The Psychology of Begging

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Warning:  This is not a health-related blog post.  This has absolutely nothing to do with exercise so if you are only reading this blog because you want to follow my workout editorials, this is not the blog post for you.  That being said, you should read it anyways cause it’s pretty funny.

So this morning I was getting my Trenta Green Tea at my Starbucks and noticed something that made me think and apparently inspired me to write a post.  There was a homeless man standing at the exit of the Starbucks, begging for money.  Now, this alone is nothing extraordinary.  In fact, I’m surprised when I don’t see homeless people at Starbucks.  What was exceptional was where we were.  This was at the Summerlin Starbucks in Las Vegas.  Summerlin is the “nice” part of Vegas.  You hardly ever see homeless people wandering around Summerlin.

Not only did this guy make a personal decision to move himself and his belongings all the way up to Summerlin, but he probably chose the single best place to beg for money.

How do you feel in the morning when you stop by your local coffee spot and get your joe to go?  You feel great!  Like you’re finally starting your day off.  Let’s be honest, the day can’t possibly start until we get a little caffeine in our systems.  What a perfect moment for someone to ask you for money!  This guy is a genius!  1. He goes to the rich part of town.  2. He begs at a Starbucks.  3. He begs at the Exit to the Starbucks.

While I didn’t stop and give him money, the guy in the fancy Mercedes in front of me certainly did as well as the person in back of me…which leads me to the next question…am I a horrible horrible person for not giving the poor genius homeless man my money???

Here are my top places to beg for money in Las Vegas:

1. Starbucks in a upscale neighborhood.

2. Right outside the arrivals gate at McCarren (lots of happy people arriving in Vegas, lots of sad people departing).

3. Outside of a spa/salon (guilt factor.  you’ve just been primped and prettied and then you see this poor soul who hasn’t showered in forever begging for your loose change.)

4. Outside of a bank (for obvious reasons).

5. On Sunday outside Church (another genius idea)

6. On Saturday outside Temple (although technically you are not allowed to handle money on Shabbat, all’s fair game outside a reform synagogue).

Any other good ones?

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The Juice Diet: What was I thinking?

May 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

I started an all natural, preservative-free organic juice diet this morning.  It ended 5 hours later. Yech!  How do people serious do this?!  Just thinking about the green nastiness I consumed makes me want to barf.

Calling All Health Nuts

May 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

Ok, one more post cause I just thought of something.  I’m obviously not doing something right so if anyone has suggestions on exercise, diet, etc…please feel free to chime in.  I’m open to everything!  I can’t starve myself and I have literally the biggest appetite on the planet but I try very hard not to eat crap (only) and to make good choices.  So, what I really need is someone who knows what they are doing telling me what to do, what to eat and when to do it.

If you are that person, you are hired.  I won’t pay you but seeing me lose weight will be payment enough : )

Insanity: If it’s not on the scale, It doesn’t exist

May 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

I have not abandoned my blog!  I have not stopped exercising!  Ok, so some days here and there, I’m fucking exhausted and the last thing I want to do when I get home from work and picking up the kid is to exercise.  Nor do I want to shorten my sleep length by waking up at the butt crack of dawn to exercise.

That being said, I really have not stopped.  I’m loving my new heart monitor.  I understand its purpose now.  If I’m in my target heart rate and am moving around, I will burn calories.  If I’m at the peak of my target heart rate or slightly higher and move my tush I burn even more calories!  The other day I burned something like 530 calories in a 55 minute workout where the time before I did this workout, I had only burned like 485.  Why?  because my heart rate was much higher and I pushed myself much more.  So what’s the problem?  I haven’t lost any weight.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zero.  I don’t care how my clothes feel or if my friends say that my waist looks slimmer.  Bullshit.  I want to see it on the scale.  I want to see it on the scale or what’s the point?  I know I’m stronger.  My last fit test showed me that in spades.  Some exercises I double in from the first time.  My push-ups especially!  But not 1 fucking pound.

I’m not going to give up though.  I’m not stopping until I can look at a picture taken of me and proudly tag myself on facebook.  That moment won’t come anytime soon but it has to come eventually.

Insanity Week 5: Fit Test, Heart Monitor, & Holy Max Cardio Pain

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

So, I was feeling pretty darn good after recovery week.  So nice and relaxing; it did not prepare me for what was about to happen: Week 5.  On the first day was the fit test.

Fit test 3 (day 36) results:

Switch Kicks-93

Power Jacks-33

Power Knees- 55

Power Jumps- 17 (decrease)

Globe Jumps- 6

Suicide Jumps- 10

Push-Up Jacks- 12 (decrease)

Low Plank Oblique- 33

I blame myself for the 2 decreases.  I usually look at the previous results so that I can push myself to do better but on those two I just didn’t look and was pretty disappointed because I think I could have pushed myself harder to beat my last score.  So when the fit test was done, I was like “what?  they want me to do a whole other workout now?  What the fuck?!”  I’m already exhausted from the fit test and I put in Max Interval Circuit.  Now, that is just mean, Shaun T. Mean!  Another 60 minutes!  Huh?  Wha?  Seriously?!  Ok, let’s do this!  It also so happens that this was my 2nd day wearing my brand new super groovy Polar heart monitor.  On my 1st day, I burned 345 calories in a 40 minute workout. Below are results for day 2.

Heart Monitor Results (4/19/13): My ideal heart rate is 121-158.  Workout duration: 1:23:54.  Calories burned: 771 (that’s right bitches).  Average heart rate: 148.  Max heart rate: 167.  In zone: 1:03:58

That night I was in pain.  The next morning, more pain.  That shit was hard.  It was like take month 1 and adding a new element to every move.  It was grueling and the time extension was I think the worst part.  I had to skip 4/20/13 because I was just too exhausted and in too much pain.  I vowed that today (4/21) I would do 2 workouts.  1 in the am and 1 in the pm.  I totally kicked cardio butt today.  Woke up, did my Max Interval Plyo and burned 480 calories, then just finished (5:30pm) Max Cardio conditioning and burned another 407 calories!

I also broke out into hives on my neck, but that is a totally different blog topic.

Insanity: I ❤ Recovery Week

April 16, 2013 § 2 Comments

Recovery week so far has been awesome.  I’m seriously in love with recovery week.  I love the workout and really strengthening the core.  You really feel like you are doing something positive to your body.  I also like that you are not supposed to over do it.  It lets me relax a little.

I totally cheat during the shoulder burner things at the end.  By the end of the “flapping” of the arms I’m ready to collapse, so I sit (still in plie) at the very edge of my short couch, so I’m basically in the same position, but I’ve got something holding me up.  I know, I know, but I still feel my core working while doing the exercises to the end and my goal is to get rid of the couch.

As far as weight loss goes, nothing more.  Some people would probably be like, “what?  how is that humanly possible to be at the end of week 4 and not have lost more than 5 lbs?”  Unfortunately, this is my life.  It’s nearly impossible for me to lose weight AT ALL.  I’m the gal who went on the HCG diet and gained weight…seriously!  I know I’m losing inches, though, and that is very important.  My favorite jeans I shrunk in the wash a month ago finally fit again!  I can totally see a difference in my torso and according to the measuring tape, I’ve lost about 1.75″ in the thighs- which is HUGE!

Anyways, I’m still happy, still going and already starting to plan which Beachbody program I want to do next.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe !!!! | Losing it, without LOSING it.

April 9, 2013 § 3 Comments

I just found this recipe on another blogger’s blog who I may start stalking from a far.  I’m a pizza lover.  In fact, it’s my desert island food (you know, if your stranded on a desert island and you can only bring 1 food…).  I can’t wait to make it!

RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM

OKAY….

So i got on the bullshit cauliflower fake pizza mashed potato bandwagon. AND IT WAS AMAZING!

Yesterday one of you lovely bloggers caught my attention with the cauliflower mania nonsense. I don’t know how it happened- but i fell down the rabbit hole and ended up on the other side of the world, googling cauliflower pizza crust.

I cannot stress 2 things to you enough. #1, i was SOOOO SKEPTICAL of this horseshit. and #2- it was 10000% DELICIOUS!!!!!

I said NO WAY . I am a pizza lover, i love dough and crunch and delicious, and i said this will NOT even taste good. I don’t even LIKE cauliflower. but all these photos (everywhere, especially if you hashtag it on instagram #cauliflowercrustpizza ) looked AMAZING. like golden brown crunchy discs sent from heaven with perfectly melted cheese.

IT IS a little more work than i thought it would be, because the cauliflower gets a little messy and turns into a damn scene, but it was SOOOO WORTH IT!! its literally more than half the calories of regular pizza, and it was SO GOOD!!

Around the edges look a little burnt, but i swear it isn’t- it just sort of gets darker because its vegetable and not actual dough. (magic)

Cauliflower pizza

 Its topped with sauce, cheese, and shredded chicken, and i put a few pieces of soppressatta on there for my husband. (i only snuck one, i swear. Okay 2. shut up don’t judge me)

OKAY : My recipe:

For the Crust: half a head of cauliflower, 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 egg, a little sprinkle of parm cheese, any seasonings you want. I used Basil, a blended Italian seasoning, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and 5 or 6 cloves of garlic pressed in the garlic press….( you need it to really infuse flavor into the “dough”)

THIS ENTIRE PIZZA only took HALF  a head of cauliflower:

Rough chop it, throw it in the blender to “rice” it….which just means grind it up as fine as you can get it…kind of so that it looks like cous cous, or smaller than rice.  you want it really fluffy. take it out, and cook it for a few minutes, either in the microwave, for 5-8 minutes or in a skillet on the stove top with a little bit of olive oil. Personally  i find that it gets m0re flavor that way, but i’m going to try the microwave way next time- i think it might be cleaner/faster/easier. When its soft, and you think its cooked, and its actually browning a little- take it off, throw it in the freezer to cool down a little bit.( i left it in for like 5 minutes….the reason is you don’t want to put an egg on something hot, because it will start to cook and curdle.)  Then, AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Strain the cauliflower into  a dish towel or cheese cloth. you want to get as much water out as you can, and squeeze, squeeze squeeze!  THEN, on a greased piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, spread out your “dough” and create any shape or size you want. the trick here though, is the thinner you can get it- the crispier it will be. Its hard to get it even, and its easy to make holes in it, because its not really dough, so try to get it as even as possible, and as thin as possible.

THEN YOU BAKE. Now. Every recipe i read was like JUST BAKE FOR 15 MINUTES AND ITS DONE! i don’t know WHO WAS ON WHAT CRACK when they wrote that, but depending on ovens….this shit took 35-40 minutes. So its not quick. I thin i’m going to pre heat longer next time…and see if that makes a difference  I’d like to get it down to like, 20 minutes. cuz a bitch don’t have time to be waiting for this nonsense while i’m damn near fainting in the kitchen trying to not to eat the whole bag of shredded cheese.

Once its crispy and firm ( you can kind of lift it off the paper without it feeling like its going to fall apart) and its golden brown, and looks like pizza crust……add your toppings of choice! I threw on some :

– tomato sauce (quick sauce that i whipped up…..just a small can of tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning…i hateeeee pre seasoned jar sauce..ick.),

-low fat mozzarella  and a little swiss and gruyer blend from trader joes (very little cuz its higher in cals)

-and shredded chicken. (prepared however youwant.)

Put the pizza under your broiler for like 2 or 3 minutes (keep an eye don’t burn) to melt the cheese, and THEN STUFF YOUR FACE!!!

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