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Track Your Progress

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life on September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’m a firm believer in tracking your nutrition and exercise. It helps keep you on target and also lets you look back and see how far you’ve come and/or what needs improvement. I use the fitBook and websites like DailyMile.

There is also another good website called SlimKicker – it helps you create challenges and rewards for yourself when you achieve a short/long term goal. It has a great community sense and an inspiration feed that I like to read through. It helps you track nutrition and exercise. There are groups and you can invite friends, it also lets you blog your achievements!

Disclaimer: SlimKicker asked me to mention their website, opinions are my own.

Another early CrossFit WOD:

More squats??

Squat count: 850 this week. Beast mode.

Pre-workout!

Post-workout yummy goodness.

I have my AFAA personal trainer certification next weekend. I’m seriously on study overload. I think I will be so happy to have next weekend over with, passing or failing won’t matter anymore. (Well, I’m sorta kidding, but for real.)

TGIF!!

Sophie enjoys the foam roller too!

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Thursday “Hurt” Day

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life, Running on September 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My workout this morning was p.a.i.n.f.u.l. – my arms are still jello, three hours later.

Thursday WOD

Ouch. My biceps and quads hate me. I actually just calculated that, just this week, I’ve done 550 squats. No pain, no gain – or so they say.

Anyways, what I’m eating:

Pre-workout: Vitalyte/water, banana. I just can’t eat a lot before I workout.

Anybody else love this stuff? I actually love the Tri-phase endurance one the best!

Post-workout: Still loving my new coffee/protein shake. 2 CLA & 2 fish oil pills.

Best little blender for my coffee and protein.

And I have to make mention of my Cowboys last night. I’m a huge Jason Witten fan (Tennessee, holla) anyways, I’d be lying if there wasn’t a lot of happy dancing last night. Always good to beat a conference rival. Go ‘Boys!

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We are full fledge in to deployment mode and Sophie has started counting down the days until her Dada is home. She is excited every morning to put a new sticker on her calendar.

Counting down the days…

I’ll be sure to show progress. I’ve got one more workout to get through and a run, so I’m out. Happy almost Friday ya’ll!

 

 

Fish Oil – Why it’s good for you!

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food, Life on September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

First, I wanted to share a breakfast protein coffee ‘shake’ I’ve been testing out. I should add, I’ve NEVER been a coffee drinker. Which other runners find weird about me. But, that might be changing.

Coffee

  • Archer Farms ‘breakfast blend’ coffee (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze (vanilla, but it has a little more sugar than desired, so going to use just plain next time)
  • 1 scoop Trader Joe’s chocolate whey protein (I’m looking for a better whey, but this is all I have at the moment. Too much sugar)
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 truvia packets

So this is still in the experimental stages. But it was really good, and I actually drank all of it. Like I said, I need a better whey protein (with higher grams of protein and less sugar) and I want to try just the plain Almond Breeze, to also eliminate sugar.

Now, on to Fish Oil. I should first disclaimer, I’m only sharing facts I’ve researched for myself and obtained from MY Dr. By no means, should they be taken as personal medical advice. I’m in no way advising anyone to take fish oil supplements, just stating the health benefits and why I choose to take them.

Omega-3 fish oil supplements first intrigued me because they can help reduce inflammation. As a runner who often logs lots of miles, this appealed to me. Inflammation can also cause joint pain, omega-3 lessons inflammation. It can be found in fishes such as: tuna, mackerel, salmon, herring, & trout. All rich in omega-3 oils. I’m not a fan of fish, I’m learning to eat it, but I don’t necessarily enjoy it. So supplementing fish oil seemed like a good alternative.

Here are a few other benefits of omega-3:

  1. Cardiovascular functions are maintained/improved by help of omega-3. (I use my cardiovascular system a lot)
  2. Blood pressure/cholesterol can be controlled/normalized.
  3. Reduces inflammation.
  4. Has DHA, which is a major building block of optical nerve & cells.
  5. Good for skin, weight regulation, & may help curb cravings.

What I’m taking…

Also, wanted to share this deal that popped up in my email. Active.com often offers really good deals through Schwaggle. I got a killer deal on my Oakley’s last year. As a runner, I found this deal could be useful. While I have a RoadID band, I like the look of the Go Sport ID bracelet as well. Just $14 right now. It’s an item you hope someone never needs, but one that could save your life!

CrossFIT WOD: Tuesday edition

Get some!!

Monday’s WOD

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food on September 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

3 rounds…GO!

I was so dedicated today. Got up at 7:30 to workout and have felt great the rest of the day. I started CrossFit WOD’s one week ago and can already tell a difference in leg muscle definition. Yesterdays 250 lunges made todays 150 squats rough.

Abs and FOOD!

Incorporated a great core workout from http://www.blondeponytail.com. Now time for the bike trainer, maybe I’ll get back on the road sooner or later.

Happy Monday!

Snack Smart

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food on September 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It’s hard to eat healthy on a whim. Eating clean and healthy does take some time, planning, & effort. The good thing is, practice makes perfect. The more you start planning and incorporating better options in to your diet, it gets easier.

Where I think some people go wrong (and I know, because I’m one of them) is snacking. Whether it’s vending machines at work, or that drive-thru McDonald’s sundae (raising hand)…there are PLENTY of unhealthy options that we don’t have to think about, right at our fingertips. Most, full of processed junk. I’m not going to lie and say I NEVER eat junk, because sometimes I just can’t help my sweet tooth and don’t get me started on Cheetos.

But I’ve found if I plan ahead for my week/meals and have easy grab’n’go choices, I’m much less likely to think about the unhealthy, processed snacks.

What I’ve found works for me is keeping my snacks below 200 calories and trying to snack only when I feel slightly hungry. I’ve found this also helps control the servings in my meals and powers me through afternoon workouts.

A few of my favorite bars.

Tortilla chips/salsa, almonds, and cheese sticks are some over favorites.

When I want something sweet and delicious!

Other foods not pictured:

  • Deli turkey
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Fruits/veggies – small apples,banana,mandarin oranges (my favs)
  • Apple sauce (watch the sugar though)

These snacks will help keep you on the right track each day. Don’t forget to WRITE what you eat down. It will keep you accountable and help you make adjustments.

My workout for today:

I only used 30 lbs overhead. Still TOUGH!

My new favorite Brooks running shorts! Now get to sweatin’!

Friday Sweat Session

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Life on September 1, 2012 at 3:44 am

WOD

Friday’s are always the HARDEST day for me to work out. During marathon training, it was my rest day. But since I’m not logging insane weekend miles, I’m back to working out. I mentioned in my last post about The Blonde Ponytail and how I love her CrossFit inspired workouts. Check out her blog! It took me about 20 minutes to knock out the above workout but it was awesome! The thrusters and plank toe taps were brutal. Definitely had to break a couple times. I only did it once, once was enough! I did some dynamic stretching before I started.

That’s what I think about it…

After that intense 20 minutes, I met the hubby and child at the playground for some family fun time!

Sliding

Sorry for the terrible lighting…

It’s bedtime for Sophie and that means bike trainer time for me. Let’s knock out an hour of cardio. Hope you got active today!

 

CrossFit WOD

In CrossFit, endurance, exercise, Fitness, Running on August 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Thanks to Jess @ Blonde Ponytail for kicking my booty. She doesn’t even know it, but she’s MY trainer. 😉 I love her workouts that she posts and especially her CrossFIT WOD. They are seriously butt-kicking and heart-pumping.

My assignment:

5 rounds [for time]:

200M run/sprint – 15 burpees – 15 plank jacks – 15 hand-release push ups – 15 prisoner squats w/ knee tuck

I did an easy 200M jog, a few minutes of dynamic stretching and then busted those 5 rounds out. It took me 21 minutes because I’m slow and hate burpees. I made sure I sprinted those 200M, so I got some speed work in as well.

Go SWEAT!

Post workout.

You’ve got 24 hours, can you spare 30 minutes to being active? Resting up for my 5 miler on the beach tonight. Have a great weekend!!