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.

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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.

 

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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!

 

Regionals Review

Hi!  Did you miss me?  It’s been a while… big girl life has started to take over and just as I’m getting into the groove of my schedule, it’s going to all change starting Tuesday!  Helloooo again to early mornings!

Well, one the most exciting weekends of the year is over – CrossFit Regionals.  I got to watch two of my coaches compete and kick some CrossFit a$$!  Watching beasts knock out some heavy weights and crazy WODs got the gears in my head turning again and now I have even more goals to add to my list.  I would love to compete with a team there someday, maybe in two years…. Bottom line, I want to be a bada$$ beast like the girls there.  It also was reassuring to see tall girls there… there’s hope!

Me and the man

Go Tim!!!!

Coach Tom!

AMEN!

I had a gazillion pictures and videos, but they didn’t do justice to seeing it all in person.  Watching the top athletes do muscle-ups with ease and throw around big weights makes everything look easy.  Then I remember how much hard work it takes and how much pain and time is put into it and it makes me want to grow up to be a CrossFit athlete.  Screw work and everything else.  Let’s WOD all day and play in the gym.  Who needs all that other stuff?

Speaking of stuff, I bought more clothes.  That means that almost 90% of my closet is stuffed with CrossFit related shirts… not to mention headbands and knee socks.  I think I have more knee socks than regular socks… I have a problem.

So what did I do on the way home from the most motivating weekend ever??  Cheated.  Me and Cole stopped at this small place and decided we deserved a small treat after three days of all-out cheering.  We split some cheesy pub chips and then I got pulled pork and nibbled at a few baked beans.  Have I mentioned that my body doesn’t agree with dairy?  Cheese is the worst.  We were only about an hour away from being home so when we were about 25 minutes away, it felt like I was getting stabbed in my stomach and I knew the cheese had hit.  I learned my lesson.  Then it started raining ungodly hard so it was not a fun drive the rest of the way home.  Cheese + Caroline = sick.  I won’t go into details, ha!

My body is still sore, thanks to my sister for writing me up a Westside Barbell workout to help build up my upper body strength.

I felt like a T-Rex when I was done.  I had to drive back up to Bloomington right after this and holding the steering wheel felt terrible.  Good thing I have knees that help drive =)

Know what else I found out I’m doing Saturday?  COMPETING in a small competition.  OMG I’m already nervous.  I love competing but sometimes my nerves take over, so I figure that if I want to eventually make it to Regionals, I need to learn to stay calm.  Hopefully they have on-sight bathrooms.  Even though this is nothing like Regionals, you have to start somewhere right?   But, it will be a blast so I’m excited!

Then that night is a 2-year CrossFit Instinct party!  #pumpedcity.  Let’s just say that there is probably going to be some drunken handstands, pullups, pistols, and other fun things involved.  CrossFit people are so fun!

I’ll leave you with goals/timeline that my sister wrote on the CrossFit Instinct white board.  Time to dial in and get serious!

Oh, and I got to see Chevelle in concert last night.  A-freaking-mazing.  They officially are my new favorite; I love them more than I already did.  They sounded awesome.  Be jealous.

Busy as a Bee

I have been a terrible blogger lately.  It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to sit here and aimlessly type about everything that comes to mind; it’s been a hectic week and probably will be for the next 2 weeks!  Saturday was my mom’s birthday, Monday was my birthday, I have 3 finals this week, party on Friday, Graduation Saturday, and I have to be moved out of my place by Saturday.  Then Monday is the first day of my internship.  Whoa.  All so exciting!!!

Needless to say, I haven’t made any new food this week.  Come to think about it, I have nothing in my fridge right now… just some hard-boiled eggs and shredded zucchini. Yeah… time for the store tonight!  And most likely I won’t be making anything new or interesting, unlike my sister! ( <—- link to HER blog with some good recipes and pics!)

You know what always makes my day? Especially on my birthday? Flowers!

Both my mom and my sister got me some beautiful flowers! =) Lovely!

My other sister cooked me an amazing Whole30 dinner!  It’s so nice to have your sister living in the same college-town as you! And one that is willing to cook, make it Whole30, and make it taste super good!

Lettuce wraps!

We had some good (and needed) laughs over some TV shows and got to chatter up our excitement for Wednesday afternoon.  We are both done with finals that day, she defends her thesis, and we will both be done with school!!! Know what that means?  We’re goin’ to The Pub!  So today will be my official last day of eating/drinking clean.

Now, I’m not going to go out and shove my face with cheese balls, candy, chips, and fried chicken.  No, I’m just going to drink something that’s not coffee, tea, or water for the first time in over 6 weeks.  I plan on continuing eating clean, even when McDonald’s, the ultimate hangover food, is right down the road.  Some of you may be shunning me for taking a break from all this cleanliness to go out for some drinks, but what did you do to celebrate your college graduation and 22nd birthday? Hmmm??  You only live once, right?

I hope my inner-thigh soreness starts to go away though.  As always, the past few WODs have made me walk funny and have made it uncomfortable to sit.  Just in time for studying and sitting through hours of testing!

Enough jibber-jabber.  I have to study and get in the right mindset to demolish my upcoming WOD:

4 minute AMRAP for 3 rounds:

5 Deadlifts (135/95)

7 KB swings (55/35)

5 Hang power cleans (135/95)

rest 1 minute

I love these movements so I am actually excited to dead, swing, and hang.  HooAh!

Oh, just try to tempt me!

Check your calendars.  Today is officially Tempt Caroline with Everything Day.  It started during my 1 o’clock class when my teacher made everyone cupcakes. And I love cupcakes.  Then, I went to Schnucks and they had SAMPLES of the Lofthouse cookies… Seriously, when are there ever just free cookies sitting out? Especially those melt-in-your-mouth, icing so good cookies.  Next, Barnes & Noble had someone from their Starbucks walking around handing out little cups of their Mocha Chip Frappuccinos with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.  Thank you, society, for making my will power stronger.

I think having a killer WOD a few hours prior also helped me.  I think I could have walked faster on my last 200m run, I was freakin’ beat.  And the humidity was at 200% so it was nice and easy to breathe (not).  But I would have this weather any day over winter!

After all that madness and my temptation-filled hours, I came home and cooked, cooked, cooked.  And did a sh!tload of dishes…. All while listening to Pandora.  What station you ask?  The artist’s name rhymes with fiddle gone.  Get it?  Let’s just say it was bumpin’ in here.

Swiss ChardVeggies minus eggs and meat = 4 days of breakfast!

 

Caroline’s Suprise

 

 

 

 

 

Cool as a cucumber

There should be a rule that Mondays will always be sunny, warm, and not busy; then I might like them a little more.  At least for the first 7 hours of the day.  Waking up knowing that I get to deliver papers in a steamy van while it’s pouring down rain is not my idea of a happy Monday.

Unfortunately, my teacher didn’t cancel my 9 o’clock class… So, I found it more beneficial to stay home and get more homework done.  Did I mention it was raining out?  I swear I’ll go on Wednesday (because it’s my last day of that class)… sorry Mom and Dad.

But, my Mondays always get better when I start jamming to music and get ready to go WOD at Fit Bodies CrossFit.

5 rounds:

5 burpee power cleans (135/95#)

35 double unders

Then, run 400m (or row 500m)

I should have thought ahead and wore different pants for double unders because mine kept slipping down after about 10 double unders.  So that made for a lot of whip marks and a slower time, but oh well.  Definitely a fun WOD and I got to run in the rain afterwards!

After an uplifting, healthy, and exciting hour-ish at my home-away-from-home, I had the pleasure of sitting through 50 minutes of lecture on eating, um, “healthy”.  This might have been the 10th time I’ve heard this lecture so it makes it even more annoying.

“Make 65% of your calories carbohydrates.  Eat whole grains for nutrients.  Avoid fat.  Vegetable oils are “good fat.'”

Seriously.  I want to pull my hair out and scream every time my teacher clicks on a new slide.  I wish I could bring in Robb Wolf and have him grill my teacher.  I can’t wait until all this junk about grains and dairy is shown and taught to everyone so they learn how terrible it is for you.  Ignorance and money.  F-you government!

Enough ranting.  Let me tell you about my wonderful new little treat that I tried last night.  Props to Three-diets-one-dinner for the idea!  I omitted the radishes because they make me want to hurl, but these tuna salad filled cucumbers hit the spot.

Sorry for the craptastic picture. My phone is my only camera.

I have an over-abundance of food in my fridge right now, just waiting to be made into yummy recipes.  I may try some new things tonight!  If only my kitchen was bigger than my bathroom and my stove top cooked food evenly…