Friday, August 1, 2008

You Know You Want To

It's not too late to join us in our Healthy Habits Exercise Challenge! Leave me a comment or send me an email and I'll add your name to our roster. Click on the picture at the left to see our website. You know you want to join us. As of writing this, we have 11 people signed up (my sister is the only one under duress,) and I would really like to see 20-30 of us. Not only can we all get healthy together, but that will increase the amount in the Victory Pool. So COME ON! You know you want to. Think about how strong and lean you will feel when Thanksgiving rolls around, tempting you to fill up on dinner rolls and pumpkin pie.

I need this so badly because I have been rolling over and going back to sleep way too often lately. Far too often. And eating too much ice cream, cobbler, chips with garden-fresh salsa, and bundt cakes. Bundt cakes because I have been feverishly concocting recipes for the Nordic Ware Bundts Across America contest. You may remember that it is one of my 40 before 40 goals to win a recipe contest. As far as I'm concerned, being chosen as a finalist and winning a prize of any sort would qualify. If not this one, there will be plenty of other opportunities. (Too bad another 40 before 40 goal is to weigh significantly less than I do when entering baking contests. Do I sense a paradox?)

For this particular contest, you must submit a photo of your cake with a slice taken out of it and the Nordic Ware pan next to it. Which means that you have to make the cake and not just submit a recipe. And since I am a procrastinator, and since I entered three recipes, we've got a lot of cake around here today. (The deadline was today, naturally.) So tomorrow morning I'm taking a Christmas breakfast coffeecake to a shower brunch. Hope they are feeling Christmasy! Sure, fresh strawberries and lemon pound cake would have been a better choice in August, but I'm not about to make another cake tonight. Forget about it.

As you may have figured out if you've been reading my blog for very long, sugar is my downfall. I have a major sweet tooth and find homemade treats and quality chocolates and premium ice cream to be irresistible. I can pass up a Chips Ahoy, but not a See's Candy Walnut Square Bar. I can skip a cupcake from the store but hardly ever a homemade one, especially if it has thick, buttery frosting. And never if it's this one. Possibly the best cupcakes I have ever made. But I digress. I am sure that if I ever conquer this whole sweet tooth thing, my weight management issues will be much more manageable. :)

What about you? What food is irresistible to you? What is easy to pass up, at least when you are trying to eat well? Let's discuss amongst ourselves.


Macy said...

The exercise site looks great! It will be good to have some extra motivation. (Especially because I have found it difficult to exercise here in Texas.)

I have a difficult time passing up cake. And creme brulee if we are at a restaurant and it is on the menu.

The Nordic Ware cakes look great! Will you post the recipes when the contest is over?

Michal said...

i will post the recipes when the contest is over.
my mil cannot pass up creme brulee if it is on the menu. maybe i shouldn't tell you this, but it's not hard to make it at home!:)

Aubrey said...

Ok, Ok, I'm in on the group. I need some real motivation to keep me going. A little competition may be just the thing...

Rebecca said...

This would be so good for me to do because I'm so cheap that I would totally exercise everyday so I wouldn't have to pay any money. That's the point, right? When I did weight watchers and I was actually paying them to weigh me, I never cheated even once because I'm just a little OCD on following rules. When I do it on my own, well that's another story.

So...this is going to last for 3 months right? The only hesitation I have is that I feel very swamped right now with just everything from my calling and kids, etc. But...I will do it. Can I just time myself for 30 minutes and take a brisk walk? Or do yoga for 30 minutes from a video? Anything as long as it's timed and exercise? How do we tell you that we completed our there something we do on the website?

Michal said...

there are a few more specific rules on the website, but basically if it is timed exercise for at least 30 minutes, it counts.
i am still working on allowing people to update their own info without allowing anyone in the world to tinker with our worksheet. so for now, participants will email me at the end of the week with their points and i'll enter it into the spreadsheet.
i'll add your name! you'll be glad you did it.

Prudy said...

Michal: That looks beautiful! I can't imagine you not being invited with that gorgeous cake. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I can't pass up so many things, but here's a short list:
Homemade bread, warm from the oven
Buttermilk Brownies
Cheese Enchiladas or Real Tacos
Sauteed Mushrooms
Roasted Vegetables
Good cheese and Crusty bread

scrap chair potato said...

You are right, I do want to.
No, wait. I don't. I do. I don't.....
I don't know what I want to do... Agh!
My excuse for the moment is that school starts next week and it is a busy time for me to start something like this. There is always an excuse isn't there?

Andrea said...

Ok, I'm in too! I am like Rebecca that I think the money will motivate me well. 3 months is a long time but it would really help me get a good habit going.

Grammy said...

Ok - is it too late to count me in? I was on the fence and couldn't decide - but I have finally decided to take the plunge. I'll either have a great start at exercising each day or have to fork out a bunch of money. Hopefully forking out the money will motivate me :)


Michal said...

it's not too late at all. in fact, i'll take sign ups for the next week--but they have to start their counting from today anyway. i'll have the website updated in a couple of minutes with the new participants. we're up above 20 now, i think! yay!

Jeff and Julianne said...

Michal, -Remember me from the mission-Julianne Powley? I just found your blog and I love it. Can't wait to read up! We live in Milwaukee, Jeff is going to Marquette for an Endodontic residency. We have 5 boys--check our our blog--just started it.