Epic Watch Fail

Good Morning everyone!!

I just wanted to share my morning WOD mishap from today. We had another birthday WOD, it was:

35 burpees
800m run
35 pull ups
800m run
35 ab mat sit ups
800m run
35 kb swings @ 35#
800m run
35 burpees

Because there was a lot of running in the WOD I decided to wear my Garmin watch to see what my pace was during the running and also to keep an eye on my time. Bad decision. During the KB swings I let the bell get behind me and it flopped over and smacked into my wrist… SHATTERING the face of my watch!!!

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I attribute this to my poor wrist strength. It is now going to be a top priority for me to improve my wrist strength and mobility. Once I figure out how to do that I’ll be sure to let y’all know.

Anyways, I guess I’ll try to see if Garmin can replace the face on my watch (everything else works fine). Unless anyone has a better idea?

Lesson: don’t wear watches to CrossFit especially if there are kettle bell swings in the WOD!!

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10K & Podcasts

Helllllooooo Friends.  I feel like this week has just been three Mondays in a row, I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.  Sheesh. So a few things…

First, my cousin Kathryn ran the Boston Marathon.  She is safe- thank the Lord. Chelsie (my roommate) and I were actually at work walking to Starbucks, and Chelsie got a Fox News alert on her phone stating that there were two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  I immediately went into a mild state of panic.  I didn’t have my phone on me so I couldn’t call or text anyone, but as soon as I got back to my desk I texted Kathryn and her sister (my other cousin) Jen to see if anyone knew anything.  Then I called my Dad and had him call my aunt.  It took about 5 minutes but I finally heard back from everyone.  My Aunt was able to talk to Kathryn who was about a half a mile back from the finish line when the bombs went off.  THANK GOODNESS.  It turns out she was only half a mile back because she made an unexpected water stopped at mile 25.  Scary.  That’s all I have to say.

I wish I could say that I was shocked or that it is so hard to believe that something like that would happen, but to to honest, after the significant increase in public shootings/bombs/explosions etc. in the past 5 years it’s not all that surprising. Is that not the most depressing/saddening thing in the world?  Does that make what happened any less devastating or despicable?  absolutely not.  I think I’ve just resigned to the fact that, I’ll never understand what in the world would possess someone to want to kill and hurt people in such a malicious way. It just makes me so sad.

Second, my BFF Christine and I ran the Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10K in Richmond on Saturday.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day for the race. Last year it was rainy and gross, so 70’s and sunny was such a major improvement.  Our time wasn’t really anything to brag about – 59:30 but that’s okay, we  just ran the race to be able to run together and do something fun.  The race is HUGE though there were actually 40,000 participants.  SO MANY people.  It’s such a great race though, there are live bands about every half mile and there are so many beautiful historic homes along the way.

PODCASTS.  Jacob is probably sick of hearing me talk about podcasts. I literally start every phone conversation with, “So, I was listening to this podcast today and they said that…” But I love them!  They are so informative!  It’s like being able to read a book while I’m working.  GENIUS!  Anyways, I told ya’ll about Barbell Shrugged last week which is definitely still my favorite, but I wanted to share a few other ones that you guys should check out too.

Fat Burning Man with Abel James

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He has a lot of great, smart people on his show.  The podcast topics range from talking about supplements to paleo to just general good health practices.  Abel is a wonderful interviewer, and he asks all of the right questions.

Super Nutrition Academy Health Class with Yuri Elkaim

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Yuri is awesome!  He is a registered holistic nutritionist, former professional soccer player, and Canadian! His podcast topics are usually geared towards nutrition.  I share a lot of same views that he has so it’s great to hear him confirm all of my beliefs and go in to depth about why and how certain things affect us the way that they do.

The Paleo Solution Podcast  with Robb Wolf

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It’s Robb Wolf, what else do you want me to say?  This guy is practically the Godfather of the Paleo movement.  He’s always talking about the latest and greatest when it comes to nutrition and every once in a while he throws in a fitness related podcast, mostly CrossFit related.  They can get off topic sometimes but it doesn’t matter because they are really funny.

Paleohacks with Clark Danger 

Last week was the first episode of this podcast, but I really enjoyed it.  Clark Danger had Dave Asprey on the show and he was actually promoting his book:  Better Baby Book .  He shared some great general health information, and had some really good info about how to “work out” your brain.  Stuff’s legit!

Your homework for this week:  Go listen to one of these podcasts!  You will not regret it!!! They’re especially great for long commutes in the morning or traveling in general!

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Announcement

It’s Friday at 9:50pm and I’m writing a blog post.  Yeah I’m 23 and I’m lame.  Just kidding! I’m at home because I’m running the Richmond, Monument Ave 10K tomorrow morning.  Our wave goes at 9:05 so I’m getting ready to hit the hay.

I just wanted to drop in and say that…

I DID MY FIRST KIPPING PULL UP TODAY!

Say what?  It only took me 5ish months of practicing and getting stronger, but I did my first real life kipping pull up today.  I was so excited!  I was actually really surprised because I wasn’t expecting to get my chin above the bar.  It was after the WOD and I ran an extra mile afterwards because the WOD was short, so I was pretty tired, but hey I got up there.  I even went back for more.  I didn’t quite get two in a row, but I did do several more pull ups which means that it wasn’t just a random stroke of strength, I really am getting strong!  YES!

The sad part… we did not take any pictures or videos.  So stupid.  I need to remind myself to take more pictures since I actually have somewhere to post them now.

I’d like to think that I looked like this:

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But I probably didn’t.

Alright, it’s bed time for me.  Tomorrow will be my first road race since August 2012.  And I’ve only been training minimally, mostly because I REFUSED to not go to CrossFit every day.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’ll post about it sometime tomorrow or Sunday.  Stay Tuned.

Have a SUPER weekend, and GO WORK OUT! You won’t regret it! 🙂

Custom Stuff for CrossFitters

It’s Tuesday!  I want to talk about WODs for a hot second.  Yesterday was a “birthday WOD.”  Our coach does this awesome thing where he lets our gym members choose the WOD on their birthday.  They usually suck, but that just goes to show how legit our gym members are, we like to challenge each other.

Monday’s WOD

31 minute AMRAP (longest AMRAP of all time)

  • Run 800m
  • 31 overhead walking lunges with a plate 45#/25#
  • 31 burpee pull ups

Such a good WOD.  Good because it was HARD.  By the end of the work out I was legitimately exhausted.  I made it through 3 complete rounds.  I started to head out the door to start my run but I only had 10 seconds left, so mostly I was just thinking to myself: where do you think you’re going?  I modified my burpee pull ups since I’m still lacking in the pull up department.  Although I’m pretty sure I did a jumping pull up yesterday.  My legs were flailing around and I’m not sure that my chin actually made it above the bar, but hey that’s progress.

Tuesday’s WOD = March Madness WOD

Our coach made everyone fill out a bracket before the first game started, and then based on your predictions determined what you had to do for the WOD.  AND… if you didn’t complete a bracket you had to do the entire work out.

For time:

  • 64 burpees (32 games x 2 burpees)
  • 80 wall balls (16 games x 5 WB)
  • 56 KB swings (8 games x 7 KBS)
  • 40 push up (4 games x 10 PU)
  • 40 air squats (2 games x 20 squats)
  • 1 mile run (championship game)

I must have had a pretty good bracket.  My WOD looked more like this:

  • 24 burpees
  • 30 wall balls
  • 28 kettle bell swings
  • 30 push ups
  • 20 air squats
  • NO mile run, because I picked Louisville to win- good job Kayla!

I will say though, I was especially tired this morning.  Not sure why.  I was also really sore–I’m thinking it was from the overhead lunges yesterday.  I’ve been bouncing around the idea of taking creatine powder and maybe protein powder, but I just can’t decide.  I feel like I hear both good and bad things about them.  Plus,  there are so many different options out there I’m not sure how to decide which will be right for me.  Ah, the world of supplements, so overwhelming!

On to that custom stuff that I really wanted to talk about…

Have you heard of Custom Fit Meals?  THEY ARE DELICIOUS.  And convenient.  I first noticed CFM while working out at my first CrossFit box in Winston. I saw the fridge and always wondered what it was or how to order, but I never really took the time to ask questions or do any research.  Then, when I switched to the box in High Point, I saw the same refrigerator again.  To be honest, I hadn’t realized that Custom Fit Meals was a “chain.”  It caught my attention seeing it again, and our coach posted about ordering meals on the gym website every once in a while.  I remember checking out the website and thinking it looked cool, but was a little put off by the price.  Well, then I started averaging out how much money I was spending on groceries per week to cook paleo meals for one… EXPENSIVE, that’s how much.  Plus, I love cooking, but I was getting a little tired of eating the same two meals the entire week.  I decide to give CFM another look.  Before ordering, I asked my coach what he thought of the meals.  Did they taste good?  When are they delivered?  How big are the portions?  Is it worth it?  (I ask a lot questions, about everything) After finding out everything that I needed to know I made the decision to try it out.

The Pros:

  • A different, delicious, home-cooked meal every day!  HOORAY!
  • Super convenient (I don’t spend any time prepping, which is great for the weekends when I travel)
  • I can pick up the meals Monday morning when I work out at 6:30
  • I order the large portion meals.  5 for $50 and then I split each meal in half, thus maximizing my meals so that I have 10 instead of 5.

The Cons (these aren’t very legit cons):

  • I’m not preparing my own paleo recipes, which is only a con because I really enjoy cooking
  • I don’t know what anything is going to taste like before I try it.  This is difficult for someone like me because  I don’t take a lot of risks and I’m infamous for being an extremely picky eater–I just started eating green beans and sweet potatoes within the past 4 years. I was missing out!

I have really been impressed with Custom Fit Meals since trying them in the beginning of March.  I’ve ordered every week except for two weeks.  Once because I had a lot of left over food that I needed to use, and the second time because almost every menu item had “fennel seeds” in the recipes.  Kayla hates fennel seeds. They’re weird and taste like licorice…gross.

I’ve had three weeks worth of meals so far, and out of all of those, there was only 1 meal that I just didn’t like- it was a banana breakfast loaf thing. The description made it sound like it was going to be AWESOME, and I was so excited to try it because I have a weird obsession with bananas, but it just didn’t do it for me.

They deliver to a lot of CrossFit boxes up and down the east coast.  If your box does CFM and you’ve been thinking about trying them, I would highly recommend that you do so.  And if your box doesn’t have CFM, talk to your box owner to see if they can start!

You know what else can be custom?

REEBOK CROSSFIT NANOS!!!! I love my nanos.  I just have the regular black/pink ones, but they are SO comfortable, and so perfect for CrossFit WODs.  They aren’t my favorite when we run during WODs, but that’s okay.

So, last Saturday night, Jacob fell asleep on the sofa, and I was bored.  What does a CrossFit blogger do when she’s bored?  She designs custom work out shoes on the Reebok website, obviously.  Want to see some of my creations?

'Merica Nanos

‘Merica Nanos

Do Work Nanos

Do Work Nanos

Go Hard Nanos

Go Hard Nanos

Girly Nanos

Girly Nanos

Pretty sweet right?  If I get a new pair, I’ll probably go with the ‘Merica ones.  They’re my favorite.

Alright! It’s almost time for New Girl to come on at 9:00!  Hope everyone is having a super fantastic week, and that your weather has been as nice as mine here in NC!!!

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What Is CrossFit?

Today was a spectacular day!!! Well, it really wasn’t.  I ended up staying late at work by almost two hours- yuck.  It was especially sad because the weather is B-E-A-UTIFUL today!  78 degrees outside! Can’t beat that!  Anyways, I was feeling pretty defeated until I walked in the door and saw a package addressed to me… And inside that package was the PaleOMG cookbook!!!  HOORAY! I pre-ordered it months ago, and to be honest I had sort of forgot about it, but that made it all the more exciting because I was totally surprised that it had arrived!  I even screamed to my roommate, “TODAY IS NOW GOOD AGAIN!”  I immediately sat down at the kitchen table (it felt like the right place to read a cook book, duh) and read all the intro pages and then drooled over all of her fabulous recipes.  Juli really is a culinary genius.  I don’t know how she does it, and I’m totally jealous of how super cool she is, but that cook book is LEGIT.  If you have not checked out her blog yet, then I don’t know what you’ve been doing on the Internet, but be sure to check it out immediately: PaleOMG!

Now that I’m done girl-crushing on JB. Onto what I really meant to post about today…

WHAT IS CROSSFIT?

Good question right?  Last Sunday during our family Easter lunch, my teenage cousin–who is very smart, beautiful, and talented runner– looked at me with the most curious of faces and said, “So, what is CrossFit?”

What is CrossFit?  To be honest, I was a little befuddled.  This was my chance!  I literally dream about people coming up to me and asking me about CrossFit, and here I was with my own cousin asking me to describe CrossFit and I was lost for words.  I didn’t want to mess up my chance to make an impression on her, to get her thinking, “Hey, that sounds pretty cool, maybe I should try CrossFit…”

What ended up happening?  I described CrossFit very literally.  I think may exact words went something like this:

“Well, it’s referred to as the Sport of Fitness.  The work outs combine weightlifting techniques, with a lot of high intensity interval training….”

And then I went on to spout out a list of different “typical” CrossFit exercise movements and example WODs, etc.  She seemed to take my answer for what it was worth, a literal explanation, and went back to what she was doing.  Fair enough.  My answer wasn’t exactly mind boggling or life altering in any way.  BUT… it did get me thinking.  What will I do if someone ever asks me this question again?  How do I put into words a description of CrossFit that accurately depicts what CrossFit is while also conveying my love and enthusiasm for the sport but also trying to NOT sound like a crazy person?  I know it shouldn’t be this hard, but I’ve been pondering this question for over a week…

Now… two other events have happened in the past week, that I think will also contribute to my answer…

First:  A person at work found out that I do CrossFit, and he looked right at me and said things like:  CrossFit is terrible, no one should do CrossFit, it’s garbage, kipping isn’t good for you, they don’t teach form in CrossFit gyms, etc. etc. on and on.

I thought I was going to explode. I’m pretty sure there was smoke coming out of my ears.  Of course I argued right back with this person, disproving all of his reasons for being opposed to CrossFit.  But afterwards, it literally look me about 10 minutes to calm down from the whole ordeal.  I felt as if this guy had insulted a family member or something, pretty dramatic, I know, but really, I was offended.  And, believe me, I understand that CrossFit is NOT for everyone, for whatever reason.  But for this dude to blatantly attack CrossFit right in front of me, I was not happy.  I’m also super sensitive, so that could have played a role too.

Second: Jacob and I went to a wedding on Saturday. I knew it was going to be hard to do, but I told myself I would try my best to not talk to people about CrossFit the entire time. I said, “Only if someone brings it up first, can you talk about CrossFit or nutrition or fitness of any kind…”  Well it worked pretty well, but I feel like the people who did bring it up, instantly regretted it because then I just kept talking.  That’s one thing about me:  I get very excited about almost everything, and it’s hard to contain that.  Anyways, I don’t think I annoyed the crap out of anyone, which is good, but I do think I need to coach myself into being about to converse with people normally about my two favorite topics, without overwhelming anyone.

So, these three experiences combined, definitely have me thinking about the initial question:  What is CrossFit?

What’s the best way to answer this question?  Do I take a technical approach?  Do I go balls to the wall and just start rambling? Do I develop some sort of “elevator speech” that I can use to be informative but not overwhelming?  Am I reading into this wayyyyy too much. Yes, definitely yes. But, that’s okay.  I want to be prepared the next time someone asks me about CrossFit.  I want to be able to describe this incredibly awesome sport in a way that makes other people feel inspired.  After listening to me talk about CrossFit I want people who have never even thought about trying CrossFit to be curious, to want to look for a box and try it out for themselves.

My answer:  go to girlmeetswod.com, it explains everything you need to know.

JUST KIDDING!  Although one day it would be pretty sweet to be able to do that.  Now is not that time though.

My real answer:  CrossFit has completely changed the definition of fitness. They’ve torn down all of the walls, shattered the traditional approach and created something amazing.  CrossFit will challenge you physically and mentally in ways that you never imagined.  You will find that you constantly compete against yourself during the work outs–pushing yourself to the next level, smashing PR’s, and feeling like a boss while doing so.  By combining weight training with high-intensity interval work outs, CrossFit will leave even the toughest athlete wondering what the heck happened during that WOD.  But, at the same time, CrossFit can be catered to any caliber athlete.  That’s the beauty of CrossFit, athletes from any background can be successful CrossFitters, as long as they work hard.  And the best part about CrossFit?  The community.  There are CrossFitters everywhere, and they are the most hard-working, encouraging, motivating people that you’ll ever meet.

Also, I found this gem on the CrossFit HQ site.  Obviously, a pretty legit explanation of CrossFit also:  What Is CrossFit?

What do you say when someone asks you about CrossFit?  Do you have a hard time not talking about CrossFit all of the time? Or is it just me?

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CrossFit Media Outlets

How far has my CrossFit obsession creeped into every aspect of my life? I think it’s safe to say that is has literally taken over at this point. When I’m not doing CrossFit, I’m thinking about, reading about, or learning about CrossFit and Paleo. I want to highlight a few really great examples of two media sources that I recently discovered.

WOD Talk Magazine

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Our friend, Andrew, passed off two of his old issues of WOD Talk to Jacob on Friday. Then what happened? Well I immediately intercepted them on Saturday morning and would not let those magazines out of my site. Jacob consented to let me take them home with me since I was so attached. I literally read the first one cover to cover throughout the day on Saturday (on the way to CrossFit, in the CrossFit parking lot, outside in the nice weather, sitting on the sofa after CrossFit, you get the picture…) Jacob is so good, he realizes my obsessions and usually helps feed them. I just couldn’t help it though. The articles were so good and so informative. They had articles about mobility, about other athletes, and my favorite- stories about affiliates and how they started their boxes! Love those stories! Oh and they have lots of great ads for companies that I’ve never even heard of, thus providing new ways for me to spend my money on CrossFit related things.

Barbell Shrugged Podcasts

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These dudes are hilarious. The End. Oh and they talk about CrossFit and nutrition every week! Oh, and they interview super sweet athletes like Rich Froning, Jr. What more could a girl ask for in a podcast?

I don’t know what possessed me to do so, but during work yesterday morning when I was trying to decide on a pandora station I kept thinking, “Gosh I wish there was a way for me to feed my fitness and/or nutrition obsession while I’m working…” Low and behold I decided to see if there were any awesome podcasts out there that I could listen to during the day. I freaking struck gold with this one, you guys. It is so good, I even continued listening to it while I went for a 3 mile run this afternoon. I’ve never listened to people talking while running, only music, or nothing. I swear I felt like my run took no time at all. I was so interested in the podcast the entire time. If you have the opportunity to listen to something during the day you should definitely take these podcast episodes for a spin. You will not regret it!

Have you guys found any other ways in which to feed your CrossFit obsessions? Other blogs/websites? YouTube Videos? What have you found?

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thirteen point four

Howdy Folks! I hope everyone had a pleasant Monday. I started off my Monday with a morning work out of:

5×5 Front Squats (heavy as possible) I started out at 65# and worked up to 105# by the last set

WOD:

12 minute AMRAP

  • 10 thrusters 115/85#
  • 15 Hand Release Push Ups

I used 65# for the thrusters. HEAVY. The last time I did Fran I only did 45# so 65# was a nice step up, but I’ve decided if I want to get stronger, I’m going to have to step outside my comfort zone and add weight even if it’s “heavy.” CrossFit isn’t ever going to get “easier” I’m just going to get stronger which needs to START.RIGHT. NOW!

Let’s rewind to last week/weekend.

THIRTEEN POINT FOUR

The WOD:

AMRAP in 7 minutes

5 pound Clean and jerk, 3 reps
3 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
6 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
9 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
12 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
15 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps

Per usual, I did 13.4 Thursday morning. I knew 95# was going to be tough because my heaviest logged clean and heaviest logged jerk were both 75# so adding 20# was going to be interesting. I knew I would have to get my toes to bar one at a time, but I was up for the challenge. 7 minutes isn’t so bad.

I ended up doing split jerks with the weight. I felt pretty good about them, it was definitely heavy, but the split helped me get it over head better than a regular jerk. I no rep’d the crap out of the T2B. If the exercise was called “toes to 6 inches away from the bar” I would have been golden. I just need to practice. I do really well with a big kip, but I can’t string them together yet. All in due time. CrossFit wouldn’t be as fun if I was super sweet at everything. #duh Anyways, I ended up with 22 reps in 7 minutes.

Saturday morning I did 13.4 again at Brickhouse CrossFit with Jacob and Andrew. Same story as Monday except I moved through my weight a littler faster. Toes to bar were still really rough, but I’ll get them. I closed out my 7 minutes with 31 total reps. 8 more than the first time, I’ll take it.

I’m a little sad that this week is the last week of the CrossFit Open. I guess it will be back to regular work outs after next week. I make it sound like that’s a bad thing, but really isn’t. The Open is just really, really fun and it has shown me how vast, diverse, exciting, and AWESOME the CrossFit Community really is. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for the Games though. It’s too bad North Carolina isn’t closer to California! I am debating making the trip up to DC for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals weekend-June 7-9th. I saw a link on the games website about signing up to be a volunteer during Regionals. Has anyone ever done that before or would I have more fun just going up there and watching? Decisions…decisions…

My bloggity-blog game plan: I noticed that I typically pack in a lot of info and topics within each post that I publish. That’s lame. Whenever I go to the blogs that I love and see a lonngggg post, sometimes I just skim through and hit the highlights. I’m going to try to write smaller chunks and just post more frequently. That way I can touch on multiple topics without jumping all over the place and losing people’s interest. Sound good?

Alright friends, I’ll catch ya later!!

 

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Weekend Shopping

Yay! I finally bought a few things from my wish list that I posted a few weeks ago.

1. I bought GOT FOR FREE the foam roller that I wanted. Yessss!!! I absolutely love it. I would have paid for it. It’s 100% totally worth it. If you’re debating a new foam roller I would definitely recommend the grid.

Great story. Every time Jacob comes to visit me in High Point, we usually end up going to the REI at Friendly Center in Greensboro. It’s a two story REI and we LOVE IT. Some how, magically, every time we go, they are ALWAYS having their members-only garage sale. Usually filled with tons of awesome gear, clothes, shoes, random stuff that people have returned for whatever reason. It’s hilarious to shop this sale because they have the reasons for the return written on the tag. It usually ends up sounding something like this: “wore for two weeks, decided I didn’t like it…” WHAT? or “decided this hiking pack was too big…” Anyways, Jacob usually ends up finding AWESOME stuff. One time we found a pair of REI camping cots (the legit ones that are super comfortable). The tags said $50/each, BUT when we went to check out they rang up as $25 each…$50 for the pair! BOOM! This time Jacob ended up walking away with an Arc’Teryx brand hiking backpack. It was originally like $250, but he got it for $70.

It was also my lucky day too because our REI dividends for 2012 were ready to be used. If you aren’t an REI member, but shop there on the reg, you should become a member. You get like 10% of your purchases back every year to use just like a gift card. This year Jacob and I racked up $90 in dividends, so I snagged the trigger point grid foam roller and ended up paying $0 and Jacob only had to pay $20 for his back pack. We are quite the savvy shopping couple.

2. Norts (Nike Shorts) were buy one get one half off at Dick’s this week. Grabbed two pairs, in the smallest size I’ve ever been able to fit into as far as sports shorts go. Thanks CrossFit. Annnnnd I had a $10 off coupon, score! $40 for shorts!

3. Bought a mint green Brine lacrosse ball to use for mobility. Sorry Rouge Fitness, I love you guys, but I didn’t want to pay for shipping.

4. New Food Processor!! Hooray! No, I didn’t get the Ninja, but I did upgrade to a 3-cup food processor/chopper. Food Network brand from Kohl’s– $25. Definitely worth the upgrade. I wasn’t ready to commit to the legit $200 Cuisinart/Kitchen Aid/Ninja one yet. I’m feeling like that’s more of a birthday present type of purchase.

 

Review of 13.3 aka wall ball hell

I did the work out first on Thursday morning. Ended with a score of 160. My wall ball strategy went like this: First 50 = sets of 10. Second 50 = trying not to die. Third 50 = sets of 5. Finished with 11:30 on the clock. Somehow managed to crank out 10 double unders. Reminder: I couldn’t really even do double unders until about a week ago.

Tried the WOD again on Sunday. Did a little bit better. Wall ball strategy was still about the same. I somehow moved a little faster though because I finished with the wall balls by 10:30. I was able to do 28 double unders which put me with a score of 178. No muscle ups for this girl. Ehhh, maybe next year. They’ll probably do the WOD again and go for the three-peat.

 

Newest Obsession: Lara Bars

Especially the coconut cream pie ones. OOOO-EMMEE–GEEEE! My friend, Natalie, tried them last week. I was skeptical at first. Coconut isn’t usually my go-to, but I figured, “Hey, Natalie says they’re good, so they must be good!” So I found them at Harris Teeter, and by golly if these things aren’t the most delicious paleo treats I’ve ever had! Most all of the bars are made with fruit, dates, nuts, etc. All natural and paleo-friendly ingredients. Yummy, yummy. Some other great flavors are: apple pie, banana bread, chocolate coconut, peanut butter and jelly, cherry pie, blueberry muffin, and carrot cake. Beware though, they are rich and very addicting. Per Natalie’s suggestion–she cuts them in to 12 tiny pieces. She’s much more disciplined than I am though. I usually eat half of the bar before realizing what I’ve done. So take Natalie’s advice and cut them into pieces as soon as you get them home.

Through some online researching I also found that they make a line called “Jocolat” made with cocoa powder that are supposed to taste like chocolate. Whhhhat?! I really want to try the chocolate hazelnut. I’m going to have to get my hands on these some how…

I just posted two days in a row… Whhhhhat?

Check you guys later!!

P.S. I started reading The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection by Dr. Allison Wenglin Belger. It seems awesome. I’ll let you guys know what I think when I’m all done.

 

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Cooking with Kayla

I’m sorry I only posted once last week. I was busy reading instead of writing. But now, I have a lot to write about, so hunker down for story time.

A few things you should know about me.

  • I am 23 years old.
  • I lived at home for almost two years after college.
  • My mom cooked almost all of my meals for me.
  • She’s an excellent chef

    When I moved out on my own in October, I had to teach myself how to cook. Now, I make it sound like I had no idea what to do in the kitchen. It wasn’t that bad. Mostly, I liked making really easy, basic, low-maintence meals. The paleo lifestyle, isn’t really all about low-maintence meals. Paleo cooking can sometimes be pretty labor intensive, time consuming, and very involved. And here I am teaching myself how to do it all. What a grown up I’ve become. Anyways, it’s always an event when I cook here in the apartment. My roommate and I haven’t decided if it is because I’m not a very experienced chef, because I’m super excitable, or just because we have a tiny apartment kitchen so it just seems like a big deal because there is a ton of stuff flying everywhere in such a small space. Whatever the reason, I tend to be pretty entertaining when I’m cooking. One time, after making a successful meal, I once shouted at my roommate that I was a“magician.” My roommate is pretty much the best for putting up with me and my kitchen shenanigans.

So now that I’ve painted this awesome picture for you of my kitchen personality let me share some of what I’ve been making recently.

Friday night, Jacob came to visit, and he said he’d like to have chicken pot pie for dinner. Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I scoured the internet for recipes, and came across this seemingly simple yet delicious chicken pot pie recipe. It was fabulous! I made a few alterations because I wanted a more traditional tasting pot pie, but for the most part I stuck to her recipe. I’ll list my alterations below…

  • I used a rotisserie chicken because I was pressed for time. Not sure how big it was, but it was the whole bird. I basically just pulled off all of the skin and plucked the meat into tiny pieces.
  • I used celery, carrots, onions, and peas (not paleo but they are accepted on the whole life challenge right now)
  • I used a miniature food processor. I recommend using a normal sized one for the crust, but it was all I had at the time.

Issues I had:

  • I didn’t really measure my veggies; I just used them all, so I had a ton of filling. Follow her measurements, you’ll be set.
  • The baking container I used was not big enough for my filling, so it was almost overflowing.
  • I would recommend putting the ball of dough in the fridge for ~30 minutes if you have time. I only did mine for 5 and it was still kind of “sticky.”
  • It also didn’t go very well when I tried to top the filling with the crust because when the crust hit the liquid of the filling it immediately disintegrated. BUMMER!
  • Also, I definitely had to bake mine for a lot longer than 20 minutes. I think it was in the oven for more like 45 minutes. maybe more

Despite all of that (those are pretty usual obstacles for me though) it turned out REALLY well. It was really yummy, and we had about 6ish servings from it.

Breakfast the next morning was an experiment too. I had been dreaming up a recipe of a “breakfast bowl” with eggs, bacon, and sweet potato hash. We weren’t really sure how to do the sweet potato hash, so we just kind of went for it. I like potato “gems” the best, so Jacob took the time to cut the sweet potatoes into tiny pieces for me – so sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 eggs – scrambled
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil
  3. Arrange bacon
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes
  1. Peel sweet potatoes
  2. Slice into discs
  3. Cube slices
  4. Chop onion
  5. Add coconut oil to a medium sized skillet, and heat over medium heat
  6. Add sweet potato gems and chopped onion
  7. Cook until potatoes are soft; approximately 15 minutes
  1. Scramble eggs in a bowl
  2. Scramble over medium heat

The grand finale: dice bacon and combine all ingredients into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Voila!

Sunday rolled around and unfortunately, Jacob had to head home Worst part about a long distance relationship = saying good-bye.

I usually cope by cooking up a storm, so I’ll have all of my meals ready freddy for the following week. Here’s the line up:

Spoiler alert for a post to come later this week: I bought a new food processor on Sunday. I decided to upgrade from my baby 1-cup processor to a 3 cup processor with more speeds and functions! YES!!! I’ll review it along with a few other items that I bought from my wish list.

I made it through the meatloaf just fine. Then, I was getting ready to start on the egg muffins. I washed the new food processor to get rid of all of the germies. I was drying it off and excited to get processing when, OOPS! I sliced the side of my thumb on the blade 😦 My first paleo cooking related injury. It really wasn’t that bad, I’ve just never experienced a kitchen injury before, so I was just kind of surprised and annoyed that it interrupted my cooking train. Can’t keep me down for long though, I tied a baby tourniquet ’round my thumb (once it stopped bleeding, of course) and kept on trucking.

#cookingthroughthepain

#cookingthroughthepain

Breakfast Egg Muffins for one

Since I cook for myself during the week, I make meals so they last me all week. Now, paleo egg muffins are all over the internet. I’ve tried lots of recipes. These two are definitely my favorite and the inspirations for mine.

PaleOMG On-The-Go Egg Bites *These are awesome because of the sweet potatoes and her cooking video is hilarious!

Everyday Paleo Egg Cupcakes

Having made each of these recipes multiple times, I just tried to adapt the ratios and ingredients a little bit to come up with egg muffins that are perfect for me.eggs + veggies

Ingredients:

  • 6 Organic, free-range, Omega-3 eggs
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 6 smalls peppers (I used yellow, red, and orange)
  • 1/2 pound of pork sausage (I buy a pound, use half then freeze the other half for next week)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a muffin tin, or line with silicone baking cups
  3. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat; set aside
  4. Chop peppers and run through the food processor; set aside
  5. Run spinach through the food processor
  6. Crack eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl; whisk
  7. Add peppers, spinach, and sausage to the egg mixture.
  8. Season with salt and pepper
  9. Stir until well incorporated
  10. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the mixture and pour into muffin tin wells
  11. Bake for 25 minutes.

Makes 10; 2 a day for each day of the work week!

Another exciting event from this weekend: I found an almond butter grinder-machine-thing at Harris Teeter that grinds the almonds right in front of you in this fancy machine to make almond butter. It was so cool! I should have taken a video, but these awesome pictures will have to do. It’s super yummy, I will definitely be doing that again soon!

Have a happy week everyone!

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Confessions of a CrossFitter

I am a terrible rower…

There I said it.  I suck at rowing. I dread rowing during WODs, even during warm-ups sometimes.  For the life of me I can’t understand why I’m so inconsistent with my strokes. Both of my coaches have worked with me on my rowing technique, and sometimes I can implement their instructions, but then I always end up back in my old, inefficient habits.  #worst

So…with the Internet as my witness, I am making it my person goal to become a better rower by the end of the Whole Life Challenge (April 13th).  I figure that’s a solid date, plus our benchmark WLC WOD includes rowing at the beginning, and I want to own that WOD.  Plus I’ll be able to actually “measure” my performance to determine if I’ve actually improved and become better.

How am I going to become a better rower?  PRACTICE!  Since our morning class is usually small, we get to warm up on the rowers a lot of the time, so that will be a great time to practice, and any other “down time” I have after WODs or on Saturdays.

I also started with some good, old-fashion research tonight (it’s what I do best).  These are some great videos I found on youtube.com.  The first one is long, but seemed the most helpful.  The other two have a lot of background noise (literally), but are still super helpful.  Jason Khalipa’s video is incredibly simple and basic, but I like his explanation of the order in which the movements happen:  “Legs, Hips, Arms, Arms, Hips, Legs” Just like a ladder! I plan on saying this over and over again when I’m rowing.  I hope these help!

 

 

 

What’s your CrossFit “goat?”  What exercise/movement makes you cringe when you see it on the whiteboard?

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