I am finally finished with my weight loss challenge at the gym! YAY

I lost a total of 15 pounds, 5% body fat and 21 inches. That was in 9 weeks. I still need to lose 3-4 pounds for my final goal and I am still working on that, just not as aggressively as I was in the challenge.

What I did to lose the weight? I am a naturally small, petite person so it is incredibly hard to lose those few pounds. I had to dig really deep to lose what I lost. I work out like a mad lady already so that was not going to help me get to where I wanted to be.

I had read and heard about the intermittent fasting, I mean who has not? Its everywhere! I read up on it and decided to give it a go. I was only going to try to do the fasting from 8pm at night to 2pm the next day. I was shooting for 5 days a week, and giving myself a break on the weekends.

The first day…by 9am, I started to get hungry, as I usually ate a small breakfast. By 10 am, All I could think about was food! I was drinking a lot of water and tea. I think I drank about 6 cups of tea that day! I had worked out that morning and let me tell yah, the food wishes I had during that timeframe was crazy!

I did that for the first week. I lost about 1 pound…I was like wtf? 1 pound! Is this really worth it? I mean I was hungry all the time for that first week.

The second week I decided to go harder, and only eat 1 time a day! I was fasting all day and only eating at 5pm each day. But I ate whatever I wanted to at that time. They say you could eat as many times as you like during your non fasting period. I did not do that.

I stuck to eating only 1 time and I made sure it was more on the healthy side. Yes there were times when I fell off the band wagon and ate popeyes or Chinese food…but I started right back up the next day.

Until slowly the weight started to come off to where other people could see it. I am still fasting until I get to my goal. Some of the side effects of fasting that I noticed. You get really cold during the day for no reason at all! You mind will play tricks on you, so that all you think about all the time is food.

Everything sounds amazing when you are fasting. Some pros, it does remove the weight eventually. You learn to eat only when you need to. Not when you think you are hungry.

You learn not to snack. You will get stronger and learn to work out while in a fasted state.

I actually saw huge improvement in this area. Before I could only do 40 pushups and after I was able to do 54 push ups in a minute. Again you have less weight to carry around. Water becomes your best friend. I drank so much water. Literally more than a gallon a day.

My gallon jug never leaves my side. If the gnawing in my stomach was too much to handle I would eat a banana ad have a cup of tea. Tea became my go to.

After about 3 weeks in I was a pro! I was not hungry all the time and I switched my 1 meal to only seafood as it takes less time to digest and break down.

And one of those seafood meals was these Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes! Lifesaver right here.

I ate these crab cakes with a healthy heaping of salad. And it was delicious!

I know people frown on putting bread crumbs in crab cakes, but I decided to try out using a tiny bit of Hawaiian buns instead, as it needed something to help hold it together. These worked great. It did not in any way hide the crab meat. One of the best crab cakes ever! Maybe I am biased because I was hungry when I ate these. Either way you be the judge. Give it a whirl.

And look I made a video of what I did to help you make your own. Now be a sport and head on over to my YouTube Channel and click on the subscribe button, because lord knows I need more followers.

Click here for Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes recipe.

 

Well now that my 9 week challenge at the gym is over I can now get back to the business of cooking and eating again!

Lost 14 pounds in 9 weeks! A lot of fasting went into losing those 14 pounds. Don’t worry my tummy still proceeds me into any room I enter (eye-roll)!!!

URG…when does that ever go away! Its so hard being a food lover and eating healthy. I had to limit myself to posting as when I did it would just make me hungry. But now that it is over how about these Greek Gyros?

I actually did this for 196flavors and it turned out incredibly delicious! I made my own homemade wraps for these gyros, because it is easier to wrap my meat in versus the store bought version that would break. I will post the recipe for that later on in the week.

In the mean time head on over to 196flavors for this Greek Gyro recipe and to learn all about gyros! I explain in detail how to make these gyros at home in a few different ways using different types of meat. It is a fantastic article of Greek Gyros!

 

Hi there!

Today I am sharing with you an amazing Lamb Pulao dish. I love lamb and I love basmati rice. Put the two together and you get one of my favorite dishes. I would suggest for this you pick up a boneless leg of lamb. It usually will come with a layer of fat around the top of it.

I simply cut the fat off the top and cube that up and then slice up the lean parts of it without the fat. This way you will have two bowls, one with the fat of the lamb and the other lean meat.

Now I know what you are thinking, that cooking the fat part of the meat will cause it to be gamey. WRONG! That fat will be cooked and rendered off in the frying process. You will get this delicious, fried morsels of lamb. This is why you have to separate it when you cut it up.

Cooking Basmati rice is tricky, at least for me. I go with the 2-1 ration. So 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of broth. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Don’t open it until the 20 minutes is up or you will release all the steam and you will end up with unevenly cooked rice.

This rice dish goes really well with some sort of curry or lollipop lamb chops!

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Have you guys heard about that polar vortex that hit the Midwest? Well guess what? That was freaking MN. First it started off with freezing rain, they we hit -50 degrees to freeze your face off, then it snowed a billion inches on top of the ice, then it warmed up to 40 degrees and then it froze again and snowed again!

Talk about a miserable January and February and its not even over yet! I mean the first sign of snow or rain and people drive like they are crazy, just imagine how they were driving those past few weeks! The tow companies and mechanics are getting their pennies worth for sure.

I have also been doing this intermittent fasting for the past 5 weeks. Its crazy how much my life revolves around food! I am okay until like 11 am and then people at the office start eating their lunches and I am like dying over here. After my fast is done I will write a post about how it went, pros and cons.

But in the meantime…I am inhaling this Japanese Chocolate Raspberry Swiss Roll Cake!

This cake only has 1/2 cup of cake flour. The fluffy texture comes from beating the eggs. So don’t skimp on that step. Of course I made this while fasting, so to me or my mind, this is a healthy cake!

Head on over to my Youtube Channel for more creative videos like this one!

Click here for Japanese Chocolate Raspberry Swiss Roll Cake recipe.

 

Guys let me tell you all about this one time I went on a horse and rode a jeep through Sedona, AZ.

I spent last weekend in Arizona and took a drive up to Sedona while there. Sedona is a beautiful little tourist town with red rocks!

I don’t know why I thought it would be a fun adventure to take a jeep tour into the Sedona rocky mountains! I was picturing this road through the mountains that the jeeps would drive through, a few stops, some quick pictures. Nice little tour.

What I got instead was, heated seats, on the back of an open jeep with 6 other people. Why heated seats when it is Arizona? Well, at such a high altitude, baby it was cold! And even colder driving around in an open back jeep! I was bundled up.

I quickly warmed up as we headed into the mountain area and saw there was no actual roads! It was these little tracks covered in huge rocks that we had to drive over! At one point we crossed over the skinniest trail overlooking a huge cliff! Yes my heart was hammering away which quickly warmed me up!

I believe the driver was showing us what a jeep can actually do. Because he seemed to enjoy hearing me swear over and over again. I will not be doing that again!

The next day at the crack of dawn we decided to do horse back riding on the trails. I am thinking okay this is definitely going to be better, with no jerking and being thrown around a jeep.

We got there early, Sugar Kubes and I, its about 45 degrees, with a brisk wind to our backs. First off, it smells, it smells really bad. Like this farm was built on poo not rock and roll!

Secondly, the horses was not clean! I mean they looked like they were rolling in the poo! I kid you not. Okay so this little Trini girl has never been on a horse. Up close those beasts are so intimidating! They give you a horse based on your weight. So I was paired up with a very calm, docile, lovable girl named Mary. She was in her early teens. Apparently they can live up to 25 to 30 years.

Now I am thinking there must be some bench or big rock that I can use to boost myself onto my saddle. Nope! No such thing at this farm. I had to hop around and hold onto my saddle and pull myself onto my saddle. When I finally got on my horse, holy hannah, it was high up! I kept thinking if I fall off this horse, its a long way down and I will be splat on rocks and poo!

I actually paid for this too! So the instructor gave us some brief instructions on how to go forward, turn left and right and stop the horse.

We started out at a slow trot. I was seriously shaking in my sneakers! And it had nothing to do with the 40 degree weather! We get out of the drive way and I take one look at the trail and said, yup I am going to die today! This poor horse had to go down a very rocky hill that looked like a mountain to me!

The horse in front of me kept slipping on the rocks and I kept saying my prays that Mary would not! We meandered our way through a lot of up hills and down hills all very rocky terrain. Did I take in the beautiful surroundings? No, because I was too busy keeping my eyes on the ricks in front of me.

When we got back and I was safely on the ground, my thighs was so sore, from squeezing the horse so that I keep from falling off to my rock poo filled death!

Would I do that again? If the terrain was smooth, maybe. And that is a huge maybe!

I think I am going to stick to cooking. Like these beautiful Spinach and Artichoke Pockets!

This I know and feel safe doing. You can totally use your own pita bread recipe and even your own filling recipe. I made these to take to a Christmas event a few weeks ago. It was so good! I mean who does not love warm pita bread with a dip! This is the best of both worlds!

Unlike that jeep tour and Horse back riding, where I can’t decide which was more scary!

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