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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Still around

3 months primal as of yesterday, and still loving it.
I will update here http://www.tumblr.com/blog/journeytoanewme2011 mostly now, I can't be bothered keeping up 2 blogs.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Still here

Still here and still doing fine. Just can't be bothered posting the same foods all the time.
I am loving Crossfit, and my husband starts going tomorrow as well.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sunday 22nd January

Food:
Sausages and eggs
Watermelon and strawberries
Cabbage and sausage dish (similar to the one with mince)
Smoothie
Pork belly and steamed vegetables.

Probably won't update food everyday as I am sure its getting boring, as its mostly the same but ill see.

Spent all day organising our house, and might go for a bike ride, or ill call this a rest day. Back to Crossfit tomorrow, yay!ds
And my husband is going to start going twice a week too, which is good, he needs to get fitter to keep up with me :p LOL

Friday, 20 January 2012

Saturday 21st January

 Market day today, we got our fruit and veg.
Food for today:
Yoghurt at the market (not me).
Roast chicken and chicken nibbles (spicy for me).
Apples and watermelon
Steak with steamed broccolli and cauliflower.

Our menu is probably going to get boring, as we eat the same things most of the time. Once I find something my boys will eat I tend to stick to it, and not try new things too often, but slowly I will.
Great physio app today too, achilles is pretty good, Ive got some exercises to do for it, and he said I can do a slow jog this week at Crossfit, not sprinting or jumping and go from there. He did lots of work on my back/shoulder area, as I had lots of tension there.

Tonights Crossfit

So my husband came home early for me tonight so I could go to Crossfit again.
It was just me and the trainer tonight, which I was very grateful for as I felt so humilated with my lack of upper body strength :(
Workout was basically halved for me.
It was meant to be:
1.6 km run
30 pullups
30 ring dips
20 pullups
20 ring dips
10 pullups
10 ringdips
1.6 km run
Of course I couldn't do the runs, so I was on the bike for 7 mins in each of the run times and did:
15 pulls ups (rings, as I couldn't do them even with 2 bands :( )
15 ring dips (band assisted)
10 pullups
10 ring dips
10 pullups
10 ring dips

Humilating I tell ya :( At least I can only get better from here on in. It took 22:35

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Friday 20th January

Bike ride tonight.

Food:
Leftover sausages, steak and eggs
Cashews, cucumber, carrots, strawberries and cheese
Chicken nibbles, marinated with ghee, garlic and chilli
Smoothie with cashews, dark choc, coconut butter, ice and milk (go need to shopping tomorrow, we are out of everything!)
Something with beef mince and bacon. Probably patties. I think there is some zucchini left to put in them.

Market day tomorrow YAY!

Thursday 19th January

Opps In my efforts to spend less time on the computer I forgot to update yesterday.

Crossfit was working on our 1 RM (rep max) for Bench press. I got up to 40 kg, and failed twice at 42 kg. Yes it was much lighter than everyone else, but its all good. Its still a PR for me. And I can only get better :D
Prob won't be going tonight, as Friday night is cards night at my husbands work but will ride my bike. My Achilles seems OK, but ill get my physio to come tomorrow and check it out. Its still strapped up and I have not run or jumped on it (well except in between exercises at Crossfit Wed night) and it felt OK.

Food:
Um can't remember LOL

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tonights Workout

I am feeling good now, but in the hour after this I was stuffed!
As usual we did lots of stretching and practice on the technique, and the actual workout was:
15 mins AMRAP (As many reps as possible):
5 x clean and press (i just had the wooden plates on the the olympic bar, so I could get the technique right, but it was still bloody hard).
10 x toes to bar (no-one did this, it was just knees up as high as poss and OMG!)
200 m run (due to my injury I was on the bike).
I managed 5 rounds + 1 clean and press.

And yes I still love Crossfit :D

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Wednesday 18th January

Food:
Left over patties for me *Need to post that recipe too
Pork sausages and eggs for everyone else.
Roasted chicken
Lamb cutlets with broccolli, carrots and cauliflower.
Creamed coconut, bananas, raw cashews, raw carrots and cucumber (for my boys).

Crossfit again tonight woo!
Monday night I took off for a sprint, and thought I strained the back of my ankle, as it hurt a little but was able to continue the rest of the workout.
When I woke on Tuesday morning it was agony to move around. I managed to get an appointment with my physio, turns out I have a slight tear in my Achilles tendon. Bah! He did accupunture, tultrasound and massage, which helped a lot. He has also taped it up and said to leave it like that for a few days. No running or jumping this week (thankfully there is alternatives in Crossfit, so I can still go and do the rest of the workout) Most likely if running is needed ill go on the bike. We just discussed this on Monday for in case my shin splints flare up again. It feels mostly OK today, only a little tender, but am guessing the strapping is helping. I am so annoyed at myself, I can't believe I am hurt again :(

Yum

Monday, 16 January 2012

Tuesday 17th January

Bike ride tonight.

Foods:
Bacon and eggs for everyone else.
Fish curry for me *recipe to follow.
Smoothie with banana, apple, strawberries, cashews, yoghurt and milk.
Beef "burgers" with bacon and salad.

Love it!

Crossfit

Tonights Crossfit

I love Crossfit and I can't stop smiling. Yes its a hard workout, but I feel so good after :D And its going to be a way where I can challenge myself everytime and face up to some fears (like a box jump!)


Warmup was 5 mins with the skipping rope, and then some stretches.
Conditioning:
21,15, and 9 reps
- KB swing (9kg)
- Pushups (Knees)
3:29 was my time, and I wasn't last! :D

Rest 5 mins

Then:
Interval:
- Sprint 1/2 gasser (96m)
- 10 x burpee box jumps (I jumped onto a 20 kg plate, damn box, next time ill get you!!, I got 5, 6 and 6 box jumps, no-one got 10 in the time)
#60 sec work
#60 rest
#5 rounds (I only did 3 rounds, so rested twice as long in between) but I am determined to be doing as much as everyone else, I probably could have, but I think Russ is trying to ease me into it a bit.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Monday 16th January

Crossfit tonight, yay!

Food:
Pork sausages + eggs for everyone else. I love the chunks of pork in these sausages.
Tuna + cucumber and carrot and cheese for my boys
Smoothie with banana, strawberries, coconut oil, cashews and unhomogonised milk.
Chicken drumsticks marinated in bacon fat, lemon juice and garlic. (Hopefully we can get some crispy skin, as previously ive not managed) With steamed cauliflower and broccoli. Early dinner for me, since Crossfit is at 6:30.
Will be a walk with the family and dog after I get back (if its not bloody raining, its meant to be summer here, grrr!).
Day 3 without dairy and coffee, and its not going so bad, although this morning I was thinking I needed a coffee but it passed. Clearly one or both is the enemy for my body, but will experiment later on maybe after 30 days without both.

Can you see a difference?

2 days without dairy and coffee and I feel like ive deflated overall.
Middle pic is 3 days ago.
I think I can see a slight difference.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Todays ride

Runkeeper
Tomorrow night is Crossfit again, I think ill go 3-4 times a week as well as ride my bike. My husband is going to start soon too, but he will probably just go 1-2 times a week.

What we eat

I rarely eat anything from the top of the pyramid currently though. And no dairy at the moment , day 2!

Sunday 15th January

Food for today:
Me: chicken nibbles, very spicy! Bacon and eggs for everyone else
Smoothie with banana, cashews, strawberries, ice and milk (not for me).
Steak and salad.
Salmon fillets and steamed broccolli.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Saturday 14th January

Food for today:
My family had yoghurt at the farmers market and a banana.
I made my garlic mince/cabbage dish, and we have all been eating that today since it was such a huge batch. No-one cares about eating the same meal all day. But I am sure it will get boring so am not going to do this every day. Also we don't have set meal times anymore, not that we really did. I just feed us whenever we need to eat, even if that is at different times.  Also boys have been snacking on raw cashews and strawberries.
Everyone else also had a smoothie with coconut cream, coconut, bananas, strawberries and cashews.

Love Crossfit!!

Its freaking awesome!
Yes its a hard workout, and short, but its tough.

First we did a warm up, box jumps and step ups. Damn box is bloody scary LOL, so ended up doing it on two plates stacked up. I really have to stop being a chicken!
Then did some stretching, Russ is really big on stretching which is awesome, I don't do enough of it. He then went through the squat and deadlift with me to make sure I had good form, and it seems I do, he didn't correct much.
Then the conditioning part which is the main part of the workout. 5 ring pullups, 10 pushups (knees, as I wasn't getting deep enough on my toes) and 10 air squats, 5 rounds, 5:25. It doesn't seem like much, but damn its hard.
Then more stretching.
I love it, and am so excited I finally started :D

14 day challenge

Alright dairy has been creeping in again (in the form of butter in my bulletproof coffee, ghee just wasn't as nice) and I was getting back up to 3 cups a day, which is just getting stupid for many reasons.
I am starting to feel that itch around my belly button again :( And I feel bloated again, after doing nearly a week without dairy, and feeling much better. Argh! Why does coffee have such a hold on me!?!
So my new challenge is no coffee for 14 days. Instead of aiming for 30 like I have done previously and failed, I will start with 14. Yes I know its probably not going to be pretty, but I need to do this for so many reasons.
And I have been going out again too many times this week and bought things like whole chickens and naked burritos from Mad Mex. Yes still somewhat primal, as no grains, but its not cooked at home, and it meant spending money I don't want to spend. I need to get more creative with fun things to do with my boys instead of going to the movies with my boys, we have been 3 times in the last few weeks.
Plus I hate shopping centres!!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Please Donate - Ride to Conquer Cancer

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Friday 13th January

Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs and leftover chicken sausages
Bulletproof coffee for me.
Lunch/Dinner:
Big batch of garlic and onion mince.
Recipe:
Fry some onion and garlic (lots!) in ghee. Add beef mince and cook.  Add grated and peeled zucchini, finely diced cauliflower and heaps of spinach. If it seems a little dry, add more ghee. I will add chilli and lemon juice to mine.

I often make up big batches of a meal I know everyone will eat, and serve it for 2 meals in a row. No-one complains. I really like this dish, you can add whatever you have laying around in the fridge. Shopping for veg tomorrow, so there is nothing exciting, but this will still taste good.

Farmers market in the morning, then Crossfit at 11am, yay, I am so excited!

Bike ride tonight.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Thursday 12th January

Breakfast:
Bulletproof coffee and bacon, plus leftover chicken sausages.
Lunch:
Salmon fried with coconut oil, garlic, chives and salt and pepper. With broccolli.
Dinner:
Pork belly with cauliflower mash (cooked with onion garlic, then pureed). Also some spinach cooked in ghee.

Will be going for a bike ride 20 km ish hopefully once my husband is home, with my cleats eekk! Then my physio is coming for a bit of a tune up, nothing has been super sore though.

Crossfit

I went and checked it out, I didn't participate in everything, as they want you to do an intro class first, (which I am doing 11 am Saturday). But I did some of the 400m runs, and all the stretching with them, but not the weights. I was itching to join in though. Cross fit is so my thing, and I can't wait!
Heavy lifting, HIIT type stuff, what more can I ask for. No mirrors too! I love that at the moment.
Will likely do 2-3 different sessions each week, and even better its very close to where I live, so YAY!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Salmon delivery

Also got our salmon delivery today from Slowly Does It.
2 meals of yummy salmon fresh from the Sydney Fish Markets.

Wednesday 11th January

Breakfast:
Bacon and eggs cooked on the bbq for rest of family.
I had chicken nibbles (I marinated them myself with melted ghee, chilli flakes, garlic and chives), they were sooo good. Also had a bulletproof coffee with ghee.
Lunch:
Max Med naked burrito (Beef, chicken, salsa, lettuce and guacamole, no burrito) The appear to use no nasties, and its all gluten free (well except when you get tacos or nachos etc of course). My boys had a chicken with lettuce, cheese and sour cream on theirs) We were out at the movies, so had lunch out, still not ideal, but we still managed to stay primal. I forgot to ask what oil is used to cook the meat, it says it is slow cooked so maybe none, but will ask next time, but it was a good lunch).
Dinner is sausages and steamed broccolli and cauliflower.
Boys have also had cashews and some watermelon this afternoon.

Tonight will probably be a bike ride, and I will be putting my other pedals on it, I really need to get used to the cleats and stop being such a chicken about it.

If I don't do that ill be going to check out crossfit, yes I know ive been saying that a few times already, and I keep chickening out LOL, but I need to go see it at least.

Tonights bike ride

I am still quite nervous on my new bike, but I do like it, and I managed to go a little faster than last time, even though I was being a chicken LOL
I still have no clue about the gears and stuff, but ill figure it out.
My ride.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Tuesday 10th January

Breakfast:
Boiled eggs and fruit (nothing exciting today, no-one was particularly hungry)
Lunch/Dinner:
Roasted lemon and garlic chicken (huge, which is why its 2 meals) with broccolli and cauliflower.
Once my boys wake up from their nap ill make them a smoothie with banana, strawberries, cashews, coconut oil and milk.

Will be going for a longer ride on my new bike tonight, then a walk (boys on their bikes) with the family.

Went to our butcher this morning who has all the animals straight from the farm to his shop, so no middle man, which makes the prices pretty comparable to the supermarket.  All grass fed, free range, hormone free and organic. They are not supplemented at all, same as the chickens that supply the eggs. We love the sausages from there, they are made with actual meat, and no fillers. Some have herbs and spices depending on the variety.  I got at least 3 weeks worth of meat, our freezer is packed. I spent $358 for around 30 kg of meat, and 2 trays of eggs. That also included 5 kg of nitrate free bacon. I was unsure about eating pork still but we will for now. I got heaps of different cuts of beef, lamb and chicken. I will not need meat till early Feb. Our weekly organic fruit and veg order starts up again this week, so will hardly need to buy anything extra to top up, which means staying away from the shops so YAY, as I hate going there.

Ride to conquer cancer

I am going to be riding 200 km 13-14 October 2012.
Please help raise money to conquer cancer.
Donate!

Monday 9th January

Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs
Lunch:
Delicious sirloin steak + broccolli
Mid afternoon smoothie for my boys - Banana, coconut oil, cashews, milk and ice.
Dinner:
Lamb sausages + cucumber and carrots

Workout for today:
Short bike ride to gym and back on new bike. Felt awkward, but ill get used to it.
Also Squats (65 kg), press (25kg) and deadlifts (65 kg) plus all the warm up sets, too lazy to type out whole workout.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Isn't she pretty?

A 2010 giant Rrp $1299 I got for $850 because it was an older model they had only one left of. More than I was going to spend but I'm happy with what I got.

Sunday 8th January

Breakfast:
Pork and beet root sausages
Lunch:
BBQ meat and salad at a friends house
Plus rest of my family had fruit and yoghurt after
Afternoon snack for boys:
Smoothie with cream, banana, strawberries, milk and cashews.
Dinner:
Garlic and onion mince with zuchinni and cabbage.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Saturday 7th January

Breakfast:
Bulletproof coffee made with ghee, since I am trying dairy free again.
Leftover garlic mince (with zucchini and cabbage)
Lunch:
Picnic while in the Blue Mountains (Roasted chicken, raw carrots and cucumber, raw nuts and strawberries)
Dinner:
Chicken drumsticks (roasted in garlic, lemon and coconut oil) plus salad.

Today we went to the Blue Mountains, it was a nice walk, and was nearly ruined by some nasty woman who didn't want to share space by the creek with us, she kept going on about how her dog bites children.  We ended up going to Scenic World, and catching the train down, and walking for a bit, and then caught the cable car back up. There are much longer walks we can do, which we will do later when we are more prepared. Def looking forward to getting my Bikilas (with a ridged sole) as the smooth sole of my KSOs aren't really suited for bush walks.

Will have another go with my cleats on a bike ride in the morning. I have been looking at new bikes, and this is what I am thinking of getting:
http://www.merida.com.au/2011-bikes/road/road-ride-juliet-series/ride-juliet-91.htm
This is currently on sale at Blackmans cycle for $799

Friday, 6 January 2012

New PRs!

Started mark rippetoes starting strength program today.
Squat: 65kg
Deadlift: 70kg
Chest press: 35kg

this has given me a starting point for the new program, there is a spreadsheet for this so when I enter these weights, it tells me what to do for each set for each session. Looking forward to doing this.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Doh!

Injured already :(
I just bought new pedals for my bike, so can wear the cleats I was using in RPM. I wanted to go for a quick ride just to practice with them, but my 4 year old insisted on coming, and he is new to riding his bike, so was too busy worrying about him, and tried to stop in a hurry, and couldn't get my feet off the pedals fast enough, so I fell over and my shin hit the curb :( Don't think its broken, but it hurts pretty bad so sitting here with ice on it. So frustrating! I should have just gone on my own so I could concentrate.

Thursday 5th January

Breakfast:
Beef and black pepper sausages and eggs
Lunch:
Garlic mince (I might get sick of this soon) with zucchini and cabbage.
Dinner:
Chicken "burgers".

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Chicken bone broth

Todays workout

12, 10 and 8 reps of each (except pullups)

Assisted pullup  - 61 kg, 61 kg, 54 kg (the less weight the better here), I only managed 5 of each set
Flat dumbbell fly - 8 kg each x 3

Bent over lat raise on an incline bench - 4 kg each x 2, 5 kg each
Chest press - 22.5 kg x 2, 25 kg :D

Hammer curls - 7 kg each x 3
Lying dumbbell extension (this sucks big time!) 8 kg x 3

Ballet squat (wide stance) - 20 kg x 3
Barbell lunge - 20 kg x 3

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Wednesday 4th January

Food:
Breakfast:
T-bone steak and salsa (made with tomato, coriander, lemon juice and a splash of olive oil)
Lunch:
A variation of my garlic and cabbage mince, pork this time.
Dinner:
Pork patties (pork mince, grated apple, mustard, onion and grated zuccinni) with sweet potato hash brown "buns" (grated sweet potato and eggs (just use enough eggs till its moist, plus a few herbs and spices and salt and pepper, I used chives and rosemary).
Snack for boys:
Banana and cashew smoothie.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Tuesday 3rd January

Food for today:
Breakfast: Pork and beet root sausages from our awesome butcher.
Snack for boys: Smoothie, with milk, banana, strawberries, almonds and cream.
Lunch: Roast chicken and veg
Dinner: Eggs and spinach
Plus whatever other snacks the boys ask for, most likely raw cashews.

Exercise for today:
None as yet, but will go for a bike ride once the sun starts going down.

Progress


My other challenge for this year

http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/kitchen-organization.html
To have an organised home.
This weeks task is my kitchen. Today ill tackle 1/4 of it.
Here is a before pic:
Will be ditching the microwave too.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Lunch

Photos for today

Breakfast:
Me working out today:

Monday 2nd January - Food

Meals for today:
Breakfast - Bulletproof coffee (just for me) and Lamb cutlets, with wilted spinach, broccolli and caulliflower
Snack after bike ride - Smoothie with banana, milk, cashews, almonds, cream and strawberries (not for me)
Lunch - Pork belly with broccolli and cauliflower (plus carrots for everyone else)
Dinner - Eggs and spinach

Monday 2nd January - Workout

Good work out today.

3 sets 12 reps

Dumbbell one arm row - 12.5 kg x 3
Pushups x 3 (on toes for most, except last few of each set with one knee down)

Dumbbell shoulder press - 6 kg each x 3
Calf raise - 10 kg plate each hand x 3

Dumbbell curl - 6 kg each x 3
Tricep dips x 3 bodyweight

Barbell squat - 40 kg, 50 kg, 60 kg
Stiff legged deadlift - 50 kg, 50 kg, 55 kg

10 km easy slow bike ride with the family - 51 mins.