Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a great long weekend if you’re fortunate enough to get Columbus Day off, but for the other 99% of you out there that don’t, I hope work isn’t too painful. Speaking of painful, I woke up a couple of days ago with several enormous spider bites. After Googling, self-diagnosing, and asking the pharmacist “am I going to die?” whilst lifting my shirt up at Rite Aid – I think I’m going to live. As for that poor pharmacist, I can’t say he isn’t feeling a little more traumatized than I am.
Anyhoo, I thought this might be a good Monday to discuss motivation, because I have failed quite a bit so far this October – and it will make me feel better. However, not everything I have tried has resulted in failure. First, the positives!
Currently Winning At.
Eating the daily recommended amount of sugar for women. It was a rough week; you really don’t know just how much added sugar you’re eating daily until you start actually paying attention. I feel so much better, I mean aside from being covered in mystery bites, that is. My energy level is up, my stomach bloating is down, and I can fit into my skinny jeans again without having to lie down on large, flat surfaces. Awesomes.
ZUMBA classes. I started instructing ZUMBA at the gym at the end of September, and I’m happy to say I’ve started to get a small following, and it’s becoming very fun. It’s an hour of just not caring about how you look or how you move, but still getting in some cardio and a chuckle or two. It is adorable how people laugh at themselves. Also, by people, I mean me, mainly.
Wedding planning. I officially have a dress, a Justice of the Peace, photographer, and catering crossed off my “I do/to do” list (geek). Luke has also got his uncle crafting our wedding bands, which I am so excited to see! Also, how incredible is it that I am marrying the most amazing guy on Earth, and he also happens to have a custom jewelry designer for an uncle? Pretty f’n incredible.
Honorable mentions: I have officially picked my cake out, but haven’t found a baker that has agreed to make it. Halfway there?
Currently Failing At
STUDYING for my ACE Health Coach Exam. OMG, I am really stressed about this one. It is so hard with all my current distractions to settle in and get studying. I have tried really, really hard, but I’m apparently going to have to try harder. Though, I only got SUPER serious about studying for my NASM exams the last 6 weeks prior to the test and I passed that with flying colors – so I am hoping the same thing happens this time around!
30 Day Yoga Challenge. I have been trying and I was doing really, really well until about 5 days ago; I have to admit. However, I have been doing well when I give yoga my all. I can see improvement in my flexibility and, honestly, my stress levels would probably be much higher if I wasn’t making the attempt. So, I guess it’s progress not perfection, right? Yes, Daniel son.
Gratitude. Yes, I said it and I admit it wholeheartedly, I have been super whiny and forgetting to remember that I’m a very, very lucky person. I am well. I am loved. I have lots to look forward to. I am committing to remind myself of this over and over again each day. Sometimes the day-to-day life we live makes it hard for us to keep this thought clear and present, but we all should be thankful and grateful for every thing we do have going our way.
A Happy Medium
Coconut flour crust pizza! This weekend was my first attempt at making a coconut flour pizza crust from this recipe I found on Pinterest (lurve that site!)
Ingredients for this crust are very basic.
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup of coconut flour – I used this (my homeboy, Bob’s Red Mill)
1 cup of Coconut Milk – I used this brand
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of onion powder
Preheat the oven to 375. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl – I STRONGLY recommend sifting the flour. I did not do this, which is why I my crust turned out the way it did. Though it was still tasty, I would have preferred a much crispier crust! Also, let the mixture sit for about five minutes after mixing, as the flour gets a good chance to absorb better. I highly recommend using an electric mixture if you’ve got one. I don’t have one …ahem, wedding gift.
Place parchment paper on top of cookie sheet or pizza stone and spread the dough mixture evenly. NOT a fun task, again, I think this is because my mixture was quiet a bit thicker than it should have been.
not a perfect circle, my friends.
Cook the crust for 25-30 minutes. Remove from parchment paper and place directly on cookie sheet or pizza stone and add toppings. Cook pizza an additional 8-10 minutes (depending on topping choices). I chose marinara sauce and scraped together the last bit of shredded cheddar cheese we had.; not the best combo, but pretty tasty anyway! I have to give this recipe a high rating, as it’s a great alternative to traditional white/whole wheat flour crusts, but if you want your pizza to turn out better looking than mine, I suggest:
- sifting the coconut flour
- using an electric mixer
- using a well-floured (word?) rolling pin
- actually checking that you have cheese you want to use on it.
it tasted way better than it looked, which I know isn’t saying much, so.
I did, however, have the cutest assistant in the
kitchen dining room on hand, and ready to pick up scraps.
i love cheese.
Here’s to trying new things, staying positive, and looking forward. I hope you have a great week!
Have you tried anything new lately?