Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Currently Loving...

Before, I get into what I am "currently loving" I have to tell y'all what happened to me at crossfit this morning. I was warming up like normal when all of a sudden I was ambushed by a psychotic bee and stung right below my eye! It hurt like a biyatch, and my eye started to swell right away. Despite looking like Quasimodo, I decided to do the WOD anyway (I didn't wake up at 4:50am for nothing). I think getting my heart pumping helped the swelling go down. Well that and the giant dose of Benadryl I medicated myself with when I got home. My eye looks normal now and all is well :)

Ok, now back to the purpose of my post today, I wanted to tune you into a few things I am currently loving. Nothing is new to the world but they are new to me, and I LUV THEM! So I thought I would share:

I have worn the same Clinique Mascara since I started wearing makeup at 16. I loved this mascara. But last year the Sephora Birthday Gift was a travel size mascara by Make Up For Ever. Y'all, this mascara is incredible! It seriously makes me look like I have false eyelashes on: long, thick, dark and gorgeous lashes. Seriously! Try this mascara. You will love it!
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
Sorry for the creepy up-close picture of my eyes, but I wanted y'all to see how amazing this stuff is!

I have a serious addiction to stationary which is how I found Swoozie's a few months ago. They have the cutest assortment of paper products, and I could surf their website for days. They also have everything you need to plan the perfect party, give the most treasured gift, or treat yourself to a monogrammed treat (I live for monograms). They are a one-stop shop for anyone that loves to entertain. I follow them on Instagram, and a few weeks ago, I won a contest they were hosting. If you can't tell from my shameless CF posts, I am very much like Charlie Sheen and love to win! So I think you can guess that I was pretty ecstatic when this cute package arrived at my door. #winning 
The Cutest Cups
Thank you Swoozie's!!!

I am very late to the game on this one, but can we talk about OITNB? How have I not started this sooner? IT IS SO GOOD! I am on the 2nd Season now and I want to binge watch it all day. Who is your favorite character? I have two: Taystee and Poussey. Their friendship is so genuine and they crack me up. Have you read the book? I think I am going to. 

I signed up for theSkimm a few months ago. I wasn't that into it at first, but now it is the first email I read every morning. In a nut shell, it is a "skimmed" down version of what is happening around the world and in the news. The CliffNotes edition of everything that is happening. If you haven't signed up, I suggest it ASAP. Oh and it is free!

What are you currently loving? 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


My CrossFit life has been pretty eventful lately so I thought it was time for a little update :)

A very wet Independence Day WOD
Photo courtesy of the talented Keith w/ Kx Photography

About a month ago, Josh and I competed in a CF competition, Flex on the Mall, with two of our friends. We were in the Rx division which made me nervous because the weights were right on the verge of being too heavy for me. Despite it being insanely challenging (and ripping my hands heinously), I am so glad we pushed ourselves and did the Rx WODs. 

Team Below Parallel

Each team competed in three events:

Each athlete chooses ONE movement to find a 1RM:
Clean and Jerk
Snatch RX 1RM OHS (Scaled may get bar overhead however necessary)
20 Minute Cap

I did the Thruster for my team and got a PR with 115 pounds. Pretty close to my body weight so I was happy with it :)

Flexy Helen – Follow the leader style
3 rounds
12 pullups
21 kb swings 70/53
400 meter run
All 4 team members may be running at the same time but only one can be touching the kettlebell or the rig at a time. The first weight is men's and the second is women's. 

This was by far our team's best WOD. We were fast but bloody by the end of it. All of those pullups and kb swings destroyed Chrissy and my hands. We didn't let those ripped hands get us down though and finished in the top half. 

Teams must complete the following:
200 burpees
100 shoulder to overhead
95/65 Rx
75 shoulder to overhead
135/95 Rx
50 shoulder to overhead
185/115 Rx
200 double under buyout 
Burpees may be done continuously while the shoulder to overhead is being done so two athletes work at a time.

This one was heavy (and close to my body weight again). While we didn't make it to the DUs (our goal) we came pretty close and were all happy with our performance, especially since it was our first Rx competition.

53 pound KB...that biyatch was HEAVY!

We finished in 58th place, and I definitely want to do this competition again. So much fun! Plus the 360° views and patriotic local couldn't be beat. 

Oh! I meant the views of the Washington Monument. Not my bicep ;) Teasing! hehe. 

The next weekend my box hosted their annual "Box-to-Box Triathlon". Participants complete a WOD at the gym I go to in Shirlington. Then they run (or bike) the 5 miles to our sister gym in Falls Church where they complete with a second (and final) WOD.

I don't think I have ever been sweatier in my entire life than after the tri: it was humid (think the tropics), the workouts were killer, and the sun was bright and shiny during that run. I sweated my arse off but the watermelon at the end made it all worth it. There is nothing tastier than juicy watermelon after working out for 80 minutes. Plus it was so much fun! Yes, we do this for fun. Haha! I can see why people think we are a cult ;)

My go-to bicep pose :)
Besides competitions, I have been getting in regular workouts at the box. Lately we have been redoing some of the benchmarks. I love when this happens because I can see how much I have improved. While I don't track every workout, I do log all benchmark WODs and all lifts so that I can see improvements and compare past weights/times. Here are a few that have come up recently:

Thrusters (95lbs men/65lbs women)

Fran is the WOD that all crossfitters reference because it is a benchmark workout we use to determine overall fitness. A year ago, it took me 12 minutes plus to finish Fran Rx. Two weeks ago I did it Rx in 7:00 minutes. Yay for a PR! I know that Fran is coming up in our programming again in October so hopefully I will see an improvement then too.

6 Rounds
24 Air Squats
24 Push-Ups
24 Walking Lunges
400 meter run

Loredo is a Hero WOD that I hadn't done since 2013. Two years ago I didn't even come close to finishing under the 35 minute time cap. This time I did it Rx in 32:16, and  I could also hardly move my arms after. The key to this WOD is breaking up those push-ups right away. Muscle failure hits quickly and when you least expect it so you want to prevent that from the start. I did sets of 6 each round.

5 Rounds
400 meter run
15 overhead squats (95lbs men/65lbs women)

Nancy is one of the "new CF ladies." It had been roughly 2 years since the last time I knocked her out and this time I shaved three minutes off my time: 16:43 Rx. Woo hoo! Overhead squats used to be my least favorite Olympic lift but now that I have better mobility (and lifting shoes) I don't mind them as much.

Kx Photography

Waking up at 4:50am can be daunting. But every time I get in a good sweat, I am reminded how much it is worth it. I love CF. I love getting stronger and fitter, and I love challenging myself to be better.

What is going in your crossfit/fitness life lately?  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Younger Me: "I'm Bossy"

I have told this story on the blog before but I was thinking about my younger self and thought I would bring it back around for all of my new readers. Enjoy :)

My cousin Celeste is one of my best friends and has been since the day she was born. We actually were born on the same day but one year apart. Being the older cousin and an only child, I could be extremely kind of bossy. Lucky for me, Celeste listened to everything I said. It was the perfect partnership. If I wanted to play jobs (a game where we pretended to go to work..weird I know) that is what we did. If I wanted to play with the prettier doll, I did. If I wanted her snack and mine, she would give it to me. It was a beautiful relationship since day one...Celeste did everything I wanted. I was one happy camper.

Yum. Sprite!

Celeste and I both loved to do things that made us money. I have already talked about our Can Club, but we also had lemonade stands and bake sales that went door to door. We were excellent entrepreneurs. We brought the sweets to you!

One day, when Celeste was spending the weekend with me and Mommasita, we decided to bake chocolate chip cookies to sell to my neighbors. I had just received a new bike for my birthday (a bright pink-huffy with a radio), and Celeste was helping me learn to ride without my training wheels. (Celeste has always been the most athletic...hence her learning to ride without training wheels first.) Since I felt pretty confident that I could ride my bike door to door to sell the cookies, that is what we decided to do. I was going to ride my bike while Celeste walked. (haha what can I say...I was a bit bratty.) The second I climbed onto my huffy with all of the cookies in hand I fell over. All of the cookies broke into tiny pieces. Celeste was still standing on the grass at least 6 feet away. "LOOK AT WHAT YOU MADE ME DO CELESTE!!!" I screamed at her. She looked at me with her big, blue eyes and said "I'm So Sorry Olivia." For the rest of the day I made sure to let her know that it was her fault that all of the cookies were broken and that I had fallen.

How Celeste continued to play with me when we were little I still do not know. However, I do know that she is still one of my favorite people, and I like to think I treat her much better now. She was and still is my Best Friend! I love you Celestie! Thank you for always forgiving my bossy-self.

Still Best Friends!!!

What were you like when you were younger?
This was me...