Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 16 - Oct 31

Happy Halloween!  Tonight will surely be the ultimate test - resisting the huge bowl of candy sitting out for hours.  We have no idea how many trick-or-treaters to expect in our new neighborhood... hopefully I won't have to run out to get even more!

I started the day off with zucchini quiche, brussels and bacon, and a cup of coffee. For lunch I had a saladworks salad with chicken, egg whites, and lots of veggies plus oil and vinegar dressing and coffee #2.

I had a bit of a traumatic afternoon. This little guy was feeling crumby yesterday and then was throwing up last night and all day today.

So I took him to the vet.  He got xrays, blood work, and a urine sample taken, and the conclusion is that he has a kidney infection. The vet has to keep him overnight to pump him with fluids and put him on antibiotics. Hopefully they see him getting back to his usual self tonight so they don't have to transfer him to another facility that has staff on 24 hours.  I know he'll be okay, but it was scary and sad leaving him for the night :( I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good news tomorrow morning.

I had an early dinner of spaghetti squash, crock pot meat, and brussels and bacon.  I'm hoping this will ward off any candy cravings later. If I do feel the need to munch on something that is not candy, my plan is to heat up some extra dinner as a snack.

Only 14 days left!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 15 - Oct 30

Started my day off with a spaghetti squash 3-egg omelet and a side of crock pot meat, plus a cup of coffee.

I made a new thruster PR at CrossFit, then came home and had a bunch of brussels and bacon followed by a slice of the Paleo apple/pumpkin pie.

Had some coffee mid-afternoon. Dinner was grilled grass fed burger patties accompanied by some more brussels and bacon... I have a feeling I'm going to run out of these early this week. I wish it weren't such a process to cook them!

15 days down, 15 to go!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 14 - Oct 29

Today marks a straight 2 weeks of eating strictly real foods - just about halfway through the challenge. I'm so happy with what I've accomplished so far, and I'm proud to say that I've been eating Paleo "Rx Plus". I'm excited to see what will happen over the next 16 days.. bring it on!

Before CrossFit, I had zucchini quiche, some crock pot meat and cup of coffee. Had a blast with everyone working out in costume today!

Came home and started cook & clean-fest 2011. Should I have been doing work instead? Probably. But does it feel good to have a sparkling clean house and a fridge full of food to kick off another work week? Definitely.

Pictured: brussels and bacon, zucchini quiche with sausage (I learned from last week's overflow disaster and baked it in two dishes instead), and my lunch - eggs with spaghetti squash. I also had a side of the freshly cooked brussels and bacon.

Mid-afternoon I had a cup of coffee and a slice of the Paleo apple/pumpkin pie from yesterday.

Dinner was spaghetti squash with crock pot meat. I store the meat in some of the coconut milk/curry paste mixture post-cooking, so I poured in some of that, making my meal sort of a stew.

Quite a yummy day!

Day 13 - Oct 28

Zucchini quiche, just a teeny bit of brussels and bacon, and some crock pot meat for breakfast. Coffee with heavy cream.

Brussels and bacon plus crock pot meat for lunch. Coffee with heavy cream.

I was planning on CrossFitting after work, but I was feeling tired and sick.. this week really beat me up. I wish I could still go in the mornings during the week like I did over the summer. I always felt strong and there was no excuse not to go. I'll be going on Saturday and Sunday this weekend anyway, so all will be fine.

Sean and I instead went to Longhorn Steakhouse (again), where I enjoyed a huge rib eye with a bunch of fresh steamed veggies.  After dinner, Sean for some reason decided to fill me in on how delicious the pumpkin munchkins were that he had earlier. For the first time over the challenge, my sweet tooth came out, and it came out hard.  It could have been the lack of sweet potato, but I was also not feeling completely satisfied after dinner like I was the other night.

I really want to work on the Paleo pumpkin pie recipe to make it tastier and maybe have a dish that I can call my own. Sean had the idea to add some apples to the pie to sweeten it up.  I was pretty skeptical about how well apples would go with pumpkin, but we gave it a try anyway.
Quote of the evening: "I think I've died and gone to Paleo heaven"
Yes, that is homemade whipped cream on top :) It's super easy - we just put some heavy cream plus a little bit of pure vanilla in the food processor... whipped right up.  I think it needed some more time in the oven due to the apples, and I also think that we should have chopped the apple pieces smaller, but it was pretty damn good. This recipe is getting there...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 12 - Oct 27

Zucchini quiche + delicious crock pot meat + cup of coffee with heavy cream for breakfast.

Brussels + bacon + delicious crock pot meat + cup of coffee with heavy cream for lunch.

Final cross country meet after work.. we got back late and I was exhausted and starving. Made some more spaghetti squash and finished the last of the meatballs and sauce, followed by a pecan pie Lara Bar.

Sorry for the brief/picture-less posts... I really need to work on getting more sleep.  Please remind me that it's worth it to get a shit ton of work done over the weekend so I can actually sleep next week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 11 - Oct 26

Started off the day with some zucchini quiche and leftover squash. Plus one cup of coffee with heavy cream.

Lunch was brussels and bacon. Tomorrow I'll have some crock pot meat to add in.  No coffee at work today - forgot to bring in more heavy cream! Plus I was able to leave right after work (no cross country practice today), so I picked up some iced coffee with heavy cream from Starbucks before I got my nails done :)

On the way home I finally got some more curry paste so I can run the crock pot overnight tonight. I finished up the last of the squash and had a Cherry Pie LaraBar for a snack.

Survived CrossFit today with all of my soreness still in tact and even got a 20lb front squat PR :) Thanks for the encouragement Sharon!!

Sean grilled for dinner - our favorite grassfed burgers with some (partially bacon-wrapped) asparagus... yum!

Still feeling great :) So many smiley faces today!

Day 10 - Oct 25

Breakfast was zucchini quiche 2.0 plus some brussels and bacon. And coffee with heavy cream.

More brussels and bacon for lunch (surprise) plus cup #2 of coffee with heavy cream (surprise again).

Snacked on my PaleoKit before and after the cross country race. Got made fun of for being healthy and not succumbing to Micky-D's "food".

Soreness from Filthy Fifty kicked in during the afternoon. Ow. Everything hurt... calves, hamstrings, quads, butt, abs. They all still hurt just as much as I type this (the following morning). It turns out that I will be able to make it to CrossFit tonight (our last meet will be Thursday in the rain instead of today), so I'm worried about how much my soreness will limit me.

I almost did not even need dinner. Got back too late to make it to CrossFit, that PaleoKit really halted my appetite, and I was planning a ridiculously early bedtime. I heated up just a little bit of the spaghetti squash and meatballs.

Was about to start a crock pot of chuck with coconut milk and curry paste so it could cook overnight, then I realized that I was out of curry paste. Sigh. Will have to pick some more up after work Wednesday. 

One third of the way through the challenge!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 9 - Oct 24

This morning I finally got to try some of the zucchini quiche upgraded with sausage and coconut milk - muy bueno!! It was a little spicy.. I'm not sure if it was from the mild sausage or if I tossed too much pepper in this time.  I had some leftover squash on the side and of course a cup of coffee with heavy cream.

Sidenote about this morning: I noticed that my clothes are starting to fit better :D I was overjoyed on my way to work.. unnecessarily smiling and dancing in my car.  Not typical Monday morning behavior for me. I then continued to have the perfect day at school... it makes such a difference to feel comfortable and confident when you're pretty much on stage in front of a classroom of 11-13 year olds all day. So happy to see some results of my hard work only a week in!

Lunch was typical brussels and bacon plus a cup of coffee.

After cross country practice, I ate some leftover squash and a couple meatballs before running out the door to the gym. The "Filthy Fifty" was indeed filthy :)  As much as 50 burpees totally SUCK, I love the long, never-ended metcons so much.   The next two days I have late nights for the end of cross country season, so I was also glad to get a hard workout in before probably missing the next two. Last time I did this workout I completed the "Foul Forties" in 24:08. Today, my "Filthy Fifty" time was 27:44ish (I couldn't remember if it was :39 or :49, so we settled for halfway).  Not too shabby. 

I picked up a large PaleoKit to keep me satisfied tomorrow for the cross country League Championships at Holbein and our traditional trip to McDonalds afterward (barf). 

Dinner was leftover spaghetti squash and meatballs! Another day down, still feeling great :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Day 8 - Oct 23

Started the day off with my favorite Sunday omelette: 3 eggs, fresh tomato, some avocado on top. Plus 2 cups of coffee with heavy cream.

I was forced to skip CrossFit today - too much work to do and I didn't want to have another sleepless week :/ As I watched the minutes tick away between 1:00 and 2:00, I was really wishing that I just went.

Lunch was another big ole' bowl of spaghetti squash and meatballs - just as good on the second day. I'm thinking this will become another one of those recipes I could make every week and never get sick of.

I was working hard but starting to fade - one more cup of coffee with heavy cream.

For dinner, I'm planning on grilling some grassfed burgers topped with fresh tomato slices. I'll have some leftover squash and brussels with bacon on the side. Later, I'll more than likely enjoy a piece of the pumpkin pie I made yesterday. If I deviate from this plan I will edit!

Just realized that I forgot to blog about one of my successes from earlier this week... Thursday night I got my first double unders!! First box jumps and first double unders both during the 30 day challenge... coincidence? I think not :) What would be really impressive is if I could get my first pull up (ha).

ETA proof of dinner.. so full from all that delicious food:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 7 - Oct 22

This morning I scrambled 3 eggs with the last of the crockpot meat.

After CrossFit, I did my grocery shopping at Whole Foods and came back with lots of goodies:
Then I cleaned and cooked for seriously the entire day. I decided to start by making a Paleo pumpkin pie in preparation for Thanksgiving because I've been dying to use my canned pure pumpkin. I used Sarah from Everyday Paleo's recipe which you can find here. All ingredients are challenge-friendly with the exception of the raw honey which I did not include in my pie.
Really simple, pure pumpkin pie ingredients!
Crust baked for 10 minutes before adding the filling.
All done! Not too shabby.
I had a slice as soon as it cooled down.  The pie was definitely very natural tasting, but a little on the bland side. I'm sure if the honey were added it, it would have sweetened it up a bit.  Regardless, it is a satisfying way to get a little bit of nuts with a ton of pumpkin-y vitamins.

I whipped up my quadruple batch of brussels sprouts and bacon and munched on a little bit of that to round out my lunch.  

Next, I made the zucchini quiche with a little twist this week. I had coconut milk leftover from the pie, so I added a bit of that in along with a couple cut up mild italian sausages.  I failed to consider the extra space the sausage would take up in my baking dish, and ended up with overflowed eggs on the bottom of my oven. Hopefully the extra ingredients will be worth it!

I tried something new this weekend and made a double batch of the "spaghetti" and meatballs recipe from Primal Palate. By the time it was done it was dinner time so I had a big bowl of it - amazing! I can't get over how much more filling Paleo food is than SAD (standard american diet) food.
I'm currently rounding out the day with some leftover squash. I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish today other than cooking that I definitely did not get to, but having container after container of leftovers is worth it! One week down :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 6 - Oct 21

I knew today would be a challenging day for me. Instead of my normal routine at work, I had to head into AC for the day to attend the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Conference.

I started the day off around 5:30 with zucchini quiche and some crock pot meat. I love how both of these dishes last me all week long. Of course I also had some pumpkin spice coffee with heavy cream.

I arrived via train in AC around 8:10. A couple hours later I was getting very hungry.  This is where I almost panicked. I should probably have come prepared with a PaleoKit or something that doesn't need refrigeration. It was too early for the lunch places at the convention center to open up, plus I knew I wouldn't really trust their meats or oils anyway. I found a green apple to munch on figuring that it had to be better than blowing the challenge. The apple turned out to taste not so good, so I had a couple bites and tossed it. The two teachers I was with and I decided that we needed a coffee break, so we took the quick walk to Starbucks where I got iced coffee with heavy cream. As I looked for something that I could eat there, I saw a glimmer of hope in a KIND bar. It's a nut and fruit bar, so I assumed it would be similar to Lara. I checked the ingredients, and had to put it back after I read "non GMO glucose, crisp rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin". Not okay. I left there with a banana. Too much fruit, but once again, better than cheating.

I returned back home around 2:00 (quick day) and was ready to devour some meat and veggies. Sean has half days of work on Fridays, so we decided to go out to Longhorn Steakhouse for a late lunch/early dinner (linner).

After denying the waitresses offer for bread, about 10 minutes later she brought it out anyway and left too quickly for me to remind her that I said no thank you.  We had it sitting at the corner of the table and I really just didn't give it a second thought. Grains are no longer an option.
Huge 12-oz rib-eye with fresh veggies and sweet potato.
SO good. I splurged a little with the sweet potato, but it was a nice treat.

Pre-challenge this would be an example of a time that Sean and I would go out to get dessert. Or if we went to the movies afterward, we'd run to Wawa to pick up a snack of some sort to munch on. I found that I really wasn't tempted to do this today. I was super full from all that yummy food, and I'm almost a quarter of the way through the challenge and do not want to ruin everything that I've worked for. Let alone destroy my stomach and performance with grains and sugars!

We got back from linner and I fell asleep face first with my shoes and jacket on. I was definitely feeling over-tired from the lack of sleep I got all week. Four hours later I forced myself to get up so I could have no problem falling asleep again tonight. I'm really sick, so I was craving something comforting like ice cream or soup.  I instead had a little bit of leftover squash to tide me over and kick those other cravings aside.

I'm a little wary about the weekend, but I know I can do it! Maybe I'll try a new recipe or two...

Day 5 - Oct 20 ... better late than never!

Thursday was a crazy busy day followed by me passing out ASAP, so I missed writing this post on time.

Breakfast was zucchini quiche, brussels & bacon, and some crock pot meat. After I packed up my lunch, my least favorite part of the week happened - it was the end of my brussels & bacon. Don't worry, I have this funny feeling that I'll be making another quadruple batch on Saturday :P

I was starving after the cross country meet, so I ran into the local pizza place to ask for some plain, grilled chicken. After being asked repeatedly if I was sure that I didn't want to put any sauce, dressing, or cheese on it and then watching the staff deliberate for quite some time over how much I should pay for it,  I left with a really satisfying, fresh snack!

After Smurph at CrossFit, I came home to my squash cooling down from the oven. I scooped out the flesh and put in in the crockpot with butter and spices. It was ready to eat just in time after a shower and getting myself situated for Friday.
So delicious and leftovers for days! My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach on this.. I scooped myself a huge bowl of it and couldn't even finish it. This is extremely filling stuff!

A pretty light day on food and no fruits or nuts today! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 4 - Oct 19

Usual breakfast and lunch today. I had a PaleoKit after school - amazing! It is just as delicious as it is messy to eat... I'm glad I was locked in my classroom all by myself when I went after this.  Brought a dinner of brussels, bacon, and crock pot meat to work with me since I was trapped in my grad class til 8:30. When I got home, I had two scrambled eggs cooked in kerrygold butter because I was super hungry. I almost congratulated myself for not eating fruit/nuts today... and then I remembered the PaleoKit. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

I did come very close to letting my willpower (along with the whole 30 day challenge) fly right out the window by almost eating a Nature Valley bar. I got 30 of them for the cross country team, which has 28 runners. I gave one away to the other coach and then was tempted by that last one. As I played with the idea of eating it I took a peek at the ingredients. The first three: whole grain rolled oats, sugar, canola oil.. and it just got worse from there. Once I saw those ingredients, I immediately gave it away to someone else and didn't give it a second thought. I also passed up a little gift bag of candy at class. As my classmates chowed down on their sugar, I felt confident that I would not think about cheating on these 30 days again.

During class I was feeling really bizarre flu-like symptoms, similar to what Laurie was describing on the nutrition blog.  I was feeling nauseous, had an awful headache, was getting chills, and had a weird taste in my mouth.  I can't believe that I'm only 4 days in and think I'm going through sugar withdrawal already. Granted, this feeling could have also been caused or made worse by my severe lack of sleep... last night was another one with only a couple hours of my head on the pillow. Something else I noticed was that coffee #3 today made me feel really jittery and weird. This also happened to me on my first 30-day back in July. Interesting...

Just one lesson to do then I'm most definitely hitting the hay!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 3 - Oct 18

The most exciting news of the day: I got my very first box jumps tonight :D  It takes me a while to psych myself up before each jump so I'm not sure if I want to use it for metcons right away, but I'm so happy I can jump with the big kids now! For those who may not know.. back in June/July I started with step ups because I had a HUGE issue with jumping. The box looked super scary to me and my mobility (or lack-there-of) prevented me from getting very far off the ground. I still can't believe I really did it!! Just another example of CrossFit making the impossible possible :)

Hey Nilda, I hope you don't mind that I stalked out and re posted this picture of you conveniently demonstrating what a box jump is :)

Breakfast and lunch today were same as usual. Zucchini quiche with brussels and bacon for breakfast, and crock pot meat with brussels and bacon with for lunch. Plus a cup of coffee with heavy cream with each meal.

After cross country practice I'm pretty sure my stomach was eating itself, so I swung into Wawa and left with two hard boiled eggs and a banana as a snack. I know, I need to stay away from the fruit, but at least I did not have any Lara Bars today. Oh, and it took me 3 red lights just to get one of the eggs de-shelled. Awesome.

For dinner Sean grilled up some grass fed burgers (which I ate with avocado) and asparagus, once again some spears were bacon-wrapped. Am I on the verge of eating too much bacon??

I'm currently on coffee #3 because I still have a lesson for the 6th graders and a paper/presentation for grad class to do tonight... yikes!

In other news... 

I purchased my first PaleoKit, which I will be consuming after cross country practice/before my grad class tomorrow night. I'll let you know how much I love it!

I also purchased (or rather, had Sean go out and purchase while I was at the gym) a freaking ton of squash. My plan is to make Jamie's recipe and have squash as a snack/side dish for dayssss so I can completely cut the fruit and nuts. Hopefully I'll have some time to make this tomorrow or Thursday.

One more day down. Feeling stronger by the minute :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 2 - Oct 17

Today was definitely a less exciting food day than yesterday, but Paleo nonetheless. Before I begin I'd like to make a quick shout-out to my commenters, readers, facebook "likers", etc. You have no idea how much your support means to me :)

This is what my typical weekday breakfast looks like, although my ratios vary each day: a piece of zucchini quiche, some crock pot meat, and a bunch of brussels with bacon. I like to have a full plate of food to really fill me up early in the AM and get me mentally and physically prepared for the long day ahead.

Typical lunch is more brussels spouts and bacon (can you say obsessed??). I usually add a couple hunks of the crock pot meat to the container, but I was ultra rushed this morning.

After work, the cross country team had their second to last home meet. I got home around 6 and was feeling delirious from lack of sleep last night - I only slept from 11-3 before getting up to finish my lessons for today and heading into work to make copies. I inhaled an apple pie flavored Lara Bar (I really need to have Sean hide these from me) and passed out face first on my bed. No CrossFit for me tonight.. I'll make up for it another day this week. Knowing that I still had more work to do tonight, Sean woke me up an hour later with dinner - Elevation Burger! He got me 2 plain (grass fed) burger patties with lettuce and tomato along with a side salad (romaine, carrots, and tomato with oil and vinegar dressing). In my excitement and continuing delirium, I forgot to snap a picture. But I DID resist the urge to snag some of Sean's fries or a sip of his soda. That brings me to now, sitting here with a cup of coffee with heavy cream, trying to get this work done ASAP so I can get back in bed. 2 days down... 28 to go!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 1 - Oct 16

It has arrived. Day one of thirty days eating only meats (preferably grass fed),  veggies (preferably local and organic), and healthy fats (like avocado, kerrygold butter, and coconut oil). I may throw in a piece of fruit or a couple nuts here and there, but for the most part I'm going to avoid them in order to hopefully lose some of this fat on my journey to get healthy!

Yesterday CrossFit Aspire held a 30 Day Challenge Kick Off and Nutrition Q&A event. Justin did an awesome job explaining to us what real foods are and why our bodies function best eating them exclusively. I took my measurements and completed a pre-challenge WOD (workout of the day), which we are going to repeat on November 14th to see results/changes/improvements in performance. I'm now armed with my 30 Day Challenge Survival Guide and have the support of about 40 people at the gym. I'm ready for this.

Who needs ketchup, cheese, and salt when you can have these fresh and healthy ingredients instead? After getting over 8 hours of sleep last night, I decided to celebrate the beginning of the challenge by starting my day off with this 3-egg feast plus two cups of coffee with a little heavy cream. I sauteed a sliced tomato, added it to the eggs as they cooked, plated the omelet over some Thai curry/coconut milk mixture leftover from my crock pot of beef that cooked last night, and topped it all off with some avocado. Delicious!

I knew I would need to eat something before heading over for a CrossFit workout at 1:00. For lunch I ate some of that crock pot beef along with my favorite brussels sprouts.

After a particularly soul-crushing workout, I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up the ingredients for tonight's dinner. I ended up also grabbing a couple different flavors of Lara Bars, and tried the banana bread flavor (ingredients: almonds, dates, unsweetened bananas) for a snack. I just have be sure to eat these tasty fruit and nut bars only sparingly!

Dinner was another celebratory event. Sean grilled up some grass fed burgers (I ate mine with sliced tomato and a little avocado) and a bunch of asparagus. Some spears were most definitely bacon-wrapped. So necessary :)

I'm aiming to get to bed at 10 tonight and not snack up until then. If I do snack, I'll edit to add it in. 

I get super busy during the week, but I'm going to try to keep up with recording my (extremely repetitive... sorry in advance) meals every day. It may be brief, but it should be here. Please check in to make sure I have not cheated! :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reality Check

This post underwent several title changes from "The Day I Decided to Stop Sabotaging my Diet" to "Sucking it Up and Using Some Willpower" and "The Day My Pants Didn't Button and I Felt Disgusting".

According to the scale (which I know I should not be using, but curiosity gets the best of me) I am officially at my heaviest yet. I didn't need a scale to tell me this, the way my clothes fit spoiled it far in advance.  About a year ago was when I started seeing a trainer and following a diet. I started that journey 17 pounds lighter than I am now, and at my best on that diet I was 25 pounds lighter that I am now.  25 pounds. Where did I go wrong since last November??

I acknowledge that, as with most people, my battle with food is entirely in my head. I'm not actually hungry, but my mind gets hell-bent on grabbing that snack or dessert. It becomes all I can think about until I satisfy that craving. I also believe that my personal issue is heightened by my OCD. Yes, I'm aware this all sounds crazy but I know it's a reality for me and plenty of others.  I use food as an escape from the stress of my life, and recently I've been turning to really terrible foods that I shouldn't have even tried in the first place (like ice cream, pizza, sandwiches, bakery cookies, candy... basically carb and sugar heaven). This behavior is shocking to my pre-diet self.

Before my diet journey I had far less issues with food. I ate what I then believed to be "healthy".  Back then it was low calorie foods like veggies, fruits, and chicken, but I also included whole grains like oatmeal, artificial sweetener, and processed, low calorie foods. Nonetheless, I struggled far less to keep my diet in check. If it wasn't "good" for me, I didn't go near it. Usually I would tell myself that if it contained more than a certain amount of calories or didn't have a certain amount of vitamins in it, then I couldn't have it.

Somewhere along the line since then, coincidentally around the time I moved in with the boyfriend, I started veering off track. I'm typically fine with breakfast and lunch (recently, both have been consisting of some combination of zucchini quiche, brussels sprouts and bacon, and some meat cooked in a crock pot), but nighttime kills me. It's as if my brain is screaming "Last call for food! Eat anything and everything!".  After a full day of work/practice/gym/shower/still having hours of work to do, I have a hard time fighting it. I've additionally been convincing myself that I really "deserve" to have that treat for working so hard at work and at the gym. I'm also pretty sure that I've been "celebrating" my new house for about a month now. Yes, I may deserve to treat myself somehow, but rapidly approaching obesity isn't all that satisfying.

At the beginning of summer, I embarked upon a 30-day Paleo challenge. At the end of it I felt so in control of my cravings and my body. I was leaning out, sleeping perfectly, my energy levels were through the roof, stomach issues and headaches were disappearing, and I felt all-around awesome. How did I fall so far backwards since then? Am I really that self-defeating?

Needless to say, the onset of a new 30-day challenge, this time accompanied by a slew of my favorite gym friends, is perfect timing for me. I'm more than ready to pick myself back off the floor and get a fresh start. In case you missed my first challenge, here are the guidelines:
  • Each meal should consist of vegetables, meats, and healthy fats.
  • Fruits and nuts/seeds are also allowed, but since weight loss is my goal, I'm going to start off by cutting these out. 
  • Foods not included: all grains and dairy, anything processed, all added sugars, legumes, starches, and alcohol.
The challenge starts on October 15th. My plan is to be over prepared and constantly remind myself that my focus should be on having a healthy, primal lifestyle. Just like last time, I'm not sure how I will be utilizing the blog for this, but you should be hearing from me every now and then. If this lifestyle changed my life once, I'm certain it can do it again. Wish me luck!