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Did you hear? It’s a new year!

3 Jan

Resolutions

Welcome, 2014! Wow am I ready for a fresh start in this new year. Not gonna lie, December has been a month of ups and downs for me. For half of the month I ate pretty healthy with little to no “cheats”. But towards Christmas I started to fall back into my bad eating habits and beer. Lots of beer. I was at my Dad’s house most of the time and did not cook as much as I should have (Note to self: don’t let Dad make his delicious cookies when I come over). I kept telling myself, “On New Years day I will start eating healthy again”. Those are dangerous words! It is so much easier to gain weight than to lose weight and I learned that the hard way. I put on about 4 pounds in December but I’m not letting it get me down. I have come too far and am not in the same mind set I was this time last year.

For Christmas I got a few goodies from my love! I got a few ROGUE clothes and a NutriBullet! I was stoked to get the Bullet because I haven’t had a food processor/blender in years. I have already made a green smoothie and homemade pesto!

 

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Post work out cuteness. Just showing my love for this green smoothie.

So it’s time to establish my 2014 Resolutions. But for me, these are promises that I’m making to myself. Promises that I will hold myself accountable for.

  • Of course I have weight loss goals, but I also have lifting goals. By March, I want to be able to back squat 200lbs and front squat 185lbs
  • I am going to do more things that make me happy
  • I will save more money (this will be a tough one)
  • I am going to volunteer more at my local dog shelter
  • By this time next year I am going to graduate Texas State University

Basically, I want to make 2014 my b*tch. I want to be proud of what I accomplished and not pray that the next year will get better because of previous downfalls. 2013 has been a roller-coaster, lets see what this year has in store.

“It always seems impossible until it is done”

-Nelson Mandela 

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When Hunger Strikes…

30 Oct

So I just got done with my 24 Day Paleo Challenge and am glad to say I have completed it! I’ve actually learned a lot about foods, eating, and what kind of diet fits me best. I have just incorporated some carbs into my diet and have been feeling hungrier than usual. I didn’t realize how much protein I was eating until I added carbs in my meals. After about an hour after eating a bagel I was hungry again, so water is my best friend when hunger strikes. I have been looking into different types of eating plans and have come across IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). It bases your diet on your macro nutrient consumption. Have any of you CrossFit people tried this? Do you prefer this more than eating Paleo or eating clean? There are pros and cons of IIFYM and the Paleolithic diet and I’m curious to see who prefers which.

Carbs after the Challenge was done. Of course the first thing this Jewish girl had was a bagel and cream cheese! Oy vey.

Carbs after the Challenge was done. Of course the first thing this Jewish girl had was a bagel and cream cheese! Oy vey.

My Challenge Results:

  • -7 pounds
  • -2.7% body fat
  • +1.31% muscle

I also found a new Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that is soo good. These cookies are called The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever. And take it from me, the title doesn’t lie! It’s quick and most of the ingredients you will already have in your kitchen (for all you paleo chefs). From a personal preference, I would also advise to put less salt than the recipe says. Hope these are a hit in your household like they were in mine! Get the recipe here.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked

OMG, that’s paleo?!

8 Oct

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

So it has now been a week into my 24 Day Challenge and has been surprisingly difficult. I think I’m just now realizing how lenient I was with my paleo diet. I’m now looking at every nutrition label and asking waiters what is in EVERYTHING. It’s not easy watching everyone around you eat what you would want to be eating. Especially when it’s usually those disgusting people that can eat whatever they want and not seem to gain a pound. I have found out that it is a constant battle to keep my taste-buds interested. Eating so many boiled eggs and sweet potatoes have had me craving everything in the book. So to counteract this I have started looking up multiple paleo recipes from different websites. A few websites that I have been cooking paleo from are nomnompaleo and paleomg.

Since it’s October, I overdose on pumpkin everything. So it’s no surprise that my latest obsession has been these paleo pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! These muffins are just the right amount of moist that they could easily be mistaken as a cupcake (and taste just as sinful)! They were a hit with my whole family and I’ve already made them twice due to my boyfriend eating three of them a day. Luckily with this recipe I had most of the ingredients. Hope you enjoy the recipe from paleomg!

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract
  • In another bowl, mix together coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, powdered ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners—use an ice cream scoop to one scoop of batter per muffin
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes

Healthy Sweet Tooth

28 Sep

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I’m usually not one to have a sweet tooth. When having an unhealthy craving, I usually just crave carbs or something greasy. But this time was different, I wanted something sweet that didn’t come with the guilt. So I made Sweet and Salty Almond Butter Mini Muffins and Paleo Banana Bread Muffins.

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Sweet & Salty Almond Butter Mini Muffins

Sweet & Salty Almond Butter Mini Muffins (Grain Free)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of Almond Butter
  • 1/3 Cup of Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl except for the Enjoi Life chocolate chips
  • Once mixed, fold in the chocolate chips
  • Then distribute in muffin pan, filling each about half way with batter
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until muffins are golden brown on top
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

(Original recipe from boxgrl81. I slightly modified her recipe for what I had in my kitchen. For more healthy food posts follow boxgrl81!)

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Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tblspn Chia Seeds
  • 6 Tblspn Water
  • 2 Tblspn Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tspn Vanilla Extract
  • 10 Packets of Stevia
  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Tspn Baking Soda

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mix chia seeds and water in a bowl, set aside
  • Mash bananas in separate bowl then add wet ingredients, then chia seeds, then dry ingredients (mixing as you add ingredients)
  • (Optional) Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to mixture
  • Then distribute evenly in muffin pan filling about halfway
  • Bake for 40 minutes until top of muffin is a golden brown
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

(Original recipe from lueckelookingfit on Instagram. Follow her to see her weight loss story and for more Paleo recipes!)