Happy Thursday Friends! I do have a new video to share with you, but first I want to talk about something…
Back in January I wrote this post about how I’d gained weight over Christmas and how I wasn’t upset about it. And I wasn’t. And I’m still not. However, I had thought I would have long since lost those few pounds, but I haven’t. Each time I see a photo of myself I’m reminded that I haven’t lost that weight, and it’s frustrating. I know on social media I often share with you my “treats” because I want you to know that it’s okay to enjoy a burger and fries or ice cream or whatever now and then, but don’t think for a second that it is indicative of how I normally eat. This past year especially since trying to fix my hormone imbalance naturally, and becoming a nutrition & weight-loss specialist I’ve probably eaten better healthier) than I have at any other time in my life. And yet compared to one year ago I am about 14 pounds heavier.
The logical part of me knows that at least some part of the 14 pounds is lean muscle mass. But I’d be lying to myself and to you if I said it was mostly muscle. The truth is realistically somewhere around 8-10 pounds of it is fat, and most of that is on my ass.
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It’s always a double post day when new Zumba tunes arrive in my mailbox!
Because a few other people have noticed – I don’t get the upgraded/enhanced ZIN released with the warm-up and cool downs. I didn’t think it was worth the extra $$ (especially since I’m in Canada where the exchange rate is crap these days. My regular ZIN fee has become pricey enough on it’s own!)
Now that I’ve had my Glycerin 12‘s for a few months and have run a decent amount of miles in them, I feel like I’ve spent enough “quality time” with them to post my honest review of how I’m liking them.
Well, I’m a big old sickie today. I don’t know if it’s my IBS, or a bug but I am most certainly not feeling good. The bad news for me is I can’t afford to cancel my classes today so I have to keep plugging away. Working when you don’t feel well is bad enough, but when your work is exercise – that’s a whole other level of nastiness.
Anyway, enough of the glum talk. Last night I was heading out the door to teach my evening classes and I realized I had no videos planned – oops. So I fell back on a couple old routines to share with you this week, and then next week I’ll share the next two Body Sculpt videos.
I’ve written about it before, but one of the easiest ways to ensure you eat healthy throughout the week, is to have healthy snacks pre-made and ready to go. One of my favourite snacks to make on the weekends are Peanut Butter Snack Bites made using Kraft All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter. They give you a great dose of healthy fats, protein, and a complex carbohydrate and are delicious to boot!
I remember making these when I was a child, and I also remember making a version of them with the kids I babysat for growing up. No-bake recipes like this are a wonderful way to introduce children to baking and creating in the kitchen when they may still be too young to use the stove or oven (or kitchen appliances). There is always a huge sense of accomplishment when you make something yourself, especially as a child. I remember making no-bake snacks like this with my mom and I know the kids I babysat for remember making them with me. Making recipes together in the kitchen really does create a lasting memory, more so than just eating the finished recipe. Not only that, but it helps teach kids how to cook for themselves, a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives.