A Clean Plate Looks Like…

I am lucky to have some amazing friends who are always up for trying something new! And in the spirit of the “newness” of the year, some of my dear friends and I have decided to embark on the Whole 30 challenge which we started Monday January 5. To add to that…my awesome gym is doing a Clean Plate Challenge starting January 25…so I have about 2 months of clean eating ahead of me. Fingers crossed I make it!

I decided I would try to share my journey with you all to keep myself accountable and also maybe give you some inspiration or ideas! So some starter tips from me to you:

1) To begin with, it is important to prepare. The first time we did this, I really did not take that advice seriously. I just dove right in thinking it couldn’t be that hard. I was wrong…so this time I plan to actually meal prep, meal plan, and only give myself options for success! The pictures above are a few of the fun stuff I made. Recipes (for the pictures, as well as a few other things I made) are as follows:

  • Quiche with a sweet potato crust- adapted from this recipeThe only thing I did differently was use Spinach instead of Arugula!

Side note about my quiche adventure. My Springer Spaniel. Soco,  also decided he loved quiche. So much so that  we took our eyes off of it for one second, and he ate the whole thing in one bite. Hope the first one was good…from the looks of the photo below, it was delicious! I did make a second one, and that one was yummy! IMG_0024

  • Tuna (scored some awesome Wild Planet tuna at Costco!) with Whole 30 mayo, and green apples (got the idea from here!)
  • Slow cooker pulled pork (no recipe for this one- just a few seasonings, and throw it in the slow cooker for 4 hours)
  • Massaged kale greens (learn about why to massage your kale here!)

2) It is great to have a support group. Three of my local friends and I are taking this challenge together. To make the time go by, we take turns having a dinner at each person’s house once a week and make a fun and creative Whole 30 compliant meal. It helps that no one is having a glass of wine, or a slice of pie, or whatever it is that could be your trigger!

3) Remember that this is a choice you made for your health and well being. This is not something someone is forcing you to do. This is not supposed to be torture. It is important to keep your mindset positive, reminding yourself that you are not being deprived but rather replacing old habits.

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Comfort Zone

First of all, Happy 2015 to you! The New Year is such a wonderful time to reflect, and restart. I know for me that 2014 was actually an amazing year. We bought a house, went to Greece, got to spend holidays with both my family as well as my husband’s family, I saw my college team beat Alabama (Hotty Toddy! Ole Miss Rebel through and through!), I started and fell in love with CrossFit, I learned to ski, and so many other things happened that created amazing memories. However, as amazing as 2014 was, I know that there is room for growth and improvement in 2015. Previously I posted about resolutions, and starting on them early. One of my resolutions was to challenge myself or get out of my comfort zone. I started 2015 with a challenge for me, and went skiing! I snowboarded for many years, and hated it. Despised it. It would literally make me cry. I decided to try skiing earlier this year, and fell in love! But as soon as I could find a passion for it, the season was over.  Now as the mountains are getting fresh powder here in Colorado, I finally got a chance to get back on the “sticks” and try it again! To make it even better, we got to take my sister-in-law and her family skiing for their very first time. And quite frankly I could not be happier that I started my new year off waking up refreshed (and not hungover for once) and ready to face a challenge!

So what did you all do for your New Year’s day? Nurse a hangover? (No judgement here! It helps me to get a cold rag on my face, and some Advil…any other hangover advice?) Go for a hike? Spend it with family or friends? Make black-eyed peas and cornbread? (a traditional meal for good luck of course!) Whatever you did…I hope you are as excited for 2015 as I am! And…if you have resolutions or goals for this year, perhaps take some time to start on those today!

Invest in Yourself

On Sunday morning I woke up, nice and early, and began to peruse Instagram. Okay, so I probably need to work on the whole social media when I first get up thing, but that is for another day. The first thing I saw was a post from Way of Gray (see feature picture) with the following quote: “Your body will be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag you carry. Invest in yourself.”

This was just the thing I needed to remind myself, yet again, that the money I spend on my fitness is far more valuable than the money I can spend on a designer handbag or shoes or all those other materials I find myself drooling over. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful designer items. I drool over beautiful leather shoes and bags, or amazingly soft and silky shirts. But, instead I make my monthly investment into a gym membership that works for me, and healthy foods that I know benefit my body.

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After a workout! Feelin’ good!

And really the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is not only a monetary investment that a person needs to make for health. There is more importantly the investment of time. I have discussed this concept of time before, and yet it continues to reappear as an issue that I experience and hear of over and over again. Time becomes an excuse for many, including myself, and yet a one hour workout is only really 4% of a day.

Now isn’t that something to think about? I know I”m thinking about it…so I’m off to spend 4% of my day today doing a benchmark WOD at Vantage! Wish me luck!

JUICY SUMMER COLLECTION

New Plan for the New Year

Is it too early to start thinking about a resolution for the New Year? Perhaps…but perhaps not. Statistics say only 8% of resolutions are kept. That means 92% of our resolutions, our goals that we set for ourselves to begin our new year, are forgotten.

Sadly enough, I am part of that majority, that 92%. Not only that, but I am part of the countless people who set goals such as “lose weight,” “eat healthier” or “cut out soda.” So this year I have come to think, perhaps if I consider my resolution early and actually plan for it, I may find myself in that rare 8%.

For 2015 I have a few resolutions. However, this year I am approaching these with a plan. Instead of just making a blanketed statement of what I hope will happen, I am considering what it will take to reach my resolution, and what tools I need in order to make it happen. I challenge you to do the same! And share with me what your goals for 2015 are!

A few of my Resolutions:

1) Learn more about the scripture. I want to take the time in my day and in my life to read God’s word, and start making applications to my life. I was raised a believer, and continue to attend Church on occasion, yet I find myself often times unaware of what the Bible says I should do in my life. My goal is to learn and start making a positive change!

2) Get out of my comfort zone. This kind of goes along with number one. I think as I start to apply some concepts to my life, I may feel challenged or even uncomfortable at times. I also want to challenge myself in my “fitness” world. I have found that as I attempt new things in CrossFit, and achieve them, my sense of pride in myself soars! I never want that feeling to end, and so I want to keep trying and improving.

3) Get organized! Generally, I am a pretty organized person. My house is not cluttered, and I can always find the things I am looking for (at home at least!). However, as I start thinking about my long term goals and how to achieve them, I do not feel organized. I feel like I am juggling a lot of ideas that I never see come to fruition. So this year, I am getting a planner! And I am making my life as a whole more organized.

On Wednesdays I Workout

The fact of the matter is,  we have the freedom to make healthy choices. We choose to spend the time exercising, and we choose what to put into our bodies. However, this wonderful freedom can also be the biggest challenge we face on our quest to be fit, healthy, and happy.

I happen to make time to work out at least 5 times a week.I started CrossFit in February of 2014 and have “drank the Kool-Aid” so to speak. This has been a fitness experience that really works for me, and that has a lot to do with the awesome coaching and community at my gym Crossfit Vantage in Denver. This journey has been just as much mental as it has been physical and I just keep feeling better and better!

Today’s WOD (workout of the day):

1 minute each of

Wall Balls

Box Jumps

L-Holds

Sandbag Get-ups

Rest

Repeat for 4 rounds total!

Some of you may not have the access to CrossFit…but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your sweat on! And if you do have access…let me know what your WOD was today!

Here are a couple of recommendations you could check out to get your heart pumpin’!

Way of Gray – High Intensity Interval Training

Couch to 5K