I hope you all had a marvelous holiday and/or celebration of whatever it is you celebrate. I myself, had a wonderful time with friends and family. I also managed to gain a lovely total of 10lbs in the last two to three months… awesome. This happens every year and it’s now that fun time to take it off again with newly made New Year’s Resolutions and a positive attitude.
For those resolutions I will have some help from some newly acquired gadgets including a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS runner’s watch, a Fitbit Charge and a high quality juicer (awesome!!!). Maybe I should share my resolutions with you… Here they are in no particular order:
- No more over the top shopping sprees (no more Ebay!!!)
- Aim towards a zero waste lifestyle
- Get in shape
- Wear a trashy bikini at least one time this Summer (this coincides with the previous resolution)
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Another round of decluttering
- Write more often
- Finish all unfinished projects
A friend and I are going on a juice fast in a couple weeks and that should help a lot. Although, I am quite nervous about it as I have never fasted in my life and get hungry every four hours. I’m really not sure I’m going to be able to do it. I am going to try to make a full week. I’ve heard you feel like crap for about 4 days and then day 5 you start to feel amazing. Has anyone ever done one? Your thoughts?
My juicer is amazing and I’m already playing around with it. I have tried a few recipes from Fully Raw Kristina at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cOrj8dlCqYnGgp0xdkxow and I loved her raw sangria and I have had her soul shine juice in the past and liked that a lot too. I am probably making the soul shine juice on my fast.. Anyway, I tried her version of raw V8 juice and I really didn’t like it. That was probably more to do with me than with her recipe. I usually like her recipes. So, there I was with a pitcher of juice that I just could not bring myself to drink. Organic produce costs a fortune and I didn’t want to dump it so I had a brilliant idea…. Use it as soup stock!!!!
And it made an amazing soup! I cooked some barley and lentils, then threw in an onion (I didn’t bother frying it), vegetable soup stock, leftover Christmas vegetables, some kale, beets, celery, parsley and the juice. It turned out really well! If you ever make an all veggie juice and don’t like it, just throw it in soup. It’s amazing! And so much better than dumping it. That stuff is expensive!!! Anybody have any great ideas on what to do with juice pulp?
I absolutely love my juicer and will have to do a post about it one day soon. It makes the most decadent coconut milk! No more coconut milk in a can, which seemed to be the only option here in Kitchener. I don’t think that coconut milk in the cartons that substitute dairy milk is quite the same thing. It definitely doesn’t taste the same anyway. I should save my coconut shells and sand them down into bowls or something…
I finally finished one of my crafty projects which was a pet bed for my doggy.
I picked up a crib sized piece of foam at Len’s Mill for around $25 I think and I bought the fabric which was in the clearance bin for around $2. a yard! It’s kind of a bizarre fabric, cow skull. My dog is a disaster and makes everything dirty, so this stuff seems pretty tough and the dark colour should hide how grubby she’s going to get it (which takes approximately 5 minutes). Ten minutes after I took the above photos…
my silly dog is laying on the floor. I have no doubt she’ll make her way back on it though lol. Maybe she’s getting a comparison.
As soon as I actually get my butt back out jogging again I will tell you how I liked the GPS watch. I do like the Fitbit as well and am particularly fond of the track your sleep feature. I always seem to wake up around 3:00am and this is catching it. A friend of mine found out she still sleep walks occasionally by wearing the Fitbit! There is something so unsettling to me about sleep walking. I have never done it and so glad I don’t. That would give my the heebie geebies!
I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and are in store for an amazing year.