Hard. To. Breathe


This morning that is. I’m breathing just fine now. I’ve never been asthmatic, or one who hyperventilates. I’m not sure either one of those are even similar, but this morning I truly felt for the folks who have a hard time breathing. This morning at the end of my WOD, I was hurting so bad. It felt like my throat cramped up. I couldn’t breathe properly. I couldn’t inhale. It took me a few minutes to get in a good deep breath. I was freaking out! Which in turn makes it SO MUCH WORSE! Today was a ROUGH day in regards to working out. Surprisingly as the day has continued I feel freaking great! Go figure.


I will say that before my breathing issue I was already struggling. I was all by my lonesome at the BOOM Box. YES 5 a.m.-ers, ALONE! Where were all of y’all? This morning just wasn’t one of those days where flying solo was good for the mindset. I was already cranky and pissed. It’s the detoxing of chemicals from my body. And it hurts, mentally and physically! I broke out in HEAVY SWEATING and I had barely started anything. The only way I can describe it is that when I’m sick and feverish and the fever breaks and you are hot/cold, drenched in sweat, medicine head, etc. I felt like that for the whole hour. Thankfully Coach T is patient. Cause I would have kicked myself out in the first 10 minutes.


Hi, my name is Stephanie and I’m addicted to food. It’s true, and it’s mostly NON-FOODs that I have issues with, but we as a society consider anything edible as FOOD when in reality it’s JUNK.


Now I’m not going to go into a whole I’m a DOCTOR and you should listen to me spiel but rather an I’m AWESOME, I KNOW ALL and you should definitely LISTEN to everything I say! Jokes, Jokes. For real, I’m not a doctor, professional, or anyone you should take super serious. I am however a REAL human being that has put my body through a plethora of diets, exercise programs, and whatever gimmicky shitstorm that has passed my eyes for the past 15 years or so. I am a person who learned to research and read and to know not everything is TRUE but if I try it out and it legitimately works for me then I might be on to something. Make sense? So I will say, I do believe GLUTEN is bad, processed SUGAR is really bad and all the processed foods with chemicals that I can’t even pronounce MUST BE FROM THE DEVIL. But they all taste so good! It’s so hard. I know! I’m with you.


I did find some links that hopefully will lead you into researching on your own and finding out more. Mostly gluten related and it’s not anything too intense but hopefully you’ll be intrigued. Being the slacker that I am I have never just given my LIFE to researching and backing the scientific data but I believe these things because I’ve experimented with myself AND I can feel the differences in my body. It’s not some mental hoooo hah. I know, SHUT UP ALREADY, but I really can’t tell you enough that when I eliminate the crap foods, my body instantly feels better in many ways. If I’ve gone rogue for too long like I just recently have, I feel good in some things but worse in others. ADDICTION is a bitch. Headaches, MIGRAINES, joint pain, stomach aches, brain fog, etc. There are so many symptoms and I do know that eventually you just cope with all of those symptoms and blame it on lack of sleep, old age, etc. Give “giving up” junk and gluten for just 30 days. Some of you may experience withdrawals for 2 days and others 2 weeks. Just push through. It does get better!







9/19/13 WOD
Ya I know. I talk to much. And I know it’s mostly rambling. I apologize. Onto the workout!

Strength: Split Squats w/KB 4×5
I did mention I was cranky right? Also sore. And also tired. These took everything out of me. I remember we had already been introduced to split squats using a barbell. Maybe I wasn’t a junk food junky back then. I think I even liked them. This morning, I was hating the whole idea of all squatting but especially Split Squats. I struggled. And I wasn’t even using heavy KBs :/ When I did finish all my sets, I was literally drenched in sweat. WITHDRAWALS SUCK!

Replace Dumbbells with Kettlebells and that's what we did this morning!

Replace Dumbbells with Kettlebells and that’s what we did.

MetCon: 21-15-9 of Deadlift 225/145, Burpees and Run 200m between rounds
Burpees SUCK more! Especially after trying to bust out Deadlifts like I did. My only strength going into this workout is that I can do Deadlifts just fine and I just recently had a 245lb PR. So 145lbs should be a walk in the park! Uh NOT SO MUCH. I did 11, 5 and 5. I just couldn’t go 11 and 10 even though I wanted to so badly. My hands were hurting too much. Then Burpees! I got through 10 fine, then struggled with the next 11. Coach T knew I had a bail out plan for the run – WALKING, so he went with me to at least keep me at a trot. It worked for round 1. And almost worked for the other two rounds. For my second round of Deadlifts, I surprised myself and busted out 10. I don’t know what came over me. I had a plan of 8 and 7. So yay me! Burpees however were even uglier on this round. I had the run for about 3/4 of the way, then walk, then trot, then walk. I tried at least. For round 3, I did the Deadlifts UNBROKEN. How in the hell I was able to do that I still have no idea, but I did it. I think I only had 2 sucky burpees and tried to keep good form on the other 7. But when I finished I went in to full on CAN’T BREATHE MODE. I struggled on the last 200m. It was bad. About half way I finally regained my breathing somewhat and tried trotting the rest of the way in. It was half ass but I was done. Time: 17:31 RX

9/19/13 WOD

9/19/13 WOD

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The End
Yup you finally reached the end of this post! Hopefully y’all will keep coming back. If you don’t know me well enough, just know I tend to rant and ramble and sometimes not make any sense. Part of it! 😀 Now go on and have a great day. Make it AWESOME!


Elizabeth, It WAS…

not a pleasure to meet you! For those of you new to CrossFit or have no clue as to why there are workouts named after people, mostly women or in honor of Heroes, I’ll share what I’ve found:

Many have asked, “Why are the workouts named after Girls?” Since 1953 storms have been assigned female names by the National Weather Service as a quick identification method. It is this convenient and logic approach that inspired Coach Glassman to name the original 6: Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Fran and Elizabeth after storms.


Coach Glassman, the founder and President of CrossFit explained it further. “I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name. I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a females name. Workouts are just like storms, they wreak havoc on towns.”

The workouts named after GIRLS are benchmark workouts. You don’t do them all of the time but each time you do them over months, years, etc, the idea or hope is that you get better. Improved fitness. They are quantifiable and create this shared sense of misery happiness within each and every CrossFit Box.


And today I met Elizabeth. And me no likey! I have mentioned in the past how much I love to Clean! Clean the BAR that is and today I wasn’t feeling the same love.


21-15-9 of Squat Cleans and Ring Dips (135/95)

I know I can clean the 95lbs but not sure if I can do that for 21-15-9 so I dropped to 85lbs. And I was a big ol baby. More than EVER. I didn’t even want to pick up the bar. I finally did and got through 11 like a champ. And then more BABY showed up. It took for what seemed like forever to get to 21. I moved to the ring dips and used a green band. I knocked out 15 pretty quickly then weakly busted out the last 6. If you thought I was a baby for 21 I was for sure a baby for the 15. I did 3 at a time but was out of energy and slow. I mentally hit every roadblock imaginable. I felt my wrists crying, I felt my back on a sloppy rep, I felt the FOOD, the BAD FOOD and it’s side effects. And that’s all I kept doing is reminding myself of my craptabulous weekend eating and how it was affecting me. I was a headcase. Finally finished 15 and moved to ring dips. For some reason even though my triceps were spent I wasn’t having as hard a time with the ring dips. Granted I’m using a band for assistance but it wasn’t feeling super rough. Finally got to the last round and I knocked them out in in 2 sets of 3 and then in singles! I did 7 ring dips, then 2, TIME: 13:30. Coach said the weight looked easy for me and it was all mental. And I believe that to be true. But I also felt like crap. Don’t F*** up your eating folks. It sucks donkey balls!


2/12/13 WOD

2/12/13 WOD

In rebuttal to eating so poorly over the weekend, I was on the push for getting food prepped last night so I had food ready to eat and cook. As soon as we walked in the door from baseball practice I was Johnny on the GO. It did not help however that there was a request for Cake Balls for the boy’s Valentine’s Day parties at school. So there I am baking away and sometimes tasting! I got it out of my system quick though cause when you have a lot of irons in the fire it’s hard to focus on indulging 😀 While cakes baked, I cooked asparagus, and cut up broccoli. I put some pasta sauce to simmer. Browned ground beef. Cut up sweet potatoes and made Paleo Mayo. I was a busy bee and it was well worth it!


2/11/13 Lunch – Sauteed Chicken, Mixed Veggies, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes and Coconut Flakes

2/11/13 Lunch – Sauteed Chicken, Mixed Veggies, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes and Coconut Flakes


Hope everyone has a SWELL day! It’s rainy and icky here. Perfect for staying inside and finishing those cake balls I am committed to make! But first I have to survive the traffic home that is destined to come later this afternoon! You know the drill… BE AWESOME!