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whole30: day 4

I started the Whole30 routine on January 1, 2016…so far it hasn’t been too bad. Aside from a cold I’ve been battling (has nothing to do with Whole30 or what I’m eating, I just got sick), I’ve been eating good and haven’t been too hungry. However, I do miss a few things like:

-my lattes with milk / brewed coffee with creamer…it’s been tough to adjust to how my coffee tastes now, but i’m getting used to it. i’ve been substituting coconut milk as my ‘creamer’.
-i do like an occasional starbucks banana bread or cake pop to satisfy my sugar craving. not having any treats or sugars like that is a tad difficult.
-no rice, no beans, no bread, no tortillas?! what!? i’m mexican, i love that shit, lol. although not having that has made me more creative in the kitchen, which has been fun.

Today, I prepped my first lunch…really simple: a couple of hard boiled eggs, half an apple, and some grapes. I also brought along a banana as a snack as well.

Here’s a few pics of the previous meals I’ve made:

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Pan-seared salmon with baby golden potatoes and butternut squash.

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Marinated some chicken for a few hours in a vinaigrette I made (apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, italian herbs, mandarin orange juice, and lemon juice), tossed it all in a pan/wok and cooked till near done, then finally added some yellow squash and brussel sprouts.

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Morning Scramble: 3 eggs, turkey meat, squash, onions, shiitake mushrooms, and homemade salsa.

Cheers to your Whole30 Journey!

Whole30?

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Very soon…I will be starting the Whole30 routine…pray for me 🙂

social sugar cookies

my daughter just celebrated her 13th birthday and i wanted to make some special cookies for her party. i was thinking sugar cookies because they seem easy enough, but i also wanted to make them a little more tailored to her social generation, so i started with the idea of making instagram logo sugar cookies. she’s always on instagram by the way. of course, pinterest would have lots of good stuff on this topic so i found 2 really good recipes, one for the sugar cookie dough, and one for the frosting.

first, the dough. this recipe is really good.
http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2011/06/basic-sugar-cookie-recipe-2/
it’s easy to make, and i made it all without a mixer (i’m a man and don’t own a mixer, lol). i just whisked it all together. i went with 1tsp of almond extract and 1tsp of vanilla extract for the flavoring. on my test batch, i used 2tsp of almond extract and the kids said it was too much.

i was able to use the top of a tea can (square can) to cut out the cookies for the instagram cookies. with it being square, i also decided to make facebook cookies too. my daughter also loves pinterest so i made some round cookies for that as well.

now, the icing. this icing is so delicious.
http://canterburybee.blogspot.com/2011/04/secret-to-decorating-cookies.html
the cream cheese totally makes this. just basic food coloring to get my colors (brown, blue, red, and the original white).

the square cookies cooling…

square sugar cookiesfor the instagram cookies, i used a mini oreo for the lens part

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without going into too many details, i mixed the colors and used a plastic bottle for the white icing, for drawing the “f” and “p”. the other icing was just spread on with a plastic knife.

when it was all said and done, here’s the final product, instagram, facebook, and pinterest sugar cookies!

instagram facebook pinterest sugar cookiesi cut some tootsie rolls for the little eye viewer part of the instagram cookie. i also found some sour rainbow looking things at the dollar store which worked perfectly as well.

my mom also made some delicious cupcakes and a custom nail polish cake! i’ve watched her bake and make cakes for over 30 years now, she’s still got it!

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christmas hookup!

linda totally hooked up this runner for christmas.

boom! new mizuno wave rider shoes.

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and boom boom! tomtom runner watch.

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i got the tomtom watch set to export the data in a format that my runtastic app likes, so all is good. happy 2015 and happy running!

bumps in the road

i’ve so neglected my blog…but it’s ok. it’s more of reminder of the journey i am on…a journey that includes running and diet. but no journey is complete without a few bumps in the road. recently, i’ve had a few.

bump #1 – my first kidney stone. yes, i found out towards the end of july i have a 1-2mm kidney stone on my left side. it kind of explains a lot. that pain on my lower left side wasn’t my back as i had thought. i had herniated a disk on that side many years ago and it is always problematic, so i just assumed i was having back problems. after pissing a little blood and a few doctors visits, which included a CT scan, it was confirmed i have a stone. since it’s really small, not too much to worry about, just need to make changes in my diet to avoid the formation of more stones, and drink plenty of water, which is easy because i already drink a lot of water.

bump #2 – gallstones. with my family history (on my mom’s side), the doctor ordered a gall bladder ultrasound just to ‘check things out’. turns out i have gallstones too! luckily, i’ve never had any pain at all regarding this. the surgeon said he’d remove it whenever i’d like, but since i have never had an issue, i’m going to wait. for now, more changes to the diet and some foods to avoid.

minor bump – blood sugar is a little high. no surprise there, the damn family has lots of diabetics. but on a good note, my cholesterol levels are friggin great! gotta avoid the sugars from here on out.

so i feel like i can run for a few miles, and feel awesome, but can’t out run my genetics 🙂

with all this going on, i’ve begun to follow (loosely) a new diet, a low oxalate diet. i didn’t pee out any stones, but my guess, and the odds are, that the kidney stones are oxalate formed, hence the low oxalate diet. no more nuts, beans, chocolate, and other high oxalate foods. but as i said, it’s been loosely followed to ‘ease’ my way into it. there’s lots of great resources for this diet and some great recipes as well. once i get a little more into it, i’ll share a few recipes and favorite sites.

this may have hindered my running for awhile, but i’m back at it and enjoying this fall running weather! ttfn!

another 5K in the books

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today’s 5K was at 24:45.08

site migration

wordpressso a few days ago i migrated my site from dotster.com hosting to godaddy.com hosting. such a big difference in speed and responsiveness of the site. dotster had become so slow and sluggish. even though this is a ‘fun’ site, nothing ‘critical’ at all…i was getting annoyed with dotster’s performance. whatever server i was on for shared hosting must have been oversold because the performance just sucked.

the main reason for this post is that i was surprised at how easy it was to migrate my entire site over. i had never done this, but being an “IT” guy, i basically knew what had to be done.

  • make a backup of the entire site folder/files
  • make a backup of the mysql database
  • create a new wordpress site on the new system
  • ftp and unzip the site folder/files into the main directory on the new system
  • import the mysql database into the new system
  • apply some tweaks here and there

this seems straight-forward and it totally was. i figured i would run into some issues but i really didn’t have too much problems at all.

godaddy has the usual mysql and phpmyadmin tools for administration so it made things easy. after setting up a new wordpress site and unzipping all the files i had previously backed up into the new directory structure, i imported the entire database (using phpmyadmin), which basically overwrote everything in the database of the newly created wordpress site. i manually edited the “wp-config.php” to reflect the database credentials on the newly hosted godaddy site (since it has the old database info from dotster), and made a few minor tweaks (to the wp_options table) via phpmysqladmin.

after that, boom! site was up and running, links working, etc. piece of cake!

🙂

6 week wellness challenge

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today i’m starting a 6 week wellness challenge via a work sponsored website. it’s really simple, you earn points daily for minutes of exercise, servings of fruits/vegetables, and 8oz glasses of water. i already drink a gallon a day so that part is easy. i just need to run some more and eat more fruits and vegetables.

i also found a cool app called “my diet diary”. it’s perfect for counting calories and logging exercise and meals.

let the games (and shenanigans) begin!

the graffiti run – fresno, california

the graffiti runthe daughter and i had a blast!

run or dye – fresno, california

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run or dye was totally fun! love this pic of me getting smothered and covered in blue, lol!

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