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.

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

Look Good & Feel Good

I’ve been on a quest to lose weight, be fit, eat better, and feel good for a while now. It’s been a roller coaster ride for me, as I go through phases of amazing focus and making good choices only to take a few steps back by picking up old habits like french fries and coca cola. Although, what I have learned is not to be too hard on myself. The most important thing is to re-focus, and ultimately try my best!

One thing I know to be true for me is that I can always re-motivate myself with a new outfit or new “goodie” to use while in the gym. That said, I wanted to share a few things that are on my wish-list for a fit 2015.

2015 Fitness

In order from right to left:

First Row:

Second Row:

  • It Starts with Food– an amazing book about eliminating the yucky stuff from our diet! I recently tried the Whole 30, and plan to do it again! Blog posts on that to come.
  • Lululemon Rest Less Pullover – I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’m really into Lulu’s athletic wear right now. I just love that their pieces look good in and out of the gym.

Third Row:

  • Scoop Back Long Sleeve– no words needed- just so cute!
  • Hydro Flask– this thing helps me drink water like crazy! And we all know water is important!
  • WODNation Double Under Rope–  a jump rope is a great investment for anyone, CrossFitter or not. It’s one of those exercise tools that is small enough to bring anywhere with you. Plus, jumping rope burns a ton of calories, and it’s fun!