Flat Abs Article and Randomness (Recipe: Garlic Bread Pizza Crust)

So, the other day I read an article on the Huffington Post called “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps”.  The article basically says we keep buying into lies that certain things will make us happy–a bigger house, the next promotion at work, when you lose 5 pounds.  It then gives 8 pieces of advice to live a happier life.  It is very blunt and to the point, and that is what I like about it!  For instance, it says that we must choose to be happy now and appreciate what is in our lives.  We have to apologize.  Sincerely.  We have to practice gratitude (I just wrote a whole post on gratitude!).  We have to be kind.  If you have a few minutes, you should give it a read!

As for running, I had to go to the orthopedic the other day to get my knee reevaluated (I am still doing PT btw).  Before I saw the doctor the nurse had to take my vitals.  This is sort of how it went down.

My BP was 106/56 and my heart rate was 57.

The nurse’s eyes got wide: “Are your vitals always this low?”
Me: “Yes.”
Nurse pauses, then: “Are you a runner?”
Me: “You could say that.”
Nurse: “Okay–that makes sense then.”

It feels good to call myself a runner again! Hopefully I can stay injury free for awhile this time!  Fingers crossed!

In other randomness, I got complimented on my running shoes at the 5K several times on Sunday!  (I do LOVE my Kinvara’s!)

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AND I was told that I do not sound like I am from the South (I take this as a compliment.)–I actually get this quite often.  Until I pop out the word ma’am.  That always gets these midwesterners!

Fun Fact: The more people tweeted about their slim-down progress, the more weight they lost, according to a study from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.  For every 10 Tweets, subjects trimmed 0.5% body weight.  Researchers say it works because posting about meals and workouts holds you accountable.

Puppy Training Tip:  Chewing is a good stress reliever for dogs, which is why dogs who are anxious about being left alone at home often become destructive.  Your pup is not chewing your sofa cushions out of spite or anger.  To avoid anxiety-related destructive behavior, pups should gradually be conditioned to being left alone so they can overcome their natural instinct to be in the company of their pack.  Make sure to provide your dog with appropriate chew objects.

Quote of the Day:

“The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last.  It’s all about your happiness.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

I can’t even remember when I made this!  Weeks ago!  But I was totally craving comfort food and needed to use up the rest of my tomatoes from my CSA!

DSC_4192 Garlic Pizza Crust

Garlic Bread Pizza Crust

Ingredients (makes one pizza)

– 1 1/8 cups warm water (100-105 degrees)

– 3 teaspoons active dry yeast

– 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

– 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

– 3 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon garlic powder

– 1 teaspoon dried basil

– 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

– 2 garlic cloves, pressed or very finely minced

– 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Directions

– In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, garlic powder and dried basil, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but it still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour (you don’t need to use all if it is not needed) in to the dough, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.

– Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

– After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a roll pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes. While the dough is rising again, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix it with the garlic and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.

– Bring the dough back out and using a spoon or pastry brush, douse the outside edges with the butter and garlic mixture. You can spread the butter all over, just make sure to focus on the edges. Continue to make your pizza with your desired toppings. Bake the pizza for 23-25 minutes (or longer if needed, depending on your toppings), or until crust and cheese are both golden. While pizza is baking, melt remaining butter and combine with the last tablespoon of Parmesan.

– Remove pizza from over and immediately brush the outside edges with Parmesan butter, using it all up. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan over top if desired. Serve!

Adapted from HowSweetItIs

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