Monday, April 29, 2013

Life + April {Go Green} Cara Box

 I can't believe how fast the weekend went by!

It was such a beautiful weekend in Tahoe -- think high 70.
I might have fallen of the wagon Friday night with wine tasting a 968 Park Hotel followed by pizza from Base Camp Pizza.





Saturday & Sunday we spent time outside working on the yard  and playing with the pup. Oh I might have made my way to TJ Maxx and picked up a few shirts among other things :)


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April {Go Green} Cara Box Reveal

It's about that time of month for the Wifessionals Cara Box monthly blog swap reveal. April  was all about being green.

My lovely partners were Lauren and Danielle.
I got to know Lauren, she's from the south and loves to travel and has the cutest pup! She's really not  a "green" person yet so I sent her a few items to help get her started.
  Danielle and I exchanged a few emails where I shared my how  the hubs and I recycle and plant veggies during summer months. She sent an awesome box of green goodies -- a few were even handmade!
  1. Homemade hot/cold neck and eye wrap filled with flax-seed
  2. Handmade coffee koozies
  3. White mug with my initial
  4. a couple of recycled pens
  5. Eco friendly note-cards
Linking up with Cara Box and Monday Morning Gossip

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Five Things

Over the last few month's I've noticed various Five Things posts around the blogosphere {like here} and since I was nominated a second time for a Liebster Blogger Award  by Casey from True Colours {a few months ago} I thought it was long over due for a post about me. Here goes nothing!

Five Things

1. I was born with a heart defect and had two heart surgeries by the time I was five. To this day doctors are still shocked when I tell them and add how active I am. Hey, I know my limits.

2. The travel bug set in at a very young age. I was 14 the first time I traveled across the pond. For 21 days I traveled through Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and England. Since then, to-date I've explored 15+ countries.

Alicante, Spain 2010 (Age 28)

3. I've lived in California my entire life minus the six month stint I spent in Pensacola, FL (I followed a boy and well it wasn't the Hubby).

4. I graduated college in three years....and wish I stayed the extra year.

5. Moving to Tahoe was the best decision I made six and a half years ago. There's something about Tahoe that makes me feel free. Plus I met the hubby in Tahoe!

6.5 years ago on top of Mount Tallac! --- My first summer in Tahoe, Summer 2007 --- yup that's the mr!


Maybe it was this sunset, summer of 2007, that sold me.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Garden Party :: Backyard Inspiration

Over nearly the past three years we've spent all our energy working inside our house or in the front yard. Since no one really sees the backyard it's been very neglected. Here's what it looked like when we moved in, August 2012...


... and here's what it looks like as of Sunday afternoon.


We raked up more pine needles this weekend and filled 12 bags before we ran out -- and that's just the backyard. We did take down the tree fort and make a raised box for a veggie garden last year, but it's time to create a little backyard oasis. One major problem -- my back yard is massive and  I don't know where to start. I need HGTV Yard Crashers. Any suggestions?

 For now I'll leave you with some backyard inspiration to help get those creative juices flying.

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For more garden party inspiration check out my pinterest board here.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

90 Day Challenge -- Six Week Update

It's been six weeks since I started my 90 Day total body transformation challenge! Last Thursday I had my second weight-in. The first weigh-in I nailed it and although I saw results with the second weigh-in it's time to really amp it up for the next six weeks. FYI, tons of helpful weight-loss details so hopefully you stay with me :)

Weight-loss: To sum it up I gained 1 pound of muscle in three weeks and lost .9% total body fat which is 1 pound of fat. I came in fifth this time time around, but not sure where I stand overall for the last six weeks. Just more motivation to work hard the next six weeks!


Stats:

Height: Still 5'3"
Weight: 140 (3/1); 137 (3/28); 138 (4/18)
BMI: 30.6% (3/1); 27.9% (3/28); 27% (4/18)

Week one vs. week six!
 

Check out the progress over six weeks!
Week 1                                  Week 3                                      Week 6

Diet:
As part of the weight-loss program the trainers provide us with healthy eating tips and seminars. Last week we discussed PH levels and eating for you body type. Basically if you want to see maximum results you need to fuel your body properly. No single diet works for everyone when trying to lose weight and our body type is genetically determined. Did you know our metabolism is predominately affected by one of the four glands?

Here are the four different "body types" and how to determine your type:

P-Type (Pituitary)
P-types have the most child like appearance of the four body types. They have large craniums and may have extra"baby fat" that is spread all over the body, not being concentrated in one place. An overweight P-type may have a "soft" appearance.
  
T-Type (Thyroid)
The Thyroid type is the most common body type. T-types tend to be long, with thin hips and wide shoulders in both men and women. T-types have a thin bone structure and small skull, and put on extra weight  in their hips and thighs.

A-Type (Adrenal)
Broad shoulders, well developed muscular structure, strong torso,extra fat in stomach or back. A-types have a large, squarish head with a well developed bone structure. 

G-Type (Gonadal) 
The G-type classification applies only to women, and G-types tend to have a very pronounced feminine body type:narrow shoulders and broad hips, with most extra weight in the thighs or buttocks.The traditional pear- shaped appearance.

 
I'm a G-type -- What are you?

So what does all this mean?  In a nutshell, once you know your body type you can change your diet to stop over stimulating your dominant gland and support and strengthen all of your glands. This balancing of your hormonal systems will help normalize your weight as well as increasing energy, reducing cravings and enhancing overall health.

 Examples of good foods
Good Carbs: Whole grains/brown rice, yams, Beans, Quinoa, sprouted toast, squash, jicama, parsnips and rutabagas
Good Protein: Salmon (fish in general), spinach, chicken and egg whites
Good Fats: Peanut/Almond butter, nuts/seeds, avocado

What "diet" works for your body type:

P-Type: Modified Atkins
T-Type: Paleo
 A-Type: Zone
G-Type: Plant based 

Workouts: Still on the same routine 

Overall:
 I'm feeling so strong. When your pants start to feel baggy you know all the hard work is paying off and it makes you want to work even harder! I've started to notice more definition in my arms and abs. I'm even pushing my running and have noticed I'm going a bit longer and faster. Although I'm not where I would like to be it's all about baby steps and goals! 

 Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? I would love to swap notes and hear what works for you! Until next month. Occasionally, I'll post updates along with food and dog photos via instagram if you want to follow along. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Healthy {Paleo} Fried Chicken

Sunday supper this week was a healthier version of fried chicken :) Yes I just went there and I'm sharing the recipe so you can enjoy it too.


Fried Chicken

Ingredients

1 cup coconut oil 
2 large eggs
1 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
2 pounds chicken - thighs, drums and breasts

Directions

Heat oil in large frying pan to 350 degrees.

Whisk eggs in medium sized bowl.

Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl and mix well.

Dip chicken in whisked eggs.

Coat/cover chicken with dry mixture and place in hot oil. Allow both sides to brown (about 2 minutes on each side).

Place drying rack or foil on sheet pan and assemble chicken on the rack/foil so there is space between all pieces.

Place in 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove and enjoy!


Blogger cooking notes:
 I added  about a 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (not paleo) and a yellow onion to the "dry" mixture and allowed the brine to marinade over night to enhance flavor. We enjoyed the fried chicken with a homemade cabbage salad and bottle of vino.

It was a bit time consuming, but very easy to make. I would suggest making this dish during the weekend. You better believe I will make the fried chicken again -- maybe for night Sunday/Monday football.


Linking up with: 33 Shades of Green

Monday, April 15, 2013

Life Lately from my iphone

Happy Monday lovelies!

I loved the warm weather this weekend, Summer will be here before we know it! Friday night I enjoyed an evening out with the girls and fellow Tahoe blogger. I needed a night of laughing after a long week!

My April birchbox also arrived this weekend -- not to sure about the contents of the box this month.


Saturday we made a trip off the hill to Costco. I might have gone nuts and bought three different types of oil! Yes, that's right. I'll have oil for the next five years :)


Tahoe sunsets never get old. I mean look at the sky over the lake!


Sunday morning I made 10 grain {not paleo} pancakes and enjoyed them with raspberries & blackberries. 


Sunday was closing day at two of the South Shore area ski resorts. You better believe yours truly headed up for a few runs. The snow is melting fast...


I'm looking forward to mountain biking, gardening, floating the river, bbqing and all things SUMMER.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday's Fancies :: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Shoes!

Happy Friday!! 

I don't know about you, but I was ready for a cocktail on Wednesday. Since this week it's all about shoes over at Long Distance loving I thought why not talk about shoes that need to be in my closet... plus my birthday is coming up next month :) the big 3-1... hint,hint.

1. Lucky Brand Covela ankle strap sandal
I've noticed a similar pair from Target via  instagram from a few ladies. These are a must have staple for summer. I might be running to Target this weekend!

With my crazy workout routine, I feel like I could use another pair of running shoes. I'm usually a new balance girl, but I've heard great things about the Nike free running shoes. I love these too! There's something about pink and grey that makes me smile. {size 7}

I love my TOMS and I would love to add the wedge sandal this year to my line up. They're great paired with jeans, a dress or skirt... date night, running errands or office. {size 6 1/2}

Flats in my favorite hue for summer this year. I can picture it now... skinny jeans, white top and a chunky teal necklace. {size 7}


I know we're moving out of boot weather, but it's time for a new pair and I've been lusting over Frye boots for years. I would love these boots. Ideally I would pair them with skinny jeans, leggings or a summer dress. {size 7}

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

Sunday might have been a lazy day, but I did manage to do some cooking... paleo of course. I've been cooking my way through Paleo Comfort Foods and have loved everything so far. This week I made some muffins to last us through the week. They are super moist  and yummy. Enjoy.




Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins or dates
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar (optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil or avocado oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a standard-sized muffin pan (12 cups)

Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot, apple, coconut and raisins and combine well.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and vanilla extract together.

Pour this mixture over your dry ingredients and mix well. This batter will be very thick.

Spoon into muffin pan and place on middle or upper rack of your oven for 40-50 minutes for large muffins, 20-30 minutes for smaller muffins.

When a toothpick comes out clean they are done.

Cool muffins in pan for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.



Do you have any good Paleo recipes, websites or cookbooks I should check out? Please let me know loving the Paleo lifestyle and meals. I have seven weeks left of my 90 day challenge and I'm on track to nail it!