It’s FRIDAY!!!! I’ve been really happy this week. And I know why. So many good things have happened AND I feel awesome! Why do I feel awesome? Well…I just finished up a 10 Day Shred with an amazing group of clients. You may have seen me post about the Shred on FB or IG. If you want to know more, comment below and I’ll send you info. This is my 3rd shred and each time I get something new from it. I’m quickly reminded when I do it how good I feel! Yes…I eat clean anyways the majority of the time. But, doing the shred keeps me focused and on track. I was never tempted to eat all the Halloween Candy I had lying around the house, which was awesome! I actually didn’t even crave it, which is HUGE for me because I am literally obsessed with candy. So, what were the benefits for me? Well…first, I slept great. Every day I woke up AWAKE! My body woke up before my alarm each day and I didn’t feel groggy. My eyes were open and ready to start the day. Second…my stomach is flat. That’s because you don’t eat past 6:00 on the shred. I wake up feeling so good and never sick. I love when I fully give my body time to digest my food. Third…I had energy! I never felt tired at all this week and it was a busy week! Never felt an afternoon lull or like I wanted to take a nap. Every night I went to bed, fell soundly asleep and woke up energized. And last? Well…this was my favorite. I felt sooooo good at the gym this past week. I felt like I push myself again through my workouts. I felt like I could breathe! And for those that understand Crossfit lingo, I’m pretty sure I PR’d my Fran time, I got my 1RM Squat Clean for 143#, which I haven’t gotten in 2 years AND I PR’d my 5RM deadlift at 193#x5. On top of it, my double-unders felt amazing and I wasn’t exhausted after doing large sets. It’s no coincidence for me. This is what happens when I take care of body….when I eat clean and when I sleep and am rested. I love when I feel like this!
Not only did I have clients finish up a 10 day shred, but I also had a group of clients finish up a 30-day Paleo Challenge. Between those to challenges, my clients also had amazing results. Including more energy, weight loss, better sleep, better digestion, and less sugar cravings. One of my clients even gave up drinking Diet Coke FOREVER! In addition, they finished with the knowledge of menu planning and meal prepping…they keys to staying on track with eating clean. I educated and inspired, but THEY did the work! So beyond excited and proud of all of them! Oh and me….I’m proud of me, too, for making it the 10 days. YAY!
Ok, lets get into a little discussion about something that happened at the gym yesterday. Well…it happens often, acutally. I’ve been crossfitting for 4 1/2 years now. And I love it. Crossfit has become my second home and the people there have become my second family. I love them and spend A LOT of time there. Because of this, I feel really comfortable there…maybe a little too comfortable sometimes…LOL! I love my coaches to death. But…sometimes they call me negative. Not negative…negative towards some of the workouts we do and me not wanting to do them. Now, trust me. When I first started crossfit I was ALL ABOUT CROSSFIT. I wanted to PR all the time, I wanted to compete, and I wanted to be able to do everything at the Rx weights. And I did do competitions. And I did and can do a lot of movements at the Rx weight. But as time went on, I had to take a step back and ask myself why I was there. What were my goals? My goals are to be healthy. My goals are to be fit and live a long, happy, healthy life. My goals are not to be the best or the fastest in the gym. They are not to compete or go to the games. Sure…I like some friendly competition every once in a while, but I’m just not that serious about it anymore. The older I get, the more I really just don’t give a shit…LOL! When it comes to crossfit, I’ve learned when I can push myself and when I can’t. Ok…sometime I need a little extra push and I’m always appreciative of that. Sometimes I really do. But, for the most part, I know what I want and I know what I can do. When I “complain”, I’m not just doing it to complain. I’m not being negative…I’m being realistic. I used to get so worked up all the time when I didn’t do well in workouts. I mean…ALL the time. And that just had to stop because once you do that, it’s no fun anymore. Since I changed my attitude about my workouts, I feel like more magic has happened. I go with the flow. Sometimes I PR and a lot of the time, I don’t. Sometimes I tell myself, I’m going to just move through the WOD and get it done…then sometimes I start going and I feel really good, so I turn it up and go for it. And sometime, well…I just suck and so be it….that happens, too. The bottom line is…I’m there for ME…no one else. Hell yeah…I LOVE to PR! Who doesn’t? Like yesterday when I PR’d my deadlift not once, but twice? I was beaming with excitement! Totally made my day! But, I just let it happen as it happens. I had no idea it would happen or what to expect and it just happened on it’s own time. Sure…I still have goals in crossfit. I so badly want a muscle-up. And I’ll work on getting one. But, I won’t let it consume me.
My point here? Stop calling me negative! This is me. I like to be fresh. It’s fun. Love me or hate me….I’m not changing for anyone. And you want to know what? My “complaining” makes me who I am. I don’t like to behave myself. That’s boring! I smile and laugh a lot of CF, too. I mean….wouldn’t I be boring if I just constantly said…Ok, coach. Yes, coach. Whatever you say, coach. No, thank you! BORING!!!! Actually…I think deep down my coaches love my “freshy” attitude. Or else they probably would’ve kicked me out by now…LOL! It’s what makes me, me. They love me…I just know it. Seriously…just always just be yourself.
So, before we get into the discussion of food, I wanted to chat Stitch Fix. They have been on point with outfits for me lately. My last 2 boxes were awesome and right on target with my style. I love these cute dresses they’ve been sending me. They are dressy/casual enough for both church and for a special occasion. Anyways, I thought when I could, I’d share some of the amazing stuff they sent me. I’m not typically the selfie type, but here I go (the least I could’ve done is fix my bed…LOL!) This dress is super cute and SO comfortable! And I love that it has little pockets. Perfect for fall, winter and spring. Can’t wait for my next Fix in a few weeks. I requested something holiday-ish for my husbands company party. I hope I love it!
Ok… now onto FOOD! First, let me explain the reasoning behind my recipe this week. We all know what’s around the corner, right? CHRISTMAS!! I LOVE Christmas. It’s my most favorite holiday of the year. I love the decorating, I love the music, I love the movies, and I love the holiday cheer. My kids love Christmas, too. We could listen to Christmas music all day long. I rarely ever have music on in the house when I’m working or cooking…I actually prefer the silence. But Christmas time? It’s on non-stop. I just can’t get sick of it. Now…my husband? Well, he’s a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas. He thinks its too much. But, I don’t care. I throw my holiday cheer in his face whether he likes it or not…LOL! This coming weekend it’ll be pretty warm, so my plan is to get the lights up on the trees outside. I won’t put them on until Thanksgiving is over, but it’s better than waiting for a freezing cold weekend to do it.
So, when we think Christmas, we think about holiday baking, right? When I was little, we always had a huge Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family. Think lots of very loud Armenian women!…LOL! It was a blast. My mom’s two sisters always did the baking. Actually, they baked for me and Scott’s wedding. It was awesome to have the homemade love from my two favorite aunts. One of my favorite holiday treats were these Peanut Butter Balls my Auntie Helen made. I would hoard them. And I just couldn’t get enough. We requested them every year and made sure she and my Uncle George were bringing them. We called the “Mourad Ball” after their last name Mouradian. They were always so special. We still request them if we have the opportunity now. But…they are filled with so much sugar! Sure…it’s Christmas…we indulge. And having the real things is always fun. But, I wanted to come up with a version that I could truly indulge on during the whole season and not have to worry about feeling poopy if I ate too many…which I will…LOL! I ‘m pretty happy with the outcome of these. They taste super yummy and look just like my Auntie Helen’s version. I think she’ll be proud of me 🙂 I hope you enjoy them too and potentially make them for your holiday gatherings this year.