Wow! It’s been a while.

I’ve not dropped off the face of the earth, life just caught up with me! Work, class and working out have left me with not much time to sit down and write meaningful things. Though I have kept up with a few of you via instagram or Facebook! I’ll do my best to resume regular-ish posting. I’d love to see how you’re all doing!

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Good news everyone!

I’ve embarked on this marvellous journey a while back, and had a few hiccups along the way. Starting this blog was mayhaps the best idea I had, and I’ve felt better than ever. I’ve ensured that I’ve done some kind of exercise on a daily basis, and have watched what I eat a lot more closely.

Lately, I’ve begun to step up my exercise routine a bit more. In the last weeks I began the push-ups and squats challenge. Purchased a punching and speed bag and have started to use an old stationary bicycle I’ve had laying around, and things couldn’t be better. At today’s weigh-in, I found myself at 210 lbs! Keep in mind, at the beginning of my journey I was at a whopping 242 lbs! In fact, I’m not so embarrassed about my progress pictures anymore, so I feel a bit compelled to share.

Progress!

Progress!

For those of you who’ve kept along with me during this journey, I thank you. You’ve been what’s kept me going through this journey, and I’m excited! For those of you that are taking this journey with me, I hope I keep inspiring you as much as you all inspire me. Remember, keep at it. No matter who you are and your background, all that matters are your goals and who you want to be!

You can do it!

You can do it!

Almond Crusted Apple Pie in an Apple

This looks amazing. I have to try it!

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I’m just going to get straight to the point today and say these are A-MAZING and if you are going to have any treats this October, go make these, right now.

Here are the steps:

Make the crust FIRST. 

If you want crust you can work with, make it first then place it in the fridge. Honestly, I forgot this step and was left with less stretchy, but still delicious crust.

mix almond and coconut flour

Making the crust:

Ingredients: 

1 cup Almond Flour

2 heaping TBS scoops Coconut Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Vanilla

4 TBS melted Coconut Oil

1 TBS Coconut Palm Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1 Egg

Directions:

1.) Take all those ingredients and mix them together in a bowl.

2.) Flatten your flour onto parchment paper or a non stick sheet and place in the fridge while you prepare everything else. Here is what happens when you forget this…

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A small update

I’ve successfully begun Week 4 of my push-up challenge and will begin week 3 of my squats challenge tomorrow. It’s all pretty exciting! I can’t seem to go a day without doing some kind of workout now. I think I’m hooked! It’s formed into a bit of a routine, which I’m OK with. But that means I won’t bore anyone with repetitive posts. I’ll definitely be blogging about significant updates though, at least once or twice a week!

In other news, I visited a couple of thrift shops today and stumbled upon a few Stephen King novels.

Additions to my collection.

Additions to my collection!

See if you can read the titles on the spines! I love adopting books that have been used. Gives me that warm feeling inside. Plus they were only three dollars a pop! There was also a whole Dean Koontz shelf I had my eye on…

Fitness update

After much deliberation I’ve decided to begin with Week 3 of the One Hundred Push-ups plan. I mistakenly chose the wrong column when I first started and followed it through. While the first day was doable (albeit a bit hard) the next two were a complete struggle. I managed to push through, but not without more stops than I would have liked. That being said, I’ve begun Week 3 on the proper column and accomplished it! Now I plan on finishing out the rest of the week as I was supposed to have, then hopefully next week will see week 4. It was my fault, and we all make mistakes. But that’s ok, because I still got the experience out of it, and my arms are already feeling and looking much much better.

I also decided to undertake the two hundred squats challenge. In the realm of the squat I am very much a beginner, and so I completed week 1, on the first column. It doesn’t sound like much if you look it up, but it is a challenge!


 

In other news, I’ve finally assembled my bag stand and got all the attachments for it. I’m ready to train at home!

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I’ve gone a couple of rounds with the heavy bag and speed bag so far, and I have to say they feel pretty darn good! The heavy bag is solid, has enough give to swing around as it should and give me plenty of practice throwing punches and working on footwork. The speed bag is fantastic and bounces around as it should. I’m starting to love the rhythmic sound of the speed bag hitting the plate above it.

This is the best I’ve felt about getting in shape in a very long time. I have some fantastic friends both at home and here that are making it all the more worthwhile. To all of you, thank you so much. You’re my inspiration. Let’s get to work!

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