Thursday, September 5, 2013

Front Rack Position

Before: Terrible form and a bit of extra chubby in the middle

Now: Good form! Elbows up!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stress Eating

Honolulu Hawaiian Pizza It's been really stressful lately. All I'm going to say is that I at 6 slices of a pizza tonight. That is HORRIBLE. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paleo Chunky Monkey Muffins

These are AMAZING!!!

Recipe here

I had a heck of a time making these. First, my bananas weren't ripe enough. Then I forgot to buy coconut sugar. Then I didn't have enough butter. Then I didn't have enough eggs. In other words, I need to learn how to read a recipe before going to the grocery store!

Paleo Stuffed Bell Peppers

My sister had surgery, so I told my brother-in-law I would make him some food while Jenn was recuperating. This is what he asked for. This picture shows 8 stuffed bell peppers, but somehow only 6 stuffed bell peppers actually made it to their house ;)

Recipe found here

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats from SkinnyTaste

This is one of my favorite recipes! It is yummy yummy yummy! I've made it before lots of times. 
However, this time I cut my finger with the vegetable chopper when I was trying to wash it off, so I have a cooking injury. :(

You can find the recipe here

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

No Baby, Leave your Socks On - Tyler CrossFit Competition

I did another competition. I must be crazy. This one was called "No Baby, Leave your Socks On" and all of the competitors were supposed to wear crazy knee socks. I wore my "Bad @$$" socks :) 

WOD 1: Thruster/Box jump Ladder (7min AMRAP)
20″ box jump/step up(scaled)

WOD 2: (10 min AMRAP)
10 pull ups/ jumping pull ups(scaled)
20 burpees
90 single unders (scaled)
40 wallball 14/ 10(scaled)
50 kb swing 26#(scaled)
then max reps clean & jerk in remaining time 95#/65#(scaled)

WOD 3: Deadlift ladder
15 bars 65#-205# (scaled)

I have managed to make friends with someone just as silly-if not sillier-than I am!
I am such a badass!
Burpees suck!
Wall Balls - OMG. I was running out of steam. I couldn't get more than 5 without having to drop the ball and gasp for air
Those kettlebell swings were hard! I was exhausted at this point!
Yay! I ran into an old friend! She is a CrossFit BEAST! She came in 6th
The girls
The results

Pictures of my cats... because why not?!?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Red Inspirations

Rochelle sent me this shirt from her boot camp, so I had to get a picture wearing it. Here I am practicing 20" box jumps.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My first olympic lifting meet

We had an in-house olympic lifting meet to learn how to lift in a competition environment. It was really fun cheering for the other athletes in my box that I work out next to every day. I stayed all the way until the end to watch the guys lift as heavy as they could. It was amazing. 
I did about what I thought I would. Here are the scores.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I took a week off from Paleo and look what happened...

Bonnie is not impressed
I thought that taking a week off between Paleo challenges would be a good idea so that I could get any food cravings out of my system. Definitely not a good idea. You know that phrase "all things in moderation"... um... yeah. I learned that one the hard way. It's funny how something I should already know I can totally forget overnight.

Also, I took the week off of CrossFit to rest my back. So eating like crap + not working out = getting fat again. :( 

I kind of went crazy last week. 
  • Lone Star Burger from Red Robin (yumm!)
  • Pasta from Buca di Bepo
  • Pizza from Dominos x2
  • Vietnamese food from Tai Kee
  • Tex Mex from Molinas
  • Chili-Cheese Burger from Tookies
  • Breakfast Taquito and hash browns from Whataburger
  • Bahama Bucks
  • Sno-Cone Express

Banana Colada/Jamaican Punch with Cream Sno-Cone

One or two of those would have been okay, but I had TEN cheat meals in one week. That is double what I had the previous six weeks. My stomach was upset and my face broke out. NEVER AGAIN!

Go watch "Hungry for Change" on Netflix. Then you'll see why I was doing this in the first place.

Monday, July 15, 2013

A more dramatic before/after

The picture on the left is when I started this blog. Check me out now :)

p.s. Sorry about the boob sweat on the first picture

Before/After six-weeks Paleo Nutrition Challenge


MY Weight Goal:
Lose 5 pounds - in the end I only lost 1 pound, but look how toned I got! Yeah baby! I know I lost fat and replaced it with muscle.

My Fitness Goals:
1) 8 65# unbroken thrusters - didn't meet it, so it's still a goal.
2) 195# deadlift - met it and got a 205# deadlift.
3) 100# clean & jerk - met it and got a 105# C&J

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fish taco minus the taco

Baked Tilapia, mango chunks, avocado chunks, shredded red cabbage, and pico. Easy and yummy.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This nutrition challenge is HAAARD!

I'm getting to the end of the nutrition challenge, and it is rough. Don't worry though, I'm going to make it!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

100# Clean & Jerk

Not the prettiest C&J you'll ever see, but this was the first time I broke 100#. Yay!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

200 Club

I PR'd my deadlift by 20#! I went from 185# to 205# and joined the 200 club! Yay!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


"In a recent study, diners who ordered from restaurant menus that listed the amount of brisk walking required to work off each dish were less likely to overeat than those with menus that listed calories or no health information."

See NY Times Article here

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Crumble Muffins

Paleo Apple cinnamon crumble muffins (I can't find the link to the recipe, but here it is from the print-out)

2 apples peeled and cored (I used granny smith)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 club flax seed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
4 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Chop apples into chunks
3. Mix all dry ingredients and set aside
4. Mix wet ingredients
5. Slowly mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients
6. Carefully fold apples into batter
7. Bake for 25 minutes (or until done)

Apple/Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

OMG. These were AMAZING!!!! I should quit my job and become a chef (they were that good!). Seriously, I think this is the best meal I have ever made (and it's paleo!)

I found the recipe here

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pastaless Pasta

I made this spaghetti with zucchini noodles instead of regular pasta so that it was paleo friendly.

I made the noodles with the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter which can be bought here.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Quick, easy, and yummy! I had some blackberries with them.

Got the recipe out of the Paleo Comfort Food cook book

Friday, June 14, 2013

Paleo Coconut/Pecan Cookies

Maren gave me this recipe from her blog:

Coconut Pecan Cookies

  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  3. Add salt, baking soda, and baking powder and continue mixing
  4. Slowly add in almond flour and mix until well incorporated
  5. Finally, mix in shredded coconut and chopped pecans
  6. Roll dough into 1 - 2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet (if dough becomes too sticky to roll, place in refrigerator for a little)
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops turn golden

The professional pictures from my CrossFit competition came in

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mini Quiche

Mini quiches ready for the work week (and they're paleo)

I had to adapt the recipe, so here is what I came up with:
10 eggs
8 slices of bacon (cooked then chopped)
handful of spinach (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 yellow pepper (chopped)
1 small white onion (chopped)

1) cook the bacon, chop, and set aside
2) chop the peppers, onion, and spinach and set aside with bacon
3) whip the eggs then pour in with the bacon/peppers/onion
4) pour in greased muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20 min (or until done)

I think they taste more like mini omelettes, so I'm going to eat the rest with fresh salsa

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Orange/Grapefruit Juice

 (4) Orange, (3) Grapefruit, (1) Beet, and thumb of Ginger

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Magnolia Beginners Competition

I came in 19th out of 22 during my first CrossFit competition this morning.

Lessons learned from my first competition:

1) Just because the name of the competition says "beginners" doesn't mean that the competitors are beginner athletes (like me)- just new to CrossFit. Some of the girls I was up against were incredible athletes, and I didn't stand a chance (for now)
2) If your back is already hurting before the competition (as in taking Aleve, icing it, and desperately calling the chiropractor hurting before the competition) then still competing isn't the brightest idea in the world. However, the Airrosti guy fixed me up, and I stayed in and I did the best I could. Now that it's over, I'm icing down and will be taking it easy for a few days.
3) Competing is FUN  I really haven't had anything to compete in since high school, and I've never been athletic, so this tapping into the competitive side of me-which I love