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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.


Box Jump

 Squat Thruster



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!


Team Jacob

Crossfit, Good Food, & Breaking Dawn – what more could ya ask for???

I get the rare chance to hang out with my husband on a trip this weekend in San Antonio!! He is getting Crossfit Instructor certified over the next two days.  I’m excited to get to be on a ‘work’ trip with him {finally} since he travels so much and we can get to have some much needed time to hang out – and time for myself while he’s in class all day!!!! Not quite sure yet what I’m gonna do with myself!!! 😉

Of course the first things on our list of things to do after getting here was to go see the latest Twilight saga Breaking Dawn!!!! It was ssoooo good!!! I haven’t read the book in a long time and couldn’t really remember what happened – but they did a great job with the movie as it jogged my memory of what happened in the book.



Can you tell why I love Jacob?!!! 😉

Waiting and excited for the movie to start!!!


My Fire Bites for today: 

oatmeal for breakfast when I got on the road – 4

mid morning snack – 5

lunch time but wanted to wait till I got to San Antonio so we could eat a good lunch – 2

Was STARVING!!! ate a a burger joint called Smashburger – OHMYGOSH – this was the BEST burger I have ever had!!!!

Everything was SUPER fresh! We both had the spicy baja burger that had 1/3lb burger, multi grain bun, spicy chipotle mayo, pepperjack cheese, guacamole, purple onions, lettuce and fresh jalepenos – YUUMMMMM-OOOOOO!  The burger was wayyyy better than the fries and that usually never happens to me. mmmmm- it was good!!  The burger was probably a good 12 points  – guesstimating – and the fries I ate were probably around 9 points? A nice little splurge -worth it for sure!!

movie snack – 5 pts

no dinner cause we were still full after the movie. I had another serving of these on the way home – 5