Buttery Lemon Cod and Avocado Slaw

2 cod fillets

¼ cup ghee, melted

1 lemon, sliced

Fresh parsley, basil, and/or dill, roughly chopped

Paprika

Salt

Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, slice the lemon, and lay the lemon on the sheet. Place the fillets on top of the lemon.

Pour melted ghee over the fillets, then top with fresh herbs and all spices. Cover with more foil and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on thickness of the cod. (It’s done when it easily flakes.)

I served this with white minute rice (whatever, judge me), and a slaw-salad-guacamole thing. This is the recipe for that:

 

Slaw-Salad-Guacamole Thing

½ red cabbage, roughly chopped

½ red bell pepper

½ yellow bell pepper

¼ red onion

1 ½ avocados

Salt

Pepper

Lime juice

Chile flakes

I literally just chopped up all the veggies, stirred in the avocado so it acted like a dressing, and seasoned it the way I would season guacamole. So so so simple. Go make! 

 

 

 

 

My First Solo Competition: How Did I Do?

Last weekend, I took part in the worldwide functional fitness competition known as Festivus Games. Festivus is a CrossFit event geared towards novice and intermediate athletes; it’s meant for all of us who have a competitive nature but aren’t quite repping out muscle-ups (yet).

I’ve competed in CrossFit before, but always as part of a team. I’ve never been solely responsible for not completely sucking out on the floor – I’m usually the least experienced on the team, which means I get to rely on the skill of my teammates a lot.

I knew competing individually would be a challenge. The workouts were tough, but I was more concerned about my morale throughout the day. My mental game isn’t as strong as it should be. I’m hard on myself to the point of ridiculousness, and have a tough time being proud of my own accomplishments.

I didn’t need to worry. There was nothing to lose, no pressure, and a pretty level playing field. That’s why Festivus was so perfect. I wasn’t competing against regionals athletes; I was using the event as an opportunity to push myself a little bit out of my comfort zone.

I’m on the upper end of the intermediate spectrum in terms of fitness, but my overall strength and my gymnastics definitely need work. Festivus motivated me to work on my weaknesses, shake off the nerves, and just go out there and perform.

The competition was made up of four WODs, plus the finals for the top five. (Check out the workouts here). I was 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 12th, which put me in sixth place out of 22 overall – just missing out on fighting for a spot in the top five in the final event. That was very disappointing (remember how I said my mental game needs some work?), but it was also motivating.

The second event (a one-rep max thruster) didn’t go great in terms of ranking, and the fourth/floater WOD (a 20-calorie row followed by max rep bench press at your chosen weight). It definitely reminded me that my strength is a limiting factor for me.

Still, I had an amazing time. Our host gym – Rocky Point CrossFit – was organized to the point of perfection. The event ran on time, was well judged, and had great energy. There were tons of PR’s and some pretty impressive times on the chipper.

My personal favourite moments?

  • Winning my heat in the first workout
  • Thruster PR at 125lbs, and power clean PR at 135lbs (couldn’t quite lock it out for the thruster)  
  • Support from my parents, lovely partner, friends, and Tactix family throughout the day
  • Hearing my competitors cheering me on and congratulating each other after every WOD
  • Watching the Masters’ athletes dominate the final workout

Plus, I celebrated afterwards with dinner and a cold beer with my family. What more could a girl ask for? (I mean, more beers, but that’s besides the point.)

If you’re thinking about competing on a team, do it. If you’re thinking about competing solo, do it. All you need is the desire to try your best, and get better. I promise you won’t regret it.

 

The Food Diaries: Monday Meal Prep

As much as I love to cook, sometimes I just don't feel like spending my Sundays in the kitchen. That often coincides with days that are 20+ degrees and sunny - weird. 

We had some lofty ambitions for this weekend (pretty much all the fitness, swimming, a lot of cleaning and laundry, laying out, etc.). That meant meal prep had to be quick and dirty. 

These two recipes - paired with various smoothies, fruit, and Babybells - will get us through lunches and snacks for the first three days of the week. That's usually all I try and do at one time. This prep was done in under an hour, which left me with plenty of time to get back to the important weekend activities (like napping in the sun a la cat). 

Sesame Stir-Fry Thing

2 packages ground turkey

Tamari or soy or coconut aminos

Fresh ginger, minced

Honey

2 cloves garlic, pressed

Sesame oil

Sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients and let marinate for as long as you can (up to twelve hours, let’s not get too crazy).

Pan-fry until cooked. Top with sesame seeds. 
 

Serve on brown rice WITH:

Veggies on Veggies 

½ red cabbage, chopped

A lot of mushrooms, sliced

2 cups broccoli

Literally any other vegetables you have

Tamari or soy or coconut aminos

Coconut oil

Chili peppers (a sprinkle)

Sautee the vegetables in order of cook time (harder vegetables in the pan first, softer after). I only add enough soy/tamari to moisten the vegetables a bit and give them some flavor.

Each serving for Damien gets about a cup and a half of cooked brown rice, a bunch of veggies and about two cups of ground turkey. My servings are about 3/4s of his (I honestly just add slightly less rice and more vegetables to mine, because I operate well on a bit fewer carbs than he does).

This will feed us for three lunches each.

 

Chocolate Berry Chia Puddings

6 containers (I use 3 large jars for Dame and 3 small for me)

Chia seeds

Frozen berries

Chocolate protein powder

Almond milk

Coconut flakes

Agave  

In Damien’s jars, I use 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, ½ a serving of chocolate protein powder, and about ¾ cup of almond milk. I mix it together well, then add in about a half a cup of frozen berries and mix to combine. Coconut and agave goes on top.

For mine, I use 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, ⅓ serving of protein, and about ½ cup almond milk. That’s sweet enough for me, so I skip the agave but add coconut. Gotta love coconut.  

(If I’m feeling wild, I also add shaved almonds if we have them, or chocolate chips.)