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Ho Ho Ho…ly Hell it’s only a week until Christmas!

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Kahlua Peppermint mocha! Delicious!

Panic parents, panic! It’s only a week until Christmas! Get ready for the chaos that is the holidays. Family dinners, travel, the gifts, it’s all coming in a week! Personally I finished my Christmas shopping for my little one last week. I didn’t get her nearly as much as I got her last year; I realized that the more toys she has doesn’t make her happier, she was just as happy to play with the boxes. So I went with this rule I saw on Facebook for gift giving to your kids.

  1. One thing they want
  2. One thing they need
  3. One thing they wear
  4. One thing they read

I think those are pretty decent rules to live by. Plus you know they always get at least one present from Santa as well. A tradition I like to do with my daughter is the toy donation that happens in my city every year, not only does it teach her the gift of giving, but it also teaches her that not everything we buy is for her, and even though it may be a toy she wants, there’s someone else out there not as fortunate as we are and who would appreciate it a lot more.

This year I’ve been able to use Santa as a threat, and it’s been wonderful. It’s the first year my daughter has really understood who Santa was. So when she’s acting up, which happens often because she is the spawn of me, I just tell her “Santa’s watching!” and it quickly becomes “I’ll be happy mommy!” It’s fantastic and I plan to milk this all I can during this one month just as my parents did to me!

On a slightly sadder note, I don’t know how to say this, I get all choked up. Pole class goes on break for 2 weeks! I know I’m so sad!  They take a Christmas break so that means no pole until the week of January 6th. It’s tragic really. But everyone deserves their Christmas break so I’m not mad, just sad. But I hope to see my pole girls during the break because I can’t go 2 weeks without seeing them!

Tonight is also dress-up night so prepare for some Christmas themed pole pictures tomorrow; I’m wearing a cute two piece green Santa dress. I’m thinking I might bring my good DSLR camera to get some good quality not camera phone pics; although these days camera phones are very impressive.

Since I haven’t done it in a while, here’s a recipe for today, a healthy delicious holiday treat!

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Photo from eatingwell.com

LUSCIOUSLY NUTTY HOLIDAY LOGS

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup plus 5 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough, (9-by-14-inch), thawed
  • Canola oil cooking spray

TOPPING

  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  2. To prepare logs: Combine nuts, 1/3 cup sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl.
  3. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a clean, dry surface. Coat thoroughly with cooking spray. Top with another sheet of phyllo and coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle one-quarter of the walnut mixture (about 1/3 cup) evenly over the phyllo.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the large phyllo rectangle lengthwise into 3 strips then in half crosswise to form 6 smaller rectangular strips.
  5. Beginning at the short ends, loosely roll each strip into a neat log. Repeat with the remaining phyllo and walnut mixture.
  6. Place the logs about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Spray tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with the remaining 5 teaspoons sugar.
  7. Bake the logs, in batches, until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  8. To prepare topping: Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave on High for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave for 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Transfer the chocolate to a plastic sandwich bag. Snip off one corner, being careful not to make the opening too large. Squeeze the melted chocolate decoratively across the top of each cooled log. Let stand at room temperature until the chocolate is completely set.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze without the chocolate drizzle (Step 8) for up to 1 month. Defrost at room temperature before decorating with the chocolate drizzle.

NUTRITION

Per cookie: 76 calories; 4 g fat ( 1 g sat , 1 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 gfiber; 31 mg sodium; 36 mg potassium.

Recipe from http://www.eatingwell.com

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Nothing more frustrating than a pole dancer with no grip!

Absolutely one of the most frustrating things in the the world is when you just can’t grip the pole, no matter how much grip you use. This was me last night, no matter how much dewpoint I put on, no matter how much dry grip I used on my hands, nothing was going to help me stick. Well not to the degree I needed, I have an idea for a picture I want to do but it requires the superman, which I don’t know how to do, so I was attempting to teach myself. It was so very frustrating so I eventually gave up and will try again tonight.

Good news everybody (if you said that in professor Farnsworths voice, you get extra points) yesterday was my weigh in after one week of clean eating and it did my body good, I shed 3-4 pounds in just that week. I’ve also been drinking around 64 oz of water a day, which is what you’re supposed to but I seriously lacked in that category. But I’m proud of myself, I cheated very little last week, I mean like I did have a bowl of candy cane ice cream and maybe some gold fish, but other than that I’ve done really well and it shows, my bloating has gone down too.

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I’m doing the Blogilates 12 week clean eating “diet”, I seriously don’t like that word.

I’ve always read that one of the best things you can do when trying to lose weight is to keep track of what you eat. A lot of people don’t realize how much and exactly what they are eating.

Snacking is done without thought, can you say that you remember everything you ate yesterday? A handful of that, a pinch of that, just a little taste of what ever? If you can remember every little thing, kudos to you, you have a better memory than me, but that’s really not that hard to do.

Point is you’re much more aware of what you’re eating if you have to write it down, and for someone who’s disorganized, it’s really a life saver.

The journal is pretty awesome as well. Lovely illustrations and spirit lifting quotes. Not only that but I’m doing this at the same time as thousands of other people and it’s like having a massive support group. I post delicious looking photos up on my instagram (@polefitmommy) and I get likes from all over the place, other people taking part in the 12 week challenge.

In fact I’m going to give you one of the delicious recipes I made yesterday morning, it was surprisingly delicious. I was skeptical when I saw what it looked like, but at that first bite I was hooked. Even though it’s not in my meal plan I will be making it again sometime this week, it’s just too good not to!

Remember this delicious recipe and many more can be found on http://www.blogilates.com

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Garden Scramble!

Ingredients

  • 3 scrambled egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of lite mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped Spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped Tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped Green Peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 TBS Salsa
  • 1/4 Avocado

Directions

  • Scramble your eggs first
  • Then add in everything else, stir around and cook until you feel it looks super delicious!

It’s really good, I topped it with pepper and a bit of sea salt. I’m not too big on eggs to be honest, but this is something I could eat every morning!

Well hope you all had a good weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Sushi, it’s the most wonderful thing in this world!

Morning! Are you all ready for the weekend?! I’m excited for today for a whole different reason. It’s my first cheat meal day with this blogilates healthy eating diet! Not that I’m not enjoying the new and different food I’ve been eating for the past week, it’s just that I love sushi! And in light of that today’s post will be about healthy sushi options. Even though it’s technically eating out, it’s not the worst you could do, it’s no McDonalds!

Alright lets start!

tumblr_l57gtuxLU91qayvcwo1_500First off is salmon and tuna! They are probably some of the healthiest things you can eat at a sushi restaurant. High in omega 3, protein and vitamin D.

Obviously the sashimi form would be the healthiest, but if you’re not into sashimi and you’re eyeing the maki, go for something as close to it as you can.

One of my favorite maki’s is spicy salmon/tuna, so good, I’m drooling thinking about it!

wasabi-52Wasabi! I don’t understand why people shy away from this, alone it’s okay but it’s so much better when it’s with say some chicken, or a little dab on your sashimi!

But not only is it deliciously spicy, it also has health benefits!

It’s full of antioxidants, it’s a cancer preventative (Although this has been tested in labs it needs more human and animal testing)

Like all spicy foods it helps lose weight by making your body work harder to digest.

tempura_3As unfortunate as this is, say no to the deep fried food. I know, it’s sad, but keep away from the tempuras and deep fried maki.

For obvious reasons, deep frying foods isn’t healthy, so all those delicious crunchy foods are something you need to keep away from.

I was always told, the less fancy the roll the better!

veggie-maki-rollAdd in the veggie rolls!

Most sushi restaurants have a good selection of vegetarian options and adding a few of these in can be a great benefit to your health!

The more veggies you eat the better for your body.

One of my favorite veggie rolls is the simple cucumber roll, it’s got a delightful crunch!

Lastly, watch your serving size! Maki usually comes in groups of 4-10 (6 being the most common). It’s easy to over eat when you’re not paying attention to how much you order. My favorite sushi place is an all you can eat, which is dangerous for someone trying to shed pounds. Break up your orders into a lot of small orders so that you can fill up at a steady pace, instead of stuffing your face and going into a sushi coma later on. Which I’m not going to lie, I’ve done a good couple of times!

So that’s a few healthy sushi options and tips for you to keep in mind the next time you eat out at your favorite sushi place!

Before I go, I’d like to share with you guys the new move I learned. The other night at pole our teacher showed us the air invert, and I was like… I need to do that. Unfortunately I was not successful in class. Last night I was practicing at home and when my love came home from work I was telling him about it, and then went to show him what we were supposed to do, and I wound up actually doing it. As I hung their upside down I was in disbelief, I actually did it! So I threw him my phone and made him record it so I could see what it looked like myself!

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Turns out I can do it, I was so happy! I am seriously exceeding all expectation I had for myself and it feels amazing.

So have a good weekend folks, enjoy the weather, enjoy your family, and I will see you on Monday!

It’s pole day, pole day, gotta get down on pole day!

Alright that’s the last time you’ll ever hear me quote that “song”. That doesn’t mean I’m any less excited though! Wednesdays are my favorite day, it’s the night I go to the studio with my best friend, we go and get lots of bruises! Woohoo! I still have bruises from last week, they’re pretty nasty.

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This year I got my Christmas tree early!

I got a nice big fat tree! I love it! My little one is super excited to decorate but I have to hold her off until Daddy is off work on Thursday so we can all do it together.

It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas, and now my house smells like beautiful pine!

One tradition that my family has is we get a new ornament every year to hang on the tree. I have a total of 30 or something close to that, some years when I was younger I got more than one. Now I do the same for my daughter, it’s great to carry on nice family traditions!

What are some of your Holiday traditions you do with your family? Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, I’d love to hear about them!

Alright time for a delicious recipe! Today is another treat, who am I kidding, they’re always treats. Truth is I love sweets so when I can find a way to make them healthier, all the better so I don’t have to feel guilty after eating it.

Skinny Chocolate Candy Cane Bark

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Image from Damyhealthy.com

Makes 3 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Natural Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped 70% Dark Chocolate (or Chocolate Chips)
  • 2 Mini Candy Canes (crushed)
  • 1/2 Tsp Peppermint Extract

Directions:

  1. Place almonds, chocolate and mint extract in a double boiler (if you don’t have a double boiler, a glass pyrex bowl or something along those lines, well fitted on top of a pot of boiling water so that it melts the chocolate will work just as well)   until almonds are completely coated in chocolate.
  2. On a wax-paper covered plate pour chocolate almond mixture into a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle crushed candy cane over top or layer.
  4. Cover with saran wrap and place in the freezer for at least one hour.
  5. Remove from freezer and cut into three pieces.
  6. Enjoy!

Delicious! And dark chocolate is actually good for you, in moderation of course! Enjoy a holiday treat, December is one of my favorite months because it’s candy cane flavored EVERYTHING! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Thought that if I started this post with a song, I should end with one too!)

Good Morrow!

“Good morning, good morning it’s time to start the day! Good morning, good morning, to you!” That is how I started my day today at 6:15 am. My little one burst in my room singing that as loudly as she could, who could get mad at that! Even if it did scare the living daylights out of me. I wish every morning I could wake up that joyful, but you know, I’m an adult, and I like my sleep.

So I need some help from some of your readers, and yes I know you exist, I see the numbers in my stats! And I see the number of shares my posts get, so I’m talking to you! I’m running out of ideas, what would be something you’d like to read about on my blog? More recipes? More routines? Pole moves? More randomness about my life (although I’m sure that’s not as interesting)? How about reviews on games since I’m an avid gamer? Or pole products? I think I’m giving myself ideas as I’m typing this out. Let me know what YOU think I should write about, sound off in the comments below!

So I mentioned a week or two ago that I’d be starting a new clean eating  diet (although I hate that word, I’m not dieting, it’s a change in eating habits really) through blogilates. They provided a 12 week eating plan and I failed a couple of the meals. Not that I cheated, I just failed at making them. So get ready for some delicious healthy recipes in this blog!

IMG_20131201_082622Crepes!

First came the crepes, which turned into pancakes! Regardless they were delicious!

1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 banana
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp of honey
strawberries galore!

Mix your dry ingredients in a blender or magic bullet until it’s a fine powder.

Then add half a banana, an egg and almond milk.

Pour onto a pan on low-medium heat, just a thin layer (That’s the key that I missed) wait until you see bubbles on top and then flip.

Then just fill your crepes with strawberries and the other half of banana. Drizzle honey on top.

IMG_20131202_165632Quinoa Edamame Salad

This was a really good recipe, but I found the dressing was a little too tart for my liking. So when I make this tomorrow I’ll be adding sweet chili thai sauce instead because I think it would suit it a lot.

1/4 cup of Quinoa  (prepare until rice consistency with about a cup of water)

1 cup of edamame shelled

5 grape tomatoes halved

1/3 cup onion

2-3 tbs of vegetable broth

The sauce that came with the recipe is made with the following

2 lemons squeezed

2 tsp djon mustard

1 tsp honey

sprinkle of cumin and/or black pepper

Make the Quinoa. Heat vegetable broth in a wok and stir fry onions, edamame, and tomatoes. Add Quinoa when it’s ready and stir fry with sauce.

IMG_20131203_074845Banana Pancakes

Now these are the easiest recipe in the world… I’m not even kidding

1 Banana

2 Eggs

Yup that’s it. Mush the banana and stir with the egg.

Heat a pan with coconut oil (or PAM) on medium heat and do it up like pancakes! Super easy! Super good!

Alright, don’t forget to leave me comments on what something you would like to read about! Until tomorrow my loves!

Happy Turkey day to my American comrades!

I have a lot of American friends, and American readers of this blog. So here’s to them, hoping they have a wonderful turkey filled, thanksgiving dinner coma, friends and family together day!

Last night was a first for me! I did my first shoulder mount, all by myself! I had some help from my teacher at first, but once I grew the lady balls I was able to do it myself. Not going to lie, my shoulder muscle is hurting a little this morning from doing it over and over again. You know that feeling where you get a new move and you’re like, oh my god, was that a fluke? I better try it until I’m good and injured just to make sure. Yea… that’s what I did. I’m going to have to lay off the shoulder mounts until next week I think, it’s not pulled or anything, I think it’s just badly bruised.

So look forward to tomorrow’s post, I’ll be doing post on increasing your flexibility. Remember increasing your flexibility doesn’t happen over night, I’ve been working on it for months and am still not where I’d like to be.

A short post today, I have to take the little one to her gymnastics class soon. But in honor of American thanksgiving, I’ll leave you with a delicious recipe! A healthy alternatives to potatoes and I promise you it tastes just as good!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.)
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish

Directions

  1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)
  2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

 

There you go! Super easy, delicious and healthy! Until tomorrow mes amours!

Snow Day!

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That’s right people, it’s a snow day! Which I know some of you are groaning at but it’s so beautiful! We got 15-25 cm of snow from last night to this morning. And the majority of it came between 2 and 6 because I was up at 2 and it wasn’t that bad and I wake up at 6 with my little one, and there’s so much now! My little one is absolutely thrilled, as soon as she’s done breakfast we’re going outside to shovel, well my love and I will shovel, my little one will be fooling around in the snow. I expect no less from her!

Well my cool down routine was quite the success yesterday so I’m thinking I may do another warm up and cool down sometime soon. They’re such important parts of your work out and there are so many different ways to do them. Also I may include a routine to increase your flexibility. While I’m not fully flexible, where I am now compared to where I was in the summer is amazing. I’ve never been flexible in my life, but if you keep working on it, it will happen!

So one thing about me that you don’t know is that I love Christmas! Christmas music (I don’t work in retail so I don’t have to listen to it for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, so I’m not sick of it just yet), Christmas trees, Christmas baking! Another major love of mine is anything candy cane… seriously… if it has the name candy cane in it, I’m there. The peppermint hot chocolates are at McDonald’s and Timmies right now and I’m just crazy for them. For the holiday season I’m switching up from my Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake for breakfast.

Introducing the…

Vanilla Candy Cane Protein Shake

From youngmarriedchic.com

From youngmarriedchic.com

 

WHAT!?! Amazing right! Doesn’t it just look like something you could have ALL the time! I’m drooling right now just looking at the picture. What’s that? Hmmm? “Elise show us how to make such a delectable treat!” Well I guess I could, all of you are pretty fantastic!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of lowfat cottage cheese or 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Few drops of peppermint extract, to taste (be careful- it’s strong!)
  • 1 tbsp of  instant vanilla pudding dry mix (A lot of recipes call for sugar free pudding, but honestly the risk of ingesting aspartame greatly outweighs the sugar content of regular pudding)
  • sweetener to taste (I used stevia)
  • 1 small piece of candy cane, crushed
  • 4 oz water, start with that and add more if you want to thin it out
  •  ice

Instructions

  1.  Mix all together in a blender- blend it up!
  2.  Pour in a glass and garnish with chopped candy canes

Now this still constitutes as a treat, because of the sugar in Candy Canes and the pudding. But you know what, a treat like this a couple times a week isn’t all that bad, and if it hits that sweet tooth for you and keeps you away from the chocolate bars and ice cream then good!

Yum yum! If that looks good to you then just get ready for the whole 24 days up to Christmas because it’ll be filled with healthy treats as well as just plain old treats, because once in a while its nice to indulge in something we love. Until tomorrow!