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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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Five on Friday!

So I realize that the post I made yesterday, while filled with gibberish and random flitting thoughts, was similar to a Five on Friday.

But I still had a few crazy things going on so I figured I’d share anyway.

1. I’ve been crazy busy with work, photographing all over the place and just having fun in general.

Southeastern’s Gabe Woods (5) was called safe on second despite LSU’s Conner Hale (20) catch at second. (Hilary Scheinuk Photo)

2. I did my first early morning 5am WOD, which happened to be Helen, on Wednesday. It was rough and I’m glad I was able to power nap after eating breakfast and showering post-WOD, but it was something I had been wanting to try for quite some time.

3. I finished watching Dexter earlier this week and have since been trying to find some new shows to watch. I started going back through some old shows I used to watch. I just started watching Desperate Housewives again and I can’t help but realize how annoying some of these characters are! It’s crazy. Next on my list is to finish up The Sopranos and Sex and the City, rewatch Rescue Me and start House of Cards.

4. Shin splints SUCK! I haven’t been able to run for a few months because of Plantar Fasciitis and I ran during Helen on Wednesday. It was all fine and dandy during the actual workout, but then on Thursday morning I felt it. Good lord it was so painful, and still is. I want to start running again so badly and dealing with all these foot issues, and it’s all in one foot!

5. I cooked up some pan seared tilapia last night as a super late dinner after getting home late from working out and it was better than I expected. I threw some green bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and olive oil in a pan, tossed them around then added the fish. Cooked over medium heat for 10 minutes or so (I honestly can’t remember an exact time), and then served with lemon juice. Stupid me snapchatted the final product to people but neglected to take a picture for myself. I wish I could have saved one to share with y’all!

Anywho, that’s my Five on Friday. I’ll try and share some stuff I plan on shooting this weekend since it’s going to be jam-packed with gigs. Have a good weekend!

 


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Five on Friday!

Ok so it’s finally Friday and it’s my first Friday night of no work in a few weeks. It’s also the first Friday that LSU students are back in town from being off on Winter Break. What does that mean for me? Oh it most definitely means sweatpants and Dexter with Miss Oakley all night after I go get my Friday workout in.

Back to Five on Friday. It’s been kind of an uneventful week so bear with me.

(1) I’ve basically given up carbs. At least through January. I know this sounds CRAZY but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Lots of veggies and water and you’re set to jet. This isn’t just some random spontaneous thing I’m doing. Rather, it coincides with my Advocare 24-day Challenge (which by the way is going decent) and Paleo challenge. This was pre-carb detox. Three days of food and snacks.

(2) I’m obsessed with ZZ Ward. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to start listening to her but this one song just does it for me. Windows down, sunroof open and the volume up. That’s how I plan on leaving work today.

(3) Everyone fails at something. And it’s not a one time event. A lot of people fail at different things at different points of their life. Last night, I failed at a snatch. Granted, I haven’t done too many of them in my life, but I wanted to keep 65lbs on the bar for yesterday’s insane “Open Test” WOD. Well, I couldn’t. I completely failed and thankfully only 2-3 people at the gym saw it happen. I was mortified. After getting through all the movements before having to touch the bar, I realized I couldn’t even do 65lbs so I knocked it down to 55lbs for the cleans and jerks. Snatches? Moved it down again to 45lbs. I’m kind of happy I didn’t push myself yesterday because my back is telling me today would have been a lot worse on the sore-o-meter.

(4) I have the coolest friends ever. First off, I can tell over the past few months (since starting Crossfit) that my attitude has changed. I’ve definitely changed as a person. While some of my ‘friends’ make fun of Crossfit, others are incredibly supportive. And they don’t even lift! They understand what Crossfit has done for me and support me for that. In one particular group of friends I’ve garnered the nickname of “Wonder Woman”. Yeah, I know. At first I was like, seriously? I don’t even look like her. Then I realized that it wasn’t all about looks but strength rather. And I kind of liked it. Well, in this group of friends I mentioned that I needed a new journal for the new year to keep track of my WODs, weights and skill work. Guess what showed up the next day. If you guessed a Wonder Woman journal, you’re right.

(5) Some of my favorite TV shows are back for the spring. I don’t have cable and rely on an antenna and Hulu+ to watch them, and I don’t consider myself THAT much of a couch potato (well, except at night) but I’m kind of excited. So far Parenthood, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Nashville, New Girl and Modern Family have been pretty epic. I cannot WAIT for Grey’s Anatomy to be back in February. Prepare yourself for a gif overload.

Enjoy yourself this weekend, but don’t go too crazy!

Peace out y’all!

Five on Friday! 


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Five on Friday!

It’s finally Friday! My first work-week of the Advocare 24-day challenge + paleo challenge is almost over! I’ve been religiously hitting the box everyday since starting but was too sore to go yesterday. Y’all, when your body is telling you to take a rest day, TAKE A REST DAY. I learned that the hard way a few months ago.

Well, in preparation for a semi-calm weekend of work, I figured I’d throw together a little Five on Friday for y’all. Not only is this my first Five on Friday of 2014, but it’s my first one ever!

1. If you’re challenging yourself to eat better, whether its cleaner, more paleo or whatever, don’t give into your cravings. I can’t tell you how hard those first few days are, but once you pass them it’s clear skies and sweet freedom. I keep fruit and a bag of veggies in my fridge now, and when I get a craving I’ll grab a sweet piece of fruit to satisfy it. It’s been five days since I’ve had anything remotely chocolate and it feels great!

2. Over the past few days it’s been ridiculously cold down here in South Louisiana. I don’t know how you Northerners do it. I was wearing probably five layers just to walk outside and convince Ms. Oakley she needed to go to the bathroom before we could cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

3. I started extensive meal planning this week with my Advocare 24-day challenge + paleo challenge. Every Saturday, I sit down with an excel spreadsheet and plan out every single thing I plan on eating that week. No lie. I even have water listed (even though we should ALL be drinking a ton of water, I put it on there as a friendly reminder). Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, pre-workout, dinner, snack, water, water, water. It’s all planned so when I go to the store on Sunday morning I know exactly what I need to buy so I can save money and only buy what I need. There are no excuses if you’re prepared and plan ahead.

4. I learned that there are always people who want you to fail. Always. And you know what happens when you realize that? I pick yourself up off the ground (that’s only if you’ve fallen down), brush the dirt off your butt and keep on with your life. Why? Because it’s YOUR life. It’s your life, your stage, everyone else is just a guest in it. You have to do you first. I had a great talk with one of my good friends over at Eat. Pray. WOD. last night about this same thing. There will always be mean girls who push you around because they’re jealous, insecure, or whatever the reason. From middle school, high school, college, even in the workforce. Just let it go. You can’t let people bring you down. Ever.

5. Lastly, learn to spread your wings. I’ve been job-hunting and up until recently had been limiting myself to Louisiana. Why? Because I’m scared of change. I’m scared to lose the friends I’ve made in Baton Rouge, scared to leave my family in New Orleans, and I’m scared to leave my box and all the great people I’ve met through it. But you know what? There are other boxes out there. There are other cities to call home. There are people out there who can become your future friends and boxmates. You just have to be ready to let go of what’s holding you back and dive on in. Moving can suck. But moving can be good. It can be healthy. Think of it as a new, clean slate. You just have to be ready and accept the challenge.

Five on Friday!