…And We’re Back!

Friends, it has been too long. Six months to be exact. I have tons to share and update you on. All good things. Be patient though, this week will be a little tricky as I’ll be in NY. In fact, I’m writing this post from 36,000 ft in the air. We live in the future, kids.

Talk soon.

It’s The Final Countdown.


Epic start to a blog post, right!? It’s my last week at my current company and the days are winding down quick! Next week I’ll be starting my new gig as the global social media manager at a consumer electronics company. Pretty exciting! I’ve kept the news unwraps (for obviously reasons) and it’s finally hitting me – I only have a day left!

Okay on to the fitness stuff. Yesterday ending up being a rest day, and boy did I need it. I was a total space case all day and I felt like a slug. Ugh. Luckily, today I snapped out of it and felt like I was going to springboard out of bed.

Sporting my Fit Approach tank. Awkward armpit selfie.

Today’s WOD was bomb dot com:

  • 10 EMOM @ 95# (choose your weight)
  • 2 Power Cleans
  • 1 Jerk
  • Rest 90 secs
  • 5 RFT @ 75# (choose your weight)
  • 3 Power Cleans
  • 3 Hang Cleans
  • 3 Jerks

It felt like forever since we did power cleans and I F’n love them. My form was a little off and I could instantly feel it (particularly my right knee coming in on the pull — what’s up with that??).

Part uno was fun – more like a warm-up to the second part – when things got interesting. I finished at 4:12 and my forearms were on fire. Why? It’s my fault:

Hook grip
Evidence of not using the hook grip.

Baby blood blister. Ew. The first couple of rounds I just death-gripped the bar – hence the blister and blown-out grip. Super, especially because I’m having henna applied to my palms before a friend’s Indian wedding reception today. Hook grip always, kiddos!

Overall, killer sprint WOD that left me out of breath for a minute – the best kind!

girl and a barbellThe Whole30 is still going strong – breakfast today was the usual and lunch was leftover paleo bolognese from Practical Paleo.


lunch eats
Note the pomelo. Delish.

And that about sums up the day! Stay tuned for some henna, a hiking, Indian wedding pictures (you better believe I’m dressing up)!

What exercise have you been missing lately??

Whole30 – Week 1 Down.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hopefully, you’re not like me and think today is Thursday. I’m sensing a theme here.

This past weekend was incredibly productive and I’m happy to report that I was able to get my mobility on. On Saturday, I headed over for another aerial yoga session.

AerialOur instructor, Amber, was amazing and mentally guided us through the class. I point this out because I was finally getting over my sugar slump and I needed that extra motivation to be more present (instead of thinking about my meals for the next two days). Haha.

On Sunday, my plans changed up a bit – I was planning on going for a nice run outside, but instead opted for some walking and a late night yin yoga session. Have you ever trying yin yoga?? I highly recommend it. You hold various floor poses for 3-5 minutes. Talk about stretching out all that crap in your joints!

My new favorite hip mobility stretch is the shoelace pose. You’re basically a human pretzel in this pose, but man, does it feel good once you ‘re out of it!

The week started off with a nice, easy transition into work and ended with an epic CrossFit WOD:

Fuel Challenge Benchmark:

  • 3 RFT
  • Run 400m
  • 10 burpees
  • 20 pull-ups
  • 30 kb swings @ 24kg or 16kg
  • Time: 22:43

If I ever needed confirmation that I need to incorporate more endurance (running) into my schedule, this WOD sealed the deal. Trust me, it’s more brutal than it looks and that was probably my issue – I underestimated this one. Pull-ups to kb swings at a high volume = grip gone. Not to mention I was a little baby during my runs. Sigh. Even though I’m not doing the fuel challenge (cause of the Whole30), I definitely will revisit this one in a month’s time.

Fuel benchmark

After class, I stuck around to help with the next group and eventually supported the first on-ramp class of the New Year.

On ramp
Squats at night.

I love talking to on-rampers. They have this look of pure fear when they walk in the door and I can totally relate. I especially love hearing about what motivated them to come in and we hear everything from a Yelp deal to my wife is making me. I love it.

Yesterday was also the seventh day of the Whole30 and so far, so good! Dave and I are planning our meals and sticking to the plan. Physically, I’m not quiet at the “tiger blood” phase – I still feel sluggish, but mentally, I feel alert and sharp. As coach Cheryl noted, “I feel like an alert animal.”


For dinner, Dave and I headed over to this Vietnamese restaurant and I made the discovery of a lifetime.

Introducing: Fresh Young Coconut Juice.

Young coconut waterThe name of this cracks me up, but I can’t even begin to describe to you how good this was – I’d like to think of myself as a coconut water connoisseur and this stuff was amazeballs. So good that I had to ask the waiter (after one sip) if they put sugar in it…AND THEY DON’T. Wahhhh? Needless to say, I had two and I will be back for more (probably this weekend).

What have been your amazing food discoveries?

Body Balance.

Happy Friday! My days have all been mixed up this week – starting work on Wednesday makes today actually feel like Wednesday…

I’m starting to realize how much my days have been blurring together: work, coaching, commuting, dinner and sleeping. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m fully immersed in the “tired as all hell” mode during the Whole30, as in, I could barely keep my eyes open during dinner and I was in bed by 9:15 p.m.


I’m sure silly Cindy had something to do with my fragile state.

This morning was pretty intense waking up – my whole body ached and I had a massive headache. Bleehh. Fridaaaaay. Sugar hangover. Can you tell I’m looking forward to snapping out of this?

What’s really keeping me going are my scheduled workouts – I decided that I need to map out my activities during the month of January to simply keep my mind occupied (and not daydream about chocolate).

Calendar testI’ll admit, this is a pretty aggressive schedule, but without planning ahead I know that I’ll simply skip workouts hear and there – plus there’s something magical about crossing off days in the calendar – especially when there’s goals involved. 🙂

Of note, I’ve realized I need to mix in more endurance and mobility workouts into my schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some WODs, but I want to kick start the year with new habits (and hopefully regain my love of running)…Balance is the theme of 2013. Work hard, play hard – whatever you want to call it: take full advantage of life. It’s short.

Today’s WOD is going to be another fast moving chuck of time:

  • EMOM for 15 min
  • 10 deadlifts @ 95#
  • 10 push-ups

Let’s be real – I don’t think I can manage 150 “big girl” push-ups in 15 minutes, but I’ll do my best to hang in there and drop to knees when needed. Surprisingly, I’m looking forward to those deadlifts because I need to seriously get the cobwebs out…

Do you plan out your workouts? What’s your success rate when you do? Do you skip workouts when you’re sore?

I leave you with a snappy little mash-up from Madeon. Have a great weekend, everyone!



Silly Cindy.

Good day, good people! Today is day three of the Whole30 January challenge and I’m still alive! Granted, I’m probably still running on all the crap I ate during the holidays, but hey, I survived this morning’s WOD and that’s all that matters. 🙂

The WOD isn’t Cindy (sorry to deceive you), but I’d like to think of it as Cindy on crack:

  • 5 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
  • 10 Wall Balls
  • 15 KB Swings
  • 20 Min AMRAP


As I mentioned before, I’m still coming out of my sick/holiday hibernation and this WOD was not the business for my booty. In total, I hit a full eight rounds – full snail pace and after yesterdays WOD (DB snatches and running) my back was lit up!

Ok enough complaining – I’ll get my mojo back in no time…

Now I won’t overload you guys with food pictures, but over the next couple of days I’ll post what I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the Whole30. Most likely, I’ll showcase what we eat for dinner (hopefully I don’t inhale my meal before I remember to take a picture) because breakfast and lunch are usually some form of leftovers. Embrace the leftovers people!

whole30 day 3 breakfastThis is usually my breakfast staple: Two eggs, half an avocado and a handful of blackberries. Kind of Zone-ish, but I love it and I’m so grateful for having a chef at work who hooks it up.

Lunch: Sweet potatoes, leftover chili and the rest of the avocado

Dinner: Chicken stir-fry

Exciting, isn’t it? Not. But in all seriousness, successful eating means you need to plan ahead. Plain and simple.

And my West Coast readers, can we take a moment for how frigid the mornings have been? 35 degrees? Brrr…I need figure out when it would be appropriate to wear my Uggs during a WOD…

nanos his and hersEnding on a random note: I think Dave and I are becoming obsessed with our Nanos – all I’ve been thinking about is new color combinations for future kicks.

Are you eating clean in the New Year? What are your meals like?


2013 – Let’s Do This.

Oh hey, remember me? Apologies for the break in posts. I definitely needed the reset. To recap the month of December: I was sick. Sadly, I went down for the count – as in, couldn’t take a deep breath without hacking up a lung. It was awful. There was a lot of NyQuil and sniffles involved, but most importantly – I missed out on some great CrossFit action.

Yet, here we are: 2013 and I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling it’s going to be the best one yet. Side note: I’ve always found the number 13 to be my secret lucky number…

I held off posting my new year’s resolutions until today because I’m rebellious I prefer goals to resolutions. Maybe it’s because I’m more goal-oriented than most, but I can’t wrap my mind around, “My resolution is to cut coupons every week.” I’m not saying that isn’t a respectable resolution, but for me – “cut more coupons” is a more realistic idea. Make sense?

I’m also guilty of having too many fitness goals. This year, I’m keeping it simple:

CF GoalsThree solid, attainable goals. All three I will be extremely proud of and I can’t wait to document the adventure.

Sure, there’s things on my mind that I still want to tackle (like a sprint triathlon), but these babies are on the board. It’s happening.

Without giving a play-by-play of my holiday break – I have to share one really cool experience: Aerial Yoga. Yes, you read that right. My good friend Catherine and I celebrated my belated birthday by hanging on some cloth and doing some cray moves.

Yoga studio

Yoga studio 2

Yoga studio 3

Catherine did manage to snap a picture of me all wrapped up, and trust me, after all the holiday indulgences, I felt like a pig in a hammock.


So without going into all the silly details, 2012 wrapped up in a blur. Good friends, good food and good drinks. Did I mention it’s day two of my second Whole30? As this timeline perfectly outlines, I’m currently in the “hangover” mode. Serious hangover mode. I really got after the sweets during the holidays and I can tell my body is going to have a tough time adjusting back to clean eating. Stay tuned this month on all my mood swings, tiger blood energy and overall dietary reset…

Big Things.

Hi all. I’m soooo sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks!

I had a real nasty cold come on last week and the gross old-lady cough is still lingering. Lovely, right? Needless to say, I haven’t ventured to the box in quiet some time and I’m getting antsy!

I have some exciting news to share in the next couple of weeks, but let’s just say: Do what makes you happy. Don’t let your fears cloud your dreams. And lastly, follow your gut. All that sappy stuff…

I can’t wait to kick off 2013 with a bang and I hope you’re all ready for this wild ride!

yayAnd I almost forgot! Whole30 round two in January! Oh, snap! Be prepared for endless food posts…

I’m sure I’ll check in next week, but if you don’t heard from me: MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

<3 Belle