Day 7, Inches lost, and a New Recipe… Oh My!

My husband and I made it a week with our second whole 30.  WAHOO!  A few exciting things to celebrate.

I have found a new great kitchen tool.  Scissors.  I absolutely hate to cut chicken up.  I have noticed that the organic chicken doesn’t have as much yucky stuff to cut off of it, but the other night I made fajitas and I used the scissors for this.  It was so easy! I have a new kitchen tool! YAY!

Last week I had many delays for school (I am a teacher) and this weekend I celebrated my small victory of still going to the gym instead of sleeping in.  I am super proud of myself.  YIPPEE!  Now don’t get me wrong.  By Friday my body was feeling that I haven’t mastered the art of getting to bed early and needed to catch up on my sleep.  I got to the box 5 times last week.

Today I also went to try a yoga class.  I have been wanting to try this and a very dear friend of mine at school asked me to join her to her weekly class.  I did.  Wow!  What a great stretch and boy did I see how tight many of my muscles are.  I also was very proud of how strong I was with some of the movements.  I felt like many of them I was able to do because of all the new strength I have gained from CrossFit.  I will go back and try to make this a weekly goal every Sunday.  But remember how I am starting small, so I will set a goal for once a month in hopes that I easily pass this goal.

I am excited to say we made it 7 days so far in our second whole 30.  I have found it difficult to give up the chocolate that I had started to consume maybe daily over the holidays.  It truly was a mental game.  I didn’t need it but I craved it.  This has been a hard thing this week. I know this week it will get easier but it still tells me that I still battle the sugar dragon and how easily it can creep back into my daily habits.

The measurements are in. I am writing this all down I see how much I have accomplished this week.  I also know about 4 other topics I could write about but realize it might have to be my next post.  So I finally had the courage to have my mom take my measurements on Thursday.  I had my husband take them mid August and then my mom did them October 27th and my mom did it again on Jan 9th.  So….. drum roll!! It is about 19 inches give or take several inches that I have lost all over my body.  So I say give or take because when my husband first did them we were not exact on the location and then my mom and I tried to find the spot he did.  We got better at saying 5 inches above the knee and 3 inches above the elbow for example.  🙂 But anyway.. 2 sizes down and many inches all over the body have now disappeared.  WAHOO!!! This probably deserved its own post but I have too much to share. 🙂

I am super proud of my husband.  Today he celebrated his birthday with his family and they had an ice cream cake.  It is his favorite thing of all, ice cream!  He didn’t have any.  I know this was a mental challenge for him that he did such a great job with.  I decided to make him an apple crisp for his birthday on Wednesday but was having a hard time coming up with a recipe that didn’t have almond flour or coconut flour for the topping.  I decided to modify a few and put them together to make this granola. On Wednesday I will put it on top of some cut up apples with some lemon and cinnamon on the apples, and put it in the oven.  I just already know it will be delicious. I am really excited about it.  For many of you who know who I am, this is a whole new step for me to combine some recipes and make it my own. For those of you who do eat yogurt, this would be an awesome addition to any type of yogurt or even oatmeal.

Here it is.   I think I could call it Apple Crumble or Apple Granola… or My First Creation!

1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
9 medjool dates, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1  – 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I feel you could add more…  I just love this)

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add nuts, dates, and unsweetened shredded coconut a food processor and pulse to slightly chop nuts.  I pulsed 7 times. Add spices and salt and pulse again to evenly distribute. I pulsed for another 7 times.

Next add the applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract to the food processor with the mixture.  I pulsed till it was combined.

Evenly distribute granola (using fingers) on prepared baking sheet. It will be really sticky.

Place in oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden.  Stir ingredients halfway through the baking so the edges do not get over brown.  When you do this you will start to see it turn more like granola.

Let the granola cool on the pan and then put it in a Tupperware container.  I am not sure how long it will last and stay crispy.  I just made it tonight! 🙂

I hope you all are celebrating your small changes.  If you haven’t made any start this week.  Don’t be upset of what you haven’t done and should have put the energy into your future and make that small change. 🙂


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