My Breakfast Routine

Friday, September 26, 2014

If you've been a long time reader of mine you'll know that I always tell myself that routine is route to success in weight loss for me.  As in - I need not have to think about what's for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Because the mind wanders.  And it usually wanders to Starbucks Chocolate Croissants or some other delicious, yummy, full of fat breakfast.

I like granola but can be quite picky when I buy it since I know I have specific tastebuds and it has to be just right.  So you can imagine the horror I go through standing in front of the granola display at Target trying to decide which one to try and hopefully like.  Most times I just walk away without anything. Sad story.

So last week, as I was getting my hair done - my cousin made us a bowl of greek yogurt with strawberry protein powder and Anahola Granola.  I've seen it previously in the stores, and was tempted to buy it once at Costco because after staring down and eyeing out all the granolas at Target - this one just looked like it had the right texture (not too clumpy) and ingredients that I liked without crazy artificial or "natural" flavors, etc.  You get the picture.  And I was RIGHT ON THE MONEY.. See.. I know me! HAHA.  This granola is everything you could hope for in a homemade granola, yet you can buy it at the store.  It is locally produced so you know it isn't sitting on a cargo ship for weeks and weeks making its way from the continental US.  (Don't worry, you can get it shipped to you via air). 

I knew the greek yogurt and Anahola Granola combination was my winning ticket to success in life!  Or breakfast at least.  Last weekend I took myself to Sam's Club and got a big tub of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt and a quart of Raspberries (they were the cheapest berries at the time) - and boom breakfast was done!  (My cousin gave me a bag of the granola from Costco so I was already set with that).

Dude - I love playing with the Party Party app!  I shouldn't have filtered it, but que sera sera!

Do you have a morning breakfast routine? 

xoxo, Aukele
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Loving Better

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by" - F. Burton Howard
That quote couldn't be truer than true.  If I've learned anything from the two relationships previous to the one I am in now - it is everything that quote encompasses.  This love that I have - it is a different love.  Going into it I knew that if I wanted a different outcome *cough - a relationship that lasts*, that I couldn't go about this relationship as I did my other ones.  I needed to change something - IN ME, first and foremost.  You know that saying, "... be the change you wish to see in the world." It completely implies not only to the world as a whole, but your personal world as well!

Not saying that I'm perfect, because that is by no means.  I have made mistakes in this relationship - as he has.  I have learned from those mistakes, as he has.  We grow with each other and the beautiful thing of it all is that we still keep that honeymoon love going.  Of course the puppy love stage is over where we talk all day on texts and phone calls when we have a day off - but we're still honeymooning it through the thick and thin.

One day I might break it down for you all my mistakes I've made and what I'm doing different - but for now... If you're single, next time you start dating someone or are in a relationship I encourage you to take a look at yourself and figure out some of the things that you did that played a factor into the demise of a previous relationship and purposefully change that this time around.  And if you're in a relationship - then re-evaluate yourself, and bring back some of that old self that he/she first fell in love with!  

The biggest change I've made in this relationship is controlling myself during arguments and heated discussions.  In my last relationship I would fly off the handle.  Although that may be attributed to different circumstances and the situation - that was a very ugly Aukele, and not someone I want to be ever again.  This time around, I'm calm and collected  - yet strong and firm when I need to be.  Most of all - I always bring it back to love.  Though I might be mad or hurt (or vise versa) - I never stop telling him I love him - and to be honest, bringing that simple phrase into the mix amongst the rage I feel has kept our relationship from a few breaking points.  So I guess I'm ending with that - don't forget that you love the person you with.  You might not like them in the moment, but you do still love them.  I'm pretty sure that whether you're the right person or wrong person in the situation, being told your loved softens the blow and kind of brings it back home!

Update:  I was going through some old posts, and this post reflect when I made that change to control my tongue.  I hope it encourages you today!

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5 Favorite Food Blogs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eggs baked in avocado halves.  Peanut butter, chocolate and bacon cookies.  Banana baked oatmeal.  Food.  Yum!  One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE blogging are all of the ideas that are put out for the whole world to see.  It is one thing to watch a cooking show or Martha on TV - but with the internet it seems like the ideas are endless.  There is so much creativity booming online and the ideas ordinary at home cooks dream up are totally, insanely genius - and delicious.

As a foodie, and fellow food blogger over at Whippin Kitchen,  I thought I'd share five of my favorite food blogs with you today!!

What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today? - Avocado Baked with an Egg
A Beautiful Mess - Tomato Toast + Basil Cream Cheese
Pinch of Yum - Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadillas
How Sweet It Is - BBQ Chicken French Breads

Thug Kitchen - Chickpea Tabbouleh

What are some of your favorite food blogs?

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A Shift in My Sails

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It seems like forever since I’ve been talking about passion, direction and changes in regards to this blog, what I’m doing with my life and how I’m working towards setting up a reliable passive income.  I’ve tried all sorts of methods, listened to many podcasts from successfully self-employed online business owners, lost some money in the process (and made some) – and I’ve come full circle and landed exactly where I started; yet there has been a shift, and I can literally feel the winding shifting my sails on this boat called life.

Everything is clicking and coming together so effortlessly that it just feels right, and I am completely trusting my gut feelings and instincts on this one.  A few months ago I shared that I wanted to start a food blog (history – my first true attempt at blogging, I shared *real shocker* recipes).  Though it may have taken forever and I still have work to do on the site (branding, adding widgets, setting up automated social media posts, etc.) things are still falling into place!  For instance – in August I was accepted as contributor for Ashley Griffith’s (of The Gnarly Whale) Hello Nature blog where I am sharing healthy recipes (first recipe coming out towards the end of September).

I also received my first “freebie” of sorts in the blogging world.  That makes me official, right?  I really love this “one brand” of chips.  Randomly I went on their website, and hello – hi they had a dedicated spot for bloggers.  So I moseyed on through and just sent a note that I really love their products and left my contact info.  What do you know?  Their PR lady sends me an email asking if I’d like to be sent some free products and if I’d like to do recipes and reviews and before I could even respond, a box of my favorite chips showed up at my door!  I can’t wait to share them on my food blog with some fantastic dip recipes, which is quite perfect since it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!!

Through this last year, I’ve learned that all along I didn’t need to look for my passion, it was right in front of my face.  All things food related comes so easy for me and is something that I truly enjoy.  Come to Hawaii and I’ll tell you about ten MUST EAT restaurants right off the bat and what you MUST order.  Need something quick to fix for dinner or dessert?  I can probably give you a recommendation if you tell me what you is in your fridge and pantry.  So where do I go from here?

Well – Step One - create a food blog.  Done and done.  Step Two – brand it.  I’ve kind of skipped on this one and put it on the back burner for now, because step three is more important to me right now.  Step Three – create content.  I have recipes lined up with pictures all edited, I am just taking a while/procrastinating writing the stories or content behind them.  Also I want to create other food related content such as sharing my favorite restaurants that I visit, product reviews (kitchen gadgets and food), a link series promoting other food blogs and their recipes and the like.  Step Four – monetize.  This will come eventually and I’ve already whipped up some ideas in my head of e-cookbooks and food safety guides that are family friendly and not so commercial (professionally I am a Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional; as in I took a national test and pay a membership fee to use those credentials on a yearly basis, and must attain continuing education credits to keep my certification).

So that is my focus as far as creating a place that I love that I can work towards to *one day* build a reliable passive income.

What’s in store for 91 Dash?  Right now I’m using Melyssa’s tool to sort out everything that is in my head and create a more defined vision.  I already know the new name of the blog which helps and have secured the URL associated with it – but one thing at a time!

PS: You should go and check out the recipes that have been posted so far on Whippin Kitchen and tell me what you think about it!  Corned Beef and Onions  |  Seasoned Almonds  |  Easy Peasy Brownies
And follow Whippin Kitchen on bloglovin’!  You’re tummy will thank you.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sometimes you just need some funny in your life, so enjoy this!  PS: If you want to learn a little bit of the local culture here in Hawaii, Fluffy does us proud - and it takes up about the first 13 minutes.  Enjoy :)

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Favorite Hawaii Buzzfeed Articles

Friday, September 12, 2014

BUZZFEED!  We love 'em, we hate 'em.  They keep things interesting and fun.  Make us laugh.  Bring back old memories. You know you get the drift.  Enough of this typing stuff.  It's Friday - and I'm counting down the hours to the weekend.  So while I'm busy at work, enjoy these five fun articles about Hawaii from Buzzfeed.

20 Things You Might Not Know About Hawaii

 13 Delicious Hawaiian Foods You Need to Eat

38 Problems Only People from Hawaii will Understand

Americans Try Hawaiian Food for the First Time

 xoxo, Aukele
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Seasoned Almonds

Thursday, September 11, 2014

 Are you a snacker?  Typically I snack more at work than I do at home.  I don't know why?? Most people are the opposite way around, but que sera sera - right?  Anyway. I love me some snacks, especially when they are home made.
Nuts are a great source of "good for you" fats and protein, but sometimes can be a little bland!  Enter my seasoned almonds recipe and you definitely have a winner.  I love them because they aren't too salty, but they have great flavor - something that the mass produced almonds definitely lack (too much salt, flavor overload).
And now by looking at all my (three) pictures, you know you want to whip up a batch of these babies and store them for your snacking pleasures!!!  PS:  I keep these on hand at all times, because not only are they good for snacking.  They are great additions to salads, side dishes and whatever else your heart fancies - even, dare I say a homemade chocolate bark ;)!  Get the recipe here on my new food blog Whippin Kitchen!

xoxo, Aukele
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5 Reasons I'm Still Fat

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the land of 91 Dash.  Today is Friday and I'm participating in a few of my favorite link ups..  Lately I've been on this kick of truly attempting to accept who I am and all that I am - physically.  So what better way than to dabble in a little humor and give you five reasons why I'm still fat.

So the low-down... I'm a short girl with a whole lotta chunk!  According to medicine (my BMI) - let's just say I'm very obese - hence the "still fat".  Please don't interpret it as a desperate call for encouragement or anything like that, because I have an amazing hunny who tells me just how beautiful I am every day.

1) I love chocolate.  I mean who doesn't?  Sometimes I can go a couple days without, and other days it seems like it's all I eat.  I do keep a bag of chocolates in my desk because you never know when that craving will kick in - or when you'll start PMS'ing.  Currently I have a bag of Dove Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate - and they are amazing!

2) I'm a good cook.  No seriously - ask anyone I know.  Heck - I even have a dedicated (say what, you finally accomplished your goal from forever?) food blog now!  So I'm official, right? You know what they say... "Never trust a skinny cook".

3) Free lunch.  Yep.  Five days a week I get free lunch at work.  It is a self serve buffet and dangit sometimes I just can't help myself.  Though I try.  And actually, next week - my lunch buddy and I are eating clean together so - this reason lasts up until today and may start up again in two weeks.  We'll see??

4) I'm in a workout rut.  I go through phases in life where I am gung-ho about working out, and then times where I really could give a toot and have better things to do.  And this entire year - I've had better things to do... When I get home from work, I usually take a little time to unwind, then its in the kitchen, prepping dinner for the boyfriend and sometimes family if they want to eat, then shower, then eat dinner and spend quality time with - oh you know who!

5) Love. We'll leave it at that.

There you have it.  Five reasons why I'm still fat, and still enjoying every moment of it. 

Linking up with September Farm - and maybe some others if I find other linky parties ;)
Listening to Rock Star by N.E.R.D and linking up with Whit

xoxo, Aukele
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