Paleo Challenge Day 30

Yeah for Monday and being back on the paleo bandwagon. We slept in a little bit today so I had breakfast at work: leftover hash from Saturday. I still haven’t tried that with eggs yet but hopefully that will happen tomorrow. After that I had my cherry pie larabar around 9ish.

Lunch today was leftover burgers from yesterday with a giant bag of carrots, bell peppers and celery. I still have leftovers of those so that will be snacks for tomorrow.

Crossfit today was great. The workout was: 5 rounds: 3 min AMRAP – 3 cleans (I did 95# – 135/95 RX), 6 push ups, 9 squats followed by a 1 minute rest. So – 20 min total. They only counted full rounds with no partials carried over. I got through 14 full rounds.

When I got home I had a couple of dates filled with almond butter – yum! I need to find some good paleo post workout food that I can keep in my car. I posed the question to the rest of the paleo challenge group so hopefully I get some good options.

Dinner will be AMAZING! I have a chicken roasting in the oven with thyme, lemon and garlic. Can’t wait! I will be pairing that with roast brussel sprouts with bacon and a nice salad. Can’t wait!



Paleo Challenge Day 26

Almost done with the week! Work has been crazy these past few days and I am really hoping that I can get to crossfit tomorrow, but it’s looking like I may not be. If not – guess I’ll have to find some way to get a workout this weekend.

Breakfast today was nice and simple. Two eggs scrambled with the left over bacon from last night. That held me off until around 9ish when I had the final pieces of strawberry breakfast bread. Yes – today was a leftover kind of day. Lunch…the last stuffed chicken breast that was left over with 1/2 a sweet potato. I also brought a snack for the afternoon: pepitas, almonds and dried cranberries that were soaked in strawberry juice that I got at the farmers market last week. They are soooo good!

Dinner tonight should be interesting. I have never tried to make this before, but everyone on the paleo challenge facebook page raves about it. I am making Everyday Paleo’s Better Butter Chicken. It has lots of spices, tomato paste and coconut milk so here’s hoping it tastes as good as everyone raves! I’ll be pairing that with steamed red chard and cauliflower rice (although the non-paleo person in the house will be having regular white rice). I’m looking forward to it!

One thing that I haven’t mentioned on here that I seem to have every single day is decaf tea. When we started the challenge they said that caffeine was allowed, but we should have it in small quantities. Also, they mentioned that coffee should be more of a treat than a daily thing. So – I decided to kick my HUGE caffeine habit and I think it has been going well. The decaf tea in the morning helps to get me up with something nice and hot and I really haven’t missed the pick me up that coffee gave me. After that first day of withdraw headaches I have been doing great!


Paleo Challenge Day 25

Ah – yeah for hump day!  

This morning started off with a nice, big breakfast.  I warmed up the bell pepper, shallot, mushroom, chicken mixture from last night in some coconut oil and then scrambled in 2 eggs.  Yum!  That held me over until 9am when I had 2 pieces of fruit leather: grape and strawberry.  

Lunch today was nothing special: leftover stuffed chicken breast w/ a side salad of organic greens, strawberries, cashews, sun-dried tomatoes with some lemon juice to act as a dressing.  Then, before crossfit I had a little bit of shredded chicken.  

Crossfit today was a blast.  After a quick warmup we had 15 minutes to get our one rep max snatch.  I need to work on getting low under the bar as I’m doing more of a power snatch than a traditional snatch.  My max was 95 pounds.  After that, we had Cindy!  20 Minute AMRAP: 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 squats.  I got through 9 rounds + the pull ups.  My first 4 rounds were strict pull ups, the next 2 were w/ a thin black band and the last few were with an orange band.  Not too bad.  

I am really looking forward to dinner tonight.  I am making PaleOMG’s Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl!  It looks amazing.  I am pairing this with a side salad of organic greens, avocado, tomato, bell pepper and cucumber.  

I don’t think there will be dessert tonight.  I attempted the fried plantains last night, but they tasted much starchier than sweet.  So – guess I need to look up a recipe next time instead of free-wheeling it!  

Paleo Challenge Day 23

Yeah for Monday and crossfit!

Breakfast this morning was just a quick retake on the strawberry breakfast bar that I added a little crust to in some coconut oil. Then, I got hungry early and ate an all fruit leather …bar I guess – around 8. Eating my mornin snack this early made me very hungry around lunch time. It was tough but I held out until 1130ish before I had the last of the leftover eggplant lasagna. It was so good and I must make it again. Then, right before leaving for crossfit I had a grilled chicken breast to try and give me a pre-workout boost.

Then, came the fun, leg intensive WoD. After our warm up we had 15 minutes to practice the 3-position snatch. This was nice because I definitely need work on that. After that was the real workout: 50 walking lunges, 20 front squats (workout called for overhead squats but I modified at 75#), 20 mountain climbers per leg, 50 walking lunges, 15 front squats, 15 mountain climbers per leg, 50 walking lunges, 10 front squats, 10 mountain climbers per leg. It was intense and I was definitely shaking towards the end of my 14:22 time.

Dinner tonight is going to be nice and healthy. We are going to have chicken filled with asparagus, spinach, basil and Italian seasoning, rolled up and topped with thin slice of prosciutto. We are pairing that with sautéed kale and a nice salad – hopefully there are plenty of leftovers!


Paleo Challenge Day 16

Yes – feels good to be back on the bandwagon and eating great healthy meals.

Still haven’t been sleeping well, but hopefully that will be better tonight. The morning started out well with two eggs over easy. Also – on the way to work I grabbed a large caffeine free green tea. The warm tea definitely helped me wake up.

The mornin progressed with a new homemade larabar. It was very good a better than the last batch. This time I made it with dates, almonds and shredded coconut. Very good!

Since we didn’t have dinner at home last night there were no left overs so lunch today was from the work cafe again: lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes and grilled chicken. It was alright. After lunch I got a little hungry around 2 so I had a handful of nuts and a couple kale chips.

Dinner tonight was very good. I did chicken 2 ways. First I marinated some chicken breasts in fresh rosemary, lemon juice, salt and some Italian seasoning. I let that sit for a while and then grilled it up. I also threw some asparagus on the grill. The second dish was a ‘pasta.’ I cut some chicken up and pan fried it with a little coconut oil in a pan. When that was nice and brown I removed it and set it aside. To the same pan I added julienned zucchini and thinly sliced asparagus (I just used the veggie peeler). After that heated up, I added fresh cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, paleo pesto and the cooked chicken in.

Good meals, lots of veggies and feelin great. Ready to get back to crossfit tomorrow.

Paleo Challenge Day 10

Glad today is a recovery day. My back feels fine, but my chest is still a bit sore. The meals today were good and plentiful…maybe I’m eating too much?
Breakfast was pumpkin pancakes again (3 of them) followed by a key lime larabar at around 9. Lunch was courtesy of the cafe again and included a salad once again. I also of a hard boiled egg for just a bit more protein. Mid-afternoon I had the left over sweet potato fries with some of the pesto from last night.
After work I attempted my hand at larabars. I threw some pitted dates, a few figs and a handful of almonds and cashews into the magic bullet and let it rip. I formed it into 3 large bars and threw them in the fridge…we’ll see how they turned out tomorrow. I also attempted a ‘cream soda.’ It was…different. I threw some blackberries, blueberries and coconut milk in a cup, muddled it all up and added soda water. It wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad either. Dinner was grilled chicken butterflied and seasoned with cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder. This was paired with a spinach salad with .5 an avocado, cucumber and tomato with a balsamic and olive oil dressing. Yum! Finally, dessert! 1/2 a banana fried in coconut oil and sprinkled with cinnamon. Can’t complain! Ready for tomorrow’s WoD!

Paleo Challenge Day 7

Well today was another fun paleo day. I am still sore from the hellish workout that happened yesterday buy that feels great. It is freezing today so it was a fun movie day.
The day started off with 2 eggs over easy on top of spinach and cherry tomatoes. Lunch was some chicken salad with rotisserie chicken, chives, sundried tomatoes, cilantro, homemade paleo mayo, lemon juice and avocado…not bad. We had dinner out so I opted for a steak salad with lemon on the side for my dressing. I did have a glass of wine at the end of the night with friends but I guess that’s alright after a great day 🙂