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I’ve got a lot on my mind, but not a lot of time to talk about it, so just some “quick hits” this Friday:

  • I went to the doctor yesterday and he confirmed that I did tear my glute. Apparently it’s relatively rare to tear your glute, but we all knew I was a rare guy in the first place. He did tell me that I could do some mild exercising as long as it didn’t cause pain, but he expects this to last another three weeks or so.
  • I’m bummed because I missed my first ultimate frisbee game because of this injury, and my flag football team just held their first practice yesterday. If I play this right, and take care of it, I’m hoping to not miss any actual flag football games though (they start August 3), and I’m hoping that I might still be able to play in a couple of ultimate frisbee games toward the end of the season. It’s going to be hard for me not to return too early, but I really don’t want to jeopardize my flag football season or my floor hockey season that starts this Fall.
  • Diet really is the key to everything. I haven’t done much exercising over the last week, for obvious reasons, except for a few push ups in the morning. I’m still down 5 pounds from last week because I have been really strict about my food and I feel really good about that. I wish I was also exercising, don’t get me wrong, but it’s amazing to me how it really all starts with eating. Even when I’m exercising regularly, if I’m eating poorly I still gain weight. But now I’ve also proven to myself that if I’m eating well I can still be healthy regardless of if I’m limited physically.
  • The stress from work and not having the outlet of exercise is killing me though. I’m finding myself more irritable, more moody, and I’m not sleeping well at all. I need to figure out some new stress relievers other than exercise while I recover. Any suggestions?
  • I’m addicted to green smoothies. I think there is no better way to start your day than this simple formula: almond/coconut milk, lots of kale, a scoop of protein powder, and ice. I know there’s some conflicting thoughts out there on whether or not you should use protein powder if you’re not exercising, but I’ve been using it in the green smoothie because it starts my day with a good dose of protein along with lots of vegetables and some fats. It holds me over really well until lunch time, and it’s a pretty healthy/easy meal!
  • Meg makes the best paleo meals. It’s so easy to stay paleo when you have delicious meals to look forward to. It’s almost not fair.
  • I really don’t know where I stand on the whole “obesity is a disease” debate. I feel like I should have a strong opinion on it, but I just don’t. I feel like I could argue either side of it, and I’m feeling almost guilty that I don’t care about it more considering my own journey. Does anyone else feel that way?

That’s it for me for now. I have a few longer posts that I’ve started but I haven’t finished yet, so hopefully you’ll be getting some deeper, more thought-provoking posts from me soon!

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So even though I said I wouldn’t do it, I weighed myself today. Shouldn’t have done it. The scale hasn’t moved an ounce which is a big disappointment. I don’t feel any difference in my pants. And yes, I know it’s only been 3 full days, but I feel like there should be some initial water weight or SOMETHING that comes off? Or maybe I’m too impatient.

I’m still going to give this 10 days but I’m wondering if my gut reaction to Paleo when we tried it over a year ago is still correct: this lifestyle just doesn’t work with my body. One diet cannot fit all – it’s impossible.

Also, I’m tired. 😦 Got up at 4am to go to CrossFit and I was exhausted.  So I crawled back into bed.  I’m bummed because today is CrossFit Total and it’s been MONTHS since I’ve done it AND I bet I would have some great PRs. Although maybe not today since I’m so tired.

Okay, lots of whining. Sorry about that. I’m done. On to happy things!

Here’s what I’m changing: cutting my fruit down to 1 serving a day. Trying to actively get more “good fats” in my diet = eating guac tonight with dinner. Eating bacon burgers tomorrow night with more guac. All good things.

Also a good thing?  Seeing projects come to life that you’ve been planning for MONTHS. Getting excited about plans with new & current students to create a social media team. Energized by interest from student bloggers. I love my job.

Finally, one more good thing: buffalo chicken meatloaf. I think I could eat this every day for weeks on end and never get sick of it.

Cauliflower rice, roasted cabbage, and meatloaf. SO GOOD. (PS -- thanks Mom for the container. I'll give it back next week!)

Cauliflower rice, roasted cabbage, and meatloaf. SO GOOD. (PS — thanks Mom for the container. I’ll give it back next week!)

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So it’s the 3rd day on Paleo and I’m not doing too bad. I’m feeling pretty tired, which I hear comes w/ the detox territory, and my body hasn’t figured out when it’s appropriate to be hungry (last night I was STARVING after a huge salad with salmon and an apple w/ almond butter), but otherwise I’m feeling all right. No intense cravings yet, so that’s good.

I haven’t had an opportunity to weigh myself, which is also good, because I think I should give it at least 5 days before seeing if there are any results so I don’t drive myself crazy.  I’m aiming to weigh myself on Friday, which is my typical weigh-in day anyways.

Here’s where I’m struggling: For at least the last 6 months I’ve been drinking a protein shake after the WOD in the morning and then making a small breakfast of eggs and some kind of veggies about an hour later after my shower & getting ready for work. Since I’m trying to lose weight now, I feel like maybe I should skip the protein shake & only eat breakfast. I know that’s probably a big “no-no” but I can’t get myself out of the mindset of calories. I feel like I’m drinking back all of the calories I just burned in my protein shake which completely negates the fact that I just worked out.

So here’s my question for my Paleo & CrossFit friends: if you’re trying to lose weight, do you still drink a protein shake? Or do you make THAT your breakfast? (which I drink at 6:30am, so I’d be hungry way before traditional “lunch time” for lunch).

And here’s my most basic issue with Paleo (other than the “cheating” terminology which I hate) — they say that calories don’t matter, but I don’t believe that for a second. If you’re a normal person, exercising 4-5 times a week, you can still gain weight if you don’t watch what you eat. I know because it happened to me last summer. Calories in need to be less than calories out to lose weight. Plain and simple.

So I may be driving myself a little crazy right now obsessing about how many calories of Paleo food I’m eating (or not eating) because I don’t want to over-eat on Paleo. I was doing so well with intuitive eating until I went a little TOO relaxed on vacation, and getting back into worrying about what I’m eating is stressing me out a little.

Suggestions? Thoughts?

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Okay, so I have a confession. I am 5 pounds over where I want to be. Which wasn’t a big deal until I realized I was avoiding certain clothes because I noticed it in my stomach. Yes, thanks to vacation eating during the road trip & pre-vacation traveling (NYC, Boston, etc.), these 5 pounds are sadly here to stay until I do something pro-active about it. I was hoping it was just water weight that would come off quickly, but that, my friend, was disillusioned.

So! Starting yesterday, Bob and I are on strict 10 day Paleo. (Which is great for Bob, too, since he can’t really move.)

“WHAT!?” you may be thinking, “But Meg, you don’t do strict Paleo! And you don’t do Paleo challenges!”

Desperate times call for desperate measures, friends. I need to be in a bikini by July 4th. and I need to look good in said bikini.  And I don’t want to be self conscious of my bloated stomach. And I know Paleo works pretty well for people.

I prepped yesterday like my life depended on it. Shredded cauliflower for quick cauliflower “rice”, created my favorite cucumber salad, baked a few spaghetti squashes, made cilantro chimichurri since I didn’t last week & my cilantro was getting a little wilty.

So glad we invested in a big fridge last summer. It's full to the brim with veggies, fruit, and prepped food.

So glad we invested in a big fridge last summer. It’s full to the brim with veggies, fruit, and prepped food.

I’m going to keep my fruit servings to 2 a day and nut servings to 2 (that includes almond butter). And I am going to eat a crap ton of vegetables. And weigh my meat to make sure I’m not eating more than I need to. (Unless I’m still hungry. Then I’ll eat a little more).

Hopefully I’ll be able to report happy things in 10 days. If not — well, then I’ll know once & for all that the Paleo diet is not for me. But since I’ve never given it a true shot (ie.. never followed it w/out indulging in a non-Paleo food for longer than 5 days), I suppose this is a nice (short) way to see how my body responds.

So without further commentary, here’s our meal plan:

  • Monday: Bob may or may not be meeting someone for dinner. I plan on eating a big salad. With balsamic glazed salmon.
  • Tuesday: Buffalo chicken meatloaf FTW. With roasted cabbage steaks. Mmm, cabbage. And cauliflower rice.
  • Wednesday: We’re going bowling with friends where there will be pizza. I’ll make a big taco salad. You know, without the sour cream and cheese. But with the guac.
  • Thursday: Venison bacon burgers! With sweet potato wedges! and mushrooms!
  • Friday: Leftovers.

I’m hoping that by prepping & planning great meals that I look forward to eating, this 10 day Paleo thing will be relatively easy. I’ll keep you posted.

Quick disclaimer: I do not usually endorse crash diets or cleanses or whatever. I believe that you need to make lifestyle changes in order for healthy eating habits to stick. BUT sometimes I just have to buckle down and do something drastic to lose the bloat that I’ve put on from poor eating choices & to kickstart getting out of my poor nutrition rut.  Also, I”m simply curious to see how I react to a Paleo-only diet — to see if it’s really not for me as I’ve said all along, or to see if it gives me the results it seems everyone else sees!

Have any tips for a new-to-strict-Paleo newbie? 

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Last week I blogged about how I went on a blogging hiatus and that I was ending it. Well, as Meg pointed out in her post, our dog had other plans for that as he decided to jump into our laptop while we were gone and therefore we are without a home computer. Therefore the hiatus has been extended slightly, but both Meg and I are trying to find other ways to type up our thoughts when we have a chance.

Unfortunately, yesterday I received another setback to my hiatus, but this one is my fitness hiatus. This week I felt really good about my exercise regimen. I got to the gym twice on Monday, took Tuesday off to recover, went back twice Wednesday, played two hours of ultimate on Thursday, and then went to the gym for an hour and played basketball for an hour on Friday morning.

Maybe I did too much, or maybe it was just a freak accident that would have happened anyway, but it turns out I tore a muscle in my butt during basketball on Friday.

I went up for a layup (to win the game), and as I jumped my right calf cramped up and I rolled my ankle when I landed and therefore fell. In a few minutes after my calf stopped cramping I got up and went to the sideline to drink some water. I felt ok so I jumped back into the game, and my butt started to hurt. At first I thought it was just bruised, but it got tighter and tighter over the next few minutes to the point where I couldn’t run at all on it. Luckily the game ended so I went to the showers, and during the shower I realized that I could no longer bend over and that the pain was starting to get excruciating. I ended up needing help to get my shoes on, and almost passing out (felt cold, clammy, nauseous, and dizzy several times while trying to get dressed).

Long story short, I made it to the hospital (all of the urgent care centers around were closed and the pain was so bad that I just wanted to get somewhere fast because there was literally no position I could sit, stand, or lay in without causing a lot of pain. The doctor thinks it is a torn muscle, and I’m probably looking at three weeks of recovery.

Oh, and I missed the shot.

So, that’s where I am. It sucks, it doesn’t hurt nearly as much today as it did yesterday (some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life), but I’m bummed that I’m going to be out of commission for a while. It’s going to be very important that I try to dial my diet in so that I don’t undo a lot of the work I’ve put into my fitness. And, honestly, I’m scared that this is going to cause a “fat relapse” of some sort because ever since I started this journey two years ago I’ve never been limited like this. So, I’m angry, frustrated, and scared about what’s going to happen to me.

I have a follow up with my PCP on Thursday, so maybe he’ll give me good news that I can get back to it earlier than I thought.

I’ll try to update the blog when I can during my recovery, and maybe I’ll bring good news on Thursday. I certainly hope so, at least.

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Monday Meal Plan

So our computer is broken, thanks to Stanley. I came home on Friday and the laptop was laying on the ground next to a shattered water glass. (They were originally on the coffee table).

What that means is that I’m using my phone to write up this week’s meal plan, and I am not a very patient person when it comes to typing on the phone. Texting gets real old, real fast, when autocorrect starts telling me words that make no sense at all. Unless I have some time during my lunch breaks this week, you can guarantee there will be no final post about our road trip for a while because that will take me approximately 500 hours to write on my phone. 

In the meantime, the meal plan is back!!!! Hooray! Here’s what we’ve got going on for the week:

Monday: Balsamic glazed salmon over a salad. We’ve got olives, tomatoes, artichokes, goat cheese, balsamic dressing, peppers, walnuts, and more for the toppings. Love monster salads for dinner because they’re so easy.

Tuesday: Buffalo chicken meatloaf makes a return! Plus roasted broccoli.

Wednesday: Cilantro chimichurri sauce over baked tilapia with roasted asparagus & cauliflower rice on the side. 

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner! Sweet potato hash with peppers & onions & spinach, plus bacon and eggs. Can’t go wrong with breakfast for dinner. Ever.

Friday:  Sausages, peppers, onions, paleo slaw. Anything else that’s leftover.

Plus, for snacks, I bought a ton of fresh fruit at the market this week. Oh man, I am so happy I was home this weekend. I love fresh fruit from the market. It always tastes sweeter knowing that it’s homegrown on a local farm.

Fresh strawberries from the local farmers market!

Fresh strawberries from the local farmers market!

What do you have cooking this week? 

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I’m really sick of writing our trip recap which means you’re probably sick of reading it. Sorry! One more blog post (probably this weekend) and then I’m done, I promise. And then it’s back to regularly scheduled meal plans and CrossFit and confessions.

But in the meantime, I needed a break. And it’s Friday, and I didn’t want to have to think too much on a Friday morning (Confession: I often write blog posts before work or the night before & then schedule them to publish during the day. Blogs are read the most during the work day).

What I’m looking forward to this weekend in no particular order:

  1. Being home for a weekend for the first time in over a month
  2. Going to church for the first time since Easter (in my defense, I was only home ONE weekend between Easter and now…)
  3. Going to the market and buying fresh vegetables
  4. Team WOD at CrossFit (it’s been so long!!!)
  5. Laying in my hammock and reading
  6. Spending time with Bob and his best friend who is visiting this weekend
  7. Having a clean home (not looking forward to the “cleaning” part)
  8. Weeding our front flower weed bed and making it an actual flower bed again
  9. Napping
  10. Sunshine
  11. Meal planning
  12. Starting the work week feeling organized
  13. Maybe even fitting in a run??

What are you looking forward to doing this weekend?

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