1. This first step is optional, soak chopped dates in Krakan Spiced Rum for approximately 20 minutes. Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a small sauce pan and add dates. Let simmer for approximately 15 minutes and cool.
2. Preheat oven at 350° F; butter and flour a loaf pan; grate a medium sized zucchini and set aside.
3. In a medium sized bowl, sift in all dry ingredients. Then whisk to blend.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs. Then whisk in vanilla and oil. Slowly add blended dry ingredients (about a 1/3 at a time) to egg mixture. Just before adding the last 1/3, add in the cooled date mixture. Add 2 tbsp. of water to the pan to loosen up any additional syrup, scape down sides and add to the batter. Add in the last 1/3 of dry ingredients. Then add 1 cup of gated zucchini.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Let cool 5 or 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Time to share...
About three and a half weeks ago, I had abdominal surgery (to remove a rogue uterus). I had a hysterectomy. No sadness at all, this was a great relief. But in the weeks and days leading up to the event, I was crazy stressed and anxious. I would have to say that the stress and anxiety was the hardest part of the whole experience. I am super thankful to have had the support of my mom and dad. AND the continued support of my husband.
In the two to three months leading up to the big event, my intuitive self kicked in. I was already working-out three times a week with the classes I teach. Additionally, my intuitive self said to do more. This is when I started my personal Sun Salutation challenge, which I had posted here on my page. My intuitive self was determined to increase the number of repetitions as well as to advance to more difficult variations thereof.
As a result, I can say that my intuitive self was right in continuing to build strength, flexibility and agility. My efforts allowed me to move and get in and out of bed without help or assistance and without pain. The day I came home from the hospital, I walked right up the stairs with no problem. I did have to make my movements slow and easy due to the bit of swelling and staples. The little pain I did have was in coughing, sneezing and laughing.
(as for pain meds, i was on percocet and ibuprofen for the first week. i was only taking one pill once or twice a day. i continued the ibuprofen into the second week to help with inflammation.)
I would highly recommend that if anyone is going to have any kind of abdominal surgery, they prepare their body with good core exercises and stretching many months prior to surgery. You do need to be better than adequate. And if you're not, then you should start a training program a year ahead of time.
I still have to obey the rules for recovery. Everyone should. Your body needs six to eight weeks to heal. BUT being strong and healthy definitely makes for better quality of life during that time.
_Kinesiology is the study of human movement; my option, pedagogy, is the study of teaching. I teach and analyze human movement to create skilled movers.
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