Break time

22 Mar

Guess what?!

I suck at blogging lately, and thats mostly because I have been doing more work at work to try to prepare for leaving and starting a new job!!!

I’m extremely excited that I have been hired as an embryology tech working in a lab at a fertility clinic! I can’t wait to get back to doing science-y stuff and working with people that don’t burp all day or annoy me. I have a co-worker that has made it his goal in life to prove I’m wrong about everything. My religion, my eating habits, my exercise…everything about my life basically. (He also thinks weight watchers meals and buttered popcorn are HEALTHY foods…ugh, I just keep my mouth shut because he’s not worth the argument) I can’t wait to wear scrubs and have nice hours that allow me to see more daylight! I am finally going to be able to do kids programs and after-school programs that I’ve been wanting to build…plus fingers crossed that I’ll actually be able to afford my bills, now!!!

I also look forward to being able to have a more focused CrossFit training schedule and less desk sitting. Ok, enough about that, I just wanted to say don’t expect posts until I settle into all of this.

My past week in pictures…

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Onto CrossFit. 13.1-meh, it was ok, I was happy enough. 13.2, thats sucked but I was proud of my score. 13.3, attempted last night, my back froze and I crawled away from the wall after only 115 wallballs. Sunday, I shall try again!

Follow me on twitter. I promise to be active there and be super fun and awesome to follow.

And if you happen to live anywhere close to Albany, NY, you should be here tomorrow. Because it took a lot of hard work to put together and now its finally happening!

Best Week Ever!!!!!!!

13 Mar


So, I should probably wait until this week ends just to see what else could happen to me….but I’m superstitious and think that If I write about it it will finalize it and make all the bad stop.

First, about a week and a half ago, I left work and found that my car was gone. I had parked illegally in a snow pile and didn’t realize it, so my car was ticketed and towed. Then, this past weekend, I was driving home from the Adirondack Summer Sports expo, thinking about all of the things I needed to do and completely zoned out and just went with traffic flow….which I guess was a little too fast! I got pulled over for speeding. (No points, just a stinkin’ ticket!)

Then, yesterday, I was pouring hot water into my french press when it slipped out of my hands and onto my leg. I was of course wearing skinny leg pants and therefore was unable to get the scalding hot hot off of me without taking my pants off in the middle of the break room. My thigh blistered a bit and it painful to touch, but definitely not as bad as it could have been!

Today, I was on my way to work, nice and early when I hear a thump under my car. Then the “check tire pressure” light comes on, my car begins to lean, and I hear “thump, thump, thump, thump, thump”.  Unfortunately, its rush hour traffic and I have to enter Albany through the second most ghetto-y sketchy part…so I wait until I get to a safer neighborhood and I pull over. By this point, I was driving on the metal and I could hear/feel it. I have changed a tire before, but 1- its cold this morning, and 2- I wore a dress to to keep my burns aired out.  So I called AAA and showed up at work 1/2 late.

The AAA operator said I sounded like this…

Isn’t my week hilariously awful? Yeah, I know. It wouldn’t be so bad if all of this didn’t cost money (Like at least $500 total?)

This is why I can’t go to Disney World, get a kitty, or get the Reebok Nanos I want.

I have already taken Friday off of work…just to be on the safe side. And maybe because something really great might happen that day.
IMG_20130311_192328I started a “wall of Shame” on my bulletin board in the kitchen for my collection of tickets

20130312_161605These guys are much less red now! Just ugly blisters!

20130313_072734Eff you universe.

Bring on 13.2! I’m ready to release some stress/anger!!!

WODs and Open Scores!

8 Mar

This week has been a bit crazy! I can barely remember what my WODs were…We did a lot of focus on fundamental movements because we’ve had a lot fo new people start recently.

Monday: Squats!
40-30-20-10 of front squats at 95lbs and GHD situps, all split up with a partner

Tuesday: OHS and pushups with a partner
You and partner have 2 minutes to each complete 10 OHS and 5 push-ups, then a minute to up the weight, then do it again. The goal was make it through 5 increases.
I went: 75#, 85#, 95#, 105#, and then got 6 115# in and dropped the weight on my back, tried again to get the weight up in time but failed so I let me partner get his reps in

Wednesday: Girls Night! I really LOVE my CF box! The people over all are awesome.
I hosted the first CrossFit Beyond Girls Night at the box and had 13 ladies show up. After our WOD we went across the street to a bar that was having a karaoke night.
Our WOD was one person would row 15 calories, while the other team members each did one of the following movements: goblet squats, shoot thrus, lateral jumps, turkish get-ups, and pistols. Each time the rower completed the 15 calories, the whole group would rotate to a new movement. This continued for 20 minutes.

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I will proudly say that I sang “Shoop” by Salt-n-pepa and didn’t even need the screen to tell me the words🙂

ALSO- I rowed 500m in 1:41.5 woop woop!20130306_185734

Thrusday: I took a mental health day and Matt and I went out for breakfast! This was our WOD 13.0 haha!20130307_092106

At night, I coached class, then stretched and pumped myself up for 13.1, only to find out I had to judge other athletes first…then finally at 8pm I got to go😦 I’m grumbly that I didn’t get to go when I was fresh and ready, but I got 153 so I’m happy enough!

Friday: It’s clean and jerk day! My shoulders hurt SO BAD but I’m going to go play anyway…and yes, it’s day 6 of training because I forgot to take a rest day this week. OOPS!

I thought I had more to write about but I don’t!

Have a great weekend!❤


Weekend Recap!

4 Mar

Boyfriend wants me to blog today…

Weekend Recap time!

I did “White”…it was actually a perfect day, the weather was warm-ish, so running the 400s weren’t awful!
3 rope climbs
10 T2B
21 lunges with 45# overhead
400m run

I finished in 30:33 and got this…

20130302_073658And another 8 or 9 bruises along my inner thighs…freakin’ ropes… I need to learn how to climb with the “hook” instead of the “wrap”. I attempted the hook, made it to the top, lost my footing and panicked as I hung there by my arms. Then slid down fireman style and ended up with a bloody finger! #ropeclimbproblems

Matt and I went to Montreal to see the Pens play against the Canadiens20130302_162813


20130302_212914We bet on the game…

Canadiens win: I do 500 burpees
Pens win: Matt does 500 burpees and we go kitty cat shopping!

Pens won! Matt’s goal is to finish in 1 hour (Spencer Hendel did it in 50-some minutes!)

20130302_165134This was delicious…not quite filling enough, we were hungry by the middle of the game….but so good!

IMG_20130303_111905Matt bought 3lbs of shredded chicken from the BBQ restaurant by our apartment. The guy asked if Matt was having a party… “Nope, just for me and my gf” We brought 2lbs of it for the road and had it for lunch both days along with our roasted veggies! Paleo Success!


20130303_182414I made this! Its big and awesome and has a pink hibiscus (like my tattoo) on the other side.

Sunday’s WOD was ok…Matt got hurt and I got frustrated. I just want someone to no rep me during my WODs…I’m still new to pull-ups and I can’t tell if I didn’t get my chin over! I’d rather get no repped than NEVER get my pull-ups down!

Oh well, I just need to keep working hard…soon enough!


27 Feb


When I was younger, eating white bread was normal. Then the whole wheat, brown everything thing happened, and I joined in. I still didn’t think twice about eating bread or pasta, but never REALLY felt great about eating those things. I was more focused on watching my sweets. And sadly always feeling regret when I ate those…or ate too much…or really ate in general. I was a mess and eating just sucked.

Then I started Paleo/whole food eating. It was fantastic, I was free! I ate well and didn’t leave the the dinner table thinking I just gained 10lbs. Even when I ate paleo “treats” I didn’t feel icky. I only felt that annoying regret when I ate cheats like bread or pasta and my stomach felt bloated and I felt sick. I could

deal with this because knowing that breads and pasta lacked the nutrition that I needed for my training and made me feel sick, made me not really want it anyway!

Now, I’m still eating paleo/whole food, but I find myself getting mad and regretting meals again…but this time I regret eating roasted vegetables or fruit! When did fruit and veggies become unhealthy? It’s not like I’m covering these veggies in cheese and calling it healthy…no plain veggies, roasted in the oven….Why? Because I’m not perfect and I’m not 10% body fat and I keep reading about these ultra-low carb diets that sound awful but now make me


rethink my love for what I thought was healthy!

OMG this is exhausting!

I feel like all I can eat is grilled chicken. Wait, scratch that, free range, farm grown, locally sold, treated like royalty chicken.

Fran as RX

26 Feb

I didn’t have much to talk about, I was sick all weekend and didn’t WOD. Saturday, I did coach GI Jane which meant, watching everyone suffer! 100 burpee pull-ups are pretty easy to coach!

The second hour of class (open gym) was fun and interesting for me. This was the first time I REALLY felt like a CrossFit trainer…I had a group of 5-6 guys working on some lifts and actually asking me tips/advice/opinions…I know this stuff and it felt really awesome to get the boost of confidence from people actually asking for help! I also got to use my IPad Coach’s Eye app…pretty fantastic to be able to slow down an olympic lift and say “look, you never opened your hips” or “you stood up too soon in your first pull, see?”

Last night was heavy squat day. I got to work with 2 of the strongest guys (which made me feel really awesome, I won’t lie) BUT the problem was, I had to unload their weight every time it was my turn…well stupid me unloaded 80 lbs from one side and left 80 on the other, and I guess that’s enough to flip the bar because next thing I knew the weights came crashing down…Oops. Anwyay, I did 180# 3×5!

This morning I FINALLY did Fran RX. No bands…I finished in 7:33! I was shooting for under 10 and somehow beat that! Truthfully, if it didn’t hurt my hands SO much to do pull-ups and I was suffocating from the mucous buildup in my lungs, this wouldn’t have been THAT bad!

The sun is shining, the weather is warm (41 degrees!!), I Rx’d Fran and my hands ache….it’s gonna be a good day!

Tag I’m it!

22 Feb

Melissa from Lift.Teach.Run nominated me for this “Liebster Award”. The whole things is like a chain letter that 1- helps you get more followers and 2- helps you learn a bit about your favorite newbie bloggers! (or so it seems from the research I’ve done!) Fingers crossed that I can get some more followers because I loooove talking to ya people!

Rules: If you’re tagged, you must post 11 random things about you, then answer the 11 questions I posted! THEN tag 11 more bloggers and do the same!! Have fun!


First- 11 random things about me
1. My nickname at CrossFit is “Blue” (because I turn blue)
2. I want to buy a cat and name it Dikembe Mutumbo
3. I have a black belt (or had? does that expire?) in Tang Soo Do.
4. Avocados make me want to vomit…same with snickerdoodles.
5. I’m 5’9 1/2″ tall
6. If I could make one food paleo/healthy it would be cinnamon toast crunch
7. I wear purple more than any other color.
8. If I could choose a new career, I would pick an animal rescuer (is that a real job?) or a CrossFit trainer/box owner/personal trainer. or I would focus solely on fighting childhood obesity.
9. I coach and blog for my CF box in return for free training….if I didn’t have this opportunity, I probably wouldn’t be able to do CrossFit!
10. I also blog for another website and I actually get paid for ti! (
11. I live in upstate NY but I’m from outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Questions from Melissa!
1. How did you get into CrossFit? My brother bought a groupon for me for a month of CrossFit!
2. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s #1 on it? Backpack across Europe for a month
3. What has been your favorite CrossFit competition? So far…my first one! Fall Face-off at Albany CrossFit last october, I think? It was fun and intense and really made me fall in love with competing.
4. What motivates you to keep going? My bracelet that says “Keep going”! haha, but really- how amazing I feel about accomplishing so much.
5. What is one habit you have that you wish you could break? SUGAR CRAVING!!!!!
6. If you could have ANY job in the world – what would you do? If I had to pick one…Box owner/CF coach (I would love to spend even MORE time in the box!)
7.  What’s your favorite piece of gear for CrossFit? My nanos! They really are perfect for all things CrossFit
8. What is your go to pre comp meal? eggs and bacon!
9. Do you take supplements? If so, what? Just started- Musclepharm Assault pre-workout and Musclepharm protein
10. What do you love about CrossFit? The intensity that comes from competing with yourself and others.
11. What is your next BIG competition? Mayhem in the Meadowlands! Its going to be awesome!

Questions for the bloggers I’ve tagged:
1. What is your dream job?
2. What song gets you pumped up?
3. What is #1 on your bucket list?
4. What food could you eat all day, everyday?
5. Whats your favorite way type of workout?
6. What’s your favorite animal?
7. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
8. Have you ever met a celebrity? Who?
9. Can you do the Electric slide (dance)?
10. What is your favorite movie quote?
11. What are you most excited about right now?

Joanna @ Burpees, box jumps, and beer
Kelly @ Rebelle Fitness
Claire Hay @ The Ascent Blog
Dan @ GrizzlyStrong
Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
Kerri @FitViews
Shiela @ Fitspiration
Kat @katalysthealthblog
Kymberly @girlgonebadass
Jeni @jeni-leigh

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