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28 Day Fitness Challenge: Days 15-21

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Still going strong!! I’m very happy to have week three of my 28 Day Fitness Challenge under my belt. I’m down 6 pounds now, which is an average of 2 pounds a week. This is great for me as I usually don’t see the scale move much my first month of exercising and getting my diet back on track. I’m not feeling tired like I was the last time I did this challenge and I think that has a lot to do with morning work-outs … and getting in bed by 11 pm (sleep is sooo important). So I don’t foresee any problems taking it all the way to the end this time! Yea!!

And, here are Days 15-21 in pictures!!

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On a diet note … despite encountering these for $0.99 at the register of Panera on Friday night …

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Red Velvet COOKIES?!?! Are you kidding me?!?!

I walked out with this, as planned …

DELISH!!

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. DELISH!!

A little trick I use to take the calorie count down on this salad is request the half-size salad portions of the nuts, cheese and dressing. By doing this, I shave 165 calories off of the salad, taking it from 550 to 385. All the flavor for 2/3 the calories!! WIN!! Oh, but I earned a free bakery treat the next time I go to Panera … so, I can’t make any promises that I won’t walk out with one of those cookies the next time …

And to wrap this up, on a hair note, I washed the mop and FINALLY did a two step henna/indigo this weekend!! I actually did a full head, full strength henna treatment, which I haven’t done in over a year. So happy to be done with that as my roots were looking CUH-RAZY!!

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Sorry, no after pics yet. I set my hair in braids on Saturday night and released them late on Sunday to bun it. My wash day went down almost exactly the same as the last one, which I ran down here, except I did the henna/indigo treatment after shampooing/detangling and set my hair in braids instead of twists. Other than that, the steps and products were the same with one other exception that I think made a HUGE difference in my detangling session this weekend. It was a BREEZE and I was so ecstatic! I’ll be sharing what I did differently with you guys very soon in a post about detangling techniques. So, stay tuned for that ;)!!

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I’m starting C25K Week 3 this morning!! How did my 28 Day Fitness Challenge ladies doing or any of you who are working towards health & fitness goals?

I ♥ Sweet Potatoes

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Okay, let me open this with, I don’t cook. Like, seriously? I just don’t do it. I used to cook healthy stuff when I was bodybuilding in my 20s. But now, I want simple, easy and quick. So, this is not really a cooking post and you won’t see me sharing recipes often … unless I come across something involving very few ingredients and very little actual cooking.

That being said, I didn’t really cook today. But, I did bake a few organic sweet potatoes to serve as meal additions and snacks for the week. You see, baby when I used to bodybuild, this was a mainstay of my diet. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, nutrient rich (Vitamin A, C, potassium, beta-carotene, etc.), and a great addition to many meals (a medium-sized one counts as a serving of veggies). The best thing of all? When I’m watching calories and sugar, sweet potatoes, which have a low glycemic index (surprise!!), sooth my sweet tooth and are a satisfying dessert!! Want to learn more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes? Check out this post on LiveStrong.com: The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes.

Anywho, prior to going to yoga this morning, I rinsed and scrubbed the organic sweet potatoes (organic is preferred) and left them on a paper towel on the countertop to dry. When I got home, I simply pierced each sweet potato with the fork a few times and baked in a 450 degree oven (on aluminum foil in middle rack) for about an hour while I took a nap (don’t worry, Wei was awake )!! I ate half of one, skin and all, when I awoke! Delicious!!

Since I was thinking about sweet potatoes, I figured I’d share a simple and healthy, sweet potato with kale and ricotta cheese recipe that a friend shared with me a couple of years ago!! The ingredient list is short and sweet, just like I like it!

via WholeLiving.com

Ingredients
4 medium sweet potatoes (8 to 10 ounces each), pricked all over with a fork
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced crosswise
1 bunch kale (about 1 1/4 pounds), thick stems removed, leaves torn into large pieces and washed with water left clinging
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and rub with 1 tablespoon oil. Bake until easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high. Add garlic; cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to a paper towel to drain.
  3. Add as much kale as will fit in the skillet; season with salt and pepper. Continue to add kale as the leaves cook down. Cook, tossing frequently until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and red-pepper flakes.
  4. Open each potato; add salt and pepper. Top with ricotta, kale, and garlic.

This is when I made it about 2 years ago!! LOL!! Guess it’s time to try again.

I think I’d like to try this with spinach too! And, I read another recipe that suggested slicing them after baking and sautéing in coconut oil with sea salt!! Mmmmm … simple and easy!!

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Are you a fan of sweet potatoes? What’s your favorite way to eat them?