Monthly Archives: February 2012

better late than never

I posted the meal plan & recipes for Week 2 under the Meal Plan tab. Don’t forget to check it out!

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Happy (Day Off) Presidents’ Day

I have LOVED this weekend! The thought of having Monday (today) off somehow made the weekend feel more peaceful!

We started the weekend off with dinner with some great friends! The host, Brooke, didn’t have to, but she cooked a great Paleo meal. She’s health-conscious anyway, but she isn’t doing paleo, so it was super kind of her to prepare for us that way!
Saturday we went to CrossFit. It was a triple WOD day. It sucked and I still can’t move, but I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow (funny how that relationship works). Here was our workout and times/mods:
As many rounds/reps as possible in 8 minutes of each WOD with 5 minutes of rest between each WOD.

WOD 1 – 5 burpees, 10 deadlifts, 10 box jumps
WOD 2 – partner KB swings & 100 meter run with ball, push-ups on the minute
WOD 3 – Cindy, 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats

5 + 5 Burpees + 10 boxjumps…wrong order (115 lbs deadlift)
150 with Matt as his partner (55lbs.) (20lbs)
8 + 5 pullups + 5 pushups
2 + 5 burpees +3 Dead lifts 55lbs
122 with Allison as my partner, 16lbs KB, 10lbs ball
4 + 5 pullups (big band) + pushups

I am SO slow!!! I can’t wait to see the improvements I will continue to make!

Brett on the other hand is a machine! He ran today…he says he thinks it was over a half marathon, but we haven’t driven it yet to check. I’ll update you all when we’re sure.  Update: 12.2 mi  Time: 1:43:44

Saturday night we went to Don Pancho (our favorite) for our first time since beginning our paleo journey. I ordered the fajitas and only ate the meat and onions. I think I cheated with 6 grains of rice. Ha. Brett chose to abandon paleo for the night. I can’t really blame him. Don Pancho is only one of the best restaurants in Jackson! My mom also cooked a delicious paleo lunch on Sunday! She prepared steak, asparagus, green beans, and sweet potatoes!

The weekend’s baking adventures included:
The Perfect Paleo Biscuit

I did have to add more baking powder and almond flour than the recipe called for. Recipe found at

Carrot Banana Muffins

I have also attempted to make sweet potato chips twice, but I can’t seem to get them sliced thin enough to make them crispy in the oven. I even bought the Slice-O-Matic (as seen on tv), and it sucked! I’ll have to find a better slicer before trying these again.

On the menu for tonight: Turkey Tacos

Recipe found at

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe, WOD


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For time:
Row 500 meters
20 inch Box jump, 50 reps
Push-ups, 50 reps
Sit-ups, 50 reps
Jumping pull-ups, 50 reps
50 Back extension, 50 reps
Dips, 50 reps
1.5 pood Turkish Get-up, 20 reps, alternating arms

Brett: 29:04
TGU with 26#
Ring Dips with small band

Brittney: 32:27
30 box jumps, 20 step-ups
girl push-ups
Dips (box)
TGU 5#

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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in CrossFit, WOD


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Today’s WOD


Title: Having Fun with Balls

Time: 8:37


GHD sit-ups with 10# ball thrown to partner

2-fer-1 wall balls 20#

Brittney (I skipped)

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in CrossFit, WOD


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Paleo- The beginnings

I decided last week that Brett and I were going to begin the Paleo diet. Yes, I decided for him as well. I’m the one that does the grocery shopping and most of the cooking, so he doesn’t have a whole lot of a choice; however, he seems alright with the idea as well. I showed him a few recipes of some of his favorite foods and he’s in (mostly, anyways). The thing we will undoubtedly miss the most is cheese… Brett will miss bread quite a bit as well. It’s worth it, though. In the week or so that we’ve been doing it, we’ve each noticed a change in our bodies. Now, I want to make it clear that we are brand new to this and are probably screwing up a bunch of stuff right now, but we’re trying and learning! I started this week off by creating a meal plan and grocery list. I’m going to try to do one weekly until we get used to the diet and everything is second-nature. I’ll post those on here under the Meal Plans and Grocery Lists tab in case any of you would like to use them. These are not recipes I created, but borrowed recipes from Paleo blogs I found.

Yesterday was my first truly experimental Paleo day. For lunch we had grilled chicken, green beans, and garlic mashed cauliflower (that was the experimental part of lunch). I found that recipe here. They definitely had the consistency of mashed potatoes. My brother-in-law, who doesn’t really like many vegetables, actually liked them! Brett, his sister, and mom enjoyed them, too.

Last night I decided to try to make some kale chips for Brett to snack on through the week. I found that recipe here. I did cook them for 35 minutes, but I did NOT check on them every 12 minutes. They definitely overcooked…my first paleo disaster.

I also made a quiche last night to keep for a few days as a quick breakfast choice! I just mixed together 10 eggs, some chopped cooked uncured bacon, some chopped cooked canadian bacon, and some chopped spinach. I also seasoned it with sea salt and pepper and placed it in a greased casserole dish in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. I actually checked on it to make sure the eggs in the center were done. If you aren’t a spinach fan, trust me when I say that you really don’t taste it anyway! It reheated wonderfully this morning!

For lunch, I had dijon chicken with spinach leaves and a smoothie. I just shred up a can of chicken, squirt dijon mustard in it, and mixed it up. When it’s time to eat it (I take lunch to school), I just throw the spinach leaves in and eat it. It’s like a really meaty salad. I drank a smoothie, too. I made it with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, chocolate flavored coconut milk, clementine, some ice, and spinach. DELICIOUS!!! Again, you DON’T taste the spinach leaves AT ALL!

Smoothie Deliciousness...Don't forget the spinach leaves!

And for dinner….I’m making a slow-cooked pork loin! It will be ready in half an hour and it smells wonderful! I got that recipe here….as well as this picture!

image borrowed from

So that’s all I have for today! I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed eating all of it (except for “the disaster”). Don’t forget to follow me!

Update: Dinner was even better than it smelled! It will definitely be a “go-to” meal for us! Probably one of the best entrees I’ve ever made! We had steamed zuccini and squash with it as well!

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe


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