School is OUT!

Okay, so I have finished up school, and I will be taking some much needed time off. I am hoping to use this time to catch up on some things that I have let slide while I was handling school, and one of those things is my health. I have actually done very well with my eating, considering all of the stress that I have been under, and have lost about five more pounds since the last time I weighed myself. But I need to start working out again and focusing on getting myself into shape.

To that end, I went to the gym with some friends of mine yesterday. I know, I know – I sang the praises of EPLifeFit and why in the world am I trying to go back to the gym when I have a perfectly good workout program that I can do at home? Well, for starters, I haven’t felt like I am getting a full, well rounded workout from EPLifeFit. Granted, I am a beginner so I need to start slow, but I felt like I was accomplishing more with Body by Science than I did with EPLifeFit. But EPLifeFit was targeting areas that I felt Body by Science wasn’t covering, so….

….I basically combined both workouts when I went to the gym. And boy, am I tired!

One of the things that I found out through doing introductory workouts with CrossFit was that I desperately need to work on my squats. I am finding out that I have no strength in my hamstrings or glutes – I’m willing to bet that there is nothing but fat back there! Just doing a minimal amount of squats per how I was told to do them by my EPLifeFit trainer wears me out, so I know that it is something that I need to concentrate on. I am going to put in the work to get it right, because eventually – when I get in better shape and feel that I can better handle it – I want to give CrossFit another shot.

My eating has been better – I have been concentrating on keeping it clean. Today I made Asian Fried “Rice” – a recipe that I found on Nom Nom Paleo. And speaking of Nom Nom Paleo, this blogger has a new iPad app that is totally awesome and definitely worth your time to check out. I have been telling everyone I know about this app because it is so sharp and so well done, and it has tons of recipes on it, one of which is the Asian Fried “Rice” recipe. Check it out!

Yes, I’m Still Alive!

And I’m still eating Paleo, too. My life has totally exploded in stressfulness in the last month, which is why I have not posted. I felt like I needed to tonight, though, because my stress is close to over and I want to get back to the stuff that makes me happy.

One of those things is the Paleo lifestyle. I have done so much experimenting throughout the month with different things, from only eating when I am hungry (something that has fallen apart in the past two weeks as my stress level has gotten really high) to making coconut milk shakes to get some fat in my diet. I made a shake the other day with coconut milk, coffee, ground hazelnuts, and shredded coconut. OMG YUM! The coffee really brought out the coconut flavor of the milk and it was the best shake I have made. My other favorite is strawberries and almond butter in coconut milk with shredded coconut. Put all that in the blender and drink it. Makes my day every time. I usually add the coconut because it tends to make the shake thicker.

I have found myself talking about the Paleo lifestyle to everyone! Just today I was at the house of a couple who has a daughter the same age as my youngest; they had invited us to take part in an Easter egg hunt. They also invited a few other families, and right before I left I found myself in a conversation with a woman who I think has seriously tried every diet pill out there. I’ve never been into all that because those things can mess you up – and she even talked about experiencing heart palpitations with some pills that she had used to lose a lot of weight. Of course, she’s gained it back now, and she said that she would look into it. The hostess made a comment about how diets seem too good to be true and most people gain the weight back after they go off of the diet. I took that opportunity to let them know about all of the benefits that I have seen: great energy level, awesome sleep at night, yummy food, and of course the weight loss doesn’t hurt anything.

Whether or not these people, or anyone at work that I’ve raved about the diet to, or anyone else, does anything about the information that I give them is irrelevant to me for the most part. I think one of the reasons for that is because just about everyone says, “But I can’t do that! I can’t give up bread or pasta!” And every time I hear that I know that the time isn’t right for them. But every time I talk to someone I marvel at my own excitement about what I am doing for my health, and I think about how wonderful it is going to be when I finally finish out this semester and have some time to start working out again, too. And these people will see what is going on with me and will remember what I said, and maybe it will start them on their own journey to good health.

So tonight I revamped the 5-spice rib recipe. I didn’t like the ribs cooked in the slow cooker, but I love them when they are cooked, covered, in the oven. So I put the rub on the ribs just like last time, put them in a baking dish, added the coconut aminos and rice vinegar, covered them with foil, and cooked them at 350 for two hours. Then I made up some cauliflower asian fried rice and served them, with baited breath, to my fiance. He loved them. Last time I made the ribs, they weren’t all that impressive – even now I’m wondering how to get the spice flavor to come out a little more – but he really wasn’t all that thrilled about the bok choy that I fixed to go with it. He went on and on about how much he liked these ribs and the cauliflower fried rice. Great for me, because I was a little worried about how the fried rice would be received. He even said that we need to make it a regular dish!

So that’s where we’re at for now. If I don’t show up for a while, don’t fret – I have about a month left of school and then I can focus my energy on things that matter, like this blog! I am still here and still going strong – I’m even down another size! I appreciate everyone who has been liking the posts and have left supportive comments – you guys make my day! Thank you!