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.

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

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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.

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Breakfast: Caramelized onion frittata

Lunch: Spaghetti pizza pie and steamed brussels sprouts

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Snack: 1 (huge) apple with almond butter

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Dinner: Paleo chicken pot pie

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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.

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Oh, and a random meme that made me LOL!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Whole30: Day 14

Posted: January 19, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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Has anyone used the Sleep Cycle app before? I’ve been using it for about a year and although I’m sure it’s not totally accurate, I like that it shows the amount of deep sleep I’m getting. Sadly my “sleep quality” percentage is always between 50-60% which I’ll equate to the fact that I’m a side sleeper and have had the worst pillows for far too long. I finally splurged on new pillows a couple weeks ago that have made a huge difference in regards to waking up with a lot less pain in my neck and back, but I’m still tossing and turning a lot. After having so many people tell me to try melatonin, I ordered some online and tried it out for the first time last night. I definitely woke up feeling rested and obviously my app agreed with me, but I had a hard time waking up after 8 hours of sleep and ended up going back to bed for 2 more and that was only after half a dose. It could have been a fluke, so I’ll try again tonight and see how it goes.

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After finally waking up, I had a banana before heading to the gym for Week 2, Day 4 of the Wendler Program

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Today was back squat and bench press day (I was so tired last week that I didn’t get to the gym as much as I wanted).

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Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 clementines, and a small handful of pistachios

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Snack: A small pack of Krave Jerky. I loooooove Krave Jerky, but sadly, this pack must have been really old or something because it was super dry and actually hurt my teeth when I chewed it 😦

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Lunch: Same as yesterday… tuna and egg salad with steamed broccoli, carrots, and parsnips with 1/4 avocado

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Snack 2: Banana Bread Larabar

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Although I get tomorrow off for MLK Day, I wanted to get my food prepped so that I could wake up early to knock out all my cooking. Since tomorrow is my first day off in two weeks (I work 7 days a week), I’m heading up to a friends house to have a Pinterest Day… that’s where we pick some craft off Pinterest that we want to make and then get together to hang out and craft. Kind of dorky, but it’s a ton of fun.

So anyway, I chopped all my veggies and prepped as much of my food as possible so I could just grab it and cook. Cutting 4 onion at once probably wasn’t my best idea…

From this…

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To this!

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I also pulled out all of the spices I’ll need so that I don’t have to waste time searching for them. Sometimes I amaze myself with how smart I am 😉

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Whole30: Day 13

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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Why I thought this mornings WOD would be a good idea, I have no idea. I must have thought the coaches would have pity on us for having to run outside in 27F weather and let us row instead. NOPE! The cold on my face and in my lungs burned so bad, but I’m glad to say that I made each run without dying! Unfortunately I’m a much slower runner than my partner, so I spent the most time outside in the cold.

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As you can tell, I wussed out on the last run and didn’t carry the slam ball. Really it was because my back started to hurt, hence why I also used a lighter kettle bell.

So while at work, I found 2 very interesting things…

The first was a huge bag of Ghiradelli chocolates, all flavors that I love. I was tempted to grab some to have when I’m done with the Whole30 Challenge, but decided it would be best if I just left them there to avoid any temptations. If there there when I’m done and I still want them, then fine. Hopefully they’re gone by next weekend though!

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I also found this doorway pull-up bar!! I still don’t have my dead-hang pull-ups down, but hopefully this will give me more opportunities to practice 😀

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Breakfast: The last of my sweet potato and brussels sprout hash with 3 poached eggs

paleo sweet potato hash

Lunch: Tuna and egg salad with steamed broccoli, parsnips, and carrots and 1/4 of an avocado.

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Dinner: I honestly can’t remember, sorry

 

 

Whole30: Day 12

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Whole30 Challenge
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Nothing feels better than putting on your jeans and having them be too big. OK, maybe some things feel better… like not having to get dressed to go to work in the first place. Or winning the lottery. But this is pretty much up there in my book. At least right now since I’ve managed to stick to the Whole30 challenge for 12 days!

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I really want to avoid feeling like this for the 29th year in a row…

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Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs and a ‘naner

Snack: Larabar

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Lunch: The last of my steak fajitas with homemade guac

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Snack: Small packet of Krave beef jerky and an apple

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Dinner: Another Larabar (ugh, I know, I was tired)

So I’ve been blabbing on about what I’ve been eating during the Whole30, but not my workouts. I CrossFit 3 times a week and have been attempting the Wendler Program so I can increase my 1 rep max lifts. This last week has been one big blur, so I actually didn’t get to Gold’s at all for my lifting until tonight, so I doubled up. We’ll see how I feel about having done that in the morning…

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Paleo Chicken Salad

Posted: January 16, 2014 in Recipes, Whole30 Challenge
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I love chicken salad… when it’s made by someone else. Well, until now. Why I never thought to add nuts and fruit into my chicken salad, I’ll never know, but I’m glad I finally did. You could honestly mix in any type of chopped nuts and grapes. I think next time I will try pistachios and black grapes. Or walnuts. Oooooh, or maybe even some craisins!! OK, I’m going to go make another batch, ya’ll enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup black grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Rub coconut oil evenly on chicken breasts, then generously salt and pepper.
  3. Cook chicken for 25-35 minutes or until internal temp is 165F.
  4. Let chicken sit for about 10 minutes, then dice into 1/2-inch cubes.
  5. Combine all ingredients in 1 bowl, cover, and refrigerate.
  6. Enjoy wrapped in bib lettuce leaves or over your favorite salad.

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