Eat light, lift heavy

18 Nov
Top- 3 months ago, Bottom- 11/16/13 (-17lbs)

Top- 3 months ago, Bottom- 11/16/13 (-17lbs)

“Don’t rush. Be patient with your progress. Fitness is a quest, a never ending journey and a gift we give ourselves. Don’t compare your gift and many blessings to those of others. Be grateful for your progress and you’ll find you wont have time to envy the progress of others.

Those who sprint the first miles of a marathon quickly lose pace. Those who distract themselves by looking over their shoulder at the other runners only fall out of stride and miss the beautiful view in front of them. Take your time. Your patience is a virtue”

-Chalene Johnson 

Dear 17 pounds, you will not be missed! For about 6 months my workout schedule has stayed the same (Crossfit 5 times a week) and was not seeing any changes on the scale so I knew something had to change.  Around two months ago I started focusing on what I eat for weight loss and that is when I started seeing results. I guess what they say is right; 70% diet 30% exercise! So in the picture above I have lost 17 pounds.

***On this blog I try to be as relatable and honest as possible, but when it comes to posting my weight I feel like it doesn’t help anyone. Everyone loses weight differently so when I see someone’s before and after picture and it shows their weight, I immediately compare myself to them (a habit I continually work on to quit). And that isn’t healthy for anyone’s weight loss journey or self esteem.

Losing this much has made me try harder in everything I do. This has motivated me to be the best ‘self’ that I can be. This will continually be a journey for me and I sure as hell know that it wont be easy. But this time is different; I’m happy with my eating, exercise, and where my life is going. For once, I feel like I have control over me since my parents got divorced. Two years ago I felt like my life was over and  that nothing would ever be good again. I would smoke and take pills to mask the pain and when that wouldn’t work eating and sleeping would seem to do the trick. Then in June of 2013 I started taking back control and got into CrossFit. My Dad told me “Working out is the one thing nobody can take away from you. You are in control”. And I have realized that I am in control; I am stronger than I think.

back squat

In my Olympic Lifting class, we got to try to find our new 1 rep max back squat. From a previous post I had said that my previous max was 145#….well my new max is 185#. Crazy, huh!? My coach, my friend, and I were smiling from ear to ear; we could not believe that this was my new PR! I attempted 195# but wasn’t able to do it. My new goal for next month will be 200#! It’s bold but why not, right?

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Week Recap

10 Nov

Wow, this week been hectic! I’ve been so busy with school, taking care of a sick dog, and keeping up with CrossFit. In Oly we’ve been doing the Smolov Squat Routine but modified due to how many times we meet a week. When beginning this Routine we found out what our max back squat was. On that day, my max one rep back squat was #145. Personally, I knew that I could go way heavier but mind f*#%ed myself out of squatting anymore. Does this happen to anyone else?

As the Squat Routine progresses, I’m testing my limits and learning that I am stronger than I think. Above is a video when we did 8 sets of 4 reps which I did at #130 (and my one rep max was #145). Yep, makes no sense at all. In another week we will find out what our new one rep max will be and I’m curious to see how far I can push it.

Lifters

There was a 40% off coupon at Reebok Outlet stores floating around the internet so I figured it was a calling from the Olympic Lifting gods. It was time for me to get a pair of Reebok Lifters. They are Uform so I was able to put them in the oven for a custom fit. I wore them for the first time during an all lifting WOD and they felt pretty different, seeing as I have never tried lifting in anything but my Nanos or Vibrams. But damn I love the sound of these shoes slamming on the wood paneling when doing a snatch.

I’ll end this post with a little bit of Paleo food porn…

Paleo Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes

Apples with Almond butter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Fight For It!

4 Nov

8 months into CrossFit and I have done my first RX’d WOD! Now I know what having a high from exercise feels like! There are still many movements in a WOD that I cannot do (rope climb, kipping pull-ups, etc.) but I have come far in other things too. For the strength WOD (SWOD) I instead did  four power cleans every minute on the minute (EMOM) for 6 minutes at #95. Here is the WOD I did prescribed:

WOD For my time I got 10:48. Did I get first? No. But I did my personal best and was extremely proud of myself for the first time in a long time. Since it was a HalloWOD, we got a trick! We had to do a second workout. WOD #2 was 21-15-9 of 20lb wall balls and sit ups (Time=4:05). It was a great workout and always amazes me how my day is so much better by going to ‘the Box’.

“Suddenly, it didn’t matter that I was the weakest person in the room. I was stronger than I’d been the week before”

After working out I went out as Han Solo for the night. Hope you all had a great HalloWOD/Halloween!
Halloween

When Hunger Strikes…

30 Oct

So I just got done with my 24 Day Paleo Challenge and am glad to say I have completed it! I’ve actually learned a lot about foods, eating, and what kind of diet fits me best. I have just incorporated some carbs into my diet and have been feeling hungrier than usual. I didn’t realize how much protein I was eating until I added carbs in my meals. After about an hour after eating a bagel I was hungry again, so water is my best friend when hunger strikes. I have been looking into different types of eating plans and have come across IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). It bases your diet on your macro nutrient consumption. Have any of you CrossFit people tried this? Do you prefer this more than eating Paleo or eating clean? There are pros and cons of IIFYM and the Paleolithic diet and I’m curious to see who prefers which.

Carbs after the Challenge was done. Of course the first thing this Jewish girl had was a bagel and cream cheese! Oy vey.

Carbs after the Challenge was done. Of course the first thing this Jewish girl had was a bagel and cream cheese! Oy vey.

My Challenge Results:

  • -7 pounds
  • -2.7% body fat
  • +1.31% muscle

I also found a new Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that is soo good. These cookies are called The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever. And take it from me, the title doesn’t lie! It’s quick and most of the ingredients you will already have in your kitchen (for all you paleo chefs). From a personal preference, I would also advise to put less salt than the recipe says. Hope these are a hit in your household like they were in mine! Get the recipe here.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked

My Latest GAINS

26 Oct
Above are my friend, Jackie's awesome Reebok Lifters. Below are my Vibrams that I have recently been lifting in.

Above are my friend, Jackie’s awesome Reebok Lifters. Below are my Vibrams that I have recently been lifting in.

Life has been kind of hectic these past weeks, so my time to blog has been nonexistent. BUT with midterms taking over my time, I have actually made it to crossfit (which I think has helped my sanity). In one of my past posts I told you guys that I was starting an Oly class. I have been going most every Tuesday and Friday and I am in love with lifting. It is so much more than lifting up heavy weights, it’s mental as well. Lifting weights has helped my WODs; almost to RX! Since I’ve started, here are my latest gains…

In two weeks:

  • I went from a 75lb snatch to an 85lb snatch
  • A 1 rep clean of 105lb to a 1 rep hang clean of 115lb
  • A 1 max back squat of 145lb to a 2 rep back squat of 155lb

Oh yeah, did I mention I got a tattoo hours before Oly class when I hit 2 PRs?!

New tattoo before Oly!

New tattoo before Oly!

24 Day Challenge Update:

So, eating paleo has been progressively getting easier to fit in my daily life. I have enjoyed the process but give major credit to anyone who eats completely paleo 24/7.  When the challenge first started I felt dizzy at times and felt like what I was eating wasn’t enough. For me, eating needs to be a happy balance. After the challenge is over I think I will eat paleo-ish. Meaning that I will eat mostly paleo but will be adding in some carbs. What I do enjoy about the caveman diet is paleo baking (like you couldn’t tell from my past posts). I have never really enjoyed baking until I had taken up the paleolithic diet.

Weighing in on Monday so wish me luck!

Pre-Workout sweet potato and bacon! Potatoes for PRs!

Pre-Oly class sweet potato and bacon! Potatoes for PRs!

Post WOD fun

14 Oct

After a WOD, we don’t always take things too seriously….

Since I’ve been focusing on weightlifting, I have been stiff as a board. One thing that I really need to start working on is mobilization. It seems like my back is always hurting and my legs are always sore. Something that I thought would be a useful App would be a Mobilization App. I named it ‘Mobility WOD’. It shows you all the different body parts–you click which body part needs work and the App will give you mobility exercises. I think that this app would be useful for many CrossFit athletes because I think it’s something that we all need more of. With more body mobility we are less likely for injury, more flexible, and less sore post WOD.

Home screen for Mobility Wod

Home screen for Mobility Wod

 

Having a Twitter to share Mobility Workouts that others have done and want to share

Having a Twitter to share Mobility Workouts that others have done and want to share

OMG, that’s paleo?!

8 Oct

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

So it has now been a week into my 24 Day Challenge and has been surprisingly difficult. I think I’m just now realizing how lenient I was with my paleo diet. I’m now looking at every nutrition label and asking waiters what is in EVERYTHING. It’s not easy watching everyone around you eat what you would want to be eating. Especially when it’s usually those disgusting people that can eat whatever they want and not seem to gain a pound. I have found out that it is a constant battle to keep my taste-buds interested. Eating so many boiled eggs and sweet potatoes have had me craving everything in the book. So to counteract this I have started looking up multiple paleo recipes from different websites. A few websites that I have been cooking paleo from are nomnompaleo and paleomg.

Since it’s October, I overdose on pumpkin everything. So it’s no surprise that my latest obsession has been these paleo pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! These muffins are just the right amount of moist that they could easily be mistaken as a cupcake (and taste just as sinful)! They were a hit with my whole family and I’ve already made them twice due to my boyfriend eating three of them a day. Luckily with this recipe I had most of the ingredients. Hope you enjoy the recipe from paleomg!

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract
  • In another bowl, mix together coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, powdered ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners—use an ice cream scoop to one scoop of batter per muffin
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes