Still alive and kicking

It was a rough summer, food-wise. Many French fries were consumed, as well as burgers WITH the bun … and sugary sweets.

Every time I fall off the low-carb wagon, I feel a need to consume ALL the carbs. I tell myself I’ll start after I eat ____. “It’s the last time you’ll ever have ____.” And then I have to eat ALL the different _____ before I get back on the wagon.

One problem with that. I forget there are so many awesome low-carb swaps that I can stay on the wagon and not miss things like pancakes and biscuits with sausage gravy. Thanks, Pinterest!

I finally came to my senses and recommitted to the low-carb life on Sept. 1. Now I’m back in the swing of things, eating simple meals/snacks, food prepping a little and generally loving life. There’s been no carb withdrawal, or as I’ve called it in the past, raving bitch mode.

Last night, while Almost Eagle was busy covering Friday night high school football, I whipped up some cauliflower mac and cheese, using this recipe from Pinterest. Haven’t tasted it yet, but the cheese sauce alone is delicious. I know that because I licked the spoon … and the saucepan … and the foil baking dish, after I put the mac & cheese in a container for the fridge.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

I might have a tiny cheese addiction. That means if I AM lactose intolerant, there’s gonna be a whole lot of pouting and crying.

I made some Almond Joy Butter, too, and gave my food processor a workout. It was also Pinterest-inspired. I didn’t take a photo, though. It had 2 cups raw almonds, 2 T coconut oil, 2 T cocoa powder and 3 T unsweetened coconut chips.

I foresee myself using it instead of peanut butter the next time I make a batch of fat bombs…which it’s almost time to do. I tend to pop one before bed at night — a little sweet treat after a stressful day at the office.

I joined a Zumba class last month, thanks to my friend Alison. She used to go, and invited me when I first moved to Prescott. I tried to go a couple of times, but ended up working too long. Then the class stopped meeting.

It started up again, and now that my office is a windowless room in Prescott Valley (instead of the beautiful office of many windows on Prescott Lakes Parkway), it’s easy for me to attend. In fact, it couldn’t be much more convenient. Class meets just a block away from my office, so on Tuesday and Thursday, I take a longer dinner break, change into workout clothes and dance my ass off.

Before class.

Post-Zumba sweaty selfie

Zumba is so much fun! And it burns a huge chunk of calories. I calculated that, at my weight and medium intensity, I burn 830 calories in a 50-minute class.

Not too shabby. Hard work never felt so easy.

The instructor’s talking about starting a cardio kickboxing class on Wednesdays. If she does, I’m so there. When I was a member of Flagstaff Athletic Club, I sometimes went to kickboxing class… I think. Maybe we just did kickboxing moves in step aerobics.

I’m serious about getting healthy. Now that I have Almost Eagle in my life, there’s an extra incentive. I want to live a good long time so we have lots of awesome years together.

And I want to look this good again. For both of us!

Those are size 10 jeans from Eddie Bauer—I loved those pants. And the sexy top was a find at one of the boutiques in the MGM Grand when my former roommate and I spent a weekend in Vegas. The photo was taken in our room at the Sahara, before we headed out for a night on the Strip.

I still have the outfit. Can’t wait to wear it again.

Almost Eagle and I walk most days before work, and I have Zumba two nights a week.

I feel like I’m starting to get back to a fitter, healthier version of myself.

Hello, gorgeous. Where’ve you been?

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