Body Shots at the White House

I love you scamps, I really do. I received so much good feedback after yesterday’s post. I also received a TON of emails, which I promise, I am in the process of reading and responding to right now. I am consistently amazed at my FitFluential family, and the rest of my readers in general.

Which leads me to my next point, why is it, that when we know that we can surround ourselves with such inspiring, encouraging, edifying people, that we frequently spend a lot of our time with people that aren’t? Why do we waste our time and energy on people who chip away at our self confidence and make us want to chip away at the pint of Ben and Jerry’s in our freezer? Why waste time with people who don’t love us fully, accept us fully, appreciate us wholly?

I have been guilty of this so many times. I will continually go back to the same people who i know aren’t good for my confidence or happiness, because of my need for people to like me. This is so ridiculous because I am always telling my son and my friends, “Don’t let ANYONE put limitations on you.” I don’t want any of my loved ones to waste their time with people who don’t overwhelmingly encourage them to reach their fullest potential and to completely love their whole self.

Similarly, I want to be able to encourage others to fully realize their dreams; however crazy they might sound. You want to be the first person to do body shots at the White House? Good for you! I’ll  pass out your campaign buttons. (Even if I have a small suspicion one out of our most recent two former presidents seems likely to have done this already.) You want to be a championship nude Irish Dancer? I will help you find Michael Flatley and convince him that “Lord of the Dance” needs a nudie re-vamp. Even if all you want to do is to be the mayor of your local Starbucks on Foursquare, I’ll drink 18 cups of coffee with you. (you’re paying)

If any of you have lost weight in the past or are trying to lose weight now, you know there are people in your life that will try to sabotage you, and not all of them are doing it on purpose. (MawMaw and her amazeballs macaroni salad were there before you were fat, and will live on well after you’re fit.) Some of them though, are rooting for your failure. Whether it’s because they are failing in their own weight loss goals, they are uncomfortable with how this might change the dynamic in your relationship, or they just can’t stand to see people happy; it happens.

When it comes to these types of people, the best defense is a good offense. Surround yourself with awesome people, and be awesome to others. Nice follows nice, good follows good, awesome follows wine.

-prepare for totally AWESOMELY bad transition-

Today is also WIAW, and I made a cake (It was JENN’S birthday last week!)

Breakfast was a healthy whole wheat chocolate mug cake and bucket of coffee, lunch was pb and honey, hummus and carrots, snack was kale, hummus, and EB egg whites, (it was 140 cals and I couldn’t finish it–volumetrics eating at its finest!) dinner was perfectly grilled chicken, brown rice, and fresh, spring vegetables. Dessert? Light as air lemon angel food cake with lemon glaze. YES. PLEASE.


Lemon Angel Food Cake

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (one cake)

  • one dozen egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • one cup cake flour sifted three times

for the glaze

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F

use very cold eggs, at least one week old

beat the eggs and cream of tartar with the whisk attachment on your mixer, on medium, until soft and foamy

add in the lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat until it has tripled from its original size

add in the sugar, a few tbsp at a time, reserving the final tbsp and beat until soft peaks form

in a separate bowl, sift the flour 3 times and re-measure

toss in lemon zest and make sure the zest is well mixed (using a dry whisk)

take whites off the mixer and grab a very large spatula

sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour at a time, evenly over the egg mixture, and gently fold in

repeat until flour is just incorporated

pour into a 10″ tube pan (I used a bundt pan-don’t do that)

sprinkle remaining tbsp of sugar over top

bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean

turn out onto a rack and let cool for 30 minutes

loosen edges with a knife and remove from pan

let cool entirely and glaze

for the glaze

whisk the powdered sugar and lemon juice

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How do you deal with negative people in your life?

Less serious, do you like angel food cake? Favorite topping?

22 thoughts on “Body Shots at the White House

  1. YUMMM Angel food cake is delicious!!! As for people I can't stand, I am to the point in my life (after just graduating college and now in grad school) in which I have decided to part with the people I don't need. It was hard at first to get rid of them, but if they're bringing me down, they're not worth it!
  2. I'm so with you. When someone says something they want to do, I love being the person that says, hell yeah, why not? I've stopped associating with some folks that aren't encouraging to me and it has really helped me. I've got to say as well that reading blogs and being part of Fitfluential has been a great positive motivator for my life in general!
  3. Oh gosh. I am terrible at this. I don't know if it's b/c I can't understand why people aren't nice or wish me bad, but I always go out of my way to be extra nice to mean people or people that don't reciprocate kind gestures. I love this post and want to get to the point where I am comfortable enough with myself to just walk away from them. I <3 you =)
  4. I love this post too. This topic is something that's been on my mind a lot lately and that I'm struggling to come to terms with - what and who exactly I need to help support me to be the best and happiest that I can be. It's hard. There's so much comfort and security often tied to people that may not be the best for you. It's a work in progress and you're right. Awesome does follow wine. Also, I really appreciated your post from yesterday too. I used to work on increasing access to healthy and affordable foods in low-income communities and that was one of the biggest obstacles that we came up against - fresh/healthy food is too expensive. It was hard and frustrating work and so many complicating factors that have led us to the place where we currently are with our food system. Thanks for writing about it because it's important to keep raising the issue.
  5. I found your website a month ago. I think we know each other well enough for me to come out say I freakin' love your blog!
  6. i was just reading an article about this very same point this afternoon. it's so true but so sad. it definitely takes strength and trust in your goals to back away from people who sabotage your happiness. p.s. i love how bright and happy your lemon cake photos are!
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