the challenge – day 17

bfast: deviled eggs (total of 1 egg)

snack: greek yogurt

lunch: tuna fish salad

snack: banana

dinner: protein style burger from in-in-out plus some fries and some sweet tea (i say some because it wasn’t a full in-in-out serving)

really had to talk myself out of a milkshake last night.  it was hard, too, but i’m glad i did.

no workout.  just wasn’t feeling it, but i will be going to the gym today.

points: 2


the challenge – day 16

much better day.

bfast: greek yogurt

snack: chai tea with coconut palm sugar

lunch: leftover hawaiian chicken

snack: gluten free waffles

dinner: pot roast with carrots and potatoes (or a few bites of roast and a bunch of carrots)

after dinner snack: deviled eggs

terrible, terrible dinner.  the roast was tough!  and the potatoes didn’t cook through.  since we just started adding potatoes i didn’t put them in until later (that’s what the recipe said!!) but i should have put them in earlier because they were hard as a rock!  so we ate carrots.  around 10pm i had a deviled egg and felt better. 🙂

WOD: back squats and skills work.  i chose pull-ups.  AND I MOVED UP A (HALF??) BAND!!  as a beginner, i have been using a black band.  it’s a really thick band that you put on the bar and put your foot inside and it helps you spring up towards the bar.  just a week ago i had tried a green band (less help but still a thick band) and was so disappointed to find i couldn’t do one single pull-up!  back to the black band for awhile…so, last night i was feeling courageous and tied a green + red band to give a little extra support.  my coach came over before i started and asked me to try just the green band alone.  i was feeling embarrassed by then because i already knew i couldn’t do it, i just tried a week ago.  but he’s my coach so i stepped in the green band AND DID 5 PULL-UPS!!!  my eyes were so wide on the first two and he started laughing at me.  i was so stunned that in just a short time of working out i had made progress.  after that first set of pull-ups, i added the red band and did 4 more sets of 5 with no problems at all!  so, when we have a WOD with pullups, i’ll first try to do a few with the green band then go to green + red for the rest.  NO MORE BLACK BAND! and my coach suggested that i work on pull-ups after every WOD.

i never thought i’d be inspired to do a pull-up.  i don’t have any upper body strength but here i am, making a goal to do unassisted pull-ups by the end of the year. yikes!

the challenge – day 15

didn’t feel good about this day.  let’s get to it.

bfast: cottage cheese

snack: greek yogurt and blueberries

lunch: cottage cheese

snack:  dark chocolate (a LOT) and a banana

dinner: hawaiian chicken

three servings of dairy and an entire bar of dark chocolate.  as i’m looking back at this written down, it’s obvious to me that i need to be getting eggs and/or meat in the mornings to fill me up so that i’m not craving sugar in the afternoon.  i’m thinking about making deviled eggs sometime this week (probably not tonight, i’ve got CrossFit) so that will help.  i’m not a person that uses the word ‘busy’ lightly.  i think you can find time to do stuff so when i say that mornings are busy, i mean it.  there is only one day a week where i don’t have a morning appt to get the kids ready for and sometimes even that doesn’t work out (like today!).  anyway, this is my new goal for the year.  learn to make breakfast on the weekends or a week night that lasts a few days.

technically, i didn’t cheat (and dane did encourage me by telling me it wasn’t ice cream or gluten) but i’m docking a point.  i don’t deserve all points for the day.  the goal is to eat healthy (getting a variety of nutrients and protein) and that didn’t happen.

points: 2


the challenge – days 12, 13, and 14

i have no idea what all we ate.  i’ll just add tally the points from what i remember at the end of the day.

day 12 – 2 points

day 13 – 3 points

day 14 – 2 points

weekends are hard to eat right, right? i always have high hopes but then i never want to cook.  but i did get in a tough WOD on saturday morning.  they are known for being really long (remember, most of our workouts are around 10-15 minutes) and tiring since everyone will most likely take off sunday.  or, if you’re like me, you take off sunday AND monday. 🙂 yesterday, i was completely sore but i’m feeling better this morning.  not waddling anymore.

so i got in 4 workouts this week! yay!

now that we have a week left, how am i feeling?  i generally feel pretty good since we have been trying to eat healthier this year. i don’t notice an extra pep in my step or anything, but i’ll tell you when i don’t feel good.  that’s when i eat too much sugar.  my ‘cheats’ are usually sugar related and this weekend was two sweet teas.  i usually get half sweet tea/half regular tea because i can’t handle the taste anymore (am i still a texan??) and i feel it’s only halfway cheating but dane forgot that when he went to taco bueno and ohmygosh it was pure sugar.  within 3 minutes (hadn’t even finished it yet!) i had a headache and just felt terrible.  i had a headache for the rest of the day and it was my only true big cheat so i know that’s what caused it.

and btw, i’m winning!

alrighty, one week left!

the challenge – day 11


bfast: 1/2 cup cottage cheese

lunch: tuna fish salad

snack: 2 dark chocolate squares

dinner: McAlister’s (Mickey A’s) half soup half salad meal

if you notice ‘good’ eating days it’s because i was extremely busy!  had an appt for the baby all morning and then came home to do some chores and then the baby threw up right before nap.  all while my friend was here waiting for us to do a bible study!  just craziness.  but i did go workout which was helped with my stress levels.


3 rounds of

300 jump rope buy in (do this just once when the timer starts.  it’s really supposed to be 100 double unders but if you can’t do them then you have to triple your amount)

15 overhead squats

400 meter row

I did it in 13:30.  I was pretty disappointed in my overhead squat.  I did them for the first time on tuesday and worked my way up to 35#.  I thought i was struggling because my body wasn’t used to doing that movement.  yesterday, for some reason, i could barely hold the 35# bar let alone squat with it!  i wasted about 10 seconds of trying before my coach went and grabbed the 25# bar which was terribly easy but i didn’t have time to add 5# to try.  i was pretty defeated (the prescribed weight was 65# so i’m not anywhere near that!) that first set but then took the opportunity to race through everything to get in a good cardio workout. i felt pretty good about the jump rope and 1200 meter row.  it wasn’t easy at all, but i can feel i last longer before completely losing my breath.  i’m glad for the break after this, though.  i’m really sore from 3 workouts in a row!

points: 4

the challenge – day 9


breakfast: greek yogurt

snack: coffee with cream and coconut palm sugar (1/4 of a cup)

lunch: leftover chicken and string cheese

snack: banana

dinner: paleo chili

today was a better day in the eating department.  i still felt tired from the day before so that’s why i made coffee but then i didn’t really drink any.  the chili was so perfect after a really tough WOD.  it was:

warmup of 100 meter runs (forward, backward, each side), leg swings, good mornings, and pull-ups.  and the strength training was overhead squats.  um, yeah.  those are hard.  way harder than i had anticipated.  but i felt like my muscles were learning the movement.


4 rounds of

400 meter run, 10 power snatches (bringing weighted bar from ground to overhead. prescribed was 65lbs, i used 35lbs), 10 meter jump (however many jumps it takes to reach 10 meters)

time: 16:29 (longest WOD so far)

when i had read the WOD earlier in the day i was pretty worried i wouldn’t get under 20 minutes.  i am the slowest runner on the planet!  that’s why i’m thankful i have a community there to push me.  whenever you finish you cheer on the people who are still working and since i was the 2nd to last…i had a lot of encouragement. 🙂  i’ve been sticking with 35lbs on most lifts but i’m going up to 40lbs the next power snatch WOD.  there, i said it.  now i have to stick to it.

points: 4

the challenge – day 8


bfast: two eggs

snack/lunch: skipped!

snack: goldfish (boo!)

dinner: baked chicken and broccoli

this day felt like a big fat fail.  i wasn’t feeling up to eating until mid afternoon and then gave into my cravings of carbs! and ate a bunch of goldfish.  i didn’t have anything prepared as a backup plan and was feeling too lazy to make anything.  then i had a headache and was SO EXTREMELY TIRED for the rest of the day.  but i made a yummy dinner (well, the chicken was yummy) and felt better.  needless to say, i went to bed super early.

no workout, but i’m working out today even though the WOD scares me.

points: 2

the challenge – day 7

One week!


Bfast: coffee with cream (my weekend treat)
Lunch: broccoli and cheese
Snack: cottage cheese
Dinner: chicken enchilada stew with a flour tortilla and soda

It was half a large tortilla since I split it with Caleb. But I drank the entire can of soda by myself. 🙂

No workout.

Points: 2

the challenge – day 5 & 6


Bfast: coffee with cream + Egg and sausage muffin without the muffin
Lunch: Greek salad from Zoe’s with chicken
Snack: popcorn and coke at the movies. Not much but enough for a big cheat.
Dinner: leftover steak and choc chips

This was our play day. I knew there would be temptation at the movies and I just went with it. I held the fussy baby so I didn’t eat as much as I wanted but still a cheat. And I’m docking a point for the dark choc chips because I didn’t really want anything but I ate too many anyway.

No time for a workout.

Points: 1

Day 6 eats:
Bfast: coffee with cream
Lunch: jimmy john’s unwhich and 1/4 of a pickle. Caleb ate the other 3/4
Snack: cottage cheese
Dinner: steak

What a busy day! I like days like that because I really only eat when I’m hungry.

Points: 3

the challenge – day 3

kids were up early this morning!  but i wasn’t that tired.  probably because we haven’t been eating crap.


bfast: protein shake with almond milk and banana

snack: tuna salad

lunch: greek yogurt

dinner: Hawaiian chicken (chicken, pineapple, zucchini, bell pepper, onion)

dessert: paleo brownies

i made a large batch of tuna fish salad for our lunches the rest of the week and had to try some…then i ate a bunch. ha.  but it’s all good, right?  i wasn’t hungry for lunch so i just had a greek yogurt before laying down with the kids.  we were ALL tired by naptime.  dinner was so yummy.  and i have leftovers for today! yay!  the brownies were mainly for a valentine’s party i’m having today with my bible study but, honestly, i had a really hard day.  i could not do anything right.  i even broke my beloved Ninja food processor making those awesome brownies. so, no protein shakes or smoothies for awhile. 😦  anyway, i thought it would be a great reward for my hard day but i wasn’t that excited about them.  i did eat some but was too full to really enjoy it.  they are truly yummy, though.  i’m a brownie girl so i’m kind of picky.  these are amazing.  i never would have thought so.  and it makes so much! here is the recipe.  used 3/4 cup cocoa, 3/4 cup honey, and dark chocolate chips as substitues.

no workout today.  i really wanted to work on my push-ups.  my weakness is upper body strength.  good thing i didn’t because the WOD (workout of the day) at CrossFit has pull-ups.  my wish is coming true. 🙂

points: 3