Thoughts from a "Murph" first timer

Last month I reached out to our members and asked if a Murph first timer would be willing to share their thoughts and experience of this workout.  Thank you Ally for sharing your experience, it's a perfect representation of what we all go through with our "fitfam"

Ally Rancourt - 

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“Murph” is one of those buzzwords in the CrossFit and general fitness worlds that you hear a lot; even before I started doing CrossFit, or working out really at all, I saw people around Memorial Day posting that they “did Murph”. It wasn’t until I started doing CrossFit and became more invested in the community that I realized what this workout actually meant for athletes and the heroes it commemorates, specifically Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy. It really changes a workout when you’re in that dark place where everything hurts and you think you just might pass out, but instead of focusing on just getting it done for yourself your thoughts are redirected to the sacrifice that men and women like Lieutenant Murphy have made and will make for this country. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do Murph with my Steelfox team so instead I did it on my own, and it really struck me how much the community and my friends at the gym change my experience of CrossFit. The dark place was a little darker because I didn’t have my friends going through the same thing and cheering me on. Being alone forced me to reflect more on why I was really doing the workout (aside from the fact that I ate everything in sight the past weekend and I needed the workout), and it made me appreciate my CrossFit community that much more.

The Athlete Manifesto

An Athlete is driven by an intrinsic desire to be better than yesterday.

They strive daily to be stronger, faster, fitter.

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Athletes find motivation in achieving their own personal greatness, never in comparing themselves to others.

They recognize the only thing within their control is their own attitude, their own effort, their own growth.

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Athletes are inspired by the community around them, to represent and to celebrate the bonds of fitness that tie us.

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Athletes never ask for permission to chase their dreams.

They work in the early morning.

They work in the late of night.

They know the work they invest in solitude will be rewarded under the lights.

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Athletes are motivated in knowing that everything they have, they’ve earned.

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If you ask an athlete why they compete, they’ll tell you—this is for themselves, no one else.

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Athletes…

Define their own destiny.

Create their own luck.

Make no excuses.

Realize their competition makes them better.

Place no blame.

Know failure is never fatal.

Believe everything is earned, not given.

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I am an athlete.

 Photo Cred Dustin Stokes

Photo Cred Dustin Stokes

A Season of Heroes

Summer is coming and here at Steel Fox CrossFit that also means that Hero WODs are coming.  Beginning in May we will be doing a Hero WOD every Friday, and of course Memorial Day Murph.  While many of you are familiar with Hero WODs, I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about what they are and why we do them.

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What is a Hero WOD?

Much like the “girl WODs” that we are all familiar with, Hero WODs are WODs that are named after specific people.  The major difference is that the HERO WODs are named after service members that have lost their lives in service to their country or community.  Many of these are named after military personnel but there are some that are named for police officers and firefighters.

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Why do we do Hero WODs?

While Hero WODs can be used as a repeatable benchmark like the “girls”, that is not the main reason we do them.  The main reason we do them is to perform a difficult workout with a certain person in mind, and to use it to honor them and remember the great things about our life.  When you are slogging away through yet another 400m run during Hotshots 19 it provides you with a chance to think about what those firefighters must have been going through running into those wildfires and how what you are doing is not so bad in comparison.  It also gives us a chance to think about all the amazing things we have in life.

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What is the best way to approach a Hero WOD?

These WODs tend to be heavy, long, difficult, high skill (or all of the above) workouts.  So what is the best way to approach a given workout, especially if it has a movement or a weight you can not do?  As with any CrossFit workout, scaling is always an option, so scale the weight to weight that is doable for you, scale the chest to bar pullups to pull-ups.  But that being said, this is also a chance to push yourself and challenge yourself more than you are used to. These workouts are meant to mentally and physically challenging.

As we kick off into our “Season of Heroes” I look forward to seeing everyone in here sweating and pushing hard in honor of these fallen heroes.  

~Coach Ryan

 

 

 

The CrossFit Games Open is over . . . Now What?

Well we have just finished another CrossFit Games Open.  What are we supposed to do going forward? The Open, while often a great experience filled with PRs and firsts, can also be a greatly humbling experience for many.  A spotlight is shown on your weaknesses and areas that you have ignored in your training for the past year. If you couldn’t do double unders in 2017, why were you still unable to do them in 2018? Did you set a goal to acquire them and then work tirelessly to achieve that goal? Or did you give up on learning them when the process proved to be frustrating?

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This is a great time of year to set some fitness goals for yourself moving into the next phase of training.  But even more importantly than simply stating a goal, is having a plan to achieve that goal and sticking with it.  Skills, and strength, take time to develop and even longer to master, they are only earned through hard work and dedication, not wishful thinking and picking up a jump rope for 5 minutes every 2 weeks.

So what are your goals? Double unders? A strict pull-up? A better engine? To be stronger? If you are like many of us, your answer is quite possibly “all of the above”. The mistake many people make in goal setting at this point in time is trying to get better at everything all at once.  This leads to lack of focus and frustration when you seem to not be getting anywhere. My suggestion to you is to make a list of every goal you have, BUT to then prioritize that list by what is most important to you to achieve. Focus on the 1 or 2 things at the top of the list until they are accomplished, learned, or improved to a point that it is no longer your one glaring weakness and biggest goal.  Then move on to the next one. Even spending 5 minutes every day on your double unders or 10 working on shoulder strength and pull-up exercises every day you come to the box will add up over time, and lead to you making those weaknesses into strengths.

 

If you have any questions on the best way to approach your goals please do not hesitate to talk to me about it!

 

~Coach Ryan

 

 

 

Training Frequency

There are two basic approaches to training frequency within CrossFit; 3 days on 1 day off or 5 days on 2 days off. The purpose of rest days is allow you body to adapt to the stress placed on it through training. Taking rest days give our nervous, muscular, and endocrine system time to repair and rebuild stronger than before. A well programmed rest day also allows an athlete to maintain intensity in a WOD. Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise. If you’ve been in the gym for the past 10 days soreness and fatigue are most likely going to diminish that intensity. Taking rest days also give us an opportunity to apply our fitness. Get outside, learn and play new sports, develop skills beyond CrossFit. Finally, it’s important to realize that we have lives outside the gym. When it comes down to how much to train the best recommendation is to train as much as what works for you. Whether that’s a strict schedule or based on feel and energy level, whatever is sustainable and keeps you excited to train day to day!

 

Are you ready for the CrossFit Open?

From the Crossfit Coach’s Staff here are some tips we want you to consider on this year’s Crossfit Open Starting Feb 23rd!

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          Preparing for the Open

          Have a goal going into it

At the beginning of the Open develop personal goals that you’d like to have happen. If it’s not your first try and improve from previous years. There’s likely to be a repeat like always so know your last score and try and top it. If this is your first open, attempt to complete all the WODs Rx. If you don’t have muscle ups, the opens a great time for your first!

           Regular WOD and Opens have different strategies

Competing and training are two different animals. Scaling appropriately and not stressing about WODs are the everyday. Realizing that your approach to each week should be geared a little different. Taking no days off all week will affect your performance friday night.

          Pacing

Understanding pacing is the easiest and quickest way to improve scores on a workout. Coming out full throttle may feel fantastic for the first 90 seconds but there will be a crash and burn. Breaking when you want to, not when you have to, finishing faster than when you started, etc.

          Drill weaknesses

The movements in the opens are relatively set. There are new movements that pop up every year like bar muscle ups, OH walking lunges and dumbbells. However, burpees, thrusters, pull ups, cleans, snatch are staples of the open and focused on. If you have a glaring weakness in any of these common areas, drilling them in the weeks leading up will be critical.

          Longer warm ups

In a normal class there might be several strength pieces and a shorter general warm up. In the open, focusing on a single quick WOD gives you more time to warm up and prep. A general warm up followed by specific movement preps will optimize performance. This also gives you more time to practice weaker movements.

Healthy Desert Options

Healthy Desert Options

Looking for a healthier version of a dessert you can take to your holiday party? I got you covered. Now let’s get one thing straight. A dessert is a just that, a dessert. Although there are healthier versions of things out there, it is still something we should have in moderation. If your going to indulge, use the best quality ingredients and make it beneficial to you. Substituting certain processed ingredients for more natural ingredients is a way to achieve this. Your body knows how to break down the natural foods, it does not know how to process things that were not meant to be put into your body. Here are a few options. Enjoy!

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3 ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge (12 servings)(keto friendly)

Ingredients:

1 cup all natural peanut butter. (Unsweetened)

1 cup coconut oil

¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Optional pinch of salt if your peanut butter is unsalted

Optional 2 teaspoons vanilla liquid stevia or or desired sweetener to taste

Optional ½ cup enjoy life chocolate chips

Directions:

Slightly melt/soften the peanut butter and coconut oil on low in a saucepan, stirring constantly.

Add your peanut butter and coconut oil to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined.

Poor into a parchment lined loaf pan.

Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

If using chocolate, melt the chocolate chips in a sauce pan and drizzle over fudge before placing in fridge.

Macros: Per 2 pieces. Calories = 285

Fat = 29    Protein =  5.5   Carbs = 4

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Chocolate Blueberry Clusters (serves 15)

Ingredients:

1.5 cup semi sweet all natural chocolate chips, melted

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 cups of blueberries

Sprinkle of course sea salt for garnish

Directions:

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix melted chocolate with coconut oil.

Spoon a small dollop of chocolate on the parchment paper, and top with 4-5 blueberries.

Drizzle chocolate over blueberries and sprinkle with sea salt.

Freeze until set, about 10 minutes and serve.

Macros: (per one cluster) Calories = 24  Fat = 1g Protein = 1g   Carb = 3.5g

 

 

 

Why Should I Do The CrossFit Open?

Why Should I Do The CrossFit Open?

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Community

The past 2 years I’ve done the Open, week 4 would always fall on my spring break for school. Now I may have been able to use this as an excuse but, luckily for me there is practically a CrossFit Box in every corner of the world. Last year I dropped into a box in San Diego and completed 17.4. It was great to be able to immediately join another community and have the full support of everyone there. Being part of the world-wide CrossFit community is awesome

Find weaknesses

The Open always has a movements and workouts that will expose one or more of weaknesses in your fitness. In workouts that start climbing in weight, I definitely find myself sliding down the leaderboard a little bit. After the Open I see that as a weakness and can focus my accessory work and training around weightlifting rather than staying comfortable in my strengths.

Track Progress

I still remember Open WOD 15.4. It was an ascending rep scheme of cleans and handstand push ups. I’ve been doing CrossFit for a few years and felt decently confident in my fitness. Not so much after. I think I got around 7 handstand push ups in 8 minutes. Skip to 3 years later I repeated the workout on my own and I absolutely blew my original score out of the water. It’s sometimes hard to see progress happen in the short term. The Open allows you to track progress over long periods of time and really see improvement!

Intensity

Intensity is what we strive for in every workout we do. Anyone who has done the Open knows that the intensity level get jacked up during these WODs. Reminding yourself how hard you actually can push in a workout that may matter just a little bit more is great. The WODs may be unassuming on the whiteboard, but when you get a competition mindset and you are feeling it the next day.

Fun!

Throwing down Friday nights with the entire gym is fun! You can talk strategy, weaknesses, strengths, watch other athletes, and follow allow with Games Athletes. You can take the Open as serious as you want but at the end of the day it’s always fun!

 

Getting through the Holidays

   “Getting through the Holidays”

Can you believe it is that time of year again?? Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and before we know it, we will be sitting around the gold old pine tree. The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled precious time with our friends and families. In our culture, the Holidays are also about the FOOD. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and desserts. And just like Thanksgiving, and New Years is always one of those Holidays that you gather around the table and stuff your face until you're in a food coma and then go back for seconds.

Sometimes, more often than not, we can take the holidays and food overboard. Reaching for that second helping, or third cookie, not realizing that we have just consumed our entire day's worth of calories in one meal. Now, that's not to say we can’t enjoy ourselves and have that extra serving or cookie, but there is a way to do that without overindulging. If you're dieting during the Holidays, this can be a very stressful time. There are temptations everywhere. You have to use that self control to not have those extra servings and helpings so you don’t hinder your progress. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. I have put together some helpful tips to help you stay on track this Holiday season. I hope they help. Enjoy the holidays with all your family and friends!

  1. Be realistic. It is easy to tell yourself that you're not going to have any dessert or a carb all holiday season. But the truth is, the more deny yourself, the more likely you are to binge. Instead, tell yourself you are going to fill up on protein and veggies first, then allow for one portion of indulgence such as a piece of cake or pie. Enjoy every bite.

  2. Don’t deviate from your normal routine. If you know you're going to spend the night at your work holiday party or a friends house for a yankee swap, begin your day as you would any other. Don’t skip meals to “save calories” for treats and drinks. Have a protein packed and good fat snack like a protein shake with a scoop of peanut butter an hour before your event. Protein and fat help cut cravings for sugar and processed carbs.

  3. Exercise in the morning. Some of you may cringe at that thought. (me included) Moving your body first thing in the morning sets your day right and helps your body stay stress free during the busy holiday season. Getting your workout done and out of the way ensures nothing comes between you and your fitness goals.

  4. Bring healthy treats to the party. Once someone invites you to their party, offer to bring something. This may not be an option for every occasion, it's always worth offering. This way you know the menu will include at least one healthy option.

Don’t beat yourself up. This is the most important if you ask my opinion. If you happen to overindulge, leave the guilt behind. Guilt associated with food is toxic and can create much more harm than good. Tell those little voices in your head to go away. Tell yourself that it is okay, and move on by getting back to eating and doing the things that make you feel good.

Simple Lunch

Simple lunches

 

I love lunch. It is a time of day that we get to recharge our bodies to help us get through that afternoon hump. There are days we don’t have a lot of time to get lunch in. We are busy with meetings and appointments and have to rush to eat our food. Making sure to get a healthful lunch in a rush can be a challenge.

Save time with these recipes for quick healthy lunches that can be eaten on the go!

Turkey Wraps with Snacks

*Note This is not for Keto*

Ingredients:

1 Whole Wheat Flat Out Wrap  Click here for more info on Flat Out Wraps

3 oz Applegate Smoked Turkey Click here for more info on Applegate Turkey

1 TBS Avocado Mayo Click here to see the brand I love

2 slices of tomato

1 leaf of Romaine Lettuce

1 Cup Red or Green Grapes

1oz Plain Almonds

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Directions:

Slather your wrap with your mayo. Add your turkey, tomato and lettuce, (Feel free to add other veggies here. Cucumbers and bean sprouts would be delicious.)

 

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 500

Protein: 35g

Carb: 50g

Fat: 25 g

 

Sherri’s Keto Egg Salad

“ For Keto”

3 Whole Eggs (hard boiled)

¼ cup celery chopped fine

2 tbs chopped red onion

2 tbs Organic mayo

½ avocado

Salt and Pepper to taste

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Directions:

Peel your eggs and mashed them with a fork to get the chopped egg consistency. Add all other ingredients including salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 550

Protein: 20g

Carbs: 7g

Fat: 49g

 

 

Squat Break Down

Squat Breakdown

What the points of performance of the squat are and why they’re important

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Shoulder width stance, toes straight or toes slightly out

We want a shoulder width stance because it provides us the ability to descend to full depth without compromising power. Too wide or too narrow may be limited by mobility in most athletes. A shoulder width stance is an ideal transfer from jump stance (feet under the hips) in the olympic lifts as well. Practicing wide stance and narrow stance squats have merit but, it’s important to develop the fundamental stance in the squat.  

Having our toes straight or slightly out give us the ability to create torque through our hips and knees. This makes it easier for our knees to track over our toes and prevents loss of tension in the bottom of the squat. When our feet are flared out, our arches and knees are likely to collapse inward, especially under load.

 

Send butt back and then down

    Initiating a squat with our hips loads the larger movers in our legs. Initiating with knees forward puts a large amount of the force through our quads, rather than dispersing the load equally through our hips, hamstrings, and quads together. This also keeps the load directly over our midfoot and center of mass.

 

Knees track over toes

    Knees tracking straight over our feet not only relates to loading the hips properly. When the knees collapse inward, known as a valgus knee, the ligaments of the knee are compromised. Risk for injury of the ACL, PCL, MCL, or meniscus are increased. Focusing on “spreading the floor” with the feet will set our hips and knees to not only increase strength and power but prevent injury and damage. Knees tracking over our toes applies to the decent and ascending portions of the squat.

 

Chest up, weight off the balls of feet

A vertical chest in the squat is all about transferability. The chest may drop slightly in a low bar back squat but, in a front squat and overhead squat an upright torso stacks the load over your midline and allows for shoulder position to be optimum. An upright torso also demonstrates a maintained spinal position.

Keeping the weight spread throughout the whole foot improves our balance and our ability to create power. Heels coming off the ground limits recruitment of our hips and posterior chain while leaning too far back on the heels compromises our ability to balance and use our anterior chain.

   

Actively descend past parallel

    Breaking the plane of parallel is crucial to developing strength in an upright squat. It recruits more of the hips and challenges the midline stability. Staying above parallel again loads primarily the quadriceps and patellar tendon. Also, for transferability to olympic lifts getting strong in an “ass to grass” squat will allow for stronger lifts and ability to drive out of the hole. Actively pulling into the bottom of a squat, rather than “dive bombing” keeps tension as well.

 

Maintain neutral lumbar curve

    Maybe the most important point of performance of any squat is maintaining a neutral spine. Positioning our spine correctly will decrease the risk of injury significantly. When our lumbar vertebrae round, the load is dispersed primarily through our spine rather than our hips and legs. Also, the ability to increase load will diminish substantially when our midline isn’t stable. However, over extending through the hips and back will compromise the lumbar spine similarly. This happens when an athlete thinks “hips back” first without maintaining their midline. Learning to create a rock solid midline is critical in any squat weighted or not.


 

Simple Healthy Dinners

Nutrition Blog #3

Simple Dinner

 

If you read my last blog, then you know i love convenient recipes. Things that are fast, easy and don’t take a lot of time. Fall is here, and when I think fall and colder weather, I also think CROCKPOT!  Is there anything better than being able to throw ingredients in a pot, turn it on, let it cook itself?! Winning!

 

Here are my favorite crockpot recipes!

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Beef Stew. serves 6

Nutrition facts

  • Calories per serving = 299 (359 with bacon)

  • Fat = 9g (15 g with bacon)

  • Protein = 35g

  • Carb = 17g


 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive oil

  • 1 1/2 lb Stew Meat (beef cubed)

  • 2 Large Parsnips peeled, cut into large chunks

  • 8 Carrots peeled, cut into large chunks

  • 1 Large Yellow Onion cut into large chunks

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns

  • 2 tsp Coarse Real Salt

  • 4 Cups Beef Stock

  • 1 Tbl Fresh Thyme roughly chopped

  • 1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour (can also use corn starch, tapioca flour is better for you and all natural.)

  • 2 Tbl Water

  • For extra fat keto* add 2 pieces chopped cook bacon on top per serving.

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the beef chunks and brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes. Add beef to a slow cooker. Top beef with the parsnips, carrots, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, thyme, and beef stock.

  • Cook on high for 6 hours (8-9 on low), or until beef is very tender.


 

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Turkey Chili Serves 8

Nutrition facts:

  • Calories per cup = 262 (with cheese 360 calories)

  • Fat = 4g with cheese 15g fat

  • Protein = 34g

  • Carb = 25g

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs 99% fat-free ground turkey

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, no-salt added

  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, no-salt added

  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste

  • ½ tsp. hot sauce (I used Texas Pete)

  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, no-salt added, drained and rinsed

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 jalapenos, chopped

  • 1½ tsp. sea salt

  • Pinch of pepper

  • 1 packet Stevia (optional)

  • 3 Tbsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp. oregano

  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper

  • For extra fat keto* add ¼ cup shredded cheese to one serving

Instructions:

  • Drizzle olive oil in a large pot and saute onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until crumbled and brown, draining excess liquid as necessary.

  • Add all the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium/low heat for about an hour. Enjoy!



 

Setting Goals as a CrossFitter

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound

 

Specific

    When developing goals it’s important to narrow your focus. Having broad areas to improve upon in great but, specifying a goal will allow you to develop a better plan to reach it. For example, if you just want to improve your overall fitness, narrow your goal to complete this year's open Rx’d.

 

Measurable

    This is easily understood by most people. Have a goal that can be measurable not only at the end, but also incrementally. This way tracking progress is accurate and allows you to adjust your actions. Rather than simply getting stronger, aim to deadlift 400 lbs. If your max deadlift is 375 now, you can track your progress at 380, 385, and so on.

 

Attainable

    Attainable goal setting comes down to more common sense. Setting ambitious goals is fantastic and is what is inspiring and enjoyable about improving yourself. However, setting goals that are unrealistic are going to hinder your progress. For example, I would love to run an ultramarathon race but, I’ve never swam over half a mile, ran a 10k at most and honestly have never rode a bike for endurance purposes. A more attainable goal should be to complete a shorter triathlon. Then after I accomplish that goal I can reassess and create new goals for myself.

 

Relevant

    Is this goal worthwhile? Is this the right time? A relevant goal should be both. If I train for long term fitness and to push off the nursing home, it might not be relevant to me to aim to snatch 300 lbs. Sure, it would fantastic to build that explosive strength and overhead stability. However, training olympic lifts and max strength more frequently and intensely increases the risk of injury and demands far more in terms of training time, recovery protocols and time investments.

 

Time Bound

    Having a time frame to complete your goal is crucial. Having open ended goals discourage completion and progress. If you want to run a marathon, pick a race date and start training now. Developing a time frame will also give you a definite answer on your accomplishment. For example, If you wanted to do 1 muscle in 8 weeks, you can work backwards and develop a plan to attack your goal week to week and day to day.

Keto and Macro Nutrition Challenge recipes

For Keto Plan

Egg & Bacon Muffins

Makes 12

 

Ingredients:

12 whole eggs

12 pieces of nitrate free bacon

1 red bell pepper diced small

1 cup chopped finely baby spinach

1 cup shredded broccoli (or sprouts if you like)

½ avocado for topping

Salt & Pepper to taste






 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

 

Chop bacon into little pieces and cook on stove top. While bacon is cooking, beat your eggs, add your chopped veggies into your egg mixture and stir well. Once bacon is cooked, add the bacon to the egg and veggie mixture. Use the fat from the bacon pan to lightly coat the muffin tin. Fill each muffin tin ¾ of the way with the egg mixture. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until muffins rise and there is no liquid on the top of the egg. Let sit for a few minutes then remove muffins from tin. Enjoy

 

Calories 100

Fat = 21 g per muffin w/  avocado (6 g  without avocado)

Carbs =  2 g

Protein = 8 g


 

 


 

For Macros Plan

Peanut butter and Jelly overnight oats

Male: do recipe as stated for Female cut oats to half the ingredients

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 tbs peanut butter

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp. Sugar Free Carys Syrup or Walden Farms

1 cups vanilla almond, soy or coconut milk*

Pinch coarse salt

½ cup fresh strawberries

 

Directions:  in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, syrup, milk and salt. Transfer to a jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Stir in more peanut butter and more maple syrup if desired, to taste, and top with fresh strawberries and slivered almonds.

Calories = 465/232,  Fat 21/10g, Protein 16/8g, Carb 54/27g

 

 

Breakfast on the go!

The most important meal of the day

 

 

My favorite saying when it comes to any plan is, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” It is so important when we are “dieting” (I don’t like that word to much but that is for another blog post) to make sure that we are preparing our meals and such ahead of time. The number one thing I hear from clients on why they went off track is always that they were unprepared.

 

If you're anything like me, you like things to be easy and convenient. In our fast paced world, we sometimes don’t make time for the most important things in life. One of those things being breakfast. I know you can remember your mom or dad telling you before school that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They were right. Upon waking, you should drink 6-8 ounces of water to jumpstart your body and organs. Within an hour of waking, you should be eating. Your body has just rested for 6-8 hours and needs fuel to function for the day. Protein is most important here so make that breakfast one that is filled with good protein and balance out the carb and fat.

 

If you're doing keto, of course fat is going to be the primary here.

So, what can we do to make sure our breakfast is on point and prepared ahead of time. Well, I have a few simple and easy recipe for you to make so that you can just pop it in the microwave or eat on the go so you can get on with your day!

 

Enjoy,

Coach Sherri

 

Coach Sherris Nutrition Challenge

My first week of Keto. And my last.

 

This week has been interesting. I am very educated when it comes to nutrition and how it affects the body and training. I could count macros in my sleep and have done pretty much every diet you can think of. For the last year or so  I have been following a moderate protein, low fat high carb diet. My training has been amazing and I have reached so many personal goals that I set out for myself. I recently finished a cut about 3 months or so ago and was very successful with it. I dropped about 15 lbs and felt and looked amazing. Since then have been very lackadaisical with my nutrition and exercise. I knew I needed to really dial back in so I thought why not try Keto. I do very well on higher carb diets and always make huge progress in my training. For me, the weight on the bar is more important to me than the weight on the scale. Training is very important to me, and nutrition is the base of my training. I had mixed feelings about doing keto as I knew it was going to affect me much differently than what I was used to. It was a very rough transition for me this week. I went through the “keto flu” as most do in the transition period: I didn’t sleep well, I was tired, cranky and basically felt like crap all week. I had no energy or motivation to workout, and I may have shed a tear or two. It wasn’t pleasant at all.  I am afraid that the low amount of carb on Keto is going to negatively affect my training, and as someone who trains heavy and hard, I am not willing to sacrifice my training for some fat loss. I have decided that keto is not for me. I have some goals that I want to reach by the end of the year and also have some competitions that are coming up, and I know that high carbs help my training.  

 

Although some hi-intensity athletes are experimenting with doing the KETO approach and using fats for fuel- there is no scientific proof that this can be done, as glucose (carbs) is the main source for energy.  There is however proof KETO works for that endurance athlete as they are performing at much lower intensity.  Here is a great article about it if you want to read more:  KETO ENDURANCE ATHLETE

 

Keto has had many great benefits such as fat loss, lower insulin, increases good cholesterol, heals metabolic syndrome, increase satiety much longer than a high protein diet.

Here is another great article on its benefits: Benefits of KETO

 

Different things work for different people, and the fact that keto doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it will not work for you. We all have different goals and will find what works for us as individuals. My plan going forward is to track macros like I am used. I will see how it works and affects my training and adjust as I go along. It kind of feels like a science experiment and I am looking forward to seeing what happens. Keep your eyes out for more blog post coming on nutrition and my journey. Keep up the great work everyone, you are all doing an amazing job and I am thrilled to be on this journey with you.

 

Best,

Coach Sherri