Back in the Saddle

So here I am, nearly 7 months since my last post. Since my last challenge I’ve made the transition to Olympic lifting exclusively. I’ve weathered a shoulder injury that just won’t go away, and I’ve definitely let my eating habits get the best of me. So this is where I find myself, stronger than I’ve ever been in my life but much heavier than I want to be.

I would like to be lifting at 69 kg. At the moment I’m much closer to 75 (official weigh in tomorrow) and definitely don’t feel that is a weight that my body should be at on the regular.

I’ve never eaten specifically to lose weight before, so I’m definitely nervous about this process. I also want to maintain (and gain!) strength in an effort to qualify for collegiate nationals in April (whether I’ll be able to go is up in the air but I would like to have the option). I’m going to be working with Greg this time around, who has a lot more practice in helping athletes reach specific body goals.

I know it’s going to be hard. I’m about to start my last semester of graduate school, and school stress has definitely been my eating downfall in the past. But I’m committed enough to my end goal to make it through.

So here we go. I don’t have an official eating plan yet (again..coming tomorrow) but I’ve been dialing in my eating in the last couple of days to get rolling. Sugar cravings? Yep! From my past challenges I know that’ll be about a week or so. Guh. Oh well….

Today went:

7.5 hours of not great sleep…was super restless

9-12:30 trained…snatch doubles, snatch rdls, power cleans, relearning to jerk!

9:30 nursed a cup of coffee while I trained

1:00 3 eggs cooked in FFF butter with 1/4 avocado and salsa; kale cooked in butter and lemon; 1 small sweet potato…soooo hungryyyy

1:30 1/2 cup of coffee while working at good karma

4:00 20 or so almonds

8:30 kale and cherry tomatoes with about 2 TBS dressing (evoo, tahini, lemon); 3 bowls fresh made manhattan clam chowder (carrot, pepper, onion, swt pot, parsnip, onion, celery, tomatoes, clams, veg stock, spiiiiices)…I was feeling ambition and it was cold out so I made a big old batch of soup. Was also starving by the time it was done so I nommed a fair amount of that sucker. Lunch for days!

Now it’s 1045 and I’m curled up watching top chef before bed. WANT EVERYTHING…

And it’s on….



945a: 1/2 banana slices frozen

10a: TRAIN 15 min Team AMRAP Double Unders, 16kg Rus KBS, 16 KG Goblet Squat; 5 x 3 Front Squat

1115a: Handful Pistachios

1p: 2 scrambled eggs w/ mushrooms + broccoli + salsa; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

130p: Protein Shake: 1/2 frozen banana, 1 T almond butter; 1/2 can coconut milk, 1.5 c almond milk, 1T cocoa powder, 1 scoop brown rice protein

5p: Iced Herbal Tea

745p: Out to Dinner: Shared Apps: Seared Brussel Sprouts, Grilled Baby Artichokes, Roasted Beets; Dinner: Poached Sole w/Onions, Sage, Capers; Green Beans


Ate a few frozen banana slices on my way into the gym Sunday morning.  Training was 15 min of my 3 person team cycling through double unders, KBS and Goblet squats (the last two were shoulder subs for me).  Since I was the only one on my team with double unders I spent the majority of my time doing that…not too terrible since I need the practice anyway.  Has made for some soooore calves a day after though.

Ran to RTM to pick up a couple of things after the gym and was super hungry so I grabbed some unsalted pistachios to much on.  An indulgence but delicious. When the challenge is over they will be paired with a little dark chocolate…mmnommm

Came home and made food.  After my regular scrambled eggs I was still hungry…and surprisingly having a little sweet tooth I made a protein smoothie with a little bit of almond butter and cocoa powder in it.  I actually couldn’t finish the whole thing I was starting to feel like I had eaten too much.

Met up with my best friend from college who was in town for the day (her birthday!) and walked around Old City doing some shopping.  Grabbed an Iced tea for these events.

Ok so I know its final week focus time, but I couldn’t say no to birthday dinner at Audrey Claire for a one night only visit.  I tried to eat as clean as possible.  A bunch of different small veggie appetizers to start shared with everyone and then Poached Sole with yummy spices and a side of green beans.  It also came with a (not on the menu) side of Israeli couscous that I dutifully ignored.  Also didn’t share in any of the 47 (exaggeration) bottles of BYO wine that were brought or the shared Lava Cake (!) that came out with customary birthday candle.  The last one was a little bit of torture but I lived.

Late to bed early to rise for hybrid



945a: Protein Smoothie: 1 banana, 1/2 c blueberries, 1.5 c almond milk, 2 T Hemp Hearts, 1 scoop brown rice protein

10a: TRAIN: Intro to Oly

12p: BCAAs + Coconut Water

1p: 2 eggs scrambled w/ 1/4 avocado; 1 swt pot baked into chips

530p: 1 small cuke + a few slices red pepper w/hummus

6p: Spagetti Squash w/ tomato sauce + 3/4 c tempeh; kale cooked w/ garlic, lemon, butter

10p: Couple slices of banana

Guzzled (yep) a protein smoothie on my way to intro in the morning where I was cleared to do a little overhead work!  Snatched some light weight triples and did a couple jerks before the shoulder started to get sore.  Still a success though!

Came home and made quick food before a field trip out to Delaware County for a field trip to one of the potential sites for my internship, the Lazaretto.  It served as a quarentine station for people and cargo coming into Philly, shut down about 100 years ago.  Really really cool place.

After driving home I planned on roasting the spagetti squash I got earlier this week.  When I put it in and realized how long it had to cook I was pretttttty starving and snacked on some veggies and hummus.  Cooked up some tomato sauce and tempeh…using chopped tempeh like ground meat in tomato sauce may be my favorite.  Threw that on top of the spagetti squash and had a pile of lemony kale on the side.

Hung around my apartment on Saturday night, cleaning my kitchen and such. As I was slicing some bananas (which I first types as bandanas… awesome) to freeze for smoothies I mayyy have snacked on a few slices.

I actually got really zoned into cleaning (sometimes these things happen) and went to bed later than I had planned..around 1230.  Went to bed debating whether to go in Sunday morning or whether a rest day is in order…we’ll see….

730a: 2 eggs scrambled

8a: TRAIN: Deadlift PR(!!!) @ 240; Fake Fran (Front Squats + Thrusters) Time: 4:13

9a: BCAAs + Coconut Water

10a: 2 Eggs w/ broccoli + 1/4 avocado; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

1130a: Iced Coffee w/ Almond Milk

3p: 1 Ginger Kombucha; Protein Smoothie: Frozen Blueberries, 1/4 can coconut milk, 2 c almond milk, 1 scoop brown rice protein

330p: TRAIN: Hybrid

630p: BCAAs+Coconut Water

745p: Broccoli w/ Hummus; Red Lentils Cooked in Coconut Milk + Veggie Stock w/Onion, Turmeric, Curry, Garam Masala, Cumin

Woke up and had 2 eggs before heading in to train.  I normally wouldn’t eat that much before a normal session but I knew I wanted to lift heavy and try to PR my deadlift (success!!) so I figured a little more protein wasn’t a terrible idea.

After training came back and basically did breakfast round 2 before heading to a coffee shop to work/get back on the apartment hunt.  I wasn’t super hungry again before hybrid, and it was early enough today that I didn’t wanna get a whole extra meal in first.  I had a ginger kombucha (which I drank over the course of the Oly session too) and a Protein smoothie to get a little more fuel in my system.

Came home and snacked on some broccoli and hummus while I quickly cooked up some lentils that I ate on my walk (in the rain) to head over to a concert in a yoga studio (?) in West Philly.  Home by midnight and off to sleep before morning Oly.

830a: 2 eggs scrambled w/broccoli, 1/4 avocado, olives, salsa

930a: Iced Coffee w/almond milk

1230p: Lettuce Wraps w/hummus, tomato, mustard, tempeh in red leaf lettuce; 1 sweet potato baked into chips; Leftover 1/2 kombucha

5p: 1 cup herb tofu, red pepper, kale all cooked with garlic+lemon

530p: TRAIN: Hybrid: Snatch pulls x 3; Clean 80-90% x 1; Front Squat 80-90% x 1; 3 x 10 ring rows; 3 sets dead hang pull ups (1,1,2)

9p: Protein Smoothie: 3/4 c blueberries, 1/2 can coconut milk, 1.5c almond milk, 1 scoop brown rice protein powder


everything i ate yesterday was so good i just ate the same things all over again today.  Overkill? Maybe….Delicious? Absolutley

I started plotting my day out hour by hour on my google calander so  I make sure I’m getting as much internship stuff done as possible.

In the AM I did breakfast and picked up coffee before heading in to clean out my studio space (adios gradschool year 1!)..came home and made meal #2 before heading to the archives of the city historical commission for a few hours of research…came home and did meal #3 before hybrid…which went wellll. Andddd I strung together two dead hang pullups for the first time (!!)

Came home and wasnt hungry for a while, then was suddenly feeling FAMISHED.  Put back my protein smoothie, planned my schedule for the next day…went to sleeeeep



9am: 2 eggs scrambled w/broccoli, olives, salsa; 1 plantain cooked in butter w/ cinnamon

1pm: 2 lettuce wraps: 3/4 cup tempeh cooked w/butter+garlic, hummus, tomato, whole grain mustard, wrapped in red leaf lettuce; 1 sweet potato cooked into chips

130pm: 2 glasses iced green tea

6pm: Kale, Red pepper, 1/2 cup herb tofu cooked w/ butter+garlic+lemon

730pm: TRAIN: Strict CTB Pull Up to MiniBand; 50 Double Unders, 40 AM KBS (1.5 pood), 30 Air Squats, 20 Ring Rows, 1 min handstand hold: TIME: 5:45…+ 150 Double Unders

830pm: BCAAs + Coconut Water

9pm: Protein Smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 c blueberries, 1/4 can coconut milk, 1.5 c almond milk, 1 scoop brown rice protein

Today was a day to get back on track.  Woke up early with hopes of getting off the waitlist for hybrid…no such luck.  Dozed for a bit before making breakfast.

Worked in the apartment for a while before lunch…lettuce wrapppppps.  I made a few of these in RI while everyone else was making sandwiches and now im hooked.

Went to Good Karma to do internship stuff for the afternoon and nursed a couple of iced teas.  Came home to eat a smallish third meal before going in to train.  Lesson: I will seriously cook anything in garlic and lemon and devour it.

Headed to the gym for my last week check-in with Meghan.  While the cheats over the weekend weren’t ideal (obviously)…this last week is going to be about really tightening up my plans and zoning in on the goals…no alcohol, maybe cutting back a little on fat, and being really strict about sugar.  Thinking a bit about after the challenge too and what changes I might want to make to what I’ve been doing.  Pretty much going to stay the same…maybe work a small amount of dairy back in (greek yogurt, and tiny bit of cheese for flavor), maybe some beer and whiskey (haha obviously not all the time), and some of these as the weather gets hothothot.

Was able to do some CTB pullups without my shoulder hurting which was good.  Modified the workout and it went super-fast so I did another 150 double unders as a buy out.

Came home to make my protein smoothie and brought it to the park by my apartment where the worlds most adorable concert of old men playing big band was going on.  It was a beautiful night out so it was the perfect way to end the day.

Came home and watched Dawson’s Creek on Netflix (hooray!) and went to bedddd.


7a-12p: Protein Shake: Almond Milk; Iced Coffee: 1 scoop brown rice Protein Powder

2p: 2 eggs scrambled w/ avocado, olives, salsa; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

330p: 1/2 bottle blueberry ginger kombucha

430p: TRAIN: 1 Arm Press Up to 33 lbs.; 6x 60 yds sprint (Best 17 sec.)

530p: TRAIN Hybrid: Single Arm OHS  x 3 (35 lbs); Single Arm Push Press x 4 (40 lbs); Back Squat Up x 3 (133 lbs.); Bent over Row x 3 (93 lbs.)

6p: Leftover Lentils w/ Spinach, Sweet Potato; Rhubarb; Spices

730p: BCAAs + Coconut Water

830p: 1 small cuke w/ hummus; Protein Smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 c frozen blueberries, 1/4 can coconut milk, 1.5 c almond milk; 1 scoop brown rice protein powder


Train ride home from RI…All I had packed was a protein shake, which I nursed for the majority of the trip.  Came home and made eggs and sweet potato.

Afternoon of back home errands: RTM, Whole Foods etc.  Picked up a kombucha that I had about half of before Training at 4:30.  I knew I would be hungry during hybrid…not enough time for other food before… so after the regular session right as hyrbid was starting I ate the leftover lentils from last night.  Definitely wouldn’t have made it through the session without it.

Did BCAAs and coconut water before I left the gym.

When I got home I did a Protein shake. I know that should have been it for the night, but I was still feeling pretty hungry and hadn’t eaten that much today.  Munched on a small cuke with some hummus.  Bed now!

Wayyy behind

After a longlong weekend in RI..some successes and some setbacks. Spent a lot of time outside playing with all the munchkins…on the beach and in the yard.  Lots of big family meals, tried to make as much work as possible


830a: 2 hardboiled eggs; Iced Coffee w/ almond milk

915: TRAIN 30:00 Every min on min 5 Ring Rows; 10 Russian KBS (16kg); 15 Air Squats…Got to 16 min before clocking out…Kept going to 30:00 min

1015a: BCAAs

11a: 2 eggs scrambled w/ spinach + 1/4 avocado; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

2p: Spagetti Squash w/ Tomato Sauce + Tempeh; Kale Sauteed w/ butter, Lemon, Garlic

530p: Cukes w/ guacamole; salsa; hummus

730p: lobsterrrrrr! ; Serving of ratatouille (tomato; zucchini; eggplant); 1 NorCal Margarita


8a: Iced Coffee w/ Almond Milk

9a: Protein Smoothie: 1/2 banana; handful frozen blueberries; Brown Rice Protein; 1/4 can coconut milk; 1 cup almond milk; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

1230p: Spagetti Squash w/ tomato sauce + tempeh; Lettuce wrap: hummus, tomato, hardboiled egg, mustard; Celery w/ hummus

530p: Norcal margarita; 1 glass red wine

645p: 2 braised leeks w/balsamic reduction; chicpea, artichoke, red pepper, tomato, zucchini salad w/ lemon, olive oil + a little feta; roasted sweet potatoes w/ shallots

8p: Campfiiire: 1 banana w/ dark chocolate+coconut butter cooked on the fire


830am: Iced Coffee w/ Almond Milk

9 am: TRAIN: 15 Min AMRAP 5 Hollow Rocks; 10 Box Jumps; 10 Air Squats

10am: 2 Eggs scrambled w/ 1/4 avocado + Salsa

1p: bahhhh i cant remember what i ate sorrymeghan!

630p: Lentils w/ Sweet Potato, Spinach, Rhubarb, Spices; Grilled Asparagus; Tomato + Mozzarella

830p: Cheatcheatcheat: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble w/Homemade Orange Sherbet


930a: Protein Smoothie: 1/2 Banana; Frozen Blueberries; Brown Rice Protein; Almond Milk

10a: Iced Coffee w/ Almond Milk

1p: 4 Lettuce Wraps: 2 w/ hummus, tomato, tempeh, mustard; 2 3/ hummus, tomato, hardboiled egg; mustard; Leftover lentil salad

6p: Piece of grilled swordfish; 3 Roasted beets; Green Beans w/ butter + Pecans

8p: 2 squares dark chocolate

A bunch of pictures..nottttt everything though

All the eggggsss

9a: 2 sun-dried tomato and zucchini egg muffins; 1 plantain cooked in coconut oil w/cinnamon

2p: 1.5 c tempeh marinated in lemon juice, soy sauce, liquid smoke, coconut vinegar; 1 c kimchee

330p: Protein Shake: 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 c frozen blueberries, 1/4 c frozen mango, 1 scoop brown rice protein, 2 c seltzer

4p: 1 sun-dried tomato and zucchini egg muffin

730p: 4 sun-dried tomato and zucchini egg muffins; 1.5 c sauteed lemon garlic zucchini


Woke up to do hybrid and the shoulder was not feelin so hot.  Considering the programming was mostly jerks and push-presses, I figured a day off it altogether wasn’t a terrible idea…back to sleep!


When I got up I chowed 2 egg muffins that I had made the night before and 1 plantain cooked in oil with cinnamon.  It was a bit underripe, but still tasty.  I had thought I might try to make it to the noon before my train out but I wound up having a lot of stuff to do around the apartment before I left..and considering the WOD was just cleans, figured some more shoulder rest might not be a terrible idea.

Was pretty starving by 2, and marinated and cooked up some tempeh along with a bunch of kimchee.

Drank a protein shake in the cab on the way to the train…way more liquid-based today than the day before, avoiding the oatmeal texture from the day before.

I got to the train station late and missed my 4pm train, wound up having to wait for a 6 pm one.  Was feeling pretty hungry/defeated and munched on one more of the egg muffins I had brought for dinner.

Ok…I may have gone overboard on the egg muffins today. In being really excited that I had prepped a bunch for my train ride….i..ate…all..of…them

Bad? I’m not sure? I also ate about half of the pictured sauteed zucchini from the night before.

I packed an entire bag of cooking supplies for the weekend.  I’m thinking I’m gonna be as strict as possible (making most of my own food) with maybe a couple slight suggestions.  Sandwiches? Pasta? Doubt it….Maybe a littttle bit of a paleo/fruit-based desert? Honestly…it might happen….

Wish me luck…

7 hrs. sleep

7:30a 1 tomato leek egg muffin; 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

8a: TRAIN: 3 x Run the Ludlow Loop, 21 Russian Kettlebell Swings (1 pood), 12 Box Jumps: TIME: 8:42

9a; TRAIN: Hybrid.  Snatch pulls up to 3 x 93lb; Clean up to 108 lb.; 5 x 3 ring rows

10a: Coconut Water

1120a: BCAAs

1p: 2 eggs scrambled w/black olives, 1/4 avocado, salsa; 1 sweet potato baked into chips

330p: Protein smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 1 T Coconut butter, 1 scoop brown rice protein powder, 3T Hemp hearts, 1 T Flax Meal, Cinnamon, 1/2 can coconut milk, big glug coconut water

4p: 16 oz. iced coffee w/splash of almond milk

7:15p: 1.5 c tempeh w/ tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, veggie broth; yellow+green zucchini sauteed w/ butter, lemon, garlic; big old pile of kale chips

930p: 3 T coconut butter; 3/4 c frozen blueberries


AM metcon followed by AM hybrid.  Was/am verrry leg + glute sore, but went away when i started working out. Shoulder is still problematic, so  modifying all around.  I ate my last egg muffin and some frozen blueberries on the walk in to the gym.  In the middle of hybrid i got kinda hungry so I drank the coconut water I had brought for after the workout.  Got close to the same PR from yesterday on the clean, but missed it 3 times and my shoulder was starting to be a problem…doneeee

When I got home I actually wasn’t very hungry yet.  Hung around for a while until I did get hungry at 1ish.  Standard eggs, veggies and sweet potato. Got some more stuff done around the house for a while, then made a protein smoothie to bring to Good Karma to keep working.  Might need to scale back the powdery/mea-y stuff in the shakes or add some more liquid next time…it was a tadddd like drinking oatmeal.  Downed that and an iced coffee w/almond milk while I got work done.

Came home and made food quickly before heading over to see one more apartment (we may have a winnerrrr!).  Heading out of town for a few days tomorrow night so I’m trying to use up all the produce in my fridge before I head out andddd make a bunch of stuff to bring on the 5 hour train ride up to RI tomorrow….funfun.  Had a bunch of tempeh w/ fresh tomatoes+tomato paste w/ veggie broth (was out of tomato sauce). Sauteed up a big bag of dollar zucchini from Iovine…most of which I saved for the train ride, and finished off my bunch of kale for the week into kale chips that I promptly devoured.

After I got back from the apartment showing I was still a tad hungry, and snacked on a couple of tablespoons of coconut butter and about 3/4 of a cup of frozen blueberries.

Made a new batch of egg muffins for tomorrow before hybrid and the train, and now I’m off start one last load in the dryer and sleeeeeeep.


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