So, Easter is upon us!! Can I just tell you it’s completely screwing me up that Easter is in March this year and not April? Sure, it’s the very last day in March but still. March doesn’t feel “Easter-y” to me and I didn’t even register that it wasn’t in April this year until about halfway through this month which resulted in no blog Easter treats. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bad blogger!! But you have probably already figured out that I stink at preplanning recipes around upcoming holidays. I kind of just make whatever my little heart desires around here. I don’t know why I have such a mental block about holiday treats. Every now and then I pull a seasonal holiday recipe off a few weeks before the impending holiday but more likely it’s not happening at all or it’s a day or two before. *Note to self: Get better at that!
Oh but despite not feeling Easter-y because it is indeed March, we dyed eggs with the girls this week! It was Molly’s first time and she was being very silly, pretending to eat them shell and all. It was a blast! Maddy pretty much dyed all her eggs green but Molly livened things up a bit with a few other colors.
So anyway, this Easter I’m going to try not to indulge too much. I suppose that’s always my great plan each holiday. A plan which is usually foiled pretty early on. I’ll be headed to my father‘s house for Easter brunch. I’ll be bringing something I’ve never made, had or even heard of before this week. Queen Salad. Know it? Love it? Saying “What the heck is Queen Salad?” I was smitten with this lovely treat even before I knew what it was or what was in it purely because Emily of Jelly Toast took a gorgeous Instagram picture of her creation. Queen Salad is a lovely mixture of lemon jello, whipped topping, cream cheese and pineapple that sounds like heaven on earth the way Emily describes it. So I can’t wait to give it a try tomorrow. It’s chillin’ as we speak!
So… Remember when I took on the Red Faced Runners 5K Challenge? I was a running fool back then and even after that 5K, I stuck with it. That is until it got cold. Yup. Instead of sucking it up and buying some cold weather running gear, despite the fact that I missed running, I instead became LAZY. Outright unmotivated and just plain lazy. Flash forward to spring, I’m really kicking myself for it. I ran twice last month and haven’t done a thing since. But I want to get back to THIS… Being a red-faced runner. Sweaty, hair a mess, no make up on but man do I look happy and accomplished.Red Face Runner
I can make all sorts of excuses for it. I’m reeeeally good at making excuses, all of them completely legitimate too. But when it comes right down to the nitty gritty truth, excuses are totally bogus. I stopped making my health and fitness a priority and that’s a crying shame. There’s no excuse for that. So it’s time to take back control. Control of my diet, my exercise habits and my ability to come up with every excuse under the sun about why I couldn’t run or exercise. Since I stopped running, I then stopped going to the gym. When I stopped going to the gym, well then I stopped eating as healthy as I used to. Ice cream came back into my nightly routine BIG TIME and I started eating more of what I was baking instead of sending it off to work. So you know what else came next? A few extra pounds.
A group of food bloggers that I’m friendly with were recently talking about how difficult it is to maintain our weight since starting our respective food blogs. My food blog is a reflection of what I like to make and eat but everything in moderation. Moderation is something I’ve had trouble with lately and I was relieved to find out that this wasn’t an issue I alone was facing. So we decided to support one another, motivate one another and share tips for getting ourselves back to a healthier us. Part of that motivation involves a bet. Yep! A bet!
Through DietBet, we all will strive to lose a few extra pounds or a whole lot of pounds and 4 weeks from now, anyone who lost at least 4% of their body weight stands to win some cash. The payout will depend on how many entrants and how many people reach their goal but the pot was over $1800 last I checked!! Talk about motivation. For me the money isn’t actually the motivating factor. The motivation for me is this fine group of ladies I’m associated with. They’re so supportive and we keep each other accountable for what we’re doing (or not doing for that matter.) I love being a part of the group and this little diet bet will be a lot of fun! Feel free to join in with us if you like!
One of the other things that a few of us from the group have decided to participate in is the 30-Day Green Smooth Challenge! It starts April 1st and the idea is to drink at least one, if not two green smoothies per day chock full of healthy, tasty fruits and veggies so that we can all reap the benefits of weight loss, clear skin, more energy and a more nourished body all around. When you sign up for the challenge you get a free e-book complete with tasty recipes for a ton of different fruit and veggie smoothies. I can’t wait to get going! And I’m thrilled because my husband will be doing it along with me. He’s been drinking protein enhanced fruit smoothies for a while now so I think he’ll love the addition of veggies in there to make an even healthier drink.
The goal of all this is not simply to shed a few pounds that have creeped on over these harsh winter months but I have goals that I set for myself a long time ago that I still want to meet even if I’m behind the 8-ball right now. The next Red Faced Runners 5K Challenge will be announced soon and I’ll definitely be participating again! The Tough Mudder is something that may nearly kill me due to the fact that I slacked off but I still plan on doing that as well in a mere 2 months. Yikes!!! I better get my act together and it all starts now. A new leaf has officially be turned over again! Hope you all have a happy, healthy Easter!
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Kale Blueberry Ice Cream from Simple Green Smoothies: Yes, in keeping with the goal to get back to being more healthy and taking on the green smoothie challenge one of the things I bookmarked this week was this very healthy ice cream!! I need to find something cold and sweet that won’t pack on the pounds. Instead this ice cream will pack in the nutrients with kale, dates, blueberries, bananas… this ice cream is a nutrient powerhouse!
Banana Coconut Parfait from Savory Simple: This will be like eating dessert for breakfast and won’t make me feel one bit guilty. These little parfaits filled with fruit, oats, seeds, yogurt and more can be made ahead which is also a huge bonus aside from the fact that I just want to gobble it right up.
Cheesecake Minis with Strawberry Balsamic Mint Topping from Dine & Dish: And when I’m not being super healthy, I’ll be making these and not feeling guilty either because they’re mini. That means automatic portion control. And really, you know how much I love strawberry balsamic anything so how could I possibly resist these lovely little cheesecakes? The answer is, I cannot.