Veggies and Sleep and Training, Oh My: 9/1/09 Report

My report from September 1, 2009, faithfully submitted for your review…

Hrs of sleep:

1 cup butternut squash
1 cup cabbage
1 carrot
1 1/2 red bell peppers
3/4 cup snap peas
1 cucumber
1 1/2 cups green beans

1 banana
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries

2 rounds of Fight Gone Bad
3-mile run around the lake

The skinny
This was my first workout since the Vegas debauchery. I was definitely feeling the effects of five days without a workout (ahem!) and way too much Zyr vodka. My Fight Gone Bad performance was just about on par with when I did it in June, I just switched up what sucked and what went well. My wall ball was vastly improved, but then the sumo deadlift high pulls right after were not so bueno. And I’ve got to learn how to get my feet into the rower straps faster. Stupid wide feet!

In between my two workouts, I snarfed a banana with Sunbutter, then hit the trail with Dave. It was an easy run, a.k.a., my monster was, like, “You should stop! You should walk!” the entire time, so I took longer rest breaks than usual. About the only thing I can say about that run is a) I made it all the way around the lake without pooping out, and b) I enjoyed listening to my iPod. Um, yay?

I followed my run with a cup of butternut squash (mixed with a scrambled egg and egg whites) to replace the glycogen in my muscles, and then spread some good veggies throughout the day. It took work! Washing and peeling and chopping and planning. Definitely need to put extra effort into planning my snacks and meals to get enough in. And I’m going to have to take advantage of Erika’s posts at Eat Clean Live Strong and my recipe archive to keep my taste buds from getting bored.

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  • Jen says:

    Good job! And kudos on recognizing that your first workout after a break like that is gonna be a little off! Next one will be better!

    Have never thought to put butternut squash in my eggs – though I put just about every other veggie under the sun in there! I have one downstairs and am curious to try it. Do you chunk it and steam it first? Or throw it in raw and cook it alot before adding the eggs? Enlighten me, please!!!!! : -)

  • georgia says:

    8.5 hours of sleep

    6 cups mixed salad greens
    1.5 blocks of asparagus (it was frozen so I didn't bother measuring…just steamed the bag)
    1 red bell pepper

    1/2 apple
    1/2 nectarine
    1/2 cup grapes
    1 cup strawberries

    DL max – 205 PR!
    Totally Linda @55#s

  • Melicious says:

    205 DL! That's awesome! Congratulations! AND 8.5 hrs of sleep. BEAUTY!

  • Mer says:

    Ugh, really struggling on day 4 of Paleo-month. Feel lightheaded and just a general mess. Ran out of veggies and had no energy to go to the store yesterday – not off to a good start! 🙁

    Heading to HEB for lunch – planning on snagging some celery, baby carrots, spinach and anything else that looks tasty.

  • Melicious says:

    Keep the faith, Mer! The first week or two of the switch can be rocky. None of us want you to be perfect, I promise. Just keep on pluggin' away, darlin'.

    But definitely get your (cute) butt to HEB. Grab a red pepper, too!

  • Mer says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! I'm going to chug some water and make a list of veggies to try. I think my goal will be to get a veggie of every color of the spectrum in one meal by the end of next week. 🙂

  • Melicious says:

    Jen, here's what I do with the butternut squash and eggs (also yummy with leftover ground beef or grilled chicken). I've tried roasting and steaming cubes of butternut squash. Roasted tastes better, but not so much better to be worth the trouble of heating my kitchen with the oven during the Texas summer. So…

    1. I peel and cube the butternut squash.
    2. Toss the cubes with middle eastern seasonings — either I wing it with cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder, or I use the Moroccan grill blend (
    3. Microwave 'til tender.
    4. Store in the fridge and eat 'til it's gone.

    I scramble one egg and two whites in a little Pam organic olive spray, then throw in the butternut cubes and sautee 'til hot and mudged together. It's spicy, sweet, chewy, and smushy. Yum!

  • Melicious says:

    Mer, you can make a veggie rainbow! (with unicorns and fairy dust)

  • Mer says:

    Well, my high school mascot was the unicorn…;)

  • Jen says:

    thank you, Mel! : -) Keep strong, Mer…it gets better! Honestly. And you must eat red peppers! Like candy, they are!