Hi, guys! Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a nice weekend! 🙂 Another week of fitness & eats is in the books! Last week was actually kind of a weird week on the workout front. I was active just about every day, but quite a few of my workouts were pretty low-key and not too challenging, which I actually appreciate nowadays. I used to get annoyed if the workout was too “easy” or…

Hi, guys! Happy Saturday! We had quite the eventful Friday night. We got a crazy rain and wind storm yesterday and ended up losing power for a few hours. We ate dinner via candlelight, which was kind of fun and reminded me of times as a kid when we lost power. Our dinners were kind of ridiculous – I ate tortilla chips, cheese, and pepperoni – but, hey, we made it work. The power came…

Good morning and a very happy, happier, HAPPIEST Monday to you! We had quite the awesome weekend over here. Mal was on school vacation last week, so we finished it off with a family fun Friday, which continued on right through the end of the weekend. It was truly a wonderful three days with my boys. I really didn’t want the fun to end! But, of course, life always has some ups and downs, so here’s…

With the CrossFit Open kicking off later today (woohoo!), I wanted to share some of the posts I’ve written about the “Sport of Fitness” over the years. I figured having them all in one place would be useful for those of you thinking about trying CrossFit in the future. I hope you find them helpful! And GOOD LUCK to those of you participating in the Open this year! 5 CrossFit Tips for Beginners: Ready to try CrossFit? Here…

Woohoo! I survived the 2016 CrossFit Open! Holy hell, I’m glad it’s over. It was a long 5 weeks and my body needs a break. Well, actually, I just want to get back to my normal routine. The Open took so much out of me, I barely worked out since it started. I was too sore after the workout and then I didn’t want to be sore for the next one, so I was only working out 2-3 times a…

Good morning and happy Monday to you! I hope you had a very nice Easter! When I was brainstorming with Mal about how to recap our weekend on CNC, I kept talking about how it was our second time doing certain things, like Quinn’s second Easter and our second time suffering through Open WOD 14.5, so I decided to use it as a theme for this morning’s blog post. Ok, here we go… counting the seconds from our weekend! It…

Good morning and happy Monday! With the CrossFit Open kicking off just last week, I decided to write this post in honor of its first workout (16.1), so here are 16 things/fun facts/randomness from the weekend! #1: On Saturday morning, Mal, Quinn, and I went to breakfast at a new (to us) restaurant called Crossroads Cafe. It was adorable inside, the food was tasty, and the staff was really friendly. We’ll definitely be back! #2: We kept…

Hi, guys! Happy Monday! I’m feeling a tad exhausted this morning after completing CrossFit Open WOD 15.1 on Friday night and then running 15.1 miles yesterday for my long run. After all of that activity, I am so thankful today is a rest day. Heck yes. Rewind to Friday night Mal and I are both participating in the CrossFit Open this year. I’m honestly not sure why I signed up, considering I’m training for a marathon and…

Hi, guys! Happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. Mal and I went to an engagement party on Saturday night and then we spent yesterday getting our lives in order for the upcoming week, especially since he hadn’t been to school for two weeks. OMGSOMUCHSNOW! Ok, so I have a bunch of random things to tell you, and I tried to come up with a ”˜theme’ for this post, but nothing seemed to work,…

So, last week was the week that I finally (really and truly) scaled back at CrossFit. Up until now, I’ve pretty much been able to stick to my usual workouts with a few exercise modifications here and there, but now I am really feeling pregnant, especially now that I am officially in my 3rd trimester (what what!). My belly is big, awkward, and uncomfortable in certain positions, so I’ve finally decided to take it down…

Woohoo! I met my goal and survived Open WOD 13.4! As I mentioned in my previous post, 95 pounds (the prescribed weight for this workout) for clean and jerk was pretty close to my 1RM, so my goal for 13.4 was to make it through the set of 12 clean and jerks and toes-to-bar. I thought 60 (total) reps was a good, safe goal for me. It would challenge me and push me out my comfort zone,…

Well, Open WOD 13.3 was a tough one. I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I survived and managed to beat my previous score, so I’m happy. Workout 13.3 12 minute AMRAP of: 150 Wall balls 90 Double-unders 30 Muscle-ups To prepare for the Wall ball madness, I practiced my technique at home. I always feel like I get crushed below the 14-pound ball when I do them, so I asked Mal for some tips….

Hello, hello! How’s your Thursday going so far? I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday. This week flew by. Holy cow! Lunch When lunchtime rolled around yesterday afternoon, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat: Potato & Chorizo Dobladas. Yummm! The leftovers from dinner made an awesome lunch! After lunch, Murphy and I went to the senior home to make some visits. The pug was pumped and enthusiastically jumped into the backseat of my car. We…

I was all about the “step-up” for my second attempt at Open WOD 13.2. (Thank you for all of your helpful suggestions, by the way!) I did it right from the beginning of the workout, and it definitely proved to be a smart strategy for me. 3…2…1…GO! Photo credit: Sean Burns During 13.2, I learned a couple of “interesting” things about myself. The first: I make a lot of weird faces when I work out….

Holy goodness, Open WOD 13.1 was brutal. I still can’t believe I survived it. Last night, I was invited to an “Advanced Open Preparation Class” at our box to prepare for the first workout of the CrossFit Open. The class focused on strategy and proper warm-up related to the movements, so we could get a feel for the WOD before we officially do it this weekend. The class was also an opportunity to do a…