Paleo, Whole30, Fitness


Green Bean Casserole

Yummy Cider Pork Chops

I am not normally a huge fan of pork chops but these were delicious. The rub and glaze combination was amazing. Since it is already getting colder here I fried these up on my cast iron fry pan.

Overcoming Mental Barriers

Overcoming Mental Barriers

Yesterday, I ran the Ditka Dash 5k. For the first time I got over my mental hurdle of thinking I couldn’t do it, or needed to walk. I didn’t allow others pace to speed me up or slow me down. I just ran the race the best I could at that moment. Doing so I shaved off 2 mins off my finish time last month on this same course.

With this momentum I wanted to challenge myself to go 2 hours run or walking. I went out thinking I was going to walk those two miles. I ended up running most of it. Slow and steady, I had my first long run. I have done one 10k earlier in the season and had to walk the last mile. Basically the longest was a 5 mile run. Today I successfully ran 8.16. I couldn’t be more thrilled. My IT bands started to act up so walked for a good 10 mins in mile 7. To save myself from getting a injury, I would rather walk.

Morning Treat without the Calories

I made one of my fall favorites this morning. I looked a few recipes and made my own pumpkin latte.  I didn’t measure so these are approximate measurements. I normally just add and taste a lot of my recipes.  I drink my coffee black so this was enough flavor for me, to make it sweeter after the whole30 maple syrup can be added to sweeten the drink.

Pumpkin Latte

September 22, 2014
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  • 2 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 6 cups Black Coffee
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • Step 1 I mixed all ingredients before adding in the coffee. This allowed the puree to blend well with the coconut milk and spices.

Apple Sauce & Cider

I love the fall just as much as any one us, but being compliant with fall favorites can be tricky.  I was really craving cider so decided to make up a batch sans sugar. Apple sauce was the nice added bonus.

Food Donation for 100

One of my co-workers has been so inspired by my journey. While in discussion with her, she said we should celebrate my 100 pound weight loss marker. Not being big on a big ordeal, she came up with another idea. She volunteered to donate 100 pounds of food to the local food bank. 100 pounds of food for 100 pounds lost. I have 8 more pounds to go. It is getting harder now but has given me even more motivation. My journey is going to help some one else in need.