GIANTMICROBE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GIANTMICROBE GIANTMICROBE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ .....and now I am sad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675737 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. <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> 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, b... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:32:04 EST WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671152 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. <BR> <BR> 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 t... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:27:37 EST Last week and food and CrossFit and other stuffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654737 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! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I am still a bit too big for my britches! No literally. My pants don't fit. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I'm struggling so badly with this... I lost 35 pounds in 2011 and I remember it being easy... <BR> <BR> But maybe when I start my new job tomorrow things will be different. <BR> <BR> Maybe I should start a... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:15:14 EST The week so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646089 I'm actually having a pretty good week so far. <BR> <BR> 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: <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday: 171.0 <BR> Last Thursday: 167.0 <BR> Today: 168.2 <BR> <BR> Oh well. *shrug* I definitely don't care. I feel better and the scale is a tiny pi... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:36:05 EST 14.2 alternate and almost made 3 days in a row... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642999 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 ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 15:55:42 EST That time I lost four pounds in a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642108 My best friend has a Biggest Loser contest at work that she's participating in, and I decided to sort of do it with her. For a few reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. It's two months long and gives me enough time to lose ALL my grief bacon. <BR> 2. It ends right before my 28th birthday- I can be back to my happy size by my birthday! <BR> 3. We both use WW points so it's great to have a buddy that way <BR> <BR> It started Wednesday. I weighed myself Wednesday morning and was 171.0. I was pretty annoyed wi... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:16:53 EST I am the puppy queen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634683 Of double unders. <BR> <BR> I have to tell you guys I had a rough day today. I was a total mess all day. I'm definitely stressed and upset and on top of it, I guess hormonal, and I was just a wreck all day. When I came back from CF (yes I went) tonight, I had a complete meltdown. I haven't broken down like that since the DMV in December... yes I lost it at the DMV... it was epic... anyway, I sobbed my eyes out for hours to my boyfriend, about everything. The kind of sobbing where you can't b... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:14:46 EST I'm gonna write a book. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633646 About all the ridiculous, wildly inappropriate, uncomfortable, and just downright rude experiences I've had meeting and interviewing with scientists. Nut jobs, all of them. <BR> <BR> I had the worst interview of my life today, and that's including the one from my last job when I burst into tears in the middle of it. <BR> <BR> Although, I DO seem to get the jobs I have the worst interviews at, come to think of it... all my jobs' interviews were definitely in the neighborhood of disastrous. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:08:47 EST I only need to lose one pound, 15 times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630130 Good morning or afternoon everyone. Since my boyfriend is off today, I decided to go to the 10AM CrossFit instead of 4PM so I could spend the rest of the day with him. <BR> <BR> The workout was: <BR> <BR> Warm-up <BR> -500m row <BR> -Dog Sled Push down and back on turf <BR> (90# / 45#) <BR> -10 Baby Elephants <BR> -10 Forearm to Instep <BR> -10 Dislocates <BR> -get bench press started <BR> <BR> Weightlifting <BR> Bench Press (5-5-5-3-3-3) <BR> Shoot for 75% on your 1RM with the reps of 5 a... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:06:09 EST Deadlifts and Double Unders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627599 Had kind of an easier workout at CF tonight. I did some deadlifts for the weightlifting WOD and went very light. I concentrated suuuuuuuuper hard on squeezing my core and keeping my spine stable and I did not slip my disc! Yay! Avoiding deadlifts forever is not the answer. Deadlifts will strengthen my low back, and strong back muscles will keep that disc where it belongs. I'm just starting over, sloooowly. <BR> <BR> We also did some Tabatas. We did Tabata double unders, which I was excited a... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:28:20 EST BAM! POW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625574 I needed to personalize my jump rope a little so that I can keep it at CrossFit instead of carrying it back and forth (so that I and everyone else knows that it's mine.) Most people just slap some duct tape on there and Sharpie their initials on. <BR> <BR> My original plan was to tie pink bows around the handles. My coach already good-naturedly teases me for being a bit girlier than most of the other ladies- he makes fun of me for wearing nail polish, the way I pick up the bar, and for alway... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:42:47 EST Walking lunges and box jumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624187 A few minutes before I was planning to get ready for CrossFit, I got a rejection from the latest job I interviewed for. I say "latest" because I think this is the 9th. Or 10th? I'm starting to lose track actually of all the times I've made a pointless trip to fulfill someone's interview quota. I don't really want to go into anything in detail. I don't want to talk about it and I don't want advice. <BR> <BR> I tried to push it away and got in the shower (I know, I used to think showering bef... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:25:06 EST Thrusters, pullups, box jumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622515 Whew, CrossFit tonight was especially brutal because a photo student at our box wants to do a "before and after WOD" photo project, so the owner programmed a super tough WOD to give her the best after shots possible! <em>40</em> How nice of him!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> 75 thrusters, pullups, and burpees! I had to do box jumps instead of burpees due to my back but it was still just crazy! I had the Jell-O legs afterwards and had to take a minute to ponder stepping off the sidewalk to m... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:28:33 EST Double unders- I guess we're all good at something. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621602 So I went to CrossFit tonight and part of the warmup was double unders. My friend Ken, who started around the same time as me, was practicing and as usual could not get one. I said, "Hey buddy, you need me to show you how it's done?" and proceeded to bust them out. LOL. I haven't even practiced for two months... but they just flowed. <BR> <BR> If you have been my friend for a long time you might remember my obsession with my jump rope and all my jump rope workouts and challenges and all tha... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:51:24 EST Running and upside-down phobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620371 Hey all. I had a less than stellar weekend after a pretty good week last week. However, I did get creative this weekend. I went to the pottery painting place and made something cute, and Sunday I spent all day making tile art. It started as tile coasters, but I realized I can actually make anything I want on little bathroom tiles and it's turning into an art project for my room. So I spent all day making tile art and kept my hands busy and away from my mouth. <BR> <BR> I went for a short run... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:57:21 EST SDHPs, box jumps and a dozen cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618467 At CrossFit yesterday we did heavy bench presses, sumo deadlift high pulls, and box jumps. For the bench presses, I worked up to 70# which is about the same I used to do, I think. Unfortunately I got knocked down (almost literally) by my box jumps. 2 months ago I was progressing nicely. I was using a 12 inch box with a 45# weight stacked on it. Last night I jumped up and made it, but barely. I knew I couldn't keep it up for the WOD so I had to take the weight off <em>39</em> It sucks to se... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:24:22 EST My Happy Place... snatches, rowing, double unders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617164 I finally went back to CrossFit tonight after a long 3 weeks of holiday travel, illness, and then injury. Took me out of commission for almost 2 months! I was so nervous about going back, but in retrospect, I have no idea why. I had a ball and I love it there! I need CrossFit at this point in my life. Unemployment has been getting to me. And now I just feel so much happier and positive and energetic. <BR> <BR> I am also very excited because my CrossFit has finally started doing levels. Most ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:11:05 EST Woke up this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609316 and for one of the very few times in the past 2 years, I wasn't bloated from an oversized dinner. I stuck to my points yesterday and didn't eat dessert. It was a very good feeling. Granted, I wasn't very hungry because I am in a lot of pain, but for some reason I am still motivated to make it 2 days in a row. <BR> <BR> My back is just killing me. I think it's because I had to sleep on a leaky air mattress this past weekend. And my back has gotten progressively worse all week. It's like inste... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:48:40 EST Yay Bangs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608082 I got my hair cut yesterday. I have been trying to find a new stylist since the best one I ever had flaked out on me. I have tried 5 so far and none of them came close. But yesterday I think I got lucky! This stylist gave me regular texturized bangs instead of side-part bangs because she said my hair does not like a side part. She's right. I struggle with side parts in a major way. Also she said this way, I can do whatever I want with them. In this picture they are pushed to the side a little... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:34:12 EST Trying to blog, A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603483 I really want to have more of a presence on Spark than I have in a few months, but I just don't have a lot to say. This little survey has been going around and I like them and I like reading them. <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 27. Worst year of my life so far! <BR> B is for Booze: None. I don't drink. I don't like the taste. <BR> C is for Car: 2006 purple Cobalt. <BR> D is for Dad's name: William <BR> E is for Ego: I used to be pretty full of myself but this past year has really knocked me down. <... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:43:43 EST Trying to blog more again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592311 I've been fairly absent for a long time and I want to start blogging more often. I think blogs are how you really get to know your Sparkfriends. The ones that don't blog, I usually feel that I don't really know because they don't say a whole lot. <BR> <BR> I've been reading Tosca Reno's book The Start Here Diet, as I mentioned, and I find it very helpful because it attempts to get you to figure out WHY you struggle with your weight. In the journaling component, I solidified that this house ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:53:35 EST So, yeah... hi. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590237 I realize I've been absent for a long time. What can I say, it's been a rough couple of months. I don't want to complain about stuff because I don't want any advice, I have heard it all and it's old and tired. So instead of the bad stuff I'll talk about a few good things that have happened. <BR> <BR> The first nice thing that's happened recently is that my relationship with my boyfriend has improved tremendously from where it was a year ago. It started when I lost my job. Weird, right? You w... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:21:08 EST Yep, I was right. This week is rocking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547556 This week has been seriously awesome! I went to CrossFit twice and I'll go again tomorrow. I'm sore as HECK from going back :D so I'm about to go for an easy run to loosen up! Wednesday I spent the day making tile coasters with a good friend. Yesterday I had dinner and coffee with my gay BFF from my old job. I hadn't seen him in two months and we used to see each other every day. Let me tell you, we could NOT SHUT UP. For 7 hours! Today I'm having lunch with two other friends from my old job ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:55:52 EST Back to CF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544403 This morning I went to CrossFit for my first workout since recovering from my post-visit home illness. It was probably due to the fact that I haven't been there for so long and because I'm getting over bronchitis, but it was TOUGH. I waited until I no longer got winded going up the stairs at home before returning to CrossFit. The workout this morning was 10 rounds of 15 deadlifts (I have to do sumo deadlifts because of my back) and 15 hand-release pushups. I told myself I could stop anytime a... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:31:07 EST Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty and homemade gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542539 So the last time I checked in, I was home for my mom's birthday and everything was awesome! The day I came back to MD, however, I got bronchitis! Ain't nobody got time for that! <BR> <BR> I got my flu shot this year so I was attacked by by my other old enemy. I can never, ever get just a simple cold. It's always influenza or it always goes into my chest. <BR> <BR> I have never been sick and still been able to attend school or work. When I am sick, I am in bed for days. I don't know if I a... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:22:34 EST Home and Home Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527440 Greetings from beautiful western PA! I'm home visiting my mom for her birthday. The surprise was a great success, although my stepdad's reaction was far better than my mom's. I wish I'd had a a candid camera on him, LOL. <BR> <BR> I came home Sunday night. Monday we took my mom's new dog Milton to the park. This is Milton. I love him and I want to dog-nap him and take him home with me to live. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320396838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:49:02 EST If you think Fran is scary, try FrankenFran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524005 Today's WOD at CrossFit was our Halloween WOD called FrankenFran, which is a take on the benchmark Fran, except much scarier: <BR> <BR> 3 rounds for time of: <BR> <BR> 400m run <BR> 21 kettlebell swings <BR> 21 thrusters <BR> 21 pullups <BR> <BR> This WOD really did its job because I am not even joking, I had nightmares about this last night! It turned out not to be too awful, but I had to do light thrusters because my back is still healing. My coach did the WOD with us and that's always a... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:01:37 EST Practicing and treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518566 This past week I sort of unconsciously dedicated myself to practicing some things I want to get better at, running and double unders. <BR> <BR> When you are 5'11 people tend to make really unfair assumptions, one of which is that you can naturally run like a gazelle. In my case, that is absolutely not true. A few weeks ago, my coach told me, "If you would just learn how to use those long legs, you could outrun everyone here". I was inspired. I started up C25K and I'm in the second week. That... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:28:18 EST I look so cute with whip marks :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517213 This picture is probably going to show up too small in the Spark blog to see my raging whip marks, but trust me, they're nasty. I practiced double-unders at CrossFit tonight for almost an hour. Coach says eventually this will stop happening because I'll learn to stop tugging on the rope when I trip. Which is a lot. <BR> <BR> I also got like 6 double unders in a row tonight! Woo! <BR> <BR> I think just is just such a cute picture of me. I love it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:12:33 EST silly animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516970 One of my cats, Bastion, always begs me for food. I am sitting here having my lunch and he was begging for a piece of roast chicken. I usually don't give him any because he doesn't eat it- but what he does do with it is so cute, sometimes I give in and let him have some. <BR> <BR> I gave him a piece of chicken and he did what he always does. He took it over and gave it to his brother Digit. Who doesn't ever eat it. <BR> <BR> Pets are cute. I have to say, it's been nice being at home with my... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:31:26 EST Cool Mom Story :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513332 So if you've been my friend for awhile and have read a lot of my blogs, you might know my mom has always been super unsupportive of my healthy lifestyle... it used to really hurt me, but for some reason... ever since I started CrossFit, she's really turned it around! She asks me all the time how it was, and what we did, and is just overall totally different. I like it. <BR> <BR> We were just talking on the phone and she told me she was at the grocery store the other day and saw this guy with... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:46:05 EST My Last Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501664 Wow, I remember being so excited 3 years ago and posting on Spark when I finally got a job! It was only supposed to last 3 months... and yesterday was my last day. It didn't take me too long to start crying... I went to my desk and found: <BR> <BR> A beautiful notecard set from my boss <BR> Pudding (inside joke) and a kitten card from a coworker <BR> An Oakmonter cake from another coworker- this is what pushed me over the edge. <BR> <BR> My coworker Barb is from Pittsburgh also, and last we... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:54:21 EST Happy Despite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497005 Today I got the official rejection email from the job I wanted so bad. I've had a few days to cope though, because I knew it wasn't happening. But I am at least in the neighborhood of devastated... I loved it... it was so perfect... it seemed like The Answer to why all these unfortunate things happened. It seemed like the door that opened, when the others closed. <em>39</em> It's so hard to tell myself it will be for the best, and everything happens for a reason, at this moment. I am very ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:59:09 EST Little bit of a grump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492595 Hey guys. I have to say I have a bit of a grump going on today, although it's hard to maintain since it's so gorgeous outside <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I had the sort of surprise job interview on Wednesday. I thought they said they would let us know Thursday. I really hope I misunderstood though, because I have heard nothing. <em>46</em> I really, really, really wanted that job, and not just to, you know, keep making money when I lose my current one at the end of the month. I REALLY loved... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:14:45 EST Plot Twist! Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486433 Hey guys. I've had an interesting weekend. Been kinda taking it easy because after getting my FIRST DOUBLE UNDER (woo!) I have been VERY ENTHUSIASTICALLY practicing and landed too hard <em>39</em> and now my knees hurt (boo!) I've been icing them and I expect they will get better on their own if I just rest. But it kinda sucks, I've never had knee problems in my life. I don't like it! <BR> <BR> So on to the weird/good part. About 4 days before I lost my job, the director of R&D came to me... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:53:48 EST How I'm doing today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482686 Still doing okay after learning yesterday that my last day at work is September 30. I went home and talked to my boyfriend who assured me it will be okay, and he's not one to lie- although, sometimes I want him to!- so if he says it will be okay, he means it. <BR> <BR> My mother was a different story. I'm so tired of being the mother in our relationship. She is so childish. When I told her what happened, instead of being comforting and supportive like a mother should be, she lost it and star... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:01:56 EST Plot Twist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481774 OK, so, I lost my job this morning. I'm like half surprised and half not surprised. They did a massive layoff- the biggest one even the old-timers have ever seen. It was frankly shocking. The day started off when two whole teams got let go... and you know, the news spread like wildfire. As a temp, I have survived two layoffs previously- I guess because I am cheap labor. But I didn't make it this time. I did get until September 30, I suppose because I am a temp, because all the "real" employee... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:53:37 EST How to make a day perfect- goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481408 I started thinking about daily goals I could set for myself. I asked myself, what things could I accomplish that would make a day productive and healthy? I wanted 10 things for easy scoring and this is what I came up with and my results for yesterday. <BR> <BR> 1. Get up at 5:15. <BR> Got up at 5:20. Pretty good. Check. <BR> <BR> 2. No diet pop in the morning. <BR> Check. <BR> <BR> 3. Do hair and makeup. <BR> Hair didn't come out that great, and I only had mascara and lip gloss with me, bu... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:44:34 EST I ate all the food...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474494 Oh man. I'm not proud of all the bad food I ate this weekend. OK, maybe a little proud. LOL. Full confession time! Here we go. <BR> <BR> Buffalo chicken pizza <BR> Jalepeno poppers <BR> Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with plenty of milk <BR> Peanut butter fudge brownies <BR> Chocolate fondue---> this was incredible <BR> Frozen mochas <BR> Lots and lots of pasta <BR> Nachos <BR> Hot dogs <BR> Turkey Hill Double Dunker ice cream ----> my favorite ice cream of all time <BR> <BR> Some of ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:14:17 EST Whip marks to go with my shin bruises :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470206 Ahhhhhh so excited and proud of myself for getting my FIRST DOUBLE UNDER tonight!!! I left work early and went to the 4PM class instead of my usual 5:30. Double unders were part of the warmup so I just started doing singles when my coach nagged me that he wanted to see me at least try. So I tried... and tried... and tried... took a break and looked around, noticed other people sort of bending their knees when they jumped, so I tried that... still couldn't do it. Then my coach pointed out that... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:29:14 EST 110 pullups, new haircut, Grumpy Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467595 I'm just gonna jump right into it! Last night the workout at CrossFit was: <BR> <BR> "Sean" <BR> 10 rounds of: <BR> <BR> 11 chest-to-bar pullups <BR> 22 front squats <BR> <BR> This was rather unpleasant- hero WODs always are- but the main thing I want to say is that I did all 110 pullups with a band. This is significant to me because when I started CrossFit a few months ago, I literally could not do ONE pullup even with the thickest band. I had to start with jumping pullups because I could... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:15:55 EST I can't believe I'm excited about carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461184 But these carrots are really, really, really, REALLY good. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eati<BR>ng-bbq-carrots/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to make these tonight and I've been thinking about them all day and my mouth is watering right now. THAT'S how good they are. I make them a lot, especially with burgers. They're almost better than fries! It helps, obviously, if you like cooked carrots, which I do. <BR> <BR> Try them out before grilling season is over! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:48:40 EST Come on girl, work those long legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460292 Tonight was my first night back at CrossFit after hurting my back one week ago. It feels pretty okay now. It's a little tight, and I can tell something happened, but it doesn't hurt. I'll take it <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight's workout was 400m walking lunges. I was excited because 1. I can do lunges even if my back isn't 100%- they don't bother it at all and 2. Lunges are not super super common in CrossFit- at least not at mine, so I felt like this was a WOD just for me <em>334</em> ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:04:25 EST This week has been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456432 Interesting. <BR> <BR> I had a nice workout at CrossFit on Monday, but when I came home, my back went out. Again. 4th time since December. I'm getting really tired of this BS. <BR> <BR> I already had Wednesday off- more on that in a minute- so on Tuesday morning I couldn't decide what to do. I ended up going to work... but I couldn't put real pants on, so I wore workout pants to work. I'm lucky to work at a place where no one cares if I wear workout pants. But I really couldn't walk... or ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:14:48 EST Awesome Partner WOD and Sled Pulls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450833 Had a blast this morning at CrossFit with my new friend- who is a real, live human being and not a dog. Aren't you guys all so proud of me?! The WOD was: <BR> <BR> 5 rounds of for time of: <BR> <BR> 100m sled pull, backwards and forwards (50# for women) <BR> Sit-ups <BR> <BR> While one person pulls the sled, the other person does as many situps as possible, then switch. Each person does 5 rounds. You pulled the sled backward first- so basically you are running backward dragging a 50# sled.... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:20:39 EST ahhhhhhh today was so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449166 I had an amazing day today, I have to say. I woke up in a great mood realizing that in two days I will see one of the many loves of my life- Johnny Rzeznik- live again when I go with my BFF's other BFF to a Goo Goo Dolls/Matchbox Twenty show on Saturday! I put the music in and cranked it UP all the way to work! <BR> <BR> Then during work! I mentioned these two people I work with before- we'll call them Gertie and Alex- they work together all the time- and Gertie is going to Africa for a mont... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:35:27 EST Another day in the life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445578 I had a bit of a bad day at work, you could say. I've been a grumpster lately for no good reason but I crabbed out this afternoon. I've gotten a few nudges about my bio-blog which I sadly had to abandon when I found out my subject GRE is in October and not December. I'm still studying- like crazy actually- but I don't really have time to do the blog :( But a good friend suggested writing in it anyway even if it's not quite the study guide I had envisioned, so I'm going to do that, because I t... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:47:45 EST I cannot even stand the cuteness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439891 I really hope I'm not a creeper for posting this picture of people I haven't even met, but my CrossFit just posted this picture on their Facebook with the caption "A high paw after a great WOD!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l854681788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this so much I can barely stand it!!!! I LOVE doggie days at CrossFit!!!!!!! One of my favorite things about the place <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a GREAT day!!!! <BR> <BR> -Chriss... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:57:35 EST Last night's workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438236 Last night's workout was a good one! <BR> <BR> For time: <BR> <BR> Run 1000m <BR> 100 hand release pushups <BR> 10 snatches <BR> <BR> The run wasn't all that bad, and I did the hand-release pushups on my knees. 100 of them? Please, I had to. I would have been there all night (and the goal is for everyone to scale the workout appropriately so that everyone takes about the same amount of time... if everyone else finishes in about 15 minutes and it takes you 30, you're doing it wrong). <BR> ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:04:03 EST A Few Simple Reasons Why Today Kicks Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435250 1. I made a new friend today at CrossFit. His name is Finnegan. He's an older gentleman and really cute. We played ball and I rubbed his belly. Oh, and he's a lab/retriever mix. I love dog days at CrossFit!!! <BR> <BR> 2. I had a very nice partner WOD even though I was nervous. I pushed extra hard because I didn't want to let my partner down and I am FEELING it! :) <BR> <BR> 3. I stopped and bought myself some new soap. For me the best post-workout reward is a fantastic shower. I bought Tea... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:02:49 EST