A total 180 in 10 minutes

Frustration just drained into my blood.  I needed to get away from my humid and sticky apartment and get my final paper for a class written, so I drove to Starbucks, ordered a Vanilla Rooibos Tea, opened up my computer, got out my folder that had the instructions for the final in it and…. no paper.  Son of a…  And I’m not about to pack up my stuff, drive home, get my paper, and drive back out here.  Is that being stubborn?  Lazy?  Maybe.

All I know is that it’s been one of those days.  You know, the ones where you drop every third bundle of papers during delivery, where it’s 100% humidity out and your hair looks like you’ve rubbed a balloon all over it, and you’re so bloated that you feel like wearing oversized t-shirts and lying around all day.  Yeah, one of those days.  I’m not being a negative Nancy here or anything (that’s never the answer to anything!) but I’m just putting it out there and accepting it.

Two days of class and three finals stand between me and summer.  And by summer, I mean a 12-week, full-time, no-pay internship.  At least I like the place I’ll be at and the people there!  Have you gotten the drift that I can’t wait to be done with school??  I’m ready to go back to being a full-time gym rat and not worry about assignments or class.

Today, my last ever fitness column was published in the Daily Vidette.  Want to see it?  Here ya go.  It will be weird to get out of the routine of doing those!

Want to know something cool?  I forgot to subtract one minute off my WOD time yesterday (since I started with 1:00 on the timer).  That boosted my ego a bit yesterday as I remembered it!  Yesterday’s brutality, I mean WOD, consisted of:

4 rounds:

20 front squats (95#/65#)

20 push ups

Front delts were on FIRE!  A good burner though.  Can’t say the same for today’s…

16 minute AMRAP:

run 400m

15 push press (95#/65#)

This one was more of run, burn the shoulders for a second, and run again.  My least favorite thing.  And it was even sweeter that the smell of Dairy Queen was wafting in my mouth and nose as I was scooting along my 400m.  Gross.  This WOD sucked the life out of me and it was necessary to fall to the ground after the last push press rep was done at 15:56.

Thank god for WODs or else I would be a total b!tch some days.

Anywho, today is day 36 of Whole30.  I honestly have just lost count and it feels normal to eat this way all the time which is awesome.  I made-a some more-a MEATZA! and added some broccoli slaw (thanks for the suggestion, Liana!) on top and more olives since those are bomb.  Currently, I am using my dehydrator to dry out some zucchini to make “chips” so I’m sure I’ll munch down on those soon.  I keep saying I want to make some sauces for stuff; I guess the rain and nasty weather has made me super duper lazy and I haven’t accomplished much lately.  Besides being a clutz (klutz? hm.. you get the point).

Since sitting down and being a clumsy mess, the sun has started to shine and I can see the blue sky!  This time it’s the real blue, not clouds about to burst out some rain.  Woohoo!  Thanks for listening to what goes on in my head.  This blog and O.A.R. radio have kept me sane for the day.  I might actually get up and go walk around for a bit since I can feel my hams and hips tightening up every minute I sit here. I swear I’m going to start bringing my lacrosse ball wherever I go and sit on it to rub my hammies.  People already stare when I wear my knee socks, vibrams, or have chalk all over me, so it’d be nothing out of the ordinary to mobilize in public.  Right?

Iiiiiiit’s Friday!

I officially made it through  day 30 of the Whole30 challenge.  So, I decided day 31 called for a little reward…

I drove to McDonald’s and got the pancake breakfast with extra syrup, a bacon-egg McMuffin, and a yogurt parfait.  I hit up Starbuck’s on the way home to grab a Venti White Mocha Latte and slurped it down before I even had a chance to walk into my apartment.

HA! Got ya! Juuuuust kidding!  That’d be awful.  Today is like every other day of eating for me… Egg quiche for breakfast with some avocado.  So much better than the carb coma um, “breakfast” that I wrote about above.  Ew, if I really ate that, I would either be passed out about to explode or in the bathroom all day.  Make that all week.  Prior to being strict Whole30 or Paleo, I learned my lesson the hard way about cheating and I’m not sure I want to experience that again.

Yesterday might have been a near-perfect day.  For one, it was warm and sunny which made for minimal goosebumps and freezing hands (that’s always a plus!!). Two, the lunch crew WOD was buzzing with super motivating and positive energy and we all killed the WOD!  Here’s what we did:

13 min AMRAP:

5 hang power cleans (95#/135# or 115#/155# for Rx+)

10 plyo pushups

150m sprint

I was feeling extra good and tried 115# and did it!  One note: hook grip is an absolute must.  I lost my hook on the 4th rep of one of my rounds and figured I’d just do my last rep with overhand grip. Uh, BAD IDEA.  The bar went flying and I almost made the chalk bucket spill everywhere.  While I was successful getting my front rack and shrug, apparently I wasn’t getting under it enough.

Yeah, I have a sweet bruise on my collar bone and it hurts.  All I need is to draw eyes and a mouth and it will look like a clown nose.

Besides having a fantastic time WODing, I reached a new and long-awaited goal!  I did one unassisted ring dip!  Thanks to Coach Janelle for pushing me! =)

I have found that up-ing the food in my post-WOD meal has helped me stay full waaaay longer than before.  Score!

To keep my from going crazy while sitting around doing homework for hours, I went to Starbucks and got an Iced Unsweetened Passion Tea. MMmmm so good.


The Schnucks here started to sell grass-fed beef in the meat department which is freakin’ awesome since it saves me a trip to another store.  And the butcher told me that I was the first one to buy it. 😛  Get used to me, buddy!  I cooked up some meatballs with it last night and it was delish.  Want to know something really weird?  When I opened the package, the raw meat smelled… good.  The thought of it kind of creeped me out because that’s just doesn’t seem normal.

Anyway, it tasted just as awesome as I knew it would; I added the meatballs to some pre-cooked spaghetti squash and tomato sauce and mushrooms.  Why did the mushroom always get invited to all the big parties?  Because he was a fungi.  Why did the fungi leave the party?  Because there wasn’t mushroom.  *Cue laughter*

Don’t you just love cooking spaghetti squash?  I swear I’m going to chopped off my hand or burn off my fingers every time I make it.  I tried microwaving it first before cutting it (I saw that tip on TV) and it kind of worked… After slamming my knife into the raw SOB, I popped it in the microwave for 10 minutes.  I let it cool, or so I thought, and cut off the ends while cursing at it for still being so freaking hot.  The only downside of microwaving it before cutting it was that it was messy and it was harder to get all the seeds out (that made for some suprise seeds in my meal).

So do I recommend it?  Depends.  If you have a huge good knife and a strong arm or a big man to do it for you, cut it raw.  Otherwise, if you get frustrated easily and usually end up pulling the knife out of the squash so hard that it flies in your face, cook it first.

All that hard work for a small bowl of dinner.  And no picture because it looked like a bowl of slop.  I’m challenged when it comes to presentation and would be the first one cut on Chopped if I ever got on the show.

Enough blabbing for today – I have to get right for some mobility and skill work today.  Happy Friday!


Day 30… Hooray!!!

Today is day 30 of my Whole30 challenge; I kind of can’t believe that it’s already here and that I was able to make it 100%.  More than anything, this was a learning experience for me.  Here are the things I have learned over this past month:

Going public was the key.

The reason I started this blog was to put it out there on a public website that I was attempting something that I knew I’d need to be held accountable for.  I didn’t care (and still don’t) if no one reads this, it’s the fact that I can vent about whatever and keep myself on track.  In my head, I felt that if I cheated, I would be held accountable by my blog… Kind of weird, but it has literally helped me so much.  Facebook also helped; I got tips, recipes, and encouragement from so many people =)  Living in a college town surrounded by drunk kids isn’t always the most motivating setting… that’s why I attribute my success to this blog!

When I get bored, I get “hungry”.

This might have been my biggest struggle during the Whole30.  Since this month is April, I am/was finishing up big projects and homework for my final semester here at Illinois State and found myself bored a lot.  By bored, I mean sitting, staring at books, and aimlessly typing on my computer for hours.  I started to notice that I would think I was hungry, but it was more mental than physical.  Even if I would have a good portioned meal, ten minutes later I would be craving more.  This got old fast.  Then, I found my savior.

Vanilla Rooibos tea.  The taste of it is slightly sweet in a weird way, but always satisfied me and kept me from overeating or indulging in the bad stuff.  Who would have thought that tea would keep me on track?  This stuff is bomb.

I need more for my post-workout meal.

I recently just figured this out.  After talking to my sisters and CF coaches about my bad hunger pains about 30 minutes after my normal post-wod meal, they all told me the same thing – EAT MORE!  Usually, I would have 2 hard-boiled eggs and one sweet potato baby food.  So now, I am eating 1.5 or 2 (depending on the wod intensity) baby foods and 2 eggs + 2 whites.  After I run through my baby food storage, I am going to try to switch to real sweet potatoes and see how that goes.  So to all you people who enjoy the aroma of my eggs and the perfect mixture of baby food, I am happily going to keep doing it 😛

Numbers don’t work for me.

Something I didn’t do when starting Whole30 was weigh myself.  I had an idea of where I was because we have to do height and weight for some  of the fitness tests we do in my classes, but I typically hate weighing myself.  I always have and I think it’s because I have always been tall compared to everyone and my numbers were always over what everyone else was, so I would avoid it at all costs.  I have grown out of that stage and I could care less if people know what I weigh, but it’s still a stupid numbers game that is planted in too many people’s heads.  The scale tells you nothing.  I even vented about it in a previous post.

Some people have asked how I track my progress if I don’t weigh myself… DUH! There’s so many ways… I pay attention to the way I feel, how my workouts go, and how my clothes fit.  If I focused on numbers, I would be in a hissy 24/7.  I didn’t bother taking pictures either because I would be too tempted to compare myself and that’s a negative thing for me to do.

My body takes a long time to adjust and change.

Unfortunately, I am not the type that has one of those magical bodies that changes a week after I change something… not even after three weeks do I see a physical difference.  Literally today may be the first day that I noticed a tiny change physically.  I know that it takes an average of 6 weeks for physical changes to happen, but you know how frustrating it can be especially reading people’s success stories after only 20 or 30 days.  That is another reason why I am dragging out my Whole30 for some more time.  Mentally, the changes took place really fast, which is awesome!  So, I have come to peace with the fact that I am a slow-changer and am glad that I started when I did.

I am very sensitive to carbohydrates.

I first found this out when I started living the Paleo life about 2 years ago, but I had no idea just how sensitive I was until this challenge.  I have to limit my veggies, or else I am a bloated gross mess – that goes for all types of veggies.  I can’t eat broccoli (my favorite!), cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or asparagus either.  Those kill my stomach.  So what do I eat, you ask?  Zucchini, kale, and spinach have become my three amigos.  I sparingly add in some root veggies, such as: parsnips, carrots, spaghetti squash, and beets.  Oh! and how could I forget my new fave, swiss chard!  I love my veggies, but I have to limit them unless I want to walk around looking 6 months pregnant.

I have the greatest people in my life.

Throughout my journey, I have received great support from everyone!  I knew that I had amazing people around me, but this really made me see it.  I am lucky to have two “home” CrossFit boxes and each of them has a special place in my heart.  The people at Fit Bodies CrossFit and CrossFit Instinct keep me going, physically and mentally.  Being able to have that community of people is such a huge part in my life and is a positive escape that I know I always have.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I am so grateful that everything has happened the way it has.  So here’s to you… Thank you!


So yes, after I brush my teeth tonight and lay in bed, it will officially be the end of 30 days of this learning experience.  As I have said earlier, I am going to continue living by these guidelines… until May 9th.  Why that day? Well, don’t hold it against me.  That’s the last day of my finals and my sister and I are going to celebrate!  She is graduating with her Master’s and I will have my Bachelor’s degree… and it’s 2 days after my 22nd birthday, so I say that’s reason to have a drink.  Or three. Or more.

Besides that, I want to keep eating good – No excuses for small cheats or excuses.  The thing is I know I can do it, so it’s just a matter of doing it!  The day I sip my first non-Whole30 drink will be day 43, so I will hae completed 42 days of a super clean lifestyle.  That’s 6 weeks.  It’s already been kind of a roller coaster of emotions, cravings, bloatings, headaches and wonderful highs from clean eating.  And I don’t regret one bit of it.

Dirty jokes and bison banks

Serioiusly, I’m going to cry.  My internet has been so f’d up lately and is SUPER annoying when I’m trying to get stuff done.  And every other computer program sucks, too.  See my rants below.

Until then, I’m going to start this post off with a joke… Brace yourself, it’s a little dirty…

A broccoli stem, a pickle and a penis were talking about their awful lives.  The broccoli stem said, “My life sucks, when I get big and fat, they cut me up and cook me”. The pickle said, “When I get big and fat they cover me in vinegar & throw me in a jar”. The penis said, “When I get big and fat they pull a plastic bag over my head, stick me in a dark, damp room and bang my head against the wall till I throw up and pass out!”

Hah. found that online and thought that was pretty good.  On that note, I repeated some of my meal last night again for dinner.  Broccoli and mushrooms sauteed in coocnut oil with balsmic vinegar and a bison burger.  Can you tell I’ve been pretty obsessed with bison lately?  I went to Naturally Yours (in Normal) to pick up some coconut flakes and of course I bought more than I planned on originally – Grass fed bison was calling my name, so of course I had to buy it.

My sister used to have a bison-piggy bank (bison-y bank?) when we were little.  How weird is that?  Maybe that’s why I like it so much.

Anyway, got through my WOD today (thanks to Molly for this one)… 400m row, 15 ring pullups, 300m row, 12 c2b pullups, 200m row, 9 strict chin ups, 100m row.  Tougher than I thought and I can feel my lats already getting sore!  Plus I haven’t rowed in a long time, so that always is a burner.  But, that was nothing compared to how the rest of my afternoon went.

My wonderful teacher assigned us a huge paper towards the beginning of the semester.  Nooo, I didn’t wait until the last minute to do it; I actually had a lot done.  It’s due tomorrow (Friday the 13th go figure) and I didn’t think I was going to make it.  I’m just going to put this out there.  Microsoft Word sucks. Especially when it’s a 40 page paper that’s in different segments, needs page numbers, and has to have headings.  I almost threw my computer out the window.

As soon as I was done, I finally went to print.  It felt I just hit a PR because I was finally done.  Ooooh no, I was wrong.  After a slight victory dance, I looked down and my ink was out.  UUUUGGGGHHH.  The worst part is that I was hungry and was about to start cooking my heavenly broccoli that I was pumped for, but I had to go buy ink.  Fail.  Goodbye $20 that I could spend on something more useful.  And goodbye 20 minutes that I had to stand in line at the bookstore instead of getting ready to plow some Whole30 goodness.

If that’s the worst of my worries, I guess I have it pretty good. Ha!  Oh, and today’s day 16.  Chugga chugga, chugga chugga, I think I can, I think I can… two weeks.

I want to give a shout-out to my parents… Today is their 33rd anniversary; together for 39 years!  Isn’t that awesome?!  They are two of the coolest people I know.  They are the ultimate CrossFit and Paleo beasts and are truly strong in all aspects of life.  I love you, Mom and Dad! xoxo

Lesson of the day: No matter what I do, Vanilla Rooibos Tea purchased at Starbucks (and made by their baristas) always turns out 10 times better than when I make it 😦 wah.

No Easter hangover for me!

Ohmygoodness.  I just realized it’s day 13 out of day 30.  And I’ve made it through 2 full weekends, which were always my downfall; wings and dried fruit always seemed to creep in on a Saturday or Sunday… Not this time! Woo!  Easter was also yesterday, which is usually my ultimate candy cheat day.  I remember when I was maybe in 3rd or 4th grade and I gave up some sweets for Lent – including my favorite breakfast, S’mores Pop Tarts.  Man, I could eat the $h!t out of those things.  I would always usually give up sweets for Lent because it was something that I loved, so when Easter rolled around (AKA Lent was over), it was go time.  The Easter bunny always loaded me and my sisters’ baskets with the best Easter candy.. ya know, Reese’s Eggs, Cadbury Eggs, M&Ms, Peeps, Whoppers, marshmallow bunnies – basically everything you’d find in the candy aisle.

But, my mom (aka my favorite Easter bunny) knows that I’m currently Whole30 so there was no candy sent my way – it’s great to have supportive people around, respect what you’re doing, and not tempt you.  Speaking of temptations, I went to another movie this weekend.  This time, I brought some meat, strawberries, and a few nuts.  Good thing no one was sitting next to me =)  Then, my almost-all-the-time -Paleo fellow caveman ordered wings. He said he felt bad eating them in front of me, so he gave me the celery.  Thanks.

Soooo, I was going to wait until after I completed the Whole30 to do this, but I had a bad itch for it and went for it.  Know that little flap on your ear that attaches by your cheek bone?  Yep, I got my tragus pierced.  My boyfriend got to sit there and watch me get a needle jammed through it.  My pain tolerance is pretty high for this stuff so it stung for about 2 seconds (unlike the painful minutes of Fran) and still hasn’t bothered me.  I ❤ piercings.  It’s #15.  I swear they’re all on my neck up besides my belly button ha.

Today is my rest day since I did 4 days of WODing before this.  I got in some GHD sit-ups yesterday and as time goes on, the soreness in my abs is getting worse and worse.  And my traps are tender.  But it’s that good sore that borderline pain I like.  Crazy?  Yes.

Since I get pretty tired of slugging back water every day, I gave in and bought some tea from Starbucks.  I highly recommend it; it tastes good hot or cold and they sell it in stores, too!

I’ve been blabbing a lot  lately about my breakfast and thanks to my sister, she reminded me to post the recipe.  So, here it is .  I’ve also thrown in some peppers and other veggies that I have lying around and it all works and makes it yummy!  I make the whole recipe and cut it into fourths so I can have it for the remainder of the week.  Preparation is key to Whole30!

Looking for an interesting documentary about how messed up our food system and government are? FRESH shows some pretty crazy stuff and serves as an eye-opener.  It also serves as some motivation to eat better!

Enough randomness for now.  Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter hangover because I feel  GREAT!  No, I’m not rubbing it in or anything.  Just saying.