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13.2 and Puppy Training

26 Mar

I’ll admit, I’ve been intrigued by Crossfit for a while, but I wrote it off as too expensive. And, please, don’t give me the usual arguments about why it’s worth it — now that I’ve been doing some Crossfit workouts, I know why it’s worth it, but regardless of how worth it it may be, I cannot afford to shell out $150/month for anything.

At any rate, when the YMCA started offering Crossfit inspired classes, I couldn’t wait to join up.

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I jumped in for the first week of classes and I was instantly hooked. Now, again, this isn’t traditional Crossfit in that we are somewhat limited to what we can do. We only have a limited amount of equipment (which is why the classes can only have 10 people/class), and one coach per class. But, we’re doing the same workouts as every other box is, and we’re learning the lifts together. My friend Sarah went a few times and decided to join the traditional Crossfit box in our area, and that’s great for her. If I could afford it, you know I’d be there too, but for now this is fine, and it’s included in my gym membership, which is a third of the cost of a monthly membership at the local Crossfit box.

So, recently, when the Crossfit Open began, I was interested in watching the WOD’s. When I watched Crossfit Games Open 13.2, I knew I had to suggest that we do it in class, because we had learned all the skills needed to do it:

10 minutes AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

5 shoulders to overhead (we did push press, since that is a skill we’ve been working on)
10 deadlifts 
15 box jumps

My coach, Noah, mentioned that we’d be doing it soon, but I wasn’t sure when. Well, this morning was my lucky day! After not getting a ton of sleep (little Frank woke me up every few hours to go outside — what a good puppy), I was not looking forward to class this morning! However, once Noah said we were doing 13.2, I got really excited. I couldn’t wait to see how I fared.

Now, if I worked out at a traditional box, I’d probably have my own box to use for box jumps and my own bar to use for the lifts, but we have to share, so that slowed me down a bit. Sometimes you have to take unplanned breaks to wait for a bar or a box to open up, but I was happy to just try it out. I did the prescribed weight (75 lbs) and tried to stick to the 20′ box for the jumps. I ended up doing 142 reps. As a comparison, Annie Thorisdottir (the current Fittest Woman on Earth as dubbed by the Reebok Crossfit Games) did 361. I’m happy with that performance. I’d like to do it again soon to see how much better I can get!

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Puppy training update!

cold puppy

Like mother like son, Frank is not a fan of this cold weather. However, he’s been pretty good about only going outside to use the potty. He doesn’t “tell us” when he wants to go, we are just watching for signs right now, but he does seem to be holding it when he’s in his kennel. When I take him outside to go, he immediately does this pitiful little whine and snuggles up to my neck. Too cute. Luckily for Frank (and me!) the weather is supposed to warm up later this week.

playtime

I love to watch him play. A little puppy bounding from one place to the next  may be one of the cutest things ever. Right now, we’re working on the following training issues:

  • Potty training, obviously
  • Crate training. He’s not a fan of the crate just yet, but we’re working on making it a place he looks forward to being in. I got him a Kong toy and each night I fill it with peanut butter and freeze it for him to work on during the day. He doesn’t get the Kong unless he is in the kennel, so it’s a special treat. However, I think the Kong may lose it’s appeal after our lunchtime potty/lunch break so this morning I picked him up a bone stuffed with chicken for an afternoon treat. Hopefully by alternating these two special treats, he won’t get so lonely in his crate during the day. Some other things we do to make it appealing is feed him his morning and evening meals in there, and give him treats in there. So far, Frank is motivated by food (again, just like his mother).
  • Bite inhibition. He’s a puppy, and he loves to chew, which sometimes includes our hands, feet, clothing and other things he shouldn’t be chewing on. So, in order to fix that behavior issue, we redirect his biting to a toy he’s allowed to chew. If he does it again, we again redirect him. After a third time, however, we pin him down on his side and hold him there until he doesn’t struggle. This doesn’t hurt him, but it’s something that is meant to mimic how dogs in packs ‘teach’ each other. We are teaching Frank that we are the pack leaders and he has to listen to us. He is really good about listening to the word “No!” so far, as well. If he hears us say it, he stops what he’s doing so I think that’s a good sign.

What we need to work on:

  • Leash training. Frank doesn’t “get” the leash. He will follow me all day long like a little shadow, but the second I put him in a harness or collar and a leash, he freezes and will. not. move. I’m picking my battles for now, and as of now he’s so little that we’re able to keep close watch on him when he’s outside anyway. 
  • Sit/Stay/Come. Right now, I’m so focused on everything else this overwhelms me. But I think we have some time.

My friend Jessica said to me, “I promise, there will be a time when you regret getting a dog.” I hate to say it, but that is totally true. I love Frank with my whole heart and he’s a sweetheart, but I’m pretty much feeling guilty 100% of the time right now. I don’t like having to leave him all day while we’re at work, I worry that he’s barking and disturbing the neighbors, I worry that he gets lonely/sad/bored. I also worry that I’m not giving my cats as much attention as I should, so sometimes I wonder if us taking Frank in was the best thing to do. But, he’s ours now so I’m just going to try to make him the best dog I can!

Question of the Day:
Tell me about your pets!

If you do Crossfit, have you tried any of the Open workouts? How did you do? 

 

 

Lifting Heavy and Two Recipes

26 Feb

If you’re interested in fitness and keep up with current fitness trends, I’m sure by now you realize that the old myth of girls “bulking up” if they lift heavy is just that — a myth. Unless you’re lifting for hours a day, or taking testosterone supplements, you’re not going to get big and bulky from lifting weights.

When I was following my own lifting plan, I thought I was going heavy, but now that I’m doing Crossfit, I’m learning what lifting heavy really means! Since I started the Crossfit classes 4 weeks ago, we’ve been working on elements of the Clean and Jerk, which starts with a deadlift. Today’s WOD looked like this:

Stretch & Roll

Skill: Jump Shrug to Hang Clean

10 minutes EMOM (every minute on the minute)
KB snatch (I used a 25 lb plate)
30 double unders (I did 90 regular jump ropes)

Deadlift: 5 sets of 5

I want to talk a bit about the Deadlift. There were 3 girls in class today, so we buddied up on one bar. We started with 95 lbs, which I thought was heavy. My friend Sarah was talking about adding weight, but I really thought 95 would be the most I could do. So, I did 5 reps of 95 lbs and it was pretty hard. Then we added 10 lbs (to make it 105) and I did 5 reps. Once I started gaining confidence, it wasn’t so bad. I added 10 lbs to the bar each set, and maxed out at 135 lbs! I honestly did not think I was capable of that, so I’m pretty pleased with myself this morning! I even think I could have gone a little heavier, so next time we do that, I will start at 105 instead of 95, and go up from there.

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Now, let’s talk a bit about food, because that’s the natural progression after workouts, right? I’ve been pretty adventurous in the kitchen lately, so I want to share a couple recipes with you:

Last night, Zach had to work late so I was on my own for dinner. After a pretty decent round of the Pick a Card treadmill workout:

Really? I couldn't have gone that 0.02 miles to make it an even 3.75?

Really? I couldn’t have gone that 0.02 miles to make it an even 3.75?

I decided a large bowl of pasta was in my future. I’ve been wanting to make peanut noodles for a while, but I don’t like springing something exotic that I haven’t even tried on Zach, so I thought it would be a good time to try it.

Thai Peanut Noodles with Peas, Carrots and Chicken

yummm

Note: I didn’t actually do much measuring while I was making this, so these measurements are guesses. Just taste your peanut sauce as you go to see what you need to add. 

1 serving whole wheat noodles of your choice (I used thin spaghetti)
1/2 c. frozen peas and carrots
1 knuckle of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs plus more to taste Lite Soy Sauce
1 Tbs plus more to thin hot water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
Crushed red pepper (optional)

Put a large pot of water on to boil, adding salt and oil if desired. Boil the noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat the sesame oil over low heat and add ginger (you could also add scallions or onions if desired). Saute until fragrant. Add peas and carrots, and saute about a minute more. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, hot water and salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until smooth and thick. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water. Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, salt or pepper to taste. Toss with spaghetti noodles. Set aside. In the same pan you cooked your peanut sauce, turn the heat up to medium and spray with cooking oil. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken breast (or use 7-2-1 spice) and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. Slice. Sprinkle your noodles with crushed red pepper if you wish and put the sliced chicken on top. Enjoy! 

This turned out to be a really great dinner! Feel free to tweak the ingredients and play with the amounts. Let me know if you try it!

The next recipe I want to share is what I made for breakfast this morning. After Crossfit, I like to have something high in protein to help my muscles repair themselves. I wasn’t feeling like having eggs this morning, and protein pancakes didn’t sound appetizing either. Although, regular old fluffy, buttermilk pancakes did! So, I decided to make a protein-buttermilk-pancake hybrid:

Cream of Wheat Buttermilk High-Protein Pancakes

pannycakes

3 Tbs. Cream of Wheat Cereal
1/4 c. whole-wheat flour
3 Tbs. liquid egg whites
1 whole banana, smashed
1/4 c. almond milk mixed with a splash of apple cider vinegar
Optional: Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, chopped nuts, dried or fresh fruit

In a small bowl, smash your banana well. Add the egg whites and smash the banana a bit more. Add cream of wheat and almond milk/vinegar mixture. Stir in whole wheat flour. Add any add ins you wish. 

Preheat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Scoop about 1/4 c. of the pancake mixture into the pan and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden. Repeat. Top pancakes with butter and jam or syrup. 

This will make 3 large pancakes or 6 smaller ones, so this can be 2 servings or just one. The nutritional information is here:

nutritional

My Fitness Pal is the best for getting nutritional information for recipes!

I ate the whole recipe this morning because I was starving from my workout, but I would cut it in half for a lighter breakfast. Either way, you’re getting 7 grams of protein/serving, which is pretty good, and you’re still getting that yummy, thick, buttermilk pancake flavor! Of course, this recipe isn’t for the carb-o-phobes! If you wanted to cut down on the carbs, you could make them with just the whole wheat flour, but I really enjoy adding in Cream of Wheat to my pancakes.

Question of the Day:
Do you ever experiment in the kitchen?