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?
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!
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!
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.
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