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Pregnancy weight

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

194.9 this morning....ok, so my pregnancy weight from my 2 year old is officially GONE! Now, I just have to work on the additional 30 pounds left over from my 7 1/2 year old! LOL

"Baby" steps, right? emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 9/15/2013 7:56PM

    Yay for you :) Love baby steps!!

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    Too cool for school!

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LEASIM1231 9/5/2013 3:39PM

    Woohoo!!!! I lost the last of my weight from #1 when I was pregnant with#2. I have gained 16 lbs so far and am 31 weeks. So far doing better than with #1.

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ROBYNROSE26 9/5/2013 1:42PM

    Way to go!

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HOUNDOGLOVER35 9/5/2013 9:10AM

    Wow! Great job!

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/5/2013 8:49AM


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FEARLESSNOW 9/4/2013 11:20PM

    Way to go!! Good luck!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/4/2013 5:40PM

    YAY!!!!!! WOOOH OOO!!!!

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BEBOP4ME 9/4/2013 4:23PM

    You can do it!

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    emoticon emoticon You can do it!!

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SINGER73 9/4/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon at least it's gone emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 9/4/2013 9:56AM

    Whoo hooo! awesome!~ emoticon

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SARIANEC 9/4/2013 8:56AM

    :) - working on the weight from my 20 yr old emoticon

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WALLINMW 9/4/2013 8:53AM

  Great Blog! You can do this, one pound at a time!

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    Awesome!!!! That is great, Anne!!!! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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My "back on track" plan for the weekend

Friday, August 30, 2013

This is my plan to get back on track for eating (= LOSING).

1) Don’t be totally awful until I get to grocery shopping
2) Saturday morning - hit up the farmers’ market while there is still awesome produce to be had AND go to Whole Foods (need coconut aminos! And a gift card for someone at the gym who gave me some clothes that are now too small for her, but added some new pizzaz to my casual clothes! Feel so bad it has been like 2 weeks and I still didn’t give a proper thank you other than just telling her thank you and that she’s awesome at the time of exchange)
3) GO GROCERY SHOPPING on Saturday – probably Saturday evening.
4) Sunday - Hit up the gym
5) Sunday – prep, batch cook and make dinner – that includes getting bfast salad stuff like boiled eggs done for the week, making Paleo granola, and try new recipes for dinner – cauli rice and crock pot orange chicken (using the coconut aminos)
6) Water water water water and then……….more water
7) Make Paleo-friendly chocolate chip cookies as a dessert to celebrate my mom's birthday

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/3/2013 2:18PM

    LOVE IT!!!!!

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AWOLF24 9/3/2013 1:22PM

    I actually did everything except I didn't make Paleo granola at all, and I made Paleo zucchini bread instead of the chocolate chip cookies for my mom. AND I hit the gym Sunday AND Monday! WOOHOO!

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FEARLESSNOW 8/31/2013 10:57PM

    You can do it!

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SPARKNMOM 8/31/2013 9:58PM

    Awesome plan! I've finally made it back on track and am on my way back down the scale...feels good :)

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ORCHIDLADY56 8/31/2013 10:26AM

    Great plan, Anne! Go for it!

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HOLLYM48 8/31/2013 7:55AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Good luck and have a great weekend!

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XFITSTRONG 8/31/2013 7:24AM

    YAY!!!! I love how you wrote it all down. Stay strong! You can do this!

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ROBYNROSE26 8/30/2013 3:12PM

    Sounds Great!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 8/30/2013 11:11AM

    Sounds like a plan!!

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SINGER73 8/30/2013 10:48AM

    All sounds doable and awesome

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    Love love love!!!! I am right there with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A few CrossFit and other random updates

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I completed my first prescribed or "Rx" WOD last Tuesday! WOOHOO! And here is the proof!

Yes, I actually snapped a picture of the whiteboard with my phone because I had to document proof! :) Oh, and I should explain that "Backdraft" is me. Everyone at our gym is assigned nicknames, and that is what is used to post scores on the whiteboard. Maybe it provides some comfort in anonymity - you can compare your scores without having everyone really know who is who...I'm not sure the reasoning because people generally know what people's nicknames are. Anyway, my husband got his when he first started as "L49" for the movie Ladder 49 (he is a firefighter). I didn't have one for a while until the owner had the brainstorm to give me a sort of coordinating one...hence "Backdraft". LOL

The workout that day was 10 squat cleans at 80% of your max, run one mile, then 10 more squat cleans. So basically, everyone who finished did it "Rx" but that was the first time I officially had the "Rx" after my name. YEA!!!!!

Just FYI, here is a video of what squat cleans are and as you can see from my "score", I did the relatively low weight of 53# but for me, it was hard to get that last set of 10 in, especially after my "run" (which for me is really a slow jog with some walking sprinkled in AND I was pushing my 2 year old in a jogging stroller too).

We are in the middle of a strength cycle and are going for our 1 rep maxes on different lifts this week. Yesterday we did back squats and I got a PR (personal record) at 108#. That is not a lot compared to most, but considering that not even 3 months ago I was hesitant to try anything heavier than the 33# women's bar, I was very happy! It was weird - 108# wasn't that bad and I didn't struggle, then I tried 113# and nope, I wasn't going anywhere out of my squat. LOL (Yes, our trainer was spotting me - safety first!) Here's a link to a demo:

I wanted to try to get to the gym as often as possible this week to test my one rep maxes, but I've had this yucky migraine since Sunday (stress due to job stuff), have been taking a lot of medicines to manage it, and it came back full force after my workout yesterday so I am taking today off and just going home to relax and hang out with my kiddos this evening instead, and will hopefully get to bed early.

The past week or so has been getting progressively messier and more off track eating wise, and even though I can't seem to get control again, I can definitely tell that I am not feeling super great - more tired, just "bleh" and I'm sure it is not helping the migraine situation - so I really need to get back on track, shop better, pre-plan and pre-cook. So that is how things are going! emoticon

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RITEEBEE 8/28/2013 1:41PM

    You're doing great!!


Nutrition does help so much!! You can do it!!

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    Congrats on your RXd WOD! That is sooooo cool... and congrats on your PR! Backdraft, eh? I like that.. you are doing spectacular!


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ORCHIDLADY56 8/27/2013 8:46PM

    Wow! Good work on the RX! I'm impressed! Hope the migraine situation has resolved itself for you.

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ROBYNROSE26 8/27/2013 5:52PM

    Awesome, Way to Go!

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RHEYNKLAW 8/27/2013 4:29PM

    Awesome! I am such a workout shut-in that the mere fact that you are willing to exercise in that kind of environment impresses me.

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SINGER73 8/27/2013 4:08PM

    The Squat Clean looks hard but all of this CrossFit talk makes me want to find one around me. It's gotta be more fun than just going to the gym and working out by myself.

You will get back on track. Just stop and think and than do what you know you need to do.

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AWOLF24 8/27/2013 3:43PM

    Well, my lovely "low" scores (slow and light and/or drastically modified) are always posted, but this was the first official Rx I got. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (still slow and light though LOLOLOL) emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats on making the board!! YAY!!!!! emoticon

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The best beef stew that is really soup (oh, and yes, it is Paleo too)

Friday, August 09, 2013

This is what I make for my lunches pretty much every other week. I've done it a few times and still have not gotten tired of it.

I get about 6 - 7 servings out of it, so I pack it every day to eat for lunch and then I get a dinner or two out of it also. So easy. So yummy. It is definitely a soup in my book, and not a "stew", but it doesn't really matter, does it? I put the beef in my crockpot first, all the solid ingredients in (including the veggies - contrary to what the recipe says - my crockpot would never cook veggies in 2 hours) and then the liquids, then cook in my crockpot on low for 8 hours and it is done. And I also use two cans of petite diced tomatoes, just because I like tomatoes.

Here is the link to the recipe if anyone is interested in trying it!

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    I am going to try this when I get home!

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    Another recipe I'm going to try! I'm going to use turnips instead of sweet potatoes or at least one of each... a turnip is about 1/4 of the carb load of a sweet potato (6g per 100g serving vs 20g per 100g serving of sweet potato).. this is going to take me into fall juuuuust fine!


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    Looks tasty! I think I'll add it to my list of lunches to try. Thanks :)

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BOOKWORM27S 8/9/2013 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing! My husband would LOVE this recipe!

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What I'm eating these days...a few Paleo ideas

Thursday, August 08, 2013

I absolutely love summer and all the fresh, in-season, absolutely DELICIOUS produce that is available.

For anyone who is in the northern metro Detroit area, the Rochester Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings is fantastic!! My boys and I went and stocked up last weekend, and we are going with my sister (PURPLEVALENTINE) this weekend too.

I am really happy with sticking mainly to a Paleo-based diet. It seems to work for me. I feel good, am not starving all the time like I am with other plans, and I am losing weight and gaining muscle. (Of course, everyone needs to find what works best for them.) I am not completely strict with it, but I would say I'm about 85%. For convenience I do use a scoop of whey protein powder in some smoothies and I do eat a Larabar or Kind bar about an hour/hour and a half before a workout, if I hit the gym after work. So, that is my general plan right now.

I was struggling to find a satisfying breakfast that also was not fruit based and I ran across this recipe on a fantastic blog that was recommended by a Spark Friend of mine (thanks HERTSTA!) for breakfast salad. I know - sounds weird, but it is SO GOOD. Here's the link and a picture of mine this morning at my desk. I prep some of it at night, and also get to work a few minutes early to cut up my tomato (I've been using a whole one each day from last weekend's farmers' market haul...not cherry tomatoes as called for in the recipe), my avocado and the lemon.

As a treat, I've been combining/modifying two separate recipes. First, I whipped up a batch of Paleo granola using the recipe below. I used a bag of sliced almonds, a bag of slivered almonds and some random leftover walnut pieces I had in the pantry. All of those nuts can be a bit expensive, but it has been 3 weeks and I am just getting to the end of my first batch.

And then I put a little of that on top of this recipe below that is essentially strawberries with vanilla flavored coconut milk poured over it, and I've used all sorts of different fruit as a base - strawberries alone, various combos of strawberries/blueberries/blackberries/rasp
berries/, and also a nectarine (that's what I have today for an afternoon snack - YUM!):

Here is a picture of what it looks like using a nectarine and blackberries as the base:

I also recently started following the "Against All Grain" blog and she just released her cookbook. I got my dad to order it for me through his Amazon Prime account and it will arrive tomorrow. I can't wait to get it and try some recipes out!! Here are links to the blog and the book itself.


Cook book:

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SPARKNMOM 8/14/2013 2:56PM

    Oh my goodness....YUM!!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 8/9/2013 2:48PM

    Wow, what a treasure trove of recipe ideas! Thank you for posting these links.

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    I am SO going to be trying your breakfast salad!! That looks awesome! This was a great blog.. love getting Paleo ideas from others.. and the links to sites was awesome.. hadn't ever visited fedNfit... coolness

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/8/2013 12:45PM

    yum! everything sounds super tasty! way to go girl! :)

My coworker just started trying a one month Paleo challenge, and she said she can't believe how crabby she has been these first 4 days, lol! :P

Keep up the great work my friend.

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    Excited for the Farmers Market!!!! Your food looks good! I should come over and eat some! emoticon

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HAPPYGIRL1523 8/8/2013 10:46AM


The breakfast salad looks delicious...can't wait to try it!

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