The End of November … already? smh

Chicken Tacos (lettuce wraps), steamed cauliflower and roasted brusell sprouts


11/30/11 WOD - KB snatch not my fave!

Now that football season is over for the kids I really thought I’d be able to take a break and have a seat on the couch and relax. I was wrong! I get home and I don’t stop till it’s time to go to bed. What is wrong with this picture??? Sheesh, it’s alright I suppose but I had this pipe dream in my head that there would be down time.

So last night’s dinner was just off the cuff. I had leftover chicken. So I got some garlic and olive oil sautéing in a pan, added my now minced leftover chicken. Threw in some chicken broth (costco has free range organic good stuff) and let it simmer. All the while, I had some cauliflower steaming and got brusell sprouts a roastin’. Turned out to be a tasty quick dinner.

While I was doing dinner, Ernie was finishing up with hanging the Christmas lights. That makes me happy, I would be a-ok if everyone had their lights up year round. It’s always so pretty. Now I gotta get out all the tree stuff. I know we’re behind but that’s how it goes. It seems that people were busting out their trees first of November. I love it but I’m not that organized!

This mornings WOD was a good one.

Skill/Strength
Split Jerk (Just worked on technique, no added weight)

METCON

3 Rounds
Air Squats
Row for Cal
KB Snatch (1.5,1)

Overall score (reps plus calories burned) was 239. Not bad. Got a little better at rowing but sucked at KB Snatch midway through round 2. My forearms have the bruises to prove it 😦

FREE WOD this SATURDAY at the BOOM BOX. Come on out!!!

Choosing f(i)t and baking goodness

As of now I CrossFit at the BOOM box 3-4 days a week and do a bootcamp put on by iChoosefit 2-3 days a week. This morning was choosing the fit. And by choosing fit we did a good warmup with a 5 minute run, assorted drills and shuttles, several rounds of boxing (my favorite) and a mix of movements with and without weights. I haven’t been to bootcamp regularly in a couple of weeks due to sick children, sick grandmother and dad’s dr. appointments but I was able to make it back this week! I sure did need it because my week was getting WEAK 🙂

Took measurements today as well and I lost one inch in my waist and 5lbs from my last weigh in which was sometime in October maybe.. i think.. not really sure!?! I can’t recall. But my BMI dropped 3.5% as well! Yay me! Really YAY! I’ll look to find my original measurements from March when I first started doing the bootcamps. I’ve always been relatively active but my good ol’ weight likes to fluctuate and well I LOVE to eat food! So by February of this year I had reached 155 on the scales and for my 5’2 size that’s a little heavy. I’ve dropped 30 of those scary pounds and lost lots of inches. I’ll get back to you on that one in regards to total inches lost 🙂

So I’ve told you I loved the food and I really love SWEETs so it’s hard to let it all go. Well my CrossFit coach shared a recipe and I decided to make it last night and boy was it YUMMO! Kids wanted to finish it off last night and I think Ernie was close to waking up in the middle of the night to do the same thing. But I woke up and everything was still in it’s place.

Before I go into detail with recipe I did take a picture of dinner as well. It’s not fancy or anything special. Some ginger chicken and brocolli with asparagus. It was tasty but like I said nothing fancy. Just needed to feed the troops 🙂

Ginger Chicken and Broccoli with Asparagus

Here is the recipe for the Date Walnut Bars and pics to go with it! Try it out. It’s amazing.

Gluten Free Date Walnut Bars
1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

In a large bowl, combine almond flour salt and baking soda
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, oil, agave and vanilla extract
Stir wet ingredients into dry
Fold walnuts and dates into batter
Scoop batter into a greased 8×8 inch baking dish
Bake at 350° for 22-30 minutes
Cool and serve

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Date Walnut Bars Recipe
www.elanaspantry.com

Dates and Walnuts Measured and Chopped

Mixing the dry with the wet ingredients

Ready to Bake!

All done... Can't wait to try it out!

Beauty Shot! LOL trying at least!

Monday… and it’s almost December WTH?!?

The Monday after a long weekend ….. BLAH! Who really wants to go back to work? Not me! Traffic was horrendous and to top it off it was DAMN COLD! I mean I know in Texas you ask how cold can it really get… well in my world anything below 40° is miserable and it was 27° when I woke up this morning!

So let me just get to it. I went to bed knowing our WOD would consist of pull-ups and me not being the fan of pull ups seriously wanted to just sleep in. I did show up though and give it my all. The all fell short but I was there and I gave effort :/

Skill/Strength
Back Squat 5,3,1+
Work kipping

METCON
On the Minute +1
Pullups

I managed to complete 6 minutes. WHY are these so hard for me? WHY? I think it’s all mental. The bar was cold, my hands hurt and well as you probably have figured out already I’m a big baby!!! I know this, I try not to be but sometimes it just happens.

And the day has only just begun!

Before I get on with the rest of my day, I’ll share our morning o’ fun Saturday WOD. A good group of us showed up. Some to watch and some to participate in the good times.

3 Rounds of:
Sumo dead lift high pulls
Double Unders
Sit Ups
Push Ups
Row for Calories
Rest
(For a minute Each)

11/26 Day O' Fun at the Boom Box

I failed to bring my jump rope for the double unders, shame shame on me! So my first round was just trying to find a rope I could use 😦 I know next time … don’t leave home without it! I got increasingly better which I suppose is great. I think I would have knocked out a few more double unders with my handy dandy rogue rope but shoulda coulda woulda’s don’t get me anywhere now do they? Overall score 293. I gotta get better at rowing!

Black Friday

No black Friday this year!!!! Last year we decided to go for it and I’m pretty sure I won’t ever participate in the madness again.

As far as a Thanksgiving wrap up I believe the paleo dishes went over well. Everything but my extra tart cranberry sauce :/ maybe I can work on adding something to it to make it more enjoyable. The sweet potato casserole was perfect and very well received. I wasn’t sure if the “stuffing” was going to do well. It smelled fantastic but people expect a bread dressing and definitely questioned what it was all about. I think it was about 60/40 on who enjoyed it.

I did cheat and have some pecan pie and one of the cheesecake minis I made. They were very rich compared to years ago when I could eat several at a time. I should have just stuck with my pumpkin pie! It was pretty darn yummy for anyone who has given up sugar 🙂 My dad enjoyed it but still threw some cool whip on it…. Ah well.

Overall I rate it as a success! There’s definitely tweaking to be done and I will surely find more recipes.

No WOD today but I’m sure the BOOM box will have a superiffic beating for us tomorrow morning!

Happy Friday!

Day before Turkey Day!

Whew! Today has been a super long day. You will see I finally took a pic of the whiteboard so you can see my WODs. Todays workout looked a little something like this (my time was 10:06):

Skill/Strength
DL 5,3,1+

METCON
For Time
50 Push Press
40 Bar Facing Burpees
30 Barbell push ups

Killer on the shoulders :/

Week of 11/21/11-11/23/11 WODs

I was happily surprised to get an early release from work. Woohooo! Then I was off to help my dad make cheesecake cupcakes! NOT PALEO but he needed my help. I will dream of eating cheesecake instead of really eating it! Then it was time to go home so that I could not only get dinner started but to get my PALEO feast cooking 🙂

Our first obstacle was getting fresh ground beef. The one we had didn’t quite smell right. So Ernie took off to Whole Foods (across town) to get us some fresh grass fed beef and some GINORMOUS tomatoes. Dinner was going to be simple spaghetti squash with a meat pasta sauce. Easy enough. It was very delicious. After a tiny little break I got to the real cooking – my first attempts at a Paleo Thanksgiving. We are going to see family out of town and I know they will have an abundant feast, but I wanted to bring some items that I know are best for me.

You will see pictures of all the recipes I made below or however I figure this out. 🙂 I followed the Paleo Plans posted recipes and I’m hoping they are a huge hit.

I started off with getting a sweet potato casserole in the oven. The creation didn’t mess with too many ingredients. Obviously… sweet potatoes! Added ingredients were coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, dried cherries and chopped nuts. I did not taste test but Ernie said it tasted great!

Next up was Cauliflower Mashers. Used a little coconut milk, garlic, chives, and rosemary. Smelled delicious and my only taste tester approved 🙂

While the cauliflower was cooking I was slicing and dicing ingredients up for some Paleo Stuffing which consisted of italian pork sausage, carrots, mushrooms, celery, onions, garlic, dried cherries and almonds. I’m not a big fan of italian sausage and my taste tester had to sleep so I will know in the afternoon if this was a hit or not… ah well. I’ll keep you posted. I almost did forget to tell you of obstacle #2. I forgot to take sausage out to defrost… DOH! Poor Ernie who injured himself doing deadlifts today had to go ALL the way back out to Whole Foods to get more sausage! Bless him! And bless the meat guy who had sympathy for my wiped out person and hooked him up with a deal!

In the meantime I prepared Cranberry Sauce which came out quite tart! But I guess that’s expected when there is no sugar added to help sweeten the deal. It was good nonetheless and the only thing I tried tonight!

I also prepared a Paleo Friendly Pumpkin Pie. The verdict is out on this one as well since I didn’t want to disturb the perfectness of how it appeared. Hopefully we’ll enjoy it for dessert.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll definitely let you know what the people think. Who knows I may get a slew of converts 🙂 All I know is my kitchen smells great so if anything I have that to hold on to!!!! Gobble Gobble!

Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce

Sweet Potatoes 1

Sweet Potato Casserole

Paleo Stuffing Prep

Voila- Paleo Stuffing ready to go in oven.

Cauliflower Mashers

Cranberries Simmering

Finished Cranberry Sauce

Dessert! Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Today’s WOD – Tougher than Expected

Happy Tuesday! Traffic was light which makes me in a little bit better of a mood but eh, I still have to come to work so it’s a wash.

Let me start off by recapping my workout from yesterday 11/21. I had a nice dream that we did box jumps, to some it’s a nightmare but I don’t mind a few every now and then. My dream did turn into a nightmare though! I’m not a fan of the running which ended being the majority of our WOD!

After our handy dandy warm up we proceeded to do:

Skill/Strength: Front Squat 3rm

METCON: 4x400m sprints 1:30 rest
Sadly my fastest 400 was 1:52 (UPHILL for half of it). Me and running… we are not friends 😦

Since our box will not be open Thurs/Fri, we added a Tues morning workout. And boy I thought I was ready and I was lying to myself!

Skill/Strength: Press 5,3,1+ (I got to 4 total on my 1+) Not bad. Def improvement I think. Press is probably my weakest lift. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to say otherwise 🙂

METCON
21,15,9
Squat Cleans (95,65)
Ring Dips

I only did 55lb squat cleans instead of the prescribed 65lbs. I’m pretty sure I could have handled the 65lbs. It was the RING DIPS that killed me! BAD! I never thought I would have struggled so badly. I failed to take a picture of the board, but I finished around 10:30 (something). I really expected sub 10 minute but today I was just full of lying to myself.

Tomorrow will be better! Tonight’s dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Grass Fed Beef Pasta Sauce. Should be yummo. Not sure what else I’ll do. Maybe some asparagus and some cauliflower.

Also I hope to get a paleo pumpkin pie started. Thanksgiving is so close! And I have so much to do!!!! Pictures to come hopefully tonight.

Weekend Wrap Up

I’m still debating in my head if I’ll post daily or just every couple of days, so bear with me as I get my blogging planning figured out.

I’ll begin with Saturday. I started my day off with iChoosefit bootcamp because truly this bootcamp has helped me begin my journey of good health. I’ve kept with it even after I joined CrossFit. I know this can be taboo and frowned upon, but this is my fitness family. They have supported me and cheered me on for months.

Typical Saturdays would be a double workout if there is a WOD at my box CrossFit Boom. This Saturday however was unique because Ernie (boyfriend) and me participated in the Fort Worth Chevy Sonic Adventure Race for a car. It’s an event where we use the app SCVNGR that gives us clues and locations. If we answer the questions correctly then we earn points. The team with the most points gets a chance at winning a new car. We participated in a similar event last year but were truly out of shape. In addition to our lack of stamina and endurance we had a meltdown mid-race that caused us to lose a lot of time. This year after running around downtown Ft. Worth for 2 hours, we felt great and were feeling quite confident in our points earned. We drove out to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie to meet with the Dallas teams where we would find out if we were the leader in points. Unfortunately we were not and I had asked the winning team how many points they had they said “123”… we had 119! So close but not good enough for the win.

We ended our day with my son’s football Championship Super Bowl football game. Sadly the boys didn’t bring their A game and lost 14-0. It was a sad ending to an exciting season. 😦

Sundays are reserved for shopping and miscellaneous errands. This shopping excursion included my rounding up ingredients for the Paleo dishes I will be contributing to our families traditional Thanksgiving dinner. CrossFit introduced us into the Paleo lifestyle and we’re doing pretty good sticking with it. We found some recipes, bought the ingredients, and hopefully we will be enjoying some yumminess come Turkey Day. I’ll hopefully have pictures to post.

Overall a good weekend! I’ll have a WOD post later. I ramble on too much. I need to get that under control!