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An Unwanted Mini-Vacation

17 Apr

I think I have the worst luck/immune system. Ever.

For a few weeks I would get random fevers that would go away within a few hours. Then this past week, boom. It hit me like a brick wall. I wasn’t able to breathe due to swollen tonsils and glands. My fever was at 102. And I was having awful side pains. I have mono. I go to the ER because I literally feel like death. I got a sonogram of my spleen and it was enlarged (why it was hurting so bad). Since my spleen is so enlarged, it’s easy to rupture if I’m doing high impact activities. And apparently rupturing your spleen is serious shit.

Of course the doctor asks, “Do you do any sports?” I cringe because I have a partner CrossFit competition on May 10th. The doctor informs me that I can’t be working out for six weeks with mono. My heart sinks and I’m fighting back not bawling like a baby. I should be thinking about my health, how I need to rest, how I’m just going to sleep for six weeks. But that’s the last thing on my mind.

I have some glimmer of hope when I have a follow up appointment with my family physician. I told him about my competition, asking if there was anyway I could still do it. He said at the end of April I should get another sonogram. If my spleen is back to normal size, then I am able to compete. Hallelujah. But, he said feeling tired and lethargic can last for a few months after I’m cleared from mono.

While fighting this virus, my diet has gone to shit. My daily schedule: Drink tea, eat ice cream, nap, repeat. Ice cream was the only thing that would give me some sort of relief for my sore throat, but, at the same time I freaked out about gaining weight. After avoiding the scale for a few days, I finally decide to step on and face reality. To my surprise, I have lost weight. Yet I am still worried about losing muscle and coming back to the box and not being able to do anything again. I’d start back at the beginning.

This kind of thinking has mind fucked me into a mopey, self-pity party. But I have to look at how far I’ve come, and how far I will continue to go. This time a year ago, working out 6 times a week was taboo for me. Doing my bi-weekly, one hour of elliptical was what was going to get me to lose weight. Oh, how times have changed.

On the left was my junior year of high school, still not at my heaviest. On the right was this month -35 pounds down.

On the left was my junior year of high school, still not at my heaviest. On the right was this month -30 pounds down.

 

On the left was about 8 months ago, fresh into CrossFit. On the right is this month.

On the left was about 8 months ago, fresh into CrossFit. On the right is this month.

Now I’m more concerned about accomplishing goals of lifting weights, and doing movements that I still can’t get at the gym. I’m more concerned about keeping on muscle than worrying about my thighs not touching. I’m more concerned about being better than I was the day before.

Slowly but surely I am getting better as the days progress. And it’s just my luck that I have finals this month.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

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21 Day Super Hero Challenge Update

5 Apr

Post WOD noms

The Open is over and I managed to only do one of the workouts. I, regretfully, didn’t sign up for the open this year. Not knowing much about the Open and still not having a lot of the important movements down in day-to-day workouts scared me away. I could have done almost all of the movements in 14.1-14.5 except for the muscle-ups. Really, Dave Castro? Muscle-ups?

Awaiting the Open workout announcement

Awaiting the Open workout announcement

The only Open workout I ended up doing was 14.5, which I really enjoyed! Out of all the workouts, I think this one really tested character for all of the athletes. It took such great perseverance to not stop (or take very short breaks) during this one! It was a doozy!

This Challenge is coming to an end pretty quick! I wish I could say I was as disciplined as I was on my Paleo Challenge. I am guilty of cheating on this challenge and it really threw me off. Once I ate badly I thought, “I f*cked up, might as well keep eating like crap”. Until I had one of my wake up calls yesterday, realizing that it’s getting hot….it’s almost summer…it’s almost bikini season. Eeek! One of my goals during my weight-loss journey was to feel confident this summer in a bathing suit. And this is one I strive to accomplish.

Salami, turkey and avocado salad

Salami, turkey and avocado salad

So what better way to kick off healthy eating than meal prepping?! That is what my Saturday has consisted of and it was exhausting, but worth it. My morning prep consisted of sweet potatoes, bacon, boiled eggs, organic sausage, Mexican quinoa, and boiled chicken. Going back to what I know and what works for me, strict Paleo.

Prepping for meal prep

Prepping for meal prep

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Recipes for the Week!

15 Jan

School started this week and I’m less than thrilled. Lounging around the house and going to the gym when I please is such a luxury. Since I’ve been in and out of a back injury I decided to take an entire week off of working out to heal. So far, I haven’t been to the gym in three days and it’s driving me bonkers. I still go on my Box’s website each morning to look at the WOD, pathetic I know. But I miss the sound of weights dropping, the texture of chalk, and the people that I call my Cross Fit family.

So to distract myself, I’ve been cooking a lot. I’ve been making some food out of my new cook book, Primal Cravings, that I got for Christmas. And also testing out some new recipes from the always great paleOMG. Making all of my meals will hopefully balance out my lack of working out. My weight-loss has been at a bit of a stand still, so not being able to hit the gym sucks that much more.

lemon poppy muffins

These muffins are the bomb-dot-com. By far my favorite thing I’ve made this week! Even my picky boyfriend is addicted to them.

(Recipe from paleOMG)

gluten free pesto

This is a great, quick, meal that tastes amazing. Homemade pesto, gluten-free noodles, frozen shrimp and voila!

(Pesto recipe from All Recipes— did not use cheese in the pesto)

pizza casserole

This pizza casserole is definitely a crowd pleaser! Added some feta cheese for extra flavor.

(Recipe from paleOMG)

ham and eggs

These are the perfect on-the-go breakfast ‘muffins’! There are a lot of ways to mix them up and make them your own. Next time I think I’m going to add ground Italian Sausage!

(Recipe from Primal Cravings cookbook)

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 

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

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!)