Good to be back in Kentucky for the summer :) Approaching Baltimore as we speak for the Preakness now though. Go Orb!
However I haven’t worked out since last Monday and ate like absolute crap the last 2.5 days. I literally just want to lift something heavy repeatedly and get back to my normal routine. Agh.
I absolutely LOVE it when random people feel the need to comment on my food choices or amount of food in general. This morning I was waiting at the made-to-order egg station in the dining hall at school, minding my own business, when this random guy next to me looks at my bowl of greek yogurt w/berries and nuts and goes “Wow, that’s a LOT of greek yogurt.” My response? “WOW thank you SO much for noticing. Really.” He got uncomfortable and walked away. Same thing happened a few months ago when some kid asked me why I had cottage cheese in my bowl.
I mean seriously? I don’t comment on other people’s food choices, random people who I DON’T EVEN KNOW shouldn’t have the audacity (or think I care enough about their opinion) to comment on mine.
On a fabulously good note, I’m leaving for Kentucky and the Derby in about an hour. Thank goodness. Ponies, Churchill Downs, and good friends who don’t say stupid things about my food choices are almost here!
I was actually very pleased to get 153 reps today for the 17 min horrible marriage AMRAP of burpees and snatches. Honestly didn’t believe in myself enough to start off with to think I could hit 150 reps, even though I knew no matter what I could get all the weights. I had a great team behind me keeping my head in the game too. It’s amazing what a little support can do for a girl! Fun day. Hard, but fun. I’ll be feeling this on the 6.5 hour car ride to Kentucky tomorrow, that’s for sure.
Open WOD 13.1 in the bag! Whoop! Hoooooowever (said in Franklin’s voice from the show My Wife and Kids), I also feel like…
Actually it didn’t start off great. It wasn’t a bad beginning of the day, it was just boring. Three classes, then practice. Practice was good, except I rode a ridiculously bouncy horse at the sitting trot for 90% of the practice and have never had to squeeze an animal so hard with my legs just to NOT get bounced up to the moon.
Then I went to C3, and I was feeling a little lethargic and not really in the mindset to snatch, which was pretty much ALL we did today (can’t say I didn’t like it though…man, i love me some snatch. HA). Anyways, somehow I woke up and ended up PRing my snatch at #110!!! I was literally like this.
Then I proceeded to hammer out some heavy high bar back squats with a looooong 2 second pause at the bottom, then do the snatch workout afterwards. It’s AMAZING how one good lift at CrossFit can turn my entire day into something incredible.
On a random dietary note, I’ve decided since I want to lift even heavier things I’m going to incorporate some dairy back in my diet. So I guess I’d technically be “primal” instead of “paleo” according to Mark Sisson? Mostly organic whole milk, goat cheese, and some of that Fage plain greek yogurt. Gonna see how the ole’ body reacts and see how I progress with my strength. I’m actually really excited!
Now I gotta study for this sport law test Thursday. Good thing I PRed my snatch or else I might be a wee bit grumpy right now :)
Gosh I love CrossFit. That is all.
Today’s benchmark was Isabel, 30 snatches (power or squat) for time. Rx is 95 for women, but since that was my previous PR and I haven’t snatched in two months until today, I went with 75 pounds. Still got tough, as my grip on the men’s bar was a little wimpy! Still did it in 5:56 though. Not shabby.
Before this though, I PR’ED MY POWER SNATCH!!!!! Hadn’t snatched in two months and was in a globo gym, but nevertheless, after missing the first two tries at 100 lbs, I finally got it up. Heyooooo! At least 5 globo gymmers came up to me and were like “Holy Cow, you were doin’ work down there. So impressive.” One guy even came up and introduced himself and said how I should be super proud of myself for my PR.
I am sir, I am!
Plus, a globo gymmer came in and started talking to me about wanting to lift weights and get stronger, so I took it upon myself to teach her how to squat properly, pushup properly, and even ring row properly. I also showed her a tip to climb the rope. You woulda thought I had given her a million bucks!
I think I’m inadvertently hooked on coaching in the future. Haha. Great day :)
Since I’m feeling especially good about my body lately, I went and splurged (only 25 bucks mind you) on a new bathing suit at….wait for it…WALMART. Haha. It was cheap but it’s so cute and for the first time I looked at myself in the mirror and liked what I saw. I’m still working towards my own personal goals with how I want to look and feel like, but today felt like a step forward for me mentally.
I’ve always been one of those people that was skinny but athletic looking, and I was always trying to stay thin, fit into size 1 jeans, have a flat stomach, and look like the skinny stick models who can wear tiny shorts every day. I have been a sporty girl all my life. I did competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, and rode horses growing up. I was never going to be a “stick” but I was always “in shape” for what I was doing. I have never been overweight or chubby or whatever you want to call it, but somehow, finding CrossFit has COMPLETELY changed my mentality about life, myself, nutrition, and the way I feel.
It was love at first box jump for me and I fell in love with the sport of CrossFit instantly. I was bored with the workouts we had to do for my team at school, and I hated long distance running as my sole workout every day, so I asked one of my best friends if I could come with her to CrossFit one day. The rest was history.
I became obsessed with getting stronger, gaining muscle, toning up, and being an all around ninja. Seriously, the fact that I was sucking wind on a constant basis in the middle of WODs oddly enough made me so excited. Weird, I know. I think alot of it was the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment I had after I finished the workout or particular lift or whatever it was I was doing. Somehow, every time I left the box, I felt stronger and better than when I walked in. Almost instantly, I went from wanting to be skinny skinny to muscular and fit. My coach told me he will never forget what I said to him the first time I met him coming into the gym.
“Hey, I’m Brittlan, and I want to be jacked.”
HAHAH. Such a douchey thing for me to say. But in all seriousness, I did. I suddenly found having alot of muscle absolutely beautiful (not that I didn’t before, but this was a personal feeling pertaining to my body) and wanted to start lifting and have CrossFit kick by butt day in and day out from now until, well, forever. I went from admiring a body like the movie stars had to admiring (and realizing I could attain) the bodies of any female CrossFit athlete (Camille, Miranda, etc.). It was like my mind did a 180 on me, and I loved it.
Most of my followers know that I eat Paleo, but what you all might not know is that I haven’t been eating paleo forever or anything like that. When I first started CrossFit, I didn’t change my diet. I never ate poorly throughout my life because that’s not how my parents raised our family, but it was by no means close to paleo. I loved veggies and fruits, but meat I was super iffy about and tended to avoid it because of a traumatic incident with a chicken nugget at McDonald’s when I was 4. I’m not going to go into it, but it scarred me for life to say the least.
So I wasn’t changing my current way of eating with CrossFit, and I definitely noticed alot of changes going on with my body for months and months, but as of March of this year, I realized I wanted more out of my performance at the gym and still wanted to see my body change even more. I had tried Paleo at this point for a few days and saw an immediate difference in my body and how I felt, but then a week into eat I pulled the “I miss cereal and sandwich wraps too much” excuse and thus pushed Paleo to the side again, albeit not very far to the side.
With all the Games coverage and competition and seeing how amazing these athletes are, I suddenly woke up and realized that I want to put the best things into my body on a daily basis. I want to look and feel like a million bucks every stinkin’ day and be strong as hell in the gym. EVERY DAY. That’s when I decided to jump into Paleo 100% and stick with it. It wasn’t terribly hard to give up cereal and grains because I didn’t eat them every single day (it was more of a convenience thing in the dining hall), but once I got through a week of strict paleo, I loved the way I felt in and out of the gym. I told my mom about it and she was completely supportive and did research on it to figure out what stuff she could make for me when I came home during the school year. Nutrition became a top priority and still remains one to this day.
I guess this whole post is to somehow say thank you to CrossFit. Thank you for inspiring me to push myself every single day, thank you for healing my warped sense of feelings about myself, and thank you for giving me yet another thing in life to be head over heels passionate for. I thank God for CrossFit every day. I really do.
Happy about my squat PR but so exhausted I almost ran smack into a wall. Bedtime NOW. I’m a tired ginge.
Cue this exact pose in t-minus 5 seconds.
WITH TILAPIA. Is it weird to be in love with a fish? Probably, but who likes to be normal anyways? The fact that I am just now getting turned on to this is astounding. I’ve had salmon before, liked it okay, and tuna has always been a favorite of mine….but holy cow. Tilapia is phenomenal. Got a bunch of frozen ones at WalMart, cooked it in a little almond oil and sprinkled some seasoned salt and pepper on it and what did I get? Foodgasm. IN MY MOUTH. This was my expression after I took my first bite. Glazed eyes and all.
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