Monday, 11 March 2013

I'm here!

I'm alive! Woah, I'm sorry for the really LONG time from posting. I've just been really busy with life that blogging didn't cross my mind. Nothing new is up besides working, Crossfit, running and eating bananas and PB (of course :) ). Regular blogging will resume tomorrow!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Holy Snow

It is crazy out there today. It started snowing around 6:00am and is still snowing, it's nearly 5:00pm. We've shoveled numerous times and you can't even tell. Cray cray I tell you. And Ontario peeps are shocked because we haven't had a snowfall like this in years! Our winters have been mild with little to no snow. I remember running so much during the winter last year, in a t-shirt! And this year it's been really cold and now a lot of snow.

I was planning on going to Crossfit this morning but I would have had to walk, and the snow is up to my knees so I decided against it. So I woke up and did a at home WOD from Tina at Carrots 'N Cake:

10 Rounds for Time:

10 Air Squats
10 Push-Ups
10 Sit-Ups

It took me around 12 minutes, but I think I did 11 rounds. I messed up the counting and did an extra one just in case. It did make me sweat so I consider it a good one!

I'll upload a picture of what it looks like outside later, but for now I'll leave you a picture of the snow pup (with horrible iPod quality). He loves the snow, he just sticks his whole face right in!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Bottomless Pit, Level 2 and Superbowl Eats

(This was supposed to be posted yesterday, so I'm posting it now!)

I feel like I've been eating non-stop, and I pretty much have been. I just can't get full! Although I've been hungry all day I'm still keeping it healthy. Oatmeal for breakfast, veggies and chicken for lunch, fruit for a snack, and a chocolate peppermint luna bar (so good!).

I also did level 2 in the 30 day shred, this is the first time I've done the shred in probably a week? Level 1 I thought was pretty easy. Level 2 is a whole different story! I was sweating in the first five minutes and dripping sweat by the end. I took several breaks, my body just couldn't handle it. It was definitely more challenging, so just a warning for you!

After yesterdays WOD my hamstrings and lower back were just a bit sore but that's it. Not the extreme soreness I had been fore warned about. The weight I used was heavy for me, but did that mean I didn't use enough? Wasn't doing the move right? Or do I already have quads of steel that it was no problem? I'm not really sure but maybe DOMS will make an appearance tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I'm really hoping to get a run in. It's supposed to be sunny but still well below 0, I'm just going to suck it up and do it! Especially with it being Superbowl Sunday, not that I'm going to splurge tons (I'm making my own dinner) but any extra treats that I do consume I'll burn off beforehand :). I'm planning on making chicken tacos using lettuce as my tortilla with sweet potato fries. It's really good. And might do a little baking in the form of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods in healthy ways! When making nachos, use low fat sour cream (or plain greek yogurt), low fat cheese and black beans instead of refried. Bake your wings instead of frying them and buy baked chips instead of the usual Lays. Kettle has baked chips that are pretty good, pop chips are another option!

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Hope everyone enjoys their superbowl eats, it's just one day. Just moderator how much you eat!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Sore, Sore, Sore

Did I mention sore? Wednesday's WOD killed my quads. But it is one of my favorite ones to date:

100m sprint
10 push-ups
15 KB swings
20 walking lunges
25 squats
100m sprint
90 second rest

When I took off on my second sprint on the first round my quads felt like thick lead. I could barely move and a couple swear words may of made their way out of my mouth. I used a 12lb KB and might go up higher next time. But then I probably wouldn't be able to walk at all. Did I mention it was 14 degrees Celsius at 7:30pm?! It was so warm that the run outside was wonderful. I finished in 15:45.

I took the next day off but my legs felt good, they were so fatigued immediately after the WOD but on Thursday were only a bit stiff. Today I took to my box for another WOD, I have been warned this one is fatal and people can't walk for days.

1 min front squats
1 min rest
1 min back squats
1 min rest
1 min air squats
1 min rest

I think I've done enough squats for the rest of the month. I used a 15lb bar with 10lbs on each side and then added 5lbs to each side during the second round. It was hard, my legs were still sore from Wednesday and I felt it. I manged to do 236 squats over the 3 rounds and am pretty proud of it. I pushed myself to the last second when people had given up and didn't stop. I stretched afterwards and then walked home. My legs feel pretty good, but ask me again tomorrow when I wake up.

When was the last time you were sore?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Yay For Rest Days!

I decided against waking up early for the shred and slept in an extra 30 minutes. It was exactly what I needed. After working out for four days straight and doing some pretty intense workouts I decided my body needed a break. Although my muscles aren’t too sore I’m sure they appreciate it. I’m contemplating on waking up tomorrow for the shred and then going to Crossfit after work but I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do both. I’ve heard that level 2 is harder than level 1 so I’m ready for the harder aspects that level 2 will bring. Since I didn’t take any pictures of food today (it’s hard to remember!) I’ll leave you a picture of the fur beast as a pup, I can’t believe he’s turning 4 this year! He grew up way too fast.


Monday, 28 January 2013

Monday Rambles

Hey there! Today has been a quiet day. We got an unexpected snow fall last night that resulted in quite a bit of snow and my brother ended up having his exam cancelled. This morning I woke up pretty hungry and was going to a Crossfit class at 10 so I wanted something filling but wouldn't weigh me down. French toast it was!

I took two slices of Udi's Gluten Free Millet/Chia Bread  and dunked it in a cinnamon, vanilla and egg white bath. I cooked them in some coconut oil and they were delicious! I slathered on a bit of peanut butter and of course had to have my banana and peanut butter on the side :). I prefer to dip my french toast into the maple syrup so I have some with each bite. I probably only used half of what you see there. That's pure maple syrup, we only use the Canadian best in my house.

After I walked to my Crossbit box since I couldn't get a ride. Let's say that the next hardest thing to running in snow is walking in it. My calves were burning and I was sweating before I even got there.

When I got to the box there was the earlier class finishing up the WOD, and they were totally beat. I was nervous to what I was getting my self into but told myself I would do the best I could. After warming up we did the buy in:

EMOM for 6 minutes 3 reps of front squats.

I started with 10lbs on my bar but it was pretty easy so near the end I switched to 15lbs and it definitely made it tougher but I was still capable of doing the squats. And then the WOD.

20 Wall Balls, 15 Pull-Ups, 15 Ring Dips (Push-ups for me!)
20 Wall Balls, 12 Pull-Ups, 12 Ring Dips
20 Wall Balls, 9 Pull-Ups, 9 Ring Dips
20 Wall Balls, 6 Pull-Ups, 6 Ring Dips
20 Wall Balls, 3 Pull-Ups, 3 Ring Dips

I do a less intense Crossfit class so this was scaled down from the regular class but it was just as tough. I used a blue band for the pull-ups (the thickest there was) and a 8lb ball for the wall balls. I finished in 15:45 and was dripping sweat by the end. After Crossfit I snacked on an apple, kind bar and some almonds. The corn muffins I had with my lunch. I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix. I like to top them with raspberry jam, yum.

Pomegranate, Blueberry, Pistachio - My favorite!

I was so tired when I got home I just wanted to take a nap. Whenever I do an intense workout I always want to take a nap, anyone know why?

The rest of the day has been spent eating, sleeping (I did take a nap) and some grocery shopping. Now I'm sitting on the couch relaxing before I tackle three straight days of work. I'm going to wake up early tomorrow to do Level 2 of the 30 day shred. Wish me luck!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday Runday

It felt good to be back pounding the pavement again. I decided to save my $15 for the gym and ran outside. It was absolutely gorgeous today. Sunny and warm for a January day. I wore capris, a lightweight jacket, a long sleeved shirt and then a shirt sleeved shirt underneath. A mile into my run and I took my coat off! I felt great. My average pace was 9:02min/miles for the eight miles I ran. The last mile was more of a cool down and I was planning on walking the rest of the way but decided to do a light jog until I reached eight. Something I realized today, running on snow is hard! Your feet kind of slip and can't grip the snow and my pace really slowed down on those parts.There was only snow for a bit but other than that the sidewalks were pretty clear. I can't wait until it warms up and I can get outside more, I'm a big chicken when it's really cold outside. That's why I signed up for Crossfit :).

Before my run I ate lunch of black bean burgers, carrots and broccoli and a corn muffin. This morning I made pumpkin pancakes and they were sooo good! Love pumpkin pancakes.With of course peanut butter and banana. Now that I've run those eight miles I think some frozen yogurt is in order, I have a groupon and I've been craving some for a while. Need that fuel for Crossfit tomorrow!

Here's what I'm planning for workouts this week:

M: Crossfit
T: 30 Day Shred (Level 2 Maybe)
W: Run or Crossfit
Th: 30 Day Shred
F: Rest
S: Crossfit
S: Rest

Since I've started Crossfit I haven't been doing the shred. My upper body has been sore the past two days and yesterday when I tried to do push-ups I couldn't do it, it was after Crossfit so probably not the smartest thing to do. I want to continue to do it on the mornings I work though. Okay, I think I'm going to get some fro-yo, later!