Butternut Squash Smoothie, Weight Loss & A Giveaway Winner

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Happy Daylight-Saving-Time!  Happy One-Week-Until-My-Birthday!  Happy It’s-Practically-Spring! Happy Pi Day! Happy Day! Did I miss anything?

Odd's Cafe, West Asheville, NC

Did you have a good weekend? Drink lots of coffee? Eat lots of good food?  Do lots of yoga? I did.

But before we get to that, let me announce the WINNER of my Odd’s Cafe Gift Card Giveaway!

Odd's Cafe Giveaway- www.roseyrebecca.com

Thanks to all that entered and I wish all of you could win! Loved reading about your favorite coffee shop drinks, so many I need to try!  Also thanks to those of you who followed Odd’s and Rosey Rebecca on social media.  I know Odd’s would agree that we both really appreciate the support!

Enough talk: The winner of the Odd’s Cafe Gift Card Giveaway is:

CHRISTINA who said: Hmmm. I guess the most interesting drink to me will always be a Cafe ‘Ole at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I love returning to that town and settling down for a warm glass of chicory coffee infused with warm milk. I guess I’m old school. Lol

Congratulations, Christina! Please send an email to rebecca@roseyrebecca.com by midnight tomorrow (March 15) to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you, I will choose a new winner on Wednesday, March 16.  Note: I used the Random Integer Generator to select the winner.

Even if you didn’t win, you should still go to Odd’s and drink all the lattes and eat all the vegetarian strata!

Vegetarian Chorizo Strata from Odd's Cafe, West Asheville, NC

I’m actually sitting in Odd’s drinking a blackberry iced tea as I type this post.  I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I lived in coffee shops all weekend.  Jeff had events to attend both Saturday and Sunday so I was on my own all weekend.  Basically the past couple days have looked like this:

Sleep. Coffee.  Eat.  Exercise. Coffee.  Eat.  Blog.  Coffee.  Eat.  Sleep.

Oh, and drink smoothies.

Smoothie

I think I threw my whole kitchen into the blender. In the mix:

  • Frozen Butternut Squash
  • Frozen Berries
  • Banana
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Whole Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Flax Seed Meal
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Spinach
  • Oats

A few of you have asked about the addition of butternut squash to my smoothies, so here’s the deal: you can barely taste it but it makes the texture SO creamy. Plus it’s frozen so it’s a great veggie alternative to ice. Super healthy and super sneaky. Do it! I promise you’ll love it.

I gulped that down Friday afternoon after I busted out Level One of Jillian’s 30-Day-Shred. In case you missed it, I’m adding Jillian’s DVD to my workout routine because I’ve packed on a few extra pounds and I’ve done it before and know that it works!  Instead of doing 30 days in a row, I’m doing it three times a week and mixing in spinning and yoga classes.  Friday was probably my ninth time doing it (I’ve been bad about keeping track) so I plan to move on to Level Two next week (there are three levels- the idea is to do each level for 10 days before progressing to the next one)

A few weeks ago, I sent out this tweet:

Well, guess what?  My first time doing it again was REALLY hard!  Let me just warn you, whether it’s your first time doing it or you’re just getting back into it, Jillian does not kid around. I mean, the first strength move is push-ups, which I hate just a little bit less than burpees. BUT while I was doing it on Friday I noticed that it didn’t seem as hard anymore. Don’t get me wrong- it’s still a killer workout, but I wasn’t completely dying during it and I didn’t have to take any breaks.  I felt stronger. I know this is an older workout DVD but I definitely recommend it because it works!  I took pictures before starting this workout routine a few weeks ago and we’ll see if I’m brave enough to share them in a month or two.

Have Patience With All Things, But, First of All, With Yourself.

I’m constantly reminding myself to be patient with weight loss, which is hard for me because I’m not a very patient person.  It’s especially frustrating for me because I lost 30 pounds when I started this blog in 2009 and I guess I forgot how hard it is, both physically and mentally.  I want to be honest you: I’m back to the weight I was before I started this blog.  I also want to admit I think I was a little too skinny when I lost weight the first time around. This time, while I’m definitely aiming to get back to a healthy weight, my main goal is to feel strong and fit.

So along with being painfully impatient, I’m trying to keep off the scale and focus more on how I feel and how my clothes fit.  I was frustrated a few days ago because, after working out consistently for the past several weeks, the scale told me my weight hadn’t budged a  bit.  At the same time, however, my clothes fit better and I feel more  fit. I notice more definition in my muscles and feel stronger in general.

I’m trying to not get discouraged when I don’t see results right away. I’ve done 16 bicycle crunches. Where is my six-pack?  I’m trying to focus more on celebrating my gains, like the fact that I can do push-ups now without my arms feeling like they’re going to break off and that I can complete a spin class without feeling like I’m never going to be able to breathe again.  I’m also trying not to be too hard on myself. I mean, I did  undergo hip surgery not too long ago and working out just isn’t what it used to be.

I also know that a big part of losing weight is diet and I’ve been focusing on that too, although it might not seem like it with all the french fry sandwiches and humongous veggie burgers I’ve been posting lately.  I truly believe in the 80/20 rule for healthy eating.  In fact, I feel like my diet is more 90/10.  I eat a super healthy diet 90 percent of the time and splurge 10 percent of the time.  I’ve been watching my portion sizes and incorporating more fruits and veggies into my daily meals (Hello Butternut Squash Smoothie!). I’ve also been cooking a lot more at home.  When I first started this blog, I posted three times a day and documented everything I ate. I can’t even imagine doing that now. So what you see on my blog and Instagram are snippets, not the full story.

I don’t know why I feel compelled to explain my diet, but I do.  I feared when writing this post that people would think, well of course she’s not losing weight, look at what she eats.  As I’m typing this out now though I know that’s completely ridiculous. My diet is so much healthier than it’s ever been and I’m not ashamed of it.  The thing I love most about blogging and the blogging community is that I truly feel like I can open up when I write here.   It also keeps me accountable and inspires me, which is why I started blogging in the first place.

So, all that said, I know I’m getting somewhere; it’s just going to take a bit more time.  I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again.

never give up on a dream

This post went completely off topic from what I was going to talk about today.  Sometimes that just happens when I start writing and I’m ok with that.

But because I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I ate good food this weekend, I’ll leave you with a picture of the veggie BLT I had at City Bakery on Saturday.

Veggie BLT with Avocado- City Bakery, Asheville

You’re welcome.

Are you a patient person?

How do you deal with having to wait to accomplish your goals?

Favorite smoothie ingredient?

Best thing you ate this weekend?

Let’s chat!

Have a great Monday <3

(I’m linking up with Marvelous MondayMeatless Monday, and Sunday Fitness & Food)

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This is The Song That Never Ends

Don’t forget to enter my Amazing Grass Giveaway! You have until Midnight (EST) on July 14th to enter.

Warning: Long, LONG post ahead. Proceed with caution.

Want to know what’s better than a blogger meet-up?

A blogger workout meet-up.

Doesn't Jen sort of look like Reese Witherspoon? I think she does.

Tonight, Jen and I died worked our butts off  at a body pump class at my gym.  The picture above is our attempt to recreate the squats track that killed both of us. We didn’t even try to recreate the lunge or shoulder track. We would have fallen off my balcony.

I loved meeting Jen tonight. We had so much to talk about, and I can’t wait to see her this weekend at Heather’s Blogger Potluck Brunch! Thanks, Jen, for working out with me!

Moving right along… I participated in the #fitblog chat on Twitter tonight. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to join in on the next one.

Here are two of my favorite tweets from the chat:

@EvanFMFF: Q2 Lots of chocolate milk. I say the milk gets in the way; just have the chocolate #fitblog

@zenlizzie: I think people are more inspired by fit people who are “real” than fit people who never eat pizza or drink beer #fitblog

I completely agree with both of  these statements.

Want to participate in the next #fitblog chat? Check out Katy’s post for more details.

ON TO THE FOOD! Since this is a food blog. Sheesh!

I took my breakfast out on a date to my balcony this morning.

I was really craving banana oats, and the fact that we were out of ripe bananas didn’t stop me from giving in to that craving.

Blogfaces, meet Mr. Blueberry-Banana Oat Smoothie (BBOS)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • handful of fresh blueberries
  • tsp cinnamon
  • tsp flax
  • tsp PB

He’s pleased to meet you and hopes that you’ll invite him on a date to your balcony, too. I had a runny egg on the side. BBOS wasn’t jealous. He enjoyed the company.

Enough of that.

For those of you who participated in my silly guessing game last night, no, I am not working at my fav. cafe, Uncommon Grounds. Kudos to those of you who know me well enough to guess that. I think I would turn into a bagel if I worked there, and that would be no good. No. Good.

I did, however, eat at Uncommon Grounds today for lunch:

Swoon. I love you, Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with PB and honey.

Like I said in last night’s post, I will not reveal the actual name of the place where I work, but I will tell you that Tay was almost right when she said:

I’m guessing a barista somewhere! Somewhere where they have a salad bar….haha

Yes. I am working as a barista. No. There is not a salad bar. But they do make pretty tasty salads behind the counter.

Close enough.Tay, please e-mail me at beccarose21[at]aol[dot]com with your address and I’ll send ya out a little prize ASAP!

Speaking of that tasty salad from last night, I ate the rest of it for a snack today before body pump.

That just looks so appetizing, doesn’t it?

After pump, Jeff and I whipped up a couple of burritos for dinner.

  • Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • Eden Organics Cajun Rice & Beans
  • Corn
  • Goat Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Frank’s Red Hot

Scarfed it down with a side salad made with romaine and tomatoes.

Dessert was a bowl of cheerios and that’s not very interesting so no picture for you!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new header, courtesy of my very good friend, Dara. I was very picky and probably drove her crazy over the four weeks it took to finally get my new header right. More on that tomorrow.

Topics to discuss:

  1. Have you ever been to a blogger meet-up? Tell me about it!
  2. Did you participate in the #fitblog chat? If so, what was your favorite question? What questions would you have asked if you had been monitoring it?
  3. Have you ever taken a body pump class? How did you like it?
  4. Have you ever taken a smoothie out on a date? WHY NOT?

Have a wonderful Wednesday! <3

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