Baseball and bacon

Tonight was a weird night. I am really up and down. When work ends and it comes the time of day where I would normally head to CrossFit and work out I feel that void. I’m not trying to sound dramatic but it has become such a part of my routine that the absence of it is so huge for me. And I am a real sucker for routine. So instead I decided to go for some retail therapy. I picked up C and we headed to Target. Check out this bird print dress I found.

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Then we came home and had a quick dinner of bacon sandwiches and headed for an ice cream and to watch J play baseball. It was nice to be out but I still kept feeling sorry for myself.

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I realized I need to stop. So as I sit here in bed icing my hip I decided to think about all the things I love about my life.
1. Baseball games – love them. So much fun, and so relaxing to me. Plus they remind me of all the awesome times I have had with J watching them. So I thought I would give myself a pep talk baseball style.

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2. My friends- I have been blessed with so many awesome friends in my life. Friends that are there for me to vent to and help to cheer me up. I am a lucky girl to have a good group of friends.

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3. J- where do I even start about this guy. He is always supportive and always making me feel special. He can see when I am having a hard time and does everything he can to make me smile. I am thankful every day that he loves me.

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4. My family- I have an awesomely close family who is a ton of fun to hang out with. My extended family (on J’s side) are also so great to me. We help each other out and that’s pretty amazing.
5. Finally my sweet little C. With her feeling under the weather the last few days I have gotten extra hugs and cuddles. I am so lucky to have been blessed with the sweetest little girl who has one of the kindest most sensitive hearts I know. I am proud of her every day.

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So instead of going to bed in a funk feeling like my life sucks, I am going to focus on all the greatness in it and try and take on tomorrow with a more positive attitude. In style. In an awesome bird print dress.

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What are you most thankful for in your life?

How do you cheer yourself up when you are in a funk?

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Rest rest and more rest

Well today I did not have the best day (so far). I had a follow up appointment with my chiropractor about my hip pain. It’s not gotten any better despite my attempts at “taking it easy”. Turns out that my upper body workouts may not be easy enough on the hip. Also with stairs and walking as much as I do and being on my feet so much, it doesn’t help anything. I left her office pretty discouraged because I got a stern talking mixed with a bit of a wake up call to actually take it easy. I have a REALLY hard time with that. I was quite upset.

So I am going to listen. I am going to really try to not do anything. Besides with all that upper body only I wouldn’t want to risk looking like this guy.
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The fact that I am even able to joke about it says a lot about my mood improving since I left the chiro office. She treated my and spent a lot of time working on my Psoas muscles. She says I strained my hip joint area pretty good. And the pain I felt during the treatment was no joke. It really sucks.
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I need to take it easy and let it heal. Insert panic here. How do I manage my anxiety without my crossfit to focus on? It’s my emotional release. It’s going to be a real challenge for me.

I have been throwing the idea of a cleanse around for quite some time and have never done it because I didn’t want to feel like I was lacking energy because I knew I wouldn’t be able to workout like that. Now I am wondering if this might not be the opportune time to do one? Maybe the challenge of it would give me something else to focus on? I don’t know. If anyone out there has the answers for me I would love to hear them.

For now if you need me I will be on the couch. With an ice pack. And maybe a stress ball?

Thanks for listening.

Have you ever done a cleanse? Any recommendations or suggestions?

Any ideas on what else I could do as a stress/ anxiety release?

Weekend Recap

This has been a really great weekend full of fun with friends and family. Friday after work C and I went to get our nails done. Then we went to a friends house and had dinner and went for ice cream. The kids had a movie pyjama party and K and I hung out on her new deck that she built herself! She’s amazingly handy like that.

C has been under the weather all weekend with a fever off and on. She was a good sport and came with me to CrossFit for a workout. I am still only able to do upper body stuff so my SWOD was to do bench press for 100 reps. When I had to break i went and worked on strict pull ups. It was my first experience bench pressing (properly) and it felt really good. I have only ever done it on the machines at the gym that I didn’t really know how to use. The WOD was Fight Gone Bad. I love that WOD. But we had to modify the movements to all arm movements. It was a good workout and I definitely felt good after. But I can’t help feeling defeated after every workout because I can’t do the heavy lifting or cardio that I am used to doing.

Saturday afternoon was low key because C wasn’t feeling great. I unpacked the boxes that have been sitting in our kitchen since I moved in here in December. It looks much better with all the clutter gone. We had friends over for dinner so I prepared a delicious feast of southwest potato salad and homemade burgers. J made his Fiesta corn. It was such a good meal. We served chips and guac for appetizer and I also made peach cobbler from scratch for dessert. We had a great time catching up and we played Euchre. It was girls against guys and it ended in our favour with this final score.

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The second game the guys overcame and they took that one.

Today we headed to my parents house to celebrate my niece’s birthday. She is a big One Direction fan and my sister and Mom ordered the most amazing cake for her. She was so thrilled!

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It was so cute. We all picked audience members that we thought looked like us.

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It was a great day hanging out with the family. I also got some work done vacuuming my car. With a beer. Because that’s how I roll.

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I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Except that C wouldn’t have been feeling so off. She hasn’t been herself. And that J had to work and couldn’t come with us today. It’s always so sad on Sunday nights knowing I have to face Monday morning so soon. Lets hope it’s nice to me this week.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Pita Thursday and it’s Fridayyyyyyy

Yesterday was Friday Jr and a pretty good day. The one downside was that I woke with a headache and it hung around alllll day. In fact it’s still hanging around. I wonder if it’s going to rain. That’s usually the cause of these lasting headaches.

So yesterday morning I got the news that my cousin had a baby girl! I was in charge of driving her parents to the airport to visit her last night so I thought I should run out and get her a gift to send with them. I decided to do that on my lunch break. While there I made a very exciting discovery!
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Pita Pit is open! I immediately changed my plans of eating leftovers and got myself a small chicken pita. I have been dying for this place to open.

After work and my quick drop off at the airport I headed to the gym. As I mentioned in my Wednesday post, I have two strains in my hip so all I can do is upper body stuff. So that’s what I did. The wod was one that I would have loved to do.

WOD
8 rounds
1 min squats
1 min push press
* the idea was to total 60 reps between the two

Well, since I can’t do either of the movements I followed the timing of the WOD but for the first minute I alternated between pull ups, push ups, body rows, kettle bell high pulls and box dips. Then for the second minute I just did strict press. I used a 35 lb bar and that was plenty heavy after all those upper body movements.

I am definitely feeling it today in my arms! I will take today off since I don’t want to do that many days in a row of just upper body. I will go on Saturday though and do my own thing again. I was feeling super jacked when I got home though after all those arm movements. So I got J to take my picture flexing.
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After my workout I went back to Pita Pit because J was also excited about it opening so he had asked me to get him one. I obliged and since I was there…. I got myself one. hahah twice in one day! I actually went with a chicken salad for dinner so technically it’s not the same thing. And I had that with a side of… you guessed it, sweet corn.

As far as I am concerned you can never have too much sweet corn. Or pitas apparently.

What’s your favourite pita selection?

Any exciting plans for the weekend?

Whiney Wednesday

This week has been off to a good start. Work has been busy but not so crazy so I have actually been leaving work at a decent time and having some time at home with family and feeling more organized. I have had a lot more time to dedicate to meal prep which has meant a much healthier week of eating for me.

Yesterday morning I did a Tabata workout that was sit ups for the 20s count and Russian twist for the 10s count. I didn’t go to CrossFit after work as I usually rest on Tuesdays and also because I had a hair appt! I love getting my hair done. Partly because it makes me feel pretty and also because I have the best girl that does my hair and she comes over and is a blast to hang out with. Check me out!

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We also had an awesome dinner of coconut chicken and brown rice and Fresh sweet corn that J seasoned with spices and lime juice. I call it Fiesta corn and it tastes like heaven in veggie form.

Today I went to the chiro at lunch to get my hip pain from my fall assessed. Last night when watering the plants I twisted it again (clumsy) and it has been very painful. Turns out I have two grade 2 strains. One is in my upper quad and the other is that satorius muscle. She did some work on it and ordered me to rest. Gross. I do not handle rest well. I know it’s important but mentally I need my exercise time. I can’t do much of anything. No running, jumping, rowing, squatting. Basically anything with legs. Hence the whining. I am not a happy camper about that at all and am feeling rather sorry for myself.

I reluctantly followed the advice and took tonight off. I couldn’t sit still and decided to do another Tabata and do it with push-ups. And my arms are feeling it now! Tomorrow I might still go and do all upper body work. My coach has offered to help me out. I will get reassessed on Monday and in the meantime rest and ice like crazy.

J had baseball tonight so it was just C and I for dinner. She really wanted pancakes and bacon so I made those for her. For myself I made a bacon tomato and avocado English muffin sandwich and garlic Parmesan crispy edamame. It was another Pinterest find and man was it tasty. Then dessert was a mini glass of chocolate milk to assist with my chocolate craving and black raspberries and a peach.

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Now I am just finishing up laundry and watching an episode of Snapped wishing J was home to force me to ice my leg since I can’t bring myself to do it.

Happy hump day everyone!

Do you have trouble with “rest” or do you welcome it?

Bacon sandwiches- ideas for toppings?

Keep your chin up! I did.

Today started off like a Monday. J actually said when he woke up it feels like it’s gonna be one of those days. And I said well its a Monday so it likely will. And I wasn’t wrong. He had issues at the barn this morning and I drove away from Tim Hortons and left my teas behind. Ugh. But things turned around and it ended up being a pretty good day.

I came home for lunch (perks of living across the street from work) and made the most delicious panini. I used the garlic havarti and a fig apple spread and it tasted like heaven. And I warmed up some cherry tomatoes as well.

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After work I headed to CrossFit and made it just in time to get started. We did our warm up as a group and then we were to work on a one rep max for our strict press and in between lifts try and work on pull ups. Today I finally did it friends. I did a strict pull up with no help and no bands! Just one but it was a good one! I was thrilled those are not easy to do.

Then onto my strict press. We didn’t use racks so we had to clean the bar. I PR’d with 77lbs! I was hoping for 80 but not tonight. I will get it next time.

Then the wod:
12 min EMOTM
3 sprints then lunges
3 sprints then push ups

I am still have hip pain from my fall on Saturday so I did two sprints and they were more like jogs and I subbed sit ups in for squats. I ended up with 107 sit ups and just over 100 push ups in total. Then I did 3 max effort planks.

After that I headed home and was feeling very domestic. I made a dinner of Philly cheese steak stuffed peppers (thank you Pinterest) and protein peanut butter cookies. J’s farm is known for the most amazing sweet corn and we got our first taste tonight. Dinner was incredible

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I also premade dinner for tomorrow which will be Coconut curry chicken. I used a Paleo recipe I found but I am going to serve it with brown rice. I am trying to be more organized with my meal prep and so far so good. But it’s only Monday…

Do you premake meals?

Can you do a pull up?

My weekend at the beach

This has been a wonderful weekend full of fun and much needed relaxing. First I must tell you about the rest of my Friday night. I left off telling you about the storm that we had. It had cleared up when I left off but then it came back with a vengeance. J and I went to check out the corn fields because he was worried they were damaged.

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So after driving around and checking out all the fields we headed home and it started to get really bad again. We sat in the car during a crazy downpour and then the biggest hail I have ever seen! Finally it stopped raining enough that we were willing to run to the house. And we found this:

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I was so sad. It was such a pretty tree. It had c’s tire swing on it and it was our nice shade tree for our yard. So sad.

Yesterday I went to CrossFit in the morning as per usual for Saturday. We did a fun workout where the coach would yell out the movement and we followed. When it was the bar movements we couldn’t put the bar down in between movements. It was tough! Before that we worked on skills and a lift. I worked on my front squat. I was doing really well. I did 115lbs which was my current PR. So I upped it to 125lbs and I dropped down into it and was doing well when something went wrong. I lost balance and fell sideways and backwards. I didn’t drop the weight in time so it fell on me. Someone lifted it off me and I was fine. But I felt a pull in my hip. I did the wod after and was ok but it has been bothering me all weekend. It just gets really tight when I sitting or laying down for too long.

The funniest part about the reaction to the fall was no one was worried if I was ok. Including me. It was more just everyone saying “ohhhhhh you had that one!” It was funny. I decided to leave it and not try again. I think the biggest issue I had was I was wearing my shoes. They are too cushiony and I am better lifting with bare feet.

After the gym J and I packed up and headed to Port Dover for the weekend. His parents had their camper there and it was all ours for the weekend. We enjoyed lots of games of cribbage and backgammon. Some beach time and nice meals out. Today we went out for fish and played a game of mini golf.

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I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to unwind after a hectic week. I feel rejuvenated and revived and ready to face a new week (well, sort of. I could use another day).

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On our way home we did groceries and then made ourselves this amazing meal.

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Grilled maple BBQ salmon and grilled asparagus and a grilled red pepper. Served with a couple cherry tomatoes and cheese curds we picked up in Dover. It turned out amazing.

Now it’s time to get organized and get ready to face the week.

Savour the last moments of the weekend friends!!

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Do you lift with your shoes off or do you have lifting shoes?