Leah Under Construction
I'm just a small town girl dreaming of bigger things.



myhealthyweighs:

Pumpkin Cinnamon RollsYields 4 RollsEach Roll: 115 Calories | Protein 13 g | Carbs 9 g | Fat 3 g
Roll Batter:¼ c. canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin – not pie filling)1 ½ scoops Gaspari Nutrition’s MyoFusion Pro – Cinnamon Roll2 tbsp coconut flour*1/3 c. egg whites½ tsp baking powder
*Other types of flour may be substituted, but I prefer coconut flour due to the high fiber content (2.5 grams/tablespoon).
Glaze:¼ c. sugar free maple syrup (I recommend Vermont by Maple Grove)2 tsp. almond butter, smoothDash of cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.2. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the roll batter.3. Spoon into a cupcake pan that has been sprayed with non-sticking cooking spray. You should end up with four rolls.4. Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Then, using a fork or knife, loosen the rolls from the pan and flip them over. Continue cooking the rolls for about 2-5 minutes. The rolls are cooked when you can insert a toothpick into the center of the rolls and it comes out clean (no batter on the toothpick). Be careful not to overcook.5. Remove from oven, and allow the rolls to cool slightly.6. Microwave the glaze ingredients for about 15-20 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well.7. Dip both sides of the rolls in the glaze mixture, set on a rack or plate to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.8. To maximize freshness, store leftovers in fridge.

myhealthyweighs:

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Yields 4 Rolls
Each Roll: 115 Calories | Protein 13 g | Carbs 9 g | Fat 3 g

Roll Batter:
¼ c. canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin – not pie filling)
1 ½ scoops Gaspari Nutrition’s MyoFusion Pro – Cinnamon Roll
2 tbsp coconut flour*
1/3 c. egg whites
½ tsp baking powder

*Other types of flour may be substituted, but I prefer coconut flour due to the high fiber content (2.5 grams/tablespoon).

Glaze:
¼ c. sugar free maple syrup (I recommend Vermont by Maple Grove)
2 tsp. almond butter, smooth
Dash of cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the roll batter.
3. Spoon into a cupcake pan that has been sprayed with non-sticking cooking spray. You should end up with four rolls.
4. Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Then, using a fork or knife, loosen the rolls from the pan and flip them over. Continue cooking the rolls for about 2-5 minutes. The rolls are cooked when you can insert a toothpick into the center of the rolls and it comes out clean (no batter on the toothpick). Be careful not to overcook.
5. Remove from oven, and allow the rolls to cool slightly.
6. Microwave the glaze ingredients for about 15-20 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well.
7. Dip both sides of the rolls in the glaze mixture, set on a rack or plate to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
8. To maximize freshness, store leftovers in fridge.


yellowonesdontstop:

3rd Semi-Annual Beauty Giveaway Is Here!

Click through the pictures above to see all the goodies you can win. There are 16 bottles of nail polish, gel nail stuff (including one big starter kit), tons of hair frizz stuff, hair protectant, conditioner (including one very expensive brand), moisturizers, bronzers, some MAC lipglass (one in Pink Poodle and one in Russian Red) and more. There is even a Revlon ceramic hair straightener. All new, all unused/unopened. I bought everything for cheap at my magazine’s beauty sale, and am giving it ALL away to ONE lucky winner. Retail value: Roughly $525 WINNER TAKES ALL!

Rules to Enter:

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  5. Contest ends MAY 2nd, 8pm EST.
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GOOD LUCK! May the odds be EVER in your favor!


I ran into an epiphany

I’ve tried and failed to become a runner several times. I think that the reason why I couldn’t do it all those other times is that I just wasn’t ready to commit. I didn’t want it bad enough.

During a really good run today, I realized that I am ready now. I’ve been working hard and staying on track for nearly a year, but I wasn’t ready to make the necessary commitment to change my life. I’d work out and then go through a drive through on the way home. I wasn’t gaining weight, but I wasn’t losing much of it either.

Be warned people, today is the day things happen.


I’ve been searching for a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding, which happens to be on New Year’s Eve. Well, today I found it. I liked it on the hanger, but the biggest size they had was a 16 (I usually wear an 18). I decide to try it on anyway. And it fit. And it’s magnificent. It’s black, form fitted, and sexy. I still have at least 50 pounds left to lose, but when I put that dress on today, I felt sexy. I’ll wear some spanx or something to smooth things out, but it doesn’t need much.
I wish I’d put more effort into finding a date (I put zero effort into finding a date), because I’m going to be looking pretty good.
Bring on a new year. I’m finally ready for it.


On why I need to give up pizza for a while

Well, that just about says it all. It’s one of those foods that I can’t control myself with. Regardless of how well I’ve eaten all day, as soon as I see pizza, it’s over.
Since I’ve committed to exercise, I’ve really tried to not overeat like I had in the past. I haven’t perfected my food choices yet, but I’m trying to eat less. You know, something closer to an actual portion size.
I’ve done better. Thanksgiving wasn’t the disaster that it usually is. My busy schedule has been a frequent excuse to eat out more than I should be, but I feel like right now I’m just breaking even.
So now I distance myself from the things that I know will take me off track.


I’ve been in a funk lately. I feel like I’ve been in a funk for a long time. I haven’t given up exercising or wanting to make a change, but I feel like I just don’t want it enough. I mean, if I really wanted it, I could make it happen, right? So why don’t I want it?
I keep thinking that as long as I keep going- and don’t stop- then it will happen. I have to believe that eventually all my hard work will pay off.
So I just keep going. Work out. Eat better. Believe in myself.


Spin class finally happened tonight!

And it kicked my butt. More than a little bit. I don’t know if it is because I had a tough workout last night, but everything was a little tougher than normal. I’ve been doing this for a while, and sometimes it gets really frustrating when it seems like it’s not getting any easier. I expect it to be hard, and I know I should push myself, but I feel like I should be getting more accustomed to working out this hard.

Or maybe I should just quit whining?


Last night was the final bootcamp in this session, so we did a fitness test to see what kind of progress we have made. I wish we had done an assessment in the first class so that we could compare. We did rocks, which just means we did squats and picked up rocks. I had 10 rocks, which meant I did 100 squats. An I’m feeling it today. In two minutes I did 26 push ups and in two minutes I could do 30 sit ups. I feel like my sit ups and push ups should have been a higher number, but now I know what I need to focus on for the future. Another session of bootcamp starts next week, but I think I will only be going on Saturday since spin class is on Tuesday. I’ve really missed spinning and can’t wait
To get back!!


My official time for the Black Cat Chase is 42:11. Although this is not an earth shattering time, I’m proud of it. This was a very hilly course. My first 5K was on ya portion of this same course, so I was pretty familiar with it. Although they did add another hilly portion to this course that came as quite a surprise to me!

I ran the race with a friend, who was a great motivator. We arrived early and had to wait in the cold for nearly an hour. We were ready to get it over with. We didn’t really have a plan, so we decided to start out with a slow run and walk when we felt we needed to. This worked out well for us. We got about halfway up the second hill, which was really just one long incline, and then we decided to walk some. My calves were really tight and sore at this point. We decided to run again once the hill leveled off and since the next half mile of the course was downhill, we were able to run for a while. After the downhill ended and the road leveled off again, we knew we only had a little over a half mile to go. We kept it steady until we reached the three mile mark and decided to sprint the last part. I started feeling a little nauseous at this point, but knew there wasn’t much farther to go and that there was a bagel waiting for me at the end.

I was curious as to how this compared to my previous 5K time, especially since it was practically the same course. 

Official time: 42:11 with an average pace of 13:37

Age Group (24-30):

72/108

Gender:

589/1032

Overall

1168/1777

I believe that at my current fitness level and running ability, I could do better on a flatter course, but I believe that I did the best I could on this particular course. I’m happy with my time and with the race I ran.


I am completely unprepared and not at all excited for my 5K tonight. Ugh.


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