When The Urge to Throw Up Is a Sign Of a Great Workout


This morning was some coffee and a leftover stuffed bell pepper for breakfast.  I was up early to hit up a workout, and since everyone else was asleep, I didn’t want to run the blender and wake them all up.  Besides, I love pepper.

Lunch was at Yorgo’s with M.  I had a vegan BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw wrap.  SO amazing.

Dinner was out with two other couples.  They chose a restaurant that is a wings and oyster bar place, so assuming I’ll be lucky to get a veggie side, I decided to eat dinner at home.  I was perusing my bookmarked recipes (the ones I know I want to make, so I import into my Living Cookbook software), and picked one I had always meant to make, but hadn’t.  The recipe comes from Heather, and I bookmarked it over 16 months ago!  It was really good….and I’m kicking myself for not making it sooner!  The only things I did different was to use regular quinoa and great northern beans, because that’s what I had.  Here’s the link to her Baked Italian-Style Quinoa, Kale, and Cannellini Beans.

ooey, gooey yummy dinner!

The six of us had a great time, and I ended up not ordering anything but a few beers, which was just fine because I wasn’t hungry anyway!


M and I got up early to do the Saturday am crossfit class.  It was a really big group, and the workout was amazing.  We both concurred that it was the toughest one we’ve had so far.

It was a partner WOD, which means our score is combined.  After a big warm up and some mobility work (aka, stretching), we got down to business.  the goal was to get as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.  Here’s what the workout was:

While Partner 1 ran 400 meters while carrying a big medicine ball…..(which was really hard and awkward – especially for a couple shorties like us).

Partner two did as many rounds as possible of:

*5 jerks

*10 toes to bars (yep – hang from a pull up bar and “try” to bring your toes up to meet your hands)

*15 up-downs (burpees minus the push-up)

When Partner 1 returned from their run, they picked up exactly where Partner 2 was.  So…if M had gotten to his 8th toe to bar, I had to do 2, then the up-downs to complete a round.

After 20 minutes, we did exactly 10 rounds.  I will say that since I’m a much slower runner than M, most of the hard work was what HE did.

It was a fantastic puke-worthy workout.


Last night I slept like crap.  I don’t know if it’s because I napped during the day or because D’s allergies are acting up and that means he snores.  Either way, I woke up over a dozen times before I gave up and got up around 6.

M and I left at 830 to hit the gym.  After the workout, we went into Norfolk to grab an early lunch (late breakfast for him), and then to the farmer’s market to pick up this week’s CSA.  It wasn’t as large of a haul, but still cool.  We got grapes, cherry tomatoes, green tomatoes, eggplants, two huge bags of hot peppers, and a bag of green beans.

Then it was off to Dick’s Sporting Goods because M already outgrew the shoes I bought him in May.  We picked up a few other things and then headed home.  After showers, it was housework time (D fixed a shower and a toilet), laundry, dishes, and cooking.

This evening was spent with friends, which was very nice.  There were 3 couples, and we all had a very nice time over drinks and dinner.  Now it’s time to get ready for bed and my early morning golf lesson!

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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.

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