In the Zone – Day 2

Yes, I managed to make to the box on Friday for Cindy. That was technically the beginning of our “In the Zone” challenge at Crossfit Continuum where we go through different challenges over the next few months. The first challenge – the Zone Diet. And boy is it going to be a challenge if the first few days are any indication.

Day 1 was not all that hot, as you might have noticed in the Cindy post. I really only managed to eat two meals the whole day – a salad and a rice bowl at Tokyo Joes. Both were tasty, but it just wasn’t a good day for regular eating.

*THIS* is a snack?
*THIS* is a snack?

But that leads to Day 2, which was yesterday. Pardon my language, but holy crap that’s a lot of food.

According to our wonderful box owner and trainer Drea, I’m supposed to eat 22 blocks of food A DAY… That’s 22 blocks of protein, carbs, and fat. In. One. Day.

Yesterday we were gone all day, so we were up early scrambling to pull things together before we left for a soccer tournament.

Here’s how the day broke down meal wise…

Breakfast (5 blocks)

  • a cup of coffee with 1 oz of creamer (2 blocks of fat) and one scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (1 block of protein)
  • a cooked 1/3 pound hamburger (ended up being about 2 oz cooked or 2 blocks of protein)
  • a fried egg (1 block of protein)
  • a 8″ flour tortilla (2 blocks of carbs)
  • a medley of strawberries and grapes (3 blocks of carbs)
  • a second cup of coffee with another 1 oz of creamer (2 blocks of fat)
  • Total: 4 blocks of protein, 5 blocks of carbs, 4 blocks of fat

Snack #1

  • 4 oz of tuna fish, drained (4 blocks protein)
  • 4 teaspoons of light mayo (4 blocks fat)
  • 1 tsp relish (1/3 block of carbs)
  • 2 pieces of bread (4 blocks of carbs)
  • Total: 4 blocks of protein, 4+ blocks of carbs, 4 blocks of fat

Lunch (cheat?)

  • One steak burrito from Chipotle with guacamole, white rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese, corn salsa, green tomatillo salsa
  • No idea how many actual blocks it actually is, but according to the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator ( something like this
  • flour tortilla – 10 g of fat, 46 g carbs, 7 g protein (not sure how to count this)
  • steak – 4 oz = 4 blocks of protein
  • white rice – 4 oz = 8 tablespoons? = ~3 blocks of carbs
  • corn salsa – 3.5 oz = < 1/2 cup = ~ 2 blocks of carbs
  • green chile salsa – 2 oz = very little
  • sour cream = 2 oz = 4 tablespoons = 4 blocks
  • cheese = 1 oz = 1 block of protein
  • guacamole = 4 oz = 8 tablespoons = wow 8 blocks of fat
  • no way to figure out what this is in zone terms for me without food calculus
  • call it a cheat?

Snack #2 (~4 blocks)

  • Green apple whole = 2 blocks of carbs
  • 12 cashews = 4 blocks of fat
  • Turkey lunchmeat & swiss = 4 blocks

20151003_193858Dinner (5 blocks)

  • 5 oz of cooked steak = 5 blocks of protein
  • 1 whole red potato = 2 blocks of carbs
  • sauteed mix of yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, snow peas, carrots = 1 blocks (about a cup)
  • cider beer = 2 carb blocks
  • sour cream (2 tsp) = 2 blocks
  • butter (2 tsp) = 2 blocks
  • olive oil (on veggies) = 1 block
  • steak sauce = 1 carb block


Same as my original statement. Holy crap that’s a lot of food.
I understand that the idea is that we rev up the system so our metabolism is burning more calories more efficiently and working on the stored calories in our fat pockets, but dang… I haven’t eaten this much food since I was probably in college.

My biggest problem so far is wrapping my head around the sheer volume of food and the preparation time as we figure out what the heck a block is here, a block is there, etc…

This next week is going to be rough.


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