Tag Archives: Superhero Challenge

Superhero Challenge Day 11: Time Matters…?

3 Oct

Today’s challenge asked us to log not only what we eat, but also what time we eat, so here it goes:

Breakfast, 6:45am:
Bowl of honey nut granola cereal with a cup of coffee with vanilla almond milk

Snack/Breakfast part 2, 7:30am: (already? haha)
Small baggie of frozen grapes in the car on the drive to work

Lunch, 12:15:
Cauliflower lasagna, 5 small turkey meatballs and salad

Postworkout, 615:
Pumpkin vanilla whey protein shake

Dinner in the car on the way to bowling (no I wasn’t driving), 645-655:
Turkey burger, over easy egg, salsa, avocado… ate too fast and was hurting through bowling

Bedtime snack (like a child), 10:
Grapes

image

Fitting in a squat between strikes!

Since I had bowling I wasn’t able to go to crossfit so I tried to create a mini version of the WOD by doing 50 air squats, 25 knee push ups (I know, I need to work up to standard push ups) then a mile run. I did this twice. My first mile was 8:50 and my second was 9:40 and I felt like I was sprinting. I definitely have to work on my running and keeping my heart rate up for longer periods of time without wanting to puke.

Bowling was fun tonight. I switched from a 10 pounder to a 12er at the second game. It was nice to use a heavier ball and not have to throw my entire body down the lane to get a strike.

I am worried about my shoulder though. Last winter or spring I strained it pretty bad and it was awful dealing with the pain every day. It felt sore yesterday, I think from a thruster where I lost my balance a bit. I felt fine this morning but I was sore after bowling. I guess I’ll just have to focus on safe lifting techniques and keep an eye on it.

Advertisements

Superhero Challenge – Day 4: No More Almond Butter

26 Sep

This is going to be short and not so sweet. Today sucked. Big time. Not sure if it’s because I was dehydrated or because my body just didn’t like mix of foods I ate for dinner and breakfast but I felt extremely nauseous until about noon today. I blame the almond butter I had for dessert and breakfast this morning (with strawberries). Why do I blame it? Because for some reason after loving it last night, just the thought makes me cringe. Maybe I need to tone down my fat intake (bacon, avocados, coconut oil, almond butter) and find a happy medium. At any rate, on exhausted BUT I did stay strong despite almost convincing myself Qdoba was the only thing that would make me feel better. I had some lunchtime support from a coworker, which was a huge help. Of course my mom has been great too. Normally she would be the one encouraging me to go for it and do what makes me happy (even in to my 20s she still tries to fatten me up). I am so grateful she understands how important this challenge is for me and how it’s about more than just eating certain foods and more of proving to myself I have the willpower.

Taking it one day at a time and hoping tomorrow is better. At least my “workout” for the day, bowling was fun. Even thought we lost, laughing helped me get focused again.

I sure do love all my people! Here’s to a better day tomorrow!

(Pardon the typos, this was written on my non iPhone phone… right before going to bed… did I mention I’m exhausted? πŸ™‚ )

Superhero Challenge – Day 3: Sometimes You Just Need to Rock a Santa Shirt

25 Sep

So today is day 3… still going strong, although today I did catch myself day dreaming about Qdoba queso and chips and Applebee’s Spinach Artichoke dip BUT I stayed strong so that’s what counts, right? RIGHT GUYS?!?

I woke up with enough time to make breakfast today, but I still didn’t give myself enough time to eat like a civilized person so was shoveling food in even as I let my dog out before heading to work. Maybe that makes me even more paleo.

The best part of the day was my energy level this afternoon. I usually hit a wall between 2:00-3:30 but today it didn’t hit me. Hopefully that’s a result of the change in diet, but I also have been having an overall kick ass week thus far, so that could easily be why. I also was really excited to go to cross fit today. I’m just really motivated to get back at it and keep getting stronger and stronger. I did yoga this past weekend and I noticed my body shaking even just supporting my own weight in downward dog so building my strength is a necessity.

Day 3 Workout:
WARM-UP:
400 M Run
Stretch Stretching my arm/shoulders with a band felt AMAZING today… I could have spent the whole hour just letting my arm dangle from that sweet, sweet elastic band
3 Round
5 Press
5 Hang Clean
6 OH Lunge Step

STRENGTH:
1a) Strict Press
5 @ 70% – 5 @ 80% – 3 @ 85% – 2 @ 90% – 1 @ 100% (Rest 60 sec) Tried doing my 1 rep max at 60 today (my previous max was 57) and couldn’t quite do it… something to work towards though!
1b) GHD These benches still terrify me, despite seeing giant men twice my size throwing their bodies back and forth I’m still convinced one day I’m just going to fling back.
5 x 10 (Rest 60 sec)

Santa Hustle Shirt Selfie

Pardon the selfie here, just wanted to show you the Santa shirt I wore to keep things interesting today. Sometimes you just need to rock a Santa shirt. And yes I’m balancing on the tub.

WOD:
10 Hang CleanWARM-UP:
400 M Run
Stretch
3 Round
5 Press
5 Hang Clean
6 OH Lunge Step

STRENGTH:
1a) Strict Press
5 @ 70% – 5 @ 80% – 3 @ 85% – 2 @ 90% – 1 @ 100% (Rest 60 sec)
1b) GHD
5 x 10 (Rest 60 sec)

WOD: Time was 3:06overall felt GREAT after… glad I stuck with 55# but next time want to bump it up
10 Hang Clean (55#)
30’ OH Carry
8 Hang Clean
30’ OH Carry
6 Hang Clean
30’ OH Carry
4 Hang Clean Felt like puking momentarily when I started doing the set of 4… boy would that have been embarrassing.
30’ OH Carry
2 Hang Clean
30’ OH Carry

Day 3 Meals:
Breakfast: I threw some veggies (cauliflower, carrots, broccoli) on a pan with some coconut oil and seasoned them with a bit of garlic powder and seasoning salt… then I poured it in a bowl with a couple pieces of bacon and topped with 2 over easy eggs. I liked the crunch it added plus it was SUPER filling… note to self – allow more than 4 minutes to devour.

Lunch: So far my favorite of the week – Turkey (from the deli), bacon, tomatoes and half an avocado on lettuce wraps. LOVED it and it filled me up the perfect amount for lunch.Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, Tomato on Lettuce Wraps

Dinner: Paleo tacos (again)… don’t worry guys I finally finished up the meat, with the exception of a spoonful I plan on mixing up with some eggs for breakfast tomorrow. Also, I think I found a little treat that may have changed my life, seriously. I heated up a couple spoonfuls of almond butter in the microwave then threw in some cut up strawberries (so thankful Tuesday night Alyssa decided to take the time to cut up the strawberries for the sake of Wednesday Alyssa). It. Was. AMAZING. Seriously I’m already excited to treat myself to it again tomorrow.

I feel very centered as I crawl in to bed to watch part 2 of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge finale (gotta support my girl Emily since she’s the motivation behind this 21 day challenge). It is truly amazing what a good workout can do to my mood. Feeling good, feeling great – let’s see how day 4 goes!!

Superhero Challenge – Day 2

24 Sep

Well, day 2 and I haven’t quit yet. That’s a good sign, right? Overall today was good. I made sure to make time for breakfast this morning, even though I ended up being a bit late for work (sorry about that boss)! I still struggled getting out of bed, but once I was up and moving I felt great. My shins have bruises scattered all over, a true tell sign that I’m back at cross fit. I also noticed by lunch time I was STARVING, a bit different from yesterday but I think it’s because I didn’t get to eat all of my breakfast due to the whole driving and trying to use a fork during morning commute thing. I’ll have to work on that πŸ˜‰ (kidding, I’ll be safe).

I found myself at the grocery store again tonight, day 3 in a row, but I actually don’t dread it. I get excited about getting fresh produce and preparing to try new recipes. Thanks to a friend I have some pretty tasty breakfast recipes coming up (didn’t get to it tonight). My biggest challenge happened when I went to get bacon. I never really paid much attention to bacon because I usually get morning star veggie bacon. I wrote down that I should look for “Natural Bacon” and even wrote down a brand name (don’t ask me, I already threw away my list), but was discouraged to see that every package I picked up included sugar in the list of ingredients the bacon was “cured” in. I guess I’ll have to do more research on this. If anyone has any suggestions, please, suggest away!

Day 2 Workout:
My shoulders and hamstrings were a bit sore today so I’m glad I got to take it easy with kickball. Side note — shout out to the Pumped Up Kicks for the ultimate come back being down 4-7 at the top of the 9th and scoring 4 runs and holding the lead for the win (holla)! At any rate… I had fun tonight but am excited to get in a good WOD tomorrow!

Day 2 Meals:
Breakfast: Butter coffee, this time with vanilla and sugar and cut back on the coconut oil and butter. Unfortunately I’m such a spazz in the morning I accidentally dumped way too much vanilla in. Third time’s a charm right? Hopefully? Check back tomorrow and see. I scrambled 2 eggs with tomato, onion and guacamole but like I said above I didn’t get to eat much of it.

Lunch: Spaghetti squash, tomatoes, basil and salad with Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing along with leftover guacamole and plantain chips (they didn’t ever really “crunch” up so I’ll have to see how it goes with my next batch)

Dinner: Leftover paleo tacos with a few bites of bacon while it was cooking for the rest of the week’s meals (couldn’t help myself… bacon is so good!)

Feeling good, feeling great… however I have a feeling it’ll get tough as week one goes on. Encouragement welcome! Sorry for any typos… too tired to grammar check (the journalism major in me is cringing).

Superhero Challenge – Day 1

23 Sep

I have to apologize in advance. I intended for this to be a lengthy post discussing in detail how my day went but I am wiped!!! To summarize, here is the summary of what I’m doing:

What: Superhero Blueprint 21 Day Challenge

Daily Points

Each day you will be able to enter your points for the day. You can get up to 6 points per day, 1 each for the following:

Daily Points

Each day you will be able to enter your points for the day. You can get up to 4 points per day, 1 each for the following:

Movement/Mobility – 1 Point
It is important to move and stretch every day. Movement can be lifting weights, running, skiing, racquetball, or just going for a walk. Mobility can be things like stretching or foam rolling. The important thing is to be moving or stretching for at least 10 minutes, even on rest days.
Fish Oil – 1 Point
Fish oil is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It has been shown to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and even your risk of cancer. Take one teaspoon per day for this point. You can find my favorite atΒ Stronger Faster Healthier.
No Sugar – 1 Point
Sugar is, at it’s very essence, almost pure energy. The problem is that we are very good at storing this energy as fat. That means no soda, no candy, no Gatorade, no delicious white mochas from Starbucks.
No Alcohol – 1 Point
Once digested, alcohol is essentially a sugar, causing the same problems that refined table sugar has. Additionally, it interferes with a number of your body’s processes, such as muscle recovery. It’ll be tough, but stick with it!
No Refined Carbs – 1 Point
Refined carbohydrates, like bread, pasta, and flour, act very similarly to sugar. Your body easily converts them into glucose, which gets stored as fat if you don’t use it right away. Complex carbs, especially from fruits and veggies, are much better.
Tip Watched & Executed – 1 Point
Each day you’ll receive a tip from me. Read the tip and watch the video. Some tips will contain an extra challenge that you need to complete for this point.

Why: I’ve been doing cross fit for a couple of months now and just want to step it up a notch and prove to myself that I CAN do this. Truth me told, I’ve done my fair share of shit talking the paleo diet, mostly stemming from my self doubt that I could go without carbs and cheese (hello – this is Wisconsin). Am I going for absolute perfection? No, especially because I’m too lazy to go buy fish oil. I am, however, taking the workout and diet part seriously and challenging myself to stick to it. That means attempting no alcohol for 21 days (say what?!). Not that I NEED to drink, but I am going to miss wine. Which brings me back to why, why am I chronicling my 21 days? Well, because I need to step up my blogging game for one. For two, I will hold myself more accountable if I put it out to the interwebz.Β 

Day 1 Workout: Cross Fit
I need to admit, it’s been almost a month since I’ve been to Cross Fit so I was terrified. I’m talking butterflies in my stomach absolutely DREADING walking in. The good news is, by now I’m not on a first name basis with a few people at the gym. The bad news is, the noticed by absence and when asked where I’ve been, I straight up admitted, “I’ve been lazy. I went on vacation and kind of just mentally stayed there.” Thankfully that was the respectable answer. No more excuses!!

WARM-UP:
Goblet Squats, Y/T/Ws
Stretch
3 Round
5 OHS
5 (some sort of arm stretch thing)
5 Leg planks

STRENGTH:
1a) Back Squat (I hit a PR of 100… which was awesome because I took it light to see where I was at and know I could have done more for my 1 rep max… awesome feeling!!)
5 @ 70% – 5 @ 80% – 3 @ 85% – 2 @ 90% – 1 @ 100% (Rest 60 sec)
1b) Pull Up
5 x 6 – add weight as needed (Rest 60 sec)

WOD:
15-12-9
Power Snatch (95/65) (Since I’m still not comfortable with this move I just used the bar, so my weight was 35 and hot damn was that enough… I need to get more practice with these)
C2B Pull Up
Ring Dip

Day 1 Meals:
Breakfast: Coffee with butter, coconut oil and vanilla… I was running late so I didn’t have anything to eat (I know, I know, bad Β me)

Lunch: Spaghetti squash, tomatoes, basil and salad with Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing (hopefully that’s ok…)

Dinner: Paleo Tacos, Guacamole, a few Planta

in chips (they didn’t finish until I was already done) – This was my first time making everything and it was DELICIOUS!!!

Paleo TacosΒ Β  Β Plantain Crackers and Guac

Now… I finish my water and I sleep. I am wiped… resting up for day 2!