Sunday, January 27, 2013

Enough is enough!

Ever feel like you're too accommodating, that you can't just say "no"?  You end up over-burdening yourself, doing things that you really don't want to do (or not at that particular time) and you make time for everyone and everything except yourself. Maybe you're like me and there comes a time when you just have to say "no". Today is that day. I find my sleep schedule disrupted, paleo-to-faleo eating (what was a "cheat" dinner with a friend became 2 which became lunch and then another lunch and then...), eating when I wasn't hungry, and sub-par workouts. 

The cure? 180-degree, cold turkey shift. To. Say. No. The plan?  Whole60 with sugar detox. I was originally going to do Whole40 for Lent (plus sugar detox) but then decided why wait when I can start taking control now? If someone wants to go out to eat, say no. If someone wants to meet up for something and I don't truly want to / have other important things to do instead (e.g. sleep, food prep, workout), say no. Want to slack off at the gym? Say no. Push myself no matter how lazy, tired, stressed, or whatever excuse I'll come up with... same goes for all the extra MetCon aerobic-based workouts where it's easy to go slower. I'm sick of not being able to Rx or even come close to Rx'ing a workout. Sure, some of the olympic weightlifting can be scaled, but why can't I do a single pull-up, dip, or continuous double-unders?  Time to get things back under control. So, tomorrow (Monday Jan 28) is Day 1. Control the flesh before it controls you, no excuses.

My "last supper" before the Whole60 is a lazy paleo version of chicken fajitas (lazy = no marinade or measuring anything) with tomato soup (lazy = canned tomatoes), then hot chocolate for dessert (lazy = pour a mix into hot water... yes I know the mix ain't paleo, but it's the last sweet thing I'll eat in 60 days so shoot me).  Yum!

1 lb chicken tenders (or chicken breast cut into strips)
2 bell peppers (I used 1 green & 1 yellow, but any color will work)
1 yellow onion, sliced
Poultry seasoning (or paprika, onion powder, s&p)
2 tbsp Coconut oil

1. Heat large skillet with coconut oil on medium. Sprinkle chicken with poultry seasoning then cook until done, about 4 minutes a side. Transfer to a plate.
2. While chicken is cooking, slice up your peppers & onion. When chicken is done, toss veggies into skillet and cook until done, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet and sprinkle in a few shakes of cumin & paprika (no need to measure anything - just use your judgment). Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.

15 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
10 oz coconut milk
1/2 c water
2 tsp garlic powder

...Toss everything in a sauce pan and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Easy peasy!  Lazy paleo (including crockpot - more recipes to come) will likely be my cooking mantra from now until... awhile :)


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