Monday, March 29, 2010

Got Cravings?

eatingsweetsOn the weekend we got visited by the Girl Guides and their addicting cookies. I wasn't home, so my husband (bless him) bought two.



There are many things in this life I can easily resist. Vanilla Girl Guide cookies aren't one of them.



On my long walk on Sunday I was listening to an excellent podcast called "Get Fit! Stay Healthy!" Tina Anderson, the host, talked about a quick way to deal with cravings: splash cold water on your face and brush your teeth. I thought that was a great idea.



I came home and did some more research on dealing with cravings, and look at this cool page I found: Food Cravings



So, keep a travel toothbrush in your pocket, and arm yourself with the RIGHT food from that list, and you should be set!



Oh, and don't succumb to the Girl Guide Cookies!



Happy Walking!



Darlene

www.PraiseWalker.com

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Huge Spring Fling Giveaway!

I'm celebrating the first day of Spring with a HUGE CONTEST!!!



balloonsOh, I'm so excited!

As you probably know, over the past few years I've been walking - not just for weight loss, but for overall health. I noticed how when I started walking the weight came off quite quickly, but soon, even with doing 100km or more a WEEK, I was still dragging around my jiggly middle!

This year I decided to get serious and take a good long look at nutrition. I am not a nutritional expert, so I spent some time researching and discovered a lovely lady by the name of Dee McCaffrey who lost 100 pounds almost two decades ago and has never gained it back!! She's big on eating good nutrition, and on living in the "real world" so we started talking.

Not wanting to keep all her good info to myself, we decided to work together to release her plan to the world (she already has it written up in a book, and has been on national TV!) and we'd accompany it with some walking training, some inspiring yoga-type stretching, and some super-quickie strength training (I get bored easily, and have a desperately short attention span. Besides, like you, I'm incredibly busy).

After MANY months, huge frustrations, and delightful surprises along the way, IT'S READY TO GO!! (Man! I never thought this day would come!)

To release it, we're hosting a huge contest with fantastic wellness prizes supplied by all the folks involved.

Entry is easy, and the course is fantastic (even if I do say so myself...) so why not join us and give yourself a new body for Spring?

Start by clicking here:

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Post Frostbite "Kit"

VibramClassicOk, so it’s a week since my Sunday Frostbite fiasco. Winter walking will never be the same.

First of all, there seems to be some permanent damage – especially in the fourth toe on my left foot – the one that went gray. Dead as a doornail, that one. The rest are tingly at the tips, some are still a little tender, but not bad. Yesterday I was able to wear my normal shoes without pain, though, so that was great.

Last night I visited some “new” friends – well, I was actually his Gr. 12 prom date, and haven’t seen him since… I found him on Facebook, connected with his brilliant wife – who seems to be my twin separated from me at birth – and she’s into Essential Oils. Last night while we visited at their lovely country home, Sue offered to massage my feet with some Essential Oils (not many people have offered to massage my feet EVER, let alone after knowing me for fewer than 12 hours…). This morning my toes felt irritated more than usual, which gives me hope that this oil mix/massage might be waking up some of those dead nerves. We’ll see what happens over the next few days.

I saw the doctor on Friday and he made it clear that I must now be extremely cautious for the rest of my life as I am now 10x more likely to get frostbite again. As someone who has freezing feet even at the height of summer, I felt somewhat doomed by that statement, and knew I had to re-think winter walking.

SO…

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Frostbite

I was so proud of myself for getting out for my 3 hour walk yesterday in spite of the -19°C/-2°F temperatures. I bundled up, set up my technology, and headed down what was actually a beautiful pathway with fresh snow that sparkled in the sun.

VFF_Flow_in_the_SnowAs usual, my toes got pretty cold when I started out, but I knew that once I hit training speed, they'd warm up and be fine. Or, so I thought. Yesterday was a "ladder" walk, a kind of Interval walk where you jump around into different heart rate zones, several of which are quite slow. At times my feet felt fine. Other times, my toes were quite cold, but not painfully so.

On the way home, however, I began to feel quite uncomfortable and about 1km from home, when I should have been in HR Zone 2 (HR in the mid-90's) I just kept it up in HR Zone 5 (HR in the mid 130's) because my right foot felt numb, and both feet were feeling uncomfortable.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

It's a Piece of Cake!

I have always enjoyed baking and, while I have not had any formal training and would certainly not consider myself a skilled baker, I have always been one to "dream big". Often that leads to culinary disasters since I get partway in to a big project and realize that I'm in way over my head!

For my daughter's first birthday in 2008 I wanted to make her a homemade birthday cake. I was hoping to make something special and that tasted as good as it looked. I decided to attempt to make a pig cake to go along with our farm animal party theme. We were expecting about 40 guests so I needed something big that would serve everyone. The obvious choice was a sheet cake. After testing a few recipes I decided on a white cake with a vanilla butter cream frosting. Here is the end result:



For her second birthday this past November, I decided to raise the bar a little bit. We were doing a zoo theme for the party so, after searching for cake ideas, I finally set my sights on one particular design that I had seen. The cake was a tiered cake with a fondant icing. I have made very few tiered cakes in my life and had never worked with fondant so I knew it would be quite the challenge. In addition, the photo of the cake that I was attempting to re-create had many small animals decorating the top of the cake that were made entirely of edible fondant!

After a few trial runs of the cake (who wants to eat a birthday cake that doesn't taste good too?), several hours of labor and some online baking tips later, the cake was finished. Here is the end result!



While it certainly isn't perfect, my daughter loved it and our guests gobbled it up quickly and many asked for seconds! The bottom tier of the cake is a white cake with a rhubarb blueberry filling. The top tier is a dense, rich chocolate cake with a hazelnut cream filling. The icing is marshmallow cream fondant and all of the animals on top are made of edible fondant.

I have realized that making homemade birthday cakes is actually not very difficult and can be quite fun! I am already looking forward to my son's first birthday and my daughter's third birthday next fall so I can play "Cake Boss" yet again!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Walking with the Bible

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Still WAY too cold (-11°C /12°F ) , but I went out anyway (she da man!) I'm having trouble getting my Garmin to read my heart rate. It's given me an average heart rate today of 61bpm. I wish I was in that kind of shape! I think the strap is actually too loose - probably made for a man. I'm going to shorten it, and then try again.

Solitary figure on snow covered hillIt did "beep" me through my workout, though, and I did an interval workout to get some more of this fat blasted off. Woohoo. Toes are still thawing out, but otherwise I'm feeling pretty good.

I thought I'd share what I'm listening to. Last year I started listening to the Bible while I walked, and this year I've decided I want to go much deeper into the scriptures. Here's how I'm attempting to do it:

Read about it here: www.PraiseWalker.com

Darlene