Farmers Market-ing

You hear every year how some struggle with food and weight over the holidays. Party after party after party.  Unfortunately for me, or rather fortunately, I am not popular so I don’t get invited to holiday parties.

This year was the first time I had heard of people struggling with their weight during the summertime because of all the cookouts and BBQs.  Again, no invites here.  *shrug*  Even if I was, I’m not a fan of eating when I’m hot.   Thanks but no thanks. “Jar of Happy” said we have to go on a picnic and I’m holding onto that one until it’s cooler out there.

Then I realized where I do struggle.  At the farmers markets!  I want it ALL!  Take today for example; there were several vendors with fresh cheese, several bakeries, a GREEK food truck (I had to walk away) and the cutest set up of a small fishing boat displaying all the fresh seafood.

I. want. it. all.

Granted the seafood is healthy but I wasn’t going to be home for a few hours so I couldn’t get anything.  The cheese, cookies and baklava however would not have made it to the car.

Instead, I have started taking their business cards and flyers and will hit up their storefront either when I have a cheat day or can fit it in my macros.  Problem solved.

I don’t think the seafood guy has a store though.  So I just might have to head back over there and eat straight from the boat for dinner.

Sorry no picture.  I was too busy admiring all the goodies!  Use your imagination.

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Sunday is Mamma’s Funday

Saturday didn’t happen.   I wanted to but I woke up butt-hurt.  Literally.  My butt hurt.  I’m no where near “Games” level but dang.  It’s also really hard to get moving out the door when you don’t have a quarter million dollars on the line.

So Saturday was mommy duties; a haircut for the little guy, grocery shopping and a failed bribe attempt for an afternoon nap which resulted in a cranky mamma. How is it I can lift, WOD and work an 8 hour day, but I cannot for the life of me stay awake after running TWO errands with a 4 year old on a Saturday?

Now it’s Sunday and I’m seeing how much I can catch up.  The “Madison Triplus” is a no go.   For cardio, I started with @thecrossfitbox Friday’s post:
Unbroken doubleunders (if you trip up, you have to start that set over.  Rest as needed between sets)
Time: 28:46.  Tripped up more than I’m used to but a good warmup nonetheless.

Then a scaled “Chaos” to what I will call “Mini Chaos”
25 Burpees to target
40 single arm DB OHS 30#
45 pistols (used the box for support)
25 box jump overs 24″ (considered 30″ but was worried about tripping)
Time: 11:00

Came inside to see my son eating breakfast quietly at the table….and my other half back in bed.

Fair is fair.  Now it’s his turn to get to the gym.

Not sure how the rest of today’s WODs will pan out since we have a cookout to head to.

Live long and “perspire”

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CrossFit Games 2018 (at home)

It’s Games Week!

I’m no pro and I love a good challenge. Challenges that have you cursing you and your bright idea to take on such a task BUT when it’s all over, I’m tellin ya, best feeling ever.

I’ll never make it to the Games, or even Regionals. (definitely not with this attitude anyway) But I wanted to do as many of the Games WODs as I could now that I have a kick ass garage gym with just about everything I need. It’s a work in progress, but dang the hubs did a fantastic job!

Here is how it went down:

Day 1, August 1, 2018:

IE1: CRIT – 10 laps on a Bike, each lap being 1,200m. PASS. Not only do I not have a bike but I can’t think of anything to modify and make it even remotely close. So I’ll skip it.

IE2: 30 MU. Given I don’t have a (bar) muscle-up anymore, 30 wasn’t going to happen. So I opted for 30 chest to bar. To my disappointment on the very first one, I’m feeling sore and weak. So 30 pullups it is. Time: 3:34 *note to self, get chalk ASAP*

IE3: CrossFit Total (1RM Back Squat, Shoulder Press and Deadlift). This I was going to have to do from the ground because I have no rig. I knew it was going to be short and relatively light but I didn’t think it was going to be THIS light. 115#, 85# and 185# respectively. Da Fuq?!?

Ok fine, whatever. Moving on.

IE4: Marathon Row. Castro, you funny! Oh hell nah. Instead, I took the endurance WOD from @TheCrossFitBox. 8 Rds of 800m run, 80 DU and 20 burpees with a 1 hour time cap. Ho……..nope, couldn’t finish. In fact, I stopped sweating and my face was feeling funky. In the 4th 800m run, my !#?#$ timer stopped. Either way, at the hour I was just shy of 7 rounds; 6 rounds + 890 reps.

When I came inside, my husband had made chili. I can’t help but laugh. I ate it…and prayed.

See my friend Batilda?  She keeps me company when I workout during the day then vanishes into the night…..

Day 2, August 2, 2018:

I PR’ed rest day!

Day 3, August 3, 2018:

“The Battleground”. That sure isn’t happening either. How am I supposed to transform my backyard into an obstacle course? I guess with some money and extra muscle I could. But I have this thing called a full time job so I’ll have to skip this one. Instead I did a quick AMRAP from a local box

16 Wall(less) Balls 14#
15 Pullups
14 TTB
3 rds + 23

By the 3rd round I was slipping off the bar. I had absolutely no grip either with bare hands or with my bear grips. I ignored my “note to self” on day one to get the goddamn chalk!  So I switched over to pushups and abmat with the 14# med ball.

In an effort to keep with the “Battleground” theme, I took the CompTrain WOD for today and added battle ropes for cardio instead of an assault bike. *note to self, get an Assault Bike*

“Captain Insano”
3 rds of:
20 Deadlift 155#
1 minute battle ropes
20 Hang DB reverse lunges (30’s)
1 minute battle ropes
Time: 15:00

And of course that’s not all. Had to throw at least one more in there.

“Fibonacci” 6 minute time cap
Parallette HSPU
Double KB Deadlift
lunge 89′ with 2 KB OH (35’s)

So this one was easy to modify:
Deadlift #185
#30 DB OH lunge to end of gravel driveway and back

That one took a little time because I struggle with my HSPU….and got a busted blood vessel around my eye as a result.  But hey, I did it.

Tomorrow is Saturday.  Not sure how it’s going to go down since the little dude is home with me all day.  But let’s find out.

Aaaaaand, good night.

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Too much of a good thing

We had a party.

One of my many flaws is that there are 2 times I get into a “clean the fridge” mentality. And by “clean the fridge” I mean eat everything.  The first instance is before I travel and I don’t want my food to spoil.  There is not much else I cannot stand more than rotten food.

The 2nd scenario is when I have a fridge full of all the leftover food from a party and I don’t want it to spoil either.  My husband isn’t a big leftover eater.  The little dude is getting there; he works on the raw veggies.  But after yesterdays party I have probably 40 pounds of cooked meet in the fridge.  (a slight exaggeration but damn it sure feels like it!) A tray of salad, trays of fruit and veggies, macaroni salad, potato salad, cookies, ice cream……let’s just stop there.

The meats, salad, fruits and veggies are clearly what I’m focused on.  Ice cream and cookies are in the freezer.  They are safe.  The macaroni and potato salad and just go ahead and rot.  I’m not a fan of those. Sorry, not sorry.

I’m fairly confident that you are muttering to yourself, “So what?  She binges on the healthy stuff”.  Well guess what?  There is such thing as too much healthy food.  You CAN have too many (good) carbs, too much (good) fat and too much protein.

Never did I think I would see this; bingeing in bed with a tray of salad?



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Don’t knock my eggs…

Remember in “Forest Gump” when they went on and on and on about things you can do with shrimp?  I think the exact same thing applies to eggs.  You’ve got hard boiled, scrambled, fried (sunny side up, over easy or over hard) or poached.  Heck, you can be one of those crazies that adds a raw egg to their smoothie.

You can mix ’em with a few ingredients and make cake or cookies, a hollandaise sauce, mayonnaise, Instead of alfredo, you can add an egg directly to hot pasta and toss with parmesan to make it creamy.  They are so versatile!

My favorite way to eat them will get a double-take.  Bear with me.

Scrambled egg white (with NO seasoning) on top of a sweet rice cake with peanut butter.  Why does it work?  Because egg whites are a blank canvas.  They can go either way; sweet or savory.

Don’t knock it til you try it.


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Don’t say it….

“No Excuses”

I honestly hate it when people say that. I really do.  It’s always been used in a negative way, insinuating that someone is lazy.

“Did you workout today?”
“No, I was…..”


“Did you finish the draft for the marketing strategy meeting?”
“No, I am working on……”

I try to do everything.  Literally.  There are many people like me, we try to do it all. And guess what?  We CAN’T.  Yeah that’s right.  I said CAN’T.

I wanted to do a 2-a-day yesterday now that I have a home gym.  I worked out in the morning but then literally (yes I said “literally” again) had back to back meetings all day until the very second I had to pick up Boden from school.  Once I got him, we had to go to the grocery store, home to cook dinner and then the carpenter came over to measure the basement.  After dinner I wanted to spend some quality time with my son until he went to bed.  At that point, yes I could have done my 2nd workout but spending time reading in bed next to my husband was more important to me.

There was a “reason” I didn’t work out the 2nd time.  Just as there is a reason I might not get a project done.  I make every effort to do the best I can and that is all that can be expected of me.  If anyone expects more than your best, they are delusional.

So the next time you throw, yes throw, that word in someone’s face or vice versa, remember that people have priorities.  Not everyone’s priorities are the same or carry the same weight but you get my point.

So let me ask you, what’s your reason?  Actually scratch that. That’s nobody’s business but yours.



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Not all calories are created equal

Take a look at these 2 pictures: 400g of cherries and a serving (2T) of peanut butter.  Which one has less calorie?  Which one is healthier?

If you guessed cherries, you are wrong.

If you guessed peanut butter, you are also wrong.

Both are 200 calories.  So then what’s the difference?  MACROS!

Both are perfectly healthy for a balanced diet.  The cherries are predominantly carbs while the peanut butter is mostly fat.  Both can fit into your meal plan, assuming you aren’t keto.  But lets not go there please.

This is why I love tracking my macros and don’t give 2 sh*ts about calories.  Many people preach calories in versus calories out which I believe to be true to an extent.  I feel so much better with a diet of balance carbs, fats and proteins compared to XX number of calories a day of “whatever”.

True story, when I was in middle school, one summer I tried eating 1200 calories a day of strawberry fruit bars (popsicles) and ice cream sandwiches.  It didn’t work.

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