Meal Plan and Prep

I’ve decided to start sharing my meal and plan and prep in hopes that you will find some ideas that you can use, and to keep myself accountable to plan and prep healthy meals each week to stay on track with my goals.

Since I have started back to working again I’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon pretty hard. My body is feeling the effects of my afternoon indulgences in the candy buckets and cookie jars around the office. My pants aren’t fitting so well, and I’ve got more acne than a teenager! A sure sign that I need to back on track with nourishing my body not only so I look better, but so I feel better again.

Here’s a peek at what I prepped for the week. This took all of maybe 2 hours on Sunday, and the fish I cooked Saturday night while we were making dinner. You’ll notice I find sticking to a primal way of eating works best for me.

Meal Plan and Prep

  • Beef Jerky for snacking (after buying this I realized it’s full of sugar and soy sauce, but it was pricey so I’ll eat it)
  • I washed and trimmed strawberries and pulled grapes off the vine for easy snacking
  • Cut up carrots for dipping in guacamole
  • Packed 3 meals of blackened salmon and asian slaw for grab and go lunches
  • Steamed butternut squash and roasted brussels to have with chicken we will cook later this week
  • I also made a ham, kale, and pepper frittata Sunday morning that will make for some easy breakfasts when I decide to hit the snooze more than once

I packed 3 lunches already, and will have plenty of leftovers from the few dinner that we cook throughout the week to make up the other 2.

On the dinner menu:

  • Italian Sausage and Peppers (had this Sunday night and it was awesome)
  • Thai Chicken Curry from Nom Nom Paleo
  • Bacon Wrapped Chicken thighs from Balanced Bites

In other news, I am excited to start growing some food of my own! I picked up some seeds over the weekend to start seedlings for my Tower Garden.

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My favorite kind of Burpee’s!

Do you grow your own food? What’s going in your garden this year?

 

My First CrossFit Open

Well, I did it, I have successfully completed my very first CrossFit Open competition. For the past 5 weeks I have been skipping the typical Friday night happy hour and heading to a different kind of bar…haha, get it, bar like barbell…#badjoke

I wasn’t really sure what I was signing up for, I’ve only been doing CrossFit for 6 months, but the coaches at my box kept telling us to sign up. So like any good member I coughed up my $20 and signed up. I can’t say I didn’t have moments that I felt like I got robbed, but looking back it may have been the best $20 I have ever spent. I never went in thinking I was going to win anything, but never thought I would come out with all I did.

What participating in the CrossFit open was worth

  • My first 30 double unders
  • An overhead squat pr of 65 lbs
  • 11 deadlifts at 155 lbs (which I went in to the workout thinking I couldn’t do even 1)
  • 84 thrusters, and another pr
  • Learning that burpees are your friend, but thrusters are still evil
  • Sore muscles…so many sore muscles
  • A full heart, thanks to the encouraging, amazing coaches and members of CrossFit RX
  • New friendships
  • Confidence
  • A new sense of what my body is capable of
  • A list of new, bigger, better goals

I surprised myself with each new workout. I did things I never thought I could, I pushed myself to limits I didn’t think were possible, and I didn’t puke or die. I discovered that at times CrossFit is 99% mental, and that the mind is a powerful thing. I realized that this is only the beginning of my CrossFit journey and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Photos courtesy of Angela Cruz Zeis

Did you compete in the CrossFit Open?

I’d love to hear about your experience, and what you walked away with?