Shin Splits and Sweet potatoes

Whole 30 day 20!  Which means in one week I will start incorporating foods back in…starting with dairy and in 2 weeks my brother is getting married!  Pretty exciting stuff.  This is definitely the first memorial day weekend in a long time that I haven’t drank, but I am ok with it.  I really feel that beyond special occasions or situations, I can do this for the most part.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan to avoid alcohol forever.  I like to drink!  I just will be less likely to have just a drink here or there…I’m hoping my tolerance will be down a bit too, so I can get a buzz off 2-3 drinks.  Working in the liquor biz for so many years, I have quite the tolerance(and the little belly I just can’t seem to lose).

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As you can see from the title of this weeks post and the photo above with my ice packs, I have shin splits.  I’m pretty pissed about it to be honest.  I have a pretty tough, hilly 5k next week, and my 10k is only 3 weeks away.  I got up this morning to go to a class at Endura, and my shins hurt going down my stairs(my booty is also extremely sore for Thursday’s class) so I decided to update my blog instead.  Once I am done I plan to go to CityGym and try to do some elliptical and maybe some lifts with the upper body.  I’m going to the local amusement park here today, World’s of Fun, so I will be walking around plenty.  Just wish I could have gotten up and put in 3-4 miles…

Here is a photo of Thursdays EnduraCamp workout(the booty killer…ha):

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I started the week out by gardening for the first time with goods I got on Mother’s Day.  Looking forward to cooking some healthy, clean food with the herbs on the bottom.  Lucky to have great people in my life to hook me up with beautiful things like this:

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Monday I spent most of the day at a golf tournament.  Thank goodness I brought food because there where hot dogs, candy bars, and unhealthy trail mix everywhere.  Not to mention the bloody mary’s I was not discouraged from indulging in(I didn’t of course).

Here was my lunch and a snack(Applegates organic herbed turkey is what is with the egg):

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For dinner this week I made a chicken recipe I found online.  It was a little bit time consuming on the prep and a little mustard heavy, but the chicken was juicy and delicious.  Here is a link to the recipe from Elana’s Pantry http://www.elanaspantry.com/baked-mustard-lime-chicken/.  I also made the butternut squash from week one again, and I think I may make it again this week since the coconut milk is open and it tastes amazing.  Plus they actually had organic squash at Natural Grocer’s.  Last week I had to buy it at a conventional store.

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I’ve been pretty obsessed with sweet potatoes lately.  I made little breakfast sandwiches a few times this week, as well as a baked one for dinner on days I went to Endura in the evening.  Here are a few sweet potato highlights for you:

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Last night was really amazing out, so I decided to grill.  I marinated some chicken breast in Tessamae’s BBQ sauce, a tossed red bell peppers and canned sliced pineapple in coconut oil, and I cut a sweet potato up into big wedges, blanched in water for about 10 minutes, rubbed with ghee, cinnamon, and chili powder and put them all on the grill.

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Now off to the gym.  I may not do much cardio cuz I’m so dang sore, but I plan on working my shoulders and tris pretty good.  Probably some planks to, as we do a ton at Endura and my endurance kinda sucks.  Nervous for the weigh-in and measurements next week, as I don’t want to be disappointed.  I’ve worked really hard, and I’m proud of myself…so I guess that is all that really matters.  Until next time.

-Sara

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The Local Pig (I can’t wait to eat their bacon)

Good morning!  Day 13 whole30 here, but I am not going to talk about what I ate, but I am to tell you about what I am going to eat.  There is a butcher shop here in KC called the Local Pig.  I highly recommend checking it out!  The neighborhood is a little sketchy, but I will be going back often regardless.

I mean how can you pass up a place that sends you home with a package like this:

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How cute is that!  Anyways, this place is all about meat.  Everything in there is from local farms no more then 100 miles away.  They butcher their own meat, they make their own sausages, and I wanted to buy up about half the store.  

I have been reading up about grass-fed vs grass-finished beef.  Apparently a lot of farmers use their own grain feed to fatten up the cows over the last few weeks, because grass fed cows just don’t have the fat that a lot of cuts of meat need to taste their best.  As long as they use non-GMO feed I guess I am ok with it.  This place had some strips that were grass-fed all the way, but the guy working the counter said it just that most of the guys in the shop don’t prefer it and they don’t often carry it.  Interesting…

I have been searching for bacon that does not have any sugar in the cure and I just can’t find any here locally.  I thought this place might be it, but I was wrong.  Their bacon however looks amazing.  Once I am done with the whole30 I am going to get me some of that.  Speaking of the whole30…looks like I am going to make mine the whole27, as I am traveling for the final 3 days.  I want to slowly bring things back into my diet, as recommended, and my main concern is dairy.  I don’t want to get sick while traveling.  Also my brothers wedding weekend starts 3 days after I am supposed to be done.  I heard a story about a bride eating clean pre-wedding and then throwing up after eating her cake.  I don’t want to be miserable all weekend, and I know I will be eating whatever is available/served to me.  OK so back to the bacon.  Check this stuff out:

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As I mentioned above everything comes from a 100 mile radius, and they tell you where its from.  I took a picture of the board that had where everything was from, but I can’t find it.  Might post later.

I ended up buying breakfast sausage(which i just enjoyed with sweet potato hash and a fried local egg), a few different other sausages, campo lindo chicken tenders, and some farm fresh eggs that were $2 cheaper then I bought at the farmers market last weekend.(http://www.campolindofarms.com/index.html)  Here are all my goods in a basket before they but them in the box:

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I used a verde chorizo with almonds sausage for dinner last night.  I sauteed it with bell peppers in a little coconut oil and served with a sweet potato, because I worked out before.  Not the prettiest pic ever but it tasted pretty good(the breakfast sausage was better!):

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I am working on what to make this week but am thinking about some baked mustard lime chicken for dinners, and I will be using the things I bought at The Local Pig for breakfast and lunches.  I hope the weather is as nice where you are as it is in KC because it is perfect here today!  Until next time.

-Sara

Almost 2 weeks down and just over 2 more…

Today is Day 12 of my whole30.  I feel pretty good right now!  I have been pretty hungry in the afternoon, really wanting a snack.  I am not sure how much of it is mental, but I don’t like to deprive myself so I have been having a larabar or some sunbutter or something like that.  I went to EnduraCamps last Saturday and Thursday, ran about 10 miles and went to hot yoga this week.  Going back to Endura tomorrow morning.

Work was crazy busy, and I ate out a lot(which is just part of the deal for me sometimes).  I did pretty good considering the fact that I am sometimes working in the country where there is just no chance someone will get it.  Maybe that is why I had a lot of steak in the past week!  I think I am going to lay off the red meat for a few days, because I feel better about it…I like this quote and find it rather true:

“It’s not learning that is hard; it’s unlearning that we struggle with.”

Well let’s see…I guess I’ll start where I left off.  Last Saturday I went to Endura and the farmers market in the AM and then to the Mother’s Day luncheon at my grandma’s retirement home where I ate fruit only because it was a pre-set menu.  Here is a photo of my mom, 94 year old grandma, aunt and I.Image

Saturday night I had my first grass-fed steak(well that I know of).  It was so good.  There is a local restaurant in KC called Anton’s that just opened a few months ago, and they have a really good meat selection.  I had a salad and strip with root veg cooked in EVOO and salt and pepper.  I had enough steak for a salad on Sunday night.  

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Mother’s Day morning I ran with my friend Sara, as we are training for the Hospital Hill 5k on June 1st.  I know a 5k is no biggie, but they call it hospital hill for a reason.  I went to lunch in Lawrence with my mom, bro and bro’s fiance Abby.  I had a local (overcooked) burger and some marginal broccolini.  Not the best meal, but I managed to put it away.  My cousin’s fiance’s family has a farm with lots of plants, flowers, and herbs, so we went there after lunch because I want to grow my own herbs!  Here are some fun photos from Henry’s Plant Farm…oh and the tasty sweet potato hash I made post run:

I chopped up some sweet potato using the food processor that came with my immersion blender.  It was pretty easy.  I added some different herbs and spices…I don’t remember but I think some s and p, basil, cinnamon, and chili powder.  Something like that.  Cooked it up in some ghee and topped with a fried egg fresh from the farmers market.  

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And the farm:

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As far as food goes I did make a breakfast and dinner that lasted me most of my busy week.  I made my first even frittata:

Chicken Sausage Frittata(from “It Starts with Food”)
9 large eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 TBSP Coconut Oil(May try Ghee next time), 1 Chicken Sausage, 1 tsp oregano, about 2-3 cups of pre-cooked diced bell peppers and onion.

Preheat oven to 400 and beat eggs with s and p and seasonings.  In skillet cook fat over medium heat.  Add protein and veg and coat with fat.  Add eggs and stir for 2 minutes.  Let sit for about 30 seconds and then bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until the top is nice and puffed up and starting to brown.  Cut in wedges and serve, for me this was 4 servings.

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For dinner I made ground turkey asian lettuce wraps.  The recipe is from the book “Practical Paleo”

Chinese 5-spice turkey lettuce cups

I cooked a pound of ground turkey in a TBSP of coconut oil and added s and p and chinese 5 spice.  I chopped up bell peppers, cucumber, red cabbage, and carrots, a sliced a lime and chopped up some fresh cilantro.  The sauce calls for 2 teaspoons sunbutter(can use tahini or almond butter), 2 TBSP coconut aminos, 1 TBSP sesame oil.  I used more sunbutter and also had to make a little more for my 4th meal out of this.  Once you have all the ingredients just assemble and enjoy!

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Well I have more to share, but I am tired and I think I have enough for one day.  I will update again tomorrow or Sunday.  Until next time!

-Sara

 

5 days down…25 to go!

I made it through the first 5 days…no sweat…ok well I did sweat.  EnduraCamps kicked my ass on Wednesday night!  My hamstrings have been insanely tight and sore, and I somehow rubbed a spot raw right next to my tailbone(sorry if that is TMI) from doing sit-ups on the floor they have there.  I have to say that is a new one for me.  I’m going back tomorrow after taking yesterday off…hope I’m healed enough!

I got measured on day 2.  And weighed.  For now, I will share with you my body fat % and photos.  Once I am done with this I’ll tell you how many pounds I lost, how many inches, etc.  So my starting fat % is just under 21%.  I feel like that seems low, cuz I am a curvy lady, but my trainer has had me from just above there down to just below 20% since he started measuring me in August.  My body fat definitely responds to weight training, but I hate lifting at the gym.  I am hoping my new “bootcamp” type class, HIIT, plyo, etc. will do the trick.  My goal is to get my body fat down below 18% as this is when women start showing abs.  I’m not trying to get a 6 pack, but I have a little pooch that just doesn’t ever want to go away and now is the time for it to say good-bye!

Here are the before photos:

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Not the best photos since they are selfies, but you get the point.

Ok so let’s talk about food!  This is breakfast from day 4 and 5.  I decided to use sun butter on my squash for added fat.  I don’t really like the sun butter on it’s own, which is good, because I LOVE peanut and almond butter…and I want to eat it by the spoonful.  Just some over easy eggs today and organic chicken sausage from Whole Foods yesterday.  The squash recipe is, as I said before, AMAZING and comes from the “It Starts with Food Book”

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE WITH ROASTED GARLIC

2.5 lbs butternut squash, 1 head garlic(I did not use nearly this much), 1 TBSP clarified butter(I used ghee), 2 TBSP coconut milk(I added more to make it creamier for reheating), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp all spice(I had some pumpkin spice from Trader Joe’s  I added in place of the last 2)

Bake squash and roast garlic with the squash.  When cool scoop out, squeeze out garlic, and mix till smooth.  Add other ingredients to taste.  They recommend a food processor, but I used my immersion blender.  YUM!  YUM!  It’s all gone and I’m a little sad.

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My lunches were on the go for days 3 and 4 and I didn’t take a photo on day 3 but here are 4 and 5.  Today I took some lean organic grass fed beef and heated it up with some ghee and added roasted green chiles(from the can) and bell peppers.  I scrambled in egg whites(I am still a little fat phobic and don’t need to eat 6 whole eggs every day) and I topped it with avocado.  I am not crazy about the taste of grass fed beef, which sucks, cuz I love me some ground beef.  I’m going to have to choose recipes with a lot of spices and other ingredients, like a chili maybe?  The salad is from day 4 and is chicken fajita salad with salsa and avocado.  I just held the cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips.  And the tomatoes but that is just because I don’t like them raw ;D

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Last nights dinner(night 4) was my spaghetti squash and turkey marinara I already posted, so I didn’t take a pic.  Night 3 I had thai basil beef from “It Starts with Food”  I added bell pepper, coconut aminos, fresh basil, and lime to my already cooked beef.  I decided to make it a soup and poured some chicken broth.  I ate olives on the side for some healthy fat.  Tonight I got a big salad at the salad bar that I ate for night 5 dinner and will be day 6 lunch.  I had mixed greens with beets, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, black olives, and radish.  I added a hard boiled egg and a slice of thick cut bacon and tossed it in some balsamic vinegar.  I went to hot yoga for the first time in a few weeks, as they moved the studio and were shut down for a bit, and I felt so good after that I wanted a fresh and tasty salad.

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Wish me luck on my first weekend on the wagon 🙂 Until next time.

-Sara

And so it begins…

Well I just finished Day 2 and so far so good!  I have yet to do my weigh in/measurements—that is coming tomorrow morning.  I will take some before photos after that happens.

I bought a lot of food yesterday and it was kind of expensive.  I’d say I spent close to $100, but a lot of it is stuff I’ll have for a while.  I did have to go to 3 grocery stores, as I refuse to do the majority of my shopping at Whole Foods…or as an employee at Trader Joe’s called it “Whole Paycheck.”  I started at Trader Joe’s, moved on to Natural Grocers and ended at Whole Foods.

Here is a photo of my shopping spree:

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My first 2 meals came from what I already had in my fridge…I was already eating Paleo for the most part so I had made myself some turkey marinara and spaghetti squash, which I had for lunch yesterday and today.  For breakfast yesterday I had Organic omega 3 eggs in ghee and bell peppers.  My dinner last night as a mexi beef recipe from “It Starts With Food.”  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture.

I was probably hungry because I also ran 3 miles last night(and walked to and from meeting them) with my running group “Sports Bras to Sports Bars” of course I skipped the bar part despite the beautiful evening.  The run was rough due to mixture of new shoes and new humidity + the gluttony that I allowed myself over the weekend before I started my Whole30.  I am sure it will get easier 🙂  I also went to half a yoga class afterward at my gym, but I was so hungry that I left and made dinner!

Here are yesterdays meals:

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I slept really well last night with no Ambien(I occasionally take a half) and no iPad(I usually watch netflix or hulu on it in bed at night). I made an amazing dish with butternut squash after I played squash tetris yesterday afternoon.

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The squash dish is also from “It Starts with Food” and it contains pureed butternut squash with ghee, coconut milk, and a bunch of yummy spices.  Did I mention that squash dish is awesome?  I had it for breakfast and dinner today with eggs, some organic chicken sausage from Whole Foods and bell peppers.  I didn’t even miss my beloved Sriracha(I’ve been obsessed with that stuff lately!)  Lunch was the same as yesterday.

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I ran again today, but after 1.5 miles my calves were not having it and I walked the other 1.5 back home.  According to Jenny, a trainer at my gym who is an avid runner, it could just be that the new shoes changed my gate…or they may not have enough support.  Regardless I am ordering another pair of my current running shoes, the Saucony Mirage, as soon as I finish this post.

My first questionable situation will happen this weekend, as I am going to a Mother’s Day luncheon at my grandma’s retirement community on Saturday.  It is a set menu and obviously not Whole30 complient.  I discussed with my mother tonight if I just pretend to eat and move it around my plate or eat nothing…I am pretty sure my 94 year old grandma will not notice if I don’t eat it but she will not understand if they serve me nothing.  One Mother’s Day we are taking my mom to lunch and then to my cousins fiances family nursery(where I plan to come home with fresh herbs :)) and the restaurant I chose has a burger with local beef, so I will have that with onions and bacon and a side salad…no biggie!

Tomorrow I will be trying a new bootcamp at Endura Camps, and I will be eating lunch out because of work…yikes!

Thanks for reading my blog and checking in with me.  Until next time.

-Sara