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. 🙂

Paleo Challenge update!

Do you ever have days were you just feel… lazy? Well, yesterday was one of those days.  Usually after my WOD at 5:15am (yep, I’m a morning WOD freak) I feel amazing and ready to take on anything.  But, after sprints, hang squat cleans, and front squats, I just felt like I got hit by a train.  My contacts felt blurry all day and I had no appetite (yeah, me not wanting food? Weird.).  I had slept for about 6.5 the night before so maybe that’s why.  I’m an 8 hour per night sleeper; any more or any less I feel too tired.  I even came home after work and fell asleep for about an hour, but still felt like I wanted to lay around all day.  After a trip to the store, some dinner, homework, and showering, I was in bed at 8:15.  The feeling of laying in bed when you are tired might just be the best feeling ever!  Buuuut, the reason I wrote about my case of the lazies was because lately, I have been feeling just great.  Know why?

PALEO CHALLENGE!  Today’s officially day 9 (day 10 for my personal record since I started one day early) and I feel super.  I’m not trying to rub it in your face, but not straying from natural, whole foods feels so rejuvenating and refreshing… you should try it.

Here’s been one of my go-to meals that is quick to make and can be made in multiples so you can have tons of leftovers.  I’ve talked about it before but this time, I made some dip to go along.  I know it doesn’t look the most appetizing, but it’s some avocado, cayenne pepper, Cholula Hot Sauce, tiny bit of Paleo Mayo, pepper, and garlic powder.  So yummy!

 

Spaghetti squash… You are always a battle.  Whether I microwave you or cut you raw, you either always burn my hands, make a mess, or almost chop my fingers off.  Either way, I still think you are mighty tasty and love having you in my life.

 

 

Since extra mobility is a bonus point for the Paleo challenge, I have once again become best friends with my foam roller and lacrosse ball.  I just hope the noise of me rolling back and forth can’t be heard by the people below me.  That’d just be weird.

 

 

 

Eating clean also means having extra good WODs; this particular WOD knocked me on my a$$ for a few days.  My 5:15am CrossFit class is pretty big, so by the time I was done warming up for the cleans, the combo of weights I needed were taken.  It was either go big or go home.  I was feeling extra energized so I figured why not use 135# and try to get a couple?  I surprised myself and was able to use it through the whole WOD, but I only got 129 total reps (over 7 rounds), but that’s 24 power cleans.  At a weight that was 5 pounds under my previous max!! I was so pumped! After coming down from my CrossFit/Paleo high that day, the soreness kicked in.  I was beat for the rest of the week!  But, that was the highlight of my month, so I’ll take it!

 

 

 

Ah, the soothing sound of a computer printer.  I went and bought ink so the stupid reminder would stop popping up every 5 seconds on my screen and now it tells me the other cartridge is out and it won’t print my report.  Wonderful.  Sometimes, technology bugs the sh*t out of me.  And this awesome website isn’t posting things right.  AH!

Happy Tuesday!!

A new journey

Yesterday was the first official Monday of post-graduation life/ summer.  And what’s that include?

  • 12-weeks as an intern
  • new schedule
  • new-ish apartment (well, I moved into my sister’s while she’s in moving transition to Arizona)
  • homework…still. Thank you, teacher.
  • REGIONALS! (as a spectator, duh)
  • CrossFit Instinct 2 year party
  • FLOAT TRIP!

As for the internship, it. is. awesome.  I love the place I am at already; the people are great and I get to work with younger kids/teens and do functional training.  So fun!  The not so fun part?  My teacher is making us write reports every week to keep her updated on how things are going… I know, just plain nosey.  My schedule is total opposite than what it was during the school year (for now), so I am not starting my day until later instead of super early.  But, it’s a nice relief to be able to sleep in a bit and not get up at the butt crack of dawn to drive a van.  I don’t miss that at all.

I am missing my regular cable, though!  I can’t watch all my Bravo and Food Network shows every night :(, but I do have Netflix now, so my new thing is Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  I’ve never watched it before so 88 episodes will keep me occupied for quite some time.  Moving is so hectic and I’m glad things worked out so I can live in my sister’s place for a couple months until I move back to Da Field, but that means: 2 girls in one apartment, both with a lot of clothes, bathroom accessories, and food.  I never thought I’d live with someone with more bathroom/perfume stuff than me (ahem, I packed a duffel bag full of smell-good stuff), but I think my sister wins on this one! (haha sorry, Liana, but you have a lot of stuff! =) Love you!)  BUT she lives at a place with a pool so you know where I’ll be on the weekends!

Since I’ve started a new schedule, it’s taking time to figure out when and what to eat.  The other day, I made a big thing of roasted root veggies and mixed it with some grass-fed beef so I can have dinner ready when I get home.  I’m starving by the time I walk in the door and if I don’t have something made, I seem to pick and snarf down all my food while I’m waiting for my real dinner to cook.  Oink oink.

Here’s what it turned out as:

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I used: 4 parsnips, handful of baby carrots (I hate cooked carrots but I needed to get rid of them), one turnip, 4 small beets, 1 medium eggplant, some basil, pepper, salt, garlic, and coconut aminos.  I wanted to throw more veggies in there but there was no room!  I baked it at 375 degrees for about 40ish minutes and it went perfect mixed with some ground beef!

For now, that’s all I’ve had time to make, besides some eggs and maybe chicken tonight.

Want to know something cool?  I got a new back squat PR yesterday! woohoo!  I thought that after drowning myself in alcohol and some cheats that I would feel extra achey and weak, but nope!  A combo of good energy and positive thinking helped me fight through 190# back squat for the first time!  Next goal is to get over 200#, that would be amazing.  Or get a muscle-up, like my sister did!!! yay! I’m so happy for her!

Alright, time to get my WOD on.  3, 2, 1…Go!