Sunday, November 30, 2014

W76: A Time of Thanks

I absolutely love Thanksgiving!

What's not to love about a holiday that celebrates food, family, and being grateful?

Every year, I get to partake in two glorious meals, and since I am really trying to be healthier in my food and fitness choices as of late, I used this week as the perfect opportunity to incorporate some of those changes.  The "dishes" I supplied to my mom's Thanksgiving spread were a turkey-shaped veggie tray featuring purple cauliflower, and my healthy apple crisp recipe from a few weeks ago.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

W75: How to Become a Badass

Given last week's cheesecake recipe and my utter lack of a proper workout routine since Matt and I competed in the Warrior Dash in June...

I decided it was about time to recommit to fitness.

I dragged myself and anyone else in the vicinity (my mom, my brother, and even my extremely reluctant husband, David) to the gym a total of four days this week. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

W74: Healthy-ish Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

With my foray into cooking with last week's Healthy Apple Crisp recipe, I thought why not give it another shot.  And, since I associate apples with autumn though the weather here in Illinois is leaning more towards winter, I thought why not try out another autumnal recipe.

This week's recipe came from a cheesecake book that I received about three and a half years ago as a bridal shower gift.  This was only my second attempt at cheesecake and the first attempt using this particular book (sorry Mom).  You can read about my first cheesecake here.

Since I used light cream cheese and low-fat sour cream, I have deemed this a Healthy-ish Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

W73: Healthy Apple Crisp

Food is a constant challenge for me.

Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE food!

I do not particularly enjoy cooking, mostly because it takes a long time (as in--it's typically not instantaneous), it creates a huge mess (or at least I always seem to when I cook), and anything that sounds remotely appetizing (i.e. bacon, donuts, etc) tends not to be healthy whatsoever.

But fall always rouses some sense of domesticity within me and I just can't help but at least try to bake something.  So this week I tried out a Jillian Michaels recipe: Healthy Apple Crisp.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

W72: At first I was afraid... I was petrified...

My brother, Matt, and I drove to Fowler Park in Terre Haute, IN this past weekend
to participate in our first ever Zombie Survival Race!

It was a 5k obstacle course of the worst kind... 
There was no leisurely pace like there was with the Warrior Dash... 

No, in this race, your very life was at stake!