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Jello Legs

I’m currently stretched out on the couch with jello legs. Which I personally think is a great feeling. ;) My workout this afternoon put me in this state.

I ran three hilly miles outside and then came in the gym to do a strength circuit involving 60 barbell back squats at 75 pounds…thus the jello legs. And I am loving my new Run Happy visor which was a gift from Omega Sports for hosting the strength and stability workshop for them last week.

I just love squatting and nine times out of ten you will see me incorporate them into my workout when I program for myself.

Rewind…a lot happened before I got around to working out. I taught my normal Sunday morning hot class at Y2 and then went out to brunch with some friends at Cafe Monte. I had the Florentine Quiche (same thing I always get).

And split the lobster salad with one of my dining companions. Love how they are not stingy with the lobster. Yum!

And then I came home and went CRAZY on the kitchen. I emptied every single thing out of the fridge and the freezer, purged, cleaned and restocked.

Ahhh…clean, organized and stocked fridge. I also organized drawers and cabinets, cleaned the microwave, disinfected every possible surface, you get the drill. It felt good.

I baked paleo banana bread in my newly cleaned kitchen.

Post-workout dinner was a burrito bowl with lime jasmin rice, sauteed shrimp, black beans, avocado, grape tomatoes, goat gouda, plain greek yogurt and salsa.

Time to update the Metro CrossFit blog and then bed.

{ 31 comments… add one }

  • Katie @ Live Half Full April 14, 2013, 10:31 pm

    I love a good fridge overhaul! We just finished our kitchen remodel and I spent the entire weekend organizing. It looks so amazing!!!

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:37 pm

      oh so jealous of your kitchen remodel. i need one desperately!

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run April 14, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Would love the paleo banana bread recipe… and I heart purging. Feels so good!!

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:39 pm

      it’s not quite ready to share yet but i’m going to work to get it there! taste is excellent, texture a little off.

  • Beth @ Mangoes and Miles April 14, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Seconding the request for the paleo banana bread recipe! I love the result of cleaning…but I’ve never appreciated the process as much ;)

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:40 pm

      i will post it as soon as it’s share worthy. the taste is good but the texture is a little off.

  • Sarah April 15, 2013, 6:21 am

    The bread looks delicious! We are in the middle of a move and I cannot wait to get into our new house and get organized. Clean slates are the best.

  • Amelia April 15, 2013, 7:34 am

    Haha, I want the banana bread recipe too please! Whenever you see a good result with paleo banana bread, it’s a must keep recipe. Your weekend looks like a lot of good eats. Yum! Happy Monday.

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

      i will post it as soon as i do one more test batch. needs some tweaking to get the texture the way i want it.

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 15, 2013, 8:09 am

    Yum! What a tasty day of eats :) I can’t believe how much lobster they put on that salad!! I also love/hate the jello leg feeling :) Doesn’t spring cleaning feel amazing? Yay for a fresh new start!

  • meghan @ struggle muffins April 15, 2013, 8:36 am

    Mmm I love a mexican-inspired salad topped with salsa as a dressing – looks delish, as does the paleo bread. Also love the jello leg phenomenon – its evidence of some serious effort and, for types who can’t seem to rest without a very real reason, it forces you to truly rest and restore.

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona April 15, 2013, 9:58 am

    That burrito bowl looks really really yummy!

  • Katherine April 15, 2013, 9:59 am
  • Megan @ FlytheFriendlySkies April 15, 2013, 10:16 am

    Oh I feel you on the jello legs! I am attempting Insanity. Yikes! One week in and I’m sore in that really good feeling way.

    Didn’t make Banana bread last night but tried Zucchini bread instead. Would like to peak at your Paleo recipe though !

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:43 pm

      oh gah, insanity is brutal! good luck!

      i love zucchini bread too!

  • Diane April 15, 2013, 11:32 am

    Hi Jen,

    Your “bowl” lunches always look so good. My question is – do you heat them?

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:44 pm

      not always but usually. i typically at least heat the grain a little so it’s not cold and hard.

  • She Rocks Fitness April 15, 2013, 2:44 pm

    I’m always incorporating squats into any workout that I do. Love my strong legs and butt! ;) With all the running that I have been doing, heavy squatting though hurts my knees, so I’m just doing lots of reps and no weight. YUMMY lobster salad!

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

      i love bodyweight squats and lunges too! anytime a girl asks me “how do i tone this?” while pointing to their upper leg/butt region, my response is always squats and lunges! ;)

  • Michelle D April 15, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I third the request for the paleo banana bread! :)

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

      i need to test it one more time with some variations and then i will share!

  • Trish April 15, 2013, 7:23 pm

    if anyone has an answer for me please chime in. I had terrible knee pain earlier in the year when squatting. a physical therapist told me I am probably ‘quad dominant’ in my squatting, and need to engage my glutes whil squatting. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him about his – does he mean to tighten my glutes while squatting? the pain in my knees was coming from over use injuries in my quads.

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:55 pm

      hey trish – i can help you out with this. it’s important to be well-balanced with strength in the front and back of your legs (quads/hip flexors v. hamstrings/butt). it’s very typical for people to get quad dominant in our sitting society and develop weak butts. you need to work on training your glutes to engage and fire. google “glute activation exercises” and you will find tons of things to do. it’s not just engaging your glutes, they have become weak and you need to strengthen them and train them to fire again.

      let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Mindy April 15, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Gosh your brunch looks amazing! This post encouraged me to get into the kitchen and whip up my version of paleo bread :-) Do you have a favorite recipe?

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:58 pm

      i am working on it! hope to have one to share soon!

  • Emily April 15, 2013, 10:55 pm

    Isn’t cleaning out the fridge so gratifying?! Weird, but it does feel good.
    Also- would really love that banana bread recipe!! We love it, and if I could get a healthier recipe (and sneak it in so my husband wouldn’t notice) that would be awesome.

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 2:59 pm

      yes, i’ve loved my clean fridge all week. i will share the recipe very soon! need to make some tweaks.

  • kathryn sheehy April 15, 2013, 11:33 pm

    Hey!
    I absolutely love the new piece of jewelry you have been wearing in all your photos. Where is your necklace from? Thanks!

  • Caity @ caityworksout April 16, 2013, 12:37 am

    Thanks for this post, seeing your fridge clean out inspired me to do my own…and then I even moved on to the kitchen drawers & cupboards :)

    • Jen April 19, 2013, 3:01 pm

      go girl! nice work. i did a couple drawers and the dreaded tupperware cabinet too!

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