Thursday, August 8, 2013


So summer is coming to a close, back to school time is just around the corner!!

I've been working out and getting back into the groove.  I'm using MyFitnessPal to track my calories.  Look me up there, my food journal is public, my username is lovethefitlife.  I'm actually doing another weight loss contest as motivation, hopefully my last one ever, if I would have actually kept the weight off from all my previous contests I wouldn't be in the boat I'm in now, sigh, oh well.  No sense in moping about it.

I found a fitness routine on that I am going to start next week, this week I've been working on getting consistent with my calorie counts and just getting back into the gym.  I've also been doing some more work on the mental/spritual side of things to just change my mindset and habits so I can stop subjecting myself to the vicious cycle of gaining and losing weight, being depressed about my appearance, etc... 

I'm going to try to keep the blog up, I'm pretty hit and miss... Well you can tell how well I am doing with eating well and exercising based on the frequency of my blog posts... Anytime there is a long period of non posting, my ass has fallen off the wagon!  

But here I am, the past behind me, and looking forward to things to come!!!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Whole30 recap and reintroduction

Well I finished my Whole30 last Friday!  It wasn't too hard, the hard part is now... what now??

In the book, It Starts with Food, once you are done with your Whole30, it is time to try and reintroduce some foods that were not on the plan.  The first thing to test out is dairy, while keeping the remainder of my intake Whole30 compliant.  I had some milk based frozen dessert Saturday night, Sunday I had feta cheese on my salad at lunch, and some frozen dessert again Sunday night. Sunday morning I had a really bad headache, it felt like a sinus headache and I woke up groggy.  Sunday night before bed I was really bloated and had a headache again this morning and just felt out of it most of the day today.  I was really surprised.  I've had plenty of dairy before, never an insane amount, I was just surprised I had that kind of reaction to reintroducing some dairy, I never thought it was a food that would give me issues. I'm wondering how I would react to some Greek yogurt... I will probably try in a week or so to reintroduce dairy again in some other forms to see how that goes, just to make sure my headaches, etc were in fact from dairy and not some other factor.

This stuff tastes like Fudgesicles!

But today was a whole30 compliant day, this Thursday I will try to reintroduce gluten containing grains.  I'm anxious to see how that will go.  This is really a neat concept to test yourself out.  No better way to really dial in to listening to your body than doing some self experimentation.

After a couple weeks of trying some reintroduction of off plan foods and maintaining Whole30 the rest of the time, I wonder what I'll do next?!?  I really feel that considering how great I felt during the Whole30 that I will continue eating close to the plan and close to Paleo.  Perhaps trying some Paleo treats like Paleo pancakes, etc.  
I just ordered Primal Blueprint, so I may give that a go, I want to give Paleo/Primal eating longer than just 30 days to see some real results.  And check out the success stories featured on Mark's Daily Apple, great motivation!  I feel good so far, so why not keep going?

So how much weight did I lose on the Whole30?  I have no clue, I had full intentions on weighing Saturday morning, but I couldn't find my scale anywhere.  Turns out my husband took it to school for something, a sign perhaps, since my focus isn't on that scale anyway...

I'm looking to continue pursuing gains in my fitness performance.  I still need to seriously do some specific workout programming so I'm not wandering aimlessly about the gym and just running with no time or distance goal.  So be on the lookout for that soon!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Home Alone

Ah, Friday night, I'm home alone, the kiddos/hubs are out of town for a soccer tourney, and I get to stay at home coz I've got guard drill this weekend, yay!!

So what in the heck do I do with myself?!?!  Well I'm about to take my tired self to bed, but I've been getting caught up on laundry (it never ends!!!) and doing some meal prep cooking done since I won't have much time to do so this weekend...

I oven roasted tomatoes, broccoli, and onions.  I've got some boneless skinless chicken thighs marinating in the fridge and a boston butt roast ready for the crock pot in the morning!  This is the kind of stuff I do in my free time, I love it in the kitchen!!!

oven roasted roma tomatoes

Oven roasted broccoli

oven roasted red onions

Today is day 30 of my Whole 30 challenge, it went by quickly!  I will try to get a more in depth post about it up over the weekend... 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whole 30 update

I figured I would post an update on how Whole30 is plugging along!

I'm on day 27 of the Whole30.  I feel absolutely wonderful!!!!

I am sleeping soundly, waking up not groggy at all and I just feel great!  My workouts are showing improvement, I can tell I've lost weight and I am just thrilled with how I'm feeling!

I am contemplating continuing, perhaps a whole45 or whole60, I don't really miss what I can't have; dairy, added sugar, beans, grains, etc.  So why add it back now?

Meal planning has been key for me.  Makes everything so much easier.  Each meal is so simple, animal protein, veggies, and healthy fat.  That is it!!!

For breakfast I'll have some berries and then some days I'll have an orange with my lunch.  But most days my fruit consumption is just one serving at breakfast.

I've been posting most of my meals on Instagram, lovethefitlife, but here are some pics of some recent eats...

Baked sweet potato topped with baked apples, walnuts, raisins and coconut flakes.

Fried eggs with ground beef and collards greens.

Some meal preppin'
Greens, cauliflower, Aidells chicken/apple sausage and baked sweet potato with coconut flakes.

Baked sweet potato, grilled chicken, sauerkraut, veggies and dip.

Steak salad with avocado.

Salmon and brussel sprouts.

Sweet potato, beef scramble with avocado.

My workouts are still kind of random.  I've been running more, working on building my mileage base up, my goal for May is to hit 15 miles per week.  Once I get a good base down and can run 3 miles comfortably, with no walk breaks, I am going to start incorperating some hills and speedwork.  

That's about all for now... nothing exciting today, I'm ready for some Zzz's.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Well of course by now everyone knows about what happened in Boston, what a tragedy.  I've never run a marathon before but as a runner I know Boston is a big deal and such a holiday for the town.  It just baffles my mind that tragedies like this keep occuring... I don't have anything profound to say or enlightening or anything really so I'll do what I know and keep the people affected by this in my thoughts and prayers...


Whole 30 is going great, 12 days down, its really really easy.  Especially that my meals are planned for the week, I plan in pencil now, because what I eat depends on what I have cooked.  This weekend I had guard drill and didn't get to do as much pre-cooking as I would like to do.  But I'll make due just fine... Essentially each meal is lots of veggies, animal protein and healthy fats.  For my pre workout I'll have a little protein and healthy fat, like a boiled egg and some macadamia nuts.  And for my post workout I will have exclusively protein. (following Whole 30 recommendations)  and it is something like a boiled egg or some grilled chicken.

Some meals as of late....

Salad w. ground beef, collards, romaine, olives, sweet peppers, and a fried egg.

Greens with zucchini and avocado, baked chicken and baked apples.

Salad with romaine, sardines, boiled eggs, onions, avocado, olives, tomatoes and capers.

Baked pork chop with kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocado.

Ground beef, eggs, avocado, tomatoes.  Green smoothie with blueberries and coconut flakes.

Asparagus with ground beef and olives.

And BLACK coffee in the mornings!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Working it ouuuuut....

Just a quickie update on how my workouts have been as of late...

Well, I'm not a member of CrossFit Allegiance anymore, solely due to financial reasons.  My husband and I had recently went thru Dave Ramsay's Financial Peace University class and this season of my life has been the first time as an adult that I've truly put my income/expenses down and budgeted.  It's amazing we've gone as long as we have being so stupid with our money, but I am soooo glad to have taken this class and be on the right path to financial freedom.  But anyhow, that could be another post altogether, but one of the things we did was cut out some of our extracurricular spending.  So CrossFit went, sigh, but I'll be back there one day!  Luckily my job gives me access to this gym for FREE, plus I get 3 hours/week to workout on the job, can't complain there!  There is also a 1/4 mile track around the gym and a 1/2 mile trail in the woods for off-roading.... job perks.

Got the gym all to mah-self!

So anyhow, my main goal after quitting CrossFit and then going into exercise depression and then gaining 30-ish lbs. too much weight is to get in shape to pass my PT test this Saturday during guard drill.  The PT test consist of 4 components that you earn points for; 1.5 mile run, waist measurement, max push ups and sit ups in one minute individually.  I am pretty confident that I will pass this weekend, it won't be my best assesment in the 9+ years I've been at this military gig, but I'm glad I got out of my slump and started getting ready for it.

Primarily I have been doing run/walk intervals, cardio on the elliptical, push-ups, sit-ups, and some weight training.  My running has improved a lot from taking such a huge break from it, I am looking forward to doing more with that this year.  I love using my Nike GPS to track my runs, it is such a great little gadget.  Here are some pics of my latest runs, some have been run/walks, but ain't nothing wrong with that!!!

Working on keeping my HR in the zone my entire workout.

After my PT assesment, I want to improve my running/cardiovascular endurance, not so much my distance but I would like to get faster and improve my heartrate.  And I am going to put a lot more focus on crosstraining, doing CrossFit style workouts and lifting heavier.  Once I plan out my workouts in more detail I will be posting them here.

Wish me luck on the PT assessment!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Whole 30, so far so good!

I've been 5 days now on the Whole30 program and it has been going pretty good!!!

I'm eating 3 meals a day, no snacking between meals, this has been hard to get used to, my meals are indeed keeping me satiated but I just need to get used to not mindlessly noshing.  So far I've been handling it well, I will focus something else, or have some hot tea.

One thing I miss is eating more fruit than I have been on Whole30.  I've been packing my kiddos lunches slicing pears, prepping grapes, etc and wanting to nosh, but I've been good.  Not that fruit is baaaad, but according to Whole 30 guidelines, fruit is an occasional addition, especially while you're still battling sugar cravings.  So 1-2 servings per day and no fruit for pre or post workout.  Eh... ok, I'll stick to the guidelines for these 30 days...  I have been having one serving of fruit per day in the form of a cup of frozen blueberries in a morning greeeeeen smoothie.  Additionally Robb Wolf, the paleo guru, also recommends no more than 1-2 servings of fruit per day until you reach your desired level of leanness.

I'm loving my meals, when you focus on what you can eat and not what you can't, there are some pretty stellar combos when following this plan.  I love the meal map and master recipes in the It Starts with Food book, its very easy to flex according to your tastes, they don't give a month's worth of recipes like some diet/eating programs, annotating exactly what meals/recipes you need to eat for each meal.  They just give you the basics so eat what you like and keep it varied, it's so so simple.

Some pics of meals/food...

Lunch, salad with roast beef, chicken, green olives, and hot sauce.  Roasted Asparagus...
The olives are Lindsay Naturals California Green Olives and they are sooooo flippin' yummm!

Homemade Cilantro Chili Lime Garlic pickles, sooo yummy and all whole30 approved ingredients.

Pickles, roast beef, and sweet potato buried in coconut flakes.

Breakfast-Eggs fried in Ghee, bacon, tomatoes, spinach and avocado.

Coconut, Cinnamon smothered sweet potato.  Salad with fried egg, sardines, capers, peppers and olive oil.

Fried egg, spinach, avocado and ham.

My morning green smoothie, spinach, blueberries, coconut butter/flakes, green tea.

Meal planning, makes it so simple!!

Tis' all for now, got my meals planned for the week, and my workouts as well.  My next post will be more about what I'm doing on the workout front.  


Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.....

"I'm starting Whole 30 tomorrow"  the statement itself is not enough to really be considered effective planning.  When I don't plan and 'wing it' I am more likely to half-ass and fall into temptation.  Some would say I'm too rigid, but hey that's just me, the Whole30 plan does entail some pretty rigid guidelines, but it is just 30 days, it's not hard, but poor planning will make it more difficult.  I had the gumption that I was going to start on April 1st and end on April 30th, since April had 30 days, blah, blah, blah, so I hurried thru reading the rest of It Starts with Food so I could start 'on time'.  Well I didn't plan out my meals, shopping list, etc.  So I didn't start out as I planned, so then my 'defeat' of no planning resulted in a slight binge fest Monday, uggghhhh...  But anyway, I got over myself and got my meals mapped out for a couple of days, got meals packed, got my fridge and pantry stocked and I am ready to GO!!!

Here's some of what I've stocked up on... I got the sardines, coconut oil, ghee, and coconut flakes from Amazon, best prices, come in bulk and I've got Amazon Prime so free 2 day shipping, gotta love that!  (Also for the record I am not an Amazon Affiliate, I don't get $$ thru these links, I just want to share where I get my goods)  The coconut butter is Artisana brand, I've had it before, it is amazingly good you can just eat it right out of the jar, it is delicious!!  I lucked up and found these two jars at Marshall's for less than online and used my bday gift card.

In the fridge I'm stocked on eggs, lettuces, asparagus, green tea, and my meals for the next couple of days are red-ta-go!!!

Wild Sardines, Coconut Oil, Ghee, Coconut Flakes and Coconut Butter and my ISwF shoppin' list.
Free range eggs, salad mixes, asparagus.

Meals prepped and packed, beef roast sliced and packaged, boiled eggs for quick grabs...

Organic Mango Green tea brewed and ready to drank!

Some of my meals from the past couple of days...

Leftover mash-up; sauteed kale/bacon with paleo pancit.
3 eggs scrambled with kale, sweet peppers, topped with avocado.
Shhiiiccken adobo, sweet peppers, and sauteed kale with avocado.
Just a snippet of my Monday derailment, these cookies suck.

Yea so my relationship with food sucks, that's one of the big appeals to sticking to the Whole30 plan, I've been thru harder things in my life so I know this won't be difficult in terms of staying on the plan, dealing with my emotions and old habits will be the bigger beast to tame, but my strength comes from my Heavenly Father, it has taken a lot of struggle to really truly realize that, but I know He has good plans for me, but that's a deeper post for another day...

Here is a snippet from the Whole 30 program available here that really appeals to me:

This will change your life.
We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact – the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. 
Sounds good to me!!  I am excited and ready for true change!
I'm undecided if I'm going to post daily meals here, I prolly will do snippets, but I do post pretty much all my eats throughout the day on instagram, so you can check me out there too. lovethefitlife

Monday, April 1, 2013

Whole 30

It has been waaaay too long since I've posted, but here I am!

I have been thru some eye opening experiences since last time I checked in.... I will post about my experiences soon in a little more detail...

But for now, I know way way back a few post ago I had mentioned something along the lines of doing a 30 day paleo-ish challenge. Well I am finally going to start that bad boy tomorrow...  I put on a lot some weight over the holidays and took, again, a stupid break from working out and so my vicious cycle, yea, still there... I did manage to get a swift kick to the rear and have lost about 25 lbs in the past month or so, but after an Easter weekend binge and some derailing habits today, I know that I really have got to get it together and not let myself creep little by little into old ways and end up back where I started.  I've really focused more on changing on a deeper level, so I'm going to keep going, in the right direction... so here comes the Whole30.

I've just recently read the book It Starts With Food.  It was a GREAT read.  And I thought I'd read everything on nutrition, this book really had some great new info, new to me anyway.  The nutrition program within the book is the Whole30 program, you don't HAVE to buy the book, the nutshell info you need to get started on the Whole30 program are available on their website for free, they also have a downloadable shopping list and meal planning guide. Go check it out!!

I have in the past few months dabbled in some juicing, raw foods, vegan eats, etc.  But I really want to change my food habits and have it be something I know I can do for life.  I really love juicing, I love a lot of raw/vegan foods but for social/budget/instictive reasons I reckon, I don't want to 100% go without meat/animal products.  I want something my whole family can follow.  This is where the paleo/primal/Whole30 lifestyle appeals to me.  So I'm going to give it 30 days.  That's nothing in the scope of your entire life, what have I got to lose?!?  Another thing I like is that you are not to weigh in or take measurements during the program, its about changing what you put on your plate, how you fuel your body, feed your temple, NOT about how much you weigh, that is just a number and a small representation of your current state of health.  Historically I have put too much of my worth into that number on the scale.  And I'm on a mission for health!!

I will go into more detail about my eats and activity in the next coming days, so keep checking back!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012


so I haven't posted in over two months.  weeeee!

So anyhow, I seem to have a tendency to post more frequently when things are all hunky dory in my 'fit' life.  But when I slack off, make excuses, blah blah, then I just avoid posting.  But aaaannnyway.

I am super excited about things on the the fitness front in my life right now.  I am telling you I got back from Texas and had made some great gains while there, and when I got back to 'reality' well crap, I just undid about everything I had progressed on.  Well that got me down so I ate crappier too and before I knew it I was weighing more than I did before I flippin' left to go to Texas, ugh, the vicious cycle I subject myself to with being inconsistent.  I would make some less than valiant efforts to get 'back into it' and just leave frustrated because my fitness levels had dropped so much since just a few months ago.  I was beginning to get to the point of desperation, my uniforms were getting tighter, and I was just feeling like a friggin' mess.  I started researching juice fasts, HCG shots or whatever they are, Visalus shakes (I even ordered a month of those, but discouraged that I couldn't stick to a two shake a day plan I digress...)  I felt so un-me researching these methods, sure I could lose weight with some extreme fashion, but as in the past when I've been super restrictive I feel deprived and even if I upheld the program for some time, I would come off and eat like no tomorrow and not exercise.  Not exactly effective!!  (Not saying these programs aren't effective for permanent weight loss, if they work for you then that's great, but for me, ummm, I need a more realistic lifetime approach)  So like I said, aaaannnyway!!!

I was driving home with the kiddos a couple of weeks ago and saw a sign on the side of the road for CrossFit Allegiance.  I am pretty sure I yelled with gleeeeee when I saw it, I immediately googled it when I got home and called to get the deats... The box would be opening Nov 15, and I knew I would be all on it!!

snapshot of my WOD log

Tomorrow will be two weeks doing CrossFit, I am absolutely hooked!!!!!!!!  I can go on and on!  I will post more detail on a more regular basis on workouts, eats, etc.  So long as my schedule permits, but I am seeing results already.  But I am exactly where I feel like I need to be with CrossFit, I know its a growing trend, I have been secretly admiring CrossFit for at least a year now, watching the games on ESPN, reading articles, watching YouTube vids, I even looked into joining CrossFit LKN in Huntersville but just couldn't justify the drive and finding a good time to work it into my hectic schedule.  So when the CrossFit Allegiance box opened in Denver, I was so elated!  I attend the : 5:30 am class, my super awesome amazing husband has taken over getting the kids to school in the mornings just so I can go, I cannot express to him just how much that means to me, because I just can't consistently make any other WOD times.

my Crossfit bruised legs, heck yea!

I can go on and on about how excited I am.  I will post more about that but I don't want to get too long winded, as I know with the blogs I subscribe too I totally get to scrollin' when it gets long winded, lol.  But this is more for me than anything, my online journal of sorts...

Good night!!!

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