Santa Smackdown

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So what better way then to try and motivate you to get into shape? Another Crossfit competition! We competed in the Santa Smackdown. I would like to say it really helped me get motivated to train like I used to, but sadly it did not. I did train as hard as I was able to, but I am just so out of my routine it makes working out hard.

The most important thing was that we had fun and that is all that counts. We all did our best and we finished in 9th out of 23 teams. Not bad for the 4 of us who have been struggling to get back into it. We had so much fun at this competition we are signing up for the Golden State Games in April! The sad part is we won’t be able to do the Fight For Air Climb which is an important organization to my heart.

The WODs:

WOD #1
4min (0:00-4:00)
1 Guy & 1 Girl establish
-3 RM OHS (1st rep must be a snatch variation)
**Directly into**
4min (4:00-8:00)
Guy 2 & Girl 2 establish
-1 Full (Squat) Clean + 1 Front Squat + 1 Jerk
Total weight lifted will be your team’s score

All athletes will use one 45lb bar for the lifting.


The team mile will be ran all together (All 4 athletes running at the same time). The score will be based on the fastest and slowest finishers. The fastest Mile time and the slowest mile time will be the score. The other 2 athlete’s times will be a non factor in the scoring.

WOD #2
400 Double Unders
100 Pull Ups
75 HSPU (Scaled have 25 Wall Walks)
50 Thrusters 135/95 (Scaled 95/65)

Max burpees
Max calorie airdyne
Max sled push

I will say it was a great competition since there were 3 WODs and we were finished by noon!

Here is a picture after we were done. Jumping for joy for finishing!


Fight For Air Climb 2014

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This year for the Fight for Air Climb I raised $350!! More than my goal of $250! So happy that I was able to raise more than I did last year. Every little bit counts in the fight against cancer. (Read why I climb here.) Once again it took me 10 minutes to complete the climb.

Here are some pictures:

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Of course Kimiko and I had to try some Acro Yoga!

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And some handstands of course!


That view!


The Fight for Air Climb was awesome!

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Yesterday was the Fight for Air Climb. Fitness Rehab was the biggest team with 39 people! It was a great event and I want to do it again next year. I completed the 34 flights (612 steps) in 10 minutes! Which surprised me since my goal was to do it in 15 minutes.

I am proud to have done this event in honor of my Bachan. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Our team shot (not everyone is in it):


Me at the top! (I used this pic for my thank you cards to send the people who donated money for the stair climb.)


And the view from the top was spectacular! Too bad it was cloudy. šŸ™


13.4 Announced

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Okay…so I have a confession. I did not enter my score for 13.3! I really just forgot to do it. Can you believe I did all those wall balls and now they are not going to count for anything! šŸ™ Well…it sucks and I got an ear full of sh*t for it. Even when I kept reminding everyone at the gym that I was not going to be a contender for regionals…they reminded me it was not the point. The point is to do my best now so I have a marker for next year. But…the games go on…I learned my lesson and I will make sure to enter my score this week!

So that brings us to 13.4…the WOD with a skill I was JUST able to do on Monday and one of my least favorite lifts. 13.4 is complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of the following:

95 pound Clean and jerk, 3 reps
3 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
6 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
9 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
12 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
15 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps
18 Toes-to-bar…
If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

So my goal is to complete the first set…3 clean and jerks and 3 toes to bars. Why? I do not have a very efficient clean and jerk and my max rep is 95 pounds! (I am working on this…one day I will get there!) Second…I was JUST able to figure out how to do toes to bar on Monday with a kip. It is going to be a hard one…IĀ haven’tĀ gotten my rhythm yet. The positive? It will only be 7 minutes of torture and anything past the first round I will count as a bonus. Either way…I am going to go in and try my best and do the best that I can.

Help support me in the Fight For Air Climb!

Finding inspiration…

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Sometimes I get really discouraged. Discouraged that I have not yet achieved a goal or been able to hit the weight loss goals I want to achieve.

This week for example, we had the WOD where one of the exercises was 150 wall balls and I was hoping for 100. I was dreading this WOD so much that I almost thought about not going to go to the gym that day. And even when I got to the gym I was ALREADY over it. I waited until the absolute last possible time to do it. But I can say I was totally inspired watching everyone go before me. They did not want to do this WOD anymore than I wanted to. But yet here we were, all with the same goal, and getting it done.

Negative thinking* can beat you before you even begin.

How very true it is. I already let myself “lose” before I even started with my negative attitude. Just like I have said before everyone at the gym is really encouraging. Having that type of encouragement has really helped me along the way. When I told Tiffany that I did not want to do the WOD that day she said, “No way! This is what we do…we do the WOD on Thursday together!” It may not have meant much to her at the time, but for me it really made me feel that sense of belonging and reminded me why I started coming back and working out with Sandra.

The environment at Fitness Rehab isĀ incrediblyĀ positive. Everyone is there to help you push through those hard times. We all celebrate one another’s accomplishments and help each other out when we start to feel down. My new friends that I have made at Fitness Rehab inspire me to keep going. They help remind me of my progress when I can’t see it myself. My motivation gets a jump start.

My friend John sent me this:


This is true. This has to be my new mindset. I am working to better myself, be aĀ healthierĀ and fitter me. Every workout (if I like it or not) will help me get there. I have to remember that “can’t” won’t help me get to my goals.

*This was an article that I read after WOD 13.3 that also helped me realize how important it is to have a new mindset.

Help support me in the Fight For Air Climb!


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Choices. So it has been almost a week since my last blog post…so sorry! I have also been TERRIBLE at tracking my food! šŸ™ But once again…it is a new week and great opportunity to try and start over…AGAIN! It may seem lame of me toĀ re-start over…and we are not even through the month of January…but sometimes…life takes over. It happens. I made the choice to read a book or watch a TV show instead of blog. Sometimes…I just need that. Choices.

I can tell you…I worked out…4 days last week and it was hard. I am not going to lie. Keeping myself motivated when all I want is a nap. But I have goals! I have things I want to accomplish! Right? RIGHT! That is what I have to keep telling myself. I made the choice to work out. I made the choice to make the most out of my hour work outs because that was all I had time for. Could my food choices been better? Possibly…overall I ate well. Lots of spinach salad with red onion (had a craving) and one of my favoriteĀ recipes…balsamicĀ marinated steak…enough for me to have lunch for work all week.

So now I have made the choice that I am going to make more of an effort to be making more utilization of this blog…and I don’t have to make it ONLY about health and fitness…

On the plus side? I moved marbles! YIPEE! I have a total of 16 now! And my boyfriend even moved some over into his jar! He no longer OWES the jar a marble he moved 4 over!


Today I tried the Blogilates workout DVD! (Thank you Nani!) If you have not heard of Blogilates check it out! Cassey Ho is so fun andĀ energetic!Ā She is not for everyone…but I love her YouTube channel and now this hour long workout DVD!

I plan on working out again tomorrow. I will do a better job of tracking my food…so until then…

Got to work it!

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Today I was a good day. I was able to get in a good work out. One that really pushed me! PLUS..there was a fire drill at work and I took the stairs…sure it was 7 fights but 7 flights is 7 flights! That and I was not about to wait for the elevator.

Food was good…ran out of brussel sprouts…sad face! Never thought I would say that! LOL! So I made broccoli…just as yummy! I roasted it with lots of garlic.


Today’s workout was a good one…a really good cardio pusher. After those weeks off at the gym it was a good start to regaining all that stamina I lost! I am really lucky that there are such encouraging people at the gym…it never matters how fast or slow I am they are all there to encourage and push me further than I think can go. Here was our workout today:


One goal by the end of the end of the year is to be able to do an “L-sit”! What is that you ask? Something that will require me to have ab, hip flexor, and quad strength…along with a smaller belly! It would be so exciting to be able to do that…it would have been YEARS since I was a gymnast to be able to pull that off! Here is Sandra…doing the L-sit:


Here was my food for the day…I stayed under my calories! YAY!


Note to self: must do a post on my goals!

And so…it begins!

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I am NOT going to lie…today was TOUGH! Worked out after taking almost 2 weeks off! YIKES! My body must have been hating me! But my body needed the rest…I have this pesky sciatic nerve problem and I ended up with a “shin splint” on my arm! Ā Getting old sucks! I am not 16 anymore that is FOR SURE! My body just does not bounce back like it used to. ::sigh::

I work out at an incredible place. People can call it a gimmick or whatever, but this place PUSHES me and more importantly MOTIVATES me to do more and push myself to the next level. Everyone that works out there is positive and encouraging…you can’t ask for much more than that!Ā Fitness Rehab is a cross fit gym, but all I know is I FEEL like I worked out. The owner, Sandra Augustin, is amazing and I trained with her for years when it was SASS Fitness, before I decided to take a break…I don’t know why I took a break…I just needed it maybe? All I know is that two years later I am back and getting into better shape then before! I can only guess that the changes were due to the fact that I was mentally ready this time. I WANTED to be stronger and leaner.

So what about what I shoved in my face today? Actually I did not do that bad! I was happy that I was able to not go to much OVER the daily limit AND be done eating by 7 PM! I have been tracking my workout and food using My Fitness Pal. Here is how I did today:


So…this is where things get tricky…since the gym is cross fit there is not an easy way to really calculate my work outs…but I figure this was close enough! Here was the work out of the day:


That’s right…50 double unders, sit-ups, burpees, and plunges…then 40, 30, 20, and 10…my goodness. THIS was a hard “Welcome back to the gym! We missed you!” workout. But I did it…not as fast as I probably could have 2 weeks ago…but I did it…I did 50 *(#@&%$(*#$ burpees! Oh ya!

Today is a success. Food was overall a success and I got back into the gym! Baby steps, baby steps…I will get there!

Today…I had this song in my head ALL day…LOL!

Let’s have a Kiki!

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What is a Kiki? I have no idea…I just LOVE that song! I can tell you why I decided on that song…it makes me want to MOVE! Which is exactly why I started this blog. My friend Tricia has made a decision to make 2013 the year of changes in her life and decided to document her journey PUBLICLY! Now…to me that takes some guts…making your decision to have your weight loss journey out there for all the world to see…talk about being able to make yourself accountable! But what a great idea…hopefully I can make some more friends along my journey and we can all reach our goals together.

This blog will not only be documenting life style changes, but also for a variety of other things…I look at this blog as another challenge: get off social media sites. So I figure this would be an excellent way to start that transition. (I need to learn that just because I don’t have a virtual cafe or farm I will still continue to live and survive.) Who knows…maybe I will give buddy press a try and I can get some of my friends to convert! šŸ˜€

To see Tricia’s journey click here.

And check out the Scissor Sister’s “Let’s Have A Kiki”!!