You do that CrossFit?

7 May

I decided it’s time for me to update the ol’ blog. I realize it’s been almost a year but…
Well, I have no excuse actually.

The latest news to share is my new obsession.

CrossFit.

Prepare yourselves to read much much more about my CrossFit journey. What is CrossFit you say?

This short video sums it up nicely.
If after watching that video, you’re still not sure what it’s all about- here’s an example of what my daily routine looks like:

1) 10m Warm-up (Rowing, Running, Jumping Rope)

2) 10-20m Stretching/Mobility 

3) Strength Skill (Squat, Front Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Squat, Clean & Jerk, Snatch, etc)

We usually work the following: 5-5-3-3-1 reps adding weight for a 1-rep max. Of course, the priority here is perfect form, then speed.

4) WOD.

WOD stands for Workout of the Day. This is what I get nervous for every time I step into the gym. You never know what to expect, and a WOD that looks easy may just be the ugliest and most difficult workout you’ve ever experienced. You usually are trying to do as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in a set amount of time OR a set amount of rounds for the fastest time. Either way, you are going as fast as possible while still keeping form and not dying. Also, any of the workouts can be scaled so that any one at any fitness level can participate. 

I will share an example of a WOD- the one I did today. 

– 30 Squats (135lbs for women/195lbs for men)
– 100 Jump Rope Rotations
– 7 Burpees
– 1 Minute Rest 
3 Rounds for Time.

Let me just tell ya- this one was gnarly. Even one of my coaches almost got the pukie.

5) Accessory Work/Mobility

This is where we will do little extras to just push the muscle groups we had just worked in the WOD a bit further. Also, more stretching is appropriate here. 

The beauty of CrossFit is that it incorporates Mobility, Strength and Endurance all in one. It’s this “fitness trifecta” that I believe makes the fittest people possible. In the last 7 weeks I’ve been doing CrossFit, I have experienced gains in all these areas and have built confidence in my abilities. It’s amazing what the body will do if you just get your head out of the way.

Speaking of what the body can do, I recently hit a BIG milestone in my CrossFit journey. One that I will share in my next post! 

Until then,

Peace. Love. Health.

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My Celebrity Crushes

5 Oct

We all have them. Some are obvious choices. Some I shouldn’t admit (there I go again with the confessing thing…).

Without further ado…

The Obvious

Ryan Gosling

Ladies and Gents: Ryan has arrived. Gents, you may go home now.

James McAvoy

Yes please.

Ryan Reynolds

Best with facial hair.

The Comic

Jimmy Fallon

This guy laughs at his own jokes. I laugh at my own jokes (albeit, I am the only one laughing). I love him.

Demetri Martin

Important Things indeed.

The Artist

Ryan Adams

Are you seeing a theme here? I like geek chic.

The Baby

Zac Efron

Goodness gracious.

Justin Bieber.

Do I feel a little weird about this one? Yes. Do I care? No.

The Intellectual

Andersoon Cooper

This guy is a journalistic genius AND a silver fox.

The Athlete

Bode Miller

He’s just got that face you swear you know, right? Hey Bode, remember me? Pretty sure we’ve hung out before.

Rafael Nadal

No.1 Tennis Player in the world… Uh… yeah…

The Twisted

Jack White

Sexy. I seriously cannot explain my attraction to him.

Conan O’Brien

Why? Because I can.

11 Things I shouldn’t Admit… But I will.

21 Sep

11. Once, after a first kiss with a guy I was dating, I laid on my bedroom floor for an entire day. It was that good.

10. I have a serious, serious, serious wedding gown obsession. I have (on multiple occasions) considered putting a fake wedding ring on just so I can try on wedding gowns.

9. All of the labels of canned goods in my pantry must be facing forward. A little OCD?… Possibly.

8. I belt it out in the car to tunes like I am a contestant on American Idol. Sometimes I even close my eyes to really get into it. I realize this is reckless endangerment to all those vehicles around me but what’s a girl to do? Gotta get into those soulful moments, ya know?

7. I fall in love waaaaaaaay too easily.

6. Even though for the past decade, I have been working in the skincare/beauty industry, I choose not to wash my face at night sometimes…

5. I floss my teeth while talking to clients on the phone at work. I did it at my last job, and I continue it at this one. Disgusting you say? That’s what I call an effective use of my time friends.

4. When I see a woman jogging down the street as I am driving by, I say to myself, but out loud, “Get it gurl. Get it.” After my brief training period for a half-marathon, I have a whole new respect for runners- especially women who run.

3. Even though I eat mostly a plant-based and clean diet, I have one weakness/craving and it’s a terrible one. McDonald’s Breakfast Burritos.

2. I am attracted to younger men (early 20’s) and older men (mid 30’s). You will never see me date anyone in the range of 26 to 30 years old. Bad, bad, age range for me.

1.  I don’t remember (or maybe never realized) how to do math fractions.

Phew! Feels so good to get that off my chest!!
How about you? Any confessions you’d like to share?

I’m Alive!

15 Sep

I’m alive people.

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Barely.

Give me a week or so to get settled in my new home before returning to regular posting.

I have lots of new and exciting things to share!

Dreamer

26 Aug

The last few weeks, I have been extremely busy day-dreaming and making plans for my future. Daydreaming takes a lot of energy and time you know? I am a big dreamer and what I believe I want for my life changes with the wind. But I realized, there is something that always remains.

And I am going to share it with you right now.

It is ambitious. And a little unusual for a single woman with a child.

It might look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And may include some of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And definitely this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There won’t be much of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But a lot of this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it most likely will be in an area like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhhh…. yep, that’s a little piece of heaven right there.

Brick Wall

24 Aug

Do you ever feel as if you’ve just plowed into a brick wall, head-first? Yeah, I’ve been  getting that feeling this last week.

Imagine if you will, I am a real competitive runner (funny, I know), on the line of a race, waiting for the whistle to blow…

Whistle blows.

I jet off the line with my upper body propelling me forward. I throw all of my energy and strength into moving forward. I’m getting a steady, strong pace going and as I start to straighten my body and lift my head to look ahead…

SPLAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick wall.

I crumple to the ground.

This hurts.

Disappointment. Pain. Frustration. Humiliation.

How could this happen? I was running so fast and strong and I was LOVING every second of it.

Do I just remain on the ground and cry?

Do I crawl off the track and back into the stands where I came from? To the safety of spectating?

Or do I peel myself off the asphault, dust myself off and start again?

My intention of this post is not for  pity or consolation. I’m just being real. I’m being fragile. I’ve experienced a week where everything that could possibly go wrong has. And it’s right on the tail of feeling like I was on top of the world. And for the record, I will get back up and run with all my strength again and I will love every second of it.

Office Romance

23 Aug

I have enjoyed various flings “romances” at my places of employment throughout the years. It entertains my ever-progressive mind while I attempt to do the tedious day-to-day tasks required of me in a typical 9-to-5er.

The most memorable? Dustin while working at Robyn Todd, Patrick at Crossroads Plaza and Dave at SkinCareRx.  Some romances have been completely out in the open; others have been cloaked under the cover of secrecy (always more fun in my opinion!).

I think it’s high-time for another one.

And if it can happen like this, that’d be ideal. Minus the guy’s wig.