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Sunday Funday

Well it is here again, Monday Morning. This Monday was particularly depressing considering this weekend was such a great time. For one, I had fabulous friends in town from St. Louis which was amazing and also because I got a lot done! Nothing feels better than to be able to check things off of your list.

Sunday began with a few tears and sad waves as I wished my friends a safe drive back. St. Louis is about 6 hours away from Tulsa, so I knew they had a drive ahead of them, and I had a very busy day. It began with some breakfast…which might have been at 12 pm in the afternoon, but hey, It’s Sunday, right?? So I whipped out a banana, one egg, a scoop of cashew butter and a tablespoon of almond meal and made up some DELICIOUS Sunday Paleo Pancakes. it is so easy:

Paleo Pancakes

1 egg

1 banana

1 scoop of cashew butter

1 tablespoon of almond meal or flaxseed meal

Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix well. If you don’t have a food processor, just mash-up the banana with a fork. Then add your egg and stir up. Lastly put in your cashew butter and almond meal and with a bit of elbow grease, it becomes a nice thick batter.

Now, spray your pan with some Pam and put on a medium heat. Scoop a spoonful of batter into the pan and let cook like a normal Pancake. Flip when the pancake has set and you have a nice brown bottom.

A few tips: if your heat it too high the bottom will burn before the pancake is set enough to flip. Also, these are not normal Pancakes so they aren’t going to flip as easily. I would just scoop and turn as fast as you can to avoid getting that batter all over your pan. The more you do the better you get at this.

I eat these plain because they are amazing. No syrup needed. And they are great to eat cold later on in the day or even the next day. I frequently make a larger batch and save them. So good and very easy.

After that I met the other amazing ladies I Crossfit with at Turkey Mountain and ran the trail. This was my first time to Turkey Mountain and I was pumped. I have always heard it is a great workout…with a very windy, rocky, narrow and intense trail up the Mountain. (For those of you who live around a real mountain, Turkey is more of a slight hill. But here in Tulsa it is about as good as your going to get and I will take it!) Boy was it a workout! I tracked our progress and the trail we chose was about 4.2 miles and it tough! A few of us had some spills but it felt amazing. 

About 3 miles into the run we hit a steep and rocky part. As I was climbing I kept thinking how hard it was and that it would easier to just walk. But my motivation kicked it up a notch when I began to think about how good it feels to accomplish a challenge with such a great group of women. You know every other person with you is breathing heavy, legs burning, and sweating profusely but you are all in it together. Knowing that you aren’t suffering alone kept me motivated to keep going even if I wanted to give up, or slow down or walk. It always helps to be with others! And then, shocked out of my nostalgia, I almost tripped over  a rock and reminded myself to focus on where I was going.. Whoops.  That will teach me to have inspirational musings while on a Mountain.

Another great thing that was done this weekend was our front flower bed. Now, I will say, I by NO means did most of this work. That was thankfully done by a few of our amazing guy friends. BUT I did help out with the planting of the flowers. It felt great to get my hands dirty. Gardening, although not one of my passions, is very therapeutic. I hope after this summer my thumb will be a bit more green. Probably not a grass green shade, but a touch of green, like mint green…

Here is a before and after: 

Garden beforeGarden AfterGarden during

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When is this s*** going to kick in?

I don’t want to say that I expected to see some sort of results by now, but… Well ok, maybe I did. I was Paleo blog stalking before this whole Challenge began and reading the results of the many who have taken this same challenge. Whether that be a 30 day challenge, 12 week challenge, etc. these crazy Crossfiters all pledged to give this Paleo thing a try. And I swear that many claimed to be seeing results in the first week. I read many posts alleging that they dropped 5 pounds in the first week, saw their performance sky-rocket or witness visible differences in their body, ie: clothes fitting looser or flatter stomaches. Wow, that is awesome…but can’t say the same thing for me. My weight has stayed the same and I see no differences in my body. Definitely a downer in this whole process.

Now, I will admit, I didn’t have a ton to lose. After getting my body fat measured which was an interesting array of pinching skin… a humbling experience may I add, I know that my body couldn’t support losing like 30 pounds. Yeah, ok I am being realistic. However, I was hoping that some sort of results would keep me motivated to continue this whole deal. I haven’t cheated food wise yet, with the only indulgence being the alcohol, something I am pretty proud of. I will be the first person to justify that extra piece of chocolate or the small amount of something bad because, “this won’t hurt me”. My will power is strong, but my motivation isn’t.

If you have taken this challenge, or even gone a step further and changed your lifestyle, how long did it take you to see results? And when you started seeing results, what did you notice?

On a side note: I am very excited that I have successfully completed the Burpee Challenge at our affiliate, Crossfit Jenks. On January 1, 2010 we started the 100 burpee challenge which consisted of 1 burpee day 1, 2 burpees day 2, 3 burpees day 3, all the way up to April 10th which was Day 100. Me oh my did it get rough…there were a few days in the 80s and 90s when I was literally doing burpees in my living room and thinking to myself, what the hell was I thinking. But 100 days later I am happy to say that I am done with the burpee challenge. And a big bonus to me was that I designed the t-shirt that all of the challenge winners will be proudly wearing this year. Here is a sneak peek:

 

Breakfast left over No-atmel (Actually not bad warmed up later) 2 strawberries, 2 oz turkey lunch meat, 1 tbsp avocado

Lunch- salad with sunflower seeds (lemon dressing) 4 oz baked rosemary chicken-delicious) apple, hard-boiled egg

I Drank the Kool-Aid

Ok, well I guess it is a little late to say I drank the kool-aid, since it has been over a year now and I am more hooked to Crossfit than I ever thought was possible.

I actually learned about Crossfit while working out at a local YWCA. I had been taking a variety of classes there for over two years and had stopped seeing any results, or as everyone likes to call it, I hit a total fitness plateau.

So one day someone posted a flyer up about a new group class that claimed it could, “Get you in the best shape of your life” and immediately I was intrigued. Nervous to start something new, I signed up since space was limited and then spent the next week talking myself out of going. Only understanding that this would be an intense circuit-like training, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Many questions filtered through my head daily, which included horrid scenarios like, passing out, vomiting on myself and many other anxiety causing thoughts.

And then the day came, September 8, 2008. The Y Crossfit class took place at noon, so I changed at work and drove to the Y with knots in my stomach. I believe I sat in my car for about 10 minutes debating whether to go in or not, and finally, after a few deep breaths, got out and walked in.

Lets just say I made it through the class without any puking and minimal light-headedness. I was the most sore I had ever been in my entire life and more than excited to go back. It was just what I was looking for. I had danced competitively my entire life, so it incorporated that competitive, be the best spirit, while challenging me. Since I had been running on the treadmill for the last two years I had come to the point where I thought to stay in shape I would have to dredge on that horrible piece of machinery every single day. Well, I can officially say, Mind. Blown. It altered my view of working out and refreshed my spirit. I started hitting walls and then climbing over them. I was being pushed past points that I never thought were possible, when I wanted to give up, I learned how to “push past the pain,” as Breck, our trainer and owner of Crossfit Jenks always said. My confidence in myself and my abilities skyrocketed and it felt great.

Breck, the owner of CrossFit Jenks still teaches a slightly different version of Crossfit at the Y. Unfortunately the Y doesn’t have all of the necessary equipment like barbells, and pull up bars. We typically use dumbbells, box jumps, kettlebells and spin bikes. Attending both the Y Crossfit and his affiliate, Crossfit Jenks has helped me stay well-rounded in all of the Crossfit movements.

I could not imagine a day without Crossfit in my life. If I am not doing crossfit, I dream about crossfit, so I guess you can say, I drank the Kool-Aid and loved every tasty sip of it.

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