Coconut is fantastic. It’s delicious, full of ~healthy fats~, and makes your hair shiny.
VitaCoco with orange is my favorite but the pineapple one is dope too. But the hands down best coconut water I’ve ever had is Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice with lime. It’s unbelievable. I’m contemplating buying a 12 pack off of Amazon. But then I’d be in a coconut water stupor because when the nectar of the gods is in your hands, you drink. Damn it, you drink.
Who Inspires Me
The CrossFit world is filled with some wonderfully strong women. I look up to quite a few of them.
These women are all strong, lean, super muscular, and very talented. They put in hard work and get results. I want to be as capable of greatness as they are. I don’t idolize them solely for their physiques though. I look up to them because they are dedicated and ooze positivity.
It’ll be a long time before I can preform how they do but for now, I’ll let them continue to inspire me to reach my goals.
almond butter + coconut flakes = paradise
(or cashew butter + dried cranberries)
(or any nut butter + raisins)
My Love Affair with Avocados
I love avocados. Love. I could eat them daily. They’re good mixed in salads, slathered on strips of bacon, or eaten with a spoon. My favorite way to eat them is with a spoon and liberal salt and pepper.
And now! Fun facts!
- They’re a fruit, not a vegetable.
- They ripen faster if they’re near another piece of fruit.
- Avocado can be used as a butter substitute in recipes (or a mayo substitute for us paleo folks!).
- Each fruit contains roughly 30g of fat so they’re very satiating.
There are 1,000 more reasons avocado needs to be in your life more and there’s a Buzzfeed to prove it:
A Paleo/Primal Valentine’s Day
2014 will be the fourth Valentine’s Day my boyfriend and I have spent together. We have a tradition of trading off “duties” each year. I planned last year so this year is his turn. We’ll see what happens. Last year, I made him paleo chicken cordon bleu and chocolate covered strawberries.
Here are some ideas for your meal:
If none of the above are appealing to you- you’re nuts. BUT one of the best things about the Paleo/Primal lifestyle is that you can essentially turn ANY recipe into something Paleo-certified. Just Google “Paleo _____” and you’ll find that recipe for whatever it is you were looking for. Trust me. Paleo oreos? Right here: http://freshfitnhealthy.com/2013/11/homemade-oreos/ (you’re welcome)
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!
If you’re new to CrossFit, these links will be helpful. If you’re a seasoned CrossFitters, these links will be helpful. READ.
Here’s a great link with an accurate list for CrossFitters.
This one is great too.
How to Dress Like a (female) CrossFitter
CrossFit girls look like athletic members of Jem and the Holograms.
*Editor’s note: I don’t dress like this but don’t act like you don’t agree.
Lifting Shoes: Part Two
GUYS. GUUUYS. I got oly shoes! I intended to wait but I had money saved up and found these shoes for an AMAZING price… $90! They’re obviously not the cute custom ones I designed but I love how these look.
And here are my beautiful babies:
I ordered them from http://www.dtlr.com/ and added a pair of socks to my order to qualify for free shipping. And the best part? I bought these YESTERDAY with GROUND shipping (which takes a millennium usually) but they came in the morning! It’s kismet! I look forward to breaking them in tonight. Eeep!!
Next item I’m saving up for:
These are ones that I customized on the Reebok. There are only five ugly choices for women so I decided that I’d rather spend the extra $40 and get ones I like. After shipping and tax, these babies will run me ~$200. Woof.
I’ve wanted oly shoes for a while now but I hate spending money so it’s been hard to justify this purchase. However, I really want them, CrossFit is my only expensive habit, and I want them. Plus, I’m toying with idea of competing in a power lifting meet and these would be a great help.
And then there are all these reasons:
So, if ya want.. feel free to PayPal me money in increments of $5.00 USD to help me achieve my dream. Kidding! Sort of.
Hard apple cider is a readily available paleo alcohol. But have you tried hard pear cider? I’m feeling nostalgic for summer (single digit temperatures will do that to you!) and I remembered how delicious this cider tastes. I tried it this past summer, sitting on the stoop in front of my apartment, side by side with my boyfriend. It was a lazy Saturday. No obligations. Mid-afternoon. About to grill some steaks up. Siiiiigh. Keep this beverage choice in mind for the upcoming warmer months. This is the perfect addition to a bbq or secret beach drinking or for drinking beside your best friend on the stoop in front of your apartment.
Strength: front squat 2-2-2-2
A: TABATA: air squats
B: max plank hold
I PR’d my front squat! 160x2! I was at 155x1 so this is exciting! It’s cool when you can front squat your body weight.
I got 109 for the tabata. My legs were dead after the strength portion. And I only made it to 1:02 for the plank. Umm, definitely gotta work on that.
Mobility is a huge game changer if you are serious about CrossFit and, you know, your general recovery and health. Here is a great link and I will highlight some of the info.
Here read this.
Joint mobility is so important for the following reasons:
By engaging every joint in your body the correct way you drastically decrease your chance of injury.
It increases the efficiency of your movement.
It increases your performance.
It will increase your range of motion – your active flexibility.
If you want to up your mobility game, consider investing in the following:
This roller: I have one of these and I use it every single time I’m at my box. Worth it 1,000x over. I roll my IT band, quads, shins, calves, back, fucking everything on it.
A lacrosse ball: Cheap as… balls. Punny. Portable. Great to have if you travel or if you’re too poor for the roller I just mentioned which is also a perfectly acceptable notion because I waited until it was my birthday and then made my sisters buy me the roller. Lacrosse balls are great for really digging into that little area that is sore around your pecs after you have to do a 10 EMOM of 5 pull ups.
My new favorite mobility thing: These suckers hurt so good. We just got them at my box and I need to get my own like, yesterday. These balls are hard and the little dimples will actually leave “kisses” LOL YES SOMEONE CALLED THEM THAT TO ME ONCE or little tiny blood bruises wherever you roll (but only if you roll with heavy pressure). I like to sit on these and roll out my gluteus maximus. Yes, I’m serious.
Bands: I recommend the green or blue. These are awesome for stretching. I like to sit down and put one end around my feet and pull the slack end for more tension. Hurts like a bitch but feels great. Yanno?
And this book is on my wish list: Becoming a Supple Leopard. It is the mobility bible but I get it. Weird name. I don’t want anyone that doesn’t know mobility or CrossFit to see the title. I think I’d be embarrassed? I’m already the weird paleo girl in my office.