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08/11/2012 – LA Wedding Recap

15 Aug

HELLO! I’m so behind on my posts. Let’s just say I fell off the clean eats bandwagon on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I tried to live a little. And guess what…mother nature came for a visit. FINALLY. I wonder if it has anything to do with adding over 200g of carbs back into my diet(that number is a guess), for a couple of days. Let’s just say I’m back on the straight and narrow and more focused than ever. Not happy with how chunky I look, but I think my metabolism is repairing itself right now. I’m definitely getting stronger and gaining muscle, that’s for sure. Just not losing any fat yet, which makes for a thick XFitMama.

Anyways, I started to take pics of what I ate Friday, and then didn’t really remember to take pics the rest of the weekend. I had alcohol, cupcakes(mmmMMMMmmm), tuna melts sandwiches, pancakes, chicken melt sandwiches, late night in-n-out runs(protein style of course), and DIM SUM! I can’t go to LA without dim sum. 🙂 I was craving veggies by the end and got a roasted veggies salad at California Pizza Kitchen. Best salad ever!

Here’s a few pics from the trip.

Family- on our way to West Covina

Enjoying a cassini in Manhattan Beach

Smoked Salmon Salad

Carrot Soup

Hubs and Lil’ Munchkin’ at Manhattan Beach

Garlic Shrimp and Scallop Stir Fry at Monsoon, The Promenade

Thinnest Hamachi Ever!

Friends going to the Wedding

The Wong and Le Clan

Oh, and I got a good workout in on Saturday. I went to a 24 Hour Fitness with a couple of the guys. I had a choice between shopping and working out, and of course I chose the workout. I deadlifted and benched with them, then we went our separate ways. Hmm…maybe because I caused a scene when we deadlifted. LOL. I did dumbell snatches, walking lunches, 500m row, and back extensions. Yes, it was very random, but I didn’t know what else to do. I felt so lost in a globo gym, but it definitely felt good to get a lifting session in. Especially since I had a huge breakfast that morning(omelet, pancakes).

That’s a wrap for the LA trip. Jen asked me to stay strict this week, and I have to. I just gotta follow the plan.

07/20/2012 – Happy 1st Birthday Lil AMRAP

21 Jul

Today is Lil’ AMRAP’s bday!! My baby is 1 and I wish he could stay this age forever. He’s learning so fast and his personality is showing more and more each day. Maybe because he’s the second child, but he picks things up faster and is always attentive, wanting to be involved in everything we do! He’s not walking yet, but give it a month and I think he’ll get there.

We spent the day prepping for the big party tomorrow. I’ve been on my feet for most of the day, so I am beat! Let’s do a quick recap of what I ate.

When I got home from my workout, I made a spinach white egg omelet with veggies, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

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I got hungry at about 1130, but couldn’t eat till 12. I ate some flank steak with cabbage and beans. I’m really not feeling the beans. I used to like it in chili, but it’s been a couple years since I’ve eaten them, and they aren’t appetizing to me. I’m clueless as to how to cook them too, besides a stir fry. Anyways, I ate all the steak and. Abbas. I didn’t finish the beans.

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I was hungry by 130, but was able to hold out until 2:30. I just took whatever protein I had left in the fridge and ate it with sauerkraut and roasted broccoli. I think it was 3 pork meatballs and I drumstick.

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For Lil’ AMRAP’s birthday dinner, we went to The Counter. I was tempted with burgers, sweet potato fries, and ice cream sandwiches!

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Here’s the kids munchin’ away!

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I got the market special which was a 1/3lb halibut salad with grilled asparagus and avocado. Yum!

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Hubs always gets a cheese burger and he never finishes! I could easily finish his half and more!

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While the kids played at the playground, I stopped by Kara’s Cupcake to pick up something for Lil’ AMRAP. You gotta have something to blow in your first bday!

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I spent the rest of the night cleaning, prepping, baking, and rearranging furniture. So pooped! Another long day tomorrow!

07/06/2012 – Good Eats

7 Jul

Here’s a quick recap of our Friday. We decided to go to Fisherman’s Wharf because Lil’ Munchkin’ was feeling a bit better. It was a little cold, but nothing a little walking around couldn’t warm up.

First, I got up early in the morning, and worked on deadlifts. Then I did a quick Kettlebell workout in the garage which consisted of goblet squats, two-handed kettle bell swings, weighted lunges, ab-mat sit-ups, and dynamic squats. 30 reps of each, not timed.

For today’s eat, I didn’t eat some of the stuff that I was suppose to eat because we were traveling. I started off with a egg white spinach omelet, sautéed chard, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

When we got to the city, we ate at Joe’s Crab Shack. I really regret spending money on restaurants now. Yes, I’m a food snob, and this place was eeeeh. My hubby and I got the lobster and snow crab to share.

I had a side salad(without the croutons and cheese) with steamed veggies as well.

Such an average meal…BLEH.

Once we got home, I had some Paleo Stix, and that held me over till dinner.

Dinner was sirloin with veggies, cashews, and 1/4 avocado.

BLEH, and I munched on cranberries again. They are gone, so no more buying them. UGH!

Day 15 od 100 Day Push Up Challenge done.

Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

15 May

After a fun filled weekend with my family and extended family, it’s time to get back to reality. Mother’s Day was celebrated all weekend. The four of us spent the day in the city, and the weather was gorgeous. We stopped by The Ferry Building to walk around and pick up some sausages from 4505 Meats. Those guys are great, and I spent a few minutes talking to Kyle about our CSA. I can’t wait to start getting meats from them. After the market, we took the kids to The San Francisco Zoo. And once again, I was not prepared for the weather change. It was pretty windy and cold there, and I was wearing shorts and a tank top. Luckily my smart hubby brought extra clothes for the kiddies, so they had a fun time looking at all the animals. Here are a few shots from my phone.

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Next we went to Limon SF in the Mission. By far, the best Peruvian place I’ve been to. So so yummy, and you can definitely stay Paleo. Rotiserrie chicken was delicious, and the ceviche was THE BOMB!

Sweet Potato Fries

Sauteed Vegetables: Oh so good!

Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Rotiserrie Chicken

Yucca Fries


Traditional Peruvian Stir Fried Top Sirloin topped with Fries.


On Sunday, I did my usual Campbell Farmer’s Market run and then prepped veggies for the week. We had a Mother’s Day gathering at my sister’s place. The food was BBQ from Blue Rock, and since I fasted all the way up till 1PM, I devoured a whole bunch of ribs and chicken with salad.

And then..I devoured 2 cream puffs from Beard Papas. It all went downhill from there. I was stuffed and uncomfortable. We went home and I took a nap to alleviate the pain of eating too much. I woke up feeling refreshed, and decided to go to Krung Thai. I came home with a bad stomach ache that lasted way into the night. Why do I do this to myself?! The food wasn’t even that great.

Fortunately, I didn’t take any pics on Sunday. I’d rather keep it in the past and not go back to that tummy ache again. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. 🙂

04/22/2012 – Good Eats

23 Apr

Today was a complete rest day, and I woke up still feeling full from all the protein I ate yesterday. Such a pig I tell ya!

Anyways, we had another busy day. We wanted to take the kids to the beach because it was so darn hot. We also wanted to get out of SJ by 10 to beat any traffic, so I had to be quick at the Campbell Farmer’s Market. I picked up veggies to fill our week. I need to stop buying food because our fridge is filled to the rim. I’m not sure how we are going to store 80# of grass fed meat from Morris GrassFed Beef that is suppose to come in June.

Once I got home and dumped all the veggies in the fridge, we headed out to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Unfortunately the weather was freakin’ COLD! We were not prepared for this weather. It was windy and cold, and the kids and I were wearing shorts and t-shirts. I felt bad for coming up with the idea to beat the heat, but we tried to have a good time. I didn’t break my fast until 12ish with a roasted turkey leg. I forgot to take a pic because I was HUNGRY!

Here’s Lil’ Munchkin’ playing skeeball for the first time!

Oh, I had a small bit of the chocolate covered bacon at Marini’s at the Beach. It was okay. I’d rather make this at home with dark chocolate. Not loving milk chocolate anymore.

Once we got home, I quickly got to cooking our dinner. Around Easter time, 4505 Meats had their annual Rabbit CSA. After seeing the NomBomb clan have it last year, I decided to pick one up this year. I know Easter was a few weeks ago, but I was on a strict diet plan, so I couldn’t really eat it then. It was my first time cooking rabbit, and the instructions given were quite simple and easy to follow. Good stuff!!

Loin and Saddle with Pesto Sauce:

Braised Rabbit Shoulder and Leg:

Rabbit Sausage with Romeso Sauce:

Our dinner guests thought everything was delicious! I think we’ll be cooking rabbit more often. Taste just like chicken!

Another day with protein overload. Time to stick with my meal plans for the rest of the week and see how I do. I’m not sure if having a goal and no one to watch over me is going to work. I have no self control when no one is watching. Sigh! The weekends are the hardest too. We’ll see what happens soon enough.

04/08/2012 – Easter Good Eats

9 Apr

Happy Easter everyone! I got up early this morning and did my weigh in! Lost a healthy 1.2 pounds. YAY! I told my nutrition coach and she said I got a “free dinner” tonight. Hmm…free dinner, like 3 course meal?! You know that’s how I’m going to do it! I went back and forth wondering if I wanted a big steak or not. Keep it clean or NOT. Read on and see…

I decided to make some baked ham and eggs for hubby and Lil’ Munchkin’. It was on my “Must Try Recipes” on pinterest, and I thought it was the coolest idea ever! Super easy, and done in minutes.

Hubby like it. It looked super yummy!

By 8:00AM, I had my 6 egg white omelet with 1 slice of Ezekiel bread and 1/2 tblsp of Justin’s Almond Butter. After I scarfed down my breakfast, I was still hungry. BUT, I gotta remember my free dinner. 🙂

I took Lil’ Munchkin’ to Trader Joe’s and the Campbell Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. At TJ’s, I got my chicken breast, ground lean turkey, and milk for the babies. At the farmer’s market, I picked up my Wild Atlantic Salmon and Farmhouse Culture Sauekraut. This was the first time that I didn’t buy much at the farmer’s market, but I still spent quite a lot. LOL. Damn fish is pricey!

I stopped by my parents house to visit for a bit. By the time I got home(11:00AM), I quickly chowed down on my snack. Chicken jerky with some roasted sweet potatoes.

All afternoon while prepping food for the week, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to cheat on. My cousin came over to pick up his cookies and said I needed to go all out.

All out on what though?! I put out a grassed tomahawk rib-eye steak, but it wouldn’t thaw in time to get into the SousVide Supreme. It had to soak for 8 hours. I really wanted to try the steak too. So, I finally made a decision that we would go out to dinner, after the kids did their Easter egg hunt. I scarfed down my Chicken salad while feeding Lil’ Munchkin’ lunch.

We went to my BFF’s house to do the Easter egg hunt. It was cute to see Lil’ Munchkin’ follow my friend’s daughter around. Here’s a couple pics…


This is where I unleashed the sugar demon. First, I started with some Cadbury Mini Eggs. Maybe 15 eggs. ICK!!! Super sweet! I couldn’t stop popping them in my mouth. I had to wash it down with water to get the sugar taste out.

We left my friend’s house to meet up with my cousin at The Counter. Since he was trying to get me to go all out on the cheat, he wanted to be there to witness it. They were hosting a National Grilled Cheese Month, and their sandwich for the week sounded really really good. It was called “The Western”: Tillamook Chedder, American Cheese, Black Forest Ham, Fried Onion Strings, and Sweet BBQ Sauce. I ordered the sandwich without the onion rings, and didn’t really need the sauce. Since I was at a burger joint I wanted red meat too. I knew I would get sick of the cheese real fast. I decided to order off the kids menu and get the mini cheeseburgers. LOL. Yes, I cheeped out and used my kid as an excuse to order from the Kids Menu. Lil’ Munchkin didn’t want any of it, all he wanted were the fries. Here’s what I scarfed down:

YES, I ate all of it. I couldn’t breathe. So much for enjoying and chewing my food. The bread on the grilled cheese was grilled to perfection. The mini cheeseburgers were delicious because they used King’s Hawaiian bread. The fries…YUMMY! But, I didn’t stop there. I went home and chowed down on some cookies and milk.

I went away all weekend not touching the cookies, and I ended up eating maybe 6 or 7. BAD I know. My tummy is not going to like me tomorrow, but it was worth it. I just gotta remember to slow down, and enjoy it. Now, let me feel guilty for 5 minutes and then I’m moving on.

Happy Easter!

April’s Best Your Stress Month

1 Apr

Yesterday, Chris Kresser, one of Paleo’s leading “know-it all’s”, suggested everyone use the month of April to relieve stress. The goal is to find a way to relax and de-stress from all the craziness that goes on in your world. Here is what I am going to do to relieve the stress in my life.

  • Stop using my phone, computer, and iPad, 1 hour before going to bed, and pick up a real book to read.
  • Sign up for a Yoga class, and go at least once a week
  • I need to step away from my computer, from social media, my phone, EVERYTHING!

    I am completely surrounded by hardware everywhere: work, home, going out…EVERYWHERE. It’s too much. So I want to shut it down, and pay more attention to my kids, more to my family, and more attention to myself. I think this little step will help in that process. My reading books have been stacking up. I haven’t finished the Steve Jobs autobiography, and I recently ordered two new books, The Happiness Project and The Hunger Games, which I haven’t even put a dent in. I think replacing electronics with reading is a great way to de-stress from a busy day at work, and will help me physically and mentally. I actually thought about taking a whole Sunday off from electronics instead, but I think that’s a little tough. I already failed this morning. 😉 So baby steps that are do-able is that right way to go for me.

    Next thing I’ll do is yoga! I’ve been thinking about going back to Bikram Yoga for awhile now.

    I did Bikram Yoga in 2008 for 8 months, and I loved it. I want to go back once a week, on Thursdays during lunch. I think this will help me relax during the middle of the workday, and also help with my mobility for CrossFit.

    I think Chris’s article came at a great time for me. I’ve been trying to take too much on at one time, and not paying attention to the important things in life. Want to join me?! Find something that will help you be stress free for the month of April. I’m sure in the end, you’ll thank yourself. 🙂