Wednesday morning started early again with a 5:40 am Crossfit class (called Y-Cross at the YMCA). Our favorite teacher Molly added the class to the weekly group exercise schedule at the Mtn. Brook Ymca so we decided to try it. It went by super fast, it was really challenging and I think I am going to be sore for days. We did everything from flipping tires, pushing weights across the floor, squat jumps to crunches, wall ball throws and push ups. All that said I think we will be back next Wednesday to try it again!
Breakfast: I have been on a green smoothie kick ever since I figured out the trick to not tasting the spinach is to blend it up with the liquid really well before adding any other ingredients.
I added about 2 cups of spinach + 1 cup almond milk + 1 cup water + mango + vanilla protein powder + 1/2 banana. It made a huge smoothie!
Snack: I was starving mid morning so I had 2 of the energy bites I made earlier this week.
Instead of peanut butter I used PB2 (powdered peanut butter) + maple syrup (I was out of honey) + oats + chia seeds. I mixed it all up, put it in the fridge for a little while to firm up and then rolled them into balls. I did not measure anything I just got it to a sticky enough consistency to be able to roll into balls.
If I had to estimate my measurements it would be this: 1/4 cup PB2 prepared as it says on the jar with water + 1/4 cup maple syrup + 1/2 cup oats + 2 Tbsp. chia seeds.
Lunch: usual salad-- spinach + bell pepper + cherry tomatoes + bleu cheese + sliced almonds + olive oil and vinegar
-- I was so hungry I also had a greek yogurt. I forgot to take a picture but I had the peach flavor of Danon's "Triple Zero" greek yogurt. I really like this brand, it is sweetened with stevia and has no artificial or weird ingredients.
Snack: Molly's cross fit class had me starving all day! I stopped by the cafeteria at work about 3pm wanting a snack. I was going to eat my yogurt I brought from home as a snack but considering I already ate that with lunch I needed to find something else. I usually don't like to eat these processed bars, I generally like to make my own granola/power/energy bars so I can control whats in them but it was still pretty good. It just has a little too much sugar for my preference.
After work I went by the house I am dog sitting for to take the dogs for a walk and feed them. The family is getting back tonight but not till late so I needed to go by to let them out. Let me just say if you ever need exercise motivation you need to get a lab!! Harley is a 12 year old chocolate lab and was waiting for me by the door when I got home with the leash in his mouth ready to go for a walk. He pulled me the entire walk, and we went a good couple miles!
After I walked Harley I headed back to my house. My mom and sister Kelly were cooking an awesome dinner!
Mom made baked chicken with homemade pesto + mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato on top. Kelly made pesto gnocchi and we had some fresh green beans on the side as well.
Kelly is also an RD and teaches a low carb class where she works. She made an experimental recipe for us to try, goat cheese low carb gnocchi. It did not taste like the actual gnocchi but it was great! I love goat cheese and I ended up putting it on top of my green beans and it was awesome. So maybe not comparable to actual gnocchi but still quite tasty!
After dinner we cleaned the dishes, I did some laundry and got my bike ready to take to Huntsville this weekend. Kelly(sister), Michael (her fiance) , Kaitlin (sister) and I are doing the Racin the Station duathlon! Will be sure to give a recap of the race this weekend!