January 2019 Whole 30

Hell Week. I mean month. Here we go, the reset. The fun part this time around, trying to make it work for three people, one who is on a restricted FODMAPS diet and has POTS symptoms. To be perfectly honest, as my daughter has pointed out, she has kept to mostly healthy snacks since arriving. The downside - she's already lost weight which means there will be clothes shopping in our future.

I'll be updating this post throughout the month as I do my weekly menu planning.  I started prepping my mind and body the last week in December and I am already in the KILL ALL THE THINGS phase along with "Let's go back to the gym," and now there's a storm, so my hips and shoulders really hate me, plus being over 40 and female ... so yeah, I'm going to be a little grumpy and all of my energy will be used to be civil to people. Please don't expect nice.

When can I go back to eating chocolate???????

Week 1: Jan 1-5Tuesday: Paleo Butter Chicken
Paleo Butter Chicken

My da…

Morning Attempt at 5K

I used to be able to walk a 5K every morning in 45 minutes when I lived in NoHo, played Ingress, and was maintaining my weight between 160-170lbs (ish). After a … conversation over the weekend and much nagging, I have been taking Pluto out with me. Zoe doesn’t do cold and she doesn’t walk as fast as she did 3-5 years ago.

Monday: I was determined to find a 5K route that would also be a bit of a workout and avoid traffic. I opted to up the difficulty and go for elevation and a new route instead of lapping around the block 3 or 4 times. We went up to Peter’s Hill and I got a gorgeous view of the sun hitting the city. Google did the auto pano thing, so that worked out.

Tuesday: Ugh. Just ugh. Woke up later than usual, decided to take Pluto for a 20-30 minute walk instead of going the distance. Google Fit says my morning walk was 32 minutes and 1.35 miles. Jiminy cricket. I am so freaking slow.

Wednesday: No dice. Was still sore and exhausted from the evening at Fenway.

I didn't even …

Menu plan Monday: Keep It Going

Well, color me surprised. An impression was made after doing the 3-Day Refresh. We feel a bit lighter and our brains aren't in total revolt anymore. We planned some of the meals out on the train yesterday, now I just need to go grocery shopping or have someone do it for me.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Stir-fry - of the dinner meals from last week, H found this one to be the most flavorful and relatively filling.
Veggie Stir-Fry (serves 1)
Chop 1 clove of garlic, ½ inch of ginger, 1 cup of green beans, 2½ large carrots (reserve the other half carrot), and 1½ red bell peppers.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the garlic and ginger. Stir frequently for 1–2 minutes.
Add green beans, carrots, bell peppers, ¼ tsp. sea salt, and 2 Tbsp. vegetable broth.
Cook for 5–7 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
Set aside to cool for 20 minutes, then divide evenly between 2 food storage containers.Tuesday: One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Shrimp - (via Epicurious) I'll be subbi…

42 by 43

Can I lose 42lbs by the time I'm 43? 

The weight has kept creeping up on me, despite weight training. At one point I hit my almost interim goal weight and decided to be happy between 165lbs and 170lbs, allowing for water weight and the monthly ups and downs that come from being a woman, but then the creep started and never stopped.

When I started weight training last September, I told myself, and my trainer, that I could be happy at 180lbs if the majority of it was muscle. In 9 months of consistent work, I never got below 192lbs.

I definitely got stronger, increased stamina, and my back pain went away almost completely, so I was very happy about that, but the Costco-sized muffin top and backfat rolls were not going anywhere.

I've gained a few pounds since I stopped going to the gym regularly, thankfully not as much as I predicted.

This week I'm going to hopefully jumpstart things with some clean eating and the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh. We have an agreement that I can eat the…

What’s wrong with being a do-er?

I’m coming to the point where I tell myself, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Being a do-er means that shit gets done. And I get things done.

I’ve had this rant rattling around in my head for almost two weeks. The biggest critique that they came up with is that I am do-er and not an achiever. And that’s apparently a bad thing. Who the FRAK else is going to get shit done?!? You need do-ers. People who are conscientious and hard-workers and not just out for their own ambition and climbing over and on the backs of others. People that make things happen in the background so those so-called achievers shine. People with a work ethic and humility and who don’t mind just getting the work done so they can pay their bills and maybe have some mental and physical energy left over for their hobbies.

Where is this rant coming from? I sent my resume into one of those places that is supposed to help you write it better, well, they tell you everything wrong with it so you will pay them to write it and make it bett…