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I Fell Off The Daily Blogging Bandwagon

Well, it didn’t take long for me to get back into my bad habit of irregular posting.  NaBloPoMo ended November 30 and so did my daily blogging.  It’s been 9 days since my last post 😦  I really thought I would be able to keep it up, but seems not.  It wasn’t for lack of time. I had lots of opportunity to write, I just couldn’t bring myself to actually do it.  Hopefully I didn’t overdo it in November and use up all my posts!  LOL

The last 9 days have been pretty much on par with all the days before.  Here’s a quick update on what’s been going on:

I’ve been CrossFitting 4 times a week…and absolutely loving it.  I’m really liking the programming lately.  Well, “liking” might be the wrong word for it.  The workouts have been hard and challenging, and leaving me feeling exhausted, but accomplished at the end of class.  So awesome!
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This month’s member challenge at the gym in to drink at least 2.5L of water a day.  I’m doing well and some days even drinking more than the required amount.  On days when I CrossFit I have no problem hitting the goal and usually go over.  On days that I don’t go to the gym, it’s a bit more challenging and I end up drinking a lot of water later in the day and evening and I’m feeling it at night when it wakes me up to pee!  I had finally started to sleep through the night again, and now all this water is impacting that.

I’ve still been reading.  I’m up to 35 books read this year.  I just finished Judy Blume’s “In The Unlikely Event” and I’m just starting “Me Earl and The Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews.  I don’t know much about it, and I can’t remember where I heard about it.  Apparently they are making a movie out of it.  Hopefully it’s good.


I’ve got a busy week ahead:  Orthodontist and hockey for senior kid tomorrow, Christmas musical performance for junior kid Wednesday, 4 CrossFit classes and parties Friday and Saturday night.  I tried to plan a menu for the week, but it was tough with so many nights out.  In the end we just bought a lot of sandwich meat and a variety of breads and it will be panini central around here this week.  I do have tacos and eggs in purgatory scheduled as real meals on two nights, but the others it’s self-serve paninis.

I’m hoping the week flies by quickly.  I just want it to be Friday so I can see my friends Paula and Ron and their kids Alanna and Gabe, who are here visiting for the holidays after moving to Australia last year.  We’ve texted, emailed, and talked on Skype over the last year, but seeing them live and in person will be amazing.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!
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Here’s to a quick week!  Hopefully I manage a few posts this week.  Fingers crossed.

See you Friday, Paula!!!

 

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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
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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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Back To It

After a much needed day off yesterday, I headed back to the box today.  I was a bit worried about whether I could actually do a WOD today.  I am sore everywhere.  My abs hurt when I laugh or cough.  My arms hurt to reach for things or turn the steering wheel.  My legs hurt getting out of a chair, climbing stairs and even just walking.  I hurt, and it’s awesome!
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Tonight’s WOD was:
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When I saw this I was a bit worried.  My arms are still sore from the pull-ups and push-ups and I wasn’t sure I could swing a 1 pood kettlebell.  Plus, my hand tear is still tender and 50 swings wouldn’t be making them any better. At least the lifts didn’t have any squatting in them.

This was the first time I had done good mornings.  I had done them only with a PVC in a warm up once before.  Today was the first time I did them with a bar and weight.  I did 55#, 65# and the last set with 75#.  They were okay.  I think they are a bit weird. 

After the Good Mornings we warmed up our cleans.  I like cleans.  Tonight we learned a bit of a different technique..not so much of a jump, shrug, high pull, but more pulling the bar into our hips and using our hips to lift the bar up.  It took a few tries to get this motion as it’s a bit different than what I’m used to, but once I figured it out, I really liked this new way.  The bar just seems to fly up to the rack position.  Anything to make these lifts easier is alright by me!

The Sumo Deadlift High Pulls were next.  I had only done these once before.  They are okay, a bit weird with the grip so close together.  I need to remember to use my “jump” to get the bar up on the high pull. 

After warming up the individual moves, it was onto the WOD.  I did the WOD Rx!  1 pood kettlebell and 65# for the hang cleans and SDHP.  I was worried about the kettlebell swings but they were actually okay.  I think I even may have done 5 extra swings because when I got to 50 I was done and no one else was, so I figured I must have counted wrong and did another 5 just to be sure!  I’m never the first one finished anything at CrossFit!  I managed to get through the 50 swings and 3 rounds +8 in the 9 minutes.  Then we had to take the weight off the bar and do as many push presses as we could do in a minute, with stripping the bar taking up some of the time.  I was able to get 17 push presses done, so a total score of 55 for the WOD.  Not great, but it is what it is.  I was just happy I could do the WOD given how sore I still was from Barbara on Monday. work hard

Tomorrow I have hockey and then I’m back to CrossFit on Friday.  I’ll find out what the WOD is tomorrow.  Hopefully it’s a good one and I can work hard.

Since the end of the Whole Life Challenge back on November 7, I haven’t been the greatest with my eating.  I enjoyed a few treats the first week after and then really wanted to stick to my new way of eating.  I felt good, had more energy and the scale was moving in the right direction. Last week was good since I had planned and shopped to eat clean/paleo, but this week I didn’t get to planning and didn’t shop to a menu and my week has been crap.  I’m eating too much of the wrong things…and feeling it.  I’m tired, hungry all the time, and my stomach has been a bit upset for the last 3 days.  I am definitely going to plan my menu and do a good grocery shop this weekend so next week I can be prepared for success. 
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Happy Hump Day!
How has your week been so far?  Are you on track with your workouts and meals?

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Catching Up

As seems to be the case lately, things have been busy with me, and my blog has suffered as a result.  Hopefully this post will catch things up, and I can keep on track from here.

So, what’s been up?

Last weekend I went to see Bon Jovi on Friday night with my hubby and kids, and then Saturday night with my girlfriends.  These were two VERY different concert experiences! Friday was good.  Hubs and the kids seemed to enjoy the show.  They liked the music, but they aren’t the same concert companions as my girls.  I actually sat in my seat for the first time ever at a Bon Jovi concert.  Saturday night was amazing!  The girls and I drank, danced and had the best time ever!  The music was awesome both nights, but the Saturday night experience was more what I’m used to!  The girls and I decided that at some point, we are going to see Bon Jovi in New Jersey and sit in the pit.  Hubs had a good point, that we should get on that soon, since we don’t really know how much longer Bon Jovi will be doing this…and we want to be up close and personal while he is still in his prime!

Last Saturday also marked the end of the Whole Life Challenge.  8 weeks of lifestyle challenges, diet restrictions, and workout requirements.  It was not always easy, but it was worth it.  At the end of the 8 weeks, I lost 8 lbs (I’ve actually lost 1 more since then), I lost 3.5 inches, and increased my workout by 14%.  All of that amounted to a 7th place finish at my CrossFit. (Not bad considering there were 167 people signed up for the challenge at my gym)  For my hard work, I was awarded with a $50 gift card to Eat Savage – a pre-order meal delivery service that offers freshly made, healthy and nutritious meals, snacks & wholesome desserts. A lot of their menu items are paleo and whole life challenge compliant.  I hope to make use of my certificate soon.  I also get an Eat Savage t-shirt that is supposed to arrive at the gym shortly.  My prize also included a $50 gift certificate to Nail Esthetics & Medical Spa by Rose. I’m not sure, but I think Rose may be one of the members at CrossFit Newmarket Central, who has offered up her services as one of the prizes.  I guess I will find out soon enough.  I think I will go for a pedicure and eye brow wax in the now too distant future!

I had three CrossFit workouts this past week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I am still absolutely loving CrossFit.  It is hard, I finish last most of the time, but I don’t care.  I friggin’ love it!  I’m actually thinking about how I can go more often.  I’ve got a membership that lets me go to 3 classes a week.  I would love to be able to go 5 times a week.  I just need to figure out how I can work it into my schedule.  I know I can get one more quite easily just by adding in a Saturday workout.  It’s the other weekday workout that will be challenging.  I’m pretty sure I could make it work.  It will just take lots of planning to make sure all of my home and family stuff doesn’t suffer because of it.  My membership is up for renewal at the middle of February, so I guess I have a few more months to figure it all out.

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Even though the Whole Life Challenge is over, I’m still trying to stick to the eating plan.  I have had a few treats  – Starbucks Chai Latte and Pizza! – but for the most part, I’m sticking to clean/paleo-ish eating.  Tonight’s dinner was a delicious recipe by Skinnytaste.comButternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas.  Oh…my….God!  These were AMAZING!!!  I made a double batch and I have leftovers for lunch for a few days…although I think my sister might come over and steal a few tomorrow!  Seriously delicious.
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I also did quite a bit of food prep for my week ahead.  We are going to eat well this week!  Here’s what the menu looks like:
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It’s not the clearest picture, so here’s what’s on tap:

Monday:   pulled pork in the crockpot
Tuesday:  Chipotle meatballs and cauliflower rice
Wednesday:   Taco salad
Thursday:  Spaghetti squash with homemade sauce
Friday:   Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Crockpot meal!)

I did quite a bit of food prep tonight too.  I made:
– sweet potato and spinach baked eggs (a variation of this recipe from Paleomg.com)
– sweet potato hash
– pork breakfast sausage (a variation of this recipe from the Healthy Gluten Free Life)
– baked acorn squash
– baked kabocha squash,
– freezer peanut butter cups (click here for the recipe from The Lean Green Bean)
– my leftover enchiladas are also in the pic below.

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Tomorrow I am back to the box…and it’s the Filthy Fifty to kick off the week!

filthy-fiftyWe did this WOD back in May, so I’m excited to see if I can get further into the WOD before the time cap.  I will let you know how it goes!

Now, It’s late and I need to go to bed.  Big workout tomorrow night that I need to be well rested for!  But first, I’m going to pop my freezer peanut butter cups out of the mini muffin tins and sample one before I go to bed.  Probably not the best idea to have a sweet treat right before bed…but I’ve got to try them.  They just look so good, I can’t wait until tomorrow to try one!

Here’s to a good week ahead!

Did you do any #SundayFoodPrep?
What’s on your menu for the week ahead?

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A Busy Sunday In the Kitchen

Holy Cow!  What a busy day I had.  I spent most of the day cooking…and it was awesome!

After a nice sleep in, I got up an made a delicious, Whole Life Challenge compliant brunch for the family.  I had seen a few recipes online for sweet potato hash that all sounded really good, so figured I would try one of them out.  I used this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.

The kids helped to turn the sweet potato into hash…using my new spiral slicer.  This thing is amazing!  In no time at all we had lovely shredded sweet potato.  I fried up some hot Italian sausage to go with the sweet potatoes and everyone had some over-easy eggs to round out the meal. 

photo (20)This was so good!  The hash was amazing.  I will definitely be making this again.

After brunch we went out and did a few errands, and then I got right down to Sunday Food Prep.  I was on fire!  I made:

  • Mexican meatballs – we will have these in some marinara sauce and served over pasta on Thursday night.  I will make zoodles for me and likely regular pasta for the rest of the gang.
  • Turkey breakfast sausage patties – I will take these to work with me for breakfast each day, and the kids have their eye on them too
  • Roasted a butternut squash – this will probably be used as a side dish for my lunches at work, and maybe even to snack on
  • Turkey Zucchini Burgers, tahini sauce, and cucumber tomato salsa – we are having this for dinner tomorrow and the kids are really looking forward to it.  We had these this summer and they were a huge hit.  I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch on Wednesday!
  • Hard boiled eggs – for snacks
  • Baked eggs wrapped in bacon – for breakfasts at work this week
  • Cut up veggies for everyone’s lunches this week – green peppers, celery and heirloom carrots – all from this week’s Harvest Share box
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I think we are going to eat very well this week!

I was going to make Wednesday night’s Orange Chicken, but it looks pretty quick, so I will just make it when I get home from work. 

Tonight for dinner we had a repeat of a Clean Eating magazine recipe that we like – Spaghetti Squash with Chicken and Pears.  This is really simple and quite tasty, and I have a leftover meal for lunch tomorrow.  Gotta love leftovers!  I forgot to take a picture of it, but did manage to get a shot of Jacko’s before he finished.  He has some parmesan cheese on his – which I did not have since dairy is one of the “not allowed” foods on the Whole Life Challenge. 

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So far the Whole Life Challenge has been going very well.  I’m not really tempted to eat anything I’m not supposed to, what I am eating is all tasting very good and keeping me satisfied, and I’m drinking lots of water.  I still have to do 10 minutes of activity and 10 minutes of mobility before I go to bed.  I’m hoping to do 5 minutes of kettlebell swings and 5 minutes of double under practice.  Then I’m going to spend some time with my foam roller and hit the sack. 

I’m back at the box tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to the WOD.  It is a repeat of one we did back in May – Nancy.  5 rounds for time, 400m run, 15 Overhead Squats.  Back in May, I used 35 lbs for the OHS and it took me 22:19.  I’m looking forward to seeing how I do tomorrow.  Hopefully there is some improvement – either in the weight I can lift, or in the time it takes to finish.  Fingers crossed!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here’s looking forward to a good week ahead!

Did you do any Sunday Food Prep?
What did you make? 

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The Friday Five

It’s the weekend again!  Gotta love a short work week!
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Let’s get right to this week’s Friday Five.

1.  The Whole Life Challenge starts tomorrow! 
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So, starting at midnight tonight I will be following some different food guidelines, doing some sort of work out every day, stretching every day, taking a fish oil supplement every day, and doing the weekly task every day.  This week’s task is to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water.  This task is a good one, since most day I know I don’t drink enough water. 

I’m looking forward to the diet changes the most.  I had a summer of poor eating and I’m looking forward to getting back to eating clean.  There are quite a few things that are on the “not allowed” list (whole grains, white rice, potatoes, most dairy, sugar, alcohol), but the list of things I can eat is really big and I’m pretty sure I will be able to create lots of healthy, tasty meals using these ingredients.  I’ve opted to do the Intermediate level.  Here’s a quick guideline of what’s allowed or not.  To see the full list, click here.  I’m pretty much allowed any meat or veg I like, as long as it doesn’t contain any added sugar or artificial ingredients.  Fruit is also allowed.  YUM!!!

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There is also a benchmark workout for the WLC as well.  I’ll cover that in tomorrow’s post! 

2.  I will be hitting my cookbooks, Clean Eating magazines, and all the recipes I have found online and put into my Pocket,  to find lots of delicious recipes that fit within the WLC food requirements.  I can’t wait to get back to meal planning, grocery shopping, food prep and cooking.  I did far to little of all of those things over the summer.  Seriously, I can’t wait to hit the couch with my iPad and cookbooks and start finding all sorts of delicious things to eat. 

Plan your meals ahead

3.  I can’t wait to use my birthday present from my family.  I got a Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Slicer
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I had seen if referred to on many blogs and I have wanted one for a while, When my birthday was approaching. I kept dropping hints to hubby, and like the great guy that he is, he got it for me!  I opened it this morning.  This came just in time for me to use for my Whole Life Challenge cooking and food prep.  Since pasta is a no go on the WLC program, I can’t wait to turn zucchini, sweet potatoes, and anything else I can think of, into awesome noodles. 

4.  I have a massage later this afternoon, and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!
My poor old bod is feeing it’s age these days.  I am putting it through quite a bit at CrossFit and it’s letting me know it’s not too happy about some of it.  I say too bad, body.  Suck it up.  I’m not quitting!
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5. Lisa, at She’s Losing It, nominated me for a WordPress Family Award.  If you don’t currently follow Lisa’s blog, be sure to go check it out.  She is amazing.  She has transformed herself from being 40lbs overweight to being a lean, mean, fitness model competitor.  I am in awe of her determination, workout ethic, and self control when it comes to diet.  I would love to have half of her levels of each. 

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I had never heard of this award before, but apparently it was created for bloggers who are part of the WordPress “family” and take the time to be supportive of other bloggers by giving positive feedback, answer questions and do so in a non-competitive way.

As with any award, there are a few rules to be followed:
1.  Display the award logo on your blog. DONE!
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you. DONE!
3.  Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. DONE!
4.  Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them. (I will have to do that later…I’ve run out of time now!)

My Nominations:

1.  Not the fat kid in gym class anymore
2.  Crazy, Sweaty Mommy
3.  Chasing the Top
4.  Little Runner Girl
5.  Mommy Go Run
6.  Taylor Made it Paleo
7.  No Longer Working On It
8.  Losing 50 Laps
9.  Veggie Bento Love
10.  Healthier, Happier, More Fit Me (this one really is family…it’s my sister’s blog!)

Phew!  That was a long post!

I hope you all have a great weekend.
Got any big plans?
Anyone doing the Whole Life Challenge?

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The Friday Five

This may be my favourite Friday of the whole year so far.  Why?  Because as of today I am on vacation for a week and we are heading to the cottage for the entire time!  I can’t wait to pack up the cars (yes, likely taking 2 cars since we have so much stuff and the kids want to ride in the Miata!) and hit the road!.

But, before then, I’ve got half a day of work, one CrossFit workout and this post to write!  Let’s get to it.

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1.  I am addicted to this song – I Remember You, by Queens of DogTown.  Every day this week I have been listening to this song on repeat on my drive home, just cranked, and singing at the top of my lungs.  I just can’t get enough of it.  I always liked the original Skid Row version, as I am a huge Sebastian Bach fan (ever since he was on Gilmore Girls!).  Then the song was featured on Californication as a cover sung by Hank’s daughter’s band.  I downloaded the soundtrack that night and have loved it ever since.  But this week, I just can’t seem to get enough of it.  Love, Love, Love.

Love this song.

2.  I joined the Whole Life Challenge. 
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This is a worldwide challenge that runs from September 7th to November 1st.  I’m still not exactly sure what is involved, but I know there is a certain diet to follow, workouts to do, tasks to complete, and measurements to be taken.  I have been curious about the Paleo diet and knew that I needed to become more focused on my diet to see better results at the gym.  This challenge came along at just the right time.  My Box is participating and I have joined their team.  I’m hoping that the motivation and encouragement I get during my WOD’s will also transfer over to this challenge.  I’ve got 35 days to figure it all out and psych myself up.

3. The AirDyne really is Satan’s Tricycle!
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My Box recently purchased 4 of these bad boys and have been working them in to quite a few WODs lately.  This is one tough machine. Last night’s WOD had 6 rounds of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off….and it was hell!  They have also started monthly challenges at the Box.  This month’s is 5 min max cals on the AirDyne.  We get entered into a monthly draw for a proshop gift card for each time we complete the challenge and the best men’s and women’s scores also get a prize.  I may skip this month’s challenge since I’m not sure I could do 5 whole minutes.  30 secs on 30 secs off just about killed me last night!

4.  I need to get back to planning my meals and eating clean.  Things have been so hectic this summer that my meal planning and food prep has really suffered.  Hopefully now that ball hockey is finished and things are settling down a bit, I can get back to it.  I should use August to try and get ready for the Whole Life Challenge because that has a whole list of food restrictions – no grains or starchy carbs, no dairy, no sugar or sweeteners, no alcohol, soda or juice, no artificial ingredients or processed foods, – and I really should try to cut back on those things now, so I don’t need to go cold turkey September 7th.
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5.  I will try to post while on vacation…but they might just be quick posts of awesome cottage shots like these!

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I will be missing a week of CrossFit while I’m up at the cottage, but I will be bringing my kettlebells and my sister and I will be doing a few swing workouts next week.  I’d also like to get a few walks around the point in, just to help make sure I get some exercise in between the Corona’s and s’mores!

Hope you all have a great weekend.  It’s a long weekend for us here in Canada…and it blends right into my vacation.  I can’t wait to get up there!

Happy Friday!
Got any big plans for you regular or long weekend?

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Feeling Tough….and Tired

Tonight I was back to the Box for another WOD.  Tonight was “Nasty Girls”.  No idea why this WOD is called this, but this is what it entails:

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I can’t do a muscle up yet (not even close!), so I had to scale the WOD.  Since I also can’t do an unassisted pull-up yet, I did the Level 3 scale, and subbed 14 pull-ups and 14 ring dips for the 7 muscle ups.  Although they were scaled, the pull-ups and ring dips were still hard.  I used a green band for the pull-ups and purple for the ring dips.  I really need to get started on my pull-up practicing as I am not making much progress on my goal to do an unassisted pull-up by the end of the summer.  I have to find the program I printed out and then actually do it!

For the hang power cleans, I didn’t do Rx, but I did make an improvement on my weight.  Last time I did them, I used 55lbs. Tonight I was able to clean 65lbs.  Still not Rx, but getting closer.  I had good form and managed to do 10 good hang power cleans each round.  They were challenging, but I managed, so that is progress!

All in all, it was a good night at the Box.  My time for the Nasty Girls WOD was 20:45.  Lots of room for improvement, but I’m feeling good about improving my clean weight and I’m feeling a little on the tough side with the crazy ass callouses I have on my hands:

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I’m happy to only have callouses and not have any rips from the pull-ups. 

Before I went to CrossFit, I enjoyed another Paleo dinner.  Tonight we had “Rockin’ Moroccan Chicken”.  This was another easy to prepare and super tasty dish.  The cinnamon gave it quite an interesting flavour.  I ended up adding in more chicken stock than the recipe called for, since the 1/4 cup it called for seemed to dry out quickly.  I probably added another 1/2 cup or so, in a few stages, and there still wasn’t all that much “sauce” in the pan.  Regardless, it was a tasty dinner and I have a serving left for lunch tomorrow at work.  Love, Love, Love Leftovers!
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Tomorrow is my golf night.  I tee off at 5:30 and will be going out with my scramble team for a practice round before our Chapter Championships on Sunday.  Hopefully the weather cooperates and we have a lovely night on the course.  Hopefully my golf cooperates and I play well.  Send positive vibes, please!

Now, it’s late, I’m tired, and I need to go to bed. 

How was your Monday? 
Did you get a good workout in?
Ever done “Nasty Girls”? 

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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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I Did It!

I went for a run today! As I had planned, I ran home from my son’s hockey game this morning. I wasn’t expecting much out of this run, I just wanted to get it done.

I have to admit, this was not an easy run. During the first kilometre I was having an internal conversation with myself. Here are some of the things that I was saying to myself during that first, horrible kilometre:

  • Why do you do this to yourself?
  • This half marathon is a very bad idea…you will not be ready in time.
  • You can just go get the race kit and skip the actual race.
  • Running SUCKS!
  • You might be able to tell…I didn’t much enjoy that first kilometre! But after that, it did improve slightly. My thoughts were still not the most positive, but I started to think I actually might make it all the way home! In the end, it took me 37:46 to run 5.14km.

    The run broke down like this:

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    Km 4 was a rough one, with an uphill climb so I allowed myself to walk the hill, which made for a pretty bad pace, but I’m pretty happy with the 3rd km….that is race pace for me! Overall, although I did not break any land-speed records, and I was not able to run the whole 5k, I was pretty happy with my run. It didn’t suck as much as I thought it would!

    I wore my Polar heart rate monitor for the run. I’m not exactly sure what my target heart rate is supposed to be, but I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be as high as mine was during the run. Also, there were no fat burning minutes, which is a first for me while wearing the HRM. I was impressed that both my HRM and Run Keeper both had the same calorie burn (although I forgot to start my HRM right away so the times don’t exactly match).

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    I was smiling at the end of the run, which is a good thing I guess! I’m not sure if I’m smiling because I was happy with the run, or if I’m just happy it was over!

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    The rest of my day was spent watching my other son’s hockey game, shopping for some workout clothes, and making another new Clean Eating recipe. Tonight I made Pork Chops with Peppers, Onions, and Olives. This recipe was easy and quite good. It also made enough for a couple of leftover meals!

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    Tomorrow I’ve got kid’s hockey at 9am and again at 2:15pm. The plan is to go for another run between hockey games. I also need to do meal and snack planning for the week. My workouts are already planned with 3 CrossFit classes, 2 hockey games, and at least 2 runs.

    I better get to bed so I’m ready to get up and cheer at hockey. We need to win to guarantee we make championship weekend.

    Goodnight, all. Hope your Saturday was a good one.
    Did you run today? How did it go?

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