Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Recapping Monday

At my crossfit, they're holding a paleo challenge this month. Paleo is a style of eating that, in the most basic terms, means you don't eat anything that a caveman couldn't eat. If you're interested you can find a bit more information on it here.

It will be judged on 5 levels:
1.) weight
2.) measurements
3.) pre and post 500m row time, max push ups and max deadlift
4.) amount of W.O.D.s attended
5.) Before and after pictures

My max pushups were 11, dead lift was 185 (new pr) and row was 2 min 9 seconds.

I plan on eating a lot of spaghetti squash, yum!






Yesterdays crossfit was as follows:

Warm Up:
I didn't write down the majority but it included the test of our 500m row and push ups

Skill:
5 rep max for dumbell press
I got to 45lbs, I was with a partner and stuck with what she did

W.O.D.
For Time
5 rounds
12 wall balls (12lbs - all the 14s were taken)
12 knees to chest

Very easy because of the testing for the paleo challenge.
Time was 8:34

Cashout:
Deadlift 1 rep max


After class I went to the gym and did
500m row - 2:14
35 hcg sit ups
20 walking lunges
3 x 10 rep 60 lb deadlift
4 x 5 reps 100lb deadlift
10 back squats 45lbs
10 back squats 65lbs
8 back squats 85lbs

Some guys were standing around the HCG setup so I asked if it was alright if I used it, and the answer was "It's all yours sweetheart" I smiled politely while I scoffed inside.

I saw the same guy in the squat rack. As all were taken I went over and asked if I could use when he was done. He said for sure, then continued to do a bunch of high weight quarter squats. He complimented my form when I got in the rack and then proceeded to do half squats for the rest of his sets. I feel bad making fun, he was nice, but still.
I may not lift the biggest weights, but I'm working on it. And I'm working on making myself functional in the real world + the army world. I'd love to throw out 200# back squats but it's not worth bad form!


Pump Up Song: The Prodigy - Breath

Monday, January 30, 2012

Friend Making Monday


I saw this on Weight Loss Girl: The Road to Less Cake and thought I'd give it a go!


FMM: Makeup Favorites


  1. Do you wear makeup everyday? No, I hardly ever wear make up, but I used too!
  2. Does your routine change if you’re going out with friends/on a date/to a party? For sure. I use foundation / eye liner / mascara / lip gloss for going out, and then for special occasions I'll go balls to the wall and even wear lipstick and occasionally eye shadow. I'm not great at putting on eye shadow though so this is seriously only on occasion.
  3. Are you loyal to one brand, or do you use different brands for different things? I use all kinds of different brands. I tend to stick to the cheaper stuff, like NYC.
  4. Do you wear primer/concealer? If so, what’s your favorite kind?  No, I don't even know what these things are. A little embarrassed! 
  5. What’s your favorite brand of foundation? I think my foundation is Olay. It's whatever my mom bought for her last occasion that was accidentally a shade too dark so she gave it to me, haha.
  6. Do you use blush and/or bronzer?  Not bronzer, but I love blush. I think it's the one piece of makeup that makes the most difference, making you seem naturally beautiful. Again, I use whatever my mom gave to me that she wasn't using anymore.
  7. Do you wear eye shadow/eye liner?  I'm not good with eye shadow but I love liner. I think it's a quick and easy way to spice up your look for something special.
  8. What’s your favorite kind of mascara? Waterproof, I normally use great lash (that one with the pink bottle and green lid)
  9. Lipstick? Lip gloss? Both? Favorite? Lip chap daily (I live in Canada, its necessary!) and gloss occasionally. I love to wear red gowns when I'm going to a fancy event like my fiances ball at work, so for something like that I'll wear a deep red lipstick.
  10. Do you wear nail polish regularly?  If so, share a few of your favorite brands/colors.  I recently started painting my nails for the week every sunday. The only problem is that with crossfit it normally chips by Wedns. and then I'll just take it off and start again Sunday. My favorite brand is insta-dri and I like any of their pastel/matte colors. I always do a clear base and top, though.
  11. How do you remove your makeup at the end of the day?  I use St. Ives apricot scrub pretty much every night. I know you aren't supposed too but it isn't too rough and I like the clean feeling it leaves.
  12. Do you feel prettier when you’re wearing makeup?  Not necessarily, but for a special event I'd feel under-done if I were to wear a gorgeous dress and no make up. I guess that goes for normal days with pretty dresses as well. But if I'm just wearing jeans, it makes no difference to me. On the jean days when I do wear make up, I actually find I stress a little wondering if it's smudged or too heavy.
  13. Do you have any beauty tips that you could pass along?  Sleep and blush! My two favorites in the quest too look smokin'

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spring Chick Week 5

First off, to everyone who was concerned about my being sick, thank you! It meant so much to know all of you cared. My stomach was pretty upset that night but I was fine the next morning. Heres my tattoo, which went well:
I had already had the words, the tree + birds was an addition.

On to the SCC:

I accomplished all of my goals except tracking + incorporating a run into my workouts. I'm going to try a week or two without tracking + just healthy food choices because I don't like the obsession that comes with it. I still want that run though, even though I continuously don't do it.
Last weeks mini challenge was to try a new exercise. I tried P90X yoga and loved it!

This Week:
Weight: 133.2    down .8lbs
  1. go to crossfit 4 times, other workouts at least twice
  2. take vitamins every single day
  3. Don't eat in front of the TV
  4. Drink more water
  5. incorporate at least one run into my workout

This weeks Mini Challenge: one week caffeine free. Not last week, but for the two weeks prior, I did this. We'll see how it goes!


This weeks workouts were:
3 x crossfit
2 x 30 min P90X yoga

I get an unlimited membership to crossfit on the 1st of Feb. and hope to up my attendance there to 5 or 6 classes / week.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am disgusting

Tonight was a binge but unfortunately, no, thats not where the 'disgusting' comes from. I was cleaning out my freezer and 'indulged' on some old ass breaded chicken and mozza sticks. Not so bad right? They were freezer burned to hell and seriously GOD AWFUL. So what did I do? I threw them out I ate them all. I'm not overall concerned with calories because in terms of size, it wasn't great but it wasn't the worst binge. I did crossfit yesterday, p90x yoga today, and I have crossfit again tomorrow morning. I'm scared though that I'm going to get food poisoning and I'm supposed to get a tattoo tomorrow. I am STUPID. But that also seriously demonstrates the lack of control in regards to a binge. Reason wasn't there anymore.

C'est la vie. Time to move on.

*I was going to post a picture of what a cheese stick SHOULD look like, but I don't wanna make anyone feel tempted!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

UPDATE

Also just tried a quick but totally fun home zumba workout courtesy of a youtube playlist posted by Amber over at Overcoming My Sugar Addiction. Check it out!

Mini Challenge: Find a New Exercise

Since this weekends challenge was to find a new exercise I decided to try P90X yoga. I chose it because with this semesters schedule I can't attend any of the yoga classes held at my school anymore. I thought of yoga, from those classes, as a good stretch. I don't stretch enough, this seemed like a good alternative.

I only did 15 minutes. It's really challenging! I'd have seen it through to at least the thirty minute mark (its an hour + thirty minutes in total) but I'm going to a movie soon and I was starting to SWEAT! Maybe some of you that take more intense yoga classes are saying to yourself 'no duh..'. The ones I've tried, though, have all been about an hour long gentle stretch session. So shocked but pleased. This is something that I'd like to do, possibly every day.

My advice to anyone new to fitness trying a new exercise program, especially yoga, is just do it. Then, the second it becomes too challenging or especially starts to hurt, stop. Don't injure yourself and take caution. But there is no shame, in my books, in doing only 15 minutes and then having to call it quits! Maybe next time I'll hit 16 :)

unrelated but necessary ^

Monday, January 23, 2012

crossfit du jour

Warm Up: x2
2 Sampson Stretches (hold)
10 overhead squat
10 sit up
10 back extension
10 pull up
10 dip

WOD: x3
10 overhead squat (25lbs)
15 Jumping Slamballs (12lbs)
20 weighted sit ups (12lbs)
100 single unders
   - 5 burpees / break




Results:
15 burpees
Time 13:45

Loved this one so much I rewarded myself with a new crossfit logbook. Here's hoping I stick to using it.


Pump Up Song: Galvanize - The Chemical Brothers



did you work out today?
tell me about it!

a little pride in my work

Last night I finished an essay proposal I have due next week. I printed it out and plan on asking my prof. too read it and make comments. I feel so proactive. I need to get my work done ahead of time more often.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spring Chick Check in #4

Last Weeks Starting Weight: 137.2
  1. go to crossfit three times, other workouts at least twice xfit 4, others zero
  2. take vitamins every single day fail
  3. Don't eat in front of the TV
  4. Track meals at least during weekdays went really well i'm starting to get the hang of tracking
  5. Drink more water yes and no
  6. incorporate at least one run into my workouts fail
 This Weeks Starting Weight: 134 - down 3.2lbs (4 total)

Last weeks Mini Challenge: No Sweets ice cream last night.. i honestly just forgot but that bums me out! I was so close.






This Week:
  1. go to crossfit three times, other workouts at least twice
  2. take vitamins every single day
  3. Don't eat in front of the TV
  4. Track meals at least during weekdays
  5. Drink more water
  6. incorporate at least one run into my workout

This weeks Mini Challenge: Find a new exercise. I may consider boxing to be my new exercise considering I only started the other day and other things I want to try, like Pure Barre or horseback riding, would be REALLY expensive to try and I just don't have the time or money to dedicate right now.








  • How was the 3rd week...? Great. Not as much exercise as the second but with classes starting and the workload beginning I still did fairly well.





  • Did you remain sweets free...? Right up until last night around midnight when I took hubby out for ice cream and got some myself. Somehow it slipped my mind that I was doing a no treats challenge and I'm actually pretty bummed about not making it!





  • How were your workouts? Awesome, I did 4 crossfit including the benchmark workout 'Fran'. I see I need to improve but I also see how I need to do it and Feb 1st I'm getting an unlimited membership and hopefully going every day.





  • How was your water consumption? Good some days, awful others.





  • What do you think of the mini challenges?  It was really good! And all of the other ones posted seem cool too. It's a nice way to interrupt your old habits and leave your comfort zone.





  • What did you do for yourself that was fun? Went out for ice cream I guess lol. Crossfit, I love crossfit. Oh and I made pictures.





  • Do can the challenge be improved? No! I love it :)





  • Friday, January 20, 2012

    crossfit du jour

    Warm Up: x2
    10 shuttle runs
    10 dislocates
    10 overhead squats
    10 walking lunges
    10 wall squats
    10 hollow rocks <- weird

    Skill:
    3 sets 10 reps
    GHD back extension
    GHD hip extension

    WOD: FRAN!
    21 - 15 - 9
    Thrusters
    Pullups


    My time: 11:20, My weight: 40lbs, My Pull Ups: Purple + Black bands

    For my first shot at Fran, I guess I'm not disappointed. Prescribed weight for women is 65lbs and no pull up bands. This apparently is the crossfit 'test yourself' workout, you can gauge your level with this one.

    This is a woman destroying Fran in less than 3 minutes at RX




    today we will do what no one else will do so that tomorrow we may do what no one else can do.






    Pump Up Song: Can't Be Touched - Roy Jones





    update on last night

    Ya I binged. Kept it in my calorie count though, tracked it all (thanks to the suggestion in my comments that I track online). Amazing, before I would have binged on chocolate or chips, but since I'd cut out grains (my favorite food) I wanted them so bad I just had some crackers, pickles, cereal and pasta salad (and by JUST i mean JUST had a lot). I used a small plate, moved to a different floor to eat, and generally tried to slow the binge as much as I could. C'est la vie. On another note, this is awesome and true:

    Picture from EatBigGetBig.com

    * NOTE: Please don't think I don't value yoga and the other exercises at the top of the pyramid, I think they're great it their own right!

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    oh so frustrating

    I just dropped my car off at the mechanics, along with keys, for my appointment at nine tomorrow morning. No big deal, I don't need my car, and now I don't need to get up and over there! EXCEPT. I forgot my phone in my car. That means I don't have MyFitnessPal to track my food and I honestly feel lost! Worst of all though, I can't talk to hubby tonight without it. I'm so sad :(

    crossfit du jour

    Warm Up:
    10 Dislocates
    10 arm circles
    10 push ups
    10 dumb bell press
    10 weighted push ups
    10 weighted squats
    10 dumb bell press

    Skill:
    hang clean + jerk

    W.O.D.:
    3 rounds of
    20 Bench Press (45 lbs)
    20 Back Squat (65 lbs)
    20 hang clean + Jerk (35 lbs)
    Time: 31:13

    Not happy with my weights but I wasn't really feeling this workout. I think I psyched myself out considering I couldn't help but add the number of reps together before the WOD and went into thinking "60?! thats jokes, man!". I'm also having problems with my squat form the second I add weight which slowed me down trying to correct it. C'est la vie.

    Hang Clean + Jerk

    I got Pintrest! I even made a couple of pictures myself (like the one above, unedited, is a picture of the board at my crossfit gym after I wrote up my results from a W.O.D.) Check it out!


    Pump Up song: Fort Minor - Remember the Name






    did you work out today?
    tell me about it!


    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    crossfit du jour

    WARM UP:
    5 min double unders
    20 squats
    20 supermans
    20 sit ups

    Skill:
    5 sets 3 thrusters working from low weight up to 3 rep max.

    W.O.D.
    21 thrusters
    500m row
    18 thrusters
    500m row
    15 thrusters
    500m row

    Weight: 45lbs
    Time: 17:01








    THRUSTER + PROPER TECHNIQUE




    did you work out today?
    tell me about it!






    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    big 'ol hypocrite here

    Of course on the day I decided to blog about my clean eating I get a sincere-ious craving for sugary cereals + kraft dinner.

    To try and keep the cravings at bay I made myself a paleo cereal. No healthy option for KD. It had:

    1/2 cup: almond slivers, pine nuts, pecan pieces
    2 strawberries
    1 box sunmaid raisins
    1/2 cup unsweetened silk almond milk.

    Nuts are really high in calories and fat - but its the good kind - so this clocked in at just under 350 calories. A lot for a snack but at least I went the healthy route!

    things that did and didn't work - food

    This week was pretty clean eating for me. Not 100% or anything but probably one of my best. I decided I'd share it, how I did it, and what I want to continue on.

    Monday:
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites, carrot
    Lunch: Trail mix, homemade tomato/celery/carrot juice
    Supper: Grapes, Strawberries, Cottage cheese
    Snacks: (6!) mini quiche

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites, coffee
    Lunch: Grapes, trail mix
    Supper: Lettuce/tomato/carrot salad, cottage cheese for dressing
    Snacks: 2 mini quiche, cottage cheese

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites, coffee
    Lunch: Banana
    Dinner: Tuna/celery/cheese/pasta salad
    Snacks: Banana, straberries/celery/protein powder shake, cottage cheese

    Thursday:
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites, grapes + cottage cheese
    Lunch: Banana, trail mix
    Supper: Tuna/celery/cheese salad
    Snacks: Banana, coffee

    Friday:
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites
    Lunch: celery/strawberry protein powder shake, grapes
    Supper: Tim Hortons Chili (no bun)
    Snacks: 2 bananas, turkey breast sandwich meat

    Saturday:
    Breakfast: 2 whole fried eggs, apple
    Lunch: Can of corn <- I can't cook lol
    Supper: Spaghetti squash, chicken, honey dressing w/ tomato broccoli mushrooms black olives
    Snacks: Homemade potato chips, banana, 1/2 can cream soda

    Sunday:
    Breakfast: 2 whole fried eggs, 3 slices turkey bacon
    Lunch: Cultures 3 salad combo (spinach, broccoli pasta + coleslaw), banana lowfat yogurt shake
    Supper: Banana, 2 apples

    Some of it seems like a lot, some of it seems like not enough, but it was. I never once had to let myself go hungry. I ate when I wanted or thought I needed food.

    What worked:
    I tried to replace as many grain products as I could. Spaghetti squash instead of noodles was incredibly neat and tasty. Wrapping things in lettuce leaves instead of a grain wrap or bread. Being sure to eat breakfast. Adding at least one stalk of celery to almost anything - this can give you about a cup more food with little to no calorie repercussions.

    What didn't work:
    Having a cheat night. While I stayed in my calories Saturday could have gone much better. Being to busy to make substantial meals and having to rely on protein powder. I think protein shakes are really 'dangerous' because they are high in calorie but provide only one thing. Also, excess protein is automatically stored as fat so I kind of feel like I'm playing Russian Roulette when I take it - was it enough exercise to warrant?! I'll take whole foods with all of their good stuff over protein shakes any day.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Words of wisdom from Erin's 6 Month Transformation



    " I blog to hold myself accountable for my actions, and so that you will too. I expect that if I'm making the same mistakes over and over again, someone will point it out. If I'm making excuses, I want someone to call me out. I want to be held accountable for the setbacks I have caused myself. I have a habit of posting about the good stuff and not always the bad stuff because I'm embarrassed, but how are you supposed to hold me accountable if I don't? I strive to be more open with any setbacks. I hope you will do the same."

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    Spring Chick Check Week 3

    RECAP:
    Last Week
    1. go to crossfit three times, work out at the gym at least twice. Logged 10 1 hr workouts, 3 yoga, 3 boxing, 4 crossfit
    2. Take my vitamins (multi, fish oil, C + calcium) every single day.
    3. Don't eat a single meal in front of the TV only watched about an hour of tv in general! 
    4. Track my meals at least during the weekdays
    5. Pamper myself. Dress nicely for class + moisturize all over at least once a day. Paint toes. Just not a high enough priority for me, I guess.
    6. Drink 8 cups of water a day minimum - no idea where I stand here, just know I didn't make it.
    Last Weeks Starting Weight: 138

    This Week
    1. go to crossfit three times, other workouts at least twice
    2. take vitamins every single day
    3. Don't eat in front of the TV
    4. Track meals at least during weekdays
    5. Drink more water
    6. incorporate at least one run into my workouts
     This Weeks Starting Weight: 137.2 - down .8lbs

    Last weeks mini challenge: Eat with your non-dominant hand. I did it a couple times but overall fail mostly due to forgetting.

    This weeks mini challenge: No Sweets. Don't know how I feel about this.. We'll see!

    I would have been happy to see a lower number on the scale but c'est la vie. It can be very hard to lose weight, the last 10lbs bootcamp proves it. Not impossible, though. Last night was a bit of a binge, albeit healthy (and delicious). Supper was spaghetti squash - really cool way to cut complex carbs if you like past like me! - with honey based sauce + veggies to top. Very high cal. Then for dessert homemade potato chips. Ate clean during the day so I came in just under my calories. It was reassuring knowing I made everything I was eating and so knew what was in it, it was still better than store bought over processed snacks.

    Hubby wanted new boots so he got some at the mall today and there was a buy one get one half off. I have wanted vibram trail running shoes for a long time, they were there, and lets just say I'm a lucky girl. These are the reason I want to try running more, but the main reason I got them was my trainer recommended them for crossfit. The concept behind these shoes is that they are supposed to be similar to running barefoot - all the rage. I am a heel stroke runner and these are for people who run on the front of their foot (hubby does). Supposedly front foot running can help prevent shin splints and stress fractures - two things I have a history of. If anyone doesn't run at all, I suggest you look into front stroke running. It's really hard to retrain yourself (I've been working on it for a while and I still have a lot of trouble) it works a totally different set of muscles. However, in everything I've read it's shown to have serious benefits + help prevent injury. Just something to consider!

    Hope everyone had a great week.

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    workout du jour

    Crossfit
    10 reps light weight
    5 reps medium weight
    3 reps heavier
    2 reps heavier
    3 sets of 1 rep max

    for
    back squat, press and dead lift.

    Max:
    Back squat: 95
    Press: 55
    Dead lift: 175

    I know I know I'm an IDIOT. I've been whining about hurting my back w/ deadlifts and there I go and do them in a W.O.D. for my one rep max - even worse. To be honest it was the back squats that hurt my back, thats why the weight is so low. We modified so that on the continuous reps of my DL I was dropping the weight and picking it back up at the bottom as the lowering was putting more strain on my back than I liked. To be honest the deadlifts weren't that bad and I made a huge effort to keep my form and had my trainer spot me.

    Thats two things I can strike off of my goals for the year:
    Raise deadlift one rep max
    Join boxing

    I signed hubby and I up for the Saturday crossfit class so we will be going together for the first time. I'm really excited! :)

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    mamacita est un idota

    The title of this post should tell you two things about me.
    1.) I don't speak Spanish.
    2.) I am an idiot.

    During yesterdays crossfit workout I used 100lbs for my deadlifts. This would be fine if we were doing only a few reps. We did 55. I know I shouldn't be doing 100lbs but I did it anyway. Near the end I could feel my back curling, and I knew I was losing my form. I tried to pretend I didn't notice, but I was even 'subconsciously' waiting until my trainer wasn't looking to do my lifts and powering them out of the way before she looked back (at this point in the workout I was only doing 5 or less at a time). Guess what?

    My back hurts like hell. I had to forgo boxing tonight because I want to be able to do my W.O.D. tomorrow. I'll wait it out to see if it's an injury or just soreness. I don't think I'm broken, but I think I'm pretty damn close and it is sincerely due to my own stupidity. I don't get down on myself often but I'm pretty upset. I knew better, I know better, this shouldn't have happened.

    Tonight I did one hour of hatha yoga. I explained my situation and he gave me different moves to do in places that may hurt or strain my back, like the rounded back toe touches. He also suggested I do some cow-cat in the morning what I wake up to loosen myself up for the day. I couldn't thank him enough for all of that. Afterwards I drove over to crossfit and used their foam rollers and lacrosse balls to try and work out some of the tension. So thats a warning: If you're going to be an idiot and let your form go shitty, you'll have to go embarrass yourself rolling around like a moron in front of a bunch of on ramp people. God I hope I didn't make them all think "pshh.. if she doesn't crossfit I don't wanna do crossfit".

    I have been eating clean so far this week. I even asked hubby if we could make an effort to eat clean when he comes down tomorrow. He loved the idea and is pretty excited, he bought a pineapple and some other yummy things to bring with him. I've been using MyFitnessPal and I'm rarely coming in over 1000cal, and haven't hit more than 1200 this week. It keeps warning me that I'm risking putting my body into starvation mode. I don't think I believe it. I've been eating really high quality foods and not denying myself - if I'm hungry I eat. I guess we'll see.

    I haven't been drinking enough water. I know this. The only time I get in my 8 cups is when I'm working out, and then I need even more. I've been dehydrated since Monday. I've even had a couple of gatorades during longer workouts and nothing much is changing. If anyone has any tips on how they manage to keep their consumption up, please let me know, thanks!

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    some stuff I liked that I wanted to share with the Spring Chicks


    I've come across a couple of interesting tips and tricks in the last little bit and I thought I would share them. Here we go!

    The blog ccoltrun.blogspot.com, has two posts that I thought were both interesting and important for everyone to know. The first post was about cottage cheese and it's benefit for people who are working out and looking for a way to help their muscles heal and build faster. As he explains, cottage cheese is a rich source of casein protein. Whereas the most common (or at least in my experience) protein supplement you see is Whey protein, which is very quickly absorbed and ideal after a workout, the casein variety is VERY slow acting. It's ideal to have a small bit of cottage cheese before bed because the slow acting protein will work to build your muscles throughout the night. Not to mention the million other benefits from this snack!

    The second post on Colts blog that I wanted to share is a bit of a rant about a girl friend of his who wanted advice on an exercise program, but scoffed at the idea of lifting weights. He points out in this post that women don't have enough testosterone to become a 'hulk' by lifting weights unless they take some sort of supplement or make bodybuilding their profession. He also talks about how strength exercises targeting a problem area won't get rid of the fat there. Instead, fat burns off of the body at an even rate and so it's beneficial to work everything, so that you have an even distribution of lean muscle mass.

    The next blog I want to talk about is Diary of a Junk Food Addict. It's written by a woman who is very fit, into bodybuilding and one of her current goals is to make it to the top 20 of a bodybuilding.com spokesmodel search. In other words, she knows what she's talking about. In most of her posts she gives some sort of tip or trick, and records her diet + exercise. Seeing what it takes to get where she is is pretty eye opening. My favorite post in this blog is all about motivation. She shares the ways the she gets and stays motivated. My favorite was the suggestion that you make an effort to look good for your workout, so that you feel good and confident. I thought that was a great idea, and it in part led to my goal this week to moisturize at least once a day.

    The last blog is one that I started following just today. It's called DB Strength and Conditioning. The author is a professional fit person - you can read the heading of his blog if you want more details - i don't feel like typing out all of his qualifications! He is blunt but honest and interesting. My favorite post covers his opinion on the usefulness of various exercises, everything from yoga to my fav., crossfit. It's long but good. The conclusion is that everyone has to do the exercise that is right for them, because not everyone is the same. I really like following other weight loss blogs because I find it inspiring. I also think it's important, though, to check out blogs written by fit people and fitness professionals who know exactly what they're talking about because there is a LOT of bad information out there (hello, master cleanse!).

    So thats the end of my linking to stuff I like post. I hope at least one person finds these links interesting and maybe even helpful!

    workout du jour

    Crossfit


    Warm Up:
    10 push ups
    10 boy rows
    10 slam balls (12lbs)
    10 sit ups
    30 Double Unders

    WOD:
    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

    10 reps of
    Pull Ups (assisted)
    Dead Lift (100lbs)
    Dumbell Push Press(15lbs)
    Sit ups
    9 reps
    8 reps
    through to
    1 rep


    Time: 19:01

    Totals:
    55 pullups, DL, Dumbell PP + Sit ups

    Forgot to write this one into my journal so I wanted to record it while everything was still fresh in my mind. More to come re: boxing.

    Pump Up Song:

    UPDATE

    Tonight I did boxing, totally fun.
    21 min of 2 min sprint 1 min jog (my sprints a jog my jogs a bouncy speed walk)
    9 min drill of 1 min burpee, running + punching, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, repeat
    30 min sparring

    Love. Love. Love. Boxing. It so pays to take that step out of your comfort zone and try that thing you've been wanting to do.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Sitting Back after a Really Long Day

    Todays Itinerary:

    0700: wake up
    0900: History of the Middle East
    1100: Film + History
    1400: Stuffing food in self
    1500: History of the Middle East
    1600: Run home and change
    1700: Film + History
    1800: Meeting with bosses
    1930: Meeting ends early, HURRAY!
    2000: Boxing
    2141: Home sweet home

    Awesome day all around although a little exhausting. I ate clean except for two mini quiche just now. You know how it is - us bingers binge at night. Not that I really had time earlier. The meeting went well - except I found out I'll be playing army this summer instead of doing second language training, which is what I had been hoping for. Hubby and I decided he'll call to wake me up every morning, since the only thing that can actually get me out of bed is his ringtone, knowing that my "are you up? good morning. i love you." is coming. Boxing was a blast, I went with the girl I met last night and we're going again tomorrow. I also have crossfit at 0930 tomorrow. I'm going to take some time to read and comment on some of the Spring Chick blogs out there, but I have a LOT of housework to do ( I ripped my apartment apart somehow in my rush to get ready for my impromptu boxing sesh last night) and then some research for two stupid assignments for stupid classes coming up at the end of the month. Bah humbug on that part.

    Also, the tags: Even though it was probably random I'm actually really flattered I got tagged... TWICE! But each time I try and sit down to do it I keep going to bad places in the answer - which is weird - but I decided that as much as this is (mostly) anonymous and a safe space, I want to keep the karma pretty clean for now. Maybe I'll share my unhappy place someday. But for now, I'm sorry to the two that tagged me, but know you made my day :)

    The Immigrant Song from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    This makes me feel almost as BA as Lisabeth, which makes me want to kick ass. I love the beat and I love that its a woman singing! Also, I think the part where she yells kind of sounds like a war cry which is awesome.

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    holy hannah

    Wowsers! So I manned up and stopped by the boxing club tonight.. and.. and.. and they started me right then and there! Some boxing and some intervals. It was great. Adding another hour of exercise to todays total and that takes me too.. FOUR. Not sustainable. But damn good start. They want me to come back tomorrow, but I have class from 9-5 and then a meeting with my bosses from 6-9. So... I'm going at 9! I am going to HURT tomorrow. But it's worth it - I love it. Also - met a really nice girl at boxing. We decided to carpool and that is just another way for me to stay accountable to this commitment. On top of everything, membership there including access to the gym AND lessons is only 50$ a month, 40 if you pay on the first. Nuts! Its nuts! Great day! But I miss hubby.

    workout du jour

    Today was AWESOME.

    Crossfit:
    10 min stretching warm up / 5 min rowing
    WOD:
    150 continuous push ups + 10 box jumps per break taken. (110 box jumps for me)
    Time: 12:51
    Cashout:
    Max continuous sit ups: 200

    Hatha Yoga:
    1 hour

    Hoop Yoga:
    1 hour



    I have this thing where I go really hard when I first commit to a goal and then taper off. Must. Not. Taper.
    The gym I want to box at is right next to my crossfit studio so I harassed (re: politely talked to) some patrons I saw going in. It's only 50$ for a MONTH membership and I'm not 100% sure but I think they said that includes lessons too. You can drop in any time that it's open - it opens at 3 now that classes are back in. I have class until 7 but I'm going to call and if they're open that late I'm going to stop by, talk to the owners + trainers and if all goes well, get me a membership! So so so cool. And you can pay extra if you want to learn extra things like MMA style fighting. So. So. Cool!

    I've eaten clean (so far) too.
    Breakfast: 2 egg whites + a carrot
    Lunch: 1/3 cup trail mix, tomato + celery + carrot in juicer.

    Being truthful: The main thing that I've done wrong is smoke. I quite before the holidays but being around my family who are all smokers - I caved. I planned on quitting as soon as life started again but as I'm sure anyone out there can probably tell you, it doesn't quite work like that. Oh well :(

    P.S. Hubby is gone and WOW I miss him like mad.

    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    SCC Check In #2

    Last weeks goals:

    1. record EVERYTHING I eat via myfitnesspal app. be honest.
    2. run this weeks 5k harder than last weeks (replace 4.5 with 5 and 5.5 with 5.8)
    3. 2x weight workouts, core and upper body. done
    Last weeks starting weight: 137 lbs.


    This Weeks Goals:
    1. go to crossfit three times, work out at the gym at least twice.
    2. Take my vitamins (multi, fish oil, C + calcium) every single day.
    3. Don't eat a single meal in front of the TV
    4. Track my meals at least during the weekdays
    5. Pamper myself. Dress nicely for class + moisturize all over at least once a day. Paint toes.
    6. Drink 8 cups of water a day minimum
    This Weeks Starting Weight: 138

    Last week was a bit of a mix. First, I weighed myself on my moms scale for the original weight which has always been a couple of pounds more forgiving than my own, so I'd consider this week a 'weight maintained'. I tracked most of my food, but because I was often coming back the next day to update it I know there are things that I forgot to include. I did not run another 5k this week so thats a failure all around.

    To achieve this weeks goals I will:
    - sign up for xfit classes in advance + have hubby call me to wake me up on those days (my new school schedule means that I will have to xfit in the mornings instead of after supper)
    - lay out my vitamins in my daily pill container and leave it on my desk/table where I intend to eat my meals.
    Those pills are all as huge as they look.

    - Eat at my desk/table
    - Always carry my phone, plan my meals so that I can track before hand.
    - Take a half hour each night that will be dedicated to myself, the things I want and need.
    - Carry my 4 cup water bottle at home always and my two cup water bottle while out, always. Figure out a system to mark how much I've had without always having to break out the phone.
    I think if Freud got anything right it was his concept of oral fixation. I am (was, have been, whatever) a smoker, and I carried that bottle everywhere drinking constantly. I eventually chewed the top off so there's no more water seal and I can't take it around with me anymore - its always spilling. Being the lucky girl I am, hubby surprised me with the pink one at Christmas. And I.. Well, I surprised him with a red one!
    You know it was an accident 'cuz it's impossible to be this cheesy on purpose.

    The goals have been made. Lets do it!




    Friday, January 6, 2012

    short update on the challenge

    Clean eating?
    Naw. No excuses either, I had opportunity today to make healthy choices and time to workout but I stayed curled up on the sofa. I was telling myself I'm trying to enjoy the last of my vacation but the truth of the matter is that this will all be a lot harder to do when I get back to school.
    I only share these failures to keep myself accountable, both to the Spring Chicks and to myself and my health.
    On the bright side I am really looking forward to starting crossfit up again this coming week. Here's hoping next update comes with tales of success! xx

    - DS

    home sweet home

    After a long and, frankly, wonderful vacation, I am finally back to my apartment. Hubby will be here with me until Sunday. Yesterday was pretty hectic, packing all of our clothes and Christmas presents, getting here, unpacking, cleaning out all of the old food, replacing it, cleaning up the house, etc. etc.

    My parents are coming in their truck to deliver my beer fridge from residence as my apartment is very small and only came with a beer fridge, hot plate, toaster oven, etc. so I find I don't have enough place to store food. Hubby decided he'd be cooking for my parents and is trying out his new slow cooker and is making beef burritos and maple meatballs. I can't stop eating the meatballs, I've been sneaking them all day. They are AMAZING!

    I finally got to try out my juicer. I'd wanted to since I opened it Christmas day but decided I'd wait until I was home. I got that cute little container at the dollar store. I cannot believe how amazing fresh juice tastes. I'm really lucky that I got this baby.

    Eating has been okay. I've been tracking but since most everything that is homemade that I'm eating is not the healthiest of food, I'm afraid that the calorie suggestions on MyFitnessPal aren't all that accurate. At least I'm always trying to chose the highest one to play it safe.

    Now that I'm back in my apartment there really are no excuses. I'm going to re-evaluate my new school schedule and workout when I'm going to be getting in my crossfit workouts + workouts at the gym + doing p90x videos at home. It seems crazy tight but in reality if I start getting my butt out of bed before, say, 1 in the afternoon I'll have hours of free time that I didn't have before. Looking forward to my Sunday night weigh in and setting good, solid goals for the week.

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    walking down by the water front

    Since it was only minus 2 today I thought it'd be nice to do something outside. Originally the plan was to hike up to the towns lookout point but it was closed because of the snow. Improvise! A nice half hour walk down by the water front. Although it was only minus two the wind by the water was still a little harsh.
    Lots of fun though! And afterwards we went to Marks Work Wearhouse where hubby got himself a nice warm flannel and got me a nice (10$) shirt!

    Me standing on the outdoor stage. I'm the little black dot.

    Hubby sliding on a patch of ice.
    A shot of the grass + water behind

    Hubby and I. I was hoping to keep this blog anonymous but I really like this picture, so, shh ;)

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    tracking my food: a love (hate) story

    I've kept up with tracking my food the last two days as was my goal.
    Yesterday was great.
    Today I binged on 800 calories worth of mini eggs.
    Its okay because I made no dietary commitments this week, and I can see a source of my bad habits. If I'm going to indulge I have to buy the smallest possible portion and I have to commit to throwing out the rest as soon as I feel I'm done.
    Lesson learned.

    Somehow I still managed to stay within my 1450 calorie limit, but thats assuming I don't eat again tonight.

    Welp, no excuses and no regrets. I'm learning.

    eggies!

    I know this makes me the laziest person in the world but the eggies commercial was targeted at me I swear. I HATE peeling off the shells. So I didn't hesitate (much) when it came time to dish out 20$ for 'em. They turned out alright. You have to use pam to keep them from sticking and I didn't close them right so one didn't work - hilarity did not ensue. Anyways I think they're great and I'm going to get a carton of egg whites and continue with those.




    Eggies Tips:
    Spray with Pam
    Everything TWISTS in. It won't secure if you just press (lol)
    Slow boil them, don't turn the heat up high
    If they stick, squeeze the container to loosen them or use a butter knife.

    Im sure everyone could have figured these things out on their own, but this was my trial and error lesson. :)


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