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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

One More Thing we don’t Have

Hey everyone! Thank ya’ll so much for the gluten free recipes!!! I can’t wait to go and buy some almonds to make both the brunsli and the single lady banana cream pie!!!! 😀

So, last night, my mom was going to make some of my dad’s favorite foods for dinner to celebrate their anniversary. Well, as she was boiling the potatoes for mashed potatoes, our gas tank ran out. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but everyone here uses gas stoves. Most of the time, the gas isn’t piped in, you have to buy a gas tank and refill it later. We’ve had this particular tank since just after Christmas, and knew that it would definitely be going out soon (a tank usually lasts about 3 months for us!), but it really was bad timing. Plus, all of the places that refill gas tanks were already closed. So we cooked the rest of our dinner next door. Fun stuff, huh? 😀

I spent a lot of time yesterday working on NSLC stuff….sending out emails asking about corporate sponsorship and all of that. Today, an aunt of mine will be mailing out a couple of my information packages, so we’ll see how that turns out!!! I can’t believe how quickly everything is happening!!!! Before I know it, it’ll be July!! Now, I’m really just waiting to hear back from the people that I contacted yesterday….

So Monday, I revisited an old favorite strength routine!! The 20 minute circuit workout!!! My favorite circuits can be found on the Workin’ it page!!! It had been a while since I did my last circuit workout, and I had forgotten just how tough one can be!! It’s like cardio and strength combined! I’ll definitely start to re-incorporate circuits into my exercise routines!!!!

So, tomorrow and Friday are Brazilian holidays and my sister doesn’t have school!!!! This means that we’re gonna rent some movies and relax a little!! Of course, she’ll still have homeschool to do, but that pretty much only takes up the morning!!! 😀 What’s your favorite thing to do on a long weekend?

Well, that’s about it for me……

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

April 20, 2011 at 6:24 am 14 comments

An Experiment

Heey everyone! Thanks so much for all of your kind words about the NSLC!!!!! You guys are awesome! 😀

So, a couple of days ago, I was doing some research. You see, I’ve been waking up feeling not-so-great some days and was wondering if it was just a side effect of my attempts to gain weight or if it was something else. I started to think about what I ate the nights before I woke up feeling gross, and mostly, it was bread or crackers. So, I researched gluten sensitivity, and a lot of the symptoms matched up (mood swings, messed-up stomach, etc). But then, I thought that a lot of those symptoms could easily apply to an eating disorder, so I researched a link between the two. Turns out that an eating disorder can actually trigger a gluten sensitivity. Its really hard to go gluten-free here, but I am trying to avoid it at night, and see how that works out. If I start to feel better, then we’ll know that I have a slight sensitivity to gluten. I’ll keep ya’ll updated!

Next, I know most of you read Janae’s blog, and if you don’t you should definitely go check it out. She’s been training like crazy for the Boston Marathon, but just found out that she’s got a femoral stress fracture and can’t run. So, Bess started a send a virtual hug to Janae thing on her blog, which  thought was super sweet! I’m posting my hug here:

One-armed hug because I had to use my webcam 😛

Yes, I realize that I’m sending a one-armed hug. My camera is acting crazy, and I had to make do with the webcam. Ya’ll can email hugs for Janae to Bess, I think, or you can email Janae herself! She’s an awesome person, and seriously has the best attitude about everything!!!! 😀

Nothing much is going on here……a heck of a lot of school. Oh and last night I finally got Water for Elephants on my Nook! I’m sooo excited because I’ve been wanting to read it for a super long time!!!!! What are some other good books out there??? I’m sooo out of the loop, which is sad because I LOVE a good book! 😀

Well, I had best get going…hope you all have a wonderful day!

April 14, 2011 at 5:48 am 9 comments

NSLC Update!!!!!

  Heeey everyone!!!! Hoep you all had a good day yesterday! It’s raining here, which pretty much stinks, but at least we only get rain about 2 months out of the year!

  Soooo, guess what? Yesterday afternoon I got an email from the NSLC Scholarship fund. MY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED!!! Sorry for yelling….I’m really that excited! 😀 Its not a full scholarship because a ton of students apply, but it’ll help. Also, I’m working on a cover letter and “scholarship package” to send to different businesses to see if they can sponsor me. We’re lucky to actually have friends with contacts with Wal-Mart, Microsoft, International Paper, Nestle (maybe I should tell nestle that I love their chocolate?? :P), and a couple other companies. Hopefully everything will workout!!!!

I was so excited last night, that my dad treated us to dinner!! Nothing fancy….Subway, but I was seriously craving a cookie and their cookies are better than anyone else’s here! hahaha! I got a veggie sandwich (my fav!) with red pepper flakes, and an oatmeal raisin cookie! 😀

You know those Crepe Cakes that I mentioned yesterday? Well, this morning I had some more. Only they were CHOCOLATE! You see, yesterday, I happened to find a box of chocolate flavored oatmeal, which is basically oats with cocoa powder and a little sugar mixed in. So I just used that instead of the regular oatmeal, and they turned out perfectly! 😀

Well, that’s about it for today…..

What’s your go-to weekday breakfast?

Oatmeal, egg and toast, or grits for me. 😀 And now, crepe cakes!!! hahaha

April 12, 2011 at 6:24 am 16 comments

The Truth About Fat

Heeey everyone! Glad ya’ll liked my last post!!! 😀

Not much has been going on here….mostly just school. Last night mom made potato soup (yum) and I  made some rolls to go with it! The recipe is on my recipe page, and if you want quick, hard-to-mess-up rolls, then they are for you!! I did learn that actually letting them rise the full amount of time instead of rushing them really improves the flavor and texture, for some reason….hmm wonder why? 😛

I also tried a new 10 minute workout! Instead of my normal 10 minute jump rope, I did 10 minutes of cardio ballroom dance! It was off the Dance with Julianne Cardio Ballroom DVD, and I did the cha-cha! It was pretty fun! 😀

Anyway, by now ya’ll are probably wondering about the title of this post. Weeell, I have a little surprise for ya! Kathleen from Kat’s Health Corner wrote a guest post for this ol’ blog! Soo, without further ado, here it is:

Hello Fit Chocoholic readers!!! My name is Kathleen and I write this pretty sweet blog called Kat’s Health Corner. I love Gen’s Blog SO much! I am honored to be writing a guest post for Gen today, but FIRST let me introduce myself a little more!

I absolutely LOVE to workout, bake, AND especially blog. 

In my life one of the things I strive for is BALANCE: balance WITH myself, balance WITH life, and WITH the way I eat.

One vital part of the balance with the way I eat is making sure to eat a balance in nutrients. But, one of the hard nutrients I’ve had with balancing in my diet is Fat.

FAT. Yes, you heard that right. I said that F-word: Fat.

Fat has such a bad rap.

Some people predetermine the misconception that eating fat makes you fat. That is NOT necessarily true.

I know from personal experience the importance of fat in our body’s health and well being. A while back, I thought that FAT was EVIL, since that was what I would hear from the media, magazines, and ads. CUT THE FAT. Buy LOW FAT. Eat FAT FREE.

As a result, I started cutting fat out of my diet. My Hair, Skin, and Nails really paid the price for this. My hair lost its softness and glow and became dry and dull; my skin went from smooth and vibrant to rough and dry, and my nails lost their strength and became soft and bendy.

Not only did I see the changes in my hair, skin, and nails, but I noticed I had become significantly tired, moody, and weak. This was not good.

I came to the conclusion of what I needed to do.

I needed to develop a healthy relationship with fat.

Fat plays a HUGE role in our health. It is essential for the hormone processes in our body, the absorption of the vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fat is essential! Fat is essential to our hair, nails, and skin’s health and glow.

We know that fat is imperative, but does the type of fat matter?

Yes. The kinds of fat we eat matter, too. In all, there are four types of fat.

First, there are the mighty Monounsaturated fats, found in nuts, nut oils (like walnut oil), olives, olive oil, and avocados (this is not an exclusive list). One of my favorite sources of monounsaturated fat is ALMOND BUTTER!

Me and Almond Butter; LUV at first sight! 

Second, there are the powerful Polyunsaturated fats (foods high in polyunsaturated fats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids), like those found in sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, fish, walnuts, brazil nuts, canola oil, and PEANUT BUTTER! (this is not an exclusive list)

Peanut Butter Love!  Straight from a spoon is the best way to eat it. 😉

Then, there are the Saturated fats, which come from plant sources (like coconut, coconut oil, and chocolate), and animal sources (like fatty- meats, egg-yolks, and full-fat dairy products). They are also found in many prepared foods. The USDA recommends that we limit our intake of Saturated fats in favor of the Mono- and Poly-unsaturated ones. But remember, Dark Chocolate IS good for you (in moderation of course)!

And finally, the terrible Trans fats. AVOID TRANS FATS LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!! They are chemically altered to where our body can’t recognize them as “real” and doesn’t know how to handle them, so our body just stores it in our hips and our stomach. In several studies, Trans Fats are shown to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Liver Dysfunction, Infertility, and Depression.

Don’t trust the Nutritional Labels – make sure to check the Ingredient Lists. Don’t buy anything with fully or partially hydrogenated oils in it – those are TRANS FATS!

We know why fat is important and what the types of fat are. Does the amount we eat make a difference?

Yes. Fat is essential for the hormone processes in our body, the absorption of some vitamins, and the health of our hair, skin and nails (not an exclusive list). Talk to a registered Dietician to see how much is appropriate for you, or check out mypyramid.gov to get a personalized plan. Everyone’s body is different, so therefore, we each need different amounts.

One thing I would stress is to focus on the Omega 3’s and 6’s.

These are the ones our body CANNOT produce. Some of the foods where these can be found include walnuts, flaxseed, avocados, eggs, salmon, sardines, and tuna. You can also use Fish Oil tablets (if you are not vegetarian), and they even have Vegan “Fish” Oil tablets, which contain the Omegas straight from the plants where fish get them from.

One of the most important things I have learned on my journey for balance is that every nutrient is imperative – calorie, FAT, carbohydrate, protein, water, vitamin, mineral, photochemical – to our overall health.

If I have an imbalance in just one of these nutrients, it wreaks havoc in my entire body. I now strive to feed my body the nutrients it needs—to live in balance—to live in balance with fat.

Kay, that’s it from me my lovelies- I love to meet new people, so be sure to drop by, check me out, and get to know the Kat behind Kat’s Health Corner!!

Questions of the Day (KHC Style!):

How do you view fat?
What are your favorite sources of fat?
What is your favorite nut butter?

Awesome post! Thanks Kat!!! 😀 I’ll go ahead and answer the questions.

1. Fat is definitely the nutrient that I have to work hardest to get, especially living here. There isn’t a lot of fried food, and minimal fat is used while cooking. Which just means that I get to eat lots of peanut butter. Not a bad thing. Especially if there is chocolate invloved.

2. My favorite sources of fat would be nut butter (shocking, huh?), avocado (which we almost never get because I’m the only one that likes them), fish (hello omega-3 fats) and nuts.

3. Favorite nut butter would have to be Dark Chocolate Dreams. I actually haven’t gotten around to trying either almond or cashew butter, but I plan to make both at some point. 😀

Thanks again, Kat, for the wonderful post!!!

Hope you all have a great day!!!!!

April 8, 2011 at 6:04 am 40 comments

What Motivates Me?

Good morning, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend, and a good Monday as well!!! 😀 I wanted to let ya’ll know that I did in fact try out the scones and they were TASTY! My sister loved them as well, and informed me that the only reason she didn’t have another one today (it would be the 3rd day in a row) is that she doesn’t want to eat too many and get sick of them! hahahaha I’ve already got my eye on several (sweet and savory) scone recipes, so you’ll probably be seeing some more scones in the near future!!

About the vlog, I’m working on it, but there are a couple of things that I need to work out before I can film it. I’m hoping to have one posted soon, though!

Also, before I move to a more serious topic, I would just like to say that I found myself a new 20 minute kickboxing workout yesterday, that I loved!!!! Here’s the link for ya:

TKO: http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/cardio/total-knockout-body-tko-4028

The other day, I came across an article (which I have yet to find again) that contained several questions to ask ourselves. One of the questions that stood out to me was: “What motivates me?”. I’ve got a lot going on in my head right now, what with school, the NSLC, and trying to gain weight (I did gain a half-pound this week! YAY! :D) so I asked myself what motivates me to work at those three so much. I’m not an extremely social person, yet for some reason I want to go to Chicago to spend a week and a half with a bunch of other teenagers that I’ve never met. For the longest time, I didn’t even admit that I had an eating disorder, but now I’m trying to get better. What motivates me?

I think two great sources of motivation for me are my family and friends and, first and foremost, my Savior. By studying my Bible, I am shown just how much God cares for me and that He’s always with me, even when I feel alone. Just the knowledge that He’s there makes me feel strengthened. My familyand friends are there for me even when I feel overwhelmed or get nervous about my scholarship application. They’re amazing and I’m so blessed to have them!

The rest of my motivation comes from my desire to seize every opportunity that I can to be a better person, to be the best person that I can be. My extreme stubbornness also helps, though. 😛 Seriously though, when I realize that something is good for me, and decide to do it, I can be pretty self motivated!

So, what motivates you?

Hope you all have an awesome Wednesday!!!!

April 6, 2011 at 6:25 am 14 comments

Awesome Dinner and Should I do a Vlog?

Heeey everyone!! How was your day yesterday???? I’m so glad that ya’ll liked my new favorite sandwich idea! Sadly enough, I did not get to recreate it yesterday because our bananas are still green, but I did have just a warm honey-cinnamon sammie this morning for breakfast! 😀

I didn’t do a whole lot yesterday…..after I took my sister to school, I went and bought myself some sweet potatoes, and then came home and finished up any schoolwork that I had left. So, all in all, it was a pretty uneventful Wednesday.

We did have an amazing, simple dinner last night. There was a ton of stuff that needed to be used up, so we threw it all together and came up with something different than our usual rice, beans, pasta, chicken dinners. Mom and I grilled up some fish and chicken in blackened seasoning (in separate skillets :P), toasted some hamburger buns with cheese, and made some awesome baked french fries. We ended up with blackened fish or chicken sandwiches, baked fries and grilled onions and coleslaw on the side! Simple, but soo tasty! I’ve made baked fries several times, but this time, I left the potato skins on and also sliced them thinner than usual, which resulted in a perfectly cooked, flavorful “french fry”. My mom even told me that they were her favorite batch so far! hahaha

So I’ve been thinking about doing a vlog, because I looove watching other people’s. The thing is, I have no idea what I’d talk about, or even if anyone would want to see a vlog on here. Soooo, I’ve got two questions for ya:

1. Would you be interested in a vlog sometime?

2. If so, what are some things that you would like to hear about?

Basically, I need some ideas of things to talk about, and figured that since ya’ll are actually reading my blog, you would be the perfect people to ask! 😀

Stress-wise, yesterday was another awesome day! I’m hoping that today will be a good day as well!!!!

Happy Thursday! 😀

March 31, 2011 at 6:18 am 12 comments

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