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A Loss Of Enthusiasm

Happy, happy Friday! I hope it’s been a great week.

Remember how I was all excited about my kipping pullups yesterday? I felt all on top of the CrossFit world that I’d finally figured them out. Well, my enthusiasm for CrossFit waned a bit after last night’s workout.

This WOD killed me for some reason. I was the very last one to finish. Usually I can rock running/endurance WODs (and I have a weird love for burpees) but I was so slow last night. In my defense, our gym is on the second floor so every time we went out to run 400 meters it included a flight of stairs. When I came off the stairs and tried to do the broad jumps, my quads were screaming and refused to let me travel more than a couple of feet. I was more like broad hopping…which resulted in more burpees. Oh well, you win some, you lose some…literally in this case. I’m pretty sure I had the slowest time overall for BOTH locations.

I may have sucked up the workout but I did manage to come home and whip up an awesome dinner.

Whole wheat couscous with sautéed zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes and olives along with sautéed chicken seasoned with lemon pepper and dredged in flour. Ready in 15 minutes. Here’s how it happened. Open fridge, take stock, pull out veggies and chicken. Open pantry, take stock, pull out couscous. Put couscous on to cook, pound chicken, season chicken, chop veggies. Put veggies on to sautee, put chicken on to sautee. Fluff couscous, mix veggies in, plate, sprinkle with feta and serve.

Breakfast this morning was overnight oats and coffee. I am so sad to see the Mighty Maple go.

Lunch was courtesy of last night’s leftovers. Spinach and broccoli slaw topped with the couscous. Avocado, feta, hummus and Greek yogurt over that. I love these “leftover bowl” lunches.

And I’m off to get a haircut. Sadly, my stylist doesn’t have time for color until August but I’m going to talk to him about my inspiration today. I’m a little nervous!

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  • 1
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness July 27, 2012, 12:41 pm

    That dinner looks amazing! running wod’s are always a challenge for me! I can’t imagine adding in a flight of stairs to my running wods!

  • 2
    Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy July 27, 2012, 12:52 pm

    I LOVE the looks of your dinner. And I wouldn’t feel bad about being the last one to finish–I’d feel great about finishing it, especially with the stairs! 🙂

    • 3
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:25 pm

      thanks – the stairs were killer. i was so proud of myself for not just jumping on the treadmill to avoid them!

  • 4
    Hayley July 27, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Yum, the dinner looks amazing! I was thinking about how I would use my leftover couscous tonight and I think this is what I’ll do 🙂 Also, where did you get that maple peanut butter? My recent fave has been the Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter. If you like coconut, you have to try it. So good.

    • 5
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:26 pm

      coconut peanut butter sounds amazing!

      i got the maple peanut butter from a sample pack but it’s made by Peanut Butter & Co and they’re nationally distributed.

  • 6
    wymberley July 27, 2012, 3:40 pm

    We ALL have those days where your just not in the zone. I don’t have to tell you what a motivation you are for so many others. It is good to see you vulnerable too. Get back in there today and kill it! you are doing things so many can’t or wont. Cheers!!

  • 7
    ~Jessica~ July 27, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I think it takes a gracious and humble person to stand up and say ‘you know what, I sucked at that workout,’ particularly when you’re a fitness professional. I think it’s brilliant that you showed the rest of us that even the most hyper-fit people with washboard abs and bodies to die for sometimes mess up. It’s a lot more refreshing than dressing up every workout as a triumph or making endless excuses.

    And you DO kick butt with those pull-ups. I watched the video in absolute awe.

    I also love the look of your assemblage for lunch – it looks delicious yet unfussy. My kind of meal 🙂

    • 8
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:24 pm

      jessica – thanks so much for the kind words. i most definitely have “off” days…frequently! my body is so different day to day and what feels good and strong one day might not the next. i’m trying to get better at listening and not just always powering through!

  • 9
    Joanna July 27, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I usually dread 6 rounds of ANYTHING, let alone burpee broadjumps. UGH! That is one where I consider it a success to finish!

    • 10
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:23 pm

      i know – 6 rounds is SO mental! i like your take on it…it was a success to finish!

  • 11
    Lisa July 27, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Good luck with the hair appointment! Too bad you can’t get colour until August though.
    All your meals sound delicious. I love leftover bowls, the flavours taste so much better to me after they’ve been in the fridge for a few hours.
    And that workout sounds pretty dang tough. Especially with sore quads

  • 12
    christy July 28, 2012, 12:25 am

    Mighty Maple is my favorite peanut butte of all time. Literally.

  • 14
    Sarah July 28, 2012, 9:38 am

    I also appreciate you sharing the days when you feel a workout did not go as well because we all have them. It really helps to know that it happens to you too even though you are in the best shape!

    • 15
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:21 pm

      thanks sarah! it SO happens to me on a regular basis. i am always amazed by how different my body feels and performs day to day.

  • 16
    Linda July 28, 2012, 3:31 pm

    What catering company did you use for the grand opening of Metro Fit? I remember you talked about it in one of your posts but I can’t remember the name. I’m planning an event and would love to check out the company you used. Thanks!

    • 17
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:21 pm

      I worked with Camille who owns Passion Food Catering. She’s amazing and can accommodate any type of vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free requests…creatively!

  • 18
    Cath July 28, 2012, 4:50 pm

    You’ll be fine for the next workout. There are so many things that can contribute to a bad workout, not just physical fatigue but mental as well, amount and quality of sleep, food, etc, so don’t stress. Sometimes I’ll have a bad workout and have no idea what went wrong.. I’m sure you know all that anyway, but just saying, you’ll be right.

    Awesome looking meals as always! 🙂

    • 19
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:19 pm

      you are so right about that! some days we just aren’t “on.”

  • 20
    Corrie Anne July 29, 2012, 11:34 am

    that WOD sounds tough!! especially with the stairs thrown in, right??? but i would have done it for that dinner!! lol.

  • 21
    Laura is Undeterrable July 30, 2012, 1:42 am

    Oh my gosh, burpee broad jumps murder my soul. Burpees I can do. Broad jumps, meh. But combined they are unholy crossfit spawn.

    • 22
      Jen July 30, 2012, 2:11 pm

      i am so comforted to know that someone else despises this as much as me! i thought i was in the minority with the broad jumps. they seem like they should be so easy.

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