I’m riding the struggle bus today

What is it about today?  I’m going to get out all negativity right now:

-It’s depressing, cold, and cloudy outside

-It’s Tuesday

-I’m still sore from Friday (even after other workouts)

-School is annoying

-I’m still tired after a solid 8.5 hours of sleep.  By solid I mean no-movement-I-woke-up-in-the-same-spot

-Hunger pains have been striking a lot lately

-Motivation is at an all time low

The bottom line says it all.  The thing is that I don’t know why!  Last week felt amazing and I was pumped to eat good and WOD hard.  Now, this week has done a complete 180.  Cravings are hard core and I feel like a lazy slug.  If I had no self-control and real-life views on eating, I would go out and buy some candy, ice cream, popcorn, and other devastating cheat food and sulk in my laziness.  Thankfully I know better and would feel sick for days if I indulged that bad.

Man, this is a real uplifting post, huh?

The thing is, today is day 28 and I thought I would be feeling on top of the world and super duper motivated to keep going… it couldn’t be more of the opposite.  Aaaagggghhhh.  Hopefully going to WOD in a couple of hours will help get me out of this annoying funk.

The one cool, superfun thing I am doing tonight???  My sister and I are going to go see Shrek live in Peoria!  How awesome  is that?!

Staying up a bit later than normal will totally be worth it.  This will be a good break from my typical Tuesday night consisting of The Biggest Loser.  I. Can’t. Wait. Weeeeee!

Whole30 Friday nights

So what does one do on a Friday night when they are strict Whole30? Watch your boyfriend (aka “Mad Dog”) play MLB video games. I’d rather watch that than real baseball though!

But it gets better. I came home to work this weekend and happened to get my ego stroked. Yes, an ex-pro arm wrestler creeped on me. I finally feel accomplished in life.

Ummm, have I told you how sore I am?? Oh em gee. Tomorrow will feel even more awesome! I bet the coconut flakes I’m eating will make it better.

This was a quick rap up of my day. Time to go get warm and snuggly in bed!

I got that obsessed feeling today…

…and it came after my WOD.  Yes, I felt that ‘high’ after CrossFti today and it was awesome.  Here was the WOD:

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

Box jumps (30″/24″)

HSPU (I did mine kipping to 2 ab mats)

Toes 2 bar

I don’t know if it was the conquering feeling of stringing together multiple HSPU or the fact that I was able to get back up on a 24″ box.  I haven’t used one in a WOD since I was hurt in November, so it was a tad scary to hop back up there.  The energy was buzzing at the box today and I got a nice chalky, sweaty workout in.

I finished up my parsnips today (booo) and have a tiny bit of swiss chard left (double boo)… How weird is it that vegetables are what I look forward to eating now and not meat or fat?  I call that a success! So be looking next week for some new recipes that I maaaay be making.  Even though I’m not the best chef, I love cooking and knowing that it’s clean, healthy food.  Empowerment at its finest.

One week and I’ll have hit the 30 days.  BUT, remember, the end is not the focus; I’m still focusing on each day.  I don’t even have day 30 circled or marked on my calendar – just day one.  It’s about the start and the journey, not the end.  The end is a negative and I’m all about being positive!

Not to end on a negative note but I have a CPR certification I have to do tomorrow at 9am… Those are going to be the longest two-and-a-half hours.  What a good start to my Friday!  =)



Today is the day!  Yes, I think Whole30 has finally fully kicked in.  I woke up from an amazing night of sleep (no weird dreams thankfully) and felt refreshed and awake when my alarm woke me up.  For the past two weeks, I felt like I was starving 24/7 and it kind of got hard to deal with; today was different, though.  I have been moderately hungry around the times I normally eat and am craving healthy food!  So I won’t ramble on about Pop Tarts, Reese’s, Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked ice cream, or any other cheat that I would scarf down if they were Paleo.

I’m not bloated anymore, which is a huuuuge relief and I feel in control of things.  The only sucky thing is that I woke up with a scratchy throat and it hasn’t gone away.  I’m blaming allergies.  I wouldn’t have bad allergies if I lived out in Scottsdale, Arizona…maybe someday…  I saw something on the Today Show about housing there.  I think it’s a sign (and if you can’t tell, I usually have the Today Show on every morning while I’m doing homework and other business).

I have to give thanks to my CF box, Fit Bodies, for making it hard to walk to class this afternoon.  Here was the WOD:

run 800m then…

10 rounds of:

10 overhead walking lunges (25# plate)

10 ground to overhead (25# plate)

then… 800m run

My poor hammies were on FIRE! …and shoulders!  It was a good Tuesday burner.

So I decided to add some new veggies to my list and I. am. jacked.  Parsnips are freaking awesome.  I first got the this past Friday at Station 220 and tried steaming them on my own tonight:

They taste like a delicate mix of banana and carrots; I usually hate hate hate cooked carrots, but these are awesome.  And they’re easy to make! Just peel and steam.  This little guy helped me peel.  He likes overhead squats.

Okay, I had a lot more written but when I published it, it erased it all.  It always does that and it makes me want to snap my laptop in half.  I apologize I am not going to re-write it.

Ring ring! My dinner’s calling.  Time to go!

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.

I’ll never let go, Jack…

Know why I didn’t get a chance to write last night? Yep, I went to go see Titanic 3D.  My sister and I went together since we aren’t going home for Easter; not exactly a “Holy Thursday” movie to see… nonetheless, it was very entertaining.  When the first movie came out I was only 7 years old, so all I remembered was that I wasn’t allowed to see it and I knew that there were boobs shown (I was the shy little girl whose face got beet red if the word “boob” or “sex” was even mentioned).  Even though I eventually watched the double VHS tapes that we bought,  I don’t think I’d ever seen the entire movie at once.

I admit, my eyes got teary a couple of times, the hardest part of going to see the movie was trying to ignore the aroma of heavenly buttery popcorn.  MMmm.  Now, I usually don’t get popcorn (or even candy) when I go to the movies; pre-Whole30, I would have brought some trail mix.  If going to the movies was going to be a cheat meal, I would have bought popcorn, Reese’s M&Ms, and a diet Coke.  Now that’s a cheat.

Since I’m still Whole30-ing and it’s a 3-hour movie (and it was during my normal meal time), so I brought some olives and tea.  Not quite the ideal replacement of a crisp Diet Coke and the salty/sweet mix of M&Ms and popcorn, but it worked.  It also helped that my sister didn’t have anything to eat either. 🙂

Earlier in the day, I got to do one of my favorite types of WODs… a CHIPPER!

This WOD was so much fun, especially watching everyone else do so well; conquering those deads at the end was an awesome feeling!  Unfortunately, I was rushed out due to a group project meeting I had to get to so you know what that means?  I was a sweaty mess and had a hard time sitting still.  And everyone at the coffee shop we met at got to see my lovely LifeAsRx knee socks – why can’t knee socks be “socially acceptable”?  I usually wear them around after a WOD and get stared at like I’m walking around with a target on my back shins.  Then I get asked, “Let me guess, you’re you a volleyball player? Basketball? Where’d you play?”  Then it’s always me answering, “No, I only played basketball through high school.  I just workout”.  Ohhh if they only knew the half of what “workout” means -aka CrossFit.  That’s a whole other topic.  You tall girls can probably relate!

You know what talent I would like to have?  The ability to booty shake like Nicki Minaj did on the Today Show.  Not sure if that’s exactly a useful talent, but I think it’s pretty neat.  Just for self-satisfaction, not like I’d do it for people.  Maybe I can use it as a skill to work on, like muscle-ups.

Another interesting story?  This lady claims she’s “too beautiful” and can’t wait until she starts to get wrinkles so people stop staring at her, giving her free stuff, and hating her for her looks.  Seriously?  SHUT UP.  Supposedly, she’s not over-confident and her message got twisted, but come on…

Alright, enough jabber, time to get some homework, cleaning, and WODing done.  The boyfriend comes up today so it’s going to be a great day! =)

Annoyance of the day/life: Goosebumps.  I feel like I constantly have them besides when I’m working out.  I wouldn’t mind them except the fact that it makes me have to shave 100 times more than normal.  And the fact that when I get cold, my scars and lips turn blue.  I want to move somewhere where it’s warm 24/7!!