Thursday, September 29, 2016

ZONEd In. Day 4.

So far, I've lost 3.5 pounds. My goal isn't to lose weight, but to enhance my performance, especially when it comes to my marathon next weekend. I'm not skin and bone not am I hungry, so I'm not too worried about the weight coming off.

Breakfast: eggs in butter with cheese, watermelon, coffee w/ MCT oil
Snack: Arbonne protein with banana, coffee, and PB
Lunch: Burger with cheese, watermelon, and walnuts
Dinner: Steak, red potatoes w/cheese, and grilled romaine with Caesar dressing

Death. aka, 5:30 am crossfit

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ZONEd In. Day 3.

I'm really feeling the benefits of the Zone beginning today. My running was back on unlike it has been for the past few weeks of just stuffing my face with 4000-5000 calories of whatever was in front of me at the moment. I'm still sticking with the medium-frame female block chart, and was not hungry today. So, I'll keep with it for a bit.

Breakfast: Eggs with cheese in butter, mini blueberry muffin, watermelon
Snack: Arbonne protein with MCT oil and peppermint oil and coffee
Lunch: Burger with cheese and mushrooms and peppers
Snack: coffee with MCT oil and apple and turkey
Dinner: Tuna tataki and salmon roll

7:30 PM 5 x 1K repeats at 6:40 pace

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ZONEd In. Day 2.

More excuses I come across often for not losing the weight is that they either have PCOS, Hypothyroidism, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Anxiety, and/or Joint Inflammation. First of all, I have PCOS and Hypothyroid.... key there is balanced nutrition and a healthy exercise regimen. For the others, exercise and good nutrition will treat (maybe not totally cure) those conditions!

If you want to look up the zone blocks for yourself, check out

Basically, you can look at your t-shirt size, and figure out what you are. Small shirt size on a female? Small female block chart. However, I am marathon training and breastfeeding, so I am going with medium.... and will probably up it to large female (even though I'm a size 0/2 almost 5'3) because no matter how much fat I add it's not keeping my stomach from feeling like it's going to implode.

Also, for supplements, I'm taking a prenatal, Vitamin D/Calcium/Magnesium, probiotics, and DHA.

Breakfast: eggs, banana, strawberries, bacon
Snack: Arbonne chocolate protein, spinach, almond milk, peanut butter
Lunch: rotisserie chicken, watermelon, kimchee
Snack: coffee with gelatin and MCT oil, mini blueberry muffin
Dinner: burger salad, peppers and mushrooms, sweet potato fries

3:00 PM Family bike ride
4:30 PM crossfit

Monday, September 26, 2016


I am constantly trying to think of ways to get through to people about nutrition and how big of a role it has in EVERYTHING. I often have clients who will work out, but won't stick to a clean diet. Why put in all that hard work only to totally negate it with a bad diet? Why continue with a bad diet if you get sick often, or aren't thriving?

A thought occurred to me this morning, as I was driving home from my 5:30 crossfit class. I don't know anyone who wouldn't wake up and show up every morning to their job, if the only job they could ever have was at 5:30 AM. Well, you only get one body. Why not show up to whatever it is you would commit every time? Why let your own body down?

I get it. I have 3 kids, and don't use daycare. My husband deploys for half the year. I teach spin classes and am a personal trainer. I am finishing up my M.S. I don't hire anyone to do anything for me. I'm busy! However, I know that if I slip up on my nutrition, I'm only surviving, not thriving. And, there's no way I can train effectively on a bad diet. I also want to set a good example for my friends, family, and most importantly, my kids.

I've always been a fan of the zone diet, but I'm so precise with my macros that I never actually tried the simplicity of the Zone. At my crossfit certification workshop, I was challenged to stick with the Zone diet for an entire month before I knock the blocks. Now that my nursling 8 month old is eating more solid foods, I feel comfortable drastically switching up my diet without counting my macros on myfitnesspal. To hold myself accountable and for you to see how the zone works, I'm going to update this daily with what I ate and my training for the day. I'm eating 11 daily blocks. If I'm hungrier, I'll add extra fats.

Day 1:

Breakfast: eggs in butter, strawberries, banana, coffee with coconut oil
Snack: Arbonne protein shake with spinach and almond milk and PB
Lunch: Ribs and brussel sprouts
Snack: Pastrami, banana with peanut butter
Dinner: Smoked chicken, sauteed veggies, and bacon wrapped pepper

Not pictured: turkey and banana with peanut butter snack... mad rush out the door!

Workouts: 5:30 am: crossfit   8:15 am: run with the kids   4:30 pm: spin class