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!


Golden State Games

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We decided to do the Golden State Games this year so it could be Mark’s first competition. (Mark is Kimiko’s husband.) So our team was Kimiko, Mark, Mike and I. We called ourselves Team Gunther’s in honor of one of of favorite ice cream shops! ­čśÇ

The WODs:

2000 Meter Relay

Description: Athlete 1 will begin with a 400m Run. Upon finishing the 400m, athlete 1 will hand baton off to athlete 2. This will progress until athletes finish 1600. After 1600 is complete all members of the team will finish with a 400m giving a grand total of 2000m.

Olympic Total
Max effort Snatch and Clean & JerkDescription: Beginning with the men. Both men will step up to platform (A). The men will have 6 Minutes to each find their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes the men will move to platform (B) and have 6 Minutes to find their one rep max C & J. At the same time the woman will be on platform (A) finding their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes expire men will be done and woman will move to platform (B) to find their one rep max C & J. The score will be max pounds lifted on each members one rep max.#3

21-15-9 – Dumbbell Thrusters 50 / 25
12-9-6 – Bar Muscle Up’s (MEN)
9-6-3 – Bar Muscle Up’s (WOMEN)

Dumbbell Thrusters 35 / 20
Chest 2 Bar Pull-Up’s

Clarification for RX: Everyone will be completing 21-15-9 Dumbbell thrusters. Men will complete 12-9-6 Bar muscle ups on their round and woman 9-6-3 Bar Muscle Up’s on their round.

Description: Each member will go through full WOD one at a time…as soon as one member finishes the next member begins… This event will be a 3 scored event
Score 1= Total team time
Score 2= Fastest men’s time
Score 3= Fastest women’s time

There will be a modification for Bar Muscle Up’s. But will not be released at this time.

Overall we did well for Mark’s first competition. We are looking forward to doing it again next year!


Shamrock Half Marathon

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So Sam challenged my cousin Tamiya to a race on who would be faster. Luckily for Sam my cousin Tamiya decided running for medals is not as fun as running for Tiffany necklaces so she ended up not running. So Sam and I both ended up doing the race together. But in different heats.

Well, Sam is not the same runner he was before and we ended up having the same 3 hour finish time! ­čÖé

The main challenge for this race was that it was HOT. I mean we were going from some nice 60 degree temps the day before to 80 degrees the day of the race! ROUGH! I don’t think a lot of people had a good race. But that is okay for me because I finished in the same time as Sam! ­čÖé

My attempt at 13.4

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So my attempt at 13.4 was a bit of a disaster. I knew it was going to be hard and I expected it to be challenging. I did make it to my goal of 3 clean and jerks and 3 toes to bar. What I did not expect was attempting 6 more clean and jerks…getting 5 with 18 non-counted attempts. ::sigh:: ┬áThe frustration. And it was probably the first time in a WOD that I may do it again! Tomorrow would be the last day to do it…and I just might have to. I was JUST that mad. All the energy wasted, it was disappointing. BUT I did make my goal. (What is really killer is after the WOD I walked away for a few minutes, picked up the barbell and was able to do the clean and jerk.)

When we got to the gym there was a really nice note from Mike:


I tell you, Fitness Rehab is an awesome place to work out!

And in keeping with the tradition of taking our photos here is our 13.4 photo with Kimiko, Tara, Tiffany, and I.


Update on if I attempt the WOD again.

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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 is┬áincredibly┬ápositive. 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 a┬áhealthier┬áand 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.

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Snow’s Test Kitchen

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So…I love Pinterest. Like…I wish I could get paid for pinning! But it is also an awesome resource for fun and healthy recipes! Although I love fruits and veggies…I love pizza and fried foods too!

So Pinterest has been able to help me find ways that I can keep eating foods that I love but a bit healthier. The easiest and obvious one was baked not fried…and tonight I just had the taste for a cheese stick. I mean, who┬ádoesn’t┬álove cheese? So I was lucky enough to to find a┬árecipe┬áthat did not seem half bad for Baked or Fried┬áMozzarella┬áSticks. Now what I loved about it most was…I don’t HAVE to make 12 I can just make 2! That is enough to make me feel like I had my craving satisfied and not overdose on the calories! PLUS…they don’t look half bad…and I did not use a lot of EVOO so I wonder if they would have been browner if I did…I only lightly covered them. I also used the low-fat not fat-free cheese since I was not able to find any of the fat-free. I may try experimenting with soy cheese next time, but it just looked like the wrong color! Overall this recipe was delicious and I will┬áDEFINITELY┬ábe making it again! Here is the recipe:

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Baked or Fried Cheese Sticks
Sometimes I want a little cheese and a little crunch. This satisfies my cravings without going crazy on the calories.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay the wrapper on a flat surface.
  3. Place the cheese stick in the middle of the wrapper.
  4. Wet the top of the wrapper with water.
  5. Fold the sides in and gently roll the wrapper. Try not to poke any holes.
  6. Lightly brush with olive oil.
  7. Place in oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Turn once during the baking process.
Recipe Notes

I use my Misto to lightly spray the olive oil on the sticks. I find it works well since they don't get overly coated and have enough liquid on them to brown nicely.

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So today I decided was a rest day. I had an appointment right after work and did not want to rush to the gym. So I decided to take the day off. Overall, I could make use of taking a walk during my breaks to get SOME kind of exercise in…but the food damage was not TOO bad, I was over 100 calories, darn cheese sticks!


On a side note…Trish had pinned a visual motivator for her weight loss journey that I am going to try and make this weekend! Such an awesome idea! Any motivation to keep me on track is worth it! ­čÖé