Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 16

Well I've officially made it... I weigh more than I've ever weighed in my entire life.  I've gained 15 lbs so far, so I feel like I'm probably on track for a 40-50 lbs weight gain.  Eeeeep.  My self confidence is definitely wavering a bit.  Sometimes I'm totally fine with my body, but then other times I'm staring at myself in the mirror thinking WTF is happening.  I know it's all for a reason (a really freakin' awesome reason!) and that it's only temporary, but it's still really hard to accept.  I tried on a few of my summer dresses that I thought would still work and most of them didn't.  The boob sections were too small, the dresses were too strappy for my new grandma bras, or they just weren't flattering.  It was slightly depressing.  I just felt so fat... but then other times I'm like look at this bump! and the changes are exciting.  I think when my bump is more prominent, I'll feel better.  In the meantime, maybe a little retail therapy in Target's maternity section will do the trick ;)

I kept saying I would get my diet under control when the second trimester started, but trying to come up with a meal plan and then actually cooking was not happening.  I just had absolutely no desire and even now, all of my favorite healthy meals sound completely gross.  But this week may be the turning point!  I made a simple meal plan that involved Dave doing most of the cooking on the grill and hit the grocery store.  I traded my typical breakfast of waffles for yogurt, I grabbed carrots and hummus for a snack at work, and I loaded up on fruit.  Cooked veggies are still kind of iffy, but I'm doing what I can.  I enjoyed my favorite salad (spring mix, goat cheese, strawberries, craisins, pistachios, and cucumbers with a blush wine vinaigrette) and I made a giant bowl of veggie packed pasta salad.  I'm still enjoying my desserts because pregnant!  But I'm definitely doing better than I was.

I also made this fruit pizza.  Let's just ignore the sugar cookie and cream cheese frosting and pretend it's healthy, ok?

I made it to the gym 3x this week, which may have been the first time since before the super bowl, so GO ME!  I think I might be done running.  I ran 100m 6 times on Friday during the WOD and by the end of the workout something just felt wrong.  I may give it one more chance, but if it doesn't feel right, even a little bit, that's it!

In front of everyone since I was only doing 100m (instead of 200).

I had my 16 week OB appointment, which was pretty uneventful.  I heard her heartbeat which was 146 and deemed great.  The doctor told me I should start feeling the baby move in the next few weeks, so I'm really looking forward to that!  I'm getting blood drawn today for what I believe is the final step in my genetic testing.  I didn't even realize this test was a thing, but they're sending me to a LapCorp for the msAFP test.  I'm not really sure if this is standard or part of some additional testing I'm getting because of my family history.  Either way, I'm going and then I'm grabbing Chipotle as my reward.

Non pregnancy related, I did a little gardening this weekend and wanted to share the before and afters.  A lot of the people in our neighborhood use landscapers or seem to always be outside doing yard work, so I felt like we needed to step up our curb appeal a little bit.  I want to plant a bunch of things here as the summer goes on and I think I'll probably add mulch once I'm finished putting everything in.  I really have zero experience gardening so I was sort of making it up as I went along, but I think the final result looks pretty good.

I paid the price though, because somehow I ended up with really bad poison ivy.  I thought it was just all over my forearms, but two days later it has finally fully developed and it's on my belly, a little on my legs, and a small patch on my nose.  Wonderful.  I remember there being some kind of vine that I pulled up, but I never even considered it could be poison ivy in the middle of this dirt pit. Ugh!  I might be making Dave do the rest of the planting here... I'll obviously be "too pregnant" aka I do not intend on getting poison ivy more than once this year/pregnancy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 15

15 weeks and I feel like I'm bumpin'!

I think in another month or so it will be something I cannot hide with a flowy shirt.

I officially bought new bras this week!  Huzzah!  It was honestly pretty depressing buying giant super full coverage bras, but my mom kept reminding me that this is just temporary.  It's nice to have some that actually fit now and I got them pretty cheap at Vanity Fair.

My mom and I also popped over to the Care & Share and thrifted some super cute baby clothes for $1 a piece.  Most of the items looked brand new.  I found a maternity shirt and a pair of work pants too.

I'm starting to plan the theme for the nursery and have been discovering that basically every company that makes baby crap thinks all baby girls should only like the color pink (see pic of baby clothes above).  Come on!  I'm obviously doing a purple nursery.  I fell in love with these sheets on Etsy but there's no way in hell I'm paying $80 for a piece of fabric that my kid will probably just ruin.  I'm going to use the pattern and the pops of green as inspiration.

Here's some more of my Etsy inspiration.

I ordered these four 12x12" prints on Amazon for $25, so that's a start.

This week we officially signed up for a birth class!  Much to Dave's dismay, I have decided that I want to shoot for a drug free birth so I wanted to do something more thorough than the classes offered by the hospital.  I started looking at Bradley Method classes but the availability wasn't great.  I was pretty disappointed, but then my coworker told me I should look into Hypnobabies, which was actually created by a previous Bradley instructor so it covers all the same material about pregnancy, birth, and beyond plus the whole hypnosis thing.  The name sounds super woo-woo and I wasn't really sure at first, but I did some more reading and it piqued my interested.  From the website:
In the past, the word “hypnosis” conjured up images of stage hypnotists re-creating Elvis, or people clucking like chickens. Now it is common for hypnosis to be used therapeutically in the practice of medicine, in creating anesthesia for surgeries and dental work, and for personal therapy sessions. 
When learning how to use hypnosis for childbirth, you are taught how the vertical and horizontal uterine muscles work efficiently together when the body is deeply relaxed. The depth of relaxation needed to facilitate an easier, more comfortable birthing can easily be achieved with hypnosis. Women learn these skills in classes, and practice them at home every day until the baby arrives.
By learning and practicing Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, hypno-mothers are able to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create their own natural anesthesia and direct it to wherever they need it. She has total control over her body, and is an active participant in her birth process. She is aware of everything around her, and as birth progresses, she naturally goes deeper inside herself, trusting in her body’s innate ability to give birth with ease and comfort.
Dave is super skeptical but he supports his crazy wife ;)  I'm sure I'll post more on the class when it starts in May!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 14

I finally took my first bump pics!

There's definitely something there, but I'm still trying to wear mostly flowy tops because I feel like it just looks like I have beer gut.

But I did finally embrace maternity pants.  I tried on a pair of maternity leggings that a friend gave me and it was life changing!  After that I finally washed all the pants I got off a facebook yard sale group and a pair of pants I splurged on when Gap was having a 35% off sale finally arrived in the mail.  So much more comfortable!  I really need to buy new bras soon, my boobs are huge.

Our biggest thing this week was the gender reveal.  They called me with the genetic testing results last Monday and asked if I wanted to know the gender and I asked them to mail us the results.  When I hung up, I immediately regretted it.  I wanted to KNOW!  The results came on Wednesday and it took all the self control I had not to rip open the envelope.  I took it to Wegmans and ordered our cake.

On Sunday we had our immediately family over for dinner and then it was time to slice!

I still can't believe basically ALL of my friends guessed that it was a girl.  Apparently I had some kind of vibe going on haha.  I'm so excited, to be honest I really wanted a little lady!  We decided the cake looked like it had been decorated by a child, but on the bright side it was delicious.

Other updates for the week:

Sleep & Energy
I'm waking up multiple times every night but usually can get back to sleep pretty easily.  I typically get up to pee at least once.  I thought I was feeling more energy starting the second trimester, but I keep falling asleep on the couch every night and I'm still feeling pretty beat after lunch.  Hopefully an energy surge is still to come.

I'm still the queen of takeout... I keep trying to meal plan and everything just sounds awful.  I'm also finding that I may need to start eating less than I'm used to, but more often.  I've been feeling uncomfortably full after eating a normal sized meal, so I think I'm already losing some space down there.  But I'm also super hungry, so I think I need to switch to more of a grazing style of eating throughout the day.  I WANT ALL THE AHI TUNA :(

I've been pretty inconsistent in the gym for the past few weeks, between the snow storm, Butler going downhill, and now a super busy week at work.  Oh well.  I need to get back to a set schedule (story of my life...) because any time I get there I feel like a rockstar just for participating.  I attempted some handstand push ups last Friday and they felt super weird in my abs, so those were the first thing to go.  I was also very aware of my belly during my burpees, so I may be switching to squat thrusts sooner than later.  Otherwise everything still feels good!

Shower & Registry
My shower has officially been booked and my registry is pretty complete as well.  I didn't want my shower to be a surprise because I did not want to show up to it all sweaty and frumpy, which is how I anticipate spending most of my summer lol.  I'm also super hard to surprise since I'm such a planner so getting me for my bridal shower was enough!  It's going to be mid June, which is really early, but that's what I wanted, so I'm not huge and struggling trying to set everything up and do lots of laundry.  I want to have the nursery all ready to go well ahead of time, so I can spend the end of my pregnancy relaxing, cleaning, and possibly making a few freezer meals.

Not sure if I'll update every week, but I plan on checking in once in a while.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 27, 2017

First Trimester Recap

My goodness this past week has been a rollercoaster.  Celebrating our pregnancy with all our friends has been one of the highest highs, but this week we were also forced to face a devastating low when we decided it was time to put Butler down.  Thankfully, his health made the choice for us and he is no longer suffering.  My heart aches every day, but I know he had a wonderful life with us!

With the good, we must take the bad.  And these days there's a lot of good.  I'm 1/3 of the way through my pregnancy and I honestly still can't believe it.  I updated this post as the weeks went by with random things that were going on, so here's a little recap of my first trimester!

3.5 Weeks
1/18/17 - I woke up and took a pregnancy test, 11 days past ovulation.  I see a squinter!  It's super faint, but it's definitely there.  I can't believe it.  I took another one after work to see if it was real, there's definitely a line.

1/19/17 - I became obsessed with taking pregnancy tests.  I took two more the next day and the line kept getting darker.  I surprised Dave with a tiny orange tie dye onesie and when he opened it he said "it's cute" with no reaction.  I kept starring at him with some crazy eyes and finally he figured it out and got super excited!  My only symptoms are tender breasts, a little bit of light cramping, and the frequent peeing thing is definitely real.  I'm also feeling kind of bloated, but still feeling more slender than when I started my Whole35.

1/21/17 - I gave my brother a birthday card that said "Uncle" on it.  My dad read it out loud and Michelle got it immediately.  Her face was so funny!  My parents took a little longer, apparently they thought we were calling Tom an uncle to the pups.  Once everyone figured it out there was lots of excitement and some tears!

4 Weeks
1/23/17 - I'm wondering how long I'll be able to keep the secret since I'm blogging about how I feel every day, especially if I start to experience morning sickness.  I'm also feeling like it's going to be obvious at the gym, since I'm now trying to keep my level of effort at 70%.  It's honestly pretty hard to sandbag the workouts that much haha.

1/24/17 - I didn't realize how bloated I would be.  My tummy is not reflecting the fact that I've been rocking my diet for the past two weeks.  I'll just pretend it's a bump.

1/25/17 - Dave called his mom to invite his parents to dinner so we could tell them the big news.  Robin said "what's the occasion?" and Dave replied "we have big news" (idiot).  She guessed immediately.  Surprise ruiners, both of them!

5 Weeks
1/30/17 - Went to a networking event with an open bar and was discussing future family plans with an old friend when he said "You're obviously not pregnant now since you're drinking!" I'm glad I asked the bartender to put my club soda in a cocktail glass haha.

2/1/17 - I'm feeling kind of nauseous and all the leftovers in my fridge sound disgusting... wondering if I've officially made it the morning sickness phase.

2/3/17 - Day 26 of my Whole30 and I officially quit.  I was so nauseous and the idea of cooking veggies made me want to throw up.  We ordered pizza for dinner and I felt pretty guilty, but it was also the best thing EVER.

6 Weeks
I've been super nauseous all day, every day for the past week.  Brushing my teeth in the morning makes me gag.  Fun times.  I have no desire to cook and I hate everything in my fridge.  Takeout, for the win!

7 Weeks
My pants are starting not to fit.  I've definitely gained a few lbs (which isn't exactly a surprise since I'm basically only eating carbs & cheese...)

8 Weeks
I had my first appointment and everything went GREAT!  The baby measured as expected and we got to hear the heartbeat (which made me cry)!  I was so nervous leading up to this and it was such a relief to know that everything is going well.  We mailed announcements to our extended family.

9 Weeks
I thought the nausea was going away and then it came back with a vengeance and I finally threw up.  Twice.

10 Weeks
The exhaustion is so real, especially after lunch.  I have to fight the urge not to take a nap at my desk every day.

11 Weeks
The on and off all day nausea has definitely subsided, now only certain things set me off.  Little mints are my best friend.  I'm starting to come around to real food and even bought some raw meat & veggies at the grocery store.

12 Weeks 
We got to see the baby two days in a row!  The first time was at the hospital and they checked the neck thickness, which is a marker for Down syndrome.  The ultrasound tech said everything looked great.

We saw Baby Midgley again the next day at my 12 week OB appointment and it was upside down kicking it's legs in the air.  We said it was doing a jig for St Paddy's Day.

13 Weeks
Because Tom has Down syndrome, I'm "high risk" in the insurance's eyes (which my OB said I'm really not) so I was approved for the fancy new genetic test called Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT).  This means I only had to have my blood drawn once at week 12, instead of twice at 12 and 16 weeks for the standard Sequential Screen, and it is more reliable (less false positives).  Oh and it will tell us the gender super early!  The OB called and told me everything looks normal!  Yay!  What a relief.  They are mailing us the gender results so I can give the envelope to a baker for a gender reveal cake surprise :) All my friends think it's a girl.  I really haven't had any special feelings about it.  I've only had one baby dream and it very closely resembled the birth from the end of Breaking Dawn (aka I'm having Edward's vampire baby)...

And now the first trimester is wrapping up!  The nausea has definitely subsided (except for when I smell something that doesn't agree with me) but the mild headaches have started.  I'm definitely starting to get a bump and maternity pants are looking pretty appealing.  I guess I need to take my first bump pic!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good News, Bad News

Hello long lost blog!  I've got news!

When we last left off, I was in the middle of my Whole35 and I abruptly stopped blogging without any explanation... well I was super nauseous ALL the time!  On Day 26 I said screw this and ordered a big cheesy pizza!  I'm not exactly proud to tell you that the next month and a half was just carbs, carbs, and more carbs, but that's really all I could stomach.  Even the thought of vegetables made me sick.  Now that I'm hitting the second trimester, I'm feeling a lot better but I'm still really hit or miss with certain foods and haven't had a lot of desire to do much in the kitchen.

Baby Midgley is due on September 28th and I'm honestly still in shock.  I'll post more about baby soon!

In not so happy news, Butler was diagnosed with lymphoma right at the beginning of the year.  They told us 3 to 6 months and we were seeing small changes in him, but for the most part his demeanor was unchanged... until this past weekend.  He was throwing up, refusing his meds, and very lethargic.  Our vet gave us some special food that we've been mixing with water to make into a baby food consistency and his medicine in liquid form so we can give it to him via a large syringe.  He seems to be doing a little bit better today, but we're just trying to give him all the love we can because I think our time with him is pretty limited.

So many things to post about, I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 18 - 23

Day 18, Thursday 1/26/17 - I went to happy hour and didn't drink or eat anything.  I really wanted those $1 chicken fingers more than any alcohol.  I rushed over to Whole Foods between happy hour and choir rehearsal specifically for Tessemae's BBQ Sauce and they had a whole row of Tessemae's products, but no BBQ.  Boo!  I ate a Larabar on my way to choir to hold me over and had a small bowl of chili when I got home.

Day 19, Friday 1/27/17 - The workout was a modified version of Open 16.1: a 20 minute AMRAP of 8 front rack lunges, 8 chest to bar pull ups, 8 overhead lunges, and 8 bar-facing burpees.    This workout holds a special place in my heart because it was the first time I got C2B pull ups, but last Friday and Monday, I was really struggling with C2B pull ups, so I was thinking maybe I lost them.  But as soon as I warmed up I knew today was different.  I was crushing them!  I hit every single rep and they felt amazing.  My booty was on fire from all the lunges (grow booty grow)!  I finished 4+26 beating my score from last time by 8 reps.

I hosted the annual chili cookoff at my work!  Two years ago, I had a seriously unfortunate time when I decided to throw caution to the wind on Day 19 of my Whole30 and try over a dozen different chilis.  It wasn't pretty.  I knew I couldn't do a repeat of that.  I stuck to my chili (which was compliant aside from the bacon & spicy sausage, because I couldn't justify putting the expensive stuff in my chili for my coworkers) and I had a few bites of a handful of other chilis.  No belly aches.  Thank God!

Day 20, Saturday 1/28/17 - 10 hours of sleep!  Because I can haha.  I went to Leah's for lunch.  It was great to catch up and lunch was tasty.  We had mahi mahi, a tomato cucumber salad, and this Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad.  Jeff and Arley came over for dinner and I made a simple Asian beef stir fry.  I totally added non-compliant sriracha (at least it was a more natural version).  I really couldn't tell you why I deemed this acceptable in my head, but I just really wanted that taste in the dish.

Day 21, Sunday 1/29/17 - Lots of sleep and Dave and I both took a nap after church.  Talk about a lazy Sunday.  We went out to dinner with Dave's parents at Bahama Breeze.  I started with an appetizer of lump crab meat, shrimp, avocado, and mango.  It was delicious.  For my entree, I should've gotten the catch of the day with veggies, but I splurged and went for coconut shrimp (which were probably coated in flour and cooked in a crappy oil) with mashed potatoes (that probably had butter and cream in them) and broccoli (butter).  It was super delicious and my tummy was not upset with me afterwards.

For the record, I did not eat whatever those cracker things were.

Day 22, Monday 1/30/17 - Ugh a crappy night of sleep.  I woke up freezing at one point and had to get out of bed to put more layers on.  Butler was also snoring in my face.  At CrossFit we worked on finding a max thruster (squat & then press overhead in one movement).  I got up to 100#, I definitely could've done more but I was being cautious of my back.  The metcon was several rounds of power cleans, thrusters, and burpees.  Thrusters + burpees = awful, but I know they are coming in the Open!  After 3 days of being pretty loose with my diet, I got my act together today.  I was tempted to go out to lunch but I decided to skip and stick with what I had.  In the evening I went into the city for a networking social at McGillin's Olde Ale House (with an open bar and a buffet of wings, meatballs, and other yummy food).  I ate some leftovers before I left work, abstained from all the food aside from a handful of fruit, and stuck to club soda with lime.  I asked the bartender to put my drink in a cocktail glass and nobody was the wiser.

Day 23, Tuesday 1/31/17 - I can't believe it's the last day of January... and that I still have 12 days left!  My friend suggested that since I never commit to the reintroduction protocol (because who wants to do another 10 days after the 30?!) that I should do 30 days and then start the reintro in the last 5 days.  That way I could really evaluate how certain things impact me while not totally blowing my diet for the last week of my gym's nutrition challenge.  So I'm considering that.  I was really hungry when I got home from work so I decided to make 4 deviled eggs and eat them straight to the face (well I gave half of one to the dogs).  I had a lot of regret later... I really wanted to blow off barbell club, but I stuck with my schedule and sucked it up.  The eggs were sitting like a brick in my stomach the entire time I was there.  I did a bunch of power cleans and they were really consistent.  My stomach was still feeling kinda iffy so I skipped dinner when I got home and just went to bed super early.

I've been feeling sort of uninspired in the kitchen the past few days, but we're having a small shindig for the Super Bowl and I'm excited about my compliant, yet delicious menu: wings, guacamole, build your own taco bar, and more!

 So what do you think, should I call it at 30 days and start reintroducing foods?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 11 - 17

Day 11, Thursday 1/19/17 - I got 8 hours of sleep and woke up feeling great.  I was really hungry in the morning and ate a compliant Rx Bar that I had hanging out in my desk drawer at work.  I need to make a big breakfast casserole for next week!  I never had my regular afternoon lag and felt full of energy all day.  Dinner was leftover chicken fingers and a salad.  I was happy not to cook!

Day 12, Friday 1/20/17 - Couldn't get my butt to bed early, so I only got 6.5 hours of sleep and I really felt it in the morning.  The WOD was 100 thrusters (45#), 75 wall balls, 50 pulls ups, and 25 burpees.  I broke it up into 5 rounds of 20, 15, 10, and 5.  The thrusters felt decent since they were so light, but halfway through the workout my butt remembered that I did a bunch of pistols on Wednesday and it got really sore!  I chugged along through the workout, but the 25 minute cap got me in the 5th round after 20 thrusters, 5 burpees, and 2 pull ups.  We went over to Jeff and Arley's for dinner and Chef Jeff's fajitas did not disappoint!  I was full of energy all day, but right around 10 pm I started to crash.

Day 13, Saturday 1/21/17 - I slept in till 9 something... I think I got almost 10 hours of sleep lol!  I woke up and felt amazing.  I made some sweet potato hash for breakfast before heading off to the grocery store.

I think I'm starting to become friends with the guys in the meat department at Wegmans.  I found my bacon and stocked up with 3 packs!  We headed to Applebee's for "lunner" for Tom's 25th birthday!  I ordered the bourbon street chicken and shrimp that came with fried onions, mushrooms, and potatoes.  I knew my meal wasn't fully compliant due to whatever the chicken was marinated it, whatever oil it was all cooked in, and it definitely came with a blob of herb butter.  But I avoided boneless buffalo wings, spinach dip, and later watched everyone eat chocolate cake, eclairs, and cream puffs.  The two clementines I had for dessert did not fill the void.

Day 14, Sunday 1/22/17 - Another night of tons of sleep.  Why not?!  I woke up and had some leftover sausage and sauerkraut for breakfast before church.  Afterwards I headed to Jes's for lunch and we tag teamed this mango chicken.  It came out so delicious!  I will definitely be making it again.

Dinner was good, but I still think my wing sauces could use improvement.  Glad I did a trial run before the super bowl.

Day 15, Monday 1/23/17 - I got 7 hours of sleep and really had to convince myself to get my butt out of bed for the gym.  The strength was snatches at 70-80%, every 30 seconds x 8.  I wanted to do 80#, but it didn't feel great for my back, so I stuck with 75# and they felt great.  The WOD was a redo of 15.2, I opted to scale to try and compare my numbers with last time.  I got 114 reps, which was 12 reps less than last time, but I actually worked out 3 minutes less so it was still better!  I finally made the Southwestern Frittata to have breakfast for the week.  After finishing, I really didn't want to make dinner, but I promised myself that it would be worth it and I could get Chipotle tomorrow when I'm actually busy.  My energy was up all day, I felt great. 

Day 16, Tuesday 1/24/17 - Another 8 hour night of sleep and getting out of bed was easy.  I skipped a lunch meeting with free pizza to avoid temptation (and to make up hours for the chili cookoff I'm hosting on Friday).  It was pretty cold out, but finally not raining so I took the dogs for a nice leisurely mile when I got home from work.  I went to barbell club in the evening and we did a bunch of snatches.  I was a little inconsistent, but I did hit some really great lifts.  We got Chipotle for dinner on the way home.  I'm glad the new chorizo is Whole30 compliant because the guy making our bowls told us the carnitas was super dry today.  I really miss dairy and I was pretty sad that my bowl didn't have cheese and sour cream in it.  I really wanted the rice too.

Day 17, Wednesday 1/25/17 - I slept like crap.  I think I'm going to blame the clingy dog who kept waking me up.  We've been pretty loose with the dogs sleeping in our bed since we got Butler's cancer diagnosis a few weeks ago.  They don't usually bother me, but last night wasn't great!  I was pretty annoyed when I woke up at 4:30, but I was seriously full of hatred when my alarm went off at 5:10.  I dragged myself out of bed and off to the gym.  My handstand push ups were so good (with one ab mat under my head) that my coach told me I'm not allowed to scale anymore.  My double unders were super hit or miss, I struggled through the first round of 45, only getting a few at time, but then the next round I did 30 in a row!  I need to get them completely consistent before the Open.  I was a little tired midday, but when I left work I was feeling energized by the great weather.  I took the dogs for a nice walk and then whipped up dinner.  More loaded fries!

Tomorrow marks my halfway point and things are really going well.  Not really sure when I'm going to post my next meal plan because I still have some leftovers and all I can think about cooking right now is chili.  I'm putting my own spin on this pulled pork chili and hoping to come home with the trophy.  Wish me luck!

Friday, January 20, 2017

January Whole30(+5): My Meal Plan for Days 11-16

Well I did so much cooking over the last few days that my fridge is full of leftovers.  And thank God because I'm honestly pretty sick of cooking right now.  Days 11 & 12 are just going to be cleaning out the fridge, but I'll be prepping some extra things over the weekend for breakfasts and lunches next week.

  • Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and Bacon - If I can freaking find Whole30 approved bacon!  When I went shopping on Friday Wegmans was out, so then yesterday I made a special trip to Whole Foods, just for bacon and now I'm not even convinced that the brand I used to get there actually makes it anymore.  They had a ton of different kinds from that brand and they looked high quality, but they all had sugar in them.  The only one labeled "Paleo" with no sugar was turkey bacon.  NOPE.
  • Southwestern Frittata - This is an old favorite that I haven't made in a while, but I'm stick of hardboiled eggs and I've been starving in the morning.
  • Mango Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower Rice - I've had this on my pinterest board forever and I was thrilled when my friend Jes suggested it as our meal for our lunch date this weekend.
  • Lomo Saltado - Basically another take on loaded fries.  You can totally skip the cauli rice, but do not skip the green aji sauce.  It's so good!
  • Paleo Asian Lettuce Wraps - These are so good and you'll only dirty one pan!  I'll probably use pork instead of turkey.  I'll also skip the honey and the dipping sauce all together, they are plenty flavorful (and messy enough) already.
  • Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Bacon - I want to do a little practice round before the super bowl, so I'm going to do enlist Dave to do some grilling and then finish the wings in the oven with some buffalo sauce just like my mom's famous wings! 

How do you get inspired when you get into a rut in the kitchen?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 6 - 10

Day 6, Saturday 1/14/17 - After a wonderful 9 hours of sleep, Dave cooked us an omelet with onions, peppers, and prosciutto for breakfast.  We tagged team lunch and it came out great.  I have no idea how I was still tired, but I guess the Whole30 timeline is true.  Days 6 and 7 are "I just want a nap" so I didn't feel any shame about enjoying another hour of sleep on the couch.  I threw the pork I marinated last night in the oven mid afternoon so Dave would have dinner while I went out with the girls for sushi!  I knew almost everything on the menu would be iffy so I kept it simple and got a sashimi entree and brought my own coconut aminos and la croix.  My entree came with a salad that I topped with a squeeze of lime and the aminos, it was just ok.  The fish was amazing though and it was a great night out with friends.

Day 7, Sunday 1/15/17 - Even though I got another 9 hours of sleep, I still felt like a sloth all day.  I forced myself to be somewhat productive and take all the decorations off the Christmas tree (finally).  I kind of felt like I was hungry all day, but I'm not sure if I was actually hungry or just bored.  Either way, I kept all my snacking compliant.  Dinner was AMAZING.  I want to post a full recipe for the cubano loaded fries, but for now just promise me you'll make the mojo pork and pile it on top of homemade fries.  Do it!  The dijon I was going to use ended up having sugar in it, so I made a chipotle mayo instead and it went great.

Day 8, Monday 1/16/17 - I slept like crap and woke up multiple times during the night.  I felt kind of blah at the gym.  The strength was cleans, I picked squat cleans instead of power since I haven't done them in a while, and they felt heavier than normal at 95 lbs.  The WOD was a 9 minute AMRAP of thrusters (at 75 lbs, ew) and chest to bar pull ups.  I was really struggling with getting my chest to touch the bar every time and combined with the thrusters, it was not my favorite.  Open prep is so fun.  My pants definitely fit better today.  Praise the Lord!  Dave fired up the grill for our steaks and we ate dinner pretty early, so it was easy to get to bed early too.

Day 9, Tuesday 1/17/17 - 8 hours of sleep, so good!  I made an easy chia pudding for breakfast after my friend recommended it in our FB support group and I did not love it.  I'm still feeling pretty tired midday and my skin doesn't look great.  I went to barbell club at night.  We did a whole lot of squat cleans and I felt good.  I made the cubano fries again for dinner and confirmed how amazing they are.  I took some pics and will definitely be posting it soon.

Day 10, Wednesday 1/18/17 - 7 hours of sleep and back to the gym at 6 am.  The strength was push press & push jerk and they felt decent.  I was feeling kind of excited about the WOD of 50-40-30-20-10 double unders (with 10 toes to bar and 5 handstand push ups after each round) since it felt like a little redemption and Dave tightened the screws on my jump rope after Friday's incident.  My dubs went great and I did 20 in a row more than once.  I used one ab mat under my head for the HSPU and they felt surprisingly good.  The after party was pistols (aka one legged squats) and I did my best pistols ever.  I had a Kettlebell Kitchen meal for lunch because my coach was giving them away at the gym for people to try and I had never had the bison beef sliders before.  It was ok.  Dinner also didn't really wow me.  I turned these burgers into meatballs and made a pineapple guac and I wanted to love it, but I just didn't.  I probably would've liked them better if they weren't turkey.

I have to be honest, I'm a little burnt out in the kitchen.  Thankfully we have a bunch of leftovers to cover the next day or two.  I'm definitely planning some super simple recipes for this weekend and next week.  I have a few social events coming up that will definitely challenge me, but hopefully with (mental & meal) prep I can stay strong and abstain.  I had more energy today, but that may also have to do with how much sleep I've been getting.  I've been choosing bed over watching tv reruns and really making sleep a priority.

10 days down, 25 to go... eeep.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Whole30(+5): My Meal Plan for Days 6-10

If anybody ever told you eating healthy had to be boring, well they lied!

  • Flounder with Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes - I'll be topping the fish with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and old bay and baking it at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.  The veggies will have olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh garlic and be cooked for 15 minutes.
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad - I love these Crispy Buffalo Chicken Tenders crusted with pork rinds.  The salad will be simple otherwise with lettuce, tomato, onion, carrots, and avocado topped with some Ranch Dressing and extra Red Hot. 
  • Cubano Loaded Fries - I'm pretty much obsessed with loaded fries right now and I've been seriously craving a cubano so I thought why not?!  I'll be topping some homemade fries with this Mojo Cuban Roast Pork, some prosciutto (because I don't think Whole30 compliant ham exists), some pickles, and maybe even some dijon mustard.  Insert gasp noises from anybody who knows me well and understands my extreme hatred for mustard.
  • Steak with Sauteed Balsamic Mushrooms and Roasted Broccoli - Beef, it's what's for dinner!  Can't go wrong with a ribeye seared in my cast iron.
  • Hawaiian Turkey Burgers with this Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad - I adore this sweet potato salad.  Too bad Wegmans didn't have any of the compliant bacon.  I may have to make a Whole Foods run...

What's on your menu this week?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 1 - 5

Paleo Pad Thai made with Chef Jeff and Arley on Sunday night.

Day 1, Monday 1/9/17 - I wanted to go to sleep early, but it didn't happen and then I slept like crap.  I debated skipping the gym and climbing back into my warm bed, but instead I plopped dinner in the crockpot and got in my car.  The workout was a bunch of wall balls and snatches that I Rxed, but I was definitely feeling the lack of cardio endurance from the two weeks I basically took off over the holidays.  I'm still getting over a cold from last week, but I don't feel too bad.  I was pretty exhausted midday, but had more energy when I left work.  Dinner was super tasty.  I fell asleep on the couch before 9 pm.

Crockpot Beef, so simple but so good.

Day 2, Tuesday 1/10/17 - I got over 8 hours of sleep and it was glorious!  All day I was wondering if I was going to face the dreaded carb flu which usually manifests itself as a late afternoon headache for me, but I felt fine.  I went to the gym and did the bonus workout for the nutrition challenge, a 50 calorie row that I completed in 2:26 and then hung around to work on my snatch at barbell club.  I hit a full snatch + hang snatch combo at 95#, which is 10 less than my max, and it felt great.  I didn't have time to make the dinner I had planned, so Dave helped out and we had a simple dinner of roasted sweet potato, butternut squash, onions, and peppers with some apple chicken sausage and dippy eggs.  It really hit the spot. 

Day 3, Wednesday 1/11/17 - Woke up and went back to the gym!  Wasn't my favorite day with push presses and jerks followed by a WOD of deadlifts and burpees, but I did it.  They had a free breakfast at work and I filled my plate with fruit, but boy did that monkey bread look amazing.  For the second day in a row, I couldn't finish the lunch portion I had packed for myself, which is not usually a thing in my life haha.  My back was feeling a little cranky (I guess going 3 days in a row after taking almost 2 weeks off will do that), but it felt great after leaving the chiropractor.  Again I was wondering if I would end the day with a headache, but instead I took the dogs for a warm walk at the park and whipped up dinner.  I did get a cute zit on my chin though.

A quick tomato cucumber salad appetizer followed by Bora Bora Fireballs and some roasted broccoli.

Day 4, Thursday 1/12/17 - I woke up feeling nice and refreshed.  I was a little tired after lunch but not terrible.  Our friends invited us to their holiday party at the country club they both work at.  I knew there was going to be lots of food that would be off limits for me so I ate some leftovers before we went.  These kind of events are usually my downfall and to be honest, when we got there I figured I would probably eat whatever protein and veggies they had and not really stress if it was 100% compliant or not.  But when I saw the food, I decided that none of it was worth it... although I died a little inside watching everyone make their own loaded tots at the tater tot bar.  I was really proud of myself!  Avoiding the open bar was easy and didn't stop me from dancing the night away and singing some karaoke.

Day 5, Friday 1/13/17 - Even though I got 7 hours of sleep, I felt pretty exhausted from staying out late last night.  I was starving when we got home from the party but just went to bed, so my breakfast of leftover crockpot beef really hit the spot!  I skipped the gym in the morning to get more sleep, but I went at 5 pm and I was really excited for the workout!  We were retesting something we did last July and I knew that I could beat my score!

Last time I got through 9 of the burpees, so my goal was to get to the barbell for the power cleans.  Since my double unders have improved so much, I figured I'd cruise through them and make up a lot of time there.  My jump rope had other plans.  The screw holding the handle on flew off immediately when I started!  I couldn't believe it, I was pissed!  I tried to use someone else's rope and it was way too short and I couldn't do one dub.  I grabbed another rope and it was too long.  I was like the freaking Goldy Locks of jump ropes.  I was struggling so much, I actually considered quitting completely.  I kept going and managed to connect some dubs and finally got through the 50.  I was so upset, it literally ruined my whole workout.  I had quite a few no reps during the chest to bar pulls ups and I really thought there was no way I would beat my score, but I managed to get 13 more burpees than last time.  I was too annoyed to be happy about it.  I'm considering retesting it in a few weeks.

After the gym, I hit the grocery store.  Wild Friday night!  I came home and marinated some pork while Dave whipped up an easy dinner of roasted asparagus, tomatoes, and garlic with baked flounder.

5 days down, 30 to go...
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