Day 11 & 12

Monday August 11

Breakfast – Scotch Egg

Snack – Apple & Almond and Cashew Butter

Lunch – Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Supper – Chorizo Meatballs, mashed potatoes and carrots

Post Workout Snack – Meatballs and mashed potatoes

Tuesday August 12

Breakfast – Scotch Egg and left over carrots

Snack – Apple, Pear and Peach salad

Lunch – Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Supper – Shepherd’s Pie

I’ve been slacking in the photo department, I do apologize, especially for the Shepherd’s Pie!  It is by far the best Paleo discovery in the whole entire world!  Cauliflower instead of Mashed Potatoes – absolutely to die for!  I could eat it for days!

Last Monday after my workout I did a Yoga class.  I have been waiting to do this Yoga class since my birthday when it was free and I was sick!  I’ve done Yoga in the past, but this was a little harder because I had just done a workout and my arms were tired, so holding poses was a little more effort than it probably was meant to be.

My favorite part about Yoga is the relaxation at the end though.  I wish I could bring my sleeping bag and go to sleep after Yoga.  It’s the most relaxed a person can ever be.

I’m supposed to do a private yoga session at a friend’s house in the upcoming weeks, maybe I’ll suggest bringing Sleeping bags and having a sleepover! 😉

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Day 6.2

 

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Kale with Macadamia and Raisins

Post Workout Meal: 2 Salmon Cakes

Lunch: Left over chicken with Carrots and Green Beans

Supper: Ground Pork ‘Hot Plate’

August 6

I wore a sleeveless shirt to the gym today.  To celebrate Girls month Crossfit Moncton had some sweet ‘Lift Like a Girl’ Pink tank tops ordered.  I couldn’t wait to get it, but it wasn’t until the month was over that they arrived.  Regardless- I. Wore. It. In. Public.  Well to the gym which I suppose is still in public.  One of my biggest insecurities is of my arms, so to wear it on a day where we were doing Overhead Squats is really a huge step for me.  I’m sure no one cares or gave it a second thought, but let me tell you I was extremely self concious for the entire hour I was there.  But I lived and my day was fine and no one made fun of me (publicly), so there! Take that insecurities!

So the gym- I got a PR, I did the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it was good.

Supper is a ‘Hot Plate’ combination inspired from Well Fed.  I love the idea behind Hot Plates which is basically just a protein with veggies and add some spices.  The book has 10 Ethnic varieties with a few different combinations each.  I based mine on a Chinese hot plate by using ‘Best Stir Fry Sauce Ever’ recipe with ground pork, broccoli and a sweet Orange Pepper.  It was a little too spicy for my dear husband but I thought it was perfect!  These are a really great way to use up your left over vegetable and frozen meat!  I will definitely be using these more in the future!

Also on an exciting note, I discovered The Clothes Make The Girl has a Facebook page and I went on gushing about how much I love her cookbooks and read on:

fbI love Melissa Joulwan!  Can’t wait for 2016!!

Whole30 Part 2

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With the new release of It Starts With Food I decided to start another Whole30 a month early. I was going to start in September because it has 30 days, but after my performance at the gym yesterday, I decided something needed to change right NOW! Then I find out that it’s Heros Month and that helped to make the decision easier.

I became a summer indulgence Monster! Iced Capps and take out nearly ruined me all month! You would think that after my food poisoning episode I’d be all about home prepared foods, but how quickly I forget!

I had my last Iced Capp before my night shift last night, and if you think that the amount of calories would have kept me at bay, you clearly don’t know me well! But this could work as a motivation!

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I also had a bit of a binge on sushi, chips and cookies during the night shift.  I didn’t feel terribly hot when I got off, but I slept it off and when I got out of bed at 14h45, I started!  Here I go!  I’m very excited to see what the month holds in stores for me.  I’ve had a HUGE sugar addiction all month, poor gym results and feeling bloated a lot.  I’m looking forward to the surge of energy and the PRs!  Here is to health and dedication!  Happy August!

Start of Week Check In

I love talking about food.  I love to impress people with food.  “Yeah, I make my own Mayo!”  “I made this from Scratch” “I made this awesome juicy as hell burger the other day ON THE BBQ!!!”

Those are all things I’m overheard saying at any given time in a day.  I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think about food passionately.  I’m glad to report that my daughter is on the same track as I am.  When I find something she loves I feel like the best parent in the world!  “My Daughter just inhaled those okras”  “Yeah, Z LOOOOVES Salmon”.  She can be pretty picky though.  Recently she’s thrown any spicy food on the floor for the dogs to eat (not sure that’s a great things as my dogs have the runs as soon as they eat something very different).  As my husband says my dogs have the most culturally diverse diet of any dogs in Moncton I’m sure!

The weather has finally started to improve so I’m finding myself craving anything on the grill.  My skills with the Barbecue are very limited and my husband does zero cooking so its all on me!  Generally we’d have sausages on the BBQ, but finding whole ingredient sausages is proving to be quite difficult so we haven’t had them in a while.  Personally I’d eat Burgers every day but I’m not sure that Big O Bacon Burgers from Nom Nom Paleo cookbook would do my body so much good EVERY DAY.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m not a huge fish fan but I decided to take the ‘plunge’ and try out  Salmon à l’Afrique du Nord from Well Fed and I fell in love!  There is no fishy taste to this salmon but a close similarity to chicken!  I’ve made it twice – once with fresh salmon, once with frozen salmon and both times the fish was delicious!  I accidentally added 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper instead of 1/4 tsp last night so it’s a little spicy, but generally its mild and reheat worthy.  I’m always hesitant to make salmon, so I usually wait until the end of the week to make it, and by that time, my husband has drunk all of the Orange Juice I need for the marinade, luckily there’s a convenience store in our backyard, literally.

I cooked up some baby carrots and fried some okras in bacon to accompany it, and I thought Z was going to blow up she was stuffing the food in her mouth like we were preparing for a fast!

Salmon à l'Afrique du Nord

 

I’m starting off the month with a 3x/week membership at crossfit and I’ve booked myself for the next two weeks.  Looking forward to seeing some changes in my body soon!

Aside

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!

 

I fell WAY off the Wagon!

It is Z’s first Birthday today, so naturally we threw her a party this weekend.  My parents and brothers came down for the festivities, and some bad food choices were made. Saturday, I had a buffalo burger.  Although it tasted great, I could feel my meal sitting in my stomach.  It was quite heavy and I made several comments on how I didn’t feel too good.

On Sunday my dad and brothers got a couple of pizzas for lunch, but before it got here, I had left over Salmon cakes from a few days before.  I left the room as the pizza was being served and didn’t even think about it twice when I saw the left overs in the fridge.

I made a TON of spaghetti sauce to serve our party guests, I had zucchini noodles with mine.

Z’s birthday cake was a Paleo brownie, with a Raspberry Cream Sauce I got from It Starts with Food (the sauce was originally intended for Almond Poached Pears).  Naturally I had a piece (or two of that) after supper.  It’s true that moderation doesn’t work for me, cause then I had a sliver of Chocolate cake I bought for everyone to have.  I did however resist the urge to wash the cake down with milk.

Finally on Monday, when my mother, Z, and I got back from doing a bit of shopping, we arrived to a powerless house with no real edible cold foods.  We headed to the supermarket where I had a deli wrap and some sushi.  Not really the best choice, obviously.

Upon reflection, the food choices I made were totally conscious, I didn’t do the whole reintroduction of foods, but I think I’ll be doing another 30 days after easter and do the proper plan.

I woke up with a headache this morning and feeling greatly annoyed with everything.  I thought about cancelling my Crossfit class for tonight (especially after reading that we were going to be doing 50 front squats and 1000 lunges for time.  It’s April 1st… duh!) but my husband convinced me that I should go anyways and I did, and I’m glad!

Here’s to getting back on the Wagon!