Just keep swimming… and pitch the f@#cking scale!

Anyone who’s ever seen Nemo knows what my blog subject is all about.  Dorie spouts that annoying, yet endearing line over and over.  Whenever I get to a point when I’m frustrated, or have plateaued, I just sing that little line to myself. 

Well, I’ve been eating Paleo for 3 weeks now–totally screwed up this past weekend, but otherwise have done pretty well.  I’m getting ready to complete my 2nd week of Crossfit.  Haven’t lost any weight.  I do think that my body is looking better overall, but what can I say?  I’m a woman… I want to see the scale go lower and lower each time I stand on it, even it has only been 24 hours since that LAST time I stood on it.  🙂  

I’m seriously thinking about throwing away my scale.  It is my biggest enemy.  It tells me to just give up.  It tells me that I’m not working hard enough…that I don’t really care about myself… that I’m not good enough and never will be.  I mean, if I had a person standing there staring me in the face and telling me that, I’d get them out of my life, right? 

Okay, maybe I won’t throw away my scale.  Maybe I’ll just put it away and only bring it out once in a while, when I think it’s going to play nice and say things to me like, “Good job, girl!”  “Way to go!”  “Looking HOT!”  Let’s face it… if I’m watching my body change for the better, then it will eventually reflect on the scale… maybe not as quickly as I would like, but it will happen. 

So scale, scale, go away… come back another day–when I’m 50lbs lighter!  🙂

 

Pizza, Injury & Popcorn… WTH???

Well, this weekend was HORRIBLE for my Paleolifestyle!  Damn it!  I am so weak. 

Anyway, my kids wanted pizza on Friday, and they had done so well dealing with my new diet that I gave in.  Of course, I had some pizza.  Then, my kid is selling candy bars for baseball, so of course I had the dark chocolate almond (telling myself it was okay because it was dark chocolate).  The next day, I went to walk the Ravenel Bridge with my best friend, only to roll my ankle right before the walk— I walked anyway. 

I did have a fantastic lunch and at Five Loaves in Mount Pleasant–totally delicious and totally healthy.  Then dinner at Yamato’s, which was also pretty good because I didn’t have rice.  So I guess Saturday wasn’t terrible… BUT

Sunday, I went to see The Hunger Games with my kids and it just seemed like sacrilege to not have any popcorn.  I had the smallest size, but I did put extra butter.  Then my mom made my most favorite meal of all… Pork & Sauerkraut with Mashed Potatoes, and if I’d only just had the pork & kraut I would have been fine—but who can pass up mashed potatoes, right?  Then she had strawberry shortcake!!!!  Grrrrr…

Needless to say, I got on the scale this morning and one weekend of indulging completely ruined all of the progress I made over 2 weeks.  I was disgusted.  But, it just proved to me that I need to focus and not cheat–well, as much as possible.  And definitely not 3 days in a row! 

Tonight my WOD:

22# snatch 3 x 1/33# snatch 3 x 4

20″ box HSPU  21/15/9

Row 400m /300m/ 200m

Back on the straight and narrow!

Broiled Vegetable & Sausage Rustica with Diavola Sauce

Yum!  Dinner tonight was divine!  Who needs pasta anyway. 

I simply grilled some turkey Italian sausage to sear the outside, then let it simmer in a diavola (spicy marinara) sauce, while I tossed kale, zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms in some olive oil, sea salt, and minced garlic.  I spread the veggie mix out on a large cookie sheet and broiled them in the oven on high heat until the spinach was wilted, and kale started getting crispy edges–zucchini will still be al dente.  Sliced up the Italian sausage and served it in the sauce over the broiled vegetables.  Totally satisfying, and utterly delicious!   Then I had two squares of 82% Cacao Godiva dark chocolate for dessert–decadent!   Check it out below. *PS, I need a better camera. 

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Kale, it’s what’s for dinner, too… especially after Crossfit. Oh, did I mention how clear my skin is?

Tonight I had leg of lamb (totally delicious), broccoli, sauteed kale (in coconut oil), and a very small sweet potato.  The best part was hearing my kids go on and on about what a delicious meal it was.  Did I mention I also love hearing my 6 year old tell people, “We don’t eat at fast food anymore.  It’s not healthy for us… it will make us sick.”  And, he’s taken a genuine interest in our food choices, often asking me if we are making healthy ones.  And, despite Caleb being 16, he’s not having any problem eating the Paleo lifestyle. 

One of the BEST side effects of this diet is that my skin is FINALLY clear again.  It was so strange.  I had always had a peaches ‘n cream complexion until I had my youngest son… then suddenly I struggled with adult acne.  I almost always had some kind of outbreak, especially around my mouth and chin (sexy, right?)  Right now, my skin is clearer than it’s been in YEARS!  And, all it took was eliminating grains, dairy and legumes.   I’m never going back!

Here’s the meal I delivered to my family this evening:

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WOD
33# Push Press/250m Row x 5 rounds for time = 13:42mins

 

Kale… it’s what’s for breakfast.

So yesterday at Crossfit, my coach, Kim Inman told me how she prepares kale for both her and her kids every morning.  Olive oil, sea salt, and then sautes it until the edges get crispy.  I tried it, paired it with 2 eggs (overhard) topped with thin slice of honey ham, and mixed fresh fruit.  It was delicious!  Who would have ever thought that a leafy green vegetable would be so yummy, especially for breakfast? 

My WOD (Workout of the Day) yesterday was pretty good:

22# Front Squat/Ring Rows/Parking Lot Sprints – Pyramid in increments of 2 from 2 to 10 reps – 7:11mins. 

I have a feeling, I’m really going to like Crossfit!   Anyway, see my breakfast concoction below!

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Slipping with food… picking back up with exercise

So, I can admit that my eating hasn’t been 100% Paleo the last few days.  It tends to get difficult when you’re pressed for time and need to go out to eat.  Despite all of that, I’m trying to stay positive because I went to an Intro Class of Crossfit, and took my first Foundations class today.  I feel great–except for being sore, but that’s no biggie.  I’m used to that.  Just something you have to deal with when you’re working out hard. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how the diet and Crossfit will work in conjunction to change my body.  Kim (the head coach) there seems to think I’ll see results very quickly if I eat clean and do Crossfit at least 3x a week, which was my plan anyway. 

Again, I feel like the community aspect is the biggest reason I like Crossfit.  Other people, wanting to kill themselves if they have to, to get in shape and push the envelopes of what the human body can do.   And, they cheer you on when you’re struggling–which is always helpful. 

Anyway, I’m still 90% Paleo, just need to get back to 100%.  Bought some kale, zucchini and other veggies tonight to get me back on track.  It’s not falling down that makes you a failure, it’s not getting back up!

First mistake… No breakfast this morning.

Well, eating the Paleo lifestyle has been easy, but I do admit it does take preparation, and if you get off your routine even a little bit, it causes everything to go haywire. 

This morning I overslept by about 20 minutes, which eliminated time for me to prepare my breakfast.  Now I’m starving and really want to eat, but I’m at work and don’t have anything here.  On top of that, I usually prepare my lunch in the morning as well, but didn’t have time for that, so I’ll have to go out for lunch.  I guess I’ll just head to Ruby Tuesday’s where I can hit their salad bar and load up on veggies.  I think they have smoked turkey on the bar, too, so that should work. 

Note to self:  Be better prepared for situations like this

I am feeling great though and looking forward to preparing Curry Stuffed Peppers for dinner tonight.  🙂