This past weekend I went to the CrossFit Regionals in Albany, New York. In addition to being incredibly inspired by the commitment, determination & fitness of the athletes, I discovered a few new-to-me fat loss friendly food items!

Most of the vendors were for supplements and fitness gear, but there were a few food & drink vendors I was excited to see.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Zevia – they make stevia-flavored soda. Stevia is a naturally occurring non-nutritive sweetener and their soda is pretty good. They were on the concourse with 2 new product lines I’m incredibly excited about: a zero-calorie energy drink and sparkling water!

I tried the energy drink (120 mg caffeine, zero calories, lightly sweetened with stevia) and it was so good. Actually, I tried 3 of the 4 flavors: mango/ginger, grapefruit & raspberry/lime. (Ssssh, don’t tell. It was supposed to be 1 per attendee but I went back both days and had 2 on Sunday! Hey, I’m blogging about it so maybe I get a pass for my greediness.)

While they aren’t yet in any stores near me, they are sold on amazon! Plus, free shipping with Amazon Prime! You’d better believe I’ve already placed my order.

I didn’t manage to get a sample of the sparkling water, but I’m a huge fan of La Croix so I’ve also ordered a variety pack to see if I like this as much or better than La Croix. The sparkling water is also on Amazon.

The other thing I was psyched to find was a beef jerky company that doesn’t add sugar to their meat! So major!

Beef jerky can be a fat loss friendly and super convenient snack food, but almost every brand adds at least a small amount of sugar.

Naked Cow doesn’t! In fairness, they do add a small amount to their honey flavor, but their smoke & fire flavors have zero sugar and zero carbs. Plus, their beef comes from grass fed cows!

Double win!

But wait! There’s more! It’s also available on Amazon!

Warning: the fire flavor was a little spicy for me but I absolutely love the smoke flavor. I bought 5 bags 🙂

Before I went I told myself I wouldn’t buy more than 2 shirts and I’m proud to say I only bought one. It’s pretty sweet!

All in all, it was a great weekend. I worked out in my hotel room both days, explored the city, watched a great event and yet woke up unmotivated this morning.

#sadtrombone

Haha. Totally serious. I didn’t want to get up, I didn’t feel like working and I definitely didn’t feel like going to the gym.

But I did get up. I did get to work and I did go to the gym.

I didn’t, however, workout with the early session.

When I felt the strong urge to skip my workout I just said, “You don’t have to decide now. You don’t have to have a plan now, just do the next right thing.

I dove into my work, worked through the early workout and within a few hours, I had gotten through enough work to begin to feel more motivated.

Sometimes it’s not about doing the perfect thing or even the planned thing but doing the next right thing you’re able and willing to do.

After that, I thought about what would make me feel my best and I headed to the gym. It was a tough workout but a great one.


“Graceful Cindy”
3 Rounds of “Cindy”
12 Clean & Jerks (115/80)
2 Rounds of “Cindy”
9 Clean & Jerks (115/80)
1 Round of “Cindy”
6 Clean & Jerks (115/80)

Here’s what 1 round of Cindy is:

5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

So yeah, lots of body weight work today & a little bit of strength.

On the food front:

I had two bottles of Picnik’s butter coffee before my 12:30p workout.

Today was Paleo Power Meal delivery day so I’m pumped for some great food this week!

After the workout I had 4 grilled chicken strips with honey mustard and two handfuls of Paleonola (grain free granola, original flavor).

For dinner, I had spaghetti squash & meat sauce from Paleo Power Meals.

Here’s to making the rest of your day the best of your day!

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