Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread

For those who know me I don't spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. This banana bread is THAT good that I wanted to share it with everyone. Yesterday was Ben's birthday and I wanted to make him a cake that we could both eat without feeling too guilty. Guilty meaning no stomach pains and bloating afterwards. This banana bread / cake is made with Almond Flour.

Here are the ingredients. I found this on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet website but used less honey, more bananas, and added spices to make it a little healthier and tastier. Here is the recipe.

3 cups of Almond Flour
1/3 cup of honey
3 eggs
2-3 very ripe bananas
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg

Smash Bananas or put in a food processor. Mix all ingredients together unti smooth. Pour in a loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes depending on your oven. If you pour in 3 mini loaf pans (which I did) then bake for only 40 minutes. It was moist and sweet. I loved it and have a hard time not eating so much of it. The calories are a bit higher due to the fat from the Almonds. But it's good fat and low carb! My stomach feels great. Besides, I don't count calories anyway.


Nice hands or a nice ass???

What do you choose??? Well if I have a choice I will choose the nice ass! As all you kettlebellers know, swinging those bells can really roughen up the hands with ugly calluses. I have several people including myself that every now and again get bothered by it. I have never been one to spend time making my hands look really pretty in the first place. With the work I do they would be ruined in one day, so I don't even bother too much. So this is a message for those ladies who let the calluses stop you from swinging kettlebells and doing pull-ups. One of the affects that kettlebell swings have on the body is a very strong nice butt! Tracy Reifkind, the swing master, is the woman to talk to if you have a question on swings and hand care! She is a perfect example of what the swings can do to your body. Suck it up because the rewards are worth it!!!!

On another note, today was an awesome class. It rained outside during the class but my husband and I managed to put a tarp over the overhang. Putting the tarp up was quite a challenge. Not to mention holding the baby in one hand and the wind blowing at 20-30 mph. We are lucky we are still married after that task. 8-) All joking aside, I added some rope training to the class. I was searching on the web and found battlingropes.com. There is a whole certification of just rope training. It was crazy how in to it these guys were. So I bought a 50 foot 1.5 inch manila rope from McMaster.com, referred to me by Ross Enamait. McMaster had great prices and recevied the rope at my house 3 hours later!  These rope waves are no joke! They get your heart rate up big time and it's a full body workout. I definitely recommend it to those who are looking to add more to their training.

The sun is now coming out. Looks like it will be turning in to another beautiful day. Yay!


Loving my baby and a typical day of feeding her

I wanted to wait until her 8th month birthday but I am bursting with love so I felt like expressing it today. As I write this blog she is crawling all over me trying to press all the buttons. Life is sooo different right now. Everything I have she wants to put in her mouth. It is very funny!

It is amazing how life changes so much as a new parent. I am so lucky to have the career I have. I am able to be with her most of the day. I don't know how I would have continued to breastfeed if I had a different schedule. I will say that priorities change big time. I don't get the personal time to myself like I use to. Especially big windows to do long workouts. When you see the schedule below you will have an idea why. This does not include diaper changing, bath time, play time, etc...

This probably wont interest you unless you are a parent or an expecting parent!
A typical day of feeding Lyla. I have had to add some extra nursing times because I was starting to lose my milk.
Breastfeed 6:30 a.m. and then pump
Feed her breakfast 8 a.m.
Breastfeed 10:30 a.m.
Breastfeed 1 p.m.
Breastfeed 4 p.m.
Feed her Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Breastfeed or bottle with breastmilk 7 p.m.
Pump 9 p.m. for bottle

As you can see much of my day is spent feeding my baby. Believe it or not I still do work. My husband will take over many times in the evenings while I am working. I also have some clients come to my home in the morning between breastfeeding times, so my husband or our cousin will watch her at this time. it has worked out very nicely. During the day when she will take her nap I will work on nutrition or online programs. After she is in bed at night I will work on my articles. So I'm busy!

I never thought I would be this head over heels in love with my baby. She lights up my world. It's amazing how I have lived 27 years without her and now I can't imagine 1 day without her. Every new step and new sounds is so exciting. She is worth every bit of this. I truly enjoy my days with her. I will not lie, they can get exhausting. I have enclosed a mini video of her. This blogger thing is great. I can share this clip with family members who don't get a chance to see her often. Technology can be good at times!


Saturday's Circuit Class

Lately I have been having many more women show up to the classes. To be honest with you, I think that the girls overall are tougher than the boys! I'm sure you guys know that though.

Today it was a mix of beginners, intermediate and advanced kbellers. So it gave the advanced people a chance to go heavier than they are use to safely. Here is the workout. I took a couple pictures to give you an idea of what it looked like.

Warmed up with Joint Mobility

Body Weight Squats 15 x 3
Windmills 3 x 3
Low Swings 15 sec
Medium Swings 15 sec
Alternating Swing 30 sec
Medium Swings 15 sec
Low Swings 15 sec

Rest for 1 minute and Repeat 2 times

Circuit 30 seconds on 30 seconds off with a partner

Kettlebell Tricep Pushups
Alternating Step Ups
Double Clean, Squat, and Press
Knee Tucks on skateboard
Alternating Snatches
Ring Rows

Repeat 3 times

Finished with a Plank Hold and Stretched! Another gorgeous day!


Breaking in the new Rings

Here are sompe photos of yesterdays class. We had lots of fun because it was a partner circuit class. Each station was either a kettlebell exercise, a ring exercise, bosu, or bodyweight. The rings were probably the most challenging part for some. Thanks to Greg Everett for suggesting me to get them, I am having the most fun with them. They are brutal though. I love it!

Some of the exercises we did in the partner circuit were Snatches, Swings, Double Clean and Press, Bosu Pushup Burpees, modified pull ups with rings, Turkish Get Ups, and more....
The weather was beautiful this week.


20kg was still calling my name

Still on very little sleep due to coughing. But I couldn't get it out of my head that I wanted to try to snatch the 20kg. Even at my strongest when I was weighing 117 pounds right before my pregnancy I have never tried this. This morning my weight was 110 so I thought for sure my strength would be compromised.

I pretty much did the same workout as yesterday, which is posted on the previous post. After I was fatigued from my workout, I was impatient and wanted to try it already. So I picked up the bell and my heart started racing. The last thing I want to do is hurt myself. But I went for it and then did it again. Now I am really fatigued, but wanted to do it one more time just to get it on video. I am very shakey at this point as you can tell in the clip. Next time I'll get a video at the beginning of the workout when feeling fresh.


Feeling a bit under the weather workout

The past several weeks I have been surrounded by 2 friends with Bronchitis and a client getting over Bronchitis. I have been lucky to have a great immune system and normally don't get sick. If I am not sleeping very well, I am bound to lower my immune system, no matter how healthy I am eating. So with that being said, I picked up a nasty cough and have been fighting it for over a week. This bronchial cough has taken even more sleep away from me. It has been hard to find the energy for a good workout. It has also been disgustingly hot here in San Diego, and I don't have air conditioning! Today I made myself do a 30 minute workout. I kept the reps low but the weight high.

Warm Up Set 1

Pistols holding 8lb medicine ball 1/1
One arm Push-ups on 18 inch box 3/3
Turkish Get Up 16kg 2/2
Snatches 12kg 15/15

Rested 90 seconds

Set 2
Pistols with 8lb medicine ball 2/2
1 arm Push-ups on 18inch box 3/3
Turkish Get Up 16kg 2/2
Snatches 16kg 6/6

Set 3
Pistols with 8lb medicine ball 3/3
1 arm Push-ups on 24 inch box 5/5
Turkish Get ups 16kg 2/2
Snatches 16kg 10/10

Last bit!
Swings 32kg 8 reps
Double Snatches 12kg's 5 reps
Cleans 24kg 2/2

One of my goals is to be able to snatch the 20kg safely. I have not tried it yet. I just want to make sure I am feeling very comfortable with double snatches before trying the 20kg.