Whenever a new month comes, I feel like everyone needs to be pinched. But yes. It’s June. And yes. It feels like May flew by. How was your weekend? I hope you had beautiful weather in your neck of the woods, we sure did.
Anyways, cooking. Yeah, I don’t even consider what I have been doing lately as cooking. It’s “preparing then throw it all together to make a meal.” Do all of my meals look the same? Kinda but I’m not bored and I do not have time to make something completely new each day – nor do I want to. But I did prep a few big batch meals this weekend: Juli’s pizza spaghetti pie and some lamb meatballs that turned out well. It’s pretty hard shopping for one because you can only buy so many ingredients otherwise they go bad – that’s what would happen to me in college.
I’m gonna let you in on two secrets. First: if you want to eat real food and don’t want to spend a billion hours in the kitchen, you gotta food prep. Okay that’s a terrible secret I know. If you figure out a way not to spend time in the kitchen chopping, cutting, pre-making some stuff ahead of time and maintain your sanity please let me know. Here’s the second secret: if you food prep, you will be eating similar meals and leftovers so embrace it. It’s inevitable. I hope I haven’t been sugar coating things but that’s the truth right there. Get creative and use your ingredients in different ways to make different combinations and change up the spices and flavors, but ultimately when I have 4 chicken breasts prepped – I’m going to be eating chicken for four meals. And organic chicken has been on sale lately… score!
Okay enough rambling, let’s get to some eats.
The usual before CrossFit: hard-boiled egg and cashews
Hard-boiled egg en route
Egg and banana before yesterday’s run
After my pre and post workout snack, I have “breakfast” <– it’s in quotes because we know my breakfasts are far from your typical breakfasts. But they’re great and they work. If I’m not working out, my breakfast is usually just a bigger portion.
Ground beef, kale and salsa
Smoked salmon, broccolini, blueberries (defrosted) and cashews
Chicken, sweet potato, green beans, avocado and salsa
Spinach salad with bison burger, peppers, zucchini, avocado and balsamic
Bison burger on a sweet potato “bun” (thanks for the idea Morganne!), grilled zucchini and tomato. I’m getting good on the BBQ! Thanks Daddy :)
Lamb sausages, kale, apple and cauliflower (that I stole from my mom’s dinner) all sauteed in coconut oil
Same thing but subtract the cauliflower, add sweet potato
Breakfast for dinner happens often. But I feel like this is okay since I have dinner for breakfast:
3 egg scramble with spinach and sweet potato – topped with salsa and avocado
Smoked salmon and egg scramble with green beans, plus avocado and raspberries. This was delish.
Apple and almonds
Larabars… Canada needs more awesome flavors! I only have one “American flavor” left from my trip to Boston. I loveeeee banana bread and carrot cake
After dinner eats:
Almond stuffed dates x3
Death by granola…
I actually felt like crap after demolishing like half a bag of this
crack stuff after dinner. I was hungry when I started snacking, but then I was mindlessly putting my hand into the bag. So yeah, that bugged me.
Okay mini-rant over. More after dinner eats:
Nectarine and raspberries – loving all the spring fruit!
So CrossFit has been getting superrrrr busy in the mornings so they needed to do some schedule changing. I was a 6-am-er but now they have two early morning classes: 5:30am and 6:30am. It posed a real problem for me: when do I go? Then I figured it out: if I’m working, 5:30am; if I’m studying, 6:30am. Crisis averted. 5:30 is like really early. But I love working out in the morning. It totally sets the tone for my day. Whether it’s on my own for a run or seeing my amazing CrossFit loves, it’s just perfect. Speaking of CrossFit loves, there is totally a dating site for CrossFit people….
We did some mobility work and body weight strength training but I didn’t work very hard because I was distracted/chatting with the girls from the 5:30am class who were hanging around.
I got my act together for the WOD. It was called “Frodo Baggins”. Ridiculous name. Sorry to you Lord of the Rings fans.
I had to scale most of it: I did the shoulder-to-overhead at 55lbs, front squat at 75lbs but I did the deadlift prescribed at 135lbs. Yay RX weight! I finished in 15:58. Those last set of toes-to-bar were killer. My toes did NOT want to reach the bar.
I planned on sleeping but I woke up so decided to walk over to the park by my house to get some sprints and strength in.
Here’s what I did:
5 rounds of: 1 hill sprint + 3 chin ups
5 rounds of: 1 sprint + 5 push ups
5 rounds of: 20 air squats + 5 pendulum swings (working on my kip)
Done. Walk home.
The hill by my house is kinda small but it’s a hill none-the-less. And I can finally do unassisted chin-ups! That’s the underhand grip way. I love exercising outside. Do you take your summer workouts outside? Do it. You can check out my playground workout here. It’s fun!
Back squat “Sally” warm up with an unloaded bar (35lbs). You back squat to the song “Bring Sally Up” by Moby. When the lyrics say “up”, you go up and when they say “down” you go down and stay down until the lyrics say “up” again and feel the burn! You can try it with squats, tricep dips, planks and push-ups. It’s a good one. But then the song gets stuck in your head all day.
Then we worked over-head squat. I maxed out at 75lbs like last time but I was happy with that. Over-head squatting is slightly terrifying. I almost fell over.
I needed to modify: I cannot do double unders very well (need to work on them really badly) so I did single skips x2. I used the 12kg kettlebell (26-ish lbs) for the swings but the 8kg kettlebell (17-ish lbs) for the alternating snatch. I finished in 19:24. My legs were dyingggg by the air squats and was doing them in sets of ten. Also, why are kettlebells in kg and everything else in lbs? One system people, one system.
We warmed up with Annie. I hate Annie but it’s a killer ab workout (this is for you Megan): 50 double unders, 50 situps, 40 double unders, 40 situps, 30 double unders, 30 situps, 20 double unders, 20 situps, 10 double unders, 10 situps. I need to figure out double unders – I did single skips x2. Finished in 8:15… not bad.
Then we did 3 rounds of strength work: 12 reps of incline bench, 25 kettlebell swings and 18 lunges.
The WOD was “Thor” – these names kill me
The first part of the workout was fine (I did the overhead squat at 55lbs). After those three rounds, well that’s another story. Ground to overhead is hard. You have to get the barbell up from the ground to over your head. You have to clean the bar (pull it up from the ground to your shoulders) and then you have to dip (aka jerk) to get it above your head. And you increase your weight for each set. My cleans are not great but I’m working on them.
For the 25 reps I did 65lbs. Done. For the 10 reps I did 75lbs. Done. Sean pushed me to put more weight on for the last 5: I tried to do 95lbs. Couldn’t do it. Then I tried 85lbs. Couldn’t do it. I was really discouraged (yes, tears) and everyone was encouraging me but it just didn’t happen. I did the last 5 at 75lbs too and finished in 19:10. I really pushed myself, kinda felt like I was gonna collapse, and then felt really upset, then calmed down then felt pretty great. CrossFit is weird like that.
I took this picture of the 5:30 class finishing Thor. It shows what CrossFit is to me: the power of a supportive team to find success – holding each other higher than we could ever do alone. CrossFit is where community and triumph go hand in hand.
Rest. I was so sore from Friday.
8 mile run.
I woke up kinda grumpy yesterday morning. I didn’t feel like running but I knew once I got going I’d be glad I did – and I was. Sometimes you gotta push yourself, sometimes you don’t. It was a beautiful morning (yay tank top weather) and I ended up doing a steady paced 8 miles.
And that’s my life in food and fitness.
Questions of the day…
What’s up in your food and fitness life? Do you embrace leftovers?
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