DNF

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This was an absolute shit show. This WOD was to be done pyramid style.  So, after you worked your way down the list to do the front squats, you’d move back up to the swings and work your way all the way back up to the double unders.  The good news was, we’d only have to front squat once.  The bad news was EVERYTHING ELSE.

Rx for women was 16kg and 95# (no rack, because of course not!).  I Rxed.  I didn’t even sub rowing for the 400m runs, which I pretty much always do because of my bum knee.  But, when you’ve just finished rowing 60 goddamned calories, the absolute last thing you want to do is row more.

There was a 25 minute cap.  I did not finish.

I made it as far as finishing the second/final 60 calorie row, and that was a wrap.  I’ve never DNFed on a WOD, since joining this gym.  And, I do not like it!

The September challenge has been very so-so for me.  My eating has been *almost* the way I outlined, with me getting looser than I really should be, on the weekends.  I did, however, order some meals from a paleo meal delivery service, which should be arriving tomorrow, and which should help me to reel things in.  More on that to come.

Workouts have NOT been where they need to be.  I’ve been averaging 2-3 a week, instead of the intended 4.

It’s a vicious cycle of being out late a few nights each week, because of evening screenings I have to go to for work– which also means I can’t work out after work.  But then, see, I’m too tired to get up to work out in the mornings, because I was out late!

I’ve got to figure this out, because this is going to be my reality for the foreseeable future.  I’m going to have late nights, and I’m going to have to learn to drag my ass out of bed to work out in the mornings, at least 3 times per week.  More, if I don’t want to make up workouts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Anyway, the struggle continues.  But, at least I don’t have to do any more fucking front squats today.

Things! All Sorts of Things!


Right! So!  I have, for sure, been kind of M.I.A. on here.  Less so on YT, as evidenced by the video I just put up today (above), and a couple of others, in the past few weeks.  I started yet another one of my backslides into a chaotic life of no routine/structure, mainly due to changes with my work situation.  I have a new job, even though it’s really my old job.  It’s a long story.

Thus, workouts have been in the 1-2x/week range, whilst I try to get a handle on a new work schedule/commute.  And, I’ve been indulging in all sorts of bread, sugar and alcohol, because of…reasons.  Basically, I took August off from living right.  Frustrations with my failure to lose weight were at an all-time high, and I had had it.

Fuck carb cycling.  Fuck macros.  Fuck everything and GIVE ME THAT CROSTINI.  That was/is my general attitude.

And I actually haven’t put on a ton of weight.  I might be up maybe 5 pounds, but it’s really not bad at all.  Not to toot my own horn, but I still look mad decent.  I just don’t look nearly as cut in my upper body as I tend to do in my “after” pictures, from my various challenges.

But, when I caught a cold last week (which is lingering, much to my chagrin), I knew that it was time to get back in the groove and/or zone, commit to eating cleanly MOST OF THE TIME and working out a minimum of 4 days per week.  I had sort of been planning to do a September challenge, here on the blog, anyway.  Getting sick just confirmed that it needed to happen.

I started on Tuesday, which was September 6th, and this’ll run until the end of the month, on September 30th.  Following that, I’ll be starting a challenge on my YT channel, which will be the Fuck Yeah Fall Fitness Challenge.

Here’s what I’m doing for this one, the September challenge (haven’t bothered to come up with a snazzy name, this time around):

  • 4 workouts per week, minimum
  • NO sugar, dairy, grains or soy Sunday through Thursday
  • NO alcohol Monday through Thursday
  • full glass of water with every meal

It’s pretty simple, which is by design.  With this setup, I can still relax at home and have mimosas on Sunday with the boyfriend, or go out for tacos on Friday night.  But, there’s no allowance for fuckery, throughout the week, which’ll keep me in line.

I need to have a doable set of goals, since I’m just getting back into the swing of things.  Then, in the FYFF Challenge next month, the car will be all tuned up and ready.  (Editor’s note: That is a metaphor.  The “car” = “my body.”)

I can tell you one thing.  My body is already sore as shit from getting back into the gym, this week.  One or two workouts a week is definitely not a way to maintain any modicum of fitness.

I’m also embarking on a long term protective style challenge, which I began this week– the beginnings of which I talk a bit about in the video I posted above.  I’ll talk about that more, soon.  Just not right now.  I have to go blow my fucking nose.

“Cardio”

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Today was kind of brutal. I mean, it wouldn’t have been so bad, if they hadn’t made us do 50 burpees in the first of three workouts. But, yeah, that happened. And, in the very same workout, we had to do 50 wallballs.

I started out strong in the first workout…and finished in the bottom 3rd.  Then, I was in the top echelon on the second workout, and finished the 3rd workout before anyone else, which made me feel slightly less like a loser.  I mean, the WOD isn’t a competition, or anything.

Except, IT IS.

Anyway.  Even though I hated this, whilst doing it, this was a great WOD.  I’ve been going to the “cardio” classes at my gym, the past several weeks.  Thanks to my heart rate monitor, I’ve learned that my calorie burn is about the same in the 45 minute “cardio” classes, as it is when I go to an hour (or longer, if I’m suffering, that day…) CrossFit.

The metcon portion of CrossFit just doesn’t last very long.  And, since I’m still trying to drop some LBs, calorie burn is paramount.  So, why spend more time burning the same amount of calories?

Problem is, the cardio classes have gotten extremely monotonous and lame.  The programming at my gym has failed, in the imagination department.  But!  They brought on a new coach, recently, and he seems to have infused some new life into the cardio WODs.

On Thursday, we used ropes (which we have NEVER done in the entire time, since I joined the gym, in May), as well as the Assault Bike (also the same as the ropes situation, too, as well!).  So, just using new shit really helped to breathe new life into a tired workout format.

Today, the format itself was quite different.  And, the addition of bear crawls into the WOD (which I’ve only had to do in a warmup, once or twice, at this particular gym), was an insufferable and deceptively hard, but welcome, challenge.

Anyway, my #AWEgust Fitness Challenge has been going okay.  Oh?  You haven’t heard about that?  Because I have literally not mentioned it even once, here on the blog?  You are not incorrect.  (Read: You are correct.)

Long story short, #AWEgust is, more or less, a #JUICYINJULY victory lap.  I’m still working on getting in 5 workouts per week, consistently (so far, it’s been more like 4 per week, in a good week…).  That, plus not letting one weekly cheat turning into a cheat DAY– or, worse still, a cheat WEEK?  Yeah, I’m still a work in progress.

On top of allladat, I still have yet to dive into educating myself on carb cycling.  I’ve got some research waiting for me.  I just have some sort of fear-based mental block stopping me from diving in.  Good times!

My Most/Only Requested Makeup Look EVER


Okay, so a while back, I must have nailed my makeup in a couple of my videos.  Because I had a bunch of folks asking me for a makeup tutorial, under said videos.

I don’t do makeup tutorials.  I don’t do any tutorials.  But, I finally decided to just get on with it, and do a Get Ready with Me, where I recreate the look that seemed to tickle the pickle of so many of my YouTube homies.

Below is everything that I used, to achieve the look.  Warning: I used a lot of expensive makeup.  So, you know, that’s not for everyone.  I’m just telling you what I really use/used.

Everything I put on my face, including the stuff I put on it off camera:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray, Oil Control
Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, Peach Lustre
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, BD60
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, 355 Coconut
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, Mona Lisa
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Black
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil, Black
Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Black Angel
Lilly Lashes, Tease
Callas Eyelash Adhesive
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil , Universal Taupe
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, Mahogany
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15, 110
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash‎
Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher Pen Concealer, 7 Deep Medium
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Celestial Powder, Candelight
Inglot AMC Face Blush, 88
Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Luminous Light
Lena Lashes More Matte Than Matte Liquid Lipstick, Frederique
Skindinavia the Makeup Finishing Spray, Oil Control

The earrings I’m wearing are made by BorderHammer, one of my all time favorite YTers, and they are right here – https://goo.gl/IskjWm
And, she has them in silver now! – https://goo.gl/ioiynV

The hair hat I’m wearing is Outre “Neesha,” in S1B/30.  This wig seems to be hot shit all over the internet, because it STAYS sold out.  But, I wanted to try out a straight style, and was able to snatch one up on a restock at Elevate Styles, a few weeks ago.

On my nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, “Echo.”

That is all!

#JuicyInJuly = JUICED

Well, #JuicyInJuly is a wrap!  I hope that everyone who was participating is now on the path to forging better habits.  Consistent exercise.  Cutting the sugar/bullshit.  Drinking more water.  And, learning how to indulge within reason.

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That’s what I’m looking like, this morning.  I cropped my face out because I looked like hell.  You’re welcome.

I don’t have the heart to weigh myself, mainly because I know my body well enough to know that my weight hasn’t changed significantly.  But!  I do think I look leaner than I did at the end of #SnatchedForSummer, and I’ve had noticeably better performance in my workouts.  I am decidedly fitter.  Plus, I did it all while having the odd sandwich or cookie, with my weekly cheats!

I’m still figuring out what’s next for me, but I do want to do another challenge soon– even if it’s only here on the blog, and not on my YT channel.  So, you know, more on that to come.

Today, I’m off to San Francisco for the weekend!  It’s the BFF’s BDAY Weekend, and I’m so excited.  I anticipate a fair amount of adult beverages, so hopefully, I’ll have deficit financed some of that with my hard work the past few weeks.  Plus, I’ll still be tracking my calories in Lose It! just so that that I don’t completely lose it (“it” meaning, my goddamn mind).

Thank you to everyone who joined me on this, or any of my past challenges.  You guys make me stronger, every day.  And today, I’m feeling pretty juicy, indeed!

#JuicyInJuly – ONE MORE DAY!

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My gym has been in a testing week, this week.  So, the programming has been testing max OHS, front squats, stuff like that.  Wednesday is always gymnastics day, though, so they had a menu of different skills we could test for today, until it was time to do the metcon above.

I went with double-unders (I’ve done better on them, but had to settle for 51 unbroken today), chest-to-deck push-ups (got 15), plus pull-ups (you could kip or do strict; I kipped a measly 3, but with no band, so I’m okay with it).

Then, since we had time left, I went ahead and tried seeing if I could get any closer on doing T2B, and to my surprise and delight, I got my toes to the bar for the first time EVAH.  In fact, I did it twice!

Yesterday was testing for the clean and jerk, which I was ALL ABOUT mentally.  But, my energy has been really bad this week (I daresay, it has been decidedly *unjuicy*), so I decided against testing my C&J.  I knew that I didn’t have a PR in me, and I just didn’t want to be disappointed/frustrated.  So, I went with their cardio WOD, instead.  It was this.

4 minutes of work, then a 100 meter run (I rowed instead– trying to keep my knee happy), then a minute of rest before moving on to the next segment of the circuit.  Repeat.

It kind of sucked.

Anyway, #JuicyInJuly may end tomorrow, but this challenge has been different because I don’t really feel like much will change for me, after it’s over.  I’m still striving to maintain these behaviors, while also sorting out what needs to change in my diet.

Someone in my YT fam suggested carb cycling in the comments, to break my plateau.  I’ve known of carb cycling for years, but it always just seemed so tedious and complicated.  But, since I’m at my wit’s end, I’m looking into it, and doing some research so that I can figure out the most simple way for me to give it a try.  I think my weight loss app will be a big help in that, since I can set targets for my macros, and alladat.

I talked about this already, but if you want to try the app I use, it’s free.  AND, the folks over at Lose It! (that’s the app), hooked up a code that’ll let you upgrade from the free version to the premium one for a whole month.  Premium has a lot more bells and whistles, which is cool, but I had a lot of success with the free version too, prior to this offer.  Anyway, the coupon code for Lose It! Premium is “JUICY” (or the all lowercase “juicy” if you’re on Android, like me), and it’s good until tomorrow, 7/28.

One more day to get #JuicyInJuly, y’all!

#JuicyInJuly – Home Stretch!

One more week of #JuicyInJuly to go!  This challenge has been leaps and bounds better for me than #JuicyInJune was, but still not without its own struggles.

My main struggle has been to stop at *just one* cheat per week, because I have a tendency to want to keep the party going, once I allow an indulgence.  But, that’s also the POINT of this challenge!  The goal is to build healthier habits within my less-than-healthy behavior.  I want to be comfortable enough to have a single cheat without it turning into a 2 week food vacation.

Also, something super cool happened!  The folks over at Lose It!, the weight loss app that I started using during the #SnatchedForSummer challenge, saw my video where I first mentioned that I was enjoying the app.  And, they were cool enough to offer all my internet pals (and me, of course), a trial of the premium version of the app, FOR FREE!

I’ve never done any collaborations on my blog or YouTube channel, up to this point.  (Indeed, I have declined a fair number of offers, simply because I don’t want my little corner of the internet to become just another ad.)  But, I’m really happy that something I actually use, IRL, happened to be on the company’s radar, and allowed me to share a cool little offer with my blog readers and subscribers.

You have the entire final week of #JuicyInJuly to take advantage of snagging a whole month of Lose It! premium for exactly zero dollars.  Just use the code JUICY in the Lose It! app any time between now and next Thursday, July 28th, and you’re good.  I repeat, you only have until July 28th, 2016 to get your free month of Premium.  That’s next Thursday, so move your ass if you’re interested.

If you don’t already have the app installed, you can get it right here!

Oh, and if you’re in the app and can’t sort out where, exactly, to put in the JUICY code for the free month, go to here to get walked through it.  Lose It! Premium is new to me, as well; but, I’ve been looking around the new features, and it has quite a lot of tools that I didn’t have access to, with the free version.

Amongst the new shit I didn’t have before is the ability to set goals for my macros, by calorie percentage and/or by grams.  I’ve been procrastinating on sorting out how to get my macros right for a really long time, because it’s so goddamned tedious.  So, having it within the app will be a big help in finally getting my act together, and hopefully figuring out my ideal macros to finally get things moving on the scale again.

They also have workouts, which I’ll admit I haven’t dug into, because I’ve got that part of my routine sorted.  But, I do want to utilize some of the other “custom goals” features, like hydration goals and weekly calorie burn goals.

Even though this is the final week of the actual challenge, the habits that I’ve been practicing during it are the same ones that I will strive to maintain in my day-to-day life, from here on out.  More water.  Exercise a solid 5 days a week.  Don’t eat too much.  And, if I want to go to Roscoe’s with the boyfriend on the weekend, I can do that too.

Let’s kill it in this last week of the challenge!  And, be sure to let me know if you decide to check out the fancied up version of Lose It! with me.  You know, if you like to be fancy and prefer apps that require you to use them with your pinky up.