Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My July Whole25: Days 12 - 15

Day 12 - Friday 7/18/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, a small green apple, and 2 small Coconut Chicken Fingers
  • Lunch: The last of the Crock Pot Beef Stew
  • Dinner: 2 burgers with tomato, onion, pickles, and red hot in lettuce wraps
  • Snack: Gingerade Kombucha
  • Workout: 6 am CrossFit - Strength portion:  Deadlift, 2 reps EMOM (every min on the min) for 10 minutes at 70% of max.  I did 145 lbs.  The WOD was a 10 minute AMRAP:
    • Odd minutes: anchored sit ups (squeeze feet around kettlebell, wrists have to touch kettlebell at top)
    • Even minutes: kettlebell swings, I used the 36 lbs kettlebell
This workout wasn't too bad as far as CrossFit goes.  I'm really loving getting my workouts finished first thing in the morning!
  • Sleep: 6.5 hours
  • Thoughts: I skipped my mother-in-law's potato salad, which I love, because although white potatoes are now compliant (as of yesterday!), I knew it contained a bit of sugar and non compliant mayo.  I happily drank my kombucha while my friends took shots of tequila.  Booze is not a struggle for me.
Always happy to be down the shore!

Day 13 - Saturday 7/19/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, scrambled eggs, and sausage
  • Snack: Pineapple, watermelon, coconut milk, and mint smoothie
  • Lunch: Salad with spring mix, peppers, onions, fresh parsley, cucumber, tomato, buffalo chicken lunch meat, and a homemade vinaigrette my friend Leah made (compliant except for a touch of honey) 
  • Snack: A couple of chunks of watermelon and some french roast vanilla almond coffee 
  • Dinner: Clams, shrimp, crab claws, butter (not compliant!), some haddock, tilapia and flounder in a cajun marinade, with half of a baked sweet potato, and some grilled asparagus
  • Snack: 2 cups of coffee
  • Snack: A few bites of my Paleo layer dessert (bananas, shredded coconut, pineapple, coconut cream, strawberries) before I decided I didn't really care for it.  It should've been so good, but it just wasn't.  Perhaps a real case of "sex with your pants on" - it only left me wanting the real thing!
  • Workout: 3.6 mile walk/run in 55 minutes, leisurely walk around the block with Puddin', and a beach walk.  This just in, I am not in shape when it comes to running.  Oh how the mighty have fallen!
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: My tummy hurt for a little bit mid afternoon, I'm speculating that it was some random additive in the Jimmy Dean sausage that did not agree with me.  I definitely cheated with a bunch of butter, I wish that I had ordered some ghee from amazon beforehand!  Dave's uncle just could not believe I wasn't going to have a drink (not even one!) while we were out, but it really wasn't a big deal to me.  It actually saved me quite a bit of money.  And a hangover.

Day 14 - Sunday 7/20/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, 2 Apple Streusel Egg Muffins, and a smoothie that I made out of my disappointing dessert + some more strawberries, which came out surprisingly good.
  • Lunch: Two lunchmeat roll ups with ham, Lebanon bologna, lettuce, tomato, and red onion, with some baby carrots and watermelon
  • Snack: Watermelon and a few cocktail shrimp, and then later the second half of that smoothie
  • Dinner: Chipotle burrito bowl - carnitas, pico de gallo, green salsa, lettuce, and guacamole.  Chipotle is my favorite and although my bowl was yummy, I'm not sure I'll ever not order my cheese and sour cream (and sometimes white rice... and sometimes a real burrito, not a bowl) when I'm not on a Whole30.  Long live giant burritos!
  • Workout: Rest day!
  • Sleep: 7.5 hours
  • Thoughts: Avoiding the french toast everyone else had for breakfast wasn't hard since it's not my favorite and my muffins were a good fake out.  I'm sure the lunchmeat I consumed this weekend wasn't compliant, but I skipped my beloved chicken salad, so again - calling this a win!

 Day 15 - Monday 7/21/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin, and a smoothie
  • Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo with asparagus and some strawberries
  • Snack: Macadamia nuts
  • Dinner: Salmon, Cumin-Roasted Carrots from Well Fed, and a side salad of spring mix, spinach, red bell pepper, and some cucumber and yellow cherry tomatoes from Dave's dad's garden with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Workout: Mondays are rough enough.
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: It really makes me smile when I'm at the grocery store and my cart is entirely filled with veggies and fruit except for a few packages of meat and some eggs.  I purchased basil and cilantro plants... let's see if I can keep these ones alive ;)  Any tips?  Seriously, I have a black thumb.

When we came home from the beach, I had a package on my front step.  I ordered myself some ghee (aka clarified butter - nom), another copy of It Starts With Food since my copy is happily out on loan, and my first spiralizer (which intimidates the crap out of me - but zoodles will be in my future)!  I love that I can order whatever Paleo resources I need.

Do you order any food or special cooking tools off the internet?

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Whole25: Week 3 Meal Plan

I'm a meal planning machine :)

Breakfast this week is an egg casserole I whipped together tonight!  I cooked some onions, peppers, and mushrooms in a skillet with some ghee.  When they were sufficiently cooked, I added 2 chopped apple chicken sausages to brown them a bit.  Then I combined all that with 11 eggs (already used one for something else) and some salt and pepper in a ghee greased pan and cooked it for 25 minutes (or until it didn't giggle) uncovered in the oven at 400 degrees.

  • Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo with asparagus from the weekend
  • Dinner: Salmon (topped with EVOO, salt, pepper, and old bay), Cumin-Roasted Carrots from Well Fed and a side salad of spring mix, spinach, red bell pepper, and some cucumber and yellow cherry tomatoes from Dave's dad's garden with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Lunch: I'm headed out with my coworkers, I plan on ordering a salad
  • Dinner: I plan on repurposing some of my Lemon Ginger Chicken in an Asian inspired salad with cabbage, carrots, celery, snap peas, jalapeno, scallions, sesame seeds, mandarin oranges, and sliced almonds, dressed in some marinade I intend on putting aside when I make the chicken
  • Lunch: Leftover steak fajitas
  • Dinner: I'm headed to a themed dinner over at a coworkers - Greek night!  I'm making some Lamb Meatballs with Paleo Tzatziki Sauce and I know there will be a Greek salad (and my coworker said he'd even keep the feta on the side :D)
  • Brunch: Whatever leftovers we have or some eggs!
  • Dinner: We're going to a party.  I know there will be some pulled pork and buffalo chicken, I'm thinking I'm going to bring a Paleo veggie side.  Not sure what yet.  Any ideas???

  • Lunch: I'm headed out to eat again!  I'm not sure what will be served, but I'm sure I'll be picking some sandwiches apart and making it work!
  • Dinner: I can't even think about this yet.

Do you like to plan your meals?  Do you enjoy leftovers for lunch?


Friday, July 18, 2014

My July Whole25: Days 8 - 11

I'm really feeling like I'm in the groove now.  I cooked too much food this week and actually had to stick some of that pork in the freezer!  I definitely got more sleep (still could do better) and continued to make working out a priority.

Day 8 - Monday 7/14/14
  • Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin Lara Bar
  • Lunch: Leftover Crock Pot Beef Stew with a side salad of spring mix, spinach, strawberries, cucumber, avocado, almond slivers, and some balsamic
  • Snack: Half of an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin from Practical Paleo right after they came out of the oven! I tried to make Paleo muffins once before and they came out tasting pretty blah.  These were pretty tasty!  The apples made them plenty sweet.  Dave even liked them.
  • Dinner: Asian Orange Pan-Seared Scallops from Practical Paleo with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts & Onions from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook. The scallops came out great!  I had never cooked scallops before, but they were so easy and super delicious.  They were certainly a treat for a Monday.
  • Workout: Nope
  • Sleep: 7.5 hours, would've been less if I didn't keep snoozing the alarm, really didn't want to get up
  • Thoughts:  I went grocery shopping for the week after work.  I didn't spend nearly as much money this week since we had a lot leftover from last week.  Still wasn't exactly cheap with those scallops and my new kombucha habit, but having a base back home certainly helped.

Day 9 - Tuesday 7/15/14
  • Breakfast: Coffee, a super sweet peach, and an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin
  • Lunch: Leftover Slow Cooker Italian Pork Roast with leftover Caramelized Brussel Sprouts & Onions from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook and some blueberries
  • Dinner: Coconut Chicken Fingers with Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries and lots of red hot
  • Workout: 6 am CrossFit - The WOD today was 18 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of:
    • 15 toes to bar (hang from bar, swing toes up to bar)
    • 12 pendlay row (bent over row - I did 65 lbs)
    • 9 bar over burpees (face the bar, drop to the ground, get up, jump over bar).
I completed 4 rounds + 30 reps.  I think I'm finally getting a hang of the kip (swinging motion in between for momentum) for the toes to bar, so that's exciting.  I wasn't anywhere close to doing the Rx weight of 95 lbs for the rows and they were still the hardest part of the workout for me.
  • Sleep: 6.25 hours
  • Thoughts: Had a pity party for myself at lunch when all my coworkers went out for half priced brick oven pizzas.  Life goes on.

Day 10 - Wednesday 7/16/14
  • Breakfast: Coffee and an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin
  • Lunch: Leftover Crock Pot Beef Stew with leftover Caramelized Brussel Sprouts & Onions from The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook and some blueberries
  • Snack: Carrot Cake Lara Bar (flavor I had never tried before, very tasty!)
  • Dinner: Leftover Coconut Chicken Fingers with some red hot.  My workout was at 8:15 pm and I wasn't hungry beforehand (probably because of my snack) nor did I want to eat a big meal right before working out.  By the time I got home, I honestly wasn't that hungry and it was 9:30 at night, so I ate 2 chicken fingers and went to bed.
  • Workout: My first Barre3 class!
What is Barre3?  As dancers know, the ballet barre is a wonderful prop designed to support the body in both static and dynamic movement leading to long, lean muscles. Barre3 evolves the dancer’s workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with the wisdom of yoga and the strength of Pilates. Barre3 classes are set to an upbeat soundtrack and follow a vigorous pace moving through a sequence of postures designed to shape and lift the entire body.
My friend Jes found a free class (for new instructor training) and asked me if I wanted to join her.  I few of my favorite bloggers have been in love with Barre classes and since it was free, I was definitely in.  The workout was a lot of basic movements (push ups, lunges, squats, crunches, etc) which you then held midway and pulsed.  The movements were very small, but they definitely had my muscles burning.  During the lunges my legs were shaking uncontrollably!
I feel like I got a good workout, but CrossFit is definitely my passion right now.  It makes my muscles burn and takes care of cardio at the same time (which Barre did not).  The movements in CF are designed to work multiple muscle groups at once, instead of focusing on one specific area at a time.  The classes are always different and there are so many different movements to master (I'm just going to guess that Barre is fairly repetitive, but that's just an assumption).  I also know that lifting heavy is applicable in situations other than the gym, like when I have to drag a bunch of crap across the beach this weekend.  I have some furniture that ain't gonna move itself!
  • Sleep: 7.25 hours
  • Thoughts: Not much to say, see above.

Day 11 - Thursday 7/17/14
  • Breakfast: Cup of coffee, an Apple Streusel Egg Muffin, a small green apple
  • Snack: Macadamia nuts from a coworker (that came all the way from Hawaii) - these were tasty and the perfect portion!
  • Lunch: Leftover Coconut Chicken Fingers with Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries and red hot, brought my own lunch to a work meeting with free pizza - go me!  Drank another cup of coffee after lunch.
  • Dinner:  Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo
  • Workout: 6 am CrossFit - The WOD today was:
    • 30 GI Janes (burpee pull ups)
    • 400 m run
    • 15 shoulder to overhead (I did 65 lbs)
    • 800 m run
    • 15 shoulder to overhead
    • 400 m run
    • 30 GI Janes
    • For time (25 minute time cap)!
I believe I finished in 20:49.  This WOD wasn't too terrible.  My runs were pretty slow since I used them as the recovery time and my hamstrings got pretty tight mid run from the Barre3 class the night before.  The burpee pull ups were exhausting in the beginning, so I knew they were going to be awful the second time around.  But overall not too bad.
  • Sleep: 7 hours
  • Thoughts: My skin is looking great!  My tummy is definitely more slim.  I'm excited to be in a bikini this weekend :)

After looking back, this week definitely lacked some greens, so I'm going to try and make that a priority for the next few days!  Things are going really well.  I was really proud of myself for avoiding pizza twice this week, especially when it was free and everyone was eating it around me.  I know this weekend will include some cheats here and there, but I'm just going to do my best!  I made a Paleo version (SWYPO!) of the epic dessert Dave's mom is making, so at least I know I'll be able to avoid that.  As far as non compliant marinades or sneaky added sugar, it is what it is.

Anyway, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Happy Friday :)

I need some inspiration - what's your favorite salad combo?

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