Coconut Flour Paleo Pancakes (w. Banana, If You Know What’s Up)

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I fell in love with a certain paleo hack quite a while back (seriously, a while ago — back when I still used Tumblr for this blog).  And, that hack was the paleo pancake.

The most common way to achieve pancake [sic], whilst sticking to your paleo guns, is to use coconut flour.  As a basic bitch, I do what is common.

There are loads of recipes out there for coconut flour pancakes.  But this one is mine, which I adapted from other people’s.  The tweaks I’ve made over time have yielded the best results for me.  Here it go.

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 45(?)

I’m beginning to suspect the universe is low-key conspiring against me.  Except, really, I am the one to blame!

Last weekend was supposed to be my quick reset button/juice detox situation.  Then, I realized that I have a cocktail show hosting gig this week, which obviously means drinking alcohol.  Which obviously means I’d be retoxing within a day or two of detoxing.

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 12

We’re creeping our way through week 2, and today got off to a much better start than Tuesday.  With the 4 week program I’m following, I had two glorious rest days (Sunday and Monday), and then had/have workouts for Tuesday, Wednesday, today and tomorrow.

Tuesday morning’s workout was #5 from the series, and the workout was LIKE 85% PUSH-UPS?!  I’m fine with doing some push-ups, but by the time we got to our third push-up variation in a row (which would already be 9 sets of push-ups, since each exercise is done for 3 sets), I was wondering what in the actual fuck was going on with that workout.  The trend continued, and I was fully pissed off by the end stretch.  

There was one point where I said aloud to the television/my dog, “If the next move is push-ups, I shutting this shit off.”  The next set, was, in fact, push-ups.  I did not shut it off, because I ain’t no quitter, just an idle threat-maker.

Coming back from some delicious rest days to resuming workouts that I already dread, only to have the comeback be little more than a ridiculous series of over 150 push-ups in different variations was not a great start to my Tuesday.

Wednesday’s and today’s workouts made up for it, in that they were far more varied.  Wednesday’s was some conditioning movements that helped me work up a decent sweat.  Today’s was a leg workout with some core work, and I’m fairly content to squat and lunge all day long.  Real talk, though, I’m still thoroughly not enjoying this program and can’t wait to be done with it.  Workouts #6  and #7 are good when compared to workout #5, but I will be perfectly happy to never do them again.  

This series is just too boring.  It’s obvious that they just recorded de Grasse doing 20-25 exercises for 3 sets each, and then edited them together in different sequences for each day.  Now, that’s a solid way to build a program and progression, but it gets tedious extremely fast in a video format.  I mean, you could’ve just written the shit down, man.  Save us all a lot of aggravation.

But, I’m determined to get through these four weeks (I think!  I may be a quitter after all!).  So, onward we go, for now.  I’ve managed to stay away from sugar without too much struggle.  Now, I need to get more strict about cutting out the other stuff.  I mean, I could say that I used this week to cut out soy, but I don’t really eat soy anyway, so I’m kind of juking the stats with that one.  Next week, I’m going to get more strict with cutting dairy, which shouldn’t be too hard, since I barely eat that, too.  

Can you tell that I’m procrastinating on cutting the grains, since that’ll be the hard one?

#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 6

img_20170104_082758Man, I’m really going to miss my oatmeal!

Not bad at all, for the first week. Then again, I do still have a whole ‘nother day to fuck it all up.

I don’t think I will, though.  I do feel like I’m “in the zone.”  It’s a feeling I usually get when I’m super motivated with getting my health and fitness and life overall together.  And, it’s a feeling I never quite achieved in Fuck Yeah Fall Fitness, which, paired with the puppy, fully explains my failure in that challenge.

Anyway.  The workouts have been pretty boring, with the Fitness Is Function bodyweight program I’m following.  So, that’s a real drag.  The workouts are just really repetitive, puzzle piecing the same handful of movements into slightly different sequences, day to day.

And, it’s nearly all strength-based, with very little conditioning.  The production value is pretty much nonexistent, and while the coach/instructor, Mark de Grasse is really knowledgeable, there’s a lack of enthusiasm in his demeanor, which leads to a real dread factor each morning I have to put on my sports bra.  I’ll power through the next three weeks, in the hopes that the workouts might get a bit better, as they progress.  But, spoiler alert: I will be very surprised if I ever do any of these workouts again, after the 4 weeks are up.

Meanwhile, I’ve planned an incremental approach to getting my diet back to being 100% on point, and it was a great decision.  It’s been so much more manageable.

I’ve cut the sugar, to start, because that’s the worst thing of all.  It’s also one of the fucking rules of this challenge.  Then, week by week, I’ll continue to eliminate the other things like soy, dairy and grains.  Soy is super easy.  Dairy is even pretty easy, for me.  But, not going to lie, in this chilly weather, I’ve really been enjoying oatmeal at breakfast, with my eggs (only on workout days, though, to keep myself from overindulging in the carbs).  Oatmeal and eggs is legit one of my favorite meals, so we’ll see if there are any asterisks to keep them in rotation, once I cut out grains, for realsies…

Today was an awesome Saturday.  A perfect blend of getting shit done, while also having time for a quick nap on the couch with the dog.  Getting back into taking care of my diet and exercise has had a trickle down effect to taking better care of myself, overall.

I used today to do just that, and did some self care and errands/chores that were LONG overdue.  I washed my makeup brushes.  I returned some stuff to Nordstrom that I’ve been meaning to return for a while.  I got my toes done (they were looking TRAGIC).  And, I got my chocha waxed (was looking EQUALLY TRAGIC).

I’m planning to tidy up my vanity and do some skin pampering with a mask, as well, before I hit the sack.  Man, it feels soooo goood to be looking after myself properly.  I can’t wait to see where I’m at after month one is done.

I sure would love a glass of wine right now, tho!