Chia Pudding

It was a success! I added strawberries and almonds too 🙂 Chia pudding has more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and a ton of protein.

And it’s super easy to make!

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used Noosa’s blueberry yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Tablespoon of raw maple syrup (Grade B if you have it)

Whisk it together in a mixing bowl. Cover (I used Saran Wrap). Put it in your fridge overnight. And boom! The chia seeds will expand in the mix making it like pudding!

And new gym bag came in today!

It’s dark red but the sun makes it look pink!

Today, I am off to the gym at about 1:00 and then headed home to clean before a friend-date with my buddy Adam. It’s a good day 🙂

Day 3 of 2 Gyms.

Before I begin, I gotta give some mad love up to my Crossfit Buddies, Laura and Justin, who just got engaged last night. Laura and Justin, if you’re following along at home, are the reason I got into Crossfit. After talking to Laura about their wedding plans, I realize I have even more incentive to get my butt into shape. (Their wedding, my sister’s in September of this year, my best friend’s in July next year.)

Laura and Justin have been dating for a long time and they are crazy in love with one another. They’re super important to me. Here are their gains (Left side is most recently and right is roughly three years ago)!

(They inspire me daily).


So, signing up for a second gym was probably the best decision of my life.

Last night, Mike and I were supposed to go to Crossfit. He couldn’t make it (brewery kept him way over and Crossfit closed) so I went to the gym all by myself. I have a ton of energy that I have been lacking in the past few weeks (not going to CF or any gym will do that to you).

Planet Fitness is great for just walking into and doing my business and walking out. It’s a super zero hassle life and I really appreciate that I can go to it whenever I want. Tomorrow, I have to go in the afternoon but god knows before 4:00 because that place gets insane at 4:00.

So far this week, I have completed:

  • Monday: 60 minutes on the treadmill.
    • 30 minutes HIIT. 30 minute brisk walk. I was so excited about the gym that I lost track of what the hell time it was.
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes on the treadmill.
    • 30 minutes HIIT.
  • Wednesday: Bodyweight Workout
    • 50-40-30-20-10 of Squats, Pushups, Jumping Jacks, and Sit-ups.

My only hang-up is FitBit. It doesn’t record my treadmill work properly. It’s probably because my hands are on the heartbeat railing but I am going to test that theory out again.

Water intake is still going well. I have my water bottle next to me at all times.

Eating healthy? Got that in the bag. I am actually really excited because at the store yesterday, I was eyeing the Chia Seeds and said, “Alright, let’s do it.” I am trying to make Chia Pudding and as I am typing this, I realized I forgot sweetener or honey in it. I will report back on its success. I used Noosa Yoghurt which is – y’all – I love them.

I ordered a new gym bag!

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I never needed one for Crossfit, really. I would tuck away my Converse in the car that was two feet away and brought my water bottle in. We also never had lockers so there wasn’t a purpose for it.

Now, at the other gym, I have to have a lock, facial wipes, and now – I need to add toiletries and emergency stuff, too. I have a lock for the locker, might as well use my gym bag right. I am thinking of adding first aid items in there, too. Basically, I will fill this bad boy with good things that are needed 🙂

Thursday and Friday – I am going to Planet for the elliptical for HIIT and then also do some weight training.

Saturday – I am going to walk in my first protest! Pretty exciting!

Sunday – Rest Day.

So far, so good! I hope your weeks are going super well!

New Week: New Me

First and foremost, MAD LOVE to my Crossfit Mermaid as she is all sunshine in my Instagram feed! Also, thought of her today, even! She’s my Crossfitspiration on the regular and I am so happy for her! 

We are on Day #2 at Crossfit.

  • Mike has been more than lax on going for two weeks so we are changing that. It’s super important for relationships to support one another. I cannot stress that enough. When your SO eats unhealthy, it’s harder to eat healthy. When they don’t work out, you’ll find more excuses. He promised to help me hustle. Mike also hustles at a brewery all day and he’s losing weight fast so it’s harder for him to go to Crossfit after a day of deadlifting barrels. But, we are sticking with it. 
  • Coach Carl is off the map again so I am by myself. I am less disappointed this time, though. He gave me the right tools so I just got to use them. 
  • Monday was Cindy. Today was a ladder workout of 10-1 Clean and Jerks and 1-10 Barbell Push-ups. Seems fast, yeah? You’re doing 45 reps total and let me tell you that last Clean and Jerk was brutal. But, I did it. 
  • Katy was there today, which was nice. My swolesister. She’s got a new schedule with waitressing but we got together and chatted a bit.
  • Diet is back to easy. Once I get over Monday, the rest of the week is a piece of cake. We had chicken and peppers yesterday and then tortilla soup today. 
  • Speaking of diet the only real challenge is forcing myself to eat. I struggle at weight loss due to two factors. One, I eat like once a day. Two, I drink. One is an easy fix as I have set reminders for myself. Two, is gonna go away for a month in December so I can really see how much it impacts me (Spoiler: I know the answer).
  • My plan is to go Renaissance Diet after Midwinter. I have to train myself to eat five meals a day, eat more protein, and workout five days a week. So, it’s getting comfortable with those things before pulling the trigger.
  • Breakfast (thanks to Lesley) is now Epic Bars which are literal meat bars. They’re so fucking good, y’all. Packed with Protein. Grass fed. Paleo. Obsessed. 
  • I got Mike Thug Kitchen’s newest book which is awesome. I love them because they’re vegetarian and healthy but you can easily toss some protein in there.
  • FitBit is still rockin’ though yesterday after Crossfit when I hit sync, it erased all of my friggin’ steps for the day. My IPhone knows I did it, at least. Doesn’t mean it won’t stop me. 
  • On the emotional side of things, this election hit me in the gut last week. I skipped gym time to be with my marginalized friends and support them and I ain’t even mad about it, to be totally honest with you.
  • Anxiety is more under control. I lash out less. I am coming to terms with a lot of things. I am letting go. It’s a process but I am getting where I need to be.

Gotham Needs Me

I lost my Batman shirt for like weeks. Finally found it. Repping Carl.

Today, we decided to skip Monday WOD and do Tuesday. It was a lot of burpees and with the cat being funky today, we opted for a shorter WOD.

Warm up was 7×5 Back Squat.

My tailbone is a wee bit tender still so I had to keep it at 155# but that’ll change soon!

Three Rounds. Reps: 6, 4, 2. Then increase weight each time you hit 2 and start again.

  • Three Minutes: Cleans and Box Jumps
  • Three Minutes: Ground to Overhead and 50 m shuttle run.

It was a nice Monday WOD. About 25:00.

In FitBit Land, my sister is getting married next year and I told her I would bring the fire each week. She synced before me and when I synced after CF? She got a little mad 😉

In all seriousness, it’s playful competition.

Tomorrow is FitBit and Mike is at a work event so I gotta rock out at home. Probably going to do Lucky 13.

Food? Going well. I really need to give up beer. It’s a bit hard when your husband is a brewer but I wanna at least try for a month. I know it’ll improve my weight loss significantly.

Oh! We got a Mandolin Slicer! Or more so, Mike got a mandolin slicer for Christmas. Cannot wait to make sweet potato chips!

Hope you guys have beautiful weeks! Keep at it! I believe in you!

Live Every Day Like It’s Taco Tuesday.

It’s been a bit since I updated.

  • I have been eating healthy.
  • I have been getting in my steps daily.
  • Been rocking Crossfit but I am so tired lately that I have forgotten to update.
  • I am doing #inktober to improve my handwriting skills.

  • I binge watched Luke Cage.

  • Mike and I got new tea! It’s my way of pretending to get my water count in.

Today, Mike and I are making healthy cauliflower tacos (one of my favorite recipes from Thug Kitchen) for Taco Tuesday/Eat a Taco Day!

So, nothing too exciting to report this week. No insane PRs yet. But, working out and eating healthy is a PR in itself especially after so many years of not doing those things.

I hope your weeks are beautiful like you. 

I am also super proud of y’all. 

Front Squat PR and an Ode to Aldi.

I flipping love Aldi. 
Since Mike is chasing his dream job, our income has dropped a bit so we had to get really creative with buying cheap. Aldi, in the past year, has really improved their selection. Organic, fresh, and amazing food. I feel great buying healthy without breaking my bank.

We found a recipe from Aldi themselves of a Vegetarian Ratatouille. And y’all. This is one of the best.

Zucchini. Squash (my fav). Onions. Tomatoes. All the good stuff. It helps too that a friend of ours just gave us 15# of tomatoes from their garden.

If you’re looking for a killer meal prep recipe, that’s the one. It makes 6-8 servings and I got lunch this week.

Wednesday, we are rockin’ out on Stuffed Peppers! Which are my all time favorite.

Workout was a quicker one. 5 Deadlifts and 10 Burpees X 5 goes a lot quicker than you might think. 

My last 3 RM for front squats was 130#. I thought hard about it (my one rep is at 150# and I haven’t really pushed on this yet) and threw on two extra tens to make 140#. Was pretty sure that when I unracked it, I made an “oof!” sounds as I could feel the pressure of the weight on there.

But, I asked Mike to watch and make sure. Did them back to back — though challenging — and I feel awesome. 

Tomorrow, we Cindy. It’s my favorite girl workout so I am very excited. 

I am already feeling the normal deadlift soreness so I am sure it will be in full force tomorrow. But, my groin muscle injury is over so I am very excited about that.

Protein Pancakes: The Real Deal

Friends, this is a game changer. 

1 scoop protein + 2-3 egg whites + a teaspoon of peanut butter and cook it like a pancake and what do you get?

Protein Pancakes. I usually am not one for the “sort of like” type foods but this has the same texture and same cook prep. It’s actually really good!

Paired with some strawberries because of my sweet tooth.

Breakfast will never be the same.