What? I still have a blog?!

It’s been exactly 5 months since my last post and SO much has happened since then.  I haven’t been able to blog lately because, since moving back to Springpatch, I haven’t had internet.  As of this past Friday, I finally have it and will be back to posting!  I finished my internship (which was amazing), I moved out of Bloomington-Normal, said a temporary goodbye to my sister (who moved to Arizona – lucky!!!!), I am finally settled into a great new place, working as Manager at Gold’s Gym, and I’m coaching at CrossFit Instinct, aaaand I’m earning MONEY!!!!!!!!  Since way too much more has happened to write about, I’ll tell my story in pictures.

 

I dyed my hair cotton candy pink... I miss having crazy hair!

I dyed my hair cotton candy pink… I miss having crazy hair!

New deadlift PR at the State Fair... 250#

New deadlift PR at the State Fair… 250#

My team competed at the CrossFit State Fair competition

My team competed at the CrossFit State Fair competition

I got my Level 1 certification!!!!!!!

I got my Level 1 certification!!!!!!!

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Cole and I got new tattoos! (Mine's on top).

Cole and I got new tattoos! (Mine’s on top).

I went to visit Liana in Arizona! Miss her so much!

I went to visit Liana in Arizona! Miss her so much!

...and we dressed up for Halloween!

…and we dressed up for Halloween!

I got a new nephew... Li and Jonathan's new baby Jax!

I got a new nephew… Li and Jonathan’s new baby Jax!

A group of us went to O'Fallon and got 3rd place!

A group of us went to O’Fallon and got 3rd place!

Cole and I moved into a new place and got a new 2 year old pup, Lizzy!

Cole and I moved into a new place and got a new 2 year old pup, Lizzy!

...I love Christmas :)

…I love Christmas 🙂

Hope you all have a great Christmas and realize how lucky we all are.  Enjoy the holidays and feel the love all around you. 🙂

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Pistol Pistol Pistol, yeah!

Today is Tuesday, so you know what that means?  Only 2 more days until I’ll be on my way to Missouri to go on one of the most epic float trips with the CrossFit Instinct crew.  I have been looking forward to this weekend since the beginning of summer and am getting more and more excited to spend some quality time with my CFers.

Guess what I did this weekend?  I saw half-naked men dance around.  With my boyfriend.  Yep, we went to see Magic Mike!  I wasn’t one of those girls that were going ape sh*t to see it; it was the only halfway decent movie showing so we decided to see what all the hype was about.  Although the men looked good, I wasn’t walking out of the theater with my jaw hanging on the floor.  I guess CrossFit has prepared me well… I get to watch half-naked, good-looking men thrust and hop around all day anyway.  You’ve got nothing on them, Channing (you’re still pretty though).

Yesterday, I went to the store and stocked up for my final two weeks here in BloNo.  I wore my Vibrams, got stared at, and of course, was the topic of conversation with groups of people waiting in my checkout lane.  “Honey, look at those things!”  “Are those comfortable?”  “Good luck walking to your car with those things!”  As usual, I smiled, recited my spiel, and gave them the fakest laughs ever.  If they only knew what was in my head… (No, these are the most uncomfortable shoes ever.  I just think they are so cute I wear them all the time.  Good luck walking? wtf?) Ok, sorry for being a B.  I should expect this stuff if I wear shoes that look like lizard feet.

Guess what I had so much fun doing yesterday?!  Squat clean thrusters.  Three words never looked so sexy together.  Oh, and burpees.  Thanks, Fit Bodies for keeping me in a post-WOD daze all day and making me sore as sh*t today!

After pushing through a fun little chipper today, I decided to try out some pistols…. I did a pistol, man!  Yep, I finally got them.  I got a video, but not until after I had already done about 10 or 15 of them, so they weren’t 100% perfect.  And I’m blog-challenged and my video won’t upload so you just gotta believe me!

Alright guys, I apologize for no pics or anything fun.  My computer is awesome and not wanting to listen to any commands I want it to do.  So I’ll leave you with some CrossFit jokes I found on this website.  And I’m a blonde so I can make fun of them.

Q: Why did the blonde CrossFitter bring a bottle of Windex to the WOD?

A: She heard they were going to be cleaning.

Q: What did one blonde say to the other during the WOD?

A: You know, I’ve been watching that box for almost an hour and it hasn’t jumped yet.

A CrossFitter’s dream weekend

Oh. my. WOD.I was looking back in my WOD journal and realized I have been the most consistent with my workouts I have ever been for the past 3 months!  I think scheduling days off instead of just winging it has helped a ton; not only that, but my rest days help me mentally and keep me wanting more without feeling burned out.  Speaking of more…

This past Saturday, CrossFit Instinct celebrated the CrossFit Games by doing “2 Girls 1 Guy”.  Here were our WODs:

We started off with the Hero WOD, rested about 20ish minutes, then knocked out Isabel.  As a group, we decided that we didn’t want to break more than 10 minutes and went right into Kelly.  Since this wasn’t a competition and was for fun, many of us did the WODs with partners or broke them down.  I did all 3 with Molly and had so much fun!  I’m not as lazy when someone else is working with me so it’s very beneficial and benefits me mentally and physically.

The beastly crew!

Caught the coaches with some post-WOD drinks haha And Molly showing off her Fit Bodies t!

After this brutal sweatfeast, I got to simmer down in an ice bath.  It was my first time ever in one, so I had no idea what to expect.  I was told the best way to do it was to just get in quick and sink down.  So I did. And it was cold as f*ck.  I felt like I couldn’t breath for about a minute and it was so weird.  After the breathtaking 60 seconds, my body went numb and it felt kind of good.  Since we did this outside, there were plenty of stares from people and a homeless guy was even creeping for a couple of minutes.

surprisingly, the ice bath really helped and I wasn’t sore at all the next day!  It was awesome until later Sunday night I started to get a wee-bit sore.  Needless to say, I would definitely take another ice bath!

Just like old times…except we are much bigger

Watching the CrossFit Games always motivates me and makes me realize how insane all those athletes are.  True freaks of nature.  Repeat champs is always awesome, but all the others that placed were pretty freakin’ sweet and I was happy to see Matt Chan finally placed!  I got to see him at the Arnold this past year and he is one chunk of pure muscle.  I would have liked to see my boyfriend, Graham, place higher but he still rocked it!  Same with all the women; WOW.  They are impressive.  I even put my computer background of a shot of some women before their workout.  Is it weird that I have half-naked beast women on my computer?

After all those WODs, we did what we do best.  Celebrate!  We headed down to Cafe Andiamo to watch more of the Games and sip on some cool drinks.  This was also a goodbye party for one of the [best] coaches at CrossFit Instinct. =(  Matt will really be missed!!!  Of course, everyone had a blast!

This is my new favorite drink- Jeremiah Weed + Diet Mountain Dew + Water = mmmmmm. Thanks to AO, this will be my main choice for the float trip!!

 

Monday morning, I got to wake up and try one of the WODs from the Games

Obviously, the weights were scaled down to us normal people.  I used 95# for the whole thing and stuck with burpee pullups.  This was a effing hard workout, but not too mentally scary since it was only 10 reps of everything.  This was my first time using 95# pounds for thrusters; I hate hate hate thrusters (who doesn’t?!) especially since I feel like they take me forever to move my 5’11” body through the full range of motion.  It was heavy but I did it! As exciting as it was, the WOD made me sore as sh*t and my tricpes and shoulders hurt to touch.  But it hurts so good.

After sweating my @ss off (literally, I was soaked), I was lucky enough to change into dry clothes, just to get them all nice and sweaty before heading into my internship.  When I walked into the double doors, I felt like I had stepped into a freezer.  Apparently, something is broken with the air and it can’t be controlled.  It literally has been 60 degrees in there for the past couple of days.  Usually I’m cold anyway, but everyone was complaining so I know it was truly cold in there.

I even had my North Face on and capris and my lips were still blue (really, I looked dead) and I was shivering.  It was colder than the ice bath!  When I was off, I sat in my car and thawed out.  Yep, it was 97 degrees outside and the inside of my car felt awesome.  If I ever got caught in a real-life situation like in the movie The Grey, I don’t know what I’d do.

Enough complaining.  Time to get ready for the next session of freezing my @ss off.  I hope they fixed it so all my freshly shaved legs don’t grow an inch of hair from my goosebumps.  It’s lovely being a girl.

 

Piccy pics

I’m going to go ahead and pretend it hasn’t been forever since I’ve written on this thing…

Obviously, I’ve been too busy to tell you all about my life, so I’ll sum it up in some pictures!

This was my AMAZING meal that I got at Cafe Andiamo when I went to lunch with my Dad for his birthday.  They have a Paleo-friendly menu; I got the Chipotle Turkey Sliders and some sweet potato chips.  MMMmmmm definitely going back to try more!

Here’s my not-so-Paleo meal that gladly ate while I was in St. Louis for one of my friend’s bachelorette party!  I was a good little cavegirl and didn’t eat the bun, but somehow those homemade chips found their way into my mouth.  So sneaky.

Here’s a group of us CrossFitters out at a club with the bride, Megan, showing off our intoxicated handstands!  Somehow alcohol and CrossFitters always equals handstands and other random movements throughout the night!

 Yes. This is 15.5 ounces of Coconut Oil.  Only $6.99.  Perfect timing because I was out!  I’m going to miss Kroger once I move back home!  Is it weird to get excited about coconut oil?

I know what you’re thinking… this looks like a pile of dog sh*t.  I would have to agree.  If dog sh*t really tasted like these though, I would join my dog, Teddy, out in the yard and scarf down our other dogs doo doo everyday, too!  Ok, besides that, I attempted to make Paleo cookies without any added sugar (honey and so on) and ended up using almond flour, almond butter, apple sauce, carob powder, cinnamon, and an egg.  They were a tad bit dry, but they kept me from driving down to Casey’s and scarfing down some of their cookies or Drumsticks!

Roasted brussels sprouts! Yummmm.  I can’t eat too may at a time though, or else my tummy turns into a rumbling mess and it’s not a good day.

Here’s my dinner that I’ve been eating all week!  Salad with some blueberries, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, and chipotle chicken.  Drizzled of course with my new fav dressing!  Thanks to the cookbook Well Fed, her creamy Italian dressing goes well on everything. Score!

In case you haven’t heard, the CrossFit Games started yesterday and continue this weekend! That means, I will be glued to the live stream alllll weekend.  Saturday, CrossFit Instinct is allowing their members to hang out in the box all day and watch the games.  The catch is that we are doing “2 girls 1 guy’ while watching them!  Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s 2 girl WODs and 1 hero WOD.  Sunday is for sure going to be a rest day!!!

Random story to end on…

There is a young girl who trains where I am interning at and her name is Angel, which is my dog’s name.  During one of the group sessions, I had to voice her name quite often; let’s just say it’s so weird talking to someone with your dog’s name.  What’s even weirder is that when I say ‘Angel’, a human voice responds instead of a wagging tail.  I have to keep myself from petting her head and say ‘sit’….

I think this wins the most boring post of all time, so I apologize!

2 weeks until the CFI float trip.  3 weeks until my internship is over and I move back home with the boy.  Yay!!

WOD are you doing??

Can you believe June’s practically over? That means it’s almost July.  And it’s HOT.  It’s perfect for people like me who keep their apartment at 78 degrees and feel comfortable!  It also means that working out at 5:15am is glorious and I don’t sweat out 10 pounds just during the warm up!

Speaking of WODs, I have had some killer ones since I last wrote.  Let’s start with last week…

Lately, Wednesday’s have been my day off since my schedule works around it and having a planned day keeps me really consistent.  BUT, on the Wednesday that I decided to WOD, I got stuck with doing tons of my weaknesses.  Running and burpees. Puke.

WOD:

1600m Run

150 Double Unders

50 Burpee

800m Run

100 Double Unders

35 Burpee

400m Run

50 DU

20 Burpee

True story.

Then:

There was some “trouble” with our lovely neighbor next door who decided that the members doing farmer’s carry in the parking lot was hazardous and he caused quite the scene.  Little does he know, we renamed the WOD for him.  CrossFitters seem harmless until they get their WOD interrupted! Ha!

On Saturday, I hit up a SWOD (sister WOD) with Molly and it was a beast.

5 Rounds:

5 tap & go power cleans (I used 105#)

5 burpees

200m sprint

rest 3 min.

Then after the last round:

3 rounds

21 KB swings (53#)

rest 1 minute

BRUTAL.

That’s my attempt of writing down my times during my rests.  It was fun to chase someone on the WOD and successfully stay unbroken for all the swings.  SWODs are always so fun!

Yesterday, I got to do my favorite girl WOD- Annie!  I got 6:36 and am not sure if it’s a PR, but I know my last time was 6:30-something so it’s whatever.  Let’s just say that my abs are screaming at me and I have abmat @ss.  I didn’t realize it until I got in the shower… Yeeeeoooooch!

Then I got to make sure that my clavicle bones were strong and do some hang cleans today:

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

hang cleans (115#)

double tap pushups

lateral hops over bar (R/L = 1)

I have been obsessed with all types of cleans since I was taught how to do them, so I was pumped to see some heavier sh*t thrown in there!  Now my collar bones and thumbs kill, but it’s all worth it in the end!!

In one month, I will be in Missouri with a boat load of CrossFitters floating down the river!  It’s going to be one crazy @ss time and I am so ready to do it! I can only imagine how many handstand attempts and woozy WODs will be tried… As the saying goes, work hard, play hard, right?!

I must leave now.  I’m sitting outside (yes, it says it’s 98 degrees – told you I’m a freak) and just looked up and saw 3 wasps nests.  Bzzzzzz.

 

 

 

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Can you believe it’s Monday, June 18th?!  I’ve been graduated for over a month, I’m halfway done with my internship, and it’s already the third week of the Paleo challenge.  Speaking of that, I had to subtract points for cheating for the first time since the start of the challenge.  Saturday night, I had a glass of wine and Sunday I had wings… and they were pretty darn yummy.

But, I’m 100% back on track and didn’t feel too icky after divulging into non-Paleo goodies; I’m just proud I didn’t give into any of the homemade pies or cookie dough cupcake (what the f, YUM) that were at the Farmer’s Market.  That place would be the ultimate place to get cheat food, take it home, curl up and nibble all day.  Good thing I know that side effects and would have a week full of headaches, clothes that don’t fit, and constant trips to the porcelain throne.

Yesterday, I went to the gym and got to do a WOD with fellow beasts; they did 4 workouts but I peaced out after 1 so I could spend some more time with my boy before leaving again for the week.  Here’s the one I did partnered with Molly:

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Bent knee good mornings (95, 105, 115, 120, 135, 145)

Ring Dips

Accessory movements:

GHR partner assisted 2 x 12

Hip extensions 1 x 30

Standing db throwbacks 3 x 12 @ 30#

If I wasn’t partnered with her, I probably wouldn’t have gone as hard!  It’s so nice to have someone to work with and push you harder than normal, especially when it’s your older sister who you’ve been trying to catch up to since the old days at Muscle Corp.  and playing hours of 1-on-1 basketball on the driveway!

The most exciting thing I did this weekend was REGISTER FOR MY CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION!!!!!!!! I wanted to do it before the end of 2012 and finally gave in and signed up.  September 8th & 9th are going to be dates that I will never forget.  What makes it better is that I get to go with 6 fellow CrossFit Instinct members – I. Cannot. Wait.  I went to bed feeling excited, nervous, and happy with the decision I made.

Then my ‘beautiful’ iPhone harp alarm went of at 4am, letting me know that I need to get my @$$ up and go workout.  I knew what I had coming because I woke up around midnight and checked the WOD for Fit Bodies.  More hamstring work with overhead stuff… hellooooo triceps and legs!  All I can say is that walking up the 3 flights of stairs to my apartment isn’t cool.  Every step I feel like I’m going to fall backwards.  Needless to say, carrying 10 bags full of veggies and meat up those stairs felt like a WOD.

After catching my breath and gathering myself, I spent 2 hours cooking!  Thanks to Nelly radio on Pandora, it made things go a lot quicker.

So this was my attempt at making zucchini fritters… they didn’t come out very pretty or presentable.  But, they taste awesome so that’s all that matters!  I didn’t really measure anything too precisely but here’s what’s in them:

-6 small shredded zucchini

-1 red onion

-1/2 cup broccoli cabbage mix

-Cholula sauce

-3 eggs

-1/4ish cup coconut flour

-spices

This picture is only half of what it made… I am cooking for all week so now I have plenty!

 

Doesn’t this look like puke? Haha it looks disgusting, but is actually pretty good.  I’m going to use it on meats and mix in with tuna and salmon.  I will probably add other stuff to it too, like avocado or paleo mayo, depending on my food mood.

-almost a full bunch of Kale

– 1/2 can tomato sauce

-1 can green olives

-some olive oil & lemon juice

-spices

-almonds

This was basically to get rid of some things in my kitchen, so it’s trial and error with ingredients.  I really just wanted to throw raw kale in the food processor and see what happened… and this happened.  Puke-looking, um, Pesto?

 

My favorite!  Paleo Mayo .  This mixes with everything and can be tweaked into any flavor with some spices and imagination!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and this is what happens when you get lazy scraping the mayo out of the food processor.  I was sad that almost 2 tbsp. of my beloved mayo was now inedible and all over the floor.  Grr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also cooked up some beets, eggs, and meat.  Now all I have to do all week is eat.  And I never ever have problems with that!

 

Blueberries and Jelly Beans

Having less ‘real’ school work has been amazing.  People always told me to “cherish my time in college” because once I started working in the real world, I would want to go back in time.  I have never been the I-love-school type of person; I like to work, especially when it’s something I’m passionate about.  Even though I just graduated, I would not want to go back to daily classes, homework, tests, constant deadlines, and minimal income, if any (well, I’m still getting through that last part, but only a couple more months as an unpaid intern).

With that said, I have had more time to get more involved in the things I love – cooking, blogging, reading, having weekends with no homework (well, besides a weekly report due), and listening to some of my favorite audio.  Do you know who Dr. Wayne Dyer is?  You should.  My mom introduced me to his work a few years back and things have totally changed for me.  Since I have more time to actually listen to things while I’m not studying or homework, I’ve started becoming more aware of a number of things… and it feels lovely!

Here he is… Such a wonderful person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, since most of my days start at 4am, I am back home around 3pm, at the latest.  My internship supervisor is so cool and usually let’s us leave early, so some days I’m home around noon.  On those days, I take advantage of it and head out to the pool for a bit to enjoy the rare warm weather of Illinois (and that fact that I can walk to the apartment pool!).  When I’m not prepping or cooking food, writing papers, cleaning, or doing other fun things, I’m gathering music.

I’m obsessed with music.  One of my nicknames (thanks to my sisters) is DJ C-Dub; come to find out, there actually is a real DJ C-Dub… that sucker stole my name!  The past week, I have downloaded some monstrous songs and blasted them in my car and in  my apartment.  Wanna know what I listen to?  Anything from Young Jeezy, Five Finger Death Punch, Skrillex, LMFAO, Chris Brown, Chevelle… then the soothing voice of Dr. Wayne Dyer.  If people heard all this (maybe they do), they probably think I’m an ADD music-aholic.  And they’re right.

I also just got on Spotify! Hooray!

I had a dream last night.  A dream about cheating on the Paleo challenge.  What’s wrong with me and dreams about eating bad food?  I’m not even craving anything bad and am totally cool where I’m at.  In the dream, I ate… get ready… jelly beans.  Ew, seriously?  That’s not even a food I would ever imagine slipping into a sugar coma for.  Then I lied about it and didn’t write on my recording sheet that I cheated.  I’m a lying jelly bean eater cheater.  Can you tell I have an exciting life?

One thing that is exciting is that I love my internship and working with young athletes.  There’s this one kid there (he’s probably 10 or so) who told me he was too tired to do anything because he was up late talking to his girlfriend on Facebook.  He then continued to tell me that they talked about marriage and that he wants 3 or 6 kids.  I thought it was pretty hilarious and kept egging him on, but it was kind of creepy how serious he was about everything.

Random facts of the day:

-Blueberries are my new obsession.  Expensive, but worth it if you only eat them one at a time.  I even brought them to a movie with me.

-There are killer pigeons that live outside of my window.  And they sh*t on my car like there’s no tomorrow…. and it kind of looks like blueberries.  Sick.

-My legs feel like they got beat with a bat while I was sleeping.  Thank you deadlifts, front squats, and squat cleans.

-Paleo challenge.  Almost 2 weeks down, 5 more to go.  Then time for the most epic float trip ever!

That’s all.  I have to go get ready to deal with these little athlete munchkins for the rest of the day!