Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How I Lost Seventy-Some Pounds

At least three times a week, someone asks me, "How did you lose the weight?"

The problem is that I don't have an answer: at least an answer that most people want to hear.  I didn't count calories.  I didn't drink shakes.  I didn't take pills.  I didn't stop eating any food groups.  (Those stories are for a different post.)  

I eat food.  Only food.  Real food. 

Revolutionary, right? 

Some people call it the Eat Clean Diet.  Others call it the Whole Foods Diet.  I guess that's fine if you like to put a name on it.  But I just eat food.

At this point, you may be saying to yourself, "But I eat food.  Lots of food!  Why haven't I lost any weight?"  Well, I hate to break it to you, but you probably aren't eating real food.

 Lean Cuisine.  Not real food.

100 Calorie Snack Packs.  Not real food.

Lemon flavored water.  Not real food.

Honestly, if it has an "ingredients" list on the back, it's probably not food. 

But how does eating real food make you lose weight?   What's the difference between eating 2000 calories of processed food and eating 2000 calories of real food?  A calorie is a calorie, right?  

Not really. 

Now, there's a whole slew of science that goes on in the body when you eat anything.  I could put my degree to good use and go into all the chemistry that goes on, but that's kind of beyond the scope of this post.  I do, however, recommend reading The Eat Clean Diet, The French Don't Diet, or Practical Paleo, as all three have great sections about the physiological effects of eating processed foods.  Or, you can always visit PubMed and read some studies if you're into that sort of thing.  (No worries; I won't judge your inner nerdiness). 

But what about the Twinkie Diet?  That proves you can eat processed foods and still lose weight, right? 

See, that's the terrible thing with science.  You get one "study" that goes viral and decades of other research goes right out the window.  ABC News has a pretty decent critique of the study in layman's terms that is worth the read.  Basically, weight loss doesn't always equate with improved health.  Plus, a low-calorie junk food diet is hard to maintain over the long run.

"The impact of an unhealthy diet is felt in years, not weeks."

So, what do you actually eat? 

Everything.  A typical breakfast is uncured bacon, pastured eggs, and my favorite pumpkin pancakes made with real maple syrup.  Lunch is often a grass-fed burger with a baked sweet potato (topped with real pastured butter) and a green smoothie.  Dinner may be fish or a steak with roasted beats, broccoli, and squash.  My favorite snack is dark chocolate with crystallized ginger or homemade custard made with raw milk.

Really, though, these are just a few examples.  There's very little I can't eat.  Instead of potato chips, I fry sweet potato slices in coconut oil.  Instead of boxed cake mix, I make one from scratch with eggs, butter, and almond flour.  It really doesn't take any more time to bake from whole ingredients.

I am never hungry and I am never deprived.  I still eat ice cream, burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  I don't count calories; yet, I've still managed to lose weight.  Not only have I lost over 70 lbs, I've kept it off for two years.  And the great thing is, everyone can eat real food.  It doesn't matter if you're vegan, low-carb, paleo, vegetarian, etc.  All you have to do is stop eating the fake processed foods (ie. vegan hot-dogs and low-carb bread) and eat real food instead. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Murph

Happy Memorial Day!  This weekend, gyms across the country will be doing Murph, in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy seal killed in action in 2005.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video of Lt. Murphy posthumously being awarded the Medal of Honor. 

The story is that this is the workout that Lt. Murphy did almost every day when deployed to Afghanistan.  Oh, except he was also wearing a weighted vest.  Thankfully, we only have to do this WOD once a year (weighted vest optional).  Now, the Crossfit website says to partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed (such as doing 10 rounds of 10, 20, and 30), but our Coach Heather is a big meanie-head and made us finish each exercise before moving on to the next.  Strangely, a feel like more of a badass not breaking up the WOD, so maybe Heather knows what she's doing afterall.  ;-)

I finished in 55:00 minutes using black and blue bands for the pull-ups.  The worst part was definitely the push-ups.  All of our WODs this week have been very shoulder heavy and my stamina just wasn't there.  Jes kept cheering me on and telling me to do just 5 at a time.  After I finished, I did the final lap with Cory and Vanessa.  I'm so proud that they didn't stop.  #beastmode

Everyone totally rocked it!  So much that this was the best we could do for our "goofy" picture. 

Photos courtesy of Heather at Profound Crossfit

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

I've mentioned these pancakes before, but I thought it was time to actually share my recipe. 

paleo pumpkin pancakes zomg nom

So I know that there a hundreds of paleo pancake recipes out there, but I really like this one because it doesn't use any flour at all.  Coconut and almond flour is super expensive, yo! 

Now, the key to this recipe is the quality of ingredients.  I use both pastured eggs and pastured butter and real Grade B maple syrup.  Fresh pumpkin is awesome, but canned pumpkin works, too.

This recipe is adapted this recipe from Practically Paleo, but I played with the spices since the original recipe was a bit too bland for me.  The ginger gives it a nice kick while keeping it kid-friendly. 

The brands I use are linked in the recipe, and no, I'm not an Amazon affiliate.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes  
(Makes 2 servings / 8 small pancakes)

4 eggs
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp melted butter 

Mix all ingredients together until completely blended.  Heat pan or griddle to 300 degrees.  Pour approximately 1/4 c of batter for each pancake and let cook until firm. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013


My Inner Fit Chick is now on Facebook.  This works out great because a lot of stuff I want to share doesn't really need its own blog post.  So, feel free to join us!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Super Smoothie

I've been drinking green smoothies for years, but I finally found the PERFECT recipe.  I've branched out and now I use a spinach/kale/chard mix (usually Earthbound Organics Power Greens).  I used to use fresh fruit, but frozen fruit tends to be cheaper and easier to work with.  No more rinsing and slicing.  I also don't need to add ice when I use frozen, so one less ingredient.  I've also started adding coconut oil, because, well, coconut oil is just full of awesome.  Just a bit of local, raw honey provides some sweetness.  Oh, and did I mention that raw honey is a superfood?  A scoop of green powder rounds it out.  It really only takes a minute to throw the ingredients in a blender and the kids absolutely love it. 

 The brands I use are linked in the recipe, and no, I'm not an Amazon affiliate.  

Super Smoothie (Makes 2 Servings)
4 cups leafy greens
1 cup frozen berries
1 banana
1 tsp honey
1 cup water

Thursday, May 16, 2013

22 Months

The picture on the left is a month after Noah was born.  The picture on the right is a little less than two years and about 30 lbs later.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Birthday Wish List

Since my birthday is coming up, I thought I would make things easy on Jason and give him a wish list to pick from.  Honestly, I'd rather be surprised, but really, gift-giving is not his forte. 

1.  Bic Band, $12
I am constantly on a search for a headband that will actually stay put on my weird shaped head, and so far, I haven't had much luck.  I desperately need a headband while my bangs are growing out, and the Bic Band seems to have the best reviews. 

2.  Capri Running Pants, $45
I need these pants.  I have athletic thighs that rub together when I run.  No kidding, when I wear traditional running shorts, my thighs will chafe and bleed, so I need something longer that doesn't ride up.  Traditional running capris look ridiculous on me because they end at the calf, but these pants hit slightly below the knee and will be much more flattering. 

3.  Champion Sports Bra, $26
I'm really tired of having to wear 2 bras and still having bounce problems.  This bra is supposed to have maximum support without giving a uni-boob.  I'm skeptical, but the reviews are promising. 

4.  Under Armour Compression Shorts, $25
As I said in #2, my current running shorts just aren't working.  These seem like they would work well for both running and Crossfit. 

5.  Workout shirts, $10
My box has their own shirts, but you really just can't beat the price on these shirts from Target.  I mean, why pay more than $10 for something that's just going to get pit stains anyways?

Optimist May 5k Recap

Yesterday, I ran the Optimist May 5k at Windsor Castle Park.

I freakin' PR'ed. 

The course was a hilly trail (that the Garmin registered as 3.2 miles) and I still beat my best post-baby race time.  Not that 35:43 is all that impressive or anything, but I went into the race just hoping to finish after my meniscus tear last year, so I'll take it. Anyways, the actual race was great, aside from the part where the volunteers sent the kids the wrong direction during the Fun Run.  Kaelin finished her first race and placed 3rd.

Despite the dreary weather, it was a pretty fun day.  Several people from our box ran the race, so we got to spend some time with them. 

 Photo courtesy of Heather at Profound Crossfit

Out of ten of us running, seven placed overall or in their age groups.  Jason even placed! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Deadlifts and Box Jumps

I was a little nervous about tonight's WOD since lunges always make me feel like I have daggers shooting into my butt checks and that's definitely not what I need for tomorrow's hilly 5k.  But I did it anyways, even though Jason wussed out and stayed home.  I'd never done a farmer's carry before, so I chose a lighter weight, but after carrying babies under both arms for the last two years, I could have gone heavier.  I finished in 10:21 with 15 lb weights for the carry and 10 lbs for the lunges. 

I stuck around after the WOD to see who was going to be at the late class, but nobody showed up, so Coach Bobby worked with me on some skills.  I did my first box jump ever and deadlifted 135 lbs for two reps.  We didn't want to really push to hard because of tomorrow's race, but I'm pretty excited about the deadlift.  I'd never gone heavy before and I'm sure I can at least hit my body weight next time. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Pukey Tempo Run

Today's WOD was a 1 mile run, then 150 situps, followed by another 1 mile run.  Cake, right? 


I went too fast on the first mile and after 100 situps, I was spent.  Each rep after that was vomit-inducing.  Then running another mile after those situps...  I was pretty happy with my time, though.  The two miles were 18:45 and 27:46 for the whole WOD.  I'm pretty sure that's the fastest I've ever run without the treadmill propelling me.

Sh*t Crossfit Girls Say

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Crossfit - 5.1.13

Nothing all that exciting today.  I used a 10 lb dumbbell for the squats and finished in 11:59.