Obsessed – Day 18 – WHOA!

This will be a short and sweet wrapup of the day.

I had a really long day with limited food until dinner. I got my workout in later this afternoon. Then went to a Brazilian steakhouse and probably ate way too much protein. It was delicious. I am really starting to see some changes in my body and I’m excited about that. And I go home tomorrow and will get to spend multiple days in a row cooking my own meals and eating on the timeline that I’m supposed to be. I am really excited and will share this next week with much enthusiasm and great details as well as some recipes.

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Obsessed – Day 7

Its Sunday!  Today was supposed to be my rest day but since we drove from CA to CO yesterday, I took my rest day on Saturday.  I slept until 8:30 this morning which was much needed since I didn’t get to sleep until nearly 2:00 AM.  I also felt like I was getting sick when I woke.  My energy was low, my head was stuffy and I still felt exhausted.

Upon waking, I cooked pre-workout breakfast, had coffee and ran errands.  When I got home I went straight down to do my workout…cardio flow which was by far my least favorite workout.  It was so different.  It was 10 moves starting on move #1 x 4 reps then adding move #2 and starting over and then adding move #3 and starting over and so on.  After 30 minutes, I was dying and so grateful it was DONE!

As for nutrition, I stayed true to the foods I should be eating but didn’t eat the amount I am supposed to eat in a day.  I just wasn’t feeling hungry today.  I feel satiated and hoping that this cold will be gone by tomorrow.  I’m heading back out of town tomorrow for work so no cooking for me this week but I do have things that I can pack up to be prepared packed and will take all my supplements for my workout.

It’s short and sweet today folks.

-until tomorrow!

Obsessed – Day 6

Happy Saturday!!!

I don’t have much to tell you today. I’m currently in route home from CA. We’ve been in the car now for 14 hours and we have just under 5 to go. Needless to say, I did not workout. I’ve eaten “street food” ie; drive thru and gas station snacks (but they did have 100% grass-fed jerky much to my delight) and had way too much coffee.

On the other hand, I’m grateful to get a rest day. As much as I loved leg day yesterday, I can barely walk today (and sitting for hours isn’t helping). I’ll be back to my regular exercise schedule and timed nutrition (if you’d like to know more about timed nutrition let me know) tomorrow.

~until tomorrow

Obsessed Day 1

Yesterday I published a blog that was about the start of my year and my epic trip to Europe and England.  What I didn’t talk about was how crappy my food choices had become since the holidays, how off pace I was with my exercise life and how my body was feeling the effects of putting unhealthy food and getting little to no exercise daily.  While we were abroad, we walked close to 90 miles in the course of that 14 day period, but let’s be honest, as a tourist, I wasn’t walking to raise my heart rate.  I came home still fitting into my clothes but I didn’t feel strong and my digestion was beginning to feel the effects.  While we were abroad, Beachbody launched a new program called 80 Day Obsession and I couldn’t wait to come home and start it.  I had to wait another three weeks before I could due to travel plans, anniversary/Valentines dinner with my fella and PROCRASTINATION.  Doing this program means changing EVERYTHING.  And if you’ve read any of my previous blogs, I haven’t ever been known to have a great relationship with food even though its loads better today than in my past.  I have always been an eater for pleasure and not for fuel.  This program changes that completely.

TODAY IS DAY ONE!

The goal was to go to the grocery store yesterday after arriving in CA to get my food and wake up this morning with all the tools I needed.  Well that didn’t happen due to a number of circumstances.  Here is how it all went down this morning.

I woke, went down to the free breakfast area, grabbed some scrambled eggs that were cheesy, a sausage patty and a small croissant.  My meal plan calls for morning protein, carb and greens. Conclusion for breakfast, too much protein, too many carbs (I’m sure), my daily allowance of fat AND no greens.  But I had to work with what I had.  I waited the proper amount of time, drank my pre-workout and shortly thereafter, headed to the gym to get my workout in.  I got it done with more modifications than I would have preferred but I love Autumn Calabrese’s training practices about pushing but allowing ourselves to build up to the point we want to be out.  She talks about NOT comparing ourselves to her or other people in the video or even our neighbor.  It’s all about doing it to be who I want to be.  Its a great confidence builder.

After my workout, I drank my recover, showered and headed out to the store.  NOW I have all my groceries and will be able to meal prep.  My big win for the day was not saying, “well this morning was a bust, so let’s just blow off nutrition for the rest of the day.”  I adjusted my meal plan for the day to accommodate the extra carbs and fat I had and now I’m still on track.  I am determined to make this happen.  I am determined to remain accountable and to finish this program.  At the end of my 80 days, regardless of how noticeable the changes are, I will post a before and after.  I KNOW it will be amazing.

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I’ll be posting my experience, strength and hope here everyday.  Food has been a constant battle for me nearly all my life and I’ve worked so hard to form a healthy relationship with it but I slip and fall and stay down until I’m so tired of being sick and tired that I get back up.  I know the day will come that it will just be normal for me to eat for fuel.  I don’t binge anymore, I don’t have self hate or self loathing anymore so I’m progressing but I have so much room for improvement.  I look forward to seeing you all here everyday.

 

xx

New Places in the New Year

 

Happy New Year (only 48 days late)!

Let me share with you why.  Our holidays were spent very low key.  We had Christmas in our beautiful home in Colorado and rang the new year by watching the ball drop on YouTube and then heading to bed by 12:30AM.  Following that was back to work as usually for 10 days and THEN…of to fulfill one of my most coveted bucket list items as well as do some major coffeeshop research for my up and coming coffeehouse!  This blog will not discuss much about the coffee experience…its much more to share my travel experience.  So what was this great trip I speak of?

………..14 DAYS IN EUROPE!!!!!

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IMG_3863IMG_3873IMG_3895IMG_3896We started in London.  Landing on a Friday morning early, quickly learning about the “black” cabs from the airport ($130 later), checking into our hotel and then setting out to see London.  Day one was spent with no sleep and running on excitement and adrenaline.  Day two, we played on the Underground, saw Piccadilly Square, visited a very old pub, checked out Buckingham Palace and visited Harrods where we enjoyed high tea and sight seeing one of the largest department stores in the world.

Day three, we took the train to Liverpool, where we got settled in for the night and waited for our tour guide (my business partner’s cousin Hannah) to come and show us around.  We visited Chester and lapped up the amazing history there.  There were buildings as old as the 1400’s still standing and still in operation which had my face smiling, my heart pounding with excitement and my giddy girl behavior in full effect.  Later in the day, it was of to the Cavern (yes, the place where the Beatles and many others extremely famous bands got their start) and listened to some music before heading off to dinner to enjoy some of the BEST fish and chips I’ve ever had.  Thank you Hannah!!

IMG_3925IMG_3927IMG_3930IMG_3935IMG_3949IMG_3955IMG_3965IMG_3968Our final day in Liverpool, we rented a car, which I made Tyler drive because… wrong side of the road and steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car therefore I was nervous Nelly.  We drove to Whales to see the teahouse I had been dreaming of visiting for two years and low and behold…it was closed for the season!!!!!  But here is the lovely picture I was able to to take of it and now have a reason to go back!

IMG_3977IMG_3991Our time in Whales was very fun as we had tea (well Tyler had a beer) in the local hotel bar and then walked the tiny town finding the most authentic Dutch bakery and devouring some of the most amazing pastries. Then the snow came and it was time to head back for our flight to Amsterdam!!

Amsterdam was a quick trip.  We arrived at 9:30 PM and headed straight to the hotel.  After a decent night of sleep, we headed into the city for the day.  WOW!!!  It was impressive to see.  No intricate architecture necessarily but still a vast amount of history. We walked that entire inner circle of the city, saw more sex shops than I could have counted, visited the red light district because it was a must and then the fellas enjoyed partaking in the local legal “fun” while I enjoyed the hookah.  Amsterdam was a whirlwind trip with very little variety.  We found quite a few coffeehouses and enjoyed some local coffees and snacks but there was nothing that made me say…I will miss this place.  However, I would love to visit Old Holland and see the windmills.

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Next on the journey was Italy.  Jet setting over to Florence, Italy, we landed around 11:30, grabbed a cab to the hotel and got a few hours of sleep so we could get up the next morning and head to our coffee making class.  WOW!!!!  Mokaflor of Italy offers intense classes or a short little 3 hour class that discusses the growing, harvesting and roasting process of coffee (we learned so much) and then moves on to pulling a proper espresso shot and making a cappuccino.  This was an amazing day!  After that, we headed back to the hotel, grabbed a shuttle to town and had a fabulous dinner (lasagne for me, pizza for Tyler and calzone for Drew).  The following day was spent walking Florence from what felt like, end to end.  We discovered the hot spot for capturing great panoramic shots of the city.  While we were basking in the Italian beauty, Tyler had noticed an old chapel so we embarked on the small hike to it.  People….it was one of the most spiritual experiences I’ve ever had.  I cried uncontrollably nearly the entire time we were in there.  Just amazing.  Finishing out the day, we found some pasta that made us know we would miss Italy and then headed back to the hotel.  For dinner on this final night in Florence, we decided to dine in the hotel restaurant.  I have two tips: 1) Food in any hotel is “hotel” food and 2) Pepperoni in Italian means peppers.  We ordered pepperoni pizzas and got pizzas that were COVERED in raw red and yellow peppers.  Upon realizing that the language barrier was worse than we thought, we told her we were looking for sausage, to which she assumed we wanted more sauce so they added the peppers to the sauces, processed it in a food processor and then topped the pizza with it.  After a quick google search…LESSON LEARNED!!!  Now off to Pisa.  We walked all over Pisa, found great pizza (finally), saw the leaning tower and then headed of to Paris.

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Up, up and away we go….to Paris!  Pastries, coffees, the Eiffel Tower and did, I say pastries?  Paris was simply meant for me to enjoy the eating of pastries and get my walk on through the city.  And THAT, my friends is what we did!  Starting with a quick pass through a patisserie for a croissant then we came to Ladurée who is world renowned for their macarons (and rightfully so).  We popped in there for a nice little sit down pastry and some coffee but the pièce de résistance was the 18 macarons we got to enjoy for the remainder of our stay in Paris.  After enjoying that tasty treat, it was off to the Eiffel Tower where Tyler and I took the stairs to the first level but the rain made the stairs slick and then there is that little issue I have with gripping fear of falling so to go any higher would have meant that Tyler would be carrying me but he also didn’t want to go higher so problem averted and we headed back to solid ground.  It was a grand experience that I will cherish forever.  Finally, the walk back to the hotel commenced while we endured the rain and enjoyed the sights.  The Seine River was flooding and it was quite a sight to see how hight the water was only to discover that the week we left England to come back to the States, it began flooding the city.   Our last day in France, we enjoyed a beautiful breakfast of pastries in a century old restaurant and that made the final moments in Paris dreamy.  Now back to England via the Eurorail traveling under the English Channel.

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Our final days overseas were spent in England.  I fulfilled my very nerdy side by going to King’s Cross Station and seeing Platform 9 3/4 (if you’re not a Harry Potter fan you won’t understand the reference) and trying to make it to Parliament and Big Ben but the rain defeated us and we never made it there.  However, it was the trip of a lifetime and I cannot wait to return to the UK for a much longer visit spent seeing the northern countryside and heading up into Scotland.

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If you read all the way to here, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME.  I hope you enjoyed my recap of my trip and please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

What About That Ghee?

Have you  tried it yet?

Are you curious about what in the world it is?

Why grass-fed?

Let’s start at the beginning…long, long ago…I’m kidding.  In this blog I want to point out, in a brief overview, the benefits of ghee and why, in some cases, I prefer it over butter (grass-fed).

Ghee is clarified butter.  First, let me tell you what clarified butter is.  You could actually make it at home yourself.  It’s quite a simple process.  Take a pound of unsalted grass-fed butter and put it into a pan on medium heat.  Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes until the milk solids sink to the bottom.  The beautiful golden liquid is ghee.  When you remove the milk protein, you remove the lactose and clarify it.

Why is it better than butter?  The simple answer is the TASTE!  Clarified butter has a very full flavor.  In my humble opinion, it doesn’t have any kind of an oily flavor at all.  It’s like a dark roast coffee compared to a light roast.

Now for the medical values: 1) By clarifying it, you’re eliminating the dairy from it.  Now people who are allergic to dairy can eat butter!  2)  By eliminating the dairy, you get all the antioxidant potential without the interference of lactose.  3)  Ghee possesses butyric acid, which means that it can reduce inflammation that causes irritation to the digestive tract.  It’s even being suggested as a dietary addition for people with ulcerative colitis.

And finally, why grass-fed?  Well that answer is quite simple.  When cows are given the free range to eat what is natural to them and not fed with pesticide covered grain, our bodies get the REAL benefits of what the cow has to offer.  I highly recommend always eating grass-fed beef products.

If you have questions, please ask them.  I’ll be happy to get more in depth information for you.

Break On Through to the Other Side

I’ve lived a relatively healthy life for more than a decade now.  And in that decade I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been really sick.  Like call into work sick.  And I don’t even think I’d get to my thumb in that count.

Last Friday I found myself riddled with body aches.  So much so that I couldn’t get my workout in and that bummed me out.  Figuring it was a case of bad allergies or maybe I’d caught a little bug, I laid low and rested up and decided Saturday would be a new day. We had also just started a new Beach Body challenge (22 Hard Corp) and it’s so intense I just figured maybe my body needed a rest.  I’ve been killing it lately with my workouts.  Plans to see the new John Wick were made for Saturday afternoon and thus we watched the first John Wick on Friday night as part of my rest and relaxation.

Saturday rolls around and the body aches are still there.  We get in coffee and some breakfast and low and behold within a couple of hours, I have a fever.  WHAT!?!  I NEVER GET SICK!!! Well, its time to chalk it up to the flu.  Darn it! I’m not a believer in the flu shot because I never get sick so here we go.  We decide if the fever breaks, we’ll go to church on Sunday and enjoy a light hike.  Meanwhile, my incredibly supportive man is taking care of me and making sure I’m as comfortable as possible.

Sunday is here.  The fever has spiked to 101 and I check my throat.  Oh yes, STREP! Now I’m really starting to feel bummed.  I’m not a baby really when I’m sick; I get cranky.  I’m a person who usually has pretty good energy and likes to go, go, go.  Now we’re on day 3 and I can’t do anything.  We end up in Urgent Care and I walk out with an antibiotic prescription and feeling defeated.  Oh and to make matters worse, I can’t eat.  I’m living on chicken bone broth and Shakeology.

Fast forward to Tuesday and I’m still on the mend.  Still recovering.  Still having body aches.  My fever came back last night although it was low.  But my reason for writing this is to give you the backstory and then end it with the positive.

For most of my life, I’ve started and stopped so many programs for eating healthy and getting exercise.  I’ve had gym memberships in my 20’s that went to collections because back then you signed a contract and it was at least a year or sometimes 2 years and I was so young and didn’t have the money and NEVER followed through.  Today, I’ve found what works for me and every single day that I’ve been unable to workout and my fella has been going to the basement to get the workout done, it’s made me sad but also motivated me.  I know if I tried to workout in my current condition it would set me back and believe me, the thought has crossed my mind multiple times a day (except maybe Sunday).

My motivation is to have the healthiest body I can have.  And if that means that I need to spend a few days allowing myself to fight off infection and heal, so be it.  I accept that.  But where the real reward lies is that I’m excited about when my body is finally ready again for me to to get in my basement and get back to it.  The old me would have used this as an excuse to stop.  This me…the one who has passion for what I’m doing…cannot wait to get back to it.

Oh and it also helps to have the best support system in the fitness world I’ve ever encountered.

~So grateful.