Blog Revival Week – Motivation Monday

Workout: 2 mile run, P90x- Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X

Hello, my name is Phyllis and I have a serious problem. During my last 9 month bout of depression I have subconsciously self-punishing my self through by eating copious amounts of food. Due to this, I have gained ~15 pounds. Remember a few months ago when I opened up about my battle with Myasthenia Gravis and I said “this is a really hard blog to write”. Well, this picture is a REALLY hard picture for me to show…

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At my all time heaviest I weight about 135. This was because I was taking medicine that made you significantly gain weight. Here I am, nearing my heaviest weight (aka, my deepest moment of depression). I know what a lot of you are thinking, “Okay, bitch…123 is my dream weight.” Well, at a measly 5’1″, every little pound shows. I’ve found that with my bone structure and height I’m best around 110 with muscles. Right now, though, I’m more stuff and fluff than lean, mean machine.

So, since I’ve been feeling tip-top, I’m back on the exercise wagon. To help give me some motivation, I signed up for She Runs Strong’s September Miles Madness. Here’s the deal:

  • Click on the image below and read the rules (I’m lazy and don’t want to post them all).
  • Sign up for a team – Team Ashley or Team Cait. I’m team Ashley, because she’s a AZ runner and I like to support all things southwest.
  • Every week send your team captain the number of miles you have run. At the end of the month, the team with the highest number of miles wins!
  • The winning team will win some awesome swag and you will have a chance to win a Road ID, a sports bra from Handful Running Bras, and a Clean Bottle!!

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Blog Revival Week – Lazy Blogger Sunday

Weekend Photo Recap. You make up the captions.

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What did you do this weekend?

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Friday Fixation – Raw Chocolate Balls

In an attempt to rekindle my blog spark, I want to reintroduce my weekly Friday Fixation posts.  My last Friday Fixation post was for my absolutely favorite, post workout drink Cheribundi. Today, it’s my low cost alternative to raw energy bars.

When I started incorporating raw foods in my diet I spent crap loads of money trying different packaged raw bars.  Most were hard nutty bars that I’m pretty sure were slowly cracking my teeth.  Until one day I found the most delish brownie raw bar..not joke, it was amazing.  One huge problem with them though, they cost $1.99 a pop!! With my 5+ bar a week ways, my waistline loved them, but my pocket book was dying a slow death.

So, to please my taste buds and my credit union, I tried to make my own.  After some seriously disastrous attempts, I came up with the most delish chocolaty treats. They aren’t the most physically appealing items, but no joke they fit the bill when you need something quick to eat or a “sugar” fix. I’m so addicted to these things, I’m like little Honey Bo-Bo when cake is around

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I even got the Mister into craving them.  After an hour of reassuring him that he can’t physically die from trying just one bite, he bit into the chocolaty goodness and claimed, “Ugh, that’s aren’t bad at all..actually pretty good.” We are both so obsessed with these that we both like wake up mid-night to snack on a couple balls <Inset sexual innuendo here>.

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Chocolate Raw Bar Recipe:

  • 2 cups raw dates
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder (or you can just get unsweetened Hershey cocoa powder)
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 raw shredded coconut
  • Dash of raw agave  nectar (if you want it a little sweeter)

 

Place dates in food processor and blend until it makes a fairly thick paste.

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Add cocoa powder, walnuts, and shredded coconut and blend.  You can also mix by hand if it floats your boat.

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TASTE! If you want it a little sweeter or if the mixture is a little loose add some raw agave nectar.

Roll into balls and refrigerate.

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Rawvacado Ice Cream

 

Arizona + Middle of August = Shitastic

Us Zonies have it pretty good – year round sunshine, little rain, ideal temps, no winter.  This perfect conditions come with a price though. Every spring we brace ourselves for five months of feeling like a over baked chicken under the broiler and every year we tell each other “It’s a small price to pay for Christmas in shorts”. So every year we stock up on water, park two miles from the store opening  so we can park under a measly Mesquite Tree, and become hermits in our over air conditioned houses.  May, June, July…it’s all good. Then, the middle of August rears its ugly head.

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By the middle of August, you have had countless days of 100+ degrees and still have a solid 1-2  months of “hotter than most” temps. This year it’s been fairly mild, but pretty humid (yes, you Midwesterns can laugh at our 20% humidity complaints); however, I’m still over the summer and ready for perfect 90 degree days.  I was feeling pretty down in the dumps until I made the discovery of the century (alright maybe just the day…okay, okay, maybe just the past two minutes).

With the heat and humidity, I was majorly craving some ice cream goodness.  I scoured the freezer looking for anything that would satisfy my sweet, icy cravings. Alas no luck…. So I turned to the counter top and lights beamed down and trumpets blared.  There’s an avocado and banana!!! BAM – RAWVACADO ICE CREAM!!

I know what you are thinking, “Wait a second…ice cream made out of avocados. I think I’ll pass, phatty, and just go get some DQ.” It sounds pretty nasty, but trust me..it’s pretty damn good!! Give it a try, here’s my recipe:

 

Chocolate Rawvacado Ice Cream (1 Serving)

  • In blender, mix 1 ripe banana, 1 avocado, 1-2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar, 1-2 tables of raw cocoa powder (go by your taste..sometimes I want sweeter ice cream and put more nectar then chocolate, other times the opposite).

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  • Pour into container and freezer 1 hour. You’ll notice by the picture below, if you don’t freeze the avocado mixture you’ve just made chocolate rawvacado mouse!!

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  • Enjoy!!!

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Back In Black

 

Look who got her computer fixed!!! (Finally!!)

I know everyone is soo excited and has been missing their little Philly. Don’t worry..In the great words of Brian Johnson, “I hit the sack, I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back…I’m back in black”

 

It’s been a long time, so much as happen. Here’s a quick recap:

  • I partied and cried hard at two weddings, including my brothers in Vegas.
  • Puppy Vegas was told he needed to lose five pounds and has since reached out to Jenny Craig for a multi-million dollar weight loss deal. Momma and daddy are counting on Vegas to take care of the family.
  • I’ve been crazy stressed and hence have been stress eating…wish I was one of those girls that didn’t eat when they were stressed.
  • I’ve been continuing at-home and outpatient medical treatment and are now FINALLY feel tip-top!! Now my craptastic body just needs to keep it up!
  • My thumbs are extremely sore from the month+ of only having an iphone to contact people.
  • I’ve been on-and-off the raw food diet…some weeks I kick ass and am 75% raw..some weeks I’m lucky I get an apple in.
  • I’ve been deeply obsessed with all things Olympics. There are so many inspiration and touching moments.  Best moment of the Olympics, thus far…When they announced Phyllin Phat’s computer got fixed during a tennis match. 

Thanks Will and Kate, I’ve missed you too. Cheers

That’s about it…I’m just happy to be back and glad to be connected back to the 21st Century.

 

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Power of the iPhone

This little guy did a naughty thing

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He “accidentally” knocked my laptop off the table and broke the charger port. So my computer will not charge, therefore not turn on. He sure does feel bad about it though.

Through the power of the iPhone and the glorious wordpress app, I am able to write this unimportant, unnecessary blog! Thank you Steve Jobs!!

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I hope I’ll be able to get my laptop up and running soon. If not, looks like Vegas will have to go to work and start financially contributing to the family.

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Eatin’ Raw–Tuesday and Wednesday

Here’s the food situation for the last two days:

Tuesday Breakfast: I gave into a bagel temptations and indulged in half a bagel with cream cheese. My scrumptious two minutes of carb-heaven was followed by four hours of bloat and stomach cramps. Oh carbs, I love you, but I hate you.

Tuesday Lunch: Just like the Marine Corp, I leave no man behind. I still had a half a container of Greek salad dressing at work, so I topped my salad with the green goodness, put a fork in it, and devoured my salad.

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Tuesday Dinner: My ode to Tabouleh

  • Dice up 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, 1/2 of a cucumber, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 scallion

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  • To diced veggies add 1/2 cup of minced mint, 1/2 cup minced parsley, 1/2 jalapeno diced, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of minced ginger, 1/2 juice of a lemon, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Bragg’s liquid aminos, and Himalayan salt and cracked pepper to taste. IMG_0602
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour, but it is even better the next day!

Wednesday – Rinse and Repeat above. Again, no veggie is left behind!

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Eatin’ Raw–Monday

Workout: P90X Chest and Back

Since starting my journey into raw food, I’ve been consistently asked…”So, what do you actually eat? No, really..what the f**k do you eat?”. ; So, for the next week I’m going to document what I actually eat.

Breakfast: Apple and Banana, Warm water with Lemon (not sure of the exact temp, so this may not be so raw).

Lunch: Raw Caesar Salad. Here’s the recipe:

- Make salad base of romaine, spinach, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, diced red bell peppers, basil, carrots, fresh ground pepper.

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- In food processer, blend four celery stalks, 1/4 cup of cold pressed olive oil, 1/4 cup of Bragg’s liquid aminos, 1 garlic clove, half the juice of a lemon, dash of pink Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper. Add water if the dressing gets too thick. You can also add dates for more flavor. ; The dressing keeps for 4 days in the fridge.

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-Pour over salad and enjoy!

Snack: entire container of Strawberries

Dinner: I’m not that hunger, so I’m going to make some guacamole with carrot sticks.

Question- What are you having for dinner?

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Friday Fixation– One Ingredient Ice Cream

It’s starting to get smokin’ hot in Phoenix.

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So I have been buying up bananas to make my favorite summer treat – Raw Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream. After you make it once, you too will become obsessed with this easypeasey, raw treat.

What you’ll need: Ripe Bananas (with little black marks) and a little  bit of water (just incase it gets too thick for your liking)

 

Directions:

  • Dice bananas into small pieces and put in the freezer until they are just frozen (so if you squeeze them you can make a slight little indent in the naner).

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  • If the ice cream get too thick, just add a little bit of water.

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  • ENJOY! You can get really crazy and put cocoa nibs or fresh fruit on top. IMG_0585

MMMMM.. I’m going to go make a bowl now!

QUESTION – What do you do to beat the summer heat?

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Eating Raw – Ambrosia Salad

One week in and I’m feeling great on my raw food journey. I allowed myself one cheat meal of a large salad with roasted chicken, but other than that – I’ve been 100% raw.

 

Since starting this “diet”, I’ve grown accustom to the “What the hell do eat then?” queries. Well, I’ve been chowing down on extra-large veggies salads with raw dressing, nuts, and loads of veggies and fruit. I haven’t gotten sick of the same old food yet, mostly because I’ve been mixing up different salad dressings and dips, but I assume I’ll grow real sick of the lack of heat soon. 

So, I’ve signed up for a raw cooking class and am trying to start “cooking” some food in my dehydrator. I’ll keep putting up some of the better recipes I try, but for today, this recipe has been a serious staple in my diet for the past week. If you’re a busy body like me, this recipe is SUPER easy and still crazy good! Hope you enjoy it!

 

Ambrosia Salad

  • Mix salad base of spinach and romaine salad

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  • Dice cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, walnuts, cranberries, mint leaves, basil leaves, and a little bit of cilantro. Obviously, you can add/remove any veggie or raw goodie that you like.

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  • In separate container, mix juice of half a lemon, diced ginger per your taste, one tablespoon of liquid aminos, one tablespoon of raw honey, and 1/4-1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed).

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  • Combine everything and VIOLA! DINNER IS SERVED!

 

Quick thank you to everyone that has sent me recipes to try!! I plan on trying a new reader recipe each week and I’ll review here.

Question – What’s for dinner?

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