Everyday I’m STRUGGLIN!

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At least lately. I know, I know. When is this girl going to have a good inspirational post. Something AWESOME and badass? No clue. I’m in this loop of chaos that I can’t get out of it. I have more off days than good days lately. And it’s like once I’m sleeping in or eating poorly I don’t want to get back to the program. It doesn’t help that I am doing absolutely nothing to keep on track during tournaments or unplanned events. I’m just going to blame it on the inconsistent weather we are having here in Texas. It’s driving me bonkers. Rainy, COLD, warm, cool, windy, COLD, hot, drizzly, COLD! It’s almost MAY and there is still COLD weather lingering. My brain can’t wrap around it! Or I can really just blame myself for getting stuck in this spiral of laziness.

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The bulletproof coffee did give me that satiated feeling and energy boost but after I tried it at the full recommended dose it wasn’t so good. I’m struggling getting back to it. And after our whirlwind weekend I’m still trying to regroup. Then it’s off to another whirlwind weekend of more baseball! Don’t get me wrong. Baseball and my kids is my happy place. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. But for the purposes of health, fitness and this blog it’s really cramping my style! And the waistline is ever expanding. And I’m not a happy camper about it. If you’ve stuck around long enough you know I can be disciplined but I think my brain is broken.

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As for missing the BOOM Box on Friday and Monday AND Tuesday – well my hands were broken for Friday and Monday. After those rips I got on Thursday I was done. There was no way I was going to comfortably do a workout and get work done. By Tuesday my hands were healing up fine. And it was a Power Clean day. But it was also a Pull Up day. I was still planning on going, just doing something other than Pull Ups but I had a kiddo wake me up not feeling so hot and I actually struggled going back to bed. Must be all the bad foods I’ve been eating. So when the time came to get up and get movin, there was just an alarm reset and back to snoozeville I went. I didn’t even hit SNOOZE. Just reset the alarm. So sad!

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So I pick the coldest morning in April to actually get up and make an appearance at the box. 37° is not my idea of fun. But I’ve already missed 5 days in a row. So I’m itching for a good workout.

Skill/Strength: Push Press 5, 3, 1+ at 75%, 85% and 95% of 1RM.That’s 70lbs, 80lbs and 90lbs for me. The one good thing about 5 days rest is well it’s FIVE days rest and my shoulders were feeling good. Got warmed up and started my rep scheme. Woo I was feeling strong. Maybe I should be a slacker more often?!? Hehe. Got to 95% and did 4 reps. I knew I had at least 1 or 2 more, but my concentration broke and I was done. That’s the worst! One little extra thought comes through and I’m done. But 4 reps at 95% ain’t too shabby.

4/24/13 WOD

4/24/13 WOD

MetCon: Helllooooo Annie! Activating Superpowers. Cause shit that’s all I got. For those of you who don’t know Annie, it’s 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 reps of Double Unders and Butterfly Sit Ups. Those are about the only STRENGTHS that I have when it comes to CrossFit. Seriously my ONLY strengths. So frustrating but at least I do have that. 3,2,1 GO … I really was going for UNBROKEN in the first 50 DUs. I can do that many unbroken but not very often. I got to about 37 and had some trip ups in the last 10. Then chipped away at the Sit Ups. I can’t recall if it was during the 50 or the 40 of Sit Ups that I took my hoody off and that’s where I took too much time not working. But I was hot and flustered and well I should have taken care of that before the clock started! But after that, I just kept moving. I took a few short pauses during the Sit Ups but no LONG rests. Top time recorded for the BOX was in the 7:30 range so I was trying to at least come close. The last time I recorded myself doing Annie last summer was 8:40. I knew it was under 9 but over 8. I just wasn’t sure my exact time this morning though. My time today was 7:58! Dang it. If I had just sucked it up with my HOODY on I could have had a better time. At least I wasn’t worse from 9 months ago!

Happy Hump Day ladies and gents. Make it a great day. Well you know you should actually make it an AWESOME day. See you tomorrow, uh, I hope! Fingers crossed!

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Drive

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Want to, desire, dreams, etc. It all boils down to what makes you tick. What are your goals and what are you doing to make them come to fruition. I’m a lot of talk I know with a mixed bag of happy and negative. I do put in work thought. I do know I tend to come across negative all the time on this here blog but I can tell you I’m not always negative. I’ve gone through all of this before in some form or fashion too but I figure it doesn’t hurt to talk about it again. I have 3 boys that I’ve put my life into. And what kind of men will they grow up to be if I was always raining on their parade. Truth is I have a great life. My world is complete. I don’t really need a pull up to have a happier life. I don’t really need to squat 200+ pounds but I want to! I really want to. How bad do I want it though is another question. Not bad enough to work on that stuff for hours daily. Clearly I show up to the Boom Box almost everyday and clearly I have made progress but I’m not winning the CrossFit games because I finally got a pull up. I don’t have the time, drive or want to actually focus on a goal that big. My goal is to be fit and healthy. GOAL ACHIEVED.

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The rest of it is me nitpicking myself. The shoulda, coulda, wouldas in life. For me it’s always been 8000 of those little vain thoughts that plague me regularly. (stretch marks, jiggle, cellulite) They bring/brought me down. The didn’t allow me to love me for me sometimes. It was so bad I used to let those things hold me back from wanting to work out in public. I think maybe because once I was lean and fit and naive to body image. Then I became a much larger me. I was never so obese that I gave up, but I definitely got heavy and have never been comfortable with myself since.

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I’ve worked on my mental side a lot and I’m a different person now in a lot of ways. I don’t obsess over the scale anymore. I’m not trying to revert back to the young, skinny me either. I’ve come a long way letting those things go but I’m starting to think they will always be there in some form or fashion, because I sure would like to feel comfortable in a swim suit. I doubt I ever will. And no I’m not searching for the YOU LOOK GREAT surface compliments cause I do KNOW what I look like. I’m not hiding behind something only to be all “hey I LIED look at me.” I’m just letting y’all know I’m still haunted by body image but at the end of the day I am living healthier than ever. I’m stronger than ever. And I’m hopefully teaching my boys to live that way the best they can.

And currently I mostly just want to put in the work at CrossFit (even if I still suck at it), eat healthy and laugh a lot! Cause laughing is good for everyone. Go ahead make someone laugh. Watch some funny stuff on the youtubes. Enjoy life.

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With that said. It was hard for me to enjoy life this morning. The workout was not my favorite. I could have slept in. It was pouring rain. It was cold. And it was Muscle Ups… aka PULL UPs for those of us who don’t have MUs. Thrusters. Bleh and Toes To Bar! Go back to bed!

But nooooo…. I knew if I slept in on my weaknesses then how the hell am I going to get any better. So I dragged in. The best part of the morning was Deadlift work! Woooo.

Skill/Strength: 3, 3, 3+ @ 70%, 80% and 90% of our 1RM. For me it was 150lbs, 170lbs, and 195lbs. My hands are weak, my grip is crap. I don’t know why I have such a low tolerance to pain in my hands. Needless to say I did fine working up to my last set. And 195lbs is not longer HARD. But holy heckola it hurts my hands. I’m confident I could do more reps but my hands are cringing in pain. I hold on for 6 reps. I was hoping for 4 so I felt A-OK!

4/18/13 WOD

4/18/13 WOD

MetCon: 3 rounds of 3 Muscle Ups, 8 Thrusters (115lbs/75lbs) and 13 TTB. For me it was 9 Pullups instead of MUs. Ugh. I have the lonely green band set up because that’s my progress. And for a second I thought I only had to do 3 reps. It’s on the board 3 reps. Then realized oh shit, I must do 9! I did sets of 3 and my first two sets were great. My last set I struggled. I got to the barbell for Thrusters and pretty much wanted to quit. I did ONE and dropped the bar. Still not sure why but I did. Then I did 3, dropped the bar and did 4 before moving on. I KNEW I could do TTB so I approached them like I did for the Open. Get up there, get it done, drop. Get right back up, get it done, drop and so forth. It worked. Although 13 drops is not fun. And then it was back to Pull Ups for round 2. Coach had already pulled the blue band for me and set it up because my last 3 Pull Ups were horrible but I OPTED to go for green only! Look at me! Who knew I would make that decision. I was going along and got 3, then I had that crunchy pain feeling. My right hand was ripping.

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I changed my hand position a little to salvage it the best I could and fought through. Onto Thrusters and this time I was going to go unbroken. At least I told myself that and it worked! Round 2 of Thrusters = Success. But now it was time to get on the bar again for TTB. And I chugged along one at a time. Then the left hand started to rip. And now I was just hurting. But I still had one more round of Pull Ups. I went for green band only AGAIN but could only muster 1 Pull Up with my hands falling apart. So I took a pause and got that blue band in the mix. It was much easier but my hands were hurting. Got to Thrusters and oh I didn’t want to drop the bar but I did after 3 reps. Dang it! Picked it back up and knocked out the last 5. Oh how I was dreading TTB. My hands were not happy. And I managed to knock out 10 in what seemed like good time. It was the last three that took me over 3 minutes to accomplish. I coudn’t help but focus on my wounded palms. I got a lot of NO REPS because I have a dumb left foot that doesn’t want to touch the bar! But finally after 20+ grueling minutes I finished. Done son. Can I go back to bed? Time: 21:33.

I’m tired and achy and my hands hurt. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. But this gloomy cold weather has got to go. I’m in TEXAS, it should be blistering hot already. I’m trying to overcome my Eeyore syndrome but today it is hard. I’m looking for the AWESOME I promise. So go be AWESOME yourself and LAUGH!

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Hard to Focus

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Life is busy. My life is crazy busy. I’m having a hard time staying focused on everything! In the end we manage just fine, having a good time in our world of chaos so that’s a good thing but my blogging falls behind! Maybe it’s better for me to be a little less in your face, then you don’t get sick of me 😀

As I’m trying to recap in my head 5 seconds before I type I can’t even remember what happened on FRIDAY! Thank goodness I take pics of the whiteboard or I might forget all together. But let me first talk about my EATING to PEFORM! I did really good during the week. Had some tweaks to make but overall hit the marks I needed to hit. But it was a big ol’ fail for the weekend! I wouldn’t say I didn’t eat too much or not enough but I didn’t eat balanced and I didn’t eat clean so 1 week wasted! I know, it’s not WASTED completely but I’m not gonna lie, eating to perform is not an easy task for me. A lot of food to be taking in and forget about planning when you are gone the whole day.

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“Bulletproof” style

As of yesterday I’m trying out my coffee “bulletproof” style. I say style because I didn’t buy the UPGRADED coffee beans and I’m not using the MCT oil. If you don’t know what bulletproof coffee is then please click HERE to read more. Pretty much this is supposed to make life much more awesome and help me get those fats in that are hard to consume! Coffee, Grass Fed Butter and MCT oil is the magic concoction and so far so good. I was feeling pretty bleh yesterday and I did half the suggested portions. So I was feeling a little less than excited. But today I feel much more amped on it and alert. I had two separate servings of 8oz of coffee with 1tbs of KerryGold Butter and Liquid Coconut Oil (93% MCTs). It’s a lil different but not too shabby in the end. Going keep this up and see if I notice anything grand in the next few weeks.

4/12/13 WOD
Friday’s WOD was an 18 minute AMRAP team WOD. Probably the longest 18 minutes ever! It consisted of PULL UPs and Med Ball Sit-ups! BLEH! After a few rounds, my triceps were strained and dying. By the end they had died and my forearms were on their own deathwalk! It was miserable. But my partner Kristina stuck with it and we got 9 rounds + 5 reps. Not too bad for the pair of us!

4/12/13 WOD

4/12/13 WOD

4/13/13 Community WOD
As most of you know I do enjoy the community WODS, sometimes there is new folks, sometimes out of towners and sometimes it’s just a handful of us regulars but they always seem to be fun. I don’t know that I can say this time was fun! Hehe.

Teams of 3
5 rounds of 1 minute KB Swings, 1 minutes Overhead Plate Shuttle Run, 1 minute rest. YAY FUN! NOT!

Our team had 4 so two of us did the same movement together. While each of the other people were on the other station. That 1 minute rest station was NICE. The shuttle run NOT NICE at all. We took total reps completed for the final score. The way we did the 2 person movement was to split the difference of our final rep count. So I think I got 180 and Tristan got 186 so we said we had 183 reps. I think that was pretty fair in the end. Overall our team came in 2nd with 472 reps.

Since that went by so quickly Coach had us do DEATH by AIR SQUATS! We have never done that before and by 10 minutes he figured that it would go on forever so at the 10 minute mark he made us double up. instead of 10 reps we had to do 20 and at the 11 minute mark we had to do 22 reps. Well that gets you much faster and I only made it through 24 reps. That’s 111 squats.

4/16/13 WOD
I took Monday off. 6 days in a row and 1 rest day wasn’t enough so I took 2 rest days and low and behold I come back to a burpee, run, pull up WOD. Are you freaking kidding me. I wish I had the energy to wake up on Monday morning then I might have slept in this morning! Ok probably not, my weaknesses are definitely running and pull ups!

Skill/Strength: 75 Hollow Rocks, 75 Superman Rocks
I’m so much better at the Superman Rocks. My joke is that my belly is what allows me to rock so well! And more than 10 Hollow Rocks pretty much sucks!

4/16/13 WOD

4/16/13 WOD

MetCon: 90 seconds Max Effort of Burpees, Red gate SPRINT, 10 Bar MUs (but for me 30 pullups)
The Burpess. UGH! I got 25 in the 90 seconds. I’m sure I could have squeezed a few more in but my mind was already dreading the run. The red gate and back is about 3/4 of a mile. It’s not an exact but definitely close to it. Good thing is I didn’t stop the whole time. Most runs I stop and walk at some point. Some if that’s the one positive I can pull then that’s what I’ll focus on! Still slow though :/ Got back to the bar and my lovely band assistants. Coach wanted me to do Kipping Pull Ups with Blue Band. Got 1 and it went downhill from there. So I moved up to Green Band and got 2. Woooo. Then I was getting nowhere. So I doubled up with the green and blue band and chipped away. Time: 18:09! Man those Pull Ups took forever!

After a few minutes of rest, Coach wanted me to do a handful of extra pull ups with just the green band. With a little rest and no pressure of the clock, I did 5 in a row. Woooo! The flip side is now I HAVE to use the green band only. No more double banding. It’s bittersweet. It’s progress but still bittersweet!

Hopefully tomorrow is a good CLEAN kind of workout and no more pull ups or running! Hehe, doubtful but hopeful all at the same time 🙂 Have a fantabulous Tuesday. And don’t be shy, go out there and be AWESOME!

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Made it!

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Woooo I woke up on a Thursday morning to go workout! Typically Thursday is a rest day for me because it was OLY Class day and 5 am was not an option. But starting last week Thursdays became available for regular workouts and of course the first go round I slept in! Not today, Jack!

Eat to Perform
So far I’ve also been a champ on eating to perform! At least getting 90-95% on target. Probably a lil closer but I don’t want to do the math. I have also just started getting used to drinking my coffee black so now I’m considering going bulletproof by adding the butter and the MCT oil. I’m not well versed in what it’s all about yet but once I get it all researched I’ll share some more. If you already do this and have seen some positive OR negative things, PLEASE PLEASE let me know. I think it will help me hit my FAT intake target much better. I finally restocked on coconut flakes as well and if I would remember to pack them in my lunch I’d probably be better off!

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The eating test is ON starting NOW. From NOW till Wednesday next week we will be NON-STOP all over the place with little to no time to cook, eat, breathe, etc. So I gotta be crafty with the food and not let LIFE get in the way. And even more than life getting in the way, I need my slacker side of my brain to co-operate with the disciplined side of my brain and take care of business! If anyone wants to just cook for me and deliver for the next 6 days, it’d be greatly appreciated!

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Today’s WOD
Skill/Strength: Free Handstand Holds and/or Pistol work
Pistols are a super weakness for me and I should work on them but my IT band has been on the mend. Hopefully with the cleaner eating I will clear that up. I opted for Free Handstands. Once upon a time I could hold handstands, not forever, but for a long time. Oh to be young or to have just stuck with it! I can still easily get upside down but we use the wall regularly and that has become my safety net. It’s nice to work on Handstands today because I don’t typically do this on my free time. I managed to get a few seconds of freestanding, which I guess is better than NO seconds. Just one more thing to add to my list of mini goals!

4/11/13 WOD

4/11/13 WOD

MetCon: 4 rounds of 4 Back Squats (225lbs, 135lbs), 10 One Arm KB Snatch (1.5pood/1pood), and 16 lunges
As I was warming up to 135 lbs I was thinking this is heavy! And it felt heavy. It’s about 82% of my 1RM. Coach was confident I could do the weight for all the rounds and I really wanted the RX so I did it. But I wasn’t sure about the 1 POOD Snatch. I know I can do it but not sure if I can do all the reps in good time. I still don’t have the best timing when it comes to KB Snatch and I still got bruises on my forearms from the workout but I do feel I did better overall. There’s not much to say about the Lunges except they smoke you just in time for the Back Squats! And boy was I smoked. I spent too much time contemplating if my legs were ready for the Squats. I did the first and last round of Squats UnBroken but I racked the weight and split up the reps for the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I knew I wasn’t moving fast but at the same time I wasn’t really stopping except for the moments right before the squats. It was a slow but good butt whoopin! Hahah. SLOW, a sub 10 minute workout! I guess SLOW isn’t the best word, but a heavy squat for me takes some time to focus. Time: 9:35.

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Also I have a little Facebook bribery/giveaway going on. Head on over to my FB page, LIKE me and share me with your friends. Tell you friends to like me and comment telling me who sent them over. When and IF I get to 200 likes…. BIG IF I know, then I will select a lucky fan and their referral person to each win a pair of my handy dandy AWESOME socks. You know you want ’em!

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So go right now, click right HERE and like me. Then share idrankthecfkoolaid with all the people! Have a great THURSDAY, the weekend is in sight! And you know the drill – BE AWESOME!

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Move, Move, Movin’ Along

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It’s only day 3 of my magnified view of my eating habits as a result of coming across EAT TO PERFORM. So far so good for the most part. I did realize this morning that I was calculating my pork belly all wrong therefore I didn’t hit the recommended fat intake I needed for the past two days. Granted I was probably closer to those levels than I have been in the past. So it’s not a wash or a screw up. I did see my error, fixed it and now moving on. I now know for today that I need to get about 30-40 more grams of FAT in me. Woooo! It’s not hard but it’s not easy either. I do, however, feel confident I will plan this out just fine.

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After 2 full days of clean eating and being dialed into this new macronutrient perspective I really have zero cravings for snacks. I’ve been here done that before but it still shocks me how simple it is! No cravings. No bloated feelings. Etc.! It’s crazy that I’m insane enough to stop eating clean. Yet I fall off the grid frequently! Now if I can just stick with it. My true test will be this weekend when we will be gone for a good part of the weekend for baseball. I’m gonna have to step up my own game plan!

Also on a small side note, I’ve been using this site www.nutridiary.com to log my macronutrients. I really haven’t delved into the site as a whole but it shows you a daily analysis of your Carbs, Fats, and Proteins after you’ve entered your foods. If the food you eat is not in their system, there is an option to save your own foods. It’s not the most eye appealing but it’s FREE and so far helps me keep track without having to carry around a notebook. So just that little aspect of the site is helping me out ALOT. I’m sure it offers more but I seriously don’t have time to figure that shit out!

One more note: FRESH HOT OUT OVEN EGGPLANT = AWESOMENESS
but NEXT DAY MICROWAVED is just okay :/

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This feel good feeling from eating better even helps move me along to show up for the Boom Box even when I REALLY REALLY don’t want to show up! For instance, this morning = cold and running. My idea of sleeping in sounds so much better.

Skill/Strength: 10 minute Double Under / TRIPLE UNDER work, 3 x 5 Pendlay Rows As Heavy As Possible
If you have DUs down, it’s time to work on Triple Unders. I haven’t checked the CrossFit Main Site but I have read amongst the social media networks that TU’s have shown up so it’s only natural it’s something we should learn. And guess what??!!?? I got ONE! Woooo. I was oh so close 789797 times but I finally busted one out. Now how I get more than one or even string them together is another task.

Pendlay Rows are getting easier as we do them more often. They truly were awkward when they were introduced to us a few months ago but now I feel I’m getting better. 3 x 5 AHAP was 85lbs for me. Not bad and I think next time I will go up in weight.

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MetCon: 15 minutes of – 2 minutes MAX Double Unders, 1 mile run, MAX DU’s with left over time.
Well it’s cold outside and drizzly/rainy and miserable. And I don’t like running. AND I’m a horrible runner with NO aspirations to be a better runner. But that wasn’t even the worst part. The worst part is a tiny little muscle in the sides of my upper arm fatigued super fast and I was struggling stringing together DUs. UGH. I got 95 in 2 minutes before I headed out the door for the 1 mile run. For a lot of you out there 1 mile is easy. Once upon a time it was much easier for me but not currently with my chunky butt recovering food addict self.

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With cold wind and rain blowing in your face, one would think I would run faster to hurry up and get inside but there isn’t a FAST button on me. So there I went … slow and slower. More of a trot actually. It took me well over TOO LONG to finish the run. Got back with less than a minute to get DUs in. I was only able to get 32 in :/ for a total rep count of 127. Sigh. But I did get a TRIPLE UNDER so who cares about running!

It’s HUMP DAY, hope y’all have a good one! Go on now …. BE AWESOME!

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My hands hurt :/

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Just recently my hands have been really sore. Not just sore on my callouses from hanging on the bar but sore in my palms, sore in my grip, etc. After talking with coach he suggested getting a rubber band and wrap it around my fingers and work with opening and closing my hand. I’m gonna give that a try for the rest of the week and see if it helps out. I know with time the pain will go away eventually but I’m hoping this helps work out the little muscles in my hand.

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In other news, I did pretty well hitting my Eat To Perform targets and I had a sense of relief that I can do this. I CAN eat all this dang food and all the fat pretty easily. What was hard to eat was my Post Workout Meal this morning as it’s about double of what I’m used to eating and lately I have slipped off the PWO Meal anyways. They do suggest Sweet Potato Recovery powder from Simply Pure Nutrients that I may look into because I don’t know that I can always shove that much food down or that I even have the time too regularly. Just add water and I can drink some of those carbs! If anyone has tried it, let me know what you think about it.

Food Front
So with all this eating and adding FAT I finally got in the kitchen to get ahead at least a day so I wasn’t stressing out about what to eat. I also finally bit the bullet and purchased a digital scale. I’ve had an old fashion cheapo one and I never felt like it was accurate but I wasn’t really ever concerned about getting exact breakdowns of my food. With the digital I can easily track grams, ounces, ml which helps me a lot in trying to get an accurate count of my Carbs, Proteins and Fats.

So I cooked up chicken and beef, measured and portioned it all out. I also quick boiled some aparagus, broiled some eggplant, baked more sweet potato and got some kale prepped for salad. I’m also going to share with you how I cooked up my eggplant and a couple of chicken strips. I didn’t originally plan on this so I don’t have pictures of the food in the making. But if I wait to do that properly I may never post about it.

Broiled Eggplant
Super simple to cook and a vegetable I’ve only cooked once. For some reason I’m not drawn to eggplant so I rarely buy it and if I do buy it, it sits in the fridge till it’s bad. So this time when I saw two perfectly purple eggplants and bought them, I was determined to cook them up. And I’m not in the moment of life where I can take time to experiment a whole lot. Turns out this veggie is really easy to cook. Found this on NomNom Paleo. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4739682522/broiled-zucchini-or-eggplant. She used Zucchini and Globe Eggplant. I’m not quite sure what GLOBE eggplants are but I just bought your typical eggplant that’s purple and odd shaped. I’m not as food savvy as MRS. NOM NOM but I can figure some things out on my own, haha.

Easy Breezy Eggplant

Easy Breezy Eggplant

Really easy! I promise. Preheat oven to BROIL. Grab a cookie sheet. Line it with foil. Drizzle oil on to cookie sheet. Add salt and pepper to your oil. Cut your eggplant into even slices. Place on oil coated cookie sheet THEN flip eggplant so you can get oil and seasoning on both sides. Broil for 8 -10 minutes, flip halfway through. Once you remove the eggplant from oven you can add a little vinegar or lemon OR BOTH and you have scrumptious eggplant. We even tried coconut aminos and that was wonderful too! I’m hoping it holds up after sitting in the fridge all night.

Fried Chicken Strips
If you have ever fried anything you should be pretty capable to concoct something and season it to your likings. If you’re not a cook or scared of stepping out of step by step instructions, let me tell you, it’s easy to just do whatever. And that’s what I did with some chicken strips that I had.

I took the chicken strips and rubbed chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lemon pepper all over (use your favorite seasonings). I then took some egg white and put in one dish. And set up another dish with coconut flour, pepper and salt. I made sure the flour and seasonings were mixed well. Take your seasoned chicken, dip and coat it in the egg whites, then dip and coat in your coconut flour. I went ahead and took coated strip and double coated it. While I was prepping everything I had a pan heating up at Medium Heat with 2TBS Coconut Oil. By the time I was done coating my chicken strips the oil was hot enough. Place the chicken in the pan and let cook a couple of minutes (no touching) then flip after 2-3 minutes and let cook through on other side for 2-3 minutes. Really tasty fresh, not as tasty microwaved next day. But a quick and simple protein with some “cheat meal” flare.

Not the prettiest shot. I'm no photographer but it tasted yummy!

Not the prettiest shot. I’m no photographer but it tasted yummy!

So now that I have my kitchen in work mode, I’m hoping I can just keep things rolling along! But now it’s time for the BOOM Box Recap. It’s short and sweet today.

Skill/Strength: 5, 5, 5+ @ 65%, 75% and 85% of 1RM Push PressLast week we found our 1RM Push Press and sadly even though I felt like I could have got more weight up, I only got 95lbs. So using that I was going for 60lbs, 70lbs and 80lbs. My warm up sets and my first round weren’t hard but everything was hurting in an achey kind of way. Finally at 70lbs it felt much better. Got to 80lbs and busted out 10 reps! I went for 11 and failed. Now my arms were really dead! It felt good though to get those 10 reps.

4/9/13 WOD

4/9/13 WOD

MetCon: 3X3 min AMRAP of 5 Burpees and 5 Knees to Elbows, 1 minute rest
3 rounds of that. UGH. It might not be so bad if I was good at KTE. But I am not. I did start off strong in regards to getting my knees up but by the end it was just get knees as high as possible. I dropped after each rep of KTE because my hands were on fire! Burpees are burpees. You just gotta do them. I ended up with a total of 9 rounds + 1 for all the rounds. So that’s averaging 3 rounds per round! Makes sense right?

It’s TUESDAY folks. And I’m already ready for Friday! That’s a problem 😀 Ah well, I’ll just have to chug on through. Hope y’all have a great day and of course BE AWESOME!

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Goal Setting

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I’m typically not a goal setter. I never have been. I just go with the flow. As much as I would like to get better in EVERYTHING, I just don’t really follow through on attaining my wants. I think mostly because I turn into a lazy thing and let my “goals” slip away. And we all know I’m not some 20 something that can just learn and execute movements overnight. Oh how I wish I was 10 years younger and starting out. But I am not :/ Now that the open is over, I am going to try and focus on GOALS! Things like a sub 10 minute Karen, Pull Ups, HSPU, etc. I know it’s all possible I just gotta put in the homework. Over time with Coach’s programming at CrossFit Boom I have made progress in many things. I’ve come a long way. But I don’t feel I’ve met my POTENTIAL. Wait, I know I haven’t! And I know I can’t just “get” by with only showing up and not working on my weaknesses when I get a chance. I’m not going to try and kill myself but I know a little more mobility work each day will be helpful. Hanging on the pull up bar a little everyday will be SUPER helpful. So many little things that I need to focus on. And that’s my FIRST GOAL for now. Do HOMEWORK and hopefully take it to the next level.

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Today is just day 1 of new focus so I haven’t done much of anything yet. But hopefully this evening I can dedicate some time to all those little things. I have started to follow EAT TO PERFORM’s guideline to eating. I typically feel I eat enough. Eating Paleo for the most part kind of makes it all come together. But as laziness sets in, so does poor eating. Even if it’s Paleo, it can still be poor. You can still miss out on everything you need. You can get by, manage and still be healthy but after reading through ETP posts, I feel that trying out their guidelines and following them for a bit won’t hurt. I think my downfall is not getting enough fat in, not because I’m scared of fat though. It’s just I don’t eat enough of it. So I’m focusing on the FAT and getting a good dose of healthy animal fat and healthy plant fat. And of course managing my carbs and proteins as well. They outline a female that is close to my weight and they have her ideally eating 200g of carbs. HOLY SNIKES! That’s a lot! Sweet potatoes and carb heavy squashes here I come. I want to PERFORM and I thinking giving this a shot will be worth it. I will have to journal my food intake for a little bit until I get used to breaking it down. But hopefully that’s a short lived task and I’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

4/6/13 Community WOD
Free Community Workouts are back Jack! Woooo. I enjoy them because a lot of times they are Team WODs and alot of times we do fun stuff, but even when they are not it’s still a good time because you get to workout with people from different class times. This time around it was a doozy of a 20 minute AMRAP.

4/6/13 WOD

4/6/13 WOD

20 minutes of 20 KB Swings (1.5POOD/1POOD), 20 HR Push Ups and 20 GTOH with 45lb/35lb plate
We worked in teams of 2 and it was up to us how we would split up each round. My partner and I decided we would go 10 and 10 until we were too spent for that and figure it out from there. We started off strong and made it through several rounds of sets of 10, then fatigue set it and we started doing sets of 5 reps. We went straight through pretty solid and ended up just shy of 10 rounds! 5 reps AWAY! GRRR!

Ground to Overhead with Plate

Ground to Overhead with Plate

4/8/13 WOD
I actually got some decent sleep last night and felt good about waking up. Too bad it was only my brain that was awake cause my body wasn’t feeling it!

Skill/Strength: 5, 5, 5+ Back Squat @ 65%, 75% and 85% of our 1 RM
Well my back and hips are pretty tight from all of those KB Swings and GTOH with the plate. And although 65% and 75% felt good, 85% got me. Last week I went 6 reps, today 2, womp womp! Hopefully next week will be better, especially if I’m owning that mobility goal homework.

MetCon: 4 Rounds, 1 min on 30 sec off of Diamond Push Ups and Power Cleans 135/95lb Max Reps
Doesn’t sound too bad till it’s time to go! Holy heckola Diamond Push Ups are no joke. And that 30 second break goes FAST! We alternated between the Push Up and Cleans. So 1 minute of Push Ups, 30 second rest, 1 minute of Cleans, 30 second rest X 4. I didn’t go with the 95lb RX weight because Coach wanted us to go quickly. And I probably could do 1 round at 95lbs quick-like but not sure about 4 rounds with Diamond Push Ups as well.

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Diamond Push Ups

I can’t remember each round breakdown but I stayed fairly consistent something along the lines of 20, 24, 21 and 17 for the Push Ups and 14, 14, 10, 13 for the Cleans. It was for a total of 133 reps. I’m a slacker and forgot to take a picture of the board! Hopefully the next time higher rep Cleans are involved I will go for the RX weight. I was pretty spent. My hands, forearms, and shoulders are done!

It’s a new week with new focus. I’m hoping the BUSY of our lives doesn’t drag me down at least not as much as it has been doing. I gotta work around it and fight for the things I need to do for me! Happy Monday y’all and you know the drill … BE AWESOME!

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