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Grays Peak & Paleo Baking

Monday, July 11, 2011

I was determined to get some yard and house work done this weekend so in my usual procrastinating ways I found plenty of other entertaining things to do to distract me from my domestic duties.
I don't bake, mostly because baking requires all sorts of non-paleo goodness. Even before my paleo days I was never much of a baker. I would end up with oven burns on my forearms, puddles of cake batter on the bottom of the oven and a bad ration of cake crumbs to actual cake.... it is safe to say I am a horrible baker. Until this weekend when I made this killer Paleo loaf that I could not control myself around. With that in mind it is probably best I don't bake much, in my defense it was just a little guy.

3 eggs
2T coconut oil or butter
2T coconut milk (boxed, not canned)
3 T agave nectar
1/4 cup chopped apples
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 t baking powder

Mix all ingredients together until there are no more lumps and then fold in apples and pecans. Bake 14 minutes at 350. Pretty simple.

Then to further the distraction from housework we decided to go on a hike in the mountains. I was anxious to find a new exciting place that took us out of our norm and that we did in Grays & Torrey Peak. There were some killer 360 views there plus some cool old mining buildings to check out.

about two miles of what seemed like and endless incline we hit a nice big mountain side of snow that the dog thoroughly enjoyed.

We kept seeing beaver the whole hike too. It was odd since we were above treeline almost as soon as we started hiking.

Next time we will actually summit one if not both of the 14ers, we'll consider Sunday a scouting trip.

Needless to say I did not get my chores done. I guess it doesn't matter if the house is messy if I am never in it.

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TJBLEEKER 7/26/2011 9:50AM

    Beautiful pictures! Snow??? I cannot imagine!

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MSAZLADY82 7/20/2011 8:32PM

    Gorgeous views and really seemed like a wonderful hike!

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PHYSEDTEACHER 7/13/2011 8:44AM


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JESS0107 7/12/2011 2:24PM

    I wouldn't mind skipping chores if I had food and a hike like that!!!

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SPLASHDOG1 7/12/2011 2:23PM

    I love old buildings! And that one is really neat looking! Looks like a beautiful hike. And that's a dog who's having some fun!! lol!

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TPELL21 7/12/2011 10:20AM

    Yum, I'm trying to remember if I have all of those ingredients at home right now... I sure hope so!
Looks like a great hike! Stunning views.

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    Mmmm...that Paleo Loaf sounds good.
Those are some great pictures from your hiking trip. I'm glad you had a nice weekend. I'm pretty sure the housework can almost always wait... emoticon

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CCHELLEZ 7/12/2011 2:11AM

  your life, your rules. enjoy it! sounds like a beautiful day.

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Food Blog: Ball Park Inspired- Paleo Style

Sunday, June 19, 2011

We went to Coors Stadium to watch the Rockies beat the Tigers. It was great weather, beautiful views, and some of our best friends and family with us.

The only thing that wasn't quite right is that I was starving with maybe two Paleo type options available. As much as I would like to just eat garbage because it's almost the only thing offered (plus fried food still smells heavenly) I have myself some goals that I would like to get to sooner than later. I ended up getting some ribs that were absolutely wonderful and tender but not a veggie was to be found. Previously I've gone to the sole salad place and got charged twice for a $10 salad and proceeded to feel like puking all the next day. If you have fresh food for sale, please keep it fresh! Anyhow... with all that in mind I made a ball park inspired lunch today. Turkey brat from a local farm, spinach, pickle, hot peppers, hot mustard and celery salt all chopped up together.

With a little mineral water and lime to wash it down. So tasty! Plus I recently realized mineral water has about 5% daily recommended value of calcium per serving, I'll take that any place I can get it.

It's been a nice chill weekend overall! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there especially my own who has opened my eyes to so many interesting, fun, and thought-provoking things in this world.

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TJBLEEKER 6/21/2011 3:45PM

    Boy that looks so refreshing! I may have to try it.

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TPELL21 6/21/2011 10:27AM

    Glad you had fun at the game. Amazing how many healthy options are available at those stadiums/events... not!
Love the recipe, I'll have to give it a try soon.

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CANADIANKIM 6/19/2011 9:45PM

    I love lime in my water - usually keep a jug in the fridge with a sliced lemon and lime in it at all times. It's so refreshing!

Also like the recipe - definitely would feel satisfied. I recently ate in a similar circumstance and ordered a burger (the smell was too great) and then discarded the bun. It was quite good!

Great pictures!

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Tired of Hiding

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I’ve said it before, when I started my body transformation journey, it was just that. Get Hot! Probably a willful ignorance but I didn’t anticipate the issues that would come up in my life along the way. First, facing why I got fat. Second, what the poor body image did for my relationships with other people and my self-esteem. As delusional that it may be I *thought* I was a very confident person, and in some ways I was… come to find out it was very much just on the surface. What I didn’t realize was that I was hiding, a lot!

I love to create ( ) be it paper arts, drawing, printing, photography, or sewing. It satisfies me like nothing else. When I first got into making things I did it for other people, I catered to an audience. “What would so and so think of this?” was the question that popped up more so than “does it look good? TO ME?” At some point along the way I realized that creating for me and only me was much more satisfying therefore I now create for no one else. While I believe that is the only reason to create it also prompted me to pull back and not share my work except with the few who I knew would “get it”. I was making things that were aesthetically pleasing to me but I was still completely consumed with the idea that people will judge it and at the end of the day find the fault over any of the beauty, or more devastating be embarrassed for me.

Now take that crippling point of view and blow it out to every aspect of how I conduct my life. I was (still am) censoring the majority of everything I put out into the world to protect myself. Yes, half of this equation is my sensitivity to what other people *might* think but the other half is I have had several people in my life who consciously or not seem to want to pick mine apart. There is nothing unique about this situation I am sure anyone who has any family, friends, colleagues, or lovers has those types in their life. Hell, I catch myself wanting to do it at times. But really it only ever took one person to make a remark about the skirt I wore to work, or the dinner I made, or the fact that there is dust on my baseboards. I am all for living to higher standards but on the other hand I am human, my house isn’t always going to be clean, my food concoctions aren’t always going to be restaurant worthy(oops, too much salt!), and yes I want to feel good so I dressed up to sit at my desk. Why question it? Why find the fault? But it is not for me to request of other people to change their reaction… unless I am going to hurt myself, bad form on Oly lift? Please let me in on that info. You see me smoking a cigarette… just slap me!

Finally… [Deep Breath] My Statement of Intent!

First and foremost, to live my life for me to my standards and not as if someone is judging my every move. No feeling guilty or embarrassed for not living up to someone else’s standards nor compromising my needs down for another’s.

Second, pay that same respect to others. Allow them to conduct their life in the same manner.

Third, when I find myself judging step back and take a hard look at myself. Most of the time that urge is there because I feel threatened so I need to make an effort to figure out why I feel like that.

Simple but not easy. If nothing else my next step in being mindful.

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TJBLEEKER 6/16/2011 11:32AM

    Great post - hit home with me on a lot of points.

Love your statement of intent.

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BRAVENEWGRL 6/16/2011 11:16AM

    Ooooh I added you to my contacts in Flickr!

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BRAVENEWGRL 6/16/2011 11:15AM

    Love love love loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this blog! It is so hard to let go and let life! I go back time and time again to yoga and my instructor who keeps reminding me "It's yoga practice, not yoga perfect". This so applies to life. You may not feel something is good enough, but it's not about it being good enough it's about you taking that step to put it out there and love it in all of its imperfection.

I love your statement of intent too! Great things to live by...

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PHYSEDTEACHER 6/16/2011 11:12AM

    Nicely put./..and yes..I have thought about all these issues u r not alone

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MORGANHORSE1 6/16/2011 10:36AM

  Great insight will probably bring satisfaction and positive change. When we stop being a people pleaser it allows us to
"be free to be me". Best wishes for a succesful journey!

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Food Blog: Food Snob

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My husband and I shop at different stores for our foods. The junk food at Sunflower and Sprouts isn't junky enough and I can't find grass fed beef amongst other things at King Soopers. So I did my shopping yesterday and in an effort to save on some gas did his today instead of having him go. As little as a year ago I was never all that conscious of what was in our cart and what it can say about you. You are what you eat, right? With that in mind I have to admit I had a hard time doing it.

Yes, a little stuck up but I was embarrassed to be carting this crap around.

I feel like I should keep my mouth shut, but I'm not. I am not going to feel bad about being discerning about what I put into my body. People are so concerned about germs and contracting illnesses from crud they can pick up around them but the same goes for what goes into your body. If you're going to take so much time and care sanitizing everything you touch why not put the cleanest, purest food in your mouth?
I understand it takes a lot of effort to eat clean. Believe me I know! From trying seek out the best local meat that doesn't wipe out my paycheck and learning about what fruits and veggies are ok to eat non-organically not too mention spending many many hours stalking Paleo blogs to get the good word on the science behind what the food does to you, or *for* you for that matter, once it's ingested. But really, at the end of the day your health is worth the work. I am not referring to life longevity per se but how you feel day to day, the energy, contentment, and well-being that come along with caring about your energy sources.
So after dumping good money into empty calories (gotta keep the hubby happy) I went straight home and cooked the yummiest cleanest meal I could. Love the green.


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VHALKYRIE 6/15/2011 3:45PM

    I am picky about what I put into my body, and I'm not ashamed of it!

Your meal looks fantastic!

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LADYROSE 6/15/2011 2:12PM


I loooove Sunflower! Shop there all the time... and it's made me such a snob as well. It's not just the quality of the produce but the quality of the people that shop there. Sometimes I venture to a 'regular' grocery store and feel my snobbery emerging just by seeing the cr@p people pile into their carts. I try so hard not to judge but seeing the shape and condition of folks at the regular store just saddens me!

yeah, I'm a total snob too. :)

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SPLASHDOG1 6/15/2011 12:08PM

    Although I'm not too good at eating clean just yet, I completely agree with you. I'm working on it though! It's nice to have good examples like yours to follow and remind me every so often how much better I will look and more importantly, how much better I feel when I eat how I'm supposed to!

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TJBLEEKER 6/15/2011 11:19AM

    Great points! We work too hard to not fuel properly. I am reminding myself there :)

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MAILMANVIC 6/15/2011 12:24AM

    Well said! That artichoke looks good.

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This Much is True

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finally realizing I am the biggest thing standing in my way of achieving my goals. I had to pull this off of Facebook first to remind myself that I am not alone in this struggle and second that the mind can tear you down or allow you to do amazing things. I opt for the latter please.

The last comment by Chris Mooney says it better than I ever could.
real CrossFit means "Training your brain, through intense physical activity, to realize that your body is capable of doing extraordinary things."

Now to work on what it takes to truly believe it.

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TPELL21 6/14/2011 9:59AM

    Awesome, thanks!

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PHYSEDTEACHER 6/12/2011 8:07PM

    LOVE is soooo true!

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NEENSTER1 6/12/2011 4:56PM

    emoticon for sharing. So True. Train, Train, Train. emoticon

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