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Thursday, March 1, 2012

59/366-Month in review, and some recent pictures :)

So welcome to the lovely world of us. Yes it is late, no I don't care... :) This will be a somewhat short post but it's gotta happen.

Today I was super sore from my work out and had a TERRIBLE night's sleep last night. It was quite awful. I couldn't get to sleep (tossed and turned) and then had a horrific dream about... bad things. So it was tough.

ANYWHO it was a 7hr day at work which typically feels short but on no sleep and sore, it was kinda hard. Thank god my consumers were awesome! :D Made the day breeze buy.

After daycare I came home and could have honestly slept already at 7... but then I realized I wanted some food and I really wanted to cook. I have finally started loving cooking again. It is kind of a long story but other than when I am cooking for others I don't really enjoy it because of a lot of the things I went through with my ex-husband. It's old news and I am working through it and I think a good sign of that is that I was so in the mood to do it, alone, today. Even when Ben offered to help (while he was doing homework) I turned him down. I loved it.

I made some sweet potato wedges and some pumpkin brownies. It is shark week and I felt I deserved some chocolate-but if I was gonna do it, it would be paleo. I did miss milk while eating the brownies... but you know, whatever.

So we did that and it was great... here are some pictures for you!

 Left over stew with eggs for break fast ... SO GOOD!
 Our first shot at a pizza crust. I WILL have one by... sometime... this year. That tastes, and feels, like a real crust of pizza.
 The done crust... it was crumbly and dry.
 add some sauce and pepperoni
 Sausage, Bacon, and Onion!
 Ben added some nasty crap called Mushrooms and Olives-yuck-but it was really good!
 Pizza... :D
 These were my wedges I made today... really quick and simple, I hope to make them again soon. :)
 Wedges and a wrap-PERFECT
 Brownies! :D So good!
Look how moist they are in the middle-they were almost a bit too sweet, and almost a bit too spicy. I would probably cut back the cinnamon and the honey a bit... as a primal my taste buds are very acute though... so maybe for a "normal" person they would be fine.

So the month in review: 

Ben's Worst and My Worst are the same... the Crab Cakes. I want to reiterate that this does not mean that the cakes are bad... it just means that we did not like them very much... I think a huge part of that has to do with the fact that we live in a land-locked state and the crab we used was basically canned... it was the only thing with real ingredients we could find... I KNOW I KNOW... it was sad. WE WILL try these again with FRESH crab-some day... Maybe. 

Ben's Best: 

Dessert: Coconut Cake "It tasted exactly like a normal cake. People who are NOT primal LOVED it... How much better can it get!"

This cake was to DIE FOR!! I should do a review of the book for Bill and Hayley... they really did a knock out job!

Meal: Gyros- "even though the meat was really spicy, it was really flavorful... and juicy. It was so nice having something I liked from before without feeling guilty about it." 

YUM! :) so flavorful!

Manda's Favorite: 

Dessert: the cake-of course. It was amazing. Not to mention we got Ben's ENTIRE family to eat it! It just proved our point that it is the best decision for our wedding to make the cakes from Make it Paleo

Meal: The Stew. I was really really craving some stew... and it hit the spot. It was just so tasty. And the meat was AMAZING the next day with some eggs on top. it lasted us a total of 5 meals... (Ben-2 and Me-3) How awesome is that?!!! Not to mention I LOVE ROSEMARY! (don't tell my partner ;) )


Really everything this month has been ABSOLUTELY smashing. I have made a deal with my girlfriend Mims that we will both save up money when we are working out so that we can have a girls weekend once a year or something. It is motivation to keep working out and keep up with a goal but it is also a good way to save up to see each other so we don't go forever without. Also I love that we are working it on both ends. It is so nice that she and I are both working equally as hard because we want to see each other and spend that time together. Life gets so busy, I think I forget to work hard for those I love sometimes. 

Our rules: The exercise must cause sweating, soreness or both. (this rules out a simple stroll around the mall), There can be more than one exercising in one day allowing for more than a dollar a day if that is desired/reasonable, and there are some more things we talked about... but really the basic gist is that we are working hard on both ends to improve our health and our bodies, while at the same time saving money to spend time together... in our new awesome bodies! :) Maybe we'll go somewhere where we can wear a swimming suit! :) 

My last thing I wanna talk about is my Goal for my 200... I wasn't going to bring this up, but it is something that is really motivating me. I have never been below 199.8 lbs (since I have been an adult) so my goal is to get there... (and keep going of course) but it is my first major goal. I weighed in at 225.5 this week (down 12.5 since Jan1 and down 35.5 from my highest weight). When I hit 200 I will buy myself a new workout outfit.

 I will be getting this shirt from the Make it Paleo/Primal-Palate folks! (I might get this tank top too... depending)

I will get a pair of workout pants from CF Sioux Falls... (they are really cute and only 20 bucks) I wish I had a pic to show you... HEY if you're reading this Liza, post pics of the clothes ;)

Lastly I will get a pair of knee high socks. I am still trying to decide which ones though, Bacon, NomNom Paleo, Angel, rainbow... there are so many options!!!

Anyway I am really thrilled to have a goal in sight again. After my eating, and my working out at CF the last couple weeks... I am starting to notice a difference in my body makeup... and honestly that is the biggest motivator of all. 

Thank you for reading-for such a short post this thing really turned out long ;) 

Take care and be safe. 


  1. I vote nom nom paleo or rainbow socks! <3 you can do it!!! xoxo

  2. I'll get in in the workouts->money-> trip thing, if y'all'd want.