so much room for activities.

You know what's awesome? Not wearing a neck brace.
There's so much room for activities when you don't have a brace on.
Everything just feels better. I actually forgot how good it feels to be able to turn my neck or take showers daily. Yeah, regular showering is the bomb. Pretty sure I took 3 showers in one day this week. Also, sleeping got a whole lot more comfy. I was pretty surprised with how the whole thing went down at the hospital though. Apparently after 4 months of wearing a brace you can go straight from one extreme to the other and there's no need to ween yourself off of it at all. So basically I walked in, got an x-ray, waited an hour, got the brace off, was told I couldn't lift anything over 10kg for six months (yeah... right.) and then was sent off on my jolly way. Not that I'm complaining that I don't have to ever go back to the hospital because that makes me very happy. I was just surprised I guess. Also, my neck is actually feeling really good! I expected to be in pain and needing to lie down after a few hours of being up and about but I guess my neck is just super strong (probably from all the bacon I eat) and so I've only been feeling a little stiff and sore at random times. It's funny though because sometimes I still think that I have it on. Like when I'm about to go outside in public I go through this little mental preparation where I say to myself "yes people are going to stare at me..." and then I realise that I don't have the brace on and people aren't staring at me at all! Blending in never felt so good! You know what also feels good? Working out. Did this push up work out that pretty much dominated me, my arms are still sore from it and that was Friday... On Saturday I did 10 x 200m rows with a one minute rest in between, that was fun. I normally hate rowing but actually enjoyed this. Then I did a 10 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of 10 box jumps (jumping on the tire then stepping down), 20 sit ups and 2 sled pull laps with 10 kg added. Got through 4 rounds and 20 sit ups. Today we were doing back squats at the gym so instead I did 4 pistols on the minute for 8 minutes (pretty easy but good to work on technique), then another 10 min AMRAP of 10 push ups, 10 sit ups and 10 squats. Any WOD with push ups in it for me, automatically just becomes all about the push ups. I don't care about anything else, apart from the push ups. They are my enemy. And of course I had my mate Christian standing by me (I can always rely on Christian to yell things at me during a work out) telling me off for snaking and not keeping my ass straight. Ended up getting 5 rounds. The one thing that I'm trying to do is not get in my head during a work out and telling myself "you used to be able to do this easy" or "you're so unfit now" and stupid crap that doesn't help anyone ever. So when those thoughts pop up in my head I try to remind myself that I haven't moved my neck in 4 months so it's going to take a while. By the way, I'm not very patient. But I haven't picked up a barbell yet, I'm waiting until Thursday when I see my osteo to get a better idea of what I should and shouldn't be doing. So gold star for me for not doing stupid shit!

I'm 11 days in to my 30 day challenge. I had to deal with everyone eating cupcakes again. But this time I felt good about it. My energy is up like crazy which feels really good, especially when the weather is cold and miserable and usually what I want to do is lie on the couch and be fat and watch The Fighter for the billionth time. Also, I've realised that my self-control is pretty freaking good. I went to Little Creatures on Saturday night for a big dinner with my work friends... yeah I went to a brewery and didn't drink any cider, I know! But that's not all, they put out two huge bowls of chips with aioli sauce and I didn't eat any of it. I could've smashed my face into that bowl of chips and instead I sipped my water and then ate a steak. BOOM. The only time I enjoy drinking is when I'm with other people who are also drinking. I do not enjoy the aftermath from drinking, nor the loss of funds out of my bank account from drinking, nor being told about all the stupid stuff I did the night before. You know what it feels like to go out, go home, sleep and then wake up the next morning feeling awesome? Feels like rainbows. Shooting out of my eyes. Yeah, it's happening. Also, I got that umbrella that my Dad has. Boss.

How sexy are they!?
So along with feeling super freaking merry, I have discovered two amazeball strict paleo dishes that I am now going to explain you in great detail. First thing - raw cacao and coconut cake. Oh yes, you read right my friends. This is a recipe that I found off of Kemi Nekvapil, a raw food chef who makes some pretty darn delicious meals! Basically I followed the recipe and just tweaked it a little to make it strict (she uses agave nectar which I omitted) and turns out it's the best paleo dessert I've ever made in my entire life. Pretty much it's almonds, dates, cacao and coconut oil mixed in a food processor to create the base. Then you get three drinking coconuts, pour the coconut juice out (and drink it to feel like a God), scrape the flesh out and put it into the processor. Then the third layer is more cacao, coconut oil and I added a bit of coconut milk. Put it all in the dish, top it off with leftover ingredients from the base of the cake, and then put in the fridge for an hour. When it's ready try to not eat the whole cake in one sitting, because it is like eating rainbows. I'm loving the rainbow analogy at the moment. Let me know if it gets annoying. It must be all this paleo goodness that's making me talk like this. Next it'll be unicorns. Anyway, cacao and coconut cake = frickentastywannaeateverydayofmylife.

Fun fact! Coconut water contains a heap of
electrolytes, calcium, potassium and magnesium!
Even more fun fact, this was eaten in less than 3 days.
Next. You know how pizza is awesome? And how it's also full of gluteny and cheesy goodness that unfortunately can cause a whole butt load of problems for people? Well I was put on to the idea of a 'meatza' by my friend Jess who also enjoys paleo cooking. Jess told me about following the pizza concept, but using minced meat as the base. Yeah, best idea ever. I pretty much just made it up as I went along. I got the minced meat, added onions, garlic, spices, herbs and an egg to bind it. I packed it onto a baking tray and put it in the oven at around 220 degrees for 20 minutes. While that was going on I sauteed mushrooms, capsicum and onions, and then chopped up some prosciutto and red onion as well. Once the meat base got to a stage where it looked like it was pretty firm and well cooked, I brought it out, covered it in a pizza tomato base sauce and piled on all the toppings, I also added anchovies on top because obviously you can't eat a pizza unless it has anchovies. Then I put that bad boy back in the oven to grill for about 10 minutes, and then added some rocket on top and devoured. It turned out freaking perfect. I thought the mince base would fall apart but it stayed together brilliantly. I was super excited about this, next time I want to make individual pizzas so that everyone can just add their own toppings. But yeah, it was one of the best strict paleo meals I've ever made. I think my favourite part about it is that you can use whatever you have in your kitchen, and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Convenient? I think so! We're all about convenience here in the Sein household. So yeah, if you haven't tried this, do it tonight. It is off the charts good!

Yeah, it was a mountain of amazingness.

P.s. Guess what I bought today? A blue hoodie... for my dog. He loves it.

Blue Steel?

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