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Grandmother Musings blog has nominated theAfterBurnSG for a One Lovely Blog Award! She is a mother, grandmother, and teacher sharing the guts of life through humor and wisdom. Thank you for your support by providing this award. I truly appreciate your nomination and your blog.
The rules for this award are as follows:
1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you.
2. Describe 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
7 things about me…
1. Am a young-old, short-tall, fat-skinny, blonde-red-haired brunette.
2. Like the colors red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, and green, in no particular order.
3. Am organized on the outside, yet have a cluttered mind.
4. Notice the big things in small things, and the small things in big things.
5. Will celebrate anything worth celebrating.
6. Get extremely anxious around bugs with exoskeletons.
7. Am an animal-lover, but appreciate humans, too…sometimes.
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Thank you to all of you who share through blogging.
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Dark Chocolate Orange With Toasted Marcona Almonds
This is a fabulously dark chocolate ice cream with excellent mouthfeel. Studded with bits of orange flavored dark chocolate and toasted marcona almonds, it is a slightly more sophisticated version of some childhood favorites.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- zest of 1 orange, or three mandarins
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup dark cocoa, I use Valrhona
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 12 oz dark chocolate chips
- 8 oz orange flavored dark chocolate bar, chopped
- 8 oz Marcona almonds, or blanched almonds, chopped and toasted*
Place milk, vanilla, almond extract, salt, and orange zest in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk eggs in a small bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan, whisk the cream, cocoa, and sugar together, and heat over medium until almost simmering. Remove from heat, and whisk in the chocolate chips until melted and smooth. While whisking the eggs vigorously, slowly ladle one cup of hot chocolate mixture into the eggs. When fully incorporated, repeat two times. Then add egg mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the chocolate. Heat again until almost boiling. Pour chocolate into milk mixture, and mix well. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight. Pour into ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. When done, pour into freezer container, and fold in chopped chocolate and toasted almonds. Allow to freeze overnight or for several hours before serving.
* spread almonds on a baking sheet and bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes until golden and fragrant
Fifteen Fat-Burning Foods and Beverages
By: BettyConfidential (View Profile)
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wave a magic wand and watch as your belly fat completely disappeared? But since we can’t count on a fairy godmother to show up anytime soon, we have to keep ourselves in check via healthy foods like these!
Grapefruit: Want to ingest fewer calories during meal time? Eating half a grapefruit prior to gathering around the dinner table can help fill you up enough to where you are able to resist that second helping of tortellini. The plentiful amounts of soluble fiber in grapefruit slow down the digestion process.
Watermelon: Everyone has experienced the stuffed feeling that comes from this colorful fruit. The water invades the space that your stomach leaves open for food, thus making you less likely to pig out. Apples and pears produce a similar result, too.
Berries: If Hollywood still made horror films based around foods, The Attack of the Killer Sweet Tooth could easily be the name of a new thriller. Instead of allowing yourself to succumb to the temptation of a cookie, pop some blackberries or strawberries into your mouth. Frozen blueberries also provide the illusion of enjoying a cold, high-calorie treat (step away from the Häagen-Dazs!).
Cucumber: Refreshing and crunchy, is there anything better? Cucumber has very few calories and helps to stave off liver disease and pancreatic cancer, and even keeps your nails looking amazing due to the high mineral content. Keep a few slices in the fridge for a nourishing bite!
Hot peppers: Although they haven’t been directly linked to weight loss, spicy habaneros or jalapeños aid in curbing the desire to gorge since we typically eat less when our food has a fiery flavor. Hot peppers also comprise the compound capsaicin, which speeds up the metabolism.
Celery: If you’re a self-proclaimed snacker, celery will be your best friend. Not only does it satisfy the need to eat something, but it has virtually no calories (one cup of celery equals a measly nineteen calories). Tip: instead of adding cream cheese or peanut butter to the stalk, give fat-free cottage cheese or fat-free black bean dip a go!
Greek yogurt: Some of us can’t stand traditional yogurt, but when it’s this thick and creamy we will race down to our favorite market just to stock up on it. Besides its wonderful texture, Greek yogurt “keeps you satisfied longer,” according to sports nutritionist Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, because all proteins take their sweet time leaving your stomach.
Eggs: Start the day off right with seven grams of protein! Having an egg in the morning will keep your body busy because digesting eggs burns more calories than a carb-infested breakfast.
Fish: It has been engrained in our brains that fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. But did you know that wild salmon, tuna, and sardines all make your body more responsive to the fat-burning hormone leptin, which is responsible for suppressing your appetite? If you won’t eat fish, turkey can also help you ditch the extra pounds, as it encourages the release of tryptophan, which helps you sleep. Remember: lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your waistline!
There are many things in life that we (have) do everyday, they we get to do sometimes and that we yearn to do. A job for instance, is everyday. Playing football, sometimes. And the things we yearn to do, for instance travelling around the world and visiting the beautiful country sides and islands full of nature!
Exploring nature, something that I wish to do soo much but am unable to do so.
every day and the lessons I learn along the way.
Day (171) – Greyhound
Have you ever seen a greyhound race? It is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. These dogs are so long, slim, and unfreakingamazingly fast that it will blow your mind. I have had the amazing opportunity to actually be up close to one of these amazing dogs and I was incredibly impressed by its physique. What impressed me even more is the greyhound I watched racing looked excited and happy to run its heart out and give it everything it had. Needless to say, I was inspired. And I think that is one of the things I like about myself the most, just looking objectively at my character, that I am able to be inspired by even the littlest things. I think it comes down to appreciation for the littlest acts of courage. Ants man…those creatures kick some serious tail.
This morning in the gym I felt like a greyhound. It was probably the hardest lifting session I have had in years. Right now, everything hurts, but I am in a state of bliss. I feel fantastic, and know that the unbelievable amount of work I did this morning will pay off. With the proper nutrition, I will grow all day and night. How hard can you push yourself every day? For the past couple of weeks, I have been doing double days. It has been more fulfilling than anything I have ever done. To wake yourself up at 6:15 am after the previous night you just destroyed yourself on the stair machine takes something deep inside. My trick? I move my phone/alarm as far away from my bed as possible so when it goes off…I have to crawl out of bed (often my legs are so sore) and try to turn it off. There have been times where I decided to lay on the cold hardwood…but the damage is done. I am out of bed. I am on my way.
Go the extra mile…in everything. I think that throughout the past year, this is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given. Napoleon Hill, one of the most successful developers of successful men in the world, says that the quality of going the extra mile will bring you everything you want in life. Here are his rules.
- Render a service that is attractive to others
- Do it with a pleasing mental attitude
- Follow this “going the extra mile” trend for 7 days in a row
- Do not make it known to anyone you are doing this
In the end, you will be so much happier and fulfilled with what you are doing that you will not want to stop doing this. Mentally, I have been going the extra mile for the past couple of weeks in the gym and outside of the gym. I think it is important to celebrate the good times, but it is also equally as important to acknowledge the times where you really screw up. I screwed up bad in front of a group of people the other day, and felt so embarrassed for myself and most importantly for the girl that I embarrassed, that I made sure I did everything I could to correct a good intention gone wrong. Isn’t that what life is about? Don’t give someone the average apology. They have heard it a million times. You make sure that you are offering them your best and greatest shot, and chances are if you are sincere and do it with a big heart, you will be forgiven. This is one of the biggest lessons I learned throughout the past week, and I am so glad it happened.