Impressive Omelettes and an Inspiring New Book

It’s amazing how a long weekend can be so relaxing AND cause the following week to fly by. Mondays need to be a holiday more often…

I never ended up posting this epic crock pot creation from Monday night so before I forget, here it is…

imageFirst time ever cooking with plantains and after this meal, it certainly won’t be my last.  Though this Indian inspired Paleo dinner was delicious, I think it would be better if it was cooked stove top rather than in the crock pot.  I placed a layer of onions on the bottom, then 3 chicken breasts, poured the sauce (mixture of 1/2 cup coconut milk, curry powder, garlic, ground ginger and cumin) over the chicken and then topped with 2 sliced plantains.  The coconut milk and curry mixture tasted amazing before going into the crock pot so I have a feeling the moisture from the slow cooker caused the sauce to lose some flavor.  I will try it stove top and report back because this has potential to be a phenomenal dinner.

I am happy to report that I was able to get through a 6 mile speed workout yesterday, but I am not happy to report what I did to motivate myself for this run. Despite my new and wonderful treadmill that my awesome parents gave to me me for my birthday….I paid to go to my old gym just because I needed some extra motivation to get the speed work done. I needed that gym vibe to tackle this workout…don’t worry mom, I won’t do it again! However, it did allow me to add in some box jumps and rows after my run so we can pretend I went to the gym for the rowing machine 😉

I am also happy to report that my morning omelette have been getting pretty darn impressive.  I may only use 3 egg whites and 1 egg but after the variety of veggies I throw in, it can get pretty big…

imageI don’t know if I’m being creative or it’s just too early to think about the flavor combinations…regardless, it was delicious.  Here we have some mushrooms, onions, celery, butternut squash and baked plantains

I will wrap this post up with a couple of pages from the new book I am reading.  The book is called Power Speed Endurance by Brian Mackenzie and Glen Cordova.  This book immediately had me hooked when it started off about a runner that used to think the only way to improve his marathon time was by logging more miles…well with many injuries later, he tried a different approach to training and found significant improvement.  His change of training was in the direction of Crossfit 🙂

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Essentially, Crossfit builds athletes to not only be strong but to be powerful, agile, coordinated, fast and flexible.  I can truly say the combination of all these physical skills has greatly improved my running and has allowed to me improve my times without spending hours running and feeling the need to log high mileage. With the ability to mix up my training and do a variety of things whether it be crossfit, yoga or hitting the road for a nice run, I am never bored with my training. I can honestly say I am usually always excited to get my workouts in.  This excitement is key to making the best out of each minute of training.

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.

Christmas Craziness

Holy Moly.  I can’t believe my last post was Christmas Eve, 5 days ago!

I am pretty sure today was the first day I actually knew what day of the week it was since then.  The holidays were absolutely wonderful but man, I am excited to get back to a normal schedule.  I am still on Christmas break for another week so I guess MY schedule is not normal but I am OK with that.  I can feel routine simply by having other people’s schedule being back to normal.  SO, I thank all of you who are at work because it makes me feel routined 😉

My workouts may have been the only thing that remained normal this past week.  I think I depended on my crossfit WODS and my Hot Yoga sessions to keep me sane..and to work off those holiday indulgences…

Christmas morning looked a little something like this…

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The best thing about running is it is always Open, you don’t have to worry about those limited holiday hours.  My 6am Christmas morning run was especially open, the roads were dead….thank goodness because my outfit was ridiculous.  A winter hat to keep my hair dry from the sprinkling rain, a tank top because it was somewhat warm, and spandex pants.  Yup. I think I was sending a sign to Santa to bring me new workout clothes 😉

Despite the perfect running weather, the run was not all that great. It was the first time running after I decided to take a week off for my tibia tendon pain. It felt fine for the first couple of miles but that did not last long.  After mile 2, it went downhill fast. Mile 5 was a fight against my body and my emotions. It was one of those runs where you are fighting to hit your mile goal even though you know that it is not worth it. But of course, I can type the logical thing to do but in the heat of the moment I wanted the miles. So, although I completed 6 miles before Christmas brunch, I knew that it would be the last run for some time.

On a brighter note, Christmas brunch with my boyfriend’s family was absolutely wonderful.  Eggs, bacon, toast, and a delicious fruit platter.  After breakfast and presents we headed over to my parents house for more presents.

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Speaking of presents, check out this bad boy! A Ninja crock pot from my boyfriend’s parents.  We can’t wait to try this out! I have never really used one but have heard so many great things about them and have come across some really simple and delicious recipes using crock pots.  The idea of being able to start dinner in the morning and have it ready by the time I get home from Crossfit sounds pretty awesome.

How adorable is my mom!  She sewed my boyfriend a stocking that looks just like each of the family member’s stocking so he can “feel included”.

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After some family fun, we were in dire need for a Christmas afternoon, food-induced nap before we were back at it for another family dinner.

One of the many desserts consumed at dinner just happened to be the revealing of the sex of my boyfriend’s sister’s baby!

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IT IS A GIRL!..and a delicious cupcake.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday were just filled with morning workouts/yoga, healthy meals throughout the day, lots of naps, and evening celebrations.  Last night I heard the line, “my waist is expanding like the national debt”…well said, ha ha.  I think many of us can relate to this…me included.

Although I am on vacation and allowed to sleep until late in the day, I decided to go to 7am Crossfit this morning.  I didn’t particularly enjoy waking up at 6:15 but I also did not want to have to wait to workout until the next class at 5:30 and it gives me the possibility to go for a walk or bike ride later in the day. YUP, a bike ride! The weather has been oddly warm, I was able to take my bike out for an afternoon ride on Friday!  One ride and my butt was sore..goes to show how biking activates so many different muscles.

However, that is NOT how this afternoon is being spent.  After a WOD that consisted of 100 overhead squats this morning and the realization that I haven’t taken a rest day since last Monday, I think it is time to rest up a bit.  No doubling up today.

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Just one workout and one delicious bowl of oatmeal for me today!

Oh and one large Americano of course….

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