Hello everyone! I hope your week is chugging along just fine. I am coming to you from my living room at an ungodly early hour of the morning. We are having a crazy storm here in Boston right now! The wind is blowing at a rapid speed and the rain is pounding down! You know it is one hell of a storm when the wind wakes you up from a dead sleep even with your windows closed. Since I can’t fall back to sleep, I thought I would write a few blog posts.
Tuesday morning I woke up really wanting an egg sandwich. Okay, most mornings I wake up wanting an egg sandwich. Tuesday morning I actually had time to make one. I am usually rushed in the morning due to my torrid love affair with my snooze button. It’s bad, I once gave up the snooze button for lent. It was a miserable 40 days. Miserable. I don’t even think this stop me from giving the snooze button 3-5 love taps every day.
Tuesday morning I didn’t hit the snooze button at all! Ok, I’m lying. I hit it only twice which afforded me exactly 18 more minutes of getting-ready time. So I got to make an egg sandwich! Imagine if I NEVER hit the snooze button? Oh the possibilities
My sandwich consisted of a sprouted grain english muffin, a fried egg, two sliced of veggie canadian “bacon” and a slice of provolone cheese. On the side I had a clementine and some coffee with organic half and half.
Lunch was some leftover homemade veggie soup from the night before. I usually like to add whole wheat tortellini to the soup, but the grocery store was out of it so I opted for ravioli. They were way to big to be in soup, it made the soup really difficult to eat. Live and learn.
I had a whole wheat roll for dipping and some grapes as well.
Tuesday flew by at work, per usual. My days are super busy that I feel like I blink my eye and it is 2:20 and the school day is over (not that I ever leave once the school day is over). At 4pm I left my office and headed to work for a few hours at my old part-time job. I left my part-time job as a function coordinator in May of last year. My dad has been doing the job ever since. He is on vacation and would have to work a few hours a day from his hotel room so I offered to take the reins for him for a little over a week so that he could enjoy his vacation with my mom. I means me working three jobs for the next 10 days or so, but I don’t mind all that much. Let’s be serious, the man would walk over hot coals for me without a second thought. The least I can do is check his voicemail and emails and update his calendar for a few days, no?
I have some big shoes to fill this week!
Also, the building my dad works in is separated into two spaces. One is the function hall and offices and the other is Avalon Crossfit- my box! It’s pretty convenient. So once I finished up my work for the day, I changed my clothes and headed across the hall to Crossfit. I had a pre-workout snack while foam rolling before the class began.
I tried the Luna Protein bars for the first time after a race where they were being handed out at the finish line. They taste like a candy bar. So obviously, I am a fan!
- 15 jumping jacks
- 10 squats
- 5 inch worms
There workout consisted of 4 WOD’s
As many rounds as possible in 8:00 of:
- 8 Russian Kettlebell Swings, 14 kg
- 8 BW Ring Rows
- 8 Lunge Jumps
Rest 2 Minutes
As many rounds as possible in 8 Minutes of:
- 24 Lateral Plate Jumps 25 pound plate
- 8 25 pound Plate Thrusters
- 8 Pushups (alllllllll on my toes, yo!)
Rest 2 Minutes
As Many Rounds as Possible in 8 Min of:
- 8 Hang Power Clean 35 pound bar
- 8 Front Squat 35 pound bar
Rest 2 Minutes
As Many Rounds as possible in 8 Min of
- 8 Pistols
- 8 Pullups (banded)
- 8 Spider Man Mountain Climbers
I REALLY liked this workout. Eight minutes is a long time to be working in the same station, so by the end of each WOD I was fatigued. As the workout went on I realized it was more legs heavy than I thought. When I finished my legs were fatigued and feeling like jello, getting up into my SUV to drive home was difficult. I realized in this workout that I really love ring rows. I am able to do them with my body lower to the ground than I used to so I am getting a lot stronger. Something about ring rows makes me feel badass. My pull-ups are improving as well. I was able to move down to a lighter band and I think I am going to be able to step it down even more very soon. My goal of getting an unassisted pull-up this year might actually happen!
After my workout the drank a small glass of fat free chocolate milk. This has been my favorite post-workout snack lately.
Chocolate Milk is a really great post-workout refueler for a number of reasons:
• It is a natural source of high-quality protein
• It has the right carb-to-protein ratio to repair tired muscles
• It has electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost when you sweat
• It helps to hydrate
• It contains B vitamins to increase your depleted energy post-workout
Since Adam was not home until late I was flying solo for dinner. I used this quinoa mix as the base of my dinner.
I cooked it following the instructions and then added some fresh steamed zucchini, carrots, red bell peppers and tomatoes as well as some chickpeas. I topped it all with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and about 1/4 of a cup of reduced fat feta.
I spent the evening catching up on TV (Carries Diaries, anyone?). While watching TV and surfing Pinterst I snacked on air popped popcorn with a little buffalo sauce.
Buffalo popcorn…it sounds weird, but it is awesome! Trust!
I also had two dark chocolate adora disks. A girl has got to have her calcium, right?
What is your favorite post-workout snack and why? What are the benefits of it?