Here We Go!

Is it just me or did yesterday/last night feel like social media got out of control?  Between the Llama Drama and The Dress controversy, my twitter and Facebook feeds were giving me anxiety.  Yesterday was a rest day for me (hallelujah!) and I was trying to spend a quiet night studying for the NASM CPT exam.  That didn’t happen.  I pulled out my text book and notes, but I just couldn’t focus.  It wasn’t the llamas or the dress on my mind…it was the buildup to the CrossFit Open announcement! 


Proof. See that text book there? Tried to study…

The first workout of the 2015 CrossFit Open was announced last night and I was equal parts nervous and excited leading up to the live announcment.  I’ll be participating in the scaled version of the workouts, but there still may be movements I can’t do or weights I can’t lift.  YET.  Emphasis on the yet! As I mentioned here before, I’m participating in the Open this year to see where I’m currently at in CrossFit and to use it as a measurement going forward.  


Helloooo pretty shoes.

 Also, I’m excited that my new Nanos & Lifters arrived this week, so I can break them in during the workouts.  We’ll be doing the workouts on Sundays at my gym, so stay tuned for my posts (here and on IG/twitter) each week, as I’ll be sharing my experience as I go.  For anyone who is not CrossFit obsessed, here’s what the first workout is:

Workout 15.1

9-minute AMRAP:
15 toes-to-bars
10 deadlifts
5 snatches
  (M 115 lb. /  F 75 lb.)

Workout 15.1a

1-rep-max clean and jerk

  6-minute time cap

For the scaled version, I’ll be doing hanging knee raises and using 55 lb for deadlifts and snatches (for women).  I haven’t done that much weight for a snatch during a WOD yet, but I feel confident and will give it my best shot.  I have to say I’m more excited than I am nervous!  I’m going to try really hard to just enjoy the process and learn/grow as an athlete.  Oh, and I’ll make sure to have some fun too!  Check out this post from Chris at IFailedFran for a great read on expectations and enjoying the process of the Open. 


I posted this quote on Instagram the other day as a reminder to myself, but maybe it’ll motivate you too!  I might finish dead last in the Open, but I’ll be glad I at least tried.  I started.  Here we go!

Are you doing the Open? Tips for me?  Which color dress did you see!?  Let’s chat! 



Bringing Yoga Back Recap

Good evening, friends! I’m here with a quick post to recap my 12 day Instagram yoga challenge.  Hosted by PrAna, the #BringingYogaBack challenge followed a spring awakening sequence that involved a lot of heart opening.  Check out my photo entries from each day below.

Days 1-4 (top L, top R, bottom L, bottom R):

  • Shalambasana (Locust Pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  • Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (One Leg Downward Facing Dog)
  • Low Lunge Hip Opener


 Days 5-8 (top L, top R, bottom L, bottom R):


Days 9-12 (top L, top R, bottom L, bottom R):

  • Anjaneya Variation Hold Same Side Leg
  • Anjaneya Variation Twist – Hold Opposite Side Leg
  • Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)
  • Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with Hands in Lotus Mudra


So that’s that! I’m so glad I stuck with this challenge and took a few minutes each day to practice the poses.  Most of the twelve days, I even squeezed them in at work.  It felt amazing to get up from my desk to stretch out and I think I need to make it a daily habit.  My dad actually built me a standing desk (I’ll share a post on that once I get it installed), so I’ll be doing less sitting and slouching, which I’m super excited about.  But a daily yoga break is just what I didn’t realize I was needing, so I’m hoping to continue it when I can.  This particular challenge was pretty tough for me, as I’m not the most flexible person, especially in my back and shoulders.  It really highlighted some of the areas where I can use work! ;)

Your turn:  Have you ever participated in a yoga (or other) challenge on Instgram?  Do you sit all day at work or are you able to be active?  Would you use a standing desk?  Tell me about it.