High Five Friday: 90%

HIGH FIVE for squatting 90% of my weight on my first day back to CrossFit in 2 weeks!

I also got some bruises again.

Then life got in the way and I didn’t work out for two days in a row.

It’s a difficult process for me mentally though – my body feels a little thicker… and I’m not sure if it’s muscle or flab. I have eaten more carbs in the form of grains this week than previous weeks too.

Paleo pumpkin pancakes with Enjoy Life chocolate chunks
Peanut butter pumpkin cake for one with peanut flour, which isn’t allowed on Paleo

Either way, I’m keeping in mind that I’m living life happily and healthfully. I’ll trust myself and my body in what it does.

High Five for a new hair cut

I had work and class on Wednesday. There’s a 30 minutes for “dinner” and a 10 minute break, but I’m still “in class.”

On Thursday, the students had a fun salsa and guacamole competition during lunch and I stayed after school, until 7:30, to volunteer to judge a World Fair. HIGH FIVE for getting involved and marketing myself.

The students had booths set up in the gym and presented everything from food, dance, geography, history, and more. I judged “geography” and had a fantastic time seeing the products they created.

I do wish my students could participate, especially since I think they’re capable.

On the bright side, now that the year is winding down and I’ve done many of my lesson plans and meetings, I don’t have to get to work as early.

Temporary digs at work

So I really should be going to CrossFit at 6 A.M. and thanks to some melatonin, I did.

The ladies at CrossFit are kicking off a squat challenge

 We also celebrated a special birthday for one of the most helpful, sweet students.

HIGH FIVE to our tight knit community of students!

As the year winds down, I’m not excited. Not in the least. I love having my own class even if it’s temporary. 😦

WIAW: Gimme carbs

My greatest feat ever: oversleeping till 8 A.M., getting ready in 5 minutes, and being at work by 8:15 A.M. That’s talent.

This weekend was full of drinks and eats. I limited myself to drinking on Friday and slept a lot to recover from Blend and a crazy work week. All that uninterrupted sleep made me forget that I had to wake up for work!

Okay, onto What I Ate Wednesday with the wonderful Jenn

On Saturday, after yoga, I stopped by the farmer’s market and Seabirds food truck for the best sweet potato fries. I was disappointed today by the size and the first one I ate was raw. 😦 99% of the time, the sweet potato fries are amazing.

Clearance almonds – plain, jelly-glazed almonds, and buttery-glazed peanuts. These were a tad too sweet and thus, not a winner like the Blue Diamond almonds. Another 😦 face.

Applegate on sale was a winner! I got both hot dogs and bacon.

Clearance again! I’m such a bargain shopper.

Yes, this was on sale too. 99 cents!

Not on sale but recommended by the lovely Sweat the Sweet Stuff and the Mexigarian. I love seedy bread!

Not on any clearance or recommendation but this is one of my favorite ice cream of all time.

I used up all the coupons from Blend to nab most of this… save the greens, items on clearance, and avocados.

So yes, I’m not on 100% Paleo anymore and I saw some adverse effects like bloating, but my legs, particularly the pesky inner thigh area, has less flab! 
What is your favorite bread? Please tell!

MIMM: Memorial Day Weekend


Hopefully all of you don’t have to work today, but I’m going into the office to take advantage of the time off, and do homework too. This weekend was eventful though:

Drinking [4 semi-fancy beers] and BBQing with marvelous new friends

Remembering that I get too competitive in beer pong and should avoid it as to not scare people
Making marvelous plans to go bowling with the above people next weekend
Celebrating Memorial Day weekend with marvelous [chicken] hot dogs
Cooking with pasta. Yeah, you heard it. I made and ate marvelous Kitchen Queen Eats Clean’s vegan mac and cheese with Essential Eating sprouted elbows
Attempting to make that delicious Chobani panna cotta from Friday dinner at Blend. FYI: didn’t turn out with just gelatin; needs the addition of heavy cream.

However, making marvelous nut butter was highly successful. I used some peanuts from a can and Salt Traders‘ sea salt via my Eat Boutique win from Blend. In fact, I bought cashew pieces to play today!

Having my aunt visit from the old country

One of many sisters: my mom, my visiting aunt, and my mom’s fraternal twin

Going to the marvelous Patchwork Arts & Craft Festival

Finally buying a marvelous cereal killer spoon
Surprises in the mail: the marvelous Handful bra I won at Blend
…and “Persepolis” on DVD for my students to watch when we talk about the Iranian Revolution. That’s as political as I’ll get with y’all.
Skipping CrossFit all week for marvelous hot yoga

What marvelous activities did you do over the holiday weekend? Unfortunately, I’m off to work for a bit and then I’ll have to start some homework. 😦 Not so marvelous.