Day 14, 15, 16. Halfway Point!

Breakfast (8am-ish)- 2 chicken sausages from Whole Foods (clean ingredients, I should have taken a pic). Big scoop of canned pumpkin. Cup of decaf coffee. Cup of broth that wasn’t quite “brothy” enough – it had only been going since last night.

Lunch (11:30am) – a very small scoop of white rice and a not small scoop carnitas from Grocery with a large scoop of fresh pico de gallo. Cup of vanilla bean black tea.

2nd Lunch, WTF? (3:00pm) – working on .75 pounds of tuna from Grocery. For real. If this doesn’t fill me up I’m going to question all of my life’s decisions.

3:45pm – Finished the tuna. Seriously.


6pm – home to eat a bunch of sashimi and avocado. Oy.

Being real here guys, this is the hungriest I’ve been in awhile. Not craving/hangry, just legit hungry. What hath my coffee wrought? (what hath it been…wreaking?)

PS: in case you missed it, the total prize pot is $750, meaning $395 for each winner. That’s a LOT of (paleo) dough, and it’s all because you guys are part of a wonderfully supportive community. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as I am!


7 Responses to “Day 14, 15, 16. Halfway Point!”
  1. Melanie says:

    I’ve been slacking on posting info, so here it goes. I’m just sort of plugging along, all is good. I’ve been feeling amazing, sleeping great and getting a weird number of compliments that all surround the concept that I am currently “glowy”. Not sure what it’s all about, bone broth maybe? Nonetheless, it’s fun. Anyway, I continue with my broth and kombucha-drinking ways. In fact, I am planning to start brewing my own, because I spend way too much money on it, and I know I can make it myself for pennies. I was particularly proud of one even this past weekend. With a planned trip to the movies, I decided to bring snacks to avoid any sad-panda type feelings related to not eating popcorn. I made the much-touted toasted coconut flakes with sea salt and snacked on them during the movie with some kombucha I smuggled in. It was fairly ridiculous, but I was happy and didn’t feel deprived. I made some tonight to eat with my leftover soup made of baked sweet potato, broth and roasted garlic along with some fair food farmstand bacon and salad with olive oil and balsamic. It was an awesome dinner. Strongly recommend.

  2. heather says:

    So this is going to be a little bit long since I have been crazy busy. I’m starting to feel better, less tired, and definitely recovering faster from my workouts.

    Monday. 24 Sep 2012
    Breakfast was the usual, 2 eggs scrambled and half a link of Italian sausage.  Lunch was grilled chicken on a bed of spinach and dinner was pulled pork with cole slaw (cabbage, purple cabbage, cucumbers, and carrots dressed in apple cider vinegar and a little olive oil).  Had a protein shake after the noon session. 

    Tuesday. 25 Sep 2012
    Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with 2 slices of bacon and spinach. Lunch: grilled chicken and mashed sweet potatoes. Dinner: spaghetti squash with balls of meat and tomato sauce. Snacked on some dried fruit and raw almonds. 

    Wednesday. 26 Sep 2012
    Skipped breakfast (I know, so bad!), and had a late lunch after the noon session of 2 scrambled eggs and pulled pork. Protein shake. Dinner: ground beef tacos with peppers and onions topped with salsa and guacamole. Snacked on some nuts and dried unsweetened/unsulfured pineapple. 

    Thursday. 27 Sep 2012
    Worked my first double on the BCCC and it was definitely a challenge. Getting through 16 hours of work on one cup of coffee and one cup of tea was definitely a change. For breakfast I had a scrambled egg with some sausage. Lunch was leftover tacos with salsa and guac. A snack of some pulled pork and zucchini. And dinner was sausage with peppers and onions. 

    Friday. 28 Sep 2012
    Had a cup of coffee for breakfast since I was in a rush. Lunch was steak topped with crabmeat and a small salad. Dinner I had out (it was a rehearsal dinner) and was a salad and some broiled shrimp and a baked potato (best option on the menu. It was tough!).  I also had 2 glasses of Pinot grigio with dinner and a glass of Pinot noir as a night cap. 

    Saturday. 29 Sep 2012
    I was in a wedding with terrible food options all around me. I tried coming prepared and brought some nuts and dried fruit and turkey sticks with me. Which I ate for breakfast. Lunch was a few glasses of champagne. And dinner was a salad and steak and some veggies. Also I mistakenly ate a spoonful of raspberry sorbet. But i guess that happens when you consume too much alcohol. I think I had like 10 glasses of champagne and 2 glasses of red wine (resveratrol!). Not proud of that. But my best friend got married. So I had to celebrate! So far alcohol consumption has been my biggest weak point. Going to really try to cut back the next two weekends to finish out this challenge. Also, I danced my butt off which I’m hoping counteracts some of those empty calories I consumed. 

    Sunday. 30 Sep 2012
    Breakfast was pellegrino and scrambled eggs with bacon and sausage. Lunch was a piece of chicken and a baked sweet potato. Dinner I had out for my grandmothers birthday. Every dinner option at the restaurant  was fried or pasta so I convinced the waitress to bring me out some salmon with string beans and mashed sweet potatoes. 

    Monday. 01 Oct 2012
    Breakfast scrambled eggs and bacon. Lunch was butternut squash soup. And dinner was some pork, broccoli, and mashed sweets courtesy of Khanh. Snacked on some raw almonds and dried baby pineapple. 

  3. Luke L says:

    I just posted a 7 day update on my blog. I had been keeping track, just not updating online. if you want to read the whole thing.

    Here’s todays info with a brief reflection of the past week on the bottom.

    Breakfast – eggs topped with quacamole, nectarine, strawberries (only 3 to finish them up), coffee, and milk.

    Lunch – The rest of the steak and mushroom and onions from last night with some grilled asparagus, and coffee

    Dinner (post workout) – I put some meatballs in the crock pot with a jar of preservative free salsa (on a side note, I made my first trip to whole foods this weekend and found it much easier to find things with just whole food ingredients in them), and cut up some carrots, onions, and zucchini to throw in as well. I put this over the top of spaghetti squash and washed it down with milk. I had a pretty cool cooking moment today too when I was getting home I smelled a delicious scent in the air and then when I got to my door I realized that it was coming from my crock pot and not someone else’s apartment…which is not the norm.

    Workout: 7:30 Session, 8:30 Croga

    SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Foam Roll as needed, 3 minutes. Lax Ball Hip Flexors and Quads, 2 minutes each side.

    MOVEMENT PREP: THE BIG HIP WARM-UP: Take 30ft. and complete as pass of the following: 2 High Knee Passes, 2 Butt Kick Passes, 1 90/90 to Chest Pulls, 1 Toy Soldier, 1 Over the Fence/Under the Fence, 1 Duck Walk Pass, 1 Inchworm Pass, 2 High Skip Passes

    STRENGTH: Back Squat, 20 rep attempt. Did 235 lbs for the 20 reps.


    From the floor, complete: 100 Back Squat Reps for time using 75% of your 20 rep attempt. At the start of every minute, complete 5 burpees. There is a 10 minute cap on this workout.

    75% was 175 lbs, which was a pretty heavy weight to clean and put on my back by the end, but I completed 53 reps. This was a HARD workout.


    Probably my only hope for being able to walk tomorrow is that I went to croga. Definitely need more mobility in all the joints.

    7 day round up: I’m not really having cravings to bad at all right now. One day, some one at work brought it fresh, home made scones and I was able to pretty easily avoid them, when in the past I would have downed at least 2, if not more. I’m not really missing bread right now (although it is delicious) and I’m pretty pleased that I haven’t run off to buy some gluten free bread. One thing I’m hoping to prove to myself is that when I do need carbs that I can get them from sources with more nutrients than bread and sources that don’t encourage over eating like I do with bread (I have in the past in one sitting eaten a whole loaf of fresh baked bread). I am also trying to work on expanding my seasoning repetoire so that I can make the food I cook even more delicious, which should hopefully combat any desire I do have to just get something pre-seasoned that is full of preservatives or other things that aren’t in my plan. I have Practical Paleo now so that should be easier to do. I also have plans to expand my protein sources beyond eggs, pork, beef, and chicken as that is pretty much all I’ve been doing. The workouts have been going really great. I feel like I’m making really good strength gains and getting better at some of the skills.

    One thing I have been thinking about a little bit and would be interested in some info on is how to structure food consumption the day of, couple days before (? week before) a competition or performance. I’m specifically thinking about CrossFit Total on the 21st and what type of food I should consume when to maximize performance.

    • crossfitcentercity says:

      Luke –

      Three chills for wonderful crockpot smells. And we can definitely talk about fueling for performance, great idea!


  4. Khanh says:

    I’ve been slacking on my updates too. With all the cooking, noon sessions, and work, my blog has been severely neglected. But I’ll update it here because I haven’t really been taking pics of the things I’ve been eating, and some of the stuff I’ll just copy from Heather :)

    Thursday 9/27
    Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with sausage, peppers, onion, and tomatoes. 1 cup of coffee.

    Lunch: Some sausage, peppers and onions. Protein shake after noon session.

    Snack: Some grilled chicken thighs

    Dinner: More sausage, peppers and onions

    Friday 9/28
    Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with sausage, peppers, onion, and tomatoes. 1 cup of coffee.

    Lunch: A little coconut rice with grilled boneless skinless chicken thighs, and some kimchi

    Dinner: A delicious steak with some bacon smashed sweet potatoes. An avocado shake and some nuts

    I had my 78 mile bike ride so breakfast was an omelet with an avocado shake.

    Whenever I had a chance I would munch on some trail mix or dried fruits during the ride. I stayed away from the sugary drinks and granola bars that were offered.

    Lunch was a chicken breast with some BBQ sauce during the halfway mark.

    Dinner: At this point I was starving, I went to Cantina Los Caballitos. Ordered the pulled goat and had some rice and beans with it.

    Breakfast was teh same omelet with coffee

    Lunch was more grilled chicken with some coconut rice

    Dinner was grilled pork chops with broccoli and my new favorite bacon sweet potatoes.

    Omelet for breakfast and coffee

    Lunch was the left over pork chops with broccoli, and a protein shake

    Dinner was a good portion of grilled porn loin and some broccoli and bacon mash sweet potatoes.

  5. Jaclyn H. says:

    I have been keeping track of food, sleep, & exercise online here:

    In the second week, 3 things have stuck out:
    1. I have not been very hungry, and have eaten significantly less than normal since about Day 12.
    2. After getting better for a while, my sleep got worse over the past 4 days. I was really tired and went to bed at reasonable times (11-12, early for me), but still slept 12+ hours each day this weekend. Then, the migraine really threw things off yesterday and today :/
    3. I am really, really stressed right now between work and gearing up for a full month on the road and taking the LSAT Saturday. I do think that is having a major effect on my sleep and hunger, but I am proud that I am not eating ice cream by the pint (once my go-to solution).

  6. Mason says:

    The last few days have been pretty good for me, basically the same story as previous. I am starting to get a lot hungrier given the extra workout load. Despite eating what should be an insane volume of veggies and protein my body still thinks it is hungry…. Might try upping my fat intake slightly to see if that helps, but it may just be unavoidable due to the ~1000 kcal deficit I’ve been trying to hit.

    Sunday 9/30:
    — Egg and spinach omelette with salad for a late brunch
    — Turkey slices
    — Canned tuna plus some olive oil mayo
    — Leftover BBQ chicken from the night before (special recipe without sugary sauce)
    — Carrot, onion, leek soup with beef broth

    Monday 10/1:
    Went to 8am crossfit session and did a whole lot of squatting, which explains the added food for today.

    — Banana before crossfit
    — BCAAs during session
    — Whey protein with water post-session
    — Eggs and chicken sausage (the good stuff from WF)
    — Salad from Pure Fare with lots of veggies, chicken and a few sweet potato cubes
    — Almonds and turkey slices for snack
    — Shredded beef and chicken with salsa and salad for dinner

    Got some buffalo meat and a few other goodies that I’m planning to cook up in the crockpot. Will see how my time works out, I may just end up sauteing something…. That’s all for now ;-)

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