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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).


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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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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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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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. 



One of those days

So last night after a great WOD with some great people, we got together for a paleo dinner and talked about random things.

Those are the best nights, right?

Oh yeah.

Well, before that happened, I was dealing with drama within a different group of friends.

Have you ever had someone come to you and tell you “No one wants to hangout with me anymore,” or “No one includes me in social gatherings anymore”? I have. And I went through this yesterday with someone who I thought was a good friend of mine.

This person thinks that his way is 100% the only way possible. That his ideals are the only ones that matter. His way or the highway.

Seems a little controlling, right?

And I tried explaining to him, maybe, just maybe, could this be why you’re not included in social events anymore? I mean, coupled with his crude sense of humor and general behavior, sometimes he goes a little overboard. He calls people names thinking it’s funny and he’s being coy, but in fact, it’s rude. This person just doesn’t get it.

Well, our argument took a turn for the worst when he started pushing me to run again. Although this is something I really want to do, I can’t until I get cleared by my doctor because he told me not to run or do high impact movements for a few months. You see, I have really bad plantar fasciitis plus a strained achilles tendon. And yeah, it hurts. A lot. Even though I don’t want to further injure myself and am waiting to get the green light from my doctor, my ‘friend’ keeps telling me that I’m making excuses and to listen to my body not my doctor. Even my coach and one of my best friends will yell at me if they see me doing something that could further injure me.

But what if my body is agreeing with my doctor? What happens then?

Well, this person keeps telling me that the only way I’m going to lose weight is by running. And while I want to lose weight and whatnot, I know that the scale isn’t always the answer. One of my friends explained it the best last night at dinner. She said that weight is just the amount of gravity it takes to keep you on the ground. That’s it!

It doesn’t count for strength.

It doesn’t count for muscle.

It doesn’t count for beauty.

It’s doesn’t define you.

Weight is just a number. A silly little number.

So how do you deal with someone like this? Me, I usually get into an argument with them, eventually telling them to shut up and that they’re stupid and being ignorant.

And that’s exactly what I did.

When you have a goal you want to reach, whether it’s health, fitness, career, relationships, WHATEVER, you can’t let the negatives tie you down.

You have to listen to the people who are going to support you and help you reach your goals no matter how out of reach you think they are. Part of getting stronger physically is getting stronger mentally. If you don’t go out of your comfort zone and try new things, you’re letting those who speak negatively to you win. And you don’t want that.

So what do you do with those people who want to bring you down? Honestly, they’re only hurting themselves by pushing you away. If they really cared about you as a friend, they wouldn’t be breaking you down and telling you you’re stupid and ignorant. If they really were a friend you could talk to and count on, they’d be supportive. Because that’s what friends do.

The friends that matter are the ones that you can text late at night, excited about hitting your 1RM power clean PR and possibly passing your goal for 2014 and respond with “That’s awesome!!! I know you could do it!!!” (Because yeah, that happened yesterday too.)

Oh, and PS I have my girl over at Eat.Pray.WOD. to thank for a lot of this motivation.


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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Woohoo it’s Wednesday!

So it’s been a while. Sorry blog, I kind of let you down.


As many of y’all know this weekend was the Super Bowl. And while I wanted Peyton to lead his Broncos to victory because I support the hometown hero (yay New Orleans), we all know that was an epic fail.

Well I decided to go to a little Super Bowl gathering at a friends’ place and brought some crazy awesome looking cupcakes that a friend made for me.

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Over a month of eating clean and 90/10 Paleo along with the 24-day challenge by Advocare, I thought I could treat myself to a cupcake.

Just one, simple, little, itty bitty cupcake.

Hah. No.

Talk about a shock to your system! I never want to go through that again. Y’all, that cupcake was amazing but I don’t recommend eating super clean and then downing a homemade from scratch (aka lots of sugar and butter) cupcake.

Don’t. Do. It.

So Monday, I tried my hardest to get back into the groove and eat clean again. I barely made it. I nibbled on things here and there but really wasn’t even that hungry, nor did I feel like eating anything.

Even yesterday I could barely do it. I ate bread. I needed it. It was the only thing that didn’t bother me so I honestly don’t care.

Now back to eating clean.

Yesterday I cleaned out the fridge, went to the grocery store and picked up a few things.

I juiced some juice, baked some muffins and food prepped.

Lately I’ve just been mixing things up and juicing them, writing the ingredients down on a post-it note and sticking it on the cabinet and keeping it there for future reference.

The new juice I made is a green veggie juice. Super easy, super simple, super clean.

Green Juice 2.0
– 1 bag spinach leaves
– 3 cucumbers
– 4 large carrots

This mixture made three 10 oz jars and a little leftover.

Now for the fun part.


I know everyone loves muffins, so why not create some that taste absolutely amazing, are clean and Paleo friendly?!

Rise and Shine Muffins

What you need:
– 1/2 cup mashed yam (sweet potato)
– 1/2 raisins
– 1/2 chopped walnuts
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1/8 cup shredded carrots
– 2 eggs
– 3/4 cup almond flour
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tsp baking powder

What you do:
– Preheat oven to 350* F.
– Combine everything in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
– Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or use paper liners) and divide batter among six cups.
– Bake 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are cooked all the way through.
– Allow muffins to cool before serving.


So this recipe says it makes six muffins, but mine made eight. And mine were cooked through at 25 minutes.

The recipe that I based this off of came from here

Oh, and Happy Hump Day y’all! The weekend is almost here!