My “Jump Off the Ladder” Challenge, and a POLL!

A few of you may know that I am working on my

Jump Off the Ladder challenge.

I have decided that for the month of June I will challenge myself to go running for at least 20 minutes a day, three days a week. A challenge which, so far, is going alright. The greatest obstacle so far has been the weather. Naturally, since I decide I want to do a challenge that requires me to be outdoors, (I don’t have a gym membership) Murphy’s Law kicks in and it pours rain all week.  However, since I don’t like to dwell on failure, only lessons, I am deciding to see the positive in this.

This weekend, Schofie and I made HUGE headway in the “get rid of your crap” department. For me, living off of nothing but the land in a tree house or Hobbit Hole would be amazing. For him, the idea is fun, but unrealistic. He doesn’t quite understand why I need to seasonally (ok, sometimes monthly) do a massive purge and donate a ton of things. It’s cleansing to me, and with less stuff I find it a more peaceful atmosphere. I would love to jump on board the ‘minimalist’ train. For him, it’s stressful, and an emotional experience. There are memories associated with each item, and after all, we may use it in the future.

After many a discussion and frustrated tears, Schofie decided that since it made his wife happy and healthy, she could get rid of whatever she wanted. (Excluding things explicitly his i.e. clothing)

Seriously, how did I get a guy like that?! 🙂

So I went to town in our kitchen, and am throwing a massive garage sale. I’m not anywhere close to finished with my purge, but here is a start:

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Seriously, who needs all this stuff?

So needless to say, I sort of have two challenges this month. I am so excited to see where this’ll take me! Also…

I’m working on a project and need your help!

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Going…Raw Vegan? Day Four

Day Four:

So… here we are. Day Four…

Just got back from singing my heart out at rehearsal at my church, which is always awesome. Today has been good. Challenging, but good. I am running out of fruit, and that is leaving me a little desperate. I didn’t eat much today, mainly because I didn’t apparently buy enough fruit on my last grocery trip. Which brings my to the main point of this short post.

Preparation is key. If you are looking to go Raw Vegan, please do your research, and prepare your meals ahead of time. I didn’t realize how much fruit I would need, and truthfully, I should be eating far more. However, I have lost four lbs, in four days! I am super excited about breaking my plateau! Only one more day to go, as I’m doing one full work week, and I’ve run out of fruit anyway. I’m excited to share with you my assessment of this lifestyle, and the conclusion I’ve come too. Stay tuned!

Breakfast:

Apple

Lunch:

Apple

Peach

Kiwi

Supper:

Pineapple

Almonds

 

Peace dear ones, and may you always be full of fiber. 😉

Healthy Temple: Vegetarian Pizza!

Pizza and pasta are my favorite foods. Of all time. Ever.

However, they are not always conducive to weight-loss, nor are they generally ‘low cal’. So, when I was was 40+ pounds heavier, I thought, “How the heck am I going to be able to lose weight?! Pizza is too good!”

But determined I was, and after a bit of experimenting, this recipe is what I managed to come up with. It’s low cal, incredibly delicious, and super fast to put together! Also, my “meat eater” husband says this is his favorite meal I cook!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist, I am not a certified fitness instructor or anything of the sort. I’m a normal, everyday person, and this is just what helped me to feel I was indulging, and still being healthy at the same time.

Here are the ingredients I used. You can switch it up and use whatever vegetables you love most!

Don't these look delicious?

Don’t these look delicious?

1 cup Spinach

3 Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced

3/4 of a bell pepper, diced (I used Red, Green, and Yellow)

1/4 cup Red Onion

2 Tbls Basil Pesto (or enough to spread as a sauce)

1/2 cup cheese ( I used Colby-Jack)

1 Tortilla

1 serving = 1/2 – 1 full tortilla pizza

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Take out the Tortilla, this will be your crust.

I used Mission Wraps Sun-Dried Tomato Basil.

Get out a knife and open up the Basil Pesto.

This is freakin' ambrosia, I swear. I use this all the time!

This is freakin’ ambrosia, I swear. I use this stuff all the time!

Spread the 2 Tbls pesto onto the tortilla. Make sure you don’t use too much or it will soak the crust, and won’t be as tasty.

Dice up all your preferred veggies. I find it works best to put the spinach on the bottom, and layer the veggies on top. This might seem like a lot of veggies, but it will really make you feel full, for a small amount of calories.

Oops! Almost forgot the onions! I threw them on with the cheese.

Now put it onto a pizza pan, and put it in your oven for 5-7 minutes, depending on how crispy you prefer it.

And, voilà! A gourmet, delicious, healthy pizza to satisfy your craving!

(The shadow is me ready to chow down! lol)

(The shadow is me ready to chow down! lol)

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, guys. Let me know what you think!

Peace and Love!

Rhed