Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 8 - 22 Days and Counting!

I really need to thank everyone for their amazingly supportive comments - Amy, Meghan, can I be so lucky, especially considering I've never met 2/3 out of three of you!

Today's WOD looked totally insane when i checked it our last night:

Workout of the DayFront Squat 5-5-5
Four rounds for time (half of all pull ups if you are new):
-10 L Pull Ups
-15 Push Ups
-15 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
-15 Push Ups
-20 Pull Ups
-15 Push Ups

CRAZY!  I think it may have scared some people away because there was just two of us in the 6am - 7am session.  The other person was a guy that has been going to Geaux Crossfit pretty much from the time it opened and is in super shape.

We started out with some warm up exercises - 500m on the rowing machine, lifting weights, exercising our arms...there was one that we did with big rubber bands...the movement was so simple - arms in front of you, bend your elbows even with your shoulders then bend from elbow to hand up to the air....omg....after 3 of them, my shoulders felt like they were on fire.  I cannot get over the pain!!!

My modified WOD was:
500m on rowing machine
20 jumping pull ups
15 modified push ups (then 10 when in rounds 2 and 3)
3 times

I have been having some back pain - not like I pulled anything but more like it just feels tired.  Catherine showed me what I was doing wrong and is helping me assume the right position so that pain doesn't become worse...At the end of the workout she had me do some stretches, including one that involved me laying on back on top of what looked to me like a pool noodle, and roll it up and was one of those hurt so good moments....

By the time I got to work for 8:30pm, I was feeling a little queasy and couldn't eat much for breakfast.  Luckily, the fabulous Kelly P. prepared an AMAZING lunch for the two of us.  Cashew Chicken, apple spinach salad, and onion soup - all Paleo friendly recipes.  The meal was so amazing....seriously!  I most certainly was not missing anything...

For a snack today...Kelly P. brought in a recipe she made from Paleo Solutions by Robb Wolfe - Paleo Pancakes.  They have almond butter, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla, eggs and cinnamon.  We topped ours with a little bit of mashed up strawberries. We even suckered one of colleagues, Maida to try them out (she is an adventurous eater).  If you are looking for something that looks and tastes like the real deal then you have come to the wrong place.  Don't get me wrong, they were actually really good.  And, unlike regular pancakes, they were really filling because they are made mostly of nuts.  The consistency made me feel like I was cheating....and they were really, really delicious - the nutty flavor went really well with the cinnamon.  I would say there are definite keepers on the Paleo diet! 

coconut oil...a little scary but yummy!
I think it is about time I bring up coconut of the oils that is thumbs up for Paleo.  I have never seen it or cooked with it before Day 1 and was eager to check it out....You cannot imagine how surprised I was when I found it....I was totally expecting something that looked like your typical vegetable/olive oil...but no indeed.  From the outside of the jar I would say this looks more like Crisco.  A friend had told me earlier that she uses it for chapstick so, when I got home from the store, Abby and I opened it up and smeared some on our lips.  Let me tell you, coconut oil smells amazing when you are using it to cook something.  I absolutely love it.  For you coconut haters, it does smell like coconut but I personally don't think it gives the food a coconut flavor.  It does take some practice to figure out cooking with it though...It melts down to what looks like water and isn't "greasy" like other oils.  As I move forward on this diet, I hope to practice with it in other recipes.......

I got home and was a little sad because I knew my mother cooked meatloaf for dinner tonight...her meatloaf is So good and so un-paleo.  Well she surprised me by making a paleo meatloaf that was totally beautiful AND delicious!  It was a great way to end Day 8.  I am going to try to go to Geaux CrossFit again tomorrow...we will see if my body can handle it!!

Delicious Paleo Meatloaf made by my Mum - topped with salsa and squash!


  1. keep up the great work! I look forward to your blog every day!


  2. Hi Bethany!

    I've been reading your blog for the past few days now, you write fantastically! Lots going on in your head, and it is SO good to get it all out. I think it's amazing you have so much support both at home and in your workplace to make these positive changes for yourself. I'm going to keep following your awesome journey.