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An Unwanted Mini-Vacation

17 Apr

I think I have the worst luck/immune system. Ever.

For a few weeks I would get random fevers that would go away within a few hours. Then this past week, boom. It hit me like a brick wall. I wasn’t able to breathe due to swollen tonsils and glands. My fever was at 102. And I was having awful side pains. I have mono. I go to the ER because I literally feel like death. I got a sonogram of my spleen and it was enlarged (why it was hurting so bad). Since my spleen is so enlarged, it’s easy to rupture if I’m doing high impact activities. And apparently rupturing your spleen is serious shit.

Of course the doctor asks, “Do you do any sports?” I cringe because I have a partner CrossFit competition on May 10th. The doctor informs me that I can’t be working out for six weeks with mono. My heart sinks and I’m fighting back not bawling like a baby. I should be thinking about my health, how I need to rest, how I’m just going to sleep for six weeks. But that’s the last thing on my mind.

I have some glimmer of hope when I have a follow up appointment with my family physician. I told him about my competition, asking if there was anyway I could still do it. He said at the end of April I should get another sonogram. If my spleen is back to normal size, then I am able to compete. Hallelujah. But, he said feeling tired and lethargic can last for a few months after I’m cleared from mono.

While fighting this virus, my diet has gone to shit. My daily schedule: Drink tea, eat ice cream, nap, repeat. Ice cream was the only thing that would give me some sort of relief for my sore throat, but, at the same time I freaked out about gaining weight. After avoiding the scale for a few days, I finally decide to step on and face reality. To my surprise, I have lost weight. Yet I am still worried about losing muscle and coming back to the box and not being able to do anything again. I’d start back at the beginning.

This kind of thinking has mind fucked me into a mopey, self-pity party. But I have to look at how far I’ve come, and how far I will continue to go. This time a year ago, working out 6 times a week was taboo for me. Doing my bi-weekly, one hour of elliptical was what was going to get me to lose weight. Oh, how times have changed.

On the left was my junior year of high school, still not at my heaviest. On the right was this month -35 pounds down.

On the left was my junior year of high school, still not at my heaviest. On the right was this month -30 pounds down.

 

On the left was about 8 months ago, fresh into CrossFit. On the right is this month.

On the left was about 8 months ago, fresh into CrossFit. On the right is this month.

Now I’m more concerned about accomplishing goals of lifting weights, and doing movements that I still can’t get at the gym. I’m more concerned about keeping on muscle than worrying about my thighs not touching. I’m more concerned about being better than I was the day before.

Slowly but surely I am getting better as the days progress. And it’s just my luck that I have finals this month.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Super Hero Challenge

16 Mar

Snatch

I’ve been working out now more than ever. I’ve been having so much stress in school and my personal life– the only thing that gives me some sort of peace is the gym. It has been paying off, too! I’m starting to get kipping hand stand push ups, getting more double-unders in a row, and RX’ing more of the work outs. The only thing that has not improved is my weight. I’m trying to be that person that says “don’t worry about the scale”, but it’s harder than I thought. My numbers on the scale keep going up and I think it’s adding to my stress.

So I wanted to find something to kick-start my healthy eating habits again! I follow Emily Schromm on Instagram (emilymtv) and she has a program called 21 Day Super Hero Challenge. Some of the girls from my gym and I have decided to do this challenge together! For me, it’s always easier to surround myself with people who eat healthy or eat the same as I do; and I’m lucky that most of my friends do! The challenge entails 21 days of eating paleo, while earning points for: working out/mobilizing, taking fish oils, no alcohol, etc.

-30lb difference

-30lb difference

I have already come so far in my weight loss journey. I’m excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of being at my goal weight. What is also exciting is to see an increase of weight in my lifts and never being satisfied with your current personal best. This Challenge is going to be my push to get back on the horse and have a ‘clean slate’ with my diet.

I will be doing a weekly update of the Challenge

Recipes for the Week!

15 Jan

School started this week and I’m less than thrilled. Lounging around the house and going to the gym when I please is such a luxury. Since I’ve been in and out of a back injury I decided to take an entire week off of working out to heal. So far, I haven’t been to the gym in three days and it’s driving me bonkers. I still go on my Box’s website each morning to look at the WOD, pathetic I know. But I miss the sound of weights dropping, the texture of chalk, and the people that I call my Cross Fit family.

So to distract myself, I’ve been cooking a lot. I’ve been making some food out of my new cook book, Primal Cravings, that I got for Christmas. And also testing out some new recipes from the always great paleOMG. Making all of my meals will hopefully balance out my lack of working out. My weight-loss has been at a bit of a stand still, so not being able to hit the gym sucks that much more.

lemon poppy muffins

These muffins are the bomb-dot-com. By far my favorite thing I’ve made this week! Even my picky boyfriend is addicted to them.

(Recipe from paleOMG)

gluten free pesto

This is a great, quick, meal that tastes amazing. Homemade pesto, gluten-free noodles, frozen shrimp and voila!

(Pesto recipe from All Recipes— did not use cheese in the pesto)

pizza casserole

This pizza casserole is definitely a crowd pleaser! Added some feta cheese for extra flavor.

(Recipe from paleOMG)

ham and eggs

These are the perfect on-the-go breakfast ‘muffins’! There are a lot of ways to mix them up and make them your own. Next time I think I’m going to add ground Italian Sausage!

(Recipe from Primal Cravings cookbook)

Did you hear? It’s a new year!

3 Jan

Resolutions

Welcome, 2014! Wow am I ready for a fresh start in this new year. Not gonna lie, December has been a month of ups and downs for me. For half of the month I ate pretty healthy with little to no “cheats”. But towards Christmas I started to fall back into my bad eating habits and beer. Lots of beer. I was at my Dad’s house most of the time and did not cook as much as I should have (Note to self: don’t let Dad make his delicious cookies when I come over). I kept telling myself, “On New Years day I will start eating healthy again”. Those are dangerous words! It is so much easier to gain weight than to lose weight and I learned that the hard way. I put on about 4 pounds in December but I’m not letting it get me down. I have come too far and am not in the same mind set I was this time last year.

For Christmas I got a few goodies from my love! I got a few ROGUE clothes and a NutriBullet! I was stoked to get the Bullet because I haven’t had a food processor/blender in years. I have already made a green smoothie and homemade pesto!

 

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Post work out cuteness. Just showing my love for this green smoothie.

So it’s time to establish my 2014 Resolutions. But for me, these are promises that I’m making to myself. Promises that I will hold myself accountable for.

  • Of course I have weight loss goals, but I also have lifting goals. By March, I want to be able to back squat 200lbs and front squat 185lbs
  • I am going to do more things that make me happy
  • I will save more money (this will be a tough one)
  • I am going to volunteer more at my local dog shelter
  • By this time next year I am going to graduate Texas State University

Basically, I want to make 2014 my b*tch. I want to be proud of what I accomplished and not pray that the next year will get better because of previous downfalls. 2013 has been a roller-coaster, lets see what this year has in store.

“It always seems impossible until it is done”

-Nelson Mandela 

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?

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!

24 Day Challenge

1 Oct

October Challenge

So today marks the first day of the 24 Day Challenge I’m doing with a few people at my box! Some of us are doing the Advocare Challenge and some are just doing strict paleo for twenty four days; I will be doing paleo. Whoever loses the most body fat (percentage) wins. I just put in my weight, measurements, and percentages and I’m excited to ‘drop a pumpkin’. The leader of the challenge sent us a message today to get in our last cheat meal before tomorrow and I happily obliged. My boyfriend and I went to our favorite burger place and I had a burger and fries for time. So after we got back I prepped for the week; cutting up chicken and packing it and also making quinoa for a few meals.

I feel like this wont be too difficult because I’ll have a few others doing this with me! But this will also be more fun because there will be a prizes to whoever wins! So not only will you lose weight but you will get a canister of Advocare Spark Pre-workout, a speed rope, $25 Jason’s Deli gift card, and a paleo cook book. I’m usually not one to be competitive but this prize is right up my ally! We also have a team name for our challenge; Team Bacon.

Killer WODFOAM ROLLER, STAT! I did this WOD Sunday and my body is still so sore. I did 25lb kettle bell swings and 75lb front squats. My glutes and quads are still feeling every minute of it. I was not able to WOD today because of the soreness, but probably should have gone due to the amazing cheat meal. Today I’m going to my first Oly Lifting class at my box and I’m beyond excited. As my time at CrossFit progresses I am growing to love olympic lifting. It tests me mentally and physically and I love the feeling of hitting a PR. Lifting weights has also given me more definition which is always a plus.