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Catching Up

on November 10, 2013

As seems to be the case lately, things have been busy with me, and my blog has suffered as a result.  Hopefully this post will catch things up, and I can keep on track from here.

So, what’s been up?

Last weekend I went to see Bon Jovi on Friday night with my hubby and kids, and then Saturday night with my girlfriends.  These were two VERY different concert experiences! Friday was good.  Hubs and the kids seemed to enjoy the show.  They liked the music, but they aren’t the same concert companions as my girls.  I actually sat in my seat for the first time ever at a Bon Jovi concert.  Saturday night was amazing!  The girls and I drank, danced and had the best time ever!  The music was awesome both nights, but the Saturday night experience was more what I’m used to!  The girls and I decided that at some point, we are going to see Bon Jovi in New Jersey and sit in the pit.  Hubs had a good point, that we should get on that soon, since we don’t really know how much longer Bon Jovi will be doing this…and we want to be up close and personal while he is still in his prime!

Last Saturday also marked the end of the Whole Life Challenge.  8 weeks of lifestyle challenges, diet restrictions, and workout requirements.  It was not always easy, but it was worth it.  At the end of the 8 weeks, I lost 8 lbs (I’ve actually lost 1 more since then), I lost 3.5 inches, and increased my workout by 14%.  All of that amounted to a 7th place finish at my CrossFit. (Not bad considering there were 167 people signed up for the challenge at my gym)  For my hard work, I was awarded with a $50 gift card to Eat Savage – a pre-order meal delivery service that offers freshly made, healthy and nutritious meals, snacks & wholesome desserts. A lot of their menu items are paleo and whole life challenge compliant.  I hope to make use of my certificate soon.  I also get an Eat Savage t-shirt that is supposed to arrive at the gym shortly.  My prize also included a $50 gift certificate to Nail Esthetics & Medical Spa by Rose. I’m not sure, but I think Rose may be one of the members at CrossFit Newmarket Central, who has offered up her services as one of the prizes.  I guess I will find out soon enough.  I think I will go for a pedicure and eye brow wax in the now too distant future!

I had three CrossFit workouts this past week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I am still absolutely loving CrossFit.  It is hard, I finish last most of the time, but I don’t care.  I friggin’ love it!  I’m actually thinking about how I can go more often.  I’ve got a membership that lets me go to 3 classes a week.  I would love to be able to go 5 times a week.  I just need to figure out how I can work it into my schedule.  I know I can get one more quite easily just by adding in a Saturday workout.  It’s the other weekday workout that will be challenging.  I’m pretty sure I could make it work.  It will just take lots of planning to make sure all of my home and family stuff doesn’t suffer because of it.  My membership is up for renewal at the middle of February, so I guess I have a few more months to figure it all out.

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Even though the Whole Life Challenge is over, I’m still trying to stick to the eating plan.  I have had a few treats  – Starbucks Chai Latte and Pizza! – but for the most part, I’m sticking to clean/paleo-ish eating.  Tonight’s dinner was a delicious recipe by Skinnytaste.comButternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas.  Oh…my….God!  These were AMAZING!!!  I made a double batch and I have leftovers for lunch for a few days…although I think my sister might come over and steal a few tomorrow!  Seriously delicious.
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I also did quite a bit of food prep for my week ahead.  We are going to eat well this week!  Here’s what the menu looks like:
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It’s not the clearest picture, so here’s what’s on tap:

Monday:   pulled pork in the crockpot
Tuesday:  Chipotle meatballs and cauliflower rice
Wednesday:   Taco salad
Thursday:  Spaghetti squash with homemade sauce
Friday:   Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Crockpot meal!)

I did quite a bit of food prep tonight too.  I made:
– sweet potato and spinach baked eggs (a variation of this recipe from
– sweet potato hash
– pork breakfast sausage (a variation of this recipe from the Healthy Gluten Free Life)
– baked acorn squash
– baked kabocha squash,
– freezer peanut butter cups (click here for the recipe from The Lean Green Bean)
– my leftover enchiladas are also in the pic below.

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Tomorrow I am back to the box…and it’s the Filthy Fifty to kick off the week!

filthy-fiftyWe did this WOD back in May, so I’m excited to see if I can get further into the WOD before the time cap.  I will let you know how it goes!

Now, It’s late and I need to go to bed.  Big workout tomorrow night that I need to be well rested for!  But first, I’m going to pop my freezer peanut butter cups out of the mini muffin tins and sample one before I go to bed.  Probably not the best idea to have a sweet treat right before bed…but I’ve got to try them.  They just look so good, I can’t wait until tomorrow to try one!

Here’s to a good week ahead!

Did you do any #SundayFoodPrep?
What’s on your menu for the week ahead?

6 responses to “Catching Up

  1. your sweet potato and spinach baked eggs are intriguing… did you find a recipe for those online somewhere? Or was that an original?


  2. leannenalani says:

    I’ll be doing food prep when I get home – Breakfast bars and crockpot chicken. 🙂 wow, you saw Bon Jovi twice in one weekend? Your two very different experiences make it worthwhile, I’ll bet. My sister’s friend took her to that concert when it came to Seattle recently. I was jealous!


  3. nicolemkurz says:

    Congrats on your great progress!


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