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Unjunked

The past 3-4 years have really been full of trial and error as far as trying to get healthier. I’ve lost some weight, gained some weight, lost some more, gained some more…you get the picture. However, in the last 2 years I feel that I’ve finally figured out how to embrace this lifestyle. Instead of going back to my binging on almond m&ms and other sugary death, I’ve been able to enjoy small pieces here and there to satisfy that craving. I’ve also been exercising consistently for 2 years. That means, I’ve missed no more than about a week at a time and that was usually because I was on vacation. Shoot, even when Mom and I went on our cruise I was able to keep working out!

So, I think I have finally figured out how to make this work for me…for the most part! I’m also a lot more aware of things around me that help push me toward health. This weekend a couple of items jumped out at me that I don’t think I would have seen in stores a year ago. Not just because I wasn’t necessarily looking, but because society wasn’t looking. It seems the American People are finally starting to get healthy and that’s bleeding over to commerce. The first thing that caught my attention was a new candy.

This was an end cap at Walgreens with four different types of Unreal: Candy Unjunked choices (peanut butter cup, snickers type candy bar, m&m type, and I can’t remember the last one). I didn’t buy one, mainly because I don’t want to get dependant on “healthy substitutes” because most of the time they aren’t all that healthy. However, it was very interesting to see it so prominently displayed!

The calories were about the same as a normal candy bar (I think 60 cal difference or so). I also believe it was made with cane sugar but unfortunately, I didn’t get a shot of the ingredients. Not too bad for someone trying to stay away from artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils.

The other item of interest for me was a Paleo Magazine. I did Paleo for a while and had good results with it. Overall, I think it’s probably one of the healthier ways of eating but it’s also restrictive and if you’re not ready to give up legumes, grains,  and dairy then it’s not for you! You may want to check out the Primal way of eating in that case. The magazine was beautifully made with thick paper.

While I have to say a lot of the information in the magazine can be found by searching blogs and following people on twitter, it was nice to have it all in one place. There were a couple of tasty looking recipes, some details from recent studies (research roundup), and interviews (go getters). There’s a small section where they post tweets and other items found online (word on the streets) that I found fun. One tweet in particular peaked my interest:


I like the simplicity of the equation, but definitely need to do a little more research into Jill and “the simple math of eating” to see how she came to those conclusions. Plus, vegetables are still carbs…so saying Protein + Carbs = Muscle Gain and Protein + Vegetables = Fat Loss is a little misleading, in my opinion.

That being said, I’m contemplating ordering a digital subscription of the magazine. I found the flow of ideas and ease of reading a plus. It’s easy to get caught up in scientific “talk” when discussing nutrition and health, but this magazine tries to make everything understandable by the layperson.

I’m liking the changes I see in myself, but I’m also liking the changes I see in my environment! Grass-fed beef and free range chicken is more readily available as are organic fruits and vegetables. It also seems like local farmer’s markets are starting to be revived some. I can’t wait until we have one open close to our house!

What changes have you seen out and about that have made an impact on you?

Fight Gone Bad Redeux

Yep yep!! It was Fight Gone Bad again. My score last time was 182. This time around my score was 164…so….that went down. However, I went up on weight on all of lifts.

Wallball 16#, up from 8#
Sumo Deadlift High Pull 45# up from 35#
Push Press 45# up from 35#
Box Jumps 20″ step ups up from 14″ step ups

Plus, add in the fact that it was boiling and I’m at my lowest breathing point (150 on the peak flow meter, lowest before last dilation too). So, I’m going to take it as an even move. We also have a rowing machine now!! Stoked about that.  Thankfully, I wasn’t as tired/drained today as I was Thursday.

Here’s the breakdown:

This weekend I bought some Vibram Five Fingers. It takes me about 30 minutes to put them on because my little toes never want to cooperate! I bought these because they supposedly help keep blisters from forming, if they fit correctly. I’ll give them a trial run on Saturday to see how they feel. Once I get them on they are actually pretty comfortable, yet odd looking! Yep…I went with pink…why not?

My eating has been very good this past week. Today was day 8 of no artificial sweeteners, sugar, grains or “white” foods. Mike is doing it with me this time, which seems to help me stick to it more. I don’t think he’s that big of a fan but he’s still hanging in there!

I’ve been happy with my food options available at the local HEB lately. So glad they’re starting to carry more nitrate free/free range/grass fed/organic foods!

Mmmmm….green beans, sausage and kraut!

Sunday was also weigh in day. When I weighed in after my vacation I was up to 206#. Eeek!! I weighed in yesterday at 201.4! Down 4.6#…in one week. Granted a lot of that was probably water weight from cutting out some of the foods, but I’m quite excited about it! We’ll see what this Sunday brings. I bought myself the Wow: Worship CD as a reward. This week if I reach my weight loss goal (1.5#) I get to buy a book!

How are you doing in your fitness journey?

AMRAP Rampage

Alright, I’ve decided to go back to posting the workouts on a daily basis. While I liked the week in review, I felt like I was abandoning my blog!

Warm up:
Stretches
20 push ups
30 Squats
40 sit ups

Skill:
Bottom Up Press (15# Kettlebell) 4 sets of 5

WOD:
15 min AMRAP
4 Squat Cleans (65#)
8 Toes to Bar
12 Wallballs (12#)

Finished 5 rounds and 3 cleans

First, I have to say I was happy with my squat cleans. While I bottomed out and dropped the bar a few times because I wasn’t getting my elbows up, I was happy with how low my squat was. Plus, it was one fluid motion instead of doing a clean then dropping down into a squat. I tried to do the toes to bar using the kipping motion, but I started swinging too much. I lost a lot of time on those. The wallballs were ok. I find it more difficult to breathe when my head is turned up at that sharp of an angle, but I can’t catch the ball well if I step back further…so…I’ll just suck it up and do the best I can! My goal was to complete 5 rounds. I did that a little more.

Shane was trying to get one of us to commit to doing the reboot diet for 6-10 days. I have to say, it doesn’t look too pleasant to me. So, I’ll stick with Paleo (when I’m doing it. hahaha). The last few weeks, well maybe even months, have been poor as far as my diet is concerned. I’ll be going on vacation pretty soon and I know we won’t have Paleo friendly food so I’ve been using that as an excuse to eat crap now. Bad…bad Tammy. I need to do the best I can each day and if I slip up at one meal, not carry it over to the next…and the next…and the…well, you get the point. I am up 4 pounds again. Why can’t I commit to this and lose the last 40 lbs like I did the first 40? I’d even be happy to be in the 180’s right now. Ergh…no one to blame but myself. Get to it!

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast

I’ve been meaning to write a post about Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo but I just haven’t had the time yet. Tonight, I decided to make one of the dishes from the book, Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast.

One of the things I liked the most about this recipe was how few ingredients there were. I only needed EVOO, organic chicken breasts, asparagus, ham, and toothpicks! Simple enough!

I didn’t want to go through the headache of cooking a ham and cubing it, so I bought some smoked ham in snack packs which worked perfectly for this meal. The only preparation you have to do is blanching the asparagus, which only took a few minutes. I also ran into a problem of the olive oil dripping off the chicken and running onto the counter. Whoops! Nothing that couldn’t be cleaned up. I butterflied the chicken breasts and stuffed them the best I could. I used the toothpicks to hold the chicken together.

Throw it in a preheated oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes (or until well done) and that’s it. No fuss…not much of a mess…and it sure looked yummy!

Just a word of advice, do NOT use colored toothpicks unless you want colorful chicken! I should have known better, but didn’t think about it. The chicken was quite flavorful and moist. The meal turned out much better than I thought it would based on the amount of work that went into it. Even Mike liked it! I highly recommend it for an easy meal.

Post 200 and Counting

Today is my 200th post! That’s pretty exciting. Granted, not all of my posts have been about losing weight but rather my goof ups and gaining weight. Today’s post isn’t too far from that mark. Saturday was supposed to be my long run/walk day but I wasn’t feeling it. So, I stayed home and read…all day.

Sunday came along and I read a little bit more (was getting to the end of my book) then made myself get dressed to go workout. I made a deal with myself. I would allow myself to read 1 chapter when I got to the park then 1 more when I finished my workout. Really, all I wanted to do was stay home and finish my book. However, the weather was gorgeous and I was so glad I made myself get out of the house. The walk was supposed to  have been 4 miles, which I thought I had made but in reality I only went 3.8 miles. I was ok with that though. Next Saturday is an 8 mile day…yikes! Since I determined that I wanted to be able to run a mile by the end of February, I decided to do some running at the beginning of my workout. Unfortunately, I didn’t have pockets except for the ones in my jacket that was tied around my waist. As I was trotting along, my stuff started falling out of my pockets. I guess that’s what you get when they’re bouncing along! So, I decided to get back to the walk and will continue running on the treadmill this next week and make sure my pants have pockets when I get to the park next time.

That’s all I have on the exercise front today. Now, let’s discuss food. Saturday my husband came back from the grocery store and dumped the bags off for me to put away. He seemed to be in a good mood as he chatted with me while I was unloading his purchases. All of a sudden he says “I got something for you. But it may make you mad.” Now…I don’t know about you but when I hear that I’m thinking maybe he got me something to help with my weight loss and he thinks I may get upset by interpreting it as him calling me fat. So, I smile and say “that’s sweet of you. I doubt I’ll get upset. What did you get?” At this point, Mike leaves the house to go out to the car. When he comes back he’s holding these:

Oh my…chocolate covered strawberries…mmmm…. Mike had this expectant look on his face which made me smile. He’s such a sweet man! I told him thank you picked up the smallest of the bunch. I offered one to Mike, which he took one of the bigger ones. We work well in that aspect!

I have to say, I was disappointed. It wasn’t that good. The chocolate kept crumbling off and the strawberry wasn’t very sweet. However, it was the thought that counted! AND…I was not upset with myself for eating one. I may be eating Paleo, but I’m still going to enjoy things from time to time. Mike took the last two to his parents on Sunday.

Then Sunday I had a somewhat bad food day. First, I didn’t eat all that much, good food that is. I had a grapefruit for breakfast and some beef jerky later in the day. I had to go by the mall to pick up some items and decided to allow myself one of the small double doozies from the Great Cookie Company. It was yummy! Again, I wasn’t going to be upset with myself over that. However, I should have passed it up since I had already had the strawberry the day before. When I got home Mike decided he wanted to go out for dinner. We ended going to Outback where I had a Paleo friendly meal, until dessert. We shared a slice of cheesecake. *sigh*

So, all three of those mishaps were enough to make me mentally slap myself. I don’t expect to have lost much this month because I’ve gone somewhat crazy on my “cheat” days, while I’ve gotten some control over that the damage has been done. I’m just hoping I haven’t gained weight at this point! I need to be strict and stick to my own rules. I only have 1 day a week where I can eat food that is not on my diet. None of this, small piece today and a small piece tomorrow. That leads to a big piece in the long run.

This morning, I decided to try my plant pose again. I ended up with 1 minute this time! Yeah baby…