I was finally able to sleep past 7 this morning (both Saturday and Sunday I was up at 7 for no reason and couldn’t fall back asleep), but I was afraid to get out of bed and see the state of my car. Luckily, the temperature was well on its way to today’s 40 degree high, so my car looked wet and not frozen. That’s a bonus!
I had all of the ingredients needed to make Elixer, so that is how I started my day.
I got a little overzealous with the cayenne pepper, but I was able to fix it and enjoy my morning beverage. This is definitely a spicy way to start the day, but I liked it. The only problem was that I started to overheat a little bit which may be secondary to the above mentioned 40 degree weather combined with our heat still being turned on and the cayenne pepper.
Breakfast was Trader Joe’s frozen oatmeal with mashed banana and covered in homemade peanut butter. While I nibbled on my breakfast, I debated whether or not I should look up today’s WOD before CrossFit. I was curious, but sometimes I think the element of surprise is helpful with a tough workout. But…I checked it out anyways!
Pull Ups (to fatigue) *I used the green band
1 minute rest
Push Ups (to fatigue)
1 minute rest
Yikes! I might not be able to move my arms for a week. Just like last week, everyone was very friendly when I arrived. One of the benefits of the 9:30 Monday morning class is that it’s mostly women which I find less intimidating. We all got down to business when the clock started. I was surprised by how many pull ups/push ups I was able to do, but my arms were exhausted before I was halfway done. But I stuck with it, pushed a little farther, and was proud of my finish. One of the things that I like about CrossFit is that as everyone finishes, they stay and cheer each other on. One of the harder things for me is remembering to keep my form. I am all about alignment and preventing injury, which I had to remind myself as I was trying to crank out my last few reps each round. As expected, my arms felt like jello before I even walked out the door. I finally made it to get my oil changed before coming back home for lunch.
I had an early lunch of leftover Lentil Chili, which was even better reheated today.
A few hours later, I was watching Scandal and craving a green smoothie. Typically, I have a few favorite recipes that I use, but I got a new idea while flipping through the pages of Cooking Light magazine last night.
This one involves ginger and apples with my favorite green leafy veggies. I would have loved to make green juice, but I didn’t know if my blender could handle it.
So I added in a little almond milk with a few ice cubes to make a smoothie. It was a little thick and pulpy, but I loved it! One of the best green smoothies I’ve had in a long time. The addition of ginger is genius!
As I look back through these pictures, it was definitely an awesome day of eating! I have a few more recipes from this weekend to share throughout the week, but for now I am logging off for a quick trip into the city. I need to go pick out a book for the train!
Green Juice Smoothie
1 big handful of spinach
3/4 apple chopped with peel on (I ate the other 1/4)
1/2 chunk ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
5-6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until everything is smooth. Drink fresh!