30 Day Beach Countdown

Ok, so I started counting down to the beach…somewhere about 80-90 days out from the actual vaca. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a vacation. I’m not sure if it’s because I genuinely NEED a vacation (I do), or because I’m SO EXCITED to hang out with AWESOME people, or because it’s THE BEACH, or because I get to subsist solely on quesadillas and BUD LITE LIME…it’s probably all of those…but I am way more excited for the beach than I usually am.

However, in preparation for the beach, I’ve been trying to lean out a bit, or at least maintain my current physique (that word makes me sound like a badass, maybe a better description would be ‘current body status’) … and it is NOT going as planned!! For one, I have an extreme case of Adult Senioritis. This is something I’ve just made up. And it doesn’t really make sense, since it’s not like work is ending and I’ll be out for the summer. But in my head, that seems to be the case. All I want to do is summer activities like barbecue, eat bad food, drink margaritas and rum runners and bud lite limes, and play yard games. And yet, I’m at work Monday – Friday, only dreaming of these activities. So when the weekend comes, it’s hard for me to drink water, eat well, and exercise it up. Like I said…all I want to do is eat, drink and play.

I decided I needed something that would keep me in check, so I signed up for group training at my gym (#bestgymever). Knowing that I would have to keep a food diary, and would be working out hard, I thought that would help me stay in line. OMG I couldn’t have been more WRONG. Pretty much as soon as I was starting to track my food, the Stanley Cup Playoffs started. Well, my husband and I have no cable, so we have to go out to bars to watch. And then my teams started losing. So clearly, I drank like a fish and ate wings like a boss. Fail #1. Then, husband and I went on a weekend trip to Chincoteague & Assateague Islands, in VA (you know, with the wild ponies). We had a GREAT relaxing and fun weekend. But it involved fried seafood and mimosas and ice cream sundaes for dinner. So basically the best weekend ever, although clearly not helping me on my goals to fitness before the beach. Fail #2.

When we started the group training program at the gym, we were supposed to write down some goals for ourselves. Mine were drink no more than 2 glasses of wine per week and no other alcohol (fail), stop eating cheese (extra fail), drink 100 ounces of water/day (semi fail). Clearly there is work to be done in the inhaling of food department. However, my lifting goals are going well. I wanted to increase my weight on Turkish Getups, which I’ve been working on diligently, and I wanted to make my way to 25 pushups (real ones) in a row, which I’m SO CLOSE to. So, overall I guess everything isn’t a wash, since at least I’m making strength progress.

I’ve gotta get it together in the nutrition department, though. Unfortunately, as much as it is annoying to hear, it’s incredibly true when ‘they’ say “Abs are made in the kitchen.” For sure they are. And I can tell you they are NOT made at the liquor store, nor at the chinese buffet. But wouldn’t it be AMAZING if they were?!

So, since I’ve been real lazy about blogging as of late, I’m gonna try and up my game in both nutrition AND blogging, and try to keep up my progress as we near beach week. OMG beach week WHERE ARE YOU, I need you now.

Did I mention I want to buy a skim board to use at the beach? Probably a bad idea, as I will most likely end up with a broken something or another, but they are SO FUN.

Here are some pics of my epic fail meals. Not only do these delicious treats keep me from my goals, but they make my body punish me in a hardcore way. I certainly paid in pain for all of these. But sometimes, the pain is worth the snack delight.

 

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Fried clams, fries, and hush puppies…what?!

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Pineapple sundae with almond joy icecream. holy yum.

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Is that a Ledo’s Pizza with sausage and bacon and a gluten free crust?! Yes it is.

Failed Lamb Shanks & Tough Mudder Excitement

This morning I tried the plyometrics disc of P90x. OMG. That shit is not easy. All that jumping about. I like to workout with no shoes on, which made it a teensy bit more difficult, as I was attempting to not twist the eff out of my ankles. Next time: sneakers.

Want to hear about the lamb shanks I made this weekend?! I thought so. Doesn’t that sound so fancy and yummy?? Lammmbbbb shanks. Either shanks aren’t for me or I sucked at cooking these shanks. It was suggested to me that I just bought bum shanks, but I’m gonna go with these other two options, cause these shanks were BAD. The sauce was good, but the shanks ended up kind of like shanky shoe leather that tasted…interesting. As Chris said, “Well, they aren’t BAD…” Right. But they aren’t good either!! Here’s a peak…they look good!

This is right after I bought them from the farmer’s market! Don’t they look pretty sitting with their good buddy brussel stalk?!

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This is pre-cooking, shanks browned and put in the crock with onions, garlic, beef broth, and spices.

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Unfortunately by the time they were done, I wanted to eat them so badly that I didn’t take a final picture. Anyhow, kind of a failed attempt at something different, but we still finished them. I made Chris some rice to go with his, and I made sauteed brussels for myself. YUM! I do love me some brussels like whoa. Crisped up in olive oil…or baked, whatever they are SO GOOD!

So this weekend I’m volunteering at the Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic in West Virginia. When I volunteered to volunteer I didn’t know where it was going to be. Had I known that I would have to get up at 3am to drive 1.5 hours to West Virgina…I may have no volunteered. OK so I probably still would have. I’m actually REALLY excited about the whole weekend.

Upon arrival I’ll be able to choose an area to volunteer in, and I’m hoping to be able to volunteer along the course, either at an obstacle or at a water station. I want to spend quality time cheering people on!! I know a few people participating in the event, so I’m hoping to be able to cheer them on. My volunteer shift ends around 12:30, at which time I’m going to find myself some food somewhere in Martinsburg, and then check into my hotel. Why did I get a hotel you ask?? Because I’m going to run the TM on Sunday!! Obviously. I have no team, so I’m going to have to force some tall meaty men to throw me over the walls and such, but from my experience at the last TM, everyone is always working together.

If anyone wants to join me, if you volunteer on Saturday you can run it on Sunday for only $60!!! You know you want to!

Back on the Whole Train!

Back on the Whole Train!! (like soul train…) Bad joke?! I think not. The cheesier the better!! Speaking of cheese…I miss it! I made Chris a vat of cheesy beef enchiladas for din din last week and holy eff did I want to eat them. But I flexed my self control muscles and didn’t even have a BITE! Everyone should be impressed, because if there is anything I’m in love with…other than my husband…it is cheese!!!

I actually had some appetite issues last week, as in I didn’t have any appetite, which, if you know me, is basically not possible. Even when I’m SUPER ill, I still want to eat massive amounts of meatloaf, cheese burgers, etc. However, last week I was on a new medication for one of my many ailments (my body hates me in my older than 21 age) and it really messed with me. I lost all appetite, was dizzy, had to leave work…it was disastrous. So eating was an issue, and basically all I ate last week was apples, bananas, and eggs. Can’t get enough eggs. A friend of mine recently brought Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled egg recipe to my attention…DOUBLE YUM. Check it out below! Obviously I don’t get all fancy with the mushrooms and tomatoes…and ignore that hunk of bread!! I also attempted eating some sweet peppers stuffed with tex mex seasoned ground beef and veggies…but that made me feel sick. 😦 I have no appetite for meat and I don’t know what to do with myself!!! More eggs and avocados I guess…

This week I’ve finally gotten my appetite back which has been awesome, I was afraid I was going to get sick of eggs!! Not sure that is possible though…anyways…here is a picture I took of my amazing eggs with some avocado I threw on top…extra YUM!IMG_1077[1]

You know what I thought would be super hard about eating paleo? Drinking my coffee black. I used to dump a whole lotta sweetener crap with who knows ingredients into my coffee. But now, black is definitely the only way I can take my coffee…it actually tastes like coffee!! Plus I know there aren’t any mystery ingredients in there, always a good thing. However, you really can tell when you’re drinking BAD COFFEE when you take it black. And sometimes…my coffee ain’t that good. Like, tastes like sour feet…or what I’d imagine they’d taste like at least…see below.

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Whole30 FAIL! & My First Speeding Ticket :(

Alright it’s time for a little honesty up in here! About how my Whole30 plan stopped in its tracks (yes, I stopped it, and yes, it was in the first few days, I am aware.) But first let’s discuss Friday afternoon…

This past weekend was one of my best friend’s bachelorette party. Originally I wasn’t going to be able to go because of a prior commitment. However, my prior commitment bailed on me hardcore at the last minute, and at 4:20 PM I called my friends, who were set to leave at 4:30, and said, ‘Wait for meee, I’m coming!!’ Unfortunately, in my enthusiasm to meet them and not hold up the bach train from leaving, I ended up getting pulled over going 52 in a 30 MPH zone…and GOT MY FIRST TICKET. This was slightly devastating for me, and I may or may not have cried. A lot. While the officer was trying to tell me if I go to court I will probably get off…I was definitely trying not to. When I could see him printing out the ticket and bringing it over I was telling myself…you’re not going to cry, you’re not a giant pussy, you’re a badass…well, my behavior was WELL below the badass level…I think it qualified more as pansy ass behavior. Oh well. Now I have to find a court outfit.

So, on to my Whole30 failures! I could say that I messed up because I was upset about my friend blowing me off for the weekend, or about getting a speeding ticket, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is, when I knew I was available to go on the trip, I thought about not going solely so that I could stay on track with my Whole30. As soon as I realized that I was thinking about missing one of my best friend’s bach parties just so I could not injest certain things for a couple days, I realized that isn’t the kind of life I want to lead. I don’t have a problem with not drinking for a few weeks, or eating a very limited diet that makes my body feel better. Obviously I never would have wanted to begin the Whole30 if that wasn’t what I wanted. However, more than I want to eat and drink a certain way, I want to LIVE my life to the fullest. And that means going on bach parties, eating pizza, being hungover, eating peeps soaked in vodka, and drinking mimosas at 10:30am once in a while.  I will in fact have the rest of my life to eat healthy and restrict myself in whatever way I see fit (although I really have to remember to eat a certain way…I almost had a bite of cheese this morning out of habit!!)

Look at these peeps!!!

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Anywho, I’m back on the express healthy train. It’s going to be more like Whole24 now, because on May 3rd it is another best friend’s bach party (damn you people and your fun parties in neat places with good food!) and this one I’m planning, so I’m definitely going to imbibe. And munch on snacks that will make my tummy hurt. Because sometimes, life is worth living, even if it makes you feel crappy the next day.

Whole30 Challenge?!

Since I completed the half marathon a few weeks ago, I’ve had to lay off the gym/running a bit due to my knee being a little off. I figured giving it a break would be the best idea. You know what ISN’T the best idea?? To eat like a wolverine while you aren’t exercising at all!! I’ve totally gained like 5lbs back in about three weeks, which is really annoying. However, it’s all my fault, so I’m not about to get bent out of shape about it. Most of those cheats were in alcoholic form, which means I had a good time cheating, and I like good times. But, the ‘hey, let’s party and eat like we have 21 year old bodies with crazy fast metabolism’ days are over for the time being. Time to get serious again for a while (until the bachelorette party I have the first week of May anyway!).

I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would commit to no alcohol during the week of April, which would help me get my health and fitness back on track again. However, when it comes down to it, I have to get even more serious, and need to also focus on the food I’m taking in. When I was at my most strict, and eating almost completely paleo, I felt my best. That’s where I’d like to get back to.

So, after long deliberation, I’ve decided to commit to completing the Whole30 Program, which can be found here: http://whole9life.com/2012/08/the-whole30-program/. This program is outlined thoroughly on the website, and is completely free, so really, the commitment of finishing is all to myself, and nobody else. However, now that I’m broadcasting it here…I’d look pretty bad if I gave up!

Here is the basic outline of the program:

For 30 days, none of the following:

  • No added sugar, including maple syrup, stevia, splenda, etc.
  • No alcohol of any kind.
  • No grains whatsoever.
  • No legumes.
  • No carrageenan, sulfites, or MSG.
  • No dairy.
  • No white potatoes. (sweet potatoes = A OK)
  • Also, no weighing myself for the duration, as this isn’t the point of the program…this is a tricky one for me, I like to check in!
  • No attempting to make “paleo” desserts/breads/treats…there go my sweet potato brownies!!! 😦

Basically that’s it…super strict paleo eating…I think it’s gonna be hard, but I’m committed!! To all my friends…be supportive! Don’t offer me wine and yell at me if I start to slip up! Wish me luck!!!

Paleo Bashing

I’m super proud of how well I’ve been doing in my attempt to adopt a more paleo lifestyle. I allow myself a cheat every week, but other than that I’ve been very strict, and what’s great is that I feel awesome, both emotionally and physically. It is amazing what a difference putting good food into your body can make. I guess I never really realized it until I really buckled down and made an effort to plan out my meals and choose not to give in to my carb cravings. Once I got over the first couple weeks, the cravings were less and less, and then once my body started feeling so great, it didn’t seem worth it to put any processed food into it anymore. I’m even LOVING drinking my coffee black now! So yummy.

Mostly I've been sticking to decaf, but today I treated myself to some caffiene!

Mostly I’ve been sticking to decaf, but today I treated myself to some caffeine!

I’m NOT bashing anyone’s way of eating AT ALL. Let me just get that outta the way. People tend to act offended and/or defensive when they hear that someone is paleo or primal. Why? We aren’t attacking your way of eating. If you feel good in your body then by all means, eat whatever you want!! I will be jealous of you, because if I could eat whatever I wanted, it would be amazing. But when I go down that road, my body is sad. Anyhow, I guess I just wish people’s reactions were different…The hardest thing about sticking to this lifestyle is dealing with other people. Isn’t that ridiculous? Yeah, it is hard to not eat my favorite foods every day, but after a while that struggle goes away, like I said. But people don’t go away. Which is annoying, because everyone always has something to say about eating paleo or primal. “Oh…you eat that way…” and “well what DO you eat?!” or “But whole grains are HEALTHY!!”

Don’t get me started on what is ‘healthy’. I feel very strongly on this subject since I’ve done more research and really tried eating a variety of different ways. It bothers me that America’s version of healthy is simply slapping a label on a product that says LOW CALORIE, or 100 CALORIE PACK!!! Sweet, those over processed mini cookies filled with a hundred ingredients nobody has ever heard of, only have 100 calories…THEY MUST BE GOOD FOR ME!!! I mean, they aren’t poison. And they aren’t BAD for you, but if you’re looking to put something into your body that is healthy, don’t put preservatives and processed sugar and who knows what else in…chop up some veggies, eat a salad, scramble an egg, shred some chicken! …. uh oh, I’ve gone off the deep end a little! But I think it is important to understand what you’re putting into your body, where it came from, and how it affects you overall. Definitely something worth thinking about.

Who wants to see my lunch yesterday?! I knew you did…

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Shredded crock pot chicken, seasoned ground beef, and spring mix it up!!