Today I was going through my facebook account deleting old posts and looking through old pictures and came across some of my pictures from when I first started eating Paleo.  Within a year of taking the paleo bull by the horns my pictures are (to me) noticeably different, my skin was clearer, my face thinner, and my body definitely leaner.  I lost about 20 pounds with that year.  I was feeling super confident and I was on a total paleo high.

Fast forward a couple of years.  I’ve maintained about half of that original weight loss, but my weight has gone up and down.  I try not to worry about my weight when it comes to the numbers, I always know if I’ve gained or lost weight based on my clothes, but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t succumb to those societal ideas once in awhile.  I will admit, I am vein, I like to know that I look good in my clothes, and most importantly, that I look good naked! But what really matters is, am I fit? Am I keeping up at the gym?

Recently I’ve been doing pretty good with my diet.  As I’ve mentioned in the last post I maintain about a 80/20 paleo diet, but I want to tighten that up and gear up to start making some more gains at the gym.

Over the last week or so I’ve made a number of really great meals.  Some of which I took pictures of and some I forgot because they were SO good I ate it all before realizing that I hadn’t gotten a shot of it!

On Friday night after the gym I was super hungry and there were no left overs to eat, so I cooked up a fall back meal – Sausage and Peppers.  I had some sauerkraut on the side with some mustard! This is one of my favourite meals because it is so fast and easy, with cutting veggies, I think that this meal was on my plate within 20 minutes.

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Earlier that week I made what will become a staple in my household – balsamic marinaded chicken.  The chicken thighs were marinaded from the morning, I put it on bamboo skewers and barbecued them up when I got home from the gym.  I paired it with a green salad with yellow peppers and that Dreamy Avocado dressing from the “It Starts with Food” book.

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The balsamic marinade was simple:

-equal parts Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar (I used about 1/4 cup each)

-3 or 4 cloves of chopped garlic or use a garlic press

-2 tablespoons of dijon mustard

-salt and pepper

combine all the ingredients and add the chicken, coat and let sit in the fridge for the day or overnight.  If your going to put them on skewers don’t forget to soak them or they will burn!

Finally the last thing I made that I wanted to highlight was Thai Curry burgers and a Thai salad.  A couple years ago I went to visit a good friend in Thailand and every since I have been hooked on Thai food and Thai flavours!

I got my recipes from the blog “Stuff I Make my Husband”.  When I try a new recipe, if I’m not really familiar with the ingredients (like with Thai cooking) I try to stick to the recipe as written.  The only thing I skipped in this recipe was the cilantro and the herb bed that the salad called for.  I don’t know about you, but to me, cilantro tastes like dirty feet smell.

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This recipe was awesome! My BF who is normally a huge fan of my cooking was ‘really impressed’ with last-nights meal and happily ate leftovers for dinner tonight.