Recipes

Easy No-Bake Energy “Truffles”

Because I like the sound of “Energy Truffles” more than “Energy Balls.” :)

No-Bake Energy Truffles by MixedMethod

These things are a great go-to snack when you need an extra kick, especially at breakfast time or before and/or after a workout. They’re packed with fiber and protein, and lots of other nutrients. I’ll usually eat one after a gym workout, before heading in to work for the day (did I tell you D and I joined a gym? We did).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar (can substitute honey)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

Energy Ball Ingredients

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Be sure to mix thoroughly – it might take a few minutes. You should end up with a nice dough that you can easily form into small balls. Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, spoon out tablespoon sized amounts of dough and roll into balls. I like to chill mine in the fridge for a few minutes so that they firm up. Then, they’re ready to eat! Makes about a dozen “truffles.”

Coconut Truffles

If your “dough” is too gooey, add a bit more of the quick oats. If it’s too dry, add more coconut oil. If you’d like more or less sweetness, add more or less agave. You get the idea. Enjoy!

Energy Balls or Energy Truffles

*recipe adapted from youmefit.com

kimberly

Inspiration

Project Not Fat

This one’s gonna be a doozy.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve recently started working out (again) and watching my diet (again). It’s been tough. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like weighing myself, and pretty much measure my progress based on how I feel and how well my clothes fit. So far I’m doing ok. I’ve pulled out a few clothes from the back of my closet that I hadn’t been able to wear for a while because they were too small, and many are starting to fit. I also did manage to (begrudgingly) get on a scale last week and I’ve lost a whopping 6lbs. Losing 6lbs is better than losing none at all I suppose, but I don’t feel like it’s much to brag about, either. I like to tell myself it’s *only* 6lbs because I’ve also been building muscle. I might be delusional. At least my clothes aren’t as tight.

I just have a hard time.

I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember. When I was 21 I decided I was sick of being the fat girl and started working out and changed my diet. I lost over 5olbs in a one year period. It was awesome. But, I still had more to go and continued working out and trying to eat healthy. Over the years a lot of the good habits started to slip. Life changed. I moved to Delaware for Grad School but continued losing weight. At one point (for like, 2 months?) I was a size 12. The smallest I have been since I was probably 13 years old. But for the most part I stopped losing weight. Life changed. I maintained. I moved back to Massachusetts. I plateaued. For what felt like years. All this despite still going to the gym, still doing my best to watch what I ate.

Now I’m 28. I met D over two years ago and since then my weight loss journey has become more of a weight loss picture on a postcard from a favorite destination. In the last two+ years I’ve managed to gain almost all the weight back.

OMG. Gross… Completely disappointing.

I’ve read that often when women move in with their mates they tend to gain weight. I guess that’s true for me, and I could totally blame D, but it’s just that I don’t have that much will power, and I completely stopped going to the gym. I’ve picked up a lot of his bad eating habits. He’s a guy, he can eat more than me. He’s a guy with a very physical job, he can eat a lot more than me. He’ll snack and I’ll have some too. He’ll eat a heaping plate of food for dinner, and I have to try to eat as much as I can too because I know there won’t be leftovers. It’s insanity. It’s also kind of embarrassing to be writing about all this!

And then there’s all those times (which would be 5 days a week) that I go to my grandmother’s for lunch and eat however many fresh cookies she’s baked that day (or pies, or cakes, or cupcakes, or fudge – I’m not picky).

I need to learn restraint.

So, I’m back on the weight-loss wagon. I’ve been sweatin’ to Jillian Michaels’ 4-6 days a week and I definitely feel stronger. I can keep up with all the workouts now which is great, and I still always feel sore afterwards, also great. I’ve also seen improvements in the look of my shoulders and arms. And last week, D and I joined a new gym. I’ve been once this week, and it felt great (on the days I don’t go to the gym I’ve been keeping up with my Ripped in 30 dvd – which by now is more like not-really-that-ripped-but-feeling-better-in-90).

Also, I’m kind of a youtube junkie. Secret’s out. I watch a lot of makeup how-to channels. On Monday I stumbled upon a new channel called Project Not Fat. It was created by Sarah Victor (whose makeup channel I subscribe to).

The Project Not Fat channel was that extra bit of motivation I was really needing. Every week different contributors weight in, and during the week there are uploads about their various struggles and successes, and even some recipes. The best part about the channel is that I. CAN. RELATE. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. It makes me feel like I’m not the only one who has such a hard time with this stuff, because I really envy those people who can just stop drinking soda and lose 25lbs. Some days I feel like I could cut out everything that is even remotely bad and I’d still weigh the same 5 years from now.  And I don’t need to be a size 2, mostly I’d just like to be a size 12 again. The stress of life often gets in the way (especially the stress of planning and paying for a wedding) but I’m ready to work through it.

Can anybody else relate?

So for now, I’m working out at least 4 days a week. I’m eating lots of quinoa and lots of veggies. I’m counting my calories, and ice cream no longer has a place in my house! The best part about the journey is that I don’t have to go it alone. If you’re interested in coming, too, or just following along let me know :) AND if anyone has any tips for me, I’d love to hear them.

Here goes nothin’ …again.

Follow me on My Fitness Pal:  http://www.myfitnesspal.com/kimberlina210

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Plastic Wrap Nails

Hello! I feel like I’ve been lacking in the blog posting department but I’m working on it. It seems like the start of a new year gets busy really quickly. I will say that I’m doing good so far with my resolutions. I finished reading The Alchemist last week and have started on Why We Broke Up, which was recommended to me by a coworker. So, that whole “read more books” thing? Totally nailing it. I’ve also been doing pretty well with my diet. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app onto my ipad and I’ve been counting calories like it’s my job.  It’s also helped me to find that my diet is pretty high in carbs and sugar, and that I don’t drink enough water. This was kind of news to me, because I’ve been really limiting my carb and sugar intake. Sneaky carbs. Sneaky sugars. Do any of you have the app? If you have it, or are thinking of downloading it – search me out and be my friend on there (kimberlina210)! I’m not sure what happens when you friend someone in the app, but it could be interesting…

In other news, I bring you: The Plastic Wrap Mani. Much less messy compared to the paint splattered nails, but with a somewhat similar effect. Kinda? It also reminds me of those crackle polishes.

Purple and Silver Plastic Wrap Nails

All you have to do is first cut out 10 small squares of plastic (or Saran) wrap and dab it onto your nail after the second color you’ve painted over your base color is still wet.

Plastic Wrap Nails Supplies

I started with a base coat of China Glaze Below Deck. I was going to then use Sally Hansen Nude Now as my second color (pictured above), but I decided to go with Essie No Place Like Chrome, which is a nice metallic silver, instead.

Plastic Wrap Mani Prep2

After your base color, paint on an even coat of your second contrasting color (and worry about clean-up at the end…)

Prepping Plastic Wrap for Mani

Crumple up a little square of your plastic wrap, then dab it onto the wet nail. Dab gently and sparingly as too much dabbin’ will remove too much polish. A little dab’ll do ya.

Manicure Helper

Consult your Manicure Supervisor with any questions.

Plastic Wrap Mani - Marbled Nail Effect

Do the same for each nail and voila! plastic wrap marbled nails! Hope you enjoyed. Happy Painting! And how are you doing with your resolutions??

kimberly

DIY, Inspiration

New Workout Plan

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

I’ve been working to eat healthier and improve my diet, and have been jogging/going for long walks with the dog every morning but I haven’t really been seeing any results. So, I started the 30 Day Shred today.  I snagged it for about $5 on Amazon, and the first workout today kind of kicked my butt – I’m so out of shape! Here’s hoping I lose that 20lbs in 30 days!