A Little Treadmill Running

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

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What a great line.  I almost don’t want to write anything else in this post because nothing I say can beat those words.  But here goes a shot..

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted last! Some pretty good stuff has happened in the mean time😃 and by good stuff I mean SOME RUNNING! I was limiting my running to only 1 short run a week in hopes of getting my tibia tendon feeling better.  Well, this week I got in 2 great treadmill runs at higher mileage than usual. Still not where I want to be this close to my Disney Half Marathon but sometimes you just have to embrace the little steps. I don’t think I will even fully enjoy a treadmill run but a great TV show or movie can certainly help make that time speed up a bit.

Tuesday evening I thought I would try out the running thing because I had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and I wanted to be able to pinpoint my pain so I could be specific as possible.  Well, that did not work out much because I actually had NO PAIN. I definitely finished that run with the biggest smile on my face.

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I had no expectations of how the run would go because 5am Crossfit had my legs feeling like jello and the most I have been able to do with no pain was 3 miles. This time around, my legs were feeling fine at mile 3 and the final episode of Orange is the New Black was getting pretty intense so I kept going.  I had to finish the episode, it was way too suspenseful to stop.  Sure enough it ended right when I hit mile 4 and I decided to call it a day.  I wanted to do a longer run on Wednesday so I didn’t try to push it.

Wednesday’s afternoon I went to my doctors for my tibia pain. We both were pretty sure it was an overuse of the tibia tendon.  I have been able to do everything in crossfit including far too many burpees and box jumps so we ruled out a stress fracture and a couple other things.  I left the doctors with no bad news which is great, but I am in the same spot as I was in terms of identifying what is going on.   I guess I am sticking with the whole “ease back into the running thing and if the lingering pain later in the runs keeps up, go back”….so naturally with that information, I went home and jumped on the treadmill.  Put on the movie “Stuck on Love” and ran a solid pain-free 4 1/2 miles.

Thursday did not have any running but I certainly made up for it in pulls up and push ups..

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And and of course all the 20 inch boxes were taken so I stepped it up literally with the 24 inch box.  I ended up doing all 75 at that height and was quite impressed with myself.

I was also quite impressed with the dinner I made after crossfit…

imageGrilled Flank Steak topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions with a side of baked asparagus and carrots.

This was another great Paleo meal, but I have to admit, I am starting to miss the little things outside of Paleo.  I miss a little wine with dinner, I miss a little arctic zero for dessert, I miss my Ezekiel toast with banana snack…I miss not having to over analyze my meals and double checking if everything is Paleo.  At the end of the day, all those things are small and really aren’t anything I should complain about, but I guess I am the type of person that doesn’t do well when I feel restricted. Even if those restrictions are so small. There is also the whole “this is a competition” thing happening as well. Yah sure, I could decide to have a little dessert after dinner, it just means I don’t get points for that meal. No big deal, right? Wrong. Not for someone like me.  The idea of getting points off just doesn’t sit well, even if I don’t even care about winning! Sometimes my brain just doesn’t make sense.  So after some thinking, I decided that if I want to do this Paleo challenge the healthy way, and by healthy I mean mentally healthy, I am going to have to just go with the flow and not take anything too serious.  I will continue to create delicious Paleo meals but allow myself to break the rules and take the point deduction. It was very reassuring to hear on Saturday morning at crossfit that others in the challenge were feeling the same way.  It is funny how the thought of not being able to have something just makes us want it more.

It was also reassuring to know that I still have a good eye and a good shot….Had a nice day trip to Cabelas on Saturday and if you know our trips to Cabelas, you know that they are not complete without a competitive shootout at the arcade. So mature of us.

imageWould you look at that score!  That score not only means WINNER, it also means I don’t have to pay for dinner 😉

Before I end this post, I thought I’d throw in a couple more food/meal creations. This Friday night dinner was made in about 10 minutes and it was the best way to use up leftover veggies that were about to bad.

imagePour a can of no salt added diced tomatoes in a pot, add some chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic, carrots, left over baked Brussel sprouts and left over ground turkey.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes on medium heat and the flavors come together for a delicious and quick meal.

Another way to get rid of leftover vegetables is by throwing them all into an omlette…

imageMy ice cream craving was getting pretty intense Friday so instead of giving in, I came home from school and whipped up some banana ice cream (blend a frozen banana and some frozen berries until it reaches an ice cream consistency) topped with cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter.

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Oh and in the midst of this crazy week we almost took home a puppy…

imageBut we found out this morning that the people before us ended up taking it.  It was tough to hear because this cutie definitely had us hooked.  It is what it is.  Maybe it just wasn’t our time for a new pup.

Another Snow Day and Some Paleo Creations

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This is normally the case but not today.  We had another Snow Day.  Now that I am all caught up with my work, this snow day was not as exciting.  A snow day every once in a while is great but back to back starts to become annoying.  Especially when there wasn’t really any snow…

The good news is, I was able to get my pre paleo challenge benchmark WOD done at 7am rather than 5:30pm when the box is packed.  I am already excited to do it again in 6 weeks after the challenge is complete to see some growth…hopefully!

Another benefit to this snow day was a morning full of baking paleo creations!  The key to eating healthy and clean without feeling deprived or insane is creating meals and snacks that are just as tasty and delicious without all the unnecessary crap.  It may take some extra time and money to get the ingredients but the way your body reacts when it is fueled with quality food is well worth it.   I give myself a cheat meal every week to reward myself but sometimes it just reminds me why I don’t eat like that on a regular basis.  After eating out, I always feel bloated, and sometimes shakey and hot from the sugar and carbs.

Lets get back to these paleo creations I was talking about because they are way too great to not show.  But first, let me just address some business I had to take care of last night before the paleo challenge began…

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Yup, it was necessary to get rid of all non-paleo temptations.  So after I polished off the Ezekiel bread with a chicken sandwich with sautéed onion and mushroom, I had to move on to finishing off the last of my arctic zero.

Now onto the things that replace these processed foods.  After this morning’s WOD, I had to get some food in me before I started the baking marathon.  I opted for a nice little stack of banana pancakes with some pure maple syrup. (Blended 1 banana, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp coconut flour, cinnamon and a pinch of baking soda)

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Next was some homemade Paleo Ketchup because if you know me, you KNOW that I can’t go without ketchup.  I found a pretty simple recipe that just called for tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, pepper, Himalayan pink salt, cinnamon, ground cloves and a splash of maple syrup.

Now let’s get to the fun stuff… Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies made with almond flour, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla bean extract, paleo chocolate chips, cacao nibs, and unsweetened coconut flakes.   Can’t wait to try one after dinner, the smell is killer!

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Speaking of dinner…

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Yup.  No words necessary.  

And the best part of all…it took about 5 minutes to prep.  2/3 cup of low sodium chicken broth, a layer of chopped sweet onion, 3 chicken breasts, chopped apple, a variety of spices and a drizzle of honey.

It is safe to say that the paled challenge is off to a great start!  I am excited to take part in this challenge for a couple of reasons.

First of all, I don’t know how to turn down a challege..ha ha.

Second, I still have some thoughts lingering from my “want to be super lean” stage where I obsessed about food and the amount of sugar and carbs.  I used to think an apple was a bad snack because it had sugar and carbs.  I was obsessed with eating every 2-3 hours because I thought that was what I HAD to do to gain muscle.  I have come a long way from that part of my life and that mindset.  Thankfully. First and foremost, I don’t obsess.  Food is not something that should be a stressor. Second, I eat when I am hungry, not based on a time and I feed that hunger with foods that are wholesome and nutrient dense.  However, every once in a while I have those little moments where I over think about the carbs or suagr content in something as healthy as a banana or oatmeal.  This paleo challenge is helping me rid all those thoughts.  With many foods now eliminated, I can’t opt for those low-calorie choices simply because they are low-calorie.  I HAVE to opt for fruit, nuts, avocados, meats, honey..I can’t over analyze the carbs, fats, and sugar.  That being said, it is certainly important to be aware and mindful…MODERATION IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT.  

Well I apologize if all the food pictures and the little personal rant was not very exciting.  Maybe this will help you crack a smile!

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….or maybe I just found it funny because I am 100% guilty of this!

‘Repair Me’ Type Day

No morning miles. No Crossfit. Just a TLC type of day. Actually more like a ‘repair me’  type day.

When I was preparing for my Crossfit competition back in the beginning of November, I was super nervous about not being able to do kipping pull-ups. SO what did this smarty pants over here do….I cranked out a ton of pulls up and kips all in a couple days, HOPING that such dedication would land me some solid pull ups. Not exactly. What I thought was just sore muscles ended up being a bit of a strain. I ended up having to supplement other movements into the WODS to replace the push-presses and other movements that hurt my lat.

Between sore legs muscles from 3 half marathons and a Cross Fit competition all within 5 weeks, it was ‘painfully’ obvious that last week needed to be a complete rest week. I DID experiment with Hot Yoga in that rest week, which I ended up loving. Just another activity to add to my schedule. My lat has been feeling MUCH better but I still scheduled a doctors appointment just to be sure everything was okay.
After a lovely doctors appointment filled with a laundry list of stretches and strength movements I need to do 3 times a day… Because we all have time to casually crank of resistance band strength training periodically throughout the work day, right?! ..I had to head over to my chiropractor to get my periodic back cracking/alignment. I won’t even attempt to use medical terms but all I know is that it feels amazing and it always makes me feel loose from my shoulders to my legs.  All in all, today was full of repairs but I am thankful that I am healthy and everything is fine.  Just a bit over-worked this month.  December will be much less race-filled and much more listening to my body…oh and chilly.

This much running around after work calls for the classy, ‘snack while driving‘ thing.

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Thankfully, my slice of @STUFTMama no-grain seedy bread is filling, healthy and managebale to pack and eat on the go!

I had the idea of Hot Yoga tonight but it just didn’t  want to happen so I  took an unexpected rest day and called it a night.

Just kidding. The day is never over until dinner is cooked and dessert has been eaten sooo lets back up to tonight’s dinner…

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Baked cinnamon roasted kabocha squash, baked Brussel sprouts, and chicken. My idea of an all-around perfect meal. Oven roasted Brussel sprouts seasoned with Mrs. Dash Salt Free Garlic and Herb seasoning is my absolute favorite vegetable side..and cinnamon roasted squash always makes dinner exponentially better.

Well. Now that that has been cooked and a sadly, small, scraps-at-the-end-of-the container Arctic Zero sundae has been consumed. I can successfully call it a night! Time to be lazy, watch awesomely funny reality shows and pass out embarrassingly early because thats how weeknights SHOULD be.

Do you go to a chiropractor?  How has it helped?

Ever tried Hot Yoga? If not, you should!

Whats your favorite vegetable side at dinner?