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Finding Balance Between Fitness, Family, and Food

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On The Road to Recovery

I have had some health problems for a few years now. I didn’t share much of this because I guess I was kind of embarrassed and felt like my body was a failure.  Now, looking back, it’s totally not true and hopefully by sharing my story I can encourage someone to seek help if they aren’t feeling their best.

I started having trouble a little over two years ago. I went on vacation for 10 days and about a week after we came home I had emergency surgery appendicitis. Shortly after I started bloating after eating anything. I remember running at night and being so uncomfortable because my belly looked super pregnant. After some food elimination I realized I had became intolerant to gluten.  That was an easy fix – I became gluten free.  But about 6 months later my symptoms (bloating, headaches, tiredness, irritability) came back.  It felt like my body had hit a wall.

A few months later, I got a blood test for food allergies. When I went in to get my results, the doctor handed me the paper saying she was so sorry. My tests came back saying I was allergic to about 30 foods. A lot of the foods that I was sensitive to were foods that I ate almost every day. So elimination diets happened and I physically felt better but got depressed because I could only eat a handful of foods. It was a huge challenge to eat and I wasn’t able to go out to eat at restaurants because of cross contamination. Any small amount of the “forbidden foods” would cause major bloating, pain, headaches, and sometimes I would end up in the fetal position in bed crying.


My first list of food allergies

I was caught in a vicious cycle. I would binge for a few days on the foods my body hated (which wasn’t exactly unhealthy foods either. Things such as tomatoes, peppers, cheese, peanut butter, bananas…) which cause my body to be in pain. Then I go back to eating right to just binge a few weeks later. There were so many restrictions in my diet that I had a hard time mentally living like that.

About a year after my initial testing, I went back in because I was bloating and in pain AGAIN after eating and came back with 10 more foods that were irritants.  I was so tired that I could hardly wake up and spent all day on the couch utterly exhausted.  It was rediculous & depressing!  I just couldn’t take it anymore. I felt old, lost my joy out of life and, honestly, I didn’t want to keep living the way I was but I couldn’t feel better no matter how hard I tried.


The wall of minerals at my chiropractor's office

I was told about a local holistic chiropractor and decided to give him a try (there was nothing left to lose).  In early May I saw him and after explaining what I felt like he pretty much knew right away what the problem was. He had me hold different minerals in my hand and did tests to see what my body was deficient in. He also had me spit into a Kleenex and hold that and ran a test (which I failed). I was basically allergic to myself. His tests showed many things weren’t working right in my body – problems were with my digestion, endocrine system, autoimmune, thyroid, and adrenals – which all were under the main problem with my hypothalamus. So I saw him weekly as he adjusted different things and I was put on a RNA supplement until I passed the tests!!

It was a difference of night and day- like the dark cloud had parted and the sun came shining thru after 2 years! I had honestly never felt better. I was able to go to sleep at a normal time, fall asleep, stay asleep, AND feel well rested when I woke up (something I have had problems with as long as I can remember). I was able to eat foods again (and did go a little crazy with my new freedom) and just felt lighter and more balanced.

But, the last few weeks had been getting harder and harder and the food bloating and the insomnia and tiredness have been coming back. I was blaming on the summer time stress, juggling more work than usual, and lack of sleep. But no matter how much rest and relaxation I just wasn’t feeling 100%. I decided to go back in to the chiropractictor to rule out any internal body issues. Unfortunately, what I didn’t want to happen did in fact happen. I failed some of the tests and needed an adjustment. We are not sure why after only 5 weeks (3 of them with me feeling bad) I regressed so much. He wants to figure out the root cause of what is going on. So that brings you up to date. I haven’t noticed much difference from the adjustment the chiropractictor did a few days ago but he did say it will take a few weeks to feel better again.

As for now, I am cleaning up my eating and trying to cut out processed foods to see if that helps my healing along. I’m using Betty Rocker’s Body Fuel System and after reading her ebook, I am committed to cutting out the junk that I have overloaded my system with. Hopefully within the month I will start feeling the benefits of the chiropractictor and healthy eating again!


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Birthday Workouts and Cheats

Yesterday was my BIRTHDAY!!  Another year older!  We celebrated my having a dinner cheat meal.  My husband made Tempura and the kids made cheesecake in a cup – plus a margarita or two ;).  I hadn’t eaten tempura in a very long time and it was delicious!!  The grease and sugar didn’t make me feel too good afterwards, though.  I can’t believe that I use to fry food at least twice a week and ate such sugary desert all the time.  Its crazy (in a good way) how our food has changed over the last year!

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Even though it was my birthday yesterday, my workouts went on as planned.  I’m making no excuses during Body Beast!!

Yesterday was Bulk Arms and I added in a 2.62 mile memorial run.  Bulk Arms felt good, I finally saw my triceps in the mirror while I was doing kickbacks!!  It was a very exciting moment for me!  I’m still working on not using my forearm too much and really squeezing my biceps on curls.  I’m slowly seeing progress there.


This morning was Bulk Shoulders.  The Beast schedule of Body Beast had nine days of workouts with no rest.  I was thinking that havning no rest days hadn’t affected me at all but this morning I realized that it did.  My muscles were sore from the start and I had to drop my weight down considerably from the Build Shoulders last week.  I still got a good pump in my shoulders afterwards but know that my body needs its rest day tomorrow to heal itself in order to have another great weightlifting week.

Until next time,

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Bulking Phase Begins!!

A few days ago I officially entered the Bulk phase of Body Beast!!  I am so excited about the progress I have seen during the Build phase and can’t wait to see what Bulk will bring.  I have read that these next 6 weeks is what builds lots of muscle mass.  I also heard that this phase might cause some fluffiness but that’s okay because the Beast phase at the end of the Body Beast program will shed the fluff to reveal  new muscles underneath.

I lost a pound during the first phase of Body Beast and didn’t lose/gain many inches.  I wasn’t expecting anything extreme to happen in only 3 weeks.  I built up my muscles during the Build phase (I upped my weight load each week) so bring on the fluff and the muscles!!


After my first Bulk workout.  Bulk: Chest – I swear I see is a chest separation that wasn’t there a few weeks ago!


Bulk: Legs were hard!!  I went heavy and had to take some breaks to catch my breath.  I have faith that this workout will add some serious mass to my legs!  My quads were on fire and my whole lower body aches still!!


This morning was Bulk: Back.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t my best workout day.  The youngest needed a lot of attention during the 30 minutes.  I had to pause a lot to take care of her which made me lose my motivation halfway through.  I did lift as heavy as I could with good form, though, so I still got a good workout in!

Tomorrow is Bulk: Arms.  I can’t wait to see what that brings!!

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Body Beast: Meal Plan Week 3

Today was the end of the Build phase in Body Beast.  Beast Cardio was on the schedule.  It is only the second cardio day in 3 weeks and being a (former) cardio bunny, I was super excited.  That was until about 5 minute into the workout!!  Beast Cardio kicked my booty!  It is pretty much weights, just faster.  My heart rate was sky high, I was gasping for air, my muscles were shaking, and I’m still sore from this morning… always a good sign of a great workout!

I walked away feeling like this:


Some days Body Beast is a pure challenge.  This program is unlike anything I have done before.  I am already seeing some serious progress in the last three weeks and I’m excited to see what the Build phase will bring!!  Reading this encouraging tweet from the Body Beast team themselves is going to push me even more!  Thanks guys!2013-04-12_13-11-26

This past week I have been super hungry.  I had lowered my calories my calories for week 2 thinking that I was eating too much.  I was wrong.  As soon as I finished a meal I was looking forward to the next one.  I could hear my stomach growl about an hour after I had eating.  I upped my calories back up this week to 2500 calories.  It sounds really high but my body has been satisfied.  I have even noticed my body leaning out, which I thought was impossible eating so many calories and carbs!


2500 calories – Build Phase

  • Meal 1: Overnight Oats.  1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop Whey powder, 1/4 cup almond milk, 4 fresh strawberries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 Tbsp almond butter, cinnamon and stevia to taste
  • PreWorkout: Amin.o. Energy
  • PostWorkout: Protein shake.  1 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Anabolic Halo protein powder, water and ice
  • Meal 2: 2 oz chicken, 6 oz sweet potato, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2  cup green beans, 6 almonds
  • Meal 3: 3 oz tuna, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, 1 oz avocado, 1 slice Ezekiel toast, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Meal 4: 2 oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup green beans, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 cutie orange, 6 almonds
  • Meal 5: varies
  • Meal 6: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup Jasmine rice, 1 Tbsp salsa

Meal 5 options:

  • Sagi Protein Salad
  • 4 oz grilled steak, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1.5 cups sautéed mushrooms and onions
  • Body Beast chicken fajitas (without tortillas), 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 5 oz salmon, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup mixed veggies
  • Body Beast turkey chili
  • Body Beast Beef & Broccoli, 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Baby back ribs, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup green beans

I bulked the majority of my carbs pre- and post-workout instead of eating them equally throughout the day like my last plans.  I also realize that baby back ribs isn’t the *healthiest* option out there.  I always want to cheat on the weekends so this meal is planned on Sunday and still fits my macros.  I’m looking forward to my “mini cheat”.


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Let’s start a garden!!

What a busy, busy weekend!!  Saturday was Body Beast Build: Shoulders & Abs and Sunday was rest day.

I tend to over think my workouts and meal plan.  Instead of focusing day to day, I often look too into the future and wonder if I’m doing things right.  Sunday I decided to do some progress comparisons.  I was happily surprised when I saw the difference in my arms in only 3 weeks!!  The first picture was taken after an arm day and the second picture was taken Sunday (two weeks of the Body Beast program).  It was rest day so I don’t have that extra pump after weights either!!  I see some progress!  That’s my motivation to keep going and lifting heavy!

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My birthday is next week.  For an early birthday present, my dad offered to make a garden for me!!  I’ve been wanting a garden for years and am SO excited to finally start one!  We go through a TON of fresh vegetables, this is going to be awesome!!  Sunday the kids and I planted tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and a bunch of herbs.  Now the waiting process begins.  I will keep you updated!


The kids are ready to get their hands dirty!


The finished product!!  Now off to find some awesome gardening labels from Pinterest!

Have you ever gardened?  Do you have any tips for a complete gardening beginner?

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Week 2 DONE!

This morning I officially finished week 2 of Body Beast!!  Back and Biceps were on the schedule and I hit them hard and heavy again.


Week 2 of any program I have completed has always been one of the hardest weeks.  During week 1, I am excited and full of hope about how much my body will change over the next 60 or 90 days.  When I complete the workouts, I put everything I can into them.  By week 2 I am sore and tired.  I have beat up my body constantly for two weeks and it just wants to stop.  My brain starts playing tricks on me saying that my body hasn’t changed much physically, so why keep going?  I tend to second guess my program choice and wonder if I have it in me to complete it.  Week 2 isn’t a pretty sight.


But even with all these feelings, I know I must push forward.  I remember why I started this journey and put those goals as #1 in my mind.  I can’t… I won’t… give up.  I must focus on the positives.  Already in the two weeks I have gotten stronger.  My weights that I’ve written down on my workouts each session prove that.  The sugar and junk food cravings I had from last week are gone.  I have put 100% into eating clean and staying on my meal plan.  I can envision what my body can look like in weeks to come and I know that if I just keep pushing through my silly mental barriers I can become stronger both physically and mentally.


Week 3 starts tomorrow with shoulders and abs.  It is no longer about me comparing myself to others.  It is me vs. me.  Week 3 will be amazing and I will make it that way!  I am ready to show Body Beast that I am ready to be the best ME possible!  So bring it on, I’m ready for you!!!

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“If you think you can’t, you MUST”

I’ll be honest, when I saw Body Beast: Build Legs on the schedule for today I am sure I looked something like this:


My legs and glutes just yesterday stopped aching from Saturday’s workout.  But it is on the schedule and the Beast knows what he’s doing.


So I manned (err… womaned?) up and drank some preworkout to help pump me up.  It helped, a little, but knowing what was coming up still made me nervous.  I had to keep telling myself to get rid of the “I can’t”s that were swirling around my head and keep saying that “I can!!”.  And then to just push play.

My legs have never been strong and this workout kills them every time.  The Beast will murder your legs and keep on going.  This is the third time through this workout and always at the same point in the giant set I want to give up.  My quads ache, my heart rate is sky-high, my face is red and sweaty and I just want to stop.  My body is shaking and fatigued.  I want to throw the weights down.  I want to curl up in a ball on the floor and take a nap-nap (as Sagi says).  But somehow… some way… I keep going and finish the set.  Then as I write it down, I realize that I managed to use more weight or more reps than last week.  And I survived.  Nothing compares to that feeling of giving it your all during a workout and improving week to week.


Keep giving it 100%.  Fitness is so mental.  Your mind will tell you to stop before your body actually needs to.  I have learned over the years that I am so much stronger than I give myself credit for.  I can get through this moment of being uncomfortable because the feeling after it will be worth it.   Sagi always gets me back on track when he says that your body is saying NO but your heart is telling you YES.  I realize that I DO want this no matter how much sweat and tears I shed in the process (and yes, there were tears during this workout!).  But as long as I keep believing I can, I know I will succeed.

And the same is true for you.  I already believe in you.  Now it’s up to you to make it happen!!  Go out and prove your mind wrong and bask in the feeling of accomplishment you have when finish.  It will be worth it, I promise!