Happy Columbus Day everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving to any fellow Canadians out there! Today I had the day off work and was able to make it to the gym, do some much needed cleaning, and go grocery shopping.
Last week I officially joined a Chitown Crossfit! If you are not familiar with crossfit, it is a strength and conditioning style of workout including a mix of power lifting and endurance metabolic conditioning.
Here’s how it works.
A crossfit gyms is nothing like your typical health club. You will not find any treadmills, ellipticals, or Stairmasters. You won’t even find a pool or a locker room. You get in, complete your workout, and get out. Equipment includes simple things like jump ropes, barbells, medicine balls, punching bags, and kettle bells. Unimpressed? Just wait.
A crossfit gym isn’t open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is open solely during class times. Yes, if you want to go to the gym, you sign up for a scheduled class time. There are plenty of times to choose from each day and you’ll be charged if you sign up and don’t show up. How’s that for accountability? Exactly what I need.
Each class is small (8-12 people) and is led by a crossfit coach. Every day there is a different workout of the day (W.O.D.) prescribed for gym members (generally posted on the gym’s website or on a big whiteboard at the gym). Some classes are designed to simply complete the WOD for time. Easier said than done when it’s a race! Other classes offered include rowing, cycling, bootcamp, and striking (similar to boxing). So excited!
If you aren’t sick of hearing me brag about crossfit and are interested in learning more, click here for additional information.
Will started doing crossfit in February and has wanting me to join ever since. However, at the time, I worked at a health club where I was a member for free so I had no desire to spend any extra cash elsewhere. Now that I’ve switched jobs, I no longer belong to a gym, and decided it was time to check out crossfit! That being said, I am going post my WOD on days when I make it to crossfit and I suppose I can also post my runs on other days (I am running the Chicago Monster Dash 5K at the end of October!).
21-15-9 (You’ll see this a lot. This means 21 reps of each, then 15 of each, then 9 of each)
35lb Power Cleans
10lb Ball Slams
Ok, next on the agenda, grocery shopping. Today I wanted to tell you guys what exactly came home with me from the grocery store today and what I plan to do with it all. I’m all about the weekly meal planning! After taking a quick visual inventory of my kitchen before I left, here is what I bought:
- 2 boxes Original Almond Breeze milk (I had a coupon – I was inspired from watching Extreme Couponing the other night. Have you seen that show!?!? omg.)
- 1 Herb de Provence pre-made rotisserie chicken (I was starving after crossfit and didn’t want to to wait to cook lunch today)
- 1/2 lb fresh cooked shrimp
- 1 box low-sodium vegetable broth (another coupon!)
- 2 cans tomato paste (more coupons!)
- 1 bag frozen strawberries
- 2 big heirloom tomatoes (on sale!)
- 1 big shallot
- ~4 cups rolled oats (from bulk department)
- ~1 cup dried cherries (also from bulk department)
- 1 kabocha squash (yay fall!)
- 1 giant leek
- 1 lb cremini mushrooms
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 avocados
- 1 bunch kale (superfood!)
- 3 bunches bok choy (I usually never buy this)
- fresh rosemary and sage (mmm!)
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 head romaine lettuce (made into a simple Caesar salad to pair with my chicken for lunch!)
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 bag Arrowhead Mills puffed kamut cereal (I was looking for puffed rice, but whatever)
- 12-can box La Croix plain sparkling water (love these!)
So what am I making this week? Excellent question.
Here is what is on the menu:
- Maple Nut Granola
- Soba Noodles with Thai Coconut Shrimp
- Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
- Barbacoa Chili
- Kale with Caramelized Shallots
- Roasted Kabocha Squash and Creminis with Fresh Herbs
- Multigrain Pilaf with Toasted Sunflower Seeds
Please realize that most of these dishes also involve ingredients I already had available in my kitchen. But that’s the idea behind meal planning! Take note of what you have on hand already as well as what’s on sale and in season. Then base your weekly meals around what you find! Stay posted for these recipes throughout the week!
Finally, cleaning. Today was devoted to cleaning our horrendous backyard. Since we moved in 2 months ago, we have not been able to enjoy our backyard. Instead, I have been tip-toeing around the backyard to reach the garage every morning trying not to acknowledge the mess. We have a first floor apartment with a cute backyard porch area. However, it wasn’t so “cute” before today. Covered in trash, broken flower pots, rocks, and unruly weeds, we had our work cut out for us. Four hours, a couple pairs of work gloves, and six garbage bags later we had made some significant progress.
I still need to buy a broom to sweep the porch (don’t laugh, always living in a high rise I have never needed to buy an outdoor broom!). After I sweep the porch, put down a new bag of gravel, and buy some decorative pumpkins to spice things up tomorrow I will be posting before and after pictures (sorry, it’s too dark to take them tonight). But, I think you will all be amazed. Of course, then we just need a picnic table and a mini grill to complete the picture – but that is a job for another day!