Hydrated like crazy!

I still haven’t officially decided if I am doing this lifting meet or not. But I am going to pretend like I am for sure doing it. I just have to lose 5lbs before Saturday morning :-/

I’ve decided that if I can’t make weight, I just won’t lift. I forgot to register last week, so I’m already stuck paying the late registration fee.

So I’m trying to cut weight with water. Which is actually pretty stupid since it’s my first meet, but I also didn’t bother to buy a singlet or register with USAW. So I’m definitely picking and choosing my battles…

Here’s how I plan to do the water cut:

Monday, Day 1 (Today)- Drink as much as possible. Aiming for 2 gallons.

Tuesday, Day 2 – Drink as much as possible again, still shooting for 2 gallons.

Wednesday Day 3 – Drink 1 gallon. This will be very doable, I think.

Thursday – Half a gallon. YAY this is much closer to my normal drinking routine (except I know it’s still probably not enough… but whatevs.)

Friday – as little water as possible. This will be weird, but I think I will be okay.

This little gem is helping me SOOOO much so far today! Plus it contains sodium and potassium which I will be needing more of today since I am going to be hydrated well beyond normal levels.

It’s 2:15PM and I am roughly at 1 gallon. My skin looks awesome, and my head hurts a little (I probably need more sodium or something) and my pee is clear. I’ve also noticed a slight* decrease in the ravaging amount of hunger I usually experience this time of day.

(*Don’t get too excited, I’m still hungry as heck.)

There are a lot of muscle ups and hand stand pushups on the docket for tonight, so this will be interesting. Hopefully I haven’t gained too much weight today. I’ve peed a lot…

trafficI’m actually kinda nervous about my commute tonight. I might have to find a pit stop on my way home.

Me and my shenanigans. This should be a cool experience though. Have a wonderful week!!!




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.

Help Dunia!

I just love this girl so much and it breaks my heart that she might have to go back to Honduras before she has the chance to finish her dgree.

I’m so far ahead of myself! Let me begin again. So there is this wonderful girl at crossfit named Dunia. She popped up at our box about 3 years ago and this tiny little lady was FAST and determined! From the day she set foot in the gym, she could outrun guys twice her height–a little firecracker!


Anyways, she is a currently a Junior at the University of Arkansas brought here from Honduras by an organization. I don’t know anything about the organization at all other than the fact that they are having financial issues with their sponsorships. So poor Dunia has been unable to pay her tuition (that sh*t ain’t cheap!). She doesn’t even buy books and still makes A’s like it’s no big deal. She is definitely a smart cookie!

There are a lot of details about her situation that I don’t know, but what I have seen is that she has had to make a lot of sacrifices for things completely outside of her control. The world is being unfair to her and she could really use the help from anyone who can.


You can read more about her story and give donations here.

She needs to reach her goal by the end of May, so every penny helps!

Thanks yall 🙂 Have a great week!!!


16.5 The Worst Open Experience Ever…

To say that I hated the open this week would be an understatement.

14.5 is probably my least favorite workout of all time. I’m good at thrusters and pretty good at cardio. But I can’t think of any movement that I truly hate more than bar over burpees. But 16.5 IS….. 14.5. And here the stupid burpees are. AGAIN.

I improved by nearly a minute from 2 years ago, but this workout dropped me like crazy. I plummeted from 115th place in the region to 156th.

No photos from this one, so here are a few that were taken when I did this one two years ago:

I wasn’t able to help our team out this week and we ended up falling from 18th to 24th, putting us way out of the opportunity window to go to regionals as a team (they only take the top 15 from each region, even if the teams in your region make up the majority of the wordwide team leaderboard.

I’m such a negative nancy. I think I am just bummed because I just don’t really understand how I can dominate workouts like last week and then this week I give 110% again and it’s not even close to being enough. I just don’t get it.

Also I don’t remember hurting this bad last time. Nearly a week later and my arms still feel like someone tried to rip them off, then ran over them and injected them with poison. I thought I was going to have to do it twice to try to improve my score, but then god I didn’t. Other girls in my gym were at least a minute better than my score of 12:47, so it was pointless for me to try again.

Maybe next year we can stop doing burpees and start lifting heavy weights. Enough about that.

Let’s talk about my new favorite rest day dinner:

It’s basically the thing that we’ve been doing with shrimp and pasta, only instead of noodles we used zoodles! And also added a wedge of laughing cow cheese because why the hell not?

The bad thing about this dinner is pretty much the same thing that’s bad about all of the other dinners/meals while doing RP: they are over in like 5 bites.

I went on a post-open candy/pizza binge last weekend so I look and feel pretty terrible this week. Which is awesome because we are taking progress photos next week… the open is such a weird time to try to make progress with fat loss because workouts are all stupid.

Instead of working on skills and strength, during the open I’m too scared to rip my hands or overtrain my back or forearms so I’m trying to be all careful during my workouts. Doing little to no strength training and taking way too many extra rest days to ensure my best performance in each open wod and open re-do. So ridiculous. Glad it’s over!

Time to remember how crossfit was fun and why I do it in the first place.

The 6:30 class is so adorable!!! #swolemates #row

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I’m 99.9% sure the main reason is to get to be around some really cool people.

16.4 – The Best Open Experience EVER!

I feel like last night was my Birthday party or something, for real! Taylor even came up here from Conway. She could not have picked a better week to have a super fun Monday night with us as the first overnight guest in our new house 🙂

The Workout: 16.4

CrossFit Games Open Workout 16.4

13-min. AMRAP:

55 deadlifts (225/155)

55 wall-ball shots (20/14)

55-calorie row

55 handstand push-ups

This one was a doozie! I made my first attempt Friday night. I flew through the first three movements and was hopping off the rower at 7:41 which left me over 5 minutes to get through the hand stand push ups.

I did a set of 8. Did a second set of 8. Ugh. Fatigue set in so I slowed down to sets of 5. then suddenly I was eeking out sets of 3 and 2. Then time was up. Yuck. My score? 219 reps–I was ONE rep away from getting back  to the deadlifts! Damn it.

So then Monday night I was ready for my second go at it! I  was so nervous I put one of my knee sleeves on inside out.

Photos for this post courtesy of Taylor and her iphone 🙂

Bro tip: crappy bouncy plates for this one are lovely for touch & go’s. What are these? Recycled tires?

I decided to break things up the exact same way I did on Friday because I wanted to get the same split. 7:41 was an AWESOME split! Only things were hurting a bit more this time. I felt some shakiness from my hamstrings during the deads and the wallballs seemed a little bit more taxing this time.


I can’t help but get super nervous during open workouts. I was worried that my split would be worse, but I had a new plan of action for my hand stand pushups: sets of 5 the whole way!


I jumped on the rower and the damper was set a bit lower than I usually have it, but I didn’t care. I figured why not try it and see if it matters.

I think it actually was a little less taxing and I believe I was just as fast! I was stepping out of the rower at 7:40–exactly one second faster than Friday. Feeling pretty dang consistent and determined at this point.


I did sets of 5. I had the same split as I did Friday, but people were telling me I should take my time. So I tried to shake out for a second between sets, but I knew I had to keep at it in order to finish them and get back to the deadlifts.

Julie was judging for me, and she kept letting me know I was on pace and how many I had left, which really helped me mentally. Especially since she mainly had good news for me–20 left—15 left… etc.


And she said “you’re gonna finish these last reps and then you’re gonna turn around and start deadlifting like crazy!”

It made me so excited! I had no idea what the clock was saying, but she definitely made me think it was possible, so I was super pumped. On my last set of 5 I had to break it into 4 and 1. But then I turned my happy butt around and grabbed that deadlift bar (sans weight belt) and just started pulling my heart out!

My wonderful fiance was going alongside me (and PR-ing his attempt as well) and he stopped his workout and turned towards me and went “F*CK YEAH!” Because he knew I was smashing my goal ❤ I get to marry him in exactly 7 months 🙂

Then I think someone said I had 30 seconds and my brain was like “30 seconds? That’s so long!!!” So I set it down for a second. With every rep I knew I was passing 20-30 people on the leaderboard. So I picked it up and tried to keep going but then set it down one last time and picked it up for one more rep. 21 deads.

I scored 241! The first time I’ve ever had the top female score in my gym. Ever.

And then got a huge sweaty fiance hug. Highlight of my night week month. I would say year, but we’re gonna get married 😉

And then we ate fancy pizza with a bunch of awesome peeps from crossfit and maybe we went to Harp’s after that and bought Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And then I got to hang out with Taylor and  ask her to be a bridesmaid and I stayed up way too late. #noregrets #iamletired #bestnightever #rpdietfail

4 down, and 1 to go!!!

16.3 Blunder and Comeback!

I had to do this one twice. I technically did it once, because the first time I did it, I used the wrong weight!

Which is actually pretty funny.


7 min AMRAP

10 snatches (75/55)

3 Bar Muscle Ups

Short and sweet! And just the right amount of bar muscle ups that I could still do them unbroken every round. I have a weird scabby spot on my left hip, though.

So the first time I did it, I was DYING. My lungs, my grip, I was toasted and I got 88 reps. I was pretty happy with that, to be honest. 5 minutes later I was gazing at my bar and realized I had put 15’s on it instead of 10’s which means I did 65 lbs instead of 55. CRAP! No wonder!!! My forearms were beyond smoked!


I’ve never done that in an open workout! Used the wrong weight?! Everyone gave me crap about it last night when I went to redo it.


I was really worried that I might get a worse score with less weight, but thank goodness I didn’t! I almost got an entire round better! 100 reps. That darn 10th snatch didn’t happen in time. But I am SUPER happy!!! Like SUUUUUPER duper happy!

I’m a desk jobber/recreational crossfitter who specializes in heavy lifting so 100 reps in this workout is BOMB.

As much as I appreciate success in the open, I have to remember that it’s not the ultimate test. It’s just a 5-week period between winter and spring when a bunch of people with the same hobby do the same workouts.

I wrote this as a comment on facebook, but I think I articulated it nicely so I’ll post it here too:

It’s so hard during the open not to put all of your self-worth as an athlete into your performance in these few workouts. I’m guilty of it for sure. It’s important just to do your best and be okay with that and not worry about how the rankings shake out. I’m commenting this on your post, but really I’m telling it to myself.


Only two more of these suckers left! Not sure what they’ll be… we have yet to see a repeat WOD, so I think one of them might be that. And we also have yet to see a chipper. There are a lot of movements left, so a chipper seems like it’s on the docket.

Movements we usually see that we haven’t seen:

  • thruster
  • box jump
  • shoulder to overhead
  • row
  • ring muscle up
  • wall ball
  • handstand push up?

potential wild card movements?

  • kettlebell swing
  • pistol
  • hand stand walk
  • running. is running a thing?

So yeah. Maybe a chipper made from about 5-6 of the above. Ooooooh! What if it’s in a chipper “for time”? So maybe we’ll keep to basic movements.

Here’s my guess for 16.4:

Chipper for time:

30 box jumps

30 wall balls

30 calories rowed

30 hand stand pushups

30 thrusters


Hmmm…. gross. I would kinda hate that.


16.2 – one and done!!!

I haven’t “one-and-done’d” an open workout in a long time. And I never ever would that thought that I would decide to do that with this one (or this year at all!), but I did!!!

You can read the details here, but basically this is the WOD:

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.


Ha. I thought to myself when I saw this: “If I could make it to the 175b barbell and get at least one rep at that weight, that would probably significantly separate me from the ladies who are good enough to get that far but not quite able to lift that much weight! This would be the ultimate way I could play to my strengths. Literally.”

So I set that as my ultimate goal, and my “realistic” goal would be to get over halfway through those 145lb cleans.

Welp. I DID IT!!! I was able to get all the way through to round 4. I lifted that last 145b clean with about 10 seconds to spare! lol. I was DYING. I almost didn’t want it to count because I knew I’d have to march my crying/drooling/sweaty butt back over the to the rig for 25 more toes to bar.


(this picture is from like three weeks ago! lol I’m just a faker, but I managed not to have any pics taken of me this week.)

I took a little break and then tried to do a big set. That didn’t work. So then I just did a few sets of 2-3 reps and then went to singles. The whole gym was gathered around me cheering me on, which felt incredible! I had started the workout with a group but was the only person who made it this far.

After about a century of ugly toe to bar singles, I stepped up to the jump rope to attempt my 50 double unders. I had done every round unbroken up to this point, but I felt like I was holding in vomit and trying not to pass out so I broke about halfway through and had a little staring contest with the floor. I could hear Nathan telling me that I needed ONE clean and I remembered my “ultimate” goal. So I hurried through the rest of the double unders.

I approached the bar with a little under 1 minute left on the clock. I could barely walk at this point so cleaning 175lbs seemed seriously daunting. So I gathered myself for a moment and made an attempt…


(again, this photo is not from this workout! lol)

SUCCESS! It was so ugly and it felt like I was lifting a car. I had hit my ultimate goal at that moment and couldn’t see the clock because I was all blurry-eyed, but people began yelling for me to lift it again. SO I DID! Then I realized I still had about 15 seconds. So I quickly made a third attempt… and failed. But man. TWO cleans at 175.

I wanted to re-do it but then I thought about what a bad idea it wad for me to do 100 more toes to bar just to try to get to do more ugly-ass heavy cleans. My traps were killing me… so I talked myself out of repeating it.

On Monday night, I was tempted… but I decided against it. I didn’t want to end up hurting myself or needing more recovery time or anything. Gross.



16.3 was announced yesterday! I’ll be attempting it tonight. 10 light snatches and 3 bar muscle ups for 7 minutes. I’m pretty excited. I have worked my tail off at bar muscle ups for the past year or two, so I am super ready to try this and see how it goes!!! YAY!

I still hate the open though. I am gonna be SO freaking happy once it’s over 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend!!!


(p.s. I no longer technically live in Fayetteville… but I don’t have any ideas for renaming my blog yet. We’ll see…. Nervous in Northwest Arkansas? Sleepy in Springdale?)

16.1 Final Recap

After I posted my blog yesterday, a ton of lovely photos were added to Facebook of the workout. I felt like this blog would be incomplete without sharing my pain faces 🙂

First warming up with one of my favorite workout buddies. He’s also my spirit animal.12768259_1059592420764649_1714201380578627767_o

I’m not entirely sure how i get so chalk-covered every time I work out… but whatever.12805671_1059592870764604_8539466590412800081_n




Soooo many freaking burpees! 😦


Wanna see something weird??? This is the exact outfit I wore for 15.1 last year! I didn’t realize it until I saw it on my time-hop this morning. *twilight zone music* Even down to the same knee sleeves!

As much lulu/workout gear as I own, its totally weird that I accidentally did that!

While I’m here, I think I’ll share my predictions for 16.2!

8 min AMRAP:

double unders and thrusters. 30 DU /15 thrusters with the weight increasing every round! 65/95/105/115/125/135/155

It sounds kinda gross but way more fun than the crap we did in 16.1… I hope I am close!!! I don’t want any muscle ups or toes to bar yet because my hands are still hamburger.

Ok have a great week!!!


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 😦

Christmas 2015

Because I’ll never get tired of telling this story 🙂

I had such an amazing Christmas break. I’m calling it a break because I used a bunch of vacation days. Between that and the Holidays I was off work for a good chunk of time. I got everything I could have ever asked for for Christmas and then some. I feel so spoiled and loved and blessed.

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I made a lot of poor nutrition choices, but it was worth it. No regrets.

On Christmas Eve some of my family came in town and we went to dinner at Ella’s for their Holiday Buffet. Then afterwards we drove out to this crazy house that had billions of lights and inflatable silliness and drank hot chocolate and walked around.


It was so cheesy but still fun!

For Christmas Brad spoiled me with way too many gifts. Including shoes that I had been eyeing, the Renaissance Woman e-book (he had it printed and bound and it looks incredible!). And a wallet (he picked out the cutest kate spade wallet!!!) and barbell collars, lulu gift card, etc. etc. etc. And the last gift I opened from him was a one-night getaway to Big Cedar! Just the two of us!!! How cute is that?! We never go anywhere unless its to do crossfit competitions or visit people so going somewhere just the two of us was SUPER thoughtful. I teared up. Anyone would!

The next day Brad noticed that a house has just been listed for sale in a neighborhood that we were both in love with that is near our crossfit box. We got a realtor friend to show it to us and it was INCREDIBLE! So we made an offer. And it was accepted!!! So now we are just waiting for financing! ❤ OMG we’re buying a house!


So on Tuesday we headed to Branson. We had some time to kill so we decided to go to the Branson Landing. They were pumping water out from under it because it had recently flooded pretty bad, but the stores were all fine. I took advantage of the Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale.

Then we went and checked in to our cottage.


And ordered wine and champagne to celebrate our new house! Weeeeeee!

And how cute is this cottage?

IMG_3747Ordering romantic beverages via room service.

We had dinner reservations at Devil’s Pool at 6:00, so we got dressed up and had some time to kill so we decided to walk around and look at the christmas lights.

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Then when we were finally nice and cold and hungry we settled in to some hot chili.


OMG and it blew my mind. Best chili ever, I need the recipe!

He ordered the brisket and I got crawfish gumbo.


And you can see my delicious winter cinnamon something or other sangria in the photo of the chili. That drink was perfect!

After dinner, we ordered a chocolate mousse cake to go to take back to the room and enjoy with our champagne. Our cottage was literally right next to the restaurant so it was super convenient! We realized we had no utensils so he sent me back to get some while he started the fire.


When I came back he had turned off the lights and pulled the bench up to the fire and poured the champagne. We sat down and he started telling me how much fun he has with me and how in love with me he is and how happy he is and I just wanted to butt in and say “Me TOOOO!” but I didn’t want to interrupt. (I’d like to add that sweet speeches things like that aren’t outside of the norm for him so I definintely wasn’t ready for what was coming.)

Then he said “hold on” and took my drink and set it down. And then he got on one knee and said “Lisa, will you marry me?”

And he totally had a ring but it only barely caught a glimpse of it before I was jumping on top of him and squeaking and asking if he was serious. We both cried a little and then he immediately came clean to me about all the little fibs he had to tell me to keep everything a secret. The ring shopping, lunch with my dad the day before, etc.


I’m over the moon.

I get to keep him!!! Forever!!!!

We spent a pretty good chunk of time calling people. We probably waited 2 hours before we finally got to dive into that mousse cake 😉

We didn’t take any pictures of ourselves (other than my hand) until the next day. lol, whoops.

The next morning we enjoyed had an epic breakfast buffet at Devil’s pool (*endless bacon*), went to the new american history museum that is at Top of the Rock, and then drove back home to meet with the Mortgage guy to talk about financing.


OMG we’re buying a house! And getting married! And adulting SO hard!


OMG its so pretty. I can’t even. He designed it himself! I can’t wait to marry him! I’m overwhelmed and so insanely happy.