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How Crossfit Changed Me

About a year ago I walked into The Box. I can imagine my deer in headlights look when I opened the heavy doors to the inside of a simple, yet somewhat terrifying view. Weight racks lined the edge of one side of the room and pull up racks lined the other. Rings and ropes hung from the ceiling and rows of ergs sat upright and ready for torture. Weightlifting was never really my thing. The weight rooms of the gyms in college and high school were always filled with muscled up dudes grunting and lifting, walking around sipping thick beverages that previously resembled a chalk like substance before added to water. The thought of it made me cringe. I never went to the weight rooms. Way too much testosterone for little me. Most days I’d jump on an elliptical for 30 minutes and then bolt through the weights and sweaty men to the door.

A year ago my perception changed completely. Not just of people who lift weights but more importantly, the perception of myself.

Crossfit has changed my life in more ways than just becoming stronger. My confidence level is surprising. My boss told me about 2 weeks ago that I seemed “comfortable in my own skin”. That’s when I realized that I don’t look in the mirror and dislike what I see anymore. Now I see beauty, I see someone who walks with confidence. I know that I am trying to be stronger and on my way to becoming stronger I began to love myself. I have become stronger not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Days of pinching my belly fat feeling disgusted and obsessing over the way “back fat” hangs over a tight tank top has diminished. I noticed a picture of me recently where I didn’t even use the signature “skinny arm” photo pose… which I have adopted and owned for the last few years.

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I have also managed to meet some of the most wonderful, uplifting people I have ever met. These people cheer you on and root for you every class. They cheer for you inside the gym and outside of the gym. The Crossfit community will amaze you. We come together and support, cheer, and help each other. I think that was apparent in the recent results of the Kevin Ogar fundraiser in which the Crossfit community raised almost $350,000 (so far) to help cover medical bills. We are no joke when it comes to supporting each other, whether it be a PR, a life event, an injury etc. we know how to put together some earth shattering support.

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Crossfit has it’s haters, but in my opinion it is just misunderstood. It has changed my life for the better, for me and for most people who give it a try.

What do you love about Crossfit?

Snow and Squat-a-thon January!

Hello Blogosphere!

The last few days have been eventful, so let me fill you in!

In my first post of 2014 I failed to mention that Husband and I are doing a squat-a-thon challenge this month!

I looks a little something like this (We are squatting at the Advanced level):

We have only missed one day, yesterday, due to the fact that both of us have caught a bug! It has almost been a week since my last Crossfit class due to the snow and now being sick! I’m really missing my workouts so we ended up blasting through the 40 squats and 7 burpees tonight even through our sickness. I look forward to those 50 burpees…

I also failed to mention that Husband competed for the first time in a Crossfit Partner Throwdown last Saturday. Yes, they were boy and girl teams. Yes, I chicken out and I REGRET BEING A CHICKEN but I loved watching he and his team mate kill those WOD’s. I was so proud of them.

After I watched Crossfit from 9am-2pm I was feeling a pretty lazy so I decided to take my first run of the New Year! It was a slightly chilly 42 degrees but I actually didn’t mind it, because I was running this route for the first time. I feel like running on a new route for the first time always make running more exciting. However, it was irritating because my phone died in the middle of my run and didn’t track the entire 3 miles I did… Overall, I felt it was a pretty good run to start the New Year, especially since I haven’t run since October!

Then all day Sunday, it snowed and we finally got our first BIG snow at our house. I also learned that snow is pretty and everything, but it is a giant pain in the rear. Did I also mention that with the windchill it was -30 degrees? Yeah, I used a vacation day and decided not to leave my house on Monday.

This is looking up our walkway after Husband shoveled it.

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It was about 9 inches in shallow areas and a foot of snow in others!

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Lets talk a little bit more about why cold/snow sucks and why Crossfit is amazing (Yes, they coincide). Due to this lovely weather we’ve been having, the battery in my car went *kerplunk* and died yesterday morning while I was trying to get my car warmed up before my icy drive to work. Unfortunately, my car was parked behind Husband’s car in the driveway. Which meant that in order for me to get to work, we had to move my car. By move my car, I mean Husband and I had to push my car over ice and snow in the -5 degree freezing cold.

-5 DEGREES Y’ALL. I’ve never seen that temperature IN MY LIFE…. and this -5 degrees did not include the windchill.

While me and husband were out in the freezing cold trying to force my car over snow mounds, it took me back to the last time I was pushing a car, which was actually during a Crossfit class. It was then I realized my true appreciation for Crossfit. I remember that day at class vividly and me thinking “Oh my gosh, I can’t push a car. I don’t know how I am going to do this.”

Never say can’t, my friends. Because I did push the car, at Crossfit, and then again in a real life situation. Moral of the story – Keep a can-do attitude and go to Crossfit more.

Anyway, Husband drove me to work and then luckily he was able to stay home and take care of our little car situation and everything is thankfully back up and running smoothly. I don’t know when I will be back up and running smoothly again. I hope it’s soon, because being sick is hindering my muscle development.

Happy Hump Day y’all!

Just Catching Up!

I should be shunned for Blog neglect. It has been nearly 4 months since my last post. I’m feeling pretty guilty about leaving this beautiful space untouched for so long. So many things have happened since I fell out of the Blogosphere. So, let me update you a little. We’ll start where I left off…

-I did successfully finish the Lurong Paleo Challenge. I lost 6 pounds and lost a few on my measurements but not a lot. As I thought I would I went back to my carbby ways, but in the New Year I am planning to make better choices. I am also planning on staying mainly Paleo with a little looser guidelines. I’ll call it Kelleo? Sounds good right?

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– I ran my first 10k and I did rather well! I placed 69th with a pace of 9:06 and finished with a 56:31 time.

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Hard to admit but I haven’t really run and focused on running since October…

-Husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for our 2 year anniversary!

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-We went home for our Cash Family Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (BYOP(umpkin))

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…drum roll please…

-We finally bought a HOUSE on Halloween!

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-I turned the big 2-6 and threw a Gatsby party… I have always wanted a roaring 20’s party and when better to do it when you are a roaring 26 year old?

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-I had to say goodbye to my cousin from afar… RIP sweet Bryan.

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-I was blessed to go home for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

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-I celebrated the New Year with friends.

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-and I began the New Year 2014 with a traditional Southern style New Years Day dinner cooked by ME 🙂

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-Oh, and tonight I did my first WOD with Toe to Bar! (Big deal, I couldn’t even hang on the bar much less pull my feet up to my hands at the beginning of last year).

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As you can see, I have been a very busy bee! And that is basically what you missed in a nut shell. For my New Years Resolution I will not abandon my Blog for more than 2 weeks. I hope I can keep ’em coming! Have a wonderful 2014 friends!

Day 12, A Wheat Cheat, and Tomorrows Race…

Good evening! It’s Friday (see what I am saying about that whole social life gone astray thing?) and I am here to give you some some-what hopefully entertaining updates on my crazy, weird, yet boring life.

I am on Day 12 of the Lurong Paleo Challenge

See how pumped I am? I bought a shirt.

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Never thought I’d be that annoying person who constantly asks “Is there sugar in that?” “Is this gluten free?” and ends with “No Cheese please.” Ugh, who am I?

So, Thursday I had a big bad “no no” cheat. There was a FOURTH of a cupcake left after a work bridal shower. Who leaves a perfectly butchered, tiny slice of cupcake sitting around for just anyone who’s dieting to eat? RUDE. So, I gave in and ate the whole thing in one bite. It felt like I was biting into a rainbow. First sugar/wheat combo in 11 days and I was proud of myself… for like 2 seconds and then immediately felt guilty afterwards. I’m glad I got it out of my system…

Until this afternoon…

I had a seminar today at a hotel. Stupid me was thinking they would have salad and I would miserably eat dry salad for lunch. NOPE. We were on our own for lunch, and there was nothing but delicious food around the hotel. I went to a sandwich shop thinking I would get just a salad… but instead I came back with a southwest chicken wrap (at least it was whole grain wrapping?) It made my taste buds happy but my tummy all bloaty! I haven’t had that much wheat in so long. It tasted good but I feel weepy and tired and BLOATED.

So now that is out of my system I’ll be good for the rest of the weekend right? haha… We’ll see… We have husband’s work “family night” tomorrow night… my husband works for a beer company. So, you see how that is going to go. Also, my own work picnic is Sunday. So, they are sure to have Paleo options, yes? Doubt it.

Here is our “NOPE” cabinet by the way… it’s pretty horrible when you accidentally open it…

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In Paleo baking news: I have made Paleo Pumpkin Muffins! yum yum!

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Super awesome with morning coffee! I think I am going to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract next time but you can fine the recipe here.

I also made Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs using Spaghetti Squash. It was AWESOME!

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Yum yum yum. Definitely cured the Italian food craving I have been having. You can get the recipe here. SO delicious, y’all.

In other news MY FIRST 10K IS TOMORROW!

I am so nervous but I am just trying to think of it as just another long run. I don’t want to get caught up in going too fast too soon. That is what really scares me about this race. I have been running 5K’s constantly. I just need to remember to watch my pace and keep it at a good 10 min/mile. Also, it’s crazy that I am running this race after drastically changing my diet. I am a little worried about that too, but I am ready I am sure to rock this thing. Right?

Wish me luck!

Talk to y’all soon!

Found any good Paleo Recipes lately???

5 Things I Learned in 5 Days about the Paleo Diet

Good morning fellow simple-carb cutters and those striving to be a part of the club!

As you may know, I am on Day 6 of the Lurong Paleo Challenge. Day 5 was a little better than Day 4, but I did cheat. We went out to a bar that has ONLY BEER last night. It’s a really awesome place, if you are not me on this diet. So, I cheated and had a brewski with one of my favorite people in STL. Big whoop. I did manage to not eat and only salivate a little when some of my friends ordered pizza and brought it over from a nearby pizza place. Anyway, I just thought I would report on how I am doing. So, I have learned 5 things about going Paleo in the last 5 days. Here goes…

1. EXPECT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY/TIME ON FOOD

Everyone jokes about the prices at Whole Foods, but they are that way for a reason. There is nothing like sinking my teeth into a steak that was most likely happily grazing in a pasture at some point of its life. This is my favorite thing about Paleo. Happy meat makes for a happy me! Fresh fruits and veggies are expensive no matter where you go. Paleo also takes a lot of time and meal planning. The fast food market is making tons of money off of the “American Dream” lifestyle because, lets face it, the majority of Americans are busy people. We don’t have time to spend 2 hours prepping and cooking a meal anymore. And as feminist as I can be, no one is at home doing this anymore. We’re all slaves to corporate America.

2. TWO WORDS: SUGAR DETOX

I am not even going to try to lie to you. This SUCKS. I have been grumpy, irritated, and headache ridden for the last 5 days. My workout was a joke on Thursday. I felt like a zombie pretty much all week. But wait! It gets better! (they say) Well, I let you know when that happens.

3. SOCIAL LIFE? HA!

So, I went to a birthday party last night for a friend like I mentioned. Paleo is really not that exciting when everyone around you is hammering down beers and eating pizza. So, I gave in and joined the fun by sipping a brew. I’m glad I did. Quality of life was starting to get low. Also, forget eating out at restaurants, unless they are willing to pretty much fashion a whole plate dedicated to what you want. (P.S. BYODresssing, most of the salad dressings in restaurants have sugar in them). Also, bring snacks EVERYWHERE you go to avoid temptation.

4. BREAKFAST IS THE EASIEST MEAL TO PLAN/MAKE AND FUN TOO!

This morning I took to the kitchen (Husband has been making all of the meals until this morning, my turn). I made sweet potato home fries, eggs over medium, bacon, and sliced up half an apple. It was SO GOOD. Eggs are a Paleo staple, I even have a few boiled and ready to eat for a quick snack. So, this makes breakfast easy and fun. Daniel made (basically) Huevos Rancheros with homemade salsa, heated up and reduced, then crack a couple eggs in the salsa, cook covered, and eat away! So delicious. Breakfast is fun and easy. Really learn to plan your lunches.

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5. BUT YOU CAN GATHER WHEAT…?

Trust me, you will be tortured with statements like “You can gather corn, peanuts, wheat… etc etc so you should be able to eat that…blah blah blah). Even I don’t really know the full on answer to these questions, besides the fact that wheat and sugar cause inflammation. Paleo is an anti-inflammatory diet, who really knows what cavemen ate? They could have fashioned the very first candy bar for all we know. I’m just following the rules, people.

So there they are y’all. 5 things I have learned about going Paleo. Here is hoping Day 6 is kind to me!

What have you learned about the Paleo Diet?

Do you allow a “cheat day” or “Cheat meal”?

So, I’m Doing This Paleo Thing…

…and it was not 100% my idea. Actually, I have been secretly opposed to this whole “Caveman” eating thing. I am pretty happy with my 80/20 lifestyle. I honestly don’t know the science behind Paleo. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about why this is some kind of miracle diet (whoops) I mean “Lifestyle Change.” The husband dragged me into it, as well of some of my fellow Crossfitters at my box. If you know me at all, my top two food groups are cheese and crackers. Well, guess what? There is none of that allowed in this lifestyle change. All I know is there is a nice list of things that I am able to eat (YAY BACON!) and a GIANT list of things I cannot eat/drink (boo pumpkin spice lattes and beer). Well, unfortunately, I am Team ALL THE FOOD GROUPS so this is not as fun and exciting as it sounds.

We signed up for the Lurong Paleo Challenge on Sunday. I weighed in and was measured up. We started the challenge on Monday, so I’ll give you a little recap of the last few days.

Day 1 (Monday): You’d think that this was going to be ok, right? Since it’s new and exciting and everything. Well, unfortunately I woke up shocked about how absolutely unprepared I was for this lifestyle change. Good morning! Here is your BLACK. COFFEE. happy Monday! Try, not-so-happy Monday (as if Mondays weren’t bad enough). I was a zombie all day. I couldn’t drink my coffee, I literally was moving at a snails pace trying to get my work done. Who knew the sugar detox would start at 6:30 am the day I started the lifestyle change? Pretty sure I was eating Tiramisu the day before. Anyways, I made it through somehow but didn’t have time to go to the store until Tuesday night.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Was slightly better. My only concern was still just my coffee. I had 1 cup with 1 teaspoon of Agave nectar. Husband and I ventured to the store but never made it to the one of only TWO Whole Foods in this city. How does St. Louis live life with only two Whole Foods Stores? I don’t know. I made it through Day 2 with only one second of a mental breakdown mainly because of the free pizza I had to skip out on at work.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Ooooooh Happy Day! I woke up feeling like a beast. I had almond milk and agave in my coffee. I was ready to take on the world…. until about 1:30 when I had an after lunch slump and an extremely bad sugar detox headache. I got home and stuffed my face with boiled eggs before finally heading out to Whole Foods. Husband made me a delicious grassfed steak for dinner (I just missed my potato). I felt like I was getting the hang of it.

Day 4 (Today): The morning was fine. I made a homemade Paleo coffee creamer that is pretty much on the same satisfactory level as the Almond milk. Then, we had a cake day at work. I did not eat the cake, but I did stare it down daydreaming of sinking my teeth into the soft, fluffy bread and sweet icing. I sat there and ate my salad while everyone around me ate whatever they wanted. I had made it through the smells of coworkers pasta dish left overs, chicken noodle soups, pizza, pretzel bun hot pockets, etc. etc. but that cake really did it for me. I got home and ate another boiled egg before Crossfit. Crossfit was a disaster tonight. I didn’t want to do anything. I felt weak and miserable and angry. I got through the first 5 reps of our WOD before literally crying. I just wanted to sleep, y’all. Crossfit was not fun. After today, I actually hated Crossfit. I do not hate Crossfit, but my body sure did. This is when I had my breakdown. I might have teared up a little. My poor Husband had to deal with my complaining and whining and hatred towards this “STUPID DIET!” *gasp*. I began to shove my face full of Almond butter and raspberries and felt a little better…but right now I am still a Bitter Betty. I don’t want to think about what I am eating all of the time. I don’t want to feel guilty for eating something that tastes good. I just want to live and live well. Life is too short to cut out carb’s, y’all.

They say it gets better after 10ish days. I’ll keep you updated on my journey… the weekend is coming and unfortunately I feel a cheat coming on. Birthday Parties and Jazz Fests will get the best of me.

Have you ever done a Paleo Challenge? Any type of Food Challenge?

How was your experience?