December 16, Refocusing, Let’s Be Honest


Let’s Be Honest

Keeping our goals in mind is difficult when we are being bombarded with stress. Perhaps you are feeling a “spending hangover”, you haven’t been getting enough sleep, you are planning too many events, your year-end chores at work are overwhelming or you are just plain exhausted from the hub bub of the season. It may help to refocus on your personal goals.

Be Mindful
Where is the stress coming from?
How can I better manage the stress?
Are all of these tasks and events really important to me? Continue reading

Savory Rosemary Cheddar Cheesecake – Reduced Fat and Vegetarian

Savory rosemary cheesecake

Holiday Challenge, December 15th: Meatless Monday

Serve these savory cheesecakes with a salad and fruit for a vegetarian meal or bring them to a party with apple slices for a protein rich appetizer.

Savory rosemary cheesecake
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December 14 th, Dance As if No One is Watching and 9 Other Tips

Holiday challenge:Dance is if no one is watching

Holiday Challenge: Dance as if no one is watching.

Having trouble keeping your Maintain Don’t Gain promise? Maybe these strategies will help.

1) Crank up the holiday music and dance as if no one is watching. Close the drapes just in case. If you need dance ideas then watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, those queens have to “Lip sync and dance for their lives”.

2) Put cat food in your jello salad; a calorie bargain. No, I don’t have the recipe but watch “Christmas Vacation” and Aunt Bethany will show you how’s it’s done.

3) Organize a neighborhood “Griswald Christmas 5K” unless your exterior illumination is subpar then jog by yourself and make snide comments about the neighbors’ electrical bills.

4) Bake cookies in a bikini. It keeps others out of the kitchen while you create and it might limit the number of cookies you eat before they go into the oven. Or it could lead to an interesting extra curricular activity that burns calories too. ;-)

5) Eat raw cookie dough. The salmonella infection will result in temporary weight loss if you don’t die. (It’s a joke people, don’t send me hate mail and don’t eat raw eggs because Salmonella is not really funny.)

6) Buy the Zombie Run app for your smart phone and RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Best done at night because fear burns more calories. (You read it here first)

7) Watch “Four Christmases” and then practice your cage fighting moves on your sister.

8) Aerobic gift wrapping. Drink 3 espressos and get’r done. You know that you aren’t even close to finished. Just do it.

9) Take a vow to only eat food that you have harvested or killed with your bare hands. Also known as a Paleo Diet.

10) Learn to ice skate, the outfits are cute. Hello! The Ice Capades are calling.

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Christmas Vacation

Four Christmases

Ru Paul Season 5

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Paleo Diet

December 12th, Make a Cake and Eat it Too.

Two Ingredient Low Fat Pumpkin Gingerbread

I seriously made pumpkin gingerbread with a box of Trader Joe’s Deep, Dark, Gingerbread Cake Mix and 1 can of organic pumpkin. The cake mix has real ingredients that I can pronounce, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. The pumpkin tastes great and adds moisture, without fat.

Two Ingredient Low Fat Pumpkin Gingerbread

Easy Shmeasy Recipe:

Mix 1 boxed gingerbread cake mix and one 14 ounce can of puréed pumpkin together until combine. Bake in a greased and floured 8×8 inch pain at 350 F for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

These two ingredients made 18 small servings with 88 calories per serving. They are fat free if you skip the icing. Enjoy these perfect little bites bursting with ginger and molasses flavor. Gingerbread tastes like Christmas to me.

I dressed these up with a drizzle of melted real white chocolate and cut them into small bars. A sprinkle of powdered sugar or a decadent spoonful of whipped cream would be a welcome addition.

I’m taking these easy, fast, low fat and delicious treats to my friends at Fiesta Friday. I don’t even feel bad about using a mix and a can. It’s Christmas time and I’m busy creating a Holiday Challenge so I have no time to quibble about a boxed mix. I need to think up 12 more challenges, people. Any ideas?
Besides my virtual friends know that I can’t bake and I get my sugar fix every week at Fiesta Friday because these bloggers can bake!

Join in the fun at The Novice Gardener.
Two Ingredient Low Fat Pumpkin Gingerbread

December 11th, The Cocktail Challenge

Limit alcohol holiday challenge

Holiday Challenge: Set a limit on your party cocktails and stick to it.

I bet you were hoping that I was challenging you to create a party worthy cocktail. Ya, not so much. Continue reading

December 10, Treat Yourself to a Spa Night at Home

Holiday Challenge:
Reward Your Good Behavior With A Mini Spa Date.

Have you weighed yourself this week? Stay committed to maintain regardless of the number on the scale. Don’t let one weigh-in derail your good intentions. If you’ve gained a little then don’t beat yourself up about it. Reward yourself for any and all effort that you’ve made towards your personal goal.

Pamper Yourself

Spend a night at home and treat yourself to a mini-spa date. Continue reading

December 9th, Take a Walk

How we feel before our walk


And after we walk


Enough said?

You’re welcome

December 8, Holiday Challenge, Meatless Monday

Holiday Challenge: Make a Meatless Meal

Find a few “go to” vegetarian meals that are simple, delicious and not too time consuming. In general vegetarian dishes will be lower in calories and saturated fats. They should increase your vegetable intact. Just because the meat is absent in Mac and Cheese doesn’t make it a healthy vegetarian option. You can recreate standby meals traditionally made with meat by substituting vegetables. Make a big batch and save leftovers for your lunch.
Here are a few recipes ideas from this blog.

Vegetarian Bolognese
Mushroom Tortilla Soup
Pumpkin Kale Enchilada

December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today’s Challenge: Practice Forgiveness and Gratitude

It’s good for your blood pressure.

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona is the final resting place of 1102 of the 1170 sailors and marines who lost there lives 73 years ago at Pearl Harbor. The memorial is a haunting place of great reverence. I was struck by the overriding theme of patriotism and tolerance in the National Park. Americans have not and should not forget Pearl Harbor but there is room in our remembrance for forgiveness. Many lives were lost in World War II and I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices made by military personnel around the world every day.

More photos of Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii


December 6th, Holiday Challenge Party Advice

Challenge: Enjoy the party, but plan your attack.
Recipe for success: Caramelized Onion and Greek Yogurt Dip

Caramelized Leek Yogurt Dip

The holidays are rich with parties, potlucks, open houses, and celebrations. By all means put on your best party dress and rock every party. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your fitness goals on track. Continue reading