Saturday, November 20, 2010

Updates and a Cheesecake Recipe

My Current Measurments

September   Weight  208         October  Weight 205  November  Weight 203
Neck 15.5                                15                              15               

Biceps 14                                 14                              13(fat loss)

Wrist 6                                     6                                6.5 (go figure)
Bust 40                                    36                               34.5

Waist 36                                  36                               36 (what gives?  obviously not my waistline grrrr)

Hips 47                                   45.5                             45
Thigh 27                                  24                                24
Calf 17                                   17                                16

Hmpf.  3 inches lost in 5 weeks time. Bad Melissa!  Too many sodas. (waves goodbye to the caffeine crutch) However 12 inches off  and 5lb off since September isn't so bad.  I need to get back on a regular exercise routine and steady diet.  I'm not even going to use holiday eating and schedule for an excuse.  This is the No Excuses Zone.  Just because it's the Holiday season doesnt' mean you can't eat right or better.  I have to pay attention to what I'm doing, to what's going into my mouth, so do you.

It's cold outside so it's time to tune in to good exercise videos. Suzanne Deason's Pilates Conditioning for Weight loss is a very good, easy, slow paced introduction to Pilates.  Just remember it isn't quantity but quality when it comes to exercise videos.  If you can't keep up dont' stress yourself out to catch up.

Mari Winsor has 2 easy exercise videos I use:  The first is body sculpting using resistance bands ($9 for the bands at WalMart or KMart)  The other is Mari Winsor's Basics. Easy Easy Easy, very slow step by step instruction for even the most overweight of beginners.  If your tummy and butt is in the way, attempt the exercise anyway.  That stomach has to go!

There is no cardio workout involved in the above Pilates videos.  I reccommend walking.  Get up and move yo' ass in the fresh air and sunshine, even if it is freezing.  It'll get your blood circulating.  there's no one to keep up with.  No video taped instructor who looks too freaking happy while she's telling you you can do it!

Download some rockin upbeat tunes to your mp3 player and  hit the trail.  Cleveland has some great walking trails.  Tellico has so many off the beaten path trails it isn't funny. Safety note: know something about the trail before you tackle it.  Take a friend with you who won't try to sabotage your attempts to feel better about yourself, even if it is unconscious.  Take your dog with you. Dogs love to go on adventures.  Big Dawg  has been known to drag me onto paths unknown (read, he made his own trail) and I'm still alive lol!  Sometimes he sabotages me by having to stop at every.single.tree. I guess I get my exercise in by firmly planting my feet and  forcing him away from every.single.tree. Do you KNOW how many trees are on the walking trail in Tellico?  DO YOU?  Eeesh.

Simple Tofu Cheesecake Recipe
Warning: If  you haven't cooked with tofu before, then this is not a recipe to try for a holiday.  It took a long time for me to get it right simply because of the soggy nature of tofu

2 lg. eggs

1 lb., 6 oz.  extra firm tofu drained and patted dry

2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 cup honey or agave (experiment with this til you find the right 'sweet' for you)
1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp. fresh-grated lemon peel

2 tbsp. butter

3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

(1/2 c. preserves or fruit for topping - optional)

Blend 1 egg and 1/2 the tofu and lemon juice until smooth. Pour into bowl. Blend other egg and rest of tofu and lemon juice. (Needs to be smooth and creamy - use a blender). Stir in honey or agave, vanilla , cornstarch, and lemon peel. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter and stir in crumbs. press into bottom and up sides of 9 inch pie plate. Fill with tofu mixture. Bake 50-55 minutes. Cool. Chill 3 hours or longer.

So there we have my belated updates. time to finish up the dishes nd laundry before hubby and kids get back from Atlanta.

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