Squat Cleans and Pork Chops

I’m back!

I was MIA for a bit because I celebrated my bachelorette-ness in Las Vegas this past weekend. Definitely missed my WODs and paleo meals, but I had to take advantage of my time there! Had dinner at Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern, where I was able to get my foie gras fix! Be jealous, Californians. Then dinner the next night at Wicked Spoon Buffet. I was feeling a bit queasy, but because of the alcohol I consumed, but because of the second hand cigarette smoke I inhaled in the casino! This was the first time I had ever gambled and it was unpleasant because I cannot stand nor stomach cigarette smoke. I guess that will deter me from gambling much more…however, playing War is definitely for me. Don’t have to think! lol.

On to today’s WOD…

Our strength WOD consisted of squat cleans for 15 minutes working up to a heavy single. Well, I like to go slow. I like to add weight gradually…like 5# at a time gradually. My last 1RM was 57#, so I started just with the 35# bar then worked my way up little by little. When I got to 65# (still feeling pretty good), Amy, my coach, told me that my form looked great and that I could make it to 85#. What?! Yikes! That’s a huge jump for me! From 65# to 75#?! Holy moly. I tried 75# first, which went well, then setup for my 85# clean. I attempted it twice but could not get past the squat position! I was just squatting there with the weight trying to drive it up, but I just couldn’t do it! 😦 I’m so glad that Amy pushed me because now I feel like the next time we do cleans again, I’ll be able to meet and quite possibly surpass 85#! Looking forward to the next time it’s in our strength WOD. What’s on the board for tomorrow? Bench press! 😀

On to the recipe…

I posted a few photos on Instagram, today. I was whipping up a storm in the kitchen, today! First I made PaleOMG’s Caramel Pecan Bars, Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches, Roasted Dilly Potatoes with Garlic (yup, WHITE potatoes. Sue me, I love them, and I can justify eating them…), and Nom Nom Paleo’s Green Sliders. Today, I’ll be focusing on my Roasted Pork Chops!

I’ve been making these long before I went paleo, and boy are they delicious…

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Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches

Ingredients:

  • Coconut or olive oil
  • 4 bone-in pork chops (3/4″ thick, about 2# total)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 peaches, cut into wedges
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400F
  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper and cook until browned 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer to an oven-safe baking dish.
  • Add the peaches, onions, vinegar, salt and pepper (to taste). Toss everything for about a minute and then pour over the pork chops in the oven-safe dish, including any accumulated juices.
  • Place in the oven until the pork is cooked through and the peaches are tender, 10-15 minutes. Garnish with basil immediately before serving.

Enjoy!

Paleo French Toast

I work the graveyard shift. And I’m not talking about 11pm-7am. That shift is easy. No, I work the 6:30pm to 7am shift. Yup. A full 12.5 hours of working at night. My schedule totally messes me up. I love my sleep and am usually in bed by 10pm or 11pm. I don’t like to stay out late or start my night late, but work is just something I have to deal with–especially since it’s what supports my lifestyle! So until I make my way onto day shift, on night shift I shall remain…

With that said, I worked 4 nights in a row this past weekend and was ready for a delicious breakfast! I had made Paleo Bread the week before and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so what better way to have it for breakfast than in French toast form?! YUM! Just so you know, this recipe isn’t 100% paleo, but the part that isn’t is completely optional!

Paleo French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 Farm fresh pastured eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (for this I used Trader Joe’s light coconut milk–yes I know it’s not as good as the full-fat stuff, but I mostly shop at TJ’s and I refuse to go out of my way just to get cans of full-fat coconut milk. Even though TJ’s now sells coconut cream, it has a handful of unwanted unnatural ingredients, so I guess I’ll have to steer clear).
  • 1.5 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 4 slices of paleo almond bread, cut into 1-1.5″ thick slices
  • Fresh raspberries and blueberries
  • Honey roasted almond slivers
  • Grade B maple syrup
  • Whipped cream (optional–but you can make coconut whipped cream. Stick a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge, important note is to NOT shake it prior to putting it into the fridge. Once chilled, take it out, pop off the lid, and scoop out the thickened cream above the coconut milk).

Directions:

  • Heat your pan to medium-high heat
  • Combine the eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a shallow dish. Mix until a custard-like consistency forms
  • Soak the bread in the mixture for 5 minutes on each side
  • Brown one side (about 2-3 minutes), then flip over the bread and brown the other side
  • Top with whatever your heart desires! In my version, I topped it with whipped cream, fresh berries, and almonds. I was fresh out of maple syrup, but do what you wish

Enjoy!

We Won’t Forget

I’m still fairly new to CrossFit, but I know that the “Hero” WODs are in honor of fallen heroes. As I remember the events of 9/11, I think about how the workouts we do are nothing compared to what these heroes have gone through and what their families go through. It inspires me to keep going and to not give up.

Yesterday was a great day at the box. We ended up having a WOD in honor of a fallen CHP Officer Youngstrom who was recently shot and killed a few towns away from where our box is located. In his honor, yesterday’s WOD was:

“Youngstrom” For Time

#223 CHP Officer Line of Duty Death
Badge # 18063

  • 2 mile run
  • 22 deadlifts (225# or 65% of current 5RM)
  • 180 double unders
  • 63 pull-ups

I felt like I accomplished a lot during this WOD. I hate running, but the 2 mile run felt great. I didn’t once stop to catch my breath, but kept trudging along to achieve a time of 16:57. I got through the DLs just fine, but slowed down during the double unders. I can do maybe at the most 7 in a row, but then I lose my rhythm. Yet, I still got through it. I set-up my pull-up station with the band that has the least resistance, but I try to start off without it and do as many as I can. Today, I accomplished doing all of the pull-ups, kipping, without the band. And this is the aftermath:

Again, nothing that I do during a WOD could ever compare to what the brave men and women of our country do for a living.

Here is our box featured on a local news channel for yesterday’s workout: East Bay gyms dedicate workouts to fallen CHP officer

Have a great day and be sure to take the time to think about the significance of today, even just for a second.

Why I Wanted to Start This Blog…

I wanted to start a blog in order to document my progress with CrossFit and paleo. I don’t claim to be 100% paleo, and I love the saying, “I’m 100% paleo…80% of the time.” I am a huge foodie and enjoy a great meal and will break paleo for it, but most of the time I eat paleo. I don’t do “cheat days” because I find that an entire day of cheating makes me feel sick to my stomach…literally. And I no longer like to feel that way. A prime example that sticks out in my mind is when I first started paleo. My future brother-in-law was visting from San Diego and we decided to have Indian food for lunch. Yum! Except…everything we had contained some kind of carbohydrate–rice puffs, naan, basmati rice, etc. After gorging on that meal, I felt extremely bloated and just flat out sick. I wanted to vomit it all up. And I vowed that I didn’t want to subject myself to that kind of torture again.

To be quite honest, before starting CrossFit and paleo, I was having a dry spell in the kitchen. I didn’t know what to cook or bake for a really long time. The KitchenAid stand-up mixer that my fiancé had gifted me for Christmas two years ago sat unopened on top of our refrigerator, collecting dust. We ate out more than I cooked, and albeit, even though I chose “healthy” options (or so what I assumed to be healthy), I still felt sad that I wasn’t cooking as much and I truly missed it.

It wasn’t until I started CrossFit in May 2012 (yes, I am a newbie) and eating mostly paleo thereafter that I became inspired to get back in the kitchen! My fiancé has told me several times that we’ve saved money since I’ve started cooking at home again, which is a great plus. I value and appreciate our quarterly “fancy” dinners much more, now, but also cringe at how much we end up spending on them! But then again, I have to remind myself that it’s a reward for being so diligent in the kitchen, not resorting to eating out during almost every meal, and leading a much healthier lifestyle than before.

I’m not the best writer, but I hope this blog inspires others like other bloggers have inspired me. Petite AthlEAT, Nom Nom Paleo, PaleOMG, and Livin Paleo are just a few of the blogs that have inspired me to do this! I’m excited to start this journey and share it with everyone else, so please enjoy and check back often! Thank you!