Using Leftovers for Breakfast / Day 23 – 25

Day 23
I made that incredible sweet potato and fried egg breakfast again. I can definitely see myself eating this for a long time.

Lunch hadn’t changed: more butternut squash soup.

Dinner was a tri-tip beef roast with sweet potato, brussels sprouts and asparagus on the side. Having a variety of veggies on the plate was a great change from my usual one meat/one veggie meals. Unfortunately the roast wasn’t that tasty. I’ll have to look up a better method of prep rather than just coating it in salt and pepper.

Day 24
Lovely, delicious breakfast of sweet potato and eggs.

Lunch meeting at work. My boss ordered in Chinese food so it made it a little bit of a challenge to figure out what I should eat. I didn’t bring in any extra food for lunch so I tried my absolute best to stick to the paleo diet by ordering the spare ribs and the Buddha’s Delight with no sauce. I forgot that the Delight came with tofu so I pushed that aside along with the snow peas (no soy or legumes). I ate almost double than what’s pictured here.

At dinnertime I hosted a pizza bagel party for a friend’s birthday, but I avoided all temptation and made myself a giant salad with leftover tri-tip roast and lots of the bagel toppings. I dressed it with a homemade roasted garlic vinaigrette. Making vinaigrettes is one of my favorite things to do. Bottled dressings are way too salty and/or thin to me now.

Day 25
For breakfast I sauteed a handful of various leftover pizza bagel toppings and added scrambled eggs. I didn’t really like the salsa on regular scrambled eggs. I think it really needs to be paired with the sweet potato to make it sing.

Lunch was another steak salad with the VERY LAST of the butternut squash soup. Finally.

    Crossfit WOD:
    Pull-up/ring dip work
    Then…
    4 rounds:
    Sprint 60 yds (3 track lengths, 2 turns)
    Rest 20 sec
    15 Ball Slams
    Rest 20 sec

Right now I’m using a blue band to get through my pull-ups. The next sizes down are the red, purple, then orange (super skinny) bands. I feel like I’m getting pretty close to progressing onto the red one. I can’t wait! This is what getting a new belt in karate must feel like.

Sprints rock. I have long legs so it’s pretty easy to cover the turf quickly. But…ball slams. Grrr. Overall this was a quick but intense workout. I finished in 6:59.

Dinner was super methodic to make but totally worth it. I followed a recipe for Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari) and replaced the yogurt with coconut milk. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that most Indian recipes are paleo as is, so I’m going to look into making more Indian dishes in the future. Sauteed some cauliflower along with the leftover vegetables from the Buddha’s Delight and topped it all with the curry sauce. A squeeze of lemon and a sweet potato finished the job. This was one of my favorite paleo meals so far.

Milkshake and Mixed Drink Cheats / Day 20 – 22

Day 20
Scrambled eggs to start the day.

Lunch was a complete replica of the lunch I had the day before: butternut squash and two chicken wraps.

I was really excited about dinner. During my paleo meal research I learned that I could replicate the texture of rice using cauliflower. I threw some cauliflower into the food processor, pulsed it a couple times, and BAM—I had rice!

I sauteed it in some olive oil and it was good to go. Using the leftover pork I made the night before, I put together a stir-fry with various veggies and placed it on the cauliflower “rice.” Awesome.

Day 21
Scrambled eggs with various additions. I’m really bad at remembering to take a photo of breakfast.

Butternut squash soup and a chicken wrap for the third day in a row. Mixed it up with some dried figs.

Since I was going straight from work to a haunted forest attraction called Creepywoods, I brought dinner to work with me to eat at the end of the day: leftover pork stir-fry.

After Creepywoods (where I got the crap scared out of me) we stopped at a 7-11 where I bought a small bag of cashews and ate a banana I brought.

Day 22
I love Saturdays at the gym.

    Crossfit WOD:
    AMRAP 15 min:
    10 Dumbbell Thrusters

    10 Ball Slams
    
40 yd Farmers Carry (with Dumbbells)

I HATE thrusters. They kill me. At least I didn’t have to use a barbell; I used two 15 lb dumbbells.

For the ball slams I used a 20 lb ball. Ball slams tired me out so fast, but I’ve learned to explode at my hips to make bringing the ball back up much easier.

The farmers carry was fine. I ended up at 6 rounds plus 10 thrusters.

When I got home I made the best paleo breakfast I’ve had so far. I cubed a sweet potato and sauteed it with bell pepper and onion. It took awhile for the sweet potato to cook, so I helped it along by adding some water to the pan and covering it. After that was ready I took the potato mixture out of the pan, added more oil and fried two eggs over easy. I placed the eggs on top of the potato mixture, spooned on some salsa (ingredients checked out) and finished it off with some fresh chives from my front porch. SO good. Now I hope I can find time on weekday mornings to make this. Maybe I should pre-make a bunch of the sweet potato mixture.

Lunch was more butternut squash soup.

Dinner was a huge cheat! We went out to the Lost City Diner to celebrate a friend’s birthday and there was nothing I could get while sticking to my paleo diet. So of course, I went all out and got a huge juicy burger, medium rare, with cheese and bacon on a challah bun. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a burger as fast as I did that night. I wasn’t entirely bad, though: I substituted my fries with a side salad. The thought of eating fries was kind of a turn-off, which really surprised me. I guess some good habits are starting to stick.

To seal the deal on my cheat meal (hey, that rhymes), I ordered the most incredible pumpkin milkshake. It was the first time I had dairy in three weeks! I was a little worried that my body would totally hate me but I didn’t notice any adverse effects. Later I made myself two cranberry vodkas. I forgot to take pics of all this since I was enjoying myself way too much.

Killer Sit-Ups / Day 17 – 19

Wow, I really let this blog get away from me. One week since I’ve last updated?! Unacceptable. I have a couple posts already written that I’ll be posting over the next few days so that I don’t fall behind again.

Day 17
Scrambled eggs with stuff thrown in.

Lunch meeting at work. My co-workers are too sweet. Each week they are going way out of their way to make sure that their meal is paleo-friendly. I really don’t like being that person so it’s been bothering me a little, but I have been 100% appreciative of it.

Erin made the most amazing carrot cumin soup paired with cashews coated in garam masalsa. She also made a side salad of apples, parsnips and brussels sprouts topped with some lemon juice. My favorite part was the kale chips that she made. What an incredible meal. I definitely made sure to get that carrot cumin soup recipe! Later I ate a leftover stuffed bell pepper and an apple.

    CrossFit WOD:
    Snatch 5×2
    Squat 3×5
    Pick Your Poison:
    Option 1 – Row – 30 sec on, 30 sec off x 10
    Option 2 – 100 m Sprint x 10

The snatch is the hardest lift I’ve ever done, and I can’t tell if it’s because I’d never done it before or if it’s just hard to learn. I could barely even use the women’s bar and had to use the super light training bar to get my form down.

I did 3×5 squats at 88 lbs. I don’t know what was wrong with me; that weight was extremely heavy. I felt so weak, especially since I used to do 3×5 at 120 lbs. Well, I guess that’s what happens when you’re out of practice.

I chose option 1—the row—since I just ran a 5k on October 15th. Oh, right! I forgot to mention that I did that. It’s probably the last 5k I’ll run for a while since I’d like to focus my efforts on CrossFit now. I did manage to get my personal best time, though: 27:22. So stoked about that!

For dinner I made a dish I learned about at the paleo cooking demo: Tex-Mex Chicken Salad. My CrossFit gym was kind enough to post the recipe on their website:

    Tex Mex Chicken Salad
    4 chicken breasts
    2 – 3 avocados
    
1 tbsp. garlic
    
2 tbs. lime juice (roughly two limes)
    1 bunch cilantro
    2 tsp. chili powder
    
2 tbsp. cumin
    1/4 cup red onion
    Romaine lettuce
    Red pepper

    Directions:
    1. Poach chicken (cook in water on a low simmer for roughly 30 minutes)
    2. Combine avocado, garlic and lime juice
    3. Once chicken is cooked and cooled, shred and mix with avocado mixture
    4. Add cilantro, chili powder, cumin and onion and mix until combined
    5. Serve in Romaine lettuce with red pepper garnish

Pretty darn good! The lettuce wraps were light and refreshing.

Day 18
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with the last of the turkey sausage.

A lunch of leftovers: butternut squash soup, stuffed bell pepper, and a chicken salad wrap.

    Crossfit WOD:
    HSPU (handstand push-ups) – 5 sets of 3
    Then, AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) for 15 min:
    15 Kettlebell Swings (55/35)
    15 Sit-ups
    15 Double Unders

For my handstand push-ups I kneeled on top of a 20″ box, planted my hands as close as possible to the box, and tried to keep my body as vertical as possible as I did the push-ups. Even though I used a box, it was still really tiring on my arms. I can’t imagine ever doing one against a wall, but…one day!

Double-unders are no problem for me unless I start getting tired, so I really looked forward to those each round. I also like kettlebell swings so those weren’t too horrible (did them with a 20 lb kettlebell). On the flip side, the sit-ups completely destroyed me. My upper abs were SO sore for a straight week, no joke. The worst part was that it hurt to laugh, so I had to consciously stop myself from laughing as much as I usually do. Obviously my core needs some more work. I got through 8 rounds plus 14 kettlebell swings.

The night before I attempted to marinate a pork tenderloin in coconut aminos, garlic and olive oil. It didn’t work as well as it would have with soy sauce (the coconut aminos is a soy sauce substitute), but the pork still tasted great. Ate it with a bunch of asparagus.

As if I didn’t have enough cooking to do, I also ended up making a pumpkin spice cake with honey frosting for my boss’ birthday. It was really hard to bake an entire cake without being able to eat any of it. My co-workers said it was delicious, though. It did smell pretty amazing.

Day 19
Breakfast: same old scrambled eggs with whatever’s in my fridge.

Lunch was more butternut squash soup and two chicken wraps.

Chipotle for dinner! Cory and I always eat Chipotle in the middle of the week when I feel like I’m too busy to cook dinner. We literally live half a block away from one so it’s very easy to indulge. This week I really tried hard to finish the whole bowl, but I ended up leaving a few bites behind. One of my sillier goals is to finish an entire bowl in one sitting.