Week 4: The Hardest Discussion

As I am eating my carrots and hummus, I thought I would give an update.

Last week, I dragged and went to the gym once and I did a workout video at home that was brutal. I am not going to beat myself up about it but instead just get right back into it. I know I have to leave within the next hour, however, or the gym is a huge party and everyone is the world is invited.

I had a discussion with my friend J.R. after he returned from my Crossfit Box on Thursday. We talked about what works for us and what doesn’t work for us. I have been enjoying my time at Planet Fitness because I can go in, not talk to anyone, put my earbuds in, and rock out on my workout. This actually works best for me.

Our Crossfit Box, recently, decided to get political. While I am always down for community, it went in the opposite direction. Without details, we have an image around the box now that is a bit unsettling and I am not sure how to bring it up to my Head Coach. I want to go back to Crossfit, but I am battling with it. I could easily go to the box, keep my head down, workout, and move on. But, right now, I am not too comfortable with it.

Which sucks, honestly. But, I have to make a decision on if I go back or if I go to another box. That’s the joy, I think, of fitness in general. You don’t have to stick around for the same exact workout at the same exact location. I enjoy trying new things and I hope that you do, too.

What was nice about the conversation, however, was that we both were supportive of each other’s processes. I find that in the fitness world (of any kind), there is this weird competition that is unspoken of. If you Crossfit, people will tell you that you’re an addict. If you lift at a gym, but don’t Crossfit, you should be doing Crossfit. If your friend dances and does yoga throughout the week, they’ll probably tell you why it is the best.

Here’s the problem with that. There is no perfect workout regime that is a one-size fits all situations.

Any movement of any kind is good and you have to find out what works best for you. This goes along with, too, the other side of it. If your friend reaches out to you and asks what works best for you, always remember that it might not work best for them.

People have asked me about Crossfit and I tell them, “I love it! It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy the community atmosphere. But, it’s not for everyone.” I see it all the time on social media where people will get in drag out fights over what is the best thing. Don’t be that person in the drag out fight. If someone asks, hey, what kinds of workouts do you do? Tell them! But, be supportive of their fitness decision. That’s the most important thing.

If you’re just starting in fitness, I highly suggest you try something new every week. If you have the funds, I suggest you try ClassPass in which you can try different classes through the month and see what works best for you. The whole point, however, of fitness and being the best you is you have to find what is best for you. Same goes for dieting. A nutritionist will never give the same exact diet to every person. They cater it to fit the person and see what works best for them.

What matters most is that you move. You get to decide how. No one else (except a licensed professional.)

I am off to the gym, now. I hope your weeks are amazing like you!

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).

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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 – bomb.com. 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!

Are you in a ditch, Meredith? Y/N

  • First and second week of January were dedicated to prepping for a huge convention in Milwaukee. We had a lot of things thrown at us (including, but not limited to – three of our staff members getting wicked sick) so it took me for quite the loop.
  • We have had visitors for three weekends in a row so constant cleaning.
  • Being a god damn activist. So, we are going to get a little political – so, hold onto your seats. After the election results, my entire heart and mind were confused, lost, and angry. So, I did what I learned I needed to do. Between throwing donations at Planned Parenthood and ACLU, calling my representatives every single day, I ran around collecting letters for marginalized friends, volunteering, creating artwork for #makeartnotwar, and making sure my marginalized friends feel as safe as I can make them every single day, and fighting fascism on the internet.
  • Feeling a little down? Anxiety, maybe? I have been completely sluggish (probably due to bad eating and lack of exercise) so we are gonna try this all over again.

Where does that leave our heroine?

Well, I talked to a health-nut friend of mine and I explained that I was hustling hard, eating healthy, and then December hit and I went downhill super quickly. I kept trying but I would slip.

She said, “You’re trying to do too much at once.”

And I always thought doing too much at once was a good thing. You get more done. When it comes to health? You can’t do this. People try to juggle 300 things from nothing and they end up failing because it’s too much. So, slow rolling back into routine and I’ll kick it up each month.

So, I am going to do resolutions/goals by month and not this long string of hopes and dreams that I can’t accomplish in a short period of time. So, revising my list for January, starting tomorrow:

  • 10k on my FitBit every single day, not just weekdays. This is pretty easy to accomplish.
  • Water intake has got to go back to a gallon. I have a nifty water bottle from Lesley and I just got to use it more.
  • Watching what I eat and recording it. Actually having meals and not skipping two to be starving at dinner.
  • Floor exercises in the morning and evening.
  • If I make it to Crossfit this month, great. If I don’t – I have to do an at home WOD.
  • Go back to accountability on Instagram.
  • Get 6-8 hours of sleep (This is the hardest thing to do but I am going to try)

Baby steps to get back into routine.

I gotta applaud Nicia who has fallen into a similar boat with me. It’s nice when you can read something and go, “You know what? Yeah. I feel you.” And it’s that level of closeness and understanding of sharing similar situations and knowing that you got each other to lean on. I know I can do this. I know Nicia can do this. I know we’re gonna kick ass together this year and I am really glad the internet brought us together. She’s rad AF.

Tomorrow, we start.

Starting Again: Renaissance

Hello, beautiful strangers!


So, let’s do some recap.

  • Kicking ass in FitBit. We are now up to five people in this challenge and they’re fiercely competitive which makes me want to walk even further. I love my FitBit. It makes rest days seem like I do a little hustle for the day. 
  • Crossfit is good! I just went last night (50 DU, 50 push press, 50 MB SU, 50 push press, 50 DU – with a mile row before) and my friend Lesley is in town so we are also going Friday together.
  • After the new year, it’s back to Savage Race training. 
  • Eating habits – good. But.

So I am talking to Lesley and she shows me these before and after pictures of her on the Renaissance Diet.

Obviously I cannot post since they’re private but it kicked me into higher gear. It’s a cut, really, and I want to do it. So, we are going to go over that and I am gonna start soon. It’s 12 weeks and it’s really amazing what the results are. 

Carl has dropped off the map (again) so it’s back to just doing what I do. The plus side is he has given me the tools to progress so I can work it out. It’s just a little disheartening sometimes. But, I knew this signing up that asking an ex-Crossfit coach who is two states away was gonna be a challenge. 

Just gotta press on. 
I hope you guys obtain your goals this week. I know you’re doing amazing and I am very proud of 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. 

Bad WOD: New Day

Yesterday, I did my WOD and for some odd reason – I started to slow down significantly on things I find to be really good at.

Then, I figured it out.

Mike made Lammas Bread this weekend and I threw out my macro count. And this slowed me down noticeably. KBS were so hard and running became a chore.

Now, carbs aren’t bad, people. They’re actually good for you in small dosages. But, when you overconsume? It’s a recipe for a dragging workout.

The plus side is I had to run a mile yesterday and I did relatively good for the first half. I walk/jogged it a lot but it’s something I gotta work towards. I can run  400 meters unbroken so I just gotta work up to that 1600 meters.

Crossfit Mermaid has been one of my favorite people to follow. They’re crazy positive and inspirational so huge shout out to them 🙂 

Today, back on the Macro Wagon. I am not gonna beat myself up because that’s silly and any athlete who has had perfect diet and exercise is a liar.


Carrots, Peanut Butter, Strawberries, Coffee with Almond Milk, Water, and Aldi’s Black Bean Chipotle Paddy (which, if you have never had – I feel sorry for you because it’s the business). It was a great start to the day and I hope to follow suit through the rest of it.

We got a banging box o’ salad in the fridge which will definitely be perfect for lunch. 

I hope your Tuesday is beautiful and bright!

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