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January Whole 30: Day 22 – 23

Hey all! We are cruising right along kicking butt during our Whole30.  We have one full week left of the program!  We are at the point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Scott handles this phase a lot better than I do. I’m at the point where I’m ready to have some things back in my life (Dear Bacon, I miss you.) and ready to be a bit more relaxed. Scott just goes with the flow and is cool as a cucumber.

So let’s recap Monday and Tuesday!

MONDAY:

Up and hit the gym first thing.  Bam! I did have a banana once I got to the gym (I brought it with me) before starting the workout.  Back home I had some chia seed pudding topped with fresh blueberries and some grainless granola that I purchased at TJ’s.  The chia seed pudding was made with 2C Almond Milk + 1/4C Chia Seeds.

I blended them together and let it sit for a few hours.  Then I mixed it together again so the seeds mixed a little more throughly and let it sit until the next day.  It’s a pretty gelatinous mixture but goes well with faux-nola and berries.  I forgot to take a picture, sorry about that!

Salad and turkey slices

Lunch before heading to work was a quick salad with:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Beets
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Topped with Balsamic + Compliant Dijon + Olive Oil

On the side was some turkey breast + mayo rolls.  I found that my local Whole Foods deli counter has smoked turkey breast that doesn’t have any weird thickeners or sugar added.  Score!

After work, dinner was super easy.  I already had some slaw made so that was paired with some pulled pork.

Pulled pork and slaw

A big pork shoulder went in the slow cooker with some peppers, onions, and salsa and cooked all day.  Nothing fancy about this dinner but it was perfect and hit the spot at the end of the day.

After work I went straight to bed.  Yeah, that’s about as exciting as my work days get.

TUESDAY:

We got some surprise snow and ice Monday evening so I wasn’t able to hit the gym this morning thanks to icy roads.  Instead I made a huge pot of coffee and settled in to get some work and maintenance stuff done.

Once Scott got up, I made us a big breakfast.

Eggs, potatoes, sausage

 

Scrambled eggs, a few roasted potatoes, and some chicken Italian sausage.  The sausage is from Braut Haus, it’s organic, and it’s Whole30 compliant! Score!  It’s pretty tasty too. I found it at my local Whole Foods.

It’s cold and snowy icy gross day, so I decided to experiment and make soup in my Instant Pot.  First I sauteed some chopped onion for a few minutes then I added in garlic, celery, carrot, and chopped chicken thighs (that I already cooked on Saturday).  Added in a can of diced tomatoes and some stock then set the “soup” function for 15 minutes.  Boom! Soup is done!

Chicken Soup

Dinner tonight was easy with leftovers from Monday.  Pulled pork with slaw. No picture because it looks the same as yesterday.

Now it’s time to get comfy, have a warm drink, and watch some hockey.  I have some herbal “coffee” that I purchased from Delicious Obsessions before she stopped selling it.  It’s awesome and makes for a wonderful thick and creamy evening treat.  I’m going to cry a bit when I don’t have any left.

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December 2016 Barbella Box

Dec 2016 Barbella Box

Here are the goodies from December (2016) Barbella Box:

Vull Sport Leggings Exclusive Barbella Leggings

These are like a muted navy color with mesh cutouts in the legs.  They fit really well and are super comfortable.  Unfortunately I’ll only be wearing these at home. I’m not sure how women can wear colored shorts, leggings, and tights while working out.  I sweat down there.  And I sweat a lot so if I wear colored workout pants then it just looks like I peed myself.  Because sweat happens.  I’m not sure if other women don’t sweat as much down there or what but sadly I can’t wear these to workout.  They also hug tight, not in an uncomfortable way, but in a very snug way and they show ever little bump and lump.  I just wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing these to the gym at this point.

Junk Brands Ear Warmer Headband

I love this headband so much!  It’s fun colors and super soft material.  It has the Barbella logo on it and fits my head like a dream. So far it doesn’t slide around or ride up.

Barbella Ornament Car Freshener

I didn’t realize this was a freshener at first and was about to hang it on my Christmas tree when I realized that it had a fragrance to it.  That’s when I checked the item card and realized that it was a car freshener.  It’s adorable, smells delightful, and has #LikeAGirl on one side and Barbella on the other.  It’s hanging in my car and I’m not sure I’m going to take it down even when it runs out of freshener.

Go Cubes Coffee Chews

These I’m passing off to Scott or someone else.  I can’t have caffeine so I can’t have these. Here’s what the website says about them:

“GO CUBES pack half a cup of coffee (50 mg caffeine) into a single cube. But it’s more than just coffee. Through Nootrobox’s R&D, we’ve reduced the jitteriness of caffeine and added nootropics for a well-rounded, steady and focused feel.”

Quest Nutrition Breakfast Bar

In Cinnamon Bun flavor.  I don’t normally eat stuff like this but I was at work one day and had this with me so I gave it a try.  Holy balls it was so gross.  Sorry, but it was like eating chalk infused with a bunch of fake sugar.  I spit it out and tossed the bar.  Ugh, not my thing.  Give me an RXBar anytime over that!

Summary: 

This box was just alright. There wasn’t a ton in this box that was super useful for me.  The headband I can use all winter long but the leggings I can only wear around the house in the spring.  The other stuff aren’t things that I go for.

That said, I’ve been doing Barbella Box since May of last year and overall the amount of boxes that I didn’t really care for were small.  Most of the boxes had awesome products in them that I use all the time.  I’m still going to keep my subscription because I love getting this box each month and getting exposed to new products.  Plus I love that it’s geared specifically towards lifting.  It makes it feel more special and makes me feel like a badass.

I highly recommend it giving Barbella Box a try!

 

 

 

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January Whole30 Day 17

Hey all!  It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve chatted.  Sorry about that! We’ve had some house drama to deal with (UGH) and that’s been eating up a lot of time.  Yesterday was a big shopping day at Costco for me and when I got home it was time to start dinner.  Once that was done I was wiped out and needed to crash on the couch.

We’ve been displaced from our bedroom and are currently sleeping in the guest room.  Which is fine but it’s not my bedroom nor my bed.  So my sleep the past few days hasn’t been the amazing sleep that I was getting and it’s catching up to me.  My gym performance tanked.  Good times, good times.

This morning because of poor sleep, I missed the gym. I would have gone to a later class but I had a hair appointment.  Which sounds really superficial but sometimes sleep (at least for me) needs to be a priority.

Eggs and roasted potatoes

Breakfast before going to get my hair dids was scrambled eggs and some roasted potatoes.

I tried out a new salon and stylist today and derp.  It wasn’t the best of experiences. My hair is fine but I’m not one to stress about haircuts anyway.  Hair grows back, I’m not that girl that cries over a haircut.  However the appointment was weird and so awkward. I’ve never experienced that before!

Anyway, once I got back home I made lunch and prepped stuff for dinner.

Chicken thighs and broccolini

Lunch was baked chicken thighs and some broccolini.  Broccolini is a veggie that I like to make big batches of so that it’s on hand and easy to heat up.  I quickly blanch it and then toss it with some olive oil and seasoning.  Usually Flavor God Lemon Garlic.  Then when I need a quick veggie side, it’s ready to go and only needs a fast reheat.

Dinner today was stuffed peppers!

Stuffed peppers

Chorizo stuffed peppers! With some spinach and a special sauce that I’m testing out. It’s so. freaking. good. And there’s no dairy either! Boom!  The chorizo was from Pederson’s Farms.  So far I have loved all the products that I’ve tried out.

Along with the stuffed peppers was leftovers from yesterday’s dinner, snap peas and parsnip mash plus some crispy plantains for extra starchy goodness.

Still going strong on the Whole30 train and digging the challenge so far.  Yeah, there are some things I miss and am looking forward to reintroducing but so far so good!

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January Whole30 and My WHY

Burger and side salad

There’s a group of us doing the #JanuaryWhole30 together and we have a little support group on Facebook.  It’s awesome and this group is amazing because everyone is supporting each other, celebrating small victories, and being super chatty.  It’s the best!

Recently we had a great discussion about doing the Whole30 and what is motivating us to do this challenge.  Basically our WHY.  Because you do need to have a WHY to get you through the challenge.  Something to focus on that keeps you going and helps keep your motivation level high.

My WHY is actually in two parts.

Kick Starting Weight-loss

Honestly, I hate even talking about this because there’s so much more to this challenge for me than weight-loss, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a small part of it.  I’ve been feeling stuck and in a rut the past year.  I had been doing CrossFit regularly for about a year and didn’t see any changes in my body.  I didn’t lose any weight and in fact, I gained weight.  Yes some of it was muscle weight but a lot of it was not.

What. The. Fuck.

You see all these awesome before and after photos of people who started Crossfit and six months later look like a beast. And I’m looking at myself going, um, I resemble Cookie Monster.  The comparison trap is real and it sucks.

I was eating well, or at least, I felt like I was eating well, so what gives? I was pissed, frustrated, and felt defeated.  I let that get to my head so that by the time the holidays rolled around I didn’t give a shit about anything.  I decided to eat crap and would snack or have treats after dinner, because who cares? I didn’t lose weight or lean out, so what’s the point anyway?  I imbibed a lot because holidays.

Basically for the last two months of the year I didn’t give a flying fuck about anything.

And right around Christmas time, I realized that this wasn’t getting me anywhere either.  I gained more weight, most of it was water and bloat, but still, that shit makes the scale go up which in turn got in my head.  I needed a change and to get back on track.  For me, a challenge that still lets me eat real delicious food without having to count anything (because I hate that shit) is totally up my alley. I was in and Whole30 was exactly what I needed.

Flexing

Learning To Fuel My Body

The biggest part of my WHY is so I can learn what best fuels my body,

  1. For my workouts.
  2. To properly fuel my body as I age.

I want to lean out and gain muscle. I want to do this to the best of my ability while maintaining a healthy body as I grow older.  After a year of doing CrossFit consistently, I didn’t lose any weight so clearly something in my regular diet needed to change.  Something was keeping me from leaning out.  Possibly it was portion sizes but my gut was telling me that it was something else.  I also found that lately I was getting super tired after workouts.  To the point where I needed to take a day off during the week because my body felt run down.

My joints were also starting to ache after workouts and that also caused me to feel run down and old. I’m not that old, so I hate feeling old after a workout.  I found that I was struggling with energy during the workouts as well.  It was also frustrating to see people crushing their workouts and getting PRs while I felt stuck in grandma mode always slow. (This was happening before the holidays and before I completely gave up for two months.)

It was time to make a serious change.  I’ve said that before and years past, but this year is MY YEAR.  I’m tired of being chubby Andrea. I hate Chubby Andrea. And I know we’re always supposed to be positive about ourselves and blah blah blah.  But Chubby Andrea isn’t the normal Andrea. Chubby Andrea is the chick who stayed to long at the party that you’re trying to politely get to leave.  Yet since moving here, people only know me as Chubby Andrea and I hate it.  I need to get back to me and what I normally look like, except stronger, faster, and with muscles.  That’s what I want.

I’m doing Whole30 because it eliminates the most common inflammatory foods. I want to see how I feel with none of those foods in my diet.  I’m already on the right track.  Yesterday at the gym I did a crap ton of squats.  Some weighted and a lot of body squats.  My knees did not hurt one bit afterwards.  They didn’t ache and they weren’t swollen.

Obviously there’s something that I was eating that was causing inflammation and now it’s time to find out what it is.  This time around I’m going to take reintroduction super slowly so I can see exactly what is giving me issues and what is not.

So that’s my big WHY for doing this challenge.

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Whole 30 Day 10

Last night kicking it on the couch, I had some herbal tea and some pistachios while finishing up the first season of Legends of Tomorrow.  SPOILERS so avoid if you aren’t watching it or don’t care.

  1. I’m pissed that they killed off Captain Cold. He was awesome and it was unnecessary to get rid of him.
  2. I’m so happy that Kendra and Carter are gone. Man I haven’t been as annoyed by a couple since the freaking Ponds from Doctor Who. They were horrible.

I’m curious to see what season two has in store and where the storyline will go.

The end.

Before I hit the gym today I had three dried plums.

Frittata and Coffee

I did not even remotely eat enough yesterday for workouts today.  Ugh.  It was a struggle!  Back home, I heated up a slice of frittata.  This one had peppers, onions, carrot, and some breakfast sausage from Pederson’s Farms.  Always frothy coffee on the side.

Roasted shrimp, asparagus, soup

Lunch was some lime and chili roasted shrimp, roasted asparagus, and some butternut squash soup on the side.  This was so filling and exactly what I needed today.

Crab cakes, potatoes, squash

Dinner tonight was crab cakes (that I previously made a few weeks ago and froze), roasted yellow squash and zucchini, and some easy boiled potatoes on the side. The potatoes were mixed with ghee, Flavor God Lemon Garlic, chopped parsley, and some green onion.

I also made a quick sauce for the crab cakes (unpictured):

  • Mayo
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Chopped Pickles
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Dill
  • Salt and Pepper

I was feel super tired today and I wanted dinner to be something easy, this meal came together quickly. The crab cakes took the longest to heat up. And there was minimal clean up, one pot for the potatoes and one bowl for the sauce for the crab cakes.  Easy and done!

I’m going to have some herbal tea and maybe some pistachios.  Then it’s an early bedtime for me because I am exhausted today.