Sunday, August 30, 2015

Memories, Growth, And A PROTEIN DRANK

Do you ever look back into your life and think how the heck did I do that, why did I do that, or I wish I could relive that again, etc.? I find myself doing this a lot, but lately it's been recognizing the growth of myself and others in the past few years...

Yesterday, my CrossFit box had their annual AM vs. PM Throwdown and while I did not compete I reminisced on the first time I was a part of the throwdown.  I clearly remember one of the workouts containing 95 lb front squats.  Now that may not sound hard to a lot of people but at that time 2 years ago I was unable to power clean the 95 lbs to complete the front squats!! :( Well take a trip into my workout yesterday that contained a total of 50 power cleans at 95lbs...and that wasn't bad ;)

This got me to thinking how much I really have grown & improved over the past 2 years. I tend to get down on myself a lot during workouts not being able to complete certain skills. BUT it is always great to look back at see past performances and the capabilities of the human body with continued training. Progress people.

I also LOVE to see the growth of my box mates! Having the ability to watch them yesterday makes me so proud of their accomplishments and successes in their fitness journeys. So whether I say it to them or not you all are recognized! Great work, keep it up!

Next, I have a really good protein drink! Like one of the best I've ever made.  It contains peanut butter (can't get enough, ever), coffee (some have mixed feelings with coffee post workout, it's a small amount so you decide), coconut milk, cinnamon, and protein powder. YUM!

PB Cafe Protein Drank

1/4 c. coconut milk

1/2 c. water

1/2 c. coffee

1 Tb. peanut butter or other nut butter

Dash of cinnamon

1 scoop protein (I used vanilla SFH)

6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender and go go go until all combined. Enjoy!

Lastly, on this day last year we were preparing the final details of the day to come, spending time with lots of family, and shedding happy tears of walking down the aisle. Yes, tomorrow is our 1st anniversary of taking the plunge :)  Can not believe it's been a year already but what a big year! Here's to many more!!!!! <3

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Because...Peanut Butter! Treat yo self.

Hello!  I hope everyone is soaking up these last days of summer...le''s gone by SO fast!  But then again, Fall is a wonderful time of the year. Hello, baking time!! 

Well I've decided to start baking early since I've been slacking this summer and made some noming good cookie bars.  These are gluten free, full of deliciousness, and hard to keep ya hands off ;) Treat yo self!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars!

3/4 c. peanut butter, or nut butter of choice

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted

3 Tb. honey

 1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. almond flour

1/2 c. coconut flakes, unsweetened

1/4 c. coconut flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 c. chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 pan.  Combine all wet ingredients and add all dry ingredients except chocolate chips.  Once combined, fold in chocolate chips.  Place dough into the pan and make sure you pat it down a bit for levelness.  Bake for 15 minutes, and let it cool!  Enjoy :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Where Oh Where Has Time Gone?!

Why yes, it is me...Kayla. Back in action!!!! Where have I been? I don't know...mingling with life and all it's amazing adventures.  Time has come and gone and I am back at this blog writing about wanderings of life and food and fun things anddddd yeah that's about it!  

So what is new?  I just ended my first job working in the corporate fitness industry and hopefully about to enter some fun crazy things that I just would love to be a part of...

But alas, food and fitness are my loves (well besides DB and Reg) but yes... they both are glorious things.  As we grow in life we appreciate the remarkable creations that different ingredients and exercises can make.  I for one am all about creations and that is my challenge to you all.  Go for it, create something you enjoy.  Whether that be a new job, a new recipe, a new workout, etc. Let's be who we want to be, live how we want to live, strive for goals we want to attain. It is a wonderful thing that we continuously change in our lives and find out that some things are not exactly the perfect fit but are these fantastic stepping stones to greater wanderings.

Therefore, as I move onto this next venture in life I am really wanting to get more into the food world as well. Any helpful thoughts or tips would be appreciated.  

I want to help you though in the process as well...What would you like to know more about? Any specific types of meals? Any specific type of ingredient you may want help with in the kitchen?  I am not culinary or nutritionist expert...just a girl who has a passion for food and the trying out new ingredients.  

I lastly want to give you the option to ask me questions about general workout here is your chance.

Orrrrrrr if you really don't care about any of that and just want to see some gosh darn recipes, I will do that too :) Thanks for sticking with me! Woohooooooo

I will end this post with a simple smoothie recipe that you can have for a possible breakfast or bigger snack!

Cherry Banana PB Smoothie
1 medium banana
1/4 c. frozen cherries
1/2 Tb. peanut butter
dash of cinnamon
1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
~1 c. almond milk

Combine all together in blender and enjoy!