Little Known Fact – Love Handles Are Evil!:
It seems like no matter how many crunches, yoga asanas, use of various frightening gym equipment, and side bends with weights, I can’t seem to reduce the “love handles” and “pouchie” (that stubborn hip fat). Yes, yes, I know “spot reduction” is a myth and the only way to get rid of it is continuing to do strength training, weight bearing exercises, core work, and lots and lots of cardio. Oh, joy.
What’s frustrating is the familiar “apple syndrome”. My legs are sooo much thinner now. But because my love handles and pouchie are hanging on to the fat as if their little lives depended on it, my pants have gone down fewer sizes than the rest of me with lots of extra room in the legs. It’s just not attractive!
What to do: have patience. Bat wings, love handles, pouchies, as the fat goes, the toned muscles underneath will make their starring debut. So, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, plus ramping up the cardio, and using those scary “gyn” type machines at the gym.
“Out of This World” Green Beans:
There are only so many nights one can face boring steamed green beans. Dress them up with salt-free seasoning, no-cal butter spray, whatever you personally use, at some point it just gets OLD.
Tonight, we planned on stir fried kale with garlic and onions but unfortunately the kale was in the fridge a day too long – quite stinky! Luckily, we just happened to have a fresh bag of green beans on hand. The onions were already starting to carmelize in the olive oil, the garlic was fragrant, and so we filled the pan with green beans instead. Keeping the heat on medium, it took constant stirring for about 20 minutes but yeilded amazing results: unbelievably delicious carmelized green beans with sweet, crunchy carmelized onions. It was so good, it fakes you out by being good for you, too!
Onions and garlic are cleansing, olive oil is good for your heart, and the green beans provide tons of vitamins and healthy fiber. All that and your honey steals the extra onion cruchies from your plate! A nice change from those boring steamed and shriveled green sticks.
Pair that with pork chops dipped in ranch dip mix and slowly cooked with a bit of olive oil and onion (topped with a little sour cream) and you have a delicious, heathy meal masquerading as high fat/calorie comfort food! Not bad for a quick weekday meal. Bon appetit!
- To my (not so) beloved Love Handles (confessandchillax.wordpress.com)
- 5 Reasons to LOVE your Love Handles (confessandchillax.wordpress.com)