Woke up this morning and went straight to the gym! I didn’t think I would have the energy for it after my cardio date with the treadmill last night and truthfully, I didn’t have the energy but I made myself get up and go anyways.
Today was day one of weightlifting. No, nothing crazy. We are starting light and working up to deadlifts and squats. Today was back, biceps and triceps with about a mile of cardio in there.
I’ll be really honest with you. The gym is the place that I feel LEAST comfortable. Cardio is my best friend. Anyone can get on a treadmill, press quick start and then walk/run. Easy peasy. But I can’t walk into the gym and just start lifting weights. I don’t know what I am doing or how to do it. I get frustrated and discouraged easily in the gym. After about 40 minutes of lifting weights, I threw in the towel to finish off with something that felt comfortable – running. I learned that I really need to work on my patience. It’s okay to be just starting out and to get frustrated but it isn’t okay to give up. That is not going to get me to my goal.
I worked out hard enough to end up with sore arms, so I am still going to consider it a win.
After the gym, we hosted our weekly paleo cooking party at our place. The boys sat on the couch watching football while Kristin and I created a disastrous and delicious mess in the kitchen (her meal, anyway.)
Such a mess, I think we got every dish in the house dirty!
Kristin tried her hand at the paleo enchilada bake and it turned out GREAT. She added in salsa in addition to the enchilada sauce and it turned out perfect. She also made cilantro cauliflower “rice,” and that turned out perfect as well. And just look at that presentation!
I have been trying to find a way to incorporate tuna into our diets. We relied on tuna so heavily before we went paleo. Today, I attempted a “cheesy paleo tuna casserole,” with nutritional yeast in place of cheese mixed with spaghetti squash. This was my first kitchen catastrophe. From the way that the mayo did not turn out to the soupiness of the casserole to the blandness of the taste. It was not the finest meal I have turned out.
Next time, we will add onions and celery and more on the spice side. Maybe then it would turn out better.
After we ate, we decided to skip out on the dirty dishes and go to the movies! The movie theatre is where we spent most of our Sunday afternoons. Today however, I was forced to see Dumb and Dumber To. I wish I had that 2 hours of my life back. I’m sorry to all the Dumb & Dumber fans out there… I get it, people think it’s hilarious. Unfortunately, the humor is just lost on me. But, a trip to see this (bad) movie did lead me to…
How to be paleo at the movies!
First, find the largest purse in your closet.
Second, fill it with mixed nuts, intense dark chocolate, and a Tupperware full of sweet potato tator tots.
Third, throw in a bottle of sparkling water.
Fourth, enter the movie theatre!
After the movies, we dropped Lando off at his mom’s. I suggested that we make a pit stop at Chipotle so that we wouldn’t have to go home and eat my gross tuna casserole. My husband must have REALLY not wanted to eat my tuna casserole because he made the stop. I had only eaten Chipotle once since starting paleo and had to forgo my usual mixture of salsas and sauces so the taste of a paleo Chipotle bowl just wasn’t working for me.
I think that what I need to remember is that I can’t expect the paleo alternative to my favorite comfort food to taste exactly like the original.
But tonight was different, tonight I had a spur of the moment decision to have my first cheat meal. I had a 25% paleo, 75% not paleo burrito bowl. I loaded it with white rice, corn salsa, cheese and a tiny bit of sour cream. I had never been so excited to eat Chipotle. It was equal parts excited to eat and not excited to see what dairy was going to do to my stomach after 5 weeks with no dairy.
And though it tasted as good as I imagined, not more than 10 minutes after we left Chipotle did my stomach start to cramp and bloat. My stomach is now larger than it has been in 5 weeks and very uncomfortable. Makes cheat meals less desirable. I will remember next time, how awful I felt after having the dairy and I will choose to leave it behind.