Stayed up way too late last night. Dumb.
Then couldn’t fall asleep at all once I laid down. Dumb.
Thought to myself that the boys had been sleeping in really well lately so I probably could get a little extra shut eye in the morning. Dumb.
Before I could figure out how to keep my eyes open these guys were all up in my face.
With their register.
I don’t know how they got that thing out of the store. Sneaky kids.
I worked out a lot today. Taught my usual crazy Monday schedule, plus subbed a strength class and did a little 10 minute workout just to play with some fun equipment at this new gym I’m working at.
I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to try to be cool and fit in since the place is pretty fancy shmancy.
This new gym has so much fun stuff to play with. It totally makes me think of all the equipment they have on The Biggest Loser. (Which reminds me, I really don’t think my man Bob and I are besties anymore. What is up with that?)
I was drawn to this little set up.
You see those cool ropes? Not sure exactly what they’re called, but found something like them here. They call it a rope drum.
The faster you pull it, the harder it gets with more resistance.
Um yeah, it’s more like a torture device if you ask me. Ha.
Obviously I had to play a bit with it and set up a mini circuit for myself.
I did a minute of each of these moves:
and decline push ups.
I went through 3 times with a 20 second rest in between each move.
A little over 10 minutes and I was worked.
Random tip: Seriously, if you’re short on time, pick a few dynamic moves that get your heart rate up and get your whole body involved. Do a move for a minute and then move to the next one. It gets the job done fast.
For some reason my coaches were not impressed with my performance though.
Totally random, but I was sweating like a mother today. Is that the whole food change/detox thing? It was weird. I feel good, but I was dripping during spin today. A little embarrassing. Oops.
So, I hate snakes.
If you follow me on instagram you saw that this went down this afternoon in our backyard.
Lovely. STUFT Daddy found a snake somewhere down by the birds and decided to entertain the boys for a bit with it.
That is just not okay.
You know what else is just not okay? I’m finding out there’s freaking sugar in everything. I didn’t realize that it’s in almost all sauces and such. I guess I didn’t quite do all my research about my STUFT detox. I have a lot more to learn and I better do it fast.
Luckily I id a quick Google search and found Cholula made the cut.
Hmm… Horse Tooth Hot Sauce? I might have to check that out.
Too bad twitter informed me that my favorite unsweetened almond milk did not.
Time to hit up the grocery store for some approved items.
I did a little experimenting today on my own.
Sweet roasted kabocha squash without the sweetener packets is starting to grown on me. I used everything else, the coconut oil spray, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and my favorite cocoa powder. Roasted it up just like the original recipe and it was good.
That big mess of a thing there is a no grain protein maple cake with 1/3 of a very ripe mushed up banana in place of any artificial sweetener in the recipe.
Not too bad.
A little portion of a VERY ripe banana (frozen or fresh) can go a long way to help sweeten stuff up a bit.
(That is just not a good picture. It looks like a little banana turd.)
Oh, and just to clear things up. My MAIN goal with this whole 27-Day STUFT Detox is to get over my serious issue with artificial sweeteners that has led to overconsumption of other sugary, processed foods, etc. which I am convinced has been slowly down and hurting the healing process of my injury. Um, I was consuming at least 7 packets of sweetener a day in addition to sugar free Torani syrup, sugar free maple syrup, protein bars and powders with artificial sugar and goodness knows what else. Not okay at all. It was out of control.
And…. all the science behind healing and inflammation that I’ve read about so far in It Starts With Food convinced me that I just have to try it to find out for myself. No more excuses.
I have no plans on limiting my calories or carbs. In fact, I think eating a kabocha squash a day in addition to other starchy fruits and veggies pretty much takes care of that little issue.
It was brought to my attention though that I need to try dates as natural sweeteners. I have never had a date before. Crazy. They’re not allowed on the 21-Day Sugar Detox, but they are allowed on the Whole 30 and depending on how things go, I may need to be modifying a bit because of my activity level. I’m sure I’ll be getting my hands on some dates shortly.
For now, I’m happy sticking to this for dessert.
What is that you ask?
It’s a 1/2 ripe banana mixed with dark chocolate cocoa powder and coconut oil then frozen between wax paper. (Here are some old three ingredient fudge and other chocolate fudge pie recipes that will be revisited and recreated to become detox compliant.
And, yes, everything is better topped with Peanut Free NuttZo.
I’m off to bed.
Have you tried ropes like that at the gym?
Feel free to list any good 21-Day Sugar Detox and/or Whole 30 sauce or condiment suggestions here (preferably spicy ones). I need some to add to my list.