Selah has developed a sense of freewill, and let's just say that it makes for an even more chaotic and interesting life. Haha! I do love how responsive she is, though. Whenever daddy leaves for work she waves at him and has even said bye-bye a few times.Read More
The strange thing I have come to realize about my yoga practice is that I'm not thinking much about how I look or how much my physique has changed. Sure, those things may be fun to notice in the end and they are some great challenges to achieve! But all that seems to be taking the back seat more and more....all the while I keep reaping great cardio and strength benefits. In other words, I feel less preoccupied with the image aspect of it and simply love the way I feel afterwards.Read More
Have you ever heard of Valslides? I am sure you have if you hung around the internet long enough. Ever since seeing Valslides pop up left and right, I have been tempted to make the purchase...but then I thought to myself, "Heyyyy I think I could do those ab exercises without the actual equipment. How about, socks?! Yes yes yes, pure genius you are, Ellie."Read More
"Can't you see that it's just raining Ain't no need to go outside...
Maybe we can sleep in I'll make you banana pancakes Pretend like it's the weekend now"
-Jack Johnson's 'Banana Pancakes'
Isn't that song so adorable?! Dang! I guess I'm one day late for it though! :D It was pouring like crazy in Orange County yesterday and it was super chilly outside!
Regardless of the cold temperatures, I just adore the rain and I love to walk in it for at least a short while--which I did after the gym. Yes, I realize that it's not smart or good for me to do that. But what can I say?! It makes me reminisce of Argentina and its rainy weather which happens every 2 weeks. I also think that it feels so refreshing to get wet with some of California's "acidified rain". ;)
In lieu of having banana pancakes with rain today, I had a tall stack of it along with clear sunshine.
Hey, at least they were mini delicious pancakes.
Oh my goodness were they light, fluffy, filling, and fun to eat!
Once again I went back to Hodgson Mill's GF Flax pancake mix.
I kind of like the ingredients they use in this mix! Although, I haven't used Sorghum flour before and I'm curious to give it a try sometime in the future. I love playing around with different flours and textures!
This time around, instead of making it into pumpkin spice pancakes, I morphed them into banana pancakes because my homey Jack Johnson told me to.
In the mix I put in half of a mashed banana, vanilla, milk, and 1 egg. Topped it with Biscoff Spread, Greek yogurt, pure maple syrup, and colorful berries. Then I threw some walnuts on top.
Today Greg and I are going to work with the kids at the MAD (Making a Difference) club. Actually, it's more like a before-Christmas part-ayyy!
We are bringing in some pizza and they will bring whatever snacks they want to share. Oy...I can prophesy that they will be bringing bags of Taquis, Cheetos, and who knows what else! Haha.
We will also be finishing up the film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and somehow tying it in to their relationship with God!
Greg and I feel so immensely blessed because this group is so excited to learn and get their hands dirty. They are so outgoing and fearless to learn about everything (except math).
Save the Dates are In!
This is seriously the best I could do with my limited resources and skills! I actually have zero talent when it comes to computers; however, when I started to get more familiar with my blog and the little quirks it needs to have done for maintenance, computers became less intimidating for me.
My lack of gifting in this area=the sudden disappearance of my profile picture on the blog page. I still can't get it to work haha. Help.
Thank you all for your feedback on the Save the Date choices. It seems like many of you liked pictures #1 and #2, so I went with the first one since I had your co-sign on it. :P
I will be picking these up at Walmart today and I'm pretty excited about it!
Be a Rebel Workout
1) Wide lat pulldowns- 55 lbs.
2) Renegade rows with dumbbell raise to the side and up- 15 lb. each arm
3) Inclined chest press- 20 lb. each arm
4) Mountain climbers- 20 repetitions (2 jumps=1 rep)
5) Lying leg raises- 20 repetitions
I completed 5 sets for all of the exercises. It was an awesome heart pumping workout indeed. Afterward, I performed intervals on the treadmill for 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes of walking.
Have a great day and God bless you all!
Do you prefer rain or sun?
-I'm usually more of a rain person, but the sun is slowly growing on me! As long as it's breezy.
Computers make me ____________.
-Want to bang my head on the wall sometimes. :P
Which of these exercises do you/would you find the most challenging?
Hi! Thank you all for your amazing and encouraging comments on my last post! It really meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate you all so very much. I hope you know that. ;) *sniffle* Okay, enough with the sappiness and moving on to a different topic.
The other day I was quite busy running around taking care of food business. My Linguistic buddies and I had a very important annual symposium and I was the "hospitality coordinator". I think I can get used to that title, I like!
We had several guest speakers and one of them was Dr. Paul Frommer!
If you don't know who he is, he's the creator of the Na'vi language from Avatar.
Yup, that's right! Except--I haven't watched the movie yet and now I'm excited to see it haha. I know, shame on me! I can hear some "boo's" out there.
He was such a nice guy and we actually got to chat for a bit! He's the dude in the middle with errrr no hair. :P I hope you don't see this Dr. Frommer!
Here's another exciting topic; I have a new-found love for pita pockets. I had some for breakfast yesterday and I must say...pita pockets taste really good when they're sweet. Who says pita has to be filled with bacon and cheese? Well, it is pretty darn good when it's savory too.
I know that the innards look rather funky I admit, but just trust me on this one. It tastes good. :D
Most of you know how much I rave about Once Again Nut/Seed Butters, and I topped this one with my favorite sunflower seed butter!! This company's products have really high quality ingredients and they taste like they're homemade. I dare you to try it.
I also had no idea how versatile pita bread can be! If you run out of pita chips, then you can remedy that by making 'em at home. CRUNCH.
This a medley of savory cheesy pita chips and sweet cinnamon crunch.
Also, if you haven't been to Jenny's awesome blog about muscle-building vs. toning up, then you should!! I think she and I really think alike when it comes to fitness and staying healthy and strong.
I've been really wanting to share some workouts with y'all, but I can't seem to take pictures with the DSLR because it's really difficult to take self-cam photos, so once I get the point-and-shoot back from Greg, I shall put them up.
I hope you're okay taking some advice from little ol' me...? :P
Here in a bit, I'm heading off to see the kids in Santa Ana. Lately I find myself in a hurry wherever I go, and since my body feels sluggish at the moment, I'm going to do a simple workout for 7 minutes. Again, so important to listen to our bodies as long as our other priorities are straight.
So what kind of workouts can one do within 7 minutes? There are actually plenty of simple movements we can do to build muscle, while burning calories, while getting our heart rate up, and circulation going all simultaneously.
- pull-ups and jumping squats
- push ups and jumping lunges
- squatting bicep curls and bike crunches
- burpees (squat thrusts) and high knees
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. So let's get on out there and be active while appreciating the strong bodies God has given us! At least, while we can. :P
You see, I truly believe that some movement is better than none at all! As much as I'd like to continue in my all or nothing ways, more and more I'm convinced that when it comes to health and fitness, every bit counts.
So what if you "fail" that day? Well, you just get back up and do what you can to the best of your abilities. There's always tomorrow.
Weeee there's a fun and crazy weekend ahead of me so I'll try to stay in contact!
Let's live today to the fullest and HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY TO Y'ALL!!! May God's love and blessings come in unexpected ways to you today! He is so very much in love with you.
Are you all-or-nothing when it comes to health and fitness?
What kind of workouts do you go to when you're in a hurry?
What does this weekend look like for you?