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  • #31
    ok...for dinner tonight i thought i might try something new for a vegetable. i picked up a bunch of dandelion greens and sauteed them up in some bacon fat, with a little garlic, onion powder, and topped it with a little salt and pepper. way too bitter for me. i think i could probably like it if i added some herby cheese, or maybe a boatload of butter...but going with the whole dairy free thing makes that a little tough for a couple of weeks.

    i don't want to cut dandelions out of my life, so does anyone know a good way to prepare these?
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    • #32
      taking a cue from Al Kavadlo's Death to Cardio thread, i skipped the run i was going to take today and hit the soccer field instead. here's an ok game: kick the ball as far as you can down the field, run after it, dribble it back into goal range and fire one in. i may not have gone long distance, but i did a lot of running a in a half hour today. i was also barefoot, so my feet got nice and red from so much contact with the ball.
      but, using the ball, running on the field, stepping side to side, jumping up to nearby tree branches for some pull ups...i know i used a lot more of the smaller muscles i don't normally use, which is great.
      because the field was empty, i also grabbed a couple of golf discs (for professional frisbee golf...i thought about going pro a while back) and did a similar exercise. throw the disc, run after it, repeat. i can throw about 100 yards if i'm just fooling around, so i made those 75% sprints.

      i've got some kale in the fridge that needs to be cooked, so i think i'll throw it next to some sausage tonight. i may keep some aside and give kale chips a try this weekend...that is when i'm not going to see Dark Knight Rises repeatedly.

      apartment update: all of a sudden places that fit our needs keep popping up, and we saw two great places today. one was an absolute dream that makes all other apartments seem like a sewer, but it turned out to be twice as expensive as we originally though. the other is pretty great, and really close to that soccer field i played in...which also has tennis courts, basketball courts, stone stadium steps to run on, and a bunch of other stuff.
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      • #33
        Awesome journal rob. Love reading about your WODs. Actually going to adapt a few of them to suit me! I generally kick off my circuits w a 2 or 3 mile run w added sprints but I thought I was borderline chronic cardio-ing, especially bc I would then do a full WOD afterwards.

        How are you feeling in regards to the diet and your fitness? Was it a drastic diet change? I technically finished my whole30 ( which turned into a whole45) a few wks ago, jumped off the bandwagon and tried some sushi... Bugged out and I'm back whole30ing. I noticed I had crazyyy energy at the gym mid whole30 and onward. It was amazing.

        As for your soccer skills, I played in college and there's nothing better than chasing a ball down the field and feeling like the fastest creature in the world. I look forward to playing in my washed up college athlete league every wk!

        Enjoy!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by TLoRu View Post
          Awesome journal rob. Love reading about your WODs. Actually going to adapt a few of them to suit me! I generally kick off my circuits w a 2 or 3 mile run w added sprints but I thought I was borderline chronic cardio-ing, especially bc I would then do a full WOD afterwards.

          How are you feeling in regards to the diet and your fitness? Was it a drastic diet change? I technically finished my whole30 ( which turned into a whole45) a few wks ago, jumped off the bandwagon and tried some sushi... Bugged out and I'm back whole30ing. I noticed I had crazyyy energy at the gym mid whole30 and onward. It was amazing.

          As for your soccer skills, I played in college and there's nothing better than chasing a ball down the field and feeling like the fastest creature in the world. I look forward to playing in my washed up college athlete league every wk!

          Enjoy!
          glad you're enjoying the WODs. the Spartan Race people certainly know how to put me to work. some of the WODs are really great, and i'll probably keep doing them once i'm finished my 30 days...just not 5-6 days per week anymore.

          the diet wasn't a big change for me. i basically backed off nuts and dairy, which are by no means staples for me anyway...just foods that can get a little out of control. particularly the dairy. but, my dietary restrictions for this month were really just to add another layer to the challenge besides exercising in a new way. what's neat is that i haven't been eating as much fruit as i normally do, so i feel pretty confident calling my eating this month very low carb, and my fitness hasn't lost a step. in fact, if it stays a little cooler the next couple of days, i expect to see what i can really do.
          i never seem to ease back into my normal primal eating, but hopefully i'll maintain my current shopping style and stay away from the dairy and nuts for the most part. i love food, but there's a part of me that sees it completely as functional, so i seem to have very little trouble cutting things out. i can also eat the same thing every day without getting bored with it. i should do a new 30 day challenge where i never repeat a meal.

          and i absolutely love soccer. i haven't really played an organized games since high school, and a season of indoor a couple of years ago. one of the places i'm thinking of moving has an unbelievable adult rec. program: soccer, ultimate, volleyball, floor hockey, dodgeball...all kinds of stuff, all my favorite games.
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          • #35
            I didn't get a WOD in my email today. anybody want to recommend something before i grab an older one?
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            • #36
              ok, no assigned WOD for today, and i was in a bit of a time crunch, so i rummaged through some older ones and found this:

              30 push ups
              30 burpees
              30 pull ups
              30 box jumps
              100 jumping jacks
              300 crunches
              that's not exactly what it was, actually. it said 15-30 burpee pull ups, but i just can't do those at my place, so i made 30 burpees and 30 pull ups. also, i think the 300 crunches was a typo, so i did 15 dragon flags and 100 crunches. the whole thing took me about 30 minutes, which i consider adequate. i was definitely able to take less time between sets/exercises since it was a little cooler today. it's supposed to stay like that a bit, so i'm hoping to log some miles this weekend...again, when i'm not seeing Dark Knight Rises.

              i'm definitely going roasted broccoli and steak for dinner. kind of been thinking about it all day. that's easily my favorite, simple primal meal.

              i think we found an apartment. it's a good chunk more expensive than our current place, but has free heat and hot water, and my wife is in grad school so we don't have to worry about paying her student loans for a couple of years...so it's all a wash. it's right in downtown manchester, the biggest city in NH....so, still not much of a city. but the apartment is beautiful and really close to friends. it's also really close to an unbelievable brazilian restaurant. i may get a part time job just to be able to go there more often.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                (SNIP)
                this no dairy thing is getting to me. i want cheese. i really want ice cream. i can always do without nuts, but i want my ice cream. we take ice cream very seriously here in NH; we eat more per person than anywhere else in the country (we're also pretty high up there with beer). so, i'm thinking...maybe i should try to make up some coconut milk ice cream just as a treat. i've seen it before, but it's waaayyyyyy expensive. and tasty. anyone have a good recipe for it?
                I will freeze fresh pitted cherries, or fresh sliced peaches (or whatever is seasonal or frozen banana pieces) and then blend in my vitamix with a bit of coconut cream or heavy cream if I'm doing dairy. It's amazing and rich and DANG, now *I* want some...gonna stick to the upstairs now... not going NEAR that kitchen again tonight.

                And someday I'll try banana, coconut cream and cocoa powder when I can find the non alkali stuff.
                l
                SW: 243
                CW: 177
                Goal: Health

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by KerryK View Post
                  I will freeze fresh pitted cherries, or fresh sliced peaches (or whatever is seasonal or frozen banana pieces) and then blend in my vitamix with a bit of coconut cream or heavy cream if I'm doing dairy. It's amazing and rich and DANG, now *I* want some...gonna stick to the upstairs now... not going NEAR that kitchen again tonight.

                  And someday I'll try banana, coconut cream and cocoa powder when I can find the non alkali stuff.
                  l
                  sounds pretty tasty. it's just me and Miles this weekend. maybe i'll pick up a few ingredients and give it a go.
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                  • #39
                    today was a killer. i took yesterday off of exercise because i was tired, and anxious, and a bunch of other things making me not want to do anything. well, today made up for it.

                    the WOD:
                    4 mile run

                    2 rounds of:
                    30 push ups
                    15 burpees
                    15 pull ups
                    30 box jumps
                    50 jumping lunges
                    50 crunches
                    i tried to top it off with a good long plank, but i was done. every part of my body was tired. so, i took Miles out for a good long walk. it's been a pretty nice day, but really sunny, and the ground is hot. on my run, i wore my KSOs, and my feet didn't stay on the ground long enough to feel the heat. on my walk, i wore my sprints, which are much older and worn thin (i actually wore a hole in the bottom of one of them), and my feet were burning.

                    Dark Knight Rises tonight. jealous? gotta find some primal movie snacks...not because i'll be hungry, but because i like bringing my own food into theaters and sticking it to the man. a bag of pepperoni should do the trick.
                    dinner? no idea, but the slow cooker coconut ginger pork mark posted today looks mighty tasty.
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                    • #40
                      Great log Rob. Glad I found it. How are the goals (surpassing them)? Have they evolved?

                      Interesting site, havnt heard of it before. Link?

                      Keep at it my friend.

                      Richard
                      It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out....Its the grain of sand in your shoe.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Richardmac View Post
                        Great log Rob. Glad I found it. How are the goals (surpassing them)? Have they evolved?

                        Interesting site, havnt heard of it before. Link?

                        Keep at it my friend.

                        Richard
                        thanks, Richard. the site is the spartan race, and the WOD email subscription is here:
                        Spartan Race WOD Workout Of The Day - Subscribe and Receive a daily WOD

                        as far as goals are concerned, i guess i'm hitting them. this month is really about setting a challenge and seeing if i can meet it, which i'm pretty sure i will. from a dietary sense, all i really did was cut out nuts and dairy, and the occasional cheat...which basically means i'm not eating some of my favorite foods when i want them the most (i.e. ice cream in july), but it's pretty easy to deal with. i usually keep it pretty primal anyway, so food isn't really an issue.
                        a great side effect, though, is that i can tell i'm getting better from an endurance stand point. i'm ready to back off on the 5-6 days of metcon a week though. only one week left...should be a breeze.
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                        • #42
                          today's WOD had me gasping pretty good:
                          * warm up with jog or jump rope session
                          * 10 burpees
                          * 20 lunges (per leg)
                          * 5 pull-ups
                          * 1/4 mile to 1 mile run interval
                          * (repeat 3-10 times)
                          * cool down with a good stretch
                          i managed 7 rounds before i decided to call it quits. i'm actually pretty thrilled about that. i probably had another one or two in me, but didn't want to push it too much; i pushed hard enough just getting through those 7 without breaking form and throwing up. it's the run that kills me. i only go a 1/4 mile, but i go at a pretty good clip. there is a good patch of grass with a couple trees with sturdy branches...so it's a good run back and forth to my apartment.

                          i'm noticing that there is a major difference between working out after work on a good day, a bad day, and a boring day. boring days are the worst. it's hard to get started, and takes me a while to get focused. on the upside, a good workout totally brightens up my whole day.

                          gonna stay pretty basic with food, at least for tonight. but, i started a best burgers recipe thread and there are a few things i want to try. we'll see how inspired i get when i get to the store.
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                          • #43
                            strength conditioning...it's balls tough. here's today's WOD (i'll explain the exercises afterward):
                            circuit--
                            sandbag squat to step up...12 reps per leg
                            high push ups...12 per side
                            box pistols...12 per leg
                            dumbbell snatch...12 per arm
                            sandbag press with reverse crunch...x20

                            5 rounds (can also be done in five straight sets rather than superset circuit)
                            Sandbag squat to step up: i threw my 50 lb sandbag on my back, did a squat, then a step up (onto my coffee table) alternating legs. pretty simple, but unbelievable exhausting.

                            high push ups: i'm sure most people have seen these. in the plank push up position, start with one hand up on something (i used a cinder block) and one on the floor. explode up and switch hands. these are actually pretty difficult. i've done off-set push ups before, but never with that level of explosiveness; it takes a lot.

                            box pistols: i'm sure this isn't the correct name for these, but i think it explains it the easiest. basically, it's a pistol (single leg squat) but instead of going ass to grass, stop at a surface that's not so low. using my bed as a guide, i was able to go just below parallel for all the sets, which were about as hard as i expected. rather than being a full pistol, however, it's more like sitting and getting up from a chair using only one leg. these were great for me, because i still don't have quite enough strength or flexibility to pull off an unassisted pistol. if i can keep lowering myself, these will be a helpful progression exercise.

                            dumbbell snatches: i don't own dumbbells...but i do own cat litter. i grabbed a new jug of litter filled to the brim (probably about 20 pounds), put it on the ground between my legs in a partial squat, kept my head up, my back straight, grabbed the handle, pushed through my heels and lifted with my upper back muscles for a good ground to overhead move. i really could have gone a lot heavier. i might keep one of those cat litter jugs and see if sand will make them heavier.

                            sandbag press with reverse crunch: this is pretty simple, and easy. on my back, i press my sandbag up like a bench press and curl my legs up to my chest between my arms. piece of cake.

                            anyone interested in reading more about this WOD can check out the actual gym version (i made substitutions) here.

                            using a sandbag instead of a bar and plates definitely made this workout a bit harder i think, particularly the squat to step ups. i don't know what the book time is for the pros, but this took me over an hour. in hindsight, i could have cut some of my rest time down a bit. strange as it may seem, the final round felt like my fastest because i wasn't trying to keep anything in the tank.
                            speaking of the tank, i get a short second workout later because my grill is out of propane. there is an exchange center just over a 1/4 mile away, so i get to do a little propane tank carry in a bit.

                            i picked up some good sausage, so i'll use my new propane to grill that up and throw one in with some kale for dinner, then prep the coconut and ginger pork for tomorrow.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                              today's WOD had me gasping pretty good:


                              i managed 7 rounds before i decided to call it quits. i'm actually pretty thrilled about that. i probably had another one or two in me, but didn't want to push it too much; i pushed hard enough just getting through those 7 without breaking form and throwing up. it's the run that kills me. i only go a 1/4 mile, but i go at a pretty good clip. there is a good patch of grass with a couple trees with sturdy branches...so it's a good run back and forth to my apartment.

                              i'm noticing that there is a major difference between working out after work on a good day, a bad day, and a boring day. boring days are the worst. it's hard to get started, and takes me a while to get focused. on the upside, a good workout totally brightens up my whole day.

                              gonna stay pretty basic with food, at least for tonight. but, i started a best burgers recipe thread and there are a few things i want to try. we'll see how inspired i get when i get to the store.

                              Oh! Love that WOD! I think I'm gonna attempt tmrw. Sadly, illdo it at the gym so the run will come beforehand. Loathe Burpees, but sadly they're amazing. We have a love hate relationship. Instead of Pullups, I'll probably do some body rows or kipping Pullups. So,the WOD isn't comparable to yours at all. Ha

                              Thanks for the info on the box pistol. Pistols are one of my goals, I can free squat, balance squat and jump squat all day, but pistols have got me challenged!

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by TLoRu View Post
                                Oh! Love that WOD! I think I'm gonna attempt tmrw. Sadly, illdo it at the gym so the run will come beforehand. Loathe Burpees, but sadly they're amazing. We have a love hate relationship. Instead of Pullups, I'll probably do some body rows or kipping Pullups. So,the WOD isn't comparable to yours at all. Ha

                                Thanks for the info on the box pistol. Pistols are one of my goals, I can free squat, balance squat and jump squat all day, but pistols have got me challenged!
                                that'll still be a killer workout. burpees kick my ass every time. plus, when i do them outside i get face full of grass.

                                pistols are tough. i can squat all day long, but can't more than 10 assisted pistols out in a set. doing them on a box is so much better as a progression than using a wall or pole, in my opinion. there's no relying on your arms to get a little extra pull, and the risk of falling backwards is pretty much gone. they're still difficult, but being able to practice at varying depths helps a lot. bulgarian split squats are a good lead up to pistols too. they are single leg, with support from the the other leg resting on something behind you...but, you don't get a ton of depth.
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