30 Day Cleanse, Shake Day No. 1.

14 Jan

I started my 30 day cleanse today with a shake day.  For the most part, it wasn’t bad.  I had brief moments of hunger, but again – it wasn’t terrible.  I had two meal replacement shakes today: one for breakfast and one for lunch, and a 400-600 calorie meal for dinner.  I savored every single bite of my dinner!

 

The Ravage continues with the WOD, “Cindy.”  You know, Cindy can really be a biatch!  I was able to get 11 full rounds, 5 pull ups and 10 push ups (using bands on the pull ups, of course).  I’m wondering what the Ravage has in store for us tomorrow…

Fletch’s Stuffed Bell Peppers, Paleo Style!

13 Jan

Man, it feels good to be in 2013.  New year and a fresh start on my eating habits.  From earlier posts, you know the Ravage kickoff was yesterday (Saturday, Jan. 12).  I also start my 30 day cleanse tomorrow!  I’m nervous, excited and anxious about the cleanse.  I keep telling myself it’s only 30 days, but then again IT IS 30 DAYS!!!!  To kickoff my own “Ravage” and 90 days of Paleo, I cooked my own version of stuffed bell peppers.  They turned out pretty tasty and thought I’d share with y’all!

 

Fletch’s Stuffed Bell Peppers, Paleo Style!

 

Fletch's Stuffed Bell Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 tomatoes, chopped

4 large bell peppers

1 – 1.5 pounds ground turkey

Seasonings:  basil, minced garlic, oregano, pepper and salt.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

I made my own tomato sauce, here’s what I did (I can only tell you because I didn’t measure a darn thing)!

Add the chopped tomatoes to a food chopper to puree.  Once “pureed”, add to a medium size pot.  Season with oregano, basil, minced garlic, pepper, a little salt.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce turns a dark red color.

Be sure to have the sauce cooking before preparing the bell peppers and turkey.

While the sauce is cooking, brown the ground turkey.  Season the turkey with basil and pepper.  Once the turkey is done, you can add the sauce.  Cook the turkey and sauce on low-medium heat until you’re satisfied.  🙂

To prepare the bell peppers (prepare them while the ground turkey is cooking), cut the stem/top out.  Pull as many seeds and membrane out of the peppers.  Rinse the peppers until all the seeds are removed.  Cut each pepper in half and remove more membrane, if needed.  In a stock pot, add about 2 inches of water.  Add halved bell peppers and steam over high heat until peppers are tender, but not softened.  Remove bell peppers and place on pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Stuff bell peppers with meat and sauce mixture.  Cook in oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

The Aftermath.

13 Jan

Yup, this is about how I felt after the Ravage kickoff on Saturday.  Ha!

CrossFit Problems!

 

CF Workout

Ah, the Ravage.

12 Jan

RRCF’s definition of Ravage = to activate, intensify and destroy.  We kicked off the Ravage today with a series of events, before photos and weight log-in.  The Ravage will last 90 days, but the true intention of the Ravage is to show RRCF CrossFitters just how changing your life outside the box (nutrition, etc.) can maximize your performance inside the box plus gain the results you’ve been working hard for:  losing weight, maintaining weight or gaining muscle definition.  Our coach, Josh, said at our event, “Battle Outside the Box” that we spend just a few hours inside the box compared to the time outside the box – so it’s time to fix the problems outside the box!  He also mentioned we bust the WODs, but still complain about not achieving the results we’re looking for, which means there are problems “outside the box.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t stuck to a true Paleo lifestyle since the summer.  When I first started CrossFit in December 2011, I ate Paleo and lost 30 pounds pretty quickly plus my WODs were much better.  I’ve improved since last year, but I don’t believe I’ve improved at the rate I would have IF I stuck to Paleo.

For the kickoff today, we started the event with a timed one mile run.  I was able to complete the one mile in a little over 10 minutes, what?!?! what!?!?!  I’m super excited about it, especially since I couldn’t exactly run a year ago.  After the one mile run, we paired up with a team-mate and my team-mate was Cat.  She is amazing!  Total beast!  She did Rx and  I did scaled.  All the stations were numbered and there were two movements per station (1 rx female, 1 scaled female, 1 rx male and 1 scaled male) with all weights preset.  There was a judge at each station to log your info.  You were to complete each movement per station, as many reps as possible, in one minute.  The movements were:  kettle bell swings, hand stand push ups, deadlifts, front squats, clean and jerks, push press, snatches, back squats, ring dips and pull ups.  After all this was done, we finished our last event with a 400 meter run.  Needless to say, I was exhausted after the three events!

The stats recorded today will be a comparison for what we can do 90 days from now.  Pretty exciting, huh?

497 Reps = CrossFit Problems.

10 Jan

When I walked into the box and saw the 5:45 p.m. class suffering through this WOD, I seriously wanted to go home.  I had to ask my coach, Josh, for a slap on the face (this is totally ok – it’s my slap of confidence).  The WOD was has horrible as it looked.  Our team, which we named 2 Girls and a Guy, completed 497 reps.  Four hundred and ninety-seven reps, y’all!  Not bad, huh?

 

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That Bar Doesn’t Deserve You…

9 Jan

Ladies, is this a CrossFit problem?!?!?  😉

Ryan Gosling

The Versatile Blogger Award!!!!!

9 Jan

Eeeeek!!!!  Can you say excited????  Transformation Pics has awarded me the “Versatile Blogger” award.  This blog, ichalkit, was started in June 2012 to help motivate and inspire others.  William and Rhonda with Transformation Pics featured me on their blog, which was amazing.  It was awesome to be able to share my story with others and it is so awesome that William and Rhonda created the blog.  Their blog is a source of motivation and their story alone is inspiring!  I have been able to become friends with both William and Rhonda through Facebook, their blog and Instagram – it has been rewarding to watch their progress through fitness!  You can access their blog here:  http://transformationpics.com/.

Versatile Blogger Award

The rules for accepting the award are:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
  • Present 10 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

7 interesting things about myself:

  1. While in high school, I was a mime in our church’s drama ministry.
  2. I have a secret dance to “Baby Got Back,” which is usually only performed with my best friend, Emily – we made up the moves.  We actually stuffed our pants with pillows and danced around doing our moves to the song.
  3. I am extremely afraid of needles.
  4. It took me years to build enough courage to get my ears pierced because I was so afraid of needles…it finally happened at age 19!
  5. I love to laugh and being with people who make me laugh.
  6. I LOVE CrossFit, ha – bet you didn’t see that one coming!
  7. I can only sleep in complete silence:  no ticking clock, no snoring – complete silence!!  I will remove the batteries from a clock if it’s ticking and if needed, I wear ear plugs.

Alright, those are my 7 interesting things…now for the 10 deserving bloggers:

  1. Joy in the Day:  her CrossFit ramblings are so fun to read!
  2. Smart and Savvy Style:  my cousin, and she has some awesome style ideas!  I LOVED today’s sweater!!
  3. FatChick2FitChick:  this lady is on an amazing journey to transform her life through healthy eating and fitness!  She’s already made some awesome changes.  Way to go FatChick2FitChick!!
  4. L-Jay Health:  Way to go, Jay!  Your blog is inspiring and what a journey you’ve been on!!!  Keep doing what you do!
  5. The Landy: I’ve really enjoyed following the Landy’s blog.  He and his family take some awesome trips and he takes some great photos!!
  6. The Writer Gal: This gal is a personal friend who actually helped me create this blog.  She’s an awesome writer and has some great short stories on her blog.
  7. Disney World Diva:  Here’s another personal friend.  She and her family are Disney nuts!  If you have a question about any Disney trip – read her blog!
  8. Ramblings From an Apathetic Adult Baby:  This dude is just hilarious.  And like I mentioned above, I love to laugh.
  9. Canadian Hiking Photography:  His photos are absolutely gorgeous.  While on hiking trips, Patrick Latter documents his hike through pictures.
  10. Diary of an Angry Fat Woman:  Shonnie is on a journey to lose weight sharing fears and accomplishments along the way.

Thank you again, Transformation Pics!!!!

Snatches, Cleans, Jerks…

8 Jan

 

CrossFit Problems!

Thruster Jerk CF

Two thousand and thirteen.

3 Jan

Wow, 2013!  My cousin Heather is a blogger, Smart and Savvy Style, and she blogged about resolutions this week.  It’s funny because I feel the exact way she does – I don’t make them.  I started CrossFit last year before Christmas – take that all you “I’m gonna wait until the beginning of the year to start working out!”  To me, it shouldn’t matter – if you want to grow, make a change, try something new, take a chance – you should just do it!

To me, it’s all about setting goals.  So here goes, my goals are in no specific order:

  • walk across the Davis Theater stage and grab that stinkin’ diploma!
  • lose my last 30 pounds.
  • get a 125 pound clean and jerk.
  • get a 225 pound deadlift.
  • do a HSPU.
  • get 10 double unders, unbroken.
  • jump on a 24 inch box.
  • get a pull up either without the band or with just the blue band.
  • visit the hot tub during our annual cabin trip.
  • run a half marathon.
  • complete the 30-day cleanse and lose at least 15 pounds, what?!?!?!
  • become financially free, already working on this one!

There they are – my goals for 2013.

Wait, just 10 more seconds!

3 Jan

One of my fellow CrossFitters at RRCF submitted a “CrossFit Problems,” and I think we can all relate…

…when your coach won’t allow you to enjoy the best part of a burpee – the 10 second (or 45) second nap you get to take when you go down to the floor just before you focus on the actual push up!  For some reason they keep trying to wake you!?!?! – Laurie AKA Patriot

Now let me tell you a little about Patriot.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen her frown – she’s all smiles all the time.  It’s extremely inspirational.  🙂

Remember! If you have a CrossFit problem to share, send it my way at sfletcher81@gmail.com!