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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 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.