Holy shit, I like pie!


Paleo Challenge Day 2

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! Another day, another success and I’m super happy though today was challenging because I was having withdrawals from my shitty diet. I did all the right things, but re-training my brain is proving to be difficult and I’m doing my best to not let it ruin my successes. As you can see, I stuck to the plan today. Taking the extra time to plan snacks, lunches, and having plenty of water on hand has helped me not feel hungry. I’m really happy that this time around I’m all in. 

I am going to tell you a secret, though. On my drive home from work tonight, I passed by a ChickFil-A. Chick Fil A is so hard for me to say no to….I adore their tea. I adore their french fries. For a brief, fleeting moment I thought to myself, I could stop there tonight and gorge. No one would ever have to know. I could eat and feel happy and tomorrow pick up where I left off. Who’s it going to hurt?

And then within ten seconds, I shut that thinking off. It’s true, no one else would be hurt by me eating like shit. But *I* would know what I’d done. It seems silly, but I felt such a surge of pride last night when I was able to check the clean box for ALL of my food yesterday. I wanted to have that feeling today…the right way and I got to do it. Soon this will all be a distant memory and my new way of eating will be a habit not a chore. 

In other exciting news, I bought an ab mat and jump rope to work on my double unders and sit ups.  Up tomorrow? Dinner out with the family. Lord help me.

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Day One complete!

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Someone did a GREAT job today. I feel good after an awesome workout at Crossfit and am now settled in watching American Ninja Warrior. I know it’s only day one, but what a difference when you feed your body well. I’m determined to make tomorrow just as awesome. Night!!!


Paleo Challenge-Day One

Day one is here and we’re off to a rip-roaring start! I began my morning with an egg, bacon, spinach cup and plain BLACK coffee. I was surprised the coffee tasted fine without all the of the normal dressings I put on it and even though the breakfast cups were a tad salty, it did the trick. I chased breakfast with a small handful of blueberries and have had a ton of water to drink and flush out my system. I am calling this day a victory because so far I haven’t felt anger or hunger or anything other than happiness. What I am discovering is that you HAVE to be prepared. Not having Paleo foods on hand to eat would definitely fuck you up and make you want to stab someone. I am about to enjoy my chicken and salad for lunch and hope I have a lot of fuel for CF. Stay tuned….


Caveman Diet

So this is happening;

 

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It’s an 8 week challenge to eat Paleo that my Crossfit Box is participating in. Starting Monday, I’ll be keeping track of food, specialty workouts, and measurements. I’m VERY nervous, but I have been in such a rut with my nutrition for a long time and thanks to Crossfit and running I haven’t undone all of the hard work I’ve put in, but I certainly haven’t helped it either. There will be a couple of challenges with this; the first of which will be eating at TomorrowWorld (and EDM festival coming to Atlanta where I’ll be camping for three days) and our family vacation to Disney. (ya’ll know damn good and well I am not saying no to Mickey Bars!!!) 

So I’m asking for good luck wishes and any advice from my fellow predators. Any recipes you love? Any sites that are amazing? Help a siste rout!


That Time I Had My Uterus Lasered

Happy Friday to everyone!

I’m coming to you live from my Tempurpedic Cloud tonight since this old girl is recovering from an outpatient surgery I had today. No worries, it wasn’t anything serious and it was totally elective. I’m blogging about it in the hopes that if a woman is suffering from the condition that I had, you know there’s a way to get help and it can get better.

So what did I have done? I had three procedures today that included the removal of my IUD, an Endometrial Ablation, and a tubal ligation. What does that mean exactly?

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys (ablates) the uterine lining, orendometrium. This procedure is used to treat dysfunctional or abnormal uterine bleeding. Sometimes a lighted viewing instrument (hysteroscope) is used to see inside the uterus. Endometrial ablation can be done by:

  • Laser beam (laser thermal ablation).
  • Heat (thermal ablation), using:
    • Radiofrequency.
    • A balloon filled with saline solution that has been heated to 85�C (185�F)(thermal balloon ablation).
    • Normal saline (heated free fluid).
  • Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode.
  • Freezing.
  • Microwave.

The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.

Tubal Ligation is usually done in conjunction with this since the ablation does not prevent pregnancy. It’s having your tubes tied. 

Let me give you a bit of back story first. When I had Nate I had to choose a birth control method. I’ve not had the best luck with hormonal birth control because it made me nauseous even when I took it exactly as prescribed. Also, I’m kind of an irresponsible jackass that doesn’t remember to take medicines regularly and that kicked the nausea to a whole ‘nother level. All was going well with the IUD until a year ago. My periods began to occur more frequently, last longer, and were super heavy. As time passed, we would get to a three week cycle with a period that would last anywhere from 7-8 days and it would be heavy for six of those days. I talked to my doctor who suggested these procedures, but I was worried about downtime from work, cost, and I wasn’t totally sure we were done with growing our family.

After careful consideration, I decided this was the best decision for me. I am done having kids and truthfully am not a good pregnant or delivery person. Both of my pregnancies and deliveries have been very traumatic and I was tired of dealing with the periods. So, today I went in.

It was such a wonderful experience. The staff at Crescent Surgery were incredible and took great care of me. I was done in a matter of two hours from start to finish and back home by lunchtime. I did get sick when I got home because of my painkillers and not having anything besides animal crackers in my belly. I have been in pain that feels a lot like labor and had a very full, gassy feeling belly, but my meds have taken care of making me more comfortable. The incision area near my belly button is sore if I move a certain way but I credit CrossFit for strengthening my core and making it better than it could be.

The Happy/Crappy in this was that I started my period on Wednesday and usually by this time I am changing about four times a day. After surgery today I have had minimal bleeding and it’s so amazing. 

I’m happy to answer any questions especially if you’re considering this. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

 


I’ve joined a cult….

In our last episode, I tried Crossfit, ran the Peachtree Road Race (and kicked so much ass!) signed up for a long ass race, and damn near shit my pants while running. I’ll get into the Peachtree, but first I’ll tell you about this cult I’ve joined. 

Hi, my name is Julia and I am obsessed with Crossfit. Yep, I’ve become one of “those people.” You know the ones…the folks that are slamming weights, throwing weighted balls at a wall (hehehehe) and love jumping on boxes. Crossfit is like a cult, but with defined muscular arms and tight asses that come from RXing a Tobota WOD. No, I’m not speaking in tongues, this is real lingo used daily at the Box and it’s fucking awesome. 

I’m still running and training for the Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney and trying to find another 10k I can complete to submit for a better time and corral at the Disney race. I’ll have a bit of downtime after Friday due to an outpatient surgery but I should be able to start running next week and should be back to burpees in no time. 

For now I’m going to leave you with some pictures from the Peachtree Road Race!ImageImageImage

 


Hey, YOU! A PSA….

I am blogging for the first time in a couple of weeks because life has been super crazy as usual.I have huge news which I’ll get to in a minute, but first I feel like this is important and want to make this statement. 

Get off your goddamned cell phone when you’re on the road. Seriously…enough is enough. I almost got hit by a car tonight on my run…thankfully I was paying attention, but the person driving was not. She was too busy reading her phone and lighting up. There is no Facebook update, Tweet, or email that is more important than keeping yourself and those around you safe. Put the phones away!!! 

 

OK, rant over. 

On to the exciting news. A couple of weeks ago my friend Julie F. mentioned possibly signing up for the upcoming Princess marathon weekend at Disney. This year, they are having this Glass Slipper challenge. Runners can sign up for this and run a 10k (6.2 miles) on Saturday and then run a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday. I personally though Julie had lost her ever loving mind…until I started reading about it. Seeing pictures….imagining ME crossing that finish line. It’s enough to make me emotional. When I first started my journey at Get In Shape of Women, I told my trainer, Janey that one of my goals was to learn to run. After I started working out and getting healthier, I really wanted to make finishing a half marathon my goal. 

Well, kids I’ve apparently l’ve lost MY mind because this BAMF is going to run 19.3 miles come February 2013. I’ve already started slowly training and it feels awesome. 


News flash!

I wore white pants today and my ass looked AMAZING.

Carry on.


Favorite new workout wear and the strangest thing to happen to me….so far..

Happy Tuesday, ya’ll!

I wanted to share a couple of things I am loving at the moment and sign off with what can only be described as my most embarrassing moment…..today. 

First off, stuff I am loving. This weekend Old Navy had an awesome sale storewide that landed me 30% off all non clearance items. I’d been wanting some new workout clothes so I took full advantage and bought some new compression pants and workout shirts. I absolutely LOVE the compression pants. They fit in all the right places and help hide that unwated muffin top. I also bought some tanks that are super light and absorb sweat pretty well.,Even without the discount these are super affordable. 

Check them out here;

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I experienced something today that’s never ever ever EVER happened to me before. I’d finished my weight training workout (which was BRUTAL today) and went on to do cardio on the treadmill. I plugged in my headphones, set my pace and was off. At about .75 miles something started to feel…….off. I chalked it up to being hungry, and kept pushing on but that nagging feeling just would.not.stop. Just as I crossed 1 mile, the bottom fell out. 

Literally.

I felt like my stomach came out of my ass. 

I stopped because my stomach started hurting and that’s when I knew…I had to get the bathroom. Spoiler Alert: I made it. But BARELY.

 

I guess this is something that happens to runners? 


Wanna walk three miles this weekend?

My hubby never ceases to amaze me. He’s always been supportive of me no matter what I decide I want to do and always helps encourage me and cheer me on when I think I can’t go anymore. Back in April, we did a 5k race called the Vampire 5k. It was tons of fun and most importantly, Steve did the race with me even though he’d just had gall bladder surgery ten days earlier. I didn’t think he’d have the energy or desire to do this much less finish, but it turns out I underestimated him. When it was all said and done he remarked that “anyone can walk a 5k; it should only take an hour to complete one and what did I think of just getting up and doing one sometime soon?

We put that to the test this weekend. I did my normal Saturday morning workout at the gym and came home. I thought we’d try to go later that evening, but we ended up waiting until Sunday morning. We completed 3.41 miles in 1:01:20. Pretty impressive pace for our first go at it and we both felt awesome afterwards. I think this may become a regular rotation in our joint workout schedule. Eventually I want him to start running and he’s interested in C25k. 

Tomorrow is weigh in day at the gym. Hopefully a good one!