The school year is almost over, and finals week is in full swing. But I just returned back to DC after spending Thanksgiving with family. I had the most wonderful, relaxing time, filled with food and family. This year, my family hosted Thanksgiving lunch, and we all decided to help cook in some way. I took charge of the pies, and managed to find a recipe that was both tasty and healthy!! It’s so hard to find a healthy pie recipe that pleases everyone, but I think for the most part, my family enjoyed it. Thanks to the Gracious Pantry, we saved a ton of calories (without sacrificing taste) this Thanksgiving!
I tried both The Gracious Pantry’s Clean Eating Pecan Pie and Clean Eating Apple Pie. Personally, I think the Pecan Pie turned out better than the apple pie; however, since there are SO many different flavors that you can make apple pie (based on which apples you use), I don’t think I can fairly evaluate her Apple pie recipe. I used about 3/4 cups of honey in the Pecan Pie, but it could have been sweeter. Nevertheless, it tasted great. I used green apples in the Apple pie, and I think it turned out a bit too tart for my taste, so I recommend using a sweeter apple (perhaps Honeycrisp?). Finally, instead of making pie crust from scratch, I bought premade whole wheat crust from Whole Foods. Unfortunately, the crust was too dry, and crumbled too much. I recommend choosing a more buttery brand for a better tasting pie. Overall, the pies still tasted GREAT.. Try the recipes out!
Over Thanksgiving break, I had the chance to do some “fitness testing” and see how far I was from reaching my fitness goals. Officially, I can do 34 push-ups in a row. That’s ONE push-up away from my semester goals. I tried really hard to get to 35, but I could barely push myself up by the last two, and I really didn’t want to half-ass #35. Hopefully, by December 31, I will be able to easily get there. I also did a 1 mile run test, and managed to shave off about roughly 45 seconds from my time that I ran in September. It’s not a super significant accomplishment, but considering the fact that I don’t run too often, I thought it was pretty good.
I am still squatting about 115 lbs (including the bar). I haven’t really increased the weight, because I have been focusing on form and reps more. I realized I wasn’t squatting fully, so this past semester has been a quest to get down as low as possible. I don’t expect myself to increase the weight anytime soon.
My brother has a removable pull-up bar in the doorway to his bedroom, and so whenever I go home, he challenges me to a pull-up. Unfortunately, I still cannot complete a full pull-up…but I CAN do a CHIN-UP!!! A chin-up relies a lot more on bicep power, so it’s a little easier than a pull-up; however, the fact that I can even pull myself up more than once, says a lot about my progress.
How was your Thanksgiving? Have you seen progress in your fitness goals?