Fun Facts

Helloooooo eaters!

So I’m going a little crazy right now. I just can’t wait for my vacation.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

And now that song “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s is going through my head, except I’m envisioning it from that episode of the Rugrats.

Anyway, since I’m more than a little slap-happy I’m not going to even try to come up with a coherent post. Instead, here’s some fun facts about my life right now.

Bloopers.

Bloopers.

1) I took 20 photos of my feet to get that one picture I used in my post last night.

2) Yesterday I did my first ever all rope climb, un-scaled WOD. It was 5 rounds of 20 wall balls with a 10 lbs ball to a 10’ target and 2 rope climbs. It wasn’t pretty, and I have the torn up hands and rope burn on the inside of my thighs to prove it, but it was a nice milestone. (And one of my goals for this year of Crossfit.)

3) I ended up going back to Harris Teeter and getting another free 6-pk of Zevia soda, this time ginger root beer.

4) I now drink a can of Zevia about every other day. I’m really not thrilled with the habit, but I rationalize it by saving that since it’s sweetened with stevia, not sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it’s not as bad. And since it’s so hot, I’ll take any kind of hydration I can get.

Third batch a-brewin'.

Third batch a-brewin’.

5) Today I bottled my second batch of homemade kombucha of the season. I love ‘buch, not to mention all of its amazing health benefits. And I especially love how refreshing it is on a hot summer day (or the morning after some drinking).

6) My brother and I were HUGE Rugrats fans when we were younger. Whenever it came on TV we used to yell, “Code red!”

A little blitzier than I would normally go for, but I was feeling it.

A little blitzier than I would normally go for, but I was feeling it.

7) I bought a new bathing suit! I haven’t bought a new one in a solid two years and I can’t wait to wear it.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Your turn, eaters:

What do you drink when you’re sick of water?

What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Beerface

Hiya eaters!

I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with coupons yesterday. It’s a lot to take in, but even if you just take in a little bit you’ll be guaranteed to save money.

And who doesn’t like saving money?

As my job situation changes I am becoming very conscious of every penny I spend.

(I really need to stop being cryptic about my jobs. I promise, I will very very soon.)

And speaking of work, yesterday was my day off. As I mentioned on Monday, I get every Sunday off. My other day off comes on Tuesdays. I’m not crazy about the day off-work-day off sandwich, but it’ll do.


Pre-Crossfit:

Apple and pb. But now that it’s plum season you can expect to start seeming pretty pictures of gorgeous fruit soon.

That reminds me that I need to get sunflower seed butter. It goes so well with stone fruit.

Crossfit:

I went to my beloved 9:30am class and it was great.

A little running.

Some great work on pistols and GHD sit ups.

A bunch of split jerks.

And I made some really good progress on my wall ball shots.

I have this weird thing where I am completely capable of throwing the 10 lbs wall ball up to the 10’ target IF the target is on the wall. But if it’s to our front targets, which are just wood boards essentially floating in air, I can’t hit it. Sure, I can throw the ball plenty high, but it doesn’t make contact with the target, which is a no rep.

After a couple pointers and a wall ball tabata, I could seem some very nice improvement.

Breakfast:

Breakfast nachos with sprouted sweet potato tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, salsa, and cheese.

Breakfast nachos with sprouted sweet potato tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, salsa, and Cabot cheese.

Honestly, you should know by now that I’ll take any excuse I can to 1) eat with my hands and 2) eat Mexican food.

I should have added some cilantro from my garden to really spice it up.

Lunch:

Alfresco sausage with mustard, and Yoplait greek yogurt with a big plum.

Alfresco sausage with mustard, and Yoplait greek yogurt with a big plum.

I never claim to eat normal foods. But even though this was a weird lunch (and I didn’t eat it until almost 4pm because I never got hungry), it hit all the right tastes for me.

Snack:

While Leon was grilling dinner, I got a little hungry, so I sipped on a beer. Not the most sensible snack, but it was hot and I was thirsty.

Now please enjoy the assortment of pictures I took of myself while I was drinking that beer.

Beerface!

Beerface!

It’s been a while since I posted a good Kara-drinking-alcohol picture.

Dinner:

Grilled steak and grilled corn.

Grilled steak and grilled corn.

Doesn’t this dinner look fancy? Anytime there’s a giant piece of grilled beef I feel fancy.

Dessert:

I popped a couple of peanut M&Ms into my mouth and called it a day.

Your turn, eaters:

When do you normally eat lunch?

What’s your favorite topping for nachos?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Back On Track

G’day eaters!

It’s Wednesday. I’m exhausted and the hard part of my week hasn’t even started yet.

How are you doing?

Ha! Sorry to complain. I’m adjusting to having two jobs (I’ll tell you more about that eventually) and still trying to figure out how to fit the rest of my life around them, so I’m a little worse for wear right now.

I’m especially worse for wear because, after a few too many days of a few too many treats and a little too little movement, I’m trying to tighten up my healthy intentions again. And I don’t care how healthy you eat or how hard you workout, getting back on track after a little detour is always hard.

It’s especially hard when all you want to eat is pizza and cake and a job that makes you especially sedentary.


Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with leeks and apples with cinnamon and pb.

Scrambled eggs with leeks and apples with cinnamon and pb.

I had leftover leeks that needed using and I figured they would add enough flavor to my eggs to make this very healthy, but very over-eaten breakfast more palatable. I also added some cinnamon to my apple for the same reason.

Lunch:

Leftover moo shu vegetables and sweet and sour chicken.

Leftover moo shu vegetables and sweet and sour chicken.

Not the healthiest (with the deep fried sweet and sour chicken), but the moo shu vegetables weren’t too bad a choice.

I followed this up with lots and lots of mints, because this was a little stinky for an office lunch.

Pre-Crossfit:

Half an apple and pb with a GNC wheybolic protein shake to fuel me through my workout.

Crossfit:

We did a burpee ladder yesterday and it was a surprising ass kicker.

The ladder goes: 1 burpee, 1 breath, 2 burpees, 2 breathes, 3 burpees, 3 breathes, etc. all the way up to 10 and back down. (You, of course, could breathe as much as you wanted while performing the burpees.)

I really thought it would be easy, because I can easily do 10 burpees in a row, but the breathing part kicked my ass. My body wanted to breath fast and shallow, but to maximize my rest time, I wanted to take slow and deep breathes.

I was fighting a losing battle.

Dinner:

Homegrown lettuce with bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, and steak.

Homegrown lettuce with bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, and steak.

I really wanted a frozen pizza, but we had a ton of homegrown lettuce that needed to be eaten up and, ya know, frozen pizza isn’t really the healthiest meal.

I compromised with myself by saving that if I got hungry after dinner I could have dessert — vanilla pound cake with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries — but I never got hungry.

So I ended up with a pretty damn healthy day. I managed to resist the candy dish full of peanut M&Ms, too.

In a couple of days I know that my cravings for junk food will pass and I’ll be back to my usual 75/25 (or 80/20, if I’m feeling ambitious) balance. But until then, I’ll keep chugging water and reminding myself that no one has ever died from not eating enough candy.

Your turn, eaters:

How do you handle cravings?

Tell me about the last workout you did that was a surprise ass kicker.

Later eaters!

Crossfit-iversary

Helloooooo eaters!

It’s Thursday night, I had a full (and fun!) day of work, and I’ve had a beer. So things are going pretty well for me right now.

I’m choosing to ignore the fact that my bad back/twisted pelvis is flaring up again and that I had to completely scale the workout today at Crossfit. I’m also choosing not to think about how many dishes I have to do (and dirty laundry I have to pack) before Leon, Charlie, and I leave tomorrow for a weekend in Georgia (A.K.A. The Dirty Dirty). I’m also choosing not to think about how much my back is going to hurt tomorrow.

Instead I’m thinking about how delicious tonight’s leftovers will be for dinner tomorrow, how much I saved at the grocery store thanks to my coupon folder, and…the biggest “and” of them all…that today was marked my first full year of doing Crossfit!

Can you believe that a year ago I went in for my intro session? Heck, can you believe how much has happened in a year?

I sure as hell can’t!

But, anyway, I made a little vlog about my thoughts on Crossfit a year in.

Enjoy.

For those of you that can’t listen because you’re at work/kids are sleeping or you just got tired of my rambling voice, here’s the gist of it:

I’ve got ah-maze-ing muscles. Muscles I didn’t know I could have. Muscles that are firm and sculpted and just plain beautiful.

I’ve dropped a couple of pant sizes without really trying.

I’ve got more body confidence than I know what to do with and spend a lot of time checking myself out in the mirror.

Knowing that there’s no quitting in Crossfit — there’s plenty of almost quitting and occasionally some crying, but there’s no quitting — has made me an immensely stronger person, both mentally and physically.

I’m neither fully paleo nor fully Zone, but food is more fuel than anything else now.

My goals for the next year: 110 lbs front squat, 110 lbs floor press, all rope climbs (no scaling) in workouts, 100 lbs clean and jerk, better at toes-thru-rings, consecutive double-unders, and handstand pushups.

Talk about a lot of goals, right?

I’m confident that I can reach them all sooner rather than later. I mean, I’ve accomplished far more in this year.

So…here’s to next year! (Imagine me holding up a glass. I would have done it in my video, but I shot that at 10am, which is a bit too early to start drinking.)

Your turn, eaters:

What are you proud of from the last year?

What do you hope to accomplish by this time next year?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Lots of Eggs

Hello eaters!

It is Wednesday, right?

I didn’t do anything on Monday and will work on Saturday, so I keep forgetting what day it is. But I keep seeing lots of WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) posts going up, so I’ll follow the crowd.


Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with asparagus and a plum with peanut butter.

Scrambled eggs with asparagus and a plum with peanut butter.

I promise I didn’t plan to eat two of my favorite seasonal foods right after I posted about them. But they were delicious (though that plum would have been better with sunflower butter rather than peanut butter).

Oh, and I added a couple of dollops of spicy mustard to my eggs before I scrambed them for some extra flavor.

Lunch:

Zucchini noodles topped with a couple of fried eggs.

Zucchini noodles topped with a couple of fried eggs.

Leon and I keep thinking that our fridge is over flowing with things, but in reality we have a ton of produce, a few random leftovers, and almost no protein. Hence why I’m eating eggs two meals in a row.

I also had a few bites of leftover carrot cake from this weekend.

Crossfit:

WIAW663

Row row row my ass.

I drank a protein drink — chocolate GNC Wheybolic protein — and then came so closed to puking it up during this WOD.

We got to choose between running or rowing and I would have run, but after a warm up of 10 minutes of jump roping I knew my shitty shins couldn’t handle it.

Honestly, I don’t know which was better. I wanted to die many times throughout those 5,000 meters.

Dinner:

I feel like it’s been raining for weeks straight, so Leon and I were thrilled to get to grill last night. We split this big plate of grilled vegetables.

Mixed grilled vegetables.

Mixed grilled vegetables.

And this giant chicken breast.

Grilled barbecue chicken breast.

Grilled barbecue chicken breast.

Fyi, we buy whole healthy chickens from Earth Fare and then Leon butchers them. Not only are they cheaper than at Whole Foods (and way cheaper than buying bags of chicken breasts), but they’re also much bigger from Earth Fare. This was, by far, the biggest breast we’ve ever gotten.

Dessert:

A few beers with a friend, because I’m still in denial a bit that I’m done with college.

And I was home before midnight. Man, do I love getting a full night sleep.

Celebration:

Charlie thinks our king sized bed is his. It's a constant battle.

Charlie thinks our king sized bed is his. It’s a constant battle.

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Leon and I bringing Charlie home. I can’t believe it’s been a year.

Oh, has it been a wonderful year. I want to do a whole post about what having a dog has changed for us, but I think I’ll save that for his birthday.

Your turn, eaters:

How much sleep do you get a night? How much would you like to get?

What’s one thing that you always have in your fridge?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Hashtag Apostrophe

Whoa eaters!

I almost forgot that I promised you a WIAW post. And since I hate to break a promise…


Pre-Crossfit: apple and pb.

WOD: front squats

3-10-3-20-3-30 rep scheme. I got my 3-rep weight up to 98lbs, which pissed me off because a 100lbs front squat has been a goal of mine for months and I would have had it had I remembered that our bars are 33lbs, not 30lbs, meaning that I only had to go up 2lbs instead of 5lbs.

Weirdo breakfast:

Bacon with a side of my version of cold German potato salad.

Bacon with a side of my version of cold German potato salad.

Errands:

Gap.

Gap.

Gap, also. And don't my arms look solid here?!

Gap, also. And don’t my arms look solid here?!

I’m attempting to find business casual attire. Would either of these dresses plus a blazer count? I didn’t get either.

Lunch & snack:

Blackened chicken wrap.

Blackened chicken wrap.

I forgot to pack a lunch so I picked this up at Whole Foods between shopping and class and ate half as lunch in the car. Then I ate the other half after my classes as a snack.

Two part dinner:

Steamed artichoke.

Steamed artichoke.

Salmon and quinoa.

Salmon and quinoa.

There was also a glass of wine and a small handful of trail mix in there.

I have been running around like crazy lately and that won’t stop until I finally get a day off next Sunday. That’s a full two weeks without a day off.

But at least I’m being productive, right?

#EverydayImHustling

(Fyi, the lack of an apostrophe in that hashtag annoys me so much, but it’s such a necessary hashtag in my life and I don’t want to look like a grandma/stupid celebrity that wrongly puts punctuation in hashtags, so I let it slide.)

Your turn, eaters:

What’s a food you’re looking to bring back now that it’s warming up?

What’s something from social media that annoys you?

Later eaters!

Queen of the Stubborn Masses

Alright eaters,

Real talk time.

I’m a stubborn ass. And you’re probably a stubborn ass, too.

Here’s why:

We’re fighting our bodies and we freaking need to stop.

We all get injured. We pull a muscle. We push too hard. We rip calluses. We twist ankles and knock things out of whack and do a number of other things to hurt our bodies.

And that’s fine. When you work hard on your fitness that’s kinda the name of the game.

BUT there’s a big rule in that game that says that if you get injured you need to slow down, take it easy, even go as far as to take a couple of full rest days.

Unfortunately, no one does that like they should. I know I’m guilty of trying to fight through an injury and even thinking that working out will heal the injury. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that. Ahem ahem.

This is us fighting our bodies. And it’s stupid.

You workout to better your body.

Sure, the endorphins and body confidence you get are pretty damn nice. But the root of it all is that we workout to better our bodies.

So if your body is injured in any way, shape, or form and needs rest, but you don’t give it that much needed rest, you’re negating the whole point of the workout.rest day

Are you picking up what I’m putting down, eaters?

Let’s take it up another notch: professional athletes.

If you follow sports at all (or watch The League, which might be my favorite show ever, though it’s pretty vulgar, fyi) you know that athletes are constantly missing games or taking days off from practice for sprained fingers and pulled muscles and turf toe.

Of course we’re not getting paid millions of dollars for our workouts, but we can still take a lesson from professional athletes, because (aside from all the concussions) they take amazing care of their bodies because their bodies make the money. (And without our healthy bodies we couldn’t make the money or take care of our families or do just about anything, so…)

Take rest days! Baby your body! Don’t injure your finger while throwing out your gum!

And before you think I’m standing on a soapbox preaching to the stubborn masses, this spiel was spurred by my own stupidity.

My bad back and hip have been acting up something nasty because I was hobbling around (and putting all my weight on my bad side) for days after getting another chunk cut out of my leg (which I also didn’t rest enough after).

So yeah, just call me Queen of the Stubborn Masses.

What do you think, eaters:

Do you fight through an injury?

What do you do on your rest days?

Later eaters!

Hear Me Whooo!

Hiya eaters!

This is going to be a quick one.

I have a headache. Between school and work I was going non-stop — as in eating a sandwich in my car at a red light non-stop — for a solid 8 hours. My eating has been pretty shit today, as it is every day off from the gym.

Oh, and I currently have a pile of books to read for school that would make a librarian blush.

But even with all this crap I am still on cloud 9.

Because, m’dear darling eaters, yesterday I did a 93 lbs clean & jerk!pr1

93 beautiful fucking pounds!

For those of you not in the Crossfit-know, here’s what a clean & jerk is.

And yes, I looked exactly like that guy — jumping and whooo-ing included — except I wasn’t wearing a unitard.

Mine was dirty.

But back to my ah-maze-ing new Personal Record — it’s super freaking amazing!

I’m beyond jazzed about it. I’m beyond shocked at my ability to move such a massive weight — a weight that not too long ago I couldn’t even deadlift — off the ground and over my head. Twice in a row and then once more for good measure.

And without getting all Crossfit Kool-Aid on you, this is one of the main reasons I love Crossfit.

Sure, the people are nice and the workouts keep me in tip top shape. But what I really and truly love about Crossfit is that it constantly allows me to do super freaking amazing things that I never in my wildest dreams thought possible.

And than those nice people give me a big hug because they know how great this feeling is.

So yeah, I am superwoman. Hear me whooo.

Your turn, eaters:

Right here and now I NEED you to brag about yourself. Do it. It feels good.

How has your week been?

Later m’dear lovely eaters!

FRS FTW

G’day eaters!

So you guys (and girls! I know that the majority of you are of the lady persuasion and I am trying to be more conscious of my rhetoric) know that I’m a #Fitfluential ambassador, right?

Well, besides Fitfluential and all the other ambassadors being a constant source of inspiration to put down the Mike & Ikes (btw, what’s up with the riff between Mike and Ike? Is that some weird marketing ploy?) and do something not lazy, they also show me a constant stream of products designed to make my life easier, healthier, and all around better.

And the latest products designed to make me perkier, stronger, and sexy-slim (as opposed to weird, extra bony slim) are FRS drinks!

There are four types of drinks — Healthy Energy, Healthy Slim, Healthy Defense, and Healthy Protein — plus Healthy Energy drink powder, and Healthy Energy soft chews and hard candies.

Quite the product line, right?

After having tried them I can say, hands down, that my favorites were the protein drinks!

The protein drinks come in two flavors — Orange Cream and Blueberry Acai — and o’m’gah, they are tasty.

The Orange Cream tastes exactly like a melted creamsicle with only the slightest tiny bit of that weird medicinal orange-y taste (though, disclaimer, I am HYPER sensitive to that medicinal orange taste from a childhood of eating giant chewable vitamin C tablets). Seriously, I contemplated freezing them in the whimsical ice cube trays I got for Christmas to make Titanic-shaped protein popsicles.

And speaking of doing weird things with protein drinks…

I kinda think the Blueberry Acai flavor could be good with some vodka. Is that weird?

Probably, but I was drinking one after a particularly intense Crossfit WOD last week and totally thought that it could use a splash of vodka. Ya know, to balance out the carbs of alcohol. That could have been the handstand push-ups talking, though.

But even without vodka, the Blueberry Acai drink is tangy and a little sweet and a very welcome departure from the usual vanilla/chocolate protein drink.

Which brings me to my next point: these protein drinks pack a ton of protein.

I have a strict minimum of 20g of protein for a workout and since these drinks each have 25g they are perfect (especially for those times when I’m too lazy to wash my blender bottle or forgot to wash it for a day or two and it smells really bad).

So while I did like all the other drinks, especially the cherry limeade energy drink, which definitely tasted like those Sonic drinks, they were a bit high in sugar for me (with the Healthy Energy drinks clocking in at 20g sugar). The Healthy Slim drinks are significantly better on the sugar front, but the protein drinks were still my absolute favorite.

And now for the answer you’ve all been waiting for: Would I spend my own money on them?

Yup. I wouldn’t necessarily do it too often, because ~$3 a bottle is a bit pricey, but I would buy them. And then I’d add vodka to most of them, because in my world most fruity drinks are just screaming for vodka.

Don’t judge me. I could be a visionary.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s the most you would pay for a drink, including fancy Starbucks drinks?

What’s something weird you do/want to do with your food?

Later eaters!

Disclaimer — I was provided these products in exchange for my review, but the opinions here are honest…ly my own. 

A Few Goals

‘Ello eaters!

I spent all New Years day lying in bed with the second or third worst hangover of my life. It included the never ending precursor to a migraine that never actually started and a good bit of nausea whenever I lay on my back.

Aren’t you glad I told you that?

To make up for that TMI, here’s a picture of my brother in a suit. 

So while it wasn’t the most awesome way to spend the first day of 2013, it did give me a lot of time to think.

2012 was a phenomenal year for me.

I lived in London.

I had a great internship.

I went to Ireland with my boyfriend where I did NOT propose to him. (Oh, I never told you that funny story?)

I went to Paris twice.

I moved in with my boyfriend and started figuring out what kind of house person I am. Spoiler alert: not the obsessively clean kind.

I got the cutest, greatest, most wonderfully snuggly and adorable puppy in the world that is currently curled up in a little pretzel ball between Leon and I in bed.

I started doing Crossfit.

I hosted Thanksgiving.

Yeah, it’s been a big year. A stressful, crazy, trying, exciting, amazing, weird as fuck year.

And now I’m preparing for this new frontier year where I’ll be graduating from college and … doing other things.

And while I’m doing all these other things, I also have a few goals that I want to accomplish.

Side note: I’m calling them goals instead of resolutions because resolutions have a negative, stressful connotation. And because as Caitlinsaid far more eloquently than me, I don’t need another stressor. It’s not always about “doing more things more efficiently.”

One of my many plates of appetizers that I ate at my friends' paleo NYE party.

Anyway, my goals this year are simple.

First and foremost, I want to give more to charity. There are several causes that I’ve felt particularly drawn recently — a lot of pet rescues and childhood hunger charities. I want to donate to those causes, which means that I need to restructure my budgeting to allow for that. I want to volunteer, which means that I need to restructure my time to allow for that.

Second, I want to go on a vacation. Leon and I started a little savings jar with the hope that we’ll eventually be able to go on a vacation. We don’t know where. It won’t be extravagant. But it would be nice to go away for a few days.

Third, I want to read more. I’m not going to quantify this goal, because it’s kind of hard to read too much during the semester. But it’s just something for me to keep in mind.

Fourth, I want to drink a little less. It’s not that I drink all that much now, but I could always stand to drink less, right? Right!

Fifth, I want to eat more donuts. They’re one of my all time favorite foods and I think I can count on two hands the number of donuts that I ate last year. That’s less than one a month, which I deem despicable.

So there you have it, all the things I wish I were doing today instead of trying not to throw up and simultaneously wishing I had a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger. It’s a wild and crazy life I lead.

Your turn, eaters:

How did you spend the first day of 2013?

Do you have any goals or resolutions?

Later eaters!