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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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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.

Why do we fail?  We fail because we are unprepared.  Whether that be mentally, physically or just plain sh*t happens.

Why do we succeed?  We learn from our failures, grow from them, become better prepared for the next hiccup.  Life throws you a lot.  Just gotta roll with.

“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.” ~ Tennessee Williams.

(Nabbed from this) <—- read this if you haven’t.

I had a bit of a rough week.  Last Sunday I woke up with one of those ohman-can’tmovemyheadsidetoside-fuckkkkkkkkkkkkk musclepull/nervepinch things.  Well it lasted a full week.  So what did I do?  I iced, heated, biofreezed, stretched, lax balled, slept, NSAIDed.  Oh yes, COMPLAINED.  A lot.  I hate when I do that  but sometimes I can’t help myself.  No crossfit for 5 days.  2 days of half-assed crossfit.  I was annoyed because it was technically still syllabus week for our new semester…ya know, those 5, blissful, calm-ish days before the storm when I wanted to do two-a-days like a muffuk’n football player during pre-season?  Yep, didn’t happen.

But I had lots of time to think about how I should be spending my days, these days.  I actually enjoyed my bone lab on Friday.  I [finally] booted facebook to the curb (don’t miss it – yet).  Spent Friday night relaxing, yesterday studying.  Went for a jog with Stella.  And don’t ya know, today I finally woke up feeling somewhat normal woo!  Caught 12p croga, Varga-brunched with my best ladies, studied my foot.  No really, my foot:

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Stella wants to eat my foot.

I meal planned.  Food shopped.  Cooked.  Meal prepped.  Planned my school week.  Planned my workouts.  What a virgo-inspired Sunday.

I think I also kinda sorta motivated myself to BCCC round 2…as the smarterish, plannerish, totes good willpower version of my former BCCC self.  I mean I really want a pull-up.  And no more bad joint days outnumbering good ones.

I will decide for certain…tomorrow!

Who is BCCC’ing?  Should I?

 

 

 

 

 

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Paleo Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes about 15 cookies)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp sea salt (or less)

1 large egg

2 tsp coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup smooth almond butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Mix dry ingredients, reserving chocolate chips and mix.  Add wet ingredients and stir until everything is incorporated.  Add chocolate chips.

Spoon heaping teaspoons of cookie batter onto lined baking sheets.  Bake 10 minutes, remove and let cool.

 

 

 

Sleep.  lots of it.

Ginorm sock bun.  I couldn’t recreate this if I tried.

Chill yet epic nights with some of my favorite girlfrands.

Giant stuffed mushrooms a la everyday paleo

Subbed venison for beef, 1/4 cup dry polenta (obviously this makes it not paleo) in place of coconut flour and skipped the food processing step.  These are so.freaking.delish.

Reality tomorrow.  NOOOOOOO, I won’t do it.