Week 5: The Excuse Train

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Christ, I need to get my eyebrows done.

We are into Week 5!

Woo!

Last week, I hit the gym twice. Which is not something too exciting. Mike and I were going through some fun times with moving things around for his job so we were busy all last week and barely had a moment to breathe.

This week, I have hit the gym twice so far (taking today to do body weight exercises) and continue to rock Thursday as well as Friday, too.

I was talking to a friend this week about how they can’t find the willpower or motivation to go consecutively to workout. Let me tell you, friend.

If you think every single athlete in the world never misses a gym day, you are so incredibly wrong.

Remember, it’s okay if you miss. Don’t beat yourself up but don’t make it a habit. If you miss, just make the effort to go the next day. It takes 21 days to make a habit so you gotta keep on top of it and it’ll get easier, I promise. No one is perfect in any stretch. Just keep going!

Some tips for not missing the gym (Doesn’t work for everyone but if you want to try!):

  • Make it a meeting in your calendar. I live and die by my Planner and Google Calendar. If I see it, I know that it’s on my To-Do List.
  • Bargain with Yourself. Every day I go to the gym, I bargain with myself. I say, “If I go today, I’ll take off tomorrow.” I never take off tomorrow but I tell myself I will to motivate me.
  • Keep a Journal. When I really don’t want to go, I look back on my progress. I try to write in it here and there about what goals I achieved. How good I felt. It reminds me that going is better than not.
  • Count Down. I set a time specific to go the gym. I always go before rush so I don’t have to fight people for the machines. If I go at 2:00, I have a goal to get my day work done and housework so I can do it. “2 more hours. I am going to do laundry.” “One more hour. I got to start getting ready.” and then when it’s time, I have no distractions, work, or housework.
  • Singing Reminders. I am a terrible singer, but I have a song I sing when I am getting ready that is basically, “Go to the gym” over and over. I sing it when I put my clothes on, get in my car, and go. I am hearing it, saying it, experiencing it.
  • Rewards. I will admit I am not on top of this but when I remember, it helps. For every workout, I reward myself with $1. That way, when I get enough money and reap the benefits of working out, I can get a new workout item (clothes!).
  • Following Inspirational People on Instagram. While you may not be rockin’ Crossfit, I follow a few of their top athletes from Stacie Tovar to Julie Foucher (which is easy. She works out at my Cleveland Box). But, also, I have picked up some friends along the way. My friend Nicia is always rockin’ updates. When I am in a slump and I see that they have hit the gym, it sparks me to get moving.
  • Social Media Accountability. There was an article that a friend of mine posted that said those who post their workouts are sociopaths. Call me a sociopath, but it’s literally the most beneficial for me. I don’t post my workouts to say, “Look what I did” but instead, I post them to say, “I did this. I need to be held accountable.” I also sometimes will look back at it and go, “I didn’t want to go that day, but I did!”
  • Accountabilibuddy. My husband is mine (though he’s slid since changing jobs. But, that’ll change soon!) but sometimes I would check in with another CF’er and say, “Hey! I went to the gym today. When are you going next?” And you motivate each other that way. You don’t have to go to the same exact gym at the same exact time to have an accountabilibuddy.

You may even find your own way to motivate yourself. If it works, stick with it. You can do this. I know you can.

Week 2 & Eating Habits

Well, weighed myself and lost 10 lbs my first week. This is normal for first week exercise/dieters. You lose a crap ton of weight the first week and then it levels out to one to two lbs (sometimes) every week after. I am glad I lost the initial 10 because that number was not a good one.

Last week, I went to the gym four times which is awesome! I did body weight on the third and fifth day. I need to incorporate more strength training but I have been gun shy at the gym. I finally found the weight section today and will be trying it out this week.

Motivation

  • My sister’s wedding in September.
  • Laura and Justin’s wedding in April 2018.
  • Not dying before 35.

Today, I rocked the elliptical for the first time in many moons. My FitBit was not having it, sadly, and only recorded half of my steps. I did 30 minutes and 3 miles and my FitBit was like, “Great job on that one mile, champ!” I gotta just keep moving.

So, I don’t tell many people this because it’s not a topic of discussion, but my healthy eating habits come from my sister, Jodi. On the right, she was 290 lbs. She’s now a cool 150 lbs and rocking out for her wedding in September. She did Weight Watchers and the gym (she taught me to schedule the gym like meetings and I live and die by that) a few times a week.


Here are some tips that I learned from her and I hope they help you! Not one size fits all (and I am not professional!) so see what works best for you. 

  • Eating slow. Put food in mouth, chew 30 times, swallow, put fork down, wait five seconds, repeat. This seems super tedious, but it helps you recognize your full limits faster.
  • Stuffed does not equal full. You’ll know when you get full when you feel full and satisfied. Stuffed is when you’re in a food coma and can barely move after. Knowing the difference will help.
  • When eating a salad, get the dressing on the side and not on top. Before stabbing your salad, dip your fork in the dressing on the side. You’ll use about a half less and each bite has a full flavor of dressing. 
  • When eating out, ask the server to give you half the order and wrap the other half for you. When eating out, portion control is difficult so cutting it in half will be a huge help. And you get a surprise leftover later.
  • Water. When you’re hungry? Drink a cup of water and wait. Your body may be thirsty. If you’re not hungry, you answered that question.
  • Got a sweet tooth like me? If you’re hard craving bad desserts and treats, brush your teeth. You can always, of course, eat healthier treats but if you’re in a pinch, brushing your teeth will get rid of the craving.
  • Never deprive yourself. If you love tacos, try a healthier version, get a small version, or treat yourself on a rare occasion. My sister loved her frappachinos so she would get a tall rather than a venti once in a great while. When you swear off food you like, you’ll crash and be more tempted to try it.
  • Quick diets should be temporary. I learned this from a friend who is a nutritionist, too. Last year, Mike and I did Paleo for two months and then went back to normal healthy eating. Diet change is good but the really difficult ones (Paleo, Whole30, etc.) should be done in bursts. A lot of those diets take away important stuff. The plus side of those diets, however, is that you will find ways to be creative.
  • Make food. Stop ordering out. Key! Mike and I found not only is it healthier to do but we save a ton of money while we are at it. Ordering out is okay now and then but it’s always a roulette on the nutrition and macro count.
  • Try 2-3 new veggies or fruit a week. I found to love cauliflower this way (I remembered how much I hated it before). If you don’t like something, try cooking it a different way (I love fresh spinach but cooked spinach makes me gag.)
  • Count everything you put in your mouth. Every single thing. Even if you take a taste? Count it. 
  • Going out? Eat beforehand. You’ll end up picking and grazing on a small dish than a big one.
  • Going to a party? Bring a dish you can share that’s healthy. I do this with hummus and veggies – always a hit and great for you!

Tomorrow, I am going to elliptical again and then weight training! Very exciting! I like the ability to have freedom to go whenever I want.

Enjoy your weeks, swolemates!

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!

2016: Year in Review

Well, it’s almost the New Year.

This year has been up and down and back again. I was pretty consistent with diet and workout up until last month where it turned sporadic.

We have a new team member that I needed to train and now, he’s off for a week so I am juggling two jobs. Late hours have happened but it ends this weekend. 

I did, however, complete one major goal.

That major goal was doing a box jump. This seems SUPER easy to do but my brain would not allow me to even breathe near a box. This was huge for me.

I did go to Crossfit three-four times a week up until last month.

I went over 200# on my backsquat.

I went over 275# on my deadlift.

I had some challenging weeks with Coach Carl. He’s off the map again so I am on my own. This time, I am not waiting around for him. I love and respect my Coach but the distance of two states seems to be almost impossible. I think I was in my mind that I would reach my goal this year but I waited and I can’t do that to myself.

Eating healthy is becoming second nature for Mike and I. It was a challenge, don’t get me wrong but finally he likes healthy stuff and we had a nice long talk yesterday. Now that Mike is a brewer, he works out every single day and asking to do Crossfit is a daunting task. Since I am at my desk all day, I don’t get this luxury. But, after explaining how important it is to me, he understands that he has to go with me. I love support systems. They work well.

I picked up smoking again (I know, I know) but gonna try again after Midwinter. I told Mike I would quit before and he laughed and laughed. That convention is the most stressful one next to GenCon. So, Tuesday after Midwinter, I am gonna try again. For those who have done this, it’s not easy. I just gotta pull the trigger and stick with it.

So, now onto 2017.

  • Run a mile, unbroken. 
  • Quit smoking.
  • Crossfit at least three times a week.
  • Keep up with my FitBit steps.
  • If I miss Crossfit, I will do an at home WOD, no questions.
  • Switch from beer to red wine.
  • Continue eating healthy.
  • Pay more attention to form. 
  • Do an assisted pull-up. Another head game of mine. I know I can do it but my body is not having it.
  • Do the Rennisance Diet after Midwinter.
  • Check in and record my progress.
  • Use a measuring tape for real and throw out the scale.

Rewards for completion:

  • New wardrobe.
  • Scrub cleaning the bathroom of smoke stains and re painting it. 
  • Teeth whitening.
  • New workout gear.
  • A rower.

What are your resolutions? I believe in you. I know we can do this together.

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.

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. 

Athlete Zero: Now with Handwritten WODs

Carl activated the AZ Facebook again because it seems he’s getting back into coaching — which is lovely. He posted the following photos which is kind of nice as opposed to his slow run of text messages.

I like being able to move around my workouts. Carl doesn’t care what order or what day — just get it done.

Light day today but looking forward to throwing some iron around.


We had some friends in town this week so I threw my diet out the window. But, Mike is off to get some groceries and we are going to be having:

  • Stuffed Peppers (Vegetarian)
  • Vegetarian Ratatouille 
  • Chicken and Jasmine Rice
  • Black Bean Burgers

Pretty solid start to the week.

I am stoked for my Front Squats today. My last PR was 135# and I think I am ready to go up a notch. It’s my grip I gotta work on. But, practice makes perfect.

Oh! In other news, I FINALLY DID A FULL BOX JUMP. My brain wouldn’t let me and would stop my feet before I even could make the jump for an entire year. I did it last week and did it again to be sure. I am going to keep practicing so I don’t slip back into the “you’re going to fall and hurt yourself” idea. 

In non-workout news, I got the Electric Palette from Urban Decay and you could say I am pretty obsessed with it so far.


To makeup and squats! May your weights be high and your sprints be long!