A Sense of Smell Isn’t Always a GOOD Thing…


I actually ate cereal yesterday.  It’s sort of a quarterly event when I get so desperate for something, that I eat cereal.  Don’t get me wrong…I used to LOVE cereal, but since I got the foodie bug, I’ve sort of shunned it for things I thought were more fun.  Alas…I was in a bit of a rush to get to the office, so Rice Chex with some So Delicious Vanilla Coconut milk and half of a sliced banana it was.  And it was good 🙂

For lunch, I actually packed some vegan chana dal chili and grapes (yes, a new food allergy sufferer living on the edge with a raw fruit).  On the way to work, I get a text from AC that her afternoon shuffled a bit, so we ended up having lunch.  Thai food.  Tofu green curry.  Don’t judge.

I couldn’t let that packed lunch go to waste, so I heated it up for dinner, and made chili-tacos.  My own Mexican Monday.  Easy and lazy, but it worked.

let’s just call it Indian Tex-Mex night!

This morning I put a bit more effort into breakfast.  It helped that I was up stupid-early (dumb insomnia), but I made a cheezy tofu scramble.  Onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, and tofu, scrambled for a bit, then topped with a bit of Daiya cheese until melted.  Seriously…270 calories for a massively filling bowl full of scrambled fun.

Lunch was more a series of snacks to accommodate a mid-day workout.  I had some gluten-free Ener-G toast with sunflower butter before hand, and a blender-ball full of Vega berry protein powder after.  Between the two it was 350 calories, so it was more or less a lunch.

I’m making dinner now (slow cooker red kidney bean French style stew and rice).


Back in the box!  As I’m learning the vernacular, it’s sort of fun.  A Crossfit gym is refered to as a box.  It’s a nice way of saying big a$$ warehouse.

Yesterday was just a Crossfit day, but it was sort of a milestone one.  I established my very first ever One Rep Max (1RM) of my first exercise ever.  The WOD called for different sets of percentages of the 1RM, but because I didn’t have one, I spent the first 20 minutes establishing that.  Basically, I take the barbell (which by itself is 33 lbs), and keep adding weight until I can’t lift anything.  I establish doing 1 rep with good form at my max weight.  So, as of yesterday, my 1RM for a dead lift is 124 lbs.  All told, it took me about 15 reps to find that max.  Can’t wait until I re-benchmark in a few months.

After that, the WOD was As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP) of:

4 min – Knee-to-Elbows (a horrible thing on a pull up bar…I did 8)

3 min – Ground-To-Shoulder Atlas Stones (I did 11 with a 40 lb stone)

2 min – double unders (I did 19, and about 100 singles between them….and whipped marks into my bum with the jump rope in the process!)

1 min – sumo dead lift high pulls (I did 11 with 42 lbs)

Today’s WOD was actually harder.  After warm-up and skill work (mostly mobility/stretching, pull ups, and push ups), we got busy.  There were only 5 of us during lunch, so we had LOTS of individual coaching, which was cool.

4 Rounds of:

10 hand release push-ups

400 m run

10 pull-ups

10 dips

That took me 20:15.  The workouts are short, but freakishly intense.

After work I went on a 3 mile run.  It was stupid hot and tough, but got it done.


Some smells are good.  Like baking a yummy dessert or smelling flowers.  Some smells are bad.  Working out in a warehouse for an hour, and one ends up smelling bad.  Running in the hot VA evening, and guess what.  Smelly (for the second time in a day).  After my run, I decided to actually take time to cool down before a shower (hot showers when already hot aren’t fun).  While that was happening, all I could do was notice how awful I smelled.  I actually used really girly soap in the shower (which is rare because I’m too lazy), and now I smell like flowers.  A good smell.  Just be glad you weren’t near me when I was in stinky-mode.

Good news on the golf clubs.  I can return them (getting charged $30 for a restocking fee, but it’s my own dumb fault…at least they’re taking them back!), AND….they’re giving me lefty ones that match his height requirements.  Yay.  If I can get them by next Monday, I won’t screw up that this gift was partially an anniversary one too.

Okay, time to check the pressure cooker.  I’m feeding my family SO much later than normal….

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “A Sense of Smell Isn’t Always a GOOD Thing…

  1. There’s something perfect about chex and bananas isn’t there? And girl, I know all about stinking. I’ve started using odor eaters on my darn ipod holder for crying out loud. I’m in the South too, so this time of year my car starts to smell like a gym 😉

    1. there really is….I used to be a grapenuts girl until I started limiting gluten. I forgot how much that cereal rocks! I felt like a little kid 🙂

      And there is NO escaping the smell is there?? Oy. I’m going to start putting dryer sheets in my underwear….

  2. curious as to what crossfit in your area costs. i went to my first class yesterday as part of a groupon, and was shocked to learn that the normal price at that location is $108/month just to be able to go a measly twice a week!

    1. It’s not cheap. I pay for a couples rate for my son and I, and it’s $235 per month. We go about 4x per week, so we get a better deal than my Y membership, but it really is pricy. Love the community though….

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