Monday, January 30, 2012

30Day Paleo Update, 2 RKC Training workouts and Paleo friendly Meatloaf

It's hard to believe that 3 weeks are down and I'm in the last week of Robb Wolf's 30Day Total Transformation, or the Paleo Challenge as I like to call it.

I can honestly say that this challenge has been EASY!!!!!

I, in no way, shape or form thought I would say that cutting out beans and grains and eating meat would be easy. I'm loving food much more these days and I have a feeling that 30 days will come and go and the "challenge" won't end for me.

I've said before that I don't think I want to give up beans forever, and certainly not unrefined, whole grains as well, but I just need to see how I'm going to feel after I add them back.
In line w.the Paleo lifestyle is Primal, something I'm going to check into as well, after the 30 days are up. I do believe that Primal allows raw milk cheese?? I'm interested in that :) I like cheese :)
Who knows?
What I need to happen is I need to stay on top of my game, nutrition wise, so that I can continue on my road to RKC, which brings us to the last 2 workouts of my program from Mike Perry, RKCII, of Skill of Strength.

From Sat January 28th

3TGUS each side - 12kg - Feeling MUCH stronger TGUs

Chin-ups-5X2 - Was able to complete 4 of these sets pretty easily, last one was hard

KB Deadlifts-4X5, 2 sets w.32kg, 2 sets, uneven bells, 20kg/24kg

KB Presses- 2,3,5 X 2 - 14kg/12kg - Used both the 14 and 12kg bells - getting stronger

Single Arm Swings - 5x6 each side - 16kg, 5x6 each side - 20kg
- Getting better one arm 20kg swings. It's my hand and forearms that are the limiting factor here.

From Mon January 30th
4 TGUs per side, then switch - 12kg - Again, feeling much more confident in my TGU

GTG Chin ups - Sets of 1 - Total 10 throughout the day - Getting them done :), 2 left....

Heavy Single Arm DL 4X5 each arm - 24kg

Clean, Squat, Press Complex 2,3,4X4 each side - 3X12 and 1X14kg - Last time I used the squat into press for power. Mike instructed me not to do that, so I had to drop the weight down to 12kg. This complex is evil!! 4 rounds is pretty tiring :)

Alternate Swings 6 Sets of 16 (8 per side) - 3x16kg and 3x20kg - As I wrote above, my hand and forearms fail first

Without a doubt I am getting stronger, and that's a good thing.....How about some Paleo individual meatloaves? I got some nice grass fed beef from Hardwick Beef, a farm approximately 40 minutes down the road. I decided to make some meatloaves out of it.

1 lb Grass Fed ground beef
3 garlic cloves, run over microplane
2 medium carrots, grated
1 small onion, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup Paleo approved BBQ sauce
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the garlic cloves, grated carrot, and grated onion together.

2. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until only just combined; overworking the beef will result in a tough meatloaf.

3. Split 4 ways into mini loaf pans, or alternatively, form 1 loaf in a 9X5 loaf pan.

4. Bake until cooked through, 160 degrees, approximately 25 min for mini loaves and 55 min for large loaf; best to check w.a meat thermometer.

The addition of the BBQ sauce adds moisture and a smokey flavor. The individual size means you won't overeat :) I served the loaves with baked sweet potatoes and a raw kale and arame salad. The meal was delicious and I wish I had doubled the time for sure, as the meatloaves will freeze great (if they stay around long enough to go in the freezer!!).

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