Ciao!  CFCCBCCC Day 16 wuuuut?

Two gross anatomy exams down today and one more exam left this week!  Hooray.  It will take lots of willpower for me to keep up with the BCCC by avoiding kegstands Thursday afternoon.  I kid but I am bringing boxed wine to the 4:30p class and everyone is invited to partake in slapping the bag.  [genius halloween costume]

Let’s just go out and rage right now.

For real though, I find myself wondering what I got myself into more frequently than not these days… hmm.  One of my only study breaks this weekend:

I have not been keeping up with the crazy amount of veggies piling up in my fridge (anyone want peppers??) so a Sunday night bolognese solved that problem.  This is a super eat local meal and I love it even more so for that reason. : )

Paleo Venison Bolognese


  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced (csa)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (csa)
  • 1 lb ground venison (I am lucky to have access to venison year-round)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • hefty dashes (to taste) dried basil, oregano, onion powder, sea salt, cracked black pepper
  • 1 eggplant, cubed small (csa)
  • 1 zucchini, cubed small (csa)
  • 2 carrots, grated (csa)
  • 1 28-oz can plum tomatoes with sauce (unsalted, Trader Joe’s with basil version)
  • handful italian parsley, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 spaghetti squash (csa)


  • Heat a dutch oven on medium.  Add butter and saute onion and garlic for about 2 minutes.  Turn up heat slightly, add spices, tomato paste and venison.  Brown the meat until almost completely cooked through.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add eggplant, zucchini and carrots and saute about 10 minutes, covered and stirring often, until the eggplant begins to soften (but not get mushy).
  • Add tomatoes (I usually mash them up in the pot too), parsley and olive oil, cover pot, and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer about 1 hour, or until all off the glorious flavors have come together.
  • For the spaghetti squash, I pierce it all over with a knife, then microwave 12 minute (6 per side).  Let cool, slice in half and de-seed, then shred it into fake pasta.

You can still cook delicious, paleo things whilst drowning in medical terminology.  Swear.

I decided I want to be better about recording exactly what I eat and workouts for the last 2 weeks-ish of the BCCC and beyooooond.  Today:

Breakfast – water, Trader Joe’s Super Acidophilus Complex, claritin allergy pill (more on this, sleep and hormones in another post), 2 eggs scrambled in 1/2 tbsp kerrygold, coffee with splash of heavy cream…barely drank any since I was engrossed in my gross test (har har har)

Lunch – Venison bolognese with spaghetti squash, iced decaf green tea with fresh mint (I have been brewing big batches and drinking this often for something other than water)

Dinner – Venison bolognese with spaghetti squash (boring, I know)

Snack….1/2 cup white basmati rice heated in microwave with spash of heavy cream, cinnamon and sea salt.

This was a pretty light day of eats for me because I was so busy.


My shoulder is feeling much better since I rested the weekend but my goal for today was to not aggrivate it again like I did Friday.  I had success even though I only got 40 squats in.

SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Foam Roll as needed, 3 minutes. Lax Ball Hip Flexors and Quads, 2 minutes each side.

MOVEMENT PREP: THE BIG HIP WARM-UP: Take 30ft. and complete as pass of the following: 2 High Knee Passes, 2 Butt Kick Passes, 1 90/90 to Chest Pulls, 1 Toy Soldier, 1 Over the Fence/Under the Fence, 1 Duck Walk Pass, 1 Inchworm Pass, 2 High Skip Passes

STRENGTH: Back Squat, 20 rep attempt.

  • 95 lbs x 20.  Happy with this.  One of my BCCC goals is to improve my squatting weights so this workout was perfect.

METABOLIC CONDITIONING: From the floor, complete: 100 Back Squat Reps for time using 75% of your 20 rep attempt. At the start of every minute, complete 5 burpees.  There is a 10 minute cap on this workout.

  • I used 65 lbs (rx would have been 71 and change) and did 40 squats and a buncha burpees.  I had to switch to not cleaning over my head.  Front squats were getting pretty ugly by the end haha.

For kicks, cute pup fall photo.  Isn’t my girl a beauty?


I am still BCCC’ing.  Just have ZERO time to report anything right now due to our ‘hell week’ at school…I have been eating leftovers on the fly the last few days.  Had lots of them in my fridge and finished up the last of them this afternoon.

Mornings have been looking much like this still.

Lunches of salads and/or leftovers.

There is bacon under all those veggies…bacon bacon bacon <3.

Speaking of bacon, bacon fat and butter roasted cauliflower is goooooooooooooooood.

I ate rice one night this past week because I made a red thai coconut curry and wanted something to soak up all of the delicious sauce.  This was a yummy and easy meal.  Followed a recipe off the back of the red curry paste jar and added some red bell peppers and cilantro to the mix.

Other than this rice and heavy cream in coffee, I have been doing really well with my goals.  Lattes are at a bare minimum.  I did eat the cheddar cheese curds (from pastured cows) that I got in my CSA this week and they were so yummy and did not bother my stomach.  SQUEAKY CHEESE!  Still have not purchased any ‘snacky’ paleo-friendly foods but instead, I am getting creative with veggies and fruits OR trying to eat big enough meals so that I don’t have to rely on snacks.  I haven’t been craving too much lately except dessert-type foods.  I have been making variations of my paleo souffle of sorts as well as microwaving a plain apple (cored) and topping it with cinnamon.

This is a blueberry version of my souffle – it is NOT sweet at all but it is a craving-fix for sure.

Blueberry Paleo Souffle


  • 1 egg
  • tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (trader joe’s brand works well)
  • if you are not sugar-free for this challenge, small drizzle of honey or maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of vanilla (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • small handfull (less than 1/4 cup) frozen blueberries

All you do is whisk everything together until smooth and microwave in a deep bowl for about 3 minutes (maybe less depending on your microwave).

I also have been doing a chocolate version.  For that, I omit the fruit and replace with 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder.  I top the chocolate one with bananas mmmmm!  I think this would work well with a bit of almond or sunflower butter on top but I am avoiding those for the challenge.  The possibilities are endless!

This week at crossfit:

Monday – bear complex (the bear got me)

Tuesday – bench press worked up to 5 reps x 70 lbs.  I can now do double unders consecutively!  Hit 20 reps at one point during the WOD.

Wednesday – broad jump was 96% max.  deadlift worked up to 3 reps x 173 lbs (did 4 sets of 3RM).  PR’d my 1000m row by a few seconds (4:04 and change?).  I want to break 4 mins!

Th – Rest day due to pain in ze neck.

F – worked up to 3RM backsquat of 128 lbs.  Movin’ on up.  I couldn’t do the WOD because I aggravated the area under my upper medial border of my scapula during monday’s workout.  I attemped the ring dips and burpees for one round and then had to call it quits because it was pinching and heading up my neck.  Rowed 1k in 4:15 mins.  Guess I’ll be rowing instead for a bit.  I took thursday off but I think I need at least a week for this one.  This is an old, reoccuring injury and it is so frustrating to get it back to normal.  Knee is feeling good lately, knock on wood.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  Ice and I are bffs.

Back to the books byeeeeee!

CFCCBCCC Days 6, 7, 8 

I made it to the 6am session Friday morning since I was planning on going to the Phillies game after class.  Running on 4 hours of sleep, I PR’d my back squat (145 lbs) and ran the mile in 7:09.  I was happy with those numbers but I feel like I should have broken 7 mins.  My knee was visibly swollen the rest of the day and I took the entire weekend off.  It feels fine today but my arms do not.  Just like everyone else, they are still(!!) sore from our 100 pull-ups on Thursday.  Ridiculous.

School was rough this week.  While I feel like I am finally perfecting my ‘way’ of studying and retaining everything, I am mourning the loss of my extracurricular activities.  I want my social life back.  I’m glad I said yes to the game because I really needed a night of fun.

My friends were tailgating when we got to the stadium and after a long week, all I wanted at that point was a beer.  I drank half of one and had another after the game with some Abbaye pomme frites.  I am actually not a big drinker normally which is why I didn’t cut alcohol for the challenge.  Anyway, I’m not going to beat myself up over this but I am going to try to avoid (not gluten-free) alcohol from now until the end of the challenge.  Someone give me a paleo fail confessional booth.  I also had (coconut based) ice cream from Franklin Fountain last night.  Mint chip and chocolate.  AHhhhhh so good.  Ame and I had a girls night which consisted of me getting her hooked on The Walking Dead while we stuffed our faces with said ice cream.

I did  have some great eats this weekend in spite of my paleo fails.

Curly Endive Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, fried eggs and purple potatoes.  Purple taters are cool.  I made the bacon ‘dressing’ with bacon grease and Bragg’s apple cider vinegar + salt & pepper.  Simple.

Bull’s BBQ ribs at the stadium – I ate the ribs and slaw, skipped the beans.

Sunday night redemption meal for my paleo sins…Ground sirloin burger with manchego (sheep’s milk) cheese, avocado, tomato, roasted peppers and broccoli.  Plus a green salad.

Have a great week BCCC’ers!!

I can’t quite shake dessert mode, so even though I cut out ‘added’ sugar almost completely, I am not cutting out ALL sugar.  I.E. I am allowing fresh juice (from my juicer only) and fruit.  I had the biggest watermelon on the planet from my CSA and had no idea what to do with all of it.  Ended up juicing half of it and freezing the juice into cubes.

Finally tried out my plan for the cubes tonight and it was tasty, albeit NOT low sugar.  I am an ice cream lover addict so this is better than eating a big bowl of that…

Paleo Watermelon Sorbet

  • 5 cubes frozen (from fresh) watermelon juice
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk (trader joe’s – will they ever sell full fat??)
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Just one step: blend/food process – I have a cheap little ninja food processor/blender and it works perfectly for things like this!

Crossfit tonight was working on squat cleans and pullups.  I did approximately 50% max squat cleans at 55 lbs.  They felt pretty easy but I kept it at that weight since I am perfecting my form before going crazy with weight.

I got up to a pullup with mini band and 5 lb weight added (PR).  I was so close to the 7.5 lb added and tried it twice but couldn’t quite get my chin up there.  I feel like I am making major strides with pullup strength.

Then 100 pullups for time.  I used an average band and completed them in 9:27 min.  My arms were quite rebellious afterwards and dissecting tomorrow should be interesting, that is, if I can even lift my arms above my bellybutton.

Time for some well-earned zzz’s.


Day 2 of CFCCBCCC.

PR’d my front squat today: 123 lbs, YAY!  My previous max weight was 83 so I call that a win, especially since my knee has been super creaky since last week.  : )  I feel way more stable doing this move than when I first tried front squatting.

Breakfast – 3 eggs scrambled in kerrygold with s & p.  plus coffee (I added a tiny bit of heavy cream).

Lunch – same as dinner last night – pulled venison with roasted sweet potatoes.  and watermelon.

Dinner – lettuce wraps with red bell pepper slices.

School is stressing me out right now since I have a few tests looming over my head starting next week.  I am off to study at the library with my giant mug of green tea.  I will probably make a tasty, paleo (borderline sex with your pants on) treat when I get back and will share that recipe when I can grab a good photo (it’s soooo unphotogenic, ha).



Well my first 3 weeks of medical school flew by.  I can barely remember my own name, let alone approximately 321+++ muscles, bones, ligaments and nerves of the body that I should have memorized by now.  Life is busy but life is good.  My brain is finally making the adjustments that will get me through the next 4 years…I think.  Studying now is so different from undergrad, post-bac and regular grad school.

Favorite thing (er, living things) about school: my new friends, they are pretty amazing and make me laugh lots.

Least favorite thing about med school: gross anatomy…yep, it’s gross alright.  The smell, the cadaver juice, the fact that I look like a complete idiot when trying to name things that my prof points out…I could go on and on.  It’s gonna be a rough one.  Wish me luck!

I finally started crossfit (on my first day of classes…I like to start out with a bang) and it is an awesome way to burn off a little school stress and get in a good sweat session.  It hasn’t been very long, but I can already tell that it’s going to work for me.

I’ve been eating mostly paleo (with heavy cream in my coffee and the occasional whole milk latte for a pick-me-up of course).  I feel good overall but have developed a nasty addiction to Trader Joe’s olive oil potato chips!!  They are too good ahhhhh.  No vegetable oils, either!  Potatoes, salt, olive oil.  As vices go, mine could be worse.

That’s about all…oh and I turned 27 over labor day weekend.  Holy crap.  My mom took a pic to document my old-ness:

It was mostly low-key.  I took all of my books home and studied only one chapter of one of my 5 subjects in 3 days.  Oops!  My friends came down and we had some fun at the bay…sometimes relaxation is just necessary.

Some recipes coming soon!