The End of the Challenge / Day 26 – 30

Day 26
More leftover pizza bagel toppings scrambled with some eggs.

Lunch was the last of the tri-tip roast made into a salad.

Leftover chicken curry with a big side salad made for a yummy dinner.

A couple hours after dinner I got extremely hungry. The only things left in my fridge were breakfast ingredients, so I went ahead and made my new favorite. Mmm.

Day 27
Breakfast was a complete replica of the previous night’s late meal.

The last of the chicken curry and another side salad was lunch. I definitely could have eaten almost triple the amount of chicken but there was none left.

    Crossfit WOD:
    3RM (rep max) Deadlift
    Then:
    20 yd Prowler Push – High Handles
    3 Full Squat Snatch
    6 Toes to Bar
    9 Pullups
    12 Double Unders
    15 Burpees
    12 Double Unders
    9 Pullups
    6 Toes to Bar
    3 Full Squat Snatch
    20 yd Prowler Push – Low Handles

My 1RM deadlift from just 19 days ago was 153 lb. For my 3RM I was so happy to hit 143 lb since that means my 1RM is probably a lot higher now!

This workout was super intense. It’s the workout that CrossFitters do to compete as teams in the Mid-Atlantic Hopper Challenge (I’m not competing). I had to scale almost everything down but it was still challenging. The squat snatch is something I am SO not good at. For some reason I have a hard time keeping good squat form while holding a barbell over my head. Need to practice a lot more. This was also my first time playing with the prowler. Maybe I didn’t have enough weight on it, but I absolutely loved it. Something about leaning all my weight into it to get it going was very satisfying. Can’t wait to play with it again. Finished this workout in 5:49.

Our weekly trip to Chipotle was decided for tonight since I barely had any food left to cook with. I thought ahead and ordered two of the burrito bowls so that I could have one for lunch tomorrow. My burrito bowls consist of double chicken, tomatoes, corn, guacamole and lettuce (no rice and no beans, but after this challenge I will be reintroducing those black beans).

Yes, Chipotle can be sodium overload, but I knew that not bringing any lunch with me would have been worse. I remember when I was eating Maruchan ramen for lunch 1-2 times a week at work, and then maybe once a week for dinner, so I really didn’t want those habits to kick back in (the ramen is conveniently located at a corner store you can walk to in one minute flat from work).

And remember my goal of eating an entire bowl in one sitting? I made it happen. Woo!

Day 28
Same delicious breakfast of two fried eggs over sweet potatoes.

Thoroughly enjoyed my Chipotle burrito bowl for lunch.

Two words: Halloween weekend. I don’t even want to get into how bad of a cheat this night was. Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling my best the next morning.

Day 29
Breakfast: fried eggs over sweet potato hash. Still amazing.

Lunch was a simple salad I forgot to photograph. So not filling, but I already knew that I would be cheating that night since we were going out to celebrate Halloween. I went totally nuts and ate and drank all sorts of non-Paleo things: pizza, cranberry vodkas, etc. Oh well. No regrets.

Day 30
The last day! Completely forgot to take photos of anything since I think I was just ready to get the challenge over with.

Enjoyed my new favorite breakfast again, had the same boring salad for lunch, and made scallops and Brussels sprouts for dinner. Tried to fancy up my last dish so I could end on a strong note.

And that’s it: the challenge is over! It’s been about a week since the challenge ended and I don’t think I would ever do it again. Not being able to have dairy drove me the craziest, but on the other hand I rarely crave bread or pasta anymore, so I’m very happy with that! I’ll still be trying to eat my healthiest whenever possible, but you better believe I went a little nuts this past week.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing my final workout. Even though I haven’t been as strict with my food choices these last few days, I’m still hoping for some good results. Wish me luck!