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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

Arctic Char a la Plancha

July 30 dinner, c/o 4th & Swift.

I was planning on cooking another recipe on Wednesday night but then I got a text from Jessica inviting me to join her and another friend for dinner at 4th & Swift and my arm needed very little twisting.

The dish had butter beans, lady peas, artichokes, maitake mushrooms, and sungold butter. I ate every single bite. No shame.

July 29 OTF workout

My second Orange Theory Fitness workout and — hooray! — my heart rate monitor functioned properly! Here’s what I did (again, my memory is always a fog afterward so it might be a little off):

Interval 1:

  1. Dumbbell dead lifts (10) - instructor demoed this with straight legs…this felt suspect to me so I did them like I did in CrossFit
  2. Weighted Russian twists (10/ea)
  3. Weighted scissor kicks (10/ea) - I liked holding the 15# dumbbell overhead…made my back feel more supported

Interval 2:

  1. Dumbbell quarter squats (10)
  2. Weighted sit-ups (15) - wicked hard…I subbed in weighted crunches instead.
  3. BOSU side plank hip raise (10/ea)

Interval 3:

  1. TRX pike lift (10) - I modified by not using the TRX bands
  2. TRX mountain climbers (10/ea) - no TRX bands
  3. Air squats (10)

Cardio was a 400m row, then treadmill intervals for about 20 minutes. They ask you to self-identify as a power walker, jogger, or runner and there’s a cheat sheet on each tread that tells you where to aim for those classifications for base pace, push pace, and all out. I feel like I’m in between power walker and jogger and that’s what I did tonight. I did the jogging stuff until my heart rate was skyrocketing. Then I shifted into power walking and just kept a close eye on the monitors. Man - my heart just likes to FREAK OUT when I run - why is that?!

Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad

July 29 dinner, c/o my kitchen.

Another creation from The Paleo Kitchen. This is actually three recipes in one! First, I made their Pistachio Pesto. Then their take on 30-Second Mayo (it calls for avocado oil which is an interesting twist!). Then finally the shredded chicken, which was leftover from the Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken I made on Sunday. 

This was really good! Though I have to admit, I was a little burpy afterward and the garlic and onion it called for made that an unhappy situation at the gym. Sorry, fellow gym goers.