Monday, August 6, 2012

The Hunt for PB2


I really liked this more endurance-based strength training session today. I loved that we focused on not just strength, but muscular endurance, and we also really focused on form. When you're doing that many without re-racking, it really gives you a chance to focus on every little portion of the back squat.

Drive the knees out.
Drive up with the hips.
Elbows up.
Squeeze the glutes.
Activate the hamstrings.
Press through your heels.
Imagine turning your feet out on dinner plates ... 

Oh the cues that go through my head. 

And then we played with the Benchmark WOD: Helen.

Here's a PERFECT EXAMPLE of the beauty of CrossFit and the gains that can be made in such a short amount of time.

The last time I did Helen, I did it in 14:06. That was in May of this year

I Rx'ed it this morning in 11:00. I took 3 minutes off my Helen time in less than 3 months. So in another 3 months, I want it sub 10 minutes. I know exactly what I need to work on, so it will happen. All of my swings were unbroken, and my first round of pullups. I had to partition the pull-ups this morning because I'm not used to the non-taped bars at Midtown. Weaksauce, I know, but my grip was sucking ass. Looks like I need to work on that.


I think it was my kickass hair that morning that lead to the PR, personally. It was rocking the house this morning, no? No, those are not my pajamas. Those are my gym clothes.

Speaking of gym clothes; dragging your stinky, post-WOD ass into the Midtown Starbucks is probably not the best idea. I have never seen so many suits in one place before. The Starbucks I usually venture into are full of Apple geeks and poor college students stealing free wi-fi ... I tried to hide my ripped up, chalked up hands as best I could as I was paying for my over-priced Americano and lunch.


I looked through all of their pre-packaged foods, and the macros on this were about right. 220 cals, less than 8g of sugar, 10g of protein, and a light amount of carbs. Plus, fresh goat cheese?! Sold, son! I needed proper fueling for the mission I was about to embark on: the Hunt for PB2.


I did more than just kill, I slaughtered. 
I'm a wild huntress! Look at all of this kill I brought home! 

I had to pay an arm and a leg for it ($6.50 a jar) but hey, it's in my cupboard and will soon be enriching my bowls of egg whites very soon. WORTH IT. I did find it cheaper online, so in the future I'll probably start doing that, but for now - it's alllll mine.

I do weird things with PB2. I put it in my shaker bottle filled with whey protein powder, and a little cinnamon. I add it to egg whites mixed with a little sugar-free syrup. I put it in my protein pancakes and waffles. I mix a little into my hot cocoa. I mix it into my coconut milk ice cream. Into my Lactaid Cottage Cheese. Into my Fage with fresh fruit. I mix it with jam and put it on my carb-free bread. 

Whaaat? Carb-free bread? Yes, thanks to Julian Bakery!

When I was out prowling for PB2, the kindest woman at Good Nutrition (in Toco Hills) also mentioned they are the only retailer of Julian breads, and walked me over to the freezer where I just about died and went to Heaven! I scooped up some of their Cinnamon Raisin, and can't wait to update you tomorrow on how good it is. For almost $9 a loaf, it better be freaking fantastic. They also just started making Paleo bread that I can't wait to get my dirty paws all over! 


Dinner tonight was a hearty salad with all the fixin's. Spinach, toms, cukes, olives, almonds, chicken breast, jalapeƱos, banana peppers, it was a salad beast.


 Poop-alicious Fiber-licious pistacios and dark chocolate for dessert!

The Husband and I stopped by our local YMCA tonight to check out what they had to offer. They offer a great discount for military folk. I'm going back in the morning to try one of their spin classes, the husband is really excited about lap swim ... (Shit, does this mean I finally have to learn how to swim?)

Do you use PB2? 
Do you swim? How did you learn?

26 comments:

  1. I've never tried it but it sounds like how i use coconut flour lately... i just throw it on and into everything because i just like the taste and texture of it for some reason. That bread sounds intriguing... gonna have to keep my eyes out for it.

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    1. I've heard it's incredibly similar to just peanut flour!

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  2. You will learn to LOVE lap swimming as its feels great on days when your muscles are a mess and can't do much else. You actually leave feeling better. See if the Y has any adult swim leagues or triathlon swim technique classes. I promise the more you swim the better and better you get!

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    1. I will definitely check! I would feel guilty not at least trying!

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  3. I am dying to try PB2!!! I use another powdered peanut butter that I love too! Helen is a tough WOD for me but I'm with you, I definitely want to improve my time every time I do it! Yet another thing I love about CrossFit! Always pushing me to be better!

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    1. I honestly didn't know there were any other brands of powdered peanut butter!!

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  4. I love PB2. I strangely have difficulty finding it in Denver. My mom brought me a stash from Minnesota when she visited!! And I used to import it to the DR when I lived there too. Lol. Love hearing your ideas about what you do with it. In yogurt! Duh!! Why didn't I think of that? I eat it a lot with apples, in oatmeal, etc. That's some amazing improvement on Helen!!!

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    1. Thanks! Good luck finding PB2! Try NEtrition.com, they have it on sale.

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  5. I recently took up swimming to get ready for a triathlon. I LOVE it and was shocked because I really didn't think I'd be into it. It will be my weakest leg of the tri for sure, but I'm much more confident about it now. I started watching youtube videos on swimming form and had a friend who swims go with me to give me tips. Now it's just a matter of practice. I do get better every time. It's such an exhausting workout! I just bought a nose clip and I'm excited to swim today and try it out because I keep getting water in my nose and it's been messing me up. My gym has private lessons that you can pay for and I plan on doing that but I figure I may as well get a little experience first so that I have something to work with. Another little tip that I started doing is wetting my hair in the shower first and then applying a conditioner, then put it in a bun and put the cap on (leave conditioner in). That way it's not getting all gross from the chlorine that gets in under the cap edges.

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    1. These are awesome tips! Well noted! Ugh, sometimes else I haven't thought of, swimming in chlorine ... :(

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  6. I <3 PB2, a lil too much... I can CLEAN a jar in less than a week, easily! And unfortunately (or fortunately) all I have to do is walk next door from my office and grab it (Whole Foods)!
    And i'm like you, I put that shiz on errthang!!

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    1. That would be too tempting for me! I would spend my WHOLE paycheck there ... ;)

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  7. PB2 is awesome. It goes with everything. I usually mix it with some almond milk instead of water, and then eat it with a spoon! Delish.

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  8. My fave way to use PB2 is my oats made with egg whites. Peanut butter oatmeal. YUMMY!!!!!!
    Jamie in Arkansas

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    1. I slowly started taking out the oats, now it's just egg whites, a little coconut milk and pb2, yum!

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  9. MMMM love me some PB2 I mix it into my oatmeal and its like eating no bake cookies for breakfast! What could be better?

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  10. I love PB2. I always put it on my waffles or in a protein shake.

    And I totally want to see more photos of your tattoos you got there. They look awesome.

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    1. I just have the one; it says "untie the ribbon" ... ;) got it after my first half marathon :)

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  11. The world is 75% water, swim or die.

    Plus swimming in the ocean makes you feel like a badass!

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  12. I've never heard of this before. Looks good to try.
    Mom Fitness Journal

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  13. So would this be a bad time to mention that I found PB2 at my local commissary? Yep, right next to the sun butter!

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    1. That's where I always went too! I sure miss having a commissarry ... But Atlanta is pretty amazing without a commissary!

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  14. I just wanna say I fcking love your attitude!!! :D I'm just getting into fitness and weight lifting and you're very inspirational!

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  15. Hi! Please can you post up some of those PB2 recipes that you mentioned in your post- like the egg whites one?

    Also - swimming is amazing. Learn! As it could save your life one day! And it tones every muscle as well as being excellent for building stamina. I learned before I can even remember learning and now I play water polo (think American football/rugby in water...) and swim every day. Get lessons if you don't know how to swim already so that you learn proper form.

    Love the blog!

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  16. I am obsessed with PB2!!! We're stationed at the Air Force Academy (no, not cadets, active duty :)) and they actually sell it at the commissary here for just under $4 a jar! I wonder if ordering direct from their website would be cheaper for you?

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  17. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually get rid of fat by consuming coconut fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world around!

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