Getting into The Zone

So I’m sure there are a million stupid puns and titles that I can use when blogging about my adventures with The Zone Diet, but I promise you I will try to go easy on those. I just wanted to pop in to let you know how the first full week went.

Preeeeeeeeeeeeetty good.
Well at least okay.
I mean it was cool most of the time.

Ack. There is not an easy phrase that will sum up how we did.

How about this: We survived and we are forging onward! That makes it sound like a grand adventure, yes? Let’s go with that.

Grand Adventure: Week One

I will be honest with you, it was an adjustment. About 3 hours into Day One I shot this video over to Larry (my trainer extraordinaire who is being our cheerleader on this Grand! Adventure!)

But honestly, then I had lunch and I was fine. When I weighed out my first portion of protein on that first day, I was fairly sure I was going to die of starvation. But what do you know — I did not! And I did not feel hungry at all the rest of the week. My fears — unrealized? So that was pretty great. And one of the upsides was that I not only felt satisfied, but light on my feet. That’s a good feeling.

It was not all sunshine and roses though. Weighing your food is a giant pain in the ass, folks! You will not hear me glossing over that. It blows. But everyone said that after the first week you will feel more comfortable doing that, and yesterday I realized if I am going to do something that sucks, instead of doing it 3 times a day I’m going to do it for 2 hours straight while listening to Lil Wayne and shaking my ass. So I did a little food prep WOD with my scale and measuring cup and actually it was kind of a blast. And this morning when I woke up, I was so happy to not even have to think about what I was going to eat.

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Now my fridge looks like this and we have many (perfectly portioned) things to eat for breakfast and lunch:

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It may not be the prettiest my fridge has ever looked — a food stylist, I am not! — but I don’t have to really THINK about weighing and measuring anything for a while. And that makes my heart go pitter pat.

On the menu this week:

Breakfasts
Sweet Potato Hash // Hard Boiled Eggs // String Cheese // Olives
Cottage Cheese with Berries + Canteloupe + Slivered Almonds

Lunches

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Holy Hell we are having a lot of SALAD!
But I love salad, so I’m okay with this. Salad, salad, salad. YUM! It makes me excited about my little tomato seedlings growing strong in my kitchen. I’m ready for the summer garden!

Dinners
To Be Determined

The reason I am leaving dinners open (well sort of open, they will be comprised of chicken, turkey or ground beef) was that one of the things I struggled with last week was the feeling of having no creativity in the kitchen. And you know I freaking LOVE TO COOK. So that was a bummer.

But I decided since Breakfast and Lunch are basically taken care of all week, I am going to try and get a little more creative with dinner. New spice rubs, some more fun techniques — just be a little more “ME” in the kitchen now that I have my bearings about me. And if I have to measure that a little at night, I’m ok.

Oh, Shall We Talk Results?

Both of us felt notably lighter and better all week. The forced portion control actually worked well in that we didn’t feel hungry but very…I don’t know…more light and efficient.

At the end of the week, I was down almost 3 lbs, which ruled! I did weigh myself mid-week though (I couldn’t resist) and had gained 3 lbs and let me tell you I almost threw in the towel right then and there. But we all know the scale is a stupid stupid stupid metric for something like this. Do you struggle with Scale Addiction too? Please go read this then. I needed to hear it this morning! I may have Garrett hide the scale in April. Who knows? haha

Also I hit some PRs in the gym, so that was fun. This week’s CrossFit Games Open WOD was basically all heavy lifting (which I have not been focusing on for about 2 months) and so it felt nice to perform pretty well. I threw 100 lbs up over my head and HEY-O, I actually caught it a few times. Sweet. I’ll take it.

I feel like it was a great idea to combine trying Zone while the CrossFit Games Open is going on, because it gives me some motivation to stick to it in hopes that it will help me perform my best. My best certainly isn’t going to win any gold medals, but damn if I want to do it all the same! Anyway, there were highs and lows, but I feel even more equipped this week so I am running with it.

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What kind of Grand Adventures did you have this week, folks?

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6 comments to Getting into The Zone

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    March 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Go you! PRing all up and down this piece, yo!

    Ahem.

    No grand adventures here. Going to try to roll my old bones out of bed on Wednesday and Friday to finally get some AM workouts in, then we’re starting on the great kitchen remodel this weekend. (Eep!)

    Just glad to have Chris home and all the meals planned for the week for once! Twice. Whatever.

  • AndreAnna
    March 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Can you come over and do this prep stuff for me? I just had a meat stick for lunch.

  • Meredith
    March 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I just found you last week through AndreaAnna, and let me just start out with I love you. My family lives in San Jose and I am already planning to recreate your Eat your Way through Paso/SLO trip minus the Crossfit, add Hiking/Biking. I have been on the Zone Diet, mostly Paleo, but with some bread and dairy for 2 months. It sucked in the beginning and some days it still does as I am counting down the minutes until I can eat again. My trainer just reminded me that 3 hours isn’t really that long and drink lots of water. I can’t wait for more of your recipe/meal ideas. Here’s what I’m doing and what’s working for me.
    11 blocks
    5:30- 1 block- 1/2 cup probiotic kefir (before 6am Team Fitness- Crossfit-lite as I call it)
    7:30- 1 block -1/2 cup probiotic kefir
    9:30- 2 blocks- 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 2/3 banana, plus almonds
    12:30- 2 blocks- 2 oz chicken, 2 tsp mayonnaise, sprinkling green onions, 1 apple
    3:30- 2 blocks- 2 oz sausage, 1 slice bread, 2/3 tsp almond butter
    6:30- 2 blocks- whatever I make for the family I just eat the meat and veggies portioned out: 2 block meat, 1 block salad, 1 block veggies (sometimes I substitute the salad for 6 oz of beer, yes that’s ok)
    8:30- 1 block- 4 oz wine or cookie, 1 oz whatever protein sounds good

    Super boring I know, but I feel great and am losing the baby weight so I am really happy. Congrats on all your successes- keep it up!

  • Valerie
    March 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I’m new to your blog, but am loving it already!

    Can you share recipes for the stuff pre-measured in your fridge?

    I’m having big issues with the food aspect of life because I was never taught how or what to make. Embarrassing! But I’d love if you’d be willing to share!

  • bethanyrx
    March 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I just love that video SO HARD. bahahahahahaha!

  • Jesabes
    March 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I really wish someone would send my husband that article about scales (he won’t take it well from me). He’s got it in his head the last 15 pounds are what’s holding him back from breaking 4 hours in a marathon (he’s gotten very close twice). Trying to lose a little weight to shave time is fine, but he’s counting calories and weighing himself every morning. It’s driving me CRAZY, especially since it MAJORLY affects his mood and self-esteem.

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