Last Week of the Challenge

Realized I never hit “Publish” on this one! I wrote this a couple years ago so here’s where I ended up. Better late than never:

In Conclusion

While I’ve learned a lot, this huge change in my lifestyle is not sustainable for me. I love a variety a food in my life, and while I’ll definitely be taking a lot of knowledge with me when this is over, it just wouldn’t work over the long term. I feel like I was already pretty good about doing Crossfit 3-4 times a week already and was making big strides (until I hurt my back). No need to try and squeeze in 10 minutes of some random workout just to get it in. The stretching is something I’d like to continue, though. Fish oil will most likely stick around, as well. But yeah, the food part. I can’t wait to enjoy desserts and things every now and then without having to worry about how many points I’ll be losing over it.

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Weekends and I Don’t Get Along / Day 49-52

Day 49

Nick and Jill got married today! The whole shebang was pretty amazing. I’m so happy for them!

Nutrition
Breakfast: Three eggs, baby spinach, green onions and mushrooms.

Snack: Banana and half an apple with peanut butter. Got a new jar just in time.

Lunch: Cup of pumpkin soup and the rest of the apple with peanut butter. Didn’t want to eat too much since I knew I’d be indulging in lots of food at the wedding.

Dinner: At the wedding we started off with an amazing fall salad I forgot to take a pic of. The main meal was fried chicken, a piece of steak, baked sweet potato, cornbread and some green beans. All extremely delicious.

Also drank a ton: two gin and tonics, a big glass of white wine and two strong beers. Don’t think there’s anything better than an open bar at a wedding! Had such a blast dancing my butt off. Bad part: had a headache before the night was over. Reminded me why I don’t like to drink too much in the first place.

Veggie of the Day: mushrooms

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
My day was completely packed so this didn’t happen.

Mobility
Neither did this.


Day 50

ONE. MORE. WEEK. Honestly, I can’t wait for this to be over at this point.

Nutrition
Breakfast / Lunch: Eggs, baby spinach, green onions, mushrooms.

Snack: Apples with peanut butter and almond butter, carrots and hummus and a banana. I also made paleo pumpkin muffins but they definitely needed sugar. We ate them with butter since they were so bread-y/savory.

Dinner: Spinach salad with chicken, pecans and pomegranate seeds. Pumpkin soup on the side.

Veggie of the Day: carrots

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
30 minute run at an easy pace.

Mobility
Dynamic and static stretches before running.


Day 51

Last day with Pete and Hat. Boo.

Nutrition
Breakfast / Lunch: All points gone in one meal, but what a meal it was. Everyone gathered together at Bel Loc Diner to send Pete and Hat off (not sure what’s up with their reviews but I love that place). I went nuts and ate French toast with butter and syrup, regular toast with butter, and lots of eggs and bacon. And coffee with creamer. And sugar.

Snack: Ate a couple muffins from yesterday plus some Halloween candy and Girl Scout cookies (had to try the peanut butter ones – I now see why everyone loves Tagalongs) during the Ravens game. Also drank two beers. Felt a little guilty but I’m pretty much falling off the wagon at this point. Close friends plus weekends equal food craziness.

Dinner: Once Pete and Hat were gone I had leftover chicken and cauliflower for dinner to somehow make up for eating so poorly.

Veggie of the Day: cauliflower

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
Nope.

Mobility
Static stretches during the game.

New Weekly Challenge: New Veggies / Day 45-48

Weekly Challenge #7: New Veggies

You don’t have to eat something you’ve never eaten before, you simply must eat a non-repeated vegetable each day. The vegetables may be cooked or raw. Any meal counts – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack.

This will be particularly challenging for me because I tend to eat several types of veggies in one day, so I think I’m going to be forced to try new ones by the end of the week. We’ll see what happens.

Day 45

Day off from work due to Hurricane Sandy. This led to boredom, which then led to WLC-friendly “junk food” eating.

Nutrition
Breakfast: Four eggs with baby spinach and leftover pork.

Snack: Throughout the day I ate two whole apples with a ridiculous amount of peanut butter, some nuts, and an apple pie Larabar.

Lunch: Moroccan meatballs made by Abby. YUM! Also included green beans, squash, zucchini, tomatoes and onion.

Dinner: Leftover beef chili from the food swap. Veggies included bell pepper, tomatoes and onion.

Capped dinner off with a slice of Aaron’s pumpkin coconut pie. Drool. This was amazing.

Veggie of the Day: baby spinach

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
Hurricane Sandy got me too distracted. Excuses, I know.

Mobility
Lax ball and static stretches.


Day 46

Another day of working from home because of Hurricane Sandy.

Nutrition
Breakfast / Lunch: Three scrambled eggs with baby spinach, the rest of the leftover pork and green onions. Big side of bacon. This was a ton of food so I saved the leftovers for tomorrow.

Snack: Banana and half an apple with peanut butter. Need to get another jar ASAP.

Dinner: Moroccan shrimp and Indian chickpea curry. My best batch yet!

Veggie of the Day: green onions

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
Same workout as Day 33 and 39:

A. Single leg weighted split squat: 3 x 6-8, 3010 tempo, 15 sec rest b/w legs

First set: Got to 8 reps with 20# dumbbells.
Second set: Got to 8 reps with 25# dumbbells.
Third set: Got to 6 reps with 30# dumbbells. Last highest weight was 25#.

B. Chinups, 5 sets of 2, rest 90 sec between sets

Easy. Back feels good, too.

C. 8 Rounds:

10 Walking Lunges, rest as needed
10 Pushups, rest as needed
10sec Side Bridge (R)
10sec Side Bridge (L), rest as needed

Good stuff. Felt nice and sore.

Mobility
Lax ball and static stretches.


Day 47

Happy Halloween! Made this an all out cheat day from dinner and on. I’m bad.

Nutrition
Breakfast: Leftover eggs and bacon. Mostly bacon.

Snack: Banana and half an apple with peanut butter. Definitely my new favorite snack.

Lunch: Enjoyed a cup of pumpkin, sweet potato and leek soup and a hard-boiled egg. Had a pretty small lunch since I knew I’d be stuffing myself at dinner.

But before dinner I tried my first ever Reese’s peanut butter cup since I am now a peanut butter fan. This blew my mind. So. Good.

Dinner: Cory and I went to Gertrude’s with some gym friends, one of them (Hieu) also making it a cheat night for herself. I had so much fun! Here’s Sumbul about to indulge in her whiskey flight.

And then I dug into THE BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had. Words cannot describe how amazing this was. The mashed potatoes and gravy pushed it over the top. I ate everything shown on this plate, later learning that it’s usually a two serving meal. Oops.

Being super full didn’t stop us from ordering dessert since it was kind of the point of the night. We enjoyed both an ice cream sampler and a pie sampler afterwards. Forgot what the ice cream flavors were but some of them included maple bacon and toasted marshmellow. And that’s a little ghost I drew. Tracy, Hieu’s husband, added the hat.

The pies were pumpkin, pecan and apple. Was enjoying everything too much to remember to take a photo. Ridiculous night.

Veggie of the Day: leeks

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
I was actually good and made time to run before dinner.

A. 10min easy run/warmup
B. 3 sets: Start from a stop position and sprint for 5sec, increasing speed so that at the end of 5sec you are starting to get to top speed, walk back, rest 2min in total
C. 3 sets: Run 30sec @ very high effort on flat surface, walk back rest 3:30 in total, walk/rest 6min actively after all sets
D. 5min cooldown walk/run

Long workout, but solidified my increasing interest in running. Not sure how I feel about running in the cold weather, though. Really not that fun.

Mobility
Lax ball and static stretches.


Day 48

Peter and Hattie came into town later in the evening for a friend’s wedding. They’ll be staying with us all weekend so it will be interesting to see how my points hold up.

Nutrition
Breakfast: Four eggs and baby spinach.

Snack: Banana, half an apple and peanut butter. Peanut butter level is dangerously low.

Lunch: Spinach and red cabbage salad with chicken. Pretty boring.

Dinner: Went to a meeting at the gym to plan our gym’s holiday party! We got WLC-friendly food from Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen to munch on while we tossed around ideas. Had an awesome Greek salad (no cheese) with tahini dressing. Included olives, tomatoes, red onion and cucumbers.

Also enjoyed sliced cucumber, red pepper and fresh hummus on the side. I took leftover hummus and pita bread home with me which Peter and Hattie happily ate. Yay for free food.

Veggie of the Day: red pepper

Fish Oil: 1000mg

WOD / Active Recovery / Custom Workout
A. High Bar Back Squat, 3 x 4-6, 30X1

Warm-up sets:
5×33#
5×53#
5×73#
5×93#

Workout sets:
6×103#
6×113#: Last two reps were really hard.
4×118#: Definitely couldn’t fit another rep in. Right where I needed to be.

B. Run 5min @ easy pace, walk 3min actively
C. 2 sets – Run – 4min @ high effort, walk 2min x 3
D. 5min run/walk cooldown

Mobility
Foam roll, lax ball and static stretches.