Kale… it’s what’s for breakfast.

So yesterday at Crossfit, my coach, Kim Inman told me how she prepares kale for both her and her kids every morning.  Olive oil, sea salt, and then sautes it until the edges get crispy.  I tried it, paired it with 2 eggs (overhard) topped with thin slice of honey ham, and mixed fresh fruit.  It was delicious!  Who would have ever thought that a leafy green vegetable would be so yummy, especially for breakfast? 

My WOD (Workout of the Day) yesterday was pretty good:

22# Front Squat/Ring Rows/Parking Lot Sprints – Pyramid in increments of 2 from 2 to 10 reps – 7:11mins. 

I have a feeling, I’m really going to like Crossfit!   Anyway, see my breakfast concoction below!

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Slipping with food… picking back up with exercise

So, I can admit that my eating hasn’t been 100% Paleo the last few days.  It tends to get difficult when you’re pressed for time and need to go out to eat.  Despite all of that, I’m trying to stay positive because I went to an Intro Class of Crossfit, and took my first Foundations class today.  I feel great–except for being sore, but that’s no biggie.  I’m used to that.  Just something you have to deal with when you’re working out hard. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how the diet and Crossfit will work in conjunction to change my body.  Kim (the head coach) there seems to think I’ll see results very quickly if I eat clean and do Crossfit at least 3x a week, which was my plan anyway. 

Again, I feel like the community aspect is the biggest reason I like Crossfit.  Other people, wanting to kill themselves if they have to, to get in shape and push the envelopes of what the human body can do.   And, they cheer you on when you’re struggling–which is always helpful. 

Anyway, I’m still 90% Paleo, just need to get back to 100%.  Bought some kale, zucchini and other veggies tonight to get me back on track.  It’s not falling down that makes you a failure, it’s not getting back up!

First mistake… No breakfast this morning.

Well, eating the Paleo lifestyle has been easy, but I do admit it does take preparation, and if you get off your routine even a little bit, it causes everything to go haywire. 

This morning I overslept by about 20 minutes, which eliminated time for me to prepare my breakfast.  Now I’m starving and really want to eat, but I’m at work and don’t have anything here.  On top of that, I usually prepare my lunch in the morning as well, but didn’t have time for that, so I’ll have to go out for lunch.  I guess I’ll just head to Ruby Tuesday’s where I can hit their salad bar and load up on veggies.  I think they have smoked turkey on the bar, too, so that should work. 

Note to self:  Be better prepared for situations like this

I am feeling great though and looking forward to preparing Curry Stuffed Peppers for dinner tonight.  🙂

Still going strong… now to implement strength & conditioning.

I am still following the diet.  It is easy actually; although, I did make Rice Pilaf for my kids last night and REALLY wanted some.  I do have to go grocery shopping again, though.  Fresh fruits and veggies go quickly and if you don’t eat them, go bad.  I’ve got to learn to make it and freeze it so that doesn’t happen. 

I am down 2lbs, which isn’t great, but I’m not going to be concerned with that just yet.

Saturday I will be going to my a Crossfit intro class, so I’m interested to see what it’s all about.  I think I’ll fit a couple Zumba classes in before then, though, just for fun. 

On a personal note, I’m planning a winter vacation for our family… I’m actually stressed about it.  Can you believe that?  I think I’ve narrowed it down to WVA or VA ski slopes.  I think it will be fun!

Well, if not before, I’ll check back in on Saturday after my class — if I’m still alive, that is!  🙂

 

Paleo Dinner# 7 – One week down…

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Alright, day number 7 and I’m still going strong.  Smokey grilled chicken breast, braised garlic Cabbage & Zucchini with pine nuts, and Spiced baked sweet potato discs.  I am so full I couldn’t eat another bite if I wanted to. 

I do think that I’ve eaten a lot of calories today, but I’ve definitely stayed within the Paleo diet as far as content. 

I’ve done some researching about Crossfit, and I really want to get started almost immediately.  I have to go to an intro class next Saturday at 9am, so after I conquer that, then I can sign up and get started on M, W & F.  I’m excited.  Chris and I are planning on doing the Rugged Maniac obstacle next year, and then going to PrimalCon in California to meet Mark Sisson for a 3-day intensive retreat and then I’d like to drive up the California coast to Napa and have 3 days of nothing but pure romance.  It’s time for us to get fit and fall in love all over again!   I will weigh myself tomorrow, but I’m really going to try and not get obsessed about it.  I know if I keep eating the way I do, it will eventually come off.

“Far better it is to dar…

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

I stole this off of the Rugged Maniac obstacle course site because I loved it so much.  Chris and I plan on doing this obstacle course next March – at 37 years old baby!  Woohoo.  We are going to be some bad ass 40 year olds!

A little disappointed… Crossfit anyone?

Well, I have been following the diet, but according to the scale, I haven’t lost anything.  I know it’s only been 6 days, but I was hoping for a couple of pounds the first week anyway.  I have been researching Crossfit on the web so I can incorporate exercise into this lifestyle.  I know my friend Ryan says I don’t need to do something like Crossfit, but I honestly think I do.  I need the support and the team environment right now–Ineed to be around like-minded people.  Not everyone is on board with my Paleolifestyle.  The only bad thing is that it is $99/month.  I guess it’s okay since I won’t be going back to my weightloss clinic that was $100/visit (2x a month), and I won’t be using my personal trainer that $100/month, so it all evens out.

Crossfit looks intense, but if I want to get to where I want to be physically, it looks like the best bet for me. If anyone has any stories or guidance they can give about Crossfit, I would appreciate it.

Breakfast
Chicken Apple Sausage
Onions
Red Peppers
Scrambled Eggs

Lunch
Shrimp
Zucchini
Squash
Broccoli

Snack
Macadamia nuts

Dinner
Indian Broccoli Slaw
Albacore Tuna
Dijon Mustard