Thursday, May 31, 2012

Come home soon...

Today was rough. 

 For the first time in a few months I had myself a good cry. I miss my baby boy. My heart is breaking for him. I'm his mom. I want him home with us. I'm in a weird place with this adoption. Maybe some of you who have done this have been in my place. I'm in a funk... I make it through the day but... I think about him constantly. I dream about him. I cry for him. I'm in a place where everything we do makes me miss him. Today I took the girls to Trader Joe's and all I could think about was him... how I wish he was with us doing everyday normal things. The closer we get to bringing him home the harder it is. I thought that for sure I would just be getting excited, which I am, but also it's making me feel like time can't go fast enough!!! I want to hug him and kiss him and hear his tiny voice. I want to watch him explore. I want to take him to Trader Joe's and the park and all of the places that we go. I want him home. This little boy that I have never met has stolen my heart. Please Lord, bring him home soon.

We love you.

Your sisters are waiting...

Love is what brought us to this place.  We can't wait to love on you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Facebook fast...

After a good talk with a friend yesterday I've decided to do a facebook fast. I thought about deleting my account but I've decided to fast from facebook for 30 days instead and see what happens. The truth is, nothing will happen. Infact I'm sure I'll enjoy it. I'll continue with instagram, pinterest, and my blog... and as I'm typing this out I realize that I'll have plenty to keep me "busy" on the computer. Who needs facebook??? Honestly, I don't spend a whole lot of time on facebook. I update my status once every few weeks. I randomly comment on people's status updates. Most of my time on there is spent lurking on people when I don't actually care about what they are doing. Not that I don't care about them... but do I need to know what you ate for lunch? No. Do I need to know that you're exhausted after a long day? Nope. So goodbye for now facebook. It's been real.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eating Paleo and working my butt off.

Hello blog world.

It has been a while.

So by request of some ladies I know I was asked to write a blog about food.  

I love food.

I've been eating paleo for about 11 days now.  If you don't know what Paleo is I'll explain...  It's also known as "the caveman diet".  Basically nuts, fruits, veggies, meat, eggs & fish.  No grains, no sugar (besides fruit), no dairy, no legumes (which I had yesterday...I don't know how I feel about that rule).  My goal at this point is to eat pretty strict paleo for a month.  Then slowly add in brown rice and beans and minimal dairy.  And by dairy I mean sheeps milk or goats milk cheese, which is easier for the body to digest.  I'll add these foods in slowly to see how they affect me... if at all.  I'm doing this as an experiment to see how this diet affects my hormone imbalances and my moods... Fingers crossed it does some good!  Along with this "diet" I've been sticking to some pretty gnarly high intensity workouts... more on that later.

So this is what I eat along with drinking tons of water...

Let's start with breakfast...

If I wake up early I'll do a workout before I eat (around 6:00 or 6:30 am) then I'll eat within 30 minutes of my workout.  You need to do this to rebuild muscle!

2 scrambled eggs (with yolks)
Sliced tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes
Fruit (blueberries, a few clementines or an apple)
1 scoop of TJ's super green drink in water
Hot green tea (unsweetened)
I eat a lot after a good workout!

Raw almonds or TJ's Turkey Jerky
A small piece of fruit

 3 turkey wraps which are slices of turkey wrapped around veggies such as spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, shredded cabbage, carrots, broccoli slaw, etc.
My after lunch treat is 3 green olives stuffed with an entire garlic clove from TJ's

Apple with nut butter, such as almond butter.  Strict paleo eaters don't do peanut butter but I do.
Somedays we'll make a delicious smoothie with tons of berries.

Chicken or fish (preferably a fatty fish such as salmon)
Veggies such as steamed brussel sprouts or broccoli or a HUGE salad with loads of veggies.

Hot herbal tea

With this diet you may feel a bit limited at first.  But for me, the way I feel makes it 100% worth giving up on bread and sweets.

And when I absolutely MUST have something sweet, I'll limit it to this... 

It's very rich so just one little piece does the trick!

Now for the workouts... Anyone can do these and I do every single workout at home... either in my living room or outside depending on the weather.  Each workout is only about 20 minutes long, but by the end I'm gasping for air and dripping sweat and that's how I know it was good enough.

My first cardio day is 20 minutes of this...
15 burpees
15 thrusters with 20 lb weight
(Google these if you don't know what they are.)
Repeat for 20 minutes and try not to take breaks.
I usually get about 10 rounds in in 20 minutes.  And it's freaking hard.

My second cardio day is treadmill sprints.
I jog at a 10 minute pace for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Then I sprint at a 6 minute pace for 1 minute.
Repeat this for 20 minutes.
Again another HARD workout.  This one always kicks my butt.

Leg day I do a 300 rep challenge.
The goal with this workout is to do 300 reps as quickly as possible.
25 kettle bell swings with 20 lb weight
25 stiff legged dead lift with 50 lb weight
25 sumo squat knee press with 20 lb weight
25 thrusters
Repeat 3 times.  Try not to take breaks.

Arm day takes about 15 minutes.  It's a 50/10 interval workout, meaning 50 seconds of exercise then a 10 second break.  Set an interval time for this one.
50 seconds of rows with a 45 lb olympic bar then 10 second break
50 seconds of cleans with a 45 lb olympic bar then 10 second break
(Again google these workouts if you don't know what they are...)
50 seconds of push ups then 10 second break
You get the idea...

And my fifth day is a "relaxing" workout like an easy outdoor run (which I rarely get to do these days...) or my favorite yoga video.  

Then I take two rest days!  But if I'm feelin' it I'll do a quick easy workout on rest days.

My goal with all of this is too feel good.  Too feel good inside and look healthy on the outside.  And don't go by the scale people!  If you are eating this way and working out this way you will most likely put on pounds.  Pounds of muscle!  I've gained about 5 pounds since I started working out this way.  But I feel good.  I feel strong.  

This blog may be boring for some, but I hope it inspires you to want to be healthy and get moving!  Life is too short to not feel as good as you possibly can, even when you have imbalanced hormones, and tiny children that don't sleep through the night, and an insanely messy home...

(Don't judge me!)

Find time for you... to eat good and get a good workout in!