Elbow Drippin’ Good

We went peach pickin!  Last time I went, I was wearing the little man.  So that means, 3 years ago.  Too long.  I had wanted to go earlier this year but patience is virtue.  If you go too soon, they are hard and, well, dry.  Wait until later in the season and they are plump, ripe and juicy!

This trip wasn’t planned honestly.  It’s not often I plan anything really.  I never know what mood the little dude will be in.  I never know what mood *I* will be in.  And my tip to parents everywhere, never, EVER, tell your kid what your plans are.  Oh dear me.  Keep it a surprise.  I cannot tell you how many times I told B where we were going and then it was either cancelled or a change of plans.  He doesn’t understand what a “change of plans” means.

I also made the mistake of tell him last week that I signed him up for soccer which starts on 9/15.  Nope.  He wants to go now.  Right now.  So until he has a better grip on time and the calendar, everything is a surprise or an adventure.

So back to the peaches……

Been Pinteresting some recipes and am super excited.  I don’t have enough to play with the whole canning and freezing thing.  (I kick myself in the butt everyday for not wanting to learn from my Daddy)  Choices are grilled peaches, peach salsa and peach pizza.  Stay tuned…..



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Gas on the fire


This picture shows 2 possible scenarios. Which do you think it is?  I just finished a WOD and I’m exhausted or I’m draggin *ss and have no motivation to get moving?

(The beauty of social media is that you can pick whichever version you want and broadcast it)

“Where is your FIRE?”

Is what I wrote under this mornings WOD.  I love having a garage gym.  I love being able to go out there any time I want (pretty much).  It’s basically my she-shed.

What I wasn’t prepared for is the lack of motivation and push that you get when working out with others.  Getting up at 4am to lift is getting easier since its becoming a routine.  But metcons are getting more difficult.  There is no fire.  I am finding that I have more success lifting at 4am and then throwing down a metcon later in the day.  Whatever works right?

Definitely looking to join a box again however.  I will still be working out at home but I need to be around people….that are taller than 44″.  (No offense to my son)

Have a happy day y’all 🙂


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Golden Milk and Zucchini Boats…but not together

It’s getting chilly!  I know summer isn’t over yet and I expect it to heat up again but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.  It’s tricky this time of year; you whip out your favorite sweatpants in the morning but you run the risk of being a bit overdressed when it heats up around lunchtime.

We’ve been hitting up as many farmers markets as we can lately.  Food inspiration for me and games for the little dude.  I have been craving beets but haven’t seen them anywhere.  Must not be in season yet.  Next on my crave list was zucchini boats.



Not too shabby.  Not too shabby at all.  I had a few vegetables I needed to clean out of the fridge before they went bad so I sautéed some onion, garlic, yellow pepper and mushroom.  Added some ground chicken, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Filled each “boat” then topped with cheese. 400* for 30 minutes.

On mine I added avocado and salsa right before I served it.  The little guy got picky and refused to eat it.  I managed to convince him to at least eat the middle part.  He eats plenty of veggies, needed to get some more protein in him.

I’m happy.  It’s not often I perfect a recipe but I did.  I made the most fantastic Golden Milk.  And it’s not putting a dent in my macros either.


Heat on the stove; 2 C of almond milk, 1.4 tsp turmeric, 1 T honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp vanilla extract.

And serve.

Oh my.  Only downside of this is that I drink it too fast.  Next up, Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk.

Everyone knows the benefits of working out; cardiovascular health, weight loss, reduced stress levels….etc etc.  You’ve heard it over and over.  I actually see it as more than just the obvious.

Writers block at work?  Go workout.

Cant stop snacking? (for those that work from home)  Go workout.

Restless?  Go workout.

Time to kill between meetings and don’t want to do housework?  Go workout.

Upset?  Go workout.

Stuck on a problem?  Go workout.

I’m in marketing and anytime I’m stuck on a problem, need ideas or get my creative juices flowing; I go work out.  (ideas actually come to me in the shower too)

If I ever owned a business, or at least managed one, I would probably replace one of the conference room tables with treadmills.

Now time to put on my mommy hat.  Make breakfast, pack a lunch and get this little man to school.  Happy Fri-YAY!




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New Adventures

It’s been 1 week since I last posted.  (Happy Birthday Ma!!)

Pretty routine around these parts….as expected from a working mother.  4am garage workouts, feed/dress son, drop off at preschool, work, pick up son, make dinner, watch tv (yeah yeah don’t judge) then bed.  I’m even eating the same foods!

I need spice.  I need to mix it up but at the same time I have a very hard time changing my routine.  Once I get into my routine, that’s how it is.  Which is why I am where I am right now.  Not depressed, no.  Not unhappy, no.  Just need something.  Something is missing.

One thing you will notice that is missing is a social life.  For many working moms, their workplace is their social life.  It’s how they interact with people outside their homes.  I, however, work from home so I don’t have that luxury.

I DO however have the luxury of setting my own schedule (for the most part) and deciding whether or not I want to wear pants.

My hamstrings aren’t healing like I hoped they would despite the fact I’m stretching and not running.  My lifts are getting incredibly weaker (I missed a #135 clean when my last PR was #175).  Makes me wonder, did I hit my prime?  Am I done with that part of my life?  Do I need to take up Tai Chi and water aerobics?

Goes without saying that my plans to run the Marine Half Marathon are out along with the Trailfest in Utah.

All that said, I’m doing a bit of reflecting.  Maybe I’ve just hit a temporary slump.  Maybe I need to revive myself by working out with people again.  Maybe I just need to find a mommy friend.  After all, B is meeting all sorts of kids at preschool and having a great time.  I need to do the same.

Why is meeting friends as an adult so damn hard?  It feels like dating!

I’m going to have to go outside my comfort zone a little bit.  Set a new challenge.  Set a new goal.  I’m going to see this as an exciting adventure.  After all, life is one adventure after another!   If my “adventure” consists of staying up an hour later to relearn how to arm knit, then so be it!

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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…..ly…..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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