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Joining a Gym

Heey everyone!!! How has your week been?? Mine has been pretty busy, and the weather has been yucky! Rainy season has officially begun, and I can’t wait until August when its sunny again!

So, as you can probably tell from the title of this post, I joined a gym! I actually joined last night, and am going in today for a physical-type thing. Here’s a link to the gym’s site (which is in portuguese, but you can still sort of get an idea of what its like): http://www.hiacademia.com.br/tamarineira.htm.

They have this really cool program where every member of the gym works with a personal trainer to meet specific goals. The trainer will design some of my workouts, as well as give me some nutritional advice. This was one of the main reasons that I joined this particular gym, because I am trying to gain weight, and I believe that having a professional accompany me will keep me from going down the wrong path. Anyway, I can walk there from our apartment, and I absolutely love all of the classes that they offer!!!!! 😀

As for the weight gain, I have finally hit 100lb again!! So excited! I attribute most of this gain to the fact that I consumed almost an entire jar of peanut butter( the normal sized one) in a week!!! hahahaha What can I say? I needed some healthy fats, apparently! I still have 15 lb to go, but just hitting 1oo has given me a bit of a confidence boost!!!! My family is an amazing support system, and you guys are, too!!!! 😀

So, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and we’re planning on a Mexican fiesta….Brazilian style! hahaha Mom and I were talking about it this morning, and we’re thinking maybe burritos (since they’re pretty customizable), and chicken tortilla soup! Remember, a couple of months ago, when I raved about McAlister’s Cheesy Chicken Tortilla soup?? Well, I found a copycat recipe online a while ago, and have wanted to try it out ever since!!!! If its any good, I’ll definitely be posting the recipe!!!!

Also, about my gluten free/reduced gluten experiments, I have to say that I’m feeling so much better!!! I still haven’t been able to find any reasonable gf flours here, so I do eat some bread, but less, and I can tell that there’s a difference!!! Is there any way that I could make my own gf flours?? Like rice flour or something? That sort of thing is soooo expensive and hard to find here…..I feel that if I could make my own it would be a very good thing!!!

Well, I had better get going….

See ya later!!!

May 4, 2011 at 5:59 am 14 comments

Birthday Coupon

 I had signed up for the “DeliGrams” McAlister’s email thing a while back in hopes of getting a coupon at the time. Well, yesterday, I checked my email and there was one from McAlister’s. I got $5 off our next meal there!!So guess where we had dinner last night???????? Hello, Chicken Tortilla Soup! =D Oh and because I had signed up for the On The Border email club back when we took my sister there, also hoping to get a coupon then, I also have a free brownie sundae from there!

    So yesterday we visited with my grandmother. She’s out of the hospital now and doing better! We had a fun time!

    Today my sister and I are going to our church to work on a video thing that the youth leader is shooting. We’re going to be filming separately, and each video will take 30 minutes to an hour. So we’ll be at the church from 1 to 3, more or less. I don’t know what the videos are about yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know.

    I really haven’t been able to bake even half as much as I wanted to. And now, there are even more recipes that I have bookmarked! I guess that’s the way it works when you don’t actually have any money and a lot of your recipes call for special ingredients that your parents have never heard of. Oh well. I’ll probably still bake a little bit. =P

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    Oh guess what? I made Erika’s Single Lady Sugar Cookie, inspired by Katie’s recipe, for my sister!!! Actually, I’ve made both versions for her! =D Of course, I always come up with the idea to make one right after I’ve had a snack, but that doesn’t mean that a few bites trip and fall into my mouth. Stupid cookie. =D Anyway, I’ve actually made these in the microwave, and they turned out pretty good. I just combined all of the ingredients and nuked for about a minute. That, my friends, is the lazy version of this cookie, because I didn’t feel like turning the oven on. Oh and in the chocolate chip one, I added some melted pb in place of about 1/3 of the oil, and it turned out really tasty!!!!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now!

December 22, 2010 at 7:31 am 5 comments

An Inspiring Phone Conversation

   Morning, all!!!!! Thanks for all of your comments on my mom’s friend!!!! She is in recovery right now, and mom and dad will visit her later on today. I also want to thank ya’ll for the tips on where to get the peppermint extract!!!! Depending on how school goes, I’ll be out shopping for it today! =D

    So Thursday we’re going to Texarkana to meet up with my aunt, and yesterday she called to confirm everything. Well, my parents weren’t here, so I ended up being the one to answer the phone. We chatted for a little while, and then she asked me what I was planning on doing in college. I told her that I want to be a dietitian or major in kinesiology and specialize in nutrition and wellness. Anyway, she is really interested in all of that, and told me that if she were my age again, that she would want to major in the same area. She also told me a wonderful idea of hers: to start a fitness/healthy living camp, to get people away from processed foods and teach them how to live a healthful life, with the occasional indulgence, but also to minister to them. So you would be helping someone both physically and spiritually. I thought that it was an awesome idea!!!!!!

Last night, my mom went to spend the night with my grandmother, who is out of the hospital but still having a hard time getting around. So, my dad took my sister and me out to McAlister’s for dinner. I’ve already mentioned the Chicken Tortilla Soup that I love there, right? Well they didn’t have it. So, I tried their Country Vegetable Soup, and it was really very tasty!!!! I got it in a bread bowl, too. =D I do actually have a bread bowl-related question:

Is it weird to eat the whole bread bowl? Are you just supposed to eat the cut out center parts?

Of course, I go for the whole dang thing, and probably still will no matter what you’re supposed to do. The McAlister’s bowls aren’t ginormous, so I don’t feel stuffed after eating them, but they do keep me full longer than just eating soup does. =D Plus they taste amazing!

Well, I had better be off…..another day full of studying to look forward to!

December 7, 2010 at 7:20 am 12 comments


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