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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.


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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Name calling, boys, and silly people

So growing up with two brothers and going to an all girls high school, people get called names.

We’re taught that stick and stones may break our bones but names will never hurt us.

But they do, right?

There always have been and will be mean girls and mean boys.

Sometimes, name calling hurts more than one would expect it do.

We’re taught to smile and stay strong, be confident, be assertive, breakaway from the discussion, and maybe even find another group of friends to call your own.

There will always be other people to call your friends, right?

But what happens when this person doing the name calling happens to be a boy. Maybe even a boy you like.

Yeah, I’m in my mid-twenties and honestly, I still call guys boys. And sometimes, boys are stupid.

So back to the name calling. So this guy I’m talking about. We’ve been talking back and forth for a few months, he’s gone on a hiatus or two but we still talk.

Well, we had gotten into an argument because he told me I workout too much.

Actually, he called me a “workout freak”.

Yeah, he told me that.

Honestly, I know it shouldn’t bother me that much, but it really did. It’s like one of those things that cuts you deep, deep into your core.

He even went so much to tell me that the amount of time a typical crossfitter spends training less time that could be spent with his or her family. Actually, this is what he said:

“Food for thought. An average cross fit man/woman spends seven hours a week training. For a run/meet that happens once/twice a year. She spends less than 10 hours of intense time per week with her children that need her attention more than 30 times/year. It seems skewed. If the people that spend all that time “training” would invest that time in quality interaction with their family/spouse/kids then life in general would’ve been better for them.”

It took me 15 or 20 minutes to figure out a way to respond to this text. Oh, yeah, this was a TEXT message.

First of all, I’m not married to him, hell, we aren’t even dating (for the record, we’re no longer talking).

But he had the cojones to call me a workout freak? I mean, telling me I workout too much is bad enough, but resorting to name calling?

We’re young adults. Not children, not dating, not a couple, not married!

Just talking!

What he fails to understand is that Crossfit isn’t “just working out”.

Back in November, The Movement Fix posted something on their blog.

5 Reasons to Never tell a Crossfitter to stop Crossfitting.

Pretty self-explanatory right?

It’s scary true. Crossfit is more than working out.

It’s an emotional and physical outlet.
It’s a way to challenge yourself.
It’s a way for the new neighbor to join a social circle.
It’s a way for you to be a part of something bigger.
It’s a way for you to beat yourself.

No matter your goal, remember why you started.

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Let’s have a lil Thursday Q&A

Ok, so first and foremost I want to say that I’m so eternally grateful for my friends, especially those I count as my Crossfit support system.

So freaking grateful.

I am so stubborn. So freaking stubborn. I’m as bullheaded and stubborn as they come (thanks dad). But when I’m at Red Stick Crossfit, I feel different. I feel like a different person.

I’m like this because of my friends. Because of Ace and Colby and Lauren pushing me. Yelling at me. Encouraging me.

This is why I Crossfit. If I didn’t have the support of my fellow athletes, I don’t know what I’d do.

In fact, I probably would have quit by now.

But I haven’t. And I won’t.

I’m still here.

10 months later, and I’m still here.

8 lbs down, and I’m still here.

Plantar fasciitis, and I’m still here.

An enflamed Achilles tendon, and I’m still here.

Callused, sore and broken down, I’m. Still. Here.

I’m still here because I want to be. Not because I have to be.

I’m still here because I have people who support me and encourage me. These people depend on me to be there day in and day out both inside and outside of the gym.

And now one of these people who supports me and encourages me and sends me texts like “Good morning little bug! Have a great day at work and get so excited about the gym tonight!” nominated me for something called the Liebster Award.

For those who don’t know, the Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. What does it mean? Well it’s German and has several meanings: dearest, sweetest, beloved, kind, pleasant, valued, enduring, and favorite. It’s a great way to share with the blogging community, get to know other bloggers and inspire others.


1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

My Questions via Eat.Pray. WOD.:

1. Most embarrassing moment? Ok so this is awkward. I was working a baseball game last season and had to climb up a ladder to get on the roof to get a specific shot. Well, on my way down the ladder I TOTALLY missed a step and fell down 3-4’ and landed on my butt. Thankfully, the camera somehow miraculously landed on my lap (I still have no idea how this happened). Well, I look over and the closet door where the ladder is, is open. And there are like, 10 people standing there. Just standing there. Some giggling, some laughing, some just staring in disbelief. People I know and people I work with. So freaking awkward.

2. Favorite recipe? Hmm. Probably my grilled chicken. I marinade it in this light Italian salad dressing overnight and then grill it. Ohmygod it’s so good. It’s amazing hot over a bed of Romaine lettuce with balsamic vinaigrette.

3. Item of clothing you feel most confident in and why? Hmm. Honestly, this would have to be my Nike Epic Runs. I have no idea why but my workout pants make me feel almost invincible. One of my friends even refers to them as my “Wonder Woman” pants.

4. What do you do to relax? Hmm. This is a three-way tie between wine and a bubble bath, zoning out on a walk with Miss Oakley or spending time at the range. Yeah, I know three COMPLETELY different things, but it’s true. These are the things I do to relax.

5. If you could choose anywhere in the world to spend a week, where would it be? Watercolor, FL. Hands down. I love the beach so so so so so much. If I had the funds, I’d just move there, live on the beach and take pictures all day everyday. Oh, and who doesn’t love beach Crossfit?!


6. Favorite beer? Lol. This is funny. I don’t drink a lot. If I’m out late socializing with friends, I’ll sip on one vodka water all night. If I’m out at dinner or a sporting event and I just want a beer instead of wine I’ll go with Michelob Ultra or Corona Extra with a lime.

7. Least favorite way to sweat? Working. Definitely working. It absolutely sucks when you’re standing on the sideline of a football field or baseball diamond at noon during the summer carrying 30-40lbs of gear and just standing there shooting for 3-4 hours. I don’t know how our soldiers fighting overseas do it in full protective military gear every damn day under the beating desert sun.

8. Would you rather have to wear 80’s style blazers with shoulder pads everyday for the rest of your life OR wear Lady Gaga’s meat dress once a day for the rest of your life? This is seriously a scary situation. Both of these are. I absolutely hate shoulder pads so I’d have to go with the meat dress once a week for the rest of my life.

9. Quote you live by? Eat clean, train dirty. Duh.

10. Favorite color and why? Green. Because it’s the color of money! Just kidding. I love the color green because it’s EVERYWHERE! Grass is green. Flowers are semi green. Trees are green. All of my bedspreads and bed sheets are green. I just love the color green.

11. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Hmm. This is a tough one too. Honestly I freaking love Jennifer Aniston. I’d only hope that I’d be honored enough to have her play me in a movie. I mean, she’s 45 years old as of Tuesday and she’s still in amazing shape.

Ok so now that that’s done, here’s the fun part.

My questions:

1. What’s your spirit animal?

2. What’s your favorite cheat meal (if you have one)?

3. Favorite guilty TV show?

4. Where were you born?

5. Have you ever had a Choco Taco?

6. What’s your favorite sport? Both to watch and participate in.

7. What time of the day do you write your blog?

8. What’s your personal therapy?

9. What’s your favorite book?

10. Who do you look up to?

11. What are three goals you have for 2014?

My nominations:
1. RanchCookie
2. Fossils and Gooseberries
3. The Health Hump

Sidebar: I know you’re supposed to post 11 blogs by other bloggers but I’m legit losing my mind trying to find more. 



Manic Monday!

Y’all, it’s been a crazy weekend. And I mean CRAZY!


Friday was a work-filled day followed by a drive to New Orleans and a drive to Slidell to go to a meet and greet prior to volunteering at my first ever Crossfit competition, the Battle on the Bayou hosted by Finish Strong Crossfit.

Saturday I was up with the chickens to drive out to the Dirty ‘Dell for 6:45am to help set up registration for the day of competition and whatnot. I ended up having to leave early but not before snapping some pics of my teammates kicking butt in the competition.


Sunday I got a lot done. Errands, food prep, meal planning, dog park shenanigans and juicing. Oh, and I registered for my first ever Crossfit competition, you know, as an athlete. And the Crossfit Open.

Did I really jut type that out?

I mean, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing, but now I’m starting to realize that it’s really happening.

I will be competing in a Crossfit competition. And the Open!


The Crossfit Open is something I don’t know too much about. My knowledge of it basically scratches at the surface. My girl Ace over at Eat.Pray.WOD. talked me into signing up for it. And by talked me into it, I mean she pretty much told me “no excuses, you’re doing it”. The first workout is released on February 27th and the final workout will be released five weeks later on March 27th.

Well, come April 19th I will have completed my first ever competition, the Festivus Games, out in Alexandria, LA. Needless to say, I’m super stoked.

2014 is going to be a good year. I can feel it.


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Snow, err, ice day!

So it’s 28* outside and “snowing”.

I say that sarcastically because it’s basically just little balls of ice falling from the sky.


Well of course being the that photographer I am I brought my camera with me the last time Miss Oakley went outside.

Well she kind of loves this ice/snow mixture.


This weather is crazy! I think the craziest part is that it’s supposed to be up in the 70s this weekend.

Schools are shut down.

Bridges are closed.

People aren’t working.

You know what bothers me the most?

My box being closed.

I know it’s because of the road conditions and personal safety, but all I want to do right now is lift a bar and throw it around! Crazy, I know. But it’s my therapy and all I want to do right now instead of being cooped up in my apartment with a crazy little schnauzer and lots of episodes of Dexter is go workout.

I’m just hoping that this weather changes enough tomorrow to melt the ice off the roadways at some point to let me go workout.

Oh well. I’m going to try and enjoy these next two days. I know I won’t end up working tomorrow either.

Might as well read some books, clean some stuff and watch some Dexter.

Stay warm y’all!

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Y’all, I am so stoked about my new purchase. After talking with friends and fellow Crossfitters and picking through and going through my options I got myself a Breville Compact Juicer!

I have been having the time of my life juicing since I got it last Thursday. I even made juice for my parents! They weren’t too fond of it but hopefully it will grow on them.

Now, these recipes will DEFINITELY be joining the recipe posts I make on here. So far I’ve only made 2-3 different kinds of juice. One of which I call “Green Juice!” and the other is a “Sunrise Citrus”. Both are incredibly clean, paleo and healthy. I’m trying to only eat/drink fruit in the mornings, none after 11am, so I drink my Sunrise Citrus first thing in the morning. It’s crisp and clean and super sweet! The Green Juice is one I concocted to drink in the afternoons, kind of like a jolt to keep me going if I feel myself starting to fade.

After I make my juice, I pour them into Ball’s Mason Jars. I picked up a 12-pack from Amazon for less than $10.

Y’all, this whole set up is mess-free! You can take apart the whole juicer and put it in the dishwasher if you want to. It’s pretty quiet too. A lot quieter than my blender but Miss Oakley still runs and hides when the juicer gets rolling. The jars are also easily cleaned by hand or dishwasher (I wash the lids by hand). Just be sure that you’re prepared to drink all the juice you make. Otherwise, it will go bad pretty easily.

Juicing is such an easy way to consume veggies and fruits during the course of your day. Granted, I still eat my veggies at every meal, but being able to drink them just adds even more yummy veggies to your diet!

I should also add that I am not doing a juicing “cleanse”. Like I said before, I’m juicing so I can add in additional vitamins, minerals and amino acids into my clean eating lifestyle.

Did you know that eating 6 large carrots is equivalent to eating 8 oz of carrot juice?

Who doesn’t love fun and random facts? Click here for other fun and random fun juicing facts!

This is what I made last night. My mom and I went to Costco in New Orleans and picked up a whole bunch of clean fruits and veggies! Apples, oranges, tomatoes, kale, spinach, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, lettuce, and strawberries.

Green juice!
Yields 3-4
– 4-5 cups of kale
– 4 apples (I use fuji)
– 2 cucumbers
– 6 stalks of celery (8 if they’re short)
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 2 incles fresh ginger
– 1 cup water

Sunrise Citrus!
Yields 3-4
– 6 oranges, peeled
– 3 apples
– 4 stalks celery
– 1 cup water

Both of the above recipes made a 4 jars of both juices at a little over 12 oz.

Just remember to shake them up gently before consuming because the juice will settle and separate.