Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Death by Brussel Sprout


 jIH pe' SoH
(translation: I'll cut you!)
This is a story about how DTM almost got gutted by yours truly. And brussel sprouts.

First off, let me just say it was a normal day in our household. We came home from work, DTM was going to do a workout with his BFF, the 45 pound KettleBell (which needs a name, ps. Post suggestions to comments, please!), and I was going to start making dinner. We decided to have fish and brussel sprouts. Since this meal is eaten almost 50% of the time by us, I am really proficient at cutting them up and preparing them. We use a recipe in the Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson with Jennifer Meier. It involves roasting the sprouts with some butter. Totally yum.

DTM had picked up some of these delicious delicacies at our local Wegman's, his absolute favorite place on earth (he may tell you differently, but it's all lies!). They were HUGE. I have never seen bigger brussel sprouts in my life (I was going to shorten them to BS but then thought better of it). Here, let me show you:

So at what point are they just called "cabbage?"
I KNOW! I decided to gut these Hulk Sprouts right quick before they started getting all angry and I knew I wouldn't like them when they were angry. I was doing my thing, listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the 187th time, when all of a sudden I see a movement out of the corner of my eye. I turn around, startled, to see what it was and DTM is SILENTLY standing there all stalker like, just watching me, grinning like a fool. I had a giant knife in my hand and he is SO lucky I ONLY screamed a little and didn't slash and stab! Never, ever, EVER sneak up on a girl wielding a knife. It could end poorly for you! I may or may not have said "If you do that again, I'll CUT YOU!" He laughed like a maniac and scampered away. ::Rolls eyes:: Boys!

Other than that, the brussel sprouts and fish were pretty good. We have been coating our fish (tilapia) in taco seasoning just because it is pretty tasty. I like it, anyway. That's good since we eat a whole school of tilapia every week!

On the whole I have taken a couple rest days. I am sore and pretty beat up from the last few workouts and I sat yesterday out. When I had trouble getting out of bed this morning, not because I was tired but just because I was sore, I decided to take today off too. Me doing this willingly is a sign I needed some rest. I will be back at it tomorrow, though! 

And seriously, do yourself a favor and go get the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. Everything we have made from it is easy and delicious! Even brussel sprouts.

Oh, did I scare you with that Klingon picture? Let me make it up to you.

Brussel sprouts? Make it so!
Captain Picard! ::swoon::

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Just Felt Like Running...

Momma always said stupid is as stupid does.
I ran a 5k on Saturday. Not just ANY 5k. It was the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 5k in Reston, VA. I was also part of a team of amazing girls from Crossfit Tyson's Corner. Kari, gym owner and red head extraordinaire, suggested we create a team to help raise some funds for this coalition. She has been a part of this race for the last few years with her friend Lisa, who lost her mother to this terrible disease. One of the worst things about ovarian cancer is that it is a sneaky, sneaky cancer. Many times it isn't caught until it is too late. All the money raised for this event goes straight to ovarian cancer research. That is something I can get behind!

So we made a team and ran a race that was painful, but not as painful as what those families touched by this cancer have to go through. And not to be all melodramatic or anything, but that thought is probably what kept me going. I hate running. Hate it. Not one ounce of my body likes to run. I have run in other races, but stopped after awhile because I figured out that paying money to participate in something I hate really didn't make very much sense. This was a little different, however. Not only were we supporting a great cause, but we were part of a team, and that was what is super cool. Here we are in all of our finish line glory:

Glorious!

A pretty good turnout! If you haven't noticed, there are no men present. ::ahem, way to go guys:: I feel like our resident chef and food superstar Robin summed it up nicely (as we met up with her afterward at her market):

"If they aren't runnin' for our ovaries, we aren't runnin' for their prostates."

I laughed!

Anyway, my goal was to finished in under 30 minutes without stopping. I was a little nervous because my back had given me problems the entire week. We were visiting DTM's mom and I thought maybe it was because I wasn't sleeping in my own bed (though her guest bed is SUPER comfortable). I could hardly run 800m the whole week. Thankfully, I finished the 5k it in 29:21, though my back did not fare well. I woke up Sunday and it took me a good 30 minutes to get out of bed because of it. Neat. It is feeling better today!

Also, I did a workout yesterday at Open Gym that was awesome.

Sunday, May 15


For Time:
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Push Press (75/45)
3-6-9-12-15-18-21 Push Ups

You alternate between Push Press and Push Ups, so the first "round" is 21 Push Press, 3 Push Ups and the last "round" is 3 Push Press and 21 Push Ups.

I use 55# for the Push Press and attempted to do all true Push Ups. The last few Push Ups were UGLY. But, I finished in 10:20. I would LOVE to do this one again, even though I have t-rex arms today because of it. ::rawr::