What a Beautiful Day

Day 1: I stumbled through hello to Paleo.

Yeah….so, it didn’t go quite as planned.

Yesterday I ran 4.2mi in the morning, went to church, and then headed to Downtown DC. Ended up walking about 5mi–it was GORGEOUS outside–and I got home around 6:30….completely wiped. So much for going grocery shopping yesterday. I was asleep by 9.

I woke up this morning with a little drainage. I had made some chicken bone broth about a month ago and threw it in the freezer for occasions like this (no food in the apartment…and feeling slightly “off”). So I took some out of the freezer, grabbed a hard boiled egg I made on Saturday, and headed off to work.

Had my usual meal replacement shake by Advocare in the morning. It’s not paleo, but trust me–I could do a lot worse in my work cafeteria.

Lunch time rolled around, so I grabbed the broth and egg from my office fridge and discovered it was still a block of ice, despite being outside the freezer for 6 hours. Ate the egg, let the broth sit on my desk and went to a Just Dance class.

On the way to class I noticed I was abnormally cold and prayed it wasn’t chills.

Made it through class and went back to my desk. Broth was nearly thawed at that point, so I popped the lid on my ball jar and chugged the broth. Probably should have heated it, but I’m hard core like that.

After work, I picked up my favorite Peruvian chicken. I struggle with acid reflux so I picked up a side of rice (not paleo) and coleslaw (SO not paleo).

Took some sudafed in hopes that would help. Also used my netty pot. So far, my nose has run faster than I did in my 4.2 from yesterday.

And now I’m laying in bed. Waiting for the sun to set so I can go to sleep.

I took out more bone broth and put it in my fridge so it’s good and ready for tomorrow.

Ps, if you’re looking for an excellent recipe for bone broth, try nom nom paleo. I made mine in a crockpot, and it really is delicious.


Wishing, and Hoping, and Thinking, and Praying…

I can’t believe the weekend is nearly done. Where has the time gone?

Yesterday (Saturday), was a pretty lazy day. Well, the first half was, anyway. In the afternoon I went to the grocery store with a list in hand to get the ingredients for some kick-@$$ Paleo burgers with portobello mushrooms for buns. I also picked up all the ingredients for paleo mayo, which in turn helped make paleo ranch dressing, but I didn’t actually make that until today. Thank you to Nom Nom Paleo for putting the recipes in her cookbook. 🙂

But enough about cooking for a moment.

Can I just say, I am stupendously excited to go to the podiatrist tomorrow? That sounds a little ridiculous, I know. But, after being told 3 weeks ago that I was not allowed to do any impact exercises due to tendinitis in my right foot, I am wishing/hoping/thinking/praying that she will give me the go-ahead to start doing light-impact exercises (i.e. ArcTrainer, elliptical, yoga, etc).

Which brings me to another point…if you have a sports-related injury, I cannot even begin to tell you how important it is to see a sports medicine specialist. The podiatrist I’m seeing tomorrow is not the first podiatrist I am seeing for this injury. She is actually a second opinion. The first podiatrist I went and saw I found off of my health provider’s website. After a 3 second evaluation, (no X-rays or even looking at how I stood on my feet) the first podiatrist told me that I probably just bruised a metatarsal, to take it easy for a week or two and I should be fine.

I was still in quite a bit of pain after a week, so at the recommendation of a friend, and urging of my personal trainer, I gave a different office a call (who specializes in sports-related podiatry). I got in to see one of them by the end of the week and this podiatrist said after a very lengthy exam complete with X-rays, walking tests and stand on tip-toes, it was definitely tendinitis. She also said that had I exhibited any more pain that what I was in, she would have put me in a boot to completely immobilize the foot– no questions asked. She also put me on a prescription-strength NSAID for two weeks, told me I could only wear my running shoes–even while roaming around my apartment–and gave me instructions to see her in 3 weeks (tomorrow).

I am so.glad. I went with a second opinion–and a sports medicine podiatrist, at that.

Truth of the matter is, in my gut I knew the first podiatrist really didn’t have a clue. My instincts told me to find a second opinion and I’m glad that a friend had a recommendation on who to see.

I miss running. I miss the endorphins (I really miss the endorphins). I miss the definition in my legs (I can tell my calve muscles have atrophied a little bit. le sigh). I miss pushing myself to the limit that can only be felt with running. And I feel like with every day I’m not running, my goal of the Army 10 miler in October is slipping further and further away. And my 10k in May. Heck, even the 5k I was hoping to do in April. I’m determined to do it. Very determined. But my body needs to allow me to do it.

Here’s to hoping it all goes well!

Everyday Maven’s Paleo Taco Dip

Today was redonkadonk. I spent 5 hours on a teleconference call troubleshooting computer server issues. And that’s all I’m going to say about that, because honestly, it’s 9:34pm and I don’t want to think about it any more tonight.

I was fortunate enough to be able to work out my frustration at the gym tonight. I’m fighting tendinitis in my right foot, so I’m not allowed to do any impact exercises. BOO. I can tell you, though–I.miss.running. I cannot even begin to explain how much I miss it. And on days like today, I REALLY miss it.

To get some cardio in, even though I’m currently not even allowed to use an ArcTrainer, stationary bicycle, or even elliptical, there’s an awesome hand-crank machine. Appears easy, but let me tell you, after 15 minutes you’re feeling the burn. Then my trainer kicked my arse. One full hour of Tabata exercises.

What’s Tabata, you ask?

It’s torture. That’s what it is. It’s torture. 20 seconds of an exercise followed by 10 seconds rest (kinda like HIIT). You do this 8 times. The first, even second and third rounds aren’t too terrible. But by the end, it is sheer willpower that gets you through. My triceps and quads are currently sore. And it’s only been 4 hours since our sesh ended. Yeah…we’ll see if I’m able to move tomorrow….

Anyway, yesterday I wanted to post, but it was so late by the time I had a chance that I didn’t have the energy to physically write.

Yesterday I also used the hand crank machine. For 40 minutes. I have a heart rate monitor to help track my calorie burn when working out…in 45 minutes I burned close to 440 calories and got a max heart rate of 176. Yeah, a little hand crank machine can do that.



So, that means big dinner, right? Definitely big hunger, no doubt. Nom Nom Paleo posted a Facebook post about Everyday Maven’s Paleo Taco Dip earlier in the day and I decided it sounded delicious. So I went to the grocery store, picked up the ingredients and got to cooking.

I don’t have one of those awesome things that you can easily see your layers that looks all fancy, so I improvised and used a glass casserole dish. I learned a couple of things from making this dish:

1). Taco seasoning is super easy to make (EverydayMaven even has a recipe!).

2). Buy enough salsa (or make enough of your own) to spread across your taco meat. If you don’t, it’s perfectly ok to improvise and mix the two ingredients. Not gonna lie, it tastes pretty dang good this way, too.

Salsa and Taco Meat can be Friends!

Salsa and Taco Meat can be Friends!

3). Food Processor = greatest invention ever if you want some of the smoothest, well-blended guacamole you’ve laid eyes on. My avocados were just under perfectly ripe. Mashing with a fork wasn’t going to cut it. I already chopped the onion and cilantro in the processor…why not just add the rest of the ingredients and go? Excellent idea, if you ask me. (insert awesome photo of guacamole–and terribly pun-ny “Guac the Casbah” joke–here when phone finally stops acting silly and syncs to computer).

4). This thing really does taste awesome. It was so worth the hour it took to make it. I added black olives just like the recipe suggested (again, phone won’t allow me to post a proper photo). Plantain Chips definitely add crunch and flavor to it to make it even more awesome.

Meat, Salsa, Guac, and Lettuce

Meat, Salsa, Guac, and Lettuce

5). Quite honestly, I don’t miss the beans. Or the sour cream (or, quite frankly, the calories).

6). It made enough that I was able to share with my roommate…and I now have lunch and dinner for the next 3 days….but I’m actually ok with it because it is so dang tasty.