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Monday funday!! It's a new week, a clean slate, a chance to start again. Weekends are a struggle for me, especially when they're lazy days spent hanging around the house, because I pretty much want to eat everything in sight. And sometimes I do. 🤷🏼♀️🤣 I used to wake up on Monday with this intense feeling of guilt, totally disgusted with myself for being so "weak." For eating the delicious things that I truly enjoyed.
Slowly I've begun to realize that beating myself up for being human is total crap. Do I tend to snack more on weekends? Yup, but I'm working on addressing the reasons I make those kinds of choices. Beating myself up hasn't done anything to help the situation so I'm working on loving myself to see if that helps. (Spoiler alert: I think it might.)
Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Butter⠀
I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of hazelnuts. I buy bags of roasted hazelnuts and eat them by the handful. Throw some chocolate in there and you have an addicting spread you can use as a garnish or simply eat by the spoonful. This nut butter takes about 15 minutes to make and lasts a good month. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can use less oil or simply store it in the fridge.
2 cups roasted hazelnuts (Trader Joe's has them pre-roasted)⠀
1/4 cup coconut oil⠀
6 squares unsweetened chocolate⠀
1/2 tsp salt⠀
2 tbsp powdered Swerve⠀
1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract⠀
(optional) 1 scoop of Isopure unflavored whey protein isolate⠀
1. Grind hazelnuts in a high powered blender or food processor until fine crumb consistency.⠀
2. Using a water bath, melt chocolate in a bowl. ⠀
3. Add coconut oil to chocolate. Stir to combine.⠀
4. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.⠀
5. Taste and adjust with more sweetener or salt as necessary.
Bear with me here, there’s a story behind this one.
Everyone wants to be healthy enough to keep up with their kids. Indeed, I’ve turned my health around to a point where this is possible. My children were the catalyst to make this happen and I’ve been able to enjoy these formidable years with them.
Earlier this week, I was playing around with my girls and tossing them into the air. One after another they went higher and higher. Laughs and giggles filled the room and the oldest one yelled, “Throw Mommy!” I thought to myself, “Sure, this’ll be fun.”
I grabbed my lovely bride, put my hands under her arms, and said, “Ready?” And with that, I launched her into the air. After a few seconds of weightlessness, she returned back into my arms and suddenly my back went *crack*. In my overzealous confidence, my spine just about snapped. I limped away with my head buried in my chest.
I ended up skipping my leg workout this week to give my back some time to recover. Rather than skip it altogether I did my Olympic lift workout this morning, then returned tonight to get my legs in. Some heavy squats and 50 reps of deadlifts with these bad boys just about did me in. No excuses though, even if I need a walker. Anyway, the moral of the story is my wife is as light as a feather. 😉
In Texas, In-n-Out is the new kid on the block but I prefer it over the local favorite, Whataburger. I probably made a few enemies with that statement but it’s hard to argue with a burger that looks like this.
I made this coconut cream pie shake in order to hit my macros. I used 2 oz of canned coconut milk, 12 oz almond milk, a scoop of both unflavored whey & collagen protein, vanilla & coconut extract and some monkfruit sweetener. A big ol’ dollop of fresh whipped cream and some unsweetened coconut flakes to top it off. ⠀
So I'm sitting there, blissfully sipping my protein fat bomb, when my little one spied what I was holding. Yeah... I didn't hit my macros.
Dinner tonight. This was an entire container or like 6 cups of spinach cooked down to creamy garlicky sundried tomato goodness with some scallops. Leftover sauce, since I picked out all of my spinach I will pair with some eggs tomorrow morning like a hollandaise. #fatadaptedathlete#icancook#lowcarb#triathletefood
Down in San Antonio we have a local group making some tasty rubs. I decided to use some @chupacabrarub to put a spin on the always delicious armadillo eggs - bacon & sausage wrapped jalapeño poppers. ⠀
1 lb Italian pork sausage⠀
4 large jalapeños ⠀
4 strips of bacon⠀
4 oz cream cheese⠀
1 oz cheddar cheese ⠀
1 tbsp Chupacabra Rub or seasoning of choice⠀
1. Preheat oven to 375F. ⠀
2. Mix cream cheese and cheddar in small bowl. ⠀
3. In separate bowl mix sausage and seasoning. ⠀
4. Cut jalapeño stems off and clean seeds from inside. Fill with cheese. ⠀
5. Take a handful of sausage and flatten it in your hand. Wrap jalapeño in sausage forming an egg shape. ⠀
6. Wrap egg with a strip of bacon and set on a grated pan to catch oil drippings. ⠀
7. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Broil on high for an additional 3-5 minutes to crisp up bacon.
This is the point in training where I usually self-sabotage. The place where I get so afraid of not being able to do what my training plan says to do that I begin to tell myself that my goal doesn't matter any more and that I should just do what I feel like doing rather than going all in. This weekend I ate like crap and took 2 days off. I told myself that my goals were stupid and I wasn't strong enough to hit the pace I want for that long. My brain tried to talk my heart into giving up. And it was really tempting.
Monday morning I told my brain to shove it, laced up my shoes, and threw myself into the arena.
Richmond marathon, 11/11/17, goal 3:45.
Yesterday's nutrition, been really really hungry last few days! Been doing a lot more in terms of being active and exercising. Have been running with the army and ran about 4-5 miles yesterday coming from a full Sunday soccer game. I have been standard and will resume TKD tomorrow for week 3 of programming! Can't believe it's been 3 weeks already. Will update today's totals after gym and dinner. ---------------------------------------------My weight has been consistent weighing at 178lbs in the mornings. I could see some changes physically, I'm thinking and hoping it's muscle mass. Strength has gone up as well. For other posts or wanting to get to know a little more of who I am follow my personal account @tito.valencia if you don't already follow me there! Thanks everyone!