How to Freeze Bananas for Sculpting Protein Shakes

Demonstration of how to freeze bananas so they are ready when you want them for a quick, healthy smoothie. You freeze “fresh from the store” bananas…or save them at the last minute after they’ve become speckled with brown. (Don’t throw them away & waste them, they’re still great for baking or blending.)
Adding banana to your smoothie adds a creamier consistency. And when frozen can be used instead ice, or in addition to ice.
Tip: for weight loss it’s suggested that you limit bananas to the morning or before 2pm because of the starch & sugar content.



Where’d you go, Blogger girl?

Oh dear, self realization that I’m “one of those people” that starts a blog about losing weight in January and than disappears from posting for 8 months!  Here’s the deal…it’s so much easier to post little snippets and share cute photos on Face Book than to log in and publish on my own platform.  It’s the ‘ol  “good is the enemy of great”.  It’s good to post on Face Book and be connected to family and friends. And maybe remind people from time to time about what one does for a living.  The thing about Face Book and other social media is that you don’t own what you post or have any control over how easy it is to access. We really have no say over what happens to our stuff.  So it’s unreliable as a personal journey record keeper. And it’s only effective short term, and within only very small circles, in terms of putting out a message.

Do I really have a message? Yes. I do.  I have a lot of messages I’d like to share. I’m wired to share. My challenge is deciding what messages I really want to focus on.  It is fitness & weight loss; it’s also a lot of other things from video blogging for your business, success in real estate or business, etc.  This whole thing is about the fact that I am always juggling several ideas at once. How does one decide which ambitions are “fit”? Where to put the focus. Focus on too many things = no focus.

So while my posts weren’t getting done…I have been doing a lot of thinking & soul searching. My brain has continued to whir away. Progress has been made & been lost…and some made again. Much has happened since January.

I made it to one of my original goals at the beginning of February. Then threw in the towel upon the death of a 19 year old. I struggled with why I should care about personal weight loss when my son’s best friend on Earth is gone.  We literally “put in him a drawer” in a mausoleum down the street. (Something I just can’t & don’t want to shake.) I kept going to the Y classes I loved while ignoring quantity of food intake. I slacked off on making good choices…and put 20lbs back on. By July 8th , I was ready to start working on getting that back off.  

Two days later, I found out that a HUGE opportunity was available in a new health & wellness line of products.  I realized the opportunity because of some personal observation gained over the last couple of years working with real estate clients involved in a health & wellness business and doing unbelievably well (understatement!)  A day later, I found that the celebrity product developer moved to my hometown and was living around the corner from me with another past real estate client!  There are so many serendipitous connections that led me to this “Innovative Nutrition” company that it seemed like a clear message. So while I’ll happily be a REALTOR all my life, I am expanding my health & fitness goals into a mission to help other people get healthy too.  I figure while I help people buy & sell the homes they live in; I can also help others improve the bodies they live in.  

Being an aspiring health & wellness coach as part of the original founding members of Innutra will certainly help hold me accountable to my personal goals. You can’t hold yourself much more publically accountable than posting on the internet that you’re becoming a health coach.  (Oh boy, why can’t I just give myself a break, LOL!) 

Now I’m dreaming of a full circle focus that is helping me put all of my interests, skills & talents together in a way that makes sense to me. I have a million $ education (no kidding!) in leadership & team training thanks to Star Power University (brain child of my mentor; & mentor to my mentors… Howard Brinton, recently deceased) & locally launching Keller Williams Realty.  My interest in Video blogging, “vlogging”,  can be put to use to reach others.  And I’m forcing myself into a higher level of personal accountability to be who I am supposed to be.  So I’m back to blogging & vlogging…because now I feel a purpose beyond myself.  

(Plus this lil’ wordpress theme is sooo cuute, just can’t waste it!)