My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

My journey to a smaller jean size

Blogging is Hard. Instagram is Easy!

Despite wanting to blog more regularly, it just hasn’t been happening.  I have however, been posting to Instagram like nobody’s business! 

I love Instagram.  Point, shoot, comment and done.  It’s so quick and easy.

Most of my Instagram pics are of food..good food!  My pics are not the greatest, since I’m taking them with my iPhone in crappy lighting most of the time, but trust me, the stuff tastes fantastic.

Here are a few of my latest eats:

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato and Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers
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These bad boys were a hit on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack.  They took a little time to prepare, but were TOTALLY worth it. 
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This recipe comes from PaleoNick and he has a great video to show you what you need and how to prepare them.  Summary here:  halve jalapenos and remove seeds, bake and slice sweet potatoes (I nuked mine), fill each jalapeno with sweet potato, top with shrimp, wrap with bacon, and bake. I served with some sriracha and some tangy Thai dip.  Totally delicious.  I even had enough left for a kick-ass, non-traditional breakfast Monday at work.  I am definitely making these again soon…so good!
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For dinner the other night I made a recipe from the LooneySpoons ladies, Janet and Greta Podleski
coconut curry chicken thighs

This was from their Sept 2012 newsletter – Indian Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs.  This was a quick and easy weeknight meal, that made me very happy since it made enough for dinner for all 4 of us, plus 2 leftover meals for lunches this week…and you know how happy leftovers make me Smile

While my Instagram feed is mostly food, there is the occasional WOD post and my kids and cats will show up once in a while on there.  Check out this one of Crosby…his legs look ridiculously long from that angle. 
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One thing that I have done on the blog is add another page…this one of Recipes You Have To Try.  Check it out!  Both of the recipes from above are on there, plus a few other favourites.  Like my Books Read in 2014 page, I will update the Recipe page whenever I find something that is so good it has to be shared. 

I’m always on the lookout for good recipes for meals, snacks, smoothies, whatever…so if you got a good one, let me know about it. 

Okay…I’m heading out to CrossFit for my 8:30 class.  This is what I’ve got to look forward to:
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I’m excited about the double under test…I’ve gotten 95 and 86 so far in these tests…really hoping I can break 100!  I’m less excited about the burpees! 

Have a good night!

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A Quick Look Back

Hello world!  I know it’s been a while since I posted and I’m feeling bad about that.  I had good intentions to get back to regular blogging over the Christmas break, but then I just got too busy having fun and chillin’ that the blogging never quite happened.  Oh well…I’m not going to stress too much about it.

Here we are a week into 2014 already!  I have to tell you, 2013 FLEW by!  Looking back, 2013 was a great year!  I went back to my January 1 post from last year, to see what my goals for the year were and see how I did on them.  Turns out I just made goals for January but I did pretty well on reaching them.  My goals last January were:

  1. Lose 5lbs by March 5, 2013ACCOMPLISHED! I hit that magic 20lb mark and have been more or less able to maintain it for 2013.  Of course, the recent holidays were a bit of a challenge, but I’m slowly getting back on track and pretty much back to where I was pre-Christmas.
  2. Physical activity 5 times a week:  ACCOMPLISHED! At the start of February last year I joined CrossFit with a 3 times a week membership. I played hockey one night a week and I”m pretty sure I was walking at lunch or doing at least one Bob Harper or Fitness Blender workout a week too.
  3. Eat only clean snacks for a month.  PROBABLY! I can’t remember if I stuck to this one 100%, but I was pretty focussed on the whole workout and clean eating thing last year, so I’d guess I managed to do this one at least 90% of the time.
  4. No diet soda for a month. ACCOMPLISHED! I know I did this one, because I gave up pop for quite a while and didn’t really miss it.  I switched to club soda for my afternoon bubble fix and really liked it.  Eventually I did get back on the diet soda train, but for only one a day as opposed to the 3-4 a day that was starting to become the norm.

I had other goals that I wanted to achieve last year as well:

  1. Break 50 on my EWGA golf league nightACCOMPLISHED!  I managed to shoot a 46 one night…see here for the details.
  2. 20 Unbroken Double UndersACCOMPLISHED!  I really didn’t practice as often as I should have, but i did manage to get 20 DU at some point, so adjusted my goal to 50 part way through the year.  I still haven’t hit 50 yet, but did get 38 in a WOD at the end of November.  50 will come…i can feel it!
  3. Unassisted pull-upsACCOMPLISHED!!!  This is a big one for me!  August 16th was the big day.  I’m still pretty pumped about this one…so much so that I’ll include the video again!  Click the pic below to see it!
    my pullupsI haven’t been practicing these as often as I should either, but I have managed to maintain them and most days can do 10, broken down into sets of 3.  I’ve set a new goal for these, but more on that in another post!

As I already mentioned, I joined CrossFit in 2013 and starting Feb 1, I attended 3 classes a week.  I think this was the best thing I did for myself last year.  I am totally addicted.

I look forward to each and every class I go to and I have gotten fitter and stronger with every class.  I’ve still got a long way to go, but know if I keep at it, I will see results.

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That was a quick look back at 2013.  All in all, I’d say it was a pretty successful year.  I can’t wait to see what 2014 had in store for me. More on that in my next post!

Have you gone back and assessed 2013?

Have you got big plans for 2014?

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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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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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I Love Burpees!

Happy hump day!

This post is going to be short and sweet. It’s late and I want to get to bed earlier than I usually do. Normally it is well after midnight by the time I turn out the light and go to sleep. Last night I read for a bit and turned the light out at 11pm and had the best sleep! I’m a bit motivated to try to get to bed earlier and see if I can have another great sleep. So, lets get to it!

Tonight I got back on the clean eating train with a super easy, super delicious dish. Tonight’s new recipe was Spaghetti Carbonara with Asparagus & Turkey sausage.

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The “sauce” for this pasta was ridiculously easy to make. Sauté up some onions, asparagus, and garlic. Sauté some chicken sausage – I used turkey sausage since that’s what we had on hand. Mix 2 eggs with a 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return to the pot. While it is still hot, mix in the egg and Parmesan mixture. Then add the asparagus and sausage to the pasta. Serve and top with a bit more Parmesan. Seriously delicious! And the best part…one leftover meal for my lunch tomorrow!!!

After dinner I went for my first CrossFit class of the week. I hadn’t been to the box since last Thursday! With the hockey tourney on the weekend, parent council meeting on Monday, and a massage last night, that all made it a long time between WOD’s. I was happy to get back at it.

Tonight’s WOD was strength 5-5-3-3-2-2 Push Press. This was my first push press. I managed to get up to 70lbs, but could only do 1 rep. I could almost get the 2nd one, but just couldn’t press it all the way up 😦 Oh well…it was still fun! After the strength session, we got to the real WOD. 12 minute AMRAP of:

  • 5 burpee box jumps
  • 10 dumb bell push presses
  • 15 sit ups
  • As if burpees aren’t bad enough on their own, they threw a box jump in there! I used the Rx box at 20 inches. I had only done box jumps once before and only did 16 inches. I was nervous about the 20, but did a few practice jumps and I could do it! I used 10 lb dumb bells for my push presses. At first these seemed very light, but after the first round, they didn’t feel quite so light anymore! The sit ups were fine. I can actually do sit-ups without too much trouble..thank god something isn’t killer!

    In the 12 minutes, I did 5 full rounds, plus 5 burpee box jumps, 10 push presses, and 7 sit-ups for a total of 172 reps. I actually liked this WOD. it was hard, but doable. My favourite part? The burpee box jumps! Everyone hates burpees, and I do hate them too, but I also love them. They are tough and they kill, but I am getting better at them and throwing the box jumps in there just kicked it up a notch!

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    I’m back at the Box tomorrow. The WOD tomorrow is 1minute kettlebell swings. 1 minute on, 1 minute off for 10 minutes. Sounds okay, but if you don’t do 30 swings each minute, there is a 1000m row penalty. God, I hope I can get all those swings in! I guess we will see tomorrow!

    For now, I’m going to wrap up and head to bed. Not as early as I was hoping, but it’s not midnight yet, so I am still ahead of usual! Sad. I really need to work on going to bed earlier!

    How was your Wednesday?
    Have you tried any new, clean recipes? I’m always looking for new ones to try.
    Do you love or hate burpees?

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    Champions!

    Happy Monday! 

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    I am pretty tired today.  My weekend of four games of hockey and a few late nights have caught up with me.   Today I am achy and exhausted….but we WON so it was all worth it! 

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    We went undefeated through the round robin and won our division finals!  I had fun and played probably my best hockey of the season, scoring 2 goals in each of the first 2 games.  That is pretty exciting, since I’m not really known for my goal scoring!  (I think getting CrossFit strong might have helped my game Smile)

    While the weekend was lots of fun, it was also full of less than ideal meals and maybe too many Corona (although 10am games both Saturday and Sunday meant we didn’t drink as much or stay up as late as we might have otherwise!).  Eating every meal out for 3 days is tough on the clean eating routine – especially when the restaurant choices were slim and we ate at Kelsey’s once and Boston Pizza twice.  I knew that healthy food would be a challenge going into the weekend, so I didn’t worry too much about it.  I ate what I wanted and enjoyed my Corona.  Now, I need to get back on track and focus on eating healthily. 

    Before I went away for the weekend I planned out my meals and created a grocery list.  Hubby shopped while I was away, so I am all set to eat delicious, clean meals for the week – all of which are from the March 2013 issue of Clean Eating Magazine!  I also planned out my CrossFit schedule.  I’ve got other things tonight (Parent Council meeting at school) and tomorrow (massage!!!), so I’m hitting CrossFit Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.  I’m looking forward to getting back in the Box and working hard. 

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    Last night when I got back from the tourney, I was planning on making the Tamari Honey Chicken, but the kids wanted to go out.  I was so tired, that I gave into them and had one more less than ideal meal to finish off my weekend.   This meant I didn’t have any leftovers to bring for lunch today and went out for a Malaysian lunch with some colleagues.  Dinner before I go to the meeting will be some of the leftovers from our lunch.  Likely not so clean, but oh so tasty!  I’m looking forward to get back to cooking and eating clean tomorrow.  I really notice when I eat crap. 

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    How was your weekend?

    Do you feel it when you eat crap?

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    Golf Is On My Mind

    It’s starting to look like spring outside, and I got e-mails about 3 different golf courses in my area opening next week.  This all makes me look forward to this year’s golf season.

    I had a Board of Directors meeting tonight for my EWGA league.  We are getting everything organized for our league opening on May 5.  I can’t wait to get back out there.  I’m dying to see if all of this CrossFit is going to help my game.  I want to drive the ball LONG and STRAIGHT!

    Two funny golf related things crossed my email path today as well.

    The first are just a thoughts to help with your game:

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    The second is a pretty funny video about some epic golf fails:

    Epic Golf FAILS!

    All just makes me even more excited to get out there and whack some balls!  The driving range at my course opens this weekend.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to get out there this weekend since it’s my annual hockey tournament weekend.  The Crushers are off to Brockville!  It’s going to be a good time…and we’ll play at least 3 hockey game as well!  LOL!

    Before I could go away for my weekend I needed to get my 3rd CrossFit workout of the week in.  I hit the Box after my golf board meeting (makes for a long, busy day, but it’s all good.)  Tonight’s WOD was friggin’ KILLER! 

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    I managed to get up to 80lbs for my Power Clean.  I did 3 reps at that weight and felt that was enough for tonight.  I’ve got to work on my form.  I’m not keeping my back straight enough, squeezing my shoulder blades in enough, or keeping my chest up enough.  This all makes it a lot tougher for me to lift the weight and get into the proper position to start the “jump – shrug” part of the lift.  Once the coach helped put me in the right position, the lift was easier to do, but it sure is a lot to think about all at once! 

    I found this blog post by Lift Big Eat Big about the Power Clean.  I will need to take some time and read the post to see what they say.  They had a photo to show the progression.  I need to get my starting form better and that will help make the rest of the lift easier….and look at that jump-shrug…it’s awesome!
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    After the strength work, we moved into the Met Con part of the WOD.  Burpees and I used the blue kettlebell for my swings.  The blue bell is 12kg or 26lbs (about 4kg or 10lbs less than Rx Sad smile)  OH MY GOD!!!  This was HARD!  Who knew a minute could be long enough to provide so much torture!  Well, the active minutes feel like they last forever, the rest minute flies by! 

    Not surprisingly, my first round was my best.  I managed 34 reps in the 2 minutes.  I wasn’t able to keep up that pace, but I wasn’t too far off.  Here’s a pic of my WOD book notes for today’s session.
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    Despite all my double under practicing, I wasn’t too successful with them tonight.  I think it was a combination of things:  Being tired after all the burpees and kettlebell swings, using a different rope than what I’ve been practicing with, and maybe just the pressure of knowing I needed to get these things cranked out in just a minute.  Oh well…I managed to put 4 or 5 in a row together a couple of time and then a few 2’s and lots of just 1’s.  In the end I did 21 in the minute.  Not great, but still a lot better than the zero I could do before!  Baby steps, right! 

    Overall this was a killer workout, but I liked it!  It had kettlebell swings, which I love, and burpees, which I don’t love, but I am getting better at.  After the WOD, when everyone in the class was commiserating about how tough that was, the guy next to me during the WOD came up to me and told me how great my burpees were and how I “kicked his ass” on them.  Gotta admit…that made me feel pretty good, and I left the Box with a big smile on my face.  Man, I love CrossFit!

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    This will be my last CrossFit workout for a while now.  I’m away at hockey for the weekend, have a Parent council meeting on Monday night, and a massage Tuesday evening…so it will likely be Wednesday before I get back to the Box.  I will miss it…but I’m pretty sure I will survive!

    Are you getting excited for golf season?
    Do you miss CrossFit when you can’t get to the Box for a couple of days? 

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    Double Unders Are a Tough Sport!

    Happy Hump Day!

    We are the downward part of the week and heading for the weekend.  Wohoo!!!

    Today was another insane day at work.  The best part of being this busy is that the days just fly by.

    With work being so crazy, I was really looking forward to hitting CrossFit tonight.  Nothing like heading to the Box, lifting heavy things and doing other things that push me to my limits every time I walk in the door.  I love it!

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    Tonight’s WOD included a 15 minute strength session to get to a 3 rep max bench press.  This was my first night of bench presses.  Our coach gave us newbies a brief intro session about how to bench press.  Eyes lines up under the bar, hands not too wide, and push your heals into the ground and squeeze your butt.  Lots of people think that a bench press is just upper body, but apparently if done correctly, it is a total body move when you engage your legs and butt!

    After learning the proper form, we got right to it.  I started with the empty 35 lb bar to ensure proper form, and then we added 20 lbs to get us going.  55 lbs was a piece of cake. The group that I was working with decided we should add another 20 lbs, to get to 75lbs.  I was the first one to try this weight and pushed out 3 reps, no problem.  Then the other girls took their turn and neither of them could lift it.  I was shocked that I was the only one who could do that weight – I think they were too!  They each dropped the weights back a bit more and were able to get their 3 reps out.  I decided to try another 10 lbs and see what happened.  I was able to bench the 85 lbs without too much effort.  We ran out of time before I could add anymore weight and see how high I could go.  I’m already looking forward to the next time we do bench press to see how much more I can do!

    After our strength work, it was onto he WOD:  5 rounds for time:  15 ring dips, 15 box jumps.  Ring dips are awful and I hadn’t done a box jump yet….it was gonna be fun!  Ring dips just highlight my upper body weakness.  I had to use a purple band and even then they were tough.  The box jump Rx was 24 inches.  Since it was my first time, my coach set me up with a 16 inch box.  I actually liked the box jumps…they were tough, got my heart rate going, but I could do them.  The ring dips just sucked!  I was able to do the 5 rounds in 11:20.  Not great, but not bad considering I had such a hard time with those damn ring dips.  Hopefully one of these days all of this upper body arm stuff becomes easier for me.

    When I got home from CrossFit, I headed down to the basement to do a few minutes of double under practice.  On my first try, I cranked out 9 in a row!  I was super pumped!  I kept going and was able to get 5 or 6 in a row just about every time.  I did 10 in a row, 11, 12, and my best was 16!  I only skipped for about 5 minutes, but was very happy with my results.  One thing that I was not happy about was the beating my body took in that brief 5 minutes.  My arms and legs are slashed and there is something about the rope that I’m using that whips the knuckles when I miss, especially on my right hand.  I’ve got quite a nice bruise on my hand.  It’s a bit tender!

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    I’m back at the Box tomorrow night for my third workout of the week.  I need to squeeze it in before I go away for the weekend.  I’m not sure what the WOD will be.  Normally they post the workout the day before so you can get psyched for it, or if you are new like me, hit Google and see what the heck all these crazy moves are!  They will create tomorrow’s workout soon and will make sure it isn’t anything that will conflict with the Open 13.5 workout.  13.5 is the final Open workout and as usual, it looks insane!  Fran on crack.  15-15 Thrusters and Chest to Bar Pull-ups, with a 4 minute time limit.  But, if you get 90 reps (3 rounds) done in the 4 minutes, you get a bonus 4 minutes to do it again..and so on, and so on.  Insane.  Click here, to see Julie Foucher give a video demo.

    Are you competing in the Open? Are you ready for 13.5?

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    April Goals

    I”m a day late with my April goals, but at least it’s only a day.  I never actually got around to writing my goal post for March at all!

    My goals for the month are nothing way out there…just a few things that I’d like to be focused on to keep me on track.

    So, without further ado….I give you my April goals!

    1. Track my food and exercise with MyFitnessPal.  I used to be right on top of this, but at some point, started to slack off and then quit all together.  My goal is to record every single thing that I eat.  EVERYTHING!  Even the crap.  I’m not going to feel guilty about eating things, but I want to be accountable and want to see just how much I am eating.
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    2. Continue with my 3 CrossFit workouts a week.  I’m pretty sure this is one goal that will happen for sure, but I figured I would write it down anyways.  I am paying for a 3 visit per week CrossFit membership and it isn’t cheap, so there is no way I will miss a workout.  Plus, I love it!  I book my workouts for the week on the weekend and then build the rest of my week around them. So far, this has been working quite well, so I’m excited to keep it going for April.
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    3. Practice Double Unders twice a week.  Double unders are another CrossFit move that I am not very good at.  They are however, something that I think I could get good at with a little bit of practice.  I know how to skip, now I just need to get better and master the double under.  I am going to practice my double unders twice a week.  My son has a skipping rope that he got from his school when he took part in Jump Rope for Heart.  It’s not the best rope but for now it will do. I figure if I jump for 10-15 minutes a couple of times a week, I should improve.  I started tonight.  Here’s the proof. 
      First double under practice

      While I still have a long way to go, I made some progress today.  From only being able to do 1 at a time, I got to 6 or 7 in this video, but before we started taping, I got up to 11!  My goal is to be able to do 20 unbroken by the end of April.  And eventually I would love to be able to crank out 90 straight like Kristan Clever did in the Open 13.3 head to head workout on announcement night.  Skip to 30:29 to see her kill it. 
      http://games.crossfit.com/video/open-workout-133-archived-live-announcement-footage

    4. Practice kipping Pull-ups once a week.  I’m not sure exactly how I am going to do this one.  I have a pull up bar that goes over a door frame, but I’m not sure I can kip with it.  I may have to get hubby to figure out how we can put a permanent bar up in the basement.  I will see what I can find in the way of pull up bars online and then see what we can do.  I’ve been watching the instructional video that I found and I’m pumped to try these again. 
    5. Do one Kettlebell workout a week.  Since I have taken training for the half off my list of things to do, I no longer have to fit running into my schedule.  My hockey season is also finished (aside from our end of season tourney this weekend…more on that in another post later this week), so this frees up another night for me. That gives me lots of free tie to fit in a kettlebell workout.  I will either do a straight swing workout or hit Fitness Blender for a workout video to follow along with.  Just after Christmas I was using my kettlebells quite regularly.  Since I joined CrossFit I haven’t used them too often.  I enjoy kettlebell and it is such a great workout, so I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

      my kettlebells

    6. Continue to meal plan and cook clean dinners.  I have been doing fairly well with my clean eating dinners lately.  Meal planning and grocery shopping on Sundays has been working very well for me.  We have been eating delicious, healthy dinners and I have been having awesome leftover lunches.  My breakfasts could be better, but I’m not going to worry too much about that.  Mornings around our house in the morning are pretty hectic, so I’m happy to just get out of the house on time.  I eat at work and microwave eggs on a bagel with cheese are my go to breakfast.  I will try to make some overnight oats again but I’m happy with my bagel sandwiches, so I’m okay if that’s all I can manage right now. 

    eat-clean-train-dirty

    These will be my main focus for the month.  Fingers crossed I’m able to stay on track with all of them throughout the month. 

    Have you set your goals for April? 

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