Finally doing a Whole30, woo!  It’s about dang time I tried one for real.

I am on summer break for one more week, then school starts up again.  Even though I’ll be super busy, my return to a daily schedule will actually help me with this challenge.  Currently, I’m on a vicious cycle of wake up late, eat late ‘brunch’, eat dinner at 8 or 9ish then snack like a crazed zombie until I go to bed around 2.  Not conducive to a successful nutrition challenge!

I think the key to success will be consistent grocery shopping and food prep – this way, I won’t rely on fruits/nuts as snacks going forward (see below naughtiness).  No more nut butters and no more larabars..they are far too tempting as a ‘dessert’ replacement.  Sugar is a huge Whole30 no-no.

  • Meal 1 - venison & sweet potato chili, 2 fried eggs, 1/3 avocado, chai tea with coconut cream
  • Snack – cantaloupe & chai tea with coconut cream
  • Meal 2 – lemon chicken with capers & artichokes, cauliflower rice, steamed broccoli, big green salad with veggies, blueberries & sunflower seeds
  • Snack – larabar
  • Snack - bowl-o-fruit…banana, blueberries, grapes + 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter

Sweet Potato Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 lb ground grass-fed beef or venison
  • ½ yellow onion, diced fine
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled & diced small
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of tobasco sauce
  • Sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of ½ lime (reserve the rind)

In a dutch oven, brown the beef and onions in fat until almost cooked through.

Add spices & sweet potato and cook about 1-2 minutes so spices toast slightly.

Add tomatoes, stock & lime juice.  Stir and bring to simmer.  Add lime rind to top of chili, cover and turn heat to very low.  Simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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It’s been a little over 9 months since I took a leap of faith in myself.  Went pretty dang far outside my comfort zone.  Left a cushy corporate cubicle job that I could have had until cows flew to the moon or whatnot.

I have so many thoughts about my first year of pod med school skipping around in my noggin, not all of which I can put into words just yet.  I have tried to write this a few times but wasn’t quite ready to share.  If I sound at all negative, I don’t intend to be.  Just being real.  I will hit ya with the short list and maybe some more at deets at a later date.

In summary, and not shockingly, it has been an unforgettable experience.  It went by slowly and yet, wicked fast.

I made some friends who will be in my life, for life.  They are awesome, unique characters and we helped each other keep sanity in check on the reg…talk about bonding!

Med school is 10% raw intelligence, 90% how bad you want it/how long you will keep plugging away at it, day after day.  It is no 9-5.  You are working overtime, all of the time.  If you’re not,  you’ve already fallen behind.  This takes focus and drive and elimination of distraction.  *cough* I gave up facebook for 5 months.  I actually didn’t miss it or any of the bullshit people post on it on the reg (shut up people) *gasp*.  The blogger in me will link this to the book ha.

I wasn’t able to be completely ‘there’ for the important people in my life these last 9 months, though I made a valiant effort.  Most of them stood by me and were there when I needed words of encouragement, a vent sesh, or shoulder to cry on.  I didn’t take any of those moments for granted.

Oh yeah, did I mention med school takes a personal army of sorts?  Liiiiike personal chef.  Dog walker(s).  Chauffeur to train.  Bless my parents.

Holy shit!  I am so much stronger mentally and physically than I was in August.  Stronger despite the weight of extreme stress that I carried on my shoulders.  A weight I felt I could never put down.  That right there is something I am thankful for and proud of.

I got a few perfect scores.  I also failed some exams.  I was open about them to the people I trust (refer back to: it takes an army).  I recovered from those blunders but uphill battles are never enjoyable.  It’s a thing…that people don’t like to talk about failure in med school.  You are pressured to put on a facade of perfection, whether that is your nature or not.

My best grades were nice to see, but honestly what gave me the greatest satisfaction was passing my weak areas, regardless of how many points over 70 that number was.

Words of first year wisdom: Do YOU(!!)  Don’t listen to everything everyone has to say.  Don’t use too many study materials.  Don’t study too much from back exams, especially don’t do that if you haven’t already mastered the material.  DO be nice to everyone you meet, even the janitor.  People talk…better give them only good things to say.

And to conclude:

Dat ish was a rollercoaster but I am alive!  Stella is too but she gained 5 pounds.  We have been yogging as of late.

Long time no chat.  Seems to be the trend lately but alas, I am alive!  School has been nonstop exams on quizzes on labs on……BONKERS since we started back up in January, but I have come to expect that at this point.  I am officially 3/4 of the way through my first year of podiatric medical school and have no clue where that time went.  It does feel pretty good to say that I didn’t, in fact, say f*ck it after first semester and return to working for THEMAN in a dreary cubicle. ; )  I’m glad I stuck it out because I am liking school more…we are getting into the good stuff, aka actual foot dissection and clinical skills.  I can fix you now (+6.25 more years) of edjoomacation.

2 weeks before my spring break, I decided I needed to get out of Philadelphia for a few days and my trusty friend Gina was down for a Seattle party.  While Seattle wasn’t nearly as sunny as it was the weekend before my arrival, I was expecting clouds and appreciated what they had to offer.  Sometimes a quick hike in nature is all you need to find yourself again, don’t ya think?

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The air is so clean.  Philly, you smell.

I have been to Seattle a number of times before, so this trip was less about the touristy spots and more about good food, drink and a bit of nature.  We went to two noteworthy restaurants which I LOVED.  Canlis (they filmed an episode of Top Chef here) and The Whale Wins, which is likely the only Seattle restaurant that has humans in it past the grand olde hour of 10pm.  This city is VERY SLEEPY mid-week, what with all the fog and clouds…

At Canlis, I did eat gluten and confirmed for the 1000th time that it hates me.  But it was worth it in the moment.

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This is the foie gras (smoked torchon with beets, chamomile, chocolate and an oatmeal foam).  Okay let me just say, foie, chocolate beet and oatmeal foam MIGHT just compare to a hot night of passion…

Everything was amazing but I’m pretty sure this was my favorite dish.  We also tried the Steak Tartare with Wagyu tenderloin, Pork Belly, Dungeness Crab Cake, King Salmon and Soufflé, Apple Pie macaroons and house-made truffles for dessert. 

This decadent meal was followed by a needle-in-haystack search for a night cap at Linda’s Tavern.  Hipster meets college student meets who is awake at 12p on a Tuesday night crowd.  I enjoyed the fact that they had Crispin cider and of course, the people-watching.

The Wale Wins, WINS. 

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House Pickled Veggies, Caviar D’Aubergine (roasted cauliflower, pine nuts, thyme & lemon peel) – OUT OF THIS WORLD even though it looks like vomit.  Mushrooms in cream heaven, and Whole Roasted Snake River Trout with roasted lemons & walnut sauce.  I have trout fished in the Snake River…little known paleofeetfact.  Everything was amazing and I was able to enjoy it despite my major stomachache from the previous night’s gluten fest (only a few bites of bread with the foie gras). 

I also tried two fitness classes while I was in town – flybarre and Flywheel at the South Lake Union studio.  They were fun and different, but I will stick to Crossfit haha…my chronic cardio is a thing of the past.  I did learn that Crossfit translates pretty well to this form of cycling, as my “power numbers” were on the higher spectrum compared to the rest of the class – they post them on a screen for everyone to see.  They actually just opened one of these in Philly!

The best trips are the ones you book last-minute…and can I pleaz haz more spring break, complete with tree-hugging?

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Monday, January 21

  • Front squat
    • 75lb x 5
    • 95/105/115/120/120/120/120/120 x 3
  • Conditioning: Tabata TTB/pistols
    • Tabata toes to bar – 26 reps
    • Tabata pistols – 46 reps (used light band)

Tuesday, January 22

  • Strict Press
    • 63lb x 2
  • Conditioning: 6, 1-minute rounds (30 sec each) of Dumbbell Press (20, then 15), Double unders
    • 143 reps

Wednesday, January 23

  • Deadlift
    • worked up to 205lb x 2 (2 rep PR)

Thursday, January 24

  • Power clean
    • 93lb x 1 (PR)
  • Conditioning: Partner WOD: 3 push press, 6 hang power clean, 9 box jumps (53lb bar, forward-facing box jumps)
    • 12 rounds + 2 box jumps

Friday, January 25 – REST

Saturday, January 26 – REST

Sunday, January 27 – REST

Monday, January 28

  • Front squat
    • 143lb x 1 (PR?)
  • Conditioning: for time, Row 1k, 25 single leg squats on each leg (light band sl squats)
    • 9:12 min total
    • 3:52.5 min 1k row (PR) —> yes yes yes this is pretty much all I cared about haha

Tuesday,  January 29

  • Pull-up
    • pronated grip; mini band + 5lb
  • Push press
    • 98lb (PR)
  • AMRAP 5 minutes double unders then Tabata burpees
    • 82 reps double unders (slasher day…could not string them ATT ALL.  READ: WTF)
    • 47 reps burpees

Wednesday, January 30

  • Deadlift
    • 243 lb x 1 (PR)
  • Conditioning: Fran (53lb bar, light band)
    • 7:38 minutes
    • First 21 thrusters unbroken, first 12 pull-ups kipped & unbroken (this is HUGE progress for me)

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PR paleofeet.

Thursday, January 31 – REST

Friday, February 1 – REST

Saturday, February 2 – REST

I need lots of rest, apparently!

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The importance of play in perfect display.

Happy weekend.

sooo everyone was freaking out about my slash marks today.

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I swear they are not painful even though my back looks like I stepped out of stigmata and/or the Carver missed my face (old school nip/tuck anyyyyone?).  oops.

note to self: do not use sh*ttiest speed rope in gym with razor-sharp metal bottom.  note to self^2: buy own speed rope stat.

goodnight!

 

 

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