I was able to sleep in on Thursday morning and it was beautiful to get my workout in with the sun shining.  The Tone It Up girls, Karena and Katrina, had challenged everyone doing the Bikini Series to 3 rounds of Tone It Up’s Sunkissed Abs routine so that’s what I did!    It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I think it was much easier than last time!  Breakfast was equally as amazing – I heated up the other half of my salmon and roasted veggies from Wednesday night and topped it with 1 scrambled egg and egg whites.  It was unconventional, but so delicious!  I would eat this any meal of the day!  My  morning also started with a glass of Meta-D and a much needed cup of coffee to get me through some morning meetings.

I didn’t have time for a morning snack so I dove into my lunch around noon – broccoli slaw with tuna, raisins, and avocado.  Don’t let the picture fool you, it was a huge portion!  After a few errands, including a donation at Planet Aid, I ate my Larabar and apple/almond butter and went to Crossfit.

Thursday is a make-up day at the box so you have the choice of doing a WOD from earlier in the week, a benchmark WOD, or something else – yesterday they made a birthday WOD to celebrate the birth of our box’s owner’s new baby.  I chose to do Monday’s WOD which was a ‘Tribute to Boston.’  I did pull-ups instead of chest-2-bars so that I would kip less and save my hands for this weekend and had to do single unders instead of double unders.  The general rule is that you need to do 3:1 SU:DU which meant I did 549 single unders for each round x 3 rounds = 1,647 jump ropes.  Whew!  There were a few times where I was just tired and felt like I would never get there, but then I thought about the people who no longer could jump rope and it inspired me to keep going.  I pushed myself on the mile run at the end and felt like I was moving at a good pace, but was a little discouraged to find out that it took me 9:55.  However, I was informed that our ‘mile’ is more like 2,000m (1.25 miles), which makes me 9:55 time a little better!  It was a hard WOD, but a good one and I’m glad I made it up!

A post-WOD smoothie was critical after this workout!  Dinner was EPIC!  I had seen a recipe on pinterest for Creamy Avocado Pasta and was immediately intrigued!   I adapted it slightly to include more protein and no starch.

Creamy Avocado ‘Pasta’

1 Onion, chopped
1 lb ground meat (I used turkey breast)
1 medium spaghetti squash
1 avocado
1 lemon
4 garlic cloves, diced, separated
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4c chopped fresh basil
4Tbs EVOO, separated

1) Use a sharp knife to piece several holes in the spaghetti squash.  Put it in the microwave for 5 minutes, (move to step 2), then turn 180 degrees and heat for 5 more minutes.  The squash will be very hot when you remove it.  I recommend cutting it in advance so it cools down enough to scrape it.

2) Put 1 Tbs EVOO in pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and onions.  When onions are softened, add turkey breast.

3) While turkey is browning, make the avocado cream sauce.  Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix thoroughly.

4) Scrape the spaghetti squash, it should divide evenly into 4 portions.  The meat and sauce also make enough for 4 portions.  Enjoy!

It didn’t look very pretty, but tasted refreshing and comforting.  I loved the lemon and basil combination and can see us making this a lot over the summer.  I think it would also be great over grilled chicken!

I was so satisfied from dinner that I wasn’t craving anything (yay!) but did have a few sips of a Chocolate Zico that I had bought.  On a side note, I have had about three days of good, clean eats and I am really feeling awesome!  It’s amazing what good habits can do for your body!

#Weekly14: 8.53

#220beforeIDo: 97.8725