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As I write this, I am sitting on my front porch watching the sun set.  What a gorgeous day it has been!  I am so grateful for warmth and sunshine!  Had the doors open and the cats loved being able to run in and out all day.  Since it’s almost mid-March I thought I’d give you a recap of new things for February.  Better late than never, right?  🙂

English: A tape measure. Deutsch: Massband

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The big change, of course, has been restarting my T-Tapp routine.  You can read more about my T-Tapp journey here.  Total inches lost for February was…drumroll please…14 1/2!  I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed in myself though.  I only actually worked out 6 times for the whole month.  😦  Imagine what it could have been…sigh…But this is a new month!  I will do better!

The other major change in Feb. was the decision to not use the microwave anymore.  Most of the time it hasn’t been an issue, but I do miss the convenience of the spur of the moment baked potato!  I really hate heating up my oven to bake one potato.  I am looking at replacing the microwave with a toaster oven/convection oven.  It would be about the same size as my microwave, but much smaller than my oven, so I wouldn’t mind baking just one potato as much.  Of course, I could always bake more than one and then shred or cube them to freeze for other meals liked Loaded Baked Potato Soup or breakfast items like hash browns or fried potatoes.  Hhhhmmmm…definately something to think about.

That just about sums up the month of February.  If I remember anything else, I’ll add them to the March re-cap that will be coming up in about 3 weeks…You know, they say that the older you get the faster time flies by.  While I’m not really sure who “they” are and why I should believe anything “they” tell me, I can’t help but wonder what it’s going to be like in another 20 years…

Blessings

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This episode of the New Year, New You series is all about movement.  I don’t want to use the “e” word because that word comes with way too much baggage.  I kinda fell off the wagon last summer when it got so hot.  There were other reasons, too, but I’ll talk about that another time.  Now with my Babygirl’s wedding less than five months away, I decided I had better get back on it.  I have a goal size for the wedding as opposed to a goal weight.  The particular workout that I use builds lots of core muscle density while burning off pounds, so you can actually weigh more at a smaller size.  I know, right?  “Sounds kinda hinky”, you might be thinking.  I don’t blame you.  I thought the same thing when I first heard about it.  Then after 30 days of doing the 15 minute workout I lost 2 whole dress sizes (almost three-I could get them zipped up but would likely have gotten arrested if I had left the dressing room 🙂 ) and only 2 pounds on the scale.  33 1/4 total inches lost.  Honest.  It really happened.  AND I didn’t even change the way I was eating.  Cross my heart.

This workout is called T-Tapp.  It was developed by Teresa Tapp, an exercise physiologist from Florida (and just a really great human being :)).  You can check out her website for yourself here.  I heard about it on Facebook and decided to give it a try.  I was skeptical at first.  I ordered her book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, and read it 3 or 4 times before I ordered the workout DVD.  The book has the program in great detail in it, but I needed to watch someone do it.  I think I probably watched the workout several times and watched all the interviews with the people on the DVD before I ever actually did it myself.

The first day seemed pretty easy.  The second day I was pretty sore.  On the third day I though all kinds of bad things about her (and her little dogs too!) as I was trying to get out of bed.  The fourth day I repented.  🙂  It is indeed the “workout that works”!  Anyone, no matter your size, fitness level, or disabilities can do this because you do it to your best ability.  Need to stop and catch your breath?  No problem.  Need a drink?  Go get one.  Seriously.  I encourage you to check this out.  I am not an affiliate or anything and I’m not getting paid to say this.  It’s just that good.

And I’ll keep you updated on my progress.  Nothing like a little accountability to keep me motivated!

I shared this at Monday Mania.

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Happy last day of January!  Since it’s the end of the month I thought I would just share with you my changes for the month.  Some changes have been easy, some have been harder.  It actually only took a few hours to clean out the pantry, although the emotional trauma is still with me.  🙂  So, drumroll please:  in the healthy eating category I got rid of the bad oils, high fructose corn syrup, white refined sugar (see what I did with that here), and I’m working in kicking my Dr. Pepper habit.  I have begun soaking my oatmeal and I installed a faucet mount water filter for drinking and cooking.

In other areas, I have begun recycling (I know, right?) and I am doing a ton of research on whole foods, traditional ways of food preparation, and healthier alternatives to household products.  And I’ve been more consistent with my blogging! 🙂  My pantry purge also triggered a purging spree throughout my entire house.  If I don’t love it and/or use it, it’s outa here.  It’s been incredibly freeing to de-clutter.  And I love having less to dust.

So there you have it.  Some baby steps towards a better year and a better, healthier life.  Over this next month I hope to find healthier versions of some of our favorite foods, especially some of those packaged mixes the I like.  Switching to whole foods is a process and there’s grace for the journey.

Have you made some changes this month?  What has been the most challenging for you?

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I know you have all been impatiently waiting to read the continuing adventures of Pantry Girl, Food Avenger.  If you want to find out what happened before, you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

We now re-join our heroine sobbing in the middle of the kitchen floor surrounded by mountains of canned goods and boxes of “stuff” thinly disguised as food.  Battles can be emotional, and having just ninja chopped HFCS to near extinction, and Chuck Norris kicking MSG and artificial sweeteners to the curb, our pantry purging protagonist is portraying her passionate protest at the plight of our national provender.  Holy hyperbole, Batman!  Seriously, I could be a one woman reality show!  Ok, enough with the drama.  I really didn’t break down and cry, but it did kinda make me mad when I began to realize all the junk that is in so much of the foods that we eat.

To continue, the next things that got the boot where my half can of Crisco and my jug of canola oil.  (Repeat after me:  hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil are not my friends!)  I have been using other oils for a while, so it was definitely past time to toss those!  I use butter or olive oil in most of my recipes and I just recently been introduced to organic coconut oil.  It is naturally solid at room temp and makes a great alternative to unnatural shortenings.  It comes in two ways: expeller pressed which has a neutral taste and no smell, and extra virgin which tastes and smells coconutty.  Yes that is too a word.  It’s good for pie crusts and frying things and that makes me happy cause I loves me some homemade french fries!  As an aside, don’t EVER try to fry homemade french fries in olive oil.  It will fill your house with smoke.  Really stinky, thick, black smoke.  And then your smoke detectors will go off because the detect the really stinky, thick, black smoke.  All of them.  Loudly.  At the same time.  And then you’ll need rescue dogs with earplugs to find your children.  At least, that’s what I’ve heard.  Because I would never be silly enough to use a low smoke point oil to fry french fries in.  I’m so glad we’ve gotten that out of the way.  🙂

Another change that’s in process is replacing refined, white sugar with raw organic honey and organic dehydrated sugar cane juice.  While I know that is not the least refined kind of sugar,  as I said before it’s a process.  I have quite a bit of white refined sugar in my pantry left over from some very good intentions I had about making goodie baskets for all those near and dear to me for Christmas gifts.  Unfortunately the goodie fairy never showed and now I’m stuck with lots of refined sugar that I don’t want to eat and I feel that it wouldn’t be good stewardship to toss all of it out.  (Now that I know how to make sugar body scrub it won’t go to waste!)  I am also continuing my search for healthier alternatives to some things I use frequently, like the onion soup mix, Italian salad dressing mix, and the ubiquitous cream of something soups.  There are several recipes online and I will keep trying them until I find one I like.

What pantry items have you deep-sixed for homemade, healthier alternatives?  Please share, it may be something someone else is looking for.  🙂

I linked this at Fight Back Friday.

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