Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Amp it up!

So we are on a diet...

I gained 5 pounds when I got home....

yeah, not happy about that.

And Kyle, well, he is always unhappy about his weight so we decided to take drastic measures and don don don go on a REAL diet. It's not that serious of a diet, just cutting back strictly on carb in take by eating mostly veggies, meats and fruits and only eating a few carbs a day, mostly with oatmeal and those new whole wheat gold fish, yummy. This is not a permanent diet, it is only till we get at our desired weights. Plus with the help of Billy Blanks and his new amplifier which works your core, back and arms, we are turning our slushy bodies into stone. However, the amplifier set that Kyle purshased only came with ONE amplifying bar. And as you can see there are TWO of us. That caused a bit of a problem. I mean, we share well, we eat off the same plate, drink out of the same glass, I sometimes borrow his t-shirts to sleep in, but we can't use the same amplifier at the exact same moment in time...

... that is until Steven Hawkings figures out how to warp the time/space continuum.

So we put our creative minds together, literally, we bumped heads, and it hurt... and came up with a cheaper solution than simply buying another amplifier for $15 (I know I know, we are cheap, but we are also poor). We made our own amp bar with pcv pipe, sand +water inside and ankle weights at the ends. The Billy Blanks amp weighs 3 lbs which when working out is plenty. But since Kyle is a boy... oh sorry, I mean MAN (really he is a five year old boy trapped in a big boys body) he wanted his to weigh more. I don't know to prove his manliness.
Here Kyle is looking sweaty after our work out.

I know, I know, we are geniuses. We pat ourselves on the back several times for this achievement, and so far it works great. The only problem is that there are no sweat bands on our version like on the Taebo version. Any ideas anyone?

Look at that strong boy, ahem, I mean MAN. He is looking buffer already!

AND... we found a new recipe that we think all who are trying to be healthy and also eat more blueberries for their antioxidants will like. We really liked it.

We found this recipe in SELF magazine. But we only used half a pint of blueberries rather than the full pint because we thought it was too much and we would not recommend seeding your jalapeno because it made our salsa rather weak. To strengthen it, because we didn't have anymore jalapenos on hand, we used cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce and that really seemed to kick it up a notch.

Turkey Roll-ups With Blueberry Salsa

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices deli turkey


  1. Combine mayonnaise and curry in a bowl. Place blueberries, jalapeño, kiwifruit, lime juice, onion and salt in a bowl; stir to combine. Top each of the lettuce leaves with 1 tbsp mayo mixture, 1/2 slice turkey and 1 tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp blueberry salsa. Roll up to serve.


Peter and Leslie said...

Kyle, is that you?! I almost took you for billy blanks for a minute!

I have a comment on your diet. I think that everything sounds great except I think that I think it should be a lifestyle change and not just a diet.

And I don't think that you should cut out carbs so much as you should focus on eating good carbs like whole grain oatmeal (which you mentioned). According to the USDA food pyramid, the basis of the diet should actually be carbs. But it needs to be the "right carbs" like whole grains as opposed to doughnuts.

And I just think that if you see it as more of a lifestyle change rather than a diet you'll be more likely to make sustainable choices that will benefit your health and weight in the long term.

So, I realize this comment could be potentially annoying since it's unsolicited advice from someone who is not a diet guru. But I'm just commenting from some nutrition classes and experience. Feel free to ignore!

Also, I don't think either of you are fat. You are both practically Abercrombie models. Let that be known! I'm just trying to offer suggestions that may be helpful.

Also, I laughed out loud when you mentioned bumping your heads! Funny.

The End.

Rachael said...

Blueberry....salsa.. weirdly intriguing!

Terry said...

Hey Kyle and Vanessa,
I just read your blog getting to it from our Cape Cod blog and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe you could get Carole and I to join you on your quest to be healthy. Unlike Carole, I am not a runner (in reality not much of a mover at all) so it might be a real stretch but after seeing the pictures of our trip, I am ready to try. See you soon. Terry (Carole's friend)