The Thankful Mama

Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 30

(Note: this post is late, due to catching a nasty cold and forgetting about blogging for a week! :))

It’s day 30 of the Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge! I am pleased with my overall effort and results. I love the idea of the challenge and how it can help motivate and inspire an individual to reach goals. It’s also a great way to get introduced to the whole concept of living primal.

My results were pretty good. I think I did a good job sticking to the challenges I set myself. I managed to sprint once a week and made two primal recipes each week, except for the last. I tried new things and found I actually enjoyed them. I didn’t get out and exercise as much as I wanted, but did try to be present and enjoy the moments when I did.

Overall, I’m happy with the whole experience and definitely think it strengthened my commitment to the primal way of eating.

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 29

I had a good challenge day today. We started the morning off with a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs and avocado. I didn’t really have a full lunch, just snacked on some cheese and nuts. Dinner was a delicious hamburger patty with all the trimmings. I made grilled onions, bacon and guacamole.

We actually got out for a walk tonight. It was fun to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. We worked on our strength exercises along the way. I was a little rusty but I managed pushups, pullups, chin ups and did some vertical leg raises on the parallel bars. I really liked this one, it’s a good ab burner. We even tried a few new moves on the monkey bars…that was a little harder and not so successful. We’ll have to keep working on those.

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 27 & 28

Here we are at day 27 and 28. We had a great weekend, beginning with a trip to Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Patch. We went with some friends and family and had a great time. We got to enjoy the outdoors and got in some good sun exposure. The pumpkin patch has lots of activities for the kids and we enjoyed petting farm animals at the petting zoo, riding through a cornfield on a little train and a pony ride. My little girl rode a pony for the first time, it was exciting. Just three months ago, she was afraid to get on one. I think it helped to have her little friend ride before her. She was all for it after seeing her having so much fun. I had to walk the pony loop and hold onto my little one, so mom got a nice spontaneous bit of exercising in! We bought some baking pumpkins and I am planning on making the Pumpkin Soup recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple. I also have a pumpkin pear soup recipe I’m eager to try as well.

My primal recipe of the week that I made was Coconut Pancakes for breakfast. It has been kind of fall like weather this week and I thought a little comfort food was in order. It was also nice to have something different for breakfast for a change. I love eggs, but, yes, change can be good sometimes! I was pleasantly surprised that these pancakes turned out so close in texture to regular flour pancakes. Not rubbery or dry at all. I also really liked the flavor. The cinnamon and all-spice gave it that perfect fall, pumpkin-y taste! Hubby and I agreed, though, that this is not something we would like to eat for breakfast often. It’s a nice indulgence. I was also happy to see that I didn’t experience any effects associated with a blood sugar rise and drop. No sleepiness or sluggishness that I would normally get from eating flour pancakes. Gotta love that!

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 26

Day 26 has been a very productive day. I started the day off with a delicious and nutritious breakfast of bacon and eggs with a little avocado on the side. This was wonderfully filling and I needed it to keep me fueled for the busy day ahead. My little one has been amusing me with her appetite for bacon. I’ve discovered she likes to just work on a half slice all on her own. She even double fists it sometimes! That’s my primal baby!

I was very active all morning and walked all afternoon intermittently carrying a 23lb baby. I did much of the walking outside, so I definitely got good sun exposure today. My breakfast really kept me going and I found myself not even a little hungry around 2 P.M., when we sat down for lunch. I split a hamburger patty with my little girl, giving her most of it. I was happy that I was able to get something reasonably “primal” in a not so primal friendly fast food restaurant. I usually bring food with me so I can eat what I want and not have to rely on whatever happens to be available, which is usually stuff I can’t or don’t want to eat. But this time I had to eat what was there, and thank goodness they had hamburgers with a removable bun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Since my lunch was so light I had a roasted acorn squash for dinner. My market has loads of lovely squash and pumpkins and my grocer always makes sure we get the best ones there. It was delicious with butter and a little allspice. Just what I needed on a cool autumn evening!

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 25

For day 25 I don’t have much to report or log. I’m considering my non stop movement as my physical activity for the day. I think I was moving continuously in some way for over 12 hours and some of it was play. I’m happy with that.

My menu today was a quick and easy breakfast of hard boiled eggs and bacon. It kept me going until about 3 P.M., when I whipped up a coconut milk smoothie. Hubby had an evening meeting to attend and grabbed dinner there, so I was off the hook for preparing that meal. I didn’t feel I needed much food after the smoothie, it really satisfied. Coconut is such a wonderfully versatile food!

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 23 & 24

Day 23 & 24 bring yummy new recipes and gasp exercise! I have been so jam packed with tasks to accomplish and chasing around my little girl that I haven’t really had a chance to sit down at the computer and keep up with all the challenge stuff going on at Mark’s Daily Apple. I don’t get much of a block of time to sit and read all the posts that are piling up in my blog reader. All of the major contests are starting to come due and there are so many great entries of recipes and workout videos that I really want to check out.

Speaking of recipes, I made up two recipes for day 23 and 24 that I was pretty impressed with and that got pretty good reviews from Hubby too. The first one I made was a crock pot chicken dish. I browned two large chicken thighs in butter and coconut oil and layered them with onion, half of a sweet potato and one apple. I used allspice, thyme, salt and pepper to season. After cooking for hours in the slow cooker, the chicken was juicy and tender. The little bit of apples and spice made it a perfect Fall weather comfort dish to have. My next recipe was, again, chicken. I made a soup full of aromatics for my sister, who was sick with a sinus infection. I simmered chicken drumsticks in a stock pot for several hours. I ran out of my homemade chicken stock so I used an organic concentrate. I just added everything in my fridge that need to be used. Some celery, onion and a few parsnips went in with sage, thyme and lots of garlic. The resulting soup was delicious and rich. It was cold and rainy outside, that may have made it taste better. My sister also loved it and I think it helped her sore throat.

I also got in my weekly Pilates class and it was a real muscle burner. I tried to really concentrate on getting an intense workout and pushing myself just a little bit harder. I was pretty sore at the end, but felt great. I also fit in a sprint session, completely spontaneous. It was a matter of trying to get from point A to point B in the rain while staying as dry as possible. Good opportunity for a good sprint! Thank you Mother Nature! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 22

Day 22 of my challenge is more of a focus on eating good food and staying busy than anything else. I have not been able to fit in specific exercises almost the entire week. The time change is also having an impact as it’s getting darker earlier and earlier, making it difficult to get outside after work. I do try and keep moving as much as possible during the day. Actually, I don’t really have to try, sometimes I think I have to try more to rest.

Another accomplishment today is my baby’s 15 month checkup. She got glowing reviews from the Dr. and she is right where she should be height and weight wise. These stats make me very happy as a mother since I have been very focused on her nutrition ever since we found the primal way of eating and it’s always nice to get positive reinforcement from others, especially the so called “experts.”

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 20 & 21

Another combination of primal challenge days. The only thing I think I achieved on these days is good rest, good eating and keeping up with the blog. After a long day of fun and walking around Disneyland, the weekend was pretty much a chance to rest up and catch up.

I’ll have to make up for sprinting and one primal recipe in the following week, as I missed out on them this week. Even though I haven’t been very strict on the exercising, I am seeing results in my body composition. I’m amazed that my strength and muscle tone are increasing and I’m noticing incremental inches lost all around. Inch by inch, every little bit helps!

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: Day 19

This is a special day of my 30 day challenge…we went to Disneyland! This was my baby’s very 1st visit and we had a blast!

I made a ton of primal fare for us to take for lunch. Although a lot of prep work the day before, it was worth it. The chicken was delicious and filled us right up. It also gave us plenty of energy for the day. My little one also ate lots of chicken and sweet potato for her lunch. Hubby and I decided to splurge and get a treat while we were there. We decided ice cream would be the best, at least it’s grain free. Well, we never got the treat. We just completely forgot about it. I was pretty impressed that I could walk past loads of tempting treats and carbs and they didn’t even register as enticing. We were both very satisfied with our homemade lunch and square of dark chocolate. How great is that?

As far as activity goes, we walked and walked and walked! I also hit and exceeded my goals of sun exposure and play! We also all got a great nights sleep too!

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Primal Blueprint 30 Day Challenge: 17 & 18

Days 17 & 18 are filled with working hard to get things accomplished. We decided to plan a trip to Disneyland and that meant lots of prep work as far as meals. I managed to make a recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple, called Savory Coconut Cauliflower. It’s a side dish for Kangaroo tenderloin…I passed on making the Kangaroo. It was quite tasty and easy to make. It had all the great Thai flavors and is a perfect way to change up cauliflower rice. I’ll definitely be making this again, since it call for ingredients I usually have on hand.

I also made a big batch of the Heroin Chicken that I keep talking about andย  that has become a favorite. It’s so great for picnic fare. It is perfect fresh or as leftovers. It packed nicely in our lunch bag along with some celery sticks and almond butter.

No specialty exercise to speak of for these two days, except for general business and constant moving. Hopefully I can work in some strength exercises in the evening.

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