Caveman Cafeteria, H2O, and a New Shirt

I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! Mine was spent with friends, including a small adventure in mountain biking with the boyfriend where we learned that a “short ways” in biker speak equals four miles straight up hill. More on that later.

Last week I mentioned that a Paleo Food Cart had set up shop near my work. My co-worker, who also happens to be into Paleo Food (and even brought me amazing homemade Korean Short Ribs today), and I decided to check it out. The Caveman Cafeteria is located on 16th and Larimer, if you happen to be in Denver, and features a small variety of delicious Paleo foods, including veggie sides and even a dessert now and then.Image

I got the steak and coconut kale. At first glance it doesn’t seem like a lot of food, but buried under that kale was so much steak! I was definitely full and very satisfied the rest of the afternoon.

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Does anyone else have trouble remembering to drink the full gallon of water that is recommended for active people? I personally have the worlds smallest bladder (TMI?), so I used to purposely not drink much so I didn’t have to get up every 10 minutes. I’m trying to get better at it so I’ve set a timer on my phone that goes off every 3 hours. If I haven’t drank my full 32 ounce Nalgene by then, it’s chugging time. Luckily, back in the day I was a regular winner of the “chick chug” at the local bar, so I’ve had some practice at this (sorry mom and dad!).  I also try to drink an extra Nalgene when I come back from long runs all sweaty and dehydrated.

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Lastly, my new shirt arrived on Friday and I was so excited I may have worn it two days in a row. I got it at wodsuperstore in case any of you ladies want one!

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“Meet me at the Bar!”

I’m off to Texas at the end of this week, but I’ll try to post some yummy treats before I leave! Enjoy your short weeks everyone!

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Do Clothes Make the (Wo) Man?

This past weekend I went to Scottsdale, Arizona to visit two of my best girlfriends. We met through mutual friends three years ago when I first moved to West LA . We hadn’t all been together in over a year and I had been looking forward to this trip for months. These girls have been there through ups and downs, late night phone calls, road tripping adventures and the likes. They also just get me. They not only tolerate, but encourage all my quirky behaviors. Remember that whole planking trend?

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yea, I was into that, and they were right there with me. Humiliating ourselves in public settings for the sake of our amusement?

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We had that covered.

So this weekend we reconvened to stir up some trouble in the desert. Saturday night we decided to go out to some clubs. I hadn’t been to a club in almost a year and a half, so I was excited to go and dance and have fun with my friends.

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If you know me, you know that if I am not at work I am most likely in work out clothes. Since I work out every day, usually at night, I rarely find the point in spending time to look nice when I’m rushing to and from class.

When we got to the club I slowly found myself becoming critical of how I looked and comparing myself to girls around me who fit the societal image of what ‘pretty’ is. First I didn’t like how the dress made my waist look, then I didn’t like how my hair was hanging. All the old insecurities that I had worked so hard to conquer by focusing on my ability instead of my physical self had re-emerged. Soon I felt so insecure and out of place that I found myself wishing I could have come out to the bar in spandex and a sports bra. It was then I realized that those clothes were like my safety blanket. Although I am sure to any outsider I look far better in a dress and makeup then in sweaty gym clothes, the pride I felt in what I did in the gym made me feel so powerful and proud that it made me feel beautiful.

I always preach that it’s important to focus more on what your body can achieve instead of how it looks, and I believe that to the fullest extent. Your body may not be physically capable of looking like your “dream body” due to bone structure, skin type, metabolism etc. But most goals you can achieve if you put in the effort. I think I learned this weekend that while I may have that confidence in the gym, and when I’m going about my daily life in my safety blanket, those insecurities can still emerge when I step outside that comfort zone.

Insecurities aside I still had an amazing time and danced my face off with the help of some glow sticks and smoke machines. I’m so sad that I won’t be able to see them for a while, but I’m already excited for the next visit.

Are there any situations that trigger that insecure/out of place feeling in you?

How do you go about trying to conquer it?

Paleo Prosciutto Eggs Cups and Beef Stuffed Peppers

I admit, it’s been a while. I got caught up in my real world life, final exams, and starting a full time job. To whoever has been linking to me on Pinterest, you are amazing and I am so grateful. Somehow in my absence my blog got more hits than ever. Does this mean that you guys like it better when I don’t talk? …well tough luck, I’m in a chatty mood.

I’m back with TWO recipes for you today. The first one I had seen pictures of on Instagram and knew I had to recreate. If you are looking for another breakfast food to make ahead of time and eat on the go, this is definitely for you.

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Paleo Prosciutto/Bacon Egg Cup

1/4lb proscuitto or 1/2lb bacon

6 Eggs

Chopped bell peppers, onions, spinach (I used 1/2 a bell pepper, 1/4 cup spinach and 1/4 cup onion, but it’s really up to you)

1. Spray muffin tin with coconut oil

2. Line each muffin tin with thin layer of prosciutto/bacon

3. Mix veggies and eggs together and pour small amounts into each muffin tin

4. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes on 350.

These were so good and did not last long before they were gobbled up. The saltiness from the prosciutto is truly addicting. Tonight I also made stuffed peppers, which are super quick and easy and great to make ahead of time for lunches or dinners.

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Paleo Stuffed Peppers

1lb ground beef or bison

3 bell peppers, preferably red or yellow or orange

1/2 onion, diced

6 basil leaves, chopped

1/2 cup cherry tomatos, chopped in half

6 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon chili powder (opt.)

1. Cut bell peppers in half, leaving the stems up scooping out the seeds. Place open side down on a baking sheet with a bit of coconut oil on them and place in oven at 350*.

2. Put chopped onions in saucepan with 2 tbs coconut oil. Cook on medium until translucent.

3. Add beef and garlic and chili powder (optional, but you know I like things spicy), stir until the beef starts to brown.

4. Add basil and tomato, cook until all meet is brown.

5. Remove peppers from oven, scoop beef mixture into peppers.

6. Put back in oven for about 15 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.

7. I also roasted jalapeños (just cut them up and threw them on a baking pan) and mixed these in after the fact. Added even more spicy flavor if that’s your thing.

Today I signed up for a new gym, with my work paying for a good portion of my membership fees. I’ll be able to go over during lunch and work out, or after work to avoid rush hour traffic. The gym is super nice and I can’t wait until tomorrow to check it out. Does that make me a little crazy? Maybe, but I don’t care.

Also, I found a Paleo Food truck! They were just shutting down for the day, when I discovered them so I couldn’t get any food. BUT I chatted with the guys a bit, who were super friendly, and I’ll be reviewing their food tomorrow for anyone who lives in the Denver Area!

May Goals

Today is May Day, a holiday celebrating and welcoming spring and…. it snowed. Not just a little, but like 6 inches and still coming down. I find it very hard to get things done when it’s cold outside, so this is not helping my studying or general productivity. I did make it to the gym today and tried some squats with chains. The chains make it so the weight gets lighter as you go down (due to the chains hitting the floor) so you can get lower more easily, but then it gets increasingly harder as you stand up. It was fun, made me feel like a bit of a bad ass 🙂

ImageNow let’s talk about May goals. As I mentioned in my last post, I really wanna get my running back on point. I’m trying not to find it so depressing how slow I’ve gotten and instead just see it as another challenge.  So:

1) I’m hoping to get my speed up a bit so by end of May I am about 8 minute miles for anything over 5 miles, and under 8 for anything less than 5. I’ve been trying to do more hill work outs, so hopefully I can get faster at that as well.

2) I’d love to get my squat up to 135 with 12 reps still getting low.

3) Get my clean over 110 with good form.

4) Do an unassisted pull up from hanging position, no kipping.

What are your May Goals?!