Currently 11.17.14

Forest Park Hike breastfeeding

Doing: Sitting on the couch with my snuggly boy while Neil makes us breakfast. Also trying to plan out our week and get a little bit more organized. 

Thinking about: This is the last week of DietBet and well (not surprisingly) I am not close to my 4% weight loss goal. I say not surprisingly because to lose 9 pounds in one month as a breastfeeding mom is much more of a challenge.  Like I said before DietBet wasn’t just about losing the weight (which I have lost some of) it was also about making some healthy changes so right now I am thinking about what else I can do this week. 

Watching: Lately Neil and I have been really into watching The Good Wife. We are finishing up the first season right now and I am really loving it. 

Looking forward to: Next week! Neil will no longer be working on contract and will be fulltime as of the 24th (wahoo for him right?!) and that means our trip to Seattle next week will be so much more fun and relaxing. That being said for my local PNW friends if you have suggestions for Seattle please let me know because we didn’t love it our first time around but are really wanting to get the most out of this trip. 

Reading: I’ve been reading I’ll Seize The Day Tomorrow by Jonathan Goldstein.  For my Canadian friends and CBC radio listeners you probably know him his from WireTap show and if you enjoy listening to that then you will love this book. It is seriously hilarious to read and it has short sections so as a busy parent it makes reading in small spurts easy. 

Loving: Weekends with my little family especially when we get out and hike or go to the farmers market. 

As always this post is inspired by Sometimes Sweet.

RECIPE | Vegan Pumpkin Pie Redux

Pumpkin Pie

I originally made this a few years back but I have played around a little bit with the recipe. While I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie this original recipe came out of a “need” to use up a can of pumpkin puree I had in my pantry. I gave it a shot and it came out so tasty.

Vegan Pumpkin PIe
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
  1. 1 cup coconut cream
  2. 1-15oz can pumpkin puree
  3. 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  4. 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  5. 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of your choice)
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  9. 1 uncooked pie crust rolled out to 1/8-1/4 inch think (use your favorite recipe or make life easy and buy a pre-made one I like Wholly Wholesome)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place the pie crust in the pie plate, top with a piece of parchment paper and
  2. then a cake pan or pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely. If you are using a frozen pie crust follow package directions.
  3. While the crust is cooling place all of the remaining ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
  4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the crust and bake for 35-40 minutes until the filling has set and the crust is lightly browned.
  5. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Serve with your favorite non-dairy whipped cream
Running With Tongs

Fitness Friday | DietBet Update & Kara Goucher


Happy Fri….errr Saturday! Sorry this post is a day late but yesterday ended up being crazy busy and we were out of the house from 8am-8pm! Yikes! Friday night is also our no-computer at home date night so as soon as we got home it was kids to bed, make a quick curry and (frozen) dumplings, pour a glass of wine and crash on the couch with The Blacklist. 

Hiking last Sunday

Hiking last Sunday

So here it is the DietBet halfway update. So far as of last Sunday I am 20% to my DietBet goal weight. I don’t weigh in again until tomorrow morning but I unfortunately don’t think it has changed much since last week. That being said what has changed for the better is my activity level and diet. So far things are moving in the direction I want: weight (slowly) going down, activity level going up and diet becoming cleaner and cleaner. 

So what are my goals for the next two weeks?  Run more, hike more, walk more, strength train, and lots of yoga. Focus on eating really well/clean 80-90% of the time (right now I am closer to 65-75%) and create a clean pantry/fridge aka stock up on lots of whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies and reduce packaged goods. Lastly, get organized, declutter and do something for myself that nourishes my mind, body and soul. 



Since I am a huge fan of Kara Goucher I wanted to share with you that she is goinng to be on the cover of the November/December issue of Women’s Running Magazine which hits stands November 11th.  

Included in the magazine will be a day in the life feature story of Kara that highlights her training techniques, eating habits and  inner-most thoughts. I don’t know about you but I LOVE day in the life posts and vlogs. They are one of my favorite types of blogs to read and now that I am writing this I am thinking I should really include more on my blog - what do you think?

Anyways in the November/December issue of Women’s Running Magazine Kara’s life is in full display as she shares the contents of her fridge, her lip gloss hoarding problem, and her training routine which includes two-hour full-body sports massage (where do I sign up?) from her therapist of 15 years, Allan Kupczak. 

One thing that really draws me to follow Kara and her life is that she is also a mom. Kara is mom to four-year-old Colt. Though pregnancy was a tricky proposition given her career, Kara said motherhood “was the best decision I ever made.” I have to agree with her it is really the best decision that I’ve ever made as well. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this issue of the magazine in exchange for sharing the news of Kara Goucher’s cover.  

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