Still Alive

WOAH! WHERE HAVE I BEEN? Three days without posting! tisk tisk

As an apology here is a quick recipe for an AMAAAAAZZZZINNGGGG nectarine compote I made the other day. MMmmmmmmMmm 🙂 PUT THIS ON YOUR PROTEIN PANCAKES!

Ingredients:

  • 3 nectarines
  • 1 tsp of truvia sweetener (or whatever kind of sweetener you want)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method: Boil down until mushy. Put on everything you want to be delicious.
Anyway, I’m here, I’m alive and I’m well (well not really, I’ve actually been sick … meh). Food log and diet had been really good, until I got my period and decided I should eat all the ice cream in the grocery store. So… for the first time since I started my 10 week challenge… no gold star on my calendar. I mean… I didn’t go too crazy so there is a possibility that I stayed below my calories, but I kinda doubt it since I wasn’t counting. Whatever. Back on the boat. 2 “bad” days out of 30 isn’t bad!

In other dietary discipline news. I have been sober for over 90 days. Nearly 100 WOAHHHH WHAT THE FUCK?! Never thought this would happen. Very proud of myself.

In training news, my back off week was good, but my lower back is still KILLING ME. I’m taking this as a sign from God that I shouldn’t be training on a linear progression and I’m going back on the CUBE Method which was working for me before. I realize my programming ADD is out of control right now, but oh well. I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do to figure out what works and what doesn’t. My back seemed to bother me on the CUBE and I was making progress, so I’m going to go back to that. I just can’t deal with feeling like I’m going to get injured every time I get under the bar. ::sigh::

Hurt back aside though, my training was fun yesterday. I just fucked around and  finished off my back off week with some push presses (which I PR’d at 100#s) My arms are still stupidly weak, but it’s nice to know I can get 100#s over my head officially. Back to never doing that ever 😉

 

 

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Pico De Gallo Recipe

I usually make this pico de gallo every few days, store in the fridge and add to EVERYTHING I eat. Egg tacos, chicken, beef, fish, rice, quinoa, salads seriously… EVERYTHING. I love it and it’s a major staple in my house. Now that I’m watching calories, I love it even more because it’s a giant flavor boost to simple dishes, is low in calories and high in vitamins. Lots of bang for your buck! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp diced red bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp diced green bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp diced garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • squish of lime

Method
Chop it up & Mix it up man! Easy as pie.

Week 1 Day 1 – 10 week cut

Training Log

Running – 1 mile:
Today is Day 1 of my fat cut. I’m excited! So excited in fact that I went out on a run this morning with my dog… Just for fun! WOAH! (if you don’t know, I typically loath running and will find any excuse NOT to do it… so this kinda a big deal). I tracked the run when I got back and it was exactly 1 mile – which is kinda exciting. I might do this run as a regular thing and see how I can progress on it over the next 10 weeks.

1 mile run review: Not that hard. Didn’t take that long. Dog loved it. Will run again 😉

Then…
3/4 mile Ruck – 6 bricks in my backpack. Harder than expected! Gonna be a little sore in the traps from this I think. Might need to get a better backpack so I can support the weight on my hips rather than my back.

Food Log 7/21/13

Total Calories – 1700 calories
Total Protein – 190g

Gold Star

Breakfast: 
2 egg tacos – 375 Calories

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pico de gallo (see recipe above)

Turns out the corn tortillas I bought at the grocery store have 50 more calories per serving than the ones I usually get. So, this was a little higher in calories than expected. I made it up in my other meals.

Snack: 
1 apricot – 25 calories

Lunch:

Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 1.27.43 PM Chicken, Quinoa Salad & Cottage Cheese – 500 calories

  • 150g chicken breast (boiled in adobo spices)
  • 150g quinoa salad
    • 100g cooked quinoa
    • 25g chick peas
    • 25g veggies – cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes
    • salt & pepper
  • 100g Cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp pico de gallo

Snack:
6oz Greek Yogurt & 1/2 cup Blueberries – 150 Calories

Dinner:
Same as lunch: Chicken, Quinoa Salad & Cottage Cheese – 500 calories

Snack:
6oz Greek Yogurt & 1/2 cup Blueberries – 150 Calories

A Little Tuna Salad Action

tunasalad2(Canned food can be healthy too)

I’ve been feeling like all I do is spend money on food lately so I thought I’d dedicate myself to day in the kitchen making the most of the cheap food I already have in my fridge and cabinets. An old favorite suggested it’self to me while I was looking through the cupbords … Tuna Salad. I don’t know why I always want to eat out, there is so much good food I could enjoy at home. This meal rocked and honestly cost about $3 (which is about $15 less than what I’ve been finding myself spending on lunch every damn day lately). Also, I really can’t beat the “no carbs 50 grams of protein” thing we’ve got going on here, while working on cutting weight. PRETTY GOOD!

Ingredients:

Serves 2-4 people depending on hunger/weight-lifting status. 

  • 2 cans Solid Albacore Tuna
  • 1/2 can of baby artichoke hearts
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp mayo (home made if you want, but I was feeling lazy and went for the Hellman’s today)
  • 1 tbsp peruvian lime olive oil (some fancy shit here)
  • 1 tbsp white peach vinegar (also fancy)
  • 1 wedge of lemon, squeezed.

Method:
Mix it up. BAM!

Serve with sliced cucumbers or on a salad.

4/6/13 – Food Log

Morning Weight: 151.8# This is my lowest since June/July of last year when I started focusing on putting on muscle 🙂 Happy to see I still know how to lose weight if I really want to. The past two weeks have been really successful and I am super excited to check in on my progress updates tomorrow. 
Sleep:
8 hours

Breakfast:

  • 2 eggs scrambled with:
    • 1 slice chopped bacon
    • 1 tbsp chopped onions
    • 1/4 cup chopped shitakii mushrooms
  • Coffee w/ cream
  • 32 oz water

Lunch:

  • The very plate of food you see photographed above ^^
  • 2 pieces of beef jerky (this was a snack earlier in the day, but it’s getting logged as lunch)
  • 32 oz water

Dinner:

  • Not sure yet, but I’m thinking a big fat steak out on the grill (which I scrubbed clean earlier today while it was sunny! YAY SPRING!) 

Pate with Pickles & Pears

Yes, beef liver pate’ is an acquired taste and not everyone likes it, but I do! So if you do, or if you just feel like trying it here’s how I make mine 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1lb beef liver
  • 1/2 stick of butter or bacon fat
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Fresh rosemary.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.

Method:
Saute all the ingredients until the liver is cooked through. Throw it in a food processor and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more fat.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, and baby gherkins!