Ship’s Log–March 12th, 2015


I’ve certainly been pushing my body hard this week, and it’s starting to show. I was sore today, not so much from yesterday’s less-than-glorious return to running, but more from overdoing it with the weights afterwards. While the quality of my nutrition helps with recovery, it still hurts sometimes when I push harder.

Thank goodness I had classes available to me tonight to work the soreness out. The first class, BJJ, is always a bit of a crap shoot regarding how intense it will be. Tonight was fairly middle of the road, which was good for loosening up my sore, tight arms. The second class, MMA, was a bit more intense, but the intensity was welcome by then.

Food today was a bit challenging. I had to hit the Natural Market this morning, and I saw that they are now carrying vegan baked goodies from my favorite vegan bakery. This is the highest level of temptation for me. I really, desperately wanted a cupcake, but with all the girl scout cookies in my kitchen, a cupcake wasn’t a smart choice. I distracted myself with a fresh juice and saved the cupcakes for later in the year, when I’ll be ramping that running mileage way up.

Dinner was another small victory. I was exhausted after classes and vulnerable to the suggestion of pizza, which my kids hinted at. Thankfully I had made a double batch of chili earlier in the week, and heating up the leftovers was even easier than going out for pizza.

I may take a few days break from blogging this weekend. I’m heading up to Boston to help my baby sister move, and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for blogging between the shopping, eating, packing, and the spin class she’s signed me up for, which I expect will kill me. We’ll just have to see how it goes, but it is possible you won’t hear from me until Monday unless you also follow me on Twitter (@AllisonCoffin) or Instagram (suburbantomboy)


  • 1 hour BJJ
  • 45 minutes MMA


  • Whole wheat English muffin with egg, Canadian bacon, and Daiya cheddar
  • Whole fruit juice: banana, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, frozen cherries, mixed greens, flax and chia seed, and water
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Morning Snack:

  • Fresh juice: spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, and lemon


  • Buffalo wing tempeh
  • Kale salad
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Thin mints and trefoils

Afternoon Snack:

  • Hummus and carrots
  • Pre-classes: fig bars


  • Black bean chili
  • Corn chips
  • Chocolate porter
  • Thin mints

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