenge on Sunday… I hope that will keep me motivated and exercising to drop that last 30lbs! Since I just uploaded the new progress pics from Christmas.. I could definitely see how bloated I was (and wearing my fat pants!).. truth is, I am LUCKY I got away with only 5lbs! When I came home my scales tipped at +12lbs! I couldn’t believe it, but I even have photographic proof of how ‘different’ I looked.. ugh!

 

I am really excited to start our challenge.. I seem to do really well when I have some kind of competition or reasons for working hard. I did flex for awhile.. I know a lot of flexers love their plan.. but I hate it. I hate not really being able to actually COOK meals without having to save all the contents and run it through the recipe builder to get the points per serving and all that… it just isn’t a plan I could live with for a life time.. Core on the other hand, is. So… here I am.. back to core, taking the holiday weight off.. feeling MUCH better! My home scale says I now only have 1lb left of the holiday gain! I hope to pull that off by WI this weekend! :)

how do I stay motivated?

One of the things I am probably asked the most is how do I stay motivated to keep doing what I do.. truth is… I can’t stand the way I looked at over 300lbs.. I couldn’t breathe, I was exhausted ALL of the time, I caught every cold or flu bug that passed through the air, and I felt horribly both mentally and physically….. since I have changed my diet and added exercise my life has totally transformed. I can keep up with my 160lb husband during long walks, I can do almost anything a skinny girl can do and then some!

 

I continue doing what it is that I do only because I NEVER want to be that 300lb girl again. I know what its like to be the one people point at and snicker, the ones who are forgotten or over looked, and what its like to be some peoples worst nightmare.. that may sound grim, but lets face it, society places some pretty big importance on body size. It was humiliating, depressing, and at most — unhealthy. I LOOKED unhealthy.. I can never let myself go back to being that person — THAT would be my worst nightmare. I wish I could tell people how much better I feel emotionally and physically…… but I don’t have the words to describe how different it is. The before and after in my life are like night and day… I couldn’t be the person I am now without being the person I was… and I couldn’t value my life as much as I do now without having lived the way I did…

 

If you are struggling with your diet plans.. think about this for a moment.. why did you decide to lose weight to begin with? Have you noticed any changes in your body, mind, and spirit since you have lost even 5lbs? How did losing that weight make you feel? and what did regaining it feel like? I’d reckon you would have some pretty emotional answers to all of those questions right? Remind yourself on a daily basis about those things.. and then make a plan for your life. If your dealing with diet sabotagers, you MUST learn to face them to succeed… simply tell them that they are not helping you by continuing their behavior and thank them for trying, and THEN make a plan for how they can help you if they want to be supportive. Last but not least, you MUST realize that this is something you will have to continue to face through the rest of your life.. once you make true peace with that.. the weight will come off, I promise you! :)

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