Olympic Weightlifting in the “&up” Class

So…. I am going back and forth over and over with the idea of competing in a local Olympic Weightlifting Meet on June 11th. I think it would be a blast, and a good new experience for me. BUT I really hate stuff that has weigh-ins. Strongman doesn’t really bother me because I am settled nicely into the “mid” weight class and would have to lose a LOT or gain a lot to change classes. So no stress there, I can totally just eat and drink my usual stuff if I compete in Strongman.

Weight Classes for Womens Olympic Weightlifting
I can’t help but notice that at ~170cm tall, I am a little too tall for any weight class.


But olympic weightlifting likes small ladies. I am in the “&up” class. Which means that I would lift against Holley Mangold if she showed up (lol). Definitely not someone I’d want to lift against. So I really need to cut 5-10 lbs to make sure that I can settle into an actual weight class. The thought of that is stressing me out. I’m reading lots of articles about cutting water weight and doing some extreme dieting and it sounds really awful. Especially since when I was really diligent with my RP cutting diet, I ended up losing a lot of strength and only a couple of pounds. I especially lost strength in my olympic lifts.

I’m only about 20% body fat, so really nothing I do diet-wise is going to make a bunch of weight come off of my body quickly. I think I am gunning for water weight. I have a little over 3 weeks to make magic happen. Which is my own fault.

I’ve actually come within half a pound of my desired weight class multiple times this year whole doing RP. Particularly during the open:


But right now I’m pretty fluffy and kinda worried about it. Let’s say I can diet diligently for the next three weeks and lose about 1 lbs per week. That still means I am still 3-5lbs away from where I need to be on June 11th.

I’m hoping that my scale is a jerk…I actually was a good 4 lbs heavier than the scale I weighed in on for strongman, but then it’s also pretty spot-on with the InBody scale and most other cheap household scales that I’ve stepped on. I’m hoping to hit the actual competition scale on Monday to see what it thinks. Then I can go home and immediately get on my scale and compare notes.

I’m hoping that a little low sodium diet and some dehydration will be enough. Yuck. You never know. Ewwwwww. Man, I loathe weigh-ins for sports. I see why they are necessary, but gosh. Add another weight class for people like me who are just naturally heavy with normal levels of body fat.

As for now, I’m just trying to figure out ways to fight hunger. Gum, sugar free soda, caffeine, water, pressure points, sugar free jello, trying to stay busy. Nothing is really working that well. I am the worst dieter in the universe.


Maybe oly weightlifting just isn’t for me. At least not this year while I’m hovering above where I’d need to be.


16.1 and RP update

RP is going well! No one likes diets/being hungry but I’m starting to turn into a pro! I’m the slowest loser ever because I still haven’t gotten the hang of weekends. It’s taken me 6 months to lose about 7 lbs. Not too impressive, but at least I am losing? I’ve been really trying hard since January so most of them have come off since then. I have been a little worried about the open and wanting to be “fighting weight” for all the gymnastical crap this year.

So far 16.1 is the only one that’s been released. It didn’t go super great. I mean… I *thought* that I did pretty well, but my ranking in the region for that workout was lower than any workout I did last year. So it’s a little hard to swallow that. But whatever. At least pull ups and burpees are out of the way.

I actually did it twice. The first time I got 208 reps, which I busted my butt for. I thought “there’s just no way I could ever beat this!” My vision was blurry, my mouth was dry, the skin was coming off of my hands.

I re-did it again yesterday and scored 8 reps better for 216 (which moved me up 98 spots!) but still wasn’t  good enough to help contribute  a score for my box’s team. We’re not ranked too high after that one, so going to regionals on a team myself is pretty much off the table at this point.

It’s early on–things may change, you never know. I’m just trying to stay positive and hope for something more in my wheelhouse.

Love this evening crew:

In other news, I bought my wedding dress!!!!  

And have fallen into deep, deep like with some macro-friendly RP-friendly recipes. Like this one I made for chicken salad:

It’s got light mayo and a container of age greek yogurt. Low fat chicken salad should still be creamy, dang it!!! I went searching for recipes for low fat chicken salad and they all looked like wet chicken and not creamy, so I took some inspiration from them and created my own. It’s also got some red grapes, apples, and pulverized celery (thanks to my handy dandy vitamix blender)!

Yesterday I cracked open a double-yoked egg! 

I just read that the odds of a double yolk are 1:30…. so that’s not that impressive I guess.

Man it’s just like my open score! I think it’s so awesome until I do a little research 😦

Renaissance Periodization and the Holidays

I’m bad at being hungry. Like… a whole lot worse at it than most people. If my stomach is growling I am only capable of making this face:


Which means I’m really not a very good dieter/cutter. So this RP cut has got me pretty down. Now don’t get me wrong, so far every weekend has either been Thanksgiving epic cheat weekend, Christmas Party 1, or Christmas Party 2. I guess the bright side is that I work hard all week to lose a lb and then spend all weekend gaining it back and therefore come out even instead of gaining a ton of weight over the holidays. So there’s that.

My lifts are super sucky though. Jerks, snatches, squats. You name it, and I can’t touch my PR. Even if I drink an insane amount of lemonade beforehand. I tried.

I want an Renaissance Periodization diet cookbook so bad! I’ve heard that one is in the works, but we’ll see. Here are some of my favorite meals while sticking to RP (these are non-rest day meals! Because I refuse to post a picture of salmon and green beans and call it a “favorite”.)

taco/rice boats:


(Great use for ground meat!)

Carefully calculated RP chili with fat free cheese:

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Shrimp with tomatoes on angel hair pasta! OMG this is my current obsession. I love shrimp so much but have only eaten it sparingly since my crazy allergic reaction incident a few years ago.IMG_3607

Best “diet” meal ever. Totally worth it.

And then last but not least–my last meal, the casein protein banana pudding with almond butter:

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Which makes going to bed hungry a whole lot less painful. I’m at a point where I even eat it like this on rest days. To make casein pudding you need hot tap water and a whisk: slowly add the water to the powder while whisking it until it forms a pudding-like consistency. Then add toppings (if you are allowed to have them) and set in the fridge for 30 minutes.

I don’t like RP’s rest day templates–they are WAY too low carb. Like today–I am supposed to be eating 75 grams of carbs today and that’s all. And I’m pretty sure my calorie count is supposed to be around 1400 calories for today– a rest day on Cut 1.

Uh, no. Nope. UH-uh. No thanks. Nah. Naw. Nope. No.

So the reason RP works for a lot of people is probably because the calorie count is so insanely low. I’ve calculated my calories from the templates and all of the cutting days are at or below my calculated BMR calorie needs.

I might go back to “flexible dieting with an emphasis on nutrient timing.” I made that up. But it sounds a lot easier than entering the 11th circle of hell in the form of hunger pangs.

I’m so hungry as I write this even. See how bad I am at it? Off to eat my low carb salad!


Thunder on the Hill 2015

Spoiler Alert!!! We won!


Ok, yeah, maybe there were only 4 RX women teams… but still. Winning is winning 😉

I was trying to wait and post this once I got more pics from the event. I could have sworn there was a photographer there, but no pics yet so I’ll just post it with the ones I already have.

So the first WOD:

With a running clock

WOD 1: Est 3RMHang Clean, 5min

-1min for teams to set up their bar for WOD2-

WOD2: AMRAP4min: 50DU/100SU, 10 PS (135/95) (95/65)


What they forgot to mention:

  • Everything is done with a men’s barbell.
  • Once you add a plate to the bar you cannot remove the plate. Even if you’re taking if off in order to add weight.

Taylor rocked those cleans, though! Men’s bar and all.

Then we were done. There was some time left, and I asked out judge if we could begin stripping the barbell but he said no. Then i saw other people stripping theirs… I started to argue with him, but then I decided it wasn’t worth it. Then it was my turn to do the AMRAP. Then we start changing the weights. This is the fastest minute ever. All of the sudden someone calls out: TEN SECONDS!

I scramble over to my jump rope and grab the handles.

It’s all twisted.


I hear the whirring of double unders all around me, but I’m still trying to get the knot of of my rope. I end up pulling the knot even tighter! So I frantically decide I need to give up and pass the rope to Taylor for a try. We’re both pretty panicked at this point so she struggles with the knot as well.

By this time everyone else as moved on to the snatches.

I frantically yell out “Why is this happening!?!”  and then we finally somehow get the rope straightened out together.

I quickly start jumping and glance up at the clock. :46 seconds in to a 4:00 workout. Not the best start…I’ve got a LOT of adrenaline and have some serious time to make up.

I move to the snatches. The men’s bar is awkward but I stick to sets of five and knock them out pretty quickly. Back to the rope. 50 dubs with one quick break. Back to the snatches. Two sets of 5 again, barely eeking out that last few reps.

Taylor is yelling some pretty encouraging stuff at me at this point and I can tell that a lot of people around me are still struggling with the snatches, so I am pretty sure I might have actually passed some of them!  I notice the clock is winding down pretty fast. I pick up the rope and do 50 fast unbroken dubs and finish right as time expires.

Somehow I beat everyone else! I was shocked.

Two wods down, two wods to go!

WOD 3:”The Hill-remix”


For Time:

75 C2BPull Ups/Pull Ups (2:1 ring rows)

50 DL(135/95) (105/75)

800m Run(20/14), (No weight)

50Burpees over Bar

25 PC(135/95) (105/75)

25HSPU/Push Ups with feet on plate

10 OHS(135/95) / FS (105/75)

-timecap: 18min


This WOD was the worst thing ever. The pull-up rig was kinda unusual. I stuck to a regular kip and Taylor did quick butterflies. We started out with pretty big sets of ten. Then 7. Then 5’s. It took us a while to get all 75, and we were the second team off of the rig.

I don’t even really remember the deadlifts. They were really easy and super forgettable. Then out the door for the run!

Carrying a freaking wall ball.

For some reason, I quickly went in to panic mode and passed the ball to Taylor. We started up the Hill (i think it needs to be a proper noun in this circumstance). She passed it back after about 400 meters or so and seemed to be dying even more than I was at the first carry.

By then I could tell that my heart rate was starting to level off a bit so I decided I could probably hang onto the wall ball a lot longer. I kept the team in front of us in the sights and tried to pace my way up the Hill. A volunteer was stationed at the steepest part of the hill cheering me on. I was walking so I decided to explain myself to him “gotta save something for those burpees!” lol I really doubt he was judging me though.

I passed the ball back to Taylor as we rounded the final corner to head back into the box. Then I took it back so she could climb into the door. Burpees were the last thing I felt like doing, and I knew we needed to be able to try and pace them so I went for sets of 6. Even though we discussed 3, I definitely wanted longer rest periods. I went to a very dark place during those burpees. This was or sure the very worst part of the whole comp for me.

We were still holding steady in second place.

Then we did 25 of the hardest light power cleans ever.

Then 10, 10, and 5 HSPU.

Then 5 & 5 OHS.

Ended up finishing about 20 seconds behind the first place team–I was pretty impressed that we closed the gap that much!

So we went to lunch and celebrated with donuts!


One WOD left!

WOD 4:

AMRAP 6min:

15 KBS(70/53) (53/35)

30Wallballs (20/14) (10/9’)/ (20/14) (9’/8’)

-Athlete1 will perform the AMRAP while Athlete 2 rows for calories. Athletes may switchas needed. Every calorie rowed, will add to the final AMRAP score.


So I rowed first. I managed 50 calories in 3 minutes and then we switched places.

Which was the worst. This wall ball kettlebell business was a lot suckier than it looked. The kettlebell was tough but doable, but the wall balls did NOT wanna happen. I had to break twice in a set of 30 and it was only a 9 foot target.

BUT that’s all we really needed in order to keep first. If we had come in last then that would has resulted in a tie for first.


The tiebreaker WOD was 60 seconds of front rack lunges and rope climbs. Thank goodness we didn’t have to do that!

We got some pretty decent prizes! A necklace from fashletics (my fave!) An appointment with NWA Acupuncture, a $25 gift card to Zaxby’s, some coconut water from Whole Foods (coming March 2016!), and like $15 to Rush Running. Because running is so much fun… yeah, I’m thinking energy gels or a water bottle.

So THAT was Thunder on the Hill 🙂

OH! And one of the vendors at the event was Complete Nutrition who brought  their “InBody Body Composition Analyzer”. I bravely got myself scanned and was shocked to find out my body fat is only 19.6%! I was sure that I was at least 25. Who knows how accurate that thing is, but they claimed that it was within 2 points of a DEXA scanner. I plan to follow RP as hard as I can for a few months and then head back in there and have another scan done to see if I’m losing fat.

Yay technology!

RP and stuff

I’m so bad at this diet stuff. I will be hungry for a whole week straight and follow all of the principles of the RP templates to a T on Monday-Friday. But then when it’s Saturday some switch flips and goes “YAY! You made it to the weekend! You need a treat!” No tracking, measuring, prepping, planning, weighing, exorbitant amounts of dishes and lots of sleep for you!”

And I can’t just “eat intuitively” because then I just want to have yummy things I don’t normally let myself have which means I end up eating 600 grams of fat in one sitting. Then Monday comes again and I repeat the whole process.

I’ve been hitting levels of hunger I didn’t even know I was capable of. Is it wrong to wish that your hunger mechanism was weak??

I’m guessing that I will probably just keep this same stupid cycle through the rest of the year and then in January when everyone else seems to be acting a little more health-conscious it will be a little easier to make it happen.

My favorite part of this diet is the casein protein meals. Since I work out at night I get lots of carbs in the evenings which means I get to make banana pudding out of my casein. And I top if with almond butter because I also get some fat servings! Woohoo!!! ❤ Yum. WINNING!


I made chili and butternut squash soup last week so that I could have a break from sweet potatoes and the plain old chicken that I’ve been eating. And the weather is getting colder so chili is definitely necessary.


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Really ugly soup, but really delicious. I didn’t know how to track it to accurately count the carbs so I tacked it as “pureed butternut squash” since that is 99% of the ingredients.

Here is the recipe for it.

And here is the chili that I made:

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Covered it with fat free cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt. I tried half-assedly to track all of this accurately.


RP doesn’t give you the exact macros you are looking to hit or the calorie goal or anything like that. So coming from flexible dieting to this has been quite a challenge. Also “letting go” and eating all the carbs is really hard.

Is this what normal people struggle with on a daily basis? Hunger, math and muscle soreness?

Anywho. I get to do a little local 2-person crossfit competition this weekend with Taylor!


I’m excited!

RP one week in!

One week progress front shot!


My front is way more photogenic than my back. I won’t consider posting that for a long time. If and only if I see extremely drastic changes! lol The changes shown above are definitely just me holding some water weight and me without it. The one on the left was taken at night and the one on the right was in the morning just days apart. I have this common phenomenon called “morning abs” that disappear every day by 11:00 regardless of what I do or eat. But I’m pretending that I think all of the change between the two photos is the amazingness of doing this RP template.     #motivated

I’m still trying to figure out the best way to use the templates. I am so used to following flexible dieting that the templates are really throwing me off. I wish they gave me EXACT numbers to shoot for instead of oz. and and handfuls and whatnot.

As a female, I know I should aim for at least .8 grams per 1 lb. of bodyweight, but this template I purchased has me eating 122 grams of protein (plus whatever protein accidentally adds up from other things I consume that are mainly fats/carbs). I weigh a lot, so 122 doesn’t really seem like enough to me.

Then on “moderate” days the fats and carbs are outta control! Like 90 fat and 225 carbs! What in the heck? I feel like I am completely relearning how to eat.

On rest days I feel like I am starving half to death. I haven’t tried to eat anything less than 1700 calories since college! Boo on that.

Here is a rest day dinner that definitely had more than 3 oz. of protein. Yum.

This is a typical pre-workout meal for me. I’m totally confused about what 7 grams of healthy fat is, so I just skip it. I should probably buy almonds or something.

This is another rest day dinner:  

Not gonna lie. 4 meatballs and a tiny cup of broccoli for dinner on a day that I had gotten up at 5:00AM to run 5 miles made me extremely angry and sad. Not sure I am cut out for this yet…

Bought these for a post-workout carb option! Yay Fig Newmans! lol

This is my typical noon meal during the weekdays right now. I know i’m probably doing too many veggies, but if that’s my biggest crime then I am pretty sure I’m doing ok.

I like to split the fats between “real” dressing, feta cheese, and avocados.

And here is one of Brad’s bedtime meals because I like how he does his carbs 🙂

Yes! Brad is doing it with me! Only he is a lot better at not complaining. I am having a hard time  being disciplined enough to weigh everything and track it all correctly. He inspires me ❤

Renaissance Periodization

So… I  got the new Nike Retcon color way!!! I ❤ them. I ordered them from nike.com and they pretty much came overnight. The next day I got a shipping email and then around 5:20PM I got a notification that they had been delivered! I for sure thought that was a mistake, but when I got home I was surprised by a box of shoesssss!

We spent all day Saturday being crossfit judges for Wod War III at our box.  It was fun but exhausting!

So now let’t talk about this new diet. I hate that word. Let’s call it a new eating plan? I’ve been counting macros for almost a year, and it’s a lot of work. I don’t do it on the weekends because I like breaks. So now I’m taking it up a notch and making it even more cumbersome. lol ugh. So Renaissance Periodization (RP) is where you still kinda track macros but you rearrange them in your day according to what time your workout is. Also how hard your workout is matters. And if it’s a rest day you have even a different eating plan.

So since I work out in the evenings during the week, the morning on Saturday, and mid day on sunday, and I run once in the morning during the week either on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, so then literally every single day will be different. But a “moderate” day with no morning workout will probably be my simplest go-to day.

You can read a little more about RP here. And find templates to purchase for yourself here.

Yesterday was day 1! And it was a moderate day with an evening workout.

The morning started off with no carbs.

This was brad’s go-to breakfast during the whole30. I’m not used to going so low carb in the mornings–we usually always have fruit– but gotta save my carbs for workout-time!

The next meal occurs 3-5 hours later. And also has no carbs. Ouch.

Then the next meal comes 1-3 hours before the workout. I was DYING (super famished) at this point  so I actually ate most of the turkey before I took this photo. It was 4 0z.

Then during the workout you get to drink your calories. Which is weird, but it works. Here is my 25 g protein shake and 30 g high glycemic of carbs.

My gut instinct is is to not eat regular sugar, so I am going to try to stick to actual fruit juice for now. Until I get too poor for afford it…

DINNER! OMG, carbs. This is supposed to be eaten 40 minutes after workout.

 I found out later that I can have white rice at this meal since it’s still kinda in the workout window. Which is good, because brown rice pretty much sucks. It’s all hard and chewy and white rice is all fluffy and buttery soft. So unfair.

Then there’s the bedtime meal:

This is my highest calorie meal of the day. Which is a little sad, but ok. It was only 160 grams of carbs and for a moderate day, I think that might actually be a bit low.

I accidentally made the casein pudding a little thin, but it totally tastes like a jello pudding snack pack! You just whisk in some hot water an then set it in the fridge for ~30 minutes.

Little things are kinda crazy though. I have had to weigh everything! The feta in the salad, the dressing, the almond butter, the sweet potato, I even weighed the greens!!! Who am I?!  

Things I didn’t really measure but could have: the banana, the rice (I measured it), the protein powders (although I used the scoop and measured with that and tracked them correctly).

This is SO OCD. I am not liking that part of it, but I am hoping that eventually I will be able to follow RP without spending two hours fidgeting with myfitnesspal trying to figure out how much of what to eat and when to eat it.

But today is day 2…

Here are the things I like about it so far:

  • I get to drink carbs during my workout.
  • Abundance of Carbs at dinner (except on rest days or weekends)
  • I get to have a bedtime snack so I don’t go to bed hungry.

I bought a new pan so I can sauté  veggies without any fat. Whoop! what is my life about?

Oh, and also I took some before photos. I look fine from the front which is cool because I see myself that way all the time. But then I had Brad take a photo of my back and then I looked at it and OMG! I was like kinda accepting my body until I saw that photo. Here’s to hoping that lots of planning ahead, eating meals without carbs and lots of scale use makes my back look less gross.

Maybe if every time I feel like cracking down and eating carbs I can just pull up that photo 😦