Our Bloggy Con ’14 Adventure!

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Things got a little quiet around here late last week as I prepared for Bloggy Conference ’14. My friend and roomie was unable to attend, so Hubster decided to take Friday off and make the 9-hour drive to Ohio with me! We dropped the kids off at with their grandparents and embarked on the longest road trip we’ve ever taken as a couple. I’ll freely admit that while we enjoyed the time together, we did not enjoy sitting in the car for that long! Flying might have been more expensive, but it just might be worth it when a 9-hour trip turns into 10 long hours on the road.

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Less Than a Week Until #Fitcation13!

In less than one week, I will be kayaking in Morrow Bay, sipping wine, doing yoga on the beach and enjoying all that Paso Robles, California, has to offer. That’s right – I’m going to Fitcation ’13!

Pasolivo Olive Farm, image courtesy of fitcation.com

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Stress…my greatest hurdle to health.

Does anyone here stress eat? *raises hand timidly*

I’ve noticed a pattern in my adult life. When major stressors are thrown my way, I get exhausted. I feel too tired to exercise, so it’s easier not to do it even though I know that it would give me more energy. I feel bad about not exercising, which makes me feel a bit depressed. When I feel tired and depressed, I’d like to sit around. When I just sit around, snacking seems like the natural thing to do.

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#Mamavation Monday: Hospital Food, Bleh!

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I made all that progress during my Whole 30 attempt last month, but I think it all disappeared after C’s hospital stay last week. The only paleo option I could find was a salad, but that got old very fast. I’ve found that eating paleo is easy for me to stick with, but only when I’m in a routine and can plan my meals and snacks.

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#Mamavation Monday: Paleo, Baby!

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We went camping with Hubster’s family for several days last week, and it was simply impossible to eat paleo. We ate fast food, camping food, snacks, etc. Wow, did I feel it, too!

My abdomen became so bloated that I couldn’t button my jeans. It was insane. I had less energy, didn’t sleep as well and my seasonal allergies were worse. If I needed any further proof that paleo was the right lifestyle for me, that was it.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30 Update

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I had every intention of completing Whole 30. I really did.

But then, without thinking, I ate the half of granola bar that C had left on the couch. Chocolate chips and grains – decidedly not Whole 30 approved. After that slip, it was like I’d ruined my Whole 30 dedication and I couldn’t go on to complete it while honestly being able to say I did it. So, I’m going to be honest. I didn’t complete Whole 30. I completed Whole 17.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30, Week Two

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We made it! We completed the first half of Whole 30, and it feels so good to be able to say that.

Week two was rather challenging as far as cravings are concerned. It may have been stress, but I really, really wanted to stick my face in a bowl of chocolate ice cream or enjoy a delicious cupcake. Pizza commercials made me salivate. Argh!

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30, Week One

Today marks the beginning of week two of our Whole 30 challenge! I feel like the first week might be the hardest, so I’m glad to say that we did it!

Honestly, it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. Yes, there were times when I salivated over a pizza commercial on TV or daydreamed about some ice cream. I really didn’t feel deprived though. The awesome thing about Whole 30 is that you don’t track your food, so you can eat as many Whole 30-approved things that you want and are never hungry. When I feel particularly hungry or lacking in energy, I grab a hardboiled egg or snack on some cashews.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30

Last week, I posed a question on my Facebook page about doing a sugar detox but not eliminating fruit. My fellow Mamavation Sista, Crystal, suggested looking into Whole 30. I’m so happy that I did, because it encompasses a lot of the ideas about food that I’ve been thinking about anyway. So…today I’m starting the Whole 30 Challenge!

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#Mamavation Monday: Running

Running Trail

I absolutely love getting back into running. I haven’t had a chance to go daily, but I’m working on it. My runs are usually 2.5-3 miles long and I’m at about a 12:30/mile pace right now. My ultimate goal is to run a 5k in 30 minutes.

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