Morning Glory muffins (Paleo)

Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

I was willing to bake something and Keven pointed out today that our apples are going bad, so I decided to seize the moment and do something with apples. Of course, I have my favourite apple fritters muffins recipe that I love and could eat all the time, but also wanted to try sometihing new.

I went to check on PaleoOMG website to see if there are some ideas that I could use. I took her Morning Glory Nut free muffin recipe, twisted a lot and got my own version of Paleo Morning Glory Muffins. They came out very nice, feel a lot sunflower taste and misses a bit sweetness, so if you have sweet tooth, I would advice to put at least 3 TBSP of honey, but if you are trying to limit sugar then keep initial 1 TBSP.

Here comes the glorious recipe for 12 muffins:

Ingredients
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored, grated
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled ir grated
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup Walnut Oil or Coconut Oil(melted)
  • ¼ cup dried apricots or any toher dried fruits of your choice
  • ¼ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate chips (Enjoy life) -optional
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast sunflower seeds over medium heat with 1TBSP fat. I used regular olive oil, but you can go with coconut oil. Make sure that you don’t burn seeds, so keep mixing very frequently.
  3. Grate apples and carrot to a bowl and add  almond butter.
  4. Then add your roasted sunflower seeds to the food processor and puree until you get a flour/meal.
  5. Then add your sunflower seeds flour, eggs, walnut oil, honey, apricots, chocolate chips, pecans, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
  6. Pour your batter into muffins tins. I lined my muffins tin with silicone muffin liners but paper would do just fine.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
  8. Let cool slightly, but but best to eat them warm. ENJOY!

Training 27th and 28th November

 

I decided to take day off on Monday because I just did not feel like training at all. I had really intense 3 days of training, so I decided to follow my body…

Tuesday:

Did just Outlaw…but anyways….conditioning was tough…

WOD 121127:

BB Gymnastics

1) 5X1 3 Position Snatch @ 75% (low to high) – rest 60 seconds, DEMO VIDEO  – 85#. Nice and smooth, tried always to get squat snatch,no always successful…
2) 5X1 3 Position Clean + 1 Push Jerk @ 75% (low to high) – rest 60 seconds – 115#. Too light…

Strength

1) Back Squat:
-Every 30 seconds for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 85% (9 total reps) – 195#
-Rest exactly 2 minutes.
-Every minute on the minute for 4:00 minutes – 1 rep @ 90% (5 total reps) – 205#

2) 5X3 Front Squats (3 count pause on 1st rep) – heaviest possible, rest 60-90 seconds. 135/145/155/165/170#. Started with lighter weight to get really comfortable in bottom position for 3sec. count and then was just checking until where I could go up…for 170# though back started to be round 😀

Conditioning

2 min ME Row for Calories – 37kcal.

-rest 1 minute

4 min AMRAP of:
15 Pushups (hand release)
10 T2B

RESULT: 4 rounds +1 Pushup

-rest 1 minute

4 min AMRAP of:
15 Jumping Squats 45#
10 Pullups

RESULT:  3 rounds+9 squats ( I couldn’t imagine that squats will be hardest part – they were just killing and burning and I thought that they would be really easy. Couldn’t have been more wrong….

-rest 1 minute

2 min ME Row for Calories – 32kcal. (longest 2mins. ever….could not wait until this torture will finish)

Wednesday:

I did an early training!!! I woke up at 6:15a.m. to do training before my classes, so it was short and intense….Short still took me around 1,5h to make :))))

WOD 121128:

BB Gymnastics

1) Every 45 seconds for 5 minutes:

1 Power Snatch + 1 Hang Power Snatch @ 70% (of max Snatch any style) – 80#. Super nice and easy….it feels so good to do something without getting frustrated.

2) Every 45 seconds for 5 minutes:

1 Power Clean + 1 Hang Power Clean @ 70% (of max Clean any style) – 105#. I already forgot what it means to clean so light :) And I did not even had to push jerk, which recently has been my nightmare and I need to work a lot on it….So, I was super happy that I did not have to jerk at least once…

Strength

1a) 4X3 3 Stop Snatch Pulls – heavier than last week, rest 45 sec. DEMO VIDEO – 155#, 2×175#

1b) 4X5 Hang Clean Hi-Pulls – heavy (BB should rise to chest height – elbows above bar), rest 45 sec. – 3×115#. That was actually harder than I thought initially that it would be: tried to use the same weight as for snatch pulls and absolutely failed, then tried to use 125#, but could not pull it to my chest from hang position, so had to readjust myself again and go with 115#.
1c) 4X5 Split Press – heavier than last week, rest 45 sec. DEMO VIDEO – 75#, 85#, 95#. Decided to go lighter at the beginning, because Sunday that felt really hard, checked video this morning and saw that my position was far from perfect. 

Conditioning

Choose one…

Row: 4X500m – rest 2:1 – 30 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.  As I already ran Sunday, this time chose rowing 🙂 Times: 1:52min, 1:55, 1:54, 1:57 + 30 burpees penalty.

Run: 4X400m – rest 2:1 – 25 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.

Swim: 7X50m – rest 3:1 – 20 burpee penalty for every set that deviates +/- 5 sec. from the fastest set.

 

 

Then…I decided to check my back, because everyone were telling recently that I look very cut 😀

Do I?

 

WOD 31st August

Yesterday I felt really excited to see what will be a WOD of today from Outlaw and once I hit the gym and started doing my workout, I felt like shit. Literally, no power in me, footwork horrible, wanted to quit few times, finished it though.

WOD 120831:

BB Gymnastics

1) 7X1 1 Hang Power Snatch + 1 Power Snatch + 2 OHS as fast as possible – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec (exactly). Notes: This should be performed as a complex. Do not drop the bar between movements. The OHS should be down and up for both reps without hesitation.

Result: 2×75#, 4×85#, 1×75#. I felt really weak doing these, especially because last time I was making 95# hang snatches. However, I did not go up from 85#, because I wanted to make sure that I am stable while doing OHS. At least that was my PR for OHS and it did not feel that hard.

2) 7X1 1 Hang Power Clean + 1 Power Clean + 2 Push Jerks – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec (exactly). Notes: These should be UB reps, if you cannot perform them UB then lower the load.

Result: 4×95#, 3×105#. For last one I tried to make 115#, but failed on jerk, so went back to 105#. Did not feel strong and having much power at all. At beginning was even struggling a bit with 95#, so continued with that weight till felt stable and concentrated. Not best day for Oly.

Conditioning

5 rounds for total reps:

  • 1 min AMRAP of:
  • 5 Over the Box Jumps 24″
  • 10 KBS 32/24kg
  • 5 Over the Box Jumps24″
  • 5 Thrusters 95#
  • *Rest 1 minute after each round.
  • RESULT: 105reps. That was fun workout…hardest part is to clean barbell after making jumps when you try to catch breath and motivate yourself to do that while you see on the clock 10secs.  or less left.

Midline

1a) 3X10 “Strict” Weighted GH Raise – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. (no swing, start from a position parallel to the floor)Result: 10#, 25#, 25#

1b) 3XME Hanging L-Hold – rest 60 sec. Result: 13secs, 11secs, 10secs.

After that I took little break, then decided to work on my skills and made 3 rounds of:

  • 15 ring dips (used thinnest elastic band)
  • 30sec. handstand.

Then, I thought that it would be time to make Blackbox challenge as obviously I would not be able to make it tomorrow as I will be having 2 workout anyways. This week challenge was for Muscular Endurance to make 100 bench press 85# for time. RESULT: 10:48min. 

Overall, todays mood wasn’t the best, because I want to push more and I am still struggling with so many details, like putting elbows up fast when making clean, being stable doing snatch, using explosiveness for jerks and so on. So, probably for me best would be to use advice of this poster 🙂

 

 

 

WOD of 28th July – 1st August

So, last month of August started and I have been working out hard, though feeling that not as good as I could do. I feel that I somehow do not reach my potential and it is kind of frustrating. As usually, I do go to CF 3 times a week and I also try to do workouts from “Give them cold steel” either at home or in the gym. I liked Saturday’s Workout, because it was of 3 parts and AMRAP of 8mins.

AMRAP1:

  • 15 shoulders to overhead (75lbs)
  • 30 push ups
  • Result – 2+22rounds

AMRAP2:

  • 5 deadlifts (205lbs)
  • 60m broad jump (killer 🙂 )
  • Result – 3+5 rounds

AMRAP3

  • 15 KB swing (53lbs)
  • 30 V-sits
  • Result – 4+6 rounds

I was glad that I don’t come to the first classes of the day, because then I can see what others have done and what I have to beat. And I am glad when there are results of some strong girls, because then my goal is to beat. So, I had one girl in mind making Saturdays WOD and then I took my Monday class at the same time when she had, because I wanted to know with whom I am competing and to have a “live” competition.

So, Monday we had again 3 AMRAP, just this time 10mins each.

AMRAP1:

  • 5 box jumps (26″)
  • 10 push jerks (75lbs) (I have to confess that this was the only AMRAP that I made lighter weight that my “competitor” 🙂 I loaded 95lbs, but I don’t know why I was not even able to make a clean with this weight, probably had some fatique from weekend training, so had to go down on weights.
  • Result: 6+30 rounds

AMRAP2:

  • 15 knee squats
  • 15 pull ups
  • Result: 3+22 rounds (plus totally torn hands)

AMRAP3:

  • 30 KB SDHP (53lbs) (kettlebell sumo deadlift high pull)
  • 15 knees to bar
  • Result: 3+7 rounds

So, I managed to make all AMRAPS faster than the girl I was competing with, but I was never far in front and it is amazing feeling to have someone all the time breathing in your neck.

Today I decided to go hard and make two workouts, basically one after the other. It was hard, not only physically, but also psychologically, because second part I was making all by myself and it is really much more harder to push yourself being alone than being in a group. Simply the sight of others also working hard helps a lot. I also regretted for my first part that I have had “Avocado Devilled Eggs” for breakfast, it was not smart idea, especially because it was loads of cardio and I was feeling really heavy.

However, todays training had two WODs, one classical benchmark WOD (yuppie) and the other time challenge.

WOD1 – Fight gone bad

Five exercises, performed for one minute each, with one-minute breaks given after all exercises have been completed. This grueling five-station rotation is then repeated three times per person. You count total of reps, except rowing, where calories are counted.

  • Wallballs – 16lbs
  • SDHP (Sumo-Deadlift-High-Pull) – 45 lbs
  • box jump – 20″
  • Push Press – 45 lbs
  • row

Result: 330.  I have so much more to improve with this one. Hardest part was wall balls, because I really felt those eggs being a bit upset in my stomach 🙂

WOD2:

  • 400m. run
  • 40 release push ups
  • 20 abdos
  • 400m run
  • 30 release push-ups
  • 30 abdos
  • 400m. run
  • 20 release push ups
  • 40 abdos

Result: 11:27min. 

Then I took little break of 10-15mins. and made this workout of 3 parts:

6 rounds;

  • 2 Hang Power Cleans
  • 2 Power Cleans
  • 2 Cleans [squat]

rest 120secs between rounds

*no re-gripping on ground

Result: 95-95-105-105-110-115lbs. As Saturday I was not able to make clean to the shoulders to start doing press jerk I was a bit worried when started doing this WOD. But Saturday was Saturday and today is a new day. 95lbs were really light weight and I had no struggle at all with this weight. So, I kept adding little by little weights, so that I would be sure to lift them 😛

B]

For time;

Result: 16:59mins. My hands got ripped off again and there is nothing to be done about it.

C]

Result: no time, but lots of frustration. At around 75 double unders I was so exhausted and 200 seemed so far away that I almost started crying. I had to fight with myself to keep going, because I suck at double unders, because I was really tired, because I could not make more than 10 in a row without tripping. But little by little the number got bigger and I finished this WOD. It took me longer to make C part than to make B part, but I did finished it and then I could tap my shoulder for fighting until the end 🙂 I think todays training  pushed a lot my endurance and I will feel results later.