Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kosher Valentines Day 2014 Edition

Happy Kosher Valentines Day! This Year RB and I will be celebrating in the most Kosher style ever. I'm taking a crack at PORK BELLY! MMM, suckling, crispy pig. Although, I am still fighting with the crappy cold that has paused my workouts and cooking schedule, I'm going to go ahead with my plan and make the 3 hour attempt.


So here is my small 2 pound slab of Pork Belly, ain't she a beaute?! I plan on following a recipe I found on Pinterest; I chose this recipe mostly because I don't have to go to the store to buy anything extra for it, plus it's relatively simple, and can easily be matched with rice. Most of the Asian recipe's I'd like to try call for A LOT of ingredients, which is what I find when attempting any Asian dish, I'm sure I'll give those a shot when I feel more like myself and it isn't a frigid, gray, gloomy winter day.


The finished project. It was crispy and savory. I made mashed potatoes instead of my original thought of rice because the recipe had a gravy component. It was quite tasty. I think I prefer a sweet pig verses a savory one, however, this was simple, and RB enjoyed every last bite. Tradition continued for KVD, I get flowers, and RB gets something special made for him. It was an overall success! Cheers to all future KVD's and may all new recipe's be successful!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

16 days

I love winter, really I do. I don't mind the chilly weather, the snow, the coats, and sweaters. But for goodness sakes, I miss the dry warmth of the sun.

It never fails that I get on a regular schedule and it strikes. Fever, elevated heart rate, sore, scratchy throat, swollen face, sinus headache and pressure, and EXTREMELY itchy ears and tonsils. Yes, you guessed it; vacation next week, and a workout streak of 16 days quickly turned to a sad end all due to the aforementioned ailments.

Maybe Mom's right, and it's my body's way of getting me to slow down. But seriously body, you're "killin'' me here! I'm down 2.5 more pounds and this is the crap you're going to pull? as if the constant snow, slush, rain, freezing temperatures weren't enough, we have this now!?

I took yesterday off, mom's doctor's orders. I tried to fight it, but when she made me take my resting heart rate (84 bpm) and then after 2 minutes of jogging check it again (164 bpm), I knew I was down for the count. Due to weather today, I can't workout, can't get to the moocher gym and can go outside. I guess it's all for the better being that I still feel like garbage's mom.

Next week should be a interesting struggle. I'm super skittlefarts, excited to see some New England "family", but not sure how I'm going to get my workouts in the way I need them to be done. I'm sure I'll be fine as long as some movement happens, I just hate to feel like I've worked this hard to start all over.

running in the cold, on the snowy trail.
 my trail last week ... I was forced to run the streets.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

14 days.

It's been 14 days since I began my quest to loose the additional 12 pounds I put on in the last few months. I have successfully worked out at least 1 hour everyday for the last 14 days. I'm not even kidding, I have not taken a day off. I, of course, have had shorter workouts in order to accommodate the need of recovery but every day I have participated in exercise. I have also halved my lunch, and dinner in take, with a few days of exceptions on crap food. I have had cheese twice and I have paid for those mistakes BIG time via awesome intestinal discomfort. (if you think I should document said workouts let me know, I have them written down already). I have lost four, count them, 4 pounds, and I'm so hungry.

The worst part about the weight gain is trying to workout with the extra weight. It's hard for me to run and move faster, the weather isn't helping either but that at least I know will definitely change, whereas who knows what will happen with the weight.

My newest motivational tool is Jenny LaBaw, have you seen her?! check her out at "this is jenny labaw" on YouTube. My dad showed me this video about a week ago and I can't get this woman out of my head. If I can get my legs to look half as good as hers, I'd be thrilled so-and-so. Her upper body is a little much for me, but her legs! Oh, Sweet Judas Priest, those things are crazemazing. Since watching LaBaw, I have added an at home Crossfit inspired workout to my schedule, it's my Crossfit Friday workout. I like it! I like it as much as any person can like a workout. I like how it changes and I don't really get bored and the hour goes by relatively fast.

I'm hoping by the first weekend of March I've lost all the additional weight, and can re-start working on the 10 pounds that I was trying to get rid of before. I think the next step in my quest is food. I need to really pay attention to what and how much I am eating. It doesn't seem to be enough to cut things in half, but I really need to eat better. I'm sure though, if you ask people that know me well, know that I do not eat poorly in general, so this should be interesting.

I'm trying to not pay attention to the scale, or my pants, and really focus on getting those damned legs! Told my dad if I get those kind of legs to not be surprised when I get a tattoo that I have always wanted on my body.

Here's to the next 14 days.