Just Catching Up!

I should be shunned for Blog neglect. It has been nearly 4 months since my last post. I’m feeling pretty guilty about leaving this beautiful space untouched for so long. So many things have happened since I fell out of the Blogosphere. So, let me update you a little. We’ll start where I left off…

-I did successfully finish the Lurong Paleo Challenge. I lost 6 pounds and lost a few on my measurements but not a lot. As I thought I would I went back to my carbby ways, but in the New Year I am planning to make better choices. I am also planning on staying mainly Paleo with a little looser guidelines. I’ll call it Kelleo? Sounds good right?

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– I ran my first 10k and I did rather well! I placed 69th with a pace of 9:06 and finished with a 56:31 time.

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Hard to admit but I haven’t really run and focused on running since October…

-Husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for our 2 year anniversary!

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-We went home for our Cash Family Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (BYOP(umpkin))

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…drum roll please…

-We finally bought a HOUSE on Halloween!

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-I turned the big 2-6 and threw a Gatsby party… I have always wanted a roaring 20’s party and when better to do it when you are a roaring 26 year old?

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-I had to say goodbye to my cousin from afar… RIP sweet Bryan.

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-I was blessed to go home for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

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-I celebrated the New Year with friends.

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-and I began the New Year 2014 with a traditional Southern style New Years Day dinner cooked by ME 🙂

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-Oh, and tonight I did my first WOD with Toe to Bar! (Big deal, I couldn’t even hang on the bar much less pull my feet up to my hands at the beginning of last year).

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As you can see, I have been a very busy bee! And that is basically what you missed in a nut shell. For my New Years Resolution I will not abandon my Blog for more than 2 weeks. I hope I can keep ’em coming! Have a wonderful 2014 friends!

Day 12, A Wheat Cheat, and Tomorrows Race…

Good evening! It’s Friday (see what I am saying about that whole social life gone astray thing?) and I am here to give you some some-what hopefully entertaining updates on my crazy, weird, yet boring life.

I am on Day 12 of the Lurong Paleo Challenge

See how pumped I am? I bought a shirt.

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Never thought I’d be that annoying person who constantly asks “Is there sugar in that?” “Is this gluten free?” and ends with “No Cheese please.” Ugh, who am I?

So, Thursday I had a big bad “no no” cheat. There was a FOURTH of a cupcake left after a work bridal shower. Who leaves a perfectly butchered, tiny slice of cupcake sitting around for just anyone who’s dieting to eat? RUDE. So, I gave in and ate the whole thing in one bite. It felt like I was biting into a rainbow. First sugar/wheat combo in 11 days and I was proud of myself… for like 2 seconds and then immediately felt guilty afterwards. I’m glad I got it out of my system…

Until this afternoon…

I had a seminar today at a hotel. Stupid me was thinking they would have salad and I would miserably eat dry salad for lunch. NOPE. We were on our own for lunch, and there was nothing but delicious food around the hotel. I went to a sandwich shop thinking I would get just a salad… but instead I came back with a southwest chicken wrap (at least it was whole grain wrapping?) It made my taste buds happy but my tummy all bloaty! I haven’t had that much wheat in so long. It tasted good but I feel weepy and tired and BLOATED.

So now that is out of my system I’ll be good for the rest of the weekend right? haha… We’ll see… We have husband’s work “family night” tomorrow night… my husband works for a beer company. So, you see how that is going to go. Also, my own work picnic is Sunday. So, they are sure to have Paleo options, yes? Doubt it.

Here is our “NOPE” cabinet by the way… it’s pretty horrible when you accidentally open it…

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In Paleo baking news: I have made Paleo Pumpkin Muffins! yum yum!

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Super awesome with morning coffee! I think I am going to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract next time but you can fine the recipe here.

I also made Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs using Spaghetti Squash. It was AWESOME!

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Yum yum yum. Definitely cured the Italian food craving I have been having. You can get the recipe here. SO delicious, y’all.

In other news MY FIRST 10K IS TOMORROW!

I am so nervous but I am just trying to think of it as just another long run. I don’t want to get caught up in going too fast too soon. That is what really scares me about this race. I have been running 5K’s constantly. I just need to remember to watch my pace and keep it at a good 10 min/mile. Also, it’s crazy that I am running this race after drastically changing my diet. I am a little worried about that too, but I am ready I am sure to rock this thing. Right?

Wish me luck!

Talk to y’all soon!

Found any good Paleo Recipes lately???

Ditching the Scale

When I first started Crossfit I was in ok shape, not strong at all but as a runner and a yoga enthusiast I was pretty happy with my weight.

My weight. I was always obsessed about a number on the scale.  Would it be a bad day, a good day, would it inspire me to go run an extra mile that day, would I maybe not indulge in an Iced latte from Starbucks? I weighed myself every morning, and that can be exhausting! I believe that a lot of women are obsessed over this number. That somehow this number defines us, but I think we’re getting it all wrong and here is why.

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The scale has become something so unimportant to me. I was curious and I just learned today that I have gained 6 pounds since I started Crossfit. I didn’t cringe, I didn’t pinch the fat off of unwanted places and grimace but I looked in the mirror and smiled at myself. Because I can see the faint lines of Abs starting to form, my butt is firmer, my arms and shoulders are full of muscle, my legs no longer bear cellulite when I am sitting down in shorts.

This is why the scale is a liar. It’s not what the number reads but what you feel in yourself. Do not let the scale judge you, the scale is not going to change you, YOU have to change you.

So here is my advice my fellow obsessed scale readers: How do you feel? Forget the number.

If you do not feel good in your skin, you have the absolute power to change it.

Go for a run

Join a new gym

Look into personal training

Give Crossfit a try.

It’s all in your hands. Ready. Set. Sweat.

P.S. I did my first kipping pull up yesterday!!!!! Still working on my strict pull up 🙂

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Kelly’s Kitchen: Yummy Chicken Stir Fry

My mom gave me this recipe and it is so yummy! This is like take out but better (in my opinion). This is delicious on a bed of rice, so I recommend making some minute rice or whatever kind tickles your fancy. I have a really handy Rice cooker so I get Husband to throw some rice in the cooker while I get started on the stir fry.  You can add more or less chicken and veggies. How you divide it out depends on the amount of servings. I would say the two chicken breasts serve about 3 big servings, 4 smaller servings.This will probably be my last post until Monday so, I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter with family and/or friends!

What You Need:

  • 2 Whole Chicken breasts 
  • 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon cooking or dry sherry
  • 2 Teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lbs medium mushrooms
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 3 zucchini or broccoli tops (I usually use zucchini)
  • olive oil

Get The Cooking Party Started!!!

Turn up your favorite song/radio station/pandora/spotify what ever gets you shaking and making! ***Look for a music suggestion at the bottom!

About 30 minutes before serving, start cooking the rice as label directs and keep warm

Meanwhile, cut each chicken breast lengthwise in half, then with knife held in slanting position almost parallel to cutting surface, cut across the width of each half into 1/8 inch this slices. (I just kinda cut them  into whatever size I like my chicken pieces to be).

In medium bowl mix Chicken, cornstarch, soy sauce, cooking sherry, ginger, sugar, garlic powder, and set aside.

Thinly slice mushrooms, onion, and zucchini (or cut broccoli tops).

In 12 inch skillet or Wok heat up 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium-high heat.

cook vegetables stirring quickly and frequently until tender. After they are tender move vegetables mixture into a bowl and set aside.

In same skillet over High Heat, add another 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil to skillet . Cook chicken mixture, stirring quickly and frequently until chicken in tender/done. Return Veggies to skillet with the chicken and heat through.

Serve with rice 🙂

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Finished! Yummy

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Enjoy!

***Today we feature Tom Petty “American Girl” because spring is on the way. This song gets me all hyped up for warm weather and silly headbobbing/dancing. Have fun!

This Could Be My Closet.

Happy Spring! (Even though we are suppose to get snow here on Sunday)…

So, I am in no way a “Fashionista” nor am I always on the up and up with fashion, but I know what I like. I’d much rather spend money on new running shoes than a trendy brand name watch. However, I am a sucker for a good deal and I like to keep a list of things that I want in my closet. I don’t get to shop often. Husband and I are working on getting our student loans paid off so most of our money goes towards that and saving. We save, save, save. I’m in dire need of new running shoes right now, but I have to wait for a little while longer before I can get them. So, most of my fashion buys and wants are scored a little later than most people but that doesn’t stop me from loving them once they hit my closet rack. Here are the Top 5 things I have FINALLY scored in my closet (and jewelry box). After, I talk about the top 5 things I would LOVE TO HAVE in my closet.

1: CHAMBRAY: 

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Yep, I finally did it. I have been seeing this casual cuteness sneak onto the pages and style boards of every Pinterest friend I am following (Even if I were to jump on this fashion trend sooner, I’d just have to cover it with my giant heavy winter coat anyway). No, I probably won’t wear this beautiful piece with a pair of denim jeans (unless it is an extremely dark washed denim), but I LOVE it with my black leggings and I would ADORE some white jeans or shorts to pair with this baby. I bought this shirt not too long ago at a Nordstrom Rack (the TJ Max of Nordstrom) on sale for 21 buckaroo’s. Not bad for a trend that might not stick around too long (you never know it could be ‘in’ til may or ‘in’ for the next 30 years).

2: ROSE GOLD

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I love rose gold. Love Love Love. For Christmas my Instagram and Facebook accounts BLEW UP with Rose Gold Michael Kors watches and I swooned over them. A Michael Kor’s watch was on my list last year but I got other things I had been wanting so, my Christmas was pretty rockin’ also. It still didn’t cure my want and need for one of these beautiful babies. So, what did I do? Khol’s of course. You can’t beat an $18 watched that ticks the same way (and I still get compliments on it). As for the David Yurman…. It’s a David Furman (fake as all get out). I got that lovely piece at Charmin’ Charlie. Just as pretty as the real thing and I love it as well. Haters gon’ hate my fake style…. I’ll enjoy my 12$ bracelet for now.

3: PLAIN WHITE 1/4 LENGTH T-SHIRT

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This sounds absolutely silly, but this has been my favorite addition… AND IT WAS FREE at The Gap (thanks to my moms awesome Couponing skills). I love it because it goes with ANYTHING and you can pretty much dress it up or down however you want. I love it with dark jeans, an infinity scarf, and my “wanna-be” fancy jewelry. I’ve worn it with my Braves ball cap, I have worn it with sweat pants around the house, I have slept in it (I didn’t want to take it off… too comfy). It’s flowy but just in the right places. Who knew such a simple staple could go a long way.

4: STATEMENT NECKLACES

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I have had a black one, a turquoise, and a white one for a while, but right now I am really digging this one because it pairs so nicely with Rose Gold. I wear it a lot…. I have to remind myself to circulate colors because I want to wear it ALL THE TIME (kinda like my next favorite thing).

5: INFINITY SCARVES

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So, spring is on it’s way but we’ll still have those random days that a chill is in the air and what a lovely way to keep ourselves warmer! This is a light, breathable scarf so that on 60 degree days it’ll feel warm but not hot.  I wear this thing way too much. In my recent pictures this leopard print pretty is featured in nearly every one. I’d like to hang my head as a repeat leopard scarf wearer. I just can’t help it. I’m just mad for it.

So, those are a few of my favorite things in my closet at the moment. Now for five things that I would LOVE to have in my closet at the moment!

1: WHITE JEANS

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I would love me some white skinnies for spring/summer. I have seen people already wearing them and while I am a traditional lover of the Memorial/Labor day white rule I have set some new standards. I’m now saying St. Patricks Day to the First Day of Fall because if it’s 30 degrees out and you’re wearing white jeans, I still cringe a little. I wish I didn’t, but I do. To each their own I suppose.

2: MINT

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Anything or everything Mint. I am totally on the bandwagon (without it in my closet, yet). I specifically love the pants, but at this point I’ll take anything.

3: CORAL

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I just have a love affair with color this spring. Coral is pretty, girly, sunny, and I just can’t help but smile when I see it. Specifically cute with white shorts or jeans. You could even go with coral pants if you dare to brave the colored pants fad (which I personally think is lovely).

4: MORE STACKABLES!!

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You can’t go wrong with more stackable bracelets. I need/want/have to have stackables in every color (and maybe one of these days I will sport a new MK watch).

5: AZTEC AND CHEVRON PRINTS

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I love this thing for Aztec and Cheveron prints, I’m totally digging into it. I have an Aztec print tank that I wore WAY TO MUCH last summer so I would love a dress or another cute Aztec print shirt or even a skirt… pretty much anything. As for the Chevron print I’d love it in a cute flowy top or dress… ADORE.

What are your favorite things in your closet?

What are some of the trends you’d love hanging in your wardrobe?

How about jewelry?

Have a lovely Friday!

*** for your listening pleasure today we feature: The REAL Wagon Wheel not this Darius Rucker junk. 🙂 Heeeeeey, Mama Rock Me!