DAY 15!

I’m not feeling very well today. My stomach is still upset… maybe it’s more of a bug than a reaction to ice cream cake???  (I’ll keep my fingers crossed, for the sake of future birthday parties!!)  But, even with a sore tummy and dizzy brain, gotta keep smiling!  Life is good and could always be worse.  Remember that!  You are blessed.  If you think you got it bad, think about those who have it worse, and be thankful for what you do have.  There’s ALWAYS somebody worse off…

This could be an aftershock of getting some Jesus in my life yesterday… Our pastor gave a great sermon about SERVICE.  I’m thinking about a new challenge (at the conclusion of this 21 day Be Strong Challenge)… one that won’t be so self focused.  I think it’s time I learn how to help others… not judge others… not worry about how I measure up to others… just serve and be there for other humans!  I am open to suggestions for how to serve the community.  Something hands on and local is preferred. Details in the works.

That’s my spiel for the day.  I’m beat, and going to SLEEP.  Hoping to feel much mo betta in the morning!

DAY 15 recap:

Bootcamp, 6:15.  Thanks for the killer workout Kerri! And good tunes today, too!

Breakfast, 7:30. BF sausage, sweet potatoes and eggs.

Lunch, 12:00. Leftover paleo/primal lasagna and a salad.

Snack, 2:45. Banana.

Snack, 4:00 Lara Bar.

Dinner, 6:30. Salmon & asparagus & mashed sweet potato.  Only at half due to horrible tummy ache, but hope to have the rest tomorrow for lunch! 🙂

Happy Monday, Peeps!



Ugh… it was the dairy…. (day 14!)

Looks so good…

Suspicions confirmed… my stomach does NOT like any measureable amount of milk product.  It never really did… prior to my “primal/paleo” diet eating days, I frequently got tummy aches and indigestion after eating dairy, especially after ice cream.  The last two weekends included meals that contained wheat and dairy (the rolls and crab bisque at Wonderbar and the pizza at Sal’s Tomato pies).  Last night I ate a pancake – no issues.  Today, ice cream cake:  UGH.  Can’t even describe the feeling in my gut.

But… the cake WAS good.  The best part is the middle chocolate carmel cookie stuff.  There’s no dairy there… hmmm…. maybe I could special order a big bowl of the middle stuff and stick a candle in it for my birthday cake… there we go!

Anyway, great day today celebrating Kambo’s birthday.  Good company, good food, good football, and good times.  I stayed on track until the cake.  And now I’m going to be sticking to veggies the rest of the day, if I eat anything at all.  Stupid belly.

DAY 14: Sunday Funday.

Breakfast 9am: porkchop, sweet potato and eggs.

Church at 10:30.  I let all of the pans of lasagna sit in our oven set on “warm” while we went to church.

Snacks that were set out for guests:  Veggie (broccoli, celery, carrots, green pepper) tray with guacamole dip; fruit (apples, strawberries, raspberries, and grapes) and chips and salsa.  In-laws brought crackers and wine.

I stuck with the veggies/guac and fruit.  Pulled out a little almond butter for the apples and celery.

1:00 Ate “primal” lasagna.

2:15 Ice cream cake.



Holy Lasagna, Batman! Lasagna, 5 ways. (and day 13)

If you could see me in the kitchen this afternoon assembling our meal for a family get-together tomorrow, you would’ve thought it was pure chaos.  Tomorrow we’re having DH’s parents, his brother and sister-in-law, and my dad and grandma over to celebrate Kambo’s 12th birthday.  It was decided that ice cream cake was not a sufficient lunch to put out, so I volunteered to make my lasagna.  I make a great lasagna.  Or I used to, before this new me decided that noodles and cheese are BAD.

So, today, to please the general population I made my traditional meat lasagna. Sorry, no recipe.  I just throw stuff together.  If your lasagna is missing something, it’s probably sweet italian sausage in addition to ground beef.  Or more cheese.

Hidden on the right side of that pan is zucchini lasagna, which is easy on the noodles and heavy on the meatsauce and veggies and cheese – with zucchini as two layers of noodles – specifically designed as left-overs for my co-workers.  🙂 Come hungry on Monday!

To please the vegetarian(s), I made veggie lasagna: No meat in the sauce; sauteed veggies, spinach, cheese (ricotta & mozzerella), layers of noodles, egg plant and zucchini.

To please myself tomorrow, when I WILL eat cheese, but not noodles, I made “primal” lasagna.  (left). Meatsauce, sauteed veggies, spinach, eggplant & zucchini, light on the cheese.

And for my lunch this week, I made “Paleo Lasagna”. (right) Eggplant and zucchini layers, sauteed veggies, spinach and LOTSA MEATSAUCE.

That’s right.  5 lasagnas. One kitchen.  One afternoon. One me. You might think it was a chaotic chore… it was absolutely theraputic.  No one else was in the house and I got to spend some time (3 hours) with only my thoughts, the simmering sauces and my creations.  Also, it provided a great excuse to procrastinate on the homework and midterms I should be working on and completely distroy the kitchen before having to clean it from top to bottom for company.  Perfect!

3 sauces: traditional meat sauce; meat-less sauce, and no sugar added, organic meat sauce.

Sauteed veggies for the veggie lasagna: mushrooms, onions, broccoli, green pepper.

Sliced zucchini and eggplant, for noodles in the primal/paleo lasagnas.

Assembly and more pics:

DAY 13 (Lucky 13!)

I snuck in an extra bootcamp this morning, since I missed on Monday. 8:00 am

9:30 breakfast – sweet potatoes, ham, and eggs.

Work from 10-1; snacks – celery and almond butter; tropical fruit lara bar.

Grocery shopped in HUGE Woodmans; took Baxter for 2 mile walk.

“lunch” = 2 chicken legs.

Cooked for several hours and cleaned for several more.

Went out to pick out the ice cream cake for tomorrow, ended up at Market Street Diner with one naughty multi-grain pancake, apple sauce and a side of bacon.  No belly ache yet!  Maybe it was the dairy last week!

Day 12 in the books! TGIF

Ahhhhhh! This was A day.  One of THOSE days.  Busy busy busy.  I got to work and “it” just kept piling up. I could’ve used some knee high boots, if you know what I mean.  At 9:45, my co-worker suggested Noodles and Company for lunch… it was definitely one of those days.  I agreed to skip my chicken legs and salad, but asked if she’d agree to Red Robin instead, where I at least had a chance of eating something SOMEWHAT on point.

After inspecting the online menu, I ended up with a bacon cheeseburger, no cheese, no bun, add avocado slices.  “Freckled” fruit salad, instead of fries.  I was excited.

I used to love the burgers at Red Robin.  Apparently I really liked their buns, because THIS was not what I remembered.  The meat was bland, the tomatoes weren’t ripe, and the avocado was stiff.  It shouldn’t be stiff.  The fruit salad was covered in strawberry sauce… like the stuff that would be next to the ice cream machine at a buffet joint.  9 months ago, I probably wouldn’t have said this, but really?  The fruit isn’t sweet enough on its own, it needed strawberry sugar sauce on top?  Ick.  I guess it WAS better than a basket full of steak fries. Depending on who you ask of course…

I should’ve just went with Noodles.  🙂

Luckily, I still made it through the piles of work and after a long day made it home to red wine and a yummy “approved” steak dinner courtesy of my hubby.

Filets, seasoned with s&p, garlic and cooked on the grill.

Mushrooms and onions, sauteed in bacon fat and smidge of ghee, seasoned with S&P, garlic and a dash of worchestershire (how the hell do you spell that word?) sauce.

Aspargus, rubbed with olive oil, seasoned with s&p, lemon pepper and wrapped with proscuitto. (How do you spell THAT word??) Broil in oven for about 7-8 minutes, turn over mid-way.



6:15 bootcamp!

7:30 breakfast – leftover bf sausage, sweet potatoes and eggs

12:00 lunch – bun-less, cheese-less burger with bacon and avocado.  Really, really sugary fruit.

3:00 snack – ginger snap lara bar

5:30 – banana

7:00 – dinner – steaks, mushrooms/onions, and asparagus.

8:45 – one or nine bites of Banana Split Blizzard from DQ.  My grandmother was all alone at home tonight with my mom on a business trip and my dad at work – so I took her some ice cream.  HAD to eat SOME of it to prevent it from melting all over the car. 🙂



DAY 11; Crispy Green Beans Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Pork Chops w/ Butternut Squash and Crispy Green Beans

DAY 11

I bet you’re wondering how my hamstrings are doing.  I’m glad you asked.  They are ON FIRE.  Stand up? Ouch.  Sit down, Youch! Walk up 3 flights of stairs (twice at school today!)… burn!  Down three flights of stairs?  Even worse!

Have I explained the Be Strong Challenge?  Edge Fitness, my rockstar bootcamp that I found thanks to Groupon last year, created the challenge for it’s members to get some extra motivation and strength.  There are 10 or 12 2 person teams (I got randomly hooked up with another girl looking for a challenge), competing for points for 21 days.  We get points for each workout we attend; for donating items to a food bank; for submitting food journals each week, and for liking/sharing things on Facebook.  For a grand finale, my partner and I, who I have yet to meet “officially”, will meet at Edge Fitness next Thursday for an extreme workout challenge. 60 seconds each of Push-ups, Body Weight Squats, Burpees, Overhead Rope Slams, and Jungle Gym Rows. that’s 60 seconds of Push-ups, then 60 seconds of rest, then 60 seconds of Squats, rest and so on.  Should be easy peasy. 😉

Anyway, I better not have hamstrings that feel like they do today when I attempt all that.  Should I take it a little easier the day or two before the challenge?

DAY 11 Recap:

Thursdays- no bootcamp.  Thank goodness… I’m not sure my legs would’ve gotten me there!

Breakfast 7:00 – leftover breakfast sausage & sweet potato hash with fried eggs.

Class at 8am – 10:45; work from 11-1:30; Class from 2-4:50.  Whew!

Lunch – 12:00 Salad and grilled chicken. Identical to yesterday’s.

Snack – 2:45 Banana

Snack – Still hungry at 3:15 LARA BAR

Dinner – 6:15. Delicious.  Pork Chops with Butternut Squash and Crispy Green Beans. “Recipe” follows:

Bone-in Pork Chops, generously seasoned with salt & pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Cook in frying pan with a T. of coconut oil over medium high heat.  Sear on each side, and then reduce heat and cook until done, about 7-8 minutes. Remove porkchops and juices from pan.

While pork chops are cooking, peel butternut squash, and chop into 1 inch pieces.  Put into same frying pan over medium heat, cover and cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add some chopped onion. Season with salt & pepper and a little cinnamon. I also added a tablespoon of ghee after hubby mentioned that squash is really good soaked in butter.  Cook for 4-5 minutes.  Add approx. 3 tbls of water and let simmer.  When water is cooked off, reduce to low, and add pork chops back to pan and cover to keep warm.

Crispy Green Beans:

Preheat oven to 425. Wash fresh green beans and snip any straggly ends off.

Scramble one egg in large bowl, add 2 tbls water and a dash of salt.  Add green beans to bowl and slosh around so green beans are covered in the egg.  In seperate dish, put 1/2 c of almond flour, seasoned with salt & pepper, garlic salt, cayenne pepper.  Place green beans, a few at a time into almond flour dish and shake around until coated.  Place on baking sheet lined with foil.  Repeat until all green beans are done and in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, turn the beans over on the sheet, and bake another 5-8 minutes until golden.  I broiled mine for a few minutes at the end to crisp em up a bit.  Delish!

I mixed some ketchup and worcestsershire sauce and a little coconut milk.  Meh. The sauce was alright, nothing to write home about or repeat.  I’ll have to come up with something for next time!

Wednesday, Day 10!

Yes, I think my counting got screwed up somewhere, you’ll notice my days are in a jumbled order through previous posts.  But today is, in fact, Day 10 of the Be Strong Challenge at Edge Fitness.  I’m feeling pretty strong.  Besides my quads being sore to the touch (movement) from RDL’s and my arms not having the ability to extend over my head without extra effort due to the shoulder presses today.  Besides all that, very strong! 😉

I have a confession.  I don’t own a pair of knee high brown boots. Nor, do I own a pair of skinny jeans.  Is that two confessions?  I bring it up, because it seems that everyone has these two items… well, every woman with any iota of style.  Outfits ALL over Pinterest include those two items.  Apparently, I am behind.  I did, however, purchase a scarf.  And not a wool one meant to keep your neck warm under a winter jacket, but a decorative scarf, all full of colors and flowers.  It’s not me, really.  But “me” would be jeans and a t-shirt and sneakers, and probably a head band.  I would definitely wear a sports bra with that outfit.  Any day which can be spent entirely in a sports bra versus a “Real” bra is a good day in my book.   I have one pair of jeans that I “like” to wear; the rest are saggy in the butt, too long, or too short, or too big and fall off.  I have convinced myself to NOT replace all my clothes that are too baggy yet – I’m in that in-between stage “Will I lose more? OR Will I gain it back?” I went from a size 10 to a 4 in a year, I better not gain it back, but…

I’m not sure what the point of that rant was… but MAYBE I’m thinking of trying to pick up on some style.  And MAYBE I’ll add some accessories (hooray for brown boots 3 years after they come into style!) or new clothes that actually fit.  Maybe.  OR maybe I’ll just rock my work out clothes. Whateva.


6:15 boot camp (thanks for the rockin’ work out Dustin!)

7:30: breakfast. Leftover acorn squash/breakfast sausage and eggs. Coffee with coconut milk.

12:00 lunch – big ass salad: leaf lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, red onion, and grilled chicken with olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper dressing. Also, a banana.

3:00 snack – Key Lime Lara Bar

5:45 dinner: meatloaf (made w/ almond flour instead of bread crumbs) and proscuitto wrapped asparagus. (thank you DH for cooking!)

7:15 – Angry Orchard Hard Cider on Tap at Whiskey Jacks.  I had to organize a “Big Buck Hunter” tournament for work tonight, and when in Rome… drink Hard Cider.

9:30 BED. Long day tomorrow!



Tuesday, Day 9

Tuesdays are a better way to start a “Work-Week”.  Wayyyy better than Mondays.  But thanks to my three day anniversary-celebrating weekend, I’m all off track.  I’m behind a work out already and my belly is MESSED up from the horrible food I ate all weekend.  Considering I told myself this was going to be a 21 day CLEAN EATING period, I’m not too proud of my food choices this weekend.  HOWEVER, I will not feel guilty for enjoying myself on my anniversary!

We ate the top tier of our wedding cake last night.  Considering it was in the freezer for a year, it was NOT BAD AT ALL.  I had let it dethaw for a couple of days and last night, after a weekend of enjoying each other’s company and reflecting on how blessed and thankful we are, we re-enacted the cake-cutting of our wedding.  But this time, when I offered him a bite of the freshly sliced cake, I SMASHED IT IN HIS FACE.  Ooooh WEEEEEE he did not see that coming.  Prior to our wedding, we had discussed how my father would be NOT AT ALL HAPPY if we made “a mockery of our wedding vows” by making a joke out of each other and smashing cake in each other’s faces in front of the entire wedding reception.  So, at the wedding, it was strictly eating cake, no funny business.  I think DH assumed that that decorum was carrying over to our 1 year anniversary.  The look on his face when I took the chocolate cake covered with golden frosting… and smooshed it up his nose and in his eye…  Let’s just say I paid for that action.  It was worth it.  We were both on the floor laughing til we cried.  Perfect ending to the perfect weekend.

I am still giggling.

Ok, so that weekend was not what I planned – but it was incredibly fun, and included steak, crab bisque, pizza, sushi, red wine, and chocolate cake.  If I’m going to get these abdominal muscles to be visible (other than when I walk around with my arms over my head – new trick!) I’m really going to have to watch the crap intake.  How do you decide what’s best?  To have rockin abs that you can be proud of and rock at the beach on vacation – Dominican Republic coming up in January!  OR to enjoy the “good stuff” in life.  And wait, is delicious food really “the good stuff”??  It seems like a trick.


Up and at em at 6am – getting DH and Tay off to a good start!

Light breakfast – 2 oz of ham steak, banana with almond butter; coffee with coconut milk.

BOOTCAMP AT 9AM.  I have some work to do.

Post workout meal – breakfast sausage, with acorn squash and eggs (leftover from the weekend).

Class at 11-1:45.  Legal Research.  Sounds like so much fun! Blah.

Late lunch – grilled chicken on a salad. Homework time!

Class at 3-5.  Career Builder – priming me and my peers for a GRRRREAT paralegal career.

Dinner – leftover spaghetti squash with chicken.

Class at 5:30 – 8:20.  Bankruptcy Law.  Yup, Tuesdays are LONG.

Make it a great day!!