I tried…. #shakeology

Well, I tried. And I’m done.

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Last year, I tried Shakeology. My sister was a Beachbody coach, and I had a few shakes from her – they were delicious. I had always had a hate/hate relationship with protein mixes – I had never found one that wasn’t awful. Until Shakeology! And it had all the greens and extras that I could ask for. Boom. But…(there’s always a but)…it made me SO gassy. And it was really yucky – the kids were always like “Mommy! You stink!” NOT sexy. I emailed a few other coaches to ask if anyone else had ever mentioned the gas – they each said that it was my body detoxing, to try a 1/2 scoop at a time, and give it 30 days. Ok. I could wait.

That didn’t work. I was a walking stink bomb for a month. So I put it away.

Jump ahead to Sunday/Monday night, and revisiting the 3 Day Shakeo cleanse. I’ve been detoxing from sugars/bad stuff for over a month so I thought, hmm, maybe I can do the Shakeology, now that my gut is healing, yeah!

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I had a shake for breakfast – and things went ok! But then I had a shake for snack. THAT was a terrible idea.

Just as stinky as before.

Super gassy.

I slammed a few Pepto tablets before bed, and threw out the remainder of the Shakeo mix.

It was worth a shot, and SO tempting because there are a boat load of fun shakeo recipes out there…but this girl is off the Shakeology forever.


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Time to reset… #21DSD

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The Boy woke me up at 1am, and I had a hard time falling back asleep. It was hot, we had all gone to bed early, blah, blah.

I logged in to check if the programming for this week was posted. And got discouraged. The weekend obviously took it’s toll. My training, my eating, everything…I was just feeling really down about it all. I’m off the 21DSD wagon. That sucks. And I know you’re not supposed to compare yourself to others, but I’ve been seeing posts about pounds lost on the 21DSD and that is hard. I’m ALWAYS hungry…how am I supposed to lose weight if I can’t stop eating?! And then the WOD schedule in the group incorporating my weakest moves – I was just like WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER. I was mentally beat up and ready to toss in the towel.

Yeah, yeah. I know it’s that time of the month – never good. Also, after meeting with my girl doc on Thursday, I came off the birth control (long story for another time…) so THAT change could be an issue too….. All things added in, I was miserable and feeling fat – ugh. My mind went to quick fixes – of course. Hey, how about the 3 day cleanse with Shakeology? I still have some in the cabinet. Maybe I could kick things into gear with a little bit of a detox. Totally grabbing at straws, but seriously. It was 2am and I was super bumming.

Fast forward to this morning. I had a shake before my WOD – ok, good start! Went to the gym for the first time in a week. I finished the scheduled WOD and stayed for the 9am class. It was super sweaty and challenging…and felt really good. p.s. I wasn’t starving after, no gas/bloating. Win.

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I love being able to workout at home, but I really need to be around my gym people. Get the push from my team mates…that’s really what they are. We are all on the same team. I’ve been working out with the same peeps for over a year. They are my people. I need them.

Then I had a nice lunch (bacon cheeseburger wrap), another shake for snack, and now I’m cooking dinner – green beans, potatoes and beef. Good. Feeling good. Not bloated.

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Lesson learned: I need to be accountable to something. Whether it’s who I train with, or where I keep track of my eating and workouts, I need to do it daily. Just floating along willy-nilly doesn’t work for me. I’m my own worst enemy. Rawr.

21DSD Recap: Week 1

What I ate on Monday (Day 1):

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  • Breakfast: Almond milk, cacao, banana smoothie with a scoop of hemp protein – I tried but barely drank any of this for breakfast, so I finished later in the day.
  • Lunch: salt potatoes and bacon (mmmmm, I love bacon)
  • snack: more potatoes and bacon
  • Dinner: green beans and ground beef
  • I feel a little bad about this but we went to the ice cream stand. I had a kiddie orange dole whip twist cone. It’s summer. This is going to be my biggest struggle. On the bright side: I got a kiddie size and it was half non-dairy.

What I ate on Tuesday (Day 2):

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  • Breakfast: sausage and sweet potato – felt SUPER nauseous this morning
  • Lunch: bacon cheeseburger wrap
  • Dinner: pinto beans, lettuce, guac, ground beef, shredded cheese – #cincodemayo!
  • snack: green beans and beef, a few almonds and plantain chips, almond/banana smoothie
  • Today was a rough day. I woke up feeling utterly hopeless. I kept thinking, ok, so I’m eating this way but I’m still packing a layer of fluff. I was practically in tears, thinking really, what do I have to do to lose the fat….starve myself? Workout MORE?? No, I didn’t get here overnight, and sure, I should cut my portions down a bit – eating when I’m hungry isn’t as often as it was the first round of 21 – but I feel like things have been adding on little by little over the last 7 months, despite my positive steps forward. I have a few ideas to pursue. We’ll see. All the notes I take to keep track are helping me to figure stuff out….I hope I’m getting closer.

What I ate on Wednesday (Day 3):

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  • Lesson learned: not blogging everyday? You forget what you eat.

What I ate on Thursday (Day 4):

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  • Got mega derailed here. Was in the OR and that always messes me up.
  • Breakfast was a spinach and prosciutto salad
  • Green beans and beef for early lunch
  • Plantain chips
  • green beans and beef when I got home
  • And then it happened: we had a fun dinner with friends!
    • open faced bacon whopper
    • some fries and bbq mac and cheese Lays chips (yikes)
    • chocolate chip cookies
  • I SWEAR the heat does crazy things to me and it was almost 90 today. YUCK.

What I had to eat on Friday (day 5):

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  • Garage sale day…….oh geez. Our neighborhood has a garage sale every year Mother’s Day weekend. It’s a fabulous perk of where we live – I don’t need to advertise my own sale, and I know I have 1 day every year to purge our stuff – LOVE it.
  • Breakfast: sweet potato and bacon
  • Lunch: chicken bacon ranch wrap from the vendor next door – for the Greyhound Rescue fundraiser. It’s a delicious amazing annual thing! But I also had a cookie. GAH!
  • Dinner: pizza and chicken. Impromptu swimming with friends led to impromptu dinner.
  • It’s HOT and gross. I hate it.

**These last 2 days have been a really good wake up call. My first #21dsd took place in a sheltered world. I barely ate away from home, and when I did it was at a restaurant where I could control what I chose/not feel I had to eat what everyone else was having family-style. It wasn’t summer, i.e. outside/BBQ/pizza/spur-of-the-moment season. I KNOW we’ll be swimming lots this summer and having many impromptu dinners. I think I need to have a stack of salads ready to grab out of the fridge, so I can bring one with me at all times. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed the pizza a LOT. It was delicious. But I don’t want to eat off the #21dsd all summer long. Because I don’t FEEL amazing today. It wasn’t instant wretchedness as with ice cream, but I feel like the pizza is still in my body this morning. Eating off the 21dsd never leaves anything to settle all night long. So it’s been a good lesson, early in the summer season. And I’m going to try to adjust….quickly!!


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#foodiefriday

After I’ve been not so stellar with my eating the last 2 days, it’s time to get back on track….

What better way than to focus on some spice-muffins2yummy #21DSD recipes! Seriously, I do love trolling pinterest for goodies…there is SO much out there, geebus!

Coach E’s birthday was Wednesday (HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!) and I thought these would make AMAZING treats from Nummy for My Tummy. Simple, 21DSD compliant ingredients. Can’t get much better!

SPICE MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ c. + 1 tsp. coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp each cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger

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Wednesday…. #WildWorkoutWednesday

Today is day 3 of the Competitors Programming at my gym.

I was feeling bummed yesterday – the group posted the gymnastics work to be added to our week…and it was a LOT of stuff I haven’t done before/haven’t seen before/couldn’t find on google. I also replied to the post and have yet to get a response. Ugh. I consider myself a fairly educated athlete but it was a knock on the shoulder to be shoved into the unknown without any sort of instructions….

BUT. I will not be deterred. The Hubs and I have been following The Outlaw Way (coach Rudy is amazing) for over a year now and they have a sweet Connectivity program to help build gymnastic skills – LOTS of videos to supplement the work. I’ve been MEANING to add it to my routine but just haven’t committed…so I will start there – add in my work, little by little. Keep getting stronger, which has been my goal all along.

*I’m ALSO going to add in foam rolling and stretching. I had an appointment yesterday for some myodetox manual therapy – HOLY CRAP. It was…intense….but so good. I know that if I can fit this into a weekly schedule, things will only get better. But at the advice of my therapist, stretching is a must.

Now to my workout for Wednesday:

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A. Tall muscle snatch x 3×3 sets.. keep this light here
B. Clean Dead lift x 5×3 sets @ 80%.. focus on the positions here.. getting knees back off the ground.
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30 sec. row sprint @ complete max effort
rest 2:30
x7 rounds


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21DSD Round 2: May the 4th be with you!

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So we begin again!

I’m so very excited to have my 21 days again. My “down” week was fine. I didn’t stray too far off the Yes/No lists. I had an ice cream (I KNEW this was going to be bad, due to the dairy, but stopped for some lactaid afterwards and that helped tremendously – have to remind myself that while it tastes REALLY good, how I FEEL after isn’t worth it). I had a burger on a bun (who can resist at Five Guys? I mean, come on!). I had a brownie with ice cream last night at a friend’s house, kind of my “Ok, I know the 21DSD starts tomorrow, if you want this little brownie dessert…now’s the time!” I also had a burger from Wendy’s post Mountain Goat yesterday – we stopped there before heading to the Chiefs’ game (ballgame food $$$)….boy it was delicious! But overall, between the end of April and today, I didn’t go too far off the 21DSD map. My body just doesn’t tolerate much these days, and I’m going to continue to work with my GI and naturopath to figure it all out.

One of my goals for this time around is to try a new 21DSD compliant recipe each week. I was going to shoot for 1 a day but this girl has to move with baby steps when it comes to cooking. So 1 a week. And who can pass up a recipe that has EASY in the title….?

Easy Recipe: Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

What pulled me in was the variations listed at the end of the recipe:

  • You can make these without the almond butter and make a simplified, solid chocolate version.
  • Substitute walnut butter for almond butter for a different flavor.
  • You can also make these without cocoa powder for a coconut-vanilla almond butter cup recipe or add mint extract to coconut cream and use that as the filling instead of almond butter for a chocolate mint cup

Since my tummy has proven to not love almonds, I am intrigued to try walnut butter!


This week starts official programming for the competitors group at my gym. I’m psyched to get going, but also nervous. Which is suppose will come with any new endeavor. I’m ready to knock out my weaknesses, become a well-rounded crossfitter. Also continuing my #rwrunstreak. Today is day 46/93 in my Spring-to-Summer streak. Seriously love having challenges to keep track of.

Monday
A. Back Squat; 75% x 3-4 reps x 5 sets
B. High hang Clean; 5.4.3.2.1 – EMOM, building off feel.. anything more then the bar counts as a set here
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weighted pull up @ 35/20#
db box step overs @ 20/15” @ 50/35# per hand x 10 reps after each weighted pull up


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2 days out: Saturday

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*I have to make note about Friday. It was the first day since I started the #21DSD that I didn’t feel the need to snack all day. I know I was busier than usual, but I felt like a normal person because I had 3 meals and 1 snack. I wasn’t noshing all day long. There was no snack in the car while I was driving. Maybe it was because I hit the afternoon snack with bacon and sweet potato before I was famished (super delicious!) But I’m leaning towards the fact that my body was fueled properly all day long, sufficient fats, not too many carbs (starting day out with just sausage….)and I never allowed myself to get too hungry. And man, it felt great. Normal.


  • Reviewing my Yes/No list for Level 3. Pantry is prepared.

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#‎NationalTruffleDay‬

This week I discovered a FB Treasure. A page dedicated to those days on the calendar that are super fun, but not always remembered…Holidays That Might Get Overlooked. As you might have guessed from my excitement over #nationalblueberrypieday, this girl LOVES a fun/quirky celebration. We celebrate half birthdays, Paczki Day, Balloon Fest, Golden Harvest Fest, and all things in between! I feel it makes life all the more sweeter for my kiddos to have extra special days to look forward to. 🙂

So, what’s on the calendar for today?? May 2nd is ‪#‎NationalTruffleDay‬.

I’m no truffle connoisseur (#fiveingredientsorless) but ever since I was introduced to Oreo Truffles (the easiest, most delicious treat you could ever make), I’ve been a mega-fan of all things bite-sized and roll-able!

Not to mention that I am REALLY enjoying finding these new recipes….healthy versions of treats that I can make without hesitation…because they are GOOD for us!

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CINNAMON SUNBUTTER SNOWBALL TRUFFLES

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp+1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp+1 tsp sunflower seed butter
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk (can sub any other milk)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp+1 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp+ 1 tsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • For the coating:
  • 1 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp shredded coconut

Also check out The 21-Day Sugar Detox Truffles and  RAW COCONUT SNOWBALLS!!


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Friday…3 days out (again)

*2nd day away from the almonds….yup. Tummy is definitely better.

*Just sausage for breakfast today. I’m going to try to this for a while, whenever I can. My morning nauseousness is hit or miss. Today wasn’t bad. See how tomorrow goes. Also feeling pretty good this afternoon, having snacked on bacon and sweet potato….no almonds! 🙂

*Sleep is still good. LOVE this.

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*May 1, 2015: ‪#‎NationalChocolateParfaitDay‬ so here’s a fun delicious recipe that I am going to try…..

PALEO CHOCOLATE BANANA PARFAIT RECIPE

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WOD: 

A. Power Snatch – 1 RM – I managed to hit 100# and surprised myself. Got 105#
B. Push Press – build to a heavy triple – 100#. Probably could have done 105 but I think my mind was already on the metcon.
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3 rounds: 13:09
500m row
12 bwt DL – I wish I weighed less
21 box jumps, 24/20″

*1 mile run (day 43/93 of my spring-to-summer streak)


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Gummies……..

While I try to keep my eating as sugarfree as possible, it’s a little more difficult with the kiddos. And the biggest culprit, the little burr in my tush….is fruit snacks.

Both of my kids are very sensitive to textures – they are fabulously picky and I attribute this to their father – The Hubs is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met. He’s come a LONG way since we first ate a meal together, but he is still the most skilled at finding that ONE SLIVER of shredded lettuce in his burrito. So when I’ve tried to introduce different/better fruit snacks to the kids, I have failed miserably – they have latched on to Mott’s Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks, in bulk. All the potentially “better” snacks I’ve found – nope. Annie’s bunnies? SO CUTE! The Kids – heck no! Ugh.

I’ve been tempted to try to make our own gummies. But lemme tell you, it’s evident in the pictures posted with the recipes that they don’t have the smooth consistency of Mott’s. Why even bother?

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But today I stumbled across a post from The Skinny Fork. And her gummies LOOK like they could work. She shows pictures of her steps – one of those steps involves using the food processor/blender. And she mentions straining out the seeds…. Well, if I choose my berries wisely and blend the beegeezus out of the puree…..perhaps I will have success……!!! It’s worth a try. Summer is here, and the time for all things fruity is upon us.

*Want a few more ideas for fruit goodies? This post from Diary of a Semi Health Nut gives you 7! Just scroll to the end of the post. 😉


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Hey, look at that! I just participated in my first #FoodieFriday – whoo! It’s a weekly link up that I discovered via FitFoodieMama that helps share/create healthy recipes each week. p.s. Her strawberry cheesecake smoothie from today looks AMAZING!!!!


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