Archive | April, 2013


26 Apr

I didn’t know how to write, or really what to write when the Boston Marathon Bombing took place last week. Being a previous half marathon runner, I am always interested in the Boston Marathon, the elite times blow me away and actually had the webpage up that day seeing how fast some of the top runners finished. When news struck that two bombs had went off, I could not even believe it.  It was a sad day, and a depressing week any time I would turn on the news. It made me realize that life is fragile, and it’s destiny is not always in your own hands… Unfortunately.

So after two weeks, I finally put in my ear buds, and went for a run.  At this time last year I was running about 4 miles a day training for the Colfax Half Marathon, and during today’s run I had the victims of the Boston Marathon, the bombers, and my own destiny on my mind.

Right now, at this very moment I have a great job, close friends, a small little family, a large, loving, extended family, a house which is the place I call home, and I am healthy. Really- what more could I ask for? Nothing really comes to mind. Except, maybe I want to be able to do a muscle up, or countless burpees without feeling like absolute crap. (I can dream right?!).

Speaking of muscle-ups and burpees, I have some exciting news! Last weekend I participated in my very first competition and ended up not doing so bad. My team placed fourth out of six and now I cannot wait to do another. Oh, and I finally got through my plateau of weight loss, and weighed in at 128lbs. Not that I care about how much I weigh anymore, but I have not been able to get under 130 in two years.

I hope that everyone reading this takes a moment to realize the world we live in is a crazy place, and life is fragile, but to look at the positives and although cliché – live every day like it is your last.

Here are some photos from the competition:



lifting snatch


11 Apr

So, Dan and I have spoken to a lot of people who do not understand how we are so regimen and plan out our meals for the entire week. Well for me, I grew up in a household where every Sunday my mom would make a grocery list on an envelope and on one side would be her list, and on the other would be Monday through Sunday of what dinners she was going to make. We didn’t eat out much as kids, which then I probably hated my parents for, I am thankful for today. This has made me persistent on what dinners I am going to make and when. Speaking on Dan’s behalf, he is very regimen-oriented, and before he even met me, he would prepare his lunches for the entire week, package them up, and then they would be ready to take. Being together has made life easy, and now we have a pretty set schedule every week, and consider it our time to bond when we grocery shop and cook our weekly lunches.

I spoke to a friend today that vented about needing to eat healthier and would like to get a list of what Dan and I are cooking for the week and how we prepare it; so I figured more people may be interested in it as well- So here it goes. (Also, note I realize today is Thursday April 11, but I am going to take you back to Sunday when we normally do our grocery shopping and prepare out meals).

Sunday mornings, I like to enjoy a nice Toffee Nut Latté made exclusively at home, and I make it a double-shot Latté. Of course. While I enjoy my caffeine, Dan and I start brainstorming what we want to make for the week. Thanks to pintrest, men’s and women’s health, and other great websites we sometimes resort to new recipes, or old ones that we have either ‘pinned’ or ripped out of magazines. Today we found two new recipes for our lunches! Yay! It is always exciting trying something new… And scary. But either way we found both of our lunch recipes on pintrest. Dan said he was in the mood for pork fried rice. I was in the mood for a crock-pot, pot-roast. I will start with where I found the pot roast recipe, what all is in it, and how we prepared it.


Pot Roast, lunches for Monday & Wednesday


What you need:

-A Crockpot

-4 Cups of Beef Broth (website calls for 2 cups, but we wanted more juice)

-1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

-3 Pounds of Pot Roast/Chuck Roast – Boneless

-1 Packet of Onion Soup Mix

-6 small potatoes – Diced

-1 cup of baby carrots (website calls for ½ cup, chopped. I like baby carrots better)

-1 cup of Celery – Chopped

-1 small onion – Diced (website calls for ½ cup of onions, but we used the whole onion)


What we did:

  1. Place Pot Roast in the crock pot
  2. Put everything else in the crock pot and sprinkle some pepper on top.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours
  4. Turn over pot roast and then cook on high for 1 more hour.

After it’s done:

  1. Dan and I have microwavable glass containers that we put our lunches in, but this meal allowed us to have two lunches for me, and two for him, so four total. Dan’s are about double the size of my lunches, and I ate this for lunch on Monday and Wednesday.
  2. When you place them in the container, let them cool down for about a half hour while you clean up and then place them in the fridge.

Next meal we found was:

Pork Fried Rice, Lunches for Tuesday and Thursday


What you need:

-3 eggs (website calls for 2)

-1 tbsp. BRAGG Liquid Aminos (website calls for light soy sauce)

-1 ½ tsp. sesame oil

-3 tbsp. coconut oil (website calls for vegetable oil)

-2 cloves of garlic

-4 cups of brown rice (minute rice works fine)

-3 spring onion, sliced, separate green and white parts (website calls for 2)

-2 pounds of pork (we buy the one that is already chopped up and packaged)

-2 pounds of beef tips (we buy the one that is already chopped up and packaged)

-2 carrots, diced and cooked

-1/2 cup frozen green peas

-1 tbsp. oyster sauce

What we did:

  1. Boil some water for the rice
  2. Cook the rice according to the package. Dan and I use the store band of Minute instant brown rice, where they are in bags, and you place the bags of rice in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Do this first and then go onto the next step while the rice cooks
  3. Beat the eggs with 1 tsp. BRAGG liquid aminos and ½ tsp sesame oil. Heat up a non-stick frying pan and add 1tbsp of oil. Pour in the eggs and swirl around to coast the bottom of the pan. As the egg cooks, push the edges towards the center and let the uncooked eggs ooze towards the edges.
  4. Flip once to get the other side cooked
  5. Once eggs are cooked, flip over onto a chopping board and cut into small square pieces. Set aside.
  6. Heat up a wok, or frying pan and add 2 tbsps of coconut oil. Add the garlic and fry for 3 minutes. Watch out- It splatters.
  7. Add the 4 pounds of meat to the pan. Cook, and then transfer to a large bowl once it is just about fully cooked.
  8. Add the rice to the same pan you just used for the meat and 2 tsps of BRAGG liquid aminos. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  9. Add in the spring onions, the carrots, the peas and the oyster sauce. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
  10. Add the meat back into the pan and stir around for 3 minutes
  11. Put food into containers, and then the egg on top from earlier.

This created four meals again (all of our meals, as you may see soon make 4 meals so we each have a lunch for two days during the week). I ate this meal on Tuesday and Thursday.

I am sure you are probably not reading this anymore, but if you are and you are interested here is what my meals were planned out as for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Breakfast: Protein Shake (Warmed milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein whey mix)

Snack: Gala apple with 1 cup of 0% Fage plain yogurt

Lunch: Pot Roast

Dinner: Deli sandwich (bread, turkey meat, lettuce, tomato, pickle, swiss cheese and mustard)


Breakfast: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs

Snack: Gala apple with 1 cup of 0% Fage plain yogurt

Lunch: Fried Rice

Dinner: Salmon & Crackers (Cherry tomatoes, avocado, cream cheese, pepper, smoked salmon, crackers) Fun meal where you put together your own small bites. This makes us eat slower, but get very full.


Breakfast: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs

Early morning, at work: 8oz black coffee (French Roast, Starbucks, K-cup)

Snack: Gala apple with 1 cup of 0% Fage plain yogurt

Lunch: Pot Roast

Dinner: (I have school on Wednesday nights) Banana, grapes, cranberry muffin, DanActive Probiotic drink, hard boiled egg.

Snack once I got home: handful of almonds


Breakfast: Protein Shake (Warmed milk, 1 scoop chocolate protein whey mix and 1 shot of espresso)

Snack: Gala apple with 1 cup of 0% Fage plain yogurt

Lunch: Fried Rice

Snack: Muffin (co-workers daughter made them.. I had to try them out)

—Today is Thursday, and I haven’t had dinner yet, but this is the plan—–

Dinner: Hambergers, no bun, ketchup and mustard and some potato chips


Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs

Snack: apple

Lunch: egg salad sandwich

Dinner: Attending a wedding – whatever food they have there.

My next food posts wont be nearly as long, but I will start sharing more of what we cook, and how we make it our own. Hope you enjoyed this first food post, as there will be many more to come.


The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

4 Apr

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

I got an email from Melanie Bowen asking if she could have a guest post on my blog, and I could never say no to someone who reaches out to me to get more readers, so here is her story: “I recently have been researching and writing about how staying physically fit can be extremely beneficial to people going through cancer treatments. Exercise can be a conduit for healing of many different diseases (including cancer) by giving back energy levels, reducing stress, creating better blood flow, etc.” Check out her blog, and maybe it can help you out, or open you eyes to new things!!


You can either click above, or here. Either one will get you to the site:


3 Apr

There is much anticipation of what the final workout will be for the 2013 CrossFit Games Open. I cannot believe that five weeks ago, the first workout was announced and I watched the live feed from class not believing what I was seeing. Scared. Nervous. A sense of, “what the hell am I doing.” All of these emotions ran through my body while I watched Julie Foucher show the world how 13.1 would go. And here I am today, excited, anticipation running high, and a weird sad feeling knowing the open is coming to an end.

The Open has really shown me what I am capable of, and has pushed me to limits I never thought I would. The Open has made me a better athlete, has got my butt into better shape, and has made me wanting more. It has also brought some amazing people into my life, and brought me closer to others. I want to mention a few people who have made an impact on me during The Open.

First and foremost- Dan, I never would have joined CrossFit if it wasn’t for you. I love that now when we come home at night; we get excited talking about the WOD, what paleo meals we can cook for the following week, and  I want to thank you for how much you have pushed me during the Open WOD- screaming at me to get one more rep. You are the first person I look for after I finish my Open WOD, the only person I want to watch if you are competing, but the last person I can take advice from. 🙂 Thank you and I love you.

Next I want to thank Katie for posting the blog about 7 reasons to sign up for the open and for judging me during 13.2. This blog is what made me sign up for the open, and 13.2 was the hardest one for me. When I would no-rep because I would not bring my feet together, I wanted to scream, but you kept me calm and told me to keep going, and that I’ll get it the next time. Thanks again.

I would also like to thank my other judges: Steve, Bill, Lindsey, Eamon, and Brian. You all pushed me to do better and never let me stop believing in myself. You all have your own individual ways of getting into my head, and it all helps. I am truly privileged to have had you as judges, and also trainers outside of the Open.

One last individual I would like to thank is Kelli. This was our first-ever CrossFit Open, and we wanted to go head-to-head in 13.1 to push each other and although I had to re-do the workout you still came to the gym the very next day to cheer me on, and have cheered me on in every other open workout. I am thankful to have you not only as a gym buddy, but now a shopping buddy, and most importantly- a friend. You’re a really cool chick, and I’ve enjoyed talking to you, hanging out with you, and getting to know you outside of the gym.  Now- lets prepare for the 4/20 CF6 competition!!!

Now, lets pop some popcorn and see what they have in stores for our last workout!! Hooray to 13.5!!