Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Chocolate Lover's Dream!

Be still my heart!!!!

Linda couldn't wait!! Licking the 'S' blade from my food-processor!! Seriously?!!
(Do not try this at home!!!!)

This is my good friend, Linda Walker, the fabulous wildlife & western artist. You remember her from my post about our crazy trip to Descanso Gardens, right? Well, she's decided to eat a little healthier than she has been, so I offered to give her a beginners course in raw foods.
"Raw Food 99". She's not ready for 101 yet.
I started her off on a healthy Green Smoothie. It was a hit. (Whew!)

After knowing her for about 28 years,
I had no idea that she's a notorious chocolate licker... er... lover.

Don't ask.




I knew she'd come in handy some day.
Here she is, washing dishes in her new, bling-embellished, "Not Your Daughter's Jeans".
Love the name.

I made a bunch of stuff for our munching pleasure. Desserts, since most people will be more willing to try raw food 'meals', if they like the desserts. (Whatever it takes!)

I made a Chocolate Strawberry Cheese Cake. To match my socks.
My daughters designed the apron for me. "Dessert Diva". Thanks, Girls!!

I chilled the Cheesecake in the freezer while I made some other goodies.
As you can see, Mr. Man isn't into the raw food thing. But he will drink Green Smoothies.
And hasn't turned down a dessert yet.

I made Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, and little cupcakes from some of the Cheesecake ingredients.

Trying out the cupcake. Such an adoring look. Then she scarfed it down.
Never to be outdone in the dessert chow-down... I had two.

The Cheesecake had set and was ready to eat.

Let's slice that bad boy up!

How about a Chocolate Milkshake and some Chocolate Mousse?
With pistachios and coconut. Mmm, mmm, mmm!!

Linda was the taste-tester for the Chocolate Milkshake.
Now that I think about it... she was the taste-tester for everything! Heyyy!!

Taking a break from stuffing our faces, I had her look through some of my favorite raw food recipe books. (I love books!!!!)

Of course, after looking through this one, we were ready for another little nibble.

These turned out really tasty. Since raw desserts are so nutrient-dense, you're only able to eat a small serving, before you're full. Which is pretty cool. And a good thing.

Linda was getting ready to head out, so we wanted to get some pictures of us together.
Isn't she cute?!

Wait a minute... she really IS cute!!

She's cuter than me! Let's see if I can do something to remedy that.
Tell her something funny...

"Blah, blah, blah, blah blah."

Yeeees... that's it.

How's your hair?

Still cute! Dangit!!

That's enough, Paparazzi!! Girlfriend has to go home now.

But not before she takes some samples with her. I did not have to twist her arm.

I also gave her some raw food DVDs, books, recipes of what we made today...
And a really cool poster about Green Smoothies. (Pure health in a glass!)

I would love, love, LOVE to teach people how to do this!!
To go into their homes and give demonstrations on how to create raw food dishes...

And especially desserts! I mean, who doesn't like desserts?!
I'm taking two, raw food chef classes. One for savory dishes and one for desserts.
I really love showing people a healthy way of eating! And, seriously, it's not all desserts. :)

But I think I'll go have a little bite right now! ~

No stomachs were hurt in the creation of this post. We didn't eat the entire dessert. We only nibbled on everything. Just to let Linda get a taste of the many flavors. Okay, so I ate a couple of cupcakes. And maybe some Chocolate Mousse. And a Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie.
And three strawberries. And a few pistachios.
BUT! We also had some, Zuchini Pasta!! We had VEGETABLES!!!! :-)

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Love Les Mills PUMP!

Yes, I do!!

And getting stuff in the mail!!!!

My favorite knife in the entire house, because it's the one that opens all my packages!
Be still my heart!!

Ohhh! Look at all that stuff!!

Books and pamphlets.

And the DVDs. Seven so far. There's room for three more in the case. I guess they'll be coming out with them down the road. And I'll be waitin'!

This one's really informative and great reading.

This one's nice, but not one I'll be using. I have my own way of eating. (Raw food.)

Here are the five pound weights.

And the ten pounders.

And the bar.

Of course I had to attach the plates to the bar right away!

Unfortunately those clip-thingies were so hard to close, I had to use a glove.
I emailed customer service to let them know. Hopefully, I'll hear back soon.
Not sure if they'll be sending me new ones, or if they'll loosen with continued use.

Here's my new toy, with my old toys. I couldn't wait to use it!!
I did a leg/butt routine using the five pounders, but they weren't heavy enough.
I didn't want to use the ten pound weights, because I'm new to the moves and wanted to concentrate on the form, rather than double the weight.

As luck would have it, I had some old 7 1/2 lb. plates laying around and they actually fit on that size bar. Happy, happy me! I love working out with weights. Always have.
But it's strange how I can use 30 lb. dumbells for arms, with no problem, but squatting/lunging using a bar with ten lb. plates leaves me breathless. I used to stack 365 lbs on the leg-press machine! So what's up with that?! Because it's different, I guess.

Reading more about "Les Mills PUMP", I see that it's taught in gyms all over the world. Even in my neck-of-the-woods. I'd love to go sit-in on one, just to feel the live energy, but I wouldn't work out there. I like working out in the privacy of my own home. I have a lot of equipment, including a "Bowflex", which I love! And I really, really like not having to dress in the latest gear to look good at a gym.

I can stay home and wear pleather, if I want.
Life is good!! ~

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