Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekend happenings!

You know those weekends that are so busy that they don't even feel like a weekend?

This weekend was one of those!

On Saturday we had a  fundraiser at my dad's glass shop to raise money for my cousin who is currently fighting cancer. It's amazing how much everything can cost, even with medical coverage. We had a BBQ and my dad, brother, uncle and a couple of friends did windshields all day, with all of the proceeds going to help Kirt with the costs of her treatments. We raised quite a bit of money, it's amazing to see the generosity of friends, family and strangers when someone is in need!

Once we got home on Saturday night, I was zonked. 8:30 hit and I peeled myself off the couch and went straight to bed!

After going to bed so early on Saturday night I was bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6:00am on Sunday. That was good because I still had lots to do to prep for my best pal Michelle's bridal shower!

We had such an awesome time! There we 14 ladies in attendence, and I think everyone had lots of fun! We played a couple of quick games -how well do you know the bride and groom, wedding vow mad libs, newspaper wedding dresses, and a game where I asked Cody questions beforehand and then asked Michelle the same ones to see if she could duplicate his answers.. they're good!
The three lovely models of the newspaper wedding dresses

After the games, it was food time!! Since I was in charge of the shower, and Michelle is kind of a health nut, I was able to make lots of goodies that were paleo approved! Michelle's mom (who is amazing and is the queen of healthy snacks) even brought a paleo spinach dip that she made up the recipe for!! I made 2 different fruit dips- the caramel brownie one from Paleomg was a hit!! I also made two treats from Healthful Pursuit- The Itty Bitty Strawberry Coconut Tarts, and the Banana Drunk Macaroons... there were only crumbs left at the end! ( I also made the 5 ingredient toffee from Healthful Pursuit one night with the best intentions of having some left for the shower...  it didn't happen. Best paleo treat ever!!!)
Will built the cupcake stand!
Some friends came over early and helped me put together a fruit bouquet. I've always wanted to make one, and it actually turned out not too bad!!

After the food came the present opening, and after the present opening  came the bubble blowing! Michelle's aunt got her some bubble wands so we went and played with them in the yard for a bit! The dogs really enjoyed chasing and jumping after the bubbles! It was the perfect end to a busy weekend!
The beautiful bride to be!

Baxter was all over those bubbles, high or low!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wedding Day Link Up

Today I decided to join in on the wedding day link up with Melanie and Holly! I had my wedding before I even knew that blogs were a thing, and definitely before the days of Pinterest.
I decided to start with the proposal story, since it was a rather unique one...

I always used to steal Will's change out of his pockets when he got home from work (what can I say, I was a poor university student). He came upstairs one day and I could hear the jangle of change in his pocket, so I reached in and pulled it out. Mixed in with the change was a ring. I just stared at it for a minute then looked at him and said "is this for me?!?". He put it on my finger, and that was that!

We got married 10 months later on August 28, 2010- exactly four and a half years to the day after we started dating!

We had the ceremony in my parent's backyard- it was the perfect setting! We were blessed with amazing weather- the next day it absolutely poured all day long!

We had our reception at a local hall for a number of reasons, the most important reason being they have the best spaghetti and meatballs in the entire world... didn't really think about that fact that I would be wearing a white dress and eating spaghetti. Luckily for me I didn't end up dropping any in my lap :)
My brother enjoying his dinner

I wish I knew what we were cackling at!

Bridal Party:

My maid of honor was my friend Kirsten who I've been friends with since grade 3. The rest of my bridal party was made up of my friends Ali and Michele, my sister Lindsey and Will's sister Erika.
We had way too much fun taking photos!

Kirsten, Erika, Lindsey, Moi, Michelle, Ali

Will had his friend Simon as his best man. The rest of his party was made up of his friends Marshall and Tyler, his brother Scott, and my brother Jordan.
Scott forgot his sunglasses in this one!

Jordan, Tyler, Will, Simon, Mashall, Scott

One of the whole wedding party!
First dance song:
We danced to "Then" by Brad Paisley. It was the perfect song, and I'd still choose that one if I had to do it over again!
The dance floor was packed from the start of the dancing until 2:00 when we got kicked out! It was the most amazing night ever, and honestly, I wouldn't change a thing!!

Some of my favorite photos from the day:
Dad, Me, Mom

Will and his parents

I'm laughing in the majority of the pictures that we got back
Love this one!

No clue what's happening here!

He's heavier than he looks!

To finish up this post, I leave you with some photos of the rehearsal dinner... becasue no rehearsal dinner is complete without shooting clay pidgeons right?

Can you say Redneck?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WIAW- Paleo Edition

Welcome to What I Ate Wednesday!

Thanks as always to Jenn for hostessing :)

Today I'm going to show you some of the delicious paleo eats I've been enjoying lately! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am now 18 days into a 30 day challenge. I am still debating whether or not to post my progress pics- I am seeing amazing results so far!! I showed the pictures to a friend (who swore she'd never eat paleo) yesterday and she couldn't believe the photos were only 12 days apart.Today she started eating paleo too!

Onto the eats:

Breakfast was 3 ingredient coconut pancakes. I found a few recipes that looked good, so I put them together and came up with this one. Mix 1 mashed banana with 2 eggs and about 1/4-1/2 cup coconut. I also added lots of cinnamon, so I guess technically they are 4 ingredient pancakes! Post photo they were topped with almond butter. I ate my pancakes with homemade pork sausage and watermelon. Super yummy breakfast!

Lunch was a delicious mess! I sauteed some lean ground turkey in coconut oil with onions and garlic. Once the meat was cooked, I added half a bag of broccoli slaw (my new favorite veggie mix!), salt and pepper, and sauteed it for another minute. I added about 8 oz of the mixture to half a baked sweet potato. I  had baby carrots on the side. It made for a very filling lunch!

Dinner was chicken (that we raised ourselves), mashed sweet potatoes with pecans, and a spinach salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I didn't used to be a fan of oil and vinegar, but it actually tasted pretty darn good!

I had a couple of snacks, first I had a  coconut milk and pineapple smoothie- heaven in a cup!! I used about 1 cup of frozen pineapple and 1/2 a cup of coconut milk. So yummy.
 I love almonds, and I found an awesome recipe for maple cinnamon almonds that really helps to curb sweet cravings! I mixed a tin of almonds with 1/4 cup coconut, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp sea salt together, spread on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and baked for 30 minutes at 250 degrees. A couple of these babies and the sweet craving is satisfied!

I've ben eating lots of fruit lately, it's all so good right now! Cherries, grapes, plums, nectarines. mmmmm! Today's fruit of choice was an apple. Who doesn't love a crispy delicious apple!

I'll make sure to have another day of paleo eats for WIAW next week!
Peas and Crayons

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Paleo Challenge

Finally, a paleo challenge update!

I'm 17 days in, and so far, so good! I feel great, my skin is totally clearing up, and believe it or not I can already see the difference physically. I took before pictures, and on Friday I took midway pictures- huge difference already. I wasn't expecting it to be that dramatic. I'm debating whether to post the pictures, maybe I'll post the before and after at the end :) I am down on the scale, almost 5lbs! I wasn't planning on weighing myself too much throughout, but I can't resist sneaking a peak every now and then.

I was worried about lack of carbs for running, but it hasn't made a diference for me. In fact I ran a mile the other day in 7:40 without pushing too hard, and that is really quick for me. I'm planning on starting to run more this week, so we'll see how that goes.

While we were camping this wekend, I kept saying to Paige "I can't eat this, or I can't eat that". She told me instead of saying that I can't eat something, try saying "it is not in line with my goals to eat that right now".  Interesting little mind trick!

What am I missing about non paleo food?

Suprisingly candy is not at the top of my list. The following is what I am missing most, in order of how much I miss them:

1. Sauces.
Definitely what I miss the most. I miss ketchup, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce. I know there are paleo recipes out there, but I just know they won't be the same. I am going to attempt a ketchup recipe that I found yesterday, so wish me luck on that one! I'm also missing having a variety of salad dressings. I made a really good raspberry vinaigrette but that's the only kind I'm eating right now so that it all gets used before it goes bad.

2. Bready things.
I am a self confessed carbaholic. Bagels, bread, buns- anything that starts with a B and is made of carbs, I miss. While we were camping on the weekend everyone made these delicious looking breakfast sandwiches on everything bagels- that has been my biggest test to date!I didn't cave though- I made some delicious paleo pancakes and ate them with almond butter instead!

3. Peanut butter.
One of my favorite foods in the whole world. I get super jealous when Will makes himself a peanut butter sandwich!

4. Yogurt.
Plain greek yogurt + PB + Apple = my very favorite snack in the world. Definitely going to be my breakfast on July 1st!

5. Candy.
I do love me some candy. I find I don't miss it until I see other people having it though. This weekend we went down to the states and went camping and I found myself craving it mostly because other people had it.

I'm missing these things, but not as much as I thought I would. I'm developing better eating habits through the challenge, and I feel like I'm never deprived. Tomorrow for What I Ate Wednesday I'll be sharing a typical day of eats lately with you, so stay tuned for that :)
Jalapeno Shrimp Cakes, Acorn Squash with Pork Stuffing, Eggs with Homemade Turkey Sausage, Green Smoothie

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Recap!

I promised a paleo challenge update at the end of my last post. I wrote it, and forgot to hit publish, so I have it scheduled now for tomorrow morning!

Onto the weekend recap...

Will and I headed down to Sandpoint to meet our friends Paige and Jeremy for a camping weekend on Ponderay lake. It was amazing!! I think today is a picture recap kinda day :)

Will and I

Duke going for a swim

Our snazzy Trailer

Will fly fishing

Paige and I kayaking

Gorgeous morning

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!! Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wasa Triathlon Recap

Race #4 of 13 in 2013 is on the books!

I had such a good time! I decided to go into the race with a "just finish with a smile on your face" attitude, and I achieved that goal.. plus a new PR!

I did the sprint triathlon, and my overall time was 1:34:27, which is 3 minutes and 27 seconds faster than my previous pr (which I set 2 years ago)!!!!

The weekend couldn't have gone better. I 'm going to back it up to Saturday, where I spent my morning being a pod leader for the 8 and 9 year old triathletes that were taking part in the trikids triathlon. I got to talk them through the course, answer any questions they had, lead them through a warm-up, and keep them calm until their race started. (We had a chance to watch and cheer for the 4-5 year olds coming out of the water and running to transition- holy cuteness overload!!) My group was awesome, there were 50 kids and they all did so well!  If you ever get the chance to volunteer for an event like that, DO IT!! So inspiring!!

The rest of Saturday was spent relaxing with Will, we decided to take our trailer out to Wasa for the weekend since I had to be out there both days anyways. Our friend Michelle came to join us for dinner and a fire, and then it was time for me to hit the hay.

I woke up to gorgeous blue skies at 6:00 on Sunday morning (the beauty of being a 5 min walk away from the start of the race), ate some mashed sweet potatoes, and waited for my mom to arrive so we could head over to the transition area to set up.

Once we got our bikes and everything racked, it was time for a mother/daughter selfie (duh!)

After picture taking time, it was time to get suited up and head down to the water.
The water was super warm compared to last year, I believe they measured it at 19 degrees! After a couple minutes of swimming around, it was time to get started!

 The swim felt pretty good for me, I did a mix of front crawl and breast stroke. I definitely swam way further than I had to trying to get around people at the first turn.

Swim time 18:46

I got stuck in my wetsuit in my first transition. Luckily my mom and I came out of the water at the same time and she was able to help me get it off! My t1 time was super slow, if I'd known I was working on a PR, I would have hustled a little more.
T1 time-2:55

On to the bike. Usually the bike is my most dreaded part, My legs get tired easy and I'm miserable the entire way. This time I kept myself occupied by counting how many people passed me. I'm pretty sure it was around 40. I am a front-mid pack swimmer, and a back-mid pack biker, so I always get passed a ton on the bike! I actually passed a few people this year, that usually doesn't happen!
Bike 42:43
I think the supreme gorgeousness of the day helped motivate me too- how can you not be happy on a day that looks like that???

T2 from the bike to the run was slow as well. I forgot to loosen the races on my runners, so that took me a second, then my hands would not co-operate to tie my laces. Next race I will have these, and they will solve all of my problems.  
T2 time- 2:13

I was worried about my legs going into the run since I did zero bricks beforehand. Surprisingly, my legs felt fine.. thank you crossfit!! I was able to move along at a steady pace, and enjoy the beautiful course. No issues on the run at all.

Run time: 27:53

Please feel free to ignore the ridiculous look on my face. I have no excuses for it.

I am so happy with how this race went, despite minimal training. If I were to sum up my recipe for a PR, it would go something like this:

1. Don't ride your road bike until 2 days before the race.
2. Do ride your mountain bike 3 times in the 6 months leading up to the race. It totally makes up for your lack of road biking.
3. Do go swimming in the pool, but only two times. Good work!
4.Don't do an open water swim beforehand.  Who does that anyways?
5.Don't try your wetsuit on until the day before the race to make sure it still fits.
6. Do go running a whole bunch, but stop completely two weeks before the race.
7. Do crossfit 3 times a week. This is where it's at people!

The above training plan is totally sarcastic,and why I was doing the race for fun, not to try and PR.
I truly think my PR was due to a combo of the weather being so awesome, crossfit, and my attitude. Last year I was a cranky, angry mess going into the race, and my times all suffered because of it. Power of positive thinking, people!! I am excited for my next tri in August, I promise to work on my swimming and biking before then!

Wasa is always a great experience. The course is beautiful, the event is extremely well run, you get Steve King -the voice of triathlon- announcing the race, and the best volunteers ever!The photographs by Raven Eye Photography are always beautiful (well, the backgrounds anyways. I am most definitely not exuding beauty in the photos!)

Woohoo for a new PR!!

PS. 30 day paleo challenge update coming tomorrow!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

30 day Paleo challenge

My crossfit box decided to do a 30 day paleo challenge for the month of June. I heard about it on May 31, and of course I decided to jump right in! Who doesn't love a good challenge? especially one with prizes- lots of motivation!

There are three parts to the scoring system- the food score, the performance score, and the body score.

For the food score everyone starts out with 40 points. You lose 1 point for every cheat meal/snack. Every week that you go without cheating you get 2 bonus points, and if you go the whole month with no cheats you get an extra 4 points. The highest food score you can get is 52 points. We have to submit a food journal each week.

The performance score is calculated with the workout Fight Gone Bad. In this workout you do 3 rounds of 5 moves with a one min break in between. Someone counts your reps and the total number of reps that you do during the workout is your final score. I scored 205 (I did 205 reps total during the 15 min workout), so when we do it again at the end of the challenge we get 1 point for every rep we do that's over our original score- for example if I score 210, I get 5 points.

The last part is the body score. We got our necks, shoulders, bust, waist, hips, thighs and calves measured, as well as our body fat % (that was fun..not!). We get 2 points for every inch/percent that we lose, and 1 point for 1/2 inch or percent.

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of this challenge. I have been slipping with my eating habits lately, so I think this is just what I need to get myself back on track!
I learned quickly that I need to be prepared with snacks that are paleo friendly. Yesterday I went on a bike ride with Will and our friends Michelle and Cody, and what was supposed to be a nice easy ride turned into a 2 hour bike/hike (we got a lot little lost). I was famished afterwards, we were about 50 minutes from home, and it had been about 6 hours since breakfast. We stopped at the only gas station between where we went riding and home, to see if they had any paleo friendly foods- no dice. By the time I got home I was to the point where I hadn't eaten in way too long and was past the point of hungry so I had to make myself eat. Definitely wont make that mistake again!

Back on the right trail!

I'm looking forward to this challenge- we all know how not awesome I am at sticking with things, so we'll see how it goes. I think doing it as a group definitely adds some motivation too!
I'll make sure to post my meal plan tomorrow :) Hope everyone is having a great day!
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