One month of Crossfit under my belt!

nav_logoSome of you may or may not know that I signed up at CrossfitSanitas for the month of April to jumpstart my somewhat plateaued baby weight-loss. I’ve officially completed a month of doing crossfit 3 times a week. and I have more energy; plus I’ve lost weight and inches! Yay!

I started with their 8 class foundations/basecamp course where we learned technique on the more commonly used crossfit moves – push ups, squats, clean and jerks, etc. And, it turns out that Crossfit really works for me. The workout is always under an hour – love the efficiency! It’s high intensity and works your whole body plus there is a real focus on mobility which is especially useful for us desk laborers.

Typically, you have a 15 minute warm-up which gets your heart rate plus warms up the various joints you will be using for the WOD (workout of the day). Next, they spend some time having us break the moves for the WOD to get technique perfect and to figure out how much weight to use. Finally, we do a high intensity workout that can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.

Day One!
Day One!

The moves are based on Olympic lifting and gymnastics. It’s a coach-led class and all the moves are scalable so you can work at your own pace and level. I suckered my dad into joining with me and he’s seen improved core strength, balance, mobility, energy and endurance from what I can tell. Here’s a sampling of some of the moves we’ve done  modified pull-ups, push ups, hand-stand push-ups (modified!); squats, clean and jerks, push and jerks, running, rowing, and the list goes on.

I also decided to follow a mostly paleo diet for the month of April which for me meant mostly avoiding dairy, gluten, grains and sugars. Not everyone responds well to a paleo diet, but I felt so much better on it! So, lots of eggs, meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. I did have the occasional cambric with soy milk and honey, and on one particular date night we shared a molten flourless chocolate cake with marscapone gelato – which was amazing!!

So here are my weight-loss stats at the end of month 1:

  • Neck: -0 inches
  • Chest: – 1.5 inches
  • Arm: – .5 inches
  • Waist: – 1.5 inches
  • Hips: – 1 inch
  • Thigh: -0 inches
  • Weight: – 7 lbs

My challenge for May is to continue Crossfit but to also do a fat-burning/detox/elimination diet with a local naturopath for 5 weeks! It’s very similar to paleo but I get to learn all about portion control and ratios of carbs to protein for optimal fat loss. I’m a little nervous, okay very nervous, so I hope I can get through it! Supposedly I’m not supposed to feel hungry or have a loss of energy. The challenge will be to take the time to measure and prepare foods which sound exhausting to this working, exercising mommy, but I’ll give it my best shot.

p.s. I love my crossfit gym! the coaches are so supportive and helpful. Boulderites please check it out!

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Message from a proud papa bear

A bashful Bailey
A bashful Bailey

Hi all,

Bailey took his first steps on Sunday. We were very pleased, but not nearly as pleased as he was with himself. He stood up in the middle of the room, took a few steps, then fell on his tushie.
He then looked around the room with big smiles, and proceeded to applaud for himself. We haven’t captured it on video yet, since he is more interested in performing for his own amusement than for ours.
Best,
Lee

Potsticker burgers

Potsticker burgers
Potsticker burgers

Ok, I’m still working on the title of this recipe but OMG it is soooo delicious!! So, I’m on this pseudo paleo sort of diet for the month of April. It mostly means that I’m trying to avoid refined sugar, starches, alcohol, legumes and dairy – which really means I’m mostly trying to avoid sugar since I dislike legumes and I’m already gluten free and generally dairy free and alcohol free. Anyway, I also try to make ground meat recipes so I can break the cooked meat apart for little B to eat.  Not to mention, I can always sneak in bits of greens for both of the boys when I make ground meat meals!

I’ve done a lot of beef lately and so I decided to branch out to ground chicken thighs –  after some recipe exploration courtesy of google, I was immediately sold on the “tastes like the inside of a delicious Chinese dumping” comment for this recipe. I haven’t had potstickers in almost three years. Sigh! Here is my modified version of deliciousness:

Potsticker Burgers (aka Asian Chicken Burgers) – makes 4

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce (tamari)
  • 1 1/2 tsp roasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. white wine
  • 1 tsp of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c. gf breadcrumbs (or panko crumbs if you’re not gf) – you could probably omit this if you had a little more meat otherwise, it’s too wet
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 handfuls of finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1 handful of finely chopped fresh basil

Combine all ingredients lightly.  If the mixture is very wet, add more panko.  Shape into four patties, and cook in a large skillet for about 5 minutes on each side.

On a side note: I decided to bake a package of bacon per a paleo suggestion…. I did not know you could overcook bacon quite that much. hmm. oh well.

He stands!

At the first farmer's market of the year
At the first farmer’s market of the year

Saturday was beautiful and we met up with friends at the Farmer’s Market in Boulder. Bailey was in high spirits and spent most of the day practicing standing up on his own. Oddly enough, he doesn’t pull himself up on something and then let go. Instead, he crawls to the middle of any given space, pushes up into a downward dog, then squats back and stands. He holds this standing pose until he gets the wiggles and wobbles and then collapses down with a giant grin on his face. It is adorable.

Man, Lee’s parents and Ellen and Brian missed this milestone by just days!! Ah well, here is adorable picture of Bailey out to lunch when Lee’s family was in town:

Playing w the slightly dangerous water feature
Playing w the slightly dangerous water feature

Today, he also began his transition into the toddler 1 room at daycare. All the other kids are walking (ie toddling) but B is sure to catch up quickly. Apparently he also kept up just fine crawling around them. After all, for those who may recall, his mother was a fine crawler well past the appropriate age for crawling. In fact, even when she was quite competent at running and jumping she still opted to crawl around quite a bit…

And one last picture to end this post. Here is B and Lee playing piano over the weekend. My two fav boys!20130406_174813_resized