Category Archives: Good Eats

AMRAP It Up!

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WOD:
15 Minute AMRAP
10 Wallballs (16#)
10 Toes to Bar (mod to Knees to Chest)
10 Box Jumps (Short Box)
6.20 (6 complete rounds and all but box jumps into 7th (20 reps))

Felt great doing today’s workout. I was able to do all wallballs with the 16# ball without too much pain. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough but doable. My hands ripped again doing the Knees to Chest but not nearly as bad as yesterday or the time before. I tried my best to just hook my hands so I didn’t tear them, but it’s harder than it appears! The box jumps were slow, but not too bad. Glad I’m able to do them now without having to modify down to step ups.

I got my order of Eatology in today. Some of the boxes were broken. One had to be thrown away because it was busted too much. They were packed very well (Styrofoam and bubble wrap) and the outer box didn’t look too damaged (was dropped on one corner) so I’m not sure what happened there. I’m not upset, just surprised. Had to throw away the meatloaf…too bad! hahaha

Tonight I ate the Chicken Creole. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t very spicy, which in my head a Creole should be. It was a little bland, but not overly so. Of course, it was much better than Lean Cuisine!  Plus, it had okra, cabbage, and other veggies I’m not a fan of and I was able to eat them without getting grossed out!

 

I’ve found a race challenge I would LOVE to do. Who wouldn’t want to race in Italy? The pricing is a bit much so I’ll have to save up. Anyone want to join me?!

Fight Gone Bad Redeux

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Yep yep!! It was Fight Gone Bad again. My score last time was 182. This time around my score was 164…so….that went down. However, I went up on weight on all of lifts.

Wallball 16#, up from 8#
Sumo Deadlift High Pull 45# up from 35#
Push Press 45# up from 35#
Box Jumps 20″ step ups up from 14″ step ups

Plus, add in the fact that it was boiling and I’m at my lowest breathing point (150 on the peak flow meter, lowest before last dilation too). So, I’m going to take it as an even move. We also have a rowing machine now!! Stoked about that.  Thankfully, I wasn’t as tired/drained today as I was Thursday.

Here’s the breakdown:

This weekend I bought some Vibram Five Fingers. It takes me about 30 minutes to put them on because my little toes never want to cooperate! I bought these because they supposedly help keep blisters from forming, if they fit correctly. I’ll give them a trial run on Saturday to see how they feel. Once I get them on they are actually pretty comfortable, yet odd looking! Yep…I went with pink…why not?

My eating has been very good this past week. Today was day 8 of no artificial sweeteners, sugar, grains or “white” foods. Mike is doing it with me this time, which seems to help me stick to it more. I don’t think he’s that big of a fan but he’s still hanging in there!

I’ve been happy with my food options available at the local HEB lately. So glad they’re starting to carry more nitrate free/free range/grass fed/organic foods!

Mmmmm….green beans, sausage and kraut!

Sunday was also weigh in day. When I weighed in after my vacation I was up to 206#. Eeek!! I weighed in yesterday at 201.4! Down 4.6#…in one week. Granted a lot of that was probably water weight from cutting out some of the foods, but I’m quite excited about it! We’ll see what this Sunday brings. I bought myself the Wow: Worship CD as a reward. This week if I reach my weight loss goal (1.5#) I get to buy a book!

How are you doing in your fitness journey?

Everyday Paleo

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A couple of weeks ago, I got a present in the mail from Barnes and Noble (ok, so I bought it for myself, I still enjoy opening them!). I had been patiently waiting for Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo to be released, so it was a happy day! The first thing that struck me was the fact that the book was much larger than I had anticipated.

The pages are thick and the overall book has a great feel to it. I love heavy books! Plus, with the pages being as stout as they are I’m not as concerned about possibly getting some olive oil or other cooking goods on it. I cracked it open and I have to say, this book is beautiful! If you don’t want to lick the page, there’s something wrong with you! (j/k)

With the book being the size it is, I was expecting a couple of recipes per page, but that’s not the layout. Each recipe has its own page, which is fine but you don’t get as many recipes! They include a picture, which is great. Sometimes I wonder if the dish is supposed to look like it’s done when I’m finished with it!

So, after opening to the middle and looking at the different recipes, I finally flipped back to the beginning and worked my way through the entire book. The start of the book tells Sarah’s story and gives the reader information about the Paleo way of eating. Not too shocking. What did surprise me though, was at the back of the book she includes a 30 day meal plan complete with shopping lists for each week! Too cool!

And wait…there’s even more! If you order right now we’ll throw in some exercises…FOR FREE! How many times have I seen exercise descriptions and explanations in a cookbook? Once…just with this book. The pictures are great because you see the actual progression of the exercise as opposed to just the starting and ending positions.

You may be saying “yeah that’s great, but I never know which ones to put together for a workout. There’s too many choices.” True, and Sarah is kind enough to give you some workout suggestions using the exercises she’s laid out in the book!

All in all, I’m very impressed with this book. I have only made one of the dishes so far, but if someone with my cooking skills can make a tasty meal from this book, I’m sold!

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast

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I’ve been meaning to write a post about Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo but I just haven’t had the time yet. Tonight, I decided to make one of the dishes from the book, Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast.

One of the things I liked the most about this recipe was how few ingredients there were. I only needed EVOO, organic chicken breasts, asparagus, ham, and toothpicks! Simple enough!

I didn’t want to go through the headache of cooking a ham and cubing it, so I bought some smoked ham in snack packs which worked perfectly for this meal. The only preparation you have to do is blanching the asparagus, which only took a few minutes. I also ran into a problem of the olive oil dripping off the chicken and running onto the counter. Whoops! Nothing that couldn’t be cleaned up. I butterflied the chicken breasts and stuffed them the best I could. I used the toothpicks to hold the chicken together.

Throw it in a preheated oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes (or until well done) and that’s it. No fuss…not much of a mess…and it sure looked yummy!

Just a word of advice, do NOT use colored toothpicks unless you want colorful chicken! I should have known better, but didn’t think about it. The chicken was quite flavorful and moist. The meal turned out much better than I thought it would based on the amount of work that went into it. Even Mike liked it! I highly recommend it for an easy meal.

Misery Loves Company

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I am quite tired right now. In fact, I’d prefer to take a shower and go to bed (yes, at 7:30!) than eat dinner.

We started the day with Handstands, L Sits, and Modified Pistols. I’m still very shaky on the handstands but I’m able to hold them for longer than before. I both enjoy and dislike them! Eventually, I’ll be able to get closer to the wall and stop shaking so much.

The WOD…oh the WOD…It was 3 rounds of Push Ups (on bars so you’d go below 90 degrees), Box Jumps, and Kettlebell Swings. Round 1 = 50 reps, Round 2 = 35 reps, Round 3 = 20 reps. I just did normal push ups since I wasn’t able to keep my form (back straight instead of swaying) if I went down too far. I was able to do just a few low push ups, but not very many. OMG…50 push ups sucked. My arms were so tired by the time I finished.

I’m still doing step ups for box jumps, I need to graduate to the box jumps but I’m scared! I won’t lie…it’s totally mental. I need to just suck it up and do it.

We actually have real kettlebells now instead of having to use dumbbells. I used a 25lb kettlebell since that was what I had been using previously. Just one problem with that…the most kettlebell swings I’ve ever done in a row was 20. I was doing OK on my time until I hit the kettlebell swings. It took me a long time to get those done. My arms were tired from the push ups and it took a little getting used to. My last two rounds found me even slower than before.

I wasn’t happy with my time (24:45) but I was happy I finished it with the same weight on the kettlebell instead of dropping down. After the first round I started getting a little hot and sick to my stomach. Thankfully, I kept my lunch down! After I finished, I went to sit outside. It was starting to rain, which felt great. Right now, my arms feel heavy and I have a feeling tomorrow they’ll be sore!

I tried a new fruit today too! Can you guess what it is?

 

Ok, yes it’s an orange…but not just any orange. It’s a blood orange.

I have to say the color was a little disconcerting. My brain kept thinking “it should be orange…not red.” Plus, the taste wasn’t what I had expected. Basically, it tasted like an orange with an odd aftertaste. Would I eat another one? Probably only if that was all left, but I won’t go out of my way to buy more.

I’m Learning…

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On a recommendation of my fellow blogger, Sasha, I decided to saute my green beans tonight. I also added some nice spices to the chicken called “Kick up Chicken” spices. Basically it had several kinds of pepper, garlic, onion, and a few other things. It all turned out quite good, if I do say so myself!

The chicken was nice a juicy, not dry. The main difference was I cooked until the meat thermometer read 170 indicating the meat was cooked thoroughly instead of just cooking the snot out of it. I’m always paranoid that I won’t cook chicken enough and get food poisoning!

Fight Gone Bad

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ouufff….tonight was a little tough. It’s called “Fight Gone Bad”. Why? Well….because an MMA athlete said that’s what it felt like afterward. For a look at the workout and to get the full explanation of the name check out this video.

Our’s was slightly modified. We don’t have a rowing machine (which I love using…my favorite equipment at my other gym) so we replaced the rowing with a 200 meter run. The girls used an 8lb medicine ball and a 35# bar for the deadlifts and push presses. I also had to do step ups because I can’t do box jumps yet. Plus, we had a 2 minute rest. So…what was my score? 182 (doesn’t include any points for the run).

Here’s the breakdown:

Box Jumps (Step Ups) 21, 16, 15 for a total of 52

Sumo Deadlift High Pull (35#) 22, 19, 19 for a total of 60

Wall Ball (8#) 11, 11, 10 for a total of 32

PushPress (35#) 16, 10, 12 for a total of 38

Yes….it was tough and I’m pretty sure my arms are going to be hurting tomorrow and Saturday!

For dinner tonight, I had some nitrate free Fajita Chicken Sausage and roasted green beans. YUMMMM. The sausage was a little scary looking (very white) but it tasted great. I made myself eat the whole thing even though I’m hardly ever hungry after CrossFit. My total calorie count for today was 1341…much better than previous days!