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Clean Eating Challenge

Well, this might suck.

I haven’t posted a whole lot this summer as my schedule has been nothing short of irregular. I don’t mind that. During the school year, everything is pretty set in stone day after day. The randomness of summer is welcome. For the most part I’ve done a good job of keeping the ball rolling. I’ve worked out most days, though not following any sort of program, and I haven’t eaten TERRIBLY… I haven’t eaten amazingly either, but honestly I need some cheat time here and there keep me willing to eat exceptionally healthy the rest of the time. Ice cream and nachos are necessary from time to time. 🙂

On Thursday I came home to find a package on my doorstep: PiYo!!! Last week I ordered PiYo, a new Beachbody program that is a mix of pilates and yoga. This program might as well have been made specifically for me. 🙂 I am doing a few of the workouts this weekend just as a sampling, but I start the program for real on Monday. I anticipate a new blog series coming on…

PiYo comes with a basic nutrition guide much like P90X3, but as I’m about to jump back into the school routine, I figure now might be a good time to start something new.

THE CHALLENGE: food prep for the upcoming week eating (as) clean (as possible), mostly whole, doing my best to remove processed, prepackaged food

Now, I do a lot of this anyhow, but I’m also a convenience and stress/boredom eater. My goal is to keep the right stuff available in the right servings so as to end the habit of grabbing the wrong thing.

Enter today’s HEB trip:

heb receipt

First of all, let’s look at the bottom line. $81.65. That might sound like a lot for one person. $36.99 + $2.49 of that is Jay Robb Protein Powder. This will last me quite a while and is vital for someone who doesn’t eat meat regularly. I opted for whey protein this time because I’m a cheapskate and it $2 cheaper, but more frequently I buy the egg white protein. So let’s subtract that leaving the total at $42.17. That’s better.

Then let’s look a little closer…$4.85 for bulk chestnuts????? Let me call bullshit on that! The woman at HEB scanned my kale tag that I printed (98¢ for a bunch), but the barcode tag wouldn’t read it so she punched it in manually… $4.85 for bulk chestnuts??? Gosh darn it! That is the last time I ever assume anyone knows how to do their job. She managed to catch that she had charged me double for garlic and corrected that, but she didn’t notice that the enormous, overflowing bag of kale didn’t feel like chestnuts nor should it ring up for almost $5!!! Whatever. I’m a wildly rich teacher.

Subtract the chestnut…. *sigh*…. and we come to $37.32 a TON of food. Some of it is organic, some of it is not. All of it is ridiculously nutrient rich and low calorie. There’s enough fiber in there to keep me polyp free and in the bathroom plenty. 🙂 But more importantly, all of that is about to go into tiny tupperware containers that can measure appropriate portions and grabbed with no effort or mixed with another container more a recipe.

We’ll start seeing on Monday how the PiYo goes, and my intestines will let me know about the new food challenge very soon. 🙂


End of Week 7


I always find that I’m somehow shocked by just how busy the end of the school year is. My afternoons and evenings seem crowded with and endless array of small things but things that eat away at my precious “free time”. These last two weeks I’ve found it impossible to blog… or want to… about my quest for a 4 pack 🙂 even thought I’ve done a good job of staying committed.

Monday – I managed to blog about my evening of Eccentric Upper.

Tuesday – Heck, I even managed to blog about Triometrics and my attempts at following the nutrition guide.

…and then the rest of the week kicked in…

Wednesday – I cranked out my yoga and then went on a lovely (needed) date with my dude. Yoga went really well actually… not that it usually doesn’t. I decided before I even started though that I was going to go hardcore. I held each posture as deeply as possible, and my little legs were exhausted by the end of my half hour.

Thursday – Eccentric lower followed by a birthday dinner for one of our band director friends. I have some dumbbells with removable weights that I bought about a billion years ago, and I finally decided to use them. John has used them, but I’ve focused on my 5s and 8s up until now. I made them 15lbs each and used those for the squats and lunges. It definitely made a difference as my butt and hamstrings were nice and sore the next day. I also got my new glasses. Yay for good vision or something, but hooray for new fancy frames!!!

Friday – I really enjoy Incinerator. Since getting better at push ups (read do them the right way), I like the challenge of having a set timeframe to do as many as possible. That being said, I need to either do more reps or suck it up and get the heavier weights because I feel like any workout called “the incinerator” should leave my arms incapable of virtually anything afterward. It’s still great!

Saturday – My only workout was mowing. I did have some delicious tequila based wonderment at Tacos and Tequila for an early Mother’s Day with my parents and dude.

Sunday – John did a round of MMX with me Sunday afternoon. It never fails to amaze me just how much I can sweat during MMX, especially since I’m not a big sweater. Despite hating the sprawls and renaming all of the sprawl moves to “Sprawls Suck #1”, “I hate F’ing Sprawls #2”, and “Sprawls are a g** d*** piece of s*** #3”, I did ALL of the sprawls this go round. 🙂 🙂 🙂

On a completely different note, following the nutrition guide is not easy or convenient. While I know I do a good job of eating well and eating balanced 95% of the time, following a nutrition guide that really expects you to eat WHOLE foods is difficult for the busy bee I am. Admittedly… I didn’t even make it a week before deciding that as long as I watch what I put into my body I don’t need the nutrition guide. It’s probably WILDLY helpful for folks that aren’t sure how to regulate their intake but is far more micromanaging that I feel I need to commit.

Tonight for dinner

  • roasted sweet potato spears, no oil, just cinnamon
  • roasted okra, 1 drizzle of oil for 20 pieces, salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 Quorn “unit” as my dude would say, AKA a Quorn chick’n patty with Stubbs BBQ sauce

Triometrics + My 2 Weeks of the Nutrition Guide

Today’s Triometrics was much better than last weeks. Out of my three weeks of Block 2, this has been my best round of Triometrics, which I guess is kinda the point… 🙂 I have a feeling that at the end of this week I’ll once again feel like I finally got the hang of the workouts only to to go into transition week that uses none of them.

I am crazy sore from Eccentric Upper yesterday!!! Those sore muscles are tightening up as the day progresses, especially the muscles from pull ups.

Honestly, I’ve been hoping Block 2 was going to do something magical to my butt… I am starting to think that is not going to be the case, but maybe my after pictures will show something else.


As I have previously mentioned, P90X3 comes with a nutrition guide which I have for the most part ignored. Out of sheer curiosity I’ve decided to try to follow it for 2 weeks.

First, you’re given a set of basic questions to answer:


My total came to 2 which puts me on Plan B.



The numbers on the chart correspond to the number of servings of each that I should eat. In the book they say that as long as you get the right number, it doesn’t truly matter when these servings happen. That being said, this distribution in designed to keep you feeling energized throughout the day.


  • Quaker Protein Oatmeal Cranberry Almond – 1 carb
  • Coffee with creamer
  • Dannon Light & Fit Greek Pineapple Yogurt – 1 protein


  • Quinoa – 1 carb
  • Shrimp & Tofu – 1 protein
  • Sesame Oil – 1 fat
  • Everyday Salad with Flax Seed – 2 carbs + 1 fat


  • Orowheat 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin – 2 carbs
  • Muscle Milk 100 Calorie Vanilla Creme Protein Shake – 1 protein


  • Spinach, cherries, Jay Robb protein powder, almond milk, PB2, cinnamon, ginger – 1.5 carb + 1 protein + 1 fat


  • Bulgur/Red Quinoa mix – 1 carb
  • Black Beans – 1/2 carb
  • Red Bell Pepper – 1/2 carb


  • 9.5 carbs – 12 needed
  • 4 proteins – 6 needed
  • 3 fats – 6 needed

By the power of math, I need 50% carbs, 25% protein, and 25% fat.



After logging everything that I have eaten through dinner, this is where I am currently. I’m pretty darn close to what the Nutrition Guide wants me to eat in terms of percentages. The serving numbers aren’t quite right, but I think I trust the MyFitnessPal tracker as it is factoring everything from some of the processed food that was in today’s consumption. For example, I wasn’t totally sure how to count my Quaker oatmeal since it is a protein blend that includes whey protein. I still have about 100 calories left for the day, and that will probably go toward a tasty snack. 🙂