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Fitness Goals, Life, and Coconut Ice Cream

I haven’t posted in awhile, because things have been rather busy, and also rather status-quo in my life. I couldn’t think of any new recipes to post or anything too exciting, frankly. So today I’m forcing myself to post a few musings that have been on my mind lately:
1). I’d like to set a goal to lose 20 lbs. For me, that would mean I would weigh 135. That seems perfectly reasonable (I am 5’5″), but for some reason, mildly unachievable. I have never weighed this amount in my adult life – ever. Not that I’ve tried and failed, it just isn’t my average. Luckily I carry my weight well and am a pretty strong person. I will not kill myself to get there, but I’m going to give it the old college try anyhow.
2). In order to achieve the previous goal, I am going to make a real commitment to fitness this fall. I’ve got the eating thing down for the most part and don’t want to restrict myself any further for now, so I am going to ramp up the fitness. What this means for me is a commitment to do something active every day, and push myself at least 4 days out of the week. I sit at a desk Monday-Friday, so I have to counter-act that somehow. I already “walk” quite a bit…to work, to the train, at lunch hour, so now it’s time for something different. I’ve found some great classes in kickboxing and regular boxing, so the goal is to go to one of those every night I have “off” during the week, and reserve the weekends for “play.” In other words, no gym obligations on the weekends, unless I want to (and I probably will if I can get into a more active routine).
3). I’ve been thinking a lot lately on the phrase “don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.” I think it’s absolutely true. My blood sugars are better, I feel pretty good, my health is in good shape, so why stress about the fact that I’m not perfect?? And yet…being the ambitious person that I am, I still do! I am going to repeat this mantra in my head often, in order to remind myself to chill out. (This does not negate goals 1&2, as even at 135 I will not be perfect but I think I’ll feel pretty darned good about myself).

Finally, I’ve been obsessed with Coconut Ice Cream lately (and all things Coconut). It really is a wonder product. Here’s a recipe I whipped up last night in my ice cream maker - as an afterthought, I flavored it with cinnamon and it was a great choice:

1 can organic coconut milk (make sure it is not “light”, but rather, the fatty version)
1-2 TBS raw honey (really just a touch of sweetness, I find it doesn’t need much)
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla

That’s it – throw it all into the ice cream maker and voila! I make a ton of variations on this recipe – berries, chocolate, what-have-you. It totally solves my ice cream craving and fits right into my idea of healthy living, too!

P.S. Is anyone else so grateful for this awesome early-Fall weather we are having in Chicago? I love this season!

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