Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Attack of the killer kettle bell

Friends, I had a thought as I read this blog. I should begin recording my workouts here. Writing about them will keep a good record of my achievements and areas of improvement since I literally write NOTHING down.

Today's WOD (Workout Of the Day):

Black Box WOD/Beginner WOD:  
A1: Push Press 4×3
A2: 30-second goblet squat hold x4 sets

B: 4 rounds: 3-minute AMRAP of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 situps; rest 1 minute between rounds

A1: My group started our first working set at a comfortable weight and tried to increase the weight each time: 53#, 63#, 73#, 73#
  • 73# felt really heavy and I'm not sure I could safely add any more weight, so I kept it there for our last set.
A2: I used a 12kg kettle bell for our goblet squat holds

B: I did pullups with a green band (higher resistance = more assistance = easier) since my hands are getting crazy calloused from all the pullups I've been doing. I'm glad I did, because I learned that I have to kip (ie, swing or use momentum) quite a bit while using the blue bands (lower resistance = less assistance=harder) and I didn't really have the room for that today. I started the first round doing unassisted pushups, but I couldn't keep that up the whole time, so most were done on my knees. Damn, that minute of rest went fast.
  • Round 1: Two rounds + 5 pullups
  • Round 2: Two rounds + 5 pullups
  • Round 3: Two rounds + 4 pullups
  • Round 4: Two rounds + 5 pullups
Each round of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 situps equaled 30, so score was determined by how many reps were completed in each round. My score: 65, 65, 64, 65.

How'd I feel? Good, not great. My legs are still sore from Sunday's killer kettle bell workout.

Today, Coach Will gave us a worksheet for us to write down our personal, health, and career goals for the next one, three, and six months. This workout definitely served to highlight some things I need to work on.

Things to improve:
  1. Sleep more -- right now, I average about 5-6 hours/night. This is a recurring problem for me.
  2. Pullups -- I just want one by this time next year.
  3. Double unders -- I get one or two at random now, but I want to possess the skill of being able to string together double unders at will.
  4. Handstand pushups -- still lacking the shoulder strength to do these properly.
  5. Speed -- I'm a slow mo' f*cka. Gotta catch up.
This actually took a lot of time, so I'm not sure I'll remain consistent. But, I'm sure gonna try!

Here's to being bad,



Who's counting?

Ask me about my weekend. 

It was awesome, thanks. I spent half the day on Saturday wandering around Brooklyn, trying to figure out which way was up and the rest of the day trying to get out of there.

We did come across this gem.

The World's Largest Menorah. So they claim. 

My first Hanukkah was greeted with screams and bounces of jubilee as I opened my first gift.

A gloriously purple ice cream maker.

Who has some cool recipes? Everything I look at is inspiration for ice cream now.

Cinnamon roll ice cream
Eggnog Ice cream
Pancakes n' Syrup ice cream
Peppermint Bark ice cream
Peanut butter n Jelly ice cream

It's all happening. Just wait.

In other news, did you know that I love the Lady of Pop? 

Well, I do.

I think she's cool and that we should be friends. I also love these pictures by Terri Richardson. I love that he captures her doing such normal things. Like putting milk in her coffee, getting her hair dyed, eating, and brushing her teeth. 

It reminds me that she and I are not all that different. She just has way more fans and wears fake eyelashes. There are more differences (like the Grammy awards and international fame), but who's counting.

Anyway, to remind myself that I can achieve just about anything (even a pullup), I made the Lady my cover photo on my iPhone.

Inspiring, no?

Today, I snacked on a Larabar (pbj flavor, duh) at 6am while packing my clothes for work and watching Season 4 of True Blood on the iPad.

As it was someone's birthday at work, a coworker brought in some delicious doughnuts to celebrate (and test my self failed, as usual). I had a lot of little pieces that probably added up to a whole, but who knows.

I haven't eaten lunch yet, but I won't even bother taking a picture of it because it looks like poo. Indian lentils with grilled chicken and rice is yummy, but not pretty. I'll take a picture of the next pretty thing I eat. Worry not.

Until next time, have fun being bad.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Christmukkah

I have very exciting news.

Are you ready?

It's my first Christmukkah.

My first Christmas tree as an adult, coupled with my first Menorah EVER. Side note: the boy made that Menorah in grade school.

Yesterday, I had a very fun snack. 

 Lactose free yogurt with almonds & honey.


With some kiwi dipped in.

Drizzle drizzle.

Lunch yesterday was a Bad Girl Classic: my tuna salad with a brown rice tortilla. Delish, but boring.

Today, I ordered from Dig Inn. Since no one was hungry when I was, I had to beef up my order to match the minimum delivery amount. I got a build my own plate with braised beef, cauliflower salad with raisins, roasted veggies, and a broccoli quinoa salad.

And a pineapple/coconut smoothie (hold the added sugar/agave nectar)...


The smoothie was much better than I anticipated. It was super yum. I actually wasn't crazy about my red pepper dressing and the broccoli quinoa salad, so I didn't finish that, but everything else was awesome!

And, for honesty's sake...I had two mini Christmas candies (york patty and reese's) and a dark chocolate salted caramel...

I'm such a bad, bad girl.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Garb n Getup

WHADDUP, bad boys & girls?!

How's your Wednesday panning out? Mine is pretty fantastic.

Remember when I told you my eats haven't been all that exciting because I'm trying to save money? I brought proof.

Exhibit A. Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich on Gluten Free Bread
Exhibit B. Choco-Date Bites
Exhibit C. Yes, I ate this shit. All of it. Then I licked my fingers.

I also found my fashion sense buried under the pile of dull winter clothing taking up half of my couch and popped on some tights. They got mad compliments.
That's a lot o' leg.
Let me tell you about my debaucherous romp through NOLA.

If you know me at all, you know the previous statement is dripping with sarcasm. I'm a middle-aged woman when it comes to going out and having a good time. Two glasses of wine and I'm sleeping on my boyfriend's shoulder at the bar. You can laugh like that's a joke, but it happened.

To fuel myself through the annoying security line at LaGuardia Airport (yes, people, you have to take off your shoes, coats, and scarves...this was implemented over ten years ago...get with the program), I made myself pb&j pancakes.

Covered with blueberry fruit spread with pb sandwiched in there.
I cut Tina's recipe in half and ate them all. Judge me.

Luckily, the boy and his friends and family like food as much as I do, so we ate our way through NOLA. Evidence below.

Italian sodas: peach (left) and cherry limeade (right)

Coffee and beignets from the famous Cafe Du Monde!

Beignets bathing in powdered sugar. Yum.

My favorite treat of the weekend: Chocolate Pecan Pie. Swoon.

Side note: the place where we got the pecan pie had this mysterious yellow liquid in a syrup container. We tried to guess what it was, but we were way off.

Melted butter. 

I don't know if I should clap or vomit.

I am not woman enough for a hand grenade.

But he is.

My favorite street in New Orleans.


My rehearsal dinner getup.

 Our wedding garb.

As always, have fun being bad. See ya next time.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Wish Fulfillment


We have so much to catch up on. Let's go in chronological order, shall we?

First, Philly Half Marathon.

I had a blast spending the weekend, with some of my favorite people (including my CrossFit coach, the Fit Gent).

I am very new to running and still working on speed, so my time was unimpressive: 2:16

I plan on running another half in April and I would like to focus on speed, I'd like to finish in 2:10.

My girl, Sam (pictured) finished in 2:05 and Will, my Fit Gent, finished in 1:44! So proud of these two!

Yes, I'm too cheap to buy the actual photos. I'd rather spend my money on new shoes. Or food. Say something.

Sam's boyfriend, Ryan, hardly trained and, mid-race, decided to run the Full Marathon. So, we all finished, showered, relaxed, went out to eat, ordered drinks, and then Ryan joined us -- 2 hours later.

Yes, his bib says his name is Rachel.
Running, relaxing, and eating my weight in carbs is very tiring, so we all took naps on the way home.

So proud.

Secondly, how was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was as splendid as mine. I spent time with family and shopped a little bit. But mostly, I relaxed.

It. Was. Perfection.

After the race on Sunday, I didn't feel the need to jump right back into running or CrossFit, so I took a couple of days off and jumped right back in by Wednesday. It hurt.

I did not get a picture of our Turkey Day festivities. I did, however, snap a shot of the most painful WOD I've performed to date.

 Courtesy of my favorite CF coach, this WOD was performed 12 Days of Christmas style. Starting with 2, then 3, 2, then 4, 3, 2, then 5, 4, 3, 2...etc. The big spin was that these exercises took place on alternating floors of the building, so we had to climb up and down stairs between each set. It took me over an hour. I took the next two days off to recover from the mental and physical exhaustion. I'm such a wuss.

Thankfully, during those next two days I devoured some delicious things. I snapped photos of two of my fav meals:


Lamb chop carcasses and apple crumble. I realize the crumble looks like piles of poo, but it isn't. It's delicious.

Lastly, it's about that time when wishlists begin making their way around my family. And, while I love knowing what my family really wants, I value the element of surprise way too much to ask them. My parents always give me one or two things and I HATE that they know what they're going to get! So, I don't even ask for lists. Selfish? Maybe.

I did, however, fulfill some of my own wishes from my list this weekend. One of which being...

Leopard heels. Hot ones.

Bam. So exciting. The boy and I are going out of town this weekend for a wedding in New Orleans, so I will definitely be breaking these out. Pictures forthcoming.

Until then, have fun being bad.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Buzzkills on buzzkills

OMG, friends. My last post was read by the most people EVER. So exciting!! Although, it may include the times I read maybe not that many people are reading me. It's possible....

But unlikely. Cuz I'm the shit.

Friends, I'm sorry I've been a lazy blogger. To be honest, my meals have been really boring for a few reasons. I'll make a list.
  1. I spent a boatload of my moolah preparing for the apocalypse (Hurricane Sandy).
  2. I'm moving soon (still in NYC, don't worry) and need to save for that because it is expensive with a capital E. 
That's really it. Short list.

So, most of my breakfasts have been eggs and brown rice tortilla or oatmeal. Most of my lunches have been soups or microwave meals (ick). And most of my dinners have been hummus and carrots (or blue corn chips, yum). Why would I take pictures of that stuff. Blah.

Just kidding, I took a picture of my breakfast the other day.

I had goat milk yogurt. It was pretty good! I put some slivered almonds and honey in there and it was delish. Good on-the-go or at-the-desk option.

After Sandy dissipated, her evil cousin the Nor'Easter came to visit and left a blanket of snow over everything. It was bananas. Didn't think I'd have to deal with this sloshy mess for a while. But, it didn't stick. It all melted :)

 Another reason I love New York City, aside from the nice people and weather (sarcasm), is the access to art (not sarcasm).

The boy and I went to see an installation by Tatzu Nishi in Columbus Circle. It was incredible. This brilliant guy built a living room around our Columbus statue. The pictures from the Public Art Fund are much better than mine, so check out the link. But I got a few keepers:

 But, before I did that, I went to the boy's parent's house to help with clean up. We took a tour of what's left of the homes in Long Beach. It's not pretty, friends.

Most people have emptied their homes of everything due to flood damage, so you're driving around seeing people's entire life out on the curb. Also, many cars were totaled. Most have writing on the windows from insurance companies demonstrating that they've assessed the vehicles and declared them a loss.
One last buzzkill real quick. Looting is also a big problem after a disaster. But, not for this guy. "Looters will be shot" keeps 'em away pretty well.

All that to say this, donate your shoes. Or the sweater you wore to last year's Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Or some type of warm clothing or blankets or something. It will make someone's hard time a little easier.

Thanks for checking in. Sorry for not having more pictures of the things I've been eating.

Need a pick-me-up after this downer post? Check out my song of the year. Don't like pop music? Too bad. My blog. My rules.

Til next time, have fun being bad.