Fun and games! + Cumin Chicken and Black Beans with Artichoke Salsa

Hello, hello!

You’ll never believe what we did at CrossFit this morning!

Our warm-up was …. FREEZE TAG!

Seriously!!  We were like a bunch of little kids running around the box!

But, it wasn’t just your plain ole boring version of freeze tag where you’re frozen until someone “unfreezes” you.  Oh no.  This was special.

If you were tagged, you had to do air squats (1st game), push ups (2nd game), and burpees (3rd game).

I didn’t end up doing the air squats because I was a tagger for that one.  Had a blast chasing people around! 🙂

And boy was I trying to avoid the tag during the burpees round.  Was all out sprinting at times!  Haha!

It really was a creative and fun way to warm up!

Then, we did a girl WOD today – Isabel.


Isabel is 30 snatches for time.  Rx weight for ladies was 65#.

We worked on our one rep max leading in to the WOD.

I got up to 75#!

I did one and Joe walked by and made a comment about me using my hips more.

Of course, after that, I couldn’t do another because I was focusing on my hips and not on just doing it.  I think I probably could have done another – or, maybe, that really is my one rep max.  Either way, I power snatched 75#!!  WOOT!

So, of course, 65# for the WOD was easy peasy.

Um, no.  Who am I kidding?  It was definitely NOT easy.

But, I knocked it out in 4:06 and I was pretty darned pleased with my performance. 🙂

I’ve really come a long way with regards to the snatch.  It’s amazing to me sometimes when I think back about how much trouble I had with 45#.

I love getting stronger!

strong girl


So, last night, I was wiped out from yesterday’s track workout and a full day at work and was so totally not in the mood to cook when I get home.

I really try to plan ahead but, sometimes, I just don’t want to do anything.

But, I was hungry (as usual).

And so was everyone else.

So, I had to figure something out that didn’t involve ordering a pizza.

I grabbed a few things from the pantry and some chicken breasts from the fridge.

And dinner happened.


Cumin Chicken & Black Beans with Artichoke Salsa

serves 4

1 bag brown rice (cooks for 10 minutes in the microwave)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt, to taste
2/3 cup black beans (or use more – Thing 2 wished there were more)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can (14 ounce) artichokes, drained and chopped
1 cup tomatoes, chopped (I didn’t have fresh so I pulled about 4 out of a can of peeled whole tomatoes)
1/4 cup onion, chopped (I used yellow but red would be good, too)
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 lemon, optional
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Prepare the rice according to the package directions.

2. Combine artichokes, tomatoes, onions and parsley in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Pat the chicken dry, cut into chunks and season with the cumin and salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until almost cooked through. Add black beans and cook until chicken is done.

4. Serve chicken and black beans over brown rice and top with artichoke salsa. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

5. Om nom nom!


Questions:  When was the last time you played freeze tag?  Or duck duck goose?  Or any game you played as a kid?  What was your favorite?

We used to play a version of hide and seek/freeze tag in the  dusk/dark.  Gotta love summertime!!  Front porch was base and the idea was to hide and try to make it back to base without getting tagged.  LOVED that game as a kid!

– jennifer

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