Summer rain

I absolutely love not having weekend plans, where I can just sleep in and eat a late breakfast brunch and relax. I have no chores to do since I did them all on Thursday evening.

I made myself some egg muffins, a sweet potato which I cooked in the microwave for 7 minutes (pierced) and two small peaches from the farmers market with a big starbucks mug filled with water.

Right now a big ol’ rain storm is coming through and I’m here in my PJs watching it. Have to unplug all the electronics shortly.

I just gave Alfie another hair cut. His hair grows like wildfire and needs it cut about once a month to maintain his image ;) Alfie smiles

He’s checking it out for himself.Alfie admiring his haircut I wonder if he approves of the layers I cut with the blunt crayola scissors. I was going to trim his nails because I can hear them clacking on the floor again when he walks. But I lost the tool. Lucky him. I feel so bad when I tell him it’s time to clip his nails. He hates those words and cowers on the floor waiting for me to pick him up and bring him out on the balcony where I cut them.

Hope you have a great Saturday afternoon!

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30 day Paleo Challenge winners

Earlier Saturday afternoon I headed in to finally find out the 30 day Paleo Challenge that I completed at my local CrossFit box. There were over 30 people who took the challenge this year and our coach told us that it was a tight race for winning spots this year.

Seven paleo ‘competitors’ (4 women, and 3 men) made it to the announcing of the winners on Saturday. The coach took the first half hour and explained how he measured everyone’s successes and that he was impressed by everyone who took it upon themselves to do this 30 day challenge.

There were all sorts of prizes on the table for the winners and some door prizes to be drawn randomly.

I was starting to get a stomach ache and be a ball of nerves as he was stretching out the time, and not telling us who had placed yet. JEEZE.

Finally he started announcing the females placing starting with third and announced the inches she had lost, and the body fat percentage. It wasn’t me. I high fived her for getting third. Then, coach named off second place with her numbers – again, it wasn’t me. First place rolls around. He said my name. Then the inches I had lost, the pounds I had lost, and my body fat percentage change. I grinned but inside I was jumping up and down.

I GOT FIRST PLACE! It was a great feeling to put my mind to the Paleo challenge and come out with some great numbers along with some great prizes.

The numbers speak for themselves:


That above is how I did compared to the other women and men in the challenge. Their before numbers (like weight, for instance) was not included for privacy reasons, since I grabbed this off our very own CrossFit website. I don’t think many people would like their numbers published.

First place folks ended up getting some crazy prizes. I ended up with:  paleo-first-prize

  • Junk headband (popular amongst CrossFitters and they were at the Regionals last weekend)
  • $100 RMT massage with a girl who I’ve known at CrossFit for a few years
  • a CrossFit tee
  • $100 gift card to the local mall

Awesome hey? A few people at my CrossFit gym were asking how I did so well considering I’m already “so small”. I wasn’t kidding around when I told people my belly was the same size as my boob size from the start, that and the fact my diet consisted of a lot of candy, McDonalds and soda.

Everyone had to keep track of their food log which also had my sleep schedule, workouts for the 30 days, goals we wanted to achieve, the water intake at each meal, and the exact time I ate.paleo-book

It was pretty precise and I was so meticulous about carrying it around everywhere I went. Every. Where. I swear if I worked at toyota parts they’d love me for making such a detailed book of my entire month. It was nice seeing Coach C write a little bit on the back page for me:paleo-coach

Hard work pays off.

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Getting cold feet on healthy living

I’ll just jump right into it. I haven’t been eating well since coming off Paleo on May 7. To put it bluntly I have no self control and I’m back to the candy addictions and eating out. Have I not learned anything!? I am very disappointed in myself the past few weeks.

Last week I had one of the new McDonalds signature chicken wraps (the fiesta one) and I didn’t even like it!. I felt guilty eating it because I’ve been eating poorly all last week. Buying mini gummy bears at bulk barn and eating the entire bag.

I didn’t feel guilty about this meal though. My boss bought me one of my favorite McDonalds lunches. Plain cheeseburger, medium fries and a medium root beer.

I think that Paleo is a little too extreme for me, and I was feeling very apathetic. Little or no emotion. It was the strangest thing. I was definitely not myself, neither happy or sad. Just there. Let’s not talk about my toilet issues being on Paleo. My butt was not happy, let me just say that much.

However, I do want to change.

I don’t know why I’m writing this post, or what help (if any) I’m asking for. Maybe just confessing to you guys that anyone can slip up (ahem…for weeks on end). I just don’t understand why I can’t keep myself accountable for my own personal well being and overall health. I need to be accountable for my actions and have measurable goals.

I’ve already tried keeping a food log but as soon as I “cheated” (which is allowed, but not 15 days in a row!) I failed to write it down and just skipped writing every other meal there after, down.

Starting Sunday that just passed, I’ve jumped back on the healthy train and got my act together. I’ve started taking pictures of mostly everything I’ve been eating and publishing it on instagram again. So far so good.

Sunday night’s supper which I also brought to work for lunch the next day:

Monday night’s supper after a CrossFit wod:

Snacks are always the same with me. Dried unsweetened (scrumptious) mango and raw nuts with a few treats (mini M&Ms):

It’s amazing the difference you feel immediately after eating something good for you, than bad. TMI but I don’t toot as much when I eat well. Hey, it is what it is man. You come here, you get the real deal.

Perhaps seeing photos like this will keep myself motivated. It was inspiring to see me get healthy little abs on my stomach throughout paleo. I truly wanted to see what I was capable in the thirty days and I loved the results. I mean, who wouldn’t love 4.5″ gone off their waist in 30 days!? I’m still shocked that I was capable of doing that through Paleo and CrossFit/Climbing.

By the way, we still have no idea who won the Paleo 30 day Challenge at our local CrossFit box. It kept getting put off (long weekend in May, then the CrossFit Regionals) so now it’s happening this weekend. I’ll keep you posted.

Whewf. Glad I got that all off my chest.

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