8 Week Challenge #3: Channeling my Inner Ninja

Good things about this week:

I worked hard at the gym. Slept more.  I cut way back on the almond butter, and the last two days I’ve tried eliminating nuts altogether. Just an experiment, to see if my system behaves better without them.

Bad things about this week:

The emotional train-wreckage of last week continued throughout the weekend. Thank the LAWD Jason is understanding and that we are figuring out how to best deal with one another.  He still thinks I’m cute and adorable even when my claws come out, which makes me pretty damn lucky.  But there was also ice cream. And a little bit of wine.  But way too much ice cream. I MUST do better this coming week! The recipe I’ve included below will be a good substitute. And? Fuck you, Coconut Macaroon Haagen Dazs.


Since the last Challenge post, I’ve done 6 days of CrossFit, 1 day of yoga and 2 days of rest. Big YAY moments for me were:

  • This morning I successfully climbed a 15ft rope!!! 5 times!!! I do believe my ninja socks were the reason. Maybe not, but I’m going to keep telling myself that. :)  Because it was awesome to feel all ninja and stuff.
  • I am getting WAY better with my “kipping” style pullups. Wtf is that? It’s where you use your body weight in a cool swinging-up motion to help heave yourself up to the bar for a pullup. These are HARD for me, as I am not the most petite of ladies. But there was a breakthrough this week, where I finally started to get it!
  • I made it to yoga on Saturday morning.  With all the balls-to-the-wall of CrossFit, it just feels so damn good to breathe, flow, stretch and bend. Not to mention it’s an awesome mind-cleanse for someone like me, who internalizes every goddamn thing to the point of driving myself bonkers.

Theme of the week: Workout Playlists!

Here is my current go-to list, titled F(ootb)ALL 2012:

  • Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well, A Silent Film
  • I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons
  • Blow Me (One last kiss), P!nk
  • Feel Again, One Republic
  • I Can Only Imagine, David Guetta
  • Home, Philip Phillips
  • Overjoyed, Matchbox Twenty
  • Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys ft. Nicki Minaj
  • Lights, Ellie Goulding

Recipe time:

I don’t know how many other people will be as obsessed as I am with this lil’ gem, but I cannot stop eating it.  I swear, even those of you who hate plain Greek yogurt, this will change your mind.


  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed till it’s nice and mooshy
  • 1/4 to 1/3Cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt, Plain
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • splash Coconut/Almond Milk
  • Organic unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Stir that shizz up like crazy and eat!  I deVOURED this served over my Paleo Waffles, holy crap it was good! Then later, I ate it alone and it made an awesome mid-day sweet treat with enough protein to tide me over till dinner. It could also be great for after dinner snack/dessert or as a fruit dip.

Nutritionally, it’s comparable to the typical brand-name flavored Greek yogurts with fruit on the bottom, but has WAY less sugar (9g) and only natural ones, for about the same calories. Mine does have 3g of fat because I chose to add shredded unsweetened coconut. That’s totally optional if you want to keep it fat-free!

Nutrition info for Dannon’s Oikos Fat Free with Strawberry:

Added sugar + fructose?? C’mon. We can do better for our bodies.

Week 3 is in the books! Almost halfway there!

8 Week Challenge #3: Channeling my Inner Ninja

13 Responses

  1. Coconut Macaroon Haagen Dazs?! I was sure better off not knowing about that. But your coconut banana yogurt sounds good. Have a nice weekend!

    Stacie @ Snaps and Bits September 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm #
    • As Erica would say, “It is da debil”. Seriously!!!! Enjoy your weekend, hon! :)

      50peach September 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm #
  2. That recipe sounds delicious. I am going to try that ASAP!! You are doing so amazing – I am in awe of you!

    Michelle Longo September 22, 2012 at 8:27 am #
    • Careful… It’s addicting! And , um… I added almond butter this morning. Droooool!

      50peach September 23, 2012 at 9:51 am #
  3. Mumford and Sons! Did not include them only because I was all about tempo. Those bitter folksters write the BEST stubborn anthems of resistance and triumph. Oh, yeah. It’s all payback.

    OneDayIllBeThatGuy September 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm #
    • Right?!?! Their tunes just have that certain ‘rrraaawrr!’ factor in them. That’s what pushes me when I run. Love them!

      50peach September 23, 2012 at 9:53 am #
  4. Well you kicked ass this week! That’s crazy how well you did with your exercise. You are truly fantastic. And that recipe looks so damn good!! mmmmm.

    dalrie September 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm #
    • Food is my new porn. HAHA! kidding… kinda.

      50peach September 24, 2012 at 9:03 am #
  5. Good job on the excercising! And the rope climb is fantastic. You are doing amazing!

    I just know I’ll adore that banana yogurt, and will definitely be getting the ingredients this week! Thanks for sharing the recipes. Your posts always inspire me to do more :)

    kianwi September 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm #
    • You are too sweet! Thank you. It’s nice to know I’m helping in some way – even if it’s sharing what I’m stuffing into my face. :) We’ve got this!

      50peach September 24, 2012 at 9:05 am #
  6. Climbing that rope? Huge ninja skill for sure! I can’t even imagine doing that, let alone the pull-ups. Your successes are inspiring!

    Reanna - Rock the Single Life September 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm #
  7. WHAT THE HAY! I totally commented on this :( I know I did because it makes me want to lick the bowl :)

    Pish Posh September 25, 2012 at 1:17 am #
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