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How Much Did You Gain?

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From Lisa’s Blog – Thursday, July 26, 2012

The first thing people say to me when they see me for the first time in a long time is “OH MY GOD, HOW MUCH DID YOU LOSE?”

But oh, dearies, it’s not about what I’ve lost its what I’ve gained.

It’s the first time in my life that I feel I am winning the fight. Each morning I get on the scale (I need this reality check every day, it’s a personal choice) and now only 8 pounds away from my final goal, each pound lost is another punch square between the eyes of this fat fight, I’m only seconds away to hearing the bell ring, my fist being forced high up into the air, sweat dripping down every inch of my body, and the referee declaring me the winner. It’s happening.

And with this winning fight – I’ve gained strength – mental and physical. I’m there with the best of them when sitting in front of a plate of cookies and brownies – grabbing for the best looking, glistening baked good. But I’m not grabbing it to make me feel better – I’m grabbing it because dammit it tastes freaking amazing.

I’ve gained self worth, confidence in an amount beyond I’ve ever imagined – I still need work though, I still can’t get on a stage without feeling as if I am going into cardiac arrest (however that might feel, I’m pretty sure I’m feeling it with my stage fright) but today I could walk through a room of strangers with my head up without fear of being stared at, of being different. We went to our first Kettlebell class today in the city. Newbies. I didn’t think once that I didn’t belong, that I couldn’t keep up with the pros, that I didn’t look good in my workout clothes, that being a new face was a bad/awkward thing. Today I was excited about being the new face, not nervous, not awkward, not scared, not running the other way. Yeah, this is me now. Whoever you knew before – she’s not here. And don’t ask me where she went.

I have gained this sense of “I’m just like everyone else” but – when I see overweight people I still think we are the same. I used to think I was extremely different because I was fat – I felt like an outcast to society. But I see overweight people and I don’t feel that way about them. I know for a fact there are people out there who are assholes and treat overweight people like outcasts – everyone should live “different” for a day. It should be a requirement to function in society. Feel free to be a jackass after you’ve lived “different” then we know you’re just a true jackass and there is no help for you.

My brain is finally catching up to the mirror.

But I still have a lot to get through. It can’t stop after 8 pounds. – not the weight loss silly – the gaining of strength, confidence, striving for the best for my life and my family.

I know there’s a handful of you who’ve seen it deep down in me all along. No need to look deep down any further. Thank You <3.

Episode 6 Tabata of the Week

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Theme of Change – things you could never do or want to be able to do.

20 seconds push-ups, 10 second break.
20 seconds sit ups, 10 second break.
20 seconds standing mountain climbers, 10 second break.
20 seconds low plank, 10 second break.
Repeat for a total of 4 minutes.

Good luck!

Yam Spears, Paleo Slaw & Paleo Mayo

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Yummy Yam Spears

(Page 149 Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso)

3 tablespoons coconut oil
½ tablespoon paprikia
½ tablespoon cinnamon
¼ tablespoon cayenne pepper
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
2-3 small yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into the shape of “French Fries”

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Serves: 4

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Melt the coconut oil.
3. In a small mixing bowl, add the melted oil and all of the spices. Whisk together
4. In a large mixing bowl, add the cut up yams and drizzle with the spiced coconut oil.
5. Toss the potato spears with the oil mixture until the spears are coated.
6. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and evenly spread the potato spears on the foil; do not crowd! You might need two baking sheets.
7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning the spears over halfway through the cooking time. Increase cooking time if you cut your fries large or to achieve a crispier yummy yam spear.

Simply Coleslaw

(Page 202 Everyday Paleo Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso)

2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
½ cup grated carrot
½ cup finely diced apple
¼ cup Mayonnaise (p. 62)
Sea salt & black pepper to taste

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

In a large mixing bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients together. Enjoy!

Paleo Mayo

(Page 62 Everyday Paleo Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso)

2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups light olive oil or walnut oil

Prep Time: 15 minutes

1. Using either a hand-held mixer, food processor or a blender that does not get too hot, add the egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, sea salt, and cayenne pepper and blend together for five seconds.
2. Leave the blender or hand-held mixer running and slowly, slowly, slowly, drop by drop or in a very slow drizzle, add the oil. Be patient. Do not dump all the oil in quickly and give up!!
3. When the mixture begins to emulsify, or thicken, only then can you be a bit faster about pouring in the oil, but still take your time. IF you see your mayo start to turn grainy, or separate, stop the blender. Turn the blender or hand-held mixer off once all the oil is in and the mayonnaise is thickened to your desired consistency. Do not use a Vitamix blender because it will make the mayo too hot and it will not emulsify. You can also make the mayo by hand by using either a whisk or a hand-held stick blender.

Makes approximately 21/2 cups of mayo.

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