Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eat It. Work It. Blog It. - Week 2

It's time for this week's installment of Eat It. Work It. Blog It.  Thank-you so much to all the readers who left encouraging comments last week and to those who have decided to join this weekly post in hopes of finding the encouragement and inspiration to tackle your personal weight loss and fitness goals.  If you missed last week - feel free to check it out HERE and join along if you would like.

Eat It.
I'll be honest - I cheated two days this week instead of just one.  I was *very* good Tuesday - Friday and yesterday; however, Saturday and Sunday I definitely went overboard.  Steven and I kept my little brother this weekend and we took him to Chick-fila and a movie.  And Sunday was Superbowl Sunday.  So I may have over indulged in some candy during the movies and had a little too much chips and dip this weekend.  But like I said, my diet was very clean the rest of the week:  protien shakes for breakfast each morning, 4 ounces of chicken or tuna for lunch with fruit, and a balanced dinner each night.

One of the biggest challenges to following Clean Zone is eliminating bread/rice/pasta from my diet.  Do you know how difficult it is to make a casserole without bread/rice/pasta??? 

I have had to adapt many of my favorite recipes in order to eat clean throughout the week.  Steven and I love Mexican food.  Before we began eating Zone, we would eat tacos or fajitas and some sort of Mexican casserole every week. 

In order to indulge our love of Mexican food - we make steak fajitas without the tortilla.  Steak, carmalized onions & green peppers, black beans, full fat sour cream, cheese & salsa.  The steak and cheese provide ample protein and the black beans provide healthy carbohydrates.  The balance of protein, carbs & healthy fats keep insulin & glucagon levels balanced and provide optimum energy and weight loss for the body.  It's an easy meal to prepare and incredibly satisfying!

Work It.
One of the most difficult lessons I have learned in the five months that I have been doing CrossFit is that sometimes you just have a bad week.  Sometimes your body cannot perform at optimum levels required by CrossFit WODS and sometimes you just have to do what you can.

I had one of those weeks last week. I fell during my workout Tuesday morning.  We were doing an exercise called "Wall Climbs" - essentially you lay on the ground in pushup position with your feet up against a wall.  Push yourself into plank position and begin to walk your feet up the wall - as your feet move up the wall, walk your hands back towards the wall so that you eventually end up in a hand stand up against the wall with your thighs and chest touching the wall.  Not easy folks!  Oh and we were doing burpees & toes-to-bar as well.

After about my tenth wall climb my shoulders gave out and I fell....more like I crashed to the my death.  My knee was skinned up, I bit my tongue and smashed my head onto the concrete.  I was in a good deal of pain - but I finished the workout.

And I just wasn't the same for the rest of the week.  Thursdays workout was super tough - as I said during my Friday Confessionals.  And I skipped my workout Friday because my legs were just too tired.  Saturday & Monday's workouts were actually great and I finally feel like I'm getting my mojo back - here's hoping I can really kick it into high gear this week and shed some calories!

Blog It.
I haven't stepped on the scale this week.  It's ummm...that time of the month....and I think any woman who steps on a scale during that time of the month is just a glutton for punishment.  So I'm not sure if I'm up or down.  To be honest, I don't feel like I killed it this week.  I definitely don't feel like I blew it - but I think I could have fought a little harder to say no to the yummy treats Sunday evening & I could have worked a little harder in my workouts. 

I think that's a part of creating a healthy lifestyle though.  I'm not doing this as a diet.  I'm not doing CrossFit for six months only to try and lose weight as quickly as possible.  I am making a lifestyle change.  And no one is on their game all of the time.  So I had an off week - not horrible - but not the best.  And I'm surprisingly okay with that.  I'm grateful that my body is feeling better this week and I'm looking forward to pushing myself and seeing what I have to report next Tuesday!

**On the bright side I am wearing a pair of jeans today that I haven't been able to wear in quite some time.  :)


Kendra said...

I am definitely linking up next week. I read your week one and love it. I like the way you have it all planned out also.!

Ashley said...

Sounds like it was a tough week, but you still did amazing! Good job on continuing your work out after falling, I can't imagine that wall climbers are easy - they sound terrifying! And burpees are evil, completely evil.

Here's hoping that this week is fantastic love.

Meg O. said...

GIRL, I totally agree with you - SO HARD to eliminate carbs! I am a carb freak! I could even go vegan if it allowed me to eat carbs (I wouldn't miss anything, particularly the meat)! And YES on the Mexican food. It's so hard living in Texas around all this amazing Tex-Mex food literally within an earshot of me. I usually do a healthy tortilla soup (broth based with shredded chicken and avocado... you could probably cut out the tortillas to make it Zone-Friendly). This is a great recipe: http://www.recipesource.com/soups/soups/texmex-tortilla1.html

Anyway, it's okay to cheat on Superbowl Sunday. The calories don't count. lol.

PinkLouLou said...

fantastic idea girlfriend. I am actually doing "90 days to a better me" but not blogging about it yet ;) doing it on my own, will blog in the end! yay! Keep up the good work girlfriend. I am right here with ya, just not posting it ;) xoxo gorgeous!

Christina said...

Sounds like a tough week. My brother just started CrossFit here and he's liking it so far. He was never into fitness before and has adapted his eating habits as well as his activity levels greatly since starting. I've seen what he's been doing and that CrossFit stuff is tough! Good for you!!

Oh, and everyone needs little cheats every now and then :) It must be tough to eliminate rice, pasta and bread...those are some of my favorite things!!! Do any wheat based products count??

An Inquiring Mind said...

The fact you can do any of those wall climbs is amazing, and shows how strong you are! But yes, everyone has a bad day or week, and you will come back stronger than ever, I am sure! :)

Katie said...

I love this idea! Great job!! I admire you for sticking with something for so long..that's awesome! :)

Rissy said...

cheers to you chica!

I am actually going to try those wall climbers later, but if I lost a tooth I'll try and remember that I was warned.

I gained weight recently, but I'm losing it at my own pace, and I love that you are too.

YAYA for skinny jeans

Tami said...

I always struggle most on the weekends when I am trying to eat better. It sounds like you are doing great though and I don't think 2 cheat days is that bad. Crossfit sounds awesome and I love reading your updates about it, even when it sounds painful! I'm definitely going to keep it in mind for losing the pregnancy weight and getting back in shape.

Rissy said...

almost forgot... last night I had a low carb dinner which was delish.

My mom made pasta sauce with ground beef so I made a huge thing of mixed veggies. Put the sauce on top and BAm dinner!

Kari said...

wow, so great!
i nominated you for an award!

Jessica said...

I'm beginning to think we're the same person, I cheated this weekend too and skipped my Thursday and Friday workouts because of my crazy schedule.

I really wish I had a treadmill at home or some workout DVD's so I can do stuff on the weekends and when I don't have time to drive the 20 minutes to my gym.

You're doing great as far as your meals go! I may have to steal your fajita idea with just beans, that sounds yummy!!

everyone calls me bon bon said...

Great job! I agree, this past weekend was full of food for us, but sometimes you have those kinds of days! It's what you do after that. Just gotta get back into your routine and go at it the best you can! You go girl! xoxo

Laura said...

oh girlie... you can cheat sometimes... you know, the more you RESTRICT the more you crave those things you restrict.. haha. . that's the worst part. But it does sound like you are doing an amazing job :) Especially with the cross fit. DON'T HURT YOURSELF SILLY!! haha.

Hoping this week is better :) xoxo

Kelly Marie said...

Yayyy for fitting into old jeans :) You have much more strength than I could ever have!

♥ Dani said...

Work it, girl! I give you so much credit for posting all this on your blog... it's seriously inspiring and motivating! I'm doing WW currently but not brave enough to post details on my blog just yet... maybe when I start seeing some progress!

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