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Missoula Half Marathon

You know what is just heartwarming to a mom of two young children? Watching them start to really interact with one another. Most the time Stella simply smothers Augustus with hugs (lays on top of him until I pull her off) and makes crazy squeaking noises at the poor guy. Today during breakfast, I set him in front of her in his bumbo. It was amazing. She sat and told him all kinds of stories while she ate her oatmeal, and he couldn’t stop smiling while he babbled back at her. Sitting back, eating my scrambled eggs, butterflies of endearment filled my belly! Growing up with a brother who was very close in age to me, I know exactly how much time they are going to spend together and how close they will become. Watching their relationship settle roots in to the ground this morning was amazing.
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I participated in the Missoula Half Marathon on Sunday. I will be completely honest with you, it was freaking hard. I started getting a cold last Thursday that quickly developed in to a nasty sinus infection. By Saturday night, it had developed into a very enjoyable cough, making me look forward to running 13.1 miles even more! The race started at 6 AM Sunday morning, with a shuttle leaving downtown Missoula to take us to the starting line at 4:15 AM, so when Auggs woke up for a feeding at 3 AM, I figured it was best to just stay up. Who doesn’t love getting up at 3 AM for a Half Marathon when they are sick anyway? I loaded myself up with some doctor approved to keep nursing Sudafed, some Tylenol (planning ahead for some discomfort), a protein shake, and some black coffee and headed out the door. After picking up my favorite running buddy, Darla, at her hotel, we headed up to the starting line. So many feelings and emotions run through someone before an athletic event. I am so used to CrossFit events that are short yet intense, where I am terrified to step up to the starting line because I know I am going to experience some pain, but at least am comforted by the fact that it will be over shortly. A half marathon does NOT provide this comfort. I knew it was going to be two hours (or more) of suck. As they played the National Anthem and goose bumps rose on my arms and legs out of both fear and excitement, I fought the urge to run and hide in the woods and put my game face on. The first half of the race was in the neighborhood I grew up in. I know every turn, every pot hole, every house I would be passing, and knew there were a few hills to enjoy. Every mile I checked my watch, and upon passing the 5K mark, I was thrilled yet terrified to see I hit my post pregnancy 5K PR (a 25:13, not bad for me!) and decided I might want to kick in to a steady gear and set my pace for the rest of the race. At six miles in I made a fun motherhood discovery: repeated bouncing for this period of time causes your bladder to leak uncontrollably. As frustrated as I became, and even with the images of my running through the finish line with completely soaked running pants, I am too competitive to stop at any outhouse along the way to use the bathroom. I kept on trucking. This sudden leakage occurred every two miles for the rest of the race (I think it was much less than what I thought, yet I was still incredibly thankful for my dark gray pants that would hide any wetness!). Then came the nine mile wall. It hit me like a baseball bat to the face. Every ounce of muscle in my body was telling me to walk, but I fought them off and kept running. Kept running. Kept running. Felt like walking would be faster than running, but kept running. Mile 10. Mile 11. Mile 12. Yesss, mile 12! I noticed everyone around me suddenly had a bit more pep in their step. As I rounded the corner to cross Higgins Street Bridge in Downtown Missoula to approach the finish line, the slight hill over the bridge looked like the biggest hill in the world. It felt like it took me ten minutes to cross, but I made it. Though I was hoping to be under two hours, I ran under the finish with 2:01:50 across the clock. I had given it my all, and with four hours of sleep, a sinus infection, a nasty cough, and having a baby just three months prior, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my time. I won’t lie, I sat down after drinking a bottle of water and felt like I had been beaten from head to toe. I checked my watch to see what my average heart rate was. For the entire two hours of the race, my AVERAGE heart rate was 190 beats per minute. According to what I learned getting my college degree that equates to what my MAXIMUM heart rate should be. No wonder I felt like I had been beaten, I had been working at a max rate for two hours. I wonder what an exercise physiologist would have to say about that. I would say it hurt like hell, but I can’t wait to do it again (once my blisters heal, please)!

Darla and I before the race:
Darla and Me BEFORE

Darla and I AFTER the race with our 10 pound medals!
Darla and Me

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Body Image

It is incredible how much your body changes throughout pregnancy and afterward.  Another incredible thing is how differently all women change during this time.  Some women barely look like they are pregnant, some seem to carry it everywhere, and some are huge only in their belly area.  The aftermath is just as diverse.  We all know someone who looked exactly the way she did before the day after giving birth.  Some women carry a new body for the rest of their lives.  I find myself caught in between these two.  I dropped to my pre-pregnancy weight within just a few days, but my body was very different than it was before.  My hips are wider from my pelvis opening to allow little munchkins to pass through them.  Where I used to have a moderately flat stomach is now an empty pouch.  Somewhere on the nine month journey, love handles have developed on my lower back.  I would like to say that I have embraced my new body and love it for the gift it has given me.  I am trying to embrace it, but it is definitely frustrating having clothes fit differently, and seeing photos of myself not looking like I thought I was looking is down right hurtful! Don’t get me wrong, I would give up my entire body and all of it’s abilities for my children, no question!  It is just challenging going through such a roller coaster of physical change in one year.  No wonder women are so emotional.  What makes me love and appreciate my body, however, is my daily reminders of what it is capable of.  My hips have opened in such a way that the perfect sized shelf has developed to sit each of my children on.  My slightly (and I mean slightly- I have not been blessed with the large baby boobs many moms get) larger chest is the perfect pillow for them to sleep on.  Also, my body has an amazing way of remembering how to do everything it did before.  I can run, jump, bike, and row just as fast as I could before.  I can pull my body over a pull up bar, gymnastic rings, and climbing rope.  I can lift just as much weight as before.  All of this now feels easier than it did before I had children.  Why?  I believe it is because I have grown a greater appreciation for my body and everything it has shown me it can do.  What a gift.  Everyday I read and hear women discussing how they are dissatisfied with their bodies.  I am grateful and feel so blessed that I have one that functions as well as it does and has provided me with a family. I fully intend on using it to my greatest ability.

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Next, the double jogger!  My new jogger arrived last week.  We purchased the double version of the single jogger I had with just Stella.  It is a Schwinn Safari Turismo and I LOVE it!  It is a lot easier to maneuver, fits through every store doorway I have tested so far, and gives the kids a smooth ride.  Augustus turned three months old yesterday and seems very content and comfortable in it.  It folds up small enough to fit in the back of my Subaru too, which is a huge plus.  My first jogger was a tandem style jogger, so it felt very tippy, was challenging to turn, and I didn’t like the fact that I could hardly see my daughter in the front seat.  I can see and talk to both of them easily in this side by side, and they each have a music speaker in their seat.  Best part?  It was a screaming deal.  $256 on Amazon.  For a new double jogger, you can’t get much better than that.  Let’s cross our fingers the tire doesn’t blow up on this one like the last one did!

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So my last post included some goals I am working toward over the rest of the year.  I tested several of them this week and was VERY surprised at where I was at!  I front squatted 165, Rowed 500 in 1:44, can do 21 unbroken pull ups, 12 unbroken handstand push ups, and completed “Grace” in 2:10.  I couldn’t be happier with where I am at, but I still have a long way to go!  I am running another 5K this Friday with my family, then (gulp!) off to Missoula next weekend for the Half Marathon.  I promise to share gory photos of what my feet look like post race- always a treat.

That is all I have for you right now.  If you are in Missoula for the Half or Full Marathon, best of luck, and please look me up!

First CrossFit competition and goals for the year

I have gained a greater appreciation for certain products since becoming a mom.  First one: Bleach.  I have always loved bleach- it smells like a swimming pool and promises sanitation.  However, now it promises stain removal, and when I say stain, I mean poop stain.  It is absolutely amazing, and has saved many pajamas!  Second: children’s Tylenol.  This is a no brainer.  Thank you SO much for helping my babies feel better and getting this mama some rest. I am so thankful.  Third: breast pump. I don’t need to explain this one either- it is SO relieving to get those girls on empty!

Since my last blog post, I participated in my first CrossFit Competition since having Augustus in April.  It was the CrossFit Cherry Creek Triple Threat, a team competition with three ladies per team.  I asked two ladies from my old box in Casper, WY to join me and we had a blast.  My goal for this competition was to get my muscle up back before the competition.  I got it the day before!  (talk about pushing it, haha!) Luckily for me, muscle ups were the last movement across four WOD’s we completed during the day, so I was completely exhausted! The goal I set for myself was to simply get one muscle up during the competition, no matter how ugly it was.  With the motivation of my friends and team mates, I was thrilled to get FIVE!!!  There is truly something powerful about a team competition.  I will absolutely crush myself for my team mates in a way I would never do for myself.  They worked so hard for me, I in no way wanted to let them down.

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My next event is the Missoula Half Marathon in Missoula, MT July 13.  Since I haven’t ran more than a 5K in the last year, I think it is time to step it up!  I ran a Half last June in San Diego and had a great time.  I experimented with my training for it by only doing CrossFit to prepare.  I ran a 1:58 on an incredibly hilly course, so was happy with that, yet I felt moderately miserable for the final five miles of it!  This year I am planning on doing the same, but want to get a bit more mileage in to prepare my old lady knees and hips for so much work.  I planned on starting this a few weeks ago, but my brand new, super awesome double jogger I named “The Beast” a few posts ago decided to blow a tire tube (in the middle of the mall of course, sounding like gun fire, I don’t think I am allowed there anymore!).  I ordered a new one, which arrived today to my training delight! Photos of my new hot rod coming soon, along with reviews of tandem vs. side by side joggers.

As I am getting in to more of a routine being a mama of two (though I know it is going to be ever changing!), I am ready to get a bit more serious about my training and goal setting for the rest of the year.  My major competition between now and the start of the 2015 Open is the CrossFit 307 Throwdown, a team competition I participated in last year when I was 17 weeks pregnant.  I am setting goals to be completed between now and the competition, and now and the New Year.  I have set specific goals for monostructural, gymnastic, and weightlifting movements as well as a few major CrossFit benchmarks.  As always, when you share your goals with others, you feel more accountable to reach them, so here are a few of the big ones.  As I progress through working toward them, I will try to share some videos, photos, and funny stories of my journey!

Movement/Goal by Challenge/Goal by New Year
5K Run/ 24:00/22:00
500 Row/1:43/1:38
2K Row/7:55/7:45
Unbroken Muscle Up/2/4
Max Pull Up/25/35
Kipping Handstand Push Up/10/21
L-Sit Max/ 0:30/0:45
Max Pistols in One Minute/15/20
Max Snatch/135/155
Max Clean and Jerk/175/195
Max Back Squat/205/225
Max Dead Lift/300/325
“Amanda”/14:00/10:00
“Angie”/20:00/18:00
“Grace”/2:30/1:45
“Filthy 50″/28:00/24:00
“Diane”/6:00/4:30

We will see how this goes, but I am going to try to repeat these benchmarks before each deadline for my goals to see where I am at!  Also, a big shout out to a fellow mama who had her second baby just a few days after I had Augustus!  Jenna Dodge competed in the 2009 CrossFit Games, and I challenge her to keep up her hard work and training to qualify for Regionals in 2015 as well!  Let’s go girl!

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Me (in the bottom left corner) counting for Jenna at the CFMT Winter Challenge in 2010.

It has been a while!

It has been a while. I was on track with my writing for so long, and then all of a sudden a few weeks snuck past me! Since my last post, a lot of things have happened. Tanner, the kids, and I ran the Mother’s Day 5K in a BLIZZARD, Augustus started rolling over, we spent two weeks in Montana, and I have started a new job! So much going on, and all good things.

I will start with the 5K. Tanner and I were watching the weather two days out from the run because the news was telling us to expect some snow and colder weather. I kept my fingers crossed, but as we drove down town, the snow got thicker and thicker. We hadn’t picked up our race packets yet, so when we got there, Tanner and the kids stayed in the car while I ran to get them. Little did I know it was a mile to the packet pick up! By the time I got back to the car (with two miles of running under my belt), I was already soaked. We bundled up the kids, waterproofed them as much as possible, and jogged to the start line with our friends Eric and Jen (now three miles under my belt). Tanner and I agreed that I would run solo as hard as I was able, then back track and take the kids to the car so he could finish. Upon hearing “3-2-1-go!” my heart fluttered with excitement and I was off! The snow was coming down sideways, and there were unavoidable puddles everywhere, creating a miserable yet exciting course. I finished the race in 26:55. Nowhere near my fastest 5K, but with the conditions, I was thrilled. And the best part? Tanner can’t wait to do it again! We will definitely be doing more this summer as a family.

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The craziest thing happened. When Auggs was five weeks old he decided to roll over from his belly to his back. I was shocked and terrified all at the same time! I thought it had to be a fluke, that he had accidentally rolled over, as most babes don’t roll over until four or five months from what I have read. Needless to say, he has done it 30-40 times now. I think we have a very determined little man on our hands!

Next, on to our big Wyoming/Montana road trip! It is SO hard to eat “clean” while traveling- especially when you are traveling to places with favorite restaurants you have missed dearly. I will not lie, I took full advantage of eating at favorite restaurants like Moose’s Pizza in Kalispell, MT and The Back Room in Columbia Falls, MT. More importantly, I indulged on my dad’s homemade soft shell tacos. You are only home so often, and must enjoy these things! I did, however, keep on my workouts as much as I could. I had the privilege of completing a WOD at my old box, CrossFit 307, in Casper, WY with my old workout crew. I was also chased by a 30 pound mutt while doing a running WOD in Kalispell (and I totally didn’t scream like a girl and run with my hands over my head…ok, maybe I did). The best part was getting to work out with my brother James early in the morning in his garage in Missoula, MT. He introduced me to lifting weights, boxing, and CrossFit, and is the most motivating person I have ever worked out with. No matter the day or time, he is on and ready to rock. Being able to work out with him again reminded me of why I love fitness so much: fitness is only a side benefit- it is the relationships you make with the people you work out with that is truly the reward. When I think of my very best friends, 90% of them are people I have worked out with on a regular basis. In my mind, going through the daily journey of a WOD, hitting PR’s together, or trying new things together are truly amazing tools to strengthen friendships. James reminded me of this as we giggled together warming up, made up a workout together, pushed and motivated one another through a crushing WOD, then laid on the floor soaked in sweat and covered in chalk trying not to puke, discussing how much it hurt and wondering why we ate what we did the night before knowing we would do this to ourselves in the morning. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy working out with him and miss doing it on a daily basis. That man is the best workout buddy on the planet, he is kind of funny lookin’ like me too…

James

Exciting news! I took a new job as Head CrossFit Coach at Park Meadows CrossFit in Lone Tree, CO. They have an incredible facility and wonderful team of trainers I am very excited to be a part of. I will only be teaching a few classes a week, mainly focusing on the development of the other coaches, and am so excited to be teaching again. If you are ever in the area, please swing in and say hello! You won’t be disappointed.

My next competition is in less than two weeks! I will be competing with two wonderful ladies from Casper in the “CrossFit Cherry Creek Triple Threat” in downtown Denver on June 14. We find out next week what our WOD’s will be and I am jacked! I can’t wait to find out what WOD’s they will be challenging us with and am terrified there will be a movement or two I will not quite be ready for. Tanner hung my gymnastic rings for me a week ago, and I have been working my muscle up transitions like crazy! I am so close to getting it back, it isn’t even funny. I secretly hope they will post muscle ups so I will have to have it back by then. Fingers crossed!

That is about all I have for you right now! My goals from now until the Triple Threat are to maintain my three days on, one day off schedule of working out, as well as get back on track with my healthy eating now that we are done traveling and having visitors for a while. Any guesses on what they might throw in to the competition?

The Beast…

You know what is way harder than you would think it would be?  Pushing a double stroller with two kids in it…up-freaking-hill!  My first competitive event (not all that competitive, but the perfect starting point) is this weekend: the Mother’s Day 5K.  I have been running two to three days a week in preparation, and last week thought I better take the kiddos in the double jogger, because that is how I will be running in the race.  Wow is it challenging!  The jogger weighs 49 pounds.  Stella weighs 26.  Augustus weighs about 10, and is in his 8 pound carseat.  That is a   total of 93 pounds to push.  I live in a very hilly neighborhood, so no matter what way I decide to go, I am going to have some serious hills to push that bad boy up.  What a great training tool complete with two training buddies who love to be outside.  Just don’t run with it up hill with a full stomach- you may run in to trouble!
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Along with the stroller issue, I have another issue.  It is more of a problem, really.  It is a Target problem.  Like most females age 3 days to 93 years, Target is like the Bermuda Triangle for your checking account.  I try to limit myself to visiting this beautiful place once a week.  However, we live about a mile and a half from one, so you can see where this problem is going.  This week I created a new rule: the only way I am allowed to go to Target is if I push the kids in the double jogger there.  I see two solutions with this rule: one: I will get better at pushing that suburban sized beast  up hill (and not letting it drag me down hill).  Two: you can only put so many items in the basket under the jogger, fixing the spending problem!  Boom!  How creative is that?

Now on to the nutrition and exercise update.  I have been working really hard to stay on track with Zoning, and am feeling great.  However, last week was not only my birthday, but my sister visited as well.  Having guests (and super fun ones at that!) definitely make things challenging with the whole “diet” thing. You don’t want to be the lame hostess who prepares a fun meal but then sits down with her grilled chicken and steamed broccoli in the corner, but you don’t want to loose track either! Lucky for me, my sis is a healthy eater, and was totally up for eating lean meats and a ton of vegis for every meal.  It also reminded me of how great the Zone Diet is because you can Zone anything!  For example, we went out for lunch a couple times, and I was able to Zone meals (the best I could).  I had hamburgers with  no bun, a side salad, and sweet potato fries (tho I only got to eat about four!).  I will not lie to you though, since it was my birthday last week, I went out on a hot date with the husband and enjoyed a steak with bread and dessert and it was INCREDIBLE (but gave me major stomach issues!).  Long story short, you CAN stay with the Zone when eating out, having visitors, and going to parties, just please don’t be the nerd in the corner weighing and measuring their 7 layer dip!  When there is a special event, like turning 30 (wow I am getting up there!), embrace it and eat a piece of cake, and make it a big one.

My workouts continue to feel better and better.  I do feel like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I squat though- I feel like every joint in my body is “snap-crackle-popping” back in to place as I descend hamstrings to calves and back up again.  I am still keeping my weights incredibly light and focusing on maintaining technique at all times.  It is crazy how revived I feel after spending some time in the garage gym, throwing around a little weight, getting my hands back in shape for gymnastics, listening to the hum of the rower as I jam out to “80’s Rock Radio” on Pandora.  Though I feel incredibly weak still, and am no where near where I know I am capable of being performance-wise, each day I am feeling my body slowly find it’s tempo again.  Each day I feel that fire deep inside of me slowly get brighter and brighter.  And you know what the coolest part is?  Watching both of my babies  nap on the video monitor as I work to be the best I can be again, and I am doing it for them, for my family.

This Sunday is the first test of my return to health and fitness.  Tanner and I are running the Mother’s Day 5K in downtown Denver Sunday morning at 9 AM.  Looking for some cheap entertainment?  Come watch me push the beastly double jogger for five kilometers! Any bets on my time?  My PR 5K (given it was in high school!) is 20:11.  I will give a big ol’ cyber high five to whoever can guess my time!  Have a great night everyone, KJ OUT!
runHere I am running!  Any fellow CrossFitters might be able to identify some of the amazing women in this photo!

Weigh and Measure Day 2!

It has been two weeks in already!  Besides one BBQ and going out to two dinners, resulting in having to estimate my blocks without a scale, I have stayed true to my Zone plan.  Also, Tan was gone most of last week for work, and I was able to make sure I got my daily workout in while the kids were sleeping.  It was rough, I won’t lie- I wanted to use that time to nap, vacuum, read, or just lay and stare at the ceiling, taking in a few minutes of silence…but instead, I drug myself out to the garage and made myself work, and felt better after I did it!

auggs smile bean smilig                                        Here is the first Auggie smile I caught on camera, and one of Stella rocking her stellar hair do!

My main motivator for working hard and getting back to the things I love is to be a better mom and wife.  I know by spending one hour a day doing something for me, I will feel re-set and ready to rock at being a mom, and it couldn’t be more true!  I already feel re-energized, like my body is starting to reset and gain strength, and have noticed I am more patient with my toddler- willing to try to do more things with both kids on my own, like going to the park (this may seem like an easy event, but when you have a new born and an almost two year old, at least to me, it feels like you are going to freaking Disneyland!).  Another way I am feeling really good about what I have been doing is my milk supply.  Auggie is gaining weight like a rockstar, and, even though I have been weighing and measuring every ounce of food I put in my body, I have a ton of milk to provide him with!  I have been eating 14 blocks per day (I normally do 12 when not nursing), so if my weight loss starts to plateau, and my milk is still doing great, I plan on cutting back to 13 blocks to stay on track. I feel like I am getting plenty of food each day, and though I get a little hungry here and there (mainly for chocolate…), it is doable for me, and I am a total sissy when it comes to dieting.  That leads me to  one other thing I wanted to discuss: Zone Diet vs. Paleo.  I had a friend on facebook ask my why I don’t just do Paleo.  Answer: I am a total fat kid and would eat so much meat on Paleo, I would loose my ability to do pull ups! Really, when you say Paleo vs. Zone, I hear “quality vs. quantity”, and what do I want? Both.  I want to provide my body with the highest quality, most nutrient dense foods I can, but I also want to balance them and consume the best quantity for my body and my goals.  When I Zone, I am not eating cookies, beer, and jerky- I am still eating whole food- not Paleo, because I didn’t raise my own chickens for their eggs or go shoot a buffalo to grill burgers for dinner, but 95% of what I consume is meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.  Sound familiar, Glassman fans? I completely agree with his theory, as it makes me feel like Wonder Woman!  I just need the extra discipline from the Zone Diet to make sure I am getting the appropriate balance of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and healthy fats) to regulate my hormones and support my lean body mass and milk supply.  I know myself, and if I ate strictly Paleo foods, I would be living off of meat and dates (they are amazing) and not getting leaner or meaner.  I hope this answers your question!

As for workouts, I have felt pretty good most of the time.  Running, biking, and rowing feel great, and I love the feeling of getting my sweat on.  However, gymnastics and weights are definitely a challenge still!  I feel like the spaghetti noodle someone threw at the wall to see if it was done yet.  I did some handstand push up skill work last week, and it took all of my core strength just to keep my body up on the wall!  Same thing with barbell work, 65 pounds definitely feels like 95 pounds, and the further it gets from my center, it gets exponentially heavier.  Each day that goes by I feel like I gain a little more strength though- my spaghetti self on the wall is starting to slowly dry out and re-harden (what an odd analogy?).  I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to racking a heavy back squat alternating with some muscle ups (and they better be linked together!).

So I had a great surprise last week.  Two wonderful friends of mine from Casper, WY swung down for a surprise weekend of fun.  Though I hadn’t showered, had no make up on, and my house was a tiny bit of a disaster, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when they showed up!  These ladies are truly like family to me, so having them all to myself for two days was such a treat!  There are two points to this story- A: They came for an early surprise birthday treat.  I turn 30 next week.  Holy crap, I am going to be 30.  I honestly haven’t even thought about it, but what a cool thing!  I feel like I am officially a “grown up” or something- but I still watch cartoons.  Is it ok to watch cartoons when you are a grown up, or do I officially have to switch over to the news all the time?  B: We went and had a kick ass workout together!  I have made friends with a gym near our house, F.I.T., home to Park Meadows CrossFit.  I met the owners while working at a Level One Seminar, and thought I would swing in to say hi.  They told me to try out one of their “F.I.T.” classes sometime, promising me I would enjoy it.  It was described as being kind of like CrossFit, but 55-60 minutes long, so much  lighter weights, and less intensity due to it’s length, but a  total ass kicker.  So my girls and I packed up our Lulu head bands, strapped on our Nikes, and headed on over.  What a fun class!  Our instructor was one of the gym owners, Nathan, and he was absolutely fantastic!  From the second the hour long class started, to the very last minute, we were doing something, and hit just about every muscle in my body.  The class was full of fun loving women (and one very brave man- it was an estrogen festival!), who were absolutely thrilled we were there to join them. We ran, rowed, burpeed, threw kettlebells, wall balls, and slam balls, jumped on boxes, and went through one of the toughest core/plank routines I have ever done.  If you are ever in the Denver area, you have got to swing in and check out this gym.  It is clean and their community is kind and welcoming, plus they have some super cool t-shirts.  Who doesn’t want a super cool t-shirt with a story to go with it?  I will definitely be returning for more F.I.T. from these guys!  Check out their website: http://www.fitincolorado.com

On to the fun part!  Here are my measurements for the week. I am absolutely thrilled, because I haven’t been able to get under 160 since 2008!  It is barely under, but I will take it- what a motivator!

Weight: 159  (two weeks ago: 165)
Waist: 32.5 (two weeks ago: 34)
Hips: 38 (two weeks ago: 39)
Right/Left Thigh: 22/22 (two weeks ago: 23/23)
Right/Left Arm: 12/11.5 (two weeks ago:  12.25, 12.5)

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No make up and scary hair at 5 AM…talk about dedication.

To finish off, I want to share with you something I used to eat all the time and kind of forgot about that is light and wonderful! Mashed cauliflower.  I honestly enjoy it more than mashed potatoes.  Simply steam cauliflower, then toss in to your blender, food processor, or Kitchenaid and whip the heck out of it.  I add a tablespoon of butter and some garlic powder (this is to an entire head of cauliflower).  You can dress it up any way you like though!  My friend, Darla, puts horseradish in it and says it is amazing! One cup of this goodness feels like a total cheat day, and is equal to only one half of a block.  Challenge of the week?  Try this, but put your own fun twist on it (has to be a healthy twist, not gravy and bacon bits- that makes everything taste good!) and share in the comments what you discovered!

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Here is a link to a recipe I am going to try this evening for my hot wing loving husband!  http://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-pasta/  I will let you know how it goes in my next post.  I know it is going to be a good one because it is a Julie Bauer invention. I discovered her website, www.paleomg.com a few years ago and fell in love with her.  She adds a hilarious introduction to each of her posts that will provide you with a great ab workout from your laughter.  I definitely recommend regularly visiting her site! Have a great week everyone!

One week down, 51 to go!

After wrapping up my first week back working out and dialing in my nutrition, I am feeling incredibly refreshed.  It hasn’t been easy though!  With limited amounts of sleep, juggling two munchkins, plus three travel days last week, making sure I put my time in and stayed on track with my nutrition was challenging!

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Let’s start with the hard part: The Zone Diet.  I won’t lie, after nine months of not really monitoring what I ate (not that I went overboard by any means), weighing and measuring food is rough!  It is challenging for two reasons: first, I am always thinking about food (I swear this makes you hungrier), second, it takes a lot of extra work in comparison to just tossing food on your plate.  I definitely feel like I am getting plenty of food, it is just having to tell myself I only get a certain amount of certain things with each meal that gets challenging.  This week I have been reminded of a few of my bad habits- first off, I eat a lot of meat, more than I need.  Secondly, I have a chocolate problem.  I always keep a Costco bag of chocolate chips in my cupboard, and every night, I grab a handful for a special little treat.  Given I do share a few of those chocolate chips with my daughter, I am still eating about half a cup each day.  That giant bag of love may just have to take a one way trip to a friends house.  Overall, I feel like things are going well.  I know if I can hang in there for 30 days, my hormones will balance out, and the weighing and measuring will become second nature to me again.  I decided to help keep me on track each week, I would make a specific goal to focus on.  This week’s goal is going to be to cut out dairy.  At Level One CrossFit Seminars, we talk about how dairy consumption can cause an inflammatory response in many people. The only way to really know if you are one of those people is to take it out for a while (4-6 weeks) and then put it back in and see how you feel.  Week one starts now!

One more thing on the Zone!  A friend of mine sent me a message asking me a few questions regarding the Zone.  They were such great questions, I thought I would share a few with you and add my answers as well.  I am sure if one person is wondering about it, many of you are!  If you have Zoned before and would like to add to an answer, I would love it! Also, I thought I would post a photo and explanation of my favorite Zone meal of each week.  Here you go!

Question/Answer:
-Do I need a scale?  Absolutely! The only way to accurately measure your food is with a scale, otherwise your portions will slowly increase in size.  I highly recommend spending the extra ten bucks or so to invest in an electronic scale.  Having the ability to tare it out will save you a ton of time in the long run.  I found mine at a Ross- go figure!
-Is there an app of the Zone?  Yes.  I have never tried them though.  I am kind of an old-school journal keeper.  However, I do use an app quite frequently I really like.  It is called MyFitnessPal.  You can log your workouts, sleep, water, and food intake on it, and it tracks everything extremely accurately.  And the best thing? It is FREE and super user friendly!  This app is extremely helpful when eating out too because it has just about every food imaginable on it.
-Can I eat dairy on the zone? Absolutely!  Just note that some dairy products, like milk, will count for both a protein AND a carb.  Take a look at the nutrition facts- if there is a balance of carbs and protein, it is a combo food.  If the protein and carbs aren’t balanced, it could lean one way- for example, in a half cup of 2% cottage cheese, there are 4 grams of carbohydrate, and 16 grams of protein.  That is equal to half a block of carbohydrate and over two blocks of protein, so just count the protein blocks, NOT the carbohydrate block.  Let me know if that makes sense or not, I can go over it more next week!

Here is an explanation and photo of my favorite meal this week:
Four block breakfast:
Carbohydrate: whole wheat tortilla (1.5 block), 1 cup cherry tomatoes (0.5), 1 cup broccoli (0.5 blocks), 1.5 cup mixed berries with cinnamon on top (1.5 block)
Protein: 1 small sausage link (1 block), 1 oz roasted turkey breast (1 block), 2 eggs (2 blocks)
Fat: 1/2 avocado
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So what about working out?
My first day back, I just went for a run.  I decided to do 10 sets of 2 minutes of running, one minute of walking, and it worked really well!  My lungs felt great the whole time, I felt completely revitalized by the cool Rocky Mountain oxygen.  However, the last few sets of running, my hips were definitely getting a little taxed!  Since then, I have tried to get as much variety in to my workouts as possible.  For the most part everything feels great, just a little rusty!  I am getting my hands back in shape and teaching my core where it is supposed to be (easier said than done!).  I am planning on taking my first group fitness class this weekend and am jacked!  Next week I am going to hop in to a few CrossFit WOD’s as well.  I will be posting photos and measurements again this coming Monday, so will share with you everything about my first class back- should be interesting!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!  Please shoot me any questions you might have, as well as any great recipes you have for the Zone!  KJ out!