We can do this!
Happy Friday, thank the dear lord it is Friday! I don’t think I could take one more day of sitting in traffic, that’s not even beach traffic.
It’s a little bit of a rough morning over here in the office. Maybe because 4 hours of sleep and 18 hour days run you down a bit, who would have thunk it.
I am feeling last night’s WOD hard core today. Which is odd because usually when its hot my muscles take the beating much more willingly. But yes it was another 100+ day in the box. Which means I was sweating just standing there never mind doing the actual WOD. Which was :
5 pull ups
15 air squats
3 Rounds 1 min Each
KB swings (26 lbs)
Toes Through Rings ( Or V-Ups)
Yaaah. It was a good one. Instead of Double Under’s I just jumped rope, because I recently graduated 2nd grade of jump roping and am able to do single jumps without the hop in between. Growing up so fast , I know. I did the V-Ups just simply because all the rings were taken. The heat was a huge factor in this, I was honestly exhausted! I was going to run afterwards, but I was just too exhausted and in the heat and humidity I think it was workout enough.
I am planning on hitting the road today. I’ve been craving it so badly I’m excited!
I did however get this nifty little journal. A way to keep track of my WOD’s at the box. I am terrible with writing things down and remembering my weight I really want to watch my progress over the next year, I am beyond excited! It also has way to keep track of your scores for benchmark workouts. I like how it requires more journaling beyond just the workout, score and weight. Things like nutrition, sleep, and energy levels make a huge impact on how well you do on an individual day. And there is nift quotes as well. I like it!
Recently I’ve noticed I have been so busy to even sit down, which at the moment I didn’t mind. Now I’m starting to think it’s running me down too much. I’m missing out on reading some of my favorite blogs, and missing time with my adorable little munchkin of a puppy. I need some time to center and regroup. So I think that is exactly what I may do tonight, lame for a Friday I know, but it’s so so so needed!
Also I have a big announcement for you all! And an invitation! Who is in the Boston area?! Or Will be the 29th of July!?
Calling all runners to the happiest 5k ever…
The Color Run! Everyone sign up. I am officially running it on the 29th and could not be more excited. If you do sign up let me know, I’d love to meet you all!
Off to consider doing real work, who am I kidding, I’m an intern J
Do Big Things Today!
What challenges you ?
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Happy Happy Humps day! And more importantly, Happy First Day of Summer!!🌷☀
Its going to be a hot one here today with a high of 95! Woohoo, too bad I’m in the office, but you can bet I’ll be outside loving it tonight.
Tonight I’m headed over to Crossfit, which is unusual for a Wednesday, but Cam and I went out last night soooo… I didn’t go yesterday.
2 Reps Every Minute, On the Minute for 10 Minutes
Chest to Bar Pullups
Max KB Swings in 5 Minutes
Looks like a fun one! I’m a little concerned about deadlifts only because every time I do them my back hurts , painfully, for the next week and I can barely do anything. So light weight for me tonight! Nick knows this is a problem so I’m sure he’ll be watching! I’m excited about the pullups though, mine have been getting better and better. I am using a lower band! One step closer to my summer goal J
Last night Cam and I went out, which is rare during the week since I wake up so early that I never have energy to see anyone during the week, I may or may not be chugging caffeine today. Anyways we had a gift certificate to a Brazilian Steakhouse in Manchester. The whole idea of the restaurant is all you can eat, and holy did we eat! We eat got a little card with red on one side and green on the other (red meaning stop, green meaning go)
Starting on the red side, we took our plates over to the salad bar. These make me so nervous in terms of my allergies but I kept it simple and stays away from anything that had or was placed near something with gluten, avoiding cross contamination as much as possible. With that the servers came over to give us both a piece of salmon. Wild salmon, YES! I’ve been wanting salmon for so unbelievably long but every time I ask they always say “farm fresh” ( farm is NOT fresh, small pet peeve, stay away folks from farm salmon! ) It was delicious, and Cam tried fish for the first real time and he liked it! The kid needs to try more new types of food, so limited!
Then we flipped the card to green. The green side should have a slogan, ready set EAT! The servers come by with all different types of meat :
· Filet Wrapped in Bacon (Faixa Enrolado con Bacon)
· Prime Rib (Alcatra) – A Gauchos favorite!
· Flank Steak (Fraldinha)
· Short ribs (Costela)
· Sirloin (Picanha))
· Lamb (Cordero)
· Chicken (Frango)
· Chicken Wrapped in Bacon (Frango Enrolado con Bacon)
· Sausage (Lingüiça)
· Pork Loin (Lombo de Porco)
· Pork Ribs (Costela de Porco)
· Chicken Hearts (Coração de Frango)
Those were all our options! I mentioned to the server before about my celiac-ness and he told me to stay away from the chicken because or marinades! They would cut off a small piece that we would grab with tongs to eat. One of the servers kept giving me the bigger piece and Cam the smaller piece, and we kept having to switch. I ate so much and it all was so good. And they had a gluten free desert which I mean since we were already on an eating roll, why the heck not!
Needless to say, we left very very very full and definitely got our share of protein! I think I’m still full, and will be for days! Ha
Normally I would be freaking out about how much we were eating, because it was a whole lot. But then I go home and I realized that it was a once in a lifetime experience, and that it was good that I enjoyed it. I shouldn’t feel guilty, but that doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, but one time my body can handle it. This was so freeing to come to this revelation. I’ve realized my obsessing over food is actually holding me back from the results I want. I enjoy eating healthy, and I enjoy working out. Completely making myself feel guilty for eating one bad thing or missing a workout makes me not enjoy it. I have a few races coming up that I am training for and loving being back at Crossfit so I’m just going to love it, not force it and see where it gets me! I feel like this journey has come to that point to relate it to what you hear about relationships all the time.
“Once you stop looking and start doing what you love, things fall into place.”
That’s what I’m doing, I’m just going to do what I love! I think that’s a huge part of what the Tone It Up girls always tell us, that moderation not obsession is the key. Unfortunately, I think I sort of missed that for the first part of my journey. But that is where my focus lays.
Off to drink ridiculous amounts of tea and water and intern all day!
Do Big Things Today!
Question: do you think being pinpoint strict gets you long lasting results, or just balance and enjoyment?
Daily Photo Motivation:
The Results are In!
After my week of a 5DSD last week I’ve come to you with results. I lost 3.5 pounds and 1.5 inches J. I gained a fresh mindset which I am beyond happy with.
I’ve been meaning to write a review of the Tone It Up diet plan for a while for you all so here we go.
5DSD was great, and pretty easy to stick to. It included lots of fruit and hydration, and didn’t stray too too much from my regular eating habits, which was nice because it made it easy to stick to. The exercise level was high, including a HIIT and toning every day. I broke this a little because I went to Crossfit instead of toning on some nights. All in all I loved it, it made me feel refreshed and help kick my sweet tooth as well!
The overall plan.
What is it: its $150 one time, and you become a lifetime member. Since I joined there has been 3 updates and one huge revamp to the plan. Which I think is great because I have a jillion recipes to choose from, always coming out with more. It explains the whole essence of clean eating, and what types of food to eat at which times of the day. Along with their special metabolism drinks (bombshell and meta-d)
– The best and prettiest trainers ever, that truly want you to succeed more than anything
– Huge community keeping you accountable
– Lots of different recipes, ability to change things up
– Huge results
– You get to have pancakes! ( I mean come on girls, what diet has pancakes? )
-Its sustainable for a lifetime – this isn’t a fad diet, it’s a lifestyle one that will leave you glowing
– They have almost daily blog posts, to keep you on track not only with your meals and workouts but your mental health as well, keeping you growing and achieving more
– Most of the guidelines within the plan is about moderation, nothing crazy is cut out like fruit ( A piece of fruit never made anyone fat ) they do however encourage you to cut out processed junk, especially fake sugars!
– Depending on the day, sometimes my calorie intake in moderately low, but I just add something clean and healthy to up it a bit, which is encourage by the girls
– You drink a lot of water, to the point you pee so much your boss thinks your slacking
– People are going to constantly question how you did it!
– You are going to tweet an obnoxious amount about your lifestyle, meal pics, and workouts
There you are!
Good Morning all!
Hope everyone’s weekend was good! Mine involved little sleep, making this Monday a little rough. Daily Need/Goal : As much caffeine as possible: Must. Stay. Awake.
A little weekend review
Saturdays Team Workout was a lot of fun.
It was a “pet rock” workout. Meaning while one teammate is doing work, the other is holding weight. In our case it was a 30lb kettle bell. By the end, my arms were hurting.
Between the two of us the following workout needed to be completed…
2 mile run
And then we finished it off with a 4 min Tabata (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest) squat session. My max was 20 in 20 seconds, but my lowest reps which was my score was 15. Not to shabby.
Part of what I love about Saturdays at the box is there are soooo many people there. Some partake in the Team WOD some take advantage of the open gym. It feels like a big community, which I love over walking into the gym with snobby brats judging you every second of the way. Not many people will help you open and down coconut water while you’re holding weight ( not that easy might I add, thanks Coach Nick!)
Another part of Saturday that stuck big in my head was when some of the guys were doing max box jumps. Finding the max height they can jump from standstill. They had a box about 4’10’’ if I had to eyeball it. One of our coaches, Nick, isn’t the tallest coming in at about 5’5’’. He went to take a running jump towards the box, and the owner Danny had to remind him it had to be from standstill. Now a 4 foot 10 inch jump for someone who is 5’5’’ is pretty crazy. Nick preceded to go are you kidding I’m 5’5’’.
Danny’s response was “No excuses, Play like a champion.”
Nick jumped, and made it.
It’s a motto that’s been sticking in my head since. Who cares if I’m exhausted, I have work, and my workouts. I can get through them and just go to bed early the next few days. I will get it done, there are people much busier than I am, much more tired than I am, getting it done, and taking a run. I can do it.
I woke up and did some yoga and headed off to the restaurant to work the usual double. It was also a big caffeine day to say the least with only an hour and a half of sleep before
The motto for this week.
“No excuses, Play like a champion.”
What holds you back from doing what you need to do? What pushes you through it?
Do Big Things Today!
So its time to talk about something thats very important to me.
It all started when I was really young, in girl scouts. Our troop leader was/ is a nurse at children’s hospital in Boston. One of the best hospitals in the world for children. I remember one time we visited to collect and donate books to the kids so they had something to do during the day. Although that visit I didn’t see any actual patients, I remember thinking there are kids my age who live here day in and day out, because they are that sick. The thought brought me to tears, and I was in like 2nd grade… apparently I was pretty emotional. However to this day it breaks my heart to see kids sick, never mind kids with cancer. It just doesn’t seem fair for anyone to have the awful disease, but especially kids, it breaks my heart.
This past Saturday, I got myself up and out of bed to help these kids, in probably a selfish way, a workout. We did Crossfit for Hope. And by we I mean these beauties
The workout was crazy, crazy crazy and I loved every minute of it. I also had the privilege of doing it again this evening, although my numbers weren’t as good since I had an off eating day so my energy levels were shot. 😦 I love that I got the chance to help these kids and I want to continue in the future ❤ St. Judes, because every child deserves a childhood not a hospital bed.
Also a little update on my 5 day slim down, As I said I had an off day today, I forgot my salad at home 😦 so I kind of barely managed for lunch so that was a bummer. But I am down 5 pounds in just 3 days! Overall I feel great I can’t wait to give you all pictures on Sunday.
I want to put together a post on inspiration this weekend, so send me what inspires you! 🙂
How are you? I have to apologize for my disappearance. I’m still trying to learn how to balance all of this. Anyways I wanted to give you all a quick update on how I’m doing, 5 day slim down, sugar free and all.
I am happy to report, its going pretty good.
In terms of the 5 day slim down I haven’t been overly hungry, like truly hungry by the time 2:30 rolls around I’m pretty bored at work and I’m bored hungry. Eating super super clean. I shall photograph everything tomorrow so you can see, I’m getting better at remembering to photograph! 🙂
Sugar free on the other hand is hard, I feel like I’m on a cocaine detox, not that I would truly know what that feels like but yeah you get the idea. Its going to be good for me I know so I’m sticking to it. My friend Maria even told me to take it out of my coffee, so just almond milk it is!
I want to do a big post on inspiration tomorrow because I have something very near and dear to my heart to share with you all.
Sleep Tight and Toned! ❤