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Getting active can be fun

Tina Specht

I have always been active and athletic all my life. I never thought I would get to a point in my life where I felt too poorly to do anything.  

Well, that was me a year ago.  Any time I did anything that involved too much activity I was down for the count for a couple of days.  I always loved playing anything that was going on.  It doesn’t matter who was playing, well maybe a little bit. Lol  I am very competitive in everything I do.  The only two things I stink at is tennis, and golf.  I hit the ball way too hard in tennis and it goes sailing in the air and in golf I can’t seem to get the ball off the ground.  Maybe one day I will master these two sports.  I need a bit more patience first.

Now that I have gotten my health back and am feeling great, I am looking for something to do.  I thought I would get back into working out.  Well, I don’t like it!  Maybe I would like it better if I had someone to go with me when I was to go.  I use to have workout partners or walking partners.  Now everyone seems too busy to do it or at least when I have the time they don’t.  I can’t do it by myself.  I am working on me trying to get motivated enough to do it but so far I have failed at this.

This past week, we knew several that get together every Tuesday night to play ultimate frisbee.  I decided that this is one thing I can do and was going out to see what it was all about.  So I have to prepare right!  I told my husband that I had to go to the store and get some water and powerades.  It was going to be a hot one and we needed to stay hydrated and we needed to get enough to make sure others could have some if they forgot to bring anything.  He of course had to say… We are not in little league and you don’t have to bring the snacks and drinks for the team.  Well, the mom I am I do think ahead.  There were no snacks but I did bring a cooler full and as I  guessed several came without drinks.  So this was a win, win for me.  There ended up being four teams made up.  I was the only girl on my team.  I am use to that.  I have played on a lot of different teams in my life being the only girl.  I love playing sports not matter what it is.  And If I have never played before, I sure will give it a try and play.  

Well, just to give you an update I was on the winning team and made some great plays.  My husband and I were the oldest ones out there and we hung with them and maybe even did better than some.  So I did make sure my team on water breaks got some water and powerades in them so we could give it our all without cramping.  We played two games and won two games.  I call this a great night of fun.  Now only if I can get a couple of teams together to play some softball I will be really having fun.

I have decided this is my year to get active no matter what I do.  I want it to be fun so I don’t dread having to do it.  We were in the heat but there was a great breeze going so it really didn’t feel all that bad.  I thought I would wake up and not be able to move but that didn’t happen either.  Once I got up and got moving I was fine.  I did however bruise my thumb.  How that happen I will never know.  But if that is all that happened I am doing great!

So get active my friends and keep your body moving.  You will thank yourself in the long run.  Make sure you stay hydrated along the way.

Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

1-1/2 cups chopped cashews, divided

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

2-2/3 cups cold milk

1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix

1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 ounces), coarsely chopped

Place flour and butter in a food processor; cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1 cup cashews; pulse a few times until combined.

Press into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon over crust.

In another bowl, whisk milk and both pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with chopped candy bar and remaining cashews. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Tina Specht is co-publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. She shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday.