• PR City

    June 4, 2013

    After my not-so-great performance at the ZOOMA 10K, yesterday’s CrossFit workout was exactly what I needed to feel better.

    Workout

    After a warm-up (squats and deadlifts), we went right into the Strength part of class, which was 35 minutes to find our 1RM. I partnered with Kerrie, and I worked my way up to 195 pounds, which was a 15-pound PR! Obviously, I was pumped. Kerrie, being the beast that she is, did a 215-pound back squat! #beastmode

    back squat CrossFit

    “Diane” was the Workout of the Day. I’m still working on my Handstand Push Ups (HSPUs), so I mixed it up with HSPUs and Hand-Release Push Ups, which was the modification for the workout.

    For time:
    “Diane”
    21-15-9
    Deadlift
    HSPU

    RX: Deadlift 225/155 & HSPU
    Scaled: Deadlift 155/95 & Hand Release Push Ups
    [7 minute time cap]

    I used 125 pounds for the deadlifts and finished in 5:11, which included eight real, live Handstand Push Ups. I’ve been CrossFitting for almost 1.5 years now, and I am finally getting HSPUs, so it was a big deal for me. I was so proud of myself.

    Two PRs in one day! I definitely left class with a big, ol’ smile on my face! :mrgreen:

    Lunch

    Once I showered, I reheated some Chicken Bacon Alfredo from the weekend. I love this recipe so much, I made it for dinner on Saturday night when I got home from Annapolis. We had all of the stuff to make it, and I was craving some creamy, cheesy, bacon goodness in a bad way, so I whipped up another batch. I was excited to have the leftovers for lunch yesterday.

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    Snacks

    A couple of hours after lunch, I created a Gluten-free Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for Health, which turned out so incredibly well. These cookies are soft and chewy with tons of dried cranberries and white chocolate chips mixed in. I can’t wait to share the recipe next week. Obviously, I needed to sample a couple of them to make sure they were an acceptable recipe!

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    Right before dinner, I snacked on some watermelon chunks.

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    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner was a good one—easy, simple, delicious—and inspired by this recipe for Huevos Rancheros. And the best part: it only required 5 ingredients. The chorizo and Rotel have so much flavor, you really don’t need anything else.

    • 1.25 pounds ground chorizo
    • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 can of Rotel
    • 4 eggs

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    Fun fact about green peppers: Green peppers have as many antioxidants as the other varieties. I had no idea! You can save money buy buying green ones instead of more expensive red, yellow, or orange peppers or you can put that savings toward organic peppers since conventionally grown ones usually have a high level of pesticide residue. [Fun fact from Health, June 2013]

    Making this dinner was super easy and you can cook it all in one pan. Love that. Here’s how to make it:

    Start by sautéing the peppers and onions in olive oil.

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    Add chorizo and break it up with a fork.

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    Pour in Rotel.

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    Mix everything together and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until veggies begin to soften and juices from the Rotel cook off a little.

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    Finally, use a spoon to make holes in the mixture where you’ll crack the eggs to cook them. Allow the eggs to cook for a few minutes—you’ll want the whites firm and the yolks runny.

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    Tada! A delicious dinner in no time at all! I am definitely adding this recipe to my What Should I Make For Dinner post for future reference!

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    Lisa June 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Two weeks ago I got my 140 pound clean and jerk, and then last week I got 2 reps of a 140 jerk, so I’m pleased with my progress! Only been CrossFitting for 9 months and I had never done any Olympic lifting before that. :)

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    Tina June 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Nice job!!! :)

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    Sandy June 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    On Mother’s Day I ran the DE Half Marathon & PR’d at 1:57! Allergies had been kicking my butt the whole week before AND my watch wasn’t working so I had to leave it behind. Maybe the no watch thing worked in my favor!

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    Kristi June 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I was thinking about stopping at the store to get some chorizo today, but didn’t. I’m taking this as a sign that I need it in my life soon.

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    Mia June 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’m thinking about making this chicken bacon alfredo. Looks divine! I might even dare to sub in some shredded brussels or cabbage from my CSA. Mmmm!

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    erika June 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I had my best time spinning 10 miles yesterday. I was pretty happy with my new time!

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    Scottie June 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Just got a 220 deadlift which is definitely more than I ever thought I could lift!

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    Amanda Jewell June 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I finally did toes to bar!!! And now, I’m working on stringing them together. So far, I’ve got 4 in a row.

    I also finally did some free standing pushups which i’m super excited about!

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    Tina June 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Yay! Congrats!!

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    Megan June 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I finally did a kipping pull-up! I’m fairly new to this crossfit thing and that has been one of my goals since day one. Well, if finally happened and the best part was I did it without thinking about it too much. :)

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    Tina June 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nice job!!!

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    Tonya @ Will Run For Yoga June 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I ran a 5k PR two weeks ago. It was a really tough course with lots of hills and I took 8 seconds off my previous record (which was on a pancake flat course!)

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    Jelena@FabLifePhD June 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I did 10K in 57 minutes. To many people it is nothing, but last year it took me 1:07 to do the same thing!

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    Tina June 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Nice job!!! :)

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    Andrea June 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hi Tina!

    Have you ever made this recipe? Based on this post I think you’d really like it. It’s super easy to make, really tasty, and the leftovers are delish. If you make it though, buy 6 peppers otherwise you’ll have a ton of extra filling.

    http://www.eatliverun.com/turkey-and-feta-stuffed-peppers/

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