Category Archives: personal

Skill Work & The End of the Open

Happy Hump Day! Where does the time go? I could ask Daylight Savings Time, since that happened not that long ago and I am one of about 16 people who appreciates it. That extra hour means I actually get to leave work and have not only daylight, but sunshine. Hooray!

The last week of the Open is here! It’s insane how quickly these five weeks have flown by, and overall I’ve been very happy with how I’ve done. In my region (Northern California) in the scaled division, I am in 24th place. Not bad out of 865 people! This last workout, 16.4, was as follows:

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16.1 – Glutes, Glutes & More Glutes

It’s March! Holy crap! What happened?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For starters, 16.1 happened last Friday. Man, was that one tough workout. For those of you wondering, 16.1 = the first workout in the CrossFit Open this year (16 = 2016, .1 = the first workout of 5). The RX’ed version was as follows:

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Super Bowl Weekend

…And just like that, the weekend is over. As an adult I am realizing how quickly time flies, and it seems to speed up at a rate of about three times as quickly when it involves having time off from work.

How was your Super Bowl weekend? Despite the fact that it was held in my area, I had nothing to do with it other than enjoying how quiet the roads were mid afternoon. Fun fact: while they were advertising it as being in San Francisco, the actual game was held in Santa Clara, which is closer to San Jose, which is approximately 45 miles south of downtown San Francisco. So, the joke’s on you tourists…you didn’t actually go to San Francisco for the Super Bowl, you went to Santa Clara. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, I know.

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Just Jerkin’ It

Happy Wednesday, everyone. I don’t typically like to inundate people with clichés like “happy hump day”, so I won’t. Except I think I inadvertently just did. Whoops.

How is your week going? Fantastically, I hope. After a long bought of feeling like I would never be back to 100%, I think I’m on the road to full recovery. I believe I mentioned this last time, but one of my goals this month was to really clean up my diet – I eat pretty well for the most part (probably better than about 90% of the general population), but I know that there are still some areas for improvement. I’m happy to say that I’ve been doing quite well – lots more veggies, more protein and fewer carbs. I definitely look leaner (the scale says I’m down ~7 lbs, but I am very wary of scales), my body just feels good, and I think I’ve slipped up twice – once when I was sick, and once after the Chase Rice concert my boyfriend and I went to. Best part was, I wasn’t worried about it, and I moved on. So yes, the tired myth of “increasing your fats and proteins while cutting out carbs” works. Don’t completely cut out carbs (you need them!), but I would suggest trying to incorporate more greens and veggies as your carb sources. Or not, you do you.

The biggest goal though was to cut out added sugar. Right now, I’m only getting sugar from fruit for the most part, and I haven’t craved sweets in a long time.

Speaking of added sugar –  have you noticed it’s in absolutely everything? Even milk?!

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New Year Goals

Where did 2015 go?! Apparently the new year is right around the corner, so I guess that means I need to start setting some goals.

Before we get to the goal setting, I wanted to share some updates in my life, although when I say “my life” I am pretty much entirely referring to my gym life…which is kind of my only life. I’m not mad about it.

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Barbells & Birthdays

Happy Friday! This is probably one of the most exciting Fridays of the year, because next week is a short week due to Christmas – I’m extremely lucky that my company will be closed from Christmas Eve through Monday, January 4th, which means I get the entire week after Christmas off!

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Bull Riding & Six Months Later

One of the best feelings in the world is going into work on a Friday before a 3-day weekend. However, when you don’t actually have work on Friday, and you only are working Tuesday – Thursday, that feeling of pure elation is a little stolen from you…but I won’t complain about it too much. It’s Labor Day weekend, and for those of you stuck in an office, TODAY IS YOUR DAY! Happy Friday, and happy 3-day weekend.

Yesterday marked six months of me getting laid off from my job in tech. Six months is a long time, and I’ll admit it put me into a bit of a panic because I’m still somewhat at a loss of what I need to be doing to get where I want to go. Looking back on my time at my old job, I learned a lot but I was always pretty unhappy, especially towards the end; I wasn’t being challenged, I was frustrated, bored, and unenthused about the industry I was working in. When I got laid off, it came within 4 weeks of ending a serious relationship, moving back in with my mom, and totaling my car; the timing on it wasn’t great, but if I have to take anything away from it, it definitely was the catapult I needed to realize that the fitness industry is where I want to be.

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