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Fight Gone Bad Redeux

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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?

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AMRAP Rampage

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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

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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

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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…

30 Days Completed

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When I was thinking about starting the Paleo diet, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to stick it out for the 30 days. What is the Paleo diet? Basically, you eat nuts, seeds, lean meats, vegetables, and some fruit. You do not eat grains, legumes, gluten, and dairy. Dr. Cordain, Robb Wolf, and others posit that our (humans) biology hasn’t evolved or changed much in the past 10,000 years. What this means is that our bodies are not equipped to eat grains and legumes because we can’t digest them properly. In fact, the grains cause damage to our internal organs (stomach, intestines) as they move through our system undigested. This leads to inflammation and in return some of the more common diseases in society today.

I’m a carbohydrate addict. Not just carbs…but highly processed carbs like cakes, cookies, pancakes, breads, and other yummy goodness. So, in taking the 30 day challenge (eating paleo 30 days, no exceptions) I was going to have to stop eating all of those cold turkey. April 2009, I stopped drinking diet sodas (well, any sodas at all) and that was tough. I expected the first couple of weeks to be quite hard on me in cutting out the grains. However, it wasn’t too bad. Yes, I craved chocolate and sweets, but I was able to pass them up. The only time I had a point where I thought I’d give in and eat the forbidden fruit was at the dinner after my Grandfather’s funeral. First, the meal was composed of pastas and salads made with dairy products. The only thing I could eat was the ham, strawberries, and blackberries. Oh, there were a couple of carrot sticks as well. So, I ate what I could of those. Then they brought out the desserts. There was chocolate cake, carrot cake, chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies, peach cobbler, apple pie, and some other things. I stood at the table and took in all of the smells.

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“One bite won’t hurt” went through my head followed by “if you just eat one cookie it won’t hurt anything too bad. Just one cookie and that’s it.” This was dangerous. I was talking myself into eating stuff I knew I shouldn’t have been eating. I was about 20 days into my diet at this point and hadn’t had any sweet cravings for a while.  I took one more sniff of all of that sugary sin and made myself walk away to a different building. If I stayed any longer at that table, I was going to break down. I wasn’t even hungry. I didn’t want to eat them because I was still hungry…I would have just been eating to eat them. That was one of my biggest personal victories.

I noticed my body shape changing some about 2-3 weeks in. My lumpy thighs weren’t so lumpy anymore and the pod of fat on the side of my hips wasn’t as big when I ran my hand over it. During week 4 I was able to fit into a size 16 pants! I didn’t weigh myself at all during the 30 days. I had made an agreement with myself a while back that I was only going to weigh myself once a month. Let me tell you, it was hard not to dig the scale out and weigh early when I knew I had to have been losing weight. At the 30 day mark I stepped on the scale and found I had lost 12.6 lbs..outstanding! I had also lost about 6 inches.  

Many people claim that the Paleo diet gives them so much more energy, they can think clearer, they feel younger, etc. What can I say? I felt my attitude shift from being mostly negative to mostly positive. My anxiety was little to non-existent and while I didn’t feel a great influx of energy, I wasn’t falling asleep at my desk anymore at 2 in the afternoon. The results have been great, in my opinion, and I will continue to eat this way. That being said though, I will allow myself some of the things I enjoy from time to time. I’m not giving up cake for the rest of my life! Yesterday I had one of those small personal sized boxes of Lucky Charms for a snack (since I was out of my 30 day challenge) and I wasn’t too hip on them. They weren’t good. Plus, I got realllly tired about an hour later. Is that related? I don’t know but I would think so.

What’s next? Just keep on keeping on. I stopped consuming artificial sweeteners last Monday (1/24/11). It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be not to have sweet-n-low or splenda in my iced tea. I do miss it, but I’m doing just fine! We’ll see how the next 30 days go without the artificial sweeteners.

I’m Learning…

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On a recommendation of my fellow blogger, Sasha, I decided to saute my green beans tonight. I also added some nice spices to the chicken called “Kick up Chicken” spices. Basically it had several kinds of pepper, garlic, onion, and a few other things. It all turned out quite good, if I do say so myself!

The chicken was nice a juicy, not dry. The main difference was I cooked until the meat thermometer read 170 indicating the meat was cooked thoroughly instead of just cooking the snot out of it. I’m always paranoid that I won’t cook chicken enough and get food poisoning!

Fight Gone Bad

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ouufff….tonight was a little tough. It’s called “Fight Gone Bad”. Why? Well….because an MMA athlete said that’s what it felt like afterward. For a look at the workout and to get the full explanation of the name check out this video.

Our’s was slightly modified. We don’t have a rowing machine (which I love using…my favorite equipment at my other gym) so we replaced the rowing with a 200 meter run. The girls used an 8lb medicine ball and a 35# bar for the deadlifts and push presses. I also had to do step ups because I can’t do box jumps yet. Plus, we had a 2 minute rest. So…what was my score? 182 (doesn’t include any points for the run).

Here’s the breakdown:

Box Jumps (Step Ups) 21, 16, 15 for a total of 52

Sumo Deadlift High Pull (35#) 22, 19, 19 for a total of 60

Wall Ball (8#) 11, 11, 10 for a total of 32

PushPress (35#) 16, 10, 12 for a total of 38

Yes….it was tough and I’m pretty sure my arms are going to be hurting tomorrow and Saturday!

For dinner tonight, I had some nitrate free Fajita Chicken Sausage and roasted green beans. YUMMMM. The sausage was a little scary looking (very white) but it tasted great. I made myself eat the whole thing even though I’m hardly ever hungry after CrossFit. My total calorie count for today was 1341…much better than previous days!