Days 25-29 - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Whole30 - DanaChirps

I'm at the last stretch of Whole30, and I can't believe it is almost over! Overall, this program has been much easier to implement than I ever could have imagined. Below are my thoughts on the process of doing Whole30... I have a separate post coming to discuss results.

The hardest parts:

  • Traveling for work - I had to really plan and pack a tonnnnn of compliant food. But by doing so, I successfully avoided eating noncompliant food. However, I was glad the trip was a short 3 days. Had it been longer, I'm not sure if it would have been feasible. 
  • Going out to eat - This was tough. We barely went out to eat because most restaurants didn't have compliant options. The few times we went out, I hated having to spend money (or have Brett spend money) on something bland/compliant. On the plus side, I'm sure we have not spent nearly as much as we typically do wining and dining out.
  • Time - You spend a lot of time dealing with food. Reading labels, researching recipes, meal planning, grocery store trips, cooking, and Lord have mercy - the dishes - SO many dishes! But this does get easier as time goes on because you naturally learn which recipes are going to be a bigger time investment.

The best parts:

  • I feel way more competent in selecting the food I buy. I read every label!
  • The food. It is SO.STINKIN.GOOD! I tell people that even if they aren't doing Whole30 to buy a Whole30 cookbook just for the sake of having awesome recipes. I have sincerely loved nearly everything I've made. 
  • I've learned to appreciate and enjoy cooking. This is the first time I've really been adventurous in the kitchen, and I've really gotten into it. 
  • Picking recipes. Even though it takes a little time, I love meal planning. I think it is fun to select the yummy foods I'm going to make. Brett and I tag-team grocery shopping, and I actually enjoy this process more than I thought I would. I typically plan 5 days at a time. This is largely due to the fact we have a smaller fridge/freezer, so space is limited. 
Cherry Chipotle Chicken Thighs - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Cherry Chipotle Chicken Thighs - Whole30 - DanaChirps

Recipe Rundown:

Asian Sesame Meatballs Over Zoodles - This one was ok. I think I would have really liked this one more with less zoodles. 

Seared Scallops with Ginger Blueberry Sauce and Asparagus - Um, yes x1000. The scallops with the sauce... so flavorful!

Cherry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Thighs - This was a giant hell yes kind of recipe! It has a little kick to it, but the cherries are seriously like these flavor bombs that are so scrumptious.

Spicy Pineapple Steak and Chicken Kebab - I think we just love all things kebab'd... another winner!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

My Favorite Fitness Gadgets - Dana Chirps

It's no secret I love being active. The aesthetic reward is great, and working out does wonders for my mentality. Those endorphins are no joke! Over the past few months I've purchased some fitness related gadgets and services that I think are awesome. 

Note: This is not a sponsored post. 

1) Fitbit Charge HR - So I probably spent about a month reading up on different fitness trackers. I debated between this gadget, and an option by Polar that offered the same features, and is waterproofed. But I elected the Fitbit ChargeHR for a couple of different reasons.

  1. The app is fantastic, and does a good job at breaking down the different metrics and displaying them in easy-to-interpret graphs. This is important because the metrics and stats are basically your report card for your fitness. Fitbit made it really easy for a user to stay on top of their own metrics. It even measures how well you're sleeping, and allows for you to keep track of your diet and water intake. The charts and graphs make it simple for you to identify progress, and see where you need to up the anty.
  2. The social component of Fitbit! This feature is genius, and is what sealed the deal for me! Essentially what it does is it allows for you to search for your friends that also have Fitbits (they don't have to have the same model as you) and then it ranks you amongst your Fitbit friends so you can see who has the most steps!  You can also do fun things like create and participate in challenges with your Fitbit buddies. 

I also think it is worth noting that I chose the ChargeHR and not another model for these reasons:

  1. The fact it calculates your heart rate. This helps me gage my intensity in my workouts. 
  2. There are no text notifications on this device. I feel like I'm over-connected as it is, and I don't want to tempt myself with another "thing". My workouts are MY time. 
  3. I did consider the schnazzy Blaze, but with the desire to not have the ability to allow for texts to show up is what made me choose otherwise. I also felt like the ChargeHR looked and felt more durable, and being rough'n'tough with my hobbies and activities, it was important to have something that could handle a beating.

Really, the only downfall to the ChargeHR is that is NOT waterproof. It is water-resistant, and can handle the occasional splash, but it is not meant to be submerged, which brings me to my next favorite fitness item...

2) Waterfi - So most of you all know I live in South Florida, and am quite the water bunny. That being said, my first Fitbit lasted all of 1 week before it took a fatal dunk in the Atlantic. I just couldn't remember to take it off each time I went swimming or showered. So when I went for Fitbit Round 2, I looked into different waterproofing services. I ended up giving Waterfi a shot, and I am SO glad I did. Their customer service department was incredibly friendly, and answered quite a few questions I had quickly. Basically the way it works is that you can either order a product directly from them, or you can ship them a product to waterproof and send back to you - I did the latter. I'm happy to report that my new Fitbit has been submerged in water repeatedly, and is doing just fine! The only thing you lose in utilizing this service is the ability for your Fitbit to correctly calculate the number of floors climbed. But that was a metric I didn't really care much about, and didn't find motivating to begin with, so I don't mind not having it.  

3) Fitbit Aria - The Aria is the scale that Fitbit offers. Before I go a sentence further, I would like to declare that I think that weight is mostly a bullshit measure of fitness. I get that it can give you a gage of health of sorts, but it's such a small piece of that story. Now you're probably wondering why I bought it. The reason is because the Aria also calculates your percentage of body fat, BMI, and lean mass! That's what I'm talking about! But seriously, I like that this scale offers more meaningful measurements, and integrates seamlessly with my Fitbit app.

The stats from the Aria automatically sync to the app. Rest assured, if you're having a horrible fat day and you want to delete the evidence from the app, you totally can. I also appreciate the fact that you can name your scale. On day one, I gave went with something cute and dubbed her "Scaley." She has since been renamed, and is now called "Lying Wench." 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Resolutions 2015

The glorious year that was 2014 has come to an end. I would mark it as a mostly positive year, but it was pretty hectic across the board - new job, new friends, dating, etc. The only constant was change itself. But here are my resolutions from last year and my feedback on each of them:

  1. Do something other than wine-curls for exercise.
    1. Join Crossfit – Go 2 times/week. Aiming for toned body. Not She-Beast. Sure, I joined Crossfit... for like, two weeks. I didn't care for this particular box so I didn't stick with it. Crossfit is effective, but you have to find the right box for you. However, about two-ish months ago, I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. I can officially say I'm hooked. 
    2. Do something else 2/week. Rollerblade? Run? Just something. I bought a bicycle, and bike all the time. I typically bike to and from my gym (1.5 miles each way).
    3. Eat less shit.
      1. I suppose I can afford to drink more water and less wine/martinis. But I will not be eliminating those! I kicked ass at this one. I guzzle so many waters/La Croix's - it's insane.
      2. Refrain from consuming SO many processed foods. My weakness lies in the form of all variations of frozen pizza, and popsicles. This will be hard. I cut a lot of that stuff out. Every now and then I'll grab a bag of gummie bears, and I still indulge in Cool Whip. But overall, I've cleaned up my diet.
      3. Build She-Chirps.
        1. At least two blog posts per week. A girl can dream, right? 
        2. Utilize social media: Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Twitter. Yes, yes, no, no. 
        3. Don’t Stop. Still typing, aren't I?

Not too shabby! Here are my 2015 resolutions:

Fitness

  1. Hit the gym at least 4 times per week.
  2. Deadlift 150lbs.
  3. Decrease body fat %.

Diet

  1. Further clean up my diet - get rid of all the occasional junk, it's just not worth it.
  2. No more Cool Whip. Yes, you read that correctly. I am completely addicted to my ice-cream substitute. Again, it's just not worth it.
  3. Attempt 2-3 cheat meals per week. One for "ritual dinner" (Friday dinner with the girls), and one (or two) for whatever else I feel like.

She-Chirps

  1. Don't stop.
  2. Continue with Ig and Facebook. Remember Google+.

Work

  1. Continue to refuse to be out-hustled.
  2. Push the envelope (as far as marketing ideas go).

Bring it, 2015!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Brian, You Have It All Wrong.

I realize you wrote this article some time ago, but it wasn't until this morning that I stumbled upon it on my Facebook newsfeed. Brian, you really missed the mark on this one. "It’s amazing how three numbers and a decimal point can single-handedly turn someone into a big, arrogant butthole."

I got news for ya... there are "big, arrogant buttholes" in every sport. But the sport of running very simply put is putting one foot in front of the other as quickly as possible. That's it. It's one of the least popular, least glorified, and least exciting  to watch sports out there. There's no World Series of Running, or a Running Cup, or even a Running Bowl. Those three numbers and a decimal point are all we have.

People run for a huge variety of reasons. To lose weight, because they see a fun looking race and it motivates them to try, because they just like to run, for a new challenge, for the endorphins, etc. In all honesty I have a hard time calling myself a runner because I've only done the total of two races, a full marathon being my first, and a 5k being my second. I signed up for a full marathon to use my adversity as a reason to do something rather than permitting it to stop me, for details on that read here. But I can honestly say I've never heard a runner say that they choose to run to prove they are better than other people, or anything remotely close to that sentiment.

"You're only impressing yourself"

And your point is what exactly? Are we supposed to do these races, wear the tee shirts, and buy the stickers for others? You're kidding me, right? Furthermore, HELL YEA I IMPRESSED THE SHIT OUT OF MYSELF WHEN I RAN 26.2 MILES!

You seem to be primarily calling out the long distance bumper stickers (13.1+ races). Long distance running is an animal. The amount of time you sacrifice to train, the kind of physical pain you feel after you start running 15+ miles, and the mental battle of putting one foot in front of another when you want nothing more than to stop is what makes long distance running special. And, well, completely crazy. But this is what unites everyone that has ever done a long distance race. Those bumper stickers are more than a tiny tangible piece of accomplishment - it's a way for other runners to identify each other, and to say they understand the glory of crossing the finish line, as they know what it took to get there.

The fact that you think those with those bumpers stickers make themselves "look like an ass," tells me just how unexposed and ignorant you are to this sport.

But you know what, let me offer this to you: Let me show you just how awesome the running community is, and how phenomenal long distance running is. Brian, I'm challenging you to choose a long distance race, whatever distance you want, whatever race you want. In turn, I will sign up and virtually train with you. My marathon was back in 2012, and I haven't regularly run since, so we are likely to be starting a similar point. I want to introduce you to a world that you know nothing about. If you stick with it, I can guarantee you won't regret it. I'll even pay for your registration.

While I wait for your answer, I'm going to buy a sticker that says 26.2 because you just reminded me how proud I am of that feat, and even more proud that I can call myself a runner.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Coconut Banana Smoothie

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So lately I've picked up running again. With South Florida's glorious sunny weather it takes me all of 11 seconds to sweat my metaphorical balls tail off. But in the name of bikini season, I truck through it anyways. The second I make it back to my condo, I victoriously collapse onto the tile floor to cool down, catch my breath, and fully appreciate the AC. But my latest post-run obsession has been smoothies. I've always loved frozen delights, but I swear they taste even better in South Florida! I make an effort to keep them healthy, which is pretty easy. My new favorite is my Coconut Banana Smoothie which I enjoyed drinking out of one of my copper Moscow Mule mugs (they keep drinks/smoothies extra cold) today.Coconut Banana SmoothieIngredients:

    • 1 Frozen Banana (potassium, huzzah!)
    • 1 Plain Greek Yogurt (I used the Fresh Market Brand which has 18g of protein, bam!)
    • 1/2 cup of Coconut Milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
    • 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut

Blend (I swear by my Oster Blender). Adjust the amount of milk to your preference of smoothie thickness. Enjoy.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Hell is the Color Orange

So one of my new years resolutions was to join Crossfit and go twice per week. My friend Brandy ended up telling me about this other type of fitness class called Orange Theory. Although Brandy works in advertising, I think she should consider sales, as she got me to completely change my mind and join Orange Theory instead. Orange Theory is sort of like the cardio version of Crossfit. They have three portions of the class - treadmills, rowing machines, and free weights/TRX bands. Every class is different, about an hour long, and lead by an instructor. What OT does that is different, is that they input your height, weight, and age, and strap a heart rate monitor to your chest while you work out. Throughout the studio there are several large, flat screen monitors that has your name, your heart rate, and the number of calories burnt listed. Obviously, the calories are my motivation.

                             Don't let the cheery yellow building and palm trees fool you.

                             Don't let the cheery yellow building and palm trees fool you.

My first class was somewhat traumatic...

Let me explain.

I'm not exactly the best at pacing myself... so naturally, I bonked on the treadmill about 5 minutes in. At 10 minutes I was totally exhausted. At 15 minutes, I was praying for my own death. At 18 minutes, I was certain death was imminent. At 20 minutes, it was over. And damn did it feel good. And then it was time to switch to the weight room, and after that I finished up on the rowing machine. At the end of the class, I looked up at the screen and saw I burnt over 600 cals!

I did OT for about two months. It did eventually get easier, or at least to the point where I was no longer convinced I was going to die from running on the treadmill at a 12% incline. In fact, my favorite part of the class ended up being the treadmill portion. But I have to be honest - I was not crazy about the free weights/TRX portion. I also noticed a big difference in the quality of my workout based on the specific OT studio I went to.

Overall, I think OT is a great option for someone who is looking to improve their cardio quickly. I loved the music, and the instructors were always awesome. But it fell short in the weight training, which is (annoyingly) something that my body needs to look fit.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.