A Blog Resurrection and an Off Season

Wow. It has been a while. In the past million years that I haven't been blogging, here's what I have been doing: I quit my job at the end of May I went on my honeymoon to MauiĀ in July I started grad school in August I competed in Girls Gone Rx for the second time in September I ceased all social and practical functions outside of grad school... pretty much always That about sums it up. And in response to my last post about my weight gain and my low sex drive and all that fun Read more [...]

A Story About Weight Gain That’s Not Really About My Weight

Just FYI, this post gets a little personal. You've been warned. This week, we are starting a 3-week Primal Blueprint Challenge at CrossFit Jai. The parameters are pretty much the same as any and every Paleo challenge I've undertaken in the past, except that with the Primal Blueprint you are allowed some full-fat dairy if you tolerate it well (I don't), some dark chocolate, and some carbs depending on your weight loss goals. So, basically, it's Paleo, but for real life. I dig it. Anyway, as Read more [...]

Gonna Be a Good One

In case you haven't heard the news, at the end of May I will be officially leaving my "big girl" job and becoming a CFL1 Trainer at CrossFit Elevation in Denver. I will also be taking on a few Marketing/PR consulting projects, and maybe even blogging every once in a while. Wouldn't that be nice? Logistically speaking, this transition has been a big leap of faith. The biggest leap has been in terms of finances, because turns out that being a CFL1 is not the most lucrative job in the world if Read more [...]

Balancing the Mirror

Like most women who discover strength training for the first time, my perceptions and expectations of my body have changed dramatically since I started CrossFit 2 years ago. I've never really been overweight, but I've never been an athlete (my athletic background mostly consists of aggressive show choir choreography) and I gained some weight after college that I wasn't terribly comfortable with. I wanted to look like a 5'3-tall version of a Victoria's Secret Model--long, thin, graceful, and yet somehow Read more [...]

Spring Catch Up

It's spring! I just love spring. It's the best. This past weekend Brandon and I went to Moab for an impromptu little desert trip. I love that town so much. Someday I will move back and we will sit in the river and drink 3.2 beer because it's Utah and everything will be great. But until then, here we are. The Open ended without much fanfare. I skipped 14.4 because I just didn't want to deal with it, and 14.5 took me 27:35, a time that I wasn't particularly proud of. I think I went way Read more [...]

14.3 and More Lifting, Please

Another week has passed, and The CrossFit Open continues! I felt similarly to 14.3 the way I felt about 14.2; I was excited to see what I could do, but also had realistic expectations because I know my limits. For 14.3, my Deadlift max is 170#, so I knew that 20 reps at 155# (which, if you're playing at home, is over 90% of my 1RM) would be a stretch, but that if I did make it to 185#, it would be a miracle to get a 15# PR after 55 previous heavy deadlifts. I did step-ups instead of box Read more [...]

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