Tuesday 3/25/14 WOD

Hey guys! I haven’t posted much about CrossFit lately (I took a month-long break and focused to focus on running). Today was my 4th WOD for the past week, and we did “Daniel”. Let me just say…my body is feeling destroyed right now.

Daniel

For time:
50 pull-ups
400-meter run
95-lb. thruster, 21 reps
800-meter run
95-lb. thruster, 21 reps
400-meter run
50 pull-ups

This took me around 23 minutes to complete (I forgot to write down my actual time). I’m already feeling sore, too. Gotta love not being able to move without wincing 😉

I adjusted the workout a bit, and just did 35 pull-ups on either end of the workout instead of 50, and I had to use a resistance band. Also, I only weigh 110 lbs, so doing a 95-lb thruster just wasn’t gonna happen (although it would be pretty awesome!). Today I was only able to do the thrusters @ 40-lbs…My goal is to get them up to 60% of my body weight, which would be 57-lbs.

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Caught in the middle of a thruster!

Monday 2/17/14

Breakfast: banana + 1 chicken apple sausage link
Lunch: tilapia + 1 yam + a giant mixed baby green salad with kale, spinach, and chard
Dinner: homemade chicken and veggie soup (recipe coming soon!) with a few plantain chips on top
Snacks: honeydew melon + 1 organic gala apple

Exercise: full body toning, yoga + 30 minute walk with the pup!

Surprise!

I just got in from running my first 5k of the year (just a loop around my neighborhood…not an actual race) and I surprised myself with my time. I did 3.12 miles in 21:36…that’s an average pace of 6:56 per mile. My previous PR for this distance was 23:22 in November…I think it’s safe to say that I CRUSHED that time! I’m completely blown away by this.

5k

My goal for 2014 was to complete 5k in under 21 minutes…I think I’m going to accomplish this much sooner than planned! Maybe it’s time to start working on some longer distances, like 10k or maybe a half marathon.

 

Paleo Curry?!

Wednesday 2/5/14:

Breakfast: 1 banana + 1 cup of coffee
30 min walk with dog
Strength workout: pullups, squats and burpees
Lunch: 1 sweet potato, 1 turkey burger, and one HUGE salad of baby spinach and kale
Snack: 1 orange, 2 dried figs, baby carrots
Dinner: Paleo Thai Curry Chicken with Broccoli and Cauliflower

ThaiCurry

(recipe & photo via Nom Nom Paleo – click for Thai Curry Chicken Recipe)

Thursday 2/6/14:

On Thursday we woke up and had a cup of coffee and a quick breakfast of an orange and scrambled eggs. It was pouring down rain, and poor little Roxie didn’t want to go on a walk. She stayed curled up warm and cozy in her bed all morning.

RoxieHart

Later in the day we met a few friends for lunch at Islands, which is a burger place. I ordered a chicken bowl without the sauce and rice, which turned out to be just some grilled pineapple, chicken, and broccoli. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed in my meal…the broccoli in the bowl was raw when I feel it should have been steamed. I probably wouldn’t chose to go there again, but if we do, I will order a salad just to be safe.

Since my tiny meal was not very good, when we got back to the house I gorged on almonds, walnuts and a few dried cherries. This was probably not the best idea, but oh well!

A little later in the day we went to the mall and swung by Teavana. My amazing boyfriend bought me a teapot for loose leaf tea (I finally upgraded from tea bags…yay!) and a tea blend for my birthday, so I wanted to get one more type of tea to try out (I’m working on a post about tea and coffee, and how they can fit into a paleo diet! It will be up soon!).

For dinner we got Chipotle. I’ve found that this is one of the easiest places to order paleo. I got a fajita bowl with extra veggies, double meat (chicken and steak), pico de gallo, hot salsa, and lettuce. It was delicious, and I didn’t even miss the rice and beans.

 

February 4, 2014

Today I woke up feeling extremely motivated to eat well and be productive. I had a quick cup of coffee and a banana then went for a run (about 2.5 miles). When I got back, I had another cup of coffee and another banana (I’m addicted…don’t judge me!).

For lunch I made turkey burgers with bacon and avocado on top with a side salad. Later, I had an orange and a sweet potato as a snack. As I’m writing this post, I’m realizing that I ate way too much sugar today…oops!

For dinner I decided to try out a new recipe. I’ve been trying to incorporate more salmon into my diet for the omega-3’s, but fresh salmon is so expensive that it gets unrealistic to eat it more than once a week for me. So I did a little research and found that canned salmon is almost as good as fresh salmon as far as nutritional value, so I  did a little google searching and found a recipe for salmon cakes on everydaymaven.com that I chose to try.

salmon cake

They turned out pretty good (much better than I anticipated, actually). I ended up making 10 salmon cakes; I ate 3 tonight and put the other 7 in the freezer to eat over the next week or two. I enjoyed them with some broccoli and cauliflower…the perfect dinner if you ask me! 😉

Now it’s time for me to finish up laundry and get into bed. Lately I’ve been sleeping in a little later than I would like so I want to try to start getting up a little earlier, around 7am. I’m such a morning person and am usually a lot more productive in the early hours of the day.

Day 35 of Paleo – complete!

 

January in Review

Ok, so I’ve officially made it over a month being on the paleo diet. I’m feeling pretty comfortable with it now, especially when we are just eating at home. I’ve found some amazing recipes and have really gotten used to not having any sort of grains with my meals (I used to eat bread with almost every meal).

I never thought I’d say this, but I actually have gotten somewhat used to eating out as well. I learned to start asking for the gluten-free menu and ordering from there, unless I felt like ordering salad or something a la carte. I have a slight feeling of sadness when we go to eat at Mexican restaurants and my boyfriend gets to eat the chips and salsa they bring to the table, but it quickly fades once I realize how proud I am of myself for not giving into the temptation staring at me.

Found this on the internet…thought it was pretty funny ;)

Found this on the internet…thought it was pretty funny, despite the poor grammar  😉

Although I did stick to eating paleo in January, my fitness regimen has been shoved to the side a little bit. I spent the first two weeks of the month traveling and am just now getting fully acclimated to the lifestyle back at home. James and I have been walking our dog Roxie pretty regularly for at least a mile a day, and we have been doing CrossFit workouts together a few times a week. With that being said, I realize that I haven’t been completely ignoring fitness, but I feel the strong need to crank it up a notch. My motivation: I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding the first week of March, and I NEED to look my best in that dress! 😉

I’m trying to keep my fitness goals for February realistic:

Run 3 days per week – 2.5 – 3.5 miles(about every-other day)

CrossFit 2 days per week

Strength training 3 days per week: 5 rounds of: 10 pull-ups (mostly assisted), 20 squats, 10 burpees (the 5 rounds can be split up throughout the day or done all at once)

Yoga 5 days per week

For the month of February, I also want to try and check in on this blog at the end of every day with a recap on what I ate and what workout I completed. I think that will help keep me in check a little better! I would love to hear any advise you all have on creating a workout schedule that works for you, and sticking to it!

Game Day Paleo Eats!

I’m not a huge football fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy Game Day. For me, the Super Bowl is typically an awesome day filled with friends, beer, and delicious food. Being paleo does mean that I had to forgo the beer (I substituted with Angry Orchard Cider), but there was still plenty of delicious Game Day food options as long as I was willing to do the research and grocery shopping. I ended up finding a great recipe on hashtagpaleo.com for buffalo wings, which I adapted to fit our party’s needs.

Basically all I did differently from the original recipe linked above was use chicken breasts instead of wings, and cooked the meat a little differently. They ended up being a huge hit…the men devoured them so quickly that I didn’t even get a chance to take pictures! 😉

Buffalo Wings

Click for printable PDF version

 

This recipe would be very easy to prepare early in the morning or the night before the game, too. All you would have to do is cut the chicken and pre-season it, make the sauce, and have your coconut flour ready to go. Once everything is prepped and ready to go these “wings” cook up fairly quickly, and by the time one batch is done, the previous batch is already gone!