Challenge? Ok. Challenge Accepted.

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First things first.  Tonight is Kindergarten Roundup!  We are so excited in this house!  I know, I know the love of school everyday will probably wear off faster than the love of a diet but for now my boys are beside themselves that they finally get to go to kindergarten.  Um, I’m not so sad either.  Except for the fact that I’m going to lose my hour to myself every morning.  That hour between my workout and when they get up is glorious.  Oh well.  Wait!  I’m sitting here ruining my own excitement.  Ok I’ll stop.  Still excited.

I’m assuming you can tell from my amateur graphic at the top that I have a Paleo challenge going on.  Let me tell you all about it.  In Crossfit world they have these food/workout challenges.  They are always different to some degree. The big picture, in my experience, has been centered around eating Paleo food and ideally getting leaner and stronger over the course of a specific time period.  Most of the time it’s a competition with different ways to score and a winner at the end.  Let me just say that I LOVE that they do this.  It does help folks understand the Paleo lifestyle and see the progress they can make when eating well.  Selfishly, I also love that I have a group of people I can talk to about the way I eat.  The Bearded Husband and I actually started Crossfit because they had the same eating ideals that we did. 

Now, let me also say that I have been in this Crossfit world for almost two years and I’ve never actually participated in one of these challenges.  What?!  I know.  Here’s the thing, one thing I don’t like about this sort of set up is it does make it feel like a diet.  A way of eating that has an end date.  The idea is the date ends and you love it so much you keep going.  Some do, some don’t.  I am NOT on a diet.  I eat the way I eat because I get to actually eat tasty food and it makes me feel good.

I mean seriously.  Sooo good.

I mean seriously. Sooo good.

 It cures what ails me I tell ya!  Another simple reason is I’m usually training for a race so I have to tweak my diet.  I know what works and I go with it, as opposed to what the rules say.  Now, if you’ve read other posts you know I’ve done my own “challenges” but I made up the rules…

This time is different!  I’m not technically training for a specific race so that excuse is out and I’ve gotten a little stale with my progress.  I’m eating Paleo and doing all of the same stuff but I feel stale, plateaued, paused…whatever you want to call it.  I need some excitement!  I paid my buy in and signed up.  I’m going to let my trainer tell me how to eat.  I’ll try not to punch him in the throat.

One other big difference I have mentioned before is our Crossfit box has changed.  We are not Crossfit any longer, it’s called Form and Function Fitness.   Besides Crossfit workouts he’s added other classes that encompass other types of fitness.  As far as the runners go he encourages us and works with us to run a billion miles a week.  I like it.

So I’m telling you all of this craziness as background to my morning.  It was lightening and we couldn’t run.  I like to eat fries, not be one.  Duh.  So I had two choices, back to bed or Crossfit.  Well…in the challenge you get an extra piece of fruit and a starch (sweet potato) for workout days.  Guess which one I did?  Yep, I went to Crossfit at 5am for extra food.  I’m no different than my dog.

deadliftcollagefrontsquatApril2015I’m glad I went.  You never regret a workout right? Hmmm?  Anyway, I was finally able to do deadlifts without my hamstring screaming!  Yay!  We also did front squats and strict press.  Thankfully, he didn’t get a picture of the strict press.  I suck at those, and whine and complain.  I probably looked a crybaby struggling to get not that heavy of a weight over my head.  But I’m trying at least!  Trying not to punch him in the throat…Who am I kidding?  I don’t even punch that hard.

You’re thinking oh yay now we get to hear all about her meals everyday.  Don’t worry, I’ll try not to go too crazy.  I do have to tell you my recipes will be missing maple syrup and honey for a while.  That’s ok.  We can certainly live without it folks!

 

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie

beetsmoothie1Oh you guys have to trust me and try this one.  My kids loved it!  You will be healthier for it, I promise!  Why is it so pink??  Well, silly, because it’s made with roasted beets!  I really love the little suckers.  They are cheap and super good for you.  And they make gorgeous smoothies, duh.  Roast a bunch the night before, then the next morning it will take you about 10 seconds to have this ready to go out the door.  Also, before you have a heart attack and think it will taste like weird health food, really it tastes like mellow bananas, with a sweet beet undertone.  So there. 

This week has been a little different for me.  I HURT MY FOOT!  Yep, 19 days out from the marathon I’m limping myself home 2 miles into a 10 mile run.  I think it’s going to be ok though.  I have this awesome chiropractor who fixed me right up on Tuesday.  My cuboid joint in my foot was out of whack.  (Who even knew I had one of those?)  It seems much better but I’m laying off of running until Saturday to give the soft tissue time to heal.  Boo!

coldcrossfitmorningIn the meantime…Crossfit!  Man it was 16 degrees this morning!  I’ve said it once before, no, there is not heat there.  Those bars are seriously cold.  I believe Monday I referred to the toes to bar workout as a cold day in hell.  Thankfully today we stayed far away from them with our gloves on. 

 

The wod (workout of the day) was:

6 Min AMRAP (as many reps as possible):
-6 Wallballshots,  20/14#
-6 Goblet Squats, 53/35#
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-Double Unders
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-6 Burpees
-6 HSPU (Hand Stand Push Up)

I rowed instead of doing double unders with the bum foot and all.  That stinks.  Double unders are the only good thing I have going for me there.  Whatever.

So, my Crossfit box is changing.  The new name is Form and Function Fitness.  We are still having the typical Crossfit wods everyday but he’s also added power lifting, the running club on Wednesday morning and I’ve heard rumors of yoga.  It’s all very exciting.  For those of you in this area, there is a pretty good promotion going on now.  If you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time.  By the way, he didn’t put me up to this little plug.  It’s my blog, I do what I want.  However, I love to see new people come through the door.  It’s made a big difference in my life. 

Well, peeps I need to get back to my day job.  Let me know how you like that smoothie!  Oh, and I know I had some technical issues with the comments section of this blog.  I fixed it so comment away.

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie
Simple smoothie full of nutrients
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup roasted beets
  4. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  5. 1 tsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
To roast beets
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets to clean then cut off both ends.
  3. Coat in olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once beets have cooled remove remaining skin.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use in smoothie.
For the smoothie
  1. Add beets, coconut milk, honey, banana and protein powder to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
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All Better!

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Girl Power!

All is better in my world!  After my antibiotics kicked in I am a much happier girl.  I’m running around like crazy trying to clean up my house but I thought I would check in with you for a sec.  I know you were worried sick after my pissy face post from yesterday.  Here’s the deal, I started this blog as a fun project to share my thoughts, food, workouts and stuff with you.  My bad days are just part of it.  When I have a bad day, don’t worry, I bounce back quick.  Unless I’m injured.  Oh then you will really hear it.  That’s the worst! 

Friday is Crossfit day.  We had a great morning with an awesome group of girls!  Here’s what we did:

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20 Min AMRAP:
-3 Deadlift
-3 Cleans
-3 Front Squat
-3 Push Jerk
-150m Run

*Score is wt.number of runs
Same bar and weight for all movements of each round.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected.  I did 11 rounds with 55lbs.  After it was done I kind of regretted not adding more weight but oh well.  Next time I won’t be such a baby.  Who am I kidding, next time I’ll be forced to add more weight.

Front squat action shot!

Front squat action shot!

Tomorrow we have another 18 miles on the plan.  We are going out in the rain to get it done.  You’re probably used to the fact that I have a crazy/hardcore bunch of running buddies but really I’ve had some of my best runs in the rain.  It takes your mind off of what is really going on.  Plus, its fun to watch all the motorist look at you like you really are a crazy person.

Last thing really quick.  I’m so excited!!  I made waffles for you this morning!!  I’ve been wanting to come up with a waffle recipe and I did it.  They are so good.  Just for a teaser, they are banana and almond flour waffles with a blueberry, almond butter topping.  My kids loved them!  I will have the waffle recipe and some delicious beef tips for you next week.  See ya!

Butternut Squash and Shrimp Soup

 
 I have a little extra time today since my twins are in preschool so I thought I would give you a delicious soup recipe to make as the weather gets colder.  It’s pretty simple. I made it last week in the middle of a storm that kept shutting our electricity down.  It seemed to be forgiving. butternutsquashsoup1

I am back to real life after camping.  Well, really I am cleaning up the aftermath of the weekend.  It’s amazing how you leave your house clean (or at least close) then when you get home it looks like a bomb exploded.  There was definitely a camping bomb in my house.   I’m trying to get it all organized but really I want to play with my new watch.  I feel like I’m making some progress getting it set up exactly like I want it.  I’ve taken it on a couple of runs and I’m really happy so far.  It is a little big but that just makes me look faster right?  Sure.

So, I talk about running a lot but the other huge health component in my life is Crossfit.  People like to say its too intense or Crossfit people are just crazy but I have not had that experience.  Oh wait, yes I have!  It is intense and the people are a little crazy but it’s great!  You’re not going to go on your first day, deadlift a million pounds and end up with a skeletal muscle disease.  You go, learn about the movements and exercises and work your way up.  My Crossfit buddies are incredibly encouraging but a little competitive which I dig.  Now, I have to say, when it comes to lifting weights I try to be a wuss and get away with smaller weights.  My Coach knows my game by now and makes me stay the course.  I haven’t died yet…  Dang!  I hope he’s not reading this.

 Until January, I am having a bit of a struggle fitting in the miles plus the Crossfit.  I know Crossfit is part of what keeps my body healthy and able to do the runs.  If you see me slacking off, smack me in the head (not really, I’ll get offended) and send me back to the box!

Butternut Squash and Shrimp Soup
Butternut Squash, sweet potatoes and shrimp with bacon on top.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs of wild caught shrimp. Peeled and deveined
  2. 3 stalks of celery diced
  3. 3 carrots diced
  4. 1 onion diced
  5. 2 tbsp. butter
  6. 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  7. 1 small butternut squash diced
  8. 3 gloves of garlic diced
  9. 1 cup of milk (your choice of milk)
  10. tsp. sage
  11. tsp. cumin
  12. 1/8 tsp. cayenne (or more to taste)
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. 2 cans of free range chicken stock
  15. 8oz of uncured bacon cooked and crumbled for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot warm the butter over medium heat. Add in the diced celery, carrots, and onion.
  2. Once those have started to cook some, add the sweet potatoes, butternut squash and garlic. Cook well until all veggies are tender.
  3. Once tender, add one can of chicken stock and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Be very careful not to splash the warm liquid.
  4. When pureed add the spices and milk. Stir well.
  5. Depending on how thick or thin you like your soup add the rest of the chicken stock to taste.
  6. Simmer for about 10 mins to incorporate all ingredients.
  7. Lastly, add the shrimp. Let them cook through which only takes a few minutes.
  8. When shrimp are done, serve warm with bacon crumbled on top.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you do not have an immersion blender the ingredients can be transferred to a blender. Please be careful transferring the hot liquid. It would need to cool some before being blended.
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