Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Terribly Active

On Friday, I took Little Beast to the park after I picked him up from daycare. We played on the slide and he sat in the swing for a while and then he picked up my keys and was ready to go. I put him in the car and put the keys in the front seat - not realizing that he had hit the lock button. Yes, I locked my son in the car and I felt awful about it. I ran into the street and flagged this car down (this was my 3rd attempt, the first 2 were unsuccessful). Anyways, the woman called the police department for me and within 10 minutes, we had the car door open. By then I was in tears and apologizing to Little Beast for being a bad mama. The police officer calmed me down and told me to put on the AC and everything would be fine. Absolutely terrible. We go home and I start working on Paleo Cupcakes for the Snatch Clinic at CrossFit on Saturday. Little Beast manages to get into the wine rack and before I know it, he's crying and his hand is gushing blood. I pick him up and clean him off. Hubby comes home to wine and glass everywhere, blood spots all over the floor and me frantically saying today's a bad day! His response after seeing Little Beast was okay - What bottle of wine was it? Ha! I'm laughing now because Little Beast is fine but I was NOT laughing then. Terrible. 

Earlier on Friday is where the active part comes in. I went to CrossFit and this was the WOD:

7 rds for time

7 handstand push ups (I did them off the bench)
7 thruster 135/95 (45 lb bar)
7 knees to elbows (knees to chest)
7 deadlifts 245/185 (65 lb)
7 burpees
7 kb swings 2/1.5 pood (26lb KB)
7 pull ups (2-3 bands)

My time was 32:03. Not too shabby. It's hard to know how much weight to use for lifts since I still don't know what's comfortable for me yet. I can safely say that next time Thrusters are in the WOD, I can probably up to 55lbs. Saturday, Hubby and I went to the Snatch Clinic - nope I'm not talking about going to the Gyno (I had to say it). The snatch is one of two Olympic Weightlifting events (the other is the clean and jerk). The clinic was about two and a half hours and was exhausting. I managed to learn how to snatch with a 15lb bar. When I added weight, for a total of 25 lbs, I couldn't get up from the squat. Practice Practice Practice.

Snatch Progression

So yea, Friday and Saturday were both active. Sunday as well! We ran the JFK Miles for the Minds 5K - my 3rd official 5K. It was my first event with my running group - Edison Moms RUN This Town. Moms Run This Town is a National Running group and I'm Edison's Chapter Leader. There was a total of 4 of us that ran. We're now working on training for our 1st Half Marathon.

Edison Moms RUN This Town

Hubby with the MRTT shirt on!
Hubby is so supportive, he even ran with the MRTT group instead of running with our CrossFit group. They also ran the same 5K. 

With our CrossFit Family
Prior to the 5K, I hadn't run in about a month so I wasn't really expecting to run a sub 30min 5K. During the race, I just ran my best and ended up finishing in 28:29. This morning I found out that I placed 3rd in my age group! I never even thought to stick around for the awards ceremony. I can't believe I placed 3rd, especially with a 28 min 5K! Anyways, I'm proud of myself. Despite, the accidents with Little Beast on Friday, it was a really great active weekend. 

My horoscope today is - "You may think you're in over your head but seriously, you're not. Relax." I often think I'm in over my head with going to CrossFit and running and now training for a half marathon. But where there's a will, there's a way. I'm just going to relax, work hard and enjoy every step of this journey.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

3 Months Later

Yesterday was a sad day - my last session with Trainer. In the 3 months I've been working with her, I've grown to look forward to our workouts and we've become friends. I'm going to miss her. But in commemoration of completing my first phase (building a foundation), I have decided to post some before and "during" pictures. I don't know when my after pictures will be posted since I don't think I'll ever be done with this journey.

Anywho, forewarned is forearmed - these pictures are not pretty. I never in my life thought I would share them with friends, let alone publicly. However, I want to document my journey to show people that with dedication, anything can be accomplished. A previously unathletic person can be an athlete.

I do have a little bit of a lean, I always favor one side so you can see one hip elevated over the other - that's just me, nothing to do with exercise. Keep in mind that these pictures are after 3 month of consistently working out (about 3 days a week) and with 1 month of focusing on eating clean (roughly 70% paleo).  I am also the same weight in both pictures - 125 lbs. Looking at these pictures, here's some things I notice:

1. My belly is flatter
2. My back is more toned
3. My arms are more toned
4. My butt is rounder

What does this all mean? Nothing. I'm more concerned with the things you can't see:

5. Increased confidence in my abilities
6. Increased energy
7. I'm happier

Combine what you can see and what you can't and I'm winning. I'm happier, I feel better and I'm more confident. My next "during" picture will be after 3 months of CrossFit and with the continued focus of eating clean. I'm excited to see the results!

Monday, July 22, 2013

To Puke or Not to Puke

Gross I know. But there is no other way I can describe Friday's intense CrossFit workout. Apparently, Fridays are fun days. They usually are because I work from home. But CrossFit's fun day is Renita's death day. Here's the WOD followed by my scaled version (if any) in parenthesis.

15 Squat cleans 155/115 (used the 35 lb bar)
30 Toes to bar - (knees to chest)
30 Box jumps 24/20 
15 Muscle ups - (45 ring rows, 45 dips)
30 push press/push jerk 95/65 - (45 lb bar)
30 Double unders - (90 regular)
15 Thrusters 135/95 - (45 lb bar)
30 Pull-ups - (used 3 bands - first time)
30 Burpees
300 feet Walking lunge with 45/25# plate held overhead 

Absolute insanity. I can't count how many times I stopped during the lunges at the end. I saw stars. I wanted to puke.The heat was getting to me. I wanted to puke. My ass hurt. I looked for a place to puke. My body hurt. I wanted to put down the 25 lb plate and pick up a smaller one but I didn't want to scale something I knew I could do. So I did it and I didn't puke! When I finished,  I assumed the CrossFit recovery position.

It took me a while to get up and when I did, I signed up for my first month of CrossFit. It's official, I no longer dabble in CrossFit, I am a member of my box. I called Hubby in the car on the way home and broke down the work out. I told him he had to go that night to see what I did. And then I went home and made myself a Banana Cinnamon Muffin Bowl. It took all of 3 minutes and it was wonderful. And Paleo. Win Win.

On Saturday, we went to on a chocolate tour in Philadelphia with our best friends and their adorable little girl. We walked around in the heat all day so Sunday, I vegged. By vegged, I mean stayed home and prepped meals for the week. Eating clean definitely takes more time prepping and planning but it's worth it. I did eat a cheesesteak in Philly and had a couple beers so Sunday I was ready to go back to normal eating. It's wonderful that normal now means less processed, more meat and veggies.

I'm going back to CrossFit tonight and then I have my last appointment with Trainer on Wednesday. I'm going to miss her. Friday I'm back at the box for another fun day (shoot me now) and then Sunday I have a 5K with my local running mom group. It's a busy week and I'm looking forward to it!

Happy Monday to you all! What workouts do you have planned for the week?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CrossFit and the Zombie Apocalypse

I've recently started reading Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body and love how the author says Greg Glassman (founder of CrossFit) wanted a more scientific approach to exercise. In doing so, he first thought of giving fitness a definition. I like this. After all how you can think of a solution without knowing what you're trying to achieve? Problem-solving. I'm an Engineer at heart, and on paper. Are you bored? Because studying engineering in college is a little boring. Good night.

Back to the man - Greg Glassman. His definition of fitness is a measure of how well a person can respond to an unforeseen event - the unknown and the unknowable. Firemen and police officers deal with the unforeseen on a daily basis and need to be fit in order to tackle the unknown. Let's consider Zombies an unknown. If you are unfit in terms of Glassman's definition, it is highly unlikely you will survive the Zombie apocalypse. You won't be this guy.

Or maybe you don't want to be that guy. He's zombie bait. But at least he's not one of them! Going along with fitness and the zombie apocalypse, let's talk about Zombieland - Rule #1 Cardio. I don't think Glassman and CrossFit agree with just needing cardio. This should be changed to GPP - General Physical Preparedness which includes the following -


You are as fit as you are competent in all of these skills. Zombies can't do box jumps. Another rule I think applies (and I'm not going to go through all of the Zombieland rules because that movie was pretty damn awesome and who am I to mess with that). Anyways, another rule that applies is "Don't stick to a Routine". Ahh so very CrossFit-esque. Routine will get you killed. Think of Hershil's farm on The Walking Dead (don't watch that show? Well you should). As soon as everyone got stuck in a routine, zombies (or walkers in this case) took over. If they had a plan to go back to the farm or drive the zombies away, they could have continued living there. Alas, they got stuck in a routine and lost some of their people. Not acceptable.

Back to reality, I'm going to CrossFit tonight. The WOD is 3 rounds for time - 15 push press (95/65), 20 over the box jumps and 25 wall balls. I too was confused when I read over the box jumps and apparently, they are not clearing the entire box. Thank God. Over the box jumps are jumping on the box and then jumping off to the other side. Still nuts. I'll let you know how that goes. Wish me luck!

Do you ever wonder why some movies depict zombies as slow moving and generally dumb (they can't open doors, etc) but other movies depict them as marathon zombies. These zombies are fast and pretty smart, some of them even jump over things! Now imagine this - CrossFit zombies. I don't even want to think about it. A bunch of fit zombies running after me. The CrossFit Zombie apocalypse would be a bitch. That's one battle I don't think any of us could fight.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Discourage Me Not

Things have been extremely low key at our house lately. Little Beast was sick last weekend and is still recovering with a horrible cough. Hubby got sick and has pretty much recovered. And though I didn't get a fever, I did get the cough Little Beast has. Since we have asthma, our coughs are horrible and I have been using my inhaler almost every day. That said, I haven't been able to work out since last Wednesday, well I did do a quick WOD at home yesterday. Hubby and I couldn't go to Rugged Maniac Saturday. I feel bad that we didn't go but there was no way either of us was in good enough shape to attend. And though I'm disappointed, I'm okay with my decision. You need to know when you're capable of doing something and when you're not.

With all those days of not working out and not eating clean (3 days), I felt awful and started getting discouraged. It's amazing how not working out for 5 days completely turned around my thinking. I started looking at my body and wondering why I didn't see more change. I wondered whether I would ever see change and how long it would take before I could have a flat stomach. Yesterday I had enough of my discouraging behavior and did a quick workout at home - 3 sets of 20 KB swings (20lb), 20 push ups, 20 goblet squats (20lb) and 20 butterfly sit ups. I felt good after my workout and am happy to say am back to my usual positive thinking. I'm working out to feel good without analyzing the results. If I get a hot body on the way to being healthy and fit, so be it. If it doesn't happen, I'm healthy and fit and that's what matters most. Sometimes you have to make a conscious decision to change your thinking.

So maybe my breakthrough is just around the corner. It makes sense. After eating crap for a couple days, I wrote a note to myself detailing how bad I felt so that I remember the next time I decide to eat 5 slices of Dominos. Don't judge me. Everyone has slip ups. Next week is my last session with Trainer so I'm joining CrossFit with Hubby this week. I hope to go at the end of the week and then go at least twice every week. With CrossFit and eating clean, I am sure my breakthrough is on it's way. And if it isn't, I'm going to continue doing what I do because it makes me feel good!

I'm making a decision not to give up. I'm going to work my ass off to attain my health and fitness goals. At times I may fall off the wagon but getting back on it is what counts.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I Squat Therefore I Am

Okay so I stole the title from Rene Descartes. Sue me. Well I guess he can't because he's dead. Still he came up with "I think therefore I am" and that's pretty damn deep. But unlike him (or maybe like him, I have no idea), I squat, therefore I am.

So what spawned this sudden squat excitement? Well..I PR'd again! I have 3 sessions left with Trainer and last night I told her I wanted to focus on squats. So we did. And I PR'd. 125 lbs baby! And guess what? That's not my 1 rep max! For some odd strange reason, I would add weight, squat shallow and then do a second squat that was much deeper. I did 3 sets of 2 at 125 so I'm pretty confident that my 1 rep max is more than 125! 

In I Lift You Lift We Lift, I posted this link - Big Lifts Relative to Body Weight and I mentioned I am going to use the beginner Class IV as a basis for comparison. So if you look at the link, for a Class IV women's squat at 123 pounds, the weight is 130 lbs. I'm pretty damn close! I haven't dead lifted in a while or worked on my other lifts so I don't have updates there. But I'm happy to be almost on the chart for squats. 

I have two sessions left with Trainer and I'm hoping to work on my 1 rep max with her again during my last session. I will also officially join my CrossFit box this week! I'm planning on going to CrossFit a couple times a week (at least 2, hopefully 3) and then doing Renita WODs (yes that's why I call my own workouts) at home and going for a run. 

This weekend, I will be doing my first mud run with Hubby - Rugged Maniac. I am nervous, excited, thrilled and terrified all in one. But if I can get through a CrossFit class, I'm sure I can finish a mud fun..oops I mean run. Seriously that was a typo, I'm not that much of a dork. Well maybe I am.

2013 is over halfway through and I am just amazed at all the changes I've made this year. I've gone from hating working out to loving it, from making excuses to considering exercise a part of my day and from eating a lot of processed foods to eating cleaner. I've run 3 5Ks, will be running a mud 5K this weekend and another 5K later this month. I never knew this could be me but boy am I happy it is! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

She's not Fat, She's Healthy

I am Indian American or first generation American to Indian immigrants. I hate calling my parents immigrants since they have lived in America for 40 years now. Anywho, Indian parents who call you Healthy are really calling you Fat. Yes you read that correctly. You have no idea how many times I have heard someone say, "She's not fat, she's just healthy" and then they stretch their arms out and puff up their face to show just how healthy the person is! It's true. But that's exactly the opposite of what this post is about.

Americans have become scale obsessed. We all have scales in our bathrooms and weigh ourselves daily or weekly. Why? Does losing a pound or two really matter? On days our weight is less, we're happy and on days we're we weigh more, we question why or think we ate too much the previous day. In other countries, it's uncommon to have scales in the bathroom and they seem less concerned with an "ideal weight" as well. I'm 125 pounds and I used to walk around saying that my ideal weight was 120. However I am a lot stronger now at 125 than I ever was at 120 and my body isn't too much different. That whole logic that at 5 feet, you should weigh 100 pounds and add 5 pounds for every inch above that, is bullshit. Muscle weighs more than fat.

I mentioned before I'm reading The Paleo Coach. If you haven't read this book and want to eat cleaner, you really should consider reading it. I'm not saying go 100% paleo but the author makes several really good points throughout the book. One of them is "...the number of the scale will go down if you have a lot of weight to lose. The problem is the scale will not tell you if it is no longer serving your goal, and in reality it is never entirely accurate. Nobody loses all her fat before she begins gaining muscle." If you're trying to lose a lot of weight, the scale will be a good indicator but what comes next? You'll eventually plateau or maybe put on a few pounds of muscle and get discouraged because your goal is your weight. I have to admit I weigh myself often but I don't get upset about how much I weigh. I look in the mirror and if I like what I see, some muscle in my arms and definition in my legs, then I'm doing okay. If the scale shows I'm a couple pounds more, so be it. I'm stronger and happier. There's a picture in the book that brings it home. Both pictures depict a woman that is 155 pounds - the same woman. In one she's carrying a lot of extra weight in her stomach and hips and the other, she's fitter, has a flat stomach and much more muscle. Guess what? She still weighs 155 pounds. So saying you have an ideal weight is crap. Forget the scale, workout like a beast and eat clean. You'll never need to weigh yourself again! I'm happy I don't let the scale get me down anymore. The next step is to get rid of it.

Sadly, the last time I worked out was 4th of July. Little Beast was sick over the weekend and I wasn't feeling that great myself. I did however get a crazy workout in on the 4th. Hubby and I went to CrossFit together and this was the WOD:

400m run
50 box jumps
50 KB swings (I used 26 lb)
50 butterfly sit ups
50 pushups
50 wall balls (I used a 10 lb ball)

From what Hubby tells me, I turned purple halfway through. It was really tough! I had to overcome my box jump fear quick since there was 50 of them. I did surprisingly well however since I had no time to think! Since it was only my second time doing wall balls, my form was way off. The closer you stand to the wall, the easier it is. I'll figure it out. Practice makes perfect. Here's a picture of wall ball torture if you are unfamiliar.

It's tough being Paleo and I've had meals where I am 100% paleo and meals when I'm not. I try for the most part to stick to being at least 80% paleo. Paleo Coach suggests picturing a scale in your head and weighing what you want to eat vs meeting your health and fitness goals. It works for the most part but the other night when I imagined a canoli on one side of the scale and my health and fitness goals on the other...well the canoli won. I'm human afterall.

Because of my sweet tooth, I decided to bake something that I could have when fruit doesn't cut it so I baked a Paleo Banana Bread. It's a little dry (think I need to use extra ripe bananas next time) but it tastes wonderful. Hubby is enjoying it just as much as I am!

My Paleo Banana Bread

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Guest Post: This is How I Roll

After CrossFit last Saturday, my hammies have been extremely sore. I have stretched. I have rolled. I have rolled some more. And yet I am still sore. This prompted me to ask Hubby about proper foam rolling and he so graciously offered to write a guest post on it. For those who don't know, Michael Cuccia, aka Hubby, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Here's what he has to say on foam rolling.

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR), better known as the act of “Foam Rolling”, is technique that involves pressure on a muscle to stimulate the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) creating Autogenic Inhibition which will in turn relax the muscle.  Sounds complicated, right?  Let’s break that sentence down.  The GTO is located where muscles and tendons meet (tendons connect muscles to bones). GTOs are designed to sense changes in muscle tension and will relax the muscle to prevent it from being put under excessive stress which may cause injury.  Autogenic Inhibition is the act of the muscle contracting providing an inhibitory effect on muscle spindles.

Still confused?  Just think of Foam Rolling as nothing more than a way to loosen up your tight muscles.  

The National Academy of Sports Medicine recommends following their Integrated Flexibility Continuum as a way to progress through traditional “stretching” to dynamic warm-ups before conducting activity.  For all three phases, Corrective, Active, and Functional, the first means of preparing the muscles for activity is SMR.   For Corrective Flexibility (beginners) SMR is followed by Static Stretching, or holding a stretched muscle for a period of 20-30 seconds.  Most people are very familiar with static stretching.  For Active Flexibility (more progressed beginners) SMR is followed by Active-Isolated stretching.  Active-Isolated Stretching is a little harder to explain.  But a good example is lying on your back and holding your leg straight in the air.  This stretch uses the hip flexor and quadriceps to hold the leg up while the hamstring is being stretched.  And finally Functional Flexibility (advanced) SMR is followed by Dynamic Stretching, which looks a lot like jumping, skipping, squatting and lunging, to prepare the muscles for activity. 

A good deal of foam rolling is performed on the legs.  However, you can foam roll your back as well.  For the legs, you can target all the major muscle groups.  You can roll your Calf Muscles (Gastrocnemius, Soleus), Hamstrings, Piriformis (butt), Quadriceps, Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) (the “outside” of the upper thigh), and the Adductors (“inside” of inner thigh).  I have Runner’s Knee, so I spend a lot of time foam rolling my TFL before and after I run. 

There are many different sizes and types of foam rollers.  6” x 36” Round is the most typically used size and I recommended most people starting with this size.  Next is hardness.  I also recommend not using the high-density foam rollers first.  The 1 softer foam (usually white) is much easier and even though it will begin to warp with repeated use, it will still do the trick.  After a few months, or by the time your foam roller starts looking like a bow, switch to the 2 high-density roller (usually black).  Beyond that there are “studded” rollers like the 3 trigger point or 4 rumble roller.  I have a high-density rumble roller (they also offer a version with the softer foam) and I can tell you it’s brutally painful to use but sometimes you need to go hardcore.  Days following a heavy squatting I’ll use the rumble roller on my hamstrings, piriformis, and adductors to help relax all those tender muscles.

  1. Body Sport Foam Rollers
  2. Black High Density Foam Rollers - Extra Firm - 6" x 36" Round
  3. Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller, Black
  4. Rumbleroller Deep-Tissue Massage Roller
Many thanks to Michael for writing this post! He's even taught Little Beast how to foam roll. 

If you are interested in learning more about Michael, please see his blog - Rocckk Adventures.

Do you have any questions for Michael?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I Choose Not to Accept

Three months after I had Little Beast, I went outlet shopping with Bestie. My size was obviously bigger but I needed clothes on account of going back to work. I bought some things all the while complaining on how big I had become. Mind you, I was a size 2 before Little Beast and I was buying an 8. About a month after that, I told myself I was a mother and that I should accept that I would never go back to my usual size. Bull shit. This type of acceptance is just an excuse to be complacent. After I "accepted" my size, I continued to eat whatever I wanted and not exercise. And guess what? I still wasn't happy. In fact, acceptance didnt't last long because I didn't like the way I felt. I finally chose not to accept when Little Beast was around 7 months and here we are.

I've been reading The Paleo Coach and came across this quote "Acceptance is a step in the right direction, and certainly better than self loathing, but it falls short of happiness because it is basically apathy induced by defeat.'' I couldn't agree with this more. While we should all love ourselves, we shouldn't use that love as an excuse to become complacent. For example, I love myself at size 8 while working out and exercising is one thing but loving myself at size 8 while continuing to be unhealthy is another, it an excuse to be lazy. Because of my decision to not accept, I am back at my pre-pregnancy size and stronger than I have ever been. It's a win win.

Acceptance means staying within your comfort zone. Once you venture out, you start feeling happier, getting stronger and feeling a sense of pride. Running was me venturing out of my comfort zone. Once I did and became comfortable, I ventured out of my running comfort zone and started lifting. That was two months ago. Consistently venturing out of your comfort zone makes you feel like you can accomplish anything. 

Speaking of consistent, let's talk stats. I have been working out consistently for two months now,  May and June. In May, I worked out 21 out of 31 days. And in June, I worked out 14/30 days. I didn't run nearly as much in June as I did in May and my workout days suffered because of that. I also went from meeting with Trainer 3 times a week to twice a week. This month, my goal is to work out at least 20 days.

Now on to kettle bells. Random I know, but that's part of my charm. So last night, Trainer had me do the workout from kettle bell hell. 

3 sets (using a 20 lb Kettlebell):
20 KB swings
20 goblet squats
20 KB swings
20 single-leg deadlifts
20 KB swings
20 single-leg lunges on bench

Do the math. 3 sets of all those KB swings totaled 180 kettle bell swings! For those unfamiliar with Kettle bell swings, here's a picture. I specifically chose this picture so you can see the thrust necessary to get the weight up. When I first did a KB swing, I thought it was all arms but actually it's the thrust that's key.

Needless to say after that insane workout, my legs felt like butter and my arse was on fire. Thank you Trainer! Because of you, I will have buns of steel.

When did you venture out of your comfort zone and choose not to accept?

Monday, July 1, 2013

And I'm back!

I was away on vacation last week and on account of wanting to suck up as much of Little Beast's air as possible, I didn't get on the computer much and didn't post. But I did work out. For the first time ever, I worked out on vacation. Woohoo! Hubby and I took our kettle bells down the shore with us (nerds maybe but it's part of our lifestyle) and did the following workout, created by yours truly -

60 second mountain climbers
5 burpees

Renita's WOD:
3 sets of - 
20 goblet squats (I used a 20 lb kettlebell)
20 pushups
10 single -arm overhead KB press
60 second plank

Not too shabby. We were pouring sweat when we were done and then jumped right in the pool. Ew, no way. A rinsey (yes this is actually the way we say rinse in my house) followed by a lot of relaxation and pool time. We got back from the shore on Wednesday and then I spent the rest of the week with Little Beast.

Little Beast and Me down the shore

My world

My Firecracker

On Thursday, I took Little Beast out in the jogging stroller for our first ever jogging stroller 5K! It was a virtual 5K for Parkison's and with the temperature at a steamy 90 degrees and it being a while since I ran 3 miles, it was tough! I ended up finishing in 32:13. I felt dizzy and overall pukey afterwards but hey I finished!

Saturday Hubby and I went to CrossFit. We did some strength and skill work on power cleans. The 35 lb bar was heavy for me so I didn't add additional weight. Then we partnered up (yes Hubby and I were partners) and we did AMRAP (as many reps as possible) in 8 minute of 20 box jumps, 20 wall balls and 20 pushups. Dude, wall balls are tough. I told Hubby that if he sees me stalling on a box jump to just yell JUMP JUMP (the Mac Dad will make you Jump Jump and he did!) I jumped. It was a good box jump day. We completed 4 sets and ended up doing the most! Yea! After that we had AMRAP in 2 minutes of 30 kettle bell swings (we each did 5 and alternated) and 30 butterfly sit ups. We only managed 3 sets of the second workout but we were absolutely beat after. CrossFit seriously kicks your ass.

After CrossFit, we went to a Wine and Wings festival. These are a few of my favorite things..la la la.

It's nice to be back. Well back to blog land of course, not back to work!