Whole 30 Reset button

So I started my Whole 30 off with a  bang. Super prepared. Meals planned, groceries bought, friend meal success. Then I had a stressful day and travel on my agenda and I tripped and stumbled a little. I had a cocktail or two (grapefruit, vodka, etc.), and I may or may not have had some delicious chicken pot pie that my adorable dear friend Katie made. From there the snowball effect occurred…and I fell far far off that wagon. I basically ejected from the wagon. But, as I mentioned in previous posts, I can’t be too hard on myself. This is a choice I am making to improve my overall well-being and my eating choices. Now, it is important for me to recognize that certain situations are a trigger to me, and evaluate what it is that I can do to improve that in the future! Since I have this current challenge, and then I am participating in the Clean Plate challenge with CrossFit Vantage, I feel like I will really dive into the choices I make, why they happen, and what I can do to improve that!

Now with that confession out of the way, I did stay very dedicated to my exercising and made some super successful yummy meals! Did you catch that picture up above? Those are my new custom nanos…I am only slightly obsessed and love putting them on for my morning workout everyday! It definitely helps to have fresh gear to keep me dedicated to the gym!

As far as food though, which I am sure you care more about, the quiche from last post was a huge hit. Not only did my dog Soco love it, but my husband and my Uncle loved it too! So much so that I made it again this week, but with arugula instead of spinach. I have found that nuts are super helpful, and the roasted plantains from Trader Joes are a real life saver. See, even other bloggers about the Whole 30 rave about them! I also am LOVING the Yogi Green Tea- muscle recovery. It has turmeric in it which has anti-inflammatory effects! God knows my muscles are sore every 5 minutes because of CrossFit so let’s hope this tea actually makes a difference!

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I have to say our friend meal was one of the best by far! Thanks to my girl Juli for hosting us for this one! We made almond crusted chicken breast, with asparagus and purple sweet potatoes. The picture does not do it justice at all, and I apologize for the yucky quality. If you want to recreate it just simply:

1)Preheat the oven to 350

2) Dip the chicken breast into 2/3 eggs (I break the eggs into a bowl and scramble them up a little bit first)

3) Then coat the chicken in almond flour (I usually put the flour on a plate, and then put the egg soaked chicken right on that plate to get a good covering!)

4) Put in a greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes (time will vary based on the size of the chicken- we had thin cutlets so our chicken baked very quickly!)

For the asparagus- we simply sautéed them in a pan with coconut oil, garlic, and lemon juice. As for the purple sweet potatoes- how fun is that?! We boiled them, and then mashed them kind of like mashed potatoes. They were very vibrant purple, and totally put a new spin on “make your plate colorful.”  Yum!!

Now I am reinspired as we go into a new week so…here we go again!

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

Thirsty on Thursday

By: Steph Swogger

In my late teen years and early 20’s  I drank coffee around the clock. My mom owns a deli in New Hampshire, so coffee was readily available and kind of addictive. Natalie can tell you because she worked there for a while, and the both of us never were in short supply of this addiction. A few years ago though I decided that it might be time to cut back on the major caffeine jolt in the afternoon from coffee and switch to green tea. I have found in my research that not only is green tea high in antioxidants which can improve brain and immune system function, but it can increase fat loss and help increase physical performance. Since starting this daily regiment of drinking green tea in the afternoon, I have maintained my weight and been able to sustain my concentration longer. Not only that, but I feel good! I don’t get sick half as often and let’s be honest…what is more comforting on a chilly winter day than climbing on the couch with a warm cup of tea?

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So a suggestion from me…think about it the next time you reach for a cup of coffee. In fact, I challenge you to switch up that afternoon soda or coffee for a cup of green tea. Then let us know if you see this difference!