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Put It In A Bowl

As I was sitting in Chipotle eating dinner at 9 p.m. last night I had the realization that everything I ate yesterday was in a bowl.

I’ve been back on oatmeal this week since the mornings have been kinda gray and cooler. “Cooler” being relative given that it’s like 68 degrees out. But there is a noticeable chill that has been absent all summer. I know many of you are ready for fall but I am not. Summer is my favorite season by far. I like it hot! This bowl of oatmeal included the following: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats, Wholesome Goodness Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, half a banana, half a peach, blueberries, dried cranberries, chia seeds, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk and water. Crofter’s Fruit Spread and Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter on top.

It was a long, busy day at work so I ate a salad at my desk for lunch. There is a specialty market across the street from the gym and I stop in several times a week for everything from salads to dinner supplies to wine. They do great built-to-order salads and also offer all kinds of meats, seafood, pre-made salads/sides and pre-marinated chicken breasts (you see me eat these often). It’s a blessing and a curse to have it so close! My salad was mixed greens, spinach, chickpeas, grilled chicken, beets, blue cheese, candied pecans (<— SO addictive!), dried cranberries and honey balsamic. It kept me full all afternoon.

I spent my evening over at the new gym for the 6:30 p.m. CrossFit class and a coaches meeting after. Class last night was brutal in a totally different way than Sunday’s workout. It was a really tough strength workout versus Sunday when I felt like I was going to die cardiovascularly. This is what I love about CrossFit – it’s always challenging me in different ways.

Here’s what we did last night.


Power Cleans @ 85% of 1RM – 3 on the minute for 5 minutes (I used 65#)


Front Squat – 4×8 @ 70% of 1RM, rest 1 minute between sets (I used 85# – these were killer and left my quads shaking after. Front squats are so hard!)

MetCon or WOD

Thrusters (135 males/95# females was prescribed but I used 65#)
Pull Ups (I kipped all of them! Check out this blog post from our Director of CrossFit about the progression to kipping pull ups)

Rest 1 minute

Deadlifts (225 males/185# females was prescribed but I used #85. I hate deadlifting with a passion.)
Burpee onto a bumper plate

Rest 1 minute

100 Double Unders

Note: Total score is total time with rest time. 

I finished in 12 minutes with a one minute bathroom break included. Those double unders will get you every time! 😉

We had a quick coaches meeting after class and then I joined some of the coaches at Chipotle for dinner where I proceeded to eat my third meal of the day out of a bowl when I ordered the burrito bowl. It is always fun to eat with the hardcore CrossFit crowd. They’re all good and disciplined and stick to their Paleo diet and I’m like, “I’ll take rice and beans and cheese and sour cream…thank you!” This burrito bowl was pretty delicious. I haven’t eaten at Chipotle in almost two years. Fun fact…last time I ate there was immediately after the Marine Corps Marathon! I ordered the same thing but without the chicken because I was stupid back then and didn’t eat enough lean protein.

Tangent…I really want to run another marathon.

And that’s all I’ve got for you today. Are you more “mix it all together in a bowl” or “I like my food separate and not touching?” Clearly, you can see what side of the fence I’m on. You should see me on Thanksgiving. I love to mix and match my bites. I think I could create a layered Thanksgiving feast bowl! (Although I don’t…that would be terrible manners! Maybe with the leftovers this year?) 🙂

Have a great day!

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  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 21, 2012, 9:56 am

    I haven’t jumped on the ‘put everything in a bowl’ bandwagon – yet. It always looks delicious though!

    I made the mistake of looking online to see how to make candied pecans at home after I had them on a salad at Mellow Mushroom and am perpetually fighting the urge now to make a pound of them to keep ‘on hand’.

  • Dominique @ FreeToBeAthlete August 21, 2012, 10:10 am

    For the record, I fully support the marathon wish. Go for it!

    I cannot stand for my food to touch, at all. I will leave gaps between foods on my plate, and if they touch I won’t eat the borders. I use a lot of bowls so my side dishes stay separate. I am always envious of people who can add so many ingredients to their meals. Even in a salad, I tend to eat the veggies off the top before mixing it all together.

  • Amy August 21, 2012, 10:24 am

    I have mixed things I would have never thought to mix thanks to your blog and I have loved them all!

  • elizabeth August 21, 2012, 10:40 am

    What happened when you didn’t eat enough lean protein? Do you find you can’t get enough protein without eating animal protein?

  • Miriam @ Bellaspire August 21, 2012, 10:57 am

    I used to skimp on the protein too. Older and wiser 🙂 (and leaner, haha).

  • LeeAnna Perry August 21, 2012, 11:49 am

    It is funny- I prefer to eat things out of a bowl too!

  • Whitney August 21, 2012, 11:56 am

    Why not run another marathon?! No better time than the present 🙂 Just started following the training plan for my third this week!

  • Joanna August 21, 2012, 12:07 pm

    double….unders 🙁 yick. I love how you said I was stupid back then, isn’t it funny to see how how eating and exercise habits change/progress. I am glad you went with the chicken this time! I am going to have to look more into this burpee onto a bumper plate thing.

  • Allison August 21, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I’m totally on board with you about the bowl thing. I love mixing everything together too!!

  • Donna August 21, 2012, 12:16 pm

    I make a great “shepherd’s pie” thing out of Thanksgiving leftovers with layers of vegis, turkey and gravy then topped with mashed potato. It freezes very well and makes a perfect meal when you are ready for turkey and all the fixins again.

  • IDK My BFF Jes August 21, 2012, 12:34 pm

    I’m def not an everything thing in a bowl kind of girl. I don’t like when my food touches (with a few exceptions). At Thanksgiving, I’ll usually only put one or two things on my plate at a time, working up from the non runny foods to the totally runny ones like broccoli & cheese, or mashed potatoes and syrup (my grandma makes the most delish pineapple & brownsugar that she cooks the ham in and then we eat it with the potatoes!). My mom thinks it’s weird…because it is.

    But there are things like chicken friend steak and mashed potatoes (gravy on the side) that I don’t mind touching because the flavors go so perfectly together.

    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:25 pm

      i think that all makes sense! the ham/pineapple/potato thing sounds yummy to me!

  • Jess August 21, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I think you look better than anyone I have ever seen who eats Paleo (or who doesn’t – can you tell I admire your figure a lot!)

    Eh, I like to separate my food. I’m really picky about it and hate things touching one another!

    I really hope all of your injuries sort themselves out and you can run another marathon. That’s what I like about you: you don’t let any form of exercise become exclusive. You have a balance of running, yoga, Pump, Crossfit without ever being culty.


    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:24 pm

      thank you so much jess! paleo is intimidating to me even though i see people eating that way every day. i just can’t go that far!

      …and i love my workout mix! i could never do one thing all the time!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes.com August 21, 2012, 1:44 pm

    I totally agree…candied pecans –> ah-mazing! Also, I lover everything in a bowl – all mixed together. 🙂

  • Heather August 21, 2012, 1:56 pm

    I don’t mind my food touching, as long as it’s not savory & sweet touching. I will never, ever be one of those people who can dip french fries in a frosty at Wendy’s and I can not understand salt on sweet things (I think I’m the only person on the planet who hates desserts sprinkled with sea salt).

    But. Stuff that goes together, I LOVE to mix it up. Chipotle burrito bowls are one of my favorite things ever, and I’ve recently started making them myself at home. So delicious.

    And I have the itch to run a marathon, which is hilarious since I’ve never run one before, and I’m only on week 5 of the c25k program. Someday though…

    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:23 pm

      i CANNOT do the fries and frosty thing although i do love salted chocolate/brownies/cookies etc. 😉

      the chipotle bowl was great and i definitely make stuff like it all the time at home. such an easy way to assemble a complete meal!

  • Sarah August 21, 2012, 2:18 pm

    I also didn’t eat enough lean protein and have made the switch to eating protein with every meal now and limiting carbs (I’m not paleo but I’ve cut out bread, sugar, and I don’t eat grains on a daily basis). I’ve noticed a difference in my body composition — have you noticed that you are putting on more muscle? I think you look great and I’m all for more protein! I also eat more healthy fats. Now I’m not hungry all the time. 🙂

    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:22 pm

      i haven’t really noticed a difference in putting on muscle but my body just feels better overall. i’ve done the same as you – reduced the amount of gluten/sugar/grains (without omitting it!) and increasing fruits, veggies and lean protein.

  • Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily August 21, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I really wish I liked summer, but it’s my most hated season. I’m more of a spring and fall kind of girl. Not too hot, not too cold 🙂

    I love to mix and match foods, the more I can layer the better!

  • Lisa August 21, 2012, 4:05 pm

    When I was a kid I was a total food separator and used to have to use like 4 different plates, because I refused to have anything touching. Now I love eating out of single bowls, probably because its a bunch of less dishes to clean:)
    That workout sounds intense, double unders kill me slightly…in a good way, of course.

    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:20 pm

      double unders are so hard. i have yet to master them. mine look like “single, single, double under, single, single, double under.”

  • Brittany August 21, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Now I’m a mix-it-in-a-bowl kind of gal, but growing up, NOTHING could touch each other. My mom even jokes that everyone else would have a plate and I’d have 4 bowls so that there was no chance of things touching!

    • Jen August 21, 2012, 5:19 pm

      haha – that’s so cute!

  • Trish August 21, 2012, 6:33 pm

    I HATE it that I cannot master the double under. when I was younger I was so tough! and I could do anything. stinks.

  • meredith August 21, 2012, 6:36 pm

    I absolutely eat everything possible in a bowl! Sometimes it dawns on me at dinner that every meal has been in bowl form. It is more fun in a bowl. Or even a mug – oatmeal, eggs, yogurt parfaits, desserts….

  • Amanda @flecksofgreen August 21, 2012, 6:39 pm

    That’s bc bowls are so handy!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 21, 2012, 7:01 pm

    I <3 bowls 🙂

  • Paige August 22, 2012, 8:45 am

    I’m all for throwing whatever sounds good in a bowl/mason jar, in a skillet, on top of a salad, etc. With a little creativity (and perhaps bravery), you can come up with some pretty amazing combinations. Plus, being a college student, I say the less clean-up, the better!

    Also, I really want some Chipotle now. Your burrito bowl (especially all that guac) looked amazing.

  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 23, 2012, 12:27 am

    Your salad looks delicious, salad bars are definitely my weakness!

  • Nicole August 24, 2012, 2:40 am

    Glad to know about the change in Y policy. I’m sure someone complained and now yoga classes are sub-par because teachers can’t assist. I might send an email–assisting is important for safety and progress.

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