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  1. Update: not enjoying a hip injury... IT band is tight as hell and aches like crazy intermittently. Dr Husband suggested stretching and ice. mghhh. Aud-I'll graduate at the beginning of May, and Jason still has 2 years, but he'll be doing rotations in the hospital nearly like a real person. The house hunt is semi-successful, but the market is so hot that nothing stays long enough for us to rent it by the 1st of May. The realtor who is helping us is really great though, so we keep on keepin on My job hunt is less than successful. I have like 9347 job website accounts, and I emailed a recruiter for help, but she didn't email me back and I'm saaaaaad. Next stop, cold calling, I guess.
  2. Week 2 Wrap-Up (rap rap wrap-up) Fitness goals: So, here come some excuses. Life happened a little bit too often this week. I didn't lift this week and had 2 off-days. I've jogged twice so far (and I keep going at least a mile without stopping, so I'm much better off than I have been), and I'm going to jog again today, so that'll make 3. I did torture-yoga twice... I sorta felt as though one of those could maybe possibly count as lifting (no, it doesn't, but let me think I did something intense). TL;DR jog 3x, yoga 2x Diet goals: Pretty good for the majority of the week, paleo-wise. I had honey 0x this week. I guess I didn't have a very craving-y week. But let me tell you, Friday, our apartment complex had food trucks come and... well... sandwich/nachos/gellato happened. I'm not proud of it. But I had a good next day to sort of make up for it. I think I also had drinks on too many nights. Never more than 1 per night, but still. Also, there was some cheese in a tuna casserole I made. Just parm tho. Life goals: I took my path exam this Friday, and I think I did relatively well. Did the litterbox more consistently than I have been, and did lots of dishes since I did lots of cooking. I still have more to do today though :-/. We went to Naples yesterday to look at houses to rent, so that's moving forward. I'm on the hunt for a job, so if any of you see one in Naples, shoot it so I can have it. Wear it as a hat, or whatever. The next couple of days I'll work on my Capstone reports and see what I need to do to get everything moving along. I'll update again then. I'd give this week a B-... do better, me!
  3. So proud of you for walking and/or biking to work! It's not.warm.at.all. in the buckeye state. Lemme know if you want more easy paleo recipes if you're wanting to be more paleolithic like a caveman person. Jason says hi. Probably.
  4. For my midterm this week (which I found out was Friday instead of Thursday, so yay!) I have a super-neato chart made for a studying schedule. I will make notecards of all of the stuff I need to memorize on flashcardmachine.com, and will make sure to run through them twice (getting everything right of course). I will conquer you, pathology.
  5. Paleo-ish Tuna Casserole Ingredients 1 large spaghetti squasholive oil2 Tbsp cooking fatI used bacon grease1 onion8 oz button mushrooms4 cloves garlic½ can anchovies2 Tbsp butter1 ½ Tbsp arrowroot powder1 can coconut milk½ tsp thymeblack pepper to tastesalt to tastelots of the ingredients are pretty salty, so don’t overdo it2 (5-oz) cans tuna½ lb frozen spinach½ cup olivesI used the green ones with the red thingy in the middle, but use whichever you have/like½ cup sour cream½ cup parmesan cheeseadditional ¼ cup parmesancheese for topping Procedure Preheat oven to 400˚ FSlice spaghetti squash in half length-wise, scrape out the seeds and goopSpread a little olive oil on the cut side of the squash, then place the halves cut side down on a foil-linedbaking sheet Bake for 20-45 minutes depending on the size of the squashIt’s done when you can stick a knife in the middle really easily You’ll probably want to cook the squash a little in advance of starting everything else since it’s hard to handle when it’s hot out of the oven. If you’re waiting a little bit, you can turn your oven off Add the cooking fat to a large pot. Dice the onion and saute the onion in the oil over medium-low heat.While the onion is cooking, thinly slice the mushrooms. Add them to the pot and continue to saute. Mince the garlic, add it to the pot, and continue to saute until the mushrooms and onions have released all of their water and become limp. There should be no water pooled on the bottom of the pot. Add in anchovies if desired and try to break them up a bit with your cooking spoonAdd the butter to the pot and allow it to melt. When it is completely melted, add the arrowroot powder. Stir the arrowroot powder and butter together with the onions, mushrooms, and garlic. The mixture will form a thick paste. Continue to stir and cook this mixture for 1-2 minutes, or until it begins to coat the bottom of the pot and turn slightly golden brown. Add in the can of coconut milkStir to incorporate and bring up to a simmer, stirring additionally occasionally.The sauce will not take too long to thicken.Season with thyme, pepper and saltOnce thick enough to coat a spoon, turn off the heat and set asideYou can either thaw your frozen spinach and drain it of water, or just throw it in with the sauce and let it melt in therePreheat oven to 350˚ FOnce spinach is melted, use a spoon or fork to scrap the spaghetti squash threads either into the pot ifyou’re using one, or a large mixing bowl Roughly chop the olives Add olives, drained tuna, sour cream, and ½ cup parmesan to the pot or bowlStir everything to combineIf you’re mixing in a bowl, pour your sauce over itPour everything into a casserole dish (I used 9 x 13 in. pyrex)If desired, sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup parmesan cheese over the topBake for 20 minutesEat Notes This recipe was based off of Budget Bytes’ “Tuna Noodle Casserole with Olives and Spinach†http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013/02/tuna-noodle-casserole-with-olives.html. I can barely take credit for anything! I just paleoized a few thingsThe arrowroot and coconut milk actually do a really good job of mimicking a béchamel sauce Other stuff that would be good in here: peas (if you’re not afraid of them as a legume), capers, roasted red peppers… anything that you think would be deliciousObviously, if you don’t like olives, anchovies, or mushrooms, you can leave them out or substitute with something you do like.If you’re not able to or just don’t eat dairy, you can leave the sour cream and parmesan out. It’s definitely creamy and delicious without them, just adjust the salt since the parm is salty.If you're not averse to corn starch, you can use that instead of arrowroot powder Enjoy mah peeps <3 Larissa
  6. thanks for the support guys i should clarify, i lift with a barbell usually. our youfit gym just has dumb hours on sunday so we went to our apartment's 'gym' that recently got dumbbells. i'll just stick to the squat rack at the normal gym so i don't squish my toes or rip the shit outta my hands <3
  7. Just a quick update... tried to lift with dumbbells. Did. Not. Like. First of all they take those grippy diamond shaped patterns on the metal FUCKING SERIOUSLY. So, ow. Second of all, I did 3 dumbbell dead lifts and stopped because I was pretty sure I was going to crush my toes. The more you know.
  8. Week 1 Wrap-Up (rap, rap, wrap-up) Fitness goals: Pretty damn close. Took the 1st day off (I didn't write anything down, so I'm not sure if I went for a walk or not), did "yoga" the second day (it's Jillian Michaels' yoga meltdown and it's yoga meets torture... basically like intense bodyweight circuits), 3rd day I went for a jog (about 1.5 mi actually running in total... started and stopped a lot), did squats and bench the 4th day (focused on form, fell on my ass in the squat rack... less weight, more low-ass-ness next time), 5th day I ran again (1.25 miles, but the first mile I did non-stop and my shins were hurting like a bitch, so that's a milestone... in vibrams at least), yesterday day 6 went for a nice long walk, and today I haven't done anything yet, but I'm doing a metric shit-ton of housework and I'm going to lift in a little bit. TL;DR, yoga 1x, jog 2x, lift 2x, walk 1x. I think that's quite good. My shins are still healing, so I cut out a jog. Diet goals: I've been using Paleo Trail to kind of color-code my meals just so I know how "well" I've been eating. I think I had honey like 1 extra day that I was supposed to, oops. No cheese, but I should really stop eating so much greek yogurt... it's tart, so I put honey on it and it's not super great. I had drinks 3 nights. I still put half and half in my coffee, and you'll have to kill me in order to make me stop doing so. I'm pretty sure I'm still in the 80% paleo range. So, yay. Life goals: Turns out I suck at cleaning the litter box on 2 consecutive days, sorry kitties. I'm trying to be better fo yo furry asses. I haven't furiously tidied every day, but I did a few times. I need to get my apartment to the point where everything is in its place, then maintain. It's hard to do a damn makeover in 5 minutes. In order to get an A on my midterm next week, I'm going to be reviewing 3 lectures a day at minimum until then. Ultimately, I hope to lose a few lbs of fat. It probably won't be reflected on the scale because of muscle retention/build-up, but I am TRYING to stay at a calorie deficit. Nobody likes when their thighs rub together. All in all I'd give this week a solid B+. Put effort in, but more attention to detail would be necessary for a higher grade. <3 Larissa
  9. Awesome! And thanks for letting me know about the attachment... I don't know why it wasn't working, so I just took it off. The technologies are winning at internet.
  10. I know, the store-bought grain-free kibbles and canned food are very expensive, which is why I make it myself. I do need to buy some kibbles for my cats though to keep on top of dental health... in addition to brushing which they just.... do. not. like.
  11. I made this the other day. Yum. (I had an attachment, but it doesn't work for some reason, so I suppose copy and paste into a different format if needed :-/. Everything's here though, no supersecretawesome extras in the attachment) Paleo Chili Meatloaf Ingredients Meatloaf 1 ½ lb ground beef½ lb bacon, ground1 onion1 poblano pepper1 anaheim pepper1 jalapeño pepper1 bell pepper5 cloves garlic2 eggs¼ cup coconut flour1 tsp onion powder1 tsp garlic powder1.5 Tbsp chili powder1 tsp paprika1 tsp cumin1 tsp coriander1 tsp cayenne1 tsp black pepper½ tsp saltAdapted from Civilized Caveman’s Fire Roasted Bacon Meatloaf http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/entrees/beef/fire-roasted-bacon-meatloaf/ And Guy Fieri’s Dragon’s Breath Chili http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/dragons-breath-chili-recipe/index.html Sauce 2 Tbsp bacon fat2 Tbsp arrowroot powder3 oz tomato paste2 cups water1 Tbsp chili powder1 ½ tsp cumin1 ½ tsp garlic powder1 tsp onion powder¼ tsp cayenne pepper½ tsp saltAdapted From Budget Bytes’ Red Enchilada Sauce http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/08/red-enchilada-sauce-080-batch.html Topping green onions Procedure Preheat oven to 400Ëš FUse meat grinder, food processer, or blender to grind bacon or just dice itChop or use a food processor to dice/mince the onion, peppers, and garlicAdd meatloaf ingredients (including the spices) to a bowl and mix with handsYou don’t have to use bacon, and you can use whatever meat you want, just make it about 2 lbs totalYou could use up to 1 cup of almond flour, or no “flourâ€, I just only had coconut flour. Too much coconut flour makes it kind of mealy and grainy.To make it more chili-like you could add a can of drained and rinsed beans—dealer’s choiceForm meatloaf into a dish, loaf pan, or make meatballs with itI used a cake pan (9 x 13 in. I think)Bake for an hour and check internal temperature with a meat thermometer—should be at least 165Ëš FMine took about 1 ½ hours to get thereAfter an hour, cook the enchilada sauce. Once it’s thickened a little, pour about half to three-quarters over the meatloaf and continue to cook it.Mine wasn’t at 165Ëš F yet, and took about 30 additional minutes with the sauce on it to get thereRemove from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.Top with chopped green onionsServe with additional enchilada sauce, if desiredStuff your face <3 Larissa Chili Meatloaf.pdf
  12. i cannot have sugar anymore. it makes me a junkie and i CRAVEOMGINEEDICECREAM. so, 85% choco for me.
  13. I feel like it takes a shit ton of posts before the n00bz goes away. OMG YES DO THAT. I have the shit from sam's club that's basically syrup. But I mean, it's inexpensive.
  14. I'm thinking of doing a weekly wrap-up (rap rap wrap-up) similar to your daily logs
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