Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halfway through the challenge!

I saw a post today on Facebook from the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge that we made it halfway!  While I haven't lost as much weight as I would have liked, I am happy to report that I am at least sightly below the weight I was last May (my lowest weight since college).  People ask what my goal weight is and I really don't have a number in mind.  My actual goals with weight loss are CrossFit related now.  They include being able to do ring dips and muscle ups.  So once I get those I guess I will be at a good weight to strength ratio :)  I also hope to be there by the end of this I have less than a month to make it happen!!

Tuesday I went to crossfit at 9:30 to do the 3rd Performance WOD for the challenge.  It was 7 minutes of handstand pushups and deadlifts (155 lb), you started by doing 1 of each then 2 of each and so on until you ran out of time.  I got through 7 full rounds and then did 8 deadlifts and 5 handstand pushups before time was up.  It was a fun workout :)

Onto food...I feel like I'm a broken record at this point.  I haven't been very creative lately and eat a lot of leftovers but I still take pictures of all my meals so I feel like I have to put them you go!  lol  I came home after CrossFit and made a late breakfast.  I sauteed some leftover pulled pork with spinach, bell peppers & onions topped with 2 fried eggs & some guac.

Then I threw together a soup with some more leftover pork in the crockpot.  I added lots of veggies (carrots, green beans, tomatoes, celery, onions & garlic), some chicken broth & a bunch of Costco's no-salt seasoning.

I let it cook on high for 5 hours and it was pretty good (although I had to add salt & pepper at the end since I apparently forgot when I threw it together in the morning).

Wednesday I worked out at 7 am and came home to JD making chocolate chip pancakes for the kids.  The plate was his and the smoothie was mine.  I decided to indulge a bit by making a smoothie with my chocolate protein powder, a frozen banana, 2 shots of espresso and some coconut milk.

I was still hungry a couple hours later so I made some real breakfast for myself.  An egg scramble with leftover tri tip, spinach, shredded carrots, onions, bell peppers & topped with some guac.


I had a late lunch of a salad with romaine, spinach, shredded carrots, kalamata olives, tomatoes, avocado & I topped it with a can of salmon.  I used the brine from the olives as a dressing.

We took the kids to strider bike night at the bmx track again. They had a blast once again, I can't believe how brave they are on those bikes!  Afterward the kids and JD ate out at a Hamburger place but I wasn't hungry after a big late lunch. I dropped them at home and went to at yoga class at CrossFit.  When I got back rom Yoga I was a little hungry so I had some ants on a log :)  Celery, topped with almond butter & some raisins.  No picture but it was yummy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 29

The challenge has been going pretty good so far.  I have definitely had cheats but not too many.  Starting today I have decided I am going to go hardcore until the end (Nov. 17th).  No more excuses and no more cheats!  Wish me luck :)

Breakfast today was the last of the frittata with a side of baby spinach sauteed in bacon grease & olive oil.

I taught the intermediate class at CrossFit at noon today while my kiddos played at the Tot Spot.  When I got back home I heated up some leftovers from the fridge.  Rotisserie chicken breast topped with grilled red onions and bell peppers, sweet potato fries & steamed broccoli.

For dinner I had planned on making curried shrimp with veggies but when I took the shrimp out of the fridge they smelled way too fishy for me :-/  The sell by date was yesterday so they "should" be ok but I couldn't get past the smell. Instead I used some leftover pulled pork.  So we'll call it Curried Veggies with Pork.  Here it is simmering in the wok.

Some key ingredients are Thai Kitchen red curry paste and TJ's light coconut milk. Any coconut milk would be ok but TJ's is only 99 cents a can and I haven't found any for that price anywhere else. Plus the only ingredients are Coconut milk and water.

Here is the finished product that I poured over some roasted butternut squash.  I'll attempt to type out the recipe below.

Curried Veggies with Pork over Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 lb of butternut squash chunks
  • 1 cup pulled pork (any meat would work)
  • 1/4 onion cut into chuncks
  • 1/2 bell pepper cut in chunks
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh green beans cut in half
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 jar of Red Curry Paste
  • 1 can TJ's light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Thai "no-peanut" sauce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • coconut oil
  • salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 400.  Melt a TBSP of coconut oil in the microwave.  Dump the butternut squash chunks into an 8x8 glass baking dish and top with the melted coconut oil, salt & pepper.  Bake for 30 minutes stirring once halfway through.  While that is in the oven, melt a couple TBSPs of coconut oil in a wok over medium high heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, green beans, broccoli.  Saute for 8-10 minutes stirring frequently.  Mix the thai "no-peanut" sauce, curry paste & coconut milk together in a bowl.  Pour the sauce over the veggies in the wok.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes (until the veggies are cooked to your liking), then add the pulled pork & spinach and cook a couple more minutes.  Pour the curry mixture over the roasted butternut squash & then add some halved cherry tomatoes on top.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fun & Productive Weekend

I was up early Saturday morning (thanks to my lovely kiddos), so I decided to make the most of it.  I seasoned a pork shoulder with kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, granulated onion, smoked paprika and mesquite liquid smoke and put it in the crockpot on low.  Then I prepped shrimp ceviche so that it could marinate in the fridge for a few hours and be ready for lunch!  I headed to CrossFit for the 8:30 class and then I taught my first Elements Class solo at 9:30.  I think I'm going to like this teaching thing :)  I got home and ate some leftover frittata topped with avocado, roasted sweet potato and some cherry tomatoes.

 I was pleased to find that my hubby and his friend Andy were busy at work organizing the garage while I was gone.  We can now park both of our cars inside!  Bring on the snow :)

Lunch was the shrimp ceviche that had marinated for around 4 hours.  I made lettuce wraps and topped them with guacamole.  This is definitely one of my new favorite recipes.  I think I could eat it everyday and be perfectly happy.

The pork cooked in the crockpot on low for 10 hours and was perfectly cooked by dinner time.  I had the pulled pork topped with grilled red onion and bell peppers along with some leftover steamed green beans & bacon. I got hungry later that night and had a snack of a cut up apple dipped in almond butter....mmmmm.

Sunday morning I worked out at 8:30 again.  I made some progress on my squat snatches.  I was always afraid to drop under the bar but I *think* I am finally getting comfortable. I did a bunch at 95lbs and they felt super easy now that I am using proper technique. Hopefully next week I can add some more weight and break my old PR (105lb).  When I got home, breakfast was already ready for me. JD had made breakfast burritos and he was nice enough to leave the egg & tri tip scramble paleo for me :)  So I had that topped with some bell peppers & cilantro.  I also cut up some leftover roasted sweet potato & fried them in coconut oil and topped with coconut flakes.

For lunch I had asian lettuce wraps with shrimp, onions, bell peppers, cilantro & shredded carrots.  I dipped them in Thai "no peanut" sauce.

 Our friends were having a pig roast at their house Sunday night.  They dug a hole and filled it with hot coals at 4am and threw the pig in to cook all day.  Unfortunately it took a little longer to cook than they expected and even after they pulled it out they realized it wasn't all the way done. So they had to cut it up and put it in the oven to finish it off. It still turned out great and was a fun evening with friends.

My dinner was paleo...pork, veggies with guac and sweet potato chips. But I did have a few cheats that night.  My friend Amy is an amazing chef so I couldn't resist the yummy desserts she had made for the occasion!

Friday, October 12, 2012

No snow :(

There was some snow predicted overnight so I was excited to look out the window when I woke up this morning...and then disappointed because it was just raining.  I figure if it is going to be cold now, it might as well be snowing.  If we can't be out on the lake, we can hopefully be up snowboarding soon :)  My kiddos woke up way too early'd think they would notice it is still dark outside and go back to sleep.  No such luck :-/  I told my kids they could pick what they wanted for breakfast so Peyton had some kipper snacks & Lucas wanted some eggs with avocado.  JD made a new frittata last night so that we would have breakfast leftovers the next few days.  He basically followed the recipe for the Southwestern Frittata but added some chipotle paste, bell peppers & cilantro.  It turned out super yummy but Lucas said it was too spicy :(

I took the kiddos swimming at the indoor pool after breakfast.  They had a blast as usual.  The pool is heated more now that it is getting colder outside so it basically feels like a bathtub & now they are never going to want to leave!  I can't believe how well they are swimming already, they even attempted some dives off the diving board.

Peyton diving:

Lucas diving:

Lunch was an Asian Chicken Salad.  A mix of romaine lettuce & shredded cabbage topped with carrots, green onions, shredded rotisserie chicken, sliced almonds, mandarins, cilantro & mint.  For the dressing I thinned out some Thai "no peanut" sauce with rice vinegar, sesame oil & coconut aminos.

I tried out a few new recipes for dinner tonight.  Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (I used ground turkey because that is what I had and I used a regular loaf pan so the cooking time was probably double what was listed in the recipe), steamed broccoli & Butternut squash & apple soup.  I had a recipe in mind that I got from a friend a few years back for a Curry squash & apple soup.  But I didn't think the curry would go well with the buffalo meat loaf.  So JD & I just did some adliving and came up with this soup, it turned out pretty well but was a bit sweet.  Our friend Andy, who is visiting for the weekend, said he would eat it chilled as a  I'll try to write out the recipe below.

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
  • 1 lb cubed butternut squash (1/2 a costco container)
  • 3 apples peeled, cored & chopped
  • 1/2c sweet white onion
  • 2 TBSP Bacon Grease/Olive Oil Combo
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 2c Chicken Broth
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Ginger, Cinnamon (JD added the spices so I have no clue how much he
Saute the onions, squash & apples in the oil for 5-10 minutes.  Add the broth and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add the coconut milk & continue to simmer another 10 minutes.  Add the spices to taste.  Then use an immersian blender or pour in batches into a blender or food processer until it reaches your desired consistancy. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Costco Day!

It was time to restock my fridge & freezer that had become bare after I was gone for almost a week.  The kids had preschool so I dropped them off and then took the extra 2 kids home that I had been babysitting.  The closest Costco to my house is in Carson City, NV, about an hour away and in a different state!  But it is worth the drive every so often because the grocery stores can be expensive living in a tourist town.  I can also do some other shopping while I'm there...they actually have a Target!!  (the things that excite  So I did lots of shopping and then headed back over the hill with a Giant Ice Chest full of food :)  When I got home, JD was making guacamole so I went with the theme and made a chicken fajita salad with precooked chicken from Costco, romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, onions, bell peppers, guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes & green salsa.

I headed to the gym after lunch to unlock it for open gym.  I had planned to work out myself but instead I ended up helping out a new girl who's schedule is too packed to fit in the normal elements training classes.  Luckily she has already done a lot of weight lifting so she caught on quickly.

Dinner was a yummy steak, sweet potato fries & steamed green beans with bacon.  For the fries I just peeled a few sweet potatoes, cut into wedges, put on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil & baked at 375 for 20 minutes flipping them over once in the middle.  Super easy and yummy :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Busy Day

I took the 6am CrossFit class this morning so JD could head to the bay area as soon as possible.  The kiddos and I drove up to Truckee because Peyton had a dentist appointment.  There is a cute little Childrens Museum close to the dentist office so we headed there to play after.

They had a blast at the Kidzone and didn't want to leave but we needed to get back home because I had volunteered to babysit my friend's kids overnight.  I had a fun and exciting evening with 4 kids under 4 all by myself (JD got home late after we were all asleep!).  Actually it went pretty smoothly, the kiddos all get along great and they pretty much just entertained eachother.  I was going to order pizza for dinner but then I felt guilty (and didn't want the temptation).  I rummaged the fridge/freezer since I still hadn't gone shopping since I got back in town!  I made due with what I had and it turned out pretty well.  Hamburger with bacon, olives & hot sauce, roasted sweet potato, steamed broccoli & a mandarin!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Back to the US

I was sad to say goodbye to Wendy & leave the beautiful place she calls home but I was definitely ready to get back to JD and the kiddos!  My travel back to the US was much less eventful (no cancelled flights or even delays).  I skipped breakfast but had a steak taco salad in Denver during my short layover.

I went straight to the gym when I got back into town.  I had to do the 2nd performance WOD for the Lurong Paleo Challenge.  The object was to do as many pull ups as you can in 8 minutes.  You also had a maximum of 6 attempts during that time (each time you drop off the bar counts as one attempt.)  My goal was 50 and I actually did a little better than that with 62 :)  Then I left the gym & picked up my kiddos from preschool!  It was so good to see them :)  When we got back home the fridge was pretty bare but I did find some leftover pasta sauce with ground turkey that I poured over leftover steamed veggies.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Last Day in Calgary

Wendy had plans for us to hike again but the weather didn't cooperate.  It was raining when we woke up in the morning so we just lounged around her house a bit and then decided to head to downtown Calgary for some shopping.  A lot of the stores ended up being closed because it was a holiday :-/  But we still found plenty of places that were open and willing to take our money..hehe  We stopped for lunch at a burger place.

Then we caught a matinee movie, Looper.  I may have indulged in some popcorn and a diet coke but there is no photo evidence so there is no way to be  That night we relaxed at Wendy's house and got caught up on TV from her DVR.  I also had to pack up all of my stuff to be ready to head to the airport in the morning.  Don't worry, my banana will be safe in my backpack :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Canadian Thanksgiving & Mountain Biking

We  made it back to Wendy's house in Calgary pretty late Saturday night.  My request for Sunday was to not set an alarm & actually try to sleep in one day on my vacation :)  So we stayed in bed until around 9am and then got up and went to breakfast.

Wendy's friend was nice enough to invite us over for Canadian Thanksgiving dinner.  We went to Safeway after breakfast to pick up some ingredients for fudge & also a veggie tray :)  After the fudge was made and setting in the fridge Wendy dressed me up in her biking gear and we headed out for a little ride.  It was a fun trail with pretty views of the city & mountains in the distance.  Perhaps I'll have to actually try mountain biking in Tahoe when I get back...

Thanksgiving dinner was absolutely delicious.  Its always a strange thing to go to a new place on a holiday (especially if you don't know anyone!) but everyone was really nice and the food was actually good!  The host is gluten free so there were a lot of paleo options, score!  Turkey, rosted root veggies, brussel sprouts & spaghetti squash.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Canada Day 2

We woke up & had a quick breakfast at the hostel.  I already ate all 6 of the hardboiled eggs I had brought with me from home but luckily Wendy brought me a couple more :)  I mashed 2 hard boiled eggs up with a tiny avocado.  Pretty delicious actually!  I think I also had a banana before we actually started hiking as well.

We drove to Peyto Lake first because Wendy said it was pretty....I think she was right.  We did have to do a short 10 minute hike up from the parking lot to the look out point. 

Then we stopped at Bow Lake for more pictures.

Then we made it to the trail head for our actual day hike.  The plan was to hike to Helen Lake and then on to Cirque Peak.  I only have the camera on my phone for pictures but Wendy posted a whole album on facebook documenting our weekend so you should really check that out.  We ended up hiking a little over 10 miles total even though I chickened out before we made it all the way to the peak.  The trail wasn't very well marked after Helen Lake so we ended up on the side of a mountain walking sideways on a snowy slick trail with falling rocks.  I thought I was prepared for hiking since I CrossFit but I didn't really take into account the danger/fear of falling factor.   The views were still amazing and at least Wendy's friend, that we were hiking with, was on the same page as I was and ready to stop.

I forgot to mention that we stopped at Helen Lake and ate lunch on our way up.  Wendy cooked up a bunch of steak for us so I ate that and a larabar :)  On our way back to Wendy's house in Calgary we stopped at Lake Louise (we had stopped in the town yesterday but didn't go to the actual lake).  The sun had already set but it was still pretty :)

The we stopped in the town of Banff for some shopping and dinner.

These were the meals Wendy & I ordered....

But then I gave Wendy my bun & she gave me all her toppings :)  We are a good pair!  The sweet potato fries were delicious so I will just pretend they were cooked in an acceptable Paleo oil ;)