• Upcoming Plank Challenge

    October 15, 2012

    At CrossFit a couple of weeks ago, one of the classes at my box ended with a plank challenge. Basically, the person who held their plank the longest won and earned bragging rights. I didn’t attend this particular class, but I heard about it later on. The winner held his plank for 5 minutes and 30 seconds! Impressive, right?! I don’t do planks all that often (maybe once a month at CrossFit during a Tabata or something like that), so I timed myself doing one this morning.


    Welllllllll, I didn’t last very long—just 2 minutes and 30 seconds—which definitely surprised me. I thought I had a strong core, but I guess not! So, over the course of the next month, I’m going to embark on a Plank Challenge to work on increasing my plank time. (My goal is 5 minutes.) I haven’t thought through all of the details yet, but if you’re interested in joining me, I’m going to start next Monday!


    This morning’s breakfast was a Two-Ingredient Pancake with canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in the mix, so I guess it was a Four-Ingredient Pancake. (Approximate measurements: 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1 banana, 2 tbsp canned pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice.) I also drank a glass of Dandy Blend with almond milk with breakfast.

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    I spread a thick layer of Teddie Peanut Butter on top. I know it’s not Paleo (and minus 1 for the Challenge), but I frickin’ love peanut butter and just really wanted some this morning, so I did.

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    FYI: I’m failing miserably at our box’s Paleo Challenge. My score was even lower this week than it was last week. I guess Mal and I don’t really eat a Paleo diet after all!


    Today’s lunch was leftover haddock and sautéed kale with half of an avocado with salt and pepper…

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    Followed by a Chocolate Chip Coconut Butter Cookie. Holy yum!


    Chocolate Chip Coconut Butter Cookies


    • 1/2 cup coconut butter
    • 1/2 cup almond meal
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbsp hot water
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


    1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until batter is blended evenly.
    3. Roll batter into 1-inch balls and place on a greased baking sheet.
    4. Bake cookies for approximately 12-15 minutes.
    5. Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.
    6. Eat and enjoy!

    Makes 10 cookies


    Just a little while ago, I whipped up a smoothie with frozen mango, frozen chopped kale, Fitmixer vanilla protein powder, and almond milk to fuel me through my workout later this evening.

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    And now I’m off to walk Murphy and then go to CrossFit. There’s a fun WOD with box jumps tonight! Woohoo! In addition to Burpees, I (weirdly) love box jumps!

    Health News & Views

    To get you ready for the Plank Challenge…

    I know having a strong core is important to to my physical fitness and overall health, but when I’m short on time, it’s always the part of my workout that I end up skipping. Luckily with this challenging and fun quickie plank workout, I have no more excuses!

    Your 10-Minute Plank Workout

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    { 20 comments… read them below or add one }

    MizFit October 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

    planks are my KRYPTONITE.
    which makes me think that should be a song.
    shall we call CARLY RAE JEPSON, maybe? 🙂


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I’ve never tried timing myself doing a plank, but I doubt I’d even be able to do it for 2 minutes! It sounds like I need to take part in that challenge with you. 😉


    Tania October 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’ve been working out with November Project for a few months now- it is amazing and so much fun! Will you be joining us at Harvard Stadium one morning?


    Tina October 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    It’s kind of a hike from the South Shore, but maybe some morning!


    Kelly@BalancedDaily October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I dont know about a 5 min 30 second plank, but since October started I’ve been doing at least a plank a day (1 minute) and already feel stronger when I do them. I will probably have to step it up now, in my opinion 2 mins 30 seconds is awesome! P.s. Your straws look like they’re metal! Haha hope they’re not, that would not be enjoyable I don’t think.


    Lizzie October 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    not to brag or anything, but i held a plank for 7 minutes at a contest they had after the Warrior Dash. one of my proudest moments…


    Tina October 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Nice job!!! 🙂


    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    My PR is about 2 min 30 sec too! I just looked at that 10-minute Plank workout and realized I do a lot of these moves individually, but not all at once. I’ve been really busy lately, so even a quick workout like this in the am would definitely be better than doing nothing. I love planks!


    Stacey October 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I did this challenge for myself early this summer. I added 15 sec each week until I hit 5 minutes… I made it to 6+ minutes and eventually quit as I got bored. There’s no good way to pass the time while you are staring at the floor… I even tried reading or looking at the iPad. Didn’t work for me!
    Good luck to you!


    Sheila October 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Way to go !!! I will commit to your plank challange:)


    Jen October 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    What does the canned pumpkin look like?


    Tina October 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Mashed pumpkin! 🙂


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I LOVE plank. I used to practice yoga more than I do now and I definitely noticed that the less I practiced, the less I could hold a plank for.

    Good luck!


    Life's a Bowl October 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’ll join ya in the challenge! I’m hoping for however long it takes me to get abs of steel 😉


    Jema October 17, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I went on adventure in trying to copy your chocchips cookies, but…there were nothing like yours in picture above, they were afwully greasy, shamefully thin, and tasted “%/effing” bland, almost like cardboard..Did you liquify the coconut oil before measuring 1/2 cup, as I did, since was no specifications in recipe? I find it big amount of oil for fairly small amount of cookies…


    Tina October 17, 2012 at 6:03 am

    No, I didn’t liquidity it; just melted it a little with the hot water. You used coconut butter, not coconut oil, right?


    Em @ Yep. I Ate That. October 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Count me in on this plank challenge!! My core is pretty weak!


    Di October 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    When I did my cxworx (core class) instructor training in 2011 we had to hold a plank for 5 minutes. That was the CX challenge during training. Side planks were 3 minutes I think. Back extension 3 minutes.
    In CXworx: hands are planks, elbows are hovers 😉 Makes them slightly different when you are calling them out in class!


    Samantha Scott October 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    is there anything i could use to substitute for the coconut butter?
    thanks! 🙂


    Tina October 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hmmm… I’m not sure. They’re coconut butter cookies! 🙂


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