Big Pull

Well? What do you think?

If you didn’t understand my last post, my big secret was that I opened a CrossFit affiliate!  It was a long, looong process and a lot of waiting but SO worth it!  The past few weeks I went through every emotion and feeling that could possibly come with opening a gym but now that I am open, I am so amazed at how things worked out.

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Besides being super busy and wishing for more hours in the day, I have made a few big gains in the gym myself lately!

That’s a 30 pound PR on my deadlift.  To say that’s huge for me is an understatement 😉

I also completed the most recent open WOD, 13.3 as well. Wall balls suck.  the end.

If you are interested in learning more about my box, definitely check out my website and facebook page!  I am super new to all of this when it comes to social media. I am trying to spread the word about my box opening so any suggestions are welcome!

What’s new with you!?

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Recovery, Food and Relaxing

Well, what are your thoughts on 13.2?

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My thoughts are that it was a sprint, it sucked and my calves are still killing me from the box jumps.  Not sure my deal lately, but any kind of jumping absolutely annihilates my calves.  It’s at a point of beyond sore and it’s painful.  I have been rocking compression socks but about 48 hours later and I am still in pain. What the F!

The rest of this weekend was spent in recovery mode.  Protein, glutamine and fish oil followed by some (not pictured) BCAA’s…what else am I missing from my recovery regimen?

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I am not necessarily eating strict paleo, but I am trying to avoid grains and just eat clean.  I am also still rockin my 24 day challenge and feelin’ good!

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homemade chicken cheese steaks minus the bun, extra fries ;)

homemade chicken cheese steaks minus the bun, extra fries 😉

Sunday came and I had a relaxing morning with the news, coffee and two very cute dogs!

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Then…something comepletely crazy happened sunday evening.  I wanted steak for dinner.  I know, who am I!? 

J and I went to the food store, got some steak and cooked it up!  With sautéed peppers and onions it was just what I wanted!

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I am guessing I had been missing something in m diet for me to crave steak like that. I haven’t had red meat like that in a looooong time and I have never purchased and cooked a steak myself either!  Nuts!

Am I missing any key recovery supplements?  My calves and I will thank you for any additional suggestions!

How did you do on 13.2?

I wanted at least 7 rounds but got 8 plus 5 reps so I am happy with that!

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Dreaming of…

The time change has got me all messed up.  Anyone else?

The darker morning, shorter night sleep and chilly morning has me dreaming of hot, sunrise runs…

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…warm, lake side reading…

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…and porch sitting.

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Besides being a total crank this morning, I am still feeling pretty sore from 13.1 this weekend.  That’s a different 13.1 than I am used to.

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What about you, did you 13.1 this weekend?

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The other 13.1

Tell me you watched last night?  I mean, you had to have watched. It was awesome.  I clapped a bunch of times.  I even yelled at my computer.  It’s safe to say I was even giddy.

What am I talking about?  THE OPEN ANNOUNCEMENT! Duh.

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I know I will never, ever compete in the games.  I can guarantee I won’t even make regionals.  But I can still participate in the Open and that is amazing.  People like Julie Foucher and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet are freakin’ killer and to think I will be doing the same WOD as them is pretty awesome in my opinion.

I registered for the open just because a friend did.  I didn’t think anything of it.  I figured I would play along, complete the workouts and was just very indifferent about it.  I wasn’t nervous or excited, I would just be doing some more WODs.  Well, something clicked last night and when the first WOD was announced I got all amped up. I got butterflies and felt a bit nervous about it!

Regardless of my reason for competing, I am still going to compete.  I won’t win money, I won’t be famous and I pretty much know I won’t have a better score than 90% of the people out there. But, I will be competing with myself.

I will be pushing myself. I will be testing my own limits.  Burpees suck.  Snatches are terrible and scare the shit out of me.  The idea of whipping a 75 pound bar above my head and then dropping underneath it as fast as possible….HELLO!!!! I could drop that and KILL MYSELF.  No, not really…. but that’s an irrational fear I have.

This open workout will help me compete against myself. It will help me test my own personal limits…push myself just a tad bit harder because I know it’s a formal competition.

Last year I ran and trained and trained and trained….all to eventually compete.  Since then, since December 2 I have been dedicating a lot of time and energy to CrossFit. I have been training and pushing myself and practicing techniques.

What do I have to lose by competing in the open?  Nothing. Absolutely nothing.  Same goes for you. If you are on the fence about registering…just do it. What do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing.

How does it work?

There are 3 parts to the CrossFit competition. The open, regionals and the games.

The open is the awesome part where anyone, anywhere can compete.  All that is required is that you either complete the WOD at an affiliate that is registered to be a training facility or you can submit a video of yourself completing the workout.

If you make it through the open and are one of the top scoring athletes, regionals is the next step.  From there, if you do a stellar job and crush everyone, you go to the games.

I am planning on having fun with the open while still pushing myself and seeing where I stand.  It’s all about having fun!

And speaking of FUN… I did an at home workout yesterday that you might like!  If you try it out let me know what you think!

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Last, but not least my new favorite spring addition to the house.

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All those colors…that rug is so me 😉

Are you registered for the open? If not…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

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Comparison

Having a blog is weird.  Reading blogs is weird.  All of it, the whole community.  I think for the most part I am pretty honest and open.  I talk about my highs and my lows.  I wrote about failing to meet a goal at Steamtown last year, I wrote about having bad days and days when I ate too much but I also wrote about the good, like qualifying for Boston or having an awesome workout.

In general I love my life, I feel really happy most of the time, I am healthy, I have great friends, family and boyfriend.. I really feel super blessed.  But…there are those days and even those people, as horrible as it sounds, that make me feel like I don’t have it all or all together.

You know those days, when your nails are too short with your ugly, chipped nail polish.  Or your handwriting is so bad you vow to never hand write a note again?  What about when it feels like the only pants you could possibly ever fit your love-handles in are stretchy pants? But.  There is that one person who has the perfect life, has the perfect hair, nails, body AND handwriting.

It can be hard to not get wrapped up comparing yourself to others.  especially in the blog world when we, as bloggers, have the freedom to pick and choose what we want to share.

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I know there are a few blogs that I read that make me feel like I should focus less of my efforts on CrossFit and a ton more running lately.  Or the blogs that make me feel like a complete loser for not being able to make the perfect souffle let alone know what a souffle even is.  But really.  It’s not those blogs faults.  It’s my own.

I sometimes have to take a step back and remember I am me. I am good enough.

Just as you are you and YOU are good enough.

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I will never not have half chewed fingers.  Or really pretty handwriting.  And I can pretty much guarantee that, considering my past cooking experience, I will probably never know what a souffle is or how to make one.

And with all that….all that said. I am ok with it.

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I think it’s totally ok and normal to have those moments where you feel inadequate. After all, aren’t we human.

But….if you don’t let those fears and inadequacies consume you, I promise I won’t either.  I might try to work on my cursive a little more but I won’t stop myself from lifting heavy weights because I want to run.  I know that right now, at this point in my life, lifting heavy is what works for me.  Last year, running a lot worked for me.

I know that right now in my life, my friends famous “chicken surprise” dish will probably be a staple in my house for all of ever.

I know this is probably a weird post.  But I had a weird day and struggled with some stuff.  Hopefully getting this out there will help me wake up tomorrow with a clean slate and a fresh attitude 🙂

gm

Nutrition Tracking

Yesterday was day 6 of my 24 day challenge.  I tried something new with it.

The past few days I was concerned that I wasn’t getting enough calories for how much I was working out.  Yesterday in particular I did a lot.  I rowed a bunch, I did a WOD of allllll the deadlifts and boxjumps and then I went for a run around a local lake.  Oh, and then I had 2 rounds of dog walks 😛

I made sure to stay within challenge guidelines of what I chose to eat but I also wanted to make sure I was getting the right breakdown of each nutrient: 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat.   I tracked everything in MyFitnessPal.com.  I changed the settings to make sure it was set how I want, not how they suggested.

I have to say, that I am pretty happy with how I did.  Some things I ate yesterday:

Breakfast of banana, toast and some almond butter

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Lunch was just a turkey sandwich with a side of chobani.  Boring and no pictures.

Post workout protein shake mixed with water…not something you want to see since it looks like pee, I swear.  But as an afternoon snack I made an awesome protein powder smoothie.

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frozen bluebs+almond milk+vanilla protein+1 tbsp pb = yum

Some Spark thrown into the mix.  I swear I am obsessed with this stuff.  Fruit punch is my go-to right now but I am excited to try the new watermelon flavor!

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Dinner was shepherds pie, thanks to this girl for all the cooking help.

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I need something sweet after dinner so I snacked on a few pieces of pineapple.  Once all was said and done I am pretty happy with my personal nutrient breakdown!

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There is definitely room for improvement but I think tracking my nutrition this way for the next few days will really help me a ton!

Do you track what you eat?

gm

3 is too many at once

Today something crazy happened.  THERE WAS SUNSHINE!  I know…craaaaazy.

I am starting to feel the negative effects of winter lately.  It seems to always be gray, freezing, and just blah.  Although the morning started like that, this afternoon things quickly changed for the better and the sun was shining!  I made sure to take full advantage and even though I already ran outside for the day I went on 2 nice long walks.

Why 2?  Because do you know how impossible it is to walk 3 dogs at once?

First was the chihuahuas. They are not as fun to take pictures of because they don’t listen but you get the idea.

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Once I tired out those little legs, I went and got the big guy.  V is still learning the right way to walk on a leash so not only did we walk far and I tired him out that way… I also practiced his walking skills a lot so he is physically and mentally pooped.  Although he is tired now, the guy and his huge ears was loving life getting some fresh air!

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I appreciate all the information you shared with me about dates the other day!  I have another earth shattering question that you fine folks can help me out with.

A Goji.  What?  Yea… a goji.  What is that? And why are they delicious?

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As for the rest of the evening I have a shepherd’s pie a cookin and hopefully some tired dogs!

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I hope the weather was suntastic by you and you made sure to enjoy it today too!

gm

That time I almost liked Hot Yoga

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your life so much better.  like a mouse.

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I have a lap top and I love it, but lately since I am doing more actual work on it and not just web browsing on the couch, this little gem has made my life so much better!

I also decided that today, giving another shot at hot yoga would make my life better.  I was freezing, it was gray and cold, i needed a good stretch, and this girl always makes me want to love it.   I have tried hot yoga twice in the past and I didn’t like it even a little both times.  This time I went to a new studio. The air flow was MUCH better and even though the room was 112 degrees, I didn’t feel like I was choking.  The class was 90 minutes.  I think about 30 minutes too long.  They offer a 60 minute class and I am going to try that next time…soon. I actually didn’t loathe it like I expected! That’s a good sign!

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Although I have a strange head tilt for the “after” that’s not a face of “fml that was horrible now I will puke.”

Day 2 of my 24 day challenge and so far so good!  Lots of clean eats going on around here.  Dinner last night was simple chicken marinated in lemon juice with some pepper, roasted sweet potatoes anddddd ketchup.  I love that I can eat my normal foods without any crazy restrictions.  It’s all about balance!

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Have you found anything simple like a mouse that has made your life just thaaaat much better?

What about hot yoga? Love it, hate it?

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