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Pilates, Pole and …P…injuries!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I didn’t do much, but I did spend time with my family which is always a good day to me. My mom and step dad are pretty amazing, because my daughter is learning to skate this year they decided that on the warm day this week to dig out in the backyard a small rectangle and have started to make a rink! I’m very excited, but we have to wait a couple of days for it to actually fully freeze, but my daughter is ecstatic!

I too am excited for this week, on Tuesday I start Pilates! I’ve never tried class Pilates, I’ve only tried home Pilates, so I’m excited to see how this goes. My only concern is that it’s the day before pole, so I’m hoping I’m not too tired for pole the next day, but my choices were either Tuesday or Thursday, so it was either be sore for Pilates or sore for pole, but I’m taking the class with my aunt and Tuesday turned out to be the better day.

I love the idea of Pilates, how it works on your core muscles, and it’s funny because it looks like the easiest exercise compared to lifting weights at the gym, but you know what, when you’re using your body weight it’s just as hard. Not only is it more awkward to lift but for me it’s lifting 135 lbs. I’m looking forward to building a stronger more stable core, because that’s something that you need for pole, so it really is going to benefit me, even if I am sore the next day for pole (which won’t stop me from trying my hardest at pole!) I just can’t even imagine how I’m going to feel on Thursday, it’ll definitely be a rest day that’s for sure!

So I think I mentioned last week that we’re learning our new level 6 routine, it’s to Rihanna’s Rockstar 101. And the first little bit is pretty easy. Spiral, diamond to chair, spinning eagle to fireman, spin under the arm, grind it down the pole, L turn, hip up, body wave, fan kick to back arch (Some of the terms may be different where you come from but these are the names I’ve learned them as) So I was like, pfftt this is easy! Then I got home and it hit me, oh they actually have this routine up on their YouTube channel. So of course being pole obsessed and just generally ambitious when it comes to pole, I thought I`d look ahead and learn some more before the next class.

Well wasn’t I just blown away! The first part is cake compared to the rest of the routine, I understand why my teacher ended where she did for our first class back. Right after the back arch you flip upside down and do the thigh hold. Which I can do but it’s so fast and the thigh hold is still something I have to think about when preforming it, trying to remember which leg goes back and which one remains on the pole, so you know, I don’t fall right on my face!

Here’s the video of the routine with two very talented teachers, the one on the left is my teacher. The thigh hold is not a problem, it’s the multiple holds in a row that I`m scared of. It`s something that I have never done, and I’m completely looking forward to, don’t get me wrong, but I`m a little scared because I have issues with some of the moves. At one point it goes from the butterfly to flatline to starfish. Now on their own I can do the butterfly and starfish, but I have some issues with the flatline. I’ve been practicing hard at it but again it`s another move that confuses me, what goes where?!

I learned something the other day, do not skip warm up, it’s very important. I was eager to show my love the beginning of the new routine so I was like “Warm up? What evs!” (Yes I just said what evs. I didn’t actually dismiss it that easily but I was overly excited and kind of just didn’t bother) but do I ever regret it. I pulled something in around my shoulder blade, to the point it hurts when my shirt touches it. Don’t skip warm up people! It’s dangerous! And I know I should probably take it easy but I really can’t, well not that I can’t, but I really don’t want to! That would mean no pole, but also injuring myself further would also mean no pole. It’s very conflicting!

Today before I leave I’m going to give you one of my favourite smoothie recipes! Strawberry Kiwi!

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1-2 Kiwis

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries (if you’re using fresh I suggest tossing a few ice cubes in there as well)

3/4 – 1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of protein powder (I used vanilla flavored, yum!)

1/4 cup of greek yogurt (Make sure you get one with no trans fats)

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Looks yummy!

Throw in your fruit first, I do my smoothies in my magic bullet because it’s awesome, but blenders work just as well.

Throw in the rest of the ingredients and then blend, blend like you’ve never blended before!

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Doesn’t it look delicious! (and magical)

Well it was!

This smoothie keeps me full all morning until lunch, although sometimes I have a snack in between just because I know it’s healthy.

Tomorrow I’ll have another delicious smoothie for you! I love smoothies, there’s no denying it. For someone like me who has issues with eating right in the morning because it hurts my stomach sometimes, these are perfect because it’s not hard on it at all.

Until tomorrow mes amours!

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Brunch, not exactly breakfast, not exactly lunch. Pretty much just confusing!

Good lord it felt good to get back up on that pole. Unfortunately it was not for long, I’ve been lacking energy for the past little bit and I’m not sure why. Saturday of all days was when I needed energy; I had to do a major haul ass clean up! My father and his girlfriend, plus my mamie, all came over for brunch on Sunday and I’m not going to lie, my house was a mess thanks to a little tornado named Alice. It’s amazing the damage a three year-old can do.

I was thinking to myself Friday night after hanging up the phone with my dad, “Brunch… alright. Wait. What do they serve at brunch?!” So I hopped on my IPad and started my research, and it turns out brunch is confusing! Not exactly breakfast not exactly lunch, so some recipes are like pancakes, some are like sandwiches, there are far too many options.

But I managed to pick a couple recipes, and they’re ones I can make in advance so it makes my life way easier, kind of? I still have to spend the time to make them but I don’t mind.

The first one I picked was a Chicken Breakfast Burrito. A perfect mix of something you’d have for breakfast and lunch.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons  butter
  • 1 1/2 cups  refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup  diced cooked chicken or ham, or crumbled, cooked pork sausage patties or links
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup  milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 810  inches  flour tortillas
  • 14  ounce can  diced green chili peppers, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups  shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (5 ounces)
  •  Red and/or green salsa

 

Directions

The day before::

1. For filling, in a large non-stick skillet heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat until melted. Stir in potatoes, garlic, and cumin. Spread in an even layer; press down lightly with a spatula. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Turn potatoes over; spread evenly and press down lightly. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes more or until golden brown and crisp. Stir in chicken. Remove from skillet; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper. In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat until melted. Pour in egg mixture. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on bottom and around edge. Using a spatula or large spoon, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mixture so the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Immediately remove from heat.

3. Stack tortillas and wrap in microwave-safe paper towels. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 1 minute or until heated through. Divide potato mixture among tortillas, spooning it just below the center of each tortilla. Divide egg mixture and chili peppers among tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Fold bottom edge of each tortilla up and over filling, fold in opposite sides, and roll up from the bottom. Tightly wrap each burrito in heavy foil and chill overnight.

 

That will be the main course, as a side I’ll be cooking up hash browns. My brother will be bringing ham and Swiss swirl sandwiches from his work and of course there will be a fruit tray.

The other recipe I made is a dessert, sort of. I made a chocolate raspberry banana bread.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups  mashed bananas (4 to 5 medium)
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup  raspberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup  dark chocolate pieces
  • 1 recipe  Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)
  • 1/4 cup  raspberry preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon  shortening
  • 1/3 cup  dark chocolate pieces

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two 7 1/2×3 1/2×2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl stir together eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in walnuts and the 1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s). Swirl 1/4 cup raspberry preserves into batter. Sprinkle Streusel-Nut Topping over batter.

3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for the 9x5x3-inch pan or 45 to 55 minutes for the 7 1/2×3 1/2×2-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center(s) comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Cool in pan(s) on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan(s). Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

4. After bread stands overnight, in a microwave-safe bowl combine the 1/3 cup dark chocolate pieces with 1/2 tsp. shortening. Microwave, uncovered, on 70 percent power for 20 seconds; stir. Microwave at the same power until melted and smooth, stirring every 15 seconds. Drizzle over bread.

5. Place the 1/4 c. raspberry preserves in another microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 20 to 30 seconds or until melted, snipping any large pieces of fruit. Drizzle melted preserves over top of the bread.

 

 

Two delicious recipes make for one delicious brunch, and while they’re not healthy, it’s nice to have a day where you don’t have to     worry about what you’re eating. Tomorrow, a pole related post because I know you miss them, but as a mother I also do a lot of cooking and baking so I enjoy sharing recipes.

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!

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!

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

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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!

 

Untapped Energy Source of a Toddler

Good morning beautiful people, did you get a good sleep? Well then I am extremely envious! Anyone with kids knows how ridiculous it is when they sleep in bed with you… I woke up with a tiny little (albeit adorable) foot in my face at one point. I am exhausted! And on pole class night, which is at 8:30 at night (with a toddler it had to be at a time where she was already in bed). I wasn’t able to take any pictures last night, unfortunately my phone died. But my friend had to bail anyways but for a good reason, she got a new job! yay! Which means she’ll be back to pole next week! I did get to pole with my friend Danielle though, whilst watching my hockey team getting pummeled by the flyers… smh…

So this morning I’m going to start with something delicious and energizing! If you haven’t caught on by now, I am a HUGE fan of food, I honestly don’t know how I’m not like 500 lbs by now. I always used to say I could never be anorexic because I just loved food way too much (not that anorexia is anything to joke about, it’s a very serious illness of the mind, but that’s just how much I love food)

Alright so if I could have dessert all the time, I definitely would, so this is one of my favorites! It’s something classic, something simple, but has all the components to give you that energy to keep up with with that crazy untapped energy source that children seem to have. It’s the (drum roll please)….

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY PARFAIT! 

Strawberry Parfait

O-M-G I know right! So simple, so delicious. As I give you the ingredients I’m also going to break it down for you as to why this is a great breakfast dessert!

Ingredients

1 cup of sliced Strawberries

  • Strawberries, my sweet love, there are so many reasons why these little red gems are so good for you. Firstly they’re high in antioxidants, this keeps your heart in tip top shape. They’re rated 4th highest fruit in this category, being beaten by blackberries, cranberries and raspberries, so if you love any of those fruits grab a handful and toss them into your parfait! They’re also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which keeps our immune system on its toes!

1/4 – 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

  • Protein, Protein, Protein! You need to curve that appetite, what’s the point of eating if we don’t feel full after? Greek yogurt is packed with the protein you need to fill you up. Now you could use a regular yogurt, yea I guess that’s okay, but here’s why you want Greek yogurt. A typical 6 oz (approx. 3/4 cup) serving of Greek yogurt contains 15-20 g of protein, compared to normal yogurt which only contains 9 g. Greek yogurt also contains about half the carbs of regular yogurts. So in my opinion, if you haven’t already, switch to Greek yogurt, it also is just plain delicious.

2-3 tbs granola

  • Now granola is only as healthy as you make it. Literally making your granola is probably the best way to go, but for the fast paced world we live in, sometimes there is just no time. So it’s up to you to open your eyes while you’re at the grocery store, staring at all the brands of granola, and look for certain things. One important one being the sugar content, aim for something with less than 8 grams of sugar. Another is the calorie count, a healthy granola will have less than 200 calories per 1/4 cup. Keep your eyes open for unhealthy oils such as palm oils and hydrogenated oils, they’re high in saturated fat and bad for your heart. Lastly you want something with 2-3 g of fat per 1/4 cup serving, granola can have a lot of healthy fat, don’t be afraid of the word fat, there is such thing as healthy fats. But you still want to take healthy fats in moderation, just as everything else! 

Now here’s my favorite part, building your parfait! Do as your heart desires! If you want yogurt, fruit, granola, yogurt, fruit, granola, GO FOR IT! If you are more of a fruit lover maybe go yogurt, granola, fruit. Honestly you have full freedom on the creativity of your parfait here. Either way it’ll turn out delicious and filling, serve in a fancy glass or if you don’t have that, just a plain old bowl will work, I promise you it’ll be just as healthy.

Tomorrow I’ll have a more pole related post I hope, seeing as how my pole class is tonight. But in the mean time I’m going to leave you with a drawing I did yesterday, my passion for pole spills out into my creativity!

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