Friday, January 27, 2012

Return and Report on Resolution #3....and a yummy pizza.

I have had lots of women asking me how the "Brazilian Butt lift" is going and my resolution #3 so I thought it was time to do a little reporting. It has been almost a month.

First off, I am proud to report that my plan of 1 hour per day, 6 days a week for personal upkeep has happened. Let me tell you, it isn't easy. It seems impossible most of the time and if I weren't absolutely , 100% committed, I probably would have only made it work about 1/2 the time. I already have to get up at 5 am for the day so getting up an hour early isn't going to happen. That means that it is usually after 9 before I get to start my workout. That usually means I really would rather not. However, I made a promise to myself and I deserve to keep that promise. I won't let myself get out of it. 

We all have 24 hours in the day and no matter how much money we have, we can't buy more. Everyone is busy. We are all tired. I know I have used that excuse many times to relax at night instead of get the exercise I need or to read my scriptures but the deal is that I can't go back in time and take that hour of day back to improve myself. For heavens sake, my oldest turned 18 today. How can I have an adult for a child? Ugh. If I don't stick to my guns by taking that one hour per day just for me; even if it means it is late at night and I would rather use that hour to lounge, I am loosing ground. I am going to age faster. I am going to feel older. 

The Brazilian workout is working. The jeans are looser. My stomach is flat. I am doing it for health and energy. The loose jeans are just a bonus. I am not getting on the scale. I didn't measure my hips. Our motivation should be for our longevity and quality of life. The result of looking good should just be a byproduct. I highly recommend these videos, for those of you asking. 

My kids have all been inspired too. They are hitting the gym and doing workouts with me. As moms, we are the leaders. They look to us for inspiration. We need to teach them that being healthy and fit is important. These are lessons that will stay with them for life. 

We don't need to be size 0 supermodels. Size is not the issue. But, we need to take care of ourselves. If we don't, we won't be able to take care of others.

There is my report. Month two, here I come! 

If you need a little dinner suggestion, here is what we had last night:

Rosemary Potato Pizza.

Pizza dough of choice. 
Thinly slice Yukon potatoes in 1/8th inch slices. Soak in salted water for an hour then drain and dry. Toss in olive oil with rosemary and onion slices. Place on dough and salt and pepper to taste. Brush dough with oil. Bake at 500 for 20 minutes. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and put back into oven until melted and golden.

Serve with a Balsamic reduction sauce and Arugula. To make the sauce, take one cup of Balsamic Vingegar and 1 T. of honey. Bring to a boil while stirring then simmer for 30 minutes or so until reduced by half. Drizzle over pizza. 


GrainCrazy said...

That is wonderful. I totally agree with you. Taking one hour a day to take care of yourself is essential. I find exercise is as much for my physical as my mental health. I love it! :)

Analise said...

You are amazing Shari! Good for you for sticking to your commitment to yourself. If you can do it,with all your obligations, anyone should be able to.

Anonymous said...

What's with the label on Balsamic Vinegar that states it contains lead? I've heard all balsamic vinegars contain it even if that label is not present, I guess CA is the only state requiring label.
Is this really a risk? do you let your kids eat it? thanks!!

Shari Goodman said...

Most red wine vinegars and Balsamic vinegars contain lead. Low levels but none the less, lead. It is believed that the lead comes from the soil, not the processing and if you did a testing on many produce as well, you would probably find lead since it is in soil all over. If it isn't the soil, then it is in tap water that people cook with. So, now since CA required labeling of chemicals on food, we are becoming aware of something that has been there forever. They won't label produce so we don't know the levels there. I sure don't like seeing the word "lead" on anything since I have spent tons of money trying to get the lead out of my sons body. We very rarely use balsamic vinegar and my little ones don't like it, thankfully. I think in a healthy body, we are made to filter out much of the chemicals. The problem is most of us eat too much chemicals , too much of the time and do so on an unhealthy body. I wish we could all live chemical free. I guess my point is that it is probably ok not to worry if we eat it sparingly but after you have reminded me of this, I think I might reach for a different vinegar! There are some out there to be certified lead free. I am on a quest! I wish our world could be metals free but that will never happen. Thanks for the question. YOu make me think a little harder.

Whole Food for the Whole Family said...

Thanks for this wonderful recipe. (I now have another use for all the arugula in our garden!) We've had this pizza twice since you posted it and are having it again tonight. (My kids love it!)

I'm troubled by the lead in the balsamic vinegar. I contacted a mill in California who makes their own balsamic vinegar (rather than importing it from Italy where I hear much of the lead comes from old lead pipes). Here is the information on their site regarding lead in balsamic vinegar.

I'm loving the olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill. I called to see if their Balsamic Vinegar is "lead-free". They gave a hesitant "Yes", but since the vinegar is produced in Italy, I have my doubts.

We have been using an organic balsamic vinegar which contain fewer cancer causing sulphites (all balsamic vinegar contains natural sulphites), but now I'm off to find a reduced lead version of balsamic vinegar (realizing that they all will have naturally ocurring lead).

Thanks, too, for the laundry soap recommendation. It came at the perfect time as we are about to order our year supply of soap (through Amazon or Azure Standard who has it for $94).

Shari Goodman said...

Thanks for the info! I am thinking Balsamic is off my list for a while. Darn. Not worth it.

Shari Goodman said...

Didn't know Charlie's was at Azure! Darn, could have saved a couple bucks. Azure has it all!

Whole Food for the Whole Family said...

We've decided to give up Balsamic vinegar for now as well.

I found a homemade Balsamic vinegar recipe that I'm anxious to try. (I googled it.) It takes 2 months to cure, so until it's ready to use, my daughter, who LOVES Balsamic vinegar, has been using apple cider vinegar and olive oil on her salad instead. She says it tastes great!

We're making Rosemary Potato Pizza tonight that doesn't call for Balsamic.

Life goes on without Balsamic vinegar after all...

Shari Goodman said...

I have drizzled other vinegars on this pizza as well or no vinegar at all. Totally not needed! Enjoy your pizza!