Good morning! Although I’d really like to just head back to bed. Last night was my pole class and today I am dying, I did not take it easy and the palms of my hands are suffering because of it. While I love my studio, I’m having mixed feelings about brass poles. While super sticky is fantastic for upside down holds, it’s killer on my hands when we practice our routine (which is to Tear Away by Drowning Pool)
See this is what happens, I don’t know if you can see that well but on the palms of my hands I have two nice blisters from the brass pole. I’ll wear them like medals for now though, because I got them from working my ass off on the pole! Didn’t learn anything new last night, although we did practice our Scorpios, Gemini, thigh hold.
OH but I did do my first cross ankle release (but didn’t get a picture of it) with some help from my teacher. It’s another move that really does require some good ol’ lady balls. Not to mention some sticky thighs and a tight butt! If someone reading this doesn’t know I’m talking about pole fitness this would sound extremely and unnecessarily dirty.
So this morning is gymnastics time for my little one! She’s quite excited. I really am hoping that when she’s a little older she will get into pole fitness. I see those young girls from Europe and Russia doing it and it’s like an art, it’s really like ballet/gymnastics and I think it’s beautiful. Hopefully by the time Alice is that age it’ll be more mainstream in Canada and she’ll be able to do competitions. I’ll just teach her until then.
At the moment she has gymnastics once a week, if she likes it maybe she’ll continue it and do it more. But next winter she will also be signed up for hockey and then soccer this summer.
I come from a very athletic family, my mom was like ‘the sport girl’ when she was in high school (which I wasn’t in anyway, I was super competitive in gym though, but I was more of a trouble maker in high school). My little sister played hockey for a long time, my brother did as well and now just plays casually. I was big into soccer and basketball, as well as swimming when I was young enough that my parents could force me into it, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, but my interests shifted as I got older. Pole is the first physical activity that has really peaked my interest in years, which in turn lead to me loving Pilates, and HIIT (High intensity interval training.) I even tried out running this summer, but found it really hurt my shins, I don’t think I know how to run right to be honest, which was something that I never thought was possible. I though… you just run…right? WRONG… there’s actually a certain way to run so you don’t injure yourself.
One of my favorite things about pole is dress up week, which is coming up in only a month. It will obviously be Christmas themed and if I have the money by then I have the perfect outfit to wear. But it’s like 65$ so I don’t think it’s worth it.
But don’t fret! I have a back up outfit, I’m just hoping to slim down a little more before wearing it. Also December 1st I’ll be starting a 12 week shift your diet to healthy eating. I’m hoping since it’s 12 weeks I’ll be able to stick to it afterwards and it’ll become more natural and it’ll be something I can carry on long term, because lets face it, I’m addicted to sweets. The only “eating out” I do is sushi, which really isn’t that bad for you, you just have to be picky and stay away from the deep fried deliciousness. But I love raw salmon, especially spicy salmon so it’s not so bad.
Well I have to leave soon to take her to gymnastics so I’m going to leave you guys with a delicious frozen treat that’s not unhealthy but should still be consumed in moderation! A recipe from one of my favorite sites, http://www.paleomg.com Go check it out, from breakfast to dinner, to delicious desserts, it’s by far one of my favorite websites for recipes!
Chewy Pecan Brittle
- ½ cup pecans (more would work if you REALLY love pecans)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup Coconut Oil, melted
- ½ cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or homemade coconut butter (I’d just like to add that homemade coconut butter isn’t hard to make if you have a food processor. It’s just shredded coconut processed for like 10 minutes until it gets a fine consistency)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Place a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil then add your pecans to the pan. Toss around to coat in the oil and keep moving to help roast your pecans without burning them.
- When your pecans begin to become fragrant and browned a bit, add your honey and maple syrup. Mix well.
- Once your sugar begins to thicken just a little, add your coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate. Keep mixing with a rubber spatula to make sure your coconut cream concentrate doesn’t burn.
- Then add your cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- When everything is well combined, turn burner on low and let simmer for about 3-4 minutes to thicken just a bit. (it won’t get super thick, so don’t expect that)
- While your mixture is thickening, line a 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper, pressing the paper down into the sides of the dish.
- Then pour your mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish and use a spoon to spread out the pecans throughout the mixture.
- Place in the freezer and let freeze for an hour or more. When you pull it from the freezer, it should be completely hardened but still have a chewiness to it.
- Use a knife to break it into pieces.
- Store in the freezer until serving!
I’d just like to say how thankful I am that wordpress periodically saves your posts because my laptop decided it was a good time to shut down everything without asking me so it could do an update…. SO THAT GOT TURNED OFF!!! *RAGE* Until tomorrow, ciao!