Sometimes You PR, Sometimes You Don’t

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Three days in a row last week was all I could handle! Now, hoping to make four days this week at the Boom Box!

Monday was already going to be a struggle because I decided to drink too many margaritas on Saturday. That turned into a worthless Sunday and I knew it would spill over into a not so fun Monday. I pretty much kicked myself the whole time about those dang margaritas.

6/29/15

SKILL & STRENGTH

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Single leg Split Squat x 12 reps

Rest 30 seconds

Handstand Push-Ups x Max Reps
Rest 3 minutes

So Single Leg Split Squats will get you every time. My booty is so sore! I should really make these a daily thing but that’s one more thing I gotta try and fit in. For Handstand Push Ups, I just did Handstand Holds. My wrist was good for the first 2 rounds but started to get irritated on the last round.

CONDITIONING

Annie For (TOTAL TIME)

50-40-30-20-10 reps of:
Double-Unders
Sit Ups

Oh, Annie, one of my favorites. Only because I KNOW I can do this workout. I haven’t always been great but on this day I finally PR’d. Two years ago I had a 7:58 finish. One year ago, I had a 9+ minute finish. But on Monday, I had a 7:34 finish! Wooooo! But again cursing those margaritas as I was sluggish on the Sit Ups.

6/30/15

SKILL & STRENGTH

Find 1 Rep Max: Clean

15 min

And this is where I didn’t get a PR. I know, I know, I took some time off. And boy did I feel it. My last PR was 125lbs. But today I only got to 110lbs before I had to call it quits.

CONDITIONING

TABATA FOR: (TOTAL REPS)
3 ROUNDS, WORK 01:00 min, REST 02:00 min OF:
Ground to Overhead 135/95

After all the Squat Clean work, my wrist was getting weak. I was going to go for 85lbs but decided not to try and hurt myself so I went for 65lbs, hoping I would get more work in by getting a lot of reps in. The first round, I did 12 unbroken and I shouldn’t have dropped the bar but I did and I let it sit there for too long before picking it back up. By the time I did, I could only manage 3 more reps. After resting, I told myself I would get at least 16 reps on the next round but that was just a lie I was telling myself. I did stay consistent though with another 15 reps. By the third round I just didn’t want to lift the bar anymore, but completed 12 reps. Grand total: 42 reps at 65lbs. Not great, but not bad.

Until Next Time

I can tell you my boozing days are limited if not over. I’m still hurting from Saturday. And then add all the soreness from Monday and yesterday. My shins are dying from the Double Unders.

My eating is still subpar, but I’m doing what I can… sometimes! It’s birthday dinner for my Dad tonight, so no planned workout. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and take a jog later this evening. Hehe. I did say maybe!

 

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Pretty Muddy Giveaway and other ramblings

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Last week I introduced y’all to the PRETTY MUDDY event. And told you what they are all about.  They host this muddy race in 4 cities in the US. And one of the 4 cities it’s going down in is … THE BIG D – Dallas, TX at Skyline Ranch on April 26th, 2014! Since I live in the metroplex and I am a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, the folks at Pretty Muddy are allowing me to host a giveaway so that you can attend for FREE!

This is geared to be a ladies event but they also have a family wave where all members of your family are welcome ツ

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What is Pretty Muddy?
Pretty Muddy is a 5K adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends, and have fun. And believe it or not it was dreamed up by a pair of husbands that were looking to do something for their wives. Friendship, Fun and Fitness! They wanted to provide a stress-free environment where you can just let loose. It’s a 5K that you can run or walk. It’s not timed. And the obstacles are legit. Nothing to worry about. Just have fun!

HOW TO ENTER idrankthecfkoolaid.com’s giveaway

It’s simple.

1. Email me at idrankthecfkoolaid@gmail.com and tell me who you are and if you want to be entered into the standard race entry or the family edition entry. There is an EMAIL ME link on the right hand bar. The email you send me will be my way of notifying you if  you are a winner.

2. And then comment on this post that you emailed me! It’s that simple! I’ll be taking entries through end of day of 2/25 11:59 pm CST. I’ll pick a winner on 2/26. And should have entry codes for you by 2/28.

I will not use your email address for anything other than contacting you if you are a randomly chosen winner. I was provided my own personal race entry as incentive to host a giveaway but I would have hosted it none the less!

The PRIZES
4 total race entries to give away.

2 standard race entries (up to a $69.50 value) – offered to two separate winners

2 family edition entries (up to a $45 value) – offered to two separate winners

It doesn’t hurt to share on Facebook, Twitter or wherever.

In other news
I know I’ve been MIA for a couple of days but I’m here, just haven’t gotten around to posting my workouts. I have however been eating! Not so horribly bad but I still feel bad, does that make sense to anyone? I’m definitely not overeating, but I don’t always have the ideal meals or balanced for that matter. But I did let a little too much SUGAR re-enter my life. But I’m back to cutting that out. So we’ll see. It truly is a roller coaster to be 100% clean and perfect and then only letting some things slip in. But I’m not letting it all fall away. I’m sticking to clean eating in general. So yeehaw!

2/14/14
Test Day
Mobility: Hips!
Oh my burning HIPS. Mobility is never a bad thing in my book. I just don’t do enough.

Strength: Hang squat clean 2,2,2,2
These I could not do. So I did some chicken wing cleans. Didn’t work up too heavy but still put in work.

2/14/14 WOD

2/14/14 WOD

MetCon: Open WOD 11.3
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes of:
Squat clean (110lb / 50kg)
Jerk (110lb / 50kg)
Coach T had me do Chicken Wing Cleans and STOH with the multi-grip bar. Since it’s silly do clean, drop bar, walk to rack. I did sets of 5 cleans, and 5 STOH. I think I did 85lbs, but can’t remember. I had one miss of the clean and that was pretty painful on a meaty part of my arm. But other than being SLOW, I was huffing and puffing. 5 minutes is not a lot of time to do work but then again it can KILL YOU! Total reps: 34

2/15/14
Community WOD
You just never know what Coach is going to throw at us for a Community WOD but most of the time it’s teamwork and this day was no different. It was forecasted to be an AWESOME day but it was still a little chill at 9am. But once you get sweating it was perfect. We went outside for some ROWING and some YOKE/SLED PUSHING.

Not sure at what point this pic was taken but I'm definitely spent.

Not sure at what point this pic was taken but I’m definitely spent.

Teams of 3. 20 minute AMRAP. Sprint Row 250m. Then push YOKE for 30 yds. That was the best/worst team WOD ever. I’m not a great rower but for 250m I’m ok for my height… at least I feel good. But pushing that damn YOKE was a different story. It’s not even a far distance but we are in a race and we gotta move! We weren’t even halfway through and wondering when time would be called but we just kept chugging. We were so close to finishing our 5th round as a team but fell short by a some meters and a yoke push. It was good work put in by everyone!

2/18/14
Skill: KB Snatches
Today I felt good doing these. It was a first! But it was also light weight. With my wrist still not 100% I didn’t want to push fatigue and then doing something stupid. So I just stayed with the 26lb KB.

2/18/14 WOD

2/18/14 WOD

MetCon: 1 minute of Push Ups, 2 minutes of Double Unders, 3 minutes Air Squats, 4 KB Snatches and 5 minutes of Pull Ups
This sounded much better on paper. I managed 32 Push Ups, then only 83 DUs. This was disappointing. I just couldn’t find a rhythm. So I felt I better get some Air Squats in but my hips were on fire. I did get 101 though. KB Snatches started off strong but dwindled fast. And Pull Ups were a sad affair. I don’t remember my exact counts but my Final was: 301 Reps

2/19/14
Strength: L sit hold 10 sets max hold
Yaaaa, still can’t hold my body weight fully so Coach T had me do my FAVORITE hollow rocks and sit ups. Boooo Hollow Rocks.

2/19/14 WOD

2/19/14 WOD

MetCon: 10 min AMRAP of 5 STOH 115lbs, 10 Power Cleans 115lbs and 15 Bar Burpees
I’ve become the substitute QUEEN. For me 5 STOH with multigrip bar, 10 Deadlifts at 115lbs and well I can’t get out of burpees, so 15 Bar Burpees. I was tired and the bar felt heavy. I didn’t get very far: 3 Rounds + 4 reps of STOH

That’s a WRAP!
A lot of work over the past few days. And some rest too. It’s been beautiful weather down here in TEXAS, so I’m hoping it’s here to stay! Please, Please, Please enter for the Pretty Muddy race GIVEAWAY. I want to be there but am making no promises. Two of my kids play tournament baseball and we could be on opposite ends of the earth when that weekend arrives. But I’d love for a few of my readers to get an opportunity to go and experience all the fun. And also remember if you’re not in DALLAS or don’t win an entry, you can still get $5 off your race entry. Just use the code: GIRLSGONESPORTY.

Alright y’all have a great HUMP DAY. Do something great today!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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It’s One of Those Days

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You know the ones where you just have nothing in the tank. No more juice. My bones felt heavy today and even though I put in work at the BOOM Box it was just a dragging kind of morning. I blame it on the drizzle and fog. It felt like it infiltrated my body and was weighing me down. Or maybe I just didn’t eat enough carbs or something, who knows. Just felt like I was swimming in molasses!

Skill/Strength: Squat Cleans
I’m a CLEAN kind of girl. Love me some Cleans: Power, Squat, Hang (kind of). I ❤ cleaning the bar. There wasn’t a weight goal, rep scheme. Just work on technique, work up in weight and well have fun. Too bad I felt super heavy today. I still worked up to 95lbs and felt fine. There are so many tiny things to think about. Hips extended, drop under bar, elbows up, etc. Some lifts I get easy breezy, then I turn around and mess everything up. I felt productive though.

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MetCon: 5 rounds of max reps on DL,WB; 40 seconds on 20 sec off; DL Axel 200/130, Plank push-ups (do a push-up every 5 seconds), Wall Ball 20/14
The good ol Axel. I love this thing! It’s about an inch thicker than a regular barbell. But I really prefer this over a barbell. Although after a while it’s hard to hold onto it because it is so thick. My hands didn’t hurt near as much either. I know it wasn’t super heavy weight but still it was nice on the hands. So we had to do as many reps as possible in 40 seconds, rest/transition to next movement which was Plank Push Ups for 40 seconds, rest/transition to Wall Balls. 5 freakin rounds! This sucked by round 4, no round 3. It was a beating. It was mostly the wall balls that were a beating. My first couple of throws didn’t even make the cut. So after getting a few NO REPS I knew I had to stop wasting energy but it was so hard today to get that ball up! It didn’t help we were holding a plank position right before the wall balls. On top of that doing a push up every 5 seconds. Yup shoulders still smoked, now they are extra crispy. In the end it was still a fun MetCon. Total reps: 85. If I could have just sucked up Wall Balls a little more I know I could have done way better. Ah well.

2/5/13 WOD

2/5/13 WOD

My WAY Better (IMO) Mexi-Cauli Rice
I’ve made Cauli Rice several ways and I have a Mexi version already but I made a new version and I love it. I hope you love it too!

Ingredients
1 head of cauliflower
1 cup chicken broth or water (I prefer the broth)
1 can tomato paste (small can)
1 TBS Chili Powder
Salt/Pepper (to your liking)
Cumin (to your liking)
Cayenne (to your liking)
half an onion (diced)
garlic clove (minced)
2 tsp cooking fat (I prefer GHEE)

Mexi-Cauli Rice – Ernie was kind enough to snap a pic for me, since I forgot to take pictures while I was making this.

Mexi-Cauli Rice – Ernie was kind enough to snap a pic for me, since I forgot to take pictures while I was making this.

Cook it up:
Chop up cauliflower into flowerettes. Then Shred cauliflower in food processor using the pulse function until Cauliflower is shredded to rice consistency.

While you are doing that have GHEE heating up over MED heat in skillet. Add your onion and garlic, saute till Golden. Add Cauliflower. Stir and add all spices. You can toss in whatever to meet your ideal flavor profile. Then add chicken broth. If you are low on chicken broth substitute with water. I only had 1/2 broth so I added a 1/2 cup water. Stir some more. Add tomato paste and Stir once more. Cover and simmer till a desired consistency. 15-20 minutes is what I have found best. If you’re in a hurry like I always am, I don’t turn down the heat right away. I just cover it and let it cook at a higher heat for a few minutes before turning heat to a simmer temp.

Serve with Ground beef, chicken, steak, WHATEVER protein you like. Add some guacamole and maybe a salad. It’s great stuff.

WholeLIFE
Back on track with the Whole30 mindset and boy does it feel good. Food tastes better and I’m full of energy until around 8:30 pm. Then I feel the tired hitting. Which is perfect. Relax a bit, watch some TV and night night! One of my fellow BOOMers, Mel, is taking on the Whole30 and asked me to be her SPONSOR per se. I’m more than happy to be her supporter and help her out along the way! Yay MEL! I know you will kill it and I know you won’t be happy probably this first week but next week you should start feeling awesome.

Superbowl Party Eats – I forgot to add this pic yesterday! doh! Paleo Deviled Eggs and Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

Superbowl Party Eats – I forgot to add this pic yesterday! doh! Paleo Deviled Eggs and Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

If anyone else is considering the Whole30, by all means, I’m an OPEN BOOK! I want to help you out!

Woooo, oh wait it’s only TUESDAY?!? That’s no fun! Ah well, make it a great day! Be Awesome!

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Looking Back

Today it really hit me as to WOW look at where I am compared to a few years ago, heck just ONE year ago in regards to my everyday health and fitness. NEVER in my life did I imagine myself doing Squat Cleans, Heavy Deadlifts, Clean & Jerks, Snatch, etc. And believe me, I’ve run the gamut when it comes to AEROBICS classes, Spin Classes, Jazzercise, Bootcamps, DVDs, Rec Centers, etc. I’ve been up and down in weight. I’ve given up on excercise and I’ve been a exercise junkie but I’ve never been COMMITTED day in and day out as I have been the past 20 months. I did know what a Deadlift was… Deadlifts with dumbbells, or a lightly loaded bar. I’ve done Clean & Jerks (or what I thought was a clean and jerk) as well with just a bar and not one inkling of an idea about technique but NOW I’m doing lifts that at 35 years old I could have never imagined. I’m pushing myself more than I have EVER probably pushed myself including those prime high school years. I LOOK BACK and see HOW FAR I’VE COME and I ♥ IT! I look forward NOW to see where I’ll go from here.

When I walked into the BOOM Box this morning I knew the MetCon had a heavy Squat Clean on the board. A Squat Clean weight that I’ve not reached yet. So I knew I would have to scale but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Before we hit the workout we worked on Mobility which is always NEEDED in hopes it would loosen us up for the MetCon.

10/11/12 WOD

MetCon: 15 minute AMRAP 3 Squat Cleans (85lbs), 20 butterfly situps. For those of you knew to CrossFit speak, and I’m sure it’s not only CrossFit speak but I never heard AMRAP before CrossFit. So anyways AMRAP means As Many Reps/Rounds As Possible. So 3-2-1 Go and you just go, rinse, wash REPEAT until time expires. Don’t Stop, Don’t Rest, Just GO! You have no idea how fast 15 minutes will fly by. And I had no idea how taxing those situps would end up! I chugged along with little rest between some rounds and maybe too much rest between other rounds. I guess it all evens out and although 85lbs is not heavy to everyone, once you get get that bar moving you learn that yes it’s HEAVY but YES you can do it. It’s a great feeling even though it’s hard. There were many rounds that I didn’t want to pick up that bar.

I didn’t want to fail, I didn’t want to grind through but really there isn’t a choice. I have to pick it up even if I don’t want to. Why else show up every day, day in and day out at 5am. TO SUCK at life? Hell no! I want to get better and stronger. I want to be strong and fit the rest of my life, not just my 30s. Final Count: 11 rounds, 3 squat cleans, 12 sit ups.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox – Days 9-11
So I’m just going to call this the SUGAR REDUCTION week! I haven’t managed to have a whole day without something tripping me up this week. It’s not super uber fails but it’s not perfect either. And to me I should be doing this with no slip ups. I’ve cleaned up a lot considering how bad September was for me but I need to get better. I’m just going to keep chugging along till I do get a full 21 days of NO SUGARS. So this may end up being the 42 day Sugar Detox, hehe, but I’m not quitting. I’m successful 80% of my day. It’s the evenings that are getting me. So that’s all I have to report on the sugar detox. I wish I could be more insightful or inspiring but at this point I’m doing the best I can.

Whatever health/fitness adventure you’re on, please make sure you’re doing it for you. For BETTER HEALTH and for the FUTURE you. Not for what you once were, not for who you wish you could be, not for your spouse and not for your friends. I didn’t say not for your children because your children need you so change your health for you and your kids if you got them. And if your kids are your only reason you BETTER do it for them. Show them early that health is important.

Your body will change if you eat better, eat clean, move regularly. Your organs will love you. Your brain will brighten. You will see life in a different light. Looking back I have always aspired to be fit and some years I hit the mark and some years I was a glutenous mess. Now I’m on the right track, I still stumble and sometimes fall but I’m not down for long. Life is a daily learning process. Life is WORK. Don’t quit before you even start. Don’t let yourself give up when you haven’t even really tried. Just keep going. And while you’re going you’ll learn what AWESOME is and then you’ll NEVER want to stop being AWESOME! So go be AWESOME and enjoy life.

Good Eats, Sweeties and Happy 4th!

Well Well Well… I gave into the sugar monster hardcore last night but right before that I ate some delicious food from the Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth. If you haven’t been and you love meat then this place should be your next stop. I’ve heard good things but nothing ever specific and I had been wanting to go for a while now. Chef Tim Love’s menu has something for everyone and everything is a unique flavor combo of foods I would never had imagined. Of course I’m no chef nor am I a foodie.

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We ventured out that way for my dad’s 61st Birthday and it seemed like it would be a nice laid back atmosphere and that is exactly what it ended up being. We weren’t sure what to eat and our server nicely explained all of our options. They offer big family type meals but we opted to go for smaller plates so we could sample a variety of foods. Our dinner was comprised of Smoked Whitefish Dip (good stuff); Brisket Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Bone Broth & Cotij (YUMMO); Elk Sausage (Good); Animal of the Day Tacos which was Lamb (Not a big fan of lamb but it was good); Local Acorn Squash, Tuaca, Dark Brown Sugar, Smoked Pepper Hollandais (sweet and tasty); 3 Kale Salad (BEST KALE SALAD EVER); Woodshed Burger, Chopped Beef, Todays Sausage (ELK), Smoked Cheddar; Pork Ribs; Bulgogi Beef, House Kimchi Tacos; and Baked Potato. Now I didn’t eat the Burger, Ribs, Bulgogi Tacos or the Baked Potato but I was told they were good. My kids were like little scavengers picking up any inkling of crumb or missed bite. All of our food came out cooked perfectly and really tasty. Loads of unique flavors as well. I feel like you can’t go wrong in ordering. Everything tasted wonderful. Below are some pics. They aren’t the best but you get the idea of what’s going on.

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Sausage of the Day (ElK), Animal of the Day (Lamb) Tacos (Chiles stuffed with brisket on the top edge of pic, I didn’t get a good pic of those)

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It’s perfect for families or just a group of friends hanging out for some drinks. It’s a big patio with indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are recommended. Although not jam packed, it was still busy for a Monday evening. After we stuffed our faces we had to have dessert, it’s my Dad’s Birthday!!! It’s required right?!? LOL… Ernie gave me a big eye roll and REALLY??!!?? face and I said HELL YA I’m trying dessert. We ordered Blackberry Cobbler (WOWOWOW), Buttermilk Lemon Cake (HEAVENLY) and Fried Apple Pies (Had Jalepenos inside which was different, unique and unexpected but still DELICIOUS). We passed around the dessert taking a bite at a time. So although we ordered a lot we split it between 7 of us. It was a pleasant dinner and fairly Paleo with the exception of the desserts. I did take some bites of flatbread just to try it. I give this place 2 thumbs up. Probably will be back in the very near future.

Soooo did this affect my performance at the BOOM BOX this morning? Probably so. Although I didn’t feel it at first.

Skill/Strength was 3 x 5 Press @ 50lbs. This has become somewhat of a lightweight to me because my max is 70lbs. But we clearly are working up to a bigger goal. It was probably about 6 months ago and 50lbs at numerous reps was a little taxing on me. It’s nice to see where I’ve come from.

7/3/12

MetCon: 4 minute AMRAP of 3 Squat Cleans (75lbs) and 10 lateral bar jumps, 90 second rest, 4 minute AMRAP of 3 Squat Cleans (75lbs) and 10 lateral bar jumps. Wooowwweeee I knew this is going to be a KILLER WOD. I knew I could Squat Clean the weight but I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to hold up for 4 minutes. And I had no idea the 10 simple lateral jumps was going to freaking take out my lungs!!! HOLY SHIT, was it the foods that I ate inflamming my insides so I couldn’t catch a breath? After 3 rounds I hit a brick wall of not knowing how to breathe! I managed to bust out 3 more rounds and finish the first 4 minutes with 6 rounds. Our 90 second break was too short but my first round felt easy. After the 2nd round my tweaked out wrist started feeling the fatigue. My right forearm started burning and I didn’t want to clean the bar. I managed to get 5 rounds. I know deep down I could have pushed for 6 rounds but my wrist wasn’t feeling it and I still was having a hard time feeling like I could get a good solid deep breath. (I was literally holding my breath as I was just now typing, what a freak I am! LOL)

There ya have it folks. The GOOD, the BAD and the SUGAR JUNKIE!

I hope everyone has a GREAT 4th of JULY! I’m sure you’ll be celebrating tonight. I know we will be watching the fireworks and then maybe heading out to the parade! Arlington, TX has one of the largest 4th of July Parades in the Nation! (don’t quote me on that but I’m pretty confident it’s true) Enjoy it. Go out and Celebrate 🙂 Be awesome!!!!

It’s Friday I’m in Love

TGIF! I never thought this week would end!!!! Yesterday I was declaring a week of SUCK and despite the dreary rain, today has started off really well. I had a better attitude this morning at the box, got out of the house at a decent time and HWY 360 northbound played nicely – Besides the typical work woes… woohooo it’s FRIDAY!

Todays WOD was a lot of legs. Back Squats for skill/strength and Squat Cleans for the MetCon! Yowsers! Much needed break from all the upper body. I was feeling strong in the Back Squats, really focusing on the little things. It was a 5, 5, 5+ session. 100lbs, 110lbs, 115lbs. On my last set though I got stuck at the bottom on my 4th rep. ARGH. I finished with 5 and not +anything. Ah well. I still moved the weight. And I didn’t let it stick with me for the rest of the workout! So that’s an improvement 🙂

MetCon: 2000lbs of Squat Cleans! Say what? So the idea for the MetCon is pick your weight and do reps that add up to 2000lbs. For example if you squat clean 100lbs, you need to push out 20 reps. I chose 70 lbs because I felt that was doable both in weight and reps without being easy and also not becoming impossible. 29 reps was my end goal and I completed it right at 5 minutes. I knocked at 10 pretty quickly. Then proceeded to 5 reps at a time. It wasn’t easy and I was left breathless. I don’t think I’ve ever done that many squat cleans but once I got a good rhythm and better form I felt pretty good about it all. I’ll be feeling it in my lower body later today and all day tomorrow I’m sure! But I finished my BOOM Box week STRONG and less whiny!

Tomorrow is field trip day. The pork belly we ordered is in and I need to go pick it up. Probably will add a few items to the order and take the kiddos along so they get a chance to check it out. Maybe even buy them a couple of burgers as well 🙂 And if I’m on top of it I’ll try to take more pictures! LOL, I’m forgetful as you probably should have figured out by now.

Have a rockin weekend! Push past your limits, go outside your comfort zone, do something new, and have fun!