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Gumi BentoSooo … this is the video I just uploaded, and as promised, I’ll include a recipe here.  One of the tags I used in the video was カレライス, which is not technically true because there’s no rice but … I mean, you can definitely use rice if you want instead of spaghetti squash – I just wanted to give you more options for your vegan bento box!

We’ll start with my recipe for curry spice, which is:

Curry Spice

2tsp Tumeric
1tsp Corriander
1tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Cardamon
1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4tsp Black Pepper
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1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4tsp Cinnamon
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder

Ok; now I made this powder using the formula on this blog post – the ingredients above the line are the most essential ones, while the ones below the line, as you’ll see on that blog post, can be substituted out for other ingredients.  Try switching out the cloves for coffee or the cocoa powder for sage in the same proportions or something for a fun flavor experiment!  Either way, do be sure to keep the proportions relatively the same – the percentage breakdowns for the recipe above are roughly:

30% Tumeric
19% Corriander
19% Cumin
8% Cardamon
8% Cayenne Pepper
4% Black Pepper
4% Cloves
4% Cinnamon
4% Cocoa Powder

Which fits in with the proportion ranges detailed on that post, except the cayenne pepper which is a little higher in my recipe because I like a little spice in my curry; it took a bit of finessing to come up with proportions that equaled 2-3Tbsp of actual powder, but after some math I got the numbers to work out fine.  Substitute in whatever you want to though – if you want it less spicy take out or lessen the cayenne pepper and add another spice to make the amount of powder the same – for example, only use 1/4tsp of cayenne pepper and use a 1/4tsp of nutmeg as well.  Making quick little substitutions like that can really customize the flavor of your curry to your liking!

Alright, now for the actual recipe for the curry:

Fried Tofu: (Recipe taken from this blog post.)

1-2lbs Extra Firm Tofu, cubed
1-2Tbsp Safflower Oil (or other high heat oil)
1/2c Salt
3c Water

Curry Roux:

4Tbsp Vegan Margerine
5Tbsp Flour or Corn Starch
2-3Tbsp Spices (see above for my recipe)
1-2Tbsp Ketchup
1Tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
3Tbsp Ponzu sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)

Curry:

2 Medium Onions
2-3 Potatoes
1/2 bulb FEnnel
2 Bell Peppers (one orange, one yellow)
2 apples, peeled and cored
1-2Tbsp olive oil
2c Miso or other broth
1c Water
Salt to Taste

And, in case you missed it, here’s the video instructions on how to put it all together!

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Come and Get it!

Come and Get it!

Alright guys – here it is; TapOut XT week 2.  I finally started doing TapOut again – though I never really posted it.  I’ve been busy getting YouTube videos together, so I haven’t had time really to tell you what I’ve been doing.  I’ve realized that 15 minutes of talking still isn’t really enough time to give a real, in-depth review of what I did for the week, how I felt, what goals I’ve set for myself, etc, so I’ve decided that I’m still going to post here, and I’m still going to write a book for you at the end of every week or so xD

Alright; so in my videos, I’ve started doing a weigh in every week to track my weight loss progress.  Here are my results so far:

Day/Week End Weight
Day 1/Week 0 207lbs
Day 7/Week 1 202.5lbs
Day 14/Week 2 195.5lbs

I’ve been loosing 4-6lbs/week!  Which, I actually understand is probably not healthy to maintain, because it means you’re loosing muscle mass as well as fat.  However, I’m still thinking that it’s water weight I’m still getting rid of, so I’m not worried.  Yet.  If I’m still loosing more than 3lbs/week consistently by the time I get to 4-6weeks, then I’ll start panicking.  But until then, I like being down 12lbs in 2 weeks!  It’s oddly … Empowering.  More so than when I was just weighing in when the TapOut grid told me to … I would actually recommend, as a motivator, to weigh yourself every week when you start this work out, at least in the beginning – and that’s saying something coming from me, because I absolutely hate scales.  Seriously – hate them.  The only reason I’m using one now is because the piece of paper told me to, and even then I was reluctant.

Something I’ve really really noticed too, which I think I mentioned the first time I posted about doing TapOut, is that no matter what time of day I do this workout, about 5 minutes after I’m done, I’m starving.  No joke; the only time I wasn’t was when I had eaten directly before doing Yoga XT one night, (which I do NOT recommend, because it made me feel extremely queasy and almost loose what I’d eaten …)  The only problem here is, now that I’m working out in the morning, I don’t really have time to eat breakfast at home – I have oatmeal in my desk at work that I make, and I eat while I’m at my desk every morning.  So, my solution?  I drink about 4-8oz of orange juice right after my workout.  The sugar and Vitamin C give me a good kick; it takes down the hunger pangs enough that I don’t feel like my stomach is trying to eat itself while I’m shampooing … xD

Ok; now let’s talk about this new resistance band I got.

Not exactly what I bought, but it's close!

Not exactly what I bought, but it’s close!

I got this band, and since it’s actually Monday night right now, I can give you a little review blurb as far as my first impression of this $5 band goes.  The first thing I noticed was that this one is shorter than the TapOut band – a good deal shorter.  I’d say probably 4-6inches shorter.  So, that automatically means that it adds even more resistance than I thought there would be.  I used it today almost through my whole workout, but I was really tired afterwards and my muscles really hurt – like, they hurt too much for me to really want to use this thing much tomorrow.  I think, since the bands at Five Below probably all follow this ‘shorter’ trend, I’ll get the resistance one lower than this one – the red one I mention in my YouTube video – and see if that adds more resistance than the TapOut band.  I think it will, and I think it will be a better fit for me at this stage of the game.  I wasn’t afraid I was going to snap this band in half or anything, which is what I was really afraid of, so I figure I’ll also pick up the higher resistance one as well – for $10 I might as well complete the set!  They also had a yoga/pilates/fitness mat I think I’m going to get as well so that I can do Yoga XT on a mat.  I’m not sure it will make a difference, but at the very least I won’t have to sniff my carpet when he makes me hold a push up position and take a deep breath … It smells like dog fur.  Which makes sense, since we have one, but still.

As for the workouts for week 2 – they are mostly the same as week 1, except that the first workout is Competition Core instead of Cross Core Combat, but they are both pretty similar work outs, as the titles, which both contain the words ‘Competition’, would suggest.  I have, however, been steadily forcing myself to improve.  I remembered doing the workout moves in Week 1, and for the most part I think I remember when I sat down, rested, etc – so I have been trying to force myself to up the anty in some way with every move.  Even if it’s just doing a couple repetitions of something I know I didn’t do last week, or forcing myself into plank for a few seconds during a move – I try to do something more than what I did last week.

And let me tell you.

It is brutal.

However, if I keep getting results like this, then I think the brutality is worth it.  Maybe possibly …

Anyway, I’ll be back with another update next week I’m sure, if I don’t come back with something else to blather on about that is …

So, until then, watch my YouTube Videos! :]

~ RaeynnBeau

Alright, so I had an idea, but I wanted some feedback before I went ahead with it, because it’s going to be a pretty time consuming thing if I do it. And I don’t want to go through all that rigamaroll if no one cares xD

I was thinking that maybe it would be easier for people to see my results and understand what I’m doing with TapOut if they saw it instead of reading it … So I thought maybe I’d make a YouTube channel and record my progress there as well …

Y/N?

I thought it would leave less room for speculation/having to figure out what I’m describing when I write updates on my blog, and let’s face it – usually purple would prefer to watch a video than read a blog xD But never fear – if you like my quirky blog posts, let me, know, and I will continue writing blog updates on it as well! 🙂

It’s your call!

Right now I don’t have a computer that can handle intense video editing (the hard drive in my desktop literally melted, and my laptop is senile and cranky xD) so this poll will be open until December 31st, 2012. By then hopefully I’ll have my new desktop built and operational, and it’ll be after the holidays so my life will have calmed down a bit (maybe), so I should be able to start up with video/blog updates, whichever you vote for. Or both, if that’s what you want.

Either way, expect to see the results of your votes the first of the year! :3

And now, for the poll!