The mountains are calling, and i must go

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Jessica, y'all.

SW: 185 lbs
over 40% body fat
CW: 123-125 lbs
20% body fat
UGW: 110 lbs HEALTHY & FIT

I am a 4'10" 27-year-old southern belle living in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina. I find beauty in simplicity. I have 3 dogs (Yoda, Oliver, Dallas), 1 cat (Gibson), and 10 chickens (Ladybird, Buckbeak, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fleur, Dolly Parton, Miss Audrey Williams, Dixie, Jolene, Lucy & Ethel).

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I lost 55 lbs between December 2011 and December 2012 through exercise and healthy eating and am currently working on burning off the little bit of fat I have left and building more muscle. I love hiking, kickboxing, turbo kick, lifting weights, and tabata/athletic conditioning/circuit training. In 2014 I will be completing my Spartan Trifecta. Races I have conquered thus far: Hero Rush, Run for Your Lives, Charlotte Spartan Sprint, Mont Tremblant Super Spartan, Tough Mudder Carolinas.

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People have been asking for my pancake recipe so I thought I’d post it for everyone to have. The best part is there are only 4 ingredients! They are also high in protein, since one of those ingredients is Greek yogurt.
1 container (5.3-6 oz) Greek yogurt (any flavor, black cherry is my favorite)
1 whole egg or 2 egg whites (that yolk has all that good stuff, don’t forget)
1/2 cup flour (any kind would work, I use whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Heat griddle or pan to medium heat. Oil pan if you don’t have access to a griddle (I find they are easier to work with on a griddle). Beat egg/egg whites. Stir in Greek yogurt. Add flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed. The batter will be thick. Spread batter onto pan/griddle. This makes approximately 4 medium sized pancakes. Flip when batter bubbles and is nearly cooked through. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, then put on a plate and top w/ whatever you like! In the picture above, I topped mine with peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and fresh raspberries.

People have been asking for my pancake recipe so I thought I’d post it for everyone to have. The best part is there are only 4 ingredients! They are also high in protein, since one of those ingredients is Greek yogurt.

  • 1 container (5.3-6 oz) Greek yogurt (any flavor, black cherry is my favorite)
  • 1 whole egg or 2 egg whites (that yolk has all that good stuff, don’t forget)
  • 1/2 cup flour (any kind would work, I use whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Heat griddle or pan to medium heat. Oil pan if you don’t have access to a griddle (I find they are easier to work with on a griddle). Beat egg/egg whites. Stir in Greek yogurt. Add flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed. The batter will be thick. Spread batter onto pan/griddle. This makes approximately 4 medium sized pancakes. Flip when batter bubbles and is nearly cooked through. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, then put on a plate and top w/ whatever you like! In the picture above, I topped mine with peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and fresh raspberries.

I made a healthy cookie cake! 🍪

I made a healthy cookie cake! 🍪

Devil tree 👹

Devil tree 👹

Catching salamanders

Catching salamanders

That water’s cold.

That water’s cold.

Greek yogurt pancakes w/ peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and raspberries 👌

Greek yogurt pancakes w/ peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and raspberries 👌

Lunch.

Lunch.

You better work.

You better work.

4/18/14:
A banana.
An apple pie Greek yogurt.
Roasted spaghetti squash w/ baked chicken, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
A butternut squash quesadilla w/ black beans, spinach, goat cheese, rajas, pineapples, avocado & plantains and rice (Salsa’s, Asheville NC).
1/2 slice chocolate peanut butter cake (Old Europe, Asheville NC).
A cup of tea w/ raw honey.
10 glasses water (80 ounces).
1 hour hot cycle.
7,328 steps.

4/18/14:

  • A banana.
  • An apple pie Greek yogurt.
  • Roasted spaghetti squash w/ baked chicken, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
  • A butternut squash quesadilla w/ black beans, spinach, goat cheese, rajas, pineapples, avocado & plantains and rice (Salsa’s, Asheville NC).
  • 1/2 slice chocolate peanut butter cake (Old Europe, Asheville NC).
  • A cup of tea w/ raw honey.
  • 10 glasses water (80 ounces).
  • 1 hour hot cycle.
  • 7,328 steps.

Jessica Lyn

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