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Fitness Friday: Push Through

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I didn’t get a chance to post this last week but I did have everything already logged so I’m keeping it in for this week. Last week is first and this week follows.

Monday

This workout was rough.  I struggled with it the entire time.

  • 4o0M Run
  • 20 Ring Rows
  • 20 Push Presses
  • 20 Bent Over Rows
  • 20 Front Squats
  • 20 Box Step-Ups in Front Rack Position
  • 20 Lateral Burpees
  • 200M

I was dragging during this workout and was riding the struggle bus. It was the first time that I thought I was either going to vomit or pass out afterwards.  I went to a later class and didn’t eat beforehand so I feel like that played a huge factor. I ate well on Sunday but perhaps I didn’t eat enough that day.  But man, it was rough.  I ate as soon as I got back home from the gym but was tired and sleepy the rest of the day.

Tuesday:

Fran was the workout:

  • 21-15-9
  • Thrusters
  • Pull Ups

Before the WOD we worked on our split jerk up to a heavy single.  I was able to work up to 75lbs for that but my arms were definitely feeling tired.

I started Fran at 55lb but eventually had to drop down to 45lb.  I could not get through the thrusters at 55lb.  UGH.  It was frustrating but I also know it’s because my arms and shoulders were fatigued from the previous day’s workout.

I did also feel a little weak during this workout so I’m adjusting my eating just a bit to see if that helps.

Wednesday:

WOD was:

  • 30-20-10
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Wall Balls

I did t-t-b as best I could and got my feet up as high as I could.  This is a move that I feel like I could get down with some practice.  Wall balls felt solid and I’m seeing some progress with them.  It’s still a challenge for me to squat that much at one time for speed but it’s getting better.

I also did some strength today with some light squats and deadlifts.  I tried pulling 165 for deadlifts today but couldn’t get it.  I dropped down to 155 and pulled that for one but it was a shaky and tough pull.  I was also a tad light headed after.

UGH.  I’ve previously pulled 155 for 5 but today was just rough.  I left the gym super frustrated and annoyed.  I let it creep in to the rest of my day as well.  I tried not to but was not successful with that either.

Thursday:

  • 4oom run x 4 then:
  • 21-15-9
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Pushups

I did run for half and then rowed the remaining half.  I did alright during this workout but still felt very tired and fatigued. I have no clue what’s going on this week but it’s making me cranky.

Friday:

Unintentional rest day.  Started a new schedule which has me working later on Thursday evenings and I needed the sleep.

THIS WEEK

Monday:

For the strength portion we worked on front squats and I was able to squat 65lb.  I knew that I’d be doing squats later for additional strength training so I didn’t want to go too heavy.

The workout was

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders (Singles were 100-80-60-40-20)
  • Sit-ups

x 2

I don’t have great double unders so I did singles.  However this workout, twice, sucked.  We did get a full 5 minute rest between sets but still.  That equals 300 sit-ups.  I honestly didn’t think that I would make it through this workout. We’ve done this before but only one set and I barely made it.  That took me 13:28 and that was back in December.

This took me 25:50 which includes the 5 minute rest between sets.  So minus 5 minutes, it looks like I have definitely improved on this set!  I’ll take that as a win!

Worked on strength movements and focused on strict press and cleans.

Tuesday:

Overhead squats and hanging squat cleans were the focus today.  My least favorite moves.

The workout was an ARAMP for 9:

  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 10 Hanging Squat Snatches
  • 10 Alternating Pistols

Wednesday:

Good thing I had my running shoes handy because there was lots of running today!

  • 400M Run
  • 21 Kettlebell Swings
  • 12 Pull ups
  • x 3

I used the 25lb KB for my swings because I can do full range and get a true American style swing with that weight.  I also did banded pull-ups.  I was still the slowest person who completed this workout but I was able to do all of the runs without issue.  Running with no pain is a goal I’m still working on.

Strength session after that where I made the 165lb deadlift my bitch.  Last week I couldn’t pull it and could barely do 155lb.  I wasn’t letting that get me down this week.  I walked up to the bar telling myself that I could pull it even if it’s just for one.  I did 3.  Training was supposed to be for 5 reps but I didn’t have that much umph.  I’m ok with having completed 3 reps. Boom!

Thursday:

  • 21-15-9
  • Cleans
  • Box Dips

I cleaned 60lbs for this workout.  The highest I can clean with good form is 75lbs so I feel good about this workout.  Maybe I could have tried for 65lbs but 60 was a good start.

I can’t do ring dips so I did box dips as a modifier.  I tried banded ring dips after class and got stuck.  Ha! So yeah, not ready for those just yet.

Friday:

Fight Gone Bad

5 stations, a minute at each station, for 3 rounds. 1 minute rest between rounds:

  • Row for Calories
  • Wall Balls
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pulls with Kettlebell
  • Box Jumps
  • Push Presses

Ugh, it was rough but I pushed through.  Most people on the white board had totals up in the 200s and my total was 182.  So I wasn’t feeling all that great about my score until my coach came over to me and said I did an awesome job because I almost Rx (as prescribed) the entire workout.  The only station that I didn’t was the box jumps because I’m still at a 16in jump vs. a 20in jump.

That made me feel so much better about my workout! I didn’t even realize that I Rx’d just about everything until he mentioned it to me.  There are still a lot of moves and weight amounts that I have to modify when I do the workouts each day and my goal is to at some point be able to Rx most of the workout.  Today was one of those days and I didn’t even realize it!

Summary

Last week was horrible and this week was so much better.  These workouts definitely ebb and flow and it’s really easy to get frustrated on the weeks that aren’t going so well.  I’m trying to be better about not letting it get me down too much and to focus on progress.  I’m definitely farther along than I was when I started.  Or even a month ago.

Trying to keep my eye on the prize and not get hung up on the smaller battles.

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Roasted Hatch Green Chili and Corn Fritters

I wanted to create a dish that utilized some of the staples from the summer farmer’s market.  I decided to combine sweet corn and roasted chilies into a fritter.  This paired nicely with some Rosé that Cultivar Wine recently sent me.

Hatch Green Chili and Corn Fritters

Summer time at our farmer’s market is filled with the smell of chilies roasting over a big flame.  Hatch green chilies are a big deal and when they are in season, everyone is rushing to get their hands on some.

I thought the smokey chilies would go nicely with local sweet corn and decided to combine them into a fritter.  Perfect little side dish to summer cookouts.

Andrea’s Roasted Hatch Green Chili and Corn Fritters

  • 3 Ears Fresh Corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 5 Roasted Hatch Green Chilies, seeds removed and chopped (Heat level optional)
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 TBSP Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2C Corn Meal
  • 1/4C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4C Water
  • Olive Oil for frying

In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the corn, chilies, onion, parsley, and spices.  Toss together then add in the corn meal and flour, gently mix until everything is distributed and coated with the flours.

In a small bowl beat the eggs and water until frothy.  Add egg mixture to the corn and chilies mixture and combine until everything is coated and a light batter forms.

In a large skillet, heat about 2 TBSP of olive oil over medium heat.  When the oil is hot, spoon some of the batter onto the skillet.  About a heaping TBSP size, as you want to keep the fritters on the smaller side.

Do this until the skillet is full but keep the fritters spaced out and do not crowd the pan.  I was able to do four fritters at a time.

Cook the fritter about 3 minutes on each side.  Remove from skillet and place on a cooling rack.  Repeat until all the batter is gone.  Adding more oil to the skillet when needed.

Amount of fritters will vary depending on size but should yield at least 12 fritters.

Cultivar 2015 Napa Valley Rosé

I wanted something light and summer fresh to pair with the Cultivar 2015 Napa Valley Rosé and these fritters fit the bill.  The sweetness of the corn highlighted the light sweetness of the wine while the smokey earthiness of the chilies complimented the tart fruit notes and a touch of spice on the end.

Even if you use the hot hatch green chilies, that heat will pair nicely with this Rosé.

These fritters are a fun way to take advantage of the chilies and corn that are in season right now.  Perfect for your next gathering or cookout!  They also freeze well and can be reheated in a toaster oven or in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes.

If you’d like to try Cultivar Wine , they are offering a special promotion to my readers. Use the code CultivarWineFoodEmbrace when you order and you’ll receive 10 percent off your purchase.

Disclosure: I’m required to disclose a sponsored partnership between our site, Food Embrace, and Cultivar Wine. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of product. All opinions presented are my own. I receive wine from Cultivar Wine as a member of the Cultivar Wine Bloggers group.

 

 

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July’s Barbella Box

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June and July’s boxes were curated by Miranda Oldroyd and if you recall, I wasn’t a huge fan of June’s box.  I was a little concerned that this box might be the same but that was not the case at all.  I loved July’s box, it contained so many fun things!

We Are All Smith custom arrow bracelet.  The arrow has special meaning to Miranda and that story was provided with the bracelet along with a discount code to use for a future purchase.

The bracelet is adjustable so it fits my small wrists.  I’m also in love with arrows right now and it’s a contender for one of my future tattoos.  It’s gorgeous and perfectly feminine.

Linchpin tanktop

This grey tanktop is so light weight, soft, and comfortable.  I’m completely in love with it!  I wore it the next day to workout.  It held up great and didn’t sag too much when it got sweaty.  Easy to wash and toss right in the dryer without worrying about shrinkage.

W.O.D. Welder Coffee Soap

This soap has ground coffee beans in it which means it smells fantastic.  The grounds also act as a mild scrub while washing with it.  This soap is fun and provides a nice change up in the shower.

Flag Nor Fail Headband

I have a really small head and most headbands this size slide right off.  This headband stays put for the most part.  It’s snug and keeps hair out of my face while working out.  It did slip a little during the workout and I had to adjust it.  But it didn’t slip completely off, the gel grip really does help it stick in place.

Caveman Coffee MCT Oil (Sample)

Coconut oil for coffee!  I don’t blend oil in my coffee too much anymore but this will be nice when I want a little more umph to my coffee.

Progenex Cocoon Sample

A supplement that is supposed to help you sleep and restore those muscles.  Most supplements and I don’t get along so I passed this off to a friend.

I loved July’s box!  It had such awesome things that will see a ton of use!  This is probably my favorite box so far out of the three that I have received.

If you are interested, you can sign up for your own Barbella Box and start getting goodies each month!

* None of the links are affiliates.

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June’s Barbella Box

June 2016 Barbella Box

June’s Barbella Box has arrived!  June and July’s boxes are curated by Miranda Oldroyd, a badass fitness chick.

What this box contained:

WOD Gear Booty Shorts

The shorts are a fabulous color and they are so very comfortable.  However I am not yet that comfortable wearing booty shorts to the gym so at the moment they are for home only.  My goal is to be able to wear these to the gym or when I’m out for a run.

Progenex Trucker Hat

Eh, the hat is alright. It’s big and doesn’t really fit my tiny head.  I’m going to give it to Scott to wear when he does yard work.

Rock Tape

I recently found out that I’m allergic to this tape! So unfortunately I can’t use it.  The concept of it is pretty cool though, using tape to help tight and sore muscles.

Progenex Shaker Bottle

Basic shaker bottle. I already have a bunch of shaker bottles but it doesn’t hurt to have another on hand.

Progenex Force Samples

A pre-workout energy supplement.  Energy supplements aren’t my thing.  My body doesn’t handle stimulants too well, even the all natural ones.  So I have to pass on these samples.

Rocksauce Chill Sample

Cooling gel to help sore muscles.  This will come in handy when I have a heavy workout day!

Overall I was just OK with this box. Since Miranda is affiliated with Progenex, getting so much of that brand in one box seems a little much. Losing the trucker hat would have freed up some space for another product that could have been more workout related.

That said, I’m still enjoying getting these boxes each month and I can’t wait to see what is in this month’s box! If you lift or do Crossfit, definitely check out Barbella Box for fun goodies each month!

None of the links in this post are affiliate links.

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Fitness Friday: Work Hard

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Monday:

Was all the running:

  • 800M Run
  • 3 min Rest
  • 400M Run
  • 1:30 min Rest
  • 200M Run
  • 45 sec Rest
  • Repeat

It took me just over 30 minutes to complete this routine. I’m still getting back into running and I’m so slow.  But I did it and my hip did alright!  A little tenderness afterwards but nothing that stuck around or impacted daily life.  Thank goodness!

I worked on strength after class and was able to pull 155lb deadlift for 5.  Whoo!  Deadlift is my strongest movement and always improves my day when I get to do them.

Tuesday:

Tabata Tuesday!

8 rounds, 20 sec work 10 sec rest:

I didn’t think I did all that well until I put up my time with everyone elses’. I was pretty much right in with the group with made me pretty stoked.  Normally I’m the slowest (which is fine) but when I see that I’m in line with others then I know that I’m improving.

Wednesday:

Ugh this was a rough one and got to me mentally.  I tried not to let it but my score was so low and I let that get to me. Meh.

4 sets of each: 30 sec work, 30 sec hold

  • Push Press – Hold is bar overhead
  • Ring Row – Hold is upright position
  • Pushup – Hold is in plank position
  • Squat – Hold is in squat

So hard and I had to take a lot of breaks.  I was able to keep the bar overhead for each 30 seconds but had to break after that before starting push presses again.  I could not hold the squat for very long before needing to stand up. Every time a break was taken, 1 point gets subtracted from your overall total and that’s what got me in the end.  I had to take the most breaks during the squat and that ate up my total points.  Ah well.

On the upside, I did banded pullups today with only one band where I had previously been using two.  So that’s some progress!

Thursday:

Our workout consisted of two AMARPS.  It was definitely challenging!

1st AMRAP for 12:

  • 7 Hang Cleans
  • 7 Front Squats
  • 7 Thrusters

I think I’m going to have to get some wrist wraps.  My wrists fatigue so quickly causing me to need to take breaks. I could power through more squats and thrusters but my wrists tire out easily.

2nd AMRAP for 5:

Whew! I was sweating buckets at the end of this workout.

Friday:

DEADLIFTS! I was so excited to see this on the board!

  • 5 Deadlifts @ 135lb
  • 5 Handstand Pushups (That I modified)
  • 1 Rope Climb (That I also modified)

135lb used to be my 1 rep max on DL and now I can do that for a workout.  Whooo!  Progress and gainz,  I can see them!

After the workout we had to carry a 55lb sandbag for 400m.  Which was much nicer than having to carry a 55lb barbell for that same distance.

This week definitely had some ups and downs and some moments when I started second guessing myself.  But I powered through and am still seeing some progress which is exactly what I want.  Slow by steady, I’m getting there.