Happy Monday! Sorry, that’s totally an oxymoron. I hope you had a fab weekend!
Congrats to Nicole D. on winning the yoga mat and Spynga classes! Yay! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. Now onto today:
I am trying to make these recap posts shorter. I want to give you meal ideas and workout ideas not ramble forever…. just in the beginning, like now. But if you hate these posts, be sure to check back tomorrow because I have an exciting announcement!
Anways… last week, I was eating out more than normal. On average, I am cooking 90% of the time. I’m busy so you know how I roll: food prep, throw things together, done. My meals are so ridiculously easy/simple/mindless but that’s how I like it.
Going out to eat is not a regular thing in my life. Namely, I’m cheap. And dining out is expensive. True story. I’m also not a huge “foodie”. Other than the fact that I love brunch (and watching triple D) I don’t really care about the latest restaurant that just opened up. Sure I enjoy trying new places and eating good food but the company rather than the food is my priority. Saying this, I obviously think eating out and maintaining my lifestyle is very possible – I’m not a food snob anymore and I eat out all the time when I travel. Anyways, this past week I was eating out more than usual and not in
the Little Honey Bee kitchen my parent’s kitchen 24/7. It was expensive fun. I made a game plan, asked questions and made reasonable substitutions. I was quiet about it and sometimes ate stuff I didn’t want to eat but sucked it up.
Hard-boiled eggs… as per usual… but I ran out of cashews (must be because of those cookies)
2 eggs, smoked salmon and spinach scramble with avocado
Out for lunch at Auntie & Uncles (really cute spot!) omelette with asparagus and tomato, greens and fruit – I asked for the omelette without cheese and fruit instead of bread.
Juli’s pizza spaghetti pie (I use grass-fed ground beef and added spinach), roasted brussels sprouts, steamed broccoli, banana and almonds (I had the almonds mid-morning)
I legit ate this all week for lunch at the office…
3 scrambled eggs, salsa, avocado and a sweet potato… aka all of my favorite things on one plate.
Lamb meatballs, zucchini noodles and tomato sauce [recipes] and pine nuts – with some sliced bell peppers on the side
Lamb meatballs, brussels, broccoli, sweet potato and salsa
Out for dinner at Rancho Relaxo: avocado salad and chicken – I ordered the avocado salad and asked them to add a double portion of chicken. I really dislike Mexican and it dislikes me. The chicken was sketchy and I was still a bit hungry – but the company was great.
Juli’s pizza spaghetti pie with roasted parsnips (olive oil, oven, 350F, 20 mins) and steamed broccoli
Out for dinner at the Harvest Kitchen – I got the same thing as last time because it was so good: grass-fed beef burger (minus the bun and cheese) with bacon, tomato, pickles and add sweet potato fries.
I am doing a much better job of putting my dessert/after dinner eats on a plate or in a bowl and eating more before dinner so I’m not actually hungry. Happy tummy, happy Amy. Success. And a big shout out to Megan too :)
I have been loving fruit after dinner – it’s nature’s candy after all. And summer weather = eat. all. the. fruit. I mentioned in the video a few weeks ago that it’s a good idea to pair your fruity snack with a protein or fat to balance out the sugar and decrease the insulin spike. Yup I know this but don’t always do it because sometimes fruit is just so delicious on its’ own that nutrition “rules” need to be thrown out the window. On the contrary, many believe that fruit is best eaten on its’ own for better digestion. So, as always, do what works for you.
Well these raspberries definitely worked for me… holy amaze-ball deliciousness.
Almonds and dried cranberries
Apple and raspberries
Banana with almond butter
Frozen fruit while studying in the sun
And continuing with the fruit theme… a fruity drink while at the Jays game. I love sangria.
CrossFit gets hated on. It’s silly. Chris said it best here and I couldn’t agree more: I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit. Find what you love to do and do it. Simple as that. I didn’t start CrossFit-ing to hop on the bandwagon or be a part of a fad. I know it’s popular but I started because I wanted to get stronger and make friends. And yes, I love it now.
I love reading about Cori‘s running and life adventures. And guess what? She just started going to CrossFit – running-CrossFit-ers-unite! Cori also said it best:
I believe in people making choices that are right for them.
If you’re interested, check out this blog post by CrossFit athlete Talayna Fortunato. I didn’t know her story until I read her post: “CrossFit Transforms More Than The Physical.” Her words are truly inspiring.
We worked to find our deadlift max. I love deadlifting. I’m good at it. I PR’d by 15lbs and hit 175lbs – quite happy about that. I posted the video on Facebook and Instagram if you care to check it out. Sidenote: no-one likes Insta videos. I’ve come to realize this.
I completed it Rx (aka as prescribed aka the best feeling) and finished in 9:50. It was a successful workout: Rx, no tears and no chipped nails. The trifecta in my books.
Random outdoor workout.
I totally made it up on the fly but it was a good one – let me know if you try it!
I did it in 33:52 (9 minute miles). Toes-to-bar in the park = sand in the face. So. Many. Chin-ups. (I jumped into most of them)
Remember that “21-15-9” is a sequence where you complete 21 reps of each exercise, followed by 15 reps of each, finishing off with 9 reps of each. Take breaks when you need :)
1 km run, 30 thrusters, 20 bar over burpees, 10 over-head squats
I did the thrusters at 60lbs and 5 of the OH squats at 60lbs but dropped weight (to 55lbs) for the last 5. Safety first. Finished in 14:02.
Found our max front squat – from the floor aka you need to clean it up to rack it on your shoulders then sqaut. 85lbs was pretty. 90lbs got up but was ugly. For cleans I find it really helpful to remember: Pull. Get under it. Feet out.
It was a nasty one. I did chin ups instead of pull ups but the rest Rx. Finished (with a lot of support) in 22:47. Then fell over. Not actually. But almost.
Practiced handstands (they slightly terrify me), toes to bar and ran a mile.
WOD: 10 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible of) 9 box jumps, 15 American kettlebell swings, 21 wallballs. I used a 12kg kettlebell. Got through 3 rounds plus 3 wallballs =156 reps.
1.5 mile run + 3 hill sprints (it was a big hill) + 1.5 mile run
Plus a 5km walk with Mummy and Les (The Gutsy Walk in support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada).
And there ya have it. Shorter, I think. And better? I hope.
Pssssst…. did I mention that you should stop by tomorrow because I’m breaking my blogging schedule for an exciting announcement? Do it.
Questions of the day…
Neon pink nails – yay or nay? The color is China Glaze’s Pool Party if you like it.
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