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Wow! It’s been a week and a half since I started the Lifestyle Challenge and I rarely find myself thinking about it. It’s so much easier the second time around!

I haven’t tried a whole lot of new recipes lately, I’ve been sticking to the favourites and occasionally venturing into new ones.   One that I have to mention though is Scotch Eggs. My husband bought me a copy of Well Fed (the original) after I finished the Whole30 Challenge as a congratulatory present.   The recipe for Scotch Eggs seemed very enticing and promised lots of variety as you can make them regular, Tex Mex, Chinese, Moroccan etc. I was hooked from the first Warm Egg that came out of the oven and I’ve had one every morning since! My husband said that if he liked eggs he would be super impressed by how awesome it looks!

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I’ve also recently discovered Sauerkraut. Although delicious on a burger, it’s extremely good as a side to my Scotch Egg too. In fact it’s good with any kind of meat, I had it with Meat Loaf for Lunch today!

I’m trying to get on track with Crossfit too. I’ve been going about once a week which is unacceptable! I’ve discovered 8:30am classes and I’ve been brining little Z who up until today, had been spectacularly good. I don’t know if she didn’t get enough ‘Z’ time this morning or she was just feeling like crud, but she cried for a good 20 minutes of the class. I know they say that parents are the only one that hear their children but I’m sure everyone else did as much as I did. I was a little scared of what they were thinking of me/Z  I guess, but I did everything I could I even gave her my battery less cell phone to play with. Something I swore I would never do – and then I gave her my keys. Yes, my keys, how effing disgusting is that? The keys did the trick though and she was happy as a clam for the actual WOD.

I’m gonna go on a parenting tangent here so feel free to skip to the next paragraph:
Having a kid has changed me in so many ways I never thought possible. I used to live a life of luxury and I didn’t even know it. How did I not ‘Have Time’ to go to the gym before Z? She has changed my whole view on life. I used to be a perfect parent before I had kids. My kids were going to be superior, but now I live by the “Whatever it takes to make us all Happy” Motto. Which includes giving keys and phones to play with. Urgh! It’s also thanks to Z that I’m making the big changes in my life. Over the last 3 months, I’ve changed my philosophy on food and cooking, joined crossfit (I can’t do that, I can’t even do a pushup) and lost 20 lbs. I’ve embraced Naps with open arms and met some really and I mean REALLY nice people. This morning, a couple grabbed Z’s playpen and toys and brought them out to my car saying they remember being in that stage and every little bit helps! Then the coach told me not to worry about ‘the kid’ crying, it happens he says. I really felt they meant it! Alright end of tangent!

So, the Challenge is going so-so, I haven’t been doing as great as I’d like to be doing on the challenge, I’ve had many 4-5 point days which means I’m either not doing the exercise or not having a perfect Paleo day. Yesterday for example I had a few nibbles of Z’s grilled Cheese (to make sure it wasn’t too hot). Last Saturday I had a sausage at the market for breakfast etc.   Little things like that make it harder to attain the goal.

I’m trying hard though!  For the last two weeks I’ve been having Cookup WODs where I make as many meals as possible (so far my PR is 3) and that has made things so much easier.  Especially if I have to work late supper is ready for my husband, and kidlet, I have leftovers at work it’s been going really great until… my Microwave blew up!  Scariest things I’ve ever witnessed in the kitchen by far!  So we’ve had to skip the leftovers or heat them up an hour a head in the oven. 😦

I’ve changed my Crossfit membership to 3x/week and plan on going at 8:30 in the morning M-W-F, and at 6:45pm if I’m working days. Ideally I’d be going straight after work, but we’re down to 1 car now that hubby’s changed jobs, so I have to try to work around that.

I’m getting closer and closer to 8 hour/night sleep as Z’s slept through the last 2 nights. Water intake has been no issue, especially when I’m working.

Life is great!

 

Ta for now!

x

Diving Straight Back IN!

It’s been a bit of a rough last few weeks with more unhealthy foods than I care to admit.  The repercussions aren’t great either, acne, headaches, bloating, blahness… urgh!  Although I’ve only cooked clean foods, we’ve gone out to eat a few times, hubby received a HUGE box of New Zealand sweets, I’ve had milk and dairy products, and running short on time with work.  All in all its been a disaster!  I don’t know why I’ve veered off course so much, but I’m looking forward to the Lifestyle (Paleo) Challenge my Crossfit Box is holding.

The Challenge is accompanied by  ‘Practical Paleo’ by Diane Sanfilippo.  Our goals are based on points set up as such:

4 Points = Perfect Day, no cheats…not even a morsel…
3 Points = A tiny little slip up…it’s that little sip or little bite
2 Points = A portion of a meal was not Paleo…having a roll or beer with dinner
1 Point = A whole meal was not Paleo…beer with dinner & pizza
0 Points = More than a whole meal was not Paleo

 

Bonus Points
+1 = 8+ hours of sleep (lights out sleep, not in bed for 8 hours)
+1 = WOD at CFM or 10+ minutes of Mobility work
+1 = 2+ liters of water consumed per day

Total of 7 points/day.

I know I for sure won’t be getting the 8 hours of sleep bonus point every day, because my little one doesn’t always sleep all night, but I’m okay with that.  My birthday is smack in the middle of the challenge so I’m awarding myself a day where I get zero points for food.  Otherwise I plan on eating squeaky clean, drinking 2+ litres of water and working out every day.  For a total of 206 points.  That is my goal!

I’ve signed up for a body composition test for next weekend, which I think will have interesting results and motivate me even more in 6 months when I get the new results.  A scale give you a number but a body comp will give you plenty of other numbers!

I also have to set a benchmark for 2 workouts which I will be completing this afternoon.  Words like Burpees, Wall Balls and Rowing were thrown around, so I’m not particularly looking forward to doing it… TWICE!  But I’ll suck it up and do it anyways!

Here’s to a clean beginning… again!