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Well I have a feeling the whole 30 days are going to start sounding very familiar considering I’m eating essentially the same thing for a week at a time.  I know that doing my food this way will work for me, but won’t be very entertaining for y’all reading this.

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

I finally had the curry I made and it was honestly delicious!  I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m very happy with what I got.  And more times than I can count I’ve found myself so happy that I have pre-made meals that just need to be nuked.  I finally took my progress pictures (found below) for my past month.  I am very happy with the results to be completely honest.  Yes I know I have further to go, but coming from where I’ve been, I’m happy!

Hmm, what else has occupied my past two days?  Oh!  A big a$$ spider!!  I don’t know how many people know this, but while I was in the Army I was bit 4 flipping times on the top of my thigh by a brown recluse.  It happened while I was sleeping and I guess he kept biting me probably because I kept moving.  Yes, a nasty creepy crawler was IN MY BED!!  Mind you, before this, I wasn’t scared of spiders at all.  I was that person who let them live in the nooks and crannies because they ate the more annoying bugs.

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Anyway, it was graduation/family day and I saw the “bug” bites but didn’t think anything of them.  They progressively got worse, but I refused to let some stupid allergic reaction stop my family day.  But, by 10 o’clock that night, the bites were filled with puss, there was an area about the size of a large dinner plate that was turning purple, and from knee to hip crease, my leg was bright red and inflamed.  I finally went to the hospital, found out what actually bit me, got the antidote (which felt like FIRE), and considered myself very lucky.  Since then, the only spiders that live when I’m around are easily identifiable ones, and they have to be little, like your average wolf spider.  Tuesday morning I went to pick up my cat’s food plate and holy shiz!! There was a huge spider guarding my cat’s food!  I flipped out and ran upstairs to get my Mom so she could kill it.  I was absolutely terrified.  We sprayed it and had to trap it under a bowl because it was bouncing around.  Later on I actually got my brother to get a good picture of it…  IMG_2039

Needless to say, pest control is coming out!

I will have an update as to what kind of spider it actually was in the next post!  Please oh please don’t let it be a brown recluse….

And now onto the before and afters…. Horribly lead in I know, but I was getting the heeby jeebies again….

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glute/hamstring connection (crossed)

Breakfast – red pepper, zucchini, and onion frittata with sides of strawberries and mashed sweet potato

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red pepper, zucchini and onion fritatta

Immediately Post workout – protein shake made with water and some watermelon or strawberries

Post workout meal (lunch) – tilapia (x2) with a splash of lemon, a spring mix salad with lots of cucumber, and a side of butternut squash

Mid day meal – handful of cashews and almonds

Dinner – coconut thai chicken curry with a side salad

before bed (if needed) – protein shake made with almond milk

IMG_2029I’m drinking at least 2 glasses of water as soon as I get up, and while I’m eating breakfast, if I need it I drink a small cup of coffee with 1/2 tbsp of liquid creamer (I know it’s not “on plan”).  I am working my way to black coffee since I honestly don’t drink coffee that often, maybe one a week or so.  I don’t drink any juice or soda, and I’m not adding any of the to-go packets into my waters.  I’m getting between 1/2-1 gal of water a day.

As for supplements I’m taking a multi-vitamin, fish oil, a blend of healthy aminos, calcium, probiotics, OxyElite, glutamine and BCAA’s.  If I’m training, I take two (pill) BCAA’s with that first glass of water in the morning and then while I’m working out I put a scoop of BCAA’s in my water to drink and refill as necessary.  If I’m not training, I just take the two in the morning.

If you have any questions about what I’m eating or have any ideas for me to try shoot them on over!!

It’s May 31st so that means my Whole30 challenge starts tomorrow.  If you read one of the last posts (click here) you know that these past few days I did some nutritional cleaning so that I’m not as shocked for what awaits me with this challenge.

Brain fart.  This isn’t a challenge!  It’s an opportunity!!

Back to what I was saying…  My diet consisted of A LOT of white fish and lean chicken for my protein sources and a ridiculous amount of broccoli, asparagus and spinach for my greens.  My traditional carb intake was next to nil, and in it’s place stood the wonderful sweet potato.

First off, I believe I am mentally ready for this.  While preparing myself for this, I have been reading the book “It Starts with Food” which goes hand in hand with the Whole30 Challenge.  I read the section about not including grains and I thought, “dang, not even quinoa?!  I just starting liking the stuff!!”

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Yesterday and today I had my blood sugar drop too low because I was training too hard without enough fuel in the tank.  This morning I needed a sugar hit fast because all the yuck was coming with a vengence.  I ate a bowl of almond milk and some honey bunches of oats (it’s what was in the house…).  Now, you’re probably asking yourself why I’m telling you this.  Because for the rest of the day I had bubble guts!

Sorry, it’s a wee bit gross, but I swear… one week off of “traditional” carbs and primarily processed foods and my stomach went into temper tantrums!  It’s over 12 hours later and I’m just now finally feeling some relief.  I had no idea it would effect me like that.  I had no idea that eating so clean would detox my system so quickly.

I am ready.  I know there will moments I will cave and in those moments I will have to endure the consequences.  Hopefully I remember how this feels.  Because this sucks.  I already know there are a few exceptions I’m making to my challenge and it’s simply because of the workload I pull during my trainings.  (1) I will have a protein shake (with just water) immediately following my training sessions and (2) I will have a second protein shake (with almond milk) directly before bed to help me sleep and hold me on through breakfast the next day.  I don’t honestly know how the Whole30 folks feel about supplements but I will still be taking my stash of those too.  The big cuts and adjustments I will have to learn to live with are virtually no “traditional” grainy carbs and absolutely NO refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.  My sugar will be severely limited and restricted to coming from plant sources.  I am also going to up the amount of veggies I am taking in and learn how to get really friendly with the spices 😉

These are all changes that need to happen.  My nutritional intake in completely under my control. I am excited and nervous about this.  I can’t promise I’ll update daily but I will be taking pictures of some of the food choices I’m making.  And for starters:

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If you’ve got any advice or suggestions shoot them my way!  Or even if you’ve got questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do the best I can to answer it 🙂

I don’t get to post many of these because, well, I’m the one working out!  Nick was nice enough to get these for me.  I did have a slight injury to my left groin area after working out on Saturday.  It was bad enough I had to cut the training short, but it’s doing much better now.  At my training I made sure to tell Nick if it was being bothered or not and we adjusted the exercise as necessary.

He’s got me doing all sorts of exercises, but the pictured ones below are just a straight leg dead lift and lunges.  The step is there because I can  go further than my toes and deeper in my lunges thanks to my flexibility.  And thanks to my flexibility and Nick knowing how flexible I am, he makes me get the FULL range of motion when working out.  I hear “go deeper” or “further down” almost every time I train with him.  (Keep your dirty thoughts to yourself!!)

In any case, here are the pictures as promised!

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Wanna know what else is cool??  Or at least I think it is…

See the bulge in the middle of my hamstring?  That is apparently the “bicep femoris.”  Bicep makes you think of your arm right?  Two and two together…  That muscle basically reacts like your arm bicep!  And you can see mine now!!  Yay.

And just for reference:

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That’s right.  I’ve set yet another goal for myself!

I gotta have something to work towards otherwise I let it all fall by the wayside…

So, what is this new goal you ask?  It’s a physical ability goal.

I WANT TO DO HANDSTANDS!!  At minimum, I want to do a bonded headstand.  I was looking up the benefits of doing hand/head stands and it’s amazing.  It’s not just for strength.  If I had a wee bit more timed, I’d list them all, but for now I just though I’d let all of you wonderful folks know what’s keeping this mind of mine going!

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(I have never ever ever done anything inverted so I’m doing baby steps.  I’ve never even done a cartwheel!!  This is where I’m at now…  I hold this for about 45 secs, and while I’m doing it a lift my elbows off my knees, steady, bring them back down.  This way I engage and strengthen my core.)

I was going through some of my old weight watchers goodies and I realized something.  I have been working on improving myself has hit it’s one year anniversary.

Yes, I have been dealing with my weight for a number years now, but I’ve got actual documentation from weight watchers.  When I joined weight watchers it was May 12, 2012 and I weighed 188.8 pounds.  I was roughly 6 weeks post-partum and miserably tired.

I am 155 pounds (give or take depending on the day LOL) and I’m happy.  Honestly happy.  There was a time that I was so frustrated with my scale that I was honestly depressed I “couldn’t” lose weight anymore.  I am at my body’s comfort zone right now.  And I’m okay with that.  I am in a size 6 (I just found that out yesterday!!) and I’m the smallest and strongest I’ve ever been.  I’m toned.  I have confidence in myself.  So much so that I’ve signed up for a marathon of all things!!

I don’t count my points anymore, but I do watch my caloric intake, as well as watching my macro nutrients.  I drink anywhere between a half and whole gallon of water a day, and if I don’t, I’ve got a headache the whole next day.  My diet is roughly 70% clean and that works for me and my family.

In order to celebrate this “anniversary” here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

  • You can’t out-exercise a bad diet
  • Sometimes you need to give yourself a break, indulge and get back on the wagon
  • Food intake has been the absolute hardest part of changing my lifestyle
  • Forgive yourself, you are not perfect
  • Drink water.  Drink when you’re thirsty.  Drink when you’re hungry.  Drink when you THINK your hungry.  Just drink!
  • You will have set backs.  You will over indulge and love every single taste.  You’ll feel like crap shortly after.  You will be fine and you just need to put that in the memory bank for the next time you want to eat the whole batch of delicious cupcakes you make for you daughter’s birthday 😉
  • Lift weights and lift heavy!
  • push your limits
  • find yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually.  it makes a difference
  • You can’t plan out every single day and expect it to actually work every single day.  work with the challenges.  they make you stronger
  • a little retail therapy when you’ve lost your motivation can go a long way
  • planning = success
  • TAKE EVERY SINGLE COMPLIMENT YOU ARE GIVEN.  (and don’t be so stingy with them either)
  • You are more important than what the scale reads.  You will plateau on the scale but not in reality.
  • Take progress pictures!!

Okay I should probably stop.  Yes, I’ve learned a lot.  Some of them are more at the front of my brain than others, but they are in there regardless.

If you are on your own journey, I wish you all the best!

For those of you who have just started following me, first, THANK YOU!!  Second, I signed up for my first marathon the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing.  It’s my fight against fear, in a matter of speaking.  I will be running San Antonio’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on November 17, 2013.  Roughly 28 weeks away.  The course for this year hasn’t been released yet, but I found an awesome link for last years course.  My new mantra for my runs: Respect the distance!  You’ll see what I mean once you watch the video 🙂

 

**edited : I attempted to embed the video but wordpress says no.  You can follow this link to see the video!  I’d love your feedback and words of encouragement because I’m certainly going to need them LOL

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I have been taking before and after shots since I started working with Nick.  Just recently I had a meltdown because I wasn’t seeing/feeling any different.  I knew I was getting stronger, but I didn’t feel like I was getting any leaner.  I was frustrated and complaining to both Link and Nick about it.  Frustrated doesn’t even really come close to how I felt to be honest.

I am all for getting stronger.  I have been promoting the benefits of lifting for some time now.  I love the benefits I’ve been reaping thanks to lifting.  I apparently still need some help to get over my mental road blocks.  I still find myself turning to food to help deal with stress.  I still see myself as “chubby” and I am very critical of myself.

Here are my original before and afters:

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It took Tom pointing out the difference because I honestly could not see them.  I see them now and feel crazy for not having seen it before.  No, they’re not drastic, but they don’t need to be!  It’s progress and that’s what I need to be concerned with!

I showed them to Nick as well.  He made a valid point… I need to get out of the shorts!  How am I going to see the progress in my legs if I’ve covered them up?  I have always had major insecurities with the “thickness” of my legs and booty, which is why I put the shorts on.  So, I’ve got new before pictures.  In a triangle bikini no less.  I took them last night and it was like some weird form of torture.  I like being on the seeing side of the camera, not the seen.  I cannot thank Link enough for helping me with them.  I felt awkward and exposed.  Not the best feeling in the world, let me tell you.

But, after looking at them, I can see even without pictures to compare them to, I know I’ve made progress.  Of course there are things I don’t like.  I’m trying really hard to not focus on those parts.  In order to keep with the whole honesty idea of this blog, I’m sharing these pictures with you.  And I may or may not be planning to compete in an ACTUAL fitness competition come September which is where the poses are coming from.

oh, and um, don’t mind my crazy, it’s way past my bedtime hair 😉

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I have been going back and forth recently trying to decide if I want my body fat calculated. The bigger part (giggling here) sounds off with a loud resounding YES! I need to know where I’m starting from in order to get where I’m going.

Then there is the other part. The part that is scared of the truth. I have no idea how knowing my body fat will affect me emotionally and that scares me.

I have found numerous ways to calculate your body fat. Each system has its own degree of error. Here are some of the tests I have found:

(1) Body Mass Index – otherwise known as BMI.  This is the LEAST accurate assessment of a person’s body fat.  It is simply a height to weight ratio that gives a general idea of your health.  It does not take into account a person’s lean muscle versus body fat.  My BMI is 26.8 (overweight).  You can find your BMI here.

(2) Weight Scales – There are numerous scales available now that can quickly give you your body fat.  Some are fancier than others.  The inaccuracies with this one come with consistency.  You should always weigh yourself at the same time of the day, as well as similar clothing (or lack thereof).  With that being said, when using a scale that can analyze an individual’s body fat, how hydrated the person is can alter the results.  I have the Weight Watchers scale and according to this scale, my body fat is 32.2%.

(3) Circumference measurements – These are the body measurements you take with a measuring tape.  The do have the capability to be inaccurate if the “tester” (normally yourself) does not consistently measure in the same place every time.  To get the best readings, a tester needs to take the same measurement three times and get the average of the three measurements.  I found this online calculator if you’re interested in this technique.  My body fat according to this technique was 24.2%.

(4) Skin Fold/Calipers – This method uses a device to physically measure the thickness of your skin folds are specified locations.  There are one-site tests all the way up to nine-site tests (that I have found).  Like the tape measuring, using a different tester or if the tester doesn’t consistently use the same place, the results can be inaccurate.  I recently bought a caliper and doing a three-site test (with Link’s help), my body fat was 25%.  If you have a caliper at home and are curious to find out what those numbers mean and how to get the measurements, you can read about it here, calculator included.

(5) Bod Pod – This is the one I knew the least about when I started looking around.  I knew about hydrostatic testing (which is the next bullet down) and the Bod Pod is similar to that… at least in theory.  The big difference?  One is done in water, the other one is not.  The Bod Pod is a capsule of sorts you sit in and once the capsule is sealed it takes numerous measurements and prints out a pretty little reading of you body’s make up.  It claims to be as effective at the hydrostatic testing.  I don’t personally believe it.  On two separate occasions I found the readings to be way off on two different women.  You can read their posts here and here.  I think I would still like to have it done simply as a “just to know” situation.

(6) Hydrostatic Testing – This is the gold standard for body fat testing.  You are submerged underwater and the readings are analyzed.  I know that’s a really simple explanation of the process, but sometimes it’s just better to leave things simple.  As soon as I can find a location that can do this without breaking the bank, I will be doing this!

Regardless of how I chose to ultimately track my body fat going down, I just have to keep in mind that consistency is key.  As long as the numbers are going down, they are at least giving some indication that I, and you, are on the right path!  If you’d like more information or have any questions about any of these, just post your questions!  I’m really intrigued by this particular topic and would love your feedback!  What’s your preferred choice?

First and foremost: LINK IS HOME!!! His two week “vacation” started this morning, so I was crazy getting the house and kids ready, which is more or less the reason I haven’t posted much in the past week (ish).

Now, onto blog business. A quick update with my “no scale” challenge. It’s been hard. Honestly. I hate not knowing how much I weigh. At one point, a couple of weeks ago, Nick wanted to get my stats, so I found out then what my weight was, and seriously, it was like getting taking a huge breath after you’ve been underwater to that point just before you know you might want to consider coming up for air. I haven’t looked since though. I’m starting to feel the “itch” though. LOL May 4th is the day my scale comes back out. One more week.

On Friday Nick decided it was a good day to work my entire back half. Wow. Lots of dead lifts. Lots and lots of dead lifts. I was actually able to do 185 pounds, whereas last week I could only do 165 pounds. 20 pound difference in a week? I’ll take it! I try to tell myself those are the numbers that matter, even if it doesn’t sink in every time.

We also did some ab work on the TRX. It’s a great training area/device/contraption/torture device if you can find the right form. Some of the exercises are a bit hard to find the right form, at least for me they are, but I think that’s what I’m going to start working on because I really do like how it works.

I’ve included a couple of pictures that Nick took while I was working with cables and while on the TRX.

—Take care of your body, it’s the only one you have!

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