April 25, 2013

Tennis, Anyone?

Happy almost Friday, UFG'ers!   It blows my mind that it's the end of April! Anyone else?

Quick little update for you:  As of my last doctor's appointment, I had lost 2 inches off my waist and hips in 2 months! Very happy with my progress thus far.  I'm starting to build muscle and tone up as a result of the Bridal Boot-Camp and my doctor can see the difference - as can The Mailman.  All good things!

In an effort to add cardio to my workouts, The Mailman and I have started "playing tennis."  Please know, I use the term playing tennis generously.  We. Are. Horrible.   I mean, I can only imagine what it must look like to the occasional passer-by.  Hilarious, I'm sure.  We are completely out of breath after an hour!
The important thing?  We have fun! We've found something that we can do together, get our heart rates up, and laugh while we're doing it.  We may piss off everyone else on the tennis courts, but they aren't having NEARLY as much fun as we are!  (....and might I bring up, my doubles partner Annia and I were undefeated in 8th grade! We were kind of a big deal...and probably cheated....)

So that's that.  A new exercise  inches lost - aaaaaand an amazing coconut chicken and mango chutney recipe coming this weekend!  You guys are going to flip for this one. It's amaaaaaaze.

I want to hear from you, UFG'ers! What are you doing to get some fun cardio time in?

April 16, 2013

Chia Seed Strawberry Jam & Bridal Boot - Camp Week 1

 Happy Tuesday, UFG'ers!  Sunday was the end of UFG Bridal Boot-Camp Week 1, and it went pretty well!  Let's check out my progress:

Alllllllright.  So I only did one workout on Wednesday and didn't get to it on Sunday (it was a rough day...), BUT I did spend 2 hours at the gym on Thursday, so I feel pretty good about it!
Boot-Camp along with me, won't you?  Download the tracker here.

On to today's recipe!  My love of Chia Seeds is well documented.  This jam is great.  Don't expect store-bought taste, because you won't get it.  This is raw! (stay tuned for version 2, where I cook the strawberries first.)   Now, I ground up the chia seeds because The Mailman doesn't like the texture of them - but let me know if you try it with whole ones!  This jam would be great with peanut butter, on top of banana slices, or on a light dessert!
Recipe after the jump!

April 05, 2013

UFG's Bridal Boot-Camp Begins

Happy Friday UFG'ers!  The weekend is here and I couldn't be more excited.  The Mailman and I are going to Brooklyn to visit some of my favorite people in the world in my favorite city in the world for my birthday celebration!
So far, 30 is lookin' good!
You may remember - The Mailman and I got engaged 2 weeks ago!  Well - Bridal Boot-Camp time is here.  Although I've come a long way with my weight loss, it's time to kick it into high gear and get wedding dress ready!
Since we're on a very tight budget and cutting back on spending, a trainer or gym membership isn't in the cards - so here's my plan for a bridal boot-camp at home!

April 03, 2013

"Potato" Pierogies

Happy Hump Day, UFG'ers! Today's recipe certainly isn't authentic, but it is deeelish.  The Mailman and I love pierogies and we often buy Mrs. T's because she makes a whole grain version that is lower in calories than other brands.  It's a pretty fantastic treat.

Side story:  When I lived in Los Angeles, my friend Danielle gave me one of my favorite housewarming presents that I still use 7 years later.  I loooove my immersion blender and urge you to buy one if you don't have one - they are super handy.

Back to pierogi:
For my version, I use wonton wrappers (not in the least authentic, haha) and cauliflower to replace the potato.  By mixing the cauliflower with one small potato - you still get the texture and some potato flavor - The Mailman didn't even notice it wasn't potato until I told him!
A lot of the recipes I looked at said to boil the pierogi before browning them in the skillet.  Doing this yielded disastrous results for me - so mine went right into the skillet and were just fine - but boil away if it works for you!
Recipe after the jump!