Yesterday, in the email I sent out, I shared with you guys that one of the big lessons I took away from my 5-day fast was the need to sleep more.
This morning I got up at 6am as opposed to my normal 4:30.
I find my mind drifting to anxious thoughts about missed productivity but realistically, I’m more productive when I’m rested. So, sleep wins. I’ll adjust.
My goal is to stay really focused on work (I’m feeling quite behind) until I need to get ready for my workout around 11:30am.
I’m excited to start one of my newest books that just came in the mail – Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher. I haven’t started it yet, but this picture sums it up.
You guys know that one of the big reasons I moved is because I wanted to surround myself with people who work harder and are more motivated than I am – I love his 5×5 rule!
Maybe I’ll get started reading it this weekend. I’ll share my thoughts about it with you guys!
Today’s workout is 17.4 – the 4th workout of the CrossFit open. It’s a doozy but I’m REALLY excited about it after being away from the gym for the week of my fast. Here’s what it looks like.
13 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible of below in 13 minutes)
- 55 deadlifts (at 155 lbs)
- 55 wall balls (14 lb wall ball to 9 foot target)
- 55 cal row
- 55 handstand push-ups (scaled to regular push ups for me)
All I can say is: damn. That one was killer! My posterior chain will be feeling it tomorrow!
On the food front
I drank coffee all morning – I chose cold brew today – Chameleon brand.
Guys, I’m loving this smoothie! First, let me say that I really don’t like protein powders and I rarely drink them. However, I’m not a purist about anything and I’m happy to have a bit of it every once in a while to mix things up.
Plus, having a smoothie as I ease back into food after the fast seemed like a solid idea.
Here’s the full recipe – it’s not mine – but let me share how I modified it.
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 3 handfuls raw spinach
- 2 cups frozen cauliflower florets (frozen matters primary for the temperature – think of it as ice)
- 1 scoop Tera’s Grass Fed Organic Vanilla Whey Protein (I didn’t use the collagen type the recipe calls for because this is what I have on hand. It’s also rbgh free! Rbgh stands for recombinant bovine growth hormone). The recipe calls for 2 scoops but I prefer less. I don’t want that much protein in it.
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil (slightly more than recipe calls for)
- 1/4 tsp granulated stevia
- Sprinkle of unsweetened cacao nibs (I didn’t use the chocolate chips the recipe calls for)
When I posted this on Instagram the other day, I got lots of questions about how many servings it is.
Here’s the thing about servings: they totally depend on the big picture! You can’t determine an “appropriate” serving size for ANYTHING without understanding how much you’re eating at other meals, your activity level, what’s an improvement for you and activity level.
For me, I wouldn’t drink more than half of this at a time just because it’s so filling. Let’s get real though: for many people and compared to many food choices, this entire recipe would represent a massive improvement.
Let’s agree to look at the big picture instead of trying to define small answers!
I had half of it after my workout around 2pm (first meal of the day) and the rest has gone into the fridge. I’ll drink it tomorrow.
I’m heading out to dinner tonight and I’ve looked at the menu ahead of time to choose my meal.
I’ll be enjoying a spinach salad with avocado, pistachios and grilled chicken. I always opt for dressing on the side and make sure it’s an oil/vinegar based dressing.
I’m scheduling this post to publish before I’ll be home from dinner, but if anything changes, I’ll let you know.
One last thing! I’m hosting a live webinar on Thursday night, March 23rd at 8pm ET. I’ll be chatting about how to embrace forever fat loss, move away from the dieting mentality and I’ll be sharing lots of details about the spring Fat Loss Fast Track. If you want to join me, click here to register.