Crawl, Walk, Run: Time To Reboot

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus. I’m sorry. I was just getting started. I was on a roll and had strangers making comments and suggestions to my blog and that felt awesome. Then my blog entered limbo because that’s where I am in life right now. Actually, I’m in a basement, but that’s part of my limbo until my boyfriend, Joey, and I get to relocate to Austin, TX in late April / May. I’m working crazy hours at a job I don’t care about to help fund our move. I’ve no time or space (or appropriate weather) for photography which is one of my loves. I’ve no energy and motivation for much in the way of health stuffs either at the moment due to said overtime at said job I hate with the exception of eating delicious paleo delivery from Caveman To Go and my crossfit classes at CrossFit South Shore.

OK. Now that I’ve given you some excuses for my absense and led you on to my current state of unhappiness let’s start over. Again. I want this blog to be something of use to people and not just me venting or making excuses for my oh so important and busy life. That was sarcasm. Get used to it. I want this blog to be more: recipes, ideas, CrossFit experiences, and my full story (which is ongoing).

My story is going to be coming to you in a 3-4 part blog post (wouldn’t want to throw a novel at you in the form of one post). Joey, who is super supportive, wrote his own blog post last week called Working On It: An Open Letter to CrossFit South Shore. He got an amazing response from our CrossFit community and I’m happy that he is progressing and realizing things on his own about his body and fitness. He told me that I should write my own story. He even offered to edit it as he is an incredible writer/editor and he also gave me the names of the posts. Think blog title.

In honor of the upcoming announcement of the 2013 Crossfit Games first workout , I give you CrossFit South Shore’s Harlem Shake (I’ve got the KB Swings. Joey’s got the hair):


Officially A Crossfit Member!

So, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written anything. Life = crazy. I learn new things about myself and my body all the time and that’s awesome.  I started out at the end of August eliminating gluten, then dairy and last month started ditching sugar. I’ve had a bit of sugar, dairy and gluten in small doses over the last month and I learned that my body just doesn’t like them. I have gluten to thank for the quarter sized rash on my neck I’m sure and for my psoriasis being worse.

I plan to spend the next week or so getting back to stricter paleo and then it’s time for the final elimination phase of eggs and nightshades. I eat lots of eggs so this will be a challenge.  I’m also going to grab some fermented cod liver oil that Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites recommended in her book, Practical Paleo, for people, like me, with a leaky gut. Basically autoimmune = leaky gut.

Anyway, onto my main excitement as of late, Crossfit! I never thought I’d be into something like this. I’ve tried every workout imaginable and never saw results. Paleo + crossfit = WORKS! I love the group setting and the support everyone gives one another. Love it.

November onramp group at Crossfit South Shore!

I’m third from the right. We finished the foundations classes on Friday night and a bunch of us had our first “real” class on Monday. It was awesome! I loved being able to put some weights onto the bar and see what I could do.  I feel like 63lbs on a front squat was a good place to start for a newbie and I was honestly surprised that I could hold that much weight for a front squat!

Dear Planet Fitness:

I lift things up and put them down. And I like it. A lot.



The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day ??

I’ve been so busy lately.  I woke up this morning and was amazed that it was November 20th already. Time flew. I guess when you take my boring 40 hour per week job and add in crossfit onramp 3x a week at 2 hours a pop and then my holiday influx of photo gigs and I am lucky I have time to make food! That really says something too because I know how important making sure you are eating enough is.

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about eating paleo and was so happy to see her and her mom giving it a try (especially since they both have autoimmune stuffs too). Discovering paleo has done incredible things for me and I love spreading the anti-grain mantra. As Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites says, “Gluten is bad. Bacon is rad.”!  Also, now I see what sugar did.  It kept weight on me no matter what I did exercise wise.  It made my psoriasis worse.  My psoriasis is still there, but it’s a lot less severe since starting the detox. I need to improve that leaky gut!

I’m excited that I haven’t had a single cup of coffee that contained sugar during the detox. I (with the help of my super awesome and supportive boyfriend) refrained from eating any treats at a Friendsgiving I attended. The only cheats I’ve had on the detox is some balsamic vinegar a handful of times. I’m not even sure if it is cheating. I’m assuming so because there is a little bit of sugar in balsamic. The other cheat was I had a pumpkin souffle. It had a very small amount of maple syrup in it.  Considering I went from two cups of coffee with heaping mounds of sugar a day along with stuffing myself with fruit and chocolate chips in the evening to none of the above, I am proud of myself.

Pulled Pork!

I went to Whole Foods over the weekend and picked up a couple of Boston Butts (pork) which are known for making great pulled pork.

I like to play mix and match with the recipes I find and so I remembered LOVING this paleo blueberry maple bbq sauce I read about on PaleOMG. See the link for her original recipe with chicken. Yum. I used the sauce portion of the recipe sans the actual 1 tbsp on BBQ sauce for my boston butt a few weeks ago and it was incredible! I HIGHLY recommend it.

So anyway, this time I chose a pulled pork recipe from Everyday Paleo. I skipped the mushrooms and swapped out the cumin for curry. The 1 tbsp was just enough for a hint of heat without being overpowering, which is very easy to do with curry. So tasty! Yay lunch time 🙂

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Days 14 and 15 (Nov 14th and 15th)

It’s really funny that when I ordered a 3 egg omelette with onion, tomato and spinach and three pieces of bacon on the side I get a response like “Whoa, someone’s sure hungry!”. Yea, moron, I’m a ravenous beast but the guy in front of me that ordered a bagel with a pound of cream cheese is on a diet. You didn’t comment on how hungry he was. Ugh! I’m just crabby because traffic has been more horrendous than usual this week. As if my 45 minute commute didn’t make me want to go on a murderous rampage, this week I’ve been averaging an hour and 15 minutes each way. Oh, joy!

I decided to test out cheese again. I knew from a month ago when I ate a lot of cheese during a wine tasting that cheese was no bueno for me, but I wasn’t sure if it was the cheese itself or the overabundance that I had that day. I had a greek salad yesterday with a little feta. I CAN NOT tolerate cheese. The end. Goodbye cheese. Sayonara.

On a happier note, I was so happy to try my skinny jeans on last night.  I bought them a few years ago when I was 134 pounds and since then I had made a slow and steady increase to 145 pounds. I’m happy to say I am back down to 136 and not only can I button them, but there’s essentially no muffin top. Hurray! Or as Joey and Nicholas Brendon would say, Huzzah!

Here and there, when I feel there may be some relevent information, I listen to the Balanced Bites Podcast. One submission, titled Vampire Hands, spoke to me on account of my Reynaud’s. I’ve also listened to relevent podcasts regarding probiotics, autoimmune (in general) and psoriasis. They all keep coming back around to that leaky gut! I think the 21DSD is a step in the right direction. I’m also going to pick up my grossly over-used copy of Practical Paleo and re-read the section on autoimmune. After the big turkey day, I am going to keep up with the anti-sugar regime and add to it so that eggs or nightshades will be out as well. I’m also going to look into a few of their recommendations for supplements such as fermented cod liver oil (doesn’t that sound delicious?!) and L-Glutamine (an amino acid that helps repair leaky gut).

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day 13 (Nov. 13th)

Losing weight is awesome. It’s even more awesome because I was always that person that could work out 5 days a week and not drop a pound OR I could sit on a couch for months and not gain any either. It was all the damn sugar! Down another .4 lbs this morning. I know you’re not supposed to weigh yourself everyday, but it’s like opening a present every morning to see that weight a little lower and a little lower!

My psoriasis feels a little bit better today as well so I will take that with a grain of salt and hope that in a week or so I will be able to say it is definitively better!

Yay Paleo! Yay Crossfit! Yay Kombucha! Boo Sugar!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day 12 (Nov. 12th)

I lost another couple of pounds! That means in 12 days I’ve lost 3.6 lbs! I’m down to 136.2 now. I’m very happy because anyone that knows me knows how horrible those last 5-15 are for me (and how I fluctuate). All it took was ditching the sugar starting crossfit (and possibly the kombucha had something to do with it).

I’m proof that it doesn’t matter how well you eat, a little extra sugar can keep those pounds on!

I’m loving crossfit. I love that feeling of pushing myself because if everyone else can do the workout, so can I.  I wish my hands weren’t so nice and smooth though as it make holding onto bars hurt like f&*^!!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Days 9, 10, and 11

I realize this blog has been a little sparse. Between starting crossfit and my weekend photography gigs, I’ve been a tad busy.

That being said, Saturday was a long day of shooting. Afterwards my boyfriend, Joey, and I went to a restaurant to eat before going food shopping. Was my meal 21DSD friendly? Not really, but I’m still proud of myself for ordering healthy and staying clear of their delicious garlic bread with olive oil. I ordered an arugala gorgonzala salad with balsalmic vinegarette and added sirloin to it for protein. I also allowed myself a couple of sips of the world’s most incredible pumpkin spiced beer. :/

I’m not disappointed in myself for those choices because for me this isn’t about eliminating sugar for 21 days it’s about doing it long term but knowing that a day here or there that isn’t nutritionally perfect is OK.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day 8 (Nov 8th)

Kombucha is delicious! Seriously, it’s like sprite and ginger ale made love. I tried GT’s Gingerade variety.  If I need to drink 8 oz a day for my leaky gut to heal I’m way more OK with that than I am about eating the homemade kraut. It’s texture makes me want to gag.

Nothing else new to report.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day 7 (Nov 7th)

Nothing drastically different today. So far, other than dropping a pound or two I haven’t noticed any immediate health improvements but I also realize that it’s only been a week…

I have noticed that I am more emotional than normal. No, it’s not that time of the month. I’ve cried over various stressers like once every other day. :/ I’m not usually that stressed or emotional…

I’m noticing that my sugar detox has caused some, well, constipation. There, I did it. I brought up poop. I also know that I’ve stopped drinking coffee and I know that caffeine has been a help sometimes in that arena.  I’m going to buy some of GT’s Kombucha tonight after work and see if that helps as I’ve heard it has probiotic properties.  I starting taking a home made fermented cabbage probiotic and it’s not the taste that has me gagging so much as the texture so I need some other way of taking probiotics. I’d like to resort to pill form as a last method.