Happy Monday everyone! It’s the start of another new week and I’m here with another tasty recipe. But first let’s have a little recap. As I mentioned in my last post, I went to a going away party for one of my friends this weekend and of course spent some time with Dad (and Grandpa) on Father’s Day. First off, we saw Wonder Woman and it was freaking awesome. I really wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. So far, I’ve been a bigger fan of the Marvel movies with not as much interest in the DC stuff but this movie really changed my tune. I now know why everyone is obsessed with Gal Gadot. She really kicked some ass! I also found out that Brooke Ence (a fairly famous CrossFit athlete) was also cast as an extra in the movie. How cool is that? It was so awesome to see so many kick ass women in this movie. One of my favorite part of going to the theater (or watching any movie) are the previews! I hate getting to a movie late and always insist on being on time so I can watch the previews. I was not disappointed this time! Justice League looks awesome. Charlize Theron plays a kickass woman in Atomic Blonde. I wasn’t sure I wanted to see this but after watching the preview again, it definitely looks good! Do you guys enjoy going to the movies? I used to go A LOT but have definitely reigned it in since movie prices have skyrocketed over the years.
Of course, you know I worked out this weekend. I mentioned the track intervals I had coming in my last post so here’s what that looked like, some accessory work and what I did on Sunday.
Track Workout (courtesy Aerobic Capacity)
4x600m 3:15 Rest 3 minutes between efforts
Rest 5 minutes
4x300m 1:31 Rest 3 minutes between efforts
Rest 5 minutes
4x500m 2:35 Rest 3 minutes between efforts
Rest 5 minutes
4×200 00:57 Rest 3 minutes between efforts
Accessory work (from Z)
4×10 sets of 10 barbell front raises, 10 barbell high pulls, 10 dumbbell rear delt flys, 10 dumbbell side laterals
12-12-10-10-8 Alternating bicep curls with a twist
12-12-10-10-8 Hammer curls
Gymnastics Work (courtesy LaChance Fit Gymnastics Programming)
10 sets of 1 weighted jumping muscle up + 1-2 strict dips
2 sets of 5 ring hollow/arch swings
10 single hips to rings
Metcon (Courtesy Built by Bergeron)
30 calorie row
30 box jump overs 24/20
30 power snatches 75/55
30 toes to bar
30 power snatches
30 box jump overs
30 calorie row
Saturday was actually fun. I typically dislike running but my friend and I met at the track, got some sun and got to catch up between efforts! It’s amazing what a good workout partner can do for you! Sunday was fun too. I’ve started to love my gymnastics work and that chipper was a killer! One thing I’ve thought about lately (thanks to the Chasing Excellence podcast again), is training versus competing. I know when I first got into CrossFit and was moving well enough that I wanted to beat everyone (or at least the other girls at the gym). I wanted to be the best at every workout, all the time. That feeling has lasted over the years and it hasn’t really been until the last year and half or so that I realized how detrimental this can be. As much as I love working out, it is another form of stress in my life. Stress that I absolutely love but my body doesn’t know the difference between this stress vs work stress vs any other kind of stress. It still responds the same and if you overload it, there will be consequences. Therefore, I’ve really started to take a step back and re-evaluate how I’m training each day. Winning workouts is fun in the moment but focusing on the quality of movement has huge payouts later. As I’ve become more competitive and more interested in competing on a higher level, I’ve started to learn the difference between training and competing. Training isn’t about beating Joe Schmo next to you on a random Wednesday night at the gym. Training is about moving well and really learning something from your workout. Instead of doing power snatches with terrible form just to beat the person next you, you may be going a little slower working on keeping your form right so that each time you do that movement in the next workout, you’re going to move just a little bit better. And maybe next time you’ll be a little bit faster. Besides learning to redefine how I see each workout, I’ve learned to focus a lot more on recovery too. Learning the difference between NEEDING a rest day and WANTING a rest day has been crucial. Like I mentioned above, consistently stressing your body out will come with consequences so being able to tune in and know when you need to have a rest day, or a lower impact day is so important. Trust me, it will ultimately benefit you in the end! As Candice and I talked about on our most recent podcast, changing any habit can be difficult but if it’s worth it and important to you, you will find a way.
Alright now lemme tell you about this mango fried rice. First off, frozen cauliflower rice is a LIFE SAVER. I couldn’t find it for the longest time but finally got my hands on some. I cannot tell you how much I HATE cutting up cauliflower. It smells terrible and it gets EVERYWHERE. I’m constantly finding little pieces of cauliflower all over my floor. Not anymore, frozen cauliflower rice to the rescue! If mango isn’t your thing (or you’re not sure how to cut one up), you can easily substitute in some pineapple! It will be equally as delicious, promise! This dish can be enjoyed by itself if you’re looking to try out some meatless options but can easily be paired with some crispy chicken thighs or you can even add in some pulled chicken! No matter how to decide to enjoy your mango fried rice, I promise it’ll be a tasty hit!
- 1 mango, diced
- 1.5 bags of cauliflower rice (or 1 large head of cauliflower, riced)
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ large red pepper, diced
- 1 cup frozen carrots
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp Coconut aminos
- 1 tsp Fish sauce
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1.5 tsp nutmeg
- Pre heat over to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Toss cauliflower in butter with salt and pepper. Spread the cauliflower out on the baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes until is it slightly browned but not burnt. When cooked, set aside.
- Add sesame oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Toss in onions and cook until translucent, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add in peas, carrots and pepper. Cook until veggies have softened, about 10 minutes.
- Take cauliflower rice and fold it into pan with cooked veggies. Add in the spices and toss until rice and veggies are evenly coated.
- Next, add in coconut aminos and fish sauce. Toss to evenly coat.
- Finally, turn off heat and add in diced mango. Toss with rice to evenly distribute. Top with your favorite herbs (cilantro, basil, green onions..) and enjoy right away!
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