Apr 10, 2014

Busters and Thurpees

We were kinda right about 14.5.  Total suckfest.  With a twist...


As Castro said, "The clock can't save you"

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Thrusters (95/65)

At least we got to suck with friends.  Sean and I and a few guys from CF Plexus went down to a neighboring affiliate and participated in their "Friday Night Lights" --  3 heats of 25+ athletes completing 14.5.  It was a blast!  They had some great athletes, and it was lots of fun to watch and cheer for everybody.  It was also helpful to see people endure the pain before we went.  Kind of.

Someone uploaded some video of our heat.  That's me!  (In the bright neon green, ObVee)

I finished in 19:04.  Goal was under 20 minutes.  Mission, accomplished.  BOOMSAUCE.

I didn't repeat any WODs and finished 22,435th place out of........44,984.  

Drumroll Please...... (do you even math, bro?)

That's 49.87%  JUST MADE IT in the top 50%!!! #thatwasclose  Next year I'll hopefully do better!!!

I've started following The Outlaw Way programming.  They have a muscle up progression that's apparently pretty much guaranteed, and they are always posting their followers PR-ing.  I want in on all of that!

I'm following a week behind schedule, so I can adjust the days if necessary.  Taking Thursdays and Sundays off.  And by off I mean LOTS of mobility.  I'm not going anywhere with my olympic lifts, I'm pretty sure, because I can't freaking land in a squat.  Because my hips suck.  So I'll be trying to fix my hips as well.

We booked our hotel for Regionals!  Sean got word that he'll be judging.  I bought my tickets.  Ready to go!


Mar 21, 2014

CrossFit Open 2014

So I posted about the Open last year, but this year it's been a bit more real.  We actually signed up and have a place to do the workouts correctly!  So far, it's  Sure.

14.1 was snatches (technically ground to overhead) and double unders.  I suck at double unders.  Thankfully I walked out of that one with minimal whip marks, and a below average score.

14.2 threw in the overhead squats and chest to bar pull ups.  I looooovvvveee overhead squats!  Haven't done many C2B.  I got through quite a few rounds though, and was happy with my score.  Happy enough that I wasn't going to re-do that shit.

14.3 -  HEAVY DEADLIFTS.  I love it.  Deadlifts are my favorite :D  I was shooting for a score of 100, got 98.  Didn't realize how heavy 185# was gonna be after all those other reps.  haha.  Since there's no way I would have recovered enough in time to attempt that again, that was out.

14.4  Just done tonight.  A chipper.  Yaaaaaay.  God, I hate rowing.  For calories.  It got real ugly, REAL fast.  Sean can attest to that.  Rowing, toes to bar, wall balls, power cleans, and if you are so lucky to get through all of that, muscle ups.  I wasn't one of the lucky ones.  Not that I have muscle ups.  ::sigh::

14.5   The only movements that are left?  I'm going with burpees and thrusters.  My guess is a ladder.  Hopefully no other mind fucks.

If you care enough to "leaderboard" me, here's my profile.  Don't be too disappointed, I'm not good.  My goal is to be in the top 50% of all the ladies.  So far, so good.

As I said, I didn't repeat any workouts.  I thought about 14.3 for those measly (yeah, right) two reps, but decided my OCD wasn't worth it.  It's enough torture going through the WOD once, I couldn't find the motivation or reason (what am I gonna go up 10 spots on the leaderboard? Woo. hoo.) to go through all that again within 3 days.  That being said, I'll think about re-doing 14.4.  Maybe I'll magically get better at rowing in the next two days.  HA.  God that was awful.

So while obviously, neither of us are going to be competing at Regionals this year, Sean actually volunteered to help out at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, and was selected!  We find out what he'll officially be doing the end of the month, and we're going to book a hotel and go down and make a weekend out of it.  I'm so excited.  :)  I love the atmosphere that surrounds these events, it'll be super motivating and lots of fun.  That's also our 5 year anniversary weekend, and what better way to spend it than in the middle of something we are currently obsessed over? lol  I'm sure it doesn't sound too fun to all you guys, but it's not like we could afford a Caribbean vacay.  I'm ecstatic we can spend it doing something so awesome.  I'll probably learn a thing or two, too.  :)

Shameless #swelfie!
If you need me, I'll be on the couch attempting to recover from 14.4.  Seriously still coughing.  Damn lungs.

Mar 12, 2014


I was thinking the other day how much easier my life is with my smartphone (::cough::ANDROID::cough).  And Google.  I use Calendar to meal plan/keep track of bills/plans/birthdays, Google+ uploads my pictures every night for easy access, Gmail is sent immediately to my phone, I use Hangouts/Gtalk to talk with my husband all day long while being able to work....  It's just amazing!  And I know that there are even more features that I don't even use...yet.

The bad news is my phone/Nexus is also covered in olive oil, chicken, sauce, flour, dough, everything else you could think of, since it's ALWAYS with me in the kitchen.  All my recipes are in Google Calendar, and I'm constantly referring back to what the next step is while in the middle of the recipe.  Totally dropped my phone in pizza dough last night, whoops.  Thank God for Otterbox!

And I'm totally that loser checking items off my to-do list on my phone at the mall/grocery store.  Swiiiiiiiiiiiipe, DONE!  It's kinda more satisfying then destroying tons of paper lists ;)

Some other Google apps to check out:
Currents - I use this to follow a few different CrossFit blogs/sites to find WODs.  Then I put them on our Calendar ;)

Music - You can upload all your music to Google Music, then play it from your phone/tablet anywhere!

Docs/Drive - Unfortunately this seems to be blocked at my work, but this is awesome for creating/sharing any Word/Excel type documents.  We're currently using it to log workouts.

Google Tasks/ - I add items to my google tasks in the calendar, then sync it with app on my phone.  I can also send stuff to my husband to add to his  Honey do list!

Google Maps - I use this all.the.time.  Never get lost again :)  Latitude doesn't always update as much as I'd like, but I'm sure it will get there.

Chrome - Only the best browser ever... on the computer.  It'ssssssss a little slow on the phone.  I'm sure they'll get there.  I hope.

Offers - This isn't so much an app as it is a service. (but they do have an app!)  It's like Google's version of Groupon.  Pretty awesome.

Voice - I hate Verizon's voicemail.  Google voice gets all my voicemails, and converts them to text.  Most of the time it's pretty accurate, other times it's just downright hysterical.

The best part is the SYNCING.  You can also have all of these apps/websites on your computer.  And it automatically syncs with your phone/tablet.

This stuff makes my life SO MUCH EASIER.  Let me know if you have any questions on how to use any of the above, I'd be glad to help!  Now that I sound like a Google whore...

What apps can't you live without?

I used to LOVE Google Reader as well, but that died a sad, untimely death.  I'm stuck with Feedly's not terrible.

Feb 13, 2014

Smashed Sweet Potato Tacos

SNOW DAY!  Means I actually have time to write a post!

You know what's awesome? When blogger randomly deletes all the pictures on your old posts.  It's pretty sweet.  You should try it sometime.  I'm currently trying to update everything.  It's a blasty-blast.

Sooooooooo this isn't really a recipe, just a throwing stuff together to make deliciousness.  But I suppose that is the definition of a recipe, eh?

I posted this on a "facebook contest" to win 10 lbs of grass fed beef.  I didn't win. :(  Probably because they couldn't taste this through the screen.  Then I definitely would've won.  Oh well.  The sweet/spicy combination is amazing.  And anything topped with guacamole is a winner in my book.  It makes great leftovers, too.  Just double the recipe!

Seriously though, this couldn't get any easier.  You could even bake the sweet potatoes in the crockpot, a la PaleOMG style.  That's what I did.

2 Baked Sweet Potatoes
1 lb grass fed ground beef (or bison, or turkey, or chicken)
Taco Seasoning (see below)
1/4 cup water

Taco Seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle seasoning (or 1/4 cayenne- more if you like it hot)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Sour Cream

Brown your ground beef over medium high heat, breaking up until no longer pink.  Add taco seasoning and water, simmer until water cooks off.  Pour taco meat over smashed baked sweet potatoes, top with whatever your little heart desires.  Devour.  You're welcome.

I think this is my new favorite meal, ever.  Like ever, ever.  I've definitely made it once a week since discovering it.  #truestory

Jan 9, 2014


Oh hi. That's me.  Last post in November? What can I say.  Life happens.

Lots of happenings going on lately.  You know we bought a house.  I also got a new car, a new job.  A new puppy?!? Not yet...but we're looking!

Sean finally opened CrossFit Plexus!  Whoop whoop!  We now have a box to WOD in!  Perfect timing, too, because the neighbors were getting annoyed with us dropping the weights in the basement.  Apparently it thuds throughout our whole unit.  Oops.  We'll have to get some matting to put down there, eventually.  I still use our weights for at home WODs.  For days like yesterday, when it's literally 3 degrees outside.  Not going back out in that #thankyouverymuch.

Winter season is bulking season, right?  We ate lots of goodies over Christmas.  LOTS of chocolate.  So, we decided to go a bit strict paleo for January.  Well, most of January.  Sean's bday is next week, we may take off for that. ;)

Been making lots of gains though, bro.  #EatBigLiftBig!

My goal last year was to get a 200# deadlift, and a 200# back squat.  SMASHED the deadlift! :) Still 5# to go on the back squat :(  BUT!  My CrossFit total is now at a pretty 500#.  My OCD likes that.  :D

Even impressed myself with a 100# snatch the other day.  BOOM.  Still have lots to work on though.  Tried for 105# a few times.  Sean video-ed it.  I should be on a fail blog for that one, such a mess.

This year I  plan to WILL get a muscle up.  I also need to work on my double unders.  No specific goal, just get better and stop whipping the shit out of myself.  People are starting to ask questions.

For 2013 we planned to follow Reebok CrossFit One and WOD at least 5 times a week.  Well, we did it!  I'm so proud of us :)  It wasn't easy at times, and we had to do some rearranging for sick days, moving (totally counts as a WOD), etc, but we were picking heavy shit up and moving around at least 5 times every week.  I love it.  It's now a habit, and I don't dread it!

This year I really want to focus on my mobility.  My ankles and hips suck, and it's really hurting my lifts.  I want to mobilize at least 3x a week.  Hopefully more.  Maybe if I write it down I'll hold myself to it.

So!  Expect some more recipes soon!  I'm also posting some to Sean's CrossFit blog for the gym, to help out the members here:  Be sure to check it out!

Nov 8, 2013


I'm not sure if you've heard of this site, but it's AWESOME.

They sell gently used clothes at a pretty damn good price.  If you need to restock your wardrobe, are just looking for some new, easy staples, or going for a complete change, check them out.

They also have kids clothes, AND buy back YOUR used clothes!  You can send them a bag (for free!) of clothes you have laying around, and they give you money!  Either cash, or credit for the site. 

I've got lots of work clothes from here, and I've loved almost everything.  Returns are free if it doesn't fit, just pay the shipping.  (if it fits, it ships!)

ThredUp contacted me to be an ambassador (apparently I spend too much money there. lol), and offered a 30% off discount code for new customers.  That's better than their free shipping promo going on!  Use promo code: SAVETU30 to get your deal! 

They also have sales going on all the time.  The last pair of GAP dress pants I ordered were $8.99.  That's cheaper than a clearance rack!  I'm still waiting for them to carry better workout clothes. :P

Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Oct 4, 2013

Whole30 Success! (a little late)

It's been over a month since we've finished the Whole30.  I'm slacking at blogging, as usual.

August 30th we finished the Whole30.  A whole 30 days of super clean, REAL FOOD.  Here's what I learned:

1. It's not.that.hard.  - Seriously, not that difficult.  Sure it's a PITA to cook every.single.meal., but make a plan, and stick to it!  You'll find it's easier to eat at home then eating out... 

2.  Restaurants suck.  There is soy in EV.ER.Y.THING.  Seriously, Chipotle?  Ruining everything with soybean oil...  Moe's?  Why does your steak need to have "milk products" in it? It's fucking STEAK.  Blech.  Also, sweet potatoes with added sugar? What the what?  C'mon people.

3.  People will think you're weird. - You'll have to explain what you're doing, and why you're doing it, multiple times.  Get used to it.  Memorize it.  Give them your It Starts with Food book.

4.  You will feel FAN-fucking-TASTIC. -  They aren't kidding. 

5.  It's a good thing I like to cook.  We had a different meal for dinner for each day (with the exception of burgers.  There were quite a few nekkid burgers).  This challenge would have been mighty boring eating the same thing every day.

6.  I miss pancakes.  Paleo pancakes, but pancakes.  And waffles.  I made pumpkin pancakes that weekend and I swear they were the best thing I've ever tasted.

7.  I don't miss bread.  I DO miss ice cream.  And alcohol.  And snacks.

8.  I love eggs.  Scrambled eggs with Tessamae's hot sauce has been my favorite breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, ever.  Omelettes are the shit.

10.  Sweet potato fries, fried in coconut oil, are the best thing since sliced bread.  But better.

11.  We need a bigger dishwasher.  I've been running it once a day, and that's not enough.  It's full of tupperwares 24/7.

12.  We're going to keep eating like this as much as possible.  I won't be too picky about going out to eat, but we don't do that often to begin with.  We're only going off-roading if it's reaaaaallllyy worth it.  Paleo "treats" only on the weekend.

We have started adding stuff back, and I'm happy that the "reactions" haven't been all that bad Sure, I still feel tired, sluggish, bloated and crampy, but it's nothing I can't deal with occasionally.  Gluten (beer), and sugar, and probably soy were tested this weekend, with no major issues.  Dairy isn't all that nice to us, so we've cut it down significantly.  I've had ice cream once, and I'm sure it's in some of the food we eat out (I'm looking at you, STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SYRUP), but for the most part, we've cut dairy.  I don't really miss it (thanks to coconut milk), and my face is thanking me for it :)

SO! Drumroll please........................

I'm sure you want the "final" results, eh?  Sean and I both lost 8 lbs.  Down almost 2% body fat.  I PR'd my deadlift by 10#s.  Sean's a beast and racked all our weights, and did 320#, twice.  I ran my fastest 2 miles, ever, without running for 6+ months.  We feel great, and don't feel deprived.  It's awesome what eating real food and not processed crap/chemicals will do for you!

Day 1 off Whole30:

I made THE BEST PALEO PIZZA EVER to celebrate.  Seriously, amazing.  I don't think I'll ever make a regular pizza again.  A- It's not worth it unless it's NJ/NY pizza.  B- This is a bangin substitute.  It was still technically whole30 compliant with the ingredients, but some might call it "SWYPO" ;)  I topped it with sauce, sausage, peppers, and onions.  #NOMS

Saturday was fantasy football draft day, so of course there were beers.  Pumpkin beers.  This was the gluten test.  So far so good.

And paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  <---I added an egg to that recipe.

Some Whole30 Approved foods!

Aug 18, 2013

Primal Peach Cobbler

I'm once again stuck with a fruit from our CSA that I have no idea what to do with.  We don't particularly like peaches, so just eating them was out of the question.  Next best thing? Baking!  

I made some coconut milk ice cream to go along with this and it was uh-maz-ing.  You should try it. ;)

Primal Peach Cobbler
Inspired by Smitten Kitchen and Fed and Fit

4-5 peaches, chopped
1/2 cup organic cane sugar/coconut sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

1 1/4 cup almond meal
3/4 cup pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp organic cane sugar/coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter (8 tbsps), room temperature

Preheat oven to 375.  Peel and chop peaches and mix with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in 8 x 11 baking dish.
In small pan on stove, toast pecans until lightly browned and smell nutty, about 3-5 min. Watch closely and stir often so they don't burn.  Set aside to cool. 

Mix together almond meal, cinnamon and sugar.  When pecans have cooled slightly, coarsely chop using food processor, slap and chop, or a knife (be careful!). Add chopped pecans to almond flour.

Cut butter into small pieces and mix into almond flour mixture using pastry blender, fork, or your hands. 

Sprinkle topping evenly over peaches in baking dish. Bake for 40-45 min.  Let cool slightly and serve vanilla coconut milk ice cream.  Yum!

The ice cream is necessary.

Whole30, Take two.

Attempting this once again.  I think I made it two weeks last August, but I'm determined to make the whole 30 days this time!  Sean's on board for this go round, so that'll make it easier (I hope!).

So far we've survived the beach, a Phillies game, and a family visit.  In the first 7 days.  Apparently we're busier than I thought in August!  Or we're just spontaneous.  Let's go with that.

We're more than halfway through! So far it's easier than I thought it would be. Yes, I want ice cream every night, but knowing I can't have it, not just that I shouldn't, really helps.

And yes, I did stay up until midnight a few times prepping/cooking foods so we'd have lunch the next day.  It's a good thing I like to cook.

I've made a meal plan for dinners through the month of August.  I just have to keep figuring out breakfast/lunches.  HB eggs and deli turkey are getting old, quickly.

I should start making a list of all the foods I'm really missing.  Beer.  Ice cream.  Cheeeeeeeeeeeese.   Surprisingly, I'm not missing the cream in my coffee as much as I thought I would.  (Good) black coffee is actually pretty delicious on it's own.  Once I get past the fact that there's no cream in it.  haha  And Americano > Black coffee.  Mmmmm so delicious!

The WOD a few weeks ago was terrible.  I don't know if it was the fact that it was the 4th day in a row, or the 155# back squats, orrrrrrrrrrr GHD SITUPS (damn them), but it still hurt to walk Wednesday (from Monday!).  We planned to take off tuesday, but the DOMS was just so bad that it called for two rest days.  Oh well, life happens. 

 Then earlier this week we did heeeeeeeavy deadlifts.  I'm pretty sure my hamstrings are STILL sore.  I think I need to get into this post-workout snack thing.  However, I wasn't tired during the WOD!  Day 15, and I think I'm starting to feel the "tiger blood" :). I think we may consider eating this way for the long term. 

Here's some eats from the past two weeks:

Paleo pad Thai from "Well Fed"

Taco salad! Love me some guac.

Attempting to stretch post-WOD.  Not happening.

These La Croix drinks have been a lifesaver.

Watermelon + ice + lime juice, top with La Croix lime.

Somebody is not so happy about the Whole30 ;)

So we'll probably keep this up for awhile after 30 days.  It's not as difficult as it seems, except for eating out, that sucks.  And beer. And pizza. Lol.  Having Sean do it as well for support really helps.  Not stepping on the scale has been tempting, but I'm excited to see what the final results are.  12 more days!

Jul 10, 2013

Seriously, 26? How did we get so old?

Last week was my birthday.  Remember when every birthday required a party or get together of some sort? When did that stop? When did I not care about seeing everybody to celebrate my day of birth?

I even WORKED on my birthday.  I know.  Blasphemy.  This must mean I'm REAAAAALLLLYY old.

But I more than made up for that with a(n unintentional) 6 day weekend.  No complaints here :)

After work we started the celebration with a birthday WOD. 26 (age) reps of 7 (month) exercises.  I initially had 3 rounds (day), but Sean talked me out of that one.  Good idea, babe.

(Future reference: don't let me write your birthday workout)

It was rough.  

I sported my new Under Armor headband that I got on our trip to the UA HQ in Baltimore.  It's awesome (the store, and the headband)

Then we cleaned up and went for sushi.  Sean's idea.  Fantastic idea. It turned out to be 1/2 price wine night, so sommmmebodyyyy got an entire bottle of wine to herself.  Worth it!

And obVEE we had to get ice cream. It's just not a birthday without ice cream.  And Sean got me this sweet new tablet.

I guess turning 26 isn't so bad  :-)