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Goal Check

Why yes, that is a random picture of me and TJ at fitbloggin last year. No, not related to this post at all. Aren't we cute though? ;)
I had a mild freak out this morning when I realized it was the last day of January. How did that happen? This month flew by. It seems like a good time to check in on my 2012 fitness goals and see how I'm doing.



My fitness goals for 2012 are:

  1. Run 3 5ks. 
  2. Run a sub 30 minute 5k. 
  3. Do 1 pull-up and 1 chin-up. 
  4. Workout consistently. 5 days a week. 

What I did
January was a great month for me. I accomplished a lot in several areas of my life, including fitness and these goals. Goal 4, consistency, was my focus. I am happy to report that I worked out 4 or 5 days each week this month. As for goal 2 I did several speed workouts on the treadmill this month. In working towards goal 3 I have been focusing on consistent strength training.


What I did not
I didn't get my 5ks planned for goal 1. Also, I still don't have a pull up bar for goal 3. 


What I plan to do differently in February
First, I will sit down and plan my races. As far as a pull up bar, hubby offered to make me one. This will go on his honey do list for February. Lucky guy. Also, while I did get 4 OR 5 workouts in each week, I really want to have that be 5 workouts every week in February.


Overall I feel like I've made good progress for January. More still needs to be done and I look forward to focusing on those things in February. I've also decided enough is enough with putting off taking updated progress pics of myself. SO, February 14th...no matter what, I will have updated progress pics on here. It'll be my little valentine to myself.


How was your January? What do you hope to do differently for February?


You're Invited To The First... #paleochat

If you follow me on twitter you are likely aware that I'm fond of twitter chats. I am, I admit it. I realize that twitter by nature is meant for 'chatting', so why twitter chats? Well, because it's a specific time and date for people to get together and chat on a specific topic. Otherwise twitter is mostly hit and miss.

Daily Tracking 1/23

I started out the year fully intending to do tracking posts or daily vlogs 3 to 5 days a week. Well, that hasn't happened. It's been more like once a week! I'll be working on that for February.

Yesterday, my eats:
Coffee with 2 tablespoons organic half & half.

I give my kids Diet Coke... what?



What do you think? Do you give your kids Diet Coke?

My Game Plan to KILL That Sub 30 5k in 2012

THIS keeps me motivated to keep at it.
One of my goals for 2012 is a sub 30 minute 5k. I. Will. Get. It. This is the year I make goals and then make plans on how to reach them and then go get them! No wishy washy setting goals and forgetting about them here. This is the year I run a faster 5k.


To reach my sub 30 minute goal I need to shave roughly 3 minutes off of my 5k time. Now that may sound like a lot to more advanced runners, but I'm still very much in the improving stages of running. While I have ran for about 5 years now, injury (my hip) has periodically taken me out and consistency has been my struggle. The last time I set out to best my 5k time I shaved off 6 minutes!

Review: Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Strengthen & Condition


From the back of the DVD:
Brooke Burke, TV star, entrepreneur, author and 40-year-old mother of four, will help you strengthen and condition your muscles efficiently. Celebrity trainer Greg Joujon-Rouche joins Brooke in helping you transform your body and reach your goals by leading a challenging and dynamic workout that exercises every muscle. In this fun calorie burning workout, Brooke and Greg target three main muscle groups - the upper body, the core and the lower body - leading the way toward a stronger, healthier and happier you!

As I say in the video above, I really love this workout. I love that it's so positive, encouraging, and even FUN. The abs/core portion is amazing (and my favorite part). I enjoy the instructors and definitely feel like I've gotten a great workout at the end. Happily give it 4.5 stars and recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received this DVD for review from the PR company. I receive no compensation and as ALWAYS thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

A Little Sunday Fun



Some of my fitness blogger friends...and me ;)

Daily Tracking 1/10/12

First things first of course. I had two cups of coffee with real cream.

Review: Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Tone & Tighten


One thing I hope to do a lot of in 2012 is branch out and try new things. I want to shake things up! New workouts, new trainers, get out of my rut of going to the same trainers, same workouts, same DVDs all of the time. So when I saw Brooke Burke was coming out with workout DVDs I immediately reached out to the PR company.

Polyvore Fitness Fashion

I have a new obsession. Polyvore. I am in love with creating  fitness fashion sets! Thought I'd share a few:

Pink/Gray Run


Top
lululemon.com

Nike activewear
$38 - nike.com

Nike activewear
$48 - nike.com

Thorlo white socks
$15 - nordstrom.com

NIKE running shoes
$100 - nike.com

Planning For Success Part 2

In my planning for success video I mentioned my prep work. This video shows the food prep work I did last Sunday. Thought I'd break it into it's own video since part one was so long.
I forgot to show the paleo mayo I made while the egg quiches were baking. You can find most of these recipes under my Recipes tab.  


I know that it looks like a lot, but honestly it takes an hour, maybe a little more and it makes my entire week go better. My kids and I have good healthy snack options and my breakfast and lunch can be grab and go on days when I need it.


Do you do any food prep to help streamline your week?

Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

This is an easy go-to lunch recipe for me. I generally boil chicken breasts ahead on Sundays, so I can just grab and make. Sometimes I double or triple it for my family, but I'll give you the single serving recipe.
with apples
Easy Paleo Chicken Salad
1 Chicken breast
1 Tblsp perfect paleo mayo
1/2 to 1 Tblsp minced onions (I usually just eyeball this) Use whatever onion you have
6 to 8 grapes (or it's equally good with 1/2 an apple or some celery) chopped
with celery
That's it. So. Easy. My paleo mayo recipe is already seasoned so I don't add anything else. 

Enjoy!

Perfect Paleo Mayo Recipe

The Best Paleo - Whole30 Mayo Recipe

OK, well, I think it's the perfect paleo/primal mayo recipe! I've tried many and they were really good...but not quite right to my tastebuds. I've played around with my recipe and this latest attempt is my favorite. It's super easy and takes no time to make.


Perfect Paleo Mayo

Ingredients


1 pasteurized egg
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 cup light olive oil (not extra virgin, just light tasting) OR walnut oil


Directions


Put the egg, lemon juice, mustard, sea salt and white pepper in your blender and blend well. Then take the little peep hole top off your blender and slowly drizzle in your oil while blending. I just did this on low. Keep refrigerated. Also, be aware that it won't last forever in your refrigerator like store bought (preservative loaded) mayo. I usually just make what my family of 5 can use in a week.


Why do I make my own mayo? Well, most brands are made with soybean oil first. And second, have you read the back of a mayo bottle?


This recipe goes great in my easy paleo chicken salad. Some may be shocked I use a full fat mayo. But I do. Homemade with good healthy fats. It's all about portion control.


Enjoy!

Also check out my Easy Paleo Mayo Recipe.



Daily Vlog For 1/5/12


Yesterday's ramble ;)

I'll be back later to post some recipes I've promised lately.

Happy, happy Friday!

Daily Tracking 1/4/12

Well, hubby left for Wyoming and my littlest is still sick. He has been camped out in the living room for two days...which happens to be where I workout. I could have figured something out, but I didn't. Not beating myself up, moving on to make better choices the rest of the week.

Paleo FAQs

I've had a lot of questions lately about paleo. Via twitter, facebook, email... I'm surprised and flattered that people think of me to ask. I guess with the time of year and the growing popularity of paleo, a lot of people are interested. I thought I'd do a post and try to answer some of them in one shot. I'm no expert, and there's far more qualified people, but you've asked so I'm offering my thoughts.



What the heck is paleo?
Basically paleo is no grains (yep none), no sugar (OK, I occasionally do stevia and honey in splurge recipes), no artificial sweeteners, no soy, no trans-fats, and no legumes (and for some no dairy). I would call it a whole foods, anti processed foods diet. Feel free to add in the comments if I've missed something.


What DO you eat on paleo?
Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, some nuts, seeds, eggs, and fats like coconut oil and olive oil. I try for the highest quality possible: organic, wild caught, local etc. But if budget restricts I just do the best I can. I am lucky enough to have my own chickens for eggs and our own grass fed beef. Some folks take it to the extreme and only eat in season, local, wild etc. I do the best I can. Now many paleo folks don't do any dairy, but I eat grass-fed organic butter and cream as well as occasionally whey protein. I also do some 85-90% dark chocolate and red wine, medicinally of course. If you want more detail you can check out my you tube channel. I have lots of daily vlogs showing my meals.

What paleo books do you recommend?
If you're into ebooks, this.

If you prefer an actual hold in your hand book (like me) this.
As far as cookbooks I like:


and

Is there a specific workout philosophy with paleo?
This varies by who you ask I think. I stick to what I like. If you read Robb Wolf's or Sarah Fragoso's books they'll make suggestions.

Are you into crossfit?
No, never tried it. No reason really, just haven't.

Why did you go paleo?
This answer could take volumes! Mostly it is best for my husband who has narcolepsy. Also, I had read a ton of books and just decided to try it. After 30 days I felt fanfriggintastic and knew it was the best choice for me.

Don't you feel deprived eating paleo?
Not. At. All. As I've said before I feel great. My urge to binge eat has vanished. I have more energy. I honestly feel better than I have in my life. A bagel is NOT worth giving that up.

What is the difference between paleo and primal?
I get this one a lot! My take on it is that primal is: higher fat, more lax on dairy, and has a slightly different (and more defined) fitness philosophy. PLEASE comment below if I've forgotten something. I really get this question a ton since I've tried both.

How do you have the energy to workout eating low carb? OR Aren't you not getting enough carbs?
While I do eat lower carb, paleo does not have to be low carb. Fruits are carbs. Vegetables are carbs. Nuts and seeds have carbs. Sweet potatoes are a great source of carbs! You get my point. Paleo does not neccessarily=low carb. Some days I have more carbs than others. I never struggle with having enough energy to workout.

Is paleo gluten free?
Yes.

Is coffee OK on paleo?
Well, to be honest I have no idea. But coffee is one thing I'm not willing to give up.

Those are my thoughts. I will never be the one to get on my soap box and preach to you about doing things my way. If you want to try paleo, great. If you don't, great. Do what works for you. But I've had questions and just wanted to answer them.

Any other questions I missed?


Here's a post I did with videos on paleo and primal if you want more (from those more qualified).

Daily Vlog For 1/2/12


Here is my daily vlog from yesterday (Monday). Answered some questions on motivation and tracked my daily food/exercise. I may or may not get one done for today (1-3). My 6 year old has a cough. We rarely get sick around here and I hate it when my kids are sick! Anyone have good recipes for natural cough remedies??

Things I'm Loving Right Now -- December



My December obsessions:

Planning For Success


Just a little video on planning ahead and how much it helps me. I'll be back later in the week with the video showing the prep work I did this week. I yammered on too long in this one to include both....