Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Awesome KB Workout, IR4 & FOOD!


I had an awesome week last week!

I have been eating ALLOT better Mon-Fri!

I really need to work on getting those weekends under control...but my birthday is this weekend. 


I did this AWESOME wod tonight and loved it! I have decided now that I am not attending a CrossFit gym I really need to push myself harder and challenge myself. 

Since I HATE running, I have dedicated myself to do ALLOT more running and be able to run SIX miles by November!!

NEXT up, IR4!!!

I found this AWESOME webpage IR4 through the mom of the little girl I do respite care for!

This website & facebook group pairs athletes up with special needs children and you run or train for them!

From the Website:

"We all have friends who say “run some for me” because they don’t WANT to run… what about those who physically CAN’T run?  After an inspiration from a close friend who was battling bilateral hip dyspasia – Founder Tim Boyle found a whole new inspiration to run.

The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner is proving to be a whole new level of motivation and awareness.  Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types". 

I've signed up to be partnered with a special person I can dedicate my training to!

What a wonderful and amazing opportunity we have to train and run for someone who cannot. I am SO excited to get my partner!

Last but not least, here are some pictures of the delicious food I have been feasting on lately:

(lite cool whip & strawberries)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Workout: SLED PULLS!

I spiced things up today and did a workout of sled pulls!

It was an awesome workout and it REALLY kicked my butt!!

 Jeff's makeshift wooden sled... Perfect for pulling weights!

Action shot!

Hope everyone had a great workout today :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tabata Workout, Couples Yoga & Food Log!


The workout I did today was a Tabata wod, if you have a HIIT timer it's SO easy to do!

20 seconds non stop work, then 10 seconds rest - 8 rounds. 
It ends up being EXACTLY 12 Minutes long!!! 

Jeff and I have a new goal (because I need motivation to stretch and be more flexible) to conquer one partner yoga pose a week!!

This week we started with the easiest one we could find and we will move our way up!

I love coming up with new ways to challenge each other and keep that healthy mindset as a couple!


I have decided I HAVE to go back to logging my food (via pictures). 

I am determined to lose the last 10-15 lbs!!

That being said, I did very well on my eating today. 

My percentages were just about perfect. 

I eat to my body - and the best way for me to maintain weightloss/lose weight. 

For my body, eating a lower carb and higher fat/protein diet works amazing!

  Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled over Broccoli

 Lunch: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs w/ 1 cup of Strawberries

 Snack: Some old Watermelon

Dinner: Grilled Pork Chop & More Brocolli

 Dessert: Cookie Dough Quest Bar!! 
I LOVE these things!!! I bought them today in case of emergencies to keep me from eating sweets!
Of course I had an "emergency" tonight and HAD to crack one open! ;)

If I ate like I did today EVERYDAY I would lose eight pounds in 5 weeks. 

That would be AMAZING!

How was your workout today??

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Death by Burpees

OK ok... The title is a little dramatic - but I honestly HATE burpees.

EWW 100 burpees...

Hope everyone had a more enjoyable workout than I did!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CrossFit Workout!

Sorry I have been MIA lately...

I recently went on a trip to California for a few days for a funeral. 

I ALSO found an adorable stray dog that I could not keep, and fostered it until I could find it a loving family!!

I loved her SO MUCH, but my family already has 3 dogs things would start to resemble a circus over here if we kept her!!! 

Luckily I found her the PERFECT family, a family that has already rescued 2 chihuahua mixes - one of their dogs recently passed away and they fell in love with this sweet girl immediately!

I was a little sad but so happy I found her a family that will care about her. Literally, this family I found her showed me pictures of their other dogs... they WERE WEARING CLOTHES!

I knew this puppy would be in good hands with them.

ANYWAYS- That's what has been consuming me all last week!!!

My workout today:

This was a super fun w.o.d! I loved getting my body running and moving again!

I have been sedentary for WAY too long, I'm excited to get back into my routine of working out!!

I finished in about 9 minutes and 30 seconds!

I also have been looking into learning how to correctly eat & measure my food with zone blocking!!

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Benefits of Fitness when Diagnosed with Cancer : GUEST POST!

HI everyone! We have an AMAZING guest poster today MELANIE!

Melanie is currently a Master's student with a passion that stems from her grandmother's cancer diagnosis. She often highlights the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. 

 To read more from Melanie, visit her blog for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.

Melanie is going to share very insightful information on how fitness helps cancer patients! I recently had a friend pass away from cancer, and I JUST came back in town from an Aunt who recently passed away from cancer - so this message really hits home for me. 

When Melanie asked if she could do a guest post I was MORE than thrilled to have her and share her positive message!

A Brief Overview of Fitness and Cancer

Although there are many debilitating conditions that can problematize an individual's ability to lead a productive and positive life, cancer can be a particularly difficult disease to grapple with. Despite the challenges that can result from having cancer, however, there are a plethora of things you can do to alleviate symptoms associated with the condition. As many health experts know, one of the greatest things an individual struggling with cancer can do to optimize wellness during recovery is exercise. Below you will find three different types of exercises that can be done to make the condition more bearable.  

Light Exercise Recommendation: Breathing Techniques

For those unfamiliar with light exercise, it is a form of physical activity in which you will not break a sweat. Because it is a less strenuous form of exercise, you will be able to talk and in some cases even sing while you complete the exercises. One great form of light exercise that cancer patients should seriously consider implementing is breathing techniques.

Simple breathing techniques affords many great benefits to the cancer patient, including improved circulation and blood flow, reduced fatigue, and improved lung function. This type and level of exercise is encouraged for those who are battling a prognosis of mesothelioma or other lung-related cancers. In completing a breathing exercise-which will entail consciously controlling and listening to every inhale and exhale-the patient can greatly enhance her or his respiratory function while taking in more oxygen.  

Moderate Exercise Recommendation: Yoga

Cancer patients who have a formidable degree of strength and agility may find that they are capable of handling moderate exercises. When this is the case, yoga is very advisable. Although defined broadly, yoga is basically a form of physical activity that emphasizes breathing deeply and stretching to achieve control over the mind and body. The benefits of doing yoga are diverse and include improved physical functioning, decreased fatigue, improved flexibility, decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels, decreased pain, and better quality sleep. Additionally, yoga can play a role in reducing the individual's experience of insomnia.

Advanced Exercise Recommendation: Weight Training

Cancer patients who have a substantive amount of strength may find that weight training is an advantageous and even ideal form of exercise to participate in. In short, weight training is a type of physical activity that involves lifting weights for the purpose of building cardiovascular strength, toning muscle, and/or improving muscle performance. Weight training can be done in a broad variety of ways. For example, one can lift 20-pound weights for 30 minutes every other day as a stand-alone exercise program. However, one can also mix weight training in with other forms of advanced exercises such as running or cycling. The benefits of weight training are diverse and include increased levels of energy, an improved cardiovascular system, and improved muscle strength.

The National Cancer Institute recommends weight training for people who have increased fat tissue or reduced muscle. Moreover, prostate cancers, head and neck cancers, and cancers of the gut and stomach can result in decreased muscle mass. To make the exercises effective for you, start with lighter weights and gradually build up to larger ones that you can lift for greater lengths of time. As you begin to lift heavier weights, you will see greater results.

Although cancer can be a very difficult disease to grapple with, it doesn't have to be. By implementing any of the exercises listed above to your workout routine, you can begin to cultivate a more productive and positive lifestyle as you decrease the severity of cancer symptoms. In so doing, you'll be sure to walk in greater health and wellness.

 Thank you Melanie for sharing this with us!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Unpleasant Weight Gain


All that binge eating and lack of exercise led to a TWO POUND WEIGHT GAIN!

I know it was not just fluctuation because I have weighed myself all week and have been at 140 lbs. 


Two pounds that took me many weeks to lose. 

LUCKILY, I'm getting back on the straight and narrow with my eating. 

It has been harder to get on a strict exercise plan though, because my days have been sporadic. 

I miss the comfort of my old schedule - I did everything at the same time EVERYDAY. 

School from 8-12, Work from 1:30-6, Gym from 7-8, Dinner at 8:30 and Bed by 10:30. 

I look back by how I thought I had so very little time, but now I see I was SO LUCKY to be on a strict schedule. 

Now I have wayyyyy too much room for error and giving up and lying to myself. 

-Lying to myself that I will workout after work when I know Jeff and I are BOTH too tired now that he has started his new job. 

-Lying to myself that it's stupid to go to my families gym because it's not a CrossFit gym


I have officially been on this journey for a year, and I feel GREAT about the progress I made. 

I want to do even MORE in this upcoming year. 

IT's going to be allot harder without my CrossFit membership, but I'm willing to give it everything I've got!

One of the bloggers I follow, Petite Athleat, might start doing customized meal plans and I'm excited to try them out!!!!


Monday, July 8, 2013



I took a niiiice long 4th of July weekend ;)


Had an AWESOME bbq, Went to the Diamondbacks game on the 5th for fireworks and had a marshmallow war. Things were GREAT!

I have rededicated myself to eating healthy!

I have been struggling ALLOT with eating clean lately - and I have FINALLY received the motivation I  needed to push myself to lose the last ten pounds!

An up to date weigh on will be happening SOON!

Big things are coming in my future, and I want to be in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!

Here's to pushing hard and getting back in the swing of things!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Eat Garbage, Feel Like Garbage

My Eating has been TERRIBLE!!!

It seems like I have NO control over my mouth anymore. 

Old habits have snuck back up on me - 

In the past 3 weeks I have a total of 3-4 healthy days. 

I have still been working out... But I have felt AWFUL!

Boyfriend's eating has been pretty crappy too, and when I complain about how I feel, how my face has broken out, how I'm CONSTANTLY bloated, He says:

I have been stuck in a rut I just CANNOT get out of!!

Is it my lack of routine without school?

Is it that I've been going out to eat/ice cream too much with friends?

Too many BBQ parties??


I need to get my mind set straight again about what's important. 

It's IMPORTANT to eat Healthy. 

It's IMPORTANT to feel good about yourself, and your choices. 

It's IMPORTANT to keep off the weight it took you a year to lose. 

It's IMPORTANT to be a role model to the people around you. 

I need to keep these in mind. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Workout & Our Growing Home Gym!

I had an AWESOME strength workout tonight with my Coach boyfriend and sister in law!

Also, We bought a SQUAT RACK!
It had been a growing concern of ours that we would not be able to squat since we had quit our crossfit gym memberships...

So this Saturday we found a GREAT deal on Craigslist and went a bartered for it!

I was SO happy to squat with this sucker today!

Warming up tonight with 65 lbs squats

Squatting is one of my FAVORITE lifts, and I'm excited to get better at it! My goal is to be able to squat 195 by next July! (Gives me 1 whole year!)

Right now I can squat about 135-140!

What are some of your fitness goals?