Eat Well, Move More












Somehow I missed posting yesterday. Actually, I know how that happened. Lack of sleep and lack of good, nutritious food.

My travels, from bus to cab to plane to plane, over the past couple of days have left me feeling a blur. Very little sleep has my words all jumbled and dull. And lack of food, partially due to a tight budget, but traveling this way brings its own set of challenges and limitations. For example, dinner last might was from a vending machine: poptarts, chex mix, and chocolate milk.

I’m in a complete carb fog. Choices for breakfast this morning weren’t much better. Heavy and upset belly, loaded down with not so great calories. I’m so looking to a comfortable bed and a home cooked meal at the end of these travels.

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{October 1, 2013}   NaBloWriMo Day One

So, I’ve jumped in and joined the NaBloWriMo for 2013.  What is that?, you ask.  It’s a challenge where bloggers commit to posting to our blogs everyday for the entire month.  Today is day one.   

I’m hoping to find some motivation and inspiration during this challenge. I’m hoping to get back into my writing and blogging groove again. Life has run away with my writing time. And my cooking time, my work out time, and well, you get the picture. I’m going on a new adventure beginning tomorrow.  Not that I want to give a blow by blow of my life, but the eating-well-moving-more-loving-life is what I want to share.  

So, sit back, grab some popcorn, and prepare to be amazed…ha, ha, just kidding. 

  



{June 30, 2012}   Peaches and Cream

Lighter Peaches & Cream French Toast

Before Baking…after setting overnight in the fridge.

I love breakfast foods. I can’t help it. And when my children are staying with me, it is so much more fun to try new breakfast recipes.  This morning my children had Peaches & Cream French Toast Casserole, modified from this recipe at MyRecipes.com.   They use french bread, whole milk and cream in their recipe. I don’t usually keep those kinds of foods in my refrigerator. My version is slightly lighter on the calorie and fat side.

I made a half batch, so I had to tweak measurements. I love to cook. I love new recipes, but I hardly follow them to a T. This is not a “quick breakfast”.  It worked well for me to prepare it over night, and my teenager popped it into the oven in the morning, while everyone else was getting ready for the day. I’ll try my best to recreate my “recipe” here:

6 slices of whole wheat bread (stale is better than fresh), cut into cubes

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup 2% milk (or skim if you prefer)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. sugar (or honey)

approximately 8 to 12 oz. frozen or fresh sliced peaches

For the Topping:

1 cup 2% (or skim) milk

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. lemon rind

1 Tbsp cornstarch

  1. Layer the bread cubes into a lightly oiled 8×8 casserole dish. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. Pour egg mixture over the bread, and shake the casserole dish to to allow mixture to seep into all of the bread. Layer the sliced peaches on the top, and then put the casserole into the refrigerator to set over night. 
  3. For the topping: In a small sauce pan, mix together the topping ingredients (milk, sugar, nutmeg, lemon rind, cornstarch) and bring almost to a boil. Watch closely, you don’t want to scorch this.  
  4. Once almost to a boil, simmer on a low heat, stirring frequently while waiting for the mixture to reduce & thicken to consistency of “cream”. Allow the cream to cool in the fridge over night. I just put mine into a mug.  
  5. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the “cream” over the top of the casserole, covering the peaches.  Let the casserole set on the counter for about 1/2 an hour before putting into the oven. B
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until set.  Cool slight, and serve. 
We didn’t even need syrup. It was just sweet enough.  Not to mention, it looked beautiful!   I was able to get a very small piece. The kids gobbled up the rest. 
If you try this, let me know what you think. I guessed on my measurements, so you may need to tweak to your taste.


{June 10, 2012}   Bloggity Blog Blog

Tonight’s stir fry dinner with chicken, bok choy, celery, carrots, orange bell pepper, green onion, snap peas, water chestnuts over jasmine rice. Sauce was a simple citrus ginger-soy sauce.

I hadn’t intended to let days, or even weeks, go by without posting to this blog.  The past couple of weeks have been stressful, full of busy-ness and interruptions. The desire to write has been buried under a mountain of comfort food. There has been pizza, macaroni and cheese, lattes, and ice cream. That in itself is not a bad thing,  if in moderation. I’ll admit moderation has not been my strong suit lately. The walking, however, has been consistent, increasing in both time and distance.  I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that, as I get the eating well part back on track. Tonight’s dinner, for example, was far more satisfying than the pepperoni pizza I had consumed several days ago.

Life does get in the way, but I think I need to make myself a commitment to regularly update this blog. I’ve decided that twice a week should be the minimum.  So this week, I’ll resume with the photographs meals, slip in a few recipes, and share my workouts.

I also owe myself, and whatever handful of passerby’s, a few “before” photos and measurements. Tracking my progress is necessary, so that I don’t lose my motivation.  I don’t like photographs of myself, and my body image issues are creeping up again.  I have a couple of creative ideas for posting my “before” photos, and I hope they turn out well.  I should have those up later this week, as well as my “starting point” measurements.

Now, how often to update the “progress”?  Weekly seems to frequent. Monthly perhaps?



{May 11, 2012}   Starting Point

We all do it.  We make New Year’s Resolutions, plan to join Weight Watchers next month, promise to join the gym next payday, schedule  to start on that Couch to 5K program on Saturday, etc.  It’s noble, these plans and promises that we make.  We mean well, but the bottom line is…

We procrastinate. We delay. We put it off. We finally start. Life happens. Something gets in the way. We skip a day. We stop. We plan. We procrastinate. It’s a vicious cycle.

Often, we aren’t catapulted into following through or making changes at all, until there is an outside motivator: a family member’s health is in jeopardy, or even our own, motivates a change to be made.  Outside motivators can be helpful, especially the “scary” type.

Honestly, though, to be truly successful and not sabotage our own plans, we must find that internal motivator.  Yes. Self motivation is key.  We all have it. We just don’t use it like we should.  Simply put, it is deciding to…

JUST. DO. SOMETHING!

My external motivator: rapidly deteriorating health and increasing pain.  Diagnosis is irrelevant at this point. I know what needs to change.  My internal motivator: I don’t want to feel like this anymore. I want to feel better and be my “old self”.  I consider myself semi-sedentary in my lifestyle, and at times “inconsistently active”. And my downfall, I love food!  The inconsistency and promises to begin exercising or eating healthier “on Monday” are not helping me.  I have fitness DVD’s, diet books, and exercise stuff. My problem is that I keep wanting things to be perfect and think a fancy program is going to help me. Sure it would, if I actually used it. Waiting for the right day or the beginning of the week or the perfect program is not helping me.  A few days ago, I simply made the decision to “do something”.  I decided to just Eat Well and Move More.  Sounds too simple? No. Not really. It’s a starting point, a realistic starting point.

It doesn’t matter where you decide to begin. Just pick something and do it. And tomorrow, do it again.  Some things should be planned and scheduled, and that’s fine. We shouldn’t wait for June 1st to begin our “programs” or for next Monday to begin to eat better. Each day is a starting point.  Now is a starting point.  Don’t complicate things. Keep it simple.  Eat well. Move more.



{May 10, 2012}   Hello world!

Hi! My name is Kass. Just a quick warning, this introductory post may change a couple of times. I’m not sure what I want to say.

This blog is to share my journey to a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle, specifically revolving around food & exercise. Although, from time to time, you might find a random, semi-unrelated topic.  It’s a journey of my own weight loss,  fitness and health. I hope, that in the near future, it becomes a source of encouragement to other women seeking the same in their own lives.

I’m an aspiring personal trainer, still studying for my certification exam.  20 years ago, I was a runner, a fitness & health enthusiast, a beginning bodybuilder, and a certified fitness instructor. Somewhere along the way, life got in the way and my passions fell by the wayside…as did my health.

I have a firm philosophy that a healthy lifestyle revolves around real food, moving your body, and a positive attitude, being very careful of what you put inside.  Now to LIVE it.

To be continued….



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