The two week check-in

As some of you know, a few of us (@bigbrnz, @Wardy_, @keilshammer, @edmarkwards) are doing Dry January. It is day 14, aka the two week mark and here’s the status update. It’s been hard only a couple of times. Once after volleyball when the team went out for a drink and one evening when we went to the Rangers game and I kinda just wanted to have a beer before and at the game. This is where I breathe a sigh of relief… I’m not alcohol-dependent! Despite having stripped alcohol from my diet, I haven’t seen a corresponding dip in weight. That’s slightly disappointing but I think I did just replace booze with chips. So there’s my two week check-in. It’s going ok. :o)

In other news, I’ve signed up for 30K Around The Bay. Some of you had guessed, asking some questions about the amount I’m running lately. That’s the secret. I’m in training. My schedule has me running five days a week and I really want to squeeze CrossFit in there minimum once a week. Still trying to figure that out. I haven’t been to CrossFit in about a month. Oops. All that on top of hockey, soccer, volleyball and learn to skate each week. I bought new shoes to help ward off injury and to keep me motivated.

With all of this crazy working out scheduled, I need to adequately fuel my body. CrossFit advocates the Paleo approach – boiled down this means eat it if it had a face or came from dirt. There are a few exceptions: grains, tuberous vegetables and legumes. The reasons for excluding these are that they are often genetically modified and/or they are really hard to digest, unprocessed. And, I’m trying to do it. Gone are my beloved potatoes, chips, anything in a box and rice. This is quite a shift for me so I’m working to get to 80% following paleo. Tetz found a rockin’ book called Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat. The author has a blog over here: She makes all of her food for the week on Sunday and then selects two veggies and one protein for each meal and creates a hot plate. I thought that sounded manageable and reasonable so I tried it last night.

For the week I cooked:
1 head of red cabbage – boiled 1/2 and chopped the other to cook later.
2 heads of broccoli – steamed
1 spaghetti squash – roasted
6 porkchops – broiled, 2 of each made with a different spice combo for variation
3 chicken breasts – sauted, mixture of spices
1 lb of lean ground beef – sauted with garlic and onion and burbon smoke and cayenne pepper spice mix

Hopefully this should feed the husband and I for the week with a couple of meals out and should theoretically get me to the 80% goal. I’ll let you know how it goes and how much I end up throwing out or how much more I end up having to cook.

Here’s my lunch today:

1 cup of red cabbage (looks like purple ballons, thanks Kiddo)
1 cup of broccoli
4oz of ground beef
not pictured: handful each of cherries and grapes

How are you doing with your training and eating?

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