Sunday, May 1, 2011

My brain is melting.....

Seriously. For those of you who only follow this blog, or don't know me personally, I am currently expecting my third child. I am 21 weeks along and well on my way to crazy town. Part of the reason why I have been so sporadic in posting is because my first trimester was very hard on me, but there is another reason entirely.

For a while now I have been unhappy with the direction this blog has taken. While I love taking part in French Fridays with Dorie, it has slowly become the main focus, and that is not what I wanted when I started writing here in the first place. I wanted a place to document my journey towards a fitter, healthier me, but after I completed the MS Bike Tour, that journey just stalled.

Fast forward to now, pregnant and incredibly unmotivated, hormonal and frustrated. This pregnancy has been the hardest on me by far. I am impatient, easy to anger and my mood swings will one day be spoken of in hushed tones, my husband a modern day hero for putting up with me. Lately though, I have been craving a change, thinking there must be something out there to make me feel not only better, but more balanced. So I spoke with my doctor on Tuesday, and she gave me her blessing on a workout plan I had developed.

My plan is not extensive, I am starting slow with two morning of prenatal yoga, two morning lifting weights, along with riding the stationary bike and walking the dog for cardio. My goal is to very slowly work up the intensity of my workouts, and get myself and my kids outside and moving everyday. I really think this is the best way to get me feeling like myself again. I also have big plans for after this baby is born, and this workout will provide me with the building blocks I need for my future endeavors.

So basically my hope is to get back to my original goal, to become fit and find my inner athlete. Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

French Fridays With Dorie: Beggars Linguine

When I read this weeks recipe, I made the same face I make when my youngest has a poopy diaper. Pasta with nuts, butter, raisins, figs and Parmesan cheese did not sound, well, appealing. What won me over was the fact that the ingredients were cheap and the preparation was quick, so we had it for supper today. It has been my biggest cooking surprise to date. Some members of the site said that the pasta needed bacon, or it was too sweet, but I found the flavours amazingly well balanced. the ingredient that really made this recipe great I think was the addition of orange zest at the last minute, it was sweet and salty and earthy all at once. Although my husband does not completely agree, I love this dish enough to make it again....several times over.

 We served it family style

My little bowl of heaven