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Fitness in the Kitchen

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Reality, Life, and Motherhood – Just some honest thoughts

So, for the few that follow my little bloggy I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted anything new here at Fitness in the Kitchen in quite awhile. Over a month in fact.

I have sat down at my computer to write many times, and nothing comes. It is not for lack of ideas, back rather lack of time, lack of motivation. To be completely honest with you my life has changed SO MUCH since becoming a Mom…and this little bloggy, my hobby, has taken a backseat, actually more like tossed into the depths of the trunk. 

It make me sad to even write that. I enjoy fitness, and recipe development, and they “were” my favorite free time activities. But now, I have my boy, Kester Lewis, and play time with him is FAR superior.

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He and Pete…they are my life. 

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I never thought I would ever say this but I LOVE being a Mom. I never thought I was cut out to be a Mom, but man, it is seriously great. 

And while I would love to be writing a new workout for you guys, or posting a tasty breakfast recipe, I’m just not right now. I don’t have the time as a Momma and wife, as we prepare to move back to Mexico in about 6 weeks. And that’s okay. While it breaks my fitness loving heart just a little to write this, I’ve embraced, whole-heartedly who I have become. And I’m excited for the journey. 

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While I don’t know what the future holds for the blog, or how long I’ll keep it up, I would still like to post once in a while, at the very least a few times a month if I get the chance once we move back out to the village and into our home…or maybe before then, who knows. But life is short, and Kester demands so much love. I keep reminding myself to cherish each moment, they will pass too quickly and I want no regrets.

That is where I’m at, and even though it’s hard, and life is frustrating sometimes I wouldn’t trade it for the world. A wise woman once told me, “being a Mom is the hardest job you will ever love.” She was so right. 

See ya around. <3

Liesl

 

 

Mexican Spiced Mocha

So, I’m missing my Mexico just a wee bit. It may have something to do with the frigid February temps we are having, high of 3 tomorrow, hello, or it may just be that I miss my sweet friends and home in Las Moras. Either way I made this mocha to take me back, at least for a brief moment. :) 

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Subtly sweet, oh so chocolately, with a kick of spice that lingers in your mouth it’s the perfect afternoon treat and won’t cost you $4.50 in dollars or in calories. :) 

Hope you love it!

Mexican Spiced Mocha

4-6oz. of freshly brewed hot espresso (or really strong coffee) 
12oz. unsweetend almond milk
2.5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (agave would work as well)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
dash of cayenne pepper to taste

Brew your espresso according to your preferred method. I use a stove top espresso pot, it’s super easy and makes fantastic espresso. 

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While the espresso is brewing in a sauce pan heat the almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and cayenne.

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Whisking constantly so all ingredients are well blended. 

Once the milk mixture is steaming, remove from heat. Add 2-3 oz. of espresso to each coffee mug, and then pour 6oz of the milk mixture over the top of the espresso. Give the mochas a few stirs, grab a good book, or sit and chat the afternoon away. 

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I haven’t had a ton of mochas in my coffee drinking lifetime, but I would have to say, this is the tastiest one I’ve ever had! 

Do you ever make fancy coffee drinks at home? What’s your favorite recipe?

~ Liesl

Liesl February 18, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Fit February Week 3 – Streeeetch It!

Hey guys! Happy Valentines weekend!! Any fun or romantic plans? 

We went to a dinner hosted by our MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group at church last evening! It was really a good time. Lots of fun games, good tacos, I mean there was loads of fresh cut cilantro and this gal piled it high, a coffee bar, and build your own trail mix bar, and of course lots of good fellowship. Plus it was free, and Pete and I won a “date night” prize for our amazing Valentines trivia skills!! Who knew! :) 

Today we are laying low. Kester woke up with a cold yesterday and poor little man is snotting all over the place. This morning Pete woke up feeling cruddy too. :( And he has to preach twice tomorrow morning, and teach a Sunday school class. So….there will be a buffet of soup and orange juice, and lots of family cuddles to round out our romantic Valentines Day. ;) 

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Sick baby ‘nuggles.

So last week, who HIIT it? I sure did, and I actually got in 2 running HIIT workouts which is very unusual for me, but felt totally great! I’m a glutton for muscle soreness, makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere. ;) 

With that said I’m also feeling the need for some major stretching time this week. So, for this week’s challenge we are keeping it simple, and focusing on stretching, and even trying some yoga. If you’ve never done yoga before it makes your body feel like nothing else…so limber, like a rubberband, I love it….and I don’t do enough of it. 

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Like I said super simple. 10 minutes of stretching everyday this week, any kind of stretching, do what you love and what feels good + one yoga workout. 

The yoga workout can be any length from 10 minutes to 2 hours, whatever you are feeling. Some of my favorite yoga DVDs are P90X yoga (such a great workout), and Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, and Yoga Inferno. You can also download some fantastic yoga workouts on yogadownload.com. Or if there is a studio nearby or your gym does classes, you should totally try one out, this week is a perfect opportunity to do something new!!! 

Let’s love on our bodies this week with loads stretching, but don’t forget to balance it with a few intense workouts as well for a well-rounded fitness week!

See ya next week with Mexico-inspired cold weather recipe, and a workout, which I haven’t posted in FOREVER!!

Have you ever done yoga before? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

~ Liesl

Liesl February 14, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Kester – 3 Months

Guess who turned 3 months on Tuesday?! My little cutie pie. 

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Kester is growing and changing so quick these days. I swear he gets longer everyday. 

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I haven’t weighed him though so not sure poundage wise how much he’s chubbin’ out! 

He is now following people and things with his eyes very well. If I have him playing on the floor in the room, and I’m walking around doing other things he follows me everywhere. Which also leads to a bit of crying when I leave the room. What can I say, boy loves his Momma. In the past few weeks Kester has also started “talking” or making responses to the things I say to him, and laughing. He has the cutest little voice…it’s adorable. 

We are starting to get into a routine with eat, wake, play, read time, and then nap. I’m learning his tired cues and trying to get him down for his nap before things spin out of control. ;) We are learning together. 

Books, rattles, and snugglies are some of his favorites as of late.

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He is starting to grab things with a strong grip, including my bra straps and snapping them while he’s nursing. It’s kinda funny. I have also have to keep his nails clipped extra short because he’s mauling my chest like a little bear! 

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Nursing is still going good…even though sometimes I feel like I’m not producing enough milk?. I don’t know. Kes still only eats every 3 hours during the day, and goes longer stretches at night, but I worry, because I’m his Mom, I don’t know. He seems healthy though and is gaining weight so I guess I have nothing to worry about. And the milk is always there I just don’t have an abundance.

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Kester is fitting nicely in all of his 3 months onesies and pants, but the footed sleepers are getting just a smidge too short on him. Also the sleeves on his gerber brand onesies are all more like 3/4 length, which is not great for the frigid WI February so we’re sticking with the other brands.

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On a more fashionable note we got our diaper bundle from The Honest Company. They were running a 50% off sale so I decided to try them out. I got 6 packs of 40 diapers and 4 packs of wipes (70 each) for $40. And you can pick up to 6 different diaper designs!! And they are seriously adorable. I mean how cute are these!! I also think the diapers are really absorbent too. Would I spend the normal price of $80 a month on the bundle, probably not but its been fun to try them out. 

Sleeping…ah, a sore subject as of late. Kester is still sleeping decent, but his sleeping patterns have definitely changed, which I read is common for 3-4 monthers. Recently we started implementing an earlier bed time, around 8-8:30pm, hoping that this routine would get him sleeping even better at night…well, it hasn’t…yet. He’ll have a really great night where he sleeps 7 hours straight, and then it will be 5-6 days of waking up every 4 hours. Meaning, I’ll be up at midnight or 1 in the morning to feed him, and then again around 4am. Blah. Not exactly what we were going for, but I’m hoping things start looking up pretty soon. I keep telling myself he’s only 3 months old for goodness sake. ;)

About two weeks ago we tried a slow wean off the swaddle at night….oh.my.goodness. He was not ready. We tried swaddling him one arm out for 2 nights, and it was rough. Waking up every couple of hours, kicking, restless, arms waving, blankets flying…yeah. ;) And frankly I wasn’t ready either. One night around 2am out of sheer frustration I grabbed the swaddler and wrapped him up all burrito style again and sleepful bliss ensued! Well, he’s just too big for the swaddler, so I decided that this week was as good as any to try again. And I figured, if he’s like his Mom he’d rather just go “cold turkey” and ditch the swaddle completely none of this one arm gradual stuff. The last few nights he’s been in a footed sleeper, and is doing pretty good. But I almost think his legs are more active than his arms? Anyone have good tips on how to keep a baby warm while sleeping when his over-active legs kick the blanket off? 

On a good note though we have transitioned naps to the pack n play, versus the rock n play sleeper. Kester still sleeps in the rock n play at night, but is doing pretty well in the pack n play during nap time. I got some tips on how to transition him from a few blogs, and here’s a little summary of what I did to make the pack n play more comfy and feel like it was snuggling his little body like the rock n play does. 
– Elevated one side of the mattress by putting a pillow underneath it
– Put the “boppy” nursing pillow on the inclined matress creating a U shape kind of seat thing

When I put Kes in to sleep his head goes on the elevated mattress and feet up on the boppy. Like so…

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Seems to be working quite well.

Tummy time is getting SO much better!! He’s actually squealing in delight now when I assist him with a roll over to his tummy. He pops his head up and just squeals. So.Cute.

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Also he is sitting up from a slightly inclined position. The only problem is he’s not strong enough yet to hold the sitting position alone so he topples over, butt in the air, straight onto his face. :) It’s hilarious. In fact when I took that 3 month pic at the top of the post, he kept sitting up from the propped position on the pillows and falling on his face into the bed…it took several takes. ;) 

Oh, and last but not least can I talk about poop for a minute. If potty talk grosses you out you can skip this portion and be done reading.

So, around 7 or 8 weeks Kester started holding his poop. From going several times a day as a newborn to holding it for 2, then 3, then 5 days at a time. And this last week was the record, a full week!! 7 days with no poopy diapers! Sounds glorious right? Wrong. He was so stopped up that he had a couple days of just unexplainable fussiness, and was so uncomfortable at night that neither him or I got much sleep, it was terrible. Finally after a 20 minute bought of blood piercing screaming Tuesday night we took my sister-in-law, mother of 4, and baby whisperer’s advice…and took a rectal temperature. Sure enough an hour and a half later things got clearrrred out and 5.5 hours of blissful sleep followed. I’m pretty sure Kes and I both felt like a million bucks. 
Does anyone else’s baby hold it that long? Geez it’s aweful I feel so bad for him. 

Overall I’m so grateful for a happy and healthy baby! The ups and downs of parent-hood are totally worth seeing this face when he wakes up from a nap..

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I am beyond blessed that he is mine.

~ Liesl

Liesl February 13, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Chocolate Silk Pie

A few weeks ago some friends invited us for a Friday night dinner. We were so grateful for the hospitality so I asked if I could bring something to help out. Dessert, could you bring a dessert?

Well for a healthy cookin’ gal like myself the wheels started turning immediately. What could I make that is healthy yet decadent enough to be enjoyed by all, including their 3 kiddos.

Then a merging of ideas and recipes ensued and this Chocolate Silk Pie was born…and just in time for Valentines Day! It is sinfully rich, and SO easy to put together. 

I asked my husband if he liked it, and he said, “It was delicious, but the only thing that would have made it better was if there was more of it.” Men. ;) But I love him. 

Chocolate Silk Pie

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Crust:
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
8-10 large medjool dates (pitted)

Filling: 
1 – 12oz. package of silken tofu, firm
1/3 cup almond milk
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate (chips or chunks, whichever you prefer)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup kahlua (optional, but oh so good)

To make the crust: Put all the ingredients in the the food processor and blend until they come together in a dough. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a lightly greased pie dish. Set aside.

To make the filling: Press the block tofu between papertowels to drain some of the water. Set something light on top of the towels to help press the water out of the tofu. 

Next in a sauce pan heat the almond milk until it is simmering slightly. Turn off and remove from heat. Then melt the chocolate, I prefer to do this in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, but you could do it in the microwave too. 

Once the chocolate is melted add the tofu, melted chocolate and cooled almond milk to the food processor. Blend until super smooth. Make sure to scrape down the sides a few times and keep blending, it will be like “silk” when well blended. 

Transfer the filling mixture back to the bowl that you melted the chocolate in and stir in the vanilla and kahlua if using. Pour the filling over the prepared crust and put in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours. However, the longer it is in the fridge the better it will set up. 

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When it’s time to serve your pie, cut into slices and top with fresh berries, shredded coconut, or a dollop of whip cream, and of course a steaming mug of your favorite coffee or tea! 

Hope you enjoy the recipe and Happy Valentines Day! 

~ Liesl

 

Liesl February 10, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink