Monthly Archives: February 2013

Have you seen these?!

These are the two funniest videos on youtube.com:

AND

Quick, easy, and yummy dinner:

Almond meal “breaded” baked chicken with a baked sweet potato – YUMMM!

One Down; Seven To Go

Well, I’ve completed my first week of the Whole Life Challenge.  

  • Is it hard? Yes!
  • Do I feel hungry and slightly deprived? YES.  
  • Am I proud of myself for diligently eating clean for TEN days in a row? ABSOLUTELY.  

I really want some chocolate though…

The first five days were a cake walk. I didn’t have any cravings or headaches; I was enjoying the meals I had planned for the week; my work outs were going really well. Day six was when it got rough, though.  Thursday night I spent an hour or so searching through Paleo boards on Pinterest. My intention was to find some new/good recipes to try out this week, but I more or less ending up finding a ton of [not so] Paleo dessert recipes, and drooling over all of the yummy looking pictures. But instead, I had to just pin them and commit to waiting until after April 13th to try them– NO FUN.

My strategies throughout this week and will be for the next seven weeks is to tell myself:  

1.  “There will be always [insert desired non-paleo food here] in two months, just be patient.”  

2.  I have to think about food as a means of fueling my body versus as a means of indulgence/satisfaction. 

But I a using these two recipes to keep my spirits up:

That’s all for now!  See ya next time!

Kayla

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Box Abuse

Most epic fail of my CrossFit career:  I jumped INTO the box last night instead of on TOP of it…twice.  It was ugly.  

I’ve “missed” the box a couple of times before, and I always end up being fine, luckily.  But last night I was just not having it, I guess.  I hit the box once, and the lady next to me asked if I was alright, and my response was, “Yeah, I do this all the time, no big deal.”  Well then two jumps later…SMACK right into the box, again! Boo!  Here’s my shin, looking gross:

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Despite the box incident, the WODs the past two days have been great:

Monday 12.3 CrossFit Open WOD

18 Minute AMRAP

  • 15 box jumps @ 20″
  • 12 push press RX 75lbs (65)
  • 9 toes to bar

I made it with 4 complete rounds +32 reps 

I went to the 5:30pm class last night, and there were like 30 people there.  PACKED!  

Tuesday  Back squats and mini AMRAPs

For our strength we worked up to our one rep max for high bar back squats, and then did 4 sets of 3 at 75%.  I got up to 135lbs on my 1RM- 10 pounds heavier than the last time we did back squats.  #progress

Then for the WOD it was….

5 minute AMRAP

  • 5 squat cleans RX- 85lbs (65lbs)
  • 7 burpees over the bar

rest 3 minutes

5 minute AMRAP

  • 5 dead lifts 85lbs
  • 7 burpees over the bar

Total reps = 85 for this girl.  

Paleoooooo meals for this week:

  • breakfast:  egg cupcakes via an “Everyday Paleo” cookbook recipe
  • lunch: grilled chicken and mixed vegetables (broccoli,cauliflower, and carrots)
  • dinner: paleo tacos.  ground beef + onions with lots of seasonings, atop a bed of butter lettuce with salsa and avocado chunks.  YUM! 

I would hyper link to the recipes, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet, I apologize for my lack of being word press savy.  

Also, I’m about to finish up day four of our WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE.  It’s going really well so far.  I’ve managed to tap into this amazing will power that I didn’t know I had and have warded off many temptations for sweet treats and salty snacks.  My only qualms thus far are:

  • I miss drinking my tart cherry juice before bedtime, it really helps me sleep better
  • Drinking all of this water (0.5oz for every pound of body weight) is really causing a lot of extra trips to the ladies room, which wouldn’t be so bad, but I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night–no thanks. 
  • Fish oil isn’t really my cup of tea.  Although, I will say the “fish burps” have sort of dropped off since the first day, so maybe I’m getting used to it. 

That’s all I have for now.  I’ll check in later this week!

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A Week In Review

BEST WEEK EVER….I made it to the 6:30am class every morning this week [HOOORAY!] Except for Tuesday because my stupid phone turned off in the middle of the night, thus no 6:00am alarm.  Anyways, I got my WOD on Monday – Saturday this week, and it was fabulous.  I’ll do a highlight reel of the WODs we did this week:

Monday was Fabulous FRAN

For Time:

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Thrusters (RX 55lbs) & Pull Ups

Alright, this was my first time doing Fran, so please don’t laugh at my time…11:06.  It was BRUTAL!  I really didn’t think it would be that hard, but I was WRONG!  I had 45lbs for my thrusters and still did my pull ups with a band, and I was still struggling.  But, I loved it. Can’t wait to give Fran another shot in a few weeks.

Tuesday was “What is the name of this WOD? It sucks…”

For Max Reps:

RX 55lbs (I did 45lbs)

  • 20 Overhead Squats
  • 20 Burpees
  • 20 Power Cleans
  • 60 double unders (180 singles)

*forgot to log my score on “MyWod” app but I’m thinking it was something like 323?

Wednesday was a Countdown WOD

For strength we worked on deadlifts, happy to say I got up to 135lbs at my heaviest.

For time:

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

  • Toes to Bar
  • KB Swings 35 lbs
  • Box Jumps 24”

*forgot to log my time on this one too, but I think it was somewhere in the 22 minute range?

Thursday was the Valentines Day’s WOD

For time:

2 rounds of

  •  14 Squat Cleans RX 85lbs
  • 14 Hand Stand Push Ups
  • 14 Walking Lunges (on each leg)
  • 14 Burpees

800m row (buy out)

I finished in 17:24; 65lbs on my squat cleans.

This was a solid WOD.  I love [attempting] HSPUs.  Our coach helped me work on my rowing after we were done too because I SUCK at rowing.  Turns out, I was letting my seat come to close to my feet and wasting a lot of time and energy on pushing back with my legs.  I haven’t mastered my new technique yet, but I’m getting there.

[Valentine’s Side Note:  My boyfriend Jacob, came to visit me Thursday after work, he’s the sweetest 🙂  He drove two hours just so we could spend the evening together. AND he got me flowers, a stuffed dog, since I don’t have time to have a real one, AND a new WOD Addiction shirt—yay!!  We love WOD Addiction.  He got himself a new pair of board shorts too, so we took this awesome picture to show off our new gear:

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Friday was SNATCH-FEST 2013

We worked on form for double unders and snatches in the beginning of the class.

The actual WOD was:

10 minute cap

  • 75/45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
  • 135/75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
  • 165/100 pound Snatch, 30 reps
  • 210/120 pound Snatch, 30 reps

Kayla did:

  • 45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
  • 65 pound Snatch, 30 reps
  • 75 pound Snatch, 30 reps (except I only got 2 @ 75lbs)

So… 62 Snatches in 10 minutes. That’s a lot of snatches.

Saturday was the WLC Benchmark WOD

Our gym is participating in the Whole Life Challenge which started yesterday.

12 minute AMRAP

1000m Row (Buy In)

  • 60 air squats
  • 50 hand release push ups
  • 40 ab mat sit ups
  • 30 burpees

I got 158 reps.  Can’t wait to see what I get when we do this WOD again in 2 months.

I want to talk a little bit about what I ate this week too.  Paleo isn’t something that’s totally new for me.  My friend Ian (usually referred to as Richard) first told me about Paleo in the Spring of 2010—I thought he was insane. Then my mom discovered it this past summer and we decided to try it together.  I loved all of the recipes she made, but we were by no means 100% Paleo eaters.  It wasn’t until starting CrossFit in November that I really decided to give Paleo the “good college try.” I could usually go about 75% Paleo every week.  My good eating habits always fell a part during the weekends, due to lack of meal planning and just eating whatever was convenient.  Anyways, it has been my 2013 New Year’s Resolution to be 100% Paleo.  I’ve gotten off to an okay start, probably about 80-85% Paleo.  BUT, our gym started this great challenge yesterday called the “Whole Life Challenge” [https://www.wholelifechallenge.com/wlc2013] and I think it’s really going to help me stick to my Paleo goal.  I’ll be talking more about the WLC in upcoming posts, but check out the website if you’re eager to learn more.

Being that I’m in a long distance relationship, and I cook for one most times, I try to make three Paleo recipes at the beginning of each week and make them last the entire week.  Last week I went with:

Breakfast: hard-boiled eggs; two pieces of bacon.  Simple and Easy

Lunch: Meatloaf and sweet potato mash and an apple

Dinner: spaghetti squash with red sauce (Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil pasta sauce mixed with one pound of organic, grass-fed ground beef and 2 zucchini)

I promise all my posts won’t be this long.  My goal is to start posting every other day, so I don’t have to try to cram a week’s worth of CrossFit and Paleo into one post.

Thanks for reading!

Kayla

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3…2…1…GO!

Hi, my name is Kayla 🙂  Welcome to Girl Meets WOD.

What is Girl Meets WOD?  Well friends, it’s a fantastic blog about one girl’s discovery of CrossFit and going Paleo.  I’ll share my WODs, my recipes, my thoughts, opinions, and probably a random story/funny joke every once in a while. 

Who is “Girl?” Kayla.  A twenty-something, fitness-obsessed female, who wants to share with the world how CrossFit and Paleo are changing her life. Oh, and who also lives in the South, a land filled with fried foods.

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Why did you decide to start this blog? I saw an opportunity.  Most nights, I sit on my computer, researching recipes, and trying to find fellow athletes who share the same passion that I have for working out.  Every once in a while I stumble across a cool blog, a good article, or a sweet video, but for the most part I haven’t been able to find a CrossFit specific blog geared towards female athletes and their experiences.  Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, or maybe all of the awesome female CrossFit athletes are too busy to write blogs (totally understandable), but be that as it may, I’m an average girl doing CrossFit, and I want to write about it, so I’m gonna!

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned.

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