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$100 Paleo Grocery Challenge & Whole 30 – Week 1

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First official week of the $100 paleo grocery challenge!  Who’s excited!?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about or want to know the rules, check here.

I’ll start with a workout brag though.  I did 30 miles on the stationary bike Saturday.  Whoa buddy, did my bum hurt after.  It took 1:47:10 and I got a lot of reading done, which is the only good part about being on an indoor bike.

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Getting ready for a long ride with my kindle.  I’ve been reading “It Starts With Food.”

I can’t wait to get outside and ride.  My new helmet came last week!

After the ride, Carter and I went grocery shopping with my in-laws.  Harley and Scott were at the Monster Truck Show.  I knew Sunday was going to be busy with family dinner at my grandpa’s, so I wanted to get it out of the way.  We went to Meijer and McCord’s Market.  (Note:  There are a couple non-paleo items in the photos, I’ll address them later.)

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Meats Week 1
Meats
 Ground Beef 1.20# @ 2.99/# 3.59
Smoked Pepper Salmon 6.49
Fresh Salmon 1.35# @ 6.99/# 9.17
Angus Round Steak 1.87# @ 2.49/# 4.27
 Total: 23.52

I looked at the salmon and realized it wasn’t paleo/whole30 compliant.  Preservatives.  Blast.  Another lesson learned, make sure you READ INGREDIENTS!

Also, there is a corned beef brisket for Scott.

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Vegetables Week 1
Vegetables
Parsnips 1.78# @ 1.10/# 1.96
Broccoli 6 bunches @ 0.88/each 5.28
Brussel Sprouts 1# 2.25
Green Peppers 5 1.39
Grean Beans 3.19# @ 0.49/# 1.56
Summer Squash 1.81# @ 1.79/# 3.24
Red Peppers 4 2.13
Avocados 4 (after $1 off coupon) 1.79
Cabbage 2.62# @ 0.14/# 0.37
Pears 2.06# @ 1.28/# 2.64
Broccoflower 2
Organic Spinach 2.5
Tomatoes (after $1 off coupon) 1.5
Stir Fry Mix (after $1 off coupon) 1.5
 Total: 30.11

If you don’t shop the marked down produce rack at your grocery store, then you should.  If your store doesn’t have one, that blows.  Also, if you are lucky enough to have a Meijer to shop at, check for MPERKS!  Coupons for produce is rare.  Meijer has got your back.  Super easy, sign up with your phone number, no rewards card to keep track of, just type into the keypad at the end of your transaction to see the savings come off.

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6 packages of broccoli! 88 cents a piece! They’re lucky I didn’t fill the cart.
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Fruit Week 1
Fruits
Fuji Apples 3# Bag 2.5
Braeburn Apples 3# Bag 2.5
Green Grapes 1.92# @ 1.29/# 2.48
Bananas 8.45# @ 0.39/# 3.3
Pears 2.06# @ 1.28/# 2.64
Limes (Bag) 2
Lemons (Bag) 2
 Total: 17.42

Overall, I’m very satisfied with my shopping trip.  I didn’t get to write a list either, but I generally try to buy things that are on sale.  I actually clipped the mperks while I was shopping.

Paleo Friendly Grocery Total: 71.05!

Under budget by $28.95!  Overage will be saved for bulk ordering.  I’m going to order from the local co-op coconut chips and whole almonds so I can make my own coconut milk, coconut butter, almond milk, almond flour, etc.

And I didn’t get to buy Scott’s pop for in the non-paleo groceries, but there’s plenty left from the $25 I allot for him to get it.

Non-Paleo Groceries
Yukon Gold Potatoes 5# Bag 1.79
Corned Beef 9.19
Meijer White Bread 0.99
 Total: 11.97

Scott really liked the Organic White Bread that I bought at Trader Joe’s, but I couldn’t find an organic bread at Meijer.  Oh well.

After we got all of the food put away, Carter and I went back to my in-laws to hang out.

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Carter is such a great helper, scrubbing the parsnips and carrots for grandma! He finally got a haircut too.
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He was worn out after such a long day with no nap.

I didn’t get to take pictures of any meal prep other than what I made for family dinner on Sunday, but I did make up a bunch of other vegetables too.

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For family dinner, I made Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Parsnips & Carrots, and Roasted Green Beans.

I’d like to add that we didn’t use everything from last week, so I definitely got plenty of groceries.

I’m out of time right now to write about the Whole30, so I’ll try to fill you in on that tomorrow.  Pretty proud of how this trip went, especially with not planning.

What do you guys think?

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March 5k – Ann Arbor

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Let me start by sending a big thank you to my friend, Angie, for inviting me to invade visit her home this weekend!   She was a wonderful host, cook and chaffeur.  I am in love with Ann Arbor now and seriously jealous of all the health food and fitness stores and walking paths and bike routes.  Oh my gosh, heaven.

We went to the People’s Food Co-Op, Trader Joe’s, Plum’s Market and both Whole Foods Markets (twice to one of them!).  If you live near a Whole Foods, seriously, GO.  Go now.  It’s AWESOME.  Everything is colorful, beautiful and organized.  It’s OCD, whole food, organic paradise.

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Check out those carrots! Someone took the time to fan them out and stack them like 15 rows high. I LOVE it.
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Broccoli and greens heaven.

I didn’t get any pictures of the fruits, but they were perfect too.  I only got a few pictures at Whole Foods.

Since it was Saturday, all of the stores were sampling products.  I tried some new things, pretty proud, especially since they were seafood items which I don’t eat all all.  Last week, we tried Ocean Perch fillets and I was a little repulsed.  My hesitation was a little high.  However, I have been wanting to try Salmon for a while.  It looks more like MEAT than the flaky white fish.  I tried a Salmon Spread, Smoked Salmon and Scallops.  YUM!  Smoked Salmon is UNBELIEVABLE, but so expensive.  (My next post will be about the my grocery purchases, promise!)

Maybe my rose colored glasses were on too, but it seemed like everyone who worked there had an appreciation for the food.  All the demonstrators especially were super friendly and really into what they were doing.

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Beautiful flower bouquets that were being made at Whole Foods Market. Love!

Saturday evening, we reconnected with another high school friend, Dillon, and did some window shopping before dinner.

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Dear Scott.  This pillow cracks me up.  Love, Addie.

Then, we ate at a vegetarian restaurant.  I thought eating there would be fairly easy. Vegetables, right?  Wrong.  Luckily, I looked up the menu earlier in the week and decided what I was going to order or I would have been overwhelmed with the non-paleo ingredients: cheese, beans and breads.  I’m going to go ahead and say vegetarian places are harder to eat at than regular if you are going paleo.   It was even MY idea to eat at a vegetarian place.

Since I never go to Ann Arbor and don’t get to experience these places, I did deviate from completely eating paleo.  I won’t lie.   However, I didn’t go wild (like when I really really wanted the fresh fired pizza at Whole Foods).

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Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Pear Streusel Cake at Seva.  This was really good, but I would have liked it to be fruitier.

Sunday morning was race day.  The weather was beautiful and the predicted rain held off all day.  I think the temperature started in the 40s and topped out at 61°.  Glorious.

We picked up my race packet on Saturday to avoid the early morning frenzy.  It was nice being able to roll in about 20-25 minutes before the race.

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Practicing my ANTM Booty Tooch… I think it needs some work for next time.
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“Can you raise the camera a little higher? Thanks. We’re vain.”

The streets were full of runners, over 2000 people attended.

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Made my first animated GIF. Be jealous. (Thanks goes to Angie for taking so many pictures for me.)
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What am I doing here?
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And we’re off!

This race was the first time (other than obstacle races) that I didn’t run with my phone for music.  I have to get used to not having that luxury because I can’t have it during my triathlons.  Unintentionally, I forgot my heart rate monitor, so I was unable to check my pace on the watch either.  I was running “blind,” but the route was challenging (lots of hills and turns) and there were tons of people.  Basically, lots of things to distract me instead of needing music.

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After running up a hill and turning the corner, here I come to the finish!
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Almost there. (Check out that guys face in front of me, left side of the picture. Love the intensity, dude.)

My last run was 33:35 and the goal for this race was under 33 minutes.  Well, we thought my time ended up being almost exactly the same as the last when we checked out the race clock at the end.  However, there were so many people, I didn’t cross the start line until a little later than the gun start, so I’m going by the chip time from when I crossed the start and finish.  That time was 33:14!  Not quite my goal, BUT this course was full of hills whereas the last was completely flat.  I’ll take it!  And I have another run at the end of the month, so another chance in March to get under 33 minutes.  As long as I keep improving and moving forward, I’m definitely happy.

Tomorrow or maybe this evening, I will get my grocery list and pictures of my haul from this weekend posted and finally figure out how much I spent.  Pretty sure I went over $100, but I went somewhere I never go and stocked up on some things too.  I’ll get to see what I need to work on though.

Anyone else have a race this weekend or soon?  What are your goals?

Truth

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I didn’t write a post last week?  I seriously thought I did.  Time is flying, people.

In (sort of) recent news, I sold my engagement ring.  I know, some of you are thinking, hey crazy lady, why would you do this!?  Well, for a couple of reasons.

First of all, I never wear it.  It was nearly $2,000 new and it sits in a box in the bathroom 99.9% of the time.  I feel this is a waste.

Secondly, we never actually paid the whole account off.  I’m going to be completely transparent here… we are filing bankruptcy.  That was a huge weight off my shoulders. It’s had me stressed and eating what I shouldn’t and I can’t take it anymore.

So the bankruptcy and the ring story… I’m currently 26.  When I was 19, I decided buying a house with my boyfriend while I worked for minimum wage at Dairy Queen was a good idea!  Well, then I had a crisis or something, I don’t know, and we broke up a month after signing the papers.  It was around our 4 year anniversary and we were engaged.  I had a ring that we bought together.  I kept the house and continued paying the other debts while taking on some roommates to make the house payment.  Then I met my husband, we sped through dating and became engaged.  We went to the jeweler, upgraded my ring.  I got pregnant, told my employer, then lost my job the next day.  Fabulous.  Had a falling out with my roommates.  Moved out of the house and let it foreclose.  I had a bunch of credit card debt from being young and stupid, my husband had medical bills from no insurance.

Basically, we began our marriage in a financial mess and it never recovered.  We’ve been ignoring the problem because we couldn’t afford to pay the debts and we couldn’t save the money to pay for bankruptcy.  FINALLY, 7 years later, this is how we’re fixing it.  I think of it as our do over.  We’ve paid the lawyer, signed the paperwork, now we just wait to go to court to finalize.  I’m not going to be ashamed of this.  Bad decisions were made, lots of them and we’ve been hiding from the mess long enough.  It’s time to do things right and we need a clean slate.

What does this have to do with the ring?  It’s debt linked to the bankruptcy and  just reminds me of the past.  It’s linked to negative things and I don’t care to wear much jewelry anyway.  I decided, after discussing it with Scott, that the money from the ring would be much better spent on buying my road bike.  It’ll definitely get more use than the ring.

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Pretty much the only bike we could afford at the shop…
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… but I love her!

Now, let’s talk about some of the non-paleo food I’ve eaten.  Get the unpleasantness out of the way.

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Vegan muffin from Bizzy Lizzy’s Flourless Bakery. Not totally unhealthy, just not paleo, only around 300 calories.  THIS IS AMAZING.

There is also a gluten free frosted chocolate brownie they make that is DIVINE.  I wasn’t a big fan of the Antioxidant Muffi though.  Hey, I told you… I’ve been stressed and eating.  Not good.

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Harley making mini pizzas.

Harley made these mini pizzas in preschool and asked to make them at home.  So I obliged.  We bought whole wheat English muffins, Meijer Naturals pizza sauce and for Carter’s pizzas, dairy-free cheese.  It was fun making them together.  Harley spread the sauce, we each added our own amounts of pepperoni and cheese.

And the last upsetting thing…

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This is what my stomach looks like while I’m lying down. Yup. Smooshy, wrinkly and covered with stretch marks.

I just wanted all of you to know, especially mommies, that even though I’ve made progress, it’s not all fabulous under the clothes.  I know the stretch marks won’t go away, but I hope to tighten this mess up.  It’s never been flat and muscular in my life.

And here’s something I am proud of…

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Calf muscles!

I was doing toe-ups and checking out my calf muscles in the mirror.  There were a whole bunch of awesome muscles popping out on the sides too.  Pretty thrilling to see progress in some areas.

I also signed up for another crazy event… a Polar Plunge!  A high school friend posted on Facebook that he was starting a team and I thought that’s something I haven’t done, okay!

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I’m really pale and kind of terrified.
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Check out my face… still terrified. Haha.

Over 20 of these Polar Plunges are held in Michigan annually to benefit the Special Olympics. I raised nearly $200 in donations from friends in family.  Thanks everyone!

The day of the plunge was pretty nice, in the 30s and no wind.  We were only in the water for maybe 10 seconds.  In and out, then we were hurried inside to change.  It was really fun and I’ll consider doing it again!

Are you bored yet?

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After bath time! (Harley’s shirt says “Can you see me now?” Funny?)

Last week, I was lucky enough to be offered 2 free tickets to Disney on Ice from our old daycare lady.  Harley has been begging to go for a couple weeks now.  We ran a few errands before the show, including a trip to Harvest Health Foods.

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Check out all the flavors of Lärabars on that shelf?! I had to buy some flavors I haven’t tried yet.
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Show’s about to start!

On Sunday, I had my first crew meeting for my new part-time job!   I have been wanting to talk about this for a while, but I was waiting until I had my first meeting.  I’ll be working for 3 Disciplines Racing, a multi-sport racing event company.  They organize runs, duathlons and triathlons from the end of April through beginning of November.  We bring the whole event to the city, set up, work it, tear it down.  They have an amazing reputation in the racing community and high standards for their events.  I cannot wait for the first race at the end of April.

In addition to getting paid, I get to race for free and get free gear from the sponsors.  I wondered how I would pay for triathlons which are more expensive than 5k races and how I would afford all the gear I need.  Well, here’s my solution!  I can’t wait to learn more about how races are put together.  I don’t want to sit in an office chair forever.  This let’s me explore other possibilities.

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Got my first freebie, a case of Muscle Milk, which I haven’t tried yet.

Time to share some paleo food.

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Broccoli and carrots, mashed cauliflower & grilled chicken drumsticks.
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Meal prepping like a beast while making dinner too!
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Mini Egg Pizzas and Pecan Bacon Brussel Sprouts, I’ve made both before.

And one more cool thing… I bought this…

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RoadID bracelet! You know, in case I get hit by a car while running or riding my bike and I’m unconscious, the hospital will know who I am and who to notify.

Did you make it through all of that?

Oh, one more thing.  I ran 6 miles for the first time.  6 STRAIGHT miles in 67:41 on the treadmill.  When I first started running, I literally couldn’t run a quarter mile without feeling like death was inevitable.  This is AWESOME.

So, send me some comments.  I’ve been feeling a little lonely.  Let me know how you’re doing, people!  I’d like to hear from you if you’re reading.

Paleo Beefy “Potato” Veggie Soup

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Recently, I made Cauliflower Leek Bacon Soup.  Now that I’m looking at that, I wonder if I spelled leek wrong before… like leaky faucet.

Moving on.

It was good soup, but very minimal and a tad dull to want to eat any of the leftovers (which I ended up freezing instead).  I decided to give it a face lift and modify slightly.  It resulted in what I’m calling Paleo Beefy “Potato” Veggie Soup, revised from the name I previously gave it, Paleo Beef Stew.

So, on to the recipe (which I tried to make very detailed especially since I had no experience with leeks before making the first soup)!  I am also including the total cost to prepare from my shopping receipts and what I think I paid for things.

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Before integrating the veggies.

Paleo Beefy “Potato” Veggie Soup

  • 2 Heads of Cauliflower ($3)
  • 3 Leeks (1.27)
  • 8 c. Chicken Broth ($4)
  • 4 Bacon Strips ($1)
  • 1.25 # Angus Stew Beef ($5.11)
  • 3 Carrots ($1.29)
  • 2 Parsnips ($0.99)
  • 3 Celery Stalks ($.90)
  • Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper

Total: 17.56 for 10 (1 cup) servings = $1.76/serving
Calories: 151, Carbs: 14 g, Fat: 4 g, Protein: 17 g

1. Cut off the roots and the dark green portion of the leeks.   Cut them down the middle longways, think hot dog bun.  Place cut side down on board and slice all the way down every ¼-½”.  Place in a large bowl with cold water, separating pieces with your fingers.  Let sit until debris fall off.  (Good visual tutorial can be found here.)

2.  While leeks are soaking, wash cauliflower and cut into 1″ pieces (doesn’t have to be pretty, small pieces will cook fast).

3.  Use a slotted spoon to remove leeks and transfer to a large pot along with the cauliflower and broth.  Boil over medium high heat COVERED until cauliflower is tender (20-30 minutes?  I don’t remember).

5. While that boils, pan fry the bacon, not too crispy.  (The other recipe didn’t do this and it was just soggy meat floating around the soup.  Not my preference.)

4.  Cut the other vegetables while waiting.  For the parsnips, use a peeler to remove the skin and slice into cubes (then they look like potatoes!).  Peel the carrots and slice on a diagonal for large oval pieces.  And I like small bits of celery, so I cut mine longways and the chopped less than ¼” wide.

5.  Bacon should be done and resting on a paper towel lined plate in the meantime.  Take the vegetables and cook them in the bacon grease pan or in some coconut oil.  I like to cook them over medium heat with the lid on stirring occasionally until soft, but not broken down.

6. Go back to the large pot and if cauliflower is tender, take your immersion blender and continue mixing until smooth (if you don’t have one, you could use a blender, but it’s hot so be careful!).

7.  Once smooth, dump the prepared veggies into the pot.  Now use the bacon/veggie pan to brown the stew meat.  I seasoned it with some paprika (just tossed some on but if you like measurements, maybe 2-3 tsp.?) and black pepper.  (I pre-cooked the stew meat because I’m paranoid about raw meat.)

8.  Chop the bacon into small bits and add to the pot along with stew meat.  Mix and eat!

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Didn’t use all of that celery and needed another carrot.
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Browning the stew meat.

Okay, some notes.  I tried to write this recipe as if you were going to cook it all at one time.  However, I made my base soup (the cauliflower, leeks and broth) the night before we ate this.  Then I put it in a crockpot 4 hours before dinner with the prepared veggies and the stew meat (browned but not cooked through all the way).  I set the crockpot to high and let it go until dinner.

As with all recipes, you could adapt this with maybe ground beef or another meat.  I actually thought about that before I found stew meat on sale.  Use different veggies if you want, be adventurous.

This fed me, Carter and my in-laws with probably 4 servings left over for my lunches this week.  I also made brussel sprouts to try for the first time as a side.   Let me know if you try this and if my recipe reads well.  I haven’t written many recipes, so I’d like to know if the directions are clear. 🙂

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Bacon Pecan Brussel Sprouts. They look gorgeous.

The brussel sprouts were good.  I don’t know if I would have liked them as much without the pecans and bacon, but that recipe was pretty awesome.  I enjoyed them, not my favorite, but very good and I think they’ll probably grow on me some more.

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Forgot to take a pic of my plate until I was nearly done!

Weekend Milestones (& Food!)

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Another weekend of food gone by.  I really wanted to make up for eating so poorly Tuesday and Wednesday last week, so I tried to stay focused.

Friday night, I went to my in-laws and we made individual cauliflower crust pizza.

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To “rice” the cauiflower, I chopped the head up into small enough pieces to go in my ninja. I did 3 heads. It was a little overkill.
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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The flavor was delicious, but I’m not going to share the recipe.  I wasn’t really happy with how many calories were in the crust.  This is a lesson I should learn, calculate the calories before making the recipe.  It had a lot of cheese, so calories were high.  I used Kerrygold grass-fed Dubliner cheese for my pizza, Roma tomatoes, chicken sausage & the Beasty Barbecue Sauce that I made the previous week.  DELICIOUS.  Lucky my calories were low for the rest of the day.

Saturday morning, I hit a milestone.

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Tried C4 pre-workout. burned over 2000 calories at the gym. I did Spin Class and BodyPump, I was around 16-1700 calories and decided to hop on an elliptical for a bit, then a treadmill to get to 2000!

After I entered my workout into MyFitnessPal, this was my readout.

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Haha, 2729 MORE calories for the day? MFP is so funny.

I revisited the pancakes I made the other day and did some modifications.  Tried making them “Apple Pie Pancakes.”

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I added shredded apples, nutmeg and cinnamon.
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Modified Easy Peasy Pancakes – Apple Pie. I chopped up some strawberries and kiwi to go on top.

Sadly, they tasted nearly the same as before.  I had to use a Golden Delicious since I didn’t have Granny Smith.  I think if I had used a GS, it might have helped with more flavor.  They were good though.

After the days meals and workouts were entered, this is what MFP decided to tell me.

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That’s like 6 pounds a week. Hilarious. I would be thrilled with 2 pounds a week!

I spent some time hanging out with Carter after Harley went to stay the night at grandma’s.    He took a bath and got a little ornery when I pulled out the camera.

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His hair is so long now, I can comb it backwards. Hilarious though, it wouldn’t lie down completely on top.

Sunday morning was another milestone.  My first 5 mile run without stopping.  NOT ONCE.  5 straight miles.  Holy crap.  I mean, seriously, if you had seen me run for the first time the end of July, your mind would be blown.  I started by doing the C25K program (with a girlfriend) and could barely run for 3 minutes.  The first time we ran 2 miles straight, we were completely in awe of ourselves.  Now I can run 5 miles!  I guess a lot of people may call it a “jog” because it’s only 5-5.5 mph that I’m running. But for me, that’s the  fastest I can run and be able to go long distances at this time.  I’m totally satisfied with that.  To go from barely running 3 minutes to being able to run 60 minutes, a full hour, it’s a  pretty amazing feeling.  When I start wondering why I even bother running if I’m not at all fast, I try to focus on how far I’ve come from the beginning.

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An hour of running is that many calories burned? Rock on.

Sunday night, we went to see Les Miserablés at the $2 movie theater.   I was feeling pretty cute and kind of slim.

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I should really clean my mirror.

Then we went to do some grocery shopping and didn’t get home until 9pm.   Oh boy.  I have been using Sunday nights for meal prep.  I promptly decided that I couldn’t skip it, food is my problem area.

I had plain riced cauliflower left over from the pizza crust on Friday, so I chose a recipe to use that… Cauliflower Rice Paella, which I modified quite a bit.

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Fresh garlic, shallots, red peppers and diced Roma tomatoes, smelling awesome.
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Just as I was adding the cauliflower, decided I needed a picture.
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Cauliflower Rice Paella, I think I added a bit too much cauliflower, but I wanted to get it all used.  Made four 20 ounce Zip-loc containers, so I counted each as a serving which ended up being too much for me to eat.  But it came to 290 calories for the whole container.  The cauliflower had the texture of rice and took on the flavor of everything else.  Amazing.

Verdict on this recipe, YUMMY!  I don’t normally like onions or peppers, however, if they are cooked down enough and chopped small, then I like them.  Modifications to the recipe were no shrimp or peas.  I’m not into seafood, but I’ll be giving it a try again soon.  Also, the verdict is out on whether peas are okay on Paleo.  I keep reading conflicting ideas on the subject.  They are a legume and legumes are not Paleo.  HOWEVER, I read one article that said if it doesn’t have to be cooked to eat then it’s okay.  I’m confused so I just didn’t add them, plus I didn’t have any.  Also, I used shallots in place of red onion and 2 fresh Roma tomatoes instead of canned.

I also made a breakfast dish.  I need something easy to take to work and found a recipe for Apple Streusel Egg Muffins.  I like anything that comes in muffin form.

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Apple Streusel Egg Muffins.  One muffin  came to only 82 calories and I ended up with 15 muffins instead of 12.

These were questionable when I ate the first one.  They are very egg-y and only have a 1.5 Tbsp. of coconut flour.  Now that I’ve eaten a couple every day, I enjoy them more, but I think I’ll experiment with more flour to give it more muffin consistency than egg.

I only had time to make those 2 things Sunday night, but that held me over until Monday night when I got busy making 2 soups and 2 loaves of banana bread.

The first was Mexican Chicken Lime Soup that I’ve been dying to try for nearly 2 weeks.

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The soup was suppose to have chicken thighs, but I prefer white meat and used boneless skinless chicken breast. I just boiled it and shredded with two forks.
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Mexican Chicken Lime Soup. Picture is kind of boring, but the taste was not. Only 141 calories in a serving.

In addition to modifying the chicken, I only used 1 can of chiptole chiles.  Maybe I added too much of the sauce, because it was quite spicy.  I ended up adding 2 Roma Tomatoes blended in my Ninja to add a little more body and tone down the spice.  I don’t normally like cilantro, but I sucked it up and added some.  With the other flavors, it tasted WONDERFUL.

Also, I baked a snack for the week.

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Paleo Banana Bread that I have previously made. One loaf was for Scott and the other was for me with blueberries and pecans.

I also pre-made dinner for Tuesday night to share with my in-laws.  This was something I knew Scott wouldn’t want to try.

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Cauliflower Leek Bacon Soup. Only 129 calories a serving.

This was a SUPER simple recipe.  Once I learned how to clean and cut the leeks (first time leeker here), you just chop the vegetables up really small, boil in the chicken broth until tender then use an immersion blender to smooth it out (or regular blender if you don’t have an immersible one).   Microwave the bacon for a minute, cut up and throw in the pot for 30 minutes.  Done.  I added some oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the batch to give it a little flavor.  Basically, this tastes like lightly onion-y potato soup.  I would modify the bacon by pan cooking it a bit before putting it in.  Not super crisp, but a little texture would be nice.  Letting it cook in the soup made the bacon soft blobs.

AND finally, I marinated some steaks overnight Sunday.  I got them on sale.  Steaks are strictly for me, Scott doesn’t like them (too tough) and the boys aren’t interested.  So I made up a marinade for my steaks:  garlic, shallot, lime juice, some seasonings and blended in the Ninja, poured on my steaks.

Scott graciously grilled them out on the covered back steps for me.

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Some people might say these are overcooked, but I like the crispy black parts and I like well done. No chance of my steaks mooing. I don’t even like the smell of pink meat. Seriously. It smells.

I can’t remember the name of the cut, but they were very lean.  Barely any visible fat.  I cut them up (I seriously hate cutting meat, so I like it to be done at once so I can just eat.  This sounds like inner fat girl monologue, but I don’t care.  I hate doing it.).

Oh, and my Valentine’s present came on Monday!  Scott had the lovely idea that I would want a dishwasher for a gift.  I quickly squelched that idea.  I asked Scott if I could just order my gift from my favorite store Road Runner Sports.  He’s getting a pistol that he picked out on his own and I’m got workout stuff that I picked out, so we’re even.

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Here are a couple of my gifts… new sports bra and gym bag. Some serious sweating after running 6.5-7 mph intervals Tuesday morning.

Side note:  A woman at my gym has the same bag.  I only bought it because it was on sale for under $12.  She told me she’s been a VIP member of Road Runner Sports since 1985!  Longer than I’ve been alive!  She said customer service told her once that she’s one of their oldest members.  How cool is that?

I have to give RRS a little praise right now though.  I’m a VIP member, which is $1.99 for the first year and then it jumps to $30?  I think.  I can’t remember.  But you get FREE SHIPPING on every order with that AND you get a 10% discount all the time AND they often have codes available for an extra 10% off.  So 20% and free shipping on all of my gear?  Plus they have tons of sale items.  I ONLY buy from their sale section.  I hate paying a lot for anything.  The absolute only thing I buy there without a sale is my running shoes.  There is only one brand that I can buy and I have giant feet, so I’m limited there.

Have you tried any new foods lately?  Hit any milestones?  Gotten a sweet Valentine’s gift? Let me know!

Addict Here

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Hi, my name is Addie and I’m a food addict.

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This reminds me of The T-Rex Runner. She’s actually doing a series of posts on battling her eating disorders right now too. Her problem is much more serious than mine though and quite the opposite. I highly recommend her blog. She’s honest and upfront which are crucial for me.

I’ve never touched on my relationship with food before, and now seems as good of a time as any because there is spice cake with delicious fragrant cream cheese frosting sitting in the break room and I can’t for the life of me stop thinking about how amazing it would taste even though it would feel awful in my belly especially after I eat a 6″ by 6″ portion and oh my god my mouth is watering just thinking about it. *gasp for air*

I watch Hoarders sometimes, and I’m like, JUST GET RID OF THE BOTTLES OF URINE!  Why don’t you understand what is wrong with this situation?  It’s so hard to fathom, but then I compare it to my food addiction (and I mean this as in, it’s difficult to fathom when it’s not your problem, not that my problem is worse than being a hoarder).  Why can’t you just leave the cake there?  Or at least eat one piece instead of five?

Some people possess this amazing willpower that once they have decided to cut out certain things, they just do it.  I am not one of those people.  When I KNOW there is something such as ice cream readily available and it’s offered to me, I CANNOT stop thinking about it.  My mouth will water.  It’s obnoxious as shit.  I’m telling you, I hate it.  I know it’s bad for me.  I know it’s full of refined sugar and dairy that will hurt my belly.  BUT IT TASTES HEAVENLY.

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I watched this documentary on Netflix, by the way.

Some days, I have absolutely no problem eating what I have planned.  I stick to it and feel good at the end of the day.  And then there are days like Tuesday.  Eww.  And Wednesday.  Eww.  Potluck style lunch for co-worker’s birthdays, followed by leftovers the next day.  Luckily, I have a small office so we only do this 6 or 7 times a year.  This time, my boss decided to order meat lover’s pizza. *drool*  All of that crust and cheese and greasy meaty deliciousness.  It’s sinful.  I don’t even want to say how many slices I ate.  It was absolutely gluttonous.  I knew that I shouldn’t be eating more, but sometimes my inner fat girl wants to binge on the defiance.

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Oh, do I ever.

I knew that I shouldn’t be eating multiple slices of cakes, but I did.

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I don’t even understand what’s happening here.

I can go to the gym all day long, but if I can’t control the eating then my body will never be what I want it to be.  I want to fuel my body with natural, unprocessed foods as much as I can.  I want to be more in tune with mother nature, if that makes any sense as all.  I appreciate the circle of life.  I believe in eating meat, because that’s what human beings were meant to do and how we’ve always survived.  I want to eat fruits and vegetables and maintain a garden of my own.  Eat what I have grown for my family, feel the pride that comes with that. What we are stuffing into our bodies now isn’t fuel.  It’s like putting water in your gas tank… your car won’t run!

That paragraph was a mess of thoughts.

Back to the office and food.  Not that I think my co-workers are trying to sabotage me (although sometimes it feels that way), I don’t think they understand my inner struggle.  “Oh, it’s just one chocolate.”  You don’t understand.  I can’t stop at one.

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F’real.

So basically, this post was to out me.  It’s taken me this long to lose weight, because I have gone back and forth with my food battle for years.  If you have better willpower, then kudos to you.

Sometimes I can reel it in and sometimes the line snaps.  I have learned to love exercise and look forward to being in the gym, so I’ve won that battle.

Three steps forward, one step back.  As long as I keep going FORWARD, then I can do this.  I can become who I was meant to be.

Productive Weekend

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This was a pretty productive weekend for me with food and exercise.

Beginning with Friday, I had yoga class in the morning.  Yoga days are somewhat like a rest day.  It’s not rigorous, but it does take strength and concentration.  The class is so relaxing, only the light from the hall comes into the room.  At the end, the instructor covers each of us with a blanket.  The first time this happened, I was like, “Blanket?  What the hell is going on?”  OH MY GOD.  I love the blanket part.  She speaks in a low voice and has you isolate the muscle’s in each limb separately.  By the end, I’m ready for a nap.  Too bad I still work a half day on Fridays.  Have to suck it up and drive in, even though it feels pointless.

Anyway, Friday night for dinner, I made Mustard Lime Chicken, which I had been REALLY anxious to try.  I also made parsnip fries, which I’ve never had before and potato fries for the non-paleo eaters.

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Ingredients. I need a new slicer. That thing is crap.
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Squeezing some limes.
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Before and after blended sauce. I’m so thankful my mom and step-dad bought me a Ninja mixer for Christmas. My blender was awful and the Ninja gets a lof of use.
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Baked Mustard Lime Chicken & Baked Parsnip Fries!  About 400 calories in this meal.

Dinner turned out delicious.  I LOVED the chicken, it was extremely juicy.  The parsnips were good, but I think they were a little sweet to eat a lot in one sitting.  I was wishing for some sauce to break up the flavor, like BBQ or ketchup.  But sauce is another story.

Saturday morning, I went to BodyPump class then ran on the treadmill.  I burned 1590 calories!   It was awesome.  Then I ran to Kmart for a prescription and a first birthday gift.  Kmart had tons of stuff on clearance and an additional 40% off the clearance price.  WHAT?!  I LOVE SALES!

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Ignore the quick post-workout wet hair French braid and the awesome Christmas themed shirt. I had to try on this pencil skirt. It’s from the Sofia Vergara line. LOVED it, but I couldn’t justify spending more than $10 on it when I know I would rarely wear it.
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I did, however, buy a new pair of skinny jeans to replace the ones I ripped last week when my boot got caught on them. It was upsetting. Also, got a pair of flares. Both SIZE 12! And not even the stretchy material!

I should be good on jeans for a few months now, until I, hopefully, lose enough weight to go down another size.  The thighs are a bit tight, but there is plenty of space in the waist, perfect amount really.

Saturday night, I went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Was feeling lazy and got Pizza Hut.  We did make healthier choices though by choosing thin crust and mine was chicken and diced tomato.  See?  Don’t have to be perfect when switching over to paleo.  Incorporate the good, weed out the bad.  Oh, and I had some birthday cake earlier in the day too.  It happens.

Sunday started with a workout:  cycling and swimming at the gym.  Came home and the kids were getting along better than usually, so I did a bunch of cooking!

First, I prepped a turkey and threw that in the oven, but I’ll share later.  While the turkey was cooking, I made Beasty BBQ Sauce!  I love BBQ sauce. I was a bit sad to cut out Sweet Baby Ray’s, but it comes with high fructose corn syrup and preservatives, so that’s out.

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Ingredients for Beasty BBQ Sauce!
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Sauce simmering before putting on the lid.
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And hear comes the Ninja to smooth it all!
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Beasty BBQ Sauce made about a quart.  If you can believe this… it has FIVE calories per tablespoon.  That’s it!

Scott and I both approved of the BBQ Sauce.  It was a tad spicy, but good.  And I definitely want to try the sweet option on the recipe by adding a can of pineapple.  I didn’t have any at the time.

Decided to also prep some other food for the week by making Spicy Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf Muffins!

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I don’t mind touching meat with my hands as much as I used to.

This recipe is actually for ground chicken, but ground turkey was on sale.  Also, I added carrots, because I love them.

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Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf Muffins! 98 calories per muffin, made 12.

Onto the turkey!  As I said, I put that in the oven first and it cooked while I made sauce and mashed cauliflowers and prepped other food.

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This turkey recipe is made up. I washed and patted it dry. Stuffed an onion and cut in half into the bird.  Rubbed it with EVOO then some country seasoning and paprika. It cooked about 4.5 hours. I poured a more EVOO on it twice during cooking to keep moist.
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Finished bird! I cut the breasts off then ripped all of the limbs off with my hands, stripped the meat and threw as much of the carcass as I could into the crockpot with water to make stock.
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Turkey breast, no skin with Beasty BBQ Sauce and mashed cauliflower. Get ready for this… ONLY 150 calories on this plate! Mind blown.

And a day of cooking cannot be complete without dessert.  I’ve been indulging a little too much in dessert lately, but I’ve been anxiously waiting to make this recipe.  It’s frustrating waiting for bananas to get brown.

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Flourless Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Cake. YUM! I was wondering if this would work with coconut oil instead of butter (hoping to get some Kerrygold butter soon), but wasn’t daring enough to try in case it wouldn’t work. I wanted it too bad!
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Hello, lovely!  200 calories of flourless delicious cake!

This got the approval from me and Scott.  I can’t wait to have another piece tonight with strawberries and kiwis on it.

We should have plenty of meat for the week now.  Hoping just to make a few sides of veggies during the week when needed.  I wish every Sunday were so productive.