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Thoughts on workouts and a yummy steak rub recipe

So I’m playing with a couple ideas… #1 getting my yoga teaching certification and #2 possibly my CrossFit Level 1 certification.  I was thinking the other day while I was doing a workout in my garage about how far I’ve come in the past 5 years.  Going from workouts that were just walking on a treadmill, to workout videos (I used to love Debbie Siebers Slim in 6), to being introduced to CrossFit in Park City (by who is now one of the most well known CrossFit athletes in the US), to some P90X, to workouts with my trainer David, to running, to spin, to hot yoga, to crazy Army workouts, to P90X2, etc, etc.  The reason I started thinking about it was because I’m headed to Utah next week for spring break and would love to workout at the CrossFit gym there.  The last time I was there, I couldn’t do a box jump (barely could on the small box), I couldn’t do a pull-up (without a LOT of assistance), and I couldn’t lift what I can now.  However, IT DIDN’T MATTER, because I still loved it!  Don’t get me wrong though cause I’m totally happy that I can now do box jumps on a 24″ box!  But it was just cool to think about the difference I’ve made in my health and fitness.  I don’t feel like I’m a total workout or dieting freak though.  I don’t hang out at the gym for fun.  If I don’t feel like working out I don’t, I always listen to my body.  If I want to eat an entire bag of starburst jelly beans in one day, I do (1000 calories…true story, it happened)!  I finally feel comfortable in my own skin and just relaxed about my eating and my workouts like I never used to be.

I thought it would be fun to blog my workouts and give possibilities for scaling it down (it will also be nice to have them all in one spot).  However, I am not a trainer and some of these moves require knowledge of how to do them so you don’t hurt yourself.  You can google the moves and watch videos on how to do them, but please don’t attempt something you have no idea how to do.

The thing I like about the Cedar Park CrossFit gym is that they have a warm-up all set out and a strength move (which allows you to work on form and build weight) and then a Workout of the Day (WOD).

Workout 3/6

Warm-up exercises:

6 each- walking lunges, leg cradles, hand walks, pvc pipe arm circles (could use a broom or just do arm circles), press ups

10 each- burpees, jumping jacks, high knees, butt kicks, bottom squat hold (1min first round, :30 second), squats, push-ups

Strength- Push jerks (basically a press up of weight while standing up from your shoulders to overhead) 3-3-3-3 (4 sets of 3 reps) my weight (mw) was 65, 65, 75, 75, then one set of reverse shoulder to overhead so starting at the top and coming down slowly on a 4-count 8-12 reps mw 65.

*You can modify with weight and by just using dumbbells instead of a bar.

WOD- 15 clean and jerks then 3 rounds of 12 burpee box jumps (do a burpee on one side of the box then jump up on it and down the other side burpee on that side jump up on box, etc), 14 kettle bell swings, 16 sit-ups

*Modify burpee box jumps by doing modified burpees and stepping up on the box, modify kettle bell swings by using a dumbbell.

Here are some pics from a local competition I did with my friend Danielle.  The workout was 1 min sled push (with 45lb weight), 1 min clean (65lb), 1 min box jumps, 1 min squat thrusters (55lb), 1 min rest for 20 min.  It kicked my trash.

Clean

Box Jump

 Squat Thruster

 

STEAK RUB RECIPE

I love to use this on flank steak, but it’s good on any type of steak!

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Lawry’s Seasoning (red cap)

Garlic Salt

Onion Powder

I just sprinkle each of these all over both sides of the meat and rub it in.  Sear your meat on high first and then finish cooking on medium to seal in the juices.  I also like to wrap it in foil right off the grill or out of the pan and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting (it will continue to cook while in the foil so make sure it’s not quite down when you take it off).  Cut against the grain!  Thanks to my sister Michelle and her hubby Marcus for the cooking technique!

 

Alo ga?

I’m moving to HAWAII!!!!

Just kidding…maybe one day!  Let’s do a quick recap of the last few weeks cause I’m sure you can tell I’ve been a little MIA:

My hubby is home!!! Yay!! All three of us are very happy!

Completed the tough mudder. What an amazing experience! I would rather do a mudder over running a half marathon or running anything…anytime!! The best part was doing it with my hubby, sis-in- laws, and bro-in- law. I felt pretty good through most of the obstacles…until we got to the electric eel. Turns out, I don’t enjoy being electrocuted. Weird right? The best part of the whole thing was just the feeling of accomplishing such a feat. I love feeling strong and fit. It’s very motivating and empowering.

Four days after the mudder we left for our Hawaii vacation. We spent 8 days in Maui and loved every minute. Just what we all needed!

 

I have to admit, I am kind of anxious to get home. I don’t know how far away I am from my goal at the current moment (I was 2.8), but can tell by my super tight pants and growing muffin top that I need to get back on track. Is this déjà vu? Why do I feel like I’m always getting back on track? I guess it’s just life. My one focus now is getting to my goal. My new year’s resolution was to make it to my goal weight and I have a little over two months to do it. So I will continue on my second 90-day challenge and get back to a routine with eating and workouts. Stay tuned for details on how I will actually do it.  😉

Here’s a quick video for you…

what's up

This is what’s up!

Just want to do a quick check-in.  As you read from Lexy and Carman’s posts we’ve all agreed to get better at checking in to help us all be accountable!

Here’s a few picture highlights: recording my workouts, new toys for Cruz, finding tarantula’s on my porch, Cruz starts rice cereal, 4 pounds from my goal ahhh!!!, the most delicious homemade Korean food from my sweet Korean neighbor, Cole’s starts taekwonsoccer???, love chill in with my boys, and going on a date to the movies with Cole!

I’ve been fighting a sinus infection for the last 2 weeks and it is seriously kicking my butt.  After one round of antibiotics and me telling myself I was getting better for a week, I finally went to a doctor and she put me on a 20-day antibiotic.  Oh joy!  I feel like the sinus infection has really affected my daily schedule and ability to get stuff done.  Cruz is going through a growth period and his sleeping schedule has been a little crazy.  So sickness, plus lack of sleep, plus being a single mom, plus school, plus soccer, plus my house being a pain in the A to constantly keep clean, blah blah blah, do you feel me?  23 DAYS!!!  AHHHH!  Cannot wait to sleep for an entire day, like door closed mommy is in bed for the day, do not disturb unless to bring me starburst jelly beans and ice cream!

The one good thing about being sick is I haven’t been that hungry.  So I’ve been consistent with sticking to my paleo diet during the week.  I have been giving myself cheat meals which usually turn into cheat days or sometimes cheat weekends :)  However, I’ve still been able to continue on my losing path.  Since being paleo, I’ve lost 3.7lbs, which honestly I don’t feel is a huge difference from my losses with WW, but whatever, it’s a challenge, it’s temporary, this will not be a lifestyle change!

As for workouts, I tried out a gym here in Austin and honestly didn’t love it.  I felt like the classes didn’t really challenge me.  I wasn’t comfortable with the childcare for Cruz and the membership is super expensive.  So I’ve gone back to what has worked for me…another round of P90X2!!  I finished my first 90 days and had a total loss of 21 pounds.  Pretty freaking awesome!!

That’s about all for me.  Just taking it day by day.  Thought this was pretty funny and totally true for me!!!

 

 

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The World’s Best Olive Oil and Balsamic

I thought I’d do a quick update on how the Paleo diet is going.  I’ll admit…I’m hungry and a little tired, but feeling better every day I continue to stay strong! I’m trying to get into a routine so that I don’t sit around wondering what I should eat.  In the mornings I have a greek Vi shake within an hour of waking up and before my workouts.  Today after my spin class I made a delicious Vi shape pancake soooooo good.  I posted the recipe HERE.  I cook up extra food at dinner to have as lunch or snacks throughout the day and also bought a bunch of Larabar’s for a quick grab and go.  So far so good.  One week down, five more to go! Looking forward to my cheat meal!!!

wedding pics

Best Husband Ever!

I got a HUGE surprise last night for my 10th anniversary, no my husband didn’t magically come home from Afghanistan, but he did plan an amazing night out for me and Danielle.  We enjoyed our evening immensely!  Dinner, slumber party, late night talks about paleo diet ideas, workouts we will be doing together (so excited to workout with her), husbands, kids, life, just a fun relaxing much needed night away.  Hope you enjoy the video…beware, I say awesome A LOT, and I’m fully aware of it!!!