Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! I hope you are well and treating yourself right!
Today's short blog post is about where I am now, my continued weight loss adventure, some insight and a recipe!
Read Time: 7 minutes
At my heaviest weight, I was 215 pounds and being 5 foot 1 (on a good day) I'm surprised I didn't develop diabetes or have any other serious health problems. But, that was then, now I weigh in between 125 - 130.
I must admit, I have been eating like a junkie as of late. I have been shoving my favorite junk foods in my mouth, mostly popcorn, dark chocolate, French pastries, such as chocolate eclairs and fruit tarts, other homemade sweets and of course French bread with big helping of butter before eat bite.
Yes, I did gain weight, yet what is worse is that I disconnected from body. I do not want to use medication as an excuse, however I have started two new medications, which weight gain is a side effect. The good news is the medication is helping, the bad news is that I haven't had the motivation to do anything. I do not feel good in my skin, and worse, my body stopped talking to me. This is what I mean by being disconnected to my body.
I know it sounds strange, but there was this little voice in my head that would say, 'Hey, you know what would be awesome right now, some squats!!' and out the door I would go! Therefore, after some reflection and with the help of my doctors, I have restarted the induction phase of the Atkins diet and I am slowly weening myself off my prescription meds, my hope is that my body will start speaking to me again and she will!
By the way, in case you didn't know, I lost a considerate amount of weight by doing Atkins. It is what worked for me.
Today's recipe is one of my FAVORITES!
Low carb tacos!!
Can be made with chicken breast or ground beef.
half a pound of ground beef
red, yellow and bell peppers
oil -- I use either olive or veggie
1 medium onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
half a medium tomato and tomato paste/sauce
salt and pepper
Directions: First, brown your ground beef for about 5 minutes. While it is browning, I start chopping the peppers, garlic and onion, I cut them in slivers, however you cut them as you please. As for the tomato, cut in half. Half of it will be placed in the pan, the other half will be saved for the salad. Then add the garlic and onion to the pan and mix until they meld well!
Next, add your spices. I keep it simple, just salt and pepper and CUMIN, it is the spice that makes the recipe! Mix it around, I add a lot of cumin. Trust me, it is soooooo good!
Then I add in the tomato sauce... You want it to be saucy, but not soupy. A small jar or box will do finely. Once it is nicely mixed and smells like heaven, throw in the peppers, set on a high heat and mix, mix, mix! It should take only 2-3 minutes, then mix in half of the tomato, turn off the heat and allow it to simmer.
While it is simmering, prepare your plate. I load half my plate with a green salad, the other half of the tomato and add a spoonful of sour cream to each side, then I cover in cheddar cheese. Then serve the beef, which I also top off with cheddar cheese and VIOLA! I'm in low-carb, fat girl heaven!!! ENJOY!
Until next time!!!
Remember life is too short to eat bad food!
Bisous -- Jenny!
Today's post is about one of my many passions: BELLY DANCE!
Read time: 10-13 minutes
I first started belly dancing when I was a kid, although at the time, I didn't know I was belly dancing, I was just shaking and shimmying and undulating like a rattlesnake on fire!! Belly dancing came natural to me, even though I never had any official training until I was in my early 20s.
My first teacher was Tsikki. She is a Goddess. It is thanks to her that I fell in love with the art. She taught me that my body is an art form and that I must treat myself and my body like a priceless masterpiece, because I am (you too!) a one of a kind.
It took years for her teaching to sink in and I am glad it did, because I don't think I would be in France continuing her teaching if it did not. I will never forget her, not even when I am 100 and at that age, I still plan on shimmying like a rattlesnake on fire! I love her... I love her... I love her. Thank you for being, Tsikki.
For your viewing pleasure, my first teacher... the one, the only.... the Divine and the Lovely, Tsikki.
Her essence is pure joy and this is what I strive for when I dance. What a Goddess!
The benefits of belly dancing are numerous and instead of listing how this dance form can reform you, I will simply say this... If you can walk, you can belly dance.
In my belly dance class, you will learn that "every square is a circle and every circle is a square. 4 points! and rooooollll it out!" Guess you will just have to experience my dance class to understand what I am talking about. I strongly believe that EVERY WOMAN MUST BELLY DANCE. I am also proud to say that I have 2 belly dance babies! Two of my sweet friends were pregnant when they decided to take up belly dance. I am also pleased to say that both of their children are the kindest, cutest and smartest children in all of France! ;)
I recently read an article about a woman who at the age of 33 discovered she had stage 4 cancer. Belly dancing helped in her to heal and recover. You can read the article here. In the article, she also makes a reference to 4 points: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual.
The physical benefits of belly dance include helping you to evenly strengthen your core and spine, thus promoting good posture. It increases muscle tone and flexibility, which builds a stronger body.
The faster movements are great for your cardiovascular system, increasing blood flow and promoting the flow of oxygen throughout the body. The slower moments elevate self-awareness and muscle control, and can even become a form of meditation. The movements are low impact, which is gentle on your back and joints.
Dance helps clear the mind and allows you to let go of stress.
The mental benefits include empowerment, relaxation, and creativity.
The emotional benefits are: increased self-esteem, contentment, happiness, fulfillment, and feeling of accomplishment.
The spiritual benefits are: feeling centered, grounded, and connected to yourself, others, and your higher power.
I couldn't have said it better myself. If you get a chance, BELLY DANCE! It does a body good AND makes you a better lover! Oh la la! wink!
Until next time, take care of yourselves and remember that life is too short to eat bad food!
Big kiss and shake those hips!
Love - Jenny Scarlett
STICK A CORK IN IT!!
Today's post is about an art project.
Read time: 5 minutes
Bonjour vous tous!!!
Looky at what I made -- A wine cork bath mat, obviously! Since the sun has been on strike lately, I thought it would be a perfect day to tackle a creative project I've been wanting to do for some time.
You see, I was on Pinterest. (Need I say more?) And I live in Bordeaux... and I have needed a new bathroom mat for a while. So, instead of going out and buying one, I decided to make one.
This was the result.
Plus, my sweet friends (who I lovingly call The Witches) collected wine corks special for more than a year.
I find this endearing and it warms my heart to know that my friends, who just may be winos, thought about me enough to save a little cork. It is the small acts that make a big difference! With my heart full of warm and fuzzy feelings (by the way, I was not drinking wine at the time) I just cut out a heart shaped pattern and starting gluing away.
In the end, it took me less than two hours to put together and I only burned myself once with the hot glue gun.
a hot glue gun and sticks
an anti-slip mat
I found a tutorial on Pinterest, but in the end, I usually just follow my gut.
By the way, cork is waterproof and everytime we step out of the shower, our feet will get a little massage!
Until next time... take care of yourselves and remember: Life is too short to eat bad food!
Love -- Jenny!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
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