Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Transformation Tuesday




What a difference 10 lbs makes, also a shift in body fat not just weight.

If you have been following me for a bit, you know that I have blogged (ranted) about gaining some weight back. I have also picked up momentum to change and then slowed down a few times in the past few months. We are all just human right? Sometimes we are winning... and sometimes we lose, I like to acknowledge that I have been successful in treading water. My chin is forever up, I will not fail at this. It as after all, (wait for it..big impactful phrase ahead) continuous improvement. That my friends is all we should ever strive for.

Since I am cross fitting and finding my paleo/primal grove-spot, I would like to start chronicling the changes made. As any good adventurer would!! We have to know what works and what doesn't right?

Speaking of Crossfit. Holyballs batman. These workouts KILL me, and we are just in the learning phase. These are scaled. BBWWAAA. I am telling you, you don't know how un-fit you are until you get out there. You can look all buff and sauve in the gym throwing some iron around. I got good form, I know my stuff, cept, don't watch me do a bent over fly, I get elvis lip, it is not sexy. You can find a cute matchy outfit and go for a run. sure. Why don't you try marching into a box. Shoot, I'm normally good to finish by the time the warm up and functional moves are done. Let me pop my collar and walk on out of here. No, then it is time for the actual WOD (work out of the day). Now, mind you I finished mine this morning...LAST (spit... get it.. makes me so mad I can spit) and I finished it in 7:40 seconds. Let me tell you what it was, sprint 100m and then do 10 squat thrusts



got this here: http://www.crossfitsws.com/page/22/


yea, well I only had the bar... envious, I know. No rest through the run or the thrusts, and you do this 5x. First off, I rarely ever sweat. It has to be hot has double hockey sticks for me to actually perspire. I have made it through spin classes with little to no sweat. Today, bout 3 rounds in, I was drenched. It was running down my face. By that last round I wanted to die. Everything I had burned and was soaked. I was squat thrusting numb. I wasn't sure what body parts were doing what they should, until coach Amber no repped me. Yea... I said it with a pouty face. I hate to lose folks. A no rep is like a zonk behind door #2 when there is a car to be had. Now I had to do one more. Insert every explicit, but I finished. Red faced, heart racing, numblimbed, hawt sweaty mess. What the what man. Jeez. The thing about crossfit, is I can not do half of it. It just proves that we half ass all things fitness. I don't care if crossfit has become mainstream, people say it's a fad, they warn you about form and getting hurt. We get injured because we don't even know what real life functional movements are. Any body can do a bicep curl, but can you do a pull up? Hell, I can't even get myself out of a swimming pool. If there isn't a ladder I look like a gimpy walrus missing a flipper trying to beach myself cause I can't go on living. Yes folks, it is that kind of ugly.

I'm training for the zombie apocalypse here, I am going to survive. I love Crossfit because it ignites my inner drive to succeed. I didn't get to be an athlete when I was growing up, but by golly, watch me now. I am serious. This has flipped that switch that has been dormant since last year. I will be in the best shape EVER in my life by Christmas. It is my present to myself. On New Years, I won't need any resolutions. - love Miranda

Monday, June 24, 2013

crossfit crazy

Yes, it has been a while.  Summer is just summer. Yes, I know consistency is key. I try, I swear.   My goals, I am still working on those.  This is hard once you really sit down to put them in stone.  I do not want to be vague or go after the wrong one.  I will get there soon.  Are you working on any? Did my last post inspire you at all? I hope so, please leave me a comment if you are ahead of me and actually have some on paper.   

A few day to day things have happened since last time.  Dana and I seriously considered a whole30 to do together.  I chickened out the day before.  I know I need one, but it is so mentally exhausting. I also know you shouldn't attach negative thoughts to something you want, however, to stay within whole30 guidelines you have to be vigilant 24/7 about ev-a-rey-thang that you buy and consume.  I get it, that it should be that way always.  I just can't be that person right now.  Artificial sweetener is my issue. I have a dadgum problem. I am absolutely not ready to give it up again.  Does it help me? Not too much. Does it hurt me? Prolly more that I will ever know.  Can I just stop? Heck no.  I feel like one of those crazed people on AE.  Just give me one more coffee with splenda, then I will go to rehab.  I was/have been using stevia for the past year or so.  I fell off that wagon about a week or so ago.  Any one have words of advice? 

We went for a short, short, s-h-o-r-t vacay


No pictures of us.  Well there are a few on Dana's phone from a late night dinner.  I had one stinking margarita and those pics all look like I had 12.  I pleaded my case that I was fine, but I don' think I was!  Maybe I will post one next blog and you can tell me what you think. smeh.

We also ran in another 5k.  I thought I killed it with no practice.  I finished in 37 something.  He finished in 27 something..he can run better than me..nawt fair! 


Ok, before I go, I started my ONRAMP class for crossfit.  Holy crossfit balls.  If you want to know how flipping out of shape you are, attend a crossfit class.  I am a weenie. I hurt so bad after 2 days back to back I thought I was going to do.  Dana actually came upstairs on Saturday at 9:30 b/c I was still in the bed. It hurt too bad to even think about walking downstairs.   I am going to try to run some in between classes to get my times down. We will see how that goes. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Continous Improvment

At work we start our meetings with safety and value moments.  Last month Mike delivered a value moment that really STUCK.   Not only could I relate to it on a work level, I immediately knew that I could apply this to my weight loss journey, or any journey, and so can you.  The value is Continuous Improvement - an ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes.  He laid out three bullet points:
·         We set high standards and goals based on external benchmarks
·         We are self-critical. We improve and seek new ideas
·         We investigate and solve problems. We learn from our mistakes.
Now the thing is, in my personal life, I do all three of those.  My initial thought to myself was that even though I follow through with these actions almost daily, do I do it from the right perspective.
We set high standards and goals based on external benchmarks

I do set high standards, usually always someone else’s standards, and they are normally very high.  You know, the whole, I compare someone’s highlight reel to my behind the scenes stuff.  I don’t even really know what my standards are.  We have those “external benchmarks” in the forms of magazines and whacked out tumblr pics.  I mean, c’mon, I know some of that is possible, but what exactly is your dedication level.  You defiantly aren’t pushing play on a Jillian Michael’s 25 minute DVD and then lounging by the pool for the rest of the day.  Not to mention that most of those pics are airbrushed and photo shopped.  What does an honest healthy woman really look like? Me? Am I really there?  Am I chasing a white rabbit? There is always room to improve, that’s bullet two, there are always goals, but what really are MY goals, not your goals? What are my mighty standards?   These will defiantly come in another post.  I really have to dig for these.   I suggest you do too.  I believe we should start a movement that is all ours not based on pictures or a ridiculous twit that weighs 95 pounds and promotes a product that they don’t even use.  
We are self-critical. We improve and seek new ideas
Oh, boy, self-critical, are we ever.  Nothing is as detrimental to my whole self, day, or any poor soul within earshot of me in the mornings in my full body mirror when I am getting ready.  I actually had one of those mornings this morning.  I get onto my children for lesser words than the ones I spew out to myself.  It is a bad habit that I desperately need to work on.   We do seek to improve and new ideas, but do we really do it the right way?  Does it really come from the right place?  We all have a bottom line, and it’s usually simply to just look better.  When do we ever just absorb information for healthier foods or better workouts for healthier bodies? Seldom.  If it isn’t the fast track to Bethany Frankel skinny, well, we don’t want it.  When did we become so shallow, when did I become so shallow?  I think I need to mull this over too, incorporate this into my goals and standards. We investigate and solve problems.
We learn from our mistakes
Do we REALLY learn from them when it comes to health and weight loss? No! Otherwise there wouldn’t be fad diets or yo-yo dieting.  Mike said in his value moment that he tells employees that he trains “Don’t worry about making mistakes, just learn from them and don’t repeat them.”  Is that not golden?  Did we already know that? You betcha! Do we ever apply it? Hell naw.  If we did, we wouldn’t even believe in “diets” or quick fixes.  This too my grasshopper is something we will have to learn to apply to the previous points at hand.
We need to consciously focus on continuous improvement. Can we see improvement, if so how did we do it, if not why didn’t we do it? I could sure use a dose of; I didn’t make it very far in my goals because I didn’t really apply myself. With that being said, I think that further cements the exercise of re-evaluating my goals.
Personally, I think any improvement, big or small is all credible as long as it is continuous.  I think at this point in my journey, it is the base of what I strive for in health, parenting, my marriage and my job.

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Monday? Again

UHG!!!! Monday clear slapped me upside my noggin. I have struggled to get through this day. I declare an early bed time for me tonight. PERIOD. My sinuses are funky, my ear is poppin, I am sore from my little pretend cross fit workout




yea, it looks innocent. We got through 4 rounds on Friday morning. I am still feeling it in my quads. So, in 20 minutes, I completed 60 pushups, 100 sit ups (puke) and 140 squats. Cross fit is going to kill me.

My weekend was low key, as it normally is. I went for my last tattoo session and love the outcome, shout out to Shane @ evermore galleries.




Awesome yea? I think so. I love it.

Other than that we cooked some, and sat around some! :) Brain rot time with Breaking Bad.






Here is my upgraded coffee. I haven't tried his bulletproof recipe yet, but may in the morning. The coffee tastes really good and grinding your own is divine in and of itself.

Next, I moved on to a Pinterest idea




Frozen herbs in olive oil for quick cooking and something to do with your fresh herbs. Thats mah very own rosemary. I LOVE THAT STUFF. Then you just do this




I also did the same thing with my basil and oregano.

Next, I "whuped" up my own mayo. I have always made mine in my food processor. Except, I have a new one, that only has one speed, THE SPEED OF LIGHT. (I lost my other one to a fatal almond butter experience.) So, my new one beats the ever-loving crap out of anything. So you end up with either olive oily rubber, or just liquid gold. So, not to be defeated and to ensure that mah babycakes got his tater salad, I was gonna make mayo come hell or high processor.

I got brave, and made my own, BY HAND. gasp. thats right, no help here I tell ya. I might as well be barefoot and pregnant. Just know in the face of the zombie apocalypse we shall have tater salad. And my paleo ranch cause its awesome too.




You start here and you whup and you whup and you swap hands and you whup some more. Then you get this



Amen.


I did it all for that man right there.....

- love Miranda

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Throwback Thursdsay





yea, thats last summer. I am not back to that level of leanness yet, but I will get there. What I really hope is that I get to a better version of that.

On June 20th I will become a member of a box. YES, a box. EEEKKK I flipping love it! I am so excited. I am going to be a cross fit bad ass. Just you watch! However, if you are in my classes, you may tell no one of the puking, crying, or spazness that will be involved for the first year. I will be a member of CrossfitHixson. I will be going through the ON RAMP and I am more than excited and looking forward to wall balls and box jumps and muscle ups. (EEEEEKKKKK , I'm nuts)

Just to let everyone know, Hi, I'm miranda and I have a kale problem.






I also had a co worker bring me a bag from her garden just today. I see kale chips in my future.

I am in full swing of my paleo diet again. Though, I really hate to label it. I am following a good 80/20, but that 20 is a gluten free 20. Gluten is just NOT my friend. I have cut dairy all the way back out. I am also working on my sugar. I will be eating a very low carb paleo with low sugar too. I just feel better with out it. It makes for some vicious cycles. Don't entertain the notion that it is effortless though. Your brain will down right pitch a toddler fit for sugar. I am learning to wait it out, or just eat fats or protein to hush it. At the moment I have upped my fats in the form of coconut oil and coconut milk. I am seeing some good results in my body. My weight is stabilizing and things are moving along for me where they weren't before.

I just went to a GI doctor yesterday. I went as long as I could without those measures. I just couldn't make things work for me. I have also came to realize that what I thought for years was asthma and asthma related, has been acid reflux/gerd. They have put me on a few meds that are working for now. The doctor was like, it appears that your GI system has just given up on you. I totally concur. I so desperately wanted to fix it with food, as I suspect that food is what broke it. Lately, I have been so miserable, I don't care how they fix it. I am broken. I have 2 scopes scheduled for July 5th. I will let you know the outcome later. Yea, I said 2.... use your imagination. I am already traumatized and it's not even here. I will be sure to share... can't keep this jewel of an experience to myself.

Let's play photo catch up. Last weekend we participated in a zoo fun run. Except we left the fun at home for a while. My 9 year old just wasn't having it. So, we did what any loving and supporting family would do, we made fun of her :) and took pics to always remember.
















Aren't we awesome? We enjoyed it.







We have been practicing our runs, and by practice, I mean we ran on Monday and have been making excuses every morning since. My time sucked, as it has this year, but I actually ran a good distance without giving in, but once I took that break I was DEAD in the dust. We have another one coming up in one week. Yes, one week. Dana will do fine, as he can just pull it out of his arse like he does it everyday. I will be lagging, cussing to myself wondering why on EARTH anyone loves the whole process. I will sound like a bovine in heat making her way to the watering hole gasping for every breath I can get. I will be pissed because Dana got us timing chips which means he will analyze and analyze it again. He will go over his awesomeness with a fine tooth comb and enjoy it. I mean he deserve his props, but the fact that I will suck makes me not care. Running just isn't my thing, but I just keep doing it.

We got tshirts for biking 20 EVERLOVING miles to work. I'll post a pic soon. they are cool. Dana also tried to shame me that he thinks I am putting off buying a new bicycle seat on purpose to ensure we don't bike to work anytime soon. I scoff at such nonsense. ahem.

Yesterday morning I did this workout



I am anticipating my crossfit days. This was quite simple I thought. I quit after 3 rounds. I ran out of time, and needed to get ready. I also decided to run a bit prior to warm up. I was aggravated that I didn't finish it. I was however drenched in sweat. I am so sore today!! this is simple, but MIGHTY. Crossfit is going to squash my pansy ass. I SHALL NOT CRY IN DEFEAT- I WILL CRY IN SUCCESS. then I will go home and cry in pain and eat ibuphronin and soak in my epsom salt baths and cry some more.

Ok, I shall leave you with a quote that touched me way down deep. I think we all should find a way to apply it to our lives.




-love Miranda

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just Where have you been? oh wait.. it's my fault again isn't it?

Whut up my mighty following hommies? Sorry I have waited so long between posts.  When school lets out, it's awesome, but then my schedule and regiment goes right out the window too!!! I have some things to catch you up on.
My advocare 24 day challenge turned into about a 16 day challenge.  I had the worse flair up of acid reflux EVER.Aside from that, I had a good 5 lb loss. Which is good for me.
The thing is, my body adapted so well to following the paleo lifestyle that some of the products were just irritants to my system. Along with some other "healthy" foods I was pounding down.
So, what did I do? I went back to what I know and love. I started researching and broke out my books.
This book right here is always the best place to start




Diane will for sheezy get you back on track! You can find this over on the right in my amazon store. Go, scroll up there, order it, and come back to me.

I have alot of things going on with my body right now, so I am sticking close to an auto-immune type diet.I have kept things very simple and I am just trying to get things back in working order and get this acid reflux to go-a-way!

Now, let me catch you up on our fitness and fun.Last Friday, Dynamic Dana and I decided to bike to work.We put in at the start of river front and enjoyed a nice 10 mile bike ride into work.
That was after we crossfitted at 5 am that morning which KILLED me!! haha. but woot.








Now, the 10 miles home...btw, let me count for you 20 freaking miles on a bike seat. On a cuh-rappy bike seat. Guess who's butt hurt.Not in a ouch I'm sore hurt, more like we are in the middle of town and I stopped and threatened to cry like a child kind of hurt. That was only 2 blocks into the ride home.Sweet Mary that was a long ride home.The level of soreness was madness. For 2 weeks.It still hurts to shave my legs. I don't think my hammies will ever be the same.Bless them.When my legs will allow me, my new workout is this one I am digging it.



I was sore afterwards. Damn the squats, but they hurt so good , or just hurt real good! Whatever , they work.

Here is the food I'm digging right now, Kale. Yep. True story, check this salad



Oh, I read that chick fil a s secret is pickle juice brine. So I brined my chicken in pickle juice, rolled it in almond flour and spices and fried it in coconut oil.



Yes, they are on a paper plate. Do you want to do my dishes? Exactly, lets move on.



Hey! Random selfie.... Chillin in the jeep while Dana was in the fish store buying some damn expensive shrimp.



Ok, so, we have a fun run in the morning and a 5K in 2 weeks. So we have been getting prepped for those. Here was our Friday run from last Friday.












Pretty huh? Speaking of pretty, check out my deck



Love summer!
Here is my first mater



And here is our Memorial Day weekend along with my midges birthdays



























That people is my headband



Flat belly , check.... Yep, still awesome.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Transformation Tuesday



Here I am pre tummy tuck, and post tummy tuck.  I want all you ladies to know, it does not fix all your problems.  I still have stretchmarks, and I do not look like a model with this fab 6 pack.  My tummy tuck will actually make it hard to ever have a true 6 pack.  It pulls the skin tight, and it may keep them from showing all the way through.   The diastase's repair, as I was told, they sew up your abs like lacing up a shoe, left me with NO core strength.  Push ups are so hard for me, and some working ab moves leave me face first in the floor.  No matter, b/c I am so stubborn I get up and do it again.   Even though it does not fix everything, I still love the difference it did make.