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Day 15: Paleo Champ

I went to sign a lease on a sweet new house this afternoon, so I had a goal of fixing all three meals for the day before 2pm. . .and hey nonny nonny, I did! After a nap, I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning my apartment.

I got up at about 9 and started in on some meat muffins and paleo tomato bisque. I used ground pork, garam masala, and curry powder in the meat muffins, for a sort of Indian variation. This is the second time I’ve made these meat muffins. They are honestly kind of a pain because I tend to make a mess with them, but they are great to pack for breakfast, and I stuck a few in the freezer for later. I’m trying to stock up on freezer food since I’ll be moving soon and certainly won’t feel like cooking every night.

Enough Spinach for Popeye

Meat Muffins Have Enough Spinach for Popeye

I ran down to the co-op as the meat muffins finished so I could get my groceries for the week, then immediately put a chicken in the oven. As usual, I followed this recipe, but I have found that I prefer an orange inside the chicken instead of a lemon. Then I just throw in whatever veggies I have around; today it was red onion, green onion, and carrots.  I order this “poultry mix” of herbs from Green Bean that I really like. I think it’s just rosemary, sage, and thyme. I also roasted some buttercup squash and Brussels sprouts. I let the chicken rest while I ran out to sign my lease. I think resting the chicken until it starts to cool leaves it nice and juicy.

I made dinner before my chicken and roast veggies were even done for lunch. Spicy beef has become a new staple in my paleo repertoire because it’s spicy AND easy. Plus: sunshine sauce! Sometimes I use lettuce cups and make a mess of myself, and sometimes I just give up and make a salad, then dump the meat and sunshine sauce on top. Either way is good. Today we ate it in cups with some red bell pepper, and I swept up all the meat I dropped later when I cleaned.

Eight hours of sleep, plus a nap and my fish oil, plus a lot of food stocked up in my fridge and freezer AND a clean apartment leaves me with my full points and feeling mighty accomplished for the weekend.


Day 12: I Forgot My Bra, But I Got Pancakes

Sometimes, no matter how much planning and prep go into your day, it just doesn’t turn out as planned. I forgot my sports bra today and couldn’t get to my Olympic lifting workout. Since I had planned on viewing a duplex this evening I didn’t really have time to do a replacement workout. So I made pancakes. YES!

I had some leftover seaweed salad with raw tuna, so I ate that with carrots and almond butter and some coffee.

I had leftover dinner for lunch. Bison burger with bacon, shiitakes, roast broccolini, and fried plantains.

Remember that crock pot full of ribs I prepped last night? They were all hot and ready to go when I got home, along with some parsnips I had yetiman roast up this afternoon. Since I didn’t make it to my Oly class, I had enough extra time to make pancakes. Savory, delicious, coconut pancakes! Just what I had been looking for to sop up rib drippins.

Jesus Is A Pancake. Let Him Sop You Up.

Jesus Is A Pancake. Let Him Sop You Up.

I got in my eight hours of sleep and fish oil, so daily points for that. One more workout and I get all of those points for this week, too.

The end of the week is coming. My apartment is a total disaster; I’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do around here this weekend. Sometimes things just don’t happen as planned. But sometimes you get savory pancakes.

Day 11: Your Mom Does Turkish Getups

All of this running around on top of a paleo challenge kinda has me tuckered out. Maybe that’s why I’ve got a cold. I’ve been awfully wheezy today, and that doesn’t help. Although I’m cooking this weekend, I plan on not leaving my apartment, taking naps, and sleeping in on Sunday in order to give myself a break.

Today started with a 6AM workout and ended cooking, cleaning, and prepping my food for tomorrow. It will be worth it when I get back from Olympic lifting tomorrow and there is a crock pot chock full of delicious ribs to mow down on. But that’s tomorrow. Here’s what happened today.

I grabbed a Larabar real quick on my way to CFFW this morning. Once I got to my desk, I had sammies with turkey, home made pickled asparagus and home made mayo with some curtido from Fermenti. I spiked my coffee and later a cup of coconut tea with some coconut milk. Everything tastes sweeter when you’re trying to avoid added sugar, and canned coconut milk is like a little treat in my hot morning beverages, which I needed this morning because of the whole cold thing.

I ran to Fresh Market and got some seaweed salad with raw tuna and decided I also needed a snacky. Some tiny zucchini caught my eye, and I thought they might be good raw with some salsa. I was right! I also got some unfortunately delicious and addictive freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Crunchy love in my face.

I needed a nap by the time I got home, so I laid down for 30 minutes before I started dinner. I made bison burgers with bacon, home made mayo, and hot sauce, roast broccolini (kind of like really long broccoli) with balsamic, shiitakes sauteed with garlic in ghee, and some glorious ripe plaintains fried in ghee. Holy schnikies was it good.

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

Today’s WOD looked like this:
3 sets:
Superman hold for 30-45 sec.
Rest 60 sec.
Turkish Get-Ups, 3 reps/arm
Rest 60 sec.
25lb kb

EMOM for 15 min:
10 KBS
5 Burpees (jump laterally over your KB)
25lb kb, completed 13 rounds

EMOM, for the uninitiated, means every minute on the minute. Always a good time. Just like your mom. I’m always stoked to have a kettlebell in my hand, so I was happy to work hard this morning with some getups and swings. I also got my eight hours of sleep and my fish oil, so I’m set to earn my challenge points for the day.

Day 10: I Got the Blahs

I felt kind of off all day today. Cold, tired, general blah-ness. I felt okay during my Olympic lifting class, but I ended up whacking myself in the neck meat and the back of the skull with the bar, so now I’ve got a headache on top of blah. Let’s get this over with so I can make sleepies.

Sammies with turkey, home make pickled asparagus, and home made mayo wrapped in collard greens, plus some curtido, an orange, and coffee with coconut milk.

Leftover butter chicken with cauliflower rice and a kombucha.

Not only was I blah, but also hungry. Carrots and almond butter in my belly.

I was starting to get a headache after class, so I didn’t want to fuss with dinner. Yetiman and I headed to Chipotle and I got a salad with carnitas, mild and hot salsa, guacamole, and lime juice. At this point, my guts also started to feel blah.

Eight hours of sleep last night and I got my fish oil, plus the following workout tonight:
Power clean + push press
-75% x2(2+1)x3 – 55lbs
-80% x2(2+1)x2 65lbs
Snatch push press + snatch balance
-70% x3+1×3 55lbs
-80% x3+1×2 65lbs
Clean pull
-95% 3×5 95lbs

Got all my points and now I’m headed to sleep to earn some more.

Day 4: Busy, Busy, Busy

“Busy, busy, busy, is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

Yep, that's me.

Yep, that’s me.

I keep going away for the weekend, which is really putting a cramp in my meal planning style, and making me very busy. Not in the greater scheme of life’s complexities kind of way, I just really like that quote. And, really, I’m doing pretty well with the challenge, except for the whole sleeping eight hours a night thing. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have to be up at 5 to make the 6 AM WOD, so here’s the food rundown real quick like.

Since snowpocalypse happened in the Midwest last night, I was home this morning and cooked up some scrambled eggs with baby kale and chard in about a teaspoon of bacon fat with some crushed red pepper and salt and pepper.

The last of the leftover chocolate chili and cauliflower rice in my face hole.

I had yetiman whip up some sunshine sauce this afternoon so we could have spicy beef salads. Because you know what else nobody got time for? Lettuce cups. I just make a damn mess. The salad was simple – romaine, red bell pepper, and green onion. I put the beef on top of that, and a blob of sunshine sauce on top of that. I used spicy Thai chiles in the beef because I love them and I just stocked up from Jungle Jim’s last weekend.

8.5 hours of sleep last night and I took my fish oil, so I should get all my points for the day. With the sleep situation, tomorrow is another story. Next week we’ll be able to earn some “bonus” points by completing a challenge, so hopefully I can earn back my stupid rogue sleep schedule points.

Day 3: The Hanger

Pretty normal Paleo Tifferz day today, except for all the hanger. Not sure what that’s all about, but I managed to work, eat, workout, and soon I will make sweet, sweet sleepies.

Two hard boiled eggs with hot sauce and home made mayo, some snap peas, a tangerine, some coffee with coconut milk got in my belly.

Lunch was leftover roast chicken, half a sweet potato and an apple. I also made an unfortunate snack decision and ended up eating like four sweet potato chips (I know, I know, too many sweet potatoes today…but I was really, really hungry for whatever reason), that had dextrin as a sneaky ingredient. This is apparently made from corn and/or potato and is therefore not gluten-free. Dumb mistake. I threw the rest of the chippies away. Goodbye, sweet chippies.

I had one of my staple easy dinners tonight. Baked salmon (Alaskan, wild-caught, of course) with dill, shallot, and ghee. I also scarfed down another half of a sweet potato and had a lovely hibiscus kombucha.

Like I said, inexplicable hunger today. My paleo meals generally keep me satiated, I don’t have to snack much (unless I know I’m going to go do something crazy at CrossFit), and my energy is sustained throughout the day. Today I was not only hungry, but had a bit of an energy slump during my Olympic lifting class this evening. I was sleepy and hungry by the time I got home.

I know I’m probably screwing it all up, but I’m pretty sure our Oly WOD went something like this:

Power snatch – push press – overhead squat:
70% (35lbs) (3x3x3) 2
75% (45lbs)  (3x3x3) 4

Power clean – push jerk:
75% (45lbs) 2(1+1)
80% (65lbs) 2(1+1) x 4

Snatch pull:
100% (65lbs) 3×3
105% (75lbs) 3×4

I took my fish oil and managed to get to bed early last night and get in my eight hours of sleep. Sorry if you’re not well-versed on reading workout jargon, but I’ll have to leave that explanation for another time. Right now I need to catch the first train to sleepytown.

Day 2: Banishing My Inner Walrus

I started my day the same way I will end it: working out. I got up bright and early (actually dark and early) to do the 6AM WOD. Andrew is into programming two-part workouts, which I really like because you’re always doing something new/different throughout the week. I had to complete my IAC Challenge baseline workout, so my WOD went like this:

3 sets:
DB Presses, 6-8 reps @ 30X0
Rest 30 sec.
25 Leg raises @ 31X0
Rest 30 sec.

500m row
40 Air squats
30 Ab-at sit-ups
20 Push-ups
10 Pull-ups

Time: 6:54

I’ll do the baseline workout again to see how my time improves at the end of the challenge. On to the food.

I’ve got some romaine that’s starting to look sad, so I ate two hard boiled eggs on romaine with some home made mayo and salt and pepper and some dill garlic sauerkrat from Wildbrine. When I started my paleo quest in January, I found myself with some gut crampage after eating raw veggies, so I figured my guts could use a little help. I try to eat one fermented food and drink one kombucha a day. Seems to work well, and I like sauerkraut so well that my boyfriend (aka yetiman) calls me a Kraut Warrior. I think that sounds racist.

Lunch was leftover chocolate chili with cauliflower rice. I was still hungry a couple hours later, so I also ate a coconut Larabar. I had some tea with coconut milk in it as well.

More leftovers (food prep Sundays are magical) for lunch. Roast chicken and sweet potato.

I’ve got Jeerleader practice (we’re the not-so-fancy cheerleaders for the Fort Wayne Derby Girls) tonight, so I’ll enjoy my kombucha then. After practice is my Asthanga yoga class. We focus on the primary series. If you’re following my  journey at all, go ahead and click on that link. I’m not claiming I do any of that shit well, but I try. Note that between most poses, we complete a vinyasa, which is a series of poses that requires us to get up off of our asses, swing around to downward facing dog, and then “float” back down the the floor. Floating is one of those things I can’t do. I kind of flop like a walrus.

Speaking of walrus, I found out my body fat percentage today. 5′ 6″, 180 pounds, 29% body fat. I’m writing that down only for my own documentation purposes. Hopefully I’ll have something to celebrate at the end of this challenge by making some changes to those numbers, and banish my inner walrus.

I didn’t get to bed as early as planned last night, and got up for the early WOD, so I only managed 7 hours of sleep. I did take my fish oil, so I should only be down one point for the day.