it’s my 5 year crossfitiversary!

I canNOT believe that I have been doing CrossFit for five (5!) whole years as of yesterday! I have never ever stuck with any kind of workout regimen/program for that long… I usually lose interest before a year. So this is a big freaking deal! I was thinking it might be fun to talk about 5 things I’ve learned from doing 5 years of CF.

  1. Being strong is beautiful! Before CF, I was super hesitant to wear certain clothes (ie shorts, bathing suits, tank tops, you know what I’m talking about). Now, I feel so confident in my own skin, especially since I have (slightly) visible muscles! Show off those muscles! Show off that hard work! You are investing in your own body and you should be proud…I promise it won’t make you bulky or huge, but it will make you healthy, strong, and confident (read: beautiful).   
  2. You CAN do it- mind over matter. A few weeks ago, I woke up and looked at the workout programmed for the day. I instantly had the worst attitude when I saw that “Fran” was programmed. Fran is a super yucky workout of 21-15-9 thrusters and pull-ups and I struggle mentally with it every time. I thought to myself “Fran is too hard. Maybe I’ll just skip today. I ate awful over the weekend, I’m tired, there’s no way I’ll do well.” All those negative thoughts in a matter of seconds. And then I thought to myself “No! There is absolutely no reason for this negativity. There is no reason for you not to go and just do your best.” I did grumble about it in my head still and when I stumbled on my first thruster, I really questioned if I would do well. But, I just kept my breathing controlled. I kept moving slow, but steady. And I got 14 seconds faster! I was so happy! Not only because I’m a little bit fitter, but mostly because my attitude and mental health have improved more than I realized. So, yeah, give yourself those few seconds or minutes to get all the negative and doubts in your life out, but then fill your mind right back up with encouraging, positive, “I CAN do this” thoughts! Choose your ‘tude!!!
  3. You get out what you put in. CF is one of those programs that is exactly how easy or how hard you make it. If you want, you can mosey about and just get the bare minimum done. And believe me, I have those days. But, if you push your limit to the max, you will be sooo rewarded. You might PR a max lift. You might get a faster time on a benchmark workout. You might do a gymnastics movement you never dreamed you were capable of. If you don’t put in the work, you will never know how much your mind and body are capable of. When you push your boundaries (in CF and in life), you just might be surprised what happens!    
  4. There is no better community than a CF community. You can push yourself harder/faster/further than you ever imagined you could with the help and support of your CF family. And don’t laugh- I really mean it when I say family. You spend a decent amount of time with this group of amazing people and every day they pick you up when you’re down and they push you to be your most healthy and best self every workout. You sweat together, you hurt during a hard workout together, you laugh together, and you’ll always be welcome no matter what gym you step into anywhere in the world.
  5. You are not your fitness level/ 6-pack abs/ backsquat weight/etc. I used to believe that I was only as good as the weight I could lift on the barbell. I used to believe that people would like me more if I had 6-pack abs. I used to believe I would only be accepted if I did the workout as prescribed. My gosh, I used to believe some really silly things! My mindset has changed since I started CF five years ago. Previously, I would be at the gym 5-6 times a week for 2-3 hrs every day. Now, I’m lucky to make it to the gym 4-5 times a week for 1 hr a day. The crazy thing is, I’m still getting PR’s in my workouts and I’m still improving every day. And guess what? Even if I wasn’t, my friends and family would still love me and support me just the same. They could not care less if I didn’t PR my Fran time or if my stomach isn’t ripped like a physique model. How awesome is that?! You are worth sooo much more! Embrace where you are in life, embrace your beautiful, strong, amazing body, and go out in this great, big, awesome world and live your best dang life!!!

Memorial Day Weekend

What a wonderfully “long” Memorial Day weekend we just had! I don’t know about you all, but it was very much needed for me. My new job has about half the paid time off that I used to get, so I hadn’t had a day off since the beginning of March. I definitely took advantage of all that free time of an extra day off.

Saturday morning I woke up early to work out at home in our garage. I re-did a CF Open workout (17.1- lots of dumbbell snatches and burpee box jump overs) and it was even more awful than the first time! Our garage is pretty clean, but by the end I was completely covered in dirt from all the burpees. See proof below. Despite struggling through the workout, I was so happy I made myself get up and get moving. I felt so much better starting the day off being active and just feeling energized.

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The reason I got up early to workout at home was because my friend, Andie, and I were headed to Cincinnati for a girls’ day of shopping at Ikea and Jungle Jim’s. These are two of my favorite stores and I could easily spend a full day at each. We stopped off at Ikea first. And because we were meeting another friend at Jungle Jim’s after lunch, we were total crazy people and sped through Ikea in a little over 2 hours. I don’t know how we did it, but seriously major props to us for purchasing only the things on Andie’s list and not being side-tracked by all the gloriousness that is Ikea.

After our shopping spree at Ikea, we headed over to Jungle Jim’s for even more fun. Jungle Jim’s is just the coolest grocery store ever. It is around 200,000 square feet of food and drink heaven. They have whole sections full of just different wine or honey or beer or butter or cheese, etc. There is an olive bar, a bakery (with the most wonderful pretzel breads and croissants and cake pops and cheesecakes and more), a deli, a kombucha bar, and tons of fresh fruit and vegetables. They have things as simple as whole carrots and tomatoes to cactus leaves and rambutan. One of my favorite parts of the store (besides the cheese section and bakery) is the international section. There are aisles upon aisles dedicated to different regions around the world, including Asian, Hispanic, Indian, European, Eastern European, African, and Middle Eastern. I love seeing all the products from around the world! If you have a free day, I highly recommend heading over to Cinci and exploring all that Jungle Jim’s has to offer.

Sunday was such a chill day for Josh and I. I got up before Josh and did all our meal prep for the week. There’s just something about prepping our food that helps me get ready for the week, that helps me feel prepared for whatever might come up. I might not be in control of everything, but I can at least be in control of what I eat. When Josh got up, we enjoyed our cups of coffee (tea for me) and watched some episodes of Good Mythical Morning on YouTube. It’s such a great show and they always keep us entertained with all the weird, random stuff they do.

When we started getting kind of hungry, we headed down to Louisville for brunch at Garage on Market.

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We had eaten there once before for dinner and loved it, so I was excited to see what their brunch was like. The weather was really nice outside, so we were able to sit out on their patio and enjoy the sunshine and cool summer breeze. I had to order the housemade red cream soda again, it’s just too darn good to pass up! Josh was adventurous (it seemed adventurous to me, at least lol) and ordered the A.M. Shandy which was PBR with orange juice and ginger. Totally not a normal drink for him, but he said it was pretty good.

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We shared an order of beignets for an appetizer. They were covered in powdered sugar and served with local preserves. I don’t know what flavor the preserves were, but I really enjoyed them.

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For our meal, we ordered the Monte Cristo pizza. I absolutely love that their pizza is made in the brick oven. The crust was bubbly and the toppings were soooo good! The Monte Cristo was everything we ever wanted from a breakfast/brunch pizza, covered in a garlic puree, country ham, sorghum, Gouda cheese, and sunny side up eggs. And it came with a side of the preserves to dip into! So. Good.

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We walked around Market Street for a little bit after brunch. It was fun to peruse a few of the local boutiques and shops. Josh even found a concrete shave bowl that he had been in search of for forever at Scout, the cutest shop full of books, women’s clothing, jewelry, men’s grooming accessories, kitchenware, and more. I loved so many of their items and hope to shop there again soon.

When we were finished looking around, we made our way back down Market Street to Louisville Cream. You know we weren’t leaving a food date without stopping there for dessert. Josh had the Haute Fudge sundae with Bourbon Smoked Pecan and Mint Julep Chip ice cream. The brownie in the bottom is so gooey and fudgy, I could have eaten a bowl of just those brownies. Add ice cream, fresh whipped cream, and hot fudge and it’s a done deal.

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I opted for the Salted Butter Caramel ice cream nestled between a Reese’s peanut butter cookie (full of Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter cups) and a salted chocolate chip cookie. It was just so delicious. No matter how hard I try to try something different there, I always get sucked into an ice cream sandwich. And I’m never disappointed.  

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Memorial Day was quite the day. I woke up with an upset stomach and just not feeling the best, but we had our annual “Murph” community workout at CF Ripcord to honor Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan. It’s a “hero” workout and while it’s very long and mentally challenging, it’s nothing compared to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. So even though I didn’t feel great, I knew I had to push that aside and still try my hardest at this workout to honor everyone. Doing these “hero” workouts is one of the things I enjoy most about CrossFit- even though these people aren’t here with us anymore, we still have a way to honor them and keep their memory alive.

After the community workout was over, we all headed over to one of the gym member’s house for a cookout and pool party. It was so great to just relax and enjoy great food and hanging out with friends for the afternoon. Until I got the worst headache from having no caffeine the entire day. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it, but I usually have tea in the morning and sometimes a pop for lunch. And I had had nothing all day. Rookie mistake, right? By this time, Josh was feeling really exhausted too, so we came home and crashed hard. We both took a nap for about an hour and then forced ourselves to move to the couch for a few hours before bedtime. Not quite the way I imagined spending my last glorious hours of a long weekend, but it is what it is. If nothing else, it was really nice to just snuggle up on the couch with Josh and Rocko with no plans for the whole night. It’s moments like these lately that have helped to remind me to find happiness/beauty/joy in even the simplest things.

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Festivus Games & Chopped

This weekend was so fun and full of firsts! CF Ripcord (my home gym) hosted their first competition ever- the Festivus Games. The Festivus Games is a beginner/intermediate CrossFit competition. Several CF gyms around the country host these Games and everyone performs the same workouts on the same day. I volunteered to help set up equipment, judge during the competition, and clean up afterwards. I’m so glad I did! It was so much fun to see people of all different ages and skill levels compete for the first time and push outside their comfort zone.

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Judging wasn’t easy- you never want to have to tell someone they’re not doing a movement to standard and “no rep” them, but it was a great experience and learning opportunity. There were several times where I wanted to stop counting reps/judging and just cheer people on, I kept getting so caught up in all the energy and excitement. I really hope to be able to volunteer to help at another competition sometime in the future!

After a full day of helping out at the Festivus Games, I was very happy to head home for a “Chopped” date night with Josh. The idea is for you and your spouse to each buy four secret ingredients that the other has to transform into a dish (along with any pantry ingredients), just like on the Food Network show. I chose to cook the dinner portion because I knew Josh would do a better job than I would with any dessert. The secret ingredients I had to use for dinner were chorizo, chihuahua cheese, English muffins, and avocado.

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I stared at the ingredients for a few minutes and came up with the idea to make little pizzas. I cooked up the chorizo, added it to a pizza sauce I made, and put it on the English muffins. I sautéed garlic, peppers, and onion and sprinkled that on top along with the cheese. While I waited for them to heat up and the cheese to melt in the oven, I whipped up some guacamole for dipping. Even though we didn’t put a time constraint on it, I moved fairly quick and am quite proud of the end product. It was very tasty and we both agreed we would happily eat my little pizzas again!

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The secret ingredients I bought for Josh to use for dessert were a bit trickier- ginger snaps, sweet potato, dark chocolate, and strawberry soda.

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After just a few minutes, he came up with a great idea to make a sweet potato tart! He used the ginger snaps in the crust, made a filling out of the sweet potato and dark chocolate chips, and cooked the strawberry soda down with some blueberries for topping. And of course, he melted down some of the chocolate to drizzle over top. He served the tart with some blueberry crumble Halo Top ice cream. It was an awesome dessert and I was super impressed with how he transformed the ingredients! If it was a real contest, he definitely would have won!

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We had leftover ingredients from the dinner portion, so Josh made a “Chopped” breakfast of eggs Benedict Sunday morning. It was so delicious (heck it might have even been better than my pizza)!

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Seriously though, our “Chopped” date night was such a blast-  I absolutely can’t wait to do it again soon!!!

ch-ch-ch-changes

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted and I have a very good reason for that! For nearly five years, Josh and I had been working together and had a great daily routine set up. We worked about ten minutes from where we live (so convenient), but I was slowly becoming more and more unhappy there and decided a change was necessary. So, I took a new job! I now travel a little over an hour to work and have later work hours which has been quite an adjustment to my routine. Change is so freaking scary (even when it’s by choice)! But, I’m slowly getting into a rhythm and I’m really loving my new job! In the last month, I’ve already learned several new things and I’m doing things I didn’t think I would ever be doing. It also helps a lot that I have friends that were former co-workers already working there.   

I think the hardest part about switching jobs is not being able to see Josh throughout the day. We didn’t work on the same team, but we both worked on the same floor, so it wasn’t unusual for our paths to cross. We still eat breakfast together every morning before heading our separate ways. And of course, we still text each other throughout the day. But, it’s just not the same. I have really come to cherish our time together after work a whole lot more since making this change. If I have extra time in the morning before I leave for work, I’ll do the laundry or clean up around the house so it doesn’t cut into our time together after work. I try not to be on my phone as much when I get home now and just connect more. It’s a work in progress, but every little minute we get together is becoming more special.

With the job change, my workout routine has also changed. I used to go to a CrossFit gym after work about 25 minutes from our house. This past week, I started going to a new CF gym (about 2 minutes from my new job) in the morning before work. I was pretty nervous about starting somewhere new and meeting a whole new group of people. But, I’ve been trying hard to be open to change and going to the new gym in the morning has actually been really great. The coaches have all been very welcoming, the classes have been much smaller so we get a little more individualized coaching, and I start my day being active and feeling refreshed/ready for the day. I still miss my other gym all the time, but I’m very happy to be getting back to the community aspect of CF instead of working out alone in our garage or the basement at work.

Not only did I join a new gym this week, but the CF Open also started! For those of you who don’t know what the Open is, it is a chance for you to compete against hundreds of thousands of people across the world in five different workouts over five weeks. You sign up online to participate. Every Thursday night for five weeks, a new workout is announced. You then have until Monday evening to complete the workout (with someone “judging” you and keeping track of your workout on an official scorecard) and submit your score online. After each workout has been verified, you get ranked according to your score against everyone else participating. For the majority of people like me, this is just a really fun time to get together with your gym and get a really hard workout in. And it’s really cool to see how you compare to everyone else. This is my fourth year competing in the CF Open and I still get soooo nervous before every workout even though it does not affect my job, my relationships, or anything else at all! I don’t know what it is about the Open, maybe that I know the workout is going to really hurt or that someone is judging me, but it gets me every time. My new gym is holding “Friday Night Lights” where we do the Open workout for that week all together on Friday night. Throughout the day on Friday, I was slightly nervous about doing 18.1, but I was more nervous about going to the gym for the first time in the evening and not knowing anyone but the coaches. I was so surprised that this was the very first Open workout I’ve done where it was just fun. I didn’t know anyone else working out, so while I did work hard and do my best, I didn’t feel any pressure to kill myself during the workout. And the guy who was my judge was so great- he helped me pace during the workout and cheered me on the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, the workout hurt and I was really happy when it was over, but it was so much fun! I can’t wait to see what the next four workouts are!    

I don’t know what the future will hold, but I’m slowly learning that while change can be scary it isn’t always bad and it can bring a lot of wonderful, amazing opportunities! Don’t let fear hold you back!

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the fittest on earth

The CrossFit Games is one of my favorite times of the year. The CF season is quite long- Hundreds of thousands of individuals from all over the entire world complete 5 different workouts over 5 weekends in the CF Open beginning in late February. The top athletes from 17 regions around the world move on to compete in a three day competition at regionals. From regionals, the top 40 men, women, and teams along with 80 teenagers and 240 masters move on to compete for 4 days at the CF Games. The CF Games are like the Olympics to CrossFitters. It is THE competition to determine who is the “Fittest on Earth”.

This year the Games were quite different. For the past 10 years, the Games have been held in Carson, California. This past year, CF headquarters announced there would be a new home for the Games for the next 3 years-Madison, Wisconsin. We had planned to skip this year, but with this news, Josh and I decided (along with a group of our friends from the gym) that we could more easily afford a trip up there to enjoy the long weekend. To save money, we drove up to Madison and rented a suite for all of us to share. We only bought Festival passes ($100) for the Games events this year also. Festival passes gave us access to the outside daytime events, as well as the masters and teenagers workouts. We were supposed to have access to the daytime Coliseum events as well, but for some reason that changed and we could only see the outside events. In past years, we’ve bought Festival+Coliseum passes which get you into the outside and inside events, but those tickets were starting at about $335 per ticket! We just couldn’t justify spending that with all the other vacations we have planned for the year.

No one in the group was able to head up on Wednesday, so we ended up leaving Thursday afternoon. Ashley picked Josh and I up, then we headed up to Columbus to pick up Jake and Leslie. The drive up was rather uneventful- unfortunately we timed it pretty poorly and ended up hitting after work rush hour traffic in Chicago and we got stuck behind a car accident which added about 45 minutes extra to our trip. Thankfully, though, we all packed food and drinks so we only had to make a couple stops for bathroom breaks and filling up the gas tank.

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Check out our awesome group of NoBulls!

We finally made it to Madison around 10 pm and checked into our hotel. I have no idea how we got so lucky, but the hotel I booked was fantastic. It was only about a 5 minute walk to Alliant Energy Center where the Games were being held- you could see the venue from our hotel room. Our suite had two queen beds and a pull out couch, so there was enough room for all of us to sleep comfortably. And the best part was that our room had a stove top with two burners, a microwave, and a full size fridge! It was so perfect because everyone in our group is doing the nutrition challenge with our gym, trying to eat healthy, and we were all trying to save money! After we got our stuff dropped off in the room, we drove over to Walmart to stock up on food for the weekend. We definitely didn’t eat the yummiest food (lunch meat, canned tuna, green beans, and steamer bags of broccoli and brussels sprouts), but it was quick, fairly inexpensive, and easy. You could tell the Games were being hosted close by, as I have never seen so many fit, healthy people walking around Walmart before! By the time we got back to our hotel room, our friend Joel had arrived! It had been almost 9 months since any of us had seen him and we were sooooo happy to be reunited with our Joelybear!

Friday morning we woke up bright and early to eat breakfast and watch the events for the day. The first three events happened on Thursday- there was a run/swim workout, a cyclocross bike workout, and a muscle-up/snatch workout. I wish we had been able to go up to watch those workouts in person, but they were still very exciting on Facebook Live videos. We ventured through vendor village on the way to North Park for the first event. Vendor village had a lot of great booths, but it seemed smaller this year than when it was in California. And unfortunately with us arriving on Friday instead of Thursday when it opened, a lot of vendors were already sold out! I couldn’t believe they didn’t have more inventory with the amount of people they knew would be coming to watch the Games. One of my favorites was the Saddleback Leather booth where we took selfies with a cow for a chance to win a free backpack (unfortunately none of us won, sad face). #StrongestBagsOnEarth

The first event on Friday was an outdoor obstacle course race. The weather was terrible! It was around 55°F, cloudy, windy, and slightly misting. Thank God we were all prepared and had packed long sleeves, sweat pants, and rain jackets or it would have been even more miserable. The obstacle course was pretty fun to see with log walks, a rope wall to climb, an army crawl, rope swings, hurdles, and more.

After we watched the teams and individuals complete the obstacle course, we headed back inside vendor village to walk around. The highlight of my weekend there was that I got free Kill Cliff drinks for wearing a Kill Cliff shirt. And Zevia was handing out free sparkling waters, energy drinks, and their soda! I definitely drank my weight in Kill Cliff and Zevia.      

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The remainder of our Friday was spent walking back and forth to the hotel to eat food and laying on the concrete floor in the beer garden to watch the Coliseum events. It was really quite disappointing to pay $100 and only be able to see one team/individual event live and have to watch the rest of the events on TV…which I could have stayed home and done on my comfy couch. We made the best of it though and had a big group snuggle party on the floor watching the team max clean and jerk event and the individual max snatch event. Hands down, the max lift events are my favorite every time! There is just something about seeing people pick up some really heavy weight and throw down, especially when they PR! There were some crazy strong people- one of the guys on a team (I wish I could remember which one) opened(yes, opened!) with a 347# clean and jerk…and went on to hit 367# and 377#! And a girl on another team was push jerking around 230#! Just so impressive. On the individual side, my favorite lifts were from Chyna Cho and Cassidy Lance-McWherter who both PR’ed their snatches and were just having so much fun! Even in the beer garden, you could hear the roar of excitement from the crowd with every lift made.     

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Saturday morning was much better weather for the outside event. It was sunny and in the low 70s, with a nice breeze. The team event involved a (I think it weighed around 1000 lbs or more) sled drag backwards and push forwards. The individual event, “Strongman’s Fear”, involved heavy yoke carries (420#/300#), farmer’s carries (170#/120#), and sled drags (265#/220#) with handstand walking in between the carries. It looked really hard, but was really fun to watch.

          

After those events were done, we walked around vendor village some. I met Nicole Biscuiti (founder of the Chestee sports bras), taught Jake how to take a selfie, and of course I stocked up on Kill Cliff and Zevia!

 

We ate lunch back at the room and then came back and watched the bar muscle-up clean ladder event from the roof of the RomWod booth. This event was awesome- the weight of the cleans increased throughout the workout and a lot of people PR’ed at the end of the ladder! I can’t imagine PR’ing at the Games, let after so many events over that past few days.  

We also spent a lot of time at the Assault Fitness booth trying out all their equipment and their NormaTec systems. I’ve got to say, the NormaTec leg system was super relaxing and I wouldn’t mind having one of those at home…if I can just find an extra $1500 laying around first lol.

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Sunday was the final day of the Games. It was a little cloudy outside, but the temperature was great and we were able to get pretty decent seats to watch the “Madison Triplet” event (it involved running, sandbag cleans, and burpees over straw bales…only in the Midwest, am I right?). We ate a quick lunch at our hotel room, goofed around in vendor village for a bit, then headed to the age group pavilion to watch the final master’s events. The master’s group ranges from 35 to 60+ years old. And they. are. amazing. The event we watched was Diane+Final (Diane is handstand push-ups and deadlifts, while the final event was rope climbs and thrusters). There were several athletes in the 50-54 age group that beat the times of the 35-39 year olds! It was such an inspiration to watch. And they’re all super ripped and have abs! There’s hope for me yet, you guys, just give me another 20 years!

We watched the 2223 interval event (rope climbs, calories on the SkiErg, and overhead squats) at the Assault Fitness booth. While we were hanging out we just happened to look across the way to see Nick Shaw! Nick is the founder of RP Strength, the diet and hypertrophy templates Josh and I follow. We had to go over and talk to him, of course. We wouldn’t be where we are today with our nutrition and training without him.

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We ended our Games weekend eating dinner in the room and watching the final event on our phones through Facebook Live. The final event was so exhilarating and quick and a race to the finish. I absolutely loved it! It was super neat to watch when the winners were announced and how emotional it all was for them- they invest so much time and sacrifice so much to compete at the Games and it’s over in the blink of an eye. While this year’s Games wasn’t entirely what I expected from a spectator experience, it was definitely fun and full of laughs. The Games will be held in Madison for at least the next two years and if we happen to go back, we’re going to splurge and spend the couple extra hundred dollars for the Coliseum passes for sure. If you go, make sure you get the Festival+Coliseum passes too!

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Don’t let that face fool you, he definitely missed me!

low country life

 

 

Tuesday was our last day in Hilton Head before coming home. We woke up and hit the 8 am class at Reebok Crossfit Coastal Carolina. They start off every class with a question, something to break the ice and get everyone thinking a little. The question of the day was “Would you rather meet your descendants or your ancestors?”. I chose ancestors because I think it would be neat to see what life was like for the people we came from. We did a tough hero workout called “Big Sexy” which had deadlifts, burpees, cleans, chest to bar pull-ups, thrusters, and muscle ups. The weights for the lifts were HEAVY and I had to scale a lot. Here at home we’re really spoiled with the huge amount of space we have to work out in, but at RCCC they have a much smaller area for everyone to be in. We had to partner up on the barbell and even still people were lifting under others doing muscle ups. Everyone was very aware of what was going on and it ended up being a great workout even with limited space.

We got back to the house, showered, and grabbed a quick breakfast before riding bikes with Tommy and Alysha to the farmer’s market at the Sea Pines Community Center. There were lots of tents set up with fresh fish and veggies, crab cakes, pies, strawberry shortcakes, jewelry, dog collars, and much more.

After seeing the super cute tanks and shorts the girls had gotten from Coligny Plaza the day before, I really wanted to go check it out. Josh and I stopped at Java Burrito for lunch on our way. Java Burrito is a burrito and coffee bar, similar to a Chipotle but better in my opinion. The ingredients were really fresh and delicious. I got a burrito bowl with cilantro lime rice, pulled pork, grilled veggies, and a peach salsa. Josh also ordered a burrito bowl, but with local fish. They even grilled it fresh when he ordered it. “Delicious. Fresh. Goodness.” is definitely the perfect slogan for them.

We walked around Coligny Plaza for awhile. We stopped in at Blue Moon (where the girls had shopped yesterday) and I got the softest, most comfortable shorts ever. Josh wanted to try a new coffee, so we stopped in at Caretta Coffee Co. for him to get a cold brew nitro. I very much dislike coffee, but he loved it and was ready to go for an afternoon of shopping! We passed t-shirt shops, a daiquiri bar, a candy store, and restaurants. When we saw Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, I knew we had to check it out. We got a strawberry shortcake cupcake to go. It was a white cupcake with a strawberry “jam” filling and vanilla buttercream frosting- very yummy! We also stopped in at Coligny Deli & Grill/The Ice Cream Cone for ice cream. I had the Snick-a-Ripple (fudge and caramel swirls in peanut butter ice cream) and Josh got a fresh made warm Belgian waffle bowl with chocolate fetish ice cream, mixed nuts, whipped cream, a cherry, and hot fudge drizzle. Very much worth the stop!

Alysha texted me while we were eating ice cream that a woman was coming to move the sea turtle eggs. Sea Pines was getting ready to begin renovating the beach and wanted to move the eggs to somewhere safer. We headed back to the house and I biked down to the beach to meet the rest of the family. My mom took me to the sea turtle nest- someone had formed a ring around the nest so it could easily be found. We waited for almost an hour and a half and the woman never came, much to our dismay, so we packed up all the beach stuff and biked home to get ready for dinner.   

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Everyone was really in the mood for sushi, so we perused Yelp until we found a sushi restaurant that sounded good. Derrick and Lys stayed at the house to order Papa John’s and relax and the rest of us headed to Okko. When we got there, we realized it was the same sushi restaurant that Kylie and Mitchell had eaten at on their honeymoon a few years ago and they hadn’t realized before we arrived. Okko was amazing and some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. There were so many choices to pick from, definitely something for everyone. Josh and I ordered the tuna bowl for an appetizer- spicy tuna with sriracha sauce, and onion masago on chips. For our main meal, we ordered the spicy scallop roll, spicy tuna roll, angry bird roll (spicy tuna, king crab, and avocado topped with shrimp tempura and wasabi sauce), and sapporo roll (spicy scallop crunch and cucumber wrapped in soybean paper and topped with spicy tuna). We cleaned our plate good. My siblings and my dad (can you believe it?!) all ordered sushi as well, while my mom ordered pineapple rice with chicken (fried rice, pineapple chunks, sweet peas, cashews, carrots, and raisins). What made it really cool was that it was served in half a pineapple. It was a ton of food and after my mom was full, my dad finished it off in a flash…I think if we ever went back, that’s what he would get for sure.

After everyone was stuffed from a fantastic dinner, we went to Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf for putt-putt. It was packed. I mean, who doesn’t love a good game of putt-putt on vacation? We chose the easier course because it seemed to be less crowded. They advertised it was easier, but I still totally got my butt kicked. The atmosphere was awesome- anything pirate-y you could think of- canons, waterfalls, alligators, a pirate ship- all around. Definitely one of my favorite putt-putt places we’ve been to.   

Right as we finished our game, we were able to catch the start of the fireworks show at Shelter Cove from the parking lot. I love fireworks so I was happy to be able to see them for a bit. We didn’t have much time before Hilton Head Ice Cream closed, so we quickly headed over. I got mint oreo in a waffle cone and Josh had cookie monster in a waffle cone. Neither disappointed (although I must say, if I ever venture back to Hilton Head, I will hands down be getting the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream from HHI).  

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect end to our adventures in Hilton Head!

    

 

Mee Ga Tee & a Matinee

This weekend was kind of a hodge podge of relaxing and randomness. We kicked the weekend off on Friday with a terrible (for me…mostly because of the heat and humidity lol) workout of running, wall-ball shots, and burpee ring muscle ups. I don’t know what it is about the combination of running and wall-balls, but my lungs certainly don’t enjoy those movements together.

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We celebrated Jake’s birthday with Thai Connection after cooling down from the workout. I was so excited when this restaurant recently opened up in Columbus, but hadn’t got the chance to eat there yet. Thanks for having a birthday and giving us the perfect reason to go, Jake! Every time I eat Thai food, my go to is always Pad Thai. There’s just something about rice noodles with peanut sauce that makes me so happy. I decided this time to switch things up and try something new. I got the Mee Ga Tee, which ended up being a very scrumptious variation of Pad Thai with coconut flavored rice noodles, green & fried onions, and lots of peanut sauce (the whole time I was eating it, I was thinking about how it was all my servings of fat for the day. And the next. And maybe the next hahahaha). It’s possibly my new favorite Thai dish! I’m so glad I decided to try something new! Josh stuck to his traditional choice of Red Curry and was not disappointed. It had the perfect amount of spice with all the yummy rice, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and Thai eggplant. I also took a bite off of Jake’s plate, much to his dismay. I don’t know why he’s surprised every time. He knows it’s just what I do. And to be fair, I always offer a bite of mine to him. Jake ordered the Pad Seuw- wide noodles with scrambled egg, carrots, and chicken- and it was yummy too! I forgot to take any pictures before we scarfed it all down, I promise I’ll get better about that eventually. I’m already excited about planning another trip there for more delicious food, so there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures then.

Saturday started off with a rough lifting session. I was exhausted from the week…and more than I care to admit from Friday’s workout. There are just some days that are like that. You might feel great, but miss lift after lift. Other days you don’t feel great, but don’t miss anything.  I only missed one snatch, but every lift felt slow and harder than they should have. After mobility, I decided it just wasn’t worth staying for class and pushing through a long mash-up of hero workouts. Josh stayed to teach his nutrition class and I headed home to start adulting. My Saturday morning routine might seem kind of boring and mundane (gym, meal prep, laundry), but honestly, I enjoy keeping in a routine. It helps me feel organized and in control, which keeps my stress level down. I got a pot of veggie chili started and a load of laundry in the washer before I started portioning out our pork loin, green beans, and broccoli. I caught up on one of my many BravoTV guilty pleasures, Real Housewives of NYC, while finishing meal prep. I know those shows are all so scripted and awful, but I’m a sucker for all the unnecessary drama. When Josh got home, we turned on the CF East and South Regional events. CrossFit is great about having free access to all the events on their YouTube channel, which also makes it easy to jump to the event and heat you want to catch up on throughout the weekend. Being at Regionals in person is quite an experience, but I catch myself getting just as caught up in the events at home- jumping up and down, yelling at the TV, sitting on the edge of my seat. There’s just something about it that sucks you right in. Once we got all caught up on the events for Friday and Saturday, we headed up to Columbus for a movie date. My mom had given us an AMC gift card for Valentine’s Day, but we hadn’t had a chance to use it yet, so we figured it was the perfect time to catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I loved the movie! It made me laugh, gasp in shock, and tear up. It had great visual effects, lots of drama, and fun fight scenes. And of course, the soundtrack rocked and Baby Groot was the most adorable. What more could you want for a date night movie?

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Rocko sure was tuckered out after being cute all day. What a ruff life!