31 May 2013

I'm still here


I know it's been a while. I hope you'll forgive me! Let me explain...

At the beginning of 2013 I got really sick. 2 weeks into 2 medications and nothing had changed. So the new CF doc over at the doc office put me in the hospital. :( It was actually pretty ridiculous because I in no way felt sick enough to be in the hospital. I actually thought I shouldn't be in there, and judging from the reactions of the nurses, they didn't think so either.


So anyway. A picc line in my arm...a hospital stay of 3 useless days...2 weeks of IV's...a blood clot in my arm that moved up to my neck....and 3 months of blood thinners later, well let's just say things changed.

My perspective on not being able to say no to people is wildly different now. I'm no longer going to do what I DON'T WANT TO for the sake of worrying about someone's feelings. 

And I began really focusing on my health and fitness. I don't know, I kinda got mad at CF. And I am out to prove that it'll never touch me again. I will NEVER have to have IVs again. EVER. 

So I began posting like crazy on my other blog, Amy Hughes Fitness. I also really dove into fitness as a business for myself and now I am on my way to being a certified personal trainer. :) I'm doing regular online coaching groups and helping people get healthy ALL while I STAY THAT WAY. 

I will still post here from time to time! Mostly personal stuff, I think no longer Photo Show Offs. Sorry guys...it was too much for me to keep up with. I just want this blog to be for me, not for a biz. My other blog, the fitness page, is to promote my fitness coaching and training and that is where I want to put my energy :) 

So for now, I'll leave you with some great words of wisdom... and tell y'all that I've missed you and I still love ya!! Talk to you very soon!




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31 December 2012

last photo show off of 2012!!

Oh my, my how time has flied my friends! Just to think this little old blog was started in 2012 and I've met so many new friends and seen so many wonderful photos through the Photo Show Off!

I just want you all to know how grateful I am for you for linking up each week. I hope that you are making friends through the link ups, I know I am! You guys are the BEST. Love you all!!

And alas, here's my last photos to share of 2012!





THAT is when we were at the Titans Monday night game on the 17th! We had field passes! CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL WE WERE!!! So much fun. Josh with his favorite center ever in the game, Kevin Mawae. And then, yes. That is the Monday Night Football crew right behind our seats. It was really fun to turn around and see their reactions and facial expressions throughout that game! I felt like I could reach out and touch John Gruden!! LOL!



My boog had such a great Christmas. He unrwrapped tons of new friends. And got a chance to punch Daddy and Uncle Steven in the face, so who can beat that??!



Have a great and safe New Years Eve!! See you in 2013!!



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20 December 2012

Healthy Eats: Lemon Cottage Cheese Griddlecakes

A Healthy and Delicious Start to Your Morning

With This Clean Eating Recipe

Clean Eating Griddlecakes

Tell me those griddlecakes don't look like HEAVEN?? Well they are. I adapted this recipe from Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook and it was a hit with literally the whole family. It's a breakfast treat on a Saturday that you don't have to feel guilty about. I don't mind at all making this for my son! My absolute favorite way to eat it is to top it with blueberries or raspberries and drizzle some pureed blueberry/raspberry sauce over the top. SO DELICIOUS!


Here's the Recipe:    
Lemon Cottage Cheese Griddlecakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: A Healthy Start
Author: Amy Hughes (Adapted from Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook)
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Serves: 14 griddlecakes

This recipe is a bit healthied up from your traditional fluffy griddlecakes (healthied up...is that a word?), but don't worry- not an ounce of fluff or flavor has been lost!

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup cultured low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 egg whites
  • Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut palm sugar, nutmeg and sea salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, cottage cheese, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
  2. Add egg whites to a seperate bowl and beat them into stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into batter. It will be thick and lumpy.
  3. Heat a pancake griddle thoroughly on medium low and coat the surface with coconut oil. (I put some on a paper towel and then rub it all over the griddle surface). Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter onto the griddle for each cake and shape it into a round. Cook until the top is filled with bubbles and holes, and the edges are starting to dry, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Repeat until all of the batter is used. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200ºF oven.
Serving size: 1 cake Calories: 67 Fat: 1 g Saturated fat: .3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sodium: 137 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 3 mg

TRY THIS!: Top these griddlecakes with fresh fruit, yogurt, Blueberry Compote, or for a treat, a drizzle of pure maple syrup!

I hope you LOVE THIS like I do! Let me know what you think!

For a printable version, go to http://amyhughesfitness.com/all-posts/lemon-cottage-cheese-griddlecakes/


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