September Barbella Box

september barbella 2016

September’s Barbella Box was curated by Christmas Abbott, a CrossFit competitor, Olympic Weightlifter, fitness advisor and you get the idea.  This box was given the nickname, Christmas in September and it was a bit on the heavy side. I was curious to find out what was in it given the heft it packed!

Exosleeve Knee Sleeves 

They are an army green color and have Rebel down the sides.  I was ecstatic to get knee sleeves because they have been on my “to purchase” list for sometime.  My knees have been bothering me a lot lately after workouts, especially if there’s a bunch of squats or lunges.  I had hopes that sleeves would help with that. I’m not a spring chicken with young 20-something knees.  This sister needs some support.

These sleeves are awesome.  My knees feel so so good when I wear them and they are definitely a benefit. After using them for workouts my knees are not as sore or achey.  My squats also feel much more solid when I’m wearing the sleeves.  I will be sticking with knee sleeves for a while!

The Badass Body Diet Book

This is written by Christmas Abbott outlining her Badass Body Diet.  I haven’t looked through the book yet as I’m only slightly interested.  I’m constantly trying to read as much info as I can about nutrition while weightlifting but at the same time, I don’t want to get sucked into some sort of diet mentality.  I will read the book at some point though and will let you know thoughts once I finish. (Can be found via Christmas’s Website)

Be Unstoppable Coffee Mug

If I’m feeling particularly feisty in the morning, this is now the coffee mug I reach for.  It’s on the smaller side but I do like it.  It’s a mug so there isn’t a whole lot to say about it.  If I had to pick something, I would say that the mug doesn’t really need Christmas’s signature.  The saying is good and should be the highlight. (Can be found via Christmas’s Website)

LifeAid FitAid Drink

I have not had this.  I am not a huge fan of health drinks so I tend to pass those along to Scott.

Plus some coupons and discount codes.


I loved this box just for the kneed sleeves.  The mug and book are OK and I’m sure there are lots of subscribers who really enjoy them.  For me though, this box is all about the sleeves because they are awesome and such a steal!

If you weight lift or do CrossFit, give Barbella Box a try!


Fitness Friday: Slow and Steady

me post workout


Was rough. I didn’t sleep well and I hit the later 9am class.  This was my first class after my very first CrossFit competition the previous Saturday and I was so. very. tired.  More on the event soon, I’m still trying to get all my thoughts together for that review.

Our WOD was AMRAP for 12:

  • 10 Snatches
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
  • 10 Lateral Burpees

UGH.  We had to do snatches for the competition so this was a little rough going.  Snatches are still a very weak spot for me so the weight was light at 35lbs. I got in 3 rounds + 28.  So close to getting 4 rounds but the burpees held me back.


Tabata workout, 20sec work 10sec rest, for 8 rounds.

  • Row for calories
  • Abmat Situps
  • Pushups
  • Mountain Climbers

The mountain climbers got me towards the end and I had to scale those by removing the jump between switching legs.

We also worked on front squats and I worked up to an 80lb front squat!  That is my highest weight so far.  I tried for 90lbs but my legs were not having it.  I’m OK with 80 though, still a PR.


All the running!  This was a combo of cardio and strength and it was a challenging workout.  I have not done a workout quite like this before and the transition was tough.  We did get a rest between running and lifting which helped.  I was the slowest in the group.  Everyone is a faster runner than I am and they all flew through their sets. I took my time with the weight sets.

  • 800M Run
  • 5 Min Rest
  • 3×4 Back Squat
  • 400M Run
  • 3 Min Rest
  • 3×4 Press
  • 200M Run
  • 2 Min Rest
  • 3×4 Deadlift

I got up to 90 for the back squat.  Again due to tired legs especially after the run.  Umph!  That was tough!  I’m also still dealing with some shoulder pain so my presses weren’t so great.  I was able to do a few reps at 55lb but not many. I had to drop down to 50lb to finish out the sets.  Deadlifts, worked up to 155lb for my last set.  It was tough and my legs were rubber by this point.


Our workout was split into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  I did the intermediate level and I was so close to RXing this workout but had to drop the weight down to 50lb.  Boo!  So close I could taste that RX!


  • Burpees
  • Hang Squat Clean
  • Banded Pullups

Goooooood lord.  It doesn’t look like much but it was rough.  We were told to take it slow and steady, that it wasn’t a race to be the fastest.  Good thing because wow, this was such a challenge.

I was wrecked by the end of this workout.


I thought I was wrecked from the Thursday workout which was nothing compared to today’s workout.  Ugh.  Hero Workout White and it was so so rough.

5 Rounds:

  • 3 Rope Climbs (Or 6 Rope Pulls)
  • 10 Toes To Bar
  • 21 Walking Lunges with 25lb held overhead
  • 400m Run

35 minute time cap and I finshed at 33:03 with a seriously scaled version.   I can’t do rope climbs which is highly frustrating.  There’s some element that I’m not getting or something isn’t clicking yet with my feet and the rope because I can barely stand up on the rope.  Two girls who are brand new to the gym just learned rope climbs today and were able to do it.   *grumble*

I also cannot do toes-to-bar, I can just get my feet lifted off the ground.  And weighted walking lunges are so hard on my legs. I was able to do a few with my knees touching the ground but then had to switch and focus on getting as low as I could.

I did do the runs though!  Had to walk for a few seconds once I reached the 4th round but I’m ok with that.


This week was challenging for me.  Some of the workouts drained me mentally and physically.  Hello, Hero Workout. But I pushed through and did the best that I could.

I’m seriously considering doing another competition in April 2017.  I need to get my butt in gear though to prepare for that.  Which means I need to run more and work on my endurance along with CrossFit moves.  I don’t want to look ridiculous.  I want to be able to complete the workouts and really push myself.  Still in the considering stage right now!

Despite being really tired and drained this week, looking back I feel good with how the week went.  I’m also proud of myself for making the Monday workout because it would have been easy to brush it off and claim that I needed another rest day.





August Barbella Box

Aug 2016 Barbella Box

August’s Barbella Box is loaded down with lots of fun goodies!

Unbroken Designs Lifting Belt (!!)

This lifting belt was created just for Barbella Box, it has purple and pink flowers along with the Barbella logo.  I was sent a large belt and it was way too big.  Barbella Box was great and was able to make an exchange. They sent me a medium which fits much better.

I’ve been curious about lifting belts and am so excited to give this a try once I get to a place where using one will be beneficial.

Doc Spartan Armpit Armor

This is an all natural deodorant that has simple effective ingredients.

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Shea Butter
  • Refined Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Blend of Essential Oils

I’ve used all natural deodorants before that didn’t really cut it.  I like that this one uses charcoal to help with smell and controlling sweat.

I love this stuff!  It handles workouts great and I’ve used it as an everyday deodorant and it held up well.  I still sweated a bit but nothing compared to other products I’ve used.  My only critique is that it does get used up quickly compared to most other deodorant, natural and non.

Livesore Pineapple Socks

These are so cute!  Plus they match one of my gym shirts which is a fun bonus.  I’m not one for matching when I go to the gym, I just wear whatever, because I’m there to workout not be cute.   But there are some days when I want to look cute and workout because I don’t always want to look like a slob.  These fit that need.  They are also a nice inbetween sock.  Not as long as knee socks but provide a little bit more protection than just a regular ankle sock.

Amino Freeze Pops

Fun popsicle flavors that are full Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs): L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine to help with muscle repair and recovery.

I haven’t had these yet but they are in the freezer waiting for the perfect day!

Barbell Babes Sunglasses

Sunnies with Barbell Babes written down the side.  Cute and functional, these sunglasses are perfect for patio sitting and running errands.  They are a little big larger than the sunglasses I normally wear but they are lightweight and don’t slide off.  I love them!

Plus a bunch of coupons and some stickers.


I loved this box!  It was full of so many products, some that are fun and some that are functional.  And a few that are both!  This box was perfect mix of products all of which I love and can use.  Plus Barbella was great with exchanging a size with the lifting belt.

I can’t wait to see what’s in the next box!

If you lift and like getting fun workout gear and accessories then you should definitely give Barbella Box a try.  So many awesome products delivered each month!


Fitness Friday: Push Through

Motivational Quote

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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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



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


  • 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.


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


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!


  • 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.


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!


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.


Fitness Friday: Work Hard



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.


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.


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!


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.


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.



Fitness Friday: Tired Legs

crossfit gym


Rough night of sleep Sunday evening lead me to playing catchup all day.  I slept late and hit the 9am class.  It was all running for the workout.  I was nervous about how my hip would hold up since this would be the longest run I’ve done in months.

  • 400m Jog
  • 300m Sprint
  • 50m Jog
  • 50m Walk
  • x 4

I was slow AF and my sprint was more like a faster jog but I made it through all four rounds. My hip did amazing! It was slightly sore after the workout but nothing major and was gone after a few hours.

YES! This means I’m making progress and can start doing longer runs on the weekends!

Because I went to a later class I wasn’t able to get in any additional strength training that day.


Much better! I slept well and had plenty to eat to fuel me through this workout.

Cindy  AMRAP for 20

  • 5 Pullups
  • 10 Pushups
  • 15 Squats

I did ring rows instead of pullups.  I was able to get through 4 rounds of pushups before having to switch over to being on my knees.  We were told that this workout we had to pace ourselves instead of trying to blast through the whole thing.  I ended up with 11 rounds + 19.  I was about 2-3 rounds behind everyone else.  Which is fine but maybe my pace was too slow? Perhaps I should have tried to bump that up a bit.  I’m happy with the workout and my results though. I thought for sure I would get gassed on all the squats but those are getting stronger and I’m able to do them for much longer.


We worked on snatches today and I’m still plugging away at a lower weight on this one. I’m making progress though and have been able to increase weight slightly.  Increasing ladder of:

  • 5 Power Snatches
  • 5 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 10 Power Snatches
  • 10 Box Jumps
  • 15 Power Snatches
  • 15 Burpee Box Jumps
  • 20 Power Snatches
  • 20 Box Jumps

Took me 9:23 at 25lbs. Not too shabby! I was worn out by the end!

I did some light squats after the workout.  My legs and hips were so achey and tired that I could only do a few reps at 65lb before calling it quits.  My body just wasn’t having it.


Partner workout today, not for time, just had to grind through.

  • Row 250M
  • 20 KB Front Rack Walking Lunges


  • 20 Push Presses
  • 20 Bent Over Rows

So one partner does one set and the other partner works the other set, then you switch.  In total, we had to do each set twice.  Weighted lunges are still very challenging for me.  I used 20lb kettle bells and still had trouble getting back up after lunging.  Someday I’ll be able to do weight lunges without even thinking about it.


UGH.  I can’t even fully explain the workout because it was a crazy partner workout.  But it boils down to doing 90 reps of push presses at 50lbs and then rowing 2500m.  Yeah.  Coach told me to pick a pace and stick with it so I did just that.  I got through it, slowly, but I did it.  Wiped out.

Over all this week was just alright.  I was feeling really run down and tired the early part of the week.  Wednesday I was a wreck and thankful I had the day off.  I was feeling like such a slug this week and it was really starting to get to me mentally.

Right now I’m happy the week is done, it was a long one!



Mental Blocks and Hangups


Training definitely has its ebbs and flows.  Sometimes you feel like you’re making progress and riding the gainz train like a pro.

Then sometimes things feel off and you feel like a slug in gym clothes.

This week I’m the slug.

I’m doing OK and I’m still seeing progress with my training.  But I’m also having A WEEK where my energy is low, sleep is being a bitch, everything hurts, and I’m riding the struggle bus.

Maybe it’s PMS related.  Maybe my body is just asking for me to take a break and slow things down.

Maybe it’s all in my head and I’m just being a wuss. And there it is, THE DOUBT.

Because an off week can just throw you for a loop and doubt starts to creep in.  I start questioning all my movements, life, and wondering if I’m on the right track.

Doubt has no place under the bar.  Confidence is what gets that bar to move.

But this week I’m second guessing everything and asking all the questions that doubt makes us ask.

Why can’t I lift XX amount yet?

Why hasn’t the scaled moved at all?

Will I ever be able to run 6 miles again?

Will I reach my goals or are they all just pointless?

And on and on and on.

I’m trying not to let it eat me up too much but you know how that goes.  My gym had a great article up today and it has helped so much.  It talks about this very thing and also talks about making sacrifices to achieve those goals. You can read it here.

This paragraph in particular is everything right now:

Just because you can’t do something today, does not mean that you won’t be able to do it one day. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

So I’m going to keep working and keep plugging away because I have goals and I want to reach them.


Fitness Friday: Getting Stronger

Me flipping tires


This workout was completely different from what we normally do at the gym. It consisted of a run/walk routine for different meters and it was for three rounds.

  • 200m Fast Run
  • 100m Walk
  • 100m Fast Run
  • 50m Walk
  • 200m Fast Run
  • 150m Walk

Since I’m still working on getting my hip strength up, I rowed instead.  During the walking part, I just rowed really slowly.  It was interesting and challenging to make sure I was at the right distance.

I did strength training after and was able to do a working set, 3×5 of 90lb squat.  It was hard and not pretty but I got it done.  I’m pretty close to being able to start the second level of strength training.  If I’m calculating right, I should be able to start that in the next few weeks.


We got to work on deadlifts! We don’t do deadlifts as part of our workout too much so this was an exciting moment and I was stoked!

The workout was 21-15-9

  • Deadlifts @ 125lb
  • Box Jumps @ 16 inches

I might have been able to do a little heavier on deadlifts but not by much.  In total that ends up being 45 reps and I was definitely feeling it by the end.  UGH.

It wiped me out for the rest of the day, I was spent!  Was in bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9!


My body was so tired and sore that I was dragging as I headed to the gym.  Of course there would be tire flips on the schedule.  Of course! Tire flips were part of the warmup today and I did them pretty well!  Though my back is pretty achy now.

Workout was 3 rounds in 21 minutes:

  • 0-2min
  • 200m Run + Jump Rope
  • 2-3min
  • Push Presses @ 55lb
  • 3-4min
  • Ring Rows
  • 4-5min
  • Hanging Squat Cleans @ 55lb
  • 3min rest between rounds

My squat cleans aren’t that great but are getting better.  I’m slowly, slowly, starting to get more comfortable being under the bar.

I was able to do the workout at the prescribed weight of 55lb! I’ve been chasing that weight for a while now and was so happy to work it today!

Because I’m sore and tired, I didn’t do any strength work today.  Maybe I could have done some squats but my body was feeling pretty worn out.


Oh my gosh, Wednesday I was so tired, achey, and sore it was ridiculous.  I kept complaining and then telling Scott that it’s a side effect of being a badass.  I was joking.  Mostly.

I thought I would have trouble with today’s workout but once I got warmed up I was fine.  I also must have got some killer sleep Wednesday night because I woke up feeling so much better and way less achey.

Today’s workout included a 400m farmer’s carry, 35lb in each hand.  Thankfully I have a few friends in class and we were able to walk it together which made it less painful.

Workout today included Sumo Deadlift High Pulls which is a mouthful.

AMRAP for 10:

  • 10 SDHP @ 65lb
  • 10 Lateral Burpees over bar

I completed 4 and a half rounds.  I got one round in at 70lb for the SDHP but had to drop down to 65 for the rest. That said, 65lb is still significant weight for me and an increase.  It was tough and I had to take some rest breaks but I did it.  Working hard to get stronger everyday.  That’s the goal.

And to wear booty shorts but that’s another topic for another time!


This workout was a tough one:

  • 30sec Row
  • 90sec 5 Goblet Squats and 10 Pushups

For 15 rounds.  UGH! I pushed through and got it done.  I think what helped is that I didn’t know what round I was on, I just went until coach said to stop.

This week was challenging but I’m making good progress.  I am definitely getting stronger and am able to more weight for some moves. My endurance seems to also be increasing, yeah I still have to take some breaks during the workout but not nearly as much or as long as before.

Hooray for progress!


Fitness Friday: Push Through

Workout Station


Part of our warmup included a 200m run and I decided to test the waters and see how my hip would handle it.  It was 600m total and my hip did well! No pain at all during or after the run.  Hooray!  If I keep up with my exercises I should be able to start adding running back into my routine.

Workout today was AMRAP for 15:

  • 4 Power Cleans
  • 6 Front Rack Stepping Lunges
  • 8 Bar Facing Burpees

I actually was able to do the lunges! Lunges have always been a challenge for me and when I started CrossFit last November, I could not stand up from a lunge with any kind of weight.  Not even an empty bar.  I’ve since learned better lunge form and have worked on those along with Turkish getups.  I was able to do lunges at 45lbs.  Whoo! That’s a huge accomplishment for me!

Strength session after the workout.  Still stuck right now at 85lbs for back squat.  I’m focusing on staying balanced and not relying on my left side for all the work.  I think now that my right side is working more, my squat is a little off.  You’d think it would be stronger but I think that’s because my right side just needs to get used to the work.

Deads at 135 and they felt so good!


Ugh, rough workout.  I didn’t eat a big enough dinner and I felt all of that during the workout. I was dragging so much.

The warmup included weighted runs, meaning run for 200m carrying a kettlebell.  I did 20lb kettlebell for my run.  Umph! Still my hip did perfectly!

Workout today was 20-15-10-5

  • Double Unders (I’m still at singles)
  • Power Snatch @ 45lb
  • Pushups

Any kind of shoulder work is my weak point so 45lb snatch for me is heavy. I made it through but was toast after the last set of 5. This workout was killer for me!

We’ve been doing pullup work after our workouts. The goal is to be able to do one pullup at the end of the month of July.  I would love to be able to do that!  Not sure if I will get there but it’s a nice goal to focus on!


The warmup for this workout was a long one!

  • 200m Run
  • 10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
  • 10 PVC Pass Through Lunges
  • 10 Deltas (short explaination is situps with a weight)
  • 400m Run
  • Repeat moves
  • 800m Run

Since our WOD also included running, I opted to row for the warmup so I didn’t overtax my hip.


  • 400m Run
  • 20 Ring Rows
  • 20 Wall Balls

I ran for the workout and it was awesome! My run was definitely slow AF but I did it and my hip isn’t angry. In total, I ran a total of 1000m which is just over half a mile.  Hooray!  I’m so stoked about that and am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Strength training also went well! 85lb squats felt solid today, heavy and still challenging, but solid.  75lb power clean felt good and much better than the first time I did it.  Strict Press is still weak but I’m ok with that.

Over all this was a good training day and I walked away feeling awesome.  And hungry. So hungry.


Ugh. Workout was a rough one but I did it all!  The warmup included a 400m farmer’s carry, I used 35lb kettlebells. The last 50m were walking lunges with the weight.  I’m still working on weighted lunges so I couldn’t go all the way down with that amount of weight.  I got as close as I could though and pushed through.

The workout was AMRAP for 20:

200m Run

Then x3:

  • 5 Front Squats
  • 5 Push Press
  • 5 Evil Wheels (using the barbell as an ab wheel)
  • 5 Weighted Bridges (again, using the barbell)

Back to the beginning with a run.  I hope this makes sense!

Weight was 50lb and I was able to get through 2 rounds plus half of the third, not too shabby!  My hip seems to be doing well with the short distance runs so far.

I was exhausted after this workout.  Usually by Thursday I start to get really tired and feeling the workouts from the week. I can’t wait to sleep in on Saturday!


This workout ended with 60 burpees which I basically just crawled my way through because me and burpees don’t really get along.  Right now.  Soon I’ll make them my bitch but for now, ugh.

  • 10 Pullups
  • 20 Kettle bell swings
  • 30 Box jumps
  • 40 Pushups
  • 50 Situps
  • 60 Burpees

The weather has been so humid here lately that all I do is sweat and at the gym I’m sweating buckets.  It feels good but I can do without the humidity.  I thought I left that on the east side.

Again I’ve had a solid week that I’m pretty proud of.  Even though I’m still slow and even though there’s still a lot of things I can’t do, I’m making progress and seeing change.  That is a pretty awesome feeling!




On Lifting and Body Confidence


When I discovered Powerlifting, I started following a bunch of women powerlifters on Instagram (I’ll link to them at the end of the post).  I also discovered two groups dedicated to supporting women in the sport, Girls Who Power Lift and GRRRL.  Both are amazing groups and are all about lifting women up and being positive in all aspects of your life.  Being proud of who you are and what you can do.

One side affect to lifting and surrounding yourself with people who are supportive is that you also become more positive and confident.  About yourself, life, and your body.

Lifting is a very empowering thing, especially for women.  Knowing that, yes you can pick up that heavy thing off the floor with no problem is a freeing feeling.

This was something that I really didn’t give much thought to until lately.  I have found myself being more confident in myself, my body, and my personality.

Body confidence is one of my biggest improvements.  Am I where I need to be weight-wise? Nope, not even close. I’m still a work in progress and have a long way to go.  However, lifting has given me a confidence that running never did. Sure I gained confidence with running, once I lost 60lbs and didn’t have to worry about jeans being tight. But not until that point and even then, I was not fully confident in myself.

With lifting, I’m confident now, even though I still have a ways to go in my journey.  I might still be Chubby Andrea but Chubby Andrea can pick up 100+ lbs off the floor without blinking an eye.  And she can do a lot of things now that she has never done before or been able to do.

I wore a tank top to workout the other day.  I’ve never done this. Ever.  Even after losing 60lbs and running in the midwest summer heat, my most revealing shirt was a sleeveless tee-shirt.  I never ran in a tank or worked out in a tank.  Too self-conscious.

Now? Now I don’t give a fuck.  It’s hot, the gym is hot, screw it, I’m wearing a tank.  The best part, when I was working out, that’s all I was focused on.  I wasn’t worried about the tank top, or my arms, or my belly. My workout and getting through it had my complete focus.

I’m sure that part of it also stems from getting older and not really giving a shit about how others view me.  But lifting and doing Crossfit have ignited that confidence.  I’m happy with where I’m at and that is a freeing and awesome feeling.

Fabulous accounts to follow on Instagram:

Girls Who Power Lift


Spunky Canuk