Life has been busy, to say the least. Therefore, I have not blogged in SEVEN DAYS. Holy freaking crap. I feel like a bad blogger. So, I am apologizing by FINALLY putting up the recipe for the Chocolate PB Mousse Pie that I’ve been talking about for ages.
Although you get the recipe, there still is no definite picture… because the pies disappear too fast. But it’s pretty self-explanatory. PB, cool whip, choco syrup, in a mini pie crust. But before I give you that, I have other things I want to say.
I’ve definitely hit a mini-plateau. Despite my working out and tracking points, my weight is fluctuating within the same pound. It’s okay though, I’m keeping up with the working out and people are suggesting that I try eating all my earned Activity Points (which I hadn’t been doing) to let me body keep up with itself. So I’ll just keep working hard and tracking…. although I’ll admit, I haven’t been tracking so well this past week. Whenever I work out really hard and track right and don’t have a loss, I start rebelling against the scale (and punishing myself) by not tracking the next week. It’s stupid, but I do it and I need to stop. But I have been doing a LOT of activity outside!
We finally finished softball season with a whopping ZERO wins and 100% satisfaction! We played our best and had a blast doing it. The great thing about our team was that everyone got to play regardless of skill level. I played three positions throughout the season – outfield (only once because I suck at catching fly balls), first base and catcher. I got a lot of outs at first base and even got a few while playing catcher! I may have dreaded taking the time out of my weekend to play some days, but ultimately, I had fun at each game. I even got a double and two RBI’s at the last game! I’ll definitely play again next year.
The girlfriend and I did a Women’s Build with Habitat for Humanity last weekend. We put up the WALLS! Seriously! When we got there at 8am, it was just the base of a house. When we left at 2:30, all the outside walls were up along with most of the inside walls. Every single volunteer was a woman too! Only two guys were there and they were in charge of the build – one was the president of the local H4H association and the other was the actual construction guy who told us where to put everything and how to do it. We totally rocked it. There were probably about 12 of us all together at the most and gradually, people had to leave.
The weather was perfect; it felt amazing to do a completely different kind of work than I’d ever done before and even more amazing that I could actually DO IT without worrying about my back or not being “fit” enough for intense manual labor. I tell ya, I have soooo much more respect for construction workers now! Even with the lower temperatures and cool breeze, I basically sweated and worked out at a moderate level for about 5 1/2 hours. And the feeling of accomplishment was so wonderful. Getting to talk to the woman who it getting the house; working with her side-by-side, knowing that my efforts would be benefiting another family… it made it all worth it. Every drop of sweat was worth it. And so were the brownies and cookies I had later that day! Lol.
I’ve also been going to the gym twice a week in the mornings. I get there around 7:45am and do about 20-30 minutes of cardio and then 20-25 minutes of weight machines. It’s been really enjoyable because the gym is relatively empty at that time, so I don’t have to wait for machines or showers and by the time I’m done and showered, I’m into the office before 9:30am, which is usually earlier than my normal arrival time! When I workout at home, I’m more likely to take my time getting ready and do other things around the house and I don’t get in until 10 or 11. Of course, that means I have to work much later, so getting in at an earlier time is really helping to keep me sane in the evenings. And I get to spend more time with the furry babies and the girlfriend in the evenings, which is the biggest benefit of all!
So, yeah. Lots of exercise, lots of good things, and hopefully I get over this plateau soon. I’m so close to having lost 30 lbs that it’s frustrating not actually being there. My journey is slower than most and at this pace it’ll probably take me around 3-4 years to reach my goal. But I can be patient. I can keep writing blogs and inspiring others. Not everyone can be gung-ho about losing 100 lbs in a year or two. I can’t do it. I know that I enjoy eating food and taking time to relax. Losing weight is NOT my life. “Living healthy” is a lifestyle that I’ve had for almost a year now. That in and of itself is quite an accomplishment. Losing weight is just a hobby. I do what I can and I have mini-goals, but I’m losing it slow so that it STAYS OFF. And I’m quite alright with that! Okay, here’s that recipe….
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pies
PointsPlus Per Serving: 8 (5 PP without the pie crusts and just as good!)
- 2 tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup, 0 PP!
- 4 tbsp creamy peanut butter (I used a reduced sodium organic one), 10 PP
- 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Free, 4 PP
- 3 Keebler graham ready crust minis, 9 PP
1. Mix together PB, chocolate syrup and cool whip free until completely blended and creamy.
2. Divide mixture amongst mini graham crusts. Top with a swirl of chocolate syrup or a few chocolate chips (make sure to count those points if you use them). Chill in fridge until needed or eat right away!
Not only is this good in pie form, but it’s just as good without a crust. The first time I made it, I ate it right out of the bowl with a spoon! A friend of mine dipped pretzels and animal crackers in hers and loved it. Slice up some apple and dip that in it for a healthy, delicious snack! And if you want to lower the points value even more, use half the amount of peanut butter. It’ll still be great, just not as thick (but almost as rich and tasty!)