Grocery Stores Galore!

As I’m getting ready to write this post, I’m realizing how much things have changed for me in the past few months. Instead of sleeping off a hangover on the weekends, I’m waking up early to beat the crowds to the grocery store! I mean…I’m not completely lame, and I still like to indulge a bit on the weekends, but this is becoming the norm. I spend the majority of my Sundays going to the store, meal planning then meal prepping. I do this because this is how Paleo works for me. Life is so busy these days, so if I plan everything out beforehand, there’s less room for error and slip-ups! It works for me, and I’m willing to bet it would work for you too! I’m also realizing (well, I realized this a while back) that the only reason this is working for me is because I wanted it. Not some trainer or anyone else – I made the decision to make this change in my life, and that is the sole reason I have stuck to it for so long. Do it for yourself…not anyone else!

Wow, wasn’t planning on saying all of that, but there you have it!

Like I said, it’s become the norm to go grocery shopping on Sundays. Welllll, yesterday I went to Trader Joe’s, Costco AND Whole Foods! Oops! I almost got to Trader Joe’s in time to beat the crowd, but I wanted to sleep in a little, so it was worth it. It wasn’t nearly as bad as last weekend, and my trip was much more enjoyable.

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I am absolutely in love with Trader Joe’s! They have some awesomely healthy things, and they’re prices are great! I am so sad that I have lived 25 whole years without going to this store! Look at what I scooped up in my cart!

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Ahhhhhh Lara Bars…these are the best things to have in a pinch (just fruit and nuts), and I’m so glad I finally found them. Cashew Cookie…yummmmm! Naturally, I bought an entire box of them.

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My other favorite purchase. Plantain chips. Ohmygosh…these are so, so delicious! And great for dipping in guacamole! I’m obsessed with them and happy to see they only have 3 ingredients: plantains, sunflower oil and salt! They’re also only like $1.50 for a bag of these, SCORE! Why would I ever make my own? 🙂

 

I didn’t get any pics of my Costco purchases because I basically buy the same things every time, but I didn’t quite find everything I needed in those two trips, so I decided to make a stroll to Whole Foods. Literally less than 2 blocks from our apartment! I went in there one other night right when we moved in, and the place was a freakin’ madhouse! I was scared to go back, but it was surprisingly calm on a Sunday night, and I finally got a chance to enjoy my experience. And let me just say, Whole Foods now has my heart, but that place can reallllyyyy add up if you aren’t careful!

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As I was perusing the aisles, THIS caught my eye! Ummmm…you had me at paleo!! Of course I had to buy this!

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I’ve been looking for coconut butter everywhere and finally found it! I couldn’t pass up the barney butter that was sitting next to it either.

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And then I struck gold! They have like 3 different kinds of almond milk WITHOUT the nasty additives! Now I know I said it’s super easy to make almond milk, and it is, but this is just awesome. I love knowing that I can walk down the street and grab this if I need to, instead of the brand that sits a shelf below and contains the dreaded carrageenan! I’m not sure if you can see what that is in the brown bottle, so let me enlighten you. ICED COFFEE WITH ALMOND MILK! I am in heaven! I didn’t buy it since I’m doing this no sugar challenge again, but you can bet I’ll be buying it once it’s over! These are items I have searched high and low for, and now I’ve found them! Oh, Whole Foods, you. are. amazing.

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Once the shopping ended, this is what my refrigerator looked like. Now THAT’S how a refrigerator is supposed to look!! So colorful, so healthy. Nom. Nom. Nommy!

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Random picture, but I wanted to share this kale and apple salad that I had at work the other day. It’s from a little sandwich shop called Num Pang, and it is delicious! I usually hate raw kale, but this was no ordinary kale! I’m planning to recreate it this week…I hope it turns out equally as tasty!

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For dinner tonight, I made The du Plooy duo’s Chicken Fried “Rice”. It was actually really good once I mixed everything together and added a little coconut aminos on top! Two thumbs up for this recipe!

I also made it back to CrossFit tonight! My arms are literally just now back to normal after last Monday, and wouldn’t you know, we worked the SAME dang muscles tonight! We did 5 rounds of:

5 power cleans

10 front squats

5 push jerks

20 pull ups (AGAIN!?)

My arms are already sore in the exact same place as last week, so I’m definitely making a point to stretch them tonight. Last week was almost unbearable since my arms were permanently bent for 4 days straight! But I’m loving getting back into CrossFit…I think it’s just what I need to whip this body into shape and get some muscle definition!

 

I’m going to end this post with something I haven’t done since I started this page – pictures. This is the best way for me to measure my progress, so I like to take pictures and compare them to each other. I took the last one because I started another 21-day challenge, and I want to see if there are any noticeable changes at the end of it. Sorry for the selfie, but I think Josh gets tired of taking my “before and afters,” so I just take them myself!

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I’m pretty proud of the change from picture 2 to 3 (August and now) and just love seeing new changes in my body, but I’m still working towards my goal! I really just have to point out here…is the biggest change in my ta-tas or what? I mean, seriously, those things have come a long way since February!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday night!

kMc

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Feeling the Burn!

So, I mentioned last night that I went to CrossFit for the first time in over a YEAR, and boy am I feeling it today! I forgot to post what we did yesterday, but this is how it went:

Warm Up: 

For 4 minutes,

30 double unders (let’s be honest here, I’ve never been able to do a double under in my life, so singles for me!)

2 wall walks

 

Then (I don’t know the correct term for this part):

For 17 minutes,

1 push press

2 push jerks

We gradually added weight after each round

 

Workout:

For time,

7 rounds of 7 of the following:

Push press

Pull-ups (yikes!)

Ring dips (double yikes!)

 

Let me just say, after warming up with the push press and push jerks, I was a little nervous. I was able to do 75 lbs, but dang it was heavy!

So, for the actual workout, I decided to just use the bar (I think I used the girl bar, so 35 lbs) since I was going to be doing 49 of them. Told you I was weak… this girl is in serious need of some weightlifting! For pull-ups, I used a red and a green band for help. Then for the ring dips, I used a green band.

My arms are so weak, it’s ridiculous! They always have been, so pull-ups and ring dips are NOT my strong suit! I had this goal last time I did CrossFit, but I’m making it my goal again to be able to do a pull-up without band assistance! It goes without saying that this workout was HARD – I was pushed to complete failure by the end of it all, and it was “only” a 16 minute workout for me!

I knew I would be super sore today, but holy cow, just doing my job is a task today. It hurts to answer the phone, grab a pen, use a scanner, pick up my water bottle. I am ridiculously sore, and I absolutely love it because I know my body has no choice but to change if I’m doing this on a regular basis!!

I’m planning to go swimming tonight, but I think that is going to be quite challenging! I’m always more sore on the second day, so I’m thinking swimming will help stretch my muscles out. This may end up as a failed attempt!

 

 

Too Busy to Blog!

I am SO sad that it has been THREE weeks (or more! yikes!) since I’ve done a post! This will probably end up being entirely too long because I feel like so much has happened since then!

First off, the main reason I’ve been MIA is because we moved apartments…HIP HIP HOORAY!! I have been looking forward to this move for a long time! We started packing the weekend before the move since we had to move on a Friday, and as expected, it was a huge disaster. Stuff. Was. Everywhere! Our apartment was already small, then add [what seemed like] a million boxes, and you have no room to walk, sit, eat, get dressed, sleep, etc. etc. etc.! To say we were going crazy during that week is an understatement! But we finally got everything packed up and made the move to our new place! Amazing, just amazing, I tell ya! I always like to think everything happens for a reason, and I think we had to spend out first year in a small space in order to fully appreciate this new space…and boy DO we appreciate it! I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about our new apartment! We really lucked out finding it…thanks to Josh! The new area is a lot busier and a lot less neighborhood-y, but I will never complain, because my commute to work is now cut in half (it used to take an HOUR!), and we’re in walking distance to so many places – Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ Maxx, H&M, Sephora and lots of others! I am one happy lady here!

With all of the packing, moving, unpacking and organizing (my favorite part!), I just haven’t had time to write any posts…excuses, excuses! I know!! The good news is, after unpacking everything, we realized we could use a few more pieces of furniture – like I need another reason to shop! But that is DEFINITELY a good thing!

So what’s been happening in the last few weeks besides moving into our new place? We had lots of birthdays to celebrate this month in the McCain family – our nephews, Ben and Ethan, Josh’s Dad, Maddie (our sweet furry child) and MINE! That’s of lot of birthdays, and I absolutely love birthdays…especially mine (better known as my birthday week)!

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Isn’t she just the cutest [6 year old] chihuahua you’ve ever seen? Yes, I thought so! I may or may not treat her like a human child…

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Naturally, we went to our favorite local bar, Bar Coastal, to celebrate my birthday! It was 3 blocks from our old apartment, and our favorite hangout, but man is it a pain in the booty to get to now! We used to live on the East side, now we’re on the West side…such a pain to get from one side to the other, but absolutely worth it for the VIP treatment we get there! When we got home, I was served my favorite red velvet cupcakes for the perfect ending to my day! I’m also super excited about my new Paleo cookbook that my Grandma got me for my birthday!! I had the BEST birthday thanks to my family and friends!

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I was also lucky enough to have this cutie call and sing me Happy Birthday – no, really, he actually sang the entire song to me! So stinkin’ cute! He also made me a birthday cake out of play-doh and had me blow out the candles! Haha, he cracks me up!

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Since I didn’t get to dress up for Halloween (for the SECOND year in a row…insert sad face here), I’ll just share pics of the cutest UPS man ever! Seriously, I don’t think it gets much cuter!

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I also got this from his Halloween party at school. I don’t know how he is already old enough to be in school…time needs to slow down!

Let’s see…what else has been happening?

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My granola from Steve’s Paleo Goods finally came in! I love finding Paleo alternatives for foods that are 100% NOT Paleo! I love this sampler pack (which is almost gone) so you can figure out what you do/don’t like! Thumbs up for this place!

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I’m still not sure if it compares to this Homemade Granola topped with bananas and strawberries! YUM YUM YUM!!

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On the left is one of my new favorite breakfasts – sauteed spinach, sausage and eggs over easy (?) I honestly have no idea what you call these? Fried eggs? haha, anywho, I love them! Runny yolk and all – who knew!? Andddd on the right is a complete Paleo pancake failure! WHY are these things so damn hard to flip? I like to call it a pancake scramble…oh well.

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Random, but we saw this on our way to Costco last weekend!! We LOVE Costco now! I thought this was funny…this is not a a DRIVE through McDonald’s, but a WALK through McDonald’s! Haha, only in NYC!

Yesterday, it was back to meal prepping! It was nearly impossible to do that during the move!

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I finally made it to Trader Joe’s! I’m pretty sure that I could love this place and spend hours in there – if only I woke up at 6 am on the weekend to get my grocery shopping done and beat the crowds…NIGHTMARE! But I did find some pretty good stuff! Awesome healthy options that don’t break the bank!

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Since Josh and I (mainly Josh) drink so much iced coffee from Starbucks, and our new Starbucks is always ridiculously busy, we decided to give homemade iced coffee a whirl! We tried out this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Attempt #1 was a bit of a failure, so we made round #2 tonight! Hopefully it tastes good in the AM! Side note: I absolutely LOVE our full-size fridge…oh the things we take for granted until we don’t have them anymore!

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Speaking of full-size things, I am beyond excited that we now have this kitchen to work with. It really just makes life so much easier!! So much cabinet space, so much counter space…I’m in love.

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I finally made almond meal out of my leftover almonds from the milk I made a while back. I just stored them in the refrigerator until I had the time to bake them for a couple of hours!

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I thought I would try out these Zucchini Fritters that I found on The du Plooy duo’s Blog! She has so many great recipes – definitely check out her blog! I had these this morning, and I’m fairly certain I did something wrong, though I’m not sure what. But they tasted really weird! Not surprising when I’m the chef!

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I made spaghetti squash to top with meatballs and marinara for some lunches this week…delicious! I love how easy this is to make, except for cutting the squash in half – that’s what Josh is for!

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Then I made these Salmon Cakes and sauteed some broccoli slaw for “noodles.”

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End result? These yummy lunches for the week! I had 2 “spaghetti” and meatballs and 2 salmon cakes with broccoli slaw! I had the salmon today, and it was so good! I topped it with Trader Joe’s whole grain dijon mustard…mmm mmm!

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For dinner, I made one of our new favorites, Paleo-friendly tacos! I used these Simple Paleo Tortillas for the shells. They are so easy and so good! Tacos used to be one of my favorite homemade meals, so I’m so excited to add them back to the menu! We topped them with organic ground beef, tomatoes, salsa and guacamole!

Now let’s get to the real topic of conversation – my exercise routine lately! I have been such a huge slacker, and I’ll be the first to admit it! I’m not going to make excuses, because you can always make the time to exercise, but thankfully I have jumped right back into it now that we’re settled into our new apartment! One of my favorite things about our building is that we have a gym AND a pool! I have always wanted to start swimming, just never took the plunge! Haha, bad pun there! I have always heard that swimming is one of the best workouts for your entire body, so I’m super excited! I’ve been twice already with Josh, and so far I quite like it! I did have to invest in this sexy one-piece though!

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Of course it’s neon and animal print! I’m hoping I can start swimming 3-4 times a week and make it a routine! Pretty easy just to head downstairs and hop in the pool!

I am also ECSTATIC about my birthday present from Josh!! I am finally, finally getting back into CrossFit after wanting to for the past year! I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been so worried about finding a new gym since the kickboxing gym is so far away now. I am definitely a class-taking girl. I’m not a fan of free weights and treadmills! I think it was meant for me, because right around my birthday I found an amazing deal for CrossFit classes at Brick New York on Gilt City (similar to Groupon). The gym is right down the street from my work, and just a quick subway ride back to the apartment…perfecto! I actually went tonight for the first time, and having not done CrossFit in an entire year…it was TOUGH! My arms are going to be so sore tomorrow, but I loved it! Great gym, great people, great environment. As expected, I was the last person to finish the “WOD,” but as I was doing my last pull-ups and ring dips, everyone was standing there cheering me on…such a great feeling coming from people I just met 30 minutes before (and some I hadn’t even met)! I’ve got a LONG way to go, but I know this is where I want to be. It’s time to build these muscles up because I felt SO weak today!! I’m so excited for these changes in my workout routine and hope to see big changes!

Lastly, there is a new Superhero Challenge 2.0 that starts November 6th! I’m so excited for the new videos and daily tips! It’s totally revamped, and I think it’s going to be so much better! I’m also excited that I recruited a few people to join me! I really think it’s a great way to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and get great advice from someone who knows what she’s doing! I’m so glad that I’m starting CrossFit at the same time – let’s see what changes I can make in the next 21 days! Bring on the challenge!!

Wow, this was even longer than I expected, but I’m so excited about everything that’s going on right now in my life, and I couldn’t be happier! I had to share with everyone since I’ve been such a dang slacker!

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I’m calling it a night with this cutie!

Until next time!

kMc

Productive Paleo Sunday

October 13 = Day 21 = The end of the 21-Day Superhero Challenge!! Since the day is almost over, I think it’s safe to say I survived the challenge! 21 days without sugar, which includes NO ALCOHOL! Super proud of that one. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that hard. I think it would have been MUCH harder if I still lived in Alabama and hung out with family and friends each weekend. Luckily, Josh was my only temptation…but I stayed strong and stuck to it! After doing this challenge, I realized that a lot of the time I just have a drink out of habit, so it was a nice eye opener. I can definitely tell a difference from cutting out sugar – my stomach is the smallest it has been in years – that’s probably the biggest change I’ve noticed. I also managed to lose 4 lbs. in those 21 days, so pretty happy about that! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from starting Paleo and doing this challenge, it’s that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it. Tell yourself you’re going to do it…AND DO IT! I have surprised myself so many times, but now I know that I can do this. It’s 100% in my hands, I just have to make the decision to change. I love continuing to push myself and make changes to my body (and my health) every single day. I am the healthiest I have been in a long time, and it really feels great!

Takeaways from this challenge:

1. I try to add more protein to each meal (1 gram of protein for each 1b. of lean muscle – I just had to guess how much lean muscle I have – I’m probably completely off! Oh well, I try).

2. I definitely eat more veggies now. I was eating WAY too much fruit! I LOVE fruit…especially the ones high in sugar. Of course.

3. I now know which protein powders are good. Least amount of sugar & least ingredients…I guess I could have figured that one out on my own, but it was good to see what kind of protein she drinks since she’s in killer shape!

4. Will I have a drink again? Absolutely. Will I be smarter about what I drink and how many (unnecessary) calories I’m consuming? Absolutely.

4. My body and my health are what I make them. If I just put in the effort, change will come. I can’t wait to continue on this same path and become stronger and healthier every single day. I am now 100% addicted to being healthy!

So, today may have been my most productive day EVER. I have a feeling this will probably turn into a really long post, but I just have to share what I’ve been up to all day. We started the day out with a trip to Costco. I was much more conscious of what I was buying today, and I got some great stuff for not a lot of money! Then I spent the next 4 hours prepping my food for the week. It’s safe to say I am now obsessed with eating healthy and my Sunday meal prep routine! Lately I’ve been trying new recipes, and I love it! You’ve probably noticed that I only follow recipes and never create my own. Maybe one day that will change, but for now, this works for me – I’m definitely not a recipe creator! This is what I accomplished today:

First, I put some chicken breasts in the crock pot. I used this this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. I have made it in the past with a whole chicken, and it is to die for. Seriously the most tender and tasty chicken I have ever eaten! This recipe is SO easy. You just mix the spices and rub on the chicken, chop up an onion & throw the chicken in. It only took about 2 hours, but the whole chicken takes a little longer. I shredded it up for lunches this week, so I can easily toss it into a salad or have it with veggies and I’m set!

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I was starving, so I whipped up a smoothie with almond milk, flaxseed, frozen strawberries & bananas, protein powder, almond butter and spinach for lunch. These smoothies are soooooo yummy! Then I was ready to continue cooking!

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I was so impressed with how my almond milk turned out last time, I HAD to make more. It is so dang easy and so much healthier than the store bought. Literally all you do is soak, blend, stir. I made a lot more this time (maybe too much) since last time I only had enough for 2 smoothies. So glad these New York City sized pitchers made the move with us – they work perfectly for this! Voila – delicious, preservative-free almond milk comin’ at ya!

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I popped the leftover almond bits into the oven to make almond meal. I put it on the lowest setting (150 on my oven) for about 3 hours, or until the almonds completely dry out.

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Next up – Paleo Banana Bread Granola! I couldn’t wait to get this out of the oven and try it! I replaced the chocolate chips with sliced almonds, and it was still delicious! I forgot to put the hemp hearts in the picture, but I was pleasantly surprised with these little fellas. I had to put it away before I ate it all –  I’m already thinking about pouring some almond milk over it for dessert tonight! I haven’t calculated the nutrition info for this yet, but there’s a LOT of almond butter in here, so I’m thinking I should eat this in moderation…darn it!

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Then it was time for some Italian Meatballs. I made these last week and had to make them again. They are so good and really really easy! Thanks to my sis-in-law, Ally, for this recipe I will probably make many more times in the future. Just pour some marinara over them then serve over spaghetti squash (or alone), and you have an awesome meal!!

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I used this ground beef from Costco to make them. It was $16 for about 3.75 lbs. of organic, hormone-free ground beef. The organic ground beef at the grocery store is $13.99/lb. What a steal! And they come in these handy little individual packs so I can freeze them, then pull off a section to thaw when needed. Perfecto!

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I got these huge bags of spinach and kale – only 5 bucks each! I love sauteing spinach & kale and/or putting it in my smoothies for added veggies. Such an easy way to get some extra veggies in! Now I have tons of sauteed kale to add to my breakfasts or lunches for the week. Favorite new breakfast – sauteed spinach with fried eggs on top…yummy yummy yummy!

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Lastly, I have Paleo chili cooking in the crock pot right now. Just waiting for it to finish cooking so we can have dinner. I put it in a little later than expected, so we’re having a late dinner! Thanks again to Ally for what I know will be a great meal! I love sharing recipes, and I love crock pot recipes! The only thing I’m not thrilled with in this recipe is the rotel and diced tomatoes…they have some added ingredients that aren’t so great for you, but I wanted to try it out anyway. Next time I will chop up my own tomatoes! Can’t wait to try it in a few minutes!

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The one thing I couldn’t live without when making all of these recipes is my Ninja! This thing has lasted for what seems like forever, and it makes my life so much easier! Such a great staple in my kitchen! Next on my list – a Vitamix! Better start saving up, huh? But have you seen what those things can do!? AMAZING!! It’s so sad how excited I get about kitchen gadgets these days…anything to make healthy eating a little easier!

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Whew! Told y’all this was going to end up being a really long post. I must say I am pretty proud of everything I got accomplished today though. I should be set for the week (and more) and have some great lunch options! Just call me Betty Crocker – I’m really getting the hang of this!

Now time for The Walking Dead! Woohoo!

kMc

 

Catching up

So I know I have been a TERRIBLE blogger. I seriously have to make an effort to do better, but last week I was completely exhausted! I’m blaming it on my half marathon. I used all of my free time to relax…and apartment hunt. Sorry my blog got pushed to the wayside! I’m hoping I’ll have more time to blog more often once we are finished packing up the apartment, moving and settling in our new place. If not, I’ll just have to make the time!

The good news is…we found a new apartment! WHEW, that’s a relief! If you have ever had to look for an apartment in NYC, then I know you can relate. I am so excited about our new place I can’t even stand it! We are moving in 3 weeks, and I am just counting down the days – what a nice birthday present! I think I’m most excited that there is a Whole Foods literally steps from our apartment, which is probably very very dangerous (as I learned from my Costco experience last time), but super exciting! I may be more excited that my commute to work will be cut in half! Especially as the colder weather gets closer 😦 Either way, I am so so so ready to get out of this apartment and into the new one!

You’ve probably read in my previous posts that I’m doing a 21-Day Challenge hosted by Emily Schromm – Unleashed Fitness. Well today marks day 15 of the challenge, and I am absolutely loving it! Her daily tips are so great and have taught me a lot so far! I can’t wait to share my experience at the end of the 21 days and continue to incorporate everything I’ve learned into my daily routine. I love learning more and more each day about keeping up with a healthy lifestyle!

Which leads me to my next topic of conversation. CrossFit. Since really stepping it up and jumping on the healthy wagon full force, I am DYING to get back into CrossFit. I just know that now that I’m eating healthy, I will see great results from doing it again. Looking back, when I did it last summer, that was a huge waste of money on my part. I didn’t change my diet at all and expected the same awesome results that a lot of people achieve with CrossFit. I think now I’m in a much better place and have the ability to get the results I really want! Updates to come if I’m ever able to get back into it! (There is one right by our new apartment, so fingers crossed I can figure out a way to make it work!)

I really want to share some pictures with everyone of some awesome things I whipped up over the weekend, but my NEW iPhone 5s is currently not loading my pictures to my camera roll…NOT good for blogging! Grrrrrr….So I guess I’ll just be posting without pics. Wait! I just remembered that I took some on Josh’s phone and emailed them to myself! But only a few.

I’ll start with dinner on Saturday. I had some ground beef in the freezer that I wanted to use, so I decided to make tacos. I saw what looked like an awesome idea for taco shells on Stupid Easy Paleo a few days before and thought I would give it a try. These. Were. Awesome. I definitely recommend these Paleo friendly Tortillas to everyone! They were so simple AND delicious…even Josh liked them! We topped them with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and guacamole. Yummmm!

I have really been wanting to make my own almond milk after ignoring the fact that the almond milk I’ve been drinking has so many awful ingredients in it. It’s impossible to find store bought almond milk without the gross additives – at least in my experience, but I was too intimidated to make my own. I finally decided to do it and it was so easy!! I used this recipe for Homemade Almond Milk and it tasted just like the store bought kind, but WITHOUT the additives! YAY! I was super proud of this one! I will definitely make a bigger batch next time since this only made enough for about 2 smoothies, but it was a success, and that made me very happy!

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For lunches this week, I decided to get a little more creative than having the same thing every single day. I whipped up some Homemade Meatballs topped with marinara sauce. I also made some egg muffins with bell peppers and spinach. This recipe is so easy, just crack the egg into a muffin pan (I whisk my eggs first) and add your desired fillings, then bake for 20 minutes on 350! Easy peasy! I’m looking forward to my lunches this week! If there’s one thing I always preach about Paleo, it’s meal prep. It is a MUST in my book, otherwise you are just setting yourself up for failure. I love knowing that my lunches for the week are ready to go on Sunday, and I never have to think about what I’m going to pack!

Lastly, I’ve been eyeing this recipe for Banana Ice Cream for a while now. I really love ice cream (or frozen yogurt – especially the places where you make your own and pick your own toppings – I go wild in there!), but since I’ve given up dairy, I haven’t had any in a while. Of course, I’m always on the search for Paleo friendly recipes that rival my old favorites. This was actually really really good! I also really really love bananas, so that probably helps. I wasn’t a fan of the chocolate shell, but it was pretty cool how it hardened like a shell when you poured it on the frozen banana. I will leave that part off next time, but all in all, I give it a big thumbs up!

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I also wanted to give an update since my half marathon. It’s so weird to go from training that much to not training at all. In the end, it just became routine (yes, even waking up at 6 am some Saturdays). I wanted to give my knees a break and haven’t run since the half marathon, but I’m actually missing it! I just don’t have the motivation for running on my own, it was so much easier running with a group of people! Maybe I need to sign up for another one? Haha, not just yet! I think I’ll just sign up for some 10K’s here and there. What I would really love to do is a triathlon, but I don’t know that I have the time (or am willing to make the time) to train for that. I think that’s next on my list though!

To end things, I forgot to say how EXCITED I am that it’s October! Definitely one of my favorite months! Fall weather, pumpkins, Oktoberfest (though nothing can compare to Oktoberfest in Helen, GA), my birthday, scary movies, haunted houses, Halloween, the list is endless. But I just love October, and I’m so glad to have an actual fall season. The weather has been perfect here!

Adios for now, enjoy the rest of your week!

kMc

 

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Half Marathon? Check!

As y’all probably know, since I’ve talked about it non-stop, I completed my first half marathon on Saturday. I wanted to post this on Saturday, but I’m just now getting around to it because I spent the rest of my weekend relaxing, sleeping and recovering! So, my morning started out like this…

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Yep, 3 AM wake up call in order to catch our bus out to the Hamptons at 4 AM! Luckily, I was able to catch a FEW zzz’s on the way there – sleeping on a bus is not the most comfortable thing in the world!

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So thrilled he came out to support me! Damn good husband right there!

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Nice little before pic with my awesome run partner, Dana! I don’t think we would have made it through all of the training without each other – at least I know I wouldn’t have. Thanks TNT for introducing us!!

Then it was off to the start line for 13.1 miles through East Hamptons! We could not have asked for better weather or a better course. It was beautiful, peaceful, sunny & breezy…PERFECTION!

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This was the moment when we turned the corner and could actually SEE the finish line! Everyone kept saying, “It’s right around the corner” and “You’re almost there.” Seriously the longest mile of my life, but it was all worth it when I saw that finish line! There were people lined up on both sides just cheering everyone on – definitely one of the best feelings ever and lots of emotions in that moment (especially when I saw Josh cheering me on). Everything I’d been training for came down to this. All of my hard work paid off, and I was about to check a half marathon off my list, which felt awesome! I was so excited, so proud, and SO happy to be finished! I won’t forget that feeling as long as I live, and I am so so happy I decided to do this!!

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WE DID IT! And yes, we are dressed like twins…all the way from our headbands to our shoes, haha! So proud to wear that medal around my neck!

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So thankful Josh was there to capture it all on video and with pictures. ❤ Definitely a moment to remember!

After the race, we rushed to catch a bus home so Josh could watch Georgia play LSU! I was exhausted, and my knees were not happy with me. We made it home just in time, and I celebrated by sitting on the couch for the rest of the night and not moving a muscle…boy was I beat! I’d like to say I went out and celebrated, but who am I kidding, I was in bed by 9:00 and I’m not ashamed to say I slept for 13 hours that night!! MUCH needed!

On Sunday, I decided that we should head to Costco for a membership and to get some things…

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These were just a FEW of my purchases…

I probably shouldn’t be allowed in Costco. I couldn’t control myself – there were so many good things and so many good deals, I just couldn’t pass them up. Out of control, I tell ya!

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Then it was time for meal prep and a little dinner. I’m really starting to get the hang of this Paleo lifestyle, and I actually enjoy getting everything prepared on Sundays for the week. It makes my life a lot easier, and I love knowing I have healthy meals planned out for the rest of the week! I made 2 weeks worth of banana & strawberry smoothie packs for breakfast, broccoli & brussels sprouts and roasted red pepper & spinach chicken sausage (YUM!) for lunches this week, and ended my night with a little dinner made from leftovers I had. I broke some eggs while I was unloading the groceries, so I cooked those up too! All in all, I’d say it was a pretty productive Sunday!

I think I’ll end this post with the cutest little face you’ve ever seen! Got to talk to this cutie tonight!

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He has my heart and always will. My night is complete. Wiggie loves you, Corbies!

Goodnight everyone!

kMc

 

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Random Post Saturday

I have lots of random things to talk about after not posting for a week! Crazy, hectic week at work makes it hard to keep up with posts!

First off, I am so excited about the messages I’m getting about Paleo and just love all the questions people are asking! While I’m definitely not a professional or expert on the subject, I do love sharing my knowledge, ideas and experiences with people that are interested! Paleo on, people!!

Secondly, I have to congratulate my sister-in-law! She has been doing Paleo for 13 days and has lost TEN pounds! If that isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is! She has been committed since day one and continues to kick ass every single day! I just couldn’t be more proud. You rock, Ally, keep up the hard work!

So, today was my last “long run” before our race NEXT SATURDAY!! I only did 6 miles today which was much needed after last weekend’s 12-miler! My feet and legs thanked me. Which reminds me I didn’t post pics of our Coney Island run – see below. I’m so excited for the race next weekend, I can hardly wait. I’m also so thankful for all of the generous donations I’ve received so far – just makes me that much more motivated to run (walk)!

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I made it to Coney Island from the Brooklyn Bridge with my wonderful run crew!

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And may have had a hot dog at Nathan’s. But I did resist the funnel cake!

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We didn’t make it on any of the rides.

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At least I can now say I’ve been to Coney Island!

I mentioned it earlier, and I’ve made the decision to kick it into high gear and FINALLY get the body I’ve always wanted. Instead of sitting here every day wishing I had more defined muscles, a tighter stomach, etc., I’m gonna make it happen. I’m doing it. No matter how long it takes. And I realize since I’m basically telling the world, I kind of have to stick to it. Game on! To kick it off, I’m starting this 21-Day Challenge on Monday (join me!). I pretty much already stick to everything she is asking you to do, except for fish oil…I need to do my research on fish oil. And not drinking alcohol – I’ll do my best. But I need to get back to being really strict, and I love the idea of logging my points every day and holding myself accountable. I’m most excited about getting daily tips/challenges from Emily! Can’t wait to share my experience on this challenge! I’ve been trying my best to do strict Paleo for the past 2 weeks to kind of prepare for the challenge, and I forgot how quickly my body reacts when I cut out all of the bad stuff. I’m motivated all over again!

I keep thinking of things that I haven’t had or positive changes I’ve noticed since I started Paleo back in May (almost FIVE months ago), and want share some of them with you. So, here’s a list of things I’m proud of.

1. I haven’t had a bagel in 5 months. I don’t know if you can fully appreciate this unless you live in NYC (best bagels ever, just a block from our apt). I used to eat them at least twice a week, if not more! Oh, and we get free bagels every Friday at work. They sure do smell good!

2. Bread. I haven’t eaten a legit piece of bread in 5 months. I have had (maybe) 3 slices of pizza, and no, I’m not counting that as bread. I realize that bagels fall into the bread category, but they were a much bigger part of my life, so they get their own category. And of course they are number one.

3. Soft drinks. This a phenomenal victory for a former Diet Dr. Pepper addict. And let me just add that I have access to unlimited Diet Dr. Pepper at work. We actually have one of those fountain drink machines where you can make your own drink. And unlimited cans…ohhhh temptation!

4. Cereal, oatmeal, granola. Nada.

5. Pasta. I really can’t believe I haven’t had pasta in that long. Cray.

6. My hair has been growing SO freaking fast and I had no idea why. Now I think I have an idea. Remove bad foods, hair will grow faster.

7. This has nothing to do with Paleo, but since I’ve been training for my half marathon, I’m noticing some nice new definition in my thighs. I love seeing new changes!

8. #7 just reminded me that I’ve now been training for 3 months for this half marathon! It’s about time it got here!

9. I am noticing during workouts how much stronger I am now. That feels awesome!

10. Lastly, this is the longest I’ve stuck to anything in my life. I’m so proud of myself for actually turning this into a lifestyle change (with the occasional cheat). I feel better physically and feel better about myself, and you really can’t beat that.

Ok, I’m done bragging on myself. I just can’t believe all of the things I’ve given up and really don’t even crave anymore and all of the positive changes I’m continuing to see. I just want everyone to know that it’s possible to make healthy changes in your life. And it isn’t that hard. Just take baby steps…I promise, If I can do it, so can YOU!

To continue the randomness, I have to show off my sister’s wreaths. She makes them all by hand on her own. She is just so talented, and I wish I could buy them all, though I probably need a front door first! Just to give you an idea, here is one of my favorites! Go check out her Etsy Shop. She can make any custom wreath – you won’t be disappointed!

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WAR EAGLE! Hoping for a victory over LSU tonight!

Well, I think this is about as random as it gets for a post, but there you have it! My thoughts for the day. Happy Saturday everyone – time to go watch some football!!

 

Xoxo,

kMc