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About SouthernBeth

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    Training for half marathons, CrossFit, reading and cooking.
  1. SouthernBeth

    What are you making for dinner tonight?

    Tonight we're having a weeknight favorite: meat spaghetti sauce (tonight with venison) and since we can't find spaghetti squash anywhere, I started ricing a bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower and cooking it with onions, coconut oil, parsley, garlic, and s&p. My husband bought the mixed bag instead of cauliflower, but it's a PERFECT base for the spaghetti sauce. You can mix it up with the sauce or don't in a big bowl. SO GOOD! Comfort food at it's finest in this house.
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    Cross Fit Convert!

    CrossFit is amaze. My husband and I joined our local box after finishing our first Whole30. I've been amazed at what my body can do! We usually go five days a week and run one day on the weekend with one total rest day. What I've found most amazing is how much I've improved on simple things without actually working on them. Like running! 8 weeks ago running 200 meters was HARD WORK! We only make sure to run once a week (on an off day) and last night we ran 200 meters 5 times. I ran all five times. ALL FIVE. It was SO much easier, I was doing it faster and more effectively. Sometimes it surprises me when I do something like running well and I kind of get emotional. Never in a million years did I think I could do something like CrossFit and do it WELL! After our WOD last night (which was a repeat of one a few months ago), everyone was looking at their previous times/weights and had improved by leaps and bounds. One of our guys told me he had never seen something work so well for so many different types of people and he is right. It's amaze!
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    Workout Questions! Help!

    Oh and I really like FenderBender's workout suggestion. That's a great start.
  4. SouthernBeth

    Workout Questions! Help!

    I used to do the same thing with CrossFit workouts. I thought they looked SO COOL and I wanted to do it, too. CrossFit was our 'reward' for completing a Whole30. WAY BETTER than cake or ice cream! Today I accomplished a goal: jumping on a 20" box! Trying to be consistent on your own before signing up for CrossFit is a great idea. It can get pretty expensive, depending on where you are in the country. I have worked out pretty consistently for a couple years and four-five days a week before starting CrossFit, so I knew we could do it, especially if my husband and I held each other accountable, like we did during our Whole30. You're on a roll-- keep it up!
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    Workout Questions! Help!

    This may sound weird, but Self magazine always has really great workouts. Some of which are all body weight and don't even require a trip to the gym. I used to do one of those 3 times a week and walk outside the other days (sometimes I combined them). It was working great for me while I was on Whole30! I like that you're walking outside. Getting out in the air and sunshine is SO GOOD for us! I agree with Kim, though, you do NOT have to be in shape to start CrossFit. I've been doing it for 5 weeks and was not in the best shape of my life when we started. I could barely run 200 meters or do push ups!! Now my husband and I are doing CrossFit and training for a Spartan Race (14 miles, 30+ obstacles) in December. I'm a craaaazy person!!! CrossFit is great though if you didn't have much confidence in yourself or didn't think you could ever be an 'athlete' but have enjoyed working out as you say you do. It sounds like you're doing awesome though and that's exciting to hear (read?)!!!
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    PWO Meal Mandatory?

    I'm in a similar predicament with amount of exercise. My husband and I have been doing CrossFit 5 nights a week (@ 5:30, so not too late) and sometimes a weekend team WOD and short runs. We're doing a 14 mile obstacle course in December and I'm a CRUMMY runner, so I've been trying to get better with tempo runs on weekends. Eventually we'll be doing hills on the weekends to prep, as well. I think it all caught up to me Thursday doing a lift I had never attempted at a new box. (the 13.1 workout-- snatches!) I should have thought about it better and done clean and jerks, which I'm WAAAAY more comfortable with, but I didn't even think about it and now I think I've pulled a muscle below my left shoulder blade and on my side. I tried running yesterday and OUCH. Is this the exercise gods telling me to dial it down? I took a rest day yesterday and another today. I don't THINK I'm working out too much (though sometimes we go to the 5:30pm class one night and then the 5:15am class the next day and that's pretty rough). Should I be taking more rest-days?
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    Your Top 3 Go-To Veggie Recipes

    Um, those comfort noodles look amaze. Especially for someone like me who LOVES a hot bowl of pasta. I wouldn't eat it W30 (for me it might be too SWYPO), but once I'm done it could be a good plan.
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    Your Top 3 Go-To Veggie Recipes

    Turnips are in season here, so we've been eating our fair share. Roasted, mashed with cauliflower, whatever! They're tangier than cauliflower but still have good texture and flavor. I love me some sweet potato,hash or fritters in the morning with some apples chopped in and some eggs. Delish! So many good ideas on this thread--can't wait to try some!
  9. SouthernBeth

    Movie snacks

    Pistachios and other nuts, grapes and sparkling water! Make sure you crack the sparkling water at a loud part, gets noisy!
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    Whole 30 to slay the sugar demon, 1/1/13

    Gah, bone marrow freaks me out. I don't think I'm there yet. I'm still having some sugar cravings on Day 20!!! Arg. And starting to get panicky about what happens Feb 1st. I keep reminding myself that I AM AN ADULT. SUGAR DOES NOT OWN ME. But without my beautiful, safe W30 rules, I'm afraid of 'relapsing' so to speak. I had some dried strawberries a couple of days ago, which is not something I can continue eating. I realized it when my husband's back was turned I took an extra mouthful. Those are officially SWYPO for this W30'er. Might be turning this in to a Whole45, just to slay the sugar dragon once and for all. I didn't realize that upping my fat intake can help with that? Going to have to try that. Thank you!!
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    Need new ideas for meals (AI protocol)

    What's AI and FODMAP? I'm still getting used to so many acronyms! Have you looked at ? They have some pretty legit recipes and a whole section that is W30 approved. I found one for sloppy joes and we serve it on top of some mashed cauliflower. FAVORITE! Also, I think chowstalker has a section with nightshade free recipes you might want to check out. I don't much use recipes either. Usually i look at a bunch, then just make my own. A favorite breakfast of ours so far has been a sweet potato hash. Sometimes we throw in some ground turkey, along with onions, some garlic maybe, butternut squash if we have it, and a chopped apple and cinnamon. Holy crap. I usually eat it with eggs, but you certainly don't have to. This morning we had chorizo, wilted spinach, grilled onions/bell peppers, a blood orange and a kiwi. Pretty legit. My po-wo meal today was some left over turkey burger and roasted butternut squash. Not sure what to have to my Meal 3. Had a bit of W30 chili at the inlaws but she used V8 in it, not sure how compliant that is. Good luck!
  12. I take Buproprion for depression and have been on the same dose for almost four years. I feel happier than I EVER have and more in control of my emotions. In the past, I've tried to go off of it and suffered some serious consequences. I'm going to the doc next month and I plan on asking her opinion. She's very into a W30 type of diet, so I'm curious about what she will have to say. I would LIKE to not take my meds anymore, but I recognize that it's a disease, like diabetes, that I might have to treat with medication for the rest of my life. That being said, my meds changed my life. I realized I was totally eating my feelings and so I stopped, or at least got out of the habit (but I still ate junk). On W30 recently, I've noticed at my job, I don't lose control of my emotions as fast. I have a super stressful teaching job at an 'alternative' school where the kids are pretty rowdy and I've noticed that I have stuck more to our behavior model recently and not has as emotional of reactions when dealing with kids who go nuts. Now it's more about training myself out of the habit. How glorious is that?? Haven't had an anxiety attack in quite some time, though! I will take some of the activities you suggested, too!
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    I AM HUGE!

    My first week was crazy. I was exhausted and like, really angry at the world (which is the 'kill all the things' phase) and THEN I got my period a week early, which just sent me on a spiral of cravings combat and body hatred. BUT! Stick with it. I'm about done with week three and I feel magical. No, seriously. I don't do Crossfit, mostly just yoga, walking, and some weights but I have the energy to tackle more and my body is reflecting that. My butt has shrunk, I'll give you that, but not for long, I don't think. I've done so many squats and lunges that I can FEEL THE MUSCLES in my butt and start to see them (instead of dimples) for the first time... ever. What magic! Believe in W30! Keep kicking ass at Crossfit, have some faith in your body, and you'll do great.
  14. SouthernBeth

    Places to eat out?

    I forgot about taco salads and fajitas! We could totally do those. I saw the Panera 'secret' menu, too, which looks delish. Sometime soon for a 'special' morning, I'm going to eat up their steak breakfast. I thought about ordering breakfast the other day, but it got the better of me. It's a pretty safe option, so I'll just have to remember that next time!
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    Places to eat out?

    Not so great. We both felt terrible on Thursday. I had some beef tips with mushrooms, a sweet potato, and attempted to eat some turnip greens, and I had a couple bites of salad, but it tasted too sweet, so I stopped. I thought I was going to throw up in the middle of teaching! I took Friday off from school, just in case it was the flu, but I felt much better after a good food day Thursday and a good breakfast Friday. Guess we won't be going back for the time being. I just feel like a jerk taking 10 minutes to order some beef or chicken, and there isn't enough on the menu to justify going back a lot. Next time maybe I'll have eggs and turkey sausage? I don't know. I don't think we have any Argentinian places here, but it's worth looking in to! We have Vietnamese place I used to LOVE, so maybe I should look into how all that's prepped, but I wonder if there is a lot of peanut oil? We have a 'nuevo latino' place I like and one nice restaurant I could look in to as well for my husband's birthday next weekend. Hrmmmm. Sometimes I get so jealous of you all with your Wegmans, TJs, and Whole Foods and good Farm to Table places!!