Can I still call this a blog?

So I’m not even sure I can call this a blog anymore, considering I never write anything, but sometimes I get a wild hair and decide to post again! I just found a ton of pics on my phone too, so this will probably turn into a long, rambling post. I’m still doing most of the same things – CrossFit, Paleo, yadda yadda yadda. I will admit that I have been a lot more lenient with my diet lately, and I really need to get it in gear or I’m going to be kicking myself soon. Let’s just say I’ve allowed myself many more cheats in the past few weeks. Sometimes I forget that working out is not an excuse to eat whatever I want, but those workouts make me freakin’ hungry! 🙂

So, let’s see. Last time I wrote about the 60-day fitness challenge that my gym was doing. I haven’t done my end measurements/weigh-in yet, and I’m a little nervous to do so. I didn’t stick to it as well as I should have, and I learned that 60 days is a long time for a “challenge.” Considering I already ate that way, it wasn’t much of a change, and there was no real motivation to be super strict with it. I started out well, and I really focused on what I was eating and drinking, then I slowly started straying on the weekends. Summer, it gets me every year. Warm weather = yes, I’ll have an ice cold beverage, thank you very much! Ya win some, ya lose some. I’m still sticking to the theory that it’s all about moderation. If I restrict every little thing that I eat and feel guilty when I eat something that isn’t Paleo, well that’s not really good. Yes, my views have changed since I first went Paleo, and that’s okay with me. I did realize the other day that I’ve only had one bagel in the past 14 months. That is crazy, considering I used to have them at least twice a week. Mmmmm, bagels! The real thing to talk about here is how I feel about my body after these two months of the challenge. Really, three, if I’m comparing to when I first started CrossFit. I’m really having mixed feelings about it. I KNOW I’m gaining muscle, I KNOW I’m getting stronger, I KNOW I’m getting in better shape by doing CrossFit, BUT my legs are getting bigger, my butt is getting bigger, my arms are getting bigger and my clothes are getting smaller! This is a TOUGH pill to swallow when I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to be smaller. Here’s the thing though – my waist is getting smaller, I’m noticing some muscle definition (slowly, but surely) and I’m continuing to lift more weight during workouts! (I think) I’m fine with me legs and butt being bigger as long as I’m in shape and feel good about the way I look, but I think I’m in the middle ground right now where I’m gaining muscle but still holding onto fat (damn you, fat, be gone!). I know how vain this probably sounds, but let’s be honest. I’m not working my ass off in the gym to NOT feel good about the way I look. Someone tell me they had the same feelings when they first started CrossFit. Anybody? I’ve been talking to one of the coaches at our gym, and she said she was in a similar situation, but after 10 months it all clicked and she started seeing the most changes. If the same goes for me, that’s 7 more months…and I’m super impatient. Not to mention, I’m having to squeeze myself into shorts that are tight on my legs and loose in the waist. I have NEVER had that problem, and it’s kind of humorous to me. I have hated my legs for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how tough it is to see them get bigger. Maybe they will grow on me (no pun intended)…only time will tell. I really try not to compare myself to how I looked last summer, because I know I’m bigger and weigh a little more, but this year my goals are completely different. I’m not trying to be super skinny, and I guess I need to remember why I started CrossFit in the first place. To get in shape, to be healthy and strong, and be the best me that I can be. So here’s to continuing what I’m doing and hoping that all my hard work will pay off!

In other news, let me fill you in on what I’ve been eating and doing by way of pictures!

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I bought this from Whole Foods after seeing paleomg post it on Instagram. Sooooo good. I’m not exactly condoning this as a Paleo food, but every now and then, ok. It’s delicious. I love that Juli from paleomg posts everything that she eats, even if it isn’t strict Paleo. Sometimes gluten free, sometimes all out comfort food, but she looks awesome so I say keep up the good work!

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I FINALLY tried these babies out! They are really good and have like 20g of protein!

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I got this cast-iron skillet for next to nothing at Marshall’s and love it! I had been making my frittatas in a glass pan, but this is a whole new world. The texture is so much better!

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Random, but is this not the most perfect avocado ever? This rarely happens. They are usually either not ripe enough or too ripe, but I caught this one just in time!

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Divine staples in the McCain household. We usually have Paleo pancakes on Saturday or Sunday, and we make a new batch of iced coffee each week. So yummy! Sometimes I get creative with the pancakes. I added a nut mix from Costco and some honey on the left – delicious!

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I can’t remember where I got the recipe for this, but it was some sort of Pad Thai with zoodles. I loved it!

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I try to make a batch of these once a week. They are so great on the go or if I’m hungry before a workout in the morning. They have soy-, gluten-, dairy-free chocolate chips in them and they’re so easy to make!

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Another random, but I was grocery shopping at Whole Foods the other day and saw this. Now, you may not know what I’m talking about, but this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine – when people leave cold food sitting out because they didn’t want it. Wasting perfectly good food because they were too lazy to put it in a cold section…any cold section would do! Ughhh, there’s my rant for the day, but it really drives me crazy!

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Mmmm, dinner. Flank steak, Japanese yams (with kerrygold butter) and brussels. I could eat those yams every day, I really could.

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I finally got around to placing another Steve’s Paleo Goods order. Their granola is the best. Even better with almond milk and bananas.

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I love seeing this bottle at restaurants. This was at Bareburger, but I’ve been seeing them more and more. Yay for less chemicals!

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The best way to eat a burger, topped with bacon, egg and guacamole!

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We made it out to the beach during Memorial Day weekend. It was a gorgeous day. I love the beach, and it’s only a 45-min train ride away. So convenient!

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I also managed to do Murph on Memorial Day. Man, it was a doozie! I didn’t fully recover from it for like a week and a half. Yikes!

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I have always loved tacos – definitely one of my favorite meals. So glad I found this tortilla recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo. They are SO good. Add some ground beef, salsa and guacamole with a side of plantain chips dipped in guac, and you are good to go!

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I can’t believe I found this bacon at Whole Foods! Do you know how hard it is to find bacon without added sugar? Really hard! I also love that it says Paleo friendly on the package…awesome find!

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Speaking of the tortillas, I had some left over, so I added some Applegate Farms turkey, avocado, tomato and paleo mustard and mayo. I’m obsessed with sweet potato fries. It’s a bad obsession.

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This meal was so darn good! BBQ chicken with bacon sweet potato salad. I found a BBQ sauce with Paleo-friendly ingredients, so that was exciting. The sweet potato salad is from one of the 21 DSD books. It was to die for. I need to make it again very soon! I’m a sucker for potato salad, and this was a close second.

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I made Emily’s Paleo Blueberry Banana Bread for breakfast and topped it with strawberries and butter. Yum yum yum!!

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Meatza for dinner is always a solid option. I was hungry waiting for it to cook, so I made some mini pizza bites. Josh puts SO much cheese on his pizza, it’s ridiculous, but look at all those delicious veggies on mine. One of my favorite Paleo meals!

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Don’t you just love my beautiful paper plates? I hate doing dishes, but there are still plenty to be done. Speaking of not doing dishes, I finally got burnt out on cooking every night, so I enlisted the help of Kettlebell Kitchen last week. I had this for breakfast one morning – wild salmon with sweet potato hash and sauteed kale. Freaking awesome and so filling. Loved it! There were a couple of meals I didn’t care for, but overall it was great, and I loved not having to cook all week!

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Don’t you just love how this happens? That’s practically an entire bag of spinach!

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I’m getting so excited about my sister having a little girl! I had to buy her some cute clothes. Look at that little romper. How cute is that? Ahhhh, can’t wait to meet her!

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I went shopping this past week to get some cute outfits for our beach trip! I got the bikinis a while back from Old Navy. Love their cute, cheap tops & bottoms. Great for mixing and matching! Did I mention I’m going to the beach for a week with my mom, sister, grandmother and Corbett? I’m SOOOOOO excited I can hardly stand it. The only thing missing is Josh. I feel like we haven’t had a vacation together in ages, but it should be a fun girls trip (+ Corbett)! Anywho, I used to hate rompers, but now I kinda like them! This one anyway. I actually sent this to Josh earlier to see if it was inappropriate for work. I ended up wearing it, but probably never again. Do you know how long a bathroom break takes in one of these? They really should have taken that into consideration when they made these. Please excuse the background of the picture – it is really impossible to keep our apartment clean, and it drives me absolutely crazy!

 

That’s all for now, I guess I’ll be back in two months 😉 Maybe I’ll do a post on our beach adventures. I’m so ready to be on the sand with the water on my toes!!

Happy Friday…the 13th!

No, I’m not really superstitious, but it does remind me of being a kid and always hoping something “spooky” would happen on Friday the 13th! So, naturally, I guess I still think something spooky might happen…

So, I woke up sore sore SORE this morning. My hamstrings (which are always sore lately), my butt, my back, my shoulders, my abs (yeaaaa!), umm pretty much everything. And guess what? I love it! it used to be that after every workout, I was so sore I could hardly walk. My husband calls me a freak of nature (well, maybe not those exact words) “because nobody gets that sore after they’ve been working out on a regular basis.” Guess I’m the exception to that one. I can attribute this wonderful soreness to my workout routine this week:

Monday – HOT Yoga. My hamstrings and butt have been sore ever since!

Tuesday – Running

Wednesday – High Intensity Kickboxing

Thursday – TRX/Kickboxing Fusion (a new class Eastside Training is trying out, and it rocks!)

But, being sore today made me realize that I haven’t been feeling sore that much, and I kinda miss it! Which is why I’m trying to add the TRX and Kettlebell classes back into my routine, since I don’t have an actual gym where I can lift weights. Don’t get me wrong, I still love these workouts, but I’m at the point now where I really want to tone everything, and just doing cardio kickboxing isn’t going to cut it!

This brings me to my most recent struggle with all of this. I’ve drastically changed my eating habits and seen great results. I’ve slacked off a little in the past few weeks and allowed myself some indulgences here and there, but for the most part, I’m still Paleo-ing away! It’s just second nature now to choose foods that are Paleo-friendly and not reach for the bread basket when we’re out. BUT I feel like I’m at a plateau of sorts. I know I have to step up my game to get my body where I want it to be. I want muscle definition, I want abs, I want to have the best body that I can. I’ve come to the realization that I will probably have to cut out alcohol to achieve my goal. But I don’t wannnnnnnnaaaaaaa! I mean, let’s be honest, I am never going to give that up for the rest of my life…I’m just not. I am well aware that I’m not in college anymore, but I do enjoy an ice cold beer after a long week of work or a nice glass of wine with dinner! So, I guess I’m stuck…do I give up alcohol and work hard to get the rockin’ bod I’ve always dreamed of, maybe see some abs start to appear, only to disappear because I refuse to deprive myself for the rest of my life? Or, can I find some balance in all of this?

Anyone stuck in, or overcome a similar situation? It seems that there must be some balance in having a tight, toned body that I can be proud of, and not depriving myself of EVERYTHING I enjoy. Maybe it can be done just by putting in extra time at the gym and never ever cheating? But then that doesn’t sound like too much balance either. I’m more than willing to put in the effort, I just don’t want to give up everything, especially when I know it will only be temporary. That’s why it’s a lifestyle change!

So, there you have it. Everyone has their own struggles when trying to make a major lifestyle change. I could just be happy with the progress I’ve made (and I am!) and keep doing what I’m doing, but I’m ready to push myself to the next level and make more changes! I feel like the obsessive side of me is definitely starting to come out…I could look at fitness blogs and success stories for days. It’s time to make my dreams a reality…time to do this!

My current fitness inspiration, Emily Schromm, if you’re wondering what my goal is. Makes me want to get back into CrossFit asap!

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She is doing a 21-Day Superhero Challenge starting on 9/23 if you want to check it out! I’m thinking of doing it myself!

What challenges have you faced after making changes to your lifestyle?

Any tips? I’d love to hear your advice!

 

Now, go watch some scary movies or something!

kMc

Sweatfest

So, I’ve been wanting to try Yoga out for a while now. I found a good deal on Living Social, so I thought what the heck, why not? I get unlimited Yoga and Hot Yoga classes for an entire month…score! I started tonight with Hot Yoga because it worked best with my schedule. I was a little hesitant after reading that the rooms are 105 degrees and the fact that I’m not flexible…at all, but I decided to give it a try!

Holy sweat! For 90 minutes. Dripping profusely down my body. I was sweating before the class even started – nice little preview of what was to come for the next hour and a half. It took me a little while to get into it. With all of the inhaling and exhaling (very loud exhaling), it was hard not to laugh at first. Not to mention all of the horns honking outside. Gotta love NYC when you’re trying to relax during Yoga!

Anyway, I feel like I’ve said this before, but I have literally never had so much sweat exit my body in a 90-minute period. I even had sweat coming out of my eyes, or maybe those were tears because of the unbearable heat…I really can’t be sure. Sweat running down my legs, my arms, my feet, my hands…EVERYWHERE!!! I also had to rent a mat (YUCK!) I probably don’t need to describe the nastiness of that. Needless to say, I’ll be investing in my own mat very soon!

I think for my first class, I did pretty well. And despite the heat, I actually enjoyed it. I feel like all of that stretching will definitely do my body good, and hopefully after a month of it, I’ll be able to do a lot more of the moves (and not just sit there while everyone else wraps their leg around their head). Though I’m not sure I’ll be doing headstands anytime soon like the girl beside me…

I’m hoping once I get better at it, it will be more relaxing, but tonight was an all out workout! As long as I burned some good calories, I’m happy! I’ll definitely be back at it again this week and the rest of the month and make the most of my unlimited classes! Will I be a yoga pro anytime soon? Probably not. But I am hoping I will gain some much needed flexibility!

Feeling good about trying new things! 🙂

Have you noticed any positive changes in your body from doing Yoga?

Namaste,

kMc

Getting Back in the Groove!

I know I’ve been a bad blogger and haven’t posted in forever. I hate that I have like zero free time during the week – straight to the gym from work, then home for dinner and a shower, then off to bed! Need. More. Hours. In. The. Day.  ANYWHO, I’m long overdue for a post!

You might be wondering what this title is all about. Well, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I have off-weeks. Whether I’m sore, tired, just being lazy, whatever it may be….it happens! I’ll blame it on just being downright tired and a little bit lazy, but last week I made it to the gym ONCE and to my run on Saturday morning – that about sums up my physical activity for the week! I felt a little guilty, but I was pretty proud of myself for doing my run on Saturday because I really really didn’t want to! Every now and then I think it’s necessary to have a week like that. Your body gets to rest, you start to miss the workouts, and you’re ready to start back hardcore the next week like you never skipped a beat! At least that’s how I feel – anyone else? It’s crucial when you have weeks like this to make sure you jump back into it the next week. A couple of days off ins’t going to give you a huge setback, but try not to make a habit out of skipping workouts! You’ll regret it – at least that’s been my experience!

Naturally, Monday counted as part of the weekend, which was amazing! I loved having an extra day to sleep in! On Tuesday, it was time to kick it in gear and head to Central Park for some Half Marathon hill training, which went surprisingly well. Hills suck, I don’t care who you are. Everyone says the Hamptons Half doesn’t have many hills…I really hope that’s true! Last night I did the TRX/Kettlebell class at my gym. That class is brutal and kicks my butt every single time. I don’t do it as often as I should, so I was definitely feeling it today. I think I’ll start doing it more – I love that sore feeling and knowing I’m building new muscle. Tonight, it was kickboxing. I love love love the cardio workout I get in this class, and if it wasn’t for the instructor tonight, I would have quit 10 minutes in. My body was struggling after last night’s workout, but like always, I’m so glad they push me to my limits. I always leave knowing that I gave it my all and that’s worth everything! I’m feeling great this week and glad to be getting my workouts in!

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Had to show off some of my favorite workout pants and my awesome Asics shoes (Gel Nimbus)! These shoes are like walking on clouds. I don’t know how I ever lived without them!

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Let me backtrack a little to this morning. As I mentioned before, coffee has re-entered my life (not that it ever really left). I love the “butter coffee” that I shared in my last post, but have been unlucky in finding that same butter again this week. Bummer, because I’ve been wanting it ALL week! I had already gotten my Americano from Starbucks when I realized the store didn’t have the butter, so I did the unthinkable and drank it with NOTHING in it. This is completely new territory for me. I already quit adding sugar/flavored syrups to my coffee and now my milk is gone too! I don’t know why I’m trying to complain…contrary to what you may be thinking, I actually really enjoyed it. Yayyy for black coffee! But I’ll still have my butter coffee fix this weekend, don’t worry!

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Now, let’s move on to lunch. Sorry for documenting my day with food, but I tried a new Pinterest recipe that I really want to share with y’all! Avocado Chicken Salad – you must try this ASAP! It’s better than the mayo version, it really is! I may have had avocado overload for lunch today, but I’m obsessed with avocados/guacamole! I had some carrots and zucchini dipped in guacamole to go along with it! Thanks, Katie, for the zucchini tip! Who knew that it’s delicious raw? Yummy!

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Lastly, my latest Pinterest fail, Paleo Cookie Dough Dip. While I do think it turned out like it was supposed to (and LOOKED phenomenal), it most certainly did not taste anything like cookie dough. And the hunt continues…

If you’re looking for a similar high intensity workout to do at home (sans the punching bag and gloves), try this:

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What’s your favorite workout?

Hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend, I know I sure am!

kMc