Tuesday, December 16, 2014

16 Months of No Regrets

16 months ago, I made a decision to make a change in my life. I no longer felt happy with myself or the image in staring back at me in the mirror. Committing to change how I was eating and exercising scared the hell out of me... 
What if I ...failed?  
I thank God I took an uncomfortable step 16 months ago and decided living with regret was scarier then living with an unhappy me. Taking that step at the 'what could be' has literally changed my life.  Sure I've changed on the outside but man am I a lot happier with myself.  I set a goal that no one but myself could achieve and I did it- Me!  It's such a rewarding feeling to know you made the change and you were responsible for your own results.
Are you ready to make a change?   
If you'd like to join a private group for support or are interested in one on one support, contact me so we can chat.  It is possible to make a change when you have a support system in place, the right tools and someone keeping you accountable. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cookie Exchange- Vegan Chickpea Blondies

These have to be my new favorite.  Literally after 30 minutes of them being out of the oven, these warm blondies filled with chocolate chips were gone.  Wiped Out!  The pan was licked clean the the 4 of us before I had a chance to cut and plate them.  

My 4-year old helped me make the brownies and she questioned the chickpeas at first but then forgot we put them into the mixture after they were pureed.  The consistency of these blondies is smooth and there is no evidence of chickpeas for your your picky eaters that may shy away from texture.  These bars are not only vegan but they are gluten free too.  At 120 calories a bar, these would make a perfect cookie exchange bar.  
Cooking Spray
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you're not vegan)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup vegan or dark chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
sea salt, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8x8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and process until batter is smooth. 
  3. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. 
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don't want them to dry out!
  6. Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack if you can wait that long!
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. This recipe will make 16 blondies.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Transformation Tuesday- Darla

It's Transformation Tuesday again! 

I was happy to meet Darla over a year ago when she joined my Spring Challenge Group.  Having lost a lot of weight on her own starting January 2013, she came into the challenge with open arms, worked her butt off and motivated everyone in the group.  So many of us make excuses why we can't accomplish something we want to try.  Darla a year ago was that woman.

From the first challenge she was in, Darla always said she wanted to be a runner but said there was no way.  Through support and coaxing of past challengers she was coaxed into trying the Coach to 5k program.  While her son was at practice, Darla utilized the time to train. Guess what??
Not only did she complete the C25K program but she has run 2- 5k races and finished them!

Like a lot of us, Darla has a love of food.  She enjoys good food and has a hard time resisting it! Instead of depriving herself of food, she uses her love of cooking and has learned how to adapt recipes to make them almost as good and much better for she and her family! 

Darla is down 60 pounds, feels stronger and has more energy. Through challenging herself, she's become much more confident in what her body can do.  She lives the motto of 'Never give up, just keep going!'  Her advice to other people going through a health journey is...If you can't finish today, try again tomorrow. Don't get caught up in pounds and inches if you can avoid it, being healthier is about a whole lot more than how you look!
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