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September 16, 2014 // Meals + OTF //

Today is the last day that I watch Marley. I’m okay with this. I’ve been reminded about how much effort having a dog is and while he’s a really sweet pup, I’d rather be focusing my energy elsewhere. Having a dog requires more than one person.

Both lunch and dinner were from Dressed in Midtown. I had a Chicken Caesar Salad for lunch and the Tuscan Salad for dinner. I did my best to avoid the croutons in the caesar, though a few snuck by :)

OTF tonight was more about the cardio than the strength training. We did a lot of rowing and a lot of treading, with a few dumbbell, TRX, and ab moves mixed in. And burpees. Fucking burpees.

Check out that orange zone! Brady - my trainer tonight (and incidentally my weight loss challenge leader - said that being in the orange that much is fine, but over time, it’ll drop when I get into better shape. We shall see - my heart rate always ran high before…but maybe I wasn’t training as hard as I could be. Time will tell.

September 15, 2014 // Meals + Rest Day //

Lunch on my first day of the OTF challenge was soup from Metrofresh - Coconut Curry Chicken with Mushrooms - and an arugula + spinach salad tossed with local heirloom tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette.

I didn’t have time to make dinner so I made myself a little plate of snacks instead: the last of my salad mixings, smoked salmon, yellow bell pepper slices + hummus, and raspberries. I love how colorful it is!

No workout for me today because I had Junior League meeting to get to. No big deal - dog-walking has been giving me enough exercise by itself! 

September 14, 2014 // Meals + Deep Stretch Yoga //

Since I last checked in, I’ve officially joined Orangetheory Fitness! And because I signed up for my particular gym location before it opened, I was able to join their weight loss challenge for free. Weight loss really isn’t a goal that I have - I’m more about the whole look-better-naked goal! - but they’ll be tracking BMI as well, so we shall see how it goes. 

I’ll be posting what I eat and my exercise for the duration of the challenge (which technically starts on Monday/Sep 15). I don’t necessarily plan to eat pure Paleo, but I do plan to stay cognizant of my food choices. That means leaning towards gluten-free, keeping cocktail hours in check, etc. Plus, I’m on the hook for at least 3 workout sessions per week at OTF.

Lunch from Metrofresh was Maple Ginger Butternut Squash and the salad was a soba noodle-based salad - both were gluten-free. Dinner was leftover roasted chicken breast and a salad comprised of spinach, arugula, locally-grown heirloom tomatoes, and avocado, tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

Exercise was an easy Deep Stretch class with Sarah (above) at Tough Love Yoga, plus some dog walking while I dog-sit a friend’s really sweet schnauzer named Marley.

Coffee Pecan Ice Cream

August 3 dessert, c/o my kitchen.

Recipe from The Paleo Kitchen. This was prepped the night prior when I realized - hooray! - I had all the ingredients needed to make a dessert! Then I realized - boooo! - that I needed to chill it way longer than I had time for before going to bed.

So I had to wait…but it was worth it! The vanilla extract it called for was homemade, thanks to a gift from my friend Erin. Yum! I love that I finally got to use it! I used decaf coffee to avoid any late night buzzes. Also, I added in salt when I was mixing in the pecans. I think if I make it again, I may just buy salted pecans to eliminate the step. The salt definitely gave it something extra: salty + sweet = perfection.

Asian Cabbage Slaw Pork Burgers + Sweet Potato

August 3 dinner, c/o my kitchen.

Another recipe from The Paleo Kitchen. The recipe calls for the burgers to be cooked on the grill so I did mine in a cast iron skillet. While the slaw was quite good, I was underwhelmed by the ho-hum-ness of the burger. Perhaps I cooked it too long? I needed more of a sear on it than it got and it was just dense and pedestrian. Will definitely make the slaw again, though! The bacon was leftover from brunch earlier in the day - it was a saving grace for the burger! 

August 3 Exercise

5 miler between home and Piedmont Park.

So the good news is that it’s beautiful in Atlanta today and perfect jogging weather. The bad news is I lost my driver’s license somewhere between my house and the far end of Piedmont Park. FML. I backtracked but never found it. At least I got my steps in for the day, I guess.

Crossing my fingers for no identity theft.

Brunch a la leftovers

August 3 Brunch, c/o my kitchen.

Having catered lunch offsite last week caused me to have a lot of leftovers so I decided to incorporate it into this morning’s brunch scramble. It turned out great! BTW, I found that bacon at Whole Foods, marketed specifically to Paleo/Whole30 folks - no added sugar, FTW!

The Ole Fridge Cleanout

August 3 dinner, c/o my refrigerator.

Ahhhhhh, Netflix night. <3<3<3

August 2 Morning Hike

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw, GA.

I hiked up Kennesaw Mountain again today. I’m not sure I blogged my last hike because it was back when I was in a blogging hiatus. This is a fun, challenging 6 miler. The weather was questionable this morning with threats of showers in the forecast, but it held out! Though I will say, I think I sweated more today than the first time, despite the fact that it was about 15° cooler. Hello, humidity!!

July 31 OTF Workout

My last free session at Orangetheory Fitness was an endurance one. I spent most of the time in the orange zone, which isn’t exactly what they want you to do, despite the name. Specifically, they say to ultimately strive for:

  • Green zone for 20-30 minutes
  • Orange zone for 12-20 minutes
  • Red zone for “a small amount of time”

So I guess I have some work to do in getting my heart rate down. As I’ve mentioned before, my heart rate has a history of running high, even when I’m in better shape than I am now so I don’t mind running a bit high in orange and red. But I’ll be looking forward for more green to show up.

Strength tonight was LOTS of reps. While I finished some of the moves (noted below), the rest I only got through about half.

  1. Calf raises x 100 - finished!
  2. Push-ups x 100
  3. Air squats x 100
  4. TRX bicep curls x 100
  5. Single-arm dumbbell swings x 100
  6. Bench toe touches x 100
  7. Bench fly overs  x 50- finished!
  8. Double crunches x 50 - finished!

Cardio was to do intervals of decreasing treadmill distance and increasing rowing distance. I walked about 2.62mi and rowed about 1600 meters:

  1. Power walk 1.5 miles, then 0.75, then 0.25, then 0.12
  2. Row 200m, then 400, then 800, then 1200