Crossfit games 2013 – amazing!

I’ve been doing Crossfit for almost 3 months and it’s safe to say that I’m absolutely addicted to it.  I enjoy it so much that when my daughter turned 6 this past Monday I was debating whether I’d have time to squeeze in a workout and knew I’d feel a little bad for missing a WOD. But we celebrated all evening so I never made it. 
With my new love for Crossfit I knew that I had to watch the Crossfit games.

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Watching the athletes was so inspiring and mind blowing to think just how strong they are.
What I loved the most?! Watching Rich Froning (who finished 1st) complete the WODs and then go back to motivate and push the other athletes to finish strong.  Crossfit is the only sport where competitors cheer each other on.

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Loved watching every event.  One day I’ll watch the games live.

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Work, Crossfit and COOKIES (Almond butter dark chocolate chip cookies.. to be exact!)

Yet again, work is kicking my butt!  It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and my nephew’s 3rd birthday party, and yet here I am, at home.. WORKING! 😦

WAH!! Ok ok.. suck it up, buttercup, right?  Plus a little extra $$$ never hurt anyone.

Fingers crossed that today is the last weekend of work, at least until the end of August.  

What’s been going on in my little world?

Well, Crossfit is going really well still.  Only able to make it to 4 classes/week, but hoping I can get back to 5 classes/week.  This past Monday we were introduced to Good Mornings.  And I definitely felt them in my legs the next couple days.  My shoulder is feeling better and I’m able to do pull ups again, YAY!!  I still need to push myself outside that comfort zone a little more.  I’d like to set a goal of doing a muscle-up before my birthday (Sept) but I’m a little hesitant because it looks like such a hard move.  This morning’s WOD was a partner workout, and between the 2 of us we had to complete:

200 wall balls

100 push ups

200 box jumps

100 overhead med ball walking lunges

It was a tough one but it was a great way to start a Saturday.

This past week I also came across an awesome cookie recipe.

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Almond butter Dark Chocolate Chip cookies (Adapted from Amee’s Savory Dish)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Oil baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
3. Stir together first 7 ingredients. Mix well. Make sure honey is fully incorporated.
4. Add coconut and chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
5. Scoop with a cookie scoop onto cookie sheets. Bake 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yield: about 20 cookies with a level 2 Tbsp. cookie scoop
 
I found that letting them bake for less time (9 minutes) yielded moister cookies.  I left one batch in for 12 minutes and they definitely came out slightly darker and not as fluffy/moist.
 
These are amazingly good cookies and so easy and quick to make.  Definitely my go to cookie recipe.  I brought them into work and everyone loves them and can’t believe there’s no flour in the recipe!
 
So back to my goal of eating better.. the slight modifications I wanted to make to my eating haven’t been happening, specifically staying away from hashbrowns for breakfast.  I find that when I’m stressed out, I want to munch on those comfort foods.  So I had alot of hashbrowns this week.  Not an excessive amount, but definitely enough to keep me from my goals.  Must get back on track!!  
 
And must get back to work.
So far 3.5 hours into this OT shift.
Hoping it won’t last much longer so that I can enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Five Things Friday

Sorry for the lack of posts.. work has been kicking my butt!!

Here’s this weeks Five Things:

  1. Clean eating update – it’s slightly better, I’m making more effort to stay on track, but I’m still not where I want to be.  This week I only cooked one meal, so lunches haven’t been great, actually same with dinners too.  As soon as I’m done writing this post, I’m writing up a meal plan for next week, along with a grocery list.
  2. You know the person that falls asleep on the bus?  Yeah, that was me on Wednesday.  My coworker has been teasing me, telling me that a fellow bus passenger most likely took my picture and my picture can be found online.. hehe.. hoping my mouth wasn’t wide open! eek!!
  3. Work is kicking my butt.  And there really is no sign of slowing down until the end of August 😦  I’m pretty much working overtime every weekend and suspect that I will be working from home during the week as well.
  4. With all the work that is coming up and the likelihood of working extra hours in the evenings, I’m going to have to figure out what to do about my Crossfit classes.  I’m hoping I can sign up for some 6am classes, just so that I can work in the evenings and still have time for the kids and other household items on my to-do list.
  5. Crossfit is going really well, getting stronger each class and learning to not be so afraid of failure.  It’s actually a really good feeling to try a weight so heavy that you need to drop it.  At least I tried right?

The kiddies are itching to go out today but unfortunately I’m doing a bit of work right now. Thought I would squeeze in a post as well.  Summer weather is nice and hot.. some really humid days but I’m enjoying every day… in a few months, weather will start to cool down.  then.. you know.. winter 😦

Five Things Friday

It’s hard to believe it’s already Friday.  Didn’t look forward as much to this Friday though, due to the fact that I’ll be working a bit on Saturday and Sunday morning.  So what’s up for today’s Five Things Friday?

  1. I reached my goal of squatting (back squat) my body weight.  Today I hit my PR of 115lbs (3 reps).  It’s such a great feeling, considering last week when we did back squats I wasn’t feel well and managed to do 100lbs.  Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% I was still disappointed that I couldn’t increase in weight.  But YAY for today!
  2. My shoulder/neck is still causing a bit of pain.  I went for a massage this morning and she really worked on my back/shoulders and I do feel like she loosened up my muscles, but I still couldn’t do any pullups at Crossfit 😦
  3. My eating this week has been pretty good.  That is until lunch time today 😦  I love going out for lunch, especially on a Friday.  Today I decided to join my coworkers for lunch.  I had already eaten my lunch at my desk (quinoa, beans and grilled beef) and was feeling like having a bit more protein.  The guys decided to go to Shannon’s Irish Pub, which meant whatever I did end up having wasn’t going to be very “clean”.  It was SO tempting to order the fish and chips, but I knew I would have felt very bad afterwards.  I decided on the chicken fingers and fries.  I ate all 3 chicken fingers and munched on a small portion of fries.  Definitely not a wise-decision but I just didn’t want to feel left out at the lunch table.  Bad bad Jocelyn!  giving into social eating… must get better at that.
  4. Weather is scorching hot over here.  We’ve been hovering in the high 20s for the past couple of weeks.  Everyone at Crossfit is dripped in sweat with the high humidity.  We really need it to rain to get rid of the humidity in the air.
  5. I’ve enjoyed getting into shape and changing my physique. Even though I haven’t been watching my meals closely, I found my pants a bit on the looser side today.  A good thing and a bad thing actually.  Bad only because now I need to go shop (and spend $$) on new dress pants.  And actually I did try to shop for new pants while in Minneapolis last week, but actually found it very frustrating because alot of the stores carry size 2 as their smallest size, but even that was too loose for me.  I know.. not a problem I should be complaining about.  I’ll stop now.

After Crossfit, I pulled the kiddies in the wagon to the ice cream shop (15 min walk) and back.  So tired now.  Must get to bed so that I have energy for tomorrow’s 9am WOD.

No better time than now..

To write this post.
Since I’m currently locked out of the house.
I completely forgot my parents had a doctors appointment this afternoon. So I left work early and realize that no one is at the house and the storm door in the front is also locked so I can’t even use my keys to get in. And so here I am waiting patiently for my parents and the kids to return. I’m glad that weather wise the sun is shining and there’s not a single rain cloud the sky thank goodness because I wouldn’t be very happy if I had to sit on the doorstep in the rain getting wet.
So how did my day go? After deciding on my next goal last night I really wanted to stay focused today and it definitely wasn’t easy. As soon as I got to work I already started thinking about picking up breakfast at the cafeteria. I was already thinking that it would be okay if I just started tomorrow. Why not enjoy one last plate of hash browns or a couple more cookies. But then I realized that if I were to have hash browns and cookies then my goal would be harder to reach only because I was already finding excuses to indulge. So I had my breakfast eggs with spinach and I still had my coffee with French Vanilla creamer but there were no hash browns and there were no cookies. And as I mentioned in my last post I also took a picture of myself this morning. And I have to admit that I’m not really impressed with what I saw. But I should have expected what I saw only because I know that I haven’t been watching what I’ve been eating ever since I started CrossFit. Again its not that I was eating a lot of junk food but I definitely wasn’t eating as clean as I should have. And really that’s okay it’s not the end of the world it’s just time for me to get focused now and really think about what I’m putting in my mouth. So here is the picture and what I will be comparing my progress to for the next couple of months:

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So what is my plan of attack? Here are a few things that I want to focus on right now:
1. Cut out the hashbrowns and cookies
2. Start snacking on cottage cheese w fruit (realized I hadn’t bought cottage cheese in over a month!)
3. Start running again.
4. More meal prep and eating a packed lunch.

I think that’s about it for now. I don’t want to take on too much too soon although I know that these minor changes should be fairly easy to make. So we’ll see how things go and I’ll make sure to report on my progress and take regular pictures. Oh and one other thing that I want to focus on is just cutting back on my sugar intake in general. I still don’t think I’m having a lot of sugar but I’m sure the little sugary snacks I have been enjoying add up the end of the day.

Thinking about my next goal

For the past few days I’ve started thinking about my next goal. And one thing comes to mind is really working hard towards defining my abs and maybe even sport a 6-pack. And I know that this will take more focus and determination with keeping my meals clean. This just seems like TOO big of a goal, perhaps even bigger than my pull up goal. I know I have a good foundation and starting point with my clean eating, I just need to be consistent. Wish me luck.
I’ll start off by taking a picture of my starting point tomorrow.

Goal date: September 7th – the day I turn 34!

Taking care of an injury…

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Followings Saturday’s CrossFit class I started to feel a bit of pain in my shoulder and neck area. I didn’t feel any pain during the class but I suspect the injury happened during the push press sets. The pain continued into the evening and unfortunately was still there during today’s CrossFit class which meant I couldn’t do the ring pull ups which was very frustrating as well. On a more positive note aside from the shoulder and neck pain I did reach a personal record with my front squats and my dead lifts. I managed to front squat 100 pounds and deadlift 175 pounds. Yay!!

And so now I’m applying some heat to the area and hoping that it will help make it feel better because I really want to be able to do all the exercises at CrossFit for the remainder of the week. We’ll see how things go, I’m trying not to get too frustrated and I know that injuries do happen and the best thing to do is to take it easy and just give it time to heal. We’ll see how that goes.

I came back to a hectic day at work but I enjoy the hustle and bustle. I’ve always work better under pressure.

And one last thing I think I cracked a tooth or lost a filling. One of my molars is causing me extreme discomfort. I suspect I will need to make an emergency visit to the dentist. And just my luck I decided to opt out of my work dental benefit plan this year so hopefully no major dental work is required. Its so uncomfortable it actually hurts to run and jump around.

Sorry for another random post hopefully I can get back more focused posts.

Ooh actually one last thing I wanted to mention. While in Minneapolis we went to Trader Joe’s and picked up a couple jars of cookie butter. I’ve heard that cookie butter is extremely addictive and delicious so I cannot wait to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it taste.

Five things Friday

I’m jumping on the five things Friday bandwagon.
Here goes:
1. This week is my vacation week at work. Hubby and I decided to take the kids to Minneapolis for a few days. We left early Monday morning and got back Thursday night. We checked out the Minnesota zoo and Nickelodeon Universe. It was definitely tough with two kids, and a challenge to keep them entertained and content. The heat and humidity didn’t make things easier. But it was a nice mini family vacation.
2. I dropped my phone in the car and it must have hit the edge of the cup holder at the wrong angle because the screen cracked and the phone no longer turns on 😦  I really hope I can get it fixed just so that I can pull off all of my photos. Today I bought a new phone (using it right now) and it’s really nice but never fun to reinstall and personalize everything.
3. I was also sick the entire week. Still not 100% which is really frustrating. Trying to take it easy. Hoping to recover soon.
4. Back at Crossfit today after a week and it was a tough one. Especially since I didn’t eat enough today.  Back squats were really hard and the 2nd half of class was brutal,  to the point where I was feeling a little dizzy and almost thought I wouldn’t complete my workout. But I pushed through and finished.
5. This weekend will be full of work 😦 but I don’t mind because I don’t want to be too overwhelmed when I’m back in the office on Monday. 

I’m feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation but with my workload I don’t think that will be happening any time soon.

Hope everyone is having a great July so far filled with sunny weather.