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Pumpkin Pancakes and Spinning

20 Apr

Mark has been quite the chef these last few days. I have not been overly motivated to cook in the last week so Mark has been taking over. He makes these wonderfully tasty pumpkin pancakes that I top with one tablespoon of plain yogurt and local apple syrup.



2 cups of pancake mix (the box mix is fine)
3 tbsp of brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinamon, nutmeg, ginger)
2 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin (canned is fine when pumpkin is not in season)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract


In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. You can mix, separately, the dry and wet ingredients. But, to be honest, I don’t do that unless I’m making muffins or a loaf.

Pumpkin is a great source of fibre and Vitamin A. These pancakes are so flavourful and yummy! Love them!

I had a great spinning class too last night.  Worked real hard and felt the burn! I know it’s so cliche, but it’s true. I hit the road for a ride this afternoon. Felt real good and strong following all the spin classes this winter. However, outdoor cycling is much more different and difficult than indoor. So my legs were real sore after 40 minutes. I’m looking forward to building some more endurance in the weeks to come.


Spring has [finally] sprung!

16 Mar

I stayed home from school today to do some housework and catch up on homework. I thoroughly cleaned the bathroom and did the weekly cleaning routine. I donated some clothes that no longer fit (such a great feeling!) but now I need some new work clothes. But I think I will wait until all the weight is off to make one big purchase.

The weather was rainy and a little chilly today. But the weekend is going to be absolutely beautiful! They are calling for highs in the low 20’s. I can’t wait! My good friend is running in a 10k race tomorrow morning. I am going to cheer her on and then we have to get right into school work. Hopefully it doesn’t take too long. I would like to be a little social for St. Patrick’s Day.

Day 7

Breakfast: 3/4 oatmeal, 1/4 cranberries, 1 tsp honey (I needed the oats for the holding power, I was pretty hungry this morning)
Snack: 3/4 cup of vanilla flavoured yogurt and 1 small banana
Lunch: Chicken wrap
Snack: 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, a few pieces of strawberries and pineapple
Supper: 2 pumpkin and blueberry pancakes (I know this isn’t part of the 10 Pound Shred meal plan but it’s a low calorie recipe – about 350cals for both)

Exercise: 1hr spin class. We worked really hard with high resistance and fast cadence. I felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest! My legs are tired; now to veg on the couch and enjoy a movie.

I will have my official end of week 1 measurements either tomorrow or Sunday. As a preview, I know I’m down to 144lbs and my waist is now 33in (this is approximate).