Saturday, February 25, 2012

Trying new things...

So one of my New Year's resolutions was to get fit (totally my New Years resolution every year).  I wanted to start eating better, exercising more, make healthy choices.  I do better with a goal in mind; last year it was being able to run the Warrior Dash with my friends and be able to keep up.  This year, a bit loftier, to climb the Grand.  Just to get my lungs and heart in enough shape to deal with the altitude will be a miracle in itself let alone do the hike and climb the 12 pitches.
The exercise has come easily.  I have started running (jogging?) more frequently and still regularly walk with my mom.  I have added in extra time at the climbing gym and invested a whole $5 in a Jillian Michaels yoga DVD.

The food part, that has been rough.  I bought a bag of kale and made kale chips.  I bought some Brussels sprouts and roasted them like I had read on Martha Stewart Living minus the grapes and walnuts, hoping these ugly little brassicaceae would somehow be the magical veggie that I had been searching for.  No such luck.  They taste like crap.  I fed the uncooked leftovers to my horse.  Oddly enough, he liked them.

The hardest part of eating healthier, though, has been my sweet tooth.  It is about the size of Texas and unstoppable.  So when I saw these chocolate cookies made with dark chocolate and studded with chopped dried cherries I knew I had to give it a shot.  The verdict:  not sweet enough for me.  They were beautiful, just not my type.  So if you are looking for a not so sweet chocolate cookie to much, head on over to My New Roots and get the recipe.  Her blog is totally gorgeous and worth a look even if you aren't interested in the recipe.  As for me, I will have to stick with regular old chocolate chip.

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