CrossFit Potluck, Nanos 3.0 and Nipples

Disclaimer: you won’t be seeing any real nipples. It’s not that kind of blog. However, you may think twice about choosing the pink Nano 3.0s. The first day I wore them I got told they remind people of (a) pepto bismol, (b) the easter bunny or (c) nipples.  When I got the nipple comment I immediately got a flashback to a delicious cake I made for a Mardi Gras Party two years ago.

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Now you can tell me, do these shoes remind you at all of nipples? Or have I just been traumatized now so that every time I look at them that’s what I see?

Besides the color, I love the Nano 3.0 for CrossFit. I had been lifting in my Adidas Adizero (my favorite short distance running shoes), that are very minimalist. I didn’t realize that when you are Oly Lifting you benefit from having a heel in the shoe, who knew?! The Nano’s have a slight heel to toe drop (4mm), plenty of forefoot cushioning that make it easy to transition from Oly lifts to box jumps to attempting and failing to jump rope (like me) to short sprints. They are pretty heavy, compared to my Adizero’s, so I wouldn’t recommend them for anything over 1/4 mile run, but they are perfect for your typical cross fit workout and definitely help with the Oly Lifts.

Last Friday my CrossFit gym had a Paleo Potluck to celebrate people who had signed up for a Whole 30 challenge.  I was not one of those people, but I went anyway since it was Halloween themed and I wanted to see everyone in costumes. I dressed up as a cavewoman, which I thought was pretty CrossFit/Paleo appropriate.

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Our coaches all competed in a WOD, in costumes, which was pretty entertaining. Not a bad looking group..

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Photo Stolen from Danit

The food was also amazing. I made pecan stuffed dates wrapped in proscuitto and baked. Super easy, super delicious.

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There were so many delicious foods I can’t wait to try out, especially the deserts. Bacon Date Cookies anyone?

It was a lot of fun to be able to meet people outside of your normal weekly WODS, who all share in your interest and love of CrossFIt.

How was your weekend? Do anything to get in the Halloween Spirit?

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Denver Rock N Roll Mini Marathon

Five weeks ago my work sent around an email saying they would pay for anyone to enter the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon or Mini Marathon. Five weeks wasn’t quite long enough for most of us to train for a 1/2, but a good number of us signed up for the Mini Marathon, a whopping 3.75 miles 🙂

The 1/2, Full Marathon and Mini Marathon all started at the same time and I have only one word for this race: CROWDED.  Let’s start with the bathroom lines. This picture was taken as the horn went off for the people in corral 1 to start running. I had already been waiting FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Yes, you are right that you can’t even see the port-a-potties because the line curves around and continues another 10 people or so. Oof.

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I somehow had been placed in corral 13, but snuck into corral 7 near the front. The first 1/2 mile wasn’t too bad, but then it started bottle necking. I went up on the sidewalk and ran there for a bit and, while looking around to see where I could squeeze back into the pack and then nearly flipped over a wall/bridge barrier that seemed to come out of nowhere in front of me. I stuck to the road after that. This race also had some of the worst race etiquette I have ever seen, with people stopping to tie their shoes in the middle of the road instead of moving to the edge. I was very glad when the mini marathon broke off from the 1/2 and Full, because I could not imagine running a full 1/2 like that.

I didn’t go out there trying to PR anything, especially with such a random distance, but I wasn’t too disapointed with my times. Definitely would have been nicer to have a bit more free space and less running into people.

Image We were rewarded with delicious Michelob Ultra’s at 8am. Because that’s exactly what you want at 8am, right?

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Overall, it was a great way to start my sunday morning with some people I like hanging out with ( I’m pretty lucky to have some awesome coworkers). I think doing a physical activity together is a great way to bond with people. I also love the fact that my company was encouraging people to be active and fit. My kinda place!

Do you like being active with friends?

Has your work ever sponsored some type of race/physical activity?

10 Things Lifting and CrossFit Taught Me About Myself

Edit:  I am shocked no one has pointed out this is actually 11 things and I messed up the numbering. I just noticed it and my Type A-ness is going crazy, so I had to put in a disclaimer: I can’t count. 

3 1/2 years ago I stumbled across a blog while looking for new vegetarian/vegan recipes.Throughout the years I kept reading as the blogger eventually admitted her vegan/vegetarian lifestyle had been hiding an eating disorder (I could relate), added meat to her diet, and started CrossFitting.

The blogger, Katelyn, published this vlog a little over a year ago. I remember watching her start to cry as she talked about how one day she wanted to compete in the CrossFit Games. I remember thinking “why the heck is she so emotional about lifting weights”? Coming from LA, my only association with females lifting was girls doing light leg press getting ready for bikini or figure contests, which was not something I had any interest in doing. Her emotion sparked a curiosity in me and I had to figure out what had driven my internet sister-from-another-mister to cry from happiness.

After 10 months of lifting on my own and recently joining CrossFit, I understand.  As psychotic as it may make me/her seem, I have definitely got teary eyed before thinking about how much it has changed my outlook on life. Neither running nor swimming have ignited the passion and confidence that lifting has. It’s an emotional process to turn insecurities into self empowerment.

So here are the 10 things I have learned since I started lifting and crossfitting.

1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

My whole life I have had a fear of failure. I figured if I stayed on the side lines and never stuck my neck out to try something that I knew would be difficult, then I would never really fail. I figured not trying was better than failure. Boy, was I wrong. Trying until you reach failure (or can’t do it with proper form) is essential to lifting and CrossFit. Not sure if you can do it? Who cares, try it anyway. If you can’t, you can’t. The real failure is in never trying.

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2.  Buying a bigger pair of jeans is not a bad thing. 

For the first time since I was 19, I had to buy jeans in a bigger size.  I tried so long to keep that stupid number on the tag the same, watching as my jeans went from slightly baggy at 19 to plastered on as I aged. But squats and lunges helped my legs and butt grow so that they could no longer be contained in those same 19 year old sized jeans. And, I celebrated it. Bigger jeans means building muscle, which means I’m getting stronger and closer to reaching my goals.

2. 1,200 calories should only get you through lunch.

Who came up with that 1,200 calorie number that is THE number to eat if you want to lose or maintain a low weight? After years of obsessively counting calories, I’ve finally forgotten how many calories are in a medium sized banana or 6 ounces of chicken. I’ve learned to listen to my body, understand the foundations of my cravings, and give my body the freedom to have what it needs. And that is a hell of a lot more than 1,200 calories.

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3.”Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent” – Coach Beau.

Practicing will make your actions stick, so make sure you are practicing right.

4. Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can make you feel invincible. 

The feeling of conquering the world that you get from achieving a goal in the gym is addicting.  Many people use liquid courage to feel confident enough to chat up the room or do something they couldn’t do sober. I was one of them. But I’ve found that a good workout can give me that same feeling, without the headache the next morning.

5. Sweating is okay.

As a former competitive swimmer, in a nice cold pool, I have always hated sweating. I tended to avoid things that made me sweat excessively.  After a heavy day of lifting, there are definitely sweat marks surrounding my spot on the floor and it makes me want to make a sweat angel each time.

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   6. Finishing last doesn’t make you a loser if you gave it your all.

 Even if I’m the last one to finish a workout, or the weakest, at least I challenged myself to try it.

7.  Partying isn’t always worth missing sleep.

Missing sleep makes it harder to reach my goals. While it’s always good to have a night out now and then, my 4 nights out a week are a thing of the past.  Most days, I’d rather bust my ass in the gym than bust a move on the dance floor.  Though, let’s be honest, if you’ve ever seen me on the dance floor, you know those squats come in handy.

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Don’t punish yourself by not eating or by working out when you are too tired. Treat your body with respect, love it, and it will accomplish anything you want.

9. The confidence will carry over to other aspects of your life.

The confidence I feel in the gym has helped me try things in real life I never had the courage to do, like interviewing for jobs I thought were well out of my reach, trying out for law school competitions or asking for a raise. I have become more confident in every aspect of my life, not just with my physical abilities.

Image10. Love your body, love your determination, love yourself. 

To quote ‘When Harry Met Sally’: “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” I feel like over these past 10 months I have finally fallen in love with myself. Unconditionally. I’ve stopped doubting myself. I’ve stopped comparing myself to others. I’ve stopped punishing myself for any little thing I do wrong. I’ve finally become comfortable in my own skin. And I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life feeling this way.

Has working out changed how you feel about yourself ?
What is your favorite way to workout?

Paleo Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake

Oh ya know, just a Friday night in procrastinating from doing some reading for school by switching off between playing with my dog and whipping up some food in the kitchen. I feel like that is how I spend 60% of my life.

But, honestly, could you say no to this face?

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Seeing as how every day I get a lot of people coming to my blog for the Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal page, I figured I would dish out another Pumpkin Spice related recipe as that seems to be an ‘it’ thing right now. So, I give you: Paleo Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake. Say that 5 times fast. It’s just a variation on the lemon blueberry. More appropriate for fall/upcoming thanksgiving holiday.

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Protein Breakfast Cake

12 eggs

1 cup almond flour (or coconut flour if you prefer it)

1/2 cup maple syrups

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup pumpkin

1 tsp salt

1tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1.5 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

1. Mix the eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup together in a bowl.

2. Mix in flour, salt, baking soda and pumpkin spice.

3. Stir until combined. Slowly stir in cranberries.

4. Pour into baking container. I used one about 8*8, but any size will work as long as you check it now and then to make sure it’s not cooking too fast.

5. Bake on 350 for about 30 minutes, or until no batter sticks to a knife when you stick it into the cake to the bottom.

Breakup Recovery

 

I’ve talked a lot on here about my boyfriend, who is a trainer and was training me for my Oly Lifting Comp in a month. Last week we broke up and it’s taken me a bit of time to figure myself out. The obvious emotional part aside, I’m very much a routine person and when my daily life is thrown out of balance I feel kind of like a turtle who is stuck on it’s back waving it’s legs frantically but nothing is happening.  Luckily, I have some great friends who took me in the first night and grilled up some oysters and steak for an absolutely delicious meal.

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I then proceeded to do the typical post-break up routine of getting really drunk. I only had to do this once to realize nothing is worse than being incredibly hungover alone and I needed to get my act together. I’ve been working out a couple times a week with my now ex for two years, and  I really didn’t want to go to the gym alone. Nothing sounded more depressing to me than that, as weird as that may sound to other people. Even with two years worth of workouts saved up, just the physical act of working out alone was too much. Instead of rushing into it I went for a couple runs, which were nice but weren’t going to help me get any stronger/better for my lifting comp. I re-joined the local gym and went with some girlfriends to a class that combined core, pilates, yoga and some light weights. It was definitely harder than I thought it would be and plan to make that a weekly routine, but that still wasn’t enough.

So, I decided to officially join the CrossFit gym that I had gone to a handful of times.  They have a strength class three times a week (I’m gonna go Wed and Fri) and a Olympic LIfting class twice a week to help improve my form.  I’ve always said that I love CrossFit because of the community, because it’s so enjoyable to workout with other people who share the same interests as you, motivate you and share in your pain. Some people call it a cult, I feel like it’s much more of a team. Especially when you see the same people in your classes every week and they slowly become friends. And that camaraderie and company is exactly what I need right now to help me through.

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Winter (Running) is Coming!

Confession:  I have never seen one episode of Game of Thrones… but I am still familiar with way too many of the phrases/characters due to nerdy friends and coworkers. This morning I woke up to a brisk 35 degrees. I was going to go do CrossFit, but I checked the WOD and it consisted of a lot of hand stand push ups. I don’t have too much interest in that type of CrossFitting, so I decided to hit the trails instead.

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It was grey and chilly, so I bundled up. I usually only wear long pants and gloves unless its under 40 degrees, so it just barely qualified today. Especially since I’m not used to this cold weather. Winter is right around the corner. I’m sure it will snow soon enough.

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You could definitely see how the floods that racked Boulder a month ago had eroded the parts of the trail that went by the creek.

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I’m sure most of this will take a year or more to even begin to be repaired, especially with winter on its way.  I usually love trail running during the winter, so I’ll have to be on the look out for trails that haven’t been destroyed so I can enjoy some winter wonderland trail action when the snow hits.

How did you spend your Tuesday?

Paleo Asian Meatballs (Whole 30 Compliant)

I am a hungry hungry hippo right now. I am sitting at school counting down the minutes until I can go home and snarf up some meatballs I made last night.

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I should have brought another snack to eat since I have work then class until 7:45 on Monday’s, but alas I failed to plan well. At least I have something absolutely delicious to come home to. My sister told me to make this last year when she did Whole 30 and it took me only 11 months to make them! I wish I had made them 10 months and 29 days sooner, because they are amazing.

Word to the wise: don’t put half of your balls in a glass container to cook, then place the glass container directly on the bottom of the oven. It will shatter into 5 million little pieces that you will not want to clean up at 10 at night while cursing yourself for being an idiot.

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Whole 30 Paleo Asian Style Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef

8 shitake mushrooms, diced

3/4 cup  sweet potatoes, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (without soy if you are paleo)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

salt/pepper

1tbs coconut oil

1. Mix all ingredients except the coconut oil together. Don’t be scared to get your hands dirty and hand mix everything together to ensure it’s fully blended.

2. Put oil on cooking sheet. Form into meatballs in whatever size your heart desires.  Place meatballs on cooking sheet.

3. Bake at 375* for about 15-20 minutes.