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.....and now I am sad.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My mom's beagle Milton died yesterday. He had a tumor on his spleen and had surgery, but it was too big and he was bleeding internally so they put him to sleep.

My heart is broken. He wasn't even my dog but I loved him so much. He was extra special somehow, you know? We all love our pets but... really, there was something special about Milton.

I feel awful for my parents. They are taking this really, really hard. He was their baby. They have 3 dogs... all the same age, but somehow Milton was The Baby. My mom can't even talk. She'll call and try but all she can do is sob. My stepdad keeps sending me texts that just kill me. They are breaking my heart. I just wish I could do something for them.

I cried all day yesterday myself.

Sorry for the downer, guys. I am just so, so sad.





  
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BBAHONORS 4/24/2014 8:29AM

    I'm so sorry for your parents' loss. And your loss, too. Even though Milton wasn't your dog, he was still a member of your family.
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-CORAL- 4/21/2014 12:44PM

    Aw. He looks like such a sweet doggy. Some pets are just really special. I'm sorry you guys lost such a sweet boy. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 4/19/2014 8:25PM

    I'm sorry about Milton. emoticon

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NHES220 4/19/2014 5:44PM

    So sorry for your loss. That is such a tough thing, they really just grab a hold of your heart and become a member of the family. I know it is tough now, it will get easier, it will take time. Just be assured he is not suffering. We recently had to put our cat Lily down and it was a difficult decision and a difficult time. Take care!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/19/2014 3:03PM

    So Sorry for your loss. Furbabies are such light and love and come from a place of pure positive energy. That's why they touch us so deeply.

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SUSANNA37 4/19/2014 2:39PM

    I'm so sorry. My mom's longtime friend just recently passed, too. Take care of yourself and encourage your folks to do the same.

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MSHEL7 4/19/2014 1:47PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It is harder when it is sudden like this. I know you knew he had the tumor, but it even seemed to come on suddenly. They are so much a part of our family, I know you will miss him a lot.

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WOW!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I gotta tell you guys, I have been so happy lately. Happier than I have been in a very long time! Here are some updates about the big parts of my life.

Job: I LIKE THIS JOB!!!!! It's not perfect- I would change some things if I could- namely, my PAY, but overall, I like it!!!!!!! For those of you who don't know or need a reminder, I used to work in industry science (BD) as a temp for 3 years. I got laid off, which was honestly a GREAT thing to happen to me, truly. I was scared at the time, but when one door closes........! I was unemployed for 6 months. I will say the second half was getting me down, but the first half was frankly kinda nice. I was able to spend an ENTIRE week with my mother for her birthday, and had 3 weeks of Christmas... anyway, now I'm a research assistant at Hopkins in a lab that studies nuclear morphometry of cancer cells. I fit in SO much better in academia. On my first day, I was already pretty comfortable. I just felt like I fit in, you know? Additionally, I found out yesterday that I work for a professor who will put his research assistant on his papers emoticon Not all professors will do that, so I'm pretty excited about that. I have learned more in 3 weeks than I learned in 3 YEARS at BD, and I love that. I am just so happy to be in academia and OUT of industry!!!!!!!!!

CrossFit- CrossFit has been fabulous. I re-dedicated myself in February and it's just been amazing. I've made so many friends. I only have about 100 Facebook friends and TWENTY of them are my CrossFit friends. More info on this in the next section.

Diet- my CrossFit started a 90 Day Mission Board. We all had to write a goal we want to achieve by July 3rd on the Mission Board. I wrote As Many Days as Possible Without Sugar. Well- that was Monday! Today is Sunday- I have gone 5 days this week without sugar and lost 5 pounds. LOL. Not ONLY that- in this week alone- I PRed my back squat, my hang squat clean, started using the RX kettlebell weight, and have been running with friends after the WODs. Additionally- I started a 90 Day Mission Board group on Facebook where we can all encourage each other and keep up with our goals- and everyone LOVED it! Almost everyone at CFBA joined- 93 people! And now I am making even MORE friends!

As most of you know, I get homesick frequently... I don't like living here and I wish I could move home... but I have to admit, at home I would not have these opportunities that are making me so happy. There are no CrossFit boxes there, and no world-class universities.

So anyway, yes. I have been very happy lately... and I'm ready for a new week!

-Chrissy

  
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SQUIRRELLYONE 4/22/2014 10:03AM

    The job sounds PHENOMENAL! WOO! :D So happy for you!

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GINAV2 4/17/2014 10:17PM

    Yay! Sounds like you are having an excellent time! Glad to hear it, and keep on being awesome!

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SUSANNA37 4/14/2014 1:44PM

    Great! Thanks for the burst of positivity!

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FITGIRL15 4/14/2014 10:36AM

    Wooo Hooo, Way to go Girl!!! Some awesome news! Love hearing that your job is a perfect fit for you! You will get that raise, just hang in there!!!

Congrats on the diet and fitness achievements! Keep up the awesome attitude!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 4/14/2014 8:46AM

    Awesome!!! I love your enthusiasm!

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WINNIE1978 4/13/2014 6:30PM

    I'm so glad you are loving the job... that makes life in general so much better!



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JENNYMARIEC 4/13/2014 2:03PM

    Glad to hear you are doing so well! Are you doing a complete no sugar diet (no fruit, bread, milk, etc) or just no added sugar? Either way, great job!

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MSHEL7 4/13/2014 1:16PM

    I love that you are feeling so much happier, maybe over time it will even feel like home to you. Super cool blog!!

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/13/2014 1:09PM

    So happy you're happy! emoticon Glad things are looking up for you!

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    Im happy for you. You deserve it. emoticon

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BABYSOX 4/13/2014 12:46PM

    It sounds like you are living a good life for you. Congrats on your success.

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NHES220 4/13/2014 12:40PM

    Good for you, so glad you hear you are happy and ready for a new week! Congrats on the 5 lbs and you are rocking the crossfit!

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Last week and food and CrossFit and other stuffs

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time... I've been keeping up with CrossFit better than ever! I have lost count of how many weeks I have gone at least 4 days!

Unfortunately I am still a bit too big for my britches! No literally. My pants don't fit.

I don't know why I'm struggling so badly with this... I lost 35 pounds in 2011 and I remember it being easy...

But maybe when I start my new job tomorrow things will be different.

Maybe I should start again...

CrossFit has been better than ever. So much fun. I had my one year anniversary on March 21. On March 21 I did my first WOD at CrossFit Bel Air. It was rather uneventful, but over the course of the first week I fell in love with it just like I knew I would. I couldn't believe the amazing support and community! I remember thinking WOW! All the great things they say about CrossFit are TRUE!!!!

I have to confess I have not progressed very much in a year though... that's due mostly to my own inconsistency and this bad habit I had of going for a few weeks then taking a week off... plus I had some injuries (not CF related, but I did have to take time off for them)... but I'm off to a way better start for my second year!

What I really need to do though, is drop these 20 pounds. They make everything harder. I was talking to a friend there and she said, "I haven't seen you in a long time. You look great!" I was like "Really? Because I've gained 20 pounds and I feel terrible." Then she said that I am look curvy and healthy. Well dang, that was nice!!!!!!!!!! I liked that!!!!!! emoticon

Honestly it's not about how I look... I don't mind being a little thicker. I just mostly don't want to buy new clothes. LOL. And I want to get fitter, not fatter. And it's not muscle, trust me.

Also last week I made Honey Sriracha Chicken. I have a ton of recipes bookmarked and finally decided to try a new one. I had to buy some odd-ish ingredients and I was sure hoping they weren't going to be a waste of money. They weren't! OMG. Honey Sriracha chicken was AMAAAAAAZING. The chicken and sauce were good enough on their own, but the recipe said to serve with a fried egg. I put mine in a tortilla with shredded cabbage and a dippy egg? HOLY ****, people. DELICIOUS. I'm not sure how healthy you could call it... the sauce is full of sugar from the ketchup and honey... but it was delicious.

And lastly I start a new job tomorrow after 6 months of unemployment. It has good and bad qualities... there were so many jobs I interviewed for that I wanted so much more, but it is at least in academia! I have escaped industry science and for that I am excited.

I am a little concerned about my closet. I emailed the guy and asked what I should wear and he replied exactly this: "Relax; comfortable and casual is best." OK... that means something different to everyone. To me it means what I wore at my old job- nice jeans, cute top and pretty flats. I'm going with that- if he has a problem he can say so tomorrow. I don't want to shop if I don't have to.

Well, that's what's going on here. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

-Chrissy

  
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THELILEA 3/24/2014 6:07PM

    PS what's the recipe for that chicken dish!?!? Link, please! :D

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THELILEA 3/24/2014 5:35PM

    Wooo hoooo! Can't wait to hear how your first day went!
I think your idea of casual sounds good, how did it compare?
And congrats on being so consistent with your working out.
It's true, I remember losing weight other times and it feeling so "easy".... There are a lot of factors.

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CHAOSTHEORY635 3/24/2014 2:08PM

    congrats on the new job!!

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WORTHEYMOM 3/24/2014 12:38PM

    woot woot chickie! happy CF anniversary! I agree - with Xfitsrong - look into the protein shakes - I drink amino energy - helps my muscles recover from hard workouts for sure. I love watermelon flavored, but you can only buy it online right now. I've got grape from GNC - it's a close 2nd fav =)

Maybe look at the 2nd hand stores to get you by for now with the new job? They sometimes have some great stuff for super cheap?

Have you seen or tried the beyond the white board app? our box just got it for our affiliate and we LOVE it! It helps track your wods at the box and at home! I would have totally bought the app if our box didn't.

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GINAV2 3/24/2014 10:00AM

    Congrats on the new job!!!! And on your Crossfit anniversary, and generally being fantastic. :)

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FITGIRL15 3/23/2014 9:53PM

    As much a we don't like things to get boring, a routine really does help us achieve out goals, and keep focused! I am happy for you with this new job!!! Congrats!

PS... Crossfit is doing wonders for you, keep up with it!!!

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MSHEL7 3/23/2014 8:55PM

    Wow, great job finding a job!!! Congrats to you!! Great job getting to the gym as well, you're doing super duper!!

Would love to try that recipe, I may just look that one up.

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BBAHONORS 3/23/2014 8:45PM

    emoticon on the new job!

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CHEMCHIC2006 3/23/2014 6:56PM

    Congrats and good luck on the new job! Really excited for you!

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XFITSTRONG 3/23/2014 6:33PM

    Happy 1 yr CrossFit anniversary! LOL! Not sure if you are interested or if you already do this, but what helped me out of my plateau is doing a protein shake after my workouts. I use Progenex Recovery. My trainer encouraged me to try it and I was amazed at the results! I seriously started PR'ing in everything after that! Unfortunately, I *think* it may be causing a rash on my face.... so I don't know if I can keep using it or not. I've been off of it for a couple of weeks and some days I think my rash is better and other days I think not. But I do know my performance and recovery are being affected by not doing a protein shake after my workouts. I am almost tempted just to deal with the rash and keep feeling great doing CrossFit!

Don't try and get too thin! CrossFit chics are strong and muscular! Your deadlift PR's will go down with the more weight you lose, LOL!!!! But I do understand about fitting back into your clothes. I am sure going back to work will help with that. Congrats on the new job!

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BABYSOX 3/23/2014 6:03PM

    Congrats on the new job. I find it easier to lose weight when I am working too. You have to be more scheduled and that helps. emoticon

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The week so far...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm actually having a pretty good week so far.

I kind of ate too much this weekend. Thin Mints anyone? Man, those things are like popcorn to me. But I started again Monday and had two good days. Wednesday is my weigh in day with my BFF. I gained a pound from last week but not from my highest. It looked like this:

Last Wednesday: 171.0
Last Thursday: 167.0
Today: 168.2

Oh well. *shrug* I definitely don't care. I feel better and the scale is a tiny piece of the whole puzzle to me.

Monday's CF was fun! It wasn't a heavy breather but it really burned and made me sore! It was the benchmark "Mary" which is a 20 minute AMRAP of handstand pushups, pistol squats, and pullups. I did strict presses for the handstand pushups, and most everyone used boxes for pistol squats. You just sit down then get up and down using one leg. It's funny, it was only 5 on each side per round, but dang! My butt is sore! I got in 6 rounds plus 11 reps. Was hoping for 7 so I could have had 105 pullups (still with a thick band) but I did 90. Still good.

Yesterday was also good. Deadlifts and running. I went really light for my deadlifts and just focused super hard on form, because of my slipped disc. Apparently when most people mess up deadlifts, they round their back. I'm in the small minority that arches their back instead. Either way, it's a bad thing. FLAT BACK PEOPLE.

I'm not going today, I'm taking one of my "rest" days but I might go for a run at the trail. Since my back has been feeling so much better, I stopped going for walks during the day and wouldn't you know, it's started to ache again a little! Gotta get up and moving during the day!

Maybe I should do that now! Bye everyone and happy Wednesday!

-Chrissy

  
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BABYSOX 3/12/2014 8:06PM

    I love your positive attitude. It is contagious!

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NHES220 3/12/2014 1:41PM

    Great workouts. Take care of that back! I ordered girl scout cookies and gave them away - never even brought them into the house - they are dangerous!

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WORTHEYMOM 3/12/2014 1:20PM

    Yep - I have to use a box for pistols too. I was finally able to get a few handstand pushups! they are awesome but hard! oh I would have loved Monday's & Tuesday's WODs! totally jealous! We did Annie & Helen Tuesday am and let me tell you what - I HATE monkey rash! ouch!

Speaking of Thin Mints - I have GS cookies all over my house! But I think after 10 years of being a leader, I am immune to them. haha

I just love having SP friends as Crossfit family! emoticon

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MSHEL7 3/12/2014 1:09PM

    Great workouts, I think you're doing wonderful.

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THELILEA 3/12/2014 1:07PM

    Happy to hear you are doing so well!!! I want to count my week day streaks and my weekend streaks as separately, is that cheating? Lol. If not, then I have 7 (week) days of doing well, if so then I have 2, haha.
I should try the sitting pistol squats! Those sound hard but approachable.

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JENNYMARIEC 3/12/2014 11:48AM

    Keep up the great work! It looks like you know how not to let a weekend of getting off track set you back. I still need to learn how to do that!

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FITGIRL15 3/12/2014 11:24AM

    Good girl! Keep moving, it makes you look and feel good! :D

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SUZIPAM1 3/12/2014 10:49AM

    Chrissy - I run a challenge page and I love you work out - would you tell me what you do in a week? I would like to incorporate your exercises into a challenge i can post for others.

Well done on your success you really are doing brilliantly.

Have a great day

Suzi

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MJRVIC2000 3/12/2014 10:49AM

    Be A VICTOR and not a VICTIM. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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14.2 alternate and almost made 3 days in a row...

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Well, I did not make 3 days in a row of eating right. I was so close... but there was a mix up in plans last night and I didn't get to eat until 9PM! That is way too late for me!!! I actually DID stick to a properly portioned dinner but when I went to bed I was still starving! I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep if I didn't eat some more. Unfortunately I did not make the best choice. I had maybe 1/4 pint of ice cream with some chocolate chips and a big glass of milk. But honestly I usually do WAY more damage.

The WOD at CrossFit this morning was 14.2, this week's CrossFit Open Workout, but my coaches are awesome and made a modified one that EVERYONE could have fun with (otherwise, a lot of us wouldn't even make it past 3 minutes)

The modified workout went like this:

First 3 minutes:
1 overhead squat
1 pullup
1 overhead squat
1 pullup

Remaining time is rest.

Second 3 minutes:
3 overhead squats
3 pullups
3 overhead squats
3 pullups

Remaining time is rest

Third 3 minutes:
5 overhead squats
5 pullups
5 overhead squats
5 pullups

Remaining time is rest.

And it went on in that pattern for up to 11 reps.

Overhead squats kinda bug me out, still, so I just used a bar and my usual thick band for pullups. This workout was so weird. This is how it felt for me:

1 reps- easy
3 reps-easy
5 reps-easy
7 reps-easy
9 reps- eeeeeep?
11 reps- OMG DYING COMPLETELY UNDOABLE DIDN'T EVEN FINISH

Very weird! But I liked it. It was very different from what a "normal" WOD feels like.

I'm soooo sore from the 200 situps Thursday, good lord! I sneezed this morning and screamed my head off! LOL emoticon

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Ta.

-Chrissy

  
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WORTHEYMOM 3/10/2014 12:15PM

    sweet! I hope our coaches do the same for us who can't do the chest to bar tonight. oh ice cream with peanut butter is my weakness for sure! I made sure that none got the grocery cart this week! =)

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MSHEL7 3/9/2014 12:49PM

    You did great keeping that ice cream within a good range, I'm sure you worked it off yesterday anyway. You're doing great with your workouts, I love it.

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JENNYMARIEC 3/9/2014 9:38AM

    There is no way I could have eaten just 1/4 pint of ice cream. I'd have to eat the whole thing if I got started. So good work limiting it!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/9/2014 8:03AM

    Congrats, sounds like a great workout!

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VW_STEPH 3/9/2014 4:59AM

    Wow, sounds like a super fun workout. I loved the "easy, easy, easy, eeeeep?" hehe.
Oooh situp soreness! I need to get down and do me some sit ups now lol! You've got me sooooo excited to go to Crossfit, eek! I want to go RIGHTNOW.

And well done on your eating! That isn't so bad at all and like you said - you would usually do way more damage - so the way I like to look at it is that it's still an improvement because it could have been worse. :)

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FITGIRL15 3/8/2014 9:25PM

    Your workouts seem very repetitive at Cross-fit. Are they always created from 2 or 3 exercises, and just alternating till exhaustion? To each their own!

Congrats to another great workout!!! I don't even have ice cream in the house.... in fear of late nights like that! emoticon

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