I’m well-acquainted with the things I need to do to be the Best Version of Myself. Sometimes, I get caught up life-mania and/or having fun, and I neglect to take my own good advice. That all changed with a cookup and a badass workout…
The Food Side of Life
I didn’t do a Weekly Cookup last week, and we felt it all week long. We ate out in restaurants more often than usual, and my breakfast/lunch situation was disappointing. Throw that into the mix with celebrating my last day at the corporate overlords (Ahem… champagne. Ahem!) and a friend’s wedding on Saturday night (two words: dessert buffet), and you can probably imagine how I was feeling after the foray into mild hedonism. Bloated. Moody. Snacky. Plagued by churning thoughts.
Yesterday, I tore through the fridge like a locust to clean, prep, and cook the back inventory of vegetables from our CSA that had been languishing for two weeks. I fired up the grill, plugged in the crockpot, set the oven to 400F, and got busy. The results are now posted on our fridge so we’re set up to succeed this week: the official week one of New Life.
- A few weeks ago, I made a red cabbage soup that was perfect for breakfast on a cold morning. I named if Fuchsia Soup and was excited to share it with you. But the original was quite fatty, so I’ve been trying to concoct a more reasonable version. Two attempts; two fails. One more try, and I’m abandoning that recipe. I’ll let you know.
- VEGETABLES! Are you eating at least two servings of veggies at every meal? Please say yes to that. They’re so good for you.
- Mayo is not listed above, but you can assume that I always have a batch of homemade Olive Oil Mayo in the fridge. Always.
- I realized I was maybe making too much food for one week, so the Spinach Muffins were pushed out ’til next week. Sorry, Spinach Muffins!
Need some tips for managing your kitchen? You might like these previous posts (or pick up a copy of Well Fed, which is packed with ideas for how to keep yourself fed without spending all your time in the kitchen):
Stocking Your Paleo Kitchen
The Method Behind My Madness
The Secret of Veggies: Steam & Sauté
The Training Side of Life
In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. My hands are regaining their callouses, and I did my first get-pretty-sweaty workout since starting the Healing Experiment. (Mini update on the Healing Experiment: at my last visit with my endocrinologist, he said I’m a “metabolic rock star,” so I’m adding mini high-intensity workouts into my weekly mix.) Today’s workout looked like this:
1:00 jump rope
slow air squats
slow good mornings
3 @ 70% 1RM (115#)
3 @ 80% 1 RM (135#)
max reps @ 90% 1 RM (145#) – I did 9.
3 @ 70% 1RM (60#)
3 @ 80% 1 RM (65#)
max reps @ 90% 1 RM (70#) – I did 9.
2 rounds, for time-ish:
11 one-arm rows, 25# DB
11 lat pulldowns, 70#
11 box jumps, 20″ box
11 KB swings, 12kg
11 walking lungs, 10#-plate overhead
This “playtime” took about 10 minutes, and it was invigorating. I didn’t know how much I missed box jumps until I did them. HOLY COW! That was some fun.
As I settle into working from home and establishing a new routine, I feel super excited and optimistic — and also a little unsettled. Things are Different. Which is beautiful and, well… different. So I’m going to remember to take my own good advice. I’m eating clean, nutritious food; I’m sleeping at least 8 hours per night; and I’m remembering that the barbell and I, we are demon fighters.
How ’bout you? Cookup? Workout? Tell us what’s up with you, friend!
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