Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Breakfast mash

The other morning, I decided to try a little something different for breakfast.

I had a lone sweet potato and wanted to jazz it up for breakfast.  Don't ask why I was craving a sweet potato.  So here's what I did...

I grabbed my morning nana, the sweet potato and some raw honey.  I poked the sweet potato and microwaved it for 5 minutes.  While it was warming, I mashed the banana in a bowl.

When the tater was done, I peeled the skin and mashed it as well. 

Then I added the two mashes and gave 'em a stir together.

I dipped a fork in the honey and drizzled it over the top and hit it with a bit of pumpkin pie spice.

It was quite good and kept me full all morning.

What concoctions do you like for breakfast?

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

End of month report card

Okay so it's time for our report card on how our first month on our new plan has gone.



I've gotten in a gallon of water a day without fail except for the day we visited his brother because I don't drink on the road.  My bladder can't handle that and I'm weird about where I wee.  But from a girl who could barely get one water bottle down a day, three a day is some kind of miracle.


We've stuck with our 6 days a week unless we needed a rest day or now that I think about it we did skip the day we saw his brother.  So, wah wah.  But five days a week for sure for two of the weeks and six days the other two weeks.  Typical workout burned 450 calories.


My average over six days was 1600.

Weight lost:

The Mr: 9 lbs
Me: 11 lbs

Yeah, ain't no arguing with that.  We'll keep on, keepin' on and hope this month keeps following suit!

How was your March goal wise?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Damn hipsters, weigh in and Easter pickin's

Monday, you saucy wench, you arrive entirely too soon for my liking.

Weigh in went well.  I was down 1 pound and the Mr was down two.  I will take that given we had our high cal day seep into this week (Sunday) and didn't exercise that day.

I was craving a burger for most of the week and when we got to the place we decided on, the restaurant was about 75% empty.  Most of their tables are normal sized chairs but six seaters (why?) and then two seaters are those horrible bar height chairs or at the bar.  We've had no problem getting seated at the low chairs when we ask to be.  The swill sucking witch hostess refused to seat us at anything but a bar height chair because they only had six seaters in the low chairs.  Um, yes.  I know this and we've sat at them before so what is your major malfunction?  She put the menus down like 'take it or leave it.'  We left it.  I said "let's go!" and walked out.  I was pissed because I had my mouth set on that burger and splitting their fries all week.  I'm sorry, I'm not going to sit there for an hour with my chunky legs dangling into oblivion whilst they take their sweet time with our food when it was an hour before the lunch rush.  We would've been out of there by the time people with more than two in their party would've flooded in.  Damn hipsters.  You can take your stained wood, industrial pipes and shove 'em square up your...oh, did I mention it's now the week before Aunt Flo arrives so yeah, I'm a little more hostile in my retelling.  Go elsewhere if you want unicorns this week.

So we went to this froofy place we wanted to try and when we saw they had a burger on the menu, I was sold.  So I got that and the Mr got their meatloaf.  We were going to split but as soon as he tasted the meatloaf he knew I wouldn't like it.  He was right.  It was heavy on sausage and the ol' pipes get less than thrilled with ground sausage.  Sorry...I know you wanted to know that.  Hee hee.  I tasted it but wouldn't get it.  I enjoyed my burger, what I could eat of it and the fries were those gross shoestring fries with no taste so I didn't eat too many of those.  But taking our business where it was appreciated was more important.

We walked the mall and the Mr picked up a shirt at Eddie Bauer.  I made my usual pilgrimage to Sur La Table and Anthropologie.  I'm a little irritated at how clothing-centric Anthro has become.  I miss their vast array of dishes and soaps/lotions.  It's at all of them too.  Of course it doesn't make me feel much better that I can't shop there at my size but even if I could, they are so ridiculously expensive that I just can't justify anything.  $80 for a tank top?  Pssht!  I don't think so.

Then we made a Target run and decided on the way home we'd better get our Easter candy since it's next weekend.  I usually get one of those 4 packs of Cadbury eggs but their quality has gone down along with their size the past few years and I'm not feeling as loyal to them.  A shame but probably better for my waistline that I only got two.  Give me those and a few Reese eggs, and I'm good to go.  What is it about Reese in the shape of whatever holiday it is that makes you HAVE to have it.  At least we do.  Eggs, pumpkins and trees.  We're all over 'em.  The only one that hasn't hooked us are those hearts because those look like a serious ripoff for the same calories.  They had some live band in there singing and they did Blurred Lines.  As I was jamming out, they began to sing different guessed it, it was "Got to Give It Up."  Gee, no mystery whose side they're on in the lawsuit.  I thought it was seriously disrespectful and almost walked up to give the singer a nut shot but decided he wasn't worth the jail time.  I bet you can guess whose side of the lawsuit I was on.  Then it was back home to work on some videos.

Sunday was pretty laid back for the most part and then we did our fruit and veggie refill for the week.  Exercise was stretching because Shaun T's 25 minute cardio really threw my legs for a loop and they needed to limber up.  My hips and IT band were so tight.  Ugh.  Then we had sloppy joe (with white ground turkey breast) and a sweet potato for dinner while the wind howled.  Spring doth laugh at us.

Oh yeah and I'm going to kick someone at CBS in the gonads if they don't stop making 60 Minutes start late and screw up my recording of Madame Secretary.  DVR's can't compensate you imbecile! you were.

That's about it on this end!

What did you guys get into this weekend?

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Keepin' it loose and what I'm reading this week

It's aloha work til Monday...oh sorry, wrong site.  ;-)

It has been quite a week and I'm ready for a bit of a break.  I must say I'm very grateful for the massage techniques I picked up from the masseuse for my facial muscles because I'm trying to keep them loose.  I've been clenching constantly and I want to de-bunge mah face, yo.

But enough about my tight jaw...let's get to...

‘The Breakfast Club’ Turns 30: Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy Dish on the John Hughes Classic  (Cute I love that movie)

Fiber From Whole Grains Linked To Longer Life  (Good because I lurve me some whole grains)

Arcades in a chase to recapture gamers  (For the Mr)

Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery  (Angie's op-ed...a good read)

20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck  (Not sucking = good)

8 Slang Terms from 'The Breakfast Club,' Decoded  (It cracks me up that someone actually needed to "decode" the slang)

How to Remove Every Type of Stain, in One Simple Chart  (Handy!)

6 Things That Kill Your Organizing Game  (Oh...uh.  This is me)

How Gut Bacteria Affects Basically Every Aspect of Your Health  (Good info!)

Someone re-created the best parts of "The Matrix" and "Jurassic Park" with Lego blocks  (For the Mr)

7 Ideas for Cute Easter Cupcakes  (Can you believe it's next weekend!?)

We have nothing really planned for this weekend since we did a road trip last weekend and then next weekend is Easter so we shall wing it.  Plus it's supposed to be cold so no real desire to be out in that anymore.

What about you fine folks, whatcha gettin' into this weekend?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our new venture

Okay so I wasn't sure if I wanted to talk about this over here but...deep goes.

You all know we're Hawaii freaks.

Back in the day, we used to do meditation DVD's using Hawaii as our canvas.  They're long off the market but our passion to share our aloha, what we've learned and love about the islands never went away.  We decided to get with the times and venture into YouTube land.

We're both happy to be able to use skills we went to school for.  My strength was in copywriting and commercials in school and his was editing and producing so it's fun working together and sharing vacation footage.  We have eons of it and think it could really help people get their Hawaii fix, get ideas for their trip, local recipes, meditations and all kinds of cool stuff.

We're not in this to be some YouTube sensations or anything.  You know how we are about our privacy and this site is no's about sharing our passion for Hawaii, not our identities.  But you will get to hear our voices.  LOL  Plus, let's be honest...commenters in videos are not always known for being kind when they see chunky folk in videos.  To have to go through derogatory comments for approval or banning just wouldn't do much for our fragile self esteems.  This site and that one are in no way related and we'd like to keep it that way, so this is likely the only post about this you will see.

If you want to check it out, you're more than welcome!  We have Twitter and Facebook pages for it as well but don't feel obligated to subscribe or 'like' if Hawaii isn't your thing.  Posts will be all Hawaii, all the time.  I know, I'm quite the marketer, aren't I?  HA!  I just don't want you guys to feel like we're using you for likes/hits or whatever savvy people call them.  It's more of a heads up kind of thing for those who may be interested or if you know people who might be.

So here's the lowdown.  We are:

Our YouTube Channel:

Our Facebook Page:

Our Twitter handle:  @HIfromtheheart

So there it is!  The Mr is bouncing off the walls with excitement...okay, maybe me too!  :-)

Should you check it out, come back over and let us know what you think!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The gift of relaxation


Holy balls, are you supposed to be sore after a massage?  LOL  Actually with as knotted up as I was, she had to go deep.  (That's what he said)

I walked in to the room and she looked over my information sheet I had to fill out as a new client.  I noted that my face (sinuses and TMJ issues from clenching my jaw for over 3 months), neck and shoulders were bunged up as well as a knot in my lower back.  I pulled it two weeks ago after doing what I considered a pretty benign set of Russian twists but my back didn't agree.  She answered any questions I had and said I could pick a different CD if the one she had in wasn't what I preferred and told me to disrobe to my comfort level though she'd need access to my  back so unhook the bra if I wanted to keep it on.  She said to get under the blanket on the heated table when I was ready and left the room to wash up.  She was pretty quick and I had just gotten under when she knocked.

I told her that I was going to do it around the holidays but I got sick.  She said it's actually best not to get a massage when you're sick because it can recirculate the illness and prolong it.  So she said I did myself a favor and didn't even know it.

She started with my scalp and I'll be honest, I didn't care for that.  I think it must've been part of the face massage or something but I was glad that was over.  Then she did my face, sinuses and all of the muscles under my cheekbones into the joint where the jaw connects and moves.  She said I was super tight and I likely clench in my sleep as well as when I'm awake.  She said just being aware of it is the first step in helping to relieve constant pressure.  I don't know if I'm the only one who does that or not but I'm going to incorporate some of her techniques over the next few weeks to try to keep those muscles from being so locked down.

Then it was on to the neck.  I'm so used to the way the Mr (and most of us) massages me.  Sit or stand behind and squeeze the shoulders then the neck.  She had me lay face up and pretty much massaged completely from underneath...kneading, stretching and working over my left side which was pretty tight.  She could feel it before I even mentioned where.  She did the same on the right side.  Then she did this thing when she had me arch my back a bit and slid both hands to my lower back and ran her fingers along the side of my spine with pressure.  She called it "making me taller" and man did it feel good!  Then she got to my head and lifted it and pulled gently to complete the stretch and repeated it.

Then it was time to flip for the lower back.  As I flipped my spine did all kinds of crackety crackin'.  She got in there good and even up further and explained when I told her "there too!" that it was where the muscle attached further up.  She felt the hip muscle was pulling too and worked my left glute to release it so the lower back would eventually release.  She got the other side as well and it was more sore than I realized but not quite as bad as the left.

It was almost time to finish up and she said she wanted to get my face again since I'd been compressed laying face down.  She left so I could get dressed and she waited for me with a bottle of water to start drinking.  I gave her a tip and told her I would likely be back.

I did enjoy my experience and I would do it again.  I just wish it wasn't so pricey.  ($70 with tip)  I wish our insurance covered it like my mom's does.  She gets 12 massages per year on them so wah wahhh for me.  But I can see once or twice a year indulging in it especially with her.  She was super nice, talkative to my liking (about 25% talking and 75% silence) and I felt totally comfortable with her.

So, thanks Mr for the gift!  And no, this doesn't mean you get out of massaging my neck and shoulders unless you want to pay $150 a week.  ;-)

If you get massages, what areas are your trouble spots?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Racing brains and massage

I wish I had a big exciting update for today but yesterday was pretty boring.

The Mr took yesterday off because he was up most of the night with a racing mind.  I know how he felt.  It took me 90 minutes to get to sleep and then I was up every 90 minutes or so.  So irritating.  I wish we had a power down button we could push at night.  It was all stupid stuff  too that raced through both of our heads.  Grrr.  It makes for a pretty groggy morning.


Last night I watched this show I've been wanting to see called Aloha Vet.  It's about a vet on the island of Kauai.  I cringe though because I hate seeing blood and tumors and stuff like that.  So funny considering I used to sit and watch the show Operation on TLC with my Grandma as a kid.  (That's when it was The Learning Channel and actually taught you things)  Anyhoo...he seems like a good guy so if we ever make the leap over and get a dog, hopefully he's still in business!

We had BBQ salmon and brussels for dinner and did a Fitness Blender upper body workout.  Only about 30 minutes but made us sore today!

Today I am going for my first ever massage.  The Mr got me a gift certificate back around the holidays to the lady who does therapeutic massage at my chiro's office.  I am kind of nervous because I don't know the protocol.  I know people get these done all the time but when you're fat, the last thing you want to do is get nekkid in front of a stranger.

What should I expect at my massage?  Any tips?

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