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Quick recap with meal pics...

Friday, October 24, 2014

So I have been doing much better since my Brain Dump blog. I have been paying more attention to my food and slowly getting back into the gym. I'm happy with the past couple weeks and that's what matters. It has really helped me get focused and motivated.

Here are some eats...












Went grocery shopping today...all stocked up for a successful healthy week!


  
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IAMZBEE 10/25/2014 5:21PM

    Way to go on getting back on track. Everything looks soooo good!!!!

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IRP1114 10/25/2014 4:21PM

    Good job getting back on track! emoticon

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SUGAR0814 10/24/2014 11:11PM

    Food looks good as always!! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/24/2014 10:15PM

    Yum!

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Halloween Fun...lots of pics :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

The yard is all decorated for Halloween!! My absolute favorite holiday!




























  
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SUGAR0814 10/17/2014 10:33PM

    Look at all of that Halloween goodness! Great job! emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/17/2014 9:43PM

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 10/17/2014 7:02PM

    Thank you everyone!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/17/2014 4:49PM

    Excellent!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 10/17/2014 1:52PM

    Great pics! I love the Waldo!

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IAMZBEE 10/17/2014 1:11PM

    That is intense!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/17/2014 12:03PM

    Wow girl, you go all out! I know from what little I do that it takes a lot of work to put that all together! Love it!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/17/2014 11:40AM

    I always love your Halloween pics! I'll echo everyone else and say, AWESOME! What are you dressing up as?

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WORTHEYMOM 10/17/2014 11:03AM

    OMG - totally love it! One of my fav holidays too!

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Brain dump...

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have no idea where the last couple months have gone! I was doing pretty good. On the right track, then WHAM! I fell off, hitting the ground hard and just rolled away. I pretty much abandoned my workouts and ate too much crap. And now I feel awful. We all know if you are not in the right mindset, no matter how much you try, it just won't happen.

On Sept 21st I participated in a local Race Against Cancer 5K Walk/Run and thought "OK, this is it. The perfect way to get back on track." The plan was to get back to eating right (prepped breakfasts & lunches for the week) and get back into the gym. I was very sore the next day so I planned to go to the gym Tuesday after work. Well, unfortunately, I came down with a horrible head & chest cold. They sent me home from work after an hour because they didn't want me infecting everyone else. I slept ALL day and night. But had to go to work the rest of the week, which really didn't help. I would come home from work, make dinner, clean up, then sit on the couch for a couple hours, then go to bed. I was just exhausted and felt like I was hit by a bus. And I guess I didn't get enough rest over the next couple weeks because it just would not go away.

I was lucky to have Columbus Day off and I took full advantage of the three-day weekend. Finally got the rest I needed. Did only the bare minimum necessities. Went to sleep on time and slept an extra hour or two each morning. Relaxed with family, enjoying some beautiful weather just hanging out on the deck, soaking up some of the last warm weather rays. It was just what I needed. I feel refreshed, re-energized, and ready to tackle anything. The cough is lingering but it's bearable. I woke up this morning and headed to the gym. Oh did it feel goooooodddd!!! I actually have a new determination that I have not had in a long time. I feel in control yet not stressed. I'm not going to follow any rigid plan. I'm going to take it one day at a time. Eating clean, watching carbs and portions. Paying closer attention to when I am actually hungry and not eating on a schedule (started doing this about a week ago, and it's opened my eyes).

I'll get to the gym a few times a week, again no schedule...no pressure...no feeling of failure if I don't make it there one night. But on a cool note my gym is pairing up with my health insurance company starting November 1st where if you go to the gym 12 times a month you get a $20 reimbursement on your monthly membership. So that will be a plus.

I also want to get back to blogging...without the pressure of feeling like I need to blog daily...so maybe once or twice a week I'll pop on here with an update. Could be more...could be less lol.
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ARUNNINGKAT 10/14/2014 12:56PM

    Awww... sometimes those colds are nasty and hang on forever! I had the same thing happen to me this spring. No fun!

Happy to see you back and fired up ready to go! You will achieve your goals!

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IAMZBEE 10/14/2014 10:16AM

    Happy to see you back and getting right back on the wagon. Can't wait to see what tasty things you come up with. You got this, girl!

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NATPLUMMER 10/14/2014 8:36AM

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SUGAR0814 10/13/2014 11:31PM

    emoticon Hope you're feeling 100% soon! emoticon

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  It sounds like you are on the right track. emoticon emoticon

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Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I started the 30-Day Personal Paleo Reset on 7/13. I did my weekly prep/batch cooking so I was all set to go. It was mostly a successful and tasty week. Part of the reset is to limit coffee to 8oz a day, black...but since coconut milk is OK I used that...delicious but tough because I really enjoy my morning coffee (I drink more than 8oz/day). Another part of the reset is no dairy. Now I don't normally eat much dairy so I figured it would be ok.

As the first week of my PPC Reset came to an end, I arrived at a conclusion. I REALLY missed my morning coffee with organic cream and some good quality cheese, so I will be incorporating them back into my menu. I'm not giving up completely, I guess I'm just finding my own personal paleo code a little sooner than the plan anticipates :) IMO It's better to tweak the plan than be unhappy & feeling deprived, which I know from experience leads me to binge like there's no tomorrow.

So I am moving forward using my own plan...keeping my meals mostly paleo/low-carb. Enjoying my morning coffee with cream. Having cheese now and then too. I even had some rye toast at the diner over the weekend. But it's all okay! As of Monday, I'm down 7 lbs!! So I plan to continue doing what I'm doing.

I do need to workout more...that has been pushed to the back burner because of 'life getting in the way'. I purchased 3 personal training sessions at my gym. I know it's not a lot, but I don't have to use them in one week or anything. My plan with the 3 sessions is to meet with a personal trainer to get set up with a routine, then follow the routine for a month or so, then meet again to tweak it & follow the tweaked routine for a month or so, then meet again for the last session and tweak it yet again. Then I can continue on my own or purchase more sessions. Now I need to just call the gym and schedule that first session!!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!!
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HEALTHYCOCONUT 8/1/2014 10:31AM

    Thank you everyone!! emoticon emoticon

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IRP1114 8/1/2014 1:31AM

    Sounds like it is going awesome! Congrats on the progress!!! I agree with keeping it balanced including healthy stuff you enjoy. No need to feel deprived especially of things that we know don't necessarily harm us. Plus you are getting results. Proof enough it is the right plan for you right now. Keep it up! Looking forward to hearing how it goes at the gym!

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WORTHEYMOM 7/31/2014 3:00PM

    what progress - great job! I am hoping I can do as well as you. I like your plan with the trainer. I think it would work great for you!

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NATPLUMMER 7/31/2014 12:09PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/31/2014 12:06PM

    It sounds like you have found a great plan that works for you! Can't wait to hear more reports on how it is going!

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IAMZBEE 7/31/2014 11:41AM

    You've got an awesome plan going for you, both on the food and fitness aspect. You're doing a great job tweaking the food plan to your needs... I think it's all to common for us to try to jump in head first, only to get discouraged because of all that the diet is depriving us of. Good for you for finding that balance.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/31/2014 11:38AM

    Figuring out what works best for you is definitely the way to go! Congrats on the 7 pounds down!

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Your Personal Paleo Code

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hello my Spark-Lovelies!! emoticon I'm baaack...and jumping right on in!

I am reading Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser and am really enjoying it. I will be starting the 30-Day Personal Paleo Reset tomorrow. I worked up some menu ideas and hit the grocery store. And I will be doing my weekly prep/batch cooking tomorrow too.


On the menu for the week:
Breakfast: Eggs with veggies, fruit, and a few days will include bacon
Lunch: Lamb meatballs over zoodles with home made sauce
Snacks will be fruit, veggies, nuts, almond butter
Some dinner ideas are: Roasted turkey breast & veggie, Short-ribs & veggie, Shrimp stir-fry, Leftovers :) We go out for dinner every Fri & Sat so I plan on going with Spinach cobb salad (no cheese) and oil & vin on the side; Steak or Chicken with veggie/salad

I'm planning on getting back into the gym too. I am aiming for 4 workouts a week, mixing it up at the gym and home.


I'll be blogging abouy my PPC reset whenever I have a moment to post...so stay tuned :)


  
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