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Confession is Good for the Soul

Confession: I ate 14 Peanut M&M’s at work yesterday and only counted 10 of them. For some reason in my mind those extra 4 I snagged at the end of the day “didn’t count.” I have no idea why I fudged it but I felt so guilty as the day progressed that I fixed the calories in my MyFitnessPal log to be accurate.

Confession: The soreness I experienced this week after Crossfit reminded me of the aftermath of Hood to Coast. And it made me really anxious about potential IT Band injury.

When I hopped on the treadmill at the gym last night I was nervous: would it hurt to run? Would I re-injure myself and have to start all over again? It didn’t turn out to be an issue, so that was good. My muscles were stiff and sore but I had no pain.

I ran about 3.5-3.7 miles on the treadmill at a steady pace. I’m not sure the exact mileage because half way through I switched machines so I could be next to my friend Robyn who joined me for the workout.

Confession: Doing the traditional weight machines after my Crossfit experience was kind of a bummer. I definitely didn’t feel like I was getting the same workout.

But I was able to do a bunch of pull-ups and chin-ups on a harder setting on the Gravitron machine! After Robyn and I got in a weight lifting session we stretched and parted ways.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:18
Calories Burned: 655

Confession: I kinda wanted to just eat cheese and crackers for dinner last night. But I was “good” and ate healthy food instead. Michael and I ate salads as we cooked dinner together.

He blackened the salmon and I steamed veggies for me.

I steamed some cauliflower and broccoli and added Goddess Dressing.

It was the better choice than crackers and cheese for dinner. Or chips and salsa–that was my go-to dinner many times back in the day!

Confession: I miss the cooking Michael and I used to do together. We used to try new recipes all the time but lately we’ve been too busy, had a house guest and just got in a rut. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Confession: We are going out to dinner tonight with Michael’s family to celebrate his birthday (belated) and I am hoping I can show restraint with the garlic bread! Yikes!

Confession: I took “Before” Photos of my stomach back in September before I started weight lifting with the intention of posting the “Before and After”…but I will probably never show those photos. I’m too self-conscious and I don’t see a change in that one area yet. 🙁

QUESTION: Do you want to confess something?

…And…I’m Still Limping

I realized on Monday how much of an ass-kicking I got on Saturday’s workout. I did:

30 squats (warm up)

30 jump squats (warm up)

30 medicine ball squats (warm up)

60 pull-ups with the band (60!!!!)

60 tire jumps/step-ups

60 squat/medicine ball tosses

60!!! 60 pull-ups? I’m amazed by that number. Truly amazed that I was able to do it–and even more amazed that my upper body is not sore at all.

All those squats sound devastating, don’t they? I can’t believe I did that. No wonder I’m still crippled! Monday morning I slapped on some of those heat patches on my thighs and then headed to work. I walked across the Hawthorne Bridge to work (about 1.9 miles) and I was stiff, sore and slow. The walk helped loosen me up a bit but sitting at work all day didn’t help much. I was hobbling and limping everywhere.

Monday was a Rest Day. Thankfully I had steak for dinner. I was really craving steak and I knew the protein would help me heal (should have eaten it Sunday honestly).

I made a really delicious marinade: Worcestershire,  Soy Sauce, Teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper, fresh thyme, freshly sliced garlic and a little onion powder. I baked Michael and I sweet potatoes brushed with Grape Seed Oil.


I weighed the sweet potatoes so I could accurately calculate the calories. There was a large potato and a smaller one.

The bigger one (Michael’s) was 250 grams, so a little bigger serving. Mine was 200 grams and that is 180 calories. That’s one of the things I love about sweet potatoes: less calories than a white potato.

I topped the sauteed asparagus with salt, pepper and fresh Parmesan. The steak was a very thin New York Strip. The marinade was fantastic and we loved the steaks.

I also had a glass of red wine. Michael’s stepbrother Doug had given us this bottle of wine for Christmas:

2007 Steltzner Claret. It was a lovely, bold red wine! But I restrained myself and only had one glass since it was a Rest Day (and I wanted to save room for cookies!).

Anyone else watching the new Top Chef Masters? I don’t like it as much as the regular show but it’s a good alternative to nothing until the new season starts. We watched the new episode and then I got ready for bed. Poor Michael had to endure the aromas of Icy Hot.

I slapped on an Icy Hot patch on both my thighs and crawled into bed. Don’t judge the super sexxxxy white socks. 🙂

It worked wonders! I woke up Tuesday to much less pain and soreness. I’m going to try and walk it out some more today, maybe the bike will help.

My plan for the next few weeks: incorporate the moves Christian taught me at a smaller scale. I’ll start with 20 squats, then the following week 30, and so on. My hope is that by the next time I head over to his gym I’ll be a little more prepared (and perhaps less sore afterward).


QUESTION: Do you measure your food?