My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

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A Soggy Saturday

on September 8, 2013

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today was a soggy day in my neck of the woods, but I still managed to have a pretty busy day.

I was up bright and early to head to CrossFit for the Whole Life Challenge nutrition seminar.  I convinced my sister to join the WLC, so she came with me.  The seminar was good and gave us a bit more insight into what we can/can’t eat and how to cope with all of it over the next 8 weeks.  They also told us that the first two weeks will be hard and we might actually feel worse…but if we can get through that, then things will get better.  We just need to tough it out.  I’m nervous, but excited.


After the seminar we went right into measurements and onto the WOD.  They took our weight (and their scale isn’t as friendly as mine), and then waist and hip measurements.  All of this gets entered into my WLC page and I will be able to compare these numbers to the measurements that we take at the end of the 8 weeks. 

After measurements, we got into line to do the WOD, which was:

WLC Fall 2013 Official Workout
Complete the following for maximum points:
2 min – Max calories on the rower
– (1 point for each calorie)
– 1 min rest –
2 min – complete as many reps as possible, repeating the following sequence:
5 push ups
15 squats
(1 point for each Push-up and Squat)
– 1 min rest - 
2 min – complete as many reps as possible of:
Sit Ups
(1 point for each sit-up)
– 1 min rest –
2 min – Max calories on the rower
– (1 point for each calorie)
Calculate your TOTAL points for all 4 elements and enter
it into your profile on the WLC site.

In true CrossFit fashion…this was a pretty tough 11 minutes!  My scores for each round were:  28, 61, 51 & 26, for a total WOD score of 166.  I have no idea whether that is a good score or not. I know my sister beat me by 6 points….but she’s super fit, so I think getting beat by 6 isn’t too bad!  Regardless, I’m not really trying to beat anyone else, just improve over the 8 weeks. 

stronger than yesterday not as stong as tomorrow

Once I got the WOD out of the way, I really didn’t have anything that had to get done today.  It was a rainy, gloomy day, so what else do you do with a day like that…but head to the mall! 

I was a bit worried about hitting the mall over lunch hour, since I had no idea if there would be anything I could eat in the food court.  It took a bit of looking, and talking to the guy behind the counter, but I found a pretty decent lunch that met all of my WLC diet requirements.  I ended up having shwarma chicken (which the guy ensured me is only rubbed in spices and has no sugar, wheat, dairy, etc) and he switched out the potatoes and rice for bean salad, tossed salad and tomatoes and hot peppers.  All of which he promised had nothing that I’m not supposed to eat.  In the end I had a giant plate of food, and it was delicious!  I took a picture of it, but it seems to have somehow disappeared off my phone! Ugh!!!

After lunch I hit Lululemon.  I got a gift card for Mother’s Day that I hadn’t spent yet and thought it was time to go see what all the Lulu fuss is about.  I had never really been in a Lulu store before.  It was a pretty good experience!  and a successful one too!  I finally got a pair of Lulu Studio Pants.  They really are just as comfortable as everyone says they are!  I also got a couple of new sports bras – a blue and white striped “tata tamer’ and a red “flow”.  Both are very comfortable and seem like they will keep the “girls” where they should be during a WOD, or even a run!  A very successful trip, if I do say so myself!
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After the mall I watched some tennis (ahhh Rafa!), and did some meal planning for the week.  I think I have quite a few tasty dishes lined up:

    • a few kinds of egg muffins
    • zucchini noodles
    • spaghetti squash with chicken and pears
    • turkey zucchini burgers
    • orange chicken
    • Mexican meatballs
    • Chick pea curry

I still need to sort out my snacks, but I have a few kinds of hummus and lots of veggies.  Hopefully I will find a few other snacks that I can add into the mix. 

For dinner tonight, Hubs and the kids went out to RibFest with friends, but I decided not to go since I wouldn’t be able to eat anything they had there, and it would just be torture to sit and watch them eat yummy ribs and drink beer.  Instead I grabbed a zucchini, a hot Italian sausage and some spaghetti sauce (with no sugar or artificial ingredients!), and created a yummy zoodle meal:
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This was an awesome dish.  I used my new spiral slicer and turned the zucchini into noodles – very cool and super easy!  After that, I removed the sausage from its casing and turned it into mini sausage meatballs and sautéed them up in a bit of olive oil until they were cooked through.  Once the sausage was done, I added the zoodles to the pan and sautéed them as well.  It was smelling so good at this point!  I added some salt and pepper and about 3 tbsp. of the spaghetti sauce and let that simmer for a few minutes.  Holy deliciousness!  I was really quite surprised about how good it tasted…and how simple it was.  I think this might become part of my WLC meal rotation.  I’m pretty sure the kids would love it as well….and they could kick it up a notch and put some parmesan on it…although it was excellent just as it was without the cheese. 

Tomorrow I plan to do a bunch of food prep to make my week of WLC eating go smoothly.  I’ll let you know how that goes!

I hope you had a fantastic Saturday!

Do you have a pair of Lulu Studio Pants?  Do you love them as much as all of my friend’s do?
Have you turned any veggies into noodles?  Got any suggestions for what else I can noodle-ize?

3 responses to “A Soggy Saturday

  1. MikeW says:

    Great photo today, maximum determination!


  2. Those zucchini noodles look yummy…you could probably spiral some sweet potatoes and bake them up


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