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Another Monday Bites The Dust

Although today was a pretty good day, I’m glad it’s over.  Monday really is my least favourite day of the week.  Mondays mean the end of the weekend, back to work, back to hectic schedules, and back to the real world. 
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The best part of today was that I had a massage after work.  I looked forward to it all day.  I didn’t have any specific ailments that I needed worked on, just overall achiness all over from my killer CrossFit workouts.  At least that what I thought…until my therapist started working on me…then all sorts of intense aches came to the surface.  My right calf, my left shoulder to name just a few.  I thoroughly enjoyed my peaceful (and somewhat painful) hour and left her office very relaxed.  Nothing beats a good massage!  I feel ready to face the rest of my busy week.

But, before I get to my week ahead, let’s take a look back at a few things.

My cleanse:  The cleanse is actually going quite well.  For the most part, I am managing to stick fairly close to the plan.  I had a bit of a less than perfect day on Saturday, but got right back on track Sunday. 

Saturday started with a 9am CrossFit class.  We worked on overhead squats and this time I got to 45lbs.  I’m sure once i get used to the technique of the lift, I will be able to lift more, but for now, 45lbs seems to be where I max out.  I really wish I could lift more, but that will come.  (It will, won’t it?) After the strength training, it was onto the WOD:

12 Minute AMRAP
8 ring dips
12 kettlebell swings (I used the blue bell)
14 jump lunges (7 each side)

I made some good progress on this WOD.  Normally I use a purple band for the ring dips.  Saturday, I took a step and tried them with the black band…and you know what…I did it!  Wohoo!  It was a small step, but I was pretty pleased to be able to drop down to the black band.  In the end, I made it through 5 full rounds, plus one more round of the dips, the kettlebell swings and 4 jump lunges.  Not great, but not too bad.  I was also told by my coach that I am no longer allowed to use the blue bell…I have graduated to yellow!  Saturday was a big day at CrossFit for me!  Can’t wait to get back to the box on Wednesday to see what other progress I can make!

After my WOD, I came home, showered up and took my measurements for Day 11 of my Isagenix 30 Day Cleanse.  I was pretty sure I would see some changes in my numbers, since my clothes are fitting better.  Anyways, the scale showed a drop of 8lbs – yep, 8lbs in 11 days! I thought that was pretty good.  And them I did my measurements.  In total I lost 12 inches!!!!  Can you believe that!  It was a little bit everywhere, with the biggest changes being 1.5 inches on my waist, 2 on my chest, 2 on my abdomen, and 2 from each leg on the “upper knee”.    All of this makes me pretty happy.  It also gives me the motivation to keep going with the cleanse and sticking to it as closely as I can for the remaining 17 days.

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Saturday was a gorgeous day, with nice warm temperatures.  My sister and her little ones came over for the afternoon and to have a BBQ dinner.  I did cheat a little on my cleanse and had a nice cold Corona while we sat on the deck in the backyard and enjoyed the sunshine.  It was delicious and I didn’t feel guilty about it at all! 

Dinner was delicious steak, grilled veggies, and a cucumber salad.  You will have to trust me that dinner was great, because I was so excited to eat that I forgot to take a picture!  I did take a picture of the delicious salad I made with the leftovers the next day:
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Sunday was another beautiful day, and hubs, Jacko and I hit the driving range.  In typical golf fashion, there was some good, some bad, and some really ugly!  I’m glad I made it out, since I’m pretty sure that will be the only practice I get before my league starts next Tuesday.  It was also nice to get out with my son.  He tells me he doesn’t like golf, but loves the driving range.  Hopefully we can change that, so we can get out to golf together this summer, but for now, I will enjoy my time at the range with him.  He’s got a pretty good swing.
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Now the weekend is over Sad smile and I’ve got a very busy week ahead: 

Tuesday:  7pm ball hockey
Wednesday:  7pm Jacko ball hockey, 8:30 CrossFit, 10pm my ball hockey
Thursday:  6:30 EWGA Board of Directors meeting, 8:30 CrossFit
Friday:  5:30pm CrossFit
Saturday: 9-5:30 Scrapbooking with my sister at National Scrapbook Day.  Can’t wait!

Since my week is so busy, and I have so many things in early evening hours, I will be having my shakes for breakfast and dinner this week and eating my 400-600 calorie meals at lunch.  I’ve got steak salad planned for Wednesday and leftover Sante Fe Chicken for Thursday and Friday.  There was lots of the crock pot chicken dish left last week, so I froze it for exactly this purpose.  I’m all set for delicious, clean meals when needed! 

With my busy week, it was hard for me to find a day to do my cleanse day.  I finally decided to do it tomorrow, so I will only be drinking cleanse juice and eating Isagenix snacks. I may try one of the Energetix powders to make an energy drink to help me make it through my ball hockey game.  Fingers crossed!

Now I need to get to bed.  I have been doing fairly well with trying to get more sleep. I have been sleeping like a rock and wake up ready to get on with the day.  So, with that said, I’m off!

Hope you had a good Monday and are ready to face the week ahead.
Only 4 more days until the weekend!

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Working Towards A Cleaner Me

As you know, I have been trying to eat clean for the past year.  For the most part, I have been successful and clean eating has become a part of my everyday lifestyle.  Of course, over the year there have been a few less than perfect days and even weeks, but overall I am quite happy with my clean eating.

In February I changed up my workout routine by joining CrossFit.  Every WOD is different and all of them challenge me and push my limits.  There are days when I am as scared as hell to walk in the Box, but once the workout starts, I am totally focused and have pushed myself to do things I really didn’t think I could do. I am getting better at the moves/lifts and getting stronger every day.  I still have a long way to go, and I look forward to pushing myself every time I walk in the Box.

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Despite eating (fairly) well, and working out, I have not been seeing the changes in my body shape or the numbers of the scale that I was hoping for.  I’m not hung up about the scale, but I have been working hard and it would be nice to “see” some results.  I will admit that my clothes are fitting better, so things are changing.  The changes just seem to be really slow.

I’m pretty sure this lag in results is due to the times when I cave to my cravings or just get lazy and eat crap.  I can feel when I don’t eat well.  I have less energy and don’t sleep well. 

To give things a little kick, I decided to do a 30 day cleanse.  My sister recommended it.  She was doing it and was feeling great and she thought it would be a good thing for me to try.  So, for 30 days I’m doing the Isagenix 30 Day Cleanse and Fat Burning System. 
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I started a little over a week ago.  My schedule has been as follows:

Most days, my Breakfast and Lunch are meal replacement protein shakes:
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I’ve been mixing 1 scoop of vanilla with 1 scoop of chocolate since I’ve been told the chocolate is a little strong on it’s own.  At first I wasn’t too crazy about the taste of the shakes, but once I started adding a few more ice cubes, and the shakes were nice and thick, creamy and cold, they are actually pretty good.  I’m also happy to say that they keep me satisfied until it’s time for a snack.

There are a few snack options within the cleanse program. 
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IsaDelights are green tea infused chocolates.  They are actually pretty good.  IsaSnacks, which they refer to as chocolate wafers, seem almost like compressed shake powder.  They took me a little while to get used to, but they are okay and seem to do the job and fill me up between shakes.  They sent along a sample pack with my cleanse which included 3 bars.  I haven’t tried any of the bars yet, but I’m told they are pretty good. 

Each shake day, before breakfast, I take a scoop of “Ionix Supreme” mixed with a little water.  This is supposed to help your body deal with stress, while supporting “mental and physical performance”.  I find this little concoction a little sweet, but it’s an easy chug, so over fairly quickly!
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On shake days, I’m allowed one 400-600 calorie meal.  Most days I use this for dinner and my clean eating meals are fitting within the calorie allowance perfectly.  I look forward to my dinners every day. 

For four days during the 30 day cleanse period – I am doing one day each week – we are supposed to do “cleanse” days.  These are days when no “real” food is consumed, but cleansing juice is drank throughout the day. 
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On cleanse days the schedule has be eating/drinking something every few hours.  I start with 4oz of the cleanse juice (which tastes pretty good…very berry-like), then a few hours later I have 2 IsaDelight chocolates and a couple of snack wafers.  Then it alternates between cleanse juice and snacks throughout the day.  I just did my second cleanse day today.  I thought I would be very hungry on cleanse days, but surprisingly, I’m actually not that hungry.  Most of the time, when I do start feeling hungry, it is time for my next shake, snack, or juice drink. 

A few more things came with the cleanse, but I haven’t used them yet:
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The one on the left is some sort of energy shot.  I have two of these, but I’m a bit nervous to take them.  I’ve never tried an energy drink of any kind before, let alone an energy shot.  If I have a very busy day coming up, I might try it, but I doubt it.  The sticks on the right are sort of like powdered Gatorade-type thing.  4 of these came with the cleanse and 1 more in the sample pack, so I’ve got 5 to use in total.  I will probably use these at some point on days that I have CrossFit for just a little extra energy, because God knows I need all the energy I can muster on CrossFit days!

That pretty much sums it up.  My first 9 days have been pretty good.  I took photos (which will likely not be shared) and measurements before I started.  I’m due to take my second set of measurements on day 11.  I’m looking forward to see if I’ve lost any inches to go along with the weight loss.  I’m pretty sure I will see some progress there…workout pants that I bought just 2 weeks ago are now too big in the waist and I have to pull them up when I’m doing burpees or box jumps.  Good thing they were cheap Joe Fresh pants and not expensive Lululemon pants!  Maybe at the end of all of this I will finally treat myself to a Lulu outfit! 

Tonight turned out to be an unscheduled night at home for me.  We were supposed to go see the school play at my older son’s school, but he didn’t want to stay.  He’d had a long day and just wanted to come home.  I was a little disappointed to not get to see the play, but I was excited to have a free night at home.  With my busy schedule, I don’t get many free nights.  Tomorrow is another free night, but then I’m back to the Box for a 9am CrossFit class on Saturday morning.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the WOD will be and then heading to Google to see what all the moves/lifts involve. 

Tomorrow is Friday.  Fingers crossed the day flies by….come on weekend!

Have you ever done a cleanse?
Did you get the results you were hoping for?

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Another Video To Make You Smile

Happy Wednesday, peeps!

Found another fun dancing video.  Enjoy!

Sometimes you just gotta dance!
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Sunny Sunday

The weekend is coming to an end Sad smile, but, it actually felt like spring out there today…Finally! 

I had a pretty quiet day.  Full of laundry, menu planning, grocery shopping, a little gardening…and sitting on the front patio, enjoying some sunshine and watching the world go by.  I can’t wait until the weather gets just a bit nicer and we can enjoy more time outside.

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My menu planning for this week was quite simple.  Since two of my meals each days are meal replacement shakes, I only had to worry about dinners.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Sunday:  Honey Tamari Chicken Thighs with Almond Butter Sauce & Broccoli (from Clean Eating March 2013, page 48).  I also cooked up some Kabocha squash – YUM!!!.  This dinner was delicious, and came in well below my allowable 500 calories!
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Monday:    Skinny Taste Sante Fe Chicken.  This is an awesome crock pot meal.  I can’t wait to come home to a house that smells amazing and dinner all ready to go!

Tuesday:  Buffalo Chicken Wraps.  This will be a meal for hubs and the boys.  I am going out for lunch with a client, so will be using my “meal” for lunch and having my second shake for dinner. 

Wednesday:  Clean Eating Spaghetti Carbonara with Asparagus & Turkey Sausage.  (from March 2013, page 73)  This was a hit with my kids and they are looking forward to having it again.

Thursday:  This is my cleanse day, so I will be enjoying 4 servings of Isagenix Cleanse for Life berry flavoured juice.  Hubs and the kids will grab something quick before we go watch the school play at Nick’s school.

Friday:   BBQ’d steak and grilled veggies!  The weather is supposed to be sunny all week, so should be good BBQ weather.  Hubs is going to fire up the grill for the first BBQ meal of the season. Can’t wait!

Saturday:   Not sure what’s on the menu for today.  We are scheduled to get together with friends for dinner.  They tend to have an insanely busy schedule with 3 kids all playing all sorts of competitive sports, so hopefully we are still able to get together.

I’ve also planned my workouts for the week….

Monday:  CrossFit 8:30pm
Tuesday:  Ball hockey 8pm – first game of the season!
Wednesday:  CrossFit 8:30pm
Friday:  Double under and pull up practice
Saturday:  CrossFit 9am

I know I said I wouldn’t talk too much about the Isagenix Cleanse, but I am on Day 5 and things are going really well.  The shakes are keeping me full, the snacks are actually pretty good, and I’m enjoying good, clean meals for dinners.  I am down on the scale and I will take my measurements again on Wednesday to see if any inches have been lost in the first week. 

And now I’m going to sign off and watch another episode of Arrested Development.  We are part way through season 1 and enjoying it. 

Here’s looking forward to a good week ahead!

Have you planned your menu and workout schedule for the week? 
Cooking up anything tasty this week?

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The Friday Five

Another week is over, and Friday is here!

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1.  It has been a crazy week in the world.  Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened by the horrific events at the Boston Marathon on Monday.  As soon as I found out I texted my friend Kathy since I knew members of her running group were running Boston.  Thankfully all of her friends were fine.  Others were not as lucky.  It is absolutely horrible and still hard to believe.  My thoughts are with all who were impacted by the initial explosions and now as Boston is under lock-down during the manhunt for those responsible. 

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2.  I did a killer WOD this morning!  Since I’m busy tonight and tomorrow, I had to hit the Box this morning before work to get my 3rd CrossFit class of the week in.  So, I set my alarm for 6:15, got up, had my Ionix Supreme, went back upstairs and tried to do something to control my crazy-ass morning hair, put my contacts in and headed back down to make my breakfast shake.  Normally I wouldn’t eat before going to the Box, but since I was cleansing yesterday and didn’t eat anything aside from the cleanse juice, I figured I might need a bit of nutrition before doing the WOD.  I drank my shake on the drive to the Box.  I’m starting to get used to the flavour..it’s not horrible, it’s just not the same as the smoothies I usually make (with yogurt & fruit). 

The WOD today was tough…really tough!  At a quick glance, it doesn’t look that bad: 15-12-9 Overhead Squats and Ring Dips.  I had never done an overhead squat before, and the other people in the class hadn’t don’t them that often, so we took some time to breakdown the move and find a good weight to use for the WOD.  Same general principals as a regular squat, but with the bar held overhead.  This ads a whole new element to the squat…you need to have a tight core to help support the weight overhead and keep the bar stable.  I started with just the training bar, then added 5lbs to each side – 25lbs total.  That felt okay, so I thought I would jump to 35lbs.  That felt MUCH tougher.  It actually made me nervous to have it over my head as I was very unstable, so I only did 2 squats at this 35lb level and then dropped back to 30lbs.  That felt much better and I could concentrate on all the different things I needed to think about and do during the lift. 

My coach watched a few and asked me how it felt.  He said it looked good and asked me to go to 35 for a few so he could see them.  I was nervous, but went ahead and put the 10’s back on to get back up to 35.  It didn’t feel as bad as the first time I tried the 35.  Justin said they looked good and thought I should use that weight for the WOD.  I was a bit unsure, but he told me to trust in myself.  “you got this” he said.  So, I gave it a try!

15-12-9 with an 8 minute cap.  I was nervous about doing the 35lb overhead squats and ring dips are really tough for me.  I got my purple band set up since I can’t do them unassisted yet.  (God, when will I get some decent upper body strength!)  We got the countdown and then we were off.  Those overhead squats were tough…really tough!  But, I managed to do all 3 rounds at 35lbs – yay!.  I had different weights close by in case I needed to drop down after the first set.  I don’t love ring dips and today did not change my opinion of them!  I was the last one done the WOD (small class of only 4 people this morning), and it was all I could do to finish within the 8 minutes.  Justin was cheering me on for the last round.  Telling me to break my squats down into sets of three and then the same with the ring dips.  It was getting tight and I only had 20 seconds left to do my last 3 ring dips.  I just made it!  7:59!!!  Phew!!!
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3.  I’m playing hockey this weekend.  I’m playing with with my friend Lisa – who I call Lazer, since she made the mistake of wearing her bowling shirt to hockey one night with Lazer written on it! – and my sister, but other than those two, I have no idea who else is in the team.  It should be a fun weekend with a minimum of 3 games, and if we do well, there is the potential for 5 games total.  I’m interested to see how my energy level is over the weekend since I will still be doing my cleanses and having shakes for breakfast and lunches. 
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4.  I am loving all the extra sleep I am getting!  Really, it isn’t all that much more, but I think it is making a big difference in how I’m feeling.  Hopefully I can keep up the trend and head to bed a a decent hour every night. 

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5.  I found another dancing video!  Enjoy…The guy in the video is sure having a good time!

Vacation boogie!

Happy  Friday!

Got any big plans for the weekend?

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A New Pursuit

Happy Thursday, everyone!  One more day to get through and we are into the weekend!

I’m starting my day bright and early tomorrow with a 7am CrossFit class.  I need to get my WOD done early in the day, since I’m playing in a hockey tournament this weekend and we have a game Friday night, so I can’t get to the Box after work.  I just don’t think I would have much left in the tank to play hockey after doing a CrossFit class only a few hours before.  So, to be safe, it is 7am class for me.

The WOD tomorrow is 15-12-9 Overhead Squats and Ring Dips with an 8 minute cap.  I haven’t done an overhead squat yet, so of course, I headed to YouTube to see what the move looked like.  It looks okay – basically a squat with the bar held overhead (kind of just like it sounds!), I’m just not sure I will be able to do it Rx at 95lbs, so I will likely have to scale it.  Ring Dips are not my favourite.  Hopefully I will be able to use a thinner band this time – I used a slightly thinner band for my pull ups earlier this week, so maybe I can do the same for ring dips.  Fingers crossed!

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Lately my diet has been less than ideal.  I’ve been doing okay with my main meals, but my snacking between meals was getting pretty bad.  To help get me out of this food funk, I have decided to try a 30 day cleanse.

My sister is doing it and is feeling great, sleeping better, has more energy, and lost inches and a few pounds.  So, based on her feedback and recommendation, I am trying Isagenix.  As I mentioned, I am doing the 30 Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System.

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I started my 30 days yesterday.  I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel, replacing meals with shakes for breakfast and lunch, but it wasn’t that bad.  Today I did my first “cleanse” day, so I only had the cleanse juice and the Isagenix snacks.  I was very nervous about today and how I would feel with no “real” food, but it actually wasn’t too bad.  I was worried about feeling hungry all day, but I didn’t really feel hungry at all.  I was starting to feel a bit hungry and then realized that it was tie for my next snack.  Once I had the IsaDelights chocolates, I felt fine.  And it’s almost like having a chocolate treat, so that’s a bonus.

I took some measurements yesterday before starting and will re-measure each week.  I’m hoping to see some real progress.  Today I took some “before” pictures – which I will NOT be sharing! – and will just file them away to compare with the “after” pictures that I will take at the end of the cleanse.

Hopefully this cleanse, combined with my 3 weekly CrossFit classes and ball hockey which starts next week, will result in some big changes in the way my body looks.  I’m not too concerned with the number on the scale, but I really want to tone things up and get rid of the fat.  I’m looking forward to the next 30 days.  I’m not going to write about it everyday as I’m sure no one really wants to hear about another shake!  I will give weekly progress updates and maybe a few notes here and there if something big happens.

One other thing that I’ve been doing this week is actually going to bed earlier.  I am probably getting at least an extra hour each night and some nights even more.  I’m loving it.  I am sleeping like a rock and staying asleep right through the night.  Hopefully I can keep this trend up.

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So, in hopes of getting to bed at a decent hour, I’m going to wrap it up and hit the hay.  I need a good night’s sleep to be ready to kick it at the Box bright and early tomorrow morning.

Sweet dreams!

Have you tried Isagenix or another cleanse program?

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Mid Week Smile

Saw this and it made me smile. Hopefully it does the same for you.

Dancing Queen spotted waiting for a bus.

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
– William W. Purkey

Happy Wednesday!

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My Kid Can Kip!

Today was a pretty good day.

I started my morning off with a kick ass CrossFit class. Today we did Power Snatches as our strength training move. I had only done snatches once before. Today I added a bit of weight, but still only lifted 45 lbs. I was really focussing on my technique for the snatch since there is a lot going on in this lift.

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I can’t lift very much for the snatch yet, but I really like the move. There’s just something about getting that bar from the ground to overhead in one smooth move that I like. Hopefully I will get stronger and be able to lift more.

After the strength work, we moved onto today’s WOD. Today’s WOD had 2 moves…the snatch and knees to elbows. It was a ladder progression of 1snatch,1 KTE,2,2,3,3,4,4…etc, for a 10 minute AMRAP. I dropped back to 35 lbs for the WOD, since the 45 was a bit of a challenge, and there would be more reps as we got further into the WOD. I managed to do 8 full rounds, plus 9 snatches and 2 KTE (which were more like KTB – knees to boobs – since I can’t do a full KTE yet!). This WOD left me an exhausted, sweaty mess….I loved it! It also left me with my second CrossFit mark of the week…

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That’s my first CrossFit rip! Really it’s not bad compared to what I’ve seen people do to their hands, but still, it’s my first, and I’m proud of it!

After CrossFit I went shopping. Not for shoes or clothes, but for CrossFit equipment so I could practice a few of my weaker moves at home. During a web search, I found a store down in Markham that had what I needed, so Hubs and I headed down to The Treadmill Factory. It was a very successful trip…here’s what I got:

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That’s a sweet cable skipping rope and a full fledged CrossFit pull-up bar! So exciting!!!

Once we got home, it was time to try out all my new toys. The rope is great. I think I’ve got I cut down to the right length. I’ve left a bit just in case. I will check with the coaches next time I’m at CrossFit. I did a few trial skips and got up to 12 in a row…and some pretty decent slashes on my forearms!

After adjusting and trying the rope, I moved onto assembling the pull-up bar. This thing is pretty heavy duty. We finally managed to find a spot for it in the basement, and then McGuyver’d a way to connect it to the wall. A few 2×4’s and we were good to go!

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I tried it a few times, doing a couple of KTB’s and practiced kipping, but didn’t get much further than that. My son Jack enjoyed playing on it. I explained how to kip and he was a natural. After a couple of practice swings, here’s what the little guy did:

Jacko kips it! Totally awesome!

Seriously, isn’t that kip (and kid) amazing!  And he went right into the pull-up!  Man, I would kill to be able to do that!  But that’s exactly why I bought the bar…so I can practice and hopefully by the end of the summer be able to do it.  My sister, Erin, found a “learn to pull up” program and I think I will give it a try.  I didn’t start today, since my shoulders are killing me from today’s WOD!

Tomorrow is a rest day – yay!  I need to plan my meals for the week, and get groceries.  If I have time, I will try to do some more double-under practicing.   I need to remember to wear long sleeves, so I don’t slash my forearms all up again!

Now, I’m going to sign off, watch some SNL, and maybe a few more episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix.  That show is hilarious.  I have no idea why we didn’t watch it more when it was on TV the first time.  Oh well…now we can fly through a bunch of episodes back to back with no commercials.  So far, we are liking Netflix!

Hope Saturday was good to you!

Can your kids kick your ass in some of these killer CrossFit moves?

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The Friday Five

Wohoo!  We made it through another week.  And that means it’s time for another edition of…

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1.  I made another new Clean Eating recipe tonight for dinner.  Mongolian-Style Beef Crepes with Spiced Yogurt.  There was a bit of prep turning 4 carrots into match sticks, but other than that, the rest of the prep was quite easy – chop some cabbage, slice an onion, slice some sirloin, and sauté it all up.  Hubs took care of crepe duty…and the result was delicious!
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This picture doesn’t really do this dish justice.  I really need to work on my food photography skills.  The recipe had a Greek yogurt sauce that was flavoured with cumin and turmeric.  The sauce was okay, but the crepes needed a little something, so we added some hoisin sauce and that put them over the top.  Great tasting and only 343 calories for 2 crepes and 1 cup of the beef mixture.  There is enough left for my lunch tomorrow..without a crepe. My son stole the last crepe to eat just by itself since he loves crepes so much!

2.  I didn’t go to CrossFit today, but I’m back at the Box tomorrow morning.  I kind of missed not going today, but I am enjoying just sitting on the couch chilling.  I’m going to the 9am class tomorrow morning, when the WOD will be:
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I’ve only done snatches once, during one of the 2013 open workouts.  I liked them, so I’m looking forward to doing them again tomorrow.  The knees to elbows are a different story.  I’ve done them once before too, and I’m not looking forward to doing them again!  I was less than successful with them last time I tried them.  I think I did them in my first week or two at CrossFit, so hopefully I will see a nice improvement. 

3.  Tomorrow I hope to shop for some workout equipment.  I found a store down in Markham that has good quality chin up bars and speed skipping ropes.  I need both of these so I can practice my kipping pull ups and my double unders at home.  I have been practicing my double unders with a crappy plastic rope that is too short.  I’m hoping if I get a good rope, I will improve more quickly.  It’s kind of hard to practice kipping and pull ups without a bar, so definitely need one of those!
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4.  I’m getting caught up on Arrested Development.  Since Arrested Development is coming back for another season, hubs and I thought we should go back and re-watch from the beginning.  I was never a faithful watcher, only catching the odd episode here and there.  So, we’ve signed up for Netflix and are watching from the beginning.  We are 2 episodes in and so far it’s pretty good!
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5.  After hitting CrossFit tomorrow morning and shopping for my workout equipment, my next biggest priority for this weekend is to get some SLEEP!  Even though I need to get up to be a the Box by 9am, that still gives me about a 2 hour sleep in compared to usual, so I am quite excited about that. And Sunday we have no plans for anything at all, so hopefully we get a quality sleep in then. Nothing beats a good sleep!
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Here’s to a good weekend!

Got any big plans?

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Eat Clean, Train Dirty

You hear it all the time.

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Today I managed to do both of these!

Other than starting my day with a grande Chai Latte – which was a special request from my son for our drive to work/school – the rest of my day was perfectly clean. Breakfast was 2 microwave scrambled eggs with some cheese. Normally I have my eggs in a bagel sandwich, but today I didn’t have the bagel since I had the chai latte. Lunch was delicious leftover spaghetti carbonara. Let me tell you, it was just as good today as it was last night for dinner.

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Dinner was another leftover meal…this time, leftover chunky curry soup. Tonight I kicked it up a notch with a little Sriracha sauce. This was a nice light meal that I enjoyed after CrossFit.

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With a dark chocolate date bar as an afternoon snack and an apple for dessert tonight, today was a clean eating success!

With the “Eat clean” portion of the equation taken care of, all that was left was the “Train dirty” part! And that was taken care of with a visit to CrossFit! Before I get into today’s WOD, I want to show you the present that yesterday’s WOD gave me:

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Can you tell where the bar was hitting me during last night’s push presses? Right where that lovely little bruise is! It’s a bit tender, but not too bad. I wear it as a a badge of CrossFit honor!

Tonight’s WOD was 3×5 back squats for the strength move, followed by 6 rounds of 1 minute on, one minute off, kettlebell swings. You had to do 30 swings in the minute or you would get a 1000m row penalty for each round with less than 30 swings in the minute.

We did back squats just a couple of weeks ago. In that WOD, I managed to get up to 85 pounds. Tonight, I did 85 no problem, did 95 no problem, and managed 4 squats with 100lbs. I started the 5th and final squat…got down nice and low…and got stuck! I couldn’t get back up! It was a bit embarrassing, but I was still happy because I hit a new PR!

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After I got stuck at the bottom, the coaches thought they should show us how to bail on a back squat and also how to spot the back squat. So at least I learned a few more things tonight!

After the back squats, we moved into the kettlebell portion of the WOD. I was a bit worried about this part, since when I got to the Box tonight, there were 6 people from the class before rowing! That meant they didn’t get 30 swings done in the minute. The guys on the rowers were all good crossfitters and if they couldn’t get it done, how was I supposed to? Savannah, our coach tonight, suggested we use a bell one below what we normally use since there were a lot of swings coming up. I think she took pity on us because it was a fundamentals class and we are all still fairly new to CrossFit. Using a lighter bell saved me – I used the pink 8kg (or 18lb) kettlebell and was able to get all of my 30 swings done each round. Thank God! I really did not want to have to row. A couple of people did incur penalties, but in the end, they didn’t have to do the row…they were all very happy about that!

After CrossFit I came home and went downstairs to practice my double unders. I only skipped for a few minutes, and after a rough start, I managed to get 14 in a row a couple of times. Not as good as my high of 16, but not too bad, I think I need to get a better rope…or at least a longer one since I don’t have much handle to hang onto when I skip since I’m trying to make the rope as long as possible. Maybe this weekend I can find a good speed rope.

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Tomorrow is Friday….YAY…and it is a day off from the Box for me. I can’t wait to sit on the couch and just relax tomorrow night. It’s been a busy week and I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend!

Here’s hoping tomorrow flies by!

Have you had any CrossFit war wounds!

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