Sweet Summer Time!

SummerTimeCollageI folks!!  How are you?  Good?  Good!  I’m fine, thanks for asking.  Life is good.  Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it.  You aren’t hearing from me as much as you were…it’s stressing me out!  I don’t want anyone to think I’m another blogger who started a blog and lost interest.  I have so much fun with this!  However, these little rats in that picture up there are home 24/7.  Taking the time to sit at the computer for a while is proving to be a problem.  And the little one is potty training…so there’s that.  I want to be very honest and let you know that if this summer is a little sparse don’t give up on me.  Come fall I will totally make it up to you.  Maybe I’ll post more desserts or something. 

Anywho, man we’ve been having fun!  One did soccer camp, another is doing Lego camp, the little one started gymnastics (which is freaking adorable!) we leave Wednesday to camp with my Mom for a week, and later we’ll take our annual trip to Ocean City, MD.  See, all of you moms understand.  We have to keep them busy to keep from hanging them up from their toenails.  So?  Who’s up for a morning mimosa date on the first day of school?  This girl.

On to my fitness world.  Last time we chatted I was dealing with a stupid hamstring/knee injury.  Well, I’m ecstatic to report that I’m almost over it!!  Yay!  Last week I ran 21 miles.  I went to a new place called the Airrosti Rehad Centers. They literally used their little, harmless looking thumbs and ROCKED MY WORLD.  They go deep into the muscle and force it to behave.  As much as it hurts at the very moment it’s happening, I had almost immediate relief.  I’ve had to go back a couple of more times to get it to 100% but they are great people who got me back on the pavement.  I am one very happy runner. 

MoonlightGroupPicWith my friends and my newly healed leg we set out last Saturday night to run Moonlight Madness in Dallas.  Well, it was interesting to say the least.  I did the 10k because I wasn’t quite ready for a half.  In my head I was saying, “I hate this race.  I love running.  I hate this race. I love running.”  You get the point.  I feel sorry for the director.  He couldn’t help that the course flooded about 20 minutes before the start or that it was 150 degrees with 500% humidity.  The halfers literally had to wade through a lot of standing water.  Boy were they mad.  But you know what?  We came, we saw and we conquered.  We also decided we will stick to morning runs. 

FlexingNow, finally I’m getting back into my old routine.  Crossfit Monday, Wednesday and Friday and running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  I am quite the happy camper.  Well, literally when I’m camping in a couple of days I will be, but I digress.  I’ll leave you with this little photo.  Aren’t we um cute?  Is that the word?  Maybe badass…yeah I don’t know.  Have a great week peeps!

 

Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry

 ShrimpStirFry1It’s summertime finally!  Ain’t nobody got time to be standing around in the kitchen slaving away at dinner.  This recipe happened because we spent a little too long playing outside so I had to throw together something quick.  I had shrimp thawed so here you have it.  The bearded husband totally loved it.  I loved the fact that I can eat a healthy stir fry without being bloated from all of the sodium.  And then there’s kale.  When I eat kale I feel like I’m really following the rules or being some kind of superhero or something.  Know what I mean?  Of course this would be delicious on white rice but I’m steering clear of that right now so we ate it with a side of sweet potatoes.  Eat it with whatever you want.  It’s your dinner. 

Well, folks, I’m still not running because of my little injury.  Remember how Monday I was all positive and getting stronger and feeling great?  Yeah, that kind of took a turn Tuesday.  I. Want. To. Run.  I sort of had a full on pity party, I’m going to sulk the whole day, just leave me be to feel sorry for myself kind of day on Tuesday.  I’m such a woman!  Whatever, leave me alone alright.  Today is Thursday and I’m feeling much better.  Thanks for asking.  I remind myself that I don’t really have a race coming up and it’s kind of a downtime anyway in the running season.  Really, if I have to be off now is the best time.  This is my pep talk…like it?

The silver lining is I get to spend more time at F3 (remember, my gym that’s a sort of a mix of Crossfit and other stuff.)  Well, and all I have is a strained hamstring,  I know other people are much worse off but come on!  Let me whine!  Anyway, today was kind of tough over at the ole gym.  My pull-ups were not near as pretty as they were the other day.  That’s ok.  I was still glad to be there and glad I got my tail out of bed.  One super cool part of the morning was my crazy strong pregnant friend was able to PR on her deadlift.  She is such a beast!  Deadlifting with that belly sticking out.  Man!  Cool! 

HSPUCollageThe WOD (workout of the day) today was:

Reps
Strength:
-Front Squat, 4x@75%, 2x@85%, 1+x@95%
-Deadlifts, Work up to 1rm  

WOD
12 Min AMRAP: (as many reps as possible)
-5 HSPU (Hand stand push up)
-5 Goblet Squat, 70/53#
-5 Pullups

 It was a good workout.  I’ll feel it later I’m sure.

NOLARegistration2016So on to big news!!  I registered for the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon again!!  Yay I’m so excited!  I’m so stinking proud of myself for finishing that race but since then in the back of my mind I’ve wanted a rematch.  I have thought and thought and thought about where I want my second marathon to be.  I kept thinking I needed to go somewhere different, but my mind keeps coming back to this city and this race.  Yep, I’ll get my rematch.  A handful of my buddies are coming along as well.  I can’t wait for training to start!  You can’t wait to hear all about it again huh?  Yeah, I thought so.

Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry
A veggie and shrimp stir fry with a quick and easy Paleo sauce.
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For the sauce
  1. 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  2. 1 tbsp. honey
  3. 1 tbsp. dried chives
  4. 1 tbsp. milled flax seed
  5. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tsp. Frank's Red Hot sauce
  9. 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  10. For the Stir Fry
  11. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  12. 1 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
  13. 1/2 white onion, sliced
  14. 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  15. 2 cups broccoli florets
  16. 2 cups fresh green beans
  17. 2 handfuls of chopped kale
  18. 12 oz. of peeled and deveined shrimp
  19. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Make sure to make the sauce first. The flax seed needs time to thicken the liquid before cooking.
  2. Once ingredients are whisked together set sauce to the side and begin stir fry.
  3. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp. of the butter and the oil in the pan.
  4. Add the sliced onions and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to sweat.
  5. Next add the broccoli, green beans and kale.
  6. Stir frequently, as to not burn the onions. If the pan becomes dry add the other tablespoon of butter.
  7. Continue stirring the vegetables frequently until they are tender. About 10 minutes.
  8. Next add the shrimp on top of the vegetables and salt them.
  9. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and stir.
  10. Continue to stir until the shrimp are done. About 3 minutes. Careful not to overcook the shrimp.
  11. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped walnuts.
Notes
  1. Any vegetables can be used in this recipe. It is a good recipe to clean out your produce drawer.
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Busy Body…

MeandKidsCampingThings are crazy here in da house!  What about you guys??  We are gearing up to take on the summer and we are as busy as ever.  I kind of like it though.  I’m a busy body so the more the better.  I feel like I have so much to tell you!  Ok, ok I really should drink less coffee.

Where do I start?  Last time I chatted with you I was hanging out in the gym more.  Well, I’m still injured (stupid leg!) so that is still happening.  No worries, I’ll tell you all about it.  Besides workout stuff, my twins graduated preschool, we went camping, spent some time in East Texas, started working on an outdoor kitchen at our house, a half marathon got cancelled and I stuck out the food challenge until the end.  Hmmm, maybe that covers it all.

We know how to party.  It's not a camping trip unless you sleep with glow glasses and dental floss right?

We know how to party. It’s not a camping trip unless you sleep with glow glasses and dental floss right?

 Alright, back to the stupid leg.  I have been running for a longish time and I have this pattern.  I feel great so I start to get big for my britches.  I love running and I feel good so I run a little further, a little faster, then a little further, then a lot faster and I continue down that path until I get hurt.  EVERYTIME I have been hurt from running it’s because I was skipping down that damn path.  This time is no different.  I go out and run faster and faster and faster then BAM.  It’s a hamstring/knee problem and I’m working on the 3rd week with zero miles!! 

You know what though?  This injury is a little different than the others.  I’m not depressed, moping around and growling at everyone who looks at me.  Instead, I’ve completely thrown myself into the gym and embraced the Crossfit wod’s.  Yeah, I’m having to modify some because of the injury but overall between the nutrition challenge and the days in the gym I’m seeing huge improvements in my strength!  It’s a great distraction from being off the road. 

Since I talked to you last we maxed out at the gym and I got some PR’s including a 30lb PR on back squat which was super exciting and I FINALLY was able to do unassisted pull-ups in a workout!!  Now, that was pee my pants exciting!  June will be my 2 year anniversary and I have never been able to RX a pull up wod.  Since I’m not running, I’m not burning my muscle away and I can do these things.  It is kind of fun.  Don’t worry running buddies…I’m coming back…eventually.

Oh and I totally won the nutrition challenge!!  Whoop!! It was tough.  Yeah, I eat Paleo (duh) so that wasn’t the big deal.  Oddly enough the one glass of wine a week was so hard for me!  The thing is, usually I only drink two glasses a week or so.  I can’t drink too much, I get up too early, someone telling me I was limited killed me!  Especially camping.  But I did it, and I got some money to buy new workout gear.  Whoop!

Challenge money!  Blistered, pull-up hands, and my first RX pull-up WOD.  So much going on!

Challenge money! Blistered, pull-up hands, and my first RX pull-up WOD. So much going on!

 Ok so, speaking of strength gains and nutrition I am really finding myself torn lately.  I won’t go into this too much today but this will be something I’ll be touching on through the summer and I need some feedback people!  I added carbs to my diet and upped my lifts at the gym and I gained weight.  Yeah, yeah, I know its muscle.  Everybody keeps saying that!  I don’t like it.  I wish I had a skinny runner body but that’s not the body God gave me turns out.  When I was training for the full I weighed less and my clothes were bigger but I have to say right now I’m digging having the strength and I do feel great.  I squeeze my butt, shaped from heavy back squats, into my jeans and it pisses me off.  First world problems I suppose.

Anyway, last thing.  We were scheduled to run Moonlight Madness this weekend in Dallas.  Well, it was totally flooded so the race got cancelled.  I wasn’t too disappointed because I couldn’t run it anyway.  We went out drinking instead.  I know…bad.  But man we had a blast.  I have the best running buddies ever!  I love them!

I'll leave you with this gem.  Pretty much the best.

I’ll leave you with this gem. Pretty much the best.

 

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce

 

BBQSauce1Hi folks!  I hope your day is as wonderful as mine.  Well, mine just started but I have high hopes for it anyway.  I said on Facebook last week that I was going to come up with some BBQ sauce to go with the bearded husbands delicious brisket and man did I.  It’s yummy.  On this Paleo challenge, that I am still participating in, I cannot have any type of “Paleo sugar” meaning honey or natural sweeteners, which means most of the BBQ sauce recipes were out.   This one is sweetened with fresh pineapple.  It did the trick.  It’s good.  And, it only takes about half an hour or so to make.  Maybe it would be even better if it simmered for hours or something but ain’t nobody got time for that.

This week has been a little different than most.  I have this dang sore knee that I’m having a hard time shaking.  It’s not terrible but I have a half marathon coming up on May 30th so I’m trying not to make it terrible.  Instead of running like a crazy fool I’ve been heading over to Crossfit, or F3 as we’ve been calling it.  (Remember? My gym changed.)  Oh man, I’m sore!  I’m not used to lifting weights so often!  It’s been fun though.  The cool thing is, I have pretty much the same friendship and camaraderie there as I do running so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.  Well, a lot of the buddies overlap but you get my point.  I’m not getting out of bed to workout at ass-o-clock (as my friend Kristen says) in the morning if I’m not having fun.

Speaking of fun, tonight F3 (Crossfit) is having an event where the girls get to come, do a fun workout, and drink wine.  I’m so excited!  I love girls nights!  We get together, act dumb and talk about super inappropriate stuff usually.  I mean, does it get any better??  The only part that stinks is I have 16 miles planned for tomorrow so I’m definitely limited in the wine department.  Ha!  The thought of running 16 miles fueled by too many glasses of wine.  Yeah no…  Everyone quick, say a little prayer that my knee cooperates for 16 miles.  I love running with my friends and I don’t want to have to cry uncle and limp my sorry self home.  Thanks!

PopsicleNow on to my real life.  We got a little sun yesterday and a little teaser that summer is coming!  Even though preschool is almost out and I’m going to have my kids under my feet 24/7 for three months (GASP!) I’m looking forward to summer.  Swimming, vacation, camping, sweating, sleeping late, the whole nine yards.  To mark the warmer weather the offspring and I made these yummy popsicles.  They were coconut milk, strawberries, pineapple and honey.  They loved them!  I couldn’t have them because of the honey but it’s not like they would share anyway…little vultures. 

What kind of popsicles do you guys make?  We had fun with it! 

 

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce
A Paleo BBQ sauce only sweetened with fresh pineapple.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 onion chopped
  2. 2 garlic cloves minced
  3. 1/3 cup of pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp. avocado oil (or fat of your choice)
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 4 oz. tomato paste
  7. 1/4 cup beef broth
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper each
  10. 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  11. 1 tsp. liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped pineapple.
  3. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent and pineapple starts to cook. As you cook the pineapple it adds flavor so don't rush this step.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or so and let the flavors incorporate.
  6. Next use an immersion blender or transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Return back to sauce pan to simmer.
  8. If sauce is too think add water and stir until desired consistency.
  9. Serve warm.
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Body Image. What in the World??

 LegsYesterday morning I was sitting around on Facebook, drinking my coffee waiting on the kids to wake up, when I came across this article.  It is written by Vanessa Bennington who basically confessed that she is a female athlete with cellulite.  She says no matter how thin she gets or how hard she works she always has the dimples.  Then she goes on to explain how most women have it, what it is, that it’s genetic and basically we need to give ourselves a break.  I liked the article so I shared it.  Boy did I open a can of worms.

I got a lot of comments from my beautiful, strong, independent, athletic buddies who have firm opinions on their own body image, but I also opened a can of worms in my own head.  Haha that’s a funny picture…anyway…the article and their comments got me thinking.

WHAT IN THE HECK IS WRONG WITH US??

As women, we get up every morning, take on the day and do extraordinary things…simultaneously!  We work, we raise kids (remember how we had to be pregnant with them as well), we care for our families, we run households, we manage money, some of us work out until we think we might die, we cook, we nurse, we care for each other, and on and on.  All the while we look in the mirror and hate what we see.

Now let me say, I don’t hate myself.  I feel like I’m generally pretty dang happy.  However, I think about my body insecurities every. single. day.  Especially my bottom half and that dang cellulite.  Let me give you a great example…

I love this picture.  It shows how awesome my bearded husband is.

This picture.  You’ve all seen it.  This is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It really captures the spirit of finishing a marathon.  The raw emotion, the struggle, the pain, the satisfaction of completion, the support and sacrifice of my husband, it’s all there.  Guess what I also saw immediately?  Any guesses?? 

I THINK MY LEG LOOKS BIG.

What in the hell is wrong with me??  That leg that carried me hours and hours of training.  That leg that just spent a lot of time and ALL of its energy getting me across 26.2 miles.  That’s what I see?  That it looks big?  Hmmm something doesn’t seem right with that…

Why are we like this?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Did my grandmothers generation beat themselves up everyday?  I wish I could answer those questions definitively. 

I said it in my Facebook comments and I’ll say it here.  Of course I’m speaking from my own experience, but I feel like my fellow female athletes will agree with me.  It’s not that we are vain and outside beauty is all that matters.  The issue is, we work very, very hard training our bodies.  We also read lots of articles on our particular sports and follow the professionals and their photos.  We put all of this work in, why don’t we look like them?  Because we are NOT them and were NOT made to be them.

Look at 1 Timothy 4:8, it says “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

Maybe going forward we can try to switch our mindsets just a little?  I know this is something that isn’t going away.  But, just maybe we can try to remember that God made us perfect just the way we are.  Maybe we can try to remember to thank Him for all of our accomplishments and the incredible strengths He has given us?  Maybe be thankful for the journey and the days that we are able to get up, move and do all of those incredible things in His glory?

I’m going to try.  I’m going to try to forgive my body for it’s imperfections and teach my kids to be comfortable in their own skin.

Ok.  I feel like we all need a big group hug!  Or, maybe we need a booty bump since we’re learning to love those things huh? 

You girls have a great day and go take on the world!  Ok, ok you boys too… 

Weekend In Pictures!

Hello!  How is everyone doing on this beautiful morning?  We are fairing fairly well.  I have a sick baby.  Oh man does she milk it.  She is still super cute though.  Pitiful but cute.

SickBabyI know I have been a total blog slacker lately.  You didn’t hear from me last week!  I know you missed me…right??  Well, I actually wasn’t being a slacker at life.   We have this HUGE flowerbed that we let get completely out of control with the dang weeds.  The kids and I rolled our sleeves up and tackled it.  ALL WEEK.  I was sore from bending over pulling all of those weeds that were somehow cemented into the ground.  I finished Friday evening and was super proud of myself!  Looks good huh?

Of course Saturday morning is long run day.  Probably my favorite day of the week.  We always have so much fun acting like fools on the street of Rockwall before daylight.  As you know Lisa is back and ran 10 miles with me finally.  Don’t worry Lisa, you will never be referred to again as “my friend with the broke leg.”  That is behind us!  We had a great run and even stopped to taste a honeysuckle.  I think that counts as fuel…it’s natural! 

After the 10.5 mile run I grabbed some coffee and headed to Royse City to meet our little group there for 4 more miles.  They are the best!  Great conversation with new friends!  The only thing…we were quickly reminded that summer time is a comin.  Hot hot hot.  That’s ok.  14.5 great miles done for me!  33 miles for the week plus 3 crossfit days.  See…I was busy!

Royse City running buddies.

Royse City running buddies.

Onward to Saturday night!  I have sooo been looking forward to it.  The Bearded Husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past week so we stayed the night in Dallas to have some fun.  He surprised me with dinner at HG Supply Co.  It’s a Paleo restaurant in Dallas!  It was so good!  I’m dumb though, I didn’t get a picture of my delicious meal because I was too busy stuffing it in my face.  Bummer.  I did however, get a picture of my super cool drink!  As you may know, I’m pretty good at double unders right?  Well, this drink was called the “Double Under” AND it was infused with red beets!  That’s me in a glass!  Crazy.  Now, I have to say, dinner was great but I did step outside of the Paleo world Saturday night.  We had two desserts. Whoops.  Ah #sorrynotsorry.  I love that we still have so much fun together after all of this time.  My hubby is a pretty cool dude.

 

Coolest drink ever!

Coolest drink ever!

 Alright, finally Sunday.  We jumped out of bed, grabbed some old fashioned breakfast at the original Mama’s Daughters’ Diner and went to cheer on my little sista and a couple of running buddies in the Skyline Half.  Remember how I said it was hot?  Oh those poor sweaty runners.  We posted at the top of a hill and watched runner after runner trudge up it.  The coolest part you ask?  All of the RRC runners coasted up that hill like it was nothing.  I’m not just saying that because I love them.  The training really pays off.  They did great!  Little sista rocked it too! 

We'll pretend she didn't stop to take this selfie at mile 11.  K??

We’ll pretend she didn’t stop to take this selfie at mile 11. K??

Well, folks, thanks for being patient and forgiving me for my week off.  I’m getting busy with new summer recipes and excited about the prospect of training for another full.  Of course, you will get to hear all about it.  I know you’re so excited!  Life is good!

Hmmm which full should I do?  Please chime in!

Plantain Chips 3 Ways and of course more running stories!

Plantainchips1Hi folks!  How’s your day going?  Mine is just fine.  Rainy, humid and dreary but I like it anyway.  I’m getting ready to go on a girls trip!  That’s how this recipe was born.  I told you I’m on this Paleo challenge with my Crossfit peeps.  I’m taking it seriously.  Which means I can’t pull over to gas stations and buy peanut M&M’s.  Damn.  So, I made my own plantain chips.  They turned out really well!  They are super crunchy which means they need guacamole really.  I have here plain, feta and “cool ranch.”  They are going to be great for the road!  The best part is I bought the plantains at Aldi for $0.50 a piece.  Score!

So my girls trip??  My mom, sista and I are headed to Oklahoma City to watch some buddies run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and Half Marathon.  One particular is running her first marathon.  I’m going equipped with signs and cowbells to cheer them on.  My awesome cousin just happens to live near there so she is coming as well.  We are going to take on the town.  I’m not running so I get to stay up past 8:30 and even walk around as much as I want.  I know, crazy talk.  I have new outfits and everything.  Look at me go!  I’ll take lots of pictures.  I guarantee you though the very best pictures will be of my friends at mile 23.  Hehehe.  Blackmail.

My sista is also preparing for her first half marathon next weekend so we will get in some miles together.  I’m excited about that.  I’m definitely out of the little running funk I got in a couple of months ago.  I want to just run all of the time!   

Lisa is back!  I have the best buddies I tall ya!

Lisa is back! I have the best buddies I tall ya!

So back up to this morning.  Guess what?  Remember my friend with the broken leg?  Well, she came back for her first 5@5!  (That’s 5 miles at 5am.)  My little group is my family and having her gone is like missing one of those family members.  Especially her because she is even more passionate about running than I am I think.  I know that it killed her to be out!  It was wet, humid and hot but we didn’t even notice.  We were all happy. 

After the run we got to chat with some of the Boston team.  Man they are so cool.  We heard a few stories from the race but mostly they were encouraging us!  I am fully aware that my mental game holds me back a little.  I assume the worst in myself.  I got a pep talk from Coach and another team member about believing in our goals and training for them.  Hmmm, I get the feeling Coach is about to whip us into shape.  That’s ok.  Bring it!  GASP!  I just said that on the internet.

Well, folks I need to go prepare for my departure.  That means pack the offspring up and send them off, try on a bunch of new outfits, pretend like I’m cleaning the house, and most importantly get all of my road trip food together.  One the menu you ask? I’m pretending like you asked anyway. Plantain chips (duh), pistachios, almonds, oranges, roasted beets (I know, I know) and probably a couple of boiled eggs.  I’ve found out the hard way as long as I’m not hungry I can resist even the best food temptation.  We all know hangry mommy is a bad deal.

Have a great weekend and awesome luck to those running in OKC this weekend!

 

Plantain Chips 3 Ways - Plain, Feta and "Cool Ranch"
3 different ways to prepare crunchy, salty plantain chips.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 plantains peeled and sliced thin.
  2. 1.25 tsp. salt
  3. 2 tbsp. crumbled feta
  4. 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  6. 1/8 tsp. dill weed
  7. pinch of black pepper
  8. 3 tbsp. avocado oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Divide sliced plantains into three different zipper storage bags.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of avocado oil into each bag and toss to coat evenly.
  5. For the Plain chips add 1 tsp. of salt and toss to coat.
  6. For the "Cool Ranch" chips add 1/4 tsp. salt and the garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  7. Lay all of the plantain chips out on the baking sheets evenly.
  8. For the Feta chips spoon some feta onto each chip.
  9. Bake for approximately 30 mins. Watch closely. Depending on the thickness and evenness you may need to remove some before others. Careful not to burn.
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Garlic Dijon Cabbage Steaks

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Hello my peeps.  I told you I was going to add some more sides so here ya go.  I wish cabbage had a different name.  When you put the word cabbage in a recipe I feel like it takes a little wind out of the sails.  However, cabbage is CHEAP.  This is a good way to prepare it that adds great flavor.  Also, if you cut it in steaks like this it takes about 30 seconds to get it cut and laid out on a baking sheet.  That’s my kind of preparation.  I think the marinade would be good on just about any roasted veggie as well.

So this week has been fun.  As you know, the Boston Marathon is Monday.  Goodness, we have been celebrating all week!  You would think our whole running club is going.  We went out for a bowling and karaoke night on Wednesday with the Boston team.  I ended up singing along to Wannabe by the Spice Girls.  I do call myself sporty spice so how could I pass up that opportunity??  I’m also having a little watching party at my house on Monday.  We are planning a brunch menu fit for kings.  Kings that are still in their pajamas with about 100 kids running around, but kings all the same.  Wait.  I think we would be Queens.  Anyway, I’m rambling.  GOOOO Boston Team!! 

BestBreakfastPersonally, I’ve had a full workout schedule this week.  For now nothing is hurting so I’m taking full advantage of a body that is feeling well.  (Knock on wood!)  Also, as I’ve said, we are in the middle of this food challenge with Crossfit.  I’m doing some experimenting with carbs.  Meaning, I’m adding a few more carbs than what I’m used to.  It’s getting close to swimsuit season so hopefully it doesn’t backfire.  We’ll see…  I’m also trying really hard to hit my other macros meaning getting enough protein, fat and calories.  I know, I know you’re thinking BORING.  Well, guess what, I change diapers and do preschool things all day.  Nutrition is something that keeps my mind busy.  It’s fun to tweak my diet and workouts to see how things change.  Also, I get to eat a breakfast like that.  Not arguing here.  I would be curious to hear from some of you with your ideas about carbs.

MeMarcelaandAndreaThis morning was Friday morning Crossfit as usual.  Guess what?  Push press again.  And lots of back squats.  I didn’t take any action shots because I STINK at push press! I look like a gremlin trying to get them done.  I did get this lovely selfie of my girls, Marce and Andrea.  At the end of the day, the buddies I’m headed to see are what get me out of bed.  So what if my happy hour is at 5:00am?  It’s happy…unless there’s push press of course.

 

Garlin Dijon Cabbage Steaks
Roasted cabbage with a Dijon flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cabbage, core removed, cut into steaks
  2. olive oil or coconut oil spray
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  4. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 cloves of garlic minced
  6. 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
  7. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic and orange juice. Mix well.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil.
  4. Arrange cabbage steaks onto sheet in a single layer.
  5. Brush each steak with the marinade until coated well.
  6. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.
  7. Spray a thin coat of oil over the top of all of the steaks.
  8. Roast at 400 for 18-20 minutes or until they are browned to your preference.
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Boston Strong! By Association…

Man!  I hang out with some REALLY cool people…and REALLY fast people!  The Boston Marathon is Monday, April 20th so today was the last track workout before the race.  My buddies and I decided to send them off with the best wishes possible.  This is the picture my awesome photographer friend Crystal got.  It was so dark!  All of my pictures looked like they were taken behind a fog.  Anyway, unfortunately they couldn’t all be there in person this morning, but they were there in spirit.  We are sending 14!  That’s 14 people in my little (big) club that qualified and are able to run Boston this year!  Yep.  We are super cool.

So about a month and a half ago my little group of running buddies and I decided we would put together a Boston Basket full of goodies they need for the trip or the race.  Well, we go big or go home.  That basket in front of them is so full of stuff.  We were so excited to give it to them it was like Christmas morning for us.  Such nerds!  We’ve been scouring the weather apps for Tuesday morning praying it didn’t rain.  The weather was perfect and they seemed excited.  Almost as excited as us!  Oh and those posters are their initials.  Our friend Jennifer stayed up late last night making each one of them that they can keep.  You thought you caught us being bad spellers huh? 

The thing is, these guys and girls are elite runners.  I don’t know how fast they run.  As far as I’m concerned as fast as a bolt of lightening, or faster.  But you would never know it in a conversation with them.  They are humble and gracious for their talents.  Every single Tuesday while I am hauling myself around the track they are shouting encouragement to me.  They care how our workouts go and compliment us for a job well done.  As they fly by me I also hear them encouraging and pushing each other.  They accept no excuses and lay it all out there.  That’s part of the reason they are flying to Boston this weekend.  The other part is just pure awesomeness…

Crystal also got a great picture of the whole group.  One of these days maybe we will run in the daylight...not really.

Crystal also got a great picture of the whole group. One of these days maybe we will run in the daylight…not really.

 
MeandDawnTrackSo on to the workout.  We were so inspired, my buddies and I kind of killed it.  The workout was 6×400 with 400 recovery.  It is actually a short workout because they are tapering.  We are too…by association.  My buddies Dawn, Dana and I had one of the fastest workouts I’ve had in a while with negative splits.  (Which means we got faster with each 400.)  It really helped that our other fast buddies, Sarah and Alisha, literally chased us down for the last one.  I mean chased us like a couple of skinny greyhounds after a rabbit.  We survived and lived to brag about it on Facebook.  I got that awesome, foggy looking, picture of Dawn and I.  Dana bolted before I could catch her.  She’s fast like that.

Now that we are all on the Tuesday track high, I promise I am still cooking and creating recipes for you!  I will get one posted later this week.  I am full blown committed to the Paleo challenge so I’m making some new stuff to go along with that.  The challenge is going well.  I’m such a weirdo.  I like having a regimented food plan and a regimented training plan.  Maybe a little Type A ya think?

Challenge? Ok. Challenge Accepted.

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First things first.  Tonight is Kindergarten Roundup!  We are so excited in this house!  I know, I know the love of school everyday will probably wear off faster than the love of a diet but for now my boys are beside themselves that they finally get to go to kindergarten.  Um, I’m not so sad either.  Except for the fact that I’m going to lose my hour to myself every morning.  That hour between my workout and when they get up is glorious.  Oh well.  Wait!  I’m sitting here ruining my own excitement.  Ok I’ll stop.  Still excited.

I’m assuming you can tell from my amateur graphic at the top that I have a Paleo challenge going on.  Let me tell you all about it.  In Crossfit world they have these food/workout challenges.  They are always different to some degree. The big picture, in my experience, has been centered around eating Paleo food and ideally getting leaner and stronger over the course of a specific time period.  Most of the time it’s a competition with different ways to score and a winner at the end.  Let me just say that I LOVE that they do this.  It does help folks understand the Paleo lifestyle and see the progress they can make when eating well.  Selfishly, I also love that I have a group of people I can talk to about the way I eat.  The Bearded Husband and I actually started Crossfit because they had the same eating ideals that we did. 

Now, let me also say that I have been in this Crossfit world for almost two years and I’ve never actually participated in one of these challenges.  What?!  I know.  Here’s the thing, one thing I don’t like about this sort of set up is it does make it feel like a diet.  A way of eating that has an end date.  The idea is the date ends and you love it so much you keep going.  Some do, some don’t.  I am NOT on a diet.  I eat the way I eat because I get to actually eat tasty food and it makes me feel good.

I mean seriously.  Sooo good.

I mean seriously. Sooo good.

 It cures what ails me I tell ya!  Another simple reason is I’m usually training for a race so I have to tweak my diet.  I know what works and I go with it, as opposed to what the rules say.  Now, if you’ve read other posts you know I’ve done my own “challenges” but I made up the rules…

This time is different!  I’m not technically training for a specific race so that excuse is out and I’ve gotten a little stale with my progress.  I’m eating Paleo and doing all of the same stuff but I feel stale, plateaued, paused…whatever you want to call it.  I need some excitement!  I paid my buy in and signed up.  I’m going to let my trainer tell me how to eat.  I’ll try not to punch him in the throat.

One other big difference I have mentioned before is our Crossfit box has changed.  We are not Crossfit any longer, it’s called Form and Function Fitness.   Besides Crossfit workouts he’s added other classes that encompass other types of fitness.  As far as the runners go he encourages us and works with us to run a billion miles a week.  I like it.

So I’m telling you all of this craziness as background to my morning.  It was lightening and we couldn’t run.  I like to eat fries, not be one.  Duh.  So I had two choices, back to bed or Crossfit.  Well…in the challenge you get an extra piece of fruit and a starch (sweet potato) for workout days.  Guess which one I did?  Yep, I went to Crossfit at 5am for extra food.  I’m no different than my dog.

deadliftcollagefrontsquatApril2015I’m glad I went.  You never regret a workout right? Hmmm?  Anyway, I was finally able to do deadlifts without my hamstring screaming!  Yay!  We also did front squats and strict press.  Thankfully, he didn’t get a picture of the strict press.  I suck at those, and whine and complain.  I probably looked a crybaby struggling to get not that heavy of a weight over my head.  But I’m trying at least!  Trying not to punch him in the throat…Who am I kidding?  I don’t even punch that hard.

You’re thinking oh yay now we get to hear all about her meals everyday.  Don’t worry, I’ll try not to go too crazy.  I do have to tell you my recipes will be missing maple syrup and honey for a while.  That’s ok.  We can certainly live without it folks!