Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Live Your Dreams

Hi! Hope everyone had a good day! :) I got a very nice gift today from a good friend, it really meant a lot to me that she surprised me!! It's important to remind yourself every now & then what you really want out of life and then to not be afraid to GO AFTER IT!! It's just a little ceramic plaque, but I love it and have it hanging in my office. :) Thank you Stella!!


After giving me this cute little gift, Stella treated me for lunch at the Spa Café next door. I ordered the "spa gourmet salade" which consisted of: mixed greens, crisp romaine with sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, bleu cheese crumbles and grilled chicken breast with chunky bleu cheese dressing.


It was quite good and very satisfying for an impromptu lunch date! I worked late tonight and had leftovers for dinner. This is the last of the chicken, I'm making chicken soup for tomorrow's dinner out of the carcass.


Stay tuned for chicken soup photos tomorrow! Have a good night everybody and don't forget to remember your dreams tonight! :)

Thank you Visitors!!!

I am WAY excited this morning to see that there are people from SIX different continents who have looked at my blog!! I'm quite new at this and all the visitors really makes me happy! So here's a big THANK YOU for checking out my site :)

This morning I woke up for Crossfit and had a great workout!
Today's WOD Five Rounds of:
6 Dumbbell flat bench presses (#=20, 20, 25, 25, 30)
20 unanchored situps
walking lunges
It was awesome and I can really feel the soreness starting in my rear end! I had a GM ready to drink in the car

Today's recipe:

2 cups spinach, 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 29g protein powder, 1 scoop wheatgrass, 1 scoop green superfood, vanilla & cinnamon, 1 T coconut oil

My morning snack consists of carrots, a hard-boiled egg and 1 oz of pecans & almonds.

I'm sipping on some cranberry-blood orange tea--NOM!

Ok, I'm off to get to work! I hope everyone has a great day! :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mmmm dinner!

Question of the day: What is one of the easiest, most versatile & fastest dinners around?

OMELETS!!!

I've always loved omelets ever since I was a little kid, especially with mushrooms. I remember my dad cooking & I'd always sneak some of the raw mushrooms as he was slicing them. :)


I fried up my mushrooms & eggs in bacon grease (nom) and it was pretty good! I don't have much else planned for the evening, I've got Crossfit in the morning so it's best to go to bed early. Hope everyone has a good night!

Organized & motivated?

I have organized MOST of my office which is a great thing, but now my motivation has fled the building. I'll be staying late, so I may as well hunker down and get this business finished up with as best I can! I had a green monster for breakfast and added a spoonful of my new coconut oil



This added some healthy fat and a very nice flavor! I will continue to add coconut oil to my breakfast monster. :) Mid-morning I snacked on some carrots and a hard boiled egg.

And the superstar of my day!!

A huge nom salade with spinach, cucumbers, tomato, green onions, artichokes, green olives, avocado and roast chicken with olive oil & vinegar. It was spectacular! :) Have a great afternoon everyone!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Napping & cooking

Today I have been nice & busy but I got to take a nap after our trail walk! Before we left I made a green monster with the usual recipe.


We went to the trail and covered about 5 miles before my old stress fracture in my foot started hurting. We spent the last 3 miles at a much slower pace. I showered & made lunch for us :)

Hazelnut pancakes with berries

And bacon with an egg


I am really loving the fact that I can eat bacon on Paleo! :) I got a headache after our walk (probably from the 90+ degree heat) so I took some Tylenol and went to bed for a nap. When I got up it was time to start dinner.

Before:


After:


I made mashed potatoes and corn to go on John's plate, here's my plate. I stuffed the carrots & some onion inside the chicken.

It was very good! Nice and moist and the skin was deliciously crispy. I'll be able to make soup out of the carcass and that makes me happy because I love making soup. And it's much more flavorful when you use meat bones. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good night! :)

Happy Sunday

It's going to be a great day! I'm up early and going to the trail after Mass.

Last night we had a good time, we went to dinner at the Mash House and sat in the bar area. I was very surprised that it wasn't crowded AT ALL! At 7pm on a Saturday night! Where was the party and why were we invited?? :) Anyways, we love the Mash House and I haven't been since my parents came down here last November. I got one of their seasonal beers--a kristallweizen--which I had never heard of, but it was pretty good! Had the house salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, it was very tasty! The combination of the fruity dressing with the pecans was great.

Oh and this bread!! I just HAD to have a piece! Even after my salade, it was still piping hot! I think it's flavored with tarragon and the outer crust is just so good.

I got the 8oz sirloin with asparagus for dinner. It was very thick and cooked perfectly! :)

We ended up skipping the movie and went straight to Paddy's to play pool & shoot darts. John beat me at pool, but I made up for it in darts! :) Paddy wasn't playing last night, but he was there for a good bit before the band came on, so it was good for John to talk to him. I guess Paddy's going home to Ireland in a few weeks and they were talking about the situation over there. Which I'm guessing is the sucky economy just like everywhere else in the world today.

I hope everyone has a great day! I can't wait to get back from the trail for my special Sunday pancakes!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sweaty sweltering Saturday

It's already been a pretty good day except for the HEAT!! I woke up and had a green monster with:

1 frozen banane
1 cup chocolate milk d'amande
1 spoonful flaxseed
2 cups épinards
1 scoop wheatgrass
1 scoop grass clippings
vanilla & cinnamon


After breakfast, we headed up to Post and took a spinning class. Yes the husband came with me again this week! :) It was a good class, not my favorite instructor, but it's lots of fun to work out with the husband. I saw one of my friends there and I hope we can get together soon!

We took our sweaty selves to the commissary and I stocked up on beef, chicken, veggies & coconut oil. I'm going to use the coconut oil for cooking things on high heat, some people put it in smoothies or use it as lotion. We'll see how it works with cooking before I slather it all over my body.

I made BLT sandwiches for the husband and a nice salade for myself. It tasted amazing! And was totally Paleo/Primal :) Ingredients: spinach, tomato, cucumber, green onions, mushrooms, hard boiled egg, avocado, Smithfield bacon (NOM) olive oil & vinegar.

Doesn't that look delicious?!!?! I did laundry & cleaned up the kitchen and have mopped all hard surfaces in the house (I did vacuuming yesterday) so the house is all nice & tidy! :) I'm going to weed the front garden before jumping in the shower to get ready for our date. We're going to dinner & a movie and then out to drinks somewhere. Or maybe just back to the house to have beers in front of the firepit.

I'm thinking of seeing the Hangover or Away We Go. I think the Hangover would be hilarious and I know the husband would like it. Away We Go, I'm not sure exactly what the movie's about, it looks good, but I don't think he'd really like it. BUT they serve alcohol in the Away We Go theatre and at no other theatre in town. We'll see what happens!! Have a great afternoon everyone :)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stormy afternoon

Coming back into the office from lunch, a HUGE thunderstorm started! I made it into the building before it started raining, but the thunder is really loud out there!


I ended up saving my morning snack/salade for lunch since I wasn't hungry--I'm trying to listen to my body's hunger signals rather than my mouth wanting to eat! I cooked some chicken on my Lean Mean Grillin Masheen otherwise known as the George Foreman Grill.



Cut it into bite size chunks & put it on my salade.

Y'know since I started having green monsters for breakfast I have been eating SO much spinach that I don't eat salades anymore. This salade was so good I'm going to make a point to have a salade more often! :) I won't be posting again until tomorrow, doing IF for dinner. We are going to the store this evening so I'll be able to cook some good food tomorrow! :) I may make kababs on the grill or a roast chicken wrapped in bacon. You'll just have to tune in to find out! Have a great Friday!

TGIMFF

What a week, eh? The news of Michael Jackson's death is a shock and I feel bad for Farrah Fawcett. We watched a bit of the gossip shows on tv last night & it was hard to see Ryan O'Neal talk about her passing. One of my friends on Facebook posted this about Jacko "Our parents' generation had a man walk on the moon; ours had the moonwalk." Very true, I never really liked him, even back in elementary school I remember other kids singing his songs, but I never liked him for some reason. RIP

This morning I woke up after a totally AWESOME sleep (the husband turned the air conditioning down so we were nice & cool!) I made another totally awesome green monster and used:

1 cup hemp milk
1 nice spoonful beurre d'amande
2+ cups épinards
1 banane
1 scoop wheatgrass
1 scoop green superfood
vanilla & cinnamon
1 cup ice

Doesn't that look GOOD! Well it was. Totally delicious. I also had a tiny paleo bar (not pictured). I tried the IF (intermittent fasting) last night and it didn't really work--I snacked on 4-5 of the paleo bars! So I'm going to try the IF again tonight.

Morning snack consists of 1 oz nuts--pecans & macadamia nuts.
A salad of épinards, tomato, mushrooms, onion & olive oil with rice vinegar. I have run out of all other kinds of vinegar besides rice vinegar, so that needs to go on my shopping list!




Here's the bag of poisonous grains that I got rid of!!!



I feel better, my pantry & freezer are nice and cleaned out now! I may make some beef jerky sometime within the next two weeks. A note to self--I need to update my shopping list:
vinegar (balsamic & red wine)
coconut oil
organic bacon
chicken (whole chicken for roasting)
brussel sprouts *NOM*
eggs
almond milk

And I must remember to put the nasty bananes in the freezer!
Okay everyone sorry for the little tangent. Hope you all have a great day! It's FRIIIIIIIII-DAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Salmon or is it SalNOM!

Well the crappy salmon has redeemed itself! This was pretty good. Not the best quality of fish, but pretty good for Aldi. :) SalNOM with broccoli and olive oil was a pretty NOM lunch if you ask me!



I've got raw veggies (carrots, cucumbers, tomato) and sunflower seeds as my afternoon snack. I may just save it to eat at dinner as I have a feeling I won't be very hungry after my lunch. And I'm going to skip dinner for IF (intermittent fasting) you can read about that at Mark's Daily Apple. Have a good evening folks! :)

Another busy day ahead

I'm still buried under paperwork and hope to get my office completely organized today! We'll see if that happens....

This morning I woke up early & cleaned up my kitchen before going to Crossfit. My shoulders, neck & upper back were in a whole lotta pain last night, I was really contemplating skipping this morning's workout. But I'm glad that I didn't since we didn't do any burpees or pushups! The WOD was four rounds for time of 15 overhead squats (30# bar used) 20 box jumps (I used two boxes!) 25 unanchored situps and 25 supermans. I finished in about 23 minutes which was slower than everyone else, but I noticed that I had the heaviest bar out of anyone. At lunch yesterday, John was watching Home Improvement and a quote stuck with me that really applies to today:

"There will always be someone better, thinner, smarter, wittier, taller, happier, stronger, and more together than yourself. And you will always be better, thinner, smarter, wittier, taller, happier, stronger, and more together than someone else. There is no sense to compare yourself to others in this short life. Be yourself. Be proud of who you are. And never let anyone else make you think differently."

That wasn't exactly what was on the show (I couldn't find the quote this morning) but this one is close :) On to the food!

Here's dinner last night--it turned out very well! Chicken à la vodka with sautéed mushrooms & onions with roasted brussel sprouts.




This morning I decided to use my new CHOCOLATE almond milk for my green monster!

Nutritional Info:

It didn't really affect the color too much, I added six strawberries to the regular recipe.


I filled up two water bottles with it to drink after Crossfit.



After Crossfit, I made myself some scrambled eggs with mushrooms.


I'll be snacking on some Paleo bars with my tea later on this morning. Hope everyone has a great day! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another non-Paleo, but healthy lunch

I'm slowly making my way through stacks of paperwork! Here's my lunch of curried lentils & broccoli.

Here's the recipe:

Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes:
1 c. lentils
2 1/2 c. water
2 beef bouillon cubes (I used chicken instead)
1 bay leaf
1 t. salt

Curry sauce:
Saute together:
1/4 c. margarine or butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (I used 2)
Add:
1 t. salt (may want to skip- salt in the lentils is probably enough)
1-2 T. curry powder


Fry briefly. Combine with lentils and:
2 T. lemon juice
Chopped parsley
Serve over rice (or nothing if you're doing Paleo/PB)

**So that's the original recipe, I added some carrots & tomatoes to the sauce to give it some OOMPH!

Having some raw veggies for my afternoon snack (and quite possible a Diet Coke!) :)

Back to the old grindstone! Have a good afternoon! I'm excited about dinner, chicken with vodka sauce and brussel sprouts!

Good morning!


Morning all! :) I've got lots of work to get done today, so I'll get right to it--I made salmon last night--it was so-so.

It does look kinda strange, doesn't it? :) Oh well! Also had a bowl of my curried veggie soup (that's the last of that for awhile! I'm relieved)
I ate a VitaTop after dinner

I'll be relieved when these are gone too! They are just way too tempting for me to keep in the house. And not Paleo/PB so it's better not to have them around.But it was pretty yummy!!! And I had some hobnobs with my tea after dinner too.

I had a hard time sleeping last night, I kept waking up and probably woke up four times in the night. My shoulders and arms are pretty sore from Crossfit yesterday, so I'm going to take it easy today and not go to spin or kickboxing but just take a nice 4-5 mile walk on the trail after dinner.

I made a green monster today with some fresh strawberries that we picked up at Sam's Club last night. It was pretty good!

I'm drinking some of Lipton's Cranberry-Pomegranate Green Tea and have some Paleo energy bars for my morning snack.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I need a nap


I'm so tired! I hate getting headaches in the middle of the day, I feel like I can't get anything done except for thinking about getting home. Oh well.
Here's my lunch that I was not excited about, edamame soup with non-Paleo ingredients (edamame, barley & corn) now that I think about it, that's not going to help my headache one bit! ough.
I made an egg for extra protein
Just snacked on some pecans & macadamia nuts


And have some olives for later!

Dinner tonight is salmon with brussel sprouts. That will be the last of my fresh veggies (besides spinach of course), I HATE running out of produce in the middle of the week.

Out with the old

Today I plan on getting rid of all the junk in my house. Most people wouldn't recognize my junk as junk per se, more like hippie foods but they're junk to me! All of my whole grains and wheat flours are going in the trash today! Off the top of my head there's bulgur, whole wheat couscous, brown rice, dried beans, grits, cornmeal and whole wheat pasta. I'll have to take stock of my pantry when I get home at lunch.

This morning I went to Crossfit and it totally kicked my rear!! We did three rounds of 400m row, 21 kettlebell swings (12kg) and 12 burpees. There was a time limit and if you went over 14 minutes, there was an EXTRA KILLER workout of 200 jumpropes and more death & destruction that I didn't read. Partly because I was sure that I'd get under 14:00 and partly that I was too scared to know what happened next! After my warmup of 1000m row, 20 situps, 20 GHD situps, 20 overhead squats; it was time for the workout. Well I was going strong and got some great encouragement from Brigitte and John for those last set of burpees--I got in just under the limit at 13:59!!!!! I felt like crying and puking and crying for my mommy all at the same time. But I did it!!! And now my arms are a little shaky but I feel great!

I came home and made a ham omelet to go along with my green monster (not pictured)

With my tea I'm having some Paleo Energy Bars

And my snack from yesterday afternoon that I didn't eat. I know I'll be starving this morning after such a rough workout!

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What is your favorite workout? What's your most hated exercise?

My favorite workouts besides Crossfit are kickboxing and yoga (even though I really don't do them as often as I should) My most hated is burpees and bicycle crunches.