Procrastination

That’s my word for today, well maybe even for this week. Today I have been particularly good at it and I usually am when I have something I really have to get done or have a deadline. The good thing is I always get it done, but it usually means right at the last minute or staying up until the wee hours of the morning.

And here I am, writing in my blog, procrastinating again. A little while ago, I had the great idea of making muffins so I created a new healthy recipe….mmmm…they are so yummy!!

Banana Pom-Berry Oat Muffins

2 bananas mashed

1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

1 egg

3/4 low fat yogurt

1 cup frozen berries (I used a blend of raspberries, pomegranite, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)

1/2 cup splenda

1 cup oats

1 1/2 flour (I use whole spelt flour)

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

 

Pre heat oven to 375

Mix the mashed bananas, egg, applesauce, yogurt and splenda in a bowl. Combine all dry ingredients in another bowl then add to the wet mixture and stir until mixed. Add frozen berries.

Bake until the tops of the muffins are firm to touch (about 20-25 minutes)

On a completely different topic, I have started taking yoga classes again. I can’t believe how energized I feel afterwards, it’s fantastic! I don’t usually talk about this here, but I have an inflammatory disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis (I’ve had it since I was 19).  Apparantly only 1% of Canadians have this. It’s a type of arthritis which affects the spine and where the spine meets the pelvis. There is no cure and the worst that can happen is that the vertebraes of the spine fuse together – there is no surgery to undo this. Once they are fused they are fused. This is why exercise and yoga type stetches are recommended for people with this condition. Now I have to admit that I have taken my body for granted through my 20’s. I should have made myself continue with the exercises and not continually gone for months without. I feel like I’m getting payback for that now.  The past few months have been really really tough and very painful. I have been living on my anti-inflammatory pills counting the seconds until I can take the next one.  Anyway, enough whining. But if anyone out there has AS, I would love to hear from you and get some advice on what works best for you to help keep the pain down. I start aquafit classes this week as I heard that’s very good for the joints, and of course the yoga is already helping I think (I hope!).  I went to a class today called “Joint Works” as its specially tailored for people with arthritis. The instructor came over to me before the class started and said “Um, the yoga class doesn’t start for another hour…” and I said “I know, I’m here for the joints class” she was surprised but happy to hear that. Turned out I was the youngest one in the class by far!

Anyway, enough about that. Here are a few pictures of the babes that I took today: