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Elf For Health 2013 – Day 1

on November 25, 2013

Holiday season is starting and right in step with it comes this year’s Elf For Health Challenge. 

Lindsay and Elle are our head elves, and they have put together 4 weeks of challenges to help keep us on track over the holiday season.  There are over 800 elves participating this year!  Each one of us has been paired with another Elf to cheer on during the challenge.  I look forward to getting to know my first Elf, Suzanne, over the next couple of weeks, and cheering her on as she is in the final stages of training for a full marathon that she will run in 3 weeks!  Go Suzanne

Over the 4 weeks that Elf for Health runs, there are small daily challenges to help us eat healthy, stay active, and not forget about ourselves during this busy time.  Here’s what we have in store for the next 4 weeks:

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Today’s challenge is to go meatless.  Meatless Monday has become a regular part of many people’s food regime.  I haven’t converted completely to it, but every once in a while will do a meatless meal.  It’s purely accidental if it falls on a Monday. 

I planned out my meals, snacks, workouts, and home life schedule yesterday.  Then I remembered today was supposed to be meatless for the challenge.  I had to shift a few things around, and we will now be having a meatless meal tonight, instead of Wednesday night.  We will be having one of my favourites from Clean Eating magazine: African Peanut Stew
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I’ve made this a few times before and hubs and the kids like it.  I love it!  The spicy peanut flavour is just so good.  I usually skip the rice as the stew is quite filling all on its own.  At this point I use the recipe as a guide, so it’s always just a bit different, but always delicious.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out tonight!

Breakfast wasn’t meatless, as I had sausage alongside my eggs and sweet potato hash.  Lunch became meatless as I picked out the chicken from my leftover chicken and veggie stir-fry, adding it to tomorrow’s lunch.  Today’s was still delicious and still very filling. 

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I’m back to CrossFit tonight at 8:30.  I can’t wait!  We are doing a benchmark WOD that we did back in March, when I was still very new to CrossFit.  We are doing Annie for the MetCon:
Nov 25The first time we did this it took me 15 minutes.  I can’t wait to see how long it takes me tonight.  I’m hoping I can take a couple of minutes off my time, at least!  Fingers crossed!

I’m looking forward to the Clean & Jerk’s as well.  Last time we did C&J, I got up to 90lbs.  I’m dying to get 100lbs over my head.  Maybe tonight is the night??!!??

Well, lunch is over and I should get back to work.  I will update you later on dinner, my C&J’s, and Annie!

Are you going meatless today?
What’s on the menu?


5 responses to “Elf For Health 2013 – Day 1

  1. goalinreach says:

    I had a meatless breakfast and technically meatless supper (I had fish)


  2. i love annie!!! great first day elfie


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