August 25, 2016

paleomg for the win!

Guys. 
This recipe looks AMAZING and I'm going to be making it ASAP. 
Check out paleomg.com for more amazing ideas like this one!
You're welcome ;)

picture from paleomg.com
Sweet Pulled Pork Waffle Sliders
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
For the pulled pork
  • 2 pounds pork butt
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
For the mayo
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (use 1 more teaspoon if you would like it sweeter)
For the waffles
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
For the toppings
  • 5-6 pieces of bacon, cooked
  • slice pickles
Instructions
  1. Place pork butt (or other roast) in a crockpot. Add sliced onions around it and top with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until it falls apart.
  2. Once pork is done cooking, shred in the crockpot.
  3. Now make the mayo so it can cool in the fridge. Place all mayo ingredients, except for the maple syrup, into a tall container. Place your immersion blender to the bottom of the container, turn on and wait until the mixture thickens. You may need to raise the immersion blender a bit to help mix all of the oil. Once it is thick, pour in the maple syrup and mix with a spoon. Place in fridge to cool.
  4. To make the waffle buns, mix together almond flour, baking soda, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Then add eggs, coconut milk, bacon fat, chopped bacon, and chives and mix well to combine.
  6. Heat up a waffle iron and pour mixture into the center of each waffle area. You want the buns to be small so only about 2 tablespoons of the mixture will do to create a small waffle bun. Cook until slightly crispy.
  7. Once waffles are done, begin the layering: waffle bun, sweet mayo, pork, pickles, bacon, mayo, bun. Feel free to add other toppings as well!!
Notes
Yields 6 sliders

xxoo

August 24, 2016

New Job!

I'm excited to announce that I am working a new TRAINING job!

Personal training is different than the CrossFit background that I have, but I am able to apply the same concepts with all my clients!

I emphasize good form over heavy or quick repetitions. I preach good food and ENOUGH food. I want to help you LOVE your body inside and out!

I am working one on one with clients and in a fun group setting!

Message me if you want some information on coming in to see me, I'm working some awesome people over at Wimberly Training and having a blast!


xxoo

August 19, 2016

What Can Your Body do for YOU.

A lot of women come into the gym wanting to be thinner, to look more lean and be toned.  These are all nice things.
More than your body LOOKING a certain way, I want to encourage you to start looking at WHAT your body can DO.
How well does your body move? Can you pick up your kids after a long day at work? Do you have the energy to go for a walk in the evenings with your husband after dinner? Are you able to make it through a 3 mile hike on the weekends?

If you are shaking your head and a little embarrassed, DON'T BE!  We all have found ourselves there at some point, and NOW is your time to start turning it around.

Find a gym, a trainer, a nutrition coach to help guide you to being healthier. Find out what your body is capable of and look in the mirror and be PROUD of what your body can do.

My body can SQUAT, it can PICK UP my child, it can walk for MILES.

Go and find out what your body is capable of, I bet you will surprise yourself!


xoxo

August 17, 2016

the never-ending fitness goal struggle & how to get through it.

In August of 2015, I started my first month at Northwest Iron. I was SO nervous. I've only been a member of one other CrossFit gym (which I went to for 2 years!). I started off slow, getting to know people and coaches, and trying to find my place in the gym. I was LOW on the totem pole there, which was a tough transition from being one of the top-dogs at my previous gym. I was humbled daily, but more than that I was SO motivated by the strong powerful and fast women that surrounded me in each workout.

I started a nutrition plan in November and I just KNEW that I would immediately start hitting my goals, and turning into a lean-mean-CrossFitting-machine. Fast forward to January and there I was, crying every day and super stressed out because I wasn't doing ANYTHING better. Sure, I had lost a few pounds and a few inches, but I didn't feel anywhere NEAR close to doing better during a wod, or hitting any bigger numbers in my lifts.


One day some of the trainers and I were hanging out and started talking about 'so and so' who was just really amazing and I just started crying (because I obviously felt NOT amazing). I was so embarrassed. A friend tried to help by reminding me that everyone's road and everyone's story is different. My road has a few more twists and turns that this other person's didn't and that is FINE, thats GOOD even. It just means we work hard/er and maybe more than others, it seems like it sucks, but in the long run it would pay off. 


Later that day, I was sitting at home crying (seriously I was really upset) and I texted my trainer that I felt like I just totally sucked at CrossFit and I was so frustrated that I wasn't getting any better. She was SOOOO encouraging. She said that she sees a lot of potential in me and that I need to really take a step back and figure out WHAT my goals are, so that I had something to focus on. She told me to come to the gym the next day with a list of things I wanted to be able to do and we would go over it together. She took the time to sort them out, which goals were strength goals, gymnastics goals and conditioning goals. Then we sat down and she told me which goals were close and really realistic for the next few months and told me what I could do to start on those. My first one was pistol squats. She gave me exercises to do to work on them (along with some strength exercises that G$ had given me). I did A LOT of work on them at home, in the evenings at home, weekends, days I already went to the gym...It was really good for me to have something specific to do and say to myself, "if I keep doing this I WILL get a pistol squat". And then two weeks later - I could actually do them! Then the next week, I hit a bigger number on my snatch than I even wanted! A few days ago, I hit another goal - a bar muscle up! Now, my confidence is back up, and I'm working even harder than I was before.


I just wanted to pass this along so that you knew, it's okay to struggle. I struggled for weeks thinking I wasn't improving and I wasn't good enough, but writing out my goals and knowing I had someone believing in me helped a TON. Getting specific with your goals is VERY important. I look at my list at least once a week, to make sure I am working towards at least one thing on there. 


SO DO IT!

MAKE A LIST OF GOALS!
CONSULT YOUR TRAINER!
MAKE A PLAN!

GET STARTED!



PS. I'm still doing flexible dieting and still having MAJOR progress. My weight is staying the same, and I am seeing HUGE jumps in my PRs - I'll post more on that later!










xxoo