Motivational Monday

Here we go again!  Yet another work week begins.  As I mentioned in my first post and as we all know, Mondays are the hardest days to get out of bed.  My motivation is usually my dog so as to get her outside before she pees on the rug in my living room.  My other motivation is the 6 pm WOD (Workout of the Day).  I have to get to work a little bit earlier on Mondays so as to be able to leave in time for the class.

What’s your motivation today?

I also saw this picture on Facebook today.  Have a great day!

Another Week 1 Highlight – Paleo-Friendly Bars

Missed a highlight: Larabars are absolutely delicious and paleo-friendly (as long as you stay away from the bars with chocolate or peanuts).  They make for great grab-and-go snacks and are perfect to bring along if you’re flying.  I’ve been eating the Cashew Cookie bars as a dessert, even though they’re nowhere near as sweet and tasty as chocolate chip cookies or brownies.  (Tempting, but no, I will not cheat.)  They are not very sticky if you want to eat them without the wrapper holding the rest of the bar.  They also don’t make crumbs.

If you live in the tri-state area like me, I found Whole Foods has the best prices ($1.29/bar, $9.99/box on sale this week for $8.99) and Fairway ($1.49/bar) has the largest assortment of flavors.

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Another paleo-friendly bar is the AMRAP Nutrition bar.  These are much more filling and higher in protein; however, I don’t find them to be quite as tasty.  They are very dry and have a weird after taste to them.  I do have several friends who like them, though.  More power to my friends!

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Do you eat Larabars?  Leave your favorite flavor in the comments.

(These reviews are my own, totally uncompensated opinions. The products featured here were purchased by me at Whole Foods, Fairway, and the AMRAP Nutrition website, on my own dime. Hooray for impulse buys!)

Paleo Challenge – 1 Week in the Books

The first week of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge is complete!  It was 10 times easier than I ever thought it could be.

Some highlights:

  • Shopping for paleo-friendly foods the first time took a very long time and was quite challenging.  The second time went much faster as I knew exactly what to look for and what I could and could not eat.
  • The food I make myself tastes so much better than restaurant food (unless it’s a 3+ star NYC restaurant).
  • Restaurant servers tend to get annoyed when you ask them “no butter, no flour, no croutons, olive oil instead please, dressing on the side, what oil is this cooked in?” etc.  Unless they know what paleo is (“I asked the chef to put the cheese on the side since you’re paleo”).
  • Cooking and prep time really don’t take up that much time.
  • I’m not prepared for the WODs (an HOUR to recover????).
  • 12 minutes is not long enough to complete 100 kettlebell swings @ 35 lbs and 100 burpees.
  • I’m always hungry!  Fruits/veggies are just not that filling.
  • I didn’t cheat once.

Here’s to week 2!  Recipes to come.  See you on the flip side.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Hello again and thanks for coming back!

As most of you don’t know, I have a dog.  Her name is Finn and she’s about a year and half.  She is a rescue so we don’t know exactly what she is a mix of.  We think German shepherd and mini-Pinscher.  (That’s her in the picture below.)

Anyway, I was walking her yesterday morning around 6:40 when all of a sudden, her collar opened and fell off.  (!!!)  My heart was pounding in my chest and all I could think about was my cell phone.  On my nightstand.  While contemplating how to run home and grab it, I realized we were across the street from the house of a neighbor that Finn adores (let’s call him J).  J’s car was in the driveway indicating he was home from the gym.  I ran across the street calling for Finn to follow, which she did, and knocked on J’s door.  J’s side yard is completely fenced in so I opened the gate and ran in, still calling for Finn to follow.  Thank goodness she listened and ran in after me.  I immediately closed the gate and cornered her to put her collar back on.  J came out as we came out of his yard and Finn jumped on him and gave him kisses.

I did buy her a new collar that is secure; but, more importantly, thank goodness for good neighbors!

Day 1 of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge and Motivational Monday

Hi there!  Welcome to HonkyTonk Fit where we’ll be talking about all things that make the complete person.  Whether it’s the physical (working out, eating well) or social (activities to do with friends) or even the random (Pottery Barn desks), you’ll find it here.

Since today is the first day of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, I decided today will also mark my first post.

As you can probably guess, I am a CrossFitter (shout outs to my box, which will remain anonymous until I get to know you, my readers, better).  I decided to partake in this challenge to really force myself to finally think about what I am eating and to try to eat cleaner.  So far, day 1 was a success.  I didn’t cheat once.  Even though I am lean and toned, the one physical change I would like to see (besides bigger biceps) is more definition in my abs.  I have the beginnings of a 6-pack that I would like to finish.  My CrossFit goals are to break 100 lbs on all exercises I haven’t broken 100 lbs on (push press, snatch, overhead squat, squat clean) and get my toes to the bar for toes to bar.

Before I get ahead of myself, I realize that a lot of the CrossFit terminology sounds like jibberish.  If there’s something you don’t know, please post your questions/comments in the comments section.  I will reply to all of them.

Not only is today the first day of the Paleo Challenge, it is also a Monday.  I don’t know about you, but for me, Mondays are the hardest day of the week.  I work a traditional 9-5 job (the bills need to be paid) that has me sitting at a desk all day.  Not exactly my favorite thing.  To wake up and get out of bed on Monday mornings, I need a little extra motivation.  That said, every Monday will be Motivational Monday.  My motivation is my dog needs to go out.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?  Please tell me.  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Here’s to next time!