It has been two weeks in already! Besides one BBQ and going out to two dinners, resulting in having to estimate my blocks without a scale, I have stayed true to my Zone plan. Also, Tan was gone most of last week for work, and I was able to make sure I got my daily workout in while the kids were sleeping. It was rough, I won’t lie- I wanted to use that time to nap, vacuum, read, or just lay and stare at the ceiling, taking in a few minutes of silence…but instead, I drug myself out to the garage and made myself work, and felt better after I did it!
My main motivator for working hard and getting back to the things I love is to be a better mom and wife. I know by spending one hour a day doing something for me, I will feel re-set and ready to rock at being a mom, and it couldn’t be more true! I already feel re-energized, like my body is starting to reset and gain strength, and have noticed I am more patient with my toddler- willing to try to do more things with both kids on my own, like going to the park (this may seem like an easy event, but when you have a new born and an almost two year old, at least to me, it feels like you are going to freaking Disneyland!). Another way I am feeling really good about what I have been doing is my milk supply. Auggie is gaining weight like a rockstar, and, even though I have been weighing and measuring every ounce of food I put in my body, I have a ton of milk to provide him with! I have been eating 14 blocks per day (I normally do 12 when not nursing), so if my weight loss starts to plateau, and my milk is still doing great, I plan on cutting back to 13 blocks to stay on track. I feel like I am getting plenty of food each day, and though I get a little hungry here and there (mainly for chocolate…), it is doable for me, and I am a total sissy when it comes to dieting. That leads me to one other thing I wanted to discuss: Zone Diet vs. Paleo. I had a friend on facebook ask my why I don’t just do Paleo. Answer: I am a total fat kid and would eat so much meat on Paleo, I would loose my ability to do pull ups! Really, when you say Paleo vs. Zone, I hear “quality vs. quantity”, and what do I want? Both. I want to provide my body with the highest quality, most nutrient dense foods I can, but I also want to balance them and consume the best quantity for my body and my goals. When I Zone, I am not eating cookies, beer, and jerky- I am still eating whole food- not Paleo, because I didn’t raise my own chickens for their eggs or go shoot a buffalo to grill burgers for dinner, but 95% of what I consume is meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Sound familiar, Glassman fans? I completely agree with his theory, as it makes me feel like Wonder Woman! I just need the extra discipline from the Zone Diet to make sure I am getting the appropriate balance of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and healthy fats) to regulate my hormones and support my lean body mass and milk supply. I know myself, and if I ate strictly Paleo foods, I would be living off of meat and dates (they are amazing) and not getting leaner or meaner. I hope this answers your question!
As for workouts, I have felt pretty good most of the time. Running, biking, and rowing feel great, and I love the feeling of getting my sweat on. However, gymnastics and weights are definitely a challenge still! I feel like the spaghetti noodle someone threw at the wall to see if it was done yet. I did some handstand push up skill work last week, and it took all of my core strength just to keep my body up on the wall! Same thing with barbell work, 65 pounds definitely feels like 95 pounds, and the further it gets from my center, it gets exponentially heavier. Each day that goes by I feel like I gain a little more strength though- my spaghetti self on the wall is starting to slowly dry out and re-harden (what an odd analogy?). I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to racking a heavy back squat alternating with some muscle ups (and they better be linked together!).
So I had a great surprise last week. Two wonderful friends of mine from Casper, WY swung down for a surprise weekend of fun. Though I hadn’t showered, had no make up on, and my house was a tiny bit of a disaster, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when they showed up! These ladies are truly like family to me, so having them all to myself for two days was such a treat! There are two points to this story- A: They came for an early surprise birthday treat. I turn 30 next week. Holy crap, I am going to be 30. I honestly haven’t even thought about it, but what a cool thing! I feel like I am officially a “grown up” or something- but I still watch cartoons. Is it ok to watch cartoons when you are a grown up, or do I officially have to switch over to the news all the time? B: We went and had a kick ass workout together! I have made friends with a gym near our house, F.I.T., home to Park Meadows CrossFit. I met the owners while working at a Level One Seminar, and thought I would swing in to say hi. They told me to try out one of their “F.I.T.” classes sometime, promising me I would enjoy it. It was described as being kind of like CrossFit, but 55-60 minutes long, so much lighter weights, and less intensity due to it’s length, but a total ass kicker. So my girls and I packed up our Lulu head bands, strapped on our Nikes, and headed on over. What a fun class! Our instructor was one of the gym owners, Nathan, and he was absolutely fantastic! From the second the hour long class started, to the very last minute, we were doing something, and hit just about every muscle in my body. The class was full of fun loving women (and one very brave man- it was an estrogen festival!), who were absolutely thrilled we were there to join them. We ran, rowed, burpeed, threw kettlebells, wall balls, and slam balls, jumped on boxes, and went through one of the toughest core/plank routines I have ever done. If you are ever in the Denver area, you have got to swing in and check out this gym. It is clean and their community is kind and welcoming, plus they have some super cool t-shirts. Who doesn’t want a super cool t-shirt with a story to go with it? I will definitely be returning for more F.I.T. from these guys! Check out their website: http://www.fitincolorado.com
On to the fun part! Here are my measurements for the week. I am absolutely thrilled, because I haven’t been able to get under 160 since 2008! It is barely under, but I will take it- what a motivator!
Weight: 159 (two weeks ago: 165)
Waist: 32.5 (two weeks ago: 34)
Hips: 38 (two weeks ago: 39)
Right/Left Thigh: 22/22 (two weeks ago: 23/23)
Right/Left Arm: 12/11.5 (two weeks ago: 12.25, 12.5)
No make up and scary hair at 5 AM…talk about dedication.
To finish off, I want to share with you something I used to eat all the time and kind of forgot about that is light and wonderful! Mashed cauliflower. I honestly enjoy it more than mashed potatoes. Simply steam cauliflower, then toss in to your blender, food processor, or Kitchenaid and whip the heck out of it. I add a tablespoon of butter and some garlic powder (this is to an entire head of cauliflower). You can dress it up any way you like though! My friend, Darla, puts horseradish in it and says it is amazing! One cup of this goodness feels like a total cheat day, and is equal to only one half of a block. Challenge of the week? Try this, but put your own fun twist on it (has to be a healthy twist, not gravy and bacon bits- that makes everything taste good!) and share in the comments what you discovered!
Here is a link to a recipe I am going to try this evening for my hot wing loving husband! http://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-pasta/ I will let you know how it goes in my next post. I know it is going to be a good one because it is a Julie Bauer invention. I discovered her website, www.paleomg.com a few years ago and fell in love with her. She adds a hilarious introduction to each of her posts that will provide you with a great ab workout from your laughter. I definitely recommend regularly visiting her site! Have a great week everyone!