Hi, friends! 😎
After taking a class at the BARREroom yesterday morning, I ran some errands (reminder: Mother’s Day is next weekend) and then headed home for lunch.
It was a beautiful day, so I decided to eat my lunch outside on our back porch.
For lunch, I finished off the rest of the Vegetarian Cottage Pie and read a magazine while I ate.
A couple of hours after lunch, I had a serious craving for cookies. I actually needed (you like how I wrote “needed” there?) to make a batch of Meghan’s Almond Power Cookies for a blog post I’m writing next week, so I decided to make them. I really didn’t need to make them until sometime next week, but, hey, now I have photos of the cookies for my post, and I satisfied my cookie craving at the same time. Win-win.
FYI: I loved Meghan’s Almond Power Cookies. I’ll be sure to share the recipe on CNC next week!
After dinner, I enjoyed a couple more Almond Power Cookies. Apparently, I was really in the mood for cookies yesterday.
Three Questions Thursday
Happy Thursday! Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!
My mom has been doing CrossFit here at our local gym for over a year, and before that was just working out and she LOVES it. Every time we get together she shares her workouts and workout stories before anything else. So I was looking to get her a subscription for a CrossFit magazine, but wasn’t sure what all was out there and so I thought I’d reach out to you to see if you read any or have any recommendations for one, maybe one geared more toward the ladies. Thanks!!!
Here are a few magazine suggestions:
I don’t subscribe to any of these magazines, but I’ve read a couple of issues of WOD Talk and The Box and really liked them. They seemed to have a great mix of both male and female-focused articles. I actually have a subscription to the CrossFit Journal, which is a completely online publication and really love it. I always find something interesting there, so I am just throwing it into the mix of recommendations!
Did you gain weight when you started cross fit? When I was all upset about the scale last night my boyfriend told me to just stop weighing myself for a while because I may gain muscle in the beginning and I may actually gain before I lose. Just wondering what your take on that is?
As far as my weight and CrossFit, I actually blogged about it a few weeks ago: How My Body Changed Since Starting CrossFit. And my best advice: Throw out your scale. Seriously. It doesn’t tell the whole story. Your scale shows you ONE number about your ENTIRE body. ONE. Think about that. It’s not telling you very much at all. For example, here just some of the things it doesn’t tell you:
- How fast you can row 1000 meters
- How much weight you can Push Press
- Whether your skinny jeans fit
- How ripped your arms look in a tank top
- How happy (or not) you feel in your current body
My advice, if you’re into numbers, pay attention to these ones instead:
- Your 400 meter sprint time
- The number of unbroken push-ups you can do
- Your 1RM deadlift
- How many vegetables you ate yesterday
- The number of people who compliment your defined leg muscles
You get what I’m dropping down? I guess what I am trying to say is that the scale doesn’t really give you valuable information. Ok, it shows weight loss progress as a whole, but there is SO much more to that progress as I mentioned above, which, personally, I find a lot more motivating and important than just a single number. I weigh 5-6 pounds more now than when I started CrossFit, but I’m happy to gain a few pounds on the scale in exchange for toning up, better-fitting clothing, and feeling great about my body.
I’ve been meaning to get in touch about running an online bake sale as I committed to riding the PMC this year! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Pan Mass Challenge, but I’ll be riding 163 miles over two days in August and raising $4300 to fight cancer (100% rider-raised funds go directly to Dana Farber Cancer Institute). Given the large fundraising component to this, I would love to organize an online bake sale like you’ve done for TNT and Team for Kids. Do you have any tips or advice from your experience?
Yes, I do! Here’s a post I wrote about fundraising for TNT, which includes a section about hosting an online bake sale: How I Raised Money for Team In Training. It takes some organization and planning ahead of time, but it’s a great way to raise money. I hope this post helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
Question of the Day
Do you own a scale? Why or why not?
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