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I feel like a horrible person

I feel like a horrible person.

It has been exactly one month since my last post. 

Horrible. Horrible. Horrible.

What’s my excuse? Well, there’s a few.
– New job
– New hours
– Lots of naps
– Lots of driving for work
– Lots of cooking
– Crossfitting at 0600
– New obsession with Scandal

ANYWAY.

Since I don’t know the next time I might be able to do a drive-by here for who knows how long, I might as well share those post-it note juicing recipes with y’all. I mean, I mentioned it MAYBE a month ago. Probably longer.

Eat (or drink) your veggies!

– 1 head kale
– 2 heads spinach
– 2 carrots, peeled
– 2 cucumbers, peeled
– 4 oranges, peeled

– 2 cucumbers
– 4-5 stalks of kale
– 2 apples
– 4 oranges

– 1 bag of spinach
– 3 cucumbers
– 4 carrots

– 2 beets
– 3 stalks of celery
– 4 carrots
– 2 apples
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1 cucumber
– 1″ ginger

– 2 heads of spinach
– 1 head kale
– 5 cucumbers
– 3 oranges, peeled
– 2 apples

– 3 oranges
– 3 apples
– 1 small seedless watermelon

– 1 bunch kale
– 3 cucumbers
– 1 box strawberries
– 2 oranges
– 1 apple

– 1 bag power greens
– 2lbs strawberries
– 3 oranges, peeled
– 1 apple, peeled
– 3 cucumbers, peeled

– 3 cucumbers
– 4 carrots
– 1 bunch celery
– 1 bunch kale

A lot of these are kind of the same. Just little bitty variations on each other.

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CrossFit Open Update!

So this past week was 14.3 for the Open.

Deadlifts and box jumps (or if you’re like me, step ups).

CrossFit Open 14.3 Workout

Well, for the longest time I couldn’t do deadlifts because I have these massive knots in my lower back that lock up early and keep me from working out. I started back doing deadlifts about two months ago and I can you this, honestly and straightforwardly, I missed them.

I missed being able to prove I am strong.

I missed being able to show I’ve changed.

And I missed that 1RM PR that I set several months ago.

Oh, that last one? I missed it because I went over it by 20lbs. I’m kind of really stinkin’ happy about that last one.

So long story short, I did this workout twice. Once on Thursday and once yesterday, Monday.

Thursday’s workout wasn’t bad. I had gone through the #95, #135, #155 deadlifts and step ups and had less than a minute left and was able to knock out two at #185 for a final score of 92 reps. I was expecting to be sore, tired, and bedridden all weekend, but amazingly, I wasn’t.

Come Monday, I knew I wanted to improve my score. I wanted to hit 100 reps. I was only 8 away, right? Well, after some planning and with the help of one of my box mates, we changed the plates around on the bar so that I’d never be wasting time taking a plate off, simply always adding weight.

By the time that round of #185 came around, I had just under 2 minutes left. Almost two whole minutes! In that time I was able to knockout 12 reps for a final score of 102. Not only had I beaten my goal for the workout, but I also got 12 reps of #185, a weight I hadn’t deadlifted ever before before Thursday.

I was pretty happy about that, even though now, as I’m sitting at my desk, my back would probably disagree with me.

But that’s besides the point. The point is is that I did it! I got stronger and I surpassed a personal goal and set a personal record. That’s the point of CrossFit, right?

Well, another point of CrossFit is to eat healthy and eat to perform. So I baked some salmon last night.

 

I’ll call this Stupid Easy Salmon.

I’m not going to lie, I bought the salmon at Costco already in this little pan. It came with these three humongous scoops of pesto butter on the top of each filet, something I immediately removed once I got home. After adding a tiny bit of olive oil to the filets, (they already came with salt, pepper, and a little fresh parsley), I popped them in the oven at 400* for about 35 minutes. (Sorry the picture [or pan for that matter] isn’t prettier, I was in a rush and only did a iPhone photo).

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Salmon is such an excellent source of Omega-3s, protein, vitamins A, B, and D as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium. Salmon is also great for heart health, has excellent brain and nerve benefits and it can make your hair nice and shiny (you know, because you need to shine all the time).


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Five on Friday!

My life has been so hectic this past week so I haven’t been able to post as much as I would have liked.

Anyway, today’s is my birthday so for my Five on Friday I thought I’d share some personal stuff about me 🙂

1. I tell people I’m from New Orleans/Metairie, but my heart is in Hopedale. You see, Hopedale is this little village (I don’t think it qualifies as a city) that’s below Chalmette, which is southeast of New Orleans. Anyway, the reason I say my heart is in Hopedale is because every weekend growing up I was there, fishing, playing on the boat and exploring bayous and marshes.

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2. I’m incredibly impatient. Like, I have this nervous/weird tick that I inherited from my dad. When I’ve been waiting for some time, my foot will just start tapping. I can’t explain it. I do it at my desk, at the dinner table and even in traffic. I am always looking for a way out of a situation, whether its some awkward conversation with someone I haven’t seen in forever, or again, traffic. They’re not always negative situations or anything like that. Just planning ahead sometimes, anticipating certain things.

3. I’ve been cooking a LOT lately. I mean a lot a lot. I need to post some more recipes to here for y’all and update the recipes page. But anyone who knows me knows I love to cook. I mean love love love. I will randomly add different spices and ingredients to whatever I’m cooking, creating new tastes and flavors. Like these stuffed chicken breasts I made the other day (I call them baby chickens because they’re kind of little). One of my new favorite things to cook with are baby bellos (baby portobello mushrooms).

4. CrossFit has really given me some of the greatest friends I could ever ask for. I mean, if you can get all gross, sweaty and writhe on the floor in pain together before going to grab dinner and drinks in those same clothes you were just working out in, it has to be a true friendship, right? Duh. Of course it is.

5. So these friends of mine that I’ve made through CrossFit. Well, a bunch of us are all celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday here in Baton Rouge. For those who don’t know, this holiday in Baton Rouge is the equivalent to Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. It’s legit and it’s crazy. Well, being the person I am and historically doing absolutely nothing fun for my birthday (well, there was that one time freshman year in Boulder when my then-boyfriend was working and I ‘went out’ with some ‘friends’ who ended up drinking too much, so I left and then they all got MIPs walking home), with the exception of work, because you know, work can be fun. Sometimes. So long story short, that St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration? Yeah, I’m treating that like my own birthday party and everyone else is celebrating with me. Oh, and there will be mimosas.

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Five on Friday!

What a crazy busy week. How about a little Five on Friday?!

1. Last night was 14.2, the second workout of the 2014 CrossFit Open. 3 minutes to complete two rounds of 10 OHS #65 and 10 C2B pullups. Well, I had never done a #65 OHS but guess what, I did! And then came the part that I was terrified of. C2B pull-ups. Before yesterday, I hadn’t ever done an unassisted pull-up, let alone a chest to bar pull-up. Well, I didn’t get any C2B, but I hit a personal PR on unassisted pull-ups! I was happy with those results even though I didn’t get any C2Bs.

More importantly, I was so excited that I FINALLY got to participate in the party at Red Stick Crossfit for the WOD! I finally got to go and hangout with my CrossFit family for The Open. The Open WOD was finally capped off with a group of us going out for dinner afterwards. It’s crazy how the people I workout with at Red Stick CrossFit have become my second family.

2. I’d like to say that Mardi Gras 2014 was a success. I had a phenomenal time photographing the parades and just love the history and tradition that is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Oh, and king cake. Who doesn’t love king cake.

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3. Along with some fantastic images from Mardi Gras, I love the little things I pick up from sporting events. I absolutely LOVE shooting baseball and football. It’s two of the sports that I absolutely love to shoot. The raw emotion that emulates from the images is just, how can I put it, well, there are no words.

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4. So when I’m not at the box and when I’m not working, taking pictures, and blogging, I’m cooking and juicing. I’ve been making some pretty epic juices lately. Last night’s was a green juice (I’m not going to lie, they’ve all become green juices). The juice was comprised of a bunch of kale, three cucumbers, a box of strawberries, two oranges and an apple. Before adding the cucumbers and apple to the juice, I mixed it up a little and peeled them (along with the oranges). I don’t know why I wanted to try it, but being that I’ve seen a lot of the rind and peel get stuck in the blades and not even make it to the juicer, I guess it was worth a shot. Well, it worked beautifully. I need to update my recipes for y’all.

5. So Wednesday I started watching House of Cards. I’m addicted. I think I need an intervention. The first sign to solving an addiction is to admit you have one, right? Well, yeah. I’m obsessed. If you haven’t started watching this show, and if you’re not already addicted, you need to get on the bandwagon. Like now.


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Happy Lundi Gras y’all!

I’m sitting here, Lundi Gras day, watching Magic Mike and munching on a lil piece of king cake (because why not and it’s Mardi Gras, duh) and I couldn’t help but notice that I hadn’t updated y’all on my first CrossFit Open experience.

For those who don’t know, 14.1 was a 10 min AMRAP of 30 DUs and 15 snatches #55.

I was terrified. I had never gotten DUs before.

Actually, I think I got one once. On accident.

Well, I went in on Friday and was going to do it. I wasn’t going to tell myself no.

I  wasn’t going to give in. And I sure as hell wasn’t going to give up.

So I watched my boxmates do their set. And then I thought to myself, why am I not getting a DU?

Well it turns out it wasn’t me. It was my rope.

I traded my RX rope in for a friends’ simple Rogue rope and I was getting them I developed a pattern and was finally getting double unders!

I was so excited.

Well, now that I had figured out how to get them, and had finished 14.1 at least once, I wanted to try it again. Unfortunately, I couldn’t.

Silly Mardi Gras threw me off my groove and I wasn’t able to take another chance and the workout.

Oh well. That doesn’t mean I can’t try it again on my own, right?


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The open is upon us

Good morning! It’s morning everyone! Today’s the day! The sun is shining, the tank is clean, and The Open starts in less than 9 hours!

At 5pm this evening, The CrossFit Games will announce workout 14.1. The first of five workouts created for this year’s CrossFit Open.

The Open is designed to show you what you’re made of. Regardless of whether you’ve been CrossFitting for 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years, everyone should do it.

No matter what happens, just don’t give up. You can’t give up and you can’t give in.

Personally, I’m not as scared as I thought I would be (I’m pretty sure I’m trying to hide some underlying fear with these funny GIFs). I think it has to do to the fact that I can’t do the first Open workout with my box mates tonight at 7:30 because I have to work, but at the same time, I’m going to do it. I can’t not do it.

I will do it.

I have to do it.

Why do I have to do it? Well, because I said so. And because Ace said so. And because, quite honestly, I want to know what I can do.

I want to be broken down. I want to see what I’m made of.

Over the past 10 months, CrossFit has become my second family. My crutch. My therapy.

I want to give back to something that has done so much for me.

The bar doesn’t talk back to you or cop an attitude. It will break you down, but it will build you back up.

Get ready, because it’s coming for you.


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The open is around the corner y’all!

So I’m sitting in my living room, drying off Miss Oakley after drying to convince her to go outside and potty during a light drizzle when all of a sudden, we’ve got hail. No, we didn’t have cows, just hail. Big ole fat hail.

Now I have a dog shaking on my lap refusing to leave. So it dawns on me to pop over and check my stats on here. I mean, I’m a fairly new blogger with almost four months under my belt.

And you know what’s happened in those four months?

I’ve already got 40 followers on here. FORTY! That’s crazy to me! I never thought that people would actually want to read and follow what I have to say. I know I can go off on little tangents and everything, but forty people in four months?! Thanks guys and gals!

One of the other things I noticed is that I’ve gotten over 765 people to read this here blog. Again, I didn’t realize people would actually read what I had to say!

But you know what’s really on my mind right now?

Not hail, not stats, not numbers. No, not any of those things.

My mind is on The Open. You know, the CrossFit Open.

It starts on Thursday.

14.1 will be released on Thursday.

And yeah, I registered for it, and yeah I (think) I’m ready for the challenge.

But you know what’s really on my mind about The Open? I’m not worried about the movements (yet) or the actual workouts (yet).

I’m worried about whether or not I will have time to do the first workout.

You see, with me and my crazy life, I work nights. A lot. And it just so happens that I’ll be working tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday night. And probably Friday night too.

That normally wouldn’t be a problem for me, but here in Louisiana we celebrate this little thing called Mardi Gras and because of a parade on Saturday, my box isn’t having open gym.

So I need to start bribing and begging people, right? Yep. Sure do.

Boxmates, coaches and friends who I happen to know. If you happen to be reading this (hopefully not for the first time ever)…….

I will bring you coffee. I will make you dinner. I will wash your car. I will pay you.

I will do ANYTHING just to have someone yell at me and kick my butt and judge me and make sure I’m not going to fall on my face and die.

So please. If you workout at my box/gym and happen to want any of the above things and happen to be a judge, please. Please please please. Judge me. I dare ya.

It will make me so happy happy happy.

Oh, PS, if you haven’t registered yet, just do it. Rip the callous off and just do it.

I did.