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Whole30: Day 21

Posted: January 26, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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So I woke up this morning at six freakin’ thirty to turn off the crock-pot and get to cooking my other meals. I was so exhausted last night that I’m surprised I woke up that early, but I guess I did get 8 hours of sleep since I crashed at 10pm…

On the menu this week:

So as I was digging through my closet for something to wear to work today, I found this dress that I wore to a wedding about 3 years ago. I unfortunately haven’t been able to zip it up for the last couple of years because I, well, gained about 20 pounds back in 2010 (or 2011, I can’t remember) due to not being able to workout for a year because of a leg injury which I may get into at some other point, but not now. Anyway, I was using the dress about a year ago to gauge my weight-loss, but I just never really lost any weight and ended up forgetting about the dress. When I saw it, I figured I’d try it on for shits and giggles thinking it wouldn’t zip up or that I’d feel like a freakin’ sausage.


It’s still a little snug, but it zipped up pretty easily and I didn’t feel like I was going to pop at the seams!! Woohoo! I can’t wait to wear this baby out sometime this summer (if it’s not too big 😉 ).

Before work, I went to the local globo-gym and finished off week 3 of the Wendler Program with back squats and bench press. Next week should be a low-weight week, so we’ll see if my 1 rep max’s increase after that! I’m excited but a little nervous that I won’t see any progress :/

What should hopefully help is that I finally caved and purchased a pair of hybrid oly/crossfit shoes that supposedly help you feel more stable during oly lifts. I can’t wait to get them and am hoping they arrive before next week as I’m competing in the Team Grit competition in Newport News, VA!!

inov-8 fast lifter


Whole30: Day 20

Posted: January 25, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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I’m 2/3 of the way done with my first Whole30 Challenge!! I honestly did not think I’d make it this far which is kind of sad, but I really just do not have that great of will power. It’s of course something I’ve always wanted to work on and this has been a really good challenge.

I started off my morning with the Saturday WOD. These ones always scare me a little just because they’re so much harder than the weekday ones, but I honestly need the challenge and am always excited to do them.

crossfit adaptation saturday wod

After the gym, I headed straight for the grocery store. Usually I go to BJ’s Wholesale, but realized I forgot my damn member card. So annoying! So I headed to Harris Teeter instead. After getting my produce, I headed to the meat section and was totally grossed out by the name brand selections. I usually buy from the meat counter where they have more organic options, but unfortunately they weren’t open that early. I’ve seen way too many documentaries on the food industry to never want to eat any meat from the large name brand companies ever. After giving up in frustration, I bought my produce and headed to Whole Foods to grab my meats. Only 3 lbs of sausage, a pack of chicken breasts, and 2 packs of chicken thighs cost me almost $70!! As much as I want to always buy organic, free range, grass fed meats, I just can’t afford that right now. I honestly don’t see how anyone can afford that all the time, especially living in DC. And I have 2 jobs!!

grocery haul

Breakfast: Paleo chicken pot pie

paleo chicken pot pie

Snack: Homemade beef jerky and a couple apple slices

Snack: Larabar

peanut butter cookie larabar

Lunch: Paleo chicken pot pie and rest of the apple from earlier with almond butter

paleo chicken pot pie

(Can you tell I’m trying to eat up the last of last weeks meal prep??)

And after an already long day, I of course had to prep what I could to make my cooking in the morning just a little bit easier.

What foods do you decide to spend extra money on? What do you wish you could, but just can’t afford or find?

Whole30: Day 19

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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I can’t believe it’s already the end of the week. Since we had Monday off and I worked from home on Wednesday due to the cold/snow, it feels like it’s only Wednesday. Not to mention working 7 days a week really throws me off…

Last night I pulled out my favorite (and only) paleo cookbooks to thumb through and plan out my menu for next week. I know it seems premature to be planning for next week, but honestly, my weekends are just as busy as my weekdays since I work 7 days a week. I’m trying to get in the habit of planning my menu throughout the week, grocery shopping Friday night or Saturday morning, prepping what I can Saturday night, then cooking Sunday morning. It’s a pain in the ass, but if I didn’t plan, I know I would fall off the wagon in a heartbeat.


I spent a lot of time reading these cookbooks before buying to make sure I would actually use them, so I love them all for different reasons. I’ve also heard a lot of great things about the Well Fed cookbooks, so I’m excited to add those to my collection in the future. However, my favorite cookbook so far has been Paleo Slow Cooking. I’ve made a handful of recipes from this book and the ingredient lists are always so simple, but everything turns out so flavorful. Plus, I love that I can just toss everything into the crock-pot and it’s done when I get home from work or wake up in the morning. To make life a little easier, I’m going to start planning 1 crock-pot meal a week into my menu so that I can eliminate that cooking time from my already crazy Sunday mornings.

In other cooking news, I made my own almond milk and beef jerky! I can’t seem to find a Whole30 compliant brand of either, so I decided to give it a whirl and make my own. The almond milk was extremely easy, I’ll post my “how to” soon. The beef jerky was OK, it never fully dried out, so I’m going to attempt it again and hopefully have a recipe up soon for you guys.

So there are a couple reasons I have a second job… the main reason is that I have a shit load of student loans (seriously, it’s insane) and I really want to start making a dent in them. I figured I’m single, I don’t have any kids, and the weather is shitty here in DC during the winter, so why not work an extra job on the weekends for extra money. Oh, the other reason is because I’m a shopaholic and may have some credit card debts thrown in there too. It’s not bad, but I just don’t like having it. Anyway, there are some things I’ve really been wanting lately (and a few things I need, but they feel frivolous), so I made a list so that I could start saving for them. I laughed when I was done writing it out. A year ago it would’ve been more along the lines of clothes, shoes, and travel. Now it’s mostly CrossFit gear. At the top of my list is the weightlifting shoes, but they’re just too damn expensive right now. 😦

shopping list

OK, enough yapping, sorry!

This mornings WOD looked easy, but not so much. At least not for me. I’ve started doing strict handstand pushups with 2 ab mats, but the coach wanted us to go full depth, so I did them from my knees using a box. I hate doing them that way because they’re way too easy, but being on my toes is too hard. I don’t get it. I also hate hollow rocks and can never seem to do many at a time. It just wasn’t fun.


Breakfast: 2 servings of caramelized onion frittata and a small banana



Snack: Larabar and a pack of Krave jerky



Lunch: The last of my spaghetti pizza pie 😦

Snack: 1/2 Whole pack of dried mango from Whole Foods


Yeeeeeah. I went to Whole Foods to pick up a jar of Tessamae’s BBQ sauce and grabbed a pack of dried mango too. It didn’t even taste very good honestly, but I think I just zoned out and kept eating and ended up with the worst stomach ache.

Dinner: The last of my spaghetti pizza pie


When I got home from work, I spent the evening narrowing down my meal plan and writing out my grocery list. I didn’t check sales prices like I had wanted to, I was just too damn tired to bother.

What are some of your favorite cookbooks or blogs to get recipes from? What’s on your list of things you’d like to buy?







Whole30: Day 18

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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I’ve honestly really enjoyed the Whole30 Challenge so far. I ain’t gonna lie, it was hard the first couple of days, but once I started feeling really good (physically and mentally) and found some amazing paleo recipes that I really loved, it started getting easier and easier. I have no doubt that I will make it to 30 days with little to no problems and that I’ll continue on afterwards.

However, I find that I am still having some mental battles with certain foods. For instance, I can see a box of bagels or donuts and although they look/smell amazing, I don’t physically want them (that much). I know they’ll taste good, but now I automatically think of how sick I’ll feel afterwards or how guilty I’ll feel that I just spent all this time detoxing my body from this junk and all it took was one time to put it back in and that I have to start all over again.

What’s kind of crazy to me, but refreshing, is that I really want just want a bowl of banana soft serve with a couple chocolate chips or this amazing chocolate avocado mousse I like to make. They’re healthier, paleo treats and that’s what I want over donuts or candy. It’s just amazing to me that my cravings have already changed so dramatically in just a few weeks. My only hope is that the mental cravings don’t overpower me when I’m done with the Whole30 and I start eating the bad stuff again just because my mind wants it and then those physical addictions come back.

Breakfast: Caramelized onion frittata and a small banana


Snack: Larabar and a small handful of pistachios


Lunch: Spaghetti pizza pie and steamed brussels sprouts


Snack: 3 clementines and a small handful of pistachios


Dinner: Paleo chicken pot pie


Have you done the Whole30 Challenge? How did you find that your cravings changed if at all?

Whole30: Day 17

Posted: January 22, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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Ahhh, nothing like a work from home day! We definitely didn’t get 7-8″ like predicted (told ya!), but it sure as hell cold outside! And of course, the sidewalks and parking lots around my complex weren’t shoveled or sanded or anything.

Although, later in the evening, the maintenance crew decided to dump half a bag of salt right in front of our entryway, throw the bag on the ground, and call it good. I was so pissed I called the front office of my complex. I don’t pay $2K+ a month to live here for them to “take care of” the grounds like this, sorry. Not to mention, salt is harmful to the dogs that live in this building (it burns the padding on their feet) and I just simply don’t want to drag all this shit into my house. Woah… sorry. Total rant.


Anyway. This was my office for the day…. not too shabby!


And this, was my work outfit, lol! I was totally dressed and ready for work, but when I couldn’t get in, I immediately changed when I got back home.


Breakfast: Caramelized onion frittata

Lunch: Spaghetti pizza pie and steamed brussels sprouts


Snack: 1 (huge) apple with almond butter


Dinner: Paleo chicken pot pie


In other news, I hit 700 followers on Instagram today!! I love being a part of the IG community… there are so many great people on there that are so inspiring and I can only hope that I am inspiring others to live a healthier lifestyle.


Oh, and a random meme that made me LOL!


Whole30: Day 16

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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This mornings WOD was a tough one and was a bit of a challenge for me mentally, but I just kept pushing. My lower back was also hurting even before we started the workout, so I took it easy on the weight and only did 65lbs which I’m glad I did.


I’m honestly not quite sure why I have a hard time with my lower back. I’m sure it’s just because it’s not as developed or strong as it should be. Once I’m done with the Wendler program next week, I’m going to spend a month focusing on core strengthening on my off-days. I found this great graphic with a bunch of different lower back exercises. I already knew of most of these, but am glad to have a pic to remind me to do them!


So supposedly we’re supposed to get 7-8″ of snow today which I am already calling a total bullshit on. These people have no idea what a real snow is like and it makes me laugh. I would seriously love to send most of them off to Colorado for a winter and see how they fare.


At least it got me out of work at 1pm and I was able to relax at home the rest of the afternoon (while working, of course).

I actually struggled with wanting to constantly eat when I got home. Something about being home all snuggled up on the couch when it’s snowing out that makes me want to eat some treats and drink some hot cocoa. I kept finding my hand in my basket of clementines and probably had about 5. I know they’re clean eats, but I have been doing really well with not snacking when I’m not hungry. That is something that I struggle with and want to break that habit.

Breakfast: Acorn sausage breakfast

Lunch: 5 ingredient spaghetti pizza pie

Snack: 5 clementines, a handful of pistachios, and a larabar!

Dinner: Paleo chicken pot pie


Whole30: Day 15

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Recipes, Whole30 Challenge
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I cannot believe I woke up at 7:30am on my one and only day off in two weeks just to food prep. This is not something that I would’ve done in the past, but I am determined to finish out the Whole30 Challenge!

On the menu for today….

Caramelized Onion Frittata by PaleOMG

5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash by PaleOMG

5 Ingredient Spaghetti Pizza Pie by PaleOMG

My Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

Sadly, I didn’t get many photos because my roommate decided that although she works from home and hardly ever leaves, she had to come into the kitchen and make some fucking homemade Larabars and other shit while I was prepping all of my meals for the day. Seriously. I could’ve killed her. So instead of taking crappy pics with my iPhone, I had to dance around the kitchen to avoid her mess.




It doesn’t seem like a lot of food for how long it took my to make everything. Roasting the chicken and squash actually took the longest.


Everything turned out AAAAAA-MAZING! Especially the Acorn Squash breakfast and the Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie. Those two turned out so damn good I think they’ll be on the menu again next week!

As for the rest of my day, I went to a friends house as I mentioned yesterday for Pinterest Day. I decided to bind a couple books to put up on Etsy to see if they sell. I’m looking for any way possible to make some extra cash to get ahead. Not to mention, I just love binding books.




Usually when I’m at my friends house, we make some terribly delicious meal and a decadent dessert to chow down on. However, I had eaten before I arrived and I also brought a serving of the chicken pot pie, a Larabar, and some beef jerky along with my huge bottle of water. Thankfully she didn’t make anything for her or her family that would tempt me, so I made it through pretty easily.