Busy day but I wanted to share a few things I think everyone should read and also just mention something that happened to me yesterday. I stopped in to Wegmans to pick up a few things and while I was heading towards the Gluten Free/Natural foods area – I noticed this woman who was furiously leafing through a gluten free cookbook, trying to make sense of what to buy and what was what. I found out later her name – Marie and she is from South Africa.
She looked up at me and said – this stuff is so confusing and explained that her tween daughter is allergic to wheat, dairy and soy. Have you tried to find any sort of non-fresh food without one of those ingredients? Holy cow! And if you do, some of it tastes like crap! We got to talking about some stuff that I have used and I ended up walking with her through the natural foods section pointing out Larabars and a few other things that met her criteria. I also talked to her about looking into getting a dehydrator - so she can make her own beef jerky and dried fruit and gave her some ideas for snacks. She was so thankful that I took the time and offered up my own experience – as I was saying goodbye, I gave her my blog info and my email and introduced myself.
Once she finds things that work for her and her family, it will definitely be an easy transition but I remember how daunting and hard it all felt at first. I was glad I could lend a hand!
If you are looking for Paleo resources, I created an entire section with links to popular Paleo authors, books and websites to help make it easy to find and easier for you to get started!
- Are Sugar and Sloth the Causes of Obesity — Or Just Convenient Whipping Boys?
- Study says nut eaters have lower cancer, heart disease risk
- When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too
- Recipe: Top 9 Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Recipes
Read about all of these kiddos doing kind things - small ripples make big waves!!
- I used this recipe Baked Chicken Thighs as the base, but did a bit different mix with the spices. The skin came out so crispy and yummy. Definitely will make this again – easy and good.
Here’s another act of kindness to share. I like this one because it’s a great example of just a small gesture or act can reverberate larger than you can imagine.
Just being kind to another human who probably will not even realize – but what’s important is other people noticed. It didn’t take any effort at all — and he made someone else’s day just a little bit easier. That’s what I wish for everyone -to have people in their lives that make living just a little easier. I am lucky to have people like that in my life regularly. Getting up early and heading to CrossFit is a joy because of the people there –supportive and the kind of people who believe in you sometimes more than you believe in yourself.
I have been thinking a lot about finding some mentors to help me explore what will be next for me career wise. I have a ton of CrossFit mentors and just all around smart people who have a ton of experience in my life – but what I don’t have are some strong, professional women in marketing in my circle who I can learn from. That’s what I want to focus on — I know a lot of really smart women in marketing, but have not made any real effort to reach out, connect and learn from them. This morning, I made a list of some of the people I want to talk with. I find that making a list helps me manage all the different stuff that needs to get done. For some reason, if I write it down – it’s concrete and will get done.
Here’s some info I came across about finding mentors: The Surprising Secret to Finding Mentors
What particularly stuck out to me was the info about finding out what’s important to the people you want to help you. You gain influence by helping others reach their goals. This is so true in so many things. People want to know how it will benefit them or what do they get out of it. See how you can help someone you admire and you are more likely to win them over and open up opportunities for learning on both sides.
- ‘Kids React To Gay Marriage’ In New Video From The Fine Brothers
- Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Getting a 6-Pack
- Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Pancakes
- You Also Can’t Keep Your Doctor
- Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World “Modern parenting is creating a generation that’s not going to be able to function in society.”
Strength: Bench Press
WOD: (just listing out the movements, not the structure)
Please keep in mind these pancakes are gluten free not Paleo!
2 cups Pamela’s G Free Pancake mix
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1.5 cups water
Mix that together…
Add some spices (experiment depending on your own taste preferences!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg
A dash of allspice
Pre-heat your griddle with some butter and start cooking the batter!
For me, this mixture usually makes about 8-9 pancakes –depending on size.
I meant to get up this morning for my workout but the alarm was set for PM not AM! Doh! I will go tonight to mix things up!
Yesterday was quite a day — one where I win the Mother of the Year Award.
Got my dates mixed up and sent Nate to a camp he was not signed up for and HB arrived at her camp without all the necessary forms and materials. But guess what?? They survived and will live another day.
Hannah came home and said “Mom, you really need to read stuff and pay attention more. Everyone had their class forms and knew where they were going but me!” Summer can be one of the tougher times for a parent. Figuring out camp schedules, travel, vacations — getting daily camp bags packed. And add that to my already packed schedule — I get overwhelmed and make mistakes. It happens and kids survive. But you would think it was the end of the world with Hannah sometimes. Nate was so nonchalant about it — funny how with some things, he just goes with the flow.
So this is now my fifth week at HighBar CrossFit and I am LOVING it. I have gotten stronger with their 8 week strength program, tried some new stuff, got some tweaking done on stuff I have previously done, met some new friends, and just feel great about my training again. Plus I have more time back — can take care of the things at home. I didn’t realize how much time I was devoting to CFI overall. It’s nice to have the quiet back in my life – there was too much disruption and drama at CFI on a regular basis in my opinion. It was SO time to move on…
Here’s some stuff around the web that I have been diggin:
- Fresh Bluebery Crumble
- ‘This study is the first to indicate that excess refined and processed salt may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases,’ they said. Junk foods at fast food restaurants as well as processed foods at grocery retailers represent the largest sources of sodium intake from refined salts.
I took the day off to take Hannah to the orthopedist to have her wrist looked at — well she is now in an arm cast. I am sure the novelty of it all will wear off in a day or so. It will be a long four weeks for my baby.
Today was a rest day for me and I was more than happy to do it. I am so so sore.. mostly in my quads. I think it may be from rowing since I did a ton of that yesterday. But i will be back at it tomorrow…
Here’s a few interesting articles I have read that I think you should read too:
- Can’t afford CrossFit? No Problem!
- How Paleo Became a Lifestyle For Me (Guest Post)
- Dear American Consumers: Please Don’t Start Eating Healthfully. Sincerely, the Food Industry
- Recipe: Jazzy Little Meatballs
- Recipe: Sweet Potato Shrimp Cakes with Bacon
- Sweet Potato Shrimp Cakes with Bacon Guacamole on the side
3 sweet potato peeled and grated
8-10 tiger prawns/shrimps peeled
4 free range eggs
1/2 yellow onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 – 4 tbsp coconut oil for frying
Heat the coconut oil in a skillet on low to medium heat. Mix the sweet potato, eggs, onions and salt and pepper in a bowl. Take a handful of the mixture, form into a pancake then push one large shrimp on the center of the pancake. Fry shrimp face down for about 4 minutes on low to medium heat. Turn the pancake on the other side when the shrimp is cooked. Fry for another 2-3 minutes until it is cooked through.
I had the busiest, best weekend – Saturday, the staff at CrossFit Impavidus held a Teen CrossFit Competition. A first of its kind in the area. We hosted 30 teens from around the area to take part in a three WOD competition. It was such a great success. It was run well, the kids were awesome and it just reaffirmed what I do each and every day is worth it.
- D.M.V. Teen CrossFit Competition Gallery One
- D.M.V. Teen CrossFit Competition Gallery Two
- D.M.V. Teen CrossFit Competition Gallery Three
I was thinking about how there are times when I am just so over committed and have too much going on. I worry that I don’t do enough with my kiddos and husband, don’t take care of my house enough, don’t have enough down time and that — are you ready for this?–am turning into my Mom. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love my mom (isn’t she gorgeous?) – but she is ALWAYs over committed and short on time. When I was growing up, I didn’t get it and now that I am busy, I do. Being busy doing stuff we love makes us happy on a personal level.
My family makes me happy of course but on a different level of course. The thing though that gets me is my kiddos are growing up so fast. Hannah is going into middle school next year – how can that be? Am I going to regret doing all the other stuff later? My kids are so comfortable at the gym now because we are there a lot. I just have to deal with it — and I am doing the best I can. I am sure there will be a ton of stuff they blame on me when they get older and I will just blame it on the CrossFit.
Here’s some great info I found about CrossFit, for all you newbies:
- What is #CrossFit? WTAE’s Ashley Dougherty finds outhttp://ow.ly/i0mGT
And a great Paleo Banana Bread recipe for you all to try!
- man makers with lunges
- 5 HSPU
- 10 Pistols
- 15 Pull Ups
total rounds: 9
And although last time I did Mary I did 10 rounds –this time I did it with one less Abmat and my pistols were definitely better than they have been ever. I love starting a week off seeing progress in my fitness! It makes all the difference, yo!
I took an unplanned rest day this morning. I had two very tough workouts on Sunday and Monday (Both previous CrossFit Open workouts) and my shoulders/traps hurt, which makes for the perfect time for me to hurt myself –so I took a rest. I am considering going in for a later workout and seeing how the evening people roll.
Yesterday I went to the store to pick up something to make for dinner. I thought I had picked boneless, skinless thighs but by accident I grabbed some chicken breasts. I haven’t really eating breast meat since I went Paleo, so I was like ok, let’s give it a shot. You know what? Blech — they were not nearly as good, or satiating.
If you normally eat chicken breast, try making the switch. Don’t be afraid of chicken thighs!!
Paleo Three Ingredient Ice Cream Treat
Last night I whipped up some Paleo ice cream using three ingredients. It was super easy and a recipe I found over at Use Real Butter.com. Here’s how I made it.
- Grab some fairly well ripe bananas and slice them up. You are looking for lots of brown spots but not super mushy!
- Put the banana slices in a freezer bag and stick it in the freezer for at least an hour. You want the slices frozen.
- Add frozen banana slices to your food processor:
- Run the processor until the bananas take on a creamy texture
- Add in a tablespoon of Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- Add in a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- Run the processor until blended
- Enjoy a yummy ice cream like treat. You can put it back in the freezer for a more frozen texture or to enjoy later. You can even experiment using walnuts, dark chocolate chips or whatever!