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What I Ate, A Workout And A Giveaway

A big thank you to  y’all for being generally awesome over the past few days. I have a few things to share with you today. Recent eats, a workout and a 5K giveaway so read on.

First, the food. I apologize in advance for all the iPhone photos as my DSLR hasn’t even been turned on this week.

I went the easy route and ordered Custom Fit Meals this week. We just started offering the service at Metro CrossFit. The food is healthy (all gluten-free, mostly Paleo), economical and tastes good. While I love to cook, I do admit that it’s nice to have these meals on hand when you get home late from work. This was grilled chicken with a barbecue sauce, green beans and almonds and mashed sweet potatoes.

Eggnog AND pumpkin overnight oats. How’s that for seasonal food overload?

Lunch at Which Wich. I seriously love this place. It makes me so happy that I can be as high maintenance as I want with my sandwich selection and toppings.

I was kind of over turkey after Thanksgiving and Italian subs are my favorite so I ordered The Grinder…salami, pepperoni and capicola. I added provolone, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, oil and vinegar. I want to eat this again today for lunch.

Dinner out with a friend last night at Vivace. We had a salad and then the scallop risotto with pumpkin, sage, cider reduction and pepitas.

Now, a workout.

I wasn’t really feeling CrossFit last night so I worked out on my own. I ran a 5K on the treadmill with some sprint intervals and then did the following weight circuit – 10 reps, 3 times through. I used 15 pounds for anything involving weight. This is a really basic total body circuit.

– Dumbbell Ground to Overhead (feet under hips, squat position holding dumbbells on ground at outside of feet, lift dumbbells and press overhead as you rise in your squat, lower back down to the ground as you lower in your squat)
– Dumbbell Chest Fly
– Dumbbell Dead Row
– Single Leg Lunge (10 each side, the back leg is on bench behind you to increase the load on the front let and to work balance/stability a little more)
– Dumbbell Bicep Curl
– Overhead Triceps Extension (holding one 15 pound weight)
– Stability Ball Crunches (15 reps)

If you have questions about any of the movements please let me know!

And finally…a giveaway for a 5K entry. My friend Dominique from Free To Be Athlete reached out to me this week about a new local 5K that she is on the planning committee for. This is the inaugural 5K event for Wannabe Cancer Free, a non-profit aiming to promote awareness of and raise funding for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), a rare head-and-neck cancer. Dominique is very active in a local endurance event training group and one of her friends and training partners has this form of cancer.

Dominique offered me a free bib but I told her I would rather purchase my bib and giveaway the complementary bib to one of my readers to help raise awareness of the event in the Charlotte area. It will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. in South Charlotte. All the details are here. I’ll be out there running and supporting Wannabe Cancer Free and I’d love for some of you to join me.

Leave a comment below and tell me why you want to run the 5K for a chance to win the free bib. Giveaway will close on Friday at noon.



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  • Tori November 28, 2012, 2:37 pm

    I love your new picture with the Christmas lights!! 🙂

  • Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) November 28, 2012, 2:39 pm

    I forgive the photos. Sadly, my phone pictures are almost as good as my DSLR pictures. I really really really need to get better with that thing! haha

    I’d love to run the race because I hate cancer. I know everyone hates cancer, but since I lost my grandmother and almost lost my dad (who isn’t even 50 yet) to it, I’m always into with promoting both cancer awareness and research.

  • Chrissy Park November 28, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I’m recovering from some health issues and surgery I had in August. The wanna be cancer free race was going to be my first race back (my mom is a breast cancer survivor)! Would love the free bib! 🙂

    Great new pictures! Lovely!

  • STEPH November 28, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I’d love to run this 5K for this cause and because it would be my first race back after having a baby!

  • Riley November 28, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I want to run so that the cycle of cancer in my family ends with me.

    Thanks for always inspiring me with your blog!

  • Elizabeth Gomez November 28, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I want to run for my grandmother who I never met due to her dying of cancer at 45. My dad says I look just like her. I want to run for my grandma who passed away four years ago while I was stationed at Bragg and I couldn’t get leave to go see her. I want to run for me. Because it fills me with hope that I can beat cancer if I ever got it. Running makes me physically, mentally and emotionally strong. I want to run for those who can’t hug there grandmothers because of cancer.

  • Claire November 28, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Can I just say,
    1) your new Christmas-ified blog heading made my day
    2) I am ridiculously jealous of your oats.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

    • Jen November 29, 2012, 3:39 pm

      thank you so much! i love the festiveness! 🙂

  • Grace @ Practicing Grace November 28, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Love your scorpion in the xmas lights! So great! Can’t wait to try this eggnog oats idea 🙂

  • JennyV November 28, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Don’t add me to the bib giveaway (out of stater here!)

    The dish with scallops and pumpkin risotto is what I would want for my birthday meal… This Sunday! Now where to find it where I live…

    • Jen November 29, 2012, 3:40 pm

      oh my gosh, scallops and risotto is one of my favorite meals ever. always makes me feel all “special occasion.”

  • Erica H. November 28, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I would love to win the race bib for two reasons: 1.) the cause is great! 2.) I need some motivation to run again after my half marathon a few weeks ago.

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch November 28, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Sadly, I’m nowhere near Charlotte, so count me out of the 5K entry! But I did want to say that I like your new profile picture with the Christmas lights – awesome!

  • Amy Hammond November 28, 2012, 6:33 pm

    I am in a hotel tonight (Boston, whoop whoop) and I am about to go to the gym and do this workout!! Thanks so much

  • Abby November 28, 2012, 7:08 pm

    I LOVE your new banner and picture with the lights/yoga! And I just love Sullie so much!

  • She Rocks Fitness November 28, 2012, 7:52 pm

    That sandwich looks AMAZING! I tried finding that Silk Egg Nog at Target today and they didn’t have any holiday flavors. Instead I picked up Dunkin’ Donuts “Gingerbread Cookie” flavored coffee. Thanks again for introducing me to Sarah from Social Dress Shop! Have a great night!

    • Jen November 29, 2012, 3:40 pm

      oh bummer that you couldn’t find the silk nog because it’s so good. i also saw a coconut milk nog at the store too that i want to try!

  • Tara Deal November 28, 2012, 8:52 pm

    I love your holiday yoga pics!!! 🙂 They are adorable!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 28, 2012, 8:53 pm

    That meal actually looks really good! Love all the spices on the chicken. Normally I’m not a prepared/frozen food kind of person, but there are a few out there that are actually pretty decent!

  • jeannie November 28, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Love your new pictures! Thanks for sharing your workout.

  • Linda November 29, 2012, 10:02 am

    Thanks for sharing your workout. In regards to pre prepared meals, have you had Beverly’s Gourmet Foods? She’s local and even in Whole Foods now. Picked up a sesame tofu with veggies and brown rice for lunch today. It is so good! I don’t think I’ve been disappointed on anything I’ve tried. I love how clean and healthy her cooking is. Also, going to Body Pump on Saturday morning with my friend. Are you teaching??

    • Jen November 29, 2012, 1:49 pm

      i have tried some of her stuff. so good! they always have a booth at the atherton mills market.

      i won’t be teaching on saturday morning (i have to work! boo!) but have fun!

  • Rachel@Running Daze November 29, 2012, 11:21 am

    I always see Which Wich on blogs and I’m jealous that we don’t have one here in Asheville. 🙂 Not that we have a bad selection here, but we need a good sandwich place!

    • Jen November 29, 2012, 1:49 pm

      but i am so jealous of all the delicious restaurants you have in asheville. one of my favorite places to eat.

  • Kristin March 16, 2013, 6:45 am

    Hi! Interested in doing the workout posted today! I was wondering what a dumbbell dead row is? Is it a dumbbell bent over row? Let me know!!


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