Flexible Dieting FTW!

I mentioned in my last post that I was wanting to dabble with flexible dieting. WELL I have been! And I am pretty sure I love it. I’ve learned a LOT lately, and I am dying to share!!! No more “fat-loss diet” shenanigans.



Weekly meal prep, anyone? lol jk! I actually haven’t had pizza in a while… sad face.

BUT I get to eat an english muffin every morning with greek cream cheese on it. And Bacon. And I get to have goldfish, rice, potatoes, fruit, and I certainly won’t turn my nose up to a donut.

And sometimes in the mornings I can see what resembles abs:


And my left hamstring is irritated, so I haven’t been running in over a month.

So here is my pro and con list of flexible dieting:

  • Pro: You can have a social life and go out to eat with friends.
  • Con: You have to be careful what you order so that it still fits your macros.
  • Pro: You can eat oreos (or whatever other treat your heart desires)!
  • Con: You have to take however many you fit into your day and put the rest away.
  • Pro: You will start to gain more strength and feel better during workouts :)
  • Con: This may take a few weeks to kick in because your body is adjusting.
  • Pro: If you mess up every once in a while, it won’t completely halt your progress. You can call it a “reefed”. Tomorrow is a new day with new macros!
  • Con: You have to track everything…. EVERYTHING. Like you’re anorexic or something. This is definitely the hugest con, but it’s worth it because you’re not eating tilapia and broccoli. And the myfitnesspal app makes it really easy to insert recipes, save meals, and create macro goals.

The more I do it, the less I hate it. At first my workouts were sucking and I was constantly hungry. I had to tweak my calories quite a bit to get to a place that I felt was where I needed to be. I’m actually still not there, really. I think I probably need more protein. I currently am eating 195 carbs/ 146 protein/ and 65 fat and 1950 calories give or take 100. Unless I start diving into goldfish like I did yesterday… oops.



I’m just really happy that I’m not prepping stupid amounts of chicken thighs and steaks every single week.  I’ve discovered uncle ben’s ready rice pouches and they have saved my life! SO easy and fast and tasty. Jasmine rice might be my most favorite food in the world right now. Right under red velvet oreos, obviously. Why do they have to be limited edition?! I want them ALL the time…


What’s been going on with me lately?

Thanks for asking! I’m still a freelancing graphic/web designer–hoping and praying that someone offers me a job in the near future… The crossfit games open starts next week, and I’m hoping to do well in that. TOMORROW is the couples challenge! Brad and I get to spend the whole weekend together which will be really amazing since he has been working so much lately. And then other than that I’ve made a couple of minor fitness victories:

  • Back squat PR again: 315!
  • Been able to string together 2 muscle ups–almost got three the other day!
  • Deadlift PR? I lifted 320 off of some 25lb plates. I really hate deadlifting for max load.
  • I’ve been a bar muscle-up machine–going unbroken in WODs for sets of 4 and 5!

That’s all, I think. My goal has been to improve my gymnastics, and I have been! Particularly in the are of muscle ups, but I really need to get my strict handstand pushup and legless rope climbs, because right now I can’t do either of those…. I did a strict handstand pushup once, but it was a long time ago. And I completely hate working on it. I also need to handstand walk more often. Ugh, yuck.

More to come: couples challenge, new natural grocery store grand opening, longer term flexible dieting, and the crossfit open!

Fat loss update

I mentioned it in the last post, and I’m always curious about how people’s diets are helping them in their quest to become more awesome. The fat loss diet that Brad and I are doing has been sort of going. We eat the same thing during the day no matter what and then at night we either blow it and order a pizza or we are super good and eat fish and salad.

The purpose of the plan is to get lean. I think it’s probably to get “physique-stage ready”, but I’m not sure. Whatever it is, it isn’t really designed with longevity in mind which is why I am hoping to find a way to tweak it.

7:30 AM- 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1/4 c berries.

10:30 AM- 4 oz bison steak, 4 0z baked sweet potato

1:30 PM- 4 oz chicken thighs (usually 1 1/2-2 thighs) and 1/4 c brown rice

4:30PM- 1 1/2 scoops of protein powder mixed in water, small handful of nuts

–this is when I workout, I may or may not have a second protein shake depending on how famished I am–

8:40PM- 4 oz fish and 1 cup of greens with super healthy sugar free dressing

10:30PM- 1/2 serving of Progenex cocoon


I was curious about the macros of this plan, so I plugged all of it into the myfitnesspal to analyze it.






I don’t love the fact that it’s only 77 grams of carbs. This is one reason I feel like there’s no way this is designed for longevity. Plus on the plan you are allowed to eat one cheat meal per week. Which we’ve been going absolutely crazy on. But lately we’ve been doing more of a moderation cheating weekend instead. I don’t even know what that is, except that it involves french toast and bacon.

I do need to mention that I’ve enjoyed several PR’s over the past couple of months with my increased protein intake:

  • Push press from 165 to 175
  • Jerk from 200 to 210
  • Full Snatch from 150 to 155
  • Squat Clean from 210 to 215
  • Back squat from 305 to 310

They may be small, but I don’t even match PR’s consistently since I’ve been cross fitting for so long. But hitting all these new ones says a lot to be about increased protein.

Here is a progress picture that I took on November 3rd when we first started the plan and then again on Dec 11th one morning when I was feeling especially lean.2015/01/img_1613.jpgI currently look a lot more like November 3rd. I want to be frank–I’m starting to not care about what I look like. So what if I am 25-30% body fat? Who really cares? Will people like me more if I look super lean? No. I started out with the motivation of losing some lbs to get better at bodyweight exercises and gymnastics at the gym. Losing a couple of lbs isn’t going to make me better! Getting stronger and practicing more IS. And I have been–I almost never get stuck in the dip part of the muscle up any more ;)

Here are some pics of the food:


If I am working away from home, this is what I haul with me: 2015/01/img_1498.jpg



A happy fridge ready for a week of attempted fat loss:



I have recently become very intrigued by “flexible dieting” though. Commonly known as “IIFYM” or “if it fits your macros” which I think is a terrible name to call it. It sounds like all anyone does is find ways to get pop tarts and oreos into their diet. I am still a big believer in eating mostly paleo-types of foods. But I’ve really enjoyed adding rice and oatmeal back into my life. I think since they’re both gluten free that they would mesh well with anyone’s plan. Carbs are tricky to get enough of if you are following a paleo plan.

I am thinking I will sit down today and figure out what my macros should be on a flexible eating and then tweak this fat loss plan towards that goal. Longevity, folks! I bet the main change will be for me to add more carbs. Probably double the carbs I am currently eating. And I think I will do myself a favor and stick them near my workouts instead of doing them only in the morning. Screw being lean, I wanna be a better athlete.


I’m still alive! :) Stinking at updating my blog.

I’ve been freelancing, though! And I even worked for JUNK Brands for a few months designing custom headbands. I enjoyed it a lot, but it only paid $11/hour full time (no overtime eligibility) so I left to find something that I can live on a little easier while I freelance in the mean time.


Being a grown up is hard .

Fun things that have happened since the last time I blogged:


Learned how to lift with Klokov.



I did a four-person team powerlifting competition.


We would have gotten a free trip to California if we’d won, but he we ended up in third. But we DID win the max-lift workout. I PR’ed my power clean at 210#!


I had to do a behind the head ball toss, though, and came in dead last. In fact, we all ranked pretty low in our “specialty movements”. Tell me how a power clean and a behind the head ball toss are alike, again???


And then there was the Heart of America Team affiliate crossfit competition in Springfield, MO!



LOVE this comp! I’ve been lucky enough to be on a team for it every year since I started crossfit. It’s a 6-person team competition over a three-day period. Pretty awesome gig.


OH! And then on Halloween we all dressed up like American Gladiators at crossfit. It was fun! We had to do a workout with thrusters pull-ups and running, so we ran with the jousting sticks :)



And lastly, I have to talk about this fat loss nutrition thing that I have been doing. You get to eat 6 “meals” a day–one every 3 hours. I say “meals” because some of them are just protein powder. No carbs after 2:00. No gluten. No dairy. No sugar–the closest I come to sugar is berries at breakfast and whatever it is that they put in protein powders to make them sweet.

One cheat meal a week (complete with dessert). I’m usually hungry, though. I could sit down right now and eat an entire can of nuts. We’ve been going for two weeks, but I haven’t seen any drastic changes. I feel pretty good and my workouts aren’t suffering, but I haven’t lost any weight. I’m not sure that I will lose any, because I’m gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time.

I back squatted 300lbs again for the first time since August. AND I’ve been getting more consistent on my ring muscle ups. AND I jerked 200lbs for the first time since June! So who knows what’s going on. I feel motivated to try and keep sticking with it. At least until Thanksgiving :) Then maybe I’ll squeeze a few more weeks in before Christmas and then crack down again in the new year. We’ll see! I will keep my blog updated–I’m hoping to post some awesome before/after photos one day!


Yep. I’m still alive. I just haven’t prioritized keeping up with my blog at all… LOTS of things are happening.

I was laid off from my job at Paze Interactive a few weeks ago, and I’m still frantically searching for a new opportunity. Also Brad and I moved in together, and that transition took lots of time too.

Lots of curve balls are being thrown at me in life right now.

So let’s talk about some awesome things that have happened! First and foremost, I got my first ring muscle-up! Any crossfitters reading this will realize just how huge of a milestone this is in the crossfit world. I actually had no idea that I was anywhere close to getting up there. It surprised the heck out of me!!! This photo is from my first time up on the rings, but I didn’t make the dip until a week or so later.  This is a particularly challenging movement for someone like myself who happens to be a bit on the heavier side. And I would also argue that this is a harder movement for females to master since we lack the upper body strength that most men naturally seem to have. So there. I finally beat all the odds and got myself up there :)




I have also accomplished a couple more crossfit milestones recently. I clean and jerked 200lbs!!! And a couple days ago I back squatted 300 lbs! And then 305 lbs as well, just because I had some more time. Pretty cool to see some hard work paying off!!!

Oh and I did Murph.

run 1 mile

100 pull-ups

200 pushups

300 air squats

run 1 mile

(partition the three middle movements as needed—I divided them into sets of 5/10/15)


I did the running in a weight vest. Then I felt guilty for not doing the rest in a vest, so I ended up running an extra two miles in the vest with other people to ease my guilt. Next year I will don the vest for the pull ups and push ups too. I’m so grateful that my body is cooperating so that I can accomplish things like this.


I also picked blueberries for the first time. I can’t believe I never did this as a kid! It was actually super fun.



Here is the new apartment (you know… before we moved all our crap in and wrecked the place).




I am hoping that I can take some cool pictures of it next month once we’re back from our Dallas trip to IKEA. Right now the closets are a mess and there is a lot of stuff that needs somewhere to be stored. Maybe I can make a post about it soon :)

Tonight  a bunch of my favorite people from the box are all getting together to eat delicious foods and watch the crossfit games on ESPN. We’re all excited to watch Alex Lachance who started crossfit here at Crossfit 540. I’m bringing kale salad and watermelon. But first I gotta go buy more kale salad ingredients so that I can actually feed some hungry cross fitters!


NC Wedding!

I haven’t blogged in a billion years! I do that sometime… forget about my blog.

First of all–NEW HAIR! It’s been over a year since I got my hair cut. Before and after:20140429-082302.jpg


This weekend was Brad’s brother’s wedding! We flew to North Carolina (to which I’d never been) and stayed there all weekend. It was pretty fun :)

The plane we flew from Atlanta to Raleigh was fresh out of the hangar and taking its maiden voyage. Which was a scary thought to me. I’m still awful at flying. The more I fly, the better I get at it, but I still arrive everywhere completely exhausted and pitted out.

The new Delta planes are awesome though! Everyone gets their own screen with games, movies, music, and more!


Their flight safety video is pretty funny.


Doesn’t this picture make you feel really glad you’re on the ground???

The worst part was flying back to XNA from atlanta on Sunday. We beat all the tornado-infested storms, but the entire flight was inside the clouds so all you could see out the window was whiteness. And the turbulence was pretty much constant. I’m glad that was the last flight of the trip and not the first. At least by then I was a little bit more trusting of the whole process. but UGH, it’s too bad that I love traveling because flying makes me a wreck.

Brad was busy a lot the first couple days, so I went with some of his family to a store called Jernigans. They had some pretty cool goodies. I ended up getting poo-pourri.


I didn’t know you could get it in a store! I figured I would just have to order more from amazon. I got two tiny ones so I could take them back with me on the plane :)20140429-082441.jpgThey work!!! Just saying.

The wedding was really nice.

20140429-082457.jpgThe reception was really fun too! Brad gave a tear-jerking best man’s speech. They fed us a whole bunch of soul food and tons of cookies and oreo balls. And the cake was funfetti-tastic! It was perfect.


All the guys decorated the groom’s truck.20140429-082529.jpg

For future reference, don’t use silly string on a car. It’s hard to get off and if left on for long it can dull the finish.

OH! And I caught the bouquet. :) I caught Marlea’s too, but I think we kinda rigged it a little bit so that I wouldn’t miss! lol This time it was fair and square!

Moving on….

I visited a box while we were there! It was called H2ACrossfit. They made me feel super welcome, treated me like a celebrity, didn’t charge me a dime, and actually gave me some pretty good tips for my split jerk! It was only a mile away from the hotel, so I ran there. And then they gave me a ride home. Small town crossfit boxes are the bomb dot com.

I know, there aren’t many pics of food….let’s just say I ate really really bad. Like REALLY bad. I plan to get my act together soon…

I saw a makeup  vending machine at the Atlanta air port!!! How cool is this??

20140429-082546.jpgThat would be pretty awesome to find if you lost your bags.

Broken Bad

Last night Brad and I finished Breaking Bad. Yes–we FINISHED an entire show. A 5 seasons. Aside from True blood, I’m pretty sure that’s my first time to complete an entire show. Season 1 was the best, but by the end of the thing I pretty much hated everyone. It stressed me out, but I ended up feeling okay about the conclusion. My newest guilty pleasure is watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and drooling over their stunning  wardrobes. The show also has good music, but all of the characters selfish rotten have-it-all’s. Which is annoying. And honestly kind of boring, unless you’re in high school. I used to read the book series back in the day, though, so it was kind of cool to see that come to life. I have to brag on my incredible boyfriend. He made this ridiculously fantastic meal on Wednesday night while I was at “girls margarita night”, and I got to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. A big ol steak–complete with sausage, bacon, brown rice and zucchini. 20140411-092829.jpg

I think that one of my favorite meals of all time is the Slow Cooker Korean Grass Fed Short ribs from Nom Nom Paleo.


Which I made yesterday :) Served with my two favorite sides: cauliflower mash and sweet potato wedges. OMG yum. And yes, I realize those are both paleo stand-ins for potatoes. But I don’t care. When I was in high school I used to celebrate every Wednesday because it was “mashed potato day”.


Happy Sweet Potato Day???

I made chia pudding!!! For the second time ever.



Some people have issues with the texture. It makes a little bit if a “slimy” pudding, but I think it’s really satisfying. And super easy to make! You pretty much just make a liquid pudding then add chia seeds and store overnight in the fridge. Hey guess whaaaat!?! I got my bar muscle up back! That stupid thing is so elusive!!!! I did one  a couple of days ago so I ran all over the whole gym and did one on every single bar, so that I wouldn’t get into my head about which bar I was on and talk myself out of being able to do it. Then on Wednesday I decided to work on trying to learn to string a couple of them together. I attempted and failed over and over again. Then on my umpteenth try, suddenly it WORKED! And for the first time, I strung two together. Then a third. Then a FOURTH. Then FIVE!!! Then I went for 6, but my hands were getting angry. And my arms were feeling pretty fatigued. But that was a huge huge HUGE personal victory for me.

Jess Mess stayed with me for a couple nights just for fun and captured this video of the 5th one and then my 6th “attempt”.

My face at the top that muscle up is sheer happiness.

Surprisingly, coming down into second attempts took a lot less effort that the initial muscle up. I wonder if its the same way on the rings! Hopefully I will find out one day in the near future. I’ll be an actual competitive athlete!!! I’ll clean and jerk 200 lbs AND do muscle ups! …Sayonara to scaling?!

And now for a short public service announcement: you can totally make your nanos look new again!!!

20140411-093031.jpg 20140411-093205.jpgI bought the oxi-clean gel stick and applied to to all three pairs of nanos. Then I used a fingernail brush to scrub it into the fabric and let it sit for about an hour. Then into the washer with detergent like a regular laundry load, and THEN they air dried looking FLY!

P.S. I don’t recommend buying yellow or white nanos unless you’re cool with the grunge thing ;)


Rocktown Throwdown

Saturday was really fun! We went to Little Rock and stayed and Aaron and Abby and then teamed up with them for a really fun competition day. Our team was called “Squat like your EMoM”.


Here are the results. We ended up placing 4th overall! I had the big clean and jerk of the day with 185lbs, which I have been stuck at for a while. I really thought I could make 190 happen, but I just missed the jerk.20140407-104135.jpg



I was able to attempt 190 twice, but I missed the jerk both times :( Here is my final attempt:


Other good things happened though! I did Isabel for the first time during the final WOD of the day, and it took me 3:13. Which I would say is fairly decent considering I was a little spent from standing around and trying to be ready to compete all day. The last workout we did was one where everyone had to do a “girl”. Each team member did one and then “passed the baton” to the next team member. So I did isabel first, then Abby did grace, then brad did Elizabeth with power cleans (and did it under 5 minutes which blew my mind!!!) and Aaron did Fran. And we actually made the 15 minute time cap by two seconds :) lol

After that we ate at Big Orange (a pretty awesome little rock tradition) and dropped by lulu (where I picked up a camo forme jacket) and then headed home.

Starting today I am going to try to clean up my diet as much as possible…. meaning no more candy from the basket at the post office, and no more snacks in between meals. Since I’ve been working form home, i’ll pretty much just go in my kitchen every day at 10 am and eat whatever the heck I can find and just chalk it up to tiding myself over for lunch. It’s really a terrible habit, so I’m going to stop. Or at least switch to vegetables instead of south beach bars.

I want to do another sugar detox, but I don’t want to go without fruit for that long. So I’m just going to do it my way. “Lisa’s easy fun sugar detox that probably doesn’t work at all”. My detox allows people to have biscuits and gravy on saturdays :)

Here’s my latest “semi-paleo” lasagna:


Gluten free sheets of pasta, grass fed kerrygold cheese, and full of beef, sauce, italian spices, zucchini, onions, and broccoli. So tasty!!!

Sunday as usual was another “epic breakfast”.


I made PaleOMG’s crispy vanilla protein waffles and I used grassed butter instead of coconut oil and then I skipped the applesauce and added a small drizzle of bacon fat to the batter. The waffles came out a nice golden color and had that savory sweet taste that I really like.


Here’s a second tomato mixed green salad topped with strawberry balsamic reduction. Mmmmm, we still have some raspberry left.20140407-104254.jpg

And paleo burgers atop asparagus.20140407-104304.jpg

This is what I got with a $10 ebay credit :)

I am pretty pumped about stiffing through it for ideas today. Grocery shopping tomorrow night! YUM. Paleo is my favorite.20140407-104331.jpg

14.5 & The 2014 Hogeye Relay

14.5 was one and done. I most certainly did not enjoy doing that one at all. The thrusters were fine, but doing that many burpees really sucks. No matter how you split them up. 82 of each: 65lb thruster and bar over burpees. 21-18-15-12-9-6-31939562_694396457284249_1062523564_n


I did it on Friday night so that I could try and “rest up” some on Satruday before the hog eye relay on Sunday. I had 5 and a half mile relay race waiting on me :)


Is it weird that burpees rug burned my thighs?

Oh! And here’s the most flattering photo ever:

10171884_694396823950879_1469435013_nThe sorest part of my body was definitely my triceps after that mess.

I ended up ranking 204th in the region. Last year I was like 160th, so it’s a pretty significant drop, unfortunately. That what the open is all about, though, right? Finding out what your weaknesses are and then attacking them! It’s time for me to learn a ring muscle up. But according to my scores, I need to get a lot better a chest-to-bar pull ups, and bar over burpees? Maybe I just need better endurance so I can sprint for longer. I hope we never do 14.5 ever again. I wonder if Dave Castro actually does all of these workouts?

Speaking of endurance…. I actually surpassed my goal for the hog eye relay!

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I miraculously managed to average an 8:13 pace. My goal was 9:30–my usually back gets so tight when I run that it feels like i’m giving a piggyback ride to some trolls. But Drs. John Hutchinson and Eric Teece at NWA Spine and Joint worked on me this week and I’m pretty sure that’s how my back came to magically be fixed.


My knee didn’t hurt either. Or my hamstring. Or my ankle. It was pretty crazy, I could actually run as fast as I wanted do without any type of pain! It was incredible. Pretty sure I ran faster this year than last… and I didn’t train at ALL this year. It was too painful.

Our teams got first and second which was pretty freaking awesome! We registered as the Pink ladies and the Blue Betties. My idea. I’m such a nerd.


The weather was PERECT! You couldn’t ask for better race weather. It was cool and sunny and not too windy.

Fitness is so different to me now than it was 2 years ago. I may not be as good at distance running as I once was, but that’s okay. I’m not a “runner”. I’m an athlete. I’m not an expert at anything, but I’m “okay” at everything.


I think the point is to figure out what you enjoy and then do that. Whether its running for hours or squat cleaning barbells is up to you ;)

Doing a team crossfit competition in Little Rock this weekend! Then hopefully I will be training hard and competing less for a few months.

14.4 & Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

l’ll start with the food. Check it ouuuuuut:


It looks like I’m a good photogapher now, no? lol ok so brad took these pics. But we picked up a few neat looking white dishes at Target, and white is much more photogenic than the rest of my red printed dishes or the off-white cracking ones.

I got a bit sidetracked. SO anyways, on Sunday night we stayed in and he made a balsamic reduction with fresh strawberries while directing me making some homemade garlic butter so we could indulge in some surf and turf with a tomato basil salad. OMG it was incredible :) I’m the luckiest girl in the universe. Can anyone else’s boyfriend cook like this??? I didn’t think so.


Tried a new paleo waffle recipe.


I actually really liked it. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that I had to whisk egg whites until my arm pretty much fell off. Also, the recipe saying that it feeds 6 is a huge lie. It makes three waffles tops.

Other things that go with waffles and look nice on a white plate–

20140324-131114.jpgOne more food related thing! We tried Farm Box! It’s a meal delivery program that delivers paleo meals to your doorstep. Seems pretty cool. Perfect for the nights when we order a pizza… only last night we ordered a pizza anyways. I am so tired of the Open. I think that once it’s over it will be easier to avoid comfort food.20140324-131200.jpgSpeaking of the Open. I somehow managed to avoid cameras while doing 14.4….twice.

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
30 cleans, 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

I finally did one open WOD twice! YAY! So… since I don’t have a muscle up, it all came down to being able to do this one with the fastest (end of cleans time) split possible. The first time I did it, I completed it with a respectable split of 11:17. Then I did it again last night and got and even better split! 10:58. It was pretty horrible. I crouched down for over a minute before I even considered making my way to the rings to attempt a muscle up. Not that I would magically get one just because it was the open, but those attempts were the ugliest things in the universe. I laughed between by attempts and said “Ain’t NO way.”

I did manage to be in one photo, though–but I was accused of flicking Jay’s nipple.

20140325-152241.jpgI have done quite a bit of counting for this year’s open. I don’t mind judging at all. I am okay with no-repping people because it never comes as a surprise to them.People pretty much always know whether they are hitting the mark or not.

14.3 60% of the time, it works every time

I had it in my head that I would do 14.3 Thursday night as soon as it was announced no matter what, that way I would have time to recover and attempt it again before the workout closed on Monday. BUT… my back would prefer that I just do “one and done”. So I did.

And here are the photos from Thursday night. My one and only attempt at 14.3 :)

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch



Yes I did step-ups :)1186906_687446101312618_1569114572_n1966891_687446621312566_366937583_n

This last one really caprtures both the spirit and the danger of doing high-rep heavy dead lifts.

Rounded backs, pain faces, all that good stuff.


I got 17 reps deep into the 205# deads, which I was pretty happy with. It hurt, but I pushed hard and pretty much ripped my back apart. I really need to learn how to have better form on deads during a high rep workout. If that’s even possible… Especially since I’ve been having trouble attempting to run. Running is pretty much impossible when you back is all locked up. No more deads for me until after this Hogeye Relay! Two open workouts left… thank goodness! I’m so ready for the open to close. lol, see what I did there?

Brad and I have been having lots of fun latey.


We went on an impromptu trip to the War Eagle Mill for some super awesome jam! Sweeteneed with grape juice instead of table sugar.20140319-095821.jpg

After that we headed to Branson to check out the Reebok outlet stone in the Tanger outlet mall. I’m kinda broke lately, so I haven’t been spending money on anything besides gas, food, bills, rent, and crossfit membershippage. I miss my lulu! lol

More Chorizo meatballs! Yum. This might be my favorite paleo meal right now–it’s super comfort food tastic.


Epic waffle breakfast.20140319-095851.jpg


And I decided to be a leprechaun for St. Patty’s day. I never really dug the whole green-beer thing. But I’d totally eat some shamrock cookies. Or some lucky charms?? Oh man, I need to stay away from sugar. I’ve been trying, but then I’ll get a lollypop at the bank or a peppermint patty at the post office.20140319-095911.jpg

That’s the most photogenic my shins have looked in a long time!!! Minus the fact that I have a giant bruise on my knee right now from sucking at weighted lunges.

Some kind of fancy pants shrimp salad from Boardwalk Cafe. I shouldn’t be eating shrimp, but I do it anyways.20140319-095935.jpg