Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paleo Week 2: Results

I finished week 2 of paleo, and I'm pretty happy with the results. 

Pre-Paleo Measurements:

Weight:164 lbs.
Waist: 31 & 1/2"
Hips: 44"
Thighs: 26 & 1/2"
Arms: 12"

Paleo Week 2 Results:

Weight: 160 lbs.     [- 4 lbs.]
Waist: 29 & 3/4      [- 1 & 3/4"]
Hips: 43"                [- 1"]
Thighs: 25 & 1/2"   [- 1"]
Arms: 12"               [ - 0]

Workouts this week:

Monday: Ran 4.5 miles and walked .5 on the treadmill.
Tuesday: Soccer training for 45 minutes
Wednesday: 20 min. "sexy legs" workout from Pinterest.
Saturday: Interval training: 5 min. "sexy legs", 5 min. running, 5 min. arms, 5 min running. Then repeat.

What we ate:

dry rub crock pot chicken (not cooked yet and on a bed of onions)

stuffed baked peaches
Peaches were stuffed with raisins, nuts, chopped apples, and cinnamon.

veggie meatballs (way tastier than they look)

banana slices, topped with a banana/almond butter/blueberry paste, and topped with a blueberry, then frozen. Kids loved this treat.

Eating healthy snacks at the pool on my last day of summer before I had to go back to work.

setting a good example

There is a park behind the pool that the kids played on before we left.

And we're back. In the classroom. Sporting my new glasses. (Did my IQ go up a few points?) This expression should be more enthusiastic, I know.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paleo Week 1: Results

At the beginning of my 1st Paleo week, I took measurements.


Weight: 164 lbs. [Yes, I've put on some weight over the last several months. In January, I weighed 151, so this increase is really disheartening. I'm a stress eater, and it's been a ROUGH summer. I had 3 conferences back-to-back in June, and I started therapy this summer. And now, the school year is starting again on Thursday, so that's a barrel of stress. I sure hope Paleo helps me get my life back...and by the looks of it so far, it is.]
Waist: 31 & 1/2"
Hips: 44"
Thighs: 26 & 1/2"
Arms: 12"

Paleo Week 1 Results

Weight: 160 lbs.      [- 4 lbs.]
Waist: 29 & 3/4"     [- 1 & 3/4"]
Hips: 43 & 1/2"      [- 1/2"]
Thighs: 25 & 1/2"   [- 1"]
Arms: 12"               [ - 0]

Workouts this week:

Saturday: 10K
Monday: Last Chance Workout Cardio DVD for 40 minutes
Wednesday: Last Chance Workout Cardio DVD for 40 minutes
Thursday: Soccer training for 35 minutes

The 10K was technically last Saturday, but I'm still hella proud.

What we ate:

Most recipes were found from Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso. However, I did find some recipes online. Links below.

Photo credit:


 I ate bacon, eggs, and/or sausage for breakfast everyday, but I didn't want it to get boring, so I try variations of everything. Like egg-in-the-hole with zucchini instead of bread. Or a frittata with whatever veggies I have. Or bacon wrapped egg muffins. (I used this recipe, but minus the cheese and add chopped zucchini and rosemary.

Bacon-wrapped egg muffins


 I picked out 6 dinners from the Paleo cookbook. Each one had leftovers, which we used for lunches. But when that didn't always work, we ate pork chops, chicken, salads, roasted garlic tilapia (click me for recipe), collard-wrapped tilapia, etc.

Roasted garlic & red pepper tilapia and zucchini


Paleo Speghetti, Paleo Chili, bun-less hamburgers, crockpot chicken, crockpot pork chops, and pan fried cinnamon pork chops.

Paleo Spaghetti
"Cheat" Day:

On Saturday, I let everyone eat what they wanted all day. It was the incentive for the kids. If they ate well all week, then they got a "cheat" day at the end of the week.

I was going to give them a healthy breakfast at least, but I was out of eggs and bacon, so I made them grilled cheese. About a half hour later, my vision was blurry and I was dizzy and nauseated. The kids didn't seem to notice anything.

For lunch I took them to The Spaghetti Factory (I won $20 in gift certificates at the 10K and Lane had a free kid's meal from her school, so it was very economical.) I ordered meatballs, no pasta, b/c I didn't like the way I felt from breakfast's carbs. The kids ordered ravioli and spaghetti with meatballs. Lane ate all of the ravioli and complained of a stomach ache. Vin ate the meatballs and a couple of bites of spaghetti; he didn't seem to want the carbs. Rick had ravioli too and 3 glasses of milk. Milk was what he missed the most, he said. Then dessert came (all entrees at the Spaghetti Factory come with a little scoop of ice cream). Lane ate hers, determined to "cheat" to the fullest. Vin ate a third and didn't want anymore. I ate a third and couldn't eat anymore. Rick didn't eat any and got so sleepy from the milk and carbs that he couldn't keep his eyes open. I had to drive us home. Vin fell asleep on the way home and Rick took a nap when we got home. Rick looked bad. Really bad. His eyes were droopy and his face looked grey. He wasn't even making much sense verbally. It was as if his words and brain were off a few seconds. SO WEIRD.

Fast forward to dinner. I spent the rest of the night fighting a headache from eating a few slices of sourdough bread at the restaurant. So I ate Paleo for dinner.

Rick took the kids to the demolition derby in SLC. Vin took another nap on the way there. Rick didn't eat anything, b/c he felt so sick, and the kids ate nachos. Lane seemed ok, and both kids slept on the way back.

If you were counting, my 4yo took THREE naps on "cheat"day. Three. What the what?

I'm telling you, there's something to this diet. I knew I would feel better when eating healthier, but the contrast of eating processed, carby foods after being clean for a week was NIGHT and DAY.

Rick says he never wants a "cheat" day again.
I'm good with that.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Going Caveman (Paleo)

Paleo Spaghetti. Noodles are from a spaghetti squash.
I've gone Paleo. The whole family has.
At least for a month.

What is Paleo?

No processed foods (at least as little as can be helped under the other parameters.)
No sugar, unless natural
No carbs, unless in fruits and veggies
No dairy.

What can we eat? 

Meats: chicken, pork, beef, etc.
Some oils (olive and coconut)

Recipes I've tried thus far:

Paleo Spaghetti. Whole family loved.

Bacon-wrapped eggs with zucchini and dill. One of my faves.

Salmon with dill wrapped in zucchini. Kids loved.

Zucchini boats. Paleo, if you don't sprinkle it with Parmesan.

Pre-paleo, but works minus the cheese. This is zucchini lasagna.
I've also made Spice Rub Crockpot Chicken, Apple Shallot Pork Chops, Paleo Chili, Collard-Wrapped Tilapia, and Easy Spinach Salad. (No pics as yet.)


Paleo is supposed to help reduce the symptoms of depression and other mental disorders.
It is supposed to help a person focus better when learning. 
It frees a person of their carb and sugar addictions.
It reduces snacking to nothing. Seriously, I haven't even wanted to snack since I started. Every meal fills me up.
It's healthier to eat unprocessed foods. DUH.
I'm teaching my kids to eat better, b/c I don't wanna be one of those moms who sends their kids to school hopped up on sugary cereals. I don't wanna do that to teachers anymore. And, I don't want my kids to be faced with diabetes in their 20s like I was.

Affects on kids?

They were fine the first 2 days, then the complaining started, b/c they were detoxing from all of the chemicals and additives in their pre-paleo diet.
Sometimes they miss their go-to snacks, cereal, and bread. If they finish their meals they don't want snacks, but if not...
Vin keeps stealing my old food when I'm not looking, so I'm not sure yet about his affects. 
They don't have sugar crashes anymore.
Lane at soccer practice. She's in maroon. The one that looks like a natural born soccer player.
Lane doesn't seem as hyperactive. She did excellent at soccer practice. Didn't get tired or grouchy.
At 7 yo, she looks like she belongs out there. Maybe she'll get a gold medal one day like the US Women's Soccer team. =)

My results?

I've lost 2 lbs.

Rick's results?

Looks thinner. Clothes are fitting better. He's not weighing in until the week is over.

Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hiking the "Y"

At the top of the "Y"
This is a short hike on switchbacks up "Y" mountain, which refers to the big "Y" on the mountain overlooking BYU.

My cousin standing on the base of the "Y".

I hiked it with my cousin while he was in town over the 4th of July. It only took us a half hour to get to the base and 15 more minutes to hike to the top of the "Y".
Love that view. It's breathtaking.

The view up there is spectacular. I've done this hike a few times over a decade ago. It did not disappoint.

The southern end of Utah Lake.
BYU campus behind my cousin.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Blog Name + 10K = The Spartan Experiment

I renamed the blog.

Welcome to The Spartan Experiment, a blog about my workout and diet attempts and my goal to become a strong, athletic woman. I chose The Spartan Experiment as the new title, because Spartan women focused on child-rearing just as much as physical training; two goals I'd like to achieve. (However, I won't be adopting every cultural practice of Sparta. Moms, you know what I mean.) that that business is taken care of, I ran my first ever 10K!
The Wasatch Wellness 10K.
Yes. I did it! I ran 6 miles in a competition against male and female runners from all over Utah, and I came in 4th in my age division! What! [fist bump] My time was 1 hour and 6 minutes. Not awesome, I know, but enough to make me smile.

This race meant more to me than achieving a personal exercise goal. 

I chose the Wasatch Wellness as my first 10K, because it supports mental wellness as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety, and ADD run in my family, and I ran this race for those who have been suffering from these illnesses.

Kristin and I. Both new to running and loving it.

I ran it for Rick.
He needs my support as we've been battling some of mental health challenges over the past several years. It's been really hard, but I'm so glad I pushed through the last couple miles (even though they were the hilliest miles of the course. Really, Course Engineers? Why'd you do that to us? The last beat of the race should be all downhill if you ask me.) ((and yes, that can be read metaphorically about life and trials too.))

Just after running my first EVER 10K. So psyched! I can't believe I did it. (me, Trevor, Kristin)

I ran it for me.
Exercise isn't about looking hot for other people. It's about feeling good, looking good, and strengthening myself. It's about that calm I feel as I run. The way stress melts away like sweat from the brow. It's about clearing my head and shutting out negativity and white noise. It's about the euphoria I feel after a race.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. And they usually affect each other.
I ran it for God.
Running's about pushing my limits and thanking the Lord everyday for the ability to strengthen the body I have. It's about appreciating its functions and capabilities. I didn't realize how much I missed my health, until it was gone. Five years ago, my sugar addiction aimed a double barrel shotgun at my uterus, and, thankfully, I had enough sense to back away slowly, instead of mocking it by shoving a Snickers bar in my mouth.

I ran it for lots of reasons.
I ran it for charity.
Wasatch Wellness helps people with mental illnesses get the help they need. They provide services that struggling people might not have been able to afford were it not for the 400 + runners at this annual race.

I came in 4th in my age division! Sweet!

Pooped after the race.
Run for your family. 
Run for yourself. 
Run for God. 
Run for the world.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Squash overload

Mom keeps giving me squash and zucchini from her garden (thankfully), and I've been getting inventive with the recipes. I linked some of the recipes, but here's the website where I got most of them: 35 Zucchini Recipes.
Zucchini boats. So yummy.

Squash puffs. Kids ate most of them. Not a healthy option, as they are fried.

Mini zucchini pizzas. Big hit with kids

On an unrelated note, I got new shoes for FIVE BUCKS! What the what?!

This picture is all fuzzy, but the shoes are awesome.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Options for renaming the blog...

(Subtitles can be mixed and matched. The core name would be permanent.) 

The Workout Experiment: from fat to fit one workout at a time.

The Cardio Experiment: kicking pounds to the curb.

The [different magazine name] Experiment: losing lbs. one _______ at a time.

The I-wanna-wear-skinny-jeans Experiment: Repeat after Jillian Michaels: "Skinny Jeans aren't boring."

Spanking the Spandex Experiment: If you were looking for porn, this is a weight loss blog. Buh-bye.

The Sugar Momma Experiment: Sweating away the sweets.

The Weight Loss Experiment: From fat to fit one pound at a time.

The Healthy Living Experiment: Bye, bye, butter. Hello, hummus.

The Head-to-Heel Health Experiment: Developing healthy habits for the whole body.

The Women of Steel Experiment: Kicking fat's trash, and doing it in heels.

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