Apr 22, 2013

Bacon/Brussels/Sweet Potato Hash + Crossfit Total

Soooo this could probably be labeled as a "breakfast" hash, but since I've never had it for breakfast, it's not.  Plus, I could eat eggs for every meal and probably never get sick of them.  Seriously, had fried eggs for breakfast AND lunch yesterday.  Makes a great pre-workout snack, too. ;)  Oh, and don't forget the BACON!

Now I know you're going to tell me you don't like Brussels sprouts.  I thought I didn't either.  Lies.  Roast the shit out of those suckers.  Add bacon.  Delicious.

Another way to get people (yourself!) to like them is buying the bag of "shaved brussels sprouts" from Trader Joe's.  That's what I used here.  I'm sure you could chop them up yourselves, but this is just so much easier!  And add bacon.  Duh.

Without further adieu, my favorite breakfast for dinner recipe:

Bacon/Brussels/Sweet Potato Hash
source:  How Sweet it is

4-6 slices bacon  (who am I kidding, always use more)
1 small red onion, diced
2  medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups shredded brussels sprouts
4-6 large eggs
salt + pepper to taste

Fry bacon in skillet until crispy.  Remove and drain on paper towel.  Add chopped sweet potato and onion to bacon grease and cook until softened, 8-10 minutes.  you may need to add a little coconut oil if they start sticking.  Add brussels sprouts and stir to combine everything, cooking another 4-5 minutes until wilted, but still crunchy.  Set aside to cool a bit.

Fry up eggs in another frying pan, and place atop hash.  Stuff your face!

I always get 4 servings out of this, 2 for us for dinner, and 2 more for lunch the next day.  It's also a quick, easy meal to make when I forget to pull meat out to defrost.  (...which is more often then I'd like to admit!)

We ran out of bacon last week, and it took a few days for me to get to the store to pick some more up.  I obviously needed to make up for some lost time.

So, let me set the scene for how our weekends go around here:
Thursday evening, checking the WOD blog last week, I'm in the kitchen, Sean's on the couch.

Sean: I'm going to tell you the warm up and after bash, guess what the WOD is.

Me: Okay... (thinking it's Murph - naturally)

Sean: Skill Warmup is "Total Skills"; After Bash: "Ring that PR Bell!"

Me: Uhhhhhh Crossfit Total?



I'm still not a member of the 200 club. :sadface:  I tried.  I failed. (literally dropped the weight on myself. That was fun.)  God, I want it so bad.  IT'S SO CLOSE.

I DID make significant improvements though!  +15# on back squat, +10# on strict press, +20# on my deadlift. Whoop!  Sean did well, too.  Up to 795# total from 770#.  In almost four months.  We celebrated with some beers.

We're going to need more bumper plates veeeeeeeeeeeeeerrry soon.  Or well, now.  But I don't feel like dropping $200, so OB-VEE we're waiting for a sale.  Or something like that...  :D

PR's are fun, bro.

And exhausting, apparently.

Apr 3, 2013

Crossfit Open 2013

Thoughts?  No?  Well, you're going to get mine anyway.

We've been doing the open workouts, but haven't registered.  It would have just been a pain in the ass to either try to get into a box every week, or attempt to videotape to send it in.

Either way, we've been having a blast with the WODs! (kind of)

I mentioned 13.1, but the rest have been just as FUN.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
Shoulder to overhead, 5 reps (115/75)

Deadlift, 10 reps  (115/75)
15 Box jumps, 24/20" box  

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
150 Wall balls (14 lbs to 9' target)/
(20 lbs to 10' target)
90 Double-unders
30 Muscle-ups

135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 3 reps 
3 Toes-to-bar
135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
6 Toes-to-bar
135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
9 Toes-to-bar
135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
12 Toes-to-bar
135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
15 Toes-to-bar
135/95 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps
18 Toes-to-bar...
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

Not gonna lie, I've been pretty impressed with myself.  I'm not putting out any top of the line scores or anything (not even close), but we have been completing every workout as prescribed.

And we're onto Reebok Crossfit One.  Every week they've posted a WOD on Tues/Wed with something to do with the Open workout of that week.  At first I thought it was coincidence, but it does NOT appear that way.  Jerks.  I was mad for 13.2, we had just done a shitton of deadlifts on Thurs, and had to wait til Sat to recover enough for the Open WOD.  However, for the C&J, I totally PR'd the day before, and it really boosted my confidence for 13.4.  I was kind of scared of the 95#, but once I got 110 (and felt like I had more!) I was totally ready for it.  So I guess their programming isn't so mischevious after all ;)

 This week so far we've done running and power cleans.  And burpee pullups.  And thrusters.  I have a feeling some kind of jacked up Fran workout is coming for 13.5.  According to Dave Castro, "They're going to have to feel pain that they've never felt before ... It's going to be a bloodbath."


They are having Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (vs Sam Briggs) and Rich Froning (vs Jason Khalipa) do the workout after the announcement.  The only two people I'd want to actually tune in for the live stream, but we'll be at a Green Day concert tonight.  Maybe if they aren't on yet, I'll stream from my phone :D

Are you participating in the Open?  How'd you do?