15.4

Hanstand Pushups and cleans.

8-minute AMRAP:
3 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
6 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
9 handstand push-ups
3 cleans
12 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
15 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
18 handstand push-ups
6 cleans
21 handstand push-ups
9 cleans
Etc., following same pattern

M 185 lb.  F 125 lb.

Holy gymnastics, Dave Castro! Every workout so far in this open has been based on a gymnastics movement.

WOD1: mostly about toes to bar

WOD2: mostly about pull-ups

WOD3: mostly about ring muscle ups

WOD4: mostly about hand stand push-ups

Some of us have bodies that unfortnuately weigh a lot, and it sure would be nice to have the chance to excel with some heavy barbells. Like the deadlift workout from last year. Please?!

I somehow managed to avoid having my picture taken this week. Which is impressive because I did the workout twice. but it’s a good thing. Let’s just say i’m not so photogenic when I’m upside down.

Exhibit A:

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We can go ahead and pretend these are my photos from this week even though they are super old. Here’s my makeshift clean picture:

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Slightly newer, but still pretty old :)

Anyways…

my experience with this workout

The first time I did this workout, I was told going into it that most of the competitive athletes in our box were having to break their hand stand pushups into sets of three the whole way through. Since I know that movement is something that when I gas out on I’m done, I decided to borrow the strategy.

My goal was 75 reps.

By the time I made it to the round of 9 I was already getting my first no-rep. Shoot! This workout standard was weird. Who does hand stand pushups with their feet flexed and holding at the top? I think that discouraged me, because I took a LOT of pretty long breaks after that. I was actually floored to find out that I had still managed to get a score of 76, beating my goal by one rep!

I knew I could do better, so I decided to recover for a few days and make a final attempt on Monday before the score submissions closed.

I ended up suffering a 4-hour long coughing attack and some serious allergy issues. I had made up my mind by Monday morning that I wouldn’t do it, but that I would still go to the gym on the rest day to cheer on my teammate. Then I went back and forth all afternoon that maybe I was feeling up for it after all. I was still torn, though.

When I got to the box that evening, there were a TON of people there doing the same thing! I watched a few heats of people making their final attempts and getting more reps, so of COURSE I had to do it again. And our box owner volunteered to judge for me.

The whole way through, he kept reminding me to be sharp instead of powerful and to kick away form the wall, which is my favorite tip to give people. It makes you use your hips to their full potential all the way up the, wall and is an especially useful cue when attempting deficit hand stand push ups. Which is what this workout felt like by the second round.

I ended up with TWELVE more reps and a final score of 88 reps! I remember when I passed the point i had made it to before with almost a whole minute left. My final handstand pushups were ugly and forced and included at least one no-rep, but I made it back to the bar and just started cleaning like crazy. I got four reps in before I watched the clock roll over to 8:00.

What a glorious feeling. This is the first time this open I have been able to completely smash a previous score. I was floored! I was able to gain (lose?) over 100 points to my leaderboard position for the week and I think I even moved up a few spots from last week. I don’t remember where I was, but if the open ended right now then I would be sitting 65 spots higher than I was last year. Although I dropped about 50 spots from the previous year, but whatever. The pool of athletes is definitely growing!

15.5 Is going to be announced in 3 hours!

I am thinking it will be a chipper since we haven’t really had one yet. With rowing, thrusters, and who knows what else. Please just make something heavy and leave off the gymnastics. What else is left? I guess a kettle bell swing and a rope climb? And a bar muscle up. And the ever-lovable burpees and box jumps. And burpee box jumps. More bodyweight stuff, basically. No thank you. Box life magazine says burpee bar muscle ups! Why not, we’ve done every other gymnastics movement under the sun.

Oh, I almost forgot pistols! I’d actually really like to see those. And I wouldn’t mind bar muscle ups that much either because it’s the gymnastic movement that I’ve shown the most improvement on this year. Aside from ring muscle ups, which I couldn’t even do before…

 

IM SO READY FOR THE OPEN TO BE OVER!!!! YAYYYYY!

Protein Angel Food Cake!

I haven’t posted a recipe in AGES! I’m pumped!!!

This is a recipe I have been dying to make for a while now! Since I’ve started paying attention to macros, I’ve found that the biggest challenges are hitting your protein goal and staying under your fat goal. So if a low hat YUMMY protein recipe exists, sign me up! Especially if it’s easy! And this one IS! As long you as have an electric mixer ;)

Ever since I’ve started paying attention to my protein intake, it’s been easier to gain muscle, lose fat, have more energy, and PR pretty much all of my lifts. I definitely want to always prioritize a high-protein diet. If I don’t pay attention to what I eat, I end up with a macro-pie chart where over half of it is fat!  Whoops.

You can learn more about the benefits of protein here!

Angel Food Protein Cake

The macros for the whole recipe are:

Calories: 244 | Fat: 1.2g | Carbs: 4.3 g | Protein: 47.5g | Sugars: 3.6g | Fiber: 0.8g

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole eggs at room temp
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 c protein powder of choice (I used cellucor cor-fetti cake batter)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • liquid stevia to taste (you may need about 10-20 drops)

Instructions:

  1. Either take your eggs out an hour before you being, to do what i did and put them in a warm water bath for about 5-10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Carefully separate your egg whites from the yolks and add them to the bowl of your electric mixer.
  3.  Add the cream of tartar, stevia, and vanilla extract to the bowl and start mixing with the whisk. I slowly picked up speed until I had the thing on full blast! Wooo!
  4. After a minute or so you will notice it getting pretty frothy. You will want to wait until the egg whites are so white and creamy that they start to form stiff peaks.
  5. Take bowl off of mixing stand and fold in the protein powder. You can also fold in some extra sprinkles at this point! I wish I had some, but I was out. Now you’re ready to bake!
  6. Hopefully you have some good nonstick pans that work for angel food cake. You’ll want the pan to have flat sides and not be too wide or deep. I don’t have an angel food cake pan so I used a small 6″ pan and a loaf pan. I sprayed the bottoms of them both with cooking spray just in case.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top pushes back when you poke at it.

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And then they kidna deflated while the cooled.IMG_2248Yum! You can see the little flecks of sprinkles from my protein powder!

In the future, I will definitely add regular sprinkles as well. Because why not!?

15.3 + Romaleos!

15.3

This week was the ever-dreaded muscle-up week.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
7 muscle-ups
50 wall-ball shots
100 double-unders

Considering this time last year I had four minutes to do a muscle up in the chipper and couldn’t, I’m happy to be doing this workout as prescribed at ALL!

I got my first muscle up around 9 months ago. And since then have gone through many phases of hating them and loving them. Like every new skill, I had plenty of inconsistencies. I’m still not proficient at them by any means, but I can do them, so that’s a pretty big win.

Strangely I was extremely calm throughout the entire process of completing this workout. And it was my worst finish the open so far! I did it on Friday night and was able to complete two rounds with a minute left over, which I spent trying to calm myself down and attempt a final rep–which I failed.

If you had told me when this was announced that I would be able to complete two rounds, I would have thanked you for having so much faith in me! Then I DID it!!!

And then I re-did it, just in case!

and got the exact same dang score! I even failed the last rep. Again. And screamed an obscenity… lol

My strategy was to do all the muscle ups one a time with plenty of rest in between so that I wouldn’t waste a rep. Then I sprinted through the wall balls and dubs. No seriously, I only broke once during the first set of 50 wall balls. Then I proceeded to make pain faces and whip out as many double unders as possible in the shortest amount of time. (luckily I was being reminded at that time that I needed a good split time!) I think it ended up being like 5 or 6 sets though.

The second round of wall balls was a little harder, but I managed to break into 20-10-10-10. I did this rep scheme BOTH times I completed this wod. Which is probably how I ended up with the exact same score, but whatever. I’m still kinda glad I did it twice. Ia lot better about attempting workouts with muscle ups now :)

Last night I came home to this!!!!

From Brad for no reason! What the what!?! I am the luckiest girl in the universe. Look how awesome these are! I had to text my family and explain that this is my equivalent of receiving a luxury brand name handbag as a gift :)

My flexible diet has been WAYYY to flexible lately.

I’ll leave you with super happy weekend breakfast:

15.2 and a new grocery store!

Last week was just ROUGH. I’ll talk about Natural Grocers first.

I got invited to this grand opening brunch for influential people. I got to introduce myself as a blogger among other more “legit” people like local product vendors, fitness center owners, and wellness practitioners. Whoops!

I think I *do* influence some people food wise and health wise, but I don’t think my spectrum is really all that broad. But it was still really exciting to be invited, so I went. I try not to ever say no to free food. Plus it’s paleo.

The weird thing was that they didn’t explain to us what anything we were eating was.

I was really mad at myself for not bringing my water bottle because all they gave us to drink was about 3 tablespoons of green tea. And I’m not sure what this yogurt concotion was, but it tasted very dairy-free. Chalky and really tart. Not my fave.

I’m just now realizing that the menu is written on the paper in the background of my plate! haha look:

My frittata has a worried look on it’s face.

It was pretty tasty, but I was STARVING and this was an extremely insufficient amount of food.

They gave everyone a $15 gift card but when I went to use mine it had fallen out of my pocket. Fail. Also, I got SUPER excited when I found this bar:

Turns out it had like 2 protein and 50 carbs and like 80 fat. lol

Just kidding, but it wasn’t good macros at all. In my opinion the best “macro” friendly bar to help balance out and otherwise normal diet would have no more than 7 grams of fat, no ore than 20 carbs and no less than 18 protein.

Soooooo 15.2 was aawful. I hated it last year and I hate it again this year. Lemme preface by saying that I improved my score. A lot. Without even making it to a new 3 minute threshold.  Here’s the WOD:

From 0:00-3:00

2 rounds of:

10 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

2 rounds of:

12 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00

2 rounds of:

14 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

Last year my score was 116. Which mean I somehow made it to the 14’s and was so dead that I only did half of the reps in that round.

This time I made it there again, but fell three reps short of progressing into the round of 16’s, giving me a score of 141.

At first I was really excited about my score and happy that I had managed to improve so much  since last year. But then I saw scores coming in and I felt super defeated. Like 90% of the other people I know made it to the 16’s, so it was a little disheartening to not be part of those athletes.

 

 

I only did it once last year because my hand ripped. This time my hands felt fine, so I made one final attempt on Monday night. I started my second set of 14 overhead squats with one minute left. At that moment I knew I wouldn’t make it to the 16’s. I was right. I was three reps short of the number I got on Friday.

If i could  have gotten three more reps then I would have gotten to the 16’s and probably gotten like 40 more reps. Teams are scored by reps as a team, and not by individual ranking. So I ran the numbers and I figured out that I was responsible for at least a three-spot drop in the team rankings for that week. Playing the numbers game is bad idea, but I think that overall it won’t matter over the course of the entire open. Unless for some reason we are only about 45-55 reps from going to regionals. And it doesn’t currently look like that is a possibility, so I will try not to carry any guilt on my shoulders.

Now it’s week 3 and 15.3 is underway. I was pretty nervous when they first announced what it was. SEVEN muscle ups!? I have never attempted to do seven muscle ups in one chunk before. I’ve been strangely calm this week though. So we will see….

 

 

Crossfit Open 15.1

Weekends don’t feel like weekends at all right now.  My two new favorite days are Tuesday and Wednesday because I don’t have an open workout looming over me like a dark raincloud. Ew, I’m so pessimistic. But the good news it—15.1 is in the books and I’m not sad about my performance :)

 

9 minutes of 15 toes to bar, 10 deadlifts and 5 snatches at 75lbs.

 

I definitely am average at best at toes to bar. I also got tested on them during the couples challenge, and I totally was doing them in singles by the end of 30 reps :) haha, I did what I could.

I did this open workout twice. I will likely do all of them twice because I am trying to help my team. My forearms are not happy about that… but our team is sitting in 24th place in the region and I am in 104th! (Thank you max lift!) I ended up 5 reps shy of completing 6 rounds. So that’s 175 reps. I’ll take it.  I’d love to be able to help send our team to regionals, but I’m a little bit sad that I have no wiggle room during any of these workouts to suck. Chest-to-bars and ring muscle ups are still going to happen. I am the weakest link on the female side of our team, but I am still a force to be reckoned with. Is that how you spell that? Reckon. Weird.

But I was SO happy in this photo:

I’ll explain why. This was my second time to do this workout. The first time I got 163 reps in the metcon and lifted 192lbs. I was SUPER amped because this time I got 175 reps, so I needed to match my clean and jerk. And instead of getting a safe weight, I made my first attempt at 192lbs. Right out of the gate. First of all…. WHO OPENS WITH THAT?! I somehow stuck it so that was glorifying. Then I put 197 on the bar and did that too! I didn’t have a ton of time left after that (and zero energy), so I called it a day.

No pics of me hitting my lift during the open, but it looked kind of like this:Only there wasn’t nearly as much bra hanging out. lol (This was from the couple’s comp)

We had a freak snow storm on Friday, so I had to postpone my first attempt to Saturday. Then we got another one yesterday with ice sleet and snow. It’s been COLD. And difficult to work out.

I’m having a lot of trouble staying away from comfort foods right now. And even more trouble tracking things. Being a “top athlete” and trying to make it to regionals on a team is a lot more stressful that I ever thought it would be. I actually miss my goal just being to contribute a score here and there. Now it’s about achieving an end result of pushing on into the next round.  Which is giving me a lot of anxiety. Especially since we actually still have a shot at this point. I’ve never been so nervous to do anything! I used to get really nervous before 5ks and stuff, but as soon as they shot the gun and I was running I was immediately calm and at home and zoning out. You can’t really zone out during these open workouts. They require quite a bit of coordination and strategy.

It’s hard to think of other things besides the open. The next announcement is today. 15.2. What do you think it will be? Chest to bar? Thruster? wall ball? double unders? Maybe it’s all four of those in a chipper! Or maybe they’ll take rowing for calories and make it a movement in the open.  I wouldn’t mind that.

I actually like crossfit, I promise. Here is a list of the things I feel strong at and would like to see:

  • heavy thrusters (like 105-125lbs)
  • bar muscle ups (WHATTT?! I know, right?! I’ve come a LONG way!)
  • pistols
  • double unders
  • pizza eating contest

What?

Those are all good skillz.

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.

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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:

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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.

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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…

UPDATES

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.

 

 

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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:

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

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

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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.

Update!

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:

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Learned how to lift with Klokov.

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Shishkabobs!

I did a four-person team powerlifting competition.

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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#!

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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!

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

OMG I BLOGGED.

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 :)

 

 

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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)

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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Their flight safety video is pretty funny.

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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.

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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.

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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.