making advocate challenge friendly one ingredient banana ice cream

My Attempt at One Ingredient Ice Cream (Bananas are the Secret Ingredient!)…

My sweet tooth has always been very picky - that is, until I cut out most sweets as I go through my AdvoCare 24-day Challenge. I've made it to day 17 and feel amazing, but I'd be lying if I said there were no cravings during the past few weeks. Ice cream has never been a big temptation for me. I'll take a waffle cone any day, but I usually scoop out most of the ice cream and toss it. I'd much rather enjoy a cupcake or fruit tart, although milkshakes are my weakness. I've learned to make smoothies feel decadent and am just as happy with low fat frozen yogurt. The warmer weather came in the middle of my challenge, and for some reason a craving for rich and creamy ice cream came with it. When I do splurge on the real thing, I like a high quality ice cream with limited ingredients. Something I can have a few bites of and be totally satisfied without any guilt. Hagen Das Five is a great example of a brand with simple, real ingredients. Back to what to do in the middle of the … [Read More...]

My NOT To-Do List…

A couple of weeks ago, Danielle LaPorte posted an idea that really struck a chord with me - a stop doing list. As a Type-A, control needing, constantly planning and list loving individual, the to-do list and I are best frenemies. I have lists in my journal in my nightstand, on post-it notes on my desk, on the ottoman in the living room, in my planner, in my work notebook and in my random crap notebook. I have actually made lists of lists to make (it's very important to be organized). You get the point. The stop doing list appealed to the list loving side of me, but it also piqued the curiosity of the side of me that wants to rebel against any kind of routine or regimen. Without further fanfare, here is my personal stop doing list: 1. I will stop working until I'm interrupted by Mike arriving home - my inbox (and to-do list) will still be there in the morning. Trust me, I've tried... 2. I will stop impulse shopping. Quality over quantity. No buying without trying. Think through … [Read More...]

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My Weekend (and what I ate)…

Recap of my weekend: We were supposed to run a few errands this weekend and spend a little time at the casino, but with doggy care and feeling lazy, we opted to stay home and have a Criminal Minds marathon with a little Reign thrown in for good measure. I did feel a little guilty about not grocery shopping, but it felt so good to cuddle up on the couch, enjoy some healthy treats and engaging TV and just let my mind wander. Besides, I hadn't finished my list, and there was no way I was going to Whole Foods and realizing I forgot something - an hour is a long way to drive back for one thing, and with my luck it would be the one ingredient I needed to make the thing I was most excited about. For those of you following my progress on the AdvoCare challenge, here's a brief recap of what I ate: Brown rice pasta with organic, sugar-free spicy arrabbiata sauce.  I mixed in some grass-fed ground beef and hid shredded carrots and chopped mushrooms in the sauce. Everyone loved … [Read More...]

AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Cookie Recipe

AdvoCare Challenge Day 2 and Challenge Friendly Cookies!…

Wow! At the end of day 2 already, I can't believe it! I thought the first day would be the hardest, but today was actually a bit tougher than yesterday, but that just gave me incentive to get more creative. Breakfast: I love a savory breakfast and after yesterday's minute muffin didn't turn out quite as expected, I wanted something tried and true this morning. I opted for a slice of organic whole grain artisan bread (complex carb), a thin layer of goat cheese (protein) and sliced tomatoes mixed with onions, garlic and seasonings. This is similar to a recipe I posted before, but I opted for goat cheese instead of ricotta since limiting dairy is a goal in days 1-10. Lunch: We had taken chicken out for dinner but forgot about lunch, which was ok since we were both working from home today. I made chicken breasts with southwestern seasoning (salt-free), a little bit of whole wheat pasta, onions, red peppers and zucchini. I cooked everything in low-sodium broth and added a small … [Read More...]

AdvoCare – Challenge Accepted…

Day 1 and look how we made it! I wasn't sure how well I would do, but before even beginning I had decided I would take it one day at a time. No pressure, no perfection, no punishment. I'm pleasantly surprised and proud of how well I've done today and I know Mike had an awesome day too. Day 1 of what you ask? The AdvoCare 24-day Challenge! If you're like me just a few weeks ago and have no idea what that is, there's a super short video below that explains it better than me. I know many may think something like this goes seems to go against everything I believe about weight loss, but that's actually not the case. I don't consider it a diet, and while I don't quite consider it a lifestyle I feel it is a great stepping stone towards one. I do consider the encourage clean eating, nutrition, emphasis on real food and portion control without drastic measures closer to the way I feel I should eat on a regular basis. It is a great opportunity for me to give and get support from … [Read More...]

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing…

That's what I've been doing instead of blogging...or pretty much anything else for the past few months. As all of my friends and readers here know, 2013 brought some unique and unexpected challenges, and 2014 started off with a month long bout of bronchitis, pneumonia and a possible asthma diagnosis. I had come a long way in everything I had been working on to build a life that I love and get my health in check, but I was by no means perfect. Stress and exhaustion turned into a vicious cycle of feeling terrible, which lead to feeling apathetic and hopeless. I wanted to stay home and cocoon. I envied that bears got to hibernate, because I could use just a day or a week of it. I found myself in a place where it wasn't up to me to just flip a switch and get back to normal Kristin mode. I learned about something called the "panic point" from my life coach Katie. It's the point that many of us get to when striving to make positive changes in our lives and suddenly find things going … [Read More...]

Check Me Out on the Be Inspired Blog…

While all is quiet here on the blog, come read my latest post on the Be Inspired blog, where I'm sharing my best practices for setting intentions instead of resolutions. Much Love! Kristin … [Read More...]

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Kristin Hodnett is a self-proclaimed self-help junkie on a personal quest for thinner peace, believing it is important to shed the excess weight not only outside but in. While this blog chronicles lessons learned on my weight loss journey, it is for everyone who wants to grow into their best self.