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i will be graduating from college in may. when i tell you over these 4 years i have gained 40 pounds i wish i was exaggerating but i’m not. those closest to me insist it doesn’t look like i have gained that much but i can see it. i can feel it too. it’s amazing how a little weight gain can drag you down and make you feel so sluggish. i realized the problem last year (when i gained the majority of the weight) when i was out of breath climbing the 3, that’s right just 3, flights of stairs to joshua’s apartment. so i hem-and-hawed for another year. well i’m tired of waking up and going to get dressed and not liking what i see in the mirror. so today i am going to share with you some of what has been motivating me over this past month (yup, cliche i know it was a new years resolution).
did you know pinterest had more than recipes, cute animal pictures, and diy’s ? yup go to the health and fitness category and get ready to be inspired! whenever i feel like eating something bad for me or just being lazy i get on pinterest and find a new healthy recipe to curb my craving or find a fun workout. i’m telling you it works. there are also these lovely little bursts of inspiration called “reasonstobefit” like the one above. they are really inspiring and a great little reminder. plus you see all of these pictures of really fit people and you start to think with a little hard work, “hey i could look like that too!”.
2. just dance 3
i love this game! joshua bought it for me a few months ago because we played it at another couples house and i loved it. i just looked up the info the other day and apparently you can burn about 200 calories in only half an hour! i love to play it to warm up before i do other workouts. i use it as my cardio. joshua likes to play too, he’s actually pretty good.
i love ballet and it is an amazing workout. did you have something as a kid that you wish you would have followed through with? soccer, lacrosse, ballet? there are adult programs all over the place for those extracurriculars we had as kids. i’m taking another ballet class this year and i am loving every bit of it.
4. i get to buy more clothes
come on who doesn’t love to buy stuff. ok so there are a few of us out there who don’t like spending the money, but even this broke college kid is a bit of a shopaholic. places like target and even forever 21 have super cute and super cheap workout clothes that motivate me to try harder so i can squeeze into that super cute dress i just got on sale and purposely bought two sizes too small.
those are just a few things that i have been using to motivate myself lately. ultimately though i miss i how felt 40 pounds ago. i loved my body, i was healthy, i had energy, and i could climb more than 3 flights of stairs without being out of breath. so what ever motivates you get out there and get back into the body you love.
so i tried my hand at the sugared pecans. they came out ok. i used this recipe because they looked like the sugared pecans i was trying to copy from Pointe Coupee Pecans. i think this recipe requires that you cook them too long. i cooked them at 350 in 10 minute intervals like it said and i had to take them out less than half way through the last 10 minutes because they were burning. i just didn’t have too much luck.
they are oh so very tasty!!!
we recently stocked up on some pecans at the farmers market. in addition to just a simple snack pecans are amazing in just about everything! the other night we had a pecan packed dinner. we had an apple and arugula pecan salad, pecan and mushroom risotto, and a pecan crusted chicken (can i just say joshua is an amazing chef!).
the recipe for the risotto and salad are joshua originals. you could easily use bag salad and add apple, pecans, and your favorite light dressing. for the risotto i’m pretty sure you can get some in a box at the grocery and then add pecans. but we used this martha stewart recipe for the chicken:
in the next couple of days i’m going to try my hand at sugared and spiced pecans.
it has been too long! turns out my WordPress account was hacked and after almost two months of dealing with customer service and not being able to get into my account i’m back! unfortunately though it is smack dab in the middle of the holidays so look forward to some posts that i have been saving up after all the holiday hoopla. until then here is a little Christmas cheer:
i wish it was snowing here! instead we have temperatures in the 70’s!
I’m sure we’ve all seen the lace side tank tops on pinterest lately. Well I had a tank top that really didn’t fit anymore and some lace laying around. And voila:
This is my version. Instead of using flat lace that you can buy by the yard I used the simple roll of lace that you use as trim:
I used hobby lobby’s “Decorative Trim” 3 1/2 inch Ivory Ruffled lace:
Now this is not flat lace so when I opened the side seems to the top and then pinned the lace it bunched a lot. But that’s ok because I wanted mine to be a little different looking so what i did was pleat the lace in two places. I pleated it at the top and at the bottom on both sides.
Overall I think it turned out pretty well. The lace is super itchy but I plan on wearing a second tank underneath anyway due to the sheerness. Enjoy!
This is a simple recipes that is one of Joshua’s favorites.
He calls them sweet biscuits and according to him I don’t make them hardly enough. In fact I couldn’t even get a picture of a full pie tin. I went upstairs to get my camera and this is what I came back to:
Here’s the recipe:
Here is the downloadable PDF link: sweet biscuits
I like to bake them in a pie tin instead of on a baking sheet because in the pie tin they get to sit in the delicious glaze. Enjoy!