Long Day But Good 278/365

The alarm went off way to early for a Saturday morning in which I didn’t have a Roc Solid build. But, when the alarm sounded out of bed I got and headed over to Orange Theory for a workout.

My heart rate monitor is still being wonky as in not really working until the end of class but at least it was reading in the green today instead of black like it’s been doing. So, I’ll take that as a win. And, the real point is that I get up and go so that I’m defiantly doing.

After a good workout it was home to shower and head off to watch the goddaughters for the day. They crack me up pretty much the entire time we are together. We had a great afternoon together.

After leaving their house I stopped at Aldi’s to do some grocery shopping. I had made my meal plan for the week along with shopping list yesterday or maybe it was the day before and so it was ready to go.

Uhmmmm can I tell you how much I love Aldi’s. Yeah pure love. I got all of the groceries I needed for the week for under $40. Granted this week I didn’t need as many things as last week as I had some stuff like eggs, potatoes, onions, almond milk, and such leftover. However, I did pick up some ground turkey, which once I got home remembered I no longer needed as I decided to pull something out of the freezer instead of making a recipe, I’ll share more on that another day, and 2.5 pounds of organic chicken breast. And, produce tons of produce carrots, zucchini, avocado, and bell peppers. I picked up some canned tomatoes, seltzer, dark chocolate salted caramels, well because yum, gluten free bagels, because on Sunday mornings I just need a bagel, some cheese, and a few spices.

Let’s talk about the bagel thing. Nope it’s not Paleo and it’s not really clean eating but every once in a while I want a bagel and eel these gluten free ones are actually really good. I have a Paleo Yiddish Cookbook that has a bagel recipe or 5 that I’ve yet to try. Maybe after the Roc Solid build season winds down for the holidays I’ll take a crack at it. I made a challah bread from the cookbook and it was really good so I have faith the bagels will be too.

So yes, tomorrow after Orange Theory I’m going to enjoy my bagel.

Today’s been a day of cleaning out the fridge of any of the leftover food from this past week, which means lunch was the rest of the pizza from last night and dinner was turkey curry. I also have 2 servings of that in the freezer to eat later. I portioned out the Cabbage Roll Soup I made yesterday and got that in the freezer as well.

I took stock of the freezer today as well and I have some French Onion Soup, Turkey Pumpkin Chili, and a Turkey Sausage Casserole to eat up to make room for all of the new stuff I’m making to put in the freezer. So, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be incorporating them into my meal plan.

I don’t think I’ve shared this with you guys yet. I made a Paleo Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Bread this past week to eat for breakfast, and well it’s so good. Plus half the loaf is in the freezer and I’ll be eating it soon. It’s really simple to make and isn’t too sweet, and it’s pumpkin!!!

This past week was all about Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook, and this coming week it’s all about Pinterest. Hmmmm wonder where I’ll be looking for the next round of meals. I have tons of Paleo/clean eating cookbooks so it’s just a matter of grabbing one and picking out some recipes. Then of course there is the vast expanse of the internet. There is no telling, but I have a few days to figure out where/what I want to get my inspiration.

I’m hitting OTF again in the morning and then it’s home to do some cleaning, laundry, and meal prepping. I may also hit up a concert tomorrow night we shall see.

Have a great Saturday.

A Full Day 277/365

Today’s been a full day. You’d think it’d be an easy day and fairly quiet since I didn’t go into the office today.

I started the day off with a stop at Orange Theory. Day 1 Of 3 in a row. It was endurance day and my body is definitely feeling it. I had a good day working out however, my heart rate monitor was acting up again.

Even with the wonky monitor I still got my 12+ splat points and burned some serious calories. And, well I know I was working my butt off.

After OTF it was off to the chiropractor to get some adjustments done. Yeah, the back is still not where it should be. I’m thinking it may be time to find a new chiropractor as this one just isn’t working well for me. He does very little adjusting and lots of running this jackhammer like thing down my spine which just increases pain and does nothing to get my spine back in line.

Anyway after the chiropractor it was home to whip up some cabbage roll soup. I had a ton of cabbage leftover after making my slaw for my Street Tacos this week, and well I hate wasting food so I found a crockpot recipe for this soup. Now I had red cabbage instead of regular cabbage but I figured it’d work just fine.

From the smell of it I can say I think it will be fine. I didn’t taste it and it’s currently cooling so I can put it in the fridge and then tomorrow I’ll portion it out for the freezer. My husband will have some soup to eat when he’s home and I’m at work. Or it’ll be a meal for both of us one cold stormy night. All that needs to be done is add rice or cauliflower rice when we go to eat it.

If you want to give this a try you can click right here.

I tried the Kite Hill Greek style yogurt today. I wasn’t a fan. I have another flavor to try which I will before making my judgement but I wasn’t a fan. I’m not a Greek yogurt fan I think it has to do with the texture so I thought this might be a good alternative and well texture wise I wasn’t bothered but I didn’t care for the taste at all. Which if I don’t like the other flavor I bought I’m not going to be too upset about it as it has quite a bit of sugar 12 grams and well I don’t really need that. And, I will say I have found an unsweetened coconut yogurt that I love so when I really want yogurt I can always go with that. It was just something I’d thought I’d try and see. So, probably won’t be buying the Greek yogurt by Kite Hill again. However, there cream cheese spread I’m still all over that.

Tonight for dinner it was pizza night. I picked up gluten free pizza crust from Trader Joe’s the other day and well I must say I was quite impressed with them. I was really planning on cauliflower crust but I just was not running to the store that carries them for just that one item. So, I’m glad I found these as they are a great alternative. They aren’t Paleo but still pretty clean. And, well let’s face it I’m adding cheese to the bad boy and by cheese I mean real mozzarella so it’s not Paleo anyway. I topped the pizza with the leftover chicken andouille sausage I had leftover from when I took it out of the freezer to make paella earlier this week. I paired it with some mixed greens with balsamic and shaved Parmesan and made for a perfect Friday night dinner.

It was pretty good. Now I’m excited for next week’s meals. I’m trying some new recipes and I can’t wait to see how they come out.

Happy Friday!!!

New Products All Around 276/365

Today found me trying out 3 new products. I’ll get to that in a minute.

But, first we are going to start with the fact that it was my rest day today, and I’m bummed I didn’t attend OTF today as it was a partner workout. Yup can’t believe I’m saying that as partner workouts usually scare the crap out of me. It’s that whole I suck at rowing and if you’re my partner you will not be making the leader board. But, today I was a bit bummed I wasn’t there. However, I needed to take today off from OTF or it’d be 6 days in a row by the time this weekend is over. Even though I didn’t attend OTF I went to the workout hosted by my office and well it kicked my a$$.

30 minutes and some serious sweat was pouring off me. Plus, it’s fun to workout with the co-workers.

I may not be seeing a change on the scale or really in the fit of my clothes but I definitely feel stronger and can push myself further every day.

My back is still wonky but when I workout even though I’ve been modifying some movements or doing little to no weight I’m still getting it done. And, today I was getting some really good squats in, getting probably the lowest I’ve been in a long time.

Our team T-shirt’s came in today and they are awesome. I’ll be rocking one Saturday when I have my goddaughters for the day and a trip to the playground will be in order. I’ll have to make sure I get a picture of my shirt so I can share it with you.

I follow several bloggers on Instagram and well several of them have been talking about 2 products and I finically got them to try for myself. And, well I must not be the only one following these pretty popular bloggers because when I went to the store there was only 1 or 2 of the products left. So picking what flavor I wanted was pretty much not a choice.

The first product is Simply Mills crackers. I got the jalapeño crackers. They are grain free and so good. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about jalapeño crackers, I was a little worried I wouldn’t like them because of the flavor but not an issue. They are the bomb. I’ll definitely be stalking my Whole Foods for the next shipment so I can grab a couple of other flavors.

The other product is Kite Hill cashew cream cheese spread. Again I didn’t get to pick what I wanted as there were 2 containers and they were both jalapeño flavor. Are we seeing a pattern here? OMG this stuff is amazing. This is so good I think I like it better than cream cheese. I’ll be looking for some of the other flavors so yup I’ll be stalking Whole Foods a lot I can tell.

I paired my Simple Mills crackers with the Kite Hill and well yeah it’s definitely a snack I’ll be keeping handy.

I also bought Kite Hill almond milk Greek yogurt but have yet to try it. It’ll be my snack at some point in the next few days. And, I’ll be sure to share all about it.

Finally the last new product I tried today has nothing to do with food. It’s all about my nails.

I tried out Jamberry’s new product ColorCure. I haven’t bought it yet as it is a bit pricy but I was over at my consultant’s house and gave it a try. It’s a hybrid between a gel and lacquer last 10-14 days but goes on like a lacquer. It is base, color, and top coat all in one. It needs to be cured under a light but has no tacky residue that needs to be removed.

Oh and, let’s talk about removal. Gel removal is a process where as this is soak in remover for 2 minutes and it flakes right off. Yeah I’m hooked now. Luckily I’m hosting a party and earning rewards to buy some. Whooooo!!! Goodbye gel hello ColorCure.

I need to do a little cleanup but they look awesome and I can still pair with wraps. Damn you Jamberry and sucking me in.

It’s time for me to watch some Grey’s Anatomy and enjoy a quiet evening at home. Have a great night.

OMG I’m Stoked 275/365

This day has been one for the books. I’m sure after reading this you’ll think I’m crazy for being so excited about these things, but hey it doesn’t take much to make me happy and I get to choose what makes me happy and the things that happened today do.

Let me start by saying I woke up yesterday with my lower back completely out of whack and in a ton of pain. But, I hauled myself to Orange Theory and pushed through a run/row session. And, my back did feel better as I moved through the workout.

My back was still not feeling better last night and I actually went to bed with my TENS unit hooked up to my back. And, unfortunately I woke up this morning not feeling any better. However, I went to Orange Theory again.

Today at Orange Theory it was a power day so lots of short sprints on the treads and powerful quick movements on the weight floor. I started off with a bit of pain but as I continued to move the back loosened up. After my tread blocks were finished I moved to the weight floor and rowing portion of the session.

On the weight floor I tried to do the weighted squats but it wasn’t happening, so I dropped the weight and continued with the squats. I still had some discomfort but it was doable. All of the rowing was 150meter rows. And, my last row of the day I CRUSHED!!! 150 meters in 30 seconds. Uhmmmmm What!? That never happens I’m between 42-48 seconds always, but somehow I cranked it out. I know it’s not fast for some but hello I shaved about 15 seconds off my row!!!

I left Orange Theory feeling on top of the world. I mean huge accomplishment for me. I won’t ever be a lover of rowing but today for 30 seconds I killed it.

Then my day got even better.

Tonight I made Juli Bauer’s Sticky Honey Chicken for dinner. Here’s some photos and video of me making the meal.

These photos were all added to my Instagram story along with the next photo. I however posted this photo as a separate post as well. And, well Juli Bauer (paleomg) liked the photo. WHAT!!!! I seriously can die right now and I’d be okay with that. It’s been an amazing day. Are you ready for the finished product, here it is.

I warned you the best part of my day are little and silly but mean a ton to me.

Oh and you can check out my Instagram by following checkmystyle26 I had started another one for this page but it just wasn’t really something I thought about because I always post on my regular Instagram and who has time to make the post twice.

Happy Hump Day!!! Go after it!!!

Meal Planning 274/365

So I’m going to say it meal planning is key to eating healthy. I planned out all of my meals for this week, last week, made the shopping list, and bought all my supplies this weekend and have been staying on track all week.

I’ve cooked at home every day this week so far, and have packed my lunch to take to work with me, so I haven’t been starving and jumping at the chance to go out or order in for lunch at the office.

My lunches are alternating between salads yesterday was mixed greens with tuna and tomorrow’s will be mixed greens with chicken andouille sausage and cheese, and leftovers, today was leftover paella, and Thursday will either be leftovers from tonight or from last night. I haven’t decided yet, but whatever I have for lunch I’ll have the other for dinner.

Sometimes it can be exhausting making a whole meal from scratch after being out all day, but I’m quickly getting into a routine and a schedule. Of course my biggest complaint is all of the dishes but I try to do them as I go along and that helps a lot.

Of course the nice thing about meal planning is that I’m also stock piling meals in the freezer again for those days when life happens and I won’t be able to make what I planned.

Tonight’s dinner was for Taco Tuesday and I had every intention of making actual tacos for dinner.

I tried out a new Paleo recipe for tortillas for my tacos and well yeah that was an epic fail. I probably could of tweaked it and salvaged them but I just said forget it.

So I made Fish Street Tacos minus the taco part. The stuffing for the tacos is the bomb. And, really having the shell isn’t necessary. I did however, pull out some Siete grain free tortilla chips to eat with the street tacos. If you haven’t tried Siete you should, I definitely will be looking to try some more of their products.

So even though my Paleo tortillas were a fail the meal was a WIN!!!

My Heart Is Heavy 273/365

I woke up this morning like I do every other day of the year, to my dogs all excited and ready to be fed their breakfast. I got up fed them and pulled up my email in which I opened The Skimm and the first thing I saw was the mass shooting at the music festival in Vegas.

I immediately jumped out of my email and opened up my Facebook as I had friends that were there. Thankfully my anxiety about their safety was quickly answered as the first post in my newsfeed was from them saying they were safe. Unfortunately, many aren’t able to say that.

I have no words for this event. I can’t even imagine. The fact that it’s no longer safe to go to a concert without having the fear of an attack occurring is completely gut wrenching.

Sending my condolences, thoughts, and prayers to all that were killed, wounded, and to those who had to experience this. No words will make sense of this but know that we are thinking of you.

Las Vegas will always hold a special place in my heart.

#prayforvegas

This Came Out Amazing 272/365

I made a meal plan for the week, made the shopping list, and went to the store and got what I needed.

I hit the grocery store after my third day in a row at Orange Theory which I can say kicked my butt. My legs are definitely feeling the last 3 days of work I’ve been putting them through. Tomorrow is my day off from OTF, however I’ll be joining my coworkers in the workout that we do at the office. So rest day sort of but not really.

Tonight’s dinner was Paella from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. If you don’t have this book I suggest you get it!!! It’s great, easy to follow, easy to make, and everything I’ve made has been nothing short of spectacular. And, well tonight’s dish was no different.

Prepare to start drooling:

I’ll be putting some of this in the freezer to eat at another time when life gets crazy and I need something quick to make for dinner, and I’ll be having leftovers for lunch this week.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend. Here’s to Monday and a great week.

A Little Of This Little Of That 271/365

It’s been a weird but productive day.

I hit up Orange Theory this morning for a great session. Ran home showered and headed over to my friend’s house to watch their girls so they could be there for a family crisis.

I’ve had a great day with the girls. We went to dinner in which the 3 year old passed out at the table.

Of course as soon as we got in the car she was wide awake. So it was home and watch some movies.

We started with Fantasia uhmmmm yeah that’s not appropriate for children.

Oh, and it’s boring. So we’ve moved onto Beauty and the Beast. Much better.

Along with spending time playing with the girls I meal planned for the week, made my shopping list so I can hit the store after my OTF session and also read 2 of the 4 chapters for my book club.

So yeah it’s been productive.

Tomorrow will be OTF, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, and some meal prepping. It’ll be another busy day and hopefully I’ll even have time to do my nails we shall see.

Happy Saturday. Has your Saturday been productive.

Long Days Lead To Naps 270/365

Yesterday was a long day which made for a very tired day today.

I got up and headed to Orange Theory for a strength workout which exhausted me. But I worked my butt off and was even given heavier weights by Coach Julie. I swear it’s a conspiracy between the coaches now to just keep make me lifting heavier. It’s something I love about OTF in that the coaches get to know you and push you to become better.

And here you go this is what I look like after an OTF session. Pretty much look like death.

After OTF it was off to the chiropractor to work on getting my pelvis back into place. So I can start back up on the inclines.

I then proceeded to come home shower and take a 2 hour nap. Yeah I was exhausted.

Of course an unplanned 2 hour nap kind of screwed up my schedule and day, but I felt a bit better after the nap. Of course I’m going to finish up this post and go to bed as I’m still tired.

I stopped by the old roommate’s going away party for a bit this evening and then came home and did some work as I should of done it during the day but well I was napping.

Tomorrow I have another OTF session and one on Sunday too. 3 Days in a row we shall see how I feel on Monday. Plus tomorrow is my friend’s birthday party and house warming so I’ll be stopping by there at some point.

Here’s to the weekend. Hope it’s fantastic.

Long Day 269/365

Today has been a long day. As in it started at 4 am and is still going.

I got to spend the day working with Roc Solid and a group of volunteers from KW Midlothian building a swing set for 8 year old Cooper who is battling cancer.

We got the swing set built and when the little superhero gets home from the hospital he’s going to have an awesome place to play.

I didn’t take very many pictures today as I was busy helping get the swing set built with these awesome volunteers.

It was another great day building hope.

Now, it’s time to do all the work that I didn’t do today. I’ve already got some of it taken care of and have some follow up stuff scheduled for tomorrow.

It’ll be an early night to bed for this girl as I’ve got a date with Orange Theory in the morning and some research/follow up to do for work.

How was your Thursday?

Best Day Ever 268/365

Today was an Orange Theory day and well it was the Best. Day. Ever. Want to know why? Ha because I didn’t have to row. There was rowing worked into the workout, but no one actually made it to the rowing. There were 2-3 exercises in each block but with increasing reps as it was an endurance day. If you finished all 3 rounds you then went to the rower until time was called. Yeah well I finished the rounds or a few reps short of finishing but didn’t make it to the rower. So any day without rowing is a great day to me.

However, my heart rate monitor was being completely wonky and I need to update the firmware which will be happening before my next session on Friday. I went through an entire block reading zero I assure you my heart was beating. And throughout the entire workout it’d go from 60% to 85+% then drop to 70% so it was all over the place in a matter of seconds.

But, hey I know I worked my butt off. I’ve upped my pace by .2 on the treadmill and that’s pretty awesome. I’ve been working at this pace all week. Once I get my pelvis back into place and working properly I’ll start adding back in the inclines. Right now I’m not going more than 4% as I start getting the pinching in my low back.

Tomorrow I’ll be spending the day building hope with Roc Solid and then saying good bye to the husband as he will be traveling for work again.

Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Chase The Lion 267/365

Today I had a training at my new office in which I learned a lot and even picked up some tips and tricks to make my career grow. Which is the definition of a successful training to me.

After our training we had a Mastermind in which we discussed the chapters we read over the week in Chase the Lion. It was a great hour in which we discussed our thoughts on some key points and it was very enlightening.

I’m so happy that I’ve made the change and moved to this new company.