Well Hello Stranger

I know…I know it has been way to long since I have updated anything…like over 4 months, but I am going to try this again! ¬†I better include a recent photo, as you may have forgotten what I look like ūüôā ¬†This is me with one of my bestest who was visiting from Tampa. ¬†We were attending a charity event this summer:

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I am going to start with sharing with you some meal prepping I did yesterday.  I made 2 recipes, one new and one an old favorite.

Starting with the new!

Mexi Spiced Beef and Veg Soup

1lb 93% lean grass fed ground beef

1 carton organic low sodium chicken broth

1 yellow onion

1 yellow squash

1 red bell pepper

1 orange bell pepper

4 carrots

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

4 cloves garlic

chili powder, cayenne, garlic powder, your fave seasoning

I started with browning the beef and onions in a little EVOO.  I then started added things beginning with garlic and ending with the broth.  I wanted everything to kind of simmer together.  You can use whatever veggies and seasonings you like, I just kind of threw this together.  I plan to serve it with this amazing KerryGold Grass Fed Dublin Cheese I got at Costco and some avocado.  It should be pretty tasty!

I also made an old fave but the lazy man’s version and that is my turkey bolognese with spaghetti squash. ¬†I also topped this with a little of the yummy cheese and also some red pepper flakes. ¬†It was lazy because I prefer to use fresh tomatoes, but they didn’t look that good at the store, so I used organic canned tomatoes. ¬†I also lost all my fresh herbs with the first freeze, so I had to use dried herbs as well. ¬†Obviously fresh herbs are preferred!

I browned some ground turkey breast with some onions and garlic in a little EVOO and added some stewed and diced tomatoes followed by lots of herbs and lit it all simmer together.  I almost cut my hand off slicing my squash and the baked it in the oven and scooped it all out.

Both of these meals will reheat well which is perfect for me, as my week is going to be pretty busy.

Here is a pic of the 2 together.  I got a little delete happy on my camera last night and all I saved was my instagram post(follow me at ieatcleankc on there as well)

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Ok so now let’s catch up a bit on what I have been up to. ¬†No, I haven’t completely fallen off the healthy eating and fitness bandwagon, but I have been super busy…no excuses here, just always working on that balance between wanting to be really healthy and fit and wanting to eat out, drink, and not stress about things. ¬†Ya I know this is what everyone struggles with…

Anyways, since I last blogged I have traveled a lot…some for work and some for pleasure. ¬†I have been to Colorado, Philly, Tampa, Vegas, Louisville, Chicago and all over Missouri a couple of times(Springfield, Colombia, STL). ¬†The first 3 were for pleasure and the rest were work. ¬†I’ve been a little burnt out on the work travel lately, so I am excited that I do not(that I know of) have any overnight travel for work for the rest of the year! ¬†Should give me more time to cook and share my recipes with the world.

Besides working and traveling I have spent a lot of time running and working out. ¬†I signed up for my first half marathon, which is in March, but I haven’t really wanted to run so much lately. ¬†I decided that I will run at least a mile a day from Thanksgiving-New Year‘s and I am hoping to build my endurance back up and really get after it in Jan, as that will be 60 days. ¬†This fall I have ran 2 5k’s and one 8k, most recently running the Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day 5k on Thursday AM. ¬†Here is a photo of me and a couple of the ladies who motivate me to want run:

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I have really been enjoying my workouts at EnduraCamps, so I thought I’d share with you a few photos from there as well:

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Weekend and is enjoying the holiday season.

Until next time.

-Sara

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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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā ¬†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