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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.”

Super Hero Challenge

16 Mar

Snatch

I’ve been working out now more than ever. I’ve been having so much stress in school and my personal life– the only thing that gives me some sort of peace is the gym. It has been paying off, too! I’m starting to get kipping hand stand push ups, getting more double-unders in a row, and RX’ing more of the work outs. The only thing that has not improved is my weight. I’m trying to be that person that says “don’t worry about the scale”, but it’s harder than I thought. My numbers on the scale keep going up and I think it’s adding to my stress.

So I wanted to find something to kick-start my healthy eating habits again! I follow Emily Schromm on Instagram (emilymtv) and she has a program called 21 Day Super Hero Challenge. Some of the girls from my gym and I have decided to do this challenge together! For me, it’s always easier to surround myself with people who eat healthy or eat the same as I do; and I’m lucky that most of my friends do! The challenge entails 21 days of eating paleo, while earning points for: working out/mobilizing, taking fish oils, no alcohol, etc.

-30lb difference

-30lb difference

I have already come so far in my weight loss journey. I’m excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of being at my goal weight. What is also exciting is to see an increase of weight in my lifts and never being satisfied with your current personal best. This Challenge is going to be my push to get back on the horse and have a ‘clean slate’ with my diet.

I will be doing a weekly update of the Challenge

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 

My Latest GAINS

26 Oct
Above are my friend, Jackie's awesome Reebok Lifters. Below are my Vibrams that I have recently been lifting in.

Above are my friend, Jackie’s awesome Reebok Lifters. Below are my Vibrams that I have recently been lifting in.

Life has been kind of hectic these past weeks, so my time to blog has been nonexistent. BUT with midterms taking over my time, I have actually made it to crossfit (which I think has helped my sanity). In one of my past posts I told you guys that I was starting an Oly class. I have been going most every Tuesday and Friday and I am in love with lifting. It is so much more than lifting up heavy weights, it’s mental as well. Lifting weights has helped my WODs; almost to RX! Since I’ve started, here are my latest gains…

In two weeks:

  • I went from a 75lb snatch to an 85lb snatch
  • A 1 rep clean of 105lb to a 1 rep hang clean of 115lb
  • A 1 max back squat of 145lb to a 2 rep back squat of 155lb

Oh yeah, did I mention I got a tattoo hours before Oly class when I hit 2 PRs?!

New tattoo before Oly!

New tattoo before Oly!

24 Day Challenge Update:

So, eating paleo has been progressively getting easier to fit in my daily life. I have enjoyed the process but give major credit to anyone who eats completely paleo 24/7.  When the challenge first started I felt dizzy at times and felt like what I was eating wasn’t enough. For me, eating needs to be a happy balance. After the challenge is over I think I will eat paleo-ish. Meaning that I will eat mostly paleo but will be adding in some carbs. What I do enjoy about the caveman diet is paleo baking (like you couldn’t tell from my past posts). I have never really enjoyed baking until I had taken up the paleolithic diet.

Weighing in on Monday so wish me luck!

Pre-Workout sweet potato and bacon! Potatoes for PRs!

Pre-Oly class sweet potato and bacon! Potatoes for PRs!

Having a Good Support System

14 Sep
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New favorite snack apples and ALMOND BUTTER. (Click Image to see the nutritious differences between peanut butter and almond butter)

Having a good support system is extremely helpful when living a healthy lifestyle. I live with my boyfriend and he’s pretty good about eating healthy with me. But we have made an agreement that if he eats unhealthy, he can’t eat it inside the house. This sounds ridiculous but the less temptation the better!

It’s also easier keeping a healthy lifestyle when you live on your own. When I was living at home with my family everyone had different diets. I also come from a family that LOVES FOOD, me included. So when I’m able to buy my own groceries and not be tempted from what’s in the pantry, I’m more likely to succeed.

But what really keeps me on track is eating paleo. You’d think I’m the paleo spokesperson, right? Being able to eat well and stay full really helps cut the unhealthy food cravings. I eat like a cavewoman and am proud of it!

Even when visiting my Dad, he and his girlfriend cooked me a paleo dinner!

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Dad grilling the salmon and steak

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Dad grilling steak, salmon and corn on the cob

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Stuffed.

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Bacon covered shrimp for appetizers!

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My Story

6 Sep

blog pictureSo I’m going to start this blog off with a little history lesson about myself. First of all, my name is Carly. Growing up I was always outside and constantly begged to not come back in for dinner. When you get older, less active and lazy your once high metabolism is no longer there. About sophomore year of high school I started gaining some unwanted weight. No, I wasn’t obese… But unhealthy eating habits and little to no exercise caused me to see the scale go up. People always think that the number you see on the scale will motivate you enough to lose weight but that’s not always the case.

When starting college I thought “This is a chance to be who I want to be; healthy”. So I started working out, eating healthy, and living an overall healthier lifestyle; I lost 20 lbs.. This all came to a halt when my world turned upside down. My sophomore year of college, my parents got divorced. This hit me hard, so what did I do? Eat. I’m a self proclaimed ’emotional eater’. This slowly turned into a year of bad habits all over again. When I was happy, I ate. When I was sad, I ate. When I was stressed out, I ate.

This will be another new start for me in this chapter of my life– a healthier chapter. I want to make a lifestyle change, not a temporary fad diet that never seems to stick. So in April of 2013 I started what is now my new addiction, Crossfit. During these months I have seen vast changes in myself and have achieved goals I never thought I would get close to. Now I will be starting this blog giving you an inside look of me trying to be healthy, happy and strong.