• One of My Biggest Phobias

    May 7, 2013

    Good morning!


    Last night’s WOD was a good one! It was actually two 8-minute WODs back-to-back with a short rest in between. I love workouts that are a little different. Constantly varied, baby!


    AMRAP 8:
    2 Rope Climbs
    12 Wallballs

    -Rest 5 minutes-

    AMRAP 8:
    10 Sumo Deadlift High Pull
    10 Hollow Rocks

    The first AMRAP involved rope climbs, which I like doing because they make me feel bad-ass, but, at the same time, I am super duper afraid of heights. (I have Acrophobia.) For example, when I go skiing, I won’t look down when I’m on the chair lift. Instead, I look straight head and barely say anything because I don’t want to freak myself out, suffer a panic attack, fall off the chair lift, and plummet to my death. Clearly, heights and I don’t get along.

    When it comes to rope climbs at CrossFit, I employ the same “don’t look down method” and try to get up the rope as fast as I can using my legs as much as possible. Inevitably, my arms get tired, no matter how much I use my legs. When my arms get tired, I automatically start to get nervous, which makes me think about having a panic attack, falling off the rope, and plummeting to my death. It’s a tragic chain of events.


    Even still, I usually try to do one or two more rope climbs to work through my fears, but, ultimately, that fear takes over and I quit. I hate that I’m such a Fraidy cat, but I realize the stronger and more proficient I get at rope climbs, the less they scare me. I know I just need to work at it.

    The second WOD involved Sumo Deadlift High Pulls and Hollow Rocks. The score from this WOD would be our score for the day and go on the whiteboard. (The first WOD “didn’t count” because I think our coach wanted us to focus on our rope climb technique while being fatigued from the Wall Balls and not worry too much about how many rounds we got.) A couple of the top ladies in earlier classes got 13+ rounds, so I was hoping to do as well as them, and I got 13 + 0! Hooray! I almost had 1 Sumo Deadlift High Pull at the end, but the clock buzzed before I could get it up. Oh, well.

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    Did you happen to notice my snazzy workout pants? My friends at Reebok sent them to me to review on CNC. They’re the PWR Legging (Print), and they are super stylish (obviously!) and perfect for rope climbs because they’re nice and long, so they cover and protect my legs when I am coming down the rope. They also have a cuff at the bottom, which gives them an extra snug and secure fit, which stays put, so I didn’t get a nasty rope burn on my shin like I usually do. (FYI: These leggings run large. I suggest ordering a size down.) My tank (PWR Seamless Long Bra Top) is also from Reebok. I love the long fit—it’s super flattering, comfy, and stayed put during my workout.



    After CrossFit, I came home, showered, and then made dinner, which was an easy Jambalaya that turned out much better than I expected. I totally just winged it!

    Since I’m leaving for Milwaukee today, I figured I should make a meal with lots of leftovers, so Mal doesn’t need to cook dinner tonight. I always feel sort of bad when I leave for a blog trip because he needs to wake up super early to take Murphy for a walk before school, so I try to do anything that I can to make his life easier while I am away.

    Easy Jambalaya


    • 1 cup uncooked white rice
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 12 ounces Kielbasa sausage
    • 1 10-ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
    • 1/2 cup tomato sauce


    1. Cook rice as directed on package.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large pan on the stovetop. Add Kielbasa, pepper, and onion and cook for about 10 minutes until onion is soft and sausage is lightly browned.
    3. Stir in Rotel and tomato sauce and remove from heat. Combine with white rice.
    4. Serve immediately.

    Makes 4-6 servings

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    Question of the Day

    What are some of your phobias?

    I’m also really scared of spiders (Arachnophobia), which has actually become a huge joke in our house thanks to my husband. Let’s just say, he gets a kick out of scaring me. Not funny, Mal!

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    Shel@PeachyPalate May 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I used to have a really odd phobia of bananas, couldn’t even peel one, luckily I’m over it and I’m now a fanatic! I can’t stand brillo pads (not sure what you call there?)…the wire sponges with foam inside….they give me a funny feeling in my teeth if I have to handle them!


    Emma M. May 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I love spending my spare time in the gym class as I like to have a well shaped body. It’s not hard to spare time for your precious body, if you really care to look good at the prom night or the day of your wedding. No wonder, these are the most common goals of the modern generation, but having a well shaped body is the need of the day.


    Jelena@FabLifePhD May 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I am affraid of snakes! And stinky people 🙂


    Tina May 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm



    Jenny@thewellnessjourney May 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I am absolutely TERRIFIED of snakes. I don’t care if it’s merely a garden snake– they scare me. And I wouldn’t call it a phobia, but pickles disgust me. lol I can’t even touch them. <—-Weird!


    Ashley May 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Heights make me really nervous too! I definitely agree that its the “i could plummet to my death” thing


    Laura @ Backstage Balance May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Welcome to Milwaukee! What brings you to our fine city?


    Johanna B May 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Lightning! and big hairy roaches that they have in New Orleans.


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I was going to comment on those pants! LOVE THEM!

    I am TERRIFIED of horses…it’s also a running joke with everyone in my life. It’s hard for me to even see photos of them. If I see one in person, I get really anxious and have panic attacks. It’s bizarre, I know, but I can’t get over it. I don’t want to try, either 😉

    I’m not afraid of them, per se, but rotisserie chickens make me really uncomfortable, as do Nicole Kidman and Sigourney Weaver. I’m such a weirdo, and now the entire Internet knows it.


    Nancy May 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I have a very strange fear of balloons! I love them, but when one gets near me I freak out that it’s going to pop and scare me! I also can’t even be near someone who makes balloon animals for the same reason. I know, very strange! 🙂

    And, Happy Teacher Appreciation Day/Week to Mal! I am sure high school teachers don’t get to feel the love on this day as much as we elementary school teachers do!! 🙂


    Elisabeth May 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I don’t really have any big phobias. However, I’m not a big fan of heights and i sometimes get creeped out in large crowds.


    Kt May 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Make sure to try Alterra coffee when you’re in Milwaukee! So delicious!


    Jimmy May 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’m also afraid of heights. At least you don’t let that ruin activities for you! I’d avoid that ski lift at all costs!!!


    Miranda @ Miranda Runs May 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I’m afraid on standing on ledges. I can go up a ski lift no problem. I just can’t stand on a cliff and look over the edge! That freaks me out


    Monica May 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have “styrophobia” I HATE styrofoam-can’t touch and can’t stand it when other people do. I’m getting the willies just typing this-haha. I’m so impressed that you are afraid of heights and still ski and rope climb, talk about overcoming your fears!!


    Bri May 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I am terrified of mice…I alternate between screaming and hyperventilating when I see them. I can’t even watch them on tv.


    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Spiders for sure and being locked in a tight space. I am a little claustrophobic!


    jackie May 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    You should try to hit up the Milwaukee Public Market ( delicious food )


    Jess Gee May 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing the heights phobia and rope climbs at cross fit. I had my last intro session last night and my first cross fit session this morning. I totally LOVED it. But have watched the rope climbs and am a scaredy cat too! Good tips on practicing!!


    Alyssa May 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I have a huge fear of drowning. I’m a decent swimmer, but not the greatest & I refuse to go into water that’s above 5 feet (I’m 5’4). I need to be able to feel the ground beneath me or I freak out.


    Tina May 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Same here!!!


    mi-an dela cruz May 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    i’m so getting those pants!!! i’m really loving reebok pants lately!!


    AJ May 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    During my Tough Mudder last year, I figured out that I’m scared of heights too! Sucks.



    Rachel C May 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I have an unreasonable fear of rats


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Yep I’m with you I hate hate hate spiders! Yuck gives me the jitters just thinking about it.


    Joanna K May 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Tina, I love the fact you are super busy and make time for your work outs, prep meals and most of all you take such good care of Murphy an Mal. You are a good wife and it shows you are a super gal!
    PS. I am too afraid of heights, I freeze up. My second phobias are bugs.. Hate them with passion.


    Allison Schnake May 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I’m afraid of heights too. I use to rock climb and I was that girl that got about 10 feet up and then made her way down quickly. 🙂 I decided to stick with traversing. 🙂


    Kelly H-Y May 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Spiders … oh my, can hardly even talk about it. Hate them … the big ones make me start sweating and shaking … can’t STAND them!


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I have a fear of bad food…


    Health and Fitness May 9, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Good per I’m afraid on standing on ledges. I don’t know why..


    James May 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    My fear is heights. Even watching someone on TV on a ledge or high raised building gives me vertigo.

    Rope climbing is a killer to do, no wonder you’re in a great shape.


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