Monday, May 6, 2013

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

I love Mondays because I do my MMA training on Monday mornings. I can't wait until summer vacation begins and I'll be able to add a few more days of MMA training - including some sparring - in the morning. Today I mainly focused on boxing, so donning my 'Boxing Attitude' t-shirt seemed appropriate ;)

An early meeting at work meant only a 45-minute workout for me this morning. I wish I could have gotten my butt out the door earlier, but it just wasn't happening. Despite doing my morning yoga to center myself and stretch, by the time I left the house, I was frantic :/ Must work on that!

By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was sleep. I did end up taking a 20 minute power nap and then I was up and out the door to head to CrossFit. I took some time off from CrossFit while my dad was in town. Now I really want to get back into it. Nothing beats the HIIT of the WODs. Our strength focus for the day was chest presses off the floor. Six sets (10, 7, 5, 5, 5, 5) I maxed out at 35 kg; I could have tried 40, but I didn't feel confident. Our WOD (workout of the day) was killer. I mean, at first it sounded simple, but by the time I was halfway through, I was drenched in sweat! WOD: 20 minutes AMRAP: 5 pull-ups (I'm not there yet, but I'm getting better), 10 push-ups, and 15 squats. I did 19 rounds, which comes to a total of 95 pull-ups, 190 push-ups (180 on my toes, 10 on my knees); 285 squats!!

I wore my new CrossFit t-shirt today -- I'm in love with this picture. We've got it up in the box, and I have claimed him as my CrossFit boyfriend. When I'm focusing on looking up during my squats, it's his face I see, so I use it to motivate me.

I'm so glad I pushed myself to go to CrossFit. There was a point when I almost didn't go -- I've got to remember that if I don't push myself now, then the changes I want to see are not going to happen.

My food for the day:

Breakfast (pre/post-workout) was my usual trio:

Lunch: Fish and Vegetables in Coconut Broth
I made a batch of fish soup on Saturday night for me to have during the week. I didn't have it yesterday, but I tried it out for the first time today -- not too bad! It needs a bit of tweaking (perhaps more lime), but it was rather flavorful, quite filling, and definitely healthy.
I haven't worked out the calorie count as yet, but I will soon and then post it along with the recipe.

Dinner: Baked Salmon with Veggies
Salmon + Sweet potato, bell peppers, and cauliflower

Snack: nuts after CrossFit/grapes after dinner
1/4 cup raw cashews & a tablespoon of raisins

Post-Dinner Snack/'Dessert' - 10 grapes

- Workouts:
  • Yoga in the morning at home (15 minutes) 
  • Cardio-kickboxing at the gym (45 minutes)
  • Deep stretching at the gym & at CrossFit Q8, post-workouts (total 15 minutes)
  • CrossFit at CrossFit Q8 (1 hour)
  • Burpees: 30 {total: 3,530/20,130}
  • Squats Day 2: 55
- Food:
  • Breakfast: pre-workout - banana, 1 date, 1 T natural peanut butter; post-workout - 3 omelet muffins & 1/2 avocado
  • Lunch: 1.5 cups fish soup
  • Dinner: baked salmon with vegetables
  • Snacks: 1/4 cup of raw cashews and a tablespoon of raisins; 10 grapes
- Other:

My to-do list for May 5-June 5 is complete; now I just have to get to filling in all these blanks! I'm sure other tasks will come along, but this chart will definitely do for now!


  1. Hi A! Your cross-fit boyfriend is a little scary but definitely powerful looking! I have a guitar and skulls gym shirt that certain people think is very wild--in both good and bad ways.:D

    :-) Marion

  2. Sounds like you got great workouts in!! I started doing yoga at home too!!!! The baked salmon looks delicious, I usually stay away from fish, but that looks TASTY!

  3. All the food looks delicious. Welcome to the challenge. I'm the one who's there so that everyone can feel like they're doing better than I am, because my diet is abysmal. But hey, I'm eating an apple right now, so I'll give myself credit.

  4. Plum...I am going to make that salmon dinner pictured above tomorrow evening - Thanks for the motivation!


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