Something’s Gotta Give

So this space has been pretty quiet lately–no workout updates, no recipes and no rants.  In fact, it’s been well over a month since my last post. I don’t have a huge following here, but I do feel like my loyal readers deserve a little update and some explanation for the silence.

Long story short–I’ve been overwhelmed and something had to give. In early April, I just didn’t feel like writing. With no real drive to post anything, I wasn’t going to force it. Then, life started to get a little bit hectic and I didn’t have time to post even if I felt so inclined. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on in the world of KH Nutrition…

I’ve cut back on seeing clients and am busy immersing myself in the world of Intuitive Eating and disordered eating. I’ve always embraced the non-diet approach, but now I’m taking steps to ensure I’m walking the walk. I’m in the process of becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and am reading/learning/listening to everything I can about IE and Health at Every Size

I also started working at an outpatient eating disorder clinic a few evenings a week. This opportunity kind of came out of nowhere and I couldn’t pass it up. The ED world is what inspired me to get into nutrition, but after becoming an RD I was too nervous and felt under qualified to practice in this space. Here’s my chance to learn and really help people struggling with disordered eating. We’ll see where it takes me!

In addition to switching gears in my side hustle, I also got a promotion at my FT gig. This was somewhat unexpected and is super exciting, but means I have a lot more responsibility and stress. Hence the need to step back a bit from this blog.

The pressure I put on myself to maintain this space is not serving me, so I’m letting it go. I’m not going to worry about trying to come up with new content or post x times a week. With all the things on my plate these days, taking this one thing off is my way of practicing self-care. I’m not quite ready to just quit blogging. That being said, my goal is to keep this space authentic and honest, so if I don’t have time or don’t feel like writing, I just won’t write. 

You can still expect some RD rants and recipes as I work on them, but no pressure and no expectations.  Definitely be sure to follow me on Instagram.  It’s my favorite social media outlet and lately it has become so much more than pretty pictures. Instagram is a place where I can still get my message out there without sitting down to write an entire blog post.  Not to mention Insta stories where I can share my day-to-day eats and adventures. Oh and puppies, I share pictures of puppies there too! 

Thanks for sticking with me and letting me step back, adjust to career/life changes and take care of myself. Xo

CrossFit Open 17.5: The Best for Last

CrossFit Open 17.5: The Best for Last

So here we are, wrapping up the 2017 CrossFit Open with a recap of 17.5.  Heading to Nashville to celebrate Ashley’s birthday Friday morning meant I had to either do the workout Thursday evening right after the official announcement OR wait until Monday evening right before the submission deadline.  I chose Thursday evening to get it over with! Here’s what Dave Castro threw at us for the last workout of this year’s Open:

Initial Thoughts

It was probably a good thing that I didn’t have much time to think between the announcement and completing the WOD myself. I watched the Open announcement with some members at the gym and even tried to wrangle someone (anyone) to do it with me that night. Seeing Katrin and Sara (top CrossFit athletes) complete the workout in 8:xx minutes meant I knew I was in for at least a 16-24 minute workout, as I always double or triple elite times/scores!

Thrusters always suck, and 90 reps is A LOT…but 65 pounds is doable for me now and I knew I would break them up early. On top of that, I was honestly excited to finally see double unders! I have been working so hard on them and am finally able to string about 30-40 together during workouts, so I was pumped about them being in 17.5. 

The Workout

Coach Alex judged me for this workout and was on top of me to keep moving the entire time. I broke the thrusters up into sets of 3 immediately and it was the perfect strategy for me. I could have started earlier rounds with 5 and 4, but probably would have blown up in the later rounds.  

For double unders, I went in with a plan to do 20 then take a quick break and finish with the last 15.  Some rounds that worked out, some it didn’t.  Overall, the double unders felt great and I was able to string together big chunks before tripping or needing to rest. 

During the workout, I tried to not look at the clock. I knew I had a good pace going in the earlier rounds and at one point Alex told me I was on track to finish around 16 minutes. Those thrusters caught up to me in the last few rounds though and I needed much more rest between my sets of 3. I was just tired and didn’t want to pick that bar up anymore. Coach told me to push for an unbroken set of thrusters in round 10, but I just couldn’t muster it and kept at 3 sets of 3. 

After dropping the barbell after the 90th thruster, I grabbed my rope to bang out the final set of double unders. The 16 minute mark had come and gone, but my DU felt so good in that last round.  I strung together 34 before tripping up! THIRTY FOUR. Just one rep short of finishing. Coach immediately yelled “one more!” and I quickly reset to finish the WOD in 17:23.  

Final Thoughts

Having been one of the first people to complete this workout, I had no idea how my score would measure up, but I knew I had done the very best that I could have. I was thrilled to be done, both with those 10 rounds and the 2017 Open in general. Mostly I was excited to have killed it with my double unders!

It turns out that the average score for Rx women was 20:54, which means I did pretty dang well. This one was easily my favorite workout of the entire Open and the one I’m most proud of. While there is always more to improve upon, I’m excited about all of my CrossFit and strength progress this year.  Bring on all the double under WODs! 😉