Biking and climbing + ribs, rubs and dips

It has been quite a few days since my last blog entry and I have been willing to write something for almost every day, but at the same time I did not feel like writing on my iPod ๐Ÿ™‚ June started and I decided not to get a bus pass but use my bike instead. Saturday I bought a used bike (did not see point of getting new one, because we don’t know how long we gonna stay here blah blah). It goes so much faster with my new bike and even those horrifying hills don’t seem that horrifying anymore and quite manageable. I have been increasing my arrival time to my work place every day. Tuesday I made it in 60mins, Wednesday – 55mins. Thursday – 54mins. I am proud of myself to go each time faster and faster, means my legs are getting stronger. And I also reached fastest time to go down the hill: 52.5km/h ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have been very good girls and already went to climb 3 times this week. It is so much more easy to go to climbing gym when I am on the bike, rather than bus, because I don’t have to get out of the bus, walk to the gym, walk back to the bus, take bus, walk home….It takes loads of time…With bike I arrive faster than with bus, plus I can leave work half an hour earlier than before, because I don’t depend on bus schedule, so it is very simple to take a little turn on the way home for the climbing gym. They also made new routes and some are really interesting and powerful. For the first two times I was climbing routes that are more of my level and does not require too much concentration and effort, because I was forgetting to take tape for my fingers, and my tendon is still not o.k. As much as I know it might take even a year for tendon to heal, so I don’t have any other choice as wait patently and climb using support. Yesterday I decided to climb routes that are higher than my level, because I want to improve and I was switching between overhanging climbing (powerful movements) and crimps (endurance and finger strength). That was super nice session that I really enjoyed. On Wednesday, when I did not go to climb, I made a little workout for the abs from Skimble app, called Ab-Bootcamp. Today was my rest day as I have Crossfit tomorrow, first time after a week break (seems like ages ago ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Obviously, I had to make something sweet and nice today, so I chose to make the chocolate cake that was actually my first paleo dessert which I made for my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ It is still cooling down and waiting its turn to be tasted. It is super delicious, just takes time to deal with those dates ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I discovered ribs. Last time I ate ribs back in Lithuania and when I saw humane raised ribs for fair price in the shop I decided to take a chance and to make something out of it. It is absolutely delicious. Keven now is just dreaming about ribs ๐Ÿ™‚ So, today I made a load of rub from “Paleo Comfort Foods” that probably will be enough for a year. The rub consist of:

  • thyme
  • four peppercorn blend
  • grilled sweet pepper
  • hickory salt
  • sea salt
  • black and white pepper
  • onion powder
  • ground cumin
  • chilli powder
  • turmeric
  • garlic powder
  • sweet paprika
  • rosemary
  • mustard powder
  • cayenne powder

Uff…It was easier to make than to write it down ๐Ÿ™‚ But now I will have rub for all the rest of the year. In the original recipe there was no grilled sweet pepper and no hickory salt, but I found these smokey ingredients in some other recipe, tried it out and fall in love. I was checking many recipes to find how to make the ribs in the oven (most of them offer you to use grill, which I don’t have), so after checking probably 10 websites or more (all of them required roasting ribs in the oven for at least 3 hours), I came up with this preparation of Pork Back Ribs in the Oven:

Remove filmy membrane of the back of the ribs. Spread the dry rub all over. Leave it to marinate in refrigerator, covered with plastic film or aluminum foil for at least 2-3 hour or best overnight. Cut the ribs into 3-4 rib chunks. Preheat the oven to 450F. Heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in the pan on high and both sides until nicely browned. It’s quite fast process, but it will give that amazing crunchiness afterwards. Place ribs on roasting pan and put in the oven for 50-60mins, turning over half time. This is much faster than having them in the oven for a longer period on smaller heat and I found it very nicely cooked and crispy.

It is also nice to have sweet potato chips along with ribs and some nice dip. I was using roasted red pepper dip from paleOMG and I loved it. Definitely recommend to try it out. It goes also really well with roasted cauliflower and broccoli. The other dip that I also used with ribs was Tahini dip ( good with veggies and fish as well) which is super easy to make:

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water (start by adding less to check for the desired thickness)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp hot sauce (optional)
I like hot sauces, so I do add hot sauce and as cumin is one of my favourite spices, I never forget this one ๐Ÿ™‚
For my lunch when I am working, I am still stuck with Tuna salad (tuna, celery, apple, chive, spinach or kale, sometimes avocado, some nuts (pecan is super nice) and the dressing), because I just can’t get over it. It is easy to make and I just love the taste of it and sauce is really good with anything actually and I use it sometimes with other salads as well:
  • 1-2 tbsp of home made mayo
  • 1 tsp of mustard (I use old-fashioned)
  • 1 tsp of apple sider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
So much from my food and exercise world this week ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you will try out some recipes and enjoy them as much as I do.

Climbing and working out

My first passion is rock climbing, but sometimes it happens that I do not feel like climbing. Since Monday, I have been thinking to go to climbing gym for some climbing, but managed only today. I just did not feel like leaving home and climbing. It happens. Maybe I am just simply bored of the routesย in the gym and simply wait until there will be a competitions and the new routes will be created. Actually I think that subconsciously I sis not want to go climbing since the christmas time and ย then my sweetness attraction I gained some weight, so I was scared to fail. It is not that I gained a lot, but I think I gained like 1,5 kg and in climbing it is a lot. I already weight too much for a climber and I am lucky just because I am strong. So, basically, 1,5 kg means that I have to carry those 1,5 kg while my muscles did not got stronger, so it means while I could be able to do some moves before, I might not be able to do them with changed weight. Complicated, no? Anyways, as I lost a bit of weight and I have been training at home with body weight exercises, I felt more encouraged today to go climbing. It was good, I did not achieve anything new, I just climbed the routes that I already climbed, tried some more difficult ones, but did not want to hurt too much my fingers. So, after spending in the Roc Gymsย about 2 hours, I got actual climbing probably 45mins, as rest would be warming up, checking the routes, taking rest. I can’t wait to see the new routes when they will be done as it supposed to be changed on Saturday. Then it is easier to be motivated, when you have new challenges waiting for you.

After coming back from climbing I also made some 20mins. workout using Fleetfy app in my iPod. I like thins one as it is more community based and you can compete agains the others, so I joined some challenges and so far so long really enjoy working out. I just don’t like that most exercises are related to wights and as I don’t go to gym and don’t like going to gym my workout options are quite limited. But for now it is fine, I have some challenges to overcome.

When I look back, my first workout partner was Bodyrock.tvย ย that helped me to start working out as my subscription to the gym did not work out once more. I like doing sport and I really love challenging my body, but gym is not for me. I have fun for the first month as I want to try out all the classes and program created for me, but eventually I am bored and instead of having fun, I start suffering. Then I simply stop going to the gym, usually after 3 months. So, with Bodyrock I could simply workout at home, exercises are challenging and your body will definitely suffer first time, but then they started adding to much equipment to their workouts. And I didn’t like that too much. I don’t mind when they add jumping rope or fitness ball, it’s fine, but then you have different bars, sandbag, ugh ball, etc…So, it seems that I should start having some kind of gym at my home. Not for me….Especially when me and Keven were moving all the time in Barcelona, now changed to Quebec and have no idea where we will be nest Christmas. Keep it simple and light.


So, I started using Skimble app for workouts and it is also nice though sometimes funny to listen to robot voice telling you what to do or “pushing you”. But it is nice exercises and you have some kind of personal trainer telling you what to do and once you switch of the sceptical reaction to robot voice and concentrate on climbing it is really fun and useful.


I also use “MyfitnessPal”app for tracking my diet. Not so much now, but it was extremely useful during spring and summer when I wanted to loose weight, but could not figure out how to do that properly. It helped me to loose maybe 6-7 kg, simply by loving in what I eat during the day and knowing how many calories I am supposed to consume if I want to loose weight. It really helped with the unconscious snack problem that I think many of us have when we don’t even realize how much calories we eat without counting and it was extremely helpful for the empty calories (so I call drinks). I worked in the bar when I started to use this app and I was shocked to see how many calories can be consumed through drinks: little shot here and there, favourite drinks that are nice to sip while working, clients buying drinks. With this app I had literally to earn calories by working out. And I am sure that at least this way I lost 3 kg or more, just by minimizing drinks and various juices. ย I don’t use it now, just sometimes to check for the calories, but I was absolutely following all my food intake for half a year.

Now I want to go back on track, workout a lot (I have time for that) and be in the best shape of my life ;)))