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Stay Active Even in a Blizzard


Whoa, being snowed in for seven days has been….well, interesting. It is amazing how much my motivation went out the window when you don’t have a car and you can’t leave your house without wadding through 14 inches of snow! And don’t forget people, we live in OKLAHOMA. This much snow is a record for our state. Usually we are lucky if we get 3-4 inches in one sitting here in T-Town, but 14? Sheesh. They were actually calling it The Snowcalypse of 2011! Cars were littered all over the street, buses were stuck blocking entire intersections and most grocery store shelves were completely picked clean.

Fortunately, we were able to get out one day (when the temp was above negative 6 degrees) and have a little fun. As you can see by the 10 foot tall igloo in the picture above…we had a blast. Which brings me to the theme of today. Even when the weather isn’t perfect, or cooperating at all, you are stuck inside due to a blizzard, or any other natural disaster that could be messing up your days there are always ways to stay active and keep your body going.

A few ideas to keep you active in the next Snowcalypse you encounter:

1. Shovel your driveway, and the neighbors (if they deserve it).  If you have a weight vest, even better! Strap that baby on and see how fast you can get it done.

2. Have a massive snow ball fight. It could be with your kids, neighbors, friends, whatever. Nothing gets your heart beating more than running from or chasing someone with an arsenal of snowballs. Talk about a good time.

3. Attempt some new recipes you wouldn’t have time for regularly. I found myself stuck inside with a lot of extra time on my hands, what better way to spend the day then trying that new Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry recipe I have been eyeing (pictures/post to come)

4. Do a few WODs in your house. Not all workouts need weights, you can do a great workout with nothing but your body. Try: 10 rounds – 10 burpees (click here to see how a burpee is done) and 20 sit-ups. Time yourself and see how fast you can get it done.

5. Rocky it up! Pile on the clothes and try for a neighborhood 5K. (make sure you have some nice sweat pants for your attire to really get you in the mood.

So there you have it. 5 fun ways to stay active when the weather tries to keep you in. Check back soon because I will be posting my the results of my Snowy Paleo Muffins!

Cheers!

Stay Active, Stay Healthy, Stay Warm, and smile!

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The Struggle to Stay Balanced

I am very happy to announce a new blog that I am excited and honored to be a part of: Hot Dish Health! A few of the ladies past and present that were/are a part of Crossfit Jenks decided to get together and write about something we are constantly talk about: staying and eating healthy. We found ourselves talking about food and nutrition 24/7. Every time we saw each other we would bring up new things we learned, recipes we tried, or lament about what we “accidentally” ate that weekend. We found that most of us were in a struggling battle to find balance between eating healthy and becoming obsessed.

Finally one day our Hot Dish Nicole decided that if we were all feeling the same way about food, how many other people in the world were having the same daily struggle? Enter: Hot Dish Health, a forum to talk about those struggles, get feedback from loyal readers like you and a place to start the conversation that no one wants to have but we all obsess over. So I hope you can find some useful information in both of these blogs, Healthy Living in the 918 and Hot Dish Health. Hopefully one post or another will speak to you, give you inspiration or just a much-needed laugh.

So enjoy! Stay active, stay healthy and smile!

Holy Jicama! | Hot Dish Health.

Stereotypical New Year’s Title

The New Year is here and like every year, each and every tweet and blog post asks, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” When confronted with this question on the screen I usually turn and hide. I don’t even want to think of resolutions because typically resolutions are the exact things that you DON’T keep in the New Year. Sorry to be Pessimistic Patsy but statistically most people do not keep their resolutions past week 2, and even less after a month.

So what are we to do? Say screw it all to any type of resolution that may help us be better, stronger, healthier, smarter  in 2011? No, absolutely not. But when you are making your resolutions think really hard before you set them out. And try to remember these three things:

1. Don’t give yourself too much to do in 2011. Try to focus on one or two resolutions that are manageable and that you could attain at any time in the year, not just the first. There are many grandiose ideas I have for 2011. I want to be fluent in Spanish, I want to do a 100 m handstand walk, I want to eat clean 100% of the time. I want to quilt. Sheesh, I have a lot to do and when I start to look at this long list of resolutions or what I call “wants” for 2011 I start to have a panic attack. How the hell can I possibly attain all of these things starting January 1st. So what did I do? I took a big step back and went over my list, forcing myself to pick one thing I can commit to, only one. Yes, I would love to promise myself that I will do everything on this list and if I can do that, great for me. In all actuality, the new year will hit and I will be so busy with everything else that most of this stuff won’t ever get wings to get off the ground. So my one New Year’s Resolution: Paleo. That’s it.

2. Grab your friends and get going together. Many people say they can hold themselves accountable, and maybe they can. I myself find that I am a lot more accountable when others are relying on me to follow through. So what better way to start the new year than finding a few friends that want to share your goal. This could be eating healthy, working out more, learning spanish, training your dogs, whatever! Just grab some friends and keep each other accountable. Plus, usually this stuff is a lot more fun when you aren’t doing it alone!

3. Don’t hate yourself if you fall back a few steps. January 1st is arbitrary. Yes, it is the beginning of a new year, and a great platform to start new things, but who decided that this is the only day of the year when you can start a program to make yourself better? Exactly, no one. Janaury 10th is just as great of a day as January 1st, and February 20th is good too. So if you decide January 1st holds too much pressure to get your butt into gear then give yourself a week to get started. The main idea is that you start, and if you fall off the wagon just make sure you brush yourself off and get back on, immediately. Don’t focus on the fall focus on the future goal and most of all make sure you are having fun.

Happy New Year everyone! 2010 was a great year, here’s to making 2011 even better!

Cheers to a bigger, better, stronger, healthier You!

Elbow…Shmelbow…

Soooo…I’m having some MAJOR elbow issues! I broke my elbow pretty much in half when I was in first grade and had to wear a bright red cast (my favorite color) for months which kept my elbow in a strict right angle for far too long. Unfortunately I remember everything from that day including the weird way my arm was bent…not normal. How did this happen you ask?? Well I may or may not have been double dog dared to do a cherry drop off the monkey bars, and who could turn down a double dog dare?

Not this girl. So up I went….and down I came, hard, popping my elbow and breaking it. Afterwards my elbow healed and with some therapy I was back to full range of motion plus some. When looking at my elbow it seems to actually straighten too much, a lot of hyperextension for ya. Which is great to freak people out at a party but not so

great in the overhead squat area.

So what are the main points of an overhead squat besides tight lumbar curve and weight on the heels…oh yes. Active shoulders. Exactly. The flexibility and shoulder strength come but a person can’t do a good, heavy overhead squat without active shoulders. Which is exactly what I tell myself when I’m setting up for a lift. Now, fast forward into a WOD…AMRAP in 20 of 10 overheads, etc. Round 3 comes into play and suddenly my hyperextended elbow can’t support the weight so it has to bend slightly to take the tension off the hyperextended joint. My elbow is actually straight when I bend it slightly which is great except a bent elbow carries hardly any strength. This therefore doubles the effort to get active shoulders because the strength is focused on keeping the elbow bent instead of pushing the shoulders up into the ears and pressing out. With my left elbow bent, my right has to support all of the weight and yep, you guessed it, there go my active shoulders and my ability to lift anything heavy overhead in a wide overhead grip. Grrr.

So here I sit, wondering how I will be able to fix a problem that stems from my bone structure and not a mobility issue. I am going to work with the overhead squat to see if different grip widths will help, but without a locked elbow and active shoulders I don’t see much heavy overhead squatting in my future.

I am going to work on this and hopefully give some updates in the near future… Anyone else have this problem??

Farmer’s Market and Weekend Activities

Hooray!! The Tulsa Farmers Market is officially open and guess what?? Walking distance from my house. That my friends, is very exciting. Now, on Saturday mornings I can roll out of bed a little bit early and walk down the block to pick some amazing food up before Crossfit at 10 am. Sounds wonderful and exactly what I did this weekend. I was very happy to get a grass fed chuck roast and a few basil plants. I keep wanting to make pesto, but buying herbs from the store is ridiculously expensive. So for $4.00 I was able to get two plants. Now I just have to plant them! And if you love pesto like I do, here is a great recipe for some Pesto Chicken Roll ups. AND a great site for easy Paleo Meals…

Feed Me Paleo- Pesto Stuffed Chicken

DELICIOUS. I have made this dish twice, the first time I rolled the chicken up and the second time I just brushed the pesto on. Both very good, but the second was was a bit easier and way less messy.

This weekend was interesting to say the least. For one, Saturday included a fundraiser for an alternative high school in Tulsa called Street School. Our friend was on the board and got four of us to go as KISS for their Hardest Rocker Contest. Let me just tell you, I worked on sewing these costumes for about 4 weeks and boy did it pay off. I think we looked great and ended up winning! That was a blast. Here’s a little pic of the costumes.

And, despite the alcohol indulgence, I was able to eat strict Paleo. We ordered food before the fundraiser, which included grilled chicken, no bun or cheese and a side salad. I also brought some cashew/cranberries with me. This helped curve my appetite so I didn’t have to eat the appetizer buffet. So I stayed clear, although some women next to us were eating what looked to be “heaven on a plate” desert and I had to avert my eyes. Sigh. I wonder when my sweet tooth will cease to whisper sweet nothings in my ear.

Saturday-

Breakfast- turkey lunch meat, avocado, larabar

Lunch- eggs, strawberries, a turkey sausage patty

Dinner- grilled chicken, tomato, side salad with cucumbers and tomatoes

Sunday-

Snacked all day- cashews/cranberries, banana, turkey lunch meat

Dinner- flank steak (YUM) broccoli/cauliflower, strawberries for desert

“Take me out to the Ball Game”

Ok, so yesterday was great and all. The day continued smoothly and the weather was so nice I actually got in a run down by the river. I. love. spring. Anyways. The hard part didn’t come until the evening. All of my friends and I were invited to the new baseball stadium that Tulsa built downtown. I would just like to say a few things. One, I love baseball. Being from St. Louis and all it is pretty much bred into your bones. Every single St. Louisian loves baseball and loves the Cardinals. Now, imagine my excitement when I found out that Tulsa was going to build an actually ball park for our AA team, The Tulsa Drillers. Woo hoo, you just made my day. So that was really awesome for me and the city as a whole. I will be looking forward to many many more baseball games in my future. That was the good news. The bad news was that my friend’s parents rented the entire Tiki Deck at the new stadium for us to enjoy the first game. Great, but not so great. This Tiki Deck came equiped with a spread of dinner and drinks. Yikes. I guarantee that no one thought to make this dinner Paleo Friendly. So, knowing that this night would be hard on my eating style I prepared myself. I made sure I had a bag of cashews and cranberries and I also cut up an apple for easy accessibility. I figured that at the very least they would have burgers and I could have one sans bun/cheese/and everything else that is great on a burger. Which meant I didn’t have to worry about protein. Good. I was set.

Just a side note: I will be the first one to say, with all of this Paleo business and everything I am giving up there is one thing that just won’t be going away and that is alcohol. Again, being from St. Louis it is rather hard not to grow up drinking copious amounts of beer with Anheuser Bush being right down the street. Now throw in the fact that I am Italian and wine was pretty much served with every meal since I was old enough to hold my own bottle and you can pretty much see that cutting out alcohol was just a step farther than I was willing to take this whole deal. But I am making adjustments. I am attempting to not drink any beer and if I am going to indulge then it will be with wine or hard liquor. And when I do decide to drink I will make sure that I have a plethora of Paleo snacks handy so I am not tempted to cheat. Unfortunately my friends are not joining me in this challenge so they find no problem with ordering pizza or fast food at 2:00 in the morning. Good for them, bad for me.

Once we got to the game and I was able to soak in everything that is great about baseball, it was on to the buffet. I looked at the spread, and thanking my lucky stars, I noticed that they had plain grilled chicken breasts at the end of the line. Hallelujah. Unfortunately I had to pass up other delicious things like macaroni and cheese, chips and dips, etc. So I grabbed a chicken breast and went to have my meal. The game was fun, and I ended up staying on track which was a small victory for me. I can’t say the same about the poor Drillers, the ended up losing 0-7. Oh well, maybe next time.

Breakfast- “No-atmeal” and a small turkey patty

Lunch- Mixed greens, sunflower seeds, lemon dressing, tuna, an apple w/ cashew butter

Dinner- chicken breast, cashews/cranberries

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.