Fitness Challenge

Today we started a fitness challenge at work. This is a 10 week challenge and after that we will weigh in again and see who lost the most body fat. I was happy that I have lost 2 pounds of body fat since I last weighed myself. So, what is my plan?
I will start off the first month with Jillian Michaels 30 days shred DVD.
Will walk during one of my breaks
I intend to keep a food diary using Calorie King.
Will keep you updated…

Fun Monday

Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Jan.  Here is her assignment:
Hello all my fellow bloggers….As your hostess this week…here is what I dreamed up! The big question is ….What is the favorite room in your home? Tell us why and show us a photo if you can.

My favorite room in the house is the room where we have the dining table.  This is where we eat all our meals, have our family prayers and do homework or play on the computer.  I like it because it is the place that the whole family comes together.  Sila has agreed to pose for a picture.


Head over to Jan and see favorite rooms.  Have a fun Monday.

Chores

Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by Jill. She wants us to tell us about chores. I cannot believe that talking about something I don’t like very much could be so much fun, maybe it is a kind of venting. My least favorite chore used to be doing laundry by hand, I had to wash jeans and the like by hand and I HATED it.    It would take me almost a whole day to wash clothes for just the two of us.    It was taking too much time out of my life, so, I found someone who would come in and wash them for us and we pay her.  I loved her to death.  Then we moved here, and now just walking to the laundry room is becoming difficult. How lazy I have become. My least favorite chore now is ironing, I do not like ironing. I try as much as I can to buy clothes that I do not have to iron. I’d rather wash the bathroom than iron a shirt. My husband has been kind to me, he irons his own clothes.

Head over to Jill’s and read all about chores, should be fun.  Have a great Monday.

Mandazi

I love Mandazis. They come in all shapes and sizes. If you have been to Kenya and have never had Mandazis, then this is an open invitation to you to come on over and have some with hot chai.  If you have been and have been wondering how to make them, I have the recipe for you.   I have to confess that I did google and most of the recipes were the same though they called for different quantities of ingredients.   Here is what I decided to go by:

2 cups white flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 egg (beaten)
2 Tbl of butter (melted)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp tea masala or ginger or even all spice
Vegetable or Canola oil to fry

Mix the sugar, milk, egg and butter.
Add the flour, baking powder and tea masala to form a soft dough that is not sticky. You can add more flour if you need it, but the dough should be soft.
Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until it is 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into triangles or whatever shape you prefer and deep fry until golden brown on both sides.
Make sure the oil is hot before you put in the dough and you can test this by putting in a tiny bit of the dough and if it rises up, the oil is ready.
Enjoy with hot steaming burn your tongue chai!

I am still looking for a bhajia recipe!

So many choices?

It is that time of the year when everybody is trying to get you to use their gym, buy their DVD or try their diet. It can be really confusing! About 1.5 years ago I joined a gym, and from my understanding I thought that I could break the contract with penalties, it turns out that I cannot break that contract for another 1.5 years. Bad mistake! Next time I will be sure to read the fine print properly. Luckily my employer pays for gym membership and I do go to that gym once in awhile. I was at one of the stores looking for a fitness DVD to buy. I already had the Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred and it does work if you do it everyday. I lost 5 pounds on it and I only did it for a total of 15 days in December. I wanted to get a different kind of DVD and was torn between Leslie (the walking one) and Billy’s Boot camp. I infact made my decision at the cashiers. Since I love to run, I decided to leave Leslie and go with Billy’s Boot camp. I put it on today, did his Abs workout and one of the boot camp workouts and I am feeling it. The downside is, I think it is more effective it you buy the bands but I was using 3 pound dumb bells and it was killing me. Will see how it goes. As for diet, I still cook Kenyan food a lot. We have decided that we are going to eat more veggies, lots of collard greens. After all, that is what we used to eat almost everyday while growing up. No wonder we were so slender! Have you made any fitness goals this year? My fitness goal is to lose 15 pounds, and I am willing to settle for losing it within the next 2 months.

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