My First Crossfit Competition

Oliver and I have been doing Crossfit since around May of this year, then I took off 2 months for surgery and I've been back in the gym about 6 weeks now.  We went to a few competitions while I was recovering to cheer on people from our gym and it really got me wanting to do one! 

A competition is put on usually by another gym at their box, the workouts {or WODS} as we call them are always different. I think there's usually 3 different WODS and they have different levels - scaled and RX. That meanS they have different weight requirements for the lifts and for things like jump ropes - singles for scaled and double under for RX. 

You compete for time, each participant has their own judge who ensures they do the reps correctly and also counts them. I LOVE not having to count for myself, hahahaha, it's like a vacation in my head! 

I was literally so nervous when I started I didn't know if I could lift the weight my hands wouldn't stop trembling! Everyone is standing and watching you workout, some are yelling, and some are cheering. After about 45 seconds I felt like I was dying - I ain't never pushed myself that hard at a workout, thankfully each workout was less than 8 minutes because my heart rate was int he 190's the entire time. 

Out of the 3 WODS I placed 1st on the deadlift workout which was really not my strongest when I was practicing. One of the girls from my gym told me DON'T YOU DARE drop that bar when you get tired. Then she got in my eye site and I was like shit, I can't put this bar down. hahahaha. It worked! I went back and watched myself on Periscope {and THANK YOU so much to all of you who logged on to cheer me on! Y'all are the best and I love you for the support!!} my second event was doing overhead stuff and that's where I struggled {burpees did not help} but overall I was so proud of myself!!

This picture pretty much sums up how I felt after each event, I gave it my all each time. It was such a rush and so much fun!! Honestly walking up I was terrified, all these fit people walking around and I felt out of my league. Then I remembered that EXACT same feeling I had walking up to my first half marathon, being brave and trying new things has always turned out well for me. 

I ended up placing 2nd in the women's scaled which I'm proud of! I also was delighted to find out Susan was competing, all the way from Fort Worth, and she's been a reader of my blog since that Miss Madison days!! I just love this community so much! This comp was put on by Big Rig Wylie and it was very well organized, they were extremely welcoming, and I will for sure do it again next year! A huge shoutout to my gym - Crossfit Lavon - I love that people take time out of their weekends to come and cheer for us!! That's why they get that 'cult' nickname....we stick together! 



We had a pretty low key weekend, the weather was fantastic, sunny with a cool breeze. Madison played really well at her games this weekend, my favorite Saturday activity. Look how big Aiden baby is getting! His new thing is to say 'YES' to everything - no more 'yeah' or 'uh huh' I'll probably cry for a week when he stops saying 'sister' and calls her by her name. This kids hairs is slowlyyyyyyy making an appearance!

Oliver and I went out to dinner with our friends on Saturday, we tried a new restaurant in Dallas called Sixty Vines. They have wine on tap, awesome food, and the atmosphere was amazing! We were able to eat on the patio - in a greenhouse. 

Sunday is food shopping/food prepping day. I usually start by cleaning and organizing the fridge, we legit spend a fortune on food each week, but we both eat almost all our meals at home and the kids both take a lunch to school. I've finished my first week of carb cycling and oddly enough I have a much harder time eating high carb and low fat than I do with low carb days. I sat down and figured out ways to get more carbs in without adding more fats.

I changed my bread to a higher carb one, the Trader Joes Sourdough has no fat and 24g of carbs each slice. I usually use Natures Own which is around 11g per slice. 

Instead of just broccoli on the side I made broccoli tots which have breadcrumbs inside and are super yummy! I used the riced broccoli from Trader Joes this time and they turned out perfectly, but you can just use regular broccoli too. I mixed broccoli, egg whites, breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese. - baked at 425 for 16 minutes. Instead of rolling in a ball I just used a muffin pan.

I also bought some Cereal {Pumpkin O's} to add in high carb days, I'm also going to add in beans to a few dishes. I actually rarely eat beans, but if you have a great recipe with them please leave me a link!

My Zaycon Fresh order came in, we've been separating 3 cases of chicken this weekend. Oliver trims and I bag. The freezer is loaded up and it should last us a while, ever since Oliver started counting macros our lean meat consumption has gone up considerably. I make enough for 3 days on Sunday and again on Wednesday, I try to have some prepped for the weekend to help keep myself on track. Eat all the protein at home and save fat and carbs for meals out.


Body Fat + Food + Exercise.

This is last October vs today. 146 vs 152. 19% Body fat vs 22% body fat. My leanest was this time last year - I was eating around 1900 calories {had to go back and look in MFP} I was running 2x a week and lifting on my own. Since then I've been out for surgery twice and started working from home. 

Oliver and I go about every 3 or 4 months now to get our body fat tested. He was sweating a bit for his test results this time because in the last 2 months he's only lost 2 pounds on the scale. That little shit lost 3% body fat and gained like 4 pounds of muscle. Eye roll. I'm just jealous - I put in more work than him and I only lost 1% fat and gained 1 pound of muscle, which is actually good considering I was out of the gym for quite a few weeks.

So if he was only measuring success off the scale he would be mighty disappointed in .5 a month - but because we do the body fat testing he knows that what he's doing is working! I highly recommend you get it done no matter what stage you are in. I WISH I had done it years ago, I now get so frustrated seeing women weigh themselves day after day and getting discouraged - things are happening that you can't see on a scale!

I started my carb cycling this week, because I upgraded MFP I am able to preset my days for my 2 sets of macro goals. I am still in the learning curve for carb cycling and it's not that easy to hit 245 carbs with only 45 fats, I thought I planned well, but things happened - I had to eat a quest bar on the go before I died - and that messed up my lunch and dinner macros.  I already ate all the fruit in the house, so I'll have to stop by the store and pick more up again today. and pretzels. and sweet potato. LOL

I'm going back to protein pancakes on my high carb days, I tend to have less cravings when I eat something sweet for breakfast and these keep me really full. I've been using the Lil Buff Bakery cake mix for them, they are just really convientant to pop open and add like 3 things - milk, egg white, applesauce.

Right now my workout schedule is Crossfit 5x a week - running minimal - maybe 3 miles on the treadmill. My knee has been swelling a bit and I'm scared to run and make it worse, but I was told it's common for up to 6 months after surgery. Ice, Ice, Ice. I've gotten a few painful massages - let me tell you what - that first massage on my back after my lower body lift was PAINFUL. Walking hunched over for close to a month takes quite a toll on your body, I finally braved the chiro too and felt A MILLION times better afterwards!

My Crossfit competition is Oct 15th - after that I'm hoping to up my running to get myself to a good level for my Vegas half like a good run/walk/jog for 13 miles.

I went back to soccer, outdoor at least, indoor I'm gonna wait a bit because it's a lot more twisting on my knee. My team needed new jerseys so I sponsored them!

Sweet baby girl is LOVING Crossfit kids so much!! I record her workouts and she runs home to show Oliver how she's doing, then they all start squatting in the living room practicing their form. She's also been asking to get up at 6am and run, my little mini me. 


I will NOT put a shirt on.

After having my surgery I of course started to get nasty comments and messages - "it was my own fault for being fat" - "I need to put a shirt on" - "what lesson am I teaching my daughter? That I have to spend thousands of dollars to feel good about myself?"

At first it really annoyed me, so much so that I found myself putting on a shirt. Then I thought - EFF THAT. I will not be shamed into doing ANYTHING I don't want to do. 

I've been taking my shirt off for years - long before I had surgery.

I wasn't ashamed then and I won't be ashamed now.

This here blog, my Instagram, my Snapchat, my Periscope, my Facebook - is all about my life. Fitness and all the things that go along with it are the backbone, so if you don't like to see my body then you're welcome to not come around here anymore. I've shared the good, the bad, the ugly.

I'll also give you a eye opening tid bit - having your skin removed is not the same as them cutting off your fat. You still need to be active and eat right, so when will it ever be enough?

Hopefully never - I pray that I wake up each day with a vigor to improve an area of my life. If not my body, than my relationship with God or my family. To be a better parent than I was yesterday. To be a better business woman. To be a better friend. The day I stop trying to outdo myself will be the day I have given up.

Do you know why I've been so consistent in my fitness? I don't stop changing it up, I can name the hundred's of ways I've used to lose weight.

Weight Watchers
Jenny Craig
Gym classes
Spin Class
Clean Eating
Lifting weight
Counting macros

There is no wrong way to get healthy! I had success using all of these tools, but I get bored. Starting Crossfit this year has renewed my passion, I was getting stale at the gym. God led me here - not for myself, but for my family. In the 16 years I've been with Oliver I have never seen him stick with anything for this long. Marriage is hard, but it is less hard when we have a common interest we can share together.

and yes, what lessons am I teaching my daughter?

Hard work pays off.
Be consistent.
Take your shirt off if you want to!
There is a world outside of Minecraft ;)

Do I think she will grow up to judge me for having plastic surgery?
No. Would I have judged my own mother for doing it? No.

I'm sure she'll have her own list of complaints about how I failed her as a Mother, but that's the circle of life. I think we all judge our parents to harshly, until we are grown and see just how hard it is to always do the exact right thing. 


Switching It Up!

Cut Oats Top

Mini Me and I did a little shopping this weekend, a new crossfit outfit for her and some new shoes for me. We let the boys tag along, we debated on going to Octoberfest in Mckinney, but it was still so hot out we changed our minds. She's really into Crossfit kids, every day she changes into her workout gear and practices her pushups and squats, she loved using the kettle bell last week to 'deadlift'. 

We had an early dinner at Houlihans, I went with the Squash Lasagna with zoodles on the side - very delicious! My FB group was challenged to have veggies at EVERY MEAL all weekend long. I made some tough choices, I was dying for a burger, but opted for veggies. Eating out can be hard, I try to stick to places I know has SOMETHING I can work with - we rarely eat Italian for that very reason - lots of pasta and sauces. 

I went to Saturday Crossfit and got a crazy hair to do GHD sit-ups, I swore after my surgery I would never do theses again. Someone told me a story about someone ripping open her wounds 10 years later and it got me scared, but you know me... Anyways I did them and my abs are feeling it! 

Sunday I hit the gym to test run these 3 WODs and make sure I could do them in the time limit. Event 1 was really easy {I'm doing the scaled version so the red weight is the weight I use}, event 2 had me like WHOA. I barely made it in the 8 minute time limit, but I'm going to practice again next weekend and maybe adjust what ground to overhead move I'm doing. Event 3 seemed ok - 115 deadlifts, not too bad... until you have to do nonstop for 5 minutes. Then 2 minutes of kettle bell swings, ahhhhh. I didn't do bad, but I need to work on my endurance. I signed up for the BigRigs Rachel's Challenge Event - it's October 15th! 

After Church we ran into my Dad at Costco and he took the kids so we had a lovely quite lunch together. 2 years olds and restaurants are just a hard combo - he likes to climb around and touch every knife in sight. We went to Fuddruckers and I ordered the Kale Power Salad - delish! Highly recommend! I've never put pickled onions in a salad, but I might try to recreate this at home.

Next week I'm hosting an October Diet Bet - weighs out Halloween day. You can sign up here. I'm debating trying something new - either carb cycling or Intermittent Fasting. I'm leaning more towards carb cycling, but I'm going to research a bit more {aka ask Poppy.} before I decide. I just feel like switching life up a bit! 

Anyways, everyone is welcome to join the Diet Bet, you don't have to count macros or anything fancy if you don't want to, but I'll have a Facebook group for the month of the bet. I'll post the link on the Diet Bet wall this week :)


All Things BAE.

Swear this was Madison a week ago, hanging out in the garage with me while I painted furniture. Y'all regulars remember those days??  The other day at our 'buy all the Pumpkin items' trip to Target she refused to buy My Little Pony socks, said that was for babies, I maybe died a little inside for my sweet Twilight Sparkle. On the bright side I won't have anyone asking me if I really named my child Twilight Sparkle. 

In other news I made THE MOST AMAZING PUMPKIN BREAKFAST EVER. You're really missing out if you don't try this recipe, I'm just sayin'

1 package Lil Buff Bakery Mix  : code: skinnymeg
70g Pumpkin Puree
30g Almond Milk
1 egg
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

50g of vanilla okios
22g Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
sprinkle of cinnamon

I also made some sweeter ones for dessert last night.

1 package Lil Buff Bakery
1 tblspoon coco powder
75g applesauce
30g Almond Milk

Then I carved out a middle - pipped in marshmallow fluff and topped with a bit of Peanut Butter All-Natural Non-GMO Dollop Gourmet Frosting .

I do better making my meals full of lean meats and veggies when I know I get a bit of something sweet at some point during the day. I know that restricting myself too much leads to being unhappy, even better when my desserts can have some protein!

We are almost 8 weeks out from my Lower Body Lift, I'm apparently some freak who recovers quickly LOL I don't know why, but once I was able to stand up straight I just felt pretty much back to normal. I'm almost back to the weight I was lifting before I went out, my deadlift took the biggest hit, I'm about 50 pounds under my max.

Sooooooo there's a competition coming up that's close to my house and I kinda want to do it - scaled version {non cross fitters that means it's the 'easier' version of the workout}. I'm scared though, so of course I'm trying to talk some other girls into doing it with me. I'm going to try the workouts this weekend and make sure I can lift the weight required on each move - mainly my snatch. Deadlifts, box jumps, jump ropes { I ducking can't figure out how to double under!!! ugh.} , burpees, snatches, and a couple other things I'm forgetting.

I know that all the great and amazing things in my life have come on the heels of being afraid. Going back to college, trying my first bootcamp, running a marathon, shit even that first week of Crossfit! I don't regret any of it and I need to remember that when I'm nervous about working out in front of a group of people.


Record Breaking Temps.

I did a 4 mile run one day last week to test out my knee, everything felt great, no swelling no pain. The plan was for me to come back when it was cool outside, that didn't happen. It's record breaking temps right now in Dallas, September and October are hard - you want to sip lattes in your leggings and cardigans and it's sweltering out. 

Saturday we did a sunrise 'long' run, I'm training for the Rock and Roll Half in Vegas November 12th.  My groin area is the part that's killing me, it's so tight and needs to be stretched back out from walking hunched over for the better part of a month. I was only sore that first day so that's an improvement from the first run I did where I was walking funny for a few days. I think I'll stick with a 2 days running plan for the next few weeks and then go to 3 a few weeks leading into the race. 

I'm seriously enjoying all my Home Chef meals - I stopped requesting the 'low calorie' ones, they were just so skimpy on veggies. Instead I'm picking the regular meals and adjusting to meet my macros. For example - this is a BBQ Chicken Flatbread. I used my own Guy's Sugar Free BBQ Saucesauce and went light on the cheese. I had someone ask how I track these meals - just like any other meal I make, these are just easier because all the ingredients are bagged, weighed, and sent to my door step.

Other than that we spent most of the weekend sweltering at afternoon soccer games. Grocery shopping. Meal prepping. Baby kissing. I had time to get a mani and pedi, found a new place nearby that I absolutely loved. Rose Gold glitter gel nails, that's all you need to know ;)

The babies made Pumpkin Bread with Mimi, I hear it was good, but I skipped it. My accountability group partnered up this weekend in an effort to support each other by staying on track all weekend. It's helpful to know others are counting on you to put forth extra effort!

Last year I had baby abs and while that extra skin is gone I'd like to get some definition back, you know - look like I workout ;) That's all in your diet, gotta make those hard food choices. I ran behind a girl who was ripped over the weekend, I thought about her shoulders when I was at a birthday party with cake and at my Mom's with the pumpkin bread.


Our White House, Part 2.

We picked our lot, put down the earnest money, and submitted a change order for a few minor changes we wanted to make to the floor plan we picked. We wanted to change a few doorways, nothing too major, if you start moving walls you have to pay extra earnest money and architect fees. I had a realtor, Heather, come by and give us a selling price quote for our house, but we won't be putting it on the market until Spring. I'm a little hazy on the way the dates will workout - we have to lift the contingency on our contract by the time they start sheet rocking. So, I'm not sure what that means in terms of us moving, but Heather said she'll read over the contract and let us know. I'm nervous because I don't want to have to shut down OMB for a long period of time, but if we have to live with Mimi that would have to be what I do. 

Step 2 is going to the design center, the fun stuff! The builder gaves us a 20K budget, everything else we have to cover. I'll just go ahead and tell you that 20k goes real quick. Oliver had a lot of discussion before we went, it really helped keep us on the same page. We want to spend the bulk of our money on things that are really important to us - floors and countertops. 

We have wood grain porcelain tile in our house now and absolutely LOVE it, so we want to have it in the new house. I was actually pretty surprised Oliver was 100% on board with such a white floor, but we both want a light and bright house. #ourwhitehouse  The problem is that you have to have the time through the bottom floor because of the open floor plan, that's $$$. 

I also asked for a quote on laying it in a herringbone pattern, but I won't hold my breath. I mean, it's just so pretty and I think it's worth the cost. 

Kitchen cabinets were next, I requested that the uppers be white and the lowers and island by grey, hopefully they don't charge me extra for it. I did add a few upgrades, like a sponge rack inside the drawer and a cookie sheet divider. 

Standard countertops are granite with this builder, but I want something a little cleaner looking. Quartz is my next choice and of course I picked out a level 7 {goes from like a 1 to 12 I think on the price scale}. The backsplash was a source of argument between us...

They showed me this stainless steel backsplash and I super heart love it so much. Oliver did not, but we compromised and I got a baroque shaped tile that I think we look gorgeous. It's actually the one in the picture above with the quartz.

The bathrooms were the hardest for us, I didn't love any of the standard items. I tried to mix and match some standards with a few upgrades, but nothing was speaking to me. So, I got a standard stone tile and they will tile it like this - the longer rectangle tiles are a bit more expensive. I got a level 1 quartz, I just couldn't make myself pick any granite knowing I would not like it. 

I was lucky enough to find an example of the exact brick and stone I wanted, both standards thankfully! It's hard when you are just seeing a small board of a few bricks and trying to imagine what an entire house will look like!

The designer got back to use quickly on prices for most of the items we picked, we have to review the list and decide what we want to go with in the next 2 weeks. The next appointment she will have everything laid out and we will once again go over our choices. 

I know for sure that I'm changing the grout on the floors to a darker color, Oliver wasn't sure what that would look like, but after showing him a few pictures he agrees that it will be easier to keep clean. After reviewing the price list I can tell you we have to make some tough decision already. No frameless shower door for SkinnyOli, that was 4k! They also quoted me 15k to put wood upstairs in the game/media room for OMB, no. way. We will just have our floor guy come out after we close and install the same laminate I have upstairs right now. I'm not too happy that they charge extra for different color paints or to change the finish to eggshell, but it is what it is. 


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