Saturday, January 22, 2011

Changes and a Super Fast Dinner!

My last post was centered around my challenge to try and conquer my "dessert demons" (I hope everyone got a chance to check out the Whole 9 post related to this challenge) While things are still not perfect, as I'm sure this will be a looooong battle, things are looking up. It turns out that sipping a mug of hot tea after dinner really does do wonders to keep the munchies at bay. I have since cultivated quite an impressive library of tea choices in my pantry. (Organic Decaf Chai is my current fave) It really is incredible how much of a difference this one change (saying NO to my sugar cravings) has made as far as body composition is concerned. I am saving the specifics for the actual end of my Whole 30 but let's just say that in only a week of saying NO I have had more success than my entire month of Whole 30 last year. But enough about food!
Along with embracing the Whole 30 for the month of January, I made the decision to recommit to my CrossFit training. I suppose my training schedule is a bit like my food....what many people saw as a good workout routine or diet, I saw as having much room for improvement. I have not really felt like I have been putting much effort into my training since Regionals last May. Don't get me wrong, I have still been in the gym but it has been sporatic....2-3 times a week and many times I have felt like I'm just going through the motions. I definitely think that things have changed this month. I am really looking forward to my workouts again and have been getting in at least 4 days a week (usually 5) I have PR'd in a few lifts and am gaining strength in other ways too (like my consecutive pull ups) One of the things I think that is helping me get back into my rhythm is all the amazing CrossFit Women that I am surrounded by here in Houston. Without these ladies, training would not nearly be as much fun. This past Thursday night at CrossFit Katy we decided to do a little skill work:

4 Rounds of
1 minute of work followed by 30 seconds of rest at each station with a 1 minute rest between stations of
GHD Sit Ups
Skin the Cats
KB Snatches

My abs are soooooore today! Those GHD's are no joke! I love the Thursday night Advanced Class at CrossFit Katy because it gives me a chance to compete against CF Katy Bad-Ass Brittani Briner! I can always count on her to push me through any workout because she never gives up!

Yesterday, I headed over to Bayou City's Sister Location, Pin Up CrossFit to tackle a noon WOD with another Houston Bad-Ass, Susie Davis Tannery. We did the .Com WOD:
21 L-Pull Ups
20 Alternating Pistols
18 L-Pull Ups
16 Alternating Pistols
15 L-Pull Ups
12 Alternating Pistols
12 L-Pull Ups
8 Alternating Pistols

I can't do the L-Pull ups yet so I decided to do dead-hangs with a skinny band. I definitely need to work on my strength because I can do a pretty decent amount of kipping pull ups but dead-hangs kill me. Surprisingly, I didn't have any trouble with the pistols. My form on my left leg is much better than on my right but I got through them pretty easily.....and my glutes are waaaay sore today! :)

Ok so back to food. I'm going to leave ya'll tonight with a super fast, one-skillet dinner that's delicious and great in a pinch when you really don't feel like cooking but want something healthy.

Chicken, Zuchinni, Bacon Medley

1 Zuchinni, diced
1 Yellow Squash, diced
2 Pieces of Bacon, diced
1 Chicken Breast, cubed
Spices: I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, hot pepper flakes, and cayenne

Put the diced bacon into a big pan and saute them until crispy.
Add the squash and spices and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the cubed chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are soft.
Simple and oh so delicious!

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