Jerky and Lycra Has Moved!

17 Oct

At the beginning of this month, I began the process of moving over to my own domain – jerkyandlycra.com! Apparently, it took much more time than anticipated and I wasn’t able to link my readers to the new site.

So, if you were following me and still want to, you can now find me here: www.jerkyandlycra.com.

Thanks for following and I hope to see you on the new site!

Cleanse Weekend Recap

1 Oct

This weekend was A-mazing. Relaxing, reviving and very productive. My cleanse went really well and I am feeling like a million bucks today. Winning!

With the exception of Sunday night (I had some deli ham), I ate no meat this weekend. Just tons of veggies, fruit, protein powder shakes and beans. I included some liver and kidney detox tea that I found, which was surprisingly delicious, and took it nice and easy.

Here is a snapshot of my cleanse items:

I also finished my book on overeating which I found really insightful on how the meat industry prepares food for restaurants (hint: it’s disgusting) and got some good tips on portion control and how to slay the evil sugar dragon.

Also had a nice trip to REI, Michael’s, Target and Marshalls, took two baths, cleaned my apartment, did a mani/pedi, took a nap (first time in months!) and taught my first day of Sunday school.

The lesson for Sunday was on respect and the best comment all day was from Aaron, my favorite out-of-control 6-yr-old. I asked him to think of a time he didn’t show respect, his response: “I guess when I slapped this 17-yr-old girl on the ass”. How do you not laugh at that? Kids are priceless, and crude – where do they learn these things?

Today’s workout: Hips, Arms & Arms w/ jump rope circuit

3 rounds, 25 reps each – 1 minute jump roping between each exercise

  • clamshell leg extensions (banded – 25 reps on each side = 1 round)
  • bridges (banded)
  • lateral leg raises (banded – 25 reps on each side = 1 round)
  • bicep curls
  • should press
  • upright back row
  • tricep extension
  • push-ups
  • sit-ups
  • Russian twists
  • side plank (left – 1 min)
  • side plank (right – 1 min)
  • plank (1 min)
  • bicycle crunches

The whole thing took a little less than an hour and got me nice and glistening! Hoping to get out of the office early enough today to make the 5:30 Zumba class. Haven’t tried it yet and am really in the mood to dance!

The countdown is on – 3 more days until the bf is here and our trip to Cannon Beach!

Happy Monday!

What the Hell, Hormones?

28 Sep

I have a huge bone to pick with my hormones, namely that they are out of control. (Apologies to all my male readers for this post, just gotta get it out)

I am going to blame it mostly on lack of quality sleep. I feel that I’ve been getting in and out of bed at the right times, but the quality of my sleep is kinda shitty. I wake up around 3 or 4 every morning and spend the rest of the time tossing and turning. Guess I could title this post “need a new mattress”, might help retain my readership….

Anyway, the main problem is that I am happy and really pleased with the way things are going currently in my life, but my emotions are still all over the place. This is really confusing me! Like this morning, I almost cried when I noticed that the barista made my drink wrong, or yesterday when I almost cried that I my socks didn’t match and then again when I thought about the cool stuff I am going to buy for my sister’s new baby girl (it’s gunna be a girl!!). First world problems, Kim.

Moving on…this morning’s workout included a very brief 15 minute bike ride (was not feelin it), followed up by what was supposed to be 2 rounds of the Filthy 50s WOD, but ended up only being 1 (wasn’t feel that either. Ok, wasn’t feelin much this morning.).

Filthy 50s WOD – 50 reps of each exercise below. 2 rounds for time.

  • box jumps or step-ups
  • med ball deadlift and clean
  • bicep curls
  • sit ups
  • burpees
  • back extensions or supermans
  • Russian twists
  • calf raises or double unders
  • bicycle crunches
  • side leg lifts
  • clam shell leg extensions

I took a CrossFit version and kinda lamed it out with some dancer exercises. Don’t judge – remember the title of this post? :)

Really excited for my chill weekend and getting into my cleanse. Pretty sure this will kick my hormones right back into shape! One the agenda for tonight is a trip to Whole Foods and girls night. Saturday is my yoga, shopping and Face Time movie date with the bf. And Sunday is my first day of teaching 1st grade Sunday school – so excited!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Respecting the Liver and Cleanses

27 Sep

So what I failed to mention in my weekend recap post was the amount of crap that went into my body. From too much alcohol consumped in a 24-hour period, to two fast food meals (can you say sodium?), amazing cookies my friend made, chips, marshmallows and more. Usually, I avoid these things like the plague, but there is something about being on vacation that makes eating this “food” feel so special.

What isn’t special about this is how I feel for the following week. We were active nearly every minute of the trip – running on the beach and finishing a 5 mile run – so it wasn’t that my calorie count was out of control, but the richness and lack of nutrients in my food really did a number on my liver and intestinal system.

My sad little sick liver.

Why am I sharing this? Beside the fact that I have no filter, I think it’s important to remember that making these moments special doesn’t have to mean making your body pay. This will definitely be an eye-opener for me and the next time around I will stick to my regular diet and pick a couple small things to indulge in.

Now for the plan.

It’s thursday now and I am only 2 lbs away from my regular weight. I was 10 lbs heavier when I returned from the weekend trip (I wasn’t kidding about water retention and sodium!) and have been in a world of hurt. Bring on the cleanse!

One thing I need to note is that colon cleanses, flushes, liquid cleanses and the like are stupid, ineffective and mess with your body more. Just want to put that out there.

A cleanse that I do encourage is this: fresh fruits and veggies, lots of water with lemon juice, garlic, fish and protein shakes. Just whole foods that are easy to digest and help give your liver a break from working overtime to keep your system clean. Plus, tons of fiber!

With that being said, here is my cleanse plan for this weekend:

  • fruits and veggies will make up the majority of my meals
  • protein shakes w/ Sun Warrior (getting delivered this weekend!), almond milk, spinach, kale and strawberries – for snacks
  • TONS of water w/ lemon and decaffeinated green tea
  • Chick peas, black beans and sardines w/ garlic for protein (not paleo, but I want all the fiber I can get!)
  • Cut back on coffee (let’s be real, no coffee in my morning routine is just too depressing)

Mmmm, how good does that sound? I’ll also be going to yoga, taking walks and relaxing on my couch reading. I can’t wait!

And lastly, my workout today was a 6:1 run/walk and I ran for a total of 48 minutes, all hills and covered about 6 miles. I felt amazing! I finally got back into that runner’s zone, with Flo blasting in my ears and my legs leading the way. So nice to see this kind of progress!

One week from today I get to be in Cannon Beach!

Happy Thursday!

Things I Love and Pumpkin Muffin Fail

26 Sep

I slept in this morning and it felt glorious! I got a full 8 hours of sleep, then woke up, drank coffee on the couch and checked my email – perfect way to start the day.

Today’s workout: This will include a 6:1 run/walk for an hour, followed by yoga with my favorite yogi, RoseAnne.

I bought two cans of pumpkin puree Monday night and decided that I wanted to make paleo pumpkin muffins. I mixed together a can of pumpkin, 3/4 cup apple sauce, cinnamon and ginger powder, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 cups almond milk. It looked really soupy to me, but I cooked them anyway. That was when I realized that I forgot to add flour….Whoopsies!

They don’t taste too bad, but are more look a formed, semi-cooked mound of pumpkin mush than actual muffins. Ya win some, ya lose some.

Now on to some things that I am currently loving:

  • My Forever 21 denim jacket – I have no idea why, but I feel so all American!
  • Trips with girl friends

  • Yams – had one for breakfast w/ avocado – amazing!
  • Traveling to Arizona to hang with the bf

  • Yoga @ 24 Hour Fitness – shout out to RoseAnne!
  • Crackle – Awesome new App with free movies – met with our Sony reps yesterday and this App is going to be awesome in the next few years
  • My family (pic with my nephew, Westin)

Time to get some work done and get the football tailgating party kicked off at work!

Happy Wednesday!

Wrestling With Recovery

25 Sep

After revising my training log and looking ahead to what’s next on my training schedule, one thing that stands out is a lack of recovery, or rest, days. If there is anything I hate more than going on a super long run, it’s taking a rest day.

What? Why? People think I’m nuts. Probably true.

I’ve always considered rest days as claiming defeat, saying that you’re training plan is too hard for you. When I was big time into CrossFit, I would do 5 back-to-back days in the gym, run on the weekends and sometimes go for a run before or after the WOD. To make things worse, I wasn’t stretching and I was barely taking the time to foam roll, ice or elevate. No wonder I got injured so badly.

What’s the point in working out so hard if you end up injuring yourself and taking 6-9 months off from activity completely?

I read this article from Whole9 this morning and it really struck a chord with me. Other people have the same struggle as I do – they don’t like unscheduled rest days! The bottom line is: I need more rest and recovery. This was the most insightful part of the article for me:

“Improvements in fitness don’t come while you’re training…they come while you are recovering from training.”

Shiz. I got some things to work on. I know that 100% of my injuries have all come from overuse, so adding in proper rest and recovery should be one of the biggest portions of my training plan.

With that said, here is my recovery to-do list:

  • Get more sleep! In bed by 9:30 or 10pm every night
  • Stretch after every workout and before bed or in the morning
  • Use that foam roller!
  • Wear compression socks to bed or after long runs
  • Sleep in on the weekends
  • Learn new ways to cope with work and life stress other than with exercise (this one is HUGE for me)
  • Drink more water and less coffee (tear)

This realization came at the perfect time – I got an email from my previous CrossFit this morning asking me to come back and offering me 50% off if I did. This caused a huge internal struggle. Ultimately, I know I’m too competitive to go back and take it easy on myself. For now, the goal is to enjoy my training plan and let go of all the guilt I associate with taking rest days.

Happy Tuesday!

Weekend Recap

24 Sep

I can’t believe it’s already Monday! This weekend was a blast – so much so that I’m thinking I should have used today as a rest day from work…

One of the highlights of the weekend in Seabrook was getting all the girls up on Saturday morning for a run! I had mentioned an am run Friday night, thinking I’d definitely getting booed, but to my surprise everyone was on board! We ended up running 5 miles and incorporated a lot of hills – it was awesome! Forgot how much I love running with others. Also, my friend Emily and I decided to attempt a 1/2 marathon in under 1:45 – so excited to start training in a couple months!

A few other highlights of the weekend: singing karaoke at a dive bar, playing on the beach, waking up and drinking coffee together while chatting outside, day drinking at a cute little pub and cooking together. And as always, laughing until it hurts. Girls trips are always so refreshing.

Our new friend, “Hillbilly” at the Seagate outside of Moclips, WA. Best shirt ever.

Workout for today: Arms & glutes circuit + jump roping. I barely remember doing this – so tired this morning. 60 minute yoga-lates class tonight and a short bike ride before if I can squeeze it in.

One downfall of the weekend that I didn’t mention – terrible, no good food choices. I think my sodium levels are currently through he roof and I’m not sure if I ate a single vegetable over the last 2 days. It’s always fun to cheat on eating healthy and live in the moment not caring about the calories, but you definitely have to pay for it later.

Here is my get-back-to-it plan:

  • kale and spinach morning smoothies
  • TONS of water
  • fish and veggie dinners
  • 7-8 hrs of sleep each night
  • veggie dominant meals
  • no dairy, breads, sugar or salt

Also, I finished off my loaf of bread this weekend and have decided that I’m better off without it. I have a general feeling of blah and am not feeling as “tight” as I typically do.

Looking forward to getting this cavewoman back in the cave and feeling good!

Happy Monday!

Low Calorie Dark Chocolate Cake

21 Sep

I created this recipe by accident this morning and it turned out to be amazing!

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but it looked a little like this:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsps sugar
  • 4 tbsps Herseys special dark baking cocoa
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or less? idk, I didn’t really measure anything)

Mix everything together and pour into a cake pan. Bake at 350 for 15-30 mins, until a knife comes out clean.

The whole mixture is roughly 900 calories and even has about 28 grams of protein! Cutting into 10 pieces makes for a filling serving size, and it’s only 90 cals per serving! Hot damn!

Friday Thoughts and Girl’s Weekend

21 Sep

Yesterday was supposed to be a rest day, but ended up turning into a 5 mile run – how did that happen? For some reason I had the strong urge to run so I headed out on a 5:1 run/walk and ran for a total of 40 minutes. Felt great. I did get my stretching in too, which felt even better!

I made my first angel food cake last night! I think it turned out pretty well and I bought some red sparkly gel to decorate it with.

I also attempted to make a mousse last night that I saw on Frugal Feeding, but failed miserably and it didn’t set right. So, this morning I added 1.5 cups of rolled oats, some whole wheat flour and a tiny bit of baking soda and cooked it on 350 for 20 mins. It turned out great! It’s a very rich little cake and the whole mixture contains 900 calories, so each slice will be around 90 cals – not too shabby for how good it tastes!

Today’s workout: 35 minute swim circuit. (1 lap freestyle, 1 lap kick board, 1 lap freestlye, 1 lap arms only, repeat). Wasn’t the world’s longest swim, but I wasn’t really feelin’ it and I needed to be int he office a bit earlier today.

Today is finally the day – girl’s weekend starts at 6pm! Have I mentioned how excited I am about this? When my girl friends and I get together we revert back to childhood, except for the drinking, covering ourselves in temporary tats and taking copious amounts of pictures. It’s awesome.

Here are some Friday thoughts:

  1. It’s been 1 week of adding bread into my diet and I don’t like it. I feel bloated and my skin is gross. No more bread.
  2. I need more sleep. 10pm will be my new bedtime.
  3. I haven’t been laughing enough lately – this weekend should fix that
  4. Been taking prenatal vitamins for 1 week now – already notice improvement in hair and yes (winning!)
  5. Day dreaming about hanging out at the beach with the bf is seriously impacting my productivity at work – is it October yet?

Happy Friday!

Rest Day, Boots and Angel Food Cake

20 Sep

I am making my first ever angel food cake tonight! Pretty sure that this is a fairly easy cake to make and after adding some berries and surprise b-day decorations, I’m fairly sure it’s going to be amazing.

Kinda hope mine turns out to be just as big of a hot mess as this one! (Sarah, if you’re reading, I hope you are getting excited!)

In other news, today will most likely be a rest day. Why? Because this girl is wiped. For whatever reason, I have been staying up past 11pm and midnight this week and still waking up at 5:30. I let myself sleep in this morning and have a pretty long to-do list tonight to prep for the weekend. Plus, my foot, knee and hip feel amazing and I want to keep that happy train rollin’!

I finally found my new fall boots! Just ordered these bad boys yesterday:

Dear Target, you are making me go broke. I still love you though. I’m excited to see what these look like in person and am hoping that the dark brown looks good with jeans and won’t clash too much with black pants.

Only one day left until girls weekend in Seabrook! I’m so excited I could puke (symptom of sleep deprivation?) and can’t wait to get on the road tomorrow. I love beaches – hot or cold – and can’t wait to kick back, drink some adult beverages and laugh until my stomach hurts.

Happy Thursday!

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